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The Benefits Of Lithium Orotate

An alkali metal related to sodium and potassium, lithium has been traditionally used within allopathic medicine to treat mental imbalances such as anxiety and depression. However, there are many side effects to taking this strong mineral, as the body poorly absorbs the standard forms of lithium Carbonate. That is, until lithium orotate was discovered.

Lithium orotate offers superior bio-utilization for the human body, allowing the mineral to penetrate the mitochondria, glia and lysosomes that exist within the intracellular structures of our cells. The mineral stabilizes these lysosomal membranes, slowing the enzymatic reaction that leads to many of the negative side effects of other forms of lithium salts.

Most people are unaware that lithium is not a drug, but is a naturally occurring mineral from the earth. Just like calcium and potassium, lithium is something that every human body requires for mental and physical health.

Many people are familiar with the pharmaceutical forms of lithium (lithium carbonate and lithium citrate), these aforementioned chemical extracts used to treat mania and depression.

Lithium orotate is very different than the other forms of the mineral. Whereas pharmaceutical drug forms of lithium require high doses to penetrate our cells, lithium orotate is only needed in extremely small serving size, considering the fact that a massive amount of the mineral penetrates the cell (approximately 97%). The other great news is that unlike its pharmaceutical counterparts, lithium orotate is non-toxic, safe, has little to no side effects, and works on 70% to 80% of people who use it.

Health Benefits of Lithium Orotate

Brain Protection: Studies show that the mineral lithium can actually rejuvenate and build the grey matter nerve cells in the brain by up to three percent.

Anti-Aging Effects: Small amounts of lithium orotate have been shown to offer anti-aging effects to the brain.

Neuroprotection From Environmental Toxins: Lithium has been shown to protect the system from numerous toxins, particularly in the grey matter of the brain.

Lithium Orotate May Also Aid:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Low white blood cell counts
  • Juvenile convulsive disease
  • Alcoholism and liver disorders
  • Pain associated with migraine and cluster headaches
  • Hyperthyroidism and other thyroid diseases: Studies show that lithium may aid in the even distribution of iodine.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as a general stress reducer.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and aggression: Studies show that individuals taking Lithium experienced lowered levels of rage and anger, as well as improved memory.
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • In the reduction of myopia (nearsightedness) and glaucoma: Dr. Hans Nieper found that glaucoma patients could benefit from the dehydrating effect of lithium on the eye, offering patients vision improvement and a lowering of intraocular pressure.
  • Bipolar disorder: Orotates may lessen effects of manic or depressive episodes. Lithium has been shown to serve as an effective mood balancer in 70-80 percent of bipolar patients.
  • Depression: the therapeutic serving of lithium orotate is 150 mg/day. This is compared to 900-1800 mg of the prescription forms. In this range of lithium orotate, there are no adverse side effects and no need for monitoring blood serum measurements.

Lithium Precautions

Do not attempt to self-medicate a mental imbalance with lithium orotate. Speak with your health care provider for more information. Pregnant and nursing women should not take any type of lithium supplement.

Also, lithium should not be taken by those with renal or cardiovascular diseases, severe dehydration or exhaustion, sodium depletion, or in individuals using any form of diuretics or ACE inhibitors.


Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Yeast Infection And Bacterial Vaginosis

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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common type of vaginal infection, followed by yeast infections. The primary causes of infections are bacterial imbalance – namely an excess of harmful bacteria – or Candida. Both conditions can lead to an unpleasant set of symptoms, including an unusual discharge, a strong, fish-like odor (especially after sex), burning during urination, itching around the outside of the vagina, and vaginal irritation. Some of the more prevalent symptoms of yeast infections are burning, redness, and swelling of the vagina and/or vulva, pain during urination, pain during sex, soreness, and a thick white discharge. [1] [2]

How Do Antibiotics Affect the Vaginal Flora?

Antibiotics and anti-fungal medications are some of the most common treatments for BV and yeast infections. While these might treat the infection itself, they may cause some harm, too. These antibiotics and medicines actually kill off both the good and bad bacteria in the vagina. And not only that, they also kill off many favorable bacteria in the gut as well. When antibiotics disrupt intestinal flora like this, it can lead to a weakened immune system, poor digestion, and even instigate severe digestive disorders. As for the vagina itself, the lack in good bacteria can contribute to an increased likelihood of urinary tract infections and even vaginal candidiasis occurring as a result of the regrowth of harmful bacteria and fungi. [3]

Supporting Vaginal Flora with Probiotics

Since bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections are both so often caused by an excess of harmful bacteria in the vagina, it’s important to find ways to support vaginal flora (good bacteria). Studies have shown that taking probiotics along with antibiotics is an effective approach with the best long-term results. [4] Probiotic supplements containing the Lactobacillus bacteria (a good bacteria) have been shown to be especially helpful for encouraging a balanced vaginal environment. [5] Of course, that’s not everything probiotics can do for a woman’s body.

The Role of Beneficial Bacteria in Women’s Health

The importance of probiotics in women’s health is becoming better understood. In addition to supporting a healthier vagina and urinary tract, probiotics also support digestion. [6] As an example, irritable bowel syndrome is more common in women than men, [7] but probiotics have been shown to help ease discomfort in women dealing with this condition. [8]

Probiotics also keep the vaginal environment more acidic which helps promote favorable balance. [9] Women who consume probiotics regularly (whether through diet or supplementation) and eat alkaline foods significantly increase their chances of normal, vaginal balance. [10] If you’re looking to add probiotics to your diet, a few of the best options include:

  • Yogurt with live, active strains (look specifically for live strains)
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha
  • Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh and pickles
  • Miso soup

Now that you’ve learned a few more of the health benefits of probiotics for women, will you consume more of them? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!

References:

  1. Bacterial Vaginosis.”Office of Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services, last updated May 26, 2015.
  2. Vaginal Yeast Infection.” Office of Women’s Health, Department of Health and Human Services, last updated January 6, 2015.
  3. Kurowski K1, Ghosh R, Singh SK, Beaman KD. Clarithromycin-induced alterations in vaginal flora. Am J Ther. 2000 Sep;7(5):291-5.
  4. Pendharkar S1, Brandsborg E2, Hammarström L3, Marcotte H4, Larsson PG5. Vaginal colonisation by probiotic lactobacilli and clinical outcome in women conventionally treated for bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection. BMC Infect Dis. 2015 Jul 3;15:255. doi: 10.1186/s12879-015-0971-3.
  5. Cribby S, Taylor M, Reid G. Vaginal Microbiota and the Use of Probiotics. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases. 2008;2008:256490. doi:10.1155/2008/256490.
  6. Harvard Medical School. “Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics”. Harvard Health Publications, last updated December 1, 2015.
  7. Lee SY, Kim JH, Sung IK, Park HS, Jin CJ, Choe WH, Kwon SY, Lee CH, Choi KW. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Is More Common in Women Regardless of the Menstrual Phase: A Rome II-based Survey. J Korean Med Sci. 2007 Oct; 22(5): 851–854. Published online 2007 Oct 31. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2007.22.5.851.
  8. Aragon G, MD, Graham DB, MD, Borum M, MD, EdD, MPH, Doman DB, MD, FACP, FACG. Probiotic Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2010 Jan; 6(1): 39–44.
  9. Waigankar SS, Patel V. Role of Probiotics in Urogenital Healthcare. J Midlife Health. 2011 Jan-Jun; 2(1): 5–10. doi: 10.4103/0976-7800.83253.
  10. Lactobacillus. Medline Plus, last reviewed February 15, 2015.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

How 6 People Reversed Their Diabetes In 30 Days

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There’s a good chance you know someone with diabetes give how common it is today, and I think it’s important people start getting to know what others have been doing to treat and cure their diabetes so people can find out if these solutions can work for them.

When I think of diabetes, I don’t just think of people who already have the condition, but I also think of preventing it. What if we could not only prevent diabetes before it happened, but also reverse it once it shows up?

Diabetes is one of the most rampant diseases of our time. According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes. [1]

In fact, diabetes is growing at a fairly fast rate. A study completed by the CDC & Research Triangle Institute concluded that If recent trends in diabetes prevalence rates continue linearly over the next 50 years, future changes in the size and demographic characteristics of the U.S. population will lead to dramatic increases in the number of Americans with diagnosed diabetes. [2]

According to the current mainstream approach, the major goal in treating diabetes is to minimize any elevation of blood sugar (glucose) without causing abnormally low levels of blood sugar. Type 1 diabetes is treated with insulin, exercise, and a diabetic diet. Type 2 diabetes is treated first with weight reduction, a diabetic diet, and exercise. [3] Currently the belief is “Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure.” – The American Diabetes Association.

6 Test Subjects Reverse Diabetes In 30 Days

In the film, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days, six test subjects were used, all of whom had varying lifestyles and conditions but were all diabetic – five were type 2 and one was type 1. Each subject was taking insulin.

Before we get into the results of this film, let’s take note of what is established about type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This information is from The National Diabetes Education Program:

Type 1 diabetes – The body does not make insulin. Insulin helps the body use glucose from food for energy. People with type 1 need to take insulin every day.

Type 2 diabetes – The body does not make or use insulin well. People with type 2 often need to take pills or insulin. Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes.

The participants of the program were as follows:

  • Austin (age 25) was not only a type 1 diabetic, but he also had a drinking problem.
  • Kirt (age 25) had a blood sugar reading of 1200. Normal is below 100. His doctor told him, “You should be dead.”
  • Bill (age 58) was seeing a cardiologist and had neuropathy. He could not feel his feet.
  • Michelle (age 36) was quite obese.
  • Henry (age 58) took insulin plus 9 pills daily. Blood sugar was at 464.
  • Pam (62) was quite obese. Her father, brother, and sister are also diabetic.

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The approach Gabriel Cousens takes to cure people of diabetes is all about changing their diet. According to him, research shows that in terms of health, meat eaters have 4 times more breast cancer, 3.6 times more prostate cancer, 4 times more diabetes, and much higher rates of chronic disease in general, than their vegan counterparts. If you’re just having milk, that’s 3 times more leukemia.[4]

Given his position on diet, he believes in taking a mainly raw approach to eating and consuming a plant based diet. His team prepares raw, well-balanced and whole meals for the test subjects throughout the 30 day period. The food becomes their medicine.

With medical supervision, all of the subjects took their medication as needed and ate the food that is provided to them by Gabriel and his team at the Tree Of Life Rejuvenation Center.

Results

By Day 3 of the program Kirt, Bill and Henry were able to stop taking insulin and medication. Their blood sugar levels had already dropped to the normal range after just 3 days of changing their diet. Pam was able to cut her insulin intake by 1/3. Austin, the type 1 diabetic, was able to cut his insulin intake down to half. And Michelle saw her blood sugar at around 362. This discouraged her to the point where she didn’t want to stay in the program any longer, although she did.

By day 12 of the program, Henry’s blood sugar had dropped 256 points compared to day 1. He was not using medication to lower his blood sugar levels. Although he was seeing great results, Henry felt he was too old for the program and requested to go home. His family arrived on day 17 and he went home. By that time, he was no longer taking 17 medications, he had lost 30 pounds, and his blood pressure had decreased. In Henry’s case, his addiction to the food he used to eat was too difficult to overcome.

By the very last day, day 30, incredible results were seen that significantly challenge the current belief that diabetes has no cure.

  • Kirt no longer needed medications. His blood sugar had dropped 214 points to as low as 73 (normal) without medication. It was later found out he was type 1 diabetic since the beginning. Status: Within normal range.
  • Bill stopped taking 19 medications and lost 32 pounds. His blood sugar dropped 214 points to 74 (normal) without medication or insulin. Status: Within normal range.
  • Michelle stopped taking all of her medications and lost 23 pounds. Her blood sugar dropped from 291 to 109 without the use of medication. Status: Within normal range.
  • Pam lost 26 pounds while her blood sugar dropped 167 points down to 112 without medication. Status: Within normal range.
  • Austin, who is type 1 diabetic, lost 20 pounds and reduced his insulin from 70 units down to 5. Status: Drastic improvement in diabetic condition.

As you can see, all participants had drastic turnarounds in their health and all had their diabetes either completely reversed or brought well under control. A type 1 diabetic (Kirt) had his diabetes completely cured – something that is considered impossible. All type 2 diabetics no longer needed insulin.

What Does This Tell Us?

Like many things in modern medicine, we don’t have all of the answers and in a lot of cases we have a difficult time admitting that what is currently mainstream isn’t always the best course of action.

People everywhere are taking alternate routes to achieve results equal to and sometimes better than what is made available to them through mainstream voices like doctors and government appointed professionals. I feel it’s important that people know their options and have a fair chance of hearing them out. I know many people with diabetes who aren’t aware of the power of food in transforming their condition yet are taking insulin and following mainstream ideas as if they were the only truth.

It isn’t to say that the mainstream is bad, it’s simply that we are missing out on other options in a big way. After all, the American Diabetes Association makes claims about there being no cures yet the above results would suggest there is more to that story.

Have you ever tried raw food to cure your diabetes? We are curious to hear some real live results from others.

Sources:

1. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/

2. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/24/11/1936.full

3. http://www.medicinenet.com/diabetes_treatment/article.htm

4. http://www.treehugger.com/culture/dr-gabriel-cousens-on-curing-diabetes-with-raw-food-and-on-why-going-vegan-makes-sense.html

5. http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/blood-glucose-control


Joe Martino created Collective-Evolution 5 years ago and has been heavily at it since. I love inspiring others to find joy and make changes in their lives. Hands down the only other thing I am this passionate about is baseball.

The Remarkable Healing Properties Of Pumpkin Seed

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Pumpkin seeds, like all edible seeds, pack an immense nutritional  and medicinal punch. After all, they contain future worlds within their compact structure. As Emerson said, “the creation of a thousand forests is within one acorn.”

In order to prepare their “babies” for survival outside the pumpkin, Nature equips these seeds with an extremely dense source of organically-bound nutrients, including exceptionally high levels of key, health-promoting minerals.

For example, a one cup serving (64 grams) of pumpkin seeds has 44% daily value (DV) of zinc, 22% of copper, 42% magnesium, 16% manganese, 17% potassium, and enough iron (17% DV) to improve iron-deficiency associated anemia.

But beyond the obvious nutritional virtues of the seed, recent scientific investigations have revealed that pumpkin seed meal, as well as its pressed oil, may have great value in alleviating the following conditions:

Prostate Growth: pumpkin seed has been studied for its ability to inhibit testosterone-induced prostate growth, a common causative factor in benign prostatic hyperplasia.[i] [ii]

Postmenopausal Symptoms: Women supplemented with 2,000 mg of pumpkin seed oil over the course of 12 weeks were found to have reduced blood pressure, increased HDL cholesterol, as well as reduction in the severity of hormone insufficiency associated symptoms, e.g. hot flash, headaches and join pain.[iii]  Additional experimental research indicates that adverse cardiovascular changes associated with estrogen deficiency, such as blood pressure and lipid abnormalities, can be mitigated with pumpkin seed oil. [iv]

Calcium-Oxalate Kidney Stones: According to a study performed in 1987 and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, children with calcium-oxalate crystals in their urine responded favorably to the supplementation of their diet with pumpkin seeds.[v]

Cardiovascular and Liver Disease: A mixture of flaxseed and pumpkin seed was found to have heart-protective and liver-protective properties in an animal study from 2008 published in the Journal of Food Chemistry & Toxicology.[vi]

Drug & Chemical Toxicity: The protein isolate of pumpkin seed has been shown to alleviate acetaminophen (Tylenol) toxicity on the liver,[vii] and as methotrexate-induced small intestine damage in an animal model.[viii] It has also been studied to protect against carbon tetrachloride-induced liver injury.[ix]

Arthritis: Pumpkin seed oil was found to compare favorably with the NSAID drug indomethacin in an experimental model of arthritis, but without causing liver damage, in a study published in 1995 in the journal of Pharmacological Research.[x]

Hypertension: Animals fed pumpkin seed oil were found to respond more favorably to conventional drug-treatment with Ace-inhibitors and  Calcium Channel Blockers, likely because of its beneficial antioxidant properties.[xi]

Parasites: A preclinical canine study has shown that pumpkin seeds have significant activity against canine intestinal parasites.[xii]

Insomnia/Anxiety:  Pumpkin seeds contain a high level of tryptophan (22mg/gram of pumpkin seed protein), the amino acid precursor to serotonin – which is itself converted to melatonin, the “sleep hormone,” in the evening. Research published in 2007 in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology found that when de-oiled pumpkin seed  was taken in combination with glucose, a clinical effect similar to that of pharmaceutical-grade tryptophan was achieved.[xiii]  A 2005 study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience found that pumpkin seed sourced tryptophan in combination with carbohydrate was as effective as pharmaceutical tryptophan in reducing awake time during the night.

These, of course, are only some of the experimentally confirmed beneficial properties of pumpkin seed. Like all foods, there are likely countless properties which within the right context, the right timing, and the right amount, fulfill Hippocrates’ age-old and timelessly true proclamation that food can be our medicine.

References

[i] Inhibition of testosterone-induced hyperplasia of the prostate of sprague-dawley rats by pumpkin seed oil.  QJM. 2008 Mar;101(3):167-79. Epub 2008 Jan 25. PMID: 16822218

[ii] Pumpkin seed oil and phytosterol-F can block testosterone/prazosin-induced prostate growth in rats.  Urol Int. 2006;77(3):269-74. PMID: 17033217

[iii] Improvement in HDL cholesterol in postmenopausal women supplemented with pumpkin seed oil: pilot study. Climacteric. 2011 May 5. Epub 2011 May 5. PMID: 21545273

[iv] Supplementation with pumpkin seed oil improves plasma lipid profile and cardiovascular outcomes of female non-ovariectomized and ovariectomized Sprague-Dawley rats. Phytother Res. 2008 Jul;22(7):873-7. PMID: 18567058

[v] The effect of pumpkin seeds on oxalcrystalluria and urinary compositions of children in hyperendemic area.  Am J Clin Nutr. 1987 Jan;45(1):115-21. PMID: 3799495

[vi] Hypolipidemic and hepatoprotective effects of flax and pumpkin seed mixture rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in hypercholesterolemic rats. Food Chem Toxicol. 2008 Dec;46(12):3714-20. Epub 2008 Oct 1. PMID: 18938206

[vii] In Vitro antioxidative activity of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate and its In Vivo effect on alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase in acetaminophen-induced liver injury in low protein fed rats. Phytother Res. 2006 Sep ;20(9):780-3. PMID: 16807884

[viii] Protective effect of ellagic acid and pumpkin seed oil against methotrexate-induced small intestine damage in rats. Indian J Biochem Biophys. 2011 Dec ;48(6):380-7. PMID: 22329239

ix] Effect of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate on the activity levels of certain plasma enzymes in CCl4-induced liver injury in low-protein fed rats.  Phytother Res. 2005 Apr ;19(4):341-5. PMID: 16041732

[x] Effect of pumpkin-seed oil on the level of free radical scavengers induced during adjuvant-arthritis in rats. Pharmacol Res. 1995 Jan;31(1):73-9. PMID: 7784309

[xi] Pumpkin-seed oil modulates the effect of felodipine and captopril in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Pharmacol Res. 2000 May;41(5):555-63. PMID: 10753555

[xii] [Preclinical studies of cucurbita maxima (pumpkin seeds) a traditional intestinal antiparasitic in rural urban areas]. Rev Gastroenterol Peru. 2004 Oct-Dec;24(4):323-7. PMID: 15614300

[xiii] Protein-source tryptophan as an efficacious treatment for social anxiety disorder: a pilot study. Can J Physiol Pharmacol. 2007 Sep;85(9):928-32. PMID: 18066139


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

The Benefits Of Aloe Vera For Your Heart

For thousands of years, people from around the world have used aloe vera for everything from soothing sunburn to oral wounds! In recent years, research has suggested that the plant may boast even more health benefits thanks to the properties and compounds found in its leaves. A South Korean study reports that aloe vera supports the immune system. [1] Another study has indicated that aloe vera can fight harmful organisms in the digestive tract. [2]

Aloe vera is great for flushing out toxins and waste from the digestive tract [3], which in turn helps the body to absorb nutrients more effectively. This also supports circulation and gets more oxygen-rich blood to cells throughout the body. Today, we’ll look at how aloe vera supports heart health.

Aloe Vera and HDL Cholesterol

HDL, also known as high-density lipoprotein or “good” cholesterol is one of the two kinds of cholesterol in your blood. The sentiment is typically that the higher your HDL levels are, the better your health because HDL cholesterol travels through your blood collecting unused LDL (low-density lipoprotein – “bad” cholesterol) molecules before they become damaged by free radicals. These unused LDL molecules can damage arteries and ultimately harm your heart. Cutting them off at the pass helps protect your heart before there’s an issue. [4]

In one study, 5,000 patients added aloe vera and psyllium seed to their diets. In all cases, HDL cholesterol improved and researchers noted that diabetics enjoyed the most improvement. [5] Keep in mind that’s a test sampling with controlled parameters and you shouldn’t expect the same results, but it’s interesting news nonetheless.

Aloe Vera and LDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides

Despite having been dubbed “bad” cholesterol, every cell in your body require some LDL cholesterol. The problem is that too much LDL cholesterol in a person’s system can clog arteries and lead to heart attack or stroke. A major concern is the combination of high LDL cholesterol and too many triglycerides. Triglycerides, which are fat cells that store energy, actually make up the primary type of fat in your body. [6] High levels of triglycerides in your blood means that you aren’t actually burning all that excess energy, which turns into fat. Triglyceride levels under 150 mg/dL are considered normal, with 200 mg/dL considered high. Anything from 150 – 199 mg/dL is borderline high and anything about 500 mg/dL is extremely high. [7] Some research has shown aloe vera to be good nutrition for encouraging normal LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. [5]

Aloe Vera and Blood Sugar

Recent studies have shown that aloe vera supported normal blood sugar in diabetic mice. [8] Researchers reported that 5 active compounds in aloe vera reduced fasting blood sugar levels in mice up to 64% when consumed for 28 days. The same mice showed about a 15% decrease in the A1C blood sugar levels. [9] This is significant because high blood sugar increases the presence of free radicals in the blood. It also increases damage to LDL cholesterol, which can lead to arterial attacks and even the development of heart disease.

Supplementing Your Diet with Aloe Vera

Beyond heart health, research indicates aloe vera supports the immune system, digestion, is soothing, protects you from UV and gamma radiation, among other things. Plus, it’s rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and E and important minerals like selenium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. And it offers vegetarians and vegans an excellent way to get 20 of the 22 amino acids the human body needs. [10]

You can add aloe and its nutrients to your diet with aloe juice but be aware you should avoid any product that contains aloin. This is found in the outer part of the aloe vera leaf and is actually an incredibly harsh laxative. If a label says “outer leaf” or “whole leaf”, you can count on encountering aloin.

If you are looking to enjoy aloe vera’s health benefits, acemannan is the key ingredient to seek out. Acemannan is a polysaccharide and is generally the key property that gives aloe vera its beneficial properties. Aloe Fuzion™, an all natural capsule product made from 100% pure organic inner leaf aloe vera powder, features the highest level of acemannan content on the market. This product is also completely aloin free.

Natural Ways to Encourage Heart Health

Take care of yourself! Other tips include…

  • Exercise Regularly: Just like any other muscle, your heart needs exercise. Just be careful not to overdo it.
  • Healthy Diet: Your body is made to prosper and take care of itself, but its ability to do so truly begins with the foods you consume. I recommend natural, organic options when possible!
  • Monitor Cholesterol: It’s important to keep tabs on what’s happening within your body. Understanding this will help you keep your body running in top shape.
  • Blood Pressure: Use diet and exercise to maintain a healthy blood pressure. You can monitor this with convenient at-home kits or in just about any drugstore.
  • Smoking: Not smoking sounds like a no-brainer for any health conscious person, but unfortunately smoking is a big part of many people’s lives.
  • Manage Stress: Stress is actually caused by a hormonal response that the body creates. Negatives emotions, like stress and anger, can have a tremendously negative impact on the body. Keep these in check with breathing exercises and meditation – even if only for a few minutes each day.
  • Supplements: Even the healthiest diets can fall short of providing key vitamins and minerals at times. Taking appropriate supplements can make a huge difference in your nutrition and, as a by-product, in your overall wellbeing.

When it comes to your health, aloe vera’s incredible nutrient density makes it an ideal addition to your diet. The vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and plant nutrients like acemannan support heart health and offer many other health benefits.

Have you ever tried any aloe vera products or supplements? We’d love to hear about it! Please share your experience in the comments below.

References:

  1. Im SA, Kim KH, Kim HS, Lee KH, Shin E, Do SG, Jo TH, Park YI, Lee CK. Processed Aloe vera gel ameliorates cyclophosphamide-induced immunotoxicity. Int J Mol Sci. 2014 Oct 24;15(11):19342-54. doi: 10.3390/ijms151119342.
  2. Cellini L1, Di Bartolomeo S, Di Campli E, Genovese S, Locatelli M, Di Giulio M. In vitro activity of Aloe vera inner gel against Helicobacter pylori strains. Lett Appl Microbiol. 2014 Jul;59(1):43-8. doi: 10.1111/lam.12241. Epub 2014 Mar 25.
  3. Cock IE. The Genus Aloe: Phytochemistry and Therapeutic Uses Including Treatments for Gastrointestinal Conditions and Chronic Inflammation. Prog Drug Res. 2015;70:179-235.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. LDL and HDL: “Bad” and “Good” Cholesterol. Last updated March 16, 2015.
  5. Agarwal OP. Prevention of atheromatous heart disease. Angiology. 1985 Aug;36(8):485-92.
  6. Medline Plus. Triglyceride Level. Last updated October 24, 2014.
  7. Ghannam N, Kingston M, Al-Meshaal IA, Tariq M, Parman NS, Woodhouse N. The antidiabetic activity of aloes: preliminary clinical and experimental observations. Horm Res. 1986;24(4):288-94.
  8. Tanaka M1, Misawa E, Ito Y, Habara N, Nomaguchi K, Yamada M, Toida T, Hayasawa H, Takase M, Inagaki M, Higuchi R. Identification of five phytosterols from Aloe vera gel as anti-diabetic compounds. Biol Pharm Bull. 2006 Jul;29(7):1418-22.
  9. Surjushe A, Vasani R, Saple DG. ALOE VERA: A SHORT REVIEW . Indian Journal of Dermatology. 2008;53(4):163-166. doi:10.4103/0019-5154.44785.
  10. Medline Plus. “Measuring Cholesterol Levels.” Summer 2012 Issue: Page 6-7.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Iodine Supplements: The Three Best Kinds To Use

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Iodine is essential for a vibrant and radiant body. It’s a key player in our DNA, it boosts our immune system, stabilizes our metabolism, and even assists with cardiovascular health. [1] Furthermore, it’s estimated that more than half of the US population suffer from insufficient levels of iodine. Iodine is a major contributor to the function of your thyroid gland, especially in the creation of T3 and T4 hormones, which are important for regulating your body’s metabolism. So what are some Iodine supplements available on the market, and how do they each stack up?

1) Transformative Nano-Colloidal Detoxified Iodine, or Nascent Iodine:

This is a consumable form of iodine that holds an electromagnetic charge. It allows for a larger release of energy once consumed, and is very similar to bio-available forms of iodine that are produced naturally in the thyroid gland. Because of this, your body is able to recognize and assimilate it very easily. Its unique structure and form allows it to travel through the body, quicker and easier than any other Iodine supplement available. Also, unlike all other liquid iodine supplements, it contains no alcohol in its solution.To me, this is by far the best iodine supplement to use and the one I recommend is the product Detoxadine.

2) Lugol’s Solution Iodine:

Contains 6.3 mg of molecular iodine/iodide per drop. This solution is one-third molecular iodine (5%) and two-thirds potassium iodide (10%). Studies show that the best form of iodine is one that includes molecular iodine (I2). It has been shown that breast tissue prefers this non-toxic mono elemental-based iodine. Lugol’s Solution has been shown to increase respiratory tract secretions and inhibit thyroid hormone secretion. One Malaysian study found that patients taking Lugol’s solution experienced a sharp decline in unwanted hormonal secretions during a period of ten days.

3) Potassium Iodide:

Comes in tablets, with servings ranging from 0.23 to 130 mg. This closely-bound inorganic form of iodine has been shown to only offer 20% assimilation to bodily tissues. Studies show that potassium iodide blocks the uptake of radio-iodine in the thyroid gland, thus lowering the chances of developing thyroid cancer [2]. Moreover, potassium iodide has been used in emergency treatments for hyperthyroidism (PDF) [3].

Nascent iodine is by far the best iodine solution on the market. It travels and is absorbed by the body quicker than any other type of iodine supplement.

Recommended Instructions: Take 3 drops of nascent iodine by mouth and immediately follow with purified water and swallow. Use once daily or as directed by your healthcare provider.

Click Here to View the Nascent Iodine Supplement I Know and Trust

References:

  1. Donald W. Miller, Jr. MD. Iodine for Health. Lew Rockwell. 2006 August 14.
  2. University of Maryland Medical Center. Iodine overview.
  3. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Potassium Iodide as a thyroid blocking agent in radiation emergencies(PDF). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. 2001 December.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Gallstones: Symptoms And Natural Remedies

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Some 10-15% of adults in the U.S. experience the pain of gallstones. [1] In fact, it’s a digestive problem that sends more people to the hospital each year than any other. And, unfortunately, the rate of gallstone attacks has been continually rising. There is a good chance that you or someone you know will have to deal with this painful condition at some point in your life. There are some things you can do to help avoid gallstones but, before we get to that, we should first explain what gallstones are.

What Are Gallstones?

Gallstones are crystallized enzymes, bile salts, and cholesterol that can form into small clumps in your gallbladder. The gallbladder is the organ that supplies the liver with bile, which is used to digest protein. When gallstones do form, they can come in an array of shapes and sizes. In fact, most gallstones are actually very small and many pass unnoticed. These are called silent gallstones.

However, this isn’t always the case. When gallstones don’t pass right away, they continue to grow. Sometimes they get so big they actually block bile flow from the gallbladder, totally blocking the gall duct. This leads to a painful condition called biliary colic. Gallstones can be microscopic, and most are, but some end up as large as a golf ball. These extreme cases can lead not only to gall duct blockage but can even irritate the liver. As you might imagine, this can be incredibly uncomfortable, even requiring a hospital visit. Some cases even warrant surgery!

What Causes Gallstones?

Several factors can lead to the development of gallstones, of which there are two types: cholesterol gallstones and pigment gallstones . Cholesterol gallstones form when undissolved cholesterol collects in the gallbladder or the biliary duct which leads to the small intestine. Pigment gallstones occur when too much bilirubin (byproduct of red blood cell breakdown with bile) remains in the gallbladder or gall duct. Gallstones can also occur when the gallbladder does not empty as frequently as it should. When this happens, bile becomes concentrated and encourages crystallization of cholesterol or bilirubin.

Additional factors that increase a person’s likelihood of developing gallstones:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Low HDL
  • Inadequate diet
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Blood disorders
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Pregnancy
  • Family history [1]

What are the Symptoms?

While “silent” gallstones pass without incident, larger ones can cause tremendous pain that lasts for hours. One of the most common symptoms is a rapidly intensifying pain on the upper-right side of the abdomen or even pain in the right shoulder. In certain cases, the pain can become so intense that you can neither sit still nor find a comfortable position.

In the most severe cases, gallstones can lead to fever with chills. If there is an extreme amount of bilirubin buildup, the skin may take on a yellow color. Typically, the more severe the symptoms are the more serious the blockage has become. Some cases may even end in surgery, with the worst case requiring a cholecystectomy, which is the removal of the gallbladder.

Avoiding Gallstones

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to naturally help reduce the risk of gallstone formation. First, eat meals that contain fat. Each time you do, your gallbladder releases bile to break it down. When the bile is flowing regularly, the chances of crystals forming are greatly reduced.

Exercise can also have a tremendous effect. The New England Journal of Medicine has reported that in a study of over 60,000 women, those who sat for more than 40 hours per week at work experienced gallstones much more frequently than those who were more active. [2] A similar study by the Harvard School of Public Health involved over 45,000 men who exercised for 30 minutes 5 times each week. This study found that exercise reduced the risk of gallstones by over 33%. [3] Of course, exercise can also go a long way towards maintaining a healthy body.

Foods that Help Reduce Risk of Gallstones

There are also some foods that can help with reducing your risk of developing gallstones. Nuts like pecans, walnuts, and cashews provide the right type of fats and proteins that help keep bile flowing and the bile ducts clear. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has reported that women who eat five ounces of nuts or more per week have fewer cases of gallstones and are less likely to require gallbladder surgery. [4] And in addition to the fats and proteins that help fight gallstones, nuts are also loaded with vitamins and minerals that can help with weight management. [5]

Another excellent food is apple cider vinegar. Not only does it aid tremendously with digestion but studies show that it helps break down fats that could crystallize into gallstones. [6]

Fish, such as salmon, tuna, and cod, as well as seeds, are also great sources of protein and fat alternatives that can reduce the risk of developing gallstones while promoting overall great health. Even if you aren’t getting enough of these foods in your regular diet, it is possible to support your gallbladder through supplementation.

Other Foods and Nutrients for Gallbladder Support

Some nutrients can help support your gallbladder as a compliment to a healthy diet.

1. Vitamin C

This is a simple and affordable way to reduce your risk. Most importantly, it’s effective. In fact, research indicates that vitamin C can cut your risk of developing gallstones by half. [7] One trait that people love is how easy it is to add vitamin C to your diet.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice shares some properties with bile and stomach acid. This makes it very effective at breaking down fats and cholesterol and help detoxify the liver. Combining the juice of one fresh, organic lemon with just a tablespoon of olive oil is a tremendous way to stimulate bile flow and help stop crystallization.

3. Chanca Piedra

Found in traditional therapies from around the world, chanca piedra is used to promote gallbladder and kidney health. It supports normal bile flow, which helps to cleanse the bile ducts.

4. Gravel Root

Gravel root, commonly known as the Joe-Pye weed, is another herb that has been used for thousands of years, best known for its soothing properties [8] and other health benefits, which includes the ability to keep gallstones from forming.

5. Curcumin

Curcumin, the active compound found in turmeric, has been found to discourage gallstones. [9] Turmeric is also known for being a powerful antioxidant with soothing abilities and numerous additional health benefits.

Have you dealt with gallstones? What was your strategy? Leave a comment below and share your experience with us.

References:

  1. University of Maryland Medical Center Gallstones and Gallbladder Disease. Last reviewed August 26, 2012.
  2. Michael F. Leitzmann, M.D., M.P.H., Eric B. Rimm, Sc.D., Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., Donna Spiegelman, Sc.D., Francine Grodstein, Sc.D., Meir J. Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H., Graham A. Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D. Recreational Physical Activity and the Risk of Cholecystectomy in Women. N Engl J Med 1999; 341:777-784. September 9, 1999DOI: 10.1056/NEJM199909093411101.
  3. Leitzmann MF1, Giovannucci EL, Rimm EB, Stampfer MJ, Spiegelman D, Wing AL, Willett WC. The relation of physical activity to risk for symptomatic gallstone disease in men. Ann Intern Med. 1998 Mar 15;128(6):417-25.
  4. Tsai CJ1, Leitzmann MF, Hu FB, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL. Frequent nut consumption and decreased risk of cholecystectomy in women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Jul;80(1):76-81.
  5. Ros E1. Health benefits of nut consumption. Nutrients. 2010 Jul;2(7):652-82. doi: 10.3390/nu2070683. Epub 2010 Jun 24.
  6. Naziroqlu M1, Güler M, Özgül C, Saydam G, Küçükayaz M, Sözbir E. Apple cider vinegar modulates serum lipid profile, erythrocyte, kidney, and liver membrane oxidative stress in ovariectomized mice fed high cholesterol. J Membr Biol. 2014 Aug;247(8):667-73. doi: 10.1007/s00232-014-9685-5. Epub 2014 Jun 4.
  7. Walcher, Thomas et al. Vitamin C Supplement Use May Protect against Gallstones: An Observational Study on a Randomly Selected Population. BMC Gastroenterology 9 (2009): 74. PMC. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.
  8. Habtemariam S. Antiinflammatory activity of the antirheumatic herbal drug, gravel root (Eupatorium purpureum): further biological activities and constituents. Phytother Res. 2001 Dec;15(8):687-90.
  9. Li Y1, Li M2, Wu S3, Tian Y4. Combination of curcumin and piperine prevents formation of gallstones in C57BL6 mice fed on lithogenic diet: whether NPC1L1/SREBP2 participates in this process? Lipids Health Dis. 2015 Sep 3;14:100. doi: 10.1186/s12944-015-0106-2.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Turmeric Beats Ibuprofen For Arthritis Of The Knee

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An exciting new clinical trial published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has revealed that an effective natural alternative to the exceedingly popular pharmaceutical painkiller ibuprofen exists for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (OA), and it is a familiar kitchen spice known to be far superior both in safety and the number of side benefits it confers to any drug in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drug class.

Last year, in a Lancet review on the topic, ibuprofen was identified to be as toxic to the heart as the banned anti-inflammatory drug Vioxx, likely contributing to tens of thousands of deaths from cardiovascular disease each year. This is one of the reasons why evidence-based natural alternatives are extremely important, especially when they involve culinary spices that are already known to be safe, affordable, accessible and time-tested.

Titled, “Efficacy and Safety of Curcuma domestica Extracts in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis,”[i] the multi-center trial was conducted with 109 patients with primary knee osteoarthritis who were randomized to receive either ibuprofen 800 mg day ibuprofen (55 patients) or 2,000 mg turmeric (Curcuma domestica) per day (52 patients), for 6 weeks.  The ibuprofen was divided into 2 doses of 400mg daily, and the turmeric into 4 doses of 500 mg daily.

The researchers measured pain on level walking, pain on stairs, and functions of knee assessed by time spent during 100-m walk and going up and down a flight of stairs, as the primary outcomes.

After six weeks, significant improvements were observed in both groups, with all primary outcomes similar, except the turmeric group showed slightly better performance on the 100-m walk and less self-reported pain going up and down a flight of stairs.  Also, the turmeric group showed less adverse events.  Also, the subjects rated themselves to have higher satisfaction with the treatment results in the turmeric group (91.1%) versus the ibuprofen group (80.4%).

While the researchers acknowledged the limitations of their study – no double-blind protocol, the need for a higher dose in the placebo group, and the need for a larger patient sample size – they concluded that “C. domestica extracts seem to be efficacious and safe for the treatment of knee OA similarly to ibuprofen.”

They also pointed out that while some patients in the ibuprofen group rated themselves as having little satisfaction or no satisfaction (10.9% and 2.2%, respectively), not a single patient in the turmeric group reported being unsatisfied.

Finally, they observed a distinct trend towards a greater effect in patients receiving turmeric an ibuprofen.

The form of turmeric used in the study was manufactured by the Thai Government Pharmaceutical Organization. Its preparation was described as follows:

“The preparations were made under the Good Manufacturing Procedures Standard.

Dried rhizomes of C. domestica were grounded into powder. The turmeric powder was extracted with ethanol andthen evaporated at low pressure to obtain ethanolic extracts containing oil and curcuminoids. The oil part was then removed in order to have curcuminoids extracts. Each capsule of C. domestica extracts contained 250 mg of curcuminoids.”

The primary curcuminoid known to science is curcumin, and is the polyphenol in turmeric that gives the spice its radiant golden hue. Turmeric powder contains approximately 2-4% curcumin by weight. Curcumin has been studied to have over 600 health benefits. To view the first-hand research establishing its value, view our biomedical database on the topic: Curcumin Health Benefits.

For additional research on natural interventions for knee osteoarthritis view our database on the topic: Natural Knee Osteoarthritis Interventions


[i] Vilai Kuptniratsaikul, Piyapat Dajpratham, Wirat Taechaarpornkul, Montana Buntragulpoontawee, Pranee Lukkanapichonchut, Chirawan Chootip, Jittima Saengsuwan, Kesthamrong Tantayakom, Supphalak Laongpech. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study. Clin Interv Aging. 2014 ;9:451-8. Epub 2014 Mar 20. PMID: 24672232


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Why Eating Pomegranate Could Save Your Life

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Millions die every year from cancer. Millions more from heart disease. A solid body of research indicates that consuming pomegranate may be the ideal way to protect yourself against the top two killers in the postmodern age.

I confess I have a bit of an obsession with pomegranate. Not only does is its look and taste highly appealing, but ever since performing a pubmed.gov literature search on what is literally the fruiting ovary of the pomegranate bush, I was simply in awe at the sheer volume of supportive literature on its diverse applications for health promotion and disease prevention.

While I’ve written and lectured previously on foods with life-saving properties, such as garlic, lime juice, and of course the amazing spice turmeric to which I have dedicated an entire resource page on GreenMedInfo.com, I think what intrigues me most about pomegranate is how seldom it is recognized for its powerful, and I would say, life-saving health properties; this, despite the fact that the research literature shows it has 100+ potential health applications. This situation is not accidental. The truth about pomegranate (and all “natural cures” for that matter) is controversial and highly politicized, with The FTC and FDA going as far as  filing complaints against pomegranate juice manufacturers for referencing its well-established health value.

Personally, I’m most fascinated by pomegranate’s striking resemblance to the human ovary and how it contains mammalian-type steroid hormones like estrone and testosterone normally found in the ovaries — an example of the “doctrine of signatures,” which I recently covered in my article: “Why Walnut Resembles the Brain It Nourishes.”

And yet, most of my focus thus far has been on spreading the good news about pomegranate’s unique ability to reverse plaque build up in the arteries; a therapeutic property which could countermand the #1 cause of death in the developed world, namely, atherosclerosis related cardiovascular events such as heart attacks.

Pomegranate’s heart-saving properties are all the more amazing when you consider that we live in a world where millions are taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs even though the cholesterol hypothesis of heart disease remains just that: a theory, and one increasingly refuted by the evidence itself. Ironically, statins have also been demonstrated to weaken the heart muscle, along with causing some 300+ documented adverse health effects. And yet, many of these very same people popping potentially deadly pharmaceuticals without thought, are still afraid to consume pomegranate juice because of its “high sugar content.”

Another thing about pomegranate is that it is also uniquely supported by a folkloric body of cross-culturally overlapping virtues, such as promoting fertility, prosperity, and longevity. Clearly, the logos (science) and mythos (ancient orally transmitted wisdom) agree that this a very special food. I consider it right up there with my personal favorite turmeric; a plant root which, I believe, contains both intelligence and compassion.

If you want to see how I came to this apical point of appreciation for pomegranate, you can follow the biomedical footsteps I took to get here by checking out all the studies I have gathered on my pomegranate database here.

In this article, however, I will be focusing on an under appreciated benefit of pomegranate, namely, its powerful anti-cancer properties. My hope is that through these efforts more people will come to appreciate that only food can truly perform root cause resolution of disease, both by nourishing, stimulating natural detoxification methods, and perhaps more importantly, providing vectors of healing information. You can learn more about my perspective on the topic by watching my lecture below:

Pomegranate: Nature’s Perfect Anti-Cancer Food?

Regular readers of GreenMedInfo.com know that we focus heavily on identifying the true causes and cures for cancer, as well as the still widely underestimated problem of the medical industry’s routine misclassification, overdiagnosis and overtreatment of cancer; a problem, in fact, which was recognized by the National Cancer Institute’s own expert panel in 2013 to apply to two of the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer in men (HGPIN “prostate cancer”) and women (DCIS “breast cancer”), and which has lead to incalculable and needless suffering in millions of men and women in the U.S. over the past 30 years.

The convenient side effect of the mass screening associated overdiagnosis and overtreatment of suspicious “growths” is that cancer has become a multi-billion dollar industry, despite the fact that cancer treatments have made very little progress over the past half century.

A huge piece of the puzzle as to why conventional treatment has been a monumental failure is revealed by so-called cancer stem cell hypothesis. Basically a small subpopulation of cancer cells called cancer stem cells are believed responsible for producing most primary and secondary tumors, as well as their resistance to conventional chemotherapy and radiation. In fact, these two “therapies” actually enrich cancer stem cells in the surviving post-treatment tissue, making their use not only obsolete but fundamentally unethical due to the iatrogenic harms they cause on top of the original disease.

Preliminary research has already shown that pomegranate can inhibit and/or destroy a range of cancers, including prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and pancreatic cancer. But because the cancer stem cell hypothesis is relatively new, there are few studies that have been performed to assess the ability of natural compounds to kill cancer stem cells.

That said, an important study published in 2010 in Oncology Reports titled, “Pomegranate extract inhibits the proliferation and viability of MMTV-Wnt-1 mouse mammary cancer stem cells in vitro,” revealed for the first time that several compounds within pomegranate have the ability to target and destroy the cancer stem cells within mammary cancer. Remember, this is a highly significant finding because this is something that conventional cancer treatments cannot do.

The groundbreaking study opened with a brief summary of the cancer stem cell hypothesis, well worth reading:

The stem cell hypothesis of cancer is based on the existence of a subset of cells in tumors with a high proliferative capacity and multipotency, the stem cell-like ability to produce all cell types found in tumors (9). Tumor heterogeneity arises not by the serial clonal expansion of individual cancer cells that have acquired new, advantageous mutations, but from cancer stem cells. The cancer stem cell hypothesis explains the ultimate failure of chemotherapy; tumors destroyed by chemotherapy may be repopulated by cancer stem cells, which are highly drug resistant through a variety of mechanisms (10). As such, successful chemotherapy and cancer prevention must target not only the differentiated tumor cells that make up the bulk of the tumor, but also cancer stem cells, and treatment may have to be long-term, since cancer stem cells are long-lived.”

The study next moved to why foods like pomengranate may be the future of cancer treatment:

A promising source of novel chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agents are fruits and vegetables, which are associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer (4,14). Phytochemicals derived from fruits and vegetables have a proven ability to inhibit cancer cell growth in vitro and prevent the formation of tumors in vivo (4,6) and are well tolerated and safe, allowing for long-term dietary administration. However, since the cancer stem cell hypothesis has only recently been proposed, there are few studies on the effect of phytochemicals on cancer stem cells (16,17). We hypothesized that phytochemicals inhibit the growth and viability of mammary cancer stem cells. To test this hypothesis, in the present study we used a mammary cancer stem cell line, designated WA4, derived from tumors arising spontaneously in MMTV-Wnt-1 transgenic mice, as an in vitro model of cancer stem cells. Studies have suggested that mammary tumors arising in this model contain a proportion of tumor cells with cancer stem cell-like characteristics (8), and the ß-catenin pathway, which is activated by overexpression of Wnt-1, is important in governing self-renewal of cells, a hallmark of ‘stemness’. The majority of the cells in the WA4 cell line displays many cancer stem-cell like characteristics, as described in Materials and methods. We chose PE as our test agent. PE is a standardized extract of pomegranate that is commercially available as a dietary supplement and is certified ‘generally regarded as safe’ by the Food and Drug Administration. The extract is standardized by HPLC to contain no less than 70% total polyphenolic compounds, and the final polyphenolic composition is similar to that of the pomengranate fruit (12). Pomegranate juice and seed oil have previously been shown to inhibit the proliferation and metastasis of various differentiated human breast cancer cell lines in vitro (11,18,19). Pomegranate extracts have also been shown to inhibit the proliferation of other cancer cell types in vitro, including lung, prostate, colon and oral cancer (7,20-23). However, the current study is, to the best of our knowledge, the first to examine the effect of PE on cancer stem cells.”

The study results were reported as follows:

In summary, the present study demonstrates that PE is a potent inhibitor of mammary cancer stem cells in vitro. This is the first study to examine the potential of a dietary extract to target cancer stem cells.”

While this was only a cell study, the results are encouraging, as noted by the authors:

“The relatively low concentrations needed to inhibit mammary cancer stem cells in vitro and the demonstrated bioavailability of PE suggest that PE may be an effective inhibitor of mammary tumor growth in vivo, a possibility that is currently being tested in our laboratory.”

The most common criticism against preliminary research like this is that since it has not yet been proven safe and effective in human clinical trials it would be irresponsible, if not illegal, to use it to prevent, mitigate or treat any disease. This criticism, however, belies naivety as to how the biomedical research and publishing industries really work. The funding pay that needs to be scaled in order to perform the phase I, II, II, etc. human clinical trials required by the FDA to obtain drug approval is between 1-11 billion dollars high. Do we wait, for instance, for these studies to be performed, knowing full well that sufficient private and/or public capital will never materialize because natural substances do not produce market exclusivity nor a return on investment? In the meantime, tens of thousands die, annually, from the adverse effects of the highly toxic and ineffective conventional treatments.

As informed consumers and/or patients, who are fully aware that foods like pomegranate are not drugs. i.e., they are not comprised of synthetically produced molecules, we know that foods like these have thousands of years of safe usage behind them. And so, we have every right to use our “food as medicine.” When you consider that heart disease and cancer are the #1 and #2 causes of death in the developed world, and that a simple fruit extract may profoundly reduce the risk of being seriously harmed, or dying from either, it would seem unethical not to use it, or not to advocate for its use vis-à-vis the potentially horrific side effects of the drugs being used for primary prevention and treatment of these conditions.

This is why I believe pomegranate is the world’s most important healing fruit. Add to this the fact that it actually tastes good, and you have the perfect confluence of reasons to start incorporating it into your daily regimen.

For additional research on Cancer Stem Cell Killing foods and spices, visit our database section on the topic, or read my recent article on the topic: 25 Cancer Stem Cell Killing Foods Smarter Than Chemo.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Heal Lips Naturally With This Soothing Lip Balm

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Your lips are one of the most exposed areas of the body. With only a thin layer of skin to protect them, the cold, dry air can wreak havoc. When every ounce of moisture counts, we have to take steps to protect them. For convenience sake, many of us run down to the local market to pick up our favorite brand of pre-made chapstick.

As convenient as this is, some of the ingredients in these brand name products can do more harm than good. Certain ingredients in pre-made lip balms dry your lips out, which in turn makes you apply more, and then it starts an addicting habit that isn’t doing you, or your lips, any favors.

The sad part is, the cosmetic industry already knows this and regulates itself so they have no one to answer to. This means you need to be on the ball and do your own research so you’re aware of the toxic ingredients. Moreover, these no-no ingredients can also have harmful side effects such as skin irritations, allergic reactions and, in some cases kidney and liver damage. Before you purchase lip balm at the store, make sure they do not have any of these ingredients. Chances are, most of them will.

 Avoid these lip balm ingredients altogether:

  1. Vaseline – Vaseline is an extremely effective and non-irritating lip moisturizer. As well, because it is derived from oil, it may contain carcinogens and cause allergic reactions.
  2. Fragrances and artificial colors – Simply put, these added artificial ingredients can cause lip irritation.
  3. Menthol, camphor and phenol – these ingredients are what causes that cooling sensation on the lips, but can also dry your lips out further, thus causing your body to need more of the product. As well, they have a tendency to produce redness and swelling. Some of these ingredients are even toxic to the point of causing kidney and liver damage.
  4. Parabens –  This is used as a preservative in some cosmetic products, but so-called “long-chained” parabens can act as estrogens and disrupt hormone signaling. You want to ensure that your chapstick does not have this ingredient. Note: A very popular lip balm at the store has this harmful ingredient.
  5. Salicylic acid is used to exfoliate dry skin and relieves pain but it also has a tendency to irritate skin, leading to inflammation and dryness. Note: Salicylic acid contains the same anti-inflammatory ingredients as aspirin. This product should be avoided if you are allergic to aspirin.

Feel confident knowing there is an alternative – a natural alternative

Homemade lip balm is far more gentle on your sensitive, chapped lips. Making lip balm is also one of the easiest homemade products you can make and is a great project to get the kids involved. This homemade lip balm recipe is soothing, moisturizing and will help heal chapped, sensitive lips.

Soothing Lip Balm

  1. In a double broiler, on low heat, melt the beeswax until it has almost liquified.
  2. Next, add the coconut oil and honey when about half of the beeswax is no longer solid.
  3. After the oils are liquified, remove from heat, add vitamin E oil and essential oils and stir well.
  4. Transfer to a small container and let set for 3 hours (or until completely set).

You can purchase different types of lip balm containers at Amazon. These are the ones that I use.

Lip balm can not only be used for chapped lips, but can be used on chapped skin. Gently rubbing lip balm onto dry skin such as the hands, knuckles or even on the heels of the feet can do wonders. Here are 6 emergency uses for lip balm that may come in handy.

Stop using store-bought lip balms and make your own! It’s one of the easiest projects and your lips will stay moistened much longer.


Tess Pennington is the editor for ReadyNutrition.com. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999, Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response. Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But by following Tess’s tips for stocking, organizing, and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months, or even years.

 

Noni Leaf Extract Superior To Chemotherapy For Lung Cancer (Preclinical Study)

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Tragically, 1.4 million die from lung cancer each year, with 1.6 million newly diagnosed. Could this humble leaf extract beat a drug that can cost over 100,000 dollars to improve lung cancer survival only a few months?

A promising new study published in the journal Food & Function titled, “Morinda citrifolia edible leaf extract enhanced immune response against lung cancer,” has found that an alcohol-based leaf extract of the noni tree (Morinda Citrifolia) was more effective than a commonly used chemotherapy drug in treating lung cancer in an animal model.

In the new study, a team of Malaysian researchers tested the relative effectiveness of the drug erlotinib (trade name Tarceva), a so-called epidemal growth factor receptor inhibitor (EGFR inhibitor), to a noni leaf extract, in lung tumor-induced albino house mice (BALB/c), and found that 21 days of treatment with a 300 mg kg-1 body weight of leaf extract was more effective suppressing lung tumour growth than a 50 mg kg-1 body weight erlotinib treatment.

Remarkably, the noni leaf extract was observed to positively modulate a wide range of biological pathways, without discernable adverse effects:

  • Increasing blood lymphocyte counts

  • Increasing spleen tissue B cells

  • Increasing T cells

  • Increasing natural killer cells

  • Reduced epidemal growth factor receptor (EGFR)

  • Suppressed cyclooxgenase 2 (COX2) inflammatory markers

  • Enhanced the tumor suppressor gene (phosphatase and tensin homolog, PTEN)

  • Inhibited the tumour growth cellular genes transformed mouse 3T3 cell double minute 2 (MDM2) and V-raf-leukemia viral oncogene 1 (RAF1)

  • Inhibited the mechanistic target of rapamycin (MTOR)) mRNA expression in the tumors.

The study provided background on present-day lung cancer statistics, and dismal conventional treatment outcomes:

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, with 1.6 million new cases and 1.4 million deaths per year. Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for approximately 85% of all lung cancer cases, with a 5-year survival rate of only 16%.  Chemotherapy is relatively ineffective for patients with advanced NSCLC and the response rate is only 20% to 35% with a median survival of 10 to 12 months.  In a phase III study, the use of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) drugs, such as erlotinib, significantly improved the overall survival rate relative to supportive care for refractory stage IIIB/IV NSCLC. However, erlotinib use is limited because of several serious side effects3 and the emergence of cancer mutations which confer drug resistance. The common erlotinib side effects are weakness, diarrhoea, rashes, shortness of breath, coughing, loss of appetite, fatigue (feeling tired), and nausea. Erlotinib may cause more serious side effects such as lung problems (shortness of breath, coughing, and fever); interstitial lung disease and liver and kidney problems; blistering and skin peeling; gastrointestinal perforation; bleeding and clotting problems which may lead to heart attacks, strokes, dry eyes, unusual eyelash growth, or swelling of the corneas; harm to unborn babies and even death.”

Not mentioned in the study, but highly relevant to the topic at hand, is the extraordinarily high cost of chemotherapy drugs like erlotinib, despite the relatively small gains they produce.

A 2010 Medscape article reported that erlotinib, which has been the standard of care for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in the U.S. in Canada ever since the NCIC Clinical Trials Group BR.21 trial showed a 2 month improvement in overall survival when added to supportive care in patients who had failed all of their previous chemotherapy options. The article also calculated how much these seemingly minor gains cost in dollar-per-survival year terms:

The investigators determined that the specific cost of erlotinib treatment was $94,638 (in 2007 Canadian dollars) per life-year gained (95% confidence interval [CI], $59,359 to $429,148).”

Clearly, if the results of this latest animal study are found to extend to human lung cancer, as well, noni leaf extract could provide an ideal alternative, and could be produced at a much lower cost (A quick internet search yielded a price of about $50 for 12 ounces).

Noni leaf, unlike conventional chemotherapy drugs, is an exceedingly complex biological material, containing hundreds of different naturally occurring, and ‘intelligently interwoven’ phytochemicals. The sheer complexity and density of gene- and physiology-regulating information in a natural substance like noni leaf vis-à-vis synthetically produced, mono-chemical chemotherapy drugs, is astounding. The article listed an immense, though still non-exhaustive array of biomolecules identified within noni leaf which could, together, account for the remarkable therapeutic effects the study observed:

Scopoletin, Δ5 sterol β-sitosterol, Δ5,7 sterol campesta-5,7,22-trien-3β-ol, (+)-catechin, α-ionone, β-carotene, β-ionone, β-sitosterol, 1,2-dihydro-1,1,6-trimethyl- naphthalene, 1,5,15-trimethylmorindol, 2,6,10,14,18,22-tetra- cosahexaene, 2-methyl- 3,5,6-trihydroxyanthraquinone,2-methyl-3,5,6-trihydroxyanthraquinone-6-O-β-D- xylopyranosyl- (1–6)-β-D-glucopyranoside, 3-hydroxymorindone, 3-hydroxymorindone 6-O-β-D-xylopyranosyl-(1–6)-β-D-glucopyranoside, 3-O- acetylpomolic acid, 4-(3′(R)-hydroxybutyl )-3,5,5-trimethyl-cyclo- hex-2-en-1-one, 5,6-dihydroxylucidin, 5,6-dihydorxylucidin 3-O- β-D-xylopyranosyl-(1–6)-β-D-glucopyranoside, 5,15-dimethyl- morindol, 5,15-DMM, 5-methylfurfural, 5-benzofuran car- boxylic acid-6-formyl methyl ester, 6,10,14-trimethyl-2- pentadecanone, 13-epi-phaeophorbide a methyl ester, 13- hydroxy-9,11,15-octadecatrienoic acid, 132(R)-hydroxypheo- phorbide a methyl ester, 13(S)-hydroxypheophorbide a methyl ester, 151(R)-hydroxypurpurin-7 lactone dimethyl ester, 15(S)- hydroxypurpurin-7 lactone dimethyl ester, alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, asperuloside, asperulosidic acid, aucubin, barbi- nervic acid, benzaldehyde, benzeneacetaldehyde, campesta-5,7,22-trien-3β-ol, campesterol, citrifolinin A, citrifolinin A-1, citrifolinin Ba, citrifolinin Bb, citrifolinoside A, citrifolinoside B, citrifoside, clethric acid, cycloartenol, cysteine, cystine, de-acetyl asperuloside, deacetylasperulosidic acid (DAA), E-phytol, epicatechin, geranyl acetone, glutamic acid, glycine, hedera- genin, histidine, isoleucine, kaempferol, kaempferol-3-O-α-L- rhamnopyranosyl-(1–6)-β-D-glucopyranoside kaempferol 3-O- β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→2)-α-lrhamnopyranosyl-(1→6)-β-D-galac- topyranoside, ketosteroid stigmasta-4-en-3-one, leucine, lino- leic acid, lucidin, lucidin 3-O-β-dxylopyranosyl-(1–6)- β-D-glucopyranoside, methionine, methyl oleate, methyl pheo- phorbide a, methyl pheophorbide b, methyl plamitate, nicoti- floroside, oleanolic acid, oxalic acid, palmitic acid, peucedanocoumarin III, phenylalanine, pheophorbide a, phytic acid, phytol, proline, pteryxin, quercetin, quercetin-3-O- α-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→6)- β-D-glucopyranoside, quercetin 3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, quercetin 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl- (1→2)-α-lrhamnopyranosyl-(1→6)-β-D-galactopyranoside, roseo- side II, rotungenic acid, rutin, scopoletin, serine, stigmasta- 4–22-dien-3-one, stigmasta-4-en-3-one, stigmasterol, tannic acid, threonine, triterpene cycloartenol, tryptophan, tyrosine, ursolic acid, and valine.

The study concluded:

The evidence demonstrated that the epicatechin and scopoletin rich M. citrifolia leaf extract may be used as a functional food and complementary therapy to suppress lung cancer by stimulating the immune responses and modulating multiple cancer cell gene signaling pathways against cancer cell proliferation and towards apoptosis, without producing detectable undesirable effects. The extract suppressed key inflammatory markers and inhibited various molecular and cellular markers involved in proliferation and angiogenesis, suggesting a mode of action targeting, as proposed in Fig. 6. The epicatechin and scopoletin rich M. citrifolia leaves may be used as a complementary/adjunct therapy or functional food to help fight lung cancer or adenocarcinoma”.

Incidentally, this was not the first study to investigate the potential anti-lung cancer properties of a noni tree component. There are several others, including:

  • In 2012, the Indian Journal of Molecular Medicine published a study which found that noni fruit juice down-regulated an inflammatory process within human lung cancer cells, indicating it might play a therapeutic role in inflammation-associated lung pathologies, including but not limited to lung cancer.

  • In 2001, the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences published a study that found noni fruit juice was capable of preventing carcinogenic DMBA-DNA adduct formation in the lungs of mice, indicating its likely cancer preventive properties.

  • In 1999, the journal Phytotherapeutic Research published a study which found that the fruit juice of noni had antitumor activity in a mouse model of Lewis lung cancer.

It should be emphasized that the noni tree is certainly not the only natural substance that has been studied to provide natural chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity against lung cancer. Indeed, we have indexed 129 additional natural substances, many of which are foods, that have demonstrable anti-lung cancer activity. Curcumin, since it is able to target the cancer stem cells at the heart of lung cancer malignancy, may be the most promising of them all.

Learn more about cancer stem cells, how chemotherapy and radiation can actually enrich them, and curcumin’s cancer stem cell targeting properties.

For additional research on the health benefits of noni, view our research database on the topic: Noni health benefits research.

Lastly, consider that lung cancer is one of the most commonly overdiagnosed and overtreated cancers in existence today, as identified in an important 2013 JAMA report commissioned by the National Cancer Institute. So, please always get a second opinion and do your own research so you can make as much of an informed choice as possible.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Natural Remedies For Colic In Infants

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Colic is a frustrating and exhausting condition for both infants and parents. The time spent raising a colicky child is fraught with sleepless nights and nearly endless screaming. You may think it will never end, but here are some colic remedies that may help.

The exact causes of colic in infants are controversial and the condition is thought to be aggravated by a variety of things, including:

  • Food allergies (especially to dairy and soy formulas)
  • Underdeveloped gastrointestinal tract
  • Emotional stress
  • General fussiness
  • Vaccinations

The best way to figure out if your child’s discomfort is caused by a food allergy is to use an elimination diet.

If the baby is switching to solid food for the first time this can be rather simple, if you are breastfeeding it may take some more effort. In order to use the elimination diet you have to remove all dairy and wheat products, some vegetables (legumes) and fruits, and all sugars. Once you have removed all of these foods for 30 days you can slowly start adding foods back in to see if the symptoms come back.

Of course if you believe that the colic is being caused by an inability to digest lactose or other particular group, then the obvious solution is to reduce your infant’s intake of foods in that group (or yours, if you are breastfeeding). The elimination diet is inconvenient and can be expensive, if you end up throwing out 90% of your pantry, but it is the most effective way of eliminating discomfort that comes from a food allergy. Luckily, this is only one of many colic remedies you can try for your infant or toddler.

Infants that display symptoms of colic often have difficulties feeding, including painful reflux and lack of “zest” for feeding (PubMed PDF) [1]. While the exact cause of colic in any case is likely specific to the child in question, the tried and true ways to calm the symptoms are the same. Comforting your child by bouncing, holding, cuddling and reducing your own stress levels can reduce the symptoms of colic because the baby can sense your tension and will respond to it.

Relieving Colic With Massage and Aromatherapy

If your child’s discomfort is followed by a bowel movement, then help your child process the stool when he starts to get uncomfortable. Lay your baby flat on their back on a firm but soft surface and begin to slowly and gently massage the belly in a clockwise circular motion. Before you do this make sure that your hands are warm and soft by rubbing some organic olive oil quickly between your palms.

For extra comfort use a calming aromatherapy oil such as chamomile and lavender (5 drops of chamomile combined with 10 drops of lavender). You can also try acupressure, which targets particular parts of the body to receive pressure. Gently pulling or tugging the earlobes is said to help relieve infant colic, or you can look for professional accupressurists in your area and find out if they treat infants.

Note that this is different from acupuncture, which uses needles to treat conditions. Another great solution is to find a pediatric chiropractor who can gently adjust your baby’s bones.

There are also other natural ways of controlling colic. Calm and comfort your child by adding 1 drop of lavender and chamomile oil to a humidifier in the child’s room.

Relieving colic with gripe water

ColicCalm gripe water is a homeopathic remedy containing herbs that help re-balance baby’s digestive system. ColicCalm is the first homeopathic treatment for infant colic, which is important because it does not introduce chemicals or parasites into your baby’s body like some non-homeopathic gripe water can. This is what I use when my children complain of stomach cramps. The herbs in ColicCalm gripe water are

  • Chamomile which calms the baby down and helps ease nervous tension
  • Fennel to relieve cramping and intestinal spasms
  • Caraway to help treat symptoms like heartburn, reflux and indigestion
  • Peppermint to aid in digestion
  • Ginger which treats nausea, muscle spasms and encourages smooth digestion
  • Aloe to relieve bloating related to gas
  • Lemon Balm which soothes, relaxes, encourages sleep and helps relieve gas pains
  • Blackthorn to encourage regularity and ease cramps
  • Vegetable Charcoal to help eliminate body toxins and absorb gas

Addressing Colic with Probiotics

Probiotics may also be an option for relieving colic in infants. The composition of gut flora in babies that exhibit colicky symptoms is different than in non-colicky babies. Probiotics are the opposite of antibiotics, which kill bacteria.

Probiotics actually add beneficial bacteria back into the digestive system and can help return the digestive system to a normal state. I personally use a probiotic supplement called Latero-Flora. As a colic remedy, just empty a small amount into a bowl, mix it with breastmilk and use a dropper to administer it.

The famous American born psychic and holistic health guru Edgar Cayce gave “readings” for people with varying ailments, including 23 for infants with colic. Cayce’s answer was basically that the internal systems were out of sync, which is why probiotics are an effective way of treating colic.

References:

  1. Miller-Loncar C, Bigsby R, High P, Wallach M, Lester B. Infant colic and feeding difficulties. Arch Dis Child. 2004 Oct;89(10):908-12.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Stevia Kills Lyme Disease Pathogen Better Than Antibiotics (Preclinical Study)

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Lyme disease is exceedingly difficult to treat, due to its well-known shape-shifting (pleomorphic) abilities, with conventional antibiotics often failing to produce a long-term cure. Could the commonly used natural plant Stevia provide a safer, and more effective means to combat this increasingly prevalent infection?

A promising new preclinical study has revealed that whole stevia leaf extract possesses exceptional antibiotic activity against the exceedingly difficult to treat pathogen Borrelia Burgdorferi known to cause Lyme disease. The study found,

 Stevia whole leaf extract, as an individual agent, was effective against all known morphological forms of B. burgdorferi.”

At present, the CDC acknowledges that at least 300,000 are infected with Lyme disease, annually, with the conventional standard of care relying on antibiotics that are not only toxic but increasingly coming under scrutiny for addressing only surface aspects of the infection, often leaving antibiotic-resistance Lyme disease deep within the system to continue to cause harm.

  1. burgdorferi has a complex life cycle, and can exist in radically different forms: spirochetes, spheroplast (or L-form which lacks a cell wall), round bodies or cyst form (which allows for dormancy and escaping PCR detection), and highly antibiotic-resistant biofilms. This pleomorphic property makes conventional treatment exceptionally difficult because while some conventional antibiotics are effective against forms with a cell wall such as spirochetes, they are ineffective against those without a cell wall. This enables B. burgdorferi to change form to evade eradication through conventional means. Also, biofilm formation creates a significant barrier against most conventional antibiotics, even when used in combination, and has been recently suggested to be the most effective mechanism of resistance.

The new study was published in the European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology and titled, “Effectiveness of Stevia Rebaudiana Whole Leaf Extract Against the Various Morphological Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi in Vitro,” and conducted by researchers from the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT.

The researchers directly compared an alcohol extract of a whole stevia leaf product commonly found on the U.S. retail market to conventional antibiotics, and assessed their respective abilities to kill the various forms of Borrelia burgdorferi, including so called “persister” forms.

The study pointed out that, according to the CDC, about 10-20% of Lyme disease patients treated with antibiotics for the recommended 2-4 weeks experience adverse health effects, such as fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches. In some of these patients, the adverse effects last for more than 6 months. These patients are often labeled with “chronic Lyme disease,” or “post treatment Lyme disease syndrome.” While the adverse effects of antibiotics, including their destruction of beneficial microbes in the gut, may account for this syndrome, another possibility is that the drugs drive antibiotic-resistant forms of the disease deeper into the system, resulting in enhanced disease-associated malaise.

Given the well-known challenges of eradicating B. burgdorferi through conventional antibiotics, the researchers explored the potential for stevia as an antimicrobial.

Stevia is not normally considered an anti-microbial agent, but all plants possess in-built phytochemical defense systems which protect them against infection, and which by consuming them, we ourselves can sometimes harness and benefit from. The researchers elaborate on this point:

The leaf extract of Stevia possesses many phytochemicals, which include austroinullin, β-carotene, dulcoside, nilacin, rebaudi oxides, riboflavin, steviol, stevioside, and tiamin with known antimicrobial properties against many pathogens [40, 42, 43]. The role of these compounds is mainly to protect the plant from microbial infection and adverse environmental conditions [38–43].”

The researchers explored Stevia’s potential effectiveness against B. burgdorferi cultures, comparing it to three common antibiotics sometimes used to treat Lyme’s disease: doxycycline, cefoperazone, daptomycin, as well as their combination.

The study results were summarized as follows:

The susceptibility of the different forms was evaluated by various quantitative techniques in addition to different microscopy methods. The effectiveness of Stevia was compared to doxycycline, cefoperazone, daptomycin, and their combinations. Our results demonstrated that Stevia had significant effect in eliminating B. burgdorferi spirochetes and persisters. Sub-culture experiments with Stevia and antibiotics treated cells were established for 7 and 14 days yielding, no and 10% viable cells, respectively compared to the above-mentioned antibiotics and antibiotic combination. When Stevia and the three antibiotics were tested against attached biofilms, Stevia significantly reduced B. burgdorferi forms. Results from this study suggest that a natural product such as Stevia leaf extract could be considered as an effective agent against B. burgdorferi.”

Notably, the study found that the most antibiotic resistant form of B. burgdorferi, the biofilm form, actually increased in mass when individual antibiotics were administered. Stevia, on the other hand, reduced the biofilm mass on both tested surfaces (plastic and collagen) by about 40%.

It is also interesting to note that the stevoside extract, by itself, was not found to be an effective antimicrobial agent against B. burgdorferi; nor did it have any effect on resistant cells.  Mass market stevia products, including Coca-cola’s Truvia (ironic branding, considering it does not have the truly therapeutic property of whole stevia), would not, therefore, have the medicinal property associated with the whole herb extract. This speaks, of course, to the well known principle in natural medicine that the activity of the whole can not be reproduced through a part, nor is the therapeutic activity of the whole identical to that of the sum of its parts.

While this is only a preliminary study and should not be interpreted to mean the consumption of whole stevia extract will result in clinical improvements comparable or superior to conventional antibiotics, it opens the door to future research on the topic. That said, anyone who is considering natural ways to prevent Lyme’s disease infection, or to support as an adjunct therapy conventional treatments of the disease, could utilize this safe, food-based substance as a potential means of support and synergy. Certainly, there is little if any indication that stevia could cause harm, unlike conventional treatments. See our stevia research section here for more information.

For more research on natural interventions for Lyme’s disease visit our research page on the topic: Lyme disease research.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Oregano Oil Health Benefits

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Oregano oil is widely known as nature’s potent defense against harmful organisms. Not only is it highly respected within the natural health community, it is also being widely studied within the scientific community for its vast medical uses.

Research designed to examine oregano oil has encompassed many topics. Oregano oil also has extremely high levels of free-radical-fighting antioxidants, agents that protect the body.

Oregano oil may also provide support for indications of common infectious ailments including respiratory problems, skin problems, athlete’s foot, yeast infections and harmful organisms.

Research on Oregano Oil

Studies have shown its usefulness against candida albicans, aspergillus mold, staph, vaginal imbalance, pseudomonas and listeria. A study from the US Department of Agriculture showed that oregano essential oils presented potent action against Salmonella and E.coli [1]. Other research holds the same, stating that oregano oil is such a powerful agent that it can be used to preserve food. Studies from the Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee and the University of the Algarve found that similar results for oregano’s power against pathogenic germs [2].

A recent study from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical Center, stated the following in regard to the role of essential oils for infections:

“New, safe agents are needed to prevent and overcome severe bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Based on our previous experience and that of others, we postulated that herbal essential oils, such as those of origanum (oregano oil)…offer such possibilities.” [3]

In an article published on Science Daily, oil of oregano was found to be effective in killing Staphylococcus bacteria [4].

Another study published in the journal, Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology found that oregano oil could lower the negative effects of induced colitis in rats and opens the door to new ideas about its benefit to the colon and liver.

More Health Benefits of Oregano Oil

  • Resistant to redness and swelling
  • Can help relieve congestion
  • Emmenagogue — Oregano oil can aid irregular menstruation and reducing the negative effects of menopause.
  • Calms sensitivities to environmental irritants. Oregano oils produce a sedating effect on the hyper-sensitivity of allergies.
  • Potent anti-oxidant capacity — Through neutralizing free-radicals, oregano oil helps us slow the process of cellular deterioration, thus slowing the process of aging.
  • Rosmarinic acid, a component of oil of oregano, is an antihistamine, and a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin E.
  • Digestive aid — Stimulates the flow of bile in the digestive organs
  • With regular use, oregano oil can help protect us against fungal infections.

Action Against Harmful Organisms

  • A recent study on the activity of multiple essential oils against harmful organisms found that both oregano and thyme oils showed the strongest activity.
  • Inhibition of the growth of enteric organisms [5]. A 6-weeks study on individuals with organisms found that supplementation with 600 mg of oregano oil daily led to a complete disappearance of the harmful organisms. It may also protect us against a wide variety of infiltration within the body, as well as the physical environment. This includes round worms, tape worms, bed bugs, lice, fleas and mosquitoes.

Oregano oil is also a excellent source of vitamins and minerals. It is high in the vitamins A C, and E complex, as well as zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese and niacin.

I have used oregano oil for many different things over the years and highly recommend you keep some in your natural medicine cabinet. When researching oil of oregano products to buy, be sure to look at the amount of Carvacrol it contains, and also try to buy organic when possible. This is the oil of oregano product that I personally use and recommend for everyone.

References:

  1. Elgayyar M, Draughon F.A., Golden D.A., Mount J.R. Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils from Plants against Selected Pathogenic and Saprophytic Microorganisms. Journal of Food Protection. 2001 July 7. Volume 64, Number 7, pp. 1019-1024(6)
  2. Faleiro L, Miguel G, Gomes S, Costa L, Venâncio F, Teixeira A, Figueiredo AC, Barroso JG, Pedro LG. Antibacterial and antioxidant activities of essential oils isolated from Thymbra capitata L. (Cav.) andOriganum vulgare L. J Agric Food Chem. 2005 Oct 19;53(21):8162-8.
  3. www.p-73.com/pdf/staphresearch.pdf
  4. Georgetown University Medical Center. Oregano Oil May Protect Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria, Georgetown Researcher Finds. ScienceDaily. 2001 October 11.
  5. Mark Force, William S. Sparks, Robert A. Ronzio. Inhibition of enteric parasites by emulsified oil of oregano in vivo. Phytotherapy Research. 200 May 11. vol.14 issue3 DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1573(200005)14:3<213::AID-PTR583>3.0.CO;2-U.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Sunshine Vitamin Regenerates And Detoxifies Your Hormones

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Sometimes called the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because it is found in high levels in citrus fruits, vitamin C has a uniquely regenerative role in hormone health and cancer prevention that has been overlooked for over twenty years!

Truly groundbreaking research on the regenerative potential of vitamin C therapy for hormone health as well as cancer prevention was performed over twenty years ago, and yet still today it has received little to no attention.

Published in 1993 in the journal Radiation Physics and Chemistry and titled, “Photo-induced regeneration of hormones by electron transfer processes: Potential biological and medical consequences,” Austrian researchers explored the role that vitamin C plays in preventing the degradation of steroid hormones into toxic and cancer-promoting metabolites known as “hormone transients.”  Their stated goal was “to investigate if hormone transients resulting by e.g. electron emission can be regenerated.”

The molecular structure of progesterone, estrone (a form of estrogen) and testosterone is such that when exposed to differing biological and/or environmental conditions, e.g. UV light, pH, temperature, they lose electrons, becoming toxic and often carcinogenic metabolites that represent a burden on the body’s eliminative capabilities. Vitamin C is a well-known electron donor, which is to say a substance that donates electrons to another compound (i.e. a ‘reducing agent’). Vitamin C’s ability to donate electrons can have an antioxidant effect as far as neutralizing free radicals, or as is the case with transient hormone metabolites, a structurally regenerative one.

The study’s design and results were summarized as follows:

“Investigations were performed using progesterone (PRG), testosterone (TES) and estrone (E1) as representatives of hormones. By irradiation with monochromatic UV light (λ=254 nm) in a media of 40% water and 60% ethanol, the degradation as well as the regeneration of the hormones was studied with each hormone individually and in the mixture with VitC as a function of the absorbed UV dose, using HPLC. Calculated from the obtained initial yields, the determined regeneration of PRG amounted to 52.7%, for TES to 58.6% and for E1 to 90.9%.”

Remarkably, vitamin C was capable of almost complete regeneration of estrone and quite significant regeneration of both progesterone (52.7%) and testosterone (58.6%).

These experimental results have profound implications if they prove to carry over to human physiology. For instance, vitamin C may offer an alternative (or at least adjuvant and/or ‘drug sparing’ effect) to hormone replacement therapy, which suffers from the problem of ‘feeding the deficiency,’ i.e. negative feedback loops operative within our endocrine system can result in the down-regulation of endogenous steroid hormone production when exogenous forms are supplied.

The researchers noted that this was (at the time) the first scientific evidence proving:

“[H]ormone transients originating by the electron emission process can be successfully regenerated by the transfer of electrons from a potent electron donor, such as vitamin C (VitC).”

While a preliminary study, the researchers identified two possible implications of their research to human medicine:

  • Cancer Prevention/Treatment: “The regeneration of hormones by electron transfer process using a potent electron donor, such as VitC, might offer a new pathway for an efficient reduction in the formation of metabolites, also such initiating cancer among others.”
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy: “The reported results concerning the ability of VitC to act as electron donor in the regeneration of hormone transients might also be of benefit in the clinical application of hormones (e.g. contraceptive, HRT).”

Vitamin C, of course, is exceptionally safe at high doses and has hundreds of proven health benefits (view our Vitamin C health benefit database), whereas conventional chemopreventive agents for cancer, e.g. Tamoxifen, and hormone replacement therapy using animal derived and/or synthetic hormone analogs, cause a wide range of adverse health effects, including at times increased mortality.

For additional related research you can read two previous on vitamin C’s role in cancer treatment in intravenous form and vitamin C rich foods like pomegranate as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of www.GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

 

Black Seed Extract ‘Cures’ HIV Patient Naturally

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There are words you don’t use in medicine today, such as “cure.” But a remarkable case study in an HIV positive patient treated with black seed extract resulted in a sustained remission, indicating a safe, accessible and affordable alternative to highly toxic antiretroviral HIV drugs may already exist.

Nigella Sativa, also known as ‘black seed,’ has been studied for a wide rage of health benefits, but not until recently was it discovered to hold promise as a curative agent against potentially lethal viral infections, including Hepatitis C[i] and now HIV.

A remarkable case study published in August of this year in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine described an HIV patient who after undergoing treatment with a black seed extract experienced a complete recovery, with no detectable HIV virus or antibodies against HIV in their blood serum, both during and long after the therapy ended.[ii]

This was a remarkable and unexpected observation, described by the researchers as follows:

“Nigella sativa had been documented to possess many therapeutic functions in medicine but the least expected is sero-reversion in HIV infection which is very rare despite extensive therapy with highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART). ” [emphasis added]

Despite its commonplace use as the standard of care for HIV treatment globally, anti-retroviral therapy remains highly controversial, in part because the adverse health effects of the drug class may outstrip those associated with the HIV infection itself.  This is especially true in cases where the infection was treated ‘early,’ having been discovered through routine blood work in asymptomatic and otherwise still healthy patients. Drug therapy can also produce selective pressure on the HIV virus to mutate and gain resistance, with the net effect that a stronger, more drug-resistant form of HIV is produced in the body at the same time that the drugs have done severe and even irreversible damage to the patient’s immune system.  Sadly, however, the decline and ultimate death of the patient is rarely if ever attributed to the treatment (and its many iatrogenic effects) but rather to the “disease” itself – a well-known problem in our failed ‘war against cancer‘ where the victim (patient) and the ‘the cancer’ gets blamed for the incessant failure and even disease-promoting properties of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

This is all the more reason why the possibility that an ancient healing food like black seed — which the research shows is generally safe, affordable and accessible — can cure HIV is so exciting.

The ‘Miraculous’ Recovery

At the outset of the study, the patient presented with classical symptoms of symptomatic HIV infection, “with [a] history of chronic fever, diarrhoea, weight loss and multiple papular pruritic lesions of 3 months duration.” Examination identified moderate weight loss, with laboratory confirmed tests showing ‘sero-positivity’ to HIV infection with a “pre-treatment viral (HIV-RNA) load and CD4 count of 27,000 copies/ml and CD4 count of 250 cells/ mm(3) respectively.”

CD4 cells are essential for the adaptive immune response in the body against a wide range of opportunistic infections and is the primary target of HIV infection. CD4 cell count and status therefore represent a primary diagnostic marker for the severity of HIV infection and the patient’s prognosis.

The patient was administered a black seed concoction of 10 mls twice daily for 6 months, resulting in a rapid improvement in symptoms, and significant reductions in viral load:

“Fever, diarrhoea and multiple pruritic lesions disappeared on 5th, 7th and 20th day respectively on Nigella sativa therapy. The CD4 count decreased to 160 cells/ mm3 despite significant reduction in viral load (≤1000 copies/ml) on 30th day on N. sativa.”

By the 187th day on black seed therapy, testing indicating the blood was entirely cleared of signs of infection, a so-called ‘sero-negative status’. The post-therapy CD4 counts increased from baseline to a normalized 650cells/ mm(3) with an undetectable viral (HIV-RNA) load.

Follow up tests revealed that even after 24 months without herbal therapy the patient’s HIV tests remained normal, without any indication of infection or associated immune suppression.

They concluded:

“This case report reflects the fact that there are possible therapeutic agents in Nigella sativa that may effectively control HIV infection.”

Black seed is only one plant ally in the vast array of natural compounds with experimentally confirmed anti-HIV properties. GreenMedInfo.com’s database contains research on natural substances capable of reducing antiretroviral drug toxicity, as well as that directly inhibit the replication of the HIV virus.


[i]  Eman Mahmoud Fathy Barakat, Lamia Mohamed El Wakeel, Radwa Samir Hagag. Effects of Nigella sativa on outcome of hepatitis C in Egypt.  World J Gastroenterol. 2013 Apr 28;19(16):2529-36. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v19.i16.2529.

[ii] Abdulfatah Adekunle Onifade, Andrew Paul Jewell, Waheed Adeola Adedeji. Nigella Sativa Concoction Induced Sustained Seroreversion in HIV Patient. Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med. 2013 Aug 12;10(5):332-5.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

The Benefits And Uses Of Licorice Root

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The licorice plant, Glycyrrhiza Glabra, is a green, leafy herb that produces purple flowers. Native to parts of Asia, Europe, and India, the licorice plant has become as well known for its health benefits as for its flowers. So what can licorice do for you? Let’s take a look.

Health Benefits of Licorice Root

There are 4 primary ways licorice root can benefit your body.

1. Gastrointestinal Health

Licorice root is thought to be helpful for relieving all sorts of gastrointestinal issues. [1] Some evidence suggests that licorice root extract can aid with symptoms of functional dyspepsia, a common condition that creates digestive discomfort in the area around the ribs. [2] For those living with something more severe, such as peptic ulcer disease, research suggests that the herb could be effective against ulcer-causing bacteria. [3]

2. Menopause

Women considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may want to look at licorice root instead. [4] This is important, because HRT does carry an increased risk for cancer, cardiovascular problems, and stroke. Recent studies have also suggested that licorice root extract was helpful at reducing the number and duration of hot flashes. [5] [6]

3. Immune System

Some research indicates that licorice root has specific immune-supporting properties. Perhaps even with regard to the production T-cells. [7] [8] Licorice may also stimulate the production of interferon, a key component in the body’s ability to fight harmful organisms. [9] [10]

4. Harmful Organisms

Licorice itself has also long been known for its benefits against certain types of harmful organisms.[11] [12] Some research suggests that the antioxidants in licorice explain some of the organism-fighting abilities of the plant. [13] Evidence also points to the plant’s effectiveness against harmful organisms that affect dental health, citing the importance of gargling with a solution containing licorice every day following regular teeth brushing. [14] While licorice shows promise, it should only be relied upon as a supplementary approach to an overall hygienic lifestyle.

Additional Licorice Root Benefits

In addition to the health benefits of licorice root listed above, there’s also evidence to suggest other health benefits. For instance, licorice root could help a sore throat or even soothe red, irritated skin. [15]

Side Effects and Usage

While licorice is a tremendous herb, it does contain a component called glycyrrhizin, which actually contributes to its sweetness. Large amounts of glycyrrhizin can lead to a condition called pseudoaldosteronism, “which can cause a person to become overly sensitive to a hormone in the adrenal cortex” and “can lead to headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, and even heart attacks.” [16] To avoid these and other side effects, make a point to speak with a healthcare professional before adding a significant amount of licorice root to your diet or taking a licorice supplement.

Taking Licorice Yourself

Licorice is a great source of nutrition; it’s no wonder the herb is so popular. If you could benefit from adding licorice root to your diet, I recommend Mycozil™. Mycozil is an all-natural, vegan-friendly formula that contains licorice root and was created to support normal fungal organism and yeast balance. It’s a great way to defend your body from the risks associated with such invaders!

Have you used licorice root for your health? We’d love to hear about it! Share your experience in the comments below.

References:

  1. University of Maryland Medical Center. Licorice.
  2. Ramamurthy Raveendra, K. et al. An Extract of Glycyrrhiza glabra (GutGard) Alleviates Symptoms of Functional Dyspepsia: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
  3. Momeni, A et al. Effect of licorice versus bismuth on eradication of Helicobacter pylori in patients with peptic ulcer disease. Pharmacognosy Research. 6 (4).
  4. Hajirahimkhan, A. et al. Evaluation of Estrogenic Activity of Licorice Species in Comparison with Hops Used in Botanicals for Menopausal Symptoms. PLOS ONE.
  5. Menati , L. et al. Evaluation of contextual and demographic factors on licorice effects on reducing hot flashes in postmenopause women. Health Care for Women International. 35 (1).
  6. Nahidi, F. et al. Effects of Licorice on Relief and Recurrence of Menopausal Hot Flashes. Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research. 11 (2).
  7. Cheel, J. et al. Licorice infusion: Chemical profile and effects on the activation and the cell cycle progression of human lymphocytes. Pharmacognosy Magazine. 6 (21).
  8. Guo, Ao et al.Promotion of regulatory T cell induction by immunomodulatory herbal medicine licorice and its two constituents. Scientific Reports. 5 (14046 ).
  9. Xiao-Lan, L. et al. Antioxidant Status and Immune Activity of Glycyrrhizin in Allergic Rhinitis Mice. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 12 (2).
  10. Badr, A. E. et al.A laboratory evaluation of the antibacterial and cytotoxic effect of Liquorice when used as root canal medicament. International Endodontic Journal. 44 (1).
  11. Mahboubeh Irani, et al.Leaves Antimicrobial Activity of Glycyrrhiza glabra L. Iran J Pharm Res. 2010 Autumn; 9(4): 425-428.
  12. Rasha H. Bassyouni, et al. Antimicrobial potential of licorice: Leaves versus roots. African Journal of Microbiology Research Vol. 6(49). 2012.
  13. Toshio Fukai, et al.Antimicrobial activity of licorice flavonoids against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Fitoterapia. 2002;73(6):536-539.
  14. Sug-Joon Ahn.The antimicrobial effects of deglycyrrhizinated licorice root extract on Streptococcus mutans UA159 in both planktonic and biofilm cultures. Anaerobe. 2012;18(6):590-596.
  15. Graf, J. Herbal Anti-Inflammatory Agents for Skin Disease. Department of Dermatology, New York University Medical Center, New York, USA.
  16. Bruno Sontia PhD, Jan Mooney RN, Lise Gaudet RN and, Rhian M. Touyz MD, PhD Pseudohyperaldosteronism, Liquorice, and Hypertension.10 (2).

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Disclaimer: †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.