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Abango VR-J

The new Jarabe VR-J is an herbal remedy that relieves cough and cold symptoms.

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Applied as an ointment arnica can relieve sore muscles, reduce inflammation, heal bruises and superficial wounds, help reduce swelling from broken bones, reduce the inflammation of insect bites, sprains and arthritis.

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Honeybees and Bee Pollen

The industrious honeybees are certainly exceptional little creatures. There are worker honeybees that collect nectar and there are worker honeybees that collect pollen. These bees flit from flower to flower collecting pollen into the tiny baskets on their legs. Fortunately these little bees collect more pollen than the colony needs thus enabling bee keepers to scrape some of the pollen onto special screens that have been devised for the purpose as the bees enter the hive. The rounded pollen grains that you purchase are these little baskets on the bees’ legs. Pollen provides the bees with their protein, fat, vitamins and trace elements. The plant nectar and honey provide the carbohydrates. The bees that collect pollen visit the plants that have the most nutritious and easy to collect pollens. The nectar can come from other plants or the same ones. The best pollen comes from wild plants and second to that is the pollen that comes from organically farmed crops. Raw honey always contains bee pollen so even though bee pollen doesn’t have a long tradition of use as a food, humans have been eating pollen as long as they have been eating honey. The flowery taste of raw honey comes from small amounts of pollen in the honey. The processed and filtered honey does not contain any of the bee pollen so you might want to think about buying the raw honey and of course, bee pollen by itself. Bee pollen has a concentrated source of nutrients as it consists of the male reproductive parts of seed plants. After the male pollen grains fertilize the female eggs the results are awesome. The seeds now contain all the genetic material and nutrients needed to grow a new plant. Something else that is quite awesome…bee pollen can contain 12 to 40 percent protein by dry weight. This protein has a complete and balanced spectrum of amino acids making it complete for humans, other mammals and birds. Pollen contains all the vitamins that are known. It does contain Vitamin B12 and vitamin D but in small amounts. We need both of these vitamins but pollen doesn’t give us enough of them. Vitamin D is simple enough…just get out in the sun every day for 20-45 minutes. Vegans need to supplement the vitamin B12. The only reason that meat eaters get sufficient amounts of B12 is because the animals that provide the B12 eat plants but they eat a lot of them.... read more

Benefits of Flax Seeds

Are you one of the many people who use flax seeds as part of your daily routine? If not you might want to consider adding flax seeds to smoothies, salads, soups or just about anything. Flax seeds are a wonderful way to add more fiber to your diet but additionally, the benefits of flax seeds are many. Flax seeds are full of antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Because flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids they fight inflammation in our bodies. As we all have learned inflammation is a key factor in arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Flax seeds have been around for a very long time, some 5,000+ years for which we have knowledge. There are many people who think that it is one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. You can find flax seeds in all kinds of products such as crackers, instant oatmeal etc. In 2010 alone the Flax Council estimated that close to 300 new flax-based products were launched in the U.S. and Canada. Flax seeds have many cholesterol-lowering effects. This is probably due to all the fiber. Unfortunately people that consume primarily an animal based diet do not get enough fiber. There isn’t any in meats, eggs, dairy etc. Fiber promotes proper functioning of the intestines. It helps your system work as it should. I totally believe that if the system isn’t working, one is a prime target for colon cancer. It only makes sense that if that hamburger or steak that you ate a few days ago is trying to work its way through your intestines for four or five days it can’t be a good thing. So…more fiber!! Flax seeds are high in phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants. According to Wikipedia some are responsible for color and other organoleptic properties, such as the deep purple of blueberries and the smell of garlic. The term is generally used to refer to those chemicals that may have biological significance, for example antioxidants, but are not established as essential nutrients. Scientists estimate that there may be as many as 10,000 different phytochemicals having the potential to affect diseases such as cancer, stroke or metabolic syndrome. One such chemical, lignan, may help to prevent Type 2 diabetes. A bit more about the high fiber content. Start with a small amount of flax seeds and increase the amount slowly. If you are not used... read more

Propolis, A Powerful, Natural Antibiotic

Actually Propolis isn’t a bee product but a product produced from the bark of certain trees such as poplars, birch, beech and aspen and used by the bees. Propolis consists mainly of resins exuded by the leaf buds and bark of these trees. The worker bees, whose job it is to collect these resins, mix the resins with a little wax, honey and enzymes to make propolis. The entire colony uses propolis as putty to seal cracks and openings in the hive and to strengthen and repair their honeycombs. Propolis helps to sterilize the hive so that bacteria, viruses and fungi do not spread. Some bees even line the brood cells with propolis. Because propolis does these things with the hive it stands to reason that humans could use it to their advantage. For over 2,000 years humans have used propolis as an antiseptic, antimicrobial and a detoxifier. In Europe, the Middle East, and Asia propolis has been used to heal festering wounds. These wounds came about through battle, because of skin ulcers, or because of bed sores. There are hundreds of chemical compounds in this complex natural substance. The make up of propolis is approximately 50 percent resins, 30 percent waxes, 10 percent essential oils, 5 percent pollen and 5 percent plant debris. Researchers have found that there is a recurrent pattern of antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. Bees harvest resins from their local areas making the composition of propolis vary considerably. The interesting thing here is that although the composition varies a great deal the medicinal properties do not. There are several reasons why propolis is so effective. There are more than 180 phytochemicals while flavonoids are the most abundant compounds. Propolis is rich in antioxiants and can reduce inflammation as well as pharmaceutical drugs. Propolis has been shown to be very effective against respiratory infections, healing wounds, keeping teeth and gums healthy, fungal infections, viral infections, and herpes simplex infections. As I’ve mentioned many times the best offense is a great defense…hence a strong immune system is essential. The Pharmaceutical Industry has been handing out antibiotics like candy for many many years. Consequently the overuse of the drugs has made them quite ineffective. Also, along with the inevitable mutations of bacteria into resistant strains are now, once again, turning simple infections into life threatening illnesses. Something that you can do right now is to use propolis to help combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to improve... read more

Honey Facts

Soya de Guaymas is proud to feature Local Tetakawi brand honey. These honey facts might surprise you. Honey is the world’s best known treatment for burns, infected wounds and skin ulcers. Honey can kill bacteria in a wound that is resistant to antibiotic drugs. Using honey instead of all the refined and processed sugars will add antioxidant protection to your diet. Honey is also anti-inflammatory. Honey is made from flower nectar that is collected by the worker honeybees. This happens in the spring, summer and early autumn. Thousands of wax cells form the honeycomb where the honey is stored. This honey feeds the honeybee colony throughout the winter months when the plants are dormant. In an apiculture hive the beekeeper provides the bees with sugar or a corn-syrup solution to sustain them through the winter months. Honey is 15 to 21 percent water. The rest is carbohydrate. Most of this is simple sugars, glucose and fructose. A small percent of honey consists of phytochemicals which cause an endless variation among honeys. Raw or slightly processed honey retains the flavor and the aroma of the nectar source plants. Raw unprocessed honey is like fine wine. Everything depends on the season, the source plants, where the plants are grown, the climate and the weather, not to mention just plain luck. The phytochemicals in honey not only influence the taste and aroma of the honey, but they provide antioxidant protection, healing properties and nutritional benefits. Floral honeys tend to have relatively high levels of phytochemicals that, as mentioned earlier, act as antioxidants. The reason for this is that the honey contains some of the antioxidants that the source plant manufactures. Consequently it is important which source plants the bees prefer and are using. If the flowers of the source plant are poisonous to mammals but not to insects it would be good to encourage the bees to enjoy some other plants someplace else. Here are some of wound healing properties of Honey: Honey reduces infection, pain and inflammation. Honey heals faster than other treatments. A honey dressing reduces the itching of wounds and softens scabs. Less scar tissue and better tissue regeneration happens with honey. Honey promotes the growth of healthy new skin. There are millions of success stories, whether healing dermatitis, skin fungal infections, treating gastrointestinal disorders, poor circulation, burn wounds and/or inflammatory conditions due to the use of honey. I am going to give you just one example: In 1991... read more

Benefits of Tumeric

That beautiful yellow/orange Indian spice, Tumeric, is probably one of the strongest anti-oxidents on the planet. It has been thoroughly researched and many studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications. These medications include such things as Lipitor, a statin drug used to lower blood pressure, various steroid medications, aspirin, Prozac, anti-inflammatory drugs, metformin, a diabetes drug, and the chemotherapy drug, Oxaliplatin. Tumeric comes from the root of the Curcuma Longa Plant. It is full of manganese, iron, vitamin B6, potassium and a bit of fiber. The flavor is warm, peppery and a bit bitter. As far as food goes it has been best known as one of the ingredients to make curry. It is also used to give mustard its bright yellow color. Turmeric is widely used in India as well as in China. Throughout history it has been used as a condiment, a healing remedy and a textile dye. The four most common forms of cancer in the United States apparently are ten times lower in India. Researchers have attributed part of this to the compound curcumin. Laboratory studies have suggested that curcumin is effective in protecting against cancer and in killing colon cancer cells. It is also thought that the elderly villagers in India appear to have the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s in the world. Tumeric is a very potent anti-inflammatory. This was mentioned above. There are a lot of anti-inflammatory drugs on the market but why not use something like tumeric that is natural. Tumeric is also a very effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s and colitis. Rheumatoid arthritis can be helped significantly along with cystic fibrosis. Curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric, exerts powerful antioxidant effects. Because of this curcumin is able to neutralize free radicals, the chemicals that travel throughout the body causing damage to healthy cells and cell membranes. Free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation of arthritis. In the case of cystic fibrosis patients should not self-medicate with supplements containing curcumin. There could be adverse interactions with the many prescription drugs taken by cystic fibrosis sufferers. It is certainly easier to prevent cancer in the first place than to do nothing and try and cure it. Curcumin helps destroy the mutated cancer cells so these cells cannot spread throughout the body. The main way curcumin does this is by enhancing liver function. There have been studies that have linked the frequent... read more