Natural Cures Not Medicine: 04/27/13

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Mushrooms - Another great way to get your vitamin D

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Eating mushrooms may be as effective at raising serum vitamin D levels as taking capsuled supplements, researchers have reported.
Vitamin D is a known antioxidant Suspected to be effective in fighting a variety of cancers including colon, breast, and prostate. Vitamin D is is suspected to be effective in fighting numerous diseases including multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin D may prevent some cancers, diabetes and heart disease. New evidence suggests that vitamin D plays a role in an adult’s immune system and may help prevent infections and autoimmune diseases.

Vitamin D has been linked to quite a few other health benefits in addition to bone health. Recent research has shown vitamin D to be associated with a healthy heart. Early studies have also shown a possible link between low levels of vitamin D and cancers such as colon, breast, pancreatic, and lung. One article even called vitamin D the “possible nutrient of the decade."

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Oregon Grape - Natural Health Wonder

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Oregon grape has an interesting and distinctive combination of properties which makes it a versatile natural remedy.

Oregon grape is a perennial plant native to the west coast of North America. It is indigenous to the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest. The lovely shrub displays bright yellow flowers in the spring and spreads by underground stems known as rhizomes. The tree produces deep purple berries, and its dark green leaves turn bronze, crimson, or purple in the fall.

Healing Properties

Oregon grape root has a distinctly bitter taste due to the presence of alkaloids; berberine being the most notable. These alkaloid substances have a beneficial effect on the human digestive tract. They stimulate the flow of bile, which loosens the stools and helps prevent and sometimes relieves constipation, diverticulosis, gallbladder disease, and hemorrhoids. They may also help people with constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Oregon grape also has antibiotic and anticancer properties that are receiving more and more attention by researchers and clinicians. Berberine and other alkaloids have been shown to kill a wide range of microbes and have been effective in human studies for speeding recovery from giardia, candida, viral diarrhea, and cholera.

The anticancer properties of berberine have been the subject of continued research. In animal and in vitro study, berbamine, an alkaloid constituent of Oregon grape, has shown antiproliferative activity against leukemia cancer cells and decreased numbers of bone marrow stem cells, and thus may help protect bone marrow and promote recovery from chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer.

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Hibiscus Tea & Lower Blood Pressure

Chris Sumbs -

Is it possible that something as simple as hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure as effectively as pharmaceutical drugs?
Crazy as it sounds, the results of some controlled studies show Hibiscus tea to be as effective as many prescribed pharmaceuticals.

Hibiscus tea is a mega popular beverage worldwide. The ruby-colored, tangy drink is known as "Jamaica" in Mexico and also found in Red Zinger tea. Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)has been for centuries by African and Asian as a medical treatment. In the late 1990s, Iranian researchers clinically demonstrated the effectiveness of this treatment.

For proof of its efficacy, two studies compared with hibiscus tea directly to pharmaceutical blood pressure drugs. In 2004, Mexican researchers assigned 75 adults with high blood pressure to take either 25 mg of a prescription blood-pressure drug twice per day, or to drink tea made from 10 g (about 5 teaspoons) of crushed dried hibiscus once per day. After four weeks, blood pressure had dropped by 11 percent in both groups. In 2007, the US researchers conducted a follow-up study, this time using a commonly prescribed blood-pressure drug as a comparison. Once again, hibiscus performed comparably to the drug, reducing blood pressure in hypertension patients in average of 14 percent, compared with 15 percent for prescription.

 May also prevent high blood pressure, heart attacks

In a random, double-blind study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2010, McKay and colleagues assigned 65 adults between the ages of 30 and 70, all of them suffering from either pre-hypertension or mild hypertension, to drink 240 mL of either hibiscus tea or a placebo three times per day. None of the participants were taking any blood pressure drugs. After six weeks, systolic blood pressure dropped seven points in the hibiscus group, compared with only one point in the placebo group. Once again, the improvement seen was comparable to that provided by pharmaceutical drugs.

It’s been shown the even modest decreases in blood pressure can reduce the risk for heart attack and heart disease. The fact that a simple tea produces the same results as a costly pharmaceutical with virtually none of the side effects simply amazes me. This is further proof that pharmaceutical companies are simply out to make money and could care less about the health and well-being of the end users.

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The Health Benefits of Smoking Marijuana

Smoking marijuana has numerous health benefits and they are: 

A lot of people say cannabis has no medicinal value when it is smoked. Let's finally put this myth to bed.

The Power of Broccoli

Broccoli has been cultivated since the 6th Century. There are several varieties, the most common one being Calabrese. Broccoli can be eaten raw, steamed, sauteed and added as an accompaniment to a wide selection of meals. Avoid boiling broccoli as this decreases the levels of vitamins and compounds that make this vegetable so powerful.

The health benefits of broccoli are:
  • Prevents cancer- in particular research suggests that broccoli can be particularly beneficial in reducing prostate cancer.
  • Keep the Nervous System healthy, reducing the risk of cell damage and development of illnesses.
  • It is a Powerful Antioxidant- helping to prevent the onset of illness and disease.
  • It is high in Vitamin C.
  • Reduces Allergy and Inflammation.
  • Helps to regulate blood pressure.
  • Alkalizes the body - helping to maintain a healthy pH balance.
  • It is great for bone health and can help prevent the onset of osteoporosis.

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The Health Benefits of Asparagus

Asparagus has been used for centuries in natural medicine due to its diuretic properties and many more health benefits. This little spear shaped vegetable is harvested prior to flowering and the tips or 'spears' can be eaten on their own or used in a variety of meals.

The health benefits of Asparagus are:

  • Good source of fiber
  • High in folate
  • Contains vitamins, A, C, E, and K as well as Chromium
  • Anti-Ageing
  • Gets rid of warts
  • Prevents birth defects
  • Stimulates hair production
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Prevents kidney stones
  • Cleanses the body
  • Anti-cancer

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