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Herbal Cure: Turmeric Can Help Fight Colon Cancer

Herbal Cure: Turmeric Can Help Fight Colon Cancer

Herbal Cure: Turmeric Can Help Fight Colon Cancer

Turmeric, a yellow indian spice commonly used as a food coloring, is already known to treat many health problems such as liver disorder, bacterial infections in wounds, eye disorders and many other conditions.

Now a new study from Belgium shows that a compound in turmeric has the potential to treat and prevent colon cancer, thanks to its medicinal properties.

In fact, the study suggests that a combination of two plant compounds – curcumin (an active ingredient in turmeric) and silymarin (a compound naturally found in milk thistle) – can effectively ward off colorectal cancer cells.

According to the study’s findings, both compounds, when used individually, were effective in preventing spread of colon cancer cells, but a combo-pack of them showed a synergistic effect against the colorectal cancer cells.

“A single phytochemical at high concentration may exhibit anticancer activity,” observed the Saint Louis University researchers while conducting a lab test in a line of colon cancer cells. “By combining two phytochemicals, anticancer activity at much lower doses has been sought.”

For the lab test, researchers used three different human colon cancer cell lines and treated them with varying doses of curcumin, silymarin, and a combo of curcumin and silymarin. Cell proliferation (increase in the number of cells) and apoptosis (a process of programmed cell death) were assessed after treating the cells with the compounds.

The research team observed a significant difference between single compound-treated cells and cells treated with a combo of both compounds. They found cells treated with either phytochemical alone had low levels of apoptosis, while treating the cells first with curcumin and then with silymarin resulted in an increased cell death, thus was more effective in fighting cancer.

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“The combination of phytochemicals inhibited colon cancer cells from multiplying and spreading. In addition, when the colon cancer cells were pre-exposed to curcumin and then treated with silymarin, the cells underwent a high amount of cell death,” said study author Dr. Uthayashanker Ezekiel, from Saint Louis University.

Phytochemicals may offer alternate therapeutic approaches to cancer treatments and avoid toxicity problems and side effects that chemotherapy can cause,” Ezekiel added.

The researchers acknowledge theirs is a preliminary cell study and more research is to be done before determining the curcumin and silymarin are an effective treatment for colon cancer patients.

“Future studies will explore the NF-kB (nuclear factor-kappa beta) and apoptotic pathways to understand synergistic effects of curcumin and silymarin on colon cancer cells,” they conclude.

The research findings appear in the Journal of Cancer.



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How Much Turmeric Should You Be Taking?

How Much Turmeric Should You Be Taking?

How Much Turmeric Should You Be Taking?
What Is The Correct Turmeric Dosage?

According to the medical community, about 2,000mg is the maximum amount of standardized turmeric curcumin you should take per day. When cooking with ground turmeric powder, the University of Maryland recommends 1 to 3 grams per day. One gram of ground turmeric powder is about ½ teaspoon.

The recommended dosage of Turmeric and the methods of consumption are as follows:

How:  When possible take Turmeric with some fat or oil as it is lipophilic (oil soluble).  I use coconut oil most often. In the morning simply eating whole eggs and bacon provides plenty of necessary fat.

How much:  For adults the official recommendation is up to 1.5 g. daily which will be about one very slightly rounded teaspoon which can be divided over two to three doses daily.  Therapeutic doses are considered to be 2-3 g. See cautions below.  Not recommended for small children under two.  For older children and those over 65, start with a low dose. There are varying opinions as to the dosage and confusion between the active ingredient curcumin and Turmeric doses.

Tea:  I don’t recommend taking Turmeric as a tea.  It will stain everything.  Some people like to take it in warm milk with honey (Golden Milk) or hot cocoa.

Capsules:  Turmeric Curcumin (Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric) is available in capsule form. It’s readily available and easy to take.

Food:  A great way to take it, a curry is perhaps the best food method – but do you eat curry daily and with medicinal amounts of turmeric? I doubt it.  However, I have added turmeric throughout the day in my yogurt, soups, salad dressings and other dishes. Nobody wants to eat Turmeric in every meal which is why the capsules are such a wonderful and easy alternative.

Fat/oil:  This is my modus operandi and part of my morning routine.  Two teaspoons of coconut oil (turns solid in winter so I warm it a little) to one teaspoon of turmeric which will equal the recommended dose of  1g daily.  I add a good few turns of black pepper. This is most likely about 1/8 teaspoon.

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Caution regarding therapeutic doses:

It is worth considering that many people have successfully either weaned themselves off chemical drugs or at least lowered the doses over time. This also means, avoided the inevitable side effects of long term pharmaceuticals.

Warning!  Super food turmeric may seriously improve your health.  Read more about turmeric benefits – Spice:  Turmeric – Beyond Curry

Be sure to purchase your herb and spices from non-irradiated, organic and reliable sources for the full health benefit.  Grocery store herbs are good enough for seasoning but most likely have been radiated.  One company I have come to trust is “Simply Organic”.

Therapeutic doses of most any herbal preparation is seldom intended for long term use and were never intended to be used in that way.  Obviously, long term chemical ‘solutions’ have also negative effects.  Many herbalists and Naturopathic practitioners recommend taking breaks of a few weeks from any long term herb use.  However, some people eventually ease themselves off of pharmaceuticals and are happy with the results using natural methods and just as importantly, a healthier lifestyle.



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Citrus Fruity Chia Seed Water

Ingredients
1 lemon, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 quart of water

2 tbsp chia seeds
a couple drops of liquid Stevia (optional)

Directions
1. Add your lemon slices, orange slices, and water into a pitcher. Let that puppy chill in the fridge over night.
2. Remove fruit slices and add your chia seeds (and Stevia drops if you want it sweetened). Let them chill for at least ten minutes so they puff up from the water. Chia seeds absorb water and grow to ten times their original size! Be sure to stir every couple of minute so they dont clump up.
3. DRINK! Drink when you wake up, drink at work, drink at the gym, drink before bed….just drink it. Your body will love you, and you will love you.

Yummy Cleansing Pineapple Juice Vitamix Recipe

Yummy Cleansing Pineapple Juice Vitamix Recipe

It’s less than a week after Thanksgiving so I’m still “all about that cleanse!” I really want to help my body get rid of those nasty toxins? This recipe consists of one of nature’s greatest anti-inflammatory ingredients—turmeric. It also has another one of nature’s delicious anti-inflammatory ingredients–pineapple. Add some alkalizing grapefruit and you have a great first-thing-in-the-morning drink. Juice the remaining ingredients, including the additional anti-inflammatory power of ginger, and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups pineapple, diced
  • 1 pink grapefruit, peeled and sliced
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 1 lime, peeled but with pit
  • 1 inch ginger
  • ½ inch turmeric

Directions:

Add all ingredients to your Vitamix, blend and serve.

 

Coconut Milk Smoothie For Weight Loss

Coconut Milk Smoothie For Weight Loss

Coconut milk, despite its high saturated fat content, can help the body burn more energy and lose weight more easily. The unique structure of the MCFAs (medium chain fatty acids) found in coconut milk allow them to be burned more readily for energy, and increases total energy expenditure over the day. Additionally, MCFAs have been shown to be more satiating than longer-chain fats, filling you up better and helping prevent hunger.

Ingredients:

8 oz. organic coconut milk, (I like the Native Forest brand, the container is BPA free)
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin coconut oil (I like the Nutiva brand)
2 eggs, organic, free range, and yes, raw!
1/4 cup organic frozen raspberries or other frozen berry
1 frozen organic banana
Optional: 1 tsp- 1 tbsp organic raw honey ( I leave this out but you might prefer it!)

Directions:

In a high powered blender or Vitamix, blend well until desired consistency is achieved. ENJOY!

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Recipe
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1/2 tsp nutmeg
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Mix together into thick paste. Apply and let sit for 30 minutes… or ten if you can’t handle the burn! It should only burn for the first five minutes or so and then it’ll wear off. Rinse the mask off with warm water and moisturize.

Note: Keep in mind that this is a mask that works gradually. It won’t move mountains overnight, but if you are consistent with applying it 2 times a week you will see a huge improvement in your skin. With consistent application it will lighten up marks, blemishes and scars. It will reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it will also help your skin to glow and look healthy.

8 of The most Nutrient Dense Foods That You Should be Eating

8 of The most Nutrient Dense Foods That You Should be Eating

You can only eat a certain amount of food every day.  You want to maximize your nutrients by spending your caloric budget as carefully as possible.  The best way to accomplish this is by eating foods that have the most nutrients.  Here are some of the most nutrient dense foods that you can eat:

  1. This fish contains the largest amount of Omega 3 fatty acids that are critical for optimal body function.  Omega 3 fatty acids are linked to lowering the risk of serious diseases and improved wellbeing.  A 100-gram chunk of wild salmon contains high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and 2.8 grams of Omega-3s.  It also has magnesium, selenium, potassium, and B-vitamins. One should consume fatty fish one or two times a week so that your brain gets what it needs.  Those who regularly eat fatty fish lower their risk of heart disease, depression, and dementia.
  1. This vegetable is loaded with fiber, antioxidants, minerals along with a variety of bioactive compounds.  A 100-gram kale serving contains 300% of the RDA of Vitamin A, 200% of the RDA for vitamin C and 100% of the RDA of vitamin K1.  There are significant amounts of Vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and copper.  There are two grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and just 50 calories.  Kale contains bioactive compounds that fight cancer.
  1. There are thousands of ocean plant species, and most of them are very nutritious.  In many cases, seaweed can be even more nutritious than vegetables that we grow on the land.  It is high in manganese, magnesium, iron and calcium. It contains a variety of bioactive compounds such as carotenoids and phycocyanins that are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substances.  The iodine content is also very high and is used to produce thyroid hormones.  If you do not like sushi or seaweed, you can take kelp tablets.
  1. Clams contain vitamin B12, are loaded with vitamins and nutrients as well as selenium, iron, and potassium.  Oysters contain large amounts of zinc, copper, B12 and vitamin D.
  1. The liver is the most nutritious organ you can consume.  A 100 gram portion of beef liver has 201% of RDA for Vitamin B2, 1176% of RDA for vitamin B12, Vitamins B6, B5, Folate and Niacin, Copper, Iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.  There are 29 grams of animal protein.
  1. If you need to add flavor to your food, use garlic.  Garlic contains selenium, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, vitamin C, B1 and B6 and calcium.  Garlic contains Allicin, which is its active ingredient.  This ingredient can lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol which can lead to a reduction in the risk of heart disease.  It also has cancer-fighting properties as people who eat plenty of garlic have a lower likelihood of colon and stomach cancers.
  1. These berries are not as high in vitamins as vegetables, but they are very high in antioxidants.  They contain anthocyanins and phytochemicals that can provide protection for the brain, improving memory in older adults.  The can also lower blood pressure and reduce the markers of oxidized LDL cholesterol.  Blueberries can also help to fight cancer.
  1. Egg Yolks. The yolks of eggs are loaded with minerals, vitamins, and potent nutrients.  They are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin that are powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes and lower the risk of eye disease including macular degeneration and cataracts.  They are loaded with choline that is an important brain nutrient.  Eggs contain high-quality protein and healthy fats and can help you to lose weight.  They are also very inexpensive and are easy to prepare.

When you take a look at your diet, how many of these superfoods do you include daily?  Add some of these foods in and get more of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that need to be included in your diet!

The best herbs to grow at home

The best herbs to grow at home

When you grow your herbs at home, you can save money and grow something that is great for your health.  Herbs can add flavour to your meals, and they are filled with amazing nutrients and antioxidants.  Once the plant is harvested, it loses about half of its nutritional value within thirty minutes.  When you grow your herbs, you can collect small amounts, using only what you need right from the plant.  Here are some of the best herbs to grow at home:

  1. Thyme

Thyme has antiseptic properties and has been used as an herbal remedy for respiratory issues including bronchitis.  One compound contained in thyme is thymol that is an essential ingredient in mouthwash.  Thyme offers an unusual flavor boost to salads soups and all your favorite recipes.

  1. Sage

Sage has both antioxidant and antiseptic properties that help to fight aging, which is why it is used in many beauty products.  Sage is a natural remedy for fatigue and anxiety and is believed to be a memory enhancer.

  1. Cilantro

This herb is regularly used in many Asian and Mexican dishes and offers iron and fiber.  It also helps to remove heavy metals from the body.  Cilantro attaches to heavy metals including lead, mercury and removes them from the tissues.

  1. Parsley

Parsley contains vitamins A and C and a single tablespoon offers half of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K, an essential nutrient for healthy blood.

  1. Lavender

Lavender has a soothing fragrance that can help you to relax and fall asleep.  It also contains antioxidants called polyphenols that contribute to the prevention and reduction of bloating of the belly.

  1. Basil

Basil can calm your nerves and is an excellent source of fiber.  It can detox the liver and clear up skin blemishes because it has potent anti-inflammatory properties.

  1. Chives

This member of the onion family can assist in boosting your immune system.  There have been many studies conducted that suggest that consuming allium vegetables (including chives, scallions and garlic) can lower the risk of certain types of cancer including breast, stomach and prostate.

  1. Rosemary

This aromatic herb contains carnosic acid that has been proven to fight against cancer cells.  The aroma of rosemary can help to sharpen your memory.  A study that was conducted at the University of Northumbria in the United Kingdom proved that people were able to do a better job of memory tasks if the scent of rosemary was added into the room.

  1. Dill

Dill is a fantastic source of antioxidants including beta-carotene.  It has been said to be a cure for hiccups – mix a teaspoon of dill leaf with a cup of boiling water, strain the leaves out and then slowly drink the resulting liquid.

  1. Mint

Mint is a magnificent source of vitamin A, providing more than half of the recommended daily intake in two tablespoons.  It is good for digestion, headaches, nausea, breath, asthma, pimples, respiratory disorders and cavities.  The essential oils found in peppermint have been proven to have a positive effect on blood pressure, the respiratory rate and exercise performance.

It is easy to grow your herbs at home.  All you will need are a few small containers or window boxes and some soil.  You can purchase the seedlings of these plants in many different places, and they are very affordable.  Fill up your containers with the soil and add in the plants.  You can put several plants together in a single pot if you would like to grow them in a window box or a larger floor container.

6 Superfoods You need to Consume

6 Superfoods You need to Consume

The thing about superfoods is that they do not possess just one nutrient that you need, they have many.  They offer so many benefits that you can eat less food while getting more nutrition.  Nutrient-rich foods also help to flush toxins from the body to make you healthier.  Superfoods also help to control weight and stop you from having to rely heavily on vitamin and mineral supplements.

Here are six superfoods that you should incorporate into your diet:

  1. Bee Pollen. Bee products are a natural and wholesome superfood.  Bee pollen has many benefits including that it is high in antioxidants that can help you to lead a longer and healthier life.  It can lower histamine production that is the main cause of allergies.  The high levels of vitamin B contained in bee pollen are excellent for your skin and prevent wrinkling and aging.  It helps to restore both mineral and metabolic deficiencies and helps to relieve constipation, anemia, and bronchitis.  Bee pollen contains fourteen fatty acids, 15% lecithin, and more protein than cheese, eggs or meat.
  1. Noni. This Polynesian fruit continues to be in the news because it has many amazing benefits.  It has a strong smell and taste and can take a while for people to learn to enjoy.  It is rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals to help keep you young and healthy.  Noni also contains selenium that helps to keep the skin healthy, fresh and glowing.  It contains xeronine that helps with cell regeneration and structure.  There are also glycosides that help to fight free radicals and scopoletin that is an anti-inflammatory.  Noni can be consumed as juice but you need to be careful about the amount of sugar that is contained in the juice as that can compromise its efficacy.
  1. Camu Camu berry. This berry is found in South American rainforests and contains the highest amount of Vitamin C from any botanical source.  It also contains phosphorus, iron, calcium and potassium.  Cam Camu contains serine, valine, and leucine as well as niacin and riboflavin.  These vitamins and minerals are a huge boost for the immune system and help to improve eyesight.
  1. Raw honey. This honey is not the kind of honey that you purchase at the grocery store.  This honey is raw, organic and unprocessed.  It can make you more mentally alert with live healing enzymes that sharpen your IQ.  It has medicinal benefits that can be used to heal wounds.  Raw organic honey can relieve infections, diarrhea, gastrointestinal issues and other ailments by alleviating the symptoms.  Honey is easy to digest and provides the body with a good energy boost.
  1. Royal Jelly. This thick, milky substance is secreted from the pharyngeal glands of nurse bees.  The bees that are selected to become a queen bee are fed royal jelly while the worker bees are fed on honey and pollen.  Royal jelly contains B5 and B vitamins, amino acids, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium, and manganese.  Royal jelly also contains pantothenic acid, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  It can help to fight heart disease and atherosclerosis and research with cancer cells shows that royal jelly can reduce them.
  1. Propolis.  This resin is collected from tree bark by worker bees for use in their honeycomb for glue.  It fills cracks and creates doorways and is a nutrient-packed superfood with disease-fighting power.  Propolis is an antibacterial and antifungal as well as a natural antibiotic without nasty side effects.  It can help wounds to heal more quickly and fights bacteria.   Propolis can help with asthma, arthritis, and allergies and it is a good choice for ulcer control.