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After reading one of our many articles about the healing marvels of turmeric, you may have headed to your local health food store or coop to pick up some raw root. If so, you probably noticed that it’s very often displayed alongside ginger.

These botanically related roots are similar in many ways—they share the same strange gnarled appearance, and they both boast vibrant colors. Most importantly, though, they’re both veritable panaceas. Turmeric has really stolen the show in this arena, but researchers and natural health experts alike are finally recognizing that the medicinal potential of ginger is just as profound.

Like turmeric, ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Nevertheless, mainstream medicine is only just beginning to “prove” its effectiveness for aiding and treating a huge variety of ailments and conditions, as well as its efficacy as a general longevity tonic.

Ginger is one talented little root

Ginger is one spice that we recommend keeping on hand in your kitchen at all times. Not only is it a wonderful addition to your cooking (especially paired with garlic) but it also has enough medicinal properties to fill several books.

If you find yourself nauseous or with an upset stomach, mince up a small amount (about the size of your fingernail) and swallow it. You’ll be amazed at the relief it provides. Yet this is only the beginning…

The most commonly used medicinal part of the plant is the rhizome, the root-like stem that grows underground. It’s a rich source of antioxidants including gingerols, shogaols, zingerones, and more.

Here’s a small sampling of ginger’s healing and life-enhancing applications, as revealed by both modern research and ancient practice.

It’s a “universal” microbial agent. Ginger is wildly effective at combatting all four major categories of microbial pathogens: bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic. It’s more effective than pharmaceutical antibiotics at treating staph infections and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and it can even wipe out parasitic worms with 90% effectiveness in less than a day.[1]

These are feats which no prescription drug can boast—and ginger accomplishes them all without harming your body’s cells, beneficial bacteria, or immune system (all of which are significantly compromised by conventional antimicrobial protocols).

It’s more effective than chemotherapy at treating cancer. As we discussed in more detail in a previous article, ginger is also an incredibly potent cancer treatment. Studies have revealed that it’s able to target both cancer cells and cancer stem cells (CSC’s), without harming healthy cells. And the efficacy with which it targets CSC’s has been demonstrated to be up to 10,000 times that of chemotherapy.[2]

It’s a powerful weight loss aid. Despite marketers’ attempts to brand any herb possible as a cutting-edge weight loss supplement, ginger somehow still managed to slip through the cracks. The irony is that ginger is a legitimate metabolism booster and appetite suppressant, and thus it’s a powerful and healthy ally for anyone struggling with weight management.

It’s a superior detox enhancer. Unlike conventional antibiotics, cancer treatments, and weight loss aids, ginger supports the body rather than taxing it. It does so by boosting immune function and supercharging your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms.

It’s even a natural source of melatonin, one of the most potent endogenous antioxidants and detox agents of all (it even has the added benefit of providing deeper, better sleep). Ginger is even able to detox radioactive materials from your body.

It’s a perfect natural anti-inflammatory. As we’ve written about in the past, inflammation is the root of nearly every disease. NSAID’s, steroids, and other conventional anti-inflammatories suppress the immune system and cause all sorts of nasty side effects, including severe gastrointestinal issues.

But ginger has been shown to be effective at relieving the aches and pains of acute inflammation and controlling the chronic inflammation that leads to degenerative diseases and conditions.[3]

And that’s just the beginning. The deeper researchers dig into ginger’s medical applications, the more they become convinced that there’s nothing it can’t treat. Studies demonstrate its ability to treat (and prevent) ulcers, diabetes (and its complications), gastrointestinal conditions, liver disease, menstrual pain, gout, nausea, heart disease, and more.[4]

If this powerful root isn’t already a part of your ongoing dietary or supplement regimen, you’d be wise to include it.

How to use ginger

Many of the studies being conducted on ginger employ isolated extracts of specific beneficial compounds. While the results of such applications have been impressive in their own right, the benefits of ginger are dramatically amplified when you consume either the raw root or a full-spectrum extract.

An increasing amount of evidence suggests that the full spectrum of a medicinal plant’s compounds nearly always works better than an isolated compound—in short, it suggests that Nature got it right the first time.

Nevertheless, it seems like conventional medicine will need to tinker with their “precise” and “scientific” chemical isolates for a while longer before they accept that the original, natural version of a plant’s composition is optimal just the way it is.

To that effect, try to include lots of raw ginger root in your diet if you want to take advantage of its many benefits. I even enjoy juicing ginger root or throwing a 1-2 inch piece of peeled root into my morning smoothie. If you want to try using ginger as a supplement, be sure to find a full-spectrum extract.

Here is an easy, basic recipe for ginger tea, a great way to get fresh ginger!

Easy Ginger Tea Recipe

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of grated or finely chopped ginger root
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • honey (optional)

How to Prepare It:

Place the ginger in a teapot. Add the boiling water and allow it to steep for 5-10 minutes.

Regardless of which route of you choose, this under appreciated super-healing root is bound to facilitate big changes for your overall health and vitality.

 


 

References

[1] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/ginger-herb-everything

[2] http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0137614

[3] http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2005.8.125

[4] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/node/83545

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aloe-vera

One of the greatest advantages that natural medicine has over allopathic medicine is that it offers remedies with a wide range of simultaneous benefits and applications.

Healing plants are a great example of natural remedies. They are able to heal many problems at once simply by bringing the entire body into balance. While medical science has certainly produced its fair share of marvels, it’s important to remember that our synthetic laboratory creations are still woefully simplistic when compared to the perfected creations that Nature has evolved over billions of years.

One such creation is aloe vera, a succulent in the lily family that’s making serious waves in the medical research community. It’s a healing powerhouse with the ability to treat over fifty different conditions at last count, and with no side effects to speak of.

An ancient remedy with countless applications

Aloe vera has been prized for thousands of years as a panacea, and modern medicine has only just begun to put it to use. It’s absolutely packed with nutrients (including vitamins A, B, C, E, folic acid, beta-carotene, and over sixty others), and is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, and more. Just take a look at this small sampling of aloe vera’s whole-body-healing capabilities…

Full-spectrum skin healing
Aloe vera made its original splash as an ingredient in a variety of skin care products, and for good reason. It’s incredibly moisturizing, and has also been shown to be incredibly beneficial for conditions like acne and psoriasis.

Conventional skin remedies are terrible at offering the full-spectrum healing that aloe vera provides. Acne solutions often just dry out the skin (a problem in its own right), which can trigger the skin inflammation that underlies psoriasis and related problems; psoriasis remedies often suppress the immune system in order to target inflammation, which inevitably creates more problems than it solves.

Aloe vera, on the other hand, is able to target many skin conditions simultaneously by cleansing toxins, minimizing inflammation, and moisturizing and rejunvenating the skin in the process. And contrary to the stigma about natural remedies, it really works: one team of researchers conducted a study in which it cured 83.3% of participants suffering from psoriasis in just four weeks.[1]

One study also demonstrated that aloe vera can reverse skin aging and reduce wrinkles by increasing collagen production (both high doses (3,600 mg per day) and lower doses (1,200 mg per day) were shown to have a beneficial effect).[2]

It even works epigenetically by “switching off” the gene that underlies collagen dysfunction in the skin.

Diseases of inflammation
Because aloe vera is so potently anti-inflammatory, its skin benefits are just the tip of the iceberg. As we’ve discussed before, inflammation is often called “the root of all disease,” so anything that minimizes systemic inflammation is bound to be a remarkably effective prevention and treatment for a huge variety of health problems.

The list of inflammatory conditions for which aloe vera could benefit is thus virtually endless, but researchers have honed in on a few in particular. They’ve found that it works wonders for osteoarthritis, both on its own and when used in conjunction with conventional painkillers.[3]

This same study mentions that aloe vera circumvents the stomach irritation often associated with the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, and other studies demonstrate that it can clear ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel conditions in as few as four weeks.[4]

Detoxification
As mentioned above, aloe vera is also a potent antioxidant. By scavenging damaging free radicals and thereby reducing oxidative stress, it significantly reduces the body’s toxin load and supercharges its detoxifying ability.

These are the properties that set apart truly healing plants from ineffective remedies: nutrient density, anti-inflammatory action, and antioxidant activity. When these factors combine to balance and detox the whole body, your natural “self-healing” systems are activated.

And if recent aloe vera research is any indication, the results of this process are nothing less than amazing. Researchers have found that aloe vera can prevent and reverse DNA damage,[5] fluoride toxicity,[6] radiation poisoning,[7] petroleum toxicity, and more.

And that’s just the toxic substances on which research has specifically focused—chances are that, by lowering oxidative stress and inflammation, aloe vera empowers the body to detoxify any toxin that stands in the way of radiant health.

Getting started with Aloe Vera

You kind of can’t go wrong when it comes to taking aloe vera—just know that the studies cited above all reported positive cumulative effects when the plant was taken every day. Aloe vera is easily purchased in topical or oral forms in most health food stores and pharmacies.

The plant is also very easy to grow (it’s a succulent, so it doesn’t even need to be watered very often), and it makes a beautiful addition to any home. If you grow your own aloe vera, you can harvest the “arms” of the plant yourself and squeeze out the fresh juice whenever you need it (they can also be juiced or added to smoothies).

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References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8765459

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20548848

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20679979

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15043514

[5] http://www.idosi.org/wasj/wasj24(7)13/8.pdf

[6] http://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/effect-of-aloe-vera-whole-leaf-extract-on-fluoride-induced-pathomorphological-changes-in-soft-tissues-in-growing-rats-2157-7579-1000S13-003.php?aid=61638

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3728063/

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As of mid-October 2017, forest fires continue to rage across Northern California. Property damage has already topped $3 billion, and the property analytics firm CoreLogic reports that costs could skyrocket to $65 billion before the fires are fully contained.[1] The fires have claimed 42 lives, and have displaced tens of thousands from their homes.

Those who have safely evacuated, or whose homes are at a safe distance from the blaze, still have cause for worry—air pollution. Air quality health warnings are in effect across the entire state, and those within range would do well to heed them.

Furthermore, these fires are a tragic reminder that air pollution is a constant reality in industrial society. A meta-analysis published in the journal Lancet found a strong connection between air pollution and cardiovascular dysfunction, the number one killer in the United States[2]—and that’s just one way in which air pollution adversely affects us each and every day. Whether or not you’re directly affected by the California fires, detoxing from air pollution is an important aspect of maintaining optimal health.

Before we dive into specific detoxification practices, though, let’s look more closely at why air pollution (whether it’s generated by forest fires or the normal workings of society) can be so bad for your health.

The dirty truth about air pollution

When we think of air pollution, we usually think of the toxic exhaust of industry and transportation (i.e. carbon monoxide, ozone, and the like). While these gases certain can have an impact on our health (and they’re certainly having an impact on the environment, via global warming), airborne particulate matter is even more of a problem.

Particulate matter is an obvious danger posed by forest fires, which carry fragments of biological material (as well as whatever other materials the fire burns through). This kind of air pollution is ever-present even without forest fires, though: heavy metals, industrial pollutants, and myriad other toxins all routinely make their way into the air we breathe.

Studies have shown that these toxic particulates can cause all sorts of serious health issues, including systemic inflammation (the root of nearly every health problem), DNA damage, respiratory issues, and numerous heart problems (including atherosclerotic lesions and cardiac hypoxia).[3]

Luckily, you do not have to be a victim of the air that you breathe. Being vigilant about including detoxification practices in your life can minimize oxidative stress and protect you from the health effects of airborne toxins.

Best detox practices

We’ve written a lot about detoxification practices in past articles—after all, they’re pivotally important for preserving your health in today’s polluted world. Unless you live far away from any vestige of industrial civilization, you’re undoubtedly contending with its byproducts. Here’s just a few of the top tools and practices that will help you keep toxins at bay.

Cruciferous vegetables. We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: cruciferous veggies like kale, broccoli, spinach, arugula, and Brussel sprouts are absolute health powerhouses. Sulfurophane (a compound present in all crucifers) is the most powerful inducer of phase II enzymes ever discovered (these enzymes are pivotal to detoxification). One study conducted in a dangerously polluted region of China found that broccoli sprouts can directly “enhance the detoxification of some airborne pollutants.”[4]

Turmeric is well-known for its profound antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are key aspects of preventing the damage caused by air pollution. Studies have also shown that curcumin (one of the active constituents in turmeric) prevents the depletion of glutathione, the body’s “master antioxidant” that oversees detoxification processes.[5] Just make sure you’re using a highly bioavailable version of turmeric—like this one, which also contains ginger and vegan omega-3 fatty acids, both of which have their own strongly detoxifying properties.

Cinnamon. We’ve written about the benefits of cinnamon before—it can naturally regulate blood sugar levels, ward off disease, and clear the body of oxidative stress. This same properties also make it a potent protector against airborne toxins. Cinnamaldehyde, a flavonoid in cinnamon, helps to “switch on” a whole collection of genes implicated in the body’s antioxidant and detoxification functions, according to researchers.[6]

Cold water immersion. As we discussed in a previous article, cold showers and cold plunges can dramatically transform your health. While they take some getting used to, the benefits are well worth it. In addition to radically boosting the immune system, aiding toxin elimination, and improving other detoxification functions, daily cold water immersion can also enhance energy, performance, and even mood.

Liposomal glutathione. Maintaining high levels of endogenous glutathione is essential to keeping your body’s detox engines running. While oral supplementation didn’t used to be a viable way to increase glutathione levels in the body, cutting-edge formulation methods have finally made it possible. While the diet and lifestyle recommendations above are always the best place to start, combining them with direct glutathione supplementation is one of the most powerful ways you can supercharge your body’s detoxifying and self-healing capacities. We highly recommend this liposomal glutathione offered by KorFactor.

 


References

[1] http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/11/news/economy/california-wildfire-cost-estimate/index.html

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23849322

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25454230

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4125483/

[5] https://bmcresnotes.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13104-017-2409-z

[6] https://www.hindawi.com/journals/nri/2012/878030/

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Cheese is under siege. Consumers and health experts alike are beginning to take a closer look at this beloved American staple—and it doesn’t look good for dairy farmers and cheese lovers.

It’s no secret that cheese is high in saturated fat and sodium, two things that are closely linked with America’s obesity epidemic. Researchers are also discovering that cheese can be addictive[1] and inflammatory, and may even contribute to the development of arthritis.

And let’s not forget the elephant in the room (or cow, as the case may be): cheese is the product of an inhumane and unsanitary animal agriculture industry, one that exploits and kills over 56 billion animals every single year (this number does not even include seafood).[2] That’s a staggering statistic, regardless of your view on food production.

Still not convinced?

Here’s some other morality-independent facts about cheese that should make it sound less than appetizing:

  1. Most cheese (unless it’s specifically labeled “vegetarian”) is made with an animal enzyme called rennet, which commonly comes from the stomachs of slaughtered newborn calves.
  1. On many popular cheeses, such as brie, the rind is made by spraying on mold to encourage mold colony growth. Advocates will argue that it’s not toxic mold, but the verdict is still out on this one. Would you eat something else that was literally covered in mold?
  1. And the coup de grace: a shocking percentage of cheese (and milk, for that matter) contains cow pus, which is the product of chronic bladder infections. Don’t worry, though…cows are pumped full of antibiotics, drugs, and toxic chemicals to make sure the infection is killed (these toxins all end up in your cheese, of course).

And now cheese has suffered yet another strike against it: researchers at the University of Washington discovered that nearly every cheese product they tested (29 out of 30) was contaminated with endocrine-disrupting plastic molecules called phthalates. Ten of these samples were labeled “organic,” all of which were contaminated.

As we’ve discussed in past articles, endocrine disruptors are ending up in our food supply in increasing quantities, with disastrous results. Phthalates in particular are strongly linked with hormone dysfunction, birth defects, lowered sperm count and mobility, premature cell death (especially in testicular cells), diabetes, obesity, and thyroid dysfunction.[3]

Cheese is especially at risk for phthalate contamination because of its high saturated fat content (phthalates bind easily with fats), and because it is processed in places where phthalates (and other toxic plastics) are likely to be present. Most meat checks these same boxes, by the way.

So if the evidence against cheese is this glaring, why does everyone still eat it?

The politics of cheese

Cheese is more than just an addictive (and admittedly delicious) food. The dairy industry, like other sub-sections of the animal agriculture industry, is a closely guarded pillar of the American economy.

The truth is that this industry is experiencing a significant downturn. In 2016 alone, 1.3 billion pounds of cheese was left sitting in cold storage, and farmers poured almost 50 million gallons of unsold milk down the drain.[4] The glut can partially be attributed to more efficient milk and cheese production technologies, but it’s undeniable that cheese demand is also dropping worldwide.

To try to prop up the ailing cheese industry, the U.S. government recently purchased $20 million dollars in dairy products and distributed them to pantries and soup kitchens throughout the country. Shortly thereafter, the National Milk Producers Federation desperately requested an additional $150 million bailout from the USDA.

And it gets even weirder.

In response to the dairy industry’s “crisis” (which instead should be viewed as the natural result of the public moving away from an unhealthy, unethical, and ecologically destructive product), the government has sponsored a bizarre marketing group called Dairy Management, Inc.

These are the folks responsible for the “Got Milk?” ad campaign, and now they’re embedding “secret cheese agents” in the product teams of fast food companies—all to make sure that everyone keeps consuming as much cheese as possible.

These clever marketing conspiracies are being further bolstered by questionable pro-cheese research. Mainstream media channels are emphasizing high-profile studies showing that moderate cheese consumption has a neutral effect on health. This may very well be the case; but then again, moderate use of anything isn’t correlated with particularly high health risks. Remember: back in the day, the tobacco industry whipped up plenty of studies demonstrating that smoking isn’t harmful.

If you want to eat a single serving of cheese one to two times per week (yes, any more than that is not “moderate”), you’ll probably be fine. But especially given the fun facts about cheese discussed above, why would you want to risk it?

There are superior ways to derive the few benefits that cheese does provide (protein, B vitamins, and omega-3s), and plant-based cheese alternatives are getting more and more delicious.

If you decide to keep cheese in your diet, take measures to reduce phthalate toxicity: only buy minimally processed cheese with minimal packaging, include plenty of detoxifying foods in your diet, optimize your glutathione levels, exercise regularly, and kickstart your body’s detox engines with an occasional sauna session.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4334652/

[2] http://www.animalequality.net/food

[3] https://www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/169876/CHAP-REPORT-FINAL.pdf

[4] https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-07-19/the-mad-cheese-scientists-fighting-to-save-the-dairy-industry

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If you think that Fukushima and its radioactive fallout is a thing of the past, consider the words of Dr. Helen Caldicott, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and holder of 21 honorary doctorate degrees: Fukushima “is not over and will never end.”

Recent reports from the Fukushima melted down plant serve as a reminder that the 2011 incident is an ever-present disaster.

Recent reports from the Fukushima melted down plant serve as a reminder that the 2011 incident is an ever-present disaster. Workers at the plant have finally managed to take radiation readings inside the reactor (they literally had to invent new technology that could withstand its blazing intensity).

Radiation levels peaked at 530 Sieverts per hour, what experts call an “unimaginable” level of radiation, and one which doctors and researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Radiological Sciences say they never even thought about encountering.

While there’s a lot of alarmist misinformation floating around in the media, make no mistake: Fukushima is worthy of your concern.

A new report put out by Fairewinds Energy Education (FEE) warns that the incidence of thyroid cancers in the Fukushima Prefecture has been 230 times higher than normal since the plant’s triple core meltdown in 2011, and estimates that continuing fallout could lead to as many as one million more cancer cases in Japan alone.[1]

Many scientists believe that the danger is not limited to Japan. There are increasing signs that ocean wildlife is being contaminated,[2] the atmosphere is being polluted, and radiation is being carried across the Pacific Ocean to the west coast of the United States. Scientists have no idea whether any part of the world is truly safe.

Despite these warning signs, exceedingly few resources are being dedicated to studying the effects of Fukushima radiation, mostly because authorities would prefer to continue telling us there’s no problem.

Studies have confirmed, however, that plutonium from the fallout has reached Europe, and it’s safe to say that the radioactive isotopes have plenty of time to continue spreading around the planet. After all, the half-life of plutonium-239 is 24,200 years, and that of uranium-238 is 4,460,000 years (older than our planet, by most estimates).[3]

The notion that Fukushima can be entirely cleaned up is an illusion. Radiation is simply a danger we have to face, and against which we have to protect ourselves.

Radiation is simply a danger we have to face, and against which we have to protect ourselves.

Protective measures you should take now

Volumes could be written about the steps we should all be taking to minimize the health-destroying effects of ionizing radiation. Besides the obvious (not living within twenty miles of a nuclear reactor, minimizing air travel, X-rays, and CT scans, and steering clear of water and food contaminated by radioactive nucleotides), here’s a few dietary and lifestyle practices to consider.

Radioprotective foods. Unsurprisingly, the most important first step to radioprotection is to fill your diet with nutrient-dense, plant-based foods; antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and immune-supporting compounds all play a tremendously helpful role.

The following foods have been shown to be particularly promising for scavenging radioactive nucelotides and protecting cells against the damage caused by radiation: amaranth (because of its high squalene content), miso,[4] mushrooms (in part because of its melanin content),[5] spirulina, chlorella, broccoli (especially the sprouts), and turmeric.[6]

Beware of nutrient deficiencies. Many radioactive elements are simply “destabilized” versions of common nutrients, and thus are readily absorbed by the body. If the body is not deficient in any of these nutrients, though, researchers believe that radioactive nucleotides are more likely to pass through the body instead of being absorbed (this phenomenon is known as selective reuptake).

The following nutrients are the most important ones for radioproection: iodine, calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and iron).

Healing clay. As strange as it might sound, drinking 1-2 teaspoons of a special kind of clay in water can help keep your system clear of radioactive nucleotides and other toxins. While there are many types of healing clay, the simplest and most common is bentonite, which studies have shown to be effective at combatting microbes,[7] chelating heavy metals,[8] and preventing oxidative stress and DNA damage.[9]

Detoxification practices. Once the body’s detoxification fires are stoked by the foods and supplements mentioned above, working the right practices into your ongoing regimen can take things to the next level.

Consistent exercise keeps toxins moving (and it carries many obvious benefits besides protection against raditation).

Spending time in saunas (especially infrared saunas) has been shown to increase vasodilation (which helps your body excrete toxins), raise the body’s levels of detoxifying enzymes called catalase and superoxide dismutase,[10] raise levels of human growth hormone (often called “the vitality hormone”),[11] and more.

Last but not least, cold water immersion (either in conjunction with a sauna session or on its own as a morning cold shower) will increase the body’s resistance to incoming toxins[12] and increase levels of glutathione (the body’s “master antioxidant”).

 


References

[1] http://www.fairewinds.org/nuclear-energy-education/cancer-on-the-rise-in-post-fukushima-japan

[2] https://swfsc.noaa.gov/uploadedFiles/Divisions/FRD/Large_Pelagics/Tuna/Radiocesium%20in%20PBFT.pdf

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22206700

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3695331/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22968190

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569217

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2904249/

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18568297

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19789846

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24304490

[11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/999213

[12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10386435

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heavy-metal-chelation

Keeping the body clear of harmful toxins and heavy metals is absolutely crucial for maintaining optimal health. The body is remarkably well-equipped to heal itself, but it can only do so if it doesn’t have to direct all its energy toward dealing with toxins. By supporting your body’s own detoxification systems, you can jump right to the root causes beneath disease and imbalance, rather than applying solutions as band-aids for every new problem that arises.

There’s two primary ways to give your body’s detoxification systems a leg up: either don’t toxify the body to begin with, or use natural substances that supercharge the body’s ability to neutralize toxins and remove heavy metals.

It’s always wise to minimize your toxin load by eating a nutrient-dense diet rich in organic, whole foods, by engaging in vigorous exercise as often as possible (sweating helps remove toxins from the body), and by developing practices for dealing with stress (which increases inflammation and oxidative stress). These practices alone will give your body’s detox systems a huge head-start.

Because we live in such a toxic world, though, keeping toxins out in the first place isn’t very easy. The air we breathe, the water we drink and in which we bathe, our self-care products and cosmetics, our cleaning products, our clothing, furniture, and bedding—more often than not, it’s contaminated in some way by industrial toxins.

Heavy metals are particularly worrisome—and once they’re in the body, they can be tricky to flush out. Heavy metals are found in alarmingly high levels in most fish, in the materials used by most dentists (besides “biological” dentists), in vaccines, and in seemingly innocuous home items like aluminum foil.

For this reason, integrating nature’s most powerful detox tools into your life is an essential complement to the practices described above.

Heavy Metals don’t stand a chance against these plants and minerals

While eating a diet filled with lots of veggies, fruits, healthy fats, and clean protein sources is a great start, you’ll want to work with acutely detoxifying plants and minerals for best results.

Turmeric has proven to the natural health and research communities that there’s almost nothing it can’t help—and detoxification is no exception. It works on every level to remove heavy metals from the body.

Research has shown that turmeric boosts the body’s ability to clear heavy metals by encouraging the production of powerful endogenous antioxidants, like superoxide dismutase, glutathione, glutathione reductase, and glutathione-S-transferase.

Turmeric also works as an unparalleled anti-inflammatory—and when inflammation is controlled, the body can direct its much-needed energy to the task of heavy metal chelation (the process by which heavy metals are removed from the body).

Turmeric even has been shown to offer profound protection for the liver, one of the most important organs for metal chelation and overall detoxification.[1]

Turmeric even has directly antioxidant and metal-chelating properties of its own, so it’s able to give your body’s already impressive mechanisms a huge boost. Its chelating effect can be so profound that researchers have begun to use curcumin as a part of metal chelation therapy for Alzheimer’s patients (experts believe that heavy metal toxicity plays a prominent role in the development of dementia).[2]

PuraTHRIVE Organic Turmeric Extract is an outstanding full-spectrum extract that’s “liposomalized”—protected as it travels through your digestive system and delivered straight into your cells… unharmed. The turmeric is also bound to phosphlipids (fats) that increase its bioavailability 10 to 20 times!

This formulation takes all that raw turmeric has to offer and presents it in a format that your body LOVES to consume.

Cilantro, spirulina, and chlorella are among the most powerfully detoxifying greens in the world (spirulina and chlorella are forms of blue-green algae). Their chlorophyll-rich profile of nutrients help increase the body’s oxygen-carrying capacity (thus improving circulation, detoxification, and elimination), and have been shown to dramatically facilitate heavy metal chelation.[3]

Combining these greens with some lemon juice and an apple makes an excellent, detoxifying smoothie (add turmeric for even more chelating power).

Garlic and onions are two aromatics that should feature heavily in your diet, especially if you’re concerned about heavy metal toxicity. In addition to offering a wealth of other benefits, garlic increases endogenous levels of glutathione and supports the enzymatic processes necessary for metal chelation. One study even showed that garlic protects red blood cells from rupturing because of heavy metal toxicity.[4]

Onions offer similar aid, and are also incredibly high in sulfur and quercetin, two nutrients that balance and boost natural immune and detox processes.

Healing clays like bentonite and zeolite are exceptionally effective for removing heavy metals and other toxins from the body. They’re natural forms of volcanic ash with rigid and complex structures, which increase chelation through a process called adsorption.

Healing clays are taken mixed with water—their unique structure allows them to “scrub” toxins and metals, trap them, and remove them from the body once the clay is excreted. Some research suggests that clays can leech beneficial nutrients from the body, as well, so it’s best to use them only a couple times per week (unless you’re suffering from severe heavy metal toxicity and need fast results).

Healing teas are perhaps the world’s oldest and most spiritually steeped detoxification tools. Besides providing the opportunity for a wonderful, stress-relieving morning ritual, drinking tea stimulates chelation and detoxification on many levels.

Studies have shown that green tea protects the liver, acts as a powerful antioxidant and full-spectrum disease fighter, and accelerates the elimination of metals.[5]

A specialized, aged form of green tea called pu-erh undergoes microbial fermentation during preparation, and thus offers even more benefits by supporting the microbiome and boosting the immune system.

 


References 

 [1] http://sciencedomain.org/abstract/283

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2781139/

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3654245/

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3268178

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2855614/

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We’ve written before about the horrors of glyphosate—the poisonous weed killer liberally used on a staggering number of crops throughout the United States.

Although the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) now considers glyphosate “a probable carcinogen,” and even though a mountain of evidence has come to light linking it to both health and environmental degradation, herbicide manufacturers still deny its toxicity. And even more absurdly, these companies claim that it’s only toxic to weeds, and that there’s no way that the chemical ends up in agricultural food products.

Experts how long feared that glyphosate could easily contaminate both our planetary ecosystem and planetary food chain, unless its widespread use is curbed. Countries around the world are imposing outright bans on its use—having openly acknowledged it as genotoxic and carcinogenic—and yet the United States shows no signs of banning (or even restricting) its use.

Yet now another piece of incontrovertible evidence has arisen proving the much-ridiculed opponents of glyphosate correct. Glyphosate has been detected in shockingly high levels within a variety of consumer packaged products—thus proving that the chemical has made its way deep into our global food chain.

Watch out for these products

After commissioning the testing of a number of packaged products, the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH-USA) discovered frightening levels of glyphosate contamination. Topping the list was Quaker Instant Oatmeal (Strawberries and Cream flavor), which contained a whopping 1,327.1 parts per billion (ppb) of this noxious weed killer.

Other serious offenders included Thomas’s Whole Wheat Bagels (491.9 ppb), Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread (403.0 ppb), and Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal Whole Grain (260.6 ppb).

But you might be thinking…those are quintessentially conventional and “unhealthy” products; of course they’re contaminated. While it is strange for oatmeal to be so severely contaminated (because oats are not a GMO crop), your logic would still be fairly sound.

Here’s the problem, though: even some supposedly “healthier” products showed contamination. This part of the list includes many products that are specifically advertised as non-GMO, such as Dave’s Killer Whole Wheat Bread (136.4 ppb), the Whole Foods Brand 365 Coffee Creamer (104 ppb), and Original Silk Soy Creamer (86 ppb).

We’ve already written about the pitfalls of gluten, dairy, and soy—but this ANH-USA testing lengthens the list of reasons to avoid them.

So, because the presence of glyphosate in our consumer food chain is indisputable, let’s return to herbicide manufacturers’ claims that it poses no risks to your health.

Is glyphosate really so bad for you?

Let us refresh your memory…

Glyphosate has been correlated with a staggering number of society-wide health problems and conditions. Despite slanderous retorts from Monsanto and other pesticide manufacturers, credible studies have conclusively linked glyphosate toxicity to autism, Alzheimer’s, depression, obesity, gastrointestinal conditions, ALS, multiple sclerosis, infertility, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, cancer, and Parkinson’s.[1]

Furthermore, glyphosate worsens and accelerates antibiotic resistance by killing good bacteria and speeding the mutation of pathogenic bacteria. You could even say it’s disrupting the planetary microbiome—it’s ravaging natural ecosystems, and has been linked with bee colony collapse around the world.

And it’s everywhere. Packaged food products are just the beginning—just proof of how deeply it has penetrated the food chain. A U.S. Geological Survey found glyphosate in 59% of sampled water sites, 50% of soil and sediment samples, 8.4% of groundwater samples, and even 10% of water that had already undergone treatment at wastewater treatment plants.[2] Glyphosate has even been detected in woman’s breast milk and urine.[3]

How to protect yourself

Joining the fight to ban glyphosate is one of the most important actions you can take to safeguard your body and our planet.

But in the meantime, as the agricultural industry continues to douse our food with poison, you simply have to do your best to keep it out of your system.

Avoiding the products listed above is a good start—but this by no means is an exhaustive list. Assume all non-organic products to be suspect, even if they’re labeled as non-GMO. Organic products tend to be much cleaner than conventional products, but even they’re not immune.

We covered in another article, it’s been discovered that glyphosate-spraying conventional farms can sometimes contaminate nearby organic produce—and these “organic” foods are then used to make the packaged products that we believe to be healthy, simply because of that little green USDA label.

To be safe, eat only organic food products and adopt lifestyle practices that supercharge your body’s detoxification abilities.

The lab results above illustrate a frightening reality that we need to accept: nowadays, it’s nearly impossible to avoid glyphosate completely, so we must combine meticulous dietary choices with detox strategies in order to keep our bodies clean and clear of this prevalent poison.

Eat naturally detoxifying foods, boost your body’s production of natural antioxidants like glutathione and melatonin, supplement with super-supplements like liposomal vitamin C and turmeric, and integrate detoxifying activities into your life, like oil pulling and sauna sessions. All of these practices will not only keep your body clear of glyphosate’s deleterious effects—they’ll also rejuvenate and optimize every aspect of bodily functioning, so that you can feel your absolute best.

 


References

[1] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/09/monsanto-roundup-herbicide.aspx

[2] http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/2014-04-23-glyphosate_2014.html

[3] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/worlds-number-1-herbicide-your-body-test-yourself

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wheatgrass

Things move quickly in the world of superfoods and health food trends. It seems like every week, the title of “latest and greatest” is passed on to a different food.

Staying educated about cutting-edge research can certainly be beneficial, but there’s something you should always keep in mind while navigating this evolving system of natural health information: sometimes the original principles are worth sticking with.

For example, greens are still great for you, just like your mom always told you when you were a kid. Sugar should still be avoided whenever possible, and if it comes in a package, it’s probably not as healthy for you as something that grew out of the ground.

And while newly discovered and researched functional foods often exhibit great promise, it’s best to stick with ones that have been tried and tested through a long history of usage.

One such food is wheatgrass.

A classic functional food

Wheatgrass was championed as a health powerhouse long before the term “superfood” was even common parlance. The pharmaceutical industry began researching “cereal grasses” around the 1930’s, and by 1937, a blend of wheatgrass and other cereal grasses called Cerophyl was released commercially.

Though sales of Cerophyl were phased out rather quickly, enthusiasm for wheatgrass persisted. By the 1970’s, it was being widely hailed as a powerful and innovative way to add more “vegetable nutrition” to your diet and address specific health concerns in the process. Charles Schnabel, who is often called “the Father of Wheatgrass,” stated that “fifteen pounds of wheatgrass is equal in overall nutritional value to 350 pounds of ordinary garden vegetables.”[1]

This focus on applying nutrient-dense nutrition for particular therapeutic functions—which took hold alongside the modern organic movement—can be viewed as the seed of today’s superfood and functional food movement.

But the therapeutic use of wheatgrass extends much further back into history than the 20th century. The ancient Egyptians even used it as a longevity and vitality elixir over 5,000 years ago. Customarily, they would press or grind freshly harvested wheatgrass and drink its juice—a tradition that’s been carried on today in the form of the wheatgrass shot.

You’ve probably seen them on offer at your local Whole Foods, coop, or health food store, and you may have wondered what all the fuss is about. They taste a bit intense, but it turns out that wheatgrass shots are a simple and powerful way to optimize nearly every aspect of your health.

Wheatgrass juice reverses gray hair (and much more)

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you’d do well to integrate this long-celebrated superfood into your diet.

“Nutrient-dense” is an understatement. Wheatgrass contains every mineral known to man, as well as a load of vitamins, including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. It even contains proteins and amino acids, and is thus considered a nutritionally complete food. A single ounce of wheatgrass juice contains the nutrients of two pounds of produce! Finally, it’s comprised of 70% chlorophyll, the blood-building and energizing compound that gives plants their green color.

Real anti-aging power. Like many other superfoods, wheatgrass exhibits potent antioxidant and immune-boosting qualities. But wheatgrass goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to anti-aging—by strengthening the blood and kidneys, it can actually prevent or even reverse the graying of hair and revitalize the skin.[2]

Detoxification for the whole body. By flushing the body full of beneficial nutrients, cleansing the liver (and other organs central to detoxification), and building the blood, wheatgrass helps supercharge the body’s own detoxification system. It also actively lends a helpful hand by neutralizing a wide range of toxic substances, including nicotine, mercury, cadmium, strontium, and other heavy metals and industrial poisons. Its detox-promoting abilities make it an excellent treatment for a variety of skin conditions, and holding wheatgrass juice in your mouth for a few minutes aids oral health by detoxing the gums.[3]

Bacterial balance. Wheatgrass’s ability to effortlessly stop aging in its tracks and optimize bodily functioning on every level can also be attributed to the profound bacterial balance it promotes within the body. Because if there’s one thing that scientists are learning about bacteria, it’s that they’re absolutely essential to our overall health and well-being. Wheatgrass juice supports the flourishing of beneficial bacteria (and improves gastrointestinal function in the process) and kills bad bacteria without harming the good ones—in short, it helps your microbiome help you.

Getting started

No level of wheatgrass juice consumption has ever been found to be toxic to either humans or animals, so go ahead and make this nutrient-dense green (or one similar to it) a staple of your diet.

One word of caution: if you opt to use wheatgrass powder instead of drinking shots of wheatgrass juice, be sure to purchase from reputable companies. The seeds of wheatgrass contain gluten, which, as you know from our previous articles, just isn’t worth all its deleterious effects. As long as your wheatgrass juice or powder is made only from the grass before it goes to seed, though, it will remain a perfectly healthful product.

Give this time-tested functional food a try, and you’ll be delighted by the energy, vitality, and longevity that it provides.

 


References

[1] http://althealthworks.com/8320/history-of-wheatgrass-research-halted-by-the-pharmaceutical-industry-in-1940syelena/

[2] http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/benefits-of-wheatgrass-to-reverse-gray-hair/#axzz430oqcFtV

[3] http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/03/14/a-shot-of-this-a-day-will-keep-the-doctor-away/

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By now you’ve probably heard of kombucha, the probiotic-rich tea that’s available in all shapes, sizes, and flavors at your local health food store.

Kombucha gained popularity as an exotic and enjoyable way to consume probiotics, which support the invaluable community of microorganisms within the body known as your microbiome.

This is one health fad that’s worth applauding—microbiologists are continually discovering new reasons why taking good care of your body’s beneficial bacteria is absolutely essential to maintaining optimal health.

Kombucha isn’t a new creation, though. It boasts a 2,000-year history as a renowned arthritis soother, cancer fighter, and immune booster—the ancient Chinese even called it “the Immortal Health Elixir.”

As it spread from Asia to Europe and Russia, then finally into the Western health food mainstream, the body of evidence and stories touting its amazing benefits grew significantly.

Excellent (and delicious) support for your gut flora

For starters, kombucha is one product that delivers what it promises. It’s literally fermented with a SCOBY (which stands for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast”), so it works wonders for your microbiome.

Many people report that it improves digestion, fights candida and other harmful stomach bugs, and even promotes mental clarity (thus supporting what an increasing number of scientists are calling the “gut-brain connection”).

A holistic immune booster

Kombucha is chock-full of antioxidants, which offer full-spectrum support to your immune system.

And because healthy gut flora play a vital role in immune function, kombucha provides an extra disease-resistance boost. Some experts even go so far as to say that your immune system’s main fighting power resides in the microbes of our intestinal tract.[1]

Kombucha is fortifying on such a deep level that an Indian study even demonstrated that it protects DNA from being damaged.[2]

Detoxifying elixir

The enzymes and bacterial acids in kombucha are powerful facilitators of detoxification. They reduce the burden placed on your pancreas and liver, so that your body can more effectively flush toxins.

Kombucha even contains a compound called glucaric acid, which has been the subject of numerous cancer studies. Because of its profoundly detoxifying qualities, glucaric acid is a highly effective cancer preventative.[3]

Time-tested arthritis support

Kombucha contains glucosamines, which you may recognize as an ingredient in many joint support formulas. Glucosamines increase production of synovial hyaluronic acid, which helps lubricate joints and protect joints from damge.

Long before the days of arthritis supplements and fancy chemical names, kombucha was lauded for its ability to prevent and treat all types of joint pain and stiffness.

Want more kombucha in your life?

If you’re intrigued by all these health benefits and have some DIY spirit, you can make it at home for as little as 50 cents a gallon (and it’s quite an experience watching the “mother culture” grow in your home setup).

If you prefer the convenience of manufactured kombucha, just make sure you stick to brands that don’t use bucketloads of sugar (kombucha cultures are already fed with sugar to make them grow, so the sugar levels in commercial drinks can very easily become excessive).

The benefits of kombucha accumulate over time, so find your favorite recipes and make this ancient elixir a part of your regular health routine.

 


 

References

[1] http://www.thealternativedaily.com/kombucha-tea-health-elixir-need-try-now/

[2] http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/14631833

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2208084?dopt=Abstract

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These days, it’s hard to keep track of all the “latest and greatest” miracle foods. As the knowledge base of the natural health world exponentially expands, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we live in a world that is abundantly rich in wildly healthful edibles.

More and more people are turning from the questionable integrity of laboratory-created frankenfoods back to the original goodies that Mother Nature has offered all along.

Smart choice—after all, nature has had a lot more practice creating foods that are good for both us and the planet.

And there’s certainly no shortage of goodies. The number of health-packed foods that are available to us is so staggering that the modern health seeker risks information overload when trying to sift through them all.

But here’s one health powerhouse of which you’ve undoubtedly heard: the ancient and illustrious pomegranate.

A time-honored healing fruit

The pomegranate is one of the world’s oldest known fruits, and is prominently featured in the healing modalities, mythologies, and religions of the ancient world.

They symbolized prosperity, fruitfulness, abundance, and ambition for cultures and groups as varied as that of the Egyptians, Israelites, Muslims, Chinese, and Indians. Perhaps this was why their image was used on some ancient Greek coins.

I haven’t even begun listing all the pomegranate’s physiological benefits… but even so, doesn’t consuming a food so closely associated with overflowing abundance and good fortune just seem like a good idea?

And it gets better.

The Egyptians and ancient Indian practitioners of Ayurveda used pomegranates as a powerful healing tool for infections, a tonic for the heart and throat, and a tonifying and strengthening agent for the skin and blood.

Modern medicine has confirmed all of these healing properties that the ancients intuitively discerned—and it’s uncovered many more of the pomegranate’s tricks too.

Let’s take a look at a few of the characteristics that make them so amazing. You should probably consider becoming better friends with pomegranates if…

…you value longevity and overall wellness

One of the things that makes pomegranates such healthful allies is their incredible antioxidant profile. Pomegranate is a king among antioxidant-rich fruits. It even has a “crown” (which is the name given to the protruding blossom at one of its ends).

All puns aside, the statistics behind the pomegranate’s antioxidant powers are pretty impressive.

In fact, a 2008 study found that pomegranate juice outshined the polyphenol potency of nine other healthful beverages (and by a large margin of 20%).[1] Grapes, blueberries, and acai (all of which are known to be potent sources of antioxidants) fell short.

This antioxidant activity comes particularly from the pomegranate’s high levels of compounds known as punicalagins and punicalins, as well as its vitamin C content.

And these essential micronutrients can do some amazing things. They help your body’s cells protect themselves from attack, which translates to fewer illnesses, slower aging, and greater vitality.

They’ve even been shown to inhibit breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer, and leukemia.[2]

…you’d like to protect and revitalize your heart

The natural compounds contained in pomegranates are also excellent for your heart health. Studies have found that punicalagin in particular can lower systolic blood pressure, slow (and even reverse) plaque formation in arteries, and clear heart blockages caused by atherosclerosis. [3]

One study even demonstrated that drinking an ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year decreased atherosclerotic plaque by 30% (while participants who didn’t drink their juice experienced a 9% increase). [4]

Lastly, these same potent antioxidants were found to reduce platelet aggregation, a process of blood cell clumping that can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. [5]

…you’d like to improve your memory and cognitive function

As mentioned above, pomegranates are excellent anti-aging tools. Their healing and tonifying qualities even extend to the brain—the rapid (and seemingly inevitable) decline of which is nearly always linked directly to the aging process.

Nevertheless, people who consume pomegranates daily are found to perform better on memory tests (when measured against a placebo), and their brains show increased activity when analyzed by an fMRI. [6]

Some of the phytochemicals in pomegranates also stimulate serotonin and estrogen receptors, [7] which help balance and regulate the emotional aspect of cognitive health by ameliorating the symptoms of depression and related conditions.

…you suffer from pain or other afflictions of inflammation

Antioxidants are excellent for reducing inflammation. This means that pomegranates are capable of delivering benefits you can really feel, because they can alleviate the pain caused by inflammation and other symptoms of arthritis.

One study found that, by reducing inflammation and targeting the enzyme that destroys cartilage in those with arthritis, pomegranate extract saves cartilage and reduces overall stiffness and pain. [8]

Integrating pomegranates into your diet

As you can see, there’s all sorts of good reasons why you should have more pomegranate in your life.

Though many of the studies cited above involved pomegranate juice, you can get the same benefits from whole fruit or pomegranate extract. In both cases, you’ll avoid the excess sugar (unbound by fiber) that comes along with pomegranate juice (and all fruit juices, for that matter). Pomegranates seeds (called arils) are delicious in cereals, salads, smoothies, or all by themselves.

And don’t be scared away by their tough skin and strange structure…figuring out a routine for preparing them is well worth it. Sure, you can’t just bite into them like an apple, but eating them still isn’t as difficult as you’d think.

Besides, it’s rather nice when food requires some creative preparation work before it yields its treasures. This process allows us to be more present and mindful when we nourish ourselves. It allows eating to be its own kind of meditation.

To prepare a pomegranate, simply cut off the crown (without piercing the seeds within), score the fruit’s skin into quarters, soak it in water for 5 minutes, and then separate the seed bunch from the skin with your fingers. Some people also like to cut pomegranates in half and separate the seed by pounding on the back of each half with a large spoon.

If that still sounds too complicated, check out this this nifty pomegranate deseeder tool. You know a fruit has some clout when there’s a preparation tool custom-made for it!

Whatever you do, just be sure you take advantage of how delicious medicine can be when it comes in form of healing foods like pomegranates.

 


References

[1] http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf073035s

[2] Kim ND, Mehta R, Yu W, et al. Chemopreventive and adjuvant therapeutic potential of pomegranate (Punica granatum) for human breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2002;71(3):203-17.

[3] http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/pomegranate

[4] Aviram M, Rosenblat M, Gaitini D, et al. Pomegranate juice consumption for 3 years by patients with carotid artery stenosis reduces common carotid intima-media thickness, blood pressure and LDL oxidation. Clin Nutr 2004;23(3):423-33.

[5] Aviram M, Dornfeld L, Rosenblat M, et al. Pomegranate juice consumption reduces oxidative stress, atherogenic modifications to LDL, and platelet aggregation:studies in humans and in atherosclerotic apolipoprotein E-deficient mice. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;71(5):1062-76.

[6] Bookheimer SY, Renner BA, Ekstrom A, et al: Pomegranate juice augments memory and FMRI activity in middle-aged and older adults with mild memory complaints. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013, 2013:946298.

[7] Mori-Okamoto J, Otawara-Hamamoto Y, Yamato H, Yoshimura H. Pomegranate extract improves a depressive state and bone properties in menopausal syndrome model ovariectomized mice. J Ethnopharmacol 2004;92(1):93-101.

[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16140882

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