Red Clover

Today’s featured supplement is a wild food. In fact, this easily found plant is considered by many to be a weed. Although common, red clover is a beneficial addition to a healthy diet.

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This medicinal plant is actually a powerful wild herb. It provides support to the lymphatic system, cleansing the lymphatic fluid, and it is effective against cancers. Red clover is diuretic and builds the blood, aiding in disorders such as leukemia, multiple myeloma or toxicity due to the liver or pancreas not functioning properly.

Red clover is loaded with nutrients and disease fighting alkaloids. It contains manganese, selenium, iron, magnesium, and vitamins A and B. Plus red clover’s alkaloids work with amino acids to break up and reduce stored up excess fat so it can be flushed out of the body.

Red clover is great for those feeling tired, fatigued or depleted. One cup of red clover tea can refresh and replenish, nutritionally. And finally, this potent herb cleanses the body of toxic heavy metals and pesticides such as DDT. A cup of red clover tea, drank in the evening before bed, allows the cleansing properties to work over night, pulling toxins from the body so that the liver can process them.

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Both the blossoms and the leaves of the plant can be used, and red clover can be taken in capsule form or dried and used as a tea.

Try this delightful blended tea, from Life Changing Foods by Anthony Williams.

2 tablespoons red clover blossoms

1 tablespoon chamomile blossoms

1/4 teaspoon lavender flowers

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. For one serving of tea, boil one cup of water and add 1 teaspoon of the mixture in a mesh tea ball. Steep for 5 minutes at least.

I currently take red clover in capsule form, although I’ll be visiting my local health food store soon, and I will purchase dried red clover blossoms. I’d like to occasionally have red clover tea.

The next time I see red clover growing in a field or yard, I will pause to give thanks for the health benefits this simple plant provides!

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Ashwagandha

Although I had heard of today’s featured supplement, I have only just included it in my daily health regimen. I spent the afternoon researching this herbal supplement and its health benefits.

Ashwagandha belongs to the same family as the tomato. The plant is native to the dry regions of India, northern Africa and the Middle East. The plump shrub has oval leaves and its yellow flowers bear small red fruits, about the size of a raisin.

This powerful herb has been used medicinally since ancient times. It is well known for its restorative properties and it has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system after an illness.

Ashwagandha contains withanolides (a steroidal lactone), alkaloids, amino acids and choline. While the leaves and fruit have therapeutic properties, it is the root that is most commonly used.

The healing benefits of Ashwagandha include:

• protects the immune system

• combats the effects of stress

• improves memory

• lessens anxiety and depression

• helps reduce brain-cell degeneration

• stabilizes blood sugar

• reduces cholesterol

• anti-inflammatory benefits

• maintains sexual health and vitality

I purchased Ashwagandha in capsule form and began taking it today. Because tomorrow I begin a 90 day journey with an intentional focus on ridding my body, completely, of the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and healing my thyroid. In his newest book Thyroid Healing, Anthony William includes Ashwagandha on the supplement list as a powerful healing herb.

He writes, “While this herb does bolster the thyroid, the main reason to bring it into your life is to minimize adrenal surges that can feed EBV. By stabilizing the adrenal glands Ashwagandha helps prevent them from over producing fear-based hormone blends that give fuel to EBV. ”

On my healing journey I have learned that viruses such as shingles, strep and EBV are responsible for my health issues. It became a two fold strategy for healing: 1) eat healthy foods that support my immune system and 2) kill the viruses by eliminating the unhealthy foods, chemicals and toxins that they thrive on. The viruses also feed on the hormones that flood the body as a result of fear, anxiety and stress. It becomes so crucial to not only eat well but to lower stress. With the way most adults live, under continual stress and anxiety, is it any wonder that we grow more and more sick?

I’m excited to take this next step in my healing journey. I am incorporating several new to me supplements that I will be sharing about in upcoming Sunday Supplement posts. And I will share more about the 90 Day Thyroid Rehab soon. Tomorrow is Day 1!

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Ester C: The Better Vitamin C

This week’s featured supplement showcases a better way to get vitamin C. This crucial nutrient can be found in foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, potatoes and dark green leafy veggies. However, most of us do not get enough vitamin C naturally, making this a popular supplement, especially during the winter months when cold and flu season is at its peak.

Traditional vitamin C tablets are acidic, and can be hard on the stomach. Additionally, this vitamin passes through the body rather quickly. Ester C is non acidic, making it a better choice for those with sensitive digestive systems. It is a pH neutral product containing naturally occurring vitamin C metabolites. These metabolites activate the vitamin C molecules, making it easier for the body to transport them from cell to cell, increasing the health benefits.

Ester C stays in the white blood cells for about 24 hours, providing long lasting immune system support.

Vitamin C is essential to our health. Sailors discovered this truth years ago, while on long ocean voyages. The shortage of fresh produce and citrus fruits created conditions such as scurvy, a result of severe vitamin C deficiency.

Ester C provides this vitamin, which is necessary for the manufacturing of collagen. Our bodies need collagen to create healthy blood vessels, connective tissues, muscles, bones and ligaments. Vitamin C promotes brain function, and helps the body absorb iron, which is needed for red blood cell production.

Ester C strengthens the immune system, helping to protect the body from infections. It flushes viral toxins from the liver, lowers high blood pressure, improves blood vessel dilation and protects cardiovascular health.

This powerful vitamin minimizes the risk for stroke and a variety of cancers, improves eye health, reduces blood lead levels, improves mood, controls asthma and aids the body in healing wounds.

Because of its many health benefits, beyond preventing colds and flu bugs, I take an Ester C capsule every day, year around. Look for packaging with “Ester C” written on it, to get the maximum benefits!

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Zinc Sulfate

Like vitamin B12, most of us are deficient in zinc. I have learned this past year that a zinc deficiency is a trigger that allows viruses such as shingles and Epstein-Barr to take advantage of their host bodies, wreaking havoc.

Zinc bolsters the body’s immune system by strengthening the white blood cells so that they can seek out and destroy Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) cells. It suppresses viral growth in the body, reducing inflammation in the thyroid and shrinking nodules, tumors and cysts there. Zinc strengthens the thyroid while stabilizing the adrenals.

Zinc also lowers the body’s inflammatory reactions to the neurotoxins produced by the shingles virus.

Initially, on my healing journey, I focused on eliminating the shingles virus from my body, as it had attacked my sciatic nerves. I took zinc in capsule form, and along with the other supplements and foods that I included in my diet, I succeeded in healing my sciatic nerves and ending the pain that had plagued me for more than 22 years.

I’ve been reading Thyroid Healing, the third book by Anthony William, and my focus now is on eliminating EBV entirely. I am learning so much about the devastating impact on the body that Epstein-Barr has, as it moves through its stages. It affects the thyroid…and so many other systems of the body. I’ll be sharing more as I finish the book and embark on a 90 Day Thyroid Rehab plan to eliminate the virus and strengthen my thyroid and immune system.

Anthony recommends taking zinc sulfate in liquid form. It’s difficult to get enough zinc from foods. Anthony writes that this mineral is being depleted from the soil, due to the presence of high levels of toxic heavy metals. Even the best organic farms are missing zinc from their soil. Supplementing with a high quality liquid zinc sulfate is crucial to supporting the immune system and ridding the body of EBV.

As I complete my current bottle of zinc capsules, I will be switching to the liquid form, taken as drops under the tongue. I know this for sure…I will continue to take zinc until I feel that my body is virus, and symptom, free!

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Licorice Root

This featured herb, for the Sunday Supplement post, is extremely important as a weapon against the viral explosion we are experiencing. Licorice, a member of the legume family, is native primarily to Europe and Asia. The sweet extract of the licorice root is well known for making a candy with a rich, distinctive flavor. However, did you know that this herb has incredible healing benefits?

According to Anthony William, author of Life Changing Foods, the herpetic viruses, which includes Einstein Barr, HHV-6, cytomegalovirus and shingles, are often behind the group of disorders that the medical community has labeled as “mystery illnesses”. We are told that these illnesses, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme Disease, Ménièr’s and Adrenal Fatigue, along with symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, body aches and pains, and nerve pain, and conditions such as Hashimoto’s and rheumatoid arthritis, are all instances of the body attacking itself.

The body does not attack itself…the strains and mutations of the viruses do, which is why we need licorice root. It is a powerful antiviral remedy. Its phytochemicals stop viruses from reproducing and also eliminate them from the body by making it inhospitable to the viruses.

In addition to being a potent antiviral, licorice root helps with low blood pressure, soothes the liver, and rejuvenates overburdened adrenal glands. It also combats infections such as strep throat, and appendix and brain inflammation, and eases the symptoms of sciatica, migraines, depression, digestive disorders, spasms, heart palpitations and pain throughout the body.

Licorice root is a great energy booster. A cup of licorice root tea in the morning can replace a cup of coffee, without adding caffeine.

As a child, I did not care for the taste of licorice, so I avoided the candy or picked through jelly beans to eliminate the strongly flavored ones. So I have been taking licorice root in capsule form, which is tasteless. However, my taste buds have matured, thankfully! No more avoiding this vital herb. I am interested in trying licorice root tea. It can also be taken as an alcohol free tincture.

Try this Cinnamon Licorice Root Tea from the Life Changing Foods book

• 2 tablespoons dried licorice root

• 1 teaspoon orange zest

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves

Mix ingredients in a small bowl. Boil 4 cups of water. For each serving of tea use 1 teaspoon of the blend in 1 cup of hot water. Steep for 5 minutes. Makes 4 cups of tea.

Picture from Life Changing Foods.

I will keep licorice root capsules on hand, so I can add this supplement to my diet daily. But I am looking forward to creating the cinnamon licorice root blend for hot tea as a change of pace. Either way, I appreciate the wonder of licorice root and its amazing healing properties.

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Why Take MSM?

This supplement, abbreviated from the long scientific name of methylsulfonylmethane (whew!), is another that I have been aware of for quite some time. Until I began my healing journey, I was hit and miss about taking supplements consistently…mostly miss! I included MSM, when I remembered to take it, because of its importance to joint health. However, I have discovered that there is so much more to this compound than that.

MSM is an organic, natural compound found in many unprocessed foods such as green vegetables. However, many of its benefits are lost when those foods are cooked. MSM provides biologically active sulfur, which is essential for many different bodily functions.

One of MSM’s most important functions is that it makes the body’s cells more permeable. This allows the cells to receive more water and nutrients, but just as crucial, toxins such as heavy metals and metabolic wastes, are more easily released.

Other crucial health benefits of MSM include:

• restores nerves that have tightened up due to inflammation, making them more flexible and pliable

• improves skin health and elasticity by boosting collagen production

• improves joint and muscle flexibility, and lessens pain and muscle spasms

• strengthens hair and nails

• helps rebuild the linings in the digestive system

• helps the body deal with stress

• anti-inflammatory

MSM truly is a wonder supplement, that works at a cellular level to increase health in vital systems of the body, while fighting inflammation and aging.

I take this supplement as a capsule, however it can also be taken in powder form by mixing it in water. MSM is odorless and tasteless, in either form. My research indicates that the body absorbs MSM even more readily when it is combined with a source of vitamin C. I include an Ester-C capsule, or make sure I am consuming fruits high in vitamin C.

MSM is one of my Fave Four supplements. At home I take a dozen or more vitamins, minerals and herbs daily. When I travel, I make sure I at least pack these four: turmeric, cat’s claw, B12, and MSM. These important supplements accompanied me last year on my travels to Italy, Ireland, Scotland and England. Combined with healthy, plant based meals and lots of walking, these essentials kept me feeling my best.

And that’s what this healing journey is all about, optimal health and feeling wonderful!

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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!

B12

This important vitamin is crucial to our health and well being. Anthony William, author of Medical Medium, writes that virtually everyone is deficient in B12. He also states that without B12, we die. That’s how critical a deficiency can be.

Because B12 comes primarily from animal products, it is very important for those following a plant based lifestyle to get this in supplemental form. Look for a time released or slow release B12 tablet, as methylcobalamin and/or adenosylcobalamin.

A special probiotic film covers the leaves and skins of above ground fruits and vegetables. These elevated biotics are able to survive the digestive process and make it to the ileum, the final section of the small intestine, where vitamin B12 is created in the body.

Be selective about which produce is best consumed without washing it first. Veggies out of your own organic garden, sprouts grown on the countertop, and local organic farmers are all good sources. Produce from the grocery store is not. It typically has a waxy film and the skin has traces of pesticides. Wash it before consuming. It’s fine to lightly rinse dirt off of freshly picked garden produce. That doesn’t destroy the biotic film.

B12 is crucial for maintaining a healthy brain and nervous system. It repairs and strengthens both when they have been damaged by the shingles and Epstein Barr viruses.

Additional benefits include:

• boosts mood and eases depression

• maintains a healthy heart

• improves memory, skin & hair, and digestion

• raises energy levels and helps to ease adrenal fatigue

I had never taken a B12 supplement, until I switched to a plant based diet. I started taking it to help fight the shingles and Epstein Barr viruses. I immediately noticed an increase in energy. For all the reasons listed above, B12 continues to be one of my most important supplements.

Amazon carries a great selection of reasonably priced B12 supplements, as do health minded grocery stores and health food shops. Take one tablet a day. And to benefit from the probiotics thriving on the skin of unwashed fruits snd veggies, consider growing your own. I pop unwashed cherry tomatoes into my mouth while working in the garden. And I don’t wash the herbs that I pick for cooking or hot drinks. Unwashed dandelion leaves, from your own unsprayed yard, can be plucked and chewed on as well, or made into a tea.

The important thing is, get this vitamin into your system, and reap the healthy benefits.

Turmeric for Wellbeing

Welcome to Sunday Supplements. This day of soulful self care is perfect for sharing weekly about the supplements that aid and support healing. From vitamins and minerals to herbs to health boosting drinks and teas, I will be sharing the best supplements to take for different situations.

I chose to begin with what I consider to be the best supplement for overall health and wellbeing…turmeric.

Turmeric is a rhizome perennial herb in the ginger family. It is native to India and southeast Asia. Turmeric is what gives curry its yellow color, and it has been used for thousands of years in India as a spice and for medicinal purposes. Science has caught up to what the people of India have known for a long time…there are incredible healing benefits in turmeric.

This herb contains curcumin, a phytochemical with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric also contains natural steroidal compounds that calm down the body’s inflammatory response to pathogens, such as viruses.

This makes turmeric ideal for fighting inflammation anywhere in the body, from joints to the liver to nerves to the brain. The compounds in this herb increase blood flow to the parts of the body that need it the most, lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, inhibit tumors and cysts and can help prevent any type of cancer.

Turmeric aids in combatting a host of conditions, including skin disorders, anxiety, colds and flu, sinus issues, chronic fatigue syndrome, Epstein Barr Virus, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lymphoma, heart disease, Lyme disease, Parkinson’s, liver disorders, joint pain, headaches, leg cramps, body aches, blurry vision, brain fog, menopause symptoms and many other health problems.

You can see why this herb is considered one of the best supplements to include for the greatest overall benefits. It basically helps every system, every area of the body.

And, it is the supplement that I make sure I don’t run out of. I can feel a difference in my body if I skip a day or two of taking it. Joint pain and stiffness begins to return when I don’t take turmeric.

Turmeric is available in many forms. It can be purchased in its rhizome form, in health food stores or in the produce section of most grocery stores. Use one inch pieces at a time and run it through the juicer to add to other fresh juices such as orange and apple. Combine with fresh ginger and orange juice for powerful anti-inflammatory shots.

I take turmeric daily in capsule form. I have used several different companies. Make sure the capsules also contain black pepper, which helps the body to absorb the turmeric better. The bottle of Gaia Turmeric pictured above has black pepper listed as an ingredient, on the back label. I take two capsules in the morning, with my breakfast smoothie.

My favorite way to include turmeric in my diet is with this tasty Turmeric Tea, also called Turmeric Milk or Golden Milk.

In the bottom of a large mug, mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey and a dash of black pepper. Fill cup with warm unsweetened, non dairy milk. I love unsweetened almond coconut milk. Stir well. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

This drink is so delicious. I crave it. Turmeric Milk is the perfect way to wind down after a busy day and prepare for a good night’s sleep.

Taking turmeric as a daily supplement, drinking my Turmeric Milk, makes me feel like I am taking excellent care of myself. I know I am calming inflammation in my body while combating the Epstein Barr Virus. For me, it is nurturing at the highest level.

I am so worth it.

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Barley Grass Juice Powder

I have known about barley grass and its healing properties for years, however I’ve never used it before. Recently Anthony William, author of Medical Medium and Life Changing Foods, posted an article about barley grass juice powder on his Facebook page. Intrigued, and at a place in my healing journey where I felt ready to try this supplement, I ordered the product.


This morning I added a tablespoon of barley grass juice powder to my freshly pressed celery juice. Alternately, this bright green powder can be added to smoothies, other juices or water. I confess I sniffed the powder before dropping a spoonful into my glass. I couldn’t detect an odor. There was simply a light, fresh scent.

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Moments later I filled the glass with celery juice, fresh from my juicer.

According to Anthony, barley grass is a nutrient rich food that has been used since ancient times, for medicinal purposes and healing. The barley grass juice powder is a convenient way to consume this supplement, as it concentrates the nutrients and is easily digested and assimilated by the body.

Barley grass juice powder is rich in vitamins A, B and C, plus the minerals iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. This supplement is also high in absorbable protein, contains 20 amino acids, and supplies enzymes that help the decomposition of fats in the body to go smoothly, balancing weight.

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The benefits of barley grass juice powder include:

  • Inhibits the growth of disease bacteria
  • Balances body’s PH
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Alkalinizes the body
  • Increases energy
  • Aids digestion
  • Relieves constipation
  • Improves health of skin, hair & nails
  • Removes toxins and heavy metals from the thyroid
  • Assists the circulation of the lymphatic system
  • Aids in healing migraines, arthritis, asthma, fatigue, cancer and diabetes

Barley grass juice powder is made from tender young shoots, harvested before the grass produces any grains.

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I couldn’t taste the barley grass juice powder after mixing it in with my celery juice. I tend to sip my green juice, rather than drinking it quickly. As I neared the bottom of the glass I could tell the powder had settled there. Although I couldn’t taste a difference, I could detect the graininess of the powder. Tomorrow I will stir the mixture longer, or stir frequently as I am drinking.

For I will continue to add a spoonful of barley grass juice powder to my morning celery juice. The bag that I purchased should last at least 30 days. I am curious to see how my body responds to this health boosting supplement.

I am also quite serious about my healing journey. My health is crucial to my well being and to my future quality of life. Adding barley grass juice powder is another step toward being, and feeling, my absolute best.

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