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SUPERFOOD BARS WITH REJUVENATE! BERRIES & HERBS

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In April, we gave you a superfood bar recipe in “Super-Tasty Rejuvenate Superfood Bars.” That superfood bar recipe is a standard for us. But like all standards, there is nothing like variety to keep us on our toes. That recipe called for Rejuvenate! original greens, which is tasty and super healthy. But not everyone loves greens or loves them all the time.

This month’s superfood bar recipe exclusively calls for Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs. Berries & Herbs provides a supremely delicious berry flavor that comes from real berries. That is, from organic strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries!! I wrote an extensive blog article (Be Healthy with Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs) in February describing why Berries & Herbs is special (beyond just berries!) and how it supports optimal health by providing powerful nutrition.

The recipe details exactly how we made it recently. It was delicious!! In fact, it tastes so good you will find it hard to keep in the house. Yet, feel free to modify the recipe. You could add in Rejuvenate! PLUS, Rejuvenate! original greens, or whatever superfoods you like best.

Kids love this superfood bar, too – it’s so healthy for them. We encourage you to make this raw, organic nutty superfood bar as often as you like!!

Make Superfood Bars with Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

Ingredients (all raw, organic) in the order they go into the food processor:

  • 1.5 cups Pecans

  • 1.5 cups Walnuts

  • 1 cup Cashews

  • 6–8 dried Apricots (preferably soft; soak if not soft)

  • 1–2 scoops Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa powder

  • 1–2 Tbsp Chia seeds

  • 1/4 cup Sesame seeds

  • 1 cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh)

  • 2 Tbsp Coconut oil

  • 3 Tbsp Shredded Coconut

DIRECTIONS

Grind pecans, walnuts, and cashews until fine in the food processor. Add all other ingredients one at a time, allowing each one to mix-in completely. Vary ingredients to suit your taste. For example, you could leave out cocoa powder or sesame seeds, or add sunflower seeds.

The consistency may be thick by the time you add in berries, yet still mixable. Then drizzle the oil over the top and mix it a bit as you pour (or scrape) the mix into a glass container.

If the mixture is too dry, then add the water or fluid from the apricots (or other dried fruits) if you soaked them.

Spread the mixture to the desired thickness (about 1.5 inches) and place in refrigerator. Another option is to make individual servings and wrap in wax paper. If you were going on a hike in warm weather you could freeze one or two bars to take with you. Enjoy!!

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Superfood bars made with Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs taste as good as they look!!

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

Be Healthy with Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

Rejuvenate! PLUS

Rejuvenate! (original greens)

Rejuvenate! Superfoods Comparison

Super-Tasty Rejuvenate Superfood Bars

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WHAT IS A SUPERFOOD? SERIOUSLY. WHAT THE HECK IS A SUPERFOOD?

I learned to read with my face buried in comic books. I was eight years old when I bought my first comic book (Fantastic Four #108 for anyone that might care) and for the next ten years or so, I often crossed over into realms where extraordinary heroes guarded humanity from planet-devouring space beings or the tiniest villains from inner space.

These days, whenever I hear the word “super” affixed to anything, it still makes me think of those superheroes of my childhood. To become super still means to become bigger & better than the original. Super is a word that confers exceptional power, not to be taken lightly.

Each superhero had an origin story. Something scientifically extraordinary had to happen to transform a relatively ordinary human into someone super. The Fantastic Four flew a space ship through cosmic rays. Spiderman was created by the bite of an irradiated spider. The Incredible Hulk was exposed to gamma rays. And Superman, well, he came from a whole other planet. That’s pretty super in my book.

All of this got me wondering what exactly constitutes a true “superfood”. Obviously, superfoods don’t come from other planets. They aren’t irradiated by cosmic rays or modified genetically. In fact, as I pondered this I began to realize that all the comic book ways for things to become “super” didn’t much appeal to me when it came to my food. (Yes, amazingly, I rather prefer foods that haven’t been irradiated, mutated, transformed, or come from other planets.)

But what the heck is a superfood?

I was checking out at the Phoenix Ikea the other day and the cashier, studying my Powered by Rejuvenate! Superfoods t-shirt, finally had to ask, “What the heck is a superfood?” I wondered at first if she was serious because it seems so self-evident. Of course a superfood is… well, super! Like a superhero, only food. But…

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Powered by Rejuvenate! Superfoods – Yes, we need a proper model!

Okay, it was a good question.

The dictionary defines a superfood as a food that is considered to be beneficial to your health and that may even help some medical conditions. MedicineNet.com offers this: “A non-medical term popularized in the media to refer to foods that can have health-promoting properties such as reducing one’s risk of disease or improving any aspect of physical or emotional health.”

Superhero foodsI’m not a doctor or scientist, but by my standard of “superness” these definitions seem a little weak. WebMD lists the following foods as being superfoods:

•    Beans
•    Blueberries
•    Broccoli
•    Oats
•    Oranges
•    Pumpkin
•    Salmon
•    Soy
•    Spinach
•    Tea (green or black)
•    Tomatoes
•    Turkey
•    Walnuts
•    Yogurt

All of these foods are excellent sources of some amazing nutrients. I eat  all of them (except broccoli, lingering childhood food trauma, don’t ask!). Combined in a meal, all these foods which are super make a supermeal. Salmon with an organic blueberry chutney (Yes, it exists, click here for the recipe), soy sauce, and spinach, along with a cup of green tea, now that’s a supermeal! But…

I still think that for something to be super, it has to actually be bigger, faster, stronger than the original. That’s my opinion, supported by decades of superhero lore. Are blueberries super? You bet they are, but what about blueberries mixed with aronia berries? Wouldn’t that be even more super? Is chlorella super? Sure it is, but what about chlorella combined with organic sprouts, spirulina, and hemp protein? That would be truly super!

Is there really such a thing as a superfood?

I know what you might be thinking. Superheroes don’t exist, so maybe superfoods don’t exist, either. Our friends over at naturalnews.com offered my favorite definition:

Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. They are powerful sources of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats, essential fatty and amino acids, and other nutrients that offer deep levels of nutrition.

Superfoods are foods that go above and beyond. They pack in the good stuff that we all want rallying for our health on a daily basis. Although there are long lists of foods that contain nutrients that support health, superfoods turbo charge the system – especially when eaten on a regular basis.

Now that’s a superfood definition I can get behind!

Rejuvenate! Superfoods Are Truly Super

There are plenty of highly designed superfoods available in health food stores. Over the years I’ve tried plenty of them. My personal favorite, and the one I consume on a daily basis, is Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs. A scoop goes on my morning cereal, in my smoothie, and even in that delicious blueberry chutney I mentioned above. Here’s the quick lowdown on the Rejuvenate! line of superfoods sold by Integratedhealth.com.

Rejuvenate! Plus

Sweet, green flavor. Outstanding for vegetarians and vegans.

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Rejuvenate! Plus is a complete, high-RNA, high-protein, sweet green superfood. It is designed to provide all the nutrients you need to thrive, including protein, essential fats, vitamins (including a coenzyme form B complex), minerals, great-tasting green foods, and high-potency nucleic acids (RNA/DNA), nucleotides, nucleosides, and nucleic acid precursors (e.g., d-ribose) that build powerful health.

  • A Green Food with a Sweet Delicious Flavor!
  • High Antioxidant (ORAC) Value of 6,300+!
  • Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans & Gluten Free
  • Mixes Well with other Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods
  • Delicious in Smoothies!

 

 

Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

Contains no greens. Includes RNA, cell-protective herbs, antioxidants, multivitamin & plant proteins.

Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

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Rejuvenate! Berries& Herbs is a delicious, high-RNA and high-protein superfood that includes organic freeze-dried blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and strawberries. It also includes a complete cell-protective blend of organic and wildcrafted herbs and antioxidants. This formula does not contain any “green foods” yet provides therapeutically levels of RNA (primarily from nutritional yeast and RNA extracts of nutritional yeast).

  • Delicious Berry Flavor Bursts with Real Berries!
  • Powerful Cell-Protective Herbs
  • High Antioxidant Value (14,270 units)!!
  • Suitable for Vegetarians and vegans. Gluten Free.
  • Mixes Well with other Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods

 

 

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans & Gluten Free

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. Gluten Free.

 Rejuvenate! Original Greens

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Rejuvenate! is the world’s first superfood designed to provide therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids. It is not only the first ever dedicated high-RNA superfood, but is also “supergreen”, providing highly blended levels of chlorella and spirulina. It is the the most detoxifying of the Rejuvenate! superfoods. Rejuvenate! contains chlorella, d-ribose, nutritional yeast, chia seeds, rice bran solubles, spirulina, Vitamin C, chlorella growth factor (CGF), magnesium, dulse, kelp, yeast RNA, folinic acid, and methylcobalamin.

  • A hardcore SUPERGREEN FOOD and a great DETOXIFIER!
  • Great for Vegetarians and Vegans & Gluten Free
  • Mixes Well with other Rejuvenate! Superfoods
  • Add to SMOOTHIES for a super-powered drink!
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KIDNEY CLEANSING WITH JUICES & HERBS

Fred Liers PhD kidney cleansing rejuvenation program hpdiKidney cleansing is an important part of maintaining health. It is not difficult to cleanse your kidneys periodically. This supports good kidney health and overall health. It also can prevent bigger problems related to the kidneys from developing into health-threatening issues. Healthy kidneys are essential for vibrant living. Kidneys serve many functions,  including filtering blood. They are organs of elimination and detoxification. As such, taking care of them via kidney cleansing is not unlike changing the oil in your vehicle. Regular maintenance is far easier than the dealing with the consequences of doing nothing to support kidney health.

Kidney cleansing is part of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. It falls under the category of detoxification, like liver cleansing. I’ve written about liver cleansing in previous articles, e.g., see Liver Cleanse with Juice & Herbs. In fact, kidney cleansing shares much in common with liver cleansing. Yet, the differences are significant.

 KIDNEY CLEANSING BASICS

There are various types of kidney cleanses available. At its simplest, kidney cleansing revolves around consuming lemon or lime juice in water. I’ve written at length on that topic in articles like Rejuvenate! Lemonade  – Delicious & Satisfying and The Summer Lemonade Diet. Drinking lots of freshly made organic lemonade or limeade (with or without superfoods like Rejuvenate! or chlorella) goes far in supporting and maintaining healthy kidneys. But kidney cleansing goes well beyond consuming lemonade.

A complete kidney cleanse usually involves specific herbal kidney teas and tinctures in addition to a citrus drink (i.e., lemonade). Also, there exist more potent protocols for naturally cleansing kidneys when dealing with issues such as kidney stones or other problems specific to kidneys. I’ll address a few of those, too.

How often? I typically perform three to five days of kidney cleansing every four months. That is, about once per season. And that’s almost always in addition to my “normal” consumption of fresh, organic lemonade for health.

Here is a basic lemonade recipe for a kidney-bladder flush:

1. KIDNEY CLEANSING LEMONADE

INGREDIENTS: JUICE OF ONE MEDIUM LEMON AND ONE MEDIUM LIME (OR TWO OF EITHER ONE), 16–32 OUNCES PURE WATER, CAYENNE PEPPER (PINCH), MAPLE SYRUP (OPTIONAL)

Mix these ingredients in a one-quart mason jar or pitcher. Consume the entire drink within a few minutes. Then about fifteen to twenty minutes later, drink two cups of kidney-bladder tea along with one-dropperful of kidney tincture per cup of tea.

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Lemonade is a cornerstone of kidney cleansing programs

You can obtain commercial kidney teas at natural foods stores. One good commercial kidney tea is Yogi Tea’s Peach-Detox Tea. Perhaps my favorite prepared loose tea for kidney cleansing is Dr. Richard Schulze’s K-B Tea (available from American Botanical Pharmacy: www.herbdoc.com). You can also make your own kidney tea with loose herbs you obtain yourself from natural foods stores or herb suppliers like Pacific Botanicals (see resources section below). If you decide to make your own kidney tea, here is a basic recipe:

2. KIDNEY CLEANSING TEA RECIPE

A) UVA URSI AND JUNIPER BERRY (MIX EQUALLY; THIS WILL BE 50% OF YOUR TEA)

B) THE OTHER 50% CONSISTS OF EQUAL PARTS: CORNSILK, PARSLEY ROOT, DANDELION, HORSETAIL, GOLDENROD, HYDRANGEA ROOT, GRAVEL ROOT, MARSHMALLOW

Use one rounded tablespoon (or more) of kidney cleansing tea per sixteen ounces of boiling water for this tea. Pour water over tea and let steep. You can also add fresh carrot tops or watermelon seed and rind at the time you make the tea. Drink two cups of this tea about fifteen minutes after you drink the lemonade drink. Ideally, you will also drink one or two cups of this tea in the early afternoon and early evening. If you require greater stone-dissolving power, you can increase the hydrangea and/or gravel root to as much as 25% of the second part of the tea mixture. Or you can try the four-day stone dissolving program (outlined below).

It’s fine to make one or two servings of kidney cleansing tea at a time. But I typically prefer to make larger amounts and simply re-heat it during the day. For example, I usually place six tablespoons of kidney tea into 60 ounces of water in a steel or glass pot (yielding six cups for the day). I usually do this the night before I plan to make the tea allowing the tea sit in the water overnight.

Then in the morning while I make my lemonade drink, I bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for a minute before turning off the heat. 15–20 minutes after consuming the lemonade drink, the kidney cleansing tea has cooled a bit (but remains warm). I drink two cups (16 ounces) of tea at a time. I strain the herbs when making the tea and then add them back into the pot.

At the end of the each day, I add more fresh dried kidney tea and fresh water into the pot (usually six more tablespoons of tea and 60 ounces of water (i.e., one tablespoon of kidney tea per 20 ounces of water) and repeat this process the next day. After three days, I discard all the “used” kidney tea herbs, rinse the pot, and re-start the process with fresh dried kidney tea.

While the combination of lemonade drink and kidney tea is powerful by itself, greater effects are obtained when a kidney tincture is used with the tea either placed directly into it, or consumed separately. I consume approximately one dropperful of tincture per cup of kidney cleansing tea. Kidney tinctures can be found commercially, including the one I like best, Dr. Schulze’s organic K-B tincture.

Here is a basic recipe for a kidney tincture if you decide to make one yourself using organic or wildcrafted herbs from a supplier like Pacific Botanicals:

3. KIDNEY TINCTURE/TONIC RECIPE

A) 50% OF AN EQUAL MIXTURE JUNIPER BERRIES AND UVA URSI LEAF.

B) EQUAL MIXTURE OF CORNSILK, HORSETAIL HERB, AND BURDOCK HERB. (GOLDENROD FLOWER TOPS AND PIPSISSEWA LEAF OPTIONAL)

Place all herbs in a blender with vodka. Blend thoroughly. Place blended mixture into a mason jar. Label it clearly and include the date made. Let sit for at least two weeks, but preferably one month or longer. Then pour into a large bowl using a T-shirt (or cheesecloth) as a filter. Pour the filtered liquid back into the mason jar. Discard the solids. Ideally you would create the tonic on the new moon and strain on a full moon. As noted, use one dropper (35 drops) of kidney tincture per cup of kidney tea. Because ideally you will drink 4–6 cups of kidney tea daily, you will use 4–6 droppers total (one per cup) of kidney tincture.

START KIDNEY CLEANSING

A basic kidney cleansing program (i.e., kidney cleanse) can be as little as five days long. As I mentioned, it can be as simple as drinking a few glasses of freshly made lemonade and a two or three cups of kidney tea daily. However, I find that reserving at least five days for a dedicated kidney cleanse works best. That doesn’t mean you can’t do a Master Cleanse type lemonade diet for a few days or weeks. It just means dedicated kidney cleansing provides complete support for optimal kidney function.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING KIDNEY CLEANSING

Periodic kidney cleansing with vegetable juice and kidney herbs not only cleanses and detoxifies the kidneys, but also the entire body. For example, a kidney cleanses benefits the entire urinary (renal) system, including the bladder and ureters. It will dissolve mineral buildup and is known to dissolve kidney stones of various sizes. The kidneys main job is to filter and cleanse blood. What this means is that kidney cleansing will help your kidneys do their job of filtering blood. This ultimately improves the health of your blood cells, and thereby the health of your entire body.

Kidney cleansing provides many of benefits, including providing a significant amount of hydration to the entire body. This high level of hydration will help support proper fluid and electrolyte balance in your body. One of the most important aspects of proper kidney cleansing with lemonade, herbs, and vegetable juices is that it gives the digestive system a break, and allows for simultaneous rejuvenation of the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. A program for kidney cleansing can include a subprogram for bowel detoxification, which is considered by many to be a foundational aspect of detoxification. I will provide a complete kidney cleansing program (below) that includes bowel cleansing herbal formulas and routines.

There are additional benefits. Kidney cleansing is a great place to start your efforts toward overall body detoxification (i.e., detoxifications programs) because the skills learned and developed in implementing it are also applicable to liver cleansing (the subject of previous blog articles) and other modes of detoxification.

KIDNEY CLEANSING IS FUN

Another fact to consider. Kidney cleansing is fun!! Okay, it’s serious business when it comes to kidney health. It can transform you health and your life. But fundamentally, you will eventually find yourself in a state of bliss during your cleanse. I always do!! This kidney-cleansing–induced state of bliss not only relates to doing something supremely good for yourself, but more practically, it so amazingly improves your nutritional status, your alkalinity (pH), the health and vibrancy of your kidneys, your brain function, and so much more…that you simply bliss out. That’s a fact for the vast majority of people.

EQUIPMENT NEEDED FOR KIDNEY CLEANSING

There isn’t much equipment you will need, but these items are useful:

• Citrus Juicer (manual) (steel, glass, or ceramic) for juicing lemons and/or limes.

• Citrus Press (e.g., Orange-X) (optional) for faster juicing of lemons and limes, especially for larger amounts.

• Juicer (e.g., centrifugal, twin gear, masticator, single augur, etc.) for vegetable juices.

• Blender or Vitamix (optional) for blender drinks.

• Pot (steel or glass) for boiling hot water for herbal kidney tea.

START YOUR DAY WITH LEMONADE

A kidney cleanse involves consuming the kidney cleansing lemonade drink (see recipe above) in the morning. The lemonade is followed 15–20 minutes later by a hot (or warm) herbal tea containing kidney herbs plus an herbal kidney tincture formula (see recipe above). In addition to the kidney tincture, other useful tinctures include echincea tincture or detoxification herb tincture (see resource section below). You will again consume the tea and kidney tincture several times during the day. That is, drink two cups (16 ounces) of kidney tea 15–20 minutes after the kidney drink, and then drink an additional 1–2 cups twice during the day. Make sure to take a dropperful of kidney tincture per cup either in the tea itself or separately, if you prefer.

Fresh vegetable juices and superfoods are consumed after the lemonade kidney drink, kidney tea, and kidney tinctures. Drink at least 64 ounces (two quarts) of fresh vegetable juice daily in divided doses mixed with superfoods. Consume up to 128 ounces (one gallon) of fresh juice daily.

You can do a kidney cleansing program for as little as three days or for as long as three months (or longer) depending on individual needs. At longer durations, one week of kidney cleansing can be alternated with one week of liver cleansing or bowel cleansing.

After a long period of kidney cleansing (e.g., two or three weeks) it may be desirable to take at least a short break from herbs and tinctures. Continue with fresh vegetable juices and superfoods, and any additional protocols you may decide to follow.

You can initially aim for five to seven days of kidney cleansing. This can include one day of raw foods at the start and another day of raw foods at the end. Thus, a five day kidney cleanse might start with a day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures) followed by three days of only juices, teas, and tinctures, and then finish with another day of raw foods (plus juices, teas, and tinctures). This schedule can work for individuals on the job, because it can start on a Thursday and end the following Monday.

NOW START JUICING

After consuming the morning lemonade drink, herbal tea, and tinctures, wait at least 15 minutes before consuming juice and superfoods. As noted, you can drink up to four quarts (one gallon) of juice daily (and two quarts minimum), so don’t hesitate to get started consuming fresh juice. Drink juice as often you like and whenever you feel hungry. Spacing your juice intake during the day may work best to keep up your energy. You may experience lulls in your energy levels. This is normal during kidney cleansing. Fortunately, more caloric energy is available in the form of fresh juice, so drink up!

Many people enjoy their superfoods added directly into their juice. Others prefer to drink superfoods separately in water. Because you will be consuming plenty of fresh juice and pure water, experiment to see what you like best. Superfoods can be very energizing, which also means they work well with vegetable juice to provide energy. You may wish to take most of your superfoods earlier in the day (e.g., between 9 am and 1 pm) in order to avoid over-energizing yourself as the day winds down.

WE RECOMMEND REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

We recommend taking Rejuvenate! superfoods during kidney cleansing. I primarily use original Rejuvenate! because it provides the most chlorella, which is highly cleansing and detoxifying for the entire body. All Rejuvenate! superfoods taste good (yet everyone has their favorite). I prefer Rejuvenate! (original greens) for purposes of cleansing and detoxification, but all of them provide therapeutic levels of dietary nucleic acids. Few people get adequate levels of nucleic acids in their diet.

Dr. Benjamin S. Frank asserted that nucleic acids are essential nutrients like vitamins and minerals. I personally feel the difference when I consumer sufficient dietary nucleic acids (about 300 mg daily minimum for me). That’s about the amount of nucleic acids provided by one scoop of Rejuvenate! (any version since they all provide about the same amount per serving). 300 mg (the amount of nucleic acids provided in one scoop of Rejuvenate! original) makes a noticeable difference in my energy level, feelings of well being, and improved appearance.

I recommend taking three to six scoops (or more) daily because the benefit continue to accrue at higher levels. 1,500 mg (the amount of nucleic acids in five scoops of original Rejuvenate!) seems to be an optimal amount to take per day. More than that amount doesn’t appear to give me any additional benefits, but I definitely notice a corresponding decrease in benefits when I consume smaller daily servings.

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Rejuvenate!™ original greens provides 42 servings per container

FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS & ENHANCEMENT FORMULAS

I always recommend taking four foundational supplements daily. The four supplements are a high-potency multivitamin (like Mighty Multi-Vite!™), essential fats, antioxidant / vitamin C formula (like Ultimate Protector™ or PRO-C™), and a Rejuvenate! superfood. I have discussed the importance of foundational supplements in other articles, including Rejuvenation Program: Part Four.

During kidney cleansing, simply continue taking your supplements with juice. HPDI also recommends seven enhancement supplements important for building and maintaining optimal health. Enhancement supplements include: CoQ10 (ubiquinone) or ubiquinolMyo-Mag (magnesium & malic acid), Hepa Plus (liver support formula), Nascent Iodine, echinacea, and Immune-Assist. HPDI offers all of these formulas. Your use of enhancement supplements will depend upon your individual needs, but most individuals will gain significant benefits from taking them. To learn more, see Rejuvenation Program: Part Five.

ADDITIONAL IMPORTANT PRACTICES

Other important practices you may wish to include during the remainder of the day after a morning kidney lemonade drink and kidney herbal tea include: 1) bowel cleansing herbs (no need to take a break from these herbs); 2) liquids (other than kidney tea), including herbal teas and pure water (try to drink at least a few quarts in addition to vegetable juices during the day), 3) exercise (preferably one hour) (at the intensity of your choice, but walking and yoga are good, especially for moving lymph fluid), 4) meditation, affirmations, prayer/mantras, deep breathing exercises, journaling, etc. to relax and center the mind.

If there is a particularly affected area of the body that you wish to heal, you may include hydrotherapy (e.g., hot and cold showers), sauna therapy, castor oil packs, or poultices (e.g., a drawing poultice). I have detailed some of these important practices in my articles on the Rejuvenation Program, including supporting protocols for rejuvenation. I won’t go into much detail here, but you can refer back to my series of ten blog articles on the Rejuvenation Program, and to the Rejuvenation Program page itself, which is on our main website.

If there are any practices or protocols that are important to you, then definitely consider adding them into your kidney cleansing routine. I make many suggestions, but you may know (or learn) what works best for you in terms of practices that will make your kidney cleansing experience better. Please include them!!

I won’t go into much detail at this point regarding many important practices that can support successful kidney cleansing. But I will address the beneficial role of parsley, garlic, and watermelon, as well as the topic of bowel cleansing. I have discussed bowel cleansing in previous posts (see Rejuvenation Program: Part Two), but I feel it is particularly valuable during kidney cleansing.

SPECIAL ROUTINES FOR KIDNEY CLEANSING

Beyond the basic kidney cleansing regimen I discuss above, there are several other routines that can boost kidney health. You can find ways to incorporate these routines or practices into the lemonade-based kidney cleanse, but they also work very well on their own. And for individuals who require kidney cleansing beyond the basic lemonade- and kidney herb-based routine, these special routines may be the very ones that make the difference in terms of kidney health.

PARSLEY JUICE

Consuming fresh parsley and drinking parsley tea are great for kidney cleansing. The most therapeutic form of parsley for kidney health is fresh parsley juice. Run it through your juicer. The best juicers for leafy green vegetables are twin gear (like Green Star), masticator (Champion), and single augur (Hurom). Common centrifugal juicers won’t juice parsley quite as well, but if that’s all you have then by all means use it.

Tip: If you’re using a centrifugal juicer for greens, then consider running the fresh pulp through the juicer a second time. This will help maximize the amount of green juice you obtain.

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Parsley is an excellent kidney tonic.

Garlic is another great herb not just for kidneys, but for the entire urinary tract and indeed the whole body. One neat thing I discovered is that if you juice fresh garlic with fresh parsley, then the parsley removes nearly all the garlic smell and taste. I have juiced a huge, spreading parsley plant from the garden along with an entire bulb of garlic. And you’d never know there was any garlic in the juice. Just use good judgement. If you’re just juicing a handful of parsley, then maybe just juice a a clove or two of garlic. Another tip. Put the garlic through the juicer first, and then add the parsley. That way the parsley deodorizes the garlic.

WATERMELON

Consuming watermelon is healthy for kidneys and urinary tract. If you eat one or two medium- to large-sized watermelons in a day, then you will definitely benefit from it. But like all the other foods I’ve talked about, juicing watermelon is really the most therapeutic. This is largely because it is the watermelon rind that provides significant benefits. It is much easier to juice the rind (since most people won’t eat it) right along with the red, meaty parts and the juice still tastes good. The rind also contains bioavailable minerals (like natural sodium) that are beneficial to kidneys.

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Watermelon is a tasty kidney cleansing food.

Also note that watermelon seeds are beneficial for kidneys, so try to eat and juice varieties that are not seedless. Seedless varieties undoubtedly offer benefits, but watermelon seeds–like the rinds–provide uniquely therapeutic substances.

ADDENDUM

FOUR-DAY PROGRAM FOR ELIMINATING KIDNEY STONES

Okay, I’m including a special program for individuals who are already dealing with kidney stones. There are times when the basic lemonade-based regimen is not the most effective place to start kidney cleansing. As I mentioned, kidney cleansing should be simple and easily done routinely (i.e., once every three or four months). But kidney cleansing can’t be routine if you have large numbers of stones. That is, a lemonade-based kidney cleanse has adequate power to dissolve small stones while cleansing kidneys and the entire urinary tract. When there are a significant number of stones already present in the kidneys, it is best to first use an herbal formula specifically for removing stones. Here is a formula for dissolving kidney stones and a four-day program for eliminating them.

4. HERBAL FORMULA FOR DISSOLVING KIDNEY STONES

2 Ounces Hydrangea Root

2 Ounces Gravel Root

1 Ounce Marshmallow Root

DIRECTIONS

Preferably use all organic ingredients. Take a total of five ounces of these combined roots, either cut or powdered. Take two quarts of freshly squeezed apple juice. Place half the herbs (2.5 ounces) into each quart of fresh apple juice. Allow to sit overnight. In the morning bring the mixture to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes. Let the mixture cool, strain the herbs from one quart of it. Drink the entire quart during the first day consuming about 2.5 ounces each hour. Also make sure to drink an additional two quarts (32 ounces) of water the first day. Let the other quart sit in a cool, dark place and shake it a few times daily. The next morning, strain it. Then drink this (second) quart at one ounce per hour (during the hours that you’re awake) for two days. On the days you should also consume two quarts of water and two quarts of fresh vegetable juice. On the fourth day, you should aim for a juice fast totaling 64 ounces of purified water and 64 ounces of fresh vegetable juices.

During the entire four-day period, you should consume only pure water and freshly made juices (including the strained apple juice with herbs). The idea is to gradually increase fluid intake daily. Thus, note that the first day you drink up to one additional quart of fluids, then two additional quarts on days two and three, and finally up to four quarts on the fourth day. Fasting the entire four days consuming only the fresh juices and purified water produces best results.

If you opt not to fast, then the diet should be totally raw and vegan (100% plant based) consuming only fruits, fruit juices, vegetables, and vegetable juices. Good juices include orange, cranberry, watermelon, and vegetable juice combinations such as carrot, parsley, garlic, and ginger. Also good are purified water with lemon and/or lime juice and and kidney and bladder tea (see above) at the rate of two to six cups daily.

Most people won’t need this four-day program for dissolving stones. That is, the basic kidney-cleansing lemonade program is quite effective on its own. But I feel obligated to include it for individuals who will benefit from it. For these persons (and maybe you’re one of them) dissolving stones is an important first step in the process of kidney cleansing. Once the stones are dissolved, then you can use the lemonade-based kidney cleansing regimen at any time.

I promised (above) to include a complete discussion about bowel cleansing, which is important for detoxification under any circumstances. Bowel cleansing can be performed during kidney cleansing, liver cleansing, or separately all by itself.

BOWEL CLEANSING

A BOWEL CLEANSE IS IDEAL WHILE KIDNEY CLEANSING

Many natural care practitioners say that all cleansing begins with bowel cleansing. I believe they say this partly because their experience shows that just doing a complete bowel cleanse can significantly improve their patients’ health and “cure” many maladies. Certainly, cleansing the bowel before kidney cleansing is a good idea, and will help prepare the body for it. Bowel cleansing itself no doubt is powerful. But when combined with kidney cleansing, bowel cleansing can facilitate the cleansing process, and support processes of detoxification, rejuvenation, and creation of optimal health. So, it is always a good idea to spend at least some time during kidney cleansing to perform a bowel cleanse. It can easily be done simultaneously or separately.

A basic juice flush usually acts to cleanse the bowel. However, the ultimate goal is to facilitate the body’s creation of health by engaging in practices that act synergistically to support the most complete cleanse possible. With respect to bowel cleansing, we recommend several excellent formulas that can be used while kidney cleansing. These formulas include HPDI’s own Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, which acts to sweep the entire gastrointestinal tract.

INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

We recommend you take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula up to three times daily (away from food or juice) mixed with at least 12–16 ounces of water). Initially, you might just take it once daily at the level of one teaspoon. Eventually, you can work your way up to one teaspoon three times daily. It is important to make sure your bowel works well at the initial levels (1/2 teaspoon to 2 teaspoons) before increasing the dose. The reason for starting at lower levels is that some people can experience constipation (or reduced bowel transit time) initially due to increased fiber. The body eventually adjusts to it, and then the formula will help facilitate bowel action.

HOW IT CLEANSES THE BOWEL

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula attaches onto materials in the digestive tract, helping to move them through the digestive system for elimination. The formula sweeps away blockages, debris, hard to remove materials, and even helps clear bowel pockets. The formula includes ingredients (like slippery elm and marshmallow root) known to coat and soothe gastrointestinal membranes. It not only sweeps away hardened debris, but also softens such deposits before removal, as well as protects the lining of the entire GI tract. As a consequence of its capacity to latch onto materials in the digestive tract, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is highly effective for detoxification.

As noted, the gastrointestinal tract is often the most toxic region of the body. When blockages occur and elimination functions are compromised, the intestines can become a source of toxicity. Any blockage or reduction in proper bowel activity can create buildup of materials requiring elimination. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula helps remove blockages, so that the bowel can function normally.

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula absorbs and sequesters toxins, including toxic metals (lead and mercury), industrial chemicals (PCBs), and other poisons. It thereby performs multiple detoxification functions (both physically sweeping away encrusted deposits, cleansing bowel pockets, and removing poisons that can damage the body.

kidney cleansing intestinal rejuvenation formula hank liers original

Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is one of the most effective formulas for cleansing the bowel

AN EFFECTIVE BOWEL REGULATOR

Notably, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is useful both for sluggish bowel action and for too frequent bowel activity. For sluggish bowels, it adds bulk and clears the digestive tract with a sweep-like action. For overly frequent bowel action (or diarrhea), it regulates flow by controlling the rate of elimination. In this latter capacity, it has been known to prevent dehydration and fluid loss from chronic diarrhea.

As you might guess, a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can be taken regularly or periodically, and it will always act to help regulate bowels, remove toxins, and cleanse the bowel. I take it year-round with just a few breaks.

According the the Merck Manual, the majority of Americans (and increasingly everyone around the world) will suffer from bowel pockets, if they live long enough. Most of want to live a long life with a high quality of life. Taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help prevent bowel pockets and/or help cleanse bowel pockets if they already exist. I can think of no other single reason for taking Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula than to keep the bowel free of pockets. But the other reasons for taking it, like detoxification, sequestering of poisons, and effective bowel regulation are equally compelling.

We need to continue to cleanse our GI-tract throughout our lives, and especially as we age (and our metabolism slows). Taking a formula like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula can help extend our quality of life as we age, and perhaps extend our lives by keeping us  healthy, regular, detoxified, and free of blockages and bowel pockets.

TAKING INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

The easiest way to take Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula is to mix it into water. I usually put it into a 16-ounce mason jar with about 12 ounces of water. Shake it vigorously until well mixed, then drink. Then you can add another four ounces of water to the jar and re-shake, then drink again. This clears the jar of any loose formula, and ensures you get the entire dose.

EFFECTIVE FOR BOWEL SLUGGISHNESS

Individuals with extremely sluggish bowels may require a stronger herbal formula to support movement in the bowel. In cases of extreme bowel sluggishness, we recommend Intestinal Formula #1 (available from Dr. Richard Schulze’s American Botanical Pharmacy). If this your case, then take Intestinal Formula #1 as directed (usually one capsule daily with dinner) until the bowel function is normalized. After function normalizes, then shift onto Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula to obtain all the benefits of a fiber and herb formula designed for sweeping the gastrointestinal tract.

Okay, I realize I’ve spoken at length about bowel cleansing in an article on kidney cleansing. It’s just that important!! So please consider starting a bowel cleanse before (or during) kidney cleansing because it can make a huge difference in the effectiveness of your kidney program (and detoxification programs in general).

PERIODIC KIDNEY CLEANSING SUPPORTS OPTIMAL HEALTH

Kidney cleansing is among the best ways to improve overall health, boost energy, detoxify the body, and increase quality of life. In fact, I believe it is now essential. Given the state of the average person’s diet, the lack of proper overall nutrition, and especially the amount of toxicity in our environment (including toxicity in food, water, air, soil, and our homes and offices), there is no reason not to perform kidney cleansing regularly. That is, at least once or twice per year, and preferably once every season (spring, winter, fall, and summer).

Kidney cleansing can be an ongoing part of your lifestyle even after a you’ve completed a periodic cleanse. For example, routinely consuming fresh organic lemonade, watermelon, parsley, garlic, vegetable juices, raw foods, and kidney support herbs (e.g., kidney teas containing herbs like juniper berry, uva ursi leaf, and corn silk).

As I’ve suggested, maintaining healthy kidneys can be aided by avoiding toxins. Read Part Two of the Rejuvenation Program series (see resources below). Avoid or reduce your exposure to kidney toxic foods, liquids, and substances. This includes conventional produce (containing pesticides and GMOs) and artificial ingredients (food colorings, flavorings, preservatives, and sweeteners). Avoidance of these substances reduces your toxic load and supports kidney health.

The lemonade-based kidney cleansing program is as tasty and enjoyable as it is effective. I hope you get started on your kidney cleansing program today. And I hope you enjoy the kind of bliss that comes not only from giving your kidneys a break, but also from the improved state of health that cleaner kidneys will immediately begin providing to your entire body. Bottoms up!!

SOURCES & RESOURCES

 HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

The Summer Lemonade Diet: Refreshes, Hydrates, and Cleanses Kidneys

REJUVENATE! LEMONADE – DELICIOUS & SATISFYING

Fred’s Favorite Vegetable Juice Recipe: ‘The Doctor’

Liver Cleanse with Juices & Herbs

HPDI PRODUCTS

REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

INTESTINAL REJUVENATION FORMULA

FOUNDATIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

HEPA-PLUS

SUPPLIERS

INTEGRATEDHEALTH.COM (HPDI Products)

PACIFIC BOTANICALS (organic herbs)

BLESSED HERBS (herbs)

AMERICAN BOTANICAL PHARMACY (teas, tinctures, kits)

ADDITIONAL READING

DR. SCHULZE’S FIVE DAY KIDNEY DETOX (pdf)

THERE ARE NO INCURABLE DISEASES (pdf)

HPDI REJUVENATION PROGRAM

Rejuvenation Program: Part One 

Rejuvenation Program: Part Two

Rejuvenation Program: Part Three

Rejuvenation Program: Part Four

Rejuvenation Program: Part Five

Rejuvenation Program: Part Six

Magnesium Oil and Magnesium Chloride as a Supporting Protocol for Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation Program: Part Eight

Rejuvenation Program: Part Nine

  (Note: The practices discussed in this article are for educational purposes only. They are not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor before engaging in a program of kidney cleansing.)

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ULTIMATE PROTECTOR INGREDIENTS – TOMATO

Dr. Hank Liers, PhDUltimate Protector contains tomato, as well as components from 29 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Each of these ingredients contain substances that may be considered to be polyphenols, antioxidants and Nrf2 activators. In this article I will explore the ingredient tomato which is a component of VitaVeggie® from Futureceuticals.

For over 10 years now it has been scientifically documented that the consumption of tomatoes is protective against chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It has generally been accepted that the primary component in tomatoes responsible for this protection is the lycopene although there other carotenoids such as phytoene, phytofluene, β-carotene, and astaxanthin in tomatoes as well.

Many scientists have surmised that it was the antioxidant properties of the lycopene and other carotenoids that were responsible for protective effects, but more recent research has shown that lycopene and the other carotenoids are Nrf2 activators as well. In addition, lycopene appears to upregulate the production of the body’s protective enzymes at the the antioxidant response element (ARE) of the DNA.

tomato heirloom

Organic heirloom tomatoes

Below, I have provided a variety of abstracts that relate to the research on the protective effects of tomato and its carotenoids.

Overview of mechanisms of action of lycopene

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12424335 Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2002 Nov;227(10):920-3,Heber D1, Lu QY.

Abstract

Dietary intakes of tomatoes and tomato products containing lycopene have been shown to be associated with decreased risk of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases in numerous studies. Serum and tissue lycopene levels have also been inversely related to the risk of lung and prostate cancers. Lycopene functions as a very potent antioxidant, and this is clearly a major important mechanism of lycopene action. In this regard, lycopene can trap singlet oxygen and reduce mutagenesis in the Ames test. However, evidence is accumulating for other mechanisms as well. Lycopene at physiological concentrations can inhibit human cancer cell growth by interfering with growth factor receptor signaling and cell cycle progression specifically in prostate cancer cells without evidence of toxic effects or apoptosis of cells. Studies using human and animal cells have identified a gene, connexin 43, whose expression is upregulated by lycopene and which allows direct intercellular gap junctional communication (GJC). GJC is deficient in many human tumors and its restoration or upregulation is associated with decreased proliferation. The combination of low concentrations of lycopene with 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 exhibits a synergistic effect on cell proliferation and differentiation and an additive effect on cell cycle progression in the HL-60 promyelocytic leukemia cell line, suggesting some interaction at a nuclear or subcellular level. The combination of lycopene and lutein synergistically interact as antioxidants, and this may relate to specific positioning of different carotenoids in membranes. This review will focus on the growing body of evidence that carotenoids have unexpected biologic effects in experimental systems, some of which may contribute to their cancer preventive properties in models of carcinogenesis. Consideration of solubility in vitro, comparison with doses achieved in humans by dietary means, interactions with other phytochemicals, and other potential mechanisms such as stimulation of xenobiotic metabolism, inhibition of cholesterogenesis, modulation of cyclooxygenase pathways, and inhibition of inflammation will be considered. This review will point out areas for future research where more evidence is needed on the effects of lycopene on the etiology of chronic disease.

Processed tomato products as a source of dietary lycopene: bioavailability and antioxidant properties

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15596034

Can J Diet Pract Res. 2004 Winter;65(4):161-5, Rao AV.

Abstract

Oxidative stress is one of the major contributors to increased risk of chronic diseases. A diet rich in tomatoes and tomato products containing lycopene, a carotenoid antioxidant, has been found to protect against these chronic diseases by mitigating oxidative damage. The study aim was to evaluate the effects of a long-term tomato-rich diet, consisting of various processed tomato products, on bioavailability and antioxidant properties of lycopene. Seventeen healthy human subjects (ten men, seven non-pregnant women) participated in the study. Following a two-week washout period during which subjects avoided foods containing lycopene, all subjects consumed test tomato products including tomato juice, tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and ready-to-serve tomato soup providing 30 mg of lycopene a day for four weeks. At the end of treatment, serum lycopene level increased significantly (p <0.05), from 181.79 +/- 31.25 to 684.7 +/- 113.91 nmol/L. Similarly, total antioxidant potential increased significantly (p <0.05), from 2.26 +/- 0.015 to 2.38 +/- 0.17 mmol/L Trolox equivalent. Lipid and protein oxidation was reduced significantly (p <0.05). The results suggest that a tomato-rich diet containing different sources of lycopene can increase serum lycopene levels and reduce oxidative stress effectively.

Carotenoids activate the antioxidant response element transcription system

From: http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/4/1/177.full

Authors: Anat Ben-Dor, Michael Steiner, Larisa Gheber, Michael Danilenko, Noga Dubi,Karin Linnewiel, Anat Zick, Yoav Sharoni, and Joseph Levy

Abstract

Epidemiologic studies have found an inverse association between consumption of tomato products and the risk of certain types of cancers. However, the mechanisms underlying this relationship are not completely understood. One mechanism that has been suggested is induction of phase II detoxification enzymes. Expression of phase II enzymes is regulated by the antioxidant response element (ARE) and the transcription factor Nrf2 (nuclear factor E2-related factor. In this study, we determined the role of this transcription system in the induction of phase II enzymes by carotenoids. We found that in transiently transfected cancer cells, lycopene transactivated the expression of reporter genes fused with ARE sequences. Other carotenoids such as phytoene, phytofluene, β-carotene, and astaxanthin had a much smaller effect. An increase in protein as well as mRNA levels of the phase II enzymes NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase and γ-glutamylcysteine synthetase was observed in nontransfected cells after carotenoid treatment. Ethanolic extract of lycopene containing unidentified hydrophilic derivatives of the carotenoid activated ARE with similar potency to lycopene. The potency of the carotenoids in ARE activation did not correlate with their effect on intracellular reactive oxygen species and reduced glutathione level, which may indicate that ARE activation is not solely related to their antioxidant activity. Nrf2, which is found predominantly in the cytoplasm of control cells, translocated to the nucleus after carotenoid treatment. Interestingly, part of the translocated Nrf2 colocalized with the promyelocytic leukemia protein in the promyelocytic leukemia nuclear bodies. The increase in phase II enzymes was abolished by a dominant-negative Nrf2, suggesting that carotenoid induction of these proteins depends on a functional Nrf2 and the ARE transcription system.

tomato juice

A refreshing glass of homemade organic tomato juice.

Tomato powder supplementation activates Nrf-2 via ERK/Akt signaling pathway and attenuates heat stress-related responses in quails

From: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S037784011100085X

Authors: K. Sahina, C. Orhana, F. Akdemira, M. Tuzcub, S. Alic, N. Sahina

Abstract

Rearing birds at temperatures higher than thermoneutral temperature might impair cellular signal transduction pathways, influencing the expression of genes coding for antioxidant proteins, and affect the laying performance of the bird. This experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of tomato powder supplementation on the activation of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf-2), and phosphorylated forms of extracellular signal- regulated kinase (ERK) 1/2 and protein kinase B (Akt) in heat stressed Japanese quails (Coturnix coturnix Japonica). A total of 180 five-week-old female Japanese quails were reared either at 22 ◦ C for 24 h/d (thermoneutral, TN) or 34 ◦ C for 8 h/d (heat stress, HS) for 12 weeks. Birds were randomly fed one of the three diets: basal diet or basal diet supplemented with 25 or 50 g/kg tomato powder. Each of the 2 × 3 factorially arranged groups was replicated in 10 cages, each containing 3 quails. Significantly higher level of Nrf-2 (P<0.001), ERK 1/2 (P<0.001) and Akt (P<0.001) were found in HS quails when compared to the TN group. The effect was dose dependent, and counteracted by tomato powder supplementation. The HS group also showed a concomitant increase in the activation of nuclear factor-kappa B.

Effect of lycopene on cell viability and cell cycle progression in human cancer cell lines

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22866768

Cancer Cell Int. 2012 Aug 6;12(1):36. doi: 10.1186/1475-2867-12-36, Teodoro AJ1, Oliveira FL, Martins NB, Maia Gde A, Martucci RB, Borojevic R.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Lycopene, a major carotenoid component of tomato, has a potential anticancer activity in many types of cancer. Epidemiological and clinical trials rarely provide evidence for mechanisms of the compound’s action, and studies on its effect on cancer of different cell origins are now being done. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of lycopene on cell cycle and cell viability in eight human cancer cell lines.

METHODS:

Human cell lines were treated with lycopene (1-5 μM) for 48 and 96 h. Cell viability was monitored using the method of MTT. The cell cycle was analyzed by flow cytometry, and apoptotic cells were identified by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick labeling (TUNEL) and by DAPI.

RESULTS:

Our data showed a significant decrease in the number of viable cells in three cancer cells lines (HT-29, T84 and MCF-7) after 48 h treatment with lycopene, and changes in the fraction of cells retained in different cell cycle phases. Lycopene promoted also cell cycle arrest followed by decreased cell viability in majority of cell lines after 96 h, as compared to controls. Furthermore, an increase in apoptosis was observed in four cell lines (T-84, HT-29, MCF-7 and DU145) when cells were treated with lycopene.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings show the capacity of lycopene to inhibit cell proliferation, arrest cell cycle in different phases and increase apoptosis, mainly in breast, colon and prostate lines after 96 h. These observations suggest that lycopene may alter cell cycle regulatory proteins depending on the type of cancer and the dose of lycopene administration. Taken together, these data indicated that the antiproliferative effect of lycopene was cellular type, time and dose-dependent.

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The beauty of tomatoes

A dose-response study on the effects of purified lycopene supplementation on biomarkers of oxidative stress

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18689558

J Am Coll Nutr. 2008 Apr;27(2):267-73, Devaraj S1, Mathur S, Basu A, Aung HH, Vasu VT, Meyers S, Jialal I.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

While tomato product supplementation, containing antioxidant carotenoids, including lycopene, decreases oxidative stress, the role of purified lycopene as an antioxidant remains unclear. Thus, we tested the effects of different doses of purified lycopene supplementation on biomarkers of oxidative stress in healthy volunteers.

METHODS:

This was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, examining the effects of 8-week supplementation of purified lycopene, on plasma lycopene levels, biomarkers of lipid peroxidation {LDL oxidizability, malondialdehyde & hydroxynonenals (MDA & HNE), urinary F(2)-isoprostanes}, and markers of DNA damage in urine and lymphocytes. Healthy adults (n = 77, age > or = 40 years), consumed a lycopene-restricted diet for 2 weeks, and were then randomized to receive 0, 6.5, 15, or 30 mg lycopene/day for 8 weeks, while on the lycopene-restricted diet. Blood and urine samples were collected at the beginning and end of Week 2 of lycopene-restricted diet, and at end of Week 10 of the study.

RESULTS:

Independent of the dose, plasma lycopene levels significantly increased in all lycopene supplemented groups versus placebo (p < 0.05). ANOVA revealed a significant decrease in DNA damage by the comet assay (p = 0.007), and a significant decrease in urinary 8-hydroxy deoxoguanosine (8-OHdG) at 8 weeks versus baseline (p = 0.0002), with 30 mg lycopene/day. No significant inter- or intra-group differences were noted for glucose, lipid profile, or other biomarkers of lipid peroxidation at any dose/time point.

CONCLUSIONS:

Thus, purified lycopene was bioavailable and was shown to decrease DNA oxidative damage and urinary 8-OHdG at the high dose.

Tomatoes versus lycopene in oxidative stress and carcinogenesis: conclusions from clinical trials

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16929242

Eur J Clin Nutr. 2007 Mar;61(3):295-303. Epub 2006 Aug 16, Basu A1, Imrhan V.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review the effects of tomato product supplementation, containing lycopene, on biomarkers of oxidative stress and carcinogenesis in human clinical trials.

RESULTS:

Supplementation of tomato products, containing lycopene, has been shown to lower biomarkers of oxidative stress and carcinogenesis in healthy and type II diabetic patients, and prostate cancer patients, respectively. Processed tomato products like tomato juice, tomato paste, tomato puree, tomato ketchup and tomato oleoresin have been shown to provide bioavailable sources of lycopene, with consequent increases in plasma lycopene levels versus baseline. Dietary fats enhance this process and should be consumed together with food sources of lycopene. The mechanisms of action involve protection of plasma lipoproteins, lymphocyte DNA and serum proteins against oxidative damage, and anticarcinogenic effects, including reduction of prostate-specific antigen, upregulation of connexin expression and overall decrease in prostate tumor aggressiveness. There is limited in vivo data on the health benefits of lycopene alone. Most of the clinical trials with tomato products suggest a synergistic action of lycopene with other nutrients, in lowering biomarkers of oxidative stress and carcinogenesis.

CONCLUSIONS:

Consumption of processed tomato products, containing lycopene, is of significant health benefit and can be attributed to a combination of naturally occurring nutrients in tomatoes. Lycopene, the main tomato carotenoid, contributes to this effect, but its role per se remains to be investigated.

SUMMARY

It is reassuring to know that our old friend, the tomato, and its lycopene constituent are able to protect us from chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It is even more reassuring to understand that phytonutrients from tomato such as lycopene can act as powerful Nrf2 activators and are able to stimulate the production of protective endogenous enzymes. You can now appreciate the value of adding tomato (as a component of VitaVeggie®) to the list of ingredients in Ultimate Protector.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

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ULTIMATE PROTECTOR INGREDIENTS – ARONIA (CHOKEBERRY)

Dr. Hank Liers, PhD aronia (chokeberry) nrf2 ultimate protectorUltimate Protector contains aronia (chokeberry), as well as components from 29 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Each of these ingredients contain substances that may be considered to be polyphenols, antioxidants and Nrf2 activators. In this article I will explore the ingredient aronia (chokeberry) which is a component of Anthocomplete® from Futureceuticals.

Aronia melanocarpa (black chokeberry) has attracted scientific interest due to its deep purple, almost black pigmentation that arises from dense contents of polyphenols, especially anthocyanins. Total polyphenol content is 1752 mg per 100 g in fresh berries, anthocyanin content is 1480 mg per 100 g, and proanthocyanidin concentration is 664 mg per 100 g. These values are among the highest measured in plants to date.

Aronia (Chokeberry)

Black Aronia (Chokeberry) in the wild.

The plant produces these pigments mainly in the leaves and skin of the berries to protect the pulp and seeds from constant exposure to ultraviolet radiation and production of free radicals. By absorbing UV rays in the blue-purple spectrum, leaf and skin pigments filter intense sunlight, serve antioxidant functions and thereby have a role assuring regeneration of the species.

Analysis of polyphenols in chokeberries has identified the following individual chemicals (among hundreds known to exist in the plant kingdom): cyanidin-3-galactoside, cyanidin-3-arabinoside, quercetin-3-glycoside, epicatechin, caffeic acid, delphinidin, petunidin, pelargonidin, peonidin, and malvidin.All these except caffeic acid are members of the flavonoid category of phenolics.

In a standard measurement of antioxidant strength, the oxygen radical absorbance capacity or ORAC, demonstrates aronia to have one of the highest values yet recorded for a fruit — 16,062 micro moles of Trolox Eq. per 100 g. The components contributing to this high measurement were both anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, with the proanthocyanidin level “among the highest in foods”, which may explain their potent astringent taste.

Below we provide information from several research articles that highlight some of the potential health effects of Aronia (Chokeberry)

 

Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
A Review on the Characteristic Components and Potential Health Effects

From: https://www.thieme-connect.com/products/ejournals/html/10.1055/s-0028-1088306

Abstract

The intention of this review is to contribute to a better understanding of the potentials of the nutritional contribution of Aronia berries (Aronia melanocarpa). The paper gives a short background to their botanical classification and cultivation practice, going in detail to describe the chemical composition of the berries. The emphasis is laid thereby upon the phenolic constituents. The paper finally gives a short resume of their beneficial effects in biological systems in vitro, in animals, and in humans, thus underlining their medicinal potential.

Antioxidant Effect

Aronia (Chokeberry)

Black Aronia (Chokeberry)

A few reports also describe an antioxidant effect in an animal model, where chokeberry anthocyanins decrease lipid peroxidation and enhance the activity of enzymes which are involved in the antioxidant defense system. One further study noted that the red pigment fraction of chokeberry fruits composed of cyanidin derivatives is a potent scavenger of DPPH radicals in both in vitro and in vivo systems and is able to prevent in a dose-dependent manner gastric mucosal damage that was induced by the subsequent application of ethanol. The authors suggested that one of the mechanisms by which the extract suppresses the development of the gastric mucosal damage is the scavenging of active oxygen by its cyanidin derivatives since the suppression of gastric acid secretion was not observed. An antioxidant effect was also found in humans, where a dietary supplementation with chokeberry juice limits the exercise-induced oxidative damage to red blood cells in rowers.

Inhibition of cancer cell proliferation

Many reports suggest anti-proliferative or protective effects of chokeberries and/or chokeberry extracts against colon cancer on the basis of in vitro studies and in one animal study. An anthocyanin-rich extract from Aronia melanocarpa was shown to inhibit the growth as well as to stimulate apoptosis of human HT-29 colon cancer cells but exerted only little effect on the growth of non-transformed NCM460 colonic cells. Interestingly, the chokeberry extract inhibited the growth to a greater extent than grape and bilberry anthocyanin-rich extracts when inhibition was compared at similar concentrations of monomeric anthocyanin. Another study demonstrated that the exposure to chokeberry juice inhibited Caco-2 cell proliferation by causing G2/M cell cycle arrest. Gene expression analysis revealed that the tumour suppressor carcinoembryonic antigen-related cell adhesion molecule 1 (CEACAM1), whose expression is known to be reduced in the majority of early adenomas and carcinomas, was up-regulated in the Caco-2 cells following repetitive exposure to dietary levels of chokeberry juice. The anticarcinogenic potential was further supported by data from an animal study using male rats treated with the colon carcinogen azoxymethane. An anthocyanin-rich extract from chokeberry inhibited the formation of the azoxymethane-induced aberrant crypt foci, a tentative marker of dysplasia and malignant transformation, and decreased the colonic epithelial cell proliferation rate as well as the faecal bile acid concentration. The data go in line with recent studies reporting that isolated cyanidin 3-O-glucoside exhibits chemopreventive activities.

Antimutagenic effects

Phenolic compounds isolated from berries of Aronia melanocarpa also exert an antimutagenic activity. Anthocyanins isolated from aronia (chokeberry) markedly inhibited the mutagenic activity of benzo[a]pyrene and 2-aminofluorene in the Ames test as well as in the sister chromatid exchange assay with cultured human lymphocytes. Furthermore, aronia juice intake was shown to inhibit the endogenous generation of N-nitrosamines in rats treated with aminopyrin plus sodium nitrite. In consequence, histopathological changes observed in livers of rats fed with nitrosamine precursors were prevented by co-treatment with aronia juice.

Hepatoprotective effects

In an animal study, anthocyanins from aronia (chokeberry) decreased the toxicity and accumulation of cadmium in the liver and kidney of rats receiving both these components in their diet. It may testify to the possibility of anthocyanins chelating metal ions which in consequence may decrease the damages caused by cadmium. Interestingly, a hepatoprotective effect of aronia juice was also observed in rats after acute exposure to carbon tetrachloride (CCl4). The liver cytotoxicity from CCl4 is dependent upon its metabolism by cytochrome P450 to highly reactive trichloromethyl free radicals. The reaction of the CCl3 radical with oxygen initiates lipid peroxidation which results ultimately in the cell death. Aronia (chokeberry) juice prevented the CCl4-induced increase of lipid peroxidation as measured by the malonodialdehyde content in rat liver and plasma. One might conclude that the ability of anthocyanins and/or other phenolic constituents to scavenge free radicals is mainly responsible for the observed effect.

Cardioprotective effects

Aronia (chokeberry) can positively influence several risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In vitro experiments demonstrate that the phenolic constituents contribute to the protection and restoration of endothelial cells and consequently to their function. Furthermore anti-platelet effects, as well as vasoactive and vasoprotective properties in porcine coronary arteries were observed. In an experimental model of hyperlipidaemia in rats aronia fruit juice hindered the dietary-induced elevation of plasma total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and plasma lipids. In men with a mild hypercholesterolaemia regular aronia (chokeberry) juice drinking (250 mL per day) for six weeks resulted in a significant decrease in serum total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and trigylceride level whereas the HDL2 cholesterol level was increased. Furthermore a moderate but significant decrease in serum glucose, homocysteine and fibrinogen concentration was noted. The metabolic changes were associated with a reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure by a mean of 13 and 7 mm Hg, respectively. A similar hypotensive effect of a flavonoid-rich extract from chokeberry fruits was lately observed in patients after myocardial infarction, treated simultaneously with statins and in patients with diabetes mellitus type II. Other effects studied include enhanced reduction in cardiovascular risk markers in patients after myocardial infarction suggesting a possible clinical use for secondary prevention of isachaemic heart diesease.

Antidiabetes effects

Research of other authors has demonstrated that Aronia melanocarpa anthocyanins might be useful in the prevention and control of diabetes mellitus type II and diabetes-associated complications. In an animal model the administration of aronia (chokeberry) fruit juice to diabetic rats appeared to attenuate hyperglycaemia and hypertriglyceridaemia. In a human intervention study the daily intake of 200 mL aronia (chokeberry) juice over a period of 3 months was effective in lowering fasting glucose levels in patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes. Furthermore aronia (chokeberry) juice showed a beneficial effect on HbA1c-glycosylated haemoglobin, total cholesterol and lipid levels. These findings go in line with reports showing an effect of other procyanidin-rich foods on diabetes. Recent human studies also document that aronia (chokeberry) juice may be useful in in the treatment of obesity disorders.

Conclusions

In conclusion, aronia (chokeberry) (Aronia melanocarpa), a lesser known berry fruit, is one of the richest plant sources of highly interesting phenolic phytochemicals including procyanidins and anthocyanins. The high content as well as the pattern of the phenolic constituents seems to be responsible for the wide range of its potential medicinal and therapeutic effects. Further studies are needed to understand the beneficial effects reported so far also from the mechanistic point of view. However, it seems desirable that the spread and popularity of aronia (chokeberry) food products in the future will increase and expand consumers’ choice for healthy berry fruits.

 

 

Protective effect of chokeberry on chemical-induced oxidative stress in rat.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20488852

Hum Exp Toxicol. 2011 Mar;30(3):199-208. doi: 10.1177/0960327110371697. Epub 2010 May 20. Kujawska M1, Ignatowicz E, Ewertowska M, Oszmiański J, Jodynis-Liebert J.

Abstract

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Male Wistar rats were treated with chokeberry juice per os, 10 mL/kg/day, for 28 days and a single intraperitoneal (i.p.) dose of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), 150 mg/kg, or carbon tetrachloride (CCl(4)), 2 ml/kg. The level of hepatic microsomal lipid peroxidation, expressed as thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), was increased in animals dosed with NDEA and CCl(4). Juice pretreatment resulted in a significant decrease in TBARS by 53% and 92%, respectively. In rats administered juice alone, 50% decrease in TBARS was noted. The activities of all antioxidant enzymes were decreased in the liver of rats administered either toxicant by 29%-52% as compared to controls. Juice pretreatment resulted in an increase in the activity of catalase, glutathione peroxidase and glutathione reductase by 117%, 56% and 44%, respectively, only in rats challenged with NDEA. Although no response of plasma protein carbonyls to both toxicants was observed, the pretreatment with juice caused a 55% decrease of this parameter in CCl(4)-dosed rats. DNA damage in blood leukocytes induced by either toxicant was slightly reduced, by 24%, in the rats pretreated with juice and administered NDEA. The results of the study showed that pretreatment with chokeberry juice confers some protection against chemical-induced oxidative stress.

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 912769, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/912769

 

The Involvement of a Polyphenol-Rich Extract of Black Chokeberry in Oxidative Stress on Experimental Arterial Hypertension

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3600185/

Manuela Ciocoiu,1 Laurentiu Badescu,2 Anca Miron,3 and Magda Badescu1

Abstract

The aim of this study is to characterize the content of Aronia melanocarpa Elliott (black chokeberry) extract and also to estimate the influence of polyphenolic compounds contained in chokeberries on oxidative stress, on an L-NAME-induced experimental model of arterial hypertension. The rat blood pressure values were recorded using a CODA Noninvasive Blood Pressure System. HPLC/DAD coupled with ElectroSpray Ionization-Mass Spectrometry allowed identification of five phenolic compounds in berries ethanolic extract as follows: chlorogenic acid, kuromanin, rutin, hyperoside, and quercetin. The serous activity of glutathione-peroxidase (GSH-Px) has significantly lower values in the hypertensive (AHT) group as compared to the group protected by polyphenols (AHT + P). The total antioxidant capacity (TAC) values are lower in the AHT group and they are significantly higher in the AHT + P group. All the measured blood pressure components revealed a biostatistically significant blood pressure drop between the AHT group and the AHT + P group. The results reveal the normalization of the reduced glutathion (GSH) concentration as well as a considerable reduction in the malondialdehyde (MDA) serum concentration in the AHT + P group. Ethanolic extract of black chokeberry fruits not only has a potential value as a prophylactic agent but also may function as a nutritional supplement in the management of arterial hypertension.

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 912769, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/912769

Extracts, anthocyanins and procyanidins from Aronia melanocarpa as radical scavengers and enzyme inhibitors.

From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23459328
Bräunlich M1, Slimestad RWangensteen HBrede CMalterud KEBarsett H.

Abstract

Extracts, subfractions, isolated anthocyanins and isolated procyanidins B2, B5 and C1 from the berries and bark of Aronia melanocarpa were investigated for their antioxidant and enzyme inhibitory activities. Four different bioassays were used, namely scavenging of the diphenylpicrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical, inhibition of 15-lipoxygenase (15-LO), inhibition of xanthine oxidase (XO) and inhibition of α-glucosidase. Among the anthocyanins, cyanidin 3-arabinoside possessed the strongest and cyanidin 3-xyloside the weakest radical scavenging and enzyme inhibitory activity. These effects seem to be influenced by the sugar units linked to the anthocyanidin. Subfractions enriched in procyanidins were found to be potent α-glucosidase inhibitors; they possessed high radical scavenging properties, strong inhibitory activity towards 15-LO and moderate inhibitory activity towards XO. Trimeric procyanidin C1 showed higher activity in the biological assays compared to the dimeric procyanidins B2 and B5. This study suggests that different polyphenolic compounds of A. melanocarpa can have beneficial effects in reducing blood glucose levels due to inhibition of α-glucosidase and may have a potential to alleviate oxidative stress.

Nutrients. 2013 Mar 4;5(3):663-78. doi: 10.3390/nu5030663.

 

SUMMARY

Aronia (chokeberry) is an exciting fruit full of important polyphenols, antioxidants and Nrf2 activators that help to make Ultimate Protector such an outstanding nutritional supplement. This ingredient is becoming much more well known as research studies identify its many benefits. Recently, I was happy to find that the Knudsen “Just Fruit” brand has introduced “Just Aronia”. Try it!!!

 

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