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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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Coconut oil for alternative therapy

We’ve written in the past about the wonders of coconut oil. It’s powerfully antimicrobial, heals the brain (and even alleviates the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease), promotes weight loss, serves as an incredible replacement for toxic, store-bought cosmetics, and even optimizes oral health.

But there’s a not-so-new kid on the block that’s really starting to pick up momentum as a “competitor” of coconut oil: MCT oil. The acronym stands for medium chain triglyceride, which refers to the fats that make up a portion of coconut oil.

Medium-chain fats are digested more easily and sent directly to your liver, where they have a thermogenic effect and the ability to positively alter your metabolism. This is one reason why many people claim that MCTs, including coconut oil, are burned by the body for energy, or “fuel,” instead of being stored as fat.

The understanding of some health experts is that MCT’s are the most desirable and functional component of coconut oil.

Their logic is therefore that, by removing everything that isn’t an MCT, you’ll be left with a superior product. This process is sometimes referred to as fractionation (and thus MCT oil is also known as fractionated coconut oil).

The benefits of MCT oil

The intention behind MCT oil is to create a product that delivers all the benefits of coconut oil even more efficiently. MCT enthusiasts argue that the MCT’s in coconut oil can only deliver their bevy of benefits once they’re properly digested—a process that can be inhibited by the presence of harder-to-digest long chain fatty acids.

Because fats are broken down by the bile and enzymes that are secreted by the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas, these organs need to be functioning optimally in order for the process to work smoothly.

If instead, they’re overloaded with toxins due to improper diet, stress, and environmental pollution, your body can have a hard time breaking down whole coconut oil. This means that you can suffer from fat malabsorptionrather than delivering all its healthy MCT’s and nutrients, the coconut oil is simply stored as excess fat or excreted.

Pure MCT oil is able to bypass this whole digestive process, so it can much more easily confer its benefits. MCT’s have been shown to combat viral infections and Candida,[1] sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea, Herpes simplex 1, and HIV,[2] chronic inflammation and oxidative stress,[3] memory loss and cognitive dysfunction,[4] chronic fatigue, and many other conditions.

But should coconut oil remain as Nature intended?

As Western medicine has had to learn many times before, laboratory-created products are not necessarily better than natural ones. In fact, it usually turns out that the natural version is the superior one.

Many of the studies that have established medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) as some of the most healing and versatile compounds on the planet specifically used coconut oil, not MCT oil or other isolates. This is not to say that MCT oil isn’t healing, but only that the claims made about coconut oil’s ineffectiveness don’t always stand up to scrutiny.

Furthermore, MCT oil traditionally doesn’t include lauric acid, which MCT oil advocates argue is processed like a long chain fatty acid in the body. Other studies dispute this claim, maintaining that it should indeed be considered a medium chain fatty acid (MCFA).[5]

However it’s defined, though, the fact remains that lauric acid is widely acknowledged as one of the most important components in coconut oil. It’s arguably the most antimicrobial MCFA of the whole bunch, and it makes up a whopping 50% of coconut oil’s composition.

Does it really make sense to remove such a central component of coconut oil? Does lauric acid really hamper the healing potential of MCT’s, or is coconut oil perfect the way Nature made it, without processing or alteration?      

Making a choice

While the coconut oil vs. MCT oil debate will likely rage on for some time, here’s some good rules of thumb for choosing which one to integrate into your own life.

Over 1,500 studies show that raw, virgin coconut oil is almost never a bad choice.[6] If you’re hoping to glean all of the benefits we’ve discussed in this article and others, start with good old coconut oil—it’s cheaper than MCT oil, time-tested, and proven safe for ongoing use.

If, after consuming coconut oil or other saturated fats, you experience diarrhea, bloating, or gas, it could mean that your body has a hard time absorbing fat. In this case, MCT oil could be a very helpful alternative—just be advised that some people experience these same side effects from taking too much MCT oil.

Because it is absorbed much more quickly, MCT oil can also have a faster, more marked effect on cognition and energy levels. As such, it works slightly better than virgin coconut oil as a performance enhancement tool.

Remember, though: regular consumption of coconut oil, coupled with an overall healthy diet and lifestyle, will work wonders for your brain and body, as well—its effects just aren’t felt as acutely as those of MCT oil.

In short: if you have reason to believe that you suffer from fat malabsorption, or if you want to use MCT’s as a targeted, therapeutic aid for losing weight, enhancing cognition, or increasing energy levels, MCT oil could be a great choice for you. See how raw, virgin coconut oil works for you first, though—you might just find that the extra cost of MCT oil is unnecessary for you.

Better yet, find ideal uses for both of them: try MCT oil as a tool for acute performance enhancement, and use coconut oil for all your dietary needs. You’ll be amazed by how quickly your overall vitality and well-being improves when you take the time to build exactly the regimen that works for you.

 


References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17651080

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10448397

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24613207?dopt=Abstract

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3437664/

[5] http://philjournalsci.dost.gov.ph/vol143no2/pdf/Lauric%20acid%20is%20a%20mediuam%20chain%20fatty%20acid.pdf

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=coconut+oil

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Grape-Seed

Grapes are an immensely popular fruit, thanks to their delicious sweetness (and, of course, thanks to the ancient tradition of making them into wine). Despite such popularity, though, this favored fruit holds a little-known secret: the most healthful part of grapes (by far) is their seeds.

Grape seeds contain all sorts of beneficial compounds, including powerful antioxidants called oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPC’s). OPC’s are closely related to resveratrol, the healing compound in grape skins that is often cited as the reason for wine’s health-promoting properties (when it’s consumed in moderation, of course).

But OPC’s, especially when combined with the other flavonoids and polyphenols in grape seeds, easily outshine even resveratrol. Get this: OPC’s are naturally antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-allergy…and that’s just scratching the surface.

OPC’s help the body produce glutathione, which is the master antioxidant that protects DNA and strengthens the immune system. They also increase intracellular vitamin C levels and strengthen capillaries and thus improve blood oxygen circulation throughout the body.

Best of all, grape seeds confer all of these benefits without the side effects that inevitably accompany allopathic medicines (such as microbiome imbalance in the case of antibiotics and antiviral medications, immune suppression in the case of pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy).

Because of all these mechanisms and more, many studies have found grape seeds to be immensely beneficial in the treatment of various conditions. Here’s a few examples…

Cancer. Given that the OPC’s in grape seeds are such powerful antioxidants, they work wonders for preventing cancer. These compounds, combined with hormone-balancing chemicals called aromatase inhibitors, even attenuate the negative effects of chemotherapy and stop the spread of hormone-dependent cancers like breast cancer. [1] One study also found that OPC’s stopped the spread (and even directly killed) prostate cancer cells. [2]

Blood pressure and circulation problems. Grape seeds are strongly vasodilatory, so they’re highly beneficial for a variety of blood pressure and circulatory conditions. They protect blood vessels from being damaged in the first place (which often contributes to high blood pressure), and their vessel-dilating effect helps lower blood pressure in those with hypertension. Studies have shown that grape seeds also improve the symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency and edema. [3]

Diabetes. Grape seeds help the body process fat more efficiently (and halt lipid peroxidation, the process by which fats are oxidized into toxic free radicals) and soothe hypertension. [4] Thus, especially when combined with proper diet and exercise, they’re an inexpensive and powerful remedy for both the complications and underlying factors of diabetes.

Cognitive decline. Study after study has been that high levels of antioxidants in the body are key to optimizing brain function. By reducing oxidative stress and boosting mitochondrial function (the part of your cells that generate energy), the polyphenols in grape seed extract have been shown to prevent and even treat Alzheimer’s disease and general cognitive decline. [5]

Oral health. Last but not least, some studies suggest that grape seeds can help keep your teeth and gums happy (the importance of oral health is often diminished nowadays, but some evidence connects many chronic conditions to low-grade tooth and gum infections). Grape seeds accomplish this feat by maintaining mineral balance in the mouth, which prevents and even reverses tooth decay. [6]

Hidden in plain view

So how come the benefits of grape seeds so little known? If the humble grape contains so many healing properties wrapped in its center, why isn’t it considered a superfood?

Here’s the rub: all the beneficial compounds in grape seeds (like polyphenols and flavonoids) are very bitter, so they’re usually removed through selective breeding and “de-bittering” processes. When it comes to large-scale food production, the American sweet tooth palate wins out over health concerns. Thus, most of the grapes you’ve consumed in your lifetime probably don’t even contain the healing compounds discussed above.

And even the grapes that still have their full therapeutic profile contain relatively small amounts of the compounds you’re looking for. You’d need to eat a lot of grapes to get all the potential benefits of grape seeds (which is inadvisable, considering how much sugar grapes contain).

Grape seed extract is an excellent way to get the benefits of grape seeds. It contains 95% OPC’s, which is more than any other antioxidant extract. You can easily find high-quality grape seed extract supplements in capsule form. If you suffer from any of the conditions listed above, or just want to add a fantastic natural supplement to your regimen, try taking 100-300 milligrams of grape seed extract a day. [7]

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References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16740737

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18663730

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22752876

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24757634

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3666959/

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23151686

[7] http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/grape-seed-extract

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It’s January and what does everyone want to do in January? They want to lose weight and avoid getting sick. Well, good news! Apple Cider Vinegar is your new best friend!

How apple cider vinegar helps you lose weight

Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight in a few different ways. Firstly, its strong flavor stimulates the production of stomach acid and bile in the digestive system, so that you are able to break down food more effectively.

While the mainstream media and pharmaceutical industry tell us that too much stomach acid is a common problem, this is actually incorrect. Many people, especially those consuming a diet high in processed foods, suffer from low stomach acid, which contributes to poor digestion and weight gain.

Apple cider vinegar also supports weight loss by contributing good bacteria to the gut microbiome. This is where we should mention that the type of apple cider vinegar you buy is very important. It must be raw, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar.

You will be able to tell from the cloudy appearance of the vinegar. There may even be chunks or strings floating in the liquid. This is entirely safe, and in fact, ideal! Those bits indicate that there are healthy living cultures in the vinegar.

When you drink this living probiotic food, more beneficial bacteria take up residence in your gut. These bacteria protect you from illness and play an important role in extracting nutrition from what you eat. This means that you are able to get more nutrients from less food, and your body becomes satisfied more quickly.

Finally, apple cider vinegar supports weight loss by stabilizing blood sugar. A number of studies performed on diabetic patients found that blood sugar levels showed less fluctuation when a small amount of apple cider vinegar was consumed before a meal.

Wondering how to make use of this wonder remedy? Read on for our favorite ways to use apple cider vinegar for weight loss.

How to make an apple cider vinegar drink for weight loss

Drink a teaspoon in water

The simplest way to add raw apple cider vinegar to your weight loss regime is by adding a teaspoon to a glass of water and drinking it upon waking, before lunch and before dinner. This way your digestion is fired up and your blood sugar remains stable!

Make a juice blend

For those who don’t enjoy the taste of apple cider vinegar, we recommend mixing it into a juice or smoothie! This is a great way to get more vitamins and minerals into your diet. Just be sure to make your own fresh juice rather than buying ready-made beverages, which usually have sugar added!

Make an immune-boosting remedy

Warning: this concoction is not for the faint of heart! If you really want to step up your health, try making immune-boosting shots with potent health-boosting ingredients. You can mix a small amount of crushed garlic, a pinch of cayenne pepper, a little turmeric, some apple cider vinegar, a squeeze of lemon juice, and some raw honey with a small amount of water. Mix this together and drink it down whenever you want to prevent illness, especially in cold and flu season!

Apple cider vinegar safety

This should go without saying, but just because something is good for you, it does not mean that more is better. A little bit of apple cider vinegar every day can really improve your health, but drinking lots of it will not help you to lose even more weight!

In fact, there have been reports of people suffering damage to the esophagus from drinking apple cider vinegar straight from the bottle. We recommend consuming no more than three tablespoons daily, and always diluting the vinegar with other liquids.

Apple cider vinegar should be consumed with caution by people with a condition called gastroparesis, or delayed emptying of the stomach. Some experts have expressed concern that the increased acid levels could cause damage to digestive organs. We recommend addressing underlying conditions with a nutrient-dense, whole-food diet before adding apple cider vinegar to your daily regimen.

Whether or not you need to lose weight, raw apple cider vinegar makes an excellent addition to your preventative health routine!

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There are few consequences of ill-balanced health that we personally loathe more than weight gain. Weight management is a full-time job in which nearly everyone seems to be absorbed—you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t think they “could lose a few pounds,” regardless of whether they’re morbidly obese or gym-chiseled.

Perhaps our strong aversion to weight imbalance stems from the fact that it is a visually apparent sign of sub-optimal health. Unlike many other health conditions, which take their toll internally and invisibly, being overweight or obese is something that confronts us each and every time we are seen by another person, or seen by ourselves in a mirror.

The drive to maintain a healthy weight should be viewed as a positive, self-preserving instinct. After all, those who are obese (or even just overweight) are at much higher risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, cancer, depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders, sleep apnea and breathing problems, osteoarthritis and bodily pain, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and all causes of death. [1]

Unfortunately, though, even the surplus of vanity in the Western world doesn’t seem to be enough to keep obesity in check—one third of all U.S. adults are obese, and 69% of all Americans are either overweight or obese. [2] In past articles, we’ve chronicled the aspects of modern society that make obesity almost inevitable: the notoriously health-sapping American diet, every-present environmental toxins, and sedentary lifestyle practices, just to name a few.

In order to contend with all of these barriers to proper weight management, we need more than just an abdominal workout and occasional half-hearted dieting. Even those who maintain a disciplined diet and fitness regimen often find that shedding excess pounds is not an easy task.

Luckily, the healing dynamo turmeric has begun to weigh in on the subject (no pun intended), and studies show that this golden spice can be hugely helpful to anyone trying to lose weight.

Tumeric turns “bad” fats into “good” fats

Most weight loss regimens fail because they fail to address all of the factors of weight imbalance simultaneously. In fact, most of these factors are still deeply misunderstood by most people, who have been trained to believe that burning as many calories as possible is the key to weight loss.

While burning fat (as measured in calories) is certainly important, the process is ultimately much more complicated. Not to worry, though: studies have revealed that turmeric takes care of nearly every aspect of weight loss in one fell swoop.

Here’s how this incredible little root works its magic…

Turning “bad” fats into “good” fats. Here’s where it gets really interesting. Researchers have known for some time that our bodies contain two kinds of fat: brown fat, which expends excess energy through heat generation (and doesn’t cause weight gain), and white fat, which is the notorious kind that leads to obesity through fat storage. It turns out that curcumin actually turns white fat into brown fat by enhancing the expression of brown fat genes. Welcome to the science of nutrigenomics, where the nutrients you consume can positively alter the ways that your genes express themselves. We’ve come a long way since crunches and calorie restriction were your only options for weight loss.

Anti-inflammatory activity. First and foremost, turmeric quells systemic inflammation, which is at the root of excess fat storage. Inflammation also causes physical pain, stiffness, fatigue, sluggishness, and illnesses of all sorts—all of which majorly discourage the active lifestyle that’s necessary to overcoming obesity. Check out this article to learn why turmeric is one of the most incredible (and safest) anti-inflammatories on the planet.

New mitochondria formation. Mitochondria are the energy-producing powerhouses of your cells. One study demonstrated that, by directly inducing mitochondrial biogenesis, curcumin (the turmeric polyphenol that the researchers chose to study) alleviates fatigue, supports the muscular system, enhances athletic performance, and increases fatty acid oxidation.[3] These boosts all help remove the burdens that make weight loss so difficult (from the standpoint of both biochemistry and personal motivation).

Metabolism boosting. The metabolism—which can be thought of as the body’s “fat-burning furnace”—is often imbalanced and sluggish in those who are overweight or obese. This dysfunction makes weight loss even more difficult, as much more work is needed to burn the same quantity of fat. Turmeric breaks this cycle by drastically increasing the activity of a metabolism-balancing protein called AMP-activated protein kinase, [4] which increases the rate at which fat can be burned.  

Healthy “weight maintenance” proteins. Turmeric also increases levels of many other proteins that serve as markers of healthy weight maintenance and metabolism. Most notable are hormone-sensitive lipase and p-acyl-CoA carboxylase, which signal the body’s increased ability to burn fat and decreased new fat production. [5]

Fat cell destruction. Curcumin even causes apoptosis, or “programmed cell death,” in white fat cells, thus improving the ratio between brown fat and white fat. And the more brown fat you have, the more easily your body is able to burn more white fat through thermogenesis (which is induced by brown fat).

“Hacking” weight loss

For all of these reasons, consuming turmeric is a sort of biohack for weight loss. It not only breaks the cycle of painful inflammation, fatigue, and sluggish metabolism, but also directly improves your body’s fat-burning abilities by increasing levels of brown fat. This means that everything else you do to manage your weight—like eating a diet low in sugars, carbs, and omega-6’s and exercising consistently—will be even more effective than usual.

So give turmeric a try—while optimizing your weight, you’ll also be boosting your immune system, improving cognitive function, and warding off over 600 different diseases.

But not all forms of turmeric are created equal…

Most of the turmeric supplements you see in stores come in the form of encapsulated powders. The truth is with turmeric powder you may be
getting very little actual benefit.

Turmeric powder has a fairly low bioavailability (meaning that a good portion of it isn’t properly absorbed by your body), it often isn’t very fresh, and
it’s sometimes made with harsh processes that can destroy or degrade turmeric’s healthful components.

Because turmeric is hard to absorb, it must be formulated in a certain way allowing the body to absorb and utilize its entire spectrum of nutrients.

Otherwise it is useless…

PuraTHRIVE Organic Turmeric Extract is an outstanding full-spectrum extract that’s “liposomalized”—meaning it’s specifically blended to make the turmeric bind 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. 

==> Give this truly revolutionary product a try… you won’t believe how quickly you feel its effects. Once you do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make turmeric a part of your daily life a long time ago.

 


References

[1] http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/obe/risks

[2] http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1832542

[3] http://www.jnutbio.com/article/S0955-2863(15)00241-7/abstract

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibid.

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While checking out at a local coop recently, we noticed a worrying headline on the cover of a popular health magazine: “Just To Be Safe, Avoid Taking Vitamins.” This sentence pretty perfectly sums up the air of paranoia and skepticism that surrounds the vitamin and supplement culture. Contamination scares, dubious studies depicting the supposed uselessness of supplements, and industry naysaying has eroded people’s confidence in the effectiveness of vitamins.

Supplementing properly can be somewhat expensive anyway, so if the “authorities” say that they aren’t worth the money, why not save some cash?

Although it does take a bit of work to find good vitamins and supplements, it is patently untrue that they’re useless. A mountain of evidence suggests that vitamin and mineral deficiency is one the leading contributors to nearly all major diseases. You can read more about a few of those deficiencies here and here.

In an ideal world, we’d get all the vitamins we need from food (after all, our ancestors didn’t exactly have access to health food stores). But we live in a world where pollution and near-constant stress saps our nutrient reserves and taxes our body with oxidation, and we consume food that is critically depleted of nutrients (because the ground in which it is grown has been depleted by unsustainable farming practices).

So here’s the reality of life for most people: supplementation is necessary to maintain optimal levels of vitamins and nutrients.

Perhaps one of the most undervalued vitamins of all is vitamin C. Ironically, it may be one of the most universally known and widely distributed of all vitamins, and yet it’s hardly ever given the credit that it deserves. This amazing compound has a long history of this kind of derision: governments ignored evidence suggesting that fresh fruit cures scurvy for nearly 100 years in the 18th and 19th centuries, and doctors from the 19th century to the present have been ridiculed for using this lowly vitamin as a medical tool.

It’s almost as if mainstream medicine refuses to believe that simple, natural solutions can be effective—only complicated, expensive, scientifically developed medical interventions deserve a badge of legitimacy. But centuries of practice, now coupled with emerging research, is finally leading more doctors to pay attention to the untapped potential of vitamin C.

A gym substitute?

A study from the University of Colorado in Boulder has revealed that, according to markers measured by the researchers, a daily regimen of vitamin C confers the same cardiovascular benefits as regular exercise for your heart. 

The goal of the study was to determine ways of supporting overweight or obese adults who are unable or unwilling to exercise (approximately 50% of the demographic). They focused on a protein called endothelin-1 (ET-1), which constricts blood vessels and makes them less responsive. Overweight and obese individuals nearly always have elevated levels of ET-1, which dramatically increases their risk of heart disease. Amazingly, the researchers found that taking a 500 mg time-release capsule of vitamin C every day decreased ET-1 levels just as much as daily exercise.

While nothing can or should be a permanent substitute for exercise, this study shows that vitamin C gives a head start to those who are unable to exercise. Another study even demonstrated that vitamin C deficiency is linked with higher body mass index (BMI), body fat percentage, and waist size—and thus that supplementing with it can help with weight control.[1]

And it offers something to those who already exercise regularly too: it massively magnifies the benefits of exercise by reducing oxidative stress,[2] improving overall muscle function, and decreasing recovery time.[3]

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

While this research is incredibly promising, it’s still a far cry from the work of Dr. Linus Pauling, the original vitamin C advocate. As early as the 1940’s (not long after the original synthesis of ascorbic acid), he cured a staggering array of supposedly incurable diseases with high doses of vitamin C. And Dr. Pauling was no quack—he won the Nobel Prize twice.

Despite his amazing success with his patients, Dr. Pauling’s work with vitamin C was either suppressed or ignored during his lifetime. Now, the scientific community is slowly and cautiously beginning to change their tune. Recent studies have revealed that people who receive the highest levels of vitamin C have an 80% reduced risk of heart attack and a 42% reduced risk of stroke.[4] It’s also been shown that vitamin C lowers blood pressure, strengthens endothelial function, and protects against the formation of arterial plaque.

During the studies that demonstrated all of these benefits, participants took between 500-2000 mg of vitamin C per day—doses that pale in comparison to the 10-12 gram daily dose that Dr. Linus Pauling recommended. And he considered those maintenance doses; for acute problems, he administered up to 300 grams per day.

We’re still barely scratching the surface of vitamin C’s potential.

All this still seems a bit extreme to most doctors, but Pauling’s results speak for themselves—and it’s no coincidence that the higher doses researchers use in modern studies, the more benefits they uncover.

3 More Reasons Why Your Heart Needs Vitamin C

According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, vitamin C is a superstar for your heart health, improving it in the following ways: [5]

1. Enhance Glutathione

Vitamin C enhances your body’s level of glutathione. Known as your body’s most powerful antioxidant, glutathione is a tripeptide found in every single cell in your body.

It is called “master antioxidant” because it is intracellular and has the unique ability of maximizing the performance of all the other antioxidants, including vitamins E, CoQ10, and alpha-lipoic acid, as well as the fresh vegetables and fruits that you eat every day.

Glutathione’s primary function is to protect your cells and mitochondria from oxidative and peroxidative damage. It is also essential for detoxification, energy utilization, and preventing the diseases we associate with aging.

Glutathione also eliminates toxins from your cells and gives protection from the damaging effects of radiation, chemicals, and environmental pollutants. Your body’s ability to produce glutathione decreases with aging, which is one reason why vitamin C may be even more important as you get older.

2. Strengthen Your Blood Vessel Walls

Vitamin C is essential for the biosynthesis of collagen, which in turn is beneficial for your arterial walls. According to Dr. Sinatra: [6]

Weakened collagen can permit noxious oxidized LDL, homocysteine, Lp(a), cigarette smoke, and heavy metals to cause inflammatory reactions in the vascular lining — which starts the atherosclerotic plaque formation process.”

3. Improve Vasodilation

Your blood vessels’ ability to expand is known as vasodilation. If vasodilation is poor, it can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Vitamin C increases the availability of nitric oxide (NO), which promotes vasodilation.

Making vitamin C work for you

As can be seen from the studies cited above, vitamin C is a wonderful ally for overweight and obese adults, as well as those wishing to prevent or treat heart disease. And since these conditions are some of the leading causes of death in the United States, vitamin C is a good choice for nearly everyone.

When starting your vitamin C regimen, start with lower doses (under 5 grams), and then work up to whatever level feels right to you. Liposomal vitamin C (that is, vitamin C that has been combined with lecithin or another fat to make it more bio-available) is by far the most absorbable form; we recommend this formula.

Once you figure out a routine that works for you and stick to it for a while, you’ll be amazed by the benefits that vitamin C can provide. You’ll have more energy, get sick far less often, and maybe even lose some weight in the process.

 


 

References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17585027

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12692182

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11915781

[4] http://www.researchgate.net/publication/13639594_Diet_and_Risk_of_Myocardial_Infarction_A_Community_Based_Case_Control_Study

[5] [6] http://www.drsinatra.com/the-heart-health-benefits-of-vitamin-c

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It’s getting harder and harder to deny that bacteria is our friend.

Sure, there are some species that can wreak havoc on our bodies, but it seems that there are many more that would rather live symbiotically with us.

Researchers have discovered that between 500 and 1000 unique species of bacteria comprise our gut flora—also know as our microbiome. And an increasing number of studies demonstrate a surprising fact: these little critters are absolutely essential to our well-being.

This is a pretty ironic discovery, given allopathic medicine’s crusade on microorganisms. It appears that waging war on “germs” and living in sterile conditions are not sustainable practices.

It appears that, if we wish to live optimally, we’re going to have to deepen our understanding of the relationship between humans and bacteria.

Your multi-talented microbiome

Digestive microbiology is a field that could revolutionize the way we view health and healing within the next five to ten years.

Our gut flora play an essential role in a staggering number of bodily processes, and many researchers believe they hold the key to understanding many prevalent health conditions.

Here’s just a selection of the virtues of a healthy microbiome…

It supplies nutrients by aiding in the digestion process. Your gut bacteria is able to break down certain food components that your stomach can’t take care of on its own, like fiber. These flora convert their food into all sorts of beneficial nutrients, like amino acids, vitamins, enzymes, and short-chain fatty acids.

It regulates appetite and digestion not only by aiding with physical processes, but also by producing neurotransmitters (like serotonin) that affect us neurologically. Studies show that certain species of bacteria can manipulate the neurohormones, neurotransmitters, and receptors that control appetite.[1]

It improves insulin sensitivity. Many researchers even think that the health of an individual’s microbiome is correlated with their likelihood of developing diabetes.  

It boosts immune function by outcompeting harmful bacteria and pathogens. There also seems to be a more complex, little understood mechanism at work. While scientists are not yet sure what it is, they believe it explains why there seem to be more autoimmune diseases in developed nations with antibiotics and sterilization practices (which are your microbiome’s worst nightmare).  

When they’re not happy, you pay the price…

Just by familiarizing yourself with these benefits, you can probably figure out what happens when our gut flora is out of whack.

Quite simply, we get sick and fat.

Nutrient deficiency and immune dysfunction are leading causes of illness and degenerative disease, and insulin sensitivity and digestion dysfunction are a recipe for obesity and diabetes if there ever was one.

In studies of genetically identical twins, obese and diabetic individuals were found to have a significantly less diverse microbiome. Similarly, individuals with stronger immune systems (who reported getting sick less often) also had thriving microbiomes.[2]

It’s becoming clear that gut flora health is as important as diet and lifestyle when it comes to staying healthy and fit.

So how can we support our microbiome?

We still know very little about the mysterious and complex workings of our internal flora. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of steps that you can take to help them along their way (so that they can help you).

An important first step is to learn as much as you can about your specific microbiome.

In order to know what steps are best for each of us to take, we need to get a snapshot of our current gut flora. Otherwise, it will be difficult to tell whether your actions are yielding positive results.

Remember: there’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to optimal health. It’s all a matter of taking health into your own hands, learning what works for you, and applying this knowledge in your daily life.

A company called uBiome makes it incredibly easy to get up close and personal with your microbiome.

They’ll mail you a kit with detailed instructions on how to send a biological sample back to them. Then they use state-of-the-art DNA sequencing technology to analyze your flora in glorious and meticulous detail. Lastly, they help you apply the resulting information by cross-referencing data (so that you know what microbiotic issues you need to take care of).

Pretty neat, huh? You can order a kit here.

And while you’re waiting to receive your results, the usual healthy-bacteria-promoting practices apply…

Avoid antibiotics, avoid conventional meat and dairy, stop using antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, stop drinking tap water, avoid chlorine-washed vegetables, take prebiotics and probiotics, and make your own probiotic-rich fermented foods at home.

By combining these practices with the personalized data that you receive from uBiome, you’ll be able to supercharge your microbiome…and it will thank you by doing its part to ensure that you stay vibrantly healthy.

 


References

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3554020/

[2] http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-gut-bacteria-help-make-us-fat-and-thin/

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