Botanical Nutrition

by Rob Seeman official blogger of the health food movement


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Super Hemp CBD video

New product review on Super Hemp CBD

Explains quickly and easily why you should be interested in this exciting ‘new’ dietary supplement from the Food Movement. This pioneering extract of CBD (cannabidiol) from industrial hemp is a safe and legal product offering new options for consumers.hempmovement

Because dietary supplements are regulated by the FDA, no one selling Hemp CBD can make health claims.  But an ever-growing body of research suggests that they may just be of immense benefit.  The video explainer above gives you some insights into the product and also a $10 coupon code SAVEONSUPERHEMP for your first order!

Join the Hemp Movement today!


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Food Movement Fights Hunger Globally and Locally

The Food Movement Co is an Illinois-based company manufacturing and distributing organic super foods and bioactive dietary supplements.  Part of the Food Movement’s mission is also to donate to hunger relief groups.

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In 2015, for the first time, the Food Movement decided to support both a local group (Chicago Food Depository) and Trees for Life, a group working globally to stop famine in Africa and other important locations.  Every purchase you make from the Food Movement  helps to support this mission.

For more information on the important work behind these groups http://www.treesforlife.org and http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer visit them online and find out how you can further support their work.  Long live the Food Movement!


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Discover Amazing Plant-Based Pre-Workout Mix!

maca-root-powder-extract.jpgI’ve been trying an experimental new protocol (at a number of top secret research facilities) and I’m finally able to share some of the results with the world.

That’s right : it is coming soon; our Maca rainbow whole food pre-workout.  While these are not published clinical trials – the gold standard of food supplements – you can bet that everyone involved has been impressed with the results!

One of the secrets; at least the only one I can divulge at this time – is a TRIFECTA of Maca rainbow energy. Yes, that’s right folks we’re combining Red Maca , Black AND Yellow Maca (organically grown in the Andes mountains in their raw state) to find out – the amount of whole food synergy is this combination is astounding.

More on this, and the other important whole food ingredients in this formula, to come.

 


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Moringa : Whole Leaf Super Food Nutrition

Moringa oleifera is  a tree native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India and widely cultivated in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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I’ve been really interested in Moringa for a number of years. It has quite a reputation internationally as one of the world’s most nutritious foods. As an herbalist, I’ve been intrigued by the possibilities of a food that offers so much benefit to anyone ingesting it, and also hope to those looking for dynamic botanical solutions to the problems of world hunger.  There are so many aspects of Moringa oleifera to consider.  For now, we are looking primarily at the leaf as a dynamic source of nutrition, though the ‘drumstick’ fruit pods are  very commonly eaten as well.  The roots and the seeds, when harvested, provide other diverse benefits.

This is an extremely important plant! It is a complete protein, contains a good deal of nutrients including calcium, iron, magnesium, is a complete protein source and contains many different vitamins and unique phytochemicals.  It would be ridiculous to ‘standardize’ or extract this plant, it is a leaf vegetable used across the world for many years.

Yet it has been virtually absent from the U.S. market. Unfortunately what little I myself have found on the market has been of very low quality.  As I’ve worked with the Food Movement to find a premium raw  material internationally (which we have finally secured – more on that to come) I have come to appreciate why it is so easy to get it wrong with Moringa.

(The Food Movement biodynamic freeze-dried Moringa whole leaf powder will be available here in September.)

Initially, suppliers of Ayurvedic herbs would offer Moringa leaf powder at a surprisingly low price.  Then, we found that some suppliers would only offer it as an extract, because the fresh raw material was often easily contaminated with potentially harmful microbes.  I myself believe that the only preparation one should consider is the whole leaf.  It is, after all, a food.

There is definite misinformation out there causing some to consider something other than whole leaf Moringa.  Just look to the wiki page on Moringa oleifera and you find this nugget of (mis)information

“Some of the calcium in moringa leaves is bound as crystals of calcium oxalate[14] which may inhibit calcium availability to the body. It is not clear whether the calculation of the reported amount of calcium in moringa leaves includes such non-bioavailable calcium.”

However, the reference they provide only documents that Moringa contains calcium oxalate (which it does, and many plant sources of calcium do) not that calcium oxalate is a non-bioavailable calcium. A study published in 1999 in The Journal of Nutrition found that calcium oxalate indeed was a bioavailable form of calcium. The researchers concluded “Thus, calcium bound as a small, neutral, calcium salt such as calcium oxalate does not have to be dissociated prior to absorption. Possibly other small compounds would be similarly absorbed. These results alter our current understanding of calcium bioavailability from foods and therapeutic agents.”

Anybody good at doing wikipedia edits?  I believe many people who have a negative opinion of calcium in plants as “non-bioavailable” would benefit from seeing this study.

Oh, and if the waters weren’t all ready murky enough for you… now Dr Oz has entered the arena…

Stay tuned to this bat channel for more examinations of the many healing aspects of Moringa to come.  Harvest time is now!


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High Vibrational Foods

If you’ve been exploring natural health and healthy eating principles, you may have come across recommendations that you eat “high vibrational foods.”  It is an interesting turn of phrase, causing one to wonder perhaps what frequency the REST of our diet is vibrating at?  And what precisely does this mean?

One thing we can infer rather quickly is that high vibrational foods are full of good energy.  If we’re moving UP, we are ascending into higher levels of understanding and higher levels of behavior, including what foods we eat.  A subject like this would seem to unify the ideas of spiritual practice and proper nutrition.

Yet, as with anything physical, there has to be some empirical answer.  What are high vibrational foods exactly?

Author Lorraine Shea identifies high vibrational foods as  those which grows close to the sun and are packed with nutrients.  She also identifies Raw Cacao, Goji Berries, nuts as well as some meats.

Susan Lavery, writing for noted Cancer survivor Lance Armstrong-founded Livestrong foundation also lists Organically grown food as top of the list of things which are high vibrational.  This is consistant with the observation that pesticides and other chemicals which are toxic to the body can lower the body’s natural vitality and therefore the body’s overall vibration.  She quotes wellness coach Kathleen Kalil who opines, “When we eat high-vibrational foods, our energy is high and our life force is strong. We have better focus, emotional balance, and plentiful energy to handle whatever the day brings.”

These are probably not new pieces of information to you, dear reader, that you should be seeking out organic nutrient-dense foods!  However, the quantum metaphor of “high vibrational foods” does bring into focus some other areas of interest, such as how food can remain vital as best as possible, and how to talk about the energy of foods beyond the gross measure of kilocalories and marker compounds.

So, it is interesting – once we have discovered some examples of things which are identified as high vibrational we can see that they are all things which are beneficial to the human body.  Furthermore they are often things which are also beneficial to our environment, such as eating organic and buying local.  In some ways, this frequency thing may be some key to measuring our enlightenment on the path to better health and a higher consciousness.

There seems also to be a connection between the discussion of high vibrational foods, and the use of essential oils.  A Vibrational Blog gives us more on this indicating they have measured Rose oil vibrating at 320 mHz (essentially the top end of the spectrum). Much of this research was based on the work of Bruce Taiinio.

“During his work with plants, soil, and water in his agricultural projects, Bruce Tainio of Tainio Technology invented and built a machine called a BT3 Frequency Monitoring System. This device – modified and perfected over the years – used a highly sensitive sensor to measure bio-electrical frequencies of plant nutrients and essential oils. To summarize how it worked – As a Hertzian wave is generated and travels out from its source, it transfers energy to the objects it passes through. The frequency monitor’s sensor measures the nano voltage of that wave, using the predominant frequency in the megahertz range, filtering out the lower and higher ranges. The BT3 measures the composite frequency of the vibratory emissions in electrical voltage – MHz – of the elements and enzymes remaining in the oils.”

Bruce Tainio has since passed away, and the BT3 is no longer in production.  His legacy appears to live on in an interesting company called Coherent Resources.


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Red Maca : Physical Vitality and Hormonal Balance from a Natural Whole Food

People think I’m down on drugs.  It is true, I have been critical of the medical industry, and of ‘big pharma’ hijacking science. But I know there are some pharmaceutical drugs which are important and life-saving; I would never dispute that.

The contrast for me is between the mediocre results most folks get from their pharmaceuticals, say antibiotics, corticosteroids or hormone replacement, without any diet or lifestyle changes.  Conversely, using whole foods as therapeutic agents, we see more general vitality being restored, rather than the body being forced into a limited chemical pathway.  Nowhere is this contrast between isolated chemical and dynamic whole food agent more striking to me than with Maca.

Maca Root, scientific name Lepidium meyenii, has been used in the Andes mountains for thousands of years.  It is a staple food for villagers, as well a reputed medicinal tonic and dynamic endocrine system balancer.  It is a member of the Brassica vegetable family, also shared by Kale, Broccoli, Cabbage, etc.

You may have heard of Maca, or even tried it in smoothies or other preparations.  Perhaps you are one of its devotees, as I am, who starts your morning off with healthy doses of it on a daily basis.  It is really excellent when combined with Raw Cacao… the pungent high notes of the Red Maca combine very nicely with the bitter finish of the raw Cacao (or even regular Cocoa powder).

Researchers at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima Peru did research and concluded “Maca is a plant with great potential as an adaptogen and appears to be promising as a nutraceutical in the prevention of several diseases.” When those same researchers tested a variety of Maca, called Red Maca, they found that it was extremely effective for reducing prostate size in animals with an enlarged prostate.

Surprisingly, though, fewer of us in the States are as familiar with Red Maca (Lepidium meyenii), which is known in its native Peru to be among the highest grade of Maca available. If you are interested in ordering certified organic Red Maca from Peru please consider the Food Movement, a company that donates 11% of its sales to hunger relief around the world.

Dating back to the ancient Incans, Maca has been known to increase sexual libido. Published scientific research has demonstrated that of all of the ecotypes of Maca are spermatogenic, meaning that they increase semen quality in males.

Another study done at the Department of Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital found that Maca root did have a beneficial effect on libido.  The list of published research goes on and on, here, folks.

A study in Australia at Victoria University found that “Preliminary findings show that Lepidium meyenii (Maca)[3 .5 grams per day] reduces psychological symptoms, including anxiety and depression, and lowers measures of sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women independent of estrogenic and androgenic activity.”

What all of the effects are suggestive of, from a naturopathic point-of-view, is that Maca promotes hormonal balance.  Unlike drugs, or even many nutriceuticals, which can push the body in a specific direction and therefore have only a limited effect.  Maca’s position as a whole food adaptogen gives it a really amazing profile of being very safe to take, yet very effective in correcting hormonal imbalances.

Foods which promote balance in the endocrine system, rather than synthetic hormone replacement therap are inherently safer. Furthermore, because all of the hormones in our body act in a feedback loop, hormone therapy can have the opposite ffect that is desired therapeutically, long term.  If we want to achieve balance in the endocrine system, we would do well to consider a therapeutic food like Red Maca.

Because adaptogenic whole superfoods are nourishing, therefore naturally supporting the body’s own processes, the results of consuming them can be tonifying to the entire body. By giving it the building blocks it needs to reach its own homeostasis, adaptogenic effects do more to benefit more different systems.   Increased energy, vitality, better hormone balance in our bodies, antioxidant protection… these are the kind of ‘side effects’ I think we can all get behind!