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Coral Cal-Min

Coral Cal-MinCoral Cal-Min 230 grams /jar. Okinawan Fossilized Coral Calcium and mineral powder with added Magnesium (mostly in the citrate/malate form). The Coral Cal-Min powder is extremely fine (3.3 average microns, the consistency of talcum powder) and mixes easily.

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Raw protein — lean body?

by Pauline Robinson

Hemp protein contains all 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. Proteins are considered complete when they contain all 9 essential amino acids in a sufficient quantity and ratio to meet the body’s needs. Hemp seeds contain an adequate supply of these high quality proteins (EAAs) for a well balanced diet.

Hemp protein is free of the tryspin inhibitors which block protein absorption and free of oligosaccharides found in soy, which cause stomach upset and gas. Not as easy to get lean now that you are no longer in your twenties, right? Or maybe you’ve never been very fit, but are trying to lose fat for the first time and don’t have the benefits of that youthful high metabolism. No bizarre fad diets are needed, just the standard high protein/low fat plan. Each daily meal should feature a good source of lean protein but very little animal fat or sugar.

An increasingly educated and health-conscious public is learning about the health benefits of supplemental protein powders, recognizing that they can be part of a healthy lifestyle for just about anyone, not just bodybuilders. In health fitness, muscle growth is perhaps the most important thing that you can do. In fact, it may be the most important thing you can do for your body and mind. The reason growing lean muscle is so important is because it will help with controlling your weight by helping you burn more calories. It helps the mind by increasing confidence and self worth.

It is of utmost importance in the elderly population, because it will help with osteoporosis, by building stronger, bigger bones and also allows one to be physically stronger and fatigue less easily. So by growing more muscle daily tasks are much easier, not to mention much safer, helping prevent falls and injuries.

Protein is an essential part of our (living) body and there is a difference between protein that has been cooked and protein in its raw (living) form. We should realize that our body (which is made of some 100 trillion living cells) is composed of 15 percent protein, making protein the primary solid element in our body, and second only to water, which composes 70 percent of our body. Protein is composed of amino acids, and amino acids are made up of chains of atoms. These atoms that make up amino acids that make up protein literally become the building blocks for our body.

The problem is that cooking kills food and de-natures or re-arranges the molecular structure of the protein, causing amino acids to become coagulated, or fused together.

In his 1980 book, The Health Revolution, Horne writes, “Cooked protein is difficult to digest, and when incompletely digested protein enters the colon it putrefies and ammonia is formed.” Horne quotes Dr. Willard Visek, Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Illinois Medical School as saying, “In the digestion of proteins, we are constantly exposed to large amounts of ammonia in our intestinal tract. Ammonia behaves like chemicals that cause cancer or promote its growth. It kills cells, it increases virus infection, it affects the rate at which cells divide, and it increases the mass of the lining of the intestines. What is intriguing is that within the colon, the incidence of cancer parallels the concentration of ammonia.” Dr. Visek is quoted in The Golden Seven Plus One, by Dr. C. Samuel West, as saying, “Ammonia, which is produced in great amounts as a by-product of meat metabolism, is highly carcinogenic and can cause cancer development.”

And meat in any form is not good for humans. We do not have a digestive system designed to assimilate protein from flesh: We do not have the teeth of a carnivore nor the saliva. Our alkaline saliva is designed to digest complex carbohydrates from plant food, whereas saliva of a carnivore is so acidic that it can actually dissolve bones. The digestive tracts of carnivores are short, about three times the length of their torso, allowing quick elimination of decomposing and putrefying flesh. All herbivores have long intestines, 8 to 12 times the length of their torso, to provide a long transit time to digest and extract the nutrients from plant foods.

When you consider the health problems caused by consuming too much indigestible (cooked) protein, it should drive home the point that our body is a living organism made up of living cells, and protein composes 15 percent of our body, therefore the protein we take in should be living rather than dead.

Hemp protein is a living plant protein which contains all 20 known amino acids including the 9 essential amino acids (EAAs) our bodies cannot produce. When pressed and milled, the result is the perfect high performance vegetarian whole food which may be used in place of all protein sources or supplements. Proteins are considered complete when they contain all 9 essential amino acids in a sufficient quantity and ratio to meet the body’s needs. Hemp seeds contain an adequate supply of these high quality proteins (EAAs) for a well balanced diet. In fact, hemp Protein is not only very high in fiber, but is unique in the plant kingdom for its perfect balance of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates, making it easy to substitute into any type of diet. A live protein concentrate, hemp protein is loaded with what your body needs, including all 9-10 essential amino acids, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, enzymes, natural anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre.

Hemp protein is free of the tryspin inhibitors which block protein absorption and free of oligosaccharides found in soy, which cause stomach upset and gas. Soybeans contain a higher total percentage of protein, but these are complex proteins that many people find difficult to digest. An important aspect of hemp seed protein is a high content of arginine (123 mg/g protein) and histidine (27 mg/g protein), both of which are important for growth during childhood, and of the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine (23 mg/g protein) and cysteine (16 mg/g protein), which are needed for proper enzyme formation. Cysteine’s importance is related to the presence of a sulfur-containing thiol group in its side chain. This group participates in the catalytic reactions of certain enzymes, such as that of papain. Methionine is required because it assists in the breakdown of fats and thereby prevents the build-up of fat in the arteries, as well as assisting with the digestive system and removing heavy metals from the body since it can be converted to cysteine, which is a precursor to gluthione, which is of prime importance in detoxifying the liver. The amino acid methionine is also a great antioxidant as the sulfur it supplies inactivates free radicals. It may also be used to treat depression, arthritis pain as well as chronic liver disease — although these claims are still under investigation. Some studies have also indicated that methionine might also improve memory recall.

Approximately 65% of the protein in hemp seeds is made up Edestin and is found only in hemp seed. “Edistins (also spelled edestine) are plant globulins, and are classified as globular proteins. Globulins perform many enzymatic functions within the plasma itself. The human body uses globulin proteins to make antibodies that attack infecting agents that invade the body.” Edestin aids digestion, is relatively phosphorus-free and considered the backbone of the cell’s DNA. The other one third of hemp seed protein is Albumin, another high quality globulin protein similar to that found in egg whites.

In addition to being an excellent protein source, hemp powder can also be used as a quick and convenient blood sugar stabilizer because of the high fiber content which will again help in weight loss.

About the Author

Pauline Robinson is a Nutritional and Metabolic Bio Typing Consultant for HealthSmart Nutrition.

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Are Minerals Necessary for Everyone?

Minerals are life sustaining elements.

Are minerals important? Two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling thought so.  He stated "You can trace every sickness, every disease, every ailment to mineral deficiency."

Some of the individual functions of minerals in the body are:

1. Structural: bones, teeth, ligaments

2. Solutes and electrolytes in the blood

3. Enzyme actions

4. Energy production from food breakdown

5. Nerve transmission

6. Muscle action

Mineral deficiency in those areas will cause problems to occur. The body is capable of adapting just like a branch that has been removed from a tree. It's leaves will look okay for a while but in a small amount of time they will wither up and fall off.  The body can operate for long periods of time with deficiencies.  Premature aging and cell breakdown will eventually be the result. Without minerals, vitamins may have little or no effect. Minerals are catalysts (triggers for thousands of essential enzyme reactions in the body). No trigger, no reaction. Without enzyme reactions, digestion of protein, carbohydrates, and fats is impaired and energy production from digested food is impaired. Minerals trigger the vitamins and enzymes to act; that means digestion.

To find out the 5 reasons for mineral deficiency in our foods read further.

FIVE REASONS FOR MINERAL DEFICIENCY:

1. SOIL DEPLETION

In the past 200 years, the U.S. and Canada have lost as much as 75% of its topsoil, according to various researchers. To replace one inch of topsoil may take anywhere from 200-1000 years, depending on climate. (Utah Teachers Resource Books)

The standard NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) fertilizer farmers commonly use is able to restore the soil enough to grow fruits and vegetables which are healthy looking, but may be entirely lacking in trace minerals

2. DIET

The second contributor to mineral deficiency within the population is obviously, diet. Even if our produce did contain abundant minerals, less than 4% of the population eats sufficient fruits and vegetables to account for minimal RDAs. To further compound matters, mass amounts of processed food, excess protein, and refined sugars require most of our mineral stores in order to digest them since they are devoid of nutrients. Enzyme activity is completely dependent on minerals like zinc, copper, chromium, selenium, cobalt and many others. No minerals - no enzyme action. In addition, pasteurized/homogenized milk and dairy products, alcohol, and drugs inhibit the absorption of these minerals, further depleting reserves. So it is cyclical: refined foods inhibit mineral absorption, which then are not themselves efficiently digested because of diminished enzyme activity.


3. MUCOID PLAQUE

The standard indigestible American/UK diet packs layer upon layer of plaque onto the inner lining of the colon. One of the prime functions of the colon is to reabsorb water, in order to prevent dehydration. Plaque prevents such a reclamation, and the result is that we lose both water and minerals that normally should be reabsorbed.

4. COMPETITION

The fourth reason for inadequate minerals in the body is a phenomenon known as secondary deficiency. It has been proven that an excess of one mineral may directly cause a deficiency of another because minerals compete for absorption. Secondary deficiency means that an excess of one mineral causes a deficiency of another. (Kidd)

For example, iron, copper, and zinc are competitive in this way. Copper is necessary for the conversion of iron to haemoglobin, but if there is excess zinc, less iron will be available for conversion. This may cause a secondary deficiency of iron, which can manifest itself as iron deficiency anaemia. All due simply to excess zinc! Researchers have found that these secondary deficiencies caused by excess of one mineral are almost always due to an imbalance of mineral supplements, since the quantities contained in food are so small.

5. DRUGS

A fourth, and increasingly serious reason for mineral deficiency in humans is overuse of prescription drugs. It has been known since the 1950s that antibiotics interfere with uptake of minerals, specifically zinc, chromium, and calcium. (The Plague Makers) Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, and aspirin have the same inhibitive effect on mineral absorption. Moreover, when the body has to try and metabolize these drugs to clear the system its own mineral stores are heavily drawn upon. Such a waste of energy is used to metabolize laxatives, diuretics, chemotherapy drugs, and NSAIDs, such as Tylenol, Advil, and aspirin out of the body. This is one of the most basic mechanisms in drug-induced immune-suppression: minerals are essential for normal immune function.

So the question then becomes: which mineral supplements are the most absorbable and the most usable, and therefore effective in the smallest amounts possible?

The National Academy of Sciences and the National Osteoporosis Foundation recommend daily calcium intakes of 1000-1200 mg/day for adult men and women.

Note: dosage and solubility can influence the bioavailability of calcium from calcium supplements, the timing of intake and meal conditions also are important. Calcium from supplements appears to be more efficiently absorbed when consumed in divided doses, each containing less than 200 mg of elemental calcium. The NIH Consensus Conference recommends consuming calcium supplements between meals to increase calcium bioavailability.

For certain individuals who cannot meet their calcium needs from foods, calcium supplements are warranted. A number of factors influence the choice of calcium preparation. Individuals who need calcium supplements should choose one that contains a relatively high percentage of elemental calcium by weight, disintegrates readily, provides a form of calcium that is bioavailable and inexpensive and is free of toxicants. In general, absorption of calcium is most efficient when the supplement is consumed in doses of 200 mg or less. Intake of calcium supplements with vitamin D should be limited because of the risk for vitamin D toxicity.

 

HealthSmart Nutrition's Coral Cal-Min contains the trace minerals the are required by the body in an easily absorbable form.  The minerals have been micronized so that they will be quickly absorbed.  Many people have a low stomach acid due to age or medications.  Usually an acid environment is necessary in the stomach for mineral absorption due to the large particle size of the minerals.  The acid reacts with the minerals, breaks them down and makes them more absorbable.  When a mineral has been micronized this requirement of breakdown by acid is reduced and the minerals are absorbed much more quickly.  For example: one of my clients who has MS had extreme muscle cramping, so much so that Drs, were unable to straighten out his limbs to perform an MRI.  He discovered that within 30 minutes of taking 1/2 a teaspoon of Coral Cal-Min mixed into a glass of water that the cramping had ceased and his muscles were relaxed.  This effect appeared to last for about 3 hours then he would have to take another dose.  This effect was repeated time and time again.  The result that he was able to have a lot more mobility and his health greatly improved.  He had had no similar effect with other mineral supplements - it was only when he started using Coral Cal-Min that his symptoms were reduced.

 

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HealthSmart Nutrition's Organic Sprouting Seeds

Organic Sprouting Seeds Sprouting Seeds: The Wave of The Future

Why Eat Sprouts

The Benefits:

  • Very cheap to produce
  • Quickly and easily produced - Some kinds of sprouts are ready for eating in just one day.
  • No preparation or cooking needed - Most sprouts can be eaten raw. And there's no need to cut them up or peel them either.
  • Very nutritious - Sprouts are simply bursting with vitamins and minerals. Sprouts are an excellent source of plant enzymes, making them very easy to digest.
  • They're fresh and alive - Forget the wilted, shop-bought lettuce next time you want to make a salad! Sprouts can be grown quickly and easily in a jar on your kitchen windowsill. All you have to do is to remove a handful from the jar when you want to eat them. They're organically grown too.
  • Good source of fiber and protein
  • They have cleansing properties - Helping to neutralize and remove waste from the body. The fiber in them also helps to keep you regular.
  • Anti-Cancer Properties - Many sprouted seeds and grains seem to have anti-cancer properties too. Red clover, for example, contains genistein - an anti-cancer compound which is also present in soya beans, black beans and peanuts.


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