27 unique milk thistle uses and benefits

Milk thistle and the mixture of milk thistle antioxidants known as silymarin aren’t just for liver and gallbladder health. This venerable ancient herbal medicine has at least 27 applications to a variety of health conditions affecting organ systems all over the body.

It even appears in modern cosmeceuticals. The following article will outline 27 milk thistle uses in addition to liver and gallbladder support.

Milk Thistle for Liver Health Specifically

Milk thistle and silymarin are far more versatile in supporting liver health. It is the most well known of milk thistle uses.

  • Milk thistle with silymarin improves liver enzymes in alcoholics. A study in a Finnish military hospital found that men with alcoholism who were given 420 mg of silymarin a day had lower liver enzymes, ALT and AST, in four weeks.[29] Milk thistle does not, however, affect the reaction of the central nervous system to alcohol. As a result, people who drink get the same “buzz” from alcohol when they drink alcohol and when they do not.[30]
  • Milk thistle protects the liver from damage caused by common medications. Many common drugs, including steroids and immunosuppressants, like those used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, cause extensive liver damage. Milk thistle compounds modulate the immune system so that it does not remove “stressed” liver tissue by attacking it with white blood cells[31] or generating inflammation.[32]

Silymarin Specifically

  • Silymarin limits liver damage caused by viral hepatitis A, B, and C. In an Italian study of 20 patients with chronic active hepatitis, taking just 240 mg/day of silybin-phosphatidylcholine complex every day for seven days significantly lowered serum liver enzymes that measure liver damage, including AST, ALT, gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT), and alkaline phosphatase. In addition, silymarin lowered total bilirubin.[33]
  • Silymarin also helps to limit the damage caused by fatty liver when efforts to lose weight by diet are unsuccessful. If you diet and you take silymarin, a clinical study tells us that you will see improvements in your liver enzymes faster. In one study, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis patients who took just a low dose of silymarin (210 mg a day) had improved ALT and AST in eight weeks.[34]
  • Furthermore, silymarin is being investigated as a therapy for lung cancer, prostatic cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and liver cancer, after laboratory discoveries of the mechanisms by which it regulates cancer cell growth, proliferation, apoptosis, and angiogenesis.[35]

One of the symptoms of cholestasis is extremely unpleasant, namely, constant, severe itching. People in this phase of the disease may not be able to sleep, work, or eat, and often result to self-mutilation just to stop the itch. Milk thistle will help to stop the itch if cholestasis is the cause.

Milk thistle stops cholestasis by stimulating the liver to secrete bile. The bile carries waste products out of the liver and into the bowel, where they can be flushed away with stool. Furthermore, silymarin also protects membranes that are irritated by bile salts that were not carried out of the liver with bile to stop the itch.

Doctors are most likely to recommend silymarin for cholestasis that does not respond to the more commonly used prescription drug ursodeoxycholic acid. Additionally, clinical studies find that silymarin is most effective in a dose of 180 mg taken three times a day,[28] although it is not necessary to exactly duplicate this dosing schedule.

1. Milk Thistle Is An Edible Medicinal Weed

It is hard not to notice a stray milk thistle plant that sprouts in your garden. Who would have thought the list of milk thistle would be so long? This prickly green herbaceous plant can grow 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 meters) tall. Its stalks sprout alternating green leaves that have white veins. If you cut a milk thistle leaf, it will ooze a milky sap. That’s how the plant got its name, milk thistle.

milk thistle flower silymarin extract benefits

 

If you touch the edges of a milk thistle leaf, you will be poked by tiny barbs.

In addition, at the top of the plant there is a purple flower that bears “fruit” and seeds. It is the fruit that is the best source of the well-known milk thistle chemical called silymarin, although silymarin is also found in the leaves, seeds, and taproot.

2. Milk Thistle as Food

One of the milk thistle uses that is often overlooked is the fact that milk thistle is an edible plant. The leaves make an interesting, spinach-like addition to salads—but it is important to remember to snip off their thorns first.

In addition, the mature flower head can be eaten like a tiny Globe artichoke, but again, remember to remove the thorns. Furthermore, the peeled stalk can be cooked like celery, and the taproot tastes something like a Jerusalem artichoke. Furthermore, the seeds can be used in crackers and ground to make teas.

Most of us, however, don’t have milk thistle growing conveniently in our kitchen gardens. Rather, most of us use either milk thistle seed, or an extract called silymarin that contains the most important healing chemicals in the seed, or a combination of both.

However, milk thistle is not always taken orally. Sometimes it is used in cosmetics. That is because one of the antioxidants found in silymarin, silibinin, can even improve your skin tone.

 

4. Milk Thistle for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Some very preliminary studies show that the silibinin in silymarin may stop the action of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which accelerates the growth of fragile blood vessels that characterize the “wet” form of age-related macular degeneration.[3] Though this is one of the milk thistle uses that is least studied, it appears that there is great potential here.

5. Milk Thistle Fights Germs

Milk thistle contains an unusually broad variety of compounds known as phenols, which have antibacterial activity.

Among the microorganisms neutralized by silymarin in laboratory studies are Escherichia coli, extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBL) producing Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.[4] 

 

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6. Clinically Proven Milk Thistle Relief for Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (Enlarged Prostate)

A clinical trial involving men who had benign prostate hypertrophy conducted in the Czech Republic found that taking 240 micrograms of selenium plus 570 mg of silymarin every day for 180 days improved urine flow, enlarged bladder capacity, and lowered prostate-specific antigen (PSA).[5]

7. Milk Thistle for Beta-Thalassemia

Little known in the United States, beta-thalassemia is one of the world’s most common causes of anemia. Over one hundred million people in North Africa and Asia have this hereditary disease.

It is possible to treat the anemia with blood transfusions, but repeated blood transfusions cause toxic levels of iron to build up in the body, especially in the liver, kidneys, pancreas, and brain.

Clinical reports show that silymarin treatment helps prevent dysfunctions of the organs in conjunction with chelation therapy.[6] Therefore, because silymarin is one of the active ingredients in the milk thistle plant, helping beta-thalassemia is another one of milk thistle uses.

8. Milk Thistle for Increasing Breast Milk Production

Mothers of pre-term infants (“preemies”) often have difficulty producing breast milk. Silymarin has been used to stimulate breast milk production for centuries.

The principle is so well established that outside the United States doctors simply accept it as a folk remedy with proven results and as one of the main milk thistle uses.

Unfortunately in the United States there was concern that the herb might somehow be harmful. However, it is not. A recent study confirmed that no harmful compounds go into breast milk from milk thistle.[7]

 

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9. Milk Thistle for Lowering Total Cholesterol While Raising HDL

A small-scale clinical trial with volunteers who had type II (hereditary, not dietary) high cholesterol found taking 420 mg of silymarin (a pharmaceutical grade form of milk thistle sold in Europe as Legalon) for 90 days “slightly” lowered total cholesterol but increased the percentage of protective HDL cholesterol without adversely affecting liver function.[9] 

This is one of the milk thistle uses that is becoming more widely realized, and it has shown promising results so far.

10. Milk Thistle for Correcting Liver Disorders Caused by Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a condition of dangerously high blood pressure during pregnancy. It often requires early delivery of the baby to save the life of both the newborn and the mother. Preeclampsia often causes both liver and kidney damage.

Iranian scientists who gave mothers just a small 70 mg dose of silymarin 3 and then 24 hours after the pregnancy ended found that liver enzymes were more nearly normal on the second and third day compared to women who did not get silymarin.[10] This is one of the most exciting newfound milk thistle uses, and we will surely see more research on this in the future.

11. Milk Thistle for Hearing Loss

Some preliminary studies suggest that silymarin may help prevent hearing loss caused by loud noise or chemical agents. While there is not as much research available to show this as one of the standard milk thistle uses, there are early findings that show great potential.

If you struggle with hearing loss, then taking a milk thistle supplement is worth a try. If nothing else, you will enjoy all of the other health benefits that this powerful plant has to offer.

12. Milk Thistle for Kidney Damage Caused by Contrast Dyes

The dyes used for MRIs and CAT scans sometimes cause serious kidney damage. In a clinical study, this kind of damage happened only about one-third as often in patients who had taken 420 mg of silymarin before the procedure.[11]

13. Milk Thistle for Kidney Damage Caused by Diabetes

Kidney failure is a dreaded complication of long-term, uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. A clinical trial showed that adding milk thistle to common medications for diabetic kidney failure reduces protein “leaks” from the kidneys and improves creatinine levels.[12]

14. Milk Thistle for Methamphetamine Abuse

Some very preliminary research suggests that a component of silymarin called silibinin may help In recovery of mental function after methamphetamine abuse.[13] 

While yet to be extensively studied and added to the list of milk thistle uses, it appears that milk thistle could be a useful supplement for people who are struggling with methamphetamine addiction.

15. Milk Thistle for Mushroom Poisoning

In Europe, intravenous silymarin is standard treatment for poisoning by the deadly Amanita “death cap” mushrooms.[14]

Silymarin is also used to treat mushroom poisoning in the US but doctors are usually not familiar with it. However, this is certainly one of the undeniable milk thistle uses.

Just how well does silymarin work against this particular kind of mushroom poisoning? Generally speaking, severe liver damage can be avoided if silymarin is given by a doctor by IV within 24 hours of the poisoning. In one study, a series of 18 patients were treated with silymarin, and all patients survived except one patient.[15]

16. Milk Thistle for Osteoporosis

Preliminary experiments show that silymarin helps rebalance the processes of bone destruction and bone creation to prevent fractures while building sturdier bones.[16]

17. Milk Thistle for Parkinson’s Disease

Although the research is very preliminary, several studies suggest that silymarin may help stabilize the energy-making mitochondria in the cells of the hippocampus of the brain, preserving their ability to make and respond to dopamine, and slowing or stopping the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

As you are probably starting to realize, the list of milk thistle uses seems to be ever expanding. As more research is conducted, new important discoveries are made about this common weed as a healing plant.

18. Milk Thistle for Peptic and Duodenal Ulcers

Preliminary studies show that silymarin helps to resolve gastrointestinal ulcers by reducing production of stomach acid and by increasing the production of protective antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase.[17]

19. Milk Thistle for Peyronie’s Disease

A study of 120 men with Peyronie’s disease (curvature of the penis) found that including silymarin with other daily antioxidants such as vitamin E, bilberry, and gingko reduced pain during sex and improved erectile dysfunction.[18]

Antioxidant supplements are always maximally effective when combined with other medical treatments, such as topical diclofenac sodium and injectable pentoxifylline (PTX).[19]

20. Milk Thistle for Prostate Cancer

Laboratory studies with prostate cancer cells suggest that silibinin is likely to inhibit the migration of prostate cancer into bone.[20] Therefore, because silibinin is one of milk thistle’s active compounds, helping prostate cancer may be on the list of known milk thistle uses.

Once again, if you have prostate cancer, then it is worth a try because you will at the very least enjoy all of the other benefits this incredible plant has to offer.

21. Milk Thistle for Radiation-Induced Mucositis

One of the most difficult complications of radiation therapy for cancer is mucositis, a blistering of the soft tissues of the mouth, lips, and throat that make eating and drinking painful.

A clinical trial involving volunteers who took 140 mg of silymarin or a placebo three times a day for six weeks found that silymarin delayed and decreased this painful reaction to radiation therapy.[21]

22. Milk Thistle for Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

One of the components of silymarin, a milk thistle chemical called silibinin, makes prostate cancer cells more susceptible to radiation treatment by inhibiting their DNA repair mechanisms.

When the cancer cell is irradiated, it is more likely to die when there has been silymarin treatment.[22] Yet another reason to add it to the list of milk thistle uses.

23. Milk Thistle for Rheumatoid Arthritis

An international clinical trial involving volunteers who had rheumatoid arthritis treated with Prednisolone, Hydroxychloroquine or Sulfasalazin, and Methotrexate tested the effects of adding a silymarin supplement. All of the volunteers for the trial had RA for at least two years already.

Taking 140 mg of silymarin three times a day for three months resulted in a complete remission from joint tenderness in 61 percent of the volunteers and a complete remission from joint swelling in 71 percent.

In addition, these results agreed with laboratory findings that “sed” rate and CRP, both measures of inflammation, were negative in approximately 70 percent of the volunteers by the end of the study.[23] Therefore, this may quickly be becoming one of the main milk thistle uses.

24. Milk Thistle for Sepsis

Some very preliminary studies point to the use of silymarin in preventing potentially deadly lung and brain injury caused by sepsis, especially in diabetics.[24] If this indeed turns out to be one of the proven milk thistle uses, then it would be an ideal natural treatment for sepsis.

25. Milk Thistle for Weight Control in Type 2 Diabetes

The plant chemical berberine, found in goldenseal and Oregon grape root, has long been believed to be useful In controlling blood sugar levels and helping type 2 diabetics to lose weight. The problem with berberine is that it is poorly absorbed.

Combining berberine with a silymarin phytosome, however, increases the absorption of both. In addition, a clinical study in which type 2 diabetics were given silymarin plus berberine or a placebo for 52 weeks found that the combination of these two herbal supplements resulted in:

  • Lower weight.
  • Lower waist line measurements.
  • Lower waist/hip ratio.
  • Lower triglycerides.
  • Lower total cholesterol.
  • Higher HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol),
  • Lower levels of uric acid, which meant that the volunteers who took both silymarin and berberine were less susceptible to gout.[26]

Therefore, natural weight control may become one of the top milk thistle uses. OmniBiotics stays up to date with all of the most recent scientific research on natural supplements, especially with our own ingredients. As a result, you will see updates in all of this information as the research evolves.

26. Milk Thistle for Wound Healing

Sterile dressings with silymarin help newly formed skin cells find their way into the protein matrix of new skin forming over a wound. This property may be used to create products that accelerate the healing of slow-to-heal wounds of diabetics.[27]

27. Milk Thistle in Cosmetics

Herbal cosmeceuticals for nourishing as well as improving the appearance of the skin are becoming more and more popular.

Since the primary mechanism through which exposure to the sun ages the skin is oxidation, herbal antioxidants are an obvious, natural remedy for rejuvenating the skin.

Silibinin is possibly the most versatile of all the herbal cosmeceutical ingredients on the market today. And because milk thistle contains silibinin, herbal cosmeceuticals is another one of the milk thistle uses becoming well known.

Scientific studies have shown that silibinin:

  • Stops the progression of DNA damage In skin cells to skin cancer.[1]
  • Activates a gene called p53 to ensure that precancerous cells in the skin don’t multiply.[2]

Furthermore, some of the most advanced cosmeceuticals use silibinin to:

  • “Calms” the skin to prevent outbreaks of rosacea.
  • Moisturizes and prevents chafing of sun-dried lips.

Many of the clinical trials of silymarin tested the benefits of milk thistle when taken with other supplements.

What is the best form of milk thistle?

Most of the clinical research into the applications of milk thistle has used silymarin, a mixture of eight antioxidant chemicals found in milk thistle, because this mixture can be standardized to yield reliable results. The true potency of healing plants, however, is not limited to any one healing chemical.

That’s why it is always best to take a product that delivers both the known power of silymarin in a standardized dose, along with the whole herb for the fullest range of milk thistle benefits.

 

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How to fix leaky gut naturally

How to Fix Leaky Gut Naturally

Leaky gut is a condition that is usually associated with chronic conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC), allergies, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, and a variety of autoimmune disorders.

We will post protocols for dealing with leaky gut in all of those conditions and discuss how to fix leaky gut naturally.

This article, however, is an article about leaky gut for people who would never suspect that they have it. Leaky gut syndrome is a health condition that can develop very quickly. You can go from not having leaky gut to having to be hospitalized for leaky gut in as little as a few hours.

What Is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

And for that matter, what’s the gut?

Your gut is your digestive tract. Food travels from your mouth past your pharynx through your esophagus to your stomach, and then through the pyloric valve to your small intestine (duodenum, jejunum, and ileum).

The parts of food that your body can’t digest for itself (but that may feed friendly bacteria) pass down to your colon, rectum, and anus.

unhappy intenstines because of leaky gut animation

The Intestines

When we refer to leaky gut, we are usually referring to the lower section of the gut, the intestines. It is important to understand the gut and all of its parts if one wishes to fix leaky gut.

Other parts of the digestive tract can “leak,” but the intestines are the site of the collection of problems we call “leaky gut.” The lining of the gut, which can “leak,” is actually an amazing, living organ.

The Epithelium

To fix leaky gut, one needs to have an understanding of the epithelium and it’s role in the gut.

  • The epithelium lining the gut is only one cell thick, but if spread out it would cover an area of up to 400 square meters (4300 square feet, or about 1/10 of an acre).[4]
  • The epithelium is made up of at least seven kinds of cells. Most of the cells lining the gut are enterocytes, which are replaced every three to five days.
  • The speed at which the gut renews itself is the reason gut injuries can occur very fast and heal very fast. It takes as little as one hour of too-heavy exercise, for example, to trigger leaky gut,[5] by diverting the gut’s blood supply to muscles. Dehydration (especially in infants, the elderly, and athletes working out in hot weather) can have a similar effect.
  • The cells of the epithelium are joined together by “tight junctions.” Nutrients from food pass through the tight junctions, but toxins and infectious microorganisms do not. Or at least they are not supposed to. Certain kinds of proteins in the gut can “unlock” these tight junctions so that they leak.[6] However, that is not enough to cause leaky gut.

Mucus in The Epithelium

  • The epithelium is coated with not just one but two layers of mucus. Goblet cells in the lining of the gut make a gel-like mucus from a mixture of proteins and sugar. (This is one reason that a no-carb diet may be dangerous to your health; your body could not make protective mucus.) Enterocytes make another kind of mucus. Mucus, of course, is slimy. It helps undigested food pass out of the colon, and it traps bacteria before they can pass through gaps in the tight junctions. If the lining of your gut can’t make mucus, you quickly develop a condition called colitis.[7]
  • On top of the two layers of mucus there is yet another layer of protection. It is a lining of friendly, probiotic bacteria. They form a physical barrier against disease-causing bacteria and are one of the most important factors that help fix leaky gut.[8] In addition, they secrete antimicrobial substances that keep “unfriendly” bacteria from colonizing the lining of the colon.[9] Furthermore, they regulate the nutrients that reach the enterocytes. They make sure that the lining of your gut has the nutrients it needs continually flowing, even when you don’t eat, so it can renew itself every three to five days.[10] But there’s more!
  • In addition to a physical barrier provided by the enterocytes and a biochemical barrier provided by probiotic bacteria, the lining of the gut is protected by an immunological barrier provided by the immune system. Just below the enterocytes there are Peyer’s patches and lymphoid follicles. The gut is also the site of most of the body’s supply of immunoglobulin A (IgA). And it is the location of specialized immune cells known as transepithelial dendrites, or TEDs. The TEDs reach out into the gut to detect disease-causing bacteria to unleash the immune defense.

Causes of Leaky Gut

For your gut to become leaky, it isn’t just your intestinal lining that has to fail. The probiotic bacteria that lie on top of your enterocytes would have to be inadequate. Additionally, the mucus beneath them has to be eroded. The immune system beneath them would need to be operating less than optimally, too.

Ideally, one doesn’t have to worry about how to fix leaky gut, but rather can focus on prevention. Leaky gut only occurs after multiple levels of protection in your colon fail. A lot of things have to go wrong for your gut to become truly leaky.

However, These Things Can go Wrong More Often Than You Think

  • When we don’t eat enough fiber, certain strains of bacteria will feed on mucus. Species of bacteria that are not probiotic but that are also usually harmless, such as Akkermansia muciniphila and Bacteroides caccae, prefer to feed on fiber. When they can’t find enough fiber, however, they will eat their way through the protective barrier of mucus.[11]
  • Overindulging in alcohol also weakens the protective lining of the gut. In some alcoholics, and people who abuse alcohol, antibiotics will restore the lining of the gut. However, so can taking Lactobacillus, and it is one of the best ways to fix leaky gut naturally.[12] The advantages of taking Lactobacillusrather than taking an antibiotic are that other friendly bacteria are not killed off, and you aren’t going to get a rebound infection or diarrhea as you might when you finish your prescription antibiotics.
  • Certain infections directly attack the gut. Helicobacter pylori, for instance, goes after the proteins that maintain tight junctions so it can find a home in the lining of the gut. [13] This is how it is linked to both stomach and intestinal (peptic and duodenal) ulcers. Fighting the infection, either with antibiotics or with natural methods, reduces ulceration.

The Most Important Cause of Leaky Gut Is Stress

If you want to fix leaky gut, then you need to be very mindful of stress because it is probably the most important cause of leaky gut syndrome. The neurotransmitter most involved in stress and leaky gut is serotonin. However, serotonin’s role in leaky gut syndrome is different from its role in depression.

You probably know that one of the ways people become depressed is their brains become depleted of serotonin. Without enough serotonin in your brain, you will feel depressed. You will want to sleep a lot and will suffer fatigue when you are awake.

 

woman remaining calm in busy office

 

Only about 2 percent of the serotonin the body makes, however, is made in the brain. About 95 percent of the body’s serotonin is made by enterocromaffin cells in the intestines.[14] In the same way that serotonin in your brain stimulates mental activity, serotonin in your gut stimulates the digestive tract.

Serotonin and Your Gut

The serotonin produced by your gut makes food move through your gut more quickly. If you have too much serotonin in your gut, you get diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Serotonin made by the gut can also travel to the peripheral nerves and make them more sensitive to pain.[15]

Excess serotonin outside your brain can make your blood “stickier” and more prone to clotting. It can elevate your blood pressure so your heart does not pump oxygen to your muscles as efficiently as it should.[16] And it is not only your gut and your brain that can make serotonin. When you exercise, bacteria in your gut make serotonin, too.[17]

Are you starting to realize how important stress is for those who want to fix leaky gut? The problem is that the serotonin made by your gut does not travel to your brain. Your brain has to make its own serotonin. Why should that make a difference?

Your body makes serotonin out of the amino acid tryptophan. When you work out too hard, your gut makes more serotonin. It uses so much of tryptophan to make serotonin that there isn’t enough left over for the brain.

And when you exercise so hard that you “get your adrenaline going,” the extra stress hormones open the tight junctions in your gut. It becomes leaky to inflammatory hormones.[18] Tryptophan doesn’t reach your brain, but the inflammatory hormones do. Therefore, one of the best things you can do to fix leaky gut (or avoid it altogether) is to stop stressing.

How Do You Know You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Some cases of leaky gut are not as symptomatic as others, but an ischemic leaky gut (death of the lining of the colon due to lack of blood circulation) can and often does develop very suddenly. About 1 in 200 people will develop a condition like this at some time during their lives.[1]

This presentation of ischemic colitis is most common in physically active adults who get dehydrated in hot weather, and in the elderly, who become dehydrated because they can’t or won’t drink water.

However, it’s a lot more common for leaky gut to play out in a less dramatic fashion. One study found that about 37 percent of people who have autism have a more slowly progressive form of leaky gut syndrome. About 21 percent of the relatives of people who have autism have a “slow” leaky gut.[2]

In another study, 75 percent of people who had rheumatoid arthritis had elevated levels of a gut bacterium called Prevotella copri, which is associated with the inflammation caused by leaky gut.[3] In yet another study, 22 out of 22 type 2 diabetics were diagnosed with “metabolic endotoxemia,” another condition associated with leaky gut.

Leaky gut is also a nearly universal problem of athletes. It only takes one hour of working out hard to trigger a series of biochemical changes that make the colon permeable to toxins and infectious bacteria.

But the good news is it only takes one day of appropriate diet and supplementation to reverse that process if you start the healing process in time. Learning how to fix leaky gut naturally is easy.

Sometimes Leaky Gut Is Punishment for Trying Too Hard to Get into Shape

Leaky gut is a vicious circle. You work hard at having better health. You diet and exercise. Then, you make a little progress, but it seems like every time you take one step forward you take two steps back.

You resolve to work even harder—so you make one longer step forward and two longer steps back. If you want to fix leaky gut, then you want to be careful not to push your body too hard.

 

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But What if You Don’t Exercise at All?

Leaky gut is a reaction to the stress of “working out” relative to your maximum capacity. If you get tired walking around the block, then walking around the block may be the physical stress that triggers the vicious circle of leaky gut syndrome for you.

If you can do 30 minutes of spinning without needing to stop, maybe it’s the day you do an hour that triggers the leaky gut for you. In addition, if you run 4 miles a day, then maybe it’s the day that you run a half-marathon that your colon will tell you “No more!”

The way to remove the risk of leaky gut from physical stress isn’t to resign yourself to living on your couch. The solution is to support gut health with the right diet and supplements as you slowly are able to enjoy more and more physical activity. This is the key to fix leaky gut naturally.

Exercise Won’t Help You Feel Better Unless You Eat Right

That’s how exercise without appropriate nutrition — including probiotics — can make you feel worse. You feel bad, so you work out. You feel OK right after your work out, but then a few hours later, and even more a few days later, you feel even worse than you did before.

What is a conscientious, health-minded individual going to do? Work out harder! You once again feel a boost of adrenaline from your workout. This temporarily makes you feel good, but then you feel even worse than when you started your exercise routine.

Fatigue and depression lead to more fatigue and depression, unless you take care of nutrition first. Here lies yet another key for those who want to fix leaky gut naturally.

How Can You Break the Cycle of Failure to See Results From Exercise?

Get enough phenylalanine from the right foods. Your body makes tryptophan out of the protein phenylalanine. Phenylalanine is found in peanuts, avocados, almonds, soy products, and sesame seeds.

It is also found in chicken, fish, turkey, and yogurt. It is better to get as much phenylalanine as you can from plant foods, rather than from animal foods.

Consuming too much casein from dairy products feeds the bacteria that eat through the mucus lining of the gut. Eating too much meat encourages the growth of gut bacteria that transform the amino acid trimethylamine into trimethylamine-N-oxide, which interferes with blood circulation.

If you must eat your meat and dairy, you can offset some of their effects by consuming more resistant starch. Resistant starch is formed when rice and potatoes are boiled for a long time (not steamed, fried, baked, or microwaved).

Resistant starch feeds the probiotic bacteria that protect the mucus lining of your gut. It gives them the fuel they need to fight the bacteria that would harm it, and it helps you naturally fix leaky gut.[19]

 

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The Importance of Probiotics

Start taking the probiotics you need before you start an exercise routine. It takes about 8 weeks of regularly taking probiotics to make a difference. But they really do make a difference:

  • Don’t take probiotics unless you also get enough prebiotics, the fiber that probiotic bacteria feed on. You don’t have to eat so much fiber that you get bloating and gas. Simply making sure you eat 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables every day is enough.[20]
  • Make sure you are getting a mixture of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. In one clinical trial, taking Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum for 8 weeks reduced depression, improved insulin response (which helps muscles absorb the glucose and water they need to “pump up” after a workout), and increased production of the antioxidant glutathione,[21] which indirectly reduces inflammation.
  • In another clinical trial, taking Bifidobacterium longum for 30 days reduced the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn reduces leaky gut.[22] Reducing the production of cortisol also slows down weight gain should you overeat.

The more you exercise, the more you need probiotics for gut health. But even if you don’t exercise at all, you still need probiotics. The stresses of daily life don’t just affect you. They also affect your probiotic bacteria, and your gut health is a lot more important than you think.

Make sure that you have the friendly bacteria you need by taking probiotic supplements on a daily basis, and make sure they are well fed by including as many plant foods as possible in your diet.

By doing so, you will give yourself the best chance to fix leaky gut naturally (or prevent it from happening altogether). Plus, you will get the added benefit of naturally feeling better in general. It’s a win-win.

 

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Diet and Supplements for Reversing Fatty Liver Disease

Few health conditions are more amenable to natural methods to support structure and function than fatty liver.

Clinical studies have found that you can sometimes reverse fatty liver with supplements alone, and sometimes can be cured with diet alone, but it is a combination of diet and supplements that works best.

It is not just diet, and it is not even just diet and silymarin, that helps the liver heal itself. Diet, plus the milk thistle derivative called silymarin, plus probiotics, plus vitamin D, vitamin E, copper, and DHA work together to provide optimal nutritional support.

What Is Fatty Liver?

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common complication of obesity worldwide. Up to 30 percent of the populations of some Asian and African countries could be diagnosed with fatty liver disease.

Additionally, up to 46 percent of the populations of some Middle Eastern countries and the United States are in some stage of the condition. [1] Fatty liver disease is a spectrum of diseases that includes non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. The complications of fatty liver disease usually appear in that order, although there is increased risk of liver cancer even without going through the intermediate steps of fibrosis and cirrhosis.[2]

If you struggle with your weight, or if there is liver disease in your family, it is important to treat fatty liver disease before it causes serious or even life-threatening complications.

Ideally, you want to focus on prevention so that you don’t have to reverse fatty liver disease after it is already a problem in your life.

healthy liver and fatty liver animation

Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease

How can you know whether you have fatty liver disease? Severe fatty infiltration of the liver can result in anorexia, nausea, and abdominal discomfort.

In addition, it can cause a vague feeling of fatigue. Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) is present in about 15 percent of patients admitted to the hospital.

Most people who have fatty liver disease, however, won’t have yellowing of the eyes or skin. Liver enzymes such as ALT and AST are elevated in fatty liver disease, but they are also elevated in many other conditions.

There are diseases not affecting the liver at all that cause high ALT and AST. That is the reason that the definitive test for fatty liver is a liver biopsy.

A doctor uses a scarily long needle to draw out a tiny sample of your liver tissue. Then a pathologist examines it under a microscope to determine whether you have fat in your liver and if they are causing inflammation and scarring of your liver.

However, some people just aren’t good candidates for a liver biopsy. If you take blood thinners, your gastroenterologist probably will not do a needle biopsy.

Furthermore, if you are extremely underweight or extremely overweight a needle biopsy may be out of the question.

Noninvasive Studies are Imperfect

Ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help your doctor determine whether the problem is fatty liver or gallbladder disease.

However, they cannot distinguish between a benign form of fatty liver disease and the more serious complication called steatohepatitis. Therefore, if you happen to be in the 1 to 2 percent of the population who has some form of iron overload disease, an MRI is not as useful because iron deposits look a lot like fat deposits in some patients.

Busy radiologists may take a quick look at your history and interpret “iffy” images as fatty liver disease. (Of course, if you have hereditary iron overload disease that you have not had treated, it is entirely possible that you will have both iron and fat deposits in your liver.)

Unfortunately, the diagnosis of fatty liver disease is usually not definitive. Your doctor makes an educated guess based on the fact that many, many people are found to have fatty liver once they are given liver biopsies, and if you have diabetes, or pre-diabetes, or if you are obese, then there is a very good chance that you have some form of fatty liver disease.

Even if you are not certain, it is a good idea to educate yourself here on the tactics to reverse fatty liver disease. It doesn’t hurt to improve your diet and nutritional status even if turns out you don’t have the condition. By the time you have obvious symptoms, treatment becomes complicated.

Therefore, it is best to make positive changes in your lifestyle as soon as possible. Anything you do to change your lifestyle to support liver health will be helpful even if you don’t actually have liver disease.

Causes of Fatty Liver Disease

What causes fatty liver disease? And how do I reverse fatty liver disease? These are the two most common questions we get.

If you have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and you are overweight, then your liver problem may be a complication of being too fat.

However, that does not mean it is entirely your fault. It’s not just a matter of what you eat and how much you eat. It also has to do with the microbes that live in your digestive tract.

Both friendly and unfriendly bacteria influence the progress of the disease. Researchers often describe fatty liver disease as a “two-hit” condition. The mere presence of excess fat in liver cells invites oxidation, and the byproducts of oxidation cause inflammation that ultimately damages liver tissue.

That inflammation is not enough to damage your liver. There has to be a second hit, such as alcohol abuse or drug abuse or an imbalance in the microbes in your gut.

More often than not, the second hit causes changes to the bacteria in your colon, not alcohol or drug abuse.

Bacteria Often Determine the Course of Fatty Liver Disease

The presence or absence of probiotic bacteria makes a tremendous difference in whether you reverse fatty liver disease, you live with fatty liver disease but your liver functions normally, or you suffer complications of fatty liver disease like those mentioned above. There are over 10,000,000,000,000 microorganisms, both friendly and unfriendly, in your digestive tract.[3]

happy probiotic bacteria animation

 

Many of these microbes are harmful. However, even more of these microbes are helpful probiotic bacteria. Probiotic bacteria are a wonderful influence for good health.

They can slow down the development of obesity,[4] cardiovascular disease,[5] both type 1 and type 2 diabetes,[6] and various forms of liver disease.[7]

Microbes and Your Liver

The liver diseases influenced by the microbes in your digestive tract are all related to fatty liver. They can be described along a spectrum ranging from simple fatty liver disease to non-alcoholic steatohepatosis (NASH) to fibrosis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer (hepatocarcinoma).[8]

In addition to the “two hits”[9] that your doctor is likely to explain to you, various microbes in your digestive tract influence inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which can make you fatter, the use of bile salts (that carry away excess fats) and the liver’s use of choline (which is used to make protective cell membranes).[10]

Therefore, having the right probiotic bacteria is crucial. It can make a huge difference in whether your fatty liver disease becomes a much more serious problem, stays benign, or even whether you are able to reverse fatty liver disease.

How You Can Use Probiotics to Prevent or Reverse Fatty Liver Disease

There are eight probiotic bacteria that have been found to make a major difference in liver health. They are three kinds of Bifidobacteria (B. breve, B. longum, B. infantis), one kind of beneficial Streptococcus (S. thermophilus), and four kinds of Lactobatillus ( L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, L. paracasei and L. delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaricus).

Of these, the Bifidobacteria are the most important for stopping new fat deposits in the liver.[11] However, it is the combination of all eight that has been shown in clinical trials to prevent fibrosis, the next step in liver disease after fatty liver.[12]en tested in clinical trials involving children and adults with proven fatty liver disease. The combination improves insulin sensitivity and inflammation.[13] In addition, it amplifies the effects of statin drugs and metformin.[14]

A clinical trial In Iran even found that taking probiotics with the prebiotics that feed them (mostly plant fiber) increased production of the body’s satiety hormone, leptin, reducing hunger.[15]

And although probiotics alone won’t reverse fatty liver disease—diet is required to accomplish that—they can make dieting easier, as we will discuss below.

What About Other Supplements?

Which natural supplements can help you prevent or reverse fatty liver disease? Some researchers believe that a vitamin D level below 75 nmol/L, which is to say, just about everyone’s vitamin D levels in the United States, encourages the progression of fatty liver disease to NASH, fibrosis, and cirrhosis.[16]

An exact dosage of supplemental vitamin D that may prevent problems from fatty liver disease has not been established, but 1,000 IU a day is a reasonable start.

Clinical trials have found that taking vitamin E is helpful in correcting some of the advanced complications of fatty liver disease.

Children and teens who are given vitamin E are less likely to develop “ballooning” of liver tissue.[17] Adults who take vitamin E are less likely to have new fat deposits, inflammation, or cirrhosis, although vitamin E will not correct existing fibrosis of the liver.[18]

Additionally, a combination of copper deficiency and sugar consumption accelerates the accumulation of fat in the liver. Copper deficiency exacerbates liver damage, and fructose interferes with the absorption of copper from food.[19]

There are also some very preliminary indications that curcumin, the antioxidant found in turmeric, can reduce the inflammation that causes fatty liver disease to progress to fibrosis and cirrhosis.[20]

Sometimes DHA supplements alone are enough to reverse fatty liver disease in children. Because their bodies are still growing, the anti-inflammatory effects of DHA plus the calorie needs of growing bodies deplete excess fat.[21]

DHA may lessen insulin resistance in adults, but it won’t correct the underlying problem, fatty liver.[22] Most adults who have fatty liver disease absolutely, positively must change their diets.

The First Rule of Diet to Heal Fatty Liver: Eliminate Unnatural Sources of Fructose

If you want to reverse fatty liver disease, then your diet is a crucial part of the equation. It’s not easy to correct fatty liver with diet alone, but dietary changes result in the greatest and longest lasting reduction of fat deposits.

There are two groups of foods that have to be avoided, and then there is the task of counting calories. Let’s talk about the dietary no-no’s first. There are two universal rules for diets that work for reversing fatty liver disease. Here’s the first one: High-fructose corn syrup has to be completely eliminated from your diet.

The only organ in your body that uses fructose as fuel is your liver. When your liver is using fructose, it does not use glucose or fatty acids, and it stores them as fat. The harder your liver works at clearing fructose from your bloodstream and using it to make energy, the more fat it accumulates.[23]

 

the word stop spelled out in sugar cubes on red background

 

Additionally, fructose in high doses, such as you would get from a Big Gulp or a Slurpee, also floods your liver with toxins. Fructose is not just food for you. It is also food for “unfriendly” bacteria.

The more fructose you consume, the more you feed the harmful bacteria in your colon. For people who truly want to reverse fatty liver disease, pay close attention to your relationship with fructose.

Large Amounts of Fructose Make the Linings of the Intestines More Permeable.

Any toxins that “bad” bacteria have made in your gut are more readily absorbed. The first place they stop is your liver. The liver’s Kuppfer cells attempt to keep the toxins from reaching the rest of your body by becoming inflamed and enlarged.

If they are constantly inflamed, they form fibrous scar tissue, which becomes the fibrosis that can lead to cirrhosis and even liver cancer.[24]

A good way to remember the importance of avoiding fructose is “Fructose Makes You Fat.” A clinical study found that people who get 500 calories a day from fructose put on belly fat at a rate four times faster than people who get just 100 calories a day from fructose.

Additionally, they have triglyceride levels that are 45 percent higher.[25] A couple of super-sized soft drinks a day may be enough to give you 500 calories from fructose. Three to five pieces of fruit will give you 100 calories from fructose.

It’s also true that “Fructose Causes Liver Fibrosis.”

Too much fructose dooms your liver to fibrosis and later cirrhosis, even if you do not drink alcohol.

Small amounts of fructose from fruit, no more than 25 grams (about 100 calories) per day, the equivalent of two or three pieces of fruit, are OK. Your liver can use that small amount of fructose without increasing fat production, and the low load of fructose sugar does not increase the permeability of your intestine’s lining so that toxins pass through.

However, excessive fructose is not the only dietary no-no for people seeking liver health…

If you want to prevent or reverse fatty liver disease, then don’t just eliminate drinks and snacks that are made with high-fructose corn syrup. Eliminate table sugar as well because it is a chemical combination of sucrose and glucose.

A study of 1,685 sons and daughters of doctors in the United States found that drinking any sugar-sweetened beverage daily results in a 56 percent greater likelihood of developing fatty liver disease.[26]

The Second Rule of Diet to Heal Fatty Liver: Don’t Eat Bad Fats

High-fructose corn syrup is not the only food you have to eliminate from your diet. The second universal rule for diets is this: Eat good fats sparingly. Don’t eat bad fats at all.

Which fats are the bad fats? For fatty liver disease, it turns out that the bad fats also are essential fats. How can something that is essential in your diet possibly be bad for you? It’s not just a matter of which fats you eat. It is also a matter of how much.

You are probably aware of the omega essential fatty acids. There are omega-3’s, which your body must obtain from diet, and which become anti-inflammatory hormones.

There are omega-6’s, which your body must also obtain from diet, and which become pro-inflammatory hormones.

Most of us don’t get enough of the omega-3’s, such as DHA, and we get too much of the omega-6’s, which are found in cooking oils. Excess omega-6 fatty acids also accelerate damage from fatty liver disease.

Furthermore, the problematic omega-6 essential fatty acids are abundant in soybean oil, corn oil, and fish oil. Clinical studies with NASH patients confirm that a diet with too many omega-6’s and not enough omega-3’s accelerates the deposit of fats in the liver.[27]

This means that people who want to reverse fatty liver disease not only need to avoid cooking oils and the various packaged baked goods that are loaded with them.

Don’t Just Eat Right, Eat Less

In addition to eating right, people who have fatty liver disease need to eat less. If you eat fewer calories so that your body has to burn fat for energy, it will burn fat deposits in your liver. Please note that this rule is not “if you exercise more so that your body burns more calories,” your liver will heal itself.

Vigorous exercise actually does help resolve fatty liver disease, however, the level of vigorous exercise that works is a lot more than most people are ever willing to do. Clinical trials found that this level of exercise was 5 hours per week at 80 percent of maximum heart rate, and the benefits were limited to a 50 percent reduction in the risk of developing fibrosis.

All that hard exercise did not cure fatty liver, rather it just kept it from getting worse.[28] It takes diet that results in weight loss (or diet plus silymarin, even without weight loss, as we will see a little later) to reverse fatty liver disease.

The Weight Loss that Helps Reverse Fatty Liver Disease has Come by Calorie Reduction.

Most authorities recommend eating 500 to 1,000 fewer calories per day so that you lose 1 or 2 pounds (500 to 1000 g) every week.

How do you reduce your consumption of food by 500 to 1000 calories per day?

If you eat two sandwiches for lunch, start eating one. In addition, if you supersize, start eating small (without the side order of fries or the Coke or ice cream).

Additionally, if you eat three, or four, or five eggs for breakfast, try eating two. Give up your venti for a short if you frequent Starbucks (though we wouldn’t suggest Starbucks as part of your diet).

Furthermore, if you eat out, or if you eat prepared meals, then know the calorie counts. Most importantly, write down absolutely everything you eat to keep track of calories, and be prepared for a shock when you find how much you really eat.

 

woman on a diet pushing away a donut as she eats an apple

 

Dieting is Hard but the Rewards are Significant:

  • If you can diet long enough to lose 9 percent of your body weight, ideally over about a year, clinical trials confirm that you will have reductions in both inflammation and fatty deposits in liver tissue.[29]
  • Also, if you can diet so that you lose 8 percent of your body weight, clinical trials confirm that you will have significant loss of hepatic fat deposits.[30]
  • If you can just lose 7 percent of your body weight by dieting, clinical research tells us that you will have less “ballooning” of liver tissue.[31]
  • Even if you can only lose 5 percent of your body weight while you diet, you will have measurably fewer fat deposits in your liver.[32]

But what if you can’t even lose 5 percent of your body mass by dieting? Or you want to enjoy better liver health even while you are still losing weight? Then you need to supplement with silymarin.

Silymarin Can Help Heal Your Liver Even Before You Have Lost the Weight

Silymarin is a group of healing antioxidant chemicals found in the herb milk thistle. It is one of the most extensively studied of all natural products.

And it might be one of the keys for those who want to reverse fatty liver disease. If you diet and you take silymarin, a clinical study tells us that you will see improvements in your liver enzymes faster.

In one study, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis patients who took just a low dose of silymarin (210 mg a day) had improved ALT and AST in eight weeks.[33] In addition, silymarin also helps even if you don’t succeed at weight loss at all.

A team of physicians in Naples (Italy) studied the effects of silymarin in 72 fatty liver disease patients who were able to eat “right,” eliminating industrially produced fructose and unhealthy fats, but who weren’t able to eat the right amounts, losing weight on a calorie-restricted diet.

After Three Months of Taking 540 mg of Silymarin Every Day:

  • Liver enzyme ALT levels fell from an average of 109 to an average of 75.
  • Liver enzyme AST levels fell from an average of 72 to an average of 48.
  • Ultrasound scans of the liver showed an average of 42 percent fewer fatty infiltrations.

Three months of silymarin did not completely reverse fatty liver, but it greatly improved it—even in patients who did not succeed at losing weight by dieting.[34] Silymarin will not be as helpful in patients who have advanced liver disease, and it has to be taken in a higher dose (700 mg per day) to help people in the advanced stages of fatty liver disease.

Even if these cases, however, clinical trials find that silymarin seems to cause a significant reduction in fibrosis, stopping the potentially deadly progression from fatty liver to fibrosis and more serious conditions.[35]

Therefore, if you want to reverse fatty liver disease, or if you want to prevent it, then it would be smart to take a milk thistle supplement every day that has silymarin in it.

 

organic milk thistle silymarin extract supplement capsules by omnibiotics

 

 


Magnesium Deficiency - 10 Little Known Causes

Healthy people usually experience magnesium deficiency. As a result, they usually need to take magnesium supplements. Epidemiologists estimate that between 75 and 80% of North Americans, for example, don’t get enough magnesium in their daily diets.[1]

But it isn’t just failure to get enough magnesium that’s the problem.

The healthier you are, the more magnesium your body needs. In fact, the things healthy people do to stay healthy are the reasons their bodies need extra magnesium for optimal structure and function.

Take a look at these 10 situations to see if they apply to you.

1. Too Much Vitamin D Causes Magnesium Deficiency

Vitamin D is still considered an especially sexy supplement. So many of us have low vitamin D levels that most people need either more sunlight or a vitamin D supplement.

Taking more and more vitamin D, or getting more and more time in the sun, however, quickly leads to magnesium deficiency. Why?

Because your body needs magnesium to convert the storage form of vitamin D, D2, into the active form of vitamin D, D3. Magnesium is needed at not just one but at eight different steps. [2]

It is a critical component of three of the enzymes that activate vitamin D.[3]

In addition, magnesium is essential for making vitamin D “stick” to the protein that carries it through the bloodstream.[4]

 

woman looking out over water at sunset

 

Your parathyroid glands won’t make adequate amounts of the hormone that tells your body it needs to use vitamin D unless you also have adequate magnesium, and some people who don’t respond to vitamin D only start getting the benefits of vitamin D once they start getting enough magnesium.[5]

Therefore, if you spend a lot of time in the sun or take vitamin D supplements, then you may very well have a magnesium deficiency and should take supplemental magnesium.

Who is Likely to be Getting Too Much Vitamin D and Not Enough Magnesium?

Even a “healthy” diet usually only provides enough magnesium for the body to use 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin D every day. That means:

  • If you spend a lot of time in the sun, your body probably makes 10,000 to 20,000 IU of vitamin D per day, and needs supplemental magnesium to use it.
  • Also, if you are taking any dosage of vitamin D supplements over 1,000 IU per day, you also need supplemental magnesium.
  • If you started taking vitamin D supplements and noticed that you felt worse, not better, you almost certainly need to be taking magnesium.

2. Paleo Dieters Need Magnesium Supplements

A paleo diet is an alkalizing diet. That’s the opposite of an acidifying diet. Acidifying diets leach minerals out of the body. Alkalizing diets allow the body to avoid sending minerals out with their urine.[6]

It would be reasonable to assume that a paleo diet would provide all the minerals the body needs, plus the alkaline environment the body needs to conserve them.

But the surprising fact is that people on paleo diets usually don’t get enough magnesium. That’s because they eat lots of meat along with lots of healthy plant foods. When your body breaks down protein, it produces homocysteine.

If you eat lots of protein, your body produces lots of homocysteine. Too much homocysteine can damage your arteries the same way too much of the wrong form of LDL cholesterol can.

The enzymes that your body uses to break down homocysteine into a harmless form all require the presence of magnesium in your bloodstream.

That is, you have to have a certain amount of “extra” magnesium for folate, B6, and B12 to do you any good in detoxifying homocysteine.[7] Therefore, if you are a paleo dieter, you may very well have a magnesium deficiency.

 

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Eating The Right Plant Foods

Another reason that people on paleo diets don’t get enough magnesium is that they don’t eat the plant foods that provide the most magnesium, namely, whole grains.

Grains with bran are an excellent source of magnesium. There’s 39 times as much magnesium in a 100-gram serving of rice bran, for example, as there is in a 100-gram serving of chicken.

Paleo dieters have good reasons for avoiding grains, but if they don’t get their magnesium from grains, chances are they won’t get their magnesium from leafy green vegetables, either. It turns out that there is a “catch” in using the most popular green vegetables as a source of mineral nutrition.

Whether you are on a paleo diet or not, leafy greens often don’t provide the magnesium a healthy body needs.

3. Eating Too Many of the Wrong Green Vegetables Causes Magnesium Deficiency

Green vegetables have lots of magnesium, so eating more green vegetables is a good way to get all the magnesium you need, right? Wrong!

There are some kinds of green vegetables that contain high concentrations of oxalates, which act as a kind of anti-magnesium.

Oxalates bind to magnesium to form insoluble compounds. These compounds can’t circulate in the bloodstream. They have to be eliminated from the body through bowel movement. When magnesium binds to oxalates in food, it never finds its way inside the body.

Which foods are high in oxalates? In order from higher oxalate content to lower oxalate content, here are some common plant foods that can deplete magnesium when eaten in excess:

  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Amaranth greens.
  • Spinach
  • Beet greens.
  • Rhubarb
  • Swiss chard (silverbeet).
  • Beets
  • Watercress
  • Lettuce
  • Green beans.
  • Celery

All of these popular plant foods contain more of the magnesium-binding oxalates in their raw form than when they are cooked. Fermenting them (for example, to make kimchi) removes most of their oxalate content.

There are a few other vegetables that have even higher oxalate content and would be familiar to foodies because of their unique flavor. Their taste is due to their oxalate content.

Good King Henry (an herb used to make a soup), purslane (used in Greek soups and salads), lamb’s quarters (usually eaten steamed as a side dish), sorrel, and chervil (these two also used in soups) would cause problems if they were eaten more often than on special occasions.

Other Plant Food Problems

On the other hand, there are some other plant foods that don’t contain a lot of oxalates in small servings but that can cause problems when they are eaten to excess.

These include soy, miso, peanuts, sesame seeds/tahini, tea, coffee, beer, and chocolate. But you don’t have to eliminate all of these foods from your diet.

It’s OK to eat your veggies as long as you eat them in moderation. Don’t use vast quantities of green veggies to make juices or smoothies every day, or if you do, take magnesium supplements.

Taking magnesium not only ensures that your body will receive enough magnesium, it also helps dissolve the excess oxalates that could accumulate in your kidneys to form stones.[8]

4. Eating Too Much Fructose Leads to Magnesium Deficiency

Everybody knows that high-fructose corn syrup is detrimental to good health. The idea that high-fructose fruit can also be detrimental to good health is a little more controversial, but the basic principle is this:

With Fructose, it’s Very Easy to Get Too Much of a Basically Good Thing.

Your liver can process small amounts of fructose without turning it into fat. As long as you don’t eat more than about 25 grams (100 calories) in fructose from fruit and high-fructose corn syrup (counted together) in any single day, there aren’t any serious problems.

Your liver not only can use fructose for ready energy, it even makes some enzymes that help it use glucose from other carbohydrates more efficiently. A little fructose every day, about the equivalent a single 4 oz (120 ml) glass of juice, is actually good for you.

You don’t have to sacrifice vitamin C to avoid fructose in fresh fruit juices if you stop at one glass a day.

The problem comes when you guzzle down multiple glasses of juice or you visit the corner Seven-Eleven to get a soda every day. Fructose over-consumption is also a problem if you eat 8 or more pieces of fruit every day.

 

arial shot of 3 cups of soda causing magnesium deficiency

 

Your body just can’t use that much fructose for making energy. It has to turn the excess fructose into fat.[9] And to turn it into fat, your liver needs about twice as much magnesium as it does when you don’t eat fructose.[10]

Fructose and The Liver

Your liver can’t use the amino acid leucine to make proteins when it is processing fructose unless it has lots of magnesium to make enzymes. When it can’t use leucine to make some of its fuel-burning enzymes, it is forced to turn fructose into fat.

Your liver will try to do the healthy thing as long as it can, even until it depletes its magnesium supply. But if you keep eating more and more of this common fruit sugar, you will surely be confronted with a magnesium deficiency in your body.

Part of the solution to this problem is to swear off high-fructose corn syrup in foods and beverages forever.

But you don’t have to give up fruit and fruit juices. You can still have some fruit, even up to two or three pieces a day, and one glass of juice a day. But if you eat fruit or drink fruit juice at all, you need to make sure you get enough magnesium.

5. Eating Too Many Whole Grains Can Cause Magnesium Deficiency

Phytic acid, which is found in the bran of seeds and in the hulls of seeds, binds with magnesium. It ties up magnesium in the digestive tract so that it is never absorbed into the body.

Ironically, this is true even in those kinds of bran that contain large amounts of magnesium, such as rice bran.

Cereals and whole grains and seeds don’t give up their magnesium unless they are specially treated. Soaking seeds and grains for 8 to 12 hours removes phytate. You drain off the water, and drain away the phytate.

This changes the seeds and grains so that they can release minerals, and so that they won’t interfere with the absorption of minerals from other foods.

whole grains on a white background

If you eat a lot of grains and seeds that haven’t been sprouted, you run the risk of magnesium depletion and you need to take a magnesium supplement. Soy foods contain large amounts of phytic acid which can only be broken down by fermentation.

Miso and tempeh won’t interfere with your body’s absorption of magnesium, but tofu and edamame will. If you eat a lot of tofu, or you drink a lot of soy milk, chances are that you need supplemental magnesium.[11]

6. Drinking Bottled Water Leads to Magnesium Deficiency

Everywhere you go in some warmer climates you will see people chugging down bottled water. We all have to keep hydrated, after all. But the truth is, not all waters are equally as healthy. Trace minerals help our cells retain magnesium and other positively charged ions that “electrify” the cell. We get a lot of our trace minerals from drinking water.

Magnesium also helps cells maintain a healthy electrical charge. Drinking water is also an important source of magnesium. Bottled water and desalinated water are deficient in magnesium. As a result, drinking them can cause a critical magnesium deficiency in your body.

Just How Big a Deal is it to Not Get Normal Amounts of Magnesium in Your Drinking Water?

Dr. Michael Shechter is an expert in the role of trace minerals in drinking water in cardiovascular health. For the last 16 years he has been studying heart disease rates in two sets of cities in Israel.

In one group of cities people drink desalinated sea water that does not contain magnesium.

In the other group of cities people drink ordinary tap water, which contains nutritionally significant amounts of magnesium. Shecther ran blood tests on people in both areas.

People who lived in cities where there was no natural magnesium in the drinking water had lower bloodstream levels of magnesium. They also had up to 163% greater risk of dying of heart attacks, compared to people who drank ordinary tap water. [12]

In addition, if you drink bottled water, or desalinated water, or your tap water is unusually “soft” water, then you need a magnesium supplement because you likely have a magnesium deficiency.

Scientists Know a Lot About How Magnesium Supplementation Helps People Who Have Heart Disease and Heart Disease Risk Factors:

  • Heart cells that don’t have enough magnesium tend to accumulate too much sodium and too little potassium. This makes them “excitable” so that small inputs from the nervous system and hormones cause abnormal heart rhythms.[13] A little excitement might cause a large increase in heart rate. Light exercise might trigger arrhythmia. Magnesium therapy is a well-known remedy for abnormal rhythms of the heart.[14]
  • Taking at 430 mg of magnesium every day for four months improves the ratio of HDL (“good” cholesterol”) to LDL (“bad cholesterol”).[15]
  • A clinical trial conducted by Dr. Shechter and his colleagues showed that heart patients who took 730 mg of magnesium a day for six months could exercise longer, had less chest pain when they exercised, and fewer abnormal heart rhythms as a result of exercise.[16]
  • Magnesium supplementation reduces the activity of platelet activation factor even in healthy people.[17] This makes blood less likely to clot, and it also slows down the activation stage of allergic reactions.

What do all of these studies tell us? If you have any family history of heart disease, to stay on the safe side, you need a magnesium supplement.

 

husband and wife making heart shape with hands at sunset

7. But Drinking Tap Water Can Cause Magnesium Deficiency, Too

If your tap water is fluoridated, then it’s possible that you could develop an unusual kind of magnesium deficiency.

This is caused by the fluoride in the water. It combines with the magnesium in your bones and tendons to form a mineral called sellaite. This mineral is a weaker version of apatite.

Ordinarily, apatite makes bones and teeth strong. Sellaite makes them brittle and breakable. It’s not likely you will have this problem unless you drink fluoridated tap water and you use fluoride toothpaste. It’s worse if you are taking a medication that contains fluoride like some common antibiotics, antifungal drugs, and antidepressants.

The solution is not to stop taking the medication your doctor prescribed. Rather, you need to take a magnesium supplement.[18]

If you live in a community that fluoridates its water, the best beverage for you is mineral water, but if you can’t afford that, take supplemental magnesium.

8. Working Out Too Hard Can Deplete Magnesium

It’s possible to “sweat out” magnesium. If you do workouts in hot weather, or if you do hot yoga, or if you regularly work out to the point that you break out in a sweat, then you probably need a magnesium supplement. Working out too hard can cause a magnesium deficiency.

Scientists conducted a series of studies on magnesium losses during perspiration in the 1970’s. One study found that steady exercise at a temperature of just 80° F (27° C) for 90 minutes caused a healthy person to lose about 15% of the body’s total supply serum magnesium to perspiration. [19]

The body can slowly learn how to conserve magnesium in high-heat conditions. When researchers tested volunteers who had a chance to acclimate to the heat, working out 30 minutes a day in a room heated to 45° C (113° F), they lost less magnesium to perspiration, but still about 8% of all the available magnesium in their bodies.

Magnesium May Help Your Athletic Performance

If you work out in the heat, even if you are accustomed to it, then you probably will benefit from magnesium supplements. And research finds that your athletic performance may be better when you take magnesium:

  • A study of 25 professional volleyball players found that taking 350 mg of magnesium a day for four weeks increased their performance under anaerobic conditions, when they were playing so hard that they were short of breath. They were able to jump on average 3 cm (about 1-1/4 inches) higher and swing their arms on average 3 cm farther if they took magnesium supplements.[20]
  • In addition, another study of young people (aged 18 to 22) who did taekwondo 90 to 120 minutes a day five days a week and who took 10 mg of magnesium per day for each kilogram of their body weight found that the athletes who took magnesium had higher red blood cell counts, higher white blood cell counts, and higher hemoglobin after four weeks.[21]
  • A study of cyclists found that they reported less exertion on 20-kilometer ride when they took supplemental magnesium.[22]

 

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9. Taking Too Much Calcium Pushes Out Magnesium

Everybody knows that we need calcium for healthy bones. When we are children (if we grow up in the Americas), we are told we need to drink milk. When we get older, we are told that we need calcium supplements.

What we aren’t told is that too much calcium can be just as detrimental to bone health and to general health as too little. Magnesium helps keep calcium in its soluble form.

When calcium precipitates out of the bloodstream of body fluids it can form kidney stones, bone spurs, calcium deposits in the breasts, and hardened cholesterol in the linings of the arteries.

Too much calcium can also trigger fibromyalgia and muscle spasms. All of these problems can occur to a lesser or greater degree when the ratio of calcium to magnesium in the diet is anything over 1 to 1.

We need the same amount of magnesium as calcium in our diets, but we don’t get the same amount of calcium as magnesium in our food:

  • Milk provides 7 times as much calcium as magnesium.
  • Yogurt provides 11 times as much calcium as magnesium.
  • Calcium-fortified orange juice provides 27 times as much calcium as magnesium.
  • Antacids provide 100 times as much calcium as magnesium.

When you add calcium supplements to a dairy-rich diet, or you drink calcium-enriched orange juice and still take calcium supplements, or you use calcium-rich antacids to keep heartburn in check, you quickly deplete magnesium.

You may not have full-fledged magnesium deficiency symptoms just because you consume too much calcium.

And you may not have the symptoms of calcium precipitation listed above, However, you likely will not enjoy optimal health and energy. It’s OK to take calcium supplements, up to 1,000 mg per day.

Just be sure that you take magnesium supplements, too.

10. Taking Some Magnesium But Not Taking Enough Magnesium Causes Magnesium Deficiency

This nutritional principle is counterintuitive. Taking some magnesium but not taking enough magnesium can cause magnesium deficiency. It’s a little like stomping down on your accelerator when your gas tank is empty.

The benefits of a very low dose of magnesium, 100 mg or less, may last about 2-1/2 hours, but that is only enough time for your body to start making some of the magnesium-dependent enzymes it needs without making others.[23] You can wind up feeling worse than when you started.

So who would take magnesium but not take enough? The problem is more common than you might think. Taking the wrong kind of magnesium leads to the same result as taking Milk of Magnesia. You develop diarrhea.

The #1 reason people don’t take all the magnesium they need is diarrhea.

What are the Wrong Kinds of Magnesium Supplements?

The least expensive magnesium supplement is magnesium oxide. It is also the most likely to cause diarrhea. That’s because only about 4% of the magnesium in a magnesium oxide supplement is absorbed into the bloodstream.

The other 96% of the magnesium in the supplement stays in the intestines and acts as a laxative.

The most commonly prescribed form of magnesium is magnesium citrate. This is the form of magnesium that is used for colonoscopy prep. It is used specifically for its laxative effect.

Magnesium citrate is about twice as well absorbed as magnesium oxide, but that still leaves 92% of the magnesium in the product in your lower digestive tract to cause diarrhea. None of the “inorganic” forms of magnesium are very well absorbed.

These include magnesium bicarbonate, magnesium carbonate, magnesium chloride, magnesium lysinate, magnesium malate, magnesium orotate, magnesium oxide, magnesium phosphate, magnesium sulfate, and magnesium taurate.

All of the “organic” forms of magnesium, however, are better absorbed so that they are less likely to cause diarrhea. These products include magnesium adipate, magnesium aspartate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glutamate, and most importantly magnesium glycinate.

Of all of these forms of magnesium supplements, the one supplement that is the most completely absorbed by the human body is magnesium glycinate. OmniBiotics sources the purest magnesium glycinate available to create their powerful magnesium supplement.

If you know you need magnesium, but you have a sensitive stomach, then take magnesium glycinate. It’s the form of magnesium your body can absorb, so it works in your body and not in your bowel.

 

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Top 10 Benefits of Probiotic Supplements

Lactobacillus is the best-known grouping of the friendly bacteria called probiotics. Lactobacillus bacteria fight fungal infections.

They form a lining in the digestive tract and external sex organs that keeps other kinds of disease-causing bacteria out of the body.

These friendly microbes digest food into nutrients our bodies need and even regulate hormones and neurotransmitters in parts of the body where they do not live.

It’s important to understand, however, that not every species of Lactobacillus offers all of these benefits. Different species of Lactobacillus do different things.

You need all the main members of the Lactobacillus family to enjoy their full benefits. Balanced probiotic supplements include the full range of species, which ensures your body benefits from all that these powerful supplements have to offer

 

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1. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus Can Change Your Brain for the Better.

A consortium of medical researchers in New Zealand called the Probiotics in Pregnancy Group ran a clinical trial to test the effects of a particular species of Lactobacillus called Lactobacillus rhamnosus as a remedy for depression and anxiety.

As a result, they found that giving new mothers live cultures of this species of probiotic bacteria reduced both depression and anxiety after they gave birth.[1]

 

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You don’t go testing supplements on pregnant women and new mothers unless you have very good evidence that they are safe and that they work. Scientists have known that Lactobacillus can lift mild to moderate depression for 80 years.

Psychiatrists have prescribed live cultures of probiotics for depression for over 90 years. However, it has only recently been discovered that this kind of bacteria changes the way the brain makes and responds to the neurochemical serotonin.

2. Lactobacillus Acidophilous Fights UTIs.

Did you ever take cranberry juice for a urinary tract infection? The reason cranberry juice works for a UTI is in part due to some complex carbohydrates found in the berry.

In addition, it also works thanks to the action of the friendly Lactobacillus acidophilous bacteria that live in your gut.[2]

It’s the bacteria that extract the protective chemicals from cranberries and many other herbs so they can do their work.

Probiotics supplements with Lactobacillus acidophilous provide an antibiotic-free way to fight urinary tract infections (UTIs) in women. Millions of women develop infections that move upward through the urinary tract.

However, the standard treatment is antibiotics, and many people prefer to avoid antibiotics if they can.

Treatment with antibiotics works for a while, but the germs that cause UTIs are constantly becoming antibiotic-resistant. Lactobacillus bacteria fight disease-causing bacteria naturally.

They form a protective barrier on the lining of the urinary tract that keeps UTI bacteria from forming a film, a “biofilm”, that holds them in place.[3] 

Therefore, if you are looking for a natural alternative to antibiotics, you should try adding probiotic supplements to your daily ritual.

3. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus Neutralizes Yeast Infection Symptoms.

Yeast is a fungus. Yeast infections (candidiasis) cause itching, rashes, broken skin, and inflamed membranes. Additionally, lesions can break out anywhere on the body, but especially in the mouth, throat, sex organs, and lower digestive tract.

Those little areas of broken skin so many people get at the corners of the mouth called cheilitis are usually a yeast infection. Mouth sores, a sore tongue, and a burning sensation in the mouth may be caused by yeast.

Furthermore, itching and burning of the vulva (vulvovaginal candidiasis) and itching and oozing on the penis (candidal balanitis), both of which may spread to the gluteal fold (the crack on your backside) may be caused by yeast infections.

These external yeast infections may become systemic, spreading to the rest of your body. Taking probiotic supplements on a daily basis can help you avoid such unenjoyable situations.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus is especially helpful for fighting yeast infection symptoms. It forms a protective barrier on skin and mucous membranes.

As a result, this barrier keeps Candida and other fungi from forming the sticky film that holds them in place. Lactobacillus rhamnosus also competes with Candida to deprive it of the nutrients it needs to multiply and spread.

You might want to use a prescription anti-fungal drug to “knock out” candidiasis, but to keep it away, use probiotic supplements that contain Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

4. Lactobacillus Casei Protects Babies Against Potentially Deadly Infectious Disease.

Lactobacillus casei is a probiotic that is found in foods that contain the milk protein casein. It’s abundant in Cheddar cheese, and in mother’s milk. This strain of Lactobacillus uses milk protein to form little packets of natural antibiotics that fight disease-causing bacteria.[4]

Furthermore, this strain of friendly bacteria works so well that it’s being developed by doctors as a treatment to fight viral “stomach bugs” [5] that kill infants and small children.

But it’s also being used in clinics and nursing homes to prevent potentially deadly infections with Clostridium in elderly people, especially elderly people who have diabetes.[6]

In addition, it has shown potential for fighting flareups of diverticulitis in adults of all ages who get severe symptoms when they are exposed to an infection.[7] Probiotic supplements such as Flora Revive are a great natural way to get your Lactobacillus casei.

 

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5. Lactobacillus Bulgaricus Fights Peptic Ulcer Disease.

Lactobacillus bulgaricus (also known as Lactobacillus delbrueckii,Bulgaricus, and L. bulgaricus) is a strain of probiotic bacteria that’s found in the best probiotic yogurt in relatively small amounts and in the best probiotic supplements in larger amounts.

In addition, L. bulgaricus helps the digestive tract a little higher up than other strains we have mentioned because it does its work in the stomach rather than in the intestines.

That’s what makes this species of probiotic bacteria so helpful in treating peptic ulcer disease. It’s so potent at fighting the Helicobacter pylori bacteria that cause ulcers that it even helps heal ulcers after it’s been heated.

As a result, the presence of dead L. bulgaricus bacteria is enough to stimulate the immune system in the stomach to fight ulcer-causing bacteria.[8]

6. Lactobacillus Bulgaricus Also Fights Eczema.

It’s this strain of bacteria that gives infants, children, and adults relief from the symptoms of atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema. It reduces the activity of a group of white blood cells known as Th1 cells.

These are the cells that generate inflammatory hormones.

In addition, it regulates the activity of a group of white blood cells known as Th2 cells at the same time. These are the cells that regulate inflammatory hormones.

By toning down the activity of the immune system in the skin, it allows the body to continue to fight infections without generating the chemicals that cause a constant itch.[9]

7. Lactobacillus Brevis Heals Mouth Sores in People Getting Treatment for Cancer.

Oral mucositis isn’t something that a lot of people have to deal with, but if you do, it’s a major health issue. It can be an excruciatingly painful condition. Triggered by medication or radiation, it peels off the lining of the mouth and tongue. Therefore, eating, drinking, and talking become almost impossible.

In addition, it’s particularly a problem with certain kinds of chemotherapy for breast cancer and with radiation therapy for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.

Clinical trials show that Lactobacillus brevis lozenges used every day sometimes stop mucositis completely, and are helpful .[10] The best way to get your Lactobacillus brevis is by taking advanced probiotic supplements.

8. Lactobacillus Plantarum has a Favorable Effect on Several Neurological Diseases Other than Depression.

What’s so special about Lactobacillus plantarum? It’s something very basic. This strain is the most likely to survive passage through the digestive acids of the stomach on its way to the colon. And this hardy probiotic has some potential applications that other strains do not:

  • A combination of Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium animalis reduces brain inflammation in people who have multiple sclerosis (MS).[11]
  • Lactobacillus plantarum has promising preliminary results as part of supportive diet for autism.[12]
  • In addition, Lactobacillus plantarum has been helpful in managing anorexia.[13]

 

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9. Lactobacillus Salivarius Multiplies the Benefits of Other Probiotics Against UTIs.

Lactobacillus acidophilous fights urinary tract infections. The combination of Lactobacillus acidophilous with Lactobacillus salivarius more than doubles the number of disease-causing bacteria that usually get flushed away with urine because they cannot stick to the lining of the urinary tract.[14]

This same principle explains how another strain of Lactobacillus protects your digestive tract against food poisoning.

10. Lactobacillus Lactis Stops Bacteria from Moving Around in the Gut.

Lactobacillus lactis is the strain of bacteria that makes buttermilk tangy. The chemical that gives buttermilk its distinctive taste is lactic acid. This lactic acid paralyzes the tentacle-like flagella that Salmonella bacteria use to move around in the digestive tract. It makes them an easier target for the immune system.[15]

However, these are just a few of the hundreds of known applications of Lactobacillus for supporting the healthy structure and function of the human body. The question is, how can you make sure you get all of these helpful Lactobacillus bacteria every day?

Probiotic Supplements Are The Perfect Balance

You could make a point of eating yogurt every day for the acidophilous bacteria, although you would also need to eat Bulgarian yogurt for the bulgaricus bacteria. Raw milk products or raw milk cheese are a must for casei, and more specifically buttermilk provides the lactis strain.

However, if you are vegan, or you just don’t eat dairy products, you’d have to look for a variety of fermented plant foods to eat every day. Furthermore, getting all of these healthy probiotic strains through the food you eat is not easy.

The most convenient and effective way to enjoy the benefits of the diverse probiotic species is to take a probiotic supplement like Flora Revive on a daily basis. They provide all of these kinds of bacteria and more!

 

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Supplements for Gallbladder Support

7 Natural Techniques for Gallbladder Support

At seventeen, Tina already had “tummy trouble” for ten years.

Usually Tina couldn’t quite explain why she felt bad. Sometimes she would have pain in her right side, and sometimes she would have pain in her right leg or her right arm.

In addition, there could be heartburn, or horribly embarrassing flatulence, or diarrhea, or constipation. Sometimes, especially when she missed a meal, she would have unbearable nausea. Tina’s gastric distress was almost constant.

Furthermore, Tina’s mom Katy had had similar problems for 30 years or more. Her doctor had diagnosed her with “gallbladder disease,” but because she did not have gallstones, he would not recommend treatment.

Both Tina and Katy were given HIDA (hepatobiliary) scans, on which both mother and daughter had the identical low (low in this case meaning bad) score of 32.

If they had gallstones, doctors would have offered them surgery with a score as low as 40.

But because they did not have gallstones, Katy and Tina were told to go home and diet. Only when Katy’s pain was so bad she thought she was having a heart attack was she finally admitted to the hospital for gallbladder removal, cholecystectomy.

Sadly, Katy’s and Tina’s doctors did not tell them about natural methods that reduce, and sometimes eliminate, pain and discomfort associated with the gallbladder…

There are indeed natural techniques for gallbladder support.

Holiday Meals Are Often the Trigger for Gallbladder Attacks

Thanksgiving dinners and holiday buffets are often the setting for gallbladder attacks. The average stomach size of a teenager or adult is about eight cups, or two liters.

When we eat until we are merely full, the mass of food in the stomach presses down on the gallbladder for one to three hours while food is being digested. If we eat and eat and eat some more, the stomach may press against the gallbladder for six hours, eight hours, or even twelve hours.

In people who are obese, fat presses in one direction on the gallbladder while the contents of the stomach press in the opposite direction.

As a result, bile can’t be released to reach the small intestine to dissolve fats, so there is a queasy feeling that something is floating in your stomach while gas and watery stool pass through. The combination of overeating and being overweight leads to misery.

 

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It may not seem fair, but if you have gallbladder problems, you need to eat lightly at holiday meals and focus on leftovers. Eating too much leads to pain. It’s as simple as that.

Having your gallbladder removed at least ensures that all that food won’t press down on gallstones, but you still have the same underlying problem.

Your liver can’t get bile to your small intestine to digest fat. You won’t have a gallstone attack, but you can still have a “gallbladder” attack—even when you don’t have a gallbladder!

So what can you possibly do to enjoy celebratory meals without painful cramps and embarrassing gas?

1. Don’t Overeat, but Don’t Go on a Crash Diet, Either

If you already have gallstones, overeating may make you feel miserable. But if you don’t already have gallstones, going on an extremely low-calorie crash diet may cause them. Low-calorie diets cause gallstones by shutting down the liver’s production of bile.

When less bile flows into the gallbladder, bile stays longer in the gallbladder. This allows it to form the crystals that can gather on a protein matrix to form stones.

Therefore, if you want to ensure optimal gallbladder support, do not overeat or go on an intense diet.

2. Eat Ginger or Take Ginger Supplements for Gallbladder Support

If you have a healthy gallbladder, a clinical trial tells us, you won’t notice a big change when you take a ginger supplement. That’s actually a good thing.

Ginger stimulates the liver to produce more bile, so fats can be digested. But it doesn’t stimulate the liver to produce so much bile that there could be pressure on the gallbladder or gallstones.[1]

 

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3. Enjoy Your Coffee for Gallbladder Health

Coffee is not required for gallbladder health, but there is epidemiological evidence that drinking at least one cup to four or more cups of coffee a day greatly reduces your risk of gallbladder cancer.[2] 

It is a great form of natural gallbladder support and is generally good for gallbladder problems because:

  • Coffee stimulates the release of a hormone called cholecystokinin.[3] This hormone tells your brain that your stomach is full (which is a good reason to end a meal with coffee). When you feel satisfied sooner, you eat less, and you put less pressure on your gallbladder.
  • In addition, coffee stimulates your gallbladder to release bile.[4] If you have a condition called cholestasis, this helps “pump out” your gallbladder and relieves nausea, bloating, gas, and abdominal cramps after fatty meals. Generally, if you don’t have gallstones yet, drinking coffee will help to ensure you never get them.[5] If you have a previous history of untreated gallstones, however, this is a reason to drink coffee in small amounts and with caution.
  • Coffee reduces the amount of cholesterol that is dissolved in the bile that flows through the gallbladder.[6] Less cholesterol means fewer stones, which are formed from cholesterol.
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4. Take Globe Artichoke Extract for Gallbladder Health

There is a very simple way in which globe artichoke extract reduces the burden of gallstones. It inhibits the production of cholesterol by the liver that becomes gallstones if bile is trapped in the gallbladder.

As a result, this prevents the formation of a kind of cholesterol-laden “sludge” that can turn into gallstones.

Globe artichoke extract will help lower your cholesterol at the same time it reduces the formation of gallstones.

What’s important to remember about globe artichoke extract is that it is a long-term treatment, not a short-term treatment.

 

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Taking artichoke extract every day for weeks or months slowly ensures gallstones won’t form, but taking just one dose of artichoke extract won’t cure a gallbladder attack.[7] By taking a supplement with globe artichoke extract every day, you can provide your body with natural gallbladder support.

5. Take N-Acetylcysteine to Prevent Gallstone Formation

We have to be honest about the scientific literature. There is a controversy over whether it is helpful to use N-acetylcysteine to break up gallstones. The evidence is that this supplement does not break up gallstones once they have formed.[8]

However, it dissolves the matrix on which gallstones form so they don’t have to be broken up later.[9] Therefore, you should take N-acetylcysteine to prevent gallstones, not to treat them.

6. Include Lipoic Acid in Your Daily Supplements for Gallbladder Health

Your gallbladder is a magnet for lipoic acid. It is so attractive to lipoic acid that doctors can even use it as a contrast agent instead of iodine of heavy metals[10].

Lipoic acid is anti-inflammatory, and the reduction of inflammation can reduce swelling in the gallbladder that traps bile and presses down on stones.

Therefore, taking a supplement with lipoic acid may help you find some relief as another form of gallbladder support.

 

7. Take Grapeseed Extract for Gallbladder Health

Grapeseed extract helps maintain the health of the gallbladder through its action on an enzyme called CYP7A1.[11]

This liver enzyme increases the synthesis of bile salts that carry away LDL cholesterol.

Grapeseed extract is helpful in preventing gallstones, and it is also the supplement you need if you have had gallbladder surgery.

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Remember, you can get gallstones even if you don’t have a gallbladder any more. Grapeseed extract helps you avoid the pain of “gallbladder” problems even after surgery.

Therefore, if you are looking for gallbladder support as well as pain relief, taking a natural supplement with grapeseed extract in it every day may help.


10 Types of People Who Need More DHA

DHA is one of the two omega-3 essential fatty acids. It’s a nutrient our bodies absolutely must have, but most of us don’t get enough of it in our diets. A balanced vegan DHA supplement is beneficial to everyone, even people who are already in good health, so they can stay in good health.

What Is DHA?

DHA is actually an abbreviation. It stands for docosahexaenoic acid. The docosa- prefix comes from the Greek word for twenty-two because DHA is a chain of 22 carbon atoms.

In addition, DHA is a fatty acid. We often think of fats as fuel, however, DHA is in a different category. It’s more of a building material. The entire body is served by the bloodstream. Blood is mostly water.

The contents of cells would dissolve if they didn’t have membranes that act something like raincoats to keep water-soluble compounds inside them. DHA is used in the protective membrane of every cell.

DHA is a Special Kind of Building Material.

It’s a relatively long fatty acid. In addition, it can bend into compact, curly shapes. It’s more like a material for making a slinky than it is for building a brick wall.

DHA can be incorporated into cell membranes to keep them flexible. Furthermore, it’s a particularly important building material in the cells of the eyes and brain. But that’s not all that DHA can do.

DHA also serves as a basic building block for a group of regulatory hormones called eicosanoids. These regulators keep inflammation in check.

As a result, if you don’t get DHA and a related nutrient called EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid, from the Greek word for twenty, since it has twenty carbon atoms), your body can start inflammation but isn’t able to stop it.

What Makes DHA Essential?

Strictly speaking, it’s “omega-3 fatty acids” that are essential in the diet, not DHA or EPA. In theory, your body can make EPA from a naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acid called ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), and then make DHA from EPA. ALA is found in lots of healthy plant oils.

The human body can’t use ALA without converting it, however, and not everyone has the active enzymes for this process.

In fact most of us can’t use ALA efficiently and have to get our EPA and DHA preformed in the food we eat. That’s almost always the case if you are not pregnant.

 

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1. If You Aren’t Pregnant, Chances Are You Don’t Get Enough DHA

DHA is a critical building block for the eyes and nervous system in the fetus before birth. Unlike some other essential nutrients, DHA is more important in the last trimester than in the first.

It’s in the last three months of pregnancy that the baby’s brain and eyes are fully formed.

Women’s bodies are awash with estrogen during pregnancy, and estrogen catalyzes the process that transforms ALA (which is much more common in the diet) into DHA (which is found in very few foods).[1]

If you aren’t pregnant, and more specifically if you are male, or if you are female and not of reproductive age, your body probably makes about 20% less DHA from ALA.

Even if you get enough “omega-3’s” in your diet from healthy plant oils, your body doesn’t make all the DHA you need. Males and females of all ages, except for pregnant women, need more DHA than they can usually get.

Therefore, taking a vegan DHA supplement is the most convenient way to get the additional DHA that the body needs. Additionally, DHA supplements are also helpful for women during pregnancy.

 

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2. DHA Increases Fertility, and Helps Women Become Mothers of Healthy Children

DHA enhances fertility. In women, taking 1000 mg of DHA per day reduces the risk of premature birth.[2] In men, taking 1000 mg of DHA per day increases the integrity of DNA in sperm and causes the semen to have greater antioxidant capacity.[3] In addition, the clinical experience of at least 547 families is that children born to mothers who took DHA during pregnancy are less likely to have ADHD.

Furthermore, a group of researchers recruited 1,094 pregnant women in the United States, Switzerland, and Mexico Half (547) of the women received a placebo. Half (the other 547) of the women received a vegan DHA supplement containing 400 mg of DHA every day beginning in the fifth or sixth month of pregnancy.

Five years later they gave all of the children the Conners’ Kiddie Continuous Performance Test. This test measures the ability to focus sustained attention.

Sustained attention enables success with a personal activity like tying shoes or brushing teeth, or playing a game, or listening to a lesson in school. The offspring of the women who took DHA while they were pregnant earned superior scores on the test.[4]

 

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Even when mothers don’t take a vegan DHA supplement during pregnancy, children develop faster if they are given DHA during infancy. Breastfeeding mothers can take DHA that is passed on to the infant, or babies can be given DHA-fortified formula. But it’s not just parents and children who benefit from DHA.

3. If You Eat a Lot of Healthy Fats, You Probably Need a Vegan DHA Supplement

People who eat healthy plant fats often need DHA supplements. The problem is that healthy fats aren’t all omega-3 fats. They also contain another group of essential fatty acids, the omega-6 fatty acids, chiefly linoleic acid, also known as LA. The other essential fatty acids, the omega-6’s, compete with omega-3’s for enzymes that transform them into regulatory hormones.

In addition, These enzymes will either make pro-inflammatory hormones out of omega-6 fats or anti-inflammatory hormones out of omega-3 fats.

Most of us get about 20 times as many omega-6’s as omega-3’s, so our bodies make about 20 times as many hormones that trigger inflammation as hormones that stop inflammation.

 

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A “healthy” diet in the USA usually provides about 7% of its calories from “healthy” plant oils that are loaded with omega-6 fat. However, if you get more than 3% of your calories from omega-6 fats like those in corn oil, safflower oil, soybean oil, walnut oil, and olive oil, you’re getting too much.

You need supplemental DHA to make anti-inflammatory hormones to offset all the pro-inflammatory hormones that your body makes out of the omega-6 fat LA.

That’s even true of people who eat a lot of healthy plant-derived fats and oils. It’s even more true of people who eat a lot of animal fat and unhealthy plant-derived fats and oils. Therefore, this is another circumstance in which taking a vegan DHA supplement can really make a positive impact on your overall health.

4. If You Eat a Lot of Unhealthy Fats, You Need DHA Supplements Even More

Of course, it’s not just healthy foods that contain too many omega-6 essential fatty acids. Unhealthy foods do, too. Anything made with soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, or margarine is loaded with omega-6 essential fatty acids. LA (which is transformed into inflammation-increasing hormones) is also abundant in bacon and other pork products. AA (arachidonic acid), which is a product of LA that increases inflammation, is preformed and abundant in hamburger, hot dogs, and egg yolks.

 

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Inflammation isn’t always bad. We need inflammation to fight infections and to remove damaged tissues.

However, if you eat a lot of fried food, bacon, and salad dressing, you are providing your body with the raw materials to cause inflammation without the raw materials to control it.

You probably need to eat less fat in general, but you probably also need to take a vegan DHA supplement.

5. If You Diet to Lose Weight, You Need DHA Supplements

There’s a growing body of evidence that DHA can be of help in weight-loss diets. One way that DHA helps dieters is by lowering insulin resistance.

You can lose weight if you have problems with insulin resistance, however, it’s very hard to do so because insulin-resistant cells don’t want to accept glucose from your bloodstream. They shut off receptor ports for insulin so they aren’t flooded with sugar they can’t use.

In addition, the pancreas responds to releasing even more insulin. Cells in almost all of the body respond by becoming even more insulin resistant (the brain in both sexes and the ovaries in women don’t develop insulin resistance). What does the pancreas do? It releases even more insulin, which makes cells become even more insulin resistant.

The reason this process makes losing weight hard is that insulin doesn’t just govern the transport of sugar from the bloodstream into cells. It also determines whether fat cells can liquefy their stored fats to send them to the muscles to be burned.

If you are insulin resistant, you can burn calories when you exercise, but you can’t burn fat…

High insulin levels keep fat locked inside fat cells that are eager to receive excess calories just as soon as you go off your diet. Therefore, taking a vegan DHA supplement can potentially help you lose weight because it helps lower your body’s insulin resistance.

6. DHA helps to reduce insulin resistance to make it easier to burn fat.

You still need to eat less, and you won’t burn fat unless you exercise. But exercise won’t help you lose fat unless you tame insulin resistance first. There’s good scientific evidence that DHA helps break down insulin resistance, but you need a relatively high dose, at least 1250 mg a day to make a difference.[5] 

Therefore, this is yet another reason to take vegan DHA supplement on a daily basis. It is the most convenient and powerful way to get your DHA.

There is also evidence that DHA is more helpful for dieters who don’t just eat fewer calories but who also get fewer calories from carbohydrates.[6]

7. If You’re Over 60, You Need DHA

Older people benefit from supplemental DHA. More precisely, older brains benefit from taking a vegan DHA supplement on a daily basis.

A team of scientists at the prestigious Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm gave older people who already had Alzheimer’s 1700 mg of DHA a day for six months. Then they measured changes in the DNA of white blood cells.

The clinical study showed the DHA protected DNA. It stopped a process called methylation that can “switch on” genes that cause Alzheimer’s disease and “switch off” genes that protect against it. Nothing in this study found that DHA cures Alzheimer’s, but there is strong evidence that DHA helps to keep it from ever starting, or at least to slow it down or stop it from getting worse.[7]

 

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Furthermore, the benefits of DHA for aging brains are not limited to slowing down Alzheimer’s disease. One study found that taking 900 mg of DHA a day for six months help people remember where they put things.[8]

DHA may be particularly helpful if you started having memory problems when you went on a statin drug. A clinical study concluded that taking DHA can help healthy people with verbal fluency and word recall.[9]

‘There’s also clinical evidenced that taking a vegan DHA supplement for three months may help restore sense of smell.[10]

DHA won’t turn back the clock from 70 to 17, but you don’t want that, anyway. DHA probably can help you forestall or avoid some of the dreaded mental changes that often happen with aging, and knock out brain fog in the meantime.

8. If You Get Sore After Exercise or Sports, You Need DHA

A clinical trial found that taking a vegan DHA supplement for at least two months reduces post-game and post-workout inflammation in physically fit young men.[11] Another clinical study found that taking DHA reduced post-workout swelling, stiffness, and inflammation In physically active women.

Why is that second finding significant? If you have less pain and stiffness after you work out, you are more likely to stick to your exercise goals. This was the conclusion of a clinical study involving women who went to the gym to do eccentric exercise on ellipticals and stationary bikes.

After women in the clinical trial took DHA for seven days straight, they were more likely to make all their scheduled sessions for the week. [12]

9. If You Fight Infections Every Year, Try a Vegan DHA Supplement

Fighting infection requires good nutrition. Your body needs both the omega-6 fatty acid LA to make the inflammatory substances that kill germs, and the omega-3 fatty acid DHA to make sure the immune system doesn’t fight the infection with too much inflammation. Excessive inflammation expresses itself as excessive fever, muscle pain, and congestion.

In addition, tests of fatty acid supplementation in babies have found that it is a combination of the two different kinds of essential fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, that makes a difference.

Taking both kinds of essential fatty acids together reduces the frequency of cough, nasal congestion, and bronchitis.[13] Furthermore, DHA also reduces the risk of diarrhea in infants,[14] and probably reduces the risk of food poisoning in adults.

To get this kind of protection, however, you need to take DHA supplements all year round. You almost certainly already get the LA (omega-6) you need from your diet.

10. If Your Cholesterol Is a Little High, Try DHA

Clinical studies have found that supplementing with DHA can raise the “good” cholesterol known as HDL.[15] It may not lower your LDL, but it increases the number of “fluffy,” larger particles of LDL that are too big to stick to the walls of your arteries, and decreases the number of smaller, “hard” particles of LDL that can actually cause atherosclerosis.[16]

If You Need DHA, You Need a Vegan DHA Supplement

There are four basic reasons that vegan DHA is more effective than the DHA you get from fish or krill oil.

  • DHA is more fully absorbed when it comes from plant sources. That’s because fish and krill oils have to be chemically treated so they don’t go bad while they are stored on the shelf waiting to be purchased. “Esterified” DHA from fish oil takes longer to get into the bloodstream and isn’t as completely absorbed.
  • Fish oil and krill oil contain more EPA than DHA. You might be told that your body can use EPA the same way it uses DHA, but this simply isn’t true. Some healing eicosanoid hormones simply have to be made from DHA, and you get more DHA in a vegan product.
  • Everything about the EPA you get in fish oil supplements isn’t always good. EPA sometimes causes excessive bleeding, higher blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes, and excessively low blood pressure In people who take blood pressure medications. These problems do not occur when vegan DHA is taken instead of fish oil.
  • Side effects such as fishy aftertaste, nausea, vomiting, belching, flatulence, dizziness, loose stools, headache, insomnia, bruising, and prolonged bleeding occur very rarely with fish oil that contains DHA plus EPA. But they are unknown with vegan DHA.

Just about everyone benefits from DHA. And the best way to get your DHA is to take a vegan DHA supplement every day. Doing so will help you achieve and maintain optimal health.


Why Women with PCOS Need D-Chiro Inositol (DCI) in their Myo-Inositol Supplement

The Best Natural PCOS Support

The supplement of choice for many women who struggle with PCOS is myo-inositol. It is used to treat acne, to treat fatigue, and to aid in losing weight.

In addition, it is used by women who are seeking to restore normal menstrual cycles and by women who are seeking to become pregnant. If you are looking for natural PCOS support, then you will find great value in this article.

What is PCOS?

There is a common misconception that because PCOS refers to “polycystic ovarian syndrome” every woman who has PCOS must have ovarian cysts.

Actually, many women who have ovarian cysts do not have PCOS and many women who have PCOS do not have ovarian cysts. PCOS is really more about the “syndrome” that is caused by metabolic dysfunction in the ovaries.

PCOS is not an easy diagnosis for your doctor to make, but it is even more puzzling to many women who have it. My friend Angie gave me permission to share her story (although not her real name).

It is typical of women who have PCOS. It goes like this:

The First Puzzling Symptom Angie Had With PCOS was Fatigue.

She felt tired all the time, but she could not figure out why. Scheduling more time for sleep did not help. Turning off all her electronics at 9 p.m. and going to bed did not make her feel any more rested.

Twenty-seven years old and the chief financial officer of a thriving construction company, she was making great money and enjoying her job, but it was a major struggle to enjoy her life.

 

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Angie’s fatigue continued for about a year when she started noticing she was growing a mustache. She ate a healthy diet and went to the gym regularly but she was gaining weight.

This weight wasn’t stacking on her thighs or hips. She was developing a beer belly like her husband’s. Her hair was falling out. She had cravings for sweets and was thirsty all the time.

Furthermore, she lost her temper on the job too many times and nearly found herself unemployed. That was when she finally went to her doctor and learned she had both type 2 diabetes and PCOS.

But she did not have ovarian cysts. She immediately wanted to know more about PCOS and to find out if there was a natural PCOS support.

The Most Consistent Feature in PCOS is Elevated Levels of Testosterone.

Testosterone levels help doctors recognize the disease. The underlying hormonal imbalance in PCOS, however, is elevated levels of insulin. Problems with blood sugar levels in younger women can even serve as a kind of early warning system for PCOS.[7]

It is important to understand that there is nothing about PCOS that is a woman’s fault.

A woman will not get PCOS because of eating the wrong foods. In addition, eating too much sugar does not cause PCOS.

And you don’t get PCOS if you did or did not use a particular kind of contraception or a particular brand of the Pill. The easiest way to explain PCOS is that your ovaries are overprotective of their eggs.

The Ovaries Are Uniquely Insensitive to Insulin

You have probably heard of the concept of insulin resistance. This is a mechanism by which cells in most of your body can shut down receptors for insulin to keep from being flooded by too much sugar.

The fact that you have insulin resistance does not necessarily mean you have been eating too much sugar.

The problem can be that your cells do not have the ability to respond to insulin. It is a problem in your genetics, not in your diet. This is a problem that D-Chiro Inositol helps correct, and one of the reasons why it is an essential factor in natural PCOS support.

But more about that in a moment. Unlike other parts of your body, your ovaries do not have the ability of becoming insulin resistant.

They will always absorb sugar from your bloodstream, no matter how low or how high your blood sugar levels may go.

As a result, this property gives your ovaries the ability to protect your eggs and your future children, even if you experience times of famine and deprivation. But it can give you problems if there is always an abundance of food.

 

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But the Ovaries are Very Sensitive to Myo-inositol and D-Chiro Inositol

The ovaries cannot resist insulin, and what they do with the glucose they absorb from the bloodstream depends on two “second messengers,” Myo-inositol and D-Chiro inositol.

Myo-inositol tells ovarian cells they need to make the hormones the ovaries need. D-Chiro inositol tells ovarian cells they need to store or burn sugar.

In addition, D-Chiro inositol tells cells all over the body to take sugar out of the bloodstream and store it or use it. However, myo-inositol can’t, for instance, tell your sinuses to start making testosterone.

Myo-inositol and D-Chiro inositol have the same chemical formula C6H12O6. They only differ in the way the atoms in the molecule are oriented.

If myo-inositol were a bug with six antennae, four antennae might be pointed up and two might be pointed down.

If D-Chiro inositol were a bug with six antennae, three might be pointed up and three might be pointed down.

The reason it makes a difference that the atoms of myo-inositol and D-Chiro inositol are arranged differently is that they “grab” onto other chemicals differently as they are transformed into the enzymes the ovaries need.

Myo-inositol tells the ovaries to make hormones, starting with testosterone. D-Chiro inositol tells cells all over the body to take glucose out of the bloodstream and use it.

But if you have lots and lots of insulin in your bloodstream, myo-inositol will be too “busy” responding to insulin to be transformed into D-Chiro inositol. As a result, your ovaries will keep getting the message to make hormones, in a sequence of chemical steps that produces testosterone first.

Therefore, insulin is an important factor to be aware of for people in search of natural PCOS support.

The More Insulin Your Pancreas Makes, the More Testosterone Your Ovaries Make.

The more insulin your pancreas makes, the more fat stays locked inside fat cells. As you gain more and more weight, clinical trials show, your ovaries have less and less ability to transform the myo-inositol that spurs testosterone production into the D-Chiro inositol that helps your ovaries use glucose in healthy ways.[8]

Furthermore, the more fat stays locked in your fat cells, ironically, the more they “aromatize” your excess testosterone into estrogen.

The unfortunate result is not that your testosterone levels go down. Rather, your ovaries just keep on making more and more testosterone.

However, your fat cells make sure that your estrogen levels are too high, too. And when your estrogen levels are too high, it is as if you were stuck in the first half of your menstrual cycle. Your body makes abundant amounts of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), the hormone that predominates in the first half of your menstrual cycle.

Therefore, it fails to make enough of the luteinizing hormone (LH) that surges just before you ovulate.

The good news is that products that contain myo-inositol and D-Chiro inositol in the right ratio can help your body reverse the hormonal imbalances that cause infertility and the symptoms of PCOS.

If you are looking for a natural PCOS support, then you probably want to be taking a myo-inositol supplement with d-chiro inositol in it.

 

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What’s the Value of Providing Myo-inositol and D-Chiro Inositol in a Ratio of 40 Parts of MI to just one part of DCI?

Studies show that Myo-Inositol and D-chiro-inositol work best when they are provided in the right ratio. Myo-inositol works primarily in the ovaries to normalize testosterone production.

D-chiro Inositol works all over the body to normalize responses to insulin.[5] Both work together to change a complex interrelationship of hormones.

As a result, medication, diet, and exercise can make more of a difference in woman’s fertility. It can also make a difference in your male partner’s fertility because men benefit from taking myo-inositol with D-Chiro inositol too. In addition, it can support pregnancy.

Both work together to relieve a variety of troublesome symptoms in women who have PCOS. Combining these two together has a powerful effect as a natural PCOS support.

What Are Evidence-Based Expectations for Using MI Plus DCI?

Some products that contain Myo-inositol plus D-Chiro inositol do not work as well as they should because they do not provide the right ratio of Myo-inositol to D-Chiro inositol. The surprising discovery about inositol treatment has been that the ovaries can over-respond to D-Chiro inositol the same way they over-respond to myo-inositol.

Too much D-Chiro inositol can cause a shortage of myo-inositol, creating a hormonal imbalance in the opposite direction.[9]

The solution to this problem is not necessarily changing the ratio of myo-inositol to D-Chiro inositol in the product itself. It’s choosing the right delivery vehicle for the product.

Powders interact with the acid environment of your stomach. Capsules interact with the alkaline environment of your small intestine. Powders you mix up in water or juice are broken down before the body can absorb them.

When you take capsules instead of powders, your body gets myo-inositol and D-Chiro inositol in the ratio it needs. When choosing a natural PCOS support, it is a good idea to find a supplement with this ratio to take on a daily basis.

There are Other Advantages of Taking Your Inositol in Capsules Rather Than in Powders.

First of all, there’s less mess. And you’re more likely to get all of the product you paid for. In addition, empty bags sometimes come off the production line. Sure, the product maker will refund your money or replace the product, but you don’t have this problem when you take inositol in capsule form.

Probably more importantly, a clinical trial shows that smaller doses of myo-inositol plus D-Chiro inositol provide a longer-lasting supply of inositol to the ovaries.[10]

You don’t want to take your daily dose of inositol all at once. You want to take it in at least two doses per day for best results. It’s easy to take one capsule at a time. It’s a lot more trouble to mix up a powder.

You naturally take the amount of inositol you need when you use a product that is in capsules, but it is more work with a powder. Therefore, we recommend myo-inositol capsules for your natural PCOS support.

There are Also Some Simple Lifestyle Changes that can Affect how well Myo-Inositol Plus D-Chiro Inositol Works for You:

To maximize the effects of myo-insitol with d-chiro-inositol as a natural PCOS support, there are some simple life changes you can make. If you are trying to lower your blood sugar, it’s important to keep up your hydration.

The enzymes myo-inositol makes combine glucose with water to take it out of circulation and safely store it as fuel for your muscles.

  • If you are trying to lose weight, don’t forget to reduce your fat intake and to increase your exercise. Diet and exercise work hand in hand with D-chiro-inositol.
  • And if you are a couple trying to get pregnant, it’s important for both partners, male and female, to take myo-inositol plus D-chiro-inositol.

 

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Why Should Men Hoping to Become Fathers Take Myo-Inosotiol with D-Chiro Inositol?

A clinical trial with 109 men aged 18 to 50 who had been diagnosed with asthenozoospermia, sperm that lacked “swimming ability,” found that taking myo-inositol increased the chances that their partners would get pregnant.

A significant improvement in sperm motility was reported in 85.32% of the men in the study.[11]

Another clinical study found that myo-inositol was especially helpful in men who have unusually thick, viscous semen.[12] And a third clinical study found that myo-inositol supplementation helped men who had oligoasthenospermia, a combination of few sperm and sperm with poor motility, enough to make a difference in the outcome of in vitro fertilization.[13]

The more a couple has invested in improving fertility, the more likely myo-inositol plus D-Chiro inositol is to help.

Inositol Supplements can Make a Measurable Difference in Correcting the Hormonal Imbalances that Underlie PCOS.

They support the resolution of acne, the reversal of male-pattern hair growth and hair loss, success with weight loss diets, menstrual regularity, and fertility.

They are supplements for both women and their male partners seeking to become pregnant. People who want to become parents need inositol.

And as it has been shown here, the combination of myo-inositol and D-Chiro inositol is one of the best natural PCOS support options.


Top 10 Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric Benefits Aren’t Limited to Curcumin

Most of us know about the documented benefits of curcumin, the antioxidant plant chemical found in turmeric, but how many of us know all about turmeric benefits? It turns out that turmeric is more than just its famous chemical constituent. Here are 10 things you need to know about the benefits of turmeric, especially when it is combined with curcumin.

1. Turmeric Contains Phytonutrients that Give Your Body a Health Boost.

Turmeric is the spice derived from the root of the turmeric plant, which is a member of the Ginger Family. Curcumin is the reddish-orange pigment that makes curry powder red and that makes up about 3% of the weight of the turmeric root.

Curcumin is a plant chemical, and turmeric is a plant.

Turmeric benefits can positively affect the entire body. Curcumin is only one of the powerful properties of the plant. The turmeric plant also contains other healing phytonutrients such as calebin-A.

You can get the anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer turmeric benefits without the curcumin if you get calebin-A.

In addition, calebin-A adds to the anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects of curcumin. Like curcumin, it has been tested and shown to be non-toxic. Clinical trials suggest (but haven’t yet proved) that it’s the combination of curcumin and calebin-A that reduces inflammation in arthritis.

Other Phytonutrients Worth Mentioning

The list of turmeric benefits is so long because the plant contains so many phytonutrients. There are over 90!

For starters, turmeric has Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, and B3. In addition, many essential minerals are found in turmeric. Iron, calcium, chromium, phosphorous, potassium, manganese, zinc, and selenium are all active constituents in the turmeric plant.

Furthermore, turmeric also contains carotenes, carotenoids, and xanthophylls. They give some of the yellow and orange color to the turmeric root, and they may also help prevent heart disease by naturally combatting free radicals in the body. In addition, they may help your immune system.

The list of phytonutrients in the turmeric root is too long to list completely. But one thing is for certain – each of the phytonutrients have unique health benefits, and when combined they have an even more powerful effect on the body.

Therefore, It’s no wonder the list of turmeric benefits is so extensive. Over 90 active constituents work together synergistically within this one little root.

So remember this when you are taking your daily turmeric. There is a lot of healing power packed into every capsule.

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2. Mixing the Whole Herb Turmeric with Curcumin Helps Your Body Absorb Both.

Curcumin has dozens of health applications, but there’s a serious problem with curcumin supplements. The body absorbs only a small part of the curcumin in a capsule unless it gets some help.

Fortunately there is an easy fix. When black pepper is combined with curcumin, it helps the body naturally absorb the curcumin better.

Therefore, black pepper is a crucial factor in fully enjoying turmeric benefits. That’s why for thousands of years Ayurvedic physicians have told their patients to combine turmeric with black pepper.

Piperine Makes Curcumin More Absorbable

Black pepper contains a chemical called piperine that makes curcumin more absorbable. Many products use this ancient principle (which is backed up by modern clinical research) when they put curcumin and a modern, patented chemical called BioPerine® in the same product.

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But that’s not all that can be done to make curcumin, calebin-A, and other turmeric chemicals more absorbable.

It’s not just the BioPerine® that helps your body absorb curcumin. It’s also the “matrix” of curcuminoids in the whole plant that are left out if the only ingredient in the product is curcumin.

Recent clinical trials have found that a “completely natural” formulation of turmeric with curcumin is better absorbed than a phytosome or even some chemically modified forms of curcumin like Longivda (which is treated so it bypasses an enzymatic step in the liver and can be absorbed by the brain).

Why You Want the Whole Herb

The whole herb contains volatile oils that make the product more easily absorbed. Curcumin by itself doesn’t contain these volatile oils. And it’s the whole herb that provides a second potent antioxidant called calebin-A, in addition to curcumin.

Therefore, to fully enjoy all the ways in which turmeric benefits your body, you want to make sure your supplement contains both curcumin and BioPerine®.

3. Turmeric Revitalizes Sun-Aged Skin.

Turmeric benefits your skin in multiple ways. On one level, turmeric helps you skin look younger. If you use cosmetics, chances are that you get the best results when you use a flesh-toned foundation layer of makeup.

If you are an herb hobbyist, you will be happy to know that adding a small amount of turmeric to a moisturizer or wrinkle cream helps bring out the tones that make skin look natural.

 

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You can make your own cosmetics by juicing turmeric you pick up at the market. However, it’s best to rely on the products you can get from the cosmetics counter because it can be a lot of work to make your own.

Look for a product that provides the herb, a small amount of curcumin, and other skin-identical and skin-friendly ingredients that add depth, color, and suppleness to your skin. All of this takes hours and hours, of course. And cosmetics are expensive. There is a simpler way to get the same effect.

Just take supplemental turmeric and curcumin in capsules.

Curcumin is not like carrots. The curcumin in your supplement does not circulate to your skin to dye it orange or red. Curcumin works as an antioxidant in your skin, which allows your skin to make its own natural pigments.

You get more of your natural skin tones, whatever they may be. In addition, moderate sun exposure, at least 20 minutes a day in the morning or late evening without sunscreen, will help the product work even better. Plus this kind of daily sun exposure will make you feel better naturally.

4. Turmeric Relieves Pain and Itching Caused by Skin Diseases.

On another level, clinical studies hint that the curcumin in turmeric reverses some of the ravages of aging.

One clinical study tested a 1% curcumin cream as a skin remedy for actinic keratosis, basal cell carcinoma, and external genital warts in 62 volunteers. In about 70% of cases the curcumin cream stopped any oozing and itching. It usually reduced skin pain as well.[1]

There was one person in the trial who turned out to be allergic to turmeric, however, so it is probably a good idea to do a test patch to make sure there are no allergies to the product first. Just put a dab of the cream on the underside of your forearm and wait 24 hours, without washing your arm, to see whether you break out.

If you are not allergic, then we would certainly suggest seeing if turmeric benefits your skin by taking a daily turmeric supplement.

5. Turmeric Prevents Infections.

Turmeric (the extract of the whole herb, not just curcumin) stops bacteria from forming a sticky biofilm that helps them cling to the tissue they infect. This property has been laboratory tested in fighting antibiotic-resistant infections such as Klebsiella.[2]

Why is this important?

Bacteria that form biofilms protect themselves against the immune system. The immune system has to work through a “wall” of bacteria to reach the tissues under attack.

Bacteria that form biofilms tend to survive for weeks, months, and even years. Random genetic mutations protect a few individual bacteria from antibiotics.

Additionally, bacteria can pass these mutant genes for antibiotic resistance directly to their neighbors. The biofilm makes it easier for bacteria to reach their neighbors to pass on the antibiotic resistance genes.

And bacteria that form biofilms make wide, gaping wounds that the body cannot easily close. This is especially a problem for diabetics.

Furthermore, bacteria that make biofilms can occupy wounds in the feet and lower legs that just don’t heal—unless they are treated aggressively with a combination of medical and natural methods, ideally including curcumin.

Many people use turmeric as a natural alternative to fight all types of infections because of its antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. In addition, traditional Ayurvedic medicine often uses turmeric as a disinfectant. Ayurvedic medicine has known about all of the turmeric benefits for generations.

So far, we are only scratching the surface of what turmeric has to offer.

6. Turmeric is a Natural Sleep Aid.

Do you ever feel full, relaxed, and at peace with the world after eating a bowl of curry? That could be due to the turmeric in the curry powder, and more specifically due to the essential oils in the turmeric in the curry.

Nigerian scientists have found that the essential oils of curry, more specifically, the essential oils of turmeric, reduce anxiety and aid sleep.[3]

To get these benefits, you need to take a turmeric supplement, not just a curcumin supplement. The essential oils that soothe anxiety and aid sleep are found in the whole herb.

 

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They are best preserved in a capsule, even better than using the whole herb to make a curry—which isn’t really a practical thing to do every night before you go to bed.

Take your turmeric or turmeric with curcumin capsules about an hour before you want to fall asleep, preferably on an empty stomach.

7. Turmeric Quells Upset Stomach.

Turmeric relieves indigestion, especially problems that are focused in the colon.

This effect is due to a combination of the curcumin found in the herb with the volatile oils that are only found in the whole herb.[4] The curcumin extracted from turmeric “turns off” the production of certain inflammatory hormones that can cause burning, cramping, and gas.

But it’s the whole herb, the turmeric, that contains the essential oils that relieve pain.

You need both the curcumin and the whole herb to get the maximum turmeric benefits and curcumin for digestive problems such as colitis, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Turmeric and curcumin treat the symptoms of these diseases. They don’t cure them. But they can help you feel a lot better.

8. Turmeric May be Just What You Need to Stop a Toothache.

Turmeric powder, like the turmeric powder you can buy from the spice rack at your grocery store, can relieve a toothache.[5] It’s not like oil of cloves, another herbal remedy for toothache, in that you don’t have to keep dabbing it on your tooth every 15 or 20 minutes to make the pain go away.

You take a turmeric with curcumin capsule every four hours during the day and two at night to relieve tooth pain. It takes about 30 minutes for the pain relief to kick in.

9. Turmeric Relieves Symptoms of PMS and Menstrual Cramps.[6]

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, turmeric was used to “warm” a woman’s body before and during her period. It provided the gentle energy she needed to stay in control of pain. It helped her process her emotions so that they did not “congeal” into fluid swelling the joints or making the skin puffy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine conceived of headaches and head colds as an invasion of “wind evil” that sought to take over the energies of the body.

These energies could enter the body more easily when there was loss of blood. Turmeric expelled the “evil” that causes headaches, neck pain, and shoulder pain. It also stimulated the energies of the “Liver” to carry off the energetic signatures of toxic emotions. Does any of this make sense in terms of modern medicine? The interesting thing is, it does.

 

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A series of clinical studies have confirmed that turmeric stimulates the production of bile by the liver. Bile contains salts that bind to estrogen. Lowering estrogen levels reduces the symptoms of PMS and pain associated with menstruation.

When women suffer from estrogen levels that are too high, turmeric (not just curcumin) helps their bodies reestablish hormonal balance. It seems like this may be one of the lesser known turmeric benefits, however, it is certainly a powerful one.

10. Turmeric with Curcumin Supplements May Even Help Prevent Cancer.

For decades, epidemiologists were intrigued by the low rates of breast cancer in certain parts of Africa, in Pakistan, in India, and on the island of Trinidad. They could not find the common connection.

Then a scientist realized that curries made with curcumin-rich turmeric were popular in all these locations. Researchers discovered that curcumin activates the p53 gene.

This gene codes dozens of proteins that tell breast cancer cells to “switch off.” To get the benefits of curcumin in regulating p53, curries have to be consumed on a regular basis, since the products of the p53 gene are constantly being used in various cell regulatory processes.

But the same benefits are available from turmeric with curcumin supplements. Therefore, this is yet another huge reason to take a turmeric supplement everyday. To enjoy turmeric benefits to the fullest, make sure your supplement has curcumin and Bioperine®.

Turmeric Benefits Summarized

The full benefits of turmeric are obtained by taking supplements that provide both curcumin, the antioxidant found in turmeric, and the whole herb.

Curcumin supplements provide you with more curcumin than you can get in the whole herb. And the whole herb provides you with the essential oils and calebin that make turmeric even more versatile for supporting good health.

In addition, black pepper makes the curcumin more bioavailable (allows your body to more effectively absorb it).

There are many, many more turmeric benefits that we have not touched on here. And naturally, these benefits are all reasons to take a balanced turmeric supplement on a daily basis.

If you have any questions, or if there is something specific you would like us to write about, don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We always love hearing from you.

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