DHA is the critical omega-3 during pregnancy and infancy!

Children's Health

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Jolie RootThere does not seem to be much debate regarding DHA supplementation for pregnant and nursing mothers. And also for mothers in general and children. There is consensus around the world for the importance of this nutrient. The evidence suggests that DHA is one of the important pre and post natal nutrients.

In this interview with Jolie Root, you will learn about some of the significant nutritional science that reveals the importance of DHA. After listening to this interview you will want to make sure that mothers to be, pregnant women and their babies get sufficient DHA. The long term benefits of starting early pays dividends that can influence health through a lifetime.

DHA in concentrated in the heart, eyes and brain. Developing fetuses obtain DHA from the mother through the placenta during pregnancy and as infants through breast milk when nursing. Mothers who are deficient in DHA cannot pass on enough to the baby and in fact will likely end up being deficient themselves, often with consequences to their health. DHA has been shown to contribute to better pregnancy outcomes. Lack of DHA has significant negative implications.

Pregnant woman and childRecent studies have shown that DHA is critical for infant brain development. Supplementation with maternal DHA has shown in some studies to improve infant development such as attention span, motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Recommendations for DHA supplementation ranges from 100 to 300 mg. additionally daily. There are numerous supplements available for both mothers and infants.

This is another example of how the science of nutrition is benefiting children. We are now able to point to the science of infant nutrition to begin to understand the importance of certain nutrients pre and postnatally. In a previous interview with Jolie, we discussed the importance of probiotics for infants and children. The science suggests that early nutritional interventions can pay benefits over the long term.

Marine Sources of Omega-3

It is an important distinction to know that omega-3 from flaxseed and other vegetable sources is not DHA and does not replace DHA. Other omega-3 fatty acids have other benefits but don’t confuse them. The best sources for DHA are marine sources such as fish oil. Algae sourced DHA is considered the best vegetarian alternative. When choosing fish such as salmon as your source of DHA, choose wild salmon. Farm raised salmon are often fed grain such as corn which contribute to more omega-6 and less omega-3. Grass fed animals such as beef and chicken will contain more omega-3 than grain fed animals. The food you choose to eat does make a difference. It is not all about supplements.

Here is a quote from one of the 10,000 studies on DHA found at PubMedHealth benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) Pharmacol Res. 1999 Sep;40(3):211-25.

“Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is essential for the growth and functional development of the brain in infants. DHA is also required for maintenance of normal brain function in adults. The inclusion of plentiful DHA in the diet improves learning ability, whereas deficiencies of DHA are associated with deficits in learning. DHA is taken up by the brain in preference to other fatty acids. The turnover of DHA in the brain is very fast, more so than is PubMedgenerally realized. The visual acuity of healthy, full-term, formula-fed infants is increased when their formula includes DHA. During the last 50 years, many infants have been fed formula diets lacking DHA and other omega-3 fatty acids. DHA deficiencies are associated with foetal alcohol syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cystic fibrosis, phenylketonuria, unipolar depression, aggressive hostility, and adrenoleukodystrophy.” End Excerpt. You should read the rest of this abstract, there’s more. It is an impressive distillation of the science of DHA. And this goes back to 1999. You would think more of us would know this by 2016.

Supplements will assure that you are consuming beneficial amounts of important nutrients. The best sources of marine omega-3 include fish body oil, cod liver oil, krill oil, calamari oil, mussel oil and algae.

Mothers need to consider many other nutrients such as folate and calcium as well. A mother who is well nourished will do better than one who is not and will most often have better outcomes with healthier babies. Remember that babies are made from the molecules provided by the mother and her diet. Seek to eat well and supplement wisely.

About Jolie Root
Jolie is the Senior Nutritionist/Educator at Carlson Laboratories. She began as a natural products retailer who evolved into a career in education in the health sciences. She is a nutritionist and a nurse. She understands both the science and the practical application of good nutrition for health. Jolie hosts a weekly radio show called Food for Thought which is heard in New York, Florida and online.Carlson



 An Ancient Mushroom Emerges as Powerful Kidney Support

Mark Kaylor

Natural Immune Support

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Poria (Poria cocos) is one of the most widely utilized ingredients in traditional Chinese herbalism where it is used to support healthy kidney and urinary tract function. I just recently learned about this medicinal mushroom, Poria Cocos. So this is fairly new to me. It always excites me to learn about emerging nutritional products. This is not new to those knowledgeable about Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been also been used by Native Americans as well for centuries. So for me this is a good example of how “new” products emerge in the marketplace. Do you ever wonder how products get discovered and brought to your store shelf? In the case of plant medicines it usually starts with healing history of cultures. Every culture had it’s healers and it’s medicines. We now have unprecedented access to natural medicines from around the world. How do products emerge? And how do we know those products are safe and effective?

 In our modern world we are now able to appropriate natural medicines from cultures around the world. These native medicines are now being studied using scientific methods. This is how we have a growing confidence in the power of natural plants and the extracts that are derived from those plants. I consider this to be the golden age for natural medicines as we have the confluence of historical uses confirmed by modern science. As long as one follows the science and chooses wisely then all things are possible.
In this interview, I will discuss the benefits of Poria Cocos with Mark Kaylor. Poria cocos has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It was used to reinforce and balance the effects of other herbs in medicinal formulas, and has been considered a tonic, diuretic, and sedative. Mark is a passionate advocate for the value of natural mushrooms. In this interview we will consider the following topics:
  •  Kidney_BladderWhat makes mushroom so special?
  • Poria traditional uses
  • Explain the concept of “dampness”?
  • Poria & Kidney health
  • Poria & Immune health
  • Other Poria research
  • Why don’t we hear more about medicinal mushrooms?
  • Mushroom Wisdom Poria
 Poria has numerous clinical studies and you can learn more if you  follow the science at PubMed. Here are some excerpts and a link to a comprehensive review of Poria studies. Planta Medica 2011; ; 77(7): 681-691;
 “Poria cocos (Polyporaceae) is a saprophytic fungus that grows in diverse species of Pinus. Its sclerotium, called fu-ling or hoelen, is used in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine for its diuretic, sedative, and tonic effects. Various studies of this fungus have demonstrated its marked anti-inflammatory activity in different experimental models of acute and chronic inflammation. It is widely used as a constituent of many preparations in Asian medicine.”

“In this review, we have compiled all the published data concerning the chemistry, pharmacology, and clinical uses of this drug in order to evaluate its clinical interest for future use against various pathologies in which inflammation and immunodepression are implicated.”

“Reviewing the literature, we found that polysaccharides from Poria cocos enhanced the secretion of immune stimulators and suppressed the secretion of immune suppressors, thus potentiating the immune response.”

“Immunomodulatory properties: Certain medicinal plants and fungi, among them Poria cocos, are what are commonly referred to as immunomodulators, in that they alter the activity of immune function through the dynamic regulation of informational molecules such as cytokines. This property explains the effects of these plants on the immune system and other tissues.”

“Conclusions: Several pharmacological effects of Poria cocos have been clearly demonstrated in experimental studies. Of these, it is important to distinguish between anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant effects. Although the crude drug has been studied with regard to both properties, experimental studies show that purified extracts achieve the best effect. Thus, while anti-inflammatory activity has been clearly demonstrated for the triterpene-enriched fraction, immunomodulation is correlated with the polysaccharide-enriched fractions. In the case of anticancer properties, both groups of compounds are implicated, triterpenes as cytotoxic principles and polysaccharides as immunostimulants.” End excerpt.

 Poria Cocos is available from Mushroom Wisdom. Super Poria by Mushroom Wisdom uses the sclerotium grown on pine logs under specific conditions and extracted using both hot water and alcohol. You can also listen to our other interviews with Mark discussing other natural mushroom extracts from Mushroom Wisdom.
About Mark Kaylor

Radient_Health_ProjectMark has been exploring a diverse array of healing practices and traditions from around the world since college. From a Cherokee reservation to the Amazonian rainforest to mountains in China, Mark has explored the healing traditions around the world.

These varied studies grew into a style of practice and approach to healing that focuses on truly holistic healing and incorporates a variety of approaches, styles, and modalities. Eschewing allopathic treatments for symptomatic relief, Mark has been in pursuit of radiant health, both in his own life and in his practice; viewing health and healing as a lifelong process or “path” rather than an end goal.

Mark has been consulting and formulating products in the natural products industry for many years. He is currently creating a not-for- profit organization, Radiant Health Project, which is centered on sharing health and healing information from a holistic and natural perspective, focusing on maximizing health, vitality, and even longevity

Mark is co-author of “Syndrome X and SX Fraction” and the newsletter “Health from the Hive”. You can contact him via his website: Wisdom


211 – How to Read a Probiotic Label – My Interview with Natasha Trenev

In this interview Natasha will introduce us to the industry adopted probiotic standards. As you examine this issue you will gain the knowledge about how to judge and choose a probiotic. Natasha will explain how and why these standards are important and how consumers can make judgments based on those standards. If consumers don’t know what to look for then it is nearly impossible to make an informed choice. This is a challenge for all consumers of nutritional products. We have discussed this several times here at Until the FDA has corralled the cheaters, consumers must become wary and educated. Good companies with great products are out there. You need to learn the difference. Good companies want to earn your trust because they do everything possible to created safe and effective products. Bad companies, or even careless companies don’t care about quality, effectiveness or even safety.

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210 – Vitamin K-2 is Critical for Heart and Bone Health – My Interview with Dr. Ralph Holsworth

Osteoporosis is a disease in which weakening of the bones causes increased risk of fracture. Poor diet, aging, low body weight, low levels of sex hormones (menopause), smoking, and some medications can increase the risk for osteoporosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Osteoporosis affects over 5.3 million men and women over the age of 50 in the United States. Due to the disease’s prevalence, there has been extensive research. As a result, there have been many studies showing Vitamin K2 as an effective means to help patients re-strengthen their bones.

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209 – Rethinking the Multiple Vitamin – My Interview with Dr. Erin Stokes

This interview is largely about the new approach to multi-vitamins. Dr. LowDog and MegaFood worked long and hard to create products that will meet most of your basic nutritional needs. Dr. Erin Stokes will discuss the rationale behind the formulas. The approach is basically this; your multi-vitamin is two per day and is age and gender specific. There is no calcium in the multi-vitamin as calcium is impossible to get in significant amounts in most multis. MegaFood has a separate calcium bone formula that is designed to let you adjust the calcium to your specific needs and to get enough calcium to make a difference in the formula. Separating the multi from the calcium helps ensure you will get the best amount of both.

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208 – Building Bone Strength and Flexiblity – My Interview with Richard Passwater Jr.

One of the most significant nutrient for bone health is orthosilicic acid, sold as BioSil. BioSil is a form of silica that has been shown through clinical studies to increase the bodies production of collagen. Collagen is the protein that forms the framework for bones. Collagen provides for flexibility and calcium provides the strength. Bones should be strong and flexible, which helps bone withstand stress. Increasing collagen throughout the body can improve structure throughout the body. BioSil has also been clinically shown to support skin, hair and nails.

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207 – Harnessing the Power of Broccoli – My Interview with Anthony Thomas

After this interview you will understand much more about the benefits of sulforaphane. You will also understand why eating broccoli will not give you the higher levels of sulforaphane needed. You will learn why it is actually the broccoli sprouts that are the best source. You will also learn why making a broccoli supplement is not as easy as it sounds. Broccoli products are not created equal. This interview will help you understand the distinctions between products and what is necessary to create a safe, beneficial and effective product.

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206 – The Probiotic Cure – My Interview with Martie Whittekin

The world of probiotic science is growing rapidly. One of the challenges for every consumer is to learn about the science and then to learn how to appropriate this knowledge into an action plan. There is a new book, The Probiotic Cure by Martie Whittekin that will help bring some clarity to the topic. Because this is a complex subject most consumers desire a way to simplify the process and this book can help.

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205 – Cannabidiol (CBD) for Stress and Sleep – My Interview with Dr. Aimee Shunney

In this interview with Dr. Aimee Shunney, we will discuss her experience with Plus CBD Oil in her clinical practice. I love talking to practitioners because they are the ones on the front line of patient care. Dr. Shunney is the type of doctor we all wish we had. Someone who combines the best of medical and nutritional care. So when someone like Dr. Shunney, who sees many people with common problems related to stress and sleep, states that Plus CBD Oil works better than anything she has previously used, I take notice.

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204 – What Are Metabolic Enzymes – My Interview with Tom Bohager

In this interview with Tom, we are going to discuss metabolic enzymes (also known as therapeutic enzymes). I am certain that many less consumers know about or understand this part of the enzyme story. This also surprises me because the research on metabolic enzymes goes back 50 years. I have known about and used some form of enzymes for nearly 40 years and we always have some in our natural medicine chest. I consider them to be a very important adjunct nutrient for pain and inflammation. Metabolic enzymes are those enzymes that are taken for purposes other than digestion. For that reason metabolic enzymes are taken between meals on an empty stomach.

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