Glyphosate in Food: 6 Things You Need to Know
What is glyphosate?
Glyphosate is an herbicide that was first developed in the 1950s and later introduced in the United States in the 70s. Glyphosate and other organophosphates have been sprayed across crops and so all genetically modified crops have them. But while this may produce a very high-yield crop, there’s some important things consider with this man-made substance when it comes to your health and wellness.
Alters plant structure
One benefit of glyphosates in terms of production is that it speeds up plant growth. The downside of this is that it alters the natural plant structure. So the alkaloids, the phenolics, the sugar, and the carbohydrate groups in the plants are not the same as if we allowed them to mature. With a certain amount of maturation there’s a small amount of fermentation, and fermented products are actually quite good for us.
Another thing to keep in mind is that glyphosate can prevent us from absorbing certain nutrients in food. More specifically, it can stop us from absorbing folate and coenzyme Q10, as well as other wonderful medicinal effects of food. Antibiotics and other things can also prevent nutrient absorption, so glyphosate in food and the environment isn’t the only culprit but is certainly a key one.
Mimics a crucial amino acid in the body
Glyphosate is a synthesized glycine amino acid, so it doesn’t act quite the same in the body as the real thing. Glycine is important for muscle formation and retaining muscle mass, and it’s also very important for RNA and DNA synthesis.
A study was done in Germany by a pathobiologist, Dr. Stephen Frantz, and he led a team that did some research on glyphosate. They noted that when a cell is trying to form its protein in the RNA ribosomes engine, “it may grab glyphosate instead of glycine to form a damaged, misfolded protein” which then goes on to replicate. When the high phosphate replaces this glycine, the cell can’t conduct its business as usual and it can cause “unprecedented consequences.” 1
Can inhibit detoxification and enzyme production
A couple other studies revealed the potential harm that glyphosates can cause to the body. One of these studies found that glyphosate and antibiotics inhibit the cytochrome p450 enzyme pathway, and that is a main detoxification and conjugation pathway that happens with the chemicals and enzymes in the liver. 2 And it’s an essential binding chemical root in the liver, which we know is critical for detoxification.
Another study conducted by Joseania Salbego and other scientists in 2014 found that digestive enzymes trypsin, amylase, and chymotrypsin were significantly affected by glyphosate. So where are our essential elements are broken down with the energy and the enzyme catalytic activity in our stomachs and right throughout our gut, those are critical areas we need to be aware of. 3
You can limit glyphosate from food and water sources
The best way to significantly reduce your glyphosate consumption is to buy organic and preferably local food. Better yet, you can grow your own food without using the harmful substances added to commercial crops.
Along with being used on our crops, another problem is that glyphosate has also found its way into much of our water supply. So it’s important to make sure that you get a good water filter to keep your water alkalized and free of glyphosate as well as other potentially harmful substances.
Herbs can help
The reality is that most of us have been exposed to glyphosate and other harmful organophosphates because even if we are not ingesting it directly from food, it can get into our system from the air when walking by a field that has been sprayed, for example. One solution for counteracting the effects of glyphosate is to take herbs.
Milk thistle in particular is a great herb because it increases glutathione in the body, which is our body’s natural detoxification factor. It’s very powerful and a good organic tincture of milk thistle or a good powdered milk thistle can help a lot. A few other herbs that I like are echinacea because it can actually reduce candida while not attacking friendly bacteria.4 And then a ginseng herb such as Siberian ginseng can boost your immune system and help your body normalize.
Of course, herbs can be toxic if taken in the wrong amounts, so speak to a good herb or medicine practitioner or just do some great research before taking these herbs.
Building a strong microbiome is key
Our individual microbiome consists of a community of microbes that live within us. It’s important that we keep our microbiome in a good state of health because it’s what really builds our emotional health and our energetic health in many ways. So in addition to the herbs mentioned and eating the cleanest food and water we can get, there are other things we can do to build a strong microbiome, which will make us more resistant to glyphosate in food, water, etc., and other harmful things we are exposed to. Some of these are:
- Getting out in nature
- Standing/walking barefoot in clean, natural areas
- Working on psychospiritual maturation
- Eating fermented foods daily
- Working to keep your environment clean
One last thing to mention is how bioenergetic screenings like ZYTO biocommunication technology can help. You can not only scan to see how your body responds to the specific digital signature of glyphosate with ZYTO, but can also scan for biological coherence, or preference, to the herbs mentioned, as well as thousands of other things that influence your health. There’s also ZYTO’s perception reframing that directly addresses emotional health. These tools can really give you an amazing, detailed picture of overall wellness and help you identify and work on areas where more support is needed.
About Leonie Baxter
Leonie Baxter is a nutrition, herbal medicine, and health psychology practitioner. She has been lucky enough to work with many conditions and completely change people’s outcomes with nutrition, herbs, and emotional work. In 2014, Leonie began integrating ZYTO technology into her functional investigative approach to wellness challenges and has never looked back!
1. “Glyphosate Causes Changes to DNA Function Resulting in Chronic Disease, According to Study.” Global Justice Ecology Project.
2. Samsell, Anthony and Stephanie Seneff. “Glyphosate’s Suppression of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes and Amino Acid Biosynthesis by the Gut
Microbiome.” Entropy 15 (2013): 1416-1463.
3. Salbego, J., A. Pretto, V.M.M. da Silva, V.L. Loro, R. Lazarri, C.R. Gioda, and B. Baldisserotto. “Glyphosate on digestive enzymes activity in piava.”
Ciencia Rural, Santa Maria 44, no. 9 (2014): 1603-1607.
4. “Echinacea reduces Candida albicans associated mortality in mice.” GreenMedinfo. GreenmedInfo.com.