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Mushrooms: These 3 Fungi Actually BOOST Your Immune System

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These 3 Fungi Actually BOOST Your Immune System By: Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS Mushrooms have been used medicinally in Eastern medicine for eons. Now Western medicine is beginning to catch up, as the healing properties of mushrooms are being demonstrated scientifically. The three specific types with the greatest health benefits are Shitake, Reishi and Maitake. All three have powerful effects on the immune system and all three act as medicine. When you think about it for a minute, it makes an awful lot of sense that mushrooms have medicinal properties. Why? Because mushrooms are fungus. They scavenge on organic matter. [...]

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Asparagus: The Ultimate Detoxifying Vegetable

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When you spot asparagus in your local market, you know spring has sprung.  In fact, this nutritious vegetable gets its name from the Greek word for “shoot” or “sprout” – the appearance of its long green stalks pushing through soil were a sure sign that warmer weather was on its way. What’s another seasonal tradition?  Spring cleaning. And asparagus can help you do just that. Time for Spring Cleaning… Asparagus is the ultimate cleansing food.  It’s been used for millennia in folk medicine to help flush toxins and waste from the body.  In ancient Greece and Rome, physicians relied on [...]

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Brussels Sprouts: A Superfood with Cancer-Fighting Potential

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For decades, the world of nutrition has been divided on many things. But there’s one principle of eating that health professionals of all stripes and colors have always been united on: Vegetables are good. Okay, no argument there. But while all vegetables are good, some vegetables are even more good. And for my money, the undisputed king of vegetable royalty—the top of the food chain in vegetable-land—is the Brassica family of veggies, also known as cruciferous vegetables. The category also includes kale, collard greens, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli rabe and bok choy. Brussels sprouts are also a member of [...]

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Beets: Use THIS to Lower Blood Sugar and Strengthen Your Heart

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Root vegetables have gotten a bad name. Sure, some of them (like potatoes for example) will send your blood sugar and insulin through the roof. But others actually have a fairly low net carb count (I’ll explain what the is in a minute) which means they have almost zero effect on blood glucose and insulin levels—which, as you know, is a very good thing if you want to burn fat and stay healthy. Not only that, but many of these buried treasures are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber that can protect you from a wide variety of chronic illnesses. [...]

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Astragalus: Cancer-Fighting Herb Shows Promise

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Could an ancient Chinese secret hold the answer for people debilitated by a very modern disease? That’s the promise of this herb that’s been used for millennia by practitioners of Chinese medicine and other traditional healing systems. In fact, the Chinese view it as the most important of all tonic herbs.  Often combined with other plant-based remedies, this humble root is said to strengthen the immune system, protect against the effects of stress, and treat various health conditions. But recent scientific research suggests another benefit: Taken in supplement form, his herb may be a useful therapy for people with cancer. [...]

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Artichokes: Choke Out Chronic Illness With This Superfood

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Artichokes are kind of like the lobster of the vegetable community—you have to really work to get at the good parts. The part that contains the meat is called the “heart,” even though it’s technically the bottom of the plant. And it takes some digging to get there. Is it worth it? Definitely. Here’s why… A Liver Cleanser… Artichokes are a pure liver-cleansing food. If you’ve ever looked at the ingredients on a supplement specifically designed for liver health or detoxification, you’re likely to have seen artichoke extract listed on the label. Why? Because this plant is a wonderful source [...]

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Avocados: The Perfect Fuel for your Fat-Burning Metabolism

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Avocados are an amazing food. But until recently, you’d never know it. Avocados were almost a casualty of the fat-phobia that swept the nation back in the 80’s. That fat-phobia has not yet died its much-deserved death, but there are promising signs that it’s sputtering out. Which is good news for those of us trying to redeem the reputation of this (and other) glorious high-fat foods that are really, really good for your health. Here’s why avocados deserve to reclaim their place at the top of the pantheon of superfoods… High in Good Fat… Yes, avocados are high in fat. [...]

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Shark Cartilage: A Fish Supplement That Doesn’t Work?

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Deep below the ocean, a razor-toothed creature lurks, waiting for the next unlucky swimmer or surfer…  in other words, dinner. That’s the premise of many a horror film, from the classic Jaws to more recent B-movies like Sharknado.  It certainly doesn’t sound like the basis for a healing remedy, does it? Yet these aquatic beasts – known not just for their killer appetite but also their speed and intelligence – have become the source of a supplement that can supposedly benefit health. At least, that’s the claim of marketers, who swear that this product can prevent and even cure a [...]

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Colloidal Silver: A “Metal” That’s Actually Healthy for You?

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Could the cure for many major diseases be found in a tiny bottle of liquid? That’s the bold claim of proponents who believe that ingesting this precious metal or applying it to your skin can eradicate a laundry list of health problems, from allergies to chronic fatigue syndrome to cancer. In fact, they say that this purportedly potent elixir is more powerful than prescription antibiotics at killing bacteria and treating infections. Is there anything this magical metal can’t do? Well, here’s the unfortunate truth: Not only is this product ineffective, but it also has some potentially horrifying side effects. In [...]

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Glucosamine-Chondroitin: A Powerful One-Two Punch Against Joint Pain

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Would you eat a dog biscuit just because your pup enjoys Milk Bones? It’s a ridiculous question, to be sure. Yet one supplement combination has become a popular treatment for people in part based on its success in treating canine health. See, these two supplements appear to help ease the pain of arthritis in dogs and other animals.  Veterinarians have been recommending them for years. Some studies suggest they may have similar benefits for humans – a fact that’s made this combination one of the top-selling supplements in the United States. But is what’s good for Fido really what’s best [...]

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