Karakia when preparing/cooking food.

Karakia provided by Toni Wairama

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Fighting Fungus: Cleansing With Active Horopito - Dr. Edward F. Group III

New Zealand lies deep in the South Pacific, an island not to itself, but by itself. This seclusion has resulted in an amazing example of extraordinary flora and fauna. Aside from the incredible wildlife and sweeping views, New Zealand is home to over 2000 unique plants that have had the interest of the natural medicine and herbal remedy crowds for a long time. One plant in particular, horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) has been of specific interest due to its demonstrated ability at fighting harmful organisms, including fungus and Candida albicans.

fighting candida

What are the Benefits of Active Horopito?

Although horopito has been cited as having antioxidant activity, most of the excitement surrounding it is due to it containing a compound called polygodial. Polygodial has been extensively researched and repeatedly shown to be toxic to many harmful organisms; both alone and when used in combination with other herbs.

The Department of Environmental Science at the University of California Berkeley has reported many significant findings concerning polygodial. Researchers there evaluated the in vitro activity of polygodial and reported that it demonstrated strong and fast fungicidal activity against candida albicans. When conditions are acidic, polygodial’s defense against fungi sharply increases. [1] [2]

Active Horopito and Anise Seed

Although polygodial is extremely noteworthy on its own, it also performs well in tandem. When it’s combined with anethole, the active ingredient in anise seed, the efficacy of polygodial goes through the roof. Whereas polygodial attacks harmful organisms at a molecular level, actually punching holes directly through cell membranes and infiltrating cells directly to initiate its vengeance, anethole’s role is to prevent the attacked cells from recovering. A combination of both compounds produces a one-two punch that is toxic against fungus. [3] [4] [5] [6]

Researchers at TMC Hospital in Shizuoka, Japan observed this effect when evaluating a polygodial-anethole compound against multiple fungal pathogens, including candida. Not only was the compound effective, no adverse effects were reported. [7]

Supplementing with Active Horopito

If you’re one of the 80 million Americans who suffer from a form of yeast infection, I recommend cleansing your body and supplementing with the herbs that have proven effective at fighting fungus and yeast overgrowth. I’ve said it before and I’m saying it again, only invest in supplements that are produced using non-toxic, organic means. Herbs like horopito have their advantages but if they are grown in toxic conditions and pumped full of pesticides you may be better off without it!

References (7)

  1. Kubo I, Fujita K, Lee SH, Ha TJ. Antibacterial activity of polygodial. Phytother Res. 2005 Dec;19(12):1013-7.
  2. Lee SH, Lee JR, Lunde CS, Kubo I. In vitro antifungal susceptibilities of Candida albicans and other fungal pathogens to polygodial, a sesquiterpene dialdehyde. Planta Med. 1999 Apr;65(3):204-8.
  3. Fujita K, Fujita T, Kubo I. Anethole, a potential antimicrobial synergist, converts a fungistatic dodecanol to a fungicidal agent. Phytother Res. 2007 Jan;21(1):47-51.
  4. Kubo I, Fujita K. Naturally occurring anti-Salmonella agents. J Agric Food Chem. 2001 Dec;49(12):5750-4.
  5. Kubo I, Taniguchi M. Polygodial, an antifungal potentiator. J Nat Prod. 1988 Jan-Feb;51(1):22-9.
  6. Kubo I, Fujita K, Lee SH, Ha TJ. Antibacterial activity of polygodial. Phytother Res. 2005 Dec;19(12):1013-7.
  7. Metugriachuk Y, Kuroi O, Pavasuthipaisit K, Tsuchiya J, Minelli E, Okura R, Fesce E, Marotta F. In view of an optimal gut antifungal therapeutic strategy: an in vitro susceptibility and toxicity study testing a novel phyto-compound. Chin J Dig Dis. 2005;6(2):98-103.

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Horopito a natural insect repellent - "The Study of Horopito Looking at its Insecticidal Properties and Chemical Analysis"

This information is taken from Corrie Anderson's study in 2017.

Corrie Anderson, of Columba College, has been awarded a Gold CREST for her project "The Study of Horopito Looking at its Insecticidal Properties and Chemical Analysis" 

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Recipe: Salad with horopito dressing; horopito and NZ spinach risotto

horopito and spinach risotto

To keep with the indigenous theme, you can use New Zealand spinach in your risotto. 

  1. A good dose of  olive oil on medium heat, soften a finely sliced onion and a few cloves of garlic.
  2. Add two handfuls of arborio rice per serving and a pinch or three of dried horopito per serving. Continue stirring.
  3. If you like add wine here, otherwise slowly... begin adding ladles of vegetable stock, one at a time, stirring until the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Meanwhile, wash and chop the spinach.  Cook it with a little butter and a small amount of water (i use the microwave!)
  5. Alternatively– blend the NZ spinach with a stick blender into a paste. This will make your risotto a wonderful green shade, rather than white with bits of green.
  6. When rice is cooked, blend in spinach, salt to flavour, add a knob of butter (optional).
  7. Grate parmiggiano generously over the dish.

2. Salad with horopito dressing

I used horopito leaves (you can pick your own if its in the garden and use fresh leaves) with a full flavour along with strawberries and tomatoes.

For the dressing I shook together a dollop of extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and two pinches of horopito.

 

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Food as Medicine - Lee Holmes

If you're looking at altering your current diet and lifestyle because it’s not working for you or have been feeling unwell, want to recover from illness, running low on energy or fatigued you have come to the right place.

Supercharged food will help you feel amazing and improve your health through diet and nutrition and healthy lifestyle tips. The main purpose of the website is to provide easy to prepare yummy recipes which are all gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar free.

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What is Diatomaceous Earth? Is it organic?

We are the exclusive importers of Supercharged Food Love Your Gut powder and Golden Gut powder.  For more info please visit https://www.superchargedfood.com/love-your-gut-powder-faqs/

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Facts about Horopito medicinal properties

Horopito was historically bruised leaves where soaked in water and the decoction used to treat a Maori skin rash known as paipai.

The sap was known as a healing aid for gonorrhoea and skin eruptions.

For stomach ache a decoction of the boiled leaves was drunk.

Early settlers called this plant “Maori Pain Killer.

Known as “Bushman’s Pain Killer”. The leaves were chewed for toothache, and women rubbed them on their breasts when weaning their infants.

The inner bark, steeped in hot water, and applied to burns while still warm was reputed to leave no scars.

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FAQ's about Diatomaceous Earth

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What is Love Your Gut Powder made from?

Love Your Gut Powder is organic Diatomaceous Earth – also known as Fossil Shell Flour (Amorphous Silica). Love Your Gut Powder is food-grade, meeting the strict criteria of Food Standards Australia & New Zealand.

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Medicinal Power of Horopito in NZ

Studies were published by Forest Herbs

Tuesday, 19 April 2016, 4:50 pm

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What is horopito used for?

adapted from kiwiherb website.

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