Optimal Food Efficiency With Raw Superfood Smoothies

“Is it really possible for you to achieve optimal health and wellness just by drinking a smoothie? What if you could look younger, feel better and have more energy by simply enjoying a ‘NO diet’ diet?”

Drinking smoothies, raw smoothies, is one of the most efficient ways to eat for optimal health and well-being. It enables the body to process the food quickly and easily, allowing for maximum absorption of nutrients, fueling the body faster, and enables proper elimination of waste (which there isn’t very much of). This is because smoothies are easier on the digestion than solid foods.

Drinking raw smoothies is TRUE Optimal Food Efficiency!

The digestive system requires several hours to breakdown meals. Some meals, which include animal fats and protein take up to 24 hours or more to breakdown – that’s very hard on the body. Another reason why smoothies are a more efficient food source is because part of the difficulty in digesting is due to the composition of the food when it’s eaten. We are supposed to chew our food to the point that it becomes mush before the food enters our digestive track. However, the average person eats so much, so quickly, paying little attention to chewing, that the digestive system has to work overtime just to break the food down in order for the body to absorb the necessary nutrients.

Because it takes so long to break this excess of un-chewed food, the food swallowed becomes rancid and toxic to the body, causing it to literally clog our system and void elimination and proper absorption of nutrients. This causes all kinds of digestive illnesses, blood disorders, elimination disorders, weight gain, malnutrition, and disease. All these ailments caused from improper eating and digestion will lead to stress on the heart, liver, lungs, and brain – speeding up the aging process, depriving you of optimal health and well-being, and eventually resulting in death.

That’s more than enough reason to consider drinking more smoothies – RAW SMOOTHIES!

So why does it have to be raw?

Well, raw smoothies are made from raw, fresh, and living ingredients – preferably organic. If you depend on drinking smoothies made from cooked or processed ingredients, you are missing the point of “feeding” your body with nutrition.

According to Wikipedia, “Food processing is the set of methods and techniques used to transform raw ingredients into food or to transform food into other forms for consumption by humans or animals either in the home or by the food processing industry. Food processing typically takes clean, harvested crops or slaughtered and butchered animal products and uses these to produce attractive, marketable and often long-life food products. Similar process are used to produce animal feed.”

Most of these bad processed foods include everything from canned food, packaged snack foods, and convenience foods, frozen meals, processed meats and dairy products, food products made with refine white flour, candy, soda – you name it! Most of the food products carried in the local grocery store is NOT REAL FOOD – it’s processed!

“Why is it bad for you?” It’s bad for you because the fresh and natural food that was used to make it was transformed through the use of chemical additives, flavorings, and preservatives, high levels of sodium, bleached flours, corn sugars, saturated fats, MSG, food dyes, and whatever else needed to make the food look and taste appealing, while preserving the life of the food on the shelf. Granted, the original intent of preserving the food was for good reason – but now it’s out of control! People don’t eat food any more – we eat chemicals! No wonder we’re sick! “You get the point!”

“What are the best types of raw smoothies to drink?”

Well, variety is always best for a balanced diet. Fresh fruit smoothies are wonderful, but green smoothies will provide the best overall nutrition. I personally drink a fruit smoothie in the morning and two green smoothies during the day. Green smoothies are best when made with dark leafy greens such as raw spinach, kale, and Romaine lettuce. Dark leafy greens are considered some of the most nutrient-rich foods on the planet. These are the true living SUPER FOODS!

To sweeten up the greens, add one or two bananas, or chunks of fresh mango, peaches, or berries. Apple and pear go great with greens too. I will also add fresh coconut water, or purified water, or even freshly made nut milk to the mix. These smoothies are refreshing, packed with nutrition, easy on the digestion, and energizing too!

Fruit smoothies and green smoothies make great meal replacements too! Simple, fast, and with minimal clean-up! “Now that’s food efficiency!”

Article written by Debbie Marsh, Raw-Riffic Food. All rights reserved 2009©

Note. The statements claimed in this article are based on personal research and experience, and have not been evaluated by an authority of any sort. I encourage you to take responsibility for your own health, research, experience, and find what is best for you. Peace!

Brain Conditioning and Maintenance

8 Ways to Increase Brain Function and Improve Brain Health:

1) Eat healthy snacks, such as raw almonds, walnuts and blueberries. These snacks help improve cognition, and keep the brain functioning correctly due to the high antioxidant properties, and omega-3s. Walnuts can improve mood and reduce inflammation that can lead to killing brain cells. It also replaces the loss of melatonin, also necessary for a healthy, happy brain.

2) “Dance the night away!” Dancing is a super-power brain activity that activates brain motor centers that form new neural connections. It also reduces brain stress.

3) Go for a walk. Walking helps blood flow to the brain, and lowers blood sugar, improving clear thinking.

4) Believe it or not – play video games! Video games that offer brain teasers, and challenge you to master the computer, all boost the formation of new neural connections, and help with response time and memory – plus it’s lots of fun!

5) Stimulate the brain by learning something new, reading, or doing cross word puzzles, and so forth. All these activities help keep the mind fresh, and active, and help with preventing dementia – and learning something new is always beneficial.

6) Find ways to relieve undue stress, as well as control anger. Don’t allow the stress of anger, or stressful relations overwhelm you. Take time to cool down, and retreat. Chronic anger, and stressful situations, creates chronic stress and shrinks the memory centers in the brain. Get support to help cope better, and learn new ways of interacting and managing stress.

7) Mediate. Meditation helps lessen feelings of depression and anxiety.

8) Get plenty of restful sleep. Poor sleep or lack of rest is one of the most detrimental things to the brain. Sleeping is when the brain consolidates memories. Medical conditions that cause sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, or insomnia, interfere with rest and can cause more serious brain health issues. Try relaxing or meditating before bed, even light yoga – anything that will reduce the stress hormone, cortisol.

Books on Brain Health

The Brain Diet: The Connection Between Nutrition, Mental Health, and Intelligence

by: Alan C. Logan

Women’s Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health

by: Deborah Sichel, Jeanne Watson Driscoll

The Unwell Brain: Understanding the Psychobiology of Mental Health

by: F. Scott Kraly

This Is Your Brain on Joy: A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth

Keep Your Brain Young: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health and Longevity

by: Guy McKhann, Marilyn Albert

Brain Health And Raw Food

Eat, Think, And Be Healthy – Raw Food The Optimal Brain Food

I decided to tackle the topic of food versus raw foods and the impact it has on brain health and function. I believe this article will provide a very strong argument for reconsidering the way you and your family eat. Hopefully you will think twice before allowing you or your family the option of eating foods that are processed, or include refined flours and sugars, GMO foods, MSG, sodas, deep fried foods, and so forth – you get the point! These foods are not only poison to the blood, poison to the gut, poison to the body – they are SIGNIFICANTLY POISONOUS TO THE BRAIN!

Please understand my intention is not to make you feel guilty for what you have been eating or what you have been feeding your family. However, it is my intent to make you very aware of the information that is out there to help you make better choices so that you may protect yourself and your family from any undue harm, and to create a more fulfilling life abundant in good health and well-being.

For thousands of years, Oriental philosophers have studied the effects of food on the mind. Based on the research that I found, the concept of certain foods creating certain moods really makes sense to me when I apply it to my own reality.

Pure foods, consisting primarily of fresh fruits and vegetables were considered calming, producing clarity and tranquility within the mind.

Stimulating foods consisting of spices, meat, onions and such create animalistic behaviors such as restlessness and an unsatisfied mind. These are direct causes of emotional outbreaks, and anxiety disorders.

Impure foods consisting of processed, preserved, or putrefied foods are known to decrease thinking, and dull the senses, as well as contribute to chronic mental disorders and illnesses. Plus, these types of foods directly accelerate the aging process.

Although these are just studies and many people may disregard these claims, if you truly analyze it, these examples fit pretty closely to how a lot of people live and act.

Face it, what you eat affects all parts of your being – physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually, ethically, physiologically – “You are what you eat!”

More examples of how the food we eat can affect your brain:

Many people knowingly and unknowingly suffer from food allergies, such as wheat products. Wheat has been known to cause aggressive behaviors and emotional outbursts.

Eating foods high in fat will dull the mind and cloud thinking. This is because fat digestion is so demanding on the body that much of the body’s blood is diverted away from the brain to the digestion, resulting in slower processing of thoughts, as well as mild depression. So obviously, if someone is eating an extreme diet high in fats, the effects on the brain will be much more dramatic and damaging – with the possibility of complete personality transformations, and mental breakdowns.

The brain basically competes with the heart, liver, muscles, lungs, and fat cells for blood sugar (known as glucose). This is considered a simple sugar which causes too much insulin to be released into the blood stream, resulting in low blood sugar. This can lead to hypoglycemia, which can and will damage the brain if not properly treated.

Consuming white sugar will deplete the body of B-vitamins. B-vitamins are important for preventing nervousness and mental depression. Most people who suffer from anxiety and mental disorders usually are deficient in B-vitamins. White sugar has been linked to emotional outbreaks from children, especially with adolescents. This is mostly in part because of the large consumption of sodas and candy consumed on a regular basis by the average child. Long-term sugar consumption can lead to serious and chronic blood-sugar problems, which could manifest as diabetes or hypoglycemia. Or even, depression, irritability, and severe anxiety. SUGAR KILLS!

Foods that are cooked (specifically over-cooked) or preserved with additives and chemicals are considered poison to the body, as these foods saturate the bloodstream with toxins that directly interfere with brain function.

Mental and emotional health is a direct result of the nutritional balance of the body. If foods that are low in nutrition, or high in toxins are consumed, than mental and emotional health declines rapidly. If foods high in nutrients are consumed, than mental and emotional health greatly improves. It’s as simple as that!

I’m sure many of you are aware of the serious dangers to be had from the consumption of aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Most processed foods, including sodas, gum, and many packaged dried foods include these ingredients. These additives or flavor enhancers include a substance called ex-ci-to-tox-in. This substance purposely stimulates neurons to the death, resulting in various degrees of brain damage, or harm to the brain and nervous system, resulting in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), and others. THIS KILLS!

While alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs are truly killers too – we must remember that these items are regulated, and there are laws to force people to take responsibility when making choices to indulge in these things. However, there is no protection or accountability for the FOOD WE EAT. There are no campaigns or legal actions to prevent families from feeding their children and themselves greasy fast-food burgers, or sodas by the case full, over indulging in large amounts of “non” foods. Even our pets are subjected to this unhealthy way of living, by feeding them table scraps, or processed pet foods. In fact, as long as there is FDA approval for these things, and cultural acceptance due to complacency or ignorance, our species will continue to grow sicker and fatter – It wouldn’t surprise me if we became extinct!

Have you taken notice on how there are more and more cases of physiological disorders in children and adolescents then ever before. We suffer from ADHD, ADD, OCD, depression, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, bi-polar%u2026the list goes on! It can all be directly linked to what they eat, and how they are encouraged to live their life.

It’s time to TAKE ACTION, and start taking care of our health by taking responsibility for what we put in our bodies.

Foods that heal and feed the brain:

The more raw food you include in your diet, and the less process foods you consume, the healthier your body and your brain will feel. Since mental illness is usually caused from a severe hormonal and chemical imbalance in the brain, consuming animal flesh is not a good choice for brain health. Animal flesh is pumped with hormones, pesticides, and causes high levels of acidity which causes these hormonal imbalances. Eating a high raw and organic diet will eliminate these issues, and regulate body chemistry for a healthier mind.

Not only does the body create waste, but so does the brain. Toxins and excess fat contribute to impaired brain function, causing the brain cells to accumulate cellular garbage or “lipofuscin”, which is a by-product of fats and toxins. This brain garbage will kill and damage the neurons in your brain leading to serious brain damage. Raw and living foods place little or no toxic matter in the body, helping in the prevention of oxidation in the brain, and decreasing or eliminating this type of brain garbage from occurring.

The brain needs foods rich in iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc for proper functioning. Other nutrients to consider include trace minerals, including Chromium and Selenium. Phosphorous, manganese, inosital, boron, B vitamins (including folic acid), bioflavonoids, phytochemicals, and antioxidants are also all very important to proper brain function and health.

Did you know that magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body? Increasing magnesium intake is beneficial for all functions of the body. Good sources of magnesium include pumpkin, flax, sesame, and other seeds, almonds, Brazil nuts, leafy greens, avocados, bananas, and kelp. Also, raw cacao is also considered a very good source of magnesium – “Let’s hear it for chocolate!”

Some of the best brain food can be found within raw nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds, and other varieties are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals all essential for proper brain function. Flax seed helps reduce hyperactivity, and improves mental focus, which is a result of the great amount of omega-3 fatty acids.

Fresh fruit provides the best type of glucose for the bloodstream that the brain needs to function properly. Grapes provide the blood with readily-assimilated natural sugars and minerals that are conducive to mental activity. Blue berries and goji berries are rich in antioxidants improving mental clarity.

The brain also needs natural sodium for optimal health. Spinach and celery are one of the best providers of this sodium. In fact, dark leafy greens and seaweeds are the most nutrient rich foods for healing and maintaining a healthy brain, and emotional stability. They alkalize the body, automatically creating conditions for more power and positive thinking.

In summary, the key to a healthy brain is to eliminate all processed foods from the diet. The more fresh, raw and living foods that you consume, the healthier the body, mind, and spirit. In addition, get plenty of rest, exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and good brain stimulation (the brain can atrophy just like a muscle can), and your end result will be a healthy, happy brain!

Think happy, think healthy!

Recommended reading:

RawFoodExplained.com – Nutrition Mind and the Emotions

HealthNewsDigest.com -Mental Ability and Mental Health Through The Raw Food Diet

Rawmom.com/blog – Feeding Your Brain (Part 1 – 5)

Is Your Child’s Brain Starving?, written by Dr. Michael R Lyon and Dr. Christine Laurell

Green For Life, written by Victoria Boutenko

Reprinted from an e-newsletter written by Debbie Marsh, Raw-Riffic Food. All rights reserved 2009©

Go Nuts!

“Almond Milk, The Natural Alternative To Dairy!”

(Article Reprint, Raw-Riffic Happenings! Issue 8/15/09, e-Newsletter)

If you are like me, milk does not do your body good. Being lactose intolerant, cow’s milk is out of the question for me. Sad, but true, milk causes diarrhea, abdominal discomfort and bloating. This is because lactose intolerance means the inability to digest the sugar in cow’s milk. Not being able to drink milk means that a person can’t enjoy milk-by products such as cheese, yogurt, cream or butter – or can they? Actually they can, if these things are made from another source – like NUTS!

Nut milk, specifically almond milk, has been used for centuries. During the Middle Ages almond milk was the preferred drink as it is high in protein content, and able to keep better than dairy milk during a time that refrigeration was not an option.Almond milk could be made as needed, and in the quantities needed. The dry almonds were easily stored and did not require cold temperatures to keep fresh.Almond milk was known in both the Islamic world and Christendom as a suitable drink for consumption during Lent. This is because being a nut that is a seed of a fruit of a plant, makes almond milk a vegetable in composition.

Historically, almond milk was called amygdalate, and was consumed over a region that stretched from the Middle East to East Asia. The Chinese introduced and reintroduced dairy milk with little success. Creating nut and legume milk was more popular and common amongst Asia and Europe for several hundred years until about the end of the 18th century. So you could easily say that nut milk came before cow’s milk. Nut milk has and is a great alternative to dairy milk for vegetarians and vegans alike. It is actually preferred over soy milk (which many people have a low tolerance for). That’s why it is a staple amongst the raw food community.

Almond milk is unquestionably nutritious with little to no saturated fat, and no lactose. Cow’s milk, however, is very high in fat, in addition to being indigestible for most. Almonds are a rich source of B vitamins, E, and minerals – including zinc, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, copper and iron. “It’s great Brain food!” It has been associated with lowering the risk of heart attack due to its high levels of unsaturated fat. Almond milk is a rich source of protein (1oz of almonds is equal to 12% of the daily protein requirement) and omega fatty acids too. It is truly a power food!

Obviously almond milk is a much more nutritious and safe beverage to pour over cereal, use in smoothies and shakes, make ice cream, and cheeses – “Yes, nut cheeses!” Almond milk is with-out-a-doubt the best alternative to any dairy product! (Please note, anyone with a peanut allergy should verify no almond allergy exists prior to using almonds as an alternative to milk).

Where can I find almond or nut milk?

Well, more and more grocery stores and super markets both natural and mass, are carrying a variety of almond nut milks. These commercially made almond milk products are often enriched with vitamins, and come in plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors. However, commercially made almond milk is not nearly as nutritious as almond milk that is made fresh and raw. One must be careful when using these commercially made products as they are usually made produced with additives and sweeteners. This is because it is very difficult to keep products made from fresh dairy, soy or nut in a grocery store environment for long periods of time. They have to be processed and slightly pasteurized to avoid spoilage. Therefore, the commercially made almond product will not be as nutritious or safe as fresh rawalmond milk – so make your own!

How do you make almond milk, or any kind of nut milk for that matter?

Making the nut milk is super easy. The standard recipe is usually for making almond milk, but can be applied to most nut milks. Almond milk is usually the preferred choice for several reasons, it’s less expensive than other nuts, it’s the least acidic nut, and should cause no problems, it’s the closest in taste to dairy milk, making it a great alternative, and it’s readily available at most grocery stores and supermarkets. “Now let’s make some almond milk.”

Almond Milk 101:

A good rule of thumb is to use 1 cup of almonds (or nuts) to 4-5 cups of purified water. It’s best to use raw almonds (as raw as you can find obviously – meaning not roasted, or salted). Although some prefer to blanch the almonds first, it is not necessary. However, it is advised to soak the nuts for at least 4 hours or more. I prefer to soak the nuts over night. This helps to release the enzymes making the nuts even more nutritious and easier to digest, as well as making the nut milk much creamier, since the nuts will break down better in the blender. You can sweeten the milk too, by adding a 1 or 2 pitted dates per cup of almonds, or a drizzle of raw agave nectar, or a few drops of stevia. I usually use the dates, with a little non-alcoholic, organic vanilla extract.

Another good “additive” to use, but not necessary is lecithin granules. I use a little more than half a teaspoon to a cup of nuts in my milk. It makes a very creamy, smooth milk base. Plus it helps keep the composition of the milk whole (doesn’t separate as easily). This milk with or without the flavorings will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 or 5 days in an airtight container. I recommend using a mason jar – it’s better for your health.

All ingredients are placed in a blender. Although a high-speed blender is preferred it is not necessary. I for one still do not own these powerful appliances (although one day I will), and have had great success using my standard blender. Blend the ingredients on high until the mixture looks well combine, and smooth. You can change the consistency by using more or less water. The final product should look like milk. Next, you will need to strain the milk. Or, you can drink it as is, getting all the benefits of the almond.

Straining the milk: To strain the milk, use a nylon or silk mesh bag, also called a “nut or sprout bag” sold in health food stores or you can use muslin or tights. Cheesecloth could work, but can become very messy and cumbersome. I usually place the nut bag in a big bowl, so I can squeeze the milk out of the bag into the bowl. It’s kind of like milking a cow – fun and easy. Once all the milk has been strained out of the bag, pour the milk into a container. The remaining pulp can be used to make raw crackers or snacks, or it can be used for compost, or just toss it. The almond milk is now ready to enjoy!

Here are a couple of nut milk recipes to try on your own. Enjoy!

Raw Almond Milk
1 cup raw almonds (soaked for 8 hours)
2-3 pitted dates
½ tsp. non-alcoholic, organic vanilla extract
1 tsp. lecithin granules
4-5 cups purified water

Chocolate Raw Cashew Milk
1 to 1 ½ cups raw cashews (soaked 2-4 hours)
2-3T raw cacao or raw carob powder
1T raw coconut butter (optional)
3-4 pitted dates
½ tsp. non-alcoholic, organic vanilla extract
1 tsp. lecithin granules
4-5 cups purified water

Article written by Debbie Marsh, Raw-Riffic Food. All rights reserved 2009©

“Where Do You Get Your Protein?”

The Protein Controversy
Written by Deborah Marsh, Raw-Riffic Happenings!

The number one question I get when I talk about the raw food diet to raw food newbies and non-rawfoodies is, “Where do you get your protein?”

“Where? From the plant-based foods you eat!”

Okay, so that’s too simple of an answer – I know. But seriously, people have been misled to believe that they can only get sufficient amounts of protein from animal flesh – that’s simply not true! Plus, most people believe that if they don’t have a feeling of being full, that they are not providing their body with sufficient nutrients – especially protein… that’s why they eat so much meat!

Ask yourself this, “Where do animals get their protein from?”
Well, farm animals, such as chickens, cows, and pigs get their protein from grass and greens that are grown in mineral rich soil. These animals naturally have a very high protein, calcium and mineral requirement before even being considered as food for people. The requirement doubles for those animals used for human consumption. Which leads to another issue; commercial farming has introduced the use of growth hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics in order to produce these animals for consumption in large masses, and be able to provide them with the high mineral and nutrient requirements needed for these animals to grow. Instead, you are getting more than protein by eating these animals, you are getting a whole lot of other “junk” the body just doesn’t need, and is actually damaging. “Doesn’t that defeat the purpose?”

Wouldn’t it be more sensible to cut out the “middle-man” (in this case the middle-man would be the animal used for food), and eat the same nutrient rich greens that are grown in the same mineral rich soil that the animal needs to eat? The food would be fresh, the cost to produce the food would be minimal, and since the animals would not be harmed, or mistreated, you could rest your conscious.

Now, if you choose to eat meat – that’ fine. At least eat animals that are organically raised, and are range free, so that their vibration will be one of positive energy, and they will be much healthier and more beneficial to your body. Otherwise, don’t bother.

But wait, another misleading source of protein is the commercially sold “Protein Powder!” Don’t get me wrong, there are some very decent raw protein powders that can actually be beneficial – I use them myself. However, most of the products on the market, although high in “protein”, they are also very high in sugar, fat, and a bunch of other stuff that the body just doesn’t need – and is actually harmful to the body. Some of these commercially sold protein powders can actually cause serious hormonal imbalances, since they are specifically made to help build extreme muscle mass. That’s fine, but as the old saying goes, “Bury me young, but bury me BIG!” You might look super-strong and fit on the outside, but your insides are screaming for help as the body slowly starts to shutdown… “Scary thought, I know!”

As you can see, I didn’t say the products didn’t work. I’m simply stating that overall they are not the best solution for overall health and well-being! Plus, these protein powders are very expensive! Economically it is not the best solution for you, your pocket, or the planet!

Since I’m not a scientist, or a nutritionist, I’m not going to go into the nutritional evaluation of the various plant foods versus animal flesh, and commercial protein products. That’s not my point. Although, if you do the research you can see for yourself that plant-based foods will always be the safer, healthier, most nutritious, and most economical choice for protein, other important minerals and nutrients, and food sources in general.

However, what I have learned through my research is this: protein is a basic nutritional requirement for all living cells. Protein is used in the form of hormones, neurotransmitters, and enzymes (the structure of muscles, hair, skin, and connective tissue) and countless other functions of the body. Protein is one of the basic building blocks of the human body, being about 16 percent of our total body weight. On average, the body itself requires about .6 grams of protein per pound of body weight. If you are an athlete or perform lots of cardio, you would need .8 to 1 grams, and if you are building muscle you would need 1 to 2g. However, for the most part, people who eat the standard American diet (S.A.D.) already consume two times the daily requirement needed; and those people who eat a healthy vegetarian, vegan, or raw food diet are already getting more than enough grams of protein per day to meet their individual needs. “So, obviously as a rule, we are getting plenty of protein”.

In closing, it’s important to remember that as long as you are eating a balanced diet, regardless of whether or not it’s raw or cooked, your nutritional requirements can and will be met. But if you are consuming a diet high in processed and refined sugars, flours, and fats, and you are overeating, and overheating… then you will be sick and your body will be out of balance, regardless of how much exercise you get, or how many supplements you take, or how much protein you consume. Fresh is always best!!! EAT RAW!

Editor’s note. The statements claimed in this article are based on personal research and experience, and have not been evaluated by an authority of any sort. To learn more about the importance of protein and protein sources please conduct personal research. I am not a doctor, but I am very passionate about finding natural alternatives to medicine and over-the-counter processed supplements and vitamins. I encourage you to take responsibility for your own health, research, experience, and find what is best for you. Peace!