Superfood Salad Dressing

Divine Superfood Salad Dressing

This salad dressing is a perfect, satisfying, and easy addition to your daily superfood regime! It’s creamy, a tad spicy and packed with flavor and nutrition. Spirulina and Sun is Shining provide protein and extra minerals, hemp seeds and Sacha Inchi oil provide essential omega fatty acids, and the ginger and pepper powder provide just enough kick to get your metabolism hopping!

Ingredients:

1 Cup water
1/3 cup Hemp Seeds
1 Tbsp Sacha Inchi oil
½ Tbsp Sun is Shining
½ Tbsp Spirulina
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp Himalayan or Kalahari Salt
2 Tbsp of fresh lemon juice
1 Tbsp chopped, peeled fresh ginger
1/8 tsp of chili pepper powder
½ avocado
½ cup fresh basil
½ cup fresh cilantro

Directions:

Blend all ingredients except the avocado, basil and cilantro in high speed blender. Taste, and adjust flavors to your preferences – i.e., add more lemon, salt, ginger, pepper powder now. Add avocado and blend thoroughly to a creamy texture. Lastly, add fresh herbs and gently pulse. Enjoy over fresh heirloom greens and top with hemp seeds and cherry tomatoes.
Sourced at www.sunfood.com

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Herbed Macadamia Nut Cheese

Herbed Macadamia Nut Cheese

Check out this savory recipe for a raw, vegan cheesy treat!

Ingredients:

½ Cup Macadamia Nuts
½ Cup Cashews
1 ½ Tbsp Tamari
Juice of ½ small lemon
¼ cup water
1 tbsp raw nut flour (cashew, almond, etc) OR substitute Nutritional Yeast
1 tbsp of each: parsley, cilantro, chives, dill (plus more for garnish)

Directions:

1. Soak Cashews & Macadamias in 1 cup water overnight.
2. Pour out soak water and in blender/food processer combine all ingredients and blend until creamy, if needed—add water/lemon or tamari to create smoother mix.
3. Pour blended ingredients into a nut milk bag or tied cheese cloth and suspend over a bowl to allow for drainage. Allow cheese to ferment for 24-48 hours.
4. Set in container, refrigerate to set cheese (20 min minimum)
5. Upon setting the cheese, garnish with leftover herbs
6. For extra rich flavor, add 1 tbsp Sunfood Botija Olive Oil over top of cheese plate.
Sourced at www.sunfood.com

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Golden Berry Fudge

Golden Berry Fudge

This fudge is super easy to make and delicious to eat! It is the perfect treat when you need just a bit of something sweet. Plus, if you need a quick gift, these are perfect for giving!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup cacao butter, melted
1 cup agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla powder
½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
2 tsp lucuma powder
1 cup cacao powder
1 cup almond butter
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup golden berries

Procedure:

Place all the ingredients in a high power blender – EXCEPT the goji berries and golden berries – in the order listed. Blend until well combined.
Place blended batter in a mixing bowl and add berries. Hand stir all ingredients well.
Line an 8×8 glass baking dish with non-stick paper. Evenly spread fudge batter in dish.
Place glass dish in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until batter has hardened.
Once hardened, remove fudge from dish simply by lifting the edges of the paper. Peel paper away from fudge and then cut into bite-sized pieces.
Will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks, or the freezer for months, in an airtight container.
Sourced at www.sunfood.com

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Maqui Berry Smoothie

Maqui berry smoothie
fruity omega blend

ingredients
½ Cup Mango
½ Cup Strawberries
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Maqui Powder
to blend Water
to taste Stevia

Directions
Blend ingredients together, enjoy! Top with some toasted coconut, hemp seeds, granola, or whole berries.
sourced at navitasnaturals.com
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Once Again Nut Butters

Have you tried Once Again Nut Butters?

Almond butter contains beneficial magnesium and vitamin E. Like calcium, magnesium contributes to the health of your bones. It also helps you produce energy, as well as synthesize fatty acids needed for energy storage. A serving of almond butter offers 89 milligrams of magnesium, which is 28 percent of the daily recommended intake for women and 21 percent for men. Vitamin E supports health communication between your cells, and prevents blood lipid oxidation, which is a process linked to cardiovascular disease. Consuming 2 tablespoons of almond butter boosts your vitamin E intake by 7.8 milligrams and provides 52 percent of your recommended daily intake. Almond butter also contains beneficial magnesium and vitamin E. Like calcium, magnesium contributes to the health of your bones. It also helps you produce energy, as well as synthesize fatty acids needed for energy storage. A serving of almond butter offers 89 milligrams of magnesium, which is 28 percent of the daily recommended intake for women and 21 percent for men. Vitamin E supports health communication between your cells, and prevents blood lipid oxidation, which is a process linked to cardiovascular disease. Consuming 2 tablespoons of almond butter boosts your vitamin E intake by 7.8 milligrams and provides 52 percent of your recommended daily intake. Almond butter offers cardiovascular benefits because of its fiber and fat content. Each serving of almond butter contains 18 grams of fat, made up primarily of unsaturated fatty acids. These fats improve your blood cholesterol levels to combat cardiovascular disease, and also provide energy. Fiber also benefits your cholesterol levels, and following a diet rich in fiber can reduce your coronary heart disease risk by up to one-third, notes the Linus Pauling Institute. A 2-tablespoon serving of almond butter offers 3.3 grams of fiber, which is 9 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 13 percent for women.
sourced at Livestrong.com

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Almond Flour Benefits

Why Almond Flour?

I am asked this question at least once a day. Almond flour is highly nutritious, easy to use and readily available. For those of us watching our glycemic index, almond flour is high in protein, low in carbohydrates and low in sugars.

Unlike other alternatives to wheat flour, almond flour is moist and delicious. After having tested just about every gluten free flour out there, I can save you a lot of time and hassle when I say that almond flour is far superior to other flours in terms of taste, nutrition and ease-of-use.
sourced from elanaspantry.com

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Wild Carrot Herbals Skin Care

Wild Carrot Herbals Skin Care

Since 2000, our goal has been to create honest, nutrient-rich, joyful products that are reasonably priced for the entire family.

We are a small, family owned and operated business located in Enterprise, Oregon. We feel really lucky to have this thriving little business that allows us to live in a beautiful and wild place in NE Oregon. We manufacture everything ourselves at Wild Carrot with the exception of our organic castile soap & Camamu bar soaps. We try to grow as many of the botanical ingredients as we use in our products or we wild craft them ourselves in the surrounding area. We make hundreds of gallons of our own botanical infused oils out of this plant material every year. We source organic ingredients whenever possible. Sometimes we feel that a local or fair trade product better suits our company vision and the quality might be better. Plus, we enjoy the relationships we have built buying directly from real live folks.

Our products are all made in very small batches—measured, mixed, hand poured and labeled the old fashioned way with love, care and cleanliness. All of the recipes were created by Jody Berry and have been tested for years (since 1993) on hundreds of friends and family members and now on the public at large. Jody met her husband Michael while studying organic farming at the Evergreen State College. We both have been organic and biodynamic farmers and incorporate these practices in what we grow in rural NE Oregon. Wild Carrot has grown, and we are now assisted by our 5 year old daughter Ginger Berry, 5 employees, Daisy Doodle Monkey Dog, our sweet border collie aussie, and 13 chickens.

What is Wild Carrot anyway?

Our company namesake, also known as Queen Anne’s Lace or as Daucus Carota, is an abundant weed found all over the Northwest. The upper Chehalis people’s name for the month of June is ‘wild carrot month’ and it was an important food source for them.
This hardy plant has a long white tap root that is edible and smells and tastes just like a carrot. Popular with florists, the gorgeous flowers are long-lasting and a delicate filler for bouquets. They produce abundant seeds—also known as a bird’s nest—and the birds do go crazy for them in the fields in the fall. These seeds have many uses—distilled as an essential oil, cold pressed for a nutrient-rich oil and consumed to avoid pregnancy.
The essential oil in skin care is said to help improve the complexion of the skin and cell regeneration. It is specific to aged skin and can assist with conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rashes.

According to the ‘Flower Essence Repertory’, by Patricia Kaminsky and Richard Katz, Queen Anne’s Lace flower essence harmonizes both ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ energies, so that one can stay connected with the Earth, yet also be emotionally clear and objective in one’s spiritual insight and vision. The Queen Anne’s Lace flower helps to ground and stabilize, as well as to refine and sensitize the soul’s ‘clear-seeing.’
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Why take Probiotics?

Are you taking your probiotics?

Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. After all, we take antibiotics to fight bacteria. But our bodies naturally teem with such organisms.

The digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria. They help keep the intestines healthy and assist in digesting food. They are also believed to help the immune system.

Researchers believe that some digestive disorders happen when the balance of friendly bacteria in the intestines becomes disturbed. This can happen after an infection or after taking antibiotics. Intestinal problems can also arise when the lining of the intestines is damaged. Taking probiotics may help.

“Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines,” says Stefano Guandalini, MD, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. These friendly organisms may also help fight bacteria that cause diarrhea.

Probiotics and the Immune System

There’s also evidence that probiotics help maintain a strong immune system. “In societies with very good hygiene, we’ve seen a sharp increase in autoimmune and allergic diseases,” Guandalini tells WebMD. “That may be because the immune system isn’t being properly challenged by pathogenic organisms. Introducing friendly bacteria in the form of probiotics is believed to challenge the immune system in healthy ways.”

Probiotics May Help Lots of Ailments

Although they are still being studied, probiotics may help several specific illnesses, studies show. In 2011, experts at Yale University reviewed the research. They concluded that probiotics are most effective for:

Treating childhood diarrhea
Treating ulcerative colitis
Treating necrotizing enterocolitis, a type of infection and inflammation of the intestines mostly seen in infants
Preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea and infectious diarrhea
Preventing pouchitis, an inflammation of the intestines that can follow intestinal surgery
Treating and preventing eczema associated with cow’s milk allergy
Helping the immune system

The Yale University panel of experts concluded that probiotics may be helpful in other ways, although the evidence is less convincing.
These include:
Treating symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
Treating vaginitis
Treating diarrhea caused by C. difficile bacteria
Treating Crohn’s disease
Probiotics may also be useful in unexpected ways. A study published in 2010 suggests that probiotics may lower the risk of common childhood illnesses such as ear infections, strep throat, and colds.
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Digestive Enzymes

What Are Digestive Enzymes

Giving your body digestive enzymes to help aid digestion is like hiring more workers for an extremely large task. The more workers you have, the better executed the task will be. Digestive enzymes help fight to keep your gut healthy. They are the key substances of the digestive process, working to break down our food for proper absorption. The four primary digestive enzymes are:

Lipase enzymes that help digest and assimilate fats.
Protease/Peptidase enzymes that break down proteins.
Amylase enzymes that break down carbohydrates or starch.
Cellulase enzymes that break down cellulose molecules into simple sugars.

5 Reasons to Take Digestive Enzymes

1. Enzymes Are Vital to Human Survival.
Enzymes are responsible for every chemical reaction that takes place in our bodies. These reactions allow our cells to build up and break down molecules quickly. Vitamins, minerals and hormones mean nothing without the labor force of enzymes. Here’s a simple example given to us by howstuffworks.com…
“The intestinal cells of lactose-intolerant people do not produce lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose. This problem shows how the lack of just one enzyme in the human body can lead to problems. A person who is lactose intolerant can swallow a drop of lactase prior to drinking milk and the problem is solved.”

2. Our Typical Diet & Cooked Foods Drain Our Enzyme Supply.
Processed foods with additives, preservatives, nitrates, etc., do not contain the digestive enzymes needed for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients. Because our diet is made up mostly of these foods, our bodies are deficient in many nutrients. These foods also create harmful bacteria & yeast overgrowth in our gut causing inflammation that leads to illness.
The more raw and organic food we eat, the more alive and well we will be. But, even non-organic raw food is better for you than cooked food – especially when it comes to enzymes. Raw foods like avocado, spinach and sprouts naturally contain enzymes. However, when these foods are heated, their enzymes are destroyed.
Enzyme-free foods force your body to steal enzymes from other parts of the body, just to digest, rather than using the enzymes from the food itself to do the job. This depletes the limited supply of enzymes we have in our body.
So, whether you eat a mostly a raw diet or cooked food, taking digestive enzymes before you eat will help your body digest and absorb the nutrients needed for better health.

3. Even Some Raw Foods Contain Enzyme Inhibitors
Raw peanuts, raw wheat germ, egg whites, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, potatoes & lentils are all examples of healthy raw foods that contain enzyme inhibitors. This means that they actually neutralize some of the enzymes your body produces.
Dr. Edward Howell, author of Food Enzymes for Health & Longevity and pioneer food enzyme researcher, explains:
“These enzyme inhibitors are present for the protection of the seed. Nature doesn’t want the seed to germinate prematurely and lose its life. It wants to make sure that the seed is present in soil with sufficient moisture to grow and continue the species.”
So, simply taking extra digestive enzymes when you eat seeds and nuts will neutralize these enzyme inhibitors.

4. Many Factors Cause Our Bodies to Use up Enzymes Faster
The quicker you use up your enzyme supply, the faster you’ll run out. You will only live as long as your body has enzymes.
Our bodies use up enzymes in so many ways. For example, enzymes are used up by our bodies faster in extreme hot & cold weather, with strenuous exercise & when we’re ill.
This is another reason why it’s worth taking extra digestive enzymes to maintain your bodies enzyme bank.
According to Dr. Howell, “people could extend their lifespans by 20 or more years – just by maintaining proper enzyme levels.”

5. Enzyme levels drop significantly with age.
Low enzyme levels are associated with old age. In fact, as we age we have fewer enzymes available and normal digestion slows down. This in turn affects the absorption of nutrients, which then leads to sickness and disease.
“Furthermore, as we pass our prime, the amount of enzymes in our bodies and excreted in our sweat and urine continues to decline until we die,” explains Dr. Howell.
Sourced from www.naturalhealthyconcepts.com

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Why Seniors Need Nutrient Supplementation

By Don Webber

February 2012

Length of Days and Long Life
From time immemorial Homo sapiens has always yearned for the proverbial “length of days and long life”  perhaps because it’s hard-wired in the human psyche by virtue of our God-given, genetic imprint known in Western culture as the Imago Dei—Image of God.  Yes, our traditional birthday prayer and fervent hope for those we love has always been Ad Multos Annos—For Many Years.

Some scientific studies in the burgeoning field of epigenetics (nutrient control and modulation of genetic expression), however, suggest that the secret to length of days and long life may not be exclusively attributable to one’s genes after all.  Longevity, it has been reasoned, is more the result of our cultural modus vivendi generally referred to as a “healthy lifestyle,” ideally characterized by such distinctives as a Mediterranean-like diet, caloric restriction, adequate hydration, sound sleep, sunshine exposure, periodic physical activity (e.g., walking, if nothing else), drug avoidance, sound mind, emotional balance, meditation, and dietary supplementation.

Well, so much for genetics alone as an excuse for mainstream medicine’s anti-aging antagonism and unreasonable rejection of “preventive medicine” in favor of “early detection,” rejuvenation research and nutritional/herbal  therapies for longevity and life extension.

Seniors and Senility at Sixty
In January 2006 an estimated 77 million American “baby boomers” (1946 – 1964) turned sixty.  This generational milestone begs the question whether these senescent seniors will succumb to early senility.  Speculation has it that these well-heeled, sixty-something seniors will seek to delay “the way of all the earth” by taking their healthcare into their own hands.  Many healthcare “experts” so-called, however, predict the proliferation of a “longevity for sale” mentality and marketplace in today’s internet-savvy, consumer-driven healthcare era.

Also expected is a veritable explosion of increasingly popular “nutraceuticals” so-called including natural (organic and raw) foods, food-sourced vitamin/mineral multiples, and a seemingly infinite number of discrete dietary supplements from astaxanthin to zinc.  In brief, the proverbial “Fountain of Youth” has never been sought after so seriously as by today’s 21st century boomer generation.  Will it prove to be a boom or bust?

Nutrient Depleted Diets
Ten years ago a popular book, provocatively titled Death by Diet, and many others since that time have made the case for diet-induced, boomer deterioration as evidenced by their bad eyes, bad ears, bad teeth, bad hair, bad breath, bad hearts, bad bones, bad nails, bad backs, “bad” cholesterol, low to no libido, and ultimately untimely death.  Yes, common sense informs us that we most certainly are what we eat and metabolize.  To think and act otherwise does not make for a happy and long life as evidenced by our increasingly deplorable healthcare statistics.

Make no mistake about it, nutrient insufficiency or even worse frank deficiency will eventually trigger physiological dysfunction, disease and death in the end.  The Standard American Diet, aptly tagged with the acronym SAD, and its resultant obesity epidemic especially with the youngest among us is in fact America’s saddest running “healthcare” story.

That diets loaded with junk or ersatz food, processed and promoted by Big Ag for the past 60 years plus, are altogether nutrient-negative is simply a no-brainer.  But even healthy diets devoted to otherwise nourishing fruits, vegetables and grass-raised meats—sorry PETA and vegans—are no longer what they used to be given their source, viz., mineral and trace element depleted soil and their chemicalized fertilizer and pesticide environment.

Contrary to contemporary evolutionary theory, the biblical narrative presents the human being as having emerged from the humus, that vital organic component of the soil, which is also required to sustain human life by the vital and plentiful plant life it provides.  Another no-brainer?

Nutrient Depleting Drugs
An equally, if not an even more insidious detriment to a senior’s health and well-being, is allopathic medicine’s FDA approved and physician assisted, “standard of care” practice of polypharmacy—pharmaceutical drugs for every diagnosis and disease.  While some drugs—think man-made, alien molecular entities—may admittedly sometimes deliver some in extremis seniors from death’s door, there should be no place for an ever increasing and life-threatening drugging of our seniors, especially those in “assisted living” facilities, which for all intents and purposes are sadly tantamount to what could be called “assisted dying” homes.

Consult the Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Handbook (and Dr. Ray Strand’s Death by Prescription) for a comprehensive “Beta-Carotene to Zinc” listing of nature’s nutrients known to be nuked by man’s medicines.  Those vital substances include: bifidobacteria, biotin, carnitine, chromium, coenzyme Q10, iodine, lactobacillus acidophilus, magnesium, molybdenum, potassium, silicon, vanadium, and all the fat-soluble (A,D,E,K) as well as the water-soluble B (1,2,3,5,6,12) vitamins, not to mention good old vitamin C.  Good God!  No wonder our seniors are dying before their time.  And we dare call it “healthcare” instead of what it really is—drug care?  Whatever happened to the popular mantra “Just say no to [pharmaceutical] drugs”?

Nutrient Defining Diseases
Despite the many scientific and technological advances in conventional allopathic medicine in recent years, there is today perhaps no other factor as demoralizing and utterly devastating to baby boomers than autoimmunity more commonly referred to as “autoimmune disease”—the number one enemy of longevity and anti-aging healthcare.  As its name suggests, this malicious malady for which there is no conventional “cure” causes the body’s immune system to betray the boomer by launching and sustaining a self-destructing assault upon the body chemistry with usually crippling results.

For many seniors any autoimmunity disease such as Alzheimer’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Crohn’s Disease and Lupus Erythematosis to name only a few can become a merciless killer.  Dietary and clinical nutrition alone offer hope for the prevention and “cure” of these nutrient defining or related conditions.  Thankfully, both the ancients and today’s naturopathic-minded physicians and clinicians subscribe to the timeless principle of Vis Medicatrix Naturae—The Healing Power of Nature, and prescribe accordingly.

On-going research and clinical trials have repeatedly proven the therapeutic efficacy of sunshine and its supplemental substitute, Vitamin D, in the prevention and treatment of innumerable diseases including those of an autoimmune nature such as MS, the debilitating neuromuscular disease on the rise in the Western world.  Other substances shown to be effective in preventing and/or ameliorating this condition and others include: proteolytic (protein digesting) enzymes such as bromelain and papain, essential fatty acids such as EPA and DHA, minerals such as magnesium and iodine, polyphenols such as curcumin and resveratrol, and the B vitamins especially B12 in its active,  methylcobalamin form.

Herbal therapy for MS often includes such notable medicinal botanicals as ginkgo, green tea extract (ECGC), olive leaf, and milk thistle, while dietary therapy often includes such well-known Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acid oils as fish, flax, and evening primrose.

Antioxidants for Anti-Aging
According to current scientific research, boosting the body’s levels of natural antioxidants such as enzymes could be the anti-aging key to “length of days.”  The proven and potent life-extension properties of the antioxidant enzyme catalase, for example, functioning in concert with another important endogenous enzyme called superoxide dismutase (SOD for short), work together to scavenge and neutralize so-called free radicals—highly destructive “rusting” agents (technically known as “reactive oxygen species” or ROS for short), responsible for accelerated aging especially within the graying boomer community.  Don’t old folk often look like they’re rusted?

Innumerable foods and herbs function as amazing antioxidants including ashwaganda, astragalus, bee propolis, colorful, carotenoid-rich berries, garlic, ginsengs, oregano, spirulina, and turmeric not to mention—believe it or not—dark beer and red wine (as well as black coffee and green tea) for stress reduction and a longer and happier life. As a matter of fact, the feisty and beloved internet doc, William Campbell Douglass II (MD), recently praised beer as a “health food” because of its bona fide health benefits.

This author’s youngest son, himself a new MDeity (thank you Charlie Brown) in Preventive Medicine with the USAF, commenting on the Douglass report, confirmed: “He’s right.  Study after study shows that moderate alcohol consumption decreases all-cause and cardiovascular mortality.  And it doesn’t matter which type of alcohol.  It’s probably the anti-coagulant and cholesterol modification effects of the alcohol itself that helps. If you want more proof, check out the . . . graph from a meta-analysis of 34 articles published in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2006.”  Some doctors get it.

The take home message for seniors (and juniors too): take anti-aging antioxidants for promoting the proverbial “length of days and long life.”

Rejuvenation and Renewal

Our culture’s seemingly relentless progression from discomfort, distress, dysfunction, disease and decay to an ultimately untimely demise is simply the result of an unhealthy lifestyle and its devastating effect on both body and soul—bigness of body and smallness of soul.  Indeed, physical and metaphysical malnutrition is most certainly an increasingly deadly combination especially for seniors.

To reverse direction, to recover from this death-dealing syndrome, to rejuvenate our dead-tired bodies, and to renew our lives we must get back to the basics of diet and dietary supplements as needed.  In short, a broad-spectrum, applied clinical nutrition solution is required to maximize our immune response to the wide variety of acute and chronic challenges that plague our 21st century boomer community.

As an old wholistic doctor friend and mentor has long emphasized, “The road to [healthcare] success is always under construction—and always a toll road.  Nutritional modulators are required to fix, patch, repair and mend the road more traveled.”  And for seniors the most cost effective preventative for keeping on the road and out of the ditch is by nutritional supplementation with a broad-spectrum, food-based, vitamin/mineral multiple—daily.

Science and Supplements
Research out of UC Berkley in late 2007 validated what nutritionally-minded healthcare professionals have been clinically proving and demonstrating to be true around the country and abroad for much of the 20th century, namely, that nutrition works, just as the research paper’s title assures us and all those with healthcare ears to hear and minds to believe—the “Use of Multiple Nutritional Supplements Found to Be Beneficial to Health.” Duh!

Just before the turn of the millennium, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition echoed the Hippocratic dictum delivered some 2,500 years earlier: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine thy food” by stating unequivocally that “vegetables and fruit and their constituents are potent effectors of biological systems in humans.”  Yes, sometimes science does make some sense, believe it or not, and confirms what has been known for millennia.

Seniors and Supplements
To begin with, it must be emphasized that dietary supplements are intended to supplement the diet—another no-brainer for sure.  As famously mandated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), they are not in and of themselves intended “to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”  Amazingly to its credit, the government’s Department of Health and Human Services supports dietary supplementation by asking this simple question: “Even if you eat a wide variety of foods, how can you be sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients you need as you get older?  Supplements and fortified foods may also help you get appropriate amounts of nutrients [emphasis added].”  Imagine that!

In the interest of full disclosure on the other hand, the conventional medical establishment is also well-known for its traditional and relentless trashing of dietary supplements “. . . widely used by older adults, even though the effectiveness of these supplements in preventing illness is questionable” according to a recent “Best Evidence Review” of the subject in terms of “Mortality Rates in Older Women” reported by Medscape just last month.

Senior Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation
As noted earlier, in addition to a healthy balanced diet, a daily, food-based, broad-spectrum, vitamin/mineral multiple will serve seniors well in their pursuit of a disease-free, active life well beyond their sixties and seventies.

Conventional multi-vitamin/mineral products, however, comprised in the main if not entirely of synthetic isolates, are not food-based, and therefore cannot deliver the health benefits of a whole food supplement—naturally.  The whole is greater than the sum of its parts in terms of the synergy and potency of whole foods and food-based supplements such as those manufactured by highly respected companies such as Garden of Life, MegaFood, and New Chapter, to mention only three among many.

Whole food-based supplements can be described as “phytonutrient complexes” typically comprised of probiotic-cultured vegetables, fruits, whole herbs, and herbal extracts of organic origin to the extent possible.  Only such natural products provide genuine dietary supplementation, not to say, however, that vitamin and mineral isolates have no place in applied clinical nutrition for targeting specific nutrient deficiencies associated with any number of common physiological dysfunctions and diseases.  Foods are complex organic entities comprised of both known and unknown factors; food supplements should be too.  One of the early 20th century nutritional pioneers, Dr. Royal Lee, employed this accommodated use of Scripture to explain the infinitely complex nature of food: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”  It’s another no-brainer!

Seniors who take care of themselves by “living out” all or most of the basic lifestyle principles can truly benefit from whole-food supplementation for general as well as for specific healthcare objectives.  Such plant-based formulations provide not only the major minerals and vitamins, but also the many trace elements and other substances of innumerable categories in their proper bioactive forms for optimum absorption and metabolic utilization including but not limited to: an array of amino acids, co-enzyme B vitamins, cholecalciferol D3, methylcobalamin B12, methylfolate, bioflavonoid complexed vitamin C, vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols, chelated minerals and little known trace elements.

PubMed Central of the National Library of Medicine offers a treasure trove of scientific research including randomized blinded studies and human clinical trials which validate the therapeutic efficacy of dietary supplementation for senior men and women.  Aging seniors need not worry about the health of their bones, breasts, eyes, hearts, memories, prostates—or cholesterol.  Why?  Medicus Curat, Natura Sanat—The Doctor Cares, but Nature Heals.