“All natural” is a big marketing phrase both used and abused in today’s world. How can that be?
Well, as with anything else, the compound effect can have both beneficial and detrimental affects on us. A given product may have all “natural compounds” BUT when some of the those “natural compounds” are brought together – they can have very detrimental effects.
Secondly, a given botanical may be toxic in one capacity; maybe ineffective in other; and may be greatly beneficial in yet another. Let’s look at some examples.
There are all kinds of forms of magnesium. a mineral that is hugely important to the body. But there are only three types that are bio-available. That means, magnesium compounds that the body can utilize. Even in its bio-available forms, there is a wide range of absorption: from 48% to 92%.
Let’s look at a herb: stinging nettles. If you let the plant rub up against your skin – it is has a disastrous skin effect – a rash that is painful. But in its tincture forms it is considered one of the best herbs on the planet – with a high nutrient profile that cleans the blood and the lymph system and builds up the blood.
But those are singular forms, let’s try some combinations.
Heavy metal is a good example of compound toxicity. When you combine more than one heavy metal – the resulting effect is hugely worse than either of the metals in isolation. http://www.vkm.no/dav/15ec300082.pdf
The National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark found that even small amounts of chemicals can amplify each other’s adverse effects when combined. “A recently completed, four-year research project on cocktail effects in foods… has established that when two or more chemicals appear together, they often have an additive effect.
This means that cocktail effects can be predicted based on information from single chemicals, but also that small amounts of chemicals when present together can have significant negative effects.” http://www.food.dtu.dk/english/News/Nyhed?id=ED25058B-D02C-4CF2-B1AB-20E0D8054290
A few examples of natural herbs, when combined, create a toxic affect are:
- Raw aconite is incompatible with raw pinellia
- Licorice is incompatible with sargassum
- Veratrum is incompatible with scrophularia
Unfortunately, many products are marketed for their “natural compounds” but that doesn’t mean the product is not carcinogenic…again a good reason to do your research.
When the toxins overwhelm your system, you end up with gut issues; allergies; immune dysfunction; depression/anxiety; heart/lung/kidney issues; etc etc. As always, prevention is both easier and cheaper in the long run.
So remember, in today’s world, you can’t just read your labels, you need to understand them.
Here’s to your health!
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