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Zero Deaths from Colloidal Silver and Other Supplements

A brand new report has been released from the American Association of Poison Control Centers, documenting the number of deaths that occurred in 2013 from some 400,000 substances tracked by the organization.

Yes, colloidal silver is one of the 400,000 substances they track, along with most other nutritional supplements, as well.

But can you guess how many deaths were attributed to these supplements, including colloidal silver? Here’s the straight scoop you won’t hear anywhere else…

Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge

Each year, I like to watch for the report from the American Association of Poison Control Centers National Poison Data System (NPDS), published in the journal Clinical Toxicology.

The report lists all deaths from nutritional supplements, as well as from thousands of other substances ranging from household products such as laundry detergents and cleaning products to over-the-counter medications and pain-killing drugs (up to 400,000 substances are tracked in their database annually).

In the recently released 31st Annual Report, which covers data from the year 2013, the nation’s 57 main regional poison centers logged in 2,188,013 reported cases of human exposure to various substances, plus 59,496 reported cases of animal exposure.

The largest number of deaths from those exposures were due to cardiovascular drugs, which tied for first place with exposure to the pain reliever, Acetaminophen (Tylenol users beware).

Zero Deaths for Nutritional Supplements

So where did colloidal silver fit into the picture, in the Association of Poison Control Centers report?

Yes, colloidal silver is indeed one of the substances they track in the electrolyte, mineral and multi-mineral supplements categories.

And yes, as you’ve likely guessed by now, there were zero deaths reported for colloidal silver, as well.

·      Zero deaths for all forms of vitamins and multi-vitamins.

·      Zero deaths from botanical products (herbs).

·      Zero deaths from all-natural “cultural medicines” (Chinese medicines,         Ayurvedic medicines, etc.)

 

·      Zero deaths from homeopathic supplements.

·      Zero deaths from “other dietary supplements”.

·      Zero deaths from electrolytes, minerals and multi-mineral supplements (except for two deaths attributed to “sodium and sodium salts”).

 

Source:

http://www.thesilveredge.com/zero-deaths-from-colloidal-silver-and-other-supplements.shtml#.Vmh3Obh95eg

Colloidal Silver – world-wide praise

World-Wide Praise for Colloidal Silver from Clinical Researchers
2015-12-07 

 

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World-Wide Praise for Colloidal Silver from Clinical Researchers

Clinical research experts worldwide are singing the praises of colloidal silver, silver ions, silver nanoparticles and other forms of antimicrobial silver.

Only in the U.S. are medical authorities still clinging to the Big Pharma-inspired notion that silver is “ineffective” or “obsolete.”

Indeed, many cutting edge clinical researchers from around the world are beginning to admit that colloidal silver and other forms of antimicrobial silver might just be the answer to the worldwide crisis of antibiotic-resistant super-bugs, hospital infections, and other serious problems.

Let’s take a quick look at what some of these researchers are saying…

 

At this link you can find over 100 clinical studies, medical white papers and reports on the effectiveness of various forms of silver against disease-causing pathogens and related disease process.

Below you can read short quotes from clinical studies conducted by researchers from around the globe on various forms of silver and their proven effectiveness against pathogens and disease processes.

 

 

  • Egyptian Researchers: Colloidal Silver IsSuperior to Antibiotic Drugs in Effectiveness Against Disease-Causing Pathogens

All tested bacteria were resistant to more than one antibiotic. The important observation was the antibacterial activity of colloidal silver against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhi, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa which exhibits superior effects when compared with other antibiotics.”

– International Journal of Microbiological Research, [1 (1): 33-36, 2010] “Colloidal silver as a new antimicrobial agent,” Department of Microbiology at the National Organization for Drug Control and Research in Giza, Egypt

  • Nigerian Researchers: Colloidal Silver Is Potent Against Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Our study has further confirmed the potent antibacterial activity of colloidal silver concentrate against Pseudomonas aeruginosa…In the present study, colloidal silver was shown to demonstrate very potent antibacterial activity against P. aeruginosa isolated from post operative eye infection.

This activity should be urgently explored in the development of highly active antibacterial therapeutic agents to combat the rapidly increasing infectious diseases that currently challenge the present arsenal of antibacterial drugs.”

– Department of Applied Microbiology, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria, and the Department of Pharmaceutics, University of Nigeria, at Nsukka, Nigeria, “In vitro evaluation of the activity of colloidal silver concentrate against Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from postoperative wound infection”

  • Iranian Researchers: Silver Nanoparticles Wipe Out Bacteria Behind Hospital-Acquired Infections

Hospital-acquired infections are one of the most important causes of complications and mortality in medical centers. These infections have been considered as the sixth leading cause of death in US and Europe. As well, they contribute 10-50 billion dollars to the economic burden annually.

For this reason, we studied the effect of different dilutions of silver nanoparticles on some of the common hospital organisms at specific intervals. Results: All the three dilutions of silver nanoparticles studied had definite positive effects on the bacteria under study…resulting in more than a 99 percent reduction.

– Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, IR Iran, “Effect of Silver Nanoparticles on Common Bacteria in Hospital Surfaces”

 

 


 

 

 

  • Chinese Researchers: Silver Ions BeatStaphylococcus aureus and E. coli by Preventing the Pathogens from Replicating

Silver ions have long been known to have strong inhibitory and bactericidal effects as well as a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activities. Some forms of silver have been demonstrated to be effective against burns, severe chronic osteomyelitis, urinary tract infections, and central venous catheter infections…

…To investigate the mechanism of inhibition of silver ions on microorganisms, two strains of bacteria, namely Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus were treated with silver ions and studied using combined electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis.

Similar morphological changes occurred in both E. coli and S. aureus cells after silver ion treatment. The cytoplasm membrane detached from the cell wall. A remarkable electron-light region appeared in the center of the cells, which contained condensed deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules. There are many small electron-dense granules either surrounding the cell wall, or depositing inside the cells.

The existence of elements of silver and sulfur in the electron-dense granules and cytoplasm suggested the antibacterial mechanism of silver: DNA lost its replication ability and the protein became inactivated after the silver ion treatment.

Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Volume 52, Issue 4, 15, “A Mechanistic Study of the Antibacterial Effects of Silver Ions on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus”; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

  • Indian Researchers: Colloidal Silver Prevents Infections by Bacteria, Viruses and Fungi

Scientists have discovered that the body’s most important fluids are colloidal in nature: suspended ultra-fine particles. Blood, for example, carries nutrition and oxygen to the body cells. This led to studies with colloidal silver (electrical silver atoms). An electro-colloidal process, which is known to be the best method, is used for manufacturing the colloidal silver.

Colloidal silver appears to be a powerful, natural antibiotic and preventative against infections. Acting as a catalyst, it disables the enzyme that one-celled bacteria, viruses and fungi need for their oxygen metabolism. They suffocate without corresponding harm occurring to human enzymes or parts of the human body chemistry. The result is the destruction of disease-causing organisms in the body and in the food.

– Nanotechnology in Medicine and Antibacterial Effect of Silver Nanoparticles, Department of Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, published in the Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures Vol. 3, No.3, September 2008, p. 115-122

  • Spanish Researchers: Silver Nanoparticles Make Antibiotic Drugs Work Better

Recently, due to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the use limitations of antibiotics that can cause serious diseases and is an important public health problem, the synergetic effect of silver nanoparticles with antibiotics has been studied combining silver nanoparticles with different antibiotics like ampicillin, kanamycin, erythromycin and chloramphenicol against gram positive and gram negative bacteria.

The antibacterial activities of these antibiotics increase in the presence of silver nanoparticles against gram positive and gram negative bacteria determined by the disk diffusion method. Different diameters of inhibition zones have been shown around the different antibiotic disk with or without AgNPs.

The combination effect of nanosilver and ampicillin has more potential compared to the other antibiotics and may be caused by both, the cell wall lysis action of the ampicillin and the DNA binding action of the silver nanoparticles (Fayaz et al., 2009).

The antibiotic molecules contain many active groups such as hydroxyl and amido groups, which reacts easily with silver nanoparticles by chelation, for this reason, the synergistic effect may be caused by the bonding reaction with antibiotic and silver nanoparticles.”

– Silver Nanoparticles Interactions with the Immune System: Implications for Health and Disease, CABIMER-Andalusian Center for Molecular Biology & Regenerative Medicine CSIC-University of Seville-UPO-Junta de Andalucia, Seville, Spain 2 Department of Physical, Chemical & Natural Systems, Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain


  • British Researchers: Silver Successfully Attacks Pathogens Through Multiple Pathways

The most important finding is that silver-unlike most antibiotics-works in more than one way. This is perhaps why bacteria may find it difficult to build resistance to the chemical. Here is silver’s multi-pronged approach:

First, silver sticks very strongly to sulfur, found in parts of [bacterial] proteins. These sulfur groups normally bond to each other, holding proteins together and keeping the protein folded up in its correct shape. But if silver interacts with sulfur, then the protein cannot fold correctly, and thus it cannot do its job.

Next, silver interferes with how bacteria use iron. Iron is often held in place within proteins by binding to sulfur. Since silver also interacts with sulfur, it blocks the iron from doing so. Finally, silver causes bacteria to produce extremely toxic substances called reactive oxygen species. These go on to cause damage inside the cell, harming the DNA, proteins, and even the membrane that surround cells.

The net result of this silver onslaught is bacteria with severe damage to their basic biochemistry. In addition, the membranes and walls that surround the bacteria are leakier after the silver treatment.”

– Mark Lorch, ARS Technica, Senior Lecturer in Biological Chemistry at University of Hull, UK

  • Korean Researchers: Nanosilver Is Effective Against Pathogenic Fungal Microbes

Many studies have shown the antimicrobial effects of nanosilver, but the effects of nanosilver against fungal pathogens of the skin, including clinical isolates of T. mentagrophytes and Candida species are mostly unknown.

The primary significance of this study is the observation that nanosilver can inhibit the growth of dermatophytes, which cause superficial fungal infections. Nanosilver also exhibited potent antifungal effects, probably through destruction of membrane integrity.

To the author’s knowledge, this is the first study to apply nanosilver successfully to dermatophytes and pathogenic fungal strains. Secondly, the fact that preparation method of nanosilver described here is cost-effective is also of importance. Therefore, it can be expected that nanosilver may have potential as an anti-infective agent for human fungal diseases.”

– The Silver Nanoparticle (Nano-Ag): a New Model for Antifungal Agents, Dong Gun Lee School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, College of Natural Sciences, Kyungpook National University, Republic of Korea

  • Japanese Researchers: Silver Nanoparticles Demonstrate Excellent Antibacterial Activity With Low Toxicity for Humans and Animals

“…It is well known that silver exhibits potent antibacterial properties with low toxicity for humans and animals, by comparison with other metals. Many researchers have recently reported that silver nanoparticles demonstrate excellent antibacterial activity.

– On-Paper Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles for Antibacterial Applications, Hirotaka Koga and Takuya Kitaoka, Kyushu University, Japan

  • Mexican Researchers: Silver Nanoparticles Beat Drug-Resistant Super-Pathogens

The data presented here prove that silver nanoparticles are effective bactericidal agents regardless of the drug-resistance mechanisms that exist in multidrug-resistant P. aeruginosa, ampicillin-resistant E. coli O157:H7 and erythromycin-resistant S. pyogenes and show the importance of silver nanoparticles in the nosocomial and community environment. Therefore, silver nanoparticles can be recommended as an effective broad-spectrum bactericidal agent.

– “Bactericidal Effect of Silver Nanoparticles Against Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria,” World Journal of Microbiology, Volume 26, Number 4, 615-621, DOI: 10.1007/s11274-009-0211-3) April 10, 2009

  • Pakistani Researchers: Silver Ions Are Toxic to Infectious Microbes Without Harming Normal Cells

Silver is non-toxic, safe inorganic antibacterial agent being used for centuries and is capable of killing about 650 microorganisms that cause disease. Silver has been described as being ‘oligodynamic’, that is, its ions are capable of causing a bacteriostatic (growth inhibition) or even a bactericidal (antibacterial) impact.

Therefore, it has the ability to exert a bactericidal effect at minute concentrations.

It has a significant potential for a wide range of biological applications such as antibacterial agents for antibiotic resistant bacteria, preventing infections, healing wounds and anti-inflammatory. Silver ions (Ag+) and its compounds are highly toxic to microorganisms exhibiting strong biocidal effects on many species of bacteria but have a low toxicity toward animal cells.”

– Muhammad Raffi, Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Nanoparticles, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • Scandinavian Researchers: Colloidal Silver Spray Cures Leg Ulcers

Study Synopsis: Sixteen patients with leg ulcers were treated with a colloidal silver spray. The solution was applied once daily for the first few days, then twice weekly. The infection subsided in all cases. After instruction, patients performed the therapy at home without supervision. No discomfort or side effects were observed. There was no persistent discoloration of the skin that could be attributed to silver. “In all cases the infection subsided.”

– Haeger, Knut. Preoperative treatment of leg ulcers with silver spray and aluminum foil. Acta Chirurgica Scandinavica, 125, 32-41.

  • Czech Researchers: Silver Nanoparticles Beat Multi-Drug-Resistant Bacterial Strains

…silver particles with a narrow size distribution with an average size of 25 nm showed high antimicrobial and bactericidal activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, including highly multi-resistant strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles was found to be dependent on the size of silver particles. A very low concentration of silver (as low as 1.69 μg/mL Ag) gave antibacterial performance.”

– Silver Colloid Nanoparticles:  Synthesis, Characterization, and Their Antibacterial Activity; Department of Physical Chemistry, Palacký University, Svobody 26, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Palacký University, Czech Republic

  • Canadian Researchers: Ionic Silver is a Safe, Non-Toxic Bacterial Disinfectant

Silver is a disinfectant for non-spore forming bacteria at concentrations about 1000 times lower than the levels at which it is toxic to mammalian life. …The ionic form of silver is necessary.”

– British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Ambient Water Quality Criteria for Silver, Environmental Protection Department, February 19, 1996

  • Australian Researchers: Colloidal Silver Safely Stops Staphylococcus aureus Sinus Infections

“In the safety study, normal saline (control) and 30­ppm colloidal silver solution (test) was used to flush the frontal sinuses for 14 days in 8 sheep (4 sheep each). In the efficacy study, following frontal sinus infection with Staphylococcus aureus, sheep were treated with either control saline or topical silver solution of varying concentrations (30 ppm/20 ppm/10 ppm/5 ppm) for 5 days, with 4 sheep in each group.

Sheep treated with colloidal silver showed a significant decrease in biofilm biomass compared to saline control. Although average blood silver levels were higher in the treated groups compared to controls, blood counts and biochemical parameters were normal. Histology and ciliary structure analysis did not show any difference between control and treatment groups…Conclusion: Topical colloidal silver solution has effective antibiofilm activity in Staphylococcus aureus CRS in a sheep model and appears safe.”

– “Topical colloidal silver as an anti­biofilm agent in a Staphylococcus aureus chronic rhinosinusitis sheep model”; International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology; The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Department of Surgery, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia

  • Turkish Researchers: Silver Nanoparticles Effective Against Disease-Causing Bacteria and Candida Fungus

Silver or silver ions have long been known to possess strong inhibitory and bactericidal effects, as well as a broad spectrum of antimicrobial activities…

In this study, the antimicrobial activity of colloidal silver nanoparticles prepared by the Sol-Gen method was investigated [against] test microorganisms Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans, Bacillus subtilis, Salmonella typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae .

It was found that the silver nanoparticles inhibited the growth and multiplication of the tested microorganisms, including the fungus C. albicans. The antimicrobial activity was observed against all tested microorganisms at a very low concentration of 2-4 μg/ml of nano silver.”

– “Antimicrobial Activity Of Colloidal Silver Nanoparticles Prepared By Sol-Gel Method,” Digest Journal of Nanomaterials and Biostructures, Metallurgical and Material Science Engineering Department at Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey

  • African Researchers: Silver Nanoparticles Reduce the Growth of Melanoma Tumors and Breast Cancer Cells

Previously, we reported the cytotoxic effect of colloidal silver on MCF-7 breast cancer cell line. However, there is scarce information on its antitumor potential. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-tumoral activity of colloidal silver or silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in a B16F10 melanoma mice model.

In vitro, B16F10 cells were treated with different concentrations of colloidal silver or silver nanoparticles and cell viability was evaluated by MTT method, both treatments had cytotoxic effects against B16F10 cell line. In vivo, B16F10 melanoma cells were implanted in six weeks old C57BL/6 mice.

About 8 days after cells injection, the subcutaneous treatments were started with colloidal silver or silver nanoparticles, tumor volume and tumor weight were evaluated and the difference of treated groups and control demonstrated that melanoma tumor growth was significantly decreased. Our results suggest that colloidal silver or silver nanoparticles could be useful as an anti-proliferative drug, inducing an impairment of tumoral growth.

– African Journal of Microbiology Research, May 2013, “Potential of colloidal or silver nanoparticles to reduce the growth of B16F10 melanoma tumors”

Much, Much More

Frankly, I could post excerpts from a wide variety of international clinical studies like these all day. There are literally hundreds of them available.

But hopefully the examples above have given you enough detail to see that researchers from around the world are finding colloidal silver and other forms of antimicrobial silver to be astonishingly effective against infectious microorganisms, as well as other disease processes including cancer.

In the future, I’ll post more examples. But feel free to browse through the wide array of silver studies posted here.

 

Source:

www.TheSilverEdge.com

Colloidal Silver – some benefits

Proven Colloidal Silver Health Benefits Infographic chart

What is Colloidal Silver?Dime

Before the invention of the refrigerator, it was common practice to drop a silver coin into a container of milk as a preservative because silver was known to prevent the growth of algae, bacteria and other undesirable organisms.

Dating back to ancient times, silver was also a popular remedy to stop the spread of diseases. Its use as a natural antibiotic continued all the way until the 1940s, when modern antibiotics arrived.

Today, obviously, people don’t need to drop silver coins into their water to experience colloidal silver benefits! All you need to do is carefully take a few drops from a bottle that you buy at the store, which is:

A solution of water containing nanometre sized particles of suspended silver. The total silver content is expressed as milligrams of silver per litre (mg/L) of water which is numerically the same as parts per million (ppm). The total silver content is divided into two forms of silver: ionic silver and silver particles. (3)

There are basically three types of products that are marketed as “colloidal silver” and these can be categorized as:

  • Ionic silver solutions
  • Silver protein
  • True colloidal silver

Ionic silver – 

Ionic silver solutions are products whose silver content primarily consists of silver ions. Although ionic silver is often marketed as colloidal silver, it’s not true colloidal silver. Because it’s the least expensive to produce, ionic silver is the most popular product in this category. The problem? It simply won’t produce the same benefits that true colloidal silver can.

Silver Protein – 

In order to keep large silver particles suspended, silver protein-based products add gelatin. Silver protein is the second-most popular type of colloidal silver product on the market and can easily be made by adding water to silver protein powder. Again, it’s also often marketed and labeled as colloidal silver, but should not be confused for the real thing. Silver protein is less effective for human use, and you won’t experience the true colloidal silver benefits.

True Colloidal Silver – 

Lastly, true silver colloids don’t contain any protein or other additives, as the vast majority of the silver content consists of nanometre-sized silver particles. (4)



Colloidal Silver Side Effects

Although the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health reports that colloidal silver may cause poor absorption of some drugs, there is limited research proving that side effects to colloidal silver use even exist. (17)

Nonetheless, you may come across many warnings about it causing an irreversible condition called argyria (when people turn blue). However, this is caused by misuse not of true colloidal silver, but through other cheaper products marketed as colloidal silver, such as ionic silver or silver protein.

One point to consider is that, because colloidal silver is such a potent antibacterial agent, you should be sure to supplement with probiotics during use to be sure that you maintain a proper balance of microflora.

 

Source: http://draxe.com/colloidal-silver-benefits/

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Marvellous Moringa

 

Amazing Moringa: Medicinal and Edible

The Health Benefits of Moringa - Moringa

 

In the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, a certain tree has long graced the region with its miraculous fruit. Hanging from its wiry branches are clusters of ribbed pods, each a foot in length. These pods, or drumsticks, have attracted the attention of mankind for millennia, and for good reason.

While the aptly named Drumstick tree has a rather slender appearance, it is anything but frail. A tropical native, this prolific powerhouse has spread its roots across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. And now, it seems to have anchored itself in American soil.

Part of a new wave of exotic vegetables, Moringa oleifera (MO) is a botanical platypus. A member of the order Brassicales, it’s a distant relative of both the cabbage and papaya. Its roots taste so much like its cousin horseradish, that it’s earned the title ‘horseradish tree’. Its fruit, a popular Indian vegetable, looks like a cross between an okra and a pole bean with the flavor of asparagus. Its cooked flowers mimic mushrooms in taste, while its leaves hint at spinach and lettuce. Its immature seeds are used like peas and if fried when mature, resemble peanuts.

In fact, it’s hard to find a part of Moringa that isn’t edible. Even the bark is sometimes taken internally for diarrhea. But that doesn’t come as a surprise to the locals, who consider it a living pharmacy. Moringa has proven to be a multipurpose arsenal that dispenses some of the best secrets nature has to offer. For centuries, it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a host of ailments including anemia, bronchitis, tumors, scurvy, and skin infections.

Drought hardy and disease resistant, Moringa is a godsend during the dry season, when little food is available. The fresh leaves and branches serve as an excellent source of forage. The leaves offer a spectrum of nutrition, rich in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as protein, calcium, and iron. They are so nutritious in fact, that they contain more vitamin A than carrots, more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more potassium than bananas, and more protein than either milk or eggs! A traditional item in pickles and curries, the raw leaves are also perfect for salads.

As a result, Moringa could play a key role as a wholesome food source in impoverished nations, where malnutrition is often rampant. The World Health Organization has stressed the importance of amino acids and protein for growing children. Luckily, Moringa leaves are rich in these nutrients, with the added benefit of omega-3 fatty acids and a host of protective phytochemicals.

Amazing Moringa - Medicinal, Edible and Easy to Grow - Nutrition

 

Adds Nikolaus Foidl, a world leading agricultural researcher on Moringa.

“[It] is a very healthy satisfying food that meets all nutritive needs. It is cheap to produce, can be cooked or eaten raw, sold in the market, or dried as a powder to be sold over long distances.”

Foidl has been studying the tree for over a decade in conjunction with the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany. He has traveled to many countries, including Senegal, Honduras, Guinea Bissau, and Argentina, promoting the miracle tree’s cultivation by working with the locals. In Nicaragua, he helped farmers utilize the leaf extract as a growth spray for other crops.

“Moringa leaves contain the growth factors gibberellin, kinetin, and some lower levels of auxin. We got up to a 25% increase in sugarcane and turnips, onions and radish.”

 

Such a bountiful increase should not be ignored, especially in areas where food shortage is an issue. Foidl, who has the financial support of the Austrian government, first came across the tree by accident. He recounted,

“By chance, I had a Jatropha plantation with rows of Moringa as windbreaks and the damn cows were always breaking down my fences to get to them. So I wondered, what is so special about this tree that the cows are willing to risk injury?”

That question has now led to a new understanding of Moringa’s multifaceted potential. As a vigorous hardy grower, it surprisingly does not require much water or soil nutrients once established. This makes it one of the most valuable tropical trees in terms of overall utility.

Like the leaves, the flowers too are edible when cooked, packed with calcium and potassium. As a bonus, they are not only incredibly fragrant, but also support native bee populations.

Moringa roots and bark, on the other hand, are used with caution. The bark contains the toxic chemicals moringinine and spirochin which can alter heart rate and blood pressure. However, they do show promise in the medical field. The inner flesh of the root is less toxic, and those of young plants are picked for a hot sauce base while the resin is added as a thickener. Interestingly, blue dye can be obtained from the wood, which is also used in paper production.

 

Amazing Moringa - Medicinal, Edible and Easy to Grow

 

But if Moringa were a magician, it has certainly saved its best trick for last. The famed drumstick contains all nine essential amino acids that humans must obtain exclusively from their diet. Often, they’re chopped into logs, boiled, and split into thirds lengthwise. The fibrous rind is inedible – rather it’s the soft jellied pulp and seeds that are sought after. These can be scooped out or scraped away by the teeth.

Hidden within the drumsticks are even more remarkable seeds. Loaded with protein, they also contain special non-toxic polypeptides that act as natural filters. When ground into powder and mixed with water, they cause sediments to clump together and settle out. Then when strained through a cloth, they provide cheap access to clean water. Amazingly, just two seeds are enough to purify a dirty liter.

“It has been widely used at the village level in Africa to transform river water into drinking water,” shared Foidl. “I had a project working with the seeds in a wastewater treatment plant in Nicaragua (wastewater from 4,000 people). It was very effective – about 99.5% separation of turbidity in 30 minutes.”

In turn, the seeds themselves yield a valuable yellow oil called ben oil. Sweet, clear, and odorless, it doesn’t spoil easily – perfect for perfumes, cosmetics, and lubrication. It has also found use in cooking due to its high levels of healthy unsaturated fats.

 

Amazing Moringa - Medicinal, Edible and Easy to Grow - Malnutrition and Growth Areas Map

Moringa’s natural growing regions and regions of malnutrition.

References:

9th August 2015

By Ansel Oommen

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

About the author:

Ansel Oommen is a garden writer, citizen scientist, and medical transcriptionist whose works have been published in magazines such as Atlas Obscura, Well Being Journal, and Entomology Today, among others. Discover more at www.behance.net/Ansel.

All images thanks to Nikolaus Foidl (whom the author interviewed for this article) apart from Moringa root, thanks to Crops for the Future.

 

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Why your poochie needs turmeric

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If you cook, you may already be familiar with turmeric, but for first timers, here’s a quick culinary lesson to get us started. The turmeric herb, a member of the ginger family, is most commonly known for its deep orange color and is used for cooking, herbal medicine and dyes. Native to Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries, it has been a staple in cooking for thousands of years. Today it is a key ingredient in most curry dishes as well as yummy Thai, Indian, and Persian plates.Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines have long known the benefits of turmeric for the body, inside and out.“Ay….ur…vedic medicine?”

Quick explanation. An ancient Ayurvedic proverb reads: “When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need.” Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional medicine of India, originating over 5000 years ago. How is this relevant today? Because it doesn’t just look at the aspect of treatment, it looks at prevention and using elements like nutrition, exercise and lifestyle factors to re-establish balance in the body.

What we eat is a key component of this holistic healing approach.

Spice of Life

OK, back to turmeric. So we know that it’s a spice. It’s orange. We cook Eastern and Asian food with it. But why is it so good for our pets? The bio-active compound (active ingredient or healing properties) of turmeric is “curcumin” (not to be confused with a different spice called cumin). Curcumin is responsible for its bright orange color as well as a host of health benefits. This prime ingredient acts as a spice, but also as a pain reliever. For this reason, it’s a great food additive for pets that suffer from ailments and illnesses which cause pain.

But it’s also beneficial in many other ways! Let’s look a little closer at Eastern medicine to understand how it is used to maintain good health.

Traditional Asian medicine used turmeric for its ability to detoxify the body, purify the blood, stimulate bile production in the liver, disinfect wounds, and as a stomach tonic. In addition, Thais used it to treat diarrhea and other stomach ailments, as well as to eradicate ringworm, a fungal infection. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, turmeric is applied to wounds to cleanse and stimulate recovery, keeping harmful bacteria away.

Anti-EverythingWestern medicine is finally catching up with Eastern practice. Turmeric is now being researched extensively for pharmacological use in treating and/or reducing symptoms related to a wide range of health conditions. The National Institute of Health is conducting 19 clinical trials on turmeric and curcumin. A paper written for the American Academy of Pain Management discusses the health benefits of turmeric.

“Turmeric is one of the most potent natural anti-inflammatories available,”

says Dr. Randy J. Horwitz, the medical director of the Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine and assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

Dr. Horwitz also cites a 2006 University of Arizona study that found this potent anti-inflammatory to reduce the symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Clinical studies have shown that curcumin in turmeric is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals which cause the painful inflammation and damage to joints affected by arthritis.

This is pretty significant for our senior K9 friends that may be suffering from the aches and pains associated with arthritis and aging in general.

The anti-inflammatory properties, combined with the fact that turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, suggests that it’s also useful for disinfecting and treating skin injuries. Research suggests that when using it topically, mix it with honey. This creates a paste that you can easily apply to wounds. We talked about raw honey before, so you probably already know that honey also has high antibacterial properties. Of course, you will have to keep an eye on your furry friend as the combination of turmeric and honey may also be a tasty treat.

If you cook, you may already be familiar with turmeric, but for first timers, here’s a quick culinary lesson to get us started. The turmeric herb, a member of the ginger family, is most commonly known for its deep orange color and is used for cooking, herbal medicine and dyes. Native to Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian countries, it has been a staple in cooking for thousands of years. Today it is a key ingredient in most curry dishes as well as yummy Thai, Indian, and Persian plates.

Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines have long known the benefits of turmeric for the body, inside and out.

“Ay….ur…vedic medicine?”

Quick explanation. An ancient Ayurvedic proverb reads: “When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is correct medicine is of no need.” Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional medicine of India, originating over 5000 years ago. How is this relevant today? Because it doesn’t just look at the aspect of treatment, it looks at prevention and using elements like nutrition, exercise and lifestyle factors to re-establish balance in the body.

What we eat is a key component of this holistic healing approach.

Heart Health

Another concern with our senior pets is ensuring heart health. Like us, our pets are susceptible to blood clots and excess cholesterol. You may have heard of LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol). Well turmeric has been found to lower LDL levels which support both heart and liver health.

In addition, turmeric helps to thin the blood, reducing the risk of deadly clots that can lead to strokes and heart attacks. It’s important not to thin your dog’s blood too much, but the right amount can be helpful. If your pet is on medication, especially those that thin the blood, check with your vet for the appropriate dosage.

The Great Detoxifier

What about the liver? Yes, turmeric is good for that too.

Our environment is becoming more and more toxic and that not only affects us, it impacts Fido as well. Our pets are susceptible to toxins in the environment and in their food, especially commercially produced kibble and treats.

The liver plays a significant role in removing toxins from the body. Think of the liver as the main industrial centre for the body. It’s involved in nearly every biochemical process required to run the body. The body’s abilities to clot blood, to breakdown harmful toxins, and to remove waste and store energy, are all affected by the liver. It is a major player in your pet’s digestion, storing vitamins and producing bile which is necessary to break down fat. It’s a pretty important piece of machinery for your pet’s overall health.

Curcumin is believed to stimulate bile production necessary for the digestion of fat in the liver. Active dogs need at least 20% fat in their diet; therefore, bile production is critical for good health.

In short, turmeric boosts the liver’s ability to metabolize fat and remove waste from the body.

As with any pre-existing condition, if your pet already suffers from liver disease, you should consult your vet before treating with turmeric as some studies indicate that turmeric may aggravate existing problems.

Anti-Cancer Properties!!!!

One of the most interesting discoveries I made while investigating the benefits of turmeric is that there are now reports coming out claiming that turmeric may help in the fight against cancer! This powerful antioxidant plays a significant role in preventative medicine.

In a study at UCLA, doctors found that curcumin seemed to block the cancer promoting enzyme that stimulates the growth of head and neck cancer. The Department of Small Animal Clinical Scientists has conducted studies that show that curcumin can inhibit tumor growth and may even shrink existing tumors. This has to do with the spice’s amazing ability to shut down blood vessels that feed tumors.

Antioxidant properties are also helpful in reducing the negative side effects of chemotherapy.

Now, we are not saying turmeric is the only thing you should do to prevent, control and/or treat cancer; however, it certainly has us excited about its anti-cancer properties.

Other Uses

If we haven’t already convinced you about the health benefits of turmeric, here are a few more uses:

Aids in the treatment of epilepsy
Helps relieve allergies
Helps in preventing the formation of cataracts
Used in treating depression (Yes, dogs can get depressed too)
Kills parasites
Heals stomach ailments, aids in digestive disorders, and reduces gas and bloating
Acts as a binding agent and therefore great for treating diarrhea (Make sure you have lots of water available for your pet to drink!)
Aids in fat metabolism and weight management
High in fiber and rich in vitamins and mineral

So How Do I Feed It?

The suggested dosage is approximately 15 to 20 mg per pound of body weight in dogs, 150-200mg for cats. A simpler way of looking at it is an 1/8 to a 1/4 teaspoon per day, for every 10lbs of dog weight. Make sure your pet has lots of water to ensure that they don’t get constipated.

You can feed the powder, which is most commonly available, or crushed or fresh root. Sprinkle it right on top of your pet’s food and mix or, if you home cook, you can add it to the recipe. Quality varies and if you are buying turmeric in a local supermarket, it may be grown using nasty pesticides and herbicides. This lowers the potency. If possible, try to get high quality, organic turmeric. Be sure to store it in a tightly sealed container, kept in a cool, dark and dry place.

According to Dr. Demian Dressler, DVM known as the “Dog Cancer Vet” and author of Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog’s Life Quality and Longevity: “[…] curcumin has some bioavailability problems. This means that the stuff doesn’t, to a large extent, get absorbed into the blood after it is taken by mouth. However, there are ways around this.

Curcumin does not dissolve well in water. This is one of the things that limit its absorption. You can overcome this by mixing it with lecithin and water and making a slurry. Lecithin is available online. It is very, very gooey, so you must add some water to the curcumin-lecithin (about 4 parts water to 1 part lecithin). You can put some low sodium boullion, or similar agents, in it for flavor. Many of the commercial preparations have bromelain with it to enhance blood levels. No problem. Doses are approximate, and taken from human literature. For a large dog, use about 2 grams twice a day.”

Is There Anything Else I Should Know?

Remember how turmeric is a bright orange color? Well, the ancient monks used turmeric as a dye to stain their robes. Moral of the story: be careful and mix it in well with your pets’ food, because your pets might end up with turmeric mustaches!

Turmeric is a binding agent, so ensure that your pet has lots of water to reduce the likelihood of constipation.

Our research didn’t find many contradictions to taking turmeric medicinally. However, if your pet does have a pre-existing condition, is currently on medication, has a planned surgery, or is pregnant, it’s advisable to talk to your vet before feeding.

Spice up yours and your pet’s life with a little turmeric!

Link to making golden paste for your pet : http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/healing-with-turmeric-golden-paste-for-dogs/

Written by Planet Paws Blogger – Sarah MacKeigan
Sources & Information – Rodney Habib
Editor & Photographer – Lise Blinn

About Rodney Habib
Labeled the “Jamie Oliver of pet food” by his supporters, Pet Nutrition Blogger Rodney Habib is an award winning blogger, magazine writer, and is currently filming a TV series for Animal Planet focusing on pet obesity. He travels around the world, gathering current data from the Pet Industry, and relays it to his supporters. He has one goal in mind when it comes to all his work: to be the change he wants to see in the world. Visit Rodney and his retail pet store, Planet Paws at Facebook

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