Joint pain and inflammation are symptoms that will concern nearly each and every one of us eventually. Arthritic pain and inflammation are not particular to humans, but also affect other mammals – even wild mammals that eat only natural food. This evidence indicates that joint pain and inflammation may be caused by infectious organisms that reproduce slowly and become more pronounced with age.
Because we know that certain foods such as superfoods, herbs and supplements fight infectious organisms (for example garlic fights viruses, Pau d’arco kills fungus, coconut oil dissolves certain types of bacteria), we may deduce that if we choose what we consume carefully, we may fight the organisms that affect our joints.
We also know that these foods supply enough minerals to relieve deficiencies and actually fortify our bodies and protect us from degeneration.
FOODS, SUPERFOODS, HERBS AND SUPPLEMENTS TO PROTECT OUR JOINTS
Listed below are the basic components of the programme, which contain the critical nutrients necessary to nourish and defend our joints. They are to be ADDED IN to your diet. We assume that refined sugar, trans-fatty acids (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils), regular table salt, soda, fast food, pasteurised dairy products, cooked conventional wheat and corn products, drugs, and other excesses have been (or are being) removed from your diet.
Let’s review these foods, superfoods, herbs and supplements briefly:
Hemp products (seeds, protein powder, oil):
Leading researchers and medical doctors consider hemp seed to be one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet. Shelled hemp seed is packed with 33% pure digestible protein and is rich in iron and vitamin E as well as omega-3 ALA and omega-6 GLA. Hemp also contains three times the vitamin E contained in flax. A recent report funded by the Canadian government states that hemp protein is comprised of 66% high-quality edestin protein, and that hemp seed contains the highest percentage of this of any plant source. Edestin contains the following amino acids in significant quantities: tryptophan, phenylalanine, tyrosine and lysine.
In 1915, the Journal of Biological Chemistry discussed edestin at length. A later issue published a vegetable protein study. In the study, edestin was considered suitable as a sole protein source for animals. The study also stated that ‘the relatively large amounts of lysine present in the…hempseed…is especially noteworthy.’
Hemp protein powder
Hemp protein powder is made from raw hemp seeds (cold-processed at less than 30 °C). It is super-finely milled to contain 37% protein, with much of the oil removed. Hemp protein is a balanced, ‘whole’ protein, rich in essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Hemp’s superior 66% edestin and 33% albumin protein structure is the highest in the plant kingdom, making it the Gold Standard of Plant Protein.
Hemp is one of very few plants that contains both omega-6 (GLA) and omega-3 (ALA), an even rarer fatty acid. Hemp oil normally contains about 80% polyunsaturated fatty acids, with omega-6 and 3 in a ratio of 3:1.
MSM (powder or capsules)
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring form of dietary sulfur found in fresh raw foods that are involved in the cycle of rain. MSM is deficient in foods grown in greenhouses or in foods grown through irrigation. MSM is volatile and destroyed by cooking. In the body, MSM softens leathery internal tissues by rebuilding connective tissue with elastic sulfur bonds. This is how MSM lives up to its reputation of building collagen and maintaining healthy joints. This is also why MSM increases flexibility (good for yoga), hastens recovery time from sore muscles and is excellent for recovery from athletic injuries.
Because of its collagen-building properties, MSM creates smooth skin, thick lustrous hair, and strong nails. MSM makes the tissues more permeable so that they may move nutrients in and toxins out with greater ease. MSM has a remarkable effect at neutralising foreign proteins (i.e. allergens, toxins, undigested food) making it anti-inflammatory. MSM works particularly well in conjunction with foods rich in vitamin C.
Get your MSM from the outside in! What you put on your skin is just as important as what you take into your body via food. MSM lotion/cream does more than just soften and moisturise your skin, it also helps restore and rejuvenate dry, rough skin, leaving it smooth and silky. This pure cream delivers all the value of MSM directly to the skin surface. Because a past or present MSM deficiency may have created scar tissue and wrinkles, this cream should be applied daily directly to damaged skin. This cream is great to apply to the joints directly or to sunburn, mosquito bites, and/or most any type of skin irritation. It is excellent for shaving!
Ground kelp granules are a convenient way to get your sea minerals and polysaccharides on a daily basis. They are ‘salty, yet low in sodium, thanks to their rich complement of other mineral salts. Kelp granules are an especially rich source of fucose (polysaccharide), potassium, iron, iodine, vitamin B , riboflavin, and dietary fibre, and also contain a natural substance, glutamic acid, that enhances flavour and tenderises fibrous foods. Phytochemicals in kelp have been shown to absorb and eliminate radioactive elements and heavy metal contaminants from our bodies.
Tocotrienols are the most potent source of vitamin E and a rich source of B vitamins. Until recently, vitamin E was thought to be composed of several TOCOPHEROLS, the most powerful form of which is ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL. Vitamin E is of great nutritional importance. All body tissues, especially the adrenal and pituitary glands, have high concentrates of vitamin E, but storage is mainly in the muscles, fatty tissues and liver.
The key active ingredients in the mangosteen rind are a group of antioxidants called xanthones. Thus far, at least 40 different xanthones have been identified in the mangosteen, each with a different array of healing properties. The three most well-studied mangosteen xanthones at this time are: alpha-mangostin, gamma-mangostin and garcinone E.
Catechin and other polyphenol antioxidants similar to those found in cacao beans are present in the mangosteen rind. Soothing polysaccharides similar to those found in Aloe vera, noni and medicinal mushrooms are also found in the mangosteen rind.
Blue mangosteen also contains a unique proprietary blue-pigment spectrum extract of Klamath Blue Green Algae (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae). This extract contains significant amounts of the health-enhancing, blue antioxidant, phycocyanin and the extract also contains mental-focus supporting phenylethylamines (PEA’s). The rare, blue phycocyanin helps fight inflammation and it also helps the body to produce more rejuvenating stem cells. Research on the health-enhancing effects of phycocyanin may be found in the book, Primordial Food by Christian Drapeau.
Chuchuhuasi is the bark of a giant Amazonian climax rainforest tree that can reach a height of greater than 30 metres.
Chuchuhuasi tea is used to specifically alleviate arthritic joint pain and most types of back pain. As an herb of extraordinary power, chuchuhuasi also has other healing properties such as immune system improvement, tension relief and adrenal support.
A wonderful chuchuhuasi joint healing bark tea recipe could include:
- Chuchuhuasi (10g)
- Pau d’Arco (5.0g)
- Cat’s claw (3.5g)
- Goji berries (20g)
- 1 raw vanilla bean
(This makes 2.5 litres of healing tea)
Ormus gold is a mineral product containing Ormus gold, silicon and distilled water. This product is the result of over 10 years of research by David Wolfe and his team. Research into Ormus gold was initiated by David Hudson’s rediscovery of unique minerals which he called monoatomic elements and which have since become known and elabo- rated upon through the internet community as Ormus.
Because Ormus gold is a mineral that is present in the joints, the use of Ormus gold may provide radical relief from joint pain and de- fend against joint degeneration.
Medicinal mushrooms are notable for their high content of the immune system support- ing, connective tissue building, joint healing, and skin revitalising molecules known as beta glucans. Beta glucans are a specific type of polysaccharide (glyconutrient) similar to those found in yacon, goji berries, kelp and Aloe vera.
Once the ‘key’ of a beta glucan fits into the ‘lock’ of the receptor site on an immune cell, a specific immune response is generated. The different shapes of these beta glucans produce a wide array of immune responses.
The Real Thing’s Medicinal Mushroom Capsules are a blend of six organic mushrooms to enhance health and Medimushrooms has a range of mushroom capsules including Lion’s Mane, Shiitake, Maitake, Reishi and Cordyceps.
Aloe vera is a desert succulent native to East and South Africa which is now grown all over the world. The leaf contains a mucilaginous gel. This gel contains mannose and other polysaccharides that immediately decrease inflammation and pain. Aloe vera is also an excellent source of sulfur and Ormus minerals.
Marine phytoplankton is:
- The best plant-based source of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (DHA, EPA)
- A natural source of plant-based vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polysaccharides and protein
- A complete protein source. In fact, marine phytoplankton is over 60% protein by weight.
Our joints are some of the least oxygenated regions of our body. Very few capillaries interface with the tissue in and around them. Therefore, due to low blood flow, our joints are subject to low oxygenation and an inability of white blood cells to reach them to fight infections.
I believe this basic weakness of mammalian biology is something we can defend, fortify and rejuvenate with the correct nutrition strategy.