Amazing Health Benefits of Cacao

Cacao beans are seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree, a small evergreen tree grown in Mexico and South America. Cacao beans are roasted and ground to produce cocoa and, after further processing, are the basis of chocolate. When the beans are dried at low temperature, however, they are called raw cacao beans, which can be consumed whole, broken into pieces called nibs or ground to produce raw cocoa powder. Cacao beans are rich in natural antioxidant compounds with many health benefits.

Cacao Antioxidants
Cacao beans contain natural chemicals called flavonoids, a type of antioxidant compound that promotes general health and might lower your risk of several diseases. One type of flavonoid, called anthocyanidin, is especially high in cacao beans, along with other compounds called epicatechins. These compounds are powerful antioxidants and, according to a study in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” published in 2003, are especially concentrated in cocoa, a product of cacao beans. In that study, researchers compared the antioxidant capacity of black tea, green tea, red wine and cocoa, concluding that cocoa has the highest antioxidant activity among the four products and the greatest potential for health benefits.

Antioxidant Benefits
Antioxidants stabilize and ultimately destroy free radicals in your cells and tissues. These potentially damaging chemicals are natural by-products of metabolism. They also form when your body breaks down environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke and organic solvents. Free radicals can injure your cells by interfering with cell membranes, damaging DNA and altering other cell components. Over time, a buildup of free radicals can accelerate aging, contribute to vascular changes that lead to heart disease and raise your risk of developing cancer. In addition to removing free radicals, antioxidants also help decrease inflammation that can contribute to arthritis and other diseases, and they can prevent changes in platelets that might produce blood clots
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Cardiovascular Benefits
Flavonoid antioxidants in cacao have significant benefits for your cardiovascular system, according to Silvina Lotito, Ph.D., of the Linus Pauling Institute. She indicates that proanthocyanidin compounds in cocoa powder can help decrease oxidation of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL. Often called bad cholesterol, LDL is oxidized and then deposited in plaque. Plaque produces fat accumulations in arteries that can lead to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Because cacao antioxidants block LDL oxidation, they can prevent plaque formation, improving circulation and lowering your risk of heart disease.

Cancer
The Linus Pauling Institute indicates that flavonoid antioxidants such as those found in cacao might interfere with the development of cancer. In one laboratory study published in 2002 in “Cancer Letters,” anthocyanidins from cacao reduced the incidence of chemically induced pancreatic and breast cancer in laboratory animals. In a review of evidence from human subjects, published in 2009 in “Nutrition and Cancer,” researchers concluded that compounds in cacao might prevent cancer or improve the outcome when the disease is already present. However, they state that more extensive studies with larger populations are needed to confirm this.
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Health Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji berries (Lycium barbarum) are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. They are a member of the nightshade family (Solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry is now grown in many other countries as well.

Although they have only been introduced in Western countries in recent years, gojis have been used for thousands of years in Tibet and China, both as a culinary ingredient and medicinally.
Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. It’s no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the goji is said to act on the Kidney and Liver meridians to help with lower back pain, dizziness and eyesight. They are most often consumed raw, made into a tea or extract, or as an ingredient in soups.
Gojis are most commonly available in dried form, and make a great snack eaten as is, added to trail mix, muesli or oatmeal. They can also be soaked for a couple of hours in enough water to cover them. Then the soak water can be drained off and makes a delicious drink, or both water and berries added to smoothies.
Please note that there can be adverse interactions if you consume goji berries while also taking medication for diabetes, or blood pressure, or take the blood thinner warfarin. So be sure to consult your health care provider if that is the case.
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Nip Flu-Like Symptoms in the Bud!

What is homeopathy? What are homeopathic medicines?

Homeopathy is a therapeutic method that uses diluted substances to relieve symptoms. The active ingredients in homeopathic medicines include diluted plants, animals or minerals that relieve the same symptoms they cause at full strength (i.e., a micro dose of coffee bean helps to relieve nervousness).

Homeopathic medicines have been used for more than 200 years. They are manufactured in strict accordance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS) and drug Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Today, homeopathic medicines are used by millions of patients and recommended by health care professionals around the world to relieve many acute health conditions such as allergies, coughs, colds, flu, stress, muscle pain and teething.

Are there clinical studies on Oscillococcinum?

Yes. Two studies, published in peer-reviewed journals, show that Oscillococcinum helps to reduce the severity and shorten the duration of flu-like symptoms.1-2 The most recent study showed that 63 percent of the patients who took Oscillo at the onset of flu-like symptoms showed “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” of their symptoms after 48 hours, vs. 48% with a placebo.2

1Papp R, Schuback G, Beck E, et al. Oscillococcinum in patients with influenza-like syndromes: a placebo-controlled, double-blind evaluation. Br Homeopath J. 1998;87:69-76. 2Ferley JP, Zmirou D, D’Adhemar D, Balducci F. A controlled evaluation of a homeopathic preparation in the treatment of influenza-like syndromes. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 1989;27:329-335.

How do I take Oscillo?

Dissolve the entire contents of one tube under the tongue every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day. As with all homeopathic medicines, Oscillo should be taken in a mouth free of strong flavors or anything that may coat the mouth. We recommend taking the medicine 15 minutes before or after eating, drinking or brushing your teeth.

How long should I take Oscillo?

If your symptoms have not improved after the first day, repeat the dosage instructions – take one dose every 6 hours, up to 3 times a day, for 2 more days. If after three days you show no improvement, we recommend consulting your health care professional. If your symptoms improve and you would like to take Oscillo for a longer period of time, please consult your health care professional.

Will Oscillo make me drowsy? Does it have any other side effects?

Oscillo does not cause drowsiness. It has a low risk of side effects and no contraindications. It can be safely taken with other medications.

Can I take Oscillo if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your health care professional before taking any medicine, including Oscillococcinum. If your health care professional needs more information on our medicines, he/she can contact us at 1.800.BOIRON.1.

Should I avoid touching the pellets with my hands?

We recommend touching the Oscillo pellets as little as possible with your fingers or hands. Introducing any moisture to the pellets will begin the dispensing of the medicine, and any oils on your skin may coat the pellets and hinder absorption once the medicine is in your mouth.

Can Oscillo be taken in conjunction with other medicines?

Oscillo will not interact with other medications, herbs, or supplements. It is safe to take Oscillo with other homeopathic medicines.

Does Oscillo contain sugar?

Oscillo pellets contain sucrose and casein-free lactose. Each dose of Oscillo contains 1 gram of sugar.

Can I take Oscillo past its expiration date?

No, we do not recommend taking Oscillo past its expiration date.

Newtown Square, Pa. – Experts agree that the sooner cold and flu symptoms are treated, the better chance there is for a quick recovery and minimum disruption of lifestyle. Yet people hesitate to take action at the crucial early stage. Typically, they wait until they are “sick enough” to take medications that simply mask full-blown symptoms.

“I see it all the time,” says Robert Schiller, M.D., department chairman of Family Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. “Patients take great proactive steps like washing their hands frequently and taking a multivitamin. They don’t know what to do, though, when they start to get sick. They wait until their condition gets so bad that they can’t sleep at night or function during the day, so they have nothing to lose by taking something that will put them in a fog.”

Instead of waiting to mask symptoms, the key is to start with a medicine like Oscillococcinum® that nips symptoms in the bud. Oscillo® is a homeopathic medicine that works with the body to help it rebalance and heal itself.

Clinical studies show that Oscillo helps reduce both the severity and the duration of flu-like symptoms. In fact, when patients took Oscillo within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, nearly 63 percent showed “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” within 48 hours, according to the latest study published in a British scientific journal.

Since it doesn’t cause drowsiness or interact with other medications or supplements, there’s no reason to delay taking Oscillococcinum at the moment you feel achy and run down with headache, chills and fever. Its sweet-tasting pellets dissolve quickly under the tongue and are recommended for everyone, from two-year-olds to seniors.
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10 Uses For Oregano

Hands down, oregano oil is one of the best natural supplements you can get. It’s produced from the perennial herb oregano and loaded with free-radical-crushing antioxidants. A growing body of research has shown that oregano oil offers many positive health benefits and is one of the most potent natural remedies in existence. In particular, there has been significant evaluation of its effects against harmful organisms; investigations even been made by major pharmaceutical companies. Let’s take a look at why there’s so much interest in oregano oil and its 10 best uses.

What are the Top 10 Uses for Oregano Oil?
1. Fights Infection

There’s a lot of evidence to show that oregano oil is a powerful tool against the harmful organisms that lead to infections. One study straight from the United States Department of Agriculture reported that oregano oil has such a strong action against germs that it could easily fight Salmonella and E. coli.

These findings were echoed by researchers the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical Center:

“New, safe agents are needed to … overcome harmful organism infections. Based on our previous experience and that of others, we postulated that herbal essential oils, such as those of origanum (oregano oil)…offer such possibilities.”

2. Protection Against Harmful Organisms

If you’ve consumed undercooked meat or impure water, or countless other risky actions, harmful organisms are likely to be residing inside of your body. Thankfully, oregano oil has been shown to be extremely useful for helping to get rid of these unwanted invaders. One study examined the relationship between oregano oil and harmful organisms and found that taking 600 mg of oregano oil daily prompted a complete disappearance of harmful organisms in the body.

3. Source of Essential Nutrients

It’s not exactly a multivitamin but there’s no denying that oregano oil is loaded with vital nutrients like magnesium and zinc and vitamins C and E. It’s sufficiently high in iron, calcium, potassium copper, manganese, and niacin. As a secondary approach, oregano oil might help bridge the gap that so many people have between their nutritional intake and requirements.

4. Digestive Aid

I’ve said it a million times, health begins in the gut! Good digestion is absolutely required to experience good health. While I recommend using an oxygen-based colon cleanser periodically to clean out your digestive tract, stopping the build up in the first place also needs to be part of the plan, and oregano oil can help. Oregano oil is known to stimulate the flow of bile into the digestive organs, enhancing the digestive process.

5. Menstrual Aid

Irregular, uncomfortable periods and negative menopause effects are a big problem for many women; one of the best natural remedies is oregano oil. It may actually help support regular menstruation and protect against negative menopause experiences. For women, this is a substantial bonus to the already lengthy list of uses and effects of oregano oil.

6. Supports Graceful Aging

Perhaps the hottest health trend of the past few years is the science of combatting aging. It’s important to understand that aging is largely the effect of oxidation and free radicals, which is why antioxidants are so effective. Oregano oil offers a huge amount of antioxidants that can aid in the defense against these aging-accelerators.

7. Allergy Support

If you suffer from allergies and environmental sensitivities, the soothing properties of oregano oil are likely to be highly appealing. Oregano oil can produce sedating effect on the hypersensitivity of allergies, which ultimately encourages relief. For those wishing to avoid harsh medications and the accompanying side effects, oregano oil may be a natural alternative for curtailing the undesirable effects associated with environmental sensitivities.

8. Weight Loss

In addition to its reputation as a natural immune booster, oregano oil also packs a punch against unwanted body fat. Its active ingredient, carvacrol, is thought to modulate genes and reduce irritation in white adipose tissue. In one study, when fed a high fat diet, mice not given carvacrol quickly became obese. In contract, mice given carvacrol gained significantly less weight and even had lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood.

9. Eases Discomfort

Aches and stiffness can wreak havoc and really impact quality of life. Many people use oil of oregano topically and say that it feels like it goes deep inside their skin to relieve soreness and muscle discomfort. Simply create a 50/50 mixture of organic oregano oil and organic olive oil and apply topically to the affected area for relief. If you suffer from sore muscles, sports injuries, and backaches, this is one benefit you’ll appreciate.

10. Combats the Cold

Oregano oil isn’t a cure for the cold but it can add a layer to your immune system. Many people claim that when they start to feel under the weather they place 3-6 drops into an empty capsule and take 2-3 times daily before meals. A 5-10 day regiment has been reported as doing wonders.
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The Surprising Therapeutic Benefits of Xylitol

Xylitol is a 5-carbon sugar that has 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbs than refined white sugar. Xylitol is a mere 7 on the glycemic index (which measures the impact of food on our blood sugar levels), compared to sugar’s glycemic index of 100. It has no bad aftertaste, and occurs naturally, not only in fruits and vegetables, but in our own bodies, where we make both xylitol and the enzymes to digest it, every day. It has none of the undesirable effects of either sugar or the artificial sweeteners.

All of the above is great, and why I have recommended Xylitol as a sugar substitute, along with stevia, for some time. However, as I continue to read and research, it appears that Xylitol has some unique and significant therapeutic benefits that recommend it to use.

Xylitol has only a negligible impact on blood sugar and insulin levels. This means that unlike sugar, there are no highs and lows: no roller coaster for either your energy or your mood, and no subsequent cravings for more sweets and carbohydrates. No adrenal fatigue, no weight gain, no increase in cortisol levels. In fact, xylitol can help keep you hormonally balanced through its insulin stabilization factors. And as I learned in my training with endocrinologist Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, healthy insulin response is essential to healthy aging and healthy hormones, as well as effecting cholesterol levels, incidence of Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, and much more.
Tooth & Gum Health Xylitol alkalinizes the mouth. It not only reduces bacterial growth but actually inhibits and interferes with development of plaque, and bad bacterial strains such as strep. The Journal of the American Dental Association said “Xylitol is an effective preventive agent against dental caries… Consumption of xylitol-containing chewing gum has been demonstrated to reduce caries in Finnish teenagers by 30-60%. Studies conducted in Canada, Thailand, Polynesia and Belize have shown similar results…” A study conducted at Harvard School of Dental Medicine concluded that “Xylitol can significantly decrease the incidence of dental caries.” – which is why more and more dentists are recommending it, in toothpastes, gums and candies. There is some indication that xylitol may work against biofilm, which would also be advantageous in the mouth. Sugar, of course, increases the acidity of the mouth and the body as a whole, as well as bacterial growth and the incidence of cavities.
Among young children whose mothers chewed xylitol gum, there was a 70% decrease in tooth decay, presumably because it inhibited bacteria that are normally passed back and forth with shared kisses, drinks, food, etc. It looks as if, used consistently over time, Xylitol may even repair some damage from cavities.

Craving Reduction Xylitol slows stomach emptying time, promoting a feeling of fullness. According to research, including xylitol around mealtime significantly decreases the number of calories needed to feel full. Obviously, this can have great potential for weight management.
Ear Infections 8-10 grams of xylitol daily led to a 30% decrease in ear infections in young children. This is attributed to its anti-microbial effects, particularly on strep and flu viruses.
Sinus Health Many people are discovering the benefits of using a Neti Pot for help with allergies, colds, and sinus infections. Take advantage of xylitol’s anti-microbial properties by adding some to your neti therapy. Start with just 1/4 teaspoon: a little goes a long way. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt.
Alkalinity Xylitol is alkalinizing to our systems, making us less hospitable to harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi of all kinds. Keeping the body alkaline makes it easier and more likely for you to stay healthy and balanced in every way. Sugar, in contrast, creates an acidic environment, feeding destructive microbes and weakening the immune system.
Bone Health Animal studies suggest that regular consumption of xylitol can improve bone strength during aging, probably because of the increased consumption of calcium, as well as the alkalinizing effect. The more acidic your system, the more the body will leech calcium from bones and teeth to re-balance itself.
Yeast/Candida Xylitol is the only sugar that does not feed yeast. In fact, it contributes to its destruction. This means it is not only safe for those grappling with candida, it is actually beneficial. This is not true of any of the other sugars or sugar alcohols, including sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol, erythritol, as well as fructose, honey, maple syrup, agave, malt, molasses, coconut sugar, etc.
Safety Xylitol is safe. It was approved as an additive by the FDA in 1963, and recognized as a safe sweetener in 1986. Although some people experience some initial GI discomfort as they incorporate higher amounts, this is usually temporary. My experience with clients is that this initial reaction indicates an existing imbalance in the GI tract which is important to be addressed on its own. Once this is cleared, xylitol is well-tolerated and the client is healthier than before.
Practical Xylitol has a consistency, texture and flavor virtually identical to sugar, although it is just very slightly less sweet. It is great for tea, cookies, candies, brownies, etc. Because it does not feed yeast, it does not work for bread.
For oral health, use xylitol mints or gum 3-5 times a day, and especially after meals and snacks. Toothpaste with xylitol is great too, and is becoming more widely available.
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You Won’t Believe It’s Not Coffee

Tattva’s Herbs is proud to present our new Capomo (Maya Nut) Coffee alternative. This caffeine – free superfood drink looks, tastes and smells very similar to coffee, while boasting countless health benefits. Capomo (sometimes referred to as Maya Nut, Bread Nut, Ramon Nut, etc.) is rich in natural flavor and is prepared in the same way as coffee.
Capomo can be enjoyed at any time of day or night because it is free from caffeine, stimulants, sugar and gluten. It does not increase blood pressure or heart rate, as coffee and other caffeinated beverages do. You do not have to deal with the “caffeine crash” (the ups & downs we get from drinking caffeinated drinks) Simply add hot water and enjoy!
Capomo is harvested in a very unique and compelling manner. The Maya nuts are collected by hand from the jungle floor once they have fallen from the trees. Collection happens daily, in the early dawn before the animals have a chance to feed on them. Once the nuts are collected, they are dried in the sun for 2-3 months, at which time they are ready to be roasted and prepared for human consumption.
Capomo (Brosimum alicastrum) is in the fig family and was the staple food for prehispanic cultures. This delicious superfood contains numerous nutritional benefits. It is one of the richest plant sources of amino acids which, among many others have been shown to positively affect mood and contentment. It is also high in protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, folate, iron, zinc, and vitamins A, B, C and E, while at the same time it is low in fat and calories. In addition to the many health benefits of Capomo, it is beneficial for all of the surrounding communities, people, animals and all forms of nature in the areas in which it grows.
Capomo empowers and employs more than 600 rural and indigenous men and women who have formed 25 different autonomous businesses to produce and market Maya Nut products.
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Benefits of Colloidal Silver

Colloidal silver is a health supplement that is created by immersing tiny particles of silver in a colloidal base solution. It is consumed by those who would like to stave off such serious health ailments as cancer, AIDS and herpes. Silver is thought to make the immune system more active and thereby more effective at fending off disease. It is most commonly available in a liquid form that is dispensed with a dropper. Clear or pale yellow colloidal silver is the best as the particle size affects the colour of the solution and the larger particles produce a darker coloured liquid but they aren’t easily absorbed by the body.

History of Use

Before the invention of antibacterial soap, colloidal silver was used as a disinfectant. It is still most commonly used to kill bacteria. Silver is effective at both preventing and combating bacterial illnesses and infections because it does not corrode. In ancient times silver was used in wound dressings and it was frequently used for the same purposes in America following the Civil War. It is also why churches use silver chalices in Communion to stop disease spreading through the congregation. Silver fell out of favor with the advent of regulated synthesized medications but has become popular again along with lifestyle trends that promote natural organic food.

How it Works

Proponents of colloidal silver claim that it is effective against every virus and illness and that it has never reacted dangerously with other medications. Scientific studies have shown that pure silver quickly kills bacteria. It even kills the super-bacteria that evolve after conventional disinfecting agents kill the weak strains of bacteria. Silver acts as a catalyst and disables an enzyme that facilitates actions inside cells. It is not consumed in the process so it is available to keep working again and again. The enzyme silver destroys is required by anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeast and molds. (Unfriendly bacteria tend to be anaerobic and friendly bacteria aerobic). This is the action that destroys pathogens. It stops them from using the body’s own cells as vehicles for replication. Colloidal silver creates an environment that makes it impossible for pathogens to survive and multiply.

Since it is not designed to combat a specific pathogen but rather works against the very nature of their life cycles, it is an effective preventative agent against all illnesses caused by all pathogens including future mutations. There is no known disease-causing organism that can live in the presence of even minute traces of colloidal silver. Laboratory tests show that anaerobic bacteria, virus, and fungus organisms are all killed within minutes of contact. Parasites are also killed whilst still in their egg stage. Colloidal Silver is effective against infections, colds, influenza, fermentation and parasitic infestations.

Colloidal Silver is touted as a treatment for HIV and AIDS. These claims have not been recognized by the medical community but there is no denying the lengthy survival rates of some AIDS patients who swear by colloidal silver.

The same mechanism that hinders the replication of pathogens also seems to prevent the body from developing cancer. Cancerous tumors form when the cells’ internal regulators stop working. The cells divide at a rate that outstrips the body’s need for them. Colloidal silver recalibrates cells’ rates of division.

When colloidal silver is used as a broad-spectrum viral and bacterial preventative it may cure other seemingly unrelated ailments. People who have sustained severe burns can use colloidal silver to promote healthy cell growth and fend off infections. It reduces the appearance of acne that is bacterial in origin. It helps maintain a healthy digestive environment and it maximizes the amount of nutrients that the body is able to extract from food. Colloidal silver makes it impossible for parasites to flourish and lay their eggs.

Colloidal Silver is also effective as a digestive aid when taken with meals as it stops fermentation of food in the stomach and intestines. Fermentation can occur if food sits there for too long and this can lead gas, bloating, pain, indigestion and reflux, so taking silver can help avoid all these unpleasant symptoms which a lot of people suffer with after meals.

Silver has also been known to destroy water-borne parasites and to filter out impurities.

How to Use

People who use colloidal silver tend to develop their own ways of maximizing its efficacy. People who suffer from conjunctivitis sometimes drop it directly into their eyes several times every day. Throat problems are treated by gargling colloidal silver. The most common way to ingest it is to mix three or four drops into a large glass of water.

Side Effects

All of these positive claims considered, colloidal silver is still ignored by the medical community at large. Scientifically speaking, the human body has no essential need for silver. Someone who is overzealous in his consumption may experience a buildup of the metal in his organs. The most common negative side effect of colloidal silver is a condition called argyria. It causes the skin and eyes to permanently become gray but it does not otherwise affect one’s health. It is claimed that silver does not interact with other drugs or herbs.
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Four Ways Rhodiola Could Change Your Life

These plants tend to grow in the most inhospitable areas of the earth: high deserts, cold mountains, dry and barren land. And in order to survive there, they develop particular compounds in their physical form which convey a resistance to the environmental stressors. And it just so happens that, lucky for us, when we consume these compounds, we are also gifted with the same experience.

These plant chemicals help to regulate our immune, physiological and neurological responses to stress, allowing us to survive not only rough environmental/weather challenges, but also to adapt and adjust our often neurotic mental habits and crazy social/political climates as well.

Rhodiola is the supreme queen of this class of plants, in my humble opinion. Indigenous to the mountainous regions of Siberia and Northern Europe, it has been used for thousands of years to help people survive cold winters and high altitudes. Some think that it has been kept a little bit secret from the rest of the world for the last 50 years, utilized by the Russian population to improve their physical stamina in both the Olympic games and their cosmonaut program (I can’t really blame them if they did – this plant is incredible), but awareness of this incredible healer is now spreading, and research done around the world is confirming what their culture has known for centuries.

Here are four reasons why I think you would benefit from taking Rhodiola; just a brief sampling of the many wonderful effects it can have in your body:

1. Amps up your energy:

Rhodiola increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of our red blood cells, making it particularly effective at increasing energy, vitality and stamina during times of stress. As most of us don’t breathe fully when we’re in a panicked state or exercising hard, Rhodiola can offset this inevitable increase in carbon dioxide and lactic acid/decrease in oxygen, to make us feel stronger and calmer even when life is crazy. I’ve found this to be particularly good in women who are consistently battling low-grade anemia, as well as for older people who are lagging in energy.

2. Reduces the amount of stress your body (and mind) experience when SHTF:

Rhodiola has a calming effect on our body and mental state because of an ability to reduce cortisol, one of our major stress hormones. While some cortisol is absolutely necessary to live — this is the hormone that is released from your adrenal glands in a cyclic manner during the day or during times of stress — most of us exist in a state of nearly constant exposure to this compound, resulting in lowered blood sugar response, abdominal weight gain, decreased memory, reduced cellular energy production, and diminished immunity. Through reducing cortisol and balancing the endocrine system (your hypothalamus, who talks to the rest of the body to let it know when to release what, your pituitary, who is the translator for the hypothalamus, and your adrenals, specifically), rhodiola helps to not only reduce this constant release of cortisol, but also to balance and heal the whole communication network more long term. This results in, predictably, improved memory and focus, better energy levels, increased resistance to sickness, and significantly better insulin response. Also helps with binge eating (which often happens because of excess cortisol)!

3. Helps you burn belly fat (oh yes… we all love that one!)

So, not only does Rhodiola reduce the cortisol and blood sugar aspect of the belly fat equation, but it also turns on an enzyme called ‘hormone-sensitive lipase’, a substance which allows your body to access and utilize the fat stored in abdominal cells. This aids your body in losing weight, not because it’s deprived or over-exercising, but because it is balanced and feels loved. Like Grover on Sesame Street says: “ehverybahdee wants to feel loved, right?” Your body is no exception, friends. In the absence of love towards our physical form, plants like Rhodiola can temporarily substitute and give us a sense of gratitude for all our bodies do.

4. Makes you smart. Like really, really smart.

From the mental side of things, Rhodiola also increases the sensitivity of your neurons (them thinkin’cells in your brain) to the presence of dopamine and serotonin, two neurotransmitters involved in focus, memory, pleasure, mood, and a whole bunch of other nice feelings. This plant has been used as an extremely effective alternative to antidepressants, and can be a welcome mental boost for just about anyone (unless you’re experiencing symptoms of bipolar mania. Not a good idea). As an added bonus, the increase in dopamine sensitivity increases your enjoyment of food, sex, and other good things, as well as reducing carbohydrate cravings and addictions. Rhodiola as an alternative to ADHD pharmaceutical drugs makes complete sense, as they’re both working on the same neurological pathways. And thankfully, unlike prescription medication, Rhodiola won’t blow out your kidneys and liver, stagnate your growth, or give your heart palpitations.

If you’re going to give this lovely herb a try, just make sure to get a supplement that is guaranteed Siberian-grown. Because the plants need exposure to stress in order to develop these compounds (called Rosavins, if you’re interested), the ones that are grown in more temperate or hospitable places won’t have any effect on our bodies. I’m particularly fond of the New Chapter brand, and tend to recommend people to take the 300 mg capsule once a day in the morning to start.

There’s no potential for addiction or dependency, and eventually, hopefully, you won’t need to take the Rhodiola because it will have, not only balanced your physical state, but given you the opportunity to work on your mental and emotional responses to the world around you, creating new, healthy, neurological pathways. As I mentioned before, if you’ve got any kind of mania going on or are on an MAOI, don’t take this. People with high blood pressure don’t benefit from it either.

The plant world is incredible, and is forever supplying us with what we need in order to, not only survive, but thrive on this planet. Taken as an opportunity to both heal yourself and to cultivate appreciation for the world around you, supplementing with Rhodiola can change big things.
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Replace Your Morning Coffee With This Delicious Superfood

Organic Traditions Macaccino is a delicious superfood coffee substitute made from Certified Organic Cacao Powder, Black Maca Roots, Vanilla powder and Coconut Palm Sugar. This incredible blend combines 4 powerful antioxidant rich superfoods into a nutritious, uplifting beverage. This is a healthy and energizing replacement for high caffeine coffee and tea. Considered to be one of the Amazon’s most important superfoods, Maca has been used since the Incas as part of a daily diet and has been traditionally used as an adaptogen to promote optimal well being. Combined with cacao powder, or “the food of the gods,” fragrant Vanilla and a hint of the caramel taste from Coconut Palm Sugar, the end result is a smooth chocolate-mocha flavor that is both rich and aromatic with wonderfully uplifting effects. No emulsifiers have been added to Macaccino so be sure to stir the beverage while you drink.

. Certified Organic, Gluten-Free, Kosher, Vegan, Non-GMO, Raw
. Delicious rich chocolate-mocha maca flavor with a hint of vanilla
. Energizing, adaptogenic superfood coffee substitute
. Ideal for daily use
. Ready to use; Make hot tea or cool and add to other beverages or use as a base for smoothies and all other superfood recipes
. No added flavors, fillers, preservatives, additives, sweeteners, carriers, colors, stabilizers or excipients
. No emulsifiers have been added to Macaccino so be sure to stir the beverage while you drink.
. Allergen Information: Produced in a facility that packages tree nuts
. Storage Information: Refrigeration not required. Store in a cool, dry, dark place.
Create a delicious, energizing superfood coffee substitute with Organic Traditions Macaccino. Boil 2 tablespoons in 8-10 oz. of water for 2 minutes, depending on how strong you prefer your Macaccino. Drink as is or add a dash of almond, hemp or coconut milk. Alternatively add cinnamon, nutmeg, saffron or cayenne pepper to the drink. Add 1-2 teaspoons of Organic Traditions Ashwagandha powder for an added boost. Allow the liquid to cool and add ice for a refreshing Iced Macaccino or use as a base for energizing smoothies, ice creams or raw desserts. Add the drink mix to yogurt, cereals, superfood puddings and as an ingredient in truffles and power bars. No emulsifiers have been added to Macaccino so be sure to stir the beverage while you drink.

Make decadent Macaccino-Coconut truffle balls by mixing 1 tbsp. of Organic Traditions Macaccino drink mix to every 1 tsp. of Organic Traditions Raw Coconut Oil and ½ tsp. of your favorite nut butter. Add 2 tsp. of Organic Traditions Sprouted Chia Powder and roll into balls. These proportions will make one large Coconut-Macaccino ball. Adjust accordingly for larger quantities. Glaze the balls with Organic Traditions Yacon Gold™ Syrup and finish by dusting the balls with Organic Traditions Shredded Coconut Flakes, Organic Traditions Cacao Powder or Organic Traditions Hemp Hearts.

This treat is incredibly quick and easy to make. In less than 5 minutes you will have a delicious and nourishing raw treat to enjoy with a cup of tea. The rich dark cacao flavor, fragrant aroma of vanilla, bold taste of black maca and exotic coconut all combine to create a perfect, smooth mocha-chocolaty delight!
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Order your Organic Traditions Macaccino Drink Mix at www.vitaminlife.com or come in to our Redmond Retail Store. Call us at 866-998-8855

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Wild Alaskan Fish Oil For the Future

The fisheries management system is regulated to protect the environment so that future generations can enjoy the benefits of Alaska fish. Quotas are set for total allowable catches of a fish species to protect the fishery eco-system. These catch results are indexed and compared to previous years to monitor the health of the fish population.

They not only care for the fish species that we catch for processing, but for other fish species (called bycatch) that are pulled aboard during fishing. Government-approved officials onboard the fishing boats record the catches and the bycatch to ensure they are within regulations. If not, the complete closure of a fishing target area or a target fishery can occur. That’s why the goal at Wiley’s Finest is to guarantee everlasting sustainability of our primary fish populations.
They use molecular distillation and carbon treatment to remove environmental contaminants from the products. Every single lot of the fish oil ingredients and finished softgel products are tested for heavy metal content (lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic) by trusted independent, third party laboratories. All of the products exceed the stringent limits in the Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) voluntary monograph and the limits set forth by California Proposition 65, both of which are more stringent than the FDA’s own published limits on heavy metals in foods and supplements. These are the most stringent standards in the world, far lower than the levels typically found in drinking water.

THE PUREST OMEGA-3 PRODUCTS

Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil is proud to be a member of the GOED organization and support their mission to educate consumers on the health benefits of EPA & DHA and produce high quality concentrated Omega-3 products.

Our manufacturing facility is regularly inspected by the FDA about once a year. The Quality Assurance department inspects all products throughout the process to make sure each lot meets the high standards set for our Wiley’s Finest products. Each carton is signed by the Wiley Family to convey the trust they have in their products and the quality they deliver to their customers.
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