An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth A Pound Of Cure!

(NaturalNews) If you take chlorella, I’ve got great news for you today: I’ve just completed research across nearly a dozen chlorella brands and manufacturers, and I’ve conclusively documented the fact that they all bind with and capture dietary mercury with very high efficiency. They also show strong affinity for binding with aluminum and uranium, as is detailed below.

At the same time, chlorella showed little or no ability to bind with lead, cadmium, arsenic and cesium. So it’s very important to understand what chlorella can and cannot do. Many people and product promoters in the natural health industry make the claim that “chlorella removes heavy metals.” This claim is not entirely accurate. As this article (and scientific laboratory results) will show you, chlorella is only good at binding with some heavy metals, but certainly not all of them.

So the claim that “chlorella removes heavy metals” is an example of what I call “fuzzy thinking.” It’s wishy-washy and blurs the details of what’s actually true. If you’re taking chlorella, make sure you understand its strengths and weaknesses! And the good news is that chlorella is fantastic at binding with mercury.

Chlorella exceptionally good at binding with dietary mercury

Every brand of chlorella we tested was able to bind with and capture at least 93% of dietary mercury in our gastric acid digestion simulator at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab. Most brands of chlorella captured mercury at 98% – 99% efficiency.

Here are the results we documented across several brands and manufacturers:

Clean Chlorella: 99%
Dr. Mercola Chlorella: 99%
NOW Foods Chlorella: 99%
Source Naturals Chlorella: 98%
Jarrow Formulas Chlorella: 98%
Sun Chlorella: 98%
Earth Circle Foods Chlorella: 98%
Swanson Chlorella: 93%

Chlorella manufacturers and importers:
RFI chlorella: 97%
Taiwan Chlorella (TCMC): 98%
Febico Chlorella (Taiwan): 98%

Looking at these numbers, you may wonder why Swanson Chlorella is considerably lower at 93%. That’s because Swanson adds calcium to their chlorella, reducing the chlorella concentration in the final product. Their tablets are not actually 100% chlorella.

But overall, every brand of chlorella we tested was very effective at binding with mercury in the human digestion simulator running at our lab.

Arsenic and cadmium capturing capacity is very low for chlorella

My laboratory tests show that Chlorella is not very good at capturing and binding with arsenic or cadmium, two other prominent heavy metals that threaten human health.

My laboratory tests showed that arsenic was only reduced by a maximum of 6% across the different brands of chlorella. Because the range of error in these measurements is closer to plus or minus 10%, these low numbers for arsenic are insignificant.

It seems that chlorella has little or no ability to bind with arsenic. (I have found other natural substances that bind with arsenic, however, and I will reveal those in future articles.)

Chlorella’s binding and capturing potential may be slightly better against cadmium, a toxic heavy metal that contributes to kidney failure. My tests showed cadmium capturing at anywhere from 0% to nearly 9%. But again, as this is all within the range of error, we cannot conclude that chlorella has any validated potential to capture cadmium. (Again, there are other substances which are far better at this.)

Chlorella slightly better at capturing lead, but still not impressive

In my tests, various brands of chlorella were able to capture from a low of about 2% to a high of 17% of lead in our gastric acid digestion simulator.

Although these results are slightly better than arsenic and cadmium, they still aren’t very impressive. (I’ve actually developed a formula that can bind with and capture nearly 100% of lead, and it’s not based on chlorella.)

Because of this, I don’t consider chlorella to be very strong at binding with lead. This means people who have been trying to take chlorella alongside, for example, Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs in the hope of “blocking” the lead aren’t actually achieving the dietary defense they had hoped.

Chlorella extremely good at capturing uranium

The real shocker in all this is that chlorella shows very high affinity for binding with and capturing dietary uranium.

My laboratory tests via ICP-MS show chlorella’s uranium capturing capacity from a low of 88% to a high of 97%.

Uranium, by the way, does not have the same sort of toxic profile as lead, cadmium or mercury. It’s not normally a high priority element to avoid except in the context of nuclear fallout or for people living in regions which have been hit by depleted uranium weapons.

In a fallout scenario, radioactive uranium isotopes can make their way into food, water and air. From there, they can easily poison anyone living in the area. In that context, dietary protection from radioactive uranium isotopes can be extremely valuable, and chlorella may play a significant role in saving lives in such a scenario. But in day-to-day living, uranium isotopes are normally not a significant threat in the food supply.

Chlorella does not bind with cesium-137

In case you were wondering, chlorella has very little ability to bind with radioactive cesium isotopes such as cesium-134 or cesium-137.

As you probably know if you are a regular Natural News reader, I’ve already tested over 1,000 candidate substances for cesium binding potential, and I’ve found a formula that captures radioactive cesium isotopes very effectively. Nearly all substances fail this test, as cesium is a particularly difficult element to capture.

Chlorella’s binding potential with cesium isotopes is also very poor, ranging from 0% to a high of just under 15%, but with the bulk of the results coming in under 4%.

Again, these numbers are not scientifically significant, so we must conclude chlorella has no special ability to bind with cesium isotopes.

Chlorella shows aluminum binding potential

Interestingly, chlorella is one of the very few superfoods that has solid potential to bind with dietary aluminum. This property is quite rare, and most foods actually release aluminum rather than binding with it.

Chlorella happens to demonstrate moderate aluminum binding potential. In my tests, I found chlorella to demonstrate from 12% to 42% reduction in aluminum in a synthetic gastric acid solution subjected to simulated digestion.

This is beyond the range of statistical uncertainty, and results were consistently in the above-30% range for most brands.

What this shows is that chlorella is quite effective at binding with and removing free aluminum during digestion.

Summary of chlorella’s heavy metals capturing potential

Mercury: Very high
Uranium: High
Aluminum: Mediocre
Lead: Low
Cesium: Near-Zero
Cadmium: Near-Zero
Arsenic: Near-Zero

The unmatched benefits of Black Seed Oil

As more and more natural remedies come along, it becomes glaringly obvious that nature has the remedy to nearly everything that ails us. Whether we use these remedies properly in conjunction with a healthy and holistic lifestyle is up to us, but there is very little debate that plants have been healing mankind for thousands of years. This would be second nature to us had the pharmaceutical industry not done an excellent job of brainwashing us into thinking men with white coats in sterile labs held all the answers.

One of the newest discoveries in North America, black seed oil, has enjoyed a surge of popularity but it is still relatively unknown in the health industry, and that’s unfortunate because its overall healing properties are nothing short of astounding.

What is Black Seed Oil?

Black seed oil, also known as black cumin, black onion seeds. black coriander, and black caraway, is derived from a small flowering shrub known as Nigella sativa that grows in Southwestern Asia, the Mediterranean, and Africa. This shrub grows tiny black seeds that have been used for remedies for thousands of years, with archaeologists even finding them in King Tut’s tomb which only further signifies their importance. Cleopatra also reportedly used the oil for her beautiful hair and skin and Hippocrates liked using it for digestive issues.

So why has black seed oil attracted so many people including royalty to use it over thousands of years? You’re about to find out.

The Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil

Many of black seed oil’s benefits have been confirmed in biomedical text, and has 656 published, peer-reviewed studies referencing it since 1964. There has been over 1600 natural compounds identified in black seed oil with a wide range of health benefits, including:*

  • Supports healthy liver function
  • Aids digestive system health
  • Supports healthy lung function
  • Supports immune system health
  • Promotes healthy heart function
  • Supports joint health
  • Supports commonsense weight management plans
  • Nourishes healthy skin and hair

How does one humble seed generate so much support in so many different areas? Much of it can be attributed to it’s antioxidant profile, with the active agents of thymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, nigellone, and thymol being just a few of the plant compounds that provide us with so many health benefits. Black seed oil also contains a high level of amino acids including linolenic, oleic, palmitic, and stearic acid. It also contains a plant saponin known as melathin, as well as selenium, iron, calcium, and potassium.

How To Use Black Seed Oil

Some traditional food applications of black seed oil include adding it to soups, curries, stir frys, or grinding and mixing them with other seasonings to use on a variety of dishes.

To ensure the most medicinal benefits, taking it in straight supplemental form is often the easiest and most guaranteed way to enjoy it’s healing power. You could also mix it in with raw honey or fresh juice, to make it more palatable.

Sources include:

The term “black seed oil” may not be familiar, but it is the general label given to oil extracted from certain seeds, including black cumin, black sesame, black caraway, Roman coriander and onion seed. However, though many people may not be familiar with this term, it has been the subject of research in over 630 peer-reviewed articles due to its amazing health benefits.

The benefits of this oil largely stem from its active ingredients, potent phytochemicals, botanically-based compounds which give potent health benefits to their parent plants. One of these is thymol, which also gives essential oil of thyme its amazing medical properties. Read on to learn more about what including black seed oil can do for you.

Fights Cancer
Due to its high levels of phytochemicals, many of which have strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties, black seek oil has been the subject of many studies for its ability to treat cancer. In one study out of Croatia, scientists studying the properties of two active ingredients of black seed oil, thymoquinone and thymohydroquinone, and found that they reduced the size of tumors by 52%.

Supports Liver Function
The liver is arguably one of the most important organs in the body, and one of the most significant of its functions is to help detect and remove toxins and other harmful substances from the body. It is thus important for overall human health. Use of black seed oil can help support good hepatic function and protect the liver from damage or disease.

Helps Treat Diabetes
In one study published recently in the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers found that black seed oil can help to partially regenerate the beta cells in the pancreas. These beta cells are what produces insulin, the hormone which the body uses to take glucose out of the blood cells and deliver it to other cells of the body for insulin. This could make it important for both main types of diabetes.

Aids Weight Loss
Last June, the Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders published a literature review of plants which have been discovered to have anti-obesity properties. Black seed oil was discovered to be one of the most effective and potent on this list. It aids weight loss on a number of levels, including curbing the appetite naturally, regulating blood sugar levels and aiding in absorption of glucose by the intestines.

Restores Hair Loss
Perhaps one of the most unique features of black seed oil is its ability to restore hair loss. The method by which it is able to accomplish this is not quite clear, though researchers suspect that it might have something to do with the oil’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties. At any rate, is have been shown to have a positive effect on the hair follicles and to promote the growth of thick, healthy hair.
These are just five of the reasons to consider the use of black seed oil in your diet. The potent active phytochemicals help your body in all sorts of ways, and it is very likely that the full extent of their beneficial powers has yet to be discovered!
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Caisses Tea


(NaturalNews) Since the 1970’s when the war on cancer formally began cancer rates have steadily increased. In the past decade modern medicine has heralded the increase in survival rates owing to breakthrough scientific research instead of admitting it was a change in the definition of “survivor” that accounted for a vast majority of the survival rate increases. Part of the reason for this subterfuge regarding survival rates and definitions is to cow the public into believing that western medicine has a better answer today in regards to cancer treatment.

In addition, modern medicine has not addressed why it has not stemmed the epidemic rates of cancer that continue to increase. Heredity is often to blame and environmental toxins are rarely a part of any public discourse in a meaningful way. The World Health Organization has already established that some 90 percent of all cancers are based on environmental toxins. So our medical response today is to fight toxin-related cancers with more toxins?

History of Essiac

Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse, helped to bring Essiac into prominence in the early 20th century (Essiac is Caisse spelled backwards). She was instrumental in its use in clinical settings after witnessing the healing powers of Essiac, which could be described as nothing short of a miracle.

Her first patient was her aunt that had been diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer and given 6 months to live. After two months of drinking an Essiac brew she had recovered fully and went on to live another 20 years. Another of Nurse Caisse’s patients not only reversed her cancer but her insulin-dependent diabetes as well.

In 1959 Rene Caisse began treating terminally ill patients at the Brusch Medical Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts while supervised by no less than 18 doctors. After three months of treating these patients it was determined that, on average, the size of their tumors shrank due to a change in cellular formations and the patients began to regain weight noticeably. None of the doctors proclaimed Essiac to be a cure but once the research had concluded they did state essiac was of definite benefit. Dr. Brusch of the aforementioned Brusch Medical Center wrote a notarized letter in 1990 attesting to the efficacy of Essiac formula and how it alone cured his very own cancer some years after the research had concluded.

What is Essiac?

Essiac is a natural formulation passed on to Nurse Caisse from a Native American herbalist of the Ojibwa tribe. It consists of turkey rhubarb, slippery elm, sheep sorrel and burdock root. Each of these herbs has its own special abilities to aid our bodies. For example, burdock root increases liver function and insulin production, sheep sorrel is good for liver function as well and toning the heart, turkey rhubarb cleanses the bowels and slippery elm is great for wound healing and protecting the body from toxins that are released as the body heals itself. Herbalists believe that these four herbs, while being awesome individually, work together synergistically to reverse devastating disease conditions such as cancer and diabetes.

Essiac today

Essiac formulas are in no short supply these days. You can now find it in capsules, liquids or tea form produced by many different companies. The most popular way of taking Essiac during the 20th century was to have it as a brew daily as a therapy or tonic.

Medical science definitely has its place in our lives. There is no question that the best acute care in the world can be found in nations that have a western medical model but we can ill afford to be one sided or narrow minded in our approach to devastating chronic disease conditions. Consider essiac as a part of your health care regimen to give your body a healing chance in a non-toxic way.


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Murray M.T. The Healing Power of Herbs: The Enlightened Person Guide to the Wonders of Medicinal Plants. Gramercy; 2 Rev Exp edition 2004


By Martin Hajek

Posted Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 05:05am EDT

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), is unfortunately usually known for being a pesky weed, which people commonly remove from their backyards (and often spray with herbicides). However, humans have been using dandelion in food and teas for its medicinal properties for most of the recorded history. Many people still underestimate the benefits of this plant.

When we talk about the dandelion tea, we are talking about two different teas: an infusion made from the leaves and the other made from the roots.

The best way to get all of the benefits is to put the dried root and leaves into a cup of boiling water (cover and let steep for 10 minutes or longer), strain and drink it as is. The more herb you use and the longer you let it steep, the stronger the brew.

In Chinese medicine, dandelion is used to support liver health, stimulate urinary function to promote cleansing, but also for bones and joint health.

Herbalists often use this plant’s root to cleanse the liver and gallbladder, and the leaves to aid in kidney function and also as a digestive aid.

Some people also use this super-weed to treat infections, skin problems like eczema, joint pain, and even cancer. It is also extensively employed and studied as a diuretic. It is also believed to help prevent age spots and breast cancer.

Dandelion is also beneficial for brain health and acts as a neuroprotective agent due to its high luteolin content.

You can also use dandelion greens in your salads since it is very rich in nutrients, vitamins (especially beta-carotene and vitamin K), minerals and antioxidants. Do not forget about the flowering part, which is especially rich in phytonutrients.

There are some great dandelion recipe books and ready-to-use dandelion products that you can use daily for your overall health. See my recommendations at the end of this article.

Let’s take a closer look at TOP 15 HEALTH BENEFITS and USES of DANDELION:


Andrew Chevallier, in his book “Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine” says that Dandelion aids to detoxify the liver and promote increased bile production.

The function of our liver is to produce bile, which helps to filter and detoxify our blood.

This medicinal weed enhances liver function by eliminating toxins and restoring hydration and electrolyte balance. Dandelion contains bitter compound taraxacin, which makes the gallbladder to contract to increase bile flow. Dandelion’s ability to increase the flow of bile helps detoxify the liver.

According to Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, for all liver disorders, most effective is dandelion and burdock (+ milk thistle).

One study on mice states that dandelion leaf promotes healthy lipid profiles, lessens insulin resistance, and suppresses fat accumulation in the livers. Moreover, this plant shows a protective effect against hepatoxicity due to its antioxidant properties.

It is used with success in conditions like jaundice and hepatitis, but also cirrhosis of the liver. However, it should not be taken if you have obstructive jaundice.


Dandelion leaf is a diuretic that increases urination which contributes to removing toxins and waste from the kidneys. It helps them to clean out waste, salt, and excess water. It is a good source of potassium, which helps to flush excess sodium through the kidneys.

Dandelion as a diuretic increases the excretion of water from our bodies, so it is imperative to drink enough water to compensate for the water loss. Also keep a check on your potassium levels while taking dandelion (Although it is quite rich in potassium, so it usually replenishes the levels itself).

Moreover, various herbs may have a therapeutic role in preventing and treating kidney and bladder stone formation, and Taraxacum is one of them, says the researchers.


It helps to purify the bloodeliminate toxins and improves blood circulation. Dandelions may also aid with anemia as it increases the iron in your blood.

Dandelion is rich in vitamin K (one cup fo the Greens contains over 500% RD) which was proved in a study that it could reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality significantly. One of the main benefits of vitamin K is its role in healthy blood clotting.


The leaves and flowers are particularly rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients which combat cancer. Due to the Dandelion’s free radical-fighting abilities, it was shown being effective in killing different cancers cells. Also, dandelion may slow cancer’s growth and prevent it from spreading. In addition, Herbal and folk medicine uses dandelion as a prevention for breast and prostate cancer.

As mentioned earlier, this plant is very high in vitamin K which significantly reduce the risk of cancer, according to a study. In fact, Vitamin K has been shown to be efficient as a natural cancer treatment.

Dandelion root has been lately studied for its cancer-fighting potential, and the results seem really encouraging. For example, a Canadian study from 2011 states that dandelion root extract induces melanoma cell death without affecting the healthy cells. Conlusioon of that study is : “dandelion root exhibits a potential non-toxic option to conventional leukemia treatment.”

Furthermore, this plant contains compound Luteolin, which is a potent flavonoid with potential for cancer prevention and therapy. In fact, it destroys vital components of cancer cells when it attaches to them, making them ineffective and unable to reproduce. (According to a prostate cancer study).


Dandelion is also beneficial in several skin disorders. Topically, you can use it with success in several skin conditions, including acne.

The sap of dandelion stem helps fights skin infections as it is highly alkaline. The juice also aids in eczema and psoriasis, but also warts.

Excess toxins in our livers may be responsible for many skin and face problems, so drinking dandelion tea helps to clean out your skin as well.


Dandelion improves digestion, may relieve heartburn and balances the beneficial bacteria in your intestines. In traditional medicine, it has been used for ages to improve appetite, ease minor digestive ailments, bloating, and relieve constipation, as it is a mild laxative.

Normal bile production supports healthy digestion. Due to its ability to increase the bile production, cholesterol and fats are broken down and eliminated from the body more efficiently. This improves the whole digestive process.

One study also shows the possible anti-obesity effects of dandelion (from a Korean study – says it could have similar effects on the body as the weight loss drug Orlistat).


This super-plant also strengthens the immune system. This weed contains plenty of antioxidants and phytonutrients that reduce inflammation and keep your immune system healthy. Several studies have shown potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of dandelion.

Vitamin A as a beta-carotene in dandelion provides immune support as well (just one cup of dandelion greens has over a 100% DV). It is also relatively high in vitamin C, which boosts your immunity.

Dandelion is high in antioxidants, therefore drinking Dandelion tea aids the body to avoid cell damage from free radicals.

In addition, studies suggest that dandelion can help fights off infections. In fact, a water extract of dandelion exhibits anti-influenza activity.


Dandelion stimulate urinary function and inhibits microbial growth in the urinary system. This superweed’s roots and leaves may help prevent urinary tract infections as well as bladder disorders and kidney problems.

An especially effective combo is with another herb, uva ursi. This combination works because of potent anti-bacterial effects of uva ursi, and the increased urine flow associated with dandelion.


Dandelion tea benefits people with diabetes by stimulating the production of insulin from the pancreas and regulating blood sugar levels. Keeping pancreas healthy, so it can produce proper amounts of insulin, is vital in the prevention of diabetes.

Modern mammal studies show that dandelion helps regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, mostly through its ability to control the lipid levels.

Also, thanks to its diuretic properties, Dandelion tea helps the body remove excess sugar stored in your body.


Dandelion raises bile production and lessens the inflammation to aid with gallbladder problems and blockages. It may also help prevent gallbladder stones (but you should not take it without medical supervision when you have active gallstones or any blockages).

For a stronger effect on your liver and gallbladder health, consider also taking artichoke, burdock root and milk thistle seed along with dandelion.


Dandelion root is often used to increase bile production to break down fats and remove cholesterol from the body.

Studies done on rabbits have shown that dandelion reduces and controls cholesterol levels while improving cholesterol ratios by raising the good ‘HDL’. The study also says that Dandelion is beneficial in preventing hypercholesterolemic atherosclerosis and reducing risk factors for coronary artery disease.

This plant also assist in regulating blood pressure due to the fiber and potassium content and thanks to its diuretic properties.


This plant is very rich in Vitamin K, which is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a major role in bone and heart health. Your body needs it for controlling binding of calcium in the bones and other tissues. Nowadays, good calcium supplements already contains vitamin K, D, and magnesium.

Vitamin K, like calcium, is classified as a bone-enhancing nutrient. Studies suggest that vitamin K can improve bone health and reduce the risk of bone fractures. Humans deficient in vitamin K are at a greater risk. Vitamin K seems to build bones better than a calcium! Vitamin K deficiencies are quite common, as you can find it mostly in Green Leafy Vegetables, and most of us do not eat enough greens.

Dandelion also contains 10% of calcium per cup which protects your bones as well.

Furthermore, a recent study from 2015 says that Taraxasterol (a compound isolated from dandelion) may be a useful agent for prevention and treatment of Osteoarthritis, a chronic degenerative joint disease.


Chinese herbal remedies are commonly used to treat a sore throat in China and are used globally by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine.

Dandelion shows promise in Inflammation of the tonsils (Tonsillitis). An early study found that humans who had their tonsils removed recovered quicker if they ate soup bearing dandelion compared to those who ate soup without it. In fact, “Dandelion soup was more effective than sodium penicillin for acute purulent tonsillitis.”


Dandelion has a positive impact on your brain health as well. What makes dandelion useful as a natural nootropic is its large Luteolin content. Luteolin from dandelion is a natural nootropic that works directly within the brain.

“Tranquility Labs research has found that dandelion extract is one of the most potent sources of Luteolin in the world (almost 10 times stronger than artichoke).”

Luteolin is a flavonoid that can eradicate free radicals and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. This is crucial when it comes to brain function, memory, and cognition. It can lessen inflammation in the brain which is responsible for causing memory and cognitive dysfunction.

According to Dr. Johnson of the University of Illinois:

“Luteolin can be used to mitigate age-associated inflammation and therefore improve cognitive function and avoid some of the cognitive deficits that occur in aging.”

Furthermore, in a study, Luteolin has been shown to Reduce Alzheimer’s Disease Pathologies Induced by Traumatic Brain Injury.


Let’s not forget about dandelion flowering parts, which shows that:

  • have higher levels of polyphenols
  • have greater antioxidant properties
  • contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds
  • may act as chemopreventive agents


  • excellent for fluid retention problems
  • may ease menopausal symptoms
  • reduces uric acid levels
  • improves the functioning of pancreas
  • helps with constipation (dandelion is a mild laxative), and contains fiber
  • muscular rheumatism (acording to Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, CNC)
  • may help with some hormone imbalances (especially oestrogen excess, according to Dr. Sarah Brewer)
  • hypoglycaemia
  • congestive heart failure: should be prescribed for every case of oedema of heart origin (according to Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine)
  • Dandelion is also used as a bitter tonic in atonic dyspepsia
  • A water extract of the roots and leaves demonstrated antidepressant effects in an animal model
  • extract of the root has protective action against alcohol-induced toxicity in the liver
  • may aslo help with lung inflammation “(compound Taraxasterol inhibits cigarette smoke-induced lung inflammation)”


Dandelion is usually safe in food and medicinal levels. However, as with any herb, some people may have an allergic reaction to it. If you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any prescription medications (especially with effect on the liver), you should talk to a health care professional before taking. Dandelion is a potent diuretic, so don’t overdo it and do not combine with other diuretics ! Also not recommended for people with active gallstones, biliary tract obstruction, and obstructive jaundice. When you add dandelion to your diet in any way, start small and monitor your body’s response.

The Herb Hawthorn


  • Hawthorn is a flowering shrub or tree of the rose family. It is native to Europe and grows in temperate regions throughout the world.
  • Historically, hawthorn has been used for heart disease as well as for digestive and kidney problems. It has also been used for anxiety.
  • Extracts from the hawthorn leaf, flower, or berry may be sold as capsules, tablets, or liquids.

How Much Do We Know?

  • Hawthorn has been studied for heart failure in people. Heart failure is a condition in which the heart can’t pump as much blood as it should.
  • Not much is known about hawthorn for any other health conditions as there is little or no evidence.

What Have We Learned?

  • Although some older, short-term studies suggested that hawthorn may have benefits in patients with heart failure, two longer term studies completed in 2008 and 2009—including a 2-year trial involving almost 2,700 people in 13 European countries—did not confirm these benefits. In these studies, unlike some of the older ones, patients were given hawthorn in addition to the recommended conventional treatments for heart failure.

What Do We Know About Safety?

  • In most studies of hawthorn for heart failure, no serious safety problems have been reported. However, in one study, patients taking hawthorn were more likely than those taking a placebo (an inactive substance) to have their heart failure get worse soon after the study started. The reason for this is not clear, but one possibility is that hawthorn might have interacted with drugs the patients were taking.
  • Side effects of hawthorn can include dizziness, nausea, and digestive symptoms.
  • Hawthorn may interact in harmful ways with drugs, including some heart medications. If you’re taking medication and you’re considering using hawthorn, consult your health care provider.

Keep in Mind

  • Tell all your health care providers about any complementary or integrative health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care.

Key References

  • Guo R, Pittler MH, Ernst E. Hawthorn extract for treating chronic heart failure. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2008;(1):CD005312 [edited 2009]. Accessed at is external) on April 17, 2015.
  • Hawthorn. In: Blumenthal M, Goldberg A, Brinckmann J, eds. Herbal Medicine: Expanded Commission E Monographs. Newton, MA: Integrative Medicine Communications; 2000:182-192.
  • Hawthorn. Natural Medicines Web site. Accessed at on April 17, 2015. [Database subscription].

Whey Protein Benefits


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What is it?

Whey protein is the protein contained in whey, the watery portion of milk that separates from the curds when making cheese.

Whey protein is used for improving athletic performance, as a food supplement, as an alternative to milk for people with lactose intolerance, for replacing or supplementing milk-based infant formulas, and for reversing weight loss and increasing glutathione (GSH) in people with HIV disease.

Whey protein is also used for protein allergy, asthma, high cholesterol, obesity and weight loss, preventing allergies in infants, late-stage cancer, and colon cancer.

How effective is it?

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

The effectiveness ratings for WHEY PROTEIN are as follows:

Possibly effective for…

  • Red, itchy skin (eczema). Research shows that infants who consume whey protein by mouth during the first 3-12 months of life have a lower risk of developing red, itchy skin by the age of 3 years.
  • Prone allergies and allergic reactions (atopic disease). Research shows that infants who consume whey protein by mouth during the first 3-12 months of life are less likely to be prone to allergies and allergic reactions compared to infants who receive standard formula. However, taking why protein might not be helpful for treating atopic diseases once they develop.
  • Weight loss in people with HIV/AIDS. Some research shows that taking whey protein by mouth can help decrease weight loss in people with HIV.
  • Red, scaly skin (psoriasis). Some evidence shows that taking a specific whey protein extract (Dermylex Advitech Inc.) daily for 8 weeks can reduce psoriasis symptoms.

Possibly ineffective for…

  • Lung disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Taking a specific whey protein supplement (ImuPower) daily for 6 weeks can improve shortness of breath but not lung function or quality of life in people with COPD. Other research suggests that taking whey protein supplements does not improve lung function, muscle function, or exercise tolerance in people with COPD.
  • Osteoporosis. Research suggests that taking a drink containing whey protein daily for 2 years does not improve bone density in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.
  • Weight loss. Most research suggests that taking whey protein alone, along with diet modifications, or while following an exercise plan does not seem to reduce weight for overweight and obese adults. However, whey protein might improve body composition in overweight adults when used along with a modified diet. In overweight teens, drinking a whey protein beverage for 12 weeks seems to increase weight and body mass index (BMI).

Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness for…

  • Athletic performance. Some clinical research shows that taking whey protein in combination with strength training increases lean body mass, strength, and muscle size. However, other research suggests no effect of whey protein on strength or muscle mass. Taking whey protein seems to improve recovery from exercise better than carbohydrate supplements in untrained but not trained athletes.
  • Asthma. Early research suggests that taking a specific type of whey protein (HMS 90 Immunofec, Inc) daily for 30 days does not improve lung function in children with asthma.
  • Cancer. There is some evidence that taking whey protein might help reduce tumor size in some people with cancer that has spread.
  • Cystic fibrosis. Early research suggests that taking whey protein daily for 28 days improves lung function in children, but not adults with cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma caused by exercise. Early research suggests that taking whey protein daily for 10 days improves lung function in people with asthma caused by exercise.
  • Non-alcoholic liver disease (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, NASH). Early research suggests that taking whey protein daily for 12 weeks can improve liver function in patients with NASH.
  • Hepatitis. Early research suggests that taking a specific type of whey protein (Immunocal) daily for 12 weeks can improve liver function in some people with hepatitis B. However, it does not appear to benefit people with hepatitis C.
  • HIV/AIDS. Early research suggests that taking whey protein for 4 months does not improve immune function in children with HIV.
  • High cholesterol. Early research suggests that taking whey protein daily while participating in resistance training does not reduce cholesterol levels or body fat in overweight men with high cholesterol.
  • High blood pressure. Early research suggests that drinking a beverage that contains whey protein daily for 12 weeks does not lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. However, taking hydrolyzed whey protein daily for 6 weeks can reduce blood pressure
  • Infections developed while in the hospital. Early research suggests that taking a specific whey protein supplement (Beneprotein) daily for up to 28 days has a similar effect on the rate of hospital-acquired infections as taking a combination of zinc, selenium, glutamine, and metoclopramide.
  • Inherited disorders that cause mental and developmental problems (mitochondrial myopathies). Early research suggests that taking a whey protein supplement daily for one month does not improve muscle strength or quality of life in people with mitochondrial diseases.
  • Ovarian cysts (Polycystic ovarian syndrome). Early research suggests that taking a supplement containing whey protein daily for 2 months can reduce body weight, fat mass, and cholesterol in people with ovarian cysts. However, whey protein does not improve blood sugar and seems to decrease high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good”) cholesterol.
  • Aching and stiffness caused by inflammation (polymyalgia rheumatica). Taking whey protein in a dairy product twice daily for 8 weeks does not improve muscle function, walking speed, or other movement tests in people with polymyalgia rheumatica.
  • Other conditions.

More evidence is needed to rate whey protein for these uses.

How does it work?

Whey protein is a source of protein that might improve the nutrient content of the diet. Whey protein might also have effects on the immune system.

Are there safety concerns?

Whey protein is LIKELY SAFE for most children and adults when taken by mouth appropriately. High doses can cause some side effects such as increased bowel movements, nausea, thirst, bloating, cramps, reduced appetite, tiredness (fatigue), and headache.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking whey protein if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Milk allergy: If you are allergic to cow’s milk, avoid using whey protein.

Are there interactions with medications?

Do not take this combination.
Whey protein might decrease how much levodopa the body absorbs. By decreasing how much levodopa the body absorbs, whey protein might decrease the effectiveness of levodopa. Do not take whey protein and levodopa at the same time.
Be cautious with this combination.
Whey protein can decrease how much albendazole the body absorbs. Taking whey protein and albendazole at the same time can decrease the effectiveness of albendazole. Do not take whey protein while taking albendazole.
Alendronate (Fosamax)
Whey protein can decrease how much alendronate (Fosamax) the body absorbs. Taking whey protein and alendronate (Fosamax) at the same time can decrease the effectiveness of alendronate (Fosamax). Don’t take whey protein within two hours of taking alendronate (Fosamax).
Antibiotics (Quinolone antibiotics)
Whey protein might decrease how much antibiotic the body absorbs. Taking whey protein along with some antibiotics might decrease the effectiveness of some antibiotics. To avoid this interaction take whey protein supplements at least one hour after antibiotics.

Some of these antibiotics that might interact with whey protein include ciprofloxacin (Cipro), enoxacin (Penetrex), norfloxacin (Chibroxin, Noroxin), sparfloxacin (Zagam), trovafloxacin (Trovan), and grepafloxacin (Raxar).

Antibiotics (Tetracycline antibiotics)
Whey protein contains calcium. The calcium in whey protein can attach to tetracyclines in the stomach. This decreases the amount of tetracyclines that can be absorbed. Taking calcium with tetracyclines might decrease the effectiveness of tetracyclines. To avoid this interaction, take whey protein two hours before or four hours after taking tetracyclines.

Some tetracyclines include demeclocycline (Declomycin), minocycline (Minocin), and tetracycline (Achromycin).

Are there interactions with herbs and supplements?

There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.

Are there interactions with foods?

There are no known interactions with foods.

What dose is used?

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:


  • For improving athletic performance: 1.2-1.5 grams/kg of whey protein in combination with strength training for 6-10 weeks.
  • For HIV/AIDS-related weight loss: 8.4-84 grams of whey protein per day, or 2.4 grams/kg per day in a high-calorie formula, or 42-84 grams per day in a glutamine-enriched formula.


To learn more about how this article was written, please see the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database methodology.


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