"Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones" That's the official definition of organic from organic.org
Perhaps though organic isn't enough to look for. Most have heard about arsenic risks from consumption of rice and apple juice, but that's only part of the problem. For example when you purchase an organic tomato, you know it was grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation, however without testing you don't know if that organic tomato is free of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, copper, and tungsten which are in the soil, water or air and can contaminate food. It's already well known through a 2004 study that if there is lead in the soil it will be in every aspect of the vegetation that grows in that soil.
And slow growing nutrients like turmeric and other ayurvedic botanicals that are in the soil longer may be organic, but many of them to have been tested to be high in various heavy metals.
For more than a century concerned consumers have been aware that the synthetic pesticides of conventional farming leave heavy metals in the ground. But it's been an industry secret that the same toxins are in the organic soil. It also appears to be a secret to most consumers that it's not just conventional farming methods that are an issue.
Scientists have known since the 1920s that organic fertilizers used by farmers to supplement conventional systems—composted animal manure, rock phosphates, fish emulsions, guano, wood ashes, etc.—further contaminate topsoil with varying concentrations of heavy metals. Organic advocates, who rely exclusively on these fertilizers, remain well aware of the problem today, even though this appears as well to be an industry secret.
While nobody is saying that organic soil has higher heavy-metal counts than conventional soil, in 2007, researchers conducted an analysis of wheat grown on various farms in Belgium; based on the results, they estimate that consumers of organically grown wheat take in more than twice as much lead, slightly more cadmium, and nearly equivalent levels of mercury as consumers of wheat grown on conventional farms.
Heavy metals are now being found in USDA certified organic foods, superfoods, vitamins, herbs and dietary supplements at alarming levels. Neither the USDA nor the FDA has set any limits on heavy metals in foods and organic foods
The implications of this fact cannot be overlooked. The human body naturally contains trace amounts of heavy metals, but when they accumulate faster than the body can excrete them, several serious health problems can follow, including cardiovascular and neurological disorders as well as kidney and liver damage. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of the U.S. Public Health Service, cites fruit and grain consumption as the leading cause of lead exposure in the general population.
The answer is simple. Look for foods that state clearly that they contain foods tested low in heavy metals like IQed. IQed is not just all natural but goes beyond that as each ingredient is a certified food tested free of not only heavy metals but also tested free of any hormones, pesticides and herbicides, stimulants, preservatives, genetically modified ingredients or synthetic contaminants.
IQedTM is a brilliant healthy, synergistic blending of the wisdom of the east together with the science from the west.
All natural IQedTM is whole food nutrition that provides per serving over 22 key natural vitamins and minerals, soluble fiber, Omega 3's, carotenoids and flavonoids, including lutein, and zeaxanthin, and all the Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and essential amino acids from the natural, casein-free undenatured whey isolate protein isolate is approved by the Feingold Association for the Feingold diet
By now you probably know based on numerous studies that ayurvedic foods are very healthy for you. What you may not be aware of is that most ayurvedic botanicals are slow growing and many OTC ayurvedic botanicals, especially organic, are high in heavy metals. Unless you purchase a product that specifically states their botanicals are tested free of heavy metals, you will not know how much lead, copper, tin, zinc, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury you are also consuming. The amount of arsenic and copper present in the organic turmeric brands from one study, for example, was proved to be harmful to health.
All ingredients in IQed are food and tested free of heavy metals, hormones, pesticides and herbicides, stimulants, preservatives, genetically modified ingredients or synthetic contaminants. This includes all of the ayurvedic foods Turmeric, Amalaki, Haritaki, Gymnema, Green Tea, Guggul, Cocoa, Cinnamon, and Cayenne Pepper
In addition to providing 100% of all the essential nutrients required daily, all natural IQedTM contains a proprietary, potent, adaptogenic, phytonutrient, antioxidant ayurvedic blend rich in natural prebiotics and antivirals that support the brain, metabolic and immune system. IQedTM is salicylates free and approved by the Feingold Association for the Feingold Diet. IQed.is pharmaceutical grade, GFCF, lactovegetarian, and contains a premier blend of nutritious, high potency foods that have been researched and sourced from Eastern and Western cultures.
Turmeric [Curcuma Longa] Turmeric is one of the most well-known, widely researched, and commonly used Ayurvedic spices in the world. Turmeric is often combined with Amalaki because of the duo’s potency and power. Turmeric works to boost cardiovascular health by purifying the blood, regulating blood sugar levels, supporting healthy insulin levels, and promoting a healthy inflammatory response in the body. It is among the world's healthiest foods and has been shown to have a number of health benefits. An active ingredient is curcumin which is believed to have a wide range of good effects on health, memory, cognition, and overall healthy brain function, Studies have found that turmeric is an adaptogen based on the ability to support the body’s immune system, antioxidant function as well as helping the body to maintain healthy levels of Corticosterone. Turmeric promotes a healthy heart and liver, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and supports your immune system, Turmeric is an excellent source of both iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, copper, and potassium. Phytonutrients in turmeric include curcumin, demethoxycurcumin, turmerones, and tumenorols. Turmeric is a natural prebiotic and increases the activity of digestive enzymes. Turmeric has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.
Amalaki [Emblica officinalis] Amalaki has been revered for over 5,000 years in Ayurveda for its rejuvenating properties which are why it's the most commonly used ingredient of most Ayurvedic preparations in some form or the other. Amalaki detoxifies and rejuvenates the digestive system and GI tract, and reduces acidity. Amalaki is naturally abundant in antioxidants that help reduce free radicals and boost immune response. Amalaki is a potent rejuvenative that nourishes the tissues and gently removes natural toxins. Amalaki also cleanses the colon, eliminating excess toxins and heat while supporting healthy bowel movements.All together this superfood promotes energy and vitality, supports immune function, promotes the digestive system, stabilizes blood sugar levels, and has an overall rejuvenating effect on the body. Amalaki also contains a high concentration of amino acids, trace minerals, and other beneficial phytonutrients. Amalaki is known for its extreme adaptogenic and immune support and has antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties
. Haritaki [Terminalia chebula] Haritaki has been regarded very highly from ancient times by traditional healers and it is rightly called the mother of herbs. In Sanskrit, Haritaki means “carries away” (all diseases). The date-like haritaki fruit serves as a gentle and effective detoxifying agent for the body. Through its astringent taste, the haritaki stimulates the metabolic fire of the cells Probably due to its antioxidant properties haritaki is known as an adaptogen. Haritaki is the polyphenolic/phytonutrient-rich fruit of the Terminalia Chebula tree. Haritaki is a safe and effective purgative, expectorant and tonic. It is widely used in Ayurvedic as a rejuvenating agent as well as to help with the metabolic system. Haritaki promotes health through successive steps of purification and detoxification. Supporting the body's natural cleansing process, it increases digestive enzymes and gently removes accumulated natural toxins in the gastrointestinal tract. As a rejuvenative, it supports the proper function of the colon,
Gymnema [Gymnema sylvestre] Gymnema has been used by Ayurvedic healers to help support healthy blood sugar levels for thousands of years. Gymnema is an Ayurvedic herb promoting healthy metabolic function. Gymnema contains many powerful phytonutrients including triterpenoids which have adaptogenic qualities that enhance the body’s ability to respond to stress Used for nearly 2,000 years in Ayurvedic tradition, historically Gymnema is called “the sugar destroyer” because of its ability to interfere with the absorbability of sugar in the mouth and in the intestinal tract. Recent studies have found that Gymnema Sylvestre demonstrated significant antioxidant activity, and contains phytonutrients that support the normalization of blood glucose levels and the production of insulin to within normal ranges. Gymnema has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
Cocoa [Theobroma Cacao] Cocoa beans were used as currency as well as the drink of the elite by ancient Mesoamerican civilizations. The use of cocoa as a store of value persisted even into colonial times. Modern research has discovered that cocoa is good for blood vessel health and packs some of nature’s most powerful phytonutrients called cocoa flavanols to help our body stay in tune. The flavanols have been linked in studies with improved memory and thinking skills. Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that these cocoa flavanols promote healthy blood flow from head to toe. Our heart, brain, and muscles depend on a healthy circulatory system. It helps us feel our best and perform at our highest. And supporting healthy blood flow is essential to helping you maintain who you are for years to come. Cocoa powder, loaded with adaptogens, contains catechins, Cacao, epicatechin, theobromine, and the polymers procyanidins, polyphenols all excellent antioxidants. Cocoa has more phenolic phytochemicals and a higher antioxidant capacity than teas and red wine Studies have found that cocoa helps boost the growth of beneficial probiotics in the gut, and is therefore considered a prebiotic along with an antioxidant.
Cinnamon [Cinnamomum verum]
Cayenne [Capsicum annuum]
So start checking labels for those products tested free of heavy metals, because even if you are a heavy metal music fan, nobody wants to literally be an Iron Man due to high levels of heavy metal in food.
Lisa Geng got her start as a designer, patented inventor, and creator in the fashion, toy, and film industries, but after the early diagnosis of her young children, he entered the world of nonprofit, pilot studies, and advocacy. As the mother of two “late talkers,” she is the founder and president of the nonprofit CHERAB Foundation, co-author of the acclaimed book, The Late Talker, (St Martin’s Press 2003), and is instrumental in the development of IQed, a whole food nutrition meal replacement. Lisa currently serves as a parent advocate on an AAN board for vaccines and is a member of CUE through Cochrane US. Lisa is currently working on a second book, The Late Talker Grows Up and serves as a Late Talkers, Silent Voices executive producer. She lives on the Treasure Coast of Florida.
IQedTM is being planned for both preclinical and clinical studies