Glutathione “The Master Antioxidant

Glutathione “The Master Antioxidant”

Glutathione is known as the “Master Antioxidant or “mother of all antioxidants” Without antioxidants, nature’s free radicals would cause endless damage to our bodies and living healthy would be quite difficult. Fortunately, we have a built in system of antioxidant power that when operating optimally, the dreaded effects of aging can be thwarted and youth preserved. Glutathione is a very simple molecule that is produced naturally all the time in your body. It is a combination of three simple building blocks of protein or amino acids — cysteine, glycine and glutamine.

The secret of its power is the sulfur (SH) chemical groups it contains. Sulfur is a sticky, smelly molecule. It acts like fly paper and all the bad things in the body stick onto it, including free radicals and toxins like mercury and other heavy metals. Because glutathione exists within the cells, it is in a prime position to neutralize free radicals. It also has potentially widespread health benefits because it can be found in all types of cells, including the cells of the immune system, whose job is to fight disease.

Normally glutathione is recycled in the body except when the toxic load becomes too great. And that explains why we are in such trouble

It’s the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease. It’s the secret to prevent aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. There are more than 89,000 medical articles about it but your doctor doesn’t know how address the epidemic deficiency of this critical life-giving molecule.

The good news is that the human body produces its own glutathione. The bad news is that poor diet, pollution; toxins, medications, stress, trauma, sleep deprivation, aging, infections and radiation all deplete your glutathione levels. This leaves you susceptible to unrestrained cell disintegration from oxidative stress, free radicals, infections and cancer. When your liver gets overloaded and damaged, it makes it unable to do its job of detoxification.

Research has showed that glutathione deficiency is found in nearly all very ill patients. These include people with chronic fatigue syndrome, heart disease, cancer, chronic infections, autoimmune disease, diabetes, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, asthma, kidney problems, liver disease and more. Our ability to produce and maintain a high level of glutathione is critical to recovery from nearly all chronic illness and to preventing disease and maintaining optimal health and performance

Glutathione is revered because of its amazing power over free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules in our body that cause damage to our tissue and organs because of their erratic behavior. Glutathione, like other antioxidants, grab on to the unruly free radical and remove an electron, the bad influence on the free radical, and render it harmless. Glutathione is our most abundant antioxidant found in our cells and livers, and even stored in our protein. Science has observed that when there is marked illness, glutathione levels plummet. It is crucial to maintain adequate levels of glutathione, especially for those with chronic disease and autoimmune conditions.  Those with autoimmune conditions are often low in glutathione levels.

Key Points About Glutathione

  • Low levels of glutathione are a harbinger for illness and premature death
  • It is the primary water-soluble antioxidant and able to restore Vitamin C to it’s usable form
  • Glutathione levels are boosted by lipoic acid (another antioxidant)
  • Glutathione is crucial for the detoxification of drugs and other pollutants, and for the health of the liver.
  • Promote heart health
  • Protect your body from mold toxins and alcohol damage
  • Glutathione is key to a strong immune system
  • Glutathione assists in the storage and transport of amino acids, our building blocks for proteins
  • The best way to boost glutathione levels is to take 100 mg of alpha lipoic acid daily.

 Glutathione (GSH) is produced out of these three precursors in every cell of the human body and performs many important roles, such as:

  • Regulation of cell growth and division –
For cells to grow and divide they go through several very complex stages. Glutathione reduces the oxides, such as hydrogen peroxide, inside the cell that would otherwise prevent cell division and growth.
  • DNA synthesis and repair (synthesis – reproduction/creation of a new copy)
Glutathione protects the DNA from oxidative stress during cell division, which allows for DNA synthesis (division). When the DNA is mutated by a free radical stealing an electron from the DNA, glutathione repairs the mutated DNA by giving up an electron to the DNA (replacing the DNA’s missing electron).
  • Protein synthesis – 
Glutathione maintains our proteins in their proper form. Its sulfur atom reacts with unnatural sulfur-sulfur bonds in proteins, breaking them and allowing the proper pairings to form.
  • Amino acid transport (transport – movement into, out of, within a cell, or between cells, by means of some agent such as a transporter) –Glutathione is predominately located in the cell, whereas a major fraction of the cellular y-glutamyl transpeptidase (glutathione enzyme) is on the external surface of cell membranes. This means intracellular glutathione is translocated out of many cells – glutathione moves substances, such as amino acids, in and out of the cell.
  • Enzyme catalysis –
Glutathione provides the mechanism by which many enzymes are changed (reduced, transformed or changed from one state to another state). Glutathione is the bridge (catalysis) in the chemical reaction between some enzymes.
  • Enzyme activation – The highly reactive sulfide bond in glutathione wakes up or activates enzymes so that they carry out their function or are moved from one phase to the next.
  • Metabolism of toxins (metabolism or biotransformation – breaking down, activating or transforming) – 
In the liver, the enzyme glutathione S-transferase takes the sulfur from glutathione and attaches it to toxic molecules, this makes the toxin more water soluble (it is diluted in water easily). Once a toxin is water soluble, it is transported to the body’s elimination systems and is excreted from the body.
  • Metabolism of carcinogens
- Glutathione enzymes transform carcinogens, through chemical reaction, to unreactive and non-genotoxic compounds that can be eliminated without causing damage to the cell or DNA.
  • Metabolism of xenobiotics (xenobiotics – chemical components (drugs and poisons) foreign to the body) – Glutathione interacts with foreign chemicals (primarily, it is a scavenger of harmful xenobiotics that have been oxidized) compounds to neutralize and break them down, then eliminate them from the body.
  • Conjugation to heavy metals (conjugation – joining with and transforming by becoming part of)
Glutathione joins with heavy metals to neutralize them and eliminate them from the body.
  • Conjugation to xenobiotics – In some instances, depending on the state of the xenobiotic, glutathione joins with it instead of metabolizing it.
  • Enhancement of systemic immune function – The immune system works best if the lymphoid cells have properly balanced glutathione. The cloning of T-cells consumes large quantities of cysteine. Macrophages (type of white blood cells), which are only present in sufficient quintiles when there is sufficient glutathione, provide the cysteine for the T-cell cloning. Glutathione regulates the binding, internalization, degradation and T-cell proliferation by increasing, as much as two times, the number of binding cellular receptors. More receptors equates to more T-cells being produced simultaneously (multiple T-cell cloning). Cellular GSH also affects the growth and replication of T-cells through growth stimulating cytokines.
  • Enhancement of humoral immune function – The role of glutathione in the humoral response is that it protects the cells taking part in the humoral response all along this complex process. A quick synapsis of the humoral immune response: “humoral” means circulating in the bloodstream. This is an immune response (chiefly against bacterial invasion) that is mediated by B cells and involves the transformation of B cells into plasma cells that produce and secrete antibodies to a specific antigen. The process in a nutshell: macrophages engulf and digest the invading pathogen. The digested pieces activate helper T cells which in turn activate the proliferation of B cells that are programed for the specific invading pathogen
  • Resistance to UV radiation – Glutathione detoxifies reactive oxygen radicals created by radiation, which reduces the damage to the cell. Glutathione also interacts covalently and non-covalently (neutralizes the reactivity in several ways) with parts of the cell that keep the cell from triggering apoptosis (cell death).
  • Decreases radiation damage – The action of glutathione in decreasing the damage from radiation is the same as in resistance to UV radiation above.
  • Decreases free radical damage – The crucial cysteine molecule is the key to the protection afforded by glutathione. Its sulfur atom scavenges destructive molecules (peroxides and free radicals) converting them to harmless compounds, such as water.
  • Decreases oxyradical damage – Glutathione detoxifies reactive oxygen radicals by giving them an electron, which effectively neutralizes them, or glutathione joins with the oxyradical, which again neutralizes it.
  • Metabolizing of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) – 
Glutathione biotransforms hydrogen peroxide by turning it into harmless water.
  • Recycling of other antioxidants (master antioxidant role) – Glutathione recycles oxidized lipoic acid, vitamin C and E by restoring them to an active state, mostly by donating the electrons that they used in metabolizing (neutralizing) free radicals. So, instead of having this army of antioxidants flushed out, they are recycled by glutathione and sent back out to work.
  • Storage and transport of cysteine – Glutathione is a tripeptide made up of amino acids CYSTEINE, glycine and glutamate. Glutathione provides and determines the amount and availability of neuronal cysteine.
  • Regulation of homocysteine – The methionine cycle and the transsulfuration sequence compose the mechanisms for homocysteine metabolism. Trans-sulfuration sequence requires large quantities of cysteine. It is suspected that the rapid turnover of glutathione in the liver, kidneys, small intestine and pancreas accounts for the metabolism of homocysteine in these organs. Homocysteine metabolism also involves multiple enzymes. Excessive homocysteine is a known contributing factor of hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis).

Sources and Supplementation

Glutathione is probably not well absorbed into the body when taken by mouth. One way to get around that is to take it by vein. A more practical solution is to take the precursors that is, the molecules the body needs to make glutathione rather than glutathione itself. Glutathione is abundant in many fruits, vegetables and fresh cooked meats. However, the digestive process breaks it down. It is believed that the molecule of glutathione is too large to pass through the digestive tract, allowing only small amounts to be absorbed into the body. For this reason, oral glutathione supplementation is not recommended. There are topical creams that do deliver a beneficial dosage of glutathione when applied to vascular areas of the body.

One of the best ways to boost glutathione levels are to supplement with nutrients that assist the body in recycling already used glutathione. As mentioned, glutathione takes an electron from a free radical to calm it down. Once it has accepted that electron, it is no longer able to perform again unless the body recycles it. Fortunately for us, many of our antioxidants work in tandem. Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) works well with glutathione. ALA is easily absorbed in supplements and it partners with glutathione to restore its antioxidant power. The amino acid N-Acetyl Cysteine is also able to boost glutathione levels, but not nearly as efficiently as ALA. Supplements with ALA and NAC work well at boosting our miracle antioxidant.

Lifestyle choices like smoking and eating too many nitrate-laden foods (i.e., luncheon meats) can work against your glutathione levels. Alcohol consumption also robs our stores of glutathione in our liver. If you are concerned about cancer and inflammation in the body, work heartily at keeping your glutathione levels in check.

You’ve probably heard that free radicals are a big part of the human’s aging process. Gluathione is probably nutrition’s greatest defense against the battle of aging and loss of vitality. A diet high in the other key antioxidants that work with glutathione, like Vitamin C and E, and alpha lipoic acid, as well as a simple supplementation with a glutathione recycling supplement can ensure a healthier more respectable aging process.

The Importance of Glutathione in Protecting Against Chronic Illness

Glutathione is critical for one simple reason: It recycles antioxidants. Dealing with free radicals is like handing off a hot potato. They get passed around from vitamin C to vitamin E to lipoic acid and then finally to glutathione which cools off the free radicals and recycles other antioxidants. After this happens, the body can “reduce” or regenerate another protective glutathione molecule and we are back in business.

However, problems occur when we are overwhelmed with too much oxidative stress or too many toxins. Then the glutathione becomes depleted and we can no longer protect ourselves against free radicals, infections, or cancer and we can’t get rid of toxins. This leads to further sickness and soon we are in the downward spiral of chronic illness.

But that’s not all. Glutathione is also critical in helping your immune system do its job of fighting infections and preventing cancer. That’s why studies show that it can help in the treatment of AIDS.

Glutathione is also the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. All the toxins stick onto glutathione, which then carries them into the bile and the stool and out of your body.

And lastly, it also helps us reach peak mental and physical function. Research has shown that raised glutathione levels decrease muscle damage, reduce recovery time, increase strength and endurance and shift metabolism from fat production to muscle development.

If you are sick or old or are just not in peak shape, you likely have glutathione deficiency.

In fact, the top British medical journal, the Lancet, found the highest glutathione levels in healthy young people, lower levels in healthy elderly, lower still in sick elderly and the lowest of all in the hospitalized elderly.

Keeping yourself healthy, boosting your performance, preventing disease and aging well depends on keeping your glutathione levels high.

It is critical for immune function and controlling inflammation. It is the master detoxifier and the body’s main antioxidant, protecting our cells and making our energy metabolism run well.

And the good news is that you can do many things to increase this natural and critical molecule in your body. You can eat glutathione-boosting foods. You can exercise. And you can take glutathione-boosting supplements. Let’s review more specifics about each.

WHAT DOES GLUTATHIONE DO IN OUR BODIES?

  • Antioxidant – GSH is the body’s master Antioxidant, our bodies depend on GSH for the removal of toxins and GSH is at the heart of all immune functions. Other antioxidants in our body depend on GSH to function properly.
  • Detoxification – GSH detoxifies a large number of pollutants by binding to carcinogens, heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides and radiation by forming a soluble compound with the toxin that can then be excreted through the urine or bile.
  • Immune system – Healthy growth and activity of immune cells depends on the availability of GSH. The protective activity of GSH is two-fold – it enhances the activity of immune cells and also functions as an antioxidant within them.
  • Increased Energy – Our energy levels are a result of many factors – everything from the biochemical reactions taking place within our cells, to muscle function and even your sense of well-being. GSH enables the mitochondria of a cell to remain fully charged, enhancing muscle strength and endurance. Clinical trials have shown that lowering GSH in the mitochondria results in cell death.
  • Repair – Our body is constantly under attack from free radicals, some from external sources and some generated in our own body. Free radicals attack the nearest stable molecule, “stealing” its electron. A molecule that loses an electron then becomes a free radical itself and attacks the next nearest stable molecule, this begins a chain reaction. Once the reaction is started it can cascade through hundreds of molecules. As this occurs over and over again the cell eventually dies or mutates. Sometimes the mutated cell mutates to a point that we know as cancer. GSH performs a vital role in repairing the damaged DNA by replacing the missing electron. Normal to elevated GSH keeps the repair of our cells at a maximum and reduces the number of cell mutations that would occur otherwise.

NOTE: GSH is at the heart of all immune functions and low GSH levels are seen in many diseases such as AIDS, advanced diabetes, and cancers. Raising and maintaining GSH levels can help minimize the risk of diseases.

Glutathione exists in reduced (GSH) and oxidized (GSSG) states. In healthy cells and tissue, more than 90% of the total Glutathione is in the reduced form (GSH) and less than 10% exists in the oxidized form (GSSG). An increased GSSG-to-GSH ratio is considered indicative of oxidative stress. The ratio of reduced Glutathione to oxidized Glutathione within cells is often used scientifically as a measure of cellular toxicity.

What depletes glutathione in our bodies?

Many toxic and harmful substances that we are exposed to on a daily basis require considerable amounts of Glutathione for detoxification.

Some of these substances are listed below:

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and other pharmaceuticals;
  • Acetone, solvents, paint removers, fuels, fuel by-products;
  • Heavy metals (mercury (dental amalgams, vaccines, tattoos), lead, cadmium, copper, etc.)
  • Pesticides, herbicides
  • Nitrates and other food preservatives of chemical origin (in salami, hot dogs, hams, bologna, smoked foods, etc.)
  • Artificial sweetener aspartame
  • Benzopyrenes (tobacco smoke, barbequed foods, fuel exhaust, etc.)
  • Alcohol
  • Household chemicals (synthetically scented and colored detergents and fabric softeners, air fresheners, mothballs, mildew removers, cleaners and bleach, lawn and plant fertilizers, etc.)
  • Housewares chemicals (non-stick coating of pans and skillets, plastic containers and linings of tin cans and other food packaging
  • Formaldehyde and styrene (photocopiers and toner printers);
  • Chlorine in treated water
  • Medical X-rays
  • UV radiation
  • Industrial pollutants.

Other external factors that deplete Glutathione:

  • Poor diet – in this case Glutathione has to work hard to cover for missing or insufficient nutrients and antioxidants;
  • Strenuous exercise – though not a toxic substance but produces a lot of free radicals within the body;
  • Chronic stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Light pollution which lowers Glutathione levels by suppressing melatonin production at night (bedside night lights, street lights);
  • Age – after the age of 20 natural glutathione production decreases at the rate of 10% per decade on average in healthy adults.

Glutathione Deficiency

Glutathione deficiency occurs when your body is unable to produce enough glutathione to cover all the functions, which this master antioxidant performs. Decreased glutathione levels are usually the result of a lifestyle that is characterized by the many factors that deplete glutathione.

Glutathione deficiency leads to;

  • Increased oxidative stress
  • Greatly reduced ability to detoxify
  • Accumulation of toxins and heavy metals
  • Inability to repair DNA
  • Cell mutations
  • Weakened cell membranes
  • Reduced supply of oxygen and nutrients to the cells
  • Eventual cell death

Symptoms of Glutathione Deficiency

The symptoms may include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness/lack of energy
  • Brain “fog”
  • Joint pain
  • Rashes
  • Dry skin
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression
  • Frequent colds
  • Onset of a more serious health condition

Immune System and Diseases

Diseases that produce any symptoms that we are aware of are a direct failure of the immune system to adequately respond to the intruding organism. Immune system disorders are tied together in many ways. The following will try to lay out some of the ways immune disorders and diseases are tied together in common and easy to understand terms.

The immune response seeks out, identifies and attacks threatening microorganisms, allergens and cancer cells collectively called antigens. The back bone of the immune system is made up of – B-cells, helper T-cells, killer T-cells and suppressor T-cells. When this system is disrupted the doors to diseases and infection are open and health is compromised.

The immune system relies on chemical warfare and overwhelming numbers to destroy most intruding invaders. To achieve overwhelming numbers the immune cells go through cloning. For chemical warfare they produce highly reactive oxidizers. The limiting factor in cell reproduction is the availability of the food required for this to take place – Glutathione (GSH). Surrounding cells can be and are sometimes damaged by the immune response. What the cells do to protect themselves is they bring as much available GSH to the cell wall as possible. This neutralizes the oxidants before they can damage the cell. A healthy immune system with all the available food it needs to mount a proper response can defend itself against most diseases. The available GSH corresponds directly to the effectiveness of the immune response. A good example of this is when a baby is being breast feed – mother’s milk is loaded with all the things a baby needs to have a strong immune system and response, and babies rarely get sick as long as they are breast fed.

A more scientific way of saying this is: When a lymphocyte attacks a pathogen, it releases powerful oxidizing chemicals such as peroxide and protects itself against these chemicals by neutralizing them with GSH. In addition, lymphocytes must replicate themselves over and over again in order to attack the whole pathogen population. This requires the use of oxygen and releases further oxidants. In order to continue multiplying efficiently GSH is once again required and to counteract the effects of oxidation even additional GSH is required. So fighting off infection and diseases consumes GSH in two ways – by using it to stabilize free radicals and also to grow immune cells.

Glutathione and Cancer

The immune system and cancer are tied together at the most fundamental level. Healthy cells have a built-in mechanism that only allows cellular replication for three purposes: normal growth, healing of injured tissue and replacement of cells lost in normal metabolism. Cancer starts with a mutation in the genetic code of the cell that results in uncontrolled growth. There can be many causes for a cell to mutate: pollutants, ionizing radiation, diet, and certain viruses. When the immune system is operating properly it repairs the mutations and prevents the cancer from starting this way, but when the immune system is compromised, the repairer does not occur and cancer gets a foothold. Cancer and the immune system are so closely tied together that our best and first line of defense against cancer is a healthy immune system.

Hundreds of medical articles have been written describing the role of GSH in cancer prevention, cancer treatment and as an alternative treatment for cancer. GSH plays a major role in cancer prevention as a detoxifying agent and as an antioxidant agent for higher immune response. A special role for GSH in chemotherapy and radiotherapy is because it enhances the effectiveness of arduous treatments while minimizing their side effects. Cancer patients are typically heavily dosed with pharmaceutical drugs and suffer from poor appetite and low energy especially when undergoing chemo or radiation therapy. Undenatured whey proteins are an ideal way to increase GSH levels and simultaneously address protein requirements. While increasing your glutathione is considered one of many alternative cancer treatments, it is really one of the most researched and proven ways to complement general medical procedures while providing your body with the essentials it needs to fight and improve your quality of life. Elevated glutathione replenishes antioxidant defenses, contributes to synthesis and repair of DNA and helps detoxify numerous carcinogens and mutagens.

Prostate cancer and lung cancer are two particular cancers that benefit greatly for raised GSH. The reason that increasing your GSH works for prostate cancer is that prostrate cancer progresses very slow. Elevated GSH levels take time to work and time to restore natural prostate health. It is seen that in the first 4 to 5 months of use of Cysteine-Rich Protein the mortality rate is about the same, but there is a very remarkable difference after that amount of time. Understanding how our bodies work, how the immune system fights cancer and what it needs to fight cancer provides information as to why this is. In simple terms it is a war going on within the body; cancer cells on one side and your body’s defenses on the other. You only have a limited amount of resources to fight the war and both sides are drawing from the same resources. When resources are high the cancer can remain dormant or advance a slower rate, but your defenses, your immune system can all but collapse when resources are low. This gives the cancer the edge it needs to win. But it does not have to be this way; you can beat the cancer at its own game. “When GSH production is over stimulated in cancer cells, they shut down glutathione production in a process called negative feedback inhibition, making them more susceptible to destruction. Meanwhile, normal tissue uses the precursors to make glutathione, leaving it with better defenses. The slow moving prostate cancer can then be dealt with much more effectively over the long run when GSH is kept at optimum levels.

Lung cancer is very insidious to the body, in that like other cancers it is using your resources to destroy your body but in an additional way it is also trying to limit one of your most vital resources- oxygen. As the lung cancer progresses it can cause shortness of breath (dyspnea) and greatly increase the already high oxidative stress that occurs in the lungs. Next to the liver and kidneys the lungs have the highest GSH content (2.9 u-mol/g). “An impressive amount of research has clarified the critical importance of antioxidants and GSH in all these pulmonary diseases. Unlike most tissues, the lungs can use GSH as-is – through direct contact-rather than having to first absorb its precursors and then manufacture it. There are many ways to elevate pulmonary GSH, including oral, intravenous and inhaled therapies.”

Glutathione and Aging

One of the major contributors to premature aging is oxidative stress. Glutathione prevents oxidative stress in most cells and helps trap free radicals that can damage DNA and RNA. There is a direct correlation with the speed of aging and the reduction of glutathione concentrations in intracellular fluids. As individuals grow older, glutathione levels drop, and the ability to detoxify free radicals decreases. Several studies have found a high level (higher than normal for the age group) of GHS in the blood occurs in persons in there golden years who are in excellent physical and mental health.

Nine Tips to Optimize your Glutathione Levels

These 9 tips will help you improve your glutathione levels, improve your health, optimize your performance and live a long, healthy life.

Eat Foods that Support Glutathione Production

  1. Consume sulfur-rich foods. The main ones in the diet are garlic, onions and the cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, watercress, etc.).
  2. Try bioactive whey protein. This is great source of cysteine and the amino acid building blocks for glutathione synthesis. As you know, I am not a big fan of dairy. But this is an exception — with a few warnings. The whey protein MUST be bioactive and made from non-denatured proteins (“denaturing” refers to the breakdown of the normal protein structure). Choose non-pasteurized and non-industrially produced milk that contains no pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics. Immunocal is a prescription bioactive non-denatured whey protein that is even listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference.

Exercise for Your Way to More Glutathione

  1. Exercise boosts your glutathione levels and thereby helps boost your immune system, improve detoxification and enhance your body’s own antioxidant defenses. Start slow and build up to 30 minutes a day of vigorous aerobic exercise like walking or jogging, or play various sports. Strength training for 20 minutes 3 times a week is also helpful.

Take Glutathione Supporting Supplements

One would think it would be easy just to take glutathione as a pill, but the body digests protein so you wouldn’t get the benefits if you did it this way. However, the production and recycling of glutathione in the body requires many different nutrients and you CAN take these. Here are the main supplements that need to be taken consistently to boost glutathione. Besides taking a multivitamin and fish oil, supporting your glutathione levels with these supplements is the most important thing you can do everydayyou’re your personal health.

  1. N-acetyl-cysteine. This has been used for years to help treat asthma and lung disease and to treat people with life-threatening liver failure from Tylenol overdose. In fact, in the emergency room it is even given to prevent kidney damage from dyes used during x-ray studies. It is an amino acid that is required for the production of Glutathione directly in the cells – that’s where Glutathione is most needed and produced by the body itself. Cysteine is usually the limiting factor in the production of Glutathione because of its shortages. Cysteine can be found at health food stores as a supplement. It is also present in many fruits, vegetables, meats and eggs bonded with other amino acids to form proteins, however, cooking destroys it. Most cysteine from raw produce does not survive the trip from the stomach to cells either. The bacteria in our intestinal tract quickly eat up the cysteine that does survive – all living organisms use cysteine, so it is useful in that it helps our flora to stay healthy.
  2. Alpha lipoic acid. This is a close second to glutathione in importance in our cells and is involved in energy production, blood sugar control, brain health and detoxification. The body usually makes it, but given all the stresses we are under, we often become depleted. It is a disulfide compound with several functions: it acts as an antioxidant, it neutralizes several toxins including heavy metals lead and cadmium, it acts as a co-enzyme for recycling other antioxidants including Glutathione and also vitamins C and E. Lipoic acid is produced in the body but also available as a supplement. It plays an important role in converting Glutathione back and forth from its oxidized form to its reduced or non-oxidized form (GSH). This ability of lipoic acid to enhance Glutathione function leads to improved levels of GSH in cases of Glutathione deficiencies – most known diseases show Glutathione deficiencies especially in their chronic state. Recommended dosages of supplemental lipoic acid are 100 to 200 mg/day.
  3. Methylation nutrients (folate and vitamins B6 and B12). These are perhaps the most critical to keep the body producing glutathione. Methylation and the production and recycling of glutathione are the two most important biochemical functions in your body. Take folate (especially in the active form of 5 methyltetrahydrofolate), B6 (in active form of P5P) and B12 (in the active form of methylcobalamin).
  4. Selenium. This important mineral helps the body recycle and produce more glutathione. It is a trace element that functions as an antioxidant. It also participates in protein synthesis and other metabolic processes and acts together with other antioxidants, especially vitamin E. Selenium elevates the levels of glutathione peroxidase; the cysteine molecule appearing in the process of digestion of plants grown in selenium-rich soil contributes to GSH production. Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for adults is 55 mcg. Best dietary sources are Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, tuna, turkey, chicken breast, beef, eggs and brown rice.
  5. A family of antioxidants including vitamins C and E (in the form of mixed tocopherols), work together to recycle glutathione.
  6. Milk thistle (silymarin) – A plant used by herbalists for many centuries to treat various liver disorders as it seems to stimulate the growth and regeneration of injured liver cells. The active component of milk thistle called silymarin prevents lipid peroxidation of GSH and maintains its levels. Recommended dosages vary quite a bit from 50 to 500 milligrams three times a day. Toxic reactions can develop with overdose: cramps, gas and diarrhea. Milk thistle should not be used without a professional medical advice.
  7. L-Glutamine – Free amino acid found in the body in abundance. It is common in blood, muscles and the brain. Glutamine is very closely related to glutamic acid (glutamate) – second most important Glutathione precursor after cysteine. Glutamine and glutamate have the ability to metabolize into one another which means glutamine supplies the body with glutamate – that is an important function. The studies have shown that when taken orally or intravenously glutamine raises Glutathione concentrations. Glutamine is crucial to the metabolism and maintenance of muscles. It serves as a primary nutrient for the cells of the GI tract lining; supports liver metabolism and function; can boost the immune system – all due to its ability to promote Glutathione production. One study led by Dr. Rouse of University of Arkansas showed that glutamine as a supplement was able to lower Glutathione levels in tumors making them more susceptible to chemotherapy while raising Glutathione in healthy cells making them more resistant to such harsh cancer treatments. Glutamine is abundant in plants and meats but gets easily destroyed by cooking. Good sources are fresh parsley, spinach and sushi with uncooked fish (make sure the restaurant is reputable and serves quality fish). Glutamine supplements vary in dosages from 500 mg to 5,000 mg. They come in pill or powder form, and are often labeled “L-glutamine”. Supplemental glutamine can lead to gastrointestinal side effects. Elderly and patients with kidney and liver diseases should be very cautious when taking this supplement. The use of supplemental glutamine, especially long-term, should be monitored by a doctor.
  8. Magnesium – Magnesium is necessary for proper functioning of enzyme gamma glutamyl transpeptidase, which is important in the synthesis of Glutathione. RDI is 400 mg, but optimum daily intake is considered at 490- 700 mg. Best dietary sources are halibut, spinach, squash, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, toasted sesame seeds, beans, walnuts, almonds, peanuts and Brazil nuts.
  9. Zinc – Zinc deficiency leads to low concentrations of reduced (non-oxidized) Glutathione, especially in red blood cells. This is detrimental to Glutathione metabolism. However, high levels of zinc may reduce Glutathione because zinc has certain toxicity. RDI for adults is 8-11 mg. Best dietary sources are oysters, beef shanks, chicken legs, pork shoulder and tenderloin, and Alaskan King crab. Zinc from beans, legumes and grains have very low bioavailability compared to meat sources.

Note: Raising GSH level has been CLINICALLY PROVEN to be beneficial for people afflicted with: AIDS, Alzheimer’s, asthma, burns, all CANCERS, cataracts, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, diseases of liver, kidneys, lungs, heart, and digestive system, flu, fibromyalgia, glaucoma (open angle only, closed angle not effected), hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, physical trauma, skin disorders, seizures, tumors, and more. To state something is beneficial to your health is one thing but to prove it clinically is to give it validity. Do not underappreciate the profound meaning of this statement – raising your GSH level is CLINICALLY PROVEN TO BE BENEFICIAL for a very wide array of health concerns.

NOTE: Oral Glutathione is useless as most of it gets broken down in the digestive system and does not reach cells. Only very small amounts of Glutathione make it into the bloodstream. One study showed an increase in plasma GSH after administering dietary Glutathione to rats with chemically inhibited Glutathione synthesis; however, no increase in liver was observed where it is most needed since liver is the largest and most important detoxifying organ.

Note: In case of Hyperhomocysteinemia, the primary vitamin used to lower homocysteine levels is folate and studies have clearly shown a decrease in homocysteine levels with folate. Taking folate and vitamin B12 can lead to an additional decrease in homocysteine levels above that seen with folate alone.

 

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic, sulfur-containing natural compound without any toxicity that has now been shown in a recent study to inhibit breast cancer growth. This includes suppressing the dreaded triple-negative breast cancer. Scientists demonstrated that MSM substantially decreased the viability of human breast cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. The higher the dose, the higher the benefits. The study showed reduced expression of breast cancer in just 30 days.

The role of sulfur in the body

Sulfur makes up one quarter of the total body weight and is the third most abundant mineral in the human body. Half of the sulfur in the body is in muscles, skin and bones. Sulfur is critical for making joint cartilage and keratin of the skin and hair, and new research suggests that sulfur is almost as significant as Vitamin C because the human body must maintain a minimum level of sulfur for normal function. Sulfur bonds are required for proteins to maintain their shape, and these bonds determine the biological activity of the proteins. Your hair, skin, and nails consist of a tough protein composed in significant part of sulfur called keratin. And connective tissue and cartilage contain proteins with flexible sulfur bonds, giving the structures flexibility. As you age, the flexible tissues in your body tend to lose their elasticity, which can lead to sagging and wrinkling skin, as well as less flexible muscles and less comfortable joints. Sulfur is just now becoming more widely appreciated as a really critical nutrient, without which many other things don’t work properly, and most people are probably not getting enough sulfur from their diet anymore. For example, sulfur plays a critical role in detoxification, and also in inflammatory conditions. For detoxification, sulfur is part of one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces: glutathione. Without sulfur, glutathione cannot work.

MSM is not a drug but an organic form of sulfur and a potent antioxidant made up of:

  • 34% sulfur
  • 34% oxygen
  • 26% carbon
  • 6% hydrogen bonds

The body uses up to an eighth of a teaspoon of sulfur daily to keep the cell membranes open and prevent the hardening of tissues. New cells in our bodies need an exorbitant supply of sulfur and sulfur is even in the hemoglobin of the blood. Sulfur is not stored in the body and any surplus is oxidized to sulfate and excreted in the urine or is stored as glutathione.

Sulfur deficiency is linked to a host of degenerative diseases, such as: pain, joint trouble, fatigue, increased psychological and physical stress, and depression, as well as other conditions. Some children with autism have a low level of sulfate in their bodies due to poor absorption in the gut, excess loss in the urine, or poor recycling of sulfate by the kidney. Oxidative stress and inflammation can shut down cysteine dioxygenase, to block the cysteine -> sulfate route.

MSM, dimethylsulfone or methylsulfonylmethane with the formula (CH3)2SO2 occurs naturally in many fresh foods but is lost during processing. Its main use in the body is for collagen synthesis, forming skin, blood vessels, hair and nails. Its main benefit is to keep cells, skin and blood vessels elastic, which is the attribute of youth. That is why organic sulfur is often regarded as the beauty mineral. It keeps cell walls permeable so that nutrients can freely flow into the cells and wastes and toxins can easily be removed.

Amino acid chains are usually linked with each other through flexible sulfur bridges. Also the oxidative energy production of cells requires reactive sulfur compounds. Without sufficient organic sulfur as in the form of MSM cells and body structures lose their elasticity and flexibility. The result are the well-known signs of aging: inelastic skin with increasing wrinkles, scar tissue, hardening arteries, varicose veins and also hardened lungs causing emphysema. Sufficient MSM is able to reverse these conditions to a significant degree, including emphysema. It is believed that the MSM in Aloe Vera is the active ingredient for repairing damaged skin.

MSM is used by athletes to increase stamina and minimize sore muscles. Its use for this purpose is even more widespread with racehorses and greyhounds. This effect may be mainly due to the ability of MSM to greatly increase the body’s ability to eliminate metabolic residues, wastes and toxins from the cells. In a similar way it appears to help those with chronic fatigue. With this it also helps us to recuperate from severe physical and mental exhaustion. MSM reduces the effects of stress and the incidence of stress related deaths in animals.

MSM tends to reduce or eliminate allergic reactions to foods, chemicals and inhaled allergens. It also reduces reactions to the bites of mosquitoes, bees, poisonous spiders and snakes. It lessens inflammation, pain, stiffness and swellings due to arthritis or from other musculoskeletal system disorders and helps to normalize the blood chemistry in these conditions. It also reduces inflammations of the skin and mucous membranes. MSM relieves leg and back cramps and muscle spasms, be it after periods of inactivity (night cramps) or during athletic activities.

Other conditions that often benefit from MSM supplementation are hot flashes (or hot flushes) as well as discomfort due to the monthly cycle, also acne, asthma, back pain, Candida, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, diverticulitis, gastro-intestinal ulcers, hypertension, inflammations of all kinds, itching skin, migraines, nausea, pain, stress, sunburn and wound healing. It should also be helpful with other chronic degenerative or inflammatory conditions, especially Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, myasthenia gravis and Parkinson’s disease. Melanoma cells of a particularly aggressive strain were treated with a 2% MSM solution. After one day of exposure the cells had become completely normal and remained so indefinitely.

Fingernails and hair have high sulfur content and generally improve with MSM. It also reduces parasite infections in the intestinal and urogenital tracts. MSM appears to normalize our mental condition. Individuals on MSM tend to report increased alertness, reduced mood swings and less depression. It seems to improve the immune system and the senses of taste and smell. In addition, it neutralizes the toxicity of anticholinesterase, thereby providing protection against insecticide exposure or ingestion. It also aids the liver in the detoxification of chemicals and, with this, is useful to ease drug withdrawal symptoms.

The Oregon Health Service University demonstrated in many years of clinical use that MSM

  • Inhibits pain impulses along nerve fibers (analgesia)
  • Lessens inflammation.
  • Increases blood supply
  • Reduces muscle spasm
  • Softens scar tissue.

Sulfur also plays other important roles as it.

  • Helps detoxification – Sulfation is a major pathway for detoxification by your liver
  • Supports your body’s electron transport system – As part of iron/sulfur proteins in mitochondria (the energy factories of your cells creating ATP).
  • Converts vitamin-B thiamine (B1) and biotin – Which are essential for converting carbohydrates into energy.
  • Helps promote normal insulin function – The insulin molecule consists of two amino acid chains connected to each other by sulfur bridges, without which insulin cannot perform its biological activity.
  • Synthesizes important metabolic intermediates, such as the super-antioxidant glutathione.

Of all the roles sulfur plays, I believe one of the most important is how it can enhance your glutathione levels.

What Sulfur Does

Sulfur enables the transport of oxygen across cell membranes, and oxygen is necessary for healthy cellular regeneration in mammals.  Plants, on the other hand, require carbon dioxide for cell regeneration, and plants can store sulfur, while man cannot.  Man eliminates carbon dioxide, and plants eliminate oxygen.  Thus, the sulfur cycle is symbiotic and vital for life as we know it.

When many health professionals are asked about sulfur, they state as if reading from a cue card, “We get all the sulfur we need from the food we eat.”  That was true until man decided to change the way we grow our food and what we feed our crops.

In 1920, Otto Warburg began his study of cancer in both plants and man, for which he received a Nobel Prize in 1931.  He proved that cancer in man is anaerobic.  Anaerobic, by definition, is cellular metabolism without oxygen.  “Cancer” in plants is linked to too much intracellular oxygen, or aerobic metabolism.  The use of a gas we are intended to eliminate for cellular regeneration is not a healthy program for plants or man.

Why Most MSM Supplements Don’t Work

The Study’s initial research of organic sulfur had its participants go to the store to buy MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).  But what we hoped to observe did not coincide with what the literature said about MSM.  Except for gastrointestinal improvements, our initial group had little improvement.

When we found an article about the 16 “deadly” additives found in MSM—theanti-caking additives, we realized why our early participants were not reporting any health improvements.  These additives benefit only the packaging industry; our health is apparently a lesser concern to them.

Sulfur, with an atomic number of 16, is known to bond with almost every other mineral.  Sulfur has demonstrated its ability to detoxify heavy metals in conjunction with the transport of oxygen across the cell membrane, thus allowing regeneration.  Sulfur is also the key player as a precursor for the utilization of amino acids, the body’s building blocks.  Of all of the amino acids, some 70 percent are sulfur-based.

This detoxification cannot happen with MSM that contains anti-caking ingredients, because these excipients block the bioavailability of sulfur to the cells.  The same thing happens when organic sulfur is released into the ocean, or evaporates and falls with rain that sulfur is bound up by the chemical fertilizers as sulfites and sulfates.

Preliminary Findings

We are seeing cellular regeneration in the face photographs of our Study participants, but it takes up to seven years to regenerate all the cells in the body when the cells are healthy.  Damaged cells from trauma or chemical processes cannot regenerate unless the ability to transport of oxygen across the cell membrane is functioning.  Oxygen is a large molecule, so nutrient uptake is also improved when the cell membrane becomes pliable and healthy.  The purity of the sulfur is an important factor.

Old scar tissue and various types of fibroids have been reported to resolve.  This is an example of cellular regeneration in cells that have been scarred and unable to regenerate over the years following a trauma.

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it’s like a huge kidney or lung.  Sulfur is known as “the beauty mineral,” and what we really are saying is that the skin is more beautiful if its cells are able to regenerate.  The skin is the backup for the liver, and someone in liver distress shows it in the cells of their face and skin.  When the internal filters are working well, the extracellular fluids are not polluted and the immune system is allowed to protect the body from infections.

  • Cancer is an anaerobic condition by definition.  Study members who had cancer and used chemotherapy who took 30 grams of sulfur during the chemotherapy had no side effects—there was no hair loss, nausea, or diarrhea.  There was, however, a surprisingly greater reduction of cancer cells counts, as reported by their oncologists.  Lymphomas have been responding to Organic Sulfur both in decreased pain and decreased size of tumors.
  • Arthritis: Organic sulfur, by comparison to commercially available MSM, is a remarkable mineral for arthritis, and produces the effects, which have been reported.  Those who had been taking Organic Sulfur reported much less pain and increased mobility.  Many reported the straightening of finger joints, along with the resolution of internal scar tissue around the joints.
  • Osteoarthritis has been reported to respond to the ingestion of organic sulfur.  As can be observed in old photographs of our relatives prior to 1960, most people were not bent over prior to the historical breakdown of the sulfur cycle through fertilizer use.
  • Osteoporosis has also been addressed, though the numbers are too few to be significant.  Bone density tests are demonstrating reversal of bone thinning, or loss of bone density.
  • Skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, rosacea, toenail fungus, burns, liver spots, and disorders associated with Lupus Erythematosus have been eliminated. Sulfur can be used both internally and externally, but the cells, which demonstrate the problem, originate from the endothelial layer of the skin, which is better addressed by internal use.
  • Cardiovascular: The results, which were the most startling was the number of open-heart procedures, which had been scheduled and were subsequently cancelled when the individual’s EKG returned to normal. This happened in as little as six weeks of ingesting Organic Sulfur. 54 cases like this have been reported. Our blood vessels also regenerate, and we believe that these cancelled surgical procedures could be an example of such regeneration.  The group has also seen the reduction of scar tissue, high blood pressure, and the breakdown of calcium plaque in the arteries.  Thus, we believe organic sulfur would be likely to benefit Alzheimer’s sufferers as well.
  • Diabetes is helped, because sulfur is necessary in the production of insulin as well as other sulfur-based amino acids necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders including acid indigestion, GERD, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, and chronic constipation have been addressed with a dosage of organic sulfur at a 4 percent level of body weight twice daily.  Other digestive disorders such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease have not been observed to date, but we feel that the symptoms found in the literature will be alleviated with the use of sulfur.
  • Liver: One of our members regenerated his liver after suffering 25 years from Hepatitis C, after 15 months of taking two tablespoons of organic sulfur twice a day.
  • Parasites find that the lining of the stomach and intestines too “pliable or slippery” to sink their hooks into.
  • ADD, ADHD, hyperactivity, depression, and mood swings are greatly relieved with the use of organic sulfur.  Organic sulfur acts as a stabilizer or mood elevator and relaxes the nervous system.  We have reports of people getting off antidepressants and Ritalin within as little as three days of starting to take Organic Sulfur.  Those who had been on antidepressants for a long time took a little longer.  The ability of the body to produce its own glutathione appears to be the reason.
  • Respiratory: Just as impressive were the Study members who were suffering from lung dysfunctions such as allergies, asthma, and emphysema.  Those with more serious conditions stopped depending upon the bottled oxygen they had been carrying around, in spite of the fact that they might have continued smoking.
  • Glaucoma relief has been reported by Dr. Eldon Haus, MD and by a few members of the Study.  It appears that there is regeneration of the cells of the “drainage” system of the trabecular meshwork at the inner base of the iris.  Subjects who suffer from increased intraocular pressure found that the drops they used to control their eye pressure often inhibited their ability to drive or read, where sulfur has not demonstrated any such corneal disturbance.
  • Hair: Gray- and white-haired members have experienced a return to their natural color hair.  The natural color that gradually returns to the nape of the neck indicates the regeneration of the pigment glands at the base of the hair follicle.  (NaturoDoc Note: Our users are also reporting Reversal of hair loss.)
  • Teeth and gums: The power of oxygen may be best demonstrated in its ability to eradicate gum disease.  Organic sulfur, when used as an additive to toothpaste or tooth powder, appears to eliminate the plaque buildup on the teeth, but more importantly, it appears to regenerate the gums and “tighten” previously loose teeth.

Are You Getting Enough Sulfur in Your Diet?

I truly believe that the best way for you to obtain sulfur is through your diet. However, there are some challenges with that. Only 2 of the 20 amino acids normally present in food contain sulfur.

  • Methionine – This amino acid cannot be synthesized by your body and must be supplied through diet
  • Cysteine – This one is synthesized by your body but requires a steady supply of dietary sulfur in order to do so.

Your body cannot store these important amino acids. Any dietary excess of methionine and cysteine are readily oxidized to sulphate, excreted in urine, or stored in the form of glutathione (GSH). Sulfur is derived almost exclusively from dietary protein. And I believe one of the best sources of sulfur comes from humanely raised, pastured meat.

MSM – Meet the miracle

MSM in supplement form mimics the organic sulfur present in our bodies. MSM is also known as dimethyl sulfone, which is the sulfur compound nutrient found throughout the diets of virtually all vertebrates. It is odorless in its purified chemical form and is a water-soluble, white crystalline solid. It belongs in the same chemical family as oxygen and is a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier that even binds and assists in the removal of heavy metals from the body.

When your body is injured, MSM promotes healthy circulation to the injured area so nutrients can rush in for repairs. MSM has an antiseptic and cleansing effect on the digestive tract while stimulating bile secretions, purifying the blood, improving hair condition, helping liver function while boosting metabolism, and is used to produce glutathione – all while working overtime to prevent the accumulation of toxic impurities.

MSM is also one really great supplement for repairing joint troubles and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dietary sources of sulfur

Sulfur is found in raw milk (but not pasteurized milk), meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, grains, organic pastured eggs, coconut oil, olive oil, as well as most cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts, Legumes, Asparagus, Garlic, Kale, Onion and wheat germ. Unfortunately, our processed food diets do not deliver adequate amounts of this nutrient. Processing, drying, cooking and preserving strips our foods of sulfur, making supplementation more important than ever. Supplemental MSM is a safe and natural way to reap the therapeutic benefits of sulfur.

MSM is a dietary supplement that does not require a prescription. A daily dose of 1,000 mg is common, and for some conditions, doses as high as two to six grams may be appropriate when taken for bowel tolerance (if the stool becomes loose, back off the dosage).

What to look for when buying sulfur 

  • MSM must be of the highest quality – Prefer MSM produced using an extensive distillation process to ensure purity and help eliminate ingredient inconsistencies. Since sulfur is a prerequisite for this formula, MSM is a key ingredient in that it is made up of 34% sulfur.
  • Look for a low-dosage serving of MSM in the formula – Keeping the dosage low may help avoid occasional minor side effects possible in larger doses. 
  • Include other robust sources of sulfur that can effectively serve as glutathione precursors – The potential benefits of glutathione as an extraordinary antioxidant within your body cannot be understated.
  • Must contain high-quality pure ingredients –Without this, inconsistency in the formula can occur potentially making the overall benefits unpredictable.
  • Must be produced by a high-quality manufacturer – High preference for a dedicated facility (particularly with MSM) to help avoid introduction of potential contaminants. 

How to Use MSM

MSM is a natural food ingredient and is free of unpleasant taste and odor. It is reported to be completely safe even in very high amounts. Because of its inert composition, it does not normally cause allergies or undesirable pharmacological effects. It can even safely be used to dilute blood. The body will use what it needs and remove any excess through the kidneys. The water-soluble MSM is easily absorbed and provides a therapeutically important source of organically bound sulfur.

The daily maintenance intake commonly ranges from 5 to 20 g in several divided doses. Try to adjust the dose according to your wellbeing or observed effects. You may use more or less of these commonly used amounts. Initially I suggest starting with about 1 g and increase the dosage gradually to the full amount.

The reason for a slow increase is that MSM often causes some beneficial but uncomfortable cleansing reactions. This may result in headaches, nausea, diarrhea or weakness for a few days. If you are already on a high dose when this happens, just reduce or stop the intake until it is over. Cleansing reactions are a common and necessary part of effective natural healing methods.

If you want to overcome a specific health problem faster you may experiment with taking more than your usual maintenance dose. To spread the intake more evenly during the day you may dissolve the daily amount in a glass of fruit juice or herb tea and taking a sip now and then. The exact amount used each day is not critical. You may equate a rounded teaspoonful of the fine, white crystals as being approximately 5 g. The benefit of MSM will be enhanced by a diet high in vitamin C or with additional vitamin C supplements.

You may also use MSM externally to carry other nutrients or remedies into the skin. With arthritis or connective tissue problems or generally for skin rejuvenation, you may dissolve glucosamine, copper salicylate, sodium ascorbate, magnesium chloride and MSM in a small amount of (warm) water and aloe vera gel and rub it into the affected area, although DMSO is more effective for skin absorption. MSM in amounts of 10 to 20 grams in addition to several teaspoons of DMSO can be used as an alternative oxygen supply system to greatly increase energy.

Caution: Individuals who are sensitive to sulphites (often used as preservative) also may react to MSM and DMSO. This is usually due to a deficiency of molybdenum and can be overcome with supplementation (try 500 mcg).

Example of a sulfur supplement ingredients

  • OptiMSM® (Methylsulfonylmethane) – I only wanted the best MSM ingredient in my sulfur formula and believe I definitely found it with OptiMSM. Due to the manufacturer’s 4-stage rigorous distillation process, consistency and purity became non-issues. I also kept the dosage low at 1000mg per serving.
  • L-Methionine – Since this sulfur amino acid is considered the starting point for the production of glutathione in your body, it was important to include it in my formula. L-Methionine is also a precursor to what’s called S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), which is also involved in a broad range of biochemical pathways… including those that can affect your central nervous system.
  • R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (from Sodium R-Alpha Lipoate) – Due to its capability to increase glutathione levels and to be readily absorbed when taken orally, I made sure alpha lipoic acid (ALA) was included in this formula. Plus, I didn’t just go half-way… instead I took it to another level. Not only is R-alpha lipoic acid (R-ALA) the preferred form of lipoic acid, the R-ALA that I chose is superior in stabilization and can provide up to 21 times more bioavailability.
  • Organic Sulfur Vegetable Blend – Naturally-occurring organo-sulfur compounds can be found in certain vegetables. One such group of nutrients called isothiocyanates are derived from sulfur-containing compounds found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and collard greens. Allicin, another organo-sulfur compound, is the beneficial phytochemical found in garlic.

MSM and Cancer

Millions of people each year are affected by a variety of cancers. While cancer does ravage the body, science has progressed enough that more people are surviving the often-deadly treatments. MSM and cancer have been studied in recent years to astounding results. Whether you are living with cancer, know someone who is, or simply want to prevent cancer from visiting your future, MSM deserves a closer look.

Cancer affects our pets as well as our own bodies. With MSM supplements, you will discover that your pets are going to gain the same exceptional benefits as you or your loved one would. Because sulfur is a naturally occurring substance in mammalian life, MSM can and does prove itself to be a lifesaver over and over again.

How does MSM affect cancer?

Most cancers love an acidic battleground. As cancer starts growing, our body becomes more acidic. MSM actually helps our bodies’ maintain the proper pH levels. With MSM, you will find your body will detoxify. Since most cancers cannot survive for long in a non-acidic battleground, you will find the cancer will subside.

Does MSM cure cancer?

While MSM does not cure cancer in the traditional sense, MSM may delay the disease. One thing to remember is that since we as a people have started using inorganic fertilizers, our bodies’ have not been getting enough of the nutritional sulfur it needs to maintain a healthy balance. Adding a high quality, pure MSM supplement will ensure our bodies’ have enough sulfur to fight cancer as well as many other illnesses, ailments, and diseases.

Should any other supplements be taken with MSM?

MSM can be taken with just about every other supplement, vitamin, or medication without fear of interactions. However, many people do include Vitamin C and/or Vitamin B12 with their MSM supplements. How much you take will depend on your age, body size, and preference.

How does MSM work when battling cancer?

MSM is an amazing form of sulfur. As such, you will discover that MSM actually makes the cells more permeable, which will aid in the cancer treatment. MSM also helps strengthen our collagen, which is known to actually stop the spread of cancer cells. In addition, MSM offers a host of our positive benefits when it comes to battling cancer either indirectly or directly.

Finally, it must be mentioned that MSM easily crosses the blood brain barrier. When it comes to cancer treatment, you will discover that it is essential to cross the blood brain barrier quickly for maximum results.

How about looking at MSM via oxygen’s perspective?

MSM actually oxygenates the blood. When blood is oxygenated it can easily deliver oxygen and nutrients to our cells. This will increase lung capacity, oxygen intake, and actually disinfect the blood.

Why do you not hear more about MSM and how it affects cancer?

Basically, MSM is dirt cheap. Plus, MSM cannot be patented. This makes MSM unappealing to professionals who want to make a profit. Yes, you can fight back when you have cancer, and MSM can be your hidden arsenal against this deadly disease

Sulfur Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

Sulfur Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is an organic, sulfur-containing natural compound without any toxicity that has now been shown in a recent study to inhibit breast cancer growth. This includes suppressing the dreaded triple-negative breast cancer. Scientists demonstrated that MSM substantially decreased the viability of human breast cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. The higher the dose, the higher the benefits. The study showed reduced expression of breast cancer in just 30 days.

The role of sulfur in the body

Sulfur makes up one quarter of the total body weight and is the third most abundant mineral in the human body. Half of the sulfur in the body is in muscles, skin and bones. Sulfur is critical for making joint cartilage and keratin of the skin and hair, and new research suggests that sulfur is almost as significant as Vitamin C because the human body must maintain a minimum level of sulfur for normal function. Sulfur bonds are required for proteins to maintain their shape, and these bonds determine the biological activity of the proteins. Your hair, skin, and nails consist of a tough protein composed in significant part of sulfur called keratin. And connective tissue and cartilage contain proteins with flexible sulfur bonds, giving the structures flexibility. As you age, the flexible tissues in your body tend to lose their elasticity, which can lead to sagging and wrinkling skin, as well as less flexible muscles and less comfortable joints. Sulfur is just now becoming more widely appreciated as a really critical nutrient, without which many other things don’t work properly, and most people are probably not getting enough sulfur from their diet anymore. For example, sulfur plays a critical role in detoxification, and also in inflammatory conditions. For detoxification, sulfur is part of one of the most important antioxidants that your body produces: glutathione. Without sulfur, glutathione cannot work.

MSM is not a drug but an organic form of sulfur and a potent antioxidant made up of:

  • 34% sulfur
  • 34% oxygen
  • 26% carbon
  • 6% hydrogen bonds

The body uses up to an eighth of a teaspoon of sulfur daily to keep the cell membranes open and prevent the hardening of tissues. New cells in our bodies need an exorbitant supply of sulfur and sulfur is even in the hemoglobin of the blood. Sulfur is not stored in the body and any surplus is oxidized to sulfate and excreted in the urine or is stored as glutathione.

Sulfur deficiency is linked to a host of degenerative diseases, such as: pain, joint trouble, fatigue, increased psychological and physical stress, and depression, as well as other conditions. Some children with autism have a low level of sulfate in their bodies due to poor absorption in the gut, excess loss in the urine, or poor recycling of sulfate by the kidney. Oxidative stress and inflammation can shut down cysteine dioxygenase, to block the cysteine -> sulfate route.

MSM, dimethylsulfone or methylsulfonylmethane with the formula (CH3)2SO2 occurs naturally in many fresh foods but is lost during processing. Its main use in the body is for collagen synthesis, forming skin, blood vessels, hair and nails. Its main benefit is to keep cells, skin and blood vessels elastic, which is the attribute of youth. That is why organic sulfur is often regarded as the beauty mineral. It keeps cell walls permeable so that nutrients can freely flow into the cells and wastes and toxins can easily be removed.

Amino acid chains are usually linked with each other through flexible sulfur bridges. Also the oxidative energy production of cells requires reactive sulfur compounds. Without sufficient organic sulfur as in the form of MSM cells and body structures lose their elasticity and flexibility. The result are the well-known signs of aging: inelastic skin with increasing wrinkles, scar tissue, hardening arteries, varicose veins and also hardened lungs causing emphysema. Sufficient MSM is able to reverse these conditions to a significant degree, including emphysema. It is believed that the MSM in Aloe Vera is the active ingredient for repairing damaged skin.

MSM is used by athletes to increase stamina and minimize sore muscles. Its use for this purpose is even more widespread with racehorses and greyhounds. This effect may be mainly due to the ability of MSM to greatly increase the body’s ability to eliminate metabolic residues, wastes and toxins from the cells. In a similar way it appears to help those with chronic fatigue. With this it also helps us to recuperate from severe physical and mental exhaustion. MSM reduces the effects of stress and the incidence of stress related deaths in animals.

MSM tends to reduce or eliminate allergic reactions to foods, chemicals and inhaled allergens. It also reduces reactions to the bites of mosquitoes, bees, poisonous spiders and snakes. It lessens inflammation, pain, stiffness and swellings due to arthritis or from other musculoskeletal system disorders and helps to normalize the blood chemistry in these conditions. It also reduces inflammations of the skin and mucous membranes. MSM relieves leg and back cramps and muscle spasms, be it after periods of inactivity (night cramps) or during athletic activities.

Other conditions that often benefit from MSM supplementation are hot flashes (or hot flushes) as well as discomfort due to the monthly cycle, also acne, asthma, back pain, Candida, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, diverticulitis, gastro-intestinal ulcers, hypertension, inflammations of all kinds, itching skin, migraines, nausea, pain, stress, sunburn and wound healing. It should also be helpful with other chronic degenerative or inflammatory conditions, especially Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, myasthenia gravis and Parkinson’s disease. Melanoma cells of a particularly aggressive strain were treated with a 2% MSM solution. After one day of exposure the cells had become completely normal and remained so indefinitely.

Fingernails and hair have high sulfur content and generally improve with MSM. It also reduces parasite infections in the intestinal and urogenital tracts. MSM appears to normalize our mental condition. Individuals on MSM tend to report increased alertness, reduced mood swings and less depression. It seems to improve the immune system and the senses of taste and smell. In addition, it neutralizes the toxicity of anticholinesterase, thereby providing protection against insecticide exposure or ingestion. It also aids the liver in the detoxification of chemicals and, with this, is useful to ease drug withdrawal symptoms.

The Oregon Health Service University demonstrated in many years of clinical use that MSM

  • Inhibits pain impulses along nerve fibers (analgesia)
  • Lessens inflammation.
  • Increases blood supply
  • Reduces muscle spasm
  • Softens scar tissue.

Sulfur also plays other important roles as it.

  • Helps detoxification – Sulfation is a major pathway for detoxification by your liver
  • Supports your body’s electron transport system – As part of iron/sulfur proteins in mitochondria (the energy factories of your cells creating ATP).
  • Converts vitamin-B thiamine (B1) and biotin – Which are essential for converting carbohydrates into energy.
  • Helps promote normal insulin function – The insulin molecule consists of two amino acid chains connected to each other by sulfur bridges, without which insulin cannot perform its biological activity.
  • Synthesizes important metabolic intermediates, such as the super-antioxidant glutathione.

Of all the roles sulfur plays, I believe one of the most important is how it can enhance your glutathione levels.

What Sulfur Does

Sulfur enables the transport of oxygen across cell membranes, and oxygen is necessary for healthy cellular regeneration in mammals.  Plants, on the other hand, require carbon dioxide for cell regeneration, and plants can store sulfur, while man cannot.  Man eliminates carbon dioxide, and plants eliminate oxygen.  Thus, the sulfur cycle is symbiotic and vital for life as we know it.

When many health professionals are asked about sulfur, they state as if reading from a cue card, “We get all the sulfur we need from the food we eat.”  That was true until man decided to change the way we grow our food and what we feed our crops.

In 1920, Otto Warburg began his study of cancer in both plants and man, for which he received a Nobel Prize in 1931.  He proved that cancer in man is anaerobic.  Anaerobic, by definition, is cellular metabolism without oxygen.  “Cancer” in plants is linked to too much intracellular oxygen, or aerobic metabolism.  The use of a gas we are intended to eliminate for cellular regeneration is not a healthy program for plants or man.

Why Most MSM Supplements Don’t Work

The Study’s initial research of organic sulfur had its participants go to the store to buy MSM (methylsulfonylmethane).  But what we hoped to observe did not coincide with what the literature said about MSM.  Except for gastrointestinal improvements, our initial group had little improvement.

When we found an article about the 16 “deadly” additives found in MSM—the anti-caking additives, we realized why our early participants were not reporting any health improvements.  These additives benefit only the packaging industry; our health is apparently a lesser concern to them.

Sulfur, with an atomic number of 16, is known to bond with almost every other mineral.  Sulfur has demonstrated its ability to detoxify heavy metals in conjunction with the transport of oxygen across the cell membrane, thus allowing regeneration.  Sulfur is also the key player as a precursor for the utilization of amino acids, the body’s building blocks.  Of all of the amino acids, some 70 percent are sulfur-based.

This detoxification cannot happen with MSM that contains anti-caking ingredients, because these excipients block the bioavailability of sulfur to the cells.  The same thing happens when organic sulfur is released into the ocean, or evaporates and falls with rain that sulfur is bound up by the chemical fertilizers as sulfites and sulfates.

Preliminary Findings

We are seeing cellular regeneration in the face photographs of our Study participants, but it takes up to seven years to regenerate all the cells in the body when the cells are healthy.  Damaged cells from trauma or chemical processes cannot regenerate unless the ability to transport of oxygen across the cell membrane is functioning.  Oxygen is a large molecule, so nutrient uptake is also improved when the cell membrane becomes pliable and healthy.  The purity of the sulfur is an important factor.

Old scar tissue and various types of fibroids have been reported to resolve.  This is an example of cellular regeneration in cells that have been scarred and unable to regenerate over the years following a trauma.

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it’s like a huge kidney or lung.  Sulfur is known as “the beauty mineral,” and what we really are saying is that the skin is more beautiful if its cells are able to regenerate.  The skin is the backup for the liver, and someone in liver distress shows it in the cells of their face and skin.  When the internal filters are working well, the extracellular fluids are not polluted and the immune system is allowed to protect the body from infections.

  • Cancer is an anaerobic condition by definition.  Study members who had cancer and used chemotherapy who took 30 grams of sulfur during the chemotherapy had no side effects—there was no hair loss, nausea, or diarrhea.  There was, however, a surprisingly greater reduction of cancer cells counts, as reported by their oncologists.  Lymphomas have been responding to Organic Sulfur both in decreased pain and decreased size of tumors.
  • Arthritis: Organic sulfur, by comparison to commercially available MSM, is a remarkable mineral for arthritis, and produces the effects, which have been reported.  Those who had been taking Organic Sulfur reported much less pain and increased mobility.  Many reported the straightening of finger joints, along with the resolution of internal scar tissue around the joints.
  • Osteoarthritis has been reported to respond to the ingestion of organic sulfur.  As can be observed in old photographs of our relatives prior to 1960, most people were not bent over prior to the historical breakdown of the sulfur cycle through fertilizer use.
  • Osteoporosis has also been addressed, though the numbers are too few to be significant.  Bone density tests are demonstrating reversal of bone thinning, or loss of bone density.
  • Skin conditions including acne, psoriasis, rosacea, toenail fungus, burns, liver spots, and disorders associated with Lupus Erythematosus have been eliminated. Sulfur can be used both internally and externally, but the cells, which demonstrate the problem, originate from the endothelial layer of the skin, which is better addressed by internal use.
  • Cardiovascular: The results, which were the most startling was the number of open-heart procedures, which had been scheduled and were subsequently cancelled when the individual’s EKG returned to normal. This happened in as little as six weeks of ingesting Organic Sulfur. 54 cases like this have been reported. Our blood vessels also regenerate, and we believe that these cancelled surgical procedures could be an example of such regeneration.  The group has also seen the reduction of scar tissue, high blood pressure, and the breakdown of calcium plaque in the arteries.  Thus, we believe organic sulfur would be likely to benefit Alzheimer’s sufferers as well.
  • Diabetes is helped, because sulfur is necessary in the production of insulin as well as other sulfur-based amino acids necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders including acid indigestion, GERD, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut, and chronic constipation have been addressed with a dosage of organic sulfur at a 4 percent level of body weight twice daily.  Other digestive disorders such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease have not been observed to date, but we feel that the symptoms found in the literature will be alleviated with the use of sulfur.
  • Liver: One of our members regenerated his liver after suffering 25 years from Hepatitis C, after 15 months of taking two tablespoons of organic sulfur twice a day.
  • Parasites find that the lining of the stomach and intestines too “pliable or slippery” to sink their hooks into.
  • ADD, ADHD, hyperactivity, depression, and mood swings are greatly relieved with the use of organic sulfur.  Organic sulfur acts as a stabilizer or mood elevator and relaxes the nervous system.  We have reports of people getting off antidepressants and Ritalin within as little as three days of starting to take Organic Sulfur.  Those who had been on antidepressants for a long time took a little longer.  The ability of the body to produce its own glutathione appears to be the reason.
  • Respiratory: Just as impressive were the Study members who were suffering from lung dysfunctions such as allergies, asthma, and emphysema.  Those with more serious conditions stopped depending upon the bottled oxygen they had been carrying around, in spite of the fact that they might have continued smoking.
  • Glaucoma relief has been reported by Dr. Eldon Haus, MD and by a few members of the Study.  It appears that there is regeneration of the cells of the “drainage” system of the trabecular meshwork at the inner base of the iris.  Subjects who suffer from increased intraocular pressure found that the drops they used to control their eye pressure often inhibited their ability to drive or read, where sulfur has not demonstrated any such corneal disturbance.
  • Hair: Gray- and white-haired members have experienced a return to their natural color hair.  The natural color that gradually returns to the nape of the neck indicates the regeneration of the pigment glands at the base of the hair follicle.  (NaturoDoc Note: Our users are also reporting Reversal of hair loss.)
  • Teeth and gums: The power of oxygen may be best demonstrated in its ability to eradicate gum disease.  Organic sulfur, when used as an additive to toothpaste or tooth powder, appears to eliminate the plaque buildup on the teeth, but more importantly, it appears to regenerate the gums and “tighten” previously loose teeth.

Are You Getting Enough Sulfur in Your Diet?

I truly believe that the best way for you to obtain sulfur is through your diet. However, there are some challenges with that. Only 2 of the 20 amino acids normally present in food contain sulfur.

  • Methionine – This amino acid cannot be synthesized by your body and must be supplied through diet
  • Cysteine – This one is synthesized by your body but requires a steady supply of dietary sulfur in order to do so.

Your body cannot store these important amino acids. Any dietary excess of methionine and cysteine are readily oxidized to sulphate, excreted in urine, or stored in the form of glutathione (GSH). Sulfur is derived almost exclusively from dietary protein. And I believe one of the best sources of sulfur comes from humanely raised, pastured meat.

MSM – Meet the miracle

MSM in supplement form mimics the organic sulfur present in our bodies. MSM is also known as dimethyl sulfone, which is the sulfur compound nutrient found throughout the diets of virtually all vertebrates. It is odorless in its purified chemical form and is a water-soluble, white crystalline solid. It belongs in the same chemical family as oxygen and is a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier that even binds and assists in the removal of heavy metals from the body.

When your body is injured, MSM promotes healthy circulation to the injured area so nutrients can rush in for repairs. MSM has an antiseptic and cleansing effect on the digestive tract while stimulating bile secretions, purifying the blood, improving hair condition, helping liver function while boosting metabolism, and is used to produce glutathione – all while working overtime to prevent the accumulation of toxic impurities.

MSM is also one really great supplement for repairing joint troubles and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Dietary sources of sulfur

Sulfur is found in raw milk (but not pasteurized milk), meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, grains, organic pastured eggs, coconut oil, olive oil, as well as most cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts, Legumes, Asparagus, Garlic, Kale, Onion and wheat germ. Unfortunately, our processed food diets do not deliver adequate amounts of this nutrient. Processing, drying, cooking and preserving strips our foods of sulfur, making supplementation more important than ever. Supplemental MSM is a safe and natural way to reap the therapeutic benefits of sulfur.

MSM is a dietary supplement that does not require a prescription. A daily dose of 1,000 mg is common, and for some conditions, doses as high as two to six grams may be appropriate when taken for bowel tolerance (if the stool becomes loose, back off the dosage).

What to look for when buying sulfur 

  • MSM must be of the highest quality – Prefer MSM produced using an extensive distillation process to ensure purity and help eliminate ingredient inconsistencies. Since sulfur is a prerequisite for this formula, MSM is a key ingredient in that it is made up of 34% sulfur.
  • Look for a low-dosage serving of MSM in the formula – Keeping the dosage low may help avoid occasional minor side effects possible in larger doses. 
  • Include other robust sources of sulfur that can effectively serve as glutathione precursors – The potential benefits of glutathione as an extraordinary antioxidant within your body cannot be understated.
  • Must contain high-quality pure ingredients –Without this, inconsistency in the formula can occur potentially making the overall benefits unpredictable.
  • Must be produced by a high-quality manufacturer – High preference for a dedicated facility (particularly with MSM) to help avoid introduction of potential contaminants. 

How to Use MSM

MSM is a natural food ingredient and is free of unpleasant taste and odor. It is reported to be completely safe even in very high amounts. Because of its inert composition, it does not normally cause allergies or undesirable pharmacological effects. It can even safely be used to dilute blood. The body will use what it needs and remove any excess through the kidneys. The water-soluble MSM is easily absorbed and provides a therapeutically important source of organically bound sulfur.

The daily maintenance intake commonly ranges from 5 to 20 g in several divided doses. Try to adjust the dose according to your wellbeing or observed effects. You may use more or less of these commonly used amounts. Initially I suggest starting with about 1 g and increase the dosage gradually to the full amount.

The reason for a slow increase is that MSM often causes some beneficial but uncomfortable cleansing reactions. This may result in headaches, nausea, diarrhea or weakness for a few days. If you are already on a high dose when this happens, just reduce or stop the intake until it is over. Cleansing reactions are a common and necessary part of effective natural healing methods.

If you want to overcome a specific health problem faster you may experiment with taking more than your usual maintenance dose. To spread the intake more evenly during the day you may dissolve the daily amount in a glass of fruit juice or herb tea and taking a sip now and then. The exact amount used each day is not critical. You may equate a rounded teaspoonful of the fine, white crystals as being approximately 5 g. The benefit of MSM will be enhanced by a diet high in vitamin C or with additional vitamin C supplements.

You may also use MSM externally to carry other nutrients or remedies into the skin. With arthritis or connective tissue problems or generally for skin rejuvenation, you may dissolve glucosamine, copper salicylate, sodium ascorbate, magnesium chloride and MSM in a small amount of (warm) water and aloe vera gel and rub it into the affected area, although DMSO is more effective for skin absorption. MSM in amounts of 10 to 20 grams in addition to several teaspoons of DMSO can be used as an alternative oxygen supply system to greatly increase energy.

Caution: Individuals who are sensitive to sulphites (often used as preservative) also may react to MSM and DMSO. This is usually due to a deficiency of molybdenum and can be overcome with supplementation (try 500 mcg).

Example of a sulfur supplement ingredients

  • OptiMSM® (Methylsulfonylmethane) – I only wanted the best MSM ingredient in my sulfur formula and believe I definitely found it with OptiMSM. Due to the manufacturer’s 4-stage rigorous distillation process, consistency and purity became non-issues. I also kept the dosage low at 1000mg per serving.
  • L-Methionine – Since this sulfur amino acid is considered the starting point for the production of glutathione in your body, it was important to include it in my formula. L-Methionine is also a precursor to what’s called S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe), which is also involved in a broad range of biochemical pathways… including those that can affect your central nervous system.
  • R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (from Sodium R-Alpha Lipoate) – Due to its capability to increase glutathione levels and to be readily absorbed when taken orally, I made sure alpha lipoic acid (ALA) was included in this formula. Plus, I didn’t just go half-way… instead I took it to another level. Not only is R-alpha lipoic acid (R-ALA) the preferred form of lipoic acid, the R-ALA that I chose is superior in stabilization and can provide up to 21 times more bioavailability.
  • Organic Sulfur Vegetable Blend – Naturally-occurring organo-sulfur compounds can be found in certain vegetables. One such group of nutrients called isothiocyanates are derived from sulfur-containing compounds found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and collard greens. Allicin, another organo-sulfur compound, is the beneficial phytochemical found in garlic.

MSM and Cancer

Millions of people each year are affected by a variety of cancers. While cancer does ravage the body, science has progressed enough that more people are surviving the often-deadly treatments. MSM and cancer have been studied in recent years to astounding results. Whether you are living with cancer, know someone who is, or simply want to prevent cancer from visiting your future, MSM deserves a closer look.

Cancer affects our pets as well as our own bodies. With MSM supplements, you will discover that your pets are going to gain the same exceptional benefits as you or your loved one would. Because sulfur is a naturally occurring substance in mammalian life, MSM can and does prove itself to be a lifesaver over and over again.

How does MSM affect cancer?

Most cancers love an acidic battleground. As cancer starts growing, our body becomes more acidic. MSM actually helps our bodies’ maintain the proper pH levels. With MSM, you will find your body will detoxify. Since most cancers cannot survive for long in a non-acidic battleground, you will find the cancer will subside.

Does MSM cure cancer?

While MSM does not cure cancer in the traditional sense, MSM may delay the disease. One thing to remember is that since we as a people have started using inorganic fertilizers, our bodies’ have not been getting enough of the nutritional sulfur it needs to maintain a healthy balance. Adding a high quality, pure MSM supplement will ensure our bodies’ have enough sulfur to fight cancer as well as many other illnesses, ailments, and diseases.

Should any other supplements be taken with MSM?

MSM can be taken with just about every other supplement, vitamin, or medication without fear of interactions. However, many people do include Vitamin C and/or Vitamin B12 with their MSM supplements. How much you take will depend on your age, body size, and preference.

How does MSM work when battling cancer?

MSM is an amazing form of sulfur. As such, you will discover that MSM actually makes the cells more permeable, which will aid in the cancer treatment. MSM also helps strengthen our collagen, which is known to actually stop the spread of cancer cells. In addition, MSM offers a host of our positive benefits when it comes to battling cancer either indirectly or directly.

Finally, it must be mentioned that MSM easily crosses the blood brain barrier. When it comes to cancer treatment, you will discover that it is essential to cross the blood brain barrier quickly for maximum results.

How about looking at MSM via oxygen’s perspective?

MSM actually oxygenates the blood. When blood is oxygenated it can easily deliver oxygen and nutrients to our cells. This will increase lung capacity, oxygen intake, and actually disinfect the blood.

Why do you not hear more about MSM and how it affects cancer?

Basically, MSM is dirt cheap. Plus, MSM cannot be patented. This makes MSM unappealing to professionals who want to make a profit. Yes, you can fight back when you have cancer, and MSM can be your hidden arsenal against this deadly disease

Magnesium

Health Benefits of magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is a major cause of heart disease and diabetes, as well as a significant number of other common ailments, which entail a serious risk of dying prematurely. Every organ in the body — especially the heart, muscles, and kidneys — needs the mineral magnesium.

To remain youthful, energetic and healthy, you really need to know your magnesium facts; this wonderful information could even save your life! If you don’t get enough magnesium, chances are you’re aging faster than you need to and may need to consider taking magnesium supplements. Interestingly enough, the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are identical to those often found in old age: irregular heartbeat, clogged arteries, increased risk of heart attack, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and predisposition to diabetes.

The effects of a low intake of magnesium can be worsened by the high levels of fat, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, coffee, sodium and phosphate in our diets. Low magnesium, say the experts, causes heart arrhythmia and is involved in migraine attacks. Many of the studies noted that drugs used in the treatment of asthma cause a loss of magnesium. Magnesium is an essential element which influences many enzymes needed to produce cellular energy and nerve and muscle message transmission. It affects nervous, muscular and cardiovascular systems. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health.

Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax. Magnesium activates many enzyme systems (such as those involved in protein digestion and energy production). The body takes in magnesium from the diet and excretes it in urine and stool. Magnesium in its carbonate and sulfate forms has been used for centuries as a laxative. Magnesium is intimately interlocked, biologically with calcium.

Magnesium is a powerful antioxidant that keeps cell membranes flexible and protected against the onslaught of cancer-causing free radicals. Magnesium facts such as these, can give you the information you need to prevent premature aging and even death. If you have been deficient in magnesium for a long time, you are probably also deficient in Vitamin E. This is likely because Vitamin E supplies in the body become exhausted fighting off the free radicals encouraged by the lack of magnesium. Magnesium supplements in conjunction with other magnesium sources will therefore protect the body’s vitamin E supplies and thereby protect against aging.

You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Muscle cramps or twitches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • ADD
  • Palpitations
  • Angina
  • Constipation
  • Anal spasms
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux
  • Trouble swallowing

The magnesium facts make it clear that the benefits of magnesium cannot be underestimated. It protects our cells against aging in many ways as well as protecting us against heart disease, lowering blood pressure, protecting against diabetes preventing the recurrence of kidney stones and improving the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Magnesium supplements also strengthen muscles and work with calcium to ensure strong bones and protect against osteoporosis. If taken along with a diet rich in magnesium sources, they can protect against a range of illnesses.

-       Muscle function: Magnesium also helps maintain proper muscle function. It works to keep muscles properly relaxed. Because of its benefits in relieving stiff muscles, magnesium can be especially beneficial to fibromyalgia patients.

-       One of the reasons that magnesium lowers blood pressure is that it relaxes the smooth muscles that dilate the arteries.

-       Relief for asthmatic patients: Chronic asthma patients may be able to normalize their breathing with help of magnesium supplements that aids in relaxing bronchial muscles and normalize breathing. Even wheezing and breathlessness can be relieved through administration of intravenous magnesium.

-       Bone health: Magnesium is directly related to the bone density. Inadequacy of this mineral could be a cause of osteoporosis.

-       Pregnancy: Magnesium is one of the vital elements during pregnancy. Proper intake of magnesium supplements is extremely beneficial for reducing osteoporosis risk, increasing the pain tolerance level resulting in a smooth delivery process and in optimization of blood pressure too.

-       Treatment for back pain: Magnesium helps treating people with severe backaches by relaxing back muscles, kidney stress and muscular tension. Magnesium also helps in absorption of calcium, which may lead to healing of the bones.

-       Heart Attack: Deficiency of magnesium results in higher probability of heart disease. It could also become a cause of death or result in more risk of heart ailments. Magnesium protects the heart from irregular heartbeats and works as a cure to heart attack. Magnesium also is vital for maintaining a healthy heart. Magnesium helps stabilize the rhythm of the heart and helps prevent abnormal blood clotting in the heart. It can significantly lower the chance of heart attacks and strokes, and can even aid in the recovery from a heart attack or stroke. Finally it limits muscle damage during a heart attack. Magnesium prevents heart attacks, because it keeps calcium from building up in your arteries and it helps maintain a regular heartbeat. While too much calcium causes the heart muscles to contract too much, which may cause heart attack, magnesium causes muscles to relax. That’s why the prescription drugs known as calcium channel blockers are so popular; they prevent calcium from entering your heart. The American Heart Journal calls magnesium “nature’s calcium channel blocker.”

-       Cramps and fatigue: Symptoms of cramps in leg as well as fatigue are normally visible due to magnesium deficiency. Proper intake of magnesium supplements acts as a cure for improving the leg cramp problem.

-       Constipation: Magnesium provides quick relief from constipated condition. High dosage of water soluble magnesium supplements is known to bring sound relief for severe constipated state.

-       Diabetes: The health benefits of magnesium are contributed towards diabetic patients, as this mineral helps improve insulin reaction to blood sugar level. Magnesium supplements are vital for all diabetic patients as many suffer from magnesium deficiency. Magnesium plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism, so it influences the release and activity of insulin, the hormone that helps control blood glucose levels. Low blood levels of magnesium are frequently seen if you have type 2 diabetes. This low magnesium state worsens insulin resistance, a condition that often precedes diabetes. If you have insulin resistance, you do not use insulin efficiently and require greater amounts of insulin to maintain blood sugar within normal levels. Your kidneys lose their ability to retain magnesium during periods of severe hyperglycemia (elevated blood glucose). Losing magnesium through your urine results in lower blood levels of magnesium. If you are an older adult, correcting magnesium depletion may improve your insulin response and action. The Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study follow more than 170,000 health professionals through biennial questionnaires. Women were followed for 18 years and the men were followed for 12 years. Over time, the risk for developing type 2 diabetes was greater in men and women with a lower magnesium intake. This important study supports the dietary recommendation to increase your consumption of major food sources of magnesium, and to supplement any shortfall in your diet with a good magnesium supplement such as AlgaeCal®. In the Iowa Women’s Health Study, an examination of almost 40,000 women, researchers also examined the association between magnesium intake and incidence of type 2 diabetes over an average of 6 years. Among women who were overweight, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes was significantly greater among those with lower magnesium intake. Numerous other studies support diets high in magnesium containing foods and magnesium supplementation for diabetics or pre-diabetic conditions.

-       Cure psychiatric disorders: Magnesium is known to cure worst forms of psychiatric dysfunctions such as panic attacks, stress, anxiety and undue agitations. By helping nerve impulse and relaxing muscles, many panic and anxiety disorders can be eased. It can’t cure these disorders, but it can help.

-       High blood pressure: Hypertension is one of the major reasons for an impending heart attack. People with high blood pressure usually have magnesium deficiency. Therefore, extra nutrients and mineral supplements with magnesium content are vital for them to evade additional medical complications. Magnesium also aids in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.

-       Migraine: Migraine attacks badly affect many Americans, especially, the female gender Magnesium supplements and liquids considerably reduces the severity of such attacks and may also help in reducing the rate of recurrence.

-       Production of collagen: Magnesium is important for producing proteins that are slowly transformed into collagen.

-       Absorption of minerals: Magnesium helps to absorb vital minerals and vitamins like sodium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.

-       Activation of enzymes: The health benefits of magnesium include boost in the energy production in the body and activation of enzymes to create cellular energy.

-       Maintaining adequate nutrients: Magnesium helps in regulation of calcium levels in the body such as vitamin D, copper, zinc etc.

-       Regulates sugar level: Magnesium aids in regulating blood sugar status, thus promoting normal blood pressure.

-       Controlling bladder: Many women who have blabber problems and frequent urge to urinate may find relief by taking magnesium supplements.

-       Preventing development of osteoporosis: Magnesium along with calcium and Vitamin D should be taken throughout the growing up years and adulthood eliminates the chances of developing osteoporosis in later years.

-       Prevention of eclamptic seizures: Magnesium sulfate is best treatment for preventing eclamptic seizures in expectant mothers who have hypertension.

-       Magnesium and Osteoporosis Magnesium deficiency may be a risk factor for osteoporosis because magnesium deficiency alters calcium metabolism and the hormones that regulate calcium. Several human studies have suggested that supplementing with magnesium can improve your bone mineral density.In a study of older adults, a greater magnesium intake maintained bone mineral density to a greater degree than a lower magnesium intake. Diets with recommended levels of magnesium are beneficial for bone health, but further investigation on the exact role of magnesium in bone metabolism and osteoporosis is needed.

Eat Foods High in Magnesium

Include the following in your diet as often as you can:

Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic.

Take Magnesium Supplements

Dosage: The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most of us get far less than 200 mg. Some may need much more depending on their condition. Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day. The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good. Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements). Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate. Most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula. Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a good way to absorb and get much needed magnesium.

Pediatric

Do not give magnesium supplements to a child without a doctor’s supervision.

  • Children 1 – 3 years of age: 40 – 80 mg daily
  • Children 4 – 8 years of age: 130 mg daily
  • Children 9 – 13 years of age: 240 mg daily
  • Males 14 – 18 years of age: 410 mg daily
  • Females 14 – 18 years of age: 360 mg daily
  • Pregnant females 14 – 18 years of age: 400 mg daily
  • Breastfeeding females 14 – 18 years of age: 360 mg daily

Adult

  • Males 19 – 30 years of age: 400 mg daily
  • Females 19 – 30 years of age: 310 mg daily
  • Males 31 years of age and over: 420 mg daily
  • Females 31 years of age and over: 320 mg daily
  • Pregnant females 19 – 30 years of age: 350 mg daily
  • Pregnant females 31 and over: 360 mg daily
  • Breastfeeding females 19 – 30 years of age: 310 mg daily
  • Breastfeeding females 31 years of age and over: 320 mg daily

A person’s need for magnesium increases during pregnancy, recovery from surgery and illnesses, and athletic training. Speak with your physician.

Precautions

According to University of Maryland Medical Center, because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, dietary supplements should be taken only under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care provider. Since magnesium is excreted by the kidneys, people with heart or kidney disease should not take magnesium supplements except under their doctor’s supervision.

It is very rare to overdose on magnesium from food. However, people who ingest large amounts of milk of magnesia (as a laxative or antacid), epsom salts (as a laxative or tonic), or magnesium supplements may overdose, especially if they have kidney problems.

Too much magnesium can cause serious health problems, including nausea, vomiting, severely lowered blood pressure, confusion, slowed heart rate, respiratory paralysis, deficiencies of other minerals, coma, cardiac arrhythmias, cariac arrest, and death.

More common side effects from magnesium include upset stomach and diarrhea.

Magnesium competes with calcium for absorption and can cause a calcium deficiency if calcium levels are already low. Some medications may lower magnesium levels in the body. These include chemotherapy drugs, diuretics, digoxin (Lanoxin), steroids, and certain antibiotics.

Possible Interactions

If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use magnesium without first talking to your health care provider.

Aminoglycosides — Concomitant use with magnesium may cause neuromuscular weakness and paralysis.

Antibiotics — Taking magnesium supplements may reduce the absorption of quinolone antibiotics, tetracycline antibiotics, and nitrofurantoin (Macrodandin). Magnesium should be taken 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking these medications. Quinolone and tetracycline antibiotics include:

  • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
  • Moxifloxacin (Avelox)
  • Tetracycline (Sumycin)
  • Doxycycline (Vibramycin)
  • Minocycline (Minocin)

Blood Pressure Medications, Calcium Channel Blockers — Magnesium may increase the risk of negative side effects (such as dizziness, nausea, and fluid retention) from calcium channel blockers (particularly nifedipine or Procardia) in pregnant women. Other calcium channel blockers include:

  • Aamlodipine (Norvasc)
  • Diltiazem (Cardizem)
  • Felodipine (Plendil)
  • Verapamil (Calan)

Medications for diabetes — Magnesium hydroxide, commonly found in antacids such as Alternagel, may increase the absorption of some medications used to control blood sugar levels (particularly glipizide or Glucatrol and glyburide or Micronase). If you take these medications to control blood sugar, your doctor may need to adjust your dose.

Digoxin (Lanoxin) — Low blood levels of magnesium can increase negative effects from digoxin, including heart palpitations and nausea. In addition, digoxin can cause more magnesium to be lost in the urine. A doctor will monitor magnesium levels in people taking digoxin to see whether they need a magnesium supplement.

Diuretics — Diuretics known as loop (such as furosemide or Lasix) and thiazide (including hydrochlorothiazide) can lower magnesium levels. For this reason, doctors who prescribe diuretics may recommend magnesium supplements as well.

Fluoroquinones — Concomitant use with magnesium may decrease absorption and effectiveness. Flouroquinones should be taken a minimum of 4 hours before any products containing magnesium.

Hormone Replacement Therapy — Magnesium levels tend to decrease during menopause. Clinical studies suggest, however, that hormone replacement therapy may help prevent the loss of this mineral. Postmenopausal women, or those taking hormone replacement therapy, should talk with a health care provider about the risks and benefits of magnesium supplementation.

Labetol — Concomitant use with magneisum can slow heartbeat abnormally and reduce cardiac output.

Levomethadyl — Concomitant use with magnesium may precipitate a heart condition called QT prolongation.

Levothyroxine — There have been case reports of magnesium containing antacids reducing the effectiveness of levothyroxine, a medication that treats underactive thyroid.

Penicillamine — Penicillamine, a medication used to treat Wilson’s disease (a condition characterized by high levels of copper in the body) and rheumatoid arthritis, can inactivate magnesium, particularly when high doses of the drug are used over a long period of time. Supplementation with magnesium and other nutrients may reduce side effects associated with penicillamine. If you take penicillamine, a health care provider can determine whether magnesium supplements are right for you.

Tiludronate (Skelid) and Alendronate (Fosamax) — Magnesium may interfere with absorption of medications used in osteoporosis, including alendronate (Fosamax). Magnesium or antacids containing magnesium should be taken 1 hour before or 2 hours after taking these medications.

Others — Aminoglycoside antibiotics (such as gentamicin and tobramycin), thiazide diuretics (such as hydrochlorothiazide), loop diuretics (such as furosemide and bumetanide), amphotericin B, corticosteroids (prednisone or Deltasone), antacids, and insulin may lower magnesium levels. Please refer to the depletions monographs on some of these medications for more information.

Black Seed Oil

Black Cumin Seed Oil (Nigella Sativa)

The Cure To Every Disease Except Death

The earliest written reference to black cumin (also called “blackseed”) is found in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament (28:25-27). The prophet Mohammad reportedly said that black seed is the cure for everything except death. Black cumin (Nigella sativa) does in fact have remarkable healing and health properties and science also confirms that black seed is one of the most powerful medicinal plants known to man. Several studies have also shown that black cumin seed extract may help fight cancer. In one recent study, black cumin seed oil was potent against pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest and most difficult to treat of all cancers.

In the hundreds of studies conducted on black cumin, the seeds have been shown to contain compounds that fight disease by boosting the body’s production of…

  • Bone marrow
  • Natural interferon
  • Immune cells

What is Black Cumin?

Black seed oil is also known as black cumin oil that originates from Nigella sativa seeds. Black seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients.

The primary active compound in black cumin seed is crystalline nigellone. Other important active ingredients include:

  • Thymoquinone
  • Protein (21%)
  • Carbohydrates  (38%)
  • Essential fatty acids (35%)
  • Beta sitosterol
  • Myristic acid
  • Palmitic acid
  • Palmitoleic acid
  • Stearic acid
  • Oleic acid
  • Linoleic acid
  • Linolenic acid
  • Arachidonic acid
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Folic acid
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Phosphorous

Black Cumin Boosts Immunity and Health

Like the well-known herb Echinacea, black cumin is a powerful immune booster. But black cumin works very differently than Echinacea. Unlike Echinacea, black cumin does not negatively impact autoimmune disorders, and therefore can be used by those who suffer these conditions.

Black cumin is effective against allergies, multiple sclerosis, cancer, tuberculosis and AIDS. Black cumin is also effective against liver problems, digestive imbalances, and asthma.

Black Cumin in History

  • Oil of black cumin was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb, and was used by Cleopatra for its valuable health and beauty benefits.
  • Hippocrates, the grandfather of modern medicine, considered black cumin a valuable remedy for digestive disorders.
  • Ibn Sina, the author of the famous Canon of Medicine, reports that black cumin stimulates the metabolism and supports recovery from dispiritedness and lethargy.
  • Ayurvedic medicine uses black cumin for a wide variety of diseases, including hemorrhoids, hepatitis, fever, diarrhea, cough, and tapeworm.

 Modern Scientific Research on Black Cumin

Since 1959, black cumin has been examined in more than 200 different studies at universities and laboratories.

Research conducted at the Cancer Research Laboratory of Hilton Head Island in South Carolina showed that oil of black cumin fought cancerous tumors without the negative side effects chemotherapy.

The Hilton Head research showed that black cumin…

  • Increased the growth rate of bone marrow cells by a staggering 250%
  • Inhibited tumor growth by 50%
  • Stimulated immune cells and raised the interferon production (which protects cells from the destructive effect of viruses)
  • Has strongly antibacterial effects
  • Lowers the blood sugar level (essential for the treatment of diabetes)

In animal studies, two-thirds of mice given black cumin seed oil survived beyond 30 days despite deliberate efforts to induce cancer, while none of the mice in the control group survived.

Black cumin is especially effective for aggressive cancers whose growth depends on angiogenesis (the physiological process involving the growth of new blood vessels).

Results for asthma, allergies and many other conditions

German research has shown that 70% of patients with allergic conditions, including pollen and dust allergies—benefit from treatment with black cumin seed oil. Long-term use (6 months or longer) often brings outstanding results.

Other uses of black cumin seed oil include for…

  • Acne
  • Colds and flu
  • Lethargy
  • Nervous tension
  • Tired legs muscles
  • Backache, arthritis, bruises, and rheumatism
  • High blood pressure
  • Stomach problems
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Headache
  • Earache
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Colic (babies)
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin fungus
  • Stimulate menstrual period
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Stimulates energy and helps in recovery from fatigue
  • Several Cancers
  • Treats flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia

Cancer Prevention – One study found that black seed extracts protected healthy cells and destroyed tumor cells while increasing the levels of antibodies in the body. It also contains antioxidants, boosts the immune system and has anti-inflammatory properties, all key components of cancer prevention.

High In Antioxidants – Black seed oil contains powerful antioxidants that help prevent oxidative stress to cells and the cardiovascular system, including thymoquinone, which has shown to protect against heart, liver and kidney disease in animal studies.

Anti-Inflammatory – Studies show that black seed oil can help reduce inflammation. Applied topically, black seed oil can ease the pain of cramps and relieve muscles spasms.

Anti-Inflammatory – Studies show that black seed oil can help reduce inflammation. Applied topically, black seed oil can ease the pain of cramps and relieve muscles spasms.

Antihistamine – A natural antihistamine, black seed oil has been shown to destroy microorganisms in lab tests.

Antibacterial – Research shows black seed oil has the ability to destroy different bacterial agents in the digestive tract, including Candida and E. coli.

Blood Pressure – Several studies have shown that the substances in black seed oil can help reduce blood pressure.

Immune System Support – Many health officials claim that black seed oil boosts the immune system by increasing immune reactions and the production of antibodies.

Allergy Relief – A study of 152 patients in 2003 showed that black seed oil helped reduce symptoms of allergies and may be an effective treatment for allergic reactions. Another study of 600 patients found that black seed oil relieved allergy symptoms in 70% of the cases.

Diabetes – One study found that black seed oil helped reduce blood sugar levels. This may help diabetics balance glucose and insulin levels after meals.

Respiratory Health – Black seed oil has been shown to be effective for treating asthma and reducing the symptoms of respiratory infections like coughs and bronchitis.

Digestive Aid – Black seed oil helps the body process toxins, stimulates stomach bile and can act as a laxative.

Insomnia – 
Studies show black seed oil can help eliminate sleep disorders when taken internally especially with warm water before going to bed.

Healthy Skin – Black seed oil may be an effective treatment for chronic acne.

Black Seed’s Mechanisms of Action

  • Analgesic: Relieves or dampens sensation of pain.
  • Anthelmintic: (Also know as vermicide or vermifuge) destroys and expels intestinal worms.
  • Anti-bacterial: Destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria.
  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation.
  • Anti-Microbial: Destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive microorganisms.
  • Antioxidant: Prevents or delays the damaging oxidization of the body’s cells – particularly useful against free radicals.
  • Anti-Pyretic: (Also known as febrifuge) – exhibits a ‘cooling action’, useful in fever reduction.
  • Anti-spasmodic: Prevents or eases muscle spasms and cramps.
  • Anti-tumor: Counteracts or prevents the formation of malignant tumors
  • Carminative: Stimulates digestion and induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach and the intestines.
  • Diaphoretic: Induces perspiration during fever to cool and stimulate the release of toxins.
  • Diuretic: Stimulates urination to relieve bloating and rid the body of any excess water.
  • Digestive: Stimulates bile and aids in the digestive process.
  • Emmenagogue: Stimulates menstrual flow and activity.
  • Galactogogue: Stimulates the action of milk in new mothers.
  • Hypotensive: Reduces excess blood pressure.
  • Immunomodulator: Suppresses or strengthens immune system activity as needed for optimum balance.
  • Laxative: Causes looseness or relaxation of the bowels.

Remember: A teaspoon of black seed oil mixed in a glass of orange juice with breakfast makes you active all through the day. A teaspoon of black seed oil mixed in a hot drink after supper gives you a quiet sleep all through the night.

  • For Cough and Asthma – Apply Black seed oil to the chest and back. Mix a teaspoon of Black seed oil in boiling water and inhale the vapor twice a day. Take half a teaspoon of Black seed Oil daily in the morning.
  • Diabetes – Mix a cup of whole black seeds, a cup of Water Cress Seeds (Mustard seed can be used as an alternative), half a cup of pomegranate peel and half a cup of fumitory. Grind the mixture to powder. Take half a teaspoon of the mixture together with a teaspoon of black seed oil daily before breakfast for one month.
  • Diarrhea – Mix a teaspoon of black seed oil with a cup of yogurt. Drink the mixture twice a day until symptoms disappear.
  • Dry Cough – A teaspoon of black seed oil should be mixed in coffee and taken twice a day. Rub the chest and back with black seed oil.
  • Eye disease & impaired vision – Rub the eyelids and the sides of the eye orbits half an hour before going to bed with black seed oil. A tablespoon of the oil should also be drunk with a cup of carrot juice. Results should be apparent in one month, insha Allaah.
  • Facial paralysis & tetanus – Inhaling the vapor of black seed oil and hot water can help against facial paralysis and tetanus, and eliminates their causes, insha Allaah.
  • Flu & nasal congestion – Placing three to four drops of black seed oil in each nostril relieves nasal congestion and head cold distress.
  • Gall stones & kidney stones – Prepare a formulation of 250g of ground black seed & 250g pure honey, stir thoroughly before use. Take two tablespoons of this formulation and mix thoroughly with half a cup of hot water. Finally add one teaspoon of black seed oil. This mixture is to be taken every morning before consuming any food.
  • Backache & other kinds of rheumatism – Mildly heat a small amount of black seed oil and then stroke the rheumatic area intensely. A teaspoon of oil should also be drunk three times daily.
  • Beard growth – Massage the beard area with black seed oil ensuring that the oil penetrates to the roots, this stimulates the growth of the beard and prevents premature hair graying.
  • For Hypertension – Take half teaspoon of Black seed oil, 1 tablespoon pure honey with any hot drink at any time. Take 2 lobes of garlic on empty stomach. Apply Black seed oil to your whole body and expose it to the sun every three days, continue the treatment for a month.
  • For Heart complaints & Constriction of Veins – Take half teaspoon of black seed oil mixed with any hot drink daily in the mornings, this will liquefy the fats and widen the veins and arteries.
  • For Headache and Earache – Apply black seed oil to the forehead, sides of face adjacent to the ears and behind the ears. Take half teaspoon of Black seed Oil and continue for about 3 days.
  • For Loss of Hair & premature Graying – Scrub the scalp thoroughly with lemon, leave it for 15 minutes, wash away with water and shampoo and dry well, thereafter apply Black seed oil to the whole scalp, continue for a few weeks.
  • For Eye infection, Pain and Weak sight – Apply Black seed oil around the eyes and on the eyelid before going to sleep. Take half-teaspoon Black seed oil mixed with carrot juice. For weak sight continue treatment.
  • For Vomiting – Take half teaspoon of fresh ginger juice mixed with equal amount of Black seed oil, twice a day.
  • For toothache – Mix a half teaspoon of Black seed oil with warm water and gargle the mouth and apply oil on the affected tooth, it will alleviate pain quickly.

General health

Take 1 tablespoon blackseed oil morning and night, or at least in the morning before breakfast on its own or with 1 teaspoon pure honey

Acne and Skin – Mix and heat for 2 minutes 1 cup grounded black seed ½ cup grounded pomegranate skin and ½ cup apple cider vinegar. Apply on area before going to sleep every night until it disappears. Mixture can last 3 weeks and have to be kept in cool temperature.

Bladder/Kidney – Take ½ teaspoon black seed mixed with honey and warm water every morning before breakfast. Mix 2 cups grounded black seed and ½ cup pure honey. Take 1 tablespoon of mixture with 1 cup warm water every morning before breakfast. Mixture can last 15 days and have to be kept in cool temperature

Coughs – Take 3-4 drops of black seed oil in coffee or tea

Hemorrhoids – Take black seed in powdered form with water

Inflammation & pain of teeth & gums – Boil black seed in vinegar and use it to rinse teeth & gums Avoid using commercial toothpastes and use toothpaste made from vegetable fibre of the siwak tree which has been used for centuries by Indians, Africans and Asians as natural toothpaste.

Memory – Take ½ teaspoon powdered black seed mixed with honey 2x day

Immune system – Take 1 tablespoon day and night

Incontinence – Take ½ teaspoon black seed with honey, then drink warm water

Jaundice – Take black seed with milk

Dry Skin – Mix honey with ¼ teaspoon black seed and take it first thing in the morning before breakfast

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Chlorella

Chlorella

 

Chlorella gets its name from the high amount of chlorophyll it possesses. Chlorella contains more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant. Chlorophyll is one of the greatest food substances for cleansing the bowel and other elimination systems, such as the liver and the blood.

Chlorella is loaded with antioxidants to keep you looking and feeling young! The nutritional content of chlorella includes many times more beta-carotene than carrots and any leafy green vegetable. Chlorella may well be the most nutrient-dense and beneficial food in the world. If you were to add just one antioxidant food to your diet, you couldn’t find any that would give you all the health benefits of chlorella. The nutritional content of chlorella includes 58 percent highly digestible, complete vegetarian protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It is rich in polysaccharides, nucleic acids, peptides, essential fatty acids and B vitamins.

The nutritional content of chlorella also includes plenty of vitamins and minerals. It is rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, and is one of the few whole food sources of vitamin D. Chlorella has the complete vitamin B-complex with more B-12 than beef liver, by weight. The carotenoids beta-carotene and lutein are also found in abundance. Chlorella actually contains many times more beta-carotene than carrots and other leafy green vegetables. Additional nutritional content of chlorella includes zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, rare trace minerals, essential fatty acids including gamma linolenic acid (GLA), and polysaccharides.

Amino Acids

A deficiency of just one amino acid can result in allergies, low energy, sluggish digestion, poor resistance to infection, and premature aging. Wheatgrass contains 17 amino acids, lysine, isoleucine, tryptophan, phenylalanine, threonine valine, methionine, alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, proline, serine, and tyrosine.

Essential Fatty Acids

Blue-green algae are also good sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid that is lacking in the standard American diet. GLA is known for regulating blood sugar and providing important nutrients to the brain. It also has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties that add to the nutritional benefits of chlorella.

Nucleic Acids

The nutritional content of chlorella also includes nucleic acids. Nucleic acid in the human body (RNA/DNA) is responsible for controlling cellular growth and repair. Your levels of nucleic acid decrease with age; in fact, loss of nucleic acid causes premature aging as well as weakened immunity. Nucleic acid is also depleted by lack of exercise, stress, pollution, and a poor diet. Therefore, replenishing your RNA/DNA through your diet is important to every aspect of health and longevity.

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and RNA (ribonucleic acid) are our nucleic acids. The high DNA and RNA content of chlorella supplies our body with nucleic acids for cell rejuvenation. Dr. Benjamin S. Frank, author of “Nucleic Acid Therapy in Aging and Degenerative Disease”, found that deteriorating cells could be rejuvenated if they are provided with substances that directly nourish them.

By helping the body to stay well supplied with nucleic acids, Dr. Frank has found that you can look and feel six to twelve years younger than you actually are! When using foods high in DNA and RNA content Dr. Benjamin Frank also discovered that health problems such as heart disease, emphysema, arthritis, memory loss, vision deterioration and depression would disappear!

Chlorella is the World’s Richest Source of Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll is the life-blood of plants. Chlorophyll’s job is to absorb energy from the sun to produce food, a process known as photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is a phytonutrient most commonly attained by eating dark green, leafy vegetables. It’s one of the best food substances for cleansing the bowel and other elimination systems, such as your liver and your bloodstream.

Green algae are the highest sources of chlorophyll in the plant world. Chlorella is the highest of all, ranging from three to five percent chlorophyll content. Green leafy vegetables, by comparison, contain less than half of one percent chlorophyll. Commercial liquid chlorophyll supplements often contain only about one percent chlorophyll.

In your body, chlorophyll neutralizes environmental toxins and pollutants. It helps the blood carry oxygen to all cells and tissues. Chlorophyll plays an important part in chlorella’s ability to detoxify heavy metals.

Chlorella is a Whole Natural Food

Since these nutrients are all contained in a single, natural food, they are easily absorbed by your body. This makes chlorella more effective than isolated supplements taken individually or in multi-vitamin capsules. Chlorella can thus be a replacement for many individual supplements and effectively lower the cost of supplementing, while also giving you the benefits of a whole food.

Natural Alkaline Balance

Chlorella helps support the healthy pH balance of the body. Western diets tend to be highly acidic, due to the heavy reliance on foods like grains and animal proteins. The natural alkaline balance of chlorella can effectively counter these acidic foods.

Only Chlorella Has “Growth Factor”

The nucleus of the chlorella produces a “mojo” they call chlorella growth factor. Chlorella growth factor offers many of the benefits found in human growth hormone, and is believed to be the source of many of the health benefits of chlorella, although there’s still much mystery surrounding these properties. Chlorella also contains up to ten percent RNA, and up to three percent DNA.

Just one teaspoon of chlorella powder has the nutritional value of 3 servings of dark green leafy vegetables! I personally use chlorella, wheat grass and spirulina daily, simply for this reason. If you don’t eat many dark green leafy vegetables every day, chlorella can make up for it — and then some. Chlorella also contains concentrated, easy-assimilated nutritional benefits not found in any other food.

Health Benefits of Chlorella

Heavy metal removal using chlorella: Chlorella is a powerful detoxification aid for heavy metals and other pesticides. Numerous research projects in the U.S. and Europe indicate that chlorella can also aid the body in breaking down persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as mercury, cadmium, lead, DDT and PCB while strengthening the immune system response. In Japan, interest in chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties – its ability to remove or neutralize poisonous substances from the body. “Detoxification refers to the removal of toxic substances from the body. These substances are either poisons that have entered from the outside of the person such as occurs in pesticide poisoning or may occur from within the body, e.g., when the colon contains bacteria that produce toxic substances or as a result of inefficient metabolism of the body as a whole.

The detoxification capability of chlorella is due to its unique cell wall and the material associated with it. The cell walls of chlorella have been shown to have three layers of which the thicker middle layer contains cellulose microfibrils. Clinical studies and medical researches have showed that toxins such as arsenic, mercury, lead, pesticides, insecticides, cadmium, uranium, P.C.B, radio actives materials etc. have been successfully detoxified from the human body; chlorella cell walls binding to and absorbing these toxics substances and then escorting them safely out of the body.

How Does Chlorella Detoxify Your Body?

Chlorella is comprised of a fibrous, indigestible outer shell (20%) and its inner nutrients (80%). It is the fibrous material, which has been proven to actually bind with the heavy metals and pesticides – such as PCBs – which can accumulate in our bodies.

A clean bloodstream, with an abundance of red blood cells to carry oxygen, is necessary to a strong natural defense system. Chlorella’s cleansing action on the bowel and other elimination channels, as well as its protection of the liver, helps keep the blood clean. Clean blood insures that metabolic wastes are efficiently carried away from the tissues.

Chlorella Will Improve Your Digestive System: Since chlorella has such a high chlorophyll content, people find chronic bad breath is often eliminated in just a few days on chlorella. Foul smelling stools are also greatly improved and chlorophyll has been attributed to relieving constipation.

Chlorella Shown To Be Helpful in Fighting Cancer: Interferon is one of our body’s greatest natural defenses against cancer. One of the ways we fight cancer is to use agents to stimulate macrophage production and activity. Interferon is a natural secretion of the body which is thought to be a stimulator of macrophages and tumor necrosis factor. Chlorella stimulates the activity of macrophages and T-cells by increasing interferon levels thus enhancing the immune system’s ability to combat foreign invaders whether they are viruses, bacteria, chemicals or foreign proteins.

Studies have shown that the hot water extract of Chlorella stimulates macrophage, interferon, B cell and T cell production resulting in anti-tumor, anti-bacteria and anti-viral properties and effects. T-cells are active against viruses and cancer; B-cell are active against fighting bacteria;

Stimulation of macrophages increases cancer cell destruction as well as removal of foreign proteins and chemicals; Interferon is a natural secretion of the body and is thought to be a physiological stimulator of macrophages.

The stimulation of macrophages increases cancer cell destruction as well as the removal of foreign proteins and chemicals. This is an important property since there are a limited number of macrophages in the body, allowing just so much removal of harmful substances from the blood. This shows the capacity of Chlorella to prevent not only cancer or pre-cancerous conditions, but other diseases associated with viral infections as well. Chlorella contains the highest known source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps in the prevention of the spread of cancer by increasing the oxygen uptake, therefore promoting cell reproduction.

By stimulating the body’s immune defenses, the wonder food Chlorella provides the body with extra ammunition so it can fight cancer more effectively. However Chlorella is not an anti-cancer treatment in itself but rather is a safe, alternative cancer treatment and potent adjunctive aid, working best with conventional treatments. Studies have indicated that, as a “biological response modifier”, the green food Chlorella can provide critical health benefits to people weakened by illness, severe treatments and a suppressed immune system, improving their life, without interfering with the effectiveness of conventional cancer therapies, and possibly reducing future recurrences of viral infections that have escaped surgery or chemotherapy.

Chlorella Contains Natural Digestive and other Enzymes: Chlorella contains enzymes such as chlorophyllase and pepsin, which are two digestive enzymes. Enzymes perform a number of important functions in the body. Chlorella has many different types of enzymes that our bodies need. It is essential that any chlorella you take is NOT freezing dried or pasteurized. If it is, then you have lost the crucial benefit of enzymes such as these.

Chlorella is Alkaline and Helps Balance Your Body’s pH: It’s important that we maintain a balance body pH of ideally about 7.2-7.4, which is about neutral. However, because of our poor diet of junk food, overcooked, processed foods, fast food, which include soft drinks, which have a pH of 2.7, most of us, are not balanced. This is important because most diseases start, live and thrive in an acidic environment and do not live well in an alkaline environment. Cancer rates have risen steadily so that now fully 1/3 of all people in the U. S. will get cancer in their lifetime.

The rise of fast, junk and processed foods match those of rising cancer rates. 30 years ago, cancer in children was almost unheard of. Now they have entire hospital wards given over to children with cancer. Including whole foods like chlorella in your diet is one step you can take toward reducing your risks for cancer.

Chlorella Normalizes Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure: Studies have shown that chlorella tends to normalize blood sugar in cases of hypoglycemia. In hypoglycemia, blood sugar is too low. Proper levels of blood sugar are necessary for normal brain function, heart function and energy metabolism, all of which are crucial in sustaining good health and preventing diseases.

High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors in heart attack and stroke, which account for more fatalities in the United States than any other disease. Laboratory experiments have shown that regular use of chlorella reduces high blood pressure and prevents strokes in rats.

Immune system booster: Deterioration of the immune function, which eventually allows cancer cells to multiply, may begin with allergens in foods or air, and with poor food choices. It may result from heavy metals, viral or fungal agents, chlorine, nicotine and other chemical toxins, x-rays, radioactive and electromagnetic elements. It may also result from stress, negative attitudes, or any other influence that taxes the immune system beyond its capacity to respond to it.

Most healers further agree that any influence, which weakens the functional capacity of our liver, increases our risk of cancer. When the liver fails to process all the toxic materials that are brought to it, toxins back up in our immune system, which then loses its capacity to deal with more toxic influences.

Cancer represents the most extreme form of nutritional collapse. It starts to develop when oxygen uptake is inhibited and red blood cells deteriorate.

Through hundreds of clinical studies and medical observations, the healing properties and health benefits of chlorella have been reported to treat the following:

Allergies, anemia, asthma, cold, cold sores, flu, bad breath, body odors, acne and skin problems, burns, wound healing, pyorrhea (bleeding of the gums and loose teeth), pneumonia, P.M.S, herpes simplex, stress, eczema, jet lag, fibrous cysts, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and Epstein-Barr virus syndrome, mononucleosis, yeast Candida problems, seizures, hypoglycemia, hypertension, hormone imbalance, withdrawals from drug addiction, alcohol hangover prevention, detoxification, liver toxicity, bowel and colon toxicity, constipation, cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, pancreatitis, peptic ulcers, duodenal ulcers, gastritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, anti-viral, gout, arthritis, obesity, sciatica, sinusitis and nasal congestion, emphysema, AIDS, degenerative illnesses associated with aging, Alzheimer’s, attention deficit disorder, growth and development of children.

Wheat Grass

Wheat Grass

Wheat grass is one of the so-called green foods that are valued by health-conscious individuals as a great natural source of nutrients. In juice form it contains 70% chlorophyll, which is often referred to as the blood of plant life. It closely resembles the molecules of’ human red blood cells. Chlorophyll has been shown to produce an unfavorable environment for bacterial growth in the body and therefore effective in increasing the body’s resistance to illness.

Wheat grass is considered to be a complete food in itself. The fact is that one pound of fresh wheat grass is equivalent in nutritional value to 23 pounds of choice garden vegetables. Due to its fibrous nature, which is indigestible by humans, wheat grass must be liquefied before it can be consumed.

This nutrient-rich grass contains 17 amino acids which are the building blocks of proteins. The body uses these amino acids for things like building muscle tissue, repairing cells and clotting the blood. Wheat grass retains 92 of the 102 minerals found in the soil. These minerals include calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and potassium. It is a rich natural source of vitamins A and C. Wheat grass has more vitamin C than oranges and twice the vitamin A of carrots. It is exceptionally rich in vitamins E, K, and B-complex. It is also a natural source of laetrile (B-17). Wheat grass produces an immunization effect against many dietary carcinogens.

Vitamins in Wheat Grass

VITAMIN A: Wheat grass is rich in vitamin A. Vitamin A is abundant in carrots, broccoli and sweet potatoes, and is important in maintaining healthy vision. According to Living Foods, wheat grass provides twice the amount of vitamin A as a comparable serving of carrots. This makes wheat grass one of the richest plant sources of vitamin A.

VITAMIN C: Wheat grass is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is traditionally found in citrus fruits including oranges, lemons and kiwi. However, according to Living Foods, a serving of wheat grass can supply more vitamin C than a comparable serving of oranges. Vitamin C is essential in building and maintaining a strong immune system that can fight infection such as the flu and other diseases.

B VITAMINS AND VITAMIN K: Wheat grass contains several of the B vitamins including B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 12. It also supplies vitamins E and K. According to the Nutritional Supplements Center, the B vitamins and vitamin K can help support faster healing and trigger growth of new cells in the body. The combination of vitamins with antibacterial agents in wheat grass also helps the body rid itself of harmful bacteria. This supports a healthy intestinal and digestive system.

Minerals in Wheat Grass

Boron: Boron is needed in trace amounts for calcium uptake and healthy bones. Elderly will benefit from this because they have a greater problem with calcium absorption. Boron interacts with calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Calcium: Calcium is vital in the formation of strong bones and teeth and is also important in the maintenance of regular heartbeat and the transmission of nerve impulses. It is needed for muscle growth and contraction and for the prevention of muscle cramps. This important mineral is also essential in blood clotting and helps prevent colon cancer. It may lower blood pressure and prevent bone loss associated with osteoporosis as well. Calcium provides energy and participates in the protein structuring of RNA and DNA. It is also involved in the activation of several enzymes including lipase. The amino acid lysine is needed for calcium absorption.

A calcium deficiency may result in the following symptoms; muscle cramps, nervousness, heart palpitations, brittle nails, eczema, hypertension, aching joints, increased cholesterol levels, rheumatoid arthritis, tooth decay, insomnia, rickets, and numbness in the arms and/or legs.

Keep in mind that up to 99% of the calcium we eat is deposited in our bones and teeth, and calcium cannot be properly absorbed unless other trace minerals are present along with it. Calcium needs boron, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, silicon, strontium, vitamin D3 and zinc to be absorb to its full potential. Wheat grass contains all these minerals.

Chromium: Because it is involved in the metabolism of glucose, chromium (glucose tolerance factor or GTF) is needed for energy. It is also vital in the synthesis of cholesterol, fats, and protein. This essential mineral maintains stable blood sugar levels through proper insulin utilization in both the diabetic and the hypoglycemic. Chromium interacts with calcium, manganese, vanadium, and zinc.

Copper: Among its many functions, copper aids in the formation of bone hemoglobin, and red blood cells, and work in balance with zinc and vitamin C to form elastic. It is involved in the healing process, energy production, hair and skin colouring, and taste sensitivity. This mineral is also needed for healthy nerves. One of the early signs of copper deficiency is osteoporosis. Copper is essential for the formation of collagen, which make up the connective tissue of the bone matrix. Copper interacts with calcium iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.

Germanium: This important trace mineral was recently discovered and researched by a Japanese scientist, Kazuhiko Asia. He found that it improved many illnesses including rheumatoid arthritis, food allergies, elevated cholesterol, candidiasis, chronic viral infections, cancer and AIDS. Germanium is also a fast-acting pain killer. Germanium works by attaching itself to molecules of oxygen, which are carried into the body to improve cellular oxygenation. The body needs oxygen to keep the immune system functioning properly as oxygen helps rid the body of toxins, and poisons. Dr. Asia believes all diseases are caused by an insufficient oxygen supply to the area of the body where it is needed. Researchers have shown that organic germanium is an effective way to increase tissue oxygenation because it acts as a carrier in the same way as hemoglobin. Germanium interacts with zinc.

Iron: Wheat grass is a fairly good source of iron, a mineral that is essential to red blood cell formation and the transport of oxygen from the lungs to the cells. Some of our iron is reused, but we still must have a steady supply of dietary iron. Without it we easily become tired or anemic. Perhaps the most important of its functions is its production of hemoglobin and oxygenation of red blood cells. Iron is the mineral found in the largest amount in the blood. The mineral is essential for many enzymes and is important for growth in children and resistance to disease. Iron is also required for a healthy immune system and for energy production. Vitamin C can increase iron absorption as much as 30 percent. Iron deficiency symptoms include brittle hair, nails that are spoon-shaped or that have ridges running lengthwise, hair loss, fatigue, pallor, dizziness, and anemia. Iron interacts with calcium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, nickel, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc.

Magnesium: Magnesium is vital to enzyme activity. It assists in calcium and potassium uptake. A deficiency interferes with the transmission of nerve and muscle impulses, causing irritability and nervousness. Supplementing the diet with magnesium helps prevent depressions, dizziness, muscle weakness, twitching, heart disease, and high blood pressure, and aids in maintaining the proper pH balance. This essential mineral protects the arterial lining from stress caused by sudden blood pressure changes, and plays a role in the formation of bone and in carbohydrate and mineral metabolism. With vitamin B6, magnesium helps reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate stones. It is also important for good muscle function and for bowel health. You will find about as much magnesium in wheat grass as in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beets, carrots, or celery. Magnesium interacts with boron, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and strontium.

Manganese: Minute quantities of manganese are needed for protein and fat metabolism, healthy nerves, and a healthy immune system and blood sugar regulation. It is used for energy production and is required for normal bone growth and reproduction. Manganese is essential for iron-deficient anemics and it is also needed for the utilization of thiamine (B1) and vitamin E. Manganese works well with the B-complex vitamins to give an overall feeling of well being. It aids in the formation of mother’s milk and is the key element in the production of enzymes needed to oxidize fats and to metabolize purines. Manganese interacts with calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.

Molybdenum: This essential mineral is needed in extremely small amounts for nitrogen metabolism, which enables the body to use nitrogen. It aids in the final stages of conversion of purines to uric acid. It promotes normal cell function, and is part of enzyme system of xanthine oxidase. Molybdenum is found in the liver bones, and kidneys. A low intake is associated with mouth and gum disorder and cancer. Those whose diets are high in refined and processed foods are at risk of having a deficiency. Molybdenum deficiency may cause sexual impotence in older men. Molybdenum interacts with copper phosphorus, silicon, and zinc.

Phosphorus: Phosphorus is needed for bone and tooth formation, cell growth, contraction of the heart muscle, and kidney function. It also assists the body in the utilization of vitamins and conversion of food to energy. A balance of magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus should always be maintained. If one of these is present in excess or insufficient amount, it will have adverse effects on the body. Excessive amount of phosphorus interfere with calcium uptake. A diet consisting of junk food is a common culprit. Phosphorus interacts with calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, and zinc.

Potassium: This mineral is called the youth mineral by some nutritionists and is important for a healthy nervous system and a regular heart rhythm. It helps prevent stroke, aids in proper muscle contraction, and works with sodium to control the body’s water balance. Potassium is important for chemical reactions within the cells and aids in maintaining stable blood pressure and in transmitting electrochemical impulses. It also regulates the transfer of nutrients to the cells. Wheatgrass contains about as much potassium as citrus fruits, grapes, apples or melons. Potassium interacts with iron, magnesium, and sodium.

Selenium: Selenium is a vital antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. As an antioxidant, selenium protects the immune system by preventing the formation of free radicals, which can damage the body. Selenium and vitamin E act to aid in the production of antibodies and to help maintain a healthy heart. This trace element is needed for pancreatic function and tissue elasticity. A selenium deficiency is linked to cancer and heart disease.

Silicon (Silica): Silicon is necessary for bone and connective tissue (collagen) formation, healthy nails, skin, and hair, and for calcium absorption in the earth stages of bone formation. It is need to maintain flexible arteries, and plays a major role in preventing cardiovascular disease. Silicon counteracts the effects of aluminum on the body and is important in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and osteoporosis. Silicon levels decrease with aging and therefore, are needed in larger amounts by the elderly. Silicon interacts with calcium, molybdenum and zinc.

Sodium: Wheatgrass supplies an optimum amount of sodium. Sodium is necessary for maintaining the proper water balance and blood pH. It is also needed for the stomach in aiding digestion, and elimination, nerve, and muscle function. Although a sodium deficiency is rare, its symptoms include lethargy and heart palpitations. A balance of potassium and sodium is necessary for good health. Because most people over indulge in sodium intake, potassium is typically needed in greater amounts. Its sodium content is about equal to what is found in an onion or tomato. Sodium interacts with lithium and potassium.

Vanadium: Vanadium is needed for cellular metabolism and in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays a role in growth and reproduction, and inhibits cholesterol synthesis.

Zinc: This essential mineral is important in prostate gland function and the growth of reproductive organs. It is required for protein synthesis and collagen formation and promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of wounds. Zinc also allows acuity of taste and smell and protects the liver from chemical damage. Sufficient intake and absorption of zinc is needed to maintain the proper concentrations of vitamin E in the blood. Zinc interacts with boron, calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, germanium, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, phosphorus, selenium, silicon, strontium, and tin.

Amino Acids

A deficiency of just one amino acid can result in allergies, low energy, sluggish digestion, poor resistance to infection, and premature aging. Wheatgrass contains 17 amino acids, lysine, isoleucine, tryptophan, phenylalanine, threonine valine, methionine, alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, histidine, proline, serine, and tyrosine.

Enzymes

Our habit of processing everything we eat not only destroys some of the vitamins but totally destroys 100% of the enzymes. Enzymes are also destroyed by drying. Enzymes found in Wheat grass Juice help detoxify the pollutants inside us and help with digestion. The most important enzymes isolated from Wheat grass juice are:

  • Cytochrome oxidase: An antioxidant required for proper cell respiration
  • Lipase: A fat splitting enzyme that helps digest fat. It prevents the accumulation of fats in organs and arteries.
  • Protease: Protease breaks down protein into single amino acids. Protein is also crucial for the manufacture of hormones, antibodies, enzymes and tissues. The protease enzyme found in wheatgrass may help you digest protein from food sources such as meats, dairy, corn, nuts, seeds, wheat and beans.
  • Amylase: which facilitates starch digestion. Amylase processes carbohydrates, like starches, into blood sugar, also known as glucose. The amylase enzyme in wheat grass breaks down sugars like fructose in fruit, galactose in milk and maltose in beer
  • Catalase: Which catalyzes the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen in the blood and tissues.
  • Transhydrogenase: an enzyme which aids in keeping the muscle tissue of the heart toned
  • Superoxide dismutase (SOD): clinical trials show that SOD can help protect us from cell damage due to super oxides, infections, aging, radiation, and poisoning from bad air, bad food, and drugs. Wheatgrass is a superior source of SOD.

Alkaline

Wheat grass is a chlorophyll drink having an alkalizing effect on the body. Alkaline elements help remove acidic wastes from the body restoring the alkaline-acid balance for ultimate health and energy.

Everything we eat, drink, do, feel, or imagine has either an alkaline or an acidic effect on our bodies. Too much acid leads to illness, pain, depression and lack of energy.

Neither acid nor alkaline is the great destroyer of our bodies, but the imbalance of the two. Our bodies need acid to work properly. Our bodies produce acid as part of the living process. Eating, growing, and body functions produce metabolic waste (acid waste) exercise produces lactic waste (acid). Stress and emotional upsets produces acid waste. Breathing produces acid waste.

Acid wastes that are not eliminated by the body are reabsorbed into liver. The toxins are then put back into the bloodstream and deposited back into the various organs, muscles, tissues etc.

Our blood must maintain a ph of 7.35-7.45 to be healthy. Outside of these numbers we will be sick or even die. God gave our bodies an alkaline reserve to maintain the alkalinity of our blood and rest of the body. Our organs, tissues, joints, muscles and glands need alkaline elements to neutralize the acid waste produced. The body will rob these alkaline elements from other parts of the body to maintain the ph of the blood when our reserves are low. We need to feed this reserve to keep it going and stay healthy.

To sustain this alkaline reserve we need a diet that is 80% alkaline and 20% acid.

If you have indulged in over acid foods, (junk foods, desert, fried foods, etc.), or have overworked your body, or under a lot of stress, you obviously would need more alkaline foods to offset the extra acid in your body. Dr. Baroody recommends a 100% alkaline diet for 2 days to neutralize this extra acid.

Health benefits of Wheat Grass

  • The benefits of Wheatgrass juice include a high variety of concentrated Vitamins and Minerals, Amino acids, Chlorophyll, and living enzymes, is a natural source of Omega 3, and has alkaline effect on the body . Wheatgrass Juice is a vegetarian source of protein with no fat or cholesterol.
  • Wheat grass is known as an alternative cancer therapy. Drinking wheat grass helps your body to build red blood cells which carry oxygen to every cell. By increasing the oxygenation the body you can help offset smog and carbon monoxide and increase your endurance during physical exercise.
  • Wheat grass has been found to dissolve scars formed in the lungs and in addition helps wash drug deposits from the body, purifies the blood and organs and counteracts acids and toxins in the body. It helps to increase the enzyme level in our cells, aiding in the rejuvenation of the body and the metabolism of nutrients These enzymes assist in dissolving tumors.
  • Wheat grass benefits the blood cells, bones, glands, hair, kidneys, liver, muscles, spleen, teeth and other body parts. It can be applied to the skin or scalp and I often use it as a rectal implant via an enema to cleanse the large intestine. It can be used to cleanse eyes, gums, sinuses and teeth.
  • Wheat grass protects the lungs and blood from water and air pollution, toxins, cigarette smoke and heavy metals. It is also a safe and extremely potent aid to weight loss since it suppresses the appetite and stimulates circulation and metabolism.
  • Wheat grass is a Nutritionally complete food. Contains a full spectrum of vitamins, (thirteen essential minerals) dozens of trace elements and enzymes. Our bodies need a wide range of vitamins, minerals and elements to function properly. Wheatgrass is a quick and easy way to ensure you get them, as well as repair damaged cells and heal and prevent disease.
  • The first thing that people notice when using wheat grass is that it allows them the endurance they always wanted. It gives you stamina to keep going.
  • Wheat grass reverses illness. Anytime you are feeding your cells and detoxifying them, miraculous things may happen! It’s one of the most powerful and safest healing aid there is. It has the ability to strengthen the whole body by encouraging its immune system. And when your immune system is empowered, your body will know what to do with the baddies lurking inside. It seeks out and destroys.
  • The combination of nutritional, chemical and energetic qualities in wheat grass enable your body to overcome any objection. Many people and studies have reported reversing of major health problems through the supplementation of wheat grass.
  • Wheat grass protect the body from toxins, including aging and combats free radicals. We have so much pollution in our air and water these days. It gets into our systems and bog it down. It causes us to age quicker and blocks the flow in our bodies. One way to combat this is to strengthen our internal defenses with wheat grass. If our elimination systems are working efficiently, then poisons won’t stay in our bloodstream as long, and toxins will pass through our lungs quicker. This reduces the chance of damage and free radicals.
  • Wheat grass rejuvenates blood. Young blood = healthy blood = a healthy body. When your blood is clean and not junked up with filth, its clean and healthy. Blood runs the entire length of our body, carrying nutrients to our organs and is the river of life inside of us. When it’s dirty and old, it’s not good. Keeping your blood in tip top shape will ensure you live a healthy and disease free life. Wheat grass benefits blood by keeping it clean. It feeds it nutritionally so that it rejuvenates the cells to operate properly.
  • Wheat grass helps some shed pounds by detoxifying the body. Helps speed up blood circulation and metabolism and enhancing digestion, which can reduce excess fat in the body. Enzymes in wheat grass and raw food contribute to weight loss in many people.
  • Wheat grass repairs DNA. There have been a number of doctors that have done experiments and studies on DNA. Wheat grass has shown to have the ability of repairing DNA. They have regenerative and productivity increasing effect by assisting the cells in their normal repair processes. This alone means so much. By fixing damaged DNA in our bodies, would this ward off diseases, even cancer? Yes.
  • Blood cleansing and building abilities of chlorophyll. Dr Bernard Jensen is known for building clean blood through greens (chlorophyll). He used green juices and wheat grass benefits as a basis for his healing programs. He was able to double red blood cells by merely having his patients soak in wheat grass baths or drinking wheat grass/green juices. The hemoglobin is very close to the make up of chlorophyll.
  • Builds blood and stimulates circulation. It is the quality of our blood determines the strength of our bones and muscle firmness. Blood rich in iron brings more oxygen to the cells which promotes youth and prevents senility. If we don’t have healthy rich blood to carry nutrients to every cell in our body, we suffer from poor health.
  • Wheat grass stimulates and regenerates the liver The liver is the main organ of detoxification in the body. It performs more than 500 different functions. One of wheat grass benefits is that it has shown to improve liver functioning.
  • Wheat grass deodorizes the body. Many studies have been done on the effect chlorophyll has in reducing body odors and fecal odor. Dr. H Westcott did a study in 1950 found that 100 milligrams of chlorophyll is as good as any deodorant. It successfully neutralizes offensive odors in foods, tobacco and alcohol in a test tube. In his patients and volunteers, it showed to reduce menstrual odors, bad breath, sweat odor, and bad smelling urine and stools. Two Japanese scientists (Morshita and Hotta) did a study that is quite interesting. They gave volunteers garlic to eat, followed by 12 grams of chlorophyll. In twenty minutes, the garlic was not detected in 8 of the 10 volunteers.
  • Wheat grass is high in oxygen like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment.
  • Chlorophyll is anti-bacterial and can be used inside and outside the body as a healer.
  • Science has proven that chlorophyll arrests growth and development of unfriendly bacteria
  • Chlorophyll (wheat grass) rebuilds the bloodstream. Studies of various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count was returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals which were known to be extremely anemic or low in red cell count.
  • Drink wheat grass for skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis.
  • Wheat grass keeps the hair from greying.
  • Wheat grass improves digestion.
  • Wheat grass is high in enzymes.
  • Wheat grass is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open. It is high in magnesium.
  • Dr. Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll ‘concentrated sun power’. He believes that chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs.
  • Wheat grass can dissolve the scars that are formed in the lungs from breathing acid gasses. The effect of carbon monoxide is minimized since chlorophyll increases hemoglobin production.
  • Wheat grass reduces high blood pressure and enhances the capillaries.
  • Wheat grass can remove heavy metals from the body.
  • Wheat grass is great for blood disorders of all kinds.
  • Wheat grass helps remove toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, aluminum, that have become stored in the tissues of the body.
  • Wheat grass aids in detoxification by breaking up impacted matter in the colon. It also helps fight infection therefore aiding the body’s natural self healing process.

How to take

One spoonful will produce approximately an ounce of juice. This can be taken alone, or mixed with other juices such as carrot and apple. You can either buy the wheat grass in the grass form or buy it in powdered form. Once juiced it is not stable and will spoil quickly. Drinking it within fifteen minutes of juicing is optimal. Sipping it slowly over a couple of minutes first thing in the morning on an empty stomach will provide the most benefits. Slowly increase from one ounce a day to about four ounces each day will gently acclimatize your system to it. Drinking it at mid-morning and mid-afternoon are great times for this green energy pick-you-up.

Wheat grass can also be taken in tablet and powder form – very useful when traveling. People sensitive, or even allergic to wheat and wheat products – usually to the gluten found in wheat and also rye, barley etc – have no problems with wheat grass, since it contains no gluten in this form. Truly a complete super food!

Conditions responsive to the intake of wheat grass

Acne, Aging (premature), Anemia, Arthritis, Asthma, Bladder disorders, Blood pressure (high or low), Bone disorders, Bronchitis, Cancer, Circulatory weakness, Colitis, Constipation, Diabetes, Eye disorders, Fatigue, Hay Fever, Hair loss, Heart disease, Hypoglycemia, Impotence, Infection, Kidney disorders, Liver disorders, Lung disorders, Nervous disorders, Skin disorders,

Ulcers, Weight loss.