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Did I Have Twins with Cassava Supplement for Twins?
I was trying to conceive for about a year. Out of desperation, I gave in and bought Forever Blessed Cassava Supplement for twins. I read an article that stated Cassava increased twin rates in certain parts of Africa. The study was scientific, but it was very small. I did not end up having twins, and I did not end up getting pregnant. I have given up trying to conceive as a thirty-three year old woman with two kids I had naturally. I would say that Forever Blessed Cassava Supplement for Twins did not work for me, but I only took it for one month.
What does Forever Blessed Claim?
Forever Blessed Claims to have a product that works to give you twins using ingredients that are high quality, and using research alongside with science. The product is supposedly made from the plant Cassava, and it’s said to be a pure product that is organic in nature. The price is $16.99, and it can be bought online through the original website or through a larger, more popular, retailer at a higher price. It is not FDA Approved.
What is Cassava?
Cassava is a kind of plant that has chemicals that create the effect of hyper-ovulation. Cassava releases hormones such as the GnRH and it creates an environment where the brain believes it does not have enough estrogen. The brain, naturally, stimulates its release of the gonadotropic hormone and therefore, ups the rates of ovulation. The site claims that the cassava it provides has 900 milligrams of organic cassava and that there are no overall side effects reported. The site outlines that the longer you take the supplement, the higher your chances become to having twins. At eleven months, the maximum benefit of the medication is reached.
What are the side effects of Cassava?
The website mentions that there are no side effects of cassava. This may be mostly true, but if someone attempts to eat cassava, uncooked or undercooked, one may experience a kind of poisoning. This is because cassava, naturally, has cyanide. The more bitter versions of cassava may cause nervous system damage or a condition called goiter. It is recommended to always ingest root that is cooked, and never root that is raw. Cassava seems to also absorb cadmium and arsenic from the soil that it’s grown in, making it a danger in a way as it may increase the cancer risk in those who eat quite a bit of it.
Are the Reviews of Cassava Supplements Online Fake?
On some of the larger sites that sell products like this, fake reviews may exist. I bought the product mostly because of the glowing reviews. I read the reviews on the larger, more popular website and bought the product on Forever Blessed’s website. Sometimes, companies may offer free products to customers in exchange for good reviews, or sometimes they may hire people to write several reviews. I used to trust the reviews until I read about these strange practices.
Say No to Forever Blessed and Go to Your OB/GYN
At this time, Forever Blessed may cause more harm than good. And this is especially true for woman who are trying to conceive. Forever Blessed may sound too good to be true, and it probably is. When I ordered Forever Blessed, I felt a little suspicious that the packaging seemed to be generic bottles with a printed label slapped on them. Sure, the gauze that it came in was a nice touch, but the "made at home" feel made the experience a little bit disturbing. I did attempt to take these supplements, but I did not experienced increased fertility, I did not have twins, and I actually did not get pregnant. I ended up going to the OB/GYN to find out how to increase fertility, and radiologic imagining discovered that I had some benign fibroids in my uterus. They were removed with a procedure called hysteroscopy and a year later, I still didn't get pregnant. In my opinion, it's best to stay away from Forever Blessed supplements. While Cassava supplements may claim to cause hyper ovulation due to the hormone phytoestrogen, it's best to consume the real cassava root in a responsible way.
How Should Cassava be Consumed
When buying Cassava roots, they should be firm and not soft in areas. Make sure the ends are still intact and not cut off. Cassava can be baked, boiled and grilled. It can also be steamed, fried, or mashed. It's best to not eat this in excess, however, as there have been reports of cyanide poisoning through the ingestion of undercooked cassava in other countries. An article titled "Total cyanide content of cassava food products in Australia" mentions this: "Cassava products obtained in two major Australian cities, Melbourne and Canberra, were analysed for total cyanide content using the picrate method. In Melbourne in 2010, ready to eat cassava chips were found to contain large amounts of cyanide with a mean value of 91 mg HCN equivalents/kg fresh weight = ppm. A calculation based on this very high cyanide sample and using the lethal dose of cyanide for humans, shows that a child of 20 kg body weight would only need to eat 40–270 g of these chips to reach the lethal dose. Frozen cassava roots gave a mean value of 52 ppm total cyanide, which is also a cause for concern. In contrast, more highly processed foods contained < 1 ppm total cyanide." (Burns, Anna 2012 from Journal of Food Composition and Analysis).
Final, IMPORTANT, Notes on Cassava
Cassava that is not processed is highly toxic. Cassava that is underprocessed is cyanogenic. The amount of cyanogenic properties in a cassava root varies depending on the country, so it's impossible to tell what root has a 'safe' level just by looking at it in the store. "Samples from 2 cities before new Australian standards showed high cyanide levels. All vegetable chips before new Australian standards were toxic, some highly toxic. Tapioca and flour products were below the recommended limit 10 ppm HCN." (Burns, Anna 2012)
© 2019 Charlotte Doyle
nicey on October 12, 2019:
Unprocessed crops are not ideal for human consumption.
Liz Westwood from UK on February 07, 2019:
I had not heard of this before. After the thalidomide case in the UK many years ago, I think people in the UK are quite careful what they take to help achieve pregnancy and also during pregnancy. It sounds like this could do with more research.