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Testosterone Boosting Smoothie Series – Green Almighty

TESTOSTERONE BOOSTING SMOOTHIE SERIES – GREEN ALMIGHTY

This green smoothie can help boost testosterone levels by almost 20%.

I know some of you might find it weird or nasty to drink something green due to the fact that we are used to drink fruit smoothies that have a nice exotic color, but trust me once you start drinking those greens and feel the benefits you’ll start to be addicted and consume them on a daily basis.

Ingredients needed:

Preparation:

  • Crack the raw eggs
  • Add all ingredients in the blender and mix till you get the desired texture.
  • Then add the cashews or almonds on top and enjoy.

Let’s look at how each ingredient boosts our testosterone:

  • Eggs: As organic eggs are my main source of good cholesterol and many other important nutrients and without cholesterol there wouldn’t be any testosterone (proof)
  • Shilajit: is packed with extraordinary amount of minerals and fulvic acid that makes the nutrients more absorbent by our body thus increasing our testosterone levels by up to 23.5% (proof)
  • Ghee (clarified butter): is a healthy fat, which is lactose free, full of short and medium chain fatty acids such as Butyric acid and is a source of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. It has an excellent omega 6 and omega 3 ratio 1.5 to 1. Dietary fat can raise testosterone levels (proof)
  • Coconut Oil: this super oil supports the conversion of cholesterol to testosterone in our cells (proof)
  • Spirulina: is a micro algae and it’s one of the most nutrient dense food on earth like essential fatty acids, B vitamins, magnesium, 17 amino-acids, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin E, zinc, boron and selenium. It’s good for boosting testosterone because it has the ability to block estrogen which testosterone’s first enemy. Spirulina is also an excellent heavy metal detox food
  • Avocado: is a fruit really high in monounsaturated fats which increase testosterone levels (proof)
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Testosterone Boosting Smoothies Series: Alpha Male Orange

Testosterone Boosting Smoothies Series: Alpha Male Orange

Keeping our testosterone levels high is not an easy thing especially if we have a busy lifestyle but what’s easier than putting some simple ingredients in a blender and drink them every morning?
In this series, we’re going to show you several smoothie recipes that can help you increase your testosterone levels.
Testosterone levels in men starts to decline at a rate of approximately 1% a year starting the age of 30.
Although testosterone is best known as the male hormone, giving hair, muscles, aggression and desire, it is essential to women. Testosterone is used to protect the brain, muscles, bones, their heart. Perhaps even more important, it’s the lack of testosterone that gives soft buttocks, and hanged skin under the arms.
So testosterone is an essential hormone for both genders.

Ingredients needed:

Preparation:

  • Squeeze 200 ml of fresh oranges
  • Crack the raw eggs
  • Add all ingredients in the blender and mix till you get the desired texture.
  • Then add the cashews or almonds top and enjoy.

Let’s look at how each ingredient boosts our testosterone:

  1. Eggs: As organic eggs are my main source of good cholesterol and many other important nutrients and without cholesterol there wouldn’t be any testosterone (proof)
  2. Shilajit: is packed with extraordinary amount of minerals and fulvic acid that makes the nutrients more absorbent by our body thus increasing our testosterone levels by up to 23.5% (proof)
  3. Ghee (clarified butter): is a healthy fat, which is lactose free, full of short and medium chain fatty acids such as Butyric acid and is a source of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. It has an excellent omega 6 and omega 3 ratio 1.5 to 1. Dietary fat can raise testosterone levels (proof)
  4. Cocoa: Raw organic unsweetened chocolate is a perfect way to ingest cocoa which is one of the best foods we can eat, it has a considerable amount of zinc and it increases the production of nitric oxide so more testosterone.
  5. Coconut Oil: this super oil supports the conversion of cholesterol to testosterone in our cells (proof)
  6. Orange Juice: this fruit is anti-estrogenic (block the conversion of testosterone to estrogen) and due to its high vitamin C content; it helps lower the stress hormone cortisol (which decrease our testosterone levels).

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WHY WOMEN NEED TESTOSTERONE?

Why women Need Testosterone

Under the pretext that the women at the base have less testosterone than men, usually we forget to tell them that it is vital to age well; they also care about their levels of this important hormone. Not just their female hormones (estrogen and progesterone).

Although testosterone is best known as the male hormone, giving hair, muscles, aggression and desire, it is essential to women. Testosterone is used to protect the brain, muscles, bones, their heart.

Perhaps even more important, it’s the lack of testosterone that gives soft buttocks, and hanged skin under the arms.

Menopause reduces the production of testosterone

Woman produces about 60% of the testosterone of a man. Most of the production takes place in the ovaries during the fertile period, but testosterone is produced directly in the tissues, where it is used. This is called the peripheral conversion.

Testosterone produced by a woman’s ovaries stops naturally at menopause. Therefore, from that time, many women start to miss testosterone and the consequences are not pleasant.

The lack of testosterone and lost of memory

This drop in testosterone is associated with a decrease in the capacity for representation in the space of a decline in memory and learning ability, and increased risk of dementia.

By studying postmenopausal healthy women who had taken a daily testosterone boosting natural supplement for 6 months had improved learning ability and memory.

The lack of testosterone makes you fat

Low testosterone increases the cholesterol level and makes you fat: this is the reason why, when a chicken is castrated it becomes a “capon” much fatter and much bigger.

Similarly, that’s what happens to women when they reach menopause and start having low testosterone, the fat begin to deposit around the belly and hips.

Testosterone deficiency destroys muscles, including the heart

Testosterone is the first anabolic steroid hormones, that is to say, promoting muscle growth, muscling and firming the body silhouette. Low testosterone therefore melt muscle mass. The first thing observed is a loss of tone under the arm because the muscle has melted.

But beware: the heart, too, is a muscle. A low level of testosterone leads to a reduction of the heart muscle and increases the risk of heart attack.

Any person with a cardiovascular disorder should carry out an assessment of testosterone.

The heart has more receptors for testosterone than other muscles. Testosterone stimulates the formation of new proteins, which makes the heart more enduring and more powerful. If you make a heart attack, it will be less severe if you have a lot of testosterone, and your risk of death will be lower.

Moreover, testosterone promotes dilatation of the coronary arteries. In a majority of patients taking testosterone is effective in reducing the arrhythmia and angina (heart pain caused by lack of oxygen, usually related to a decrease in blood supply).

Normal levels of testosterone can prevent the formation of blood clots.

Testosterone seems to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women.

Caution, however, an excessive rate increases the expression of platelet receptors thromboxane A2, which causes blood vessel contraction (effect “vasoconstrictor”), not to mention potential side effects: shoot exaggerated hair, enlargement of the clitoris, etc.

Testosterone protects against osteoporosis

Osteoporosis threatens all postmenopausal women.

It exposes fractures, particularly of the hip, wrist and head of the femur. However, testosterone deficiency was found in 71% of subjects with hip fracture, versus 32% in patients monitored with an average age of 73 years.

This suggests that lack of testosterone increases the risk of osteoporosis.

Energizing effect and anti-stress

Testosterone makes humans cope with stress.

It awakens the right mood. Low levels of testosterone are responsible for a background of anxiety or fear.

In extreme cases, this excess of emotion in the form of hysterical crises; the ability to address small problems with confidence disappears, thus establishing a permanent fatigue.

Address the lack of testosterone

To address the lack of testosterone, the most effective is to work with a good doctor trained in bioidentical hormone therapy, as it may prescribe testosterone replacement, in a natural form, not dangerous, and of course to corresponding rates your needs.

But before going that far, there are many strategies to increase your testosterone naturally. They apply to everyone and have only positive side effects.

Other that sleeping right and losing weight, there are some natural supplements with no or minimal side effects that can help women increase or normalize their testosterone levels.
Here’s a list of scientifically proven supplements that increases testosterone levels:

If you know a food that will increase testosterone levels in women which isn’t on this list, please leave a comment with the name and the source.

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How To Minimize The Impact of Menopause

How To Minimize The Impact of Menopause.

Menopause causes many physical and psychological changes. The body undergoes significant changes due in part to reduced production of sex hormones. However, some tips can help alleviate the discomfort of menopause.

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8 Natural Aphrodisiacs on The Menu

The virtues of ginger on sexual desire are known, but it is not the only ingredient to provide stimulating properties. We selected eight natural aphrodisiacs to put in the dish to spice up your sex life.

Cocoa

raw organic chocolate

Cocoa is able to increase the rate of chemical agents in the body that put in a good mood. Among these chemicals are neurotransmitters such as serotonin and endorphins that have euphoric  properties. The body is more receptive and tonic, which can develop sexual desire.

Saffron

Saffron Flower

Particularly renowned, saffron is a spice that would possess aphrodisiac qualities. It would enhance sexual desire and would possess stimulant properties on the erogenous zones because of its phytosterol content (natural ingredients present in small amounts in plants).  Saffron also helps lubricate the vaginal mucosa.

Clove

Clove

Native to Indonesia, cloves would be the most powerful natural aphrodisiac. It increases blood flow and give the tone. This increase in blood flow would allow a more powerful erection and exacerbate the sense of partners. It possesses analgesic properties (which reduces pain) and anti-inflammatory and would fight against urinary tract infections.

Bois bande or Richeria grandis

Bois bande or Richeria grandis

Real natural aphrodisiac due to its vasodilation properties (dilation of blood vessels), bandaged wood facilitate erection and make it more durable. The bark also bandaged wood mounted provokes desire in women.

Often consumed with alcohol, as a cocktail made ​​with rum, it would be a powerful sexual stimulant. In small quantities the disinhibiting effects of alcohol can also spice up the sex life but in excessive amounts, it can have a negative impact on erection. Consumed too regularly and too high doses, alcohol can also have harmful effects on health.

Ginseng

Ginseng Tincture

Ginseng is composed of several active ingredients that stimulate the body. Among the active ingredients in ginseng principles include ginsenosides and alkaloids that stimulate the nervous system, increase physical and intellectual and physical strength. In addition to its tonic properties, ginseng is also an excellent vasodilator (= that can dilate blood vessels). Consumption of ginseng lead to a better blood flow to the male sex and therefore, better quality erections.

Maca

Maca Tincture

Maca is an adaptogen which provides energy by providing the body with a defense system against stress and fatigue. Peruvian research claims that maca improves human memory, increases the level of oxygen in the blood, and improves the efficiency of neurotransmitters and the sensitivity of the libido. Since it is a hormonal regulator, it promotes fertility and alleviates premenstrual symptoms and menopause. Maca also known as: Lepidium meyenii traditionally used to enhance female libido.

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea depression
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogenic herb meaning that it helps to develop level of resistance to any or all parts of stress for instance extreme high temperature as well as cold, harmful chemical compounds, sleep deprivation, along with depression symptoms while creating a normalizing influence around the human body.
Rhodiola Rosea is a true performance enchancer, by releasing those all important happy chemicals in your brain, it can truly help you out in the bedroom, a burst of serotonin and dopamine can be that rush you need to perform naturally better in the bedroom.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba - My Healthy Outlet

Ginkgo Biloba works as an Aphrodisiac as it increases blood and circulation all around the body, this can help men struggling with erectile dysfunction or can just be an extra kick.

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Why is Ginseng so Amazing?

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Description Ginseng

Ginseng is a herb that is the most renowned in Asia. Chinese doctors consider Asian Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) as a tonic IQ, the source of the “vital energy.” They attribute it the property to increase the strength and volume of the “Blood” (the concept of “Blood” in TCM, is wider than modern Western medicine), to increase the vitality and appetite, calm the “Spirit” and provide the “Wisdom”. It is estimated to affects the whole body in many subtle ways and contributes to overall health and well-being.

Traditionally, Asian ginseng (P. ginseng) is known as “white” when the root has just been cleaned and dried. They say “red” or “Korean red ginseng” when the root was steamed before being dried.

According to practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine, Asian ginseng is “hot”, while American ginseng is “cold.” This means, in short, that the Asian species is stimulating and nourishing Yang energy, while the American species has a calming effect and nourishes the Yin. The active molecules in ginseng are ginsenosides (saponins family). Numerous ginsenosides have been identified to date and they are present in different proportions in the two species.

History of Ginseng:

The generic name Panax comes from the Greek words pan, meaning “all”, and Akos which means “cure.” The term ginseng comes from the Chinese words Gin, which means “man”, and Seng which means “essence”.

Asian ginseng is part of the pharmacopoeia of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for at least 2000 years. The North American species (Panax quinquefolius) was introduced in China around 1718 after being discovered in the region of Montreal by a Jesuit missionary. Chinese herbalists have rapidly adopted it, stressing its similarity with Asian ginseng while recognizing its specificity.

The strong interest of Chinese for wild American ginseng has resulted in rampant harvesting of the plant that threatened its survival. In addition, the commercial exploitation of forests has created an additional threat. Wild ginseng is now considered an endangered species by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and its collection is forbidden. In the United States, it is either prohibited or strictly controlled in several states. The wild Asian ginseng is also a rare plant in Asia.

Research on ginseng:

In 1947, a prominent Russian researcher named Lazarev formulated the concept of “adaptogen” to describe an effect which could be likened to the Chinese concept of “Tonic” category. As defined by Lazarev, an adaptogenic substance increases in general and non-specific resistance of the organism to various stresses that reach. While causing minimal side effects, an adaptogen product is self-normalizing action on several specific organs or many physiological functions.

The concept corresponds to the different effects of ginseng, observed in clinical studies. For example, it may, depending on the needs of the organization, raise or lower the body temperature and blood pressure, lose or gain weight, stimulate or calm the central nervous system, etc.. The active molecules are known ginsenosides (saponins family).

It is understandable that such a concept, although very interesting, fits poorly in the context of modern medical research and lends itself more or less the usual protocols of conventional clinical trials. Variation in the quality and content of active ingredients used in the various ginseng clinical trials could also explain their contradictoires1 results.

Effectiveness on the immune system:

Many trials in different animals show that ginseng can boost the immune system. The data are also convincing in humans. In subjects vaccinated against influenza, standardized extracts of Asian ginseng (G115 ® 100 mg 2 times a day) 2 and ginseng américain3 (COLD-fX ®, 200 mg, 2 times daily) significantly reduced the risk for respiratory infections compared with placebo.

A trial was conducted in Canada with 270 people prone to colds. Taking a standardized extract of American ginseng (COLD-fX ®, 400 mg daily for 4 months) was more effective than placebo in reducing the intensity and duration of symptômes. In addition, only 10% of the experimental group had more than a cold, compared with 23% in the placebo group. A smaller test on the same product gave similar results with vaccinated seniors.

Potential Effectiveness of Ginseng on sexual function:

Many medicinal preparations from traditional Chinese medicine and for the treatment of various sexual dysfunctions contain ginseng. The authors of a summary published in 2008 scrutinized 7 clinical trials with placebo, 6 focused on the red Asian ginseng. They conclude that red ginseng may be useful in cases of erectile dysfunction.

In addition, a crossover trial with placebo conducted in Korea has shown promising results in terms of improving sexual function in women.

Potential effectiveness on Type 2 diabetes:

Data are interesting, but not accurate enough for the moment. Several attempts have been made to verify the effect of ginseng on blood glucose levels of people with diabetes. According to a summary published in 2006, the plant had a beneficial effect in most of these studies.

In terms of Alzheimer’s disease:

The authors of a systematic review have focused on two studies that compared the effects of Asian ginseng as an adjunct to those of conventional therapy alone. Although treatment with ginseng gave significantly better results, according to these researchers, the validity of these results is limited by methodological flaws.

Menopause effectiveness.

Ginseng is traditionally used to relieve the symptoms of menopause. The only major trial involved 384 women in menopause. A standardized extract of Asian ginseng taken 16 weeks was not more effective than placebo in reducing hot flashes participants, but it has slightly improved psychological well-being.

Effectiveness in prevention and treating of cancer.

Case-control studies and epidemiological research in Korea have reported a decreased risk of cancer in patients taking Asian ginseng. As part of a large epidemiological study in China (Shanghai Women’s Health Study), researchers followed for 3-4 years a subgroup of 1,455 Chinese women with breast cancer. They established two interesting correlations: the survival rate was higher among women who regularly took ginseng before cancer is diagnosed; and those who used ginseng after their diagnosis had a better quality of life. However, analysis amalgamated all types of ginseng and preparations consumed, as well as widely varying treatment times. So we cannot make specific recommendations on the best protocols from these results.

One clinical trial with placebo has been published to our knowledge. It focused on 643 Chinese patients with chronic atrophic gastritis, reaching the inner wall of the stomach that may predispose to cancer of that organ. Patients took 1 g of powder extract Korean red ginseng for 3 years and were followed for 8 more years. At the end of this period, only men had received a statistically significant preventive effect against cancer.

Warning and Side-effects:

Self-medication for diabetes can lead to serious problems. When undertaking treatment, blood glucose should be monitored closely. It is also necessary to inform his doctor so he can, if necessary, review the dosage of conventional hypoglycemic drugs.

It is important to distinguish between Asian and American ginseng species, as they each have specific effects (see sections History and Research). It is advisable to consult a naturopath, herbalist or a duly certified health care professional knowledgeable in order to choose relevant species.

Commission E recommends avoiding Asian ginseng (P. ginseng) in cases of hypertension.
According to the authors of a recent review, the data are insufficient to conclude the safety of ginseng for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

Written and Translated by Teddy Nseir

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Don’t take Reishi before reading this!

Reishi Mushroom Tincture

Habitat and origin

Reishi is a woody fungus that grows mainly on the trunks of wild plum decomposition, sometimes those of oak or hemlock. Very rare in the wild, it grows only in the mountains, in deep forests. Nowadays, it is also grown in an artificial environment in China, elsewhere in Asia and North America, including Quebec.

Dosage of reishi

In Japanese and Chinese medicine, dosages typically range from 1.5 g to 9 g per day of dried fungus or the equivalent in the form of tablets, capsules or solid or fluid extract. Consult a trained practitioner for personalized treatment.

History of reishi

This fungus has for over 2000 years, an unusual reputation in Asia. It is mentioned in the oldest written in Chinese Pharmacopoeia (classical herbarium Seng Nong – published in 56 BCE) and it is believed that Asians knew reishi for centuries, even millennia before this time.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM ) and , after him, the kempo medicine in Japan, take the flesh of reishi for a valuable tonic Qi (or Chi ) , the vital energy that supports the entire body. Therefore, it is assigned a global action such adaptogen in traditional medicine. For MTC, such substances have the power to strengthen the whole body and help maintain an optimal state of health and balance.

Reishi is particularly appreciated as it is extremely rare in the wild. It only grows in effect in deep mountain forests, usually on the trunks of plum decomposition, and it is found that 2 or 3 for 10,000 dead plum.

Although the Chinese have tried for centuries to grow reishi, it was not until the early 1970s that Japanese researchers have succeeded. From that moment, the fungus has become easily accessible to ordinary mortals. He was previously reserved for the privileged few who could afford the luxury of such a rarity.

Traditionally, there are 6 different varieties of reishi depending on the color (red, purple, blue, yellow, black or white). It was understood much later (in 1972) that these color differences are due to specific conditions of growth and not genetic variation within the species. It seems that fans prefer red reishi.

Nowadays, the fungus enjoys relative popularity among cancer patients.

Research on reishi

Arthritis effectiveness:
A preparation containing reishi and 3 other plants used traditionally in Chinese medicine has been tested in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Thirty of them were taken , in addition to their usual treatment , 4 g and 2.4 g of reishi traditional mixture per day . After 24 weeks, the treatment group experienced greater pain relief than the control group. However, the dosage of blood indicators of arthritis revealed no difference between the 2 groups.

Cancer effectiveness:
More studies in vitro or in animal models tend to validate the use of reishi cancer promoted by traditional Chinese medicine. The mushroom contains substances (polysaccharides and triterpenes ) capable of inhibiting tumor growth , and their distribution in the body (metastasis ) 21 . These effects were observed on various kinds of cancers, including cancer and prostate cancer.

However, if laboratory studies appear to indicate the effects of reishi, clinical demonstration of efficacy is not yet established. Some trials have been published by a group of New Zealand researchers. They concern a reishi extract marketed under the name Ganopoly ®. The latter was administered to people with cancer in advanced stages. The results indicate that reishi extract could improve their quality of life. It would also strengthen their immune system weakened by chemotherapy and radiothérapie1 -4. The positive findings of these studies should nevertheless be tempered by the fact that many have methodological flaws (lack of placebo.3, 4, inconnue3 nature of cancer).

Cardiovascular protection:
Preliminary trials have yielded results suggesting that reishi may be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Thus, in people with coronary artery disease, a 12-week treatment with (Ganopoly ®) commercial extract helped reduce several symptoms: palpitations, chest pain. It also reduced their cholesterol and diastolic blood pressure. This hypotensive effect (decreased blood pressure) was also observed by other researchers, in people prone to hypertension.

Moreover, in the 1990s, a project with healthy people with atherosclerosis or clinical trial has led to the conclusion that reishi could , in 2 cases, plaquettaire17 inhibit aggregation. Fifteen years later, a second study from another laboratory reversed these findings relative to healthy individuals. The question on the properties of reishi remains open.

Traditional use Fighting fatigue and strengthen the body in general. The results of a double-blind placebo conducted in China to 132 neurasthenic subjects (chronic fatigue) indicate that reishi extract (Ganopoly ®) was more effective than placebo in relieving the symptoms of this affection19 .

Immunity:
Traditional Chinese Medicine attributes to reishi the ability to stimulate immunity. Observations in immunosuppressed patients (see Cancer above) tend to confirm this. Other results obtained with healthy individuals indicate that the fungus could modulate the immune system, including changing the proportion of some of its cells.

During two preliminary trials in Thailand, reishi has halted proteinuria (excess protein in the urine) in diabetic patients with kidney disease.

On the other hand , a preparation containing extracts of reishi and 2 other plants ( ASHMI ® ) was developed by U.S. researchers from a traditional Chinese preparation consisted of 14 plants, to treat asthma . Preliminary studies in animals and humans have been sufficiently satisfactory to warrant further testing.

Reishi Mushroom Side Effect

As reishi can lower blood pressure, its use is against – indicated in people with low blood pressure.

Because of its potential anticoagulant effect, reishi is not recommended in cases of thrombocytopenia , and before and after surgery or childbirth. Note, however, that the inhibitory effect of reishi on platelet aggregation effect is controversial (see related section in the section on cardiovascular protection).

Reishi can cause dryness of the mouth, throat and nasal passages, itching, nose bleeding and diarrhea. No Interactions with other plants, supplements or drugs have been reported.

Reishi in Supplements form

Reishi is available in many forms: capsules, tablets, extracted solids or fluids, but also sliced ​​and dried mushroom powder. Concentrations vary greatly from one sample to another (20:1 or 50:1, for example) and some products are standardized to contain 10% polysaccharides, one of the active ingredients suspected of reishi. Prices also vary widely.

In traditional Chinese medicine , only the flesh of the fungus ( hat and foot) are used, but many supplement manufacturers also use the mycelium , that is to say, the filaments from spore germination , a part that costs less but , according to the pharmacist Jean -Yves Dionne, is far from the therapeutic power of the flesh.
I personally remain convinced that, when all the pros and cons are tallied, tinctures remain an effective and elegant way of tapping into the remarkable therapeutic benefits that herbs bring to people who are ailing or whose health is in some way compromised.

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Can a Plant Treat Depression? St. John’s Wort Can

St. John's Wort for depression


Common Names:
Wort, St. John’s Herb.

Botanical Name: Hypericum perforatum, or Hypericaceae family Clusiaceae.

English names: St. John’s Wort, SJW.

Parts used: flowering tops, mainly flowers and young leaves surrounding the inflorescence.

Habitat and origin:

Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, the plant is now naturalized everywhere, including Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. It is a perennial plant whose flower, a beautiful bright yellow, peaked around St. John (June 24), the ideal time to harvest the flowering tops. In the wild, it is found in dry meadows, fields, abandoned or neglected fields, along roads, along railroads, etc..

History of St. John’s Wort:

Long before our era, the ancient Greeks, the founders of Western medicine, knew very well the properties of St. John’s Wort for the treatment of wounds and injuries, internal infections and nerve disorders. From the late Middle Ages, its use to treat psychological problems took precedence over other uses.

St. John’s Wort is then considered as a plant capable of chasing “bad spirits.” Its flowering tops were also used to treat neuralgia, anxiety, neurosis and depression. In the eighteenth century, until the mid- twentieth century, American eclectic doctors prescribed in cases of hysteria and psychosomatic disorders to depression. In Germany, the plant is now considered an antidepressant and prescribed medical prescription.

Herbalists also use St. John’s Wort oil for a variety of skin ailments : injuries , wounds, bruises, chapping, diaper rash , burns, etc. . (More info in the Herbarium Wort medicinal section).

Effectiveness of St. John’s Wort:

Mild to moderate depression.

Data on the effectiveness of standardized extracts of St. John’s wort are convincing. Several meta – analyzes, including an update in 2008, concluded that St. John’s Wort is more effective than placebo and as it is as much as synthetic antidepressants , while causing fewer side effects these derniers4 -6 . Antidepressants that were compared St. John’s wort also understand those of (Zoloft ® ), fluoxetine kind (Prozac ® ) , sertraline, citalopram (Celexa ® ) and parotéxine (Paxil ® ) and type drugs such as imipramine older .

Both studies indicate that St. John’s wort superfood has also proved safe and effective long-term to prevent relapse. In one of them , which took place in single-blind , 426 participants prone to relapses took a placebo or 900 mg of hypericum extract (WS ® 5570 ) for 26 semaines7 . In another test, carried out with the knowledge ( without placebo ) , 440 subjects with mild to moderate depression took 500 mg for 1 year of Hypericum ( Ze 117 ® ).

In addition, conclusive evidence continues to accumulate . For example, in Germany, were followed for 12 weeks 1,541 depressed patients treated with St. John’s wort and monitored by their physician. Treatment significantly reduced depressive symptoms and was well tolerated by participants9 . St. John’s wort extract ( LI160 , 600 mg daily for 8 weeks) has also proved useful in cases of depression called “atypical” , in another trial in Germany involving 200 patients10 . Atypical depression is characterized by mood swings , excessive consumption of food in a short time ( binge ) and daytime sleepiness . However, a study published in 2001 reported that St. John’s wort (810 mg / day for 3 months ) , no more has beneficial effects ( depressive symptoms, quality of life) than placebo treatment , and moreover increases the risk of side effects.

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Don’t take Spirulina before reading this!

Pure Spirulina

Description of spirulina:

Spirulina is an alga that exists as such for more than 3 billion years. So named because of its spiral shape, it belongs to the family of cyanobacteria or blue-green microalgae. There are nearly 1,500 species of blue-green algae, spirulina and 36 species are edible. The main species currently available on the market is the Spirulina platensis. First cultivated mainly in California and Hawaii, Spirulina is now produced in a controlled way around the world where the climate permits: Chile, China, Cuba, India, West Africa, Greece (in geothermal greenhouses) etc. . . Commercially, Spirulina is generally in the form of a blue-green powder dried, in bulk or in capsules.

Nutritional composition:

Spirulina, low in calories, contains a wealth of nutrients in a very small volume (partial list below). Its content can vary according to geographical origin, but also in the methods of cultivation, drying and grinding.

Spirulina contains 55 % to 70 % of proteins of high quality (proportion of amino acids and optimal digestibility) or 2.5 g to 3.5 g of protein per g of powder 5.

Spirulina is an exceptional source of mixed carotenoids (beta- carotene mainly, but also cryptoxanthin , lutein, zeaxanthin, etc. . ), Or about 22 mg / 5 g . In particular, it provides an astronomical amount of beta -carotene, or 12 000 IU to 25,000 IU per 5 g of powder.

It is an excellent source of iron, from 3 mg to 8 mg per 5 g.

It contains an appreciable amount of gamma -linoleic acid (40 mg to 50 mg / g 5), an unsaturated fatty acid of the omega -61. To learn more about omega-6 , see our fact sheet essential fatty acids .

Furthermore, Spirulina is rich phycocyanin, the only natural blue pigment can be used as food coloring and a significant antioxidant activity which is attributed. It also contains chlorophyll and small amounts of several minerals.

That is why we often speak of this alga as a «superfood »

History of Spirulina:

When Europeans landed in Central America , they discovered that the Aztecs were shooting the big lake Texcoco , near Mexico City, a sort of “mud” blue high nutritional value, the tecuitlatl or spirulina. In Africa, some tribes of the Sahara long been harvested in the Lake Chad, a similar substance, dihe, which is especially consumed by pregnant women and during periods of food shortage.

Since Spirulina is rich in nutrients and can be produced locally, it is used to combat malnutrition in several countries. Production farms have been established in India, Peru, Togo , China and Vietnam.

During the 1970s, spirulina has become popular in the industrialized health or dietary supplement food country. So much so, that a number of “urban legends” began to circulate about it. For example, claims about weight loss and disorder attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not based on any evidence. These uses are not based on the practice of traditional medicine, mainly based on the fact that this alga is a food rich in nutrients.

Precautions:

Unlike other blue-green algae, spirulina is not contaminated by toxins called microcystines. If a product label bears a reference to the “blue-green algae ” “Superfood blue-green” type without the word “spirulina” is listed, it is probably another species of cyanobacteria by such as Aphanizomenon flos -aquae , which itself may be contaminated.

A test on about 82 samples of spirulina sold in Canada revealed that this alga is not contaminated with anatoxin-a, another dangerous toxin produced by certain algae.

The algae accumulate heavy metals such as lead, arsenic and cadmium when their growing environment is polluted. It is therefore recommended to opt for Spirulina cultivation methods which are strictly controlled: search for references to that effect on the product label, or, if in doubt, contact the manufacturer.

As spirulina may have a stimulating effect in some people, it is best not to take in the evening.

Spirulina Side effects:

People with phenylketonuria should avoid spirulina, because like all foods containing protein, it contains phenylalanine.

In some people, symptoms such as gastrointestinal and headache disorders may occur, especially when starting dosages are too high. To avoid these symptoms associated with detoxifying properties of spirulina, start with 1 g per day for 1 week and gradually increase the dose over the following weeks.

No Interaction with other drugs or supplements has been found.

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