Thursday, March 31, 2016

Benefits Of 100% Natural Herbal Supplements

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Come listen-in as Asim Shah and I discuss the importance of taking natural supplements and what to look for when reading labels. Plus Part 2 Asim tells us how we can make our own herbal remedies right from home.
Asim is the founder of Fakraaj Herbals and will be giving a way free products, learn how you can get a bottle of  FHherbal supplements.With over 200 years of herbal and traditional remedy knowledge, FH is able to bring you benefits of traditional foods and herbal mixes that have been prescribed to users over the centuries to help with their health problems; problems ranging from and including skin issues to back pains.

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What is a “Synthetic” Vitamin?

For the average person, the health food and vitamin landscape is overwhelming at best and confusing at worst. When you walk into the vitamin department, you expect to find healthy foods and supplements.  But, did you know there’s such a thing as synthetic vitamins as opposed to natural vitamins?
When you think about vitamins, you probably automatically think “healthy” and “natural”.  Unfortunately, that’s just not so.  In fact, some synthetic vitamins, which are made up of isolated nutrients and synthetic ingredients, can actually build up in your fatty tissues and cause toxicity.
Most synthetic vitamins are derived from chemical compounds and other synthetic ingredients, the likes of which certainly aren’t found in nature.  For thousands of years, the human body has become adept at metabolizing and digesting foods found in nature and, because of that, your body prefers natural vitamins and ingredients (such as those found in whole foods) as opposed to the chemical compounds found in many synthetic vitamins and supplements.  And, believe it or not, the human body is smart enough to know the difference between natural vitamins and synthetic vitamins.

Synthetic Vitamin Problems

With some synthetic vitamins, the body is able to flush them out easily because of their water solubility.  In fact, when you take some synthetic vitamins, you may notice that your urine turns a bright yellow color, particularly with Vitamin B12.  Rest assured the body is doing its job: flushing out the excess that it can’t use.  But, while the body is flushing out the excess, the kidneys are also being taxed to remove that excess.   Additionally, some synthetic vitamins are made up of ingredients that have a low bioavailability, and your body is unable to utilize most of the nutrients, which means your money is, quite literally, flushed down the toilet.
In addition to the increased potential for toxicity when taking some synthetic vitamins, there’s also an increase potential for allergic reactions.  Since some synthetic vitamins are largely made up of chemicals, including nicotine and coal tars, some individuals may experience allergic reactions when taking them.
But, what about fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E & vitamin K?  Aren’t they always considered natural vitamins?  The simple answer is “no“.  Fat-soluble vitamins can be chemically altered with synthetic ingredients in a laboratory, resulting in pure synthetic vitamins. And, because they are dissolved in fat instead of water, if you take more of these fat-soluble vitamins than your body can metabolize, they will be stored up within your fat cells.  Over time they can accumulate, resulting in toxicity and creating even more health problems for you!
The alternative to synthetic vitamins is clear: eat as many whole foods as possible and take only the finest natural vitamins, except in certain circumstances.

Identifying The Finest Natural Vitamins

While the solution is simple, you may find yourself asking the question, “what exactly are natural vitamins?”  Unfortunately, that’s where the simplicity ends and the complexity begins.  While the label on a vitamin can reveal some vital information, it doesn’t always tell the whole story.  For example, many vitamins contain the label “natural”.  This can mislead many into thinking that the vitamin is made up entirely or even mostly of natural ingredients.  In fact, within the United States, this is simply untrue.   Vitamins can be labeled as natural by containing as little as 10% of the natural form of the vitamin.  That means the other 90% could contain purely synthetic, isolated nutrients.  Not nearly as natural as you thought, right?
Another label that can be misleading is the label, “organic”.  While many people consider products labeled organic to be vastly superior to those that aren’t organic, this isn’t always the case.  For example, some sources of Omega 3s can’t be certified organic – like fish oils.  And, if a vitamin contains Omega 3s from fish oils, it can’t be certified as entirely organic.  That doesn’t, however, mean the particular vitamin isn’t superior to the competition. It just takes a bit more investigative work to determine if they are among the finest natural vitamins and if they are superior to the competition.

Reading The Label

While labels can’t always tell the whole story, the ingredient labels should give you further insight into whether they are the finest natural vitamins or if they are made up of mostly synthetic ingredients.  The finest vitamins will most likely include a mix of natural and synthetic vitamins, chosen based on risk factors and bioavailability.  Look for the parenthesis after the listed ingredient which can help you tell what form the supplement uses.  To identify synthetic vitamins, look for words that begin with “dl” in the vitamin’s ingredients.  When an ingredient contains these letters, it is an indication that the vitamin is synthetic.  For example, “dl-alpha tocopherol” is one synthetic form of vitamin E.
By taking the best forms of vitamins – whether natural or synthetic, you allow the ingredients to work synergistically within your body, and allow the vitamins the best possible chance for producing the desired results in your life.  To learn more about which vitamins are best in their natural form, and which in their synthetic, read more in our ongoing series of Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins.
NOTE: As with an dietary supplements, seek the advice of a health care professional should you have any conditions that would contraindicate the use of any alternative medicine or therapies.


Among the many reasons are:

1. Soil depletion has reduced the nutrient content of our food supply.  In most areas of the world, the land has been over-farmed and over-grazed.  In most of the world, manures and other mineral-rich products are not put back enough on the land.  This has depleted the soil quality.  In many other areas, the soil is just of low quality and is difficult to improve.  This produces food that is low in many minerals, in particular, but also low in vitamins, and hundreds of other nutrients found in food.

2. Hybrid crops provide lower-nutrient food. These are used everywhere today, even on organic farms.  They yield more food per acre, but the crops all have a much lower nutrient content than those grown 100 years ago.  This is well-documented in US Department of Agriculture statistics and elsewhere.
            For example, at least ten times as much rice or wheat are grown on the same land as was grown there 100 years ago.  But the land is not stocked with ten times the minerals, vitamins and other nutrients.  As a result, in part, today's wheat contains about 6% protein whereas 100 years ago it contained 12-14%.  Trace mineral levels are similarly much lower due to high-yield farming methods.

3. Modern fertilizers do not supply enough trace elements. One hundred years ago, manures were used extensively for fertilizer.  Today, superphosphate fertilizers have largely replaced manures.  These contain mainly nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus and are deficient in the trace elements.  This is sad, but true.  Our crops are more like a person on steroids – stimulated, but not as strong and safe.
            Superphosphates often act more as growth stimulants.  This has contributed greatly to depletion of the soil and crop minerals.  This includes organically grown food, although it is much better.

4. Modern use of chemical pesticides and herbicides all over the world make food somewhat toxic, and damage soil microorganisms.  Both of these also reduce the nutrition of the crops.  Soil microorganisms are needed to make minerals and other nutrients available to plants.  When these are damaged by Roundup, and hundreds of other toxic pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals put on crops, the soil micro-organisms do not function as well, and the nutrient content of the food becomes lower.
Also, our bodies require extra nutrients to process pesticide residues that remain inside the foods, so the pesticides that we must eat daily also reduce our nutritional status each and every day.  Many pesticides are deadly chemicals that severely tax the human system.  Some contain lead, arsenic and other toxic metals that slowly accumulate in the body.
Our laws currently allow sewage and even factory sludge to be sold as fertilizer that contains significant quantities of toxic metals.   These add greatly to our toxic metal burden and requires that we take in nutrients to help remove them from the body.

5. Long-distance transportation of many foods diminishes their nutritional content.  As soon as a food is harvested, the levels of certain nutrients begin to diminish.  Today, many foods are grown thousands of miles from population centers.  The food may spend a week on a truck or a train before it reaches you.
In addition, some foods, especially fruits, must be sprayed, irradiated, or processed in other ways in order to survive the journey across the world.  For example, many people do not realize that much of our food comes from South America, Asia and China.  These are miles away and transportation is slow.  The food can grow moldy and you wouldn’t even know it.

6. Food processing often drastically reduces the nutrient content of common foods such as wheat flour, rice, dairy products and others.  For example, the refining of wheat to make white flour removes 80% of its magnesium, 70-80% of its zinc, 87% of its chromium, 88% of its manganese and 50% of its cobalt.
Similarly, refining sugar cane to make white sugar removes 99% of its magnesium and 93% of its chromium.  Polishing (refining) rice removes 75% of its zinc and chromium.  This is just the beginning of most food processing, however.
This is why fresh frozen vegetables, and freshly canned sardines are not that bad.  At least they are preserved quickly after harvesting or catching the fish, and the preservation method is not that terrible.  The best food, however, is freshly harvested or freshly killed and eaten quickly.
Pasteurization and homogenization of dairy products drastically reduces the bioavailability of calcium, phosphorus and some proteins in milk and other dairy products.  This is one of the worst insults to our food today.

7. Food additives often further deplete nutrients.  Thousands of artificial flavors, colors, dough conditioners, sweeteners, artificial sweeteners, stabilizers, flavor enhancers like MSG, emulsifiers, hardeners, softeners, chemical preservatives and other chemicals are added to most people’s food today.  While a few are harmless and may even increase the quality of the food by preserving it, many are toxic and many diminish the nutritional content of the food.
Among the worst are preservatives like BHA and BHT, artificial sweeteners like Aspartame, and perhaps EDTA, a chelating agent, that is added to some frozen vegetables to preserve the color of the vegetables.  The way it works is by removing vital minerals from the surface of the vegetable because when minerals oxidize, the color of the vegetable turns dark and ugly.  This is like tarnishing of silver.

8. Weak digestion and poor eating habits impair the absorption of nutrients.  Almost everyone’s digestion is very weak today.  This is due to eating poor quality food, hybridized varieties of foods like wheat, and having to digest and handle so many refined foods and chemicals in the foods.  It is also due to low vitality, low digestive enzyme secretion, and imbalanced intestinal flora and intestinal infections like yeast that are extremely common.  This is quite a deadly combination.
As a result, most people do not absorb nutrients well at all.  This further impairs nutrient levels in the body, and increases nutritional needs.  This is why in nutritional balancing programs, everyone is given a digestive aid containing digestive enzymes such as pancreatin and ox bile.

9. Stressful and hurried lifestyles impair digestion and use up more nutrients.  These may include calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, manganese and many others.  Zinc begins to be eliminated from the body within minutes of a stress.  This is why many people have white spots on their fingernails, for example.  Stress adds to all the other causes of impaired nutrition above to make things much worse for most people today around the world.
Most people do not realize that stress always causes excessive sympathetic nervous system activity.  This not only uses up nutrients, as explained in the paragraph above.  It also reduces digestive strength and ability.  This, in turn, reduces nutrient absorption and utilization even further.

10. Chronic and acute infections and other illnesses most people have also depletes nutrients and increases nutritional needs.

11. Almost all babies are born deficient today.  In other words, most people need extra nutrition from the day they are born just to make up for deficiencies present at birth.  These are called congenital mineral and other deficiencies, which means present at birth.
It is critical to understand that nutrient deficiencies are passed from mother to child through the placenta.  Those who raise livestock all know this, but somehow medical doctors, nurses and dietitians do not.

12. The increased use of vaccines and medical drugs can drastically deplete a person’s nutrition.  This is especially true of any drug that impairs digestion or absorption of food such as antibiotics, anti-acids, acid-blockers, aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve, Excedrin and hundreds of  other prescription and over-the-counter remedies.

13. Toxic chemicals and toxic metals in the air, water and elsewhere also deplete nutrients and increase the need for nutrition to combat them.  This is an enormous problem today.  Toxic chemicals are everywhere, in buildings, schools, homes, work places, urban air, and in almost all water supplies, even the purest ones.

14. Some medical procedures also drastically deplete nutrients.  These include surgeries of all types, and even some tests such as x-rays.  Surgeries cause stress and add more drugs to the system.  X-rays deplete B-complex vitamins and perhaps other nutrients such as zinc.  This is known in medical circles, but nothing is done about it.

15. Special life situations require extra nutrition.  Medical science knows that many life situations require greater amounts of  nutrition, including:

·           All babies, children, the elderly and all athletes.
·           Anyone born with a birth defect may need additional nutrients.
·           Anyone who is ill, particularly those with a chronic illness.
·           Pregnant and lactating women.
·           Anyone who uses alcohol, refined sugar or recreational drugs such as marijuana.
·           Anyone following a vegetarian or other restricted diet for any reason such as weight loss or anything else.
·           Anyone under extra stress due to financial issues, a difficult job or marriage, or for any other reason.

Add up the numbers in these groups and you have most of the population!  Yet few health professionals are taught that all of these situations require extra nutrients beyond that which is available from only the highest quality food, eaten in a healthful manner.

                   16. Supplements can be used by everyone to protect against disease, eliminate deficiency                            prevent future illness, and balance the body chemistry.


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