Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements

September 14 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Natural health information

Turmeric and Curcumin are some of the best joint health supplements that can provide an anti-inflammatory action to help with joint pain and other inflammatory disorders. Find out more here

Health benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements

Turmeric and its anti inflammatory component Curcumin seem to be all the buzz at the moment and rightly so, as they provide many health benefits and are some of the best joint health supplements that can provide an anti-inflammatory action.

What is Curcumin?


Curcumin Powder

Curcuminoids are a Group of antioxidants found in Turmeric root, rather than just one component; of which Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is the primary constituent.

Health benefits of Curcumin

Henry Osiecki tells us that Curcumin modulates various signalling molecules in the body  including:

Inflammatory Molecules
Transcription Factors
Cell survival proteins
Drug resistance proteins
Growth Factors

Curcumin can selectively modulate multiple cell signalling pathways linked to inflammation and to survival,  growth, invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis of cancer cells.

Health conditions Curcumin may help with?

An extract of Curcumin can help with:

Inflammatory conditions such as in allergies, arthritis, asthma, bursitis, connective tissue disorders, Crohns disease, symptoms of gout, inflammatory bowel disease (post operative inflammation), pancreatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis, ulcerative colitis & uveitis.

In Ayurvedic medicine, it has been used for “all intestinal infections and mucus conditions,” for reducing pathogenic bacteria and for treating dyspepsia.

The digestive stimulant properties are also reflected in Western herbal medicine usage, where turmeric is also used for poor liver function and is recognised to have antimicrobial and carminative properties.

A pilot study in patients with GORD (currently taking either PPI or H2 Blockers, but stopping after two weeks on Curcumin), using 2 grams of Curcumin a day over eight weeks, found 11 out of 14 patients (79%) were asymptomatic by the end of the time period.

Curcumin shows promise with the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori)

This is only a very small amount of ailments Curcumin can help with.

How much Curcumin should you take?

Most dosage recommendations for Curcumin is to take 1-2 grams of a day, with 5 grams being a typical dosage, gradually increasing to dosages of up to 8 grams.  Most Curcumin extract supplements start at 500mg per tablet, so a dosage of 2 twice a day would be needed to even start to produce a therapeutic effect.

Can you rely on ground Turmeric root powder to get Curcumin?

Most Turmeric root powder contains between 2-10% Curcumin, however this level varies greatly.

Factors that influence the Curcumin level include:

The species of Turmeric root and whether it is longa or aromatica
The way the Turmeric root was processed
Where it was grown and the conditions the root was grown in

As you want an exact amount of Curcumin, we suggest using a curcumin supplement, with a guaranteed amount of curcumin in each serve.

Curcumin Supplements

There are a ton of Turmeric and Curcumin supplements out there but we like the patented Curcumin ones, that provide a guaranteed amount of curcumin per dose.  These include Meriva & BCM-95.  As well as this, we have Liposomal Curcumin (in a liquid liposomal form)

Doctor's Best Curcumin Phytosome

Doctor’s Best Curcumin Phytosome

Mervia®  uses a patented Phytosome® technology which enhances the absorption of the curcumins.

They tell us “The Phytosome® technology helps enhance bioavailability. The technology binds each curcumin molecule with one or more molecules of the nutrient PC (phosphatidylcholine), to make molecular complexes called phytosomes. Curcumin molecules in the Meriva® phytosome complexes are more stable against breakdown, and mix far better into water, so that they are better absorbed when taken orally.

The PC molecules in the phytosomes serve as a “delivery vehicle” or “chaperone” that not only chemically protects the curcumin molecules, but also markedly increases their absorption because PC itself is well absorbed when taken orally.

BCM-95®   BCM-95 is the product of a unique extraction process that brings the curcuminoids and


Pain Relief with 117mg Curcumin per dose

naturally occurring essential oils, like curcumin and Ar-tumerone, to the forefront. The ‘95’ in the BCM-95® trademark entails the patented composition of this potent curcumin-essential oil complex (CEC) mixture: 86% curcuminoids, plus 7-9% essential oils.

We have BCM-95 in the product Ethical Nutrients Pain Relief, which provides 117 mg of Curcumin per capsule, with the addition of BosPure® Boswellia gum, known for its anti inflammatory effect.

Liposomal forms of nutrients are very popular these days, for their increased absorption.  Spark of Life Liposomal Curcumin has a huge


Liposomal Curcumin

250mg of curcuminoids per 6ml dosage, providing mg of Curcumin.

Spark of Life tell us “Liposomal technology involves encapsulating nutrients inside tiny lipid bubbles (liposomes). Because of their minute size and make up, these liposomes are absorbed into the body without being broken down by the digestive system. This improves the bioavailability of the nutrients which means more nutrients for the cells to utilise”.

“Additionally, these liposomes provide the body with phosphatidylcholine, an essential phospholipid that is needed for many crucial functions in the body”.

“Spark of Life Curcumin is manufactured using a proprietary Cold Structure Technology which means that the product was never exposed to high temperatures or pressures”.


Is Curcumin Contraindicated with anything?

Yes It is.  Those with gall stones may find they need to use a reduced dosage or not use it at all.  Pregnant women should not take turmeric supplements. Curcumin can aggravate some central nervous system diseases such as in those with Lupus. Curcumin also interfered with the absorption and efficacy of the chemotherapy drug Irinotecan, so should not be used in conjunction with this.    It also decreases the effect of camptothecin and cyclophosphamide, both also used in chemotherapy.  Curcumin also enhances the effect of a number of other drugs, so if you are taking any medication and want to start Curcumin supplementation, check with your prescriber first.   Curcumin is high in salicylates, so should be considered by those who have a problem with these, before taking.

If you would like to know more about Curcumin or the supplements we stock that contain Curcumin, don’t hesitate to phone one of our health team, or email

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health



Zinc In The News Again

September 1 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Immunity and allergy treatment, In the News, Natural skin care

Zinc is such an important nutrient and involved in so many vital processes in the body, so I was not surprised to see mention of zinc in the news again.

This time it was an article in the NZ Herald written by Martin Johnston, with regard to Zinc deficiencies and children who have Autism.  You can read the full article here

Zinc, A VITAL Nutrient

Zinc, A VITAL Nutrient

He told us about a 2011 study of zinc concentrations in hair from 1967 children with autistic disorders, which found that nearly 50 per cent of those aged up to 3 years old had zinc deficiency. The rate was around 28 per cent for children aged 4 to 9 and dropped to around 3 per cent for those aged 10 to 15.

This is not surprising, when you consider that zinc is a mineral that is deficient in our soils here in New Zealand.

Before this report, we heard about the use of Zinc for sore throats and how using Zinc Lozenges can shorten the duration of common colds.

Scientist George Eby was contacted by Life Extension®, as he is the one who discovered that zinc can eradicate cold symptoms. George Eby has spent decades perfecting the most effective and palatable form and dose of zinc lozenge.

He talked about how his 3 year old daughter was the instigator of this research, while she was undertaking chemotherapy.  He tells us this

“From the first day of diagnosis, I regularly administered zinc and other supplemental nutrients to her. She was totally free of leukemic blast cells two-weeks after diagnosis and being given chemotherapy, radiation, and zinc which was unheard of at that time. Eventually, I published my hypothesis about zinc being vital for a rapid recovery from leukemia”.

Testing the theory

George recruited 2 well known doctors and undertook two clinical trials, one using 23 mg zinc gluconate tablets (used as throat lozenges), which were only one-half as potent as what their previous experience indicated was needed, and the other trial with 37 mg zinc orotate lozenges, used with 10 mmol zinc (gluconate) nasal spray.

The Conclusion for Zinc & The Common Cold

Zinc Lozenge

Zinc Lozenge

Upon analysis, they found that the 23 mg zinc gluconate lozenges, used every two hours (nine lozenges per day) shortened common colds by about seven days, with strong statistical significance (P=0.001).  Years later, they submitted the results for publication to Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

30 years later this information was finally obtaining widespread acceptance of George’s discovery. Perhaps it’s not widespread yet, but zinc for common colds did get favorable mention in the April 2014 issue of the ultra-conservative Journal of the American Medical Association.

Leanne Loves Zinc & Takes It Daily

I personally take zinc every day.  When my immunity is lowered, I take a much large dose than usual, in separated doses.   Generally, I would not take any more than 100mg (elemental) of zinc in a day and would suggest you do not take any more than this, unless under the supervision of an experienced clinician.

George Eby goes on to tell us “Actually, that zinc is good for colds can be surmised from many years of research on zinc and the primary immune system. Without enough dietary zinc and other nutrients, our immune systems don’t function well and diseases are much more likely to develop and become difficult to remedy. Diet and immunity have been linked for centuries.  As we move away from meat-rich diets, our intake of zinc is becoming so low that it is threatening our immune system”.

Plus we need to remember that we are deficient in Zinc in our New Zealand soils, so it would be unlikely that most New Zealanders would have an adequate daily intake or have adequate stores of this mineral in their body.

Where is zinc stored in the body?

Henry Osiecki tells us that 90% of the body’s store of zinc is found in the muscles and bone.  However other “target organs” are the brain, optic nerve, eyes, in semen, the prostate gland, pancreas and adrenal glands. He tells us that the major route of zinc excretion is via the gastro intestinal tract.

Health associated zinc deficiency symptoms

Henry tells us that approximately 47% of the population is at risk of a zinc deficiency.

A deficiency of Zinc can cause retarded growth, delayed sexual maturity and prolonged healing of wounds.  As well as this, acne, alopecia, brittle nails, skin problems such as dermatitis, skin lesions and slow wound healing,  low testosterone, a low sperm count and sperm damage, decreased immune response and increased susceptibility to viral infections, depletion of B and T-cells, poor immunity, depression, DNA damage, impaired growth, impaired cognitive function, impotence, intercurrent infections, learning disorders, loss of appetite, loss of taste and smell, macular degeneration, manic depression, metabolic syndrome, moodiness, poor concentration and poor memory, poor vision, rough skin, neural tube defects, sleep problems, sore throats, sterility, viral infections and stretch marks can all be associated with a deficiency of zinc.

 Stretch Marks are a common Zinc deficiency symptom

Stretch Marks are a common Zinc deficiency symptom.  Picture from Bigstock



Interestingly, Henry tells use that white stretch marks indicate a relative deficiency, while red or purple stretch marks, indicate an absolute zinc deficiency.



Absorption of Zinc

Henry Osiecki tells us that the primary determinants of zinc absorption are the amount of zinc ingested and our dietary intake of foods high in phytates, which have a major effect on zinc bio-availability.  Phytates are mainly found in cereals and grains.

Other things that interfere with Zinc absorption include excess sugar intake, insufficient stomach hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes, gut inflammation and allergy.

Excessive calcium intake impairs zinc absorption.  Zinc competes with calcium and iron for absorption.

A number of pharmaceutical drugs decrease zinc absorption.  These include H-2 receptor antagonists such as Cimetidine, Famotidine, Nizatidine and Ranitidine and Tetracycline – A group of antibiotics

A number of pharmaceutical drugs increase the urinary excretion of zinc.  These include, but are not limited to, ACE inhibitors, Corticosteroid medications, Loop diuretics and Penicillamine (a chelating agent).

A number of pharmaceutical drugs decrease zinc blood levels.  These include a number of Oral contraceptives and Valproic acid (used in Epilepsy)

A number of pharmaceutical drugs decrease body zinc levels.  These include the cholesterol lowering agents Clofibrate and Fenofibrate, Ethambutol for Tuberculosis (particularly in the heart, kidney and liver) and Zidovudine (formally AZT) an antiretroviral medication used to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS.

Other things that can affect zinc levels in the body are Alcohol, Beta blockers, Chlorthalidone, Cholestyramine, Cimetidine, EDTA, Endopril, Ethambutol, Penicillin, Pentobarbital, Polyphenols, Progesterone and Steroids.

Zinc and Copper are capable of decreasing absorption of the other from the digestive tract.   So if you have been taking Zinc and the level of this is not increasing in your body, it could be that you have high levels of copper in your body.  You can have this mineral tested from a blood test, to measure the amount in your blood (will not reveal the stored level is tissues).  Serum Copper is a non funded blood test in New Zealand and the cost of the test in September 2016 is NZ$52.

How much zinc do we need each day?

Henry Osiecki tells us that the Recommended Daily Amount of Zinc is 15mg or 0.2mg/kg, but that a Supplementary Range (a safe therapeutic dose for a range of disease states) is between 10-90mg.

The RDA by Age is:
Infants          5mg
<10 years    10mg
>10 years    15mg
Lactation   19mg

REMEMBER that a RDA relates to the amount you need to maintain your existing level in your body, so if you (like the rest of us) have low levels of Zinc in your body, you will need to take a lot more than the RDA.

Zinc Supplements Healthyonline Stocks

Our three main zinc supplements are:

Zinc Lozenges.  These use the exact form of zinc that George Eby found shortens the duration of the common cold, in a Lozenge form.

Zinc.  These Zinc tablets provide a therapeutic dosage of zinc in each tablet, with the co factors Vitamin A, manganese, magnesium & B6.

Zinc Fix Powder.  This powder is great for the whole family to use (5 years and older).  Each 1.9 grams of powder (1/2 metric tsp) provides 1000mg of Vitamin C, 23mg of Zinc and B6 & Beta Carotene.

You can read more about Zinc here


Some of our Favourite Zinc Supplements

Some of our Favourite Zinc Supplements


If you would like to know any more about Zinc, don’t hesitate to contact one of our health team either by phone on Auckland (09) 443 2584 or email

Written by
Leanne James
Founder of Ideal Health &


Coconut Yoghurt

August 16 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Healthy eating, Healthy gluten free recipes, Healthy recipes for candida sufferers

I still remember the day when an Australian Sales Rep for Coyo Coconut yoghurt introduced us to their Coconut yoghurt.  I had never tried Coconut yoghurt before, but it was some of the yummiest, creamiest deliciousness I have tried!  Then he shocked us with the price – $9.95 for 350 grams.

My colleague Kerry said “I’m sure I can make that!”  And she did!  She bought in some of her delicious home made Coconut yoghurt for us to try, with a berry coulis.  It was as good (if not better) than the one we had tried AND Super easy to make.

Here are the Step by Step instructions of my latest attempt.  I am thoroughly impressed with the outcome and doubt I will be buying Coconut yoghurt in the future, especially now that I can make it overnight in my yoghurt maker.

How to make Coconut Yoghurt

Step 1. Add Kara Coconut Cream & Probiotic into container

Step 1. Add Kara Coconut Cream & Probiotic into yoghurt container.

Step 1: Kerry determined that the Kara Coconut Cream is the best one to use and I thoroughly agree with her.  In this recipe, I use the 1 litre UHT container of Kara Coconut Cream.

I have a Kambrook Electric yoghurt maker that I picked up from my local Op Shop, but an Easiyo maker  (or any of the hot water yoghurt makers) works too (you may need to keep it in a warm place in colder weather)

I added the entire container of Kara Coconut Cream to the yoghurt container.



Step 2: Add the contents of 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus probiotics into the coconut cream

Step 2: Add the contents of 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus probiotic capsules into the coconut cream

Step 2:  Then I added the contents of 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus Probiotic capsules into the Coconut Cream and gave it a really good stir.

I added the contents of 1 capsule when I had added just half of the coconut cream and then the 2nd one at the end.  I dont know if it makes any difference but this is what I did.  I stirred it really well to make sure the probiotic bacteria was evenly distributed throughout the Coconut Cream.



Step 3: Put the yoghurt container in the yoghurt maker

Step 3: Put the yoghurt container in the yoghurt maker

Step 3:  Next I put the lid on my yoghurt container and put it in the yoghurt maker.  If you have an Easiyo Hot Water Yoghurt maker, you push the plastic insert spacer down inside the Yogurt Maker as far as it can go. (Check the correct side is facing up). Then pour boiling water into the Yogurt Maker to the top of the plastic insert spacer and put your jar into the Yogurt Maker so that it sits on top of the plastic insert. The boiling water will rise part-way up the sides of the jar.  Then you cover it and leave it for 8 to 10 hours.


My yoghurt maker is electric, so you do not need to use boiling water.  You just switch the machine on, put the yoghurt container in the yoghurt maker and put the lid on.

Step 4: Leave over night

Step 4: Leave over night.


Step 4:  I usually put my yoghurt maker on in the late afternoon and leave it until the next morning.  By the time I look at it in the morning, it has this amount of condensation that has accumulated in the lid.   Because my machine is electric, I worried that my yoghurt had got too hot and that it would be wrecked and would have spoiled.  But it hadnt.  It was AMAZING!!!



Step 5:  The finished product!   I was SOOOOO impressed with the outcome.  I really did not think it would be that easy.  I thought my Coconut yoghurt would be runny, not set and maybe, off from getting too warm and nothing like the type I have purchased in the past.

I was very wrong though!.  Just look at how amazing it looks! AND, the taste is absolutely creamy and delicious!!!

Look at that consistency!

Look at that consistency!

Look at this perfect spoonfull!

Look at this perfect spoonfull!









So why not give it a go!  All you need is the Kara Coconut Cream and the probiotic capsule.  I used 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus capsules for 1 litre of Coconut Cream, so I am sure that if you are only using 500ml, you will only need 1 capsule.  Here is a link to the Inner Health Plus Capsules

If you make some, have a brag, like I have and post photos of your Coconut yoghurt for us all to see.  Did you make a coulis to go on it?

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health


If you know anyone who has cancer, who is seeking to complement their treatment with natural products/concepts, then you have probably already heard about Salvestrols.

For years I have heard my colleagues talk about Salvestrols and how they believe these are a vitally important addition into their patient’s wellness programs and especially in the programs of those who have, or who have had cancer.

So when the opportunity arose for me to attend a talk about Salvestrols given by Rebecca Baylis from Salvacare, I became excited.  Finally I would be able to find out more about this natural substance/compounds and to hear first hand about the research done on this.

Leanne salvestrol

Salvestrols Journeys to Wellness By Brian Schaefer

At the talk, Rebecca provided us with some really great information about Salvestrols and “how they came about”, as well as heaps of information about “real life situations” where Salvestrols have been used and the outcomes of its use.  Most of this was outlined in the book – Salvestrols Journeys to Wellness.  By Brian A Schaefer

In his book, Brian starts off by repeating a statement that was made at a public lecture here in New Zealand, on February 2013.  It is

“The beauty of Salvestrols is that you don’t need to paddle up the Amazon to find them – if you grow organically you can find them in your own garden, regardless of where you live”.

I love anything like this.  Finding out about how I can add more of these super compounds into my diet, just by eating more organically grown fruits and veggies!  Yah, that sounds easy!

But sometimes we may need much higher concentrations of compounds like Salvestrols, so may need to take it in a more concentrated form, such as in a supplement.

It is the information in this book that I particularly wanted to share with you, as it is so well written and very easy to understand and as far as I am concerned, tells us all we need to know about Salvestrols.   The book is

Salvestrols. Journeys to Wellness. By Brian A Schaefer.

In this book, Brian starts off by talking about the statement that many of us grew up hearing
“Eat your vegetables!”. 

We have all heard this statement, but what is the basis behind it?  We may have been given the explanation that studies of people who have a diet made up of abundant fruits and vegetables enjoy greater health benefits and reduced risk of cancer, however this doesn’t really tell us “How this works”.

About a decade ago, Brian came across the work of a group of English cancer researchers that provided a real explanation of how this works – a mechanism that explained how eating fruits and vegetables would not just prevent cancer but could kill cancer.

Who are these Cancer Researchers?

This group consisted of Professor Gerry Potter, a Medicinal Chemist; Professor Dan Burke, a Pharmacologist/Toxicologist and Anthony Daniels an Engineer.

In the early 1990s, these men were conducting work that would facilitate their later collaboration on explaining the link between fruit and vegetable consumption and cancer.

Gerry was working at The Institute of Cancer Research in London.  The team he was involved with was interested in prostate cancer and in particular, the role of testosterone production in the hopes of slowing prostate cancer growth.

To this end, they knew that an enzyme CYP17 (pronounced ‘sip 17’) was instrumental in the pathway for production of androgens such as testosterone.  Gerry has a fantastic ability to visualize complex chemical and biochemical shapes.

He began working with CYP17 and designed a compound that would inhibit the operation of this enzyme and consequently the production of testosterone.

He developed a Breakthrough in Prostate Cancer Treatment

For this discovery, Gerry received his Third award from the Royal Society of Chemistry.  He is the only scientist to ever receive more than one of these awards.Royal_Society_of_Chemistry.svg

While Gerry was working on the development of targeted cancer therapies in London, Dan Burke and his students were investigating another CYP enzyme at the Medical School in Aberdeen.

The enzyme was CYP1B1 (pronounced ‘sip one be one’)

They initially discovered that CYP1B1 showed up in soft tissue sarcomas but did not show up in surrounding healthy tissue.  The finding was interesting but did not cause too much of a stir.

Dan and his students were intrigued and decided to investigate other cancers.

They found the same result in Breast cancer, namely that CYP1B1 was present in breast cancer cells, but not in the surrounding normal breast cells.

They then went on to investigate a broad array of cancers and found the same result of CYP1B1 being present in cancer cells of the colon, lung, oesophagus, skin, lymph nodes, brain and testis with no detectable presence in the surrounding healthy tissue.


                CYP1B1 Gene

This cumulative body of evidence was very exciting, as it indicated that CYP1B1 might serve as a universal cancer marker and as such, could be used both as a target for cancer therapy and as a target to use for diagnostic purposes.

In short, CYP1B1 could be the Holy Grail of cancer research.  At this point, laboratories around the world started investigating CYP1B1 and it is now widely regarded as a universal cancer marker of great utility, because it shows up in the various cancers, but is absent from healthy tissue.


Anthony Daniels was working on developing methods of reliably extracting natural compounds from plant material and investigating the utility of botanical compounds for real world applications in health, agriculture and environmental remediation.

He became particularly adept at extracting compounds from herbs and foods – something that was about to become very important for the advancement of cancer research.

And Dan Burke?

Dan Burke left Aberdeen and took an academic post as Head of the School of Pharmacy in Leicester.

He then recruited Gerry Potter to his department at the University to develop a prodrug for CYP1B1.

Dan discussed his work on CYP1B1 with Gerry and outlined the problem that needed to be solved.  Following on his success with CYP17, Gerry set to work on CYP1B1 and designed a prodrug for it.

The drug was designed to be activated through metabolism by CYP1B1, to produce a metabolite that would initiate apoptosis (programmed cell death) in the cancer cell.  In this way, the drug would be absolutely targeted to the cancer and leave little room for harmful side effects.

Many discussions were held as to why CYP1B1 would be present in cancer cells and not in healthy tissue – What was its function?

The professors hypothesised that CYP1B1 must be a rescue mechanism for ridding the body of aberrant cancer cells.  Enzymes work by changing the shape, structure and often function of compounds that can bind with them.

If this hypothesis were true, then a prediction that could be derived was that the compounds for CYP1B1 to metabolise, would come from ones diet.

Dan and Gerry realized that they had seen similar compounds in plant biology.

They began a search for plant compounds that could be metabolised by CYP1B1, to see if they would have the same anti-cancer property as their prodrug.  They found some!!!!

Tests were performed and it was found that these natural compounds performed selective targeting of CYP1B1.  The natural compounds are metabolised by CYP1B1 and then the metabolite bought about the destruction of the cancerous cell.

These natural compounds were named Salvestrols.

What the professors discovered was that nature produced some Salvestrols with very high, targeted selectivity.

By selectivity we mean that the metabolite produced by CYP1B1 was able to kill cancer cells because of the presence of CYP1B1, but not kill normal cells, which contained no CYP1B1 and hence no metabolite.

Here was a specific, tested mechanism to explain how certain dietary compounds could prevent and treat cancer.

So how do Salvestrols Work in the body?


Organic Fruits and Veggies Contain Naturally Occurring  Salvestrols

We ingest Salvestrols from organic fruit and vegetables.  They are absorbed and transported through the body.

When Salvestrols encounter the CYP1B1 enzyme in cancer cells, the CYP1B1 enzyme metabolises the Salvestrols, producing a metabolite that induces the death of the cancer cell.

It is a very elegant mechanism and it provides great credibility to the hypothesis that CYP1B1 is a rescue enzyme.

It also indicates that cancer can be viewed as a dietary deficiency.  When the diet is deficient in Salvestrols, cancer cells proliferate.  When a diet is rich in Salvestrols, this rescue mechanism maintains good health of the body.

If the body has cancer cells, the ingestion of Salvestrols tend to get rid of the cancer cells and returns the body to good health.

So what now?

With this discovery of Salvestrols, came the question of how to make this knowledge available to people that were suffering with cancer.  The initial approach was to put together a diet to highlight the foods that would deliver Salvestrols.

The Green and Red Diet

Professor Potter produced what is known as the Red & Green Diet. He also got in touch with Anthony Daniels to discuss whether or not it would be possible to formulate a supplement that provides the higher levels of daily intake of Salvestrols that people would likely need if they were diagnosed with cancer.

Early on it was known that a variety of herbs were good sources of Salvestrols, but Anthony knew that changes to the regulatory framework for health products made extraction from herbs a problematic direction to take.

A program of work was initiated to screen fruits and vegetables for Salvestrols and it produced some very interesting findings.

What did their findings show?

In short, it showed that fruits and vegetables that were grown using traditional or organic methods produced significantly higher quantities of Salvestrols than those grown conventionally.

These heritage Pendragon Apples contain good amounts of Salvestrols

These heritage Pendragon Apples contain good amounts of Salvestrols

Furthermore, they found that heritage varieties (plants that have not been bred or modified to change their original characteristics) produced vastly higher quantities of Salvestrols.

Why do heritage Fruits & Veggies contain higher amount of Salvestrols than other produce?

Salvestrols are part of the plants defense against predation, particularly against fungal attacks.  They are produced in response to predation.

Consequently if a plant is sprayed with agents that reduce predation or reduce fungal attacks, the plant does not produce Salvestrols.

This is why these beneficial compounds are not part of our typical diet.

Furthermore, plants have been bred to produce sweeter fruits and vegetables in an attempt to increase their market appeal.

What do Salvestrols taste like?

Salvestrols typically have a bitter taste and therefore they do not contribute to the notion of a highly marketable fruit or vegetable.

This is why when we look at the level of Salvestrols in heritage crops, they are vastly higher than those found in modern varieties.

WOW, that is Such Interesting Information! AND It makes Sense!  If you spray the fruits and vegetables with fungicides, the plant doesn’t need to make its own fungicidal.   Common Sense!

So here is the Summary on Salvestrols

  • Salvestrols are most abundant in organically grown fruits and vegetable especially heritage varieties.
  • CYP1B1 is a universal cancer marker that shows up in all the various cancers but not in healthy tissue.
  • Salvestrols are food based compounds that when metabolised by CYP1B1, produce a metabolite that induces apoptosis in the cancer cell.
  • Salvestrols are part of the plants defense mechanism against predation such as fungal attack.
  • In the presence of a large dietary source of Salvestrols such as from organically grown heritage crops, this mechanism works to maintain good health by killing off aberrant cells.  In dietary deficiencies in which Salvestrol ingestion is chronically low, aberrant cells proliferate.  By addressing this dietary deficiency, the mechanism can return the body to good health.

Since the discovery of Salvestrols, many people have adopted dietary changes and Salvestrol supplementation, as a means of addressing their dietary deficiency after receiving a diagnosis of cancer.

Brian tells us “We have had the opportunity to work closely with a number of these individuals, to study their journey from diagnosis to recovery.  These studies cover a wide cross section of cancers: anal, bladder, breast, colon, leukaemia, liver, lung, lymphoma, melanoma, peritoneal and prostate”.

“They represent the situations of people from a number of different countries: Canada, England, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. ”

“Obviously both males and females are involved and they represent a cross-section of ages from 36-94”.

He goes on to say “Over the last year, up until February 2013, I have been conducting a follow up on these people to determine how they have got on after achieving remission”.

“The first eleven chapters of my book, Salvestrols Journeys to Wellness, document each of their situations as they worked through to remission”.  “I then go through the data obtained through the follow up, to highlight the lessons learned.  From the lessons learned, I introduce two situations that challenge our thinking about cancer and cancer progression”.

“Finally, I introduce the work that we are conducting on the development of blood tests for early cancer detection, disease monitoring and determination of treatment efficacy as these tests will alleviate a great deal of the uncertainty that accompanies many peoples journey from diagnosis to recovery”.

Salvestrol Points & what these actually mean

When we take pills or capsules, we are used to seeing the amount of a drug or nutrient given in a unit such as milligrams or international units.

This follows from a pharmaceutical model where a single active agent is being given.

Salvestrols represent a class of compounds

Salvestrols are derived from food and they constitute a class of compounds rather than a single compound.

Each unique Salvestrol compound has its own characteristic selectivity.

This fact makes it unreasonable to indicate an amount in milligrams, as the potency of the product would vary greatly depending on which mix of Salvestrols were used.

Salvestrol points have been developed as a metric of potency that can be used with any mixture of Salvestrols.

Salvestrols in a capsule

Capsules are produced that contain 100 points, 350 points, 1,000 points and 2,000 points.salvestrol bottle

After reviewing the pharmacokinetics of these various Salvestrol compounds, our best estimate is that an intake of 4,000 to 6,000 Salvestrol points per day would likely be required to overcome a long term dietary deficiency that has resulted in a cancer diagnosis.

However, much higher doses have been used with cancers of the brain and in advanced metastatic disease.

Once remission has been achieved, it is thought that a daily intake of 2,000 Salvestrol points per day should be sufficient to maintain good health.

Salvestrols are not the answer for everyoneSalvestrol book

The situations described in the book, Salvestrols Journeys To Wellness, are meant to show how this Salvestrol/CYP1B1 rescue mechanism can assist some of those afflicted with cancer in their return to good health.

They are not meant to convey a sense that these are the outcomes that everyone should expect.  Certainly people have made dietary change and utilised Salvestrol supplementation without achieving remission.

Many factors contribute to the success or failure in individual cases, including dietary choices, exercise level, psycho-social stresses, type and amount of conventional therapies and exposure to toxins in the environment.

References available.

Footnote from Leanne James
What exciting information this is! The information above is the Introduction in the 1st chapter of the book Salvestrols Journeys to Wellness by Brian Schaefer.  The rest of the book (the other 16 chapters) is all of the specific information, about individual cases, with real people and their outcome.  Well worth a read.   Also, well worth considering adding more organically grown foods into our diet.  What about planting some Heritage seeds/plants yourself?  You can purchase heritage seeds from Koanga Institute, home of New Zealand’s largest heritage organic seed collection.

If you would like to discuss any of this information, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Naturopaths in our team, who would be happy to talk to you about your health concerns.



Topical Creams For Inflamed Skin

August 4 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Natural skin care

So what are these creams for inflamed skin?

We stock a wide variety of creams, gels, ointments and oils for helping with inflamed skin.  This post is to highlight these, to make choosing the right one easier for you.

We are the hugest fans of the Emu Spirit 100% Pure Emu Oil and have seen first hand, the powerful anti inflammatory effects of this moisturising oil and especially for inflammatory skin problems.

A lady came into our retail shop Ideal Health with terribly burnt/inflamed cheeks.  She told us she had had a reaction to a moisturiser she had purchased from a MLM company and she was desperate to calm down the burning and redness she was experiencing on her cheeks.  I had a sample of the Emu Spirit 100% Emu oil in the shop, so got her to apply it there and then.

We watched the lady over the next 5 to 10 minutes as she waited for some relief.  What I can tell you is that in front of our eyes,  we watched the redness reduce dramatically and the heat disappear.  Within 10 minutes there was at least an 80% improvement in this inflammation.

Emu Spirit tell us their 100% Emu Oil is the most penetrative natural anti inflammatory oil known to man. It can be used both internally and externally and has been documented to be used for the following purposes:

  • Treat pain and inflammation
  • A liniment and treatment for Arthritis
  • Relieve symptoms of Eczema, Dermatitis and Psoriasis or other skin ailments
  • Reduce itch, Moisturise skin, Skin protectant, Anti-bacterial
  • Wound healing, Reduces scarring, Stimulates epidermal repair
  • Promotes faster healing of burns with less pain and scarring
  • Soothes swollen wounds after surgery or for lacerations

Also helps with dry eyes, dry hair, excessive thirst or sweating, muscle aches and pains, rheumatism, nappy rash, bruises, PMS, breast pain, irritability/mood swings, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Diabetes and auto immune diseases such as arthritis, crohns disease, colitis, lupus & CFS.

Emu oil is one of the best things I have found to apply to a new tattoo, to help with the healing, for moisturising and for its topical anti-inflammatory effect.

Emu Spirit Emu Oil

                   Emu Spirit Emu Oil

There is nothing like the MEBO range of topical ointments

MEBO are specialists in the science of burns, wounds and ulcers. Their global reputation for scientific innovation began with Moist Exposed Burn Ointment (MEBO), now marketed in Australasia as MEBO Burn repair.

How do MEBO formulations work?

MEBO’s unique formulations stimulate stem cell regeneration.

These ointments promote the natural regeneration of stem cells, that are located at the bottom of the hair follicle. These cells are capable of producing not only the hair shaft,  nerve cells and sebaceous glands but also the daughter cells that create the dermis and epidermis.

Stem cells can repair injured and defective skin by restructuring and regenerating new skin according to the original skin’s physiological structure. This speeds healing as well as minimising scarring.

By stimulating these cells to regenerate quickly, the ointments are shown to support the growth of skin tissue.   Research, including results from clinical trials, have shown that the healing process is significantly faster using MEBO ointments.

There are 5 products in the MEBO range – Burn Repair, Wound Repair, Skin Restore, Acne Clear and Anti Itch

Burn Repair is especially formulated to promote the natural healing of all burns, including scalds, sunburn and nappy rash. MEBO Burn Repair works by helping to cool and soothe the affected area, encouraging stem cell regeneration to assist in the growth of new skin, helping to minimise scarring, moisturising and protecting the area.

Wound Repair is especially formulated to help with all skin wounds including ulcers (bedsores, diabetic, chronic), cracked nipples, shingles, chilblains, impetigo (school sores), haemorrhoids, cracked/chafed/grazed skin, and donor-site repair.

Skin Restore helps fade scars and blemishes and return elasticity to damaged skin, assisting in the natural repair and regeneration of new skin.  It protects and nourishes newly healed skin, as well as assisting in the cleansing and protection of new skin.   It provides a healthy environment for the natural recovery of scarred or blemished skin.  It assists in reducing skin cracking.

Anti Itch is especially formulated to soothe the skin, reduce the urge to scratch, as well as provide moisture and nourishment to the skin, for skin comfort. MEBO Anti Itch also helps the natural repair of cracked, chafed or dry scaly skin and helps minimise scarring.  Can be used on all areas of the body and is ideal for irritated skin; to help relieve itching from insect bites, chicken pox, eczema & dermatitis, providing moisture and nutrition.  Repairs and protects nerve endings in the skin. Promotes epithelial repair through stem cell regeneration.  Safe with pregnancy and with young children.

Acne Clear helps clear pimples from skin.  It supports the skins immune response to bacteria and cleanses irritated & infected skin. It nourishes & protects the skin, providing rapid healing to acne.  This intensive formula is effective for daily skincare, leaving skin moist, clean and smooth. Please note this product does not prevent pimples, but speeds up the healing process once you have a pimple. For pimples, acne, and rosacea – providing moisture, nutrition, and skin cleansing; accelerating new skin growth and reducing scarring


           MEBO range of topical ointments

skin peace

Harker Herbals Skin Peace Lotion

Harker Herbals Skin Peace Lotion

Harker Herbals (Previously called Malcolm Harker) have a wide range of skin products, but one of our favourites is the Skin Peace Lotion (previously called Skin Soothe).  Skin Peace is a soothing lotion for minor skin itches and irritations.  We know many people with eczema who have found this to be very soothing when applied.  It is a non greasy, plant based formula which leaves skin feeling cool and moisturised.  It helps relieve itching and can provide relief from the rash of hives, eczema, psoriasis and after shaving.   It contains essential oils of cajeput, camphor, cedarwood, clove bud, jojoba and peppermint – to name a few.   Because of this essential oil combination, the lotion feels warm when you first apply it and then it becomes very soothing and cooling – kind of like a liniment balm action.

ApisDerma Topical Skin Cream

ApisDerma Non-Steroid Paraben Free Hypo-Allergenic Skin Cream

ApisDerma Non-Steroid Paraben Free Hypo-Allergenic Skin Cream

We have stocked ApisDerma for many years now.  We have many customers that absolutely love this

product and they continue to purchase this from us year after year.

ApisDerma tell us ” This is a Non-Steroid, Paraben free, Hypo-Allergenic Skin cream. This natural alternative skincare is known for its ability to support the natural healing process for topical skin problems.  While rapidly soothing and moisturising skin, helping to reduce scale, ApisDerma Topical Skin Cream also keeps skin smooth and resilient whilst providing natural protection and a healthy environment that promotes natural recovery”.

The ApisDerma range of products contains active organic Apis Mellifera Extract A and Apis Mellifera Extract B.  Extracted from the hive of the honey-bee, these unique matters are used by the bees for their natural antiseptic properties.

Chickweed Ointment

Dr Christopher's Itch Ointment

 Dr Christopher’s Itch Ointment

Dr Christopher products are very well know world wide, as he was considered a leader with his knowledge of herbal medicine and his herbal combinations are considered second to none.

A tincture of Chickweed is known to help with inflamed skin and to help sooth the irritated area, especially when applied topically in a cream.  Dr Christopher tells us his ointment is  “Excellent for eczema and/or other skin infections, sores, burning, itchy skin or genitals, swollen testes, acne, hives, also for ulceration of mouth and throat. This is a wonderful healing ointment.

So what else would you recommend for Inflamed Skin?

The other vital recommendations are:

Take a probiotic.  There is one probiotic strain – Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (also known as LGG) – that is well recognised for its beneficial effects in eczema. This particular strain of bacteria is one of the most extensively studied probiotic organisms and has a documented safety record.

Research shows that Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) can help to alleviate the symptoms of eczema such as itching. It may also reduce the incidence of children developing eczema and other atopic conditions including allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and food allergies. When given to pregnant and breastfeeding women, studies have found Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) helps to protect their children from developing these conditions. This probiotic strain is available in both the Ethical Nutrients Eczema Shield powder and this product Ethical Nutrients Eczema Relief VegeCaps.

Take concentrated Omega-3.  Essential fatty acids like omega-3 from fish oil, is a vital addition to any regime for inflamed skin. When enough DHA, a component of Omega-3, is taken, this offers a natural anti inflammatory effect and is a precursor to docosanoid, natural anti-inflammatory substances which inhibit the inflammatory enzymes COX-2 and NFkB.  We like the Ethical Nutrients Hi Strength Fish Oil liquid, where 1 teaspoon provides nearly 1000mg of DHA.

We love the Sabun soap, a traditional Syrian soap, used specifically for inflammatory skin problems.  This 100% natural handmade soap is made from a closely guarded recipe that has been handed down for generations. The soap has been in the Middle east for centuries. Each bar takes almost 1 year to make, as the soap is left to dry for 9 months producing a naturally moisturising bar. The mositurising and antioxidant properties of olive oil and antibacterial benefits of bay laurel make it ideal for even the most sensitive skin. In the middle east, it is recommended for dry skin, eczema and other skin conditions. Sabun can be used on the face, for shaving and is completely safe for babies skin. It contains no palm oil, animal ingredients, perfumes, preservatives or artificial ingredients

Any Dietary Recommendations for Inflamed Skin?

With regard to the diet, we would always recommend a completely 100% Sugar free diet.  Gluten and corn are also very highly inflammatory, so we would suggest total avoidance of this too.  The best way to do this is to:

Check the ingredient section of every packaged food you purchase and have, before eating, to ensure it does not contain ANY FORM of sugar.  These can be written as sugar, glucose, sucrose, honey, fructose, maltose, corn syrup, maple sugar, maple syrup, invert sugar, molasses, malt dextrose, corn syrup, sorbitol, aspartame, saccharin. It does not matter if it is a healthy sugar, such as honey, or an artificial sugar such as NutraSweet.  These sugars ferment in the gut & must be eliminated 100%. The sugar substitute Stevia can be used freely.

Keep a food and symptom diary, recording everything that you eat or drink.  Also record what your skin is like.  This way you will be able to see if there are any patterns with regard to What you ate and the symptoms you are experiencing.  Some people may get an immediate “reaction” such as itchiness, sneezing, a foggy head or an urgency to go to the toilet.  But food reactions can take a day or two to develop, hence the importance of the food and symptom diary.

Drink adequate water, to keep your eliminative organs flushed, so your body does not need to use your skin as an eliminative organ.  Most people need a minimum of 2 litres of water a day, sipped on consistently throughout the day, rather than all at once.  Those who exercise need an extra 750ml of water per 1 hour of exercise.

There are heaps of other things that can help with inflamed skin, and these are just my basic recommendations.  If you would like to discuss your skin condition with a Naturopath, you would be welcome to phone us and speak to one of the ladies in our naturopathic team or email

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health