Have you considered all of the ins and outs of daily consuming a multi-vitamin?
Some of us are swallowing our vitamins incapsulated or trying to down them in powdered form. Have you ever tasted magnesium powder? Good gracious. Though it is an excellent way to absorb the vital mineral it sure ain’t easy. To this day, it is still the worst thing I have ever tasted. It’s easier to just swallow one pill that “meets” our dietary needs and be done with it but what if I told you that taking multivitamins may actually be doing more harm to your body than good?
Vitamins can be derived from plant or animal products or produced synthetically in a lab. Most commercial vitamins are made from synthetic vitamins. These synthetic kind are cheaper and easier to produce than natural derivatives.
Studies published in the Health Day News journal Annals of Internal Medicine, found that multivitamin and mineral supplements did not work any better than placebo pills. When you eat real food, you’re not consuming single nutrients, but rather a whole range of vitamins, minerals, co-factors and enzymes that allow for optimal use by the body. Without these additional compounds, synthetic nutrients are unlikely to be used by the body in the same way the body uses natural vitamins and minerals.
Our bodies aren’t absorbing the synthetic vitamins and minerals.
What if you have an excellent brand, a whole food multivitamin? Surely you are good there? Well, it turns out it’s a little more complex than that. Here are just a few concerns…
- We combine them with other supplements, foods or drugs that can block absorption.
You’ve really got to research when to take certain vitamins and figure out what your body truly needs. Calcium and magnesium can compete for absorption with one another. Iron cuts the absorption of zinc.
- We can either be taking in too high of doses or too low of doses.
It can be detrimental to your health to take high doses of vitamin A and vitamin E. Taking more than 3,000 international units of vitamin A daily can increase your risk for osteoporosis, the bone-eroding disease.
- We may be taking in a poor choice of carriers.
Tablets may not dissolve completely—and you can’t absorb any nutrients from a pill that doesn’t dissolve. They may also contain binders, fillers and other additives.
Now, I don’t want to scare you into stopping your intake of multivitamins. What we are all about is really encouraging you to focus on receiving all of your vitamins and minerals from your diet and to search out your own needs where supplementation may be needed.
This leads me to share with you this very nourishing herbal blend of tea
Stinging Nettle. Alalfa. Dandelion Leaves.
These are powerful plants that God gave us for healing and thriving. They are nutrient dense, packed with vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals along with a TON of potent phytonutrients including deep-green chlorophyll and carotenoids. These dried leaves contain up to 40% protein, more than any other known leafy green—and as a source of essential amino acids, stinging nettles are comparable to beans and chicken meat.
Why do we drink this tea?
The benefits from drinking this herbal blend make it obvious as to why we would want to include it in our diets. The really awesome thing is that when added to a clean, whole food diet we can almost achieve our daily requirement for vitamins and minerals from this tea alone and guess what…as a whole food alternative, it is all easily absorbed by the body. Here are just SOME of the benefits of this tea…
- Detoxifies the body
- Improves metabolic efficiency
- Boosts immunity
- Increases circulation
- Improves energy levels
- Manages menstruation + minimizes menopausal symptoms
- Aids in skin care
- Protects kidneys and gallbladder
- Decreases oxidative stress
- Pain relief. Nettle tea has analgesic effects
- Decreases inflammation. Nettles work as a natural anti-inflammatory through a number of different mechanisms, such as decreasing nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) binding activity to DNA. Nettle extract, used to treat arthritis, has been shown to decrease levels of pro-inflammatory compounds such as interleukin-6 and • C-reactive protein. <—(Yeah we definitely didn’t know that until we did deeper research)
- Lowers blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol
- Fights infections. Has antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal effects
- Fights cancer
- Heals stomach lining. Helps heal the mucosal lining of the stomach in the case of ulcers or stomach irritation
How do we use it?
Make an even mixture of the alfalfa leaves and the dandelion leaves. Add twice as much stinging nettle as the amount of alfalfa and dandelion.
“One ounce of plant material per quart of water is generally thought necessary to provide a sufficient quantity of minerals if you drink one quart of tea daily. Consider this: an ounce of dried herb is roughly equivalent to four ounces of fresh plant and although not all the minerals are 100% extracted into the tea, this mineral beverage is like a liquid salad.” Mother Earth News.
For maximum benefits the leaves should be covered and steeped for a minimum of a few hours or better yet, overnight. Allow it to come to room temperature before straining and refrigerating. The long steeping time allows for a more nutrient-dense tea, while the hot water and the cool water pull out different constituents from the herbs.
Or use one heaping tablespoon per eight ounces of hot water.
This tea is very mild in flavor and tastes wonderful complimented with lemon, or peppermint, fennel oil or cinnamon and orange oil. Enjoy this hot or cold.
Where do I get it?
I sure hope that you give this tea a try! Be careful how you buy your tea leaves. It’s not a great idea to buy in store bins where people may be continuously opening the bins and there is really no telling how long the leaves have been sitting there. It’s best to buy in bulk from a trusted source. I bought mine from Frontier Co-op.
How do I store it?
Store your tea in a dark, dry place around 75 degrees fahrenheit. Keep it out of the sunlight. For optimum potency use within one year.
I sure hope that you enjoy steeping and sipping on this herbal blend. It has become a favorite of mine! Have you created your own herbal blends?
Share with us some of your favorite ways to get your vitamins!