Trace Minerals–The Foundation for Health

By Dr. Darrin Starkey, N.D., Manager of Education and Training for TMR

 When you look at the health of our society today, minerals are clearly being overlooked as an important part of the typical American diet. Trace minerals are not only as important as vitamins, but in many cases, they are more important especially when it comes to the health issues we face. Trace minerals make up just one hundredth of our body weight, but I believe nearly everyone is deficient in these minerals. But oftentimes, we take for granted their importance when it comes to our overall health.

No matter where I travel in this nation, whenever I give a seminar on the importance of supplementing our body with minerals consumers tell me, “I eat a healthy raw organic diet” or “I take a good multivitamin.” My response to these statements is always the same, “Where is the soil that your food is being grown in?”, “Are you sure it’s healthy and rich with a full-spectrum of balanced minerals?”, and “Does your multivitamin have all the trace minerals that exist in nature?” Unfortunately, most of us can’t answer these questions.

Did you know that 90% of our blood, 85% of our brain, 70% of our tissue, and 30% of our bone is water? We must look at water as a supplement! There are so many beverage choices that complicate our internal health and cause dehydration. I’m always pleased when I find out that some have already embraced this idea of “supplementing” their body with water. I recommend that the average person should be drinking—at minimum—half their body weight in ounces of water per day (200 lbs=100 oz of water). To do this, many are choosing distilled or RO (purified) water. But here’s the caveat, though these water options provide “clean” water that is stripped of impurities, they are also stripped of the very trace minerals that our bodies desperately need! Therefore, it’s important to put clean trace minerals back into your water.

ConcenTrace® Trace Mineral Drops contain a full-spectrum of over 72 naturally-occurring, water-soluble ionic trace minerals and elements that can be added to water to remineralize those that have been removed through the purification process. But, what makes trace minerals so important? We must first explain what ionic trace minerals are, just like the ionic trace minerals that are found in ConcenTrace® Trace Mineral Drops. An ionic mineral is defined as an atom or group of atoms with either a positive or negative charge. This means they conduct electrical impulses within the body to keep organs, such as the brain and heart functioning. Keep in mind that an ion is the smallest form of a mineral. Because an ionic mineral is the smallest form of a mineral, it’s the easiest form for the body to assimilate because it is small enough to pass through cell walls. Ionic minerals also create a proper pH balance and are found naturally in raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes.

The problem is that we have depleted the trace mineral balance in our soil by adding herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers to enhance the quantity of food we can grow. Sadly, while we have increased productivity of the soil, we have reduced its quality. And if it’s not in the soil, it’s not in the food. It has been proven that the foods we eat today don’t have the nutrient density they used to have, especially trace minerals. This is the reason I strongly believe in the need for trace mineral supplementation.

Trace minerals work synergistically with one another to ensure that proper absorption, activation, regulation, and pH balance occurs within the body. An example of this synergistic relationship is the one between molybdenum and iron. All the iron in the world will do you no good without molybdenum. Molybdenum performs a very important, but basic function by mobilizing iron from its storage location in the liver so that it can help blood carry oxygen to cells and tissues. This important, but often overlooked mineral is vital in sustaining our lives and only recently was its purpose discovered.

Many ask me, “Who should be taking these trace minerals?” or “Should I be taking trace minerals every day?” I like to answer those questions this way, we lose between 2½-3 cups of body fluid daily just by breathing. Through respiration, perspiration, urination, defecation, and—for women—menstruation, can you imagine just how many trace minerals we lose in one day? Plus, with summer upon us, we spend more and more time sweating away the very trace minerals we need to help ensure our health. Whether you are working, exercising, or simply enjoying an outdoor activity in the scorching summer sun, you’re losing trace minerals.

Because the ionic trace minerals in ConcenTrace® Trace Mineral Drops are harvested and NOT manufactured, I believe it is perfection in a bottle! Mother Nature has provided minerals for us, just as she has provided the very foods we consume. So the real question is…are you consuming enough good, clean remineralized water? Do you ingest enough trace minerals through your diet for your body to be able to replace your mineral output? I urge you to make water and trace minerals a part of your daily supplement regimen. ConcenTrace® is the perfect way to replenish your body with all the elements you need to plug in and recharge!†

† These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

August 4, 2017 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

NEW RESEARCH: Adaptogenic Ashwagandha for Improved Memory

Adaptogens are herbs that support various bodily functions and serve to balance, rather than force a particular action. Adaptogenic herbs are generally very gentle and can be safely taken at high doses, without risk of side effects. An adaptogen is particularly effective in supporting the body’s response to stress and helps the body manage the negative effects of stress.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an adaptogenic herb with a long history of use in India. It’s known for its restorative properties that benefit the adrenals, but also the immune system and thyroid. This ancient herb is useful for many modern day problems, including chronic stress, chronic fatigue, and poor concentration. It’s a calming agent that also improves thinking and memory. Over 200 studies have confirmed its benefits, including counteracting the damaging effects of stress on the brain and cognitive function. Because it is so safe and helps with balance, ashwagandha is an excellent addition to a variety of herbal formulas, especially those relieving stress.

The adrenals secrete cortisol, a hormone meant to help the body adapt to stress, in reaction to dealing with emotional or physical challenges. When under long-term, chronic stress, cortisol levels can become excessively high. Cortisol is beneficial in small doses; when excessive, cortisol causes blood sugar imbalances, sleep disruption, low immune function, and impaired thinking and memory. As an adaptogen, ashwagandha can help regulate cortisol levels and reduce its damaging effects.

In a new study, researchers measured the effects of ashwagandha on brain function, including memory and thinking skills. In this study, 50 patients with mild cognitive impairment were divided into 2 groups and took either ashwagandha root extract, 300 mg twice daily or a placebo. The study lasted 8 weeks and baseline measurements for memory and thinking skills were recorded at the beginning of the study. The same tests were given at the end of the study to determine if there were any improvements. At the end of the 8 weeks, the group taking ashwagandha showed significant improvement in the tests and demonstrated enhanced memory, improved attention, and were better able to process information, as compared to the group taking the placebo.

Memory decline is a common and prevalent problem for aging Americans, and to date, very few options are available to slow loss of memory. Based on the results of this study, ashwagandha may be an effective herb to add to a supplement regimen to improve brain function. It’s not fully understood how the herb helps with memory and attention, but some scientists believe that it inhibits acetylcholine-esterase, an enzyme which breaks down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a chemical that helps brain cells communicate and supports the brain in creating memories. An acetylcholine esterase inhibitor decreases levels of this important neurotransmitter.

Adaptogenic Ashwagandha can help your body cope with external and internal stresses that affect our daily lives. This ancient herb has been shown to combat the effects of stress, support the immune system, promote brain health, and much more! Ashwagandha is a safe, effective, and powerful herb that is most well-known for its restorative benefits and makes an excellent addition to any herbal formula.


Journal of Dietary Supplements. (2017). Volume 14, Issue 6.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

July 24, 2017 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

The Power of Organic Coconut Water

Organic coconut water is naturally isotonic, which means it contains similar concentrations of salts and sugars as the human body—making it a highly bioavailable beverage. It contains electrolytes that support the body’s natural ability to balance pH levels as well as naturally occurring potassium and magnesium that promote hydration, endurance, and support the muscular system. Coconuts are also a source of cytokinins (plant hormones), which can support cell and tissue health.

Pure Planet’s coconut powder is a freeze-dried, highly-soluble powder that is both certified kosher and organic and doesn’t contain any fillers.  The coconuts are sourced from subsistence farmers in the Philippine Islands that use sustainable, organic farming with NO early harvesting. Instead, when coconuts reach optimum ripeness at 9 to 10 months, they are hand-harvested, then immediately processed and freeze-dried in modern, state-of-the-art facilities to preserve the coconut’s natural nutrient density and flavor profile.

 ENERGY | Mango Tea

Today’s fast-paced lifestyle has created a demand for energy drinks for millions of Americans. They need the physical and mental performance boost without the crash associated with super-caffeinated, artificial drinks and shots. Pure Planet delivers a balanced energy boost, plus natural hydration.

Green Tea is an antioxidant that can help promote cognitive, dermal, and muscle health. The phytochemical found in green tea, known as EGCG, helps support weight management goals.* Organic Yerba Mate is a delicious tea-like plant known for its mood and energy enhancement as well as its ability to help promote weight management goals. The chlorogenic acid found in yerba mate seems to support the process by which the body turns fat and carbohydrates into energy.*

REHYDRATE | Hibiscus Ginger

Active, fit people want products that support their healthy lifestyle, not compromise it. Organic coconut water with added mineral salts is the answer. Organic Rooibos Extract is an antioxidant that supports the entire body. It contains minerals to help support the body’s natural ability to maintain electrolyte balance and hydration. Minerals Salts help support the body’s natural ability to balance acidic and alkaline fluids, while also supporting the muscles. Organic Ginger Root supports natural nutrient absorption and breakdown, while also supporting circulation.

JOINT RESCUE | Paradise Pineapple

Liquid joint support products have always been popular, but they haven’t always been this delicious! Whether it is for daily use or after a hard workout, Joint Rescue is just what weekend warriors’ need. Turmeric contains curcumin, which supports a healthy response to exertion, such as high-impact sports activities, and recovery. Turmeric can also help support a healthy digestive system. Plus, Black Pepper to help support the body’s ability to utilize curcumin.


Coconut water is one of the fastest growing product segments in the natural products industry. It is also one of the healthiest drinks on the planet. These organic coconut water powders are available in 3 delicious flavors that boost your specific needs and come in convenient, lightweight packets that are perfect for travel or your busy, on-the-go lifestyle. Hydrate your body the way nature intended with Pure Planet’s organic coconut water!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

July 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm Leave a comment

The True Science Behind Collagen

Submitted by NeoCell

Collagen is a protein, but it’s no ordinary protein. Collagen defines the structural integrity of our bodies and contributes greatly to the vitality that is typically associated with youth. As the body ages, collagen supplies and the ability to regenerate them decrease. This compromises our structural integrity, leading to overall degradation of cell form and function.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and can be found in bones, skin, organs, muscles, eyes, nails, teeth, and hair. Best known for their ability to help connective tissue stay vibrant and flexible, collagen proteins serve two main functions in the body—structure and regeneration.

The Roles of Collagen in the Body

Collagen is a necessary component of skin, hair, joints, and bones. Seventy percent of the skin is made of collagen Type 1 and 3, one hundred percent of tendons are made of collagen Type 1 and 3, and over one third of healthy bone is composed of collagen.

Collagen proteins are also responsible for regenerating and forming new tissue. Worker cells in the body produce a collagen fiber matrix to form the structure of tissues. Over time, the collagen fibers naturally break down into disorganized collagen fragments known as peptides, which float loosely in the extracellular fluid.

True Science: Collagen Depletion

Although abundant in our youth, the body’s natural collagen production typically slows at a rate of 1.5% per year after the age of 25. As collagen production slows, collagen fibers in the body become brittle and begin to break down, resulting in many of the telltale signs of aging such as wrinkles, tendon injuries, and joint pain.

To compensate for lost collagen fibers as we age, worker cells have molecular receptors that detect the presence of loose peptides. Once the loose collagen peptides build up to a certain concentration in the extracellular fluid, the molecular receptors “turn on” the worker cells and new collagen fibers are produced.

However, this regeneration cycle of collagen fibers slows down as we age, resulting in fewer replacement collagen fibers and a weakened collagen matrix in the body’s tissues. This degrading matrix of collagen fibers results in many signs of aging, such as wrinkling skin, thinning hair, and less stable connective tissue. But, there is a solution.

By supplementing with NeoCell products, additional collagen peptides are introduced into the extracellular fluid. The molecular receptors of the worker cells are “turned on” more frequently, thus continuing the regeneration cycle at a healthy rate and rebuilding the collagen matrix more quickly.*

True Science: Natural Law of Regeneration

All natural systems exist in a fluid equilibrium of continuous replenishment, renewal, and decay that is regulated by equal and opposing forces. Imbalance in these forces leads either to adaptation or system decline and eventually failure. Sophisticated natural systems, biological or ecological, maintain a feedback loop that detects and responds to significant changes that would otherwise alter the harmony of the system, thus sustaining vitality and enabling adaptation. NeoCell Collagen is formulated to work with your body’s natural regenerative cycles.

Dosage is meaningless if absorption is minimal. At 400,000 daltons molecular weight, collagen is one of the biggest molecules in your body. Because of its size, it takes a long time to break down under conventional digestion, significantly reducing absorption. BioActive NeoCell Collagen is standardized to a very low molecular weight and enzymatically hydrolyzed for high absorption and bioactivity.

 NeoCell Collagen is Bioactive, Effective, and Safe

NeoCell adheres to the highest standards to ensure absolute safety and the utmost purity for every product it sells—every batch is tested by certified third-party labs. Each NeoCell product is designed specifically to support the collagen systems in our bodies such as those that maintain vibrant youth, radiant beauty, and total body wellness!

 †Based on 2014 NeoCell Collagen study.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

June 13, 2017 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

New Research: Can Prebiotics Support Weight Loss?

By Jen Morganti, ND, NEEDS Education Director

Obesity rates in the United States have more than doubled over the past 40 years. With nearly two thirds of the population dealing with the physical and emotional health effects of being obese or overweight, America needs to get serious about solving the obesity epidemic. The fact is, very few treatments are truly successful. Solutions such as dietary stimulants and bariatric surgery can be prohibitively expensive and come with significant risks.

These factors make it very difficult for healthcare providers to help their patients lose weight, especially children. There is a serious need to research and develop safer, more effective weight loss treatments to enhance the effects of standard weight loss recommendations, such as exercise, calorie reduction, and healthy food choices.

 Prebiotics and Weight Loss

Prebiotics are plant-based fibers that nourish and help promote the growth of the good bacteria, called probiotics, which live in your gut. These bacteria are critical to good digestion and a healthy gastrointestinal system.

Although you can take a prebiotic supplement, you can also get prebiotics through your diet. Prebiotic foods are rich in inulin, which promotes healthy gut bacteria, reduces constipation, and helps break down fat. Inulin has even been shown to boost your immune system and improve metabolic health.

 10 Inulin-Rich Prebiotic Foods:

  • Chicory Root
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Garlic
  • Leeks

 Some of the prebiotic fiber content may be altered during cooking, so it is best to try and consume them raw rather than cooked.

Prebiotics and Weight Loss for Children

Recently, a study was conducted to determine if prebiotics could be beneficial for weight loss in children. In this study, children with a high BMI (considered obese), aged 7-12, were split into 2 groups. One group took 8 grams of prebiotics daily and the other took a placebo. The two groups were monitored daily while eating breakfast and they were permitted to eat as much as they wanted. Over the course of 16 weeks, the group taking the prebiotics felt significantly fuller after eating and therefore ate less.

Two hormones related to weight and appetite were measured to track the progress throughout the study. Ghrelin, which signals a sense of fullness and adiponectin, related to insulin sensitivity, both increased overall in the group taking the prebiotics. This indicates the positive effects of prebiotics on weight loss.

This research suggests that foods or supplements rich in prebiotic fibers can be very beneficial in helping children win their battle against obesity. Best of all, because prebiotics are naturally occurring in foods, we know they are very safe for children to take without any serious side effects.

 Conclusions on Prebiotics

In general, increased prebiotic intake, whether through diet or supplementation, contributes to a balanced GI environment that ultimately leads to better overall health. Prebiotics are extremely safe and have the potential to help with weight loss, especially when combined with exercise and a healthy diet.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Am J Clin Nutr. 2017 Apr; 105(4): 790-799. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.116.140947. Epub 2017 Feb 22.

June 5, 2017 at 10:20 am Leave a comment

Nutrient Dense Green Drinks!

Green drink supplements offer a concentrated dose of nutrients in a quick and convenient powdered or liquid mix. Their shelf-life is much longer than that of fruits and vegetables, making them easy to keep at the office or bring along with you when you’re traveling. These supplements have very high levels of antioxidants, helping to prevent degenerative disease and perhaps even slowing the aging process. They also help to alkalize our bodies, promote proper cell function, and eliminate toxins.

Moringa is a green drink that has a long list of medicinal uses reaching back thousands of years. It has been used to treat intestinal parasites, infections, anemia, ulcers, wounds, hypertension, gastrointestinal discomfort, and has other beneficial purposes. In the late 90s, an African aid organization tested moringa leaf powder to see if it could help African women and the infants they were carrying during pregnancy. By supplementing with moringa powder, the women recovered from anemia faster post-pregnancy and the babies had higher birth weights as well as better overall health. It also helped with milk production for women who were breast feeding.

There have been some studies on the effects of moringa, but mainly in test tubes and on animals so far. Specific phytochemicals from moringa have been reported to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and possess antibacterial characteristics.

One phytochemical identified in moringa is benzyl isothiocyanate, which has been shown to have beneficial antimicrobial properties. Studies have shown that it can be effective when applied topically for skin infections or taken internally as an antibiotic. It may also be useful to help eradicate H. pylori, the prevalent bacteria responsible for gastritis and ulcers. In small clinical trials, Isothiocyanates were shown to balance blood sugar levels and if paired with flavonoids and phenolic acids, they can help to decrease inflammation.

Moringa also lowered blood sugar levels in diabetics and was shown to have potent antioxidative properties in a study with postmenopausal women. In an animal study, moringa was shown to lower cholesterol as well as statin medications. By binding to toxins in the body, it can also help with detoxification.

Scientists have only investigated a fraction of the many reputed health benefits of moringa. So far, they have found that it is very rich in nutrients, healthy antioxidants, bioactive plant compounds, and has been shown to lower blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol as well as decreasing inflammation. Get the nutrients you need with convenience and discover why moringa has been praised for its health benefits for millennia!

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

May 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

Hemp: A New Look at a Traditional Plant

By Buddy Ojeda, CN

 The U.S. dietary supplement industry is projected to grow to over 36 billion dollars in 2017. That’s a 100% increase from 2001 when actual sales for that year totaled $18 billion. The industry’s popularity and commercial success is due, in large part, to its ability to continually satisfy retailer and consumer appetites for new, effective, and sometimes exotic products. For the past five years, one of its rising stars has been cannabinoids derived from the cannabis plant.

The History of Cannabis

Cannabis, one of the oldest domesticated crops dating back thousands of years, is the genus for the plant that grows as three species—sativa, indica, and ruderalis. The differences between them lie primarily in their appearance, traditional uses, and amounts of phytocompounds or cannabinoids contained within each plant. Since antiquity, cannabis has been selectively bred and revered for its versatility to be transformed into clothing, textiles, animal feed, pottery, paper, and biofuels. But, it is the area of human nutrition that has sparked the most interest recently. The earliest records referencing cannabis’ healing properties date back 10,000 years to Central Asia, where it was prized for its medicinal value. In ancient Greece, it was a treatment for inflammation and pain associated with earaches. In 600 BC India, it was utilized in their system of medicine called Ayurveda for lowering fevers and inducing sleep. In 1850, cannabis was added to the U.S. Pharmacopeia, which sets standards for all prescription and OTC medicines and was listed as a treatment for gout and excessive menstrual bleeding. By the 1930s, no less than two U.S. pharmaceutical companies sold standardized extracts of the plant as an analgesic and a sedative.

The Hemp Revival?

Hemp, also known as industrial hemp, and the plant commonly referred to as marijuana, are subspecies of Cannabis sativa, but differ in one important manner—their level of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. THC is a cannabinoid prevalent in marijuana and is responsible for the plant’s psychoactive properties. The plant is classified as a schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. While there are 28 states that have passed legislation allowing for medical or recreational use, it remains a federal offense to grow, import, buy, or use marijuana.

By contrast, hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC—a level not significant enough to produce a mood-altering effect. U.S. federal regulations allow for the legal import of hemp and as long as it’s not adulterated by selectively isolating specific cannabinoids to the exclusion of others, the Food and Drug Administration recognizes it as a dietary supplement.

Cannabinoids for Balance

Hemp is a rich source of a distinctive family of lipid-based compounds, including over 100 phytocannabinoids. Emerging research shows they have the potential to support human nutrition in ways that we are only beginning to understand. They include Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabichromene (CBC), Cannabigerol (CBG), and Cannabinol (CBN), just to name a few.

In 1990, scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health in Rockville, MD discovered a unique family of receptors within the human body. They were located in the brain, nervous system, glands, gonads, connective tissue, and throughout the immune system. They found that phytocannabinoids and cannabinoid-like compounds (i.e. terpenes) produced a physiological response on this network of receptors, so they named it the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Subsequent investigations uncovered that the body makes its own versions of these phytochemicals and they were given the name Endocannabinoids.

More research is needed t o fully comprehend the ECS’s role in the body, but we do have good data that shows it promotes and maintains balance or homeostasis. This means the “master adaptogenic system” has a profound influence on energy balance, endocrine function, immune activity, inflammatory response, mood, perception of pain, sleep/wake cycles, stress responses, and other body processes. So in simple terms, phytocannabinoids help balance the system that balances the body.

Sources for Phytocannabinoids

Plant-based cannabinoids, along with cannabinoid mimics (compounds that exert a similar effect on the ECS) have been in our diet since we started to grow our own food. The richest source is cannabis (hemp), but you can also find them in foods, such as echinacea, Chinese rhododendron, flax seeds, cacao, black pepper, green tea, cruciferous vegetables, and polyphenol-rich foods like turmeric.

If you are looking to increase your intake of phytocannabinoids through supplementation, do your research! Be sure to purchase from a reputable company who uses strict testing standards in their manufacturing process. Also, the label should clearly identify and quantify all the active ingredients claimed to be delivered by the product. Most importantly, choose a formulation that delivers the “full spectrum” of phytocannabinoids and associated plant compounds. This will improve bioavailability and maximize utilization by the endocannabinoid system.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


April 19, 2017 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

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