$10 Tincture of the Week: Disease-proof Your Day with DAILY DEFENSE

Every Tuesday, Dr. Carney formulates a special tincture at a reduced rate for our Thriveology Community! All Thriveology tinctures are masterfully crafted with the finest-sourced herbs, strictly of superior quality.

This week, Dr. Carney has created a powerful tincture packed with the best herbal antioxidants to help defend you against disease. “Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals. When this occurs in our cells, it can damage DNA and kill cells. This process is a major contributing factor in the development of virtually all chronic and aging-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and strokes. Antioxidants are critical compounds that prevent chemical damage to our cells by neutralizing free radicals. The antioxidants in this tincture prevent disease-causing mutations, reduce risk of cancer, lower cholesterol, increase DHA in the brain, and much more! With this super-antioxidant tincture,  you’ll be defending yourself from the everyday ravages of free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of many diseases.”


What’s Inside:

Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) – Green tea is the best food source of catechins, a group of antioxidants that slows oxidative damage to cells. The antioxidants in Green Tea help block the oxidation of bad cholesterol, while increasing good cholesterol and improving arterial function. Green tea has also been shown to reduce risk for several cancers, including skin, breast, lung, and colon.

Cinnamomum zeylanicum (Cinnamon) – Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices, notably used in ancient Egypt and mentioned in the Bible. Once considered more precious than gold, cinnamon is loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols. When compared to 26 other antioxidant spices, cinnamon comes out on top.

Curcuma longa (Turmeric) – The active ingredient in Turmeric, Curcumin, has been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine for thousands of years. Curcumin has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and studies have shown that those with a high intake of Turmeric show a lower incidence of cancer. Curcumin blocks every inflammatory pathway in the body.

Mentha piperita (Peppermint) – Peppermint has been valued for its medicinal properties since antiquity. The plant-derived chemical compounds in it are strong antioxidants. Mint improves the eyes. This herb has cooling properties to balance out the warming herbs.

Origanum vulgare (Oregano) – A well known herb to Italian food lovers, Oregano’s name means “mountain joy”. Oregano has been used for it’s medicinal properties since ancient times. Today, studies have shown that Oregano has powerful antifungal properties and has 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples.

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) – Since ancient times, rosemary has been a symbol of friendship, loyalty, and remembrance as was long worn by brides as a symbol of love and fidelity. Rosemary is a super-antioxidant, shown to prevent mutations in your DNA that are caused by disease causing chemicals and toxins, which can lead to cancer.

Rubus idaeus (Raspberry) – Few commonly eaten fruits are able to provide the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers of Raspberry, which has proven anti-cancer benefits. The phytonutrients in Raspberry help to scavenge free radical molecules, lowering our risk of chronic diseases. Recent research shows that organic raspberries are significantly higher in total antioxidant capacity than compared to conventionally-grown raspberries.

Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) – Elderberries have been a folk remedy for centuries in North American, Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, and the medicinal benefits are now being rediscovered! Elderberry is used for its antioxidant activity and has been shown to lower cholesterol, improve vision, boost the immune system, benefit the heart, and fight bacterial and viral infections.

Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) – Milk Thistle is so powerful in protecting the liver, that it is accepted in conventional medicine as the only treatment option for poisoning due to Amanita mushrooms. Milk Thistle works by detoxifying synthetic chemicals in our bodies—everything from acetaminophen to heavy metals and radiation. In 1986, it was approved as a treatment for liver disease. Silymarin, one of the main chemicals, has robust antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) – Thymol, the primary volatile oil constituent of Thyme, has been found to increase the amount of DHA in the brain, kidney, and heart cell membranes. The flavonoids increase Thyme’s antioxidant capacity, making it a top antioxidant food.

Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry) – Bilberry has a long medicinal history in Europe and during World War 2, British pilots noted that consuming Bilberry dramatically improved night vision, which modern research now supports. Bilberry contains anthocyanosides; potent antioxidants that strengthen blood vessel, improve red blood cells, lower cholesterol, and much more.

What You Can Expect: This tincture can boost your antioxidants, lower inflammation, and improve circulation Contraindications: If you are taking medications, check for potential interactions with these herbs. In general, anybody with a medical condition should check with their health care provider before taking herbs. Specifically, do not use if you are taking Coumadin, are lactating or are pregnant. Tinctures do contain small amounts of alcohol so do not use if you are avoiding alcohol.

Dosage: The effect of tinctures are dose dependent, because each of us are unique. The average recommendation is a dropperful, 1-2 times per day. Shake well before dispensing each dose. The liquid can be taken straight, or mixed into water or another beverage. For fastest absorption, take directly under the tongue. Hold the liquid under your tongue for ten seconds, then swallow.

Dr. Mark Carney is a registered naturopathic doctor, licensed acupuncturist and co-founder of Thriveology, a natural health and personal transformation practice in Denver, Colorado. He is an expert in holistic medicine and acupuncture, and he works with all aspects of family practice such as weight loss, thyroid and other hormonal imbalances, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, cancer, and chronic fatigue.




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