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Nourishing With Stinging Nettles

By |2018-05-31T13:42:07-06:00April 7th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Common Conditions, Holistic Living, Nutrition Articles, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

April Crowell Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

Stinging nettles sting.

My first encounter with nettles was not pleasant, and at the time, I didn’t know enough to look for lamb’s quarter or dock to soothe the nettle’s sharp bite.  Instead, I chose to run screaming back to camp seeking my mother’s aid to treat the flaming red blisters on my legs.

Despite my first meeting with nettles, I have grown to love their amazing nutritional and healing properties.  They are one of the few herbs that I can recommend to almost anyone–young, old, weak, strong, nursing mothers and athletes.  To date, I  haven’t come up with someone that can’t benefit from nettles.

A bit of nettle history

Nettles have a long history of medicinal use–dating back to the bronze age. Native Americans used them to stop bleeding after child birth, Victorian women used nettle tinctures to thicken their hair.  Soups were used to build strength and stamina–the list is long as you will see below.

Nettles grow wild across Europe, America and parts of Canada. Many people harvest them fresh, but for ease (possibly I’m just lazy) I get my nettles dried and in bulk unless a local grower has some fresh available.   I use them regularly for my family, self and my clients.  All parts of the nettle plant have medicinal properties earning them a place of honor in my herbal cupboard.

Western uses and nutritional profile

Long inhale and go….  Asthma, chronic cough, any lung disorder, hives, shingles, eczema, diabetes, uterine bleeding, chronic nose bleeds, allergies, gout, heart failure, spasms urinary and kidney stones, urinary tract infections,  strengthen hair, heal wounds, replenishing after surgery, fluid retention, rheumatism, arthritis,  reduce edema and bloating, build teeth and bones, balance mood swings, […]

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Vitamin Cofactors

By |2016-12-29T12:24:17-06:00September 30th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Nutrition Articles|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

By Nathan Mandigo ABT

There has been a lot of talk about supplementation in the media and we at Pulse thought it time to give a little coverage to the topic.  Generally, with a varied diet including a wide selection of vegetables and grains, the need for supplementation is small.  But when it is necessary, how do you maximize your bodies ability to absorb those pesky nutrients?  The answer is cofactors.

Cofactors are other vitamins, minerals, or substance that need to be present for the body to absorb and use a particular vitamin or mineral.  Cofactors are not to be confused with chelation, which is a process whereby a mineral is attached to an organic compound to make it more bio available.  Besides cofactors we need coenzymes, which are usually present in whole foods, and are not being covered in this article.

There are two different types of cofactors, dependant and supplemental (my choice of terms that were more clear than some of the scientific ones).  Dependant cofactors are just as they sound, they have to be present in order for the body to process the vitamin or mineral.  Supplemental cofactors aid adsorption but are not specifically needed for the body to take in the vitamin or mineral.

In doing research for this article I discovered that, if there is a single table listing out this information on the web, I could not find it.  So for, possibly, the first time on the web, here is a simple table of vitamins and cofactors.

For purposes of organization, the table is divided in fat soluble vitamins and water soluble vitamins.

Also, though every effort has been made to get as many cofactors listed as possible, there are others not listed here.