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Is Royal Jelly a Scam

Is Royal Jelly a Scam With No Benefit? – Let’s Take a Look

Royal jelly, they say this stuff treats just about any problem, ailment, or disease, but does it really? Does this "superfood" really have superpowers? Or is Royal jelly a scam?

Is this just another fad that is going to make its run and then die off into the distance never to be seen again?

You've probably read things online that it can benefit people in all sorts of ways. Of course you can't always trust what you read, but supposedly it…

  • Boosts immune health
  • Fights effects of aging
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Lowers risk of heart disease
  • Helps the body heal
  • Reduces oxidative stress
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol
  • And even helps improve cognitive function

But it's not like we haven't seen all sorts of over-hyped "super foods" in the past that are a big hit for a little while as they just make their way onto the health scene, then lose their edge when people find out they really aren't as effective as they thought.

What exactly is Royal Jelly in the first place?

Royal jelly is a nutrient-rich secretion created by worker bees as a food for larvae and the adult queen bee.

This secretion is fed to all of the larvae early on, and all of the larvae are identical. However, one of these larvaes rises to the top and becomes queen, which is the result of being fed this Royal jelly secretion for an extended period of time.

That's right, the consumption of Royal jelly is what separates the queen bee from the peasant (worker) bees, and it allows her to stay strong as well as live up to 40 times longer.

Pretty crazy right?

If it can do all of this for a bee then it makes sense that it would at least have some health benefits for humans, does it not?

And contrary to what you may think, this is not some new health fad. Supplementing Royal jelly for medicinal reasons has been used in traditional Eastern medicine for thousands of years, and it is now becoming increasingly popular in the West.

It seems that a lot of different Chinese medicines are becoming more popular nowadays with the rise of holistic health approaches.

Does It Have Proven Health Benefits?

Okay, so it has been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years and is what makes a queen bee so big and strong, but this doesn't necessarily prove that it is actually beneficial for humans to consume.

Is there any scientific proof of this?

Of course we always want good old-fashioned science to back up the claims.

Fortunately, yes there is. Although there is definitely room for a heck of a lot more research on the many potential health benefits of royal jelly, there is a body of research that is continuing to grow.

I'm not going to be covering every single benefit that has been discovered, but below are a list of a few studies that prove its effectiveness, and/or potential effectiveness in certain areas…

  • 2012 study published in the Nutrition Journal concludes that RJ improves red blood cell production, glucose tolerance and mental health after a long 6 month test on 61 healthy volunteers.
  • Another 2012, this one published in Joint Diseases & Related Surgery, concluded that RJ can decrease bone loss due to osteoporosis
  • 2015 study suggests that taking royal jelly may even increase the quality of regenerated bone, which could be of high importance for people who suffer from broken bones.
  • Study from 2011 in the journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggests that oral administration of RJ may increase the regeneration of hippocampal granule cells, which are important in cognitive processes. In a nutshell... it could make you smarter or ward off degenerative cognitive conditions.
  • 2014 study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine suggests that royal jelly may help control diabetes. In this study 25 female volunteers with type 2 diabetes supplemented RJ and afterwards their mean fasting "blood glucose decreased remarkably".
  • 2016 study from Mediators of Inflammation shows that royal jelly has anti-inflammatory effects, some of which coming from three fatty acids it contains. RJ was shown to have inhibitory effects on major inflammatory-mediators.

As mentioned there is still a lot more room for research to be done. Many of the studies simply suggest that royal jelly has certain benefits, such as by saying that it "may" do this, or "could" do that.

However, the amount of research that has been done on it already is very promising.

It is an incredibly nutrient-dense food for bees that leads to the rise of the queen bee and it definitely has some benefits for men and women too.

Side Effects

The majority of people out there will not have to worry at all about side effects, however there is some potential for royal jelly to cause harm.

Royal jelly is a bee product, as you already know. So it makes sense that some people may experience allergic reactions that result in asthma and swelling of the throat. 

If you have allergies to pollen you may want to be extremely careful with this. If you are concerned, be sure to consult with your doctor beforehand.

Scam or Not?

So is royal jelly a scam?

I think you can see that the answer to this is… Absolutely not.

While there are definitely some over-hyped claims out there that somewhat make this food seem like a "cure all" or miracle causing superfood, which may be a bit misleading, there is no doubt that royal jelly has many health benefits, some known and some either un-backed by science or undiscovered.

Be Careful What You Buy

If you are going to buy royal jelly you want to be careful with what you purchase. There are a lot of products out there and it can be a bit confusing because they vary a lot.

Some royal jelly products are mixed with honey so that they last longer, some are sold in capsule form, some are just pure jelly and so on.

The products that are not 100% pure you of course are going to want to make sure you know how much royal jelly is actually in them, so you know whether or not you're getting ripped off.

Also be sure to read the labels. Some products may require refrigeration and others may not. It all depends on how they are packaged, prepared and whether or not they are mixed with other substances which could help with preservation.

How to Add It Into Your Diet

Well of course if you buy royal jelly in softgel capsules they can be taken at any time.

However, if you buy royal jelly in a jar you may want to add it into your diet by way of mixing it with drinks, such as coffee, tea, smoothies etc.

The substance is a thick white/yellow pale gel -like substance that is sweet but also has a somewhat acidic/bitter taste to it, so you may also want to mix it with something sweet like honey if it isn't already.

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Does Manuka Honey Help Wrinkles? – It Can & Here’s How!

If you are into health foods and like honey, then you surely came across Manuka honey before. This "super-honey" is said to be healthiest out there and has been used traditionally for everything ranging from wound healing , sore throat treatment, tooth decay prevention to digestive issues. Nowadays it's said to help with everything from cancer to toenail fungus... and many things in between.

But does it help with wrinkles? Can it remove those fine lines and give you that youthful looking skin you used to have?

Honey has long been used as a skin tightening remedy so it would make perfect sense that it could also reduce wrinkles... after all... if the skin is pulled tighter the wrinkles should reduce in appearance. But there is a lot more to it than just that, as we will go over in a bit.

Lets first talk about what exactly this strange honey is in the first place, because this is something many don't understand completely.

What exactly is Manuka honey?

Simply put, Manuka honey is honey that is made from bees that pollinate the Manuka bushes of New Zealand and Australia. The nectar that bees feed on when pollinating flowers is what makes honeys different for the most part. Nectar differs from plant to plant and this causes the honey produced by the bees to differ.

Manuka in particular is very dark in color, much darker than your typical clover honey that you often see all over in the stores. And besides the color it has additional health benefits that others do not. For example, as I will go over next, it contains a compound called Methylglyoxal which is a powerful antioxidant among other things and is responsible for many of the health benefits.

How It Can Help

It's Hydrating

One easily noticeable way that Manuka honey is beneficial and can help reduce wrinkle is by moisturizing the skin. It is a natural humectant, which just means that it retains and preserves moisture.

Not only does well-hydrated skin appear more plump and make wrinkles less noticeable, but it also allows for better nutrient transport throughout the skin so that it stays healthier.

Well hydrated skin is smoother skin that has less signs of wrinkles.

And It Helps Support Collagen

A 2007 study published in the Journal of Biological Chemisty suggests that Methylglyoxal reduces collagen degradation by inhibiting "the binding step of collagen phagocytosis". And Manuka honey contains high amounts of Methylglyoxal, which as I mentioned above is responsible for many of the benefits that Manuka honey has over other honeys.

Why is this important?

Well... because collagen is incredibly important for healthy and vibrant skin. Collagen is a protein that promotes skin elasticity and keeps it firm.

A study from Skin Pharmacology and Physiology tested the effects of collagen consumption on 69 women ages 35-55. The group was slip into 2, one took a placebo for 4 weeks while the other ingested 5g of collagen hydrolysate (common type). After the treatment the skin elasticity was measured and compared to beforehand. The results were that the skin elasticity was "significantly higher".

Collagen is easily one of the most proven supplements out there to benefit skin, and a lot more. So the fact that Manuka honey helps keep collagen around is a big deal, although we would like to see more scientific proof of it being able to do such.

Other Skin Benefits

  • Reduces cellular damage
  • Helps with inflammation
  • Kills bacteria
  • Cleans pores

Reduction of Cellular Damage

Antioxidant activity is often connected to anti-inflammatory activity as well, and that is exactly what we see with manuka honey. 

Antioxidants are very important for healthy and nice looking skin. They help stop free radicals, which are out of control oxygenated molecules that cause cellular damage and often take a noticeable toll on the skin.

An Anti-inflammatory

As far as anti-inflammatory properties go, they can work inside and outside the body. Many people who apply the honey topically report reductions in redness and it has even been shown to reduce inflammation in parts of the digestive system.

Kills Bacteria

Bacteria can cause a heck of a lot of problems... eczema, dermatitis, wounds, rashes, etc. Not all bacteria is bad and we all want a healthy microbial community on our skin for best health, but it can be a problem too.

Methylglyoxal (MG) is largely the reason for Manuka honey's antibacterial properties. In a 2016 study on methylglyoxal it suggests that this compound is able to de-flagellate bacteria, resulting in less motility and ultimately less bacteria.

This compound is found in large concentrations in the nectar of the Manuka flower, which is where many of Manuka honey's great benefits come from.

Cleans Out Pores

It can also help clean out your pores by pulling out excess oil, bacteria, and other impurities that can lead to unhealthy conditions.

Application

There really is no right or wrong way to go about applying the honey to your skin. Some people just rub it on as needed and as is. However, you may want to try mixing in a big of warm water before massaging it in. This will help absorption and will make it easier to apply.

And you probably don't want to go around all day with honey on your face so it would also be a good idea to apply it at night before you go to sleep.

Ingestion of It Can Even Help

While applying it topically as a treatment for skin conditions such as wrinkles is the most effective, you can still get some of the many benefits it brings to the table from ingestion. 

Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects upon ingestion can still help your skin out.

Getting Good Quality Honey Is Important

Unfortunately there is a problem with fake Manuka honey products. Basically what happens is scammers label other types of honey as Manuka so that they can sell it for more. There are organizations in place to eliminate this problem but you still should be careful with what you purchase.

Also be sure to find out how much concentrated the Manuka honey is before purchase. Different honeys will have varying ratios of Manuka honey vs other honeys.

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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 🙂

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 🙂

Can Manuka Honey Cure Cancer? – It’s Complicated

Can Manuka Honey Cure Cancer

Can manuka honey cure cancer?

The benefits of honey, and manuka honey in particular, have been a hot topic recently, which is expected due to the growing trend of natural remedies and treatments.

It is true that honey has antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, but will it really have any positive effect on something as harmful as cancer?

Well… The answer is maybe. I can give you a straightforward yes or no answer, because it is more complicated than that as I will explain.


Cancer Stats

Cancer can be acquired or inherited. Of course there is not much you can do if you have inherited cancer from your parents, but the majority of cancer out there is actually acquired from living unhealthy lifestyles, such as smoking too much which causes lung cancer… Everyone is very aware of this nowadays.

According to the Journal of Traditional and Complimentary Medicine, tabacco is the cause of 1/3 of cancer, poor diets account for another 1/3, and 1/5 is due to infections such as by viruses and bacteria. These are all aquired cancers.


The Power of Honey

There are several different ways that honey can benefit your body and potentially be an effective treatment against cancer.

#1 – Antibacterial

Some cancers are actually the result of bacterial infections and since honey is a natural antibacterial, it makes perfect sense that it could be effective at preventing or even treating cancer.

There is definitely more research that needs to be done in this area, but there are many different forms of cancers linked to certain bacterial infections. For example H. pylori infections are associated with stomach cancer and chlamydia infections are associated with cervical tumors, just to name a couple.

The reason that honey has been found to be quite ineffective antibacterial likely has to do with its activity, and how it attacks in a variety of different ways, which is the reason bacterias haven’t become resistant to it. It is common for bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics, as we see all the time, but we have not seen such resistance with honey.

Manuka honey has also been shown to be anti-fungal, which who knows… might be considered another cause of cancer in the future.

#2 – Antioxidant

Oxidative stress is a known cause of cancer. When your body is under oxidative stress this basically means that there is an imbalance in the amount of free radicals and antioxidants. Free radicals are oxygen containing molecules where the oxygen has an uneven number of electrons, making it unstable.

Free radicals are known to cause many problems, ranging everywhere from early aging to, of course, cancer.

The phytochemicals in honey have high amounts of antioxidant activity. This comes from its phenolic and flavonoid content. According to a research project studying the biological activity of honey, higher phenolics concentrations are associated with more antioxidants and is the darker honeys, such as manuka honey, that have these higher phenolics concentrations.

There is more than one study out there showing that manuka honey is it ineffective antioxidant. In one such study it was shown to reduce DNA damage coming from free radicals, which of course goes right along with what I am saying.

#3 – Prevent Proliferation

Flavonoids, one of the phytochemicals that honey contains, has been shown to prevent proliferation of cells. What this means is that it slows down the spread of mutant cancer cells. If you can stop cancer cell proliferation then you can stop cancer. Now this isn’t going to stop dead in its tracks by any means, but it has been shown to have anti-proliferation properties.

This along with the fact that is in antioxidant and an anti-bacterial code make honey a potential “natural vaccine” for cancer. And of course manuka honey would be one of the better honeys to take due to its increased antioxidant potential.


Will It Do More Harm Than Good?

It all sounds great up until now, but there is a big downside. The downside is that sugar has been linked to cancer. There are plenty of studies showing this and based on scientific findings there are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it… Too much sugar can cause cancer.

Why does this matter? Well… Because honey is very high in sugar, which I am pretty sure you are very well aware of. It’s high sugar content is what gives it that nice sweet taste that we all love.

There was a very interesting study that I came across which showed a massive increase in cancer development when on a sugar enriched diet. Now the study was performed on rats, but it still is worth mentioning. During the study they were two groups of rats, one fed a starch diet in the other fed a sugar enriched diet. Now I’m not going to get into all the details, but the results were that 30% of the starch diet test subjects developed breast cancer whereas 50 to 58% of the sugar enriched diet test subjects developed cancer… A massive difference.


Should You Start Taking Manuka Honey?

The cancer treating outlook of manuka honey looks promising, and there are many researchers very excited about the limited findings up until this point, but whether or not this is a very good natural treatment is still open too much debate.

We know that honey in general does possess certain qualities that you would want to look for in a natural anticancer treatment. The big question is whether or not it will do more harm than good, as talked about above.

If anything, I think it might be found to be a somewhat effective treatment for newly forming cancers, or a preventative, but it does not seem likely that it would be very effective at treating or even curing well-established cancers.

The bottom line here is that there simply is not enough research done on this topic to make a solid conclusion yet.

 

Questions or comments? Please leave them down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can 🙂 Also let me know what you think about manuka honey and this potential to treat cancer.

Can Manuka Honey Cure Fungus? – A Natural Nail Fungus Cure or Just Hype?

Can Manuka Honey Cure Fungus

Can manuka honey cure fungus? Could this be the natural treatment that you have been looking for or is this just going to be another product that isn’t going to produce the desired results?

Manuka honey is becoming more and more popular lately and is being used for a variety of different treatments. This is expected with the rising trend of natural health products. But seriously… Can this really care that nasty case of toenail fungus that may be plaguing you this very second?

The answer to this question is… Well… Maybe. Manuka honey can be used as an antifungal, but how good of an antifungal it actually is… That is a different question.

But anyways, before I get into the antifungal properties of this honey, let’s first go over what exactly it is…


What Is Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is a honey that comes from bees that pollinate the manuka bushes, which are native to New Zealand and Australia. It is more common in New Zealand but also can be found in some parts of Australia as well.

A Little History Lesson

While doing some research on this topic, I found a bunch of misinformation out there. Contrary to much information online, manuka honey has not been used for thousands of years as a natural treatment to all sorts of health conditions. In fact… It wasn’t even around until sometime in the late 1800s when Apis mellifera (European honeybee) was first introduced to New Zealand by a beekeeper named Mary Bumbly.

That said, the manuka bushes themselves have been used by natives of New Zealand for many years, such as by the Maori people. They have been known by the natives to have antibacterial properties (and yes they have antifungal properties as well) and have been used in a number of different ways. There bark…used for burns & skin diseases, Ian their leaves boiled for colds.

What The Honey Is Like

Manuka honey is not your typical light golden color honey that you find at your local Walmart or Giant Eagle. It has a dark brown color to it and is very viscous.

* If you are going to buy manuka honey make sure that it is as stated above. I have heard stories about honey being mislabeled as manuka when it really is not. If you buy outside of New Zealand or Australia then you should be good because the honey has to pass testing before being labeled as manuka, as a way to safeguard customers.


Why It Can Fight Off Fungus

Fungal infections, such as toenail fungus, are more common than you may think. The numbers vary a lot depending on what source you are reading, but according to Berkely Wellness, around 10% of Americans have a toenail fungus infection. And obviously this percentage increases if you include all fungal infections. More so… This number tends to increase with age.

So it is pretty common… Don’t think that you are the only one if you do have a nasty infection.

That said, it is important to treat the problem so that things don’t get worse. Usually the worst that happens is just some cosmetic problems, but fungal infections can lead to some other serious health conditions, largely due to how they compromise your immune system.

So is manuka honey the natural care you have been waiting for?

Well… Manuka honey does have antimicrobial activity… Meaning both antiviral activity and antifungal activity. This is thought of to be mostly due to how the honey produces hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2, from glucose and oxygen. This production happens with the help of the glucose oxidase enzyme.

Hydrogen Peroxide = Good For Infections

Hydrogen peroxide is of course well known for antimicrobial activity. It kills off bacteria and fungus is by destroying their cell walls, and pretty much trust kill off anything in its path… including skin cells or whatever you put it on (if you apply hydrogen peroxide for skin conditions).

It is also suggested that there are some phytochemicals contained that additionally have antimicrobial properties.


Any Real Proof That It Works?

There our a fair amount of studies on the antibacterial activity of manuka honey, but not nearly as much when it comes to antifungal treatments. However, there are some.

One good study that I found tested the antifungal ability of manuka honey on three different candida species, including candida albicans, candida glabrata, and it candida dubliniensis. In this study there were four different honeys tested against these fungi. The honey with the most significant ability to fight off the different fungi (all three) was that which showed the greatest hydrogen peroxide concentrations.

The study was done using amounts of money that could be realistically applied in a clinical setting… Not those ridiculous studies that you hear about using some insane amount of treatment that could never be applied in real life.


Downsides to Using Honey

So yes… Manuka honey does have some promise when it comes to fighting off fungus. However, there are some downsides.

If you’re going to use manuka honey you are going to want to apply it topically. While it can be ingested, and it taste darn good, it is unknown if taking it orally would produce any positive results in your battle against fungus.

The downside to taking it topically is of course that is very sticky, and… The human body produces catalase which could reduce hydrogen peroxide activity. So basically what I am saying here is that it might not work as well as it has shown to work in a lab setting.


Is It Worth Trying?

While manuka honey does show some promise, it does not appear to be anything that is going to be working miracles when it comes to treating fungal infections. You could call a very mild treatment and it could be somewhat effective for fungal infections that are very minor, but other than that its effectiveness is questionable.

The bottom line is that there needs to be more research done and more experiments performed.

But is it worth trying? Well, that is up to you. If you have a fungal infection that isn’t all that serious then you may want to give it a shot. After all… Even if it does not work you can still use the honey as a sweetener. So it’s not like it is going to go to waste.

Another Recommendation:

For more serious fungal infections, or for people who are looking for a proven treatment right away, I suggest taking a look at Emuaid MAX. This is a topical antifungal cream that I highly recommend. It is proven to be very effective and doesn’t have any side effects.

 

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Is Curcumin 180 a Scam? – What You Should Know

Curcmin180 ScamCurcumin 180 it is a supplement that supposedly consists of two “miracle kitchen ingredients” that can stop inflammation and eliminate or prevent a number of different diseases. But can it really? Is this supplement really as incredible as it is said to be? Can it really work miracles? Or is Curcumin 180 a scam that is just going to be a waste of your money?

Since you are reading this review I am guessing you are a bit suspicious of it all, and rightly so. There is some misinformation out there and in this review I hope to set the record straight. I will be going over some of the red flags that caught my eye, some misleading claims made, the science behind it these two ingredients, and ultimately whether or not I think this product is any good or if it is a scam.

Curcumin 180 Review

So you are suspicious that Curcumin 180 might be a scam, are you? Well… Then you probably came across the video presentation that was titled “The 2 “miracle” kitchen ingredients that stops pain and destroys inflammation!” That you can see here…

Everyone that watches this video presentation should be suspicious. It is just the way over the top “salesy” and things just seem too good to be true.

Some of the claims made are that these two common spaces can help you lose 10 pounds in 30 days, eliminate headaches and pain, give you healthier skin that you haven’t had since you were a baby, and it can fight “virtually every disease known to man”.

And the the spokesperson in the video tells you that the medical industry hates him and is trying to get the video taken down because this is going to disrupt their entire industry and lead to big losses.

Red Flags

#1 – Typical Sales Pitch

Ya, ya, ya… I get it… The medical establishment is trying to shut this guy down in the video might not be up for very long. But it is not like I haven’t heard this 100 times before. I reviewed “scammy” health products all the time, such as Herpes Blitz Protocol & Fungus Hack, and they all seem to say this same exact thing.

#2 – “Harvey Gray” Is a Fake

The guy claims his name is “Harvey Gray”, but this is a lie. The picture that is shown of him in the video presentation is a fake. I took the liberty of looking up this picture online and found that it is actually a stock photo that anyone can purchase. As you can see it is available on Shutterstock…

Curcumin 180 Harvey Gray

#3 – Can’t Find Any Information on “Direct Formulas”

He claims to be the chief medical researcher at DirectFormulas but this is one of many things that I have found no proof of. I tried looking around for this DirectFormulas company and was not able to find anything. He claims that it is a team of scientists, doctors, and health experts whose mission is natural health, but this seems to be just another lie.

In modern times it should be easy to find information about a company such as this online. I can’t find anything related to this so I have to go with my gut instinct and say that this is probably all made up.

How These “Miracle Ingredients” Supposedly Work

If you watch the video presentation then you are well aware of how these “miracle ingredients” supposedly work. He mentions it about 100 times in the video… They target inflammation, which he claims to be the cause of all major health problems.

However, this is somewhat misleading.

Somewhat Misleading

Saying that inflammation is the cause of all major health problems is somewhat misleading. While inflammation is partly the cause and is present in all diseases, saying that it is the root cause it gives people the wrong opinion.

This isn’t a lie, it is just misleading and below I will try to explain it better so you have a better understanding of inflammation’s impact on health.

But There Is Truth To It

You are probably thinking… If inflammation is the cause of all diseases, then why not just start taking ibuprofen every day?

Well… Believe it or not… This has been shown to be somewhat effective. According to Harvard Health, people who take anti-inflammatory drugs regularly are less likely to get degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and many others.

You see inflammation is both good and bad. It is your body’s natural immune response and is good to some extent, but when it sticks around too long… After the threat is gone, this is when it becomes a problem. So what he says in the video presentation is true as far as this goes.

Some Science For You:

It it is obvious that inflammation is the problem of diseases like arthritis, that is well known. But when it comes to things like diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s… How is inflammation the cause of these?

There is more and more scientific research being done on this topic and more and more proof building up that inflammation very well might cause many diseases.

Take diabetes for example: People with higher levels of inflammation are more likely to become insulin resistant and develop diabetes. So while this might not be the only cause of diabetes, it is a cause and reducing inflammation should in fact reduce your chances of getting diabetes.

And believe it or not, reducing inflammation can reduce your chances of getting cancer. There is definitely more research that needs to be done here, but from what I have read there is definitely a link between the two. Take a cigarette smoke and asbestos for example… Both are well known to cause cancer, and guess what? They are also both well known to cause inflammation. Inflammatory substances have also been shown to damage DNA which can lead to mutant genes and cancer.

What Are These 2 Miracle Ingredients?

So what are these two miracle ingredients? Well… They are turmeric and piperine.

I actually wrote a post on the benefits of Curcumin with Bioperine (type of peperine) so I am well aware of what these two ingredients do. I also supplement them because they are something that I believe in.

Curcumin is a chemical inside turmeric that has become very popular for its health benefits and piperine is kind of like a sideline ingredient that has the purpose of increasing the absorption of curcumin.

You can do your own research on turmeric curcumin if you want to. You will find a long list of the many known health benefits. These include skin health, joint health, cognitive health, detoxification, etc.… Which are probably mostly due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

You can also see from the ingredient label below that there is another ingredient called Boswellia extract. This is another natural ingredient that has some powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

But how important is supplementing curcumin with piperine? After all, there are cheaper supplements online that have turmeric curcumin by itself.

Well… The truth is that supplementing these two ingredients together is a big deal, just as you are told. There is a fair amount of evidence backing this up, and one study that I found even shows piperine leasing curcumin’s absorption by a whopping 2000%!

Can You Really Lose 10 Pounds In 30 Days?

Now can you really lose 10 pounds of fat in 30 days? If this is one of the statements that was made very clear in the video presentation.

The answer to this is… Yes, you can. But of course you can. You could lose 10 pounds in 30 days by taking any supplement… It doesn’t mean that the particular supplement is going to do it for you though.

Whether or not you will lose 10 pounds in 30 days by taking Curcumin 180 is dependent on a number of different things. There have been studies performed that show a link between inflammation and weight gain, but there are a thousand different things that can cause weight gain. Saying that you will lose 10 pounds in 30 days is a ridiculous statement to make and it assumes that you have a lot of weight to lose in the first place.

But anyways… Curcumin 180 should at least be able to help you lose weight if that is what you are looking to do. One study done in 2017 that I came across showed that a more inflammatory diet is linked to more weight gain. The study was done on a massive scale and took into account 1,433 cases of obese or overweight individuals. The findings = that people consuming a more inflammatory diet are more prone to weight gain.

Bad Marketing Tactics…. Good Product

My final thoughts on Curcumin 180 or that it is a good product that is promoted in a ridiculous fashion. I can’t stand the misleading marketing tactics that are used in the video presentation, but the bottom line is that the product is a good product.

Turmeric curcumin along with piperine are proven to have many benefits, including being effective at reducing inflammation, which is further being proven to be a culprit in many health problems.

So it is not that I don’t approve of the product… I like what I see on the Curcumin 180 label, I just don’t like how it is marketed. That said, if you want to purchase Curcumin 180 you can do so on the  official website Here.

I hope you enjoyed my review and found it at least somewhat helpful. Please leave any questions or comments you may have below 🙂 Also, if you have tried Curcumin 180 for yourself and would like to leave a review, I would appreciate it if you left it down below as well.

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