January 17, 2015 at 3:47 pm #43745
So I have not yet received the 4 supplements I or we decided on in the last thread. Apparently there is a new law in Brazil that says one needs a medical prescription for everything like this, even vitamins. So I’ll only get them in March when my dad comes to Brazil.
I think this only applies through things got through the mail.
I visited a local natural supplement store and was able to buy two bags (70g each) of organic Goji berries. It’s not an extract but the actual dried berries.
It says to take 1 teaspoon per day. Does this sound right?
In the previous thread on this topic,
>>”I don’t really measure when I pour into a glass.
When I need a kidney boost as I described earlier (and go above the recommended dose), I do the following: I take a 12-oz. whiskey tumbler as shown:
and fill it a little less than half full . . . so maybe 5-6oz? Then I drink it and wash down 3 He Shou Wu capsules with it. I do this on top of my usual daily dose. I do this for about 2-3 days in a row, and usually by that point, my fatigue is gone and I’m feeling somewhat horny. So I sort of know that my kidneys are singing at that point, and just go back to my usual daily 1-2 oz without this extra booster. I only do the “kidney boost” if I’ve been particularly stupid, and wore myself out with too much overwork, stress, and little sleep. [not usually more than once every 2-3 months]. “<< 6 oz is triple the 2 oz dose and 6 times the 1 oz dose, so for say 3 days, how many teaspoons of the dried berries would you recommend I take at first? 3 or 6? Thank you!January 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm #43746
No, it doesn’t sound right at all.
One teaspoon is an extremely small amount of Goji berries . . .
You need 6 teaspoons to equate to ONE fluid oz.
And that’s assuming that the juice is simply crushed berries . . . but this in fact false since the Goji 100 juice is a highly concentrated juice.
This is why the juice is essential. You have eat a TON of berries to get the effect that you get from the juice.
1 fluid oz is about 30g, so your 70g bag is about 2.5 oz. When you consider the fact the juice is concentrated, basically you would need to eat the whole bag to get the effect from about 2 oz of juice.
Good news is, is that you can’t really OD on it, other than simple stomach tolerance because it is a food . . . But it will be very costly to get your Goji dose via berries in the long run.
You need a medical prescription for non-prescription foreign supplements? That’s sounds crazy and quite unfortunate. Although he hasn’t posted on here for a while, maybe the person who posts under the avatar “diogowatson” will read and reply. I know him personally and he lives in Brazil. He may be able to give you some advice regarding supplements and laws in Brazil, as I know he has gotten supplements before. Maybe in the next day or two if I remember I’ll send him an email letting him know to check out this post.
Otherwise you may have to just wait until you can iron things out with your father in March.
SJanuary 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm #43748
Wow I didn’t realize there was such a difference between the juice and the berries. I think I’ll go back to the store and see if there are any extracts, I saw some but don’t know how strong they are, and most were mixed with other things, such as açaí
My father said it is a new law by ANVISA, and they checking everything that comes through postal mail (not sure if domestically as well but certainly internationally)
It would be interesting to hear what your friend has to sayJanuary 17, 2015 at 6:44 pm #43750
You might also consider the “type” of juice . . .
Many of these “juices” are cut with a lot of water, and some even have added sugar . . . then if mixed with other things, you might not get any value whatsoever . . .
This is why I recommended the Genesis Today brand Goji 100 juice. It’s 100% high-quality organic goji berry juice, slow-cooked according to TCM. Other stuff I’ve seen . . just isn’t as good.
Obviously if you get something decent, it is better than nothing, but at any rate . . .
SJanuary 17, 2015 at 9:28 pm #43752
Hi nomad. Nice to know others brazilians in this forum. Were are you from?
Our customs are a piece of work, as you should know. But I never got any problems with suplements and vitamins. My girlfriend buys stuff from the e-vitamins all the time. I have to check this new law.
There other fitoterpic stuff you can use to build the kidneys besides goiji, and of course iron shirt. The goji we got here are very different from the ones I experimente on the states. And in my opinion they dont have the same qi. And are much more expensive.
Here I prefer açai. The only problem is generaly it has too much sugar.
Back to the customs, the trick is to use small packages and sellers wich yhey eould not recogonize easily. Or ask a friend who lives in the states to send a package.
Every year they are making harder to import stuff like that…January 17, 2015 at 10:49 pm #43754
One needs to be careful with Açai.
If it is not prepared/pasteurized properly, one can get Chagas disease from parasites, of which I think there is no known cure.
SJanuary 18, 2015 at 12:45 pm #43756
Yes, that happend in Rio last year. But açai here is a HUGE market and bery easy to get the pasteurized version. Were I live is very rare to see açai on his fruit form. I never see it myself.January 21, 2015 at 1:35 am #43758
hi diogowatson, I’m from porto alegre but live in Florianopolis… grew up mostly in the States though.
Brazil is definitely a country with crazy laws for everything… both my parents warned me about this new law though…
I came across 350 mg and 500 mg Goji berry pills here this week…. but from the info i got on this forum, this is like nothing!
the 70g organic Acai berries I bought here in a store cost around 18.60 reais… that’s around 7 USD…. with 6 teaspoons a day, I consumed 1 bag in 3 days… that’s around 23g a day….. that’s actually not so bad if 1 oz of the healingtao juice extract is made from around 30 g of the raw berries as Steven said…. it would be around $14 a week. it’s not TCM cooked though and of course I still want the healingtao product and will wait for it, along with the other herbs…
My mom is going to the US and coming back Feb 20, so I’ll be able to get them then. hopefully customs won’t be a bother…January 21, 2015 at 1:35 am #43760January 21, 2015 at 1:45 am #43762
“real” Açai is only in the north! I had some when i went to Belem do Para…… it tastes pretty bad but you get used to it….. it’s like a thick, dark, soupy, yogurt-like substance that tastes like gasoline or something like that….. in all other parts of Brazil the pulp when bought is already mixed with Guarana and banana and sugar to make it more flavorful, and it’s served kinda icy, like a thick smoothie…..
in Para they frequently eat it with Farofa (wikipedia: a toasted manioc flour mixture, though variants are made with maize flour (farinha de milho)) or even fish! not anything like the rest of Brazil where it’s usually with sliced banana (or strawberries) and granola….
I got so healthy eating a lot of Acai on my trip to Belem that when I came back and passed by a McDonald’s, my body and senses were shocked at how greasy and unhealthy the fast food and it’s smell was!!! I never felt such a difference between foods in my lifeJanuary 22, 2015 at 3:33 pm #43764
I’m from Rio de janeiro, but I live in Porto Alegre.
In the last two years becomes harder to import things. Before last year I was never taxed before. Now everything I buy is taxed.
For some reason, the goji you buy in Florianópolis is a little cheaper and tastes much better than the ones we have here. I know because I was there in the new year.
I not sure about your mother being able to bring the juice. but check this link: http://www.notasdesabor.com.br/mundo-gourmet/dicas-de-viagem-qual-comida-posso-trazer-dentro-da-mala/
If you are planning to get stuff from dragon herbs I recommend you only import/ask your mother pills. Dont bring infusions. They dont conserve as well as the pills and you can have problems in both customs.
In 2013 tried to bring a infusion I bought in the bookstore retreat. almost have to leave it at Asheville’s airport. And when I got home the botlle had opened in the bag and most of it was spilled. 60 bucks trowed away. I heard Michael tell a similar story, that he had to drink a full bottle of “ant power” because the don’t allow him to travel with that.February 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm #43766
Were you bringing in the infusions in your carry on baggage? That would make sense because they don’t even let water bottles and contact lens solutions on carry ons, if it’s larger than a certain small amount. What happened with the infusion spilling in the luggage happened to me with shampoo before too, but usually there’s no problem and I always bring shampoo in the dispatched luggage.
I’m going to see if my mom can bring the stuff otherwise my dad can bring just pills when he comes in March…
And yea the goji berries bought here are pretty nice, I bought 2 different kinds, one in 70 g bags the other in 90 g bags….. Both were said to be organic, the 90g bags were bought in the supermarket and were cheaper, the 70 g bags in a health food store right next to the supermarket and those tasted much better, sweeter, than the 90 gs
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