The Health Benefits of Watermelon and Nutrition Facts

 

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Intro

This food is one of the best foods in the world for cellular detoxification and it will only cost you $2.50 cents per day to eat. Today we’re going to talk about watermelon.

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is an annual trailing vine in the cucurbitaceae plant family with about 965 other species including foods such as: cantaloupe, cucumber, squash, pumpkin and zucchini. The name Lanatus doesn’t describe watermelon very well. Lanatus means hairy in latin. These melons are far from hairy ;). The vines which they grow from are hairy.

Some suspect the ancestral watermelon originated in Southern Africa but it’s uncertain if it’s true. Scientists do agree that watermelon’s progenitor (ur-watermelon) was first cultivated in Africa, then headed north to Mediterranean countries and other parts of Europe.

In the Kalahari desert of south africa, wild animals and hunter gatherers known as Bushmen or the San People relied on a wild white fleshed watermelon called Tsamma for water and nourishment. They would live on nothing but tsamma for up to six weeks at a time. Without the presence of tsamma, it’s very difficult to travel through the kalahari desert or to live there permanently.

The harsh desert conditions in which watermelon is able to grow in show’s that it has a strong tolerance for a certain type of stress, the harsh heat of the sun. By observing plants adaptive traits such as tolerating heat, we can then consume them to receive their adaptability for our bodies. Watermelon will help you adapt to the heat a lot better than eating man made processed fast food. The water content alongside its nutrition and large amounts of antioxidants will help protect your cells from drying out and being damaged from the heat. Nutrients from watermelon will also help your body replace old cells and build new healthier less toxic cells that are more resistant from the sun. Empty calories and lack of nutrition from processed foods will do the complete opposite. Processed foods will toxify and damage your cells making them less resistant to too much sun and more likely to develop skin cancer. As an urban survivor, I think I’ll stick to consuming nutrient dense watermelon.

Time Tested

I say this all the time and I’ll continue to say it throughout my career. I prefer to only consume food and herbs that are thousands of years old and not 10 years old or less from a lab. Which will you choose? Thousands of years of testing or only 10 years?

Watermelon has been eaten for over 5,000 years. It has been found in hebrew texts, egyptian tombs and medieval illustrations. Evidence of artifacts found in egyptian tombs such as king tut’s tomb suggests watermelon was first cultivated in Egypt over 4,000 years ago. Specifically one tomb painting stands out to archeologists the most. They noticed that wild watermelons are round but the watermelon in the painting is not. The painting better resembles the oblong shaped watermelons that we eat today. This suggests the cultivation of watermelon began in Egypt, ultimately ending the consumption of the less palatable wild watermelon.

This bit of history is kind of funny so I thought I’d share it with you.

In 2007, Oklahoma declared watermelon as the state vegetable and some people such as Sen. Nancy Riley disagree with their decision. Sen. Don Barrington said: “The controversy on whether watermelon is a fruit or vegetable has been officially decided by the Oklahoma Legislature,”  Sen. Nancy Riley mentions that her dictionary considers watermelon as a fruit.

Senator Barrington’s response was: “I guess it can be both,”. Well, I suppose watermelon is now both a fruit and a vegetable because Barrington said so lol.

Admittedly… Barrington might be onto something. The rinds can be cooked as vegetables and the inner flesh is commonly eaten as a fruit.

The health benefits of watermelon

Now that we’ve learned a small bit about the history of watermelon, let’s check out the health benefits.

Watermelon is an extremely popular summer food and for a good reason.

Some of the potential health benefits of watermelon include: alkalizes and detoxifies the body, reduces arterial stiffness and aortic systolic blood pressure, reduces risk for cardiovascular diseases, lowers bad cholesterol, lowers inflammation, helps reduce recovery heart rate and muscle soreness 24 hours after exercise, may reduce the risk of certain cancers, increases blood concentrations of arginine, lycopene and beta carotene, supports kidney health including; increases urine flow, cleanses the urinary tract, reduces kidney stones, improves kidney filtration of lymphatic wastes and cleanses the liver; protects the eyes, improves vision, protection from pathogenic attacks, prevention of diabetes, and is a good source of proteins.

Mark Twain said ”To taste a watermelon is to know what the angels eat.” Most people like the sweet taste but there is much more to this superfruit than its taste. I consider watermelon a class 1 superfood in my book. This means watermelon meets the criteria of having calories, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and medicinal health benefits. We can more specifically consider watermelon a fruitarian staple food. As a bonus, it’s an easy to digest food taking only about 15 to 30 minutes to digest, absorb, and utilize. This allows for quick nutrition before or after exercise, for people with chronic health conditions, or as a good nutrient dense wake me up meal for breakfast. Take note: Some people suggest eating watermelon at room temperature for even better digestion but admittedly cold watermelon is much more gratifying during the hot summer months.

Watermelon is affordable

The average grocery store melons here in michigan during the summer cost about $5.00 each. Often times, they’re on sale costing only $6 for two melons. Since they’re high in water, eating more than half a melon per day is quite a challenge unless you live in a consistently hot climate and sweat a lot. I would suggest only eating up to about half a watermelon per day which will only cost you about $2.50 per day.

Water

If you eat enough watermelon, you won’t need to drink much water since watermelon is 80% to 90% water. If you do drink water and eat a lot of watermelon together, you could get in some trouble by overdosing on water and creating an electrolyte imbalance. Find the right balance of water for your own body. Monitor your urine color to make sure it’s not too clear. If it’s slightly yellow, you’re in the safe range. If your kidneys and adrenals are weak, you could notice some swelling throughout your body when you eat watermelon. If you begin to notice swollen hands, feet, or other parts of your body, you should consider looking into herbal kidney and adrenal formulas, contact your doctor and reassess the amount of water you consume.

Are Watermelon seeds safe to eat?

Yes watermelon seeds are safe to eat. They won’t poison you or cause a plant to grow in your belly. You paranoid imaginative people! Plants direct their energy into fruits and seeds during their reproductive stages of life. Therefore most reproductive end products of plants contain concentrated nutrition. Watermelon seeds, flesh and rind are nutritionally dense, hence why I classify watermelon as a class 1 superfood. The end product of plants is crucial in plant nutrition. Fruits, roots, grains, nuts and seeds are all end products where plants concentrate nutrition for their survival. They put all their energy into reproduction to ensure their species will survive once they die. That’s what makes a true superfood and it’s the reason why we need to stop consuming so many seedless fruits! By the way, this nutrient concentration concept is similar for animals too, such as eggs.

According to nutrition data, based on the RDA, one ounce of dried watermelon seeds contain high amounts of the following nutrients: 156 calories, 20% fat,14% saturated fat, 7,866 mg omega 6 fatty acids, 16% protein, 1-5% b vitamins, 2% calcium, 11% iron, 36% magnesium, 21% phosphorus, 5% potassium, 1% sodium, 19% zinc, 10% copper, and 20% manganese. Combine that with half a melon and a well rounded diet, you’ll be easily attaining all the nutrients you need in a day.

If you want maximum nutrient extraction of the seeds, then be sure to blend them for about 30 to 60 seconds. I personally like to use a nutribullet blender. My nutribullet has surprisingly lasted about 7 years so far and it only costs $69 brand new online. (Buy the newer version if you can afford it. It truly is better.) I really appreciate companies like nutribullet that offer affordable health products. The only way we can change the health of our planet is by making health easily accessible. I’ll leave a link in the description below for you if you’re interested in using the same blender that I use.

Now that we know the nutritional value of watermelon seeds, let’s take a look at the nutrition data for half of a watermelon. I would cover the data of a whole watermelon but in reality the average person is not going to be very fond of eating that much in a day. Instead, eating a quarter to half a watermelon per day is a bit more achievable. Plus we want a diversity of foods in our diet anyhow.

According to nutrition data, based on the RDA, half a watermelon contains high amounts of the following: 677 calories, 5% fat, 1,129 mg omega 6 fatty acids, 27.5% protein, 257% Vitamin A, 305% Vitamin C, 5.5% Vitamin E, 3% Vitamin K, 49.5% Thiamin, 28% Riboflavin, 20% Niacin, 51% Vitamin B6, 17% Folate, 50% Pantothenic Acid, 92 mg Choline, 6.8 mg betaine, 16% Calcium, 30% Iron, 56.5% Magnesium, 25% Phosphorus, 72.5% Potassium, 1% Sodium, 15% Zinc, 47.5% Copper, 43% Manganese, and 13% Selenium. Add that data to the seeds and you have yourself a very therapeutic dose of nutrition.

Additional nutrition found in watermelon

When I see people eat watermelon I notice that they only eat the red flesh and throw out the rind. Watermelon rind contains more of the amino acid citrulline and green chlorophyll compared to the red flesh. Kidneys convert citrulline into L-arginine.

L-arginine is an important amino acid with over 100 health benefits such as: protect the kidneys, support the heart, reduce erectile dysfunction, enhance wound healing from trauma and hemorrhage, enhance wound healing in diabetic rats, fight cancer, reduce obesity and much more. As for chlorophyll: it’s the green color you see in the rind which has the ability to detoxify and build blood.

I understand the rind doesn’t taste that great but with anything beneficial to our lives, there is a minor sacrifice that has to be made. Such as success taking consistent long term hard work but you reap the rewards in the end. We need to wire our brains for long term satisfaction instead of short term satisfaction unless it’s being used for motivation. A great example is watermelon boy getting famous for eating an entire melon, including the rind! Hahaha oh watermelon boy.

Delusionally assuming there are no pesticides on the watermelon, when you cut it, leave some of the rind intact and eat it before the flesh. Take a minor sacrifice with three rewards at the end. The first reward being the chlorophyll in the rind, the second being the sweet tasting flesh and the third is the nutritional health benefits of the whole food. Rewarding yourself after a difficult task such as eating the rind will increase the likelihood of long term success in discipline and wellness improvement. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s father used to have young Arnold do push ups before getting breakfast. A minor sacrifice with two rewards. A healthy body and a meal. If you simply do not like the rind, try blending it with some lime juice. If blending doesn’t sound appealing, watermelon rinds can also be pickled, stewed, stir fried and worst case scenario composted in your garden.  

Lycopene

Watermelon can be considered a superb food for cardiovascular health and all around wellness for the fact that it contains high amounts of carotenoids such as lycopene. Watermelon juice specifically was shown to increase plasma concentrations of lycopene in humans.

Everyone associates red foods with the health of blood and the heart. That’s because red foods contain the carotenoid lycopene. Lycopene is actually the reason why those foods are red.

High amounts of lycopene is associated with lower risk of cardiovascular diseases. Hence one of the reasons why tomatoes, goji berries, red bell peppers, watermelons and other red foods are popular for protecting the heart. (LYCOPENE IS NOT IN STRAWBERRIES OR CHERRIES) Tomatoes and tomato juices are exceptionally popular for heart health but we shouldn’t only praise tomatoes. Let’s make some room for watermelon too!!

Lycopene is capable of much more than protecting the heart.

Higher amounts of lycopene was found to be associated with: reduced risk of prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast cancer in Chinese women, inhibit liver cancer cell growth, lowers risk of hip fractures in older adults, reduced mortality from metabolic syndrome, protection from non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and more. As you can see, lycopene plays a fairly large role in potentially reducing the risk of cancers and other life threatening diseases. These studies make a good case for watermelon being a disease fighting food regardless of the sugar content. I believe fruit sugar is safe, so long as its consumed right from fruits and not concentrated in processed chemical laden foods. We need all of nature’s elements from whole foods to offset any possible negative effect of a single substance. That’s why I’m weary of studies that say all sugar is bad, especially because the studies we’re done on sugar alone or from bad food and not from nutrient dense organic pesticide free fruits.

Also take note that the Lycopene from watermelon may cause upset digestion in some. With adaptation over time, that will go away. Experiment with different quantities and see what works best for you.

Watermelon Contains Choline

Choline acts like a water soluble vitamin but it’s not an actual vitamin or mineral. It’s an essential micronutrient that’s similarly related to folate, methionine and vitamin b12 because they’re metabolized through the same pathways. Our bodies produce a small amount of choline through the methylation of phosphatidylethanolamine by N-methyltransferase (PEMT) which forms phosphatidylcholine in the liver. Although that sounds super fancy, the methylation process is not efficient enough since it only produces small amounts of choline.

The recommended, simpler and less energy intensive way to get choline is through dietary sources such as watermelon. Half a watermelon contains 92 mg of Choline. But the question is, is that enough? There’s currently no recommended dietary allowance for choline so the next best option is to maintain a nutrient rich mainly plant based diet with choline rich foods such as watermelon. I’m certain we’ll get enough choline from our diets and never have to worry about deficiencies. Now that we quickly learned how important it is to get choline from our diet, let’s take a look at the health benefits of choline found in watermelon.

Choline is important for: the function of all cells, kidneys, lymphocytes, brain function, fetal development, methylation, detoxification, endocrine system, digestion, lipid transport in the liver, reproduction, and the function of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which supports memory and functions at the neuromuscular junction to activate the movement of muscles.

Choline supports many more functions in the body but this is a great bit of information to start with. Later on I’ll make an in depth video about choline. Let’s take a quick look at choline deficiency and then move on to betaine found in watermelon.

Choline deficiency puts the body at risk for: fatty liver, reduces energy levels, suppresses brain development, damages: liver, DNA, kidneys, pancreas, nervous system, lymphocytes, brain, muscles and other parts of the body.

If my fruitarian friends didn’t notice, damage to lymphocytes is on that list. Studies show Choline deficiency increases lymphocyte apoptosis. This could help explain why fruitarians heal their lymphatic system by eating watermelon. Watermelon is well known by fruitarians and detoxification specialists for its ability to aid in kidney lymph filtration. I have a feeling Choline plays a large role in kidney lymph filtration since it’s an essential micronutrient for the entire body and there are significant consequences if you develop a choline deficiency. Especially regarding the kidneys. Studies show choline deficiency can induce acute renal “kidney” failure.

Guys, I must say… Every time I research fruit, I find more proof to support the fruitarian diet and it’s ability to heal the body of pretty much every disease. The best part is that I only have to scratch the surface to find proof. Okay, let’s move on to betaine.

Betaine

The health benefits of watermelon doesn’t stop with Choline. Watermelon also contains Betaine.

To be exact, 6.8 mg betaine in half a watermelon. Betaine is the color red which once again, we commonly associate with heart health. Betaine is also involved in the methylation process and the detoxification of homocysteine. Homocysteine is a potential risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Isn’t it cool how it appears nature color coded our health?

Studies show betaine can significantly improve athletic performance such as: Body composition, arm size, bench press work capacity, attenuates the rise of urinary homocysteine thiolactone (HCTL) and improves power but not strength. Although, some studies do suggest it does improve strength.

Besides athletic performance, some of the health benefits of Betaine may include: detoxifies and protects the liver, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce uric acid levels, improve kidney function, attenuate effects from moderate alcohol consumption, attenuates homocysteine induced memory deficits and Alzheimer-like pathological changes, inhibit aortic inflammatory response, some anticancer effects against liver cancer, was shown to exhibit tumoricidal effects and induce apoptosis and cell cycle arrest.

As you can tell, simply from choline and betaine in watermelon, we’re seeing positive anti cancer and full body protection from common ailments. That’s what makes Watermelon a true class 1 superfood. Be sure to incorporate watermelon into your lifestyle as an all around rejuvenator. Since it tastes good, adding watermelon into your life won’t be much of a challenge compared to taking shots of not so tasty grass juices.

How to cut watermelon

There are two ways to cut watermelon. Precise for different shapes such as sticks, cubes, balls, and slices or you can go fruit ninja style! Kiai!!! Okay, now that we safely cut a watermelon in half, I’ll show you how you can safely cut it into different shapes.

WARNING: Never cut a knife towards you!

How to cut watermelon into sticks

  1. Cut the watermelon in half
  2. Set the cut side of the melon face down on the cutting board so it doesn’t roll around.
  3. Slice the melon vertically making one to two inch thick slices (about 5 rows).
  4. Once you have cut one side, rotate it 90 degrees.
  5. Cut the melon once again making one to two inch thick sliced rows. Now you have easy to eat watermelon sticks.

How to cut watermelon into cubes

  1. Cut the watermelon in half lengthwise.
  2. Cut those pieces in half again lengthwise.

Next we will make a cut without cutting through the rind.

  1. Cut across from left to right under the flesh without cutting through the rind. Like a filet.
  2. Cut across both sides vertically and horizontally from the top for desired chunk sizes (about 1-2 inches wide).
  3. Tip the melon into a bowl and all the pieces will fall out!

Yay! It’s a watermelon miracle! Bite sized bits!

How to tell if watermelon is ripe.

There really is no efficient way to tell if watermelon is ripe when shopping at the grocery store. I’ve actually seen some people smell them O_o. They must know something that I don’t know. What I do know is that you could knock on it. If it doesn’t resonate much then it’s likely too hard, meaning it’s not ripe. If it resonates a bit, it’s more likely to be ripe. But in all honesty, the only true way to tell if a watermelon is ripe is to look at the shriveled stem when it’s still growing on the vine. Unfortunately most of us will only be getting them from the grocery store and not right off the land. Don’t worry, if the watermelon turns out to be bad when you cut it at home, your grocery store will almost always be willing to replace it for a new one.

Conclusion

All in all, I think watermelon is a food that almost everyone should be consuming as often as possible. For the sheer fact that watermelon is a powerful all around nutrient rich, rejuvenating detox food and is affordable costing only five bucks per melon. Be sure to give watermelon more attention in your life. It’s truly a powerful food, especially by doing watermelon fasts. Half a day, a whole day, 3 days, a week or maybe longer. Obviously be sure to check with your doctor before doing watermelon fast. After adding watermelon into your life, let me know in the comments below how it helps your health.

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Activated Charcoal Health Benefits – Anti Aging Discovery

Activated Charcoal Health Benefits

Anti Aging Discovery


Transcript

This substance is known to adsorb gas but did you know it has the ability to adsorb poisons and prevent them from being absorbed into the bloodstream? There was also a discovery showing a significant increase in lifespan in mice that may have worthwhile anti aging properties for some. Allowing us to potentially live beyond 100 years. Today we are going to talk about activated charcoal.

Before going out and purchasing charcoal, make sure you watch this entire video and not just skip through. Your health may depend on it.

Carbon is the most common element of our existence. Its the most studied and is the core of organic chemistry. Yet, activated charcoal is misunderstood for its potential medicinal uses but also side effects. Activated charcoal aka activated carbon has a unique ability to adsorb toxic substances and gases. Not absorb, adsorb. Adsorption means substances bind to the surface of carbon but it doesn’t absorb them like chia seeds absorb water.

Activated carbon is edible and can be used as a supplement. Most activated carbon is made with wood, usually coconut shells and is even sometimes made with bone to make bone char. Unfortunately most people only know that carbon supplements have the ability to adsorb intestinal gas and odors. It definitely can be extremely useful in the case of having gas pains but there are more interesting and also potentially dangerous abilities this substance may have and it needs to be shared with the world.

When charcoal is consumed it does not get absorbed into the bloodstream. The body is unable to absorb it so it only passes through the GI tract. This is extremely useful to use as a supportive measure against environmental toxins and bacteria wastes from reaching the bloodstream. Heavy metals and other toxic environmental pollutants can be found in our foods and even in our teeth such as amalgam fillings.

1 teaspoon of charcoal is a significant dose as it has the ability to adsorb 10,000 square feet of substances.

With that statement alone, I’m sure you can understand why charcoal is used in the natural health industry and even in hospitals.

A study showed that charcoal may be able to reduce waste products containing nitrogen. Plus a low protein diet combined with activated charcoal benefitted the elderly with advanced kidney disease.

Researchers at the Liver Failure Unit at University College London and the Royal Free Hospital are working on developing a charcoal medication because charcoal adsorbs toxins and neutralizes them allowing the body to excrete them. They found that carbon can be useful for livers damaged by alcohol abuse and obesity.

Here’s a cool tip if your teeth are in need of a whitening: Before reaching for a chemical laden teeth whitening product, try brushing your teeth with activated charcoal. Since it has the ability to adsorb various substances and is commonly used to decolorize sugars, it may help pull stains off of your teeth. Simply break open a capsule and put it on your toothbrush with a little bit of water and start brushing. The water is there to make sure the powder doesn’t become airborne and you accidentally inhale it. Don’t use it every day. Only on occasion when your teeth need a little extra cleaning. We don’t go to the dentist every day for a cleaning do we? Charcoal may stain fake teeth so be careful.

Do you use toxic chemicals to clean your countertops? If you do, once you’re done cleaning with the chemicals, break open a charcoal capsule, mix it in water, dampen a cloth and use it to remove the chemicals. This only works on glossy surfaces, other surfaces can be stained. Definitely don’t use it on your walls unless you plan on painting over it. It may be able to collect cigarette toxins from the walls.

Antiaging

Now for the good stuff. This information is truly incredible but almost too good to be true.

There is an even more interesting form of carbon that has been discovered. This soccer ball shaped molecule made up of 60 carbon atoms may be one of the next leading antiaging substances of our time to hold us over until we find something better. C60 aka: Carbon 60, Buckyball, or Buckminsterfullerene. Buckminsterfullerene was named after Richard Buckminster Fuller for popularizing the geodesic dome.

Harold Kroto, Robert Curl, Richard Smalley with graduate students James Heath, Yuan Liu and Sean O’Brien discovered the soccer ball shaped C60 molecule in the summer of 1985 at Rice University. Eleven years later Kroto, Curl and Smalley were given a nobel prize for their discovery.

They vaporized graphite using a laser beam, the released carbon atoms are mixed with a stream of helium gas and then the gas is led into a vacuum chamber. It expands in the chamber and is cooled to temperatures above absolute zero. By using this laser method, they were able to develop C60. It has a more unique structure but it is very, very similar to activated charcoal in the sense that they are both a form of adsorbent carbon.

An interview was done with Dr Moussa who is one of the main researchers. The study originally was done on rats to test the toxicity of C60 but it ended with something far greater. All the rats lived nearly twice as long as normal. It seems the researchers were eager to publish their findings but the last living rat was still alive nearly 6 years later. They decided to sacrifice the rat so they could publish their findings for the world to see.

The study on C60 showed that olive oil increased the lifespan of rats by 18% whereas a combination of olive oil and C60 increased their lifespan by an astonishing 90%. They stated: “But, what is noteworthy is that at M38 all C60-treated rats were still alive. Thus, based on previous investigations [44], C60 should be the most efficient ever material for extending lifespan.”

“The effects of C60-derivatives on ageing were attributed to the antioxidant properties and the attenuation of age-associated increases in oxidative stress [4,44].”

The results of this study are indicating that C60 has powerful antioxidant properties by being able to scavenge large numbers of free radicals. Oxidation is one of the effects of aging.

It was found that even in doses 500 times lower than they previously used, C60 olive oil was able to protect the rats livers. They also believe, if they would have treated the rats longer, their lives would have been extended even longer.  

RED NOTE “It can be thought that a longer treatment could have generated even longer lifespans.”

I want to make it clear that the results are by no means a cure for aging. If anything, they may slow down aging if you haven’t already been severely affected by it yet. The cure for aging would involve rejuvenation effects that would reverse it, not just slow it down. If you want to learn more about the leading research in actually reversing aging, then I would suggest checking out the book “Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime” by Aubrey de Grey and Michael Rae.

C60 is hard to get a hold of and is definitely not scientifically considered to be safe to consume yet by other researchers, nor proven by other researchers to actually work. So I wanted to see if there are any anti aging effects from the typical activated charcoal found in supplements. I found studies showing the antiaging effects of enterosoprtion with carbon. Enterosorption means the adsorbtion of substances in the GI tract.

A study done on rats showed “Enterosorption resulted in the increase of mean and maximal lifespan by 43 and 34% respectively.” If you were guaranteed to naturally live to 100 and added an additional 43% you would live to 143. The study concluded “that it produced a positive influence on the functional state of the studied systems and increased the organism’s adaptive capacities. Enterosorption was found to delay the rate of onset of age-related structural changes in the organs and tissues.”

I’m going to read off another enterosorption study because the results are so profound.

“Significant increase of mean and maximal lifespan of old rats was noted at certain regimens of enterosorption. The experimental animals demonstrated less marked age-related structural and ultrastructural changes in the liver, kidneys, myocardium, intestines, pancreas, as compared with control animals. Enterosorption leads to a reduction of pentobarbital-induced sleep, decrease of content of cytochrome P-450, blood cholesterol and triglycerides, cardiac and cerebral tissue cholesterol, total lipids, liver cholesterol and triglycerides. Enterosorption was found to increase the RNA and protein biosynthesis in the liver, kidneys and adrenals of old animals.”

Another study even found that charcoal administered 1 hour after chemotherapy posses the ability to minimize the effects of chemotherapy.

“Mind blown”

Come on, I can’t be the only one that is somewhat excited about these findings.

It seems researchers may have stumbled upon one of the greatest discoveries of our lifetime, yet for some reason only a handful of people are talking about it. We need more studies to find even more pros and cons of supplementing charcoal over time. Its ridiculous that no one is researching it further, considering we could possibly live beyond 100 years. This would give us more time to find a cure for aging.

If you’re interested in these potential detoxing and antiaging properties, you can try it for yourself pretty much as an experiment. You can be your own lab rat if you insist. There is a link in the description below. Be warned though, no one knows the long term side effects. That’s actually why I won’t sell it.

Do I take charcoal? No, not often. There just isn’t enough data for me to personally take it. It’s truly up to you to decide if it will work for you or not. I personally believe it adsorbs too much. Potentially adsorbing vitamins, minerals and even digestive enzymes. Is charcoal goji approved? No. There will be more promising antiaging drugs coming from SENS research foundation and others hopefully in our lifetime.

If you have never taken it before, be sure to ask your doctor first and start slow. If you feel the dose is too high, break open a capsule and take less.

This is what I suggest for testing supplements: Open the capsule, mix it in a glass of water and take a sip. Don’t forget, never go to the extreme with anything and that includes charcoal! C60 was found to be useful in low doses. Activated charcoal may have similar effects used in low doses. So definitely pop open those capsules and maybe even add it to some olive oil.

I’m certain at some point c60 will be more readily available but until then, activated charcoal is fine.

Unlike most people, I’m actually willing to talk to you guys about the negatives of supplements and in this case, the possible downsides of using charcoal. This information is crucial. You need to understand this before deciding if you want to use the supplement. Don’t just take it because you heard good things about it.

If you rely on pharmaceutical medications beware that charcoal can adsorb pharmaceutical medications, making them less effective and potentially useless. 242 drugs or 1801 generic names have been known to interact with activated charcoal. This can actually be useful under the care of a doctor in the case of specific drug overdoses.

If you have leaky gut or any obstructions in the GI tract, you should not take charcoal and should instead focus on improving your wellness in other ways such as diet, nutrition and herbalism.

The controversy of whether or not vitamins from foods are being adsorbed by charcoal is still ongoing and can be very conflicting. A study was tested on sheep and mixed with apple juice to see if there are truly any possible nutrient deficiencies associated with daily consumption of activated charcoal.

From the 1980 book Activated Charcoal by David O. Cooney: “Charcoal added to the diet of sheep for six months did not cause a loss of nutrients, as compared with sheep not receiving charcoal. A level of 5% of the total diet was given as charcoal. It did not affect the blood or urinary levels of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, inorganic phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, creatinine, uric acid, urea nitrogen, alkaline phosphatase, total protein or urine pH.”

The downside to this study is the fact that sheep eat a LOT of food and have stronger digestion than us. They graze for nearly 7 hours a day. Eating is their full time job. Imagine the amounts of nutrients they consume!! Also… they are obviously not human and they don’t eat the same foods as us.

And here is what the study with charcoal mixed in apple juice found. “Considerable reduction in ascorbic acid (Vit C), niacin, pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), thiamine (Vitamin B1) and biotin concentrations was found while there was a dramatic improvement in the color and clearness of apple juice.”

So uh? Which is it then? Does it adsorb nutrients or not? The apple juice study states yes and apples are definitely more practical for humans to eat rather than 7 hours of grazing. History also shows charcoal has been used to decolorize other foods such as sugar beet liquor.

Surprisingly I found a video on YouTube of someone experimenting to see if charcoal adsorbs iodine and it does. That could be pretty devastating for someone with already low iodine levels. It literally looks like it it will suck iodine right out of your GI tract.

So clearly it has the ability to adsorb some nutrients. I can’t imagine there being a special substance that only adsorbs bad stuff and keeps the good, which natural health people are trying to claim. There hasn’t been enough research to prove its safety as a daily supplement. This does not mean it is entirely a bad supplement to occasionally take since it is still being sold worldwide. Our environment is toxic, being exposed to thousands of chemicals on a daily basis. All it means is that we need to be smart about how often we take it and when we take it. Taken only as an occasional detox, in the morning on an empty stomach or an hour before meals may be safe and effective. Assuming you’re relatively healthy and are not experiencing nutrient deficiencies and any serious digestive ailments.

With this being said, charcoal side effects may outdo the benefits if taken long term and in large doses. It might be fine if you have strong digestion, take multivitamins and eat enough food to make up for the potential nutrient loss. If you feel this supplement is for you, check out the link below.

I truly hate to talk down on this supplement especially with the anti-aging benefits that were discovered. Its hard to not take it once in awhile. But of course, with every positive there is always a negative. Where there is light, there is darkness following. Remember, everything in moderation.

If you found charcoal while looking for a supplement to detox heavy metals but you decided its not for you, there are other alternatives to a heavy metal detox. Be sure to watch my video on “how to detox heavy metals naturally”.

Well! That’s it for this video. If you would like to learn more about activated charcoal, be sure to watch my video “The history of activated charcoal”. If you want to take it as a supplement check the links in the description below. Hit like on this video like your life depends on it, share it with your friends or anyone that thinks charcoal is 100% safe and subscribe to my channel if you’re new. I upload numerous health videos that you won’t want to miss. As always, I’m Brandon Goji and I’ll see you in the next video. Stay Motivated you urban survivors!


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