Inflammation, inflammation, inflammation: it’s everywhere on the net and used to sell millions of dollars worth of supplements. We are proud of the anti-inflammation properties of I LOVE H2, our molecular hydrogen supplement, but are ready to admit that diet always come first as our preferred health strategy. So we were excited to read that real science rather than marketing has narrowed down our food choices to the best anti inflammation foods on the planet.
A Menu against inflammation
A few common foods may help rein in the chronic inflammation that contributes to so many diseases. A new study by the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease found that the polyphenols in onions, turmeric, red grapes, green tea and acai berries may be key to fighting the swelling.
To hone in on which foods might be most helpful in halting inflammation, scientists tested 31 polyphenols and six polyphenol combinations to see how they affected T-cells in the blood.
T cells are a type of white blood cell that circulates throughout our bodies, scanning for cellular abnormalities. Through cell-signaling molecules called cytokines, they call in the troops—other cells—when they find a problem that needs help. Prior to the study, little was known about the relative potency of different polyphenols in modulating cytokine release, according to a University of Liverpool release about the research.
University of Liverpool’s Sian Richardson, a co-author of the study, said: “The results of our study suggest that (poly)phenols derived from onions, turmeric, red grapes, green tea and açai berries may help reduce the release of pro-inflammatory mediators in people at risk of chronic inflammation. Older people are more susceptible to chronic inflammation and as such they may benefit from supplementing their diets with isorhamnetin, resveratrol, curcumin and vanillic acid or with food sources that yield these bioactive molecules.”
Ian: I agree with everything this study concludes. personally, however, I use I LOVE H2 for its anti inflammatory, antioxidant, anti allergenic, anti apoptotic and cell signalling support properties. All in one effervescent tablet.
The results were published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Recent research has also suggested that vitamin D may be a part of a powerful strategy to reduce chronic inflammation and the related risk of disease.
In the fitness world, inflammation often gets bad press. It is perceived as an enemy of the body simply because when we are inflamed we’ve usually experienced some form of injuries and chronic pain. It’s certainly true that inflammation can be associated with almost about every major health problem we have in medicine today.
So… when people talk of inflammation that they immediately think of it as the bad guy..
This really isn’t the case.
We actually need a healthy amount of inflammation in the body. Inflammation is evidence of an active response to injury or illness by your immune system. Its function is to remove cellular debris from the site of damage and facilitate repair.
Like everyone, you’ve been injured, so your truth is that the injured area becomes stiff and sore. Your body can’t actually speak, so its way of telling you to be gentle on yourself is to limit range of motion in the affected area to prevent further damage. The body is applying its own version of a “splint” to allow it time to heal. Increased inflammation isn’t bad – it’s a part of your healing process.
It’s important not to upset this process by the body so that it can do the job properly.
Right now there’s quite a debate about the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method. It’s been around in sports therapy for a long time simply because there have been a tremendous amount of studies that show that chilling an area after injury can help it by slowing up the ‘healing process’. Ice slows blood flow, and also slows down inflammation response.
We end up taking on seemingly ‘logical’ methods that, while look good on paper, aren’t really ideal for what we are trying to accomplish. When we are injured, we need inflammation to do its job to heal that area, assist in getting the area mobile again, increasing blood flow, so that the healing process is sped up. But.. we don’t consult our own body about the strategy, do we? If we did it’d most likely:
Go Away and let me get on with my time-proven healing system!
Inflammation is not ‘bad’. It has many positive benefits. The real issue with inflammation is preventing it becoming chronic. This is when inflammation starts creating problems in our lives.
Much exercise creates what is terms by sports scientists as ‘micro trauma’ at the cellular level. We mortals call it muscular damage.
When this happens there’s a repair process that does involve an inflammatory response. Its purpose is a positive one that we should try to accept. It helps to promote healing and it is a part of the process of helping your muscles get stronger, and more ready for future training sessions. Actually, it’s often a stated goal of training regimens. This is the mild form of inflammation, and many of us feel it after exercise. It’s a component that helps us avoid more soreness from future training sessions. Most of us understand the process. It’s a part of the adaptation principle to stresses or demands on our body. In this way we can see the healthy inflammation response as something we can welcome in order to get stronger, faster, and more prepared for future training sessions.
This is a good thing… but chronic inflammation is something very different.
Chronic inflammation occurs when we managed to cause either too much damage at the cellular level, or we have created repetitive stress in a particular joint or soft tissue. Go crazy in the gym and do four times as much work as you usually do and can’t walk right for days and days after. That’s a good way to get chronic inflammation.
Excessive muscle soreness can seriously compromise our performance – just because we can’t actually stand the pain. One study of runners experiencing severe delayed onset muscle soreness showed running performance was reduced by as much as three percent. It may not look like a lot, but when over the entire lifetime of a runner’s performance lifespan their economy is only reduced on average by about 10 percent, that’s a significant amount.
So.. a bit of soreness isn’t much to worry about. It’s part of our natural adaptation to a new body stressor. However, a significant degree of soreness that changes movement patterns means that the joints will end up moving in ways to protect the injured area and create an environment for more injuries or problems.
Ok. So where does that leave us? For me, at age 69, my running days are over and I can amass enough pain and stiffness from a day in the garden. I have found two things to be very, very helpful, to the point that s long as I remember them, I am up bright and early the next day ready for another round of weed pulling.
I have two golden rules” Drink enough water – obviously my alkaline hydrogen rich water.. and I boost that with a small bottle of the same water plus two I LOVE H2 tablets dissolved in the same water, so I am getting a real ‘hit’ of H2.
And why am I so confident of this strategy? Well it works for me, but if you care to take a closer look at the amazing science of molecular hydrogen you’ll see that just one of its many health supporting properties is support for our natural inflammation cycle. In short, it supercharges my perfectly normal and healthy inflammation response and so shortens the time it takes to do the job I’ve set it with my previous day’s exertions.
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OK, It’s a war zone ‘down there’. Or at least a ‘postwar zone. Your elimination system has been battling with acid overload all night, and in the early hours of the morning has assembled all that nasty acid in your bladder. That’s why your first ‘pee du jour’ is your most acidic.
It’s obvious that your body has worked selflessly to get you back in balance ready for another day battling the dark acid forces.. so it’s a really good idea to begin a daily practice of supporting your fragile alkaline balance.
It’s something I love.. and I am already a serious ‘alkalizer’.
If you already have a routine — morning meditation, a quick surya namaskar, a brisk walk around the block – I’m suggesting you add this to your ‘package’ of morning ritual. As Anthony Robbins teaches, by linking it to other daily choices, it becomes a part of the whole.
So here’s my suggestion. It’s neither original nor new, but it is GOOD. A glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt.
If you take on this daily ritual you’ll be joining many elite athletes who have already learned its value.
One 250ml glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt in the morning can do wonders. Would you believe increasing your immune function, decreasing your uric acid to fight inflammation, improving digestion, and balancing your body? Much of this is the vitamin C in the lemon juice plus the many essential minerals in Himalayan salt.
When I began writing this I could think of about 6 benefits. After a little time communing with Mother Google, I ended up with NINETEEN benefits!
1 Lemons are serious anti inflammation warriors.
The juice can help dissolve the uric acid in joints. It’s also have been reported to help build and repair tendons, ligaments, and bone.
Lemon juice’s anti-inflammatory property could of course be especially beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, according to an American College of Physicians study on osteoarthritis, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2000).
2. Lemon juice supports good food and water absorption.
Only one glass a day will provide a better overall mineral balance, which in turn promotes proper food and water absorption in your body, allowing essential nutrients to get where they need to be.
3. Alkaline Powerhouse! (pH). The alkalizing effects of lemon and the natural salt are going to buffer your body’s delicate pH balance, depositing alkaline minerals into your depleted storehoue, your alkaline buffer.
4. Boost immune function.
Just 1 lemon serves up 139% of your RDA for vitamin C. One lemon’s juice is a natural alternative to that vitamin C supplement you may be taking.
5. Cellular detox
Himalayan salt mixed with lemon juice and water helps to pull toxins from your cells, reducing cellular toxicity. How? Well, your interstitial liquid – the liquid surrounding your cell has to be the right pH because it needs it for the right electrical conductivity. That’s why alkalizing is so important, and also why pure neutral pH is empty in health terms.
6. Bye Bye cellulite.
Natural salts like Himalayan salt have been used for centuries for skin care. Many spa treatments for cellulitis contain some form of salt and/or citrus blend. A daily gulp of lemon and salt water in the morning may firm up a few of those unsightly areas. Now you’ve mastered one, why not two!
7. DayGlo Skin.
Natural salt for skin problems, such as psoriasis and eczema, dates back to ancient Roman times. According to Science Tribune (1999), Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius’ doctor, Galen from Pergamum, used sea salt for skin diseases,
8. Ease up on allergies!
Some people say that the combination of lemon and salt, mixed into warm water, acts as a natural antihistamine for allergies. It may be the perfect alternative to those pink pills that leave you feeling drowsy. I can’t vouch for it but if we are getting all these other benefits, wouldn’t it be cool if it ‘just happened’?
9. Sleep Easy.
Lemon and Himalayan salt have hormone-balancing properties, which may be more than useful at ‘zedtime’.
10. Control blood sugar.
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2000), the fiber in lemons helps to balance blood glucose levels, which is useful for type 2 diabetes patients and prediabetics alike, so don’t bother holding back the fibre as you juice.
11. Detoxify your liver.
Vitamin C helps us to produce glutathione, a foundational player in detoxifying the liver. It also has antiseptic properties that are useful for liver function.
12. Fresh breath! This drink may not be the first thing we think of when you think of fresh breath. Lemon and salt in this simple morning drink help kill the bad breath bacteria that build up while you’re sleeping.
13. Chill out!
Easy on the anti depressants! Chill out and return to Buddhahood by upping your vitamin C levels first thing in the morning.
14. Blood pressure.
Lemons are not all about vitamin C and fiber. They also have potassium, which is a must-have for flushing excessive sodium from the body.
15. Hey, Baby!
The same vitamin C content and hormone-balancing properties of our drink can help lift your mood. And a good mood is essential for a more er.. playful future.
16. Hydration is the KEY
We tend to forget how important hydration is, especially after a long sleep with no water. Start your morning off right and get hydrated. The water, salt and lemon will get your day off to the perfect start.
17. An antioxidant powerhouse.
Lemon holds a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Himalayan salt boosts your mineral and trace mineral levels even more. The antioxidant and detoxifying properties of lemon saltwater pack a powerful, free radical knockout punch.
18. Improve your heart health?
Lemons and real salt are reported as exceptional for increasing heart health on their own. Combine the two into one vibrant morning drink, for chest-thumpin’ health..
As I mentioned earlier, natural mineral rich salt supports electrochemical reactions in the body. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2006), the Vitamin C in our lemon zinger is, “associated with lower endothelial dysfunction in men with no history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes,”
19. A Well Belly
Before breakfast, or any meal, this drink will signal your liver to produce the essential bile needed to clean out harmful gut bacteria. The fiber content and natural salt will also promote digestion.
A glass of AlkaWay purified water rich in H2 (what else?) with a squeeze of one lemon plus half a teaspoon of Himalayan salt. Too easy.
More great alkalizing ideas are in our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program, available here now. It’s approaching 5000 downloads and is packed with 16 years of accumulated wisdom.
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Our friend Bert Middleton is the Gout Killer and this is a great post. Look when it was written! He’s still relevant today!
This Is Where It All Begins.
I hate to be the one to tell you but . . . you probably have gout because your gout diet isn’t exactly and anti-inflammatory diet.
But what are you gonna do? Just run right out there and get yourself one? Change your whole life? Give up all the stuff you love?
It’s going to be easier than you think, I promise, and you’re going to love it. There are some great solutions and you’re gonna be damn happy you found them.
Other Than an Anti-inflammatory Diet,
What Are the Alternatives?
Think back to the last time you had an attack. How long ago was it? Do you remember how it started? How long did it last? How did you finally get rid of it? What does it feel like when it starts to come on? Do you recognize it when it first starts to creep in? Do you panic? What DO you do?
The question is: How does “inflammation” happen in the body? What actually happens?
Here’s a brief explanation:
- “Inflammation is the body’s to response to injury or disease. Typically the heat, swelling and redness are due to increased fluids and white blood cells moving into the affected area to fight infection or protect the damage.”
- “The anti-inflammatory response happens on a chemical, cellular and molecular level, either biologically or with the assistance of different drugs and food sources and/or icing.”
(that is about as technical as you are going to see me get)
To get this conversation about an anti-inflammatory diet started, let’s make a note about one thing: Antioxidants.
If you Google “anti-inflammatory diet”, you will get endless search results for antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavonoids.
For the second part of your homework, get back to Google and go down the list of all the diseases and illnesses that are linked to free radical damage and combine them on your search like this: Heart Disease + Inflammation
Go one by one and try them all. What did you find? Did they all have some sort of connection with systemic inflammation? As in when chronic inflammation moves beyond the immediate tissues and on into the lining of the blood vessels and organs.
Here’s the Scary Thing . . .
. . . if you have gout you are also at risk for at least one or more of those diseases on that list.
Are you wondering which food has the most antioxidants in it? And how do you measure how much antioxidants are in a particular food? Keep reading. We briefly touched on what foods and food groups are high in antioxidant content on both my antioxidants page and my flavonoids page.
The Anti-inflammatory Diet Rundown:
- Many fruits have the antioxidant power to help bring down inflammation. A few are blueberries, peaches, oranges, cherries, and apples. Usually the darker the skin the better.
- Vegetables like spinach, broccoli, beets, onions, and squashes are a start. Dark leafy greens are always a good choice.
- You have to be careful with beans and legumes. They are typically big sources of protein and their is an important balance that needs to be maintained when it comes to gout. In moderation red, black, pinto, and kidney beans are known to be a good source of antioxidant potency.
- A few different grains offer some free radical protection but they are not at the forefront of the better choices. Rice, wheat, rye, soybean seeds and wheat bran have a component called Inositol that show some evidence for protection from the ultra-violet radiation from the sun.
- Healthy fats, oils and nuts can be very good for keeping with the anti-inflammatory diet but not always because of their antioxidant content. Salmon and other fatty fishes are good for omega-3 fatty acids and are known for their anti-inflammatory assistance. Pine nuts and pecans are well-known antioxidants and olive oil is often referred to for it’s polyphenols.
- Soy products have a wide range of antioxidant producing activity that should be noted for it’s Isoflavones.
- Various mushrooms like shiitake and oyster mushrooms are not antioxidants but are a good choice for their anti-inflammatory abilities.
- Clean sources of protein like organically grown chicken and grass-fed beef help keep inflammation down as well as omega-3 enriched eggs and raw-milk dairy products. (remember: pesticides, antibiotics and growth-hormones are potential instigators of free radical damage)
- A variety of spices like tumeric, curry, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, basil and others have many anti-inflammatory qualities and some are strong antioxidants.
- Green Tea is always in the news for it’s antioxidant power.
- Supplements are essential but it gets into some fairly technical speak about how vitamins and minerals get absorbed in to your system compared to regular food. The term “functional food” is now commonplace. They can be absorbed and used by the body more easily but still have high value in vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Supplements in general promote a fair amount of antioxidant activity.
But now we are getting to the good ones: red wine and dark chocolate! This is good since you and I have the “Disease of Kings”. Can we cure gout with red wine and chocolate? We would certainly have the most popular “anti-inflammatory diet” out there if we could.
Red wine has been in the news because it contains the antioxidant resveratrol. I’ve experimented heavily with this one to try to understand the proper dosage for ample anti-inflammatory response but I’ve not been able to come to any conclusions.
Dark chocolate or more specifically, raw cacao has also been in the news heavily for its high antioxidant content. Raw cacao has one of the highest, if not the highest ORAC scores of all known food sources.
Food . . . Anti-inflammatory Diet . . . Be Thy medicine” ~ Hippocrates
Ian: Personally, I’ve been getting and hearing great results from our molecular hydrogen water and dissolvable tablets. Molecular hydrogen is an emerging buzz subject that is attracting huge interest – 700+ scientific studies since 2007, over 150+ disease types. The two that have really interested me are it unequalled antioxidant capability and its anti inflammation ability.
The Body Brain Barrier is a membrane that prevents anything that shouldn’t get to our brain passing through it.
It’s essential in protecting the brain from toxins of all forms but is so efficient that it also prevents drugs entering the brain. This has inhibited the formulation of many Alzheimers drug strategies that rely on direct brain contact.
Of course we now know that there are amy things we don’t wnat to get into our brain; one big one being EMF from our mobile phones. damage is easily seen in the brain; whether it is directly caused by the phones is still being fiercely debated. That the brain suffers oxidative damge is not in dispute.
So imagine something with proven selective antioxidant and anti inflammatory abilities. Now imagine that ‘something’ can easily penetrate the brain body barrier.
Now imagine that same something that easily passes out of the brain via the skull if it encounters nothing in the brain it can assist with.
Wow. That’s molecular hydrogen, and a huge number of studies are indicating ita vast number of therapeutic capabilities, including Alzheimers’.
Here’s a video of a discussion with George,a friend of mine, and here’s a list of over sixty scientific studies on the same subject.
..and while we make no claims about the ability of our products to work this way, we do sell products that may assist your body by facilitating its ability to access molecular hydrogen. Learn more here.
Selective stimulation of the growth of anaerobic microflora in the human intestinal tract by electrolyzed reducing water.
- 1Department of Physiology of Microorganisms, Biology Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow, Russia. email@example.com
96-99% of the “friendly” or residential microflora of intestinal tract of humans consists of strict anaerobes and only 1-4% of aerobes. Many diseases of the intestine are due to a disturbance in the balance of the microorganisms inhabiting the gut. The treatment of such diseases involves the restoration of the quantity and/or balance of residential microflora in the intestinal tract. It is known that aerobes and anaerobes grow at different oxidation-reduction potentials (ORP). The former require positive E(h) values up to +400 mV.
Anaerobes do not grow unless the E(h) value is negative between -300 and -400 mV. In this work, it is suggested that prerequisite for the recovery and maintenance of obligatory anaerobic microflora in the intestinal tract is a negative ORP value of the intestinal milieu.
Electrolyzed reducing water with E(h) values between 0 and -300 mV produced in electrolysis devices possesses this property. Drinking such water favours the growth of residential microflora in Most researchers explain the mechanism of its action by an antioxidant properties destined to detox the oxidants in the gut and other host tissues. Evidence is presented in favour of the hypothesis that the primary target for electrolyzed reducing water is the residential microflora in the gut.
I spent some time with John Biethan, our man in the US today on blab.im talking about Green Smoothies.
I’m a bit left-of-centre about Alkaline Green Smoothies as you will see.
INFLAMMATION: IT’S A “HOT” TOPIC.
It seems connected to avirtually every known chronic disease — from diabetes to obesity, heart disease to cancer, autism to dementia… even depression.
Inflammatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disease are also increasing at dramatic rates. Doctors are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly powerful immune suppressing medication with the usual associated side effects.
Doctors are really not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease. Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions, but that’s a big ‘ask’ for a 15 minute standard consultation.
Let’s look at one ‘niche’ of inflammation. Autoimmune diseases now affect 24 million people. They include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. And yet.. these are often addressed using powerful immune suppressing medication and not by addressing the cause. A bit like taking a lot of aspirin while you are standing on a tack. The treatment isn’t more aspirin or a strong immune suppressant. It’s removing the tack.
Inflammation Causes Disease
To cool off inflammation in the body, first we must find the source. Functional medicine, the emerging 21st century paradigm of systems medicine, teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms, to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have.
Autoimmunity: What it is and How it Occurs
We are facing an epidemic of allergic (60 million people), asthmatic (30 million people), and autoimmune disorders (24 million people). As we already said, autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis,celiac disease, thyroid disease, and the many other hard-to-classify syndromes in the 21st century.
These are all autoimmune conditions, and at their root they are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues. Your immune system is your defense against invaders. It’s your internal army and has to clearly distinguish friend from foe — to know you from others. Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissues get caught in friendly cross-fire.
Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body.
This immune confusion results from what is referred to as molecular mimicry. Conventional approaches don’t have a method for finding the insult causing the problem. Functional medicine provides a map to find out which molecule the cells are mimicking.
Where Do Autoimmune Disorders Happen?
Interestingly, autoimmune disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in poor nations without modern amenities like running water, flush toilets, washing machines, and sterile backyards just don’t get these diseases.
If you were a farm kid with lots of animals, you are also less likely to have any of these inflammatory disorders. Playing in the dirt, getting dirty, and being exposed to bugs and infections trains your immune system to recognize what is foreign and what is “you.”
In this country, autoimmune diseases, when taken all together, are a huge health burden. They are the eighth leading cause of death among women, shortening the average patient’s lifespan by eight years. The annual health care cost for autoimmune diseases is $120 billion a year representing nearly twice the economic health care burden of cancer (about $ 70 billion a year). (i)
Unfortunately, many of the conventional treatments available can make you feel worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, steroids, immune suppressants like methotrexate, and the new TNF-alpha blockers like Enbrel or Remicade can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, depression, psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle loss, and diabetes, not to mention overwhelming infection and cancer.
When used selectively these drugs can help people get their lives back. But they are really not a long-term solution. They shouldn’t be the end of treatment, just a bridge to cool off inflammation while we treat the root cause of the disease.
9 Steps to Overcoming Autoimmune Disease
- Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them.
- Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try The UltraSimple Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.
- Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.
- Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
- Fix your gut. For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.
- Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.
- Exercise steadily regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage. Stress worsens the immune response.
- Look at your inflammation habits in your food and water. Alkalize and get a regular supply of infused hydrogen water.
The answers may be right in front of you.
Treat the underlying causes of your illness and you will begin to experience vibrant health once more.
(i) Nakazawa, D. (2008). The Autoimmune Epidemic. Simon & Schuster. New York.
(ii) Siegel, C.A., Marden, S.M., Persing, S.M., et al. (2009). Risk of lymphoma associated with combination anti-tumor necrosis factor and immunomodulator therapy for the treatment of Crohn’s disease: a meta-analysis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 7(8): 874-81.
This is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice, legal advice or professional services. If you feel that you have a medical problem, you should seek the advice of your Physician or health care Practitioner.
We talk a lot about the antioxidant capability of molecular hydrogen on this page.
Not only is it unique in selectively targeting the ‘baddie’ free radicals and leaving the ‘goodies’ alone, it also supports our natural antioxidant, glutathione. However.. I remind myself and anyone else interested in living longer that glutathione, our internal super-antioxidant needs one special mineral to be produced by our body. This mineral is selenium. and here’s where you get it.
That’s why I use molecular hydrogen every day. It powers up my glutathione ability, but I also make sure I’m eating selenium-rich foods.
Click each heading for more info…
|#1: Brazil Nuts||1917µg (2739% DV) per 100 grams||536.8µg (767% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Brazil Nuts|
|#2: Liver (Lambs)||116.1µg (166% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||98.7µg (141% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Liver|
|#3: Seafood (Oysters)||154µg (220% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||130.9µg (187% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oysters|
|#4: Fish (Tuna)||108.2µg (155% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||92.0µg (131% DV) per 3 oz (Cooked – 85 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Fish|
|#5: Wheat Germ||79.2µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||91.1µg (130% DV) per cup (115 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Wheat Germ|
|#6: Sunflower Seeds||79.3µg (113% DV) per 100 grams||22.2µg (32% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sunflower Seeds|
|#7: Bacon||65.1µg (93% DV) per 100 grams (Cooked)||5.9µg (8% DV) per rasher (9 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Bacon|
|#8: Chia Seeds||55.2µg (79% DV) per 100 grams||15.5µg (22% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Chia Seeds|
|#9: Oat Bran||45.2µg (65% DV) per 100 grams||42.5µg (61% DV) per cup (94 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oat Bran|
|#10: Sesame Seeds||34.4µg (49% DV) per 100 grams||9.6µg (14% DV) per ounce (28 grams)||Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sesame Seeds|
(With thanks to http://www.healthaliciousness.com/)
There have been many people over many years making the claim that an alkaline diet will cure cancer.
In our 15 years of researching the alkaline diet and water we have had many thousands of people ask us this question. In the early days we were very optimistic. In retrospect we share that optimism with many thousands of other websites on the net, and yes, we did have customers tell us that our alkaline water had healed them.
Click here for our page on this important subject.
Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years, which is probably why even today both rural and urban populations have some of the lowest prevalence rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the world. A recent study on patients with Alzheimers’ found that less than a gram of turmeric daily, taken for three months, resulted in ‘remarkable improvements.’
Alzheimer’s Disease: A Disturbingly Common Modern Rite of Passage
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), sadly, has become a rite of passage in so-called developed countries. AD is considered the most common form of dementia, which is defined as a serious loss of cognitive function in previously unimpaired persons, beyond what is expected from normal aging.
A 2006 study estimated that 26 million people throughout the world suffer from this condition, and that by 2050, the prevalence will quadruple, by which time 1 in 85 persons worldwide will be afflicted with the disease.
Given the global extent of the problem, interest in safe and effective preventive and therapeutic interventions within the conventional medical and alternative professions alike are growing.
Conventional drug-based approaches amount to declaring chemical war upon the problem – a mistake which can result in serious neurological harm, as evidenced by the fact that this drug class carries an alarmingly high risk for seizures, according to World Health Organization post-marketing surveillance statistics.
What the general public is therefore growing most responsive to, is using time-tested, safe, natural and otherwise more effective therapies that rely on foods, spices and familiar culinary ingredients.
Remarkable Recoveries Reported after Administration of Turmeric
Late last year, a remarkable study was published in the journal Ayu entitled “Effects of turmeric on Alzheimer’s disease with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.” Researchers described three patients with Alzheimer’s disease whose behavioural symptoms were “improved remarkably” as a result of consuming 764 milligrams of turmeric (curcumin 100 mg/day) for 12 weeks. According to the study:
“All three patients exhibited irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy. Two patients suffered from urinary incontinence and wonderings. They were each prescribed turmeric powder capsules and started recovering from these symptoms without any adverse reactions in clinical symptoms and laboratory data.”
After only 3 months of treatment, the patients’ symptoms and the burden on their caregivers were significantly decreased.
The report describes the improvements:
“In one case, the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score was up five points, from 12/30 to 17/30. In the other two cases, no significant change was seen in the MMSE; however, they came to recognise their family within 1 year treatment. All cases have been taking turmeric for more than 1 year, and re-exacerbation of BPSD was not seen.”
This study illustrates just how powerful a simple natural intervention using a time-tested culinary herb can be.
Given that turmeric has been used medicinally and as a culinary ingredient for over 5,000 years in Indian culture, even attaining the status of a ‘Golden Goddess,’ we should not be surprised at this result. Indeed, epidemiological studies of Indian populations reveal that they have a remarkably lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease relative to Western nations, and this is true for both rural and more “Westernised” urban areas of India.
Could turmeric be a major reason for this?
Turmeric’s Anti-Alzheimer’s Properties.
The GreenMedInfo.com database now contains a broad range of published studies on the value of turmeric, and its primary polyphenol curcumin (which gives it its golden hue), for Alzheimer’s disease prevention and treatment. While there are 114 studies on Turmeric, 30 of these studies are directly connected to turmeric’s anti-Alzheimer’s disease properties.
Two of these studies are particularly promising, as they reveal that curcumin is capable of enhancing the clearance of the pathological amyloid–beta plaque in Alzheimer’s disease patients, and that in combination with vitamin D3 the neurorestorative process is further enhanced. Additional preclinical research indicates curcumin (and its analogs) has inhibitory and protective effects against Alzheimer’s disease associated β-amyloid proteins.
Other documented Anti-Alzheimer’s mechanisms include:
- Anti-inflammatory: Curcumin has been found to play a protective role against β-amyloid protein associated inflammation.
- Anti-oxidative: Curcumin may reduce damage via antioxidant properties.
- Anti-cytotoxic: Curcumin appears to protect against the cell-damaging effects of β-amyloid proteins.
- Anti-amyloidogenic: Turmeric contains a variety of compounds (curcumin, tetrahydrocurcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin) which may strike to the root pathological cause of Alzheimer’s disease by preventing β-amyloid protein formation.
- Neurorestorative: Curcuminoids appear to rescue long-term potentiation (an indication of functional memory) impaired by amyloid peptide, and may reverse physiological damage by restoring distorted neurites and disrupting existing plaques.
- Metal-chelating properties: Curcumin has a higher binding affinity for iron and copper rather than zinc, which may contribute to its protective effect in Alzheimer’s disease, as iron-mediated damage may play a pathological role.
Ian: here’s the thing: turmeric breaks down to molecular hydrogen, and the benefits of turmeric in this article are identical to what h2 users experience. So the question becomes: Turmeric or H2 water?
Eating kale and other cruciferous vegetables two to three times a week or, even better, four to five times a week, is an easy way to significantly boost your health. Just one cup of kale will flood your body with disease-fighting vitamins K, A, and C, along with respectable amounts of manganese, copper, B vitamins, fiber, calcium, and potassium.
With each serving of kale, you’ll also find more than 45 unique flavonoids, which have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. In terms of green leafy vegetables, you really can’t go wrong… but kale is definitely worthy of its reputation as “king of veggies.”
And here’s a secret: kale’s flavor gets sweeter after it’s been exposed to a frost, making winter the ideal time to eat it (and it is in season starting mid-winter). When the temperatures drop you might not feel like eating a raw kale salad, but what about a bowl of warm kale soup?
The recipe that follows, from the George Mateljan Foundation, will not only warm you up and boost your nutrition, it’ll give you a nice energy boost, too.
Super Energy Kale Soup
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 5 cups chicken or bone broth
- 1 medium carrot, diced into 1/4-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup diced celery
- 2 red potatoes, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 cups kale, rinsed, stems removed and chopped very fine
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 2 tsp dried sage
- salt and pepper to taste
- Chop garlic and onions and let sit for 5 minutes to bring out their health benefits.
- Heat 1 TBS broth in a medium soup pot.
- Sauté onion in broth over medium heat for about 5 minutes stirring frequently.
- Add garlic and continue to sauté for another minute.
- Add broth, carrots, and celery and bring to a boil on high heat.
- Once it comes to a boil reduce heat to a simmer and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 15 more minutes.
- Add kale and rest of ingredients and cook another 5 minutes. If you want to simmer for a longer time for extra flavor and richness, you may need to add a little more broth.
Kale May Fight at Least Five Types of Cancer
Like other cruciferous vegetables, kale is a good source of cancer-fighting sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol. To date, kale has been found to lower the risk of at least five types of cancer, including bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate.
The glucosinolates in kale and other cruciferous vegetables break down into products that help protect DNA from damage. As noted by the George Mateljan Foundation:
“Kale’s special mix of cancer-preventing glucosinolates has been the hottest area of research on this cruciferous vegetable.
Kale is an especially rich source of glucosinolates, and once kale is eaten and digested, these glucosinolates can be converted by the body into cancer preventive compounds. Some of this conversion process can also take place in the food itself, prior to consumption.”
While some research suggests raw kale is best for cancer prevention, other studies suggest lightly cooked is best, in part because it improves kale’s ability to bind with bile acids in your digestive tract.
This makes the bile acids easier for your body to excrete, which not only has a beneficial impact on your cholesterol levels, but also on your risk of cancer (bile acids have been associated with an increased risk of cancer). According to one study inNutrition Research:
“Steam cooking significantly improved the in vitro bile acid binding of collard greens, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, green bell pepper, and cabbage compared with previously observed bile acid binding values for these vegetables raw (uncooked).
Inclusion of steam-cooked collard greens, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, green bell pepper, and cabbage in our daily diet as health-promoting vegetables should be emphasized.
These green/leafy vegetables, when consumed regularly after steam cooking, would lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, advance human nutrition research, and improve public health.”
Eat Kale to Support Natural Detoxification
Foods that support both Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification are key to supporting your body’s daily removal of harmful substances from your body. Phase 1 detoxification is when toxins are broken down into smaller particles, while during your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, the broken down toxins are shuttled out of your system.
If you eat foods that support Phase 1, but not Phase 2, the broken-down toxins may begin to accumulate in your body. But the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in kale help to promote both Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification. The George Mateljan Foundation explained:7
“In addition, the unusually large numbers of sulfur compounds in kale have been shown to help support aspects of Phase II detoxification that require the presence of sulfur.
By supporting both aspects of our cellular detox process (Phase I and Phase II), nutrients in kale can give our body an “edge up” in dealing with toxic exposure, whether from our environment or from our food.”
Kale Earns Its Reputation as a Superfood
Kale is one vegetable that lives up to its nutritional hype. It’s loaded with both lutein and zeaxanthin at over 26 mg combined, per serving, for starters. Of all the carotenoids, only zeaxanthin and lutein are found in your retina, which has the highest concentration of fatty acids of any tissue in your body.
This is because your retina is a highly light- and oxygen-rich environment, and it needs a large supply of free radical scavengers to prevent oxidative damage there.
It is theorized that your body concentrates zeaxanthin and lutein in your retina to perform this duty, and consuming these antioxidants may help to ward off eye problems like age-related macular degeneration.
And as far as calcium is concerned, one cup of kale will give you 90 milligrams in a highly bioavailable form. One calcium bioavailability study found that calcium from kale was 25% better absorbed than calcium from milk. What else do you gain when you eat kale?
- Anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent arthritis, heart disease and autoimmune diseases
- Plant-based omega-3 fats for building cell membranes, protecting against heart disease and stroke, and regulating blood clotting
- An impressive number of beneficial flavonoids, including 32 phenolic compounds and three hydroxycinnamic acids to help support healthy cholesterol levels and scavenge free radicals
Choose Organic Kale When You Can
When choosing kale, look for firm, fresh deeply colored leaves with hardy stems. Avoid leaves that are brown or yellow or that contain holes. Kale with smaller leaves tends to be more tender and milder than larger-leaved kale. Choose organic varieties (or grow your own), as kale is frequently sprayed with pesticides, and particularly toxic pesticides at that. One study by the Environmental Working Group detected 51 pesticides on kale, including several they described as “highly toxic.” For best results, store kale in your refrigerator (unwashed) in a plastic storage bag. Remove as much air as you can. Ideally, eat kale as soon as you can, because the longer it sits the more bitter the flavor becomes.
Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family, whose large flowering head is used as a vegetable. The word broccoli comes from the Italian plural of broccolo, which means “the flowering crest of a cabbage”, and is the diminutive form of brocco, meaning “small nail” or “sprout”. Broccoli is often boiled or steamed but may be eaten raw.
- Is high in Vitamin C: more than 30mg in a single 100G serve!
- Contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium. Diindolylmethane is a potent modulator of the innate immune response system with anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-cancer activity.
- contains the compound glucoraphanin, which can be processed into an anti-cancer compound sulforaphane, (though the anti-cancer benefits of broccoli are greatly reduced if the vegetable is boiled).
- is an excellent source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.
- has the highest levels of carotenoids in the brassica family. It is particularly rich in lutein and also provides a modest amount of beta-carotene.
It’s also a Vitamin Powerhouse.
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Today I was sent a new report on Turmeric says a compound in turmeric promotes stem cell proliferation and differentiation in the brain.
The findings suggest aromatic turmerone could be a future drug candidate for treating neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s the study.
Research shows that turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant properties. Inflammation, if left untreated, can become a chronic health issue. And unlike aspirin or ibuprofen, turmeric’s curcumin reduces inflammation naturally, without damaging the liver or kidneys.
Healthier Talk reports:
“It has been found especially helpful in treating conditions like arthritis, sports injuries, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, tendonitis and various autoimmune diseases. Some research even suggests that curcumin may also help those suffering asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and, yes, even cancer.”
We’ve looked at Turmeric closely mainly because of its reported ability to create molecular hydrogen in the body. In fact the benefits of molecular hydrogen evidenced in all the new scientific studies seem to parallel everything published about Turmeric. Erica, our inhouse naturopath, makes the point that the difficulty of using Turmeric. It seems its absorbability is rather poor.
Erica is our inhouse naturopath here at AlkaWay. She keeps us all healthy and educated. Here’s her ‘take’ on spring detox. Worth a read!
Spring, an ideal time to detox
By: Erica Whisson (B Nat, B Com)
During winter we naturally tend to eat heavier and more warming foods. They are the foods we need to stay healthy, especially those in colder climes. We have evolved to do this. During our evolution (especially the ice age) and other times of food scarcity such strategies increased our chances of survival through a long cold winter.
However, when it gets to spring our need for warming foods decreases. By the end of September many of us are feeling a little sluggish, and not at all like the vibrantly alive active person we want to be come summer.
This makes early spring an ideal time to detox and kick start the body’s metabolism.
Any healthy detox programme looks at making long term lifestyle changes, and not just a couple of weeks of “being good”; however often those couple of weeks of being good are a great motivator to a healthier lifestyle.
In terms of a detox diet, it can be as simple as: If it comes in a packet or a tin, you don’t eat it.
The layout of most supermarkets makes this easy. If it’s around the edges then it is probably OK, if it is in the aisles, it probably isn’t. This means you eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables (seasonal of course), nuts and seeds as you want. One mistake many people make when detoxifying, is to not eat sufficient protein.
Protein is essential for (among other things) the liver to function, for the body to heal, for immune system and brain function. The ideal amount of protein per day is not something that can easily be ascertained and there is no magic amount. For many people about 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight is sufficient. However if you get a lot of exercise – especially strength training – then requirements are higher. If you are carrying extra weight, then basing protein amount on lean muscle mass or ideal weight is often a better indication.
The choice of protein is also something that gives rise to contention. For every positive of a protein source there are negatives, so it is important to find the ideal protein for the individual.
Most non animal sources of protein are deficient in at least one essential amino acid, so protein combining is essential.
Legumes are a great source of protein, but for those with a history of, or predisposition to thyroid issues, they can exacerbate any problems.
Soy is one of the most genetically modified and highly sprayed crops cultivated, so foods like tofu, unless organic, are often not a good choice for a detox protein. You’re trying to lose toxins, not add them!
Red meat is high in saturated fats, and though saturated fats (in moderation) are not as unhealthy as we have been led to believe, red meat, even if organic is usually not the ideal protein when detoxifying. It just makes the digestive system have to work harder.
Seafood would be ideal in terms of amino acid balance and nutrients, as well as being easy on the digestive system, if our waters weren’t so polluted, so only eating smaller fish, the ones at the bottom of the food chain that haven’t accumulated as many toxins is a better choice.
For most people a protein supplement is not required and you should be able to get sufficient protein from the diet. However, if you are exercising and losing muscle, or recovering from exercise more slowly than normal then supplementation can be indicated.
Another group that may benefit from protein supplementation are those who are eating more than they should, or constantly feel hungry. Protein is more filling and leaves you satiated for longer than carbohydrates. So a protein shake between meals is ideal. For these people rice and pea proteins are usually a better option than whey protein. This is because whey protein has been found to increase the hormone Insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF1) which has been found to impede weight loss in people who are not getting sufficient exercise. (Milk – The promoter of chronic Western diseases Bodo C. Melnik *Medical Hypotheses Volume 72, Issue 6, June 2009, Pages 631–639)
As simple as it sounds, one of the most important parts of a detox is to drink sufficient good quality purified water. There is no point in trying to remove toxins from the body if, with every mouthful of water, you are retoxifying.
Adequately purified water that also has an increased amount of molecular hydrogen can certainly aid in a detox regime. Reducing the amount of chlorine, chloramines, fluoride, heavy metals and organic pesticides from water before drinking it is an obvious choice.
Hydrogen Rich Water
Increasing the intake of Molecular Hydrogen is not so straight forward. Hydrogen is, after all, the most abundant molecule in the universe. Molecular Hydrogen, consumed through drinking hydrogen rich water has been found to be an antioxidant, specific for the hydroxyl radical and peroxynitrite – 2 very active, though thankfully short lived free radicals that the body has no other defence against. Excess levels of these free radicals can damage virtually all types of macromolecules: carbohydrates, nucleic acids, lipids and amino acids; are implicated in neurological autoimmune diseases and cannot be eliminated by an enzymatic reaction but require antioxidants.
Drinking Hydrogen rich Water can help to minimise the effects of these free radicals.
Molecular Hydrogen also increases the levels of some of the most important antioxidant enzymes the body produces, such as superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase and catalase. These enzymes help keep the levels of free radicals in check and help prevent oxidative stress and the health conditions associated with it, such as heart disease, organ damage, age related memory decline, cancers and chronic fatigue. In addition these enzymes are an integral part of the body’s natural detoxification processes. They are essential to modify toxins into a form the body can easily eliminate.
As part of a detox regime increasing molecular hydrogen, and through this increasing the body’s natural antioxidant defences, allows more of the bodies resources to be used for healing, and eliminating toxins.
More on Detox Supplements
As part of a spring detox a supplement to help improve digestive function, support the liver and assist the body in eliminating toxins from the digestive tract through increasing peristaltic action and eliminating parasites can be invaluable in increasing vitality and overcoming that sluggish feeling. Ingredients to look for include the herbs wormwood, black walnut, pumpkin seed, milk thistle, olive leaf, pau d’arco, gentian, barberry, garlic, thyme and cloves. (Such supplements should be used short term only).
Garlic, thyme and cloves are all anti-microbial, thus can be beneficial in eliminating harmful bacteria in the digestive tract. Wormwood, black walnut, pau d’arco are used as anti-parasitic herbs which also increase the action of the large intestine and have a laxative effect. A laxative can be an important part of any detox as sluggish bowel motions gives more time for faeces to ferment in the bowel which increases the toxic load on the body. Some fermentation is essential for good bacteria, but too much can be detrimental.
St Mary’s thistle, pumpkin seed, garlic and barberry may help to improve liver function and improve the levels of liver enzymes thus improving the ability of the liver to eliminate functions. St Mary Thistle, also known as Milk Thistle, is a well researched herb for improving overall liver health, and potentially helping restore liver cell function after damage.
Gentian is used to stimulate digestion, specifically the release of gastric acid and digestive enzymes. This increase in function can help to increase nutrient absorption, and overall action of the digestive tract.
So… to kick start your vitality a spring detox is strongly recommended.
For most people eating only fresh foods and drinking only water and herbal teas, and taking a short course of a supplement that can stimulate the body’s natural detoxification systems is sufficient. To optimise efforts, the water should be hydrogen rich and purified, the foods should be seasonal, local and organic, the supplement should support all the systems of elimination. If done properly a detox should not have side effects. If you do have the frequent side effects of headache, nausea and fatigue then you are probably detoxing too quickly and intensely. In this instance slow down everything you are doing, simply starting with drinking the best water is usually the best approach.
Of course, anyone with an existing health condition should consult a health professional before beginning any detox regime.
Answers to a couple of frequently asked detox questions
Is a detox is a waste of time and money if the body does this anyway?
Some people will attest that the body will naturally eliminate toxins and that a liver function test will identify any need to do anything to improve liver function. However, very rarely does the liver suddenly become damaged. Like every health condition, it takes time to develop. Thus it is often beneficial to give the liver some support a few times a year, depending on your lifestyle, to prevent major health conditions.
Should children detox?
In an ideal world, no. Children have not had the years of accumulating toxins and thus detoxing is not required. However, many of us live in a polluted world and our foods have higher levels of toxins than the body can cope with. For children with a less than ideal diet, and living in polluted areas a gentle detox may be indicated. For most children, eliminating all fluids other than water and mild herbal teas such as chamomile, and increasing fruit and vegetables (ideally organic) and ensuring sufficient good quality protein is sufficient. For children with conditions which may be associated with toxicity (such as some skin conditions, allergies, or fatigue) then a more complete approach may be required and a visit to a naturopath is strongly recommended.
What are good herbal teas to assist in a detox?
Good quality chamomile is a gentle and effective detox herb. Loose leaf chamomile, with the petals still attached will generally work better than teabags as the herb in the teabags has been processed a lot more and some of the therapeutic value is diminished. Another good herb is dandelion root (the leaf is a diuretic) which can stimulate the liver. For a combination of herbs try yellow dock, burdock, nettle and maybe a little ginger.
Garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
J Tradit Complement Med. 2012 Jul-Sep; 2(3): 192–201.
Recent Research Progress on Garlic (大蒜 dà suàn) as a Potential Anticarcinogenic Agent Against Major Digestive Cancers
Rajasekaran Raghu, Kuan-Hung Lu, and Lee-Yan Sheen*
Wormwood, as the name suggests has traditionally been used to eliminate parasites such as worms from the digestive tract. It does this by increasing the rate and strength of the contractions of the intestines causing parasites to dislodge from intestinal walls. This also has the effect of increasing removal of wastes from the intestine.
Black walnut is used to eliminate parasites, including worms and also as a laxative. (http://www.ndhealthfacts.org/wiki/Juglans_nigra)
Pumpkin seeds have been found to have antioxidant actions, and also to improve liver enzyme function thus improving the ability of the liver to eliminate toxins. (In Vitro antioxidative activity of pumpkin seed (Cucurbita pepo) protein isolate and its In Vivo effect on alanine transaminase and aspartate transaminase in acetaminophen-induced liver injury in low protein fed rats. C. Z. Nkosi, A. R. Opoku and S. E. Terblanche Phytotherapy Research Volume 20, Issue 9, pages 780–783, September 2006)
(Advances in the Use of Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Janice Post-White, Integr Cancer Ther June 2007 vol. 6 no. 2 104-109)
This scientific study of rats says so. yes, of course, it’s rats, not humans, but as a recovering Osteoporosis sufferer, I looked twice when Isaw this study. Do I wait until there’s a double blind randomised study by a Big Pharma or do I just keep drinking my UltraStream H2 water.
No contest really!
Here’s the details of the study.
Hydrogen water consumption prevents osteopenia in ovariectomized rats.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:
Accumulating evidence indicates an important role of oxidative stress in the progression of osteoporosis. Recently, it was demonstrated that hydrogen gas, as a novel antioxidant, could selectively reduce hydroxyl radicals and peroxynitrite anion to exert potent therapeutic antioxidant activity. The aim of the present work was to investigate the effect of hydrogen water (HW) consumption on ovariectomy-induced osteoporosis.
Ovariectomized rats were fed with HW (1.3 ± 0.2 mg·L⁻¹) for 3 months. Then, blood was collected and femur and vertebrae were removed for evaluation of the effect of HW on bone.
HW consumption in ovariectomized rats had no significant effect on oestrogen production, but prevented the reduction of bone mass including bone mineral content and bone mineral density in femur and vertebrae, and preserved mechanical strength including ultimate load, stiffness, and energy, and bone structure including trabecular bone volume fraction, trabecular number, and trabecular thickness in femur, and preserved mechanical strength including ultimate load and stiffness, and bone structure including trabecular bone volume fraction and trabecular number in vertebrae. In addition, treatment with HW abated oxidative stress and suppressed IL-6 and TNF-α mRNA expressions in femur of ovariectomized rats; treatment with HW increased femur endothelial NOS activity and enhanced circulating NO level in ovariectomized rats.
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:
HW consumption prevents osteopenia in ovariectomized rats possibly through the ablation of oxidative stress induced by oestrogen withdrawal.
© 2012 The Authors. British Journal of Pharmacology © 2012 The British Pharmacological Society.
Malic Acid: The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia connection
One of its most significant benefits lies in its ability to stimulate metabolism and increase energy production. This action is linked to the important role it plays in a process known as the Krebs cycle – named after Sir Hans Krebs, a German-born British biochemist.
Krebs won the Nobel prize for physiology in 1953. He described how a complex series of biochemical reactions takes place within the body’s cells to transform proteins, fat and carbohydrates into water and energy. The process needs a constant supply of vitamins, enzymes and chemical agents such as malic acid, in order to keep it functioning properly 24 hours a day.
The Krebs cycle is vital to life. Without it our energy production would literally grind to a halt. It is essential that you have adequate supplies of malic acid in order to promote the efficient functioning of this cycle.
Malic acid plays a vital role in improving overall muscle performance, reversing muscle fatigue following exercise, reducing tiredness and poor energy levels, as well as improving mental clarity. These actions can make it a beneficial treatment for sufferers of fibromyalgia and CFS (both these conditions involve muscle pain, joint tenderness and low energy levels).
According to Dr Jay Goldstein, Director of the CFS Institute in the US, ‘Malic acid is safe, inexpensive and it should be considered a valid therapeutic approach for patients with CFS’.
So alkaline dieters, what do you do with that? I guess what we can say is that malic acis should be incl;uded in our 20% of our 80/20 alkaline/acid food intake!
A six-month study was conducted by scientists working at the Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Centre in the US, to examine the efficacy of 1,200mg of malic acid plus 300mg of magnesium a day on 24 fibromyalgia sufferers. Half of the patients were given the active treatment, while the other half only received placebo.
At the end of the study, all of the patients treated with malic acid and magnesium experienced significant improvements in their symptoms – including less pain, reduced muscle stiffness and a more positive mental outlook – without any side effects.
Dr Russell, who led the team of scientists, concluded: ‘The data suggest that malic acid and magnesium are safe and may be beneficial in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia. Future studies should use malic acid at this dose and continue the therapy for at least two months’.
A wide range of benefits
Heavy Metal Chelator
In addition to increasing energy levels, malic acid is also an effective metal chelator. It can bind to potentially toxic metals that may have accumulated in the body, such as aluminium or lead, and hence deactivate them, so our risk of toxicity is considerably reduced. Heavy metal overload has been linked to serious problems like liver disease and brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. (Remember, we use KDF, the world’s best heavy metal reduction filter media in the UltraStream.
Malic acid also supports oral hygiene, by stimulating salivation, thus reducing harmful bacteria in your mouth, teeth and gums. It’s an antiseptic, which also helps minimise germs in the mouth, considerably reducing infection risk. That’s why malic acid is commonly used as an ingredient in mouthwashes and toothpastes.
Malic acid also supports good, healthy skin. It is an ‘alpha hydroxy acid’ – a form of fruit acids that similar to those used in many tope end expensive cosmetics for their ability to help exfoliate the skin and act as mild chemical face peels.
Malic Acid: What to take for best results
The recommended dosage for malic acid is 600mg capsules taken one to three times a day before food. There are no known contraindications or toxicity linked to malic acid.
Taking magnesium alongside malic acid seems to have a much more pronounced effect on muscle fatigue. The recommended dosage for magnesium citrate is 140mg capsules taken twice a day.
But.. stay tuned! We are currently processing TGA approval for a VERY interesting effervescent tablet with malic acid and magnesium that creates high hydrogen levels in water!
In this short video Ian shares his 15 years’ experience of ORP – the measure used by most sellers to ‘prove’ their water is an antioxidant.
I follow an industry news site on supplements. Today they talked about the blatant lies told by many supplement vendors. Here’s a comment left on the article.
“…sellers of dietary supplements are ruthless when it comes to marketing their products – they will tell the customer what he wants to hear, not the truth, necessarily.
A popular supplement with anti-oxidant qualities is Chaga, which is based on a medicinal fungus. Chaga became a hype, due to health-gurus like David Wolfe. Many supplement sellers are now piggybacking on this hype.
The health claims made for Chaga are in general simply idiotic and based on copy-pasting poorly understood or purely invented numbers and statements from the internet, without ever looking into sources. This includes the anti-oxidant claims, which are in general based on alleged research from TUFTS University (US). However, this university never researched Chaga, according to their own statement, but the anti-oxidant claims based on this alleged research are found everywhere. SOD value: xxxx units!!!! (SOD is destroyed in the stomach, so it’s useless to consume it orally, but this is a side note…) And it’s impossible to fight this misinformation. Because of human nature.
People prefer beautiful lies, every time.”
Here at AlkaWay we are beset with a problem of the opposite kind. We have discovered that Molecular hydrogen is a different sort of antioxidant than any other in that it ‘discriminates’ between beneficial free radicals and nasty ones like the dreaded Hydroxyl ion. The dominant (marketing) paradigm says that all free radicals are bad, but this is far from the truth. Many free radicals are in our bodies to support us as natural ‘janitors’ cleaning up (through oxidation) junk DNA and other detritis. But.. how do we tell people that an inert gas can do this better than any other heavily promoted antioxidant?