Savory Breakfast Potatoes

Rosemary potatoes (in olive oil)
Rosemary potatoes (in olive oil) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Ingredients

2 large sweet potatoes, cut into 1″ cubes

1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon

1/8 salt

1/8 pepper

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 half or whole small yellow onion

3 clove garlic or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Slice potato into cubes next, warm a pan on medium-high. Add sweet potatoes onions, bell pepper, garlic clove and seasonings into the pan with half the olive oil (You may want to add a touch more oil to stop the sticking and assist with browning, cook on medium temperature browning as many sides of the potatoes for 7-10 minutes stirring potatoes until softened (or a fork can pierce).

Serves 4

Serve with Just Right tofu scramble, Pancakes, Or Omelet with cheese

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Amazingly- Delectable Veggie Sausage Omelet

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Vegan Friendly Ingredients:

10 mushrooms (rinsed) (choose any kind)

1 block of tofu (drained and pressed to remove most of the moisture)

8 ounces or half a roll-vegan breakfast sausage (in a roll)

2 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast

2 Tablespoons of vegan butter, olive oil or safflower oil

1/4 cup bell pepper/red pepper/yellow pepper

2 tablespoons of freshly diced onion

1/4 teaspoon add garlic power or 2 garlic cloves diced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoons of chopped fresh rosemary, basil and oregano or use Italian seasoning

1 tablespoon-turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 cup washed baby spinach leaves

 Recipe!

In a medium bowl, add block of tofu by slicing it into sections, then crumble it along with the veggie sausage, using your fingertips mash it together, add oil, seasonings and herbs then,  set aside.

In a pan or skillet, add oil, garlic clove, onion and bell pepper, mushrooms, lightly sauté stirring constantly for 5 minutes over medium heat, turn off heat and toss the spinach on top of the vegetables.

Add the sautéed vegetables to the bowl of tofu mixture with a large spoon.

Mash everything together evenly, then form half circles, half-moon shapes to resemble a omelet. Form as many  patties as you can from the mixture, just under 4 inches in size.

Then, add a small amount to the pan and grill on both sides on medium heat..allow 4-5 minutes on each side.

Serve with toast and yellow grits. Enjoy!

Deliciously Healthy Tofu Scramble

 

 

 Ingredients

 

12oz firm tofu  block of extra firm tofu (plain)

2 Tbs of nutritional yeast

2 slices of sprouted grain bread (toasted)

2 Tablespoons of vegan butter, olive oil or safflower oil

1/4 cup bell pepper/red pepper/yellow pepper

2 tablespoon of freshly diced onion

1 half teaspoon small tomato crushed or diced

1/4 teaspoon-garlic power or 1 clove diced

1/4 teaspoon-salt

2 pinches of pepper

a dash of cayenne pepper

a couple dashes of thyme

1/2 teaspoons italian seasoning

1 tablespoon-turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

2 cups washed baby spinach leaves

 

In a medium bowl slice the tofu into approximately one inch cubes, Then, using either your hands or a fork, crumble it slightly. Saute crumbled tofu, green pepper, onion plus (optional garlic clove) in the 2 Tablespoon of oil for 3-5 minutes, stirring often. Add the remaining ingredients, reduce heat to medium and allow to cook 5-7 more minutes, then add toasted pieces of bread by crumbling in hands over the simmering tofu, last thing, add the crushed half of tomato to tofu stirring frequently and adding more oil if needed. Saute about 2 minutes and remove from heat and serve.

 

Serve with a dairy free warm tortilla or sprouted bread with jam and vegan butter, olive or coconut oil.

Raw Honey Cures Herpes

jar of honey

The following article is very exciting and important to me as a physician who treats all kinds of cases, but one of the most frustrating to me and my patients is the very common problem of herpes, or cold sores, fever blisters, etc that is plaguing modern society. Some have estimated that up to 70% of American adults have some form of herpes infection and that it is regularly passed on to others, usually loved ones. Herpes has broken up marriages, prevented marriages, interfered with relationships, caused suspicion and finger pointing, ruined lives, engendered guilt,  caused suffering and social isolation. All due to a nasty little virus that seems to pop out at the worst of times, sometimes in a prominent part of the body, like the lips, or in private intimate areas, like the genitals. One sore can last for weeks at a time and the frequency of outbreaks can be astonishing. Prescription drugs may work a little bit, but do not prevent outbreaks reliably or prevent spread to others; condoms don’t work either. Although the nutritional profile of a herpes outbreak can be complex, generally an outbreak signals a severe calcium deficiency due to the calcium poor diets of most Americans who do not consume raw milk. Below is an article that informs us of the wonders of raw medicinal grade honey (manuka) in the healing of herpes sore compared to prescription drugs. The honey won.

Honey Works Better than Drugs for Herpes!

Posted By Dr. Mercola

Mainstream physicians usually prescribe Acyclovir ointment or other topical medications to treat herpes outbreaks. But new research shows that nature has a better solution.This remedy works faster than any of the mainstream treatments, and with fewer side effects.

Honey has long been regarded as one of the best natural wound healers and infection fighters. When a researcher treated patients with Acyclovir for one herpes outbreak and honey for another, overall healing time with honey was 43 percent better than with Acyclovir for sores on the lips and 59 percent better for genital sores.
According to Nutrition and Healing:

“None of the volunteers experienced any side effects with repeated applications of honey, although three patients developed local itching with the Acyclovir.”

Herpes can be broken down into two primary infections: 

  1. Herpes simplex (oral and/or genital herpes)
  2. Herpes zoster (also known as shingles; a reactivation infection of the chickenpox virus)

In this case, the type of herpes in question is the genital type of herpes simplex. This study is a perfect example of nature’s capacity to provide answers for just about any physical ailment as genital herpes can be notoriously painful and difficult to treat.

Treating Herpes with Honey

Sixteen adult subjects with a history of recurrent labial and genital herpes attacks used honey to treat one attack, and a commonly prescribed antiviral drug, acyclovir cream, during another. (It’s important to realize that neither the drug nor the honey will actually cure genital herpes. They only treat the symptoms.)
Interestingly, honey provided significantly better treatment results.
For labial herpes, the mean healing time was 43 percent better, and for genital herpes, 59 percent better than acyclovir.
Pain and crusting was also significantly reduced with the honey, compared to the drug. Two cases of labial herpes and one case of genital herpes remitted completely with the honey treatment, whereas none remitted while using acyclovir.
The best way to use this treatment is to first make sure that you have RAW honey as it will work far better than regular processed honey. My preference is Manuka honey. Make sure you find one that is a semifluid. All you need to do is apply some of the honey directly to the open sore. Apply at least four times a day, but more would likely be better as the goal is to keep it constantly bathed in the honey.
As for side effects, three of the subjects developed local itching with acyclovir, whereas no side effects were observed even with repeated application of the honey.
The researchers concluded that “topical honey application is safe and effective in the management of the signs and symptoms of recurrent lesions from labial and genital herpes.”

What You Need to Know About Honey

Honey — which was a conventional therapy for infection up until the early 20th century when penicillin took center stage — has recently started inching its way back into the medical mainstream, but it’s important to realize that not all honey is created equal.
Some kinds of honey should never be applied to an open sore or wound, and the antibacterial activity in some honeys is 100 times more powerful than in others.

Processed, refined honey that you typically find in grocery stores is NOT appropriate for use in wound care. In fact, your average domestic “Grade A” type honey will likely increase infection.
It also will not offer you the same health benefits as raw honey when consumed.
Manuka honey from New Zealand is a specific type of honey that has actually been approved for use as a medical device, due to its healing properties and superior potency. But you could also use raw honey – it’s just not as potent as Manuka.

Good quality honey offers several topical wound-care benefits that can explain some of its success as a remedy for herpes sores:

  • It draws fluid away from your wound
  • The high sugar content suppresses microorganism growth
  • Worker bees secrete an enzyme (glucose oxidase) into the nectar, which then releases low levels of hydrogen peroxide when the honey makes contact with your wound

Manuka
Clinical trials have found that Manuka honey, made with pollen gathered from the flowers of the Manuka bush (a medicinal plant), can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria, including resistant varieties such as:

  • MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
  • MSSA (methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
  • VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
  • Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers)

With the increasing threat of antibiotic-resistant infections and drug over-use, the return to honey as a natural, multi-purpose healing therapy is certainly a welcome alternative.

Other Natural Therapies for Herpes Infections

Aside from honey, here are a few other remedies that have also been found effective in treating herpes infections:

  • Lysine (an essential amino acid)
  • Proline (an essential amino acid) ~Added to original article by Bliss Returned~ It works.
  • Vitamin C
  • Aloe Vera
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Resveratrol (a very potent antioxidant from grape seed)
  • Garlic
  • Lactoferrin (a potent antimicrobial protein found in colostrum)

In addition to these remedies, which all tend to work, in my experience the two approaches that work the very best are:

  1. Homeopathic herpes simplex formula –– I’ve found these homeopathic formulas to be rprisingly effective. They’re also non-toxic so they’re very safe, with virtually no side effects.
  2. The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) – This is a form of psychological acupuncture without needles. By tapping on different acupuncture meridians, you can energetically resolve the emotional precedent that caused your immune system to weaken, allowing the infection to take hold. Once you get at the emotional root, your immune system tends to get reactivated, along with a number of genes that can help to resolve and heal your physical condition.

Last but not least, there’s some evidence suggesting that high doses of vitamin D can help resolve herpes infection, although I do not have personal experience with this treatment. But there have reportedly been a large number of successes with people using up to 50,000 units once a day for three days.
It would be particularly effective if you have not been taking vitamin D regularly and have not had frequent exposure to the sun.
If you’ve had your vitamin D levels tested and are within the therapeutic level, then clearly you don’t want to use this approach as you may overdose on vitamin D. However, more than likely, if you had optimal vitamin D levels you probably wouldn’t have gotten the infection in the first place.
We know vitamin D works for flu’s, coughs and colds, and appears to work for most all the typical types of viral infections – even infections like herpes.

Beta-carotene : Beta-carotene (provitamin A) is essential for vision, adequate growth, and tissue differentiation.

Beta-carotene is probably the most well known of the carotenoids, a phytonutrients family that represents of the one most widespread groups of naturally occurring pigments.

Beta-carotene is the pigment that gives carrots, sweet potatoes, and other yellow vegetables their characteristic coloring. This conjugated polyene also serves as a precursor that can be enzymatically converted into vitamin A in most animals and man. It is an antioxidant, like vitamins E and C

Beta-carotene is necessary for growth & repair of body tissues; helps maintain smooth, soft disease-free skin; helps protect the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, throat & lungs, thereby reducing susceptibility to infections; protects against air pollutants; counteracts night-blindness & weak eyesight; aids in bone and teeth formation. Current medical research shows that foods rich in Beta Carotene will help reduce the risk of lung cancer & certain oral cancers. Unlike Vitamin A from fish liver oil, Beta Carotene is non-toxic.

Beta-carotene Function

  • Prevention against cancer and heart disease
  • To slow the progression of cataracts
  • To prevent macular degeneration
  • To boost immunity
  • To protect the skin against sunburn
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Infertility
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psoriasis

Deficiency of beta-carotene

A deficiency of beta-carotene may result in night blindness; increased susceptibility to infections; loss of smell & appetite; frequent fatigue; lack of tearing; defective teeth & gums, retarded growth,brittle fingernails, cirrhosis of the liver, corneal ulcers, diarrhea, obstruction of the bile ducts, rough, dry, or prematurely aged skin, skin blemishes, softening of bones and teeth, sties in the eye, ulcerative colitis, xerosis.

Food Source of  Beta-carotene

  • Yellow/orange vegetables – carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, winter squash
  • Yellow/orange fruits – apricots, cantaloupes, papayas, mangoes, carambolas, nectarines, peaches
  • Dark green leafy vegetables – spinach, broccoli, endive, kale, chicory, escarole, watercress and beet leaves, turnips, mustard, dandelion
  • Other good vegetable and fruit sources – summer squash, asparagus, peas, sour cherries, prune plums.

Cobalt : It is an essential element required for the normal functioning of the pancreas.

Cobalt is an important element in the formation of cobalamin or vitamin B12. It is not easily assimilated in the body and is stored in red blood cells, liver, plasma, spleen, kidney, and pancreas. Promotes RBC formation. Activates enzymes, replaces zinc in some enzymes.  Cobalt salts in small amounts are essential to many life forms, including humans. It is at the core of a vitamin called vitamin-B12.

 

 

 

 

 

The cobalt atom in vitamin B12 is attached and surrounded to a deoxyadenosyl group, methyl group, and a cyano group or hydroxyl group. The human body has a need for cobalt that is not in the ionic form of the metal but rather, for a performed metallovatimin which cannot be synthesized from a simple dietary meal. Thus, the content of vitamin B12 of foods is essential is the overall human nutrition.

 

 

 

 

 

When in the form of CoC12, cobalt assists in regulating casein and phosvitin phosphatases and other certain phosphoprotein phosphatases. Along with Nickel (Ni) and Manganese (Mn), cobalt can be a good alternative for Zinc (Zn) in the carboxypeptidase, carbonic anhydrase, angiotensin-converting enzyme, and metalloenzymes.

 

Functions of Cobalt in Our Body

  • It is an essential element required for the normal functioning of the pancreas.
  • It is also essential for hemoglobin formation.
  • It may be necessary for the first stage of hormone production i.e., capture of iodine by the gland.
  • Aids in normal growth and appetite
  • It is indicated that cobalt helps with repair of the myelin sheath, increases the effectiveness of glucose transport from the blood into body cells, and the building of red blood cells.
  • Iron Absorption. Iron is one of the most vital nutrients that are needed depending on gender, health conditions, and other factors. Nutritionists suggest that cobalt, together with other elements, can play a role in the body’s absorption of iron.
  • Vitamin C. Studies have shown that there is a great link between cobalt and vitamin C. The latter vitamin prevents certain conditions such as scurvy wherein scarcity of this mineral can lead to several symptoms such as hair loss. Humans need large amount of vitamin C in order to feel good and be well, and researchers have seen the role of cobalt in aiding the body makes use of the cocktails of vitamin C and other nutrients that was extracted from green vegetables, citrus fruits and other natural foods.

Deficiency Symptoms of Cobalt

A deficiency of cobalt is equivalent to a deficiency of vitamin B12, and can cause anemia, nerve disorders, and abnormalities in cell formation. Also, “scaly” skin and atrophy

 

 

Cobalt Food Sources

Beet greens, buckwheat, cabbage, dulse, figs, goldenseal, Irish moss, kelp, lettuce, mushroom, pau d’Arco, sarsaparilla, spinach, watercress. All sea vegetable and green leafy vegetable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germanium : The trace mineral that enhances the body’s natural healing power.

Germanium is a trace mineral with no Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) established.  It is abundant on the surface of the earth and is in most plants. Germanium is believe to be highly beneficial to good human health. In fact, germanium has many important medicinal properties. In the body, germanium attaches itself to oxygen molecules. This has the unexpected effect of making our bodies more effective at getting oxygen to the tissues in our body. The increased supply of oxygen in our bodies helps to improve our immune system. It also helps the body excrete harmful toxins.  Germanium is one of the most important reasons why natural foods, such as garlic are recommended by nutritional practitioners. Many disease states, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, immune system dysfunction and cancer have all been shown to respond to germanium therapy.  It is also a powerful analgaesic, which enhances the effects of the body’s own endorphins.

The increased supply of oxygen in our bodies caused by germanium has many other exciting effects as well. Taking germanium supplements is effective in treating arthritis, food allergies, elevated cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Germanium can also be used to control pain in the human body.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about germanium is that it can stimulate the human immune system to fight cancer cells. This is exciting for two reasons. First, and most obvious, it helps fight cancer – one of the most deadly diseases in the world. But more importantly, it is not toxic to human cells. In fact, germanium is completely harmless to human cells, even cancer cells. Since it works by stimulating our immune system, which fights the cancer, it doesn’t damage the rest of the body like many other cancer treatments. Testing of new cancer treatments with germanium are underway, and perhaps we will soon see new, less damaging, cancer treatments using the element germanium.

In plants, this process helps protect them from infections by viruses, bacteria and fungi as well as increasing growth and protecting them from the cold. In humans, it seems the effects are both related to oxygen regulation and strong antioxidant activity

 Germanium Function 

  • Antioxidant
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helps chronic Epstein Barr virus syndrome
  • Helps correct distortions in the electrical aggregate of the human body
  • Helps rid the body of toxins and poisons
  • Improves cellular oxygenation
  • Intracellular electrical impulse initiator
  • Maintains the homeostasis in the body
  • May be analgesic
  • May have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor activity
  • May reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduces high cholesterol levels
  • Useful as part of a cancer treatment program
  • Useful in the treatment of hiv/aids

Germanium deficiency

Although germanium deficiency per se is not recognised, a lack of germanium is associated with infection and immune disorders, heart disease and high cholesterol, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and many other conditions.

Normal amounts of Germanium in the diet

Germanium is present in many natural foods, comprising around 1mg/day in an average western diet. High intakes of synthetic germanium (50-250mg/day) have been shown to be detrimental to health, although this seems to depend on the form taken.

Best natural food sources of Germanium include:

Aloe vera, Broccoli, Celery, Comfrey, Ginseng, Goji berry, Garlic, Mushrooms (especially shitake), Rhubarb, Sauerkraut, Suma, Seeds  Tomato juice and Vegetables

Vanadium : The trace mineral that have a role in the regulation of sodium and in the metabolism of glucose and lipids.

Vanadium was named after the Scandinavian goddess of beauty, youth, and luster. It is commonly found in vegetables and seafood.   It is a controversy as to whether vanadium is an essential trace mineral in human nutrition. Although it has been suggested to have a role in the regulation of sodium and in the metabolism of glucose and lipids.  Studies show that vanadium in the body works similar to insulin, i.e. it helps maintaining blood sugar levels. Basically when there is a high concentration of sugar or glucose in the blood stream, the body releases insulin hormone in order to tell the muscles, liver and fat tissues to utilize this glucose in the blood as a source of energy in place of stored fat as the main source of energy. As a result, the elevated glucose levels drop, subsequently the insulin levels also go down. Hence, such a person who has high blood sugar levels or uncontrolled insulin levels is considered to be suffering diabetes. Vanadyl sulfate is the most common and known form of vanadium.

The total amount of vanadium in the human body is estimated to be less than 1 milligram (0.000035 ounce). It is found most commonly in the kidneys, spleen, lungs, testes, and bones.

Function of Vanadium in Our Body

Deficiency Symptoms of Vanadium

  • Hypoglycemia, diabetes, increased dental cavities, elevated triglycerides, elevated cholesterol, chest pain, coughing, wheezing, runny nose and sore throat.
  • Obesity.

Natural Food Sources of Vanadium

Corn, buckwheat, garlic, blackpepper, wheat whole, radish, olive oil, apples, green beans, cabbage, carrot, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, olives, beet root, peanut, parsley, dill, Snap beans, sunflower oil, lettuce and plum

Since vanadium can be a relatively toxic mineral, its use as a dietary supplement should be limited to dosages reflective of dietary intake (e.g., 500 – 1,000 mcg daily). The major concern is that excessive levels of vanadium have been suggested to be a factor in manic depression, as increased levels of vanadium are found in hair samples from manic patients, and these values fall towards normal levels with recovery.

Boron : The trace mineral that is needed for the proper functioning of brain and healthy bones.

Boron helps to regulate the level of various other salt such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, as these salts are necessary for bone health. Boron helps in repairing calcium of brittle bones hence preventing them from getting fractured.  Boron also plays a vital role in preventing osteoporosis.

Boron plays a major role in preventing osteoporosis by reducing the loss of calcium and magnesium in urine, as these are responsible for building and maintaining strong bones. Boron elevates the level of serum, estrogen and calcium especially in women suffering from osteoporosis. It is essential for maintaining cells for the normal functioning of cell. It has been studied that deficiency of boron causes impair mental functioning and depressed mental alertness.

 

 

 

 

Boron is also important in the function of repairing joints and hence in prevention of arthritis. It also helps in prevention from tooth decay. It functions to regulate the level of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous not only helps in maintaining strong bones but also in keeping teeth strong.

Boron is also involved in body metabolism which helps to regulate hormones. It regulates the level of testosterone in men which helps in maintaining muscle. It regulates the level of estrogen by converting it into vitamin D which in turn increases calcium absorption. It is required to strengthen bones and prevention from fractures. Boron also affects memory and brain function so that proper transfer of nutrient can take place throughout the body.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Boron

  • Build and maintain healthy bones.
  • It is also necessary for the metabolism of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
  • Elevates levels of serum estrogen and ionized calcium.
  • Boron benefits include proper brain functioning.
  • Promotes alertness
  • Used to help with menopausal symptoms as well as maintaining healthy bones, hence its affinity to calcium and magnesium

Deficiency symptoms of Boron

  • As boron is required in various body processes thus deficiency of it may result in various health problems.
  • Arthritis
  • Memory loss
  • Brittle bones
  • Muscle pain
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Receding gums
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Weak cartilage
  • Loss of libido

Food Sources of Boron

  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Chickpeas
  • Dates
  • Fruits (other than citrus)
  • Grains
  • Grapes
  • Greens
  • Hazelnuts
  • Kiwi,
  • Legumes
  • Lentils
  • Nuts
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Prunes
  • Raisin
  • Red grapes
  • Tomatoes.
  • Vegetables

Lithium : An essential nutrient in the human body that prevent mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Lithium is found in trace amounts in all soils primarily in the clay fraction, and to a lesser extent in the organic soil fraction. It is not yet known what particular function of lithium may make it an essential nutrient. It is thought to stabilize serotonin transmission in the nervous system; it influences sodium transport; and it may even increase lymphocytic (white blood cell) proliferation and depress the suppressor cell activity, thus strengthening the immune system. There is also speculation that lithium is in some way involved in cancer genesis or prevention.

Lithium is a naturally occurring trace element that is found in water, soil and a number of fruits, vegetables and other plants. In the early 1950s, psychologists discovered that very large doses of one form of lithium could help control and/or prevent episodes of mania that occur in bipolar disorder.  Lithium is taken up by all plants, although it appears not to be required for their growth and development.

Many nutrition and health experts believe that daily consumption of up to 2 mgs of lithium may be necessary for a number of important cellular interactions.  At those levels, lithium seems to carry no risk of side effects, and several major studies in the 1970s suggest that there may be some very important benefits.

Uses and Benefits of Lithium

  • Reduces aggressiveness, violence and self-destruction.
  • The biochemical mechanisms of action of lithium appear to be multifactorial and are intercorrelated with the functions of several enzymes, hormones and vitamins, as well as with growth and transforming factors.
  • Lithium appears to play an especially important role during the early fetal development as evidenced by the high lithium contents of the embryo during the early gestational period.
  • Helps regulate nerve impulses by regulating sodium and potassium
  • Increases lymphocytic production
  • Influences distribution of sodium and potassium
  • Influences sodium transport
  • Possible cancer suppression
  • Stabilizes serotonin transmission in the nervous system
  • Suppresses some cells within the immune system thus enhancing the immune system
  • Possibly helps increase brain matter (grey part)
  • Possibly protects the brain and nerves against glutamates

Deficiency Symptoms of Lithium

Toxicity: Tremors, drowsiness, headaches, confusion, restlessness, dizziness, psychomotor retardation, lethargy, coma.

Rich Food Sources of Lithium

  • Among plants, lithium is retained most easily in foods of the nightshade family of plants, which include tomatoes and cucumbers and mushrooms. Seaweed and kelp often contain high levels of lithium.
  • Apples, asparagus, bananas, cauliflower, cinnamon, cucumbers, lemons, lentils, marjoram, pepper, plant ash (shale), red cabbage,  sea vegetable, sugar cane, tomatoes, tobacco plant, mushrooms, whole grain foods, white cabbage and seeds.
  • In general, diets rich in grains and vegetables may be expected to provide more lithium than diets rich in animal proteins. However, due to the uneven distribution of lithium on the earth’s crust, a predominantly vegetarian diet is not necessarily lithium rich.

Lithium May Help Alzheimer’s

Three research studies in 1999 and 2000 from Wayne State
University of Medicine found that low levels of lithium used
to treat manic depression were also effective in protecting
the brain against Alzheimer’s disease. A key protein needed
to protect the brain against Alzheimer’s is Bc1-2 (related to
the B-cell lymphoma/ leukemia-2 gene). Lithium is the first
substance found to increase the concentration of Bc1-2 in
brains tissue.

Alzheimer’s is characterized by the existence of
neurofibrillary “tangles” in the brain. These tangles are
enabled by a destructive protein called glycogen synthase
kinase 3b (GSK-3b). Lithium has been found to decrease the
supply of destructive GSK-3b in brain tissue.

The Wayne State researchers also found that the gray matter
of patients treated with lithium over time grew by
approximately 3%, regenerating even after loss of brain cells
due to injury or disease.

Source: http://www.collectivewizdom.com/Lithium-LithiumRichFoods.html