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Latest Trends in Natural Medicine

By Bryce Wylde

It was my pleasure to once again recently join the Dr. OZ show and discuss the latest trends in Natural Medicine.

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I am extremely passionate about finding new discoveries in the world of natural medicine.  Here is how the show went down.

Omega-3’s aren't new but they’re still one of the hottest and best studied natural supplements out there. Too many people still aren’t taking them and getting their tremendous health benefits. We don’t get enough of them in our diet.  Some people don't like the taste of fish oil, so one of the things on my radar is how to get therapeutic doses of omega-3 from plants and certain flowers. The Ahi flower is creating a lot of buzz and has huge potential to satisfy this gap. It is a clean, environmentally sustainable plant form of omega-3’s that deliver the same kind of power of fish oils. It may not be well known yet, but one day very soon it will be!

As the investigational journalist of the natural health industry, I tap all my sources to find out the buzz when it comes to natural products. I scour the internet, ask my own patients what else they take besides what I recommend them, and attend and often lecture at every health convention and continuing education forum I can. But I love to produce micro documentaries around the world. This immerses me even further as I put myself there right in the field, shoot a 'farm to finish', dive ocean waters, or through a manufacturing plant to investigate the products that end up in your supplement cupboard. As further due diligence, I often send plant and food raw materials to the national research labs in Canada to verify their chemical makeup and nutritional as well as therapeutic content. Ensuring safety and efficacy before I recommend anything is paramount.

Following my education deeply rooted in natural medicine - biology, natural medicine, homeopathy, and nutrition - I strive to be the world expert on natural medicine.  I am a sponge for information and I won’t stop at reading a white paper or the latest study.  I need to get to the ground level and see for myself. I suppose that when what you do is both based in education and passion, people catch on.  With a consumer desire for “more information on that natural medicine please!” plus the power of media to that mix, and I’m proud and humbled to have become a ‘people’s choice’ in the industry. Much of what I've learned is featured in the three books I've written on the topic of health: The Antioxidant Prescription, Wylde On Health, and my most recent Power Plants.

One of my expertise is to make predictions in the world of natural health. My top 3 predictions for the “next biggest things” in Natural Medicine and nutrition are:

Chaga Mushroom

Mushrooms should be on your radar because they strengthen your immune system in a way that fruit and vegetables can’t. North Americans don't eat enough of them. Asians eat a lot of maitake and shitake and studies show this helps to fend off many different types of immune imbalances and thwart cancer. Chaga Mushroom is a mushroom found on Birch trees. It is being looked at as a potential cancer fighter as well as a really powerful antioxidant. The problem with Chaga today is that widespread chopping of Chaga conks off of trees threatens a delicate ecological balance so scientists are working on growing it in a sustainable form.

Lucuma

Lucuma is a beautiful brightly coloured orange Peruvian fruit. It has the shape of a large Avocado and also resembles one due to its big inner brown seed.

One of the biggest problems with energy in this day and age is where we get it from. Hummingbirds need liquid sugar, we don't. For optimal health it has to come in the perfect package - an all natural form, not too much of it, and when we get it we want it with antioxidants and slow release energy providing carbohydrates.

Lucuma fruit is all of that and more. It has blood sugar balancing, weight loss, heart health, cancer prevention/protection, and energy yielding effects.

Lucuma tastes taste like a blend of maple syrup and sweet potato and contains a whollop of micro nutrients and in particular a substance that inhibits an intestinal enzyme known as alpha-glucosidase. This enzyme breaks down starches and complex sugars into simple sugars. When its activity is stopped, carbohydrates are not fully digested and glucose absorption from the intestines decreases. Many popular anti-diabetic drugs contain synthetic chemicals that also have a similar mechanism of action (stop activity of alpha-glucosidase). "Time released nutrition" provides you the type of energy that keeps you going all day long.

The Lucuma fruit also features high levels of antioxidants like beta-carotene, as well as niacin and vitamin C, and is a great source of minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and remarkable concentrations of iron for improved energy. It is available online and health food stores usually sold in the powder form.

Haskap Berry

What do you get when you cross a blueberry, a raspberry, and a black currant? A Haskap berry!  Haskap has long been known by the ancient Japanese as “The fruit of life longevity”.  It was introduced to Canada in the late 1960’s originating from the island of Hokkaido – Japan’s northern most island territory.  Although this berry looks similar to a blueberry in colour, it is elongated and slightly cylindrical taking shape more like a mini plum. It is more closely related to a tomato than a blueberry or cranberry and it comes from the honeysuckle family.

Haskap has more polyphenols than tea, coffee, and red wine and five times the amount of phenols compared to blueberries - making it a formidable antioxidant superfood. Their antioxidant power to us to help us prevent heart disease, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.

The phenolic content in this berry is directly associated with its color and flavour.  The skin of red grapes for example is also very high, but interestingly most varieties of red grapes used to make wine have white flesh. The redness in wine occurs because wine ferments in the presence of its dark skin – a process that naturally delivers the polyphenol content.  Haskap berry on the other hand has a flesh that is reddish-purple. That means it also has high phenol content throughout and not just the skin. This inherently gives the haskap a higher antioxidant score and therefore a superior health benefits when compared to most berries.

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