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The “Wonder Acid” You Probably Consume Every Day (And How To Get More Of It)
Ever heard of CGA? It stands for “Chlorogenic Acid” (also known as 5-O-caffeoylquinic acid). Anyways, a recent comprehensive scientific analysis revealed CGA to have a host of neuroprotective, cardiovascular protective, gastrointestinal protective, renoprotective, hepatoprotective, glucose and lipid metabolism regulatory, and anticarcinogenic effects.
Now, before you rush out to find some capsule of CGA somewhere, here’s the deal: If you’re a regular coffee drinker, you probably already consume CGA every morning! This is all-the-more true if your coffee is lightly roasted and not filtered too heavily (e.g French Press, Turkish Style, etc.). However, if you want to jack up your CGA consumption through the freakin’ roof, you can’t beat GREEN unroasted coffee. (This is because CGA gets lost in some amount during the roasting process)
Enter my friends at Kauai Farmacy, with whom I’ll be doing a podcast next week. They harvest both the fruit and bean of their Hawaiian coffee plants, process them by hand, slowly cure them in their solar dehydrators which maintains their medicinal constituents, then package them up into green energy powders that taste absolutely amazing. Heck, you can (as I have been doing) even add a teaspoon of this stuff to a cup of your morning Kion Coffee for a boost of energy on steroids. Try it and enjoy the energetic results.
So, if you want to truly maximize your CGA intake, you can click here to get a bag of organic Kion Coffee, and click here to get some of the Kauai Farmacy Green Coffee Powder (use code GREENFIELD15 to save 15%).
New Book I’m Reading On Ancient Healing Remedies
The idea that nature holds clues for how to use food medicinally was hit upon, seemingly independently, by a variety of cultures around the world, from Asia to the Middle East. Pliny the Elder, the Roman naturalist who died in AD 79, was the first to mention it in the West—and the idea was picked up through the years by a number of well-known physicians and botanists. William Coles, a seventeenth-century botanist, wrote that God “stamped upon [edible plants] a distinct forme but also hath given them particular Signatures whereby a man may read the use of them.” Although the idea is generally scoffed at in the West today, I believe he was right. Here are some super healthy foods that science has shown abide by the doctrine of signatures:
Carrots resemble eyes—and bolster vision. These crunchy veggies are great sources of lutein and beta-carotene, antioxidants that support eye health and protect against age-related eye diseases like macular degeneration. What’s more, beta-carotene converts into vitamin A, which helps you see in the dark.
Walnuts look like mini brains—and are the best nut for brain health. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fats, choline and vitamin E which support brain health. Research in mice with Alzheimer’s has shown that a walnut-heavy diet improves memory and learning, and studies of aging people have shown that eating walnuts improves cognitive processing speed, mental flexibility, and memory.
Celery stalks look similar to bones—and protect bone health. Celery contains silicon, which contributes to bone strength. It’s also an excellent source of vitamin K, which works with calcium to build strong bones, and potassium, which neutralizes acids that erode bone calcium.
Beets are blood red—and can help with anemia, blood flow, and blood pressure. Rich in iron, these red beauties can bolster hemoglobin, the red protein in blood that’s responsible for oxygen transport. Beets also contain nitrates, which transform into nitric oxide, a substance that dilates blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and improving the body’s ability to deliver oxygen-rich blood to tissues. Research shows that beet juice improves exercise stamina up to 16 percent.
Onions resemble cells—and protect them. Onions contain vitamin C, which shields cells from damage caused by unstable free radical molecules, and potassium, which is required for normal cell function. And because they contain sulfur, onions can protect cells from cancer.
Coconuts look like heads—and coconut oil is good for brain health. Research shows that consuming medium-chain triglycerides, the type of fat in coconut oil, can improve brain function in people with mild forms of Alzheimer’s.
Ginseng roots look like mini humans—and support whole-body health. Ginseng is used to increase energy, improve cognition, reduce blood sugar and stress, promote relaxation, and enhance overall well-being.
Tomatoes look like heart chambers—and they’re cardioprotective. Slice open a tomato and you’ll find heart-like chambers. Studies show that eating tomatoes reduces blood pressure, protects the heart from damage during a heart attack, improves survival rates in patients with heart failure, and reduces the risk of stroke.
Grape clusters look like lung alveoli—and protect lungs. Grapes contain anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid that’s critical for maintaining lung function as you age.
Ginger looks like a stomach—and is a potent antidote for nausea. Gingerol, the ingredient that gives ginger its tangy taste, has the ability to prevent nausea and vomiting.
Sweet potatoes are shaped like a pancreas—and promote its healthy functioning. In TCM, sweet potatoes are used to support the spleen and pancreas. And even though they’re “sweet,” they contain slow-release carbs and the hormone adiponectin, which help promote healthy blood sugar, thereby helping the pancreas do its job.
Reishi mushrooms resemble kidneys and adrenals—and support these glands. In TCM, reishi is considered a tonic for qi, and studies show it promotes energy and stamina, even in those with fatigue-causing conditions like fibromyalgia.
Figs resemble testicles—and they benefit sperm. They’ve long been used to enhance fertility, and recent research has confirmed that fig extract can improve sperm count and motility.
Olives look like ovaries—and protect reproductive health. Healthy fats are critical for manufacturing the reproductive hormones necessary for conception, and they’re good for maintaining general reproductive health in both men and women.
Avocados look like a uterus—and support reproductive health. Avocados contain a healthy dose of folic acid, a B vitamin that’s crucial during pregnancy for the health of the baby and can reduce the risk of cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition.
Organ meat and glandulars from animals support the same organ in people. As I mentioned above, livers of beef and chicken, for instance, have extremely high levels of B vitamins, including vitamin B12, which promotes liver health. Animal hearts contain CoQ10 and iron, both of which support the human cardiovascular system. Muscle meat, like chicken breast and steak, supports healthy muscle tissue. Likewise, bone broth enhances our bone marrow, bones, ligaments, tendons, gut lining, and skin—all of which are made up of collagen.
I’m thrilled to be able to share these ancient secrets with you. They’ve been hidden too long. By eating more like the ancients did, you’ll give your body the fuel it needs to fight viral and bacterial infections, power through your days with plenty of energy, and function at your highest level. Get the book here.
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