A Natural Smoothie Treatment for Arthritis and Painful Joints


Arthritic pain treatmentThis great tasting anti inflammatory smoothie for arthritis combines powerful natural ingredients that can help reduce joint pain and other arthritic symptoms.

It contains nutrients like bromelain from pineapple, curcumin from turmeric, and gingerols from ginger that have been demonstrated in research studies to combat inflammatory conditions throughout your body.

There are quite a few ingredients in this arthritis smoothie recipe and you may not be able to get all of them with a visit to your regular supermarket.

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The Clear Skin Smoothie for Acne, Eczema and Anti-Aging


Smoothie-for-better-skinThis smoothie for better skin is designed to provide plenty of the nutrition your skin needs to look its best.

The recipe is full to bursting with antioxidants, healthy fats and specific nutrients to help prevent and treat acne, eczema and other forms of skin inflammation.

Used regularly it may even help slow down the signs of skin aging caused by collagen breakdown, poor moisture balance and free radical damage to your skin cells.

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A Superfood Smoothie for Better Digestion and Intestinal Health


Gut healing smoothiesMany people experience digestion problems eating a ‘modern’ processed food diet but this digestive smoothie to improve intestinal health can help.

The gluten in wheat, lactose in milk, difficult to digest proteins in processed meat, acids in soda and coffee, sugar in just about everything and a wide variety of chemical additives are often linked to digestive issues affecting so many in today’s Western societies.

In the long-term, switching to a more natural food diet can greatly improve your intestinal environment and help treat symptoms like bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, ulcers and excessive gas.

For more immediate relief, this smoothie for digestion has a combination of superfoods for quickly relieving intestinal troubles and getting your gut health back on track.

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A High Energy Breakfast Smoothie Recipe


Matcha morning shakeThis energizing breakfast smoothie is simple to make, full of nutritious ingredients and is a delicious way to start your day.

It makes for a much healthier replacement for coffee in the morning and provides a more long-lasting energy than the quick hit and crash of coffee.

Why This Green Smoothie is So Energizing

Banana

It’s no surprise the athletes like tennis players often snack on bananas during their matches. The fruit gives a fast and satisfying energy boost and is full of healthy nutrients.

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A Healthy Smoothie for Hair Growth


Smoothies for hairThis powerful smoothie recipe blends natural foods with specifically important nutritional elements for healthy hair into a great tasting drink.

It’s a simple and delicious way to give your hair follicles the valuable fatty acids, protein, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients they need to produce strong and beautiful hair.

Hair Smoothie Ingredients and Their Benefits

Apple

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Stevia Benefits, Side Effects, Best Brand and Why It’s So Good as a Sugar Substitute


Natural sugar alternativeStarting to use stevia regularly may well be one of the most beneficial things you ever do for your health. Not for the nutrition it gives you, but rather for what it helps you substitute in your diet — sugar.

Here’s why stevia is so much better as a sweetener than sugar, the many benefits of making the change, potential side effects and the best tasting brand I’ve found to sweeten food and drinks.

What is Stevia?

Stevia, known scientifically as Stevia rebaudiana, is a small herb that originated in South America. Its leaves contain unusual compounds, like steviol glycoside and rebaudioside-A, that mimic the sweetness of sugar without any of its negative effects on your health.

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How to Use Black Currant Oil for Hair Loss and Better Health


Black currant seed oil propertiesBlack currant oil is an unusually powerful nutritional oil with many health benefits.

Ahead is how the gamma linoleic acid and other nutrition in black currant seed oil may help treat and prevent thinning hair, the best dosage for hair loss and other potential benefits of black currant oil.

Hormones, Hair Loss and Fatty Acids

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How to Make Healthier Salads in 4 Simple Steps


Better SaladsSalads can make for a healthy lunch or light, yet nutritious dinner. The key to making a great salad is to move beyond the old iceberg lettuce, tomato and olive oil combination and get more adventurous with stronger tasting greens like arugula and more interesting ingredients.

Here’s a simple formula to create delicious tasting and healthier salads that are also extremely good for you.

How to Make Healthy and Delicious Salads

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Top 10 Nutritional Benefits of Arugula


Healthy RocketArugula is an extremely healthy and nutritious cruciferous vegetable that many people have never heard of.

Also called salad rocket or roquette, it has a distinctive and delicious peppery flavor to its soft green leaves and goes particularly well in fresh salads.

Arugula has some impressive benefits for more energy, disease prevention and a healthier appearance. Here’s just what makes rocket so good for you.

10 Great Reasons Why Arugula Is Healthy

1. Cancer Protection with Sulforaphane and Indole-3-Carbinol

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Mucuna Pruriens Benefits for Testosterone, HGH, Dopamine and Better Sleep


Velvet bean Mucuna pruriens is one of the more potent mood enhancing and libido stimulating superfoods available, with noticeable health benefits and a long list of uses.

This powerful herb can have a direct influence on your brain’s neurotransmitters and potentially have beneficial effects on your mental state, energy levels, ability to relax and even body composition and testosterone levels.

Mucuna isn’t for everyone though and it’s important to read the dosage information and potential precautions before taking it.

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The Best Avocado Oil Brand for Your Kitchen


High quality avocado oilAvocado oil is growing in popularity as more and more people recognize its value as a superior cooking oil.

Cold pressed avocado oil also has many beneficial properties for improving your appearance, disease prevention and long-term optimal health.

I’ve written before about why avocado oil’s high smoke point makes it the best and perhaps only cooking oil that should be used for high temperature frying.

There’s also numerous reasons why the vegetable oils in most people’s kitchens are damaging to their health and why a good avocado oil is the ideal replacement.

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Brazil Nuts for Selenium, Testosterone and Immunity


Brazil Nuts pros consBrazil nuts are an unusually powerful superfood. As the richest known natural source of selenium, they have many benefits, but also need to be eaten with caution as having too many can have side effects.

Here’s how to use these potent and nutritious nuts for selenium and why they are superior to the kind of selenium found in standard multivitamins.

Also ahead is how many to eat a day and why Brazil nuts can increase your testosterone levels naturally — good news for both men and women.

2020 Update: Brazil Nuts and Selenium for Immunity

Maintaining a healthy immune system has become more important than ever with the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that plays a vital role in your body’s defense against viruses and other infectious diseases. Yet many people are deficient in this nutrient due to mineral depleted soils and processed food diets.

According to this 2020 research in the Journal of Medical Virology, selenium deficiency: “induces not only impairment of host immune system, but also rapid mutation of benign variants of RNA viruses to virulence.”

The researchers concluded: “selenium supplementation could be an effective choice for treatment of this novel virus of COVID‐19.”

Whist just theoretical until proven, I personally think it makes a lot of sense to make sure you’re getting healthy amounts of selenium in your diet right now.

Brazil nuts are by far an away the richest source of selenium. Just 2 of these delicious organic nuts a day will cover this important nutritional base naturally.

There’s 11 more superfoods for immunity and 3 antiviral supplements here I’m personally taking in 2020 to boost my body’s defenses and natural immunity.

Of course always consult your healthcare provider if you suspect SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The Importance of Selenium in Your Diet

Brazil nuts are exceptionally high in selenium, an essential micro-mineral and antioxidant used by your body to prevent free radical oxidative damage to your cells.

While you only need a small amount of it, without adequate selenium you can have problems making enough glutathione peroxidase within your cells.

Glutathione peroxidase is a substance critical for cellular detoxification. It converts toxins into harmless byproducts that your body eliminates and provides important protection against many environmental and dietary hazards.

Increasing glutathione peroxidase production is believed to help prevent cancerous cell changes and selenium has been shown in research studies to reduce cancer risk.

Best source of selenium

Skin complaints like acne and psoriasis, as well as joint problems like rheumatoid arthritis, are often reported to respond well to extra selenium in the diet.

Selenium is also necessary for a properly functioning thyroid. Since your thyroid controls your body’s metabolism, inadequate levels of selenium may be a factor in sudden weight gain or weight loss.

How Much Selenium is in Brazil Nuts?

Selenium is found in highly unusual amounts in these rainforest nuts. Just one Brazil nut has around 50 mcg of selenium.

The amount can vary though, depending on the soils they are grown in, and can be as high as 90 mcg for each nut.

Organic nuts, like these rich tasting ones I get, generally have a higher mineral content and are recommended.

100 grams of raw Brazil nuts have 2550 mcg selenium on nutritional databases, which is 3643% of the RDA. Even if you could eat that much of such a rich and filling food, you definitely wouldn’t want to.

The recommended daily allowance of selenium is 55 mcg a day and just one Brazil nut, on average, will provide close to that amount. If you already eat other selenium rich foods, like shrimp, salmon and crimini mushrooms, that’s probably all you need.

Many health experts though believe that the selenium RDA is too low and recommend getting at least 100 mcg a day.

Two Brazil nuts should provide close to this amount and this is what I have personally most days, primarily for the antioxidant, thyroid and skin benefits of selenium, but also for their potential to increase testosterone production.

Why Brazil Nuts are Better than Selenium Supplements

Studies on selenium absorption showed participants eating just two Brazil nuts a day, versus those taking 100 micrograms of selenomethionine (a popular supplemental version) had far superior absorption and blood levels of selenium.

These nuts also contain good levels of antioxidant vitamin E, which enhances the beneficial effects of this essential mineral.

So just one or two Brazil nuts, ideally organic like these great tasting ones I get, is superior to supplemental selenium like selenomethionine (and especially selenium selenite found in some multivitamins, shown to adversely interact with vitamin C).

Organic Brazil Nuts Benefits

These healthy nuts also contain B vitamins, choline, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, manganese and copper in good levels.

With such a rich array of nutrients they could be considered the Amazon rainforest’s antidote to all the mineral depleted foods in our regular diets.

A Natural Testosterone Enhancer

Selenium has been shown in research studies to boost testosterone levels in infertile men and many people, particularly in bodybuilding forums, report greater libido when they eat Brazil nuts regularly.

It’s possible that this is simply the result of rectifying a pre-existing selenium deficiency. However, Brazil nuts are also high in zinc, the amino acid arginine and beneficial fatty acids needed to make important steroidal hormones like testosterone.

Low amounts of zinc in your diet is strongly associated with reduced testosterone. Increasing intake of this mineral has been demonstrated in studies to improve luteinizing hormone levels, a key factor in proper testosterone production.

Arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide, important for vasodilation and known to increasing testicular blood flow for better hormone production.

L-arginine is also a popular supplement for boosting workout performance and regular intensive exercise is one of the best ways known to improve to elevate your testosterone levels.

All of these nutrients could play their part in Brazil nuts long-standing reputation as an aphrodisiac for both men and women.

While females don’t make or need nearly as much testosterone as males, rectifying a selenium deficiency and increasing nutrients like zinc and arginine can still have some very positive results in the bedroom.

Testosterone nuts

At the higher levels of daily intake, athletes, bodybuilders and those with a known selenium deficiency have reported good results from taking two to three Brazil nuts for testosterone first thing in the morning and again in the evening before bed.

Unless you’re an athlete with higher selenium needs, or known to be deficient in the mineral, I personally think six a day is getting a bit high for regular use, particularly if you’re eating an especially strong batch of the nuts. Here’s why.

Potential Side Effects

The National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine has set an upper limit of 400 mcg per day of selenium for adults and less for children. Just six selenium rich Brazil nuts could potentially exceed this amount.

While considered rare, symptoms of selenium overdose and side effects include nausea and even vomiting after eating them, possibly followed by hair loss and skin lesions in extreme cases.

Conversely, serious selenium deficiency can result in muscle weakness and pain, discoloration of the skin and hair and excessive whitening of the fingernail beds.

Clearly it’s important to get enough, but not too much selenium. With parts of the USA, like the Pacific Northwest, the Great Lakes region and parts of the Atlantic Coast, recognized as producing selenium deficient crops, it’s likely that the standard American diet is far from high in selenium.

How Many a Day?

For most people, two Brazil nuts a day is recommended. This should provide a good amount of selenium and other nutrients without going anywhere near the amounts that might cause side effects.

I find just a couple of these organic nuts particularly good for staving off hunger in the evening if you’re staying up watching a movie. Realistically though, having three or four nuts on occasions would be fine as well.

Particularly for men involved in exercise and weight training, having two Brazil nuts in the morning and two in the evening may help to boost testosterone levels.

It’s recommended to not have more than six nuts a day on a regular basis as you may start to exceed a healthy selenium intake.

Have you use Brazil nuts for testosterone or taken them to increase your selenium intake before? I’d really like to hear how they made you feel and how many a day you think works best for you.