Thursday, April 27, 2017

Home Treatments for an Tooth Infection

13 signs you have a toxic tooth infection and how to treat it before going to a dentist
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Marvin Francis
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An abscessed tooth is a common term used to describe an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth. This infection causes severe tooth decay and can be caused by bacteria that enters the tooth (through a dental cavity, chip, or crack) and spreads all the way down to the root tip.

If left untreated, it can lead to severe pain and inflammation. The affected tooth loses its ability to combat infections which can reach the pulp chamber of the tooth. When the pulp in the root tooth dies, pain decreases. However, this doesn’t mean the infection has healed; it will continue to spread and destroy the surrounding tissue.
If left untreated, it may spread to the bone that supports the tooth and causes severe life-threatening complications. An abscessed tooth can also be caused by gingivitis, severe tooth decay, poor dental hygiene, high-sugar diets and even sticky foods.


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The symptoms of an abscessed tooth include throbbing and sharp toothaches, pain when chewing food, altered ability to taste, bad breath, swelling of the cheek, red and sore gums, difficulty swallowing food, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw, fevers and general discomfort.
It is important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible, but in the meantime if you’re seeking relief the natural remedies below are extremely effective.
Below Are Some Amazing Home Remedies For Tooth Abscesses

Water and Salt Rinses
This a well-known remedy that even your dentist will recommend. Salt has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help reduce inflammation, prevent bacterial growth in the mouth and prevent other infections.


You Need:
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 glass of warm water
  1. Pour the salt into warm water and mix until dissolved. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with this mixture and then spit it out. Repeat this 3-4 times a day to clear infections and reduce discomfort and pain.
Oil Pulling
Oil pulling as a remedy for tooth infections as old as the hills! It is widely used in ancient Ayurvedic practices and also in the treatment of abscessed teeth or sore gums. Oil pulling helps reduce the amount of bacteria and toxins in the mouth and also promotes better oral health.
You Need:
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Warm water
  1. Pour one teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil in your mouth. Swish the oil inside your mouth for about 15 minutes and then spit it out.
  2. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Repeat this twice daily especially in the morning on an empty stomach for about a month.
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Garlic contains an active compound called allicin, which is a natural antibiotic that helps prevent bacterial infections. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which relieve pain from swelling.
You Need:
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  1. Peel and wash the cloves properly, then crush them and squeeze out the juice. Doing this will release the compound allicin. Apply the juice to your abscessed tooth. Repeat this process at least 2 times daily.
  2. Alternatively, eat 2-3 cloves of garlic (chew properly to release the allicin).
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Wet Black Tea Bag
Black tea bags also contain antioxidants to help fight infections. They are especially helpful for dental abscesses because they absorb some of the toxins and pus.
You Need:
  • Warm water
  • Black tea bag
  1. Soak the black tea bag in warm water for a few minutes. Wring it out and place it on the swollen area while holding or sucking on it. Leave it there for few hours or overnight and rinse your mouth with a salt water solution. Repeat once a day for a couple of weeks. 
Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is a very good antimicrobial agent that can help get rid of tooth abscesses. It has disinfectant and antibacterial properties that help kill the bacteria which cause abscessed teeth, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.
You Need:
  • 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 teaspoon of warm water
  • Baking soda
  • Cotton ball (optional)
  1. Mix 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of warm water. Use this mixture to rinse your mouth thoroughly and then spit it out.
  2. Alternatively, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply this paste on the affected areas for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Do this for a couple of weeks.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another very effective home remedy for abscessed teeth. It contains two beneficial acids called acetic acid and malic acid which are excellent antibacterials, antimicrobials, and antifungals. ACV also has disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce pain and inflammation. For this, I recommend you use Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.
You Need:
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
  1. Pour apple cider vinegar in your mouth and swish it around. Leave it in your mouth for 5 minutes and spit it out.
  2. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Repeat this 2-4 times daily for a month.
Turmeric is often used to reduce inflammation caused by abscessed teeth. It is rich in antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and also helps promotes oral health.
You Need:
  • Warm water
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a little water to make a paste, then apply it directly to the affected tooth. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse off.
  2. Alternatively, mix 14 teaspoons of turmeric with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Apply the paste to the affected area. Allow to sit for 15 minutes, then rinse off.
Oregano Oil
Oregano oil contains antibacterial, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which help clear the infections. When used on an abscessed tooth, it numbs the area. Oregano oil is widely used for abscessed tooth because it helps abscess drainage while killing the bacteria in the pus. It also boost immunity and helps fight tooth infections and speeds up healing process. The best product I have used for this is the NOW Foods Oregano Oil Enteric
You Need:
  • 2-3 drops off oregano oil
  • Cotton swab
  1. Pour a few drops of oregano oil directly on the cotton swab. Apply the swab directly on the affected tooth and leave to stay for about 5 minutes.
  2. Alternatively, prepare a mouthwash by mixing 3 to 5 drops of oregano with ¼ cup of warm water.
  3. Use the mixture to swish your mouth for about 5 minutes and spit out the mixture. Repeat this remedy about 3 or 4 times daily
Peppermint Oil
Peppermint is a potent remedy for an abscessed tooth. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce inflammation and relieve you of the pain associated with an abscessed tooth. My recommendation is the Pure Body Naturals Undiluted Essential Peppermint Oil.
You Need:
  1. Pour few drops of peppermint oil on the swab and apply directly on the affected area. Hold the swab against your tooth for a few minutes before letting go.
  2. Alternatively, you can use your finger to gently apply the oil on the affected tooth. Repeat this process 3-4 times a day for at least a month.
Potato has antiseptic properties and is alkaline in nature, but with acidic properties. Its acidic property is said to help slough off dead cells and other toxins.
You Need:
  • Slice of raw potato
  1. Take the slice of raw potato and place it against affected areas. Leave it there to sit for 30 minutes or leave overnight. Then remove the potato. You should notice a bit of discolouration over it. This is due to the toxins pulled out of the infected tooth.
Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties which can heal injured tissues. It comes in herbs and tea form, both of which can be used to remedy abscessed tooth.
  1. Drink 3 to 4 cups of chamomile tea daily
  2. To soothe swelling, make a poultice of chamomile and apply it topically over affected area several times a day
  3. Alternatively, wet the tea bag and hold it against the infected tooth.
Echinacea is widely considered a natural antibiotic and it helps relieve pain and inflammation caused by infections. Echinacea is available in tinctures and capsules. I recommend the Child Life Echinacea, Glass Bottle,
You Need:
  • Echinacea herb
  • 1 teaspoon tea bag
  • Water
  1. Mix warm water with the herb or teabag. Leave it to steep for about 5 minutes, then strain the mixture. Use the mixture to rinse your mouth thoroughly. Repeat this 2-3 times daily
Additional Tips
To prevent abscessed tooth, below are a few tips to bear in mind
  • Always brush your teeth twice daily.
  • Use an antimicrobial mouthwash to swish your mouth every morning after brushing your teeth.
  • Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.
  • Quit smoking and the use of tobacco.
  • Chewing too much gum should be avoided.
  • Avoid junk food and eat healthy alternatives.
  • Avoid caffeine when suffering from tooth pain or infection.

This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified health provider with any questions about your oral health, medical condition and/or current medication. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

4 Ways to Keep Your Lymphatic System Healthy

4 Ways to Keep Your Lymphatic System Healthy
By Ty Bollinger

Having a fully functioning lymphatic system is critical for your overall health and ability to fight cancer. Yet so few people are knowledgeable about the lymphatic system. What’s even more concerning is that only a small percentage of health care practitioners ever discuss lymph health with their patients.
The lymphatic system includes your bone marrow, tonsils, adnoids, spleen, thymus, lymph nodes, and lymphatic vessels which are a web of very thin tubes that lay just beneath the surface of your skin. It is an independent circulatory system that works in partnership with your blood circulatory system as well as your immune system. Your lymphatic system provides a variety of immune functions that ward off infections, viruses, injury… and even cancer.
Lymphatic vessels lead into lymph nodes. The body has around 600 to 700 of these nodes concentrated in the groin, neck, armpits, around the heart, lungs, and intestines. The largest concentration of lymph tissue called gut-associated lymphatic tissue (GALT) surrounds the intestines and is made up of immune cells called lymphocytes.
It is important to emphasize that unlike blood circulation (propelled by the pumping action of the heart in many directions), lymphatic fluid flows primarily upwards towards the neck. The lymphatic system has no pump of its own and must rely on the movement of the body’s musculoskeletal system to circulate. In other words, as you move your body YOU become the pump.
Through movement, lymph fluid circulates and is able to do its many vital functions. There are a variety of self-help techniques you can do on a regular basis to keep your lymph system healthy and functioning efficiently. The 4 ways listed below can mostly all be done at home, although some special equipment (as outlined) may need to be purchased.

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#1 – Movement
Lymphatic vessels are activated during movement of the musculoskeletal system. The main lymph vessels run up the legs, arms, and torso so moving these areas will move the most lymph. Studies show that daily moderate exercise significantly reduces recurrence risk for breast cancer, in part due to its effect on the lymphatic system. It is highly likely that it also provides a reduction in all cancers. Fortunately, exercise and physical activity come in many forms:
  • Activities such as dancing, gardening, climbing stairs, physical labor, household chores and others that require movement and the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
  • Exercise and sports – walking (especially brisk walking while swinging your arms), running, biking, yoga, Pilates, tennis, golf, swimming, weight lifting, aerobics, jumping jacks, rope jumping, and many others.
  • Rebounding – jumping up and down on a mini-trampoline. (More on this topic below)
If you love exercising, then that’s great. If you’re someone who does not, it’s important to do some type of physical activity. Pick something that you enjoy doing such as cycling, dancing, gardening, tennis, or golf. Consider finding a walking or exercise partner to make it fun and to hold one another accountable. Above all, it is important to make movement a regular part of your daily routine, just as you would eating and sleeping well.
#2 – Deep Diaphragmatic Breathing
While muscular movement clearly helps the lymphatic system, deep breathing is equally important. Dr. Jack Shields, a prominent lymphologist, conducted a study in 1979 that showed deep diaphragmatic breathing causes the lungs to press into the thoracic duct (after its purification by lymph nodes etc.) which presses the fluid from there back into the blood stream where it belongs. This relieves the pressure off of millions of check valves throughout the entire system.
Deep diaphragmatic breathing facilitates movement of lymph through the bloodstream and dramatically increases the elimination of toxins. It’s simple to do. Breathe deeply in through your nose and hold for four counts. Exhale through your mouth for two counts. As you get better at this, you can increase the time – for example breathe in for a count of five, hold for 20 counts and exhale for a count of 10.
Exhaling for twice as long as inhaling brings oxygen to the blood and activates the lymphatic system. Perform deep diaphragmatic breathing two or three times a session, three times a day. You can do this either sitting or lying down.
#3 – Rebounding
Rebounding is the equivalent to jumping up and down on a mini-trampoline. Because lymph fluid mostly runs vertically, certified lymphologists and reboundologists (yes, it is a real term) believe that vertical motion exercises such as rebounding are more effective for lymphatic actuation than horizontal motion exercises, such as walking, jogging or biking.
Vertical movements are perceived to be particularly effective in pumping lymph fluid because of the continuous contraction and subsequent relaxation of muscles, and the continuous compression and release of the connective tissues, and tissue spaces. It is with millions of one-way check valves that lymphatic fluids are kept moving in a consistent one-way direction.
The benefits of rebounding include:
  • Activating lymphatic vessels while massaging vital organs and tissues, strengthening bones, and invigorating bone marrow
  • Very little stress on the bones and joints (when using a therapeutic rebounder)
  • Strengthening the tissues of the entire body including the heart muscle
  • Facilitating profound body detoxification
  • Encouraging deep breathing
  • Actuating brain lymph and cerebral spinal fluid renewal
  • Converting mechanical motion into electrical energy in the body for the magnification of thought waves, and boosting the endocrine system
Rebounding is fun and is not complicated. Bounce gently, run in place, dance, jump, perform jumping jacks (be sure you have adequate clearance); anything will do the job. Start with five minutes a day and work up to 20 or 30 minutes. Try to make this a daily habit or at least four or five times a week alternating with other movement activities.
Rebounders are available in sporting goods stores as well online, and come in a wide range of price points. If you’re unable to invest in a rebounder, skipping rope and jumping jacks are also vertical movements, but will place considerably more stress on your joints.
#4 – Dry Skin Brushing or Effleurage
Dry skin brushing helps to release toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system. Dry-skin brushing is best done first thing in the morning (before showering) because toxins are released and build up during sleep. Start with the soles of your feet and brush with upward strokes as you move up the legs and towards the heart. Do the same beginning with the hands up the arms. The routine is easy and should take you no more than 5-10 minutes.
You can dry skin brush daily, but do it a minimum of three times a week (and preferably five) for best results. A natural-bristled brush is best; avoid nylon and synthetic brushes because they can scratch and irritate your skin. Brushes can be purchased in any drugstore or online.
If you can, get one with a long handle that has a notch on the back of the brush to be able to insert the handle. A good option is to look for a brush with a strip of cloth attached to the back of the brush (to insert your hand) to be able to hold the brush better. If your brush does not have a long handle, you may want to employ the assistance of a partner for brushing your back.
Brushing the abdomen, chest, and neck is important too, but keep the strokes light to avoid damaging the skin.


This “tree of life” we call the lymph system is necessary to maintain health throughout your entire body and makes life and healing possible. Small efforts such as the 4 steps outlined above combined with eating whole organic food and drinking pure water can greatly affect the efficiency of your lymph system, and in turn will protect and defend your entire body.

Exclusive — Rand Paul: Real Men Cut Taxes

Exclusive — Rand Paul: Real Men Cut Taxes

Real men (as well as pull-no-punches women) cut taxes. The lesser mortals that tend to inhabit Washington wring their hands and get all weak in the knees when it comes to cutting taxes. Rumors are President Trump will propose a real tax cut. I certainly hope so.
Once upon a time, most Republicans believed in tax cuts. Somewhere along the way, inside the beltway especially, Republicans forgot about the benefits of cutting taxes. Republicans became more concerned with government keeping “its” revenue than letting the people keep their money.

Too many Republican have become timid about tax cuts, often spouting the milquetoast line of “revenue neutral tax cuts.”
Let me translate that little bit of Washington-speak for you. “Revenue neutral” tax cuts aren’t really tax cuts. It’s more like tax shifting. Some will pay more. Some will pay less. And the net effect will be that government will collect the same amount of taxes.
If revenue neutral tax shifting is what Republicans stand for, maybe it’s time we re-evaluated what we really stand for.
What will “revenue neutral” tax cut mean to your business? Well, that may depend on how expensive your lobbyist is. Which side of the “revenue-neutral” ledger you wind up on may depend on how well the skids are greased, hardly, a pleasant scenario to anticipate.
I believe as John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan did, that the best way to stimulate our economy, promote job growth, and give our ailing middle class a raise is to cut taxes for all.
I know Donald Trump believes this too, because he said so often during the campaign, and as a job creator himself, he knows that lower taxes and less regulation are the keys to more jobs.
This week, we are expected to hear the beginnings of the Trump Tax Reform plan. I, for one, urge the President to stick to his guns and not to preemptively surrender to the establishment in Congress and to offer real, meaningful cuts to individuals and businesses, across all income levels.
It is likely the single most important thing he will do in his first year in office to determine our economic growth over the next several years. Our economy has grown at an anemic two percent average over the last 15 years. Historically, it has been nearly double that. We have lost more than three TRILLION dollars in GDP to this anemic growth, according to economist Stephen Moore.
We cannot allow this to continue, so I urge the President to go big and bold.
But also to go simple.
As he has likely already seen, people often try to make things to complicated or clever up here in Congress. Obamacare repeal is a great example. So, learning from that lesson, let’s make this simple.
We don’t need hundreds of special interests grabbing for goodies. We won’t need 2,000-page bills.
We need a big, bold tax cut. My suggestions from among the ideas that I have championed and Donald Trump ran on are simple. First, cut the corporate tax rate. Ours is now the highest in the world at 35 percent. We should immediately cut it to 15 percent or less, putting us in line with other countries. Money and business go where they’re welcome, and right now, that’s not the United States. We can change that, and do it easily, while creating millions of new jobs. At that low rate, we can also eliminate deductions and loopholes, and make the tax simple and fair.
American regulatory and tax treatment of business has in recent years led to major corporations moving overseas or leaving their overseas profits offshore. Currently, they are double taxed, with a 35 percent penalty for bringing this money home. I authored a bipartisan bill last year to allow repatriation of that capital at 6.5 percent, bringing home as much as 2 trillion in capital for job growth, and increased revenue. (My bill would direct that revenue into an infrastructure fund).
Finally, we must make sure every income level receives a cut, and that small businesses organized under various parts of the tax code get the benefit of the corporate tax cut.
I’m hoping the President has learned three things from his Obamacare repeal experience. First, work with the true fiscal conservatives in Congress to come up with a great tax plan. Second, keep it simple, and make sure everyone in America will both know and see the benefits. Finally, remember who elected you, and heed this advice – no one ever knocked doors or made phone calls for “revenue neutral tax reform.” If you want to drain the swamp, you have to take away money from Washington, and send it back to the people.

I stand ready to cut taxes for every American and get our economy moving again.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Severe Hearing Loss

Severe hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic condition in older Americans and more than 15% of people in their 30s are also affected. The condition leads to communication problems, social isolation, depression, and cognitive decline.  To study the cause, Yale researchers led by research scientist Alla Ivanova and professor of surgery Joseph Santos-Sacchi developed a novel mouse model of hearing loss.
Through experiments, the researchers found that the loss of a small mitochondrial protein, Fus1, in mice results in progressive hearing loss similar to human disease, but occurring at a young adult age. Mitochondria are cellular structures that produce energy and maintain the balance of critical functions within cells.
The researchers found that hearing loss in their mouse model develops due to changes in mitochondria of the cochlea, a structure in the inner ear that transforms the sound to neural message sent to brain. They found that reactive oxygen species — potentially harmful molecules formed during mitochondrial respiration and produced in abundance by diseased mitochondria  — are what trigger events leading to inability of cochlear tissues to process sound. Supplementation of young but not old mice with a common anti-oxidant, NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine), that neutralizes harmful reactive oxygen species prevented hearing loss.

This study emphasizes the role of healthy mitochondria in normal hearing and suggests that treatment with certain antioxidants or other mitochondria-improving drugs before development of irreversible damaging changes could be beneficial for hearing. Read the full study here.


The Occult Archetype Called Vaccination

Posted on: Friday, April 21st 2017 at 8:45 pm
Written By: Jon Rappoport

In many past articles, I’ve taken apart the so-called science of vaccines and shown how deceptive it is. Here I take another approach: examining the archetypes and symbols that surround vaccination and give it occult power.
Begun as a crude version of homeopathy (“treat like with like”), in which a mild injected version of a disease would supposedly protect against the actual disease, vaccination soon developed into a military outpost, with the commander ordering the appearance of his scouts: antibodies. “Line up men, now hunt!”
Today, as a revival of ancient symbology, vaccination is a conferred seal, a sign of moral righteousness. It’s a mark on the arm, signifying tribal inclusion. No tribe member is left out. Inclusion by vaccination protects against invisible spirits (viruses).
The notion of the tribe is enforced by dire predictions of pandemics: the spirits of other tribes (from previously unknown hot zones in jungles) are attacking the good tribe, our tribe.
Mothers, the keepers of the children, are given a way to celebrate their esteemed, symbolic, animal role as “lionesses”: confer the seal on their offspring through vaccination. Protect the future of the tribe. Speak out and defame and curse the mothers who don’t vaccinate their children. Excommunicate them from the tribe.
The ceremony of vaccination is a rite of passage for the child. He/she is now more than the offspring of the parents. The child is in the village. The child is property of the village. As the years pass, periodic booster shots reconfirm this status.
Some ancient rituals presented dangers. The child, on his way to becoming a man, would be sent out to live alone in the forest for a brief period and survive. Vaccination symbolizes this in a passive way: the injection of disease-viruses which might be harmful are transmuted into protective spirits in the body. The injection of toxic chemicals is a passageway into immunity. If a child is damaged in the process, the parents and the tribe consider it a tragic but acceptable risk, because on the whole the tribe and the village are protected against the evil spirits (viruses).
The psychological and occult and archetypal impact of vaccination is key: modern parents are given the opportunity to feel, on a subconscious level, a return to older times, when life was more bracing and immediate and vital. That is the mythology. Modern life, for basic consumers, has fewer dimensions—but vaccination awakens sleeping memories of an age when ritual and ceremony were essential to the future of the group. No one would defect from these moments. Refusal was unthinkable. Survival was All. The mandate was powerful. On a deep level, parents today can experience that power. It is satisfying.
The doctor giving the injections is, of course, the priest of the tribe, the medicine man, the holder of secrets. He is the spiritual source of, and connection to, “unseen realms” where opposing spirits carry out warfare and struggle for supremacy. Without the medicine man, the tribe would disintegrate.
The medicine man is permitted to say and do anything. He can tell lies if lies serve a noble purpose and effect greater strength of the tribe. He can manipulate language and truth and meaning. He can turn day into night. He can present paradox and contradiction. No one can question his pronouncements.
Loyalty to the medicine man is absolute. In this regard, a rebel is exiled or destroyed.
People living today in industrial and technological societies are relatively numb. Their options and choices seem confined to a range of products they can buy. They yearn for absolutes. They want a command that taps into the adrenaline-stimulating need for, and risk to, survival. The ritual of vaccination, along with the ever-present threat of illness and outbreak and pandemic, awakens that need and risk.
Modern parents need archetypes and symbols of demon spirits. Viruses. Ebola, Zika, West Nile, SARS, Swine Flu. These spirits are unseen. They could attack. They do attack.
“We must go the medicine man for the ritual. He will put the seal of protection on us and our children. We must never question or challenge the medicine man. That is forbidden. He is proud and powerful and he could bring down curses on us.”
Then there are the shameful marks, which are to be avoided in every way possible. A child who shows the rashes and swellings of illnesses is highly suspect. Did he not participate in the protective ritual? Are his parents evil? Are they possessed? Should the child and his parents be shunned? Will the medicine man help them or lay an irreversible curse on them for defecting?
Subconsciously and archetypally, the “modern science of vaccination” is doctrine. It is alchemy. It is magic. Going against the magic is tantamount to trying to overturn the very basis of life in the tribe.
In the extreme view, rebels are carriers of evil spirits (viruses). They are infectors. They transmit evil spirits throughout the tribe and the village. They cause people to fall ill and die. Yes, the medicine man is doing all he can to protect his people (through vaccination), but this is war. Nothing is guaranteed. The evil spirits are arrayed against the medicine man. We must help him and bolster his power and advantage. We have our role to play. He is the hero. Cling to the hero. Praise him. 
In the fullness of time, do whatever we can to increase his glory. He is engaged in an occult struggle on levels we cannot hope to fathom. On our behalf. In the tribe.
His many remedies (incomprehensible to us) are walking a fine line. Because of their power, they have risks (side effects). These risks are numerous. Every night in collective meetings (television ads), we are told of the numerous problems that could arise (ask your doctor if X is right for you). But the impact of hearing these warnings is extremely positive, because we feel the danger, and feeling the danger is what we need and want, because, again, we are in a war against the evil spirits—and the sensation of risk is preferable to feeling nothing. Give us more warnings, and let us experience a return to ancient days when we lived on the edge of extinction and knew the blood coursing through our veins was alive.

It takes a village. We are the tribe. We are the warriors.
The needle is the magic transmitter. The plunger of the syringe is the force. The fluid in the syringe is the alchemical transformer. Be silent in their presence. Accept their mysterious grace.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

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B12 Deficiency and Breast Cancer: What is the Risk?

Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Breast Cancer: What’s the Risk?
By Dr. Veronique Desaulniers
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B12 deficiency and Breast Cancer
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Recent studies show that one in four adults in the United States are B12 deficient. Research also shows that vitamin B12 deficiency may be directly linked to greater risk of certain cancers. B12 comes mostly from animal products. The United States is a country of meat-eaters, so why are so many of us deficient in this essential nutrient?
What B12 Does in the Body
B12, also known as cobalamin, is essential for the formation of myelin, a protective substance which helps nerve cells communicate with one another. B12 is sometimes called the “energy vitamin” because one of its most important functions is to aid in digestion, food absorption, and metabolism of both fat and carbohydrates.
Vitamin B12 also helps in the absorption of iron, in nervous system function and growth, and in the formation of red blood cells. It is necessary for proper adrenal hormone production, and for neurological (i.e. brain) health. It is also vital for immune system function and reproductive health.
Are You at Risk for a Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
As stated before, B12 is obtained mainly from animal sources such as beef, chicken, some kinds of fish, lamb, and eggs. For this reason, it makes sense that B12 deficiency would be common amongst vegans and vegetarians. But it’s not just those who don’t eat meat who are at risk of becoming low in B12. There are many reasons why a person may be suffering from B12 malabsorption even if they eat meat.
See if any of these conditions apply to you:
  • You are over 50
  • You take medications such as antacids, Metformin© (for Type 2 diabetes), or other drugs which are known to deplete B12 in the body
  • You are a regular coffee drinker (more than 3 cups a day)
  • You have had a bacterial infection such as H. pylori
  • You have intestinal disturbances or weak digestion
Intrinsic Factor & Pernicious Anemia
Weakness and imbalance in the digestive system (such as IBS, Leaky Gut, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s, food sensitivities, Celiac disease, and general inflammation) affects an estimated 60 to 70 people in the Unites States, according to 2010 statistics. A weak gut alone may account for the majority of challenges people have with B12 absorption.
Given the nature of the B12 molecule, this makes perfect sense. As a large molecule, B12 requires a “binding agent” to be absorbed into the system.
Intrinsic Factor is produced in the lining of the stomach. It binds with B12 and helps to move it through the small intestine. Many individuals who have imbalances in their digestive system have lower than normal production of Intrinsic Factor. In fact, Pernicious Anemia, which is an autoimmune condition that develops through a lack of Intrinsic Factor production, is the leading cause of vitamin B12 deficiency in the UK.
To make matters more complicated, many people may not know that they are B12 deficient until it is too late. This is because B12 cannot be eliminated through urine, like other B vitamins. Instead, what cannot be absorbed gets stored in the liver, kidneys, and other tissues. Because of this, a B12 deficiency may not show up for several years.
The Link Between Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Breast Cancer
The main connection between B12 deficiency and cancer is the role this essential nutrient plays in DNA synthesis. Receiving adequate levels of B12 (as well as folic acid) can help keep your genes fresh and rejuvenated. Without B12 and folate, DNA can eventually break down to the point where mutations − and cancer − can occur.
B12 deficiency has been connected to breast cancer in particular. B12, as well as folate, is needed for cellular methylation. Methylation is the process of chemical conversion in the body (similar to a spark plug in a car) and is essential to almost every function in the body.
When cellular methylation does not occur or the mechanisms of methylation are off in some way, healthy genes get “turned off,” while unhealthy ones get “turned on.” Research over the last ten years has confirmed that cancer cells have abnormal methylation processes compared to healthy cells. Healthy methylation pathways can also assist in changing aggressive estrogens (i.e. Xeno-estrogens) into milder estrogens, which can significantly lower breast cancer risk.
A study conducted in younger adults and men also showed that B12 deficiency can lead to higher risk of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Decreased B12 in the blood equated to increased levels of homocysteine, which are both biomarkers for white blood cell chromosome breakage. These biomarkers (as seen in the young adults) were improved with B12 and folate supplementation.
What You Can Do to Prevent a Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
The first step in remedying a possible B12 deficiency is to recognize the tell-tale signs. Consider if you have any of the following symptoms:
  • “Brain fog,” memory issues, lack of motivation or prolonged feelings of apathy
  • Mood swings and grouchiness
  • Fatigue/ low energy
  • Tingling in the extremities
  • Muscle weakness
  • Depression, dementia, blindness or brain damage (in the cases of extreme depletion)
The next step for many suspected nutritional deficiencies would be to get tested. That is definitely one way to go when it comes to B12. But testing for this deficiency is often difficult since the concentrations of B12 discovered in the blood at a given time may not necessarily correlate to absorption rates in the system overall.
The easiest thing to do if you have any of the symptoms above is to simply begin B12 supplementation and see if your symptoms improve. You can up your consumption of healthy, farm-raised eggs. You can also use a quality B12 in tablet form or, even better, a spray form that you apply directly into your mouth. Recall that B12 is a large molecule that is difficult to absorb for many people. By using a spray, you are ingesting a condensed version of B12 that is easier to absorb.
B12 deficiency could potentially be a dangerous health condition which can not only raise your risk of cancer, but can lead to neurological damage, anemia, heart conditions, and other complications. If you suspect you may be deficient, don’t take chances. Begin supplementation right away. You can also improve your B12 absorption over time by taking measures to improve your gut function.
Of course, nurturing your gut health will not only lead to better B12 absorption, but a more vibrant, energetic and cancer-free body overall!

Vitamin B12 Deficiency



Article Summary
  • Recent studies show one in four adults in the United States are deficient in Vitamin B12.
  • B12 is sometimes called the “energy vitamin” because one of its most important functions is to aid in digestion, food absorption, and metabolism of both fat and carbohydrates.
  • B12 is obtained mainly from animal sources such as beef, chicken, some kinds of fish, lamb, and eggs.
  • It’s not just those who don’t eat meat who are at risk of becoming low in B12. Many people are suffering from B12 malabsorption even if they eat meat, especially if they meet any of the following conditions:
    • Are over 50
    • Take medications such as antacids, Metformin©, or other drugs which are known to deplete B12 in the body
    • Regular coffee drinker (more than 3 cups a day)
    • Have had a bacterial infection such as H. pylori
    • Have intestinal disturbances or weak digestion
  • The main connection between B12 deficiency and cancer is the role it plays in DNA synthesis. Without vitamin B12 and folate, DNA can eventually break down to the point where mutations and cancer can occur.
  • Here are some of the tell-tale signs of B12 deficiency:
    • “Brain fog,” memory issues, lack of motivation or prolonged feelings of apathy
    • Mood swings and grouchiness
    • Fatigue/ low energy
    • Tingling in the extremities
    • Muscle weakness
    • Depression, dementia, blindness or brain damage (in the cases of extreme depletion)
  • B12 deficiency is a potentially dangerous health condition which can not only raise your risk of cancer, but can lead to neurological damage, anemia, heart conditions, and other complications. If you suspect you may be deficient, begin supplementation right away. You can also improve your B12 absorption over time by taking measures to improve your gut function.

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Brew Tea Leaves to Prevent Alzheimer's

Tea Lowers Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s By Up to 86%, Scientists Say
SIn a breakthrough study, scientists found evidence that using tea for Alzheimer’s could drastically lower your risk of developing the condition. It’s true, sipping tea could help ward off Alzheimer’s disease, according to a 2017 study out of the National University of Singapore says. (1)
Most of us don’t give a second thought to brewing a morning matcha green tea or tapping into chamomile benefits to wind down at night. But according to researchers, the beverage doesn’t just taste good, it’s good for your brain. More specifically, tea for Alzheimer’s prevention could be an inexpensive, drug-free way to lower your Alzheimer’s risk.

Tea for Alzheimer’s Prevention Looks Promising
The tea for Alzheimer’s study followed more than 950 adults aged 55 years or older and studied their tea drinking habits from 2003 to 2005. Then, from 2006 to 2010, researchers followed up with the men and women and assessed their cognitive function, using the same standards each time.
The results? Those people who regularly drank tea reduced their risk of neurocognitive disorders by 50 percent. And, even more impressively, tea’s protective benefits were particularly effective for people genetically predisposed to Alzheimer’s — this group reduced their risk of cognitive impairment by as much as 86 percent. Turns out, tea could be a viable Alzheimer’s natural treatment.
According to the researchers, the type of tea for Alzheimer’s risk reduction doesn’t matter either, as long as it’s brewed from tea leaves and drank consistently.
ts the Brain
While tea for Alzheimer’s is exciting news, it’s just the latest proof that tea actually works to protect your brain. What makes tea so special is some of the compounds found in it, like catechins and theaflavins. These ingredients are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that might protect the brain from aging.
A 2013 study found that the theanine and caffeine in tea helped drinkers perform better at work. It also increased creativity and alertness. (2) Caffeine pairs up well with L-theanine, too, a relaxation-promoting amino acid. In fact, the combo works in tea to reduce mental fatigue while increasing alertness and memory. (3)
And in 2012, researchers discovered that EGCG, a chemical found in green tea, actually improves memory. EGCG actually boosts production of neural progenitor cells, which the brain can then adapt to its own needs. When scientists tested the theory on lab mice, they found EGCG helped the rodents recognize objects while improving spatial memory. (4) Amazing side note? Thanks to EGCG, green tea makes the cancer-fighting foods list, too.
Better memory, increased alertness, reduced mental fatigue and it’s all-natural? Are you ready to become a tea drinker yet?

Best Ways to Enjoy Tea
If you’re ready to add more tea into your life, here’s how to do it right.
Use real tea leaves. While tea bags are super convenient, the tea for Alzheimer’s study specified that it’s the tea leaves that have all the healing benefits. While tea bags aren’t bad for your health, you will be missing out on all of the leafy goodness tea has to offer. Luckily, these days you can buy convenient tea pots that trap the leaves, making brewing tea as simple as instant coffee. Whether you’re looking for black tea benefits or prefer green tea or another type, it’s easier than ever to find loose leaf, organic teas.


Don’t brew too long. Keep your eye on the clock when making tea. Green tea doesn’t need to steep very long, just 2 to 3 minutes. Any longer and the tea will release tannins, leaving a bitter taste in your drink. For other types of tea, 3 to 5 minutes is ideal.
Beware of what you’re adding. Like most foods and drinks, tea starts off healthy but, depending on what you add to it, can become an unhealthy beverage pretty quickly. People often sweeten up their tea with a few teaspoons of table sugar. Not only are these empty calories, but sugar will send you on a high ­­— and then a crash. Why ruin your drink with that?
Instead, opt for small amounts of local, raw honey or Manuka honey, both of which are loaded with healing benefits. However, steer clear of normal supermarket honey, which is actually often fake honey! Companies filter the pollen out of the honey, making it honey no more. And you can forget those little individual packets you get at most restaurants, which are often just “honey-flavored” corn syrup; read the ingredients.
If you like your tea for Alzheimer’s a little bit creamy, add organic, full-fat milk or coconut milk for a dairy-free alternative. But make sure you skip the non-dairy creamers some add to tea. They’re usually frankenfoods loaded with partially hydrogenated soybean oil (hello, GMOs), artificial colors, corn syrup, carrageenan and a whole host of ingredients your body neither wants or needs.
This coconut milk coffee creamer makes a nice addition to your favorite tea. Perk: it’s dairy-free.

Final Thoughts on Tea for Alzheimer’s

  • Tea brewed from leaves can protect the brain from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s in regular drinkers
  • Tea’s unique ingredients help keep the brain from aging, while also boosting memory and alertness.
  • To reap tea’s best benefits, skip the teabags and use leaves.
  • Keep your tea fixings simple to ensure it remains a healthy drink.
  • Bottoms up!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

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Vitamin E Benefits, Foods & Side Effects

What if I told you there was a vitamin that plays the role of antioxidant, preventing free radical damage to specific fats in the body that are critical for your health and naturally slowing aging? I’m talking about vitamin E, and believe it or not, vitamin E benefits don’t end there. Other vitamin E benefits include its role as an important fat-soluble vitamin that’s required for the proper function of many organs, enzymatic activities and neurological processes.
Benefits of consuming more vitamin E-rich foods can include treating and preventing diseases of the heart and blood vessels, such as chest pains, high blood pressure, and blocked or hardened arteries. Vitamin E is found only in plant foods, including certain oils, nuts, grains, fruits and wheat germ. It’s also available as a supplement.
So let’s find out how you can get all these great vitamin E benefits, along with the best vitamin E foods, supplements and the signs of a vitamin E deficiency.

Top 11 Vitamin E Benefits
What are the top vitamin E benefits? Supplementing and consuming vitamin E-rich foods has been found to be associated with some of the following health benefits: 
1. Balances Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance made by the liver and required by the body for the proper function of your cells, nerves and hormones. When cholesterol levels are in their natural state, they’re balanced, normal and healthy. When cholesterol oxidizes, it becomes dangerous. Studies have shown that certain isomers of vitamin E serve as a protective antioxidant that fights cholesterol oxidation. (1) This is because they can fight free radical damage in the body, which leads to cholesterol oxidation.
Tocotrienol isomers of vitamin E have three double bonds that positively impact cardiovascular health due to their ability to reduce activity of an enzyme that controls cholesterol production/synthesis (called HMG-CoA reductase). Tocotrienol isomers can also prevent cell adhesion and therefore slow down progression of atherosclerosis, or hardening/thickening of the arteries. It’s important to note synthetic vitamin E doesn’t seem to have the same benefits of natural forms. Too much alpha-tocopherol can actually interfere with the cholesterol-lowering action of delta and gamma-tocotrienols, which are the two most bioactive tocotrienols and the types linked to cardioprotective activities.
2. Fights Free Radicals and Prevents Disease Development
Free radicals fight and break down the healthy cells in your body, and this can lead to heart disease and cancer. These molecules form naturally in your body, and they can cause severe damage when they accelerate or oxidize. Certain isomers of vitamin E have powerful antioxidant abilities that have the power to reduce free radical damage, fight inflammation, and therefore help naturally slow aging in your cells and fight off health issues like heart disease. (2)
Studies have shown that these can significantly increase immunity, therefore helping prevent both common illnesses and serious conditions from forming. (3) Recent research suggests that for immune enhancement and antioxidant effects, the isomers alpha-tocotrienol, gamma-tocotrienol and to a lesser degree delta-tocotrienol seem to be the most effective.
3. Repairs Damaged Skin
Vitamin E benefits skin by strengthening the capillary walls and improving moisture and elasticity, acting as a natural anti-aging nutrient within your body. Studies have shown that vitamin E reduces inflammation both within your body and on your skin, helping maintain healthy, youthful skin. (4) These antioxidant properties are also helpful when you’re exposed to cigarette smoke or ultraviolet rays from sunlight, protecting against skin cancer.
Taking vitamin E with vitamin C fights skin inflammation after exposure to UV radiation and can also be useful in decreasing signs of acne and eczema. Vitamin E also helps the healing process in the skin. It’s absorbed by the epidermis layer of the skin and can be used to treat sunburn, which is one of the leading causes of skin cancer, among other factors. Because it speeds up cell regeneration, it can be used to treat scars, acne and wrinkles; this makes your skin look healthier and younger.
Because vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, it helps decrease environmental damage to your hair. It can also promote circulation to the scalp. Vitamin E oil can retain the natural moisture in your skin, which helps your scalp from becoming dry and flakey. This oil also makes your hair look healthier and fresher. You can apply a few drops of vitamin E oil on your hair, especially if it looks dry and dull.
5. Balances Hormones
Vitamin E can play a crucial role in balancing your endocrine and nervous systems, naturally working to balance hormones naturally. (5) Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance may include PMS, weight gain, allergies, urinary tract infections, changes in the skin, anxiety and fatigue. By keeping your hormones in balance, you will find it easier to maintain a healthy weight, keep a regular menstrual cycle and find yourself feeling more energetic.
6. Helps PMS Symptoms
Taking a vitamin E supplement two to three days before and two to three days after a menstrual period can reduce the cramping, anxiety and cravings and other PMS symptoms. Vitamin E can decrease pain severity and duration, and it can reduce menstrual blood loss. It does this by balancing your hormones naturally, and it helps keep your menstrual cycle regulated. 

7. Improves Vision
Vitamin E may help decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration, which is a common cause of blindness. Keep in mind, in order for vitamin E to be effective for vision, it must also be consumed with adequate intakes of vitamin C, beta-carotene and zinc. It’s also been found that taking high doses of vitamin E and vitamin A daily seems to improve healing and vision in people undergoing laser eye surgery.
8. Helps People with Alzheimer’s Disease
Research shows that the anti-inflammatory activity of tocotrienols contribute to their protection against Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin E may slow down the worsening of memory loss and functional decline in people with moderately severe Alzheimer’s disease or other neurodegenerative disorders. It may also delay the loss of independence and the need for a caregiver or assistance. Vitamin E, taken with vitamin C, can also decrease the risk of developing several forms of dementia.(6)
9. May Lower Cancer Risk and Improve Effects of Medical Treatments
Vitamin E is sometimes used to lessen the harmful effects of medical treatments, such as radiation and dialysis for treating cancer. This is because it’s a powerful antioxidant that fights off free radicals in the body. It’s also used to reduce unwanted side effects of drugs that may cause hair loss or lung damage.
Certain isomers of vitamin E have also been tied to cancer protection. Several animal studies have found evidence of suppression of tumor growth using oral doses of tocotrienols. While there’s more to learn about how exactly this works, several mechanisms of action are thought to be by tocotrienols, inducing cancer cell death, turning off genes tied to cancer and inhibiting angiogenesis, or the abnormal growth of blood vessels inside a tumor. In animal studies, cancer-protective abilities have been demonstrated in cases of  breast, prostate, hepatic and skin cancers.
10. Improves Physical Endurance and Muscle Strength
Vitamin E can be used to improve your physical endurance. It can increase your energy and reduce the level of oxidative stress on your muscles after you exercise. (7) Vitamin E can also improve your muscle strength. It eliminates fatigue by promoting blood circulation and can also strengthen your capillary walls and nourish your cells.
11. Important During Pregnancy for Growth and Development 
Vitamin E is critical during pregnancy and for proper development in infants and children because it protects critical fatty acids and helps control inflammation. Some experts believe that the biggest need for vitamin E is during the 1,000-day window that begins at conception, since vitamin E impacts early stages of neurologic and brain development that can only happen during this one specific period. Because of this, it’s recommended that pregnant women, nursing mothers and children up until the age of 2 take a natural, food-based supplement to make sure they’re getting enough to prevent abnormalities.

Vitamin E Foods
Most people aren’t aware that “vitamin E” is a collective description for eight compounds, four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. Getting enough vitamin E seems to be especially critical for the very young (fetuses or infants), the elderly, and women who are or may become pregnant. According to the USDA, the recommended daily allowance for collective vitamin E is 15 milligrams per day (or 22.5 IU) for adults. (8) I recommend consuming two to three of these vitamin E foods daily to meet your needs:
  1. Sunflower Seeds: 1 cup — 33.41 milligrams (220 percent)
  2. Almonds: 1 cup — 32.98 milligrams (218 percent)
  3. Hazelnuts: 1 cup — 20.29 milligrams (133 percent)
  4. Wheat Germ: 1 cup plain, uncooked — 18 milligrams (120 percent)
  5. Mango: 1 whole raw — 3.02 milligrams (20 percent)
  6. Avocado: One whole raw — 2.68 milligrams (18 percent)
  7. Butternut Squash: 1 cup cooked and cubed squash — 2.64 milligrams (17 percent)
  8. Broccoli: 1 cup cooked — 2.4 milligrams (12 percent)
  9. Spinach: ½ cup cooked or about 2 cups uncooked — 1.9 milligrams (10 percent)
  10. Kiwi: 1 medium — 1.1 milligrams (6 percent)
  11. Tomato: 1 raw — 0.7 milligram (4 percent)

Different Forms of Vitamin E
There are eight major isomers of vitamin E. Most of the health benefits of vitamin E described above come from studies involving only form of vitamin E called alpha-tocopherol, which is only one of eight forms. Recently, researchers have focused more attention on other forms of vitamin E as well, with particular focus on tocotrienol, which some consider the “the 21st century vitamin E.” (9) Alpha- and beta-tocotrienols have been found to be the least active forms overall, while delta- and gamma-tocotrienols are the most active. Recent findings suggest that it’s not that alpha-tocopherol is harmful, but it may interfere with absorption of other forms of vitamin E, including other tocopherols and tocotrienols that are needed for heart and cognitive health. (10)
According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University: (11)
“Vitamin E is actually composed of two structurally similar compounds, tocopherols and tocotrienols. Each compound is comprised of four components, each of which has distinct molecular structures. Each component is referred to as an isomer (or vitamer) of vitamin E. Each isomer of vitamin E has unique properties, health benefits, characteristics, and attributes, with important applications when formulating food or beverage products.”
Given the benefits of different vitamin E isomers that have been discovered, today there’s a push to rethink the way that vitamin E is labeled and described in research studies. When only form of vitamin E is studied (usually only the isomer alpha-tocopherol), many believe that any benefits revealed from the study should not be attributed to “vitamin E” given that without the other isomers it’s not actually vitamin E in its full form that’s being studied. Steps are also being taken to educate the public about benefits specifically associated with tocotrienols isomers, which include protection against a wide range of common, chronic diseases due to having unique antioxidant and anti-inflammatory potential. (12) Tocotrienols have also been found to have anticancer and anti-tumor abilities, lipid and cholesterol-lowering effects, and protective effects that impact the brain, neurons, cells and immune system. (13, 14)
So what does all of this mean regarding the types of vitamin E in your diet? It’s best to get a variety of vitamin E isomers from your diet, given that different types have different benefits. Tocotrienols have proved to contain some exceptional benefits that are not shared by other forms. Today, the brightest spot for tocotrienol research is in chronic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer and osteopenia/osteoporosis. Sources of tocotrienols are not as widely available or popular in most people’s diets however. These include annatto seed, coconut, barley, or commercially extracted palm oil and rice bran oil.
Finally, it’s also best to obtain vitamin E naturally from foods, rather than getting synthetic vitamin E from low-quality supplements or processed foods, which is usually in the form of either gamma-tocopherol or alpha-tocopherol. The vast majority of synthetic vitamin E found in supplements is not the type that’s actually found in nature and not necessarily helpful for preventing disease and boosting health. That’s why the best way to get vitamin E benefits is by consuming natural vitamin E foods.
How to Get Enough of the Different Vitamin E Isomers (Including Tocotrienols):
Most food sources in the typical person’s diet are high in vitamin E isomers like gamma-tocopherol and to a lesser degree alpha-tocopherol. This is especially true of oils derived from major crops like soybean, corn, cottonseed and sesame seed, which provide about 80 percent of the vitamin E isomers most people in the U.S. get from their diets. These oils contain between three to five times as much gamma-tocopherol compared alpha.
As mentioned above, it’s harder to get tocotrienols from your diet, as sources are far less common or available. The Linus Pauling Institute recommends aiming for small amounts of tocotrienol vitamin E near 140 milligrams/day, with an average effective dose for immune protection and other benefits considered to be between 200–400 milligrams/day. Here are tips on finding the best sources:
  • Although it’s very hard to find at this time, the seed of the annatto tree (Bixa orellana), which is a tropical plant, contains very high levels of tocotrienols, of which 90 percent are delta-tocotrienol and 10 percent gamma-tocotrienol.
  • Other good sources are rice oil, palm oil and rice bran oil, along with peanuts, pecans and walnuts.
  • Some others that are more common include oats, rye and barley cereal grains, although these don’t have as much as other, rarer sources.
  • If you’re looking to increase the amount of all isomers vitamin E that you’re consuming in a day, there are lots of ways to get creative using these foods. Try adding nuts or seeds to your cereal, oatmeal or salad. You can also snack on raw nuts or make your own grain-free granola.
  • Add a boost of vitamin E to your lunch or dinner by having a spinach or kale salad; add in tomatoes or even fresh fruit like papaya.
  • If you’re looking to have a healthy, vitamin E-heavy snack, try a sliced apple with peanut butter or smashed avocado on whole grain sprouted toast.
  • Another easy way to get some vitamin E benefits from your diet is to add just a tablespoon of wheat germ oil to any recipe.

Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamin E
The recommended dietary allowance for vitamin E (including different isomers), according to the USDA, includes the amount you get from both the food that you eat and any supplements you take. The daily intake is measured in milligrams (mg) and international units (IU). Recommendations for different age groups are listed below:

  • 1–3 years: 6 mg/day (9 IU)
  • 4–8 years: 7 mg/day (10.4 IU)
  • 9–13 years: 11 mg/day (16.4 IU)
  • 14 years and up: 15 mg/day (22.4 IU)
  • Pregnant: 15 mg/day (22.4 IU)
  • Breast-feeding: 19 mg/day (28.5 IU)
  • 14 years and up: 15 mg/day (22.4 IU)
The tolerable upper intake levels are the highest amount of a vitamin that most people can take safely. These high doses can be used to treat a vitamin E deficiency, and it’s important to speak to a doctor before taking more than these upper intake levels.
  • 1–3 years: 200 mg/day (300 IU)
  • 4–8 years: 300 mg/day (450 IU)
  • 9–13 years: 600 mg/day (900 IU)
  • 14–18 years: 800 mg/day (1,200 IU)
  • 18 years and up: 1,000 mg/day (1,500 IU)
Keep in mind that because vitamin E is fat-soluble, supplements work best when they’re absorbed with food, and the American Heart Association recommends obtaining antioxidants, including vitamin E, by eating a healthy and well-balanced diet that’s high in fruits, veggies and whole grains. Getting your vitamins from the food you eat is always a better alternative than using a supplement because it’s difficult to over-consume vitamin E when getting it from your regular diet.

Vitamin E Deficiency Symptoms
Vitamin E deficiencies (meaning intake of all isomers) have long been thought to be rare, and when they do happen, it’s commonly believed that it’s almost never caused by a poor diet. However, some experts believe that many people today are actually not getting enough vitamin E from their diets in natural form, especially too little tocotrienols.
There are specific situations that may lead to a vitamin E deficiency due to malfunctions in terms of how nutrients are absorbed. A premature infant who is born weighing less than 3.5 pounds is in danger of a vitamin E deficiency, but a pediatrician who specializes in the care of newborns will typically evaluate the nutritional needs of an infant to help spot and treat this early. People with fat absorption problems, which is a common problem for those who struggle with inflammatory bowel disease, may also struggle with a vitamin E deficiency in some cases.
People who have an issue with their dietary fat levels are at an increased risk because as mentioned above, fat is needed for the absorption of vitamin E. This includes anyone who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, has had gastric bypass surgery, or people with malabsorption problems, such as Crohn’s disease, liver disease or pancreatic insufficiency. Deficiency symptoms include loss of muscle coordination and impaired vision and speech.

Vitamin E Side Effects
Vitamin E benefits most healthy people when taken by mouth or applied directly to the skin. Most people do not experience any side effects when taking the recommended dose, but in high doses there are adverse reactions that have been recorded. Vitamin E may be unsafe when taken in very high amounts, especially for people who have conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. If you suffer from these health issues, do not take doses of 400 IU/day or more.
Some studies show that taking high doses of vitamin E, which is between 300–800 IU each day, might increase the chance of having a serious stroke called hemorrhagic stroke by 22 percent. One serious side effect of too much vitamin E is an increased risk of bleeding, especially in the brain.
Avoid taking supplements containing vitamin E or any other antioxidant vitamins immediately before and following angioplasty, a type of heart procedure. These vitamins seem to interfere with proper healing, so speak to your health care professional if you’re undergoing this kind of procedure and taking any supplements/vitamins.
Supplementing with very high levels of vitamin E could potentially lead to the following health concerns:
  • heart failure in people with diabetes
  • worsening bleeding disorders
  • increasing the chances that head, neck and prostate cancer will return
  • increasing bleeding during and after surgery
  • increasing chance of death after a heart attack or stroke
One study found that vitamin E supplements can also be harmful to women who are in the early stages of pregnancy. Women who took vitamin E supplements during their first eight weeks of pregnancy showed an increase of congenital heart defects. (15) High doses of vitamin E can also sometimes lead to nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fatigue, weakness, headache, blurred vision, rash, bruising and bleeding. Topical vitamin E can irritate some people’s skin, so try a small amount first and make sure you don’t have a sensitivity.

Relationship with Other Nutrients and Interactions
Vitamin E supplements can slow down blood clotting, and when you use medications that also slow clotting, you may increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel, ibuprofen and warfarin. Warfarin (Coumadin), in particular, is used to slow blood clotting. Taking vitamin E with warfarin can increase your chances of bruising and bleeding, so be sure to have your blood checked regularly in order to regulate your dosing.
Medications that are used for lowering cholesterol may also interact with vitamin E. It’s not known if taking vitamin E alone decreases the effectiveness of some cholesterol-lowering medications, but it does seem to affect cholesterol when taken with beta-carotene, vitamin C and selenium.

Final Thoughts on Vitamin E Benefits
  • Vitamin E benefits the body by playing the role of an antioxidant. As a fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin E benefits include its role in proper function of many organs, enzymatic activities and neurological processes.
  • Vitamin E is a collective description for eight compounds, four tocopherols and four tocotrienols, and they provide different vitamin E benefits. It’s best to get a variety of vitamin E isomers from your diet, given that different types have different benefits.
  • Vitamin E benefits include balancing cholesterol, fighting free radicals, preventing disease development, repairing damaged skin, thickening hair, balancing hormones, helping PMS symptoms, improving vision, helping people with Alzheimer’s, potentially lowering cancer risk and improving effects of medical treatments, and boosting physical endurance and muscle strength.
  • Vitamin E is found only in plant foods, including certain oils, nuts, grains, fruits and wheat germ. It’s also available as a supplement. Some of the top vitamin E foods you can eat to get these vitamin E benefits include sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, wheat germ, mango, avocado, butternut squash, broccoli, spinach, kiwi and tomato.
  • Vitamin E benefits the mother and child during pregnancy as well, as it’s a vital vitamin for growth and development.
  • Vitamin E deficiency symptoms include include loss of muscle coordination and impaired vision and speech.
  • Vitamin E may be unsafe when taken in very high amounts, especially for people who have conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. If you suffer from these health issues, do not take doses of 400 IU/day or more.

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