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Constantly Tired? Here are 12 Herbs to Increase Energy and Vitality

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Constantly Tired? Here are 12 Herbs to Increase Energy and Vitality

 

How difficult is it for us to achieve a work-life balance? How much more difficult is it to achieve a life-energy balance?

If you are constantly tired, or struggle with your energy levels through the day, a few ancient herbal formulas can help you achieve the balance you never thought possible.

Skip your daily sugar boost, coffee or red bull because in the long-term they will always let you down. Adaptogenic herbs will give you sustained energy and vitality while allowing your mind to think freely, calmly and without excessive stimulation.

What are Adaptogenic Herbs?

Adaptogenic herbs demonstrate a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor, increasing your resistance overall against physical, chemical and biological stressors. Modern herbalists say adaptogenic herbs are plants with properties that exert a normalizing influence on the body, neither habit-forming, over-stimulating nor inhibiting normal body function, but rather exerting a generalized tonifying effect.

Herbal formulas found in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine restore a healthy stress response typically using traditionally prepared formulas, however each herb can be taken on its own. Here are 12 of the best.

12 Herbs to Increase Energy and Vitality

1. GREEN TEA
Instead of reaching for a cola mid-day, try brewing a cup of green tea. Green tea drinkers experience an increase in the activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with working memory, which you need for problem solving and focus.

Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. It has become the raw material for extracts which are used in various beverages, health foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetic items. Users should be aware the some sources of green tea may contain excess levels of fluoride so it’s important to purchase from companies that do not use irrigated sources of fluoridated water.

2. RHODIOLA
Rhodiola rosea (Golden Root, Roseroot, Aaron’s Rod) is effective for improving mood and alleviating depression. Its effects are potentially mediated by changes in serotonin and dopamine levels.

Used for centuries in Asia and Scandinavia, Rhodiola is still relatively new to the Western market, but its popularity is growing, in large part because of what an incredibly versatile — and relatively inexpensive.

3. MACA
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is an annual plant native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia. It has been harvested and used by humans in the Andean Mountains for centuries.

Darker colored maca roots (red, purple, black) contain significant amounts of natural iodine, a 10-gram serving of dried maca generally containing 52 micrograms of iodine.

It is highly beneficial for reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance, as well as being a superlatively effective adaptagen for everyday living. Maca contains 55 phytochemicals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body, in addition to being incredibly mineral dense and nutritious.

Maca has the ability to heighten libido and improve semen quality. Its favorable effects on mood, may decrease anxiety and improve sexual desire. The effects of Maca are due to the root’s unique nutritional profile, which provides optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system. It may even alleviate medication-induced sexual dysfunction caused by pharmaceutical antidepressants.

4. ASHWAGANDHA
Ashwangandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the premier restorative herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is known to help stabilize mood and support optimal physical and emotional well-being. It is also known to improve memory and focus and endurance. It is believed to reduce the effects of stress on the body. The berries and leaves of ashwangandhaare locally applied to tumors, tubercular glands, carbuncles, and ulcers.

5. SCHISANDRA
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) is a deciduous woody vine native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East. Its berries are used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs. They are most often used in dried form, and boiled to make a tea. Medicinally it is used as a tonic and restorative adaptogen with notable clinically documented liver protecting effects. It supports the immune system, relieves anxiety, increases energy, and it can improve mental clarity. It’s sometimes called the “five flavors berry,” because it tastes sour, bitter, sweet, salty and acrid all at once.

6. CORDYCEPS
Considered the “ginseng of mushrooms”, Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) are known to have a truly awesome effect on endurance and stamina. Research has shown that Cordyceps are highly effective in treating respiratory ailments, enhancing aerobic performance, increasing sex drive, strengthening the immune system, as well as having anti-stress properties. Researchers have also noted that a polysaccharide isolated from Cordyceps has a hypoglycemic effect and may be beneficial for people with insulin resistance.

7. PANAX GINSENG (ASIAN GINSENG)
Panax ginseng roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants. It is perhaps one of the most studied medicinal herbs in the world — and might be one of the most widely used. It is a proven anti-inflammatory, can regulate blood sugar and can even inhibit some characteristics associated with cancer.

It’s used most commonly to promote a sense of well-being and endurance, as an anti-depressant, for memory and calmness, for energy (it’s one of the ingredients in most energy drinks).

8. HOLY BASIL
Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) has been found in many studies to be equivalent to many modern painkillers. It is also know to protect from radiation poisoning. Within the tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to alleviate stress, headaches, colds, digestive problems and inflammation. Recent studies have also shown that it’s also a powerful antioxidant and may even be able to reduce blood glucose levels and cholesterol.

9. ASTRAGALUS
Astragalus has a history of use as a herbal medicine and is used in traditional Chinese medicine. Either alone or in combination with other herbs, has potential benefits for the immune system, heart, and liver, and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer.

Found to help restore compromised immune response due to excessive stress and toxicity from the environment. Cited as being extra beneficial for those with chronic immune deficiencies, it is recommended above Echinacea for its ability to provide deeper assistance to those who’ve consumed large quantities of antibiotics and have become susceptible to infections. Astragalus is consumed through capsules, tinctures, or in a tea. For best results, it is used for several weeks to several months at a time.

10. HE SHOU WU
He Shou Wu (Fallopia multiflora) is also known as polygonum multiflorum, and is predominantly referred to as such in Pubmed. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonic to slow down the aging process. It is a restorative herb, calming to the nervous system, and has also been shown to promote hair growth, alleviate insomnia, and may aid with learning and memory.

11. REISHI MUSHROOM
Traditional Chinese medicine uses reishi to “calm the spirit.” Reishi, (literally “supernatural” mushrooms) have been used for more than 2,000 years, making them perhaps the oldest mushroom to be used medicinally. They can be helpful to reduce anxiety, alleviate insomnia, combat fatigue, and lower blood pressure.

12. OREGANO
Especially when used in oil of oregano, this herb is an excellent for detox and vitality. Add a twice daily dose of oil of oregano (1-2 drops in 8oz of water–for a bonus healing infusion, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water for its healthy bacteria and its reputation for internal healing and detoxifying). Oil of oregano also has extremely high levels of antioxidants which help protect the body from chronic conditions. It boosts the immune system, aids in digestion (good digestion=higher energy as more nutrients are absorbed), and helps rid the body of parasites (yet another potentially hidden cause of chronic fatigue).

 


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The Benefits of Hemp Protein

What is Hemp Protein?

The hemp plant is known for its incredible versatility as an industrial crop and its raw seeds have recently gained popularity as a heart-healthy superfood. By grinding the seeds into a fine powder, we are able to create an excellent plant-based protein powder, perfect for vegan, vegetarian or hypoallergenic lifestyles.

Per serving:
15g Protein  |  4.5g EAA  |  2.1g BCAA


How is it different?

Hemp Protein is 50% protein by weight which is lower than other plant-based proteins. However, this is because it’s an excellent source of fiber. One serving has 28% daily recommended fiber which contributes to healthy digestion and feeling fuller for longer (which can help with weight loss).

Hemp Protein is also a good source of Omega-6 and Omega-3. These omega fatty acids are the reason for hemp’s popularity as a heart-healthy food. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, as well as inflammatory responses in the cardiovascular system, arrhythmia, and stroke.1 Omegas can also support healthy brain function and cognitive abilities, including memory and mood.2

In addition, Hemp Protein contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals in significant amounts including Manganese (225% Daily Value), Magnesium (90% DV), Iron (80% DV), Phosphorous (48% DV), Zinc (40% DV), Copper (33% DV), Folate (30% DV),Vitamin B1 (30% DV), Vitamin B6 (24%), and Vitamin B3 (21%).

Hemp Protein is ideal for building muscle, assisting with weight loss, aiding healthy digestion, supporting heart and brain health and providing vital nutrients to strengthen immunity.

Shop Hemp Protein products here: 8oz Hemp Protein, 2.5lb Hemp Protein

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References:
1. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: New Recommendations From the American Heart Association.” Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Appel LJ, 2003.
2. “Fatty acid analysis of blood plasma of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia, and cognitive impairment.” University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2000.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Benefits of Supergreens & Protein

What is Supergreens & Protein?
Supergreens & Protein is a harmonious blend of Vanilla Rice Protein Powder (made from sprouted whole grain brown rice) and Sun is Shining™ Green Superfood. This special mix was created to combine all your daily nutrition into one easy smoothie, and allow for superior absorption of nutrients and amino acids.

Per serving:
21g Protein  |  8g EAA  |  4g BCAA

How is it different?
The addition of Sun is Shining™ brings 19 green superfoods to this protein including spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, kale, spinach, kelp, alfalfa and more. This results in a much higher amount of vital nutrients which promote a strong immune system. Each serving contains 150% daily vitamin B12, 70% iron, 60% vitamin A, and 15% calcium.

Including Sun is Shining™ also adds a specialized enzyme complex and probiotic complex which help your body more efficiently absorb nutrients and protein. This can decrease recovery time, as your muscles receive the nutrients they need more efficiently. Enzymes and probiotics also improve digestion, keeping your gut healthy which is crucial for promoting normal immune function.

Supergreens & Protein is ideal for building lean muscle, recovering from athletic performance, promoting a healthy gut, boosting immune function and improving digestion.

Shop Supergreens and Protein products here: 8oz Supergreens & Protein2.5lb Supergreens & Protein

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Benefits of Rice & Pea Protein

What is Rice & Pea Protein?
This is a 50/50 blend of two highly concentrated vegan protein sources. Combining rice protein and pea protein results in higher essential amino acid content than either has on their own, and a wider variety of branched-chain amino acids.

Per serving:
23g Protein  |  12g EAA  |  5g BCAA


How is it different?
This blend was designed with a focus on providing a substantial amount of amino acids that are vital for muscle health. Essential amino acids help repair muscle & connective tissues and support healthy muscle growth. Branched-chain amino acids have been shown to reduce the muscle damage associated with endurance exercise.

The high EAA and BCAA content may help with recovery after a workout and improve athletic performance. The blend also results in slightly lower calorie and lower sodium content than pure Pea Protein.

Rice & Pea Protein is ideal for superior amino acid content, building, repairing, and reducing damage to muscle tissues during exercise. 

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Benefits of Pea Protein

What is Pea Protein?
Pea Protein is derived from yellow peas, providing a highly digestible and bioavailable protein powder. It is 80% protein by weight, a very high ratio similar to brown rice protein. This makes it more concentrated than other vegan sources of protein such as hemp and sacha inchi. This also means it has a higher amount of amino acids than other protein sources.

Per serving:
24g Protein  |  10g EAA  |  5.3g BCAA


How is it different?
Pea Protein is rich in branched-chain and essential amino acids and it is especially high in Lysine. Lysine has been studied for its ability to help balance blood glucose1, as well as its ability to increase muscle strength2, and reduce anxiety.3

Each serving of Pea Protein also contains 39% daily value of iron. Effects of iron deficiency include gastrointestinal disturbances and impaired cognitive functionimmune function, exercise or work performance, and body temperature regulation4. It’s crucial to make sure your diet contains sufficient iron.

Pea Protein is ideal for building healthy muscles and connective tissues, improving athletic performance and maintaining proper iron in your diet.

Shop Pea Protein products here: 8oz Pea Protein2.5lb Pea Protein

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References:
1. Kalogeropoulou D, La Fave L, Schweim K, Gannon M, Nuttall F. Lysine ingestion markedly attenuates the glucose response to ingested glucose without a change in insulin response. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009.
2. Unni U, Raj T, Sambashivaiah S, et al. The effect of a controlled 8-week metabolic ward based lysine supplementation on muscle function, insulin sensitivity and leucine kinetics in young men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012.
3.Smriga M, Ghosh S, Mouneimne Y, Pellett P, Scrimshaw N. Lysine fortification reduces anxiety and lessens stress in family members in economically weak communities in Northwest Syria. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004.
4. Clark SF. Iron Deficiency Anemia. Nutr Clin Pract 2008.

 

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How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water

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How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water

 

Water is slowly becoming the most precious resource in our world. There’s no way around it, it makes up 70% and 80% of our brains and bodies respectively. Water is, in every sense of the word, vital to our existence. Alkaline water offers the best levels of hydration and minerals.

To keep your body nice and hydrated, drink two cups of water first thing in the morning. With them you’ll be able to counter the natural rate of dehydration you have while sleeping.

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, make sure you drink alkaline water before your daily wake-me-up because coffee and other diuretics can further increase your levels of dehydration.

Unfortunately most of the of the water that’s accessible to you is either bottled or tap water, both are prone be full of metals, antibiotics, hormones, and chlorine.

Why You Shouldn’t Drink Impure Water

Instead of improving your hydration levels and providing the essential minerals your body needs, these types of water make your body do all work to filter out the hazardous materials. This in turn makes us vulnerable to a range of health issues.

Unreliable water can cause a series of complications, ranging from hindering your immune system to upsetting your body’s acid and alkaline balance. It also makes you extremely vulnerable to any contamination in public water sources or water bottlers.

Bottled water is not only vulnerable to contaminants in its bottler’s system; it also carries the danger posed by the bottles themselves. PET plastic bottles can release heavy metals and chemicals that affect your body’s hormonal balance.

Tap water itself has its own complications, mostly because the majority of public water systems do not have the capacity to control what pharmaceutical compounds enter the supply.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know the full effects of these chemical residues.

If your body becomes too acidic, you’re likely to experience low levels of energy, persistent fatigue, digestive complication, and it can sabotage weight management.

The good news is that these side effects can be bypassed by drinking alkaline water.

At first glance, drinking alkaline water might seem like a costly affair. The price for alkaline filtration system can go up to three thousand dollars.

But fret not, here’s my recipe for homemade alkaline water.

Ingredients:

-A full pitcher of filtered water (use any standard water filter)

-One organic lemon

-One tablespoon of pink Himalayan salt (I can’t stop saying how amazing it is)

Instructions:

-Fill your pitcher with filtered water.

-Cut your organic lemon into quarters, and add them to the pitcher (Do not squeeze them).

-Add the tablespoon of the pink Himalayan salt.

-Let the water sit overnight at room temperature.

And you’re now ready to start the morning.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, I also recommend using Find A Spring to plan a trip to stock up on natural spring water straight from the source.

 


Original article from realfarmacy.com

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This Is What Happens When You Drink Honey Water Every Day

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This Is What Happens When You Drink Honey Water Every Day

 

Honey has been a sweet nectar of healing for centuries. Honey can be used as a food, a medicine and a beauty treatment. When you drink honey water, you have a tasty, sweet beverage that gives you several wonderful nutrition and health benefits.

Honey contains many essential nutrients and it is a supersaturated solution of sugars. Honey contains small amounts of proteins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, aroma compounds and polyphenols, all of which help support our health and well-being.

A tablespoon of honey has small amounts potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, chromium, zinc, riboflavin, folic acid, selenium, and other trace nutrients that are essential to your diet.

The main nutritional components of honey are carbohydrates, which are mainly fructose and glucose. Although honey is a high carbohydrate food, its glycemic index varies depending on the type of honey source that the bees used to produce it.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DRINK HONEY WATER EVERY DAY
Because honey contains a high amount of natural sugar, diabetics should consult with their doctors prior to adding honey to their diets.

When we combine the nutrition of honey with the hydrating power of water, we get a sweet, nutritious drink that gives you enough healthy benefits to add it to your daily diet.

1. DIGESTIVE HEALTH
The antioxidants of honey are helpful for the prevention, cure and treatment of some stomach disorders such as ulcers, gastritis and gastroenteritis. Researchers believe that honey intake stimulates the sensory nerves in the stomach, which helps reduce ulcers. Other researchers are studying how honey helps relieve diarrhea in children and rats. Drinking honey water can also help reduce gas and bloating.

2. IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST
Honey can be applied topically to minor wounds and burns to help healing as an anti-inflammatory. In one study, honey healed infected post-operative wounds more quickly than antiseptic washes followed by gauze and was associated with fewer adverse reactions after treatment.

Honey also stimulates antibody production to help fight off illness. Honey’s health potential has even been studied with regard to fighting cancer. Drinking honey water can also help with your oral health by helping to prevent the buildup of dental plaque and gingivitis.

3. FLUSH TOXINS
Not only will a glass of honey water keep you hydrated, but it will also help to flush toxins from your system. Manuka honey is a variety that has particularly potent antifungal, antibiotic and antibacterial properties.

Adding lemon to the honey water adds citric acid which will help the body to naturally flush out unwanted toxins. You can read more about the benefits of drinking lemon water in this article.

4. CLEAR SKIN
The antibacterial nature of honey makes it an excellent remedy for acne. Drinking honey water helps clear your skin from the inside, but you can also apply it directly to the skin.

5. LOSE WEIGHT
Honey keeps blood sugar more stable than other sources of carbohydrates like refined sugar. As a result, your body has a supply of energy on hand to use but your stable blood sugar should help stave off cravings. Some sport nutritionists recommend honey water for before, during and after sustained periods of intense exercise.

Also a tablespoon of honey in a 12 oz glass of water has about half the calories of any drink sweetened with sugar. Saving calories on a sweet beverage that is healthier for you will help reduce your overall caloric intake.

6. REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR
Although honey is high in sugar and carbohydrates, the effect on blood sugar is much reduced compared to that of refined sugar. Some researchers believe that it is a synergistic effect of both the fructose and glucose in honey that might contribute to the relatively low glycemic response after consuming honey.

Diabetics should still exercise caution, but drinking honey water could be a way to keep sweetness in your diet without having to be concerned about having a spike in blood sugar.

7. SOOTHE A SORE THROAT
Honey is a remedy for sore throat that has been used for centuries. Try warm honey water when you are feeling under the weather. Add a slice of lemon to the warm water for an added vitamin C boost.

Some people drink a hot toddy when they are feeling sick. A hot toddy would be the same honey, hot water and lemon recipe as above with an added shot of whiskey. This is an old remedy that your grandmother may have recommended for a cold.

8. PREVENT HEART DISEASE
Honey is loaded with antioxidants which help protect your heart by lowering bad cholesterol. Darker honey contains even more of the health benefits so aim for these varieties when you shop.

Do not feed raw honey to infants under one year old. Non-sterilized raw honey may contain bacteria that adult immune systems can handle but that infant immune systems are not yet developed enough to fight.

 


Original article from powerofpositivity.com

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15 Foods that Force Cancer Cell Death, Remove Toxins and Relentlessly Hunt Free Radicals

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15 Foods that Force Cancer Cell Death, Remove Toxins and Relentlessly Hunt Free Radicals

 

Research over the past decade has shown without a doubt, that what you eat has a profound effect on your overall health. The simple truth is that an anti-cancer diet doesn’t look that different from the healthy foods you should be eating anyway. That means plenty of organic fruits and vegetables, as well as lean meat or fish.

To compile a list of cancer fighting foods would require a list of most fruits, vegetables, protein and herbs. Some foods will fight inflammation which fuels cancer growth. Other foods force cancer cell death, while other foods help the body to remove toxins and protect against free radical damage. Healthy organic foods will attack any illness on some level.

So what is on the list of cancer fighting foods?

Pretty much the exact opposite of the Standard American Diet (SAD). Organic foods that include colorful vegetables, fruits, beans, healthy fats, garlic, herbs, spices and lean proteins. While this is not a complete list, let’s take a look at a few highlights:

1. Beans

Beans offer numerous phytochemicals along with fiber. Phytochemicals such as saponins have the ability to inhibit cancer cell reproduction, protease inhibitors slow the division of cancer cells, and phytic acid which also slows the progression of tumors are all components of beans. Beans contain Folate a B vitamin that reduces the risk of pancreatic cancer.

2. Black Seed/Oil

Also known as black cumin, black cumin seed, or black seed. There are currently 656 peer reviewed studies on this amazing food. This seed has the ability to stabilize and strengthen the immune system. Dr. Hwyda Arafar M.D., PhD used black cumin in the treatment of pancreatic cancer patients with astounding results of 80% cell death.

3. Carrots

Carrots are packed with beta-carotene, an antioxidant that scientists believe protects cell membranes from toxin damage and slow the growth of cancer cells. Because they supply antioxidants that can battle HPV. Carrots may also prove to be beneficial in the treatment of leukemia.

4. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, kale, collards and cauliflower contain sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinols (I3Cs). These are two potent cancer fighters. They help to detoxify the body and help precancerous cells from developing into malignant tumors. In studies conducted by the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer, broccoli and other cruciferous veggies were most protective against mouth, esophagus and stomach cancers. You may also consider eating broccoli sprouts, for an even greater nutritional boost.

5. Garlic

The same sulfur compounds that give garlic its strong odor can stop cancer causing substances from forming in your body, speed up DNA repair and kill cancer cells. Don’t forget to include other foods from the alliaceous group; onions, leeks, shallots and chives. The sulfur in this group of foods facilitate the death of prostate, colon, breast and lung cancer cells.

6. Ginger

Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can slow cancer growth. The spicy root is also helpful for relieving nausea, migraines, sore muscles and arthritis. The anti-inflammatory power of ginger kills ovarian cancer cells in a test tube faster than chemo, according to a study done at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

7. Grapes and Resveratrol

Research shows that resveratrol offers numerous health benefits including, reducing inflammation, and preventing oxidation of LDL cholesterol. It is also helps to limit the spread of cancer cells and triggers cancer cell death. If you are looking to increase your resveratrol intake consider consuming grapes, blueberries, cranberries and pomegranate each of which offer a wide range of antioxidants.

8. Green Tea

Rich in polyphenols and catechins, in particular EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). EGCG is tough on cancer cells. This potent antioxidant helps detoxify the liver and retards cancer growth. Lab studies have found that catechins in tea can shrink tumors and reduce tumor cell growth.

9. Pomegranate

This fruit offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Studies show this fruit can significantly inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells. If buying juice, be sure to read labels as bottled juice usually contains very high amounts of sugar.

10. Sea Vegetables

Kelp, Kombu, Hijiki, Nori and Arame are potent mineral and vitamin rich foods that can easily be added to soups, salads, rice or noodle dishes. Sea vegetables offer a host of nutritional and healing benefits. Kelp helps remove radioactive particles and heavy metals from the body. Kombu helps lower blood pressure and is abundant in iodine, carotenes, B, C, D and E vitamins, it is also a high protein seaweed that also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, silica, iron, and zinc. Hijiki boosts natural killer T-cells for disease protection. Nori is rich in all the carotenes, calcium, iron, iodine and phosphorous. Arame is one of the richest sources of iodine. Herbalists use Arame to help reduce breast and uterine fibroids. Dried seaweeds can also be powdered to use in detox baths.

11. Spinach

This versatile green food contains lutein and zeaxanthin. These carotenoids remove unstable molecules and free radicals from your body. They are also found in other dark green leafy vegetables. An NIH/AARP study of more than 490,000 people found that individuals who ate more spinach were less likely to develop esophageal cancer. Some studies suggest the carotenoids in spinach and other foods reduce the risk of ovarian, endometrial, lung, and colorectal cancer, too.

12. Strawberries

This berry is rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C and ellagic acid. Ellagic acid has anti-cancer properties that supercharges enzymes to slow the growth of tumors. All berries contain powerful antioxidants, which means they naturally halt the process in the body that creates free radicals that damage your cells. Additional berries rich in flavonoids such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and cranberries are also powerful antioxidants and considered a protective food. Fruits and berries have the potential to decrease risks of lung, mouth, stomach and esophagus cancer.

13. Tomatoes

Lycopene is a highly concentrated antioxidant in tomatoes. Numerous studies suggest that a diet rich in lycopene is linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer. In lab tests lycopene has stopped other types of cancer cells from growing including breast, lung and endometrial. Other foods that contain lycopene include watermelon, pink grapefruit and red bell peppers While regular consumption of tomatoes and peppers are associated with lower risks of several cancers, especially prostate cancer, it has a downside, which is solanine. If you have any inflammation in your body, consuming foods with solanine is highly likely to worsen and aggravate the situation. Click here to learn more: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/link-between-nightshades-chronic-pain-and-inflammation

14. Turmeric

Curcumin is one of the most powerful antioxidants found in turmeric and has numerous health benefits. It has been studied extensively for its ability to kill numerous cancer lines. James A. Duke, an ethnobotanist published comprehensive summaries of 700 turmeric studies.

15. Vitamin D

Although this isn’t a food, there are too many studies that show this vitamin is instrumental in reducing the risk of breast and colon cancer, as well as improving the survival rate of lung cancer.

“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore

 


Original article from realfarmacy.com

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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If You Only Eat 5 Superfoods, Eat These

 

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If You Only Eat 5 Superfoods, Eat These

I pore over articles about superfoods, nutrients and vitamins to see which ones I would actually recommend to patients. I try and discern which ones are backed by science to determine the ones that are worth spending the time and money to eat.
I came up with my four favorites, which I have listed below.

The superfoods I include in this list are all ones that are relatively inexpensive, making them easier to consume regularly (at least three times per week). You should eat these as part of a balanced whole food, plant-based diet. They are easy to sprinkle on greens, add to smoothies or to take in supplement form.

 

1. Turmeric/Curcumin

The active ingredient in curcumin (or turmeric) is well studied as an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer agent.

It’s a promising treatment for Alzheimer’s as well.

As we know, a huge portion of the immune system lies in the gut. Using curry powder or raw turmeric can boost it.

How To Eat: Add a 1/2 spoonful in hot water was a tea or added to your green (vegetable) juice.

 

2. Garlic

Garlic can lower blood pressure and treat colds. It can also reduce the risk of various cancers.

Garlic was re-popularized by Tim Ferriss who says it helped him “inhibit fat regain”.

How To Eat: Raw is best, but if you can’t fathom eating it raw, extracts are available.

 

3. Ground flax seeds

Flaxseeds can help with blood sugar control and potentially inhibit certain cancers, such as prostate and breast.

Additionally, they offer a good dose of soluble fiber.

How To Eat: Add 2-3 tablespoons to your daily smoothie or over a salad

 

4. Chia seeds

One tablespoon of chia offers more calcium than a glass of milk. It’s also full of antioxidants!

Rich in fiber, they are also great for weight loss.

How To Eat: My favorite way to eat them is soak them so they get a gel like consistency. Add two tablespoons soaked for 15 minutes to smoothies or you can drink it with water, stevia and lemon.

 

5. Spirulina

Spirulina is a great for immune support, protein, and as source of vegan omega-3s. The taste is a bit strong for lots of people, but the benefits, especially for plant-based eaters, are well worth it.

Green Chocolate Smoothie

Here’s a quick and easy green “chocolate” smoothie that incorporates both chia and flax seeds.

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups cold almond milk
2 handfuls spinach
1 kale leaf, medium
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
2 tablespoons chia seeds (pre soaked)
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Preparation
Blend all ingredients in a high power blender until smooth.

Photo Credit: Stocksy


Original article by Dr. Amy Shah for mindbodygreen.com

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Pure Truffle Bliss

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This wonderful recipe was created right here at Sunfood by our resident chocolatier Molly! These raw, vegan chocolates that are great for any occasion and are simple to make. Create delicious solid chocolate bars or fill them with various nuts and berries to make your own creative & decadent twist!

Chocolate Ingredients:

 

Chocolate Mixture Preparation:

  • Melt Cacao Butter in a double broiler over low heat. Occasionally stirring.  If you do not have a double broiler you can melt the Cacao Butter in the microwave.
  • Combine melted Cacao Butter with Yacon Syrup (or choice of sweetener), Cacao Powder, and Vanilla Powder. Mix thoroughly.

 

Using the chocolate mixture you can create any of the below recipes:

Chocolate Bars:

  • Take a baking sheet lined with wax paper and pour chocolate mixture on it. Spread evenly with a spatula. You can also fill chocolate bar molds to get a more uniformed look.
  • To make things more exciting top chocolate with yummy superfoods like Goji berries, golden berries, mango slices, chopped heirloom almonds, or jungle peanuts.

 

Solid Truffles:

  • Take chocolate mixture and add Vanilla Powder (for taste)
  • Pour chocolate mixture into truffle molds (found at your local craft or baking store and online as well).
  • Refrigerator for 30 minutes or until solid and then pop the truffles out of the molds and enjoy!

 

Filled Truffles:

  • Pour chocolate mixture into chocolate molds. Fill completely.
  • Take a large piece of wax paper or parchment paper and place over counter. Turn filled mold upside down to drain and drip out excess chocolate mixture, leaving on a lining in the molds.
  • Turn mold back over and scrape off any leftover excess chocolate mixture from the top with a spatula. This should leave you with just a chocolate shell in your mold. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until hard.
  • Take chilled molds out of the refrigerator and fill with what ever you like-maqui berries, acai berries, coconut oil mixed with cacao powder, or nut butters!

 

Since these are natural truffles that do not have any preservatives in them, they are best kept in the refrigerator to maintain freshness

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Effective Natural Solutions for Your Teeth and Gums

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Effective Natural Solutions for Your Teeth and Gums

 

Studies Prove Effectiveness of

Holistic Treatments for Teeth
Today we have toothbrushes that vibrate, circulate, or some combination of both, and of course there is the regular ol’ toothbrush that requires a little more hand and wrist action on our part. There are water picks, toothpicks, plaque scrapers, tongue brushes, dental floss and dental tape. There are numerous varieties of toothpaste and mouthwash, and even dental gum that you can chew between brushing sessions. And let’s not forget all of the different types of teeth whitening products!

As a means to prevent tooth decay, many dentists recommend a fluoride treatment twice per year. Fluoride is also added to many of these dental care products, as well as to most public water systems. However, in 2010 the CDC reported that dental fluorosis, a serious condition caused by too much fluoride, is on the increase in the United States.

According to this report, the “prevalence of dental fluorosis was higher among younger persons and ranged from 41% among adolescents aged 12-15 to 9% among adults aged 40-49.” In 1986-87, 22.6% of adolescents had dental fluorosis, compared to 40.7% in 1999-2005. This is quite an increase! As a result, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services planned on lowering the amount of fluoride allowed in public water systems, but as of 2014 had yet to do so.

(It is interesting to note that, while fluoride is added to water supplies for the purpose of therapeutic consumption, no recommended water/fluoride dosage has ever been prescribed by health authorities ~ Editor.)

What is even more alarming is the 2013 Harvard study, along with 37 other studies, that found that elevated fluoride exposure is associated with reduced IQ. But putting the fluoride debate to the side for a moment… What else can we do to prevent tooth decay, naturally?

We have all heard that limiting sugar intake is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay, and of course the importance of eating a well-balanced diet to maintain a healthy body and teeth. Yet, despite all this, tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease among children ages 5-17 with approximately 60 % affected! Well, I think I can safely say that brushing your teeth is definitely a good idea, but this still begs the following questions to be answered:

Are all these other dental products and advice really working?

Are all these fancy tooth gadgets really much better than a regular toothbrush?

Are our teeth healthier and stronger today than they were prior to the introduction of fluoridation in the 1940s?

To answer these questions, I think the first thing we should do is take a look at how other regions of the world clean their teeth.

 

The Miswak Stick

Many African and Muslim cultures, as well as ancient Egyptian and Jewish cultures, use a Miswak stick, which is a twig from the Salvadora persica tree (also known as the toothbrush tree or mustard tree). Although using a twig from a tree instead of a modern day ergonomic toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste to clean your teeth may sound like an outdated practice, studies have actually shown that the Miswak works better than toothpaste when it comes to preventing gum disease.

A 2003 study published by Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry found something very interesting! They concluded:

“The miswak is more effective than tooth brushing for reducing plaque and gingivitis… and that miswak appeared to be more effective than tooth brushing for removing plaque from the embrasures (valleys between teeth), thus enhancing interproximal health”

Though mint is known to have strong antibacterial properties, a 2007 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that when mint is laced with Miswak it kills 60% of bacteria, as compared to less than 4% for mint alone.

The Miswak is also environmentally friendly. You basically keep trimming the twig down, much like a pencil. Whatever you don’t use is biodegradable. A good resource for learning more about the Miswak can be found here.

 

Oil Pulling

Another interesting holistic option for keeping your teeth healthy is known as Oil Pulling. This ancient means of cleaning teeth has its origin in India and dates back at least 2,500 years. A 2009 study compared the effect of oil pulling on plaque-induced gingivitis to using a mouthwash containing chlorhexidine (common in most mouth-washes). They concluded:

“There was a statistically significant reduction of the pre- and post-values of the plaque and modified gingival index scores in both the study and control groups (P < 0.001 in both). There was a considerable reduction in the total colony count of aerobic microorganisms present in both the groups.

The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis.”

So what exactly is oil pulling?

Generally organic sesame oil is used; however coconut oil is also commonly used (I personally prefer coconut oil).

First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, swish 1 tablespoon of either oil in your mouth without swallowing it. You don’t have to swish hard, just move the oil around your teeth, and also try to squeeze the oil in-between your teeth. Over time, plague that is stuck up under your gums loosens and will come out allowing the gum to heal. Ideally, this should be done for 20 minutes, but I have found that 8-10 minutes works as well. When done swishing and squeezing, simply spit the oil out and rinse your mouth with warm water mixed with sea salt.

Interestingly, many people report health benefits beyond healthier gums and teeth including:

Reduction of headaches (including migraines)
Reduction of sinus congestion
More energy
Better sleep
Less allergies
You can learn more about Oil Pulling here.

 

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

I believe these natural options are certainly worth the consideration. Especially since studies are proving that they are just as effective as, or more effective than their chemical counterparts. Hopefully in the near future more U.S. dentists will advocate for natural means of dental health. After all, even the World Health Organization has recommended the Miswak in international consensus reports on oral hygiene!

But oral hygiene is only part of the equation. There are other reasons for decay and inflamed gums, namely a chronically poor diet full of processed foods. Luckily you don’t have to wait for the future to make better choices today! By choosing more fresh foods (ideally organic and non-GMO), you can significantly reduce the inflammation in your body and improve the health of your gums.

There are cultures today that have impressively healthy teeth and gums, never visit a dentist, and hardly ever brush their teeth! How can this be? They are able to maintain a state of overall good health, including oral health, due to the quality of the food they consume and the lack of toxic chemicals in the environment. Historically, once people from these cultures are introduced to “modern society”, and all that it entails, a significant decrease in teeth and gum health soon follows. Weston A. Price, DDS wrote an intriguing book regarding this phenomenon entitled, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. You can read this ground-breaking book online for free at here.

 


Original article from wakeup-world.com

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Skinny Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Maple Pecan Topping

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This amazing recipe comes from our friend Jessica at Jessica in the Kitchen. She is a passionate blogger who looks to share vegetarian and vegan recipes that are simple & healthy!

Prep time: 10mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
Maple Pecan Topping

  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup (or substitute Yacon Syrup)
  • 6 tablespoons Almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup Pecans, coarsely chopped

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 3.3 pounds sweet potato, peeled and cut into one inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or substitute Yacon Syrup)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (Make-at-home almond milk recipe)
  • 6 tablespoons Coconut Oil 
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

 

Directions:
Maple Pecan Topping

  • While sweet potato is boiling or right before, mix all the ingredients for the maple pecan topping together and set aside until needed

 

Casserole

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a casserole dish. Set aside.
  • In a four quart pot of boiling water, boil the sweet potato for 20 mins until fork soft.
  • When the sweet potato is finish boiling, drain and mash. Add the rest of the ingredients and using the potato masher, mix all the ingredients together untol they are incorporated, about 2 minutes of mashing.
  • Spoon sweet potato mix into the casserole dish and top with the Maple Pecan topping.
  • Bake for 30 minutes (check that nuts don’t burn – if they are browining too quickly cover with foil) then remove from oven. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then serve.

 

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11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa

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11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa

 

Quinoa is the world’s most popular “superfood.”

It is loaded with protein, fiber and minerals, but doesn’t contain any gluten.

Here are 11 proven health benefits of quinoa.

1. Quinoa is Incredibly Nutritious

Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It is pronounced KEEN-wah.

It technically isn’t a cereal grain, but a pseudo-cereal (1).

In other words, it is basically a “seed” which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain.

Quinoa was an important crop for the Inca Empire back in the day. They referred to it as the “mother of all grains” and believed it to be sacred.

It has been consumed for thousands of years in South America, although it only became trendy and reached “superfood status” a few years ago.

These days, you can find Quinoa and products made with it all over the world… especially in health food stores and restaurants that emphasize natural foods.

There are three main types of quinoa… white, red and black.

This is what they look like:

Quinoa – Red, White and Black

Here is the nutrient breakdown for 1 cup of cooked quinoa, or 185 grams (2):
•Protein: 8 grams.
•Fiber: 5 grams.
•Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
•Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
•Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
•Folate: 19% of the RDA.
•Copper: 18% of the RDA.
•Iron: 15% of the RDA.
•Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
•Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
•Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
•Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E.

This is coming with a total of 222 calories, with 39 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fat. It also contains a small amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Quinoa is non-GMO, Gluten Free and usually grown organically. Even though not technically a grain, it still counts as a “whole grain” food.

NASA scientists have been looking at it as a suitable crop to be grown in outer space, mostly based on its high nutrient content, ease of use and how easy it is to grow (3).

The year 2013 was actually called “The International Year of Quinoa” by the United Nations (UN), based on its high nutrient value and potential to contribute to food security worldwide (4).

Bottom Line: Quinoa is an edible seed that has become very trendy among health conscious people. It is loaded with many important nutrients.


 

2. Quinoa Contains Potent Bioactive Substances Called Quercetin and Kaempferol

The health effects of real foods go way beyond the vitamins and minerals we’re all familiar with.

There are thousands of trace nutrients in there… and some of them are extremely healthy.

This includes interesting molecules called flavonoids, which are plant antioxidants that have been shown to have all sorts of beneficial effects on health.

Two flavonoids that have been particularly well studied are Quercetin and Kaempferol… and they happen to be found in large amounts in Quinoa (5).

In fact, the quercetin content of quinoa is even higher than typical high-quercetin foods like cranberries (6).

These important molecules have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects… at least in animal studies (7, 8, 9, 10).

By including quinoa in your diet, you will significantly increase your total intake of these (and other) important nutrients.

Bottom Line: Quinoa contains large amounts of flavonoids, including Quercetin and Kaempferol. These are potent plant antioxidants with numerous health benefits.


 

3. It is Very High in Fiber… Much Higher Than Most Grains

Another important benefit of quinoa is that it is high in fiber.

One study that looked at 4 varieties of quinoa found a range of between 10 and 16 grams of fiber, per every 100 grams of uncooked quinoa (11).

This equals 17-27 grams per cup, which is very high… more than twice as high as most grains. Boiled quinoa contains much less fiber, gram for gram, because it absorbs so much water.

Unfortunately, most of the fiber is insoluble fiber, which doesn’t appear to have the same health benefits as soluble fiber.

That being said, the soluble fiber content is about 2.5 grams per cup (or 1.5 grams per 100 grams), which is still decent.

There are numerous studies showing that soluble fiber can help reduce blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, increase fullness and help with weight loss (12, 13, 14).

Bottom Line: Quinoa is much higher in fiber than most grains, with one source finding 17-27 grams of fiber per cup of uncooked Quinoa.


 

4. Quinoa is Gluten Free and Perfect For People With Gluten Intolerance

According to a 2013 survey, about a third of people in the U.S. are currently trying to minimize or avoid gluten.

A gluten-free diet can be healthy, as long as it is based on foods that are naturally gluten free.

The problems arise when people eat “gluten free” foods made with refined starches instead.

These foods are no better than their gluten-containing counterparts, because gluten free junk food is still junk food.

Well… many researchers have been looking at quinoa as a suitable ingredient in a gluten-free diet, for people who don’t want to give up staples like breads and pasta.

Studies have shown that by using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free ingredients like refined tapioca, potato, corn and rice flour, it can dramatically increase the nutrient and antioxidant value of the diet (15, 16).

Bottom Line: Quinoa is naturally free of gluten and using it instead of typical gluten-free ingredients can increase the antioxidant and nutrient value of a gluten-free diet.


 

5. Quinoa is Very High in Protein, With All The Essential Amino Acids That we Need

Protein is made out of amino acids. Some of them are termed “essential” because we can not produce them and need to get them from the diet.

If a food contains all the essential amino acids, it is seen as a “complete” protein.

The problem is that many plant foods are deficient in certain essential amino acids, such as Lysine.

However… quinoa is an exception to this, being particularly high in in all the essential amino acids. For this reason, quinoa is an excellent source of protein. It has both more and better protein than most grains (17).

With 8 grams of quality protein per cup of cooked quinoa (or 4.5 grams per 100 grams), quinoa is an excellent plant-based protein source for vegetarians and vegans.

Bottom Line: Quinoa is high in protein compared to most plant foods and contains all the essential amino acids that we need.


 

6. Quinoa Has a Low Glycemic Index

The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels.

It is known that eating foods that are high on the glycemic index can stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity (18, 19).

Such foods have also been linked to many of the chronic, Western diseases that are so common today… like diabetes and heart disease (20).

Quinoa has a glycemic index of 53, which is considered low (21).

However… it’s important to keep in mind that quinoa is still pretty high in carbs, so it is not a good choice for a low-carb diet, at least not in large amounts.

Bottom Line: The glycemic index of quinoa is around 53, which is considered low. However, it is still relatively high in carbohydrates.


 

7. It is High in Minerals That Most People Don’t Get Enough of, Especially Magnesium

There are many nutrients in the modern diet that people tend to be lacking in.

This is particularly true of some minerals… especially Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and (for women) Iron.

Interestingly, quinoa is very high in all 4 minerals. It is particularly high in magnesium, with one cup having about 30% of the RDA.

The problem is that quinoa contains a substance called phytic acid, which can bind these minerals and reduce their absorption (22).

However, by soaking and/or sprouting the quinoa before cooking it, you can reduce the phytic acid content and make these minerals more bioavailable.

Quinoa is also pretty high in oxalates, which reduce the absorption of calcium and can cause problems for certain individuals with recurring kidney stones (23, 24).

Bottom Line: Quinoa is very high in minerals, but the phytic acid can partly prevent them from being absorbed. Soaking or sprouting quinoa degrades most of the phytic acid.


 

8. Quinoa May Have Some Major Benefits For Metabolic Health

Given the high amount of beneficial nutrients, it makes sense that quinoa could lead to improvements in metabolic health.


Although this needs to be studied more thoroughly, I did find two studies (one in humans, the other in rats) that examined the effects of quinoa on metabolic health.

The human study found that using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free breads and pastas significantly reduced blood sugar, insulin and triglyceride levels (25).

The rat study found that adding quinoa to a diet high in fructose almost completely inhibited the negative effects of fructose (26).

Bottom Line: Two studies, one in humans and the other in rats, show that quinoa can improve metabolic health. This includes lower blood sugar and triglyceride levels.


 

9. Quinoa is Loaded With Antioxidants

Quinoa also happens to be very high in antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals and are believed to help fight ageing and many diseases.

One study looked at antioxidants in 10 foods… 5 cereals, 3 pseudocereals and 2 legumes.

Quinoa had the highest antioxidant content of all 10 (27).

Allowing quinoa seeds to sprout seems to increase the antioxidant content even further (28).

Bottom Line: Quinoa appears to be very high in antioxidants, which are increased even further after the seeds are sprouted.


 

10. Quinoa Has Several Important Characteristics That Make it a Weight Loss Friendly Food

In order to lose weight, we need to take in fewer calories than we burn.

It is known that certain properties of foods can facilitate this process… either by boosting metabolism (increasing calories out) or reducing appetite (lowering calories in).

Interestingly, quinoa has several such properties.

It is high in protein… which can both increase metabolism and reduce appetite significantly (29).

The high amount of fiber should also help to increase feelings of fullness, making us eat fewer calories overall (30).

The fact that quinoa has a low glycemic index is another important feature, but choosing such foods has been linked to reduced calorie intake (31).

Although there is currently no study that looks at the effects of quinoa on body weight, it seems intuitive that it could be a useful part of a healthy weight loss diet.

Bottom Line: Quinoa is high in fiber, protein and has a low glycemic index. These properties have all been linked to weight loss and improved health.


 

11. Quinoa is Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet

The last one is not a health benefit, but still incredibly important.

It is the fact that quinoa is very easy to incorporate into your diet.

It is also tasty and goes well with many foods.

Depending on the type of quinoa, it can be important to rinse it with water in order to get rid of saponins, which are found on the outer layer and can have a bitter flavor.

However, some brands have already been rinsed, so this may not be necessary.

You can buy quinoa in most health food stores and many supermarkets. It is also available on Amazon, with many reviews, testimonials and usage tips from real customers.

Quinoa can be ready to eat in as little as 15-20 minutes:
•Put 2 cups of water in a pot, turn up the heat.
•Add 1 cup of raw quinoa, with a dash of salt.
•Boil for 15-20 minutes.
•Eat.

It should now have absorbed most of the water and gotten a fluffy look. If done right, it should have a mild, nutty flavour and a satisfying crunch.

Then there are dozens of other delicious ways to use quinoa.

For more details, you can read these in-depth instructions on How to Cook Fluffy, Tasty Quinoa or check out these 27 Delicious Quinoa Recipes.

 


Original article from authoritynutrition.com
Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Quinoa Mushroom Holiday “Meat” Loaf

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This recipe was shared with us by our friends Jasmine of Sweet Simple Vegan and Yvonne of My Eclectic Kitchen. They are experts at making incredible vegan dishes that are as delicious as they are beautiful!

This dish will fool any meat eaters you have at your holiday dinner this year! The combination of the quinoa, oats, mushrooms and nuts provide this dish with the perfect “meat” loaf texture. Finish it off with your choice of this Cranberry Glaze recipe or a traditional meatloaf glaze.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • ½ cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 Tbsp flax meal
  • 6 Tbsp filtered water
  • 2 cups crimini mushrooms (or substitute porcini mushrooms), roughly chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped (or substitute with  Goji Berries)
  • ¼ cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari
  • 1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp rosemary, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp sage, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp thyme, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp Pink Himalayan Salt

 

Glaze: Cranberry or Traditional
Cranberry Glaze

Traditional Meatloaf Glaze:

  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1½ Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder

 

Directions:

  • Rinse and drain quinoa. Place the quinoa and 1 cup of water in a small saucepot and cover. Cook the quinoa over medium heat. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer. The quinoa should be cooked in about 15 minutes, when all the water is absorbed. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. First, cut two pieces of parchment paper– one piece for the length of the loaf pan, from rim-to-rim, and one piece for the width of the loaf pan, rim-to-rim. Spray the loaf pan then place one parchment piece down. Spray the parchment again and lay the other piece of parchment over crosswise, like an x. Spray the parchment again. See here for a demo.
  • Prepare the flax egg. In a small bowl, combine the flax meal with 6 Tbsp of water, mix and set aside to thicken.
  • Prepare the faux “meat”. Measure out ¾ cup cooked quinoa (store leftover quinoa in the refrigerator to eat later). Place the quinoa in a food processor with the mushrooms and walnuts, and process until it comes together and resembles the same texture as ground meat.
  • Place the faux “meat” in a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, including the flax egg. With clean hands, toss all the ingredients until fully combined.
  • Pour the “meat”loaf mixture into the loaf pan and pat down well, spreading evenly. Flatten the top.
  • Place the loaf pan in the center of the oven for about 1½ hours.
  • Make the glaze. Either a Cranberry Glaze or the Traditional Meatloaf Glaze by combining ketchup, vegan Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and stirring together with a spoon.
  • minutes prior to removing the loaf from the oven, brush the top of the meatloaf with the glaze, spreading it evenly to coat. If you use the Cranberry Glaze, use only a little over ¼ cup of it to spread. Reserve the rest of the Cranberry Glaze to serve on the side.
  • Allow the loaf to cool for about 10 minutes prior to cutting.
  • Serve with a side of steamed broccoli or green beans and/or Cauliflower Mashed “faux-potatoes.”

Original recipe: http://sweetsimplevegan.com/2014/11/vegan-holiday-meat-loaf/ & http://myeclectickitchen.com/2014/11/holiday-meatloaf/

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Berry Fresh Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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Having a balanced diet isn’t always easy. This breakfast bowl is easy to cook and packed with protein, iron, and calcium just from the Quinoa alone not to mention it tastes great! Makes the perfect filling breakfast entree or snack that has just the right amount of sweetness!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Rinse with cold water before cooking. Add one part quinoa to two parts water (or stock) in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all water has been absorbed. Fluff with fork before serving.
  • Add milk, yacon, and cinnamon to a bowl of cooked Quinoa. Garnish with berries and fruit and enjoy.

 

 

 

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Magnesium: Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available

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Magnesium: Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available

 

A DEFICIENCY IN THIS CRITICAL nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.(i) It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.

I’m talking about magnesium.

It is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.

I find it very funny that more doctors aren’t clued in to the benefits of magnesium, because we use it all the time in conventional medicine. But we never stop to think about why or how important it is to our general health or why it helps our bodies function better.

I remember using magnesium when I worked in the emergency room. It was a critical “medication” on the crash cart. If someone was dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia (or irregular heart beat), we used intravenous magnesium. If someone was constipated or needed to prepare for colonoscopy, we gave them milk of magnesia or a green bottle of liquid magnesium citrate, which emptied their bowels. If pregnant women came in with pre-term labor, or high blood pressure of pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) or seizures, we gave them continuous high doses of intravenous magnesium.

But you don’t have to be in the hospital to benefit from getting more magnesium. You can start taking regular magnesium supplementation today and see results.

The Relaxation Mineral

Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.

When was the last time you had a good dose of seaweed, nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter.
That is why the list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency!

Even so, this mineral is mostly ignored because it is not a drug, even though it is MORE powerful than drugs in many cases. That’s why we use it in the hospital for life-threatening and emergency situations like seizures and heart failure.

You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:

Muscle cramps or twitches
Insomnia
Irritability
Sensitivity to loud noises
Anxiety
Autism
ADD
Palpitations
Angina
Constipation
Anal spasms
Headaches
Migraines
Fibromyalgia
Chronic fatigue
Asthma
Kidney stones
Diabetes
Obesity
Osteoporosis
High blood pressure
PMS
Menstrual cramps
Irritable bladder
Irritable bowel syndrome
Reflux
Trouble swallowing

Magnesium deficiency has even has been linked to inflammation in the body and higher CRP levels.

In our society, magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. By conservative standards of measurement (blood, or serum, magnesium levels), 65 percent of people admitted to the intensive care unit — and about 15 percent of the general population — have magnesium deficiency.

But this seriously underestimates the problem, because a serum magnesium level is the LEAST sensitive way to detect a drop in your total body magnesium level. So rates of magnesium deficiency could be even higher!

The reason we are so deficient is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium — a highly-processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium).

When was the last time you had a good dose of sea vegetables (seaweed), nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter, and mostly in chocolate peanut butter cups.

Much of modern life conspires to help us lose what little magnesium we do get in our diet. Magnesium levels are decreased by excess alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in colas, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other drugs, and some intestinal parasites. In fact, in one study in Kosovo, people under chronic war stress lost large amounts of magnesium in their urine.

This is all further complicated by the fact that magnesium is often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies. To properly absorb magnesium we need a lot of it in our diet, plus enough vitamin B6, vitamin D, and selenium to get the job done.

A recent scientific review of magnesium concluded, “It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world.” (ii) I couldn’t’ have said it better myself.

It is difficult to measure and hard to study, but magnesium deficiency accounts for untold suffering — and is simple to correct. So if you suffer from any of the symptoms I mentioned or have any of the diseases I noted, don’t worry — it is an easy fix!! Here’s how.

Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium

Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol
Learn how to practice active relaxation
Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss (many high blood pressure drugs or diuretics cause loss of magnesium)

Eat Foods High in Magnesium

Include the following in your diet as often as you can:

Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic

Take Magnesium Supplements

The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most of us get far less than 200 mg.
Some may need much more depending on their condition.
Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day.
The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good.
Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements).
Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate.
Most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula.
Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a good way to absorb and get much needed magnesium.
People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor’s supervision.

So if you’re coping with the symptoms here, relax! Magnesium is truly a miracle mineral. It is essential for lifelong vibrant health.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Do you suffer from any of the symptoms I’ve mentioned?

Do you currently take a magnesium supplement? What results have you noticed?

Which of the tips mentioned above do you plan to try?

Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

References

(i) Tong, GM and RK Rude. 2005. Magnesium deficiency in critical illness. J Intensive Care Med 20 (1):3-17. Review.

(ii) S. Johnson. 2001. The multifaceted and widespread pathology of magnesium deficiency. Med Hypotheses 56(2): 163-70


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7 Valuable Chia Seed Benefits That’ll Make You Insanely Healthy

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7 Valuable Chia Seed Benefits That’ll Make You Insanely Healthy

 

Chia seeds may be ridiculously tiny, but they’re also quite mighty. Originating from the desert-growing Salvia plant in Central America and found to be a common food source among the Aztecs and Mayans who lived centuries ago, chia seed benefits are touted by nutrition experts and health conscious individuals all over the world today.

While there are lots of different types of seeds out there that offer great nutritional value, chia seeds offer more of what some other seeds don’t. Here’s why you may want to serious consider adding this powerful little seed to your diet.

Chia Seeds Benefits

1) Omega Fatty Acids – Chia seeds are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids — providing about 9 grams of total fat. You get 5 grams of omega-3s for every two tablespoons of chia seeds, which is even more than what flax seeds have to offer. That healthy dose of omega-3s brings along a range of proven health benefits, including protection from heart disease, reduced inflammation, and cognitive enhancements.

2) Weight Loss – “Chia seeds are promoted as a weight loss aid and are believed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, probably because of the fiber and omega-3 fatty acid content,” says nutritionist Shereen Lehman. At 138 calories per ounce (about two tablespoons), chia seeds have nearly 10 grams of fiber, which may help you feel fuller and satisfied for longer by slowing down the absorption process of sugars in the intestine. But in another study conducted in 2009, researchers found that chia seeds didn’t provide any weight loss benefits or reduction in disease risk in overweight adult participants. According to Ms. Lehman, “chia seeds can be part of a healthy diet, but there isn’t enough evidence to use them to treat or prevent any health conditions.”

3) Hydration – If you’ve ever mixed water with chia seeds, then you know just how powerful they are at soaking up liquid. Because they’re so high in soluble fiber, chia seeds can actually soak up about 10 times their weight in water, even in your stomach and when eaten raw. Mixing the seeds with water to create a gel-like substance can be used as a nutritious and hydrating drink for athletes.

4) Protein – In addition to that healthy helping of fiber, a 1-oz serving of chia seeds offers 4 grams of protein, making it an excellent source of plant-based protein.

5) Blood Sugar Levels – Despite the dense nutritional content chia seeds have, science hasn’t exactly proven much of what it can help treat. According to a 2007 study involving chia seeds, researchers looked at how its consumption might benefit diabetics. They found some positive impacts on cardiovascular disease risk and blood sugar levels, but the addition of the chia seeds to the diabetics’ diets led them to eat less carbohydrates and more fat, presenting the question of whether the health benefits were caused by the chia seeds or the reduction in carb consumption.

 


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12 Foods To Stock In A Raw Foods Kitchen

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12 Foods To Stock In A Raw Foods Kitchen

 

We all want to live healthier lives, and adding more unprocessed food to our diets is a great way to start.

Cook with as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, shopping for them as needed.

There are also some key ingredients you can stock in your kitchen that will help you prepare delicious, clean meals and snacks. These items are the basis for many of the recipes found in our book Love on a Plate. Here are the essentials you should have on hand:

1. Olive Oil

This is a great oil to use in savory dishes, as well as salad dressings and marinades. Look for cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, if you can.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is good for you because it’s a great source of lauric acid and helps fight fat, and it has a sweet taste, so we use it in everything. But don’t cook it, as this is not a high-heat oil.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV makes for superb salad dressings. Look for one that’s unpasteurized and unfiltered. You can also take a small amount before every meal to aid in digestion.

4. Maple Syrup

Great in moderation, it doesn’t cause the same blood sugar spikes found in other sweeteners. It also contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

5. Nama Shoyu

This unpasteurized soy sauce is perfect for salads, as a dip for sushi, and for other Asian dishes. If you can’t find it, you can also use low-sodium Tamari sauce.

6. Celtic Sea Salt

The purest, most natural form of salt with vital minerals and nutrients.

7. Frozen Bananas

Frozen bananas make all the difference in the texture and sweet taste of a smoothie. Keep a bunch in a resealable storage bag in the freezer.

8. Cashews and Almonds

Not only a great snack, you can also use these nuts to make delicious nut milks that don’t require straining, as well as sweet creams for desserts.

Nut milk is delicious ice-cold in a bowl with fruit, with a little chocolate syrup, or for making savory dishes and vegan cheeses.

9. Coconut Meat

Coconut meat is an amazing meat substitute. We marinate ours in a delicious sauce before dehydrating. It’s also a great thickener for pies.

Just open coconuts, save the clear water, then scoop out the white meat. You can also buy prepackaged coconut meat.

10. Irish Moss

This yellowish clear seaweed is called “nature’s collagen” because it’s loaded with selenium, which is great for hair, skin, bones, and nails. It’s also a wonderful thickening agent.

We use it in one of our vegan cheese recipes, as well as adding a tablespoon to our smoothies. The more we can get this into our diets, the better!

11. Nutritional Yeast

Not to be confused with baker’s yeast, this is a delicious topping that adds a cheesy flavor to dishes. Loaded with vitamin B-12, it’s actually considered a super-food, which makes this a very important supplement to the raw foodie.

12. Dried Mulberries

Dried mulberries can add crunch to fruit smoothies, desserts, or fruit salads. We put dried mulberries in our dehydrator to dry them out even more before putting them into a coffee grinder and pulverizing them until almost powdery, as the powder then mimics the taste and texture of brown sugar.

 


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Vegan Thanksgiving Casserole

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This amazing recipe comes from our friend Shannon at KillerBunniesInc.com. It works perfectly as a delicious main course any time of year, but has that comfort-food feeling that is especially welcome around the holidays! Thanks for sharing with us Shannon (be sure to check out her other vegan recipes, they’re awesome!)

“Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canucks! It was getting chilly around here and I was craving this dish. It pretty much is stuffing with lentils. Unfortunately, the husband does not like lentils. Really, at all. So very sad. I’m pretty sure you could make this with other beans, but I really like lentils. This would make a great side dish but I like it as a main. Yum!”

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped [Sunfood Raw Organic Cashews]
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, chopped into small cubes & toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 stalk celery, diced small
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil [Sunfood Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil]
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray a 8 or 9 inch square casserole dish with cooking spray
  • While lentils are cooking (if you don’t buy pre-cooked), sauté celery and onion in the olive oil and toast the bread cubes in the oven
  • Mix well all ingredients in a large bowl
  • Spread into casserole dish, and bake uncovered for 45 minutes

 

That’s it!  A savory, incredible entrée is ready to be devoured!

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Coconut Oil Shows Promise in Preventing Deadly Bloodstream Infection

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Coconut Oil Shows Promise in Preventing Deadly Bloodstream Infection

 

The secret to preventing a deadly candida infection may be found in your diet. According to a new study published in the journal mSphere, coconut oil effectively controlled the overgrowth of a common fungal pathogen called Candida albicans (C. albicans) in mice.

C. albicans is part of the gastrointestinal tract’s normal flora, and is regulated by the immune system. But when the immune system is compromised, the fungus can spread beyond the GI tract and lead to invasive candidiasis, the fourth most common blood infection among hospitalized patients in the U.S. It’s most often found in people who already have reduced immune systems, such as cancer patients, transplant patients, and premature infants, and kills 40 to 50 percent of sufferers.

While antifungal drugs can be used to control and prevent C. albicans from spreading to the bloodstream, repeated use can lead to drug resistant strains of the microbe—and coconut oil may help in preventing this issue.

Researchers investigated how three different dietary fats influenced the amount of C. albicans in the mouse gut: coconut oil, beef tallow, and soybean oil. Meanwhile, a control group was fed a standard diet for mice.

“When you compared a mouse on a high fat diet that contained either beef fat or soy bean oil to mice eating coconut oil, there was about a ten-fold drop in colonization,” lead study author Carol Kumamoto, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine said in a statement. These results were seen in as few as four days after the diet change.

“Food can be a powerful ally in reducing the risk of disease,” said Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc., director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. “This study marks a first step in understanding how life-threatening yeast infections in susceptible individuals might be reduced through the short-term and targeted use of a specific type of fat.”

“We want to give clinicians a treatment option that might limit the need for antifungal drugs. If we can use coconut oil as a safe, dietary alternative, we could decrease the amount of antifungal drugs used, reserving antifungal drugs for critical situations,” said first author Kearney Gunsalus, Ph.D., an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development (IRACDA) postdoctoral fellow at the Sackler School in Kumamoto’s lab.

Researchers have not yet discovered whether this Candida reduction extends to humans, but are discussing developing a clinical trial that tests coconut oil on hospitalized infants who are at high-risk of developing systemic candidiasis.

 


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