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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera "Wonder Plant"

Considered by most as the “wonder plant”, Aloe Vera is the best known for it’s amazing health and healing properties.

Where does Aloe Vera comes from?

This succulent green plant is at home in dry, tropical climates in Africa, Asia, Europe, Northern South America, the Caribbean and the southern and western parts of the United States.

What is the history of Aloe Vera?

A long time ago, people realized the plant had a lot more to offer than just being nice to look at. The gel and juice found inside aloe vera became a popular herbal remedy that was used to help treat everything from skin issues to digestive problems. For almost 6,000 years the healing properties of Aloe Vera has been known. Know as the “plant of immortality” Egyptian pharaohs were presented this plant as a funeral gift.

Many studies suggests that there are countless benefits to eating Aloe Vera. From digestion, skin, immunity, hydration, and more. Whether drinking Aloe Vera water, taking a concentrated Aloe Vera supplement, or simply eating raw Aloe gel, the leaves consist of 99.5% water with the remaining .05% solid material containing a wide range of compounds that include water-soluble and fat-soluble minerals, vitamins, enzymes, polysaccharides, phenolic compounds, organic acids, and glyconutrients that completely nourishes the body.

What are the Health Benefits?

METABOLIC BALANCE

A health source of minerals, Aloe Vera supports a healthy cellular enzyme system and makes our metabolism function as it should be. There’s calcium for bones, teeth and cellular signaling; zinc and magnesium, which are essential for our metabolism, plus magnesium keeps your nerves, muscles, heart rhythm and bones healthy; chromium enhances insulin that provides energy to cells. Other minerals included copper, potassium, and sodium—the latter two helps keep our electrolytes in balance.

 

IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTING

This wonder plan is a good source for vitamins A, C, D, E, B, B-1, B-2, B12, and folic acid. Vitamins A, C, and E are antioxidants that help to protect cells against heart disease and cancer, and the folic acid can help increase the antioxidants in other healthy foods to absorb vitamins and nutrients. Vitamins B-12 aids in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular and nervous system, along with serving multiple metabolic functions.

 

SKIN REPAIR & HYDRATION

Consumption of Aloe gel also improve the health of your skin and hair. It can treating acne and acne lesions, psoriasis, eczema, and other rashes, it also helps keep your skin supple and hydrated.

 

MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT

Studies also show that Aloe vera has about 20 amino acids essential for the production of muscle tissues, 8 of which are not naturally produced by the body and must be supplemented in your diet.

 

DIGESTIVE REGULATION

Aloe Vera is very beneficial to the overall digestive system and gut health by simply alkalizes the body, which helps to fight heartburn and more. It aids in reducing inflammation, blood pressure, and balances electrolytes; especially important after working out.

  • Ann Larson
Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Health Benefits of Mushrooms

Winter is finally here! In New York at least and with that comes the cold and flu viruses. The cold and flu viruses spread through tiny droplets in the air that are released when a sick person sneezes, coughs, or blows their nose.

A clinical study conducted at the University of Florida’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition found that;

Eating mushrooms daily improves immunity 

in a way that is not found in any currently available pharmaceutical drugs. And common white button mushrooms, as well as other mushroom types, may also have anti-inflammatory power. Mushrooms also have a lot of nutritional.

Mushrooms can lower your calories

They also contain two types of dietary fibers, beta-glucans and chitin, which increase satiety and reduce appetite.

In one study, researchers gave people less meat and more mushrooms in place of meat. After just one year, people reported feeling healthier, and they lost a lot of weight, had less diabetes, and their blood pressure and cholesterol went down.

Mushrooms can fight cancer

Mushrooms are best known for it’s apparent cancer-fighting powers. Mushrooms contain a class of proteins called lectins, which are able to bind to abnormal cells and cancer cells and label the cells for destruction by our immune system. According to a 2016 article published in Molecules:

“ Many mushrooms have been used as foods and medicines for a long time. Mushrooms contain polyphenols, polysaccharides, vitamins and minerals. Studies show that mushrooms possess various bioactivities, such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective, and antidiabetic properties, therefore, mushrooms have attracted increasing attention in recent years, and could be developed into functional food or medicines for prevention and treatment of several chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus and neurodegenerative diseases. The present review summarizes the bioactivities and health benefits of mushrooms, and could be useful for full utilization of mushrooms. ”

Numerous studies have shown that mushrooms help fight breast cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, uterine cervix cancer, pancreatic cancer, gastric cancer, and acute leukemia. In addition, antitumor compounds have been identified in various mushrooms species.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. So scientists have done a lot of research about the activities mushrooms possess against breast cancer.

In one amazing study of 2,000 women conducted by researchers from the University of Western Australia in Perth, women who consumed at least a third of an ounce of fresh mushrooms every day were 64% less likely to develop breast cancer.

 

 

Gary's Vitamin Closet immune stuff is made from organic raw and all natural mushrooms!

[ https://foodrevolution.org/blog/food-and-health/health-benefits-of-mushrooms/ ]

[ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27447602 ]

What Is Vegetarianism?

What Is Vegetarianism?

What Is Vegetarianism?

Minimally, being a vegetarian means nothing more than abstaining from the flesh of warm-blooded animals. But in practice, there are many different approaches to vegetarian eating. Here a few definitions:

• Vegans

live on plant foods alone, eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes. This regimen omits all animal foods, including meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products, fish, and honey (because it is made by insects). Vegans also abstain from all products derived from animals, such as leather or even wool and silk.

• lacto-vegetarians

include dairy products in their diet in addition to vegetables.

• lacto-ovo-vegetarians

 consume eggs along with dairy products and vegetables.

• Pesco-vegetarians

add fish to their diet. Hundreds of millions of Asians live on the staples of rice, fish, and vegetables.

• Polio-vegetarians

eat poultry (chicken, duck, game, birds) but omit red meat.

A Brief History of Vegetarianism

As indicated by the Latin root of vegetarianism- vegetare, "to enliven" - this practice has always offered a healthful approach to both diet and life. The health benefits are one of the main reasons that people choose to become vegetarian. Throughout much of human history, in many parts of the world, meat also has been relatively unattainable, causing people to get their nutrients primarily from plant foods. The practice of vegetarianism also is connected with religious disciplines that espouse a meat-free diet and respect for animal life. Vegetarianism also has roots in the early history of the East, where ancient religious beliefs held that the human soul transmigrated to "lower" life forms. Followers maintained a vegetarian diet out of respect for the animal life that may be housing human souls. Buddha later commanded: "Do not butcher the ox that plows thy field," and "Do not indulge a voracity that involves the slaughter of animals." Buddhism quickly spread eastward from India, becoming the state religion of China around 500 AD and arriving in japan a century later.

For Japanese Buddhists, vegetarianism included the belief that

Eating animal flesh polluted the body for 100 days.

In the Hindu religion of India, vegetarianism is founded on health standards formulated in the Hindu epic poem Mahabharata: "Those who desire to possess good memory, beauty, long life with perfect health, and physical, moral and spiritual strength, should abstain from animal foods." It has been estimated that 20% to 42% of India's 1.1 billion population is vegetarian. Some Egyptians also were vegetarian, according to analysis of TOWNSEND LETTER - JULY 2011 the intestinal contents of mummies. Some of these ancients have earned the modern nickname "the eaters of bread." Much later in the Middle East, Mohammed's holy book of Islam, the Koran, prohibited the eating of "dead animals, blood, and flesh."

Philosopher Henry David Thoreau dedicated pages to the ideals of vegetarianism. He felt that "it is a part of the destiny of the human, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized."26 Like Shaw, Thoreau thought that avoidance of meat improved his work In his masterwork, Walden, he wrote, "I believe that every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic facilities in the best condition has been particularly inclined to abstain from animal food." His abstinence from meat, coffee, and tea was not so much for health reasons as because "they were not agreeable to my imagination."

  • Ann Larson
Vitamin C -

Vitamin C - "the wonder worker"

In the 65 years since its discovery, vitamin C has come to be known as a

 "wonder worker."

It's easy to see why: In addition to its role in collagen formation and other life-sustaining functions,

vitamin C serves as a key immune system nutrient

and a potent free-radical fighter. This double duty nutrient has been shown to prevent many illnesses, from everyday ailments such as the common cold to devastating diseases such as cancer. In the scientific world, the water-soluble vitamin C is known as ascorbic acid (meaning "without scurvy," the disease caused by a vitamin C deficiency). We depend on ascorbic acid for many aspects of our biochemical functioning, yet human beings are among only a handful of animal species that cannot produce their own supply of vitamin C. Like these other animals, including primates and guinea pigs, we have no choice but to obtain this nutrient in our diet. Considering the many benefits vitamin C may provide, that mandate is deceptively simple.

How Does Vitamin C Function in the Body?

Much like the immune system itself, which operates at a cellular level, the hardworking vitamin C reaches every cell of the body. The concentration of vitamin C in both blood serum and tissues is quite. high.' In fact, this nutrient plays a major role in the manufacture and defense of our connective tissue, the elaborate matrix that holds the body together. It serves as a primary ingredient of collagen, a glue-like substance that binds cells together to form tissues. Vitamin C helps some of our most important body systems. First and foremost, it helps the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and tumor cells. Vitamin C also supports the cardiovascular system by facilitating fat metabolism and protecting tissues from free radical damage, and it assists the nervous system by converting certain amino acids into neurotransmitters. The skin, teeth and bones also benefit from vitamin C's collagen-forming and invader-resisting properties; this vitamin contributes to the maintenance of healthy bones, the prevention of periodontal disease and the healing of wounds. It even serves as a natural aspirin, of sorts, by combating inflammation and pain, according to Formula For Life. It accomplishes this task by 174 inhibiting the secretion of the prostaglandins that contribute to such symptoms.

  • Travis Gittens
Power Up! Improve your Immune System

Power Up! Improve your Immune System

While garlic contains phytonutrients similar to those found in onions, it also possesses selenium, a substance that, according to some studies, offers protection against various cancers and the deterioration of the body caused by free radicals.

Researchers have studied the ability of garlic to guard against;

1. heart disease

2. Arterial calcification (hardening of the arteries)

3. Reduce cholesterol and blood pressure.

Because it is a source of the flavonoid quercetin, garlic contains antibiotic properties that empower it to fight colds, stomach viruses, and yeast infections.

 

 

Many edible mushrooms are among the more important immune-builders in the plant kingdom.

In particular, medicinal mushrooms inhibit tumor growth, strengthen immunity, and have anti-pathogenic and blood-sugar lowering properties. Among approximately 200 varieties of mushrooms whose health enhancing skills have been noted are the chaga, cordyceps, maitake, oyster, portobello, reishi, shiitake, and turkey tail. Although all of these types can be obtained in fresh or dried form, shiitake mushrooms currently are the easiest to obtain in the US. A list of the health benefits of mushrooms would have to include their antiviral and antibacterial properties, which in different varieties have shown some effectiveness against pathogens including polio, hepatitis B, influenza, candida, Epstein-Barr virus, streptococcus, and tuberculosis. The scientific literature also discusses the mutagenic benefits of mushrooms, which can be enlisted in the fight against leukemia, sarcoma, and the bladder, breast, colon, liver, lung, prostate, stomach cancers, even in advanced stages.

  • Ann Larson
EVERYDAY HEALTH – The Cold Hard Truth

EVERYDAY HEALTH – The Cold Hard Truth

According to a 2015 report from a federal advisory panel on nutrition, about half of all-American adults have at least one preventable, chronic disease related to diet and lack of physical activity.

In addition, 37 percent of women are obese, and another 30 percent are overweight. The situation is not new. Many medical practitioners and the public at large are finally acknowledging what the natural healing community has known for ages:

A good diet can not only promote health, but also prevent disease.

Today it is customary to talk about how food choices affect overall well-being and help ward off heart problems, cancer, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, depression, and myriad other ailments. Most people are also aware that a healthy diet can decrease the risk of disease by reducing predisposing conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Eating a balanced diet is the most effective way to ensure that our bodies receive the nutrients we need.

Unfortunately, the typical American diet does not meet many of the requirements for good health. Part of the problem relates to the types and proportions of foods people eat. Just as important to our health is how the foods are grown and processed as they make their way to our grocery shelves and kitchen tables.

Eating properly means:

  1. Selecting unprocessed or minimally processed foods.
  2. You want to avoid pesticides, dyes, and wax coatings.
  3. Adjusted to include more complex carbohydrates.
  4. Fewer proteins, and less fat.
  5. Consuming a wide assortment of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds supplies multiple nutrients.
  6. Supplements are always necessary (Green Stuff, Energy Stuff, Red Stuff and more).
  7. Juices from watermelons, raspberries, pomegranates, and tomatoes are filled with phytochemicals that help repair DNA and prevent cancer.

We should be thinking about our diets as part of our daily health routines.

There are six major groups of nutrients:

  1. carbohydrates
  2. fats
  3. proteins
  4. vitamins
  5. minerals
  6. And water.

You need all of these nutrients every day. How much you require depends on your health as well as your energy needs. Along with an understanding of these basic nutrients, you also need to be aware of the air you breathe, the balance of enzymes in your body, and the function of antioxidants in helping your body to combat disease and degenerative processes.

  • Ann Larson
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