Magnesium

Magnesium plays a crucial role in the way the body functions. That info, coupled with the fact that 80 percent of the adult population is deficient in this mineral, helps us to realize that a magnesium supplement is vital to our health.

Magnesium

Magnesium is found in foods such as leafy greens, especially spinach and Swiss chard, avocados, bananas, black beans, almonds, cashews, potatoes, pumpkins seeds, melons, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. However, even on a healthy diet, a magnesium deficiency can occur. Soil depletion prevents vegetables from absorbing enough of the mineral, and antibiotics and other drugs damage the digestive tract so that magnesium can’t be properly processed by the body. In addition, the body naturally loses magnesium every day through normal bodily functions.

A magnesium deficiency can cause serious health problems, including muscle aches and spasms, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, restless legs syndrome, kidney and liver damage, neurological disorders, migraines, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, behavior and mood disorders, irregular heart beat, poor digestion, bacterial and fungal infections, other vitamin deficiencies, impotence, anxiety and sleep disorders. Since this mineral is vital for over 300 functions in the body, supplying magnesium is extremely important in maintaining health.

Magnesium

Magnesium soothes digestive issues caused by an underactive pancreas, reduces tension in and around the trigeminal nerves, preventing migraines, and reduces inflammation and calms the nerves, which prevents them from swelling and going into spasm. It also supports the muscles near damaged nerves. This mineral calms the central nervous system, and helps with the ability to think, learn, remember, read, and speak.

Magnesium balances thyroid hormone production so that the thyroid is neither under nor over producing hormones. It creates energy in the body by activating ATP, calms a racing mind, relaxes muscles and maintains an even heart rate so the body can sleep. Magnesium is important for proper bone formation, regulating calcium and potassium. And it is vital in the production of happy hormones, such as serotonin and eases anxiety.

I take one capsule daily, to maintain an adequate level of magnesium in my body and support my health. I also eat magnesium rich foods. This mineral is so important that I want to make sure my body has all it needs to function at an optimal level of health and wellbeing!

Magnesium

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Feverfew

Feverfew is one of the medicinal herbs that I’ve been aware of for many years. Used for centuries as a proven and powerful remedy for migraines and headaches, this herb has many other health benefits as well.

Feverfew

The feverfew plant is short and bushy, with feathery leaves and white and yellow daisy-like flowers. Native to the Balkan Mountains of Eastern Europe, feverfew now grows throughout Europe and the Americas. The leaves and flowers are used medicinally, although both can be added to salads as well.

Feverfew has been called the “medieval aspirin” because of its pain relieving properties. The biochemical parthenolide is responsible for this herb’s pain easing effects. Taking feverfew daily lessens the pain of migraines and helps to prevent the reoccurrence of these debilitating headaches, by preventing the widening of blood vessels that precipitates an attack. Feverfew also relieves the symptoms that accompany migraines, including light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting.

Feverfew reduces inflammation in the nervous system as well as in the joints, making it beneficial to those suffering from arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This herb is a potent anti-inflammatory for the skin, easing redness, swelling and itchy rashes. Feverfew heals damaged skin cells, improving the appearance of the skin.

Feverfew

Research has demonstrated that feverfew has anticancer properties that inhibit the growth of cancer cells. And the herb has anti-thrombotic abilities, meaning it can help to prevent blood clots from forming and growing. This in turn improves blood circulation while reducing the risks of heart attack and stroke.

It is also helpful for these conditions: allergies, asthma, tinnitus, dizziness, infertility, stomachaches, fevers, muscle and joint stiffness, menstrual problems and psoriasis.

Feverfew may be purchased as capsules, tinctures, liquid extracts and creams, or as dried leaves and flowers, to make tea. I currently take feverfew in capsule form, although I intend to add this plant to my herb garden. Feverfew is an easy perennial to grow, in a sunny location. It can be invasive, making it a good plant to grow in a container so that it doesn’t overtake the rest of the garden. The flowers bloom from July to October.

I’m excited to include feverfew in the garden, planting it in one of my many containers, and using the leaves and flowers to make teas and tinctures.

Feverfew

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5-MTHF

This supplement, with the strange name, plays a crucial role in good health. One in three Americans have a genetic mutation that prevents them from properly utilizing folic acid, also known as vitamin B9. Folic acid is important to our health, due in part to its role in a biochemical process called methylation. The important thing to know here is that methylation, which should occur billions of times a day in the body, is essential for our health.

Folic acid is the synthetic form, used to fortify foods, and it is available in supplement form. 5-MTHF, also called methyltetrahydrofolate, or more simply, methylfolate, is the metabolically active form of folic acid. It is found in certain whole, unfortified foods, like raw leafy greens. This form of folic acid has to be separated from its protein carriers, in the body, in order to be absorbed.

Once absorbed, folic acid has to undergo several biochemical conversations to become 5-MTHF. Half of all Americans have genetically insufficient enzymes to create 5-MTHF. Which is a long explanation for why taking a 5-MTHF supplement is so critical. Millions of people can experience improved health and a longer life taking 5-MTHF, and since most of us don’t know whether we have the mutant or impaired genes or not, it becomes important that we all take this supplement daily.

5-MTHF

5-MTHF helps with DNA synthesis and repair. Having adequate levels of 5-MTHF reduces the risks for tumors and certain types of cancers, including childhood leukemia, breast, colon, cervical and lung cancers, helps to prevent depression, and eases arthritis symptoms.

This supplement reduces homocysteine levels. High levels of this amino acid damage arteries, which contributes to heart disease, and can also cause stroke, deep vein thrombosis, peripheral vascular disease, depression, miscarriage, birth defects, hearing loss, osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and diabetes complications.

According to Anthony William, in his books Medical Medium and Thyroid Healing, 5-MTHF helps strengthen the endocrine system and the central nervous system. It is extremely helpful for supporting reproductive health that has been compromised by the Epstein Barr virus. This supplement is an ally in healing from EBV caused issues such as infertility, endometriosis and PCOS.

I began taking this supplement to help heal and support my central nervous system, after 20+ years of inflamed sciatic nerves due to the shingles virus. After learning about how important 5-MTHF is to overall good health and longevity, I’ve continued to take it daily, long after my sciatic nerves healed.

I purchase and take the capsules, which are very inexpensive, while also eating foods that contain this form of folic acid. That list of foods includes raw leafy greens, beets, legumes, onions, tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, citrus fruits, berries, seeds, rosemary and curcumin. It’s a simple, daily practice that is reaping huge health benefits in my life.

5-MTHF

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Selenium

I first read about this mineral in Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic & Mystery Illness & How to Finally Heal. My body, and your body, needs trace amounts of selenium to function well. And yet, I was totally unaware of it and the health benefits it offers.

Selenium

Plants take in selenium from the soil. Depending on geographic location and the quality of the soil, people can get the selenium that they need from consuming foods such as Brazil nuts, kiwis, avocados, greens, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, eggplant and onions. Those who live in regions with insufficient selenium in the soil, or who aren’t eating selenium rich foods, can add this mineral through supplementation.

Selenium works in conjunction with vitamin E to prevent oxidative damage to the body. This powerful mineral is required for the body to create glutathione, a master antioxidant.

This supplement strengthens and supports thyroid tissue, protecting it from scarring due to the Epstein Barr Virus. It boosts the immune system, supports the central nervous system, and by supporting the thyroid, helps to stimulate the production of thyroid hormones T4 and T3.

By controlling free radicals and reducing inflammation, selenium can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, help to prevent cancer and aid with DNA repair. It also helps with detoxification in the body, easing stress on the liver.

I take one selenium capsule a day, and make sure I include selenium rich foods regularly in my diet. I’ve gone from knowing nothing about this mineral, to having a great appreciation for all that selenium does to keep me in optimal health!

Selenium

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Vitamin D3

Even though I am a firm believer in the importance of supplements, and committed to taking them to support my health, that wasn’t always true for me. In fact, I disliked taking supplements, primarily because there were so many options out there and I never knew what I should be taking. And, most multi-vitamins are created in a such a way that they do the body little good, passing through without even dissolving.

I am grateful for helpful information about supplements in my Medical Medium books. They provide detailed lists about what’s beneficial and why. My desire, in sharing the Sunday Supplement posts, is to help inform others so that they too can decide which herbs and capsules would most benefit them.

Vitamin D3 is one of those supplements I was unsure about, and only recently began taking. Vitamin D is important for bone health. However, taking too much D isn’t helpful because the body discards most of it, deeming it toxic at high levels. Therefore, I’ve always preferred to soak up my D from sunlight and skip the capsules altogether. And then a funny thing happened.

Vitamin D3

When the new Natural Grocers store opened in Joplin, they celebrated their grand opening with give aways. The first time I visited I received, among other goodies, a bottle of Vitamin D3. I stuck it up in the cabinet and didn’t think much about it…until I started the 90 Day Thyroid Cleanse in the Thyroid Healing book.

As I made notes about what foods, herbs and supplements to include during the cleanse, I saw D3 listed as one to add. Anthony William writes, “Supplementing with this vitamin helps stabilize the immune system and prevent it from overreacting to invaders such as EBV (Epstein Barr Virus). Don’t overdo it though…megadoses of vitamin D are not productive.”

Vitamin D3

I retrieved that bottle of D3 and began taking it on Day 1 of the Thyroid Healing Cleanse and have continued to take one capsule a day.

Other benefits of vitamin D3, besides immune support, are: healthy bones and teeth, improved brain health, supports the nervous system, improves lung function and heart health, decreases risk of flu, and regulates insulin levels.

The important thing is not to increase the dosage, thinking more is better. It’s not. D deficiency can result in conditions such as osteoporosis, however, there are other nutrients to be more aware of. Severe deficiencies in B12 and zinc can be much more damaging and gravely affect the quality of life. Read about B12 HERE and Zinc HERE.

For the greatest health benefits, take one capsule of D3 5,000 IU a day…and get out into the fresh air and sunshine for a few minutes every day!

Vitamin D3

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L-Lysine

This necessary supplement is an essential amino acid, meaning the body does not produce it. L-lysine must be obtained through diet or supplementation and it is an essential component of all proteins.

L-Lysine

I began taking L-lysine while on my initial 28 Day Cleanse, according to the Medical Medium book by Anthony William. This amino acid impairs the ability of the shingles virus cells to move and reproduce. Because I was targeting the shingles virus, which had attacked my sciatic nerves, this supplement was crucial to me.

I continue to take it.

L-lysine also lowers the Epstein Barr Virus load. By inhibiting and reducing the EBV viral load, this amino acid acts as an anti-inflammatory to the entire nervous system, especially the vagus and phrenic nerves, which get targeted by the virus’s neurotoxins.

L-lysine helps to support the immune system by developing antibodies. And its antiviral properties also protect against the herpes virus. L-lysine reduces anxiety, plays an integral part in protein biosynthesis and works with the amino acids glycine and proline to build collagen, improving skin, bones, muscles and connective tissue.

For those on a plant based diet, like me, lysine can be found in lima beans and potatoes. I consume a lot of potatoes, however, it’s good to know I can support my body’s healing by taking L-lysine!

L-Lysine

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Barley Grass Juice Powder 2

I first tried this green powder a year ago. I had heard of barley grass as a healthy supplement but I had not yet tried it. At that time, I experienced it by mixing the powder with water and drinking it.

I’ve learned much in the last year. And I am still including barley grass juice powder in my diet, except now it goes into my morning smoothies. This supplement is so crucial that I wanted to feature it in this series of Sunday Supplements.

Barley Grass Juice Powder

It is important to purchase the powder made from the barley grass juice, as the nutrients are condensed and easily absorbed and used by the body. This product is made from tender young barley grass, harvested before the grains are produced.

Barley grass juice powder is rich in vitamins A, B and C, and iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It is also high in absorbable protein and contains 20 necessary amino acids.

Barley Grass Juice Powder

Barley grass juice powder contains micronutrients that feed the nervous system, including brain tissue, neurons and the myelin nerve sheath. This makes the supplement helpful for healing from neurological disorders. It also increases hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which strengthens the adrenal glands. Plus it cleanses the liver, aids in digestion and promotes alkalinity throughout the body.

And this powder draws out heavy metals from the spleen, intestinal tract, pancreas and reproductive system. Barley grass juice powder has specific alkaloids that help prevent the thyroid from atrophying while blocking the Epstein Barr virus from feeding on toxic heavy metals inside the gland.

Barley Grass Juice Powder

I purchase this supplement through Amazon, link provided below, and add it to my detox smoothie or regular fruit smoothie every morning. I can’t taste it at all. Combined with Hawaiian spirulina, which I also include in the detox smoothie, it prepares mercury trapped in the body for complete absorption by the spirulina.

Mercury is a huge health concern. We all have too much of this toxic substance in our bodies. Ancient mercury can even be passed down from parents to their offspring, through many, many generations. It contributes to or directly causes ADHD, brain fog, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, connective tissue disorders, excessive sweating, irritability, trembling hands, twitches and spasms and it triggers and feeds EBV in the thyroid.

I include barley grass juice powder as a daily supplement to increase my health and wellbeing by going after the toxic heavy metals in my body. I add a heaping spoonful or two to the morning smoothies. I am grateful for the incredible healing power found in plants!

Barley Grass Juice Powder

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Burdock Root

The benefits of this root, which can be taken as a supplement, drank as a tea or eaten as a vegetable, are many. Burdock root has a grounding ability that comes from anchoring deeply in the ground. When it comes to rehabilitating the liver, there is nothing better than this root.

Burdock Root

The liver can become filled with viruses such as Epstein Barr, shingles, HHV-6 and cytomegalovirus, and with unproductive bacteria, parasites, fungi or other pathogens. It can also become dense and harden. Burdock root strengthens and revitalizes the liver so that it can fight off pathogens. It also softens a dense stagnant liver.

Phytochemicals in burdock help to reduce the growth of cysts and adhesions in the liver, repair scar tissue and cleanse the lobes. It detoxifies the core of the liver, removing toxicity caused by metals, plastics, herbicides, and fungicides, which allows the liver to breathe.

Burdock Root The burdock plant. It is the root that is most beneficial.

Burdock root has potent antibacterial, antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. It contains almost every known trace mineral plus vitamins A, B, C and K. It is excellent for cleansing the lymphatic system and the blood, and enhancing white blood cells to keep the lymph nodes strong so they can do their work of killing pathogens and cancer cells. Burdock also detoxifies heavy metals.

The root of the burdock can be juiced along with other vegetables, peeled like a carrot and sliced into sticks to eat raw, or chopped and added to soups. The root has a sweet, earthy taste.

Burdock Root

Or the root can be dried and finely chopped and used to make hot tea. Anthony suggests drinking a cup of burdock root tea after a massage, to enhance lymphatic drainage. And to offer burdock root tea to those who might be in need of cleansing from physical or emotional toxins. Burdock root can be taken in capsule form also.

I enjoy burdock root tea. Organic dried root can be purchased by the ounce in health food stores or health conscious grocery stores, or ordered through the links below. I add two teaspoons of the dried root to a cup of boiling water, cover, and let the tea steep for 15 minutes. The soothing tea has a mild, slightly sweet flavor.

This afternoon I paired a cup of hot burdock root tea with a bowl of fresh papaya and strawberries mixed with frozen wild blueberries. What a nourishing tea time. I know my liver thanks me for it!

Burdock Root

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Chaga Mushrooms

This supplement is actually considered a wild food. I include it as a supplement, because I use finely ground chaga mushroom powder to make a healing tea. And, although it is called mushroom, chaga is a fungus that grows on birches, primarily, in cool climates. Read on for the amazing health benefits in this odd looking but intriguing plant.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga is lumpy and bumpy in appearance, its exterior resembling burnt charcoal. However this super food possesses powerful nutrients and antioxidants that boosts the immune system and increases the production of lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils so that the body can fight off invaders such as viruses, toxins and bacteria. Chaga strengthens red blood cells, balances blood platelets and calms cytokine storms that result from the body overreacting to pathogens or toxins.

Chaga Mushrooms

The phytochemicals in chaga fight all types of cancers, regulate blood sugar, and support the adrenals while regulating the rest of the endocrine system. They break down and dissolve biofilm, which is a jelly like substance that is a byproduct of certain viruses and fungi. And chaga destroys unproductive fungus in the intestinal tract.

In addition this wild food helps those suffering from autoimmune disorders and virus related diseases. It is anti-inflammatory, easing joint, neck and back pain, headaches and neurological symptoms. And finally, chaga is beneficial to the liver and thyroid.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga Mushrooms

I order chaga mushroom powder from Amazon (link below), and enjoy it as one of my afternoon teas. In his book Life Changing Foods, Anthony includes a recipe for chaga tea.

For one cup of tea, add 1 teaspoon of chaga powder to a cup. Pour in hot water and stir to dissolve powder, or use a cloth tea bag or mesh basket or ball and steep. Stir in 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey. Top with a splash of plant based milk and a dash of cinnamon.

I prefer using a mesh basket or ball and letting the tea steep for 5 minutes. Anthony says the raw honey helps to deliver the medicinal properties where they are needed in the body. I use local raw honey because it helps to prevent seasonal allergies. And my favorite plant based milk is unsweetened almond coconut.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga tea in the afternoon is wonderfully refreshing. The powder does not have a scent nor does it taste earthy like a mushroom. It doesn’t have much of a flavor of its own. I can primarily taste the honey and cinnamon. For those who don’t enjoy hot tea, the powder can be added to smoothies as well.

I appreciate being introduced to chaga mushrooms. I like knowing that I am sending healing nutrients and powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories into my body with every soothing sip that I take.

Chaga Mushrooms

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Cat’s Claw

Today for Sunday Supplement I’m sharing about one of my top four essentials, Cat’s Claw. I discovered its benefits before switching to a plant based diet. However I now know more that ever that this herb is extremely crucial to my health.

Cat’s Claw, so named for its claw shaped thorns, is a woody vine that grows in the jungles of the Amazon. I have long known that it eases inflammation in the body, and initially began taking it for that reason. However, the healing properties of this plant extend far beyond fighting inflammation.

According to Anthony William, author of Life Changing Foods, Cat’s Claw is one of the most powerful herbs available for reversing chronic illnesses and diseases. It’s antiviral properties make it ideal for eliminating viruses, such as Epstein Barr, shingles and strep, along with bacteria and parasites.

In fact, Cat’s Claw can aid in alleviating almost any symptom, from digestive to neurological. Because of its bioactive pharma-compounds, it can combat many illnesses more effectively than antibiotics, and the body does not build up a resistance to the herb.

Use Cat’s Claw for any of these disorders: all types of cancer, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, ALS, migraines, digestive issues, lymphoma, kidney infections and all viruses.

It also combats inflammation of all types, aches and pains, tinnitus, tingles and numbness, headaches, jaw pain, spasms, brain fog, heart palpitations, dizziness, muscle aches, joint pain and restless legs. It supports and strengthens the body’s immune system.

If you only took two or three supplements a day, I recommend that Cat’s Claw be one of them. It is that good for you, and that crucial to continuing good health.

Cat’s Claw can be taken in tincture or capsule form, or drank as a hot tea. I buy capsules but I’d like to try it as a tea. I don’t know if Missouri’s climate would support this jungle plant, but how fun it would be to grow the vine with yellow flowers in my herb garden.

One thing is certain for me. I do not allow myself to run out of Cat’s Claw!