Milk Thistle

Silybum marianum or milk thistle is a thorny herb that has detoxifying, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean or the southeast coast of England, and has been introduced to warm climates such as Australia and New Zealand where it grows so prolifically, it is considered a weed. With […]

Cinnamon Supplements

Cinnamon is more than a culinary spice. For centuries, people have used cinnamon as a natural therapy for its antibacterial, fungicidal and anti-inflammatory actions. Modern science has since demonstrated that active constituents within cinnamon can also modulate blood glucose levels, lower lipids, and act as an antioxidant. Feeling ill? The cinnamaldehyde, an essential oil of cinnamon, […]

Lion’s Mane Mushroom

Lion’s mane, or Hericium erinaceus, is an edible fungus that grows on the sides of dead and decaying trees in North America, Europe and Asia. It has a host of equally fun names such as bearded hedgehog mushroom, pom pom mushroom and beaded tooth fungus. “Lion’s mane” gives it an air of power that we […]

Cissus Quadrangularis Benefits

Cissus quadrangularis, also known as hadjod or veld grape, is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for repairing broken bones, easing joint pain, and strengthening the skeletal system. The plant is a green vine of quadrangular shaped sections (thus the quadrangularis). The root and flesh of the plant is particularly rich in antioxidants including a good […]

Top Rated Thyroid Supplements

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the front of the throat. It’s a small gland, weighing only 25 grams – but it’s powerful. It produces two important hormones that control key functions in the body from metabolism and heart rate, to hair growth and reproduction: T3 and T4. Thyroid Hormones Explained The two main […]

MCT Oil Vs Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been the buzz for almost a decade – and now its protégé, MCT oil, is taking center stage. Both oils are rich in saturated fatty acids that have been shown to promote weight loss and rumored to heal all of your ills. What’s the difference, and which one should you take? Here’s […]

Benefits of Capric Acid

Capric acid is a saturated medium chain fatty acid that is responsible, in part, for the health benefits of coconut oil and MCT oils. As far as fats go, capric acid is a fairly small molecule. It only contains 10 carbons and is also known as “dodecanoic acid” – as in, dodec meaning “ten”. Along […]

Caprylic acid

Saturated fats are no longer enemy #1. In fact, a particular saturated fatty acid is gaining attention for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory powers, and touted as somewhat of a cure-all – caprylic acid. Caprylic acid (C8) is a saturated medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) found in coconut oil and peanuts along with other MCTs such as capric […]

Chia Seeds and Supplements

Do you remember Chia Pets from the 90s? Those terracotta sculptures that sprouted microgreens to look like “fur” or “hair”? Believe it or not, chia pets were sprouting serious superfoods. Chia seeds (Salvia hispanica L.) are tiny, slippery-when-wet seeds that pack a punch – they are teeming with essential nutrients like soluble fiber, essential fatty […]

Best Boswellia Supplements

More commonly known as frankincense, Boswellia serrata is a tree resin used in traditional Indian and modern Ayurvedic medicine. It is gaining popularity in western herbal med and experimental research is showing that it can reduce inflammation, regulate autoimmune processes, and soothe pain as a strong analgesic [1]. Boswellic acid – an active anti-inflammatory and […]