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Recently a good friend of mine was diagnosed with breast Cancer and immediately had her right breast removed. She had no family history of cancer BUT her food choices may have led to her developing Cancer.

Here are the 5 Biggest Cancer Risks for women over 40 and some helpful tips you can use to be proactive.

First, a brief history of our medical fight with Cancer:

  • 1st successful chemotherapy 1947
  • Invention of PAP Test in 1960’s has nearly eliminated death from cervical cancer
  • Bone marrow transplants pioneered in the 1970’s has dramatically increased survival rates for leukemia’s and lymphomas
  • Advances in early detection and treatment for breast cancer have improved early diagnosis and rates of remission
  • In the last 10 years new medication like “Gleevec” attack cancer cells exclusively

Yet, despite all these advances the overall death rate of cancer has ONLY dropped 5% from 1950-2005

In the past couple of years mainstream oncologists and other cancer prevention researchers are now advocating PREVENTION as the first line of defense against cancer and other chronic diseases. These oncologists and researchers are looking at what we can add to our lives that can actually boost our body’s defense mechanisms against cancer.

Dr. William Li, president and medical director of the *Angiogenesis Foundation, wants to change the way we think about food. But first we have to change the way we think about cancer.

Although one in two American men and one in three American women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, research suggests that far more of us may be walking around with cancer than we would like to believe. “In autopsy studies of people who died in car accidents, up to 40% of women between age 40 and 50 have microscopic cancers in the breast, and about 50% of men in their fifties and sixties have them in their prostate glands,” says Li. “By the time we reach our seventies, virtually 100% of us will have microscopic cancers in our thyroid glands…

Read entire article here => http://www.standup2cancer.org/node/3950

*(The formation of new blood vessels. Normal angiogenesis occurs during fetal development to create the baby’s circulatory system, as well as occurs around a wound or cut to help with healing. Tumor angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels that grow into the tumor, giving it nutrients and oxygen to assist its growth.)


Tumor growth stops if tumor angiogenesis can be stopped, thus starving the cancer of nutrients and oxygen. If tumor angiogenesis proceeds, the tumor grows and may shed cells that will cause metastasis. Avastin (bevacizumab) is an anti-angiogenesis drug used to treat metastatic breast cancer.

Know your risks…

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Genetics…i.e. family history of cancer

5 Biggest Risks for Women over 40

  1. Diabetes has a link to Pancreatic cancer ~ 80 million people are diabetic or pre-diabetic
  2. Calcium deficiency is linked to a risk of Colon Cancer. Fewer than 15% of women over 40 get enough Calcium. Calcium binds with carcinogens in the colon to help eliminate it out of the body.
  3. Advanced gum disease, Peridontitist, has a link to Head and Neck Cancer. In fact in the saliva of people who have Peridontitist there is a protein that actually grows blood vessels that feed cancer cells.
  4. Diet high in processed meats is linked to Ovarian and other Cancers. Nitrates and Nitrites in meats can be converted into carcinogens in the body. These Carcinogens damage healthy DNA, which makes it easier for cells to turn cancerous. 1-3 slices/day of processed meats – think Deli sandwich, can increase the risk of esophageal, stomach, colon and pancreatic cancer.
  5. Dense breasts – 5x the risk of breast cancer. It has nothing to do with the size or shape but with the amount of fibrous tissue in the breast. You can only tell if you have dense breasts with a mammogram and if you do you need additional screening using ultrasound, digital mammography and MRI to be able to better detect any cancer through the dense fibrous tissue. Ask you doctor if you have dense breasts and demand additional testing!

4 SUPERFOODS that Dr. Li suggests to help prevent Cancer

  • Papaya –Papaya contains Lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes.  1 papaya/week is enough to reduce risk of cervical cancer
  • Jumbo Shrimp – High in Omega 3 fatty acids, salmon, sardines etc. 8-9 shrimp/day reduces risk of breast cancer
  • Unsalted Cashews – Cashews contain proanthocyanidins, a powerful antioxidant which starves tumors and prevents them from dividing. 12 cashews a day lower the risk of colon cancer
  • Beets – beets contain a cancer fighter called Betanin, which gives beets their dark red color and induces apoptosis or cell death in cancer tumors. 1/4 cup or 3-4 slices per day reduces risk of kidney cancer and leukemia.

No. 1 Cancer is Skin Cancer

Over one million people a year diagnosed with skin cancer and one person every hour dies from it. Vitamin D helps prevent Skin Cancer/melanoma.

Bottom line: 70% of Cancer risks are related to lifestyle, which can be modified

However, there is One SUPERFOOD Dr. Li didn’t mention and that is brown algae or sea vegetables. Most people are not aware of how powerful a cancer fighter brown sea vegetables are but an ingredient in these sea vegetables has been widely studied…

Fucoidan present in brown algae induces apoptosis of human colon cancer cells


Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide found in brown algae; it has been shown to exhibit a number of biological effects, including anti-tumor effects. In this study, we evaluated the effects of Fucoidan on apoptosis in HT-29 and HCT116 human colon cancer cells.


The findings of this study indicate that fucoidan induces apoptosis in HT-29 and HCT116 human colon cancer cells, and that this phenomenon is mediated via both the death receptor-mediated and mitochondria-mediated apoptotic pathways.

These results suggest that fucoidan may prove useful in the development of a colon cancer-preventive protocol.



I believe that knowledge and Lifestyle changes can help protect you and others from developing Cancer. Please share this information with others.

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There are literally thousands of scientific research papers and data on the powerful health benefits relating to Aloe Vera and wild ocean sea vegetables. While current laws are very specific about what substances can be said to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent a disease, it is crystal clear from the following medical references that many of the compounds/ingredients contained in Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetables have very powerful health supporting benefits.

It should not take too long a leap of faith to come to the logical conclusion that any product in the marketplace that contains Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetables like Body Balance, should be an essential part of your personal health/wellness program.

Pub Med is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

PubMed is on the NCBI…National Center for Biotechnology Information webpage.

NCBI was Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information – all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.


1. Research has shown that Fucoidan is a natural anti-coagulant that helps prevent thickening of arterial walls. Fucoidan was researched as a natural alternative to the anti-coagulant drug Heparin for post-angioplasty intimal hyperplasia (thickening of blood vessel walls after reconstructive surgeries and the main reason for late bypass graft failures)


2. PubMED has over 130 medical articles on the anti-tumor properties of Fucoidan

One anti-cancer research report summarized its findings on Fucoidan saying, ” These results suggest that the anti-tumor activity of fucoidan is related to the enhancement of immune responses. The present results indicate that fucoidan may open new perspectives in cancer chemotherapy. Antitumor activity and immunological properties of marine algal polysaccharides, especially fucoidan, prepared from Sargassum thunbergii of Phaeophyceae


3. Carrageenans…have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Medical research has shown that Carrageenans can kill both the bacteria Streptococcus and the Herpes Virus. http://www.bryantlabs.com/redmarinealgae-treatments.htm

4. Antitumor active fucoidan from the brown seaweed.


Palmaria palmate and Porphyra or Nori

Extracts from dulse (Palmaria palmate) are effective antioxidants and inhibitors of cell proliferation in vitro.

School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2K3. yyuan@ryerson.ca

Antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of extracts from a variety of edible seaweeds.

Yuan YV, Walsh NA.

School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Ont., Canada M5B 2K3. yyuan@ryerson.ca

Dietary Laminaria and Porphyra sp. have been reported to reduce the risk of intestinal or mammary cancer in animal studies.

Aloe Vera

1. Identification of five phytosterols from Aloe vera gel as anti-diabetic compounds.


2. The inner gel component of Aloe vera suppresses bacterial-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines from human immune cells.


3. The in vitro immunomodulatory effects of glyconutrients on peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome



1. IANA (International Academy Nutrition & Aging) task force on nutrition and cognitive decline with aging.


2. The role of diet in cognitive decline.


3. Metabolic and functional defects in selenium deficiency.


4. Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses.


5. Nutrient intakes in women and congenital diaphragmatic hernia in their offspring. March of Dimes, California Research Division, Oakland, California 94609, USA. WYang@marchofdimes.com


PubMed PMID 7022654…says, “nutrient depletion in soil is leading to a continual decline of nutrients in foods”…”Humans need essential trace elements…they are indispensable for life”


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You may be more familiar with the term seaweeds (and the first thought following that may be ugh!), yet the history of these beautiful ocean plants tells a different tale.

Incredibly mineral-rich, they have been harvested for centuries and used as an important part of daily food and ceremony in many cultures around the world. In fact, at one time sea vegetable gardens were maintained in Hawaii specifically for royalty, and in Japan, kombu and nori were available to nobility only!

Because they use the sun’s energy for photosynthesis, sea vegetables are considered plants. However, they do not have a land-plant’s conducting tissues or root system; instead they absorb everything they need directly from the ocean around them.

Probably the most ancient of foods, the composition of sea vegetables is like a mirror of the blood and body fluids of a person in good health. Our blood contains all one hundred or so minerals and trace elements that exist in the ocean. Seaweeds contain these in the most assimilable form because their minerals and elements are integrated into living plant tissue.

As a result of chemical usage and depletion of our soil by modern agricultural methods, food grown today contains fewer minerals and nutrients. Seaweeds can supply many of these missing nutrients. In fact, as a group they contain the greatest amount and broadest range of minerals of any organism and hence make superb mineral-rich foods.

On account of this unusual mineral content, they are effective in relatively small, supplementary amounts. Normally, the ideal way to use seaweed is regularly as an ingredient in meals. They have a remarkable ability to combine with other vegetables, grains and legumes to provide better utilization of protein and all other nutrients. In addition to a wealth of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, seaweeds are especially excellent sources of iodine, calcium and iron. So… Still not so sure you’re ready to try them?

Take a look at just a few of the incredible benefits you can expect to get from these gifts from the sea. When compared to plants that grow on land, sea vegetables are 10 to 20 times higher in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Hijiki (also known as hiziki), arame and wakame contain 10 times the calcium of milk; when compared to the iron available in beef, sea lettuce has 25 times more, hijiki 8 times more, wakame and other kelps four times more. Nori, familiar to most as the dark green sea vegetable sheet used at sushi bars, can pack a walloping protein content as high as 25-50% of its dry weight-the highest of any ocean vegetable, and it is also high in vitamin A.

Dulse (so commonly eaten in the Canadian coastal area that you can find it next to the fruits and vegetables of any grocery store!) is also rich in vitamin A, as well as iron.

This should get your attention: After the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Russia, sea vegetable companies’ sales shot up. Why? Studies have proven that the sodium alginate found in sea plants in the kelp family (kombu, sea palm, wakame, and others) can bind with radioactive strontium to pass it out of our intestinal tracts with the stool.

After the Nagasaki bombing occurred, people who ate a strict macrobiotic diet—including brown rice and miso soup with sea vegetables—did not suffer from radiation poisoning, even though some were within a mile of the explosion!

The high iodine content was helpful here as well: If proper amounts of natural iodine already exist in the thyroid gland, then it cannot absorb any other forms of iodine, such as radioactive iodine, a toxic pollutant. The natural iodine in seaweeds is an easy, nontoxic way to meet the requirement of iodine in your diet.

The symptoms of iodine deficiency include: chronic fatigue, apathy, dry skin, intolerance to cold, weight gain and enlargement of the thyroid (goiter). These symptoms are the same as those of thyroid hormone deficiency. Just two tablespoons of a kelp seaweed taken daily (kombu and digitata kelp are especially high in this nutrient), or a few kelp tablets, can supply all the iodine you need. And while iodine supplements can be toxic if taken in excess, there is no need to be concerned when eating your sea vegetables. Have as much as you like!

Truthfully though, bringing sea vegetables into your diet can be a bit daunting at first. The newness of texture, taste and smell even stopped a few of us veteran ocean plant chompers in the beginning! Don’t be afraid to start with the one to which you are the most attracted. We veterans can tell you from experience that some of the “sea-weeds” we initially found the most difficult to make friends with, we now find the most delicious!

No matter how you choose to bring these wonderful plants into your diet, you will be glad you did… and your body will certainly be blessed with the addition of this ancient, nutritious food.

The Body Balance supplement I write about is a blend of 9 wild harvested sea vegetables in organic Aloe Vera juice. This is the easiest way to enjoy the nutritional power of these wonderful sea plants. Just take 4- 8 ounces of Body Balance a day and your body will thank you for the rest of your life.

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What we take into our bodies goes beyond just the food we eat. Although a healthy diet is the backbone of a healthy life, we need other pieces of the picture to make it more complete.
WATER . The human body is about two-thirds water, and it is essential for every function of the body. While we can live for many weeks without food, we can only survive a few days without water. On a micro level, water helps to transport nutrients and waste products in and out of cells. On a macro level it is the primary transporter of nutrients through our systems and is essential for carrying waste products out of the body. So it is necessary for all digestive and excretory functions. It is needed for maintaining proper body temperature and much more.
As we sweat and lose water through all of our elimination processes, it is vital that we keep replacing that with good quality, clean water. Most city tap water is NOT good quality water, and contains a lot of chemicals that could be potentially harmful to our long-term health. Invest in a good water purifier or have good quality water delivered on a regular basis. As an adult you should be drinking 8-10 full glasses of good quality water every day. If you don’t drink enough water, poor muscle tone, joint and muscle soreness, and even excess body fat may be the result.
SUNSHINE . Sunshine is the most powerful nutrient in our solar system and is the one we seem to be most afraid of these days. It is made up of many different rays, each with its own benefit. Almost every living thing, whether it is a blade of grass, a flower, a fruit or an animal, draws its life from solar energy. All living things depend on the sun for their very existence, and we are no exception. Sunshine is a tonic. It is a natural relaxant and also a natural stimulant to the body’s vital energies. When the body is exposed to the sun’s ultra-violet (UV) rays, a compound in the skin is activated as a precursor to Vitamin D. Exposing clean skin to the sun’s rays for about 20 minutes a day, at least every other day, ensures that we have enough Vitamin D in our bodies.

Because this is impossible in certain parts of the world, especially during winter, Vitamin D needs to be supplemented. As we will discuss a little later on, Vitamin D is required for the absorption and utilization of calcium. It is especially important for the healthy growth and development of bones and teeth in children. UV rays are also instrumental in the body’s production of melatonin, which allows us to relax and sleep. This is why we often feel tired and relaxed after sitting in the sun.
SUPPLEMENTATION . I believe that most, if not all people, should supplement their diets with the proper nutrients to achieve wellness. Nutritional deficiencies can cause a wide variety of symptoms, in addition to weakening the body’s defenses against serious illnesses. Nutritional requirements are also increased by many things in a persons life. People who smoke, drink alcohol, use prescription or recreational drugs, have a lot of stress, diet to lose weight, are at a greater than normal risk of having deficiencies.
 Also adolescents, elderly people, pregnant and nursing women, women taking oral contraceptives, people who have chronic illnesses, people with certain genetic disorders, and of course people with poor dietary habits all have that same risk factor. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the population fits into one or more of these categories.
Data compiled by the US Dept of Agriculture indicates that at least 40% of the people in America consume only 60% of the RDA of ten selected nutrients. That means that close to half of the population suffers from a deficiency of at least one important nutrient. Very likely it is a lot higher than we think. So as well as a healthy diet, we need to supplement to get the amount of nutrients our bodies need to be optimally healthy.
It is important to know that whenever we are looking to correct a vitamin or mineral deficiency, we need to be aware that nutrients work synergistically together. This means that there is cooperation between the nutrients.
Most work as catalysts, promoting the absorption and assimilation of other nutrients. Correcting the deficiency of one vitamin or mineral requires the addition of a whole host of others, not simply the replacement of the one you think you are deficient in. This is why taking a single vitamin may be ineffective, or even dangerous. And this is why a whole-food or balanced supplement should always be used whenever possible.
FOOD . A healthy diet, as I said, is the basis of a healthy body. Food must provide a proper balance of nutrition, and must also be free of harmful chemicals and additives. Then it must be prepared in a way that preserves the nutrients. Whole foods that are unprocessed with nothing added or taken away are the most healthy. In addition, plant foods like fruits and vegetables contain thousands of phytonutrients which help to keep our bodies healthy. They are our front-line defenders against cancer and free radicals.
The best way to eat these is fresh and raw as much as possible, and the most healthy are those grown organically without harmful chemicals. If you do cook your vegetables, then just cook them lightly so they retain most of their goodness, and limit your intake of table salt.

The bottomline is this: drink plenty of clean, pure water, eat as close to nature as you can, get some exercise…outdoors in the sunshine as often as possible and take a wide spectrum whole food supplement to fill in the nutritional gaps. ( I recommend Body Balance)

Do a little each day, every day and don’t expect the quick fix. Time will expose what you are doing or are NOT doing. This *”Slight Edge” approach will change your life…but YOU decide how it changes.

* I advise everyone to read the book by Jeff Olsen called, “The Slight Edge”. Give this book as a Holiday gift, it will change people’s lives more than any tie or pair of socks ever could and will not get eaten by the dryer.


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The New England Journal of Medicine dropped  a bombshell Monday when it reported  that a study has revealed that less is more when it comes to certain drugs used to lower cholesterol. The study finds niacin, an inexpensive vitamin is more effective in helping to unclog arteries in people already taking statins than the widely prescribed drugs Zetia and Vytorin. These drugs are much more expensive than niacin and were prescribed more than 29 million times in the U.S. last year.

I became a believer in natural supplementation through whole food a few years ago when I had an eye opening health response from just such a whole food supplement. I began consuming a liquid whole food vitamin/mineral supplement made from organic aloe vera and sea vegetables after 4 back surgeries left me with a fused lumbar and severe chronic pain. After suffering for over 2 years without any improvement from physical therapy and numerous pain medications which made me very unpleasant to be around, I was referred to this whole food supplement by a friend. 3 months later, the pain/inflammation in my back had been reduced over 70 percent. It was then I started looking into the power of whole food nutrition.

I took a look at the Asian diet, which appears to contain a wealth of protective health-promoting compounds. An examination of the Asian diet reveals that it is rich in sea vegetables. It surprised me that the recognized traditional health benefits of certain sea vegetables long known in Asian cultures, which are being confirmed by modern scientific research today, where not known by my Western trained medical doctor. I began to wonder what other health benefits these sea vegetables held that my doctors did not know about.

In the West, seaweed is largely regarded as a health food and, although there has been an upsurge of interest in the last 20 years, it is unlikely that sea vegetable consumption will ever be more than a fraction of what it is in Japan.

Sea Vegetables and Cholesterol
The Japanese have believed for many years that eating seaweed prolongs life. Since many deaths are due to heart disease, which may be linked with high plasma cholesterol levels and hypertension, the effect of seaweed on these physiological values have been investigated. Again, sea vegetables such as Ascophyllum, (Cystoseira and Fucus have been shown to lower significantly plasma cholesterol levels (Krotkiewski M., European Patent #90850263.6) and the active compounds have been identified: Fucosterol/Fucoidan and the unsaturated fatty acids show hypocholesterolemic activity. This ability to reduce plasma cholesterol levels and to increase serum lipolytic activity may explain their use in the prevention of atherosclerosis. An antihypertensive activity of substances with sodium-binding properties, e.g. a polysaccharide, is obtained from brown seaweed fibers.

OK…in English…sea vegetable consumption helps the body reduce cholesterol levels naturally.

Sea Vegetables and Cancer
Certain sea vegetables have long been used in traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine in the treatment of cancer. Oxidative processes are involved in both the initiation of carcinogenesis and the promotion of tumor development(Pryor, 1987)
Research of recent years provides strong evidence that the sea vegetables Ascophyllum, Cystoseira and Fucus showed antitumoral activity against leukemia
Based on epidemiological and biological data, consumption of sea vegetables are proposed as an important factor contributing to the relatively low breast cancer rates reported in Japan.

The New England Journal of Medicine report earlier this week stated that Niacin, Vitamin B3, reduced cholesterol better than the statin drugs mentioned in the report. Since sea vegetables contain one of the highest  NATURAL plant sources of B vitamins, including Vitamin B12, it would be logical to draw the conclusion that a diet rich in these sea plant based B vitamins, is a very healthy lifestyle choice indeed.

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Here’s a list of the ingredients in each bottle of Body Balance

Alaria esculenta

The brown alga name Maria esculenta is translated to mean “edible wings.” Alaria sea vegetables have a nice flavor, and they are popular as a food item in some cultures. Like other brown sea vegetation, Alaria esculenta contains fucans—carbohydrate-related nutrients that are often described as the “slimy stuff” found on the outside of the skin of the plant.

Alaria esculenta is made up of 42 percent alginate. In addition, it contains fucoidan, and a number of amino acids (or protein building blocks) . Lastly, Alaria escuienta is relatively high in potassium  which helps promotes a healthy nervous system.

Aloe Vera A Sumerian clay tablet, found in the city of Nippu written around 2200 BC, is the first document to include Aloe vera among plants of great healing power. Egyptian writings record Aloe as being used medicinally 1,500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The Hebrews in the Bible’s Old Testament carried Aloe with them in the wilderness for 40 years to be sure they would have it in their new land. Greek physician Dioscorides wrote of using Aloe for constipation, burns, and kidney ailments.

Life Force’s aloe plant is grown in fertile fields at the base of a volcanic mountain in Mexico near the equator.  This is significant for several reasons. Fields are fed with water rich in volcanic trace minerals.  Sunlight and rain is ideal for aloe, and even the wind plays a part.  Certified “organic” under the protocols set by QAI (Quality Assurance International). Aloe is hand-farmed from preparing the soil, to planting, to cultivating, to artfully cutting the leaves.

Ascophyllum nodosum Ascophyllum nodosum is a slow growing sea vegetable found in the northern Atlantic ocean. It grows by attaching itself to rocks and boulders and can live to be several decades old.

It contains high amounts of fucoidan—a specialized polysaccharide. Fucoidan molecules tend to bond with sulphate groups. While this may not say much to the rest of us, scientists know that the higher the sulphate group count in a plant, the higher the plant’s medicinal potential.

It is believed its high fucoidan count may be why in studies an extract from the sea plant helped prevent blood coagulation.  This could be beneficial for those at risk for heart disease and stroke. Additionally, fuicoidan has been shown to have significant cancer-fighting properties.

Black Cherry Body Balance is a tastier drink because it has black cherry flavoring, all natural and of course being a botanical, it also contributes its share of phytonutrients.  Black cherry contributes to supporting healthy uric acids
levels, which supports health




Chondus cripus

Chondus cripus grows in thick patches and has leaf tips that are iridescent. Once the sea plant is removed from the water, however, it loses its color. This plant is rich in iodine, which is known to promote a healthy thyroid. Chondus cripus is a powerful antioxidant that has a unique genetic structure.

Scientific literature reports that one single gene isolated from Chondus cripus contained a polypeptide of 825 amino acids.  The role of antioxidants is important to health. Sickness, particularly chronic illness, has been attributed to the high presence of free radicals in our modern society.

Fucus vesiculosus The common name for Fucus vesiculosus is bladder wrack. It is grown on the coastline of colder regions including the northwestern United States and northern Europe. The plant has receptacles that are usually swollen at the ends, which has everything the plant needs to reproduce (both eggs and sperms).  When it’s about to die, the seaweed’s swollen ends will burst.  This way the plant manages to reproduce itself.

The plant has a thick skin that secretes a sticky substance that helps keep it moist. It contains fucoidan and myostatin, which have been reported to have varying health benefits such as being an anti-coagulant (blood thinning and anti-clotting), anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral. There will be more about fucoidan and it benefits in the section about the brown sea plant Ascophyllum nodosum.

Fucus vesicuiosus also contains alginate. Besides helping to excrete toxins from the body, alginate may also positively affect the immune system T-cells and support the endocrine system (or hormonesystem) in the body. Lastly, alginate from Fucus has been used to help control gastroesophageal reflux disease (also known as GERD). GERD is a type of chronic heartburn. Statistics show that more than 60 million Americans experience heartburn once a month. The alginate from Eucus may help control the reflux problem and reduce the acidity content of the stomach.

Gigartina chamissoi Gigartina chamissoi is a leafy, red seaweed. There has been quite a bit of research done on the natural carrageenans found within Gigartina. arrageenans are a special kind of polysaccharide. Originally, carrageenans from red seaweed were extracted and used for gelling and thickening agents in the food industry. Then it was discovered that some of these carrageenans worked well in skin products and cosmetics.

Within the last few years, scientists have discovered that the carrageenans in Gigartina also possess some unique medicinal properties. Among other things, they have found them to be antibacterial as well as antiviral. In fact, one study showed that an extract of Gigartina could kill the bacteria Streptococcus. In addition, in 1997 scientists from Argentina found carrageenans in Gigartina to be anti-herpetic (able to kill the herpes viruses) and anti-coagulant (able to prevent blood from clotting).

Honey The types of flowers the bees pollinate determine flavor and color of honey.  The darker shades of honey are believed to have more antioxidants.  The study showed no weight gain in participants for the month they were consuming honey.  And, some claimed that eating honey for breakfast actually made them feel full and satisfied.

Eating honey along with supplemental calcium appeared to enhance calcium absorption in rats, according to a study from Purdue University.  In addition, the researches suggested that the absorption of calcium increased as the amount of honey taken was upped.  Sugar is a crystalline carbohydrate extracted from sugar cane and sugar beets. It is a non-nutritive empty calorie that robs the body of vitamins and minerals. Sugar is addicting. The biggest culprit?  Soft drinks, which account for one-third of our total sugar intake.  Honey contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and is a wonderful beauty aid that nourishes the skin and the hair.  Honey acts as an antibacterial and antifungal agent and helps disinfect and speed the healing process in wounds, scrapes and burns.

Laminaria Laminaria is a perennial type of sea plant, meaning that it grows back year after year. As with the some of the other brown sea vegetables, Laminaria digitata contains potassium, iodine, and calcium, which may promote health of the nervous system, thyroid gland, and bone structure. There has been quite a bit of research done on Laminaria digitata because of its apparent health benefits. We will discuss just a few studies.

A couple of recent studies (in 2003 and 2004), demonstrated that in a laboratory setting Laminaria digitata displayed strong anti-cancer properties. For example, in the first study a solution extracted from Laminaria digitata had a strong inhibitory activity against the spreading of human leukemia cells. The second study looked specifically at tumor cells. In this experiment the extract from Laminaria digitata killed tumor cells in both in vitro and invivo tests.  In vivo means the extract was able to kill the tumor cells within a living biological organism (such as rats), whereas in vitro means the experiment was done in a test tube or some similar medium.

Another study, completed as recently as 2005, showed that a preparation made from Laminaria digitata acted as an effective vaccine against several disease-causing fungi in the human body such as Candida albicans, which is involved in various gastrointestinal as well as vaginal infections.

Palmaria palmate High in potassium and calcium, the red sea plant Palmaria palmata is named for its resemblance to the palm of the human hand. Like other red sea vegetables, it is also known for its high levels of healthy antioxidants.  One scientific journal reports that Palmaria palmate has anti-cancer properties.  Extracts from the sea plant were tested on human cervical cancer cells.  It was found that chemicals in the sea plant stopped the cells from reproducing and spreading.

Another health benefit of Palmaria palmate may be to those with irregular blood sugar and even those with diabetes. Scientists found that the polysaccharides in Palmaria palmate affect the intestinal absorption of glucose and insulin response.

Porphyra yezoensis Nori, a sea plant known to scientists as Porphyrayezoensis, is one of the most widely used sea vegetables in Japan. It has been grown in Japan as a food source for hundreds of years. As a plant, it is highly nutritious. It contains minerals such as zinc and copper, as well as various vitamins and provitamins.

As of late, Porphyra yezoensis has also become the subject of a number of health-related studies. It has been shown to help healthy liver activity, prevent the occurrence of gallstone disease, and control blood cholesterol levels. It also contains sulfated polysaccharides, which may inhibit the growth of certain tumors and help prevent ulcer activity in shay ulcers.

Porphyra yezoensis is a potent source of vitamin B. Diseases aggravated by low levels of vitamin B in the body are dermatitis (skin inflammation), depression, and anemia (low iron). One recent study, published in 2001, showed that Porphyra yezoensis has high amounts of bioavailable vitamin B

Stevia Stevia is a genus of about 150 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae), native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central America.  As a sweetener, stevia’s sweet taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar, although some of its extracts may have a bitter or liquorice-like after taste at high concentrations.

With its extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives.  Stevia also has shown promise in medical research for treating such conditions as obesity and high blood pressure. Stevia has negligible effect on blood glucose, therefore it is attractive as a natural sweetener to diabetics and others on carbohydrate controlled diets.

Ulva Iactuca Ulva Iactuca is often called sea lettuce. It grows in many areas around the world but especially in the northern hemisphere. Ulva Iactuca has a long history of being used in different cultures medicinally. In Cuba, sea lettuce was boiled and then drunk as a juice to kill intestinal worms. In Bretagne, the plant was applied directly on wounds to help stop infection.

The main elements within Ulva lactuca are bioactive substances as well as fiber, iron, calcium, and magnesium. It contains polysaccharide fibers that cannot be dissolved or degraded by digestive enzymes.

This aids in digestion.  One particular polysaccharide within Ulva iactuca is called ulvan. Ulvan is asulfated polysaccharide that has been shown to kill cancerous colon cells. Researchers from France reported ulvan proved to be useful in killing various human cancer cells.  The iron content in sea lettuce is high, 15 times higher than the iron found in an egg yolk or spinach.  Iron is known to stimulate the immune system and improve overall strength and physical performance.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.   These products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.

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Here is a great article by Linda Page about the nutritional power of sea vegetables and Aloe Vera…Enjoy

Sea Vegetables-Nature’s Healthy Gifts From The Sea

By Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D./HealthyHealing.com


In Western countries, land vegetables are the traditional sources of greens, but vegetables from the sea are nutritious foods and powerful healers that have been used by European and Asian cultures for centuries. I eat sea vegetables every day. I recommend them as a critical part of many healing programs-detoxification, illness recovery, heart healthy, hormone balancing for women (and men), and much more! Sea Vegetables can literally transform your health. When you drink sea vegetables, or take seaweed baths, you’re tapping into the ancestral and restorative source of all life-the ocean. Just a few of the miraculous health benefits of sea vegetables:

Super Nutrition

Ounce for ounce, along with herbs, sea vegetables are higher in vitamins and minerals than any other food. Sea vegetables are really the ocean’s deep greens, rich in vegetable protein, and full-spectrum concentrations of important carotenes, chlorophyll, enzymes, amino acids and fiber. They are the only vegetarian source of B-12 for cell health, containing amounts that rival beef liver (the leading animal source). They are an excellent source of body building minerals like calcium, iron, iodine, and potassium. Sea vegetables contain trace minerals like boron, chromium and selenium that are vital to health, but that modern farming techniques have leached from the soil.

Our body fluids have the same chemical composition as seawater. The same trace elements than run through the oceans run through the human body. Seaplant chemical composition is so close to human plasma that perhaps the greatest benefit from sea vegetables is promoting our internal rebalance. Sea vegetables act as the ocean’s purifiers, and they perform many of the same functions for our bodies.


Sea vegetables offer superior protection from radiation and heavy poisoning. Studies done a McGill University reveal algin, a component of sea greens like kelp and alaria, binds to heavy metals and chemical pollutants in the intestinal tract, allowing them to be safely eliminated from the body. Seaplant algin even binds to radioactive strontium (one of the most hazardous atomic pollutants), radioactive iodine-131, barium, zinc, and cadmium, flushing them out of the body before they can even poison us. Sea vegetables are so effective that the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission recommends that people consume two to three ounces of sea vegetables a day for maximum protection against radiation poisoning.

Major Disease Protection

Sea Vegetables are an excellent addition to you natural arsenal against cancer and heart disease. Further, sea vegetables help dissolve fatty deposits in the cardiovascular system that lead to heart disease, and relieve tension in the blood vessels caused by over-consumption of table salt. Japanese studies from the 1960’s show sea vegetables extracts control high blood pressure and atherosclerosis in animals fed in a high cholesterol diet. The same studies show that sea vegetables lower blood pressure in people, too.

Hormone Balancing For Women

Sea vegetables can ease the discomforts of menopause. They are a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins D and K that assist with production of steroidal hormones like estrogen and DHEA in adrenal glands play a key role in shoring up hormone production when estrogen production slows down during menopause. Vitamin K in sea vegetables especially boosts adrenal activity; ingesting them can help maintain female hormone balance for a more youthful body for years to come. Sea plants also nourish an under active thyroid to trigger increased libido in women after menopause.

Sea vegetables are especially good for stimulating metabolism in overweight pets. Dosage: about 1 to 2 tbls. for dogs and 1tsp. for cats.

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Website Resources

Resources for Sea Vegetables

Phytonutrients http://www.ars.usda.gov

They are constantly updating their website with new information and articles. All of these can be found in the Nutrition section of the website.

Trace Substances.

Sea Water and Blood Ratio’s are the same.

Chloride 48%

Sodium 44%

Sulfate 3.3%

Potassium 2.4%

Calcium 1.3%

Magnesium .03%

Sea greens = vitamins, B12, A,C,D,E,B, minerals, amino acids, protein, chlorophyll, enzymes, fiber, fatty acids, antioxidants, immune system, anti HIV.



Resources for Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera stimulates cell growth and tissue healing. It aids in detoxifying, cleanses liver, cleanses kidney, helps breakdown and eliminate trapped matter in colon and a gentle laxative. Powerful aid with digestion. Great for skin conditions such as boils, burns, hemorrhoids and anti-inflammatory. Wonderful antiperspirant. It has 20 of 22 amino acids including 8 essential nutrients. It is an excellent vitamin B12 source.


Liquid vitamin/mineral supplement

Body Balance...Nutrition as Mother Nature Intended

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