Why Seeds are Nature’s Farmacy for Health

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Beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, statins….for the first 20 years of my cardiology practice these were the tools of the trade I used to treat medical issues. I was a strong advocate of plant based diet for heart reversal but the power of specific whole food items was never presented at medical meetings (nor were healthy items served at those meetings!). I am now a serious student of the role of food as information to our body and specifically to our genes, called nutrigenomics. I was reading about seeds recently and was amazed to learn of their benefits in peer-reviewed medical studies.

Here are a few morsels of science to wet your health appetite about seeds:

1. Ground flax seeds lower blood pressure. In a randomized six month study of the effects of 30 gms daily of milled flaxseed on blood pressure, the seeds reduced systolic blood pressure on average 10 mg Hg and diastolic pressure by 7 mmHg, a substantial reduction equivalent to a medication. In the subgroup that started with elevated blood pressures the average drop in systolic blood pressure was 15 mmHg, astounding!

2. Flax seeds may improve blocked arteries. In a rabbit model, adding 10% flax to a high cholesterol rabbit chow led to a 40% reduction in plaque development and improved artery function on testing. If this translates to humans it would be an amazing benefit.

3. Flax seeds reduced blood sugar and cholesterol. In an open label study of diabetics, adding 10 gm of flax powder for a month lowered blood sugar and cholesterol by about 15%.

4. Chia seeds raise blood EPA levels. EPA is one of the essential fatty acids in our diet and many people seek animal based sources like fish oil or krill oil. Adding 25 grams daily of chia seeds to the diet of post-menopausal women raised EPA levels by 30% while DHA levels did not go up.

5. Chia seeds improve markers of diabetes and inflammation. In a study of 20 patients with diabetes, adding 37 gms daily of chia seeds reduced measures of diabetes, blood pressure, blood clotting, and C-reactive protein.

6. Chia seeds may help lower weight. In a study of over 30 patients with metabolic syndrome, adding a mixture of nutrients including chia seeds led to weight loss and an increase in adiponectin, a hormone that helps prevent obesity.

7. Sacha inchi seeds are a great source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. In a study of the oil of this South American seed high in omega-3 and protein, daily use lowered blood pressure, cholesterol and LDL cholesterol and raised LDL cholesterol.

The ability of whole food, plant based foods to have positive health impacts cannot be overemphasized in a society where highly processed foods make up 2/3rds of the calories of most citizens. Seeds should be on the checklist of functional foods that have favorable health effects. It is no light matter as in a study of diabetic patients, intake of seeds was one of the food items associated with longer lifespan. The ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote that “from a small seed a mighty trunk may grow”. Over 2,500 years later the words still ring true.

By: Dr. Joel Kahn
Source: www.organicauthority.com

2016-01-15T12:06:12+00:00

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    Q: Several people in the conscious community have stated that adding flax seeds and/or flax seed powder to our diet benefits the colon for complete and clean bowel movements. My question is, does flax seed powder or the seeds themselves promote parasites in the stomach and colon? A few of my friends and I have completed the parasite cleanse and got into a debate about it. Thank you very much, Hotep!

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    Flax seed undoubtedly helps the colon (due to fiberous nature) but it is absurd to think or suggest that flax seeds (in any form) promotes parasites. Meat, dairy, refined grains and other processed foods is what promotes parasites in the stomach, colon, and rest of the body. So, as Public Enemy would say: "Don't believe the hype!"

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    Please read our article entitled "High Blood Pressure" in our articles section. There is plenty of information located wthin this article Beloved!

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    HERBS AND MEDICATION DON'T MIX! HERBS CLEANSE THE BODY OF POISONS AND MEDICATIONS ARE POISONOUS! THEY WILL NEVER HEAL YOU!

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    Q: Will you please advise how to get rid of fat in my blood, I am having a problem with my blood pressure because of my high cholesterol, also advise on reducing cholesterol. Thanks

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    Hi, thanks for the question.

    Four ways to lower both cholesterol and fat in your blood.

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    Drug residues will remain in the tissues for some time. The more you detox, take herbals, and eat raw fruits and vegetables (drink fruit and vegetable juice), drink good water, etc. The faster the drug residues will leave the body. Drugs are not assimilated in the body, because they are not organic, they end up lodged in the tissues of the body. When you take herbs, and eat fruits and vegetables, the tissues are cleansed and that's how the drug residues are eliminated from the body. You are on the right path, and I suggest you keep doing what you're doing. Don't even worry about the past drug medicine use. Stay in the NOW (moment), and focus on what you desire and you will be alright. A cayenne/garlic formula would aid you. Go for it! Make sure changes are made to the diet because it's the primary factor in HBP along with stress. Check out our "Dietary Choices" section under 'More Services' on the Home Page.

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    Q: For about 2.5 months I have been on the path of taking care of my temple (body). I am more dedicated than I have been in the past. One I was diagnose with so-called diabetes (type II) took the pills (made me sicker than I was) and now my doctor has stressed taking insulin injections. Which I am totally against it. Since I have been taking the Pancreas formula, changed my diet (no meats, juicing, fresh fruits, green veggies (organic))& vigorous exercise (cardio), my A1c has gone from 10.9 to 8.6(should be 6.5) in the span of 2mths. Glucose 137 (should be 70-125) has been high as 238 and higher. However, my doctor insist that my diabetes is not controlled, and will not get better because the pancreas function in type2 diabetics declines as time goes on. Therefore, insulin injection will deter kidney failure, heart attack, body amputations, and blindness. I know our emotions help with the conditions of the disease body. What can I do to continue to lower blood sugars to a healthy level? Lower trigylcerides and cholesterol(lower in the last two months)? My blood pressure is 122/80.

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    Performing the Pancreas kit and regimen as much and as often as you can and you'll get your desired results.

    Great maintenance formulas include CIRCUL-AID, PANCREAS FORMULA, SUGAR BUSTER, and BIO-INSULIN.

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    Q: I am 7 months pregnant with just a few symptoms (sciatica, low blood pressure, and change in appetite). So far, I have been doing pretty well. I take your pre-natal and calcium herbs. My fear is that I have no desire to eat vegetables. I only want fruit. Meat turns my stomach so I stay clear of it. I have just started gaining weight (3 pounds). What do you advise regarding the vegetables, low blood pressure, and sciatica?

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    In place of vegetables try taking 6 capsules of our ELECTRIC GREENS CELL FOOD formula. For sciatica, try our NERVES FORMULA (also get massage and see a chiropractic). For low blood pressure, take CARDIO-VASCULAR FORMULA. For change in appetite, just go with the flow. Trust your body's natural inclination to change. You'll be fine. If you feel it's necessary, please schedule a consultation.

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    Q: I suffer from high blood pressure, migraine headaches, indigestion, allergies (throat irritating dry coughs), Menopausal maladies, hair loss and high cholesterol and I am overweight. I am 56 yrs old. I am currently on a Full Body Detox. I need to know what is the next best program after the detox for me?

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    I WOULD SAY PERFORM THE DHERBS 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE FOLLOWED BY THE TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE . YOU CAN PERFORM THESE BACK-TO-BACK.

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    Q: I am interested in buying something that works well for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Can you please recommend the best product for me?

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    Sure! I'd recommend: High Blood Pressure: CARDIO-VASCULAR FORMULA and CIRCUL-AID FORMULA, High Cholesterol: CHOLESTEROL BUSTER and INTESTINAL JANITORIntestinal Janitor. However, it would be best to first perform the FULL BODY DETOX before taking these formulas.