Are Figs Healthy? What are the benefits from Eating Figs?

Do you know what a fig is? Something to do with a cookie? Most people where I am from think of Fig Newtons when anyone mentions figs. Figs belong to the Ficus tree family. Did you know that figs aren’t really a fruit? They are inverted flowers. Whatever they may be, figs are another one of nature’s SUPERFOODS! Having said that… WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FROM EATING FIGS?

 

 

 

EVERYTHING WORKS BETTER WITH SUPERFOOD!

These puppies are generous with nutrients. You kind of need that to be a superfood. Nature has provided us with everything we need for optimum health… if only we could put down those Oreos for a sec and grab a bite from the goodness of nature.

Figs are oozing with fiber for starters. You will also find it is home to many essential minerals like magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper, and potassium. B Vitamins and vitamin K also take refuge inside of figs. A powerhouse of goodness!

HOWEVER,… dried figs actually pack more nutritional value than fresh ones. One dry fig can stand up proudly nutritionally against an egg (without the negative consequences that eggs bring to the table). Figs in either form are also a great source of antioxidants. All of these wonderful nutrients BOOST UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!

 

 

DIGESTION, ON DEMAND!

Figs have been a popular home remedy for digestive health for thousands of years. Fiber is king when it comes to regularity and cleaning out intestinal tracts. Fiber helps by promoting stool health and keeping everything flowing.
We kind of have to talk about this, sometimes. Stomach ailments can ruin a good day or moment.

Figs also act as a prebiotic. What is this? This is health food for your gut’s healthy bacteria. Many diseases and ailments start in your stomach. Probiotics are healthy bacteria. Feed the good bacteria to fight off nasty bacteria and viruses that invade your digestive tract.

Figs can also help prevent colon cancer. The key to keeping your colon healthy is prevention. Many things in life are not complicated. Negligence is our biggest problem as a species. It is a choice of either eating healthy foods rich in fiber or eating dead things that clog up and inflame your digestive tract. Making sure that you have a regular flow and clean out your intestines is paramount for optimum health.

A diet rich in fiber promotes good digestion

 

 

 

 

ALL YOU NEED IS HEART!

 

 

Show your heart some figs. They may improve your blood pressure and blood fats (know in doctor-speak as triglycerides). Your heart health depends on healthy blood pressure and flow. Maintaining blood flow should be a concern for anyone who wants to stick around a little longer… however, not everyone wants to or at least don’t act like they do the way they cram donuts down their gullet.

Fig leaf extract is also good for your well-being. They help with improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Fig leaves are also good for blood sugar… and were quite fashionable in THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

How are figs able to lower blood pressure? Bananas are known for potassium. Figs contain a healthy dose too. Potassium helps control blood pressure. Diets loaded in sodium and low potassium diets contribute heavily to hypertension (high blood pressure). As you may know, the modern diet is overrun with sodium.

Pectin is a soluble fiber. It’s known for its ability to reduce cholesterol levels. Pectin is found inside figs. The fiber in figs also helps cholesterol exit your system in a timely manner.

Figs are also home to vitamin B6. This wonder vitamin’s main job is to create serotonin which is known as a mood booster, but it also plays a role in lowering cholesterol. Dry figs also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are beneficial for your heart’s health.

       Delicious, but deadly

 

 

BUILT BLOOD SUGAR TOUGH!

 

Figs are high in sugar… especially dried figs. Your blood sugar levels will amp up for a bit. If diabetic, pay attention to how they react with your blood sugar. But, if you need to get a handle on your sugars, the real benefit from the fig tree is from the leaf. You can purchase the leaves and make a tea for blood sugar support.

Leaves from fig trees may have insulin lowering properties. If you are on dependent upon insulin, drinking the tea may help you lower your dosage. Fig leaves have also been shown to regulate blood sugar levels. You can purchase tea leaves online. Diabetics should give it a go. Half of the world’s population is headed this way, so fig tea may become popular in the near future

 

SKIN… WE BUILD SMILES

Figs may offer positive effects on your skin. So, go grab a bag of Fig Newtons… break open a cookie and rub the insides on your skin… just joshing ya.

But seriously, a study involving using a cream made from dried fig fruit extract and applying the solution 2x a day (for 2 weeks) was shown to be more effective than hydrocortisone cream for treating dermatitis symptoms. (Study at the bottom of the post).

Fig leaf has struck again. There are numerous lotions in the marketplace featuring fig leaf. Something must be working. Lotions are also made with the fruit itself (or outside-in flower if you prefer). The same vitamins and minerals that are good for your insides also benefit your largest organ (skin).

A study including a combination of fruit extracts (fig included) demonstrated antioxidant effects on skin cells, improvement in wrinkles, and its ability to slow down collagen breakdown. This study included a few other extracts, but other tests have been done with fig extract by its lonesome.

Nobody likes skin melanin. Your face gets all splotchy and splatty. Not a good look for sure. Fig fruit extract can help reduce its tragic effects. It also helps put the brakes on trans-epidermal water loss and skin sebum.(natural skin oils from the sebaceous glands). So what is the skinny on all of this? Figs may offer a natural remedy for hyperpigmentation, acne, freckles, and wrinkled skin.

On a side note… Warts are ugly blemishes shooting out of your skin. Fig tree latex may be able to help. It has been able to resolve 44% percent of the cases. Warts are stubborn little beasts! I have not been able to get rid of one. But give it a try if you have a wart you want gone.

You can also make a face mask with fresh figs… no not for COVID!… you can scoop out the flesh and mash it up… add it to some sticky raw honey or yogurt and spread it on your face for 5 to 15 minutes. This can enhance your skin’s texture and beautifies your face. Wash it off when you are done.

 

I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR FIGS

 

Macular degeneration. Not a welcomed thing. As you age your vision usually declines. A natural nasty ailment of life. In defense, arm yourself with nature’s greatest warriors in fighting back the insidious effects of aging.

Keep on chomping on those carrots… they do help. But, the fruit may offer you more benefits for maintaining your precious eye health. An Ophthalmology study recommends eating at least three servings of fruit a day to slow down the wheels of macular degeneration. I am forever amazed at how few people even eat fruit… unless it’s strawberry ice cream.

Figs contain the essential nutrients for eye health. Mix figs with other fruits for optimal eye health. I start my day off with a fruit bowl with bananas, blueberries and an assortment of other wonderful fruits. Figs are a delicious snack (as well as dates) if you want to cure a sweet tooth in a healthy manner.

 

 

THE INCREDIBLE, EDIBLE HISTORY OF FIGS

 

The Earliest mention of figs in history is… oh yeah, the Garden of Eden. If you can believe such a story. Anywho, figs have been with mankind for a very long time. It’s mentioned again and again in the Bible’s scriptures.

Now go back further in time… I guess. History is confusing and one never really knows the truth considering the plague of the human ego. However, the proof is in the pudding. Egypt appears to be the first civilization taking a crack at cultivating fig trees. Remnants of figs have been found at Neolithic sites going back 7000 years.

I would think that figs have been used even way before that. Modern-day primates utilize figs for medicinal purposes. If that is going on with our closest cousins, then mankind has been toying around with figs since the dawn of time.

So eventually they meandered their way over to Crete then Greece. There they became a staple food. The Romans loved aping the Greeks and soon revered the fig. Roman myth states that the wolf who nurtured poor little Romulus and Remus (the twin founders of Rome) did so under the protection of a fig tree.

The Spaniards grabbed the reins next. Missionaries brought the fig tree to the new world. California is now one of the top producers of figs along with Turkey, Greece, Portugal, and Spain. It would seem that figs thrive in a Mediterranean climate.

Figs also made their way to the Far East and landed in China. They are thought to be native to a region spanning from Turkey to India. Western history seems to be kept separate from Asian history. Recorded history is such a mess. India also adores and reveres figs, and has a rich history of natural medicine.

Fig leaves went out of fashion as soon as Eve offered one of these beauties to Adam!

 

FOR THE LOVE OF FIG TYPES!

There are about 700 varieties of fig trees grown worldwide. But, there are only 5 common varieties of figs. They all have their own unique flavor and sweetness. So, Drum roll, please…

 

Black Mission Black to purple on the outside with a pink inside. These figs are ridiculously sweet and have a syrup-like juice. They are wonderful to eat as a dessert or toss them in your favorite cake or cookie recipe.

Kadota Green in color with a purple inside. They are the least sweet of all fig types. They are great to eat raw or heated.

Calimyrna Greenish-yellow on the outside with an ambered color inside. They are larger than other figs and have a nutty flavor.

Brown Turkey Purple skin and pink flesh. They have a milder flavor and are less sweet than most other figs. An excellent fig to add to your salad.

Adriatic Light green skin with pink flesh. These are the figs used in making fig bars. They are also known as white figs since they have a lighter color. This is an insanely sweet fig and choice for desserts.

 

 

 

 

WE ALL ADORE BUYING

 

Figs are extremely perishable. They will start to go bad within days after buying them, so be ready to chow down soon after buying them fresh. Look for figs that have a deep color and are plump and tender. Avoid if too mushy. Look for firm stems and make sure they are not bruised. Smell them to make sure they aren’t going bad.

As the fruit ripens, their antioxidant levels increase. The richer the color, the better. You see this in tomatoes as they reach their peak color. Ripe figs should have a mild sweet fragrance. A fig will start to smell sour when it goes bad.

Dry figs are more easily manageable and easier to purchase. Dry figs actually are more nutritious. You want to make sure they’re a little soft and free from mold. If they are prepackaged, they should be fine. If you go organic, they will less likely be contaminated with pesticides. Look for the USDA organic logo.

If you find some ripe figs, they will last a couple of days in your fridge. Cover or wrap them so they don’t dry out. Dried figs will stay good for several months. You can store them in a cool, dark place or set them in your refrigerator. Keep them wrapped up to avoid being overexposed to air.

 

FAQs

Are figs an aphrodisiac? Figs are thought of as being useful for fertility and as a sexual supplement. Figs are rich in calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. They also contain the mineral magnesium which helps produce sex hormones like androgen and estrogen:

Many cultures have considered figs as a symbol of fertility. Figs also produce an amino acid that helps increase your body’s nitric oxide which expands blood vessels and increases blood flow throughout your body. This includes sexual organs. Are they a quick fix for problems in the bedroom? Probably not, however, it is one of the gifts from nature that helps your body restore itself to health.

 

Can figs treat a sore throat? Figs are high in mucilage. This is a thick gelatinous substance found in plants. It can help protect and heal your throat. I wonder if Mucinex derived its name from mucilage? I suspect that it did just that.

So, the juice from figs would be a great tool from nature’s tool kit to help you… or grab some lemon, raw honey, and ginger and make a tea.

Figs may also help with tonsillitis. I feel jaded. I always wanted tonsillitis when I was a kid because I was told they only feed you ice cream while you are recovering. Anyway, make a paste with fig flesh and warm water and apply it to your throat. It is said to reduce pain and soothe your throat.

 

Will you sleep better if you eat figs? Figs contain an amino acid called tryptophan which will help your body create melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone your brain produces in response to darkness. It helps you sleep.

You can find melatonin products in the store, but be careful using them. You shouldn’t use melatonin every day. In my experience, I have a negative reaction when I take it. Getting melatonin naturally from the plant kingdom must be better for you.

Figs are also home to omega-3 fatty acids. This also helps up the quality of your slumber. Tryptophan also helps vitamin B3 assimilate inside your body. Lack of Vitamin B3 may make you restless, irritable, and discontent. (so can too much java). This can ruin any chance of a good night’s sleep.

Figs also have plenty of magnesium. I used to use magnesium glycinate to help me sleep. It works better than melatonin for me. Melatonin supplements have too many bad side effects in my experience… weird dreams and disrupted sleep.

.Nothing better than sleeping like a baby

 

 

Can figs help fight cancer? Other parts of the fig tree have beneficial effects for people. In the case of cancer, fig leaves and natural latex from fig trees have been shown to promote anti-tumor activity in numerous cancers. These studies have only been performed with test tubes, so the jury is still out

Are wasps sometimes found in figs? Figs technically are not fruits but inverted flowers. Figs bloom internally, and they still require pollination. Bees have passed on taking this job, so fig trees have made a deal with fig wasps. They depend on each other. Wasps slip inside the fig and leave a gift… larvae… in return, the wasp pollinates the fig.

The shape of the fig accommodates the laying of wasp eggs, Males don’t get out alive. The females climb out and pollinate other figs. I guess figs do not qualify as vegan. I personally still eat figs after finding this out. WEIRD!!!

 

How to Prepare and Eat Figs

Fresh figs are really hard to come by. There is such a short window once they are ripe to enjoy fresh. Fresh figs are also delicate and should be handled with care. Rinse them off with cool water and gently dry them off. You can eat them with their skin intact and are simply scrumptious raw.

Figs are also delightful baked, broiled, caramelized, or roasted. I have provided many culinary ideals on the links below. A plethora of recipes! If you score some fresh figs, you can also preserve them by drying, steeping in liquor, making fig jams, and pickling them. Bon appetit!!

 

Here are 27 fig recipes for ideas

Oatmeal fig bars

Plant-based recipes

20 recipes from Yummy Mummy kitchen

Homemade no-bake Fig Newtons

 

Aaahh, PRECAUTION

Some cultivated figs may be treated with sulfur-containing compounds to prolong shelf life. Check the label for a list of ingredients. Look for contains figs (only). It’s possible to have an adverse reaction to certain chemicals.

There is always a chance of an allergic reaction. If you have a birch pollen allergy, chances are you will be allergic to figs. You could always pay for one of those allergy tests to see what foods you are sensitive to.

I had an allergic reaction to something once. I ended up in a hospital. I was waiting tables in a fine dining restaurant and we tried a bunch of dishes for a Kentucky Derby dinner. I thought it was the lobster and avoided seafood for a while. Turns out I don’t have a seafood allergy. We tried a bunch of Mediterranean food that night with some spices I had never encountered. I suspect it was probably one of those spices. My doctor could not order me a test under my medical plan. I passed on paying out-of-pocket. Maybe one day if this happens again.

Figs, like many other foods, may interfere with blood-thinning medications. Glad I don’t take those. Overeating figs may also cause diarrhea because of the high fiber content. Diabetics should be careful about how much they eat, of course… high in natural sugars

Figs are fruit and relatively safe. They are delicious and make a great sweet tooth fix.

Final Thoughts

Fruit should be a staple to everyone’s diet. It’s the perfect food for the human diet. It supplies us with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for maintaining optimum health. The two best fruit for a sweet tooth are figs and dates. You only need a few of them to settle a sweet craving. Thanks for reading.

Many blessings, Brian.

 

 

Research

Constipation and figs

Blood pressure

Fig leaf: Glucose and fat lipid levels

Figs on insulin

Fig skin cream study

Another skin cream story

Apes and natural medicines

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What are the Health Benefits from Chia Seeds?

Chia Seeds. They have become extremely popular in recent years. Do you remember chia pets? You may recall their popular jingle… cha cha chia! You can still find chia pets. Lowes sells one with BABY YODA. Did you know that you can actually eat chia seeds? They are also good for you, so what are the health benefits from CHIA SEEDS?

 

How do Chia Seeds Benefit You?

 

 

THEY’RE A NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE! Chia seeds are crammed full of nutrients… even though they are tiny little things. One ounce provides you with about half of your daily fiber requirement (ounce equals 11 grams of fiber). Fiber is important for your digestive system. It helps clean out your intestines and PROMOTES healthy gut microbiota.

These itty bitty seeds are also a good source of iron. You boost up your red cell count and its performance with iron. Iron helps make hemoglobin. This is a protein in red blood cells that help move blood from your lungs to all parts of your body.

Chia seeds are also a good source of plant protein. An ounce of seeds will provide you with 5 grams of healthy protein. Chia seeds have 9 grams of fat per ounce, so if you’re safeguarding your fat intake, keep that in mind. You will also receive a nice dose of magnesium and calcium from an ounce of chia seeds. Chia seeds are also loaded with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

All of these essential elements create an abundance of energy in your body. These wonder seeds are just loaded with all kinds of goodies.

WHAT’S BETTER THAN HEART! More people check out from our planet from heart disease more than any other human ailment… and the odds can go way down if only you show your heart more love. The best choice you could make is to stop ramming heart-damaging food down your throat. Or at least limit them to special cheat days.

Now, chia seeds can help protect your heart, it’s a superfood, but not a miracle food. Food rich in fiber helps lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 67 controlled trial studies demonstrated that a humble 10-gram increase of fiber intake could reduce your bad cholesterol level. Yes… chia seeds have that covered. Fiber also helps lower inflammation in your cardiovascular system.

Chia seeds are brimming with plant-based OMEGA- 3 fatty acids. These are essential fatty acids that provide many benefits for your body. Certain fish species are high in omega-3s, but the problem is the oceans are so full of toxins. Plant-based options are so much better for your overall health.

Omega-3s deter the build-up of plaque in your arteries. They also help reduce triglycerides (a type of fat found in the blood) and assist in lowering blood pressure…and finally, they can reduce your risk of developing an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats).

STEP INTO THE HEALTHY FLOW! Life is good when your digestion is JUST right…when things run regular… and smooth… Soak your chia seeds in some filtered water and let them expand into a gel. This is what happens when any soluble fiber comes in contact with water. Add this gel to fruit or salads.

Soluble fiber bulks up your stool and transcends healthy gut bacteria into a feeding frenzy. Fiber improves your overall digestive environment. Now, as you may know, fiber can’t be digested… like corn! As it makes its tour through your digestive system… it cleans things up. Things like nasty bacteria and toxins. A healthy digestive system is so important for your overall health.

Chia seeds may prevent constipation. One of the main ways people become constipated is when their stools become dry and hard. At this point, it is quite a chore to move these puppies through your system. They get stuck in limbo. So, most people reach for BIG PHARMA to save the day. Prevention is always king in my world.

Since we are discussing digestive tracts… Diverticulitis is an unwelcome flare-up in your colon. A friend of mine developed a serious case 10 years ago and they had to disconnect part of his digestive tract for a WHOLE YEAR! Ouch!!!

Diets in fiber are extremely important to keep this heinous condition away. So again… healthy digestion is so important. Keeping your digestive tract clean is vital. This is why doctors always want to check colons for cancer when you reach a certain age. Keeping yourself cleaned out is critical for long-term health.

BETTER INGREDIENTS, BETTER WEIGHT LOSS! Fiber makes you feel full for longer periods of time… And, I just discussed how soluble fiber helps move things along in your digestive tract. Fruits, vegetables, and seeds are the champions in the world of fiber. These food groups are usually lower in calories and not the problem when it comes to weight gain. This includes POTATOES! I thrive on potatoes and my weight keeps going down.

When you make a chia seed gel (add water), this will help you feel full for longer. Again, chia seeds are high in protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and alpha-linolenic acid. Combined, these elements are handy in losing weight

So, are chia seeds a magic weight loss pill? Not likely. You have to go all out and change everything about the way you eat if you really want results. However, studies have shown chia seeds as being pretty effective in appetite suppression. They are also able to signal your brain that you’re full.

 

GET THE DIABETES OUT! Are chia seeds the holy grail for reversing diabetes? I hardly think so. Reversing diabetes is possible by following a certain strategy. Chia seeds can play a role in getting better results in your sugars.

Not a lot of research has been performed on the effects of chia seeds on blood glucose, but a 2017 study proposes that chia may convert glucose into a slow-release carbohydrate. Chia seeds may help stabilize blood sugar levels and enhance insulin sensitivity. It also helps halt blood sugar spikes after meals when added to your food.

PRAISE SLEEP! I suffered for years from poor sleep. At one point I tried one of those sleep machine apparatuses. Man, that really sucked! I just couldn’t use that thingie. I actually use a sleep strap now and I am able to wake up more refreshed.

Within the last 19 months, I converted to a whole-food plant-based diet and consume blue-green algae every morning. I am providing my body with essential nutrients, and my sleep has improved dramatically.

I have also used magnesium glycinate to help me fall asleep faster. I don’t need it anymore because I am getting my magnesium from other food sources. Chia seeds are a good source of magnesium, but you need to consume over 100 grams (3.5 oz) to get your recommended daily.

Dehydration is another reason you may wake up feeling dog tired. Especially if you tied one on at the bar last night…well at least before COVID. You may also awaken to a nasty smelling morning breath. What this means is you are not producing enough saliva.

Saliva is your body’s natural disinfectant. Its job is to wipe out mouth bacteria. Chia seeds are an excellent way to keep your body hydrated. But, you need to add liquid to the seeds before consuming them because they will soak up the liquid already in your body and could possibly cause a blockage (like in your throat). Yes, you could choke on chia seeds! As well as other fibers. Adding water to soluble fiber does cause it to expand. This is why throwing rice at weddings is not advisable anymore. Birds eat it. The rice expands when liquid encounters it in their stomach… not good for the bird!

And the best case for better sleep...CHIA SEEDS ARE LOADED WITH TRYPTOPHAN! You know! That stuff in TURKEY that makes you pass out on your Lazy Boy every Thanksgiving.

Tryptophan is one of your body’s essential amino acids. This amino acid is fantastic for combating depression and anxiety. You see… tryptophan converts to SEROTONIN. Low serotonin levels equal to many unhappy days. There is much food straight out of nature that can provide a much-needed mood boost… especially in these times.

RUN FORREST, RUN. What a great movie. It is easily my favorite movie. There is a part in the movie where Forrest runs from coast-to-coast numerous times. It’s one of the sillier parts of the movie. Doesn’t seem possible… at all!

There exists in Mexico a tribe of RUNNING PEOPLE! The TARAHUMARA. This is a tribe of super athletes who run for 50 to 100 miles at a time. ALL FOR FUN AND FOR FREE! It seems that they are able to do this without much effort

What do they eat, you may ask? The staple of their diet is PINOLE and CHIA SEEDS. To make pinole, you would start off with a base of masa harina. (cornmeal treated with lime) Then they would add some agave nectar or honey to sweeten it, put in some cinnamon, and finally throw in some chia seeds. They would heat it all up into a cake and munch on it as they traverse the Mexican terrain. THIS IS MIND-BOGGLING!

GOOD TO THE LAST CELLS! Do you know what is really great about omega-3 fatty acids? It helps increase cell membrane permeability. What in the world is that? This means it helps increase the flexibility of your cell walls. This is good news because it helps prevent cell damage. Sick cells lead to early aging and possibly cancer.

Who doesn’t want to be more quick-witted! Omega-3s can help increase signals between your brain neurons. Cells are always communicating with each other. There is this whole other fantastic world going on inside the human body. Your ego not needed to be involved.

So, you see… omega-3s are some sort of brain food... this is how fish have gotten known for this. You don’t have to fish in tainted seas to receive your daily omega 3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are a very good source. You can add chia seeds to water and create a gel… add this to a bowl of fruit in the morning to get your omega-3s.

I HAVE A BONE TO PICK WITH YOU. Many of us are familiar with the association between calcium and strong bones. Chia seeds are a great source of calcium and other minerals for solid bone health. (like phosphorus).

Phosphorus is the 2nd most abundant mineral in your body. The main function of phosphorus in the human body is bones and teeth. However, add some B vitamins into the mix and phosphorus helps with kidney function, nerve signals, muscle contractions, and a normal heartbeat. You will also find B vitamins in chia seeds.

Chia seeds also help relieve inflammation in your joints and reduce joint pain. Adding these minerals to your diet will also help increase your connective tissues and help build more muscle strength.

What In The Blazes Are Chia Seeds?

Chia seeds are little bitty things. They have a white to gray base and are speckled brown and black. They are hydrophilic. This means they can absorb twelve times their weight. And, they are chocked full of nutrients as described above.

Chia seeds are native to the New World. A staple food for Ancient Aztecs. Evidence shows that chia seeds were cultivated in pre-Columbian times, and was a highly regarded crop like maize (corn). Only corn and beans were seen as more important than chia seeds to these people. Chia seeds today are grown all over Latin America as well as Australia.

Pre-Columbian drawing

 

 

Bring Out The Sprouts

Yea, about that chia pet. Those little sprouts are power charged with nutrition. They grow really easy. Recently I had these nasty little insects called pantry moths. I opened up my jar of chia seeds and noticed cobwebs. Pantry moths had gotten into everything, and before you know it, you will see larva swimming around in whatever they invade. I think I didn’t secure the lid of the jar and they got in. (by the way… pantry moths will eat through plastic)

So… I tossed them outside in some planters. We were already in October when I did so. The sprouts were coming up everywhere. Just like that.

Consuming chia seeds supplies your body with many loving nutrients. But sprouts are even better for you. The sprouting process breaks down some starch which increases the percentages of the nutrients. This also makes chia more bioabsorbable. Your body can access more of the food’s nutrition

From Healthy Eaton dot com

 

 

It’s All Just Black and White

Chia seeds are essentially the same. However, there are subtle differences. There isn’t a white chia seed plant nor a black chia seed one. They all come from the same plant. Basically, they can appear white to gray and are speckled. They give the appearance of a black seed when entirely mottled.

The plants produce more “black” seeds: however, cultivators have separated the seeds and have produced plants with a higher percentage of white seeds or a higher percent of black.

White seeds are higher in omega-3 fatty acid content. Black seeds normally have more protein and can lead to higher crop yields (which farmers love). But, the differences are marginal at best and many believe there really is no difference.

Now For Dinner!

How do you go about eating these healthy little wonders? For starters, if you are a smoothie lover, then you just toss them into the mix. Chia seeds have a mild nutty flavor and will not overpower the flavor of whatever you are eating or drinking.

Sprinkle them onto your salad or add them to a homemade dressing. I have added them to a homemade slaw. You can bake them in bread or muffins. You can make homemade energy bars like the super running natives of Mexico. A lot of marathon runners are paying attention to these super runners.

I have at this moment a chia pudding sitting in my fridge. I made homemade oat milk. (oats and filtered water in a ninja… takes less than a minute) Use about a cup and a half of milk. Add a quarter cup of organic cocoa, a tiny bit of vanilla extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and 3 to 5 tablespoons of agave or maple syrup. Mix it up. Stir in a half cup of chia seeds and stir them in. Put in the fridge for 5 hours and walla… delicious healthy pudding.

For those on a plant-based diet… chia seeds make an excellent egg replacement for baking recipes. Mix a tablespoon of chia to 3 tablespoons of water. Let it soak for 15 minutes. End result… a healthy egg replacement.

Don’t forget about the sprouts. Invest in an affordable sprouter and grow some chia sprouts. Add them to salads or sandwiches. You can fit these little cuties into your life with a little awareness and creativity. Happy eating.

P.S. You can store them for 4 to 5 years. But, watch out for pantry moths… ugggghh!

Danger Will Robinson!!!

Finally,… ARE CHIA SEEDS SAFE? Are there any precautions you should take? Do not try to swallow a spoon full of chia seeds straight and chase it with a glass of water. A man in North Carolina did just that. The seeds formed into a thick gel-like substance in his esophagus and found he could no longer swallow. He required medical treatment to fix the issue.

This is rare, but it shows how important it is to add liquid or mix the chia seeds into food before consuming it. People with swallowing problems should proceed with caution and try to avoid giving toddlers chia seeds to munch on.

Although rare, some people are allergic to chia seeds. This can happen with any food group, but some like peanuts are more common.

Final Thoughts

If you prepare your own food at home, it’s real easy to slip in some chia seeds here and there. I add some to my fruit bowl in the morning or in my salads. My next project is to invest in a better sprouter and start adding these healthy sprouts to my meal plan.

There are so many healthy elements inside chia seeds, it needs to remain a staple in my diet… just like the super runners and the ancient Aztecs. Happy Eating.

Many Blessings, Brian.

SOURCES

Fiber Study

Appetite suppression and effects on blood glucose

General Chia Seed Research

 

 

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What is Triphala Fruit and Where Can You Buy It?

Triphala is widely used in India. It is a traditional homeopathic remedy in Ayurvedic medicine. This is an ancient Indian medical system that utilizes natural resources for its formulations… mostly from the plant kingdom… they also used animals, metals, and minerals… recommended more than any other Ayurvedic formulation, but what is Triphala fruit?

To sum it up. Triphala is a combination of 3 tropical Indian forest fruits. They work wonders on their own, but something more magical happens when they are joined in unison. The whole is greater than its individual parts… sorta like the Beatles!

  • AMALAKI, or generally referred to as Amla or Indian Gooseberry, is the all-star of the trio. Amla has way more antioxidants than any other fruit. This superfood offers excellent immune system support. It also helps controls blood sugar levels, is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, and is often used for digestive issues in India.
  • BIBHITAKI is loaded with linoleic acid works wonders for your cardiovascular system. It also helps improve insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. It also helps reduce body fat.
  • HARITAKI is used for healthy bowel function (elimination and regularity). It supports a healthy liver and it has a calming effect which helps with anxiety issues.

I have covered TRIPHALA in great detail in an earlier post. If you are not familiar with triphala, follow this link!

India has a storied history offering the world many wonders such as yoga, Vedic philosophy, and Ayurvedic Medicine.

 

Below I have reviewed several popular Triphala products that are available on Amazon. I am an affiliate there and receive a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. Anything you buy on Amazon supports an affiliate somewhere and has no effect on the actual price offered at Amazon. Thanks for visiting my site.

 

 

 

 

 

Starting back in the 1990s, the founders of Organic India approached local farmers in India in an attempt to get them to convert to organic farming methods. The farmers were skeptical. They had every reason to be. They tried to industrialize the farming community in the 1960s. This pursuit of industrializing the agricultural community was a complete failure.

Communities were destroyed and the environment was damaged. Farmers ended up in debt and in poverty. Who could blame them for not trusting outsiders with a new scheme.  Organic India was finally able to recruit some farmers to join their mission.

Organic India shared some common beliefs with the farming community. They desired to bring back the old ways and recover some traditional agricultural wisdom. They set out to reestablish healthy farmlands and thriving forests.

Their business model places importance on sound social, economical, and environmental standards. They also believe in fair trade in regard to their farmer partnerships.

Organic India has joined forces with thousands of individual farming families spanning the Indian subcontinent. This has helped develop strong communities by bringing a higher quality of life to these villages.

These farmers apply a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming. No synthetic chemicals are used. No GMO or irradiation is permitted.

Organic India is dedicated to being a trustworthy and global leader in providing healthy organic products to the world.

 

Organic India partnerships with local farmers to bring Ayurvedic formulations to the world.

 

F.A.Q.s

How are The herbs processed? First thing, all the herbs are grown using organic farming methods. Then they naturally are air-dried, in the sun or shade (depending on the requirements of each plant). Once dry, the herbs are processed in their own certified organic facilities.

The herbs are ground into a 30 mesh particle size. This helps maintain the herb’s botanical integrity. Then the products undergo a dry steam sterilization process to meet stringent safety protocols, Each batch is then tested to ensure they are compliant with AHPA safety standards.  They are checked for heavy metals, fungus, molds, pesticides, yeast, and bacteria.

And finally, no fillers, artificial flavors or colors, or preservatives of any kind are added to any of their herbal products.

Are the herbs raw? Are they sterilized? Organic India preserves their herbs as close to their natural state as possible. The herbs are heated just high enough for sterilization, so they can no longer be considered raw. They use a nonchemical sterilization process to clean the herbs and get rid of any possible harmful pathogens.

Are all of the products 3rd party tested? Yes. Each batch is tested thoroughly for contaminants. Also, botanical ingredient integrity testing is done to ensure the potency of the herbs.

What are the capsules made of?  Pullulan. This a natural mushroom biopolymer. Pullulan is created by extracting water from the mushroom that is grown organically on a tapioca starch substrate.

Pullulan also creates an oxygen barrier which in turn prolongs the product’s shelf life. This also protects it from oxidation.

What should I do if I have a negative reaction to a herbal remedy? Stop using it right away and contact your medical health professional.

You can contact a medical safety team, that works with Organic India, if you like. 1-888-550-8332 x6 with any questions or concerns you may have.

Are Organic India’s products safe to use during pregnancy? Always consult with a physician before taking any supplements.

 

About Organic India Triphala

  • ORGANIC TRIPHALA – These fruits are gathered from wild regions in India.
  • VEGAN – GLUTEN-FREE – Non-GMO – Kosher and Halal Certified
  • GROWN WITH REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE METHODS – All products are grown and harvested ethically. They have partnered with thousands of local farmers to help restore the health and wellness of the land and communities.
  • LEED PLATINUM CERTIFIED – They are the very first food production facility in India to receive the LEED Platinum certification. This is the highest rating you can receive with LEED. It is all about going GREEN and its sustainability.

 

Organic India Triphala Herbal Powder

 


PRICE    $15.99

SIZE       1 POUND BAG

RATING  4.6 OUT OF 5

 

 

Organic India Triphala Herbal Supplement

Digestion & Colon Support


PRICE     $25.99

SIZE       180 CAPS

RATING  4.4 OUT OF 5

 

 

Banyon Botanicals was founded in 1996. They have been serving the Ayurvedic community for over 20 years. It started out with a love of Ayurvedic herbal remedies. Banyan Botanicals takes great pride in offering the largest selection of Ayurvedic herbs available.

Banyan Botanicals is committed to bringing you the highest quality Ayurvedic herbs at affordable prices. They only promote certified organic products that are grown by farmers using renewable resources. Protecting the environment for future generations is a high priority at Banyan. This includes the careful conservation of soil and water.

 

 

F.A.Q.s

Are Banyan Botanicals products tested? Absolutely. Each individual batch of herbs are tested for lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. They use independent United States laboratories for testing.

Does Banyan use animals in product testing? No way! They are committed to the humane treatment of animals.

Why does Banyan use plastics for their products? Many factors are considered at Banyon in making decisions… quality… customer service… economics… and environmental impact. They use highly recyclable plastics PET and HDPE. These are both BPA FREE. Fewer resources are used in the production of plastic bottles versus glass.

Why go organic? Organic farming is best for maintaining environmental health. It is also safer for the consumer. The products are not contaminated by toxic chemicals like growth hormones or pesticides. It is better for yielding healthier and robust crops.

Are Banyan Botanicals produced in the U.S.? Banyan collects raw herbs from all over the world. A huge chunk arrives from India and is grown in the states. All the final products are produced in the United States,

The products then are immediately quarantined and tested in their Albuquerque warehouse. They must meet their standards before they bag up the powders or make tablet formulations.

 

 

About Banyan Botanicals Triphala

 

  • Triphala translates into three fruits in Sanskrit (ancient Indian language). Made from the highest ORGANIC TRIPHALA POWER. This traditional formula helps clean your intestinal tract, maintain regularity, and promotes healthy digestion. It also works as a colon cleanse… but gentle on your system. You won’t have to stay close to your bathroom as you would with a more common colon cleanse.
  • Use TRIPHALA every day. You may notice a change within a day or it may take up to 4 to 6 weeks. Please allow time for it to work itself into your tissues to do its work. You can start with a small dose and work to larger quantities if needed.
  • The powdered form is the most traditional way to take this formulation. Triphala has a bitter taste, so take the capsules if you don’t want to mess around making the powder more palatable (adding something sweet to the mix). However, in India, the taste is considered by Ayurvedic medicine to be an essential part of the process. This starts your digestive process and signals your body to start its own internal pharmacy.
  • BANYAN BOTANICALS is dedicated to producing the highest quality AYURVEDIC products. They only use USDA certified organic herbs. They practice fair trade. All the products are 3rd party tested to ensure product quality and your safety.
  • 100 % GUARANTEE. If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied with their products, they will gladly accept all returns and give you a full refund.

 

 

Banyan Botanicals Triphala Powder


PRICE        $21.99

SIZE          1 POUND

RATING    4.4 OUT OF 5

Banyan Botanical Triphala Tablets


PRICE       $19.99

SIZE          90 TABLETS

RATING    4.6 OUT OF 5

Bayan Botanical Triphala Guggalu

Detoxification and Metobolic Support

About Triphala Guggulu

  • TRIPHALA GUGGULU is a classic Ayurvedic formula. It helps clear natural toxins from all the channels and tissues of your body. It helps support healthy cholesterol levels that are already in the normal range.
  • The 3 fruits of TRIPHALA help in detoxifying and nourishing your system. GUGGULU RESIN helps heat and scrape natural toxins deeply embedded in your body. This should effectively cleanse your body… particularly your digestive and elimination systems. It also works on your blood and on your joints.
  • TRIPHALA GUGGULU promotes healthy body metabolism. It is also an excellent tool for weight management.

 


PRICE        $29.99

SIZE           90 TABLETS

RATING     4.5 OUT OF 5

 

Micro Ingredients is located in Montclair, California. They work exclusively with Amazon and Walmart.com (as well as their own online store) They keep their prices affordable and are committed to offering high-quality products. They span the globe searching for the best ingredients to deliver to your doorstep.

They use the most up-to-date equipment, so they can convert raw materials into the purest form of powder. They go to great effort to ensure the product’s potency.

Micro Ingredients only use USDA certified organic ingredients and absolutely allow no GMO. No additives or fillers are ever used for any of their products.

 

 

About Microingredients Triphala

  • MICROINGREDIENTS use only USDA Organic Pure Triphala Powder. 8 ounces. No GMOs and Vegan friendly.
  • Vigorously support COLON CLEANSE, DIGESTIVE HEALTH, and WEIGHT MANAGEMENT.
  • No additives or fillers. No preservatives. No Gluten.
  • Scoop included for proper measurement. Take it every day with or between meals with water… or add it to a shake or smoothie. Find out for yourself what the most nutrient-dense food on the planet is about.
  • Taking it in powder form is better for quicker absorption and is more gentle on your stomach.

 

 

Organic Triphala Powder

 

 


PRICE       $14.95

SIZE          8 OUNCES

RATING    4.2 OUT OF 5

 

Nutridosha believes strongly in looking out for their employees, suppliers, partners, customers, and community. They strive for 100% satisfaction, 100% of the time.

They choose relationships with partners and suppliers who share the same values. Quality and potency are extremely important at Nutridosha. All products that are subjected to 3rd party testing to verify the purity and efficacy of each formulation.

Nutridosha is confident that you will love their products and if for any reason, you are not completely satisfied, they will replace your product or offer a full refund within 60 days of purchase… no questions asked.

 

About NUTRIDOSHA

 

  • TRIPHALA is the most popular and respected traditional Ayurvedic formula. 3 superfruits from the Indian subcontinent: Amalaki (Amla), Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. This powerful fruit trio offers awesome support for your digestive system, liver, respiratory system, and immune system.
  • You will be able to DETOXIFY, DEEPLY CLEANSE, AND RESTORE BALANCE to your body. Take their gold standard premium Triphala formula. Triphala is an exceptional source of linoleic acid and vitamin C.
  • Widely valued in ancient India. This formula has been working for a long, long time. It is known as an Ayurvedic fat burner and internal cleanser. Triphala promotes proper digestion. The nutrients are also easily absorbed and assimilated into your body. Triphala is an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.
  • TRIPHALA is also an effective anti-inflammatory and detox agent. It is power-packed with antioxidants. Amla is a ROCKSTAR in the antioxidant world. This SUPERFRUIT may help you remove toxins and fats cells, lower cholesterol levels, and act as a mild, but effective, colon cleanser. And FINALLY… It may help you improve your body’s blood flow by promoting healthy nitric oxide levels.
  • They stand behind their quality. Manufactured and third-party tested in the United States in a certified organic facility. Capsules are vegan friendly.

 

Pure Premium Triphala

 


PRICE       $18.49

SIZE          60 CAPSULES

RATING    4.3 OUT OF 5

 

Final Thoughts

Triphala is a cheap and effective way to build immune system support. It would be a difficult task to import these 3 superfruits and try to make your own formula. Amla is a SUPERSTAR antioxidant, but a special magic occurs when these three fruits come together in unison. It is the most popular AYURVEDIC FORMULATION going back a thousand years. India has a long and rich history and has always been on top of their game when it comes to the human condition.

If you are serious about your health, give TRIPHALA a try. Thanks for reading.

Many Blessings, Brian.

I am in no way stating that Triphala will cure any conditions or diseases. The human body is finicky. What helps one person, may not work as well with others. The numbers are on the side of Triphala’s effectiveness in helping people improve various areas of health.

My immune system is solid, but I also consume a lot of Klamath Blue-green algae. What I can verify… since I have been taking Triphala, my digestive tract moves really smoothly. It runs so easily and smoothly. I can attest to this. This is what it’s known for in India. I have regular and smooth movements of my number 2 every day (not everyone likes to talk about that, right!). This is what I can verify for myself. Constipation does plague a lot of people.  Proper digestion is so important for maintaining optimal health!

Have a good one.

TRIPHALA RESEARCH

Is Blueberry a Fruit that offers Immune System Support?

Blueberry is a popular flavor in the United States. Blueberry pancakes are magnificent. Muffins loaded with blueberries are common in my country… as well as cobbler or pie. But, is blueberry a fruit that offers immune system support?

Most of the blueberries picked each season end up in your produce aisle at your local supermarket. But, each year blueberries are becoming more popular in a processed form.

Blueberries are considered a SUPERFOOD!  They are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and ANTIOXIDANTS! 

Antioxidants are linked with reducing risks of heart disease, cancer, and other inflammatory disorders. They have also been proven effective in treating immune system disorders as well as digestive issues.

 

mmm… yummy

 

By the way… What are Blueberries?

Blueberries are small bluish or purple fruits that grow on flowering shrubs. The fruit grows in clusters.  They are native to North America and are cultivated as well as grow wild. They are most often grown in northern states as well as Canada. The highbush variety was introduced to Europe in the 1930s.

Blueberries only exhibit their exotic color on the outside. The skin is the only part of the blueberry possessing this natural dye. If you are not careful when eating blueberries, you could end up with a permanent stain on your clothes.  The skin is loaded with anthocyanins. These are naturally produced pigments that get their color depending on the amount of the acidity level of the pigment.

Wild Blueberries

How Can Blueberries Boost Your Immune System?

Blueberries have a reputation for boosting your immune system. The Year 2020 certainly has gotten the attention of many people around the globe when it comes to immune system health. Whether you are worried about the virus or not, most of us have taken noticed what could happen to you if you have a compromised immune system.

Now, these little ole’ berries are chocked full of antioxidants. Blueberries are on the top of the list of many antioxidant charts, but a little known fruit from india, Amla, is packed with way more antioxidants. However, blueberries have a considerably higher number of antioxidants than just about any other natural food.

Antioxidants are molecules that fight off aggressive free radical scavengers. Free radicals in small amounts are actually beneficial for your immune system. Your body’s immune cells use free radicals to fight off infections.

It is necessary to have inflammation after an injury.  Free radicals released from inflamed cells are essential for the regeneration of tissue.  Having the right balance of antioxidants and free radicals are important for maintaining overall health.

To keep free radicals under control, you need to consume more antioxidant-rich foods. If your body is overrun by free radicals, oxidative stress sets in.  This oxidation can damage your DNA and lead to cell death. Cancerous cells may develop as a result.

WHAT CAUSES OXIDATIVE STRESS? Environmental toxins like air pollution or inhaling toxic chemicals from a job site… Addictive behavior such as cigarette smoking or excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages… Radiation exposure as in tanning beds… Out of control blood sugar levels… Overdoing exercise (damaging tissues)… Too much vitamin C or vitamin E or… Too much copper, zinc, magnesium, or iron (you can actually overdo essential nutrients!).

Balance is the key to optimum health. Too much or too little oxygen is even worse for you.  Having a ph balance is also extremely important. Just keep in mind to take it easy and be careful of addictive behavior.

 

 

Are Blueberries the Key to the Fountain of Youth?

Well.  I doubt that you will ever find the fountain of youth… but, it is true that eating the right kind of foods (and avoiding other food groups) help slow your body’s aging process. Poor food choices lead to an early death.  This should be common knowledge.  BUT, many people love staying in DENIAL.  It is comfortable and convenient.

Fighting back oxidative stress is one of the most important things to do if you want to fight back the effects of aging. So, whatever works well for your immune system carries forward with staying young.  Healthy cells are everything.  When your organs fail, you can bet there is a problem within the cells of that particular organ.

So, the bottom line… consume foods high in antioxidants help keep Father Time at bay for a little while longer. Antioxidants help keeps cells healthy and aids in their regeneration.  Blueberries are a superfruit that will help you get there.

Stay home Father Time… I am not ready for you yet!

 

Does Cancer Still Scare You to Death?

I don’t spend my days worrying about cancer.  I watched my dad whither away with lung cancer. I never developed a passion for cigarettes… thank GOD! I am somewhat vain and am more concerned about aging. I am 57 and doing pretty good at looking and feeling youthful.

I spend a great deal of time and research searching for the best ways to maintain optimum health.  I had a period of my life when I let myself go when I started suffering from chronic pain.  It turns out it was sciatica. I have been successful at keeping this in remission. The internet is the greatest TOOL ever for finding answers to problems. I just wish ego would step aside and actual facts could be presented to the general populous and lives could be enriched. But, in the meantime, you can sort through abundant sources of info to find solutions.  Once you are able to network into the right resources, you are home free.

There are food choices you can make to turn your health around (if you heading towards ill health), or if you want to obtain optimum performance in sports. You can increase your chances of avoiding degenerative diseases by paying close attention to what you put into your body. We, as a society, eat foods without looking at the ingredients. You have no idea what restaurants are even putting in your food. I’m not trying to preach here.  I am just trying to get people to at least think about what they are consuming.

Blueberries are not a cure for cancer, but they are one of the better food choices for maintaining healthy cellular health with their potent antioxidant power from phytonutrients.. As well as antioxidants, blueberries are high in vitamin C and vitamin A.

Research has shown antioxidants slowing down numerous cancers. You should proceed with caution in taking antioxidant supplements.  They could have a negative impact on tumors. It would be wise to stick with whole foods to obtain your antioxidants.

Something magic happens in nature.  Eating whole foods, rather than scientifically altered supplements, are your best bet in achieving optimal health.  Powdered forms are fine if they are not heated up during the manufacturing process (heat alters the chemical structure of pretty much everything).

Blueberries also contain vitamin B9… folate or folic acid.  This powerful B vitamin plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair. This is helpful in cancer prevention since cancer is a result of a mutation in the DNA and cells.

Eat Your Heart Out! as long as it is Blueberries.

A few years ago I was really SCARED. I was having chest pains. One night I decided to head to the local VA and had myself checked out. I was already aware that my blood pressure would get too high during certain activities like hiking steep hills. Anyway, I had all these tests done to try to locate the source of my pain.

I have always felt fortunate in being able to use my veteran’s medical benefits otherwise these tests would have cost me a pretty penny! After undergoing all of these tests, the end result was, my heart was functioning well. I asked the doctors if it was muscular pain.  I then figured it must have been an injury caused by overdoing resistance band workouts or karate. The doctor agreed that I may have torn a muscle.

Any way, the pain came back 6 months ago.  I had been on a plant-based diet for a whole year at this point, and my blood pressure had returned to normal. I googled sternum pain... I just love the internet.  I found out I had Costochondritis.  This was the cause of my chest pain and required a specially made device from New Zealand to push my ribs back into place.

My point.  Chest pain scared the bejesus out of me.  A heart attack sounds like a really bad way to go. I will do anything healthwise to avoid cardiovascular disease.

Eating blueberries may help you lower your blood pressure. The anti-inflammatory effects of blueberries help make your arterial walls more flexible so your blood can move more smoothly through your body. Blueberries will also help you lower your LDL cholesterol which also plays a role in heart disease.

The nutritional components of blueberries support heart health. It contains fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate and phytonutrients  Fiber helps reduce the amount of cholesterol flowing through your bloodstream. Vitamin B6 and folate help prevent homocysteine buildup. (an amino acid from eating meat). Too much homocysteine may lead to heart disease.

Certain minerals can help you lower blood pressure if consumed on a regular basis. Calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Blueberries provide these minerals.

I start my day off with a bowl of fruit.  I usually have bananas, dates, and blueberries in the mix. I am also diabetic and believe it or not fruit does not raise my blood sugar to out of control levels. This is only because I am on a plant-based diet with very little plant-based fats. My blood pressure is now in the normal range and was high before I changed the way I eat.

 

Are Blueberries Good for Digestion and Weight Loss?

Losing weight is actually quite simple.  I tried every fad diet available for years and bought too many so-called-weight-loss-pills. Hard to follow diets worked for a moment.  I actually had success with food combining (Fit-for-Life) when I was young. But when I tried it later on in life, when I was becoming OBESE, it didn’t seem to have its magic anymore.  My metabolism was different at 26 years of age. In my late thirties, it just didn’t work.

The Paleo diet worked some, but I plateaued. My bloodwork also was horrendous.  This way of eating is the express lane to a heart attack.  It also made my diabetes worse.  At first, it lowered my sugars… that is why I started the diet in the first place.  To be honest, I had to add more meat to my diet, because their recommendations left me ravenous.  I was always hungry.

After receiving my bloodwork about 19 months ago, I felt hopeless. My health was getting worse. I was scared to say the least. I am not easily defeated by life. I have made many turnarounds from hopeless situations. Fortunately, I came across a website that changed my life… or at least my health.

This leads me to where I am today. I am not worried about Covid.  My immune system is strong.  I put this blog together to share my journey and my dedication towards research so I may offer hope to others.

My diet changed that day in the doctor’s office, and I have not looked back. The secret to a better you (health and physical appearance) is through the plant kingdom. Most people don’t care to listen to this, but some will. If your health is failing and you are overweight, a whole-food plant-based diet will change your life.

Weight loss is so easy this way.  Just go to youtube and look up plant-based eating. You will find a plethora of testimonials to back this up.  There are also many smart and wise doctors getting on board.

Your digestion will improve drastically when you eat plants loaded with fiber. It is always best to eat the whole food to get your nutrients. Blueberries are loaded with fiber to help in your digestion. They support healthy gut function, digestion, and better bowel movements. Nutrients that are present in blueberries will help keep the natural bacteria in your stomach thriving and healthy.

Blueberries are full of water and will help you stay full.  You won’t notice this right away because you may be used to eating heavier.  It seems when I start with some raw nutrient-rich foods, it takes less starchy foods to fill me up. When I just eat starchy foods alone, I tend to overeat.

Is Eating Blueberries the SMART Thing to do?

Blueberries are wonderful for brain function and improving memory. Antioxidants do you a solid again and help reduce harmful oxidation on your brain. As we all know, when we age, brain function and memory begin to decline. Flooding your body with antioxidant potent foods is the SMART thing to do.

Blueberries may help you keep your brain operating at youthful levels and may even improve your memory function. Blueberries’ anti-inflammatory properties allow for better blood flow to your brain.

Mental-health population-based studies have been able to demonstrate that blueberries have been effective in slowing cognitive decline in older women (look in resources below). Another study shows blueberries as helping to prevent neurodegenerative diseases. Blueberries are definitely certifiable brain food!

Should Diabetics Eat Blueberries?

ABSOLUTELY!  I briefly explained earlier in this post my experience in fruit consumption as a diabetic. If you keep fat out of your bloodstream, you can gobble all the carbohydrates you want.  This includes fruit. You really can on a plant-based diet.

However, if you choose to eat the Great American diet (or any Western-style diet), blueberries are on the ok-to-eat list for diabetics… in small amounts.  They contain less sugar than other fruits… as most berries.  But, if you eat my way, you can gorge on fruit.

If you add sugar to your diet, make sure it is encased in fruit.  Since fruit is packed with fiber, your body will absorb natural sugars inside fruit without horrendous spiking. There is something magical when you consume whole foods in raw form the way nature intended.

Chemicals (anthocyanins) found in blueberries may help you with insulin sensitivity and your glucose metabolism. The key to treating diabetes lies in treating insulin sensitivity.  If you don’t, carbs will raise your blood sugar.

 

Are Wild Blueberries Better than Cultivated?

Wild Blueberries are smaller. They have double the antioxidant capacity of cultivated blueberries.  Wild blueberries vary in color.  They have different shades of blue to an almost black in color. They can also vary in taste… from extremely sweet to a more tart flavor.

Grown in harsh environments (Maine and Canada), wild blueberries have adapted to their condition by developing more anthocyanins (antioxidant). This is why wild blueberries are better in taste and nutrition.

Cultivated blueberries are more homogeneous in size, taste and color. Cultivate berries may be genetically engineered (GMO). Cultivated blueberries are easier to harvest since you can plan how they are planted and grown. You can get machinery to harvest the crop. Wild blueberries depend on hand harvesting. So if you are trying to make a profit, cultivating blueberries would probably be your best choice.

Picking fresh blueberries

Are blueberries stil healthy when cooked?

Once you go over 350 degrees Fahrenheit, you will start losing the potency of the antioxidants. Microwaves and overboiling cause the most loss of nutritional value… don’t get me started on how I feel about microwaves!

Cooked berries also leach out vitamin C. However, the levels of niacin, thiamine, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and carotene are similar to their natural form. Cooking seems to increase the amounts of riboflavin and vitamin E. Calcium, potassium, and phosphorus become more absorbable when heated. Cooking also DOUBLES the amount of calcium, zinc and magnesium are essentially the same cooked as raw.

 

What is the Difference Between Blueberry and Bilberry?

Bilberry is a European relative to the American blueberry. Bilberries actually have more anthocyanins.  This is the source of the antioxidant power of blueberries, The taste of wild blueberries and bilberries are similar, however; cultivated blueberries have a different taste. Bilberries are easy to find in Europe… not so much in North America.

 

Final Thoughts

What do you like about blueberries? Blueberry pancakes are my favorite as well as blueberry pie. Yummy! I eat blueberries a lot in my morning fruit bowl They can be a little mushy at times.  Depends. They are not overly sweet and are better (in my opinion) mixed with other fruits.

It is good to know that you can still reap nutritional benefits from cooked blueberries. I have to be careful of the added sugars in baked goods, but I am sure I kind find a healthier way to bake blueberries. There is a ton of info online on various ways to eat blueberries.  Have fun. Thanks for reading.

Many blessings, Brian.

 

 

Resources

Fighting cancer

Treating hypertension

Blueberries and brain function

Prevention of neurodegenerative disease

If you have diabetes… please check this out!

 

I am not an affiliate with anything on this post

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What is Turmeric Root?

Turmeric root

What is Turmeric Root?  Most people are familiar with curry powder.  Curries are very popular in Indian, Thai, Cambodian, and Chinese cuisine.  The main ingredient in yellow curries is Turmeric.  If you have ever used this colorful spice at home, you will quickly find out that it can stain your plate ware. It can be quite tricky to remove those stains.

Some say turmeric is the most powerful of all the spices. It has been used to treat every household ailment in India. Its incredible healing powers are numerous. It is an antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-inflammatory. Wow! With all that going on, maybe you should add it to your diet.

Turmeric is also used as a Dye. The golden yellow color is due to curcumin.  Dye made out of turmeric isn’t the greatest of dyes, but it is often used to color traditional Indian dresses (Saris) and it is the base color used in the robes of Buddhist monks.

                                                                       Buddist monks in meditation

 

What is the History of Turmeric?

The turmeric plant originates from South Asia. It has been used for medicinal purposes for 4000 years in India. There it has primarily been used as a spice (it is the main ingredient in many curries).  In India, turmeric powder is seen as a symbol of purity, fertility, and prosperity and, it is used in Indian rites and rituals. Because of its intense bright color, turmeric has been called “Indian Saffron”.

Turmeric more than likely reached China around 700 A.D. Shortly thereafter, it reached East Africa. It found its way to the New World (Jamaica) in the 18th century.  Marco Polo was dazzled by the spice and added it to his famous trade route, The Silk Road,  in the thirteenth century.

Turmeric also found its way into Polynesian hands.  Evidence of turmeric was found in Tahiti, Hawaii, and Easter Island before European contact was made in these locations.

Turmeric has been found all over Polynesia

What are the Benefits of Turmeric?

Anti-inflammatory Relief

You could have fooled me! Inflammation is important? Well, it’s a vital part of your immune system response. It behaves like a warrior… ready to go to battle with viruses and bacteria… or germs wanting to wreak havoc in your body.  Inflammation also helps heal and repair damaged tissue.

If you didn’t have inflammation, dangerous pathogens like bacteria would take control of your body and possibly kill you. Now, I am talking about acute-short term inflammation here. This is beneficial in maintaining optimal health. inflammation becomes a huge problem when it becomes chronic. 

Many scientists believe that chronic inflammation is involved with most ailments in our current times. Instead of helping your tissues, it becomes like an out of control pit bull and begins to tear your body down.  Now, I have met a lot of nice pit bulls in my life, but I choose to avoid the damaging ones… just as I like to keep my inflammation at bay.

 

So, the bottom line is, anything that helps control inflammation is a friend of mine.  At one point of my life, I suffered from sciatica.  I decided to use a turmeric and curcumin supplement near the end of that ordeal (along with physical therapy), and my sciatica problem went into remission. The spinal area in your lower back gets inflamed horrendously with sciatica.  It is a living nightmare.  I do believe the curcumin supplement helped lower the swelling in my lower back and aided in my recovery.

Research has shown that curcumin aids your body in reducing inflammation by lowering your body’s histamine levels and boosting the amount of cortisone which is produced by your adrenal glands.  This special turmeric compound has been a blessing in treating chronic arthritis. It has also been beneficial in lessening pain and fatigue.

 

Help with Arthritis

Arthritis is a common ailment in western countries.  Imagine that.  With our compromised cuisine. There are over 100 different types of arthritis… inflammatory arthritis is the type that you may benefit from by adding turmeric to your diet. This type of arthritis causes inflammation of your joints, so it makes sense to treat the cause instead of the condition.  Getting the swelling down should be a primary concern.  You may want to revisit the type of foods that you are consuming and find out which ones tend to cause inflammation.

They published a study back in 2012 demonstrating that curcumin is a compelling anti-inflammatory compound. It was proven to be more effective than an anti-inflammatory drug used in this test. (study located in resources). It makes good sense to give it a try if you suffer from any kind of inflammation.

It’s a Powerful Antioxidant

Along with chronic inflammation, Oxidative damage is another dirty rotten scoundrel behind the scenes of many diseases. You may have heard the term free radical. These are highly reactive molecules with unpaired electrons.  Basically… your cells are damaged.  CANCER is a collection of damaged cells.  NO BUENO.

Antioxidants are so IMPORTANT!  They help protect your body from harmful free radical scavengers.  Turmeric has powerful antioxidant properties that will fight the good fight against these devils.  Curcumin also may amp up the activity of your own body’s antioxidant enzymes. So, you can double dip with curcumin… stop free radicals before they cause damage… charge up your own body’s defense mechanisms!

Antioxidant-rich berries


 

Heart disease is the world’s #1 cause of death


It is common knowledge that heart disease is the number one killer in the world.  Like many man-made afflictions, poor diet choices play a huge role.  Sure, some people have drawn the short straw when it comes to having a healthy heart.  I knew a little girl when I was a child, that had a hole in her heart… her lips were even blue… she bravely trudged through life.  That was a long time ago, and medicine was not yet advanced enough.

For the rest of us born with normal hearts, we should all show more love to our hearts. As a society, we just don’t.  We get caught up in the moment and eat whatever is sitting in front of us. Things are way more out of control than when I was a kid 45 years ago. Portion sizes have skyrocketed… Belt sizes have ballooned… Food has been poisoned with who knows what…  Food is not really even “food” half the time.

Anyway.  Nature has the answer. She always does. Eating food created in nature… eating as nature intended. Turmeric contains properties that can help reverse heart disease Curcumin can help improve the function of the endothelium (this is the lining of your blood vessels).

Endothelial dysfunction has nothing to do with clogged arteries (which is what most people associate with heart disease). The large blood vessels on your heart constrict instead of dilating.  This condition, oddly enough, favors women over men.

Curcumin also reduces the amount of inflammation and oxidation in your body (as discussed above). Inflammation and oxidation negatively affect heart disease as well and every other organ in your body.

 

 

Anti-cancer help?

Cancer used to scare me to death.  To this day, I remember a teacher instilling this fear in me.  Back in the seventies, it was a death sentence.  It sill can be. My dad died of lung cancer in 1999.  I despise cigarettes by the way. I watched him slowly wither away to the nastiness that is cancer. 

Science has come far since those early days of my childhood. I don’t think about cancer so much.  I eat extremely healthy these days… I make sure there are no chemicals in my food and I have been into herbal remedies for decades now.

Cancer is a disease of damaged cells, of course. I suppose most people have a basic understanding of this. Certain cancers are more treatable than others, and not all cancers are caused by environmental toxins or poor dietary habits.  I used to work for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital as a fundraiser and childhood cancer is the result of DNA changes early in a child’s life or even before they are born… some are the result of genes.

There are some steps you can take if you develop cancer. Curcumin from turmeric is one of the many options you can take to fight cancer. If you are undergoing radiation therapy, sometimes new cancers may develop.  Curcumin can help prevent these new cancers from forming. It can also slow down the generation of existing cancer cells and may help prohibit tumor growth.

Studies have demonstrated that curcumin can play a role in the death of cancer cells and help limit the number of blood vessels growing in tumors.  It can also help slow down the spread of cancer. Various studies point out that curcumin can reduce the growth of cancer cells in a laboratory setting and stop the growth of tumors in test animals.

You don’t have to wait for a cancer diagnosis before adding turmeric or a curcumin supplement to your daily routine. Evidence shows curcumin can help prevent cancer from developing in the first place. There may come a day when curcumin is used alongside conventional cancer treatment. Too early to say, but it looks promising!

Digestive Aid?

Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years to add flavor to food. Curry is extremely popular in South Asian cuisine. Besides spicing up food, turmeric has an added benefit… it can help you digest your meal better. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds (if not thousands) of years as a digestive aid.

The curcumin properties in turmeric help support your gall bladder, stomach, and kidneys. Modern Western medicine is now beginning to explore how turmeric can help with gut inflammation and as a possible treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.

Are you Depressed?

Big pharma has reaped the rewards of an increasing number of depressed people in recent times. Depression has been in the media’s spotlight since The Prozac Nation became a staple on many best selling books lists. Doctors in these stressful times are quick to write scripts for anti-depressants.     

I developed chronic pain back in 1997.  My life took a quick nose dive. I went through years of uncertainty and dismay. I visited doctor after doctor and could find no answers to what was causing my pain.  Years later when the pain came back, I discovered the cause and was able to use physical therapy to get on top of… sciatica.

So… back then, they could not figure it out.  It baffles me. This is a common condition. It could be that forces beyond our material world set up the dynamics for me to learn a spiritual lesson. But… the doctors at the VA threw in the towel and sent me to a shrink.

All the psychiatrists wanted to do was prescribe me anti-depressants.  I was upset with my situation, for sure, but I never have struggled with depression. I messed around with some supplements and eventually, the pain went bye-bye… at least for the time being.

In comes 2011 and I hurt my back and found myself in a world of pain again. I went back to the same doctor and she again kept saying I was depressed.  I simply refused to take her diagnosis. I actually have suffered from anxiety for years and tried to get her to agree to that.  It was always about taking anti-depressants with her.  She never really tried to get me to talk about anything on a deeper level.

I truly believe some people need anti-depressants, but sometimes all you need is the right kind of nutrients to feed your brain.  There is something lacking in our modern diets. I recommend consuming algae from Klamath Lake first thing in the morning.  There are some components within the algae from this lake that will place your mind in a pleasant state of being.

I know for a fact that certain foods can alter your brain chemistry. Curcumin has been tested in clinical trials along with fluoxetine (Prozac). The study showed curcumin as being as effective as Prozac… but with fewer side-effects (since it is natural).

Depression has also been tied in with reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDFN). This is a protein in the brain that promotes the survival of your nerve cells by encouraging growth, maturation, and maintenance of these cells. Curcumin helps boost BDNF levels.  There are also some indications that curcumin may help foster brain neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. 


Meditation is also helpful in combating depression

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease evokes a lot of fear in some people.  The thought of losing your sense of self can be terrifying.  The onset must be the most horrendous part… knowing that you are starting to lose your mind… and the impact on your family.

I could imagine it would be like some kind of nightmare when it is gone full-throttle. No one really could know. Could they? How would you tap into their mindset?  It must be like a ghost trapped in between worlds.  In reality, Alzheimer’s patients must be caught in some kind of strange existence.

I keep my brain busy. Writing is very helpful in keeping your brain neurons firing off… or learn a new language.  It is important to keep your brain active.  There are also brain-boosting foods available for consumption.  I just mentioned how turmeric helps with depression by boosting it with neurotransmitters. Your brain needs nutrients to keep going.  To keep you sharp and alert.

Science has yet to discover any effective treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease.  What you can do is treat yourself to some brain-boosting foods and eat foods loaded with antioxidants. Curcumin has shown the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, so it can feed nutrients to your brain. Those two scoundrels, inflammation and oxidation, are linked to Alzheimer’s. This post has already pointed out how turmeric does the body good combating inflammation and oxidation.

 

 

What is the difference between turmeric and curcumin?

Turmeric root is part of the turmeric plant as it appears in nature. It is a spice and most often seen in the market place as a ground powder.  Curcumin is a supercharged chemical in turmeric.  It is what offers turmeric its reputation as a superfood. Extracts are made with a higher dose of curcumin than from the root itself, but it’s not always easy to trick Mother Nature.

There is something special about receiving curcumin within the whole food.  It is easier to absorb nutrients from whole foods than from a supplement form.  When Black pepper is taken alongside curcumin (or inside a formulation) enable the compound to assimilate into your body easier.

 

 

About Curcumin

CURCUMIN is a yellow pigment and the primary bioactive compound found in turmeric.  It is a micronutrient with anti-inflammatory properties and has the ability to increase the number of antioxidants your body produces.

Supplements have been created with extracted curcumin to provide a stronger dose than found in turmeric. But trying to cheat nature doesn’t always work as well. Curcumin on its own is not easily digestible.  However, adding black pepper to curcumin may increase its absorption by 2000%.

Scientists fool around with many formulations to create better bioavailability, but in the long run, you will benefit more by choosing to go with whole foods… turmeric in the way nature intended. Your body will always be able to digest and absorb nutrients way better this way.

Curcumin Supplement

 

Is Curry Powder and Turmeric the same Thing?

Curry is always a blend of different spices. Turmeric is what gives yellow curries its yellowish color. There also Asian curries that do not include turmeric. Red and green curries are popular in Thai cuisine. Coconut milk is usually added to these curries to give it a delicious sweet flavor with a little sting from chili paste. Thai curries are my favorite curry dishes.

Curry with turmeric often also contains spices such as cumin, fenugreek, and coriander. Ground chile peppers are usually added to the mix.  Other popular added spices are cloves, caraway, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, fennel seed, mustard seed,  cardamom, nutmeg, and black pepper.  You see, it is a hodgepodge of ingredients.

And by the way… turmeric is just turmeric!

 

Is turmeric safe?

  • turmeric may limit your iron intake if you have an iron deficiency
  • it may lower your blood sugar to low.  Diabetics should keep an eye on their blood sugar levels
  • turmeric may interact with blood-thinning medication
  • turmeric is high in oxalate. The oxalate could combine with calcium and cause kidney stones.
  • too much can lead to headaches, nausea, and diarrhea.

 

 

Recipes with Turmeric   

Vegan Yellow Thai Curry With Mixed Vegetables

Turmeric Chickpea Soup

26 Delicious Turmeric Recipes

20 Gluten-Free Turmeric Recipies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turmeric or its potent compound curcumin is another great gift from nature to help you build a stronger immune system.  You may or may not like the flavor of turmeric or curry.  You could always find turmeric or curcumin in capsule form.  You can also add turmeric powder to a blended power drink.  I mix numerous powders to make my own natural energy drink. I do this every day.  It is a quick way to load your body up with nutrients.

Thanks for reading… many blessings.

Brian

Resources

Turmeric research

Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin

Curcumin research

Arthritis study

Endothelial function and curcumin

Cancer and curcumin

Prozac and curcumin

Curcumin and Alzheimer’s

The benefits of Eating Raw Garlic Daily

 

 

What are the benefits of eating raw garlic daily? Garlic has a whole lot more going for it than adding flavor to your favorite dishes. It has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.

 

 

Garlic boosts your immune system, so you can combat cold and flu season. Raw garlic is full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, manganese, selenium, vitamin C, iron, potassium, and copper. This combination helps tame the harsh effects of colds and flu.

Find a creative way to add 2 to 3 cloves of garlic a day for powerful immune system support. Keep a garlic press on hand and mince some fresh garlic into your daily meals. It also adds zest to your plate. Raw is always better than cooked, but if you must add garlic while sauteing your food. You can also make garlic tea with a bit of honey or ginger for added flavor.

Garlic tea will help loosen up blocked sinus passages and strengthen your immune system against the next time you are assaulted by viruses and germs. Garlic can also be added to stews, soups, and broths to ward off sinus infections.

One of the earliest uses of garlic in India was when consuming meat. They believed meat could cause infections and that by adding garlic, the meat-eaters could fight off the infection. Laborers commonly used garlic in case they were exposed to infections in disease-friendly environments.

 

Digestive Helper. Many health problems begin in your gut. Anytime I have a cold or sinus infection starting, I notice a pain in my stomach. My first thought is to blame it on something I ate. After a while… I realize I am coming down with something, so staying on top of digestive health is important. The faster you clear unwanted rotten waste… the better.

A lot of foods will aid your digestion, but garlic is one of the best options out there. Raw garlic aids in reducing inflammation in your digestive tract and enables an easier breakdown of food in your body. There are also antibacterial properties, in garlic, offering your digestive tract an added defense against infections.

Garlic may also help flush out toxins from your intestines. It has been used for thousands of years in treating parasites, dysentery, diarrhea, and colitis. Try using garlic the next time you feel bloated or full of gas.

People usually experience digestive issues some point in their life. There are many reasons… certain reactions to foods eaten, health conditions, and even an overload of stress. Medications are always available for those trusting Big Pharma, but if you would rather go Big Nature… try some raw garlic… or quit eating the foods that put a hurt on you.

If you truly desire to stay in optimal health, retaining a healthy digestive system is a good place to begin. Adding plenty of raw food to your diet is important. Raw foods contain enzymes that aid in digestion. Getting your vitamins and minerals from uncooked food is the optimum way to ensure your body receives is a daily dose of nutrients. Having a compromised digestive system can cause a lot of discomfort and may lead to awkward situations socially… just saying.

The great thing about garlic is its ability to stimulate the production of your gastric juices for the proper processing of your food. It also stimulates your liver to help eliminate toxins. A word of caution… too much garlic may be too much for your digestive system.

Do you heart your heart?     Of course, the health of your heart is important.  It is so easy to get caught up in the ways of the world and all of a sudden like… you start having high blood pressure readings at the doctor’s office.  I would say “I just walked real fast on the way in” or “it must be the caffeine!”. (when they were suggesting blood thinners)  I was unwilling to look in the mirror and see the truth.  Time slips by.  Then your lab reports come back with awful cholesterol numbers.  Hard to hide now!

I was out of control with my food choices.  I was addicted to certain foods and now I was beginning to pay the price.  My blood sugar was also out of control.  This was a wake-up call for me to make some changes in my life.  You see… I was under the illusion of youth. I still look out at the world with the same eyes of my youth and think I can turn everything around any time I want, but I couldn’t until I changed everything about how I ate.

There are many foods out there that are just plain devastating to your health.  Processed foods are doing who knows what to your body.  These manufactured foods are not REAL FOOD!  Think about it! There is a reason diabetes has become an epidemic within the past few decades.  It is no coincidence that an explosion of processed foods and increased cases of diabetes meet on the same timeline.

FAT.  Foods high in fat are also a major culprit of our modern-day health crisis.  FAT is behind heart disease as well as diabetes.  Cooking oil is pure concentrated fat and is backed by zero fiber (which helps your digestive system stay clean and healthy).   FATS clog up your arteries and lead to heart attacks and strokes.  Heart disease is the numero uno killer in the world.  It doesn’t have to be.

There are foods out there that can help make your heart healthier (but you got to stop eating foods that are killing you). Garlic is one of the foods.  Garlic can help you fight against hypertension (high blood pressure) and atherosclerosis (clogged arteries).

 

 

 

A 4-month study presented garlic as having the ability to improve blood lipid profiles, to strengthen blood antioxidant profiles, and induce a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure.  It also showed decreased levels of oxidation in blood samples and the body (cell damage).  Garlic helps pass the benefits of hydrogen sulfide to your heart.

Researchers feel that your red blood cells transform the sulfur in garlic into hydrogen sulfide gas which can expand blood vessels and making it easier for blood pressure regulation.

More studies need to be done to determine if garlic helps lower cholesterol, but research has found that it can positively impact your arteries and blood pressure.   The German Commission E (sorta like the FDA in America) recommends 4 grams of garlic a day (one large clove)  to lower your risk of heart disease.

So, you see adding a little raw garlic to your diet can enhance your heart health, so it will be better prepared to fight the onset of any disorders or diseases that may affect your heart.

Arginine is also found in garlic. Arginine is a crucial amino acid that provides excellent support for your cardiovascular system. It has the ability to relax your blood vessels and is a key ingredient in most supplements designed to support your heart.

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a severe condition and shouldn’t be tread lightly.  Remember, heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide.  It is preventable.  You can avoid taking prescriptions if you make the right dietary changes.

If you are already on meds, eating raw garlic may help you bring your blood pressure down a notch so that you require less medication.  Garlic by itself will not control or permanently reduce hypertension, but it can help reduce blood pressure in the long run.  Garlic offers many benefits.  You should add it to your diet every day (even if your heart is fine).

 

 

Brain function   Garic contains wonderful antioxidants that help combat free radicals, which will cause oxidative damage if left unchecked. Antioxidant activity can protect your brain from developing dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Organo-sulfur compounds, found in garlic, destroy cells in glioblastomas ( a deadly brain tumor). Garlic compounds (DADS, DAS, and DATS) have demonstrated the ability in eradicating brain cancer cells.

Your brain, as well as your spinal cord, contains immune cells called Microglia.  These immune cells are your first and primary line of defense in your central nervous system. 

Your mature brain cells rarely regenerate.  This is not the case with Microglia cells.  They are able to take action when inflammation and environmental stress arise by multiplying.  They can amass and migrate towards any injured site and respond to inflamed areas and offer protection from the destruction of brain cells.

If these microglial cells get out of control, they would produce more nitric oxide than your brain could handle.  This could lead to excess cell damage and promote neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s; however, a compound found in garlic, called FruArg, is able to reduce the amount of nitric oxide created by the microglial cells.

 

 

 

Cancer   Anyone of us could become diagnosed with cancer.  Age doesn’t matter.  Even healthy people are not immune.  Science has become way more effective in dealing with cancer, and lives are saved.  Back when I was a kid in the 70s, cancer was a death sentence.  It scared the bejesus out of me!

Yes, cancer is more treatable now, but we have a long way to go before eradicating it.  Garlic is another gift from nature to help slow down the growth of cancerous cells.  It contains a compound known as allyl sulfur.  Research supports its ability for slowing cancerous growth.  Garlic has been shown to kill cancer cells in test tubes, and studies involving humans have come out with the same outcomes.

Garlic is also a terrific and nutritious way of reducing the risk of cancer.  Raw garlic is always more effective than cooked.

 

 

 

Diabetes   Blood sugar control is vitally important for diabetics. It is a daily challenge for every diabetic in keeping their numbers under control.  There is a lot of conflicting information out there on what to eat. If you have diabetes, it is extremely critical to isolate the foods that cause your blood to spike rapidly… if you care… some people ignore it and just eat whatever is on the menu.  There are consequences if you choose to do so.

In my experience (yes, I’m diabetic), diabetic medication has not proven to be too effective, in my case. It seems to work okay for some people. Shortly after being diagnosed my numbers were heading in the wrong direction. My only hope was in finding out which foods to eat to avoid losing a leg (not even trying to be funny!)

After trying the recommended diet for diabetes (suggested from the mainstream medical profession), my situation was not improving… it was getting worse.  I stumbled upon something completely against the grain of popular thought… I started following a low-fat whole-food plant-based diet.  My A1C started going back down.  I rapidly lost weight.  My energy skyrocketed. I avoid getting the worst effects of a cold (when I get one it is out of my system within 24 hours).

It is important for me to share this, and I will get back to garlic in a sec… I already have a few little tricks up my sleeve for bringing blood sugar down.  Drink a couple of teaspoons of Braggs’s apple cider vinegar.  It works wonders.  Add amla fruit powder to your diet, and I just became aware of an exercise technique to help lower blood sugars instantly.  Google Theresa Tapp (T Tapp) and find her videos on YouTube.  Look for hoe downs.  They take 3 minutes to do.  They are part of the T Tapp method. Her work out techniques are phenomenal, they do a number on your whole body!

Raw garlic can also aid in lowering blood sugars.  Many studies have been done to demonstrate this.  Garlic may help protect you from a condition called cardiomyopathy which is a leading cause of death among diabetics.  Cardiomyopathy is an abnormally thick and enlarged heart.

Teeth and gums  Garlic acts as a superb natural antiviral remedy for sore or swollen gums.  Just add some turmeric to garlic paste and rub it on your gums.  Anytime you chomp on some raw garlic, you should notice a sensation taking place on your gums.  It has a medicinal feel to it.  This is a great way to take care of your gums.

Garlic also has analgesic properties that can help soothe tooth pain.  This may also help keep tooth decay under control, so try applying some to your teeth and gums when sore.  If you want to be brave, you can mince about some garlic cloves and add it to some warm water, then gargle it in your throat for healthy mouthwash.  It will also keep the vampires away! This will also help keep away bacteria from destroying your lovely teeth.

 

 

Eye health  When it comes right down to it, many people neglect the health of their eyes.  Eye health is overlooked and taken for granted.  People don’t usually give it much thought…  until there is a PROBLEM.

Unless you’re blessed with poor vision, you probably never even go to an eye doctor for routine exams.  But, many things can inflict your eyes.  Also, there are loads of things you can do to protect your eyes.  Raw garlic for one.  It contains a healthy dose of selenium, quercetin, and vitamin C (all of which are crucial ingredients for solid eye health).

Adding garlic to your daily diet can also give you added protection from infections and inflammation. It can also help you avoid getting a touch of the pink eye and sties.  Just throw some garlic on your plate and you will be less likely have any eye problems.

 

 

Allergies  Garlic may reduce airway inflammation. It is excellent for an antiviral or anti-inflammation situation.  Allergy season is no fun for some of us. I live in the Ohio Valley and allergy season hits us hard here.  Pollen is usually the culprit of this seasonal “hay fever”. You may experience some very unpleasant days to come without addressing this issue.

But, hope is not lost.  There are numerous remedies to combat the assault on your senses.  Literally… smell… taste… and sight usually suffer.  Your throat and sinus passages become swollen. When your air passages become swollen from inflammation, you find it harder to breathe.  Garlic contains properties that may help you reduce the swelling, so you can breathe easier again.

Many people purchase garlic supplements during that time of year, but why not be prepared and add some raw garlic to your daily regimen.

 

 

Bone health  Bones deteriorate with age and become brittle.  This is primarily caused by not feeding your body the proper amount of nutrients. Osteoporosis may take place in your skeletal structure without addressing this issue. Women are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis, but men get inflicted too.

If this concerns you, adding raw garlic can help you improve your bone health.  Blue-green algae is also loaded with minerals that are essential for bone health and can easily be assimilated into your body.  Also, eat more healthy greens and find a good source of plant protein.  And finally, strength conditioning is also an excellent way of keeping your bones strong. Make a personal commitment to follow a regular workout routine… even if you are doggone tired!

 

 

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Skin and hair    Garlic surprisingly makes a great topical for your skin. It can work wonders on fungal infections due to its antibacterial properties.  Garlic can also be used to treat eczema.  Try some garlic paste the next time you suffer from athlete’s foot.

Garlic can also be used as a preventive against the damaging effects of free radicals.  It can also be used to slow down a reduction of collagen (which ends up in a loss of skin elasticity).  YOU BEGIN TO LOOK OLD!

Acne is the most widespread skin ailment.  It doesn’t just affect teenagers. Adults can suffer too. There are lots of products in the marketplace to treat acne, but they don’t address the cause of the problem.  Use garlic if you prefer a more natural way to treat acne.

Garlic can be applied directly onto your skin or just mix it up with other ingredients to form a facial mask.  You can use raw garlic to cleanse your skin.  It will help remove particles that clog up your pores (the root cause of acne).  As an added benefit, garlic helps knock out bacteria living on your skin.

But, won’t you end up smelling garlicy?  No. It is easy to wash off, and the smell won’t dillydally around once your face is cleansed. Garlic can be applied daily to send acne packing or use it as a preventive.

Did you know you can use garlic as a hair tonic? It is an excellent remedy for thinning hair. Try rubbing some crushed garlic on your scalp or massage it with garlic-infused oil to help prevent hair loss and possibly a reversal.

 

Libido     Trouble in the bedroom?  Add some raw garlic to your diet!  Garlic may help you get into the mood and may improve your performance. The downside… your breath may need a makeover!

Garlic has a history as an aphrodisiac, and you will see it listed on many sexual enhancement products. If you are looking for something natural try some garlic, ginger, and maca root.  There are many creative ways to introduce garlic into your life.

Detox your body  You may or may not like listening to heavy metal music, but heavy metals can wreak havoc in your body.  You may be ingesting toxic heavy metals all of the time without even knowing it.  These unwanted metals cause a lot of problems.

Mercury, arsenic, and lead are well-known examples.  Most people are aware that our beautiful oceans are tainted with mercury.  Fish ingest mercury and pass it on to you.  Soils can become contaminated with lead or arsenic.  These poisons can end up in the food that is grown in those soils.   This is why is so paramount to test for heavy metal poisoning.  This is also why certain countries have a nasty reputation for pushing their tainted goods into the world market place.

You can straight up die from over toxicity.  It not uncommon for people to die from eating too much fish. Even if it doesn’t kill you, it may be too late to reverse organ damage.  This, in turn, may affect your health for years to come. So, be more aware of what kinds of foods you are eating and where they are being grown. This also includes your water supply.

Now, the next thing you can do is consume foods that help remove heavy metals from your body.  Garlic is full of sulfur compounds that may help your body when you absorb heavy metals or help you break down heavy metals. It can help deter the buildup of toxins and protect your vital organs.  Consuming garlic daily is a wise thing to do.

Liver support   Garlic contains alliin.  This is a sulfur compound that converts to allicin when chopped, sliced, or diced (or minced for that matter). Allicin is a very capable antioxidant, antibiotic, anti-fungal substance. It offers copious amounts of benefits towards liver health. Chopping garlic releases more of the sulfur compounds to help boost its effectiveness,

Garlic also contains selenium which is a mineral that helps detoxify your liver.  It has also been shown the capability to mobilize liver enzymes to help your body flush out nasty toxins.

Your liver makes a certain type of cholesterol very-low-density-lipoprotein (VLDL).  VLDL expedites the movement of fats into the bloodstream.  VLDL plays a critical role in the metabolism of fat and energy. With that being said, high levels of VLDL along with other cholesterols can put a hurt on your liver and increase your risk for heart disease.  Adding garlic may help balance out these fats.  A study was done in 2002 that was published in the “Journal of Nutrition” demonstrated that using garlic daily reduces elevated VLDL and triglyceride fats in the liver.

When your liver is in its natural healthy state, it is designed to break down toxins, both natural and ingested. Bilirubin is a natural toxin created when part of your red blood cells break down.  Too much bilirubin can lead to hepatitis in your liver. You can also damage your liver from too much acetaminophen (Tylenol).  A 2009 study published in the “Internet Journal of Nutrition and Wellness” was able to show that garlic reversed oxidative stress that was causing liver toxicity in mice

Raw garlic is crowded with amino acids and proteins with antioxidant compounds that may be able to protect your liver from natural and environmental toxins. So, if you want your liver to run smoothly and efficiently, consume about 4 cloves of raw garlic every day

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anti-inflammatory   Garlic is another one of nature’s gifts that works as an anti-inflammatory. It may help inhibit swelling and inflammation in your body. Your body can suffer from inflammation internally without you knowing about it. Certain foods like dairy create inflammation.  This could eventually cause damage within your cells, tissues, and organs.

Swelling and inflammation can disappear in due time from injuries or burns.  Your body’s natural healing mechanism is amazing,  but if what you are consuming on a daily basis stays the same, the inflammation will only sick around or get worse. Garlic can be used as a preventative or to help you speed up recovery after an injury, infection, or illness.

Arthritis
is a very painful condition caused by inflammation and swelling of your joints. Consuming foods and supplements that contain anti-inflammatory properties offers some relief from arthritic discomfort. Garlic contains diallyl disulfide which is a compound that may curtail cartilage damaging enzymes.  You should also add turmeric to your diet as well do combat arthritis.

 

 

 

 

What is the nutritional value of garlic?

 

MINERALS

         potassium       401 mg     

         sodium           17 mg 

        calcium           181 mg 

        phosphorus    153 mg 

       magnesium    25 mg

       iron                 1.7 mg 

      zinc                 1.16 mg

      manganese    1.672 mg

 

 

 

VITAMINS 

               vitamin B1     0.2 mg 

               vitamin B2     0.11 mg

               vitamin B3     0.7 mg

               vitamin B5     0.596 mg

               vitamin B6     1.235 mg 

               vitamin C       31.2 mg

 

 

FATS           0.15 g

PROTEIN      6.36 g

ENERGY      149 kcal

CARBOHYDRATES

sugars                1.0 g     

dietary fiber     2.1 g

 

 

 

 

 

History of Garlic

Garlic grows wild in many parts of the world. It has been consumed all over the world for thousands of years. There is evidence that is was used in ancient Egypt 5000 years ago after finding trace evidence in the Giza Plateau, but the origins of garlic are often debated,however, it is believed to originate from central Asia, South Asia, or southwestern Siberia. Garlic is one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops

Ancient Greeks were also fond of garlic. An explosion of knowledge and culture suddenly came to be in a small European country 500 years before the common era (BCE). A period in time that gave us Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates. On of these legendary Greeks was Hippocrates. He is considered to be the father of Western medicine.

Hippocrates prescribed garlic for a wide range of conditions and illnesses. He promoted its use for treating respiratory problems, and as a digestive aid, to fight back fatigue and treat parasitic infestations.

Garlic just well have been the world’s first sports enhancement supplements. The original Olympic athletes, straight out of Athens in ancient Greece, were given garlic to boost their performance and athletic abilities.

.In the ancient world, garlic spread out from Egypt through the Indus Valley (India) all the way to an impressive ancient Chinese civilization. As you may know, garlic is used in many Chineses dishes as well as Italian cooking.

Back in ancient India, garlic was viewed as an aphrodisiac and was exalted for its therapeutic properties. Many of the elites in ancient India shunned from using garlic seeing it as unworthy due to its strong odor. Monks, widows, and children also shied away from garlic because of its stimulant effects.

Throughout history in the Middle East, Nepal, and East Asia, garlic has been used to treat numerous disorders such as TB, Bronchitis, liver disorders, intestinal worms, hypertension, dysentery, and rheumatism.

 

Can garlic be harmful to some people?

Garlic is related to onions, shallots, and leeks.  It is a food source.  Yes, some people are allergic to these foods. However, It is rare.  Now, if you slam down too much garlic, it may upset your stomach.  You may start belching, and of course, have smelly breath.  You may experience heartburn or even gas.  I have not experienced the latter personally.

If you take blood-thinning medications for blood pressure control, garlic may up the risk for excessive bleeding.  And, by any chance you are prescribed HIV medication, these type of drugs have a negative interaction with garlic

 

 

 

Suggestions for adding garlic to your diet

Fitting raw garlic can be a challenging task.  It has an abrasive flavor not unlike eating raw horseradish. It may even cause a burning sensation, so take it easy.  You can try mincing some up and mixing it up in your dinner.  If you spread it out, you won’t be smacked in the face with too much in one bite.  It actually has a pleasant feel on your gums.  Sorta a medicinal quality.

A quicker way is to swallow some real quick-like.  But, if you don’t chop it up, the optimal effects will not occur.  I personally blend it with raw honey, ginger, maca, amla powder, filtered water, and some fruit.  This is pretty much a superpowered energy drink.

 

 

conclusion

There are many natural whole foods offering many beneficial effects on your health.  Eat as many whole foods as you can.  My health has turned around completely and now I am throwing garlic into the mix.  I also use ginger on a daily basis.  Invest in a ninja-style blender if you are serious about optimal health.

I know garlic can be a little harsh, but it does the body good.  I like the flavor when cooked in soups. You still benefit from cooked garlic.  See what you can do to add it foods you like.  Top it on some pizza.  Make a garlic butter and spread it on toast.  There are many ways you can use it.

 

 

Thanks for reading,

many blessings… Brian

 

 

 

Sources

Garlic kills cancer cells

Allyl sulfur compounds 

Garlic and diabetes

Garlic and physical endurance

Garlic and hair research

What is Amla Fruit? My Top Amla Picks.

 

What is Amla Fruit? Amla, sometimes called Indian Gooseberry, is a fruit found growing in the subcontinent of India. It has been used in traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) for millennia. It is a very popular digestive aid in India. There is an expansive list of benefits that you can find out about one of my earlier posts. To read more about amla berry click here. If you are already familiar with amla and want to find out where you can purchase this wonderful superfood, continue reading the review.

 

 

This special brand of amla has been introduced to diabetics to help control blood sugar levels. It consists of amla and green tea. Amla can benefit anyone’s health; it is also a powerful antioxidant. I have included some background info about how Amla Green was developed.

Amla Green is the brainchild of Cyrus Khambatta, Ph.D. Nutritional Biochemistry. After being diagnosed with type I diabetes at the tender age of 22, he began a lifelong pursuit seeking answers regarding his health when traditional dietary methods were not helping stop the deterioration of his health. He changed majors and enrolled in the doctorate program at UC Berkley.

He started studying the effects of insulin resistance in which he began searching for the perfect food for diabetics. Several years ago he came across some research on amla fruit. He learned that amla has played a major part in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Amla is mentioned more than any other fruit in this ancient Indian natural medicine practice (5,000 years old). Amla has demonstrated incredibly effective abilities in reducing inflammation and helping reverse chronic disease.

Cyrus discovered that consuming small amounts of amla every day was more effective than statin medication that is used for heart disease… without those nasty side-effects. It also helps lower blood sugar and is the best food for lowering cholesterol. Amla also contains way more antioxidants than any other fruit on the planet.

Cyrus had one huge problem. Amla tastes awful. It is extremely bitter. He pondered, if amla is the most powerful cholesterol food in the world, then he needs to make it taste good so people will drink it. He began experimenting with formulations and consulting with many tea experts.

After many months, he created the world’s first Indian green tea which combines a super potent amla concentrate with 20x the power combined with oolong green tea.

Amla is also quite pricey to export to the United States, and the quality can often be suspect. Amla is often contaminated because of poor farming methods and a high variability from crop to crop. Amla Green only chooses the best organic amla money can buy and is processed with stringent manufacturing methods in the United States.

Amla Green™ is among the highest quality of amla products in the marketplace, and customers have been raving over the results. If you are interested in improving your health with one of the world’s most incredible antioxidants, try some today.

 

 

 

About this Item

100% Organic Amla This powerful amla berry and green tea powder contain no harmful chemicals, additives, or fillers of any kind. Their organic amla berries are harvested then fully tested to ensure purity and potency The end result… a nutritious tea that is vegan, paleo, and keto-friendly.

Superfood Blend They state having the most potent amla green tea in the market which is 20x concentrated and full of health-giving benefits. Amla is known to boost your immune system, balance blood sugar levels, hold back the effects of aging, and aid in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. One of the world’s top SUPERFOODS!

Made in the USA The United States has some of the most stringent manufacturing standards worldwide. Amla Green stands behind their quality and ensures that you will be drinking a high-quality product at all times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price $49.95

Quantity 90 grams

Rating 4.3 out of 5

Number of servings 90 (90 day supply)

Serving size 1 scoop (1/4 tsp)

FAQs

How many milligrams of amla and green tea are in Amla Green?

There is 250 mg of concentrated amla powder which is equivalent to 5000 mg of unconcentrated amla. There is also 750 mg of dark green oolong tea in Amla Green.

What is different about oolong green tea?

Oolong tea is made from the same plant that gives us both green and black tea. When you oxidize green tea a little, you create oolong tea. If you oxidize the leaves longer, you create black tea. So oolong is somewhere between green and black tea. The oxidation process brings out certain properties in the tea. It creates a taste that goes well to counteract the bitterness of the amla. It also supports healthy blood sugars as well, which makes it a perfect partnership with amla.

How much caffeine is in amla green?

It has the caffeine equivalent of 1/4 cup of coffee.

Are the green tea leaves ground like matcha tea?

The tea is grounded down to a fine powder and will dissolve quickly dissolve in water.

How much does the scoop, included with Amla Green, hold in case it is lost?

It holds 1/4 of a teaspoon.

 

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FGO Organic Amla Powder

 

 

FGO pledges to bring the finest quality, certified organic products at satisfactory prices, and to help people live healthier lives and to feel good. They travel all over the world seeking nutrient-dense products for your enjoyment. They’re located in Seattle, Washington (USA).

 

 

 

Price $14.99

Quantity 1 pound

Rating 4.6 out of 5

Number of servings 90

Serving size 1 tsp

 

 

About this Item

  • 100 percent organic amla powder. It comes in its own resealable bag.
  • This product is imported directly from India. Amla is indigenous to India.
  • They claim their amla powder is healthy and delicious. Amla (in my experience) tastes extremely bitter and needs some added love (honey). Amla is an ultra-rich source of vitamin C and chocked full of antioxidants. It works in synergy with your body and is an excellent rejuvenation aid.
  • Certified USDA organic by California certified organic farmers (CCOF).
  • If you find you do not love FGOs organic amla powder, they will refund you in full with NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Just drop them a quick email if not completely satisfied.
  • Available in numerous sizes for your convenience: 32 oz, 16 oz, 8 oz, and 4 oz. All come with a resealable bag.
  • No additives and non-GMO.
  • Shelf life is 1 year if kept in a dry space.

 

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Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Amla Powder

 

 

Terrasoul superfoods was founded in Texas by a married couple, Dennis and Amy Botts, in 2013. It began as a family mission to inspire and bring health to others. The Botts are passionate about healthy eating and always seek the highest quality and nutrient-dense foods to feed their family.

They instill the message in their own home that living and eating well are one and the same. They set an example through home cooking and organic gardening.

Obsessed with Quality. Their employees use and love every ingredient. The integrity of their products is paramount at Terrasoul Superfoods. They go beyond the industry’s standard manufacture certificate of analysis. Each imported ingredient is independently tested in its own laboratory for biological contamination, organic purity, and heavy metals. They’re SQF Level 2 Certified with an excellent rating. They also have organic, Kosher, and non-GMO Project verified certifications.

Terrasoul Superfoods is operated on a fair trade model, and always find ways to offer opportunities to everyone in their supply chain. They deal directly with farming coops and their manufacturing partners. They offer efficient distribution throughout the U.S. and are able to help reward their farmers and indigenous communities. They’re able to receive higher prices for the demand of these superfoods which will financially benefit the agricultural communities involved that help bring these superfoods to your home.

Placing People above Profits Terrasoul Superfoods is a business model founded on quality, value, and passion. Their mission is based on improving people’s health by offering nutrient-dense foods at affordable prices and making them more accessible. They also wish to make our global and local communities stronger by conducting business with authority.

Terrasoul Superfoods feel that what makes them different makes them better. They passionately believe to put their money where their mouth is. They strongly believe they are different from other food marketing companies by offering superfoods at a more reasonable price and using the highest quality ingredients in the most transparent way possible.

They’re able to obtain their goal by investing their financial resources in cold storage technology, meticulous lab testing, and quality control. They steer clear of expensive celebrity endorsements, lavish trade show booths, and over-the-top marketing campaigns. Having a different set of priorities allows them to offer you better quality for a better value.

Price $14.85

Quantity 16 oz

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Number of servings 454

Serving size 1/3 tsp

 

 

About this Item

  • Terresoul Superfoods Amla Powder is certified organic and contains non GMOs. It is also Kosher, gluten-free, raw, and vegan.
  • Amla has an obnoxious level of vitamin C and harbors other potent antioxidants to boost up your immune system. We all need to do that… RIGHT! Amla helps boost your energy levels and your vitality. It is excellent for digestive health and has been a big part of Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years in India.
  • Terrasoul Superfoods search the world over for the best quality food available for all of their superfoods. Their mission: to make these amazing and healthy foods available to you at the lowest price possible while taking care of their employees and their growers by paying a fair wage. Terrasoul Superfoods handle all aspects of the supply chain to pass the savings on to you.
  • 100 percent money-back guarantee within 30 days. They report having an outstanding customer service team.
  • Organic Amla Powder has a tart and sour flavor. Mix it with a smoothie or a honey-flavored tea if you want to overcome the tartness.
  • Amla helps manage your blood sugar and control cholesterol. Keep an eye on your blood sugar if you are diabetic to make sure your sugars don’t drop too low. This could be a good thing and may help you reduce your medications. What is better for you? Big pharma or fruit.
  • Every batch is lab tested for potency and purity. This helps ensure it is chemical-free.

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Micro Ingredients Organic Amla Powder

 

 

Micro Ingredients is a whole food seller and retailer located in Montclair, California. They sell products through their own online store, at Amazon, and Walmart.com. They’re committed to providing the best products at prices you can afford. They search the world over to find the highest quality products to deliver to your door.

Using state-of-the-art equipment, raw materials are converted into the purest form of powder while maintaining its potency and flavor. All ingredients are USDA certified organic and non-GMO. No additives or fillers are in any of their products. Your health is their priority.

 

Price $18.95

Quantity 16oz

Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

Number of servings 113.5

Serving size 4 grams/1 scoop

 

 

 

About this Item

  • pure organic amla powder. There are no GMOs and it is vegan friendly. There are also no additives or preservatives. This product does not undergo irradiation or contain any artificial colors and is gluten-free. It undergoes stringent quality control.
  • Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants
  • A premeasured scoop is included for your convenience so that you can get the recommended dose every time.
  • Take it daily for optimum health. It is best to use with or between meals.
  • All ingredients come with a USA lab test report upon arrival at the manufacturing facility.
  • 30-day risk-free money-back guarantee with no questions asked.

 

 

 

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Jiva Botanicals Amla Powder Capsules

 

At Jiva Botanicals, your health is their number one priority. They dig deep into the ancient wisdom borrowed from Ayurvedic medicine which is the oldest continual medicinal practice in the world. Their ayurvedic products have been used for thousands of years in India and are now backed with modern research. Jiva Botanicals want to make sure you get products that are safe to use, but also effective and beneficial for your overall health.

 

 

Price $17.89

Quantity 60 capsules

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Number of servings 60

Serving size 1 capsule

 

 

About this Item

  • Premium Amla capsules with an advanced blend of the highest quality organic amla powder. It also includes a powerful amla extract. It is an absolutely safe yet clinically effective dose for your overall health and well-being.
  • High in vitamin C (20x more vitamin C than an orange!). It is low in sugar and contains a healthy quantity of fiber. You will also find generous amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, calcium, carotene, iron, and vitamin B complex.
  • Loaded with amazing benefits for your health. Amla is the rock star ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine’s digestive formula…TRIPHALA!
  • Contains potent free-radical fighting ANTIOXIDANTS that help protect your cellular health.
  • Amla pills help support your immune system, provides energy, support healthy blood sugar levels, and healthy stress response. Amla is a big deal in India (and they have been at it for a long time!).
  • Jiva Botanicals assures the quality of its products. They manufacture only premium supplements that are available in powder, capsules, tablets, pills, and extracts. All of their products are manufactured in a US GMP approved facility.
  • There are no GMOs and it is vegan friendly. No additives or fillers are used.
  • Jiva Botanicals stand behind their products 100%

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Hassle-Free money-back guarantee with no questions asked.

 

 

Blue Lily Organics Amla Fruit Powder

 

 

The story of Blue Lily organics began in childhood. They developed a passion for healthy eating as kids with delicious home cooking and homemade snacks. Processed foods were not stocked in their childhood home. As adults, they have paid it forward with their own children teaching them to savor the flavor of natural foods and spices. This passion has carried over into Blue Lily organics.

A simple vision... to search the world over to bring natural and organic foods into your home… fresh and healthy products brought right to your doorstep. Blue Lily Organics promises to bring the best organically produced foods with minimum processing for your enjoyment.

Blue Lily Organics takes pleasure in giving back to the community and are working diligently with charities that support children and sustainable farming in the world. They believe that the ultimate satisfaction is building their company with love and spreading their good fortune for a higher purpose.

Price $14.45

Quantity 16 oz

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Number of servings 90

Serving size 1 tsp

 

 

 

About this Item

  • High in vitamin C (4x more than an orange and 8x more than a tomato). Amla contains a stable and bioform of vitamin C.
  • A legend in Ayurvedic medicine. It helps build solid immune system support (COVID just hates anything that boosts immune systems!) because it is loaded with antioxidants. For millennia in India, it has been the number 1 answer for digestive disorders. It promotes detoxification and is excellent for rejuvenation.
  • It is known for its blood sugar support. Amla contains chromium which is a mineral that helps regulate carbohydrate metabolism and helps make your body more responsive to insulin. This will help keep your body at healthy blood sugar levels.
  • Use it for your skin and hair. It is a natural hair and scalp cleanser. It also helps clear your skin from the inside out and can be used in topical formulations.
  • Pure and effective. It is 100 percent vegan certified organic and contains no GMOs. There are also no harmful chemicals such as pesticides, no artificial colors, additives, fillers, or preservatives.
  • Goes through 3rd party lab testing.

 

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Conclusion

If you are serious about building or retaining a strong immune system, you should add Amla to your diet on a daily basis. I know most people don’t care enough to do something about their health. They want a quick fix. They will buy processed foods that use marketing to fool them into thinking they are doing something for their health. Not many will take time out of their day to prepare nutritious meals because they care about their health.

I talked to someone last night who was in the hospital for diabetic complications. It is getting real for her. I told her I am diabetic and have found a solution to help turn her health around. She remarked she didn’t have money to eat that way and that she has medication.SAD These medications just try to hold back the eventual deterioration of this disease.

I am proud that I am a fighter and will always seek a better way. Diabetes and heart disease was a wake-up call for me to live better. My heart is perfectly healthy now. My diabetes is now under control.

To your Health!

 

Many blessings, Brian

 

 

Research

Diabetes

Digestion

Fatty liver prevention

Anemia

Anti-ulcer properties

Heavy metals

Liver

Antioxidant activity

How is Green Tea Good for You?

Are you a tea or coffee person? I find coffee too acidic, and it doesn’t sit well with me, so I prefer tea for the ole’ get up and go! People have been drinking green tea for centuries, but how is green tea good for you? Maybe you don’t care, but just love the caffeine rush. I get it. I am addicted to caffeine, but I choose to get it from a healthier source.

What is Green Tea’s Health Benefits?

Loaded with Antioxidants In today’s COVID world, never have we seen so much attention being drawn to the immune system. People who succumb to the virus usually have underlying health conditions. Those with strong immune systems may not even know they have the Corona Virus. This should be a wake-up call, but the drive-thru window lines, of fast-food restaurants, have never been longer in here in the good ole’ USA.

There are many things out there that can boost your immune system (it has been the theme of this blog). Green Tea is one that I almost overlooked (even though I drink it every day). Until I looked in behind the scenes and discovered that green tea has a lot more going on than meets the eye.

Green tea is jammed full of antioxidants! It contains Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG)… yea, I know, a long sciency word. EGCG is one of the most powerful plant compounds found in green tea.

These potent plant compounds go to war with free radicals. EGCGs reduce the number of these radicals and help protect your cells and molecules from damage. Damaged cells, as we all know, may lead to cancer which is a disease of the cells. Research has tested EGCGs ability to treat many types of diseases.

 

Can it improve brain function? Caffeine is the key active element in tea. You may drink tea or coffee when you need to think or concentrate on a task at hand. Tea has a different stimulating effect that helps you concentrate more than coffee.

Caffeine blocks adenosine. This is a molecule in the body used for the digestive process. Adenosine also makes you drowsy. This, in turn, allows for the firing of brain neurons, and your concentration transmitters (like dopamine) are increased in your brain.

Research has shown consistently that caffeine can bring improvement to various aspects of brain function. It has a positive effect on mood, reaction time, and memory.

Green Tea also contains an amino acid known as L-theanine. This amino acid has the ability to cross the blood-brain-barrier. This is a “barrier” that protects the brain from disease-causing pathogens and toxins present in the blood. This allows for an increase in GABA which has anti-anxiety effects and excellent for the treatment of mental health. This also increases dopamine and the production of alpha waves in your brain.

Caffeine combined with L-theanine has a synergistic effect in your body. Small amounts of caffeine joined in unison with L-theanine produce a different kind of buzz than you get from coffee. People have reported having a more stable energy vibe and an ability to be more productive drinking green tea than with coffee.

 

 

 

 

 

Burn that fat!  Green tea increases your metabolic rate and encourages the burning of stored fat. The caffeine in the tea may move fatty acids from fat tissue and prepare them to be used as energy. The catechin antioxidant can also speed up your metabolism and help break down excess fat. Caffeine and catechin together can increase the amount of energy your body uses. Studies have determined that the weight loss experienced from green tea is not significant, but it does add an additional tool for fighting back against weight gain

 

For diabetics? One out of ten American citizens now has diabetes. Many more will be soon be joining those ranks. Diabetes is a true worldwide pandemic that will not be over soon. There is no end in sight!

Green tea may help stop type II diabetes from developing. A study performed in Japan showed a significantly lower chance of developing diabetes when drinking green tea… as much as 42%. I imagine the Japanese diet is healthier than most of the world, so you have to take that into consideration. Green tea has been proven to lower fasting glucose levels and improve insulin sensitivity. I have laid off drinking coffee because it actually causes my blood sugar to spike. I have not noticed any spikes when drinking green tea.

 

Is green tea good for your heart? Hitting the populations harder than diabetes is heart disease. HEART DISEASE is on top of the list for the leading cause of death for anyone on our precious planet.

Green tea may have an impact on improving many of the factors that lead to a bad heart. The powerful antioxidant activity, of green tea, helps increase the antioxidant activity in your blood and protects LDL particles from oxidation. Antioxidants are able to reduce inflammation and promote healthy cell functioning which will go a long way in preventing strokes and improve your heart’s health.

Green tea drinkers often live longer than non-consumers. Studies have shown that people drinking green tea daily have a 20% lower risk of developing heart disease and suffering the devastating effects of a stroke. With that being said, green tea drinkers usually have healthier eating habits, to begin with.

 

 

 

 

 

Promotes healthy skin It is common knowledge that green tea is the main ingredient in many of the world’s skincare products. It has interwoven itself into the skincare industry bigtime. Green tea is known for its antioxidant and anti-aging properties. Green tea skincare products soothe and help protect your skin. Green tea also helps relieve sebum (new word for me!). This is an oily and waxy substance produced by your sebaceous glands. And finally, green tea helps curtail the signs of aging. who doesn’t like that?

Just about every skin type can handle green tea. There may be a small percentage of our general populous who are too sensitive to use green tea skincare supplements. It is safe to use every day. The great news is there are no products that you need to avoid when applying green tea supplements to your skin or one that you made at home.

Oral health Green tea may promote optimal dental health. It can diminish your chance of developing gum disease. Drinking too much coffee can be harmful for your teeth. Green tea also helps you steer clear of cavities and bad breath. Coffee can also lead to halitosis or bad breath because of its heavy scent and entice bacteria to form in your mouth. And, having a cup of joe a day can broaden your chances of developing cavities

 

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Don’t break a leg! This lady I know just broke her leg. She is in her 80s. This will definitely halt her daily activities for a while (and she is still active in the real estate business). I admire her for keeping at life! But, she has a horrible diet and I am surprised she has made it this far.

When you are young, you don’t give a second thought about strong bones. Life will catch up to you! Sooner, or later. Green tea is another tool to put your tool kit for keeping your bones strong. The antioxidants in green tea have exhibited its ability to protect your bones against bone loss and slashing your chances of fractured bones.

Antioxidant polyphenols such as EGCG are abundant in green tea. They have a positive impact on your bone mineral density by halting oxidative damage to your bone cells and they also help limit inflammation which in turn supports bone building.

As people, we probably don’t think of our bones as living tissue. In reality, your skeletal structure is a living dynamic system. Your bone health relies completely on a meticulous balance between bone formation and bone resorption. Bone resorption is when osteoclasts (large nucleate bone cells) break down tissues in your bones and transfer minerals from bone to blood. There is a lot of activity going on in your bones. Even bone marrow. Adult stem cells are released from your bones into your bloodstream to help build stronger tissues.

An antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin (ECG) stimulates the action of a crucial enzyme that can bolster bone growth by as much as 79%. ECG can increase your bone mineralization in cells which in turn will strengthen your bones. ECG will not have a toxic effect in your cells. It weakens the action of osteoclasts to give bone formation the edge over resorption. Osteoporosis is a bone disease. This is when your bones begin to break down, and this condition will increase your chances of fractured or broken bones.

 

 

 

 

 

What is the origin of green tea?

Would you believe it. or not. According to legend, in 2732 B.C., green tea was discovered by the chance meeting of a tea leaf falling into boiling water. A Chinese emperor named Shen Nung loved the scent and drank the hot water with the infused tea leaf. Legend has it, he loved the warm invigorating feeling brought on by the tea.

Tea expanded rapidly in China between the 4th and 8th centuries, B.C. Tea was used for everyday pleasure and enjoyment. Tea plantations popped up all over China. Tea merchants became rich and flaunted their wealth and status.

The Chinese empire had tight reins on the crop’s preparation and cultivation. Young women, presumed to be pure, were the only ones allowed to handle the leaves. These selected young ladies were restricted from consuming garlic, onions or any strong spices, to prevent the odor coming off their fingertips from contaminating the precious tea leaves.

Black tea was invented so they could export tea to foreign lands and that often required long journeys. A fermentation process would preserve the leaves and increase its shelf life. This process turns the tea leaves black, and it allowed the tea to keep its flavor and aroma longer.

 

 

Tea began to travel west in the 17th century and became a huge commodity for Great Britain. It eventually became their national beverage and lead to its famous “tea time” in the middle of the day. The British imposed heavy taxation on a newly formed colony in the Americas. The colonists dumped 45 tons of tea in the Boston Harbour claiming taxation without representation. This was the first act of defiance against the mighty empire which eventually led to war and the formation of the United States of America… and a boom of coffee sales in the Americas!

 

 

 

 

What is the Difference Between Green and Black Tea?

 

First of all… all teas come from the same plant… the tea tree. The difference is that black tea is oxidized. There are many processes used in black tea preparation which offers many unique flavors in the marketplace.

In making black tea, whole tea leaves are cut at peak freshness and the leaves are allowed to wither. Letting the leaves wither naturally reduces the amount of water in the plant. The leaves are then set out to dry and oxidize in a process call fermentation.

Fermentation changes the chemical composition of the tea leaves. The longer you allow the leaves to oxidize, the darker the leaves will get. This lengthy oxidation process grants the leaves its bold flavor.

Green tea leaves are allowed to wither slightly by either a pan-fried, oven-dried or steam drying process to prevent oxidation from occurring. Since fermentation is avoided, the tea retains its natural green color and a grassier flavor. Most of the valuable antioxidant qualities are destroyed during the fermentation process. So if you want the health benefits of tea, choose green tea. If you are looking for more unique flavors black tea may not be your cup of tea (pun intended). Black tea also tends to be more acidic.

 

 

F.A.Q.s

Can you drink too much green tea? Two elements in green tea are potentially dangerous in abundant quantities… caffeine and EGCG It is not easy to reach toxic levels unless you down a whole bunch of tea.

Drinking 3-5 cups a day is safe. This should be about 500 grams of EGCG. You would have to consume 800 mg of EGCG for 4 straight months to reach a toxic state that could harm your liver. Too much caffeine intake could eventually cause damage to your kidneys.

The longer you steep your tea and the hotter the water determines how much caffeine and EGCG is released in your tea. If you were to chew and swallow tea leaves, I am sure you would be completely wired. I have chewed on a few coffee beans before and the amp effect was well beyond a normal cup of joe.

What are some of the cons of drinking green tea? Green tea can have some side-effects… nausea… dehydration… lethargy… dizziness… insomnia… tremors… restlessness… confusion… to name a few. Some individuals are super sensitive to some of the properties residing in green tea. Or, if you have some underlying health problems, to begin with… and yea, if you abuse it, you may experience some of these side-effects.

Green tea can also be contaminated if you buy it from an unethical source. High levels of chemicals may be added… like coloring agents. Pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals may also contaminate tea. Avoid buying tea from unknown sources, and there may be a reason when green tea is sold really cheap.

Is drinking too much green tea bad for your kidneys? Too much liquid, in general, can overload your kidneys. So, yea, overdoing tea could damage your kidneys. Too much caffeine and EGCG are also bad for the health of your kidneys.

Is green tea a laxative? No. Green tea may boost your metabolism, but it will not have a laxative effect in your body. Sometimes green tea can be found with other herbal formulations that will act as a laxative. I have drunk a brand of detox tea in the past that once you consumed it, you best not stray to far from the bathroom. Just saying.

 

 

 

Conclusion

Black tea is more flavorful than green tea (in general) I don’t care for English Breakfast and there are other blends that to me, are just god awful. Regular black tea isn’t so bad, and it still has some health benefits. Green tea offers more antioxidant power and you find your self benefiting from your caffeine buzz. You can mix it with some raw honey or some fruit blended in your ninja thingie to enhance the taste. On its own, it can be a little on the bitter side.

Maybe you prefer coffee or don’t drink caffeinated beverages at all. Coffee gives me headaches.  I am not quite sure why. It is not the caffeine. I also never feel well afterward, maybe its the acid in the coffee. so I stick with tea. I have never had any issues with tea, so I forgive the British (a lot of my ancestors are from there). Anyway… thanks for reading.

Many blessings, Brian.

 

 

Research

Weight loss and green tea

L-theanine research

Brain function caffeine and L-theanine

Oxidative stress

Japanese diabetes study

Green tea on insulin sensitivity and glucose control

Antioxidants and LDL cholesterol

Coffee and your teeth

Green tea research (includes dental)

Bone health and green tea

Do green tea drinkers live longer?

 

 

Green tea is from a plant (tree) found in nature. Many plants found all over our planet have beneficial properties that aid in human and animal health. I am not making any particular claims of curing or fixing any ailments. I have included scientific research done by professionals to let you decide for yourself.

Are dates Healthy and Why You Should Add them to Your Diet

 

 

Dates are delicious. A sweet and chewy delight. They are so good, it is like eating candy, but are dates healthy? Actually, dates are loaded with nutrition and should be added to your diet on a regular basis.

Nomads trudging the deserts of North Africa have been able to sustain themselves for days on dates alone (with water of course). Dates are ideal for desert caravans being easily portable and having a long “shelf” life. They provide instant energy and nutrition for enduring the hardships of a hostile environment.

 

What are the benefits of eating dates?

 

Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals If you have a few dates every day, you won’t need to blow any money buying dietary supplements. Dates are choked full of vitamins and minerals like vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, A1, and C. Dates are also a good source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, selenium, manganese, copper and zinc.

Dates are a whole food source, so your body is able to process these essential vitamins and minerals into your body. Don’t expect that to happen when you pop a multi-vitamin into your mouth. Those vitamins and minerals are more likely than not to pass right on through your digestive system without providing you with any nutritional benefit.

Vitamins and minerals perform a multitude of essential roles in your body. They boost your immune system (everyone knows to seek out vitamin C when you have a cold). They convert food into energy and help repair damaged cells. They also build up strong bones and heal wounds… and so much more.

 

Rich in protein Dates are an excellent source of protein. They help us stay in tip-top shape and help keep our muscles strong. Gym fanatics chomp on some dates every day as part of their work out routine.

 

 

 

High in fiber Consuming fiber helps slow down the digestive process which will help prevent your blood sugar from spiking. This is good news for diabetics. Fiber helps solidify your stool and making it easier for you to pass waste and avoid constipation. Thus… you will experience better bowel health.

Fiber is basically the roughage from plant-based foods that the body can’t break down. It passes through your intestines undigested. This enables your digestive system to stay clean. Fiber also helps kick bad cholesterol and harmful carcinogens out the back door.

 

Loaded with free-radical fighting antioxidants Antioxidants are so vital in keeping your cellular health top-notch. Free radicals are basically unstable molecules that compromise the health of your cells.

Dates contain 3 of the most potent antioxidants. Flavonoids help reduce inflammation and may help reduce the risk of diabetes and Alzheimer’s (two diseases on the rise). Cartonenoids promote a healthy cardiovascular system and reduce the risks of eye-related afflictions. Phenolic acid also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps you steer clear of cancer and heart trouble.

 

Strengthens your nervous system Dates are crammed with potassium (which is the 3rd most abundant mineral in your body). DO NOT underestimate the importance of Potassium. This wonderful mineral is classified as an electrolyte. Why? It is highly reactive in water. When potassium is dissolved in water, positive ions are created.

I know… this is kind of sciency... but, your body runs on electricity. This mineral helps activate nerve impulses throughout your central nervous system. Nerve signals help regulate muscle contractions, your heartbeat, and various other reflexes throughout your body.

 

 

 

Love your heart. A diet high in potassium is also good for your heart. It helps lower your blood pressure by flushing out excess sodium. It is common knowledge that table salt raises your blood pressure. You should do your best to avoid excess sodium if you truly desire excellent health.

Avoid processed foods as much as possible. If you do choose to go that route, please take the time to read the label, and try to find a product with low sodium. I bought some tomato paste today with only 20mg of sodium. I rarely buy anything processed, but tomato paste comes in handy in making healthy soups.

When you take care of your heart and begin eating healthy, at the same time you lessen the risk of having a stroke. A lack of blood flow to the brain is what leads to a stroke. Potassium-rich foods are not a quick fix in preventing heart disease, but it is a piece of the puzzle. Our modern diet is loaded with food that does more harm than good. Do your diligence and find out what foods do your body good.

 

 

 

 

 

Dates are a brain booster In recent times, dates have created a burst of interest in its ability to boost brain power and alleviating some brain damage. In a laboratory setting, supplementing with dates has been shown to improve a decline in memory and cognitive dysfunction due to age, as seen in diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Dates contain 2 mg of choline. Your body creates a little of this nutrient, but not enough, so you need to get more of it from outside food sources like dates, nuts, or seeds.

Choline is essential for brain development. A study done with over 2000 70-year-olds showed that those with higher choline levels performed better cognitively than those with low levels. Choline has been linked to inducing stronger memories and better learning capabilities.

 

 

 

Skincare     Dates are used in cosmetics… primarily in extracts and oils. The desert is a very harsh environment that is not too kind to your face. Desert dwellers have benefited immensely by pampering their faces with date oils. Dates have strong antioxidant powers and they help prevent the face from the effects of premature aging.

Date oil helps nourish your skin, improve your skin’s elasticity, and delay the effects of wrinkles. Nobody wants to look old, so if you want to steer clear of aging skin, dates may help you in the long run.

 

 

Historical data on dates

Dates were discovered thousands of years ago. Dates were known to have healing powers by the ancients. Science now backs that up. But regardless of any healing powers, we love to eat them because they are so deliciously good. NATURE’S CANDY!

Dates grow on palm trees in clusters. The date palm is originally from an area now known as Iraq. In ancient times this area was called Mesopotamia. Dates are thought by some to be the oldest cultivated fruit in the world. Dates have been a staple food throughout the Middle East and the Indus Valley for several millennia.

Date palms have since migrated to Spain, Northern Africa, Southwest Asia, Mexico, and California. There are 30 different kinds of dates from around the world. There are 3 broad types: soft, semi-dry, and dry.

Why pregnant women should eat them

Eating dates during the last couple of weeks of pregnancy may stimulate cervical dilation and possibly lower the need for induced labor. Dates may also help shorten labor duration. One study also showed that dates have a positive effect on post pardom blood loss.

Dates are completely healthy and safe to eat during pregnancy. They can fight back fatigue, which is often felt during pregnancy, by adding a much-needed burst of energy. Dates are also full of vitamins and minerals which a mother needs for her child. The fiber in the dates will help keep her digestive system running smoothly.

Dates also provide a healthier alternative for that familiar ice cream craving that is often stirred up during pregnancy. It will satisfy the sweet tooth… I don’t have a clue what to substitute for that pickle itch.

 

 

Can Diabetics Eat Dates?

Diabetes just sucks. Poor food choices in our world are creating a worldwide pandemic… I bet you are tired of that word… but it fits in with the definition. No… this is really a huge problem. What is different in today’s world? The majority of food in the modern world is processed. I wouldn’t even call these processed “foods” food!

Dates are real food. Full of nutrients. Even though they are full of sugar, they are also a complete nutritional package. The worst thing a diabetic can use is straight processed sugar. This will cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. Diabetes is complicated and numerous foods have created type II diabetes, so diabetics have to proceed with caution when using sweeteners.

Now the majority of dietitians and doctors will advise you to stay clear of sweets and limit your fruit and carbohydrate intake. This is sound advice unless you dig deeper into the mystery.

I am a type 2 diabetic. I followed the suggested food chart laid out for diabetics and ended up frustrated and full of dismay. To tell you the truth… I had to bend the rules… and it did not work… it got worse. My blood sugar was over 300 and I ended up at the VA getting scolded by a war veteran doctor for wasting his time in the ER.

I wasn’t to happy with the doc, because a google search told me to go to the ER with that type of reading. You see, I could not eat 4 ounces of lean meat and leafy low carb vegetables and feel full. I was starving and always hungry. I was ravenous! So…I ate large portions of meat to fill in the void…

The meds were not working on me and my numbers were getting worse, quickly. The food was killing me! Yea, I know I am going off tangent here, but the only ones reading this part are diabetics… right?

Here I was feeling hopeless… for about a week. I don’t like feeling defeated. I am a fighter. I found a website about reversing type II diabetes and controlling type I. They promote strategies that are in complete conflict with modern medicine.

Modern medicine doesn’t have a solution. Diabetics always get worse over time and people lose limbs and go blind. Not a pretty picture. So, I was all in trying something revolutionary (actually their techniques were used a long time ago with success, but ignored… of course).

Drum roll, please… What do these rebels recommend? A low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet. You can eat as much fruit, rice, and potatoes as you desire… but you have to eliminate all animal products (yes, this means cheese too) from your diet. This works. My last reading was 92. I have lost over 20 pounds without trying and my blood pressure is back to normal. Go to masteringdiabetes.org for testimonials and more information. (I am not an affiliate for them)

So, getting back to dates. I eat about 4 every day. Dates have been shown the ability to increase the production of insulin and help reduce the rate of glucose in the blood. The fiber in the dates also helps slow down spikes in your blood glucose.

Fat is the real enemy in diabetes… not carbs. You have to treat insulin resistance. When pancreas beta cells get smothered in fat, they are no longer able to function normally. This is why carbs raise your blood sugar. Even healthy plant fats will spike my blood. As long as I don’t overload on fatty foods, I can indulge in all the whole food carbs I desire and eat food like dates and raw honey in moderation.

 

Really… Can You Grow a Date Palm from a 2000-Year-Old SEED?

An Israeli architect named Ehud Netzer discovered the tomb of Herod the Great. This was the ruler of ancient Judea said to have put a hit out for all the infant boys in the kingdom in an attempt to get rid of baby Jesus. Who really knows if this really happened, but Herod the Great did exist.

Herod’s palace was on top of Mount Masada, and when Ehud excavated the site, he found a bunch of date palm seeds. The seeds were sent to Yale University in the 1960s and planted after undergoing an examination. They were successfully able to grow a tree that they called a Methuselah Palm.

The remaining seeds were shipped off to Zurich, Switzerland, and were put through a carbon dating test. They were confirmed to be several thousands of years old!

 

How do You Eat Dates?

There are many ways to enjoy dates. Dates are scrumptious on their own. Or you could soak them in a little water, wait 10 minutes, and put them in a food processor. Then take the pulp and roll them in coconut flakes or chopped up almonds or pecans. They even sell them like that in the store.

Add them to salads or soups. They are excellent in fruit smoothies. I use them in homemade energy drinks. I eat fruit at breakfast and always throw some dates in the mix. Eat three to five every day for nutritional support. Don’t overdo it, they are high in natural sugar and are best used in moderation.

You can also substitute dates for sugar in recipes. You can make a paste with 2 cups of dates and a half cup of water and put them in a food processor. Use a one-to-one ratio. If you need a cup of sugar, substitute a cup of date paste. You can also find date sugar in the store if you want to save time.

Some dates have pits, so make sure you remove them before adding them to your blender. You can buy them without pits, but the tastier ones contain pits. Happy eating!

 

 

What is the Difference Between Fresh and Dried Dates?

Most dates sold in the marketplace are dried dates. You can tell by their wrinkly skin. There isn’t much difference as far as nutritional content. Dried dates contain double the carbohydrates and have more fiber than fresh dates. They also have higher amounts of calcium and iron. Fresh dates contain more vitamin C. Fresh dates won’t have all the wrinkles and have a softer texture.

Farmers harvest dates in the fall and early winter. This is the time of the year that dates taste the freshest. Dried dates can last a long time in sealed containers. In my area, the best dates you can find are Medjool dates. Some date brands are best used for sugar substitution, but Medjool dates are stand on their own. An excellent choice for satisfying a sweet tooth. I would like to get my hands on some fresh dates and try them out.

 

 

Conclusion

if you are trying to avoid sweets, try eating some dates to satisfy the urge. It only takes a few to do the job. Dates are a superfood that you should consider adding to your diet. Starting your day with fruit is really beneficial for your health.

Dates are really delicious and deserve a shot at winning your heart… and being good for it too!

 

 

Thanks for reading… to your health… Brian

 

I am making no claims that dates will cure any condition. It is food. Food is able to help the body in many ways by offering your body nutrition. Proper nutrition has the ability to turn back cellular damage in many people. Everyone’s body reacts differently to natural foods, as it also does when given medication by doctors. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes, that we as people, can not possibly know.

Research

Research on dates and the brain

Cambridge choline research 

Dates and disease prevention

Nutrients in bone health

Dates and pregnancy

Dates and neurological diseases

What is Maca Root Powder?… A Review of the Best

 

What is maca root powder?

Maca is one of the most nutritional plants in the world. Native Peruvians have used this superfood for thousands of years. It was probably first domesticated between 1300 to 2000 years ago in San Blas, Junin by Inca farmers.

Legend has it that Peruvian warriors used Maca as a stimulant before battle. It provided the warriors with a much-needed energy boost and enhanced their ability to focus on the task at hand.

Maca is often referred to as Peruvian ginseng. It is often sought out for its aphrodisiac effects. Maca is the main ingredient in many male importance supplements (ED). But, maca has many other benefits besides being a sexual aid in the bedroom.

Maca grows in the Peruvian Andes. Maca is not an herb It is a cruciferous vegetable, and a member of the mustard family, It is also related to broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale (some of the most nutritious vegetables). Maca has a nutty and butterscotch like flavor.

You will need to climb high up into the Andes Mountains to find maca. It can be located as far up as 13,000 feet. It thrives in harsh and inhospitable environments. Maca can grow in poor soil. It can survive frigid cold temperatures, high winds, droughts, and flooding.

Late winter or early spring is harvest time for maca. When maca is ready, the plant’s roots are yanked from the ground and left out to dry in the sun on large tarps. The drying process takes about 10 to 14 days, and then they are now ready for processing.

The tubers are transported to a facility and all the dirt and bacteria are scrubbed off (bacteria in the soil is actually good for your immune system, just saying!). In a selling environment, you have to clean off the dirt. The maca is now sent through large grinders which transform it into a powdered form. Maca can be stored for years as long as it is protected from insects and molds.

 

 

 

What are the Benefits of Maca?

May increase libido for both sexes Maca helps boost sexual drive in both men and women. Maca is the main ingredient in many male sexual enhancement supplements. It has been used as an aphrodisiac for millennia in Peru. It has demonstrated its ability to increase sexual desire, in studies, but it has not been linked to increasing testosterone. Some unknown factor has been the culprit for raising sexual desire.

Studies have shown a higher rate of male fertility. Maca may help increase sperm production.

Maca may help reduce prostate size in men. Larger prostrates pose problems for men when passing urine. A bulging prostate surrounds the urine tube and presents an obstacle for a proper flow. Maca is high in glucosinolates which are associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer

 

 

 

 

 

 

The immune system    Maca acts as an adaptogen. A Russian scientist came up with this term while studying plant medicines. Basically, adaptogens are plants (maca included) that help your body build up its resistance power against pathogens. Adaptogens are able to adapt to external conditions when challenged.

They work alongside your body’s natural rhythm cycle to help rebuild a weak immune system, re-mineralize your body, and increase your energy and endurance. Scientists and doctors conclude that maca is one of the best ways of regulating your endocrine system. This is a collection of glands that regulate your metabolism and hormones.

Your endocrine system can regulate your organs through your glands with internal secretion. This secretion passes through your blood to your body’s tissues. Your pituitary gland (home of growth hormone), hypothalamus, and adrenal glands are just some of the glands in your endocrine system.

Maca also provides your body with vitamins and minerals. Your body is able to absorb nutrition better by extracting it from whole food sources. Multi-vitamins are not easily absorbed into your system. Vitamins help steer away from the threat of common illness transmitted by nasty microorganisms.

 

MACA ALSO HAS

  • 2x as much calcium as milk
  • 3x as much vitamin C as an orange
  • 5x as much iron as spinach

Assists in weight loss Maca’s stimulating effects help with weight loss. It provides a boost of energy that encourages physical activity and provides more motivation for working out. Do you know who struggles with getting up and going? Suggest some maca. By the way… this wonderful superfood contains almost no calories and will not disturb your diet.

Skincare     Maca can help balance testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. Hormonal imbalances often materialize as fatigue, flushing or sweating which can wreak havoc with your skin’s appearance. Skin imperfections are usually a result of an internal imbalance of some sort.

Maca can offer you protection from the sun; however, it is not to be used as a sunscreen replacement. Maca extract may add some additional protection against UV radiation.

Acne is often a result of angry hormones. You can use a topical treatment of maca on your skin to clear up blemishes. Just start with smaller doses. If you come on too strong, you may worsen the situation.

Useful for menopause A natural decline in estrogen often leads to a range of unpleasant emotions. Hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings, sleep problems, and general irritability. Maca may help alleviate these symptoms.

Maca is useful in regulating and balancing hormones. It can help raise or lower hormonal levels based on the body’s needs.

Mood booster Nothing sucks more, in my opinion, than a feeling of melancholy. I suffered for years from a roller coaster of emotions. Finding natural whole-foods that have an ability to clear away the blues has been a godsend. So many people suffer every day from feelings of irritability, and you owe it to yourself to try some of these natural mood elevators.

Maca is one of these foods. It has been associated with the ability to reduce anxiety and depression. Maca helps lift one’s overall sense of well-being and induce a positive state of mind. This is probably one of the reasons it has an aphrodisiac effect on many people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peruvians use it for learning and memory School children in Peru have been using maca for ages to enhance their learning and memory capabilities. Maca may be able to improve brain function and reinforce memory function.

Maca has a helpful effect on your nervous system. Its ability to improve the transmission of nerve impulses within your central nervous system enables you to hone in your concentration powers and strengthen your learning capacity.

Athletes love it Maca is recommended for endurance sports. It can provide your body with more energy and allow you to improve your performance results. It can quickly regenerate your body after strenuous workouts and help reduce stress.

Maca is also great for bodybuilders. It contains essential branched amino acids. It may prevent the loss of muscle mass and is very beneficial in burning unwanted fat reserves. With time, maca may help improve your overall physical appearance. It is highly suitable for training and is often used before and after workout sessions.

Maca is a safe stimulant and is not considered doping by any means.

 

 

 

 

Good for diabetes Maca may aid in insulin distribution by making your cells more sensitive to the effects of insulin. For those that don’t know… insulin is a hormone created by your pancreas. Before being diabetic, I thought it was a drug used to help those poor souls born with diabetes, and I knew that they could die without it.

The fiber in maca may also slow your digestion down and allow for more glucose absorption. Its ability to increase energy and endurance for exercise, or providing motivation to get your daily chores done, is good for diabetics. An exercise regimen is a necessity for diabetics desiring to control their sugars.

 

 

 

What is Black Maca?

Each color of maca root offers different benefits. It is advised that you do your research and choose the maca that is best suited to meet your needs. Black maca is a food and the statements below are backed by scientific research. Everyone reacts differently and at a different pace, so results may vary.

 

 

Black Maca Benefits

  • black maca has a higher antioxidant effect than red or yellow maca root
  • prevents metabolism disorders by aiding in the regulation of glucose and leading to a healthier metabolism
  • black maca is the only type of maca know to help increase sperm production in males
  • helps improve your memory
  • the best maca for improving and protecting your bone health
  • improves your mood, learning, and concentration

What to really expect from black maca

Maca offers some positive effects when added to your daily diet. Results can be broad and varied since maca is considered to work on your hormonal system.

  • Muscle endurance
  • muscle building and fitness
  • libido
  • alertness and energy
  • weight loss

Black maca is sometimes thought of as men’s maca; however, women may also benefit from black maca. Women are much more into fitness in modern times and often are involved in the same sporting activities as men. Maca, by the way, does not contain any hormones. It behaves like a supplement and able to stimulate your body to achieve healthy hormone levels.

 

 

 

 

Is Red Maca the Right One for YOU?

Red and black maca root offers the most benefits (research backs this up). Red may be the one for you if it fits the bill in what you are looking to improve.

Red Maca Benefits

  • associated with a healthier prostate
  • bone strength and density. adds protective benefits to your bone structure. (black maca as well)
  • has a more favorable effect on your energy, mood, and sexual desire and may improve male sexual dysfunction
  • good for depression… it has antidepressant activity associated with its use. red is better for your overall mood
  • generates a positive effect on wound healing
  • higher nutrients due to higher concentrations of glucosinolates
  • protects your skin and liver against significant increases in lipid peroxidation
  • immune-boosting capabilities. helps protect against viral infections

What to watch for in red maca consumption

  • boost of energy
  • an overall sense of well-being
  • improved menstruation
  • better memory
  • hot flashes weaken
  • prostate improves
  • not to be affected with hormonal acne
  • more mental acuity

 

 

 

 

Nutritional Profile (1 gram)


Calories

91

Carbohydrates

20 grams

Protein

4 grams

Fat

1 gram

Fiber

2 grams

Vitamin C

33% RDA

Niacin (vitamin b3)

85% RDA

Riboflavin

6% RDA

Vitamin B6

15% RDA

Copper

84% RDA

Maganese

11% RDA

Potassium

16% RDA

Iron

23% RDA

 

 

How to Use Maca

Maca is available in powder, capsule, or in a liquid form. The optimum dose has not been established yet, but people commonly use between 1.5 to 5 grams per day. A teaspoon is a little over 4 grams. Children can safely use maca in smaller amounts (half a teaspoon).

For faster absorption, it is best that you take on an empty stomach, 15 minutes before you eat your breakfast.

You can add maca to a smoothy or sprinkle it over some fruit. I like to add it to a green tea concoction that also includes amla and triphala powder, some ginger root and some sort of natural sweetener like dates. (triphala is extremely bitter). I am serious when it comes to boosting my immune system. COVID and other nasty invaders are a continual threat to my livelihood. Why not arm yourself with gifts from nature.

You can use maca externally as well. Use on your wounds or burns for faster healing.

 

 

 

 

Are there Any Side-effects?

Maca is considered safe for most people. Pregnant women, as always, should proceed with caution and consult with a physician before using. The upside for using during pregnancy, maca may act as an alternate for prenatal vitamins, and help rebalance hormones, especially during the first trimester… but yea, check with the doc.

There is some concern it could raise testosterone levels in expectant mothers. Some say, that because of its near pharmaceutical like qualities, it is not recommended to use during pregnancy and lactation.

Maca may give you a case of the jitters at first. Go easy on it to allow your body time to adjust.

One more thing… If you have thyroid issues… steer clear of maca. (or at least proceed with caution)

 

 

Why You Should Stay Far Away from Chinese Maca

First of all, maca is from the high altitudes of Peru and is perfectly suited in that growing environment. I have nothing against the people of China, but their government cuts corners when it comes to product safety. The Chinese are creating synthetic maca and selling it as real maca. You should always stay clear of fake food. It is just not meant for your body. Synthetic maca can not possibly be of any benefit to your health.

The Chinese also grow maca, but China is one of the most polluted countries in the world. The Chinese own Ministry of Environment states that 19.4 % of the arable land is contaminated. 82.8 % percent of Chinese food products exceed heavy metal limits. 60% of the groundwater in China is undrinkable.

Chinese are also into GMOs. Peru does not allow GMOs in their country. So you really want Peruvian maca, and preferably from the Junin Provence.

 

 

Where can you buy Maca?

You can find it at health food stores, but the easiest way is right here… online. You don’t have to put a mask on and drive to the store. Just click away on one of the featured products, right below, and they will bring it right to your doorstep. Don’t you love the modern world!

 

 

 

The Maca Team

 

 

 

The Maca Team is a family run business located near the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. They only choose the best organically grown maca. They have developed ongoing relationships with local farmers in the ancestral home of maca… the Junin Provence of Peru.

The farmers who work with the Maca Team use traditional farming methods. After harvesting maca, they let the land rest for ten long years in between crops. Most products are delivered into the hands of consumers within 3 to 4 months after being produced.

The Maca Team is meticulous in preserving the potency of their maca. They use a foil-lined double-sealed opaque bag for powdered maca, safely sealed amber jars for all capsules, and amber jars for extracts. Why go to all this trouble? This keeps sunlight, oxygen, and humidity from stealing away all of maca’s potency and ensuring maximum efficiency.

The Maca Team rigorously tests their maca. Each of their products must pass a strict certificate of analysis. Then their products undergo additional testing to confirm the absence of any pesticides or heavy metals.

The Maca Team is generous with its farmers by paying above-market prices for maca. The Maca Team works on smaller margins to keep the price fair for consumers.

 

The Maca Team state that they offer the most complete and transparent information online. Their articles on maca are based on scientific research whenever possible. They continually work to maintain an accurate and up to date website.

The Maca Team believes in

  • assuring product freshness and high quality
  • using non-GMO products
  • offering only organic
  • fair trade practices
  • fast shipping
  • fair prices
  • friendly and prompt service
  • exceptional support in answering any questions

 

The Maca Team is always looking for unique ways to bring maca into your home. This can be anything from recipes to new product mixes to sponsorships of athletes. They are open to any feedback to enable them to serve the public better.

The Maca Team offers a wide variety of Maca. They have Powders, capsules, and extracts. They offer red maca, black maca, yellow maca, and a tricolor maca. There are recipes and many healthy tips concerning maca.

 

 

 

 

Zen Spirit Maca Powder Organic

 

 

Zen Spirit focuses on reaching out directly to their farmers. They seek out choice products and use exclusive farms that are located on the best lands and countries for each specific superfood offered at Zen Spirit.

Zen Spirit uses 100% Premium Peruvian Maca Root Powder which is certified USDA Organic. Their maca is harvested from Junin, Peru between 2700 to 4300 meters above sea level. Far from any pollution or contamination.

Price $11.99

Size 8 ounces

Guarantee 100% money-back guarantee

Navitas Organics Maca Powder

 

Way back in 2003, curiosity about ancient cultures and their relationship with food, drove Nativas’ founder, Zach Adelman, to the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes. He developed a relationship with a small farming coop and brought Maca to North America. Maca was their first product, since then, they have included other superfoods to their line-up.

Nativas selects some of the finest maca root available and cultivates it using traditional farming methods. It is dried at low temperatures and gently milled to retain its vital nutrients. Nativa’s Maca powder is organic, non-GMO, dried at low temperatures, and gluten-free.

Price $16.97

Size 16 ounces

 

 

 

NaturalLife Labs

 

NaturalLife Labs is dedicated to delivering high-quality products to your doorstep. They uphold their products to the highest standards and exceed the expectations of the FDA. They use proven science to validate their herbs and minerals.

Their high potency formula is 100% natural, verified organic, non-GMO, and vegan. Their unique maca formulation is easily absorbable and gets maximum results while going easy on your stomach.

 

Price $17.94

Quantity 150 capsule (in powdered form

 

Testing NaturalLife Labs devote time and energy to ensure product safety. They make sure their products are of superior quality. They are meticulously tested for solvent residuals, heavy metals, pesticides, and toxins.

Supplier Audit. Products from their suppliers are put to a very thorough auditing process to ensure that the products meet their high standards.

Manufacturing Process. NaturalLife Labs analyze samples every 20 minutes, and visually inspect every bottle at the end of the production line.

3rd Party Testing. On top of all that… they send out samples to independent labs to test the products again. This to ensure the purity and potency, and to make sure the products are safe. They also want to verify that the amounts of the ingredients match the product label.

Sunfood Raw Organic Maca Powder

Sunfood Superfoods is all about quality. They seek out food that is the cream of the crop from some of the best farmers around the globe. Each batch has to meet their high standards of excellence.

Great effort has been put forth in its packaging facility to ensure that its food remains fresher for longer periods of time. They do not use basic plastic pouches in their packaging. Their pouches include a barrier that is 100% UV, moisture, and oxygen-proof. This keeps the superfoods from rapid oxidation and will keep the products fresh and tasty for longer periods of time.

Sunfood Superfoods takes great care in their relationships with their farming community. The farmers benefit financially as they grow, and the local communities benefit as well. Their Chief Operations Officer stays in touch with the partner farms and visits them regularly. To witness the local areas in person enables Sunfood to keep its mission in perspective.

Sunfood takes pride in educating the consumer in matters concerning their health and well-being. They load their company website with information about superfoods. They seek to enrich the lives of people through natural health alternatives.

Price $12.69

Quantity 8 ounces

Final Thoughts

Maca is a valuable source of protein. It contains numerous vitamins and minerals with some in generous amounts. 20 amino acids are also present, and it also contains plant sterols, tannins, saponins, terpenoids, and fiber. Maca is a great coffee substitute. Try some when you get up in the morning.

Balancing hormones get more and more important as you age. Maca is good to have around the house as you race towards your golden years… or your 40s… It is a wonderful aphrodisiac and good for prostate health. There is no reason to feel blue when you can elevate your mood naturally. Maca may also reduce diastolic blood pressure and can fight free radicals.

Research is still in its early stages, so more will be revealed. Keep in mind… the Peruvians have valued Maca since the days of the Roman Empire... there must be the reason for that. So, if you are looking to improve your health in the ways listed in this post, It won’t break your bank to try some maca root today

To your Health

Many Blessings, Brian

 

I am making no claims that maca will cure any condition.  It is food. Food is able to help the body in many ways by offering your body nutrition.  Proper nutrition has the ability to turn back cellular damage in many people.  Everyone’s body reacts differently to natural foods, as it also does when given medication by doctors.  There is a whole lot more going on behind the scenes, that we as people, can not possibly know.

RESOURCES

libido research https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12472620/

fertility in men https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26421049/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11753476/

Treatment in menopausal symptoms https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21840656/ for depression https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1755-5949.2008.00052.x reduce prostate size https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15661081/ general maca research https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3184420/

https://www.themacateam.com/maca-studies-and-research