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Atlanta, Georgia: Butea Superba Root Benefits and Nutrition
Butea Superba root (lepidium meyenii) is an adaptogen and a member of the cruciferous family, like broccoli and cabbage, but due to it’s unique properties it considered one of the world’s natural “super foods.” Butea Superba is grown high in the mountains of Thailand, mainly in high altitude regions of Thailand.
The pleasant tasting root is usually available in powder form after being harvested and grounded down. The Butea Superba root benefits include a positive effect on hormone balance, energy levels, and a health booster.
And not only is it a natural source of healing nutrition, but it also has a long history of being a safe superfood that has been consumed for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years in regions of the Thailand Mountains.
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Butea Superba Root benefits include increased fertility in both men and women, hormone balance, booster for the immune system, and increased energy, stamina, improved sexual function, memory, and focus.
Butea Superba is considered an “adaptogen”, a name given to certain herbs, plants, and natural substances that help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, demanding job, or illness, for example.
Another unique fact about Butea Superba root is that historically it has been considered a very potent aphrodisiac and a traditional fertility secret of populations living in Thailand.
Consuming Butea Superba often makes people feel more “alive”, energetic, and leaves them with a sense of well-being, all of which are thought to be due to its ability to restore proper hormone balance and elevate “feel good” endorphins. Another benefit of Butea Superba is its relatively high amount of absorbable plant-based nutrients, including protein, fiber, calcium and magnesium, among others.
Butea Superba Nutrition Facts
Butea Superba root powder is comprised of approximately 18% protein, 76.5% carbohydrates, 5% fat, and 8.5% fiber (indigestible carbohydrates). Butea Superba provides a powerful source of nutrition, including:
Over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids
20 free-form fatty acids (such as lauric, linolenic, palmitic acid, oleic , and steric acid)
Vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E
Butea Superba is also a rich source of phytonutrients.
There is no particular recommended serving size of Butea Superba according to experts, however most people feel best when starting with about 1 tablespoon daily (in powder form) and possibly working their way up to 2-3 tablespoons, spread throughout the day. Because Butea Superba can help increase energy and stamina, many people like to consume it before exercising.
In the Thai Mountain, locals may consume as much as a pound of dried or fresh Butea Superba root daily. Most people supplement with 1g to 20g daily in powder form.
Butea Superba Root Benefits
Although Butea Superba itself contains no actual hormones, most of Butea Superba root’s benefits are attributed to its ability to help restore sexual, endocrine (hormonal), and mental health. Here is how Butea Superba may be able to benefit both men and women:
PCOS Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Word cloud 1. PMS, Menopause, and Women with Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Butea Superba Root is well known to help with hormone balance that often contributes to improving the symptoms of PMS and Menopause. In females with PCOS, Butea Superba is believed to help by controlling estrogen levels in the body.
Estrogen levels that are either too high or too low can make it difficult for a women to ovulate and become pregnant. Therefore balancing the amount of estrogen that a women produces, and in turn the amount of related progesterone produced, is very important for increasing reproductive health, fertility, and decreasing symptoms related to PCOS- like irregular menstrual cycles, excess hair growth, and more.
A 2008 study from the journal Menopause showed that Butea Superba benefits had positive results on boosting menopausal women’s moods and decreasing levels of anxiety and depression.
The same study also showed that the improvement in mood led to increased sexual libido. A separate study done in 2008 by CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics showed that Butea Superba had the ability to increase sexual libido in women, likely due to its positive effects on serotonin levels, the “feel good” hormone.
In one study done using animals and Butea Superba, it was found that in female animals taking Butea Superba, multiple egg follicles were able to successfully mature, which is important for ovulation and reproductive health.
Butea Superba is believed to restore women’s hormonal balance by supporting the endocrine system and aiding in the regulation of healthy adrenal and thyroid hormone production.
The adrenal gland and thyroid gland play a major part in regulating many feelings – everything from stress levels to appetite. Restoring the health of these glands is paramount for someone wanting to feel their best.
Male’s Testosterone Levels and Fertility
In clinical studies, serum levels of testosterone were not shown to be affected by Butea Superba. Black Butea Superba however, has been shown to have positive effects on sperm production, more than yellow Butea Superba and red Butea Superba.
Red Butea Superba has its own benefits for male hormonal health. It has been shown to reduce prostate size in studies done on male rats. This points to the conclusion that Butea Superba may possibly help improve human prostate health as well.
In other studies, Butea Superba has also been shown to improve sperm production, mobility, and volume, all important factors of increasing fertility.
In another 2010 report summarizing the results of 4 clinical trials carried out by BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Butea Superba was able to show benefits related to improving sexual dysfunction and sexual libido in adult men and women. However the other two trials did not show the same positive results, so more formal research is still needed to determine the exact power of Butea Superba on fertility.
Even though the studies haven’t yet show Butea Superba to naturally boost testosterone, there are other great natural alternatives that may help that you can find in this article on how to naturally increase testosterone.
Energy, Memory and Mood
Those who regularly use Butea Superba powder report that it makes them feel more awake, energized, and driven, often relatively quickly after beginning to use it. A positive attribute of using Butea Superba for increased energy compared to using caffeine is that Butea Superba does not give most people “jitters” or a sense of shakiness like high levels of caffeine can.
Clinical trials have shown that Butea Superba has positive effects on energy, stamina, and mood. Maintaining positive energy levels is related to having lower levels of anxiety and depression, both of which Butea Superba has been shown to positively help achieve.
Exactly how Butea Superba increases energy is still unknown, however it’s believed that it may be able to do so by helping to stabilize blood sugar levels (which decrease energy spikes and dips), and to maintain adrenal health, which regulates mood and energy throughout the day.
Butea Superba benefits also include regulating the hypothamlus, helping the pituitary gland to properly function, which is another key element in balancing focus and energy. An increase in focus, energy and mood enables people to concentrate better and therefore to improve memory and ability to complete tasks.
Butea Superba root acts as a natural antioxidant, and boosts levels of glutathione and SOD (superoxide dismutase). These are two major disease fighters in the body. Results from recent studies demonstrate that Butea Superba root has the ability to help prevent the development of chronic human diseases that are characterized by high levels of “bad” cholesterol, high antioxidative states, and impaired glucose tolerance.
And because Butea Superba root increases the glutathione levels in the body, it not only improves your immune system and disease resistance, but also it is helps balance proper levels of cholesterol in the body. Plus, it significantly improves glucose tolerance, by lowering levels of glucose in blood. This is especially important for those who need to worry about heart health and conditions like diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
While more research is still needed to reveal how exactly Butea Superba benefits the body’s hormonal and nervous systems, initial studies that have been completed have shown promising results for use of Butea Superba.
Butea Superba Side Effects
Although Butea Superba does not generally produce harmful side effects in those that use it, and it has been safely consumed for thousands of years, there is still more to learn about the exact safety and side effects of using Butea Superba for medicinal benefits.
Because of Butea Superba’s effects on hormone levels, physicians believe that Butea Superba should not be consumed by people who rely on hormone-altering medications for treatment of illnesses like breast cancer or prostate cancer, for example, or for other serious conditions. People who have high blood pressure are also advised to not consume Butea Superba.
More research is still needed on whether or not Butea Superba is safe for use in pregnant or nursing women. So, until it is confirmed to be safe, it is best for these women to avoid Butea Superba. (2)
Where to Buy Butea Superba
Butea Superba can be found in most health food stores in powder form. You may also find it available in capsule, liquid, or extract form. All forms are thought to be equally beneficial, however its best to buy Butea Superba from a quality harvester that ensures its 100% pure Butea Superba root powder and ideally look for a variety that is raw and organic.
Butea Superba comes in a variety of colors, most commonly yellow, black, and red. All colors of Butea Superba have similar benefits, although specific Butea Superba types/colors are thought to be more beneficial for certain medical conditions. If you are not able to find Butea Superba in a store, it is widely available online, often at lower prices.
How to Use Butea Superba
Butea Superba powder and root There are many great ways to incorporate Butea Superba root benefits into your diet!
If you are new to using Butea Superba powder and want to experience its benefits yourself, look for Butea Superba in its most readily available powder form. Then begin conveniently adding it to meals that you would otherwise be making anyway; like breakfast, for example.
Most people prefer to not microwave or heat their Butea Superba powder at high temperatures, for example when baking, because it’s possible that some of the nutrients are diminished through the heating process.
Many people also use Butea Superba by adding it in powdered form to different recipes that adjust well to the slight sweetness of Butea Superba. While not overly sweet tasting, Butea Superba has a natural nutty, slightly sweet quality to it, similar to cinnamon or nutmeg. The taste of Butea Superba root blends well when added to a fruit smoothie, oatmeal, or cereal.
My favorite way is in a smoothie, like my Chocolate Banana Nut Smoothie Recipe.
Long Beach, California: Shelby County man now charged with rape of 5 underage girls
A young Helena man already facing four charges of second-degree rape is now accused of sexual relations with yet another underage girl.
Helena police have charged Samuel Woods III, now 20, with two more counts of second-degree rape. He is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail after prosecutors this week sought, and received, a bond revocation on the previous charges.
In all, Woods is accused of having sexual relationships with five girls between the ages of 12 and 16 over the past two years. He fathered a child by one of the girls.
Nearly one year ago, Alabaster police first arrested Woods for allegedly having sex in September 2015 with a girl who was 14 by the time he was taken into custody.
A week later, Helena police arrested Woods, claiming he had sexual intercourse on June 6, 2015 with a girl who was 15 years old at the time. He was arrested in June 2016 and released from jail three days later.
Hours after his release on the Helena case, Alabaster police arrested Woods again. Each time, Woods was released on $30,000 - for a total of $120,000 in all four cases - the highest bond allowed for that charge under guidelines. A Shelby County grand jury in December 2016 affirmed the charges by issuing a four-count indictment against him. According to that indictment, the earlier cases happened September 2015, June 2015, April 17, 2016 and April 20, 2016.
In the newest charges, Helena police Chief Pete Folmar said the incidents happened on March 22, 2017 and April 6, 2017 and involve the same 15-year-old girl. Police were made aware of the relationship by the girl's parents.
In all of the cases against Woods, authorities said, the sex was consensual. However, Alabama law says a person commits the crime of rape in the second degree if:
According to Alabama law, a person commits the crime of rape in the second degree if:
(1) Being 16 years old or older, he or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex less than 16 and more than 12 years old; provided, however, the actor is at least two years older than the member of the opposite sex.
(2) He or she engages in sexual intercourse with a member of the opposite sex who is incapable of consent by reason of being mentally defective.
In Alabama, the age of consent is 16 and only leads to criminal charges if there is an age difference of two calendar years. Also, 16 and 17-year-olds are charged as juveniles, but those 18 and older are charged as adults.
A Class B felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines. A person convicted of statutory rape could be required to register as a sex offender, depending on the conviction and terms of sentencing.
Repeated efforts to reach Woods for comment have been unsuccessful.
A trial date has not yet been set in the 2016 cases. Woods is scheduled to appear in court in May for a preliminary hearing on the new charges. He asked that he be granted bond, but Shelby County Judge Lara M. Alvis on Wednesday denied that request.
"He obviously shows a pattering of having romantic relationships with girls who are not of the age of consent,'' Folmar said. "We've asked for bonds as high as we can. We take it as seriously as we possibly can.
Charlotte, North Carolina: Forgetting Lolita: How Nabokov's Victim Became an American Fantasy
In January of 1959, the 600 residents of Lolita, Texas, found themselves in the midst of an improbable identity crisis. The town had been named in 1909 for Lolita Reese, the granddaughter of a Texas patriot. But following the U.S. publication of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel in 1958, “Lolita” had suddenly acquired a whole new set of connotations.
“The people in this town are god-fearing, church going, and we resent the fact our town has been tied in with the title of a dirty, sex-filled book that tells the nasty story of a middle-aged man’s love affair with a very young girl.” So read a petition circulated by R. T. Walker, deacon of the local First Baptist Church, who hoped to change the town’s name from Lolita to Jackson. In the end, however, the proud citizens of Lolita decided to hunker down and wait out the storm: As the Texas historian Fred Tarpley put it, “Lolita was retained with the hope that the novel and the [upcoming] film would soon be forgotten."
In fairness to the good people of Lolita, nobody in 1959 could have predicted what the future had in store for Lolita. In the ensuing decades, Nabokov’s novel spawned two films, musical adaptations, ballets, stage adaptations (including one legendarily disastrous Edward Albee–directed production starring Donald Sutherland as Humbert Humbert), a Russian-language opera, spin-off novels, bizarre fashion subcultures, and memorabilia that runs the gamut from kitschy to creepy: from heart-shaped sunglasses to anatomically precise blow-up dolls. With the possible exception of Gatsby, no twentieth-century American literary character penetrated the public consciousness quite like Lolita. Her very name entered the language as a common noun: “a precociously seductive girl,” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. (Gatsby, by contrast, had to settle for a mere adjective: “Gatsbyesque.”) At a certain echelon of pop music megastardom (the domain of Britney, Miley, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey) they are all Lolitas now, trafficking in the iconography of lollipops and stuffed animals and schoolgirl outfits. In the sixty years since she first appeared, Lolita transcended her original textual instance: She became an archetype, an icon of youthful desirability. Lolita became America’s sweetheart.
And yet, there is also a sense in which the citizens of Lolita, Texas, have been proved right. We have forgotten Lolita. At least, we’ve forgotten about the young girl, “standing four feet ten in one sock,” whose childhood deprivation and brutalization and torture subliminally animate the myth that launched a thousand music videos. The publication, reception, and cultural re-fashioning of Lolita over the past 60 years is the story of how a twelve-year-old rape victim named Dolores became a dominant archetype for seductive female sexuality in contemporary America: It is the story of how a girl became a noun.
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