Colloidal Silver – be informed and be well!

8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits, Uses & Side Effects

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Colloidal Silver Health Benefits and Uses Title

 

If you haven’t heard of colloidal silver, you will soon enough if you’re on the lookout for alternative therapies to common health issues, such as a sinus infection or a cold.

Grab Your Guide For The Top 8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits

Most health food stores and pharmacies stock several brands of colloidal silver, and, of course, you can find a find a vast amount of information about colloidal silver benefits on the Internet. Unfortunately, the information out there is confusing as many sources have conflicting opinions.

On one hand, you’ll run across thousands of personal testimonials about colloidal silver helping people with practically every disease you’ve heard about. You will also stumble upon some well-known health sites that warn consumers about safety concerns. (1) Usually, these sources quote a statement made by the FDA in 1999 claiming that there is no scientific evidence to support the use of colloidal silver. (2)

This type of information can confuse even the most savvy natural health enthusiast, which is why I want to lend a helping hand and provide some evidenced-based information to help you make an informed choice.


How Colloidal Silver Benefits Work 

According to a report written by Richard Davies and Samuel Etris of The Silver Institute in a 1996, there are three primary ways that colloidal silver can help heal the body: (3)

  1. Catalytic Oxidation: Silver naturally holds onto oxygen molecules, which readily react with the sulfhydral (H) groups that surround bacterial and viruses. In turn, this helps block the life-preserving cellular process known as cellular respiration, which is defined as “the set of metabolic reactions and processes that take place in the cells of organisms to convert biochemical energy from nutrients into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and then release waste products.” (4)
  2. Reaction with Bacterial Cell Membranes: Silver ions can attach to bacteria cell membranes directly and produce the same respiration-blocking effect.
  3. Binding with DNA: Shown to literally enter bacteria DNA, up to 12% of silver has been detected in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. According to one source, “While it remains unclear exactly how the silver binds to the DNA without destroying the hydrogen bonds holding the lattice together, it nevertheless prevents the DNA from unwinding, an essential step for cellular replication to occur.” (5)

Top 8 Proven Colloidal Silver Benefits 

By having a direct effect on cellular respiration, colloidal silver benefits the body in numerous ways. There are, however, eight proven healing properties that I consider to be particularly supported by the medical literature.

1. Antibacterial

First, colloidal silver’s ability to control antibiotic-resistant superbugs is astonishing. While employed at UCLA Medical School in the 1980s, Larry C. Ford, MD, documented over 650 different disease-causing pathogens that were destroyed in minutes when exposed to small amounts of silver. (6)

Colloidal silver, unlike its modern prescription antibiotic counterpart, simply doesn’t create resistance or immunity in the organisms that are killed by it. This point cannot be emphasized enough, especially in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reporting that more than 2 million people in the U.S. suffer illness every year as a result of antibiotic-resistant infections and 23,000 die from these infections. (7)

2. Wound Care/Skin Health

Robert O. Becker, MD, says that colloidal silver stimulates healing in the skin and other soft tissues. (8) In a research article produced by Pharmacognosy Communications in 2012, it was specifically recommended that certain colloidal silver preparations should be considered for topical use to treat burns, thrush, periodontitis and other conditions. (9)

For instance, you can treat ringworm (Tinea capitis) at home with colloidal silver because it’s a potent anti-fungal. Caused by a fungus that lives on the top layer of the skin, ringworm presents as round, scaly patches. It’s contagious and spread by skin contact and by contaminated materials, such as clothing.

Colloidal silver benefits many skins conditions such as psoriasis and eczema as well. It’s soothing to scrapes and even repairs tissue damage from burns.

 

 

3. Pink Eye/Ear Infections 

Pink eye is an inflamed mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and eyelid lining, and it’s primarily caused by a bacterial or viral infection. Colloidal silver can be used for prompt action against this irritating and highly infectious virus and bacteria.

When applied on the infected eye, the tiny silver colloids pick up the infected cells by attracting them electromagnetically and sending them into the bloodstream to be eliminated.

Our modern prescription antibiotic drugs are designed to work against specific classes of bacteria, but ear infections may be caused by multiple classes of bacteria or can even be fungal.

In this case, the prescription antibiotic will be useless, whereas colloidal silver is effective regardless of what may be causing your infection.

4. Antiviral

Colloidal silver benefits can be experienced as an anti-viral for HIV/AIDS, pneumonia, herpes, shingles and warts. Dr. Martin Hum, from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, lists colloidal silver as one of the natural remedies to stop viruses fast. (10)

Colloidal silver suffocates the virus and can even reduce the activity of the HIV virus in AIDS patients. There are also numerous anecdotal accounts of colloidal silver’s efficacy against the hepatitis C virus.

5. Anti-Inflammatory

Colloidal silver is also a fantastic anti-inflammatory remedy. Case in point: Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) studied the effects of inflammation after being treated by colloidal silver; they found that the inflamed skin of pigs treated with silver experienced near-normal skin after 72 hours, while other treatment groups not treated with silver remained inflamed. (11)

Research is beginning to reflect what many people have already known anecdotally for years — that colloidal silver can reduce swelling, speed healing, and boosts cell recovery!

6. Sinusitis

Widely used to control sinus infections, colloidal silver can benefit people as a nasal spray, according to a study published in the International Forum for Allergy and Rhinology last year. (14)

Specifically shown to kill Staph aureus, you can add a few drops of silver in a “neti pot” or by applying directly into your nasal cavity and letting it drain down your throat by tilting your head back.

Also, it’s important to point out that recent research indicates that hidden infections by pathogens could be a cause of respiratory inflammation associated with common allergies and asthma. Colloidal silver destroys Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections, which may be the reason why airborne allergy sufferers often find such dramatic relief from colloidal silver.

 

7. Cold/Flu

Some claim that colloidal silver helps prevent all types of flu, including swine flu, as well as the common cold. (15)

Few studies have been done to test this clinically, but in 2011 the NIH took 100 children under the age of 12 suffering from the common cold and nasal congestion and assigned them into two groups; the first group was treated with a solution of colloidal silver and beta glucan, and the second group with saline solution. Even though both groups benefited from the treatment, 90% of the people in the colloidal silver group completely recovered! (16)

8. Pneumonia 

Our modern drugs have become limited in their efficacy when it comes to fighting bronchitis or pneumonia. Typically, antibiotics are administered as the first line of defense, but when the pneumonia is viral, antibiotics won’t help in the least. The nice thing about colloidal silver is that it can help regardless of the pathogen.

Colloidal silver is a remarkable product to help fight against bronchitis and pneumonia when ingested internally, but an even more effective way to utilize it? Simply breathe it into your lungs.

This way, the silver directly contacts the germs residing in the lungs, which are causing bronchitis or pneumonia. It’s basically the same thing as using respiratory support, and it works speedily, clearing it up within a couple of days.

Now, the most effective method to get the colloidal silver into the lungs is to use a nebulizer. Generally, use one teaspoon approximately three times a day for 10 to 15 minutes.

 

 

 

Proven Colloidal Silver Health Benefits Infographic chart

What is Colloidal Silver?

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.


Colloidal Dosage & Use

Colloidal silver needs to be applied differently for each condition. To experience colloidal silver benefits, it may be taken as follows, always keeping in mind to never use it for more than 14 days in a row.

  • 2-5 drops applied directly to the skin
  • 1 eyedropper taken orally for immune support
  • 1-2 drops into eyes for pink eye
  • 1-2 drops can help disinfect any wound or sore by applying onto a Band-Aid
  • If prepared properly, it can be injected into a muscle, a cancerous tumor, or into the bloodstream
  • 5 drops added into a neti pot or directly sprayed into the nose
  • 5-10 drops can be applied vaginally or anally (18)

Home run with HEMPSEED oil

Doctor’s and researchers all over the world are stunned by this oil that is…

Antibacterial
Antiviral
Antifungal
Antioxidant
Anti-inflammatory
Skin regenerative
Cardio protective

So why aren’t we using it for EVERYTHING?

 

 

Dear Reader,

It’s controversial, but I’ll come right out and say it:

Unless you’re prepared to worry about cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s for the rest of your life, YOU SHOULD BE USING HEMP.

Not the type of hemp you’re associating with the recreational drug, marijuana, but the powerful health oil from the seeds of the hemp plant.

Confused?

Well that’s probably because the one thing you don’t know about hemp is that not only does it contain almost no trace of the psychoactive properties marijuana is famous for but, over the last 20 years, some of the world’s most trusted medical institutions – including the World Health Organisation, Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic and John Hopkins Medical Centre – have published over 17,000 reports supporting hemp seed oil as a natural remedy.

  • John Hopkins Medical Centre says it causes cancer cell suicide!
  • The University of Manitoba in Canada reports it puts the brakes on the blood sugarrollercoaster you’re on.
  • The University of Nagoya in Japan declares it slashes your heart attack risk by 66%.
  • Studies published by international journal, Advanced Nutrition Publications, reveal it provides relief from joint pain, muscle pain and rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • While memory expert, Dr Fiona McPherson confirms it regenerates the part of the brain that stores memories.

But these studies aren’t the reason I’m such a big believer in hemp seed oil. It’s the thousands upon thousands of success stories I’ve read.
The results don’t lie!
People using hemp oil are blowing the sceptics away
“From death’s door to CANCER-FREE in just eight months – it’s all thanks to hemp oil”

Take oncologist, Dr William Courtney who had the daunting task of treating an eight month old baby suffering from a malignant, inoperable brain tumour.

Her parents declined chemotherapy. Yet, her dad pushed Dr Courtney to help improve his child’s quality of life with hemp seed oil.

It did much more than that!

After only two months, an MRI scan revealed a dramatic improvement in the tumour size.

Miraculously, six months later, the scans were completely clean.

That’s right. No cancer remained!

Impossible?

Here’s a picture of her actual scans. They show how hemp oil helped her go from hopeless case to cancer-free in just eight months.

Then there’s Rick Simpson…

“Hemp seed oil solved Rick’s headaches, insomnia and ringing ears – it even defeated his joint pain and lowered his blood pressure”

Rick was working in a hospital boiler room when he suffered a concussion. For years afterwards, he suffered from debilitating headaches, ringing ears and had trouble sleeping.

In 1998, he decided that since his prescription meds weren’t working anyway, he’d try marijuana. Eventually, he started experimenting with hemp seed oil because the marijuana was interfering with his day-to-day life.

Soon after he started using it, his headaches went away, the ringing in his ears became tolerable and he slept better. More surprising, his arthritis disappeared and his blood pressure improved too.

“Within a few months, people saw the difference. The oil controlled the pain, my blood pressure, and it allowed me to sleep. I lost weight and looked 20 years younger.”

Today, Rick is hemp seed oil’s biggest champion. He’s dedicated his life to giving people with all types of diseases and disabilities free hemp seed oil. And he’s had over 5,000 success stories to date.

In fact, he’s adamant this is a “cure-all solution”, he believes “if children were given tiny doses of [hemp] oil each day like a supplement, diseases like cancer, diabetes, MS, and many other conditions could be eliminated entirely.”

How about Lorraine from the Free State? She recently wrote in to tell me about her experience with hemp oil. Here’s her story…

“My diabetes is gone!”

“I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes after my doctor discovered my thyroid wasn’t working thanks to years of hormone replacement medication. My sugar was out of control, I couldn’t lose weight and my health was so bad even my liver was beginning to shut down.

A friend told me about hemp seed oil and how it could help.

Naturally, I was sceptical and worried about the negative effects, but I felt hopeless and ready to try anything.

I’m glad I did.

It’s been just over a year now and my blood sugar has stabilised, my thyroid is working and I’ve been able to lose the weight. My health is better than ever.”

Then there’s the story Health Bytes nutritionist, Jacques Boshoff, told me about a patient he recommended hemp oil to.

“I used to have dialysis every day – now I only go once a month”

“Mr Kogohara started using hemp oil because he was suffering from kidney failure. Having to live on dialysis daily, he was ready to try anything and started taking hemp seed oil with his morning detoxjuice.

It’s been almost a year and Mr Kogohara is doing so well his kidneys are almost functioning on their own again. The best part is, he now only has to have precautionary dialysis once a month.”

There’s also:

  • Constance Finley a San Francisco woman living with ankylosing spondylitis – chronic arthritis of the spine and the pelvis. After an almost fatal allergic reaction to the drugs she was on, Constance put hemp seed oil to the test. Today, she’s pain-free.
  • Famous comedian, Tommy Chong. In 2012, he announced he had stage 1 prostate cancer. Thanks to hemp seed oil, Tommy told the world he was cancer-free a year after receiving the diagnosis.
  • 24-year-old Kristina Marie. She believed her doctors had handed her a death sentence when they diagnosed her with a brain tumour. Since starting hemp oil treatment in 2014, Kristina’s brain tumour size has halved – and it’s still shrinking.  

The success stories go on and on…

Personally, I could read them all day.

But there’s something far more pressing.

And that’s the question you’re asking yourself right now….

Based on the mounds of evidence that shows it works…
Why does mainstream medicine still refuse to promote hemp seed oil?
Why hasn’t your doctor told you to try it?
It’s the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) fault.

Doctors are afraid to prescribe this medical herb simply because the FDA hasn’t approved it yet.

And even though in December the FDA finally gave a few universities permission to run trials on its effects on seizures, cancer and arthritis, it’ll be years before it gives hemp oil the nod. Let alone, make it okay for your doctor to prescribe it to you.

Years where you’ll continue to suffer from cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and more.

Not if I can help it….
I’ve had it with mainstream medicine’s decision to ignore the results people have seen!
Hi.

I’m Vanessa Jackson. Researcher and Product Manager for FSPHealthandFitness.co.za and member of the FSP Nutritionals team.

Today, I want to introduce you to the newest addition to our trusted supplement range: FSPNutritionals Hemp Oil

The natural solution that can treat your:

  • Heart disease…
  • Cancer…
  • Diabetes…
  • Memory loss…
  • Arthritis…
  • And dozens of other health problems.

Maybe, like me, you’re impressed by the stories you’ve read in this letter, but in case you need a bit of the science, let me explain how it works:

Hemp seed oil truly is nature’s own super oil

Hemp seed oil contains all 21 of the amino acids your body needs to stay in tip-top shape and is the only perfectly balanced combination of omega-3 to omega-6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) on the planet!

Why should you care?

Quite simply, because amino acids and EFAs are the building blocks to life. They keep you alive by rebuilding and producing new cells in your body.

Your body starts to sort out its health problems on its own!
Your cancer tumours turn on themselves…

Your diabetes reverses…

Joint inflammation vanishes…

Your arteries relax and widen – putting less pressure on your over strained heart…

Your immune system strengthens…

It even triggers an anti-oxidant cleanse that removes damaged, mutated cells from your brain – reversing memory loss and restoring your brain’s health…

Not to mention the positive effects you’ll notice in the look and feel of your skin, your hair, your nails… You name it.

https://doctorsandresearchersallovertheworldarestunned.fspsecure.co.za/

Black Seed – ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death’

Black Seed – ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death’

Black Seed - 'The Remedy For Everything But Death'

For example:

  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Anti-Cholinergic
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Ant-Hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin Sensitizing
  • Interferon Inducer
  • Leukotriene Antagonist
  • Renoprotective (Kidney Protecting)
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibitor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information, please do read on:

This humble, but immensely powerful seed, kills MRSA, heals the chemical weapon poisoned body, stimulates regeneration of the dying beta cells within the diabetic’s pancreas, and yet too few even know it exists.

Benefits of Black Seed

The seeds of the annual flowering plant, Nigella Sativa, have been prized for their healing properties since time immemorial.  While frequently referred to among English-speaking cultures as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, black caraway and onion seed, it is known today primarily as black seed, which is at the very least an accurate description of its physical appearance. The earliest record of its cultivation and use come from ancient Egypt.

Black seed oil, in fact, was found in Egyptian pharoah Tutankhamun’s tomb, dating back to approximately 3,300 years  ago

[i]  In Arabic cultures, black cumin is known as Habbatul barakah, meaning the “seed of blessing.” It is also believed that the Islamic prophet Mohammed said of it that it is “a remedy for all diseases except death.”

egyptian tomb - benefits of black seed

 

Many of black cumin’s traditionally ascribed health benefits have been thoroughly confirmed in the biomedical literature. In fact, since 1964, there have been 656 published,  peer-reviewed studies referencing it.

We have indexed salient research, available to view on GreenMedInfo.com on our Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) page, on well over 40 health conditions that may be benefited from the use of the herb, including over 20 distinct pharmacological actions it expresses, such as:

  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Anti-Cholinergic
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Ant-Hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Gluconeogenesis Inhibitor (Anti-Diabetic)
  • Hepatoprotective (Liver Protecting)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin Sensitizing
  • Interferon Inducer
  • Leukotriene Antagonist
  • Renoprotective (Kidney Protecting)
  • Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha Inhibitor

 

These 30 pharmacological actions are only a subset of a far wider number of beneficial properties intrinsic to the black seed. While it is remarkable that this seed has the ability to positively modulate so many different biological pathways, this is actually a rather common occurrence among traditional plant medicines.

Natural RX: Greenmedinfo

 

Our project has identified over 1600 natural compounds with a wide range of health benefits, and we are only in our first 5 years of casual indexing. There are tens of thousands of other substances that have already been researched, with hundreds of thousands of studies supporting their medicinal value (MEDLINE, whence our study abstracts come, has over 600,000 studies classified as related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine).

Take turmeric, for example. We have identified research indicating its value in over 600 health conditions, while also expressing over 160 different potentially beneficial pharmacological actions. You can view the quick summary of over 1500 studies we have summarized on our Turmeric Research page, which includes an explorative video on turmeric. Professional database members are further empowered to manipulate the results according to their search criteria, i.e. pull up and print to PDF the 61 studies on turmeric and breast cancer.  This, of course, should help folks realize how voluminous the supportive literature indicating the medicinal value of natural substances, such as turmeric and black seed, really is.

Black seed has been researched for very specific health conditions. Some of the most compelling applications include:

  • Type 2 Diabetes: Two grams of black seed a day resulted in reduced fasting glucose, decreased insulin resistance, increased beta-cell function, and reduced glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) in human subjects.[ii]
  • Helicobacter Pylori Infection: Black seeds possess clinically useful anti-H. pylori activity, comparable to triple eradication therapy.[iii]
  • Epilepsy: Black seeds were traditionally known to have anticonvulsive properties. A 2007 study with epileptic children, whose condition was refractory to conventional drug treatment, found that a water extract significantly reduced seizure activity.[iv]
  • High Blood pressure: The daily use of 100 and 200 mg of black seed extract, twice daily, for 2 months, was found to have a blood pressure-lowering effect in patients with mild hypertension.[v]
  • Asthma: Thymoquinone, one of the main active constituents within Nigella sativa (black cumin), is superior to the drug fluticasone in an animal model of asthma.[vi] Another study, this time in human subjects, found that boiled water extracts of black seed have relatively potent anti-asthmatic effect on asthmatic airways.[vii]
  • Acute tonsillopharyngitis: characterized by tonsil or pharyngeal inflammation (i.e. sore throat), mostly viral in origin, black seed capsules (in combination with Phyllanthus niruri) have been found to significantly alleviate throat pain, and reduce the need for pain-killers, in human subjects.[viii]
  • Chemical Weapons Injury: A randomized, placebo-controlled human study of chemical weapons injured patients found that boiled water extracts of black seed reduced respiratory symptoms, chest wheezing, and pulmonary function test values, as well as reduced the need for drug treatment.[ix]
  • Colon Cancer: Cell studies have found that black seed extract compares favorably to the chemoagent 5-fluoruracil in the suppression of colon cancer growth, but with a far higher safety profile.[x] Animal research has found that black seed oil has significant inhibitory effects against colon cancer in rats, without observable side effects.[xi]
  • MRSA: Black seed has anti-bacterial activity against clinical isolates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.[xii]
  • Opiate Addiction/Withdrawal: A study on 35 opiate addicts found black seed as an effective therapy in long-term treatment of opioid dependence.[xiii]

Sometimes the biblical reference to ‘faith the size of a mustard seed moving mountains’ comes to mind in connection with natural substances like black seeds. After all, do seeds not contain within them the very hope for continuance of the entire species that bore it?  This super-saturated state of the seed, where life condenses itself down into an intensely miniaturized holographic fragment of itself, promising the formation of future worlds within itself, is the very emblem of life’s immense and immortal power.

If we understand the true nature of the seed, how much life (past, present and future) is contained within it, it will not seem so far-fetched that it is capable of conquering antibiotic resistant bacteria, healing the body from chemical weapons poisoning, or stimulate the regeneration of dying insulin-producing beta cells in the diabetic, to name but only a fraction of black seed’s experimentally-confirmed powers.

black seeds

Moving the mountain of inertia and falsity associated with the conventional concept of disease, is a task well-suited for seeds and not chemicals. The greatest difference, of course, between a seed and a patented synthetic chemical (i.e. pharmaceutical drug), is that Nature (God) made the former, and men with profit-motives and a deranged understanding of the nature of the body made the latter.

The time, no doubt, has come for food, seeds, herbs, plants, sunlight, air, clean water, and yes, love, to assume once again their central place in medicine, which is to say, the art and science of facilitating self-healing within the human body. Failing this, the conventional medical system will crumble under the growing weight of its own corruption, ineptitude, and iatrogenic suffering (and subsequent financial liability) it causes. To the degree that it reforms itself, utilizing non-patented and non-patentable natural compounds with actual healing properties, a brighter future awaits on the horizon. To the degree that it fails, folks will learn to take back control over their health themselves, which is why black seed, and other food-medicines, hold the key to self-empowerment.

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References

[i] Domestication of plants in the Old World (3 ed.). Oxford University Press. 2000. p. 206. ISBN 0-19-850356-3.

[ii] Abdullah O Bamosa, Huda Kaatabi, Fatma M Lebdaa, Abdul-Muhssen Al Elq, Ali Al-Sultanb. Effect of Nigella sativa seeds on the glycemic control of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2010 Oct-Dec;54(4):344-54. PMID: 21675032

[iii] Eyad M Salem, Talay Yar, Abdullah O Bamosa, Abdulaziz Al-Quorain, Mohamed I Yasawy, Raed M Alsulaiman, Muhammad A Randhawa. Comparative study of Nigella Sativa and triple therapy in eradication of Helicobacter Pylori in patients with non-ulcer dyspepsia. Saudi J Gastroenterol. 2010 Jul-Sep;16(3):207-14. PMID: 20616418

[iv] Javad Akhondian, Ali Parsa, Hassan Rakhshande. The effect of Nigella sativa L. (black cumin seed) on intractable pediatric seizures. Med Sci Monit. 2007 Dec;13(12):CR555-9. PMID: 18049435

[v] Farshad Roghani Dehkordi, Amir Farhad Kamkhah. Antihypertensive effect of Nigella sativa seed extract in patients with mild hypertension. Braz J Med Biol Res. 2006 Apr;39(4):421-9. Epub 2006 Apr 3. PMID: 18705755

[vi] Rana Keyhanmanesh, Mohammad Hossein Boskabady, Mohammad Javad Eslamizadeh, Saeed Khamneh, Mohammad Ali Ebrahimi. The effect of thymoquinone, the main constituent of Nigella sativa on tracheal responsiveness and white blood cell count in lung lavage of sensitized guinea pigs. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Oct 29;126(1):102-7. Epub 2009 Aug 8. PMID: 19711253

[vii] M H Boskabady, N Mohsenpoor, L Takaloo . Antiasthmatic effect of Nigella sativa in airways of asthmatic patients. Phytomedicine. 2010 Feb 8. Epub 2010 Feb 8. PMID: 20149611

[viii] M Dirjomuljono, I Kristyono, R R Tjandrawinata, D Nofiarny. Symptomatic treatment of acute tonsillo-pharyngitis patients with a combination of Nigella sativa and Phyllanthus niruri extract. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2008 Jun;46(6):295-306. PMID: 18541126

[ix] Mohammad H Boskabady, Javad Farhadi. The possible prophylactic effect of Nigella sativa seed aqueous extract on respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function tests on chemical war victims: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Nov;14(9):1137-44. PMID: 18991514

[x] Elsayed I Salim, Shoji Fukushima. Chemopreventive potential of volatile oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa L.) seeds against rat colon carcinogenesis. Nutr Cancer. 2003;45(2):195-202. PMID: 12881014

[xi] Elsayed I Salim, Shoji Fukushima . Chemopreventive potential of volatile oil from black cumin (Nigella sativa L.) seeds against rat colon carcinogenesis. Nutr Cancer. 2003;45(2):195-202. PMID: 12881014

[xii] Abdul Hannan, Sidrah Saleem, Saadia Chaudhary, Muhammad Barkaat, Muhammad Usman Arshad. Anti bacterial activity of Nigella sativa against clinical isolates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. 2008 Jul-Sep;20(3):72-4. PMID: 19610522

[xiii] Sibghatullah Sangi, Shahida P Ahmed, Muhammad Aslam Channa, Muhammad Ashfaq, Shah Murad Mastoi . A new and novel treatment of opioid dependence: Nigella sativa 500 mg. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad. 2008 Apr-Jun;20(2):118-24. PMID: 19385474

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

Terrific turmeric

 

Awesome Uses for Turmeric!

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By Joshua Rogers

Posted Friday, March 14, 2014 at 01:03pm EDT

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Turmeric is a commonly found spice and herb that is increasing in popularity, and for good reason. Below we’ll uncover what turmeric is great for when it comes to healing and wellness.

Most typically ingest turmeric by using its powdered form (either for cooking or in tea), but various types of capsuled forms are available on the market also. As with any supplements, of course, quality matters a great deal. It also happens to be one of the primary spices employed in many of the South Asian and Middle-Eastern foods.

A lot of medical benefits of the spice come from the effective compounds, called curcuminoids, that it includes. It’s a good source of a number of vitamin Bs, as well. A number of the important nutrients identified in turmeric contain Vitamin C, Vitamins B1-B3, Calcium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Zinc, and so much more.

Scientific Studies of Turmeric
Studies abound that discuss the various advantages of this spice. The active component in curcumin has been associated with possible antidepressant results. Additionally, it has shown promise with reference to treating clogged arteries, as well as in enhancing autoimmune diseases, among other issues.

As an Antiinflammatory
Your body could experience a scenario whereby aggressive inflammation and tissue destruction happens at once, causing your poor body to try and repair both simultaneously. This is a characteristic of persistent inflammation, which is something which may last for months, if not longer in some individuals. Prospective causes of long term inflammation are protracted exposure to dangerous agents, constant illnesses, and autoimmune issues. The advantages of turmeric can assist in the recuperation from this in a much more rapid time frame than your body would do on its own, and can help relieve a few of the painful sensations connected with inflamation.

It is often said that in the event that you suffer any of the following: digestive difficulties, constipation, allergies, low-energy, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, infertility, sleeplessness or acne eruption, that liver issues might be a part of the inherent reason. Making a tea from turmeric can give your liver a nice boost, cleanses the body, and even helps with an upset stomach. Drink some today, you’ll be glad you did!

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Marvellous Moringa

English: The elongated drumstick-like pods of ...
English: The elongated drumstick-like pods of Moringa oleifera, that gives the tree its name – the drumstick tree. Locality: Colombia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MARVELLOUS MORINGA

 (NaturalNews) Moringa oleifera, also called the drumstick tree and the horseradish tree, is a drought-resistant tree that grows in the foothills of the Himalayan muntains in northern India. It is also cultivated throughout Africa and Central and South America, where it is treasured for is significant medicinal value. In fact, Moringa is nicknamed “The Tree of Immortality” and “The Miracle Tree” in its native lands due to its remarkable healing properties and its ability to grow in the harshest of conditions.Though research into Moringa oleifera is limited due to its relative obscurity in the West, more and more studies are emerging which confirm that this beautiful tree deserves its long-standing reputation as a healer. One of these studies, undertaken by French researchers and published in the Dakar Medjournal, has found that Moringa roots contain impressive anti-inflammatory properties and could help treat acute inflammatory conditions such as bronchitis and rheumatoid arthritis.Promising results

For the study, the researchers administered either distilled water (the control group), 10 mg/kg of indomethacin (an anti-inflammatory drug) or a root extract of Moringa oleifera (750 mg/kg or 1000 mg/kg) to a group of rats. 30 minutes later, the paws of each rat were subjected to edema induced by an injection of carrageenin.

The researchers found that the 750 mg/kg Moringa extract “significantly inhibited” the development of edema between one, three and five hours after the injection. While increasing the moringa extract dosage to 1000 mg/kg didn’t inhibit oedema development any further at 1 and 3 hours, it did increase the effects after 5 hours. The indomethacin inhibited oedema development at comparable levels to the 750 mg/kg moringa extract.

“These findings indicate that an aqueous root extract of Moringa oleifera at 750 mg/kg reduces the carrageenin induced oedema to [a] similar extent as the potent anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin,” concluded the researchers. “Moreover, these results provide further evidence that the roots ofMoringa oleifera contain anti-inflammatory principle that may be useful in the treatment of the acute inflammatory conditions.”

 

Moringa can treat many conditions

Though this study into Moringa oleifera‘s anti-inflammatory benefits is promising, this tree is packed with so much nutrition that it could probably help treat anything. Analysis reveals that Moringa leaves contain 90 different nutrients, including 36 times more magnesium than eggs, 50 times more vitamin B3 than peanuts, 25 times more iron than spinach and 4 times more calcium than milk. Moringa leaves are also a “complete” protein source that contains 18 amino acids and at least 46 essential antioxidants, including 272 percent of our recommended daily intake of vitamin A. No wonder ancient healing systems such as the Ayurveda claim that Moringa can treat over 300 diseases, including diabetes and cancer.

Moringa oleifera is traditionally consumed in powdered leaf form, though Moringa extracts – widely available online – also provide good results. Alternatively, you might be interested in trying Ben oil, an odorless, sweet-tasting oil made from the tree’s matured pods. This oil, which is comparable to olive oil in nutrient density and antioxidant activity, lasts indefinitely and makes a great survival food.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

http://www.vanguardngr.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

 

 

http://science.naturalnews.com

About the author:
Michael Ravensthorpe is an independent writer whose research interests include nutrition, alternative medicine, and bushcraft. He is the creator of the website, Spiritfoods, through which he promotes the world’s healthiest foods.

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Turmeric – Foundain of Life

 

Why turmeric is the fountain of youth and

the key to vibrant health

 

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by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) To the many traditional cultures around the world that have long utilized the spice in cooking and medicine, turmeric’s amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer benefits are no secret. But modern, Western cultures are only just now beginning to learn of the incredible healing powers of turmeric, which in more recent days have earned it the appropriate title of “king of all spices.” And as more scientific evidence continues to emerge, turmeric is quickly becoming recognized as a fountain of youth “superspice” with near-miraculous potential in modern medicine.

A cohort of scientific studies published in recent years have shown that taking turmeric on a regular basis can actually lengthen lifespan and improve overall quality of life. A study conducted on roundworms, for instance, found that small amounts of curcumin, the primary active ingredient in turmeric, increased average lifespan by about 39 percent. A similar study involving fruit flies revealed a 25 percent lifespan increase as a result of curcumin intake.

In the first study, researchers found that turmeric helped reduce the number of reactive oxygen species in roundworms, as well as reduce the amount of cellular damage that normally occurs during aging. Curcumin was also observed to improve roundworms’ resistance to heat stress compared to those not taking the spice. And in fruit flies, curcumin appeared to trigger increased levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an antioxidant compound that protects cells against oxidative damage. (http://www.lef.org)

“Given the long and established history of turmeric as a spice and herbal medicine, its demonstrated chemopreventive and therapeutic potential, and its pharmacological safety in model system, curcumin, the bioactive extract of turmeric, promises a great future in human clinical studies designed to prevent and/or delay age-related diseases,” explained the authors of a review on these and other animal studies involving turmeric.

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Even with all the data showing that it can help boost energy levels, cleanse the blood, heal digestive disorders, dissolve gallstones, treat infections, and prevent cancer, some health experts have been reluctant to recommend taking turmeric in medicinal doses until human clinical trials have been conducted. But unlike pharmaceutical drugs, taking turmeric is not dangerous, and civilizations have been consuming large amounts of it for centuries as part of their normal diets.

According to consumption data collected back in the 1980s and 1990s, the average Asian person consumes up to 1,000 milligrams of turmeric a day, or as much as 440 grams per year, which equates to roughly 90 milligrams of active curcuminoids per day at higher end of the concentration spectrum. And these figures, of course, primarily cover just the amount of turmeric consumed as food in curries and other traditional dishes, which means supplements with similar concentrations are perfectly safe and effective.

But the truth of the matter is that you can safely take much higher doses of both turmeric and curcumin, and doing so will provide even more benefits. The Linus Pauling Institute atOregon State University (OSU) has compiled a thorough list of turmeric’s benefits with detailed information about the doses used to achieve such benefits. You can access this list here:
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/phytochemicals/curcumin/

You can also check out the Natural Attitude Turmeric extract formula available at the Natural News Store. This particular product contains a highly-bioavailable form of turmeric for maximum benefits:
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Sources for this article include:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/phytochemicals/curcumin/

http://www.drsinatra.com/turmeric-super-spice

Turmeric – wonderful info and application for DOGS

Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae, Turmeric, Indian...
Curcuma longa, Zingiberaceae, Turmeric, Indian Saffron, inflorescence; Botanical Garden KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany. The scalded and dried rootstocks are used in homeopathy as remedy: Curcuma longa (Curc-l.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Turmeric and Curcumin –

Good for Your Dog’s Health

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Adding Turmeric (Curcuma longa) to your dog’s daily diet can provide your dog with a vast array of health benefits.
Turmeric, a spice is derived from the root of the Curcuma longa (also known as Indian Saffron), a perennial plant of the ginger family. The exact genesis of the plant is not known as the plant’s original origins are lost in the history of ancient trade; however it is likely that the plant originated in South East Asia or South Asia.
 
The Curcuma longa’s root system includes oblong tubers – similar to those of the ginger plant. The tubers are boiled or steamed, dried, and then ground. The resulting powder has a pungent slightly bitter flavour.
Although dogs have a much better sense of smell than humans – a dog’s noise has a minimum of 300 million olfactory sensors to our paltry 3 million, the dog’s sense of taste is less than ours (a dog averages 1700 taste buds whereas a human has 9000 taste buds). This means that the slightly bitter taste of turmeric is not off-putting for the majority of dogs.
The scent of turmeric is reminiscent of oranges and ginger. Once it is dried and ground into a powder the scent is slightly bitter and medicinal.
Turmeric is a deep, warm yellow-orange color. The rich colour of turmeric comes from a naturally occurring pigment in the Curcuma longa tuber – the pigment is called Curcumin. Curry gets its colour from curcumin and some of its flavour from turmeric. Turmeric is a mainstay of India dishes and is also used as a substitute for saffron.
This revered spice has been used as a dye, flavouring and medicine since 600 BC. Turmeric is a very important spice in India – its use dates back 4000 years to the Vedic culture. India is the main source of the world’s supply of Turmeric, China and Indonesia also grow and produce the spice.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Curcumin is thought to be the principal pharmacological agent in turmeric. As an ancient medication turmeric was used in traditional Asian medicine as a blood purifier, liver ailment mediator, for the healing of skin diseases and sores and wounds and as a stomach tonic. In Thailand turmeric was used as an astringent, anti-diarrheal agent, appetite stimulant, as a carminative, to treat dizziness, gonorrhoea, peptic ulcers and as a topical treatment to stop bleeding, treat insect bites, treat teeth and gums, eradicate ringworms and heal wounds.
 
Today, turmeric is one of the most extensively researched herb-spices for pharmacological use. It is favored for its potentially beneficial use in treating and/or reducing symptoms linked to an extensive range of health conditions due to its excellent qualities as an:
  • Analgesic (pain fighting);
  • Antibacterial;
  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • Anti-oxidant;
  • Antiseptic;
  •  Anti-tumour agent (anti-carcinogen);
 

Turmeric has been shown to be effective in preventing and/or treating:

  • Aids in fat metabolism and weight management;
  • Allergic respiratory disorders – Ashthma;
  • Arthritis;
  • Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory properties relieves aches and pains associated with arthritis (see additional information under curcumin below);
  • Beneficial for trauma from accidents as it helps lower serum levels which would otherwise cause massive inflammation leading to the shutdown of the heart and other organs;
  • Artherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries – heart disease) by lowering bad LDL cholesterol;
  • Bacterial infections – the volatile oil is an external broad spectrum antibiotic which acts to prevent bacterial infection in wounds;
  • Blood purifier – beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders;
  • Cancer inhibitor;
  • Cardiovascular conditions;
  • Chemotherapy – reduces the negative side-effects of chemotherapy;
  • Detoxifier – turmeric is a natural liver detoxifier;
  • Disinfectant for wounds and burns (antiseptic and antibacterial);
  • Digestive disorders;
  • Turmeric induces the flow of bile which acts to breakdown fat;
  • Protects against injuries caused by some medications;
  • Helps prevent gas/bloating;
  • Inflammation (turmeric’s anti-inflammatory quality has been compared to topical hydrocortisone);
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD;
  • Memory disorders;
  • Neuritis (inflammation of the optic nerve)
  • Peptic ulcers;
  • Skin disorders;
  • Strengthens ligaments.
Other Health Benefits of Turmeric
  • High in fiber;
  • Rich in vitamins (high in vitamin B6 and potassium) and minerals (high in iron and manganese);
  • Excellent for metabolism health and a natural weight-loss aid.
  • Turmeric is even more powerful as a cancer inhibitor when teamed up with cauliflower…of particular importance to prevent prostate cancer.
  • This dog-food recipe includes both turmeric and cauliflower.
Health Benefits of Curcumin
  • Anti-oxidant (anti-aging);
  • Anti-Angiogenic (tumour preventing);
  • Anti-Carcinogenic;
  • Anti-Diabetic;
  • Anti-Inflammatory;
  • Anti-Apoptotic (preventing cell death i.e. from radiation);
  • Anti-Metastatic (inhibits the over-growth of cells);
  • Cardiovascular Protection;
  • Lower LDL (bad) Cholesterol;
  • Detoxer;
  • Imuno-modulatory (immune system enhancing);
  • Neuro-Protective (protects the Central Nervous System – CNS).
Anti-Inflammatory – curcumin has been shown in numerous studies, to be comparable to the potent conventional medicines hydrocortisone, phenylbutazone as well as over-the counter anti-inflammatory agents. But unlike these conventional mendicants curcumin does not have toxic side-effects.
Cancer Inhibitor – due to its powerful antioxidant properties. Curcumin is effective in protecting colon cells from free radicals that can cause damage to healthy cell DNA – of particular importance as cell growth in the colon is particularly rapid. Curcumin also helps the body destroy mutated cancer cells thereby stopping the spread of cancer throughout the body. Curcumin enhances liver function – the liver is a primary toxin filter for the body, so enhancing its function supports health in many ways. Curcumin is also considered to inhibit the growth of the protein that is thought to be instrumental in triggering tumour formation. Curcumin has been shown to inhibit transcription factors (the ‘master switch’ that regulates genes required for tumor formulation).
Lower Bad Cholesterol and support Heart Health – Curcumin is a messaging molecule that communicates with genes in live cells. This active agent of turmeric directs cells to increase the production of messenger proteins that in turn direct the creation of receptors for LDL (Bad) cholesterol. An increase of LDL-receptors enables the liver to clear more LDL from the body.
Preventing Toxic Loading and Liver Damage – The liver plays a huge role in detoxifying the body. As dogs are exposed to ever increasing amounts of toxins in their diet (i.e. as found in many commercially produced dog foods and treats, dental care products – dental chews and toothpaste) and their environment (i.e. household cleaners, road salt, grassshampoo etc.) the incidence of liver damage and liver failure is exponentially increasing. Turmeric boosts the ability of the liver to de-toxify.
Rheumatoid Arthritis – clinical studies have proven that curcumin provides highly powerful antioxidant effects as its ability to neutralize free radicals is substantial. Free radicals cause the painful inflammation and eventual damage to joints.
Defence Against Neurological Diseases of Old-Age – as curcumin is able to turn on gene codes for the production of antioxidant proteins it provides enhanced protection against some neurological diseases brought on by old age.
Weight and Metabolism Management –If your dog is overweight you might want to try adding either turmeric or curcumin to his/her daily diet…new research by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has confirmed that curcumin helps to speed up metabolism.
The Dog Food Industry and Turmeric
Many commercial dog food manufacturers are now putting turmeric in their dog kibble. But please don’t be fooled by advertising – the inclusion of turmeric in commercially prepared dog kibble is not an indication that the kibble is a nutritionally balanced quality product.
The quantity and quality of the turmeric included in the food may be insufficient to have any positive effect on your dog’s health and worse – the turmeric may be of poor quality (i.e. grown with pesticides).
Turmeric is becoming a ‘hot word’ in the pet food manufacturing sector, just as ‘omega’ and ‘probiotic’. As the pet food industry – at least in North America) is unregulated pertaining to their use of terms vs. factual substantiation of actual quality/ratio of ingredient.
Manufactures rely on the ignorance of the consumer – profit before ethics. I have yet to see a commercially prepared dog kibble that includes the appropriate ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids. Adding ‘probiotics’ to commercially prepared dog kibble is a ridiculous conceit as the heat required during processing of the kibble kills the probiotic microorganisms, thus rendering them useless.
So just as with omega fatty acids and probiotics – your best bet is to add turmeric directly to your dog’s diet – do not expect the trace amounts included in some dog foods to benefit your dog’s health.
Adding Turmeric (or Curcumin) to Your Dog’s Daily Diet is Simple…

  • Sprinkle it on top of your dog’s dry or wet food, and/or;
  • If you home-cook your dog’s food you can add turmeric to your dog-food recipe;
  • You can also try this dog food recipe that I use which contains turmeric.
  • My dogs get turmeric on a daily basis in their homemade dog food and also sprinkled on top of their daily ration of fresh food along with other herbs and spices.
  • You can also add turmeric to homemade dog treats.
What Type of Turmeric (or Curcumin) is Best…
You can use powder (most commonly available), crushed or fresh root. I use the powder form (ground turmeric). The quality of turmeric varies vastly. Turmeric sold is in the typical grocery store and bulk food store is mass produced, grown with pesticides and herbicides and is, as a result low in beneficial potency. For maximum benefit it is best to purchase turmeric from a reputable supplier of high-quality organic turmeric.
How To Store Turmeric (or Curcumin)
Fresh turmeric rhizome should be kept in the refrigerator;
Turmeric and/or curcumin powder should be stored in a tightly sealed, container and kept in a cool, dark, dry location.
Turmeric and Curcumin is a Natural Dye

When feeding your dog turmeric powder on top of food, just make sure you don’t place your dog’s food bowl on a surface such as a cherished carpet as the deep yellow-gold colour of the spice can stain the surface it falls on.
Additional Information on Herbs and Spices for Dogs
You can read this article for:
  • A list of Herbs and Spices that Are Good for Dogs;
  • Benefits and Uses of many Herbs and Spices for Dogs;
  • List of Herbs and Spices that Are Not Good for Dogs;
  • When Should Herbs & Spices Not be Introduced to Your Dog’s Diet;
Daily Herbal Intake Based on Dog’s Weight
The table below provides a general guideline for herbs/spices based on your dog’s weight. The information provided in the table is an extract from Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dogs Care.
Dog’s Weight
Sprinkles
(on dog’s food once/day)
Teas
Capsules/Tablets
Tinctures
1-10 lbs
a small pinch
less than 1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2 capsule, 1-3 times/day
1-3 drops, 2-3 times/day
10-20 lbs
a bigger pinch about
1/4 cup, 1-3 times/day
1/2-1 capsule/tablet, 1-3 times/day
3-5 drops, 2-3 times/day
20-50 lbs
2 pinches-1 teaspoon
1/4-1/2 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 2-3 times/day
5-10 drops, 2-3 times/day
50-100 lbs 10-
2 pinches-2 teaspoons
1/2-1 cup, 1-3 times/day
1-2 capsules/tablets, 3-4 times/day
20 drops, 2-3 times/day
Over 100 lbs,
up to 1 tablespoon
up to 1 cup 3 times/day
adult human dose
adult human dose

Holy Basil – an alternative to Medical Marijuana?!!

Holy Basil 

An alternative to medical marijuana

Danica Collins |

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Did You Know…that there’s an aromatic plant which offers an alternative that rival those of medical marijuana treatment—without the side effects or the necessity for a prescription? This same medicinal plant also protects against inflammation, stress, and even radiation poisoning.

In Asia, holy basil(Ocimum sanctum, O. tenuiflorum) has been cultivated for medicinal use for over 5,000 years.

Today, Western scientists have caught on to the herb’s natural anti-inflammatory properties.

English: Ocimum tenuiflorum, Holy Basil flower...
English: Ocimum tenuiflorum, Holy Basil flowers Français : Fleurs de Basilic sacré (Ocimum tenuiflorum). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Chemically speaking, basil (in numerous tested varieties) contains compounds similar to those found in cannabis (also known as marijuana) and oregano.

This has led some doctors to suggest basil as an alternative to medical marijuana, since it offers the same pain relief without the addictive “high”.

An Alternative to Medical Marijuana: Curbing Inflammation Without the Side Effects

Although most people regard cannabis only as the recreational substance that has been the drug of choice since the 60s, medicinal use of marijuana dates back approximately 10,000 years to a prehistoric village that was discovered in Taiwan in 1972.

In 2008, experts published findings on an archaeological dig in Central Asia that has uncovered evidence of the use of cannabis by a prehistoric medicine man about 27,000 years ago.

Currently, tens of thousands of seriously ill Americans (especially those with cancer and AIDS) are now physician-certified users of medical marijuana because it provides effective pain relief, control of nausea and vomiting, and appetite stimulation … as well as an amazing number of other medicinal uses.

However, the use of medical marijuana does come with potentially permanent mental or neurological side effects, such as …

  • • Impaired attention
  • • Difficulty learning
  • • Decreased computing speed
  • • Changes to brain structure
  • • Decreased motor skills

Holy basil carries none of those risks as an alternative to medical marijuana. That’s because basil’s anti-inflammatory action comes from a compound called BCP, or (E)-beta-caryophyllene. BCP combats inflammation in a manner similar to cannabis, but without the side effects.

Basil is recommended by The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) as a first-line treatment for post-traumatic stress disorderbulimia … and hypoglycemia. According to UMMC, basil may even protect the body from harmful radiation exposure.

Basil’s aromatic extracts have also proven to eliminate swelling and pain from arthritis. In fact, research has demonstrated that basil works just as well as anti-inflammatory drugs.

The study—presented at the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester—showed that concentrated extracts of two types of basil taken orally reduced joint swelling by up to 73% in just 24 hours.

Power That’s Stood the Test of Time

In India, holy basil has been considered one of the most powerful herbs for nearly 3,000 years. It’s said to be sacred to the Hindu god Vishnu, and classified as a rasayana an herb that promotes long life and personal growth and health.

Holy basil is a mainstay of traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It is used to treat ailments such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Impotence
  • Allergies
  • Infertility

The Science Behind Basil’s Curative Power

Basil’s efficacy against such a wide range of ailments is due not only to BCP, but also to the cinnamanic acid it contains. Cinnamanic acid is known to enhance circulation…stabilize blood sugar…and improve respiration. Most research on basil has focused on those 3 areas.

In animal studies and human clinical trials, basil has proved to be a powerful adaptogen with potent benefits that are:

  • • Antioxidant
  • • Neuroprotective
  • • Radioprotective (prevents damage from ionizing radiation)
  • • Stress and anxiety reducing
  • • Antibacterial and antiviral
  • • Diuretic

Several studies have confirmed holy basil’s anti-inflammatory action. Its compounds inhibit the production of inflammatory prostaglandins—molecules that produce pain and fevers. By reducing prostaglandins, basil reduces pain and inflammation in the body.

How to Use Basil for Medicinal Purposes

One passionate advocate for basil’s medicinal benefits is Dr. Narendra Singh, a pioneer in modern scientific investigation of Ayurvedic and medicinal herbs of India.

Among other prestigious posts, Dr. Singh is the former Head of the Regional Ayurvedic Research Institute (Government of India, Department of Health).

Specifically, Dr. Singh focuses on the adaptogenic and anti-stress properties of medicinal herbs. With regard to basil, Dr. Singh recommends taking a single dose of 300mg to 600mg of dried leaves daily as preventative therapy and immune system support.

For curative therapy, he suggests taking 600mg to 1800mg in divided doses. Alternately, holy basil can be prepared as a tea (2 grams per cup). This brew is an excellent preventive remedy against common illnesses. It also works to treat many of the health issues described earlier.

Dr. Singh notes that the biological and neurological effects of taking holy basil, such as increased stamina and a heightened immunological defense, may take anywhere from 1 week to 1 month to develop.

However, once basil’s effects take hold, the improvements can last as long as 1 month even after discontinuation of the therapy.

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Moringa for Life!

Moringa For Life !

 

Moringa Benefits

Some of the benefits of continuous Moringa intake :

1. Increases the natural defenses of the body

2. Provides nourishment to the eyes and the brain.

3. Promotes metabolism with bio-available ingredients

4. Promotes the cell structure of the body

5. Promotes natural serum cholesterol

6. Lowers the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

7. Promotes the normal functioning of the liver and the kidney

8. Beautifies the skin

9. Promotes energy

10. Promotes proper digestion

11. Acts as an antioxidant

12. Takes care of the immune system of the body

13. Promotes healthy circulatory system

14. It is an anti-inflammatory

15. Gives a feeling of general wellness

16. Supports the normal sugar levels of the body

 

Moringa leaf boosts your energy in a natural manner, and is a remarkable source of nutrition. This energy promotion does not happen because of sugar, so it is lasts for a long time. Individuals ingesting it say that their ulcers are healed, tumors restricted; there is a reduction in arthritis pains and inflammations; helps control blood pressure;  the skin health is restored, and finally it provides stronger defenses against diseases.

Another property of the Moringa leaf is its soothing ability, because of which it can lower the blood pressure and help promote good sleep.

It can also purify water since it has a detoxifying effect. Also a coagulant agent, Moringa can attach itself to hazardous bacteria and other materials.  The happy outcome is more sustained energy without any over-activity, balanced hormone and gland system, controlled blood pressure, and a rested nervous system.

 

The Bridge to Better Health is through Better Nutrition

One cannot maintain good health if you do not consume food that is nutritional.   How does nutrition, with its vitamins, minerals and other nutritional compounds promote a healthier lifestyle?  Professor Mike Golden, who works with United Nations agencies involved in malnutrition, says much of the problem with nutrition is not the quantity of food, but the quality of food we eat, with people needing about 40 different nutrients to be healthy.

Organic nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins or amino acids, lipids, and vitamins. Inorganic nutrients include minerals.  Water is sometimes included in a listing of nutrients. Vitamin A acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other ailments. Vitamin C fights a host of illnesses including colds and the flu while supporting the cardiovascular system.  Calcium is necessary in building strong bones and teeth, plus it helps prevent osteoporosis.

The combination of vitamin D and calcium brings a remarkable reduction in cancer risk. Potassium is essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves, and significantly lowers the risk of a stroke.  Finally, proteins are necessary for the basic building blocks – amino acids – of all of our body cells.

Interaction between nutritional compounds is necessary for health in all ways.  Vitamins cannot function without minerals.  Without minerals, your body can’t function. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are best absorbed and used by the body when they are derived from natural sources (plants and animals) and are present in naturally occurring complex compounds, not as separate compounds as formulated in pills.
A new review involving dozens of studies of the antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, confirms this, finding the popular supplements don’t help you live longer.  As a result, some researchers now believe antioxidants work only when they are in food.   Alice Lichtenstein, a professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University, not involved with the review, says the study’s main message is: “Rely on food to get your nutrients.”

 

Health begins in the Individual Cell 
Wellness exists and disease begins in the individual cell 

The human body requires 20 amino acids to grow, build, and maintain cells.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Amino acids relate to proteins as letters of the alphabet relate to words.

The proteins in Moringa give 18 of the 20 known amino acids, including all eight amino acids classified as essential. These essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the body and must come from a person’s diet, usually from red meat or dairy products. These foods are not available in many parts of the world and are lacking in the diets of vegetarians, elderly people, and children.

Moringa, with its 90+ verifiable nutrients, not only contains all these elements, but also has significant portions of Vitamins B, B1, B2, B3, D, and E, polyphenols (antioxidants), other minerals, fiber, and is one of the highest, naturally occurring sources of chlorophyll.

 

Inflammation is serious

Independent studies that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine say inflammation is as potent as cholesterol. An article in Men’s Health (Dec 2004), Bonfires of the Arteries, concurs, reporting that “inflammation is the slow burn that sparks thousands of heart attack and strokes every year”.

According to Paul Ridker, MD, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, “Half of all heart attacks and strokes in the United States each year occur among people with essentially normal cholesterol levels”.  Dr. Ridker continued, “There is more to heart disease than just lipids. A heart attack occurs when plaque ruptures inside your vessels. Rupturing is not dependent just on how much plaque is present, but also on the level of inflammation”.

According to a 2003 report from the University of South Florida, chronic inflammation partly due to an estrogen deficiency may render postmenopausal women vulnerable to degenerative conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Low-grade inflammation is also a precursor to aging and age-related disease, according to dermatologist Nicholas V. Perricone, MD.   Perricone says, “The skin is always getting inflamed by sun, weather, pollution, and products because it is our interface between the environment and our body.  So the best ways to decrease disease risk and slow the aging process is to take nutrients with powerful anti-inflammatory activity on a regular basis. Through a three-tier approach involving diet, supplements, and creams, we can control the rate at which we age”.

 

Moringa contains 36 anti-inflammatories

Moringa and Skin Health 
Moringa contains a recently discovered cytokinin (plant hormones that induce cell division, growth, and delay aging of cells).  In recent clinical tests, this naturally occurring substance increased both the growth and yield of agricultural products and, when added to the diets of dairy cattle, significantly increased their milk production and furthermore promoted more rapid cellular regeneration. Clinical studies have shown Moringa produces anti-aging properties in humans. The human skin life cycle is approximately 300 days. Every minute more than 40,000 individual skin cells die.  With the use of Moringa the human skin cycle was altered by the fact that new skin cells grew faster than the older cells died. This resulted in an amazing reduction of wrinkles on the face and other parts of the body.

Zeatin, one of the compounds in Moringa, is a supreme anti-oxidant with powerful anti-aging properties. Zeatin slows the aging process by helping the body replace cells at a faster rate than they age, giving a more youthful appearance to the skin.  A 2004 study by Seneteck PLC shows that Zeatin does not interfere with the genetic control of cellular lifespan, that it promotes maintenance of small cell size (key determinant of youthful skin), and prevents the accumulation of macromolecular damage in the cell.  It was also found the Zeatin increases the activity of anti-oxidants to counter act the damage caused by free radicals during cell aging and protects healthy cells from the stress of daily life. Moringa has several thousand times more Zeatin than any other known plant.

 

Dietary and Health Benefits of Moringa

Until recently, only a smattering of research had been completed in India, its bordering countries, and in parts of Africa.  Even less research had been done in the West.  Then, not long ago, the University of Leicester in England performed a number of studies.  The results from these studies along with the limited number of studies conducted in the United States confirm the dietary and health benefits of the Moringa, with some of the results showing to help lower cholesterol, assist the respiratory system and minimize the effects of asthma. Moringa has no known impurities or adverse reactions when consumed.

While some of the benefits of the Moringa plant have been tapped by various impoverished civilizations, the plant’s nutritional potential was not “discovered” by modern societies until the late nineteenth century.  The indigenous knowledge and use of Moringa is referenced in more than 80 countries and known in over 200 local languages, has over 300 references to it in ayurvedic medicine.  Even with the known value of this plant, little has been done to introduce its amazing benefits to the world.

 

The pH Effect

Everything we eat affects the pH of our bodies, either raising the pH or lowering it. The body, which prefers an alkaline state, should have a pH of about 7.3.   Processed foods create an acidic state in our bodies that over time is very susceptible to disease.   For example, cancer flourishes in an acidic environment, but not in an alkaline one. The majority of cancer patients possess a very low body pH (6.0 or lower).   Soda pop, with a pH ranging from about 2.7-3.0 is extremely acidic.   The pH level of pop can more than double by the time it has passed through the body.   It does this by stealing precious minerals and fluids that may already be in short supply.   The proper pH level is critical in maintaining good health.  Chlorophyll is very effective in reversing the pH level in the body, and Moringa has the one of the highest levels of chlorophyll, along with an abundance of other beneficial nutrients.   .

Moringa Oleifera, the
most nutritious plant discovered to date

While no one food gives us all the nutrition we need, Moringa Oleifera, comes closer than anything else.  Moringa, with its 90 plus nutritional compounds, is the most nutrient rich plant discovered to date.

Diitta B.Sambou, a midwife in Senegal Africa where Moringa is being used to combat malnutrition in pregnant women and babies, says under-nourishment and over-eating both have harmful consequences on the health of the individual. State of the World 2000, published by World watch Institute, reports that the number of people who are overfed and undernourished (a staggering 1.2 billion) now equals the number of those who are starving from from lack of food.  Looking at the chart below in reverse shows some of the consequences of poor nutrition.

  

 Pain Relief : COX-2 Inhibitors

COX-2 is short for cyclooxygenase-2, one of the key enzymes that helps the body produce the inflammatory hormone-like compounds prostaglandins and cytokines. COX-2 is activated by injury and inflammation and is essential for fighting infections and healing injuries, but when the body produces too much, the result ischronic inflammation and pain.

When properly nourished, the human body is able to counter many of the daily aches and pains that life, exercise and age routinely bring.   The Moringa Oleifera plant contains tremendous phytonutrients that directly support the body’s efforts to inhibit and modulate enzymes that manifest joint pain and age or exercise induced aches and pains. The United States Department of Agriculture has studied and identified natural COX-2 inhibitors such as caffeoylquinic acid, kaempherol and quercetin, all abundantly, placed by Mother Nature, in the Moringa plant.

These natural compounds within the Moringa plant support a healthy, active lifestyle that enhance the body’s ability to relieve pain, inflammation and many other health concerns affecting the body’s various systems.  Moringa’s natural COX-2 inhibitors assist the body to selectively block the COX-2 enzyme, impeding the production of the chemical messengers (prostaglandins) that cause pain and swelling.

Along with these natural COX-2 inhibitors and thanks to Mother Nature’s wisdom, Moringa also provides the body additional documented pain-relieving nutrients that include: arginine, beta-sitosterol, calcium, chlorophyll, copper, cystine, omega 3, omega 6, omega 9, fiber, glutathione, histidine, indole acetic acid, isoleucine, leucine, magnesium, oleic-acid, phenylalanine, potassium, rutin, selenium, stigmasterol, sulfur, thiamin, tryptophan, tyrosine, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol), zeatin, and zinc.  In addition, Moringa’s abundantly bio-active compounds, such as carotenoids, flavonoids and polyphenols have been researched regarding their ability to naturally reduce inflammation, promote joint and bone health and they have been found to be both effective and fast-acting.

This proper nourishment provided by the Moringa plant contributes to a healthy and happy life, especially when complemented by weight management through exercise and diet that also significantly reduces pressure on weight-bearing joints.

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Anti-inflammatory


SerratioPeptidase is a potent

anti-inflammatory enzyme

(NaturalNews) Proteolytic enzymes are specific enzymes that metabolize protein. These enzymes are naturally produced by the human body and other living organisms and help carry out essential functions. Supplementing with these enzymes has shown to have a favorable anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the body. A unique enzyme named serratiopeptidase is now emerging as one of the most potent anti-inflammatory supplements.

Serratiopeptidase is an enzyme isolated from a non-pathogenic bacteria called enterobacteria Serratia E15. This enzyme makes its inhabitants in the intestine of the silkworm. Silkworms go through a transformational process within a cocoon that turns them into moths. It is this specific enzyme that is used by the silkworm to dissolve the cocoon and reemerge as a moth.

Serratiopeptidase has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is particularly useful for post-traumatic swelling, fibrocystic breast disease and bronchitis. It is able to digest dead tissue, blood clots, cysts, and arterial plaques. Clinical studies have shown it to be effective at reducing swelling and edema and metabolizing scar tissue in the body.

A 2003 study found that 30mg of serratiopeptidase was effective at loosening and reducing mucous build-up in respiratory pathways. This was credited to its ability to reduce the neutrophil white blood cell numbers and to improve the viscoelasticity of the sputum in patients with chronic airway disease.

Serratiopeptidase is also renowned for its ability to reduce pain by blocking the release of pain-inducing molecules from inflamed tissues. There are no known side effects with this. The most common pain-reducing aids are aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, which are called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID`s). These drugs are known to deplete renal and hepatic glutathione and to deplete the body of critical B vitamins and trace minerals leading to stomach, kidney, liver and heart problems.

A 2008 study compared Serratiopeptidase and its anti-inflammatory activity with 2 human pancreatic proteolytic enzymes (trypsin and chymotrypsin) and aspirin. Although all groups were effective at reducing inflammation, serratiopeptidase was the most effective. (6) It was also proven to be effective at reducing swelling and pain intensity in individuals with carpel tunnel and sprained ankles.(7-8) Other studies have shown similar anti-inflammatory effects after oral surgery was performed.(9)

A 2006 study looked at the role serratiopeptidase has on improving immunity. This experimental animal study involved implanting a biofilm-forming bacteria (Staphylococcus epidermis) into a group of rats. The group given serratiopeptidase was highly effective at eliminating this infection. The researchers credited the antibiofilm properties of this specific enzyme as being the key factor. It is also hypothesized that this enzyme may be used to make antibodies more effective. (10)

Serratiopeptidase has been used in Europe and Asia for over 30 years. It is still relatively new in the United States and Canada. Most experts agree that more research is needed with this enzyme; however, the preliminary results look very promising. Many supplement manufacturers are beginning to use this compound with outstanding results. Serratiopeptidase appears to be a major player in anti-inflammatory protocols of the future.

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