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7
AUG

Vitamin D Deficiency Could Double Alzheimer’s Risk

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 11:21 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

In the largest study of its kind, researchers revealed that in older people, not getting enough vitamin D may double the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study was released August. 6, 2014, online issue of Neurology.

The study evaluated blood levels of vitamin D, which includes vitamin D from food, supplements and sun exposure. Dietary vitamin D is found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna or mackerel and milk, eggs and cheese.

“We expected to find an association between low vitamin D levels and the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but the results were surprising—we actually found that the association was twice as strong as we anticipated,” said study author David J. Llewellyn, PhD, of the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom.

The study evaluated 1,658 healthy people over the age of 65 without dementia and had their vitamin D blood levels tested. After an average of six years, 171 participants developed dementia and 102 had Alzheimer’s disease.

The results revealed people with low levels of vitamin D had a 53-percent increased risk of developing dementia and those who were severely deficient had a 125-percent increased risk compared to participants with normal levels of vitamin D.

Those with lower levels of vitamin D were nearly 70 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and those who had severe deficiency were over 120 percent more likely to develop the disease.

The results remained the same after researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect risk of dementia, such as smoking, alcohol consumption and education.

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6
AUG

Run Five Minutes, Prevent Heart Disease

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,Health Concerns & Ailments at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A new study suggests that even a five-minute run may help prevent heart disease. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the research concluded that running can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease regardless of your running speed.

The results of this study may motivate more people to start running or increase the frequency of their runs. Previous research has indicated many health benefits from running but this study is one of the largest to pinpoint the positive effects of running, especially for non-marathoners or non-triathletes.

Researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at their overall health, whether they ran and how long they lived. Compared to non-runners, those who ran had a 30% lower risk of death from all causes and a 45% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. In fact, runners on average lived three years longer than individual who did not run. When data was broken down by age, sex, body mass index, and smoking and alcohol use, the benefits were still the same. Researchers found runners who ran less than an hour per week have the “same mortality benefits compared to runners who ran more than three hours per week.”

However, researchers concluded that consistency was the main element. Participants who ran consistently over a period of six years or more gained the most benefits, with a 29% lower risk of death for any reason and 50% lower risk of death from heart disease or stroke.

Activities like running can lower your blood pressure and decrease the production of glucose, which cuts your risk of developing diabetes, according to the American Heart Association.

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29
JUL

Stock Your Natural First Aid Kit With These Essential Medicines

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Homeopathy at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Summer is the perfect time for backyard barbecues and trips to the beach and our favorite campsites. But before you start the grill or pitch a tent, you should make sure your natural first aid kit is well-stocked with homeopathic medicines.

Boiron Calendula topicals relieve all types of skin irritations. Calendula Lotion is ideal for soothing sunburn; the ointment helps to heal minor burns and blisters; the cream is ideal for dry or chafed skin; and the gel works well on insect bites and razor burn. Overeating is always an issue at most summer picnics, so keep Nux vomica on hand. This popular single medicine relieves nausea, acid indigestion, hangovers, and most importantly, an upset stomach from overindulgence in food and drink. And when one too many beach volleyball or badminton games causes sore muscles, Arnicare Gel or Cream and Arnica oral pellets are must-haves. The unscented, paraben-free topicals and the quick-dissolving pellets can be used together to relieve muscle pain, stiffness and bruising for the whole body.

 

No matter what you do this summer, Boiron medicines will help nip your symptoms in the bud. Suffering from a different issue? Use Boiron’s Homeopathic Medicine Finder at BoironUSA.com/bmf to find the best medicine for your symptoms.

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2
JUL

Fight Depression Naturally With St. John’s Wort

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Did you know that one in ten adults is affected by depression in the United States? Depression can affect people in many different ways. Mood, thoughts, physical health, and behavior all may be affected but the symptoms and severity of depression can vary from person to person. Depression can be treated with regular medicine but that is not the only option. Natural supplements can be very helpful to fight this medical condition and St. John’s Wort products are one of the best ways to treat depression naturally.

St. John’s Wort supplements are made from a plant (Hypericum perforatum) that grows in the wild. This herbal product has been used for centuries for health purposes and studies have shown that St. John’s may help some types of depression, similar to treatment with standard prescription antidepressants. A 2009 systematic review of 29 international studies suggested that St. John’s Wort may be better than a placebo (an inactive substance that appears identical to the study substance) and as effective as standard prescription antidepressants for major depression of mild to moderate severity. St. John’s Wort also appeared to have fewer side effects than standard antidepressants. The studies were conducted in German-speaking countries where St. John’s Wort has a long history of use by medical professionals, reported more positive results than those done in other countries, including the United States.

St. John’s Wort is widely prescribed for depression in Europe but the herb has some side effects. Make sure to consult with your health care provider before you start taking St. John’s Wort supplements.

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23
JUN

The Endless Coffee Debate

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study about health benefits from drinking coffee is just another chapter on the never-ending debate about the beverage. Multiple studies have shown that drinking coffee can offer a variety of health benefits from improving cardiovascular health to enhancing focus and concentration. On the other hand, studies have also proved that coffee can have negative effects on health such as sleep difficulties and anxiety.

Adding more fuel to the fire, a new study suggests that increasing coffee consumption may decrease the risk for type 2 diabetes supporting previous research which has found that drinking a few cups or more each day may lower your risk, with each subsequent cup nudging up the benefit.

Published in the journal Diabetologia, this latest study was more concerned with how changing coffee consumption might affect your risk. Researchers concluded that people who upped their consumption by more than a cup per day had an 11% lower risk of type 2 diabetes compared with people whose consumption held steady.  Decreasing coffee consumption by the same amount – more than a cup a day – was associated with a 17% increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The data is based on an analysis of more than 120,000 health professionals already being followed observationally long term.  Researchers looked at the study participants’ coffee drinking habits across four years to reach their conclusions. “For type 2 diabetes, up to six cups per day is associated with lower risk,” said Shilpa Bhupathiraju, a research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. “As long as coffee doesn’t give you tremors, doesn’t make you jittery, it is associated with a lot of health benefits” added the lead study author.

Perhaps the story behind the study is that higher coffee consumption often results in lower consumption of sodas, lattes, frappuccinos, and other sugary drinks, consequently decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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19
JUN

Benefits of Xylitol Chewing Gum

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

The American population, myself included, has definitely developed a bit of a sweet tooth. But what if there was a sugar that could have some health benefits, while also sweetening your foods? Xylitol, or birch sugar, is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol. Most of the xylitol used these days comes from birch wood or corncobs. Xylitol from corn should be avoided as it may be from a GMO source. Xylitol is available in many forms: as a chewing gum, syrup, or lozenges. Scientists believe that this sugar alcohol may actually contain many health benefits.

One major benefit of using xylitol is that it does not spike blood sugar as much as other sweeteners do. Xylitol has a glycemic index of 7, which when compared to table sugar, sucrose (a glycemic index of 58), it is extremely lower.

Xylitol has antibacterial and antiviral properties that helps protect against and fight infections. Research done in 2011 showed that Xylitol was useful in preventing recurrent otitis media in children. More specifically, there was a 25% reduction in the risk of occurrence in children that were given Xylitol versus the control group. Chewing gum and lozenges containing xylitol were found more effective than the syrup. Scientists also discovered that xylitol must be given 3 to 5 times per day for it to be effective. It is important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend chewing gums, mints, or hard candy in children less than four years of age due to risk of choking.

Research has also shown that xylitol can help to prevent against tooth decay. Over 25 years of clinical testing confirms that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. This is because xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause cavities. Bacteria can’t utilize the xylitol and over time it changes the bacteria of the mouth.  It also prevents bacteria from sticking to teeth. A study on xylitol containing gum versus gum sweetened with sucrose versus a control group showed that gum containing 100% xylitol was able to reduce the incidences of cavities compared to the control group. Talk with your dentist to find out if xylitol is safe and beneficial for you.

These are just some of the common benefits of xylitol. Research and other studies are starting to look at xylitol for its benefits in weight loss as it helps appetite and sugar cravings, as well as respiratory/sinus health, bone health, anti-candida properties and much more. Make sure to shop Luckyvitamin.com for all your xylitol needs.

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11
JUN

Vitamin E May Offer Benefits for Alzheimer’s

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Vitamins and Minerals at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Vitamin E supplements are already known for offering multiple health benefits but a recent study may add another one to the list. The results of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows that supplementation of vitamin E slows decline in patients with mild Alzheimer’s.

The study was a large, rigorous, multicenter randomized placebo-controlled trial with 33 authors, carried out at 14 Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. It enrolled 613 patients age 53 to 96 with a diagnosis of possible or probable AD of mild to moderate severity who were already taking an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI). 65% were on Donepezil, 32% on Galantamine, and 3% on Rivastigmine.

The results showed that participants got worse over the period of the study. However, individuals in the vitamin E group had a significantly slower decline than those in the placebo group (3.15 units less on the ADCS-ADL Inventory, annual rate of decline 19% less, and delay in progression of 6.2 months). The group taking both vitamin E and memantine did significantly worse than the group taking vitamin E alone. Adherence was estimated at 65-68%, which isn’t all that bad considering the age of patients and the effects of Alzheimer’s. They concluded that 2,000 IU of vitamin E significantly delayed clinical progression in activities of daily living in patients with mild to moderate AD who were also taking AChEI.

The results of this study bring some hope for Alzheimer’s patients but no one should start taking Vitamin E without the supervision of a physician. The Alzheimer’s Association’s call for caution as the high doses used in the ADCS study can negatively interact with other medications, including those prescribed to keep blood from clotting or to lower cholesterol.

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2
JUN

Early Meal Times Can Help Weight Loss

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Concerns & Ailments at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Eating at proper times may affect weight loss success. Nothing new here, most people know that eating in the early hours is the best strategy for those trying to lose weight. A new study confirms that people who eat larger meals later in the day are likely to lose less weight than those who eat in the early hours of the day.

Study authors Marta Garaulet and Dr. Frank Scheer, director of the medical chronobiology program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, followed 420 people in Spain during a 20-week weight loss program. The participants were split into two groups: early eaters who ate lunch before 3 p.m. and late eaters who ate lunch after 3 p.m. In Spain, lunch is the biggest meal of the day, comprising about 40% of a person’s daily calories.

Published in the International Journal of Obesity, the study concluded that the early eaters, on average, lost 25% more weight than the late eaters over the course of the study, according to Scheer. Researchers looked at energy expenditure, dietary composition, appetite hormones and sleep duration. These factors were similar in both groups, leading the authors to conclude that the timing of the large meal was the source of the sluggish weight loss.

Researchers believe that the results are due to the body’s ability to handle glucose, the type of sugar that usually comes from carbohydrates. Late eaters in the study showed significantly higher HOMA levels, an index of insulin resistance that’s used to identify diabetes. Your system is better able to cope with higher glucose levels in the morning, extracting sugar from the blood to use as energy.

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29
MAY

Reducing Stress with Holy Basil

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

If you are trying to reduce stress levels but can’t seem to find a good helper, Holy Basil supplements may be a great product for you. Holy Basil has been called the “Queen of Herbs” for a good reason as this ancient herb offers multiple medicinal benefits. Holy Basil supplements have been shown to reduce stress levels, minimizing the negative effects of stress on the body and, consequently, promoting body relaxation.

Available in tablets as well as teas, Holy Basil can provide benefits in other areas. For example, some people have been able to sleep longer and better when taking the herb on a regular basis. Other people have reported that drinking Holy Basil teas can be an excellent choice for elevating spirits. Additionally, studies have concluded that regular supplementation may support carbohydrate metabolism, resulting in healthy blood glucose levels.

Also known as Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), Holy Basil is a member of the mint family and similar to regular basil you add to Italian dishes and pesto. This herb cab be easily grown in your home or on your balcony, patio. In Ayurvedic medicine, Holy Basil has been used as an adaptogen for thousands of years. Adaptogens essentially adapt to serve the body where it needs them most. Typically, adaptogens are characterized as stress-busters and most of the research on Holy Basil focus on this health benefit. However, Holy Basil contains additional beneficial properties including antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Holy Basil supplements can be used as a memory booster, for fever reduction, cough soothing, sore throat relief, clearing acne, as well as improve kidney function.

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23
MAY

The Advantages of Krill Oil Supplements

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 12:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The debate never ends. Fish oil supplements versus krill oil supplements. This subject has been a popular discussion among health experts as well as users for many years. Both products offer excellent health benefits and a recent study confirms another good result for krill oil supplements.

A new study collected the effects of 12 weeks of daily krill oil supplementation on fasting serum triglyceride (TG) and lipoprotein particle levels in subjects whose habitual fish intake is low and who have borderline high or high fasting serum TG levels (150–499 mg/dL). Researchers concluded that krill oil lowers serum TG levels in subjects with borderline high or high fasting TG levels. The data included 300 male and female subjects in a double-blind, randomized, multi-center, placebo-controlled study. Relative to subjects in the placebo group, those administered krill oil had a statistically significant calculated reduction in serum TG levels of 10.2%. Moreover, LDL-C levels were not increased in the krill oil groups relative to the placebo group. The outcome of the pooled analysis suggests that krill oil is effective in reducing a cardiovascular risk factor.

Krill oil contains omega-3 fatty acids which have been clinically proven to be more efficiently absorbed by our body as they are carried to our body cells in a phospholipid form. Unlike fish oil (which is 61-65% bioavailable), it mimics the very membranes of your cells, thus penetrating so easily that you get 95-98% of what you pay for. In addition, a super-antioxidant found only in krill oil is an ultra-potent nutrient, stronger than most other antioxidants including Co-Q10, for protection from the free radical damage that promotes aging and disease.

Krill oil contains the three most important elements the human body needs to function properly: phospholipids, omega-3 essential fatty acids (similar to those of fish oil), and astaxanthin, a very powerful antioxidant.

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22
MAY

Supplements to Take For Energy

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Teas,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

It seems these days that everyone is looking for that quick pick-me-up. Whether it’s your local supermarket or the convenience store on the corner, there are shelves full of energy drinks, bars, chews, and more.  Let’s face it; we could all use a little more energy to get us through our hectic day. Today we are going to look at supplements and other natural products to help increase your energy.

  • Vitamin B12 and B-Complex, a supplement which contains all eight B vitamins (B6, folic acid, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and B12) have long been used in energy supplements.  All B-vitamins aid in the processes your body uses to make energy from the food you eat.  This means that B-vitamins help the body convert food, such as carbohydrates, into the main fuel for the body, glucose, which is then used to produce energy. Thiamine (B1) is needed to form adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which every cell of the body uses for energy. There is debate on the effectiveness of B-vitamins in increasing energy in people who are not deficient in these vitamins.
  • Panex ginseng has traditionally been used to maintain balance in the body and enhance vital energy. The use of this herb is indicated for people who experience a decreased resistance to illness, fatigue, decreased ability to handle stress, and decreased stamina. Multiple studies have been performed on Panex ginseng’s anti-fatigue effect in the body. Panex has also been shown to enhance the cognitive performance of healthy individuals.
  • Green Tea, although not a supplement or vitamin, has long been used as a replacement for coffee and other caffeinated beverages. Green tea contains about 25mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup. This is considered a low level dose of caffeine and should be just enough to give you a little pick-me-up throughout your day.  Not only is green tea an excellent source of caffeine, it also contains many other healthy antioxidants.
  • Yerba mate is another herb commonly drank as a hot tea that contains caffeine. Yerba mate contains about 80mg of caffeine per 8 oz. cup.  Most of the hype surrounding yerba mate is the fact that it has the same pick-me-up as caffeine without the shakes and jitters. There has been numerous research showing that yerba mate should be drank in moderation due to a potential increased risk for certain types of cancers.
  • One final supplement to consider for boosting your energy levels is chlorella, a single water grown micro-algae. This plant super food naturally boosts the body’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxic substances that surround us daily. When our body is free of toxins, we tend to feel less sluggish and have more energy to get us through our day. This may be why Chlorella has been shown to aid in the treatment of fatigue.

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21
MAY

Vitamins to Take for Asthma

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways characterized by wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, airway hyper-responsiveness, and coughing, particularly at night or after exercise. Asthma can seriously impact the daily routines of the estimated 300 million individuals worldwide that suffer from it. It is important for people with asthma to recognize their triggers and avoid them. The same factors that provoke allergies can also trigger childhood asthma. These triggers include items such as dust, pet dander, indoor and outdoor mold, air pollutants, smoke, and other toxic chemicals.  Changes in weather, especially temperature, can also trigger an asthma attack. Supplements can be a great way to decrease inflammation, relax the airways, and improve the body overall.

  • Magnesium – is a known anti-inflammatory that also promotes the relaxation of muscles.  This is especially pertinent when it comes to the treatment of asthma because magnesium can relax the bronchial smooth muscle.  It is well known that magnesium administered intravenously during an acute attack is an effective treatment.  There has been little research done on magnesium taken orally, but one study found that it improved symptom scores as well as reduced bronchodilator use.
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – promotes relaxation of the tracheal smooth muscle, which means it may also have a bronchodilating effect. Theophylline, one of the many medications used in the treatment of allergies, works by inhibiting phosphodiesterase. Vitamin C was also found to have a very similar effect in vitro. It is well documented that vitamin C has an ability to reduce histamine released in the body. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between low levels of vitamin C and increased levels of histamine in the blood. Vitamin C was also found to have a protective effect against exercised-induced asthma attacks. There is a lot of research that shows vitamin C is a beneficial nutrient in the treatment of asthma.
  • Vitamin D– One study showed that reduced levels of vitamin D in the body are associated with impaired lung function, increased airway hyper-responsiveness, and reduced response to glucocorticoid medications. In other words, patients who have adequate levels of vitamin D will respond better to asthma treatments and may even have less severe symptoms.
  • Fish Oils– Research has demonstrated that a diet supplemented with fish oil ameliorates the severity of exercise-induced airway narrowing in subjects with mild-to-moderate persistent asthma. The study also showed that fish oil reduces airway inflammation in asthmatic subjects with exercised-induced bronchoconstriction. Fish Oils have long been known to have an anti-inflammatory effect and this study only further proved that.
  • Selenium- is an essential mineral found in the body that works as an antioxidant preventing against oxidative stress. One of the many theories behind what causes asthma is an increased oxidative stress load in the body. Research showed that selenium levels are depleted in patients with asthma vs. patients without it. It also showed that taking selenium daily was able to reduce medication requirements and have non-significant improvement in pulmonary function in steroid dependent adult asthmatics.

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20
MAY

Supplements to Reduce PMS Symptoms

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

It’s that time of the month again. Aunt Flo rears her ugly head in the form of bloating, mood swings, cramping and a boatload of other annoying symptoms. This period of emotional imbalance is known as premenstrual syndrome. PMS symptoms are a lot more common than you think. In fact, around 80% of women will experience at least one PMS symptom in each cycle. Luckily, there’s something out there that can bring relief when PMS symptoms start.

Super Nutrition offers three formulations that can reduce PMS symptoms including Simply One Women, Women’s Blend and Anti-aging Potency. All of these formulations contain vital nutrients that have been scientifically proven to reduce PMS discomfort.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), naturally present in many foods, can reduce PMS symptoms, including moodiness, irritability. In a recent study of 630 women, 100 mg to 150 mg of supplemental vitamin B6 reduced PMS in about 66% of the women, and 160 mg to 200 mg of Vitamin B6 reduced PMS in about 79% of the women.

Vitamin D

There is some evidence that getting more vitamin D from the diet might help to prevent PMS or reduce symptoms. Another study revealed women who received took 706 IU/day of vitamin D per had 41% less PMS symptoms than those who received 112IU/day.

Vitex (Chaste Tree Berry) 

Vitex is sometimes called “the women’s herb.” It is used for menstrual cycle irregularities, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a more severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and symptoms of menopause. Please take into consideration it should not be taken with the pill as it may increase the side effects and decrease its effectiveness.

Magnesium

The mineral magnesium, found naturally in food and available in supplements, has showing good preliminary results for PMS. When taking magnesium at 200 and 360 mg per day reduced symptoms including weight gain, fluid retention, swelling of extremities, breast tenderness and abdominal bloating.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is very helpful to women. It provides relief from hot flashes, cramps, and menstrual pain. It has a primary function as an antioxidant, protecting cell membranes, active enzyme sites and DNA.

Every woman with PMS suffers a different set of physical and emotional symptoms. It’s good to know that help is here from Super Nutrition!

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13
MAY

Vitamins to Take for Memory

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Mental Wellbeing,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 Let’s face it; we aren’t getting any younger. As we age, our memory begins to fade and what we were able to do as kids and teenagers we are no longer able to do as adults. Remembering names, numbers, birthdays, computer passwords, etc. gets harder by the day.  What if we could take preventative measures today to help improve our memory and brain function later in life? Today we are going to take a look at vitamins and natural treatments to help improve your mental function and keep it functioning at its highest potential.

Rhodiola rosea is an herb that grows primarily in dry sandy ground at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Europe and Asia. A common adaptogen, meaning it helps combat stress, this herb has long been known to increase physical endurance, combat fatigue, improve immunity, increase work productivity, enhance longevity, and improve depression. Human studies have shown that salidroside, an active principal of Rhodiola, improved mental ability.  Another study looked at Rhodiola rhizome on non-specific fatigue. Fatigue was assessed based on the evaluation of audial and visual short-term memory and ability for mental attention. Results showed that Rhodiola extract posses a clear anti-fatigue effect.

Ginkgo biloba has long been known as an herb that has a strong affinity for mental function and brain health. The ginkgo tree is the sole survivor of a primitive order of plants dating from 200 million years ago and is the world’s oldest living tree species. It is best known for its ability to stimulate blood flow through the smaller blood vessels, which in turn increases circulation to all vital organs including the brain.  Studies have shown that it may delay mental decline in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and can even slow senile dementia.

Bacopa monnieri is an Ayurvedic herb that has been used for centuries. This plant has been used mostly as a brain booster that enhances memory development, learning, and concentration. Only minimal amounts of studies have been done on this herb and there have been mixed effects on Bacopa’s ability to enhance mental function.  More research is warranted on this herb’s effect on memory and brain function.

Zinc deficiency has been shown to increase neuronal apoptosis which can lead to learning and memory deficits. At optimal physiologic concentrations, zinc has been shown to be neuroprotective, while excess amounts of zinc have shown to be neurotoxic. A lot of research is currently being done on zinc’s effect on mental function and brain health. This research includes the role of zinc in Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and aging. Avoid taking zinc on an empty stomach as it may make you nauseous.

Choline is a nutrient that is found in foods like saltwater fish, eggs, liver, chicken, milk, and certain legumes, including soy and kidney beans. Choline is the precursor to acetylcholine, one of the body’s major neurotransmitters.  Acetylcholine has been found to play a key role in encoding new memories, but not affecting memories previously stored.  Pharmacological drugs used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease are drugs that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine. This is because it is a brain chemical that may be important for memory and may help to delay or prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s from becoming worse for a limited time. In a study looking at dietary choline intake, researchers found that better memory performance was linked to higher choline intake.

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29
APR

Garlic Supplements Help Promote Healthy Heart

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Herbs,Supplements at 5:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

It’s well-known that garlic offers many health benefits and garlic supplements have been helping people for many years. Garlic lovers have no doubt about its endless benefits but for people still unsure about it, the results of a recent study have confirmed that garlic supplements may reduce high cholesterol and greatly decrease risk of heart disease.

The new research has found garlic supplements can reduce cholesterol in those with elevated levels by 8 per cent, a significant reduction as it is associated with a 38 per cent decrease in the risk of coronary events for those at 50 years of age. Led by Dr. Karin Ried of The University of Adelaide and the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, the study concluded that garlic supplements reduce blood pressure by a degree comparable to pharmaceutical medications, offering hope to those not responding to regular medications, or who would prefer a natural therapy.

The research is the most comprehensive to date (a meta-analysis of 39 primary trials) on the heart health benefits of garlic supplements. The results suggest garlic to be effective in reducing total serum cholesterol by 17 +/- 6 mg/dL and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol by 9 +/- 6 mg/dL in individuals with elevated cholesterol levels (>200 mg/dL) if taken for at least two months.The research also found garlic supplements have minimal side effects in comparison to conventional medication which include muscular pain, memory loss, sexual dysfunction and an increased risk of diabetes.

“For people experiencing slightly elevated levels of cholesterol, changes to lifestyle and proven natural heart health supplements such as garlic should be a first-option treatment ahead of frontline pharmaceutical medications” said Dr. Ried.

Garlic supplements can be a safe and effective alternative to pharmaceutical blood pressure and cholesterol lowering medications for many people.

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Good ‘N Natural – Odorless Garlic And Parsley – 100 Softgels

 
 
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