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How ASEA Boosted My Immune System: A Personal Experience

I am one of those people who have a very low immune system, meaning I frequently got sick. During the height of COVID in 2020-21, I contracted COVID-19 five times and had to visit the ER twice. It was a frightening time for me because my allergies manifest as rhinitis and asthma. Before COVID-19, I would normally fall ill and need antibiotics and steroids from a doctor at least once, sometimes twice a year. It’s important to note also that I’m not overweight, I’m quite active, and my diet was better than that of most Americans. Another crucial detail is this: I had to increase my use of antibiotics and steroids as I got older because the previous doses were no longer effective.

My immune system was so compromised because, as a child, I had many allergies; I was allergic to everything. This meant I was always taking antihistamines, and when I got sick, I was always on antibiotics. It’s important to mention that both of these medications are effective to some extent, but they are also detrimental to your immune health when taken for long periods.

I know I should reference studies to support my claims, and here are some studies/articles that provide data and insights into the long-term effects of antihistamines:

Long-term Effects of Antihistamines

By now, everyone knows the detrimental long-term effects of antibiotics, but here are some links to provide clarity:

Long-term effects of Antibiotics

  • Long-term outcomes in patients on life-long antibiotics: A 5-year cohort study — links to the NIH scientific literature. “We observed a cohort of patients who had been prescribed long-term antibiotics over a five-year period. The key finding of our study was a high overall mortality rate of 26% over five years. Twenty-two percent of the cohort ceased their antimicrobials, with intolerable medication side effects being the reason for cessation in a third of these cases.”
  • Antibiotic use has more unwanted effects than previously thought — links to Medical News Today. “Previously, it was thought that antibiotics only killed gut bacteria and blocked some immune functions in the gut. But the new study shows they also destroy cells in the intestinal epithelium.”

What I Should Have Done Instead

When I was younger, big pharma had a tight grip on the population, and we were definitely influenced. They controlled our hearts and minds via traditional marketing, i.e., TV ads. We had no other way to get information aside from that, so we believed the ads sold to us by men wearing white coats, representing an industry that was, at the time, well-respected.

In hindsight, if I had known then what I know now, here is what I should have done to control my allergies and use of antibiotics:

  • Instead of using antihistamines, I should have taken natural supplements that work like antihistamines, like Quercetin with bromelain. I should have taken Spirulina, which is even more effective than some antihistamines.
  • I should have stayed away from things I was allergic to, instead of exposing myself to my allergies and then popping an antihistamine.
  • I should have had a better, healthier diet and drank more water. In my 20s, like every other 20-year-old, my diet consisted mostly of pizza and Coke.
  • Instead of taking antibiotics all the time, I should have tried to figure out why my body was reacting the way it was. I was so inflamed that I would eventually need steroids. After taking control of my health (stopped eating meat and changed to a pescetarian diet, eating minimal sugar and processed foods), I now no longer take antibiotics. It’s been over 3 years now.

Reflecting on that list fills me with regret. I wish I had understood my body and health back then. It’s so easy to be healthy! But, again, it’s also very easy to be influenced by big pharma, especially because fast food and processed food are so delicious. I mean, when you are young and feel invincible, who in their right mind would choose broccoli sprouts over pizza? No one. But what I should have done was eat broccoli three of the four times I chose pizza instead. No one is saying to stop eating pizza; instead, simply eat more vegetables.

The Immune-Boosting Power of ASEA

I want to point out that even though my diet changed and I was better at not consuming as much sugar, my body was still recovering from the decades of abuse I put it through. My immune system was still struggling, and I was still getting sick frequently, even though my approach to health was evolving. Enter ASEA, and the results are astounding. So, I’ve been taking ASEA now for close to 2 years. In the last 6 months, I’ve increased my dosage to 4 cups (240ml), twice per day. I’m reporting that for the entire year of 2023, I have not gotten sick. Not even the sniffles, and no doctor visits. The only other thing I’ve added to my daily regimen is an increased dose of ASEA, and the results… I’m floored to have realized that I didn’t get sick at all in 2023. Other noticeable improvements include:

  • I’m not as allergic to my cat anymore. I can sit beside her for longer periods without getting allergic rhinitis. In fact, my allergies have receded so much that I now allow my cat to sleep on my bed, but near my feet. A few years ago, that would’ve sent my body into shock, and I would’ve needed an EPI-PEN.
  • I run 5ks with my son regularly and am not out of breath — a few years ago, simply taking the trash out would make me out of breath.
  • I have to mention that I have not once gotten sick in 2023. My son, who is exposed to other kids, has had a fever a couple of times and sniffles — and I usually catch whatever he brings home, but this year, I didn’t catch a single virus from him. It’s really unbelievable, but it’s true. No doctor visits this past year!

Anyway, if you have immune health issues, I urge you to try taking ASEA. It’s done wonders for me and my immune health. If you increase your dose, like I did, I’m certain you will experience the same benefits of not getting sick at all.

Renu 28 for Children (Fever in Kids)

Renu 28 helped reduce my son’s fever from 101°F to 98.5°F overnight. I was surprised at the efficiency of Renu28 on my kid’s fever — within less than 2 hours, he started profusely sweating and his fever broke! Obviously Tylenol can do the same thing but, it comes with quite a few side effects.  For example kid’s tylenol actually affects the gut microbiome, killing both good and bad bacteria.   You want to strengthen your kid’s immune system and tylenol, by affecting the good bacteria in our gut microbiome, does the opposite.  Renu is effective without the side effects.

I want to point out that this is not medical advise.  This is based on my personal experience as a Mom with a 5yo son.

Background on Renu 28

I’ve been using Renu on my face for over a year and its done wonders.  My face is clear, I don’t look 49.  In fact, with ASEA combination, I don’t feel 49 — I’ve talked about the wonders of ASEA in past blogs, this one is about Renu28 and how invaluable it has proven to be as a Mom  with a young kid.  I strongly believe that all Moms should have Renu in their medicinal arsenals when they have young children.

Here are the things that I normally use Renu for…

Insect bites — when my son complains of an insect bite, I reach for Renu and put a small dab on the affected skin and automatically, the itching goes away.  You normally have to apply it a few times but it gets the job done.

Wounds and bruises — all kids get into all kinds of scrapes and my son is no exception.  He usually gets scrapes and bruises because he loves running around barefoot and playing outside.  Instead of reach for Neosporin, which is what a lot of Moms do, I reach for the Renu28.   Renu will heal and dry the skin with 24 hours of application.  Neosporin can cause allergies (contact dermatitis) because of its ingredients. More information on Neosporin can be found here.  Renu and ASEA’s active ingredients are deionized water and sodium chloride (salt), which, essentially do not have any side effects.

What Renu (and ASEA) both do is a mechanism called cell signaling.  When you have wound, our bodies can and will heal that wound — the speed of which is going to be determined by your overall health.  If you are a young and healthy individual, your wound will heal fast.  If you are not so healthy, your wound will heal slower.  What cell signaling does, whether you are healthy or unhealthy is allow your cells communicate to each other much faster so the healing takes place much faster than your “normal” healing time.

Cell signaling is much faster in kids so wounds normally heal much faster in kids — cell signaling diminishes as we get older so Renu is great for adults too.  I use Renu on my face, thats how gentle it is but I also, personally, use Renu for everything else.  I once burned my hand while cooking and used Renu on the wound, which helped initially with the searing pain and healed it within the same timeframe (no swelling or bruising).

Renu for Fever in Kids (5 years old)

Right now, its August 27, 2023 and yesterday, in the news cycle, Covid-19 cases have increased.  So obviously, as Mom with an active kid who hangs out with other kids — when they come down with a fever, your first thought is “On on, it might be covid”  — that was my thought, anyway.

On his first night with fever, it reached a temperature of 103 and my co-parent reached for kid’s tylenol.  This helped him sleep better. But the next morning his fever was up again.

On the second night, I insisted on putting Renu on his neck, where the lymph-nodes are located. His lymph nodes were so swollen so I kept putting renu on it.  I must’ve done 3 applications when his right side decreased in size and his neck was suddenly cool to the touch.  He was able to sleep and within an hour he started sweating profusely.  His fever had broken.  The next morning his temperature was 99°F and within 30 mins of waking up his temperature was 98.5°F — I applied Renu throughout the day because his one of the lymph nodes was still swollen and his fever did not come back at all.   The next morning when he woke up, he drank a whole glass of water, he was parched!  He also ate one boiled egg with rice porridge, a salmon sandwich and a cup of fruits — pretty amazing.   Renu is pretty amazing!

I’m a Mom so if you are a Mom and you have questions about Renu or ASEA, please feel free to get in touch!

ASEA Redox: A Game-Changer for Canine Mobility

Dogs are our most loyal companions, and ensuring their health and well-being is of utmost importance to me. When faced with the dilemma of my aging dog experiencing persistent leg mobility issues, I turned to an alternative solution, ASEA Redox. In this article, I will share my personal experience with ASEA Redox and its impact on my dog’s mobility, providing insights into its benefits and implications.

History of My Dog’s Mobility issues:

My dog had undergone extensive surgeries on her right leg at just one year old. The series of interventions, including major surgeries and multiple minor procedures, were necessary to address a broken front leg, which occurred prior to me adopting her. During her first year of life, she required a quiet, regimented routine, including prescribed doses of Benadryl, to keep her calm and prevent weight-bearing activities that could impede her leg’s healing process.

My dog is almost 12 years old now and her right leg  is starting to cause significant discomfort and hindering her mobility. Our energetic walks has become slow and cumbersome, as she frequently stops to rest and alleviate the strain on her leg. It was evident that a solution was needed to improve her quality of life and provide relief from the evident physical limitations she faced.

ASEA Redox: An Unexpected Solution

Given my sister’s expertise in ASEA products, she recommended that I give her ASEA.  She mentioned that someone in her group has used ASEA on their dog with great results.   ASEA Redox is a revolutionary cellular health supplement that harnesses the power of redox signaling molecules, naturally produced by the body, to promote cellular rejuvenation and overall well-being.

Following my sister’s instructions, I gave my dog 3 ml of ASEA Redox twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, on an empty stomach.

The Remarkable Results:

After a week of diligently adhering to the ASEA Redox regimen, I witnessed a remarkable transformation in my dog’s mobility. During our walk this morning, she started displaying short bursts of sprints, something she hadn’t done in years. It was wonderful to see and Im so happy that I listened to my sister.

ASEA Redox’s impact on my dog’s mobility issues raises the question of whether it could have broader implications for canine health. While my experience is anecdotal, it suggests that ASEA Redox might provide a non-invasive and natural solution for aging dogs with mobility challenges. Further research and studies are needed to substantiate these findings and explore the full potential of ASEA Redox in improving canine well-being.

My personal experience with ASEA Redox has been a revelation, demonstrating the potential of this cellular health supplement to improve the lives of not only aging dogs suffering from mobility issues but also aging humans.

While it is essential to consult with a veterinary professional before incorporating any new supplement into your dog’s routine, the results I have witnessed instill hope that ASEA Redox could play a significant role in enhancing the lives of our furry companions. As we continue to explore innovative solutions to improve the well-being of our pets, ASEA Redox stands out as a potential game-changer in the field of canine mobility.

Disclaimer: This article is based on personal experience and should not be considered medical advice.

ASEA and Asthma Supplements

I’ve had asthma my entire life, I’m 48.  I’ve also been taking Advair my entire adult life.  When I was younger, Ventolin was sufficient but as I grew older, my doctors added Advair.   I was on Advair 230mcg/21mcg for a while but about 7 years ago, I wanted to get steroids out of my life and started working on my diet, supplements and exercise, its been a long road, to say the least. So if you want to work on your asthma, this isn’t a short cut but perhaps if I had found redox molecules (via ASEA) earlier, maybe it would’ve been.  Anyway, in the 7 years I managed to lower my dose of Advair to the lowest, at 45 mcg/21 mcg.  In the last couple of months, I’ve stopped taking Advair altogether.

Five Steps to being Steroid-Free (Inhaler-Free)

My goal, seven years ago, was to remove steroids as my asthma medication.  I did not want to be stuck with taking steroids for the rest of my life.  Its important to remember that asthma is triggered by allergies — its important to know what your triggers are and how to remove them from your daily life.

Anyway, first I want to mention that you cannot lower your medication without the help and support of your doctor.  My Holistic Dr. was with me every step of the way and would take blood tests and breathing test in all my visits to make sure that I wasn’t putting myself in danger.  If you work with a regular doctor that will not work with you to remove steroids in your life, the first step for you is to find a doctor that will help you achieve that goal.  I hope that is clear.  Let’s not be reckless with our choices.   When you find a doctor, do an allergy test — find out what you are allergic to and try your best to stay far away from your triggers as possible.

The second step is this:  work on your diet.  I had to remove regular wheat from my diet but I’ve been able to find better wheat, like whole grains and sprouted wheat that satisfy my cravings.  The hardest part is ordering pizza… make sure to order the gluten free version!  But you also have to remove dairy from your diet so when you order pizza, order the gluten free and dairy free version.  Obviously, its not as good but it satisfies the itch.  Here is a rundown of the things that I’ve removed from my diet.

  • dairy (milk and cheese), you can still have butter because its low in casein
  • wheat (find whole grain, sprouted wheat)
  • sugar (raw, unfiltered honey became my alternative)
  • processed foods (stopped eating junk foods that are inflammatory)
  • minimized eating rice, because that turns to glucose. I now eat whole-grain rice.

…and thats it.  I’ve also stopped eating meat (beef, pork and chicken) for personal reasons but I don’t believe it has asthma benefits.  With regards to your diet — stick to one that you love thats full of antioxidants, fiber, protein and complex carbs, I know that seems hard to do without dairy, wheat etc.  but you will be surprised with the food that you discover along your journey to being asthma free.

The third step is to exercise daily.  I walk with my dog for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon.  Lately, I have also been running — with ASEA, there is an added boost of energy and it makes you want to run.  Anyway, I now run 5Ks with my son regularly but it took me almost a year of taking ASEA to start running, so don’t rush yourself.  Also, if running isn’t your sport, don’t worry about it — find an activity that you love doing.

The fourth step is to reach for supplements.  As we age, our bodies just need that added nutrition that food is incapable of giving us.  Below are the supplements that I highly recommend for asthma.

The fifth step is to start taking ASEA daily.  I started with one cup in the morning and one cup in the evening.  Then after a week I started 2 cups in the morning and evening — this was my dose for over a year.  I recently upped my dosage to 3 cups in the morning and evening and this is when my asthma totally disappeared.  I stopped needing Advair daily.

Supplements to support Asthma

Here are the supplements that I take to help relieve my asthma.

  1. Quercetin with BromelainQuercetin with Bromelain — I will never stop talking about the benefits of quercetin for asthma and allergies. Quertin is the natural alternative to Zyrtec and it works as well without the side-effects.  Now Quercetin Supplements are what I take daily — well most days, sometimes I forget but I normally take the recommended two capsules per day.  Below are studies that support Quercetin’s ability to deal with allergic diseases (asthma is an allergic disease) Here is the link to buy Quercetin.

Abstract from study:  Quercetin with the potential effect on allergic diseases

Quercetin is a naturally occurring polyphenol flavonoid which is rich in antioxidants. It has anti-allergic functions that are known for inhibiting histamine production and pro-inflammatory mediators. Quercetin can regulate the Th1/Th2 stability, and decrease the antigen-specific IgE antibody releasing by B cells. Quercetin has a main role in anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory function which makes it proper for the management of different diseases. Allergic diseases are a big concern and have high health care costs. In addition, the use of current therapies such as ß2-agonists and corticosteroids has been limited for long term use due to their numerous side effects. Since the effect of quercetin on allergic diseases has been widely studied, in the current article, we review the effect of quercetin on allergic diseases, such as allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis (AR), and atopic dermatitis (AD).

Abstract from study:  Flavonoids and Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease, characterized by airway inflammation, airflow limitation, hyper-reactivity and airway remodeling. It is believed that asthma is caused by the interaction between genetic and environmental factors. The prevalence of allergic diseases, including asthma, has increased worldwide during the past two decades. Although the precise reasons that have caused this increase remain unknown, dietary change is thought to be one of the environmental factors. Flavonoids, which are polyphenolic plant secondary metabolites ubiquitously present in vegetables, fruits and beverages, possess antioxidant and anti-allergic traits, as well as immune-modulating activities. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants and anti-allergic nutrients that inhibit the release of chemical mediators, synthesis of Th2 type cytokines, such as interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13, and CD40 ligand expression by high-affinity immunoglobulin E (IgE) receptor-expressing cells, such as mast cells and basophils. They also inhibit IL-4-induced signal transduction and affect the differentiation of naïve CD4+ T cells into effector T-cells through their inhibitory effect on the activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. Various studies of flavonoids in asthmatic animal models have demonstrated their beneficial effects. The results of several epidemiological studies suggest that an increase in flavonoid intake is beneficial for asthma. Moreover, clinical trials of flavonoids have shown their ameliorative effects on symptoms related to asthma. However, these human studies are currently limited; further validation is required to clarify whether an appropriate intake of flavonoids may constitute dietary treatment and for part of a preventive strategy for asthma.

Abstract from study:  Quercetin and its anti-allergic immune response

Quercetin is the great representative of polyphenols, flavonoids subgroup, flavonols. Its main natural sources in foods are vegetables such as onions, the most studied quercetin containing foods, and broccoli; fruits (apples, berry crops, and grapes); some herbs; tea; and wine. Quercetin is known for its antioxidant activity in radical scavenging and anti-allergic properties characterized by stimulation of immune system, antiviral activity, inhibition of histamine release, decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines, leukotrienes creation, and suppresses interleukin IL-4 production. It can improve the Th1/Th2 balance, and restrain antigen-specific IgE antibody formation. It is also effective in the inhibition of enzymes such as lipoxygenase, eosinophil and peroxidase and the suppression of inflammatory mediators. All mentioned mechanisms of action contribute to the anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating properties of quercetin that can be effectively utilized in treatment of late-phase, and late-late-phase bronchial asthma responses, allergic rhinitis and restricted peanut-induced anaphylactic reactions. Plant extract of quercetin is the main ingredient of many potential anti-allergic drugs, supplements and enriched products, which is more competent in inhibiting of IL-8 than cromolyn (anti-allergic drug disodium cromoglycate) and suppresses IL-6 and cytosolic calcium level increase.

  1. ASEAASEA — Its so hard to believe that ASEA hasn’t been discovered by more people, but I understand that the lack of science behind it is what is holding back a lot Users from trying it. Although, there are new studies about redox. ASEA is redox, cellular repair so what it does is repair your cells. I’ve had asthma my entire adult life and I can tell you that my asthma (tightening of my chest and difficulty breathing) has been minimized with ASEA.

Please note a few important details:

  • I’ve been taking ASEA for over a year
  • I now take 8 oz of ASEA per day.
  • I take 4 oz in the morning (first thing on an empty stomach)
  • I take 4 oz in the evening (last thing on an empty stomach)
  • I drink about 3 to 4 liters of water per day
  • I walk about 30 minutes day, taking deep breaths
  • I try to eat a well-balanced diet as much as possible with occasional treats

Abstract from Redox Study:  Redox control of Asthma: Molecular mechanisms and therapeutic opportunities

An imbalance in reducing and oxidizing (redox) systems favoring a more oxidative environment is present in asthma and linked to the pathophysiology of the defining symptoms and signs including airflow limitation, hyper-reactivity, and airway remodeling. High levels of hydrogen peroxide, nitric oxide (•NO), and 15-F2t-isoprostane in exhaled breath, and excessive oxidative protein products in lung epithelial lining fluid, peripheral blood, and urine provide abundant evidence for pathologic oxidizing processes in asthma. Parallel studies document loss of reducing potential by nonenzymatic and enzymatic antioxidants. The essential first line antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutases (SOD) and catalase are reduced in asthma as compared to healthy individuals, with lowest levels in those patients with the most severe asthma. Loss of SOD and catalase activity is related to oxidative modifications of the enzymes, while other antioxidant gene polymorphisms are linked to susceptibility to develop asthma. Monitoring of exhaled •NO has entered clinical practice because it is useful to optimize asthma care, and a wide array of other biochemical oxidative and nitrative biomarkers are currently being evaluated for asthma monitoring and phenotyping. Novel therapeutic strategies that target correction of redox abnormalities show promise for the treatment of asthma. Antioxid. Redox Signal. 12, 93–124.

Here is the link to buy ASEA.

  1. Omega-3s or fish oilOmega-3s or fish oil — Omega-3 fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated fats found in fish oil, have been shown to have potential benefits for people with asthma. Here’s how Omega-3s may help in supporting asthma:
  • Reducing Inflammation: Omega-3s have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce airway inflammation, which is a key feature of asthma. Inflammation in the airways can cause them to become swollen, narrow, and produce excessive mucus, making breathing difficult. By reducing inflammation, Omega-3s may help improve lung function and reduce asthma symptoms.
  • Improving Lung Function: Some studies have found that Omega-3s may improve lung function in people with asthma. For example, a 2016 study published in the journal Nutrients found that supplementing with Omega-3s for three weeks improved lung function in adults with asthma.
  • Enhancing Immune Function: Omega-3s can also help support a healthy immune system, which is important for people with asthma. People with asthma have a hyper-responsive immune system, which can trigger inflammation in the airways. By supporting a healthy immune system, Omega-3s may help reduce the risk of asthma attacks.
  • Supporting Overall Health: Omega-3s are also important for overall health. They can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other chronic conditions that may worsen asthma symptoms. By supporting overall health, Omega-3s may help reduce the severity of asthma symptoms and improve quality of life.

Here is the brand that I use: Now Omega-3s

  1. MagnesiumMagnesium is an essential mineral that plays an important role in various bodily functions, including supporting respiratory health. In particular, magnesium has been found to be beneficial in supporting asthma management.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and constriction of the airways, leading to difficulty in breathing. Studies have shown that magnesium can help in the management of asthma by relaxing the smooth muscles in the airways, which reduces broncho constriction and improves airflow.

In addition, magnesium has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to reduce inflammation in the airways that contributes to asthma symptoms. This can lead to a reduction in the severity and frequency of asthma attacks.

Furthermore, magnesium can also help to improve lung function by increasing the delivery of oxygen to the cells and tissues of the body. This can help to reduce shortness of breath and improve overall respiratory function in individuals with asthma.

Overall, magnesium plays a crucial role in supporting respiratory health and may be particularly beneficial in the management of asthma. However, it’s important to note that magnesium should not be used as a substitute for standard asthma medications and treatment, and individuals with asthma should always consult with their healthcare provider before making any changes to their treatment plan.

Here is the Magnesium supplement that I recommend.

  1. TurmericTurmeric — is a spice thats commonly used in traditional Indian cooking but it has been studied for its numerous health benefits, including asthma.  Here are a benefits of turmeric on asthma:
  • Anti-inflammatory effects: Asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation of the airways. Curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, has shown anti-inflammatory effects in several studies. It may help reduce inflammation in the airways, potentially improving asthma symptoms.
  • Antioxidant activity: Oxidative stress plays a role in the development and progression of asthma. Turmeric contains antioxidants that can help combat oxidative stress, potentially reducing airway damage and inflammation.
  • Airway relaxation: Some studies have suggested that turmeric may have a bronchodilatory effect, meaning it could help relax the muscles of the airways, allowing for improved airflow and reduced asthma symptoms.

Here are a few studies that explore the effects of turmeric on asthma:

Chaudhary et al. (2018) – This study investigated the effects of curcumin on airway inflammation and remodeling in a mouse model of allergic asthma. The researchers found that curcumin supplementation reduced inflammation and airway remodeling, suggesting its potential as a therapeutic agent. (

Jat et al. (2020) – In this clinical trial, children with persistent asthma were given curcumin capsules for eight weeks. The study observed improvements in lung function, reduced asthma exacerbations, and decreased need for rescue medications. However, it’s worth noting that this study had a small sample size. (

Shakeri et al. (2020) – This review article summarizes the existing preclinical and clinical evidence on the potential therapeutic effects of curcumin in asthma. The authors discuss the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and bronchodilatory properties of curcumin and suggest its potential as an adjunct therapy for asthma. (

  1. Reishi and Cordycep MushroomsReishi and Cordycep Mushrooms for respiratory health —  here are the benefits of reishi and cordycep mushrooms:

Reishi Mushroom:

  • Immune system support: Reishi mushrooms contain bioactive compounds that may help modulate the immune system, potentially reducing inflammation and enhancing immune function.
  • Anti-inflammatory effects: Some studies suggest that Reishi mushrooms may have anti-inflammatory properties, which could be beneficial for asthma by reducing airway inflammation.
  • Antioxidant activity: Reishi mushrooms are rich in antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress and free radicals in the body, which may contribute to overall respiratory health.
  • Respiratory health support: Reishi mushrooms have been traditionally used to support respiratory function, although more research is needed to confirm their effectiveness for specific respiratory conditions like asthma.

Cordyceps Mushroom:

  • Oxygen utilization: Cordyceps mushrooms have been traditionally used to support improved oxygen uptake and utilization in the body, potentially enhancing overall respiratory function.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: Some studies suggest that Cordyceps mushrooms possess anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce airway inflammation in respiratory conditions like asthma.
  • Energy and endurance: Cordyceps mushrooms have been used in traditional medicine to enhance stamina, energy, and exercise performance, which could be beneficial for individuals with respiratory conditions who may experience exercise limitations.
  • Immune system modulation: Cordyceps mushrooms may help modulate the immune system, potentially supporting respiratory health by reducing inflammation and enhancing immune function.
  1. Spirulina and chlorellaSpirulina and chlorella are both nutrient-rich algae that offer benefits for overall health.  Here are the benefits for asthma:
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: Both spirulina and chlorella contain compounds that have shown anti-inflammatory effects in various studies. Chronic inflammation in the airways is a hallmark of asthma, and reducing inflammation may help alleviate symptoms.
  • Antioxidant activity: Spirulina and chlorella are rich in antioxidants, which can help combat oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. Asthma involves oxidative damage, and the antioxidant properties of these algae may help mitigate such damage and support lung health.
  • Immune system support: Both spirulina and chlorella have been found to modulate the immune system. Asthma involves an overactive immune response, and regulating immune activity may help manage symptoms. However, more research is needed to determine the specific effects on asthma.
  • Nutritional support: Spirulina and chlorella are highly nutritious and provide a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and proteins. Asthma and certain asthma medications can affect nutrient status, and incorporating these algae into the diet may help support overall health and potentially improve asthma management.
  • Potential respiratory health benefits: Some preliminary studies suggest that spirulina and chlorella may have positive effects on lung function and respiratory health. They have been associated with improvements in exercise performance, lung capacity, and respiratory symptoms. However, more research is needed to establish their specific benefits for asthma.
  1. AshwagandaAshwaganda — has a wide-range of benefits, but Ive added it here because in order for you to be asthma free, you need to be relaxed and stress-free.  Ashwaganda helps with that.  Here are the other benefits of ashwaganda:
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: Ashwagandha has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties. Asthma is characterized by airway inflammation, so reducing inflammation in the airways may potentially help alleviate asthma symptoms. However, more research is needed to determine the specific impact of Ashwagandha on asthma-related inflammation.
  • Stress reduction: Ashwagandha is considered an adaptogen, which means it may help the body cope with stress. Stress can trigger or worsen asthma symptoms in some individuals. By promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels, Ashwagandha may indirectly contribute to better asthma management.
  • Immune system modulation: Ashwagandha has been suggested to have immunomodulatory effects, which means it may help regulate the immune system. Asthma involves an abnormal immune response, leading to airway inflammation and constriction. Modulating the immune system could potentially have a positive impact on asthma symptoms.
  • Antioxidant properties: Ashwagandha contains antioxidant compounds that help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. This antioxidant activity may provide general benefits for respiratory health, but more research is needed to establish a direct link between Ashwagandha and asthma.

I hope this guide to being asthma-free is helpful. Please note that Im not a medical doctor and this is based on my personal experience — please make sure you work closely with your medical professional when you decide to go on this journey. For any questions or clarifications, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Allergy Supplements and ASEA Redox

I am deathly allergic to cats and dogs but have lived with it because, well, I would rather have allergies than live without my pets. My allergies come in two forms:  allergic rhinitis and asthma. For the purpose of this article, I’m going to focus on allergic rhinitis and will write a separate blog about asthma.

I took an allergy test a few years ago and found out that I was also allergic to certain types of grass, mold and dust but I was most allergic to cats and dogs.  I use to take Zyrtec everyday until my mid-30s when I started noticing my joints were becoming inflamed and painful.  It wasn’t just my joints, Zyrtec isn’t meant to be taken long term. So my body was going through some crazy motions… the most debilitating side effect for me, personally, was the way it dried up all my mucus membranes.  Thats what Zyrtec does, it stops allergies by drying up mucus membranes but the problem with this is that your entire body needs that lubrication — from your joints to your other organs, they all need mucus and when you take Zyrtec religiously like I had to, that function just messes up everything in your body.  So all joints started hurting, my knees hurt, i couldn’t walk or run long distances anymore because my joints would be hurting. Can you imagine being in this kind of pain and I wasn’t even 40.  Another major side effect for me was the brain fog.  Zyrtec kills off  the good bacteria in your gut microbiome.  Your gut microbiome is your second brain.  (Ref. Harvard Medical School, “The enteric nervous system that regulates our gut is often called the body’s “second brain.”)

So I turned to alternative anti-histamines and found these wonderful natural alternatives:

Quercetin with Bromelain1. Quercetin with Bromelain — is an anti-inflammatory.  Quercetin is from the dark skin of fruits, dark plant pigments called flavonoids), of fruits like blueberries, onions, grapes, etc.  It is an anti-oxidant. Bromelain is added to the quercetin so that our bodies are able to absorb it better.  Bromelain is a digestive enzyme made from pineapples. Below are studies that show how effective quercetin and bromelain are for allergies and allergic rhinitis.

This is the Quercetin with Bromelain product that I use:

Excerpts (Conclusion) from study: (on the efficacy of quercetin and bromelain on allergies)

In the current article, we reviewed the effect of quercetin on allergic asthma, AR, and AD. Allergic diseases are a big concern and have high health care costs. In addition, the use of current therapies such as ß2-agonists and corticosteroids has been limited for long term use due to their numerous side effects. Quercetin, which has a long story of usage in human history, has been demonstrated sufficient efficacy and has no significant side effects. It has the potential to reduce the most significant pathologies of asthma such as eosinophil and neutrophil recruitment, the activation of bronchial epithelial cells, collagen and mucus production and airway hyperactivity. It also can suppress the production of both periostin and periostin-induced eosinophil chemoattractants and resulting in the improvement of the clinical condition of AR. In fact, it will be a good candidate as a supplement for the management and treatment of allergic diseases, especially rhinitis. Since medicinal plants have a low price, natural origin, and fewer side effects, quercetin seems to be a good therapeutic nominee for allergic diseases in clinical trials.

Sinus Comfort, Gaia Herbs2. Sinus Comfort, Gaia Herbs — is made of an all organic blend of stinging nettle leaf, yarrow aerial parts, plantain leaf, bayberry root, holy basil leaf, thyme leaf, peppermint leaf essential oil — this combination is in liquid form and you use a dropper to measure 60 drops. To take the supplement you add 60 drops of the supplement in a little bit of water and drink — it relieves allergic rhinitis within 10 to 20 minutes for me.  I use this supplement sometimes when the quercetin isn’t strong enough and my system is super inflamed.  There are many studies that pertain to these ingredients, i wont go through all of the ingredients but only mention the main plant ingredients.

Below is a study for stinging nettles:

Excerpts (and Conclusion) from Study: (on the efficacy of stinging nettles root on allergic rhinitis)

Current study shows certain positive effects of Nettle in the management of allergic rhinitis on controlling the symptoms based on the SNOT-22 and also similar effects was demonstrated by placebo. Hence, the exact efficacy of Urtica dioica in this respect could not be determined in this study. We believe that our limitations underscore the need for larger, longer term studies of different pharmaceutical dosage forms of Nettle for the treatment of allergic rhinitis.

Below is a study for yarrow: (links to a .PDF)

Excerpts from Study:  (on the efficacy of yarrow on allergies/ inflammation)

The respiratory pharmacology of yarrow was examined by testing the immunomodulatory effects of four plant parts in an in vitro assay using BEAS-2B human bronchial epithelial cells. Concentrations of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and IL-8 were quantified using ELISA kits. Flowers demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity at 40 μg/ml in both assays, and also at 20 μg/ml in the IL-8 assay, suggesting a dose-dependent response. Roots displayed significant pro-inflammatory activity at all concentrations. A second mechanism of action via the endocannabinoid system was tested through inhibitory enzyme assays for fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) and monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL), in which the flowers and roots were most active. Since extracts of the four plant parts exhibited significantly different bioactivities, active metabolites previously identified in yarrow were quantified in each part through the targeted profiling of phenolics and alkylamides using analytical chromatographic techniques. Phenolic compounds were found at highest concentrations in the flowerheads, while alkylamides were detected predominantly within roots. An accompanying phenological analysis of alkylamide and phenolic levels in all parts was explored. Collectively, this research provides the first integrated comparison of yarrow ethnobotany, bioactivity, and phytochemistry across different parts of the plant, contributing novel insights into the traditional, contemporary, and future uses of one of North America’s most important medicinal plants.

ASEA3. ASEA Redox— Its important to remember that the supplements above only address the symptoms and do not in fact provide a cure. Curing allergies meant, for me, not having my pets around and that was simply unacceptable for me — I cannot live without my pets. Adding ASEA Redox to my arsenal of supplements made living with my pets possible.  I now have them ( my dog and cat) in my bedroom although they still are not allowed on the bed. Im not able to find any meta studies on the efficacy of Redox on Allergies because its a “young” supplement.  In my personal experience, I was unable to function properly with pets inside the house because I would have a runny nose and my breathing would be shallow —  now, I am able to function well and can even work in my home. I don’t have allergies or allergic rhinitis like I use to.  I don’t take quercetin or sinus comfort daily, if at all.  I have them for back up, also when I clean the cat litter box!

Spirulina4. Spirulina — Like ASEA, Spirulina can assist in strengthening your immune system.  Remember allergies are an immune response so you have to help make your immune system stronger.  Thats where Spirulina comes in.  Spirulina is rich in nutrients and is most commonly known as blue-green algae.  It contains nutrients such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, copper, iron — also rich in omega’s 6 and 3 — all nutrients that your body needs in order to heal itself.  Below are studies that support Spirulina’s efficacy in dealing with allergies:

Excerpts from the Study:

Given the increasing prevalence of AR [Allergic Rhinitis], it is necessary for ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialists, as well as other physicians involved in treating this condition, to manage CAM therapies used by patients 5. Spirulina as one of the drugs used in CAM treatment of AR that is a type of blue-green algae that belongs to cyanobacteria and grown on a large scale. Few studies have investigated the effect of spirulina on control and management of AR. The use of spirulina has been widely commercialised as a nutritional supplement to balance the function of the immune system and as treatment for a range of diseases 6. Today, spirulina is predominantly utilised as a nutritional supplement in the pharmaceutical industry in the form of pills or powder. The effect of spirulina on inflammatory mediators in human samples has been limited to the results of one study up to now 7. To the best of our knowledge, no study has simultaneously examined the clinical and laboratory effects of spirulina. The aim of the present study was to determine the therapeutic effect of spirulina platensis on AR.

Conclusion of the Study:

The use of spirulina seems to be more effective than the administration of cetirizine in improvement of both clinical presentations and inflammatory mediators of AR [Allergic Rhinitis] patients. Spirulina should be considered as an alternative treatment in patients with AR.

This is the Spirulina brand that I personally use:

The study concluded that Spirulina is more effective than Cetirine HCL, a synthetic OTC drug that is marketed to treat allergic rhinitis.  Despite studies like the above and many others, no one is marketing Spirulina as an effective allergic rhinitis supplement, which is unfortunate.

Garlic (Allicin)5. Garlic (Allicin) — One of the ways that you can help your body fight allergies is by strengthening your immune system.  Garlic, scientific name Allicin, is a superior daily supplement for immune health.  There are many meta studies citing garlic as more than a supplement for allergies but we are going to focus on Garlic as a daily supplement for allergies and asthma, here is the meta analysis:

Conclusion of the Study:

Using a Der p–engendered allergic asthma model in mice, we estimated the anti-inflammatory effects of different fractions of garlic extracts (HE, DI, EA, BU, and WA). The WA fraction had a clear protective effect against allergic asthma. Specifically, treatment with the WA fraction significantly decreased airway inflammation and reduced expression of IL-13, -4, and -5 in BALF as well as serum IgE and IgG1. Therefore, the WA fraction could regulate the imbalance between Th1 and Th2 by inhibiting Th2 cytokines and inflammatory protein. Histological results reveal that the WA fraction attenuated Der p–induced inflammatory cell infiltration in lung tissue and cell infiltration within the submucosal layer of the trachea. The WA fraction also expressed anti- inflammatory activity by inhibiting IL-6/PI3K/Akt/NF-κB signal pathways. In conclusion, the WA fraction was effective in treating Th2-type allergic responses in asthma engendered by Der p in a murine model, indicating that it might be a protective agent for use in patients with allergic asthma.

This is the garlic brand that I personally use:

If you have allergies, allergic rhinitis, in particular and have more questions for me, let me know via my contact form.

Covid Supplements

Below are my recommendations for supplements that may support your immune system during Covid. As a three-time Covid survivor, I have gained valuable insights into the virus and its effects on the body. By maintaining a strong immune system, I have been able to manage my symptoms at home and avoid hospitalization.

I highly recommend incorporating whole-food-based, natural, and raw supplements into your regimen. These supplements are easier for the body to digest and absorb compared to synthetic supplements, which may add extra stress on the liver and kidneys.

I would like to draw your attention to ASEA, which I have been taking for over a year. I have noticed that taking ASEA during Covid-19 has resulted in shorter recovery times and milder symptoms. I consumed a bottle of ASEA daily during my Covid-19 illness, allowing the redox molecules to support my cellular health.

The following supplements have supported my body during my Covid-19 illnesses and come with my highest recommendation.

Turmeric1. Turmeric — this is an anti-inflammatory, you should be taking this even without covid as it suppresses molecules that cause inflammation in our body. There have already been studies (meta-analysis) of the effects of Turmeric (curcumin) on covid-sars-2, below is one of the studies.

Excerpts from the Study:

The SARS-CoV-2 S glycoprotein is responsible for the interaction between the virus and the host cell, promoting fusion and internalization of the virus via the ACE2 receptor. Thus, both the S glycoprotein and ACE2 are potential targets for the treatment of COVID-19. In silico analysis showed that curcumin has a high-affinity for interaction with the S glycoprotein through the establishment of six hydrogen bonds (Maurya et al., 2020). In this study, curcumin obtained higher scores than the control compounds, such as nafamostat and hydroxychloroquine (Maurya et al., 2020). In addition, curcumin displayed an affinity for ACE2. Moreover, docking results showed that curcumin interacted with the active site of the protein, in addition to forming two hydrogen bonds (Maurya et al., 2020). Similarly, curcumin demonstrated a better affinity for ACE2 than the control compounds, such as captopril and hydroxychloroquine (Maurya et al., 2020)

Potential curcumin targets as antiviral and anti-inflammatory in SARS-CoV-2 infection. The first antiviral effect of curcumin against SARS-CoV-2 is its potential for preventing the binding of viral S protein to the ACE2 receptor and initiate the host cell infection process (1). After penetrating the host cell via endosomes, the virus begins the replication process that requires an acid endosomal environment to initiate the proteolytic process of viral proteins and subsequent release to the external environment. Curcumin acts by inhibiting the Endosomal acidification (2) and processing of the viral proteins (Mpro), necessary for viral release (3,4). Further, the inhibition of ACE mediated by curcumin (5) prevents the increase of Ang II levels. Curcumin inhibits NF-κB (6) through the inhibition of different pathways.

Focusing on the anti-inflammatory action of curcumin, two studies were conducted with patients with COVID-19. In the first study, the research group investigated the modulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines by nanocurcumin. Patients with COVID-19 showed high mRNA expression and secretion of cytokines, IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, and IL-18, but showed a significant reduction in IL-6 and IL-1β after treatment with nanocurcumin (Valizadeh et al., 2020). Subsequently, exploring the modulatory mechanisms of nanocurcumin, the researchers demonstrated that the number of Th17 cells, gene expression, and serum Th17-mediated factors level (IL-17, IL-21, IL-23, and GM-CSF) were significantly reduced in both stages of the disease in the group of patients with COVID-19 treated with nanocurcumin (Tahmasebi et al., 2020).

Potential curcumin in cell damage caused by SARS-CoV-2 in the lung and heart. Curcumin promotes differentiation from naïve CD4+T-cell to Tregs through the modulation of IL-10 (1). The cytoprotective role of curcumin decreases the death of type II alveolar cells (ATII) with a consequent decrease in the release of DAMPs (2). Curcumin also mediates macrophages’ polarization, decreasing the population of inflammatory macrophages M1 to macrophages M2 that participate in the resolving and reparative process

Conclusion of Study

Due to the uncountable mechanisms of action addressed in this and other reviews, it has been reinforced that curcumin could serve as an adjuvant drug in COVID-19 treatment (Babaei et al., 2020; Manoharan et al., 2020; Roy et al., 2020; Soni et al., 2020; Zahedipour et al., 2020; Saeedi-Boroujeni et al., 2021; Thimmulappa et al., 2021). The multiplicity of pathophysiological responses induced by SARS-CoV-2 highlights the need for a combination of different drugs as a treatment strategy (i.e., there is no single “magic pill” for the cure of COVID-19). Curcumin is a well-tolerated natural compound in humans, even at high concentrations (Dhillon et al., 2008; Kanai et al., 2011; Gupta et al., 2013). Thus, its combination with drugs that are already approved for use appears logical. Curcumin is a well-tolerated natural compound in humans, even at high concentrations (Dhillon et al., 2008; Kanai et al., 2011; Gupta et al., 2013). Thus, its combination with drugs that are already approved for use appears logical. The first results from the studies regarding the effect of curcumin in patients with COVID-19 are promising.

There is only one brand of Tumeric that I recommend and its this:

Vitamin C2. Vitamin C — I don’t prescribe to bottled vitamin C and eat fruits, high in vitamin C, daily. Even throughout covid, I would be eating fruits. My favorites are pomelo, mangoes, oranges, apples, blueberries — anything in season. Remember this: Your fruit will have a high concentration of vitamin C depending when it was picked so choose fruits that in season and were picked within the last week or so, if possible. Because its winter in the East coast now, there are no fruits with a high enough dose of vitamin C so this is the only time that Im supplementing with a whole food-based vitamin. If you read the ingredients list of the vitamin C that you are drinking and it says, “ascorbic acid” only — throw that away! Ascorbic acid is GMO-Corn and was synthetically manufactured in a lab. Most whole-based vitamins will have ingredients of fruits for vitamins.

Here is a whole food-based vitamin C that I supplement with when I needed:

3. Zinc — this is a trace mineral so you only need small amounts daily. If you have a varied diet, you should be meeting the daily requirements of zinc. But when you have Covid, its always a good idea to supplement with zinc because it supports numerous immune functions of our body. Again, I always recommend whole-based-food supplements (those supplements derived from food rather than synthetic supplements)

Here is my zinc supplement:

The advantage of using whole-based-food supplements, aside from saving your liver and kidneys, is that natural supplement’s absorption rates are much higher and are well tolerated by our bodies. Our bodies process synthetic vitamins differently. Some synthetics only have an absorption rate of 10% — that means your body isn’t really getting the full benefit of the vitamin because it cannot absorb the synthetic ingredient.

4. Vitamin D — this is one of the vitamins that you need to be careful with because overdosing is disastrous. Vitamin D is fat soluble so your body stores for long periods. The best way to take vitamin D is through food and sunshine. Early morning sunshine between 7 to 9am is optimal. If you can get out there everyday during the optimal times, and you live in a place with sufficient sunlight, then you don’ need to supplement with Vitamin D. If you are sick in bed and have winter months, then its best to supplement with a whole-food-based supplement.

Here is what I use:

5. Liposomal Glutathione — one of the most important antioxidants found in our body. It combats free radicals. Our bodies can naturally make glutathione but as we get older, the body’s ability to create glutathione diminishes so its a good idea to supplement with glutathione when dealing with covid. Here is one of the studies of the effectiveness of glutathione on covid-cars-2 (this a PDF and will automatically download to your computer, super long read — it discusses the history of covid, the types of glutathione and different viruses)

Excerpts from the research:

It has been shown in influenza virus infection that GSH (glutathione) depletion is pivotal for the folding and maturation of the viral glycoprotein haemagglutinin (HA) and therefore for viral replication [101]. This has led to speculation that viruses manipulate the function of NRF2 [102].

GSH(glutathione) deficiency has been associated with a more severe clinical manifestation of coronavirus. One article with a small number of cases shows decreased plasma GSH is associated with more severe presentation of disease. Levels of GSH and ROS were measured in 4 patients with laboratory confirmed COVID-19. In the patients with higher baseline levels of GSH, there was an observed decrease in ROS, and these patients had a shorter course of illness. Decreased GSH was associated with increased ROS and more severe symptoms [35]. The role of GSH depletion in COVID-19 is a topic which warrants further analysis

Based on evidence provided from previous studies conducted by our laboratory, it can be reasonably concluded that administration of liposomal glutathione would be particularly beneficial in high-risk COVID-19 patients, such as those who are also suffering from type II diabetes mellitus or those who are co-infected with HIV or M. tb. Liposomal glutathione has been demonstrated to be able to augment Th1 cytokine response in patients suffering from HIV and M. tb infections [58]. Intracellular GSH concentration in erythrocytes is shown to be diminished in patients with type II diabetes [129]. Thus, we would expect these high-risk or immunocompromised populations to benefit in particular from liposomal GSH supplementation

I have to mention, Covid attacks your lungs and it feels like your lungs are on fire. As soon as I started supplementing with Liposomal Glutathione, within the next day, I felt my lungs relax and I could finally take a deep breath and wasn’t as out of breath as the previous days.

This is the only non-wholefood supplement that I take and recommend:

Garlic (allicin)6. Garlic (allicin) — don’t sleep on garlic! My Dad’s one and only supplement is garlic. He is frikkin’ 78 years old and has the worst diet in the world but he’s still alive and healthy, which is crazy. I never thought anything of garlic until I started doing my research. Get to know the benefits of garlic, here: (Includes other food supplements aside from garlic)

Excerpt from this article:

Garlic is a well-known plant/ herb classified under Allium (onion) family and has been used from ages for its several nutraceutical properties. The predominant thiosulfinate in fresh garlic extract identified as allicin, has shown a number of health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties. Allicin suppresses the inflammation via inhibiting the TNF-α induced expression levels of IL-1β, IL-8, IP-10, and IFN-γ and also through suppression of degradation of NF-κB inhibitory protein IκB in intestinal epithelial cells (65). It inhibits inducible NO nitric oxide synthase expression in activated macrophages (66, 67). Several garlic associated compounds have found to possess a strong viricidal activity against a wide range of viruses including parainfluenza virus type 3, human rhinovirus, herpes simplex virus (HSV)-1, HSV-2, and vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). Some of the garlic compounds that show viricidal activity are ajoene, allicin, allyl, methyl thiosulfinate and methyl allyl thiosulfinate (68, 69). Most of the above-mentioned functional effects were observed at 200 ng/ml concentrations. Studies also have found that only fresh samples with no processing such as heat induction or drying were successful to induce most of the biological activities of garlic (70). Therefore, fresh garlic extract may be useful as a prophylactic against COVID-19.

Here is what I take:

I’ve been taking garlic for over a year now and will probably be taking it until I die, like my Dad!

Oil of Oregano (Carvacrol)7. Oil of Oregano (Carvacrol) — a natural antibiotic and powerful antioxidant. Get to know the benefits of Oil of Oregano, here:

Excerpts from the study:

In addition, carvacrol also showed strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which could be beneficial in the cure of diseases associated with enhanced oxidative stress along with inflammatory and altered immune status (Khazdair et al., 2018). Adaptive immune responses (Giamarellos-Bourboulis et al., 2020; Kuri-Cervantes et al., 2020; Liao et al., 2020), mainly of T cells (Giamarellos-Bourboulis et al., 2020; Mathew et al., 2020), showed a significant role in the infection of SARS-CoV-2, similar to the infection of respiratory diseases. Carvacrol has been shown to reduce the transcription factors of TH cell-related cytokines in ovalbumin immunized mice, thus suppressing the antigen-specific immune response, this indicates the potential of carvacrol to ameliorate the critical immune responses ascribed to the over activation of T-cells

Numerous studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory activity of carvacrol, derivatives of carvacrol, and plants containing a high amount of carvacrol in LPS-induced macrophages or monocytes or eosinophils, inhibit proinflammatory cytokines, inflammatory mediators, iNOS and COX-2, the production of NO and prostaglandin E2, and CD18 frequency on human lymphocytes (Lima Mda et al., 2013; Damasceno et al., 2014; Gholijani and Amirghofran, 2016; Li et al., 2018; Somensi et al., 2019). The hepatoprotective effect of carvacrol was observed in D-galactosamine-induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Carvacrol has been found to reduce CYP2E1 and enhance PPAR-α expression in alleviating liver damage (Aristatile et al., 2014). Carvacrol was also found as a COX-2 suppressor and PPAR-γ activator. Carvacrol has been shown to suppress the LPS induced mRNA and protein expression of COX-2 in human macrophage-like U937 cells, indicating that carvacrol ameliorates the expression of COX-2 via its agonistic effect on PPAR-γ (Hotta et al., 2010).

Carvacrol may also maintain the immune system balance through its role in immunomodulation (Butt and Sultan, 2010). Hence, carvacrol could be beneficial for limiting the orchestrated immune-inflammatory cascade in COVID-19.

Conclusion of the study:

Carvacrol as a potent antioxidant and immunomodulator may enhance the host cellular immunity against infections. Carvacrol’s capability in interfering with ACE2 receptors in the host, along with its antiviral properties due to its interaction with viral protease and antibacterial properties further strengthen the candidature of carvacrol in viremia and secondary infections, which eventually lead to complications and fatal outcomes. This review highlight the pharmacological principles and observations outlined in published studies, which plausibly suggest possible anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and immunomodulatory properties in context to COVID-19.

This is the Oil of Oregano that I take and recommend:

Trace Minerals or Mineral Water8. Trace Minerals or Mineral Water — when I have covid, I only drink mineral / spring water for its mineral content. Spring water with its macro and trace mineral content will replenish the minerals your body needs in order to function optimally. Here are all the essential trace minerals: iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride and selenium. High quality mineral water is rich in both macro and trace minerals that are highly absorbed by our bodies.

I don’t normally like bottled water but when Im sick, I make an exception. My favorites are Evian and Icelandic — 100% recycled, bpa-free and carbon neutral as well so that makes me feel a little better.

Icelandic NSF* Test Report can be found here:

Evian NSF* Test Report can be found here:

*NSF Report lists water quality test results for over 175 substances including inorganic, organic substances.

If you prefer using Trace Minerals on distilled water, my sister swears by this trace mineral supplement:

ASEA9. ASEA —cell regeneration or what’s known as “redox signaling molecules” — I strongly believe that I’ve healed very quickly from Omicron because of ASEA. Within 3-4 days I was feeling so much better. Im on day 14 and no longer have symptoms. ASEA has also helped my asthma and allergic rhinitis. I no longer have allergies, which is shocking to me. We are at the very early age of understanding redox signaling but here are some positive notes from research papers.

Excerpts on Redox Signaling

In fact, redox signaling is required for numerous cellular processes, as indicated by the role of ROS in proper cellular differentiation, tissue regeneration, and prevention of aging. While there is a large body of research demonstrating the general effect of oxidative stress on signaling pathways, less is known about the initial and direct regulation of signaling molecules by ROS. Recently, it has also been argued that redox signaling is also crucial in regulating signaling pathways that control various disease states, including tumorigenesis, automimmunity, neurodegenerative diseases, and loss of tissue regeneration with age.

This issue will highlight recent advances in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying redox signaling, how perturbations of redox signaling cause various diseases, and how these insights may lead to novel therapeutics. We are seeking submissions in all areas of redox signaling.

Excerpts on Redox Biology and Redox Signaling

Oxidative stress refers to elevated intracellular levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that cause damage to lipids, proteins and DNA. Oxidative stress has been linked to a myriad of pathologies. However, elevated ROS also act as signaling molecules in the maintenance of physiological functions — a process termed redox biology. In this review we discuss the two faces of ROS — redox biology and oxidative stress — and their contribution to both physiological and pathological conditions. Redox biology involves a small increase in ROS levels that activates signaling pathways to initiate biological processes, while oxidative stress denotes high levels of ROS that result in damage to DNA, protein or lipids.

An understood mechanism of redox signaling involves H2O2-mediated oxidation of cysteine residues within proteins [5]. Cysteine residues exist as a thiolate anion (Cys–S-) at physiological pH and are more susceptible to oxidation compared with the protonated cysteine thiol (Cys–SH) [6]. During redox signaling, H2O2 oxidizes the thiolate anion to the sulfenic form (Cys–SOH), causing allosteric changes within the protein that alter its function. The sulfenic form can be reduced to thiolate anions by the disulfide reductases thioredoxin (Trx) and glutaredoxin (Grx) to return the protein function to its original state

Excerpts on Redox Signaling

Redox signaling is part of the normal physiology of all cells, including flow stimulated growth of endothelial cells, and plays a significant role in pathophysiological responses such as occur in ischemia/reperfusion injury, as well. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the chemistry of redox signaling while other reviews in this special issue will address how redox signaling is relevant to cardiovascular physiology. We will not attempt to provide a compendium of the increasing number of signaling pathways in which redox plays a role. Also, we cannot, in this limited space, provide a comprehensive coverage of all aspects of redox signaling. But, it is important to note that redox signaling is not strictly limited to the types of reactions that we will detail here

I have no simple explanation for redox signaling except a personal experience of, “it works” and I’ve never felt better in my entire life. Some of the things that I’ve felt since I started taking ASEA

  • I’ve started running/sprinting when walking with my dog, I could never sprint before because my knees, ankles or asthma
  • I can go through the entire day without napping. I usually nap at around 5pm because Im exhausted but with ASEA, I have the same energy at 9am that I do at 5pm.
  • I’ve stopped taking so many supplements. ASEA is expensive but I’ve stopped taking all the other supplements in my Arsenal because I dont need them anymore. It feels like ASEA has turned back time for my body.
  • Getting enough sleep. I normally wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep but now, Im sleeping through the night.
  • It’s completely gotten rid of my carpal tunnel syndrome. I had issues typing because my right wrist would hurt so much, thats now not an issue. I no longer have pain on the wrist or lower back.
  • No more allergic rhinitis. I actually cried when I realized this because I’ve had this my entire life.

Please keep drinking the small cup of ASEA first thing in the morning and last thing at night (on an empty stomach). You will start feeling so much younger and you will eventually not need to take so many other supplements that could be harming your liver. For me, it took about 3 months for all these things to happen and its all very subtle — you wont feel it happening. It’s going to slowly happen. If you have a lot of ailments, you need to up your dose of ASEA. During Omicron, I upped my dose to a bottle per day then after 3 days, half a bottle per day.

You can buy ASEA here.

Elderberry Syrup10. Elderberry Syrup — packed with vitamins and antioxidants and truly help your immune system against inflammation.


Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been used to treat cold and flu symptoms, but there are no large-scale studies or meta-analyses. This meta-analysis quantifies the effects of elderberry supplementation and evaluates moderators including vaccination status and the underlying pathology. This analysis included a total of 180 participants and evaluates moderators such as vaccination status and cause of the upper respiratory symptoms. Supplementation with elderberry was found to substantially reduce upper respiratory symptoms.

This is the brand I recommend:

…and that’s it. Please note that all the amazon links on this page are under an affiliate program. Also, none of my statements have been verified by the FDA. The information you find here is not meant to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.

Hopefully, this list was helpful — please let me know if you have any questions.

ASEA Replaces…

I use to take US$ 350 worth of supplements per month

After a few months on ASEA, I stopped taking my regular supplements. I didn’t need anything else. Here are the regular supplements that I would take…

If you add all these supplements, you are looking at a minimum of US $350 per month. When I started taking ASEA I was still taking the supplements but after a month, I stopped taking about half of them and now, I’ve completely stopped taking any other supplement except for ASEA.

With ASEA, it feels like my body has gone back in time. Either my late 20’s / early 30’s — about the time when I stopped partying all night and started taking better care of my health. Back then, my body had the ability to heal itself and bounce back from whatever ailment I was feeling. As I got older, my body’s ability to heal itself stopped working as well and thats why I had to start taking supplements… my digestive issues happened because my diet was so bad. I wasn’t eating well so my entire body was inflamed… just so many bad decisions. I blame my youthful ignorance and I’ve had many regrets. Im so thankful for finding ASEA and this second chance.

Double-blind studies…

Zero. Zilch. Nada. WTF?

I’m certain that when you started your ASEA journey, like me, you wanted to find more information about it, in particular double-blind studies. I’ve scoured the first 10 pages of Google and first 10 pages of Google Scholar. It’s not good. In fact, I haven’t been able to find any peer-reviewed, double blind studies, which is so important when defending the product.

It eventually dawned on me that ASEA’s classification was that of a dietary supplement not a pharmaceutical drug. Only pharmaceutical drugs are required to undergo double-blind studies to prove efficacy. ASEA is made of salt and water. Let me mention, its safety profile is impeccable.

When I realized their technical classification, I realized that because ASEA was a new product, it would’ve taken years to undergo double-blind studies — so instead of go that route, they went ahead and hit the market? Im speculating but that would be my guess.

A non-traditional supplement with minimal start-up capital

Instead of sell traditionally — in supermarkets or pharmaceutical stores — it made the most sense to engage in multi-level-marketing. First of all, it makes no sense to sell ASEA in supermarkets, it’s a not a traditional supplement. Those bottles would languish on the grocery shelves racking up inventory costs because they would be slow-moving products. It also wouldn’t make sense selling the bottles in drug stores because — well, I think ASEA is trying hard to stay away from being labeled as a drug because its a naturally-derived product.

Most of the doctors on ASEA’s board are Naturopathic and Integrative — Doctors who believe in optimal healing using our greatest assets — our bodies.

Multi-level-marketing was a better direction for ASEA because less overhead expenses and less sales and marketing expenses. This direction is ideal for a company with a great product and very little start-up capital. As a small business owner myself, it makes total sense.

Although, I still don’t fully trust MLM companies and the MLM system in general. I’ve made peace with it because, I’ve personally experienced the benefits of ASEA.

Countering the negative online blogs about ASEA

I was the biggest skeptic coming into this and the first few blogs that I read about ASEA where that it was made with salt and water and the entire thing was a scam. Of course I believe those blogs! Thats why it took me a long time to start my ASEA journey.

There is a blogger, with first page results for ‘asea redox,’ that says ASEA didn’t work for him but he still had affiliate links of ASEA going to Amazon. My question is, why would you sell something that you didn’t believe in? Ridiculous. If you don’t believe in a product, don’t effin’ sell it. Don’t effin’ put those affiliate links because you, Sir, are a travesty.

There is another writer, a PHD writer and he makes fun of the word, “ASEA.” Because he has a PHD after his name, it was so easy for me to believe every single thing he wrote against ASEA. He equates selling ASEA to “selling hair dye to bald people.”

I could go on, I scoured more than 10 pages of Google when doing my research but I’m going to stop there. I believed in these negative blogs when I was doing my initial research. For every person who believes in ASEA, there are a thousand others who don’t.

So how can you counter these negative blogs? Well, you will have to write your own blog with the same amount of researched, credible data so that Google indexes your blog and ranks it accordingly. Also, if your blog is published on credible website, Google will rank your web page accordingly. ie. naturopathic, wellness, fitness, food health, etc. Expertise is key.If writers who support ASEA also write about it with the same amount of vigor then it would help counter the negative impressions of ASEA online. But, there will always be skeptics. Accept it and move on.

ASEA User: from skeptic to believer

I started buying ASEA because my sister was reselling it. I’ve always supported my sister in any capacity so I just started buying it but I didn’t drink it consistently. I didn’t believe it could do anything for me because I thought I didn’t need it. I really thought I was healthy enough not to need ASEA.

My switch was seeing an ASEA blue bottle in my son’s doctors office. I asked her about it and she said, a lot of my patients swear by it. My son’s doctor is one of the leading integrative family doctors in Northern VA. We researched her completely because we wanted the best doctor for our son.

I started taking ASEA religiously after that day and within a few weeks I started feeling the benefits. The one thing that I recommend is to up your dose. The 2oz in the morning and evening didn’t do much for me, I initially tripped and then doubled my dose and started feeling the benefits.

  • digestive health
  • allergic rhinitis
  • mental clarity

… to name a few. I’m so amazed.
Also, I signed up to be a reseller. For someone thats never believed in multi-level marketing, I’m actually a reseller! Thats how much ASEA has changed my life.

Pain-free and Increased Energy

I stopped running when I was 40 years old

I had to stop running because everything was hurting. I’m not a runner per se but I did enjoy the occasional sprint and fast jogging with my dog but when I turned 40, somehow, everything just started aching. I knew that some sort of physical activity was good for me so I kept walking. Thank goodness I have a dog and that forces me to walk, otherwise I might have stopped walking altogether. It also helped that I discovered these amazing walking shoes that supported my ankles and lessened the pain I was experiencing when going for a short walk.

Adding Turmeric to my diet

A couple of years ago, I started adding turmeric to my diet. Extra-strength turmeric from Gaia Herbs is the probably the most trustworthy brand of supplements in the market today. Anyway, with Tumeric, my entire body seemed to relax and the usual pain stopped aching. I still wasn’t running but at least I wasn’t in pain anymore.

Surrendering to old-age aches and pain

I don’t know why I resided in the pain. It sort of felt like I was supposed to be in pain and my body was supposed to ache because I was older. It sort of felt like a surrendering of sorts. Like, you expect it to happen so you didn’t question the process. Anyway, it happens gradually until one day you wake up and you stop all forms of physical exertion because your body (and mind) have surrendered. And, like everyone of my peers, I started adding old-people supplements to my diet. Aging is definitely a perspective that needs to change.

Discovering ASEA (in the years of the Covid Pandemic)

In August of 2021, I discovered ASEA through my sister. I didn’t take it religiously because I had a host of old-people supplements that I was already taking. Also, I’ve never believed in multi-level marketing. For me, it seemed like a hoax and an expensive one at that.

In December of 2021, my 4-yr-old son had his yearly doctor’s appointment. When we walked into the doctors office, she had a bottle of ASEA sitting on her shelf, which doubled as a medicine cabinet. That was my switch. I started taking ASEA religiously after that day and I haven’t looked back since.

On the morning that I suddenly sprinted, my dog looked up and was as surprised as I was. We now walk like we use to, which is walk, slow run, sprint and then walk again. Side note, I’ve also started giving my old dog ASEA and I think her form is better now than with just Turmeric alone. I don’t take as many supplements as before and my body feels lighter and capable. I’m aware of how crazy that sounds and it’s all true. I’m so grateful for ASEA.

Update May, 4, 2022.  I now run weekly 5k marathons. I never even use to like running.  It’s kind of crazy but also kinda amazing!

Allergic Rhinitis

I've had allergic rhinitis for as long as I can remember

In fact, before ASEA, I couldn’t imagine my life without allergies. The constant sneezing and nose leaking was already part of my personality. I was tested for allergies when i was in my mid-thirties. Here are the things I’m allergic to:

  • cats
  • dogs
  • shrimp
  • grass
  • dust
  • mold
  • sugar
  • dairy
  • wheat

I always know when a place is dusty and dirty because i start sneezing immediately and my nose will not stop running. I always know when I’ve eaten too much sugar because my nose starts running. My body has been warning me all these years and instead of listening to the warning, my doctors were prescribing medication that stopped the mucus without addressing the cause of it.

My years of research has brought me to this: allergic rhinitis is an immune response. Your body is warning you of impending inflammation (allergic rhinitis) — you have to figure out how to stop the inflammation from its root cause: by fixing your immune system! Your gut health is part of that immune system.

Synthetic OTC’s (Nasonex and Zyrtec) for Allergic Rhinitis

To help with my allergies I was taking zyrtec and nasonex. both prescribed by doctors. Nasonex did something to my nose and I’m not able to smell properly now. I have to go closer to the object to actually smell something. After taking zyrtec for over 10 years, my joints started feeling stiff and brittle. Zyrtec’s mode of operation is to suppress mucus, and because of that it also suppresses mucus your body needs in order to function in its optimized state. Both nasonex and zyrtec are terrible to use because they suppress systems within your body that need to function properly. I’ve learnt the hard way that synthetic drugs do more harm than good and that I should’ve started looking for natural remedies when I was much younger. Unfortunately I was already in my forties when I realized all this. I had a 20-year history of using antihistamines and other synthetic drugs. My gut health probably suffered the most. My gall bladder was removed in my early thirties, because I didn’t know better.

In school, we taught so much useless stuff but nothing about health and nutrition, nothing about our body’s amazing ability to heal itself. It’s so frustrating. Education really needs a revamp.

Natural Alternatives for Allergic Rhinitis

When I started researching for naturally remedies for allergies I came across quercetin. Quercetin is essentially a flavanoid. It is an antioxidant and naturally comes from fruits and vegetables. Quercetin has no long-term studies so there is no safety profile for it for long-term use. Quercetin is definitely a better alternative to using zyrtec.

Meta analysis of Quercetin for allergic rhinitis can be found in the links below: “Quercetin with the potential effect on allergic diseases”

“Quercetin and its anti-allergic immune response”

I find it ironic that zyrtec is marketed so everyone knows about it but you only discover quercetin if you do your own research.

Please note however that taking quercetin is a stop-gap measure, it doesn’t actually address the source of the issue, which is your immune health.

ASEA addresses Immune health

One of ASEA’s core strengths is supporting our natural immune system. There was an 8-week study that showed a 20-31% increase in gene expression abundance in our natural immune system. ASEA, essentially, enables our cells to repair and communicate with each other – a breakthrough in modern healthcare technology. There is no other supplement like it.

After drinking 60 ml of ASEA daily for about a month, and then using a portable nebulizer for about 30 minutes for 2 consecutive days, I woke up one morning and my nose was not running. It was the first time that has ever happened. I was teary-eyed when I realized that for the first time in a long time, I didn’t have to pull out my handkerchief.