Hippocrates is credited with saying that all disease begins in the GUT. He wasn’t too far off with that remark. Every time you chow down on food in the modern world, you possibly expose yourself to countless chemicals and hormones that end up in the food supply. So, how do PROBIOTICS help with digestion?
This is how probiotics help with your digestive woes
Our bodies have been perfectly designed over eons of time to help us maintain optimum health. There are MILLIONS of microbes living inside your body right at this very moment which includes healthy gut bacteria. This is referred to in science as the HUMAN MICROBIOME. Would you believe it… there are 10X more bacterial cells than human cells in your body..
Your microbiome usually plays an important role in your body and helps metabolize and create some vitamins (like vitamin D3). They also help you break down and produce energy from your food. Plus they can help boost your immune system by producing anti-inflammatory compounds that help keep your gut vibrant… hey that’s really important these days, right!
When your gut gets out of wack, it’s referred to as DYSBIOSIS. This happens when your gut wall becomes inflamed and it affects the stomach’s barrier. This is known around medicine as LEAKY GUT!. Your stomach has been compromised at this point and some nasty particles have busted on through.
This sets up a probable breeding ground for disease. Modern medicine is well aware that changes in the composition of your microbiome are associated with many diseases from diabetes to various autoimmune diseases. Recently I have experienced some issues with diverticulosis.
I eat a completely healthy diet and have totally turned my health around. I live off plants. BUT, I found out that certain foods don’t play well with your digestive tract. Popcorn and nuts to name a few of the culprits. They can get lodged in your intestines. I immediately purchased some probiotics, a special tea blend, and remembered to add Triphala back to my diet. I do feel better now.
What it comes down to… You need to keep your Microbiome in check. Probiotics are designed to fight back nasty bacteria that can get into your stomach. And what foods you eat matters. If you are always searching for antiacids, you may want to take an inventory of some of the foods your eating… and maybe take a little time to study up on nutrition.
The quality of your life comes down to your health. I have been on the wrong side of the track before and it sucks. So why not do yourself a solid and study nutrition… at least a little.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts. They are beneficial for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Wait… did you say bacteria? Bacteria come in two flavors… good and bad. You are probably well aware of bad bacteria like E Coli or salmonella. I had salmonella once and it kept me on the couch for 3 days… not even exaggerating!
There are all different kinds of healthy bacteria and they each have a different role to play by helping in specific areas of human health. They have names that are a bit too sciency, so I’ll leave that task to Dr. Google. If you purchase a probiotic supplement, they all contain a full gamut of healthy bacteria. Certain common foods also are chock-full of probiotics.
What Benefits can you expect from taking PROBIOTICS?
RESTORE THE BALANCE OF HEALTHY GUT BACTERIA An imbalance can lead to digestive problems, obesity, and allergies. Bacterial imbalances in your stomach result when harmful bacteria overtake the healthy bacteria. This imbalance could be caused by numerous factors like noxious chemicals or poor food choices.
Antibiotics are excellent in fighting off infections. But, they tend to kill off all bacteria. So, once the antibiotic runs its course, it is advisable to ingest some probiotics to restore the balance. However, you needn’t bother taking probiotics during your antibiotic treatment… it would just waste them.
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM… DIARRHEA! Probiotics can help reduce the severity of diarrhea and induce a quicker recovery. Certain strains are more effective, but a decent probiotic supplement includes the most popular strains. It is also a good idea to have some when traveling to certain countries where you may encounter certain foods or if you dare to drink out of the tap… you should probably stick to bottled water.
ANOTHER WAY TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM! Yes, they can inhibit the growth of destructive bacteria. But, it also amps up the production of antibodies in your body as well NATURAL KILLER CELLS and other immune protecting cells.
POSSIBLE AIDE IN WEIGHT LOSS Some probiotic strains help prevent fat build-up in your intestines. It helps the fat move right along in the elimination process.
Probiotics can also help you feel more full for longer periods of time, burn calories faster and impede the storage of fat. Just be aware that not all probiotics help with weight loss. One strain may help you gain weight.
If you are really interested in weight loss, send me a private message. I have found the secret to natural weight reduction without starving yourself to death... and I tried for decades to get it off!
EXCELLENT FOR COMBATING CROHN’S, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, AND DIVERTICULOSIS. These are horrific conditions to deal with and probiotics can help lessen their awful effects.
What can cause an imbalance in natural probiotics?
Diet plays a huge role in determining the balance of healthy bacteria in your body. The normal Western diet has strayed way too far from what I would consider normal food. Processed foods loaded with sodium and sugar are just downright harmful. On top of that, few people consume enough raw fruits and vegetables to maintain the proper alkalinity in the body.
Medications may also disrupt your balance. Steroids, chemotherapy, antibiotics, and certain pain killers just to name a few.
Infections. Harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses will wreak havoc on your balance.
Environmental chemicals or chemicals in the food supply.
Too much sugar will feed the toxic bacteria and decrease the healthy bacteria.
A little too much sugar for my taste!
Did you know that some foods contain probiotics?
YOGURT is well known for being an excellent source of probiotics. I am personally not a fan because I am all in on the effectiveness of a plant-based diet.
SAUERKRAUT is shredded cabbage that has been fermented and is heavy-laden in salt. It is a very popular side dish in Germany. In addition to probiotics, sauerkraut is rich in fiber and has vitamins C, B, and K… plus antioxidants. I like to rinse off the excess salt before I eat it. Too much sodium is no BUENO!
TEMPEH is originally from Indonesia ( and I thought it was Japanese!). It is a fermented soy product. It has a strong nutty flavor. It is also a source of vitamin B12.
KIMCHI is a Korean-style spicy cabbage dish. Sometimes they even bury a Kimchi pot underground for an extended period of time for the fermentation process. I had a hamburger in South Korea once with kimchi on top. I was not enamored with the flavor... but I finished my meal. I was all-in on trying some of the local cuisines… except I drew the line in the sand when it came to balut.
MISO is a type of Japanese seasoning. It is usually made by fermenting soybeans and a fungus called koji with salt.It can also be made with barley, rice, or rye. Miso paste is often used in making soups. It is a good source of fiber, protein, and various vitamins and minerals.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR is also an excellent source of probiotics. You want to make sure the apple cider includes the “mother” since this is the source of the probiotics. It will look like a cloudy sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Braggs is always a good choice.
CAN PROBIOTICS BE BAD FOR YOU?
Some people may experience unpleasant digestive symptoms for a short duration. Sometimes when your “cleaning house”, it is going to really suck at first. If you have ever used a colon cleanser, it is a bad idea to stray too far from the commode.
Amines that are found in some fermented foods may induce a headache. I have never experienced a headache personally from the foods on the list above. I have tried every one of them at one point in time.
As always, some people will be allergic. There is always someone allergic to some food source. I broke out in hives once while trying a bunch of different dishes at the hotel I was waiting tables at during the Kentucky Derby. I ended up getting the Epi shot to revive me… that was scary and weird. I still do not have a clue to whatever food, spice, preservative, or whatever caused that.
If you want to run a tight shift in monitoring your digestive system, you can’t go wrong in taking a good probiotic. It seems that many people develop problems later in life… if not sooner… when it comes to digestive health. Most of us do not eat a healthy enough diet.
It wasn’t until I was in my fifties that I became a serious student in healthy eating. I was faced with some dire circumstances and I did not want to go down without a fight. I place a high value on my health and am wise enough to know the consequences of bad choices. I have already made some and I am doing my best to turn it around. I am doing quite well for my age and I want to continue to feel as young and vibrant as I can.
I am also a huge fan of TRIPHALA. I have previously written a post about it. It is an ancient medical secret from India and it is wonderful for your digestive system. Check it out if you want to learn about how you can do more to maintain your digestive health.
Thanks for reading, many blessings. Brian
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What is the health benefit of beets? Well actually beets are packed full of nutrition, but they have created a buzz in the marketing world for their positive impact on cardiovascular health. It is hard to beat when it comes to protecting your heart!
DO HEART ATTACKS SCARE YOU?
There is nothing more frightening than when your heart is racing too fast. I had experienced this when I was younger. I was drinking excessively and decided to add some party favors to the mix. My heart started pounding way too hard. Something was WRONG! I really thought I was a goner.
Unfortunately, I was stuck on a California mountain with no way to seek immediate help. Luckily I survived. It took a while for my heart to begin to feel normal again. I have long since changed my ways and feel very fortunate to be ALIVE!
Then I hit 50… I began to notice that my heart would race rapidly while hiking steep ravines. I would have to stop and try to get my heart to slow down with deep breathing.
My blood pressure readings started to go up every time I went in for a checkup. I stayed in denial for some time… I just did not want to go on blood pressure medication!
Finally, I had reached threshold. My vitals were BAD! I had out-of-control diabetes, high cholesterol, and soaring blood pressure. I was on the Paleo diet which worked for a moment, but it turned on me like a disloyal friend. I felt defeated… I became gripped by fear… I felt like my life was going to change forever… and not in a positive way.
BUT THEN… I clicked on a video about a whole-food plant-based diet. I had actually been a cheese-addicted vegetarian for 10 years when I was a lot younger, but VEGAN sounded a little too extreme… and when I was a waiter, I used to make fun of them with their obnoxious requests.
HOWEVER, I was JADED… I was game for anything if it could restore my health! I have now been on a plant-based diet for 2 years as I jot this down. I absolutely love how it makes me feel. My blood sugar is under control… my cholesterol is normal… my triglycerides are copacetic… my HEART DISEASE is in remission. I have normal blood pressure readings. It may take a while to clear out all of that nasty plaque out of my bloodstream, but it will be gone in due time.
BUT I thought this was about beets? Yes, however, it would be a crime if I didn’t share my experience on what I did to get my cardiovascular system back on track. Beets are awesome at providing life-saving nitric oxide, but if you don’t change the BIG PICTURE, sooner or later you are going to find yourself up that infamous creek without a paddle.
I include a lot of fabulous healthy fruits and vegetables in my diet Your body needs an assortment of these foods to obtain the right number of nutrients for optimal health. Beets are a SUPERFOOD, and you would be doing yourself a SOLID by eating more of them or drinking beet powders.
IS NITRIC OXIDE THE MIRACLE MOLECULE?
Dr. Louis Ignarro won a noble prize for his breakthrough discovery of the so-called “miracle molecule, nitric oxide. He was able to recognize its amazing health benefits. It is well-known throughout the medicinal community as being beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
Nitric oxide helps increase the rate of your blood flow. Your brain totally depends on an abundant supply of blood to properly function. Conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia can be linked to a low supply of blood.
Nitric oxide is already been used with freshly born babies that have acute respiratory problems.
CAN NITRIC OXIDE HELP WITH COVID?
Massachusetts General Hospital is currently testing nitric oxide gas for treating COVID. Don’t confuse this with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which is often used to knock you out at the dentist’s office... If you are stricken down in fear when you have your teeth worked on.
Dr. Ignarro believes in the effectiveness of nitric oxide in helping relieve inflammation and severe lung damage. This is how SARS-CoV-2 kills people. This the name of the virus which develops into a disease called COVID-19. The main issues which can lead to death are severe inflammation and blood clotting.
Since nitric oxide helps prevent blood from clotting, it just makes sense to use it to treat injured lungs. Dr. Ignarro also adds that nitric oxide can also help fight off some bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Emergency rooms are already using it to treat acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Nitric oxide is a colorless gas that your body creates naturally that dilates blood vessels and ramps up the flow of oxygen. Babies with respiratory issues are often saved when fed nitric oxide gas. Your heart and lungs work in unison to keep you alive. Healthy blood flow is everything and it puzzles me how so many people pay little regard to maintain optimal heart and lung functioning.
DO YOU LIKE EATING BEETS?
When I was still a young lad, my brother would eat beets at my Grandmother Leist’s house. My mother didn’t serve them. The smell completely turned me off. I don’t recall seeing them served at school either. I have waited tables in over 20 restaurants and beets were never on the menu at any of those establishments.
They do have a very strong taste. Some people like them. Russians are fond of them. It is the main ingredient in borscht. I have never even seen a Russian restaurant in my neck of the woods, so I have never encountered borscht.
However, I became a huge follower of Fit for Life in the early 90s, and I completely changed how I viewed and consumed food. This was a diet that focused on food combining which founded by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. It was primarily a vegetarian way of eating, but a lot of the recipes included variations with meat. Their main spill was keeping starches separate from proteins, and consuming a high ratio of water content food. They also suggested eating fruit solo.
Anyway, a long story short, I began to eat lots of healthy food. It was during this time that I started juicing. If you want to quickly AMP yourself up, juice some super fruits and power veggies. You will feel its energizing goodness spread throughout your body immediately,
I went out and bought beets. I would add them to carrots or apples, and low and behold, I avoided the gnarly beet flavor. To this day, I have never cooked with beets or eaten one raw. Instead of juicing now, I throw everything in a ninja and chop up the whole vegetable or fruit because it is better for you to consume the food in its whole fibrous form.
You can also purchase beet powders to mix in your smoothies or any healthy ninja blender-type concoction.
It is healthier to blend the whole food. The sum is always better than the individual parts.
LET’S HAVE A HEART TO HEART TALK!
Beets are chocked full of NITRATES. These nitrates convert into nitric oxide which is extremely beneficial for your heart’s health. Nitrates have a bad rap because of their association with hot dogs and other cured meats. When it comes to nutrition, it is best to get it all from its original source… how NATURE designed it. Nitrates from whole food are GOOD for you. Nitrates added to pig flesh (as a preservative) are going to cause more harm than good. You can’t fool Mother Nature.
Nitric Oxide helps relax and dilate your blood vessels. This helps open up your circulation and lower blood pressure. It is as simple as that. Circulation is so vital for optimum health. It is amazing how counterproductive most people are when it comes to our food choices. This is why heart disease is the number one killer of the human race.
CONCERNING YOUR BRAIN… IT’S THE SMART THING TO DO!
Well, we just learned how beets affect your blood vessels. Your brain needs a constant flow of oxygen and blood to keep it healthy. Cognitive functions may decline with age and you can guarantee that a reduction in oxygen and blood flow contributes to conditions such as dementia and Alzheimers’.
Beets are known to be good for your frontal lobes. This improved blood flow helps you maintain a high level of cognition which helps your think on your feet and remember those names.
THE INFLAMMATION EFFECT!
Inflammation is the root of all evil… at least in your body. Just about every medical condition can be linked to an inflammation issue. If you follow a normal western diet, I got bad news for you... chances are you have some level of inflammation. It is no BIG SECRET, just take a look around at all the overweight people and the constant rising health crisis.
It is a simple fix… it really is. SIMPLE, though not easy. It takes dedication and discovering the right way to eat (if you want to stop inflammation and live as healthy as you can be). It is a choice.
Fruits, vegetables, tubers, seeds, grains, and herbs do not contribute to inflammation. If you eat only from these food groups (without drowning them in oil), your chronic inflammation will fade away. Beets go one step further...
They help battle inflammation. By the way, you do need small amounts of inflammation. It is part of your immune system response. It is part of the healing process. Chronic inflammation is the real issue here. Beets contain an amino acid called betaine which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory powers.
ENERGY BOOST… HOW DO YOU LIVE WITHOUT IT!
Beets help you step up your GAME!. I Discovered this early on when I added beets to my juicer. At times, I felt so much energy that I could hardly contain myself. If you consume a lot of raw food, you will begin to notice how good it makes you feel inside. Beets help take it to the next level.
Beets help your blood flow faster and by doing so it feeds your muscles more oxygen during workouts. The nitric oxide effect enables endurance levels to bolster. Nitric oxide levels from beets peak two to three hours after consumption of beet juice or powdered formulas, So it is best to plan your workouts during this time frame.
BECAUSE SO MUCH IS RIDING ON YOUR DIGESTION!
Beets are packed with FIBER. When it comes to digestive health, FIBER IS KING. Fiber bypasses digestion and heads straight for your colon where it performs its magic. It adds nourishment to your healthy gut bacteria and bulks up your stool. Fiber helps keeps you REGULAR and helps clean out toxins and old food. You don’t want anything hanging out too long in there. Eating beets add a little color to your waste… If you know what I mean (no worries… this is just the beets saying HELLO).
Keeping your digestion regular helps avoid nasty conditions like diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and constipation. Diverticulitis is particularly heinous. A friend of mine had that and they put a colostomy bag on him for a year while it healed. He wasn’t able to do a number 2 for a year! That would really suck!
Fiber also benefits WEIGHT LOSS. Eating fibrous food helps you feel full and less prone to overeat. Eating carbohydrate food without fiber causes me to overeat When I start out with raw fibrous foods, I feel full, so I tend not to eat as much. I have noticed lately that I have been eating smaller and smaller meals. I just feel satisfied and full of energy.
DESIGNED FOR DETOXIFICATION!
Your liver has a very important job to do. Its main duty is filtering blood, making proteins for blood clotting, detoxing chemicals, and helping drugs metabolize in your body.
Your liver helps your body process unhealthy substances like alcohol. Moderation of booze won’t damage your liver, but excessive drinking destroys it. Your liver is trying to help you live healthy by eliminating toxins. It can only do so much before it throws in the towel.
Beets are excellent for the detoxification process. It helps clean your liver and keep it functional. Beet juice may help activate liver enzymes and increase bile which aids in the digestive process. Beets contain pigments known as betalains. These are loaded with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and fight off oxidative stress in your liver.
Beets are also good for your skin. No, you don’t have to rub a beet ointment on your body… when you take good care of your insides, you can expect to see the effects reflected on your skin.
NUTRIENTS AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE!
VITAMIN A Speaking of eyes, beets contain vitamin A which is excellent for eye health. It is also great for your skin.
NITRATES This converts into nitric oxide which is wonderful for your cardiovascular system.
IRON Iron is beneficial for transporting oxygen throughout your bloodstream.
VITAMIN C Immune system support, wound healing and a safeguard from infection are benefits from vitamin C.
FOLIC ACID Beets are loaded with folic acid which helps your body produce more cells and stabilizes your DNA.
POTASSIUM Do you want to keep your nervous system working properly… potassium helps transmit nerve impulses.
FIBER You need fiber to maintain a healthy digestive system.
CALCIUM Most everyone knows that calcium helps you retain strong bones.
PROTEIN A good source of plant-based protein which is an essential building block for your body.
BETALAIN A powerful antioxidant that protects your cells.
Just beet it!
BEETS HISTORICALLY SPEAKING!
Beets have been hanging around kitchens worldwide for a very long time. An ancient text mentioned that beets were being cultivated in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in 800 BC. Ancient Greeks and Romans (like peas and carrots) loved them so much that they learned how to grow them in the off season (under the scorching summer sun).
Remember Pompeii? It was pummeled by volcanic rocks (tephra) and finally submerged in 19 feet of ash… OUCH! After excavating the site, they uncovered a brothel called Lupanare. The walls were adorned with erotic imagery. Among the ancient pornography were depictions of beets on the artistic walls. They viewed beets as an aphrodisiac.
The Greek love goddess, Aphrodite, was said to eat beets to make her more appealing. There’s a reason they felt this way about beets. Beets contain tryptophan and betaine which help bolster feelings of well-being. Beets are also high in boron which is a trace mineral that may help boost bodily hormonal levels.
Beets were more parsnip-shaped in the earliest days of cultivation. Basically, it resembled a carrot with a more bulbous top then tapering down to the end. They made their way up to northern Europe and eventually became a staple within the Slavic world.
CHOICES… SO MANY CHOICES!
How do you like your beets?… If you do. Originally people only ate the green leaves and stalks. It was consumed like its cousin, Chard. It would be many years before beets bulked out to their modern bulbous form. Beets have a very earthy taste because it contains a substance called geosmin (this is what causes the fresh soil scent after a spring rain shower). I do not like the flavor at all… so I have found other means to get my beet on.
People either love them or abhor them. It is simple as that. American presidents have felt the same way. Thomas Jefferson planted them at his Monticello plantation. President Obama and his wife Michelle didn’t want them planted in the white house garden (and she is a huge advocate of healthy eating!)… and George Bush just didn’t want to eat broccoli.
Well, basically there are 5 types of beets that we humans consume.
Detroit Dark Red... the dark purplish-red beet we are most familiar with.
Chiogga… These beets resembled the ole’ barber pole with red and white stripes
Formanova… this one grows in a fat cylinder shape
Lutz Green Leaf… the largest of the beet family
Golden… have a more carrot-shaped root
Did you know that some beets are used in sugar production? 20 percent of the world’s sugar production comes from sugar beets! You can chop up young sugar beets and throw them into a salad for consumption if you prefer. But, mature sugar beets have to be cooked to soften them up for consumption. However, they are not commonly consumed due to their bland sweet flavor.
Beets are also used as livestock fodder. Mangel beets are high in sugar and drought resistant and often used to feed farm animals. People can also eat this kind of beet if they so choose. I remember as a rowdy teen, a bunch of us thought it would be a good idea to roast some fodder corn. It was god awful!
WHO SHOULD AVOID BEETS?
It appears that if you suffer from kidney problems, beets may not be the best thing for you. Beets are rich in potassium (which is a good thing for most of us). Unhealthy kidneys can’t process excess potassium. It could lead to a heart attack. The body sure is fickle when it comes to food.
Beets are also high in oxalates. This is a naturally occurring organic compound that binds itself to minerals. Too much of it can lead to kidney stones. Don’t eat beets all day long!
And… some people are just allergic, though quite rare. It is not as common as in strawberries. If eating beets makes you vomit (I am not referring to the yucky taste), gives you a bad case of diarrhea, or you find yourself breaking out in hives then you’re allergic.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS IT SAFE FOR DIABETICS TO EAT BEETS? Beets actually are an excellent food choice for diabetics. They contain lipoic acid. This is an antioxidant that helps repair nerve damage. Diabetics can develop neuropathy if their sugars get out of control.
Beets contain natural sugar, but it doesn’t usually cause your blood to spike. If you juice beets, you are leaving the fiber behind in the pulp. Drinking straight-up fruit or vegetable juice will more than likely spike your blood. It is always better to use whole fruits or vegetables for optimal health benefits. Try using a Ninja or Vitamix. Just add a little filter watered to make it easier to drink.
So what is better: raw beets, beet powders, or beet juice? First of all, as I mentioned above, consuming food in its whole form trumps juice every time. Granted, beet juice is really good for you. It is not a bad thing (unless you have to control your sugar intake).
As far as supplements, it depends. A really high-quality beet supplement would include a highly concentrated extract with the nutritional equivalent of many beets. Formulations may also include other added nutritional components for better absorption and also including more health benefits.
WILL BEETS BOOST MY SEX DRIVE? They sure thought so in Pompeii. But, probably not, however, it helps creates nitric oxide in your body which helps increase your blood flow. This in turn is beneficial for one’s sexual performance.
IS IT OKAY TO EAT BEETS RAW? Of course. In fact, I just blended up some raw beet with ginger and some super-premium beet powder. The good thing about drinking beets is that I can gulp them down before I notice the taste. Some people like the taste and I agree with the Obamas and don’t relish the flavor, but I desire the nutritional qualities.
HOW MUCH BEET JUICE OR SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD YOU TAKE BEFORE A WORKOUT? Chances are the supplement package will offer a recommendation for their particular formulation. You can also drink up to 16 ounces of beet juice. Don’t overdue beets due to the oxalates.
Try blending some beets or drink a beet powder formulation before working out!
TIPS FOR BUYING AND STORING FRESH BEETS
First, choose a store that is known for quality produce, or hit up a farmer’s market for some fresh organic beets. Organic is always a better option if you can afford it. Inspect the beets for any blemishes. If they are too soft, they are not fresh. Smaller beets won’t be as hard as large beets. It is more difficult to cut through a huge beet.
You can store beets for a while in your fridge. I have had some in there for a month and they have gotten soft. They have yet to get any mold on them. I kind of just forgot about them (until I began writing this post…lol)… however, I have been using beet powders on an ongoing basis.
If you buy canned beets, read the sodium content before buying. Avoid sodium as much as you can. I only use quality Himalayan salt that still has its natural mineral content still intact. Beets also come pickled and frozen. You can freeze items longer with a freeze dryer (to avoid freezer burns).
One of these days I am going to try pickling and canning. I have too much on my plate at the moment!
WHERE CAN YOU PURCHASE BEET POWDERS?
When purchasing nutritional supplements, it benefits you in the long run if you know a little about the company that distributes them and how they are manufactured. The more information that I can find about a company helps build a level of trust. It is important to know how they obtain their raw materials. Are they from a country that doesn’t place a high value on the purity of their products or raw goods?
I have included some key details on the chosen companies below. Some provide more details than others. All of these businesses have been around for at least 20 years, so they are doing something right... one would assume.
Just take note that I am an affiliate for each link below. Most companies push their goods this way. You can juice your own beets at home… but it takes a lot of work and it’s quite messy. HAPPY SHOPPING!
American Dream Nutrition’s NitroFactor
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Most people assume HGH (human growth hormone) as the key to the fountain of youth, but IGF-1 is what does all the miraculous work at the cellular level. (backed by 500 research studies)
They also provide numerous other wonderful products like the newest addition to the ADN family… STEM CELL RELEASE FACTOR. American Dream offers products that address common problem areas in regard to human health.
ADN is passionate about people. They keep their prices affordable while retaining the ultimate quality. They also compensate their workforce highly which helps them get the word out about their awesome product line.
ADN has a two-part formula for changing and improving lives…(1) elevating people’s health through state-of-the-art nutriceuticals. ADN provides exclusive patented products that are clinically tested… (2) ADN has an amazing business opportunity that pays out 80 percent of its commissional volume to its independent reps. It is set up this way so that anyone can succeed!
THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS AT AMERICAN DREAM. They have brought together world-renowned doctors, biochemists, product formulators, and manufacturing experts to produce their products. Their facilities are registered with the Food and Drug Administration and operate within stringent guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).
ADN uses some of the largest manufactures on the planet so they can keep up with demand. They have the capability to produce millions of bottles a month.
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Nitro Factor is a remarkable SUPERFOOD that is wonderful for your cardiovascular system. As we age, we start to suffer from endothelium dysfunction. In laymen’s terms, this means that the cells that make up the interior lining of your arteries do not produce nitric oxide like they used to.
When your body stops making nitric oxide, you are left predisposed to the hardening of your arteries… plaquing! Your arteries are now compromised. So what is popular nowadays for boosting nitric oxide? You got it! BEETS.
What makes NITRO FACTOR special when compared to other beetroot products in the marketplace? First of all, it is extremely effective and affordable. It has as many active beetroot compounds as many other products. What sets it apart from the rest are the added synergistic ingredients that address many complementary issues.
NITRO FACTOR’S INGREDIENTS
BEETROOT POWDER This ingredient has been covered in detail, but I will recap the benefits here.
Wonderful for increasing nitric oxide
Nitric oxide helps lower your blood pressure and increase circulation
Enhanced cardiovascular performance
Helps boost your stamina and increase energy
Works as a liver detoxifier
Promotes oxygen delivery to your heart
Enhanced blood flow to all organs
Helps improve sexual performance in men and women
Relaxes your blood vessels
Allows for better muscle recovery
BEBERINE This is a popular supplement used in controlling blood sugar. As we age, insulin delivery becomes less effective, and more sugar is left floating around in our bloodstream. In worst-case scenarios, diabetes occurs. Many people are already prediabetic and don’t even know it. Berberine also has numerous other benefits…
May help lower blood pressure
benefits cholesterol levels
Helps manage and lower blood sugar
Aids in improving insulin sensitivity
May help with weight loss
RED YEAST EXTRACT One of the most popular ingredients in health food store products for lowering cholesterol is red yeast extract. Besides being great for cholesterol control, it has many other benefits…
Great for blood sugar control
Helps increase circulation
Good for digestion
Helps decrease muscle fatigue
Can help diminish oxidative stress
Helps lower bad cholesterol
ASTAXANTHIN Some consider this to be the most potent antioxidant in the world. It is 6000 times more powerful than vitamin C. It is found in both plants (like algae) and animals, but it is most commonly found in salmon. Some of the benefits are…
Helps with oxidative stress and boosting cellular health
Assists in managing diabetes
Great for heart disease by helping lower your blood pressure and cholesterol
Boosts energy levels
Helps lessen inflammation
POLICOSANOL This is a chemical derived from plants like sugar cane or beeswax. NITRO FACTOR uses a sugar cane derivative. There is no sugar found in this formulation if you are concerned about raising blood sugar. Policosanol has numerous benefits like…
Helps increase blood circulation in your legs and feet
It helps decrease bad cholesterol (LDL) production in your liver
Helps boost good cholesterol (HDL)
Assists in lowering triglycerides (blood fats)
PROGRADO Deep in the Amazonian rainforest you will find a tree called Croton palanostigma. Progrado is an extract developed from this tree. It has been shown to be a potent antioxidant and can be used to treat conditions gastrointestinal diseases, osteoarthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. So it is helpful for…
Improving intestinal health
reducing oxidation in your vascular system
VINCARIA Another rainforest wonder is Vincaria (commonly known as Cat’s Claw). It has been shown in clinical studies as having the ability to reduce inflammation in conditions such as osteoarthritis.
PIPERINE This is a pharmaceutical grade of black pepper extract. It is used in many supplemental products for its ability to increase the assimilation of the various ingredients into the human body.
UNITED STATES PATENTS NUMBERS for NitroFactor
UNITED STATES INSTITUTES of HEALTH (NIH)… Grant number 1R43AG024733-01
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COLD SHOWERS… you’ve got to be kidding! I tried this several years ago after reading about it in a kundalini yoga book. At the time, I just wasn’t motivated to put myself through self-torture by suffering through frigid temperatures. The book said it was good for your nerves, but this wasn’t enough to prod me into the cold. I didn’t see it as a cold shower immune system booster.
SO WHY SHOULD YOU TAKE THE PLUNGE!
I have to admit… as well as many others, HOT SHOWERS are really, really nice! Sometimes I just want to stay in there forever. Especially in a cold house. The only time I enjoy a cooler shower is when it is BAKING outside. Summers in Kentucky can get downright miserable… at times.
But, I have a new outlook on cold showers. I am always on the lookout for new solutions for maintaining a SOLID immune system. I am doing an awesome job with my immunity, but it never hurts to step up the game in a PANDEMIC world… And, what if there really are sinister globalists playing around with biowarfare.
Besides, apparently cold water therapy can help many people with many sorts of ailments. This is backed up by TONS of scientific research.
Ready to take a swim?
IMPROVE YOUR CIRCULATION! Jumping headfirst into cold showers jolts your system in a nanosecond. Trust me, the first time you do this, you’ll want to get right back out.
But, getting your blood to circulate throughout your body is a BIG DEAL. When you take cold showers every day, your body has to work a little harder to maintain its core temperature. This will increase the efficiency of your circulatory system. Better circulation of your blood may also result in healthier-looking skin.
This can be so beneficial to people with high blood pressure. Diabetics can also benefit from better circulation. Amputations occur because of poor circulation, so it is very important to keep the blood flow at optimal levels.
HELPS TONE DOWN INFLAMMATION Have you ever seen athletes sitting in an ice bath after suffering from an injury? Maybe you have seen this depicted in movies more often than live in a locker room, but athletes have been using this recovery technique for many years.
Who hasn’t heard of using ice to bring down swelling after an injury? Now there is the science to back it up. When you lower the temperature of an injured muscle, it actually speeds up the delivery of warmer, oxygenated blood to that area of your body. This, in turn, helps speed up your recovery time. So, why not immerse your body in cold water every day to decrease bodily inflammation.
HIGH ANXIETY? Suicide rates are soaring upward every year. As a society, we have strayed away from nature. Would you believe that our nice comfortable modern environments may actually cause inadequate functioning in our brains?
As a species, we have evolved over millions of years by being exposed to the elements. We have experienced brief changes in body temperature over eons of time. This is coming from scientific data.
What the data supports is that exposure to COLD activates the sympathetic nervous system and boosts the blood level of beta-endorphin and noradrenaline. This in turn allows your cells to signal your brain to release noradrenaline.
Cold showers supercharge your nervous system and these electronic impulses have an anti-depressive effect on your brain. I can testify to the fact, after a cold session in the shower, I experience an overwhelming sense of well-being.
IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST Shocking your system with cold water stimulates leukocytes. These are cells that help battle foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. This will help you become more resistant to the common cold and flu.
Coldwater helps increase the number of NATURAL KILLER (NK) CELLS in your body. These cells also protect your body against free radical scavengers. Coldwater therapy also enhances the effect of NK CELLS.
Wow. I find this simply amazing. This is a cheap and easy way to solidify your immune system. Jumping in cold water sounds insane, doesn’t it? More and more studies are being performed to attest to this fact.
WAKE UP SLEEPY HEAD. Yes, this will wake you up in a NEW YORK MINUTE! As soon as your body comes in contact with the cold, you will let out a gasp. You will want to get out of the cold stream quickly. I like to bounce in and out a few times. Then I get in there and take it like a PENGUIN and let the magic happen.
This works better than Monster and Rockstar for starting your day. Cold showers stimulate your nervous system and fire off your adrenaline. Your thinking will become crystal clear at this point. And to think, I suffered from years of morning grogginess.
Your body has to work harder to balance your temperature after shocking it with cold. This results in a boost in your metabolism. I have actually lost 2 more pounds since I began taking cold showers (which has been about 10 days as of this writing).
I have been on a low-fat plant-based diet for 2 years and have lost 26 pounds… and eating as much as I feel like. 2 more pounds in 10 days is a way faster pace than what I have experienced with just the diet.
BREAKTHROUGH IN WORKOUT RECOVERY There is a lot of well-documented research involving muscle recovery in the sports world. I’ve already mentioned athletes jumping in ice baths after injuries or games. They usually do this for intervals of 7 to 14-minutes.
Physical therapists within the field of sports medicine vouch for the effectiveness of using cold water therapy. They find that it rapidly relieves heat exertion and helps reduce inflammation. Sound familiar? How many times have you put an ice bag on something swollen?
In fact, starting off with hot water, then switching to a cold blast of water can help intensify your recovery and help you feel less fatigued. My own body has recovered quicker since starting my cold shower routine. I tend to overuse my leg muscles throughout the week and at 58 years young, it usually takes a few days to recover. I have noticed a number of things since starting this journey. Like better sleep…
SLEEPING BEAUTY I have had some real challenges with getting a good night’s sleep, and I have to say that I’ve been waking up more refreshed of late. I got the notion after looking at Wim Hof online (the ICEMAN). He is simply amazing. He has been going into the cold for 4 decades and has formulated many ideas and strategies for optimum health.
His background includes an intensive study in the yoga world (among many other things). So part of my routine includes a breathing exercise that I do every day before getting out of bed. Then straight to the showers! The breathing technique is something worth exploring in a further post. I have already written about a breathing technique called the BREATH OF FIRE.
I just want to quickly mention that if you are wearing a mask on your face in these amazing times, you should seriously consider combating the negative effects of breathing your own carbon dioxide with an excellent breathing technique. I am not trying to politicize this article about negative mask effects, but masks are hindering your normal path of obtaining air... just saying.
Yoga offers many wonderful breathing techniques that are worth exploring!
LEAVE THE PAIN RELIEF TO COLD SHOWERS! Cold water therapy can offer local anesthetic-like effects towards pain relief. Cold water can cause your blood vessels to constrict and help reduce swelling.
It can also slow down nerve signals which heighten your feeling of pain. It kind of slows the rate at which pain alerts your brain of a problem area, so it kind of lowers your perception of pain. We all know this right! Back to the ice pack, you don’t feel anything while iced up. Especially with a burn, you never want to leave the comfort of the ice!
HERE’S THE REAL SKIN E Cold showers are just as good as beauty sleep! They can help improve your hair and skin. It will help your skin become more firm because it contracts your pores. Extravagant abuse of hot showers will also strip off natural healthy bodily oils. A cold shower will not.
THE ICEMAN COMETH!
It’s hard to talk about cold showers without mentioning the ICEMAN, Wim Hof. I am just finishing up his book The Wim Hof Method. He is a man on a mission. He wants to change the world with his breathing method, cold water therapy, and mastery over the mind.
He actually climbed Mount Everest in shorts! He has run marathons on ice and snow. He has swum 50 meters under ice. He has performed some incredible feats that would kill most people. Granted he has trained for a long time to be able to push his body to these limits.
He has also trained others to climb a 5000-foot mountain that borders Poland and the Czech Republic bare-chested. This mountain is covered with snow during the expeditions.
I don’t plan on doing any of these crazy adventures, but I can reap the benefits from 20 minutes of breathing exercises followed by cold shower torture. Go to his website and check all the science behind the method and all the testimonials from many satisfied people
He goes into detail on the benefits of cold water therapy… 40 years of exploration and experience. He is completely down-to-earth and is not a gold digger. He is basically an old-school hippy with years of extensive yogic training (among other things).
I am not affiliated in any way with his offerings. He offers a free mini-course if you want to check it out. There are also a bunch of YouTube videos where you can learn about his breathing techniques.
COLD WATER THERAPY IN TIMES OF YORE!
Cold water can take you out in a hurry. People jumping overboard from the Titanic met a certain death as soon as they hit the icy waters of the North Atlantic. There are limits to what you can do, but you would be surprised at what some people can do with the proper training to survive in cold environments.
Jump back in time a bit to the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates. This ancient Greek was the first person known to mess around with hydrotherapy (the use of hot or cold water for therapeutic purposes).
Thomas Jefferson, if your American and don’t know who is…shame on your teachers, soaked his feet daily in cold water for six decades to maintain his excellent health.
Swimming in the sea during winter was highly recommended for treating various illnesses in the 1700s. Whole communities were founded because of the perceived benefits of sea swimming. This is how lifeguarding came into play as the result of too many ocean casualties.
ARE YOU READY TO TAKE THE PLUNGE? 1,2,3 GO!
The Iceman recommends starting off with a warm shower in the morning after doing the breathing exercises. Don’t eat yet! Physical therapists also recommend starting off with warm water for better results.
Ease yourself into the cold. Stick your feet and legs in bit by bit. Next work your hands and arms. I like to bounce in and out of the stream a few times and then soak my head in the cold water.
Finally, I step my whole body into the water and turn around to make sure I expose my whole body to the frigid water. I try to stick it out for 3 minutes or so. It is quite refreshing and challenging. You are definitely awake after the shower. I feel a sense of clarity when it is all said and done.
HOW THEY DO IT IN YOGA
I first attempted colds showers after reading about it in a Kundalini yoga book. I have had amazing experiences practicing this style of yoga. It covers many areas of physical, emotional, and spiritual development.
Anyway, I was benefiting from everything that I tried practicing yoga, but I balked at the cold showers after two sessions. I was not yet motivated to do so. Since then, I have my reasons. I will do whatever I can now for optimal health
Instruction in Kundalini yoga recommends only using cold water. Start by moving in out of the water. Yogis suggest that you massage your body so the water no longer feels frigid.
They are big on Sanskrit mantras. If study Kundalini yoga you would be aware of these. They kind of yelp these mantras out because the cold water is so shocking to your system. I guarantee you will at least gasp loudly when coming in contact with the cold… it’s only natural
They also advise starting out with your arms and legs.
If you have sciatica or high blood pressure, proceed slowly.
YOGA HAS A LONG LIST OF BENEFITS FOR ADDING COLD SHOWERS TO YOUR DAY
Moves blood into your capillaries
Cleans out your circulatory system
Helps reduce blood pressure in your internal organs by flushing them out and adding a new supply of blood
Strengthens your nervous system
Contracts muscles and help them flush toxins
strengthens mucous membranes
Wonderful for your skin
Helps keep fat under control
It Will help you balance your glandular system
Can help prevent circulation and nerve problems
Why is this so? In minutes, your capillaries open up which increases your circulation. This wakes up and energizes your entire nervous system. As soon as you blast cold water on your body, blood zips on over to your organs. This is how your body responds to colder temperatures by moving the blood to protect your organs and keep them warm. Another self-defense technique that your body uses.
This movement of blood puts your capillaries in overdrive and provides them with a vigorous workout. This action dives into the deepest levels of your body to remove toxins. Your organs become cleaner and your body will begin to stimulate glandular secretions Glands help release hormones into your bloodstream. Your entire system is getting worked out when you indulge in cold showers every day.
First of all, women shouldn’t take cold showers during their menstruation cycle. If pregnant, it is not advisable after the seventh month.
You should avoid it if you are running a fever (who would want to if running a high temp). Avoid cold showers if you have heart disease (this could cause your heart rate to go up). This would probably depend on how bad the situation is with your heart. I would seriously consider a plant-based diet if that were the case to help reverse the disease. It has worked for me.
If you have a medical condition, ease yourself into it. You can try getting used to slightly cold temperatures to allow your body to adjust.
This is a strange topic. Indeed, it is. Could something so simple benefit your health in so many ways? I have discussed a few benefits that I have experienced so far. I have experienced better sleep and faster muscle recovery. I wake up right away and am ready to face the day after a cold shower. In the past, I have always let everyone know that I am not a morning person, and I used to prove it back when I worked those early hours.
Do you know what really motivated me to do this? I have diabetes, and I have it way more under control with a plant-based diet, but my feet were feeling a little numb. It seems that has stopped since I started taking cold showers, so I will keep on keeping on.
Thanks for reading.
Many blessings, Brian
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This one snuck up on me. I’ve never heard of this plant and its wonderfully nutritious fruit until recently, and I’ve had my nose buried in health books for ages. It just goes to show you that there is an overwhelming number of nourishing goodies in our world. That beautiful-looking plant above is SEABUCKTHORN (of course). You may be now wondering, what is SEA BUCKTHORN for? How does it benefit you?
BUT FIRST… WHAT ARE SEA BUCKTHORN PLANTS?
Sea buckthorn is a stout little shrub. They can reach a height of 20 feet. You would think this would make it a tree, but science gets stuck like a rock in a hard place sometimes. Some of these plants just remain at shrub height and never try reaching for the stars.
Sea Buckthorn (also known as Seaberry) is native to the northern climes in Europe and Asia. In our modern world, the plant does well in Northern Europe, China, Mongolia, Russia, the United States, and Canada. The plant is wonderful for conservation purposes as it feeds the soil a healthy dose of nitrogen, and with its deep roots system, it protects the environment from erosion. It also helps rehabilitate desert areas.
Sea Buckthorn trees are quite thorny which keeps deer from chomping the berries down. It also makes it difficult to cultivate. With that being said, harvesting the plant is well worth the extra cautious effort put forth.
Russians have been commercially active with seaberries since the 1940s. Their scientists have been delving into the nutritious nature of the fruit since that time. Russia (USSR at that time) has always meant business when it comes to scientific research They have made some solid scientific contributions to our world.
Their research uncovered biological substances residing inside the fruit, leaves, and bark. Their findings went above and beyond mere fruit juice that was being used for jams, sauces, wine, teas, and even ICE CREAM. Seaberry started being used for other substances besides food.
They took seabuckthorn berry to the stars. Literally. They made a cream from seaberry that helps protect their cosmonauts from deep-space radiation.
SEA BUCKTHORN GOES WAY BACK!
Let’s jump back in time to Alexander The Great. During his campaign to conquer the known world, his Macedonian army took notice as worn-out and injured battle horses quickly recovered after consuming Seabuckthorn bushes. This prompted the army to add seabuckthorn to the horse’s food from that day on.
The soldiers began to use this superfood themselves. It worked as a stimulant for battle. This also helped boost their strength and endurance. Would they have been able to CRUSH their opponents without Seaberry? We will never know the answer to that, but it seemed like it helped advance their riotous war machine.
The ancient Chinese made the most of Seaberry. They used the fruit, leaves, and bark for hundreds of medicinal tinctures. They used it to treat anything from heart ailments to ulcers. The Chinese are still going at it in modern times. Seaberry juice was the official drink used by Chinese athletes when they sponsored the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.
Tibetans also cherished Sea-buckthorn berry. During the Tang dynasty, Tibetan doctors treated coughs with Seabuckthorn. It was also used to help with blood circulation, digestion, and as a pain killer. South of Tibet in India, Seabuckthorn has been administered to patients of Ayurvedic medicine as far back as 5000 years.
WHY IS SEA-BUCKTHORN CONSIDERED A SUPERFOOD?
Sea buckthorn berry is tiny. It is about 1/3 the size of a blueberry, but it has 12X the vitamin C as an ORANGE! It contains a unique configuration of bioactive compounds: vitamins, antioxidants, tocopherols (vitamin E), flavonoids, and fatty acids. Seabuckthorn can be used fresh as in juice, in powdered form, dried berries, or pressed into oil.
A powdered form of seabuckthorn can be used as a natural multivitamin due to its high nutrient profile. Powdered forms retain more of seaberries’ vitamin C content. You will be able to absorb vitamin C way better from a whole food source than from synthetic ascorbic acid supplements.
Seabuckthorn is mostly known for its colossal healthy fat content. It is often pressed and marketed as seabuckthorn oil. The oil is extracted from both the plant’s berries and seeds.
DIABETES It may help reduce and suspend sugar spikes after a meal with added sugar. Labs with mice demonstrated that seaberry can aid in lowering blood sugar. A small study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition was also able to show the same type of results in humans.
IT CAN HELP HEAL DAMAGED SKIN 151 people suffering from burns covered their scorched skin with bandages soaked with Sea-buckthorn berry. It helped them relieve pain, and it helped sped up the skin’s recovery.
In a tiny study, seabuckthorn extract was given orally. It is known to help boost up the body’s own stem cell production. Stem cells can help regenerate damaged tissues. Seabuckthorn demonstrated significant results in a study of albino rats in its ability to heal their wounds.
Seabuckthorn has also been used in a clinical trial for people suffering from eczema. The oil from sea-buckthorn was shown to improve dermatitis symptoms. It helped boost an essential fatty acid called alpha-linolenic. This type of fatty acid does wonders for skin health.
Components in Seaberry may help you obtain smoother skin, and it may help reduce aging and dryness. It is also useful in treating frostbite and sunburns.
HAVE A HEALTHIER HEART Try some seaberry if you want to lower triglycerides (a type of blood fat). This is probably due to the high fiber content of Sea-buckthorn berry.
Consuming seabuckthorn oil orally may help prevent platelets from clumping together which would lessen your chance of getting blood clots. They were able to reduce blood pressure in rats fed a high sugar diet by supplementing with sea-buckthorn.
NOT A DRY EYE IN THE HOUSE This is a tough egg to crack. Ophthalmology is still searching for answers. Research with mice has shown some promise in increasing tear secretion with a much stronger effect. I have dry eye syndrome and the eye doctor has me on drops, using heating compresses, and putting baby shampoo on my eyes. I am going to try some sea-buckthorn on my eyes.
LIVER HEALTH Sea-buckthorn extract has demonstrated its ability to reduce scar tissue and improve liver function. It has also helped mice with cirrhosis of the liver by reducing the severity.
HELPS PROTECT KIDNEYS Sea-buckthorn is useful as an additional treatment for kidney disease. It has been shown in a study to help reduce swelling in the feet and ankles (oedema), improving appetites, and oliguria (production of unusually small amounts of urine).
It has also been shown to be beneficial in reducing inflammatory cytokines in blood and proteins in the blood after a 3 month period.
SNAP! CRACKLE! ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Arthritic-riddenrodents benefited nicely with an injection of sea-buckthorn extract. It tremendously helped reduce swelling, inflammation, and immune cell proliferation in their joints. Would you believe it! Rats and mice are excellent test subjects because we are so genetically similar. That is why when you say “I smell a rat!” you are not entirely wrong.
How can you use seabuckthorn berry?
Seabuckthorn is most commonly harvested for its juice. Seaberry is extremely acidic, so it needs some help to lessen the tart flavor. Seabuckthorn juice can be used to make jelly, syrups, or marinades. For example, the British use it in cake recipes. It is also used in this bundt cake recipe.
Seabuckthorn is cold-pressed in oil form. You can use it on your skin, or even for dry eye syndrome… don’t worry about it irritate your eyes… It is good for them.
Believe it or not, you can use the oil for shaving, or as a mouthwash for your gums to combat bacteria. You can use it as a hair conditioner, or even as a natural sunscreen (without all those nasty chemicals).
And of course, for its wonderful nutritious benefits. Seaberry is a great natural alternative for many things.
What does seabuckthorn taste like?
The berries are tart. Seabuckthorn berry contains Malic acid. This what gives apples their tart flavor.
Can you grow seaberries in your yard?
As stated earlier in this article, the plant is found in the Northern climes throughout Eurasia. Seabuckthorn was introduced to the United States back in 1923. They do well in colder weather but do fine in any temperate region. They adore the sun, so have them in a good spot to produce lots of berries.
Do not park em’ too close to your house. They grow like crazy and are an invasive species. You may want to check and see if it is okay to plant in your area. It may be considered an invasive species and frowned upon.
MY FAVORITE SOURCE FOR SEABUCKTHORN BERRY
Seabuckthorn offers many wonderful benefits for your health. One of the best things seaberry has going for it is its ability to help your body release its own stem cells. When you boost stem cell production with food, it is known as stem cell nutrition.
As you age, your body produces fewer and fewer stem cells. Stem cells are present inside your bone marrow… They are just waiting for the right nutrients that help them split off a new stem cell.
Stem cells are all the rage in the media. Top Universities in the US are studying how stem cells can cure many ailments plaguing mankind: John Hopkins, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and Yale Stem Cell Center (just to name a few). It is big time.
Stem cells migrate to any area of your body that needs help. Stem cells transform to whatever cell it was sent to… like a new heart or liver cell.
It helps boost your immune system with the addition of so many new cells. 2020 should have awakened the global populace that having a weak immune system is no BUENO. I have been using stem cell nutrition for many years and hardly ever get the least bit sick.
I have had numerous co-workers contract COVID and personally never felt sick. I’m not saying it cures anything, it means I am not getting colds, the flu, hay fever… I used to constantly suffer from sinus infections and now I don’t. I may feel a touch of something and it is gone within 24 hours. This is my testimony. I am a huge believer in stem cell nutrition and it is a very inexpensive way for stem cell therapy.
With that being said, American Dream Nutrition has a product that combines Seabuckthorn berry with Bluegreen algae (AFA) from Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon along both of which are superstars when it comes to extracting stem cells from your marrow. These two team up to help migrate millions of stem cells.
Fucoidan (a substance found in brown seaweed) has also been added to the formula. It helps protect stem cells from oxidative stress (caused by free radicals. Piperine (black pepper) has been put to increase your body’s absorption.
Seabuckthorn is a fruit that has been consumed for centuries. Allergies can occur in some people as with any other food on the planet. This is part of the human condition. It isn’t singled out as a common allergen like peanuts. So, seaberry is known to be safe to eat and use for medicinal purposes.
If you have a medical condition, it usually advised that you talk to your physician. Keep in mind, most doctors have little training in nutrition. (in the US at least) I find this appalling! People are suffering all over the world mainly by being misinformed on the benefits of transforming your health through diet.
Seabuckthorn can help lower blood pressure, so if you are on medication for this, keep an eye out on your numbers. It can also slow down blood clotting, so avoid it if you have deep wounds or in the process of surgery.
Proceed with caution when consuming dietary supplements. Do diligent research to ensure safety and testing standards are in place. You want to make sure of the quality of your product purchase.
As usual pregnant and nursing mothers should be careful with what they add to their diet. Children would probably be ok eating the fruit, but children really don’t need supplementation (in most cases).
Don’t overuse seabuckthorn on your skin. It may cause a rash.
Seabuckthorn has a lot going on. It is a true SUPERFOOD. I am personally not looking for ways to cook with it, I would rather use it in a whole food supplement form to benefit from its nutritional profile. I am always on the lookout for SUPERFOODS. The fact that it also helps support your body’s own renewal system is HUGE! I also want to invest in seabuckthorn oil as an eye treatment. I got a step up my game as I age!
Thanks for reading. Many blessings, Brian
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Have you heard the latest news? Doctors are beginning to crack the code to regenerative medicine. They have developed a new embryonic stem cell type from several different species. Kinda sounds like Dr. Frankenstein. But that is an entirely different source of stem cells. So, you may wonder… what isSTEM CELL NUTRITION? and… are there any Stem Cell Supplements that work? Before I answer those questions, I’ll do a quick overview of what stem cells are.
WHAT IN THE HECK ARE STEM CELLS?
I am sure you have heard about stem cell research in the news… unless you have been living under a rock. Do you remember Christopher Reeves (Superman)? He fell off a horse and became severely paralyzed.
He championed his way through the rest of his life campaigning heavily for stem cell research. It’s a shame the research never advanced far enough to help him recover. But the day will come when spinal cord injuries can be mended.
Even though spinal damage can’t be cured yet, Stem cells can help you now. What you may not realize, your body releases adult stem cells all the time. The problem is… as you AGE your body releases less and less stem cells.
Stem cells originate from your bone marrow. They can also be found in smaller numbers in many organs and tissues but not all. The amazing thing is these adult stem cells have the ability to become any type of cell. It can become a heart cell, a liver cell… whatever type of cell is needed at any certain time These cells convert and head right on over to problem areas of the body, or just to replenish older cells. They can help repair damaged organs in time of need.
Adult stem cells are your body’s natural renewal system. Some scientists believe increasing the number of stem cells in your body is the best thing you can do to achieve optimal health. It was first believed adult stem cells could only create like cells; however, new evidence points toward adult stem cells as having the ability to become any kind of cell.
Most of the breaking news you hear about stem cells is concerned with embryonic stem cells. These are from embryos that are from three to five days old. These types of stem cells are the most useful for repairing bodily tissue. You have to go through a physician, and he (or she) will have to determine if stem cell therapy is a good fit for you. I Bet it costs a lot of dough too.
WHY ALL THE FUSS ABOUT EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS?
Embryonic stem cells are farmed from brand spanking new embryos. Women’s eggs are fertilized will sperm via Vitro fertilization. Questions arise concerning the ETHICS involving embryonic stem cell research.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) put forth strict protocols for human stem cell research back in 2009. These guidelines set forth the rules defining embryonic stem cells and how they can be used for research purposes.
There has been an uproar concerning Planned Parenthood and aborted babies with ties to stem cell research. This is a rather messy political topic. Scientists are just searching for research material while others see it as a violation of human rights. Stem cell nutrition is from plant sources, so you can guarantee it is not involved with this sticky situation.
HOW CAN STEM CELLS BENEFIT YOU?
Your cells become less effective as you age. The human body has something called telomeres. These are essential parts of human cells that determine how we age. These precious telomeres begin to shorten over time. Eventually leading to the death of the cell.
Some cells succumb to disease while others are ravaged by trauma or disastrous environmental conditions(free radicals). This means your body as well as mine will cease to function optimally… unless we find a way to nourish our cells and combat free radical damage.
As the body begins to wear down with age, you will become less active and cease to enjoy the same activities as you once did. But you can hold back FATHER TIME for a little while longer by providing your body with proper nutrition and special gifts from nature to keep you active. I am 58 and my flexibility is still improving. I am still active in karate and yoga. I am no spring chicken, but I am far from giving up the game. I have been using stem cell nutrition for years.
Sick or damaged cells have the ability to send a signal out for help. Stem cells exit your bone marrow and hop on in your bloodstream and head out to these problem areas. They have the ability to transform into any needed cell.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN STEM CELLS HELP YOU WITH?
Stem cells can potentially be grown to become new tissue for use in regenerative medicine or transplants. Research is ongoing and advancements occur nearly every year. For significant problems, you must really on the power of modern medicine regarding these therapies. The following medical issues are being addressed with stem cell therapy.
spinal cord injuries
Type 1 diabetes
IS EMBRYONIC STEM CELL THERAPY RISKY?
Researchers have developed methods for stem cells to become specific kinds of cells. For example, skin cells for burn victims. Growth rates are not always easy to control. This is still a work in process.
Embryonic stem cells may also provoke an immune response. The patient’s own body may respond with a counter-attack. It assumes foreign invaders are here to cause the body harm and set out to annihilate the new cells injected into the body. This also happens in transplanting organs. The body usually accepts the new cells or organs but occasionally it does not. This is something to be aware of when opting for stem cell therapy or organ transplants for that matter.
Successful stem cell transplants happen all the time. Doctors infuse healthy stem cells directly into the patient’s bone marrow. Cells damaged during chemotherapy or life-threatening diseases can be replaced with stem cells. It can also be used to build up immunity to fight off cancer. These types of transplants use adult stem cells or umbilical cord blood.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK… iPS!
Introducing Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS)! Scientists are starting to unlock the code of regeneration without relying on embryonic stem cells. They have taken skin or normal blood cells and reprogrammed those cells back into the embryonic pluripotent state.
This allows them to develop into any type of human cell to help mend a particular area of need in a sickened or injured body. This research is still in the earliest stages but holds promise. There is hope for diabetics in replacing or regenerating beta cells.
Beta cells are dysfunctional or destroyed in type 1 Diabetics. The beta cells are not producing enough insulin for type II diabetics. Diabetes is exploding in western society due to our customary diet. I Can’t stress how important such therapies can change the course of medicine.
iPSs can be used for any type of cell (just like any other stem cell; however, you don’t have an ethics tag associated with it. This kind of therapy is paramount for severe cases of disease and damaged cells. But you don’t have to wait around or pay a lot of MOOLAH when you can find an easier and cheaper alternative to boost millions of adult stem cells. This is done by providing your body with the right nutrients.
WHEN IS STEM CELL NUTRITION A VIABLE CHOICE?
Stem cell nutrition’s main contribution is to help your body’s own renewal system… to help release more adult cells into your system. The human body contains anywhere from 50 million to 200,000 million STEM CELLS in your bone marrow. Feeding your body certain nutritional components is like providing the right code to unlock the vault so you can release these life-saving cells into your bloodstream. The cells divide inside your marrow and send the other half into your bloodstream to do its work.
Have you ever noticed that the younger you are the faster you recover from injuries or how quickly you recover from the flu? This is probably because you had an ample amount of adult stem cells circulating throughout your body. They made us feel so alive, daring, and unstoppable in our youth.
By the time you hit sixty, you will more than likely have 90% fewer stem cells traversing through your bloodstream to save the day. It makes sense that with a trifle of these puppies around that you will more easily succumb to the forces of nature. This will lead to a breakdown of tissues, joints, muscles, and precious bodily organs.
One way to avoid hyper-expensive medical costs down the road is to supplement with stem cell nutrition. It works. It is easy to do… just open your mouth and swallow a tablet. It is relatively inexpensive and helps keep your body’s own natural renewal system in high gear.
I know most of us don’t think much about preventative medicine, but think about our aging loved ones. They want you to be around for a while… and you feel the same way about them.
Don’t they deserve to live healthier and more productive lives? I know, this sounds too simple. The potential benefits are amazing for sure. It’s not rocket science. The same concept applies to providing your body with antioxidants to help build your immunity. You just need to feed your body certain key ingredients so they can do their magic.
Below I have included several awesome sources of Stem Cell Nutrition. I have been using JDI Life’s stem cell products for at least 8 years. I am still active in martial arts at the age of 58. I believe stem cell nutrition has played a big part in helping me recover fast from injury and from the wear and tear of working out.
I have not suffered from sinus infections as I did before using stem cell nutrition. I seldom feel sick at all and get over it quickly if I start to feel a little off.
I am compensated as an affiliate of both JDI International and American Dream Nutrition. Both of these companies offering outstanding products and place a high standard of ethics upon themselves. They make sure the prices are affordable for the average consumer.
INTRODUCING JDI Life
JDI is a division of Emergent Health Corporation. They are a publically traded company in operation since 2006. JDI has patents and proprietary rights on multiple products. They keep a watchful eye for the latest developments in science in regards to stem cell nutrition and various other health concerns plaguing the human population in today’s world.
They only use top-notch ingredients so that you can reach a state of optimal health and wellness.
JDI Life keeps its costs down with a referral marketing platform. This is a simple network marketing approach the pays generous commissions to distributors for spreading the word about their awesome products. A simple google search will bring up numerous stem cell nutrition products selling for over $100 a bottle.
If you sign up as an associate, you can get started with stem cell nutrition for as low as $30 a month. This would require an auto-ship. But don’t worry, if you are not completely satisfied they offer the standard 30-day money-back guarantee. They are very responsive to email (the founder Dr. John Capello usually responds quickly when I have a question).
This is a very ethical down to Earth company that cares about its consumers and team members. Down below I have listed 3 stem cell nutrition products that they offer. I have used all three at one point in time. I am currently using the Multivitamin with Stem cell nutrition. Happy shopping.
Vita-stim offers so much more than the familiar store-bought vitamin supplements. They have considered the whole food aspect when designing Vita-stim. Included in the formula are special water-soluble extracts for better absorption into your body. Most supplements just pass right on through your digestive tract with very little benefit.
Vita-stim contains 18 essential amino acids. These are your body’s natural building blocks. You can’t synthesis protein without them.
It also contains all of the major minerals and 50+ trace minerals. It also includes 12 vitamins that help with the assimilation of the product. It contains key unsaturated fats as well as anti-oxidants
All these ingredients when combined together are designed to let your body do what it does best… heal and repair its self. You just need to feed your body the right combination of ingredients from whole food.
The PRIME ingredient in Vita-stim is Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (also known as AFA). This is a special blue-green alga found in the pristine waters of Klamath Lake in Southern Oregon. Blue-green algae have demonstrated the ability to release your own adult stem cells from your bone marrow. It also contains Spirulina (well-known algae commonly found in health food stores). And… it contains Phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA acts as a neurotransmitter and is excellent for mood elevation
Vita-Stim™ Stem Cell Nutrition is all-natural and patented. It contains 750 mg of active ingredients per capsule. One study has demonstrated AFA promoting the release of over 2 billion stem cells. The patent reveals the constitution of the AFA components.
The greater the number of stem cells we have circulating in our bodies… the faster organs can be repaired. Our overall health depends on having these vital cells available. As we age our body is producing less and less of these cells. It is as simple as providing the right combination of nutrients to jump-start your self-renewal system.
The number of stem cells that will circulate in the body may vary with individuals. Results depend on numerous variables like the health and age of the individual. or the quantities consumed.
Vita-Stim is nutrition. It is not a DRUG! It contains no toxins nor anything synthetic. It is an exclusive natural food supplement that may help support your body’s own natural renewal system.
Vita-stim is backed by a 100% satisfaction GUARANTEE. If you don’t feel or notice any results, you have 30 days to get a complete refund… no questions asked.
Scientific Sources are available on the product link below
NeuStem™ Cell Helper is an extraordinary patent-pending NEW approach for boosting stem cell production. It adds more nutrient components to the mix as well as immune system support.
NeuStem has numerous factors that make it different than JDI Life’s other stem cell products. There is more Phycocyanin added to Neustem. Phycocyanin is a water-soluble compound found in algae. It is known as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-allergic. It is wonderful for asthma.
There is also more chlorophyll. Yes, this is what gives plants their green color, but did you know that it is good for red blood cell production? AND… NeuStem also contains more AMINO ACIDS!
NeuStem contains BETA GLUCAN. This is a soluble fiber that is known for improving cholesterol and it helps improve your cardiovascular system. Beta Glucan can also help…
stimulate the production of MACROPHAGES. These are specialized cells that search and destroy harmful bacteria and other noxious bodily pests. These also help take out tumor cells.
It has been shown to enhance the digestion of pathogenic microorganisms. Basically… cell eating. Taking out the bad guys.
may enhance your immune system response by boosting macrophage production.
It may also protect you from the common cold
Fulvic acid is another important addition. Fulvic minerals are one of the most complex natural substances on our planet. They are composed of prehistoric plant matter. They are loaded with plant phytochemicals. Added vitamin C enables the end-user to respond better to the circulating stem cells.
Vitamin D is hard to come by if you don’t consume meat and dairy. You can’t always depend on sunshine either in my part of the world. So vitamin deficiency is a thing. This is well documented in many human populations. Vitamin D has been know to heighten stem cell mobilization.
NeuStem contains Phenylethylamine (PEA). This can help cells divide and develop into new stem cells. It is awesome for mood management. I can vouch for that.
Trimethylglycine has been added to the formula. It is an amino acid commonly found in plants like choline or sugar beets. It is helpful for activities involving cellular reproduction and chemical processes that happen in the body. It helps the dispersion and digestibility of the components.
Aphanizomenon flos aquae (AFA) is well known for having the ability to boost human stem cell production. This special algae comes from a lake in Oregan. The other ingredients help amp up the effect of AFA.
As it has been stated previously in this post, the more adult stem cells you have traversing through your bloodstream, the quicker your organs and tissues may be repaired. Stem cell production declines naturally with age, so if you want to remain as vibrant as possible when you get up there in years, STEM CELL NUTRITION is an inexpensive and easy choice (compared to stem cell therapy).
Results will depend on variables. Everyone reacts differently to supplementation. The body can be fickle. Some people will be able to respond better than others. Factors such as age and health come into play.
NeuStem Cell Helper is not medicine. It is a natural food supplement devoid of any toxins or synthetics. It has been designed to support your body’s natural renewal system
JDI LIFE has offered its multivitamin with stem cell nutrition for years. They have upgraded their formula within the last few years and have added NeuStem to the mix (look above for more detailed information on NeuStem). A serving of JDI Multi (2 caplets) contains the equivalent of 1 NeuStem capsule.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A MULTIVITAMIN
Vitamin deficiencies aren’t as common in the Western world as in lesser industrialized nations. However, our soils are being overused due to aggressive farming methods. Essential nutrients and micronutrients are being leached from our soils during this process.
Take vitamin B-12 for instance. This wonderful vitamin helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy. It also helps make DNA. If you are on a plant-based diet, it is difficult to get your daily recommendation of B12. In FACT… if you are a meat lover, you are probably not getting enough B12 these days.
Even though people get B12 from eating animals, for instance, cows and lambs. Animals do not produce their own B12. They get B12 from soil microbes. Since the soil is often depleted of these microbes due to farming, you can’t rely on these sources for B12. You need about 2.4 micrograms a day. JDI Multi has 9 micrograms. Nutritional yeast also contains a healthy dose of B12.
You will also find plenty of Vitamin D3 in the multi. This is another hard to come by vitamin for some people. If you have the ability to get out in the sun every day. then you’re good. You can also get it from liver, egg yolks, and fish. Milk doesn’t contain vitamin D. It has to be fortified.
Vitamin D3 is essential for strong bones. When you are deficient in vitamin D, it draws calcium out of your bones. Vitamin D is also good for heart health, the immune system, and it helps balance your mood.
Now, if you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, you can meet most of your daily requirements for vitamins and minerals. How would you know? You can use a cool website tool called a chonometer. There is a free version that is excellent for tracking your daily food intake. I use it daily to make sure I don’t overdo my fats and proteins (I’m diabetic).
I also take JDI Multi to ensure I get all of my daily vitamins and minerals with stem cell nutrition. Below you will find the ingredients in the multi. Click on the link for research and references.
AMERICAN DREAM NUTRITION has over 2 decades of experience providing world-class nutritional products. They are a direct marketing company offering multi-levels of compensation for their independent representatives. They offer exclusive products that enhance people’s health while keeping them affordable for the average consumer.
American Dream is passionate about helping people with their health and financial situation. They are founded on integrity, principles, and values. They are committed to providing the best quality products in the marketplace. They are also adamant about their “we care about you” customer service policy.
Manufacturing… ADN has joined forces with several prominent doctors, biochemists, formulators, and manufacturers bringing together decades of top-level experience to produce the product line. Their manufacturing facilities are registered with the FDA and comply with strict guidelines of Good Manufacturing Practices (GPM).
They use some of the largest manufacturers in the world and can produce millions of bottles of product per month without breaking a sweat. All products are produced in the United States.
Quality Control… Their facilities are fully capable to administer microbiological testing, PH testing, moisture percentage testing, and Brix testing. This is to ensure that they provide the absolute highest quality products available.
Product Line… They have an ongoing commitment to using the most choice ingredients, for having extensive research, and formulas based on science. They utilize the most up-to-date and effective science and technology to ensure the potency to enhance your health and wellness.
Leadership and Advisory Board Team… Their innovative team brings decades of experience in health, wellness, nutrition, and marketing to the table.
American Dream is all about Transforming Lives… by bringing you ultra-premium product backed by science, by giving back generously and maintaining a charitable commitment, and generously paying out the people on their team to make this happen. They are dedicated to helping people become happier and healthier.
STEM CELL RELEASE FACTOR
Is FATHER TIME catching up to you?
Do you feel dogged tired by the end of the day and ready for nap time?
Are you less ENERGETIC?
Is Back Pain, Neck Pain or Joint Pain ruining your day?
How about your Knees and Shoulders?
Is your VISION going downhill?
Are you upset about your TURKEY NECK or the wrinkles under your eyes?
Yes, these are a few of the symptoms that many of us begin to experience usually starting in middle age. What if there was a solution. A way to fight back the effects of aging. The solution can be as easy as supplying your body with the right amount and kinds of nutrients to amp up your body’s own renewal system.
You have Millions of stem cells waiting to come out to “play”. It is a known scientific fact that your body’s stem cell production declines as you age. The adult stem cells are still there. You just need to get them to split off into new cells.
You have seen all the hoopla about stem cell research. There is a reason Hollywood elites spend the big bucks on stem cell therapy. Most of us don’t want to age. We still look out at the world with youthful eyes… and then you look into the mirror and say who is that?
So if you want your shot at feeling youthful again, just imagine replacing old worn-out cells and having new cells move on in and help revitalize whatever organs or joints that need rejuvenating. There is intelligent communication happening at the cellular level. Cells talk to one another. Your body has the innate ability to heal itself when you supply it with what it needs.
Stem cells are one of the HOTTEST TOPICS in medicine today. The National Institute of Health has provided 1.5 billion bucks for research. Here is a list of major medical centers that are currently studying STEM CELLS.
Harvard Stem Cell Institute
John Hopkins University
Yale Stem Cell Center
University of Pennsylvania
University of Michigan
Over 50 professional athletes have used stem cell therapy. The affluent and Hollywood stars are spending upwards of over $100,000 for stem cell therapy. It is a BIG BUSINESS.
Want some good news? The rest of us need not spend a fortune on stem cell therapy
Research links at the bottom of the post.
What’s in Stem Cell Release Factor?
Sea-buckthorn berries Sea buckthorn is a shrub native to China and parts of Europe. It is loaded with medicinal compounds and is abundant in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids. Medicines are made out of the leaves, flowers, and berries from this plant.
Clinicians took a hard look at endothelial stem cells. These are found in bone marrow. They were also on the lookout for protein markers from white blood cells. When these markers are present, you can tell the stem cells are in the process of repairing or doing maintenance in the body.
The focus of this study was an evaluation of proanthocyanidin-rich extract of sea-buckthorn berry and how it interacts with various types of adult stem cells within the blood of healthy people.
All the test subjects were given the extract or a placebo. After an allotted time they were given blood tests. The results of the study… researchers discovered that sea-buckthorn extract supported the mobilization of stem cells and increased the number of stem cells circulating in the blood. Thus, sea-buckthorn has demonstrated its ability to boost your body’s own self-renewal system.
This chart shows you a timeline for what happens after consuming sea-buckthorn berries.
AFA Extract (Aphanizomenon Flos-aquae concentrate 5 to 1) This a blue-green algae species that is harvested from Upper Klamath Lake which is located in Southern Oregon just below the world-famous Crater Lake. AFA extracts have exhibited the ability to stimulate the migration of stem cells.
As an added bonus, It also helps activate your body’s natural killer cells. These are cells that help protect your other cells from invaders. This supercharges your immune system. My immune health has been rock solid since taking stem cell nutrition and additional AFA products from Klamath Lake.
Fucoidan 80% (Undaria pinnatifida extract) This is an extract from brown seaweed. It possesses antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anticoagulant properties. It has also demonstrated the ability to slow down blood clotting. Lab studies have suggests it can curtail the growth of cancerous cells.
Fucoidan helps protect mesenchymal stem cells against free radical damage (oxidative stress)… See the study below. Mesenchymal stem cells are known as the other bone marrow stem cells. They can make new cells for your skeletal system.
Piperine This is an extract from the fruit of common black pepper and Long pepper (aka Indian Long Pepper which is a hotter relative of black pepper). It helps increase nutrient absorption. (up to 300%)
These are exciting times in which we live. Information and technology have come a long way. Are there impediments? For sure. There is a lot of vital life-saving information that is being suppressed or pushed to the back page so-to-speak. We could improve the health of the world’s population with food alone! Western diets are unhealthy.
Supplying your body with the right nutrients is not the complete answer for optimal health. If people would stop eating foods that are putting them into dire straights, there wouldn’t be a global health crisis.
Stem cell nutrition is a great way to rebalance your health, but you got to work with it. Consider spending time to find out what foods to eat to prevent all the horrible human maladies. I suggest reading “The China Study”. If you care about your health, you should consider this. Thanks for reading.
Many blessings, Brian.
All information contained on this website, including information related to medical matters, health issues, treatments, and products, serves only for informational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own doctor or specialist.
The information on this website is not intended to diagnose health problems or prescribe medications.
Cardamon has been produced by mankind since ancient times! It’s one of the oldest spices used in the world. It is native to forests in southern India. So, what is cardamom powder? It is ground seeds from the cardamom plant.
Remove the seeds out of the pods (as seen above) and dry roast them for 3 to 5 minutes. When they are roasted long enough, put them in a coffee grinder to turn them into powder.
Cardamom is related to ginger root. It is part of the ginger family. Cardamom pods contain a number of seeds. Sometimes the whole pod is used without grinding. Pods differ in size and color… depending on the species… but the seeds are small and have a blackish color.
Cardamom was recorded in Sanskrit (ancient Indian writing), so it has been regarded by Indian culture for millennia. Babylonians and Assyrians were enthralled by the health benefits and opened up the trade routes for cardamom during the Bronze Age. This enabled cardamom to reach the Mediterranean.
Ancient Greeks were enraptured by cardamom, and the father of western medicine Hippocrates wrote about its therapeutic properties and clarifying it as a digestive aid. Many became wealthy in the cardamom trade. It also hit it big within Chinese society. Today, cardamom is the third most expensive spice sold in the world market… saffron and vanilla have it beat.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT KINDS!
There are two main types. Green is the most popular and the one most often found in the marketplace. It is also known as the true cardamom. It is often used in Nordic and Middle Eastern cuisine. It works quite well in sweet or savory dishes. Sometimes you may come across a bleached version (it turns the cardamom white) The bleaching process produces a milder flavor of cardamom.
So… what can you expect when it comes to taste? It has a strong and penetrating flavor.. a little sweet and spicy at the same time. You may notice a hint of lemon and mint in its taste.
Black cardamom pods are larger and colored a dark brown. So, technically brown cardamom is not true cardamom but a close relative. It has a smoky and more earthy flavor and odor. Black cardamom does not work well in sweet flavored dishes. It does, however, add a unique flavor to savory recipes. You can substitute green cardamom for black if needed. They are commercially grown in northeastern India, Bhutan, and Nepal… the Himalayan region.
A Buddhist monk in the Himalayan mountain region
What’s Better… Whole or Ground?
Black cardamom recipes usually call for using the whole pod. Once your meal is finished cooking… discard the pods. You don’t want to chew on a whole pod… you won’t like it!
Green cardamom recipes also recommend using the whole pod. If by chance you decide on using powder cardamom, your dish may not reach its full flavor potential. The essential oils in the cardamom will rapidly lose their flavor once the seeds are ground.
If you are supplementing your diet for health benefits, then by all means add some powdered cardamom to your diet. You can sprinkle some on your fruit, add to it to a herbal tea, or smoothy. I personally add it to tea. Look for an energy drink recipe down below…
SHOW ME THE BENEFITS!!!
SNAP INTO A MOOD BOOSTER BRO!
Let me tell you what I have found to be true in my life. Certain foods can change your disposition. I Swear on a stack of the good book about blue-green algae and its ability to enhance your mood. Dark chocolate is another mood-boosting food.
Life truly sucks if you feel awful inside… I know, at times I used to feel out of sync with life. I constantly was searching for something to make me feel better emotionally. By this time in my life, I had already figured out that alcohol and its sideshows lead to a darker path.
I began to read books looking for answers. This was before the world wide web. There just had to be a way to get a handle on my emotions. I began using psychological tools like NLP to change my state. I would get awesome results, and I would find myself jumping up and down. The problem was sometimes it wouldn’t work.
Certain nutrients fire up your brain and release neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. This is what anti-depressants are called to do. Is there a reason so many people are off their rocker nowadays? Could it be that so many people avoid eating home-cooked meals with whole foods?
It’s not only just a lack of nutrients plaguing society today. STRESS! Especially during a pandemic. Our modern way of life has disconnected us from nature and we have become addicted to BUSYNESS! Employers expect you to be on the job all day long. Your boss would probably invade your dreams to get you back to work… I’m only slightly exaggerating for some careers.
Compounded stress has boosted pharmaceutical sales BIG TIME. People suffer from migraines, insomnia, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, drug and alcohol abuse, and self-destructive behaviors like never before.
So, why cardamom? It can be used both internally and with aromatherapy to lighten your mood. Ayurvedic medicine has used cardamom tea for centuries for treating depression. Studies have also shown that it can help lessen anxiety. It also is useful for treating headaches.
IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT DIGESTIVE ISSUES!
Cardamom has been sought after, since ancient times, to help with digestion. It may help control stomach acidity and help wipe out harmful bacteria violating your digestive tract (like H. pylori). It also helps encourage healthy stomach flora and improve your bowel movements.
Look for it to help reduce indigestion, gas, and bloating. It may help stimulate the secretion of your digestive enzymes.
Cardamom has been heavily researched in its treatment for ulcers. There are many causes of ulcers: excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, too many anti-inflammatory medications, or bacterial infections. A study showed cardamom outperforming a common anti-ulcer medication.
IT HELPS KEEP THE STORK IN BUSINESS!
Impotency hampers many couples from starting a family. And storks need to keep busy. Numerous factors get in the way of starting a family. Obesity, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes can lead to impotency.
Cardamom can be used to treat impotency and it has been known to be an aphrodisiac. Its mood-enhancing effects may help relieve stress and anxiety (which can cause impotency).
Cardamom is choked-full of the mineral manganese. Why is this important? Without this vital mineral, your body will be unable to operate at peak performance. Being deficient in manganese may diminish your reproductive capabilities. It is as simple as that.
One tablespoon of cardamom contributes 80% of your recommended daily. WOW. Manganese also makes its home in green leafy vegetables, nuts, legumes, and slimy oysters.
BLOOD SUGAR, YOU ARE MY CANDY GIRL!
I just love the song I ripped that from. Catchy tune. But, seriously… blood sugar is a BIG THING these days. I have added cardamom to my daily routine to help control my sugars. It is also suggested by the good folks at MASTERINGDIABETES.ORG. (I am not affiliated with them… just a huge fan).
Research has shown cardamom significantly dropping blood sugar levels. The mineral manganese is also useful in controlling blood sugar. Manganese helps regulate blood sugar by helping the enzyme that is responsible for glucose metabolism. It may also help increase your pancreatic function and aid in fat metabolism. Fat smothering pancreatic beta cells are the primary reason for type II diabetes.
Want to hear more good news? Manganese also helps regulate normal nerve function and help keep neuropathy at bay. It also is a friend to your kidneys and helps them function better.
HEART FOR A BETTER FUTURE!
I hope you love your heart as much as I love mine. For years I just ate whatever I desired and lo and behold… I kept getting warned about high blood pressure at my semi-annual checkups at the local Veterans Administration. I was in such denial… and I thought I was eating healthy too since I ate limited amounts of processed and fried foods.
Around the same time, I developed costochondritis. This is inflammation in the cartilage connecting your ribs to your sternum. It creates chest pain that can mimic an oncoming heart attack. One day I was freaking out about my chest pain, so I went to the VA in a state of panic and had numerous tests done. Nothing came about after a series of different tests. The doctors were probably thinking I was a wack job… maybe I am… lol.
I asked the doctor a series of questions because I wanted to know why I was experiencing this problem. Many things can go wrong inside the human body and doctors can not always find out the source of the problem. I was becoming increasingly concerned about my health.
I was well aware of my high blood pressure and had already developed type II diabetes. I needed some answers fast. I truly believe the food we eat determines how healthy we are. People like to play the victim and blame it on genetics. There are times when genetics comes into play, but it is not the majority of the time. If someone wants to downplay the situation and blame it on genetics then that person may very well continue living life the same way and saying what’s the point.
I’m not a quitter… except when it comes to drinking, but that’s a completely different story. The bottom line is I discovered the reason for my chest pain and addressed it. (costochondritis) It doesn’t go away forever; I have to recondition it every now and then with solo physical therapy.
I used this same approach for chronic back pain years before (even though I felt the pain in my legs). Doctors weren’t able to pinpoint the reason for my debilitating pain… and it knocked me off my feet (literally). I had developed sciatica and thanks to the internet I was able to find this out and apply self physical therapy. Ironically a lot of the techniques are from yoga and learning yoga from a book may have caused the injury in the first place. (don’t teach yourself yoga out of a book… at least get a DVD course or stream it if you choose not to go to a live class).
But seriously, it is up to you to take charge of your health. If you want to live long and prosper and feel totally alive and vibrant, take some action. Learn about whole foods and your health. Add a workout routine to your life and find out what food causes YOU harm in the long term. And by the way… do you really know how bad oil (any kind) is for your health?
I decided to go on a whole food plant-based diet and I eliminated oil from my diet. My blood pressure is now normal and my cholesterol is in good shape. I continue to lose weight no matter how much I eat. I have also added certain foods to my diet to build a strong immune system. I do not live in fear of any virus and no longer suffer from hay fever (I used to be plagued by it).
The diuretic effects of cardamom may help reduce your blood pressure. It can promote more frequent urination that removes excess water built up in your body… especially around your HEART. There are studies to back this up… check for the study at the bottom of the post.
Cardamom can also help lower your cholesterol because it may help you burn fat. This may also help lower triglycerides and help you maintain healthy body weight. Cardamom is known to increase your metabolism, and it may help fat deposits from forming on your abs. Fat causes so many problems and triggers inflammation which is behind many chronic diseases.
DON’T LET CANCER BE THE DEATH OF YOU!
I just went to a funeral yesterday for a family member who died of cancer. This is a tough thing for families to go through…, especially in a pandemic. This was his second bout with cancer.
Supplying your body with free-radical fighting nutrients is one way to fight back. It is hard to escape free radical scavengers in today’s world, but you should be aware of certain things that may help protect your cells from being attacked.
The compounds within cardamom can help fight back at these cancerous cells. No, it is not a CURE! It is just another weapon to help protect your health. Cardamom and black pepper may boost natural killer cell activity. Natural killer cells are part of your body’s defense mechanism and attack free-radicals. They help keep your immune system strong.
Now I am not a fan of exposing animals to cancer-causing toxins to find cures. Maybe this is necessary for finding cures, I just don’t want to know about it. Anyway, a study was done with mice to test the effectiveness of cardamom in preventing cancer. 90% of the mice who did not receive cardamom (12 week period) got cancer. 29% of the mice fed cardamom got cancer. That is a significant difference. It shows that it won’t cure cancer, but it makes a strong case to use it on a daily basis.
Research with human cancer cells has proved to be similar. More research is needed to build a stronger case.
Natural Killer Cells are like the killer whales of the cellular world!
ANTIOXIDANTS… ALWAYS THE RIGHT CHOICE!
Most chronic diseases can be traced back to inflammation. Acute inflammation is necessary for your body. It helps fight infections. Problems occur when you have too much inflammation.
Antioxidants help deter cell damage due to oxidation. Oxidative stress occurs when your cells are overwhelmed by free-radicals. Antioxidants are plentiful in Cardamom. A three-month study demonstrated cardamom increasing antioxidant activity by 90%
ANTI-BACTERIAL… KEEP IT COMING!
A study showed that cardamom has a remarkable effect in combating E. Coli. Some E.Coli strains are dangerous indeed, so you need to seriously fight back if you have E. Coli poisoning. Even vegetables can become tainted with E. Coli (most recently romaine lettuce).
Salmonella poisoning can also be treated with cardamom. One time I was camping out and grilling chicken in the dark. I failed to cook the chicken long enough and shortly after eating the bird… I knew something was drastically wrong… I immediately packed up my tent and gear and headed home. I laid on the couch for 3 days sick as all get out. I am grateful that the man I offered some of my vittles to declined. I only wish I knew of something that could have lessened my misery.
Cardamom is also used in alternative dental care. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years. Some cultures chew on entire cardamom pods after eating to freshen their breath. Do a quick internet search and you’ll find cardamom in chewing gum.
Cardamom will not only help combat mouth bacteria, as an added bonus, but it can also relieve nicotine withdrawal. You could try cardamom gum to help you stop smoking. Keeping your mouth busy chewing would also work side to side with the cardamom’s nutrients. The research is located at the bottom of this post under Oral Health.
Cardamom has been shown effective in deterring cavity-causing bacteria. So far only test-tube studies have been performed, but more research is needed… it seems like they always say this about everything. Hey, it has been eaten since the dawn of mankind, it won’t KILL you to try some!
SOME OTHER POSSIBLE BENEFITS!
May boost your metabolism
Support your respiratory health
Help flush toxins from your bladder and kidneys
Better athletic performance
May aid in weight loss
WHAT NUTRIENTS ARE IN CARDAMOM?
IS CARDAMOM SAFE FOR EVERYONE?
Cardamom is safe to consume by most. There are no reported risks of using cardamom in cooking. There is also no established dosage for cardamom.
There is some precautionary advice for using while pregnant. It is possibly unsafe to take orally while pregnant. It could lead to a miscarriage. More data is required to determine if it is safe while breastfeeding. As usual, there is always a concern when dealing with pregnancy.
Proceed with caution if you have gallstones. Cardamom seed may trigger spasmodic pain.
Hey… some people are just allergic to certain things. You just don’t know until you cross paths. You could invest in food tests if you’re that concerned with food allergies. You would probably need to splurge on a more expensive one that covers a wide range of possibilities.
If you break out in hives… guess what, you are probably allergic. Once upon a time, I was working in a fine dining restaurant as a server. We were sampling a wide range of dishes to be used during Derby (Kentucky Derby). I broke out in hives and ended up in the hospital, and I was on the way down to smash into the floor when they caught me and gave me a shot. Talk about timing.
I have no idea what caused it. I tried to blame it on lobster, but that wasn’t it. I have since eaten seafood and have suffered no complications. We did try some Middle Eastern style food that night as well. There were some spices I was not accustomed to and maybe that caused a reaction. To this day I haven’t a clue. The doc said allergy tests weren’t covered, so I didn’t go that route. Sometimes, things just happen.
Various medications may also interact with cardamom: H.I.V. drugs, aspirin, liver medication, gallstone meds, antidepressants, anticoagulants, and anti-platelet drugs… proceed with caution if taking any of these.
It is best to store cardamom as whole pods in a sealed container in a cool, dry place. Ground cardamom can be stored similarly, but will quickly lose potency and should be used as soon as possible.
Want a healthy energy drink
Energy drinks have become engrained within society. They are not going anywhere anytime soon. I personally can’t handle coffee anymore so I am on the lookout for substitutes. Try this noncaffeinated quick pick me up.
If you’ve read this far you have learned a little about cardamom.
Ginger helps boost your metabolism and increases circulation.
Turmeric is related to ginger and also helps amp energy levels.
Raw honey is Nature’s energy shot and is one of the healthiest sugars for your body.
You can use a garlic press for the ginger if you like. The best way is to toss it all in a magic bullet like a Ninja and blend it up real quick.
1 1/2 – 2 tsp raw honey
1 inch of fresh ginger root
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp turmeric
If you are using green cardamom for hot drinks such as coffee, simply grind three to four cardamom seeds along with your coffee beans and pour your hot water over as usual. Some traditions grind the whole pod, but it’s fine to use the seeds only.
Cardamom has a lot of health benefits. Some people like to sprinkle cardamom powder on their food. I find the taste a little too strong for my liking. I mix it with some other powders in tea. Indian cuisine uses the spice in certain dishes like Garam masala. I have never tried to use it in cooking.
If you are looking for something to boost up your health, cardamom is a good one to add to your diet.
Thanks for reading, many blessings… Brian
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What do you think of when someone mentions yeast. If you’re like most people, you picture dough rising in your mind. Baking bread or some other scrumptious baked goods. But there is another type of yeast increasing in popularity… especially among VEGANS or PLANT-BASED EATERS. It’s known as NUTRITIONAL YEAST or nooch! You may be wondering what is nutritional yeast for?
About Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is similar to the yeast used in baking, but it undergoes a heating and drying process. This procedure inactivates the yeast. You would need to use active yeast for baking. Nutritional yeast hails from a species of yeast called Saccharomyces cerevisiae.This is the yeast that provides so many gifts to mankind: wine, beer, and bread.
But Don’t confuse nutritional yeast with brewer’s yeast. They are completely different. There is a special process used to create each type of yeast. You can grow nutritional yeast from a number of sources. Sugar cane, molasses, and sugar beets are commonly used in the process. Brewer’s yeast is usually grown on barley.
Brewer’s yeast is a by-product of beer making. It is also used to make bread. It has a bitter taste. Nutritional yeast offers a cheesy nutty flavor for your pallet. Nutritional yeast is also better for you. It has a much high nutritional value (hence its name). It is an excellent source of B- complex vitamins.
Most people associate yeast with baking bread.
Vegan… Just What The Doctor Ordered!
Nutritional yeast is all the rage in the vegan and plant-based eating communities. The main reason… It is high in vitamin B12. This is an important B vitamin that people usually receive from animal sources. The truth of the matter, B12 is produced by soil microbes... and the soil must contain the mineral cobalt!
The animals eat grass or other plants growing in cobalt-rich soil… hopefully… so they can pass this critical vitamin on to you… if you eat meat. Animals don’t produce vitamin B12, so it relies completely relies on the mineral cobalt. Since the soils are being depleted, and vegetables have all the remnants of soil removed before it hits the shelves, EVERYONE (not just Vegans) should consider finding a healthy source of the vitamin- B12.
I’m Batty for Vitamin B 12!
What happens when you don’t have enough vitamin B12? Anemia for starters. This is when the body doesn’t produce enough red blood cells. You will begin to feel sluggish and tired. You’ll have trouble getting off the couch. You won’t be able to think fast on your feet and you’ll start forgetting where your keys are… or where the remote is if you’re still on the couch!
Nerve damage is also a possibility. This is a long term effect of a vitamin B12 deficiency. A common sign, when this is happening, is when paresthesia sets in. This is a sensation that feels likes pins and needles are being stuck into your skin.
Depression and dementia are possibilities when you’re low on B12. Optic neuropathy is also possible. Again, this is a result of nerve damage. This could impair your vision. Vitamin B12 plays a huge role in maintaining health. Blue-green Algae from Klamath Lake is also an excellent source of vitamin B12.
Don’t be nervous… just a picture of your neural network!
Empowered By Nutrients!
By now, you know about vitamin B12… the superstar in the yeast world. But, what other nutrients find a home in yeast? Well, that sort of depends. It is a common practice among manufacturers to fortify their yeast. This means some nutrients are manufactured or man-made.
As yeast cells grow, they naturally produce vitamins and minerals. You can find your vitamin B-complex vitamins in yeast. One tablespoon of yeast contains 30 to 180% of your recommended daily’s for B vitamins. (B1 ,B2 ,B3, B5, B6, and B12)
You can’t have vitamins without their significant other… MINERALS. It contains iron, selenium, and zinc. Lately, a lot of attention has been given to zinc to fight COVID. Zinc is extremely important for your immune system. Selenium has antioxidant properties and beneficial for cellular health. Iron is important for red blood cell production.
Beta-glucans take refuge in nutritional yeast. Beta-glucans are a form of soluble found on the cell walls of plants, bacteria, fungi, yeast, lichens, and algae. These fibrous wonders love your heart to health and help lower cholesterol.
Now nearly everyone is concerned about protein... maybe a little too much. Believe it or not… you can find plenty of it in the plant kingdom. One tablespoon of yeast provides your body with 2 grams of protein. You will also find all nine of the essential amino acids… amino acids are required for the synthesis of protein for your body.
The Problem With Fortified Vitamins and Minerals!
Anytime you consume synthetic foods you are veering away from whole-foods. Your body processes vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from food way, way better than when it’s in a whole food form. Think about it. Your body has evolved over thousands upon thousands of years to get to the present moment.
In only a small sliver of time, mankind in all of its “brilliance” has decided to create its own food by altering what nature has provided for our use. Processed foods have created a worldwide health epidemic. Fortified yeast is still food. Manufacturers have just tossed in some synthetic vitamins and minerals which is entirely unnecessary.
This is a marketing ploy commonly used to boost sales. This has become commonplace in commodities like water. People just don’t know how their bodies process food. Doctors are not normally well-informed in nutrition. It is all about prescription meds in modern medicine.
Don’t get me wrong. I love marketing, but I also love ethics. There is a lot of misinformation going on in the world today because of greed. It’s possible to have a free market society based on honesty and integrity, but we will have to evolve more as a species.
So, man-manufactured vitamins are not only uncalled for, they may be toxic and harmful to your body. Non-fortified yeast supplies your body with a fair amount of nutrients in which your body knows what to do with.
What Else Can Yeast Help You With?
Immune System – Yeast acts as a probiotic to help fight off bad gut bacteria. Yeast helps keep your digestive system balanced and healthy. This enables your immune system to do its work.
Natural components that make up nutritional yeast also help build up your immune system… just revisit the discussion on nutrients above.
Digestion – Are you familiar with the term probiotic. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that exists in certain foods like yogurt and yeast. Don’t let bacteria freak you out. There are good and bad bacteria The good helps clear out the bad. They perform like Jedi knights defeating the dark side. This will also aid in nutrient absorption.
Saccharomyces boulardii (yikes) is a yeast that behaves like a probiotic. It helps govern your intestinal tract and guard against incoming pathogens. It helps keep your immune system and your intestinal barriers going strong. Doctors have recognized that intestinal barrier defects are behind many gastrointestinal diseases.
More Energy – The vitamin B12 content in nutritional yeast may help you avoid fatigue. B12 helps in red blood cell production. Red blood cells supply your body with oxygen. Oxygen helps break down sugars. This process will create the energy you need to get things done.
The B-complex vitamins also help convert food into energy which in turn helps charge your metabolism.
Antiviral and Antibacterial – Nutritional yeast is the 4th most prescribed herbal in Germany, according to Dr. Seymour Pomper, for its antibacterial properties. It has been shown to be one of the best solutions to combat chronic candida. It has also been useful in taking on E.coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus.
After Workout Recovery – Nutritional yeast may help restore white blood cells that are lost during workouts. Cell restoration stimulates muscle recovery. It may also help reduce inflammation. Zinc is also present in nutritional yeast which is a good mineral for muscle regeneration.
Is Yeast An Animal?
Yeast is actually a fungus. It is a single-cell organism. To qualify for animal status, one must have multiple cells. Yeast are not able to move which an animal characteristic. Yeast also can’t reproduce.
1… 2… 3… Side Effects!
Let’s face it. Some people are just allergic to certain foods, while everyone else gobbles down with impunity!f Nutritional yeast is no exception. It’s considered safe by most people, but it could cause problems for someone that is sensitive to yeast products or it may interact with certain medications.
If you suffer from Chron’s disease or if you have any irritable bowel problems, steer clear of nutritional yeast. The yeast may worsen these types of conditions.
People who experience agonizing migraines should be careful with yeast products. It contains an amino acid called tyramine which may trigger headaches.
Overdoing yeast could trigger some digestive discomfort. Go easy on it until you can determine how your body responds.
A certain class of anti-depressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors may cause a negative reaction with yeast. Antifungal drugs and some narcotics may interact with yeast. Diabetics should also be careful with yeast since certain medications. These could also lead to a bad reaction.
How To Use, Yes Please!
You can find nutritional yeast in flakes or powdered form. It has a nutty or cheese-like flavor. The easiest way is to sprinkle it on food like a seasoning. Try some on potatoes, popcorn, vegetables, and salads.
Choose a cool, dark location for storage. You can also place your yeast in the fridge. Counter-top ceramic jars will also work. Nutritional yeast has a two-year shelf life.
I like to use nutritional yeast on popcorn and potatoes. I also make homemade garden burgers in a food processor every week. I usually add about half a cup of yeast to the mix. Home-made garden burgers are delicious and nutritious by the way.
I have sworn off meat and dairy for health considerations. My health has drastically improved after being in dire straights. I feel wonderful and am astounded by how I can concentrate on writing or reading into the late hours of the night. My brain used to get super foggy and I was sleepy all the time. I would never go back to eating as I did before.
Changing how I eat has led me to many new ways of meal preparation. Yeast is another wonderful idea to get some serious healthy nutrients into my body. I have yet to find a real cheese substitute (a major addiction for me before). Some people swear by the “cheese” recipes that use nutritional yeast and cashews. It hasn’t really worked for me that way. I will continue to sprinkle it on some food as a spice alternative.
Anyway, if you are looking for a healthy way to add B12, try some nutritional yeast.
I am in no way diagnosing any cures for any diseases and conditions. Nutritional yeast is a natural food source and like many food sources offer nutrition when consumed. It is a medical fact that certain vitamins and minerals aid in certain functions of the body. My intent here is to report after investigating numerous sources of data and always look for medical research and studies to back it up.
Turmeric root has been revered for thousands of years in India. Maybe you have seen it on a spice jar at home and wondered what turmeric is for? It is mostly known in Western society as a spice. Many years ago, I falsely assumed that curry was a spice used in traditional Indian food or in Chinese dishes. Curry is actually made from many kinds of spices. Turmeric is often featured in some of these curry dishes. Bright yellow curry dishes have a turmeric base.
Buddhist monk’s robes are often gold-colored because they are dyed with turmeric. Turmeric has been used as a fabric dye for hundreds of years. It’s a great and safe dye for beginners. Turmeric is often added to food because of the way it adds color to the dish.
The best thing about turmeric is how it benefits your overall health and well-being. Turmeric has been a long time favorite in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. I’m talking about thousands of years. India is a land rich in history and wisdom.
But wait… I’m Only Here for the Turmeric Benefits!
Turmeric is great for the kitchen, but it is simply amazing when it comes to your health. This has been the go-to spice for any health remedy in Indian households for many generations. It is known to have an astounding list of health properties… antioxidant… antiviral… antibacterial… anti-fungal… anti-carcinogenic… and, anti-inflammatory!
But what does this mean in layman’s terms? What does it actually do for your health?
Arthritis – The medical profession is beginning to catch on to turmeric’s effectiveness in combating inflammation. It is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Curcumin is the active component within turmeric that is responsible for its healing properties. Curcumin requires help for absorption into the human body. Turmeric, on its own merit, has been designed by nature to do what it does best.
Antioxidant – How important are antioxidants these days! Getting caught with your pants down with nasty viruses running amok is not a good IDEA. Personally, I’m all on board with anything that amps up my immune system. Turmeric has properties that help go to war with FREE RADICAL SCAVENGERS.
Heart disease – The compounds in turmeric are great for maintaining a healthy heart. It can help keep your arteries from clogging up.
Digestive aid – It is useful for gut inflammation and treating irritable bowel syndrome. It also offers gallbladder and kidney support.
Depression – Would you believe it? Curcumin (the main component in turmeric) ran head-to-head with prosaic in a research study And, without those nasty BIG PHARMA side-effects! Turmeric may help boost brain neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.
Alzheimer’s Disease – There is no cure for this insidious disease. BUT, prevention is possible. Turmeric’s antioxidant capabilities are excellent for stalling the onset of Alzheimer’s. Oxidation of brain cells and inflammation play a big role in cognitive decline.
Diabetes – Turmeric works well with diabetic medication and may bolster its performance. Its antioxidant capabilities may help with insulin sensitivity.
You could always go to your local health food store. But, if you have ever shopped in one of these stores, you know how pricey they can be. Wouldn’t you rather have it delivered to your doorstep? It is much more convenient that way… and less exposure to our current situation in 2020 and 2021.
If it’s past that date by the time you read this... WE MADE IT THROUGH THE PANDEMIC. However, This is not the time to lower the protection of your immune system.
Listed below are some companies that I researched that sell quality TURMERIC or CURCUMIN. Feel free to browse down and see what they have to offer. I have included many aspects of how they bring turmeric to the market and their company philosophies. There is also a focus on environmental considerations with some of the choices... if this is something that sways how you do business.
P.S. I do have affiliate links with the following companies. Most of the companies online sell through an affiliate. It does not increase the price of the products. Everything you buy on Amazon is also done through an affiliate. Thank you for your time.
Sometimes life has defining moments. An event happens to steer you in a new direction. Mitchell May, the founder of Pure Synergy, nearly died in a horrific car crash. This event sent him seeking answers. To find ways to heal. His journey led him into the world of whole foods, botanicals, and your body’s own natural healing force.
Why Pure Synergy’s Turmeric?
PURE SYNERGY states that they’ve been able to release turmeric’s fullest potential for healing with their certified organic triple extract. This wonderful extract intensifies its purity, potency, bioavailability, and effectiveness. Turmeric is well respected within the medical and homeopathic community for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric promotes healthy brain functioning. It is fabulous for digestive health as well as your heart’s health. Its anti-inflammatory effects on your body are a perfect fit for improving the health of your joints and bones.
This turmeric extract is full of curcumin (turmeric’s it factor compound). Their turmeric product contains verified levels of essential turmeric oils with super bioavailability.
Pure Synergy’s turmeric is triple extracted with CO2, H2O, and organic ethanol to maximize its curcuminoids, essential oils, and polysaccharides. Each capsule contains the equivalent of 100,000 mg or freshly harvested turmeric rhizomes. Their SuperPure®, eco-friendly extraction method separates them from the rest of the pack. They have absolutely zero tolerance for any chemical solvents or additives.
They only use ORGANIC, non-GMO, Gluten-free, Vegan, and Kosher ingredients in their formula.
What you Should Know Before Buying Turmeric Supplements!
ASORBABILITY. You may be aware that curcumin is difficult to absorb on its own. Supplement companies have searched far and wide to resolve this issue. Black pepper is commonly added to aid in assimilation.
Pure Synergy uses the entire root of the turmeric plant during their whole spectrum process. Turmeric root not only contains the curcuminoid portion (curcumin) but also contains polysaccharides and turmerone oils.
Polysaccharides are carbohydrates. Turmerones are naturally occurring healthy fatty plant-compounds. These compounds help your body absorb the curcumin into your body easier. Curcumin supplements need help. Black pepper is often used for better bioavailability. Turmeric already contains the necessary components in-house to get the job done. Nature already has this figured out. Using whole foods as nature intended is always choice
So, the bottom line is, when you get curcumin straight from the source… TURMERIC, which has naturally occurring turmerones oils, you end up with a top-notch form of turmeric extract minus all the unhealthy additives and fillers.
How is the Turmeric Tested? Turmeric grows underground… like a root. BUT, it is actually a rhizome. It is basically part of an underground stem with roots shooting underneath.
Being underground, turmeric is exposed to whatever happens to be in the surrounding soil. Farming soils may become polluted with heavy metals and other contaminants. This has become a common issue with turmeric farms.
Check and see if the turmeric supplement you are prepared to buy is fully vetted and tested for heavy metals, pesticides, and other poisonous substances. You should always ASK. Going organic is always a good idea for maintaining optimal health. The purer, the better!
Why extraction is better! Indian style curry is delicious. Indian curry is made with many spices, including turmeric. But, are you getting the full benefits of turmeric from these traditional Indian dishes? Probably nowhere close to what you can expect from a turmeric extract.
Truth be told, concentrated turmeric extract will be loaded with many more healthy components. However, extracts should be made with non-toxic methods. Pure Synergy uses a holistic process involving organic ethanol, purified water, and CO2 to extract the compounds and retain their potency. All the capsules should contain all the wonderful phytochemicals you would expect from a quality turmeric extract. Pure Synergy calls it the SuperPure® process.
The Whole is Always Better than Its Equal Parts. Recent research has put into question curcumin only supplements. Are they really that beneficial towards your health? When you shortcut nature, one often falls short.
The overall synergy of the plant is missing when you snatch one component out of it for supplementation. Nature has created a perfect storm of healthy components in many whole foods. You can blow your money buying chelated vitamins and minerals that don’t absorb into your system easily. Supplement companies may use a chemical process with vitamins and minerals to help with assimilation. But as the saying goes, you can’t cheat Mother Nature!
So, AGAIN, it is best to use the whole plant to achieve its maximum benefits. A high-quality turmeric extract will work better than a curcumin one.
TO THE PLANETS HEALTH!
Pure Synergy cares about the quality of your health. This should be a no-brainer since they are in the business of offering high-quality products that help boost immune systems, promote anti-aging, protect heart and liver health, skin, and eye care… the list goes on.
But, Pure Synergy also has an eco-friendly mission. THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT. Our home. Planet Earth. A lot of what ends up on our plates cause horrific damage to our ecosystem. We, as a species, can not keep going down this road. Something has got to give. Supporting companies that care about Mother Earth is a great place to start.
THEY HAVE CUSTOM-BUILT GREEN FACILITIES. Pure Synergy is located in Moab, Utah. They decided to build their own facilities to minimize the carbon footprint. Pure Synergy has chosen to use water-conserving landscaping (xeriscaping), low-flow sanitation systems, energy-efficient equipment. Automatic light sensors, and have positioned buildings to make the best use of the sun to conserve energy.
Moab, Utah is known for its beautiful Sandstone formations.
WINDPOWER, FOR THE SAKE OF HUMANITY. Well, truth be told, I am by no means against fossil fuels… until we can find something that really works.
However, Pure Synergy was the first company in Utah to convert to 100% WIND POWER with their electricity usage. Keep in mind a substantial amount of energy is needed to manufacture, store, and distribute their products.
They created a citywide initiative in Moab to get involved with “Blue Sky Wind Power”. They have helped 13% of Moab’s energy users to renewable energy sources.
ORGANIC AGRICULTURE, GET READY. Pure Synergy is proud of their decision to continuously grow, source, and advocate the development of non-GMO, ORGANIC ingredients for their beloved product line. This has been part of their creed and eco-friendly mission from the get-go.
Supporting organic farming practices reduces the depletion of resources as well as invigorate our planet’s nutrient-rich soils. Their commitment to organics was small at first, but now have several thousands of acres dedicated to organic farming.
SuperPure®… FORGET THE REST
What is SuperPure®? This is the processing method developed by PURE SYNERGY. It means safe. Safe for everybody… customers… workers… the ecosystem… the planet.
Their exclusive SuperPure process ensures that the products retain their maximum potency and help the user achieve the optimal benefit from that particular product. It also ensures that the products are pure and safe to consume.
One thing to be aware of in the supplemental health industry, a lot of companies will cut corners to produce their products. They may use cheap and potentially harmful chemicals and solvents in their processing. Always read labels to make sure they don’t toss in some toxins into their finished product. It kind of defeats the purpose of taking a supplement.
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Gaia Herbs was founded in 1987. Their mission from the start has been about connecting people, plants, and our wonderful planet Earth to bring forth HEALING. They focused on the fact that humans and plants evolved together. We are all part of a beautiful and diverse ecosystem and are forever linked.
Ancient cultures have used plants for healing since the dawn of time. A plethora of research supports the effects many of these plants have on the overall well-being of humans and animals. Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine, and Traditional European Herbal medicine have been using plants for healing for thousands of years. Gaia Herbs is deeply honored to bring this wisdom to you. They are committed to keeping the practice of herbalism alive and well.
PLANTING FOR YOUR HEALTH
Gaia Farm is where it all starts. Tucked away in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. The chosen location is one of the most biodiverse areas in North America… the Pisgah Forest region. Not far away is the gigantic Nantahala National Forest. Extremely beautiful country.
Seeds are planted in their 60,000 square foot greenhouse. Seeds are often saved and put into the annual seed bank. This is an excellent way to keep tabs on the seed’s origins. A better way to ensure the plant’s purity.
All of their plants are grown organically because quality plants lead to higher caliber products. Gaia Herbs is driven to provide you with the purest and most potent ingredients possible for your health.
At harvest time, the plants are brought to their Certified Organic, FDA inspected production facility. The plants are extracted and added to their trusted herbal formulas. Gaia Herbs controls the entire supply chain to ensure quality.
Gaia Herbs also uses a certified organic farm to cultivate 90 plus herbs. No chemical fertilizer or pesticides are allowed. Genetically modified seeds are not even considered. They have been committed to organic farming since the start. They have been certified by Oregon Tilth since 1997 (one of the strictest USDA organic certifiers).
Blue Ridge Mountains
INTEGRITY… FOOD FOR THE SOUL
Have you ever heard of DNA testing for plants? Gaia Herbs wants to ensure you that what you read on the label is actually in the bottle. There is a herb ID located on the label which can be traced back to the actual batch of herbs that went into that particular formula.
The safety and efficacy of the herbal ingredients are a high priority at Gaia. Using the correct extraction technology and the perfect concentration of ingredients is carefully monitored in accordance with each herb’s physical properties. They are fully aware of which combinations of specific plants will the best opportunity to obtain the most optimal healing properties.
PURE SYNERGY is a Certified B Corporation®. These are businesses that satisfy the highest requirements of verified social and environmental performance, transparency, and legal accountability.
POTENCY DONE RIGHT!
They use a patented Liquid Phyto-Caps® technology. This helps in the absorption of their concentrated plant extracts.
Their methods and strategies provide the most sufficient potency of each herb. They send all of their products through a very comprehensive process to verify the potency and effectiveness. This means keeping close tabs on extraction ratios and raw materials used in the formulations.
Most people don’t like to think about possible toxins in what they consume. Things like pesticides, heavy metals, and microbes. Don’t worry… Gaia takes care of this for you. Everything at GAIA is rigorously tested for contaminants.
All plants used in their herbal extracts must meet or exceed their purity standards. They go way beyond a mere visual inspection… all their herbs are tested to make sure no contaminants are present. This includes salmonella, E. coli, mold, yeast, or any other microbial contaminants.
Gaia Herb’s Turmeric Supreme – Extra Strength 120 v caps
Turmeric is the number one best-selling herb at Gaia Herbs. Turmeric has been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for 4000 years. Western doctors are now beginning to recommend its usage for its inflammatory properties.
Turmeric Supreme – Extra Strength is full of curcumin which is the main component that helps reduce inflammation. Black pepper has been added for easier absorption.
This formulation of Turmeric Supreme is combined with other holistic herbs to promote healthier joint function.
Quercetin is a plant flavonoid. You can find it in fruits, vegetables, and grains. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Devil’s claw is a flowering plant from South Africa. The plant’s roots are most commonly used as an anti-inflammatory to treat conditions such as arthritis. It is also useful to treat headaches and lower back pain. It is widely used in France and Germany.
Ginger root is a well-known spice used in kitchens throughout the world. It is also extremely nutritious and has many health benefits. The reason it is added to Turmeric Supreme Joint is because of its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to help relieve pain.
Gaia Herb’s Best formulation for your heart’s health. Turmeric is combined with other wonderful herbs for developing a healthier cardiovascular system.
Resveratrol belongs to a group of compounds called polyphenols. These are tiny micronutrients that are found in certain plants used for food. They are chocked full of antioxidants and offer many health benefits. Resveratrol has become a highly demanded supplement in recent years.
Hawthorn Berry is a popular medicinal plant. Its leaves, flowers, and berries are used to make medicine. It’s also well-known in holistic medicine. It is used to treat heart disease as well as to help lower blood pressure.
Coleus plants are easy to grow and found in many gardens and planted in landscapes. They also contain properties that are good for your health. Coleus root contains forskolin. It is useful in treating high blood pressure and angina (chest pain)
Black pepper is added for better assimilation of the turmeric.
Ginger root is wonderful for improving your cardiovascular situation or maintaining it. It helps improve blood circulation, and it helps put a stop to the accumulation of fat in your arteries.
You have probably spotted Coleus in someone’s garden or landscaping.
Suffering from joint-related pain? Gaia Herbs has a turmeric formula specifically for pain. It also contains the following ingredients joined together to help lessen your pain without using harmful pharmaceuticals.
Feverfew is often used for arthritis and migraine headaches. There is a compound in feverfew called parthenolide. It is useful for treating muscle spasms, reducing inflammation, and helping slow down or stop the constriction of blood vessels in your brain.
Devil’s Claw is also used to treat painful conditions like backaches, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis
Ginger is also beneficial for treating pain as well as inflammation. You can apply it to sore areas in an oil or cream form.
Black pepper is also found in this product for absorption purposes.
Jamaican Dogwood bark has pain-relieving properties. Scientific studies on animals have shown that an extract from the bark of this Dogwood tree is useful as a sedative, an anti-inflammatory, and a muscle relaxer.
Rosemary leaf is a popular herb used by many to enhance the flavor of food. It actually has many health benefits as well. Rosemary oil works well as a mild pain reliever. This is well-known within folk medicine. It is also used in aromatherapy to treat chronic pain.
Wild lettuce grows in many parts of the world. You can find it in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. It was used as an opium substitute in the 1900s by doctors. Lactucarium is a compound residing in wild lettuce that acts on your central nervous system to induce pain-relieving and sedative effects. Some people experience a “recreational high” of wild lettuce, but I am sure it is nowhere in the ballpark of what heroin does for some misguided folks… otherwise, we would have another pandemic on our hands.
Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme – Sinus Support 60 v caps
Sinus problems plague many people in regions assaulted by pollen allergies. This Turmeric formula has been designed to help relieve your sinus issues.
Stinging Nettle is that itchy plant you may have encountered while trekking in wooded areas. It will send you to hell on earth for a few minutes. It subsides and you are left without a rash. But, this plant is extremely good for you. Stinging Nettle is excellent for treating hay fever. It has shown some promise in relieving sneezing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose.
Quercetin may be able to prevent the cells from releasing histamine which can cause mucous,
Feverfew has been used for centuries in European folk medicine to treat sinus pain. It has been significantly studied in modern times to treat headaches.
Black pepper has been added to aid in absorption.
Goldenseal root is used in modern medicine. Goldenseal plants are native to the Eastern United States all the way up to South-Eastern Canada. It is often used for common colds and upper respiratory infections.
Oh my god! How do I get out of here. Be careful when you encounter these puppies in the woods. You will itch like crazy! Stinging Nettle. However, the plant is loaded with health benefits. I brew some of its leaves with green tea.
Nature’s Way believes that nature offers us the best foundation to be at our healthiest. Their mission is to harness the powers of nature, to embrace the wisdom of traditional health practices, and to use nature to support modern health methods. You can feel confident that Nature’s Way is very committed to the quality and care put into their products.
Nature’s Way has been providing the marketplace with health and wellness products for 50 years. They are well-established and offer over 1000 products.
Tradition and Science… The Key to Success!
Safety has always been a focus at Nature’s Way… as well as proving product effectiveness. Having a balance between traditional wellness practices and modern science is equally important. Nature’s Way believes this sets them apart from the competition… offering traditional wellness products that are supported by science.
Testing… Just Do It!
Nature’s Way goes above and beyond the industry standard. They have rigorous quality standards. They have picked the brains of the best in the wellness industry for over 5 decades to configure the finest health products. They proudly claim you can be secure that every bottle is of the highest quality.
Nature’s Way is the first major brand to be TRU-ID™. What does this mean? TRU-ID is an independent testing program that uses state-of-the-art DNA biotechnology to authenticate herbal products. This certifies that the product ingredients in the supplement container match the label.
TRU-ID provides continuing compliance which gives you every reason to trust their brand as containing the said ingredients. Simply look for the seal to find this certification.
GMO Can Go Take a Hike!
Partnered with the Non-GMO Project. This is in keeping with its mission to adhere to optimal sourcing, manufacturing, and testing practices. They are committed to providing Non-GMO products. Non-GMO Project is the only independent verification program in North America that ensures that products undergo the best practices for GMO avoidance during production. Look for the seal to find out which products are Non-GMO verified.
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Nature’s Way donates 1% off their gross sales from their Ultra Pure product line to environmental causes worldwide. They take recycling seriously. They also focus on leaving a smaller carbon footprint.
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Nature’s Way sources its botanicals from places they thrive in. Sourcing herbs and various other plant sources Obtaining agricultural products from their native environment ensure quality and authenticity. It also helps keep local farmers and suppliers busy making a living.
About Nature’s Way Turmeric
Nature’s Way Turmeric – Standardized Extract 120 tabs
Doctor’s best was founded in 1990 by physicians. They are a science-based nutritional supplement company with over 200 product offerings. Their ingredients are carefully researched, manufactured with high-quality standards, and tested thoroughly every step of the way.
Doctor’s Best High Absorption CURCUMIN with BioPerine
acts as a potent antioxidant for cellular protection against free radicals
may support healthy joint function
consists of a standardized extract from turmeric root… supplies 95% curcuminoids ( compounds within the turmeric plant which included curcumin).
Curcuminoids may assist in relieving joint pain. It also benefits heart health, brain, and circulatory system health.
Bioperine is added for better absorption. This is an extract from black pepper fruit)
Meriva is a formulation of turmeric extract mixed in with lecithin. Lecithin is a type of fat. You find it in food like soybeans and eggs. It has been shown to boost the absorption of curcumin 29 times better.
Curcumin is poorly absorbed when taken orally. It needs help to assimilate into your body. This is why Meriva has been added to provide you with the full health benefits of turmeric.
Thanks for reading. I hope offered you some good choices to purchase your turmeric or curcumin supplements. Ayurvedic medicine is the oldest medical practice existing today. This is a big deal in India. They really know their stuff. Have you ever tried YOGA? It is the most amazing healthy routine you can do for your mind and body… outside of food. Do not discount the wisdom from INDIA.
Many Blessings… Brian.
I have not intended to make any statements of miracle cures or trying to diagnose and ailments or illnesses. I do have affiliate links listed on this post and have left the choice up to you. Just about everything you buy online has affiliates associated with it. Thanks again.
Do you hike? Are you someone who likes trekking through the woods? Maybe sometimes you like to cut through some thick roughage to check out something cool… like a creek or a river. Chances are you have brushed up against Stinging Nettle, if you live in the Eastern United States or Europe. You wouldn’t have forgotten it. Your skin will itch like crazy and you’ll have an overwhelming burning sensation for a few minutes. You should feel back to normal soon enough. The crazy thing is, the plant is extremely good for you. Are you aware of Stinging Nettle’s Benefits?
Nutrients… Empowering immune System Response!
If you are looking to add more natural vitamins and minerals... you have come to the right place! First things first. Everyone knows adding vitamins to your diet is a good thing. Stinging Nettle contains more vitamin A than carrots! Perfect for proper eye health and for a solid immune system.
It has vitamin C which is essential for cellular and arterial health. Vitamin K is also found in nettle. It is useful for maintaining bone and heart health. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5 are also present in Stinging Nettle.
You can’t just talk about vitamins without mentioning their best friends… MINERALS. They go together like peas and carrots. Stinging Nettle contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.
All of your essential amino acids take up residence in Stinging Nettle. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. They also make sure that your hormonal system works properly. Cells need hormones so they can function properly. Hormones are also important for sexual health, metabolism, respiration, movement, growth, and sensory perception. They are a BIG DEAL!
Phytonutrients also take up space in nettle. They are also known as phytochemicals. There are numerous types of phytonutrients. You are probably familiar with chlorophyll and beta-carotene. It also contains lutein (a type of vitamin), zeaxanthin (a carotenoid good for the eyes), quercetin (a plant flavonoid good for inflammation), and rutin
(a bioflavonoid that works as an antioxidant).
These nutrients behave as antioxidants in your body. Antioxidants help fend off free radical scavengers which can damage your cells and lead to early cell death which is NO BUENO!. Studies have demonstrated Stinging Nettles’s ability at raising bodily antioxidant levels. This, in turn, boosts your immune system response.
Go On, Get Your Anti-inflammatory Out!
Inflammation is tightly close-knit with many chronic diseases in modern times. In fact, it is recognized as one of the most significant causes of death worldwide. Strong statement? Well, if you consider the fact, it is associated with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer (with many others). These are some biggies when it comes to death by unnatural causes.
Stinging Nettle has been used for centuries in folk medicine for its natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. If you are looking for a natural way to alleviate osteoarthritis or other joint pain, Stinging Nettle may be able to help.
A study published in Molecules in 2018 demonstrated that people were able to reduce their non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs when combing them with nettles. The less prescription meds, the better. It also helps if you steer towards an anti-inflammatory diet.
I am just hoping that I never have to take a ride in one of these puppies!
Just What The Prostate Ordered
Prostate health should concern a lot of men over the age of 50. This is when those pesky doctors want to set you up for a test. It sounds too much like an alien abduction scenario to me. I always turn them down and DIG DEEP into prevention. I am probably wrong, but oh well, maybe the blood work will catch a problem.
Anyway, that is why I always keep my eye open for new ways to strengthen my immune system… naturally.
The funny thing is doctors haven’t a clue to what causes an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), but there are ways to treat it. Well, guess what? You guessed right, stinging nettle helps treat one of the main symptoms… urinary problems.
An early warning signal is the need to relieve your bladder more frequently and having difficulty in getting the job done. Stinging Nettle has been shown to be effective in urinary tract infections and helping reduce calcium oxalate crystals which can develop into extremely painful kidney stones.
Stinging Nettle may also help slow your prostrates growth (if you have BPH). It is able to collaborate with your cells and affect your hormone levels. A study showed that those treated with nettle versus those that were only given a placebo had a more compelling reduction in their prostate size.
Stinging Nettle is commonly used in Europe for treating the symptoms of BPH. Research has shown it favorable in treating the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. No one has yet to discover which components within nettle have a POSITIVE EFFECT on your prostate health, the jury is still out. You should always consult with your physician if you think you have a problem.
Kidney beans… I didn’t want to gross you out by showing a real kidney!
Hay Fever… Play It Safe!
Seasonal allergies are a tremendous problem where I live… right smack in the middle of the Ohio Valley! Pollen is the primary rascal behind allergy season. There was a time when I was plagued by constant sinus infections. I have long since been hampered by pesky pollen invaders because of my devotion to morning algae shots.
But we are discussing Stinging Nettle, and I have just recently added it to my daily regime. It has another benefit that motivates me to consume it. However, Stinging Nettle is a holistic medicine fave for treating hay fever.
Scientists have yet to discover how nettle helps relieve allergy symptoms but some feel it is able to reduce inflammation in your body. Research has shown nettle as being able to disrupt your body’s histamine production.
Histamine is the source behind all the well-known allergy symptoms… inflammation… sinus issues… itching… headaches. Substances such as pollen induce your body to produce histamine. You are probably familiar with anti-histamines being used for sinus issues.
Blood Pressure… Endless Fun
Heart disease kills more people before their time than anything else. Untreated, it can lead to a heart attack or a stroke. So, if you have high blood pressure, this is an indication that something has gone wrong in your body.
Many things can cause high blood pressure. The primary reason is poor food choices. My blood pressure was getting too high a few years ago. My other vitals were also heading for the dog house. I made a quick decision after running into some research about whole-food plant-based diets. My health immediately turned around… just by changing my diet.
I am not trying to convert anyone to how I eat. We all have choices. What I am saying… MY HEALTH TURNED AROUND IMMEDIATELY!… along with countless others who have chosen to eat natural foods.
We live in a world obsessed with junk food. Processed food is man-made. It is not natural! It is full of sodium... table salt… which means the salt we most commonly use is processed as well. Sodium is entrenched in most processed foods. It is sooo bad for your system.
Fat is also a major health violator. Animal fats clog up your arteries and raise your blood pressure. Fat is the main culprit behind diabetes. Diabetes supposedly leads to high blood pressure, but I suspect the underlying factor is the fats not diabetes itself. This is well documented in the China study.
So if you’re not one to give up eating for pleasure, you got to find some other means to bring down your ole’ blood pressure. Stinging Nettle has been traditionally used to treat high blood pressure. Nettle is a popular plant used in Western herbal medicine.
Some test-tube and animal studies have indicated several ways nettle help lower blood pressure. First of all, it may stimulate nitric oxide production. This helps your blood vessels relax and dilate which helps lower your blood pressure.
Also, stinging nettle compounds may behave as calcium channel blockers. This helps expand your arteries and relax your heart. People can use nettle as a diuretic. To make you pass urine more often. This should help you pass more water in your urine and help lower your blood pressure.
Are you getting your fair share of FAKE FOOD?
Change Your Whole Blood Sugar
Diabetes is a partner in crime with heart disease. Zapping the lives of many humans worldwide WAY TOO SOON! Food again is behind the scenes challenging multitudes of lives by polluting the bloodstream. I will stick to my guns. A WHOLE-FOOD PLANT-BASED DIET is a pathway to freedom. GOOGLE IT… BING IT… or whatever, if you’re curious.
Most people desire short cuts in life… and sitting around like a frog on a log. Certain foods can help lower blood sugar. Apple cider vinegar does the trick, or find a good source of amla fruit powder. But gaining attention is an old-time fave from traditional folk medicine… stinging nettle… which also support healthier blood sugar levels.
Studies have shown stinging nettle has helped improve hyperglycemia by helping to restore insulin levels. There was a study done over a three-month period with 46 people. They were given 500 mg of stinging nettle extract three times a day. The participants showed significantly lower blood sugar levels compared to those who were given a placebo.
There is some solid supporting evidence in stinging nettle’s effectiveness in lowering blood sugar. If you have diabetes, it would be to your best advantage to do everything possible in controlling your blood sugar. Diabetes, when left unchecked, has a devastating effect on your health. You don’t want to go there. So put down those Twinkies!
All You Need Is Digestion
Let’s face it. Most people don’t really think twice about what they eat. If you are reading a post like this, I imagine you have broken loose from the herd. People who see how I eat are constantly snickering and saying they would never eat that way, and you can bet the ones that say that are grossly overweight and don’t seem to healthy.
There are so many chemicals and additives in processed foods. The sad thing is most people just ignore reading the label or ordering from restaurants and trusting that they hold your best interests at heart. Very few restaurants spend the extra money to ensure they are using all-natural ingredients without preservatives.
Put it simply, you are eating manufactured foods in many cases. Your body doesn’t know what to do with these fake foods. Some of these items become free radicals and harm your cells. Your stomach doesn’t know how to process them. Your stomach is designed to handle food from nature… whole food.
Our grocery stores and drug stores are full of anti-acids or fiber supplements to handle some of these unnatural foods that are eaten in multitudes. Inflammation occurs when your body is trying to counter-attack things that don’t belong in your system. Inflammation is behind almost every chronic disease plaguing mankind.
Exorbitant inflammation impedes your digestive process. Harmful bacteria grow out of control in your digestive tract. You will probably get sick more. Changing to a whole-food plant-based diet will work wonders and turn your digestive problems around… if you have them… or maybe you aren’t in tune with your body.
Stinging nettle has awesome anti-inflammatory powers. It is better for you than drug store chemicals. It can help you go regular in your digestive process. Constipation, diarrhea, and upset stomach can be reduced. However, if you switch to a whole-food plant-based diet, it will clean your system out and you will get a temporary case of diarrhea. This also happens when you use colon cleansers.
Nettle may help promote healthy bacteria which will go to bat for you and help you straighten out your digestive issues. Having a healthy gut can help protect you from a host of diseases. Keeping a healthy gut helps you age more gracefully.
There Is No Life Without Nettle Tea!
One of the best ways to add stinging nettle to your life is to make a nettle tea. I personally add nettle leaves to filtered water along with some green tea and bring it to a boil. I’ll let it simmer for a few minutes and pull it off the heat. I then let it sit for a bit so more of the nutrients can seep into the hot water.
Use a heaping tablespoon of nettle leaves per 8 ounces of water. One ounce of dried leaves is equal to about 4 ounces of fresh. I don’t intend to go itching through nettle fields to obtain the leaves. It doesn’t feel so nice. The leaves are pretty easy to obtain from an online store.
The tea doesn’t have a bad flavor. I drink it with green tea at times without any kind of sweetener. It isn’t bitter.
If you wish, once you pull it off the heat, you can steep the tea for up to ten hours so you can pull more of the nutrients out. Hot and cold water combinations will draw out different nutritional components from the plant. Make sure you cover up the infused nettle. You can then strain it and put it in the refrigerator (if you make a larger batch).
So what you have here is a beverage high in vitamins and minerals… all-natural… which assimilates with ease into your body. Basically a liquid salad.
Let’s Talk About Side-effects!
There is always a chance for side-effects from natural foods. Strawberries and peanuts are common foods in which some people are allergic to.
I have already mentioned at the beginning of this article how nettle can cause severe itching for a brief period. There are hair-like barbs on the stems of the plant. Trust me, it will cause a moment of distress until you find your way out of the plants… and they crowd together like penguins in Antarctica.
Nettle barbs are slightly venomous. They can inject several chemical compounds into your skin. In rare cases, a severe allergic reaction can occur which could end up being life-threatening. A similar situation can happen with a bee sting. Only a limited number of people suffer from this. So if you develop hives from whatever, you are having an allergic reaction.
Pregnant women should probably avoid nettle until delivery. It could induce contractions in the uterus. This could lead to a miscarriage.
Certain medications may have a negative reaction with stinging nettle. If you are on blood thinners or blood pressure medication, diuretics (water pills… nettle already acts like a diuretic), and lithium.
Diabetics should proceed with caution since this could lower blood sugar… especially when on insulin. Carefully monitoring and working with a physician is highly advisable.
I hope I’ve presented a strong case here for you to consider adding stinging nettle to your ongoing health program… if you have one. You really should take time out of your day for your wellness, so you can have more days… or be able to enjoy your days.
The thing that pops out for me is blood sugar control and prostate health. Diabetes is a growing worldwide concern, and I have already been bitten by that bug. The research on blood sugar looks promising, and I just need to remember to drink more nettle tea. It really doesn’t taste bad.
Prostate health declines in a huge percentage of men and should not be tread lightly. The research looks solid with regards to prostate health.
To recap some other benefits:
offers pain relief. Serotonin and other neurotransmitters are found in the plant’s compounds.
Acts as an antiviral and anti-bacterial
may help decrease inflammation
offers anti-cancer support
So if you’re a tea lover, mix in some nettle leaves for a healthier immune system. Nettle has an abundant source of vitamins and minerals and is a wonderfully nutritious food to add to your diet.
I am making no claims to diagnose or imply any cures by taking stinging nettle. Stinging nettle is a whole food and like many foods in nature is beneficial in regard to health. There is a lot of scientific studies backing the material in this article. There are no affiliate links on this post.
Do you know what a fig is? Something to do with a cookie? Most people where I am from think of Fig Newtons when anyone mentions figs. Figs belong to the Ficus tree family. Did you know that figs aren’t really a fruit? They are inverted flowers. Whatever they may be, figs are another one of nature’s SUPERFOODS! Having said that… WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FROM EATING FIGS?
EVERYTHING WORKS BETTER WITH SUPERFOOD!
These puppies are generous with nutrients. You kind of need that to be a superfood. Nature has provided us with everything we need for optimum health… if only we could put down those Oreos for a sec and grab a bite from the goodness of nature.
Figs are oozing with fiber for starters. You will also find it is home to many essential minerals like magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper, and potassium. B Vitamins and vitamin K also take refuge inside of figs. A powerhouse of goodness!
HOWEVER,… dried figs actually pack more nutritional value than fresh ones. One dry fig can stand up proudly nutritionally against an egg (without the negative consequences that eggs bring to the table). Figs in either form are also a great source of antioxidants. All of these wonderful nutrients BOOST UP YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!
DIGESTION, ON DEMAND!
Figs have been a popular home remedy for digestive health for thousands of years. Fiber is king when it comes to regularity and cleaning out intestinal tracts. Fiber helps by promoting stool health and keeping everything flowing.
We kind of have to talk about this, sometimes. Stomach ailments can ruin a good day or moment.
Figs also act as a prebiotic. What is this? This is health food for your gut’s healthy bacteria. Many diseases and ailments start in your stomach. Probiotics are healthy bacteria. Feed the good bacteria to fight off nasty bacteria and viruses that invade your digestive tract.
Figs can also help prevent colon cancer. The key to keeping your colon healthy is prevention. Many things in life are not complicated. Negligence is our biggest problem as a species. It is a choice of either eating healthy foods rich in fiber or eating dead things that clog up and inflame your digestive tract. Making sure that you have a regular flow and clean out your intestines is paramount for optimum health.
A diet rich in fiber promotes good digestion
ALL YOU NEED IS HEART!
Show your heart some figs. They may improve your blood pressure and blood fats (know in doctor-speak as triglycerides). Your heart health depends on healthy blood pressure and flow. Maintaining blood flow should be a concern for anyone who wants to stick around a little longer… however, not everyone wants to or at least don’t act like they do the way they cram donuts down their gullet.
Fig leaf extract is also good for your well-being. They help with improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Fig leaves are also good for blood sugar… and were quite fashionable in THE GARDEN OF EDEN.
How are figs able to lower blood pressure? Bananas are known for potassium. Figs contain a healthy dose too. Potassium helps control blood pressure. Diets loaded in sodium and low potassium diets contribute heavily to hypertension (high blood pressure). As you may know, the modern diet is overrun with sodium.
Pectin is a soluble fiber. It’s known for its ability to reduce cholesterol levels. Pectin is found inside figs. The fiber in figs also helps cholesterol exit your system in a timely manner.
Figs are also home to vitamin B6. This wonder vitamin’s main job is to create serotonin which is known as a mood booster, but it also plays a role in lowering cholesterol. Dry figs also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which are beneficial for your heart’s health.
Delicious, but deadly
BUILT BLOOD SUGAR TOUGH!
Figs are high in sugar… especially dried figs. Your blood sugar levels will amp up for a bit. If diabetic, pay attention to how they react with your blood sugar. But, if you need to get a handle on your sugars, the real benefit from the fig tree is from the leaf. You can purchase the leaves and make a tea for blood sugar support.
Leaves from fig trees may have insulin lowering properties. If you are on dependent upon insulin, drinking the tea may help you lower your dosage. Fig leaves have also been shown to regulate blood sugar levels. You can purchase tea leaves online. Diabetics should give it a go. Half of the world’s population is headed this way, so fig tea may become popular in the near future
SKIN… WE BUILD SMILES
Figs may offer positive effects on your skin. So, go grab a bag of Fig Newtons… break open a cookie and rub the insides on your skin… just joshing ya.
But seriously, a study involving using a cream made from dried fig fruit extract and applying the solution 2x a day (for 2 weeks) was shown to be more effective than hydrocortisone cream for treating dermatitis symptoms. (Study at the bottom of the post).
Fig leaf has struck again. There are numerous lotions in the marketplace featuring fig leaf. Something must be working. Lotions are also made with the fruit itself (or outside-in flower if you prefer). The same vitamins and minerals that are good for your insides also benefit your largest organ (skin).
A study including a combination of fruit extracts (fig included) demonstrated antioxidant effects on skin cells, improvement in wrinkles, and its ability to slow down collagen breakdown. This study included a few other extracts, but other tests have been done with fig extract by its lonesome.
Nobody likes skin melanin. Your face gets all splotchy and splatty. Not a good look for sure. Fig fruit extract can help reduce its tragic effects. It also helps put the brakes on trans-epidermal water loss and skin sebum.(natural skin oils from the sebaceous glands). So what is the skinny on all of this? Figs may offer a natural remedy for hyperpigmentation, acne, freckles, and wrinkled skin.
On a side note… Warts are ugly blemishes shooting out of your skin. Fig tree latex may be able to help. It has been able to resolve 44% percent of the cases. Warts are stubborn little beasts! I have not been able to get rid of one. But give it a try if you have a wart you want gone.
You can also make a face mask with fresh figs… no not for COVID!… you can scoop out the flesh and mash it up… add it to some sticky raw honey or yogurt and spread it on your face for 5 to 15 minutes. This can enhance your skin’s texture and beautifies your face. Wash it off when you are done.
I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR FIGS
Macular degeneration. Not a welcomed thing. As you age your vision usually declines. A natural nasty ailment of life. In defense, arm yourself with nature’s greatest warriors in fighting back the insidious effects of aging.
Keep on chomping on those carrots… they do help. But, the fruit may offer you more benefits for maintaining your precious eye health. An Ophthalmology study recommends eating at least three servings of fruit a day to slow down the wheels of macular degeneration. I am forever amazed at how few people even eat fruit… unless it’s strawberry ice cream.
Figs contain the essential nutrients for eye health. Mix figs with other fruits for optimal eye health. I start my day off with a fruit bowl with bananas, blueberries and an assortment of other wonderful fruits. Figs are a delicious snack (as well as dates) if you want to cure a sweet tooth in a healthy manner.
THE INCREDIBLE, EDIBLE HISTORY OF FIGS
The Earliest mention of figs in history is… oh yeah, the Garden of Eden. If you can believe such a story. Anywho, figs have been with mankind for a very long time. It’s mentioned again and again in the Bible’s scriptures.
Now go back further in time… I guess. History is confusing and one never really knows the truth considering the plague of the human ego. However, the proof is in the pudding. Egypt appears to be the first civilization taking a crack at cultivating fig trees. Remnants of figs have been found at Neolithic sites going back 7000 years.
I would think that figs have been used even way before that. Modern-day primates utilize figs for medicinal purposes. If that is going on with our closest cousins, then mankind has been toying around with figs since the dawn of time.
So eventually they meandered their way over to Crete then Greece. There they became a staple food. The Romans loved aping the Greeks and soon revered the fig. Roman myth states that the wolf who nurtured poor little Romulus and Remus (the twin founders of Rome) did so under the protection of a fig tree.
The Spaniards grabbed the reins next. Missionaries brought the fig tree to the new world. California is now one of the top producers of figs along with Turkey, Greece, Portugal, and Spain. It would seem that figs thrive in a Mediterranean climate.
Figs also made their way to the Far East and landed in China. They are thought to be native to a region spanning from Turkey to India. Western history seems to be kept separate from Asian history. Recorded history is such a mess. India also adores and reveres figs, and has a rich history of natural medicine.
Fig leaves went out of fashion as soon as Eve offered one of these beauties to Adam!
FOR THE LOVE OF FIG TYPES!
There are about 700 varieties of fig trees grown worldwide. But, there are only 5 common varieties of figs. They all have their own unique flavor and sweetness. So, Drum roll, please…
Black Mission Black to purple on the outside with a pink inside. These figs are ridiculously sweet and have a syrup-like juice. They are wonderful to eat as a dessert or toss them in your favorite cake or cookie recipe.
Kadota Green in color with a purple inside. They are the least sweet of all fig types. They are great to eat raw or heated.
Calimyrna Greenish-yellow on the outside with an ambered color inside. They are larger than other figs and have a nutty flavor.
Brown Turkey Purple skin and pink flesh. They have a milder flavor and are less sweet than most other figs. An excellent fig to add to your salad.
Adriatic Light green skin with pink flesh. These are the figs used in making fig bars. They are also known as white figs since they have a lighter color. This is an insanely sweet fig and choice for desserts.
WE ALL ADORE BUYING
Figs are extremely perishable. They will start to go bad within days after buying them, so be ready to chow down soon after buying them fresh. Look for figs that have a deep color and are plump and tender. Avoid if too mushy. Look for firm stems and make sure they are not bruised. Smell them to make sure they aren’t going bad.
As the fruit ripens, their antioxidant levels increase. The richer the color, the better. You see this in tomatoes as they reach their peak color. Ripe figs should have a mild sweet fragrance. A fig will start to smell sour when it goes bad.
Dry figs are more easily manageable and easier to purchase. Dry figs actually are more nutritious. You want to make sure they’re a little soft and free from mold. If they are prepackaged, they should be fine. If you go organic, they will less likely be contaminated with pesticides. Look for the USDA organic logo.
If you find some ripe figs, they will last a couple of days in your fridge. Cover or wrap them so they don’t dry out. Dried figs will stay good for several months. You can store them in a cool, dark place or set them in your refrigerator. Keep them wrapped up to avoid being overexposed to air.
Are figs an aphrodisiac? Figs are thought of as being useful for fertility and as a sexual supplement. Figs are rich in calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc. They also contain the mineral magnesium which helps produce sex hormones like androgen and estrogen:
Many cultures have considered figs as a symbol of fertility. Figs also produce an amino acid that helps increase your body’s nitric oxide which expands blood vessels and increases blood flow throughout your body. This includes sexual organs. Are they a quick fix for problems in the bedroom? Probably not, however, it is one of the gifts from nature that helps your body restore itself to health.
Can figs treat a sore throat? Figs are high in mucilage. This is a thick gelatinous substance found in plants. It can help protect and heal your throat. I wonder if Mucinex derived its name from mucilage? I suspect that it did just that.
So, the juice from figs would be a great tool from nature’s tool kit to help you… or grab some lemon, raw honey, and ginger and make a tea.
Figs may also help with tonsillitis. I feel jaded. I always wanted tonsillitis when I was a kid because I was told they only feed you ice cream while you are recovering. Anyway, make a paste with fig flesh and warm water and apply it to your throat. It is said to reduce pain and soothe your throat.
Will you sleep better if you eat figs? Figs contain an amino acid called tryptophan which will help your body create melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone your brain produces in response to darkness. It helps you sleep.
You can find melatonin products in the store, but be careful using them. You shouldn’t use melatonin every day. In my experience, I have a negative reaction when I take it. Getting melatonin naturally from the plant kingdom must be better for you.
Figs are also home to omega-3 fatty acids. This also helps up the quality of your slumber. Tryptophan also helps vitamin B3 assimilate inside your body. Lack of Vitamin B3 may make you restless, irritable, and discontent. (so can too much java). This can ruin any chance of a good night’s sleep.
Figs also have plenty of magnesium. I used to use magnesium glycinate to help me sleep. It works better than melatonin for me. Melatonin supplements have too many bad side effects in my experience… weird dreams and disrupted sleep.
.Nothing better than sleeping like a baby
Can figs help fight cancer? Other parts of the fig tree have beneficial effects for people. In the case of cancer, fig leaves and natural latex from fig trees have been shown to promote anti-tumor activity in numerous cancers. These studies have only been performed with test tubes, so the jury is still out
Are wasps sometimes found in figs? Figs technically are not fruits but inverted flowers. Figs bloom internally, and they still require pollination. Bees have passed on taking this job, so fig trees have made a deal with fig wasps. They depend on each other. Wasps slip inside the fig and leave a gift… larvae… in return, the wasp pollinates the fig.
The shape of the fig accommodates the laying of wasp eggs, Males don’t get out alive. The females climb out and pollinate other figs. I guess figs do not qualify as vegan. I personally still eat figs after finding this out. WEIRD!!!
How to Prepare and Eat Figs
Fresh figs are really hard to come by. There is such a short window once they are ripe to enjoy fresh. Fresh figs are also delicate and should be handled with care. Rinse them off with cool water and gently dry them off. You can eat them with their skin intact and are simply scrumptious raw.
Figs are also delightful baked, broiled, caramelized, or roasted. I have provided many culinary ideals on the links below. A plethora of recipes! If you score some fresh figs, you can also preserve them by drying, steeping in liquor, making fig jams, and pickling them. Bon appetit!!
Some cultivated figs may be treated with sulfur-containing compounds to prolong shelf life. Check the label for a list of ingredients. Look for contains figs (only). It’s possible to have an adverse reaction to certain chemicals.
There is always a chance of an allergic reaction. If you have a birch pollen allergy, chances are you will be allergic to figs. You could always pay for one of those allergy tests to see what foods you are sensitive to.
I had an allergic reaction to something once. I ended up in a hospital. I was waiting tables in a fine dining restaurant and we tried a bunch of dishes for a Kentucky Derby dinner. I thought it was the lobster and avoided seafood for a while. Turns out I don’t have a seafood allergy. We tried a bunch of Mediterranean food that night with some spices I had never encountered. I suspect it was probably one of those spices. My doctor could not order me a test under my medical plan. I passed on paying out-of-pocket. Maybe one day if this happens again.
Figs, like many other foods, may interfere with blood-thinning medications. Glad I don’t take those. Overeating figs may also cause diarrhea because of the high fiber content. Diabetics should be careful about how much they eat, of course… high in natural sugars
Figs are fruit and relatively safe. They are delicious and make a great sweet tooth fix.
Fruit should be a staple to everyone’s diet. It’s the perfect food for the human diet. It supplies us with fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for maintaining optimum health. The two best fruit for a sweet tooth are figs and dates. You only need a few of them to settle a sweet craving. Thanks for reading.