Mallow: Easy to Grow Super Food & Healing Herb

Sharing with you one of my most favorite plants. I am excited that I just harvested a large bag of mallow leaves – one of my most favorite greens of all & by far the easiest to grow as it needs ZERO upkeep! And thought it was time to share some of my lifestyle which has kept me out of a doctor’s office for 45 years. Sadly far too much of this kind of wisdom has been lost to our society. But it amazes me that some of the greatest super foods & healing herbs & nutritious plants God has made the easiest to grow & most prolific like Aloe Vera & Mallow. And some grow so prolifically, even to the point that many think of them as “weeds” like the amazingly healing Dandelion,  and the best source of Omega 3 on the planet, Purslane.

Mallow Plant History

“Mallow was an esculent vegetable among the Romans, a dish of marshmallow was one of their delicacies.” The Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder suggested that the use of mallow juice on a daily basis prevented any type of illness. In the 16th century Europe, it was said “to soothe whatever ails you” and was extensively cultivated and eaten as a leaf vegetable in pre-Han dynasty China.

Mallows are known to be one of the weeds brought to the Americas and much of the world by early European settlers. Because mallow grows prolifically and plentifully in unattended poor soils, it has throughout history been used as survival food in times of famine.

Mallow Plant Nutrition

The leaves, stems, and roots of both types of mallow are very rich in a mucilaginous substance that has been used by herbalists worldwide as an ingredient in herbal cough medicines and lozenges to soothe the throat and eliminate congestion from the lungs. It is excellent for IBS & Chron’s disease!

Mallow leaves can be eaten raw or steamed and are quite high in minerals and some vitamins.

The real magic of the mallow plant, however, comes from its beneficial polysaccharide and antioxidant compounds including phenols, flavonoids, carotenoids, tocopherols, and ALA fatty acids, all of which contribute to its world-renowned properties as a gastrointestinal and anti-inflammatory herb.

Stomach Soother and Mild Laxative

Marshmallow (Althaea Officinalis) comes from the Greek word “malakos”, which means “to sooth.” The leaves of Malva or mallow are soft to the touch and are likewise very soothing and calming to the digestive tract.

Common malva leaves are demulcent in nature and contain a beneficial mucilaginous polysaccharide that helps to soothe and coat the entire gastrointestinal tract forming a protective film.

This substance provides actions as a gentle laxative but is also helpful for softening excess sticky mucus and removing it from the body. The root extract is used extensively in herbal cold formulas to clear out and expel phlegm build-up in the lungs and sinus passages.

For those with an acid stomach, a smoothie or tea infusion made with mallow can provide much relief and help to further balance pH by increasing alkalinity. The leaves are additionally rich in pectin, chlorophyll, fiber, vitamins A and C as well as calcium, magnesium, iron, selenium, and potassium. As a natural diuretic, mallow leaves can assist in increasing urine flow and help to rid excess fluid and salts without reducing potassium levels, a common side effect of many diuretics. Malva also provides relief when recovering from urinary tract infections.


Used as an Anti-inflammatory

Malva leaves have been used for centuries all over the globe for their ability to reduce and cool inflamed conditions. Used both topically and internally the abundance of mucilage found in all parts of the plant offers relief for joint inflammation as well as various skin issues. Consumed as a food, it is a very good dietary supplement for restoring damaged skin tissue and excellent for healing wounds, bruises and especially burns.

As with some other superfoods, like aloe vera, the effects of the polysaccharide-rich gel are furthermore exceptional for relieving and healing conditions like peptic ulcers or ulcerative colitis.

According to one 2012 study published in The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, “The leaves, in particular, have been reported to have potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-complementary, anticancer and skin tissue integrity activity. Additionally, an anti-ulcerogenic effect was recently proven, demonstrating that the aqueous extract was more effective than cimetidine, a potent medicine used to treat gastric ulcers.”


How to Use

One of the best ways to consume mallow leaves is in a green smoothie as it provides a thick quality to your drink and any “wild green” flavor is masked by the addition of sweet fruits. Older mallow leaves are a little less palatable than young tender shoots and can have a tough fibrous texture that is best camouflaged into such drinks.

The smaller young leaves are delicious chopped up into salads or raw soups, while the bigger leaves can be pressed through a juicer in juicing recipes or lightly steamed, like spinach, as a green leafy vegetable.

When mallow leaf is heated in hot water it can increase the thickness of soups and stews. It is beneficial to use ginger root or powder with mallow to help encourage its mucus clearing expectorant properties.

You can also eat mallow flowers. They are a bright and colorful addition to most any entree, side dish or even dessert decoration.

Visit our seed cheese recipes page for our wild mallow green cheese recipe.

To learn lots & lots more about mallow go here:

https://www.superfoodevolution.com/mallow-plant-nutrition.html

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NEW STUDY: MORE FRUIT, MORE VEGGIES, MORE HAPPY

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In 1997 Dr. Canadace Pert Warned Us … 

Yet another reminder of what Dr. Candace Pert stated years ago (TIME Oct. 20, 1997). As she came out firmly against the SSRI antidepressants calling them “monsters.” She went on to say she wished she had never been involved with their birth & development. She further encouraged patients to look to diet & exercise as modalities to cure their depression.

“I am alarmed at the monster that Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon Snyder and I created 25 years ago. Prozac and other antidepressant serotonin-receptor-active compounds may also cause cardiovascular problems in some susceptible people in long-term use, which has become common practice despite the lack of safety studies.

“The public is being misinformed about the precision of these selective serotonin-uptake inhibitors when the medical profession oversimplifies their action in the brain and ignores the body as if it exists merely to carry the head around. In short, these molecules of emotion regulate every aspect of our physiology. A new paradigm has evolved, with implications that lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise can offer profound, safe and natural mood elevation.”

Those of you familiar with my work will not be the least bit surprised by the results of the following new study. For instance we have long known that antidepressants deplete both calcium & magnesium which is likely why so many Patients who have used antidepressants end up with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The best way to rebuild those nutrients is by using dark leafy greens which are full of very easily digestible calcium & magnesium.

Fruits & veggies are filled with good healthy nutrition to build the body & brain rather than act as a stimulant as meat does.

Stimulant? Yes. When you introduce the DNA of an animal into your system the body looks at it no differently than it would any other foreign protein, such as an organ transplant…it immediately rushes to reject it recognizing it as not a part of your body makeup. In that rush to reject the foreign protein you get an adrenalin rush.

But what does adrenalin do? It pushes you beyond what energy level you actually have built with good nutrition in order to deal with a crisis situation. So what happens after the initial adrenalin high? You hit a low as the body is further depleted of critical nutrients.

Ann Blake-Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & www.ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin
Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD ”Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”

Too simplified? Just keep the thought in mind as you read through the following new research:

There are 3 or 4 excellent short videos with this article. I would encourage you to watch them all. And after you watch those videos here is another short video I just found with some really great ideas about eating more fruit & veggies:

http://www.eatingforenergy.ca/rawfood101/lesson1.html?id=2

 

NEW STUDY: MORE FRUIT, MORE VEGGIES, MORE HAPPY

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2012 — Feeling blue? Perhaps you need more reds, greens, and yellows in your diet. According to a new study from the University of Warwick and Dartmouth College, upping your fruit and veggie intake to seven servings daily from the typically recommended five servings promotes happiness and improved mental health.

Researchers studied the dietary habits of 80,000 people in Britain and surveyed participants on life satisfaction, mental well-being, history or presence of mental disorders, nervousness, feelings of depression, and personal self-reported health and happiness.

As subjects’ daily intake of fruits and vegetables increased, so did their sense of happiness and well-being. The dose-dependent pattern peaked at seven servings per day; eating more yielded no additional mood enhancement.

Though experts recommend five servings of fruits and vegetables per day for optimal health, the authors of the study report that 25 percent of British people consume one or no servings each day, and only a tenth of the entire British population meets the seven or more a day goal.

And according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 14 percent of adult Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables, with 33 percent getting the recommended two or more daily servings of fruit, and 27 percent meeting the recommended three or more daily servings of vegetables.

“The statistical power of fruit and vegetables was a surprise. Diet has traditionally been ignored by well-being researchers,” says Sarah Stewart-Brown, MD, professor of public health at Warwick Medical School and study co-author. However, she stresses that there is still more to learn regarding the link between serving size and its effect on mood and well-being.

Last Updated: 10/11/2012
Last Reviewed: 1/1/1900

m.everydayhealth.com/diet-and-nutrition/1011/more-fruit-more-veggies-more-happy?xid=nl_everydayhealthdigestivehealth_20121015

About the Author: Ann Blake Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA?, and the director of the International Coalition For Drug Awareness [www.drugawareness.org]. She has testified before the FDA and has testified as an expert in legal cases involving serotonergic medications since 1992.

BOOK: Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare! Anything you ever wanted to know about antidepressants is there along with everything drug companies hope you never find out about these drugs. SAFE WITHDRAWAL CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!” on how to safely withdraw from antidepressants & most psychiatric medications is saving lives! Both available at www.drugawareness.org

BOOK TESTIMONIALS:

“Very bold & informative”

“Priceless information that is giving me back to me”

“The absolute best reference for antidepressant drugs”

“Well documented & scientifically researched”

““I was stunned at the amount of research Ann Tracy has done on this subject. Few researchers go to as much trouble aggressively gathering information on the adverse reactions of Prozac, Zoloft and other SSRIs.”

WITHDRAWAL HELP CD TESTIMONIALS:

“Ann, I just wanted to let you know from the bottom of my heart how grateful I am God placed you in my life. I am now down to less than 2 mg on my Cymbalta and I have never felt better. I am finally getting my life back. I can feel again and colors have never been brighter. Thanks for all that you do!!” … Amber Weber

“Used your method of weaning off of SSRI’s and applied it to Ambien. Took 6 months but had been on 15 mg for years so what was another 6 months. I have been sleeping without it for 2 weeks and it is the first time I have been able to sleep drug free for 15 years. What a relief to be able to lay down and sleep when I need or want to. Ambien may be necessary for people at times but doctors giving a months worth of it at a time with unlimited refills is a prescription for disaster. It is so damn easy to become dependent on. Thanks for your council Ann.”… Mark Hill

“I’m so thankful for AnnTracy and all her work. Also for taking the time out to talk to me and educate everyone! She has been a blessing to me during this awful time of antidepressant hell!” … Antoinette Beck

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Misdiagnosis Destroyed My Life

“I went from a young women to an old lady, homebound and sick.”

Hi,

I hope this group will help me, my story is unbelievable, in my eyes, for the very reason that I had trust in doctors and in the system to help me, I was wrong. When all went wrong from a misdiagnosis, and taken a harmful drug that has destroyed my life, my health, my economy. I went from a young women to an old lady, homebound and sick.

This nightmare has been going on for 10 years, and I will not live long, and I will not get help due to organized doctors groups, that has financial interest by big time investments here, around America and the world.

This should not happen in America today, and not to be able to get help, even though I am just skin and bones, with everything going wrong with my system

Due to my experience I KNOW what has to be changed to stop too many people from dying in this country.

If you like to here more, and if there is a doctor out there, let me know.

Thanks for listening,

Yvonne
Ybsmith7@aol.com

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3/30/2001 – 60 Minutes Show, April 1 – Clinical Drug Trial Dangers

“Clinical Drug Trial Dangers?”

On Sunday, April 1, at 7 p.m. ET/PT, CBS 60 Minutes will air a
segment entitled “Of Mice And Men.” Steve Kroft reports that
patients taking experimental drugs in clinical trials often don’t
know the doctors administering them are usually being paid by
the drug companies and that the drugs can sometimes worsen
their health.

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12/1/1999 – Few Patients Satisfied With Antidepressants

Here’s some interesting new information about the efficacy of SSRI
medication as reported by people who really know something about
it–the patients. Mark

Study: Few Patients Satisfied With Antidepressants

12.43 p.m. ET (1743 GMT) November 30, 1999

NEW YORK — Just a third of patients on long-term antidepressant drug
therapy report being very satisfied with their treatment, according to
results of a new survey.

http://www.foxnews.com:80/js_index.sml?content=/health/113099/antidepress.sml

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