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Fights Cancer Cells, Lowers Blood Pressure, Lowers Blood Sugar level, Increases Immune System & more!
The Guyabano tree, its fruit, leaves, stem, bark is a natural cancer cell killer.

A scientific research published in the Journal of Natural Products in 1996, stated that a certain compound from the seed is selectively cytotoxic to colon adenocarcinoma cells (HT-29) in which it was 10,000 times the potency of Adriamycin (the commonly used chemotherapy drug).

Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections. Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment. Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life.

The source of this information is just as stunning.

Extracts from the tree were shown to: Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer.

What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, laboratory tests shows that the compound extracted from the Guyabano tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells! Various parts of the tree–including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds–have been used for centuries by medicine men and native Indians in South America to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis.

The results showed that Guyabano’s “leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells.

In many independent laboratory tests has proven that Guyabano to be a potent cancer killer.

The most significant part of the report is that Guyabano (Annona Muricata) was shown to selectively target the cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched. Unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately targets all actively reproducing cells (such as stomach and hair cells), causing the often devastating side effects of nausea and hair loss in cancer patients.

A study at Purdue University found that the leaves from the Guyabano tree killed cancer cells among six human cell lines and were especially effective against prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers.


For a long time the fruit, leaves and bark from the tropical Guyabano tree have been used as a natural medicine for many illnesses. And now it also seems to be a natural cancer cell killer.

The Guyabano Tree

The Guyabano tree (latin name: Annona muricata) is a low-branching and bushy but slender tree, which can reach a height of 7.5-9 m. The large evergreen leaves are smooth and glossy and have a dark green upper surface. The fruits are usually oval or heart-shaped and 10-30 cm long and up to 15 cm in width. The skin of the fruit is leathery and covered with curved, soft, pliable spines. When the tips of these spines can break off easily, then the fruit is ripe enough to eat. The inside of the fruit is cream-colored and is divided into segments. Closely-packed segments are seedless and other segments have a single oval, smooth, hard black seed. One piece of large fruit can contain a dozen to 200 seeds or even more.

It tastes slightly acidic and it is used as food in different ways. For example you can spoon the flesh out or make sherbets and drinks out of it. From the leaves you can make tea.

The Guyabano tree is a tropical tree found in the warmest tropical areas in North and South America, in the Amazon and in Asia.

Natural Medicine

The bark, leaves, fruit, roots, and fruit seeds of the Guyabano tree know a long history of many medicinal uses.

–     The fruit and juice is used against worms and parasites, to cool down fevers, to increase mother’s milk after childbirth. It can also be used for diarrhea or inflammation in the bowels as a drying agent.

–  The seeds can be crushed and then used against internal or external parasites, head lice, and worms.

–     The leaves are used as a sedative and a soporific (inducer of sleep) in the West Indies and Peruvian Andes when drank as a tea. This infusion is also used to relief pain or for antispasmodic purposes. For liver problems a leaf tea is used in the Brazilian Amazon.

–         The roots and bark can be of aid for diabetes, but can also be used as a sedative.

As you can see there are many uses of the Guyabano tree. These are just a few ways how the Guyabano tree can be of aid in your health. Next to all of these uses, it now also seems to help against cancer. Research has found many biologically active compounds in the Guyabano tree, and one of these compounds is able to destroy cancer cells.

The Cure for Cancer Lies in a Tree

The Guyabano tree consists of many chemicals, but what makes the Guyabano tree special is that this tree contains a natural compound named ‘acetogenins’. Research has found that this compound can slow the growth of tumor cells and be toxic to tumor cells without harming healthy cells. Especially the latter is a problem of recent anticancer drugs. Chemotherapy kills growing cells, bad (the cancer cells) and good (the healthy cells). The best cure for cancer is a product that can target only the cancer cells. And this is just exactly what the natural compound found in the Guyabano tree does.

The tree produces these ‘acetogenins’ in the leaves, stem and bark. What you can do is drink the extracts of the tree and this will help you fight against cancer.

Chemical Compound

What everyone would like is to make these acetogenins in big quantities, to help everyone. However, the natural ‘acetogenins’ are very complex in structure and is not easily to make by chemists. To make it easier to produce large amounts of this medicine, research has been done to find the active parts of the compound against cancer. If the active parts can be found, the medicine would be easier to produce and be more available to everyone. Unfortunately, scientists have not been able to find the active parts of the Guyabano tree.

Until then, you can turn to the natural acetogenins and drink the tea, juice or use the supplements.

How does it work?

Oberlies et al (1995) researched the capability of acetogenins to block, or inhibit, the cell growth of tumor cells. They tested this on several cell types in vitro; cancerous cells from mice and humans as well as non-cancerous cells from the intestinal tract of rats. Results showed that the more acetogenins was added with the cancerous cells, the more the cell growth was blocked. In addition, the non-cancerous healthy cells were not affected by the acetogenins and the cell growth was not blocked. These findings can indicate that acetogenins can selectively block the cell growth of tumor cells, while the healthy cells remain unaffected with minimal toxicity by this compound.

In breast cancer the cancer gene ‘epidermal growth factor receptor’ (EGFR) is frequently overexpressed.  Therefore, this cancer gene is a possible target for breast cancer therapy. A study by Dai et al (2011) used a Guyabano fruit extract and the extract inhibited or blocked the expression of the EGFR gene and this resulted in an inhibition of 32% of the growth of breast cancer cells. The non-cancerous breast cells were not affected by the fruit extract.

In 1997 Oberlies et al researched the ability of the acetogenins to block the cell growth of specific tumor cells, adriamycin resistant human mammary adenocarcinoma cells. These breast tumor cells are resistant to treatment with adriamycin, vincristine and vinblastine. All three are anti-tumor drugs. Because these tumor cells can not be treated with the drugs, the tumor is called multidrug resistant (MDR). The research group used various acetogenins derived from the Guyabano. The ones with a specific structure (a stereochemistry of threo-trans-threo-trans-erythro) were the most potent acetogenin and had 250 times the potency of adriamycin. This indicates that acetogenins may have a chemotherapeutical potential, also against MDR tumors.

Not only a “cancer cell killer”

Besides being helpful to fight against cancer, Guyabano can also help with other conditions and diseases.

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder where the patient remains to have high blood sugar levels because the body is not able to produce insulin (type 1 diabetes), or the (pancreatic) cells in the body does not react to the produced insulin (type 2 diabetes).Adeyemi et al (2010) studied the effects of the extracts of Guyabano on diabetes mellitus. Thirty rats were divided in three groups; a control group, a group of rats with induced diabetes and a group of rats with induced diabetes and treatment of Guyabano extracts. After the treatment the pancreatic cells were examined and the group treated with Guyabano resulted in more pancreatic cells compared to the untreated group. These results suggest that Guyabano may help in the regeneration of pancreatic cells, and therefore in the treatment against diabetes.

The same research group of Adeyemi et al (2008) also did a study where they examined the effects of Guyabano extracts on the blood sugar levels of induces diabetic rats. Results showed that the rats with induced diabetes had an average blood sugar level of 21.64 mmol. The rats with induced diabetes and which were treated with Guyabano extracts showed an average blood sugar level of 4.22 mmol. This is a decrease in elevated blood sugar levels of five times. The Guyabano extracts shows in this study again that it can be useful for patients with diabetes.

A different research group, Adewole et al (2008), treated induced diabetic rats with Guyabano extracts and examined the tissues involved with diabetes. Results show, as well as the research group mentioned above, that Guyabano extracts led to a decrease in elevated blood sugar. Additionally, they found that Guyabano may also have protective and beneficial effects on the tissues involved with diabetes.

Pain and Inflammation

In animal models the effects of Guyabano extracts were investigated regarding to pain and inflammation. After giving oral doses of Guyabano extracts to mice, Vieira de Sousa et al (2010) recorded the reaction time of the mice on a hot plate. The mice which received the Guyabano extracts showed an increase in reaction time compared to the control mice. This means that it took longer for the Guyabano treated mice to feel the hot plate, and that the Guyabano can help reduce pain or reduce sensitivity to painful stimuli.

Additionally, the same research group treated mice with swollen paws with Guyabano extracts. When paws are swollen, there is an excess of fluid in the paws and there is indication that there is inflammation in the paws. At a site of inflammation, immune cells (leukocytes) migrate or move to this site. This treatment resulted in a smaller volume of paws and a reduction of immune cell migration. From this there can be concluded that Guyabano extracts can also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Antibacterial Effect

Vieira et al (2010) investigated the antibacterial effects of Guyabano extracts on bacteria. They found that Guyabano extracts worked against the following bacteria: Staphylococcus Aureus and Vibrio Cholerae. S. Aureus is a bacterium which can lie on the skin and cause skin infections (such as pimples), or more life threatening diseases like pneumonia. Cholerea is a bacterium which causes cholera. The symptoms of cholera are diarrhea and vomiting.

Guyabano and Blood Pressure

Animal studies have shown that Guyabano can have hypotensive activities, which means that it can result in an abnormal low blood pressure. Guyabano can also be used as a vasodilator (widening of the blood vessels, resulting in a lower blood pressure). Caution should therefore be taken when using Guyabano, especially when you have a low blood pressure, or if you take antihypertensive drugs (blood pressure lowering drugs).

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major risk factor when it comes to the development of cardiovascular diseases. Guyabano may be helpful to reduce the blood pressure. In the West-Indies a research group investigated this on rats. All rats had a normal blood pressure and Guyabano was administered to the animals. Chukwuemeka et al. found that the blood pressure in these rats reduced significantly in a dose-dependent way.1

This may indicate that Guyabano can also reduce the blood pressure in humans. However, this has not been researched yet. All research at this moment on Guyabano is done on cell lines (in vitro) or on animals.

Guyabano may be useful to treat a high blood pressure, but take caution when you have a normal blood pressure. A blood pressure which is too low (hypotension) is not healthy and can even be dangerous.


–         Technical data report

–         Morton, J. 1987. Soursop. p. 75-80. In: fruits of warm climates. Julia F. Morton, Miami, Fl.

–     Oberlies, NH, Jones JL, Corbett TH, Fotopoulous SS, McLaughlin JL (1995) Tumor cell growth inhibition by several Annonaceous acetogenins, in an in vitro disk diffusion assay. Cancer Lett, 96: 55.62.

–     Yuman Dai,Shelly Hogan, Eva Schmelz, Young Ju, Corene Canning, Kequan Zhou. Selective Growth Inhibition of Human Breast Cancer Cells by Graviola Fruit Extract In Vitro and In Vivo Involving Downregulation of EGFR Expression, Nutrition and Cancer, 63(5), 795–801

–     Adeyemi, D et al. Histomorphological and morphometric studies of the pancreatic islet cells of diabetic rats treated with extracts of Annona Muricata. , Via Medica, 69(2), 92-100

–         Vieira de Sousa et al (2010), Antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities of the ethanol extract of annona muricata L. Leaves in animal models. International journal of molecular sciences, 11, 2067-2078

–     Vieira et al (2010), Antibacterial effect of Moringa oleifera and annona muricata against gram positive and gram negative bacteria. Rev. Inst. Med. Trop. Sao Paulo, 52(3), 129-32

–         J. Agric Food Chem. 2006 Dec 13;54(25):9329-39.

Blackberry, black raspberry, blueberry, cranberry, red raspberry, and strawberry extracts inhibit growth and stimulate apoptosis of human cancer cells in vitro.

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Green Tea: Potential Health Benefits

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–         Selenium and health, M. Rayman (2012), the lancet, 11, 61452-9

–      1Chukwuemeka et al, 2012, Possible mechanisms of action of the hypotensive effect of Annona muricata (soursop) in normotensive Sprague-Dawley rats, Pharmaceutical Biology, 50(11): 1436-1441

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Guyabano belongs to the family of Annonaceae, (A. muricata L.). The flesh of the fruit consist of a white edible pulp that is high in carbohydrates and considerable amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Potassium and dietary fiber. Guyabano is low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. No only is guyabano a good health food, it also taste delicious. The tree and fruit is known in various names: Guyabano in Filipino, Soursop in English, Graviola in Brazil, and Guanabana in Spanish.

About the Guyabano

The heart shaped / oblong Guyabano fruit has a dark green, leatherly abd soike-like skin that measures from 8 to 12 inches long and can weigh up to 2.5 kilos. The creamy and delectable flesh contains from 60 to 100 black-brown seed that are indigestible and non-edible. The Guyabano tree is relatively small. It usually grows from 8 feet to less than 20 feet high and is sensitive to very cold temperatures. The Guyabano tree requires a lot of water, warmth and humidity and is usually grown in the tropics. It is cultivated commercially in Central & South America, West Africa, Asia and South Florida in limited numbers.

Products made from Guyabano tree

Aside from being eaten raw, the guyabano fruit is processed into candies, tarts, shakes, ice-cream, sherbets, beverages. The leaves are made into tea and the leaves and stem are made into Guyabano vitamins and supplements.

Medicinal Uses of Guyabano

Guyabano has been used as folkloric herbal medicine in many regions thought the world. It is considered to be antispasmodic, sudorific and emetic. A decoction (boiling in water) of guyabano leaves is used to kill bedbugs and head lice.

To reduce fever, a decoction of leaves can be taken internally or the leaves added to bathing water also has the same effect. The crushed fresh leaves are also applied on skin eruptions for faster healing. A poultice of young guyabano leaves is applied on the skin to alleviate rheumatism and other skin infections like eczema. Applied during the healing of wounds, this can result in less or no skin scars. The decoction can also be used as a wet compress on swollen feet and other inflammations.

The juice of the fruit is taken orally as a herbal remedy for urethritis, haematuria and liver ailments.

Studies are underway by leading medical institutes, universities and pharmaceutical companies of the healing properties of guyabano against cancers. Initial findings show that certain compounds and chemicals extracted from guyabano leaves, seeds, fruit and bark appear to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells remain unaffected.

Other uses of Guyabano

Pulverizing the guyabano seeds and mixing it with soap & water is used as effective spray against caterpillars, armyworms and leafhoppers on plants.

The guyabano leaves are believed to have a tranquilizing and sedative properties. In the Netherlands Antilles, the leaves are placed inside pillows or placed on top of the mattress to induce a good night’s sleep.


Guyabano Nutritional Value*

Per 100g of edible portion




1.0 g






3.2 g




10.3 mg


26.9 mg

Potassium 270 mg


0.64 mg

Vitamin A

2 IU

Vitamin C 28.5 mg


0.10 mg


0.06 mg


1.3 mg


11 mg


8 mg

Lysine 60 mg

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1 shot of Wheat grass Juice = 1 Kilogram of Vegetables?

by Melanie Dufault


As common knowledge may have it, vegetables are part of a balanced, nutritious diet.  The arduous process of eating the required amount of fruits and vegetables each day, however, can become quite cumbersome.  In fact, only “one in eleven people eats the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day.” 1 Therefore, with the claim that one shot of wheat grass juice is the equivalent of one kilogram of vegetables, wheat grass presents an enticing, cure-all option for those of us lacking in the essential amino acids, enzymes, minerals and vitamins found in vegetables. 2

Setting aside the grandiose claims that wheat grass can do everything from prevent cancer to blood detoxification, 3 the main question at hand here is whether or not a single 30-ml shot is the equivalent of one kilogram of vegetables.  Before tackling the more complex issues of disease causation and treatment, we must first analyze why health food advocates are claiming that wheat grass is a super food 4 that supersedes the nutritional value of your commonplace produce product.


Wheat grass, the young version of the common wheat plant Triticum aestivum, is a juice consumed orally in quantities of two to four ounces per day. 3 Health food stores have sold wheat grass since the early 1940’s in the US but this super food has recently become an international phenomena. The active ingredients in wheat grass are vitamins A, B, C and E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, natural enzymes and chlorophyll. 5

Table 1. Nutritional Facts of 1 oz. of Wheat grass Juice 1


Health food companies as well as health data resources are boasting about the nutritional benefits of wheat grass.  Wheat grass is deemed a “blood purifier, cleanser, and detoxifier” that prevents diseases such as cancer by increasing the flow of oxygen to cells.3 Wheat grass supposedly executes the following functions: promoting healthy vascular, intestinal, and bronchial systems, promoting clearer thinking, revitalizing energy level, halting cancer cells’ growth hormones and eliminating toxins from the body.6 Wow, so that’s quite a resumé, especially considering the variation of sources, which span anywhere from doctors to popular magazines to health institutes to profit-run health food stores.


So what is it about wheat grass that makes such grandiose declarations possible?  Well, as all vegetables do, wheat grass contains chlorophyll.  The chlorophyll in wheat grass is considered especially potent because wheat grass contains 70% chlorophyll, 6 which functions similarly to hemoglobin by stimulating red blood cell production. 4 As shown in a pilot study, which randomly selected patients with transfusion dependent b-thalassemia in a controlled study to receive wheat grass juice verse the typical procedure of blood transfusions, wheat grass juice “was found to have beneficial effect on the transfusion requirements in 50% of patients.” 17 Although there are some inadequacies in this study, the small sample size of 16 patients and the indiscipline of the patients to ingest the wheat grass juice, there is still some suggestion that wheat grass juice “decreased the total volume of blood transfused and increased the intervals between blood transfusions,” suggesting an increase in red blood cells. 15 The chlorophyll also accounts for an increase in energy in a similar way as it functions in plants, sunlight excites electrons, which become stored energy as ATP in the cells. 9

a bit of a stretch though just based on its antioxidant properties.

The claims above encompass so many different aspects of health and therefore, for them to hold any weight, the claims require a multitude of research in order to suggest any correlation with wheat grass.  Since these studies are surprisingly absent, for reasons discussed later, the question has become, is wheat grass even equivalent to the amounts of vegetables that it claims?  As doctor and author Sandra Cabot explains, before considering the more complex effects of wheat grass, “the most important thing to do is look at the nutrients in the wheat grass juice, what does it contain, there’s a lot of research behind these nutrients”. 5


The only problem with Dr Cabot’s approach, however, is that there is even less evidence about the make-up of wheat grass in comparison to other vegetables.  There seem to only be review articles regarding the claim that one shot of wheat grass juice is the equivalent of one kilogram of vegetables. 2 Of course, each source sites this same information in many different formats including “15 pounds of wheat grass is equivalent to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables.” 8 In the end, however, the nutrient comparison between wheat grass and other vegetables is left to sources such as the Table 1 displayed above.  The table only shows evidence of Vitamin C and Iron, respectively at 6% abd 10% of daily value.  This level of vitamins and nutrients hardly seems adequate to answer for the health benefits of wheat grass.

this study do suggest some healing properties of wheat grass, the small sample size makes the claims difficult to apply in the universal setting that the internet hype has displayed.


Unfortunately, I believe that my question has gone unanswered.  Although, multiple sources claim that one shot of wheat grass is equivalent to one kilogram of vegetables, this question goes largely untested by the health community.  The few studies that are around regarding wheat grass are mostly faulty in sample size.  Interestingly, the few academic studies found all seem to reference each other.  This close connection amongst the articles implies a lack of clinical trials regarding the wheat grass product.  As wheat grass becomes more prevalent in health food stores and widely accepted internationally, the evidence behind these claims should be presented to the public.

How are we to believe that wheat grass can cure cancer and prevent heart disease if we aren’t given any evidence regarding even the basic vitamins and minerals in wheat grass?  As a skeptical Dr Samir Samman points out, “The claims include prevention of cancer, prevention of heart disease prevention of diabetes, chelation or detoxification of heavy metals, cleansing, liver cleansing and prevention of hair loss and none of these claims have actually been substantiated in the scientific literature.” 11 This is not to say that these claims will not stand up to scientific research, but it is to suggest that researchers invest in large sample size, double-blind trials on wheat grass, especially if any of its miracle claims may be true.


1. http://www.jambajuice.com/menuguide/index_juices.html

2. http://www.ncahf.org/articles/s-z/wheat grass.html

3. http://www.hippocratesinst.org/html/wheat grass2.htm

4. Ripley, Jacqui.  “Weekend: Seven super antioxidant foods: There’s more than one way to tackle those damaging free radicals” The Guardian.  September 2006; pg. 6


5. http://www.internethealthlibrary.com/Plant-Remedies/wheat grass.htm

6. Bradley, Ronald. “You can reduce stress—lose weight–detoxify–stop smoking–increase energy with living foods.” Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients (April 2003): 86(3).


7. http://www.ncahf.org/articles/s-z/wheat grass.html

8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheat grass

9. http://www.wholisticresearch.com/info/artshow.php3?artid=383

10. Gaby, Alan R. “Wheat grass juice for ulcerative colitis.

(Literature Review & Commentary).” Townsend Letter for Doctors and

Patients (August-Sept 2002)


11. “Wheat grass, healthy for the body and the bank account” Landline October 13, 2002,

12. http://www.ncahf.org/articles/s-z/wheat grass.html

13.http://www.choice.com.au/viewArticle.aspx?id=105224&catId=100395&tid=100008&p=1&title=Wheat grass+juice

14. Hess D. ‘The raw and the organic: politics of therapeutic cancer diets in the US’ Annals of the Academy

of Political and Social Science (2002); 583: 76-97 http://ann.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/583/1/76

15. Fernandes CJ; Odonovan DJ Natural antioxidant therapy for patients with hemolytic anemia. Indian Pediatr 2005; 42: 618-620. http://www.indianpediatrics.net/june2005/618.pdf

16. Ben-Arye E, Goldin E, Wengrower D, Stamper A, Kohn R, Berry E. Wheat grass juice in the treatment of active distal ulcerative colitis: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Scand J Gastroenterol 2002; 37: 444-449.


17. Marawaha RK, Bansal D, Kaur S, Trehan A. Wheat grass juice reduces transfusion requirement in patients with thalassemia major: a pilot study. Indian Pediatr 2004; 41: 716-720. http://medind.nic.in/ibv/t04/i7/ibvt04i7p716.pdf

18. Kulkarni Sunil D, Jai. C. Tilak, R. Acharya, Nilima S. Rajurkar, T. P. A. Devasagayam, A. V. R. Reddy. Evaluation of the antioxidant activity of wheat grass (Triticum aestivum L.) as a function of growth under different conditions. Phytotherapy Research 2006; 203: 218-227.


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Chlorophyll, the mean green healing machine!

Sure it may look strange, but after seeing the many ways it impacts your health, you may just want to try out some chlorophyll filled green juice!  Here is what chlorophyll can do for your health:

-Helps mothers produce more milk

-Increases blood count

-Improves bowel function

-Alkalizes the body

-Reduces inflammation pain

-Increases blood circulation

-Anti microbial

-Reduces numbness

-Kills bacteria in wounds and speeds up healing

-Detoxifies and cleans the blood

-Relieves respiratory problems

-Improves skin conditions

-Relieves gastric ulcers

-Alleviates blood sugar issues

-Helps eliminate body odors

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cilantroby JB Bardot
Detoxing can be hard on your body and cause a wide variety of alarming side effects. After all, the substances being removed are usually pretty horrible, consisting of toxic chemicals from Teflon, vaccines, pesticide residues, pharmaceutical drugs, chemotherapy residue, heavy metals, aluminum, radiation, and even by-products from GMO foods. There are numerous detoxing agents and methods available — some more costly than others — and some producing very intense experiences with potentially dangerous side effects.However, there are several ways to remove these noxious substances gently, with kindness to your system. These techniques may take a bit longer to achieve completion; however, if you have the time and are sensitive, or just don’t like pain, one of these methods should work for you.


Fruit pectin is probably the most gentle method of detoxing contaminants. Pectin comes from the fibrous portion of the fruit and is most commonly found in the pith of limes, lemons and other citrus fruit as well as in apples. Other sources of pectin are bananas, grapes, carrots, and cabbage. Pectin helps to release heavy metals, chemicals and other substances into the blood stream, where it binds to them and flushes them from the body. Simply eating fruit high in pectin will help to cleanse your system, or you can add a pectin product to a glass of water, organic grape juice or fresh veggie juice to speed the detox process. Beware of pectin sold in grocery stores, as some brands may contain MSG. Check health food stores for the best products.


The delicious culinary herb cilantro, happens to be one of the most effective and gentle detoxifiers of mercury, heavy metals and other toxic contaminants. You can buy cilantro juice at health food stores or simply include the fresh herb in your diet as pesto or seasoning to control the amount consumed and limit unwanted side effects. It’s inexpensive and works without the addition of man-made chemicals. Cilantro also possesses antibacterial and antifungal properties, quickly reducing infection and inflammation as it works to clear your system.


Chlorella is a single cell algae sea vegetable that grows in fresh water. Some of the best cholrella reserves have come from Japan; however, use caution when buying Japanese chlorella due to possible exposure to radiation from Fukushima. Chlorella is an easy-to-digest superfood best known for being able to remove mercury and other heavy metals from the cells. Too much chlorella can produce side effects — mostly in the digestive tract — where it works best to bind to mercury, eliminating it. Start with the lowest quantity and work up slowly for a gentle detox.


Juicing fresh produce and grasses such as wheat or barley grass provides an excellent way to remove toxins from the system. Wheatgrass is high in nutritional content, and provides vitamins, minerals and all nine essential amino acids. Wheatgrass can be a powerful detox, so start slowly with only a small amount of juice to keep it gentle — 1/2 ounce a day — and work up to avoid symptoms.

Using gentle detoxing products requires that you repeat treatments over a period of time until all symptoms have cleared. Side effects may include nausea, vomiting, muscle aches and pains, dizziness and fatigue. Additionally, detoxing can cause a flare-up in your condition temporarily. It’s just the toxins leaving your system and should pass shortly. If side effects are severe, reduce the quantity of whatever you’re using to detox. If the symptoms continue, stop and consult your natural health practitioner for further instructions.

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About the author:
JB Bardot is trained in herbal medicine and homeopathy, and has a post graduate degree in holistic nutrition. Bardot cares for both people and animals, using alternative approaches to health care and lifestyle. She writes about wellness, green living, alternative medicine, holistic nutrition, homeopathy, herbs and naturopathic medicine. READ HER OTHER ARTICLES ON NATURAL NEWS HERE:http://www.naturalnews.com/Author1686.html You can find her on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001364941208&ref=tn_tnmnor on Twitter at jbbardot23 https://twitter.com/#!/jbbardot23


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