Is Turmeric Bioavailable?

Can Your Body Absorb Turmeric?

Turmeric is well-known worldwide as a medicinal plant,  but testing has shown that it is hard to absorb in your body. Supplement companies have spent a lot of time and money trying to solve this age-old problem.  You would have to ingest a tremendous amount of turmeric to reach its full benefits… unless you can find a way to easily absorb turmeric into your blood and cells.

There are thousands of studies documenting the benefits of turmeric.  You can go to and search for any known health problem and add turmeric or curcumin (the main compound in turmeric that promotes its benefits). The search is bound to pull up studies to whatever condition you are looking into… like cancer… diabetes… heart disease.

Turmeric just may well be the most beneficial plant known to mankind for restoring health or prevention from many disorders. It is that important. Thousands of studies show this. Doctors are now recommending curcumin or turmeric supplementation for many disorders like arthritis or inflammation.

But the time-worn question is… How do you get it absorbed into your bloodstream so that you can reap the benefits? Turmeric is oil-based so it doesn’t mix in well with water. The human body, as you know, is made up of water. Try mixing some turmeric powder in water and you can see it doesn’t mix well.

A Brief History of Turmeric

In recent times turmeric, a bright golden spice loaded with flavor has thrust itself into the traditional and holistic medicinal communities. But the truth of the matter is, turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for over four thousand years!  It was a go-to spice in Ayurvedic medicine (Traditional Indian medicine)  In fact, turmeric residue (along with ginger and garlic) has been found on clay pots dating back 4500 years!

They used different techniques to activate turmeric’s healing properties.  They inhaled the fumes of burning turmeric to relieve congestion. Turmeric juice or paste was used to treat wounds and bruises. The paste was also used to treat skin blemishes.

Ayurvedic literature contains over 100 terms to describe turmeric… including Jayanti (which means one who is victorious over diseases.)

Turmeric is so revered, it has been used in wedding rituals. They would dye a string with turmeric paste and the groom would place it around his bride’s neck.  The neckless is known as a Mangala sutra.  This basically means the bride is fully capable of running a household now.

Buddhist monks also dye their robes with saffron and turmeric.

Of course, most people are familiar with curry dishes.  Most curries contain turmeric. The yellow ones for sure. It has a strong flavor and is not liked by everyone. I personally prefer Thai curries which use coconut milk to add more of a sweet flavor to the dish.

How is Turmeric used Today for Medicinal Purposes?

I mentioned earlier in this article that you can look up curcumin and turmeric on Just search for a condition and you will be amazed at all of the studies. Some of the major health disorders benefiting from the use of turmeric are listed below.

  • treating inflammation. Inflammation is usually a culprit hiding behind any debilitating health condition. Arthritis for one.
  • immune system support.  It helps fight free radicals and keeps your cells healthy.
  • lowers your risk of heart disease. Inflammation and oxidation play a huge role in causing heart damage.
  • It may help lessen pain
  • Studies have shown that it helps improve memory (because it helps reduce brain inflammation)
  • Helps reduce pain. Again, an inflammation problem. (it worked for me the other day with a sore wrist)
  • Deeper levels of sleep are possible. (I have been benefiting from this since using turmeric)
  • Studies have shown awesome results in treating some cancers.  Just look it up!
  • A natural answer to treat depression. Some studies have shown it to be as effective as Prozac... without side effects!
  • overall nutritional value promotes a healthy body

What methods are used to make it more absorbable?

A lot of Curcumin formulations have added black pepper to the mix.  It helps the body absorb the curcumin 9 times better than by itself.

Probably because it’s oil-based, it has been recommended to add it to healthy fats like nuts, seeds, and avocados. This is because turmeric is fat-soluble (it dissolves in fats.)

But what if there was a better way to benefit from turmeric…

Now for the Good News! Turmeric is more Bioavailable thanks to a new Technology!

I am so excited to be sharing this with you! I have already benefited so much from using this new way to use turmeric… better sleep… fast muscle recovery after workouts and stress… pain relief… reduced headaches.  It’s a Godsend.

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Now trending. Celery Juice! (3 years later)



If you are on TikTok or Instagram you may have noticed a lot of attention being drawn to celery juice recently. Most people associate celery coming with an order of Buffalo wings. It is often used (along with Bleu Cheese dressing) to help cool off the bite from the wings. Celery has also been recommended for settling a sour stomach after eating something spicy.

Celery is often used in the kitchen along with onions to add flavor to many dishes. It is an excellent choice when making soup broths along with garlic, carrots, and onions.

People attempting to lose weight have often chomped on low-calorie vegetables like celery to help them drop pounds. What usually happens is… that celery stalk finds its way into some ranch dressing.

I don’t know about you, but I find eating celery tedious. I have stuck it in peanut butter in the past. It makes for a tasty snack. It sure beats ranch… I never really cared for that dressing.

Did I miss it?

I am a little late to the party. Over 3 years ago, celery juice started trending on Instagram feeds. Celebs and nutrition experts began touting the benefits of juicing celery. But this phenom has actually kept up its momentum, I began to notice posts about celery juice everywhere.

Now I am not new to juicing some celery sticks, but I never drank it without other veggies. I heard it was always good to chew on some celery when you have an upset stomach. As you know, celery is not the easiest veggie to chew. It gets all stringy and stuck in your teeth.

So. I read a little about the benefits and pulled my juicer down from the shelf and gave it a go. I started feeling bad that night and on into the next day. The celery juice sent me into a detox. I was shocked, for I thought I was on a pretty strict plant-based diet. I think it was letting me know I had let up on my eating habits and was not eating enough raw and whole foods.

The bottom line… celery juice is going to work on the bile stuck in your liver. It will help clean you out. You want this… don’t you? Having a healthy working body as you get older is a good thing. Too many people are sick. You don’t have to look too far to figure this out. You shouldn’t have to live in fear about the next new strain. Do what you can to build a strong immune system, and live life.

What is so special about celery juice?

First and foremost, you won’t find yourself drinking celery juice for its flavor. It has a bland and somewhat grassy taste. Now carrot juice is a different story, it is pleasantly sweet. But this post is about celery juice and maybe I will get around to carrot juice another day.

  • Celery helps flush out toxins. As I mentioned above, I believe it caused me to go into a mild detox after drinking the juice by itself. I have experienced these kinds of symptoms before when changing to a really healthy diet. It helps the liver in flushing out toxins that have built up in your body. These toxins can come from a variety of substances… free radicals… animal products… heavy metals… pesticides… herbicides… chemicals put into processed foods (you name it).
  • Celery has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • It may help balance blood sugar
  • It is loaded with water, so it helps hydrate your body
  • It can help you with your skin because when you take care of your insides, it is reflected on your skin.
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • It contains high levels of vitamin K. This is a fat-soluble vitamin that promotes bone health. One serving provides 33% of your daily requirement.


What to watch out for?

Celery is high in natural sodium. If you are on blood-thinning medications, you may want to skip this one. But if you do have a heart condition, I would seriously recommend that look into a plant-based diet… if you a really serious about your health. I know my heart was in deep trouble a few years ago when I ate way too much meat and dairy.

I completely turned that around by adopting a whole-food plant-based diet and now have normal cholesterol and blood pressure. There are plenty of studies to back this up… and trust me big money (meat and dairy industries) don’t want you to know the truth. It is a crying shame so many people are suffering because of greed… plain and simple.



How to make celery juice


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In conclusion

Celery is surprisingly high in nutrients. I always thought of it in the way of iceberg lettuce… low in nutritional value. You always hear about broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, and cabbage.

Celery contains, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, and Phosphorus.

It is excellent for your liver. Moving out toxins is very important for your overall health. For this fact alone, is worth the price for admission.

So, it is up to you to take care of business. To keep your body a well-oiled machine. So go forth and live long and prosper.

Many blessings, Brian


Well and good



I was shocked to find out how bad energy drinks are


Who’s the Monster now! (an energy drink story)

I now know how Monster got its name… and I’m not talking about the 3 Hebrew digits on the monster can which equates to the number of the beast. Energy drinks commit a full-out assault on your stomach’s biome. A little while ago, I was experiencing all kinds of problems in my tummy. I couldn’t figure it out.

I kept bugging the ER at the local VA (because my regular VA clinic wouldn’t see and figured the ER had the time to fool with me). If you’ve ever been to any ER, you know how busy they are.

Anyway, I was concerned. At this point in my life, I had been on a whole-food plant-based diet for over 2 years, and my medical labs turned completely around. So what is going on here? I really thought I was going all out and treating my body good… except for the obvious denial of my energy drink habit.


My addiction

am a recovered addict and boozehound… for many years. And, I am on this wonderful healthy diet (and I read all the labels to make sure the product is devoid of all chemicals… for the most part. I’m only human. At least I don’t think I’m a hybrid.

But… I couldn’t get myself to stay away from energy drinks. I would swear off for a moment and like any good addict, I would justify a need to pop open a Rockstar Recovery or a Monster Rehab. You see, I’m in recovery, right?

Then I would be right back into the old swing of things. One in the morning and a nightcap. And trust me, I would leave that out of the equation when I was trying to diagnose my ailing belly.

Then I came across a Post

was researching probiotics, so I could treat my intestinal tract and fight back whatever is going on in there The post was about how energy drinks destroy your biome. And I will dig into the specifics further down in this article (I will have to relocate some of that sciency stuff to cap off this article)

What Happened as a the result of?

So after reading the article, yes, like any good addict… I popped open another Rockstar and then a few more after that. I began to notice my stomach acted up even worse after downing one of those bad boys. So I tried another one to see if maybe I was just imagining things. No, I think it was because of those drinks.

Maybe it just took a couple of years before it really screwed with my stomach. But, I stopped and those problems went away as a soon as a I did. Now mind you, I did some research over 5 years ago for another blog I tinkered with. The research persuaded me to lay off of them for a while. But until I experienced those stomach issues, I wasn’t motivated enough to stay off of them.

Just the Facts Ma’am



Let’s start off with caffeine. First of all, I am addicted to caffeine. I like to have an iced latte right after lunch. I haven’t been successful in ditching caffeine. I have tried before and always found my way back. But, I don’t have a desire to stop and as a long as a I’m not drinking too much I’m okay. I also drink a little tea in the evening. But it is not causing stomach pains like when I was slamming energy drinks.

As you may well know, too much caffeine may raise your blood pressure and heart rate to a risky level. Some young people have suffered some serious consequences from drinking too many of them at one time. I have experienced this myself and it is quite scary when your heart pounds too fast.

Caffeine is a diuretic. This means it causes your body to use stored up water in your body faster and may lead to dehydration. I try to drink a lot of water after having caffeinated beverages.

Caffeine is also highly acid (especially coffee) and can mess with the lining of your stomach which could lead to leaky gut syndrome some sugar on me! It is not uncommon for a single energy drink to have over 50 grams of processed sugar. Wow! That is 12 teaspoons of sugar. Your blood sugar will spike up and eventually come tumbling down and you’ll feel like you need a nap (but you won’t be able to sleep… you’ll toss and turn all night)

Now here comes the problem… really nasty bacteria feeds off this sugar. It straight out loves it! It will begin to overtake good gut bacteria and throw your stomach biome off. You need a strong presence of healthy bacteria for proper digestion. In fact, 70% immune system is located in your gut.

So what about artificial sweeteners? Your body and mind connection is a complex operation. When you throw in unnatural substances (man-made poison) into the mix, your brain gets confused. Cells send out signals throughout your body for everything to work properly. These fake foods just make a mess of things.

What other harmful ingredients are in energy drinks?

Taurine This is a natural amino acid found in food. Meat and seafood are common sources. However, energy drinks contain 6 to 16 times more taurine than your normal daily intake. Add that combined with the high amount of caffeine already present in your favorite brand of poison, it will boost your heart rate even more.

Niacin (B3) This is a water-soluble vitamin that helps balance healthy cholesterol levels, but you triple your recommended daily intake when drinking most energy drinks. Too much niacin may be toxic.

Plus their is a major difference when you get your B3 from a natural food source that contains fiber and all the other components that make up good nutrition like trace minerals and antioxidants.

Guarana This is from a fruit. The seeds of this fruit are used as a caffeine additive in a lot of energy drinks The fruit’s seeds can have 4 times the punch of coffee beans.

Ginsing This is a wonderful healing root that does wonders for human health. It is also another stimulant common in energy drinks. You don’t want to consume ginseng in large quantities.



Final Thoughts

Recently I have become more interested in Gut Health. For about 20 years, my main concern with my stomach was its bloated size. Trust me… I couldn’t stand to see myself in pictures. But then I went plant-based and the weight started coming off without any additional effort.

Yes, there is a lot of time and planning when committing to a plant-based way of life, but as a long, as I stayed within the confines of low-fat whole foods from plants, the weight came off naturally.

My health drastically improved and my energy sky-rocketed. Then why was I drinking energy drinks?  Addiction. I couldn’t kick it until I experienced problems.

Here recently, I have discovered that your immune system depends on your gut for 70% of its protection. The foods you put in your body will determine how well you fight off any virus, cold, bacteria or pollen.

Healthy bacteria in your stomach helps the production of your B vitamins. This amp ups your energy. It also helps balance your blood sugar throughout your day. It also helps regulate important brain chemicals like serotonin and tryptophan. These promote a good night’s sleep, healthy emotions, and motivation.

So I challenge you to look into gut health a little more. Titok and Instagram are loaded with short bits of information to get you started. Just hashtag #guthealth for starters. There are a lot of videos from doctors and nutritionists.

Thanks for reading, Brian

Increased emergency room visits

Cardiovascular problems

NIH energy drink Data

Cleveland Clinic and Taurine

Guarana study

What is Acai Extract? Does it live up to it’s Hype?

What is Acai extract? It is an extract made from acai berries which are a fruit of the Acai palm. You can find them growing in Central and South America.  The fruit has a short shelf-life, so it doesn’t transport well. Because of this, it is often extracted into powders or freeze-dried for exportation.

Is It All Hype?

There is been a lot of BUZZ in recent years about the health benefits of Acai Berry. By the way, it is pronounced Ah-sah-EE. (I always thought it used a HARD C!)

Acai is commonly touted as a magnificent weight loss aid. There is always something new to peddle in the weight-loss industry. Right?  Someone is always shouting from the rooftops that they have discovered the secret to dropping those pounds. Anything to make a quick buck! Oh, by the way, I know the real secret of losing weight… if you would like to know… DROP me a comment.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in the U.S., buckled down on fraudulent marketing claims in the weight-loss biz. They try to keep the marketing world honest the best they can which is a long cry from the John Brinkley days when he successfully swindled the American public with his Erectile Dysfunction procedure. He actually conned men into having goat glands surgically implanted to improve performance in the bedroom! I’m no JOKING!

Some marketers will also try to sell you a bill of goods that Acai Berry can reverse diabetes. I am diabetic and have chased down numerous methods hustled by various slimy marketers. This “so-called doctor (who is often featured as a guest speaker on several syndicated radio stations) claimed that minerals would cure diabetes. That man is a quack and should be chased after by the FTC.

Your best shot at reversing diabetes is to eliminate all the fat out of your diet and eat carbs. YES, CARBS!!! So all animal products have to go. All processed foods have to disappear from your diet (Lord only knows what this does to your body). I haven’t reversed mine yet through a whole-food plant-based diet (many have), but my A1C was 6.5 at my last check-up. It was 11.7 when I was doing Paleo… not mentioning the cholesterol and blood pressure problems I was experiencing… those problems are resolved now.

Anyway, I was ranting because I have good news to share with an ever-increasing world full of diabetics. This situation is growing into a worldwide epidemic. Acai berry is low in sugar so it won’t affect diabetics who aren’t trying plant-based solutions. Diabetics can eat all the fruit (and carbs) they want on a plant-based diet. Reach out to me if you want to find out more about controlling your diabetes.

The word is out there that acai berry is high in antioxidants compared with other fruit. I couldn’t find a chart comparing acai berry to other fruits. Amla berry or Indian Gooseberry contains the most antioxidants of any fruit, by far. However, one individual study demonstrated that both acai pulp and juice had significant absorption of antioxidant anthocyanins into the blood and exhibited antioxidant effects on the body.

Acai berry is a fruit, so it does contain antioxidants. It is worthwhile to add it to your diet, but it is best to add a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure that you receive adequate nutrition. You just can’t rely on just one fruit (even one of the so-called superfruits). One food group is not going to get it done when it comes to maintaining optimal health.

One final note on antioxidants. It is a no-brainer that fruit in its raw form will contain its full potential of antioxidants. With that being said, it all depends on the nutrients in the soil to ensure the best quality fruits. When you process a fruit to powdered form, the methods used in drying out the fruit are important when it comes to retaining potency, so always check into a company’s manufacturing methods.




Acai provides an adequate source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are awesome for cellular health. Taking care of your cells is one of the best things you can do for your body. Too many FREE RADICALS will upset the balance of your cells. Some free radicals are necessary for maintaining optimum health. When you have too many, CANCER can rear its ugly head and YOU DON’T WANT THAT. NO SIREE!

Antioxidants help protect your:

  • heart
  • cells
  • skin
  • immune system

They also

  • boost your energy
  • help clean out your digestive system
  • help increase oxygen and the blood flow to your brain

What Other Nutrients Are in Acai Berry?

Acai is very low in sugar but high in healthy fats. It is a good source of Vitamin A and C. It also contains iron and calcium plus a lot of trace minerals like chromium, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. It is obvious that is great for your health. It also contains 2 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.


Where Does Acai Berry Come From?

Acai berry makes it home in the exotic Amazon Rain Forest. They grow in clusters on Acai palms. These trees grow to a whopping height of 82 feet. Acai fruit has a dark purple color and contains a large seed, so there isn’t a lot of pulp.

So you see, you need a bunch to make a meal. It’s a good thing they are bunched up in large numbers (as the picture at the top). One palm produces about 20 KG or 44 pounds of fruit per year. (Americans want nothing to do with the metric system)

Soak the berries if you want to eat them. The skin is tough so you’ll need to loosen them up. They taste like a blend of unsweetened chocolate and blackberry. They are highly perishable, so they will be difficult to find fresh worldwide.



Tribal Remedy

Acai berry first came on the world stage in the 1990s. However, Amazonian tribes have been using Acai for hundreds of years (possibly thousands) as a cure for numerous ailments. It has also been a food source for Amazonians for a long, long time.

How is Acai Berry Used in the Marketplace?

  • it is heavily used in the cosmetic industry. It is known to be good for the skin because of the antioxidants.
  • You can find Acai berry in a wide range of nutritional supplements or juice products.
  • It is a good food source for livestock.
  • off the subject: the leaves of the palm have been used by the natives for hats, mats, brooms, and roofing material.



Are There Any Side-effects?

If you have are allergic to pollen or other fruits then be careful when adding a new fruit. Someone is always allergic to something. You just don’t always know if you have an allergy, but if hives break out, you better seek medical attention. However, allergies to acai berry are not common.

When buying supplements be aware of food additives. You should always know what you are consuming. Even though most people don’t bother to look or care what they throw down their pie hole.

In Conclusion

I don’t know if acai berry qualifies as a SUPERFOOD. I don’t do without my daily dose of blue-green algae. I just don’t get sick anymore since adding this to my daily regimen. However, I do take a supplement that contains acai, but it also contains a plethora of other fruits, vegetables, and other wonders from the plant kingdom.

I suggest eating a wide range of different fruits and vegetables to ensure that your body receives the nutrition it needs, Adding a good fruit and vegetable supplement is always a good idea to help you reach your daily nutritional requirement. There is a good chance that acai will be one of the chosen ingredients.

Thanks for reading.

Many blessings, Brian.

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How do Probiotics help with digestion?

Hippocrates is credited with saying that all disease begins in the GUT. He wasn’t too far off with that remark. Every time you chow down on food in the modern world, you possibly expose yourself to countless chemicals and hormones that end up in the food supply. So, how do PROBIOTICS help with digestion?

This is how probiotics help with your digestive woes

Our bodies have been perfectly designed over eons of time to help us maintain optimum health. There are MILLIONS of microbes living inside your body right at this very moment which includes healthy gut bacteria. This is referred to in science as the HUMAN MICROBIOME. Would you believe it… there are 10X more bacterial cells than human cells in your body..

Your microbiome usually plays an important role in your body and helps metabolize and create some vitamins (like vitamin D3). They also help you break down and produce energy from your food.  Plus they can help boost your immune system by producing anti-inflammatory compounds that help keep your gut vibrant… hey that’s really important these days, right!

When your gut gets out of wack, it’s referred to as DYSBIOSIS. This happens when your gut wall becomes inflamed and it affects the stomach’s barrier. This is known around medicine as  LEAKY GUT!. Your stomach has been compromised at this point and some nasty particles have busted on through.

This sets up a probable breeding ground for disease. Modern medicine is well aware that changes in the composition of your microbiome are associated with many diseases from diabetes to various autoimmune diseases. Recently I have experienced some issues with diverticulosis.  

I eat a completely healthy diet and have totally turned my health around. I live off plants.  BUT, I found out that certain foods don’t play well with your digestive tract. Popcorn and nuts to name a few of the culprits. They can get lodged in your intestines. I immediately purchased some probiotics, a special tea blend, and remembered to add Triphala back to my diet. I do feel better now.

What it comes down to… You need to keep your Microbiome in check. Probiotics are designed to fight back nasty bacteria that can get into your stomach. And what foods you eat matters.  If you are always searching for antiacids, you may want to take an inventory of some of the foods your eating… and maybe take a little time to study up on nutrition.

The quality of your life comes down to your health. I have been on the wrong side of the track before and it sucks. So why not do yourself a solid and study nutrition… at least a little.



What are Probiotics? 

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts.  They are beneficial for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Wait… did you say bacteria?  Bacteria come in two flavors… good and bad. You are probably well aware of bad bacteria like E Coli or salmonella. I had salmonella once and it kept me on the couch for 3 days… not even exaggerating!

There are all different kinds of healthy bacteria and they each have a different role to play by helping in specific areas of human health.  They have names that are a bit too sciency, so I’ll leave that task to Dr. Google.  If you purchase a probiotic supplement, they all contain a full gamut of healthy bacteria.  Certain common foods also are chock-full of probiotics.

What Benefits can you expect from taking PROBIOTICS?

RESTORE THE BALANCE OF HEALTHY GUT BACTERIA   An imbalance can lead to digestive problems, obesity, and allergies. Bacterial imbalances in your stomach result when harmful bacteria overtake the healthy bacteria.  This imbalance could be caused by numerous factors like noxious chemicals or poor food choices.

Antibiotics are excellent in fighting off infections. But, they tend to kill off all bacteria. So, once the antibiotic runs its course, it is advisable to ingest some probiotics to restore the balance. However, you needn’t bother taking probiotics during your antibiotic treatment… it would just waste them.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM… DIARRHEA!   Probiotics can help reduce the severity of diarrhea and induce a quicker recovery. Certain strains are more effective, but a decent probiotic supplement includes the most popular strains. It is also a good idea to have some when traveling to certain countries where you may encounter certain foods or if you dare to drink out of the tap… you should probably stick to bottled water.

ANOTHER WAY TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!  Yes, they can inhibit the growth of destructive bacteria. But, it also amps up the production of antibodies in your body as well NATURAL KILLER CELLS and other immune protecting cells.

POSSIBLE AIDE IN WEIGHT LOSS   Some probiotic strains help prevent fat build-up in your intestines.  It helps the fat move right along in the elimination process.

Probiotics can also help you feel more full for longer periods of time, burn calories faster and impede the storage of fat. Just be aware that not all probiotics help with weight loss.  One strain may help you gain weight.

If you are really interested in weight loss, send me a private message.  I have found the secret to natural weight reduction without starving yourself to death... and I tried for decades to get it off!

EXCELLENT FOR COMBATING CROHN’S, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, AND DIVERTICULOSIS. These are horrific conditions to deal with and probiotics can help lessen their awful effects.


What can cause an imbalance in natural probiotics?

  • Diet plays a huge role in determining the balance of healthy bacteria in your body. The normal Western diet has strayed way too far from what I would consider normal food.  Processed foods loaded with sodium and sugar are just downright harmful. On top of that, few people consume enough raw fruits and vegetables to maintain the proper alkalinity in the body.
  • Medications may also disrupt your balance. Steroids, chemotherapy, antibiotics, and certain pain killers just to name a few.
  • Infections.  Harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses will wreak havoc on your balance.
  • Environmental chemicals or chemicals in the food supply.
  • Stress.
  • Too much sugar will feed the toxic bacteria and decrease the healthy bacteria.

A little too much sugar for my taste!

Did you know that some foods contain probiotics?

YOGURT is well known for being an excellent source of probiotics.  I am personally not a fan because I am all in on the effectiveness of a plant-based diet.

SAUERKRAUT is shredded cabbage that has been fermented and is heavy-laden in salt. It is a very popular side dish in Germany.  In addition to probiotics, sauerkraut is rich in fiber and has vitamins C, B, and K… plus antioxidants.  I like to rinse off the excess salt before I eat it.  Too much sodium is no BUENO!

TEMPEH is originally from Indonesia ( and I thought it was Japanese!). It is a fermented soy product. It has a strong nutty flavor.  It is also a source of vitamin B12.

KIMCHI is a Korean-style spicy cabbage dish.  Sometimes they even bury a Kimchi pot underground for an extended period of time for the fermentation process.  I had a hamburger in South Korea once with kimchi on top.  I was not enamored with the flavor... but I finished my meal.  I was all-in on trying some of the local cuisines… except I drew the line in the sand when it came to balut.

MISO is a type of Japanese seasoning. It is usually made by fermenting soybeans and a fungus called koji with salt.It can also be made with barley, rice, or rye. Miso paste is often used in making soups. It is a good source of fiber, protein, and various vitamins and minerals.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR is also an excellent source of probiotics.  You want to make sure the apple cider includes the “mother” since this is the source of the probiotics.  It will look like a cloudy sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Braggs is always a good choice.



Some people may experience unpleasant digestive symptoms for a short duration. Sometimes when your “cleaning house”, it is going to really suck at first. If you have ever used a colon cleanser, it is a bad idea to stray too far from the commode.

Amines that are found in some fermented foods may induce a headache.  I have never experienced a headache personally from the foods on the list above.  I have tried every one of them at one point in time.

As always, some people will be allergic. There is always someone allergic to some food source.  I broke out in hives once while trying a bunch of different dishes at the hotel I was waiting tables at during the Kentucky Derby.  I ended up getting the Epi shot to revive me… that was scary and weird. I still do not have a clue to whatever food, spice, preservative, or whatever caused that.


If you want to run a tight shift in monitoring your digestive system, you can’t go wrong in taking a good probiotic.  It seems that many people develop problems later in life… if not sooner… when it comes to digestive health.  Most of us do not eat a healthy enough diet.

It wasn’t until I was in my fifties that I became a serious student in healthy eating.  I was faced with some dire circumstances and I did not want to go down without a fight.  I place a high value on my health and am wise enough to know the consequences of bad choices.  I have already made some and I am doing my best to turn it around. I am doing quite well for my age and I want to continue to feel as young and vibrant as I can.

I am also a huge fan of TRIPHALA.  I have previously written a post about it.  It is an ancient medical secret from India and it is wonderful for your digestive system.  Check it out if you want to learn about how you can do more to maintain your digestive health.

Thanks for reading, many blessings.  Brian


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What is the Health Benefit of Beets?

What is the health benefit of beets? Well actually beets are packed full of nutrition, but they have created a buzz in the marketing world for their positive impact on cardiovascular health. It is hard to beat when it comes to protecting your heart!


There is nothing more frightening than when your heart is racing too fast. I had experienced this when I was younger. I was drinking excessively and decided to add some party favors to the mix. My heart started pounding way too hard. Something was WRONG! I really thought I was a goner.

Unfortunately, I was stuck on a California mountain with no way to seek immediate help. Luckily I survived. It took a while for my heart to begin to feel normal again. I have long since changed my ways and feel very fortunate to be ALIVE!

Then I hit 50… I began to notice that my heart would race rapidly while hiking steep ravines. I would have to stop and try to get my heart to slow down with deep breathing.

My blood pressure readings started to go up every time I went in for a checkup. I stayed in denial for some time… I just did not want to go on blood pressure medication!

Finally, I had reached threshold. My vitals were BAD! I had out-of-control diabetes, high cholesterol, and soaring blood pressure. I was on the Paleo diet which worked for a moment, but it turned on me like a disloyal friend. I felt defeated… I became gripped by fear… I felt like my life was going to change forever… and not in a positive way.

BUT THEN… I clicked on a video about a whole-food plant-based diet. I had actually been a cheese-addicted vegetarian for 10 years when I was a lot younger, but VEGAN sounded a little too extreme… and when I was a waiter, I used to make fun of them with their obnoxious requests.

HOWEVER, I was JADED… I was game for anything if it could restore my health! I have now been on a plant-based diet for 2 years as I jot this down. I absolutely love how it makes me feel. My blood sugar is under control… my cholesterol is normal… my triglycerides are copacetic… my HEART DISEASE is in remission. I have normal blood pressure readings. It may take a while to clear out all of that nasty plaque out of my bloodstream, but it will be gone in due time.

BUT I thought this was about beets? Yes, however, it would be a crime if I didn’t share my experience on what I did to get my cardiovascular system back on track. Beets are awesome at providing life-saving nitric oxide, but if you don’t change the BIG PICTURE, sooner or later you are going to find yourself up that infamous creek without a paddle.

I include a lot of fabulous healthy fruits and vegetables in my diet Your body needs an assortment of these foods to obtain the right number of nutrients for optimal health. Beets are a SUPERFOOD, and you would be doing yourself a SOLID by eating more of them or drinking beet powders.




Dr. Louis Ignarro won a noble prize for his breakthrough discovery of the so-called “miracle molecule, nitric oxide. He was able to recognize its amazing health benefits. It is well-known throughout the medicinal community as being beneficial for the cardiovascular system.

Nitric oxide helps increase the rate of your blood flow. Your brain totally depends on an abundant supply of blood to properly function. Conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia can be linked to a low supply of blood.

Nitric oxide is already been used with freshly born babies that have acute respiratory problems.


Massachusetts General Hospital is currently testing nitric oxide gas for treating COVID. Don’t confuse this with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which is often used to knock you out at the dentist’s office... If you are stricken down in fear when you have your teeth worked on.

Dr. Ignarro believes in the effectiveness of nitric oxide in helping relieve inflammation and severe lung damage. This is how SARS-CoV-2 kills people. This the name of the virus which develops into a disease called COVID-19. The main issues which can lead to death are severe inflammation and blood clotting.

Since nitric oxide helps prevent blood from clotting, it just makes sense to use it to treat injured lungs. Dr. Ignarro also adds that nitric oxide can also help fight off some bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Emergency rooms are already using it to treat acute respiratory distress syndrome.



Nitric oxide is a colorless gas that your body creates naturally that dilates blood vessels and ramps up the flow of oxygen. Babies with respiratory issues are often saved when fed nitric oxide gas. Your heart and lungs work in unison to keep you alive. Healthy blood flow is everything and it puzzles me how so many people pay little regard to maintain optimal heart and lung functioning.





When I was still a young lad, my brother would eat beets at my Grandmother Leist’s house. My mother didn’t serve them. The smell completely turned me off. I don’t recall seeing them served at school either. I have waited tables in over 20 restaurants and beets were never on the menu at any of those establishments.

They do have a very strong taste. Some people like them. Russians are fond of them. It is the main ingredient in borscht. I have never even seen a Russian restaurant in my neck of the woods, so I have never encountered borscht.

However, I became a huge follower of Fit for Life in the early 90s, and I completely changed how I viewed and consumed food. This was a diet that focused on food combining which founded by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. It was primarily a vegetarian way of eating, but a lot of the recipes included variations with meat. Their main spill was keeping starches separate from proteins, and consuming a high ratio of water content food. They also suggested eating fruit solo.

Anyway, a long story short, I began to eat lots of healthy food. It was during this time that I started juicing. If you want to quickly AMP yourself up, juice some super fruits and power veggies. You will feel its energizing goodness spread throughout your body immediately,

I went out and bought beets. I would add them to carrots or apples, and low and behold, I avoided the gnarly beet flavor. To this day, I have never cooked with beets or eaten one raw. Instead of juicing now, I throw everything in a ninja and chop up the whole vegetable or fruit because it is better for you to consume the food in its whole fibrous form.

You can also purchase beet powders to mix in your smoothies or any healthy ninja blender-type concoction.

It is healthier to blend the whole food. The sum is always better than the individual parts.




Beets are chocked full of NITRATES. These nitrates convert into nitric oxide which is extremely beneficial for your heart’s health. Nitrates have a bad rap because of their association with hot dogs and other cured meats. When it comes to nutrition, it is best to get it all from its original source… how NATURE designed it. Nitrates from whole food are GOOD for you. Nitrates added to pig flesh (as a preservative) are going to cause more harm than good. You can’t fool Mother Nature.

Nitric Oxide helps relax and dilate your blood vessels. This helps open up your circulation and lower blood pressure. It is as simple as that. Circulation is so vital for optimum health. It is amazing how counterproductive most people are when it comes to our food choices. This is why heart disease is the number one killer of the human race.


Well, we just learned how beets affect your blood vessels. Your brain needs a constant flow of oxygen and blood to keep it healthy. Cognitive functions may decline with age and you can guarantee that a reduction in oxygen and blood flow contributes to conditions such as dementia and Alzheimers’.

Beets are known to be good for your frontal lobes. This improved blood flow helps you maintain a high level of cognition which helps your think on your feet and remember those names.



Inflammation is the root of all evil… at least in your body. Just about every medical condition can be linked to an inflammation issue. If you follow a normal western diet, I got bad news for you... chances are you have some level of inflammation. It is no BIG SECRET, just take a look around at all the overweight people and the constant rising health crisis.

It is a simple fix… it really is. SIMPLE, though not easy. It takes dedication and discovering the right way to eat (if you want to stop inflammation and live as healthy as you can be). It is a choice.

Fruits, vegetables, tubers, seeds, grains, and herbs do not contribute to inflammation. If you eat only from these food groups (without drowning them in oil), your chronic inflammation will fade away. Beets go one step further...

They help battle inflammation. By the way, you do need small amounts of inflammation. It is part of your immune system response. It is part of the healing process. Chronic inflammation is the real issue here. Beets contain an amino acid called betaine which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory powers.


Beets help you step up your GAME!. I Discovered this early on when I added beets to my juicer. At times, I felt so much energy that I could hardly contain myself. If you consume a lot of raw food, you will begin to notice how good it makes you feel inside. Beets help take it to the next level.

Beets help your blood flow faster and by doing so it feeds your muscles more oxygen during workouts. The nitric oxide effect enables endurance levels to bolster. Nitric oxide levels from beets peak two to three hours after consumption of beet juice or powdered formulas, So it is best to plan your workouts during this time frame.


Beets are packed with FIBER. When it comes to digestive health, FIBER IS KING. Fiber bypasses digestion and heads straight for your colon where it performs its magic. It adds nourishment to your healthy gut bacteria and bulks up your stool. Fiber helps keeps you REGULAR and helps clean out toxins and old food. You don’t want anything hanging out too long in there. Eating beets add a little color to your waste… If you know what I mean (no worries… this is just the beets saying HELLO).

Keeping your digestion regular helps avoid nasty conditions like diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and constipation. Diverticulitis is particularly heinous. A friend of mine had that and they put a colostomy bag on him for a year while it healed. He wasn’t able to do a number 2 for a year! That would really suck!

Fiber also benefits WEIGHT LOSS. Eating fibrous food helps you feel full and less prone to overeat. Eating carbohydrate food without fiber causes me to overeat When I start out with raw fibrous foods, I feel full, so I tend not to eat as much. I have noticed lately that I have been eating smaller and smaller meals. I just feel satisfied and full of energy.


Your liver has a very important job to do. Its main duty is filtering blood, making proteins for blood clotting, detoxing chemicals, and helping drugs metabolize in your body.

Your liver helps your body process unhealthy substances like alcohol. Moderation of booze won’t damage your liver, but excessive drinking destroys it. Your liver is trying to help you live healthy by eliminating toxins. It can only do so much before it throws in the towel.

Beets are excellent for the detoxification process. It helps clean your liver and keep it functional. Beet juice may help activate liver enzymes and increase bile which aids in the digestive process. Beets contain pigments known as betalains. These are loaded with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and fight off oxidative stress in your liver.

Beets are also good for your skin. No, you don’t have to rub a beet ointment on your body… when you take good care of your insides, you can expect to see the effects reflected on your skin.


  • VITAMIN A Speaking of eyes, beets contain vitamin A which is excellent for eye health. It is also great for your skin.
  • NITRATES This converts into nitric oxide which is wonderful for your cardiovascular system.
  • IRON Iron is beneficial for transporting oxygen throughout your bloodstream.
  • VITAMIN C Immune system support, wound healing and a safeguard from infection are benefits from vitamin C.
  • FOLIC ACID Beets are loaded with folic acid which helps your body produce more cells and stabilizes your DNA.
  • POTASSIUM Do you want to keep your nervous system working properly… potassium helps transmit nerve impulses.
  • FIBER You need fiber to maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • CALCIUM Most everyone knows that calcium helps you retain strong bones.
  • PROTEIN A good source of plant-based protein which is an essential building block for your body.
  • BETALAIN A powerful antioxidant that protects your cells.

Just beet it!








Beets have been hanging around kitchens worldwide for a very long time. An ancient text mentioned that beets were being cultivated in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in 800 BC. Ancient Greeks and Romans (like peas and carrots) loved them so much that they learned how to grow them in the off season (under the scorching summer sun).

Remember Pompeii? It was pummeled by volcanic rocks (tephra) and finally submerged in 19 feet of ash… OUCH! After excavating the site, they uncovered a brothel called Lupanare. The walls were adorned with erotic imagery. Among the ancient pornography were depictions of beets on the artistic walls. They viewed beets as an aphrodisiac.

The Greek love goddess, Aphrodite, was said to eat beets to make her more appealing. There’s a reason they felt this way about beets. Beets contain tryptophan and betaine which help bolster feelings of well-being. Beets are also high in boron which is a trace mineral that may help boost bodily hormonal levels.

Beets were more parsnip-shaped in the earliest days of cultivation. Basically, it resembled a carrot with a more bulbous top then tapering down to the end. They made their way up to northern Europe and eventually became a staple within the Slavic world.




How do you like your beets?… If you do. Originally people only ate the green leaves and stalks. It was consumed like its cousin, Chard. It would be many years before beets bulked out to their modern bulbous form. Beets have a very earthy taste because it contains a substance called geosmin (this is what causes the fresh soil scent after a spring rain shower). I do not like the flavor at all… so I have found other means to get my beet on.

People either love them or abhor them. It is simple as that. American presidents have felt the same way. Thomas Jefferson planted them at his Monticello plantation. President Obama and his wife Michelle didn’t want them planted in the white house garden (and she is a huge advocate of healthy eating!)… and George Bush just didn’t want to eat broccoli.

Well, basically there are 5 types of beets that we humans consume.

  • Detroit Dark Red... the dark purplish-red beet we are most familiar with.
  • Chiogga… These beets resembled the ole’ barber pole with red and white stripes
  • Formanova… this one grows in a fat cylinder shape
  • Lutz Green Leaf… the largest of the beet family
  • Golden… have a more carrot-shaped root

Did you know that some beets are used in sugar production? 20 percent of the world’s sugar production comes from sugar beets! You can chop up young sugar beets and throw them into a salad for consumption if you prefer. But, mature sugar beets have to be cooked to soften them up for consumption. However, they are not commonly consumed due to their bland sweet flavor.

Beets are also used as livestock fodder. Mangel beets are high in sugar and drought resistant and often used to feed farm animals. People can also eat this kind of beet if they so choose. I remember as a rowdy teen, a bunch of us thought it would be a good idea to roast some fodder corn. It was god awful!





It appears that if you suffer from kidney problems, beets may not be the best thing for you. Beets are rich in potassium (which is a good thing for most of us). Unhealthy kidneys can’t process excess potassium. It could lead to a heart attack. The body sure is fickle when it comes to food.

Beets are also high in oxalates. This is a naturally occurring organic compound that binds itself to minerals. Too much of it can lead to kidney stones. Don’t eat beets all day long!

And… some people are just allergic, though quite rare. It is not as common as in strawberries. If eating beets makes you vomit (I am not referring to the yucky taste), gives you a bad case of diarrhea, or you find yourself breaking out in hives then you’re allergic.


IS IT SAFE FOR DIABETICS TO EAT BEETS? Beets actually are an excellent food choice for diabetics. They contain lipoic acid. This is an antioxidant that helps repair nerve damage. Diabetics can develop neuropathy if their sugars get out of control.

Beets contain natural sugar, but it doesn’t usually cause your blood to spike. If you juice beets, you are leaving the fiber behind in the pulp. Drinking straight-up fruit or vegetable juice will more than likely spike your blood. It is always better to use whole fruits or vegetables for optimal health benefits. Try using a Ninja or Vitamix. Just add a little filter watered to make it easier to drink.

So what is better: raw beets, beet powders, or beet juice? First of all, as I mentioned above, consuming food in its whole form trumps juice every time. Granted, beet juice is really good for you. It is not a bad thing (unless you have to control your sugar intake).

As far as supplements, it depends. A really high-quality beet supplement would include a highly concentrated extract with the nutritional equivalent of many beets. Formulations may also include other added nutritional components for better absorption and also including more health benefits.

WILL BEETS BOOST MY SEX DRIVE? They sure thought so in Pompeii. But, probably not, however, it helps creates nitric oxide in your body which helps increase your blood flow. This in turn is beneficial for one’s sexual performance.

IS IT OKAY TO EAT BEETS RAW? Of course. In fact, I just blended up some raw beet with ginger and some super-premium beet powder. The good thing about drinking beets is that I can gulp them down before I notice the taste. Some people like the taste and I agree with the Obamas and don’t relish the flavor, but I desire the nutritional qualities.

HOW MUCH BEET JUICE OR SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD YOU TAKE BEFORE A WORKOUT? Chances are the supplement package will offer a recommendation for their particular formulation. You can also drink up to 16 ounces of beet juice. Don’t overdue beets due to the oxalates.

Try blending some beets or drink a beet powder formulation before working out!


First, choose a store that is known for quality produce, or hit up a farmer’s market for some fresh organic beets. Organic is always a better option if you can afford it. Inspect the beets for any blemishes. If they are too soft, they are not fresh. Smaller beets won’t be as hard as large beets. It is more difficult to cut through a huge beet.

You can store beets for a while in your fridge. I have had some in there for a month and they have gotten soft. They have yet to get any mold on them. I kind of just forgot about them (until I began writing this post…lol)… however, I have been using beet powders on an ongoing basis.

If you buy canned beets, read the sodium content before buying. Avoid sodium as much as you can. I only use quality Himalayan salt that still has its natural mineral content still intact. Beets also come pickled and frozen. You can freeze items longer with a freeze dryer (to avoid freezer burns).

One of these days I am going to try pickling and canning. I have too much on my plate at the moment!






When purchasing nutritional supplements, it benefits you in the long run if you know a little about the company that distributes them and how they are manufactured. The more information that I can find about a company helps build a level of trust. It is important to know how they obtain their raw materials. Are they from a country that doesn’t place a high value on the purity of their products or raw goods?

I have included some key details on the chosen companies below. Some provide more details than others. All of these businesses have been around for at least 20 years, so they are doing something right... one would assume.

Just take note that I am an affiliate for each link below. Most companies push their goods this way. You can juice your own beets at home… but it takes a lot of work and it’s quite messy. HAPPY SHOPPING!

American Dream Nutrition’s NitroFactor





AMERICAN DREAM is a direct marketing company. They have been developing top-notch nutritional supplements for two decades. Their flagship product is Phytozon. This is a revolutionary product derived from plants from the Amazon rain forest. It helps unlock your own body’s IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor).

Most people assume HGH (human growth hormone) as the key to the fountain of youth, but IGF-1 is what does all the miraculous work at the cellular level. (backed by 500 research studies)

They also provide numerous other wonderful products like the newest addition to the ADN family… STEM CELL RELEASE FACTOR. American Dream offers products that address common problem areas in regard to human health.


ADN is passionate about people. They keep their prices affordable while retaining the ultimate quality. They also compensate their workforce highly which helps them get the word out about their awesome product line.

ADN has a two-part formula for changing and improving lives…(1) elevating people’s health through state-of-the-art nutriceuticals. ADN provides exclusive patented products that are clinically tested… (2) ADN has an amazing business opportunity that pays out 80 percent of its commissional volume to its independent reps. It is set up this way so that anyone can succeed!

THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS AT AMERICAN DREAM. They have brought together world-renowned doctors, biochemists, product formulators, and manufacturing experts to produce their products. Their facilities are registered with the Food and Drug Administration and operate within stringent guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

ADN uses some of the largest manufactures on the planet so they can keep up with demand. They have the capability to produce millions of bottles a month.


QUALITY CONTROL Their facilities are fully capable of providing MPH testing, micro-biological testing, moisture testing, and brix testing. All of these tests assure optimum quality.

PRODUCTS ADN is committed to using only the best ingredients for their products. All of their formulations are based on science and undergo comprehensive research. The end result… safe and highly effective products combining the best in nature with scientific methods. ADN only accepts the most effective and up-to-date technology for all of their products.


Nitro Factor is a remarkable SUPERFOOD that is wonderful for your cardiovascular system. As we age, we start to suffer from endothelium dysfunction. In laymen’s terms, this means that the cells that make up the interior lining of your arteries do not produce nitric oxide like they used to.

When your body stops making nitric oxide, you are left predisposed to the hardening of your arteries… plaquing! Your arteries are now compromised. So what is popular nowadays for boosting nitric oxide? You got it! BEETS.

What makes NITRO FACTOR special when compared to other beetroot products in the marketplace? First of all, it is extremely effective and affordable. It has as many active beetroot compounds as many other products. What sets it apart from the rest are the added synergistic ingredients that address many complementary issues.


BEETROOT POWDER This ingredient has been covered in detail, but I will recap the benefits here.

  • Wonderful for increasing nitric oxide
  • Nitric oxide helps lower your blood pressure and increase circulation
  • Enhanced cardiovascular performance
  • Helps boost your stamina and increase energy
  • Addresses inflammation
  • Works as a liver detoxifier
  • Promotes oxygen delivery to your heart
  • Enhanced blood flow to all organs
  • Helps improve sexual performance in men and women
  • Relaxes your blood vessels
  • Allows for better muscle recovery

BEBERINE This is a popular supplement used in controlling blood sugar. As we age, insulin delivery becomes less effective, and more sugar is left floating around in our bloodstream. In worst-case scenarios, diabetes occurs. Many people are already prediabetic and don’t even know it. Berberine also has numerous other benefits…

  • May help lower blood pressure
  • benefits cholesterol levels
  • Helps manage and lower blood sugar
  • Aids in improving insulin sensitivity
  • May help with weight loss

RED YEAST EXTRACT One of the most popular ingredients in health food store products for lowering cholesterol is red yeast extract. Besides being great for cholesterol control, it has many other benefits…

  • Great for blood sugar control
  • Helps increase circulation
  • Good for digestion
  • Helps decrease muscle fatigue
  • Can help diminish oxidative stress
  • Helps lower bad cholesterol



ASTAXANTHIN Some consider this to be the most potent antioxidant in the world. It is 6000 times more powerful than vitamin C. It is found in both plants (like algae) and animals, but it is most commonly found in salmon. Some of the benefits are…

  • Helps with oxidative stress and boosting cellular health
  • Assists in managing diabetes
  • Great for heart disease by helping lower your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Helps lessen inflammation

POLICOSANOL This is a chemical derived from plants like sugar cane or beeswax. NITRO FACTOR uses a sugar cane derivative. There is no sugar found in this formulation if you are concerned about raising blood sugar. Policosanol has numerous benefits like…

  • Helps increase blood circulation in your legs and feet
  • It helps decrease bad cholesterol (LDL) production in your liver
  • Helps boost good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Assists in lowering triglycerides (blood fats)

PROGRADO Deep in the Amazonian rainforest you will find a tree called Croton palanostigma. Progrado is an extract developed from this tree. It has been shown to be a potent antioxidant and can be used to treat conditions gastrointestinal diseases, osteoarthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. So it is helpful for…

  • Improving intestinal health
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • reducing oxidation in your vascular system


VINCARIA Another rainforest wonder is Vincaria (commonly known as Cat’s Claw). It has been shown in clinical studies as having the ability to reduce inflammation in conditions such as osteoarthritis.



PIPERINE This is a pharmaceutical grade of black pepper extract. It is used in many supplemental products for its ability to increase the assimilation of the various ingredients into the human body.


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UNITED STATES INSTITUTES of HEALTH (NIH)… Grant number 1R43AG024733-01




In 1972, the founder Mitchell May was nearly killed in a horrendous car crash. He had numerous skeletal injuries, some very serious infections and his organs were not operating properly. This event sent him on a quest to find all he could about healing. He began a serious study of whole foods, botanicals, and their healing effects.

Pure Synergy is privately owned and has been in operation since 1991 in Moab, Utah. They have an eco-friendly mission and have custom-built green facilities. 100% of the electricity used by Pure Synergy is derived from wind power. They highly support ORGANIC FARMING practices.

PURE SYNERGY uses “SuperPure” processing. This process creates products with the maximum amount of efficiency while retaining optimal potency and purity.





The Story behind Pure Synergy’s ingredients

  • Grown from organic Heirlooms seeds
  • Cultivated in ORGANIC soil
  • Harvested at the peak NUTRITIONAL time
  • Use only low-temperature drying processes
  • Vacuum packaged
  • Climate controlled cold storage
  • Results in Phytonutrient rich ingredients

Quality and Testing

Everything is proved by rigorous testing procedures. Testing is done to ensure that no harmful substances are present in the formulations like microbes, pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and solvent residues.

They also test to ensure the quality and potency of the end product. They measure the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and active compounds for potency.

They back up every batch with a certificate of compliance which verifies the results of every test undertaken. Just ask them and they will back it up with science.


  • Pure Synergy’s Organic Beet Powder is delicious and has lively magenta color
  • No added fillers or fibers
  • Nutritionally rich and power-packed with antioxidants
  • Offers a quick energy boost
  • Cold-Processed
  • 100% USDA Organic
  • Kosher
  • Vacuum sealed inside an amber glass


Mix 1 and 1/2 teaspoons with 4 to 6 ounces of filtered water. Store it away from direct sunlight or heat.



Pure Planet has been in operation since 1992. They strongly believe in allowing everyone to have access to raw, organic, and plant-based nutritional supplemental products that improve and change lives. The owners of Pure Planet are convinced that everything needed for human health can be found in nature.

Pure Planet’s mission of promoting health and longevity via superfoods is backed by research. Product ingredients are carefully chosen to help strengthen your immune system, feed your cells, and boost your metabolic process.

They also focus on the preservation of our planet. They believe in minimizing environmental impact and improving relations with mother Earth.

SUPPLIER RELATIONS Pure Planet has developed close relations with their farmers. Their standards are reviewed and Pure Planet educates them on their needs and desires for growing the best quality ingredients. They make sure the farmers uphold their standards.

No pesticides or herbicides are used. Radiation is not allowed. They refuse to support industries that used artificial colors and ingredients.

PURE PLANET IS ITS OWN MANUFACTURER. They are able to provide optimal quality control by doing everything themselves. The sourcing of every ingredient is controlled. They continue to educate themselves on how to provide the highest quality whole food ingredients in their purest form.

They have extensive Research & Development and quality control departments. They utilize Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and use third-party testing to get a second opinion on their finished products.



This special SUPERFOOD blend helps support your body’s recovery after strenuous workouts and activity.

  • Helps support healthy electrolyte levels
  • Low in sugar
  • Promotes healthy joints
  • Can be used for all ages daily




  • Beetroot powder... converts into nitric oxide, good for the circulatory system and energy
  • Brown rice extract powder… B vitamins, folic acid, iron, magnesium
  • Pomegranate powder... loaded with more antioxidants than most fruits
  • Coconut water... antioxidants, amino acids, potassium, Magnesium, electrolytes
  • Beetroot juice powder
  • Lemon powder... protection from amenia and kidney stones, improves digestion, vitamin C
  • Rhodiola root powder (herb)… fights off stress and depression, good for mood, brain function, and exercise performance
  • Turmeric root powder… anti-inflammatory, good for heart, and brain function
  • Lo Han Guo (Monk fruit)… healthy natural sweetener that doesn’t spike blood sugars
  • Black pepper… great to enhance absorption of other ingredients
  • Stevia leaf extract… natural sweetener

ALL INGREDIENTS ARE ORGANIC. Mix one scoop of the mixture with 6 to 8 ounces of water. Use prior to workouts for increased blood flow and muscle recovery… or just use it daily for additional health benefits




Sonne’s Organic Foods, Inc. has been around since 1946. They are family-owned. Over the years they have developed a solid reputation for superior quality and efficacy. They only use natural ingredients.

They are pioneers within the industry and many of their dietary methods are in use today. They take it to heart to educate the populace on health and nutrition matters.



  • Only uses organic beets
  • The beet is juiced (including the stems and leaves)
  • The extract is vacuum dried at low temperatures to retain the optimal level of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals
  • No binders, fillers, or stabilizers are used in the drying process
  • Highly concentrated and nutritionally potent
  • 200 pounds of beets are juiced to create 2 pounds of fine powder
  • Beets are comprised of magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iodine, sulfur, vitamins, and trace minerals











There is a good reason BEETS are classified as a SUPERFOOD. They are heavily laden with nutrients. Many areas of health are addressed when consuming beets. They are wonderful for your bloodstream and your HEART. Healthy blood flow helps keep your brain functioning at an ideal level. Beets also address inflammation which is one of the contributing factors behind many maladies.

The good news, if you don’t like eating beets, there are other ways to receive its benefits. There are beet powders, capsules, and gel formulations. Beets are included in many of the nutritional powder supplements you find in health food stores or online.





Beets effect on Blood Pressure

Brain Function and Blood Flow

Beets and Inflammation

Nitric Oxide and Exercise Performance

Fiber and Body Weight


Nitric Oxide in treating Covid

Cat’s Claw and Inflammation






All information contained on this website, including information related to medical matters, health issues, treatments, and products, serves only for informational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own doctor or specialist.

The information on this website is not intended to diagnose health problems or prescribe medications.



The Cold Shower Immune System Booster? Does It Really Work?

COLD SHOWERS… you’ve got to be kidding! I tried this several years ago after reading about it in a kundalini yoga book. At the time, I just wasn’t motivated to put myself through self-torture by suffering through frigid temperatures. The book said it was good for your nerves, but this wasn’t enough to prod me into the cold. I didn’t see it as a cold shower immune system booster.




I have to admit… as well as many others, HOT SHOWERS are really, really nice! Sometimes I just want to stay in there forever. Especially in a cold house. The only time I enjoy a cooler shower is when it is BAKING outside. Summers in Kentucky can get downright miserable… at times.

But, I have a new outlook on cold showers. I am always on the lookout for new solutions for maintaining a SOLID immune system. I am doing an awesome job with my immunity, but it never hurts to step up the game in a PANDEMIC world… And, what if there really are sinister globalists playing around with biowarfare.

Besides, apparently cold water therapy can help many people with many sorts of ailments. This is backed up by TONS of scientific research.

Ready to take a swim?

IMPROVE YOUR CIRCULATION! Jumping headfirst into cold showers jolts your system in a nanosecond. Trust me, the first time you do this, you’ll want to get right back out.

But, getting your blood to circulate throughout your body is a BIG DEAL. When you take cold showers every day, your body has to work a little harder to maintain its core temperature. This will increase the efficiency of your circulatory system. Better circulation of your blood may also result in healthier-looking skin.

This can be so beneficial to people with high blood pressure. Diabetics can also benefit from better circulation. Amputations occur because of poor circulation, so it is very important to keep the blood flow at optimal levels.



HELPS TONE DOWN INFLAMMATION Have you ever seen athletes sitting in an ice bath after suffering from an injury? Maybe you have seen this depicted in movies more often than live in a locker room, but athletes have been using this recovery technique for many years.

Who hasn’t heard of using ice to bring down swelling after an injury? Now there is the science to back it up. When you lower the temperature of an injured muscle, it actually speeds up the delivery of warmer, oxygenated blood to that area of your body. This, in turn, helps speed up your recovery time. So, why not immerse your body in cold water every day to decrease bodily inflammation.




HIGH ANXIETY? Suicide rates are soaring upward every year. As a society, we have strayed away from nature. Would you believe that our nice comfortable modern environments may actually cause inadequate functioning in our brains?

As a species, we have evolved over millions of years by being exposed to the elements. We have experienced brief changes in body temperature over eons of time. This is coming from scientific data.

What the data supports is that exposure to COLD activates the sympathetic nervous system and boosts the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline. This in turn allows your cells to signal your brain to release noradrenaline.

Cold showers supercharge your nervous system and these electronic impulses have an anti-depressive effect on your brain. I can testify to the fact, after a cold session in the shower, I experience an overwhelming sense of well-being.



IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST Shocking your system with cold water stimulates leukocytes. These are cells that help battle foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. This will help you become more resistant to the common cold and flu.

Coldwater helps increase the number of NATURAL KILLER (NK) CELLS in your body. These cells also protect your body against free radical scavengers. Coldwater therapy also enhances the effect of NK CELLS.

Wow. I find this simply amazing. This is a cheap and easy way to solidify your immune system. Jumping in cold water sounds insane, doesn’t it? More and more studies are being performed to attest to this fact.



WAKE UP SLEEPY HEAD. Yes, this will wake you up in a NEW YORK MINUTE! As soon as your body comes in contact with the cold, you will let out a gasp. You will want to get out of the cold stream quickly. I like to bounce in and out a few times. Then I get in there and take it like a PENGUIN and let the magic happen.

This works better than Monster and Rockstar for starting your day. Cold showers stimulate your nervous system and fire off your adrenaline. Your thinking will become crystal clear at this point. And to think, I suffered from years of morning grogginess.

Your body has to work harder to balance your temperature after shocking it with cold. This results in a boost in your metabolism. I have actually lost 2 more pounds since I began taking cold showers (which has been about 10 days as of this writing).

I have been on a low-fat plant-based diet for 2 years and have lost 26 pounds… and eating as much as I feel like.  2 more pounds in 10 days is a way faster pace than what I have experienced with just the diet.



BREAKTHROUGH IN WORKOUT RECOVERY There is a lot of well-documented research involving muscle recovery in the sports world. I’ve already mentioned athletes jumping in ice baths after injuries or games. They usually do this for intervals of 7 to 14-minutes.

Physical therapists within the field of sports medicine vouch for the effectiveness of using cold water therapy. They find that it rapidly relieves heat exertion and helps reduce inflammation. Sound familiar? How many times have you put an ice bag on something swollen?

In fact, starting off with hot water, then switching to a cold blast of water can help intensify your recovery and help you feel less fatigued. My own body has recovered quicker since starting my cold shower routine. I tend to overuse my leg muscles throughout the week and at 58 years young, it usually takes a few days to recover. I have noticed a number of things since starting this journey. Like better sleep…



SLEEPING BEAUTY I have had some real challenges with getting a good night’s sleep, and I have to say that I’ve been waking up more refreshed of late. I got the notion after looking at Wim Hof online (the ICEMAN). He is simply amazing. He has been going into the cold for 4 decades and has formulated many ideas and strategies for optimum health.

His background includes an intensive study in the yoga world (among many other things). So part of my routine includes a breathing exercise that I do every day before getting out of bed. Then straight to the showers! The breathing technique is something worth exploring in a further post. I have already written about a breathing technique called the BREATH OF FIRE.

I just want to quickly mention that if you are wearing a mask on your face in these amazing times, you should seriously consider combating the negative effects of breathing your own carbon dioxide with an excellent breathing technique. I am not trying to politicize this article about negative mask effects, but masks are hindering your normal path of obtaining air... just saying.


Yoga offers many wonderful breathing techniques that are worth exploring!


LEAVE THE PAIN RELIEF TO COLD SHOWERS!  Cold water therapy can offer local anesthetic-like effects towards pain relief. Cold water can cause your blood vessels to constrict and help reduce swelling.

It can also slow down nerve signals which heighten your feeling of pain. It kind of slows the rate at which pain alerts your brain of a problem area, so it kind of lowers your perception of pain. We all know this right! Back to the ice pack, you don’t feel anything while iced up. Especially with a burn, you never want to leave the comfort of the ice!



HERE’S THE REAL SKIN E Cold showers are just as good as beauty sleep! They can help improve your hair and skin. It will help your skin become more firm because it contracts your pores. Extravagant abuse of hot showers will also strip off natural healthy bodily oils. A cold shower will not.





It’s hard to talk about cold showers without mentioning the ICEMAN, Wim Hof. I am just finishing up his book The Wim Hof Method. He is a man on a mission. He wants to change the world with his breathing method, cold water therapy, and mastery over the mind.

He actually climbed Mount Everest in shorts! He has run marathons on ice and snow. He has swum 50 meters under ice. He has performed some incredible feats that would kill most people. Granted he has trained for a long time to be able to push his body to these limits.

He has also trained others to climb a 5000-foot mountain that borders Poland and the Czech Republic bare-chested. This mountain is covered with snow during the expeditions.

I don’t plan on doing any of these crazy adventures, but I can reap the benefits from 20 minutes of breathing exercises followed by cold shower torture. Go to his website and check all the science behind the method and all the testimonials from many satisfied people

He goes into detail on the benefits of cold water therapy… 40 years of exploration and experience. He is completely down-to-earth and is not a gold digger. He is basically an old-school hippy with years of extensive yogic training (among other things).

Go meet him here.

I am not affiliated in any way with his offerings. He offers a free mini-course if you want to check it out. There are also a bunch of YouTube videos where you can learn about his breathing techniques.






Cold water can take you out in a hurry. People jumping overboard from the Titanic met a certain death as soon as they hit the icy waters of the North Atlantic. There are limits to what you can do, but you would be surprised at what some people can do with the proper training to survive in cold environments.

Jump back in time a bit to the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates. This ancient Greek was the first person known to mess around with hydrotherapy (the use of hot or cold water for therapeutic purposes).

Thomas Jefferson, if your American and don’t know who is…shame on your teachers, soaked his feet daily in cold water for six decades to maintain his excellent health.

Swimming in the sea during winter was highly recommended for treating various illnesses in the 1700s. Whole communities were founded because of the perceived benefits of sea swimming. This is how lifeguarding came into play as the result of too many ocean casualties.



The Iceman recommends starting off with a warm shower in the morning after doing the breathing exercises. Don’t eat yet! Physical therapists also recommend starting off with warm water for better results.

Ease yourself into the cold. Stick your feet and legs in bit by bit. Next work your hands and arms. I like to bounce in and out of the stream a few times and then soak my head in the cold water.

Finally, I step my whole body into the water and turn around to make sure I expose my whole body to the frigid water. I try to stick it out for 3 minutes or so. It is quite refreshing and challenging. You are definitely awake after the shower. I feel a sense of clarity when it is all said and done.






I first attempted colds showers after reading about it in a Kundalini yoga book. I have had amazing experiences practicing this style of yoga. It covers many areas of physical, emotional, and spiritual development.

Anyway, I was benefiting from everything that I tried practicing yoga, but I balked at the cold showers after two sessions. I was not yet motivated to do so. Since then, I have my reasons. I will do whatever I can now for optimal health

Instruction in Kundalini yoga recommends only using cold water. Start by moving in out of the water. Yogis suggest that you massage your body so the water no longer feels frigid.

They are big on Sanskrit mantras. If study Kundalini yoga you would be aware of these. They kind of yelp these mantras out because the cold water is so shocking to your system. I guarantee you will at least gasp loudly when coming in contact with the cold… it’s only natural

They also advise starting out with your arms and legs.

If you have sciatica or high blood pressure, proceed slowly.



  • Moves blood into your capillaries
  • Cleans out your circulatory system
  • Helps reduce blood pressure in your internal organs by flushing them out and adding a new supply of blood
  • Strengthens your nervous system
  • Contracts muscles and help them flush toxins
  • strengthens mucous membranes
  • Wonderful for your skin
  • Helps keep fat under control
  • It Will help you balance your glandular system
  • Can help prevent circulation and nerve problems

Why is this so? In minutes, your capillaries open up which increases your circulation. This wakes up and energizes your entire nervous system. As soon as you blast cold water on your body, blood zips on over to your organs. This is how your body responds to colder temperatures by moving the blood to protect your organs and keep them warm. Another self-defense technique that your body uses.

This movement of blood puts your capillaries in overdrive and provides them with a vigorous workout. This action dives into the deepest levels of your body to remove toxins. Your organs become cleaner and your body will begin to stimulate glandular secretions Glands help release hormones into your bloodstream. Your entire system is getting worked out when you indulge in cold showers every day.



First of all, women shouldn’t take cold showers during their menstruation cycle. If pregnant, it is not advisable after the seventh month.

You should avoid it if you are running a fever (who would want to if running a high temp). Avoid cold showers if you have heart disease (this could cause your heart rate to go up). This would probably depend on how bad the situation is with your heart. I would seriously consider a plant-based diet if that were the case to help reverse the disease. It has worked for me.

If you have a medical condition, ease yourself into it. You can try getting used to slightly cold temperatures to allow your body to adjust.



This is a strange topic. Indeed, it is. Could something so simple benefit your health in so many ways? I have discussed a few benefits that I have experienced so far. I have experienced better sleep and faster muscle recovery. I wake up right away and am ready to face the day after a cold shower. In the past, I have always let everyone know that I am not a morning person, and I used to prove it back when I worked those early hours.

Do you know what really motivated me to do this? I have diabetes, and I have it way more under control with a plant-based diet, but my feet were feeling a little numb. It seems that has stopped since I started taking cold showers, so I will keep on keeping on.

Thanks for reading.

Many blessings, Brian


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What is Sea Buckthorn For? Should You Buy It?

This one snuck up on me. I’ve never heard of this plant and its wonderfully nutritious fruit until recently, and I’ve had my nose buried in health books for ages. It just goes to show you that there is an overwhelming number of nourishing goodies in our world. That beautiful-looking plant above is SEABUCKTHORN (of course). You may be now wondering, what is SEA BUCKTHORN for? How does it benefit you?




Sea buckthorn is a stout little shrub. They can reach a height of 20 feet. You would think this would make it a tree, but science gets stuck like a rock in a hard place sometimes. Some of these plants just remain at shrub height and never try reaching for the stars.

Sea Buckthorn (also known as Seaberry) is native to the northern climes in Europe and Asia. In our modern world, the plant does well in Northern Europe, China, Mongolia, Russia, the United States, and Canada. The plant is wonderful for conservation purposes as it feeds the soil a healthy dose of nitrogen, and with its deep roots system, it protects the environment from erosion. It also helps rehabilitate desert areas.

Sea Buckthorn trees are quite thorny which keeps deer from chomping the berries down. It also makes it difficult to cultivate. With that being said, harvesting the plant is well worth the extra cautious effort put forth.

Russians have been commercially active with seaberries since the 1940s. Their scientists have been delving into the nutritious nature of the fruit since that time. Russia (USSR at that time) has always meant business when it comes to scientific research They have made some solid scientific contributions to our world.

Their research uncovered biological substances residing inside the fruit, leaves, and bark. Their findings went above and beyond mere fruit juice that was being used for jams, sauces, wine, teas, and even ICE CREAM. Seaberry started being used for other substances besides food.

They took seabuckthorn berry to the stars. Literally. They made a cream from seaberry that helps protect their cosmonauts from deep-space radiation.





Let’s jump back in time to Alexander The Great. During his campaign to conquer the known world, his Macedonian army took notice as worn-out and injured battle horses quickly recovered after consuming Seabuckthorn bushes. This prompted the army to add seabuckthorn to the horse’s food from that day on.

The soldiers began to use this superfood themselves. It worked as a stimulant for battle. This also helped boost their strength and endurance. Would they have been able to CRUSH their opponents without Seaberry? We will never know the answer to that, but it seemed like it helped advance their riotous war machine.

The ancient Chinese made the most of Seaberry. They used the fruit, leaves, and bark for hundreds of medicinal tinctures. They used it to treat anything from heart ailments to ulcers. The Chinese are still going at it in modern times. Seaberry juice was the official drink used by Chinese athletes when they sponsored the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

Tibetans also cherished Sea-buckthorn berry. During the Tang dynasty, Tibetan doctors treated coughs with Seabuckthorn. It was also used to help with blood circulation, digestion, and as a pain killer. South of Tibet in India, Seabuckthorn has been administered to patients of Ayurvedic medicine as far back as 5000 years.




Sea buckthorn berry is tiny. It is about 1/3 the size of a blueberry, but it has 12X the vitamin C as an ORANGE! It contains a unique configuration of bioactive compounds: vitamins, antioxidants, tocopherols (vitamin E), flavonoids, and fatty acids. Seabuckthorn can be used fresh as in juice, in powdered form, dried berries, or pressed into oil.

A powdered form of seabuckthorn can be used as a natural multivitamin due to its high nutrient profile. Powdered forms retain more of seaberries’ vitamin C content. You will be able to absorb vitamin C way better from a whole food source than from synthetic ascorbic acid supplements.

Seabuckthorn is mostly known for its colossal healthy fat content. It is often pressed and marketed as seabuckthorn oil. The oil is extracted from both the plant’s berries and seeds.

Video courtesy of Superfood Evolution



DIABETES It may help reduce and suspend sugar spikes after a meal with added sugar. Labs with mice demonstrated that seaberry can aid in lowering blood sugar. A small study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition was also able to show the same type of results in humans.


IT CAN HELP HEAL DAMAGED SKIN 151 people suffering from burns covered their scorched skin with bandages soaked with Sea-buckthorn berry. It helped them relieve pain, and it helped sped up the skin’s recovery.

In a tiny study, seabuckthorn extract was given orally. It is known to help boost up the body’s own stem cell production. Stem cells can help regenerate damaged tissues. Seabuckthorn demonstrated significant results in a study of albino rats in its ability to heal their wounds.

Seabuckthorn has also been used in a clinical trial for people suffering from eczema. The oil from sea-buckthorn was shown to improve dermatitis symptoms. It helped boost an essential fatty acid called alpha-linolenic. This type of fatty acid does wonders for skin health.

Components in Seaberry may help you obtain smoother skin, and it may help reduce aging and dryness. It is also useful in treating frostbite and sunburns.


HAVE A HEALTHIER HEART Try some seaberry if you want to lower triglycerides (a type of blood fat). This is probably due to the high fiber content of Sea-buckthorn berry.

Consuming seabuckthorn oil orally may help prevent platelets from clumping together which would lessen your chance of getting blood clots. They were able to reduce blood pressure in rats fed a high sugar diet by supplementing with sea-buckthorn.


NOT A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE This is a tough egg to crack. Ophthalmology is still searching for answers. Research with mice has shown some promise in increasing tear secretion with a much stronger effect. I have dry eye syndrome and the eye doctor has me on drops, using heating compresses, and putting baby shampoo on my eyes. I am going to try some sea-buckthorn on my eyes.


LIVER HEALTH Sea-buckthorn extract has demonstrated its ability to reduce scar tissue and improve liver function. It has also helped mice with cirrhosis of the liver by reducing the severity.


HELPS PROTECT KIDNEYS Sea-buckthorn is useful as an additional treatment for kidney disease. It has been shown in a study to help reduce swelling in the feet and ankles (oedema), improving appetites, and oliguria (production of unusually small amounts of urine).

It has also been shown to be beneficial in reducing inflammatory cytokines in blood and proteins in the blood after a 3 month period.


SNAP! CRACKLE! ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Arthritic-ridden rodents benefited nicely with an injection of sea-buckthorn extract. It tremendously helped reduce swelling, inflammation, and immune cell proliferation in their joints. Would you believe it! Rats and mice are excellent test subjects because we are so genetically similar. That is why when you say “I smell a rat!” you are not entirely wrong.






How can you use seabuckthorn berry?

Seabuckthorn is most commonly harvested for its juice. Seaberry is extremely acidic, so it needs some help to lessen the tart flavor. Seabuckthorn juice can be used to make jelly, syrups, or marinades. For example, the British use it in cake recipes. It is also used in this bundt cake recipe.

In Russia and Finland, it is found in liqueurs.

Seabuckthorn is cold-pressed in oil form. You can use it on your skin, or even for dry eye syndrome… don’t worry about it irritate your eyes… It is good for them.

Believe it or not, you can use the oil for shaving, or as a mouthwash for your gums to combat bacteria. You can use it as a hair conditioner, or even as a natural sunscreen (without all those nasty chemicals).

And of course, for its wonderful nutritious benefits. Seaberry is a great natural alternative for many things.


What does seabuckthorn taste like?

The berries are tart. Seabuckthorn berry contains Malic acid. This what gives apples their tart flavor.


Can you grow seaberries in your yard?

As stated earlier in this article, the plant is found in the Northern climes throughout Eurasia. Seabuckthorn was introduced to the United States back in 1923. They do well in colder weather but do fine in any temperate region. They adore the sun, so have them in a good spot to produce lots of berries.

Do not park em’ too close to your house. They grow like crazy and are an invasive species. You may want to check and see if it is okay to plant in your area. It may be considered an invasive species and frowned upon.





Seabuckthorn offers many wonderful benefits for your health. One of the best things seaberry has going for it is its ability to help your body release its own stem cells. When you boost stem cell production with food, it is known as stem cell nutrition.

As you age, your body produces fewer and fewer stem cells. Stem cells are present inside your bone marrow… They are just waiting for the right nutrients that help them split off a new stem cell.

Stem cells are all the rage in the media. Top Universities in the US are studying how stem cells can cure many ailments plaguing mankind: John Hopkins, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Yale Stem Cell Center (just to name a few). It is big time.

Stem cells migrate to any area of your body that needs help. Stem cells transform to whatever cell it was sent to… like a new heart or liver cell.

It helps boost your immune system with the addition of so many new cells. 2020 should have awakened the global populace that having a weak immune system is no BUENO. I have been using stem cell nutrition for many years and hardly ever get the least bit sick.

I have had numerous co-workers contract COVID and personally never felt sick. I’m not saying it cures anything, it means I am not getting colds, the flu, hay fever… I used to constantly suffer from sinus infections and now I don’t. I may feel a touch of something and it is gone within 24 hours. This is my testimony. I am a huge believer in stem cell nutrition and it is a very inexpensive way for stem cell therapy.

With that being said, American Dream Nutrition has a product that combines Seabuckthorn berry with Bluegreen algae (AFA) from Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon along both of which are superstars when it comes to extracting stem cells from your marrow. These two team up to help migrate millions of stem cells.

Fucoidan (a substance found in brown seaweed) has also been added to the formula. It helps protect stem cells from oxidative stress (caused by free radicals. Piperine (black pepper) has been put to increase your body’s absorption.

If you want to find more details about stem cell nutrition, I have covered it in more detail here.

Stem Cell Nutrition is BACKED BY SCIENCE



This graph depicts how much Seabuckthorn Berry can boost stem cell circulation.



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Seabuckthorn is a fruit that has been consumed for centuries. Allergies can occur in some people as with any other food on the planet. This is part of the human condition. It isn’t singled out as a common allergen like peanuts. So, seaberry is known to be safe to eat and use for medicinal purposes.

If you have a medical condition, it usually advised that you talk to your physician. Keep in mind, most doctors have little training in nutrition. (in the US at least) I find this appalling! People are suffering all over the world mainly by being misinformed on the benefits of transforming your health through diet.

Seabuckthorn can help lower blood pressure, so if you are on medication for this, keep an eye out on your numbers. It can also slow down blood clotting, so avoid it if you have deep wounds or in the process of surgery.

Proceed with caution when consuming dietary supplements. Do diligent research to ensure safety and testing standards are in place. You want to make sure of the quality of your product purchase.

As usual pregnant and nursing mothers should be careful with what they add to their diet. Children would probably be ok eating the fruit, but children really don’t need supplementation (in most cases).

Don’t overuse seabuckthorn on your skin. It may cause a rash.



Seabuckthorn has a lot going on. It is a true SUPERFOOD. I am personally not looking for ways to cook with it, I would rather use it in a whole food supplement form to benefit from its nutritional profile. I am always on the lookout for SUPERFOODS. The fact that it also helps support your body’s own renewal system is HUGE! I also want to invest in seabuckthorn oil as an eye treatment. I got a step up my game as I age!

Thanks for reading. Many blessings, Brian




All information contained on this website, including information related to medical matters, health issues, treatments, and products, serves only for informational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own doctor or specialist.

The information on this website is not intended to diagnose health problems or prescribe medications.




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What is Stem Cell Nutrition? Are there Stem Cell Supplements that Work?

















Have you heard the latest news? Doctors are beginning to crack the code to regenerative medicine. They have developed a new embryonic stem cell type from several different species. Kinda sounds like Dr. Frankenstein. But that is an entirely different source of stem cells. So, you may wonder… what is STEM CELL NUTRITION? and… are there any Stem Cell Supplements that work? Before I answer those questions, I’ll do a quick overview of what stem cells are.





I am sure you have heard about stem cell research in the news… unless you have been living under a rock. Do you remember Christopher Reeves (Superman)?  He fell off a horse and became severely paralyzed.

He championed his way through the rest of his life campaigning heavily for stem cell research. It’s a shame the research never advanced far enough to help him recover.  But the day will come when spinal cord injuries can be mended.

Even though spinal damage can’t be cured yet, Stem cells can help you now. What you may not realize, your body releases adult stem cells all the time. The problem is… as you AGE your body releases less and less stem cells.

Stem cells originate from your bone marrow. They can also be found in smaller numbers in many organs and tissues but not all. The amazing thing is these adult stem cells have the ability to become any type of cell. It can become a heart cell, a liver cell… whatever type of cell is needed at any certain time These cells convert and head right on over to problem areas of the body, or just to replenish older cells. They can help repair damaged organs in time of need.

Adult stem cells are your body’s natural renewal system. Some scientists believe increasing the number of stem cells in your body is the best thing you can do to achieve optimal health. It was first believed adult stem cells could only create like cells; however, new evidence points toward adult stem cells as having the ability to become any kind of cell.

Most of the breaking news you hear about stem cells is concerned with embryonic stem cells. These are from embryos that are from three to five days old. These types of stem cells are the most useful for repairing bodily tissue. You have to go through a physician, and he (or she) will have to determine if stem cell therapy is a good fit for you. I Bet it costs a lot of dough too.





Embryonic stem cells are farmed from brand spanking new embryos. Women’s eggs are fertilized will sperm via Vitro fertilization.  Questions arise concerning the ETHICS involving embryonic stem cell research.

The National Institute of Health (NIH)  put forth strict protocols for human stem cell research back in 2009. These guidelines set forth the rules defining embryonic stem cells and how they can be used for research purposes.

There has been an uproar concerning Planned Parenthood and aborted babies with ties to stem cell research. This is a rather messy political topic. Scientists are just searching for research material while others see it as a violation of human rights. Stem cell nutrition is from plant sources, so you can guarantee it is not involved with this sticky situation.






Your cells become less effective as you age. The human body has something called telomeres. These are essential parts of human cells that determine how we age. These precious telomeres begin to shorten over time. Eventually leading to the death of the cell.

Some cells succumb to disease while others are ravaged by trauma or disastrous environmental conditions(free radicals). This means your body as well as mine will cease to function optimally… unless we find a way to nourish our cells and combat free radical damage.

As the body begins to wear down with age, you will become less active and cease to enjoy the same activities as you once did. But you can hold back FATHER TIME for a little while longer by providing your body with proper nutrition and special gifts from nature to keep you active. I am 58 and my flexibility is still improving. I am still active in karate and yoga. I am no spring chicken, but I am far from giving up the game. I have been using stem cell nutrition for years.

Sick or damaged cells have the ability to send a signal out for help. Stem cells exit your bone marrow and hop on in your bloodstream and head out to these problem areas. They have the ability to transform into any needed cell.




Stem cells can potentially be grown to become new tissue for use in regenerative medicine or transplants. Research is ongoing and advancements occur nearly every year.  For significant problems, you must really on the power of modern medicine regarding these therapies. The following medical issues are being addressed with stem cell therapy.

  • spinal cord injuries
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • cancer
  • burns
  • strokes
  • heart attacks
  • ALS
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • osteoarthritis


Researchers have developed methods for stem cells to become specific kinds of cells. For example, skin cells for burn victims. Growth rates are not always easy to control. This is still a work in process.

Embryonic stem cells may also provoke an immune response. The patient’s own body may respond with a counter-attack. It assumes foreign invaders are here to cause the body harm and set out to annihilate the new cells injected into the body. This also happens in transplanting organs. The body usually accepts the new cells or organs but occasionally it does not. This is something to be aware of when opting for stem cell therapy or organ transplants for that matter.

Successful stem cell transplants happen all the time. Doctors infuse healthy stem cells directly into the patient’s bone marrow. Cells damaged during chemotherapy or life-threatening diseases can be replaced with stem cells. It can also be used to build up immunity to fight off cancer. These types of transplants use adult stem cells or umbilical cord blood.





Introducing Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS)! Scientists are starting to unlock the code of regeneration without relying on embryonic stem cells. They have taken skin or normal blood cells and reprogrammed those cells back into the embryonic pluripotent state.

This allows them to develop into any type of human cell to help mend a particular area of need in a sickened or injured body. This research is still in the earliest stages but holds promise. There is hope for diabetics in replacing or regenerating beta cells.

Beta cells are dysfunctional or destroyed in type 1 Diabetics. The beta cells are not producing enough insulin for type II diabetics. Diabetes is exploding in western society due to our customary diet.  I Can’t stress how important such therapies can change the course of medicine.

iPSs can be used for any type of cell (just like any other stem cell; however,  you don’t have an ethics tag associated with it. This kind of therapy is paramount for severe cases of disease and damaged cells.  But you don’t have to wait around or pay a lot of MOOLAH when you can find an easier and cheaper alternative to boost millions of adult stem cells. This is done by providing your body with the right nutrients.



Stem cell nutrition’s main contribution is to help your body’s own renewal system… to help release more adult cells into your system. The human body contains anywhere from 50 million to 200,000 million STEM CELLS in your bone marrow. Feeding your body certain nutritional components is like providing the right code to unlock the vault so you can release these life-saving cells into your bloodstream. The cells divide inside your marrow and send the other half into your bloodstream to do its work.

Have you ever noticed that the younger you are the faster you recover from injuries or how quickly you recover from the flu?  This is probably because you had an ample amount of adult stem cells circulating throughout your body. They made us feel so alive, daring, and unstoppable in our youth.

By the time you hit sixty, you will more than likely have 90% fewer stem cells traversing through your bloodstream to save the day. It makes sense that with a trifle of these puppies around that you will more easily succumb to the forces of nature. This will lead to a breakdown of tissues, joints, muscles, and precious bodily organs.

One way to avoid hyper-expensive medical costs down the road is to supplement with stem cell nutrition. It works. It is easy to do… just open your mouth and swallow a tablet. It is relatively inexpensive and helps keep your body’s own natural renewal system in high gear.

I know most of us don’t think much about preventative medicine, but think about our aging loved ones. They want you to be around for a while… and you feel the same way about them.

Don’t they deserve to live healthier and more productive lives? I know, this sounds too simple. The potential benefits are amazing for sure. It’s not rocket science. The same concept applies to providing your body with antioxidants to help build your immunity. You just need to feed your body certain key ingredients so they can do their magic.

Below I have included several awesome sources of Stem Cell Nutrition. I have been using JDI Life’s stem cell products for at least 8 years. I am still active in martial arts at the age of 58.  I believe stem cell nutrition has played a big part in helping me recover fast from injury and from the wear and tear of working out.

I have not suffered from sinus infections as I did before using stem cell nutrition. I seldom feel sick at all and get over it quickly if I start to feel a little off.

I am compensated as an affiliate of both JDI International and American Dream Nutrition. Both of these companies offering outstanding products and place a high standard of ethics upon themselves. They make sure the prices are affordable for the average consumer.






JDI is a division of Emergent Health Corporation. They are a publically traded company in operation since 2006. JDI has patents and proprietary rights on multiple products. They keep a watchful eye for the latest developments in science in regards to stem cell nutrition and various other health concerns plaguing the human population in today’s world.

They only use top-notch ingredients so that you can reach a state of optimal health and wellness. 

JDI Life keeps its costs down with a referral marketing platform. This is a simple network marketing approach the pays generous commissions to distributors for spreading the word about their awesome products. A simple google search will bring up numerous stem cell nutrition products selling for over $100 a bottle.

If you sign up as an associate, you can get started with stem cell nutrition for as low as $30 a month. This would require an auto-ship. But don’t worry, if you are not completely satisfied they offer the standard 30-day money-back guarantee. They are very responsive to email (the founder Dr. John Capello usually responds quickly when I have a question).

This is a very ethical down to Earth company that cares about its consumers and team members. Down below I have listed 3 stem cell nutrition products that they offer. I have used all three at one point in time. I am currently using the Multivitamin with Stem cell nutrition. Happy shopping.







Vita-stim offers so much more than the familiar store-bought vitamin supplements. They have considered the whole food aspect when designing Vita-stim. Included in the formula are special water-soluble extracts for better absorption into your body. Most supplements just pass right on through your digestive tract with very little benefit.

Vita-stim contains 18 essential amino acids. These are your body’s natural building blocks. You can’t synthesis protein without them.

It also contains all of the major minerals and 50+ trace minerals. It also includes 12 vitamins that help with the assimilation of the product.  It contains key unsaturated fats as well as anti-oxidants

All these ingredients when combined together are designed to let your body do what it does best… heal and repair its self. You just need to feed your body the right combination of ingredients from whole food.

The PRIME ingredient in Vita-stim is Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (also known as AFA). This is a special blue-green alga found in the pristine waters of Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon. Blue-green algae have demonstrated the ability to release your own adult stem cells from your bone marrow. It also contains Spirulina (well-known algae commonly found in health food stores). And… it contains Phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA acts as a neurotransmitter and is excellent for mood elevation

Vita-Stim™ Stem Cell Nutrition is all-natural and patented. It contains 750 mg of active ingredients per capsule. One study has demonstrated AFA promoting the release of over 2 billion stem cells. The patent reveals the constitution of the AFA components.

The greater the number of stem cells we have circulating in our bodies… the faster organs can be repaired. Our overall health depends on having these vital cells available. As we age our body is producing less and less of these cells. It is as simple as providing the right combination of nutrients to jump-start your self-renewal system.

The number of stem cells that will circulate in the body may vary with individuals. Results depend on numerous variables like the health and age of the individual. or the quantities consumed.

Vita-Stim is nutrition. It is not a DRUG! It contains no toxins nor anything synthetic. It is an exclusive natural food supplement that may help support your body’s own natural renewal system.

Vita-stim is backed by a 100% satisfaction GUARANTEE.  If you don’t feel or notice any results, you have 30 days to get a complete refund… no questions asked.


Scientific Sources are available on the product link below








NeuStem™ Cell Helper is an extraordinary patent-pending NEW approach for boosting stem cell production. It adds more nutrient components to the mix as well as immune system support.

NeuStem has numerous factors that make it different than JDI Life’s other stem cell products. There is more Phycocyanin added to Neustem. Phycocyanin is a water-soluble compound found in algae. It is known as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-allergic. It is wonderful for asthma.

There is also more chlorophyll. Yes, this is what gives plants their green color, but did you know that it is good for red blood cell production? AND… NeuStem also contains more AMINO ACIDS!

NeuStem contains BETA GLUCAN. This is a soluble fiber that is known for improving cholesterol and it helps improve your cardiovascular system. Beta Glucan can also help…

  • stimulate the production of MACROPHAGES. These are specialized cells that search and destroy harmful bacteria and other noxious bodily pests. These also help take out tumor cells.
  • It has been shown to enhance the digestion of pathogenic microorganisms. Basically… cell eating. Taking out the bad guys.
  • may enhance your immune system response by boosting macrophage production.
  • It may also protect you from the common cold

Fulvic acid is another important addition. Fulvic minerals are one of the most complex natural substances on our planet. They are composed of prehistoric plant matter. They are loaded with plant phytochemicals.  Added vitamin C enables the end-user to respond better to the circulating stem cells.

Vitamin D is hard to come by if you don’t consume meat and dairy. You can’t always depend on sunshine either in my part of the world. So vitamin deficiency is a thing. This is well documented in many human populations. Vitamin D has been know to heighten stem cell mobilization.

NeuStem contains Phenylethylamine (PEA). This can help cells divide and develop into new stem cells. It is awesome for mood management.  I can vouch for that.

Trimethylglycine has been added to the formula. It is an amino acid commonly found in plants like choline or sugar beets. It is helpful for activities involving cellular reproduction and chemical processes that happen in the body. It helps the dispersion and digestibility of the components.

Aphanizomenon flos aquae (AFA) is well known for having the ability to boost human stem cell production. This special algae comes from a lake in Oregan. The other ingredients help amp up the effect of AFA.

As it has been stated previously in this post, the more adult stem cells you have traversing through your bloodstream, the quicker your organs and tissues may be repaired. Stem cell production declines naturally with age, so if you want to remain as vibrant as possible when you get up there in years, STEM CELL NUTRITION is an inexpensive and easy choice (compared to stem cell therapy).

Results will depend on variables. Everyone reacts differently to supplementation. The body can be fickle. Some people will be able to respond better than others. Factors such as age and health come into play.

NeuStem Cell Helper is not medicine. It is a natural food supplement devoid of any toxins or synthetics. It has been designed to support your body’s natural renewal system


Neustem – English from JDI Life on Vimeo.




Scientific Sources are available on the product link below









JDI LIFE has offered its multivitamin with stem cell nutrition for years. They have upgraded their formula within the last few years and have added NeuStem to the mix (look above for more detailed information on NeuStem). A serving of JDI Multi (2 caplets) contains the equivalent of 1 NeuStem capsule.


Vitamin deficiencies aren’t as common in the Western world as in lesser industrialized nations. However, our soils are being overused due to aggressive farming methods. Essential nutrients and micronutrients are being leached from our soils during this process.

Take vitamin B-12 for instance. This wonderful vitamin helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. It also helps make DNA. If you are on a plant-based diet, it is difficult to get your daily recommendation of B12. In FACT… if you are a meat lover, you are probably not getting enough B12 these days.

Even though people get B12 from eating animals, for instance, cows and lambs.  Animals do not produce their own B12. They get B12 from soil microbes. Since the soil is often depleted of these microbes due to farming, you can’t rely on these sources for B12. You need about 2.4 micrograms a day. JDI Multi has 9 micrograms. Nutritional yeast also contains a healthy dose of B12.

You will also find plenty of Vitamin D3 in the multi. This is another hard to come by vitamin for some people. If you have the ability to get out in the sun every day. then you’re good. You can also get it from liver, egg yolks, and fish. Milk doesn’t contain vitamin D. It has to be fortified.

Vitamin D3 is essential for strong bones. When you are deficient in vitamin D, it draws calcium out of your bones. Vitamin D is also good for heart health, the immune system, and it helps balance your mood.

Now, if you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, you can meet most of your daily requirements for vitamins and minerals. How would you know? You can use a cool website tool called a chonometer. There is a free version that is excellent for tracking your daily food intake. I use it daily to make sure I don’t overdo my fats and proteins (I’m diabetic).

I also take JDI Multi to ensure I get all of my daily vitamins and minerals with stem cell nutrition. Below you will find the ingredients in the multi. Click on the link for research and references.














AMERICAN DREAM NUTRITION has over 2 decades of experience providing world-class nutritional products. They are a direct marketing company offering multi-levels of compensation for their independent representatives. They offer exclusive products that enhance people’s health while keeping them affordable for the average consumer.

American Dream is passionate about helping people with their health and financial situation. They are founded on integrity, principles, and values. They are committed to providing the best quality products in the marketplace. They are also adamant about their “we care about you” customer service policy.

Manufacturing… ADN has joined forces with several prominent doctors, biochemists, formulators, and manufacturers bringing together decades of top-level experience to produce the product line. Their manufacturing facilities are registered with the FDA and comply with strict guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practices (GPM).

They use some of the largest manufacturers in the world and can produce millions of bottles of product per month without breaking a sweat. All products are produced in the United States.

Quality Control… Their facilities are fully capable to administer microbiological testing, PH testing, moisture percentage testing, and Brix testing. This is to ensure that they provide the absolute highest quality products available.

Product Line… They have an ongoing commitment to using the most choice ingredients, for having extensive research, and formulas based on science. They utilize the most up-to-date and effective science and technology to ensure the potency to enhance your health and wellness.

Leadership and Advisory Board Team… Their innovative team brings decades of experience in health, wellness, nutrition, and marketing to the table.

American Dream is all about Transforming Lives… by bringing you ultra-premium product backed by science, by giving back generously and maintaining a charitable commitment, and generously paying out the people on their team to make this happen. They are dedicated to helping people become happier and healthier.






Is FATHER TIME catching up to you?

  • Do you feel dogged tired by the end of the day and ready for nap time?
  • Are you less ENERGETIC?
  • Is Back Pain, Neck Pain or Joint Pain ruining your day?
  • How about your Knees and Shoulders?
  • Is your VISION going downhill?
  • Are you upset about your TURKEY NECK or the wrinkles under your eyes?

Yes, these are a few of the symptoms that many of us begin to experience usually starting in middle age. What if there was a solution. A way to fight back the effects of aging. The solution can be as easy as supplying your body with the right amount and kinds of nutrients to amp up your body’s own renewal system.

You have Millions of stem cells waiting to come out to “play”. It is a known scientific fact that your body’s stem cell production declines as you age.  The adult stem cells are still there. You just need to get them to split off into new cells.

You have seen all the hoopla about stem cell research. There is a reason Hollywood elites spend the big bucks on stem cell therapy. Most of us don’t want to age. We still look out at the world with youthful eyes… and then you look into the mirror and say who is that?

So if you want your shot at feeling youthful again, just imagine replacing old worn-out cells and having new cells move on in and help revitalize whatever organs or joints that need rejuvenating. There is intelligent communication happening at the cellular level. Cells talk to one another. Your body has the innate ability to heal itself when you supply it with what it needs.

Stem cells are one of the HOTTEST TOPICS in medicine today. The National Institute of Health has provided 1.5 billion bucks for research. Here is a list of major medical centers that are currently studying STEM CELLS.

  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard Stem Cell Institute
  • John Hopkins University
  • Yale Stem Cell Center
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Michigan
  • Stanford University


Over 50 professional athletes have used stem cell therapy. The affluent and Hollywood stars are spending upwards of over $100,000 for stem cell therapy. It is a BIG BUSINESS.

Want some good news? The rest of us need not spend a fortune on stem cell therapy


Research links at the bottom of the post.





What’s in Stem Cell Release Factor?

Sea-buckthorn berries    Sea buckthorn is a shrub native to China and parts of Europe. It is loaded with medicinal compounds and is abundant in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids. Medicines are made out of the leaves, flowers, and berries from this plant.

Clinicians took a hard look at endothelial stem cells. These are found in bone marrow. They were also on the lookout for protein markers from white blood cells. When these markers are present, you can tell the stem cells are in the process of repairing or doing maintenance in the body.

The focus of this study was an evaluation of proanthocyanidin-rich extract of sea-buckthorn berry and how it interacts with various types of adult stem cells within the blood of healthy people.

All the test subjects were given the extract or a placebo. After an allotted time they were given blood tests.  The results of the study… researchers discovered that sea-buckthorn extract supported the mobilization of stem cells and increased the number of stem cells circulating in the blood. Thus, sea-buckthorn has demonstrated its ability to boost your body’s own self-renewal system.


This chart shows you a timeline for what happens after consuming sea-buckthorn berries.

AFA Extract (Aphanizomenon Flos-aquae concentrate 5 to 1)  This a blue-green algae species that is harvested from Upper Klamath Lake which is located in Southern Oregon just below the world-famous Crater Lake. AFA extracts have exhibited the ability to stimulate the migration of stem cells.

As an added bonus, It also helps activate your body’s natural killer cells. These are cells that help protect your other cells from invaders. This supercharges your immune system. My immune health has been rock solid since taking stem cell nutrition and additional AFA products from Klamath Lake.

Fucoidan 80% (Undaria pinnatifida extract)  This is an extract from brown seaweed. It possesses antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anticoagulant properties. It has also demonstrated the ability to slow down blood clotting. Lab studies have suggests it can curtail the growth of cancerous cells.

Fucoidan helps protect mesenchymal stem cells against free radical damage (oxidative stress)… See the study below. Mesenchymal stem cells are known as the other bone marrow stem cells. They can make new cells for your skeletal system.

Piperine   This is an extract from the fruit of common black pepper and Long pepper (aka Indian Long Pepper which is a hotter relative of black pepper). It helps increase nutrient absorption. (up to 300%)

Long Pepper










These are exciting times in which we live. Information and technology have come a long way.  Are there impediments? For sure. There is a lot of vital life-saving information that is being suppressed or pushed to the back page so-to-speak. We could improve the health of the world’s population with food alone! Western diets are unhealthy.

Supplying your body with the right nutrients is not the complete answer for optimal health. If people would stop eating foods that are putting them into dire straights, there wouldn’t be a global health crisis.

Stem cell nutrition is a great way to rebalance your health, but you got to work with it. Consider spending time to find out what foods to eat to prevent all the horrible human maladies. I suggest reading “The China Study”. If you care about your health, you should consider this. Thanks for reading.

Many blessings, Brian.




All information contained on this website, including information related to medical matters, health issues, treatments, and products, serves only for informational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own doctor or specialist.

The information on this website is not intended to diagnose health problems or prescribe medications.



A New Stem Cell Type May Lead to Advances in Regenerative Medice

Stem Cell Release factor research

iSP and beta cell replacement for pancreas

Stem Cell Release Factor Research

Sea-Buckthorn Berries

Sea-buckthorn Berries 2

AFA and Stem Cells

Natural Killer Cells and AFA

Fucoidan Research

Fucoidan and Mesenchymal Stem Cells



What is Cardamom Powder?

Cardamon has been produced by mankind since ancient times! It’s one of the oldest spices used in the world. It is native to forests in southern India. So, what is cardamom powder? It is ground seeds from the cardamom plant.

Remove the seeds out of the pods (as seen above) and dry roast them for 3 to 5 minutes. When they are roasted long enough, put them in a coffee grinder to turn them into powder.

Cardamom is related to ginger root. It is part of the ginger family. Cardamom pods contain a number of seeds. Sometimes the whole pod is used without grinding. Pods differ in size and color… depending on the species… but the seeds are small and have a blackish color.

Cardamom was recorded in Sanskrit (ancient Indian writing), so it has been regarded by Indian culture for millennia. Babylonians and Assyrians were enthralled by the health benefits and opened up the trade routes for cardamom during the Bronze Age. This enabled cardamom to reach the Mediterranean.

Ancient Greeks were enraptured by cardamom, and the father of western medicine Hippocrates wrote about its therapeutic properties and clarifying it as a digestive aid. Many became wealthy in the cardamom trade. It also hit it big within Chinese society. Today, cardamom is the third most expensive spice sold in the world market… saffron and vanilla have it beat.


There are two main types.  Green is the most popular and the one most often found in the marketplace. It is also known as the true cardamom. It is often used in Nordic and Middle Eastern cuisine. It works quite well in sweet or savory dishes. Sometimes you may come across a bleached version (it turns the cardamom white) The bleaching process produces a milder flavor of cardamom.

So… what can you expect when it comes to taste? It has a strong and penetrating flavor.. a little sweet and spicy at the same time.  You may notice a hint of lemon and mint in its taste.

Black cardamom pods are larger and colored a dark brown. So, technically brown cardamom is not true cardamom but a close relative. It has a smoky and more earthy flavor and odor. Black cardamom does not work well in sweet flavored dishes. It does, however, add a unique flavor to savory recipes. You can substitute green cardamom for black if needed. They are commercially grown in northeastern India, Bhutan, and Nepal… the Himalayan region.

A Buddhist monk in the Himalayan mountain region


What’s Better… Whole or Ground?

Black cardamom recipes usually call for using the whole pod.  Once your meal is finished cooking… discard the pods. You don’t want to chew on a whole pod… you won’t like it!

Green cardamom recipes also recommend using the whole pod. If by chance you decide on using powder cardamom, your dish may not reach its full flavor potential. The essential oils in the cardamom will rapidly lose their flavor once the seeds are ground.

If you are supplementing your diet for health benefits, then by all means add some powdered cardamom to your diet. You can sprinkle some on your fruit, add to it to a herbal tea, or smoothy.  I personally add it to tea. Look for an energy drink recipe down below… 







Let me tell you what I have found to be true in my life.  Certain foods can change your disposition. I Swear on a stack of the good book about blue-green algae and its ability to enhance your mood. Dark chocolate is another mood-boosting food.

Life truly sucks if you feel awful inside… I know, at times I used to feel out of sync with life. I constantly was searching for something to make me feel better emotionally. By this time in my life, I had already figured out that alcohol and its sideshows lead to a darker path.

I began to read books looking for answers. This was before the world wide web.  There just had to be a way to get a handle on my emotions. I began using psychological tools like NLP to change my state. I would get awesome results, and I would find myself jumping up and down. The problem was sometimes it wouldn’t work.

Certain nutrients fire up your brain and release neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. This is what anti-depressants are called to do. Is there a reason so many people are off their rocker nowadays? Could it be that so many people avoid eating home-cooked meals with whole foods?

It’s not only just a lack of nutrients plaguing society today. STRESS! Especially during a pandemic. Our modern way of life has disconnected us from nature and we have become addicted to BUSYNESS! Employers expect you to be on the job all day long.  Your boss would probably invade your dreams to get you back to work… I’m only slightly exaggerating for some careers.

Compounded stress has boosted pharmaceutical sales BIG TIME. People suffer from migraines, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, drug and alcohol abuse, and self-destructive behaviors like never before.

So, why cardamom? It can be used both internally and with aromatherapy to lighten your mood. Ayurvedic medicine has used cardamom tea for centuries for treating depression. Studies have also shown that it can help lessen anxiety. It also is useful for treating headaches.




Cardamom has been sought after, since ancient times, to help with digestion. It may help control stomach acidity and help wipe out harmful bacteria violating your digestive tract (like H. pylori). It also helps encourage healthy stomach flora and improve your bowel movements.

Look for it to help reduce indigestion, gas, and bloating. It may help stimulate the secretion of your digestive enzymes.

Cardamom has been heavily researched in its treatment for ulcers. There are many causes of ulcers: excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, too many anti-inflammatory medications, or bacterial infections. A study showed cardamom outperforming a common anti-ulcer medication.




Impotency hampers many couples from starting a family. And storks need to keep busy. Numerous factors get in the way of starting a family. Obesity, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes can lead to impotency.

Cardamom can be used to treat impotency and it has been known to be an aphrodisiac. Its mood-enhancing effects may help relieve stress and anxiety (which can cause impotency).

Cardamom is choked-full of the mineral manganese. Why is this important? Without this vital mineral, your body will be unable to operate at peak performance. Being deficient in manganese may diminish your reproductive capabilities. It is as simple as that.

One tablespoon of cardamom contributes 80% of your recommended daily. WOW. Manganese also makes its home in green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, and slimy oysters.


I just love the song I ripped that from. Catchy tune. But, seriously… blood sugar is a BIG THING these days. I have added cardamom to my daily routine to help control my sugars.  It is also suggested by the good folks at MASTERINGDIABETES.ORG.  (I am not affiliated with them… just a huge fan).

Research has shown cardamom significantly dropping blood sugar levels. The mineral manganese is also useful in controlling blood sugar. Manganese helps regulate blood sugar by helping the enzyme that is responsible for glucose metabolism. It may also help increase your pancreatic function and aid in fat metabolism. Fat smothering pancreatic beta cells are the primary reason for type II diabetes.

Want to hear more good news? Manganese also helps regulate normal nerve function and help keep neuropathy at bay. It also is a friend to your kidneys and helps them function better.




I hope you love your heart as much as I love mine. For years I just ate whatever I desired and lo and behold… I kept getting warned about high blood pressure at my semi-annual checkups at the local Veterans Administration. I was in such denial… and I thought I was eating healthy too since I ate limited amounts of processed and fried foods.

Around the same time, I developed costochondritis. This is inflammation in the cartilage connecting your ribs to your sternum. It creates chest pain that can mimic an oncoming heart attack. One day I was freaking out about my chest pain, so I went to the VA in a state of panic and had numerous tests done. Nothing came about after a series of different tests.  The doctors were probably thinking I was a wack job… maybe I am… lol.

I asked the doctor a series of questions because I wanted to know why I was experiencing this problem. Many things can go wrong inside the human body and doctors can not always find out the source of the problem. I was becoming increasingly concerned about my health.

I was well aware of my high blood pressure and had already developed type II diabetes.  I needed some answers fast.  I truly believe the food we eat determines how healthy we are.  People like to play the victim and blame it on genetics. There are times when genetics comes into play, but it is not the majority of the time. If someone wants to downplay the situation and blame it on genetics then that person may very well continue living life the same way and saying what’s the point.

I’m not a quitter… except when it comes to drinking, but that’s a completely different story. The bottom line is I discovered the reason for my chest pain and addressed it. (costochondritis)  It doesn’t go away forever; I have to recondition it every now and then with solo physical therapy.

I used this same approach for chronic back pain years before (even though I felt the pain in my legs). Doctors weren’t able to pinpoint the reason for my debilitating pain… and it knocked me off my feet (literally). I had developed sciatica and thanks to the internet I was able to find this out and apply self physical therapy. Ironically a lot of the techniques are from yoga and learning yoga from a book may have caused the injury in the first place. (don’t teach yourself yoga out of a book… at least get a DVD course or stream it if you choose not to go to a live class).

But seriously, it is up to you to take charge of your health. If you want to live long and prosper and feel totally alive and vibrant, take some action. Learn about whole foods and your health. Add a workout routine to your life and find out what food causes YOU harm in the long term. And by the way… do you really know how bad oil (any kind) is for your health?

I decided to go on a whole food plant-based diet and I eliminated oil from my diet. My blood pressure is now normal and my cholesterol is in good shape. I continue to lose weight no matter how much I eat. I have also added certain foods to my diet to build a strong immune system.  I do not live in fear of any virus and no longer suffer from hay fever (I used to be plagued by it).

The diuretic effects of cardamom may help reduce your blood pressure. It can promote more frequent urination that removes excess water built up in your body… especially around your HEART. There are studies to back this up… check for the study at the bottom of the post.

Cardamom can also help lower your cholesterol because it may help you burn fat. This may also help lower triglycerides and help you maintain healthy body weight. Cardamom is known to increase your metabolism, and it may help fat deposits from forming on your abs. Fat causes so many problems and triggers inflammation which is behind many chronic diseases.




I just went to a funeral yesterday for a family member who died of cancer. This is a tough thing for families to go through…, especially in a pandemic. This was his second bout with cancer.

Cellular health is so vital. You can limit your chances of sub combing to cancer by eating natural whole foods. Cancer can latch on to you in many ways. It could come from the water supply if it became tainted with toxic chemicals. You could be exposed to it with polluted air. Airborn toxins like asbestos are often to blame. Recently baby powder has been the focus of some greedy law firms.

Supplying your body with free-radical fighting nutrients is one way to fight back. It is hard to escape free radical scavengers in today’s world, but you should be aware of certain things that may help protect your cells from being attacked.

The compounds within cardamom can help fight back at these cancerous cells. No, it is not a CURE! It is just another weapon to help protect your health. Cardamom and black pepper may boost natural killer cell activity. Natural killer cells are part of your body’s defense mechanism and attack free-radicals. They help keep your immune system strong.

Now I am not a fan of exposing animals to cancer-causing toxins to find cures. Maybe this is necessary for finding cures, I just don’t want to know about it. Anyway, a study was done with mice to test the effectiveness of cardamom in preventing cancer. 90% of the mice who did not receive cardamom (12 week period) got cancer. 29% of the mice fed cardamom got cancer. That is a significant difference. It shows that it won’t cure cancer, but it makes a strong case to use it on a daily basis.

Research with human cancer cells has proved to be similar. More research is needed to build a stronger case.

Natural Killer Cells are like the killer whales of the cellular world!




Most chronic diseases can be traced back to inflammation. Acute inflammation is necessary for your body.  It helps fight infections. Problems occur when you have too much inflammation.

Antioxidants help deter cell damage due to oxidation. Oxidative stress occurs when your cells are overwhelmed by free-radicals. Antioxidants are plentiful in Cardamom. A three-month study demonstrated cardamom increasing antioxidant activity by 90%




A study showed that cardamom has a remarkable effect in combating E. Coli. Some E.Coli strains are dangerous indeed, so you need to seriously fight back if you have E. Coli poisoning. Even vegetables can become tainted with E. Coli (most recently romaine lettuce).

Salmonella poisoning can also be treated with cardamom. One time I was camping out and grilling chicken in the dark. I failed to cook the chicken long enough and shortly after eating the bird… I knew something was drastically wrong… I immediately packed up my tent and gear and headed home. I laid on the couch for 3 days sick as all get out. I am grateful that the man I offered some of my vittles to declined. I only wish I knew of something that could have lessened my misery.

Cardamom is also used in alternative dental care. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. Some cultures chew on entire cardamom pods after eating to freshen their breath. Do a quick internet search and you’ll find cardamom in chewing gum.

Cardamom will not only help combat mouth bacteria, as an added bonus, but it can also relieve nicotine withdrawal. You could try cardamom gum to help you stop smoking. Keeping your mouth busy chewing would also work side to side with the cardamom’s nutrients. The research is located at the bottom of this post under Oral Health.

Cardamom has been shown effective in deterring cavity-causing bacteria. So far only test-tube studies have been performed, but more research is needed… it seems like they always say this about everything. Hey, it has been eaten since the dawn of mankind, it won’t KILL you to try some!




  • May boost your metabolism
  • Support your respiratory health
  • Help flush toxins from your bladder and kidneys
  • Immune booster
  • Sleep tonic
  • Better athletic performance
  • Possible antispasmodic
  • Liver protection
  • May aid in weight loss







Cardamom is safe to consume by most. There are no reported risks of using cardamom in cooking. There is also no established dosage for cardamom.

There is some precautionary advice for using while pregnant. It is possibly unsafe to take orally while pregnant. It could lead to a miscarriage. More data is required to determine if it is safe while breastfeeding. As usual, there is always a concern when dealing with pregnancy.

Proceed with caution if you have gallstones. Cardamom seed may trigger spasmodic pain.

Hey… some people are just allergic to certain things. You just don’t know until you cross paths. You could invest in food tests if you’re that concerned with food allergies. You would probably need to splurge on a more expensive one that covers a wide range of possibilities.

If you break out in hives…  guess what, you are probably allergic. Once upon a time, I was working in a fine dining restaurant as a server. We were sampling a wide range of dishes to be used during Derby (Kentucky Derby). I broke out in hives and ended up in the hospital, and I was on the way down to smash into the floor when they caught me and gave me a shot. Talk about timing.

I have no idea what caused it. I tried to blame it on lobster, but that wasn’t it. I have since eaten seafood and have suffered no complications. We did try some Middle Eastern style food that night as well. There were some spices I was not accustomed to and maybe that caused a reaction. To this day I haven’t a clue. The doc said allergy tests weren’t covered, so I didn’t go that route. Sometimes, things just happen.

Various medications may also interact with cardamom: H.I.V. drugs, aspirin, liver medication, gallstone meds, antidepressants, anticoagulants, and anti-platelet drugs… proceed with caution if taking any of these.




It is best to store cardamom as whole pods in a sealed container in a cool, dry place. Ground cardamom can be stored similarly, but will quickly lose potency and should be used as soon as possible.





Want a healthy energy drink

Energy drinks have become engrained within society. They are not going anywhere anytime soon. I personally can’t handle coffee anymore so I am on the lookout for substitutes. Try this noncaffeinated quick pick me up.

If you’ve read this far you have learned a little about cardamom.

Ginger helps boost your metabolism and increases circulation.

Turmeric is related to ginger and also helps amp energy levels.

Raw honey is Nature’s energy shot and is one of the healthiest sugars for your body.

You can use a garlic press for the ginger if you like. The best way is to toss it all in a magic bullet like a Ninja and blend it up real quick.


hot water
1 1/2 – 2 tsp raw honey
1 inch of fresh ginger root
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp turmeric





If you are using green cardamom for hot drinks such as coffee, simply grind three to four cardamom seeds along with your coffee beans and pour your hot water over as usual. Some traditions grind the whole pod, but it’s fine to use the seeds only.





Cardamom has a lot of health benefits. Some people like to sprinkle cardamom powder on their food. I find the taste a little too strong for my liking. I mix it with some other powders in tea. Indian cuisine uses the spice in certain dishes like Garam masala. I have never tried to use it in cooking.

If you are looking for something to boost up your health, cardamom is a good one to add to your diet.

Thanks for reading, many blessings… Brian



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