What is Turmeric Root?

Turmeric root

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

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

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

                                                                       Buddist monks in meditation

 

What is the History of Turmeric?

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

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

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

Turmeric has been found all over Polynesia

What are the Benefits of Turmeric?

Anti-inflammatory Relief

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Help with Arthritis

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

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

It’s a Powerful Antioxidant

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

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

Antioxidant-rich berries


 

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


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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Anti-cancer help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digestive Aid?

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

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

Are you Depressed?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Meditation is also helpful in combating depression

Alzheimer’s

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

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

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

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

 

 

What is the difference between turmeric and curcumin?

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

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

 

 

About Curcumin

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

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

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

Curcumin Supplement

 

Is Curry Powder and Turmeric the same Thing?

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

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

And by the way… turmeric is just turmeric!

 

Is turmeric safe?

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

 

 

Recipes with Turmeric   

Vegan Yellow Thai Curry With Mixed Vegetables

Turmeric Chickpea Soup

26 Delicious Turmeric Recipes

20 Gluten-Free Turmeric Recipies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Thanks for reading… many blessings.

Brian

Resources

Turmeric research

Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin

Curcumin research

Arthritis study

Endothelial function and curcumin

Cancer and curcumin

Prozac and curcumin

Curcumin and Alzheimer’s

The benefits of Eating Raw Garlic Daily

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

What is the nutritional value of garlic?

 

MINERALS

         potassium       401 mg     

         sodium           17 mg 

        calcium           181 mg 

        phosphorus    153 mg 

       magnesium    25 mg

       iron                 1.7 mg 

      zinc                 1.16 mg

      manganese    1.672 mg

 

 

 

VITAMINS 

               vitamin B1     0.2 mg 

               vitamin B2     0.11 mg

               vitamin B3     0.7 mg

               vitamin B5     0.596 mg

               vitamin B6     1.235 mg 

               vitamin C       31.2 mg

 

 

FATS           0.15 g

PROTEIN      6.36 g

ENERGY      149 kcal

CARBOHYDRATES

sugars                1.0 g     

dietary fiber     2.1 g

 

 

 

 

 

History of Garlic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Can garlic be harmful to some people?

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

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

 

 

 

Suggestions for adding garlic to your diet

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

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

 

 

conclusion

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

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

 

 

Thanks for reading,

many blessings… Brian

 

 

 

Sources

Garlic kills cancer cells

Allyl sulfur compounds 

Garlic and diabetes

Garlic and physical endurance

Garlic and hair research

What is Amla Fruit? My Top Amla Picks.

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

About this Item

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Price $49.95

Quantity 90 grams

Rating 4.3 out of 5

Number of servings 90 (90 day supply)

Serving size 1 scoop (1/4 tsp)

FAQs

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

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

What is different about oolong green tea?

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

How much caffeine is in amla green?

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

Are the green tea leaves ground like matcha tea?

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

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

It holds 1/4 of a teaspoon.

 

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FGO Organic Amla Powder

 

 

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

 

 

 

Price $14.99

Quantity 1 pound

Rating 4.6 out of 5

Number of servings 90

Serving size 1 tsp

 

 

About this Item

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

 

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Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Amla Powder

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price $14.85

Quantity 16 oz

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Number of servings 454

Serving size 1/3 tsp

 

 

About this Item

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

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Micro Ingredients Organic Amla Powder

 

 

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

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

 

Price $18.95

Quantity 16oz

Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

Number of servings 113.5

Serving size 4 grams/1 scoop

 

 

 

About this Item

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

 

 

 

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Jiva Botanicals Amla Powder Capsules

 

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

 

 

Price $17.89

Quantity 60 capsules

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Number of servings 60

Serving size 1 capsule

 

 

About this Item

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

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

 

 

Blue Lily Organics Amla Fruit Powder

 

 

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

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

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

Price $14.45

Quantity 16 oz

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Number of servings 90

Serving size 1 tsp

 

 

 

About this Item

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

 

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Conclusion

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

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

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

To your Health!

 

Many blessings, Brian

 

 

Research

Diabetes

Digestion

Fatty liver prevention

Anemia

Anti-ulcer properties

Heavy metals

Liver

Antioxidant activity

How is Green Tea Good for You?

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

What is Green Tea’s Health Benefits?

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

What is the origin of green tea?

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

What is the Difference Between Green and Black Tea?

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

F.A.Q.s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Conclusion

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

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

Many blessings, Brian.

 

 

Research

Weight loss and green tea

L-theanine research

Brain function caffeine and L-theanine

Oxidative stress

Japanese diabetes study

Green tea on insulin sensitivity and glucose control

Antioxidants and LDL cholesterol

Coffee and your teeth

Green tea research (includes dental)

Bone health and green tea

Do green tea drinkers live longer?

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

What are the benefits of eating dates?

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

Historical data on dates

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

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

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

Why pregnant women should eat them

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

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

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

 

 

Can Diabetics Eat Dates?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

How do You Eat Dates?

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

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

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

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

 

 

What is the Difference Between Fresh and Dried Dates?

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

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

 

 

Conclusion

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

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

 

 

Thanks for reading… to your health… Brian

 

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

Research

Research on dates and the brain

Cambridge choline research 

Dates and disease prevention

Nutrients in bone health

Dates and pregnancy

Dates and neurological diseases

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

 

What is maca root powder?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

What are the Benefits of Maca?

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

MACA ALSO HAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

What is Black Maca?

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

 

 

Black Maca Benefits

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

What to really expect from black maca

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Is Red Maca the Right One for YOU?

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

Red Maca Benefits

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

What to watch for in red maca consumption

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

 

 

 

 

Nutritional Profile (1 gram)


Calories

91

Carbohydrates

20 grams

Protein

4 grams

Fat

1 gram

Fiber

2 grams

Vitamin C

33% RDA

Niacin (vitamin b3)

85% RDA

Riboflavin

6% RDA

Vitamin B6

15% RDA

Copper

84% RDA

Maganese

11% RDA

Potassium

16% RDA

Iron

23% RDA

 

 

How to Use Maca

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

Are there Any Side-effects?

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

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

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

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

 

 

Why You Should Stay Far Away from Chinese Maca

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

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

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

 

 

Where can you buy Maca?

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

 

 

 

The Maca Team

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

The Maca Team believes in

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

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Zen Spirit Maca Powder Organic

 

 

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

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

Price $11.99

Size 8 ounces

Guarantee 100% money-back guarantee

Navitas Organics Maca Powder

 

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

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

Price $16.97

Size 16 ounces

 

 

 

NaturalLife Labs

 

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

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

 

Price $17.94

Quantity 150 capsule (in powdered form

 

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

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

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

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

Sunfood Raw Organic Maca Powder

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

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

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

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

Price $12.69

Quantity 8 ounces

Final Thoughts

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

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

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

To your Health

Many Blessings, Brian

 

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

RESOURCES

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

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

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

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

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

 

What are the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

What are the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?

It has antibacterial properties ACV can help prevent skin infections, in theory, diluted apple cider vinegar is helpful with acne. You need to use a high-quality apple cider vinegar, like Braggs. Your ACV should have a cloudy like sediment in the bottom of the bottle. This is called the mother. It is chocked full of yeast and bacteria formed during the fermentation process. The mother is loaded with probiotics (healthy bacteria). Probiotics can help inhibit nasty bacteria like E.coli.

 

May help lower your blood sugar I can verify this to be true. I am diabetic. If I get reading, higher than normal, I can drink 2 teaspoons of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted with water, and my drop blood sugar will drop back into its normal range. It works better than any of the supplements that are recommended for diabetes. I have tried many of these recommended supplements and they have done nothing except drain my wallet.

Nothing works better, in my experience than a low-fat whole-food plant-based diet to combat diabetes, but if you eat something that has caused a spike in your blood sugar level, try some premium apple cider vinegar to bring it back down to earth. Research shows that it can improve insulin sensitivity during a high carb meal by 19 to 31 percent.

 

Reduced heart risks ACV may improve your heart health. Studies done in animals have shown lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Apple cider vinegar is high in Alpha-lipoic acid which may account for its helpful effect on your blood pressure.

May aids in weight loss Vinegar may help you lose weight by helping you feel full. This could slow down your food intake and eventually reduce belly fat and help you lose weight.

 

Promotes healthy skin Apple cider vinegar is a common remedy for eczema. Since your skin is highly acidic, ACV could help rebalance your pH level and add a protective barrier for your skin.

 

 

How is it Made?

Add yeast to a bunch of apples, and let it sit there for about 30 days, for it to do its thing. Yeast will turn the sugar in the apples into alcohol. Now you are ready to add a bacterial culture, called the mother of vinegar, to induce a second fermentation process. This will convert the alcohol into acetic acid.

Acetic acid is beneficial for your body. It may help reduce inflammation, lower your blood pressure, and help control blood sugar. It has an alkaline effect on your body, which helps the machine run more smoothly.

 

 

How to use ACV

Drinking apple cider vinegar straight from the bottle is highly not recommended. Dilute with at least 8 ounces of water before gulping it down. You don’t want to damage the enamel on your teeth. Use a sippy straw, if you would like to further protect your choppers. When using ACV as topical, you should also dilute the vinegar.

 

What to Look for When Buying ACV?

Only buy apple cider vinegar that is unfiltered and unpasteurized. This means it still contains the mother. The mother contains all the healthy bacteria that are good for your gut. You want to buy a bottle that has cloudy debris floating around on the bottom of the jar. This is the mother. People that don’t know any better, see the cloudy mess and think the vinegar has gone bad. Nope. This is what you want to buy.

 

 

Where can you Buy it?

You can find in most supermarkets, health food stores or you name it. Apple cider vinegar is popular. Finding healthier versions may be harder to find. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar is what I use.

Possible Side-effects

You don’t want to overuse apple cider vinegar. It could have some negative effects. Stick to 1 to 2 tablespoons a day, diluted with water.

  • Damaged tooth enamel… rinse your mouth with water after drinking or use a straw
  • tissue damage
  • low blood sugar
  • headaches and nausea … I have not suffered any of these
  • bone loss
  • acne
  • gastrointestinal problems
  • decreased mineral levels

Conclusion

If you have type II diabetes, it is a useful tool against controlling your blood sugars. It may drop blood sugar too low in nondiabetics, so be careful. It helps me immensely in keeping my sugars in line. It is also very useful as a probiotic which is excellent in the fighting off bacteria and viral infections.

What has helped me the most, in regard to my health, is switching to a plant-based diet. I can not stress that enough. I am all on board. Apple cider vinegar provides another tool, for your tool kit, in search of optimum health. If anything, it is a healthier option for a salad topping. Thanks for reading. To your health.

Many blessings, Brian

I am making no claims (except in my own testimonial for the effects on my blood sugar) that apple cider vinegar will cure or heal anything. It is basically fermented nature in a bottle.

Raw Honey vs Regular Honey

Honey is so awesome! Isn’t it? Who doesn’t like to grab a bottle of honey and squeeze the liquid gold down one’s throat? Do you know what the difference is between raw honey vs regular honey (commercial honey)?

 

Raw honey

  • the crude form that is extracted from honeycomb cells
  • commonly contains bee pollen and propolis (bee glue)… which enhances health
  • can contain bee parts like legs, wings, and hunks of wax. This will be strained out before bottling.
  • can’t be heated above 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • not filtered or pasteurized
  • free from additives

 

Commercial honey or regular honey

  • heavily processed
  • may be chemically refined
  • undergoes filtering and processing which eliminates phytonutrients, pollen and propolis.
  • turns honey into a sparkling clear golden syrup.
  • pasteurized and filtered… it may also contain additives

How Long Have Humans Consumed Honey?

Honey has been used by civilized man as far back as 8000 years. This is about as far as any documentation can support the use of honey. Honey has been used in burial sites as far back as 5500 years ago.

Apes eat honey. It is safe to say mankind has been robbing bees blind for as far back as you can go in the dawn of time.

 

What is the Nutrition Content of Raw Honey?

Honey may differ nutritionally across the globe. There are many factors to consider. Various environmental factors come into play. What kind of flowering plants are available? What is the climate like? What kind of bees live there? How large are the populations of bees? How spread out are they?

Honey, in its natural form, contains antioxidants, phytonutrients, protein, vitamins, minerals, Sugar (17g), carbohydrates (17g) and amino acids. A tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories. Honey is also a good source of potassium (11g).

 

What Benefits does Raw Honey Offer?

Fights the effects of allergies. Every spring, summer, and fall, plants release pollen. This causes discomfort for many of us. You may find yourself suffering from a stuffed nose, along with sneezing, and watery eyes. It just plain sucks. This is known as a pollen allergy, or better known as hay fever.

Your immune system determines how much you will be affected during the peak pollen season. What better way to fight it than to fuel your immune system with the very same pollen. Bees are your solution to survive the hay fever season. Their golden nectar is created by the same flowers in your neighborhood. This is why you hear about the importance of eating local honey. It is not so much about supporting local merchants, even though there is nothing wrong with that. It is about you. Your health. Honey is an insurance plan against hay fever because it is made from the same flowers that cause you grief during hay fever season.

You develop immunity when consuming local honey. Research has demonstrated honey’s ability to keep symptoms of hay fever at bay. Honey’s ability to stop allergies in their tracks is based on the concept of immunotherapy.

Healthy weight management Can raw honey help people with weight problems? There’s been research performed at San Diego State that presents evidence that replacing sugar with raw honey can do just that. Honey is more than just sugar as it contains minerals and small amounts of protein. It offers a lot more than simple sugars which tend to spike your blood sugar.

Studies have shown that raw honey may actually help lower blood sugar. Diabetics need to use in moderation. It is suggested that you test your blood sugar after consumption to see what kind of effect it has on your blood sugar if you’re diabetic. Raw honey may also help suppress your appetite

Natural energy source It’s a well-known fact that certain food has the ability to boost your energy. Marathon runners are famous for slamming pancakes and other carbs before their grueling run.

Raw honey is the perfect running fuel-supplying your body with vitamins, minerals, protein, and pollen. It is one of your best choices of carbohydrates before exercising. It offers the same benefits as glucose (which is used in energy bars… and I doubt that these are really good for you). It offers a healthy energy boost, the way nature intended. Raw honey is also good after exercising for recovery.

Better sleep Raw honey promotes better sleep in two ways. Honey helps stock your liver’s glycerin supply. Loading your liver up with glycerin helps prevent your brain from going into crisis mode in search of fuel, which can wake you up in the middle of the night, and cause a disruption in your sleep pattern.

Raw honey also encourages the release of melatonin from your brain by creating a spike in your insulin levels. This, in turn, prompts the release of tryptophan. Your tryptophan then converts to serotonin and finally, it becomes melatonin.

Melatonin is also able to boost your immunity by helping to rebuild tissue in periods of rest. Poor sleeping patterns increase the risk for various health-related problems like hypertension, type II diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Excellent wound treatment Let’s have some fun with healing your wounds. Time to spread the sticky goo (honey) on your cuts and place a bandage over it to allow time for the healing effect to occur. Numerous studies done by Peter Charles Molan, at the University of Waikato, in New Zealand, have shown honey’s naturally antibacterial and healing effects. You can also apply this technique to burns. Avoid changing out for 24 to 48 hours on burns for the best effect. This sounds crazy, right. Using honey for burns and wounds. It has to be better for you than some chemicals. Right?

Potent source of antioxidants Raw honey also boosts the immune system in another way. Raw honey contains phytochemicals, flavonoids and ascorbic acid, which has an antioxidant effect on your body. It also helps reduce oxidative stress caused by free-radical damage. Oxidative stress has been linked to cancer and other chronic health situations. Pasteurization of honey reduces the antioxidant effect. Studies have shown that heating up foods reduces the number of antioxidants.

Can I say Diarrhea? ‘Nobody likes to admit they have diarrhea. You really can’t stray too far from your home in one of these moments. Raw honey may offer a solution. Always good to have around the house. Mix a teaspoon with some liquid. Tea is always a good choice. Drink it down. This should aid in a quicker recovery and have a soothing effect on your digestion. Just don’t overdo it. Your condition may worsen if you do.

Antibacterial activity. Honey is a natural antibacterial promoter. It contains hydrogen peroxide (believe it or not!) in small amounts. It also has glucose oxidase and has a low pH level. What this means, it can help eliminate harmful bacteria and fungi. Because of its unique chemical compound, it will not allow yeast and harmful bacteria to grow.

Cough remedy  Grandmas across the globe (at least in Western culture) have given children hot toddies for sore throats. You know… a little whiskey… honey… and lemon juice with hot water. I don’t know if the whiskey is necessary… go ahead if you want… but raw honey can soothe your poor throat.

Many cough medicines are not safe for children, so honey is a good alternative. Just take a nice heaping teaspoon and coat your throat with this delicious swill. Don’t swallow any liquids for about 20 minutes to allow the magic to happen.

Diabetic ally     Believe it or not, raw honey may be good in the diabetic world. It may help prevent and help treat type II diabetes.

Studies were done in Dubai concerning honey and diabetes. Raw honey was able to cause a lower elevation of blood glucose levels in diabetics compared to dextrose (corn syrup) and sucrose (table sugar). Raw honey has been shown to help increase insulin and decrease the risk of hyperglycemia.

Some suggest coupling raw honey with cinnamon to help counteract possible glucose elevation when consuming honey. It would be wise for diabetics to monitor blood sugar levels when using honey, to see how your blood reacts Consume a little at a time and see how it influences your blood sugar levels.

I have been able to use it in moderation, without spiking. What spikes my blood is consuming too much plant-based fat (I gave up eating meat to treat diabetes) or eating too much protein in one meal. Everyone’s body reacts differently to different foods. You just have to keep a food log and find out what works best for you.

 

F.A.Q

 

How is honey made? Honey, sweet and delicious, is made by bees, of course. Bees buzz around various flowering plants and steal nectar (a sugary liquid). Inside the bees, enzyme activity changes the chemical composition of the nectar. They zoom on back to their hive and regurgitate the liquid nectar inside another bee’s mouth. EWWW! I hope that doesn’t ruin your appetite for honey. Maybe not. Honey is so delicious.

Now back at the hive. The liquid nectar is placed into a honeycomb. The next step… get the water out of the nectar. Bees speed up the process, by fanning their little wings, to evaporate the water out of the honey. As the saying goes, “busy as a bee”.

What type of sugar is in honey? Honey is mainly fructose but also contains glucose and sucrose. Honey is also 17% water.

Does raw honey go bad? No. Would you believe honey was discovered in tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and was still edible? I am talking about honey that is 3000 years old! What happens in your home, after a while, your honey will begin to crystallize. Just place your honey near a heat source (not if your honey is encased in plastic, of course). Or, place in warm water and it will slowly return to its normal form.

Where can I buy it? Raw honey is easier and easier to find. Natural food stores usually supply it. Farmers markets. Peddler’s malls in my city always have a booth. These are good sources for local honey. Again. Local honey is ideal in protection against pollen allergies. Even supermarkets carry raw honey these days, but probably not local honey. At least I haven’t seen it there.

Can you cook with raw honey? Cooking honey or excess heat destroys the natural healing and healthy properties residing in raw honey. If you want the benefits of raw honey, don’t do it. When drinking tea with honey, please let the tea cool down enough so it doesn’t spoil the nutritional benefits. 95 Degrees Fahrenheit is too hot for raw honey. Also, don’t store your honey to close to your stove.

Where should I store it? In your pantry, preferable at 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, don’t store it in your fridge. I actually had to do that recently in a war against ants. Maggie’s farm took care of those invading critters. Don’t keep it near any heat source.

Raw Honey Uses

Improves digestion Use one to two teaspoons, a day, to keep indigestion at bay. It is known to counteract indigestion, and honey will not ferment in your stomach.

Relieves Nausea   Feeling nauseous? Try combining raw honey, ginger root, lemon juice, and filtered water. Use your little ninja blender thingie (a must for healthy kitchens). Drink it down. Gulp!

Acne Treatment    This sounds like fun. Spread the sticky mess on your fingers and spread it over any area on your face infected with acne. Spread on gently, and let it sit a bit.

Improves circulation Using raw honey daily may improve the circulation of your blood, lower cholesterol, and help your brain function optimally. Of course, lay off the bacon!!!

Prebiotic support    Honey is full of prebiotics. The illness usually starts in your digestive tract, so developing healthy cultures in your stomach is ideal for optimum health.

Shampoo and Hair treatment Honey as shampoo? People are doing it. Take a spoonful of raw honey and add it to five cups of water. Apply it to your hair and let it soak in. After some time, rinse, dry, and style as usual. This works great for dry hair and will help restore your hair’s luster.

Eczema relief    Use raw honey and equal parts cinnamon on affected areas for relief.

Sunburn remedy    So you stayed out in the sun a little too long. Try taking 1 teaspoon of raw honey, a teaspoon of olive oil, and a quarter teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix it up. Put it on the affected area for 10 minutes before removal. Rinse with tepid water.

 

Are There Any Risks or Side-effects?

Okay. The most important thing to know about honey consumption is… do not feed children under the age of 12 months, raw honey. Never… ever… The reason… RAW HONEY IS A POTENTIAL SOURCE OF BOTULISM. Babies have not had time to develop the defense to fight off the spores in their digestive systems.

Anyone who is allergic to bees should avoid honey. If allergic to celery, avoid it. Weird. If you have a compromised immune system from chemo or radiation therapy consult with your doctor first. However, studies performed at the Mayo Clinic, demonstrated that 2 teaspoons of raw honey a day may help with low white blood cell count.

Eat in moderation.   Don’t binge on honey. Mild intoxication effects may include weakness, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Heating at high temps can also produce hydroxymethyl furfuraldehyde (HMF). This is a known carcinogenic. It kind of defeats the purpose of raw honey, heating it up, that is.

 

 

Conclusion

If you want to sweeten something up, raw honey is an awesome choice. You can also use it in homemade energy drinks using hot water, 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw honey, an inch of ginger root, and quarter teaspoon of cardamon and turmeric. You will need to blend it to chop up the ginger.

Raw honey is in its natural form, as nature intended it. Whole-natural food is the best gift to offer your body. It is unaltered and not pasteurized, so no heat or hand of man could alter its natural goodness. Raw honey boosts your immune system providing protein, vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting flavonoids. It has been scientifically proven to help with sleep problems, allergies, diabetes, wound healing, and sore throats. Raw honey is an excellent choice for pre and post workouts.

Look for a local beekeeper if possible. Local raw honey is your best choice when in the market for honey. Try avoiding processed sugar as much as you can. Dates are also a good sugar substitute in recipes and smoothies. They are also in a whole food form with other ingredients besides straight sugar.

Thanks for reading. To your health!

Many blessings, Brian.

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https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324997#what-is-it
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https://draxe.com/nutrition/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/

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

What is Triphala Good For?

 

 

You may be wondering, what is Triphala Good For? Triphala has many uses as a nutritional supplement. If I were to give a quick summary, Triphala is a powerful herbal remedy used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is used in disease prevention, as an immune system builder and to treat numerous ailments and conditions.

Triphala is a holistic health remedy(little-known outside of India).  It has been as a staple in Indian Ayurvedic Medicine for over millennia.  It is becoming increasingly popular within the global community.

Triphala is Actually Made from 3 Indian Fruits

Triphala literally means three fruits. It is made up of 3 popular Indian Fruits: Amla, Haritaki, and Bibhitaki. These fruits have exhibited powerful health-benefiting effects on their own, but something wonderful happens when you combine them in a Triphala formulation. Together, they enhance the healing effect of exponentially.

There is an old saying in India “if a vaidya (practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine) knows how to use Triphala properly, he can heal any disease”. That is a powerful statement. There must be a reason they hold Triphala to such high regard in India.

AMLA      The superstar in Triphala is Amla.  Amla trees grow wild in India and are cultivated with care.  Amla has vitamin C of 20 oranges. It has a plethora of benefits. It contains an overabundance of antioxidants. Way more than any other fruit... not even close. It is used both internally and externally.   Diabetics are reporting lower A1Cs when using Amla. I can offer my own testimonial in regard to lower blood sugar readings. Check out my post on amla which goes into great detail about its health-giving benefits.  Follow this link.

 

 

 

HARITAKI, is also known as Chebulic Myrobalan. This fruit is found on trees inside Indian Forests and also cultivated for its wonderful fruit. In Sanskrit, Haritaki means that which effectively removes the diseases… I’m not making this up!

This incredible fruit is known to promote fearlessness. Some say it is a brain feeder. Leading to a heightened sense of awareness. It is associated with wisdom, and it is also great for your nervous system.

One of the main uses of Haritaki is to promote regularity in your number 2. If you are seeking a gentle laxative and healthy digestive support, you will find this in Haritaki… and even more so when part of a  Triphala mixture.  It has an awesome cleansing effect in your intestinal system and your urinary tract.

 

 

 

BIBHITAKI   Another name for Bibhitaki is Belleric Myrobalan. In Sanskrit, Bibhitaki translates to “the fruit takes away the fear of the disease… sounds like there is need for this right now, across the globe.

This fruit tree is common in India and Southeast Asia. It can grow up to 60 feet tall. The fruit is used commercially for tanning leather and for medicinal purposes. It is best to use mature dried fruit for the best results.

Bibhitaki has been known to help manage glucose levels. This is good news for diabetics. Fat cells need to mature so insulin can store more glucose in them. The more glucose your body can store, the lower your glucose reading.

As your fat cells mature, they produce adiponectin. This is a protein that has developed a reputation as a friend of insulin. This protein helps your body respond to insulin better. Bibhitaki is able to help your fat cells mature and helps protect your liver.

Bibhitaki also acts as a gentle laxative. It is also beneficial for your upper respiratory tract. (good news for COVID patients) Anything beneficial to your lungs is paramount for your health. Breathing is everything. This amazing fruit is also excellent for your overall eye health.

 

 

 

What are the Benefits of Triphala?

IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORT     Triphala contains a healthy dose of antioxidant properties that help protect your body from free radical damage. It also helps with oxidative stress, and it has a high level of vitamin C.

 

DIGESTIVE HEALTH      One of the most popular uses of Triphala is for ailments of the stomach. It behaves like a gentle laxative easing out waste slowly and smoothly. Not like some colon cleaning supplements which explode waste out of your body in a sense of urgency. If you are out and about, you may find yourself in a pickle.

It helps with the symptoms of constipation, lessening abdominal pain, and increases the frequency of bowel movements. Not a pleasant topic, for sure, but being stuffed up is not fun.

Triphala also promotes an environment for healthy bacteria (probiotics) and aids in their growth. It helps clean out your intestines and is a good natural remedy for irritable bowel syndrome.

While we are discussing this area of your body, Triphala helps decrease the severity of ulcers. Testing on animals has demonstrated this to be true. It also helps restore healthy enzyme activity in your stomach.

 

HEALTHY SKIN      For healthy skin, use Triphala topically. Amla itself is used as a topical often in India (and also as a hair remedy). It has many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and it may heal certain skin disorders.

One study has demonstrated Triphala helping to protect skin cells. It may also help build skin protein and help retain moisture in your skin. You may also notice an increase in collagen production. Reductions of bacteria on your skin and faster healing wounds are possible.

 

 

 

ARTHRITIS AND GOUT    Triphala has many antioxidant properties, and since arthritis is a disease of inflammation, it can certainly be of service for this painful condition. It may also halt the breakdown of your bone and cartilage.

It may reduce symptoms of gout and help lower your uric acid levels.

 

TYPE 2 DIABETES     Some studies have suggested that Triphala may help lower blood sugars. A study was done with non-insulin-dependent patients of diabetes.  Each patient received 5 grams of Triphala a day, for 45 days. They showed significantly lower numbers with their glucose readings.

Mastering Diabetes dot org suggests followers supplement their diet with amla as part of their program for reducing diabetes. Amla is the main component of Triphala formulations. They have a large community of people successfully lowering A1C levels by following their guidelines. I have also used these same techniques to improve my health (drastically). I am not, in any way, involved financially with them, but I highly recommend them, so if you have diabetes (any type), please check them out. Their methods are quite revolutionary and it involves a lot more than just supplementing with amla or Triphala for that matter, but amla and/or Triphala is an excellent weapon against high blood sugar levels.

 

PROTECT AGAINST CERTAIN CANCERS   Triphala has been shown to be effective in the war against cancer. It may help inhibit the growth of lymphoma as well as stomach and pancreatic cancer. It may also induce pancreatic cancer cell death. The high levels of gallic acid and polyphenols in Triphala may be the reason for its excellent cancer-fighting abilities.

 

MAY PROTECT AGAINST DENTAL DISEASE    Triphala may benefit dental care in a couple of ways. It may help prevent the formation of plaque on your teeth. Gum inflammation may be reduced, as well as bacterial growth inside your mouth.

 

MAY SUPPORT WEIGHT LOSS     You may experience a surge in your energy level and a reduction in your body fat… if you have some… most people over 30 starts to accumulate fat in these days of sedentary lifestyles. Over time, using Triphala, you may see a reduction in your weight…. other factors considered, of course.

 

What is Ayurvedic Medicine?

Ayurvedic Medicine is one of the world’s oldest medical systems, and it is the oldest continuing health system on the planet. Its origins, in India, go back 3000 years, or maybe as far back as 10,000 years in the South of India with the Tamil Siddhas.

This ancient medicinal system can help restore yourself back to balance, and vibrant health, and well-being. It is good for all sorts of things like skincare, hair health, immune system support, cardiovascular health, and digestive support  An Ayurvedic doctor can help you pinpoint your imbalances and help you understand your health.

Ayurvedic practitioners customize each herbal formulation to meet the needs of the individual. Herbs are rarely used in isolation in Ayurvedic medicine. They also recommend adding herbs to every meal.

A major tenant of Ayuvedic theory is that disease is most likely to take your body hostage when your digestion is compromised. Triphala is most often used as a remedy for gastrointestinal disorders. It has been shown to help with bloating, chronic constipation, and sluggish digestion.

 

A Triphala formulation challenges modern scientific investigative methods. This is because the unique compounds found in this fruit trifecta take on different attributes when combined together. Ayurvedic practitioners have known this for a thousand years. You can not just go by the research done on each individual fruit. You can’t discount the oldest medicinal methods known to mankind.

The downside… no license is required to practitioners… there is no significant regulation for an Ayurvedic practice. Do your due diligence before taking any dietary supplement. Investigate. Research. Are there any known side-effects? How much of a dose can you take? Are you on any medications and possible interactions with any supplements?

This is pretty much the same as any holistic practice. Natural supplements are not likely to hurt you if they have been benefiting others for years. Ayurvedic medicine has thousands of years of finding out what works. Modern medicine always tries to control the narrative and try to steer the public away from natural remedies. They are also so in love with Big Pharma.

 

What lifestyle changes work in synergy with Triphala?

To make the most of the detoxification process and receive the biggest benefit from Triphala, it would be most effective if you change other aspects of your lifestyle. You can eat tons of healthy fruits and vegetables, but if you continue to load up on bad food choices, alongside of healthier ones, you are still going to run head-on into some health issues.

First and foremost, you should avoid building up toxins in your body in the first place. I certainly ate my share of unhealthy food when I was young. Trust me, it all caught up to me. And later on,  I was eating a lot of produce alongside eating lots of fatty meats and eggs.

Avoid preservatives… at all costs. Stop and take some time to read your labels if you truly want a healthier body. (Don’t you really want to know what’s inside your food?)  Processed foods are overloaded with table salt and all sorts of unpronounceable names. it amazes me how much trust as a society that we place in the hands of food manufacturers. They are chasing dollars like everyone else and don’t care about your health. They really don’t. I refuse to buy anything unnatural. I threw out all of my chemicals a while ago.

It is recommended to eat organic as much as possible. This is one area I have to delve into more. Yes, there are some insecticides and herbicides on a lot of foods. Organic is pricey and not as available, and my diet consists of a lot of produce.

Avoid frozen and canned foods, if possible. I’d rather have fresh, but I will check the ingredients if I buy a can. Tomato sauce is about all I ever buy in a jar or a can. Frozen, outside of peas and corn, are not even considered in my shopping cart.

Avoid exposure to environmental toxins as much as you can.   Work puts some of us in compromising situations. I live in a city with poor air quality. I would love to eventually move to somewhere more remote. Do your due diligence and research microwaves. Water your houseplants with microwaved water and see what happens.

Ayurvedic medicine recommends going to bed by 10 pm for digestive purchases, and try eating your heaviest meal at noon. Personally, I’m a night owl, and I like it like that. I try to eat heavier meals earlier if I can. Slow down while eating and chew more.  Don’t watch television while eating. (again, I fail here too). I like some of my “bad” habits.

 

What to look for when buying Triphala?

The quality of the fruit would be your first consideration. Find out how where the fruit comes from and how they select their fruits. Are they ripe? Fruit is most effective in its ripe state.. How is the fruit picked? How is it sorted? Do they only choose healthy-looking specimens? Do they use the Vijaya variety of Haritaki? It is the only variety used in the ancient formulas.

Are there any contaminants in the soil or water? Pesticides… herbicides… heavy metals… any environmental toxins?

What kind of testing do they use? What sanitation methods do they employ?

How do they prepare the fruit for processing? What kind of grinders do they use? Are they too powerful and heat up the fruit too much (this can reduce the potency). Are they meticulous in removing foreign materials?

Are their products ISO certified? This is an international organization that sets standards for product quality. Keep in mind, if you want a high-quality Triphala, it will probably cost more.

How to use Triphala

Triphala comes in capsules, powdered form, or liquid. It is best used on an empty stomach or between meals for maximum absorption. It has a bitter taste, so be creative and mix it some raw honey, or blend it in a ninja with some fruit or dates. Just a little so it still absorbs in your belly well.

 

Potential Side Effects

You may experience diarrhea and some abdominal discomfort if you overdo it. It has not done that to me. My “movements” have come out smoothly and with regularity. Pregnant women should not tamper with it. As usual, if pregnant, consult with your physician. Do not use if you are taking blood thinners. It may interact with your medicine.

Conclusion

Triphala has been around for a very long time in India. They have such a long and rich history of herbal medicinal medicines. Yoga goes back thousands of years, and it is way more than just an exercise routine. There is a science behind yoga that is mind-boggling. I have experienced some unexpected pleasures from yoga. This is the very reason I am now looking more into Ayurvedic medicine. India is a land of amazing wisdom.

I have experienced some immediate results from Triphala. I have been using it for a month now as I write this. I have been using amla, by itself, for over a year. Amla has helped me lower my blood sugar, and Triphala adds additional support. Immediately my bowels have never been smoother. Yea, kind of something no one likes to talk about.

AS far as my immune system, I have a partnership with numerous nutritional sources to help boost my immune system. People with weak immune systems do have to be concerned with COVID, but if you arm your body with the best defense system, you will more than likely come out on top. While on the topic of immune systems, check out my post on algae. I am experiencing stupendous results with Klamath blue-green algae. Take care of your health.

 

Thanks for reading

Many Blessings,

Brian

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I am not making any claims that Triphala will cure any disease or ailment. It is not medicine. It is food. Fruit from trees. Triphala is like many of Earth’s fruits, which are known to be beneficial for the health and well-being of the animal kingdom.

Pink Himalayan Salt Benefits: Review

 

 

 

 

Pink Himalayan Salt benefits you in many ways. Pure Himalayan salt is loaded with 84 minerals and trace elements. Over eons of time, salt in the Himalayan Mountains has developed a crystalline structure under tremendous amounts of pressure. The human body is easily able to absorb the minerals encased inside the crystallized salt. It is able to penetrate your cell wall so you benefit enormously from the salt.

Crystallized salt also provides you with electrolytes and improves communication with your cells. It also hydrates your cells. Table salt does the exact opposite. It dehydrates you and causes many imbalances throughout your body. For more details on the differences in salt follow this link.

Himalayan salt also helps normalize your blood pressure and restore your alkaline-acid balance. The latter is important during these dog days of wearing COVID masks which can have and acid-like effect in your blood.

You may also develop a healthier metabolism, and it may help cleanse your intestines and offer detoxification support.


Original Himalayan Crystal Salt, Product Review

 

 

Original Himalayan Crystal Salt is a division of Symphony Natural Health. They offer numerous salt products, but this review is focusing on their pure, high-quality Himalayan crystal salt. Their salt comes in fine, coarse, crystal rocks and bath salts. There are also many other items for sale containing Himalayan salt and items like crystal salt lamps (which are very popular).

 

How is the Salt Mined?

Let get right down to it. Where is the salt from? How is it mined? These are important if you really want to place the best salt on your table. If you are reading this, you want to know “What is so special about Pink salt?”

I had laid out the details in an earlier post. Click here to see it. The bottom line… table salt is destructive (altered by man)… Crystal salt fuels your body with nutrients. however, there are variations in quality. The tricky part is to find the source of crystal salt that has undergone enough pressure and has had time to develop into a nutritional source of minerals.

The Himalayan Mountains is a special place for salt mining. They are of course the highest mountains (entirely on land… Mauna Kea in Hawaii is the highest… starting deep underwater). Anyway… many, many years ago… what is now the Himalayan Mountains… was the bottom of the ocean. This is how salt got way up into the mountains. Tremendous pressure built these majestic mountains.

This is where you find the best know salt in the world. On the Pakistan side of the Himalayas. Salt runs in veins. To find the really potent salt, it is best to hand mind the salt. Thus, this drives up the price of the best salt.

Original Himalayan Crystal Salt is found in remote foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. It is hand-mined and transported by donkeys down a dirt road. It is cleaned, sorted by hand, and stone-ground with traditional methods to preserve the minerals.

Grocery store Pink salt comes from large mines. They use explosives to blast out the salt. This results in impurities contaminating the salt and it creates dangerous conditions for the workers. It is also a crapshoot finding the quality veins of salt this way. Your grocery store salt may have good salt mixed in with common crystallized rocks salt, which is in which the crystalline structure is not fully developed. (it is still healthier than table salt)

 

 

Established Relations with the Local Miners

The workers are treated fairly, never exploited, and paid a decent living wage. Joint partnerships have been set up with the local community. This has created an industry with wages 5 to 10 times higher than normal for their region. It is important for this company to benefit the people of this region and offer the best salt to the rest of the world.

What to look for when buying salt?

  • the amount of trace mineral inside the crystals
  • the ratio of minerals
  • the structure and particle size of the minerals (important for proper cell absorption)
  • how contaminated it is with pollution, additives or chemicals
  • does it have research and the result of those tests

 

Can back it up with Research

You can see what minerals are in the salt by clicking on the Certificate of Analysis

Look for the seal for the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt

 

 

 

Product: Original Himalayan Crystal Salt

Price: $29.50, buy 2 get 1 FREE ($59.00)

Where to Buy: HimalayanCrystalSalt.com

Size: 2.2 lbs/ 1 Kg

Guarantee: Yes

My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

 

 

 

 

 


 

San Francisco Salt Company: Product Review

The San Francisco Salt Company is located in Alameda, California (in the Bay Area). They offer Sherpa Himalayan Salt as well as many flavored salts. They strive to bring unique flavors from around the world into people’s homes.

Their Salts are Imported

San Francisco Salt Company imports their gourmet food-grade Himalayan Salts straight from the source, the Kherwa Salt Mines. They are situated at the foothills of the Salt Range, about 160km south of Islamabad, Pakistan.

They also mention, when in its natural state, Himalayan Crystal salt is reported to have 84 different minerals. Their suppliers perform the standard TDS testing to ensure the minerals are presented. Below is a testing chart.

 

 

Himalayan Salt is 250 million years old. It has formed into its crystalline structure from immense pressure from the formation of the mountain chain. This created an environment for the purest salt in the world. Free from pollutants and contamination. There is no data provided to show how the salt is mined. They need to provide more data to prove if the salt was mined without corrupting the source of the salt. OSHA has inspected it, but doesn’t provide enough information.

Adds Amazing Flavor to Any Dish

  • Your new “go-to-salt”… replace Sherpa Himalayan Salt for any recipe requiring table salt. This is a tasty alternative containing trace minerals.
  • Season to Perfection: It works well as a seasoning for meats, soups, salads, and vegetables
  • Great for Professionals and Home Chefs: You can use it in your salt rubs and brine solutions.
  • Buy with Confidence: The San Francisco Salt Company stands behinds every single product and is confident you will be completely satisfied with the quality.

 

Different Grain Sizes

Extra-fine (0-0.5 mm) – perfect for salt shakers

Fine (0-1 mm) – for many culinary and health uses (larger than normal table salt)

Coarse (2-3 mm) – use in ceramic mills and salt grinders

NOTE This product is all-natural rock salt and may contain some insoluble mineral deposits. There is no added iodine.

 

 

 

 

Product: Sherpa Himalayan Salt

Price: 1 lb $6.99, 5 lbs $14.99

Where to Buy: Amazon

Size: 1 lb, 2 lb, 5 lb, 20 lb

Guarantee: Yes

My Rating: 7 out of 10 stars


 

Conclusion

Himalayan salt has a wonderful flavor and I love adding it to my food. I can’t stand table salt. I never have even considered myself a “salt person” until I discovered Himalayan salt. I actually crave it. Is this on account of the minerals?

I have purchased salt from the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt company. It is lighter in color than other Himalayan salts. I definitely want their larger crystal rocks for my morning sole. They are more expensive, but I like the meticulous care they undergo to provide the highest quality crystal salt. They have more detailed testing to validate the minerals present inside.

The San Francisco Salt Company offers a cheaper alternative for those not willing to shell out “big bucks for salt”. You will still pay more for regular sodium chloride (table salt)… which can be devastating to your health.

They mine their salt from the Pakistan mine known for bringing Himalayan salt to the world. They have undergone some standardized testing and back up their data. Himalayan salt of any quality is better than any other salt. Sea salt has been contaminated. So… if on a budget… at least get started with the San Francisco Salt company or if you want the highest quality, as far as data shows, go with the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt.

Thanks for reading

Many blessings

Brian