Entries by Viana Muller

How to Have Happy, Healthy Holidays

It’s winter and the holidays are approaching. That means the kids are bringing all sorts of colds and viruses home with them from school. It’s so busy at work that even when your coworkers clearly should stay home sick, they often come in anyway. Everyone’s piling into planes, trains, buses, and cars for holiday travel. Shopping, holiday parties, and family get-togethers put us all together – in close proximity.

This Thanksgiving, Will You Have Room for Dessert?

I LOVE Thanksgiving! It’s a special day when I join family and friends in a spirit of gratitude and celebration before a table overflowing with delectable and lovingly prepared dishes!

I also look forward to the opportunity to put aside my usual regimen of healthy eating for a day of guilt-free indulgence. I can overdo it, however, and after the main meal, I often end up feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. Worst of all, I don’t feel like I even have room for dessert! (And believe me, I LOVE desserts!)

Looking Back on 25 Years

Almost three decades ago, while studying indigenous botanicals in Peru, I first learned about Maca, and experienced its powerful benefits firsthand. I was so impressed with this botanical’s incredible properties that I made it my mission to bring high-quality, properly prepared Maca to the U.S. market.

It feels just like yesterday when the cofounder of Whole World Botanicals, Elena Rojas Martinez, and I were getting started. But now, we’re celebrating 25 years in business!

Indigenous People’s Day: A Tribute to the Shinnecock Nation

At Whole World Botanicals, we frequently share information about the Indigenous people of Peru, who grow, collect, and harvest our botanicals. To commemorate Indigenous People’s Day this year, we wanted to pay tribute to an Indigenous community close to home: the Shinnecock people, one of our Native American neighbors here in New York. The Shinnecock Nation is a federally recognized tribe of Native Americans based at the eastern end of Long Island, where they have resided for approximately 13,000 years.

Authentic Peruvian Maca

I’m always genuinely grateful when researchers release new findings about Maca (Lepidium meyenii/peruvianum), the Peruvian cruciferous vegetable known for its powerful hormone-balancing properties. Since Whole World Botanicals introduced our Royal Maca® to the U.S. market more than two decades ago, we’ve focused on raising awareness of the incredible health benefits of this potent superfood.

Researchers recently published two studies on the effectiveness and safety of Maca. We now have even more scientific proof of what we’ve always known: Maca works! I’d like to share some highlights from their findings.

Give Dads the Gift of Wellness This Father’s Day

Father’s Day is around the corner, and it’s a time when our thoughts turn to finding the perfect gift for the amazing fathers in our lives, whether husbands or partners, fathers, step-fathers, or grandfathers.

The conventional wisdom is that men usually don’t take care of themselves, leaving it up to the women in their lives to ride herd on the health of the men they love. Interestingly, that’s no longer true! These days, more men are making the life-changing choice to follow their annual physical with changes to diet, fitness goals, and supplements. (A recent survey revealed that more than 40% of our Whole World Botanicals’ customers are men!)

Breathe Easy this Spring with Botanical Allergy Support

Spring has sprung, and the flowers, trees, and grasses are all in glorious full bloom. Unfortunately, something else is also in full bloom: spring allergies!

Exposure to spring pollen sends your immune system into a frenzy of activity. Your body starts rapidly making Th1 and Th2 immune cells. Some of us produce far more Th2 than Th1. This imbalance causes histamine levels to skyrocket! And when we have too much histamine, we end up with a variety of allergy symptoms, including:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Watery, itchy, red eyes
  • Runny, stuffy, or itchy nose
  • Difficulty breathing, wheezing, shortness of breath

How to Reduce Your Risk for Breast and Prostate Cancer

There’s a time of life when many men and women begin to experience unwelcome changes in hormonal health. Women notice worsening PMS, painful periods, hot flashes, or painful intercourse. Men face less frequent and shorter erections and loss of energy. This time of life is also when we become increasingly aware of the risks of a hormone-related cancer diagnosis. It’s not a theoretical concern, either! If you’re a woman, you have a lifetime chance of developing breast cancer of one in seven. Men have a one in three chance of developing prostate cancer. Yikes!! These statistics can make you feel like a walking time bomb!

In this article, I’d like to share a promising way to help reduce your risk of breast and prostate cancer while improving your sexual health and function.