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It’s fair to say that turmeric has earned its title as a functional food of unrivaled versatility. It seems to have the uncanny ability to take on any ailment, illness, or condition—and this claim is borne out by both ancient practice and modern research.

As we’ve discussed before, there’s a simple reason why this magical little root is able to target so many different health problems: turmeric treats the body as a whole, integrated system, and thus brings about overall balance that’s not achievable by pharmaceuticals and other Western medical treatments.

The tools and methods of mainstream medicine fall short in this way because they are designed to target one problem at a time (or a handful of problems, at the very most). Designing a substance in a laboratory that takes into account all the countless interactions between the different systems in your body is extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible—so instead, we focus on isolated mechanisms and hope for the best.

Unfortunately, the current best case scenario for many Western medical treatments is moderate success muddled with all sorts of side effects and risks—which must be addressed with more drugs and treatments…and the cycle continues.

Meanwhile, Nature has handed us an abundance of perfect natural medicines that have been designed by billions of years of evolution (turmeric being among the cream of the crop)—but embracing them as real medicine requires mainstream medicine to swallow its pride and admit that perhaps its laboratory tinkering hasn’t quite caught up to the awe-inspiring sophistication of evolution.

One perfect illustration of turmeric’s healing prowess is the way in which it tackles prediabetes, a condition which affects as many as 1 out of every 3 Americans.[1]

Stop diabetes in its tracks

Disease prevention is not usually a strategy pursued by mainstream medicine—because of the difficulty of doing so, but also because Big Pharma would prefer to profit off drugs designed for full-blown medical conditions.

But prediabetes represents a golden opportunity to acknowledge the warning signs and take action before the disease progresses into type 2 diabetes. Turmeric makes short work of prediabetes: during one study, prediabetic participants were given high-dose curcumin over the course of nine months, and not a single patient progressed to diabetes.[2]

It accomplishes this feat by addressing all the underlying conditions that lead to diabetes—rather than just masking symptoms like pharmaceuticals do. Take a look at how many markers of prediabetes turmeric heals in one fell swoop…

Abnormal blood glucose levels. The high blood sugar and insulin resistance associated with prediabetes creates a vicious cycle that can very quickly lead to diabetes. Turmeric prevents this from happening by reducing systemic inflammation, reducing the production of glucose in the liver, and increasing insulin sensitivity.[3]

Pancreatic dysfunction. The glucose and insulin spiral into diabetes is strongly linked with the ailing health of pancreatic beta cells, which aid in the production of insulin. Studies have shown that turmeric protects these beta cells—by minimizing oxidative stress, and by actively enhancing their ability to produce insulin—thus allowing for better blood sugar control and a dramatically reduced risk of developing diabetes.

Obesity is both a symptom of and risk factor for diabetes (another one of those vicious cycles). Turmeric cuts to the core of the issue by boosting fat metabolism, enhancing glucose tolerance (so all that sugar isn’t continually stored as fat), and lowering blood lipid levels.[4] And losing weight holds more than just aesthetic appeal for prediabetics: every 1kg of weight loss decreases your risk of developing diabetes by 16%.[5]

High cholesterol. High lipid levels in the blood can lead to many other problems besides obesity, including systemic toxicity, chronic oxidative stress that kills pancreatic beta cells, and chronic inflammation (which only accelerates the vicious cycle that leads to diabetes). As we already mentioned, turmeric easily breaks this cycle by lowering cholesterol and addressing all of the other parallel risk factors.

All-around healing (with the right kind of turmeric)

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Because of its profoundly anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities, turmeric heals a whole assortment of other symptoms directly or indirectly related to diabetes, including neuropathy,[6] retinopathy,[7] kidney damage,[8] cognitive dysfunction,[9] cardiovascular issues,[10] and hypertension.[11]

But here’s the catch: the vast majority of studies report that these benefits cannot be achieved simply by including turmeric in your diet (either as a spice or in its whole root form). While spicing up your nutrition with turmeric is never a bad idea, you just can’t get enough of its healing components simply by eating it—mostly because curcumin and other healing compounds in turmeric have a very low bioavailability (i.e. they’re not easily absorbed by the body).

To unlock the real power of turmeric, you’ll need a high-quality extract like this one.

PuraTHRIVE’s revolutionary product features liposomal delivery, a cutting-edge formulation method that increases the absorption of turmeric by up to twenty times. They even use a full-spectrum turmeric extract (because curcumin works best when synergized with turmeric’s many other beneficial compounds), and include fulvic acid for maximum nutrient absorption.

We highly recommend you give this product a try, so you can experience the life-changing therapeutic potential of turmeric for yourself.

 


References

[1] http://icanpreventdiabetes.org/about-prediabetes-prevention/

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22773702

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25745485

[4] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20420526

[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16936160

[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22411174

[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24323538

[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25185359

[9] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2527619/

[10] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26471308

[11] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3214182/

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Tumeric

Turmeric (curcumin) is an herb for inflammation and pain that is gaining a lot of attention among natural health practitioners. Turmeric belongs to the ginger family, and is traditionally being used to flavour dishes like curry. Like ginger, turmeric is used to calm inflammation and pain.

In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been studied and used as a medicinal agent for thousands of years. A teaspoon of turmeric powder in a cup of warm milk, used three times daily, is thought to be an effective Ayurvedic treatment for colds and flu.

Recent studies have shown that turmeric decreases the production of substances that cause inflammation, pain and joint damage in arthritis.  It also aids the digestive process.

Turmeric absorption greatly increases if it is consumed together with pepper. That’s why this turmeric recipe for inflammation and pain contains both cayenne and black pepper.

This bright orange spread can be consumed straight from the jar (for a total of 1 tablespoon daily) for maximum effects. We love spreading it on toast, at the first sign of a cold, and having it with a cup of hot tea!

Note: Since turmeric has been shown to increase production and flow of bile, those with common bile duct blockage or gallstones should avoid this herb

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric-Honey Spread

9 teaspoons turmeric
1.5 teaspoons ground black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
About ¼ cup of coconut oil (or it can be ghee, or both)
About ¼ cup of honey

Put all the spices in a small glass jar.
Melt coconut oil (for easy mixing) and add to the jar to mix.
Add honey and mix.
Store this natural remedy on the counter, for easy spreading and away from heat.

Take one tablespoon per day.

If you like this turmeric recipe for inflammation and pain, please share with your friends!

How to get the most out of turmeric

By all accounts, turmeric really is a miraculous healing tool (the benefits described above don’t even scratch the surface of its full potential). There’s just one problem: curcumin isn’t very readily absorbed by the body, so it’s difficult to get its truly therapeutic benefits.

Simply using turmeric as a cooking spice won’t give you nearly the amount that you need, and even most powdered turmeric supplements are fairly useless—because they’re low-quality and still not very bioavailable.

But this product is different: a turmeric extract made with organic turmeric, and without any nasty solvents. Through a proprietary, state-of-the-art process, the extract is “liposomalized,” meaning that each molecule is protected by a fatty bubble, which allows all the plant’s goodies to be readily absorbed by your cells.

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

This extraordinary extract is even enriched with fulvic acid, which increases the bioavailability of all the nutrients you consume, detoxes the body, balances hydration and mineral levels, and optimizes brain health and cellular functioning. It’s a match made in heaven that will leave you feeling radiant and energized.

So whether you’re searching for the most powerful way to use turmeric as an anti-cancer agent, or trying to optimize your health and prevent cancer in the first place… 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.

mold

We’ve written in the past about the manmade toxins that litter our homes: toxic furniture, bedding, clothing, cleaning products, and more. Environmental air pollution gets a lot of attention, but according to the EPA, the air inside our homes is two to five times more polluted on average—and in some cases up to 100 times more polluted. [1]

Toxic home syndrome is worth worrying about—especially given that we spend as much as 90% of our time indoors. Indoor pollution has been correlated with a rise in the incidence of many diseases, including cancer, autism, and many other degenerative conditions caused by an increased toxin load. [2]

A lot of this pollution comes from the sources mentioned above, but some household toxins are naturally occurring…and potentially just as dangerous as the industrial poisons with which our bodies have to content. One prominent example is mold.

What you must know about mold

Mold has been on this planet for a lot longer than we have, and it’s not going anywhere. It’s a highly evolved, highly adaptable fungal organism that makes up 25% of the Earth’s biomass—so it’s safe to say that mold is a fact of life.

This is not to say that mold should be viewed lightly, though. It can grow very quickly on almost any surface, provided that there’s enough moisture to support it. This means that bathrooms, kitchens, areas with leaky pipes, or areas prone to flooding are at highest risk. Once mold colonies grow to a critical mass, their spores become airborne, and they can travel throughout your entire home.

And all molds that produce mycotoxins, when present in high enough quantities, can be harmful to your health (with “black mold” being the worst of all). The effects of mold exposure are most often referred to as “allergic reactions,” but the truth is that it’s a slippery slope from mold allergies to mold illness (especially if mold is proliferating in unseen places around your home, like behind drywall or in small bathroom nooks).

Mold exposure can cause a wide range of symptoms, including irritation of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, dermatitis, rashes, and other skin issues, asthma and other respiratory issues, fever, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, and diarrhea.

Mold can radically suppress immune function (especially in people who already have a compromised immune system), and can even cause flu-like symptoms and liver damage. Animal studies suggest that excessive mold exposure can lead to kidney damage, infertility and other reproductive issues, and neurotoxicity. One human study even strongly linked household mold exposure to depression. [3]

Check out this video from the National Mold Resource Center to see if you have any symptoms of mold sickness:

Take action to protect yourself

While molds can be incredibly virulent and persistent, you don’t have to feel powerless against them. Small mold colonies are common, and usually pose relatively little risk to your health, so don’t feel like the sight of any mold whatsoever is cause for panic.

Also, because most of the ill effects of mold exposure come from mycotoxicity-induced immune dysfunction, you can protect yourself by boosting your immune system. Turmeric, vitamin C, vitamin D, and adaptogenic herbs are always a good choice. Low oral doses of activated charcoal or healing clays (like bentonite and zeolite) are also great for cleansing your body of mycotoxins.

Keep Your Home “Mold-Free”

If your home appears mold-free (or contains only small visible colonies), great! You can keep it that way by cleaning up spills or flooded areas immediately, fixing water leaks within 1-2 days, keeping your house well-ventilated (especially the bathroom and kitchen), and scrubbing away mold as soon as it appears.

If you become aware of large mold colonies in your home, though, taking supplements is not going to cut it. Mold infestations need to be dealt with swiftly and properly. There are home test kits available which measure the level of mold spores in the air, but they’re often quite inaccurate. If you can see any decent quantity of mold in your home, don’t wait to test…start removing it immediately!

Scrub off any visible mold with baking soda, distilled water, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and borax, and be sure to wear gloves and a protecting mask during clean-up. Avoid using toxic homecare products—the point is to remove toxins from your home, right?

Keep in mind that mold colonies can form well out of sight (if you have any of the symptoms listed above, and can’t link them to other causes, you might be suffering from mold exposure). Full mold remediation often requires the removal and replacement and walls, ceilings, and carpets. Unfortunately, these processes can be quite costly, but they’re well worth it.

If you’re a renter, talk to your landlord about any mold in your home. Only some states hold homeowners liable for mold remediation, but many landlords are willing to take care of the issue in order to preserve the future integrity of the house. If your landlord is not willing to take action, and you’re unable to afford the mold cleanup, you should strongly consider moving into a mold-free home.

By being aware of mold (and other toxins) in your home, and being willing to take action, you can ensure that your home remains a health-promoting oasis in an otherwise polluted world.

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References

[1] http://draxe.com/indoor-air-pollution-worse-than-outdoor/

[2] Ibid.

[3] http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/08/070829162815.htm

Your immune system is an invaluable line of defense against harmful foreign agents, so when it’s not functioning properly, the effects can be devastating. An increasing number of Americans suffer from autoimmune disorders—a condition in which the body essentially attacks itself.

To understand autoimmune disorders, let’s first take a brief look at how the immune system works. When a foreign agent (also known as an antigen) enters the body, the immune system marks it as a threat, and then releases antibodies and inflammatory chemicals.

Antibodies bind to antigens and neutralize the threat of systemic infection, and inflammatory chemicals keep the body on high alert until the job is done.

This is all well and good when there’s actually a foreign agent that needs to be eliminated; in this case, acute inflammation is a small price to pay for keeping the body healthy. But in the case of autoimmune disorders, the immune system misidentifies the body’s own cells as antigens, and produces antibodies against them.

Such conditions can be dangerous and debilitating, as the downward spiral of chronic inflammation and antibody production can cause escalating damage to many organs throughout the body.

Mainstream doctors claim that there are no cures for autoimmune disorders

Even more sadly, mainstream doctors claim that there are no cures for autoimmune disorders, and that the only available choice for patients is to superficially manage symptoms.

The most common treatment is the administration of immunosuppressants, which (just as the name suggests) suppress immune functioning. This route temporarily minimizes the damage that can be caused by the immune system attacking the body’s organs, but it’s a woefully inadequate long-term solution.

Suppressing the immune system is tantamount to shutting down the body’s defense systems, and therefore patients end up fighting a two-front war: one against their own immune system as well as foreign agents, to which a suppressed immune system is dramatically more vulnerable.

And besides, immunosuppressants do nothing to correct the underlying immune dysfunction—instead, patients are left in a fragile limbo of symptoms management, with little to no hope of full recovery.

But there’s a better way

What’s needed instead is immunomodulation, a holistic balancing of the immune system’s overall function, rather than the short-sided suppression commonly embraced by doctors.

While there are many natural remedies that can accomplish this task, one of the most powerful of all is turmeric. This may not come as a big surprise, given turmeric’s remarkable resume of healing properties, but mainstream medicine is only beginning to discover just how helpful this ancient, golden root can be for autoimmune patients.

Here’s how turmeric restores the immune system to balance.

You may already be aware that turmeric is one of the most remarkable natural anti-inflammatories on the planet. So, since controlling inflammation response is one of the keys to balancing the immune system, turmeric is a perfect match for autoimmune issues.

A mountain of studies has demonstrated that turmeric halts the production of inflammatory chemicals, and even that it modulates the signaling pathways implicated in inflammation.[1]

When looking at these mechanisms in the context of autoimmune dysfunction, researchers also found that turmeric even inhibits the activation or migration of immune cells and antibodies, thus effectively protecting the body against damage.[2]

For example, one study showed that curcumin (one of the active constituents in turmeric) inhibits the proliferation of effector memory T cells, an important immune cell responsible for the production of antibodies.

Best of all, turmeric works without suppressing overall immune function (i.e. it appears to stop antibodies from binding to cells within the body, while preserving its ability to fight pathogens in its normal fashion).

dfResearchers have already tested turmeric against a wide variety of autoimmune disorders, and the results are extremely promising. It’s been proven effective in the treatment of lupus,[3] multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune disorders of the nervous system,[4] myocarditis (inflammation of the heart),[5] psoriasis and other autoimmune disorders of the skin,[6] rheumatoid arthritis,[7] ulcerative colitis,[8] and more.

Just make sure to use the right kind of turmeric…

Whether you’re suffering from an autoimmune disorder, or just want to keep your immune system in tip-top shape, turmeric is an excellent ally.

It has one drawback, though: its healing components are very hard for your body to absorb (this is known as low bioavailability). Using fresh turmeric root or powder is certainly healthful, but you need to use a specially formulated version of turmeric in order to enjoy the full depth of its benefits.

Even the popular practice of mixing turmeric with some kind of milk to make “golden milk” will only take you so far. Golden milk approximates a more advanced and effective formulation method called micelle liposomal which makes turmeric up to 185 times more absorbable by encapsulating turmeric inside a type of fat called phospholipids.

If you’re serious about combatting autoimmune disorders and other inflammatory conditions through natural means, be sure to add liposomal turmeric to your daily regimen.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12676044

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569223

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20146265

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20828641

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21720000

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26066761

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12009331

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22833299

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We’ve written at length about the brain benefits of turmeric, the miracle root that continues to surprise the medical community with its inexhaustible healing capacities.

Turmeric supports and protects the brain on every level. Research has revealed that compounds in turmeric boost cognitive function by minimizing neurological inflammation, protect against brain damage by blocking the activation of microglia cells, and even regenerate brain cells.[1]

Until not so long ago, scientists didn’t even believe that neurogenesis—that is, the regeneration of brain cells—was even possible. Now it’s clear that the feat can be accomplished with a simple household spice.

These mechanisms make turmeric a promising functional food for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and general cognitive decline, as well as epilepsy and other convulsive cognitive disorders.

It should come as no surprise, then, that turmeric also offers profound protection against stroke, a condition that develops because of blood flow blockages in the brain.

How turmeric protects against stroke

In a recent article, we outlined how scientists are using turmeric as a template for developing the next generation of stroke medications. Clinical trials with a turmeric-derived compound known as CNB-001 demonstrate that it can regenerate damaged cells after a stroke has occurred.

Currently, stroke patients are given a tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which rapidly dissolves the blood clot causing the stroke, but cannot repair any damage that’s already been done, and must be administered within an hour of the stroke’s onset. Medical researchers hope that medications like CNB-001 will offer relief and recovery to patients long after a stroke has occurred.

While this research is incredibly promising, you don’t need to turn to laboratory turmeric creations for stroke treatment, as it has quite a bit to offer even in its natural form.

For example, one study used an experimental stroke model in rats to examine whether turmeric can prevent stroke-induced brain damage. During ischemic stroke (the most common kind), a massive inflammatory response is triggered in the brain, and various immune cells migrate into brain tissue.

The presence of one type of white blood cell called a neutrophil is a marker for the severity of brain damage—the greater the neutrophil adhesion, the greater the damage and impairment of neurological response. In the study, researchers found that curcuminoids reduced neutrophil adhesion to the walls of blood vessels by 67%, and also that an inflammatory protein called TNF-alpha was greatly reduced.[2]

And that’s just one of many studies that’s leading medical experts to take a closer look at turmeric’s stroke-healing potential. Remember the blocked activation of microglia cells that was mentioned above?

Researchers have reason to believe that this mechanism not only boosts cognitive function and slows brain aging, but may also help regenerate brain cells following a stroke.[3] In fact, it was exactly this finding that led scientists to model CNB-001 after turmeric compounds.

Curcumin, one of the most commonly known compounds in turmeric, has also been shown to help with the treatment of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) stroke, which has a higher morality rate than ischemic stroke. One study found that the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin reduced swelling in brain tissue and helped prevent loss of tissue (as well as the resulting neurological impairments).[4]

Another study found that 75-300 mig/kg of curcumin, administered up to six hours after ICH, helped lessen the damage caused by hematomas (blot clots outside of blood vessels).[5]

Turmeric also stops stroke before they happen

While it’s critically important to provide stroke patients with a path to optimal recovery, the greatest measure against stroke is still prevention—and turmeric has that base covered too.

Oxidative stress in the brain is both a risk factor for stroke, as well as a contributing factor to the damage caused during stroke. Curcumin and other antioxidant compounds in turmeric are well-known for their ability to scavenge free radicals and prevent oxidative stress, both during a stroke and in otherwise healthy individuals.

The same studies cited above even suggested that by attenuating oxidative stress and inhibiting inflammatory proteins in the brain, turmeric helps prevent atherosclerosis (arterial plaque buildup), a major risk factor for stroke.

Turmeric also reduces neurological inflammation on a day-to-day basis, and supercharges the brain’s detoxification system by boosting the production of endogenous antioxidant enzymes like glutathione, glutathione reductase, glutathione-S-transferase, and superoxide dismutase.[6]

But Curcumin is not Easy to Absorb

Curcumin is the active compound you want to absorb from the turmeric root. This is the most powerful medicine in the plant. However, a big problem with turmeric is that curcumin isn’t easily absorbed. [7]

Various animal and clinical studies reveal that the concentrations of curcumin in blood plasma, if detectable at all, are extremely low regardless of dosage size. [8]

And low absorption rate will not give you the health benefits of this amazing ancient spice!

Now there is a solution…

A study done by the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research compared the bioavailability of curcumin in many different forms. [9]

This study was a 23-subject crossover trial. Subjects were given a single, 500-mg dose of curcuminoids in multiple forms. Blood samples were taken throughout a 24-hour period.

Researchers measured peak blood concentrations for total curcuminoids. Bioavailability results as compared to native curcumin came back as follows:

Curcumin Emulsified with Lecithin – 4x increased bioavailability
Curcumin with Turmeric Essential Oils – 7x increased bioavailability
Curcumin with Bioperine (black pepper) – 20x increased bioavailability
Curcumin in the Micelle format – 185x increased bioavailability

Result: The micelle curcumin format
by far surpassed the other formats in bioavailability.

This patented Micelle Liposomal Delivery of Curcumin Gold protects the nutrients from acids in your digestive system and transforms poorly absorbed, fat-soluble curcumin to a water-soluble phytonutrient which makes it body-ready immediately.

While the data above suggests that turmeric can be helpful when used during a stroke, never try to administer treatment to someone having a stroke unless you are a qualified medical professional. Stroke should be considered a medical emergency; if you see the signs of stroke onset, seek medical attention immediately.

 


References

[1] https://www.biomedcentral.com/about/press-centre/science-press-releases/26-sep-2014

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2858674/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19594223

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3235343/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3153730/

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195121/

[7] http://www.mccordresearch.com/sites/default/files/research/Curcumin-Bioavailability.pdf

[8] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/biof.1042/abstract

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24402825

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It’s become abundantly clear by now that turmeric is one of the world’s most healing plants. The deeper researchers delve into the chemistry of this incredible root, the more benefits they seem to discover.

While turmeric contains a wealth of beneficial compounds, curcumin is usually the star of the show. Curcumin has been shown to be one of the most powerful, versatile anti-inflammatory compounds in existence—and that’s just the beginning.

Research has revealed that curcumin can be successfully used to treat a wide variety of health conditions, including diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, eye diseases, depression and other mood disorders, cardiovascular issues, brain dysfunction, and cancer.

In many cases, researchers even found turmeric to be as effective or more effective than the leading pharmaceuticals used to treat these ailments. And unlike these drugs, turmeric carries no worrying side effects.

Beyond curcumin

It wasn’t long before researchers realized that there were probably even more benefits hiding within turmeric’s unexplored compounds. More than 100 components have been isolated from turmeric, and it’s very possible that there’s more still to be discovered.[1]

Seeing the wide-range applicability of turmeric alkaloids, medical scientists have begun to develop their own “hybrid molecules” derived from turmeric. One exceptionally promising one is CNB-001, a compound that has been shown to repair stroke damage by regenerating brain cells.

Before we jump into how this new compound works its magic, let’s go over what happens during a stroke.

Strokes are often lumped into the same category with heart attacks, and for good reason. Like heart attacks, strokes occur when a blood clot blocks bloodflow to the brain (just like how heart attacks occur when bloodflow to the heart is blocked). You can think of strokes as “brain attacks.”

Without a source of revitalizing oxygen, the affected brain cells will sustain damage—the worse the clot, the worse and more widespread the damage.

Conventional medicine offers remarkable medications for dissolving cerebral blood clots and attenuating the damage caused during a stroke, but they’re only helpful if a stroke patient is able to receive them within an hour of the stroke’s onset. Once the damage is done, there’s not much that even emergency medicine can do—and the road to recovery can be a long and hard one.

This is where CNB-001 comes in.

Turmeric offers hope for stroke victims

The hybrid molecule CNB-001 is a gamechanger for stroke victims—research has demonstrated that it has the ability to repair stroke damage on a molecular level after a stroke has already occurred. This is a critical tool for emergency medicine physicians to have in their repertoire, because a large percentage of stroke victims simply aren’t able to seek out medication quickly enough to prevent damage from happening.

Researchers have taken note of turmeric’s brain-cell-regenerating qualities for some time, and have long hoped to be able to develop analog compounds like CNB-001 that can target specific types of brain damage.

Ancient Ayurvedic practitioners have used turmeric for thousands of years for its brain-balancing properties—and not long after the modern turmeric revival began, researchers confirmed that turmeric really is the brain’s best friend.

One prominent set of studies expored ar-tumerone, a lesser known turmeric alkaloid. What they found is truly remarkable: ar-tumerone can speed up the rate at which neural stem cells differentiate into functioning neurons by up to 80%. It even helps migrate neural stem cells to areas in the brain that are most in need of neurogenesis (brain cell regeneration).[2]

Subsequent studies demonstrated that ar-tumerone also helps defend the brain against further damage, and that the compound readily passes through the blood brain barrier (which thwarts the absorption of the vast majority of pharmaceuticals).[3]

A compound that is naturally derived, packs all the anti-inflammatory punch of curcumin, can regenerate brain cells with the same efficacy as ar-tumerone, and can pass through the blood brain barrier—this would be a sort of holy grail for brain researchers.

And this is precisely what CNB-001 offers.

Research surrounding the compound was first presented at the American Heart Association International Stroke Conference in February of 2010, and the medication is now undergoing clinical trials, which are continuing to show positive results.[4]  

This promising innovation was developed by Lapchak Laboratories, a translational stroke research laboratory directed by Dr. Paul Lapchak. Dr. Lapchak is a leading figure in the field of neurodegenerative disease, and hopes to expand the available treatment choices for stroke victims (as of now, there is only one FDA-approved post-stroke treatment). To this end, he routinely assesses the therapeutic potential of novel compounds like CNB-001.   

Physicians like Dr. Lapchak hope that as this revolutionary new compound gains traction, it will ease the suffering of hundreds of thousands of stroke victims (every year, approximately 795,000 people in the United States experience a stroke).

CNB-001 may not be the 100% “natural” form of turmeric, but we should always remember that conventional medicine has its place, especially during medical emergencies like strokes. At least this “conventional” medication is derived directly from a plant that’s been safely used for thousands of years.

It’s important to note that raw turmeric will not be sufficient if used during a stroke. The natural root—especially liposomal, full-spectrum extracts of turmeric—can work wonders for preventing heart attack and stroke. Once the crisis sets in, though, you should always seek emergency medical attention.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92752/

[2] https://stemcellres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/scrt500

[3] https://www.biomedcentral.com/about/press-centre/science-press-releases/26-sep-2014

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25364620

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The thyroid is part of the endocrine system, which is made up of glands that produce, store, and release vital hormones into the bloodstream.  Because of the many toxins with which our bodies have to contend on a daily basis, thyroid and endocrine dysfunction is an ever-present concern.

A staggering number of chemicals that are central to our industrial society—including some in our cosmetics, cookware, cleaning supplies, furniture, and clothing—are known to be potent endocrine disruptors.

As many as 1 out of every 10 people suffer from thyroid dysfunction at some point in their lives

It’s no surprise, then, that as many as 1 out of every 10 people suffer from thyroid dysfunction at some point in their lives. The number is much higher for those with “subclinical” thyroid symptoms, which can still lead to significant health risks.

The thyroid regulates metabolic and hormonal activity throughout the body. It secretes the hormones triiodothyronine and thyroxine—which regulate growth and calorie metabolism (i.e. how fast your body burns calories)—and calcitonin, which controls calcium levels. It is directly controlled by the pituitary, which is referred to as the “master gland” of the endocrine system.

Unfortunately, there are many types of thyroid disorders, including thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid), hypothyroidism (underproduction of thyroid hormones), hyperthyroidism (overproduction of thyroid hormones), Hashimoto’s disease (an autoimmune condition wherein the thyroid is attacked by the body’s own immune system), and goiter (enlarged thyroid).

All of these disorders can lead to a host of serious issues and complications, including:

fatigue
weight gain
mood swings
anxiety
depression
severe hormonal imbalance
muscle and joint pain
poor circulation
dry and brittle skin and nails
hair loss
constipation
poor cognitive performance
heart problems
infertility
birth defects
thyroid cancer

Luckily, once you’ve diagnosed a thyroid disorder, there are plenty of safe, natural measures you can take to prevent the more serious complications of these diseases.

Proper diet and supplementation play an immensely important role. If you’re in need of thyroid healing, one superfood you’ll definitely want to add to your diet is turmeric.

Research has demonstrated that Turmeric offers powerful support for thyroid conditions

Turmeric’s Many Healing Talents

You’re probably already familiar with turmeric’s many healing talents. Its trifecta of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and endocrine-balancing properties make it a perfect addition to nearly any therapeutic regimen—and research has demonstrated that it offers powerful support for thyroid conditions.

Here’s why this wonder-root is so healing for your thyroid.

Inflammation control. Inflammation plays a central role in many thyroid conditions, especially thyroiditis, goiter, and thyroid cancer. Turmeric makes short work of inflammation by inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory chemicals. And unlike NSAID’s, turmeric acts on both COX and LOX enzymes (ibuprofen and similar OTC drugs only act on COX enzymes), and it does so without any side effects.[1]

Antioxidant activity. Turmeric is well-known for its powerful antioxidant properties—that is, its ability to combat oxidative stress and the free radicals generated by it. Oxidative stress, particularly in the brain, is commonly associated with hyperthyroidism; studies have shown that, through regulating an endogenous antioxidant called superoxide dismutase, turmeric relieves hyperthroidism-induced oxidative stress.[2]

Liver and kidney support. Because of the severe hormonal imbalance that can result from it, hyperthyroidism can disrupt proper function of the liver and kidneys, and can even lead to organ damage over time. Studies have shown that turmeric not only normalizes organ function and protects against damage, but even helps to heal whatever damage has already been done in both the liver[3] and kidneys.[4]

Hormone level regulation. One of the things that makes thyroid conditions so difficult to treat is the problem of hormone regulation: pharmaceuticals tend to increase or decrease hormone levels exclusively, and sometimes the issue is more complicated than that. Turmeric, on the other hand, can freely pivot between these mechanisms and solve the issue however it needs to be solved—that is, it seems that curcumin can increase hormone levels when they’re low or decrease them when they’re high.[5]

Immune system balance. Hormones aren’t the only thing turmeric brings into balance. It also exerts a powerfully modulating effect on the immune system, once again regulating immune response according to specific need. For example, turmeric is capable of boosting the immune system when necessary, and also reining in immune response in the case of autoimmune-related thyroid disorders.[6]

Decreased risk of serious disorders. Adding turmeric to your regimen can reduce the risk of more serious thyroid conditions, especially in those who already cope with minor thyroid dysfunction. Studies specifically point to turmeric’s ability to lower the risk of developing goiter[7] and thyroid cancer.[8] It’s even been shown to inhibit the growth of thyroid cancer cells[9] and to help increase the effectiveness of conventional thyroid cancer treatments.[10]

The right way to use turmeric

As always, they key to getting the full spectrum of turmeric’s therapeutic benefits is to use the right form of turmeric.

Raw turmeric, and especially turmeric powder, is notoriously difficult for the body to absorb—so don’t expect much thyroid healing if this is the main way in which you’ve been consuming turmeric.

For the kind of results discussed in this article (and in the studies cited), you’ll need to use a high-bioavailability, liposomal turmeric extract.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25932388

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22476324

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19914224

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21966112

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18519239

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569223

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25932388

[8] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23561205

[9] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24910117

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24741455

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Purathrive’s Thomas DeLauer explains how turmeric turns bad fat into good fat.

Weight management is a full-time job in which nearly everyone seems to be engaged—you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t think they “could lose a few pounds.”

While vanity and impossible standards certainly define the weight loss world to an extent, the drive to maintain a healthy weight should nevertheless be viewed as a positive 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 discussed 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.

A new way to lose weight

Most attempts at weight loss 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.

Turmeric literally supercharges the body’s own ability to burn fat. Here’s how…

Turning “bad” fats into “good” fats. 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. 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).

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.

And this process of fat transformation is supported by turmeric’s many other fat-shedding mechanisms…

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 the suppression of new fat production.[5]

But not all forms of turmeric are created equal…

Stores are overflowing with turmeric products—but the unfortunate truth is that most of those powders and capsules offer very little 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 phospholipids (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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turmeric-depression

Western medical science has a tough time wrapping its head around emotional and mental imbalances. Because it rarely looks beyond physical causes, it misses the more subtle blockages that lead to problems like depression and anger. Even conventional psychology gets caught up in the belief that neurotransmitter imbalances cause these emotional disorders.

While neurochemistry is indirectly correlated with these states of emotional dysfunction, the whole story is quite a bit more complicated.

Ancient medical systems like Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine recognized (and continue to recognize) this fact. They examine the whole rather than the part, and posit a connection between parts of the physical body and specific emotions (rather than assuming that each physical organ and part only has a determined, physical function).

Traditional Chinese Medicine discusses meridians, which are systems of channels through which life energy flows. If the energy in a particular meridian becomes blocked, certain physical and emotional imbalances develop as a result.

For example, the liver meridian is connected not only with liver function, but also with anger, guilt, and depression. Thus, detoxing the liver (and its corresponding meridian) not only clears physical toxins from your body, but also the emotional toxins that lead to depression, anger and other imbalanced states of being.   

Nowadays, lots of plants and practices are put forth as tools for detoxifying and improving the function of the liver, but one of the best of all is turmeric.

Turmeric heals the liver

The purely physical benefits that turmeric has on the liver are remarkable in their own right. Studies have revealed that curcumin (one of the active components in turmeric root) dramatically improves liver function and even protects it against future damage.

In one study, all participants with abnormal liver markers who were given turmeric powder for twelve weeks experienced significant improvement, and absolutely no side effects were observed.[1]

Other research has even demonstrated turmeric’s ability to regenerate liver tissue, particular in diabetics,[2] and in those who have experienced liver damage because of pharmaceuticals and other harmful substances.

Turmeric is also a tremendous ally for those suffering from liver cancer—curcumin can kill liver cancer cells and tumors,[3] repair liver damage done by chemotherapy and radiation,[4] and protect the liver against future incidence of cancer.

And that’s just scratching the surface of the decades-long collection of research related to turmeric’s liver-protecting effects. Numerous studies show the ability of turmeric to heal fibrosis, and many more show that it dramatically improves overall liver functioning, even in the face of hepatoxic foods, substances, and medications.[5]

What these studies don’t speak to directly, though, is the underlying emotional benefits that come from clearing and improving liver function.

Numerous studies show the ability of turmeric to heal fibrosis, and many more show that it dramatically improves overall liver functioning, even in the face of hepatoxic foods, substances, and medications.

An explanation of turmeric’s depression-fighting power

One of the turmeric’s many talents is its ability to heal depression. Studies have even demonstrated that it performs on par or better than leading pharmaceutical antidepressants.

Unlike antidepressants, though, turmeric doesn’t combat depression by targeting specific neurotransmitters (most drugs prescribed for depression focus on raising levels of serotonin or dopamine). Rather, it creates a perfect balance between all the brain’s neurotransmitters, raising and lowering levels as necessary on an individual basis (a mechanism known as neuromodulation).

Here’s the thing, though: researchers can’t be sure that turmeric causes neurotransmitter levels to change. It’s just as reasonable that balanced neurochemistry simply marks the healing of depression. In other words, it’s entirely possible that turmeric combats depression in other ways besides its work in the brain—such as the healing it provides for the liver.

Users of turmeric extracts have reported that it helps them to feel happier and calmer by overcoming anger

Users of turmeric extracts have reported that it helps them to feel happier and calmer by overcoming anger—which is precisely the underlying toxic emotion that is stored in the liver meridian, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Practitioners of this ancient science maintain that stored anger and guilt are an underlying cause of unhappiness, and that physical liver dysfunction is intertwined with this energetic and emotional imbalance.

Given that turmeric plays a prominent role in Ayurvedic medicine—which approaches health and wellness in a holistic manner very similar to that of TCM—it’s not surprising that its benefits extend into the emotional realm.

While it’s unlikely that mainstream research will validate the energetic mechanisms behind Ayurveda, meridian therapy, and related schools of thought, researchers have nevertheless found that treating the liver meridian (in accordance with the principles of TCM) is an effective and consistent way to treat diseases and emotional disorders that TCM associates with the liver.[6]

If you struggle with depression or anger issues, give turmeric a try. It’s best to seek out a high-quality liposomal extract like this one, and to take it 3-4 times per day. Not only can turmeric help bring you back into emotional balance (without the terrible side effects of pharmaceutical antidepressants), but the functioning of your liver will benefit greatly too.

 


References

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23497020

[2] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/turmeric-may-repair-and-regenerate-diabetic-liver-function

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20582974

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11712783

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19811613

[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25276954

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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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