Need More Calcium and Don’t Want Milk? Try the Coca Leaf : The Renegade Health Show Episode #608

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When I found out how much calcium the coca leaf has, I was blown away…

Gram per gram of leaves to milk, the coca leaf puts milk to shame when it comes to calcium content.

You’ll have to watch to find out how much calcium it has and how the Peruvians use it. You’ll also have to watch to see why we can’t have it in the U.S. and other countries around the world.

I also have a clip from Dr. J. E. Williams sharing some of the spiritual practices of the Q’ero and how they use the coca leaf for more than something to chew.

Take a look…

Your question of the day: Have you tried the coca leaf?

Click here, scroll down to the bottom of the page and leave your comments now!

You can’t legally get coca leaves in the U.S. There are companies that sell it online. Unfortunately, I can’t endorse this, so order at your own risk. 🙂

Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Shan says:

    I would be very interested in how much magnesium the coca leaf has if you could find that out please? In my perception magnesuim is far and away more important to try to absorb then calcium – there is plenty of calcium in our foods but not much magnesium at all. Calcium cannot be absorbed if there is not enough magnesuim in the body and unabsorbd calcium results in calcified deposits causing kidney stones, arthritis, hardening of the arteries, several heart issues, and more.

    Magnesium and Calcification
    A healthy cell has high magnesium and low calcium levels. Calcium can lodge anywhere in your body and cause serious harm if not balanced with magnesium, which regulates the action of calcium. For instance, excess calcium buildup around your bones and joints mimics arthritis. Too much calcium lodged in your heart imitates arterial lesions. Calcification or calcium poisoning can manifest as heart disease, cancer, wrinkled skin, kidney stones, osteoporosis, dental problems, bone spurs, cataracts and many other health problems. Along with hypomagnesemia, signs of severe magnesium deficiency included hypocalcemia, low serum potassium levels (hypokalemia), retention of sodium, low circulating levels of PTH, neurological and muscular symptoms (tremor, muscle spasms, tetany), loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and personality changes. “increasing magnesium intake increases bones density[7] [7] in the elderly and reduces the risk of osteoporosisWhen you load up your system with excess calcium, you shut down magnesium’s ability to activate thyrocalcitonin, a hormone that under normal circumstances would send calcium to your bones.” Magnesium status is important for regulation of calcium balance through parathyroid hormone-mediated reactions. [12] [12] When it comes to magnesium and calcium neither can be divided from the other. One is not divisible from the other in terms of overall effect. They are paired minerals yet it is magnesium that holds the overall key for their paired function. 18 References.
    http://magnesiumforlife.com/medical-application/magnesium-and-calcification/

  2. Craigs says:

    There is alot Of calcium in it but you would have to ingest the whole leaf not just the Juice to get that much out of it. Interesting Culture connecting with Nature. My christian belief is this nature brings me in connection with the Creator of this Marvelous Creation and i feel His presence in this. Glad you bring us these other Cultures To know about. Word of advice about coca is that some people with addictive Personality might have problems with this plant.

  3. Naomi says:

    How fun, love the travel videos!!! What do those coca leaves taste like? Some guys had them at Au Lac one time and if I had known how many minerals are in there I would of asked them for some. Thank you for all you guys are doing.

  4. Christine S. says:

    Unfortunately, I have not tried the coca leaves, but am encouraged to know that they can be ordered online… aww, freedom!

    It was wonderful of you to share the ceremony performed by the native people of their connections to nature. Western “civilization” is soooo out of touch. Thank you for taking us on your trip to Peru.

  5. Doug from Dallas says:

    Wouldn’t this be included in the old receipe for the Coca-Cola product? Does it not grow well in the U.S.? Seems like a bush everyone could enjoy in their front yard. 🙂

  6. Melissa says:

    They sell coca tea and whole coca leaf at Amazon. I wonder how much benefit there is from drinking the tea?

  7. I have! You can get these in the US, but there is so much controversy surrounding their purchase. I would advise people to get from a reputable source and to buy in smaller quantities. They are quite good!

    Thank you, Kevin, for your respectful and informative video on this powerful – and incredibly misunderstood – plant.

    Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt
    Rite Food and Company

  8. Ryan says:

    Never tried them…but for Calcuim I put about a tablespoon of Hydrilla in my smoothies which is very rich in calcium, B vitamins, and other minerals…

    When compared by typical analysis to other Aquatic Green Foods, Hydrilla is superior in Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, B-1, B-2, B-5, B-6, B-12, Vitamin C and Vitamin E

    Hydrilla is an abundant source of Bioavailable Nutrition also supplying Phosphorus, Iron, Chlorophyll, B-Complex, Beta Carotene, 17 Amino Acids, 8 Fatty Acids, Essential Trace Minerals and a complete Food Matrix.

    Hydrilla provides potent Antioxidant and Free Radical Scavenging Properties. Hydrilla is the Energy Strengthening Green Food that Enhances Nutrient Utilization and Proper Fat Utilization.

  9. Never tried it.

    It is sad that western society is not aloud to have these and other beneficial herbs/plants. Hemp/Cannabis is another example that has been used in the past for all kinds of applications. Getting high is not the main purpose yet that is what is exploited with these plants. Anything that grows naturally from Pachu Mama, should not be regulated!

    Love you guys tons n tons!!! Thanks so much for all the insight and sharing your travels! What fun!

    XOXOXO

    C&S

    P.S. ????Kev????? Why do you think the Qero chose such a high altitude?

  10. Nick says:

    Just from a box of bagged tea sold in Canada. I think it was mixed with Yerba Mate. But from reading One River by Wade Davis, I recall him saying the process of nixtamalization is used to better release the alkaloids, using a dash of lime or crushed up sea shells, even. This process is also used on corn & raises both taste & nutritional value (the former may be an indicatory sign of the latter), and effectiveness in coca. It adds value like fermentation does, but without the probiotics. It actually takes it in the other way, cleaning, even neutralizes mycotoxins. Check out the medicinal uses of baking soda. An American has just written a book on this i learned of while perusing a fungi mailing list, claiming it’s used in acute care in hospitals, and is effective against as least some cancers. Dont expect such a book to be thrust in your face like the pulp that gets pu$#ed. The first chapter of the book Toxic Sludge is Good For You is itself titled Burning Books Before They’re Printed. The book is about the PR industry. The 1st chapter is about how corporations use influence thru PR operatives to make sure the really good & useful books dont make a splash in the media, are downplayed, or sways the publisher to publish but not distribute, or do as little as possible for its success. So PR is a two way street, at least in that way

  11. Genevieve says:

    Green beard and hair today … hmmm… been chewing too much coca leaves, Kevin? hahaha

  12. Caroline says:

    hahaha, i like the new ending picture with the cat!!

  13. jasmyn says:

    love this feed and yep on the magnesium.. i do best when i take high amounts… used to have tons of kidney stones.. was an heavy milk drinker.. quit drinking milk about a decade ago…. at least in such large quantity.. currently i do not drink any at all.. only about four years ago when i increased my magnesium did the stones seem to let up..

  14. Sophia says:

    Guayaki Yerba Mate rules!

  15. DoctorJimBob says:

    Kev,

    Don’t you just love how everyone gets on YOUR blog information and educates YOU on what THEY know about nutrition!?! Love it….

    On the video you had said something I wanted to clarify for myself. You said “In 1 G of the Coca leaf you have 18 mg of Calcium. In 1 G of milk you have 1.2 Grams of calcium” Is that right?? Did you mean to say 1.2 mg of calcium?? Just wanted to make sure I repeated it correctly.

    Thanks for the great job you do on your blog. You’re changing us all “One video at a time!!” Love you brother!

  16. Mary Ellen says:

    what is the name of book or who is the author of the book on baking soda that nick wrote about today? thanx

  17. nick says:

    I tried it once and it did not do much for me; I did not have a lot just about a tea-bag. I got it from a pretty well known health promoter who was eating a lot of it I was a little paranoid that it may be addicting. I wonder if there have been any research in regards to side effects or withdrawal after consuming the leaves over a period of time?

  18. KAREN BEATTIE says:

    NATURAL IS ALWAYS THE BEST; INDIANS HAVE THE SOURCE; WE CIVILIZED PEOPLE HAVE TRIED AND SIMPLIED TO MAKE THINGS EASIER; NOT ALWAYS FOR THE BEST IN OUR FAST PACED WORLD. WE ARE COMING FULL CIRCLE BACK TO NATURE AND KNOWING HOW MUCH WE NEED TO PROTECT AND RESPECT MOTHER EARTH AND FATHER SKY!COCA NATURAL VERCES COCAINE WHAT A DIFFERANCE,NATURAL DRUG MODERATION. LOVE THE MEDICINAL HELP WITH HIGH ALTITUDE.

  19. Thomas says:

    Being a stimulant, the coca makes your heart beat faster and get blood out to your extremities easier in high altitudes. Interesting about the teeth you are seeing . . . the Indians of Venezuela & Colombia that chew a lot of coca have hardly any teeth left by middle-age.

    To #13 Mary Ellen,
    Look at Mike Adam’s article on baking soda and follow the reference links at the bottom. You can Google even more references on the subject.
    http://www.naturalnews.com/029099_baking_soda_household.html

  20. john says:

    Very good information Kevin on coco leaf only to 3:56 video time.The rest of your video and your guest who pray/participate to” mother earth “are an abomination to God almighty who is the one who created the heavens and earth .Thou shalt have NO other gods before me is one of the ten commandments also thou shalt not make unto thee ANY graven image your guest prays and meditates on naming as many mountains as his god and to mother earth ,the devil Kevin always has beeb successful in suckering people in all kinds of lies to believe in someone or something other than the Lord Jesus Christ .Let God be true and every man a liar!! -No man can have two masters ,Their is only one mediator between God and man and that is the God Head Christ Jesus ,the scriptures teach. Kevin your smarter than that .Please read the scriptures and associate with people who confess the Lord Jesus Christ not with the rest of these Pagan beliefs ,that will surely get a person to hell the Bible / scriptures teach. Kevin you have a great talent use it for the Lord Jesus christ.

  21. Henrik says:

    Thomas: Yeah, I thought the same thing when he mentioned the observation about the teeth. I remember seeing a lot of coca-chewing people with really bad teeth in various documentaries.
    Perhaps there’s a different reason for their bad teeth though, or perhaps Kevin is just made the wrong connection.

  22. Janet says:

    Yes Kev, I have had coca in tea. I would have thought that I would not have gotten altitude sickness after being an Appalachia gal, but alas I had it for several days and had to stay in Cuzco a while before going up the mountain to Machu Picchu. The coca tea was wonderously good for my altitude sickness as was some local soup from there (which is about all I could stomach). I can see how excited you are, Kev! I was too when I was down there as you learn so much all the time being immersed in such a friendly culture 🙂

  23. I’m confused with the break down of milligrams and grams in your talk will you listen to the tape again and explain??

  24. ANewU says:

    Great video. Sure wish you would sell some of the cocoa leaves that you have. Would love the calcium benefits! They would be pure I’m sure. You did say ‘try them’, I see no other way, I suspect! 🙂 As far as the spiritual, we all have ways of honoring the Lord, and should respect each others ways. It still ends up being One. Why is there always critisim of someone elses beliefs? Let there be Peace!

  25. Mary Artemis says:

    SO GREAT. Thanks for the teaching and learning experience. I went on line and you can actually order coca leaves already made into tea bags and they are legal in the US. I was looking for corroboration of nutrition information about calcium and found it on one website.

  26. Kathryn says:

    Maybe a better alternative to chewing on the coca leaf might be taking calcium orotate which is an organic form of calcium and maybe one of the most absorbable calcium supplements.

    Maybe you should sell that one on your site.

  27. rainbow says:

    nope, never had them in any form, including what they are processed into. a friend of mine did, though, while visiting peru, and i have been curious about them. what do they taste like, and do you swallow the leaves, or chew and spit? thanks for sharing your journeys. peace, rainbow 🙂

  28. anasha Sol says:

    1st, thank you K and AM, thank you Shan for the link, and Ryan what is Hydrilla, a green leafy plant or????????

  29. Consuela says:

    http://www.amazon.com/Powdered-Coca-Tea-Caranavi-12/dp/B000IJWM22
    NovoAndina Caranavi , air tight bag 12 oz, 340 grams of coca leaf per bag, good for up to 340 cups of coca tea. This product is a great antidepressant. The coca leaf has been established as the traditional remedy for the treatment of physiological and psychological illnesses, and by virtue of its membership is a powerful restorer of energy to cure stomach ailments and digestive disorders alleviate the larynx and vocal cords, prevention of vertigo, which regulates blood pressure and metabolism of carbohydrates. A crucial study conducted by Harvard University found that the coca leaf has a large amount of nutrients, rather than other foods known as very strong. Every 100 grams of coca leaf contain: Calcium 1749 (mg), Phosphor 637 (mg) Vitamin A 10000 (IU) In Peru using flour coca is the expansion for the treatment of various diseases, especially osteoporosis, arthritis, gastrities, etc. “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease” Benefits of Coca Tea: Revitalizes restores and energizes. Reduces bruises, sore joints , muscles Elevates brightens and controls moods Controls your need for sleep Regulates arterial pressure and metabolism Excellent for diets Helps digestive processes Regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates Acts against fatigue and altitude sickness The Analysis for 100 grams of coca leaf show that it contains high volume of potassium, calcium, Magnesium, Iron, vitamins and all elements necessary in a daily diet

  30. melissa says:

    Are the coco leaves the only leaves with high calcium?

  31. Penny says:

    Hi Kevin

    I found this on fourwinds 10 dot com
    Dr Willian Douglas Campbell
    contribution is the Whole Foods 365 Organic Evbery day value brand goods.

    PLease read

    I’m no fan of ordinary incandescent lights, either — I’m convinced they’re responsible for poor health and cataracts. But in this case it’s a lesser of two evils. And if you hope to keep using them, you’d better stock up now.

    Soon, you won’t have a choice.

    Kiddie juice loaded with lead

    OK, so the supposedly earth-friendly CFL light bulbs are packed with poisonous mercury… and now, get this: Your kids and grandkids are sucking back lead like there’s no tomorrow.

    It ain’t just toys and trinkets anymore… a new study finds that some of today’s most popular juices, packaged fruits and even baby foods are filled with enough lead to cripple Superman.

    The Environmental Law Foundation sent 146 fruit and juice products to an EPA-certified lab, which found lead in 85 percent of them. Didn’t matter if it was supermarket swampwater or organic hippie juice — the lead levels were so high that they should have had warning labels under California law.

    If you’re like me, you’re more than a little tired of all the warning labels out there… but when it comes to lead, those labels were made the old-fashioned way: They earned them.

    Lead can stunt the growth of a still-developing nervous system. It can lead to jumpiness, mental disorders and downright stupidity — and for once, it’s not the kid’s fault.

    Lead exposure can also cause permanent brain damage and even death — but go ahead, have another sip. It says it’s organic — so it must be safe, right?

    WRONG!

    High lead levels were found in organic brands such as Earth’s Best, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods’ 365 Organic Everyday Value. Do yourself a favor and take a look at the full list here.

    If any of this stuff is in your fridge, toss it now.

    Toss the rest of it, too. Juice — even the “pure” stuff — is little more than a sugar injection anyway, and anyone who slurps that junk all day is bound to have serious health problems sooner or later.

    Leading the way away from lead,

    William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.

    From the Thermometer to the Dinner Table

    * When a mercury thermometer is broken, liquid mercury begins to turn into a gas.

    * If the spill is not cleaned up, the gas will contaminate the home.

    * If mercury is thrown in the trash and taken to the curb, it will eventually be burned with the rest of the trash and go into the air.

    * Rain carries mercury from the air to the ground where it flows to a body of water.

    * Bacteria in the water absorb the mercury and turn it into a more dangerous organic type of mercury, methyl mercury.

    * Fish eat the bacteria and it accumulates in their flesh. This is called bioaccumulation.

    * Accumulation of mercury is dangerous because mercury is more concentrated at the top of the good chain. The larger and older the fish, the more mercury it is likely to have.

    * For this reason, it is unhealthy to eat some types of fish more than once a week.

    * Exposure to mercury can cause nervous system damage and birth defects.

    Don’t let the milk industry murder you and your family!

    http://www.web-purchases.com/640SRRTM/WRHBJ9G7/landing.html

  32. Carol says:

    John,

    Why do you think your god is the one and only one? What proof do you have? Open your mind.

    • Ken says:

      Carol, The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is the only God there is. Here is The Word of God to prove it.

      Bible: Isa. 44
      The Lord Will Renew Israel

      44:1 “Now, listen, Jacob my servant,

      Israel whom I have chosen!”

      44:2 This is what the Lord, the one who made you, says –

      the one who formed you in the womb and helps you:

      “Don’t be afraid, my servant Jacob,

      Jeshurun, 1 whom I have chosen!

      44:3 For I will pour water on the parched ground 2

      and cause streams to flow 3 on the dry land.

      I will pour my spirit on your offspring

      and my blessing on your children.

      44:4 They will sprout up like a tree in the grass, 4

      like poplars beside channels of water.

      44:5 One will say, ‘I belong to the Lord,’

      and another will use 5 the name ‘Jacob.’

      One will write on his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’

      and use the name ‘Israel.’” 6
      The Absurdity of Idolatry

      44:6 This is what the Lord, Israel’s king, says,

      their protector, 7 the Lord who commands armies:

      “I am the first and I am the last,

      there is no God but me.

      44:7 Who is like me? Let him make his claim! 8

      Let him announce it and explain it to me –

      since I established an ancient people – 9

      let them announce future events! 10

      44:8 Don’t panic! Don’t be afraid! 11

      Did I not tell you beforehand and decree it?

      You are my witnesses! Is there any God but me?

      There is no other sheltering rock; 12 I know of none.

      44:9 All who form idols are nothing;

      the things in which they delight are worthless.

      Their witnesses cannot see;

      they recognize nothing, so they are put to shame.

      44:10 Who forms a god and casts an idol

      that will prove worthless? 13

      44:11 Look, all his associates 14 will be put to shame;

      the craftsmen are mere humans. 15

      Let them all assemble and take their stand!

      They will panic and be put to shame.

      44:12 A blacksmith works with his tool 16

      and forges metal over the coals.

      He forms it 17 with hammers;

      he makes it with his strong arm.

      He gets hungry and loses his energy; 18

      he drinks no water and gets tired.

      44:13 A carpenter takes measurements; 19

      he marks out an outline of its form; 20

      he scrapes 21 it with chisels,

      and marks it with a compass.

      He patterns it after the human form, 22

      like a well-built human being,

      and puts it in a shrine. 23

      44:14 He cuts down cedars

      and acquires a cypress 24 or an oak.

      He gets 25 trees from the forest;

      he plants a cedar 26 and the rain makes it grow.

      44:15 A man uses it to make a fire; 27

      he takes some of it and warms himself.

      Yes, he kindles a fire and bakes bread.

      Then he makes a god and worships it;

      he makes an idol and bows down to it. 28

      44:16 Half of it he burns in the fire –

      over that half he cooks 29 meat;

      he roasts a meal and fills himself.

      Yes, he warms himself and says,

      ‘Ah! I am warm as I look at the fire.’

      44:17 With the rest of it he makes a god, his idol;

      he bows down to it and worships it.

      He prays to it, saying,

      ‘Rescue me, for you are my god!’

      44:18 They do not comprehend or understand,

      for their eyes are blind and cannot see;

      their minds do not discern. 30

      44:19 No one thinks to himself,

      nor do they comprehend or understand and say to themselves:

      ‘I burned half of it in the fire –

      yes, I baked bread over the coals;

      I roasted meat and ate it.

      With the rest of it should I make a disgusting idol?

      Should I bow down to dry wood?’ 31

      44:20 He feeds on ashes; 32

      his deceived mind misleads him.

      He cannot rescue himself,

      nor does he say, ‘Is this not a false god I hold in my right hand?’ 33

      44:21 Remember these things, O Jacob,

      O Israel, for you are my servant.

      I formed you to be my servant;

      O Israel, I will not forget you! 34

      44:22 I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud,

      the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud. 35

      Come back to me, for I protect 36 you.”

      44:23 Shout for joy, O sky, for the Lord intervenes; 37

      shout out, you subterranean regions 38 of the earth.

      O mountains, give a joyful shout;

      you too, O forest and all your trees! 39

      For the Lord protects 40 Jacob;

      he reveals his splendor through Israel. 41
      The Lord Empowers Cyrus

      44:24 This is what the Lord, your protector, 42 says,

      the one who formed you in the womb:

      “I am the Lord, who made everything,

      who alone stretched out the sky,

      who fashioned the earth all by myself, 43

      44:25 who frustrates the omens of the empty talkers 44

      and humiliates 45 the omen readers,

      who overturns the counsel of the wise men 46

      and makes their advice 47 seem foolish,

      44:26 who fulfills the oracles of his prophetic servants 48

      and brings to pass the announcements 49 of his messengers,

      who says about Jerusalem, 50 ‘She will be inhabited,’

      and about the towns of Judah, ‘They will be rebuilt,

      her ruins I will raise up,’

      44:27 who says to the deep sea, ‘Be dry!

      I will dry up your sea currents,’

      44:28 who commissions 51 Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd 52

      to carry out all my wishes 53

      and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’

      and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’” 54

  33. Leam says:

    In your excitement I’m not sure you were accurately specifying grams verses milligrams. 18 mg would be .018 grams and you said milk had 1.2 grams of calcium. Maybe you meant 1.2 mg as well – if not 1.2 grams is more than 18 mg.

  34. Mary Moore says:

    You’re Awesome!
    Have a Kevin day!!!

  35. Grace says:

    Where’s Johnny 5? Who’s taking care of him while you’re in Peru?

  36. Thomas says:

    For the calcium content of foods see:
    http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=45

    Scroll down towards the bottom and there is a chart showing measured quantities of food and the calcium content in mg (milligrams).

    You would need to eat a lot of coca leaves to consume 1000 mg Ca per day. (About 555 grams, or 34.7 oz. or 2.17 lb . . just about a kilo.

    That’s a lot of chewing. 🙂

  37. Patty Garcia says:

    Hi Anne Marie and Kevin—I have really enjoyed you sharing your travel experiences with us. Please post more info about indigenous diets….very interesting.
    Thank You, thaink you, thank you!!!!

  38. Thomas says:

    Sorry about the fuzzy math.
    According to this site:
    http://www.peruherbals.com/3030/coca.html

    you could meet your daily requirement with 43.47 grams of coca leaf. They sell tea in 1 gram bags.

  39. Raven says:

    Kevin,

    I’m confused!

    one milligram is one thousandth of a gram.

    You say 1 gram of Coca leaf is 18 milligrams of calcium and one gram of milk is 1.2 grams of calcium!!

  40. RW says:

    If you have ever drunk Coca Cola, you have had some “decocainized” coca leaf extract. By the way, Coca Cola is the only company in the US allowed to import coca leaves legally.

    Chemical composition of the Coca leaf:
    Moisture, g% 9.21
    Dry extract, g% 0.79
    Ethereal extract, g% 4.53
    Carbohydrates, g% 49.62
    Protein Total (N x 6.25), g% 15.96
    Digestible protein (N x 6.25.), g% 12.39
    Raw fiber, g% 13.00
    Ashes, g% 7.68
    Sand and Silica, g% 1.55
    Carotene, mg% 42.34
    Thiamine, mg% 0.16
    Riboflavin, mg% 0.88
    Vitamin C, mg% 16.70
    Niacin, mg% 26.00
    Calcium, mg% 1550.7
    Phosphorus, mg% 209.7
    Iron, mg% 4.2
    Sodium, mg% 0.59
    Potassium, mg% 0.96
    Alkaloids total, g% 0.821

  41. marybeth says:

    Thanks for the post Kevin and Annmarie! That was great!

  42. Sungriffin says:

    Kevin and Anamarie, you are awesome and thanks so much for revealing coca for health!

  43. You can order coca and other Peruvian superherbs and superfoods at a reasonable price here: http://bit.ly/cAEgSC

  44. Thank you for posting all the good news about Coca leaves.
    Last year and this year part of our tour is visiting coca plantations
    in Peru. We interviewed the main suppliers and decided
    not to post the interview because it was not very positive.
    We found out that all coca leaves sold in stores, even if
    it says all natural, or buy the whole leave there’s tons of
    chemical used on them!
    Herbicides, pesticides but mainly fungicides are used
    a lot. We’ve inspected several large coca farms with our
    biologists and the fungus that attacks the coca leaves
    is getting stronger and stronger. We could see the fungus
    growing on the branches. The farmers get
    frustrated and half of the crops last year died
    because of the fungus. Now farmers also get
    frustrated and use more chemicals. They (the farmers) even
    think that the government is involved to try
    to end the coca leave production and stop the
    cartels that are involved in the drug-industry.

    Now more, and more
    fungicides are used and the coca leave is now a blend
    of amazing alkaloids, minerals and tons of chemicals that
    disturb the natural balance of the coca leave.
    I just want to let you know that nowhere on the packaging
    in Peru you find the info of the chemicals used
    on the coca leaves. Some claim it’s natural, but it’s not.
    Some claim it’s organic (whole leave) but it’s not unless
    the farmer grows the coca himself and you can
    buy directly from him and you can see it…

    We hope to find an organic farm this year where
    the coca leaves are pure and untreated!
    http://www.rawflora.com Wild Food Journeys / Jeannette Kielo Dussel

  45. sujata says:

    it was interesting to watch this, then go to The Calcium Lie video. HMMM, something is missing. Looks like there is no magneseum in Coca leaf.but then as somone said you’d have to chew alot.
    does the calcium from the coca leaf really get absorbed?
    very interesting discussion, thanks!

  46. James says:

    I want to. Thanks!

    I guess your blog is bound to get some comments from nut cases. Why is it when Christians post in your blog or overly religious people post their crazy made-up restrictions I always feel bad, like my energy level just shrunk or went lower? I take that as a sign that what they are saying is bad.

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