Katrin Geist, Guest Writer
If there has ever been one plant that “does it all”, turmeric (Curcuma longa), seems the perfect candidate. Its many health benefits and applications fill entire libraries: a search for “turmeric” on Web of Science returned 6.681 hits, and a search for “curcumin”, turmeric’s best known constituent, yielded a whopping 28.122 papers. At point of writing, the Cochrane Library holds 94 publications of controlled clinical trials involving turmeric: whoever says that knowledge of its health benefits is ficticious or anecdotal at best, has accomplished a high degree of ignorance. Even more so since turmeric has been used for culinary and medicinal purposes in Asia for over 6000 years (Hutchins-Wolfbrandt & Mistry 2011) – Western science today only confirms what people have naturally known and practiced for millennia (Goel et al. 2008). In the past two decades, turmeric and curcumin have been extensively studied for their therapeutic benefits as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cardio protective, renoprotective, immunomodulatory, cancer chemopreventive, antidepressant, and neuroprotective agent (Pakfetrat et al. 2014, Chuengsamarn et al. 2012).
What’s In It?
Turmeric belongs to the ginger plant family and is native to southwest India. It contains c. 4-5% curcumin, a polyphenol and strong antioxidant which gives it its bright yellow color. Other turmeric constituents include iron, manganese, potassium, vitamins C & B6, and omega 3 & 6 fatty acids – just to name a few of over 300 compounds identified from this plant (Ravindran et al. 2009, Gupta et al. 2013). Out of all these, curcumin received most investigative attention by far.
Turmeric is also known and used as food additive E100. Funny enough, it is FDA (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) approved as such (FDA website), but not yet as a drug (Ji 2015) – despite all that you’ll read below.
Turmeric’s Many Talents ~ An Overview
- anti-inflammatory action (Bengmark et al. 2009)
- one of the most impressive free radical scavengers
- selectivity: kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue (Ravindran et al. 2009)
- inhibits human cancer cell lines in vitro* (melanoma, prostate, breast, lung, myeloma, leukemia, neuroblastoma, oral) (Bengmark et al. 2009) *[in vitro = in glass: studying something outside its normal biological context, e.g. human cancer cells in a petri dish or animal proteins in a solution vs in vivo:studying something within the living plant, animal, or human]
- positive synergistic effects with chemotherapy (James et al. 2015, Gupta et al. 2013, Kanai et al. 2010) and radiation treatment (Anand et al. 2008)
- chemopreventive (Goel et al. 2008)
- anti-mutagenic effects (Polasa et al. 1992)
- neuroprotective activity (Pu et al. 2013), including against fluoride toxicity (Sharma et al. 2014) (rodent models)
- ameliorates ischemic stroke (Pu et al. 2013)
- effective antidepressant (Sanmukhani et al. 2013)
- anti-microbial (Goel et al. 2008) & anti-fungal action (Benmark et al. 2009)
- cardiovascular support & thrombosuppressive (Goel et al. 2008)
- tends to decrease the proinsulin/ insulin ratio (Chuengsamarn et al. 2012)
- anti-arthritic (Goel et al. 2008)
- may play a key role in supporting thyroid health (Group 2016)
- liver protective (Goel et al. 2008)
- alcohol detoxification (Sunagawa et al. 2015)
- Goel et al. (2008) offer a referenced list of clinical trials in relation to specific ailments; Bengmark et al. (2009) list diseases and curcumin’s known effects on them.
Turmeric’s Many Talents ~ A Closer Look
Animal studies have demonstrated the potential of curcumin against such maladies as cancer, lung, liver, metabolic, autoimmune, cardiovascular and neurological diseases, and numerous other inflammatory conditions. Curcumin’s clinical efficacy against human biliary disease was first studied in 1937, with remarkably good results for gallbladder inflammation. The most common human diseases where curcumin exhibited positive effects include cardiovascular disease, arthritis, uveitis, cancer, ulcerative proctitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer, idiopathic orbital inflammatory pseudotumor, oral lichen planus, gastric inflammation, vitiligo, psoriasis, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, Dejerine-Sottas disease, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic microangiopathy, lupus nephritis, renal (kidney) conditions, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, irritable bowel disease, tropical pancreatitis, b-thalassemia, cholecystitis, and chronic bacterial prostatitis (Gupta et al. 2013). I purposefully gave the long – and still incomplete – list to illustrate just what an allrounder turmeric is. To not have it in our kitchen seems rather mad. =)
Inflammation is the body’s normal response to harmful stimuli and as such appropriate and beneficial. Things only turn problematic when inflammation becomes prolonged and persistent – in other words, chronic. This state does not benefit the organism anymore, but instead fundamentally contributes to degenerative illness. An increasing awareness of chronic inflammation as underlying cause of degenerative disease (e.g. cancer, diabetes, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, gastric, ocular, and respiratory diseases) coincides with recognizing turmeric’s potent ability to decrease systemic inflammation (Bengmark et al. 2009). Its powerful free radical scavenging action and rich antioxidant content render turmeric a natural powerhouse to enhance and balance bodily systems.
Curcumin’s anticancer activities are well established (Killian et al. 2012). It inhibits the survival and proliferation of almost all types of tumour cells (Ravindran et al. 2009). Specific cancers shown to benefit from curcumin include prostate, skin, brain, blood (leukemia, multiple myeloma), head, neck, breast, lung, bladder, and colorectal cancer, with rarely observed counterindications (Anand et al. 2008, Killian et al. 2012).
Curcumin Mechanisms Of Action & Effects
Cancer undergoes three major stages of development: tumour formation, growth, and spread. Often, drugs target any one of these stages. Curcumin, however, can interfere with all three – one reason why some deem it as little prone to resistance development by tumours: curcumin can always take another route (see Ravindran et al. 2009). In animal models, curcumin induced cell death (apoptosis & autophagy) in cancer cells and also inhibited tumour growth, invasion, and in vivo metastasis (Ravindran et al. 2009, Gupta et al. 2013). In vivo animal studies also clearly suggest curcumin’s anticancer potential when administered either alone or in combination with currently employed chemotherapeutic agents or radiation (Goel et al. 2008). This wealth of positive results in animals spurred a host of human studies, including dozens of clinical trials.
Curcumin blocks the expression of growth and metastasis promoting genes (Goel et al. 2008) and so inhibits angiogenesis (connecting the tumour to blood vessels) – a process crucial to tumour growth and spread. It also sensitizes cancer cells to conventional treatment methods (chemotherapy and radiation) (Hutchins-Wolfbrandt & Mistry 2011). One paper reported supplementation with eight grams curcumin per day in combination with the drug gemcitabine as safe and well tolerated in pancreatic cancer patients (Gupta et al. 2013), as were up to two grams curcumin daily in a phase I clinical trial that combined FOLFOX chemotherapy with curcumin (James et al. 2015). Curcumin by itself also gave significantly improved results when tested on patient-derived colorectal liver metastase cells and performed better than FOLFOX and 5-FU (another cancer drug) in some patients (their isolated cells in culture) (James et al. 2015).
Curcumin also decreased PSA levels in men with increased PSA values (PSA: prostate specific antigen, a marker of prostate health). Taking one gram of curcumin daily for a week increased vitamin C and E levels and decreased markers of oxidative stress (see below) in patients with precancerous lesions (Gupta et al. 2013).
Curcumin disrupts and inhibits mechanisms necessary for cancer development and progression in so many ways (Goel et al. 2008) it seems quite superior to any synthetic drug targeting only one pathway – especially when considering its excellent tolerability (non-toxicity). Up to 12g a day have been reported as unproblematic (Goel et al. 2008), whereas conventional cancer drugs are about one hundred times more toxic (Ji 2015a) – not to mention causing any unwanted or adverse effects possibly necessitating another drug to alleviate them. Turmeric and curcumin are very well tolerated by healthy people and patients alike and usually show no adverse effects (Chuengsamarn et al. 2012, Pakfetrat et al. 2014).
The term chemoprevention was coined by M.B.S. in 1976, who defined it as a “preventive modality in which natural or synthetic agents can be employed to slow, stop, reverse, or prevent the development of cancer” (Park et al. 2013). Curcumin exhibits known chemo-preventive effects for breast cancer, stomach cancer, and colorectal cancer – and likely for other types as well. Anti-metastasis effects have been shown for breast cancer and kidney cancer in rats (Anand et al. 2008).
A growing body of evidence implicates free radical toxicity, radical induced mutations and oxidative enzyme impairment in neurodegenerative diseases. All involve significant oxidative damage (see above). In Alzheimer’s Disease, this leads to plaque formation in the brain. A modest dose (24mg/ kg body weight) of curcumin significantly reduced oxidative damage and plaque pathology in mice (Bengmark et al. 2009). A rat model showed similar positive effects (Anand et al. 2008). Furthermore, in a mouse model, curcumin can bind to amyloid proteins in the brain and disrupt the existing plaque commonly seen in Alzheimer’s Disease (Anand et al. 2008), potentially halting or even reversing the disease.
Dietary curcumin improved brain function in aging rats by significantly decreasing reactive oxygen molecules that may otherwise cause oxidative damage to cells (Pu et al. 2013). These authors concluded that curcumin “may be an effective therapeutic strategy to reverse age-related cerebrovascular dysfunction. Curcumin administration may represent a promising lifestyle intervention for preventing age-related cerebrovascular disturbances”.
Research demonstrated curcumin’s neuroprotective effects by showing that dietary curcumin can counteract the outcome of traumatic brain injury on oxidative stress, synaptic plasticity, and cognition. Curry consumption also resulted in better cognitive function in non-demented elderly Asians (Anand et al. 2008).
Curcumin’s neuroprotective role was also shown in a study that exposed mice to water-borne fluoride (120 ppm F for one month), an ion that causes severe neurodegenerative changes in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex areas of mouse brains (Sharma et al. 2014).
Supplementation with curcumin significantly reduced fluoride’s toxic effect to near normal levels by augmenting the animal’s antioxidant defines through its free radical scavenging property. This provides evidence for curcumin’s therapeutic benefit in neurodegenerative disease caused by oxidative stress (Sharma et al. 2014).
Overall, curcumin seems to enhance the brain’s ability to avert oxidative stress and looks a promising agent to improve cognitive function and ameliorate neurological disease (Anand et al. 2008).
Curcumin showed antidepressant activity in mice and alleviates stress-induced depressive behavior by acting on the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal axis in rats. A combination of curcumin with other antidepressants synergistically increased serotonin levels and enhanced antidepressant like activity in various animal models.
Turmericis also a main component of Xiaoyao-san, a remedy used to treat stress and depression-related symptoms in traditional Chinese medicine (Anand et al. 2008). Based on this and results from animal studies, curcumin is formulated and marketed as an antidepressant herbal supplement in the United States (Avea Mood by NutraMedix). Curcumin also inhibits the activity of an enzyme known to play a central role in various psychiatric neurological disorders, including clinical depression and anxiety (Anand et al. 2008).
Sanmukhani et al. (2013) report an exciting study with curcumin tested as antidepressant in people presenting with major depressive disorder (MDD). Their conclusion: ”Ours is the first randomized clinical trial that clearly highlights that curcumin may be an effective and safe agent when used as a modality of treatment in patients of MDD without concurrent suicidal ideation or other psychotic disorders. Curcumin was found to have good efficacy and [a] benign safety profile in patients of depression, [and] it should be further studied as monotherapy and in combination with fluoxetine and other antidepressants […]. […] this study highlights the need for future large-scale clinical trials evaluating the use of this safe and natural dietary botanical as a possible monotherapy in patients with depressive disorders.” Indeed, curcumin performed on a par with fluoxetine (Prozac) in terms of change in the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) score from baseline after six weeks of treatment. The antidepressant action of curcumin has been extensively studied in animal models and compares to that of fluoxetine, imipramine, amitriptyline and bupropion. Curcumin increases the brain levels of serotonin, noradrenaline and dopamin (Sanmukhani et al. 2013).
Three different experimental studies reported significant preventive effects of curcumin against cataracts induced by naphthalene, galactose, and selenium (Bengmark et al. 2009).
Anti-Mutagenic Effects (Cigarette Smoke & Heating Foods)
Cigarette smoke causes c. 20% of all deaths. It contains thousands of compounds, with c. 100 known carcinogens, co-carcinogens, mutagens and/or tumour promoters. Each puff of smoke contains over 10 trillion free radicals. Smokers show significantly reduced blood antioxidant levels (Bengmark at al. 2009) and excrete high amounts of tobacco derived mutagens in urine (the latter also pertaining to passive smokers) (Polasa et al. 1992).
Research showed that: “Curcumin is able to inhibit the mutagenicity of cigarette smoke condensate and tobacco extract, which are aetiological [causative] factors in oropharyngeal [throat] cancer in India. […] curcumin is an effective antimutagen in vitro against several environmental and standard mutagens/ carcinogens that require metabolic activation. Widespread use of turmeric may afford protection against some environmental mutagens/ carcinogens” (Nagabhushan et al. 1987). Indeed, dietary turmeric (1.5 g/day) significantly decreased the amount of mutagens excreted in the urine of smokers (Polasa et al. 1992).
Cooking foods can lead to mutagen formation from food constituents reacting to heat. In one study, turmeric and curcumin blocked the generation and activation of food derived mutagenic substances. Turmeric garlic barbecue sauce also inhibited the formation of beef barbecue mutagens (Kolpe et al. 2002).
Curcumin has a strong capacity to prevent lipid peroxidation, stabilize cell membranes, inhibit proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells, and inhibit platelet aggregation – all important factors in atherosclerosis development (Bengmark et al. 2009).
In a human study, ten healthy volunteers received 500mg of curcumin daily for seven days. This simple, completely non-toxic measure led to a significant decrease in serum lipid peroxides (33%), an increase in serum HDL* cholesterol (29%), and a nearly 12% decrease in total serum cholesterol. These findings led researchers to suggest a potential chemopreventive role for curcumin in arterial diseases (Goel et al. 2008). *[HDL: high-density lipoprotein]. This also sits well with curcumin’s known anti-thrombotic properties (Polasa et al. 1992).
Curcumin has also been shown to improve heart function in rabbits (Gupta et al. 2013).
Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
Curcumin positively influences blood sugar levels in diabetics (Nagabhushan et al. 1987). In a more recent study examining the possible use of curcumin as a preventive measure to keep prediabetic people from progressing to type 2 diabetes, researchers concluded: “Because of its benefits and safety, we propose that curcumin extract may be used for an intervention therapy for the prediabetic population” (Chuengsamarn et al. 2012). In other words, curcumin worked extremely well in helping people to prevent onset of type 2 diabetes by simply consuming 250mg of curcumin extract daily. How many people thus acting prevented developing type 2 diabetes? All of them – 100%.
Going on from that, a six months curcumin intervention trial with type 2 diabetes patients lowered their atherogenic risk. The curcumin extract also helped to improve relevant metabolic profiles in this high-risk population (Chuengsamarn et al. 2014).
Another study examined the efficacy of a standardized preparation of curcuminoids against various oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in patients with type 2 diabetes. Curcumin significantly improved endothelial function and reduced oxidative stress and inflammatory markers in these patients (Gupta et al. 2013).
A combination of turmeric and black seeds improved lipid profiles along with blood glucose and C-reactive protein levels after eight weeks of treatment in patients at risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome (often a precondition of diabetes and cardiovascular disease). Researchers of this clinical trial therefore recommend using black seeds and turmeric, together with life style changes, to prevent future complications and halt progression of Metabolic Syndrome symptoms (Amin et al. 2014).
Research suggests that curcumin can effectively induce the gall bladder to empty, thereby reducing the risk of gallstone formation, and ultimately gall bladder cancer (Goel et al. 2008). Learn how you can easily remove gallstones while you’re asymptomatic and without a surgeon’s knife here.
In a rat model, curcumin supplementation (80 mg/kg body weight) improved the degree of pathological changes observed from chronic alcohol consumption. Animals showed significantly improved values for cholesterol, phospholipids, and free fatty acids in brain tissue after receiving curcumin treatment (Bengmark et al. 2009).
Curcumin effectively reduced growth of 19 different Helicobacter pylori strains, including five associated with premalignant and malignant lesions. It also inhibited infection and inflammation of gastric mucosal cells (Bengmark et al. 2009).
Curcumin improved clinical outcome in patients with tropical pancreatitis and proved therapeutic in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (namely Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) (Goel et al. 2008).
Turmeric also significantly improved Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms in a pilot study with 207 healthy adults taking turmeric extract daily for eight weeks (Goel et al. 2008).
In a clinical trial, curcumin exerted an antirheumatic activity comparable to that of phenylbutazone. It was well tolerated, with no side effects (Goel et al. 2008).
Take it Right! How Much? How Best? When Not?
Consumption varies between populations, and it’s interesting to note that regions where turmeric is a common food ingredient show much lower cancer rates (Bengmark et al. 2009). The traditional Nepali dal recipe combines turmeric with ghee, black pepper, and other spices, as do curries and other dishes in India (Hutchins-Wolfbrandt & Mistry 2011). Turmeric is used as fresh root and dried powder. Note the addition of fat and pepper: both increase the absorption of turmeric in the small intestine – an important detail for increasing bioavailability and deriving most benefit.
Diet surveys in India show the use of turmeric averages around 0.24 g/person/day among high-income households, and around 0.49 g/person/day among low-income households. In rural areas of India, consumption is around 0.73 g/person/day (Krishnaswamy 2006), with some estimates as high as 4 g/person/day, which would supply approximately 80-200 mg of curcumin (Tapsell et al. 2006). In Nepal, the consumption rate of turmeric ranges between 0.5 and 1.5 g/person/day (Eigner & Scholz 1999).
Going from the studies cited above, a common therapeutic dose is 400-600 mg curcumin 3x/ day, corresponding to up to 60 g fresh turmeric root or about 15 g turmeric powder (turmeric usually contains 4-5% curcumin) (Bengmark et al. 2009).
Given all this, it seems about a teaspoon of turmeric a day would suffice for use as a preventive measure. Remember to combine with fat and/ or black pepper for better intestinal absorption and thus subsequent positive action in your body.
Turmeric is generally viewed as safe. The only situations I came across to not take turmeric or curcuminsupplements is pregnancy. It is still fine to use the natural spice, however. That seems the consensus. The other case pertains to surgery. Turmeric may act as a blood thinner, so it’s best to stop supplementation prior to any surgery. When in doubt, discuss taking supplements with your health care provider first.
Turmeric or Curcumin?
Personally, I prefer the whole over its isolated part, and some researchers share this view (Gupta et al. 2013) – it may depend on the individual situation which form is appropriate for you. I tend to use as whole a food as I can to keep its holistic aspect. Turmeric root or powder works just fine for me, especially because other components of turmeric also confer health benefits (Hucklenbroich et al. 2014). If you’d like to ensure regular, consistent, more concentrated and convenient intake, this organic supplement may do the trick, too. It’s also practical during the hotter months, with naturally fewer curries and soups on the menu.
As shown here and in a myriad of other articles, curcumin modulates multiple cellular signalling pathways and interacts with numerous molecular targets in the body to affect a host of positive outcomes. Its beneficial activities for human health are clear. Despite shown efficacy in numerous clinical trials, with results equal to or exceeding those of approved drugs in some instances, curcumin has not yet been approved for the treatment of any human diseases (Gupta 2013, Ji 2015). Many plant-based products accomplish multi-targeting naturally and are inexpensive and safe compared to synthetic drugs. However, plants cannot (yet?) be patented – pharmaceutical companies do not usually receive intellectual property rights to plant-based products – only their derivatives. Thus, development of plant-based anticancer therapies is not prioritized (Anand et al. 2008). And in the case of turmeric, perhaps it needn’t be – your local store offers ample supplies and supplements formulated to contain higher amounts also abound.
One study concluded thus: “Furthermore, its ability to kill tumour cells and not normal cells makes curcumin an attractive candidate for drug development” (Ravindran et al. 2009).
And Now: Turmeric Milk, Anyone?
Tastes Good Hot or Chilled
- 2 cups unsweetened organic almond milk
- 1 tsp ground turmeric or 1 tbsp fresh turmeric
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup (honey works too)
- ice cubes, for serving
- ground cinnamon for serving
- black pepper for serving
- In a pot, heat almond milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, coconut oil and maple syrup until it comes to a boil.
- Let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. That’s your hot drink version ready to enjoy.
- For the iced drink, refrigerate above mix for a few hours or overnight. Mix well.
- Pour over a glass of ice and top with ground cinnamon and black pepper. Yum!
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- Anand et al. (2008). Curcumin and cancer: An ‘‘old-age” disease with an ‘‘age-old”solution
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- Chuengsamarn et al. (2012). Curcumin Extract for Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
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- Gupta SC, Kismali G and BB Aggarwal (2013). Curcumin, a Component of Turmeric: From Farm to Pharmacy
- Hucklenbroich et al. (2014). Aromatic-turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo
- Hutchins-Wolfbrandt A and AM Mistry (2011). Dietary Turmeric Potentially Reduces the Risk of Cancer
- James et al. (2015). Curcumin inhibits cancer stem cell phenotypes in ex vivo models of colorectal liver metastases, and is clinically safe and tolerable in combination with FOLFOX chemotherapy
- Jawa A, Jawad A, Riaz SH, et al. Turmeric use is associated with reduced goitrogenesis: Thyroid disorder prevalence in Pakistan (THYPAK) study.
- Ji S (2015). Why is Turmeric Still Not FDA Approved?
- Ji S (2015a). Better than chemo: turmeric kills cancer, not patients
- Jurenka JS. Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research. Altern Med Rev. 2009 Jun;14(2):141-53.
- Kanai et al. (2010). A phase I/II study of gemcitabine-based chemotherapy plus curcumin for patients with gemcitabine-resistant pancreatic cancer.
- Killian et al. (2012). Curcumin Inhibits Prostate Cancer Metastasis in vivo by Targeting the Inflammatory Cytokines CXCL1 and -2
- Kolpe et al. (2002). Turmeric and curcumin prevents the formation of mutagenic Maillard reaction products.
- Lee et al. (2016). Turmeric improves post-prandial working memory in pre-diabetes independent of insulin.
- Nagabhushan M, Amonkar AJ and SV Bhide (1987). IN VITRO ANTIMUTAGENICITY OF CURCUMIN AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL MUTAGENS
- Panahi et al. (2015). Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of curcuminoid-piperine combination in subjects with metabolic syndrome: A randomized controlled trial and an updated meta-analysis
- Pakfretat et al. (2014). Role of turmeric in oxidative modulation in end-stage renal disease patients
- Polasa et al. (1992). Effect of turmeric on urinary mutagens in smokers
- Pu et al. (2013). Dietary Curcumin Ameliorates Aging-Related Cerebrovascular Dysfunction through the AMPK/Uncoupling Protein 2 Pathway
- Ravindran et al. (2009). Curcumin and Cancer Cells: How Many Ways Can Curry Kill Tumor Cells Selectively?
- Sanmukhani et al. (2013). Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
- Sharma et al. (2014). Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence
- Sunagawa et al. (2015). Colloidal Submicron-Particle Curcumin Exhibits High Absorption Efficiency—A Double-Blind, 3-Way Crossover Study
Note: Some of the links above use the magnificent sci-hub.io website. If you do get a “Server not found” error after clicking on the reference link, substitute .io with .bz or .cc in the browser’s address bar– this usually does the trick. =)
Websites & Web Articles
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About the Author
Katrin Geist loves exploring the mysteries of life. Initially doing so as a biologist, she now devotes her time to helping people regain and maintain their wellbeing through Reconnective Healing and wellbeing coaching. Biophysics taught her the importance and far reaching implications of a truly holistic approach to wellbeing, and to life at large. More and more, she begins to understand how energy, frequency, and information shape our lives – knowingly or not.
Katrin holds a BA from the University of Montana, U.S.A. and an MSc in biology from Berlin University (FU). This science background enables her to communicate scientific subjects in an accessible way, so that everyone can benefit from information otherwise often confined to technical experts.
Katrin has held international wellbeing clinics in several countries and currently works from her New Zealand office in Dunedin. She feel privileged to serve in this capacity and invites you to experience something different. Take back the reins of your health and discover more!
To contact Katrin for personal or remote sessions and to invite her for a seminar or presentation, please call or email her.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Collective Spark or its staff.
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Activate Your DNA With Solar Frequencies
Joshua Eagle, Guest Writer
The sun is the supreme giver of all life and the greatest source of energy existing in our solar system. Just as water is the source of all life, the Sun is the source of all water. For it is not until the hydrogen radiating from the sun merges with the oxygen of the Earth’s atmosphere that water (H20) can be created.
The receiving of sunlight not only works to stimulate the brain, but is also held as one of the 5 essential elements in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. The sun which delivers a masculine energy to our mother Earth, is also responsible for stimulating our bodies to produce the essential brain antioxidant Vitamin D, typically referred to as “the master hormone”.
Our bodies naturally produce Vitamin D when the sun’s UVB light reacts with the cholesterol in our skin and Vitamin D can then be absorbed directly into our bloodstream. Studies on Vitamin D show its powers to enhance our brain by enhancing information processing speed, reducing memory loss and helping to prevent various neurodegenerative diseases. Yet the sun provides much more to our brains than just Vitamin D.
By exposing different parts of our bodies to sunlight, we trigger different biological DNA reactions and activations in our bodies. For example, exposing the male reproductive area to the sun is shown to multiply testosterone hormone levels in men by up to 300%. Likewise, exposing areas of our face and head to sunlight stimulates our brains pineal and hypothalamus glands to produce neurotransmitters which support overall mental functioning.
The current field of epigenetics has further discovered that by simply exposing our naked skin to sunlight, over 3,000 epigenome DNA switches are turned on or off and re-synchronized in our body in response to natural celestial frequencies being emitted by the sun. (In turn, the sun’s light unique frequencies are responsive to the communicative information it receives being emitted from the black hole at the center of our galaxy.)
The Great Deception
In the bible, it is written about a “deceiving light” or Lucifer, whom will attempt to usurp and replicate “the light of God”, but whom is incapable of doing so. This great deceiver has turned up in the form of synthetic vitamin pills for vitamin D, Big Pharma that claim to be able to replicate natural vitamin D, and various commercial sun-tan lotions which actually contain toxic carcinogens and other chemicals which block the UVB required for our bodies to naturally produce vitamin D.
Not only do the majority of these lotions block ultraviolet light from the sun, which is needed for both producing vitamin D and activating DNA, but the numerous toxic chemicals used in these lotions are also ingested into the body through the pores in our skin. It is estimated that 60% of what you put on your skin is in fact ingested into your body and bloodstream through your pores. Being that a person using sunscreen is further adding to this absorption by heating themselves up in the sun and causing their pores to open further, one is essentially baking themselves in toxic chemicals by using most commercial sunscreens.
Enhancing Ultra Violet Light Absorption
While the sun is a major provider of life and health, certain modern technologies will counteract the healing effects of the sun, and can reverse them from healthful to harmful. For instance, the healthy UVB rays of the sun cannot penetrate glass and sunlight transmitted through glass onto the skin will promote burning rather than health. As well, the Vitamin D our bodies produce as a result of sunlight is maintained in our body’s natural oils. Therefore technically, using soap within a 24-48 hour period after receiving sunlight can wash away these vitamin D containing oils and prevent the Vitamin D from being absorbed into our bloodstreams.
To protect yourself from sun over-exposure, I recommend consuming antioxidant rich foods prior to sun exposure such as green tea, berries, cacao beans and other antioxidant rich organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. If you have circumstances which require you to spend unusually long hours in the sun, or you burn easily, consider using a protective hat or seek out a natural organic sunscreen lotion; much safer alternatives to standard commercial sunscreens. Don’t run from the sun, embrace it and activate a higher frequency of intelligence throughout your DNA today.
For more tips on activating your DNA and ascending your health naturally, please check out my new book Mind Nutrition.
- BURN: Health Impacts of Sunscreen Found to be Worse Than UV Damage
- UVB Radiation: Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
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About the Author
detoxification, weight loss, mind ascension and longevity. After a decade of studying health through various modalities he received formal training from the Institute for Intergrative Nutrition as well as The Body Mind Institute where he studied under various Naturopaths, Nutritionists and healers of various holistic health systems.
He is also the author of the book Mind Nutrition: Timeless Secrets to Enhance Your Brain Daily, a guide to timeless natural health strategies, foods, herbs and exercises for improving one’s mind on a physical, emotional and energetic level.
Joshua Eagle’s book Mind Nutrition: Timeless Secrets to Enhance Your Brain Daily is a step-by-step guide to timeless natural health strategies, foods, herbs and exercises for improving one’s mind on a physical, emotional and energetic level. It is designed for anyone looking to dive deeper into the field of holistic health and nutrition with a specific focus on the brain and its vast array of unlimited growth potential, including techniques for gaining: expanded states of intelligence, increased learning capacity and cognitive abilities, greater attention, focus, and clarity, self-actualization, and acceleration of the brain’s cellular, neuronal and synaptic operating system.
Mind Nutrition is available here on Amazon.
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Brain Vitamins: The Top Vitamins And Minerals For Your Mind
Dr. Edward F. Group, Guest Writer
You may have heard that taking extra vitamins can improve your memory, protect against Alzheimer’s disease, or help you ace that test. Are “brain vitamins” really a thing? In reality, a debate exists over whether vitamins can boost your brain health. You may see wild claims that one vitamin or another may make you smarter, wiser, or delay aging. Others say they do not actually improve your brain’s functioning and make you smarter but do support an already-healthy brain.
Can Vitamins Help Brain Health?
Throughout life, your brain continually creates new connections and repairs broken ones. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, sometimes called nutraceuticals, support that process.[1, 2]
Yet many people don’t get enough of key vitamins and minerals that best support brain health. You may become low in a certain vitamin or mineral without realizing it. This can lead to low energy, brain fog, and memory loss. The stress of modern lifestyles can even deplete the vitamins and minerals you do consume.
You can’t have a thriving brain if you do not have these essential and important nutrients. In the end, vitamins and minerals may not make you smarter, but they can support a healthy brain, especially if your body is low in one — or more — of them.
The Best Vitamins and Minerals to Support Brain Health
All nutrients play a role in keeping us healthy, but some are specifically good for the brain. If you follow a healthy diet, it’s easy to get most of these nutrients through your food. However, many people do not have an ideal diet, full of colourful and diverse fruits, vegetables, grains, and healthy oils. If your diet falls short, supplementation becomes more important.
All eight B vitamins are important for brain cell functioning and work best together. B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning your body uses them immediately and does not store them; your body excretes any excess.
B vitamins help produce key neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine, and GABA. Neurotransmitters are molecules that send messages throughout your brain and body.
While B-1 (thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), and B-6 (pyridoxine) play a role in brain health, the most significant B vitamins for brain health are the following.
Vitamin B-12 (Cobalamin)
Not enough B-12 means not enough brain fuel. Your brain is about 2 percent of your body weight but saps twenty percent of your entire body’s energy stores, and B-12 plays a crucial role in energy metabolism.
B-12 also removes toxins from the brain. Specifically, it helps remove homocysteine, an amino acid linked to brain shrinkage and other adverse health effects. A diet high in meat can raise homocysteine levels which can damage delicate blood vessels in the brain and increase the risk of blood clots. Eating a plant-based diet, in general, helps to reduce clotting and inflammation within blood vessels.
Best sources: You can only get vitamin B-12 in meat and dairy — although some strains of probiotic bacteria produce it. Vegetarians, vegans, older people, and those with conditions that prevent them from absorbing B-12 should take a supplement.
Global Healing Centre’s VeganSafe™ B-12, a certified organic formula that contains the two most bioactive forms of this vitamin, is an excellent choice.
Vitamin B-9 (Folate)
Folate is the version of B-9 found naturally in foods, while folic acid is the same vitamin but made in a laboratory. B-9 plays an essential role in producing your brain’s neurotransmitters.
Too little folate can lead to neurological disorders and cognitive impairments. This applies to a developing fetus as well as adults. A deficiency in folic acid or folate has been linked not only to elevated homocysteine levels, but also to Alzheimer’s disease. It is often a challenge to get enough B-9 from foods.
Best sources: You’ll find B-9 in green leafy vegetables, beans, asparagus, beets, and citrus fruit. For more ideas, view our folate-rich foods article.
Your brain needs a great deal of energy to do its job. With its delicate functioning, the brain is also prone to disease-causing oxidative stress.
When free radicals in your body damage cells, this is called oxidative stress. These free radicals get generated naturally, but more so when you are exposed to toxins and stress.
Vitamins E, C, and D are some of the body’s most important essential vitamins for your brain. They act as antioxidants, compounds that counteract the effects of cell-damaging free radicals.
Vitamin E is exceptionally effective at counteracting free radicals. It supports the brain’s ability to adapt and grow new connections. It also boosts your immune system.
Healthy people with diets rich in vitamin E may even be less likely to develop dementia, and it may slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Yet ninety percent of Americans do not get the estimated average requirement!
Best sources: You can get vitamin E in hazelnuts, green leafy vegetables, asparagus, avocados, olives, spinach, and sunflower seeds.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Low levels of vitamin C in people has been linked to depression.
Vitamin C helps convert the neurotransmitter dopamine to norepinephrine. Norepinephrine affects executive function, which means focus, interest, intelligence, and mood.
Vitamin C deficiency is rare, but if you smoke or eat a lot more meat than plant foods, you might not get enough.
Best sources: Vitamin C-rich foods include citrus fruits, tomatoes, broccoli, bell peppers, leafy greens, and berries — especially strawberries, raspberries, and cranberries.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a crucial role in protecting brain health and function. It supports a healthy mood and protects against declines in cognitive function.
A clear example of the importance of this “sunshine vitamin” is the example of SAD — seasonal affective disorder. Many people get the blues during months of low sunlight when your body produces less vitamin D.
Global Healing Centre’s Suntrex D3™ provides a superior plant-based source of vitamin D in an easy-to-take liquid formula.
Best sources: Your bare skin produces this vitamin from daily exposure to the sun, but you may need more during certain times of the year. Try shiitake and button mushrooms to help boost your intake of this vitamin. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you may need a supplement as most sources of vitamin D are not plant-based.
Dietary minerals are chemical elements that your body needs to function. The following minerals are especially important to the brain:
Iron is a mineral that helps regulate the central nervous system, including the brain. Your body uses it for metabolic processes involving thought and behavior.
Iron insufficiency is widespread, particularly among women of child-bearing age, pregnant women, vegetarians, and vegans. Low iron levels can cause brain fog and even psychiatric symptoms.
Best sources: Iron-rich plant-based foods include legumes such as white beans, lentils, and kidney beans, as well as oats and spinach. Sesame seeds and cashews are also high in iron. You can also buy iron supplements, but many are harsh on your system. Global Healing Centre’s Iron Fuzion™ is a plant-based supplement that is gentle on your stomach.
One mineral that shows promising results as a “brain booster” is lithium, an important trace mineral. While lithium is found in many foods, lithium orotate is an optimal form found in supplements. This combines lithium and orotic acid, the same substance that makes zinc orotate so effective.
Lithium orotate may increase the brain’s gray matter. In fact, it is one of the only things known to stimulate new brain cell growth other than exercise. Consuming small servings of lithium orotate can powerfully increase proteins that maintain and repair brain’s cells. It shows remarkable potential for lifting mood, memory, and cognitive function.
Best sources: Lithium is found at low levels in many foods, including lentils, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, cauliflower, brown rice, and coffee. If you take supplements, purchase them from a reputable supplier. Global Healing Center’s Lithium Orotate is an excellent choice. This advanced formula promotes brain function and a happy mood with low servings of lithium orotate.
Though they’re not vitamins, nutraceuticals are worth mentioning because some play a substantial role in cognitive function. The word simply means a component of food used for therapeutic purposes. Nutraceuticals that help brain health are called nootropics.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3s are the building blocks of your neurons and their cell membranes. Omega-3 fatty acids also help limit the number of beta-amyloid proteins that develop in your brain as you get older. Excess beta-amyloid protein in the brain is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.
There are three main types of omega-3s: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). You have to get ALA from food or supplements, but your body produces DHA and EPA (that’s not to say you can’t become low).
Most people don’t get enough omega-3s relative to omega-6 fatty acids, so getting them in your diet is important.[14, 15]
Best sources: Great sources of omega-3 fatty acids include olive oil, flax seeds, chia seeds, algae oil, walnuts, and kiwi fruit. Algae oil is one of few plant sources of EPA and DHA; the other plant sources mainly provide ALA. Avoid fish oil supplements if possible as they have a high likelihood of mercury contamination.
Probiotics are helpful microbes that support digestive health. Healthy gut bacteria play a key role in the two-way communication between your gut and your brain.
The gut-brain axis is a well-documented phenomenon in science, though less well-known by the general public. Your gut produces up to ninety percent of the serotonin in the body! Bottom line: If you want a happy and healthy mind, make sure to nurture your gut biota.
Best sources: Get probiotics from fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kombucha, and coconut milk yogurt. Or look for a high-quality supplement like Global Healing Center’s Floratrex™, an advanced formula with 25 unique strains and 75 billion CFUs.
Tips on Boosting Brain Function
What you do to keep your heart and the rest of your body healthy is also good for your brain. The combination of these healthy lifestyle practices is more powerful than any of these actions alone.
- Eat a plant-based diet full of veggies, fruits, gluten-free grains, and healthy oils.
- Avoid excessive sugar which atrophies the brain.
- Exercise regularly: it grows brain cells!
- Try nootropic herbs like Rhodiola rosea and ginseng.
- Do brain exercises, like puzzles, reading, or taking up a new hobby!
Points to Remember
Several vitamins, minerals, and nutraceuticals support brain health. Brain health includes your ability to remember, learn, concentrate, and maintain a clear, active mind.
No specific nutrient is a “brain vitamin” per se, and taking more vitamins will not necessarily boost your mental powers. Yet many people have low levels or are even deficient. In those cases, supplementation or eating more vitamin-rich foods can help.
Stress also depletes your body’s stores of vitamins and nutrients. Ensure you get enough of the vitamins your brain needs for best mental health.
The best vitamins for a healthy and happy brain include B-12, folate (B-9), the antioxidant vitamins E, C, and D, and the trace minerals iron and lithium, particularly lithium orotate. “Nutraceuticals” such as omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics are also important for top brain function. As long as you use as directed, vitamins and minerals do not typically have side effects in healthy individuals.
The best way to get these micronutrients is through your diet. Supplements are sometimes a good option, especially if your diet does not contain an array of brightly collared fruits and vegetables. Physical activity and brain exercises, such as doing crossword puzzles and reading, also improve your brain health.
Have you taken any vitamins or minerals to boost your brain health?
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Originally published at Global Healing Center and reproduced here with permission.
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About the Author
Dr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 with the goal of providing the highest quality natural health information and products. He is world-renowned for his research on the root cause of disease. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center earned recognition as one of the largest natural and organic health resources in the world. Dr. Group is a veteran of the United States Army and has attended both Harvard and MIT business schools. He is a best-selling author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs, documentary films, and in major publications.
Dr. Group centres his philosophy around the understanding that the root cause of disease stems from the accumulation of toxins in the body and is exacerbated by daily exposure to a toxic living environment. He believes it is his personal mission to teach and promote philosophies that produce good health, a clean environment, and positive thinking. This, he believes, can restore happiness and love to the world.
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How A 3-Day Fast Resets Your Immune System
Dr. Edward F. Group, Guest Writer
The benefits of fasting are many and various. Fasting supports good health by promoting a healthy body weight, encouraging normal cognitive function, and even facilitating detoxification. Now, research has also shown that fasting may help reset the immune system.
How Does Fasting Reset the Immune System?
Like every other system in the body, the immune system is subject to wear and tear. Aging, aggressive medical therapies, oxidative stress, environmental toxins, and the like can all accelerate the degradation of immune cells.[1, 2, 3] When immune cells are weak and frail, they’re not as effective as they should be in protecting your health. This is where fasting can help.
When you fast, your body looks for nourishment everywhere it can. It goes after stored fat, but it also recycles malfunctioning or inactive cells, like those old, worn out immune system cells. This cell recycling process, known as autophagy, makes room for your body to create fresh, new immune cells. It’s similar to spring cleaning, in that you declutter your body and end up with a rejuvenated immune system. Many people, especially those whose immune system is compromised, make a concerted effort to fast for a few days once or twice every six months to reset and reboot their immune system with fresh, strong cells.
How to Perform a 3-Day Fast
Forty-eight hours appears to be the minimum duration to see benefits to the immune system, but it may take a bit longer for the desired effect. A three day fast is a long enough duration to see some of the benefits, but short enough that most people won’t need professional supervision.
If you’ve never performed a fast before, start small. Going a full three days without eating can be emotionally and mentally stressful if you’re not prepared for the side effects. Start with intermittent fasting, a pattern of eating that involves alternating cycles of fasting and eating. Try extending how long you go between meals. Slowly increase the amount of time between meals until you can go most of the day without eating food.
If you tolerate this well and aren’t under the care of a health care professional, you can try alternate day fasting. When you feel ready, you can embark on an extended water fast to boost the immune system even further.
Have you tried fasting to improve your immune system?
- Simon, A. Katharina, George A. Hollander, and Andrew McMichael. “Evolution of the Immune System in Humans from Infancy to Old Age.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282.1821 (2015): 20143085. PMC. Web. 10 July 2017.
- Campisi, Judith. “Aging, Cellular Senescence, and Cancer.” Annual review of physiology 75 (2013): 685–705. PMC. Web. 10 July 2017.
- Cheng, Chia-Wei, et al. “Prolonged Fasting Reduces IGF-1/PKA to Promote Hematopoietic Stem Cell-Based Regeneration and Reverse Immunosuppression.” Cell stem cell 14.6 (2014): 810–823. PMC. Web. 10 July 2017.
- Longo, Valter D., and Mark P. Mattson. “Fasting: Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Applications.” Cell metabolism 19.2 (2014): 181–192. PMC. Web. 27 July 2017.
- Hine, Christopher, and James R. Mitchell. “Saying No to Drugs: Fasting Protects Hematopoietic Stem Cells from Chemotherapy and Aging.” Cell stem cell 14.6 (2014): 704–705. PMC. Web. 10 July 2017.
About the Author
Dr. Edward F. Group III (DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM) founded Global Healing Center in 1998 and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. Heading up the research and development team, Dr. Group assumes a hands-on approach in producing new and advanced degenerative disease products and information.
Dr. Group has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the internet.
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How To Make Your Own Hemp Milk At Home In Two Minutes
Anastasia, Guest Writer
Originally published at kindearth.net and reproduced here with permission.
Hemp Milk is quite possibly the healthiest plant-based milk out there! So, it definitely deserves a bit of love here in the Kind Earth Kitchen.
I am not into over complicating stuff, so my way of making hemp milk is pretty easy.
In fact, you can make it in a couple of delicious, minutes – flat.
There are different ways of making hemp milk. For ease and speed, I use shelled hemp seeds (also known as hemp seed hearts). This means that I can blend them up quickly without the need for straining at all. You’ll get a little bit of sediment settling to the bottom (after a little while) – if you don’t strain it – but to me, that is all part of the fun and goodness. I never strain my plant-based milk if I am making with hemp seeds hearts.
Remember: No straining is required IF you use SHELLED hemp seeds. All you need to do is give it a quick swish and a jiggle in the jar before you drink it.
However… if you use whole hemp seeds with the shells on you WILL need to strain it
This recipe here is for shelled/hulled hemp seeds. However, if you do actually use whole hemp seeds (with the shells/hulls still ON) then you will need to strain it; otherwise, the sediment will be too coarse. Straining it involves, either a cheesecloth, a piece of muslin or a purpose made nut milk bag to do so and squee-e-e-eze.
Hemp Has A Sort Of Nutty Taste
Hemp has a nutty sort of taste. If you aren’t instantly taken by it, then give it a chance, because it really can grow on you. A lot of people I know, absolutely adore it and couldn’t live without it now! I add a little bit of coconut sugar and vanilla to this recipe – just to make the whole hemp milk experience dance and sing. Although you can make it plain (hemp and water only) if you prefer.
Why Are Hemp Seeds So Good For Us?
It has to be said… hemp is one of the most amazing plant foods that exist on our planet! It is a protein power superstar, having one of the most complete protein profiles in the plant food kingdom. It contains a fabulous balance of essential fats (essential fats are crucial to include in your diet for health) including omega 3. It’s excellent for skin health, cholesterol levels and is especially high in beneficial antioxidants.
Read more about hemp benefits here: All about Hemp Seeds and their health benefits.
Getting Your Shelled Hemp Seeds
Hemp seeds are available in all good health food stores (in most countries). I am not talking about the hemp with the high THC levels that gets you high though… I am talking about the culinary hemp seeds. It helps a lot to buy shelled hemp seeds (also called hemp hearts or hulled hemp seeds) without the crunchy outer shell on them; this makes it very easy to blend smoothly.
In the UK, I use these ones all the time: RealFoodSource Organic HEMP SEEDS. They are excellent value (you can get their non-organic version for even more of a bargain) and also grown in the EU – yay! I absolutely love them. Using them on a daily basis I probably go through about 1kg (2lbs) every two months – for my own personal use. If you don’t use them all the time, they’ll probably last you longer and you could buy a smaller packet. When I visit North America I’ve purchased these ones: Manitoba Harvest Shelled Hemp Hearts and used to my hearts’ delight.
Quick Hemp Milk Video – See How I Make It Myself
Check out my super quick visual guide for more tips on making hemp milk…
How To Make Your Own Hemp Milk At Home
Yield: 4 SERVINGS
Prep time: 2 MINUTES
Total time: 2 MINUTES
Hemp milk recipe using hemp seeds hearts, vanilla and coconut sugar. Super healthy and made in two short minutes
- 100g (1/2 cup) shelled hemp seeds
- 500ml (2 cups) spring water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
Please check out my video above first for more tips and a quick visual guide
- Add all ingredients to a jug for blending.
- Blend for about a minute or until everything is combined.
- Pop the hemp milk into a large jar or bottle.
- Pop it into the fridge to chill before serving (it tastes best chilled).
- You will still get some sediment settling from the hemp seeds. This is all super healthy.
- Note: If you don’t want the sediment OR if you have used whole (seeds that aren’t shelled) hemp seeds then you will need to strain it will a cheese cloth or purpose made nut milk bag.
- Give it a swish and a jiggle before using.
I do hope that you enjoy this.
From my heart to yours. Anastasia
About the Author
Plant-based workshop leader, retreat chef, recipe developer and life coach Anastasia was born in England and is currently nomadic. After a profound spiritual awakening in 1995, she recognised that all things are deeply connected and adopted a lifestyle of compassion and respect for all sentient beings. With a deep affinity with Mother Earth she founded KindEarth.net a space dedicated to compassionate, heart-centred living, plant-based recipes, meditation and reconnection with nature. Having enjoyed a vegan diet for over 24 years, she has experienced optimal health along the way, publishing several cook books and developing a plethora of original high vibe recipes. Anastasia invites us all to rise up from our deepest depths, to honour our true calling and is always delighted to hear from others who resonate on this journey back to a higher paradigm of love and respect.
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