Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin which is one of our absolute vital antioxidants. One of the functions of vitamin E is an anticoagulant, but it has a role of boosting our immune system and protecting against cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin E is needed for the production of energy and is stored in the body for only a short period of time with up to 75% of the dose being excreted in the feces.
Wheatgerm, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, peanuts, eggs and whole grains
The daily dose is between 400-1000IU. Any dose above 400IU, one should consult with a healthcare professional is you have high blood pressure.
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
One of the gentlest of herbs for healthy functioning of the heart is Hawthorn berry. With billions of dollars being spent on high blood pressure medications, this herb has fallen in almost the forgotten category of helpful cardiovascular herbs. In today’s society, herbs are treated with a fad-mentality and it’s a shame because herbs have been around for centuries and they were the go-to medicines.
Hawthorn berry should be the first herbal helpmate when one thinks of healthy cardiovascular function and healthy blood pressure. Hawthorn has a strengthening action of the force of the heart muscle and can help maintain a normal heart rhythm and blood pressure. There is much research on this herb and that research shows that hawthorn improves blood flow through the heart itself helping the muscle cells are well oxygenated.
Hawthorn contains flavonoids in the fruit, leaves and flowers and provides potent antioxidant properties to protect the heart cells from damage.
There have been numerous clinical studies and one of the largest is the SPICE trial that was conducted in 13 European countries.With over 2,500 patients, they were either placed on the hawthorn extract or a placebo for 8 years. The study showed moderately reduced function in the left ventricles of the heart muscle, which is considered one of the hardest working muscles in the heart. The left ventricle has to pump blood out of the heart into the aorta and them throughout the body. The hawthorn extract showed to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death from month 12 to 24 in the study.
When someone is dealing with mild to moderate high blood pressure, Hawthorn berry should be consider as a safe natural remedy. This herb does not interfere with cardiovascular medications, but it always wise to consult with your healthcare professional.
Millions of people eat a variety of bell peppers on a daily basis, but did you know if you juiced green bell peppers you will feed your body with the trace mineral silicon? This amazing trace mineral is needed for healthy nails, beautiful hair, healthy skin and strong bones.
The trace mineral silicon is important for daily health. The deficiency symptoms of silicon are quite apparent as they are closely associated with the connective tissues. Along with the poor development of bones, this deficiency also causes thinning of the hair, brittleness of nails, and formation of wrinkles and general aging of the skin.
Besides green bell peppers, some other important sources of silicon are apples, cereals, raw cabbage, peanuts, carrots, onions, cucumber, pumpkin, fish, unrefined grains, oats, almonds and oranges. Truthfully, I’ve never been a bell pepper lover so the other food choices are perfect me and possibly for you too!
Benefits of Silicon:
Prevents Thinning Hair: Alopecia, or thinning of hair, is caused due to the intake of a refined diet that lacks nutrients, specifically silicon. The health benefits of silicon encourage the growth of thick and healthy hair. It also increases the luster and shine of hair.
Prevents Brittle Nails: Silicon plays a very significant role in the maintenance of nail health. Silicon helps in improving the quality of nails and protecting them against several nail infections so your fingers remain attractive and strong.
Prevents Deformities in Bones: Silicon has been found to play a vital role in assisting calcium for the growth and maintenance of joints and bones. It induces flexibility in the bones by increasing the amount of collagen, which is the protein component of bones. It also increases the rate of healing of bone dislocations and fractures.
Maintains Skin Appearance: Silicon prevents the skin from becoming flabby and restores the natural glow of the skin. It helps in brightening the eyes as well. It also prevents several serious skin problems.
Helps the Healing Process: Silicon plays a key role in protection against many diseases like tuberculosis and the others which are related to mucous membranes. It also helps in increasing the healing rate during fractures.
Prevents Aluminum Toxicity: It has been found that higher amounts of aluminum are found in the brain lesions of patients suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease. It has been discovered that silicon, through its bonding with aluminum, prevents the absorption of the latter in the gastrointestinal tract, and can reduce the signs and symptoms of aluminum toxicity.
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
Popeye never had a migraine headache. Want to know why? Spinach of course! Spinach is a food that targets the entire digestive tract, both the alimentary section of the body which consists of the stomach, duodenum, small intestines and then the colon.
Migraines can be caused by many things such as hormones, food sensitivities, food allergies, chemicals, pollutions, stress and yes your gut. The gut is the most forgotten part of the body when people suffer with migraines. Pain medicines may help for a short time, but there’s a vital connection between your gut and your brain.
Spinach is used for the cleansing, reconstruction and regeneration of the intestinal tract. If you’re constipated, spinach can relieve this condition in a few days or weeks. When people are constipated they can become irritable, grumpy, fatigued, sluggish and the list goes on and on. A toxic colon will lead to a toxic brain and the brain is very sensitive to toxins, chemicals and poor food choices. All of which can lead to migraines that never go away.
The vagus nerve is a nerve that runs from the brain to the gut and back up again. If the gut isn’t healthy, the brain will respond in a negative way. In people with fatigue, food sensitivities, anxiety, gut problems, brain fog, and depersonalization, the vagus nerve is almost always at play. These people have lower vagal tone, which means a lower ability of the vagus nerve to activate or perform its functions.
The word vagus means “wanderer,” because it wanders all over the body to various important organs.
The vagus nerve connects to the brain, gut (intestines, stomach), heart, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidney, ureter, spleen, lungs, fertility organs (females), neck (including the pharynx, larynx, esophagus), ears and tongue. If take a close look, you’ll many of the organs that are involved in digestion and elimination and this is the reason for many with migraines problems related to poor gut health.
Spinach isn’t the only cure for migraines, but it’s an easy inexpensive remedy found in the produce department at your grocery store. The best way is to juice the spinach and drink it daily for better digestion, gut health and elimination. Never eat cooked spinach due to the creation of oxalic acid that can found stones in the kidneys. It’s best made into a juice for healing and eaten raw for better health.
Eating fermented foods such as miso, tempeh, kimchi, kefir and taking a daily probiotic will help to improve your overall gut health. When your gut is healthy, the brain is healthy and every organ in the body is healthy. When you’re healthy, the a less likely chance of ever getting a migraine caused by your eating habits.
Popeye the sailor man, you never had a migraine again!