If you are eager to get informed about the harmful ingredients in your skin care products, as well as natural ones to look for instead, keep reading.
The chemical ingredient: Parabens
The natural option: Leuconostoc radish root ferment
Why it works: “The same bacteria that keeps fermented foods safe to eat makes this an excellent, completely natural preservative. It guarantees a shelf life of at least 12 months, and has none of the potential health risks like endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity that parabens have.”
The chemical ingredient: Phenoxyethanol
The natural option: Anise berry
Why it works: “Anise berry preserves the organic compounds in products and maintains the integrity and the efficacy of formulas. It’s best used in oil-based products rather than emulsions.”
The chemical ingredient: Hydroquinone
The natural option: Sea fern extract
Why it works: “Sea fern is naturally detoxifying, and reduces the appearance of dark spots. It stimulates the skin’s natural process of eliminating melanin, rather than just bleaching it.”
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Did you know common natural foods can act as an effective remedy for inflammation and pain? Be it pain due to arthritis, inflammation, and swelling as seen in rheumatoid arthritis or chronic pain following herpes infection, here are some natural remedies that might help with these kinds of pains.
Fish oil – An omega-3 essential fatty acid, fish oil contains anti-inflammatory compounds, which aid in the treatment of muscular and skeletal diseases.
Turmeric: This Indian spice contains curcumin, which is anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer in nature.
Green tea: Of the many health benefits of green tea, use of it in the treatment of arthritis as an anti-inflammatory agent is not well-known.Drink around 3 – 4 cups of green tea daily to deal with inflammation and joint pain
Camphor: A gum resin known as frankincense, it possess powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and analgesic properties and hence, used to treat degenerative and inflammatory joint disorders
Chilli pepper: An active ingredient found in chili pepper, capsaicin, helps in treating chronic pain following herpes zoster infection. When applied topically for four weeks on the painful areas of the skin, capsaicin caused substantial pain relief
The Health Site
Athletes looking to get an edge may want to consider looking in an unlikely place: apples and ancient peat. In a recent study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, extracts from these sources increased ATP production and improved strength training.
Researchers gave 25 resistance-trained males either a placebo or 150/day of a proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extract 45 minutes before exercise. For eight weeks, the group trained with the same exercises and then did two-week overreach and two-week taper periods. With the exception of a multivitamin and protein powder, supplements use was prohibited, and everyone followed a similar diet.
The researchers conclude, “The proprietary blend of ancient peat and apple extracts were capable of increasing lower body and total strength as well as lower body power output compared at an equal-volume, visually-identical placebo. Moreover, the supplement was able to prevent performance decrements commonly associated with increased training volume and overreaching.”
Whole Foods Magazine
There’s nothing ingenious about making a Popsicle—get a mold, pour flavored water into the mold, add a stick, freeze, and enjoy. A new company called Dream Pops, however, is aiming to up the ante on the classic icy treat by creating Popsicles made using superfoods and 3-D printing.
Dream Pops creates its desserts by using an Ultimaker to 3-D print silicone shapes that are then made into metal molds. Finally, the Popsicle puree (which is organic, gluten-free, mostly vegan and made with ingredients like coconut palm sugar, tapioca, agave, and baobab) is added, cooled with liquid nitrogen, and ready to serve. “This is not easy,” notes Cohen. “Nobody has done this before. You cannot cut corners. Every flavor, every ingredient matters.”
Vogue – Living
For nearly a century, bran as a food ingredient has been the sole purview of boring, high-fiber breakfast cereals like whole wheat bran flakes, all-bran, and oat bran. One company is challenging the food industry to rethink what bran can do for the human race.
Bran is the brown outer layer found on all cereal grains. It is the “whole” part of the whole grain. Until recently the food industry has focused on wheat bran and oat bran, and raisin bran is about as exciting as the formulations got.
The biggest reason rice bran has been wasted until now is that the lipase enzyme in rice bran causes the product to go rancid within 24 hours unless it is stabilized, and few companies have the technology to recover the highly nutritious ingredient, nor the tenacity to attempt to break open a new market for it. Rice bran is also 14–17 percent protein, which makes it a good plant-based protein source.
RiceBran Technologies has products that isolate this protein, making rice bran an alternative to soy and milk-based protein.
“Rice bran is probably the world’s most squandered plant protein source,” wrote Henk Hoogenkamp, a protein expert and board member for RiceBran Technologies, in an email.
The Epoch Times
In May 2016, FDA unveiled new requirements for the Nutrition Facts panel of packaged foods, including the reporting of a product’s, added sugar content. In addition to several proprietary blends of natural alternative sweeteners driving specific product and brand growth, SPINS data also showed a number of ingredients trending across categories in the natural retail channel. Stevia, blends of stevia and other sweeteners, and monk fruit emerge as versatile natural alternative sweeteners to watch in three areas of interest: the soda space refrigerated juices and functional beverages, and drink mix products.
Perhaps due to perceived negative health connotations around soda (both regular and diet formulas), the carbonated beverages category is seeing limited overall growth. One such alternative sweetener ingredient with cross-channel success is monk fruit, with burgeoning growth (159 percent) in carbonated beverages across natural, specialty gourmet and conventional channels. Once a natural industry trend, stevia sweeteners have flourished in the mainstream market. Even stevia blends with cane sugar are emerging in the soda segment.
Refrigerated Juices & Functional Beverages
The refrigerated juices and functional beverages category, though only growing in the single digits mainstream, is up 11 percent in the natural channel.
The natural channel showed 23 percent growth in the drink mixes and concentrates category, while specialty and conventional channels see less or no growth over last year.
FDA announced most manufacturers have two years, and small manufacturers three years, to comply with recent updates to the Nutrition Facts panel. With new attention to added sugar intake in plain view on packaging, and with the current momentum of consumer culture shifting away from sugar (or conversely, artificial sweeteners), brands have an opportunity to update their formulas and develop new beverages.
Natural Products Insider
A diet rich in nuts may be associated with lower levels of biomarkers of inflammation, a finding that may help explain the health benefits of nuts, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The findings suggest people who consumed five or more servings of nuts per week had lower levels of C-reactive protein and C-reactive protein than those who never or almost never ate nuts.
Peanuts and tree nuts contain a number of healthful components including magnesium, fiber, L-arginine, antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids such as α-linolenic acid. Researchers have not yet determined which of these components, or if the combination of all of them, may offer protection against inflammation.
Interest in health also has been a key driver in the market in recent years with the growing positioning of nuts as a healthy snack. Nuts have evolved into so much more than just a bar snack; they are a great snack, indeed, but they go beyond simple trail mixes for athletes and a free snack for happy-hour goers. Nuts are suitable for year-round consumption, both as an impulse snack and as a planned snack for sharing during in-home family and social occasions.
Natural Product Insider
As a heath-food trend, it’s easy to be confused by blue-green algae (BGA). Not only does it sound gross, but googling it produces news reports of local officials at war with the toxic pond scum it can create.
Yet, many swear by BGA’s energy-boosting properties. In health-food circles, BGA usually refers to spirulina, chlorella, or — the hippest algae — Aphanizomenon Flos-aquae (AFA). Still, some BGAs can be toxic, so nutritionists recommend proceeding with caution.
The strain that appears in E3Live was discovered in the 1970s by Victor Colman, who as legend has it, was looking for a way to feed NASA scientists. In the 1990s, it became a popular racehorse supplement after Tamera Campbell, now CEO of the E3Live company began selling it to trainers for their Kentucky Derby–bound thoroughbreds.
Now E3Live is sold in powder, capsule, or frozen form at health-food stores and on Amazon. According to Campbell, the company uses a mechanical filtration system and meets all standards set by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
“I would say that the majority of all people notice that they have more sustained energy, they feel better overall, they feel more mentally alert, they notice that their digestion and elimination improve,” Campbell said. “They notice an improvement in their hair, skin, and fingernails. And if you work out in a gym they notice their energy is sustained longer.”
The Cut – NY Mag
The Olympic diet varies greatly among athletes, but they usually prefer quality foods with high nutritive content. Most of the sportsmen and sportswomen are very careful with their diets. They usually eat very clean, and in small quantities.
A survey organized by the SB Nation and Eater showed that the Olympic diet includes vast proportions of kale, oatmeal, and Greek yogurt. No pizza and no pancakes during training.
Sports nutritionists say that all over the world, athletes pay attention to what they are eating. The change happened only recently, in the last two generations.
Athletes are not obsessed with calories. They make sure that their diet contains enough nutrients and quality foods.
From ginkgo to valerian, echinacea to mint, there is no doubt that natural herbal remedies still remain popular to this day, surviving centuries of traditional uses over time. But despite their many virtues, they are not without dangers. Always be sure you know what you’re doing when you consume or use botanicals as an alternative medicine or remedy.
St. John’s wort – Used as a treatment for mild to moderate depression, it is perfect for thwarting big morale drops. However, if you’re on birth control, watch out
Valerian – The calming properties of valerian make it a good cure for anxiety and nervous restlessness. However, watch out for the increased risk of drowsiness.
Red yeast rice – It has been said to lower high levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and maintain blood pressure. However, it is not recommend for you to consume red yeast rice if you are already in the midst of cholesterol-lowering treatment and medication.
Ginkgo & ginseng – Increasing your blood circulation could pose a risk of continuous bleeding without clotting when you have taken anticoagulants (including aspirin). If you are already taking supplements rich in omega-3, it is best to seek medical advice.
Echinacea – Echinacea boosts immunity, strengthens the body’s defences, prevents viruses (flu, colds) and infections (recurring cystitis). However, this disrupts immunosuppressants
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