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Our Horseradish Is a Descendant Of an Old European Variety

Our Horseradish Is a Descendant Of an Old European Variety

February 26, 2019

The folklore of horseradish was that the pungent sulfur element “cleansed” your liver.  In modern-science terms, we would say that the sulforaphane chemicals in the horseradish root improve both phase 1 (bagging the garbage) and phase 2 (taking the garbage out to the curb) detoxification pathways in the liver.

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Ashitaba Makes Its Own Ketones, the Best Fuel for the Brain

Ashitaba Makes Its Own Ketones, the Best Fuel for the Brain

February 20, 2019

Recently, in researching the remarkable health benefits of the ashitaba plant, it has come to my attention that ashitaba, unlike most plants, actually makes its own ketone esters.  These are called chalcones and are thought to be the healing agent of the plant.

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Plants’ Life Energies Withdraw Into Their Roots in Winter

Plants’ Life Energies Withdraw Into Their Roots in Winter

February 11, 2019

Rutabagas, a traditional European, hardy, storage food, are known for their high sulfur content, an important nutrient in detoxification pathways. They’re  characterized by a spicy flavor and strong resistance to frost damage.  Celeriac is in the parsley family and has been bred to produce large, strongly flavored celery roots.

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The Only Medicine a Human Being Needs

The Only Medicine a Human Being Needs

February 05, 2019

They show that turmeric/curcumin has beneficial effects on everything from the stem cells that give rise to malignancies, to improving cognitive function in people and laboratory animals.  Turmeric/curcumin reduces inflammation, supports cellular metabolism, supports people with neuro-degenerative illness and even improves athletic performance.

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Burdock Root Combines Healing Power With Earthy Flavor

Burdock Root Combines Healing Power With Earthy Flavor

January 23, 2019

Having been a fan and proponent of burdock since my macrobiotic days four decades ago, now I’m able to harness the power of burdock root almost daily.  I put a teaspoon of our powder in our morning soup, and we have even started using it in salad dressings

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morning soup

Dr. Cowan shares his health-giving morning-soup tips

November 23, 2018

Bone broth is a foundational food for human health.  It provides valuable collagen needed for intestinal and bone health, and strong doses of collagen have even shown to support those struggling with cancer.  The proteins in the broth, which are much different from those found in muscle meat, improve gut health by tightening up the junctions in the gut wall, thereby preventing leaky-gut syndrome.

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turmeric

Our Turmeric Powder Is Grown With Care on a Small, Organic Farm in Maui

November 12, 2018

Most turmeric preparations sold in the U.S. have low bioavailability, so very little of the curcumin that is listed on the bottle actually gets into the bloodstream.

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Its Spices Are Sourced From the World’s Top Growers

Its Spices Are Sourced From the World’s Top Growers

October 30, 2018

In a time when so many are exposed to antibiotics, glyphosate and other influences that degrade our gut flora, it is understandable that without a gut-restoration effort, we will be unable to use herbs effectively.

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Biodynamic Agriculture Works With the ‘Living Forces’ of the Plant

Biodynamic Agriculture Works With the ‘Living Forces’ of the Plant

October 30, 2018

Biodynamic agriculture works directly with these life forces, which heals the farm’s soil, meadows, forests and streams in ways unique to modern agriculture.

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Tree Collards Are A Super Food Waiting to Be Discovered

Tree Collards Are A Super Food Waiting to Be Discovered

October 16, 2018

One of the primary missions of Dr. Cowan’s Garden is to introduce wild, perennial and other unusual vegetables into the American diet because these vegetables tend to be more nutrient dense than common garden vegetables and richer in disease-fighting phytonutrients.

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goji and aronia berries

THE ROLE OF FRUIT IN A MEDICINAL GARDEN

September 18, 2018

All traditional people ate fruit when it was available.  Fruits are wonderful sources of water-soluble vitamins like C and fibers, as well as our familiar disease-fighting phytochemicals.   But, fruits also can be a source of excessive fructose, a sugar implicated in the etiology of many modern diseases.

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The Color Purple in Plants Reduces Inflammation, Protects DNA

The Color Purple in Plants Reduces Inflammation, Protects DNA

September 11, 2018

The different colors reflect the different chemicals that plants synthesize to ward off disease.  Eating a wide variety of these phytochemicals is one of my core dietary principles.

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