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Reducing Inflammation with Traditional Herbs

Trad_HerbsJacquie Eubanks RN BSNChronic inflammation is now recognized as an underlying contributor to life altering and life threatening chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, periodontal and autoimmune diseases. Unlike short term, rapid onset acute inflammation, which occurs when there is a an injury, infection or illness, chronic low-grade, invisible inflammation can slowly simmer for months or years, draining energy, weakening the immune system and triggering a variety of conditions and diseases. Research now shows that successful aging appears to be related to an optimal functioning of the immune system, which regulates the immune-inflammatory responses.

While there is evidence that our genetic makeup plays a role in our predisposition to acquire health problems, including the development of systemic inflammation, your health may not be genetically fixed. Lifestyle factors have a significant impact on wellness. Those who wish to cool the fires of chronic inflammation and maintain their health well into their senior years should take a hard look at their diet and other lifestyle choices. Lifestyle factors that play a part in cellular inflammation include the usual suspects — the standard American diet, smoking, obesity, chronic stress, poor sleep habits, excess alcohol consumption and a sedentary lifestyle.

Jack Chellum, author of the book The Inflammation Syndrome, proposes that diet is largely to blame for the increase in inflammatory diseases. He suggests that “the typical western diet now contains 30 times more pro-inflammatory nutrients than it did a century ago,” and concludes “people have become more nutritionally and biochemically primed for powerful, out-of-control inflammatory reactions.” Once the body is primed for inflammation, environmental stressors or a smoking habit can trigger an onset before the body has time to cool down on its own. Mr. Chellum suggests that strong inflammation producing components include obesity, lack of regular exercise, over-exercising to the point of injury, and dietary imbalances including an inadequate intake of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which are used by the body to manufacture anti-inflammatory compounds.

While conventional medical treatments to reduce inflammation typically address pain and suppress the immune response with OTC and pharmaceutical medications, they often come with the risk of serious side effects and don’t address the underlying disease processes.   Moderate exercise, losing weight, reducing stress, and eating better can help to squelch the body’s inflammatory response. As dietary changes and nutritional supplements can help to normalize the immune response, some are looking past the medicine cabinet and to the kitchen for natural pain relief, which can be found in anti-inflammatory foods and spices. One reason the Mediterranean eating style has become so popular is that the diet avoids inflammation-producing sugary, packaged and fried foods and includes of lots of anti-inflammatory components, including omega-3’s, colorful antioxidant fruits and veggies and moderate amounts of red wine.

Zest up your meals with these anti-inflammatory and analgesic spices and herbs:

Ginger – In Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, ginger has been used for thousands of years to restore balance or homeostasis, as it is believed that inflammation is the result of an imbalance of bodily functions. Scientific research has shown that gingerol, the active bioactive compound of ginger, has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties that can aid digestion and help reduce nausea, muscle pain and soreness. Studies have shown that ginger can help reduce the pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and may help prevent joint inflammation and damage.  

Turmeric – Utilized as both a flavoring and a traditional medicinal herb, turmeric contains powerful bioactive compounds known as curcuminoids. Curcumin, the main active ingredient found in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and is strongly anti-inflammatory. Studies show that the anti-inflammatory compounds found in turmeric effectively block enzymes that cause pain, swelling and inflammation and positively affect arthritic symptoms by decreasing overall pain and stiffness.

Cinnamon – In addition to being a delicious ingredient of many foods and drinks, cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and antimicrobial properties. Cinnamon helps to prevent inflammation by blocking the formation of compounds that activate the immune response and trigger inflammation. Cinnamon has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and to help prevent blood sugar spikes following a meal.

Garlic – Garlic contains allicin, which has many proven therapeutic benefits. Used as a medicinal since the time of the Pharaohs, garlic is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-cancer and antiviral. A long term study showed garlic’s anti-arthritic properties may help reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. In addition, garlic has been shown to boost the immune system and have positive effects on blood pressure and blood lipids.

Pepper- Peppers, especially chili peppers, contain capsaicinoids, which have extraordinary anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cancer benefits. Research has shown that capsaicin taken orally in whole form or as a supplement or applied topically can relieve arthritis pain, while it’s potent anti-inflammatory effects help fight chronic inflammation.

Rosemary – Rich in active compounds, rosemary is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic in nature. As an analgesic, rosemary may be taken orally to act as a natural pain reliever or applied topically, to reduce muscle and arthritis pain. In addition to its ability to reduce inflammation of the muscles, blood vessels and joints, rosemary helps protect the cardiovascular and immune systems, boosts memory and improves circulation.

Professional Supplement Center offers many safe and effective, high quality anti-inflammatory herbal formulas:

Ginger extract

Ginger Extract by Pure Encapsulations – Each capsule contains 500 mg of ginger extract standardized to contain 5% gingerols. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

 

Cinnamon ForceCinnamon Force™ by New Chapter – This proprietary cinnamon blend contains both cinnamon bark and supercritical cinnamon extract in a whole food, naturally gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

 

C3 Curcumin Complex

C3 Curcumin Complex by Designs for Health – One capsule contains 400 mg of Curcumin C3 Complex® standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.  

 

 

Rosemary

Rosemary by Herb Pharm – This certified organic rosemary oil is hand-harvested and freshly extracted from rosemary leaf tips. Plant based 100% organic formula.

 

 

Super Garlic 6000

Super Garlic 6000® by Metagenics – This super concentrated raw garlic supplement yields 6000 mcg of allicin per tablet. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

 

 

Curcumin 500 with Bioperine®Curcumin 500 with Bioperine® by Pure Encapsulations – Each capsule delivers 500 mg of turmeric, standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids plus Bioperine® black pepper extract standardized to contain 95% piperine. Research shows that black pepper has the potential to enhance bioavailability and promote absorption of curcuminoids. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

References:
The genetics of chronic inflammatory diseases. http://hmg.oxfordjournals.org/content/18/R1/R101.full
15 top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices. http://studiobotanica.com/15-top-anti-inflammatory-herbs-spices/
Cooking Up Relief: Turmeric and Other Anti-Inflammatory Spices. http://www.healthline.com/health/osteoarthritis/turmeric-and-anti-inflammatory-
Chronic Inflammation: Reduce It to Protect Your Health. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/articles/2009/11/02/chronic-inflammation-reduce-it-to-protect-your-health
The Enemy Inside You. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/chronic-inflammation
Chronic Inflammation: The Silent Enemy Burning Within. http://womensinternational.com/connections/inflammation.html
Inflammation and genetics: an insight in the centenarian model. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21846209
A Genetic Script for Disease? https://www.gluegrant.org/script.htm

Let Plant Foods Be Thy Medicine

Plants_MedicineJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

For thousands of years, before the invention of pharmaceuticals, plants and plant foods were utilized to prevent and treat many common illnesses and symptoms. Civilization, as a whole, appears to have forgotten that these foods are a source of phytonutrients, many of which have therapeutic healing and medicinal properties that can enhance health and support wellbeing. While we eat for pleasure and sustenance, we should also consider that eating the right foods may improve both our genetic and metabolic bodily functions. When you begin to look at individual foods as being either helpful or harmful to your long term and overall health, you may be surprised to see how quickly you lose your taste for high calorie, high sugar, non-nutritious foods.

Because plants and humans evolved together over millions of years, our bodies recognize the substances found in plants and are able to metabolize and utilize the nutrients. And while plants evolved to have natural properties to protect them from drought, pests, blight and oxidation, these properties often perform similar functions in the human body. Since we have consumed plants in natural, fermented or juiced forms since the beginning of time, their nutrients are part of our own composition and chemistry. Archeological discoveries of ancient human burials dating back 60,000 years have found medical kits containing herbal remedies, some of which are still in use today. Plant medicines are derived from flowers, berries, seeds, leaves, stems, stalks and roots. Today, we know that specific plants contain anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-viral, anti-tussive and anti-hypertensive properties to name just a few. In addition, many have cardio-protective, sedative and analgesic effects.

Plants and their derivatives are the original source materials for approximately 40% of the pharmaceuticals in use in the U.S. today. These pharmaceuticals contain either plant derived materials or chemically copied or synthesized materials derived from plant agents. For example, quinine, which is used to treat malaria, originated from the bark of the cinchona tree. Silymarin, found in milk thistle, is used to treat liver problems, and leaves and flowers of the herb senna are used as a laxative to treat constipation. A plant compound called Taxol, found in the bark of the Pacific Yew and now chemically synthesized, is a very effective and widely utilized drug in breast and ovarian cancer treatment. References to the poisonous properties of the Pacific Yew are found in ancient Roman literature and in the writings of Shakespeare.

While pharmaceuticals certainly have value, let’s remember the well documented, non-toxic and inexpensive healing properties of whole foods. To get the benefit of healing plant foods, choose minimally processed foods known to contribute to good health. Everything you eat sends a message to your genes. By choosing to eat the healthiest of foods, you can choose health over disease. It’s important to eat a variety of colorful foods, as plants use colors as their protective mechanisms and those mechanisms help our bodies to function better. To get your plant-based medicine every day, try to get as many of the thousands of beneficial plant chemicals as possible by eating a diverse painter’s palette of colors.

Herbs, spices, hot peppers and alliums, otherwise known as onions, garlic, chives, scallions, shallots and leeks – Used for both culinary and medicinal properties these foods may be helpful in many medical conditions including nausea, infections, high blood pressure, and inflammatory conditions.

Fruits and vegetables – Abundant in antioxidants and phytochemicals, high vegetable and fruit consumption helps to reduce the risk of developing many chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, macular degeneration and obesity. Fruits and veggies have a low glycemic load and are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Plus they’re low calorie when consumed in their natural form without added sugars or sauces.

Medicinal Mushrooms – Long used in traditional Chinese medicine for their therapeutic properties, mushrooms such as Turkey Tail, Reishi and Cordyceps offer many important health benefits including antioxidant and immune support and cholesterol-lowering properties. In addition, medicinal mushrooms have anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, anti-viral and anti-microbial effects as well.

Unprocessed whole grains, nuts and seeds – A higher consumption of unrefined whole grains is associated with a reduced risk of early aging and diseases, including cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and cancer. Whole grains provide a high level of minerals, energy supporting B vitamins, plus fiber and essential fats. Nuts are high in antioxidants and healthy fats and are linked to lower risks of cardiovascular disease and help regulate insulin and blood sugar. Seeds are actually embryonic plants that have high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes. Seeds are living foods that should be eaten in raw form to get the most nutritional benefits.

Formulas to aid you in getting an array of plant foods every day include:

Power Greens Premium BerryPower Greens® Premium Berry by NuMedica – It’s easy to get your daily dose of energizing phytonutrients with this great tasting all inclusive blend of plant extracts and certified organic whole foods. This great tasting premium formula provides a full complement of vitamins and minerals, along with high quality fruits, vegetables, high ORAC value antioxidants, fiber, digestive enzymes and adaptogenic herbs. Gluten, dairy and soy free, vegetarian formula.

 

Mycoceutics MycoPhyto Complex®Mycoceutics MycoPhyto Complex® by EcoNugenics – Physician formulated and cultivated on immune-enhancing herbs, this medicinal mushroom formula provides powerful immune support with a proprietary blend of 6 medicinal mushrooms plus beta-glucans, natural immune promoting phytochemicals. Gluten and allergen free, vegan formula.

 

Power Fruits and Veggies for KidsPower Fruits and Veggies for Kids by NuMedica – Perfect for children who refuse to eat their veggies, this tasty and nutritious formula provides natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Gluten, soy and dairy free, vegetarian formula.

 

Super Garlic 6000Super Garlic 6000 by Metagenics® – This popular product delivers high concentrations of potency-preserved allicin and other naturally occurring, health supporting constituents found in garlic. Special enteric coating is designed to dissolve in the intestine, avoiding stomach upset and preventing garlic breath. Guaranteed to supply 6000 mcg of allicin per tablet in support of cardiovascular and immune system health. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

References:
Plant Based Drugs and Medicines. http://www.rain-tree.com/plantdrugs.htm
Cinchona Bark. https://www.lib.umn.edu/bell/tradeproducts/cinchonabark
A Brief History of Taxol. http://www.research.vt.edu/resmag/1999resmag/taxol.html
What Do Specific Foods Do? http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/food-medicine/what-do-specific-foods-do
Healing Foods Pyramid™ 2010. http://www.med.umich.edu/umim/food-pyramid/
The Healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms. http://fantasticfungi.com/healing-power-medicinal-mushrooms/

The Health Benefits of Herbs and Spices

spices and herbsBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

It’s not surprising that spices and herbs enrich the taste of your food but did you know that they may also hold the power to improve the general quality of your diet and optimize your overall health?  Botanically classified as fruits and vegetables, spices and herbs allow you to enhance the flavor of your food while limiting the use of salt, sugar or fat.  Many contain micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals.  Some are rich in carotenoids, flavonoids and polyphenols, known for their cell protecting antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

An herb, which may be used in either fresh or dried form, can  be defined as any leafy plant with seeds or flowers that is used as food, medicine or perfume.  Spices, which are generally found in dried form, are categorized as any part of a plant other than the leaves such as bark, stems, roots, berries, seeds or buds that are primarily used for seasoning, coloring, and preserving food but have medicinal and cosmetic uses as well. 

Many herbs and spices contain powerful antioxidants, which fight free radical cell damage and strengthen your ability to fight infection and disease.  Certain herbs and spices are thought to play a role in fighting inflammation, which can contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and type 2 diabetes.  Others help to boost the immune system, help to regulate blood sugar, or aid in controlling cholesterol levels.

The following herbs are believed to have significant health promoting benefits:

Turmeric Related to ginger and rich in essential vitamins and minerals, this powerhouse spice has been used for centuries as both a medicine and a food.  Mounting evidence supports a wide range of benefits including disease fighting potential in the prevention of conditions such as anemia, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and various malignant diseases.  Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to exhibit antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antimutagenic properties, which may help protect and improve the health of all body organs. 

Cinnamon – High in antioxidants, cinnamon is both antifungal and antibacterial and contains iron, calcium, manganese and fiber.  Current studies suggest that cinnamon may help to lower the negative effects of high fat meals and may help improve glucose and lipid levels in type 2 diabetics.  Researchers at Tel Aviv University concluded that an extract found in cinnamon bark contains properties that may inhibit cognitive decline and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Ginger –  This powerfully efficient antioxidant can relieve stomach upset and nausea especially when caused by morning or motion sickness and has also been shown to relieve severe nausea associated with chemotherapy.  Ginger helps to regulate blood flow and its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties may help ease arthritic symptoms.  Ginger contains essential nutrients, B-vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. 

Holy Basil (Tulsi) –  A relative of sweet basil, studies show that Holy Basil may be an effective stress reducer and may help reduce the negative effects of stress on the body. The leaves contain high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K and lutein and zeaxanthin, known to  support eye health.  Holy Basil’s mineral content includes potassium, manganese, copper, iron, and magnesium.  Tulsi oil has strong antiseptic properties that may offer protection from disease-causing organisms such as bacteria and fungi. 

Garlic –  Garlic is a rich source of many note-worthy phytonutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals including potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc and heart-healthy selenium.  According to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, garlic offers effective cancer fighting benefits.  The 70 active phytochemicals found in garlic have been shown to reduce blood pressure and help reduce plaque buildup in the arteries benefitting cardiovascular health.   

Meriva-SR Curcumin Phytosome (SF775) by Thorne Research –  This unique, patented, time-release curcumin supplement is complexed with phosphatidylcholine for superior bioavailability.  Curcumin’s potent antioxidants support joint health and cardiovascular function and aid in maintaining a normal inflammatory response. 

Cinnamon Force by New Chapter –  This full spectrum, dual supercritical cinnamon extract helps to maintain blood sugar already within the normal range and may be used to promote healthy weight management. 

Ginger Extract by Pure Encapsulations This standardized extract provides nutritional support for the digestive, cardiovascular and circulatory systems.

Holy Basil Trinity Blend by Enzymatic Therapy This triple blend combines three unique standardized extracts of Holy Basil to provide a powerful and natural response to everyday stresses and help to elevate your mood and spirit. 

Super Garlic 6000 by Metagenics –  This ultra concentrated supplement delivers high potency-preserved allicin to support healthy blood lipids and provide cardiovascular and immune system support.  The unique enteric coating is designed to dissolve in the intestine rather than the stomach to eliminate garlic odor.