There are many "best" lists of healthy foods, superfoods, and live foods in the media. What is missing, however, is a context for choosing what best serves you and your life's purpose. In my set of twenty-two recommendations, I will provide a framework to help you understand which appropriate herbs and superfoods to select for your specific constitution, condition, and your immediate and long-term life's purpose.
In 1987, I activated a shift in the live-food movement consciousness toward using diet and lifestyle to enhance spiritual life by becoming a superconductor for the Divine. This took us beyond focusing solely on general good health, and longevity, which was the predominant paradigm. In 1990 and again in 2000 (with my second edition of Conscious Eating), I refined the use and integration of Ayurvedic understanding into a live-food nutrition perspective, and I also introduced the constitutional and metabolic types ("fast and slow oxidizer" types, and "parasympathetic and sympathetic" types) to help each person discover his or her optimal live-food diet according to one's specific overall constitution.
I am delighted that these considerations have become relatively mainstream. Now I am adding a new dimension to this understanding, which is how to select herbs and superfoods according to the energies of the Taoist Three Treasure system. For this, I am calling upon my two-year study of Chinese herbalism and my acupuncture diploma from UCLA, as well as my work with different Taoist herbalists, as a basis for expanding our nutritional awareness.
The interface of these three treasures (Jing (constitutional vitality), Chi (immediate daily energy), Shen (spirit) help one to select energy intake in the form of foods, supplements, herbs, and superfoods, not merely according to one's constitution, but also the three basic energies necessary for creating the highest quality of life from a Taoist point of view.
An elegant analogy of the Three Treasures paradigm is to view them as the composite parts of a burning candle. Jing, as essence and physical substance, is symbolized as the wax and wick of the candle. The density and quality of the candle determines how long it will burn (i.e. how long one will live in wellness). Chi, as energy and metabolism, is symbolized as the candle's flame. It creates light, but also heat that melts the wax and burns the wick of the candle. Balancing Chi is essential for regulating how fast the Jing is burned up. Finally, Shen, as spirit, including presence, wisdom and spiritual understanding, is symbolized by the candle's light. This is the light of consciousness that we are ever seeking, in the context of expanding the energy of Shen. This is the guiding light and context for individualizing your dietary choices and lifestyle. If your goal is simply more energy, and improving athletic or sexual performance, this approach can also be used to optimize your approach.
You can see by this analogy that the Three Treasures must be regulated and guided in an intelligent way for optimal support of your life purpose. If the wax and wick (Jing) are weak, only a small flame (Chi) with mediocre light (Shen) will be produced. If the flame (Chi) is too strong it will shine much light (Shen), but only briefly, as it quickly consumes the wax and wick (Jing). The light (Shen) is obviously dependent upon the quality of the flame (Chi), while the quality of the flame (Chi) determines the quality and longevity of the wax and wick (Jing). Considering that my primary motivation and life purpose is spiritual development and enlightenment, I recognize that we must cultivate Shen by conserving Jing and balancing Chi. This may or may not be your agenda, so this system can be focused to serve your personal ends. My list of twenty-two top herbs, supplements, and superfoods can help you find your balance as a unique individual.
Jing (Primordial Lifeforce and Constitutional Energy)
Jing energy is similar to the Vedic ojas. It is the energy of our reproductive force, our basic seed energy, and the genetic strength we pass to future generations. Jing is housed in the kidneys, adrenals, testes, and ovaries. It is theorized that it comes out in the lower dantian, in the area slightly lower than the solar plexus. Jing has two levels: We are born with 'prenatal' or 'primordial' jing. It is our natural, constitutional, primordial strength. Our 'postnatal' jing is superficial and is conditional upon the quality of our environment, lifestyle, and food choices. We have the most effect on our post-natal jing through diet. Jing is the essence of our deep health, youthfulness, and our ability to function and reproduce in the world. It allows us to handle life's stresses and challenges. Prenatal jing, when depleted from toxic lifestyle, is difficult to rebuild. It takes years of a live-food lifestyle to begin to build it up, after depleting it through abuse. Post-natal or superficial jing, on the other hand, can be built up through the use of herbs, live-food, structured water, and living the Six Foundations and Sevenfold Peace. The primary yin jing herb is goji berry.
Chi (Immediate Vital Lifeforce)
Chi is the vital lifeforce we use for our daily energetic needs. Chi is the force behind talking, eating, digestion, and all metabolic functions. Chi is located in the realm of the middle jiao region of the stomach, spleen, and liver. Chi comes from food and oxygen metabolization. It is one step above jing and protects it. Chi is also depleted by toxic lifestyle and poor diet. When this occurs we feel fatigued and worn out. If that chi is not reestablished by chi-building foods and exercises, we begin to use up our jing. This results in the degeneration of our health.
When these jing and chi energies are added together, combined with a strong constitution and a Culture of Life and Liberation lifestyle, we can continue to cultivate our chi and live a long, healthy, and spiritually expansive life. Strong chi helps us to assimilate nutrients from our food, such as minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients. The bioavailability of nutrients is determined by the amount of chi we have. In other words a strong chi empowers our digestion. The most powerful chi-building herb is ginseng and second to that is the goji berry.
From my perspective on Spiritual Nutrition, we are each put here to reach our highest spiritual potential. Because of this, for me Shen is the most important of the Three Treasures. Shen is the essence of spiritual nutrition. It is the foundation that allows our spirit to ascend and the kundalini to awaken and unfold. Shen is often considered the ability to access spiritual awareness. Strong jing and chi are necessary to help our body become a superconductor for the Divine. Shen helps us detoxify and strengthen our body and expand the mind and consciousness to become a superconductor for the Divine.
As I pointed out in 1987, becoming a superconductor for the Divine is the goal of our spiritual nutrition and lifestyle. Shen is this state of expanded awareness. Enhancing Shen is the essence of Spiritual Nutrition. As Taoist masters taught, without spiritual purpose, there is a lack of depth, quality, meaning, and value in life. This is why I teach that the purpose of life is not longevity, but that, properly used, longevity can create an opportunity to expand our consciousness and our knowledge of God as our primary life purpose or dharma. These herbs, nutrients, and superfoods can help us to more easily ascend to the Throne of God. While we cannot eat our way to God, a healthy and conscious dietary lifestyle can enhance our way. The most powerful herb for building and expanding shen is reishi mushroom.
For a lucid discussion of Taoist Three Treasure theory, I recommend the book Healing Thresholds by Dean "Rehmannia" Thomas. I also recommend Ron Teeguarden's books on Chinese tonic herbalism.
Herb / Supplement / Nutrient Descriptions
The following are my top twenty-two herbs, supplements, and nutrients. They are arbitrarily ordered, and I do not consider any one more important than another. Each person is encouraged to use the Taoist Three Treasure paradigm to cultivate jing, chi, and shen as best suits their personal proclivities. I have included each item's nutritional qualities as well as each items energetic value within the Three Treasure system. It is up to you and your intuition to select those elements, at the appropriate times, to support your journey toward becoming a superconductor for the Divine.
Goji Berries - These are one of my favorite superfoods. They grow in great abundance in Arizona, and we grow them at the Tree of Life. Goji is an adaptogen and primarily supports Yin Jing. It is almost always included in soups and broths as a tonic in Chinese home cooking. They are one of the main foods consumed by Li Ching Yuen, who was said to have lived 252 years. (He also consumed reishi mushrooms, he shou wu, and ginseng.) The Ningxia Province in China, where these berries grow, has more centenarians than the rest of China. The residents age gracefully, and they are more active, healthy, and vibrant than elderly Westerners. Chinese medicine teaches that it builds yin jing energy in the body, especially the adrenal and kidneys where the jing is centered. Strengthened jing energy creates and maintains basic ojas, endurance, strength, sexual energy, immunity, and longevity. Life in our toxic world depletes the prenatal and post-natal jing. Goji berries also help to alkalyze the system. They are outstanding for building and maintaining general vitality and longevity on every level, as well as being a general anti-oxidant. They could be one of the top longevity foods in the world. New research has found some unique bio-active molecules that are only found in goji berries, called lycium barbarum polysaccharides, which may be the secret of the goji berry's power.
Goji berries boost Human Growth Hormone (HGH) production, which helps us to retain our youthfulness. They are high in sesquiterpenoids, which are anti-inflammatory and stimulate the pituitary and pineal glands, increasing glandular production of HGH. Gojis contain the anti-oxidants zeaxanthin and lutein in high concentrations, which are the key phytonutrients to build eyesight. The goji berry boosts immunity through its concentration of polysaccharides, beta-carotene, and organic germanium, which boasts cancer-fighting properties. They help with choline production, as an essential brain, memory, and nervous system nutrient that combats free radical damage linked to neurological degeneration and Alzheimer's disease. Gojis also combat oxidized cholesterol, which causes heart disease. They increase production of superoxide dismutase (SOD), which acts as an anti-oxidant preventing the oxidation of cholesterol. The berry detoxifies the liver and guards against liver damage from carcinogens and hepatitis. I recommend eating a handful of goji berries every day. You may also soak goji berries in water or add the berries to your herbal tea blend. The best quality berries are a deep red and come soft and moist.
Ginseng - Ginseng is the primary chi tonic of Chinese tonic herbalism. As an adaptogen, it can strengthen our basic capacity to adjust, both mentally, and physically to life's changes. Ginseng, which is at least seven years-old before harvested, contains multi-dimensional nutrients that increase our physical and emotional endurance and adaptability. Ginseng helps regulate body functions, or strengthens the functions that regulate other body functions. Ginseng contains saponins called ginsenosides, which specifically improve adaptability and are believed to help build muscle and endurance. This makes ginseng popular with athletes. It is very effective for elderly people, having a mental stimulant effect in aged persons. It improves memory and cognitive power, and can reverse intellectual and mental deterioration.
There are many varieties of ginseng. American builds yin jing, and is often harvested after two or three years growth, (these are even better harvested after five years). Chinese younger ginsengs are classified as Chi and adaptogenic. The Chinese believe Ginseng should grow for at least seven years before being consumed, because the younger, immature roots can produce a nervous effect in the consumer. One receives more chi with the "processed' ginseng, which has been steamed with other herbs to make it red. The older the root, the more shen it bears. Wild older roots build all three treasures. Most high quality ginseng is good for both men and women. Ginseng roots may be heating, cooling, or neutral. Wild and semi-wild ginseng is preferable to cultivated, commercial varieties. The higher the quality, the more shen (spirit) a ginseng root is said to contain. It's primarily functions are as a chi tonifier, adaptogenic, and immune modulator. It is said to prolong life, overcome fatigue, increase blood volume, aid in recovery from illness or trauma, sharpen and calm the mind, stabilize the emotions, counteract stress, and enhance wisdom. Ginseng is used as a tonic for general weakness, poor appetite, low sex drive, shortness of breath, cold limbs, spontaneous sweating and premature aging. It has been shown to improve the accuracy of work by promoting concentration.
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Reishi: Reishi mushroom is known as ganoderma reishi. The correct pharmaceutical name of reishi is Ganoderma Lucidum (denoting its shiny surface). The Chinese name is Ling Zhi This anti-stress herb strengthens the nervous system and brain. It calms the mind, and improves memory. Reishi increases spiritual wisdom. It is the mushroom of spiritual potency. While you cannot "reishi" your way to God, it improves the intensity and quality of spiritual energy to support the expansion of consciousness and the unfolding of the kundalini. Reishi, ginseng, and goji berries together make one of best rejuvenative and anti aging formulas. Reishi is known as the "elixir of immortality", and builds health on all levels: jing, chi, and shen. It is also known as the great protector.
Reishi has attained an unparalleled reputation in the Far East, as the ultimate herbal substance. For over three thousand years it has been the most sought-after herb amongst sages and royalty. In Shen Nong's Pharmacopeia (the first Chinese herbal text written 2,400 years ago) it was classified as a superior herb, which serves to maintain life, promote radiant health and long life because of its normalizing action, causing no side effects, even when used continuously. The text goes on to say that reishi "continually consumed, makes your body light and young, lengthens your life and turns you into one like the immortal who never dies". It is recognized as a major tonic for all Three Treasures.
As a Jing tonic, it is said to build primal power and to replenish energy spent handling stressful situations. As a Chi tonic, reishi builds energy and immunity. It has been shown to be an immune regulating agent, activating immune functions in cases of immunodeficiency and reducing the excesses associated with auto-immune conditions. It is a tonic for people suffering from allergies. It benefits the lungs and the liver. Studies show that it protects the liver from damaging toxic chemicals, including pharmaceutical metabolites. It appears to help regulate coronary and cerebral blood flow, and also seems to help reduce levels of blood lipids and lower elevated cholesterol. It is good to build liver, and it is my number one herb for treating hepatitis C.
It builds body resistance, detoxifies, is an aphrodisiac, a sedative, prolongs life, and enhances intelligence and wisdom. It has traditionally been used as an anti-aging herb, and is called the "Elixer of Immortality" by Taoists, who have used it to improve meditation and to protect the body, mind and spirit.
Reishi contains Beta-1, 3-glucans, which helps regulate and stabilize blood sugar levels. It is widely used in Asia to improve the cardiovascular system. It may prove to be the greatest prevention against cancer, because it helps us to protect ourselves by our own power. Peacefulness seems to accompany its use.
Reishi is the supreme Shen tonic. It is believed to protect the Spirit and to nurture the growth of intelligence, wisdom, and spiritual insight. Reishi is a superb anti-stress herb. Reishi makes the mind peaceful, and has helped many people break drug addictions. It has a cumulative strengthening effect on the nerves and shifts our perceptions of reality. It was believed by Taoists to calm the mind, ease tension, strengthen the nerves, improve memory, sharpen concentration and focus, build will power, and, as a result, help build wisdom. Reishi improves quality of life, because it improves inner spiritual life.
Duanwood Reishi from Dragon Herbs possesses all the power of the best reishi mushrooms in the world.
D3 Serum supports multiple organ systems, including healthy bones, nerves, heart, brain, lungs, esophagus, breasts, colon, stomach, pancreas, prostate, uterus, ovaries, and the kidneys. D3 helps to prevent and treat type 1 and type 2 Diabetes. Research shows that D3 may protect against 70% of all cancers, and builds the immune system. Daily D3 intake should be 1,000-2,000 IU daily for adults, and 100-200 IU daily for children. D3 up-regulates all 200 anti-infective compounds that the body's immune system makes, and be a primary protector against all types of flus, viral infections, and bacterial infections, giving far superior immune protection from all the flu's than any vaccination. Of course all the studies on the vaccinations show minimal effectiveness. Vaccines are 0-4% effective and have many deadly side-effects, so comparing vitamin D3's tremendous up-regulation of the immune system is not really saying much. It is better to say that vitamin D3 is a powerful immune activator. Our modern lifestyle leaves many of us deficient in this absolutely crucial nutrient. A blood serum of 45-50 ng/ml is recommended as a good level. Newer research suggests that D3 works synergistically with vitamins A and K. But initial research is not yet clear for me to make a recommendation. Many of us spend the majority of our days indoors and are unaware that it can take 24-48 hours for vitamin D3 to be absorbed into the body after being in the sunshine, which results in much of the D3 that our bodies created being washed off in the shower before it enters our system. Vitamin D3 needs to be on your list of crucial nutrients if you are interested in vibrant health, superior immunity, and longevity. Those living above the line from San Francisco, CA to Baltimore, MD need to take it regularly. Twenty minutes in the sun will produce 20,000 units per day. Vitamin D3 is primarily a chi building energy. Premier Research is our choice for a live D3.
B Vitamin Nano-Complex: This unique supplement contains end chain, living B vitamins, including vitamin B12 and folic acid in their most metabolic form. These never before available nanized living B vitamins are derived from live vegan sources and give maximum cellular resonance. This formula offers advanced support for the liver, immune system, heart, brain, and adrenals (stress) while promoting high energy and mood balance. Nicknamed the "Happy Juice" here at the Tree, this product provides a force field of stress protection and neurological resilience. A perfect supplement for vegans and vegetarians concerned about maintaining healthy levels of vitamin B12. It is the only source of human active vegan B12 available. After six years, 80% of vegans and live-fooders, as well as carnivores are deficient in B12 at its optimal level in the blood and urine. Please understand it is absolutely necessary to take. Our choice is Max Stress B (a nanized B) from Premier Research. Max Stress B is primarily a chi energy, but also enhances shen, because it improves brain neurotransmitter function. Recommended dose for adults and children is 1/2 to 1 tsp. two times each day.
Aloe Vera: Provides immune support, mucus membrane rejuvenation, colon health, healthy joints and tissues, and acts as a perfect delivery vehicle for alkalizing minerals. It's also extremely hydrating and delicious, making it one of our favorite items for desert living. I have used it effectively in colitis and Chron's disease cases as well as for general immune strength and lymphatic cleansing. It primarily builds chi and secondarily post-natal shen. Quantum Aloe Vera from Premier Research Labs is our top choice. This is 100% organic hand-filleted Aloe Barbadensis without questionable preservatives or water added; all liquid present is from the aloe's inner leaf.
Phytonutrients, Anti-oxidents, and Anti-aging Energies: As a supplement category for protecting against anti-oxidant stress, radiation exposure, upgrades, and protecting DNA function, and slowing aging. Here are five excellent anti-aging supplements.
1) Coenzyme Q-10 is a super-antioxidant and activator of cellular ATP production that provides a massive cell energy boost, while increasing circulation, protecting against infection and cell degeneration. It enters your blood stream 60 seconds after you drink it and immediately begins reviving and literally saving your cells from free-radical induced self-destruction. CoQ-Quinol is specific for enhancing heart energy, metabolizing and therefore strengthening heart function and while helping to lower hypertension. It is specific for treatment of CoQ-10 depletion secondary to statin drugs. CoQ-Quinol (Premier Research Labs' form of CoQ-10) is a vegan live source, fully reduced (unoxidized) form of CoQ-10 known as ubiquinol (CoQ-10H) and is very important for jing, cell energy.
2) Super Nano Green Tea especially protects one from ionizing radiation. On a single 4-5 hour flight we are exposed to the equivalent amount of ionizing radiation exposure as we would normal experience in an entire year on the earth, and at least the equivalent to one chest X-ray. We are living in a world in which we are exposed to unnatural levels of radiation on a regular basis from power lines, cell phones, airport scanners, and radioactive materials. One full body CT-scan for medical diagnostics is equal to 900 chest X-rays. Green tea has been shown to provide protection from the free-radical onslaught brought on by exposure to radiation. Super Nano Green Tea provides this protection without any of the potential down sides of regular green tea. This nanized green tea has almost no caffeine left in it; it contains no fluoride, and no aluminum dioxide, all of which can be a concern with many regular green teas. It supports all three treasures. It is particularly good for brain inflammation for a variety of reasons.
3) Resveratrol – This is a powerful anti-aging, DNA-upgrading nutrient and antioxidant with a wide range of immune-boosting properties. It protects cells while deactivating undesirable cells by controlling acetylation/deacetylation reactions. It supports direct immune enhancement, activates the longevity gene and promotes healthy inflammatory activity. It is also important for healthy DNA maintenance. It has been proven to provide anti-aging and longevity benefits by activating our "longevity genes" which extends maximum lifespan. One study demonstrated a 60-80% increased lifespan in yeast cells using resveratrol. It has also been proven to reduce the amount of DNA mistakes during cell replication by an unprecedented 60%, thus promoting more efficient cellular repair and significantly prolonging to cell life. We carry several products that offer amazing natural and bioavailable sources of this antioxidant. In general the dose I recommend is 1/2 to 1 tsp. two times daily. It builds post-natal jing, and some pre-natal jing. Poptosin is our first choice.
4) Alphalipoic acid (dihydrolipoic acid) is a more potent form of alphalipoic acid. This is one of the most potent anti-oxidants we carry here in the Tree of Life Dispensary and Culture of Life Store. It is the only nutrient that is able to quench every free-radical that exist both in the human body's water and fat tissues. This product provides unprecedented free radical and excitotoxicity protection, which helps revitalizes cellular energy, prevent nuerodegeneration, and stimulates anti-aging. In the last 25 years there has been a 50% reduction of the antioxidant content of foods, which makes this modern day super-antioxidant a crucial player for protecting ourselves from accelerated aging and nuero-degeneration. Quantum DHLA, a special reduced form of alphalipoic acid is my top choice. Combine a ½ tps. of this in a quart of water with the Super Nano Green Tea, CoQ Quinol, and Max Stress B for a powerful boost in cellular energy, neurological protection, stress relief, and anti-aging. It is specifically used in Europe and at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center to help reverse diabetic neuropathies. Our choice is the live, hydrogenated alphalipoic acid from Premier Research Labs. These support post-natal jing.
5) Anti-oxidant extreme is a highly concentrated fruit, seed, nut, vegetable, herb extract. Antioxidant Extreme is a superior food-concentrate anti-oxidant, which I use regularly. According to anti-oxidant research, free radical excess is a major cause of aging and inflammatory disease. Anti-oxidant Extreme supports both yin and yang jing. General dosage is 4 capsules, two times daily. (I take double this amount when flying.)
Liquid Zeolite: Natural Cellular Defense, aka Liquid Zeolite, is the most purified and powerful zeolite available today. Imagine countless tiny molecular cages circulating around in your body with the ability to selectively capture molecular toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, depleted uranium, radioactive ions, viral particles and other damaging molecules before safely escorting them out of the body without depositing them in the kidneys and brain, as other chelators tend to do. It also helps to alkalize the body, and boost immunity and disease-resistance in the process. Zeolites have been used safely for over 800 years in traditional remedies throughout Asia, and were given to those affected by the nuclear fallout from Chernobyl to remove radioactivity (20 tons of it was also dropped on the reactor area itself to mop up the radioactivity). It can be used safely in pregnant and nursing mothers and is a key part of the detox programs at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center for prospective mothers. We also use it during our spiritual fasting and detox programs as it facilitates detox. As long as you are breathing the air, drinking the water, and eating food, you are well served taking Liquid Zeolite. Fasting dose is 15 drops, 4 times daily. When not fasting, the dose is 10 drops, 4 times daily. Here are some key reasons to be taking Liquid Zeolite:
1. It is completely safe and non-toxic
2. Removes heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead, arsenic, aluminum, strontium, and excess iron)
3. Helps remove pesticides, herbicides and dioxins.
4. Reduces viral load
5. Helps to buffer pH
6. Helps buffer blood sugar
7. Helps reduce risk of cancer
8. Reduces symptoms of allergies
9. Increases immune system function
11. Removes depleted uranium
12. Removes pesticides and herbacides
Liquid Zeolite is a simple, elegant, extraordinary, and necessary for maintaining healthy living in today's modern toxic world. This primarily strengthens jing.
Culture Of Life High Intensity Proteolytic Enzymes– This revolutionary blend of systemic enzymes and antioxidants is specially formulated to support healthy circulation and removes plaque from the arteries as well as thinning the blood as a protector against increased tendency to clot with age. It is helpful in normalizing immune hyperfunction as in auto-immune disease. It has been documented to decrease swelling after trauma by 50% (such as in cases of sports injuries, wisdom teeth extractions, and other physical traumas). It is helpful in inflammatory conditions in general as well as for dissolving external and internal scar tissue such as post-operation adhesions and scaring of the ducts of the B-cells of the pancreas as in type 1 and advanced type 2, insulin-dependent diabetes. When taken at least 1 hour, before or after food, 70% is absorbed through the Peyer's patches in the small intestine and goes directly into the blood. Endogenous Blood Particles (EBP's) are unwanted materials that normally accumulate in the blood; these can include decayed cells, fibrin, fatty proteins, and yeast. Cleaner blood, with a reduced level of EBP's can support healthy inflammatory responses and their relation to joint discomfort and stiffness, such as in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Reduced EBP's sustains healthy and relatively normal blood clotting factors as well. Because of it's powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-edemic components this product can be effectively used by people to promote joint comfort, healthy circulation, healthy immune function, support for sports and work injuries. I use it for all diabetics in our diabetes program. We have discovered that it increases the detox rate by 400% in our fasting program and so helps to minimize fasting crises. During the fast I recommend 1 scoop or 5 capsules three times per day, and preventatively in healthy adults - 1 scoop or 5 capsules two times per day. It is also recommended for long flights to prevent peripheral thrombosis, which is the leading cause of medical deaths while flying. It is a powerful chi enhancer.
E3 Live: Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) – This is the world's only live frozen AFA blue-green algae being brought to you as close to it's natural state as possible. Packed with chlorophyll, amino acids, antioxidants, phycocyanin, phenethylamine (PEA), vitamins (B2, B6, and 14 others), minerals, enzymes, and essential fatty acids (high in DHA and EPA). As a physician working with thousands of clients, I find that E3Live helps to restore overall brain biochemical balance by nourishing the brain at a cellular level. The positive response from the use of E3Live has been extraordinary. E3Live has the potential to enhance every aspect of our lives, including mind, body, and soul. It is quite a nice addition to smoothies, elixirs, chocolates, and some even enjoy it straight. Be sure to try the BrainOn, which is the same AFA super blue-green algae, with additional PEA added, to encourage a fully tuned-in and turned on brain. I have been using various forms of blue-green algae since 1982 and E3Live is the most potent form I have found. It is a specific tonic for the brain, enhancing memory, clarity, and creativity, as well as for the immune system. It is one of the few vegan foods that increase DHA and EPA levels. I have published research showing that it has partially reversed Alzheimers. Recommended dose is 1 Tbsp, three times daily, or 4 capsules, 2-3 times daily in its freezedried form. In toxic people start with 1/4 the dosage (as it is a powerful detoxifier) then gradually increase. E3Live supports jing, chi, and shen.
Magnesium – The body requires magnesium intake everyday in amounts that are not being provided by most of our diets, leaving many of us vastly deficient in this critical mineral. About 80% of the US population is magnesium deficient. Magnesium deficiency can contribute to symptoms of stress, low energy, muscle tension, spasms, cramps, headaches, insomnia, abnormal heart rhythms, PMS and hormonal imbalances, weak bones, constipation, nervousness, anxiety, and irritability. It activates over 300 neurotransmitter enzymes. Magnesium is one of the best alkalizing minerals so it is great to help reverse tissue acidity. Our favorite way to supplement magnesium at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center is with the Angstrom Magnesium by Mother Earth Minerals. Just a tablespoon of this tasteless liquid held under the tongue for 30 seconds can begin to relieve symptoms of magnesium deficiency. If very deficient, one can take up to 4 Tbsp. daily. Hold in your mouth for 30 seconds, as it is absorbed through the mouth. We carry several magnesium products, which offer a variety of ways to get this crucial nutrient into the body. Magnesium, and minerals in general, can have a beneficial affect on jing, but eventually ground and fortify shen. The CALM form is very good for constipation if 1 Tbsp. is taken in hot water 2-4 times daily, when coming off a fast.
Carnosine: This amino acid is crucial for nerve and muscle cell health and development, because it prevents the accumulation of advanced glycation end-products (AGE's), free radicals, and excitotoxins that can wreak havoc on both muscle and nerve cells. AGE's accelerate aging with all its degenerative symptoms. Carnosine comes only from meat and is not available in a vegan diet. Its deficiency causes cross-linking from glycasolation, which accelerates aging. Skin wrinkles are a sign of glycation on the outside, representative of the aging that is going on internally. AGE's and excitotoxins are two of the main culprits in neuro-degenerate conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Those of us who are on extreme exercise regimens will also benefit from the protection provided by carnosine, as naturally occurring free-radicals are created during both physical and mental exertion. This product provides important protection for central nervous system's day-to-day maintenance as well as in the case of injury or inflammation of the central nervous system.
To get the equivalent of the 1/8 tsp. daily dose of carnosine from flesh, one would have to eat one steak 3 times daily. This is the only vegan source of this critically important anti-aging nutrient. It supports post-natal jing and chi. I recommend Premier Research Labs Carnosine product.
Illumodine - Iodine is an essential element. It is one of the most potent lymphatic cleansers available. Although its main function is in the production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland, other organs in the body have a need for iodine in order to function normally. Iodine builds jing and chi. Several studies have demonstrated the relationship not only between iodine and the thyroid gland, but also between low iodine and fibrocystic disease of the breast (FDB), and breast cancer. Studies showed Japanese women living in Japan consumed a daily average of 13.8 mg of elemental iodine and then experienced one of the lowest risk for breast, ovarian, and uterine cancer (1 in 20). Dr. Cousens recommends a new form of singlet, scaler wave charged iodine called Illumodine. Illumodine is a 2% solution which is 100% absorbable. It is currently the best iodine in the world. Start slowly with a goal to saturate the thyroid and rest of body to iodine sufficiency levels. To start, add 1 drop of Illumodine to 4oz of water (1 hour away from food) 3 times per day. Each day add 1 drop until you reach 15 drops, 3 times per day (1 hour away from food). It takes about 4 months at 15 drops, 3 times daily, to reach full iodine sufficiency. After 4 months, slowly reduce dosage back to 5 drops, 3 times per day.
In addition, iodine supplementation also removes toxins like heavy metals (i.e. mercury) from the body, and neutralizes free radicals. Full iodine sufficiency has been shown to increase IQ by up to 13.5 points in a medical analysis from 17 clinical studies. Iodine is the most potent killer of viruses, bacteria, and fungi in the world. Iodine also regulates estrogen production and is involved with the protection of hormones to stabilize mental health, control weight, and increases our ability to fight infections. It also helps with food allergies. It is estimated that somewhere between 72% to 99% of people in the world are iodine deficient, so not only is iodine protective against Iodine 131, but it's extremely good for building one's health. It is also known to be spiritually elevating.
Tachyon Water and Tachyon Silica: Tachyon Water is a fluid of life that energizes the Subtle Organizing Energy Fields (SOEF), transforming your body into a superconductor of life-force energy, dramatically increasing energy, endurance, balance and harmony within your whole being. Tachyonized Water works from the inside out, as do all Tachyonized Internals. Tachyonized Water draws life-force energy to every cell in your body, allowing your body to begin a physical and emotional detoxification. As your body detoxifies, it is able to draw in more life-force energy on its own. This potential has been measured! My research in 1990 showed that using Tachyonized Water will balance the energy meridians within 20 minutes of taking it sublingually (under the tongue). "Tachyonization" means that this water has gone through a proprietary 14 day process at the sub-molecular level, and is no longer regular water. Research at Heartmath Institute found it to be the only substance to reverse telomere unwinding. This study suggests that it is a powerful anti-aging water.
Start slowly at 6 drops per day to minimize detox. One may take up to 1 dropper full 2 times daily, with or away from food. Tachyon Silica turns the whole musculo-skeletal system into a tachyon antennae. It is particularly powerful in building bone and connective tissue strength and is helpful in reversing osteoporosis. These both build post-natal jing, chi, and shen.
Marine Phytoplankton – For an estimated three billion years, marine phytoplankton have directly supported virtually all living creatures in the ocean and, indirectly, all the those creatures on land. Marine phytoplankton contains a unique and extraordinary combination of life-sustaining nutrients including omega-3 essential fatty acids (including DHA), nucleotides, DNA, RNA, protein, chlorophyll, vitamins, trace elements, and polysaccharides. Phytoplankton is 100% bioavailable to the human body. Benefits include: energy without loss of energy to digestion, immune support, decrease in aches and pains, improves speed and safety of detoxification, weight loss, improved memory, and physical strength. I find it is an excellent way to alkalize and mineralize the body and almost everyone benefits from it as a general nutrient concentrate. All algaes support chi, but through their body-toning qualities, eventually fortify jing. My choice is Oceans Alive 1-2 dropper-full per day.
Vegan long-chain omega 3 from marine micro-algae sources. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a critical nutrient that is one of the main components of brain tissue, as well as embryo, brain, eye, and nervous system development. Low levels of DHA have been found in persons with: heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, Alzheimer's, Attention Deficit Disorder, depression, insomnia, stress, hyperactivity, dyslexia, and it is always part of the healing program for postpartum depression. I recommend it as part of pre- and post-natal breastfeeding nutritional program. Research shows that up to 90% of American women during pregnancy are deficient in it. Because it is so critical to the baby's brain, nervous system, and visual development, the baby will draw it from the mother. A basic dose for pregnancy and breastfeeding is a minimum of 300 mg. daily. Maintenance can be closer to half that amount.
The other important long-chain omega 3 is EPA, which supports the cardio-vascular system. V-Pure is a mix of EPA and DHA from yellow algae. It gives the essential key long chain omega 3 fatty acids. The other important long chain omega 3 is EPA. Both EPA and DHA help create optimal cellular brain cell membrane function and stabilization, which is particularly important in helping to ameliorate manic-depression. E3Live, the herb called purslane, and micro-algae sources such as yellow algae, are the primary sources of both EPA and DHA in the vegan world. One tablespoon of coconut oil amplifies the conversion of short chain omega's found in chia, flax, hemp seeds, and walnuts from a 3-5% conversion rate to as high as 10%, which is a 200% increase in production of long chain omega 3's. EPA helps to thin the blood and protect against cardiovascular problems. I have found high doses are helpful in manic depression. It is far superior to fish oil, which has only 2% EPA, often is rancid, and carries the heavy metals, pesticides and herbicides that have accumulated in the fish. Two capsules, twice daily is a good maintenance dose. The long chain omega 3's build chi and post-natal jing.
Bee Pollen – This is an alkaline food that is considered by many to be one of the most complete food sources found in nature. It is one of the highest ojas foods, and is a powerful shen builder. As the semen of the plant kingdom, pollen is essentially pure ojas, and therefore absolutely essential for balancing the spiritual nutrition diet, needed to grow, create, and evolve on both the physical and spiritual planes. It is good for building chi and both prenatal and post-natal jing. Bee pollen is loaded with antioxidants, it is a hormonal booster and aphrodisiac, and increases strength, endurance, energy, and speed. Bee pollen helps restore ovarian function. It is loaded with B-vitamins, (including human-active B12, but this human-active B12 is blocked by B12 analogs). It reduces the presences of histamine, thus ameliorating many allergies. Bee pollen contains 18 vitamins, carotenes, 56 minerals, all 22 essential amino acids, over 5,000 enzymes, polysaccharides and simple sugars, nucleic acids (DNA, RNA), and 15 % lecithin (different from soy lecithin) that is especially good for brain development. Research done by doctors from France, Italy, and Russia, shows that bee pollen is one of the richest sources of bioavailable protein in nature. Bee pollen is approximately 20 percent protein. Gram for gram, bee pollen contains an estimated five times more protein than meat, eggs, or cheese. Because the protein in bee pollen is in a predigested form, it is easy to assimilate. Like algae, bee pollen, as a multi-dimensional food, supports chi, but through its body-toning quality, eventually fortifies jing. E3 Live and reishi are its super-complements. I recommend 1-3 Tbsp per day for everyone. Because it is phase 1.5, those on phase 1.0 need to wait until they have reached phase 1.5 before using it.
Maca - Maca is a member of the cruciferous family, it is a root that grows high in the Andes. Maca is a powerfood to support the overall endocrine system and especially the thyroid, adrenals, and male and female gonads. Strong thyroid energy is heating, and the cold conditions in which it is grown make maca an excellent superfood choice for individuals living in cold climates, at high altitudes, and/or with extreme adventure lifestyles. Maca is a wonderful adaptogenic herb, which will help the body-mind cope with stressors including physical, chemical, biological agents, and emotional and mental stressors, returning your body to homeostasis. It has the ability to balance and stabilize the body's glandular-hormonal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system, and musculature. I recommend it as a basic thyroid, adrenal, general endocrine, and sexual support and rejuvenator for many. Maca does slightly raise blood sugar, so it is not recommended for diabetics. It builds post-natal jing and chi.
HCL - Hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) is necessary for adequate absorption of protein, calcium, vitamin B12, iron, folic acid, and minerals in general. Because it helps calcium absorption, I regularly use it for reversing osteoporosis. The low pH of the stomach's hydrochloric acid not only breaks down nutrients like fats and proteins, but is also destroys ingested bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms. If you have deficient stomach acid even the best food cannot be properly digested, and when we are unable to absorb nutrients it can lead to a variety of health problems. Many over the age of 40 and 50% of the people over age 60 have deficient stomach acid. By age 85, 80% have deficient stomach acid. Weak stomach acid can cause indigestion, and believe it or not, too little stomach acid is the common cause of an acid stomach, not excess acid. Many people use antacids to temporarily relieve a queasy stomach, but in the long run, regular use of antacids makes the problem worse. This vegan natural plant-source (beets) hydrochloric acid supplement is a must have for anyone who is trying to improve and maintain the best possible digestion and nutrient absorption. Efficient and complete digestion is critical to health and longevity, making this supplement invaluable. In addition, one of the most important aspects of Betaine HCL is to replace methyl groups, which is important for DNA and enzyme repair. Each cell has 90 million methyl groups in reserve. We lose 18 million per cooked food meal and 12 million per live food meal. It primarily builds chi. I recommend at least 2 capsules at the end of a meal for anyone over the age of 40.
Digestive Enzymes – Enzymes function as protein, carbohydrate, and lipid digestive enzymes. They are highly active substances that play a crucial role in digestion. In digestion, enzymes are produced by the body to completely break down food for proper assimilation. All uncooked foods naturally contain enzymes that many believe help digestion, but this affect may be overrated and has limited scientific research to back it. Our enzyme systems gradually weaken with age, and a healthy digestive system is essential for good health, vitality, and rejuvenation. Taking enzymes does not suppress our own digestive enzyme production. With regular use of oral enzyme supplements, the body's enzyme production burden becomes much less, so the number of years that the body can produce these can actually be extended. Digestive enzymes primarily build chi. I recommend PRL Quantum Digest, PRL Quantum Digestase SP, DigestEnz, or Dr. Howell's Genuine Enzymes.
Probiotics - The body functions as a complex bacterial ecosystem. Maintaining a balance of beneficial microbes throughout the gastrointestinal tract is vital to optimal health, the immune system, and the stability of this inner ecosystem. The colon contains 3-4 pounds of bacteria. There are also over 700 types of harmful intestinal bacteria, while there are only 20 types of beneficial microbes. To maintain health the colon needs a ratio of 85% health promoting "good" bacteria to 15% or less of the harmful bacteria. When this balance is disrupted a variety health problems can present themselves including toxemia (toxic blood), dysbiosis, candiditis, poor digestion, and a weakened immune system. We carry several live vegetarian-source probiotics that can help you create a healthy and balanced inner ecology. Probiotics assist chi. All but Dr. Friedlander's formula need to be taken at least one hour from food. I recommend PRL Quantum Probiotic, Syntol, Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics, Ultra-Probiotic, Ultrablend, or Latero-Flora formula (which specifically needs to be taken at least one hour away from food).
Complete Vitamin C from food concentrates : For centuries, the Amazon's indigenous people have gathered wild Camu Camu berries (the world's richest source of vitamin C and the primary ingredient in Pure Radiant C – my first vitamin C concentrate choice) to protect and enhance their health and immune systems. The is a 100 % whole food vitamin C supplement containing all of the need