How to Slow the Aging Process…

If you’re over 50 then you’ve probably had the experience of not being able to do things that you used to be able to do pretty easily… If you are experiencing:

 

  • Low energy levels
  • Lack of motivation to do things.
  • Finding it harder to get a decent night’s sleep
  • Stiffness and niggly aches in the body.
  • Finding you are not as sharp as you used to be.
  • Lack of mental clarity and focus.
  • Finding weight management an issue
  • Finding it hard to maintain a healthy diet

 

It’s called aging, and while there is currently no way to completely avoid aging we can take anti-aging steps to slow it down.

To do this we must understand the 5 causes of premature aging…

 

Free Radical Damage to Cells
Under normal circumstances your body’s natural antioxidants can neutralize harmful free radicals, but system stressors like poor diet, environmental toxins, and emotional stress can tip the scales in the favour of oxidation damage.

 

Immune System Deterioration
As you age your body produces fewer immune cells and does a poor job of quickly getting those cells to the places they’re needed. The result? You get sick more often and it takes you longer to recover.

 

Hormone Imbalance
Hormones are how your brain sends instructions to your organs. Brain cell oxidization and under-nourished, under-performing mitochondria (the powerhouse of your cells) can throw your hormones out of balance.

 

Decreased Organ Function
Almost every organ in your body becomes less efficient as the cells in them age and become oxidised. Once again, under-performing cell mitochondria not receiving the nutrition it needs to function at optimal levels is a major contributor here.

 

Neurological Deterioration
1 in 3 seniors die from Alzheimer’s or another type of neurodegenerative disease.

 

If all of this makes you a little uneasy then I want to tell you one big step you can take on the path to optimal health… GET YOUR NUTRITION RIGHT!

 

 

Making sure you are getting an ample supply of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, pre and probiotics and antioxidants (free radical scavengers) is a powerful way to slow down the aging process and revitalize your body.

 

And I am not talking about the cheap nutritional supplements (if that’s what you can call them) off the supermarket and chemist shelves. I am talking about the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements.

 

Did you know that there are 3 grades of nutritional supplements for human consumption? Those 3 grades are:

 

Pharmaceutical Grade is the highest quality grade of vitamins and supplements meaning the purity; dissolution and absorption meet the highest regulatory standard verified by an independent party. Pharmaceutical grade vitamins and nutrients may be available without a prescription, but they are typically sold by licensed health care professionals.

 

Medical Grade vitamins and nutrients are also high-grade supplements but may not meet all the standards of pharmaceutical grade supplements. Prenatal vitamins normally fall into this category.

 

Cosmetic or Nutritional Grade supplements are typically sold in health food stores, chemists and, readily available on supermarket shelves. These supplements may not always be tested for absorption, dissolution or purity. Additionally, these supplements do not always have the same concentration of active ingredients as what is listed on the label.

 

Did you know that 98% of supplements readily available in stores are cosmetic grade… the lowest grade safe for human consumption?

 

The Bottom Line: If you are serious about attaining optimal health, you need to source premium, preferably pharmaceutical-grade; nutritional supplements to stop-gap your nutritional deficiencies.

 

If you are looking for powerful nutritional supplements that will support you in:

 

More energy for your day (but not overwhelming… but available if you need it)

  • Mental Clarity & Focus
  • Sleep Sounder & Deeper
  • Joint Support
  • Reduce Aches and Discomforts
  • Supports Gut Health
  • Weight Management
  • No Fasting or Starving
  • Anti-Aging Antioxidants
  • Better Exercising
  • Faster Recover Times
  • Lean Muscle Support

 

You need to be accessing powerful, high-quality, pharmaceutical nutritional supplements… because you deserve to feel the best you can feel. And what makes premium grade nutritional supplements superior? It’s all about the purity and absorption rate… it’s in the science! We recommended Le-vel Thrive Nutritional Supplements because they are premium.

Other powerful steps you can take to slow down the aging process are:

Keep moving… regular exercise, even walking every day and preferably in nature, can make a big difference to your wellbeing.

 

Removing refined hydrolyzed oils like vegetable and soy oils, fast foods, processed packaged foods, refined flours, foods containing gluten (bread, bagels scones, pizza, pasta), and sugary foods and drinks (especially soft drinks and energy drinks). This is not hard to do if you try removing one thing at a time and replacing it with an alternative like organic cold-pressed coconut oil for cooking instead of vegetable or soy oils.

 

Remember to take time out for you… de-stress by taking up meditation, having a relaxation de-stress hypnotherapy session, getting a luxury massage, pouring a long hot bubble bath, reading a book or listening to some relaxing, soothing music.

 

If you are struggling right now, talk to me about what steps you can take to get YOU back onto the path of optimal health and wellbeing.

Nutritional Supplements for Stress & Anxiety

Nutritional Supplements for Stress & Anxiety Related Issues

Can nutritional supplements help ease stress and anxiety levels? Latest research is suggesting that balanced quality nutritional intake can bring your body and mind back into balance and, if you take steps to resolve the source of your stress and anxiety through therapy, then the results can be impressive.

Alleviate stress with the powerful nutrition

Best stress treatment

The best way to treat stress over the long term is to identify the root causes of it, and see if your lifestyle can be changed to reduce it. Much of the stress you feel will be emotional stress, which can create emotional blockages within the body and often show up as excess weight or pain in the body, and sometimes both. Hypnotherapy is a quick and powerful way to eliminate emotional stress but you can also try meditation, yoga, controlled breathing, tai chi or exercise, like relaxing walks in nature, to help cope with stress.

 

The following are some nutritional supplements you can try for yourself but if you are taking any medications you should always check with your physician before taking nutritional supplements as they could conflict with your medication.

 

Co-Q10, 5-HTP, Quercetin, L-Tryptophan, GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid), Skullcap Extract, Ashwagandha Extract, Bacopa Monnieri Extract, Valerian Root Extract, Passion Flower Extract, Hops Extract, Chamomile Extract, Melatonin, L-Theanine, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-Complex: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin, folic acid, and the cobalamins (B12),

Probiotic: L. Helveticus (Lactobacillus helveticus), Glutamine, Chromium as Chromium AAC (Amino Acid Chelate), Phenylethylamine or PEA, Amylase, Wheat grass powder, Magnesium, Ginger Root Extract, Licorice Root, Eleuthero root extract, Citrus Aurantium Extract (Bitter Orange), Aspartic Acid, L-Serine, White Tea Extract, Satiereal™ Saffron Extract (crocus), Ginkgo leaf extract, St. John’s Wort, Phosphatidylserine, Lemon Balm, Kava, Guarana, Garcinia Cambogia, Fish Oil.

 

Please Note: The following ingredients research is not company supplied but based upon my own independent Google research, you are welcome to do your own research…

 

Co-Q10

A recent study in Cairo, Egypt has uncovered an unusual property of Co-Q10 that is rather surprising: It eliminates depression and anxiety.

After stressing out the mice with forced swimming and chronic restraint stress (CRS), something cruel kids might do, anxiety and depression were artificially induced in the mice, a standard lab gimmick. Then they were fed large amounts of Co-Q10 for three weeks.

It became apparent that most of the observed anxiety and depression abated during the Co-Q10 feeding. The biological markers also showed increased antioxidant activity in the hippocampus, reversing oxidative cellular and DNA damage.

-Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/039051_chronic_depression_Co-Q10_heart_health.html

 

A small study found that out of 31 patients who suffer from migraines, 19 of them reported the number of days they had migraines cut in half. Another small study of 42 migraine sufferers compared Coenzyme Q10 to an inactive placebo. In that study, of CoQ10 and migraine, the supplement was three times more likely than placebo to reduce the number of migraines.

A larger study of 1,550 patients ages 3 to 22 with migraine measured their Coenzyme Q10 levels. Of those migraine sufferers, 33 percent had low levels of CoQ10. Those with low levels received Coenzyme Q10 supplements and had fewer migraines.

-Source: https://migraine.com/migraine-treatment/natural-remedies/coenzyme-q10/

 

5-HTP

“5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) is a naturally occurring substance derived from the seed pods of Griffonia simplicifolia, a West African medicinal plant. In humans, 5-HTP is the immediate nutrient precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin (5-HT). This means that 5-HTP converts directly into serotonin in the brain (see Figure 1). Serotonin has many profoundly important functions, including a role in sleep, appetite, memory, learning, temperature regulation, mood, sexual behavior, cardiovascular function, muscle contraction, and endocrine regulation.” –Source: http://www.life-enhancement.com/magazine/article/178-5-htp-enhance-your-mood-your-sleep-and-a-lot-more

 

“5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), an antioxidant and a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, has been shown in studies to prevent both migraines and tension-type headaches. Taking 5-HTP as a supplement is believed to help reduce headache frequency and severity by modulating serotonin and increasing endorphin levels. “

“In one clinical trial, 124 patients with chronic migraines received either 5-HTP or methysergide (a drug used to prevent migraines) for 6 months.[5] Significant improvement in frequency and number of severe attacks occurred for 71% of those in the 5-HTP group, which was the same effect achieved with the prescription medication. “

“5-HTP has also been used successfully in the prevention of chronic tension-type headaches.[6] Since 5-HTP is also beneficial for insomnia, depression, and anxiety symptoms, it is especially appropriate for individuals who have headaches accompanied by sleep or mood disorders.” -Source: https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/pain/3-therapies-for-natural-migraine-relief-and-other-headache-remedies/

 

The amino acid 5-hydroxytryptophan, or 5-HTP, is another natural option for upping serotonin levels. As a serotonin precursor, 5-HTP may help those for whom SSRIs like Prozac don’t seem to work, says Katie Baker, ND, owner of Stone Turtle Health, a naturopathic family medicine practice in Seattle. “SSRIs block the uptake of serotonin so it sticks around longer,” she says. But that won’t do much good if not much serotonin is around to begin with. In contrast, 5-HTP is converted into serotonin in the body. “With 5-HTP, you are not plugging up the drain, so to speak; you are just putting more into the sink,” says Baker. A six-week study of 63 people found that those who took 300 mg daily of 5-HTP had the same depression relief as those who took prescription antidepressants-but with fewer side effects.

-Source: http://www.thebetterhealthstore.com/012910_top-5-anti-depression_04.html

 

Quercetin

Have you ever wondered what makes a “superfood” super? Or what key superfoods like red wine, green tea, kale and blueberries all have in common? The answer is quercetin, a natural compound tied to what all of us seek: better longevity, heart health, endurance, immune system and more.

Research shows that anti-inflammatory foods containing quercetin can help manage a number of inflammatory health problems, including heart disease and blood vessel problems, allergies, infections, chronic fatigue, and symptoms related to autoimmune disorders like arthritis. -Source: https://draxe.com/quercetin/

 

“Quercetin has been found to powerfully stabilize mast cells, helping prevent stress-induced anxiety and allergic reactions. A chain of recent discoveries helps place the significance of these discoveries in context, with far ranging implications for human health, and improved nerve tolerance for managing stress.”

“Another new study shows that stress turns up the volume on mast cells3, priming them to release inflammatory chemicals that are typically involved with allergies, asthma, skin conditions, and digestive problems. Furthermore, the communication coming from mast cells feeds back to nerves, and modulates behaviour through a sense of anxiety.” –Source: https://www.wellnessresources.com/news/quercetin-skin-issues-and-stress

 

L-Tryptophan for Anxiety and Stress Relief

One of the most useful benefits Tryptophan for anxiety provides is mood regulation, through the production of the neurotransmitter Serotonin. Supplementing with L-Tryptophan and its by-product 5-HTP may improve mood and relieve stress.

Once consumed, L-Tryptophan is converted into 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) and other metabolites in the liver. 5-HTP, which is also available as a mood supplement, travels through the blood stream to the brain. Once there, it is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.

In the brain, 5-HTP is converted into Serotonin, the neurotransmitter most commonly associated with the regulation of mood.

In addition to the role it plays in regulating mood, Serotonin is also converted into the hormone Melatonin. Melatonin is a sleep-regulating neurotransmitter that controls the sleep/wake cycle (circadian rhythm).

During the day, the brain produces more Serotonin, and Melatonin production is very low. When light levels drop at dusk, Serotonin is converted more readily into Melatonin, and levels rise in the body.

Melatonin helps you stay asleep throughout the night and wake feeling rested. This may help to control anxious thoughts during the day.

-Source: https://nootriment.com/l-tryptophan-anxiety/

 

Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA)

What is it? Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid (GABA) is a chemical made in the brain and often taken as a supplement to relieve anxiety, improve mood, reduce PMS symptoms, and treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Does it work? There’s limited evidence to suggest that orally-administered GABA supplements can help promote relaxation and immunity and reduce anxiety during times of stress.

-Source: http://www.onemedical.com/blog/all-stress/stress-supplements/

 

GABA is a highly important element in the brain. Essentially, it plays a key role in regulating the depressive neuroactivity in the human brain. In other words, it’s responsible for helping your mind switch from “work mode” to “relaxation mode”. It also plays a role in sedative changes in the brain, which are key to falling asleep at night.

How GABA helps reduce stress: GABA, in supplement form, is used for its relaxation-inducing effects, and to help relieve stress. It has also been shown to help improve mood, which can also lead to less stress in the future. Essentially, it works by blocking brain signals that incite anxiety and stressful feelings, allowing the brain to remain calm and inducing relaxation.

-Source: http://top10supplements.com/best-supplements-for-stress-relief/

 

Skullcap Extract

Skullcap herb is an amazing plant for stress, tension, anxiety, nervousness and panic attacks. If I were pressed to simply list one application for skullcap it would be its ability to relieve stress and anxiety. It works well in acute situations and can be taken over time to decrease chronic stress (along with lifestyle modifications of course).

It works well for acute and sudden onset anxiety or panic attacks. For people susceptible to sudden onset anxiety or panic attacks, fresh skullcap tincture can be kept on them at all times.

Experienced herbal medic, Sam Coffman, shares his reliance on skullcap herb for shock-related anxiety.

Skullcap (Scutellaria spp.) and Passionflower are two that have never failed me as a formula to help someone cope quickly with shock-related anxiety.  – Sam Coffman, Plant Healer Magazine 11

Not just for acute cases, skullcap can be taken over time as a nerve tonic to support nervous system health in people who have been through prolonged periods of stress and feel like their nerves are constantly on edge.

-Source: http://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/skullcap-herb.html

 

Ashwaghanda

I hold Ashwaghanda very high on my personal list of most effective herbs against anxiety. Ashwaghanda’s main use is to help the adrenals adjust to stress in our daily lives. It basically produces stress hormones when you need them, and stops producing them when you don’t need them, how cool is that! But the benefits of Ashwaghanda don’t end there, this ‘magic herb’ as I like to call it improves your immune function and greatly improves sleep.

-Source: https://anxietyexit.com/best-anxiety-supplements/

 

Promotes Graceful Aging

Stress, both metabolic and emotional, dramatically affects aging. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, contributes to muscle loss and weakness, wrinkles, and cognitive impairment. Research has found that Ashwagandha improves resistance to stress, possibly decreasing cortisol production. [1] One study of 64 individuals observed a reduction in stress and a significant decrease in cortisol levels in individuals taking Ashwagandha compared with placebo.

Menopausal Support

Ashwagandha acts on the endocrine system by encouraging hormone balance. A study involving 51 menopausal women supplementing with Ashwagandha noted a significant reduction in symptoms such as hot flashes, anxiety, and mood. [2]

Mood Booster

Ashwagandha is a known mood-boosting herb, and research suggests that the therapeutic plant may play a potential role in fighting mood imbalance. [6] Women battling mood swings may benefit from supplementing with Ashwagandha.

Sexual Potency

The Kama Sutra, one of the oldest surviving texts on human sexuality, mentions Ashwagandha in its literature as a potent sexual stimulant for both men and women. Research indicates that the herb supports sexual health and vitality by increasing blood flow and reducing bodily tension. Women taking Ashwagandha typically experience an increase in sexual desire and satisfaction.

Memory Support

Recent research has shown that Ashwagandha reduces memory impairment in animal models. The herb may also protect the brain from the oxidative stress that leads to neurodegeneration. Relaxation, a benefit derived from the herb’s stress-fighting effects, also improves long-term visual memory. [3] [4]

Revitalization

Another benefit many women report after taking this herb is in regards to energy levels. This anecdotal evidence is supported by scientific investigation; a recent study reported Ashwagandha’s benefits for improving energy while reducing stress-related disorders. [5]

Fertility

Stress, illness, hormone imbalance, and nutrient deficiencies — all of these issues threaten female reproductive health and make it difficult for a woman to conceive. Research shows that Ashwagandha supports thyroid function, an organ responsible for regulating hormones. [7] Also, by decreasing stress, Ashwagandha may encourage a situation that is optimal for fertility. [8] More research is needed to clarify whether or not Ashwagandha is effective for helping infertile females struggling to conceive.

-Source: https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/7-amazing-benefits-of-Ashwagandha-root-for-women/

 

Bacopa monnieri

Bacopa monnieri is an herbal nootropic, a plant-based supplement that boosts brain power and reduces anxiety naturally. Bacopa monnieri is one of the oldest and most well-respected nootropic supplements. A traditional Ayurvedic medicine, sometimes referred to as Brahmi, has centuries of history as a potent cognitive enhancer, stress reliever, and brain protectant.

Bacopa monnieri is used to improve memory formation and speed of recall, make learning faster and easier, enhance clarity of thought, and augment overall brain function. It is also believed to act as a brain protectant, and studies show that it has potential as a treatment for dementia.

Bacopa has also been shown to have significant anxiolytic or anti-anxiety effects, producing a feeling of calmness and tranquility and reducing feelings of stress. Users report that it is an excellent general relaxant and can improve the quality of sleep, so they wake feeling rested and refreshed.

-Source: https://www.braintropic.com/nootropics/bacopa-monnieri/

 

Valerian Root

What is it? Valerian is an herb commonly used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and stress. Although it’s considered safe for most adults, the effects of long-term use are unknown. Short-term side effects include headaches and sluggishness in the morning, especially if taken at higher doses.

Does it work? Early research indicates it could be helpful in reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of pressure when under stress.

-Source: http://www.onemedical.com/blog/all-stress/stress-supplements/

 

Some herbal supplements reduce anxiety without making you sleepy (such as L-theanine), while others are sedatives. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is squarely in the second category. It is a sleep aid, for insomnia. It contains sedative compounds; the German government has approved it as a treatment for sleep problems.

Valerian smells kind of nasty, so most people take it as a capsule or tincture, rather than a tea. If you want to try it, take it in the evening—not before you go to work! Valerian is often combined with other sedative herbs such as hops, chamomile, and lemon balm.

-Source: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20669377,00.html#valerian-2

 

Valerian is a very helpful form of herbal stress relief if you suffer from tension and anxiety, or have a tendency to get easily over-excited and/or hysterical. It is very calming but is unlikely to make you sleepy (although I wouldn’t suggest taking large quantities and then driving) and you can use it without any worries about getting addicted to it. If you have trouble sleeping, try taking valerian an hour or so before you go to bed. If your body gets so tense that you experience pain, taking valerian can help to relieve the discomfort. –Source: http://www.family-stress-relief-guide.com/herbal-stress-relief.html

 

Passionflower

Studies have shown that passionflower lowers anxiety in mice, but only one study has been carried out in humans, according to Lenz. That randomized, placebo-controlled study was done in 2001 in patients with general anxiety disorder, and found that 45 drops of liquid passionflower daily was as effective in treating the disorder as the drug oxazepam. Still, more research on its safety and effectiveness is needed, Lenz wrote in his study.

-Source: https://www.livescience.com/16975-herbal-supplements-stress-reduction.html

 

Passion flower is extremely useful if you suffer from long term insomnia. It can be taken over a long period of time. It helps you get to sleep, sleep well and wake up without any of the heavy feeling of some sleeping tablets. It has a generally tranquillizing effect. It can help to relieve restlessness, irritability, nervous stress and anxiety and can also be used where great tension is causing spasms in the body as it is also an antispasmodic.  -Source: http://www.family-stress-relief-guide.com/herbal-stress-relief.html

 

Hops Extract

Hops work as a central nervous system relaxant. This makes them a very helpful form of herbal stress relief if you suffer from insomnia and the stress states caused by not getting enough sleep. Hops help to relieve tension and anxiety and are helpful in reducing restlessness. Hops have a strong muscle relaxing effect so if being stressed gives you headaches, indigestion, stomach pains, palpitations or a nervous cough, then taking hops, especially in the form of a tincture, could prove very helpful for you.

-Source: http://www.family-stress-relief-guide.com/herbal-stress-relief.html

 

Chamomile Extract

Chamomile is a mild relaxant and sedative. A cup of chamomile tea before bed can help you to fall asleep easily and sleep well. Like lemon balm, it also has anti-spasmodic properties. This is a wonderful tea for children. It can be slightly bitter so sweeten it with a little honey if you like. -Source: http://www.family-stress-relief-guide.com/herbal-stress-relief.html

 

Recent clinical and laboratory research has determined that chamomile is not only relaxing, but it can significantly decrease anxiety and even fight depression.

The most recent study, from the UK’s University of Nottingham Medical School, found that chamomile significantly relaxed blood vessels and smooth muscle fibers. This effect was indicated specifically with the application of three of chamomile’s central constituents, apigenin, luteolin and bisabolol – all hydroxylates.

The fact that chamomile is an anti-anxiety and anti-depression herb was cemented by a clinical study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. This study was done in 2009, but its data and findings were re-investigated and confirmed last year.

The researchers enlisted 19 people diagnosed with anxiety with depression, along with 16 people who were diagnosed as having a history of anxiety and depression. These groups were studied along with a control group of 22 people who had no anxiety or depression – past or present.

The study was randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled. The researchers gave the subjects either 220 milligrams of chamomile extract (standardized to 1.2% apigenin) or a placebo study, both in capsules.

The researchers found that 57% of the group using the chamomile extract had significantly reduced (greater than 50%) anxiety scores using the HAM-A system.

-Source: https://www.realnatural.org/chamomile-relaxes-fights-anxiety-and-depression/

 

Melatonin

What is it? A hormone produced by the brain’s pineal gland, melatonin helps control sleep cycles. Because sleep and mood are closely connected, supplementing with melatonin can alleviate stress. It’s considered safe, but can cause side effects like headaches, short-term feelings of depression, dizziness, and irritability.

Does it work? Early research indicates it could be helpful in reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of pressure when under stress.

-Source: http://www.onemedical.com/blog/all-stress/stress-supplements/

 

Generally, people use Melatonin supplements to help with sleep disorders, such as primary insomnia. It also used for a variety of health conditions that include bipolar disorder, dementia, depression, endometriosis and anxiety.

Melatonin is a hormone made by the brain to regulate sleep cycles, but it can also play a role in mood and anxiety. It helps to control the level of stimulation and activity experienced by the body, and demonstrates anxiolytic effects.

If you have anxiety, melatonin may help make it easier to fall asleep at night, since insomnia is a common side effect of this mood disorder. It can also improve depression symptoms in patients with both anxiety and depression.

-Source: https://nootriment.com/melatonin-for-anxiety/

 

Theanine (L. Theanine) (Found in Green Tea)

There’s been a resurgence of interest in the anxiety-relieving powers of L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea.1

Discoveries over the past two years have uncovered exciting additional properties of this nutrient best known for inducing calming, tranquilizing effects while simultaneously improving alertness.

L-theanine relieves anxiety in large part because it bears a close resemblance to the brain-signaling chemical glutamate. L-theanine produces the opposite effect in the brain.

While glutamate is the brain’s most important excitatory neurotransmitter, L-theanine binds to the same brain cell receptors and blocks them to glutamate’s effects. This action produces inhibitory effects.1,2 That inhibition to brain overactivity has a calming, relaxing effect in which anxiety fades.3

In addition to blocking excitatory stimuli at glutamate receptors in the brain, L-theanine also stimulates production of the inhibitory, relaxing neurotransmitter GABA, adding to its calming, anti-anxiety effects.2

Unlike prescription anti-anxiety drugs, however, some of which mimic GABA’s effects, L-theanine produces its anti-anxiety effects without producing sleepiness or impairing motor behavior.4 In fact, L-theanine has been shown in human studies to moderately improve alertness and attention while exerting its anxiety-reducing effects.5

Of particular interest are studies showing that L-theanine supplementation prevents the abrupt rise in blood pressure that some people experience under stress.1 The reason this is so critical is that many people have normal blood pressure readings at rest that spike up to dangerously high levels when subjected to stressful situations.

There’s a link between anxiety, reaction to stress, and the brain’s most fundamental function, maintaining cognition. Studies over the past two years suggest a potential role for L-theanine in supporting cognitive function and preventing its loss.

-Source: http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2016/3/brain-benefits-of-l-theanine/page-01

 

How L-theanine helps reduce stress: Primarily, L-theanine helps to relax the body and mind, without having sedative effects. So, it’s a great way to help manage stress, and you can use it during the day because it won’t cause drowsiness. Theanine supplements may also help to reduce the perception of stress and help you stay in a more positive mindset. Theanine has also been shown to work synergistically with other supplements, including caffeine. Research has shown a combination of 200mg of theanine with 200mg of caffeine promotes significant improvements in cognition and attention.

Many people consider L-theanine a way to “take the edge off”, so to speak. Particularly when used in combination with stimulants, like caffeine, the relaxing-but-not-sedative effects of L-theanine really come into play. Also, while most people drink caffeine on a daily basis, few people know that coffee and caffeinated beverages can actually worsen anxiety and stress symptoms. But when combined with L-theanine, you shouldn’t experience any negative effect from the caffeine, and you can still enjoy that helpful pick-me-up from a cup of coffee, combined with the calming effects of the amino acid supplement.

http://top10supplements.com/best-supplements-for-stress-relief/

 

Vitamin B-12

Vitamin B12 benefits your mood, energy level, memory, heart, skin, hair, digestion and more. Vitamin B12 is also an essential vitamin for addressing adrenal fatigue, multiple metabolic functions — including enzyme production, DNA synthesis and hormonal balance — and maintaining healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems.

Because of its wide-reaching roles within the body, a vitamin B12 deficiency can show up in many different negative symptoms, many of which are very noticeable, such as potential chronic fatigue, mood disorders like depression, and chronic stress or feeling run down. Vitamin B12, sometimes also called cyanocobalamin, also helps with digestion and heart health.

Vitamin B12 benefits the central nervous system in many important ways: It helps maintain the health of nerve cells — including those needed for neurotransmitter signalling — and helps form the protective covering of nerves, called the cell’s myelin sheath. This means that when vitamin B12 levels are low, almost every cognitive function can suffer.

-Source: https://draxe.com/vitamin-b12-benefits/

 

Vitamin D3

There is evidence that stress, fatigue, and depression are connected to low serum levels of vitamin D, in addition to known immunity, illness and disease issues.

Dr. Lipman is the founder of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in NYC. He lists fatigue, restless sleep and poor concentration among other symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Over 80% of his clients are vitamin D deficient, which correlates with the general population epidemic. [1]

Dr. Anna Dorothea Hoeck, MD, from Cologne, Germany, has treated fatigue with vitamin D therapy, using the 25(OH)D3 test first, then boosting those readings accordingly.

She has discovered with actual clinical treatments that those with lower levels of chronic fatigue recovered quickly, while more severe cases required adding minerals with the vitamin, especially calcium and magnesium.

http://www.naturalnews.com/041772_vitamin_D_levels_stress_fatigue.html

 

Clinical Trials have proved Vitamin D3 to be superior to Vitamin D2

A 2011 Cochrane Database study highlighted the significant differences between the two and examined mortality rates for people who supplemented their diets with Vitamin D2, versus those who did so with Vitamin D3. The analysis of 50 randomised controlled trials, which included almost 100,000 participants, showed a 6% relative risk reduction among those who used D3, and a 2% relative risk increase among those who used D2.

Your body deals with the different types very differently

According to recent research, Vitamin D3 is approximately 85% better in raising and maintaining Vitamin D concentrations in the body and produces 200-300% greater storage of Vitamin D than Vitamin D2.

With either form your body must convert it into a more active form, and Vitamin D3 is converted 500 percent faster than Vitamin D2.

Vitamin D2 has a shorter shelf life and it binds poorly with proteins in your blood which further hinders its effectiveness.

-Source: https://www.justvitamins.co.uk/blog/is-vitamin-d-the-same-as-vitamin-d3/#.WaIaoygjHIU

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is important for strong immunity and healthy skin and eyes. In recent years, vitamin E supplements have become popular as antioxidants. These are substances that protect cells from damage.

Balances Hormones

Vitamin E can play a crucial role in balancing your endocrine and nervous systems, naturally working to balance hormones naturally. (5) Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance may include PMS, weight gain, allergies, urinary tract infections, changes in the skin, anxiety and fatigue.

Helps PMS Symptoms

Taking a vitamin E supplement two to three days before and two to three days after a menstrual period can reduce the cramping, anxiety and cravings and other PMS symptoms. Vitamin E can decrease pain severity and duration, and it can reduce menstrual blood loss. It does this by balancing your hormones naturally, and it helps keep your menstrual cycle regulated.

Important during Pregnancy for Growth and Development

Vitamin E is critical during pregnancy and for proper development in infants and children because it protects critical fatty acids and helps control inflammation.

Other vitamin E benefits include its role as an important fat-soluble vitamin that’s required for the proper function of many organs, enzymatic activities and neurological processes.

Source: https://draxe.com/vitamin-e-benefits/

 

Vitamin B-Complex

What is it? The vitamin B-complex refers to all of the known essential water-soluble vitamins except for vitamin C: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin, folic acid, and the cobalamins (B12). B vitamins are important for cell metabolism. Most people who eat a balanced diet should have adequate B vitamins, but a vegan diet or an immune disorder such as lupus can lead to B12 deficiencies.

Does it work? Some research indicates B-complex vitamins are linked to improved mood.

-Source: http://www.onemedical.com/blog/all-stress/stress-supplements/

 

How B vitamin complex helps to reduce stress: In several clinical trials, B vitamin complex supplements have shown great potential in reducing stress levels. Taking a b-vitamin daily helped patients to improve mood by improving the body’s natural production of serotonin and other neurotransmitters. It also helped to reduce levels of homocysteine, a toxic amino acid that can lead to many health issues down the road. B vitamins also play a key role in energy production, and as you likely know, stress is much easier to counter when you’re feeling energized.

-Source: http://top10supplements.com/best-supplements-for-stress-relief/

 

Probiotic: L. Helveticus (Lactobacillus helveticus

Supplementation with the probiotic combination of Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 and Bifidobacterium longum R0175 is an evidence-based, biologically plausible approach to addressing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Studies show favorable biochemical and behavioral changes in animals treated with the probiotic, and sharp and significant decreases in symptoms of depression and anxiety in human trials.

For anyone experiencing anxiety and/or depression, regular supplementation with this probiotic combination seems a natural and worthwhile practice. It is conceivable that such supplementation could reduce reliance on prescription medications and deliver freedom from the burdens of these common mental illnesses.

-Source: http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2016/3/safely-reduce-anxiety-and-mood-disorders/page-01

 

Glutamine

Glutamine supplements may have a beneficial effect on depression and patients suffering from depression may have lower levels of glutamine in their brains. If you experience high levels of stress, your body may need a higher amount of glutamine, as it is easily depleted by high levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Depression Facts

Clinical depression occurs in several forms, including major depressive disorder, seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia and postpartum depression. According to NYU Langone Medical Center, depressive symptoms vary from person to person — some people experience just a few symptoms while others may experience a combination of many symptoms.

Some of the common symptoms of depression include feelings of low self-worth, irritability, sadness, a lowered mood, sleep problems, appetite changes, a decreased sex drive, fatigue, a lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed and, in some people, suicidal thoughts or gestures. Researchers believe a number of factors contribute to depressive disorders, including genetics, stressful life events, drug and alcohol addiction, lack of social support, medical illnesses and changes in brain chemistry.

Additionally, nutritional deficiencies can also cause depression. Although research on the benefits of glutamine for depression is limited, some people believe that it may help reduce depressive symptoms.

Clinical Evidence

A study published in the February 2007 issue of the “Archives of General Psychiatry,” a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Medical Association, found that depressed study participants had lowered levels of glutamine in their prefrontal brain tissue. However, most of the evidence confirming the benefits of glutamine supplementation on depression is anecdotal.

A systematic review published in 2002 in the “Medical Journal of Australia” states that only an uncontrolled experiment has been performed to verify the benefits of glutamine supplements on depression.

The experiment referred to is a study published in the July-August 1976 issue of the Belgian medical journal, “Acta Psychiatrica Belgica.” This study showed that l-glutamine supplementation showed antidepressant properties on adult study participants suffering from depression. However, more clinical research is needed to fully evaluate the potential benefit of glutamine supplementation on depression.

Considerations

Glutamine supplements are sold online and in health food stores in powder and capsule form. However, you should not use glutamine as a cure for depression or as a substitute for conventional medical care. -Source: http://www.livestrong.com/article/477074-glutamine-depression/

 

Chromium as Chromium AAC (Amino Acid Chelate)

Chelated chromium is a nutritional supplement that allows cells to receive and absorb blood sugar for energy, according to Source Naturals. Chelation is the process of bonding with amino acids. This bond allows the mineral content to stay intact, and it provides maximum assimilation into the body.

Chromium is also used for depression, Turner’s syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), lowering “bad” cholesterol, raising “good” cholesterol in people taking heart medications called beta blockers, metabolic syndrome, heart attack, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and binge eating disorder.

-Source: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Chromium-HealthProfessional/

 

Phenylethylamine or PEA

PEA supplements are great for helping with the symptoms of anxiety. Since PEA is so good at increasing natural levels of dopamine, which is one of the ‘feel-good’ hormones, it is great at combatting negative feelings of anxiety.[7]

Low levels of dopamine are known to cause anxiety and depression, along with a number of other mental illnesses. Taking phenylethylamine boosts your dopamine levels.[8] Increased dopamine levels make you feel happier, calmer and more sensual.

Another great benefit is phenylethylamine for studying. By increasing catecholamines and dopamine, phenylethylamine give a clear focus and energy boost, associated with increases in cognitive power and learning capabilities.

-Source: https://liftmode.com/blog/people-use-phenylethylamine/

 

Phenylethylamine Benefits:

  • May significantly improve mood and produce overall feeling of well-being
  • Helpful for reducing high levels of stress and anxiety
  • Known to assist with those experiencing symptoms of depression
  • A common element used in treating anxiety and depression
  • Produces higher energy levels
  • Minimize fatigue that can often be associated with depression anxiety symptoms
  • Ability to increase Acetylcholine levels. Increased levels of this neurotransmitter will commonly result in faster memory recall and retention.
  • Many have reported improved attention span and overall learning aptitude.
  • Enhanced ability in focus and concentration

-Source: http://focushereandnow.com/nootropics/phenylethylamine/

 

Amylase

Stress is by far one of the worst things in the world for your health, particularly chronic stress. Research is showing that amylase can be a very helpful and accurate marker of stress levels.

One study looked at the whether or not the salivary enzyme alpha-amylase could indicate stress-reactive bodily changes. Researchers repeatedly measured salivary alpha-amylase and salivary cortisol as well as plasma catecholamines and cardiovascular activity before, during and after 30 young men underwent the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST). Results indicated that salivary alpha-amylase is sensitive to psychosocial stress and may be a very helpful additional parameter for the measurement of stress in humans. (9)

-Source: https://draxe.com/amylase/

 

Wheat grass powder

Wheatgrass powder is made by freeze-drying, oven-drying or air-drying fresh wheatgrass. Adding wheatgrass to your diet is an effective way to get your quota of five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day, according to Illinois State University.

Restores pH Balance

Wheatgrass is an alkaline food supplement and it balances the body’s pH levels. Hence, it is beneficial for reducing the acidity in the blood and restoring its alkalinity (9).

Reduces Fatigue

Tiredness often symbolizes sleep deprivation and a weak immune system, which can be effectively treated with the help of wheatgrass. This amazing ingredient contains chlorophyll, which, apart from boosting our immune system, also assists in cell regeneration. This, in turn, helps heal our body and reduces fatigue. Additionally, chlorophyll helps boost our adrenal system, which is essential for the prevention of chronic fatigue.

Helps Improve Mood

Wheatgrass also helps uplift your mood in a number of ways; it is rich in vitamin K and magnesium. It boosts the adrenal system and helps your body deal with stress. Additionally, wheatgrass contains a good quantity of iron, the deficiency of which can cause fatigue that eventually worsens your mood. It also helps fight depression.

Increases Libido: Consuming wheatgrass powder regularly helps in enhancing the reproductive health of both men and women. It also increases vigor and helps in conception (21).

Is Good For The Liver

With its detoxifying properties, wheatgrass can revitalize your liver. In a study conducted in 2014, it has also been shown that having wheatgrass regularly can protect the liver from the harmful effects of alcohol. -Source: http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-wheatgrass-powder-for-skin-hair-and-health/

 

Magnesium

What is it? Magnesium is a mineral essential for nerve and muscle function. Although most people who eat a balanced diet get enough magnesium, an analysis of data from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found that a majority of Americans consume less than they should.

The supplement is considered safe, but side effects can include stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea. Rarely, large doses can cause irregular heartbeat and low blood pressure.

Does it work? Early research indicates it could be helpful in reducing blood pressure, heart rate, and feelings of pressure when under stress.

-Source: http://www.onemedical.com/blog/all-stress/stress-supplements/

 

Although it is found in several dietary sources, as well as included in most multivitamins, magnesium deficiency is extremely common. An estimated 57% of Americans do not get adequate magnesium in their diets, and that number is even higher in many other countries. A deficiency in magnesium can cause all sorts of health problems, and can worsen stress and anxiety. The good news is that it’s easy to fix magnesium deficiency by changing your diet or adding a supplement.

http://top10supplements.com/best-supplements-for-stress-relief/

 

Ginger Root Extract

Ginger Increases Brain Levels of Important Neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals used by brain cells to communicate with each other. They control your ability to focus, concentrate, and remember, and regulate mood, cravings, addictions, sleep, and more.

It’s estimated that 86% of Americans have suboptimal levels of neurotransmitters. (13) Ginger increases levels of these important brain chemicals, including dopamine and serotonin. (14) Dopamine is considered the “motivation molecule” that helps you get focused and be productive. It’s also in charge of your pleasure-reward system. Serotonin is your “happiness molecule” that is critical for keeping up a positive mood.

Ginger Root Reduces Adrenal Fatigue

Overwhelming tiredness is not the only symptom of adrenal fatigue. Other symptoms include brain fog, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and an inability to handle stress. (29)

Dr. Michael Lam is an expert on adrenal fatigue syndrome and the author of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome – Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality with Clinically Proven Natural Programs.

He recommends ginger root along with ginkgo and ginseng as part of his natural adrenal fatigue protocol. (30) These adaptogenic herbs strengthen the adrenals, increase resilience to stress, and modulate levels of the stress hormone cortisol. -Source: https://bebrainfit.com/ginger-root-benefits/

 

Licorice Root

There is research that shows that the Glycyrrhizic acid that is in licorice root can help with nervousness and depression by encouraging the function of the adrenal glands. Our adrenal glands control stress hormones including cortisol. When one’s stress hormone levels are low it can often be the cause of persistent fatigue, melancholy, anxiety, and having less resistance to infections and allergens. Licorice root also happens to also have the Asparagine amino acid that is needed to preserve equilibrium in the body’s nervous system.

-Source: http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/nine-health-benefits-of-licorice-root/

 

Eleuthero root extract

Some of the most important health benefits of eleuthero include its ability to help relieve stress, increase cognitive function, boost the immune system, reduce fatigue, lower inflammation, protect heart health, prevent degenerative diseases, boost respiratory health, and increase energy levels.

Reduce Fatigue

One of the major claims to fame for eleuthero is its ability to boost energy levels. This is accomplished by its impact on the nervous system, boosting the metabolism, increasing circulation, and reducing cloudiness and fatigue. For people who regularly need naps during the day, feel the mid-day exhaustion following a large meal, or find themselves tired without a good explanation, regular supplementation with eleuthero can get you back to normal.

Stress Relief

Eleuthero is considered an adaptogen, one of those rare herbs that can actually help your body adapt and change to better handle various stimuli or conditions. For example, eleuthero has been shown to improve user response to stress, namely in the way that their body responds when anxious or upset. Eleuthero’s powerful components actually teach the body to handle bio-chemical situations in the best way possible.

A Final Word of Warning

There is some controversy about the various applications of eleuthero, and it’s important to understand the risks. If you suffer from certain mental conditions (mania or insomnia) or hormone-related disorders, it can be dangerous to take eleuthero. Also, in the case of heart conditions, diabetes, or cancer, eleuthero use can be beneficial, but only under the strict guidance of your medical provider. This is a very powerful herb and can have complex interactions with other drugs, so caution and consultation is highly recommended.

-Source: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/eleuthero.html

 

Citrus Aurantium Extract (Bitter Orange)

Background and objectives

Reducing anxiety is very important before operation. Preoperative visit and use of premedication are popular methods to achieve this goal, but the role of anxiolytic premedication remains unclear and postoperative side-effects may result from routine premedication.

Citrus aurantium is used as an alternative medicine in some countries to treat anxiety, and recently the anxiolytic role of this medicinal plant was established in an animal model study. The aim of this study was to assess the anxiolytic effect of Citrus aurantium blossom on preoperative anxiety.

Methods

We studied 60 ASA I patients undergoing minor operation. In a randomized double-blind design, two groups of 30 patients received one of the following oral premedication two hours before induction of anesthesia: 1) Citrus aurantium blossom distillate 1 mL.kg-1 (C-group); 2) Saline solution 1 mL.kg-1 as placebo (P-group). Anxiety was measured before and after premedication using the Spielberger state-trait anxiety inventory (STAI-state) and the Amsterdam preoperative anxiety and information scale (APAIS) before operation.

Results

After premedication, both the STAI-state and the APAIS scales were decreased in C-group (p < 0.05); while exhibiting no significant changes in P-group.

Conclusions

Citrus aurantium blossom may be effective in terms of reduction in preoperative anxiety before minor operation.

-Source: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0034709411700794

 

Aspartic Acid (Women’s Formula Only)

Aspartic acid, also known as L-aspartate, is thought to help promote a robust metabolism, and is sometimes used to treat fatigue and depression. Aspartic acid plays an important role in the citric acid cycle, or Krebs cycle, during which other amino acids and biochemicals, such as asparagine, arginine, lysine, methionine, threonine, and isoleucine, are synthesized.

Aspartic acid gets its reputation as a treatment for chronic fatigue from the crucial role it plays in generating cellular energy. Aspartic acid moves the coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) molecules from the main body of the cell to its mitochondria, where it is used to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the fuel that powers all cellular activity.

In short, the more NADH a cell has, the more chemical fuel it produces, and the more energy you have to get through your day. (Some studies have shown that aspartic acid actually increases both stamina and endurance levels in athletes.) In addition, this amino acid helps transport minerals needed to form healthy RNA and DNA to the cells, and strengthens the immune system by promoting increased production of immunoglobulins and antibodies (immune system proteins).

Aspartic acid keeps your mind sharp by increasing concentrations of NADH in the brain, which is thought to boost the production of neurotransmitters and chemicals needed for normal mental functioning. It also removes excess toxins from the cells, particularly ammonia, which is very damaging to the brain and nervous system as well as the liver.

-Source: http://www.vitaminstuff.com/amino-acid-aspartic-acid.html

 

Aspartic acid is used as a testosterone booster aging and infertile men. Men taking D-aspartic acid during the 90-day study dramatically improved sperm count and motility. As a result, they became more fertile and pregnancies increased among their partners. [7]

After taking D-aspartic acid for 12 days, participants increased lutheinizing hormone and testosterone levels by 33% and 42%, respectively.[8] These are just a few benefits of high testosterone levels:

  • Greater muscle growth and strength
  • Fat loss
  • Better sleep quality
  • High libido
  • Positive mood
  • More Energy

Aspartic Acid is also used by athletes as a temporary booster. Elevated testosterone levels only last a week to a week and a half in healthy men, with testosterone returning to normal afterward.

During the 1950s and 1960s, European researchers discovered a simple and inexpensive way to treat physical and mental fatigue — including the kind caused by chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).aspartic acidThey found that aspartic acid supplements could seriously boost stamina and alertness and benefit health in many ways.

It’s no wonder that scientists believe aspartic acid can cure CFS. In fact, CFS may result from a deficiency of aspartic acid, which lowers cellular energy — and subsequently decreases your stamina.

Aspartic acid is responsible for the production of cellular fuel. The more of it your body has, the more energy you have throughout your day.

A study published in The Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences in September of 2006 documented that additional energy was created when rats were dosed with aspartic acid. For the study, 2 groups of rats swam until metabolic exhaustion set in. Researchers noted that the exhaustion point for the group given aspartic acid arrived after a significantly longer swim time.

The results of the study indicate that aspartic acid will typically increase physical endurance. Recent studies conducted with human athletes support these conclusions.

The athletes who took mineral salt preparations of aspartic acid experienced greater aerobic competency. It also appeared that the mineral salts increased endurance and stamina levels overall.

Other studies showed that 75% to 94% of patients suffering fatigue due to a multitude of different causes experienced notable improvement when treated with aspartic acid.

In fact, in one study of 80 patients who had struggled with post-surgical fatigue for more than one year, one gram of potassium-magnesium aspartate twice daily brought more than 90% complete relief from all symptoms within 2 weeks.

-Source: http://undergroundhealthreporter.com/aspartic-acid-the-key-to-a-healthy-metabolism/

 

L-Serine (Women’s Formula Only)

The syndrome fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that affects many people. It is characterised by diffuse tenderness, widespread pain, cognitive disturbance and fatigue. The exact causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, however people suffering from this condition have lower levels of serine in their blood compared with healthy people.

Source: http://aminoacidstudies.org/l-serine/

 

Recent research being done in Australia has led to the conclusion that people who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), especially those with more neurological symptoms, may actually have a treatable amino acid deficiency. At the February 1998 CFIDS conference in Sydney, doctors from Newcastle University in Callaghan, Australia, who have formed the Collaborative Pain Research Unit (CPRU), presented their intriguing discovery that a substantial number of CFIDS patients have a deficiency in the amino acid, serine.

Source: http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=428

 

D-serine vs. L-serine

This article includes references from studies using both enantiomers of serine. The two may have somewhat similar effects since L-serine is converted to D-serine by serine racemase, an enzyme that requires vitamin B6 to function. It is thus important to supplement vitamin B6 when supplementing L-serine.

Mood and Depression

D-serine produces both acute[1] and chronic[2] antidepressant effects in animal models. Chronic use was also reported to lower markers of anxiety. Studies have also shown that it may prevent cognitive impairment in subjects exposed to stressful situations[3] (like a job interview) but not in normal day-to-day situations. D-serine, therefore, does not strictly meet the definition of a nootropic. It is, however, ubiquitous in the body, and with many interesting effects in promoting cerebral health, certainly a worthy supplement.

-Source: https://nootropix.com/sarcosine-d-serine/

 

White Tea Extract

White tea flavonoids and Caffeine can ease depression by stimulating release of hormones in brain and thus reduce stress.

This remarkable tea has also been shown to fight free radicals from sun, stress and poor diet, and reverse some of the signs of aging. According to a study by Kingston University in London, it seems that white tea may be an interesting option for reducing and preventing wrinkles. Out of 21 different compounds tested, white tea was found to contain by far the highest concentration of antioxidants.

Is there anything this tea doesn’t help improve? Well, let’s see here, white tea may also reduce blood sugar and lessen the symptoms of diabetes. This astounding tea has shown to reduce stress and yet increase energy levels. Now who doesn’t want to have more energy throughout the day?

-Source: https://draxe.com/health-benefits-of-white-tea/

 

Satiereal™ Saffron Extract (crocus):

Satiereal is the name given to an extract from saffron. The extract is called Crocus Sativus.

“Modern pharmacological studies have demonstrated that saffron extract or its constituents have antidepressant,[51] anti-inflammatory,[10] anti-tumor effects, radical-scavenging, learning and memory improving properties.[52–54]”

-Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3249922/

 

“In a 2005 study of women who were depressed, 45 women were randomly given 30 mg of saffron or a placebo for 6 weeks. Women getting the saffron (Crocus sativus, which is what Satiereal comes from) scored better on depression questioners compared to women who got the placebo.”

“Several other studies exist, which also hint that saffron can help mild to moderate depression too.” -Source: https://supplement-geek.com/thrive-patch-review/

 

Ginkgo leaf extract

Ginkgo’s been widely studied for its effective anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, platelet-forming and circulation-boosting effects. According to current research, ginkgo biloba benefits include improved cognitive function, positive mood, increased energy, improved memory and reduced symptoms related to multiple chronic diseases — for instance, it’s been used as an asthma natural remedy, ADHD natural remedy and dementia treatment. In fact, it’s believed to be so effective that it’s even a prescription herb in Germany! -Source: https://draxe.com/ginkgo-biloba-benefits/

 

Phosphatidylserine

What is it?: Phosphatidylserine (PS) occurs naturally in the body and supports cellular function, especially in the brain. Although the supplement form is considered safe for most adults and children, it can cause side effects like insomnia and stomach upset, particularly at doses over 300 mg.

Does it work?: Some research suggests that athletes taking PS during strenuous training might experience less muscle soreness, but there are conflicting results. One study found preliminary evidence that a combination of soy-based PS and lecithin may moderate the body’s reaction to stress.

-Source: http://www.onemedical.com/blog/all-stress/stress-supplements/

 

Lemon Balm

What is lemon balm: Lemon balm, known formally as melissa officinalis, is a herbal plant that is often used in herbal teas and supplements. It’s known for its calming, relaxing effects, and is a favourite amongst those seeking an all-natural way to help inspire relaxation.

It has mild sedative effects for some people, but they are mellow enough that this herb can be taken during the day. Lemon balm has been used for centuries in traditional medicine from several ancient cultures. Its positive effects have been proven in many clinical trials, and it’s gentle, all-natural makeup makes it a great product to try.

-Source: http://top10supplements.com/best-supplements-for-stress-relief/

 

Kava

What is kava: Kava, otherwise known as kava kava or piper methysitcum, is the root of a pepper found naturally in the Pacific Islands. For generations, it has been used as a ceremonial drink by Pacific Islanders. It has significant anxiety-reducing effects.

In several studies, supplemental kava has been shown to offer potent relaxing qualities. This is why we added it to this guide to the best stress supplements. This ancient remedy is relevant as ever in the modern age, and when used properly, can do wonders for your stress and anxiety levels.

How kava helps reduce anxiety: In clinical trials, kava has been shown to elevate mood, induce relaxation, and improve stress management. Kava root contains natural compounds known as kavalactones, which have psychoactive effects on the brain, helping to provide a natural, narcotic-free way to reduce anxiety. Kava may also be useful in treating insomnia, menopausal mood swings, and several other health concerns.

-Source: http://top10supplements.com/best-supplements-for-stress-relief/

 

St. John’s Wort

In one study of 40 patients with social anxiety disorder, taking St. John’s wort for two weeks seemed to slightly improve anxiety symptoms; however, the difference between the groups in the study may have been due to chance, and the study itself was poorly designed, according to Lenz.

Many herbal supplements are sedatives and should not be taken with other sedative drugs or alcohol, Lenz said.

-Source: https://www.livescience.com/16975-herbal-supplements-stress-reduction.html

 

Guarana

“Guarana acts on the central nervous system to prevent fatigue and break down lactic acid from muscle stress. Guarana also discourages blood clots, stimulates the urinary system, and promotes production of digestive juices. Guarana was used to treat diarrhea, decrease fatigue, reduce hunger, and to help arthritis. Guarana has been thought as a high energy source that increases mental alertness, slows the pulse, decreases the appetite, fights fatigue, an excellent mood elevator.” –Source: https://www.practo.com/healthfeed/8-benefits-of-eating-guarana-3438/post

 

Guarana is marketed as the rocket fuel behind energy drinks and demonised as a dangerous form of supercharged caffeine, but what’s the naked truth to this Brazilian herb?

Guaraná contains caffeine, the stimulant found in coffee, tea, yerba mate, colas and chocolate. “Guaraná also contains a whole mix of other compounds that act together to stimulate you over and above its caffeine content,” says Professor Stephen Myers, Director of NatMed-Research at Southern Cross University.

In fact, at the University of Tasmania a study comparing the effects of coffee, guaraná and yerba mate showed that guaraná produced the greatest alertness and improvement in the performance of mental tasks. Coffee produced a peak in alertness after about 30-45 minutes then rapidly fell away, while the effects of guaraná were still continuing – and increasing – after 150 minutes. “There might be substances in guaraná that delay the metabolism of caffeine or slows the absorption of caffeine to prolong its effect,” Professor Myers explains.

Like other forms of caffeine, guaraná may interact with certain medications, and too much guaraná carries all the risks associated with high levels (over 300mg) of caffeine – insomnia, trembling, anxiety, dehydration and palpitations. Unlike coffee, however, laboratory tests have shown no evidence of toxicity even in large doses, but guaraná should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation, or when there is high blood pressure.

-Source: http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/health/health-news/health-benefits-of-guarana/news-story/9425c1e8cd9d759c26a10b8f8d292cde

 

Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia cambogia (GC) is a small pumpkin-shaped fruit that grows in Southeast Asia and India. The key active ingredient found in garcinia cambogia is Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), which some research suggests can help certain people lose weight. Developing research suggests that HCA might prevent fat storage, control appetite, and increase exercise endurance.

This weight loss supplement does more than just inhibit fat development. It also affects the brain. It is important to understand how garcinia cambogia improves your mood and how this affects weight loss.

The main ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia is called Hydroxycitric Acid, or HCA. HCA affects the body in a few different ways. It prevents your body from storing unused carbohydrates as fat that could add to your weight.

It also creates a full sensation while eating so that it becomes easier to consume fewer calories while dieting. The third important effect is that the HCA in Garcinia Cambogia increases the production of serotonin in the brain. Higher levels of serotonin have been proven to improve mood over time.

Serotonin is a key neurotransmitter in the brain. It is responsible for several things. Serotonin helps to regulate many functions in the body. It also allows messages to pass freely through the brain. Low levels of serotonin can lead to lethargic behavior, depression and anxiety. These factors can put you in a bad mood regardless of what is really happening around you.

Taking Garcinia Cambogia regularly will naturally stimulate the production of serotonin in your brain. You will begin to feel emotionally better. You will have fewer problems with depression, anxiety and feelings of hopelessness.

-Source: http://garciniacambogiaexpert.com/how-does-garcinia-cambogia-improve-your-mood/

 

Fish Oil

Neuroscientist, Dr. Andrew Stoll, from Harvard Medical School has found that natural sources of the essential fatty-acid, omega-3, which is found in oily fish like salmon and mackerel, can help bring mood back into balance.

-Source: https://anxietyexit.com/best-anxiety-supplements/

 

 

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Are You Investing in Your Health?

We are all willing to work hard and invest our time and money into buying a home, a new car, new clothes, new furniture and the latest new phone or gadget… We also invest time with our partners, children and family… but what about investing in us… in our health and wellbeing?

 

While all those things are important… without your mental and physical health they mean nothing. If you are not physically and mentally the best you can be, how can you give your loved ones the type of attention you want to shower on them…? When your mind and body is fatigued other stuff begins to get in the way.

 

If you are not taking care of your mind… feeding it with positive empowering thoughts, beliefs, patterns and habits… and if you are not empowering your body with the right nutrition and physical exercise you are fighting a losing battle… and in the end you just burn out… you no longer have the energy to do things… and fall into negative thought patterns, which can lead to anxiety and depression… and your body begins to create aches and pains and you begin to gain weight…

So how do you fix it? The first thing you must do is stop worrying about anything external from your self… now I do not mean be selfish and self-centred… bus as we have already mentioned… if we are not functioning at our best… then how can we expect to be able to help and support others… to provide adequately for our families? Get you mentally and physically right and everything becomes easier…

 

The first question you want to ask yourself is are you eating right and getting all the nutrition your body and mind needs for optimal performance? If you are not sure then you need to start really thinking about what you are putting into your mouth… ask yourself… while this food may taste fantastic is it going to nourish me… or is it just dead food.

 

Are you taking nutritional supplements on a daily basis…? And we are not talking about the cheap multivitamins and minerals regularly available on your supermarket or chemist shelves… w e mean a powerful effective quality nutritional supplement program that covers all the bases; vitamins, minerals, probiotics, enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants. If not then you need to get onto one now.

 

And do not kid yourself that you will get all you need from the food you eat. Our soils are so depleted of natural minerals and nutrients, it makes it near on impossible to get all the nutrients we need from the food we eat… even if you eat only organically grown food.

    Eliminate Pain and Stress with Hypnotherapy

The next step is to address your stress levels. Latest research has shown that stress is a major factor in pain, illness and disease in the body. We are constantly bombarded with stress on a daily basis through relationship stress, family stress, workplace and schoolyard stress, environmental stress and media stress through our TVs and social media sites.

 

These constant stresses build up and eventually create emotional and psychological blockages in our bodies. These emotional and psychological blockages are the source of a lot of the pain in our bodies… even long-term chronic pain. Add to that the stress of our bodies trying to deal with all the toxins created by these stresses and you have a toxic bombshell… no wonder our populations are becoming obese.

 

Stress release methods like yoga, meditation, mindfulness, counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and emotional freedom technique (EFT) are all useful ways to handle stress in our lives, but by far the fastest and most effective way is through hypnosis, and results can often be achieved in just one session.

 

So what can you do about it right now?

 

  1. Book yourself in for a stress and pain elimination hypnotherapy session. Use the Facebook message system to contact me or you can email me here

 

  1. Get on a powerful quality nutritional supplement program. We recommend this one: https://synergestic.le-vel.com

 

Take these two initial steps and combine with a fun exercise program and you will be absolutely amazed at the results in as little as a few weeks.

 

Based in the coastal city of Port Macquarie on the NSW mid-north coast of Australia, Paul Holcroft is an Australian and internationally trained and certified hypnotherapist specializing in Erickson Hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Regression and Time Line Therapy and the Rewind Technique (specifically designed for dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Phobias). Use the Facebook message system to contact me or you can email me here

Winter Superfood Immune Boosters

 

Winter Superfood Immune Protectors

With winter just around the corner it’s time, if you have not already started, to build up you immune system to combat the cold and flu viruses and infections. To help you in the fight we have put together some powerful immune system boosters to get you prepared.

Vitamins A and C have always been big players in the immune boosting game. Resveratrol (found in red grapes, raw cacao and cocoa) and pterostilbene are now also recognised as excellent immune boosters. Add some antimicrobials, antibiotics, antiparasitics foods to help your body fight off unwanted microscopic winter invaders.

Collard Greens and Cruciferous Vegetables:Collard greens and Cruciferous vegetables including Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Bok Choy, Watercress, Brussels Sprouts, Radish and Wasabi arehigh in folate, vitamin C and soluble fibre and contain multiple nutrients and phytochemicals.

Beetroot(not canned):Excellent source of A and B vitamins, antioxidants Don’t throw away the leafy tops to your beetroot (beets) as they are considered the healthiest part of the plane containing important nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, fibre, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, beet greens also supply significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

Through them into your smoothie or green drink mix as they will strengthen your immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and white blood cells

Fresh Lemonsand Limes:high in antioxidants and vitamin C and although acidic tasting are actually alkaline when consumed and help balance the pH level of the blood.

Fresh Ginger: strong antimicrobial, antibiotic, and also high in antioxidants. Ginger has been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment for colds and flu around Asia. The root acts as an antihistamine and decongestant, two cold-easing effects that can help with symptoms. Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!

Blueberries Fresh or Snap Frozen (no added sugar): high in pterostilbene, a known immune booster. Blue Berries, being very rich in anti oxidants like Anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper (a very effective immune builder and anti-bacterial), selenium, zinc, and iron (promotes immunity by raising haemoglobin and oxygen concentration in blood). Once your immunity is fortified you are less likely to catch colds and the flu virus so boost up your immune system and prevent infections.

Red Grapes: Red grapes are high in vitamin C and contain small amounts of vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, folate, beta carotene and alpha carotene. These nutrients help your body processes function properly, and many vitamins, such as vitamin A, have antioxidant properties.

Red Grapes also contain resveratrol, which is a polyphenol antioxidant. This antioxidant is concentrated in the skins of red grapes. A 1-cup serving of red grapes contains about 160 g of resveratrol, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Resveratrol seems to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiestrogenic properties, and may activate the enzymes of the liver that rid the body of unwanted chemicals,

Raw Cocoa & Cacao: also contain resveratrol (see benefits above), a known immune booster and a potent antioxidant. Raw Cacao and Cocoa also contain a natural endorphin also known as the “bliss chemical”, which acts as a mood booster.

A recent study tested the antioxidant levels of several popular hot winter beverages. The beverages tested included a cup of hot water containing two tablespoons of pure cocoa powder (not the added sugar variety commonplace on supermarket shelves), roughly equivalent to the amount of cocoa in a normal-size packet of instant hot chocolate; a cup of water containing a standard size bag of green tea; a cup of black tea; and one glass of red wine (California Merlot) The researchers found that the antioxidant concentration in pure cocoa was the highest: It was almost 2 times stronger than red wine, 2-3 times stronger than green tea, and 4-5 times stronger than that of black tea.

Apple Cider Vinegar: It boosts your immune system due to its antibacterial properties. You would think it would be acidic but in fact, similar to lemons and limes, once consumed it balances out the body’s pH levels and helps bring your body into a more alkaline state (viruses thrive in an acidic environment so pH balance is key). It is a great detox weapon when taken with water fist thing in the morning as the alkalising effect helps detoxify the liver.

Herbs & Spices

Here are some common herbs and spices known for there immune boosting properties. These can be easily added to omelettes, stews, curries and soups for added flavour.

Turmeric: high in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, great for overall cell health

If you haven’t tried adding a few tablespoons of coconut oil to your lentil soup or vegan chili, get ready to live!

Cinnamon: antimicrobial Hands down Cinnamon is the best stomach flu cure because it works very fast; it’s simple to use, cost effective and has virtually no side effects for 99.9% of people.

Cinnamon: is a warming agent. That means it has the power to dramatically reduce the chills, aches and pains and make your comfort levels so much better.

Boil some cinnamon sticks in filtered water, add some honey for taste or even add to a cup of black tea. Here is an excellent recipe for Cinnamon tea: http://www.cinnamonvogue.com/How_to_make_cinnamon_stick_tea.html

Paprika: Contains vitamin E, Carotenoids and vitamin A. A tablespoon of paprika contains 3,349 international units of vitamin A… more than 100 percent of the daily intake requirement for men and women, set by the Institute of Medicine.

Coriander: Coriander is considered both an herb and a spice since both its leaves and its seeds are used as a seasoning condiment and contains vitamin A, Vitamin C and vitamin K. Fresh coriander leaves are more commonly known as cilantro and has been found to chelate (remove) heavy metals like mercury, aluminium, and lead from the body. In fact, it is believed to cross the blood-brain barrier and actually remove said metals from the brain.

Curry: strong antifungal and antimicrobial properties

Crushed Fresh Garlic: high in sulphuric compounds, anti-fungal

Fresh Parsley:high in vitamins C, B12, K, and A (big supporters of the immune system)

Oils ain’t Oils

Not all oils are created equal or as the famous saying goes… “oils ain’t oils”. Read more about the good, the bad. And the ugly oils here: https://healthyhomesblog.com/ go to the bottom of the article.

Oregano Essential Oil (not cooking oil): Its antiviral, antibacterial and immune stimulating properties make it highly effective for many pathogenic infections. Because it is high in phenols, as is thyme, clove, basil, tea tree and peppermint essential oils, it cleanses receptor sites and combats free radicals as well.

Organic Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil: (antiviral, antimicrobial) Because of it’s anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, pure virgin coconut oil when topically applied on infections, forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is also very effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.

According to the Coconut Research Centre, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes and SARS. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhoea. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause Candida growth, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush and diaper rash. Find out more benefits of coconut oil here: https://healthyhomesblog.com/

Sunshine: Last but not least, something that isn’t mentioned often enough when we talk about a strong immune defence is sunlight. The sun gives us an abundance of vitamin D, which has been shown to support our immune system in a big way. You should be getting at least 15min of sunshine on your body per day. The best times are early morning or late afternoon sun.

 

Is Chocolate Really Good for You?

 

Time to clear up the hype about how chocolate is good for you. This was obviously conjured up by marketeers and chocolate manufactures to keep you buying chocolate… and then reinforced by all the chocoholics that want to find an excuse for eating more of it. People will take any hint of goodness to label something they love as ‘healthy’ and then tell everyone… a marketers’ dream right?

 

Sorry but No, chocolate is NOT good for you! Chocolate contains high amounts of saturated fat and lots of added sugar, both of which are very bad for you. Neither are the commercial brand of Milo and drinking chocolates because they are loaded with sugar, milk solids and high level of saturated fats added during manufacturing.

 

Although many studies show chocolate has some beneficial effects, and contain antioxidants, these effects are due to the cocoa or cacao component and are FAR more effective in the form of pure cocoa or raw cacao powder than they are in chocolate.

 

You only need a small amount of cocoa or raw cacao powder to experience these benefits, but the benefits you receive from chocolate are quickly outweighed by the intake of bad macro nutrients.

 

CHOCOLATE IS NOT HEALTHY!!

 

Are Cocoa powder and Cacao powder the same?

Raw cocoa and raw cacao are the same. Cacao is just the botanical name for the cocoa plant… both cocoa and cacao come from the same plant albeit processed differently. What is generally considered “raw” cacao is suppose to be a cocoa powder that has been in a process that never exceeded 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

This is almost impossible to achieve as the cocoa (cacao) is sourced from third world countries near the Equator and the drying process, under black linens on patios and even on concrete slabs under the hot sun making it an almost impossible scenario… and yes, you need to dry them, otherwise within a few days they will rotten, and the shell will be too difficult to peel off.

 

ALL cocoa powder comes from the cocoa bean, which without the shell is called cocoa nib (a.k.a. cacao nib). The first step is grinding of the nib (which again, when you grind something to such small particle size you will create a lot of friction with… that’s right… heat!). That will give you the cocoa/cacao paste (a.k.a. cacao mass or chocolate liquor), which has about 50 to 56% fat (cocoa butter) in it…and ALL cocoa powders have to go through that stage.

 

Next stage is to take some of that butter away, which the raw community claims can be done through “cold pressing”. For any that don’t understand that term, cold pressing is done with oils like olive oil to preserve the oil almost intact by cooling the press plates while applying pressure (pressure generates heat, therefore it needs to be cooled). But here is a reminder, olive oil is liquid in room temperature, cocoa butter is SOLID, and it STARTS melting at about 100 degrees Fahrenheit … so, you cannot control and cool it to a point where it will be still in a solid phase, because it cannot be pressed and “flow” out.

 

Last operation is to grind the solids left in the press, again – heat…and there is your cocoa powder or cacao powder… you tell me if you call it “raw”, a term not defined by the FDA for cocoa, and that can be used by anyone just to sell the cocoa to a much higher price. Maybe that is why bigger, more serious companies don’t have this product, since they do not want to be liable for false advertising…

 

Regarding “Raw” cocoa nibs or cocoa beans…yes, that is possible, and the only concern is the high bacteriological plate count… but how much you want to train your immune system is up to each individual. And yes, the less manipulated the cocoa, the more polyphenols and healthy chemicals you will obtain from it.

 

There is also a difference between alkalized or ducthed powders, and the natural ones (which do not contain any potassium carbonate), being the second ones the ones containing more of the healthy properties (antioxidants). But that is totally different than claiming a “raw” cocoa powder.

 

So, that is my explanation, and again, I respect anyone’s opinion on what they want to eat or how they want to consume it. I just disagree with misleading the general public just to make juicy profits.

-Source: From a forum post by a chemical engineer based on her reasoning and experience of 15 years in the cocoa business.

 

Do production differences affect the antioxidant levels of raw cacao and cocoa powders?

 

Since natural unsweetened cocoa powder is very similar to raw cacao powder except for experiencing higher temperatures during production, the question is, does natural cocoa powder have the same benefits as raw cacao powder?

 

The main beneficial property of raw cacao powder is antioxidants. Antioxidant activity is measured as an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) score. Foods with higher ORAC values have more antioxidant activity.

 

The ORAC score for raw cacao powder is 95 500 μ mol TE/100g, compared with 26 000 μ mol TE/100g for roasted cocoa powder (I cannot find a source clarifying whether this is for natural or dutch-processed cocoa powder). So raw cacao powder has 3.67 times the antioxidant activity of roasted cocoa powder

-Read more at Nourish My Life 

 

What are the health benefits of raw cacao?

 

-Lowers insulin resistance.

 

-Protects your nervous system: Cacao is high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant also found in red wine, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system.

 

-Shields nerve cells from damage.

 

-Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

-Reduces your risk of stroke.

 

-Reduces blood pressure.

 

Slows the ageing process by assisting with nitric oxide metabolism: Nitric oxide protects your heart by relaxing your blood vessels and thereby lowering your blood pressure. However, nitric oxide production produces adverse reactions and toxic metabolites, which must be neutralised by your body so they don’t result in oxidative damage to your blood vessel lining. Cocoa polyphenols protect your body from these metabolites and help counter the typical age-related decline in nitric oxide production.

 

Guards against toxins: as a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. In fact cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries. Antioxidants are responsible for 10% of the weight of raw cacao.

 

Boosts your mood: cocoa can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being. And the same brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love – phenylethylamine – is found in chocolate.

 

It is rich in minerals: magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese.

 

On the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale, which is a way of measuring antioxidants raw cacao has an ORAC of 95,500 where as roasted cocoa powder has an ORAC of 26,000. This does make raw cacao a more powerful antioxidant source.

 

However, when assessing raw cacao we must also consider where the cacao is sourced and whether the process is monitored correctly, which in this day and age of the quick buck, needs close scrutiny.

 

Most cacao or cocoa is harvested from beans grown in third-world countries, and many of the conditions these beans are exposed to during growth and fermentation is extremely unsanitary.

 

In her article on potential risks of raw cacao, Stephanie Zonis explains that consumption of raw organic cacao powder may drastically increase the risk of pathogen-associated illnesses (or food poisoning) because the cooler temperatures may allow pathogens to survive. However, pathogenic risks are also associated with the addition of egg and dairy products to cocoa powders during the production of chocolate.

Read more at Sally Bernstein.com