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Do you struggle with Depression or know someone who does? Tired of being pushed the drug route? Want to heal your body naturally? Try a few of these herbs. You can take them in combinations in tea form or supplement form. If you need help deciphering what you think you need first, let me help you sort it out before you spend extra money trying to experiement on your own.
Herbs for depression
Rhodiola rosea (Crassulaceae) is a perennial plant that grows in cold, alpine regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Its roots contain a sap that has long been used to improve physical and mental endurance, relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress, and even lift mood and alleviate depression symptoms. This is why it is considered to be an adaptogen, a natural substance that helps normalize the body’s response to stress, and maintain optimal homeostasis by balancing the immune system and endocrine hormones (http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbclip/342/review45139.html).
Numerous scientific studies, including research conducted and compiled by Dr. Zakir Ramazanov, a former Soviet soldier-turned-doctor, has revealed that rhodiola rosea can be safely used to reduce recovery time after workouts, improve attention span and memory, improve physical fitness and performance, enhance psychomotor function, and alleviate depression and anxiety (http://rhodiolarosea.org/rhodiola-benefits/).
100mg of Rhodila a day (Dr.Weil.com)
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035463_depression_herbs_remedies.html#ixzz3zjQgnxzR
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), a plant native to temperate and subtropical regions of the world, has long been used in many cultures to treat depression. Numerous research studies, including a 2008 study published as part of the Cochrane Systematic Review, have found that St. John’s Wort is at least as effective as standard antidepressant drugs at treating mild to moderate depressive disorders, but with few potentially harmful side effects (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/10/081007192435.htm).
When taken as a whole extract, St. John’s Wort has also been shown to help naturally alleviate sleep disorders, promote relaxation, and boost energy levels in such a way that avoids the “spikes” and “plunges” typically associated with consumption of caffeine and other stimulants. St. John’s Wort is considered to be a safe, inexpensive herbal remedy that can help promote improved overall mental health.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035463_depression_herbs_remedies.html#ixzz3zjSFGRPF
Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a tropical rainforest plant whose berries have the highest known levels of natural vitamin C in the world. The plant’s fruit, which is naturally tangy and sweet, contains a host of nutrients, including vitamin C, that fight the negative effects of the herpes virus, promote immune health, alleviate inflammation, and fight bacteria and viruses. Camu Camu also has adaptogenic properties that normalize bodily processes during stress, and help relieve symptoms of depression.
In his Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Healing, Dr. Gary Null, Ph.D., critically-acclaimed nutritionist and researcher, lists Camu Camu as the second most potent known plant for containing natural antidepressant compounds — and best of all, eating camu camu has absolutely no know negative side effects
Therapeutic Ranges for Vit C falls between 3000-5000mg day
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035463_depression_herbs_remedies.html#ixzz3zjSTNQ4d
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), an Indian plant that has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine, contains powerful adaptogenic compounds that are known to relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression. The plant is also known to help fight degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, as well as inhibit the growth and spread of cancer cells.
Several studies, including one published in the journal Phytomedicine back in 2000, have found that ashwagandha works as well as, or better than, antidepressant drugs at relieving anxiety and treating depression symptoms. And ashwagandha naturally prevents stress-induced free radical damage without causing harmful side effects (http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/jun2006_report_ashwa_01.htm).
Ashwaganda can be up to 6000mg a day, suggesting to be taken in 3 doses divided.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035463_depression_herbs_remedies.html#ixzz3zjSWnAz2
Maca (Lepidium meyenii), also known as “Peruvian ginseng,” is a root vegetable that is packed with amino acids, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Like the other herbs mentioned, it has long been used in traditional medicine to increase energy and stamina, enhance libido, and boost the immune, adrenal, and endocrine systems.
In a 2008 study published in the journal Menopause, researchers found that maca helps reduce anxiety and depression symptoms in women with menopause (http://drtorihudson.com). And in a 2006 study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers found that maca clearly exhibits general antidepressant activity in all people when consumed.
Maca can be 500-2000mg a day. (macaextract.net)
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Rutabaga Sweet Potato Soup
Vegan, Gluten Free
Happily Serves 4
ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
1 butternut squash, cut in half
3 garlic cloves
2 cups rutabaga, peeled and diced
2 cups sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 tsp. Sea salt
½ tsp pepper
1 Yellow onion, chopped
¾ Cup soaked cashews
2½ Cups Coconut milk
2 Cups vegetable or chicken broth
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp thyme
Preheat oven to 400º .
Rub the squash with oil and place cut-side down on a baking sheet.
Cut garlic and let sit 5-10 mins.
Coat the rutabaga and sweet potato in oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Add both to baking sheet. Bake for 50-60 minutes, rotate half way through.
Sauté onion and garlic until soft and caramelized.
Remove roasted veggies from oven and blend all of the above in a food processor until smooth. The nuts may remain grainy, but that’s okay. You can add water to reach desired consistency.
Rutabagas Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 3.5 ounces (100 grams), raw
Calories from fat 2
Total fat 0 g 0%
Saturated fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 20 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9 g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2 g 7%
Sugar 6 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 31% Calcium 5% Iron 3%
Health Benefits of Rutabagas
All crucifers (brassicas or cole crops) are high in antioxidant and anti-cancer compounds. The anti-cancer properties of these vegetables are so well established that the American Cancer Society recommends that Americans increase their intake of cruciferous vegetables.
Rutabaga’s most significant nutrient comes from vitamin C. One cup contains 53% of the daily recommended value, providing antioxidants and immune system-supporting functions that help protect the cells from free radical damage. Although rutabagas provide only 5% of the iron needed for healthy blood on a daily basis, vitamin C enhances its absorption, while helping to form both collagen and the thyroid hormone thyroxine, which protect cells against damage, encourage wounds to heal, fight infections, and promote healthy bones, teeth, gums, and blood vessels.
Beta-carotene-rich rutabagas are also an excellent source of potassium and manganese (for energy), and a good source of fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6 (helps support the nervous system), calcium (for strong bones), magnesium (helps absorb calcium and combat stress), and phosphorus (helps metabolize proteins and sugars).
Are you tired of getting sick? Antioxidants could be the answer…
Antioxidants have been around since the beginning of time. We often hear about them on commercials, or talk shows. Most people don’t realize that the food that we eat or don’t eat will make the difference in our overall health. The benefits of antioxidants can be found in plant based diets, fruits and vegetables, nuts, and antioxidant vitamins. Many antioxidant rich foods are called super foods. This article is a great way to understand what foods will arm your body with the defenses that it needs to fight off sickness and infection. We will dive into the health benefits of the top 10 antioxidant rich foods. You should definitely add these to your diet.
|antioxidants||A substance that reduces damage due to oxygen, such as that caused by free radicals. Well-known antioxidants include enzymes and other substances, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene, which are capable of counteracting the damaging effects of oxidation. Antioxidants are also commonly added to food products such as vegetable oils and prepared foods to prevent or delay their deterioration from the action of air. Antioxidants may possibly reduce the risks of cancer. Antioxidants clearly slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.|
|oxidative stress||reflects an imbalance between the systemic manifestation of reactive oxygen species and a biological system’s ability to readily detoxify the reactive intermediates or to repair the resulting damage. Disturbances in the normal redox state of cells can cause toxic effects through the production of peroxides and free radicals that damage all components of the cell, including proteins, lipids, and DNA.|
|free radical formation||Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd (unpaired) number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction, like dominoes. Their chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of antioxidants.|
|oxygen radical absorbance capacity||ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It’s a lab test that attempts to quantify the “total antioxidant capacity” (TAC) of a food by placing a sample of the food in a test tube, along with certain molecules that generate free radical activity and certain other molecules that are vulnerable to oxidation . After a while, they measure how well the sample protected the vulnerable molecules from oxidation by the free radicals. The less free radical damage there is, the higher the antioxidant capacity of the test substance. There are actually a handful of different tests designed to measure total antioxidant capacity in this way, but the ORAC is probably the best known and most popular
|inflammation||Inflammation and Antioxidants,
Apple Cider Vinegar
- lowers cholesterol
- boost energy
- reduces cramping and lactic acid
- helps bad breath
- controls blood sugar
- supports heart health
- whitens teeth
- boost immune system function/fights infection
- aids in cancer prevention
- fights inflammation
- promotes total body detoxification
- acts as an antidote for nausea
- reduces inflammation – arthritis – headaches
- stimulates circulation
- inhibits rhinovirus – a cause of the common cold
- fights salmonella
- reduces gas and intestinal pain
- fights cancer
- detoxifies the liver
- relieves sinus pressure
- treats urinary tract infections
- reduces bloating
- aids in muscle soreness
- decrease risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease
- promotes healthy hair and complexion
- great source of vitamin C
- reduce risk of colorectal and other intestinal cancers
- improve mood and help with depression
- reduce risk of diabetes and obesity
- great cancer fighter
- reduces cholesterol and heart disease
- lowers inflammation
- treats foot or nail fungus
- kills parasites or infection
- minimizes sinus infection and cold symptoms
- great for cleaning when mixed with lemon and vinegar
- helps with chronic inflammation
- reduces symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis
- improves mood and aids in depression
- lowers blood glucose levels
- inhibits cancer cell growth
- has anti-aging properties
- reduces acid reflux
- decreases migrane symptoms
- aid in genital herpes outbreaks
- helps cure strep throat
- reduces urinary tract infections
- cures yeast infections
- cancer fighting properties
- aids in nausea and upset stomach
- natural cough suppressant
- assists in blood sugar regulation
- heals ulcers
- good cholesterol regulator
It is not hard to see the benefits of these powerful antioxidants. If you work them into your diet your will surely see and feel the difference. In addition to these awesome foods, a green drink will work wonders for your overall health and well being. If you enjoyed this article, then I assume that you like to know what is in your food and why it is good for you. This book is the best book I have ever found for understanding the ‘whys’ about food. If you have any questions about fitness or nutrition, email Jodi at email@example.com .