What is a “Super Food?”

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First of all, it is important for everyone to know that super foods are easy to find in your local supermarket. They’re worth looking for!

These nutritional powerhouse foods are loaded with nutrients crucial to a healthy, long life.

If you can include a variety of them in your diet, everyday, they will make positive changes your life!

These foods* were chosen because they contain high concentrations of crucial nutrients, and of course many of them are low in calories. Foods containing these nutrients have been proven to help prevent and, in some cases, reverse the well-known effects of aging, cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers.

When you click on each Super Food you’ll find information including a list of the primary nutrients that elevated them to Super Food status.

This is not meant to be a complete list of every single nutrient that each food contains, but rather, a list of the high-profile nutrients that have shown health benefits and that are present in that food in sufficient quantity to make a difference. Many of the Super Foods have “Sidekicks.” These are foods that are generally in the same category as the flagship Super Food and offer a similar nutrient profile.

So go ahead and Google each one and find recipes and tips on how to incorporate these foods in your daily diet.

*The Super Foods

Apples 
Avocado 
Beans 
Blueberries 
Broccoli 
Cinnamon 
Dark Chocolate 
Dried SuperFruits 
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
Garlic 
Honey 
Kiwi 
Low Fat Yogurt 
Nopal 
Oats

Onions 
Oranges 
Pomegranates 
Pumpkin 
Soy 
Spinach 
Tea
Tomatoes 
Turkey 
Walnuts 
Wild Salmon

If you’re interested in finding out more about some our concentrated forms of super foods please contact us!

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There’s a reason Aloe Vera is trusted in products you see every day. And that reason dates back thousands of years. The earliest civilizations revered this extraordinary botanical for its astonishing properties. Its legendary uses have been passed down through time, enhanced by scientific innovation and centuries of experience.

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Let Aloe surprise you as it:
* Cleanses and supports your digestive system
* Infuses you with energy
* Hydrates your skin
* Soothes and promotes skin renewal
* Supports your immune system
* And so much more

Aloe Vera is really quite an incredible plant. It is a succulent plant and part of the lily family (Liliaceae), the same family that garlic and onions belong to.

Aloe Vera juice contains leaf pulp that is rich in natural nutrients and fiber. This well-known herbal remedy for the skin also has many benefits for internal healing, cleansing and repair when ingested as a nutritional drink.

Different parts of the plant are used for different effects on the body and Aloe Vera has both internal and external applications.

Aloe Vera contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids. No wonder it’s used for such a wide range of remedies!

Aloe has been used therapeutically for many reasons. The list of benefits and effects for this miraculous plant are many.

Here is a list of the Top 12 Benefits and Medicinal Uses for Aloe Vera:

 

 

 

 

1.  Aloe Vera Is High in Vitamins & Minerals:

Aloe Vera contains many vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6. Aloe Vera is also one of the few plants that contain vitamin B12.

Some of the 20 minerals found in Aloe Vera include: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese.

2. Aloe Vera is High in Amino Acids & Fatty Acids

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are about 22 amino acids that are necessary for the human body and it is said that 8 of these are essential. Estimates of the amino acids found in aloe range from 18-20 amino acids, with all 8 essential amino acids.

Aloe Vera also includes quite an impressive range of fatty acids. Aloe contains three plant sterols, which are important fatty acids- HCL cholesterol (which lowers fats in the blood), campesterol, and B-sitosterol. All are helpful in reducing symptoms of allergies and acid indigestion. Other fatty acids include linoleic, linolenic, myristic, caprylic, oleic, palmitic, and  stearic.

3. Aloe Vera is an Adaptogen

Aloe Vera is a well-known adaptogen. An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s natural ability to adapt to external changes and resist illness. It is thought that aloe’s power as an adaptogen balances the body’s system, stimulating the defense and adaptive mechanisms of the body. This allows you an increased ability to cope with stress (physical, emotional and environmental stress like pollution)

4. Aloe Helps with Digestion

Poor digestion is related to many diseases. A properly functioning digestive tract is one of the keys and foundations of health. Aloe is known to soothe and cleanse the digestive tract and help improve digestion. The interesting thing about taking aloe internally is that, because it is an adaptogen, it helps with either constipation or diarrhea, helping to regulate your elimination cycles in whatever way you need.  It’s been a great remedy for people with problems such as irritable bowel syndrome as well as acid reflux. Aloe also helps to decrease the amount of unfriendly bacteria and in our gut keeping your healthy intestinal flora in balance. Aloe is also a vermifuge, which means it helps to rid the body of intestinal worms.

5. Aloe Helps in Detoxification

Aloe Vera is a gelatinous plant food, just like seaweeds and chia. The main benefit to consuming gelatinous plant foods in your diet is that these gels move through the intestinal tract absorbing toxins along the way and get eliminated through the colon. This will help the proper elimination of waste from your body and help the detoxification of your body.

6.  Aloe Alkalizes the Body

Disease cannot manifest in an alkaline environment. Most people are living and subsisting on mostly acidic foods. For great health, remember the 80/20 rule – 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acidic. Aloe vera is an alkaline forming food. It alkalizes the body, helping to balance overly acidic dietary habits

7. Cardiovascular Health

There hasn’t been a lot of studies conducted in this but there has been some research to show that Aloe Vera extract injected into the blood, greatly multiplies the oxygen transportation and diffusion capabilities of the red blood cells.

According to a study published in the 2000 issue of the British Medical Journal, beta sitosterol helps to lower cholesterol. By regulating blood pressure, improving circulation and oxidation of the blood, lowering cholesterol, and making blood less sticky, Aloe Vera juice may be able to help lower the risk of heart disease.

8. Aloe Helps Boost the Immune System

I think given the stresses of our daily lives, every one can use a boost to their immune systems. The polysaccharides in aloe vera juice stimulate macrophages, which are the white blood cells of your immune system that fight against viruses.

Aloe is also an immune enhancer because of its high level of anti-oxidants, which help combat the unstable compounds known as free-radicals, contributing to the aging process. (Free radicals are a bi-product of life itself, it is a naturally occurring process but we can overload ourselves with unnecessary free-radicals by living an unhealthy lifestyle) Aloe is also an antipyretic which means it used to reduce or prevent fever.

 

9. Aloe Vera is Great for the Skin

Because of aloe’s well-known healing properties for the skin, aloe is one of the primary compounds used in the cosmetic industry. It is a known vulnerary, (meaning it helps heal wounds) and is great for applying topically to burns, abrasions, psoriasis and even to bug bites. Aloe acts as an analgesic, acting to help relieve pain of wounds. It’s feels especially good to cut a stem of aloe, place it in the fridge and rub it on sun burnt skin – the immediate soothing effect feels like an absolute lifesaver. Aloe is also an antipruritic: A substance that relieves or prevents itching. Aloe Vera is an astringent: which causes the contraction of body tissues, typically used to reduce bleeding from minor abrasions.

Due to aloe’s high water content (over 99% water) it is a great way to hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin and fits within my general guideline: “Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat!” Aloe increases the elasticity of the skin making it more flexible through collagen and elastin repair. Aloe is an emollient, helping to soften and soothe the skin. It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue and induces improved blood flow to the skin through capillary dilation.

10. Disinfectant, Anti-biotic, Anti-microbial, Germicidal, Anti-bacterial, Anti-septic, Anti-fungal & Anti-viral:

Wow, I think that covers all anti- bases. Okay, I admit, that was just a sneaky way to add in another 8 good reasons why you should keep Aloe Vera handy and incorporate it into your lifestyle. Aloe Vera’s active ingredients are sulphur, lupeol, salicylic acid, cinnamic acid, urea nitrogen and phenol which are substances that prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms and act as a team to provide antimicrobial activity thus eliminating many internal and external infections, also active against bacteria. It also helps to treat fungal and viral infections.

11. Aloe Helps Reduce Inflammation

Aloe Vera contains 12 substances, including B-sisterole, which can help to slow down or inhibit inflammation.  This may be able to help with painful joints due to stiffness and help improve joint flexibility.

12. Weight Loss – A Secondary effect

Improving your digestion, and detoxifying your will have a secondary effect in promoting weight loss because when we start to improve our digestion we naturally eliminate more efficiently, which is a primary way they we detoxify – through our bowels. This will lighten our toxic load on the body and will give us more energy.

NopaLife, Etc. LLC offers you a complete line of nurturing products based on 100% pure Aloe Vera gel.  Harvested by hand and immediately stabilized for purity, our aloe enhances your body—inside and out—with age-defying, antioxidant rich drinks.

Cactus Medicine Book

Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine Book

Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine: Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System

This book is a: “A comprehensive and detailed review of the benefits of this remarkable plant and a compelling argument for its acceptance into modern herbalism.”
Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council and editor of HerbalGram

“An excellent blend of good science and real life applications.”
David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG, author of Medical Herbalism and The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal

“Ran Knishinsky has done a masterful job unearthing details on the use of the prickly pear cactus for food and for medicine. This book provides the spark to move the prickly pear from beyond ethnic use to mainstream acceptance.”
David Winston, AHG, dean of the Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine

Synopsis:

  • The first complete guide to natural healing properties and uses of the prickly pear cactus
  • The prickly pear cactus—a plant that has the distinction of being a vegetable, fruit, and flower all in one—may be destined to be the next big herbal superstar, following in the footsteps of St. John’s Wort and Echinacea. One of the driving forces behind its popularity is that each part of this plant functions as both food and medicine. It has been a staple in the diets of the people of the southwestern portion of the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, the Middle East, parts of Europe and Africa for hundreds of years.
  • Traditionally, the prickly pear cactus has been used as a universal remedy for over 100 different ailments. Its use in the treatment of diabetes is now gaining attention in scientific circles, and it has been the subject of blood cholesterol research trials sponsored by the American Heart Association. In addition to the results of recent scientific research, Knishinsky also includes ethno-botanical information on the use of prickly pear cactus in treating obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, and skin ailments. A resource section details the natural food companies that supply prickly pear cactus and a chapter of recipes offers 24 traditional and modern dishes using the pads and fruit of the cactus.
  • Examines the scientific research promoting the cactus as a natural diabetes and cholesterol medication as well as its use in the treatment of obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, skin ailments, and viral infections
  • Explores the healing uses of prickly pears from the perspective of doctor, chemist, ethnobotanist, cook, and layman

About the Author

Ran Knishinsky is a professional health researcher and writer and the founder of NutraConsulting, a consulting firm to the natural products industry. He is the author of The Clay Cure and The Prozac Alternative.

Libro Medicinal del Nopal

El libro Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine: de Tratamientos para la Diabetes, el Colesterol y el Sistema Inmunológico

 

Este libro: “Una revisión completa y detallada de los beneficios de esta planta extraordinaria, Nopal y un argumento convincente para su aceptación en la herbolaria moderna.”

Mark Blumenthal, director ejecutivo del American Botanical Council (Consejo Botánico Estadounidense) y editor del HerbalGram

“Una excelente mezcla de ciencia y aplicaciones de la vida real”. David Hoffmann, FNIMH, AHG, autor de Medical Herbalism y The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal

“Ran Knishinsky ha hecho un trabajo magistral desenterrando detalles sobre el uso del nopal para comida y medicina. Este libro proporciona la chispa para mover el nopal más allá de solo uso étnico a la aceptación de la corriente.” David Winston, AHG, director de la escuela Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine

  • El primer guía completo de las propiedades curativas naturales y usos del Nopal
  • El Nopal, una planta que tiene la distinción de ser una verdura, fruta y flor todo en uno—puede ser destinada a ser la próxima superestrella grande de las hierbas, siguiendo los pasos de la hierba de St. John Wort y Equinácea. Uno de los impulsores de su popularidad es que cada parte de esta planta funciona como alimento y medicina. Ha sido un elemento básico en la dieta de los habitantes de la parte suroeste de los EEUU, México, Central y América del sur, el Medio Oriente, partes de Europa y África por cientos de años.
  • Tradicionalmente, el Nopal se ha utilizado como un remedio universal para más de 100 malestares diferentes. Su uso en el tratamiento de la diabetes ahora está ganando la atención en los círculos científicos y ha sido objeto de ensayos de investigación de colesterol y sangre, patrocinado por el American Heart Association. Además de los resultados de recientes investigaciones científicas, Knishinsky incluye información etnobotánico sobre el uso del nopal en el tratamiento de la obesidad, trastornos gastrointestinales y afecciones de la piel.
  • Una sección de recursos resalta los detalles de empresas de alimentos naturales que suministran el nopal y tiene un capítulo de recetas con 24 platos tradicionales y modernos con las pencas y fruto del Nopal.
  • Examina investigaciones científicas promoviendo el Nopal como una medicina natural para el diabetes y colesterol así como su uso en el tratamiento de la obesidad, trastornos gastrointestinales, afecciones de la piel y las infecciones virales
  • Explora los usos curativos del Nopal desde la perspectiva de médico, químico, etnobotánico, cocinero y laico

Sobre el Autor:

Ran Knishinsky es un investigador de profesionales de la salud y escritor y fundador de NutraConsulting, una firma de consultoría a la industria de productos naturales. Es el autor de The Clay Cure and The Prozac Alternative. (la alternative del Prozac)

Nopal Normalizes Cholesterol & Blood Glucose

Nopal (prickly pear cactus) is rich in antioxidants, plus it helps normalize cholesterol and blood glucose

Friday, February 17, 2012 by: Donna Earnest Pravel

(NaturalNews) Nopal cactus, also well known as prickly pear cactus, has been a staple part of Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine for centuries. The green pads of the nopal cactus are cooked and added to tacos, egg dishes, Mexican salads, shakes, smoothies, etc. Research within the past ten years has caused Nopal cactus to be considered a super-food, due to its antioxidant and cholesterol-reducing properties. It is rich in betalains. Several clinical studies also suggest Nopal cactus is beneficial for diabetics because it reduces blood glucose levels.

Nopal cactus can be prepared in numerous ways or eaten raw

Nopal cactus, known in Spanish as nopales, is an easy vegetable to add to a variety of recipes. The spines are cut off of the pads, the pads are chopped or sliced, then sauteed with scrambled eggs or added to omelets. Nopal cactus is often added to pico de gallo, a fiery Mexican raw vegetable medley made with tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro. It can be served grilled or sauteed with onions as a garnish for fajitas, or eaten raw in salads. It is even thrown into the blender alone or with other fruits or vegetables to make delicious shakes or smoothies.

Nopal cactus may be considered a super-food due to its cholesterol-lowering capabilities

While Mexicans have been enjoying Nopal cactus for centuries, the vegetable is trending as a super-food in the natural health and raw food community in the U.S. This may be because of medical research in the past decade which confirmed that Nopales have the ability to lower LDL cholesterol levels. A 2003 medical study published by Nuclear Medicine Review: Central and Eastern Europe demonstrated that ten patients with high blood cholesterol levels were given dietary counseling for 6 weeks, then asked to eat prickly pear cactus for 6 weeks. The scientists found that these patients’ livers were able to handle the regulation of LDL cholesterol significantly better by eating prickly pear cactus.

Sources for this article include:

Pubmed.gov, “Prickly pear induces up-regulation of liver LDL binding in familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia,” B. Palumbo, et al. Nuclear Medicine Review: Central and Eastern Europe 2003; 6(1): 35-9. http://science.naturalnews.com/pubmed/14600931.html

Simply Recipes.com, “How to Cut and Prepare Prickly Pears,” by Garret McCord http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cut_and_prepare_prickly_pears/

Pubmed.gov, “Antioxidant betalains from cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) inhibit endothelial ICAM-1 expression.” C. Gentile, et al. Annals of the New York Academy of Science; 1028: 481-6. http://science.naturalnews.com/pubmed/15650274.html

About the author:
This article is provided courtesy of Donna Earnest Pravel, owner and senior copy editor of Heart of Texas Copywriting Solutions.com. Get free weekly tips on natural healing and herbs by visiting her blog, Bluebonnet Natural Healing Therapy.

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Nopal Normaliza La Glucosa de la Sangre y el Colesterol

Nopal (de Tuna) es rico en antioxidantes, además ayuda a normalizar la glucosa de la sangre y el colesterol

(NaturalNews) El Nopal ha sido una parte básica de la cocina mexicana y Tex-Mex por siglos. Las penquas verdes del nopal se cuecen y sel le agregan a tacos, platos de huevo, ensaladas mexicanas, etc. Investigaciónes durantes los últimos 10 años ha causado que el nopal sea considerado como un súper alimento, debido a sus propiedades antioxidantes y reductores de colesterol. Es rico en betalaínas. Varios estudios clínicos sugieren que el nopal es beneficioso para los diabéticos porque reduce los niveles de glucemia.

El Nopal puede ser preparado de muchas maneras o comido crudo

El nopal es una verdura fácil para agregar a una variedad de recetas. Se remueven las espinas de las penquas y son picadas en rodajas, luego salteadas con huevos revueltos o añadidas a tortillas. El nopal a menudo se añade al pico de gallo, un popurrí vegetal crudo ardiente mexicano hecho con tomates, cebollas, pimientos jalapeños y cilantro. Se puede servir a la parrilla o salteados con cebolla como guarnición para fajitas o se consumen crudos en ensaladas. Tambien se puede mezclar con otros ingredients para hacer jugos o batidos naturals.

El nopal puede considerarse como un súper alimento debido a su capacidad de reducir el cholesterol:

Mientras que los mexicanos han disfrutado del nopal por siglos, la verdura tiene tendencia como un súper alimento para la salud natural y la comunidad de alimentos crudos en los Estados Unidos. Esto puede ser debido a investigaciónes médicas en la última década que confirman que los nopales tienen la capacidad de disminuir los niveles de colesterol LDL (el malo). Un estudio médico de 2003 publicado por Nuclear Medicine Review: Europa Central y oriental demostraron que a diez pacientes con los niveles de colesterol elevados en la sangre se les dió asesoramiento dietético por 6 semanas y se les pidió a comer nopales durante esas 6 semanas. Los científicos descubrieron que el hígados de estos pacientes eran capaces de manejar la regulación del colesterol LDL significativamente mejor comiendo nopal.

Origenes de este artículo incluyen:

http://www.naturalnews.com/034996_nopal_cactus_antioxidants_blood_glucose.html

PubMed.gov, “Tuna induce la para arriba-regulación del atascamiento de LDL Pubmed.gov, “Prickly pear induces up-regulation of liver LDL binding in familial heterozygous hypercholesterolemia,” B. Palumbo, et al. Nuclear Medicine Review: Central and Eastern Europe 2003; 6(1): 35-9. http://science.naturalnews.com/pubmed/14600931.html

Simply Recipes.com, “How to Cut and Prepare Prickly Pears,” by Garret McCord http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_cut_and_prepare_prickly_pears/

Pubmed.gov, “Antioxidant betalains from cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) inhibit endothelial ICAM-1 expression.” C. Gentile, et al. Annals of the New York Academy of Science; 1028: 481-6. http://science.naturalnews.com/pubmed/15650274.html

Sobre el autor:

Este artículo se proporciona por cortesía de Donna Pravel Earnest, propietaria y editora senior del corazón de Texas Copywriting Solutions.com. Obtenga consejos semanales gratis para curaciones naturales y hierbas visitando su blog, Bluebonnet Natural Healing Therapy. (Terapia Bluebonnet de sanación Natural).

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Porque es un concentrado 100% Natural de Nopal. Ests producto de 16 onzas tiene mas o menos 27 libras de penquas en una botella!

5-Alive (5 Potencias)

5-Alive is A Great New Way to drink Superior Nutrition + Health
What’s in the Bottle? Exotic 5 in 1 health food concentrated blend, packed with real nutritional and health benefits, without excess sugar or calories to help protect, restore and transform your body.
5 in 1 Power Extracts:
1. Nopal (Cactus juice)
2. Ganoderma (Reishi Lucidum)
3. Aloe Vera
4. Cat’s Claw (Uña de Gato)
5. Resveratrol

Nopal Benefits:
Phytochemicals found in plants act in four basic ways to promote health and assist the human body resist disease:
ANTIOXIDANTS by neutralizing oxygen deficient molecules known as “free radicals” which, if not eliminated cause cell damagethat can lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.
DETOXIFIERS by supporting normal processes that allow the human body to recognize and destroy or eliminate toxic substances ingested or produced by the human body.
HORMONE MODULATORS by triggering needed hormone production (such as insulin) and by substituting harmless hormone-like substances (such as phytoestrogens) for over-acting natural hormones and/or by reducing the production of excess hormones by the human body. Excess hormones can trigger cellar damage leading to various disorders including cancer.
CELL REGULATORS by helping to moderate the body’s uncontrollable cell growth such as tumors.

Users of Nopal super concentrate juice have reported the following benefits: • Reduction of blood sugar to normal levels (Diabetes I patients have reported their reduction of intake of insulin by injection) • Reduction of cholesterol & triglycerides • Improved sense of wellbeing and fitness • Improved circulation and lowered blood pressure • Reduced arthritic pain • Effective for hemorrhoids • Improved urinary function • Improved constipation • Has restored menstrual activity in women • loss of weight • Reduces excess gastric acid • Improved male sexual function • Reduces skin spots due to aging • Great result in healing ulcers

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CACTUS
1. Digestive System
The active ingredients found in Nopal aid in preventing the digestive system from absorbing excess dietary fat and carbohydrate sugars.
Soluble fibers (including gums, mucilages, pectins and polysaccharides) show the absorption of glucose in the intestines. Insoluble fibers (more commonly known as roughage), reduce excess bile and potential carcinogens that may be present in the colon, by absorption and excretion. As a fibrous plant, Nopal contains both soluble and insoluble dietary fibers. Soluble fibers present in Nopal include mucilages, pectin, gums and som hemicellulose. Insoluble fibers include cellulose, lignan and remaining hemicellulose. Nopal is a gentle alternative to psyllium (a well-known fiber supplement taken for colon cleansing) for those with a sensitivity or allergy to psyllium.

Vegetable protein found in Nopal (amino acids) help the body pull fluids from body tissues back into the bloodstream thereby diminishing cellulite and fluid retention. Fat build up is prevented, while fat break down and excretion is increased. The pectin and lignan found in Nopal are also known for increasing satiety (decreasing appetite).

2. Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar)
Nopal has been clinically proven in studies to reduce both fasting and post-prandial (after a meal) hyperglycemia. The high levelsof soluble and insoluble dietary fibers in Nopal help prevent the rapid absorption of simple carbohydrates such as sugars into the blood stream during the digestion stage of a consumed meal. This digestive action, the result of ingesting Nopal cactus or Nopal juice prior to, or during a meal, results in lowering the Glycemic Index of any meal and allows for a more stable blood sugar metabolism throughout the day. Nopal cactus also contains specific phyto-nutrients that have been shown to enter the blood stream and augment the body’s cellular response to insulin in Diabetes II patients. This activity was demonstrated recently in a clinical study. A controlled group of hyperglycemic diabetes Type II patients were given only Nopal for breakfast and within 1 hour, their higher blood sugar index was reduced to normal values. Individuals with healthy blood sugar values that were not given the Nopal dose did not experience this reduction in blood sugar levels.

3. Hyperlipidemia ( High LDL Cholesterol & Triglycerides)
The polysaccharide fibers and sterols found in the Nopal prickly pear have been shown to work synergistically to reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Nopal’s primary mechanism is the bile salt binding in the intestine, that has been shown to prevent re-uptake and therefore results in the overall reduction of unhealthy lipids in the blood stream. Other active phyto-nutrients in Nopal, such as carotenoids and glycoproteins, have also been implicated in animal studies to increase activity in specific liver receptors that promote healthier blood lipids.

4) Reduce inflammation
Inflammation is nothing but the body’s response to an infection. By examining your food intake, you will see that the more meat you eat in general, the more acidic your body environment is; the more vegetable you take in, the less acidic. The best food to reduce inflammation are nopal cactus and items that are not acidic. Imagine, what kind of plant on earth survives under the harshest environment? A environment that is so hot and dry but still manage to preserve water inside. Dehydration leads to inflammation and heart inflammation. Before heart inflammation, if you consistently have stomach acids or acne, it’s a sign that you should be on the lookout for inflammation in the heart. People of all ages should seek ways to reduce inflammation in their bodies. Speed of aging can be reduced just by reducing inflammation in the body. Check you skin condition is a good way to find out your body inflammation level. The condition of your largest organ, skin, is also a reflection of your internal organs. If it’s constantly dry, it shows dehydration, and high possibility of inflammation.

5. Circulatory System
Nopal acts in several ways that have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease. First, the fiber found in Nopal acts to absorband excrete cholesterol in the digestive system. Second, the amino acids, fiber and B3 (niacin) found in Nopal prevent excess sugar coversions into fats, while reducing triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels, by metabolizing fat and fatty acids and eliminating excess bile acids which eventually convert into cholesterol. Third, the B3 (niacin) in Nopal acts to convert LDL (bad) cholesterol to HDL (good) forms of cholesterol.

6. Urinary System
The juice of Nopal is used in Mexico as an anti-inflammatory diuretic and to decrease pain on or following urination. These effects reportedly derive from bioflavonoids, amino acids and fiber in Nopal.

7. Nervous System
Nopal aids in balancing and calming the nervous system, which creates a sense of well being and benefits the body’s overall function.

8. Weight Loss
We already mentioned about the ability of Nopal to normalize and lower sugar and lipids. Nopal is most known as a natural way to lose weight. Nopal’s fiber content effectively promote satiety, when drink before a meal and thus reduces hunger and caloric consumption. The fat build up is diminished while fat break down and excretions are increased. Nopal offers vegetable protein that helps the body pull fluids back from the tissues into the bloodstream, thereby diminishing cellulite and fluid retention. Unlike many weight loss products, Nopal contains an excellent profile of nutrients, that may otherwise be missing from a popular weight loss regimen. Healthy weight loss rates of approximately 1kg/week have been reported.

9. Hangover
Nopal is internationally renowned by hangover prevention and treatment remedies.

Many theories of Nopal’s beneficial effects have come forth, yet a simple assessment of constitutive benefits provides a reasonable explanation:
1. Nopal’s mucilaginous polysaccharides soothe the gastro intestinal tract and alleviate nausea while providing exceptional re-hydration.
2. Nopal’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients reduce systemic and hepatic inflammation.
3. The Nopal dietary fiber absorbs toxins and speeds up the cleansing of the blood stream.

Other Health Benefits
1. Enhances the immune system.
2. Helps enhance long-term memory
3. Helps prevent ulcers
4. Helps promotes wound healing
5. Reduces symptoms of asthma and allergies
6. Helps supports joint health
7. Helps reduces symptoms in BPH (Enlarged Prostate)
Nopal has been found to contain many of these phytochemicals in quantities and/or concentrations greater than is found in better-recognized plants. For example, Aloe Vera has become well known for its healing powers, which are in large part due to its content of mannans (more particularly “mannose”). Mannose has been found to have many health benefits. Among these as its ability to aid the body fight infection and virus by killing or eliminating disease carrying cells and its ability to boost the immune system by killing cancer cells. Recent chemical analysis of Nopal has revealed that Nopal has a concentration of Mannose that is 33 percent greater than is found in Aloe Vera. A second example of the comparative benefits of Nopal is found in the “Glycemic Index,” which is a relative measure of the rate at which ingested carbohydrates trigger a rise in circulating blood sugar and can cause elevated blood sugar levels. The carbohydrates found in Nopal have been found to have the lowest “Glycemic Index” among all plant foods tested to date.
Classified as a vegetable, testing by the USDA has revealed Nopal to contain beneficial soluble and insoluble dietary fiber and essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other phytochemicals that have been diminished or lost in the modern diet. Conversely, Nopal is low in carbohydrate calories and sodium, and as indicated above, the carbohydrates that are found in Nopal are less likely to trigger elevated blood sugar levels

Ganoderma Lucidum Benefits:
Cancer Prevention
It has been demonstrated that Ganoderma lucidum boosts immunity and fights the proliferation of cancer cells. Some laboratory studies have also shown Ganoderma lucidum may prevent cancer metastasis. The mechanisms by which the mushroom does this are as yet unknown and it seems they may target many different stages of cancer development. They may inhibit angiogenesis (the formation of blood vessels made to supply nutrients to the tumor), or perhaps they inhibit the migration of the cancer cells and metastasis. It is also thought that they work by inducing and enhancing apoptosis of tumor cells. In any case, Ganoderma lucidum extracts are already being used in some commercial pharmaceuticals to suppress cancer cell proliferation and migration. Studies on breast cancer cells have found that combining Ganoderma lucidum with green tea augments the mushroom’s power to retard the growth of cancer cells.
Immune System Support
Ganoderma lucidum may be useful in boosting the immune system. In studies on patients with advanced tumors, Ganoderma lucidum was prescribed for thirty days and the results found a significant positive effect on the immune system with an increase in T lymphocytes and decreased CD8 counts. Patients had fewer side effects from chemotherapy and radiation, and their post operative recovery was smoother. Research has also found that ganoderma lucidum, when used on a regular basis, increases antioxidant levels.

Cardiovascular Health
Ganoderma lucidum has been prescribed for centuries to people suffering from stress and angina. Studies in China found that Ganoderma lucidum promotes blood flow and lowers oxygen consumption in the muscle of the heart. Japanese scientists have made similar findings, and ascribe these benefits to a chain of acids belonging to triterpenes, a group of natural compounds known to reduce high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and prevent blood clots. A Russian study also found that Ganoderma lucidum showed significant preventive abilities against plaque build-up on artery walls.
Antioxidants
Ganoderma lucidum is a potent source of antioxidants. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine says it contains one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants in any food. Polysaccharide, polysaccharide-peptide complex, and phenolic components of Ganoderma lucidum have all been proposed to be responsible for their antioxidant strength. However, research has shown that the Ganoderma lucidum peptide (GLP) is the major antioxidant component of the mushroom.

Liver Protection
Ganoderma lucidum is a favorite for use as a liver protectant. In one study of patients suffering from hepatitis B and elevated liver enzymes (SGOT/SGPT) and bilirubin, patients were given ganoderma lucidum for three months. Within a month, significant reduction in SGOT and SGPT were seen, and three months later all values were within a healthy range.
Antibacterial
Studies have reported that Ganoderma lucidum mushrooms may have antibacterial powers, with direct anti-microbial effects against the proceding organisms: Aspergillus niger, bacillus cereus, candida albicans, and E-coli.

Antiviral
Preliminary evidence suggests that Ganoderma lucidum may have antiviral benefits. It is reported to exhibit direct anti-viral effects with herpes simplex virus 1, herpes simplex virus 2, the influenza virus, and vesicular stomatitis.

Lower Cholesterol
Ganoderma lucidum mushrooms may help reduce cholesterol by causing the liver to suppress its production. Researchers at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland called ganoderma lucidum “a renowned medicinal species”. In their study, oxygenated lanosterol derived from Ganoderma lucidum “inhibited cholesterol synthesis.”

Radiation Protection
Research indicates that ganoderma lucidum mushrooms augment the effects of radiation therapy while acting directly against the tumor. Investigation also reveals ganoderma lucidum helps to strengthen the immune system, to better manage radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatment and assists to improve the quality of life of the patient. It has also been found to ease symptoms of chemotherapy, such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, fever, infection, weight loss and hair loss.

Urinary Tract Support
In a 2008 study of 88 men with urinary tract symptoms, researchers found that ganoderma lucidum was significantly superior to placebo in providing symptom relief. As if that weren’t enough, ganoderma lucidum is said to inhibit 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme responsible for converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone. This nasty predicament can lead to a swollen prostate and all the ills that go with it. According to a study published in the Asian Journal of Andrology, ganoderma lucidum demonstrates more 5-alpha-reductase inhibitory activity than many other medicinal mushrooms and improves urine flow in men with mild-to-moderate lower urinary tract symptoms.

Aloe Vera Benefits:
Aloe is also an excellent treatment for skin conditions such as burns and eczema. It is often reported that burns can be healed remarkably quickly and the pain reduced very quickly with topical application of Aloe Vera to the burn area. As well as applying topically, Aloe can also be taken internally so it is just as useful for internal epithelial tissue as it is for the skin. For example, mouth and stomach ulcers, nasal and sinuses, bowels, lungs and genital tracts. Aloe works on membranes and surfaces.
Aloe also seems to be excellent at regulating the immune system (an immunomodulator). This means it can both stimulate the immune response for those with weakened immune systems either from exisiting conditions or post-illness fatigue. It can also calm the immune response, such as for Hayfever where less immune reaction is beneficial.
Although Aloe is about 99% water, the remaining 1% is extremely powerful and it is thought this is because the close to 100 ingredients work extremely well together (synergistically). The ingredients in Aloe can be grouped into the following categories: Vitamins, Minerals, Sugars, Enzymes, Lignins, Amino Acids, Anthraquinones, Saponins, Fatty Acids, Salicylic Acid.
Each of these categories could be discussed at length in their own right regarding individual molecules and ongoing studies into their remarkable effects. Combined together it’s easy to see why Aloe Vera is such an effective healing plant.
Aloe vera is one of the only known natural vegetarian sources of Vitamin B12, and it contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body’s systems. Numerous studies worldwide indicate that it is a general tonic for the immune system, helping it to fight illness of all kinds. Various research studies are underway to explore the potential of the components to boost immunity and combat the HIV virus, and to treat certain types of cancer (particularly leukemia). It may even have a role to play in managing diabetes.
Over 200 worldwide scientific research papers have been published on the effects. The three main categories of research include anti-inflammatory, anti- bacterial, and anti-viral actions of the plant. The juice is said to soothe digestive tract irritations such as colitis, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. It’s ability to encourage the release of pepsin (a gastric juice enzyme necessary for digestion) when the stomach is full is a possible reason for its ulcer-healing effects (Journal of the American Osteopathic Society, 1963, vol.62). In one study, oral use for six months helped mitigate asthma symptoms in almost half of the participants. Eleven of twenty-seven patients studied who drank Aloe reported feeling better at the end of the study. Researchers think that results might be due to stimulation of the immune system, as well as naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agents in the plant.
In 1994, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Aloe vera for the treatment of HIV. On-going studies worldwide show that taken in highly concentrated doses can stimulate the production of white blood cells that may help fight viruses and also tumours.
Aloe vera contains protein, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B12 and E, essential fatty acids and is naturally rich in:
Vitamin C which helps maintain tone of blood vessels and promotes good circulation and is essential to the health of the adrenal gland which supports our body in times of stress.
Amino acids which are chains of atoms constructing protein in our body.
Enzymes, which are the life-principle in every live, organic atom and molecule of natural raw food, rejuvenate aged tissues and promote healthy skin.
Germanium which is a mineral that some health authorities claim therapeutic benefits for: immunodeficiency, pain, cardiac disorders, circulatory disturbances and eye problems.
he juice is said to be one of the finest body cleansers, cleaning morbid matter from the stomach, liver, kidneys, spleen, bladder, and is considered the finest, known colon cleanser. Studies have shown that it is healing and soothing in the relief of indigestion, stomach distress and ulcers. People claim relief from arthritis, bladder and kidney infections; leg cramps, constipation, hemorrhoids, insomnia, and for vaginitis, it is said to be an excellent vaginal douche. An excellent internal tonic for energy and well being Aloe juice may add greatly to the strength of the food fed, digestive tract, skin, and overall good health and happiness.
It is also used to ease heartburn, ulcers, diverticular disorders, and other types of digestive upset. It is used as an anti-inflammatory and may be taken internally as a remedy for certain digestive complaints. European folk medicine calls for using the juice to relieve heartburn and ulcers. Preliminary research has shown promising results. Clinical trials in Japan indicate that certain compounds in the herb reduce the secretion of stomach juices and the formation of lesions.
Animal studies and anecdotal reports claim that drinking the juice or taking it as a tablet or capsule can reduce swelling and inflammation in arthritic joints. Drinking the juice may also help those asthmatic patients who are not dependent on cortico-steroids.
In 1997, University of San Antonio researcher Jeremiah Herlihy, Ph.D., conducted a study to observe any negative effects of drinking it daily. Rather than exhibiting negative effects, however, test animals receiving daily Aloe showed a remarkable reduction in leukemia, heart disease, and kidney disease. Dr. Herlihy concluded, “We found no indication of harm done to the rats even at high levels.” In fact, the Aloe-drinking animals actually lived 25 percent longer than those in the control group (IASC Conference, Texas, 1997).
There is no single ingredient that makes it very potent and healthful. Researcher Robert Davis, Ph.D., an endocrinologist-biologist, explains that fifteen different compound groups of nutrients work together to make the plant effective. This means that Aloe vera’s effects cannot be synthesized easily in a laboratory. On the upside, this makes the plant useful across a wide spectrum of circumstances. And because the various elements that make it effective are nutrients rather than drugs, the juice may complement medical treatments. In fact some cancer patients state that Aloe vera seems to reduce nausea, increase energy, and may help to minimize low blood counts caused by chemotherapy or radiation.
Aloe Vera has shown benefits in adults, children, and even pets.

Resveratrol Benefits
Resveratrol is all over the news these days. Stories of the amazing benefits of resveratrol can still take the unwary by surprise. Did you know that resveratrol has cancer fighting properties? That resveratrol in red wine is thought to be responsible for the French paradox? That the anti-aging benefits of resveratrol are so powerful that some have dubbed resveratrol the “Fountain of Youth”? Resveratrol is an anti-inflammatory, increases energy levels, lowers blood sugar and extends life. These are not outrageous claims — they are clinically studied and tested benefits of resveratrol.

That’s why resveratrol is such an exciting compound, and why you keep hearing so much about it.
Once, red wine was considered the best source of resveratrol benefits. Fortunately, today it is easy for anyone to take what some call the “red wine pill” to gain all the benefits of hundreds, or even thousands, of bottles of red wine in each dose. The benefits of resveratrol are astonishingly powerful.

Resveratrol sources
The most and popular sources of resveratrol are in red wine and grapes. Minute quantities of the antioxidant are also found in peanuts, but they are not used in supplementary applications. Instead, the Japanese knotweed plant is a very common source of resveratrol extracts in dietary supplements. Some people simply drink a glass or two of red wine each day in order to enjoy the health benefits of resveratrol. However, using a resveratrol supplement provides the benefits of hundreds, even thousands, of bottles of red wine in every pill. Resveratrol supplements are absolutely the best way to take advantage of the benefits of resveratrol.

Research on resveratrol benefits
Numerous studies have been conducted regarding various purported resveratrol benefits. Studies have primarily been conducted on laboratory animals, and while human search is very promising, is still in its earliest stages. Current research into resveratrol benefits points to resveratrol having amazing anti-aging properties, hence dubbed “The Fountain of Youth.” In several medical arenas it is agreed that resveratrol provides many key health benefits for the people who include proper quantities of it in their diets.

Resveratrol and anti-aging
Additional resveratrol benefits include cancer fighting and weight loss. Also, it is believed that resveratrol works as an effective anti-aging ingredient. This is because resveratrol is thought to stimulate the SIRT1 gene. This gene is the one responsible for reducing fat stores during low calorie diets. However, stimulation of this gene also seems to help slow down the aging process. Further study is needed, but many people swear by the anti-aging benefits of resveratrol in their diets. People looking for additional ways to slow down the aging process might try introducing this antioxidant to their health regimen as a way of enhancing it.

Resveratrol report on 60 Minutes
The buzz about resveratrol benefits reached a fever pitch when the antioxidant was featured on the well respected news show 60 Minutes. Correspondent Morley Schafer spoke with doctors and researchers regarding the various purported health benefits of resveratrol, bringing it to the attention of millions of television viewers around the world. Those who may have been reluctant to believe the hype surrounding this product were generally very impressed that a major show like 60 Minutes would feature it so prominently. (When was the last time you heard of so many amazing, scientifically-proven benefits with no side effects?)
Since then, the popularity of resveratrol as a supplement has grown even more.

Live a longer, healthier and happier life by taking advantage of the benefits of resveratrol!

Cat’s Claw (Uña de Gato) Benefits:
Cats Claw is a vine commonly known as Uña de Gato and is used traditionally in Peruvian medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health problems, particularly digestive complaints and arthritis and to treat wounds, stomach problems, cancer, and more. It has only recently caught the attention of western herbalists and researchers. Today, mainly by word of mouth, it has become one of the best selling herbs in the USA.
Since the 1970s, studies and research have been carried out by scientists in Peru, Germany, Austria, England and other countries, to find out more about the powerful healing properties of Cat’s Claw. Today, mainly by word of mouth, it has become one of the best selling herbs in the USA. Not since quinine was discovered in the bark of a Peruvian tree during the seventeenth century had any other rainforest plant ever prompted worldwide attention.
The most attention was given to the oxindole alkaloids found in the bark and roots of Cats Claw, which have been documented to stimulate the immune system. It is these seven different alkaloids that are credited with having a variety of different medicinal and healing properties. The most immunologically active alkaloid is believed to be Isopteropodin (Isomer A), which increases the immune response in the body and act as antioxidants to rid the body of free radicals. Compounds found in Cat’s Claw may also work to kill viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that cause disease, and they work to inhibit healthy cells from becoming cancerous.
It has been suggested that Cat’s claw extracts exert a direct anti-proliferative activity on MCF7 (a breast cancer cell line). This has led to its use as a adjunctive treatment for cancer and AIDS as well as other diseases that negatively impact the immunological system. In addition, the presence of glycosides, proanthocyanidins and beta sitosterol help provide anti-viral and anti-inflammatory support for the body. These alkaloids also exert a beneficial effect on memory. Cat’s claw is considered a remarkably potent inhibitor of TNF-alpha production.
This herb’s anti-inflammatory properties may help to relieve arthritis, gout, and other inflammatory problems. The primary mechanism for Cat’s claw anti-inflammatory actions appears to be immunomodulation via suppression of TNF-alpha synthesis.
Cat’s Claw may help create support for the intestinal and immune systems of the body, and may also create intestinal support with its ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract. This cleansing helps create support for people experiencing different stomach and bowel disorders, including: colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and leaky bowel syndrome.
In addition, in one study, human volunteers who took Cat’s claw for 8 weeks showed improved DNA repair.
Cat’s Claw can often be found combined with other ‘immune’ herbs with similar healing properties that can:
• reduce pain and inflammation of rheumatism, arthritis and other types of inflammatory problems.
• have anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties that inhibits cancerous cell formation.
• promote the healing of wounds.
• be useful for treatment of gastric ulcers and intestinal complaints.
• help to relieve chronic pain.
• enhance immunity by stimulating the immune system.
• help people experiencing stomach and bowel disorders, including colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky bowel syndrome, gastritis and duodenal ulcers, intestinal inflammation.
• help fight both viral and fungal infections such as Herpes and Candida
Cats Claw Herb Notes / Side Effects
Latin Names: Uncaria tomentosa
Common Names: Cat’s Claw, Una de Gato, paraguayo, garabato, garbato casha, samento, toron, tambor huasca, una huasca, una de gavilan, hawk’s claw
Suggested Properties: Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antitumorous, antiviral, cytostatic, depurative, diuretic, hypotensive, immunostimulant, vermifuge
Indicated for: AIDS, arthritis, balancing intestinal flora, bone pain, bowel disorders, bursitis, cancer, candida, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, colitis, Crohn’s disease, digestive complaints, duodenal ulcers, fungal infections, gastric ulcers, gastritis, gout, herpes, immune system deficiencies, improving DNA repair, inflammatory problems, intestinal complaints, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney cleanser, leaky bowel syndrome, osteoarthritis, parasites, stimulating the immune system, stomach problems, viral infections, urinary tract inflammation, wounds.
Cat’s claw should not be used by pregnant or lactating women. No reports of toxicity or serious adverse effects. Diarrhea may occur when taken in high doses.

Dr. Clifford R Hite, Ph. D.

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1. Nopal (Cactus)
2. Ganoderma (Reishi Lucidum)
3. Aloe Vera (Sabila)
4. Uña de Gato
5. Resveratrol