Friday, May 8, 2009

One of the most essential nutrients required by the human body is vitamin C.

2008 was the 80th anniversary of the discovery of vitamin C. There was an article last month in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine regarding vitamin C, asking the question, "Is supplementation necessary for optimal health?" The article notes that consumption of vitamin C is essential for life in humans because unlike other animals, humans do not have the ability to synthesize vitamin C. There have been numerous studies in the medical literature indicating that supplementation with vitamin C enhances immune function and appears to have some beneficial effect on a wide variety of human health concerns including cardiovascular health. The article notes that modern crop production, transport and fruit storage has impaired the quality of micro-nutrients, such as vitamin C. Therefore, eating fruit will not give a person the amount of vitamin C needed, and supplementation is necessary.
Two recent articles cite the beneficial effects of vitamin C. First, a study just published in the December 2008 edition of the Nutrition Journal followed 242 healthy women between the ages of 18 to 21 from California for several years. In a cross-sectional analysis, plasma vitamin C levels at year 10 appeared to be inversely associated with both systolic and diastolic blood pressure after adjusting for other factors. Individuals who had the highest ¼ blood levels of vitamin C in their blood had a decrease in systolic blood pressure of 4.6 mm and 6 mm lower diastolic blood pressure which was highly statistically significant compared to the lowest ¼. The authors concluded that vitamin C was found to be inversely associated with blood pressure changes.
In addition, there was an epidemiologic study on the effects of antioxidants and abnormal cellular growth of the uterus published in the December 2008 journal Cancer Causes and Control. The study found that there was an inverse relationship between this abnormal cellular growth and dietary intakes of vitamin C and vitamin E from living sources. (Synthetic forms of C and E did not produce these positive results. In fact the synthetic form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid, was found to rob the tissues of missing vitamin C elements, leaving the body more nutrient depleted.)

As you may recall, the great two time Noble Prize winning scientist Dr. Linus Pauling, wrote books and published medical studies on the benefits of vitamin C. It's interesting to note that when Dr. Pauling was born the average male had a life expectancy measured in their 50s and yet Dr. Pauling lived and was quite productive into his 90s.

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Avoid Toxic Preservatives in so called "Health" drinks

Over the last couple of years I have been approached by several people asking me to recommend and sell MonaVie, Goji Juice as well as a few other multi level marketing "health" products. I explained to each person that I would never sell a product that I would not take personally or give to my family. I went on to explain that these so-called health drinks contain 2 very toxic preservatives, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate. They also contain "Natural Flavors" which is another name for MSG. And also that in combination with ascorbic acid (a chemical form of vitamin C, E300), sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate may form benzene, a known carcinogen.

"All Natural"
Goji Juice & MonaVie state on their label that natural flavors are used.

Most all "natural flavorings" are not in the least natural. They are almost always flavor esters which are chemically created in a laboratory and is used as a code name for MSG ( Yet the FDA permits the legal use of the words natural flavoring for these concoctions.

This is a subject that goes into another entire realm. For now, please trust us when we tell you that the "natural flavorings" added to Himalayan Goji Juice (and almost all other products from Kraft through McDonald's) are almost always far from our definitions of natural. We call them artificial chemicals or MSG.

Please beware whenever you hear the word natural. There is no strict FDA definition of the word natural. This word is widely applied to many quite artificial food products.

Natural has become the most used and abused buzzword in the whole food industry. In the old days, maybe it meant something - well, at least a little something. These days, it seems the people who use it the most are often the very worst offenders for promoting what we would call unnatural products.

The truth is: sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (the preservatives used in Himalayan Goji Juice) are highly refined derivative chemicals, which are no more "naturally occurring" than saccharin, gasoline, or crack cocaine.

Sodium Benzoate

The fact that these so-called "health" drinks from multi level marketing companies use of the words "naturally derived" serve only to confuse the facts that these preservatives are man-made, and therefore artificial chemicals. (Of course, this is a complaint we have with most food companies, not at all just the multi-level marketing companies.)

The fact that these preservatives are "derived" from trees is not relevant and certainly does not make these products "natural" or healthy. Methanol (wood alcohol), for example, is also a chemical derived from trees. Its ingestion can lead to blindness and death.

There are three methods for the commercial preparation of sodium benzoate ( Here's what the FDA has to say about sodium benzoate (our emphasis added):

Sodium benzoate is the chemical benzoate of soda (C7H5NaO2), produced by the neutralization of benzoic acid with sodium bicarbonate, sodium carbonate, or sodium hydroxide. The salt is not found to occur naturally. FDA

Potassium Sorbate

Potassium sorbate is a potassium salt version of sorbic acid. Sorbic acid was first isolated from the oil of the unripened rowan berry (mountain ash tree berry).

Potassium sorbate can be produced by a refining process of the berries. So, while this preservative is derived from a natural substance, please remember that potassium sorbate is a highly refined product - not a substance that occurs in nature. That would be like saying that morphine is a natural substance because it is derived from poppy flowers.

Product Safety

The preservatives used in these so-called "health" drinks are listed safe by the FDA.

However, recent FDA scientific findings indicate that

In combination with ascorbic acid (vitamin C, E300), sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate may form benzene, a known carcinogen. FDA

According the the FreeLife Himalayan Juice label, there are 15 mg. of ascorbic acid in each serving. What happens when ascorbic acid interacts with the sodium benzoate? Has FreeLife Himalayan Juice been tested for benzene?

Professor Peter Piper of the University of Sheffield claims that sodium benzoate by itself can damage and inactivate vital parts of DNA in a cell's mitochondria:

The mitochondria consumes the oxygen to give you energy and if you damage it - as happens in a number of diseased states - then the cell starts to malfunction very seriously. And there is a whole array of diseases that are now being tied to damage to this DNA - Parkinson's and quite a lot of neuro-degenerative diseases, but above all the whole process of aging. Wikipedia

No organization can guarantee chemical safety. No scientist or doctor possesses the intellectual knowledge base or the resources to give a final answer to humanity as to whether any laboratory-made substance is safe for consumption.

At best, scientists can only tell us that, with their current limited intelligence and understanding, they are unable to link a particular substance to a harmful result.

Everyone knows that the FDA reverses their decisions from time to time. Drugs, food additives, and chemical fertilizers that were once "proven" safe are many years later proven again as dangerous and subsequently banned.

This pattern seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Assuming that man will never possess the almighty intelligence of Nature, we would not be surprised if, sooner or later, all man-made ingested substances could be linked to health-damaging effects.

If you want to consume acai berries, buy them as whole berries and eat them. Although studies show that blueberries and other fruit still have greater antioxidant properties then the acai berry and the jury is still out on the power of the acai berry.

If you want to consume Goji berries, eat those in their pure state as a berry. You may purchase whole Goji berries at

You would be much better off eating organically grown fresh foods from Nature and stay away from chemical preservatives altogether. Please be sure to read all your labels of your food and your "health" drinks.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Super Nano-Green Tea

By now, we know that drinking green tea is undoubtedly good for our bodies. The antioxidant and free-radical scavenging properties of green tea have made it a must-have for the health conscious and numerous studies highlight the potential benefits of green tea including cancer prevention and weight loss.
But green tea isn't just a delicious and healthful drink; it can also be used as an at-home health and beauty remedy. Read on to find out 7 surprising things you didn't know about green tea
1. It can reduce puffy peepers: Stayed out too late last night? Soaking a cotton pad in green tea and placing it over eyes for 10 minutes can reduce the puffiness of tired eyes, making you look revitalized and refreshed.
2. It can soothe skin: Spent a little too much time in the sun? Use the naturally calming properties of green tea to soothe sunburned skin. Place green tea in a spray bottle and mist on sunburned areas for all-natural relief. Because it has anti-bacterial qualities, green tea can also be used as an antiseptic to spray on skin blemishes or irritations.
3. It's great for teeth: Green is a superstar for keeping gums and teeth healthy. Green tea can even be used as a mouthwash to maintain breath.
4. It can soothe sore throats: The anti-viral effects of green tea make it an excellent remedy to help prevent the effects of a cold or flu. In fact, you can gargle with green tea to soothe a sore throat.
5. It's good for the bones: Naturally high in minerals, green tea aids in strong bone density, which is important for maintaining good posture.
6. It's good for the feet: Soaking tired feet in green tea can prevent unpleasant fungal infections.
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Happy New Year!

Good Health & Blessings,