Hemp the New Wonder Superfood            Peruvian Maca Root - Vegan Superfood

Magnesium and Radiation Protection                 Sodium & Iodine in my Daily Diet?

What about Iodine & the Thyroid?          Iodine in Seaweed protects from Radiation

Electrical Nutrition               Glutathione - What is Glutathione?

 

 

 Maca: Ancient Peruvian Superfood!

Maca is a superfood-food-herb with an outstanding ability to increase energy, endurance and strength. Maca is a favorite of raw-foodists, vegetarians, adventurers, extreme athletes, dessert chefs and food alchemists.

What is Maca?

Maca has traditionally been a staple superfood-food-herb in the harsh cold climates of the high Andes in Peru for thousands of years. Maca grows at an elevation of 11,000-14,000 feet making it likely the highest altitude food-herb crop in the world. The character and properties of maca have been developed by the extreme conditions under which it grows. This makes Maca an excellent food-herb choice for individuals living in cold climates and/or at high altitudes and/or with extreme lifestyles.

Maca is a member of the cruciferous family of plants. It is a distant relative of the common radish. The maca plant produces leaves that grow close to the ground and the plant produces a small, off-white flower typical to the cruciferous family. The main part of interest for this plant, however, is the radish-like tuberous root.

Historical and Traditional Use of Maca

Archeological evidence has been found, that maca was domesticated over 2,000 years ago by the predecessors of the Incan people. Even today, for many indigenous inhabitants of the Andes, Maca is still one of the most vital and valuable of all commodities.

The maca root has been used over the ages for its nutritional and herbal qualities. Once harvested, the maca root was traditionally dried, then powdered. Once powdered it was either eaten or put into sacs and traded for other commodities. Oftentimes cacao nibs and beans (raw chocolate) would come up the Andes from the jungle and in exchange maca would go down from the Andes into the jungle. These two foods (maca and cacao) have a unique affinity and history which is evident when one tries eating them together. Both cacao and maca were used as money by ancient indigenous peoples.

Maca's Remarkable Reputation

Maca's reputation as a powerful strength and stamina enhancer as well as libido-enhancing food-herb stretches back into prehistory. Maca, like goji berries and ginseng, is a powerful adaptogen, which means it has the ability to balance and stabilize the body's systems (cardiovascular system, nervous system, musculature, lymphatic system, etc.). As an adaptogen, maca can provide more energy if it is needed, but if it is not, it will not overstimulate. Adaptogens also boost immunity and increase the body's overall vitality by 10-15% according to most studies. Rather than addressing a specific symptom, adaptogens are used to improve the overall adaptability of the whole body to diverse and challenging situations and stress.

During the height of the Incan Empire, legend has it that Incan warriors would consume maca before entering into battle. This would make them fiercely strong. But after conquering a city the Incan soldiers were prohibited from using maca, to protect the women from excessive sexual impulses.

The Scientific and Health Properties of Maca

Dried maca powder contains 60% carbohydrates, 9% fiber, and slightly more than 10% protein. It has a higher lipid (fat) content than other root crops (2.2%), of which linoleic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid are the primary fatty acids, respectively. Maca is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur and iron, and contains trace minerals, including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese and silica, as well as vitamins B1, B2, C and E. Maca contains nearly 20 amino acids and seven essential amino acids. Maca is also a rich source of sterols, including sitosterol, campestrol, ergosterol, brassicasterol, and ergostadienol. As a root crop, maca contains five times more protein than a potato and four times more fiber.

Peruvian research claims that maca improves memory, increases oxygen in the blood, improves the function of neurotransmitters and increases libido. One of the researchers heading current studies on maca, Peruvian biologist Gloria Chacon de Popivici, Ph.D., suggests that maca alkaloids act on the hypothalamus-pituitary axis and the adrenals. She has theorized that by activating these endocrine glands maca is able to increase energy, vitality and libido. Other researchers indicate that the effect of maca is more basic and that when the body is well-nourished, libido rises and depressing attitudes lower. Maca's nutrient value could explain some of these purported actions.

Maca's actions on sexual function are better researched than its effects on mood and memory. One study showed that maca increased fertility in rats. Then came studies of guinea pigs, rams, and cows, each of which corroborated maca's libido-enhancing effects. For example, maca significantly increased ram semen volume and sperm count.
Researchers consider plant sterols, isothiocyanates, macamides and glucosinolates to be maca's active constituents.

How to Consume Maca

We deliver maca to you as a dried, raw, organic root powder. You may use a tablespoon or more of this powder in smoothies, teas, nut milks, coffee or just about any natural beverage you can think of. Maca is a great addition to desserts and sweet treats.

As previously mentioned, maca has an unusual relationship with cacao nibs (cacao beans or raw cacao powder) and all cacao (base for chocolate) products in general. Mix maca into all your favorite chocolate treats and experience real culinary magic.

Additionally, maca may be added to homemade jams, broths, puddings and fresh juices.

Maca has major flavor notes that are sweet and full. It has some minor taste qualities reminiscent of other cruciferous vegetables; these add some mildly spicy elements.

Our maca powder is a great emulsifier. It can be used to draw fats/oils together with starches/sugars in a beverage, dessert or recipe. For example, if one makes a drink containing agave nectar and cacao nibs, maca may be used to draw these two foods smoothly together and create a beautiful, rounded flavor. Another example, would be a raw fruit pie with a nutty crust containing figs or dates. If one makes the crust with maca, the nuts and figs or dates will be drawn together for a more wholesome and complete flavor.

Can you eat too much maca?

Yes. Of course. Maca is a powerful superfood-food-herb and should be consumed with respect.

If you really love maca, use 1-2 tablespoons each day and it is recommended that you take a week off during every month of consistent use.

Are there any side effects or interactions to overeating maca? In toxicity studies conducted in the U.S., maca showed absolutely no toxicity and no adverse pharmacological effects. In animal studies, the more maca animals consumed, the stronger and more sexually active they became. In spite of all this, moderation is advised.

Today maca is becoming increasingly popular in Peru among native and non-native people, and the effects of maca are creating market demand in Japan, Europe and the United States. Maca cultivation is on the increase, a number of government experts and agencies are actively promoting maca agriculture and development, and maca is poised to be a major botanical product on the international superfood and herbal scene.

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Maca is certified Raw Organic, Vegan and certified kosher.

 

 

 

 

Magnesium and Radiation Protection

 

“In the years leading up to Chernobyl, some dairy farmers in Austria were using remineralization as a part of their operations. They added rock dust to liquid manure as well as combining it with compost, thereby removing odors and greatly increasing soil biota. As a result, cows had twice the normal lifespan and produced much more milk. Amazingly enough, after Chernobyl, the cheeses that were remineralized (as well as biodynamic cheeses) measured no radioactivity whatsoever. Austrians would stand in long lines in order to buy these safe, remineralized products,” writes Joanna Campe.

Iodine is obviously not the only substance that we should run to in the face of increasing radiation threats. Magnesium is a vital mineral whose lack leaves us open to not only radioactive damages but also those from heavy metals and thousands of chemicals, which we are commonly exposed to. Mercury and now a long list of radioactive particles are floating in the environment like invisible clouds that have spread out everywhere. They are raining down on us, damaging and damning our future. We can no longer be passive about building our defenses against the toxic onslaught.

Without sufficient magnesium, the body accumulates toxins
and acid residues, degenerates rapidly, and ages prematurely.

Just about everyone who is writing protocols for radiation toxicity is forgetting about the importance of magnesium salts. Worse still are governments and the entire institution of medicine that are purposely ignorant about magnesium, so they cannot possibly be trusted for valuable health and medical information that will help us in our time of dire need. The need was dire before Fukushima but they did not want to admit that; they let the public get obsessed with CO2 emissions and said nothing about the mercury. Now with radioactive nuclides steadily building up in the background, we are in trouble than any of us care to admit. Today the situation has gone nuclear and there has never before been a need so great for detoxification and chelation.

Magnesium is a crucial factor in the natural self-cleansing and detoxification responses of the body. Magnesium is also necessary for effective chelation. It stimulates the sodium potassium pump on the cell wall and this initiates the cleansing process in part because the sodium-potassium-ATPase pump regulates intracellular and extracellular potassium levels. The healthy cell wall favors intake of nutrients and elimination of waste products.

The involvement of free radicals in tissue injury induced by magnesium deficiency[1] causes an accumulation of oxidative products in heart, liver, kidney, skeletal muscle tissues and in red blood cells,[2] leaving them more vulnerable to oxidative stress caused by radiation exposure. Both radiation exposure and heavy metals produce oxidative stress through the creation of increased levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS—oxygen free radicals, peroxides, and singlet oxygen). It is known that these increased levels of intracellular ROS are sufficient to trigger apoptosis (cell death).

Glutathione is Magnesium-Dependent

Glutathione protects the cells from oxidative-stress-induced apoptosis and glutathione levels are magnesium dependent! “Glutathione is a very important detoxifying agent, enabling the body to get rid of undesirable toxins and pollutants. It forms a soluble compound with the toxin that can then be excreted through the urine or the gut. The liver and kidneys contain high levels of glutathione as they have the greatest exposure to toxins. The lungs are also rich in glutathione partly for the same reason. Many cancer-producing chemicals, heavy metals, drug metabolites etc. are disposed of in this way,” says Dr. Patricia Kongshavn, former professor, department of medicine at McGill University.

 

Glutathione (glū'tə-thī'ōn') is a polypeptide,
C10H17N3O6S, of glycine, cysteine, and glutamic acid.

Glutathione synthetase requires γ-glutamyl cysteine, glycine, ATP, and magnesium ions to form glutathione.[3] In magnesium deficiency, the ss y-glutamyltranspeptidase is lowered.[4] There is a direct relationship between cellular magnesium, GSH/GSSG ratios, and tissue glucose metabolism.5] Magnesium deficiency causes glutathione loss and this is unwelcome as the clouds of radiation are touching down across the northern hemisphere. Magnesium deficiency causes glutathione loss, which is not at all healthy because glutathione helps to defend the body against damage from cigarette smoking, exposure to radiation, cancer chemotherapy, and toxins such as alcohol and just about everything else.

According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, low magnesium is associated with dramatic increases in free radical generation as well as glutathione depletion and this is vital since glutathione is one of the few antioxidant molecules known to neutralize mercury.[6] “For every molecule of pesticide that your body detoxifies, you throw away or use up forever a molecule of glutathione, magnesium and more,” says Dr. Sherry Rogers who goes on to say that, “Your body uses nutrients to make this glutathione and it uses up energy as well. Every time we detoxify a chemical, we use up, lose, throw away forever, a certain amount of nutrients.”

Mineral Deficiencies

Deficiencies in basic minerals like magnesium and selenium can make all the difference between health and disease, between being able to withstand chemical, heavy metal and radiation exposure. Dr. Rogers has indicated that there is as much as a 500-fold difference in the ability of individuals to detoxify the same chemicals and much of that will be true for radiation as well. A key marker of this difference is each individual’s magnesium level. Deficiencies in magnesium will wreak havoc with our body’s ability to detoxify and chelate heavy radioactive particles and explains much of the difference between one person withstanding radiation exposures and another person falling to radiation sickness.

Dr. Leslie Fisher has treated in excess of 35,000 patients where mineral therapy was prescribed as the sole form of medication. He has conducted research within his own clinics and the Department of Psychiatry, Austin Hospital, Melbourne. Mineral therapy is the foundation upon which chelation[7] treatments and protocols are built. Magnesium does protect cells from aluminum, mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium and nickel, which explains why re-mineralization is so essential for heavy metal detoxification and chelation as well as radiation protection. Magnesium is essential for the survival of our cells but takes on further importance now where our bodies are being bombarded on a daily basis with heavy metals and radiation.

Radiation and Diabetes

No one is going to convince the public that the increasing radiation will have a general effect on our health that can be easily traced back to the source. Even before we get cancer from radiation we have a general down-spiraling of body functions because of all the oxidative stress. In the book, New Paradigms in Diabetes, Dr. Mark Allan Sircus writes extensively about the direct relationship between magnesium deficiency and the onset of diabetes.

Pancreatic beta cells are sensitive to reactive oxygen species (ROS) [8] attack when they are exposed to oxidative stress,[9] because of the relatively low expression of antioxidant enzymes such as catalase and glutathione peroxidase.[10] Diabetes is typically accompanied by increased production of free radicals and/or impaired antioxidant defense capabilities, indicating a central contribution of reactive oxygen species. It is also a fact that ROS is one of the major factors that induce oxidative modification of DNA and gene mutation.[11]

The Chernobyl incident was a major disaster of humanity, which has resulted in a plethora of health problems that are still far from being fully recognized. Most studies analyzing the medical consequences of this catastrophe have so far focused on diseases such as thyroid cancer, leukemia, immune and autoimmune pathology [12][13] even though an increase in the incidence of type 1 diabetes mellitus, a disorder involving the immune system, was observed within the residential population of Hiroshima among survivors of the atom bomb detonation.[14] Studies have also shown that thymectomy and a sub-lethal dose of gamma radiation induces type 1 diabetes in rats.[15]

Researchers at the Pediatric Hospital A. Meyer, Florence, Italy studied this question by assessing the incidence of the disease in children in Gomel, Belarus in the years subsequent to the Chernobyl disaster. The results of the study seem to confirm the hypothesis that environmental pollution such as that subsequent to the Chernobyl accident can cause diabetes.[16]

Mass screening for diabetes mellitus has been conducted on 64,000-113,000 atomic bomb survivors residing in Hiroshima City since 1961. From 1971 to 1992 a 2.7-fold increase in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus was observed in males and a 3.2-fold increase in females.[17]

We have a significant and documented increase in the incidence of
type 1 diabetes in children and adolescents after Chernobyl in
the radioactively contaminated area of Gomel compared to Minsk.
                                                                                          Heinrich Heine University

When beginning to build a protocol against the radiation and heavy metal onslaught, we need to stick with the basics and they are magnesium,iodine, sodium bicarbonate, vitamin C, selenium,clay, THC (cannabis),  as well as a natural chelator and superfoods. Properly filtered water also is essential. There is always more we can do but even affording these basics is a challenge to many.

Special Note: One of the readers wrote saying, “Thank you for the labor of love you've given to the inhabitants of the world. All the information about magnesium, iodine, baking soda, etc. is priceless and very much appreciated. I know we can't thank you enough for your generosity with the knowledge you've accumulated from all of your research. I know you've had your detractors--ignore them!” These basic medicines are not only the mainstay of emergency rooms and intensive care wards but are the backbone of a my new form of medicine called Natural Allopathic Medicine, which makes sense in the age of toxicity that we all have live in.

Dr. Mark Allan Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P)
Director International Medical Veritas Association
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine

 

[1] Magnesium deficiency (MgD) has been associated with production of reactive oxygen species, cytokines, and eicosanoids, as well as vascular compromise in vivo. Although MgD-induced inflammatory change occurs during "chronic" MgD in vivo, acute MgD may also affect the vasculature and consequently, predispose endothelial cells (EC) to perturbations associated with chronic MgD. As oxyradical production is a significant component of chronic MgD, we examined the effect of acute MgD on EC oxidant production in vitro. In addition we determined EC; pH, mitochondrial function, lysosomal integrity and general cellular antioxidant capacity. Decreasing Mg2+ (< or = 250microM) significantly increased EC oxidant production relative to control Mg2+ (1000 microM). MgD-induced oxidant production, occurring within 30 min, was attenuated by EC treatment with oxyradical scavengers and inhibitors of eicosanoid biosynthesis. Coincident with increased oxidant production were reductions in intracellular glutathione (GSH) and corresponding EC alkalinization. These data suggest that acute MgD is sufficient for induction of EC oxidant production, the extent of which may determine, at least in part, the extent of EC dysfunction/injury associated with chronic MgD. Effect of acute magnesium deficiency (MgD) on aortic endothelial cell (EC) oxidant production. Wiles ME, Wagner TL, Weglicki WB.The George Washington University Medical Center, Division of Experimental Medicine, Washington, D.C., USA. Life Sci. 1997;60(3):221-36. 

[2] Martin, Hélène. Richert, Lysiane. Berthelot, Alain Magnesium Deficiency Induces Apoptosis in Primary Cultures of Rat Hepatocytes.* Laboratoire de Physiologie, etLaboratoire de BiologieCellulaire, UFR des Sciences Médicales et Pharmaceutiques, Besançon, France. 2003 The American Society for Nutritional Sciences J. Nutr. 133:2505-2511, August 2003.

[3] Virginia Minnich, M. B. Smith, M. J. Brauner, and Philip W. Majerus.Glutathione biosynthesis in human erythrocytes. Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, J Clin Invest. 1971 March; 50(3): 507–513. Abstract: The two enzymes  required for de novo glutathione synthesis, glutamyl cysteine synthetase and glutathione synthetase, have been demonstrated in hemolysates of human erythrocytes. Glutamyl cysteine synthetase requires glutamic acid, cysteine, adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and magnesium ions to form γ-glutamyl cysteine. The activity of this enzyme in hemolysates from 25 normal subjects was 0.43±0.04 μmoleglutamyl cysteine formed per g hemoglobin per min. Glutathione synthetase requires γ-glutamyl cysteine, glycine, ATP, and magnesium ions to form glutathione. The activity of this enzyme in hemolysates from 25 normal subjects was 0.19±0.03 μmole glutathione formed per g hemoglobin per min. Glutathione synthetase also catalyzes an exchange reaction between glycine and glutathione, but this reaction is not significant under the conditions used for assay of hemolysates. The capacity for erythrocytes to synthesize glutathione exceeds the rate of glutathione turnover by 150-fold, indicating that there is considerable reserve capacity for glutathione synthesis. A patient with erythrocyte glutathione synthetase deficiency has been described. The inability of patients' extracts to synthesize glutathione is corrected by the addition of pure glutathione synthetase, indicating that there is no inhibitor in the patients' erythrocytes.  

[4] Braverman, E.R. (with Pfeiffer, C.C.)(1987). The healing nutrients within: Facts, findings and new research on amino acids. New Canaan: Keats Publishing.

[5] Barbagallo, M. et al. Effects of glutathione on red blood cell intracellular magnesium: relation to glucose metabolism. Hypertension. 1999 Jul;34(1):76-82. Institute of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, University of Palermo, Italy.

[7] Chelation is a recognized treatment for heavy metal poisoning (such as lead and mercury)

[8] ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species) are natural byproducts of oxygen metabolism in the body. Free radicals and other byproducts are formed as a result of this metabolism, and at lower levels can be very beneficial, but when too many of these byproducts are formed the situation of oxidative stress occurs. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) include oxygen ions, free radicals and peroxides both inorganic and organic. They are generally very small molecules and are highly reactive due to the presence of unpaired valence shell electrons. Oxidative stress is a medical term for damage to animal or plant cells (and thereby the organs and tissues composed of those cells) caused by excesses of these reactive oxygen species, which include (but are not limited to) superoxide, singlet oxygen, peroxynitrite or hydrogen peroxide. Superoxide is produced deleteriously by 1-electron transfers in the mitochondrial electron transfer chain. It is defined as an imbalance between pro-oxidants and anti-oxidants, with the former prevailing. The causes of these excesses are many, and include environmental influences of every type. Enzyme activities are sometimes affected negatively, leading to greater production of excess ROS, and heavy metals such as chromium, vanadium, and others are said to be involved, now this new evidence that methylmercury definitely plays a significant role in the pancreas. Cells are normally able to defend themselves against ROS damage through the use of enzymes such as superoxide dismutases and catalases. Small molecule antioxidants such as Ascorbic acid (vitamin-C), uric acid, and glutathione also play important roles as cellular antioxidants. Similarly, Polyphenol antioxidants assist in preventing ROS damage by scavenging free radicals. Studies are conflicting on some antioxidants such as Vit. E. The resulting inflammatory processes are believed to be the result of these ROS excesses and include cardiovascular disease, ALS, neurodegenerative diseases, and many others.

[9] Kajimoto, Y., and Kaneto, H. (2004) Role of oxidative stress in pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. 1011, 168-176.

[10] Tiedge, M., Lortz, S., Drinkgern, J., and Lenzen, S. (1997) Relation between antioxidant enzyme gene expression and antioxidative defense status of insulin-producing cells. Diabetes 46, 1733-1742.

[11] Inoue, M., Sato, E. F., Nishikawa, M., Hiramoto, K., Kashiwagi, A., and Utsumi, K. (2004) Free radical theory of apoptosis and metamorphosis.Redox Rep. 9, 237-247.

[12] Kuzmenok O, Potapnev M, Potapova S et al. (2003) Late effects of the Chernobyl radiation accident on T cell-mediated  immunity in cleanup workers. Radiat Res 159: 109–116.

[13] Lomat L, Galburt G, Quastel MR, Polyakov S, Okeanov A, Rozin S (1997) Incidence of childhood disease in Belarus associated with the Chernobyl accident. Environ Health Perspect [Suppl 105] 6:1529–1532.

[14] Ito C (1994) Trends in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus among Hiroshima atomic bombsurvivors. Diabetes Res ClinPract [Suppl]:S29–S35.

[15]Ramanathan S, Bihoreau MT, Paterson AD, Marandi L, Gauguier D, Poussier P (2002) Thymectomy and radiationinduced type 1 diabetes in nonlymphopenic BB rats. Diabetes 51:2975–2981.

[16] J PediatrEndocrinolMetab. 2002 Jan;15(1):53-7. Incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes mellitus in Gomel, Belarus.Martinucci ME, Curradi G, Fasulo A, Medici A, Toni S, Osovik G, Lapistkaya E, Sherbitskaya E. Regional Centre for Juvenile Diabetes, Paediatric Hospital A. Meyer, Florence, Italy.

[17] Trends in the prevalence of diabetes mellitus among Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors.Diabetes Res ClinPract. 1994 Oct;24 Suppl:S29-35. Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Casualty Council, Health Management Center, Japan.


 

 

 

Concerns about Sodium & Iodine in my daily diet?

Sodium is a major mineral that is essential to human health and life. Along with potassium it provides the electrolytic "battery" that pumps nutrients in and out of cells. It also works with potassium to maintain the proper balance of fluids inside and outside each cell. The evolutionary assumption is that dietary sodium is not easily found in the environment; therefore our bodies are set up to retain scarce and valuable sodium. Sodium's partner, potassium, was plentiful in the evolutionary diet (found in vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits) and so we do not retain potassium.

Modern humans run into trouble when our modern "civilized" diet reverses the natural availability of sodium and potassium - potassium is leached out of processed foods, and sodium is used extravagantly as a flavor enhancer and preservative. Topsy-turvy! Because this imbalance - and the lack of magnesium and calcium - is implicated in high blood pressure disease, and because unnatural, manufactured table salt is exclusively sodium chloride, sodium has gotten a bad rap!

Sea vegetables provide bio-available, essential sodium balanced with potassium (as well as with calcium and magnesium) at relatively low levels per serving. For instance, Dulse contains less sodium per serving than one slice of most commercial breads and one half to one third the sodium in one cup of cooked beet greens. Kelp has 1/3 as much sodium, Alaria ½, Dulse 1/8 and Laver 1/9 as 1/2 teaspoon of table salt! In any case, a light rinse of whole sea vegetables before use lessens sea vegetables' sodium and potassium content without effecting calcium or iron, etc. Use rinse water for other cooking needs in place of table salt.

Susan Asanovic, M.S., R.D., states unequivocally, "Almost everyone, except renal, severely hypertensive and CHF (congestive heart failure) patients, can enjoy Sea Vegetables in varying amounts. Even patients on modified clinical diets can healthfully incorporate moderate to liberal amounts of sea vegetables into their diets; consider limiting table salt, shoyu, tamari, miso and processed foods. For patients on a no-added-salt diet (about 2500 mg), sea vegetables can give just the right saltiness, and are far better in nutrition and taste than commercial "lite" salts. Used in moderation, they can be enjoyed in a typical serving of 5 to 10 grams (about 1/4 oz.)."

What about Iodine and Thyroid?    Dr. Ryan Drum, noted herbalist and sea vegetable gatherer, states in "Therapeutic Use of Seaweeds" (Proceedings of the 2001 Pacific Northwest Herbal Symposium) "Seaweeds, eaten regularly, are the best natural food sources of bio-molecular dietary iodine... no land plants are reliable sources of dietary iodine."  For comparison, you would have to eat about 40 lb. of fresh vegetables and/or fruits to get as much iodine as you would from 1 gram of  whole leaf kelp.

Iodine is the main component of the hormone produced by the thyroid gland, which regulates our metabolism - thyroid hormone accelerates cellular reactions, increases oxygen consumption and basal metabolism, and influences growth and development, energy metabolism, differentiation and protein synthesis.

Dr. Linda Rector Page, author and herbalist, writes in "Healthy Healing" that "Iodine is essential to life... it is an important element of alertness, and rapid brain activity, and a prime deterrent to arterial plaque. Iodine is also a key factor in the control and prevention of many endocrine deficiency conditions prevalent today, such as breast and uterine fibroids, tumors, prostate inflammation, adrenal exhaustion, and toxic liver and kidney states."

Some people are concerned about radioactive iodine in seaweed. "Seaweed Man" Larch Hanson states that, "Since none of our Seaweed selection grows near a nuclear reactor and for the fact that the harvested Sea Vegetation is stored for 60 days before being put on the market, all iodine 131 will have radioactively decayed anyway. As long as the body has adequate iodine 127, it won’t absorb iodine 131."

Unfortunately, not all iodine is good for us and the human thyroid cannot distinguish between life sustaining iodine-127 and radioactive iodine-131. On this subject Ryan Drum further warns, "The real reason for making sure that iodine consumption is at the high end is to insure a full body complement of iodine at all times as preventative medicine against nuclear or radiation contamination.  A full body load of iodine 127 from seaweeds (or any source) will tend to allow the body to reject topical and air and food-source iodine 131, particularly from fresh milk." Another important reason to get plenty of sea vegetables' Iodine 127 into the thyroid is to prevent uptake of radioactive and toxic Iodine 131, which in modern times has a background presence in our food and air supply, and which is likely to be a major pollutant of a nuclear accident. By "loading" the thyroid with healthy Iodine, we can maintain our health even if fallout levels increase dramatically.  On a cautionary note, Dr. Drum advises that those people who are iodine sensitive should avoid the northern deep-water kelps that have exceptionally large amounts of iodine. Sea vegetables such as Dulse,  Nori, and Bladderwrack have lower concentrations of iodine and may provide a good alternative.

In general, brown sea vegetables (kelps) offer more bio-available organic iodine than red sea vegetables (dulse and nori).  Whole leaf KELP (Laminaria longicruris) has approximately 450 mcg. (micrograms or parts per million) iodine per gram. Our DIGITATA kelp (Laminaria digitata), has even higher amounts, about 5000 mcg. In comparison, DULSE contains 50 mcg per gram. These amounts are approximations as there is variation depending on season of harvest and the age of plant.

The 'SeaWeed Man' makes the following comments: "A researcher in Texas called me and asked for samples of all my seaweeds. He was studying iodine so that an iodine supplement could be developed. "Why?" I asked. "Well," he replied, "there really aren't good supplements for iodine available to the general public. Your seaweed research covers the subject pretty well, but now we have the perchlorate problem." "Yes," I said, "I've heard a little bit about perchlorate. That's the chemical that's associated with rocket fuel, and it's also released in a car when the air bag is activated. It's associated with explosives, right?" "Right," he said, "and there's a lagoon of stale rocket fuel in Nevada, 250 million gallons, that is leaching into the Colorado River. The Colorado River irrigates the southwest U.S. and Mexico. 30% of this country's produce is grown in that water system. The broad leaf vegetables like lettuce take up perchlorate, and perchlorate blocks transport of iodine to the thyroid. So we have an epidemic of hypothyroidism in this country, people who are overweight with sluggish metabolisms." I thought for a moment, and then I said. "So that's why, when the Challenger blew up and was scattered all across Texas, people were told that if they discovered a piece of the rocket, to report it but not to touch it." "Right," the researcher replied. "They were afraid of perchlorate contamination of people and water. They had divers in ponds, searching for pieces. It's nasty stuff." I said, "In my business, I encourage people to eat 3-5 grams of seaweed each day, to protect their thyroids. 3-5 grams is about the same weight as 3-5 paper clips. That's approximately three 'Ocean Delight Sampler' packs per person per year."

Finally, a cautionary note about getting too much of a good thing. We all need between 150 and 1,100 micrograms in our daily diets to keep our thyroids healthy and prevent uptake of radioactive Iodine. Healthy thyroids will "spill" unneeded iodine. But some people with sensitive thyroids, particularly nursing mothers, postmenopausal women, or anyone with an unusual thyroid dysfunction may have adverse reactions to excess dietary iodine (most often if you decrease the intake of dietary iodine the condition goes away.) Please consult with your health care practitioner if you have any questions about your consumption of iodine.

Iodine in Seaweed Protects the Thyroid from Radiation

Once upon a time, about a gazillion years ago, the animals in the sea with spinal cords decided to base their regulatory hormones upon stable Iodine 127. A bazillion years later, some of those animals decided to leave the sea and live on the land where Iodine 127 was not abundant. Land plants don't contain much iodine at all. So they developed thyroid glands and blood compounds that would conserve scarce Iodine 127. All went well, until some near-sighted nuclear scientists started splitting uranium atoms and creating radioactive Iodine 131 which concentrates through the food chain (from grass to cows to milk to humans, for instance) and can end up in the thyroid, burning it out, leaving people unable to self-regulate their lives. You see, Iodine 131 has a very short half-life of 8 days. That means that within a period of two months, it emits most of its radiation. And if that iodine 131 happens to be situated in the thyroid while it is emitting its radiation, it will do great damage to the thyroid gland. 25% of the women in this country, for instance, now have clinical symptoms of thyroid imbalance. Why is this happening?

Iodine is a member of the halide group of elements that includes bromine, chlorine, and fluorine. Compounds that contain these elements tend to displace iodine from the body. Modern people are exposed to bromated dough conditioners in commercially-produced bread, and bromine used in disinfectants (in hot tubs, for instance). Bleach in the laundry and at the swimming pool contains chlorine. Dentists use fluorides, and fluoride is used in toothpaste and drinking water. All of these sources of chemicals, and more, are exposing us to halides that displace iodine from our bodies. In the Southwest, the Colorado River system that irrigates the fields that produce 30% of the vegetables consumed in our country is contaminated by a lagoon of spent rocket fuel in Nevada that is leaching perchlorate into the water. Perchlorate is taken up by broad leaf veggies like lettuce, and it gets into the body and blocks transport of iodine to the thyroid. If an air bag goes off in your car, your air is immediately contaminated with perchlorate released by the explosive air bag.

There really aren't very good iodine supplements available to the public. If you read a material safety data sheet for potassium iodide, you will understand the negative side effects of long term use. The best long term strategy is to integrate seaweed into one's daily diet. Then your thyroid will always have adequate levels of stable Iodine 127 and will not take in radioactive Iodine 131. Digitata kelp has the highest iodine content, followed by kelp. Alaria has moderate levels of iodine. All of these are good sources of iodine, provided you don't roast them, releasing the iodine to the air. Learn a water-based method that will work for you. Make soup and drink the broth at the same time you eat the seaweed. Then your body will receive the iodine. If you are a raw foodist, make a smoothie that includes kelp. Nori and dulse don't contain much iodine, compared to kelp and alaria. Any commercial seaweed that is promoted as "tender" or "convenient" or "ready to eat" probably has been subjected to a heat process (parboiling, roasting) and thus the iodine content is lowered.

 

Electrical Nutrition  excerpts taken from the book "Electrical Nutrition - A Revolutionary Approach to Eating That Awakens the Body's Natural Electrical Energy" by Denie & Shelley Hiestand 2001

A word from the Author:  To many people, the concept of nutrition being an electrical process may be difficult to grasp.  It was not so long ago that I was part of that group.  Perhaps the best way to explain vibrational medicine is to give you a brief outline of how I learned about our electrical make-up.  I was introduced to vibrational medicine, the umbrella term for all healing techniques pertaining to the electrical function of the body, when some years ago I suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I enrolled in specialized courses in yoga; massage; cell electrology  (the study of cell energy systems); Shen physio-emotional release therapy; awareness release therapy; color, herb, crystal, and naturopathic therapies; cell function physiology; lymphology; electrical stress release; and other energy healing methods.  It was soon obvious to me that all of these therapies that I was studying were utilizing life-force energy in one form or another in its various frequencies.  These ideas are direct from nature.  Electrical nutrition is a key component in the electrical reconstruction of the body.  Perfect health and vitality is our natural state of being.

Then why is it that record numbers of people are dying of cancer and other degenerative diseases?  Why is it that people in the Western world are spending more on health-related problems now than in any other time in history?  Why is disease in all its manifestations at an all time high?  Why is it that Western society is riddled with discontent, emotional dis-empowerment, and, for most, financial enslavement?  Why is it that the human experience has left most of the people on this earth, particularly those living in the Western hemisphere, with a sense of abandonment and disconnection from self and in a state of despair?  How is it that the greatest industrial achievements this earth as seen have seen have left our world disharmonious, polluted, toxic, and out of stop with every aspect of nature? 

We are electrical, and this is an electrical universe, in which everything is interconnected.  Disease states are nothing more than an electrical malfunction, and vibrational medicine addresses the causes of these malfunctions, not just the symptoms. Modern medicines can have the effect of an electrical hand grenade in the body, whereas electrical nutrition will help bring the body back into harmony.  We have been fed many health care mistruths and have accepted a health-care system that seems to have promoted more disharmony, toxic effects, and death in the human body than ever before.  Many of the malfunctions that occur in the body are due to incorrect fermentation. 

When we embrace the electrical universe, we have to come to terms with the reality of everything being an electrical construct, carrying within itself an electrical matrix and interfacing with everything on an electrical or energy level.  To change any component of the matrix is to effect change of the whole.

This concept totally displaces the particle physics mindset and perhaps reassigns chemistry to kindergarten logic.  We live in an electrical universe, we are electrical, and everything we interface with is electrical.  Everything is an electrical action, not a chemical reaction.  The universe, this earth, the soil, the plants, the animals, and us, have evolved in this electrical reality we call nature.  For us to be alive and healthy, the undistorted energy from all of nature has to be transferred to our bodies.  Any change, any distortion, any disharmony we infuse into any part of our air, water, soil, or food is going to eventually compromise our health. 

Our entire modern food-handling process, where the emphasis is on long shelf life, is in fact turning our food into poisons.  All processes or inputs that limit or slow down the fermentation of food turn food into a potential disease-causing time bomb.  The alteration of the constituent ingredients of natural foods, the genetic manipulation of crops, and manufacturing and processing change the electrical function and the electrical matrix of food and make it almost impossible for our bodies to electrically recognize its energy.  We are killing the spark of life that is contained in natures' bounty.  Every time we allow ourselves or our children to drink a can of soda, to have a cookie, to have some candy, to eat out of a packet of preserved food, and to eat day after day a predominance of grain-based manufactured foods (cereal, doughnuts, pasta, bread), we are causing within our bodies electrical time bombs that will be guaranteed to slowly kill us and /or our children.  Strong words, indeed, but nevertheless, sadly, deadly true!

The rapid increase in cancer (which is just a highly electrically damaged group of cells) is the almost guaranteed result of a diet of processed and electrically distorted foods.  We have been struggling with ever-increasing  levels of degenerative diseases for the last number of years, and now with the dawn of the new millennium, we have available to us an exciting new concept to embrace.

There are many electrical body bombs that can compromise the body's immune system and endocrine system functions, which in turn affects our health and well-being.  When the body experiences ongoing bombardment from various factors that compromise its electrical system,  it starts to manifest physical symptoms.  These symptoms are than labeled by the medical profession and are suppressed with the help of prescription drugs.  The original electrical short circuit goes un-repaired, so the body just keeps getting increasingly unhealthy.  Some of the downstream health issues stem from grain toxicity and incorrect fermentation and food combining.  Other malfunctions are due to the bombardment of immunizations.  The ingestion of chemicals or simply the birthing process may also disrupt the electrical circuitry of the body.  Some of the common health problems that may result from the assaults to the electrical system include obesity, lethargy, joint degeneration, diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder, emotional problems, electrical malfunctions such as blood toxicity, low energy, hormone imbalances, acne, and cellulite. Due to widespread damage to our electrical systems, our immune systems have been continually under stress since childhood, and as we progress through our life, our immune systems are never able to attain its full, correct function.

To clean up your body and get it functioning at a higher lever, you have to make some life-affirmative changes and integrate a few new processes such as drinking electrically "alive" water, detoxify, exercise, cleanse your colon, eat electrically well by increasing protein, fruits & veggies; and fortify against Electromagnetic Frequencies (EMF's).  None of these suggestions in isolation will do everything for you, but put together in balance they all add to the potential of each other.  This is the basis of electrical nutrition and vibrational medicine. 

 

 

 

Glutathione - What Is Glutathione?

Glutathione is the most important endogenous (made inside the body) antioxidant in the body. It is the only antioxidant that can recycle itself. No other antioxidant can do that. Some say “ Future increase of glutathione will be as natural as brushing teeth.” The main function of glutathione is to maintain cellular redox homeostasis, meaning it helps maintain the oxidation level of your cells.

For example. Hemoglobin has to be in a particular state (reduced) before it can carry oxygen. If it oxidizes, it cannot fulfill its job. It also has potentially widespread health benefits because it can be found in all types of cells, including the cells of the immune system, whose job is to fight disease.

Studies show that glutathione protects the cell from damaging radicals that cause cancer and DNA damage. A highly sensitive indicator of cell functionality and viability, glutathione is a critical factor in protecting organisms against toxicity and disease. Our cells’ own protective mechanisms rely on glutathione to do this. Because glutathione exists within all types of cells, it is in a prime position to neutralize free radicals and support widespread health.


Dr. Jimmy Gutman, the world's most-published author on the subject of glutathione said, "Human health can be adversely affected by exposure to radiation. This can come in the form of simple sunlight, to X-ray exposure and more ominously, fallout from a failed nuclear reactor as seen currently in Japan.

“Tissue damage, whether resulting in a sunburn or in thyroid cancer, is caused by ‘ionizing’ radiation. It describes the release of free radicals from the molecules struck by the radiation. Most readers by now can easily connect the dots linking glutathione levels to protection from damaging rays.”

Glutathione is a naturally occurring substance that acts as an antioxidant, an immune system booster and a detoxifier. It can help your body repair damage caused by stress, pollution, radiation, infection, drugs, poor diet, aging, injury, trauma, and burns.

Raising glutathione levels protects cells from damage by the most dangerous of free radicals (the hydroxyl-radical) released when ionizing radiation hits us. Besides avoiding exposure to radiation, the next best thing to consider is limiting the damage. Our cells’ own protective mechanisms rely on glutathione to do this.

Increasing the amount of balanced Redox Signaling Molecules in the cells and tissues helps recharge and activate the native antioxidants that are already in the cells, making them much more efficient. This enhances the natural protection mechanisms of the cell, naturally, powering up the natural antioxidant shields that are already placed there for just that purpose, making the healthy cells and tissues more likely to be able to defend themselves.

The most well-known anti-oxidants are vitamins C and E. These are important for good health because they neutralize free radicals.  Because glutathione exists within the cells, it is in a prime position to neutralize free radicals.

Glutathione (GSH) is a natural biochemical that has the power to protect our bodies from the damage that free radicals can inflict. These free radicals are molecules found in our cells which have been affected by something called oxidation. As a result, the molecules become unstable and lack at least one unpaired electron, and this forces them to seek out other electrons in more healthy and stable molecules.

Without a good level of glutathione in the body, these free radicals can cause serious damage. It is therefore essential that we have antioxidants (glutathione) to protect us from these attacks and ensure that good levels are maintained with a good diet, or glutathione supplements.

Glutathione is an endogenous antioxidant, which means it is created naturally in our bodies. Antioxidants introduced via our diet or in supplements are called exogenous antioxidants. However, diet alone can rarely provide sufficient quantities to cope with all the free radicals that are present in our bodies, although some supplements are proving much more successful.

Varying levels of glutathione peroxidase can be found in most fruit and vegetables, and whilst Glutathione peroxidase sounds much the same as Glutathione (GSH), there is a difference. Both are antioxidants, but one is naturally produced (Glutathione GSH) and the other is introduced into the body by other means.

Some of the key foods to help maintain Glutathione (GSH) levels are: Avocado, Asparagus, Broccoli, Garlic (which also has many other benefits), Spinach and Tomatoes. Curcumin is also highly recommended and this can be found in Turmeric. There have been suggestions that raw eggs and unprocessed meat can also be included in the diet.

 Food Sources that Boost Glutathione Naturally as written by Priya Shah

Glutathione, the body's master antioxidant and detoxifier, is one of the 14 "Superfoods" listed in SuperFoods Rx : Fourteen Foods That Will Change Your Life, co-authored by Dr Steven Pratt.

Glutathione levels cannot be increased to a clinically beneficial extent by orally ingesting a single dose of glutathione. (1) This is because glutathione is manufactured inside the cell, from its precursor amino acids, glycine, glutamate and cystine. Hence food sources or supplements that increase glutathione must either provide the precursors of glutathione, or enhance its production by some other means.

The manufacture of glutathione in cells is limited by the levels of its sulphur-containing precursor amino acid, cysteine.

Cysteine - as a free amino acid - is potentially toxic and is spontaneously catabolized or destroyed in the gastrointestinal tract and blood plasma. However, when it is present as a cysteine-cysteine dipeptide, called cystine, it is more stable than cysteine.

Consuming foods rich in sulphur-containing amino acids can help boost glutathione levels. Here are some food sources and dietary supplements that help boost glutathione levels naturally.

N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)

It is derived from the amino acid L-Cysteine, and acts as a precursor of glutathione. NAC is quickly metabolized into glutathione once it enters the body. It has been proven in numerous scientific studies and clinical trials, to boost intracellular production of glutathione, and is approved by the FDA for treatment of accetaminophen overdose. Because of glutathione's mucolytic action, NAC (brand name Mucomyst) is commonly used in the treatment of lung diseases like cystic fibrosis, bronchitis and asthma.

Milk Thistle, Silymarin

Milk thistle is a powerful antioxidant and supports the liver by preventing the depletion of glutathione. Silymarin is the active compound of milk thistle. It is a natural liver detoxifier and protects the liver from many industrial toxins such as carbon tetrachloride, and more common agents like alcohol.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Made naturally in body cells as a by-product of energy release, ALA increases the levels of intra-cellular glutathione, and is a natural antioxidant with free radical scavenging abilities. It has the ability to regenerate oxidized antioxidants like Vitamin C and E and helps to make them more potent. ALA is also known for its ability to enhance glucose uptake and may help prevent the cellular damage accompanying the complications of diabetes. It also has a protective effect in the brain.

Natural Foods That Boost Glutathione Levels
Asparagus is a leading source of glutathione. Foods like broccoli (2), avocado and spinach are also known to boost glutathione levels. Raw eggs, garlic and fresh unprocessed meats contain high levels of sulphur-containing amino acids and help to maintain optimal glutathione levels.

Undenatured Whey Protein Isolate

Whey protein contains proteins like alpha-lactalbumin which is is rich in sulphur-containing amino acids. Heating or pasteurization destroys the delicate disulphide bonds that give these proteins their bioactivity. Undenatured whey protein is a non-heated product that preserves bioactive amino acids like cystine. It has been shown in numerous scientific studies and clinical trials to optimize glutathione levels.

Curcumin (Turmeric)

Treatment of brain cells called astrocytes, with the Indian curry spice, curcumin (turmeric) has been found to increase expression of the glutathione S-transferase and protect neurons exposed to oxidant stress. (3)

Balloon Flower Root

Changkil saponins (CKS) isolated from the roots of the Chinese herbal medicine, Platycodon grandiflorum A. DC (Campanulaceae), commonly called Balloon Flower Root or Jie Geng, have been found to increase intracellular glutathione (GSH) content and significantly reduce oxidative injury to liver cells, minimise cell death and lipid peroxidation. (4)

Selenium

Selenium is a co-factor for the enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Selenium supplements have become popular because some studies suggest they may play a role in decreasing the risk of certain cancers, and in how the immune system and the thyroid gland function. However, too much selenium can cause some toxic effects including gastrointestinal upset, brittle nails, hair loss and mild nerve damage.

Unfortunately, because of the way the digestive system works, very little benefit is obtained from our attempts to introduce glutathione peroxidase into our bodies, as the amount that eventually reaches its target is too small to help. This problem also applies to many of the glutathione products that are available on the market.

An intravenous delivery of glutathione is the most effective method, but most people would prefer something that can be taken orally. The only alternative method that comes close to matching the results obtained by the intravenous option is when glutathione uses a liposomal delivery. The figures show that this is the only oral option worth considering as it is able to deliver 90 percent of the glutathione into the body (compared to 100 percent by injection). Other oral options struggle to achieve much more than 5 percent (at best).

Research has shown that the production of endogenous antioxidants (those created naturally in the body) decline as we get older (this decline can start from around the age of 25) and continues to fall as our age increases. Those suffering from premature aging and degenerative diseases usually have very low levels of glutathione, so by increasing these levels we can avoid many of the diseases that frequently appear later in life, such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and even some forms of cancer.

Glutathione was first discovered more than a hundred years ago, but it is only in recent years that its true importance has become apparent, without glutathione we can not survive.

Glutathione is our body’s main antioxidant and it helps to boost our immune system and operates as a detoxifier. It can help protect us against stress, toxic chemicals, drugs, ageing and a great deal more.

If glutathione was a manmade substance, it might be considered the most important medical discovery of all time, as it clearly has the ability to affect our lives in ways that are still being discovered.

Obviously, its ability to reduce many life threatening diseases is a major factor, but it could also play an important part in slowing down the ageing process and allowing us to live long and healthy lives.

Unlike other drugs that claim to achieve all of these things, glutathione really does produce these results, and because it exists naturally in our bodies, there are no harmful side effects to worry about. Choosing a diet that helps to produce glutathione is certainly a good idea, but taking a supplement (that uses the liposomal delivery) would seem to be the best option.

Our body looses 10-15% of glutathione every decade starting at age 20.

 

 

ARE YOU EATING THIS Plant-Based PROTEIN WONDER FOOD?

 

 By Leah Zerbe

 

The benefits of hemp are boundless. This wonderfood balances your hormones, nourishes your skin and hair, calms post-workout inflammation, and relaxes your muscles. Once a mainstay crop in the United States with the Declaration of Independence drafted on hemp, and early American flags were made of this durable, plant-based fabric.

 

In the early 1900s, one report declared 25,000 uses for hemp, everything from ropes and sails to linens and food. But its confusion with marijuana, also in the cannabis family, led to an American campaign that ultimately made it impossible for U.S. farmers to capitalize on this important agricultural crop.

 

Bringing it back could prove to be a potent economic booster that could help clean up agriculture (hemp grows readily without toxic pesticides) while providing healthy, low-impact protein to millions.

 

So just to be clear: Although hemp plants resemble pot plants, hemp is not marijuana and will not cause false positives on drug tests, explains Michael Fata, CEO and cofounder of Manitoba Harvest, a leader in the hemp food movement. Instead of getting hung up on the drug myth, Fata would much rather talk about hemp's amazing healing powers. Tasting like what he calls a cross between a sunflower seed and a pine nut, shelled hemp seeds and hemp protein powders are pleasant-tasting protein powerhouses, containing all 10 essential amino acids to form a complete vegan protein source.

 

 Roger Snow at Rocky Mtn Grain in Alberta Canada shells the tough outer hempseed shell with a proprietary process, to reveal the tender inner heart of the hemp seed. Not crushed or ground, but Raw and identity preserved and better tasting than flax with a better consistency than chia -   Hemp is better for the planet, too.

 

According to Environmental Working Group, animal proteins can create up to 20 times the climate-damaging emissions compared to plant-based protein sources.  Animal proteins are also the leading cause of Dis-Ease and illness in western nations, according to Colin Campbell in the book, “The China Study”. 

 

With U.S. demand up 62 percent in the first quarter of 2013, hemp is turning out to be quite a trendy little seed. Industry data shows hemp is growing at a rate of 115 percent, compared to an 84 percent increase in chia seeds. It's a powerhouse in the protein powder category, too. As whey and soy proteins are slowing, hemp protein powder sales are up 30 percent in the first part of 2013. Rocky Mtn Hemp Flakes are an unrefined, unprocessed vegan protein source and retain all the important omegas, minerals, and nutrients.

 

 

Consider these facts.

~ It's one of the world's most potent natural sources of magnesium—a mineral required for a healthy metabolism and one that as much as 75 percent of the U.S. population doesn't get enough of.

~ It's a key food for exercisers, thanks to its levels of iron and phosphorus, important trace elements that maximize oxygen levels

~ It contains twice the protein found in chia and flax seeds.

~ It's naturally non-GMO.

~ Highest in GLA, LA, and omegas 3, 6, 9

 

Here's how to work hemp into your diet:

~ Sprinkle shelled hemp hearts on salads, yogurt, and cereal

~ Add shelled hemp seeds to soup for a creamy, nondairy protein boost

~ Toss protein powder into smoothies or veggie juice and mix with any ingredients that would be complemented by hemp's subtle, nutty flavor

~ Dissolve Hemp Hearts or Hemp Flakes in water for a nutritious nut milk.

 

Ready to give hemp a try? http://www.envirohealthtech.com/hemp_hearts.htm

 

Sources:  http://www.rodale.com/benefits-hemp

http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/are-you-eating-this-protein-wonder-food

 

 

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