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About Honey

Honey’s rich nutrients, enzyme and antioxidant content combined with its ability to thwart infections makes it a potent healer. From ancient time, honey has been known for its high nutritional and medicinal value. It is believed to be very beneficial for eyesight, reducing effects of poisoning, stopping hiccups, treating urinary tract disorders, worm infestations, nausea, vomiting, cleansing, healing wounds and many more healing properties.

Honey contain mainly carbohydrates, water, vitamins and minerals, including niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Honey is also rich in enzymes, antioxidants and other phytonutrients. It also contains flavonoids and phenolic acids which act as antioxidants, scavenging and eliminating free radicals. These antioxidants substances found in honey have been responsible for the wound-healing properties of honey. The wound-healing power of honey has been widely applied as antiseptic therapeutic agent for healing ulcers, burns and cuts for many years.

HOW HEALING of WOUND WORKS By USING HONEY

Due to its contents of glucose and fructose, which attract water, honey absorbs water from wound, drying it out so that the growth of bacteria and fungi are inhibited. Secondly, an enzyme called glucose oxidase found in raw honey, which if combined with water, produces hydrogen peroxide, a mild antiseptic for medication benefits.

BEAUTY BENEFITS Of HONEY

The vitamins, minerals and amino acids found in honey make it a wonderful beauty aid. When taken orally for consistent period of time, honey nourishes the skin and the hair. In fact if taken for longer period of time, it helps our skin to glow more radiantly, helps to reduce wrinkles, thus making us look younger.

Honey is also an excellent moisturizing agent and natural cleanser and therefore, popularly used in wide skin-cleansing formulations. It increases exfoliation or renewal of the skin cells that makes the skin softer and younger.

Other supplementary products of honey which are royal jelly, propolis have been used in beauty saloon as facial mask that command great prices due to its effective results for a more glowing skin.

OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS Of HONEY

Due to its ready availability of carbohydrates, honey provides instant energy sources if taken prior to exercises which improves performances. It helps in muscles recovery faster if taken after an exercises program.

Honey also increases the growth and activity of good bacteria in the gut. Results from recent studies show that taking honey with dairy products such as yogurt can enhance growth and viability of bifidobacteria.

Honey is also used as anti-inflammatory treatment of sore throat.

HOW To TAKE HONEY As HEALTH SUPPLEMENT

Honey can be taken as it is in one tea spoon without mixing with water first thing in the morning or anytime in the day as you wish. For me I prefer to take honey as it is with royal jelly and propolis in the morning before breakfast and drink. It provides me with energy for the whole day with royal jelly as a good beauty aid and propolis a great antioxidant too. After a short period of time, my complexion improved tremendously with intake of honey and this motivated me to continue taking it knowing that it has high antioxidant and healing power too.

Goji Berries

Goji berries these days have attained several transformations like juices, capsules, bars, powders and extracts. And the taste is described almost similar to other variety of berries. The Tibetan variety of lyceum berry is alone named as goji berries. It is the botanical collection of these regions which has been invented for its medicinal value by the nomadic people of these areas several centuries ago.

It has great anti oxidant property and also believed that the in take of goji berries gives an entire a day of happiness. It is also trusted that people to enable a long life. Though there is several other variety of lyceum available. The Tibetan lyceum is considered to be the mother of all other lyceum and the greatest medicinal benefit than any other similar kind of berries.

Goji berries have earned such a great respect because of the fact they grow only at places unpopulated and have rich soil with multi nutrients. Hence the harvest also ensures the richness of nutrients in its lyceum known as goji berries these days.

Goji berries also have the pride of having the highest nutrient content out of all other varieties of lyceum. They are generally harvested during late summers. They tend to be 100% purity is assured, as there is nil chemical usage in those remote regions.

Though there are several limitless advantages from goji berries the marketing expertise is handled in this too like any other product in order to make it more commercial. As of it is a fact to be accepted that only then people get more aware of it. The more a product is commercialized, the more it reaches consumers.

As a part of commercialization goji berries is also available in d form of chocolates, blended with teas, nutritional supplement, health drink, healthy snack form and many more products are being launched commercially through goji berry as its main ingredients.

Apart from all these product transformation and commercialization through goji berries, Medicinal value tends to be the ultimate advantage of goji berries. It is mainly used in china and it is used to enhance immune system functions, protect the liver, provide good eye sight and improve the blood circulation. Goji berries occupy a main column among the Tibetan traditional medicine.

Over all goji berries have occupied a very vital role in traditional Asian medicine for several centuries ahead. Still its ravishing and abundant nutrition content has been a great mystery in the medicinal field. It has been only an ear-to-ear transformation about its medicinal miracle and benefits through anecdotal evidence to each generation. It’s a must to turn back to these super beneficial products for a better and healthy lifestyle.

Health Value of Sea Plants Limo Moui

# The Richest Complex Biome On Earth.. The Ocean.

Physically and chemically, it covers ¾ of the Earth’s surface and houses 15,000 plants and 210,000 known marine life forms. The nutrient profile, developed through eons, which nurtures these living forms are estimated between 60 and 100 different elements. Scientists have yet to manufacture in a lab a bottle of sea water and if they could, it would probably cost thousands of dollars. Most interesting, the elements that circulate in the ocean are similar to what is found in human plasma. Our body is 70% salt water with blood containing all the minerals and trace elements found in the ocean.

#  Marine Macroalgae or seaweed.

These range from forests of 212 foot kelp to microscopic plankton. Three kinds of seaweed are brown, red and green, at least 50 varieties of which are used as food. Seaweed lack true stems, leaves or roots but have strong anchoring supports from which to absorb ocean nutrients through their plant tissue. It is the food chain for all marine animal life such as fish which is still the major source of protein for millions of people. Seaweed agricultural industry is growing to supply alginates especially for food, pharmaceutical and industrial uses.

# Brown Algae Called Angel Hair Seaweed Or Limu Moui.

It grows along shorelines and in vast fields as masses of filaments that grow 1 to 2 feet a day to lengths of 20 feet. Limu is considered one of the most nutrient dense foods, easier to process and more bioavailable than larger broad leaved forms of brown algae with a lot of fiber. One of the best wild sources of Limu Moui comes from the archipelago of Tonga, arguably the most pristine uncontaminated area consisting of 170 islands, few which are inhabited. The Tongan people routinely consume Limu and have long been known for their superior longevity, disease resistance and overall body strength.

# Spectacular Nutritional Value Of Sea Plants (ex. Limu)

They’ve been prized for dietary and medicinal food properties for millennia; and science can now validate them as rich sources of proteins, enzymes, amino and fatty acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants, glyconutrients, polyphenols, and alginates. For example, briefly consider the mineral riches of ocean plants that can re-mineralize our bodies. The major minerals are found: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sulfur. A wealth of trace minerals are also absorbed: boron, chlorides, chromium, cobalt, copper, fluorine, gallium, germanium, gold, iodine, iron, lanthanum, lithium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, silica, silver, sodium, zinc, tin, vanadium plus at least 40 more. Moreover, these minerals are in natural colloidal and organic or chelated forms(combined with amino acids) and easily absorbed through cell walls unlike metallic minerals that can accumulate in body tissues. Most enzymatic functions depend on minute amounts of bioavailable trace minerals; one key to maintain health is keeping the mineral levels in balance in every tissue, fluid, cell and organ. Without minerals for transport, vitamins are ineffective. As soils become minerally depleted, the seas are looked upon as more minerally enriched.

# The Ocean’S Gift …An Essential Biologically Active Compound Called Fucoidan.

This unique molecule is found only in the cell walls of certain brown sea plants (even some echinoderms). However, Tongan Limu has one of the highest Fucoidan concentrations. In nutritional chemical terms, Fucoidan is described as a sulfated polysaccharide molecule made up several different polymers and “decorated” with sulphate groups. Research shows that the higher the count of sulphate groups in a plant, the higher its unique therapeutic value. In layman’s terms, it is the Fucoidan that gives Limu its slippery texture…a moisture protection barrier that allows the algae to survive in harsh environments. What if Limu and Fucoidan may just be the extra nutritional fuel we need to better cope with an increasingly toxic environment?

# One Of The Most Analyzed And Validated Scientific Discoveries Of Our Time… Fucoidan

Most bionutritional research is relatively new and exciting (seconds old on a 24 hour medical timeline). The synergy of hundreds of phytonutrients or natural biochemicals found in individual plants reveal a wide array of beneficial biological benefits for cellular health. For example, in the last 8 years, nearly 400 more studies have been added to the previous 300 on Fucoidan as the medical community has wondered how it appears to address some major health concerns, including many that seem to confound modern medicine.

# Empower Your Immune System

“Whether or not a person contracts any disease or illness has less to do with their exposure to that disease and much more with how effectively their immune system is functioning at the time they are exposed…(World Health organization.) Our own first-line defense is our innate immune system programmed to protect against chronic health problems and premature aging. More ongoing research is aimed at multi-targeted therapies to better understand how the body can naturally recuperate, protect or heal itself when given total nutrients and healthy immune system (versus monotherapies or using one substance to treat a single symptom.) The health benefits of Fucoidan, particularly, in supporting the immune system such as stimulating natural killer cells and B-Cells are well discussed in independent, third party, peer reviewed studies.

# Science Speaks For Itself

No medicinal claims are allowed with natural plants so it’s important that you challenge yourself to be your own serious health detective. One can’t assume to have all the answers to better health while walking away from this unprecedented research.

# Choice Of Dietary Supplement

This choice is one of your most important health decisions which must verify three things: from where it’s sourced, how the contents are manufactured and what scientific studies endorse it. Current market trends are embracing whole food extracts as synergistic, non synthetic, non-fractionated super food supplements. Sometimes it’s hard to trust a plethora of labels and advertisements, but you can trust what Nature has composed without laboratories and private enterprises. In its natural edible form, Limu offers remarkable nutritive, immune-building and disease-fighting properties. As an extract, it promises an even wider variety of therapeutic applications.

# Return To Nature’S Basics.

What would you prefer as you grow older…a vibrant healthy lifestyle or a hopeless daily struggle against aches and pains? Health is a lifelong process of prevention and commitment to wellness. Believe the good news that your body’s programmed to be healthy…sickness is an unnatural state. Feed every cell a full spectrum of nutrients daily. Respect Nature’s biology, ecology and immemorial wisdom and how you are an essential part of it.

 

Vitamin D and Cancer

The best known and most serious disease associated with vitamin D deficiency is rickets, which arises when the deficiency causes blood calcium levels to fall too low, and the body to respond by stripping the bones of calcium leading to loss of bone density and malformation.

Interestingly, studies have shown that the geographical pattern of the incidence of rickets is very similar to those for both breast and colon cancer, suggesting a possible (though not fully understood) link between vitamin D deficiency and these diseases. One 5 year study which grouped 120,000 people by levels of vitamin D intake reported that men in the highest intake group had a 29% lower incidence of colon cancer than those in the lowest intake group and similar results have been observed in breast cancer research. Relatively high blood levels of active form vitamin D have also been associated with a lower risk of pre-cancerous growths (polyps) in the colon whereas lower levels of vitamin in the blood have been associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Vitamin D is known to be essential for a healthy immune system and has been shown to be particularly important in helping prevent auto-immune diseases – those in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own cells, wrongly having identified them as invaders. Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis are examples of serious diseases which fall into this category and a number of research studies suggest that a generous intake of vitamin D may be a significant mitigating factor.

Blood levels of vitamin D have also been shown to be inversely correlated with blood pressure, and some research suggests that high dose supplements of vitamin D of (1,600 IU per day) may help this, although orthodox medicine, as ever, is cautious about definitively acknowledging any direct causal link.

The traditional view was that adequate supplies of vitamin D can be synthesised in the skin upon its exposure to sunlight. But the problem is that a large proportion of the population in the affluent world lives in latitudes which provide very limited sunlight for six months of the year. People commonly work indoors and tend to use high factor sunblocks on the rare occasions on which they might expose significant areas of skin to the sun.

It is a cruel irony that this concern about skin cancer may lead to the ill-health associated with vitamin D deficiency and may even increase the risk of other cancers. But in these circumstances the usual assumptions about vitamin D production in the body appear questionable at best, if not downright complacent. And the situation is even worse for the elderly, who may not only enjoy even less exposure to the sun than the young, but are less able to make use of that which they do obtain.

Moreover, there are relatively few good natural food sources of vitamin D, and the best source, oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon is one which many people, and perhaps children in particular, often find unpalatable. The situation has improved somewhat with the fortification of milk, orange juice, bread and some cereal products, but it may still be difficult for individuals to ensure they obtain a sufficient intake of the vitamin, particularly because the amounts added to different foods and drinks are very variable.

Since the amount of vitamin D required from food will vary greatly depending on the amount of exposure to sunlight enjoyed by the individual, it has not been deemed possible to determine a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D. But the Food and Nutrition Board has suggested 200 IU (5mcg) for infants, children, and adults up to 50, rising to 400 IU for the 50-70s, and 600 IU for the over 70s, as an “Adequate Intake” of the vitamin from food on the assumption that none is being obtained from sunlight.

Orthodox opinion, however, seems to regard these suggestions as too conservative. And even for those individuals fortunate enough to enjoy regular exposure to good quality sunlight, the intake of 400 IU (10 mcg) of vitamin D as part of a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement is recommended. For the over 65s, those with less than optimal liver or digestive health, those living in less advantageous climates and those who spend the majority of their time in indoor occupations a supplementary dose of a further 400 IU, for a total of 800 IU is strongly advised.

For maximum effect, however, vitamin D supplementation should be always be combined with adequate dietary calcium – supplemented if necessary to achieve an intake of 1,000 – 1,200 mg per day of this essential mineral.

 

About Cats Claw and its Immense Health Benefits

Cat’s Claw is a tropical woody vine that grows in the rain forests and jungles of Peru and has been referred to as “Miracle Herb of the Rain Forest “.

The vine derives its name from the small thorns at the base of the leaves, which look like a cat’s claw.

Medical research

It has been drawing increasingly more interest among the proponents of natural health care and Cats
Claw has been the subject of medical research since the 1970’s.

These studies suggest that Cats Claw may help in the treatment of:

Arthritis, bursitis, allergies, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, herpes, organic depression, menstrual problems and also beneficial for conditions of the stomach and intestines.

Protection of the immune system

Cats Claw is proven to boost the immune system.

Cat’s claw is valued largely because of its immune-building properties and although not as well known as more popular herbs such as Echinacea, goldenseal, Pau D’Arco, garlic, and ginseng is seen as being just as important.

With the spread of HIV medical research has intensified in this area as well.

Active ingredients

The active ingredients in Cat’s Claw are alkaloids, tannins and several other phytochemicals such as oxinole alkaloids, triterpines, glycosides, and sterols. These phytochemicals have adaptogenic, anti-tumor, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Health Benefits

– Helps the body fight off infections by helping the body’s immune system

– Helps Protect the body against degenerative diseases and aging

– Seen to reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks by reducing the heart rate lowering blood pressure, improving circulation as well as controlling cholesterol

– Used to treat and protect against arthritis and rheumatism, as well as, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, PMS, lupus, and prostrate problems

– Used in the treatment of cancer, acne, diverticulitis, parasites, hemorrhoids, as well as varicose veins.

– Helps treat digestive disorders including ulcers, gastritis, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and conditions involving chronic inflammation

– Used in the treatment of herpes infections

– Acts as an all round powerful antioxidant to help protect the body from free radicals.

When looking at essential herbs to take for better overall health don’t overlook Cats Claw, as we have seen its benefits are immense.

 

Vitamin B6 For Heart’s Sake

Amongst its many functions, in its coenzyme form of pridoxal 5′-phosphate (PLP), vitamin B6 is critical for the release of energy within the body, for the proper formation and function of oxygen carrying red blood cells, and for the synthesis of neuro-transmitting hormones within the brain.

There is also some evidence that PLP may play a role in mitigating the potentially harmful effects of the steroid (sex) hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone, within the body, so that levels of vitamin B6 may even be related to the incidence of the characteristic cancers eg of the breast and prostate, which are most strongly associated with the hormones.

Perhaps most important, however, is vitamin B6’s role in the regulation of the protein, homocysteine, even sightly raised blood levels of which have been repeatedly identified as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Homocysteine is a perfectly normal by-product of the body’s digestion of protein foods and should normally be removed harmlessly from the body. But the risk of excess build up is not negligible.

A large 1997 European study of young and middle aged adults showed a more than doubled risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke for individuals whose blood homocysteine levels were in the top fifth of the normal range. And some sources attribute as many as 10% of heart attack fatalities and an even higher proportion of stroke deaths directly to high homocysteine levels. Since these are still two of the biggest causes of premature death in the affluent Western world, such figures are particularly alarming.

The B vitamin complex is known to be vital for the prevention of excess homocysteine. Vitamins B12 and folic acid operate to convert homocysteine into the vital amino acid, methionine; whilst B6 in the form of PLP converts it into another amino acid, cysteine.

Not surprisingly then, research studies have demonstrated a clear link between low intakes of vitamin B6, higher levels of blood homocysteine and enhanced risk of cardiovascular disease. One such study, in particular, showed that the daily consumption of 4.6 mg of vitamin B6 reduced the incidence of heart disease by more than a third as compared with the consumption of 1.1 mg (slightly below the 1.3 mg Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults under 50).

In addiition to its important role in regulating blood homocysteine levels, there is also good evidence to associate vitamin B6 with the proper functioning of the immune system and indivduals deficient in B6 have been shown also to have reduced numbers of vital immune system cells. It is notable, too, that the amounts of vitamin B6 required to restore optimum immune function, particularly in the elderly, have been shown to be well in excess of the RDA. Other benefits of vitamin B6 for which there is some research evidence include improved memory, reduced incidence of kidney stones, the alleviation of pre-menstrual syndrome, the side effects of the contraceptive pill and morning sickness in pregnancy.

Severe deficiencies of vitamin B6 are thought by most conventional medical sources to be highly unlikely in Western societies and indeed the following food values would suggest that the RDAs of 1.3 mg for adults and 1.7 mg for the over 50s should be easily achievable. A cup of fortified cereal will provide between 0.5 and 2.5 mg and even a single banana perhaps as much as 0.4 mg. Meat, particularly poultry such as chicken and turkey, will provide up to 0.5 mg per 3 oz serving, as will fish. Vegetables, especially potatoes, and nuts are also useful sources.

But despite this wide range of possible sources, surveys have shown that the typical adult’s daily intake of B6 is only around 2 mg per day, and for older individuals this reduces to 1- 1.2 mg. Both figures are worrying, because they suggest not only that many older people are falling below the RDA, but that many younger adults are perilously close to doing so. It has to be remembered, too, that the RDAs are in any case at levels only sufficient to avoid outright deficiency, which is not at all the same thing as optimum health.

Being water soluble, vitamin B6 is easily excreted from the body and the consumption of alcohol and other diuretic drinks such as tea and coffee may dramatically increase the body’s need for the vitamin. The requirement also increases in line with the amount of protein consumed in the diet.

For these reasons, even conventional medicine is inclined to recognise the value of supplementation with B6 up to a level of 2 mg per day. Some nutritional therapists, however, recommend doses of as much as 100 mg a day in view of B6’s significant role in combatting the increased risk of heart disease and stroke attributable to elevated blood homocysteine levels.

And indeed there are no known toxic effects of vitamin B6 at this level of intake, which is in fact the upper safe limit recommended by the US Food and Nutrition Board. As always with the B complex vitamins, however, their close interdependence means that such doses should only be taken as part of a supplement containing the whole complex. And to enable the vitamins to do their work to maximum effect, a comprehensive multi-mineral supplement is also highly recommended.

 

Benefits of Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids

We know that we are experiencing EFA deficiency when we experience skin problems such as dry, eczema, dandruff, poor wound healing, excess sweating, loss of pigment, and/or weak blood vessels i.e. bruising. Other signs of EFA deficiency are obesity, high cholesterol, poor sugar metabolism, hormone imbalance, PMS, ADHD, depression, autism, behavioral disturbance, enlarged kidneys or kidney failure, blood in our urine, shrinking of our pancreas, and/or shrinking of our salivary and tear glands.

The American Heart Association recommends that people with heart disease consume at least one gram of omega 3 fatty acid per day. They recommend that we eat at least two servings of fish per week because fish are rich in omega 3. Unfortunately, fish has been very contaminated with environmental toxins, mercury and dioxines which are a potential health hazard to us, especially if we are a pregnant mother or a young person under 16 years of age. Therefore it would seem to be a safer alternative for us to rely on natural supplements such as flaxseed oil or primrose oil and properly filtered and metal/toxin free natural fish oils to receive the EFA that we need.

So why do we need essential fatty acids i.e. good fat? We need essential fatty acids to manufacture and repair cell membranes, to help our cells get maximum nutrition, and to eliminate harmful waste products.. EFA are essential for the production of prostaglandins that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, blood clotting and immune system functioning to fight inflammation and infection. EFAs are essential for our children to grow properly and especially in developing their neurological development and sensory system.

Those of us who supply our diets with adequate amounts of omega 3 essential fatty acid have higher HDL i.e. “Good cholesterol levels. Omega 3 helps in the production of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) which actually reduces LDL i.e.”bad” cholesterol and triglycerides. This is especially important for our cardiovascular health and in lowering high blood pressure/hypertension. Keeping our blood pressure lowers our risk of stroke. This is because omega 3 helps reduce the development of plaque and blood clots that clog arteries that often lead to heart disease and heart attack.

When we have high triglycerides and low HDL levels we are at risk for diabetes. Omega 3 essential fatty acid lowers triglycerides and raises HDL levels as well as regulating blood sugar. People who are overweight suffer from poor blood sugar control, diabetes and high cholesterol. When following a weight loss program, it is important for us to supplement our diet with a proper amount of EFA.

Essential Fatty Acids are reported in numerous studies to reduce inflammation and pain in joints, reduce morning stiffness and enable people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis to reduce the medication they had been taking for pain and discomfort. Essential Fatty Acids help increase levels of calcium in our bodies and improve our bone strength. This is especially important for people suffering from osteoporosis. Omega 3 essential fatty acid has been shown to increase grip strength and enhance walking ability in people suffering from osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

Essential Fatty Acids are especially important for efficient brain function. People who have increased their intake of omega 3 fatty acid have experienced natural depression relief. People with Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder) reported fewer and shorter mood swings and recurrence of either full depression or mania. People with schizophrenia experience an improvement with the use of Omega 3 essential fatty acid. Children who suffer Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) experienced reduction of learning difficulties and behavior problems (e.g. anger and sleep disturbance) when increasing their intake of essential fatty acids. People suffering from anorexia nervosa i.e. eating disorders, have experienced a reduction in symptoms and lessened their compulsive tendencies. For those of us not suffering from any particular emotional or cognitive disorders, we will find that essential fatty acids improve our ability to concentrate, recall, be emotionally centered and calm, experience more restful sleep and cope more easily with normal everyday stress.

Other benefits of essential fatty acids is the reduction of disorders and protection of our skin, improvement in our intestinal health (i.e. reduction of bowel inflammation, easy elimination, reduction in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), reduction of asthma symptoms and respiratory ease, reduction and prevention of macular degeneration and vision improvement, enhancement of wound healing (e.g. burns, cuts, etc) and improvement in hormonal balance e.g reduction of menstrual pain and PMS symptoms. Studies are now being conducted, with promising results, to determine the specific benefits of essential fatty acids in preventing and treating breast cancer and prostate cancer. Primary evidence in other studies of omega 3 essential fatty acid indicate improvement in protecting against infections and treatment of conditions such as ulcers, migraine headaches, preterm labor, emphysema, psoriasis, glaucoma, Lyme disease, lupus and panic attacks. Other studies have shown that essential fatty acids increase energy, performance, stamina, muscle development and repair, fatigue reduction, strengthening of immune system, cell growth and activity and appearance i.e. beautiful hair, skin and nails.

Given all the evidence of the health benefits we receive from essential fatty acids and the climate of processed foods and anti-fat warnings, it would be well advised for us to take care of ourselves by supplementing our diet with essential fatty acid supplements i.e. flaxseed oil and primrose oil and clean metal/toxin free natural fish oil supplements.

 

Key Protector Against Heart Disease

Homocysteine is a protein formed as a perfectly normal by-product of the body’s digestive processes and in optimally healthy individuals it will be removed harmlessly from the body But its effective removal is heavily dependent on the presence of adequate supplies of three B complex vitamins, B6, B12 and folic acid or folates.

The build up of excess homocysteine if these vitamins are not present in sufficient quantities can have severe consequences. A large 1997 European study of young and middle aged adults showed a more than doubled risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke for individuals whose blood homocysteine levels were in the top fifth of the normal range. In fact some sources attribute as many as 10% of heart attack fatalities and an even higher proportion of stroke deaths directly to high homocysteine levels. Since these are still two of the biggest causes of premature death and disability in the affluent Western world, such figures are particularly alarming.

The link between raised homocysteine levels and Alzheimer’s disease is not quite so well established, at least in the view of orthodox medicine, but a number of studies have found a clear association. It has also been observed that sufferers from this appalling disease are more likely to be deficient in both folic acid and dietary folates. Not surprisingly perhaps, given that damage to blood vessels appears to be one of the principal effects of elevated homocysteine, it has also been strongly linked with vascular dementia.

The role of folic acid and folates in lowering blood homcysteine levels is well established, with one recent study showing 60% and 90% reductions when supplement regimes of 0.2 mg and 0.4 mg respectively were followed. And given that high homocysteine levels have been shown to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as Alzheimer’s and other dementias, it might be thought self-evident that supplementation should be a powerful weapon against them.

Conventional medicine, however, continues to be cautious about recognising the link. Although there is good evidence from at least one ten year study that high levels of dietary folate can reduce heart attack risk by more than 50%, there appears not be the same direct corroboration for the effects of folic acid supplementation. Somewhat bizarrely, therefore, the profession finds itself recommending supplementation for the purpose of reducing the elevated homocysteine levels known to increase the risk of disease, but declines to recommend it as a specific protector against the disease itself. Not surprisingly, nutritional therapists show no such hesitation, and many recommend supplementation at levels far in excess of the officially Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of 400 mcg (0.4 mg) a day.

But whatever the benefits of high dosage supplementation, it is clear in any case that a diet rich in folates can only be of benefit to the body’s general health. This is because amongst the best and most readily available sources of folates are leafy green vegetables and orange juice which also provide a plentiful supply of valuable anti-oxidants.

A single cup of spinach or asparagus, for example, may provide as much as 130 or more micrograms (mcg) of folate; a small glass of orange juice perhaps 80 mcg. Pulses such as beans and lentils are also good sources, the latter providing around 180 mcg in just half a cup, beans between 80 and 140 mcg according to type.

Best of all, however, is fortified breakfast cereal, a single cup of which may yield between 200 and 400 mcg, reflecting the FDA’s insistence on the addition of folic acid to refined grain foods, including bread.

Despite this official recognition of the importance of this nutrient, the US Food and Nutrition Board nevertheless recommends that folic acid intake should be limited to 1,000 mcg (1 mg) per day. But this is not so much because of any possible ill effects of the folic acid itself, but rather because it may cure megaloblastic (commonly known as pernicious) anaemia which is one of the symptoms of an underlying deficiency of vitamin B12. If the removal of this symptom means that the deficiency is consequently undetected and left untreated, the neurological consequences may indeed be severe.

But to the educated layman the solution to this potential problem appears readily apparent. It is simply to ensure, through supplementation if necessary, that a generous intake of vitamin B12 is also obtained. This should present no difficulty if the standard recommendation never to take one of the B vitamins in isolation is followed. These vitamins should always be taken as part of a supplement containing the entire complex, and for maximum benefit should preferably be accompanied by a comprehensive multi-mineral.

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Muscle Building Nutrition

Muscle building requires professional guidelines from sports nutrition since just eating up cannot build good muscles. Muscle building is often compared to an art since it requires special attention, planning, creativity to balance the features and beauty towards the perfection. The intake of excess fat and carbohydrate can only increase the weight with tiers of hanging tissue and not tone muscles. Anatomically, muscles are made up of protein stands and increased amount of protein intake will eventually help for building up of muscles. But, it does not mean that fat and carbohydrates has to be abandoned from diet. A proportionate intake of the fat and carbohydrate is required, with more prominence for proteins. It is believed that the diet will stimulate the hormone production that controls the muscle development. Muscle building sports nutrition have formulated the most appropriate formulas for the muscle building, based on the principle, using trial and error method.

Muscle building sports nutrition specifies that eating patter is also important for muscle building. The reports say that taking up of food in frequent intervals is better for muscle building rather than 2 or 3 giant meals. And essentially the calories of intake must exceed the weight training too. It is estimated that 350 to 500 calories are required for building up 1 pound of muscle. As carbohydrates will help to burn calorie for the weight training and regulate the insulin in the body, the meal with a combination of 30 gram protein to 50 gm carbohydrate will be recommended for the weight training snacks.

Muscle building nutritious diet can be provided using natural substances as well as supplements. The carbohydrates can be provided in diet through including juices, vegetables and grains in the diet. It is said that 1 gram of protein is required for one pound of body mass. Whey protein, chicken, egg, good beef, nuts and beans can be used to include protein. Essential fatty acid such as omega 3 fatty acid and omega 6 fatty acids can be in taken using cold-water fish (salmon), fish oils, flax seed oil, olive oil, ground flax seeds of hempseed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, and walnuts. To add on, water is very important in muscle building sports nutrition, as in every diet.

Muscle building sports nutrition also suggests many supplements available in the market. It mainly includes amino acids, metal replacement products, thermogenic substances, and prohormones. Certain sports nutrition strategy utilizes the growth hormone and other steroid hormones for muscle building. However, it may lead to serious future consequences.

Muscle building sports nutrition includes scientific approach regarding the nutrition for a muscle inducing diet. It must include all the essential nutrients, but must give importance for proteins. However, no program can assure the muscle building since its growth is not linear, and depends upon the physiological specialties of the person.

 

About Antioxidant Testing

Work Your Body

A general testing of your body’s health and fitness condition will answer your antioxidant questions and will essentially lead to successful antioxidant testing. There are a number of tests that can be done in order to come to the conclusion that you are fit and healthy. They are not inexpensive but definitely essential at least once a year.

A fit body composition should have approximately 14% to 17% of body fat in a man and 21% to 24% in a woman according to a recent study. Anything over 32% for a woman is considered obese and the maximum for a man is 25%.

This is a Test

Metabolic testing is important as it is responsible to keep your body functioning, heart beating and you breathing well. There is highly capable machinery today which can tell very accurately both rates. By finding out your metabolism rate you will know how many calories you should consume on a daily basis to keep yourself healthy and in shape.

Yet another testing is the nutritional evaluation. This can determine what nutrients you lack and what you have in excess. It is very important as this will determine the amount of antioxidants you will require on a daily basis. There are many more other tests that will be done should any of the above tests have a very negative outcome. All these tests are antioxidant testing.

Antioxidant testing determines the state of your body. Antioxidants help your body to repair damages and restore its well being. They work from inside eliminating free radicals, which are the main cause of cell damage, and repairing the damages done.

Benefits of Antioxidant Testing

Knowing your antioxidant levels in the body can help you to prevent your body from serious diseases and aging. Antioxidants and available in fresh fruits, vegetables, teas, coffee (yes its true) and grains. You can consume them as desired and in combination.

Antioxidants are also available in pills but those should be administered only after consulting your doctor to avoid overdosing.

Choose a better lifestyle that benefits your body and soul and start by adding antioxidants to your daily diet in any form you find best for you.