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CBD Oil for Toenail Fungus – Cure or Waste of Money?

Is CBD oil worth giving a try when it comes to fighting off toenail fungus? Could this be a miracle cure? Or is it something that is just going to be a waste of time and money?

CBD oil has been on an absolute surge of popularity recently. More and more scientific studies are being published showing the many benefits of this incredible compound and is being used for everything from epilepsy, to depression, anxiety, inflammation, pain relief, appetite, memory, acne and so on… So why not for toenail fungus as well?

Well… Unfortunately this is probably not the best choice to fight off that nasty unwanted fungus that has been plaguing your toenails. While it may be somewhat effective, at this point it is still a gamble and you will understand what I mean by this in a bit.

What is CBD oil in the first place?

Lets first start off by discussing what exactly CBD oil is. In a nutshell, it is a strong extract from the cannabis sativa plant. It can be extracted from either the marijuana or the hemp plants, because both are in the same species, but is usually taken from hemp plants since they are less modified.

CBD is just one of over 100 cannabidoids in cannabis. Some other popular ones you may have heard of include THC, CBG, CBC and CBN. THC is the compound in marijuana that causes the "high", yet CBD is non-psychoactive and you don't have to worry about anything like that.

Antimicrobial properties

While doing research into the antimicrobial powers of the cannabis plant, I read an interesting article that brought up the point of how the plant is often referred to as "weed" due to its ability to grow rapidly and very easily, which is at least in part due to its resistance to microbes such as bacteria, fungi, etc.

Compare this two bamboo for example, which is the fastest growing plant on earth and is well known to have strong antimicrobial properties.

And when it comes to the resistance against microbes that the cannabis plant presents, there is scientific proof to back up such claims. For example, as an antibacterial it has been shown to even be effective against antibiotic resistant MRSA.

However, there is a problem…

The problem with this theory

While the cannabis plant in all of its entirety may hold some very strong antimicrobial properties, and antifungal properties in particular, there are so many different compounds in the plant that you cannot simply attribute them to the CBD cannabinoid just for the heck of it.

In fact, according to an article in the British Journal of Pharmacology CBG and CBC have been proven to be mildly antifungal, yet there was no information regarding CBD's antifungal properties.

Limited Info

The bottom line here is that when it comes to the effects of CBD on fungal infections, there is limited information.

It could very well be true that CBD oil is effective at treating such infections, such as those dealing with the nails, but there just isn't enough proof as of yet.

That said, 

it can generally be said that cannabinoid compounds do show antifungal activity.

Alternative approachs

However, there is still some promise that CBD oil could potentially be a cure due to its immune system boosting ability.

Boosts Immune System

Well… When I say "immune system boosting" is actually quite the opposite. In fact, CBD has actually been shown to suppress the immune system.

However, this isn't necessarily a bad thing. It sounds like it would be the opposite of what you want, but often times unwanted conditions are the result of an overactive immune system, an immune system doing too much and attacking your own body.

Worth giving a try?

May be in the future this will be a recommendation for treating nail fungus, but as of now I wouldn't really recommend it unless you are very desperate and have tried just about everything else. The fact of the matter is that there just hasn't been enough research into it to show whether or not it is effective.

Out of all the information I could find, there was only one article I came across that reported some patient getting rid of nail fungus with cannabis oil, but could be due to the other cannabinoids it contains, like CBG and CBC which are known to have some antifungal effects. But even these cannabinoids are very understudied and not well proven for such treatments.

My best recommendation at this point would be to use something that has been well proven for its effectiveness against nail fungal infections, like Emuaid MAX.

Keto Ultra Diet Website

Do Keto Ultra Diet Pills Really Work or is This a Scam?

Do the Keto Ultra Diet pills really work? Is this really the "easiest way to lose weight"? Will these pills actually help your body get into a state of ketosis?

And what is up with this "BHB formula"?

There are a lot of claims made about this diet supplement, which made it seem like the greatest thing to ever hit the market, but can you really trust everything that you hear? The answer is of course you cannot trust at all, which is why I am writing this review in the first place.

And one thing I want to make known right off the bat is that I am not promoting it, which means that this is actually and unbiased review, unlike the many others that I read while doing my research which are just trying to promote the product and make money off of it.

In summary... the Keto Ultra Diet pills are not something that I'm going to be recommending to my readers, and for good reason as you will see.

What is Keto Ultra Diet?

The Keto Ultra Diet is a supplement that supposedly can help you get into a state of ketosis, which can in turn help you lose weight and provide other benefits, such as increased energy and so on. It has the same goal as the Keto OS supplement I've reviewed recently, which is also achieving a state of ketosis.

It is said to be 100% natural, can help you burn fat faster than ever, and I even saw promotions online of claims that people are losing up to 1 pound of fat per day with this stuff.

However, right off the bat... When I first started digging a little deeper into this supplement I was getting suspicious.

One of the first rather unusual things that I came across was that this supplement used to go by the name of "Keto Pro Diet"… And now of course it is called Keto Ultra Diet.

keto ultra diet name change

Now there is nothing wrong with a company changing the name of one of their supplements, but this brings up the question of why? Why did they change name? After all... "Keto Diet Pro" isn't any better or worse of a name than "Keto Ultra Diet", so why the change?

Well the first thing that comes to mind is bad publicity… As and they change the name due to it getting a bad reputation and wanted to start with a clean slate.

But anyways… That is just a guess, and as you will see there are more "strange occurrences" that I will go over.

But first let's talk about what exactly ketosis is… Which is point of taking this supplement in the first place.

Ketosis...

In a nutshell, ketosis is a state in which you can get your body into where it starts burning fat as its main source of energy, rather than glucose or carbs. This is of course a desirable state to be in because many people out there are looking to burn fat and lose weight, not to mention that ketosis has also been shown to provide a nice steady flow of energy throughout the day.

This point of this supplement is to help your body get into ketosis much faster, which naturally can take quite a long time.

Is this really a "revolutionary breakthrough"?

This supplement is all about Beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) which they tell you starts the process of ketosis and which they claim they have "modified".

Now I have no idea what exactly they mean when they say they have "modified" BHB because they offer no explanation about such.

While I probably wouldn't go as far as saying that it is a "revolutionary breakthrough", there is some science to back up the claims that supplementing BHB can bring your body into ketosis.

According to Everyday Health, taking supplements like this can help "enhance" your state of ketosis.

A look at the ingredients

First off... Let me start by saying that it was rather difficult to find the actual list of ingredients in this supplement. I read over multiple "shady" reviews with mixed information… One review would say that it has these ingredients, while another review would say completely different ingredients. It took me a while to actually find out what the heck was in this stuff… Because even on the official website they do not tell you, which is definitely strange.

But anyways… Here you can see a picture of what is actually in the bottle…

keto-ultra-diet-ingredients

If the print is too small, it states that there is a 800 mg "proprietary blend" of…

  • Magnesium Beta Hydroxybutyrate 
  • Sodium Beta Hydroxybutyrate 
  • Calcium Beta Hydroxybutyrate 

Now all of these ingredients are what you call "BHB", just in different forms, and they all occur naturally, forming from the digestive process of fat.

So basically the point of taking these BHB ingredients is to trick your body into thinking that it is already burning fat and in a state of ketosis, which will then (mostly in theory) lead to your body burning more fat and continuing a state of ketosis.

Will it work?

While the information is limited, there have been some studies suggesting supplementing BHB's effectiveness in inducing such a state.

That said, if you are planning on supplementing something like this, you are also going to have to be on a keto diet, meaning a very low carb diet.

Can it be trusted?

One important question that definitely needs to be addressed is whether or not this supplement can actually be trusted.

When it comes to the supplement industry, there are plenty of scams out there that were created for nothing more than to trick people into spending their money on things that do not work, or on supplements that claim they have all the special ingredient in the bottle when in reality they don't.

I saw on the official website that they state this supplement is manufactured under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), but unfortunately I see no evidence of this or no other information on it.

Some things that concern me...

One thing that I noticed is that many of the websites that sell this supplement are very sketchy… Often engaging in misleading marketing tactics, such as false scarcity and other rather "scammy" things.

Another thing that I noticed is that my malware blocking software that I run on my computer constantly actually restricted me from going to several of these websites, and obviously had a reason for placing such a restriction.

Then something else that is a bit odd, is the fact that there is another supplement on the market, actually available on Amazon, called "Complete Keto Diet" that looks like another duplicate product with a different name…

Complete Keto Diet

This supplement has the exact same ingredients in the exact same dosage as Keto Ultra Diet, and the bottle has pretty much an identical design, with very little difference.

Not only is this strange enough, but to make matters even worse, there are plenty of negative reviews of this product on Amazon, such as this one for example…

amazon review

The company behind it... Can you trust them?

Of course it is always a good idea to look into the companies that are manufacturing the supplements that you take. As I mentioned earlier on, there have been plenty of cases where untrustworthy companies have ripped off customers, such as by lying about what they put on the label and so on.

Can you trust this place?

Well… In my opinion… Probably not. Unfortunately I was not able to find any information on the company behind the Keto Ultra Diet pills. 

*If you are reading this and do have any information about the manufacturer, please let me know in the comment section below.

Conclusion - Scam?

While this supplement could perhaps help your body get into a state of ketosis faster than what is naturally possible, and in turn could help you lose weight as well as help provide you with a better energy flow, this is definitely not a supplement that I am going to be recommending to my readers.

As far as I see, this stuff just can't be trusted. The company is not transparent by any means and there is little-known about this supplement other than what is said on the label, which really isn't all that much. It reminds me a lot of the shady Ultra Omega Burn product that is still really popular.

Yes... taking BHB supplements might be worth a try, but I would recommend trying a different supplement that actually has some credibility.

Keto Ultra Diet it is marketed in a very over-hyped and somewhat misleading fashion, and overall there is just a lot about it that I don't like the looks of.

But anyways… I hope you enjoyed this review and found it helpful. Please leave your thoughts, comments, questions, etc. below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

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Side Effects of Royal Jelly that You Should Know First

Royal jelly is surging in use across the globe, particularly for medicinal benefits. And it is no wonder… With the rising trend of natural and healthy alternatives to prescription medications and the like, just about any promising "superfood" has been seeing an upward trend.

It is commonly used for everything from asthma, liver disease, diabetes, various skin conditions, cholesterol, hair growth, cognition, and the list goes on… And although it does lack scientific proof for many of the claimed benefits, it nonetheless does qualify as a "superfood" as you will see.

But are there any things you should know about before taking this substance? Any potentially harmful side effects of royal jelly that you need to be aware of?

Well... As with anything in life, including molecules as harmless as water, there are always potentially harmful side effects, which will be the focus of this short article.

But before I get into all that, let's first cover what exactly Royal Jelly, or RJ as I'll be calling it for short, is...

What is royal jelly?

In in a nutshell, it is a nutrient packed secretion that is created by worker bees.

It is so "super" in fact, that it is actually what separates the queen bee from the other normal little bees. When in larvae form, the queen bee is just like all of the others… but when fed RJ this lone bee grows to massive proportions and lays claim to the throne… as the queen of all.

So if it is such a superfood for bees, why not for humans too? It makes perfect sense, right? I mean... Manuka honey is another bee creation that is considered a superfood... so why not this stuff too..

But… Of course humans are very different from bees, as is visually apparent, so what is good and healthy for one won't necessarily be so for the other, which brings me to the side effects that are possible…

Side Effects

As you are probably expecting, and as also stated on WebMD, it is generally safe when consumed orally. In fact, there is one study mentioned on this website where people consumed a product with a combination of royal jelly, bee pollen extract, and bee pollen plus pistol extract for two months, as well as another study on the consumption of a similar combination product for three months… All with no side effects.

That said, there are some possible side effects that you should be aware of, these include…

#1 - Allergic Reactions

If you have severe allergies to pollen and/or bees then RJ may be something that you want to avoid.

The reason for this is because of the protein compounds that RJ contains, that are often associated with bees and pollen, which can cause asthma and anaphylaxis, as well as bronchospasms.

The reason for such reactions would be from having an "immature" system that overreacts to substances it perceives as being harmful, when in reality they are not. The same goes for any allergic reaction.

If you do have allergies to pollen and/or bees, but you really really want to try RJ, just make sure to start off with very low doses and gradually move forward.

#2 - Scalp Reactions

Another possible side effect with the use of RJ is scalp inflammation… If of course you are planning on applying it topically to your scalp.

That said, this seems to be highly unlikely. The only reason I mention it here is because I have found this particular side effect mentioned on several different trustworthy websites, such as WebMD and Drugs.com, although I do not know where they originally obtained information about this.

Basically all that is listed from these different websites is that it has in fact caused inflammation and rashes when applied to the scalp. But based on many other experiences I have read about this, it is probably nothing to worry about by any means.

#3 - Tooth Decay

Now this is pretty much completely dependent on what type of RJ supplements you are actually taking.

The reason tooth decay is a possible side effect is because many RJ supplements actually include honey mixed in with it. This is a popular combination because of this substance's shelf life being pretty short when pure and unmixed, but when being mixed with honey having a much longer shelf life.

And of course we all know how sugary honey is. If you are consuming it regularly it can undoubtedly lead to tooth decay.

But if you are not taking a RJ and honey combination supplement, I wouldn't worry. In itself, royal jelly is only 10 to 16% sugar, and when taking it as a pure product, much of the time it is taken in capsules.

#4 - Increased Bleeding Possibility

On WebMD they mentioned that there is some evidence that it interacts with Warfarin (the prescription drug) and you can increase your chances of bleeding/bruising if you are taking a combination of the two.

This statement apparently comes from a case of a man who experienced increased bleeding while taking the two simultaneously and doctors suspected it could be from RJ.

However, there is very limited information on this and definitely not much proof that RJ would be the cause. To me it seems like a very long reach to place the blame on this bee secretion.

A Healthy and Safe Choice

While there are some side effects worth mentioning, there really is nothing to be too concerned about when it comes to taking royal jelly based on what I have found. As you just read in the list I just went over, there is a lot of uncertainty and lack of proof when it comes to such talk.

And there are plenty of studies out there showing that people can safely take quite a hefty load over an extended period of time without any problems.

I mentioned a couple studies earlier on about people taking such supplements for two and three months with no problems, but there also others out there that show a much higher consumption being safe as well.

  1. A study of 61 volunteers took royal jelly for 6 months. The volunteers ranged anywhere from 42 to 83 years old and took 3000 mg of RJ per day or a placebo for six months… Besides it showing awesome benefits like an increase in red blood cell production, glucose tolerance and mental health increase, there were no side effects mentioned.
  2. Another study performed on 49 overweight people had a similar outcome. Although this study was to test RJ's effect on cholesterol, which had a very positive outcome of lowering bad cholesterol and raising good cholesterol, the point is that these people took 10 g of RJ for 14 days with no side effects.


Lots of proven benefits..


While a lot of the claimed benefits that royal jelly has are still unproven, or just lack enough scientific backing, there are a number of benefits that have been fairly well proven, some of which include…

  • Can be used as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral
  • Increases red blood cell count
  • Can lower blood sugar
  • Cholesterol balancing
  • Increasing cognition
  • And more

Can you take too much?

Because it is a rather new "superfood" that is still widely understudied, there isn't any real good suggested dosage that scientists have agreed on unanimously.

That said, it doesn't seem to be any danger in consuming a lot of the stuff. I already mentioned quite a few studies where people were taking it at a decent dosage for an extended period of time, and according to according to examine.com it has even been safely consumed at as much as 6 g per day.

My best advice would be to simply follow the recommended daily amount on whatever supplement you are taking, assuming of course that he supplement you are taking is trustworthy.

I hope you enjoyed 🙂 Comments or questions? Please leave them down below in the comment section…

Jars of Manuka Honey

Is Manuka Honey a Scam or Does This Stuff Actually Work?

Is all the hype surrounding manuka honey rightly deserved? Is this "superfood" really all that it is said to be? Or is it possible that this is just another scam… Another over-hyped superfood fad that is just going to die off in the near future?

The question of whether or not this is a superfood or snake oil comes up quite a bit. And for good reason… Many people are hesitant to believe that one of over 300 different types of honey can be so much better than the rest when it comes to being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-viral and so on.

This honey is used for treating everything from cold sores to helping sooth inflamed joints, and is probably most popular for its antibacterial capabilities… Being used to heal wounds and such.

But just because this honey has caused so much attention in the media doesn't mean that it is the miracle worker people are saying it is. We have seen plenty of health food fads come and go over the years, riding out the big wave of popularity and then slowly dying off into the background.

That said, while manuka honey might be a tad over-hyped, the scientific findings on this stuff are quite remarkable, as I will go over shortly.

But first… What the heck is manuka honey exactly…

What the heck is Manuka honey in the first place?

As mentioned, there are over 300 different types of honeys out there, manuka just being one of many.

What makes them different?

It's all about the nectar for the most part. Manuka honey comes from bees that are pollinating and gathering nectar from the manuka plant, which has the scientific name of Leptospermum scoparium. This plant can grow 15 to 25 feet when it is fully matured and is native to New Zealand, although at this point in time it has also been introduced and grows well in parts of Australia.

A beekeeper can take a single hive of bees and produce many different honeys just by changing the flowers in which they are pollinating/gathering nectar from. So if one wants to produce manuka honey, they simply will move the hives near manuka dominant areas during the prime season.

What does science have to say about it?

Well... Let's first talk about its claim to antibacterial properties, since this seems to be what many people are using it for.

The fact of the matter is that all honeys have antibacterial properties, most of them coming from their hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) content, which is produced from glucose and oxygen. However, what may seem a bit strange, is that medical grade manuka honey doesn't seem to have any H2O2 present. According to a 2014 study, apparently this is at least in part due to the high levels of a compound called Methylglyoxal (MGO) that it contains, which has been shown to inhibit the glucose oxidase enzyme that is important in the production of H2O2.

But... Manuka honey has been proven to have great natural antibacterial properties. It has been shown to help get rid of and prevent infections, and has even proven to be effective against some antiobiotic resistance bacterias such as meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

More so… It has even found in a 2017 study to "enhance wound healing and tissue generation", besides already working as an antibacterial.

And if that isn't already enough, other studies out there show its effectiveness at fighting common fungi, like that of the candida family.

So where is it getting all this crazy germ fighting ability?

Well… It is likely due to the high amounts of Methylglyoxal (MGO) that it contains… Which is the same compound that is responsible for it being absent of hydrogen peroxide, when you have medical grade manuka honey that is.

Definitely not just hype... although we admit the hype might be a bit much

There is a long list of claimed benefits of manuka honey. If you do some looking around online you will see all sorts of crazy claims, many backed by little to no scientific evidence. Everything from it curing cancer to fighting infection and being a treatment to toenail fungus is out there on the web.

However, although some of the claims may be a bit overstated, this definitely is not just type.

Manuka honey is the most studied honey for its medicinal benefits and it seems that as time goes by, and more studies are performed, more and more of the said benefits are being proven to be true, at least to some extent.

And when it comes to the antibacterial powers of this incredible type of money, they are pretty darn well proven with scientific research.

Not all Manuka honey is the same

If you are looking to pick yourself up some manuka honey, it is important to know that not all of it is created the same.

Just as any food that is packed with nutrients, the process in which it is harvested and ends up in your kitchen needs to be carefully performed. One beekeeper might have the best grade honey in the world, but if the packaging process and shipping process is not up to par, this could seriously affect the nutrient profile of the honey.

In addition to this, it is actually impossible to get pure manuka honey from a beehive, due to the inevitability of some bees pollinating and gathering nectar from surrounding flowers that are not of the manuka plant.

But that isn't the real problem… The real problem is fraud, or false labeling. Companies falsely labeling their honey as manuka when it only has a very small fraction of actual Manuka honey in it, is indeed a problem.

There are safeguards in place to help ensure that the labeling of such honeys is truthful, but there's definitely no substitute for buying a high-quality trusted honey from a trusted source.

So don't just go out and buy the cheapest you can find. If you do that, you are more likely to get ripped off. You often get what you pay for, and when it comes to Manuka honey, this is very true.

Turmeric Powder

Is Turmeric a Scam or Does This Stuff Actually Work?

If you are looking for a natural cure for just about any problem, then you probably have come across turmeric at some point in time… But does this stuff actually work or is it all just one big scam?

I know this question may seem a bit bold, but it is something that should be asked. After all, we have seen many "superfood" health products ride their newfound wave of popularity and then slowly fade into the distance, being the fads that they actually were.

But is this just another fad or is it the real deal? Is this really a miracle treatment that so many are ranting and raving about?

Well… Before I get into all of that let's first talk about what exactly turmeric is…

What Is Turmeric?

There is a good chance you have eaten it before even if you just heard about it recently. Turmeric is a commonly used to spice in popular dishes such as curries and mustards, and has been for centuries.

This rich yellowish-orange colored powder comes from the roots of a plant from the same family as ginger.

And it hasn't just been used in cooking for centuries… Traditional Chinese medicine has also made use of turmeric for, what some say is, thousands of years. So this isn't an entirely new health craze… It's just that its newfound popularity in the Western world in particular has grown astronomically.

Fad or Does It Work?

The health benefits of turmeric are all about curcumin, which is a component of turmeric that makes up around 5% of its weight.

This substance is supposedly what is responsible for, or at least mostly responsible for, all of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory disease fighting powers that turmeric is commonly promoted as being able to provide.

However... There is a problem with all of these said benefits that are getting so much attention in the media. The problem is that, and according to this article in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, there really isn't as much proof of curcumin being an effective medicinal chemical in clinical trials as you might have been led to believe there is.

In fact, as I'm writing this, based on the information I have found, there aren't any double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials that exist showing its successfulness to prevent a number of supposedly "curable" diseases. In other words... There's still a heck of a lot of more research that needs to be done to prove its effectiveness.

One major problem that curcumin has is its low systemic bioavailability… Which basically means that when you take turmeric curcumin supplements a low amount of the curcumin actually enters circulation and is able to be useful to you.

This problem is why you commonly see turmeric supplements also containing piperine, black pepper extract, Bioperine, etc.… (which are all the same thing) because they help increase the absorption.

This problem is also the reason why many scientists are doubtful as far as the potential of turmeric and its power substance curcumin to be as amazing of a health supplement as it is said to be.

Definitely Over-hyped, But Not a Complete Bust

The hype surrounding this "superfood" is a good example of something hitting the mainstream media and riding the newfound wave of popularity… With just about every said benefit being blown out of proportion.

That said, it isn't a complete bust and is not something I would call a fad, although we will surely see the popularity die down a bit in the future. The fact of the matter is many researchers firmly stand behind their findings of it being a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and being beneficial for a number of things such as…

  • Helping balance cholesterol levels
  • Brain health
  • Join pain
  • Skin health
  • Etc.

While many of the studies out there are conflicted in interest, being performed by researchers that are involved in the manufacturing and selling of turmeric supplements, there are still a decent number of studies out there proving that you can get at least some benefits out of supplementation.

Much of its benefits come from its anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to inhibit molecules involved in inflammation, such as for example phospholipase, lipooxygenase, cyclooxygenase 2, leukotrienes, and thromboxane.

How Much Should You Be Taking?

So it may be a little over-hyped, but there are some promising benefits, although there is definitely still a need for further research in just about every way.

But if you are looking to give turmeric a try, how much should you be taking? Because, after all, the absorbance of its powerhouse ingredient curcumin isn't all that great, as I've mentioned.

Well… There are mixed opinions on this. I found information stating that taking over the recommended doses can easily lead to problems like low blood sugar, acid reflex, iron deficiency, stomach pain, etc. But I have also read information where apparently people have consumed well above the normal recommended doses that you often see on supplement bottles for extended periods of time and saw no adverse effects.

That said, I would probably just stick to what the supplement label says you should take… And of course don't buy any supplements that are "sketchy". Buy products whose labels can be trusted.

In conclusion: Turmeric is definitely not a scam but there is no doubt it is over-hyped and many of the so-called "benefits" have not been thoroughly proven as of yet, or have even been somewhat disproved.

bowl of Epsom salt

Epsom Salt for Plantar Fasciitis – Why It Didn’t Work for Me

Should you be using Epsom salt for plantar fasciitis? Or is this just a bunch of crap that is going to be a waste of your money?

If you are like I was, then you will try pretty much anything to get rid of that ridiculous pain that is often excruciating in the mornings and can sometimes be crippling. I had been to the doctors, I had gotten prescriptions for steroids, I had been using a spiky rollerball on the bottom of my foot, I had been wearing a medical boot for months, but nothing seemed to be able to get rid of this crap.

Plantar fasciitis is one heck of a strange problem and it seems that there are no doctors out there who have mastered cures to it… Largely due to the fact that there can be dozens of causes for this condition.

But could the cure really be something so simple? Is it really as easy as going and picking up some Epsom salt at the local supermarket and soaking your foot in it every day?

Well… It is said that Epsom salt promotes relaxation, reduces pain and swelling, and helps speed up healing… So based on some of the information quickly available online it seems that it could do the trick. However, in this short post I’m going to be explaining why it did NOT work for me. But first let me go over the theory of why it supposedly works…


 

The Theory Behind It

Epsom salt is very different from table salt. Yes, they both have the word “salt” in their names, but they are extremely different. Epsom salt is just magnesium sulfate and the magnesium part of it is why there are so many claimed health benefits.

Magnesium is very important, in fact so important that, according to the National Institutes of Health, it is involved in over 300 reactions in the body… That is a heck of a lot.

Upon doing research I also found that having a deficiency in magnesium is likely to make you more susceptible to certain tendon problems. And since the plantar fascia is a connective tissue as are the tendons, it seems reasonable to assume that it could apply to this as well.

It is no wonder why licensed doctors often suggest supplementing magnesium, along with other important minerals right before bed if you have plantar fasciitis.

The idea behind Epsom salt foot baths is that the magnesium and sulfate dissociate in water and are absorbed into your body through the skin… Right where you need it most.

Sounds good and all, but things are a bit more complicated than they sound at first.


 

3 Reasons It Didn’t Work

I will say that soaking my foot in an Epsom salt bath was always something that felt good. It would help my foot relax and just feel all around better for a period of time after soaking it. However, it wasn’t a solution and here’s why…

 

#1 – The location of pain isn’t the problem

It seems that there are 101 causes for plantar fasciitis, and the location of the pain isn’t one of them.

The problem with most treatments for PF is that they only treat the pain… Right where the plantar fascia is hurting. But that is not where the problem is originating and even if you do get the pain to go away it will just come back over and over again if you don’t get to the root of the cause.

Some of the many common causes of this condition include tight muscles in the lower leg (such as the calf) that place an unnecessary amount of tension on the plantar fascia, poor posture, damage to the posterior tibial tendon, and so on.

So while soaking your foot in a nice hot bath of Epsom salt may feel relieving, it sure as heck isn’t going to fix your posture or stretch out your calves, which could be the cause of your pain.

 

#2 – “Feels better… lets go for a walk”

Another reason the Epsom salt baths did not work for me is because they would make my foot feel better and I would then proceed to use it more… Which would likely just lead to additional damage and might have been causing more harm than good.

Now I know that this is completely my fault and has nothing to do with the Epsom salt bath itself, but I think it is still worth mentioning.

Your foot might be experiencing a sudden reduction in pain and you might think that can walk on it normally, but you have to remain disciplined and be careful with it. Healing takes time.

 

#3 – It might not work…. at all

And the third reason that it didn’t work for me is that it MIGHT NOT WORK AT ALL.

As I was doing my research I found a publishing in the science journal called Nutrients titled Myth or Reality – Transdermal Magnersium?.

This report explained that, while magnesium does have many proven benefits that could aid in recovery, there is no good proof that exists out there showing that magnesium can be absorbed effectively through your skin.

In the case of Epsom salt foot baths, it is all about absorption. You can have all the magnesium you want in that water but if it isn’t being absorbed through your skin then there are no benefits coming from it.

There are a lot of different magnesium supplements out there that you are supposed to apply to your skin and unfortunately there just isn’t any good proof that this is effective.


 

Conclusion – You Need Magnesium… But I’m Not So Sure Epsom Salt Is The Way to Get It

Epsom salt foot baths may help to some extent, but it might just be the hot water that is helping and not the actual Epsom salt. It makes perfect sense that this could be the case. After all, applying heat to a condition like plantar fasciitis will help loosen up the connective tissue, promote circulation, ease pain and so on.

Getting enough magnesium is very important, but you might be better off just going the proven route of taking magnesium supplements orally, or just getting more natural magnesium through your diet. If you are going to go the route of supplements, it is suggested that you take 200 mg of magnesium in combination with 1000 mg of calcium right before bed. This is said to help relieve the morning pain and stiffness that PF is so notorious for.

Now I’m not saying that Epsom salt foot baths do not work for sure, I’m just saying that there isn’t enough evidence out there to really say that it does work… And even if it does help reduce pain and aid in the recovery of the plantar fascia, the problem is just going to keep coming back if the cause is due to something else, such as tight calves, posture, etc.

As I said earlier… things are more complicated than they seem.

 

But anyways, I hope you enjoyed the short post and found it informative. I just wanted to share with you my short story and some research I have gathered while trying to find a cure to this ridiculous problem that can seem impossible to get rid of.

Please leave any questions or comments down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

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Can Dogs Have Pistachios? – 3 Reasons to Avoid Them

Can dogs have pistachios? Or will they kill them? The last thing you want to do is hurt your little pooch and, although he/she might like them as a tasty treat, it might not be worth the risk.

But why would you be able to feed your dog pistachios? I mean… They taste good to us and they are very nutritious for us, so it can’t be that much different for dog, can it?

And besides that, it seems like a common courtesy to feed your dog a little bit of what you are having. After all He/she probably stares at you as you munch on those tasty pistachios with that hungry look, just waiting to be fed.

While this may be true, the truth is that humans and dogs are not the same, and they do not react the same to certain foods. Who would’ve guessed… I mean there isn’t much difference between the two. Besides of course the walking around on all fours, being covered in hair, slobbering all over the place, barking at every noise, and all that stuff (joke).

Seriously though… Back to the point of this post, which is that pistachios can potentially be harmful to your dog.

Now this is nothing to go crazy ever. If you just fed your dog a handful of pistachios, you shouldn’t go racing them to the vet. There is a lot of mixed information out there, some articles saying that no one should be feeding their dogs pistachios while others claim they are pretty much harmless, but none are that concerning.

What I’m going to do here is first go over three reasons you should avoid giving your dog pistachios, followed by why you might actually want to feed your dog pistachios. I know, this sounds confusing… But you will see what I mean.


 

3 Reasons to Avoid Giving Your Dog Pistachios

#1 – Can cause an upset stomach

Number one (in no particular order) is that feeding your dog a diet of pistachios can possibly cause them an upset stomach. And this is obviously something you do not want.

Besides causing your dog discomfort and pain, which no happy dog owner should be okay with, you might also have to get out the cleaning supplies and scrub up vomit off that new rug you just bought, or if you are lucky you will be able to wipe it up off the hardwood floor.

Foods with high fat content, as pistachios have, are known to be culprits of upset stomachs for dogs.

If you did just recently add pistachios to your dogs diet and they have been acting a bit strange, or you notice the telltale sign of vomiting, then I would recommend backing off for a bit and seeing if the symptoms disappear with the discontinued consumption of these nuts.

 

#2 – They aren’t quite as healthy for dogs

Pistachios our absolutely packed with nutrients. Besides your dog staring at you like he/she wants a bite, you probably figured that this would be nice nutritious treat that could aid in improving your dog’s health.

Some of the many nutrients that pistachios contain a good deal of include the following…

  • Fiber – Good for digestion.
  • Thiamin – Needed for a lot of things, optimal brain health and carbohydrate digestion being a couple.
  • Vitamin B6 – Important in energy metabolism. However, lack of this in your dog is probably not a concern.
  • Vitamin K – Needed in small amounts. This is actually used to treat certain types of poisoning.
  • Vitamin E – Powerful antioxidant. Can boost immune system and help increase the shine of your dog’s coat.
  • Calcium – This well-known mineral keeps your dogs bones/cartilege strong and healthy.
  • Manganese – Needed for effecient functioning of many enzymes in the body.
  • Phosphorus – Required in high amounts and needs to be balanced with calcium intake. Defficiencies of this in dogs is rare.
  • Magnesium – Needed for cellular processes requiring ATP, which are many. Lack of this mineral can cause defficiency in many others.
  • Iron – Important for hemoglobin formation in the blood, which is important for just about everything.
  • Potassium – All dogs need it.. Potassium is imporant for muscular, nerve, and enzyme function.
  • Zinc – Also important for immune system function and more. Zinc deficiency in dogs is fairly common.
  • Selenium – This trace mineral has a lot of antioxidant properties and is essential for humans and dogs.

However, the proteins that pistachios contain will not be able to be digested by your dog. In addition to the problems that these strange proteins pose, the high fat content that pistachios contain can pose a problem and will not be able to be utilized to be, which brings me to my next point…

 

#3 – They are high in fat, and this can be a problem

If you were reading other articles about pistachios in dogs before come across mine, you probably came across how they are high in fat and can cause serious problems for your dog.

Yes, high-fat diets fed to dogs have been linked to severe problems such as pancreatitis, which can be fatal, but they’re not as much to worry about as you may think.

Pistachios contain a good amount of fat… Much more than they do carbs and protein. According to Self Nutrition Data about 67% of the calories from pistachios comes from the fat it contains… Which is about 56 g of fat per every 1 cup (123 g).

That is some pretty high amounts of fat… But this isn’t necessarily a problem. Yes, high-fat diets can really tax your dog’s pancreas. But usually this is only a problem if your dog is also getting a lot of carbs. It is usually a combination of the two that poses the problem. If most of your dogs fuel is coming from fat, then this might be nothing to worry about.


 

Can I Feed My Dog Pistachios or Not?

As I mentioned earlier, there are many mixed opinions on whether or not feeding your pooch these nuts is something you should be doing. Some articles will tell you yes while others will tell you no.

In my opinion… Why not? Just think about it… Think about all those peanut flavored treats, peanut flavored dog foods, and just the peanut butter in general that we feed our dogs. Peanuts are actually higher in fat and their protein is also going to pose problems to your dog, but that doesn’t seem to stop people.

While pistachios do have the potential to cause your dog problems, so do peanuts.

 

If You Do Want to Feed Your Dog Pistachios…

That said, if you are going to give these to your dog, keep in mind that moderation is key. Do not overfeed him/her and it is best to start out with small amounts, making sure that they do not have adverse reactions. And, if they do, they will hopefully be nothing to worry about since the amount given was small.

There is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) or anything like that that I can provide you with. Small dogs are obviously going to be much more susceptible to problems associated with overconsumption or overdosing, see just have to be careful.

I would also recommend giving them of the unshelled pistachios, although you probably already knew this. With the shelled pistachios it is possible that splinters could break off from the shelves and get lodged inside the stomach or digestive tract.

 

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Can Almond Milk Cause Diarrhea

Can Almond Milk Cause Diarrhea?.. Really? – 3 Reasons It Can!

It is often recommended to avoid the diarrhea-causing lactose from dairy milk, but  can almond milk cause diarrhea as well?

There are so many alternative choices of milk out there nowadays. We have soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk and more. But almond milk is definitely one of the more popular ones. Not only did do people enjoy the taste of a nice glass of almond milk, but is also packed with nutrients, being high in unsaturated fats, protein, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, calcium and others.

Maybe you are looking to start drinking almond milk, or already have, because you are lactose intolerant; maybe you are vegan; maybe you have irritable bowel syndrome and dairy milk triggers this; or maybe you are just looking for a more environmentally friendly alternative than the common cow milk you find at the grocery store.

And it probably sounded like an amazing alternative until you either experienced diarrhea for yourself and wondered if the almond milk was to blame, or maybe you just heard about this unwanted side effect from somebody else.

I have personally been drinking almond milk, pretty much exclusively, for a couple years now and have never had any negative side effects from it, or at least none that I know of. However, just the other day I was reading a story on Today.com about how some women it was lactose intolerant switched over to almond milk and was still experiencing that sick and bloated feeling. She was worried that the problem was much worse than lactose intolerance and, at the recommendation of a doctor, did an elimination diet to find that almond milk was the culprit.

After reading this I was quite surprised. I had never heard of anything like this before. But anyways… I decided to look into it further and found that other people have experienced the same thing in that it really isn’t all that uncommon, although it isn’t that common either.

Below are three reasons that I found almond milk could be the cause of your diarrhea, or the potential future cause if you haven’t actually started drinking it yet.


3 Reasons Almond Milk Can Cause Diarrhea

#1 – You might be allergic

One of the more common causes would be that you are actually allergic to almonds. Although almond allergies are not as widespread as peanut allergies, they are on the list of top nut allergies. And according to LiveScience, allergies from these little guys can lead to a number of things, including stomach pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even anaphylaxis in the worst of cases.

The good thing is that if you are just experiencing diarrhea, then your allergies are not all that bad. It could be worse.

One of the reasons that you could potentially be allergic to almonds, and almond milk, is because of the proteins that almonds contain. What happens in many cases is the human body mistakes these proteins as invaders and the immune system orchestrates unnecessary attacks.

#2 – It isn’t as healthy as you think

Of course not all men milk is created equally. Some almond milks are definitely more healthy than others, but many of the almond milks I see in the store contain a lot of additives and all of them are indeed highly processed. You cannot just go out there and crack open an almond to drink milk from it.

A lot of the almond milks on the market have nutrients added to them, such as minerals that are not actually from almonds. And anyway this is not much different from supplementing with vitamins taken out of a bottle, which there been a lot of studies on showing that absorption is not nearly as effective compared to when getting vitamins from a natural source.

You also have to consider the sugar content of almond milk. Unsweetened almond milk is the best choice, because it has zero sugar and this could potentially be the problem. But I know a lot of people are going to want to buy the unsweetened kind due to the… Well… Unsweetened taste.

And don’t confuse “unsweetened” with “original”. The original almond milks are indeed sweetened.

#3 – You might be overdosing on vitamin E

It it is also possible that you could experience diarrhea due to overdosing on vitamin E after drinking almond milk.

Almonds are very high in vitamin E. For every 1 ounce serving you’re getting about 35% of the RDA… For regular old almonds. Now of course the milk contains a much more diluted amount. Your common Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk will provide you with about 20% of the RDA for vitamin E in a 1 cup serving.

Now I will say that it would be rare for an overdose on vitamin E to be caused by your consumption of almond milk, but it might be worth about. If you are already getting high doses of vitamin E, maybe already going over the RDA by a bit, the addition of all involved to your diet may tip the scales a little bit too much.

Vitamin E is incredibly important for a long list of reasons dealing with human health, but you don’t want to much of anything. There are number of side effects that come from overdosing on this vitamin, diarrhea being one of them.


Determining If Almonds Are The Cause Can Be Difficult

If almond milk is a current part of your diet and you are experiencing diarrhea, you might be thinking that there is very little chance that this could be the cause because this unwanted side effect is not something you get relatively soon after drinking it, which you might expect. However, determining if almond milk is the cause is a little more complicated.

Almond milk could cause diarrhea later down the road. It could take a while… Even over a day after you drink it. This all depends on the reason for your intolerance and this makes it much more difficult to find out what to place the blame on.

A really good way for determining the cause is the symbol of elimination diet, which was mentioned in the beginning when I was talking about a story I read from a woman that was trying to get to the bottom of this.

With the elimination diet you simply want to slowly start eliminating foods and seeing if the diarrhea goes away. But of course this is easier said than done… Since I just mentioned that you could drink almond milk one day and potentially not get diarrhea from it until the next. Ian there is also the possibility that a combination of nutrients or the cause of your diarrhea, which just makes things all the more complicated.


Incorporating Almond Milk Safely Into Your Diet

When incorporating almond milk safely into your diet, I think the best approach to take is to start off slowly. Start off by just drinking the smallest amount for a couple of days and see if you have any side effects to it. If not, start drinking more until you get to the desired amount.

If you do have digestive problems or other side effects, then stop and see if they go away. If they do go away, and the side effects weren’t too bad, you may want to run the test again just to make sure. And if you are still experiencing problems then you may want to try the unsweetened almond milk if you are up for the bad taste.

All in all, almond milk is a good alternative, I would say one of the better alternatives, to dairy milk. Sure, it may not be quite as healthy as people think and some people may get diarrhea from it, but overall it is a good choice and I personally am very happy I switched over to almond milk when I did several years ago.

Anyways… I hope you enjoyed the short post and found it informative. If you like to, please share to help spread the word.

And if you have any questions or comments, just leave them down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

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Pistachios for Sex… Seriously? – 3 Reasons Why They Help

Everyone wants to perform better in bed, but is it really as easy as just eating some pistachios? There is some mixed information out there on whether eating pistachios for sex is effective or not and in this short article I’ll be going over three reasons why they help, and one reason why you might want to avoid them.

I first came across this topic after looking into the various benefits of eating pistachios. I came across an article on Mirror.co.uk that mentioned some Turkish study that was performed on impotent men in which they supposedly started eating pistachios and within three weeks saw a “significant” improvement in their erectile function.

But I thought to myself… Can it really be? Is this really all there is to it? There has to be something they aren’t telling us. Becoming an animal in bed can’t be as simple as eating delicious green nuts I would want to eat regardless of their benefits.

So anyways… After doing a good bit of research I found that, yes… Pistachios can be beneficial for sex in there are 3 different ways that they can help which I will go over. HOWEVER, there is also a downside that I came across which often does not get discussed when it comes to this topic.


 

3 Reasons Why They are Good for Sex

#1 – Deez Nutz are proven to treat ED

So the study that was mentioned in the article on the mirror.co.uk website is a study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.

In this study they took 17 and potent man who had had ED for at least 12 months and started feeding them 100 g of pistachios per day every three week period. That is about 3.5 ounces of pistachios per day, which is more than the serving size recommended on most bags of pistachios you can buy at the store, but not much more.

Anyways… The International Index of Erectile Function was measured before and after the three weeks. The results… Well this index takes into account five different areas dealing with sexual desire, pleasure, and satisfaction… And all five saw improvements.

 

#2 – It helps stop sex-killing cholesterol

Having high levels of cholesterol is a known culprit of erectile dysfunction. Cholesterol can but up in your arteries and cause high blood pressure. And according to Healthline, atherosclerosis, or the narrowing of blood vessels, is the most common reason for erectile dysfunction. So as you can imagine, having cholesterol club up your arteries, thus decreasing the efficiency of your blood vessels is not a good thing.

Luckily, eating some of those tasty green nuts every day can help you solve your cholesterol problems, at least to some extent.

study mentioned on WebMD showed that eating pistachios on a daily basis can decrease LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) over quite a long time span.

In this study there were 28 people with high LDL-cholesterol readings put under the microscope (not literally of course). The subjects started out the study eating a low-fat diet for a month, then followed by one month of eating one serving of pistachios daily, and lastly another month of eating two daily servings of pistachios.

The results… LDL cholesterol levels decreased by 9% in the first month of eating pistachios for one serving a day, followed by a 12% drop the second month when they were eating to servings a day.

This study however didn’t show any improvement in HDL levels, which is the good cholesterol. That said, I was able to find other studies, such as this one this one performed on rats, which did show in increase in good cholesterol levels.

There are many different things that can affect sexual performance. While you may not think of cholesterol as being one of them, it can have an effect, although indirectly.

 

#3 – Antioxidants increase sperm health

Another reason why pistachios are good for sex is because they are rich in antioxidants, which do wonders for sperm health.

In fact, 30 to 80% of infertility is thought to be the cause of oxidative stress. Most studies out there show that antioxidant supplementation improves sperm count, motility, and lessens DNA damage to sperm.

And of course most of the time you want to get your nutrients through a natural source, rather than taking pills and tablets. So in this ways pistachios are a great choice.

Like most knots, pistachios are rich in a variety of different antioxidants. Just to name a few, they contain good amounts of beta-carotene, lutein, flavonoids, magnesium and others.


 

But I Heard They Decrease Testosterone Levels?

Those are three reasons why pistachios are good for sex, but maybe you have heard that they decrease testosterone levels. If you Google test, you will find a good bit of information claiming that pistachios do indeed decrease testosterone levels and with this information it makes it all the harder to say whether or not you should be eating pistachios for sex.

The reason pistachios, along with some other nuts, decreased testosterone levels is because of a type of chemical contained called phytosterols. Studies show that high amounts of phytosterols do in fact lower test levels.

So then what the heck should you be doing?

Should you be avoiding pistachios so that your testosterone levels stay high or should you be eating pistachios to treat ED, lower cholesterol to increase blood flow and to increase sperm health?


 

So Are They Good or Bad for Sex?

With this contradicting information in mind, the debate on whether or not pistachios are good or bad for sex is still very much alive. And unfortunately, there just aren’t enough really good studies out there to come to a conclusive answer for this.

Does the good outweigh the bad or is it the other way around?

Well… There haven’t been that many direct studies around pistachios and sex, but those at 17 impotent men that were studied (mentioned in the beginning) saw improvements in every part of the International Index of Erectile Function… So it worked for them.

What it all comes down to is the particular situation that you are in. There are many different reasons for having erectile dysfunction or being bad and bad in general, and while pistachios may be able to help treat some people, they are going to help everyone.

 

But anyways… I hope you enjoyed this short post and found it helpful. If you like to, please share to help spread the word.

Also, leave any comments or questions down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Royal Jelly Benefits Men

10 Manly Ways Royal Jelly Benefits Men

Royal jelly benefits men in many ways. It may not seem like a very manly substance, but this strange natural edible is incredibly healthy and has some benefits that any man should see the value in.

In the short post I'll be going over 10 of the manly ways in which it can be of benefit to you. And by the way, I'll be referring to it occasionally as RJ throughout this post… So just know that I'm talking about Royal jelly here.

But anyways, before I get into the incredible benefits that RJ beholds for even the manliest of men, we first need to discuss what the heck this stuff is in the first place.

It is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world as a "superfood", but a lot of people don't really know what it is and where it comes from.

What The Heck Is Royal Jelly?


Royal jelly is actually a secretion that comes from honey bees… Specifically from the worker bees that are out there busting their humps all day and night to keep the hive together and things rolling smoothly.

You may have never seen it before because supplements of RJ are often sold in capsule form, but it is a very viscous white liquid.

It's composition will vary depending on the bees and many other factors, such as the particular environment that the bees are living in, but generally speaking according to WebMD you can expect royal jelly to be about…

  • 60-70% water
  • 12-15% protein
  • 10-16% sugar
  • 3-6% fats
  • 2-3% vitamins, salts and amino acids

This incredibly nutritious secretion is more than just a food that humans eat. I mean just think about it… Why would these bees be making food for humans?

The truth of the matter is that this substance is a very important source of nutrition for the queen bees and is actually the reason the queen bees become so large, healthy, and live so long.

Fun Fact: The larvas of Queen bees and other worker bees are actually no different. It is the consumption of this royal jelly that separates the queen bee from the rest.

RJ it's fed to baby larvae for the first several days and is comparable to colostrum that human babies get from their mothers after birth, which is also jammed packed with nutrients.

Now you may still be thinking that this doesn't sound very manly… After all, it is a queen bee that this food is intended for. What can it do for you... A man?

The truth is a lot. There are plenty of scientific studies on this stuff and it is really increasing in popularity in the Western world, although it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

But anyways, enough about what it is… Here are the 10 very manly benefits that royal jelly has for you…

10 Manly Benefits


#1 - A Natural Testosterone Booster

When you think of the most manly thing possible, you probably think of testosterone. Both men and women have this hormone, but men have significantly higher levels... About 20 times more production than women.

You may have also heard of it when it comes to steroids… Because testosterone is a anabolic steroid. However, we are talking about injecting steroids here… We are talking about increasing testosterone naturally.

It isn't much of a wonder that it helps increase testosterone. After all, it has been found to aid in the development of the Queen bee's gonads.

As far as actually increasing testosterone goes, it has been shown to increase serum levels in male rabbits as well as in hamster testis.

The reason is thought to increase testosterone is because research suggests that it gives sex hormones, such as DHEA-S, a boost… And thus your testosterone levels get a boost.


#2 - Helps Fractured Bones Heal

Helping heal fractured bones is also a big deal.

After a long day of splitting wood, swinging sledgehammers, dodging battle axes and doing whatever it is that you do… There might be times where you have had hairline fractures or even full-blown broken bones. And I don't think anyone wants these.

Well… The good news is that the short and long term effects that RJ has on bone formation (healing) our positive, according to this test done on rats

In this particular study it was shown that new bone formation was higher for those who ingested RJ compared to the control group which did not.

And in addition to aiding in the bone healing process, it is also good for healing wounds in general. Researchers have decided that much of the wound healing ability that RJ possesses comes from a protein it contains called defensin-1. This protein has been found to be extremely effective at speeding up the healing process.

It might be nothing more than a minor flesh wound, but having no wound at all is always better.


#3 - Good For Sleep

Everyone needs sleep, including men. Sleep is necessary for every single aspect of overall health. Whether you are looking to gain muscle, run faster, grew thicker hair, have more energy, etc.… Sleep is a key ingredient and without enough of it you will only be running on 4 cylinders when you could be running on 8.

Supplementing RJ can actually help to improve your sleep, or lack of.

In its contents you will find a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is found in your body's nervous system. Having a lack of this compound can result in memory problems, lack of sleep, and other problems dealing with the brain.

It it is also said to help relieve mental stress and anxiety, which are very common causes of not getting enough sleep.


#4 - Helps Keep Your Liver Healthy

Your liver is very important… Especially if you fancy alcoholic beverages. Having an unhealthy liver is no condition you want to be in when going to a tailgating party before Sunday's big game.

The liver filters all the bad stuff that you eat or drink, and with all of the newfound pollutants increasing on a global scale, liver health is something you need to look out for.

Signed tests that tested the liver helping abilities of RJ on mice found that after just seven days of feeding RJ to them, they showed improvement in liver protection. In the study the mice had their livers damaged by administration of a toxin before being fed the RJ.


#5 - Is Good for Your Sperm

Sperm health is something that every man is going to think about one day. If you are still young, then you probably have not thought about it yet… But you will get there.

Unhealthy sperm is something that no man wants and royal jelly can actually help with this, as well as helping with fertility in women.

It it is no surprise because it is filled with many good nutrients that support a healthy hormonal balance, which can greatly impact your sperm health.

I was able to find multiple studies showing that royal jelly is effective for such health, both performed on animals and on humans.

The first study worth mentioning involved mice getting a oral dose of RJ for 30 days, which proved to increase sperm count, sperm motility, as well as mature and undamaged sperm. This is likely due to the antioxidant nature of this substance since it is well known that oxidative stress can have a big impact on sperm.

In a human study mentioned on examine.com, royal jelly was shown to produce no significant benefits when it comes to sperm count… HOWEVER, it did prove to increase sperm motility.

So while there may be some conflict thing results as far as what exactly RJ can do for your sperm health, both studies agree that it can help in one way or another.


#6 - Boosts Metabolism

Royal jelly can also help boost your metabolism, which is all around good for everything. A better and more efficient metabolism helps to get more things done. So that maybe, just maybe you will have the newfound energy to build that new tool shed or lay that new patio that you have been putting off for months or maybe even years.

RJ has all eight essential amino acids. This is important because the "essential" amino acids are amino acids that your body cannot synthesize on its own, meaning that they need to be obtained through diet. Having enough of these amino acids can help you build more muscle, lose more weight, and just keep your body running more smoothly.

Protein supplements are being marketed more commonly than ever towards people with the goal of losing excess pounds. This is because of the amino acids that they contain and how they are proven to assist in the weight loss process.

A boost in the metabolism helps to increase your body's natural fat burning capabilities. And hopefully this can give you a better and more sustained flow of energy and in turn will help you lose excess fat, if you have any.

Royal jelly has actually been a traditional Chinese medicine taken for various things, including weight loss, for years (as mentioned in the beginning) but it is just now starting to really catch on more in the Western world.


#7 - Good Against Inflammation

Inflammation can be a good thing but it can also be a bad thing. Information is your body's natural response to stress, but too much of it is when it gets bad.

There are in increasing number of studies suggesting that inflammation plays a bigger role than most people once thought when it comes to all sorts of diseases, ailments, and conditions.

It is present everywhere… In everything from cancer, to arthritis, to asthma, to your common flu and its unwanted presence can help prolong negative health and works. It has been shown that getting rid of excessive inflammation can slow cancer cell development, help wounds heal faster, and more.

Royal jelly happens to have many enzymes, vitamins and flavonoids that can help with the problem of inflammation.

According to this scientific study, it is thought that the anti-inflammatory effects of royal jelly come from its anti-radical and antioxidant effects, although there could be many reasons for these inflammation fighting properties.

Flavonoids are something that are well known for fighting off inflammation. What are they? They are natural pigments that are part of what make fruits and veggies so good for you and they suppress certain pro-inflammatory mediators by blocking their synthesis.

One source I came across suggested that you should apply royal jelly topically because too much heat will destroy some of the vitamins and active enzymes that are potent anti-inflammatories, but I don't know how big of a difference it would actually make. I'm guessing that ingesting RJ, as you would with most supplements, will do the trick to some extent.


#8 - Weight Loss

Weight loss is another benefit to be had. I already mentioned that it can speed up the metabolism which can in turn help you lose weight, but what I didn't talk about is how it contains relatively high amounts of lecithin, as does other bee products like Manuka honey.

Why is this important? Well… Because lecithin helps your body break down into get rid of fat, or at least that is the theory. It is known to help break down fat and water but there is a lack of evidence that actually breaks down fat in your body. That said, a lot of people swear that it does help having taken supplements with it for themselves.

Lecithin is something you may or may not have heard of before, and maybe have even heard of it being used for completely different reasons, such as for treating arthritis, memory problems and so on. It is an essential nutrient that our bodies don't make enough of in that you need to get by the foods you eat.

And the side effects are pretty much all good. It is also shown to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL). What it does is keeps cholesterol from building up along the artery walls.

Something else that I found quite interesting is that it has been shown in studies to reduce white adipose tissue in mice while not reducing the amount of brown adipose tissue. In other words, it reduces the amount of what is commonly called "bad fat" while leaving the amount of what is commonly called "good fat" alone.


#9 - A Natural Anti-Viral

As a man or any living being for that matter, the last thing you want is a viral infection, which can seriously weaken your immune system and overall health and occasionally lead to unwanted breakouts depending on what type of infection you have.

One interesting study I came across that tested royal jelly's antiviral ability against herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV-1) compared to the popular drug acyclovir, showed that RJ is a good and healthy alternative to the antiviral medication acyclovir.

The findings of the study showed that RJ decreased the viral load from 70,795 to 30 and acyclovir went the whole way to 0. So while acyclovir was found to be more effective, RJ definitely showed some promising results in the fact that it is natural makes it a potential good alternative, especially for people who react badly to the acyclovir medication.

The potent antioxidant profile that royal jelly has is likely responsible for much of the antiviral component that it brings to the table. Antioxidants obtained from food help to strengthen the immune system. One of the reasons that malnourished individuals are more susceptible to viruses and other infections is because of a lack of antioxidant intake.

#10 - Makes You Smarter

And last but definitely not least, coming in at number 10, is that royal jelly can potentially make you smarter, as can a personal favorite of mine.. Turmeric Curcumin.

You don't have to be smart to swing an axe or through hamburgers on the grill, but you do have to be smart to crunch numbers and run a successful business… Which is equally as manly.

I mentioned that RJ contains the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is known to promote brain health and other things, which is one of the reasons why supplementing this stuff can help improve focus, memory, and more.

In one double-blind placebo study, a large group of healthy people took royal jelly for a total of six months. The result at the end… Tons of benefits… One of which being improved mental health.

In another study it was shown that taking RJ orally can significantly increase the number of a certain type of cell that functions in the cognitive processes. These cells can be damaged or die for a number of reasons in the result is an impaired mind. Increased regeneration of the cells = a smarter you.

Should This Be Part of Your Feast?


Royal jelly without a doubt has tons of health benefits that are good for everyone, including man. These health benefits are becoming more and more widely known thanks to the increasing research being done by scientists… Which is slowly proving that many of the benefits said to be had by this secretion in Chinese medicine are actually true.

But should this be a part of your daily diet? Well… That is all up to you. Do you want to…

  • Have higher testosterone levels?
  • Have bones that heal ultrafast?
  • Sleep better?
  • Better your liver health and function?
  • Increase sperm health?
  • Boost your metabolism?
  • Flight information?
  • Lose excess weight?
  • Get smarter?

Well if you answered yes then maybe it is worth buying.

But it's far from being a "cure all". Sure, it will help with all of these things, but don't expect this to be some magical substance that is all of a sudden going to make you a superhero.


Anyways… I hope you enjoyed this short post and found it informative. Please leave any questions or comments down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

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