Posts tagged ‘Detoxification’

September 15, 2013

The Importance of Glutathione and the Breakthrough Discovery RiboCeine™

Some of you may have heard of glutathione. For those of you who haven’t, glutathione was first discovered in 1888, but its healing properties were not identified until the 1970’s. Glutathione is an intercellular anti-oxidant produced in every one of the trillions of cells in the body. It has tremendous detoxification capabilities, eliminates free radicals, relieves oxidative stress and improves energy levels as well. But most importantly it has incredible anti-inflammatory properties, which is important because most health experts agree that cellular inflammation is at the root of most diseases that we face today. Your body is heavily reliant upon glutathione and the benefits of optimal glutathione levels have profound impacts on your daily life and long-term health.

The bad news about glutathione is that production begins to taper as we age starting as early as age 20. Many outside factors (stress, toxins, and lifestyle) can cause glutathione levels to decrease even faster leading to compromised health. Unfortunately due to its fragile state, current methods of supplementing with glutathione are ineffective. The NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) has been used for many years to help raise glutathione, but it has limits in how effective it can be.

So here’s the good news! Following 25 years of research, Dr. Herbert Nagasawa’s studies led to the breakthrough discovery of RiboCeine™. RiboCeine™ has shown to be 300% more effective than NAC in raising glutathione levels. This science based discovery is supported by 20 peer reviewed clinical studies. RiboCeine™ is a patented proprietary compound exclusively available in the line of products developed by a company named Max International. Their products combine RiboCeine™ with a host of other natural antioxidant herbs and extracts that I talk about regularly at Earth Elixir, such as Turmeric root, Milk thistle and others. RiboCeine™’s patented delivery method ensures that the active ingredients arrive at the cell fully intact whereas by comparison the contents of most off the shelf products are destroyed in the gastrointestinal tract. Sadly many people are still paying for products that they are literally flushing down the toilet, receiving little or no benefit from them.

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March 24, 2012

Burdock root

Burdock root is an edible root that is high in nutrition, antioxidants and therapeutic properties.

Burdock roots

The first year burdock root is traditionally used in stir-fry recipes in Asia and as fritters in Italy.  Dandelion and burdock root is a popular beverage in the U.K.  Use it like you would use hops to brew beer and other alcoholic beverages. The root tastes like palm hearts or bamboo shoots to me.

The seed is also used in TCM to treat urinary and skin conditions. The seed is more diaphoretic than the root.

Burdock root is a skin tissue detoxicant so pair it with draining diuretics for good toxin elimination.  Increase dose gradually for toxicity related conditions to avoid any major detoxification side-effects.

The fresh root is superior in taste, (the dried root has a more bitter flavour,) and the fresh root has more active antibacterial and antifungal actions. 

 The fresh first year root is wild-crafted in the fall when the root is less bitter. It can also be picked in spring when young leaves are starting to show. The first year plant is identifiable through its leaves only because it does not have the stalk or burrs formed yet. It is also found cultivated fresh year round at some health food stores and Chinese grocers.

It is a mild remedy with dynamic detoxifying functions and it is good culinary medicine.

Burdock Leaf

The young leaves and flower stalks are also eaten.

Common Name  Burdock root
Latin Name  Arctium spp.~Arctium lappa- Great burdock

Arctium minus-  Common burdock

Arctium x nothum- Common burdock

Family Asteraceae
Parts Used Biennial- First year root picked in the Fall with no burrs/ stalk
Target Organs Digestion, skin, lymphatic, immune, liver, gallbladder, kidney, bladder
Common Uses Nutritive antioxidant that detoxifies.Skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, dermatitis

Lymphatic conditions: swollen glands, tonsillitis,

Immune: boost, fever, toxicity, arthritis, gout, allergies,

Digestion: constipation,

Liver: conditions, congestion,

Properties Antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antifungal,  anti-inflammatory (local, systemic), antilithic, antimutagenic, antineoplastic, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antithrombotic, antitoxic, aperient, appetite stimulant, astringent, bitter, cholagogue, choleretic, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant-relaxing, secretolytic, febrifuge, immune stimulant, lymphatic, pancreatic, relaxant, sialagogue, stomachic, tranquilizer, peripheral vasodilator, vulnerary
Constituents Flavonoids- (arctiin, arctigenin)  bitter glycosides (arctiopicrin), polysaccharides, lignans, tannic acids, tannins, antibiotic substances,  alkaloid, inulin up to 45%, resin, fixed oil, mucilage 5-12%, condensed tannins, polyacetylenes, Vitamins- A,  C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin

Minerals- calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, iodine, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc, silicon, cobalt, chromium, magnesium,

Cautions Mild remedy: Burdock is a skin tissue detoxicant so pair it with draining diuretics for good toxin elimination.  Increase dose gradually for toxicity conditions to avoid any major detoxification side-effects
Dosage Tincture: 2-4ml                Tea: 2 tsp. Decoction  simmer 15-30 minutes

Culinary: Root peeled and julienned in stir-fry’s and fritters

March 21, 2012

Herbs for the Liver and Gallbladder

Spring is here like a breath of much-needed fresh air!


Because Spring falls under the wood element in the Chinese Five Elements and rules the liver and gallbladder it is a good time to do a liver cleanse (especially after St. Patrick’s Day for those that imbibe.) There are many herbs that cleanse, detoxify, protect, nourish and regenerate the liver. 

The liver is a metabolism center that neutralizes toxins, synthesizes proteins, and stores glycogen (starch) and changes it back into glucose (sugar) and releases it when needed. The gallbladder stores bile for the liver to excrete.

The liver gets stimulated by sour taste that is why lemon, lime or citrus in water helps to detoxify. Bitter sour herbs stimulate the liver, gallbladder, glands and digestion.

Sour action decongests, tightens, stimulates and is astringent.

Fresh Turmeric rhizome

Fresh Turmeric rhizome

Herbal Therapeutic Properties that treat the Liver and Gallbladder are Hepatics, Cholagogues and Depuratives.

Hepatics are liver tonics that improve liver function and regenerate liver cells. Hepato-protective herbs also called anti-hepatotoxics have specific antioxidant properties that protect the liver.

Cholagogues stimulate bile production and choleretics enhances bile quantity and quality. Stored in the gallbladder, bile helps to digest fats. Improving fat digestion reduces the burden on these organs, therefore preventing gallstones from forming.

Depuratives are also known as Detoxicants because they support detoxification. They are also called Alteratives and are known as blood purifiers.


Turmeric spice dried powder

Herbal Liver Tonics~ Herbs for the Liver and Gallbladder

Hepatic restoratives and nutritives nourish and restore. The high nutrient content is good for fatigue: These herbs make a good nutritious beverage tea drink-

chicory root, nettle herb, alfalfa herb, artichoke leaf,

Hepato-protective /anti-hepatotoxics are herbs that protect and detoxify the liver:

Turmeric rhizome, milk thistle seed, barberry, licorice root, garlic bulb, black/green tea, Astragalus root, ginkgo leaf, hawthorn leaf/flower/fruit, polypore fruiting body/ fungi, North American ginseng root, sage herb, rosemary herb,

Hepato-protective /anti-hepatotoxics 2nd properties:

Burdock roots

Burdock roots

burdock root, wormwood, gentian root, elecampane root, marjoram herb, heal-all herb, centaury

Bitter, cool liver decongestants and cholagogues:

milk thistle seed, wormwood herb, celandine herb, gentian root, centaury root, blessed thistle herb, Oregon grape, yellow dock root, figwort herb, dandelion root, burdock root

General herbs that protect, restore, nourish and detoxify the liver.

Turmeric rhizome, milk thistle seed, wormwood herb,  gentian root, centaury root, blessed thistle herb, barberry, ginger rhizome, garlic bulb, caraway, dill seeds 

Herbs that are good for the liver are usually very bitter and unpleasant tasting like wormwood herb and barberry, but it is important to taste herbs to ensure good therapeutic action.

I like to put bitter herbs in red wine to mellow the flavour.

Macerate your choice of a single herb in red wine for a couple of weeks. Take a teaspoon a day for a couple of weeks or take these herbs in a tincture for a cycle of 2-3 weeks and then take a break for a week before starting any other herbal remedy.  Your liver will thank-you!

Springtime Liver Cleanse:

Top 5 Things to do for a Liver Cleanse

Pick any two to three weeks in springtime to do a liver cleanse. Do any or all of the following:

  1. Put a slice of lemon or lime in your water
  2. Eat more spring greens, green leafy vegetables and natural foods
  3. Add liver tonic herbs to your diet like turmeric dried spice or fresh rhizome
  4. Drink roasted dandelion and chicory root beverage it tastes like coffee
  5. Make a tea, juice, smoothie, tincture or wine with your choice of herbs and plants that benefit the liver and gallbladder
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