Ricardo Mazcal is a fourth-generation Herbalist and Nutritionist with more than 50 years of experience in medicinal plants. He was trained in Herbolaria Mexicana for many years by his family in his natal northeast Nayarit and the high sierra. Later he studied Hindu Ayurveda and Chinese traditional medicine (TCM) from herbal masters. He has dedicated his life to helping others enjoy a healthy life at every age through alternative medicine and natural wellness options. He is a respected writer with a weekly column entitled The Healing Power of Plants. Mr. Mazcal enjoys sharing his knowledge with the alternative healthcare community and providing solutions for men and women ready to control their health the natural way.
For over a thousand years people have discovered the miracle uses of many herbs, spices, seeds, and barks found in the jungles of Mexico and less inhabited areas around the world. Many civilizations used these for improving the of taste in their cuisine, enhancing the quality of life by using these plant based products for their health, and discoverd that some improve the condition of their skin and created oils and lotions that reduce the effects of aging and helps maintain a more youthful appearance.
It is my pleasure to share some of these secrets with you.
Ricardo Mazcal, Nutritionist & Herbologist
The small to medium size, locally owned, family farms that dot the front range of the Sierra Madre Mountains in western Mexico is idea for growing an array of high quality vegetation. Unlike large commercial operations the products are raised not only in an almost perfect environment but have the added attention to quality only a grower of this size can consistently offer in premium natural grown products for the global consumer who demands nothing less.
The quality products I offer include:
Spices, Herbs, Seeds, & Seasonings
Did you know?
One of the many small farms located at the foot of the Sierra Madre, near La Descembocada in Western Jalisco State, Mexico. The fertile soil, long growing season, and balance of rain and sun throughout the year make this an almost perfect environment for a multitude of crops.
The Healing Power of Plants
Ricardo Mazcal, Herbalist and Nutritionist
Chronic Inflammation Relief, Naturally
Inflammation is classified into two main types:
· Acute - occurs for about two weeks
· Chronic - slower, less severe and lasts longer than six weeks
What is Inflammation? It is part of the body's innate immune response against damaged cells, viruses, bacteria, etc. It removes harmful or foreign invaders and heals itself. Without inflammation, wounds would just aggravate, and infections could be deadly.
What does the inflammation process look like? First, chemicals from white blood cells are released into the bloodstream to guard your body against foreign substances releasing chemicals into the area of injury or infection. This increased blood flow leads to redness and a feeling of warmth in the affected area. The chemical release can also trigger fluid leakage in surrounding tissues, which causes swelling. Nerves are often stimulated during this process and can cause temporary pain. Inflammation can be mistaken for infection, but the two are quite different. Infection can cause inflammation due to harmful substances, and inflammation is the body's response to infection. In this way, inflammation is mostly good. Acute inflammation often occurs because of an injury to the external body or skin. Symptoms include:
Heat (affected area feel warm to the touch)
Symptoms and signs of chronic inflammation:
Chronic inflammation can cause
enlargement and loss of kidney function
swelling and loss of blood vessel function and muscles
The leading causes of inflammation are a poor diet, stress, food allergies, and a sedentary lifestyle leading to weight gain. Being overweight can mean a state of long-term, low-grade inflammation. Negative personality traits like smoking, eating unhealthy foods and a lack of exercise encourage inflammation. Harmful bacteria produce microbiome problems and contribute to inflammatory conditions like arthritis, depression, and neurological ills.
Inflammatory Diseases include:
Chronic peptic ulcer
Ingrown infected toenail
Sore throat due to a cold or flu
Foods that can cause inflammation in the body:
Sugar, sucrose and fructose.
Saturated fats found in fast foods and fried products, processed snack foods, frozen breakfast products, cookies, donuts, crackers and margarine.
Omega-6 fatty acids are essential in moderation, but excess consumption produces pro-inflammatory chemicals found in oils from corn, safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut and vegetable, mayonnaise and salad dressings.
Refined carbohydrates/white flour products including bread, rolls, crackers and cereals, are brutally lacking in nutrients and are advanced glycation end (AGE) products that trigger inflammation.
People with celiac disease should avoid gluten.
Alcohol - excessive intake is harmful to the liver.
Corticosteroids, such as cortisone and prednisone, are prescribed for chronic inflammation like arthritis and asthma. When used on a short-term basis, side effects include fluid retention, increased appetite, weight gain, insomnia, and mood changes.
Long-term effects include osteoporosis, high blood pressure, diabetes, weight gain, infections, cataracts, glaucoma, muscle weakness and thinning of the skin.
Natural Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs and Spices
Ensure your diet is loaded with foods high in antioxidants to reduce levels of LDL "bad" cholesterol and lowering the risks of heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and cancer.
Vegetables - three servings/day of beets, carrots, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale), dark, leafy greens, onions, peas, salad greens, sea vegetables and squashes.
Fruits - three servings/day of apples, all berries, nectarines, oranges, pears, grapefruit, pineapple, plums, pomegranates.
Water - at least two liters/day.
Beans and Legumes - two servings/day of black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas or lentils.
Healthy Fats - five servings/day of avocados and extra virgin olive oil.
Herbs and Spices - unlimited!
Protein - organic eggs, grass-fed meats, healthy cheeses, organic poultry and cultured/raw dairy.
Green Tea - an excellent natural anti-inflammatory, three cups/day.
Red wine contains quercetin, a potent anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and antiviral; also, resveratrol reduces inflammation and oxidative stress while also acting as a neuro-protectant. Drink no more than two drinks/day.
Herbs and Spices that Combat Inflammation
· Black pepper
· Green tea
If you have any comments or questions, contact me right here on WhatsApp or the email link provided in the contact section of this website.
Naturally Mazcal Products: Organic coffees, turmeric tincture, honey. Also, Ceylon cinnamon, apple cider vinegar with the Mother, probiotics and prebiotics Maz-mix, moringa leaf and herb powder, tinctures, herbal supplements and all products mentioned in this article.