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Artificial Sweetners May Be Worse Than Sugar for Diabetics

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Artificial Sweeteners May Be Worse than Sugar for Diabetics

 

Artificial Sweeteners Don’t Help Diabetes – They CAUSE It.

 

Diet foods and drinks are promoted to help you lose weight but compelling evidence shows that artificial sweeteners like aspartame cause weight gain rather than weight loss. That’s right, aspartame―which was once hailed as a wonder chemical because it tastes like sugar without the calories―actually makes you fatter, and adversely affects your blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity.

 

Studies Repeatedly Find Aspartame Causes Weight Gain

 

The fact that aspartame is NOT a dieter’s best friend has been known by scientists for some time. The problem is this news has not received the necessary traction in the media. For example, a study from 19861, which included nearly 80,000 women, found that those who used artificial sweeteners were significantly more likely than non-users to gain weight over time, regardless of initial weight. According to the authors, the results “were not explicable by differences in food consumption patterns,” and concluded that:

 

” The data do not support the hypothesis that long-term artificial sweetener use either helps weight loss or prevents weight gain.”

 

Another more recent study with the telling title of Gain Weight by “Going Diet?” Artificial Sweeteners and the Neurobiology of Sugar Cravings, published in 20102, found that epidemiologic data suggest artificially sweetened foods and beverages do not reduce weight. Quite the contrary:

 

 

“Several large scale prospective cohort studies found positive correlation between artificial sweetener use and weight gain. The San Antonio Heart Study examined 3,682 adults over a seven- to eight-year period in the 1980s.

 

When matched for initial body mass index (BMI), gender, ethnicity, and diet, drinkers of artificially sweetened beverages consistently had higher BMIs at the follow-up, with dose dependence on the amount of consumption… Saccharin use was also associated with eight-year weight gain in 31,940 women from the Nurses’ Health Study conducted in the 1970s.

 

Similar observations have been reported in children.

 

A two-year prospective study involving 166 school children found that increased diet soda consumption was associated with higher BMI Z-scores at follow-up, indicating weight gain. The Growing Up Today Study, involving 11,654 children aged 9 to 14 also reported positive association between diet soda and weight gain for boys. For each daily serving of diet beverage, BMI increased by 0.16 kg/m2… A cross-sectional study looking at 3,111 children and youth found diet soda drinkers had significantly elevated BMI.”

 

Study Finds Aspartame Worsens Insulin Sensitivity

 

A recent study published in PLoS One3 found that chronic lifetime exposure to aspartame, commencing in utero, produces changes in blood glucose parameters and adversely impacts spatial learning and memory in mice.

 

The study, which was published in April, is a blow against claims that aspartame is an ideal sugar substitute for diabetics. The researchers used a dosage of aspartame that approximates the ADI for aspartame in the US (approx. 50 mg/kg body weight), and not only was aspartame found to decrease insulin sensitivity compared to controls, it also wrought havoc on brain function.

 

As I’ve mentioned on countless occasions, optimizing your insulin sensitivity is key for optimal health, as insulin resistance is a hallmark of virtually every chronic disease you can think of, but especially type 2 diabetes. Now, contrary to popular belief, aspartame is being revealed as a substance that actually decreases or worsens insulin sensitivity, which is the complete opposite of what you want—especially if you’re already pre-diabetic or diabetic!

 

According to the authors:

 

“At 17 weeks of age, male aspartame-fed mice exhibited weight gain, elevated fasting glucose levels and decreased insulin sensitivity compared to controls. Females were less affected, but had significantly raised fasting glucose levels.

 

During spatial learning trials in the MWM (acquisition training), the escape latencies of male aspartame-fed mice were consistently higher than controls, indicative of learning impairment… Interestingly, the extent of visceral fat deposition correlated positively with non-spatial search strategies such as floating and thigmotaxis, and negatively with time spent in the target quadrant and swimming across the location of the escape platform.

 

These data suggest that lifetime exposure to aspartame, commencing in utero, may affect spatial cognition and glucose homeostasis in C57BL/6J mice, particularly in males.”

 

Male mice fed aspartame experienced significantly higher weight gain compared to the control group, whereas female weight gain was unaffected by the aspartame diet compared to controls. Still, deposits of visceral fat—those dangerous fat deposits around internal organs, which are associated with an increased risk of heart disease in humans—increased in aspartame-fed mice of both sexes.

 

Aspartame-fed mice of both sexes also had elevated fasting blood glucose levels compared to non-consumers of aspartame, although the male mice experienced higher elevations than the females.

 

According to the authors:

 

“A random-fed insulin tolerance test administered at 19 weeks of age showed that glucose levels in male aspartame-fed mice were 120.2 percent higher than control mice following insulin challenge and remained significantly elevated above controls for up to 30 minutes, suggesting impairment of glucose and insulin regulation. The mean Area Under the Curve (AUC) in male aspartame-fed mice was significantly higher than control, suggesting deregulation of glucose homeostasis.

 

… Collectively these data indicate that aspartame treatment affects… weight gain… visceral fat deposition and glucose homeostasis particularly in males…” [Emphasis mine]

 

Surprise: Aspartame Raises Insulin Levels as Much as Sugar

 

Another study published in 2007 in the journal Diabetes Care4 found similar results. Here, the researchers investigated the effect of different macronutrient compositions on plasma glucose and insulin levels during an acute bout of exercise in men with type 2 diabetes. They compared the subjects in five different conditions:

 

high–glycemic index sucrose meal (455 kcal)

low–glycemic index fructose meal (455 kcal)

aspartame meal (358 kcal)

high-fat/low-carbohydrate meal (455 kcal)

fasting

They hypothesized that using fructose or aspartame would have a lower impact on insulin release and glucose response than a sucrose-sweetened meal. Those of you who have been reading my articles featuring experts on sugar and fructose like Dr. Richard Johnson and Dr. Robert Lustig will immediately recognize this as a fatally flawed hypothesis. And indeed, that is what they discovered as well. According to the authors:

 

“Contrary to all expectation, the aspartame breakfast induced a similar rise in glucose and insulin levels at baseline than the sucrose meal, even if the aspartame meal had the same taste, and was 22 percent lower in calories and 10 percent lower in carbohydrates, with an inferior glycemic index.

 

… Considering the lack of evidence on the aspartame utilization in patients with type 2 diabetes, we consider that these clinical observations, in an exercise setting, raise important concerns regarding the safety of aspartame as suggested by international guidelines.”

 

European Food Safety Authority to Re-Evaluate Aspartame

 

In related news, the European Commission (EC) has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to speed up the full re-evaluation of aspartame (approved in Europe under the designation E951)5. Previously planned to be re-evaluated by 2020, the EC is now asking for the review of aspartame to be initiated this year.

 

According to a notice by EFSA:

 

“In the course of its scientific deliberations, the Panel found that there were too little data available on 5-benzyl-3,6-dioxo-2-piperazine acetic acid (DKP) and other potential degradation products that can be formed from aspartame in food and beverages when stored under certain conditions. EFSA is therefore launching an additional call for data on DKP and other degradation products of aspartame.”

 

Aspartame’s three components are phenylalanine (50 percent), aspartic acid (40 percent), and methanol (10 percent). When aspartame is exposed to heat or prolonged storage, it breaks down into metabolites. One of these breakdown products is Diketopiperazine (DKP), a toxic metabolite that is not usually found in our diet. The effects of these different metabolites are unknown.

 

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, the EFSA re-evaluation will find out about these metabolites, but regardless, it stands to reason that anything not normally found in actual food is probably not suitable to eat if you’re interested in maintaining optimal health… After all, the human body is designed to run on nutrients, not foreign chemicals.

 

Good News, Aspartame Sales Going DOWN

 

Fortunately, awareness of the dangers of aspartame is beginning to spread. According to a recent report by Foodnavigator.com, global sales of aspartame decreased significantly during the first quarter of Ajinomoto’s financial year6.

 

 

Retraining Your Taste Buds is Necessary if You Want Good Health

 

The idea that you can have your sweets without paying the price of excess weight and related health problems is a persistent one, but it’s not one we’re likely to solve anytime soon. Still, beverage manufacturers like PepsiCo and Coca-Cola are hard at work searching for the magic ingredient that will quench your thirst for sugary sweetness without the extra calories.

 

 

As reported by SeattlePi.com7, increasing awareness of the harmful effects of both high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners has soda makers searching high and low for new naturally occurring sweeteners. Some extracts currently under consideration include stevia, monk fruit, and miracle fruit.

 

Whether or not any of them will actually be able to let you have your soda without suffering negative consequences remains to be seen. I highly doubt it. But one thing is for certain, and that is that artificial sweeteners have completely failed in this regard. The evidence showing that artificial sweeteners actually worsen the conditions it’s supposed to ameliorate—primarily obesity and diabetes—is quite overwhelming, and since its approval aspartame has been linked to all sorts of health problems. The following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame:

Brain tumors Multiple sclerosis Epilepsy
Chronic fatigue syndrome Parkinson’s disease Alzheimer’s disease
Lymphoma Fibromyalgia Diabetes

Aspartame and MSG Implicated in Worsening Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Symptoms

 

Another recent study published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology8 reveals a potential link between aspartame and conditions such as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Both monosodium glutamate (MSG) and aspartate—one of the main ingredients in aspartame—are considered “excitotoxic,” meaning they can excite brain neurons to the point of death.

 

According to the authors:

 

“Fifty-seven fibromyalgia patients who also had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) were placed on a 4-week diet that excluded dietary additive excitotoxins including MSG and aspartame. Thirty-seven people completed the diet and 84 percent of those reported that >30% of their symptoms resolved, thus making them eligible to proceed to challenges. Subjects who improved on the diet were then randomised to a 2-week double-blind placebo-controlled crossover challenge with MSG or placebo for 3 consecutive days each week.

 

… The MSG challenge, as compared to placebo, resulted in a significant return of symptoms; a worsening of fibromyalgia severity… decreased quality of life in regards to IBS symptoms… and a non-significant trend toward worsening fibromyalgia pain based on visual analogue scale.  These findings suggest that dietary glutamate may be contributing to fibromyalgia symptoms in some patients. Future research on the role of dietary excitotoxins in fibromyalgia is warranted.”

 

Are Your Health Problems Related to Artificial Sweeteners?

 

Many people belatedly realize they’ve been suffering reactions to one artificial sweetener or another. If you suspect an artificial sweetener might be to blame for a symptom you’re having, a good way to help you weed out the culprit is to do an elimination challenge. It’s easy to do, but you must read the ingredient labels for everything you put in your mouth to make sure you’re avoiding ALL artificial sweeteners.

 

To determine if you’re having a reaction to artificial sweeteners, take the following steps:

 

Eliminate all artificial sweeteners from your diet for two weeks.

After two weeks of being artificial sweetener-free, reintroduce your artificial sweetener of choice in a significant quantity (about three servings daily). Avoid other artificial sweeteners during this period.

Do this for one to three days and notice how you feel, especially as compared to when you were consuming no artificial sweeteners.

If you don’t notice a difference in how you feel after re-introducing your primary artificial sweetener for a few days, it’s a safe bet you’re able to tolerate it acutely, meaning your body doesn’t have an immediate, adverse response. However, this doesn’t mean your health won’t be damaged in the long run.

If you’ve been consuming more than one type of artificial sweetener, you can repeat steps 2 through 4 with the next one on your list.

Let me make it abundantly clear that even though you may not show immediate signs of any noticeable reaction after consuming artificial sweeteners, please don’t make the mistake of telling yourself “they must be OK for me”. I strongly urge you to avoid them at all costs. They are toxic to all humans and will not help you in any way, shape, or form.

 

Also, if you do experience side effects from aspartame, please report it to the FDA (if you live in the United States) without delay. It’s easy to make a report—just go to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator page, find the phone number for your state, and make a call reporting your reaction. There’s no telling just how many reports they might need to receive before taking another look at aspartame’s safety and reconsidering their stance. But I CAN tell you, the more reports they get, the more likely that is to happen. So if you suspect you have experienced an adverse reaction from aspartame (or any other drug or food additive), please take a moment to make this important call.

 

Are there ANY Safe and Healthy Alternatives to Sugar?

 

The best strategy is to lower your use of sugar and eat right for your nutritional type  and use the right fuel for your genetics and biochemistry making sure you have enough high quality fats. Once your body has the proper fuel, your sweet cravings will radically diminish and you will be satisfied without them.  If you still have cravings it is a strong suggestion you need to further refine your attempt to identify the right fuel for your body.

 

If you need a sweetener you could use stevia or Lo Han, both of which are safe natural sweeteners. Remember, if you struggle with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or extra weight, then you have insulin sensitivity issues and would benefit from avoiding ALL sweeteners.

 

If you’re having trouble weaning yourself off soda, try Turbo Tapping. Turbo Tapping is a clever use of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), specifically designed to resolve many aspects of an addiction in a concentrated period of time.

 

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Eating Healthier on Vacation

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Eating Healthier on Vacation

 

 

You’ve got a great diet going. You’re cutting down carbs, losing pounds and exercising like never before. But then you go on vacation…and lo and behold all your good work is ruined! You go on a sugar binge and then notice when you come back, the cravings for unhealthy food return. Within a few weeks, you may be back to destructive old habits. The key is to maintain your healthy lifestyle and better dieting habits while on vacation.

 

We know what you’re thinking: that’s so hard to do, right? Nobody on vacation cares about your dieting routines and sometimes you just have to rough it. But there are at least three “hacks” to eating healthier on vacation. Try these out and see how much easier it will be to stay faithful to your diet even when in a strange setting.

 

Don’t Eat Out—Cook

Honestly, this is half the battle right here. We’re so tempted to eat out when on vacation, we throw caution to the wind and re-accustom our bodies to those bad diets of yesterday. By simply staying home and cooking, you can avoid restaurants that have obscenely over flavored and over fattened foods that are just going to destroy your healthy regime. Better yet, avoid a hotel and opt instead of a cabin in the forest.

 

A spokesperson from Mountain Air Cabin Rentals says that cooking on vacation really works. “It’s not just a matter of avoiding bad restaurant food. The experience of cooking everything at home puts you back in control and back in awareness of what you eat, including how oversized restaurant portions are. Honestly, if you had to butter up everything yourself, you would be saying, ‘How can I possibly eat this?’ A lot of our clients request cabins instead of hotels because hotels, by nature, encourage splurging on money and foods that are not at all healthy.”

 

  1. See More, Eat Less

 

A lot of this is mind over matter. If you remind yourself that this trip is a once in a lifetime experience—and you’re cooking your own food—you’re just not going to want to waste so much time eating. You’re going to want to watch the scenery and go hiking, or sightseeing. So sample foods when you go out, but eat dinner at home. Save your energy not for feasting but for enjoying the vacation on foot. Besides, if you walk more on your vacation, you’re less likely to gain weight. You’ll be walking so much you will burn off the extra calories.

 

  1. Drink More and Snack More

 

Whoah, slow down—not drinking alcohol or the mini-bar. We mean water. Hydrate yourself plenty, since you’ll be walking. More water will calm cravings. Snacking on more nuts, fruits and vegetables will also curb cravings while hardly adding up any significant calories.

 

As you can see, logical planning is the best defense against the temptation of over eating on vacation.

 

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Campbells Approve GMO Labeling

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Campbell’s calls for nationwide mandatory GMO labeling, revokes support for anti-labeling front groups run by biotech mafia

 

 

Campbell’s just made food history. It announced support for nationwide GMO labeling while revoking its support for biotech front groups that oppose GMO labeling ballot initiatives at the state level.

 

In an announcement on its website, Campbell’s CEO Denise Morrison threw down the gauntlet, declaring a new era of food transparency for the company, affirming the inescapable conclusion that consumers want to know what they’re eating. Clean food activism has also rallied millions of people to boycott deceptive food brands that oppose GMO labeling, causing a loss of consumer trust in the “traitor brands” like Kashi, Larabar, Silk, General Mills, Kellogg’s, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

 

“Today, consistent with our Purpose, we announced our support for mandatory national labeling of products that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMO) and proposed that the federal government provide a national standard for non-GMO claims made on food packaging,” says Campbell’s. “We have always believed that consumers have the right to know what’s in their food. GMO has evolved to be a top consumer food issue reaching a critical mass of 92% of consumers in favor of putting it on the label.”

 

In saying this, Campbell’s is rejecting the “obfuscate and deceive” strategy of the rest of the industry: LIE, hide, threaten, deceive, distract and corrupt at every opportunity, keeping consumers in the dark and pushing poison (GMOs and glyphosate) while claiming food buyers are too stupid to understand simple food labels.

 

Campbell’s stakes out the high ground on food transparency

For this decision, Campbell’s deserves real credit. This is a groundbreaking decision that puts Campbell’s in a leadership position on the issue of food transparency.

 

If I were a Campbell’s shareholder, I’d be praising this decision. It puts Campbell’s far ahead of the coming wave of citizen science where privately run labs like my own (Labs.NaturalNews.com) are testing and publishing food test results acquired from state-of-the-art equipment capable of detecting herbicides and heavy metals at parts per billion concentrations. (My new lab expansion announcement is coming very soon. We’ve just finished a second build out and have added organic chemistry analysis with LC-MS instrumentation.)

 

Furthermore, this announcement engenders consumer trust in Campbell’s as a brand. While other companies are trying to deceive and lie to consumers, Campbell’s is pursuing a recipe of food transparency, disclosing exactly what it’s putting into its soups and other food products.

 

While I don’t endorse the entire Campbell’s product line — not yet anyway — I have to applaud the company’s actions on rejecting GMO deceptions and announcing a vision for long-term food transparency that covers GMOs and artificial additives as well.

 

Campbell’s distancing itself from the mafia-style criminals running the GMA and deceptive food companies

Campbell’s is even distancing itself from the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers of America), which engaged in mafia-style money laundering to defeat a GMO labeling ballot measure in Washington state.

 

“Campbell is withdrawing from all efforts led by groups opposing mandatory GMO labeling legislation, including those led by GMA,” says Campbell’s. That same statement continues with, “What I do know is that our decision was guided by our Purpose; rooted in our consumer-first mindset; and driven by our commitment to transparency – to be open and honest about our food. I truly believe it is the right thing to do for consumers and for our business.”

 

By making this strategic move, Campbell’s now differentiates itself from all the other big processed food companies and sets a new leadership standard that other companies will be scrambling to follow. After all, if you’re shopping at the grocery store and you see three different brands of soups on the shelf, which brand are you going to choose… Campbell’s soup that has committed itself to food transparency and honest labeling, or some other brand that supports labeling deceptions and the hiding of GMOs from consumers?

 

Although this assertion was predictably ridiculed by the GMO-pushing mainstream media, there’s no question that corporate sabotage is one of the many nefarious tactics used by the criminally run, mafia-style GMO front groups. (These are the same people who call in bomb threats at buildings where clean food activists are about to speak.)

 

Knowing firsthand the kind of threats and intimidation routinely used by the GMO industry shills, I think we need to be on the lookout for corporate sabotage against Campbell’s in a desperate effort to destroy public trust in their products.

 

This is a serious assertion, and Campbell’s needs to really shore up their own defenses against corporate sabotage at this point. As a food research scientist, I’d be happy to talk with Campbell’s and alert them to the most likely corporate sabotage vectors that would be targeted by biotech food terrorists. Truth be told, not every food safety outbreak is an accident…

 

By the way, people in the mainstream media who think corporate sabotage never takes place are cognitively retarded or living in a delusional fairy tale. Corporate sabotage has always been — and will continue to be — one of the tactics used by nefarious, unethical industries to destroy opposition. If you don’t believe corporate sabotage happens in America today, you have no idea how Wall Street, Silicon Valley or the petroleum industry works. And because we’ve already seen the dark tactics used by the GMO industry in particular, we have substantial and legitimate reasons to expect they will continue such tactics against their industry enemies like Chipotle and now Campbell’s.

 

These are the same tactics that were historically used by Big Tobacco, by the way: The threatening and intimidation of scientists, the corruption and influence of mainstream media, the infiltration of regulatory bodies in the government and the wholesale corruption of academia. Nearly every tactic once used by Big Tobacco to silence scientists and health advocates is now being used against clean food activists.

 

In fact, some of the very same people operating today as GMO mercenaries actually worked on Big Tobacco disinformation and P.R. campaigns. Check out the Truthwiki entries on Jon Entine, Kevin Folta, Henry Miller and the Washington Post GMO prostitute Tamar Haspel — who has openly admitted to taking money from biotech industry front groups — for a small taste of the kind of deceptions and defamation campaigns being run by these people. In mainstream media, “Monsanto whores” include journalists like Amy Harmon, Keith Kloor and Tamar Haspel, all of whom operate as biotech industry sellouts who push poison and disinfo.

 

In making its decision to reject the hiding of GMOs on food labels, Campbell’s has just rejected the lies and deceptions of biotech shills (pretending to be journalists) like Harmon, Kloor, Haspel and others. Campbell’s has effectively announced that they’re siding with the consumers, not the slanderers. As a result, Campbell’s actually has a bright future ahead of them in the food business, whereas many companies that are hiding GMOs in their foods are on the verge of being outed and shamed for selling poison food products while actively trying to keep consumers ignorant of what they’re eating.

 

We are winning the clean food wars

This is a great day for food transparency. The fact that Campbell’s decided, on its own, to reject the lies and deceptions of the GMO industry and side with consumers’ right to know what they’re eating is yet another sign of three powerful trends that are simply unstoppable:

 

Trend #1) The global cry for food transparency by informed consumers.

 

Trend #2) The rise of citizen science and analytical food labs that can’t be controlled by government regulators or corrupt corporations. (I’m spearheading this part of the movement with my Forensic Food Lab.)

 

Trend #3) The rise of social media sharing of food composition analysis results, allowing news about food ingredients to spread like wildfire across the ‘net, utterly bypassing mainstream media and government regulators to bring lifesaving information about food composition directly to consumers.

 

These three trends mean that food companies will no longer be able to hide what’s in their products. Effectively, we’re rapidly entering an age of NO MORE FOOD SECRETS.

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Tuna Ceviche

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Canned Tuna Ceviche

 

I know that it is winter, and in some parts of the world you want something hot to eat right now, but this is really good.  You can add and subtract whatever ingredients work for you.

Ingredients:

 

2 tbsp minced red onion

1 to 1 1/2 limes

kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed

1 tsp olive oil

1 (7 oz) can chunk white albacore tuna packed in water, (5.1 oz drained)

1 medium seeded plum tomato, finely diced

2  tbsp chopped cilantro

1 jalapeño, minced (keep seeds for spicy) or you can use pickled

3 drops Tabasco sauce (optional)

2 oz sliced avocado (1/2 medium haas)

 

Directions:

 

In a medium bowl, combine the red onion, pinch of kosher salt, juice of 1 lime and olive oil.

Mix in the chopped cilantro, jalapeño, drained tuna, tomato, and Tabasco, if using. Taste for salt and lime juice, adjust as needed (I used 1 1/2 limes). Cover and marinate in the refrigerator at least 20 minutes to let the flavors blend. To serve, top with fresh sliced avocado and serve.

 

Servings: 2 • Size: 3/4 cup tuna, 1/4 avocado  • Points +: 4 pts • Smart Points: 3

Calories: 153 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 9 g • Fiber: 3 g • Protein: 15 g • Sugar: 1 g

Sodium: 187 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 26 mg

 

Please feel free to share with friends and loved ones.

 

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Rosehip Oil

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What do the Duchess of Cambridge, Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and model Miranda Kerr all have in common? Reportedly, they use rosehip oil to keep their skin smooth and blemish-free.

 

I never thought I would suggest something over coconut oil for skin, but rosehip oil, also known as rosehip seed oil, is running a close race with coconut oil when it comes to its benefits for the skin. Rosehips were a remedy that was used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans all because of its amazing healing properties.

 

Indeed, rosehip oil was made into a syrup and rationed in Britain during wartime to ensure children’s resistance to infection. The syrup was made from the empty seed cases and also helped provide relief from diarrhea, stomach and menstrual cramps, nausea and indigestion. As you can see, rosehip oil — which is technically not an essential oil — has many uses that go more than skin deep.

 

Why Is Rosehip Oil So Effective?

 

Rosehip oil comes from the seeds of a specific variety of rose, Rosa aff. rubiginosa or Rosa moschata, which is the fruit left behind after a rose has flowered and dropped its petals. Rosehip oil is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes predominately grown in Chile, and is full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids that are known to correct dark spots and hydrate dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines.

 

By using a cold-press extraction process, the oil is separated from the hips and seeds. For facial skin care, rosehip oil offers several benefits when applied externally. It protects the skin and increases cell turnover because it contains vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A, and which are all antioxidants that help fight free radicals.

 

Rosehip oil’s healing properties are due to its chemical structure. As I noted, it’s rich in essential fatty acids, but more specifically oleic, palmitic, linoleic and gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Rosehip oil contains polyunsaturated fatty acids (vitamin F), also known as an essential fatty acid (EFA), and when absorbed through the skin, these fatty acids convert to prostaglandins (PGE), which are involved in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration.

 

Specifically, it is that regeneration that can provide anti-aging benefits. It is particularly high in vitamin C, making it one of the richest plant sources for the skin and another reason why rosehip oil is a great choice.

 

 

 

 

  1. Anti-Aging Properties

 

Rosehip oil has signficant anti-aging benefits for your face. Super light and non-greasy, the anti-aging benefit comes from its high antioxidants and the oil’s ability to penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. The vitamin C and vitamin A, in particular, stimulate collagen production. Because vitamin A has small molecules, it allows deeper penetration into the skin and improves the skin’s moisture levels — thus reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

 

For those who are seeking to avoid chemicals and Botox, rosehip oil may be perfect because of its skin rejuvenating properties of vitamin C and lycopene. This makes it a safer solution to repair the skin’s surface and restore elasticity.

 

  1. Protection from Age Spots

 

The UV rays of the sun can damage the skin, resulting in age spots and discoloration on the face. The antioxidants found in rosehip oil combat free radicals that cause sun damage. The vitamin A, combined with the oil’s essential fatty acids, can help improve skin tone, texture and pigmentation.

 

While too much sun exposure can decrease collagen, vitamin C can help counteract this damage. The oil is deeply moisturizing and aids in removing redness and irritation. These properties also make rosehip oil a possible treatment for rosacea.

 

  1. Helps With Eczema and Reduces Scarring from Acne

 

The essential fatty acids found in rosehip oil can help get rid of scars and reduce the effects of eczema by promoting skin regeneration. Essential fatty acids are emollients, which improve the skin’s flexibility and permeability and help the skin repair itself.

 

The vitamin A can play a role here as well since it has the ability to improve skin texture and tone. Also, these essential fatty acids aid in reducing dry scalp and itchiness that are often caused by chemicals in most store-bought shampoos.

 

  1. Boosts the Immune System

 

Because rosehip oil is one of the best sources of vitamin C, and since vitamin C helps treat infections and boost the immune system, it makes for a great option to help keep the immune system strong. Besides being an antioxidant, vitamin C is responsible for collagen production in the body, which is an important element in the structure of bones and muscles. Also, vitamin C aids in the proper absorption of iron that produces red blood cells.

 

  1. Helps Reduce Osteoarthritis

 

According the the University of Maryland, rosehip tea is a great option to help reduce inflammation in the body. Anyone suffering from osteoarthritis can benefit by having a cup of rosehip tea on a regular basis. Arthritis Research UK reported a study regarding the effects of rosehip for patients who had osteoarthritis. They found that those who were given rosehips had a positive affect versus those that were not.

 

Ultimately, the rosehip significantly improved hip flexion when compared with the placebo. Significantly more participants in the active treatment group reported a reduction in pain compared with the placebo group. The rosehip group also had a reduction in some disease-related symptoms (like morning stiffness) and a significant decline in painkiller use. Reports have also shown that relief of inflammation be can be found by adding rosehip oil to your bath water.

 

Tips on How to Use Rosehip Oil

 

Rosehip oil is delicate and can easily go rancid, so it’s important to take great care of it. Oftentimes, vitamin E oil is added to improve shelf life. Keeping it in the refrigerator or stored in a cool, dark location can help prevent rancidity.

Though it’s more expensive, cold-pressed rosehip is best because it hasn’t been altered by heat and, therefore, retains more nutrients.

Because rosehip oil classifies as a dry oil, it absorbs quickly into the skin. You can apply the oil directly to the face using gentle, massaging motions or use it in numerous skin care recipes.

It’s a good oil to experiment with for DIY lotions, such as this Silky Rosehip Face and Body Lotion.

Applying the oil twice a day can have great benefits, but it is important to note that rosehip oil does not protect against sunburn.

And while it can prevent and reduce acne scars, it should not be applied directly to active acne.

If you have oily skin, make sure to test an area first to ensure the product won’t clog your pores, causing unwanted flare-ups.

Because it is a dry oil, meaning it absorbs quickly without leaving an oily skin residue, it may be best for normal to dry skin users.

 

Rosehips belong to Jupiter and may be used as a charm to attract health and wealth. The belly-shaped fruit, packed with seeds, is a symbol of prosperity and fertility. The fruits placed beneath the pillow protect the sleeper against nightmares and nasty spirits that seek to disturb the nightly peace.

 

As with any plant in the rosa rugosa family, it has a powerful connection to the Feminine Divine.

 

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