Thursday, June 22, 2017

Minerals for Great-Looking Skin from the Inside Out

Want great-looking skin this summer? No problem. You just have to make sure that you are nourishing your body from the inside out. Your skin is often a revealing organ that shows the state of your inner health. When we are healthy, our skin has that fabulous "glow" that people often comment about. So if you want healthy skin on the outside, just make sure you give your insides the proper nutrition. Your skin needs a number of things to get that healthy glow. These include the right vitamins and minerals, good protection, essential fatty acids, and the right amino acids. In this article, I'm going to cover the minerals you need to have healthy skin, in addition to the foods that are rich in those kinds of minerals.

Minerals Needed for Healthy Skin
Your skin is made up of cells, and like any cells in the body, skin cells needs very specific minerals to stay healthy.

Iron - plays a crucial role in forming hemoglobin in our red blood cells, which deliver oxygen to skin cells. Oxygenated skin cells are healthy and radiant.

Calcium - skin cells need a specific enzyme for cellular repair, and this specific enzyme is activated by calcium.

Chromium - found commonly in brewer's yeast, chromium has been used with some success in treating acne.

Copper - working in concert with several enzymes, copper helps to remove cholesterol from our cell membranes. Copper also helps cells produce collagen and elastin, which are two proteins that contribute to your skin's tightness and elasticity.

Magnesium - Skin cells need a specific enzyme to help repair the collagen protein, and this enzyme needs magnesium to function.

Zinc - prevents acne because it inhibits the action of certain enzymes that cause skin inflammation and duct blockage.

Foods High in Minerals for Healthy Skin
There are plenty of foods high in these minerals. For instance, avocados are high magnesium. Need zinc? Go for oysters, lean meats, and poultry. Green tea is high in zinc, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Romaine lettuce, onions, and tomatoes are high in chromium.

But what if you are not into creating a whole diet around these minerals? No problem. Studies show that there are two other sources that provide all of these minerals. One is mineral water. Mary Sullivan, RN, the co-founder of Olympian Labs, says that drinking spring water or washing your face with mineral water can give your skin the minerals it needs.

Researcher Karl J. Abrams points to another source, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, or blue green algae, as a complete source of all of these minerals.

Try either of these two sources for a simple way to nourish your skin from the inside out. Then to give skin an extra boost on the outside, I love this antioxidant lotion with WGP Beta Glucan, wild bluegreen algae, vitamin E, organic aloe vera, and other natural ingredients that nourish skin, leaving it soft with no oily feel. Have a great summer with great looking healthy skin by making sure you protect it (don't forget the sunscreen) and give it the nourishment it needs.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids – A Quick Explanation

If you are confused about the difference between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, you are not alone. Many health-oriented folks are aware that we need these fatty acids, but don't know the role that each plays in the body ... or how much of each we need.

So here's a quick explanation that might help: Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids both fall in the category called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), which are fatty acids that our bodies need but which our bodies cannot produce. That means that we have to get EFAs from the foods and supplements we eat. Essential fatty acids are a necessary part of cell membranes and for our brains to function properly.

Getting Omega-6 fatty acids from the foods we eat is relatively simple. Seeds and nuts, plus oils refined from these seeds and nuts, all contain Omega-6 fatty acids. In fact, we tend to get too many Omega-6's from our regular diet. Omega-3 fatty acids, on the other hand, are much less available. These fatty acids can be found in blue-green algae, and coldwater fish such as salmon and sardines. This means we tend to get too few Omega-3's in our diets. The typical diet in this country has a much higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, fourteen to twenty-five times more, which leads to higher risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory states in the body. Some amount of omega-6s are necessary for growth of hair and skin, to keep bones healthy, in regulating metabolism and for their role in the reproductive system. There are also types of omega-6 that don't promote inflammation like many of them do. Linoleic acid for example becomes gamma-linolenic acid in the body and is then broken down to arachidonic acid and can be used to reduce inflammation. GLA has been found to actually help with allergies, eczema, high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy, and osteoporosis. The trick is to get a good ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s. In general to be healthy, you need 3 to 4 times as many omega-3's as omega-6's.

The Solution? 
Eating a diet such as the Mediterranean diet without a lot of meat and that concentrates mostly on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil is one way to get the right ratio. Eating more fish is an alternative solution. An even simpler solution is to add AFA blue-green algae to your diet. Each algae cell contains 4.1 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids and only 0.9 mg of Omega-6 fatty acids. Thus taking blue-green algae gives you the optimal ratio of these fats in your diet. According to Jeffrey Bruno, PhD., microalgae is the primary source of essential fatty acids in the food chain containing EPA (eicosapentaenoic), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Adding AFA blue-green algae is one of the simplest ways to get the right ratio of fatty acids because this form of algae has the exact ratio of fatty acids the human body needs. The form of AFA with the cell wall removed is an especially abundant source of raw materials for enhancing activity in the brain with nutrients that can pass through the blood brain barrier and are necessary to feed the brain. AFA also has all the essential amino acids in a proportion nearly identical to that found in human breast milk, making it a complete and assimilable source of high-quality protein.

So don't avoid fat in your diet, just make sure you get the right types of fats. Your body and in particular your brain need those good fats. You just need to watch your diet and the ratio of the types of fats you are eating to support good health.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

3 Do-It-Yourself Health Resources You Can't Live Without

People ask me all the time which resources I most recommend for "do it yourself' healing and there are three resources that top the list. These three resources teach you skills to help you help yourself when it comes to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) 
I'm a big fan of Edgar Cayce remedies because I have seen people experience effective results from using them. The A.R.E. website gives you information about Edgar Cayce's life and work, and also gives you the ability to search the Cayce database for Cayce's recommendations on various conditions such as depression, acne, and cancer. The primary tools I use from the Cayce repertoire include castor oil packs, Atomidine, glycothymelene, Ipsab, and several of the tonics. Cayce remedies focus on integrating healing on all levels, not just the physical. Cayce products can be purchased at

Abraham Hicks
Abraham is a group of non-physical teachers who speak through Esther Hicks. Abraham generally speaks about how you can attract the things you want into your life. A lot of teachers have talked about these principles. Abraham also has material that focuses on breaking the boundaries to health and wellness. They have been speaking powerfully on the topic of being able to heal from any condition, whether it's a physical illness or a desperate economic situation. They offer a free daily email quote as well as a wealth of books, CDs, and resources. Their website is definitely worth checking out, especially if you feel stuck when it comes to your health, wealth, and ability to thrive.

Ozark Research Institute (ORI) 
ORI is the brainchild of healer Harold McCoy, who teaches dowsing techniques for healing yourself and others. I have attended Harold's workshops and been using his technique for several years. The great thing about Harold's techniques is that they are completely down-to-earth, pragmatic, and simple to use. They allow you to heal in a way that makes sense to you and your background. For instance, Harold spent his life as a military engineer so he does remote healing using energetic wrenches, screwdrivers, and screws. I grew up doing woodworking so many of my healing tools involve energetic sanders and planers.

The ORI website gives you access to some of Harold's basic healing techniques and gives you options to sign up for further education. If you have a healing issue that you want help with, you can also submit your information on the website to receive healing help from others. There is also a reasonably priced membership that gives you access to special resources and training.

Bonus Round 
OK, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the great benefits of AFA blue-green algae products. I use them extensively with my clients and the results speak volumes for themselves (end of commercial!).

These resources give you a holistic toolbox for healing mind, body and spirit and sometimes this integrative approach is what you need to get true healing.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Healthy Living Made Simple

Drink lots of water, take deep breaths, choose good supplements, eat all your vegetables, eat more lean protein, eat fewer carbs. With all the healthcare advice out there these days, and much of it contradictory, it makes healthy living seem like a complicated endeavor! In fact, all that advice can make a junk-food diet look attractive in its simplicity. But don't panic! Healthy living can be simple.

You know what makes you feel good and what doesn't. If drinking plenty of water, taking certain supplements, or eating multiple small meals a day makes you feel better, then you already know more than the experts. Similarly, you probably know which of your "bad" habits make you feel ill, like eating too much sugar or spending too much time at your desk. If you are not sure what makes you feel better or worse, keep a diary for seven to twenty-one days. Log your daily food intake, exercise, level of stress, amount of sleep, and anything else that might affect your level of health. Notice what happens when you add or vary any of your habits.

Once you have discovered two or three really great habits that make you feel good, adopt them for the year. To keep things really simple, choose no more than three great habits. If exercise makes you feel good, adopt the habit of exercising a few times a week. If adding fresh fruits or vegetables is good, resolve to add them to your diet on a regular basis, but don't break the bank. Do what makes you feel good in moderation, and in a way that will be easy for you to remember. If you want to add vitamins or supplements (like AFA bluegreen algae) into your life, help yourself remember by putting the bottles or packets in your car, your purse, your pocket, your lunch, or your top desk drawer. Don't kick yourself when you forget to take the supplements, and take them whenever you see the visual reminder of the bottle. Of course, consistency is always great for health, but in the beginning do what you can to make healthy living a rewarding and pleasurable experience rather than another item on your "To Do" list!

Nutritional Considerations
I find that just eating right however, no longer does the trick in a modern diet, so I have to resort to other means. Having examined the content of the food we buy at the grocery store, I've realized that there are no longer enough vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals in the food to keep my body happy. Even the best "organic" produce doesn't have enough "goodies" to satisfy my nutritional needs. This leads to some serious nutrition problems.

Our society is producing more food with less soil, and the soil is getting poorer with each passing year. As you've probably already figured out, the food we grow gets most of its nutrition from the soil. Of course, you need sunlight and water, too, but the soil is the source of much of the vitamin, mineral, and trace mineral content in our food. Today, farmers don't allow fields to lie fallow much, and don't re-mineralize the soil, and as a result we have food that looks the same (or even better) than it did 50 years ago, but has some serious nutrition problems.

For instance, according to the Kushi Institute of Becket, Massachusetts, the vitamin and mineral content in our fresh vegetables has declined a lot. They studied USDA nutrient data that covers the years from 1975 to 1997. According to their study, average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables have declined 27 percent, iron levels have dropped 37 percent, vitamin A levels, 21 percent; and vitamin C levels, 30 percent. In other words, Popeye wouldn't get nearly the same bang for his buck out of a can of today's spinach as he would from a can of spinach of the 1975 vintage.

Now carry that same nutrition gap up the food chain. If you're not a vegetarian, then not only are you eating nutrient-poor vegetables, but the source of your meat is also becoming nutrient-poor. Cows, pigs, lambs, and other animals are being fed lower-quality grass, hay, and other vegetative matter (I won't get into the whole debate about livestock feed because it is way too complicated). Suffice to say that the nutritional content of all of our foods (unless we grow it ourselves) is getting lousier by the year, resulting in nutrition problems that many of us aren't even aware of.

Nutritional Solutions
I am fortunate enough to live in an area where I have the space to grow many of my own vegetables and am surrounded by organic farmers I can trade with. This works to my advantage nutritionally during the Spring and Summer, but not for the rest of the year. Like most people, I then have to shop for food in our local stores. Knowing what I know about the nutritional content of the food I'm buying, I don't worry so much about buying the right stuff there. Instead, I focus on creating a foundation with supplements that I know circumvent the nutrition problems created by food I buy at the grocery store.

On a daily basis I consume:

1. High-Quality Probiotics and Enzymes: acidophilus, bifidus, and enzymes fortified with mycopepsin and cayenne

2. Blue-Green Algae: never heated above 105 degrees and freeze dried at the source in Klamath Lake, both with and without the cell wall

3. Antioxidants: wheat sprouts, ubiquinol (the bioavailable form of coenzyme Q10), stem cell support, and WGP beta-glucan for a boost in immunity

With these three categories of supplements, I know I've got all the nutritional bases covered. With this plan, I don't worry so much about whether I buy this brand of carrots or that brand. The same goes for our dogs, cats, and horses. We buy the best available natural food possible for them, and then fill in the nutritional gaps with some of the items I've listed above. I find setting up my nutritional foundation with wholefood supplements, then getting foods from the best natural sources available to me, makes healthy living as simple as it gets.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

How to Have Healthy Glowing Summer Skin

Our skin is the largest organ in the body and the first line of defense in our immune systems making skin health important for our protection. Having healthy, glowing skin also affects what we see when we look in the mirror or what others see when they look at us which can affect how we feel about ourselves. Summertime with all its fun outside activities can take a toll on our skin though. Using some simple  natural solutions for skin care can help you keep your skin healthy and protecting you even with summer challenges.

Natural Care For Your Skin From the Outside
We are constantly producing new skin cells to replace the ones that die off. As new skin cells are formed at the lowest skin level, they push their way up to the surface and most of the dead skin cells fall off. Exfoliating the skin gets rid of the dead skin found on the surface which helps keep skin pores clear keeping away blackheads and other small bumps on your face and letting the new radiant skin shine through. When exfoliating be gentle. There are natural substances that make good exfoliates such as clays, lemon juice or papaya that has enzymes that exfoliate naturally. Julie Gabriel also advises herbal steam baths with a clay mask afterwards to help keep pores clean. Dry skin should only need exfoliating once a week whereas oily skin may need it more.

Keeping our skin clean is another important part of skincare on the outside. Your cleanser should be a gentle one and different ones work better for different skin types. In general, if you have dry skin you'll want to use a cleanser that is creamy and if you have oily skin, a foamy, oil-free cleanser is better. Also be sure not to use hot water when cleansing as it can destroy the natural moisture in your skin. It is also better to pat the skin to dry it instead of rubbing it. In the aging process your skin naturally gets drier. Dry skin can benefit from moisturizing to naturally protect it. I like using this antioxidant lotion fortified with high-performance levels of WGP beta glucan, wild bluegreen algae, and aloe vera, as well as vitamins A, C, and E and other key ingredients that nourish your skin while leaving it soft without an oily feel. It is particularly effective for dry, damaged, or more mature skin and is full of food-grade nutrients and antioxidants your skin craves and that help protect against the effects of free radicals.
Sunscreen is another important component in caring for your skin. Over time exposure to sun brings on wrinkles, age spots and can even lead to skin cancer. No matter how much sun exposure you have already had it's never too late to start using sunscreen to protect your skin. Make sure you use a sunscreen with a SPF of a minimum of 30 and that protects against UVA and UVB light. Sunscreen isn't just for sunny days or when you are outside either. Sunlight can still affect you even on a cloudy day or when coming in through windows.

Natural Care For Your Skin From the Inside
What you put on the inside of your body is just as important as what you put on the outside of your body when it comes to keeping your skin healthy. Fruits and vegetables with antioxidants are great for fighting off free radical damage and repairing damaged cells. If you don't get enough antioxidants in your diet, this antioxidant filled stem cell support supplement can help. Adult stem cells occurring naturally in your body maintain and renew body tissue. The older we get, the less of these stem cells we produce. Nourishing them and providing antioxidants can help protect your existing stem cells from damage of free radicals. Adding soy to your diet can help plump up skin that is lacking in collagen as it has lots of isoflavones. Eating foods rich in essential fatty acids helps skin stay elastic rather than sagging. Omega-3 and Omega-6 are the most important essential fatty acids for our skin. Dehydration is another of the major causes of aging skin. If you want healthy skin, drink plenty of water.

At Home Skin Care Recipes
If the heat, sun exposure, and dry summer air is making your skin look like a piece of parchment, don't panic. You can take some simple steps at home to transform your skin from a piece of parchment to skin with a healthy glow. Here are three simple recipes to exfoliate, cleanse, and nourish your skin.

Healthy Skin Recipe #1: Exfoliant
One of the keys to having glowing healthy skin is to remove all the dead or sun-damaged cells that have accumulated on your skin. You can make this simple skin scrub with ingredients you will find in your kitchen cupboard.

Mix 1 part cornmeal with 1 part organic oatmeal, and store in a sealed container. (If you have sensitive skin, mix 1 part cornmeal with 2 parts organic oatmeal for a softer scrub.)

To use this mix, dampen your face (or any part of your skin you want to exfoliate) with warm water. Pour a handful of the mixture in your palm and gently rub it your skin. If the mixture starts to feel too dry, just add more warm water. After you are done scrubbing, rinse the area with warm water, and then pat dry. Moisturize with an antioxidant lotion such as this amazing restorative lotion. Burt's Bees products are also wonderful.

Healthy Skin Recipe #2: Cleansing Mask
Another key to having glowing skin, especially on your face, is to cleanse and tighten your pores. A mask is the perfect way to do this. This simple recipe works well, and gives you that requisite salon "funny green face" look.

Mix 2 capsules of acidophilus, 2 capsules of enzymes, and 2 capsules of blue-green algae with spring water to form a paste.

To use this recipe, apply it evenly over your face, paying special attention to any problematic areas, such as the oily T-zone. Avoid putting this paste around your eyes. Allow the paste to dry, and then rinse with warm water. Pat dry and moisturize. The acidophilus and enzymes will pull toxins and other pore-cloggers out of your skin, while the blue-green algae provides direct nourishment to your skin cells. This formula also works well on skin problems elsewhere on the body, including feet that feel itchy foot fungus.

Healthy Skin Recipe #3: Moisturizing and Soothing Mask
If you have dry skin, this cooling mask is perfect for you. It will soothe and moisturize your face, and is simple to use.

Mix the whites from 2 eggs with 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Be sure to mix well.

To use this mixture, apply it to your face and leave it on for 2-4 minutes. Rinse well afterwards with warm water, and then pat dry with a soft washcloth. Moisturize as needed.

Relax and have fun this summer knowing that you have a plan to help keep your skin protected and looking good.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Want High Energy? Get the Missing Link

Find your energy level dragging? Staying high energy depends on how you are fueling your body. Without the right type of fuel your body doesn't produce the energy you need to perform. But the missing link you may not have addressed is your digestion. No matter how or what you eat, if your body is not digesting your food properly then it's not getting the nutrients from foods to produce high energy.

Digestive Health
Your digestive system breaks down the foods you eat into components that your body uses to function and produce energy to keep you going. Once food is digested the broken down proteins, fats and carbs are transferred to the blood stream and taken throughout the body. If your diet is lacking in nutrients then of course your body doesn't have all the appropriate fuel to keep going. So many Americans exist on fast food which is not only lacking in nutrition value, but according to the Mayo Clinic also leaves them feeling bloated because the digestive system has to work harder to digest all the fat, salt and sugar found in these type of foods. The more energy the body has to put towards digestion, the less that is available for other functions and the result is you find yourself dragging. Consider that McDonald's, one of the top fast food restaurants with 32,000 locations in 100 countries, reports that 60 million people a day eat there and you can see that the fast food culture is a definite reality. One study at Yale reported that a third of children from 4 to 19 years of age eat fast food to the tune of 6 extra pounds of weight a year. Along with this trend comes obesity as McDonald's sandwiches have from 400 to 790 calories on average with anywhere from 12 to 42 grams of fat. A diet full of all these extra calories and fat can contribute to people becoming overweight or obese which puts added strain on the body's organs and slows digestion down which means more energy having to be used and possibly development of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, and disease of the liver and gallbladder.

Now that you've had all the bad news on eating habits and digestion leading to an energy drain, here's the good news. First you can lower your risk for chronic disease by losing even 5% of your weight through increasing exercise and changing some of your eating habits. If you are eating a lot of fast foods, make a plan to cut down on how much you eat out and when you do eat out opt for healthier choices. Many fast food restaurants these days are providing salads, grilled chicken and other less fattening choices. McDonald's even has apple slices as an option these days and some pretty tasty salads. Skip the sodas too as they pack on the calories and go for unsweetened tea or just water instead. Find deli's with veggies you can pile on a sandwich instead of doing the fatty drive-thru windows or even better, plan a few days when you pack a lunch from home. No matter how busy you are you can make a wrap, salad, sandwich, boil an egg or grab some fruit at home for lunch and/or dinner that will be healthier than fast food.

Wild Food Solutions for the Missing Link
If you are not a fast food junky, you may still be at risk for low energy and digestion can still be the missing link. Most of our foods lack enzymes and other nutrients that our bodies need for digestion and energy because we cook them, they have been genetically modified, or even irradiated to increase shelf life. Eating wild foods boosts energy because they are dense with nutrients, harvested live and flash frozen to maintain nutrient content. No matter what type of diet you are eating, supplementing it with wild food organic supplements can help you get the most nutrition from your foods and help fill in nutritional gaps. Here are some solutions that can help depending on the type of lifestyle and eating habits you have.

Digestive enzymes – Adding this digestive enzyme combination of amylase, cellulase, lipase, protease, and lactase allows for better digestion and extraction of more nutrients from foods. Less energy put towards digestion results in higher energy for the rest of the body. This enzyme supplement is Kosher, Halal, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and GMO Free.

Whole organic AFA bluegreen algae  – The most nutrient dense food you'll find anywhere, bluegreen algae is rich in phytonutrients, plant-based proteins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and other micronutrients to help fill in with nutrients you may not be getting from the foods you eat. This supplement is certified Organic, Kosher, Halal, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and GMO Free.

Wild Foods supplements  – For a blend of marine and freshwater algae, tonic mushrooms, and sprouted grasses and grains, this supplement program has it all with some of the most nourishing foods on the planet; combined with probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Extra enzymes supplement for extra active lifestyles and athletes – If you are very active or engage in lots of exercise or physical activity, this supplement gives you a combination of plant-based proteolytic enzymes--bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase, with wild bluegreen algae to provide the extra nutrition necessary to keep up your pace.

Extra nutrition for energy support for those with active lifestyles – This combination of wild bluegreen algae, wheatgrass juice, cordyceps mushrooms, bee pollen, turmeric, noni, and green tea helps fill in nutritional gaps for those who aren't getting the nutrients the body needs to produce extra energy. It is also Vegetarian, Dairy Free, and GMO Free

Antioxidant power  – This supplement is loaded with natural antioxidants including wild blueberry, green tea, carnosine, and organic wild bluegreen algae. Antioxidants help fight off damage from free radicals that damage our cells and zap our energy as well as nourish our natural adult stem cells that are able to repair damage. This supplement also meets the requirements for being Halal, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and GMO Free.

As you can see, no matter how busy you are, how active you are, or how hectic your life gets, there are ways to naturally keep your weight down and energy level up to get everything done that you want to. You can keep your active lifestyle and still have time for health. Just a little thinking ahead, planning, making a few simple changes in eating habits and using whole food supplementation when needed can help you have it all.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Magic of Mushrooms

With all the nutrition and health benefits being discovered from mushrooms, they may seem to be magic, but scientists are discovering many vitamins, minerals, and other components found in them responsible for the wide array of medicinal uses they are credited with. Mushrooms are certainly not new when it comes to culinary or medicinal uses, as many Asian countries have used them medicinally for centuries, but Western science is finding a whole lot more benefits of mushrooms for health from these fruiting bodies of fungi than you may have imagined. Edible mushrooms are packed with vitamins and minerals that are hard to find in other foods and that boost immune system function, support heart health, aid in keeping blood sugar levels balanced, fight cellular damage from free radicals, help keep cholesterol levels stable, reduce allergy symptoms, fight inflammation and have even been used successfully in treating cancers.

Benefits of Mushrooms
Some of the great nutrition you get from mushrooms that have powerful benefits for health are antioxidants, vitamin D, iron, selenium, B vitamins, unsaturated fatty acids, polysaccharides, proteins, beta glucans, fiber and enzymes. And even better all this nutrition is available with a small amount of calories. Some of the best edible mushrooms for health benefits are maitake, cordyceps, oyster, Lions Mane, Agaricus Blazei Murill, shiitake, Turkey Tail, and reishi. But even button, crimini and portobello mushrooms which are often easier to find can give you lots of nutrition according to the American Society for Nutrition. Studies they have done report button mushrooms boost the immune system by encouraging growth of dendritic cells found in bone marrow and by boosting the body's defense against germs. There are experts such as Andrew Weil, M.D., that warn against eating the button, crimini and portobello type mushrooms raw however because they can contain carcinogens which other types of mushrooms don't have. They advise cooking these at high temperatures to make them safe to eat. Scientists are still exploring all the various uses in the medical field in which mushrooms can play a positive role. Here are some of the conditions scientists are finding can be prevented or treated with mushrooms.

Cancer – Certain components in mushrooms have been found in scientific studies to kill cancer cells. Besides an abundance of antioxidants that fight off free radical damage, mushrooms contain lectin, krestin, polysaccharides, hispolon, psilocybin, and lentinan which help keep tumors from forming. There are also many studies citing the use of mushrooms as beneficial in preventing and treating breast cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, esophageal cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer due to them being a rich source of components such as selenium, Vitamin D, and folic acid.

Diabetes – Vitamin D, polysaccharides, and beta glucan found in mushrooms have all been reported as effective for stabilizing blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes as well as preventing hyperglycemia with the high levels of fiber and protein mushrooms provide. Studies have shown benefits in the area of diabetes using mushrooms to lower glucose absorption, increase the release of insulin, reduce inflammation and provide enzymes and compounds similar to insulin to help breakdown starch and sugar.

Cardiovascular Disease – Vitamin D, found in many edible mushrooms, has been found to help reduce inflammation around the heart and vessel walls for prevention of heart disease. In addition, mushrooms have been found to help in preventing atherosclerosis, lower LDL and triglyceride cholesterol levels, prevent stroke, reduce spread of renal disease, and lower high blood pressure levels all of which help in the prevention of heart disease. The high fiber, low fat, beta glucan and antioxidant properties found in mushrooms, as well as being a rich source of potassium, are cited as the reasons these fungi are so beneficial for cardiovascular disease.

Other Benefits - Mushrooms that have been exposed to ultraviolet light produce vitamin D just like our own bodies do and you won't find that from other plant based foods. You can get antioxidants that combat free radical damage from bright colored fruits and veggies, but a Penn State University study reported that crimini and portobello mushrooms have the same antioxidant power that you get from red peppers. Mushrooms deliver a variety of B vitamins that help the body convert food into energy including riboflavin and niacin. Selenium can help improve mood and reduce the risk of bladder cancer. You'll find 47% of the recommended daily amount of selenium in raw crimini mushrooms and 45% in cooked shiitake mushrooms and even button mushrooms have 17%. There are many other health benefits from mushrooms undergoing study such as the role they can play in weight loss, boosting immunity, supporting brain health, and the anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-biotic properties they possess. You can read more about these types of benefits as well as find some tasty recipes that use mushrooms in this source article.

Another Way to Get Your Daily Mushroom Dose
If you have trouble finding a good supply of certain mushrooms in your area or just don't find the time to cook with mushrooms, you can still work a variety of them into your diet with whole food supplements. This mushroom and algae supplement combines the mushrooms that have been found to support the immune system and boost energy and is a product that is certified organic, Kosher, Halal, paleo, vegan, dairy free, and GMO free. If you have an active lifestyle where you need to really be able to focus and have mental clarity, then you might prefer this wholefood supplement that gives you the mushroom benefits of Lion's Mane, but also has organic wild bluegreen algae, eleuthero, Ginkgo biloba, bee pollen, wheatgrass juice, and noni. You can get the benefits of reishi and oyster mushrooms as well as ubiquinol, organic flaxseed oil, olive biophenols, and wild bluegreen algae that all combine to give you antioxidant benefits and support the cardiovascular system for increased energy with yet another wholefood algae supplement. And finally we offer you the maximum mushroom immunity boosting power with this mushroom supplement that contains reishi, cordyceps, maitake, shiitake, Turkey Tail, and Agaricus blazei mushrooms with astragalus, beta glucan and wild bluegreen algae.

Low calorie, packed with nutrients and full of health benefits – mushrooms just can't be beat. So find ways to add these nutritious fungi to your diet.

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