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Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health

February 2023

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“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.” ~Hippocrates









These days, viral fever is a prevalent illness that affects both adults and children. One of the risk factors for viral fever during this season is the shift in the climate. Most airborne infections, which we contract through the air we breathe and can potentially spread from an infected person, are what cause viral fever. Humans are vulnerable to a variety of viral illnesses, including the common cold and the flu. The most typical sign of many viral infections is a mild fever or low-grade fever. Do not worry; a mild viral fever can be well treated at home with a well-balanced diet that includes many comforting foods, plenty of drinks, and appropriate rest.

In addition to this, Mother Nature has bestowed upon us a wide variety of herbs that function as a wonderful natural cure for treating viral fever. To treat low-grade viral fever, though, try some of these all-natural treatments if the fever doesn't go away right away.

Honey Ginger Tea

Ginger's extraordinary ability to relieve pain and lessen the symptoms of viral fever is made possible by its significant anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic capabilities. Strong antibacterial qualities in honey help treat coughs and reduce the severity of infections. To relieve viral fever, steep one teaspoon of grated ginger in a cup of water for two to five minutes. Strain the mixture, then add one teaspoon of honey.

Black Pepper

Due to its remarkable healing and balancing effects, black pepper is a multipurpose spice that is frequently used in Ayurveda. It is helpful in treating respiratory conditions because it is brimming with powerful antibacterial and antibiotic characteristics. Black pepper also supports the development of a strong immune system and the prevention of sickness because it is high in vitamin C.


Indian traditional medicine often prescribes ajwain, or carom seeds, as a home cure for colds and coughs. They contain substances with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial characteristics, like thymol, which may help to alleviate the signs and symptoms of colds and other respiratory infections. Additionally, they provide a high amount of fibre, vitamins, and minerals.


Fennel, also known as saunf, is a very common spice in Indian cuisine and is effective against a variety of viruses that may cause respiratory tract infections and prolonged fevers. The presence of a substance known as trans-anethole causes fennel extracts to have potent antiviral properties. Additionally, it may strengthen your immune system to help you recover more quickly from the infection that is thought to be the main contributor to your chronic fever.

Tulsi Tea

Volatile oils including eugenol, citronellol, and linalool found in tulsi leaves help to reduce inflammation. Tulsi leaves' potent antibacterial, germicidal, antibiotic, and fungicidal qualities work effectively to decrease the signs and symptoms of viral fever. If you have a fever, headache, cold, cough, flu, or sore throat, drink tulsi water or chew a few tulsi leaves to receive relief.




Written by: GMI Reporter
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2022

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, and is the reason why vegetables are green.  But few people fully appreciate the importance of this miraculous mineral.   The human genome project reveals that 3,751 human proteins have binding sites for magnesium. And so far we know this one essential mineral activates over 350 biochemical processes in the body to keep things flowing.

Plants are green because they contain the light-harvesting molecule chlorophyll which bears a striking resemblance to human hemoglobin (with the difference that the latter contains an oxygen-binding iron atom and not magnesium).   Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood. It has been estimated that about 80% of the population is deficient in this vitally important mineral. 

Here are just seven good reasons to get more magnesium-rich foods in your diet today:

1. Prevent Migraines.

According to University of Vermont Professor of Neurology and migraine expert Robert Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., every year nearly one in five Americans experience some form of migraine attack.  One in 25 will have headaches lasting at least 15 days per month. These disabling attacks include severe one-sided, throbbing headaches, and sensitivity to light and sound.  They may also involve nasal congestion, cloudy thinking, and nausea.

In one study of 133 migraine patients, supplementing with 500 mg of magnesium oxide for just 12 weeks significantly improved the frequency and severity of migraines.

And a double blind, placebo controlled study from Kaiser Permanente showed that supplementing with magnesium significantly cut the number of days children suffered with a migraine.

2. Lower Heart Disease Mortality.  

A study in the journal Atherosclerosis found that people with low magnesium levels were more than twice as likely to die of heart disease.  They were also more than seven times as likely to die from all causes.

3. Manage Diabetes. 

Magnesium deficiency is common among type 2 diabetics, especially those with neuropathy or coronary disease. A Harvard study found that diabetics taking 320 mg of magnesium for up to 16 weeks significantly improved their fasting blood sugar levels as well as their HDL (good) cholesterol.

4. Relieve Symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

A double blind, placebo controlled study from the University of Texas showed that magnesium malate improves pain and tenderness in fibromyalgia patients.

5. Lower Risk of Colon Cancer.

Epidemiologic studies link low magnesium levels with higher rates of colorectal cancer.  And a meta-analysis from China confirms that higher magnesium intakes are associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer and especially colon cancer.

The Chinese researchers analyzed eight prospective studies covering 338,979 participants. Their results, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found the highest average intake of magnesium was associated with an 11% reduction in colorectal cancer risk compared to the lowest average intake.  

In addition, for every 50 mg per day increase in magnesium, colon cancer was reduced by 7%. An earlier meta-analysis by Imperial College London and Wageningen University found that for every 100 mg increase in magnesium, colorectal cancer decreased by 13%.

6. Build Strong Bones.

Studies find a significant association between bone density and magnesium levels. But magnesium content of bones decreases with age. In addition, sugar and alcohol cause magnesium to be lost through the urine.

Magnesium assists calcium in building bone strength, but it does much more.  It stimulates the hormone calcitonin.  That helps draw calcium out of the blood and soft tissues and put it back into the bones. Too much calcium in the blood and tissues can increase the risk of arthritis, heart attack, and kidney stones, as well as osteoporosis.

And getting more magnesium may mean you need less than the government's recommended 1,200 mg of calcium per day.  One study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that increasing magnesium while lowering calcium to 500 mg per day was enough to increase bone density.

7. Reduce Signs of Metabolic Syndrome

Mexican researchers looked at the effects of taking oral magnesium supplements on people they categorized as "metabolically obese, normal-weight (MONW) individuals."

MONW individuals have a body mass index under 25 which is considered normal weight.  But they also have hyperinsulinemia and or insulin resistance.  And they have high triglycerides and high blood pressure.  As a result, these individuals are at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 

The researchers studied 47 MONW individuals who had low magnesium levels.  In a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial one group received a daily solution of 30 ml of magnesium (equivalent to 382 mg).  The control group received 30 ml of a placebo solution. 

Their results were published in the Archives of Medical Research.  After only 4 months, markers of metabolic syndrome were significantly lower in the magnesium group.  They lowered their systolic pressure by 2.1 points and their diastolic pressure by 3.8 points.  Their fasting blood glucose levels dropped 12.3 points and their triglycerides plunged 47.4%.

   Magnesium is also known to:

steady heart rhythm, promote normal blood pressure, reduce stroke risk, help maintain normal muscle and nerve function, prevent gallstone disease,   support a healthy immune system, improve symptoms of autism, regulate blood sugar and reduce diabetes risk, keep your memory strong, improves hearing, reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, improves asthma symptoms.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include constipation and other digestive problems, low energy, and irregularities in menstrual flow and reproductive health, and migraine headaches. 

Magnesium also relaxes the body from tightness, tension, tics, spasms, cramps and stiffness.  And it helps prevent the buildup of plaque on your teeth, in your heart and arteries, and even in your brain. 

The recommended daily allowance for magnesium is 420 mg for men or 320 mg for women.  But it's estimated that between 80% and 90% of Americans are magnesium deficient.  One government study showed that 68% of American women do not consume the recommended daily amount of magnesium.  Almost 20% don't even get half of the recommended amount.

In addition, the use of oral contraceptives, diuretics, and laxa­tives can make magnesium deficiencies worse.

Magnesium deficiency is relatively easy to remedy with food.  One of the richest sources of magnesium is high quality chocolate. Dark chocolate has a whopping 176 mg of magnesium in a 3.5 ounce bar.  In fact, if you crave chocolate your body may be telling you it's low in magnesium. 

Other high magnesium foods include:

Dried seaweeds, Dark leafy greens (especially collards, spinach and Swiss chard), Broccoli, Beans, Whole grains (especially millet, brown rice and quinoa), Almonds, cashews, and filberts, Sesame seeds, Lentils, Avocados, Wheatgrass, Spirulina ​and chlorella.

​​ Magnesium supplements are also widely available. They come in many forms including oxide, citrate, carbonate, aspartate, and lactate.  Magnesium oxide is the least expensive but also the most difficult for the body to absorb.  Magnesium citrate helps with constipation.  Magnesium glycinate is a better choice if you don't want the laxative effect. 

Some people have difficulty absorbing magnesium in an oral supplement form.  If you eat a high fiber diet, for example, your body doesn't absorb as much magnesium.  Also, taking diuretics, antibiotics or proton pump inhibitors for acid reflux all interfere with magnesium absorption.   

For better absorption, try magnesium chloride, or a form known as iMCH, which can be applied topically.  It has been called the most effective form of magnesium for cellular detoxification and tissue purification.  It comes in the form of oil.  You can spray this directly on your skin or even soak your feet in it.  The liquid magnesium bypasses the intestines and is absorbed directly into the tissues of the body. 

About: The GMI Research Group (GMIRG) is dedicated to investigating the most important health and environmental issues of the day.  Special emphasis will be placed on environmental health.  Our focused and deep research will explore the many ways in which the present condition of the human body directly reflects the true state of the ambient environment.


The doctor of the future will be oneself.― Albert Schweitzer


By Morgan Chamberlain

Longevity is a big topic in the health world right now, and we are here for it (maximizing your life and maintaining well-being along the way? Sign us up!). The ultimate goal is to feel as good as we can throughout our lives, but how can we tell if our efforts are actually improving health span, optimizing lifespan, or even making a difference in our day to day, for that matter?* 

As it turns out, researchers have discovered that while most of the world's population has inadequate vitamin or mineral intake (i.e., one or more nutrient gaps), people can improve their longevity1 by simply taking a daily multi.* That's assuming, of course, that the multivitamin is formulated in a robust way and is truly comprehensive (includes all the essential vitamins and minerals).

If everyday essential nutrient insurance still isn't turning your head, one study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition provides epidemiologic evidence that taking a multivitamin can increase telomere length in women2.* So what's the significance of telomeres? These chromosomal tips protect your DNA from stressors, and research suggests that telomere length is a marker for biological aging. In other words, the longer your telomeres, the better—and telomere length was 5% longer among women who took a daily multi compared to women who didn't.*

As mbg director of scientific affairs Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., RDN, shares, "This is a seminal study, the first of its kind, in fact. Taking a multi was associated with a significant increase in telomere length."* She goes on to point out: "By the way, those women didn't take their multi once or sometimes, these were daily multivitamin users, which underscores the importance of a long-term investment in these daily nutrition rituals."


We know we shouldn't play favorites, but this powerful bioactive makes it difficult not to. Glutathione is the body's master antioxidant and can be found in every cell of the body.* It's known to combat oxidative stress3 (which can contribute to aging) and increase cellular resilience, integrity, and longevity4.*

Our bodies produce glutathione naturally, but our need for glutathione sometimes exceeds our body's ability to make it. Luckily, supplementation with a specific kind of fermentation-derived glutathione (Setria®, the kind in our ultimate multivitamin+) has been clinically proven to increase vital glutathione stores5 in the body and have a positive impact on oxidative stress markers in the body.*

Resveratrol + piperine

When working solo, resveratrol is a powerful plant bioactive that supports heart, brain, and immune health.* Its rapid metabolism rates make it difficult for the body to utilize, however—which is where its bio-enhancer "buddy" piperine comes in.

When resveratrol and piperine team up (like in our multi formula), resveratrol's bioavailability is increased6, and the dynamic duo becomes a botanical longevity powerhouse pairing that can combat oxidative stress, support cellular resilience, and protect mitochondrial health.* 

Wondering which plants we sourced these ingredients from? We've got you covered. Ferira shares, "We hand-picked each botanical. Our resveratrol comes from Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), while piperine is the MVP phytonutrient in our black pepper fruit extract (Piper nigrum)."

Lutein + zeaxanthin

Naturally derived from premium marigolds (as in the flower, Tagetes erecta), these two macular carotenoids promote cellular resilience and longevity, in part by reducing oxidative stress7 (along with other reactive radicals).* Bonus: Lutein and zeaxanthin also support eye health by maintaining optimal visual function, which is useful for everyone but definitely comes in handy as you age.*


Research suggests maintaining lycopene levels8 as we age could have positive effects on our bone, skin, lung, and digestive health.* With its antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-proliferative properties, this carotenoid packs a serious punch when it comes to longevity.* Lycopene's role as a lipophilic antioxidant allows it to combat oxidative stress, modulate signaling pathways, and even suppress cell progression and proliferation.* 

Ferira adds, "Lycopene is an eager scavenger of free radicals, an action that has global significance in the body, across multiple organ systems, every day. And in mbg's multi, our lycopene is extracted naturally and with care from red tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum)."*

The final word on aging well. 

When discussing daily nutritional support for vitality as we age, a multi is a must.* If you want to take your longevity game a step further, we recommend adding bioactive botanicals to your supplementation routine.* Or take a multi that is thoughtful and innovative enough to leverage this kind of combination technology (i.e., nutrients plus plant bioactives) for you. mindbodygreen's ultimate multivitamin+ is packed with powerful phytonutrients, so you can have potent plant-powered support throughout your life.*

How our multi ingredients promote longevity

While use of a daily multivitamin supports longevity in general, our  ultimate multivitamin+ not only contains all the essential micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) you want and need. It also features carefully selected bioactive botanicals that provide further, incremental support for cellular longevity and vitality.*

These plant-centric additions are highly unique in an already comprehensive multivitamin. In fact, these premium phytonutrients each play a role in supporting lifelong longevity.*

Stay on top of your health with daily well-being essentials from mindbodygreen.


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