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Benefits of Jiaogulan (Gynostemma) in Plain English
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WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF JIAOGULAN ? Quite simply, because you will feel better and live longer. Jiaogulan is a treasure from the ancient past that is now scientifically proven to help with almost all of the diseases associated with aging. No other herb or drug does so much and it has no side effects for most people.  Feel More Energy – Jiaogulan improves blood flow bringing more oxygen to the entire body. [1] It also activates you most important metabolic controller AMPK which...

Are Greenhouse Gases Making More Powerful Herbs?

Our planet is remarkably resilient. Planet Earth has built in feedback systems that allow it, within reason to heal itself and maintain the global climate in the optimal zone to support life. Greenhouse gasses are a case in point. When CO2 levels rise, plant life flourishes. The increased plant biomass, through the process of photosynthesis, converts the CO2 to oxygen. Oxygen levels rise CO2 levels are brought back to normal. This “Carbon Cycle” maintains the earth over millennia in a remarkable stable zone. Most scientists...

Which Herb Should I Try for...

One of the questions I am asked often is something like, “Which of your wellness teas should I drink for condition X ?” where X is whatever is highest of the person’s personal health concerns.  I try my best to answer (always bearing in mind that I am not a doctor and there are a lot of you asking) but the answer is not always clear-cut because most wellness herbs have more than one benefit and synergistic effects. This is one of the reasons I’m not...

Oh Hibiscus! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.. hot, cold, spicy and tipsy!

By far the most frequently asked question about our new Organic Hibiscus Flower Tea is, “How do I prepare this stuff?” So I thought I’d send a few recipes your way. Don’t be limited by these suggestions. Use this as a jumping off point for your own culinary creations. The Basic: Hot Tea: Put 2 or 3 whole dried blossoms in a teapot with filter. Add 8 ounces of boiling (or near boiling) water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. WARNING :) This will be very sour....

Managing Blood Pressure Without Prescription Drugs

Yesterday I talked about the problem of misdiagnosis of high blood pressure. I want to be perfectly clear. Many people do have high blood pressure. It is a serious, even life threatening condition. For some people, prescription medications are the difference between life and death.   THE TREATMENT MAY BE WORSE FOR YOU THAN THE DISEASE But a 2003 study in the UK found that 97% of people taking blood pressure medications suffer one or more serious side effects during their treatment.[1] Think about that...

Dried White Mulberry Granola

I think our organic dried white mulberries are pretty awesome just as they are.  (You can read more about why I think they make such a great snack and grab a 30% discount here.)   But recently, I found this Mulberry Granola Recipe on the website “Elana’s Pantry” and I can’t seem to get enough of it. My body seems to be telling me I need this. Not only is it super-tasty but virtually every ingredient is a superfood, including; dried white mulberries, walnuts, cinnamon...

The Obesity Paradox

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 65% of Americans are overweight or obese. The CDC has declared this an “epidemic”. Research shows there is cause for concern. If you are overweight you have a 150% - 200% greater chance of premature death. But wait! What about the obesity paradox? Obesity Paradox is the media friendly term for something called, reverse epidemiology. In short it is the result of epidemiological research indicating that people classified as overweight or obese actually have a lower...

The Longevity Diet

A new Article in the July issue of the research journal, Cell Metabolism has human longevity researchers excited. The Thought Process Behind the Study: Researchers at the Longevity Institute at The University of Southern California observed that alternating nutrient rich diet with fasting extended the life spans of some microorganism. Prior research has established that fasting in humans promotes metabolic and cellular changes that reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, optimize energy metabolism and enhance cellular protection. Furthermore intermittent fasting has beneficial effects on insulin, glucose,...

Top Ten Reasons BMI Is Useless

10. Only Valid If You Happen to Be A 19th Century Belgian The Body Max Index (BMI) formula widely used today was formulated 200 hundred years ago by Belgian mathematician Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. He was tasked by his government to devise a formula to describe the statistical distribution of obesity in the Belgian population at that time. In other words, he took a bunch of data and came up with an equation to fit that specific data. It was, perhaps, useful for those people...