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26
SEP

The Natural Defense

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

With fall already here and the winter months rapidly approaching, the temperatures are going to start dropping.  This means sweaters, jeans and winter jackets are going to make the move from boxes to closets. This winter everyone is going to be looking for ways to boost their immune system and stay healthy. But you don’t need to worry; there are natural alternatives to help you save those sick days for when you really need to use them.

Probiotics are a great way to not only improve your digestive system, but also boost your overall health and well-being. These beneficial bacteria aid in the development of the intestinal cells, stimulate the maturation and development of immune system by aiding in the fight of pathogenic bacteria, detoxify the body, improve digestion and help to synthesize vitamins. Eighty percent of your immune system is found inside your digestive system, which means that a healthier gut equals a healthier you.

Vitamin D is one of the most talked about vitamins these days. It is a “powerhouse” supplement that has much more importance in the body than just aiding in the building of strong bones. This vitamin acts more like a hormone in the body by binding to different receptors. Vitamin D plays a critical role in your immune response by assisting your body in making well over 200 antimicrobial peptides which are necessary in fighting off a wide range of infections. Before starting supplementation, make sure to see your health care provider so they can check your vitamin D levels.

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has traditionally been known for its ability to boost immune system function. Because of its strong antiviral properties, it has long been used to treat colds and flu. Sambucol, an elderberry based natural remedy, was shown to be effective in vitro against 10 different strains of influenza virus. Another study showed that Sambucol had the ability to reduce flu symptoms down to 3-4 days. Don’t worry about giving this to children either; it’s safe, effective and taste delicious!

This fall start boosting your immune system naturally so you are ready to fight off all the bacteria and viruses this winter. Check out all of these great products and much more found at LuckyVitamin.com.

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11
SEP

The Importance of Magnesium for Brain Health

Filed Under: Health Foods,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A new study suggests that magnesium levels are vital to brain health as population ages. The nutritional research concluded that magnesium deficiency in adults may play a more important role in cognitive impairment (CI), and more seriously, Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), than previously thought.

The results of the study suggest that elevation of brain magnesium through dietary intake of magnesium exerts substantial positive effects on brain, actually restoring aging brains to their youthful conditions. The study is the first to show a mechanism for reversing cognitive decline in advanced stage AD mice, and is also the first to show an effective long-term treatment in AD mice. More exciting, though, are the implications of this study for the potential for treating AD in humans. Researchers feel confident that magnesium threonate can help maintain healthy brain activity and has dramatic effects in preventing synapse loss and reversing memory decline.

Magnesium is an essential mineral responsible to maintaining healthy brain functions. Over 50 million Americans have low levels of magnesium because people do not eat enough foods that contain magnesium. Cognitive impairment can affect a person’s memory, language, perception, ability to plan and carry out tasks, and judgment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates show that approximately 20% of people ages 55 and older will experience some form of cognitive impairment. The number and growth of the aging population in the U.S. is unprecedented.

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Cypress Pharmaceutical, Inc. – Magnesium Oxide 400 mg. – 120 Tablets
NOW Foods – Magnesium Citrate Powder – 8 oz.
Good ‘N Natural – Magnesium High Potency 500 mg. – 100 Tablets

 
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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28
JUL

The Always Important Potassium

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Minerals are very important for our health. Some are called essential minerals for a good reason as the human body depends on them for a variety of functions. When listing the essential ones, potassium is certainly on the top of the list.

Potassium is a very important mineral for the human to work properly. It is a type of systemic electrolyte and is essential in coregulating ATP with sodium, an important process for maintaining good health. Your body needs potassium to build proteins and muscle as well as break down and utilize carbohydrates. Additionally, potassium controls the electrical activity of the heart and the acid-base balance of your body.

Many foods contain potassium including all meats, such as red meat and chicken, and fish such as salmon, cod, flounder, and sardines. Vegetarian sources include bananas, broccoli, spinach, legumes, potatoes, tomatoes, papayas, and lentils. Other fruits that contain significant amount of potassium include citrus fruits, cantaloupe, kiwi, prunes, and apricots. Milk and yogurt, as well as nuts, are also excellent sources of potassium.

The Food and Nutrition Center of the Institute of Medicine has established a recommended dietary intake for potassium of 4.7 g/day for adults. Women who are producing breast milk need slightly higher amounts (5.1 g/day). Check with your health care provider to develop a supplementation plan based on your specific needs.

Potassium supplements are an excellent way to ensure you are getting your daily recommended amount. Products are available in tablets, capsules, powder, and liquid form, so you can choose the best way to fit your needs of the always important potassium.

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Advanced Research – Potassium Arginate – 200 Tablets
Nature’s Way – Potassium Chelate – 100 Capsules
NOW Foods – Potassium Citrate Essential Mineral 99 mg. – 180 Capsules

 
18
JUL

Iron Supplementation Benefits Physical Performance

Filed Under: Vitamins and Minerals,Women's Health at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A recent study suggests that iron supplementation may provide physical performance benefits. Previous studies have suggested that iron deficiency impairs physical exercise performance but this new research focused on iron deficiency and anemia in women of reproductive age (WRA).

Published in the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, this study performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the effect of iron supplementation compared with control on exercise performance in WRA. Randomized controlled trials measured exercise outcomes in WRA and compared the results of individuals taking daily oral iron supplementation versus the ones not taking it. The results were quite impressive. Iron supplementation improved both maximal exercise performance, demonstrated by an increase in maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max), and submaximal exercise performance, demonstrated by a lower heart rate. Daily iron supplementation significantly helped to prevent and treat iron deficiency in the group.

Iron is an essential mineral found in many foods but women may require supplementation particularly during pregnancy, when the amount of iron needed by the body needs nearly doubles. Iron is needed to make hemoglobin, a protein in your body, which helps carry oxygen to your cells. When you are pregnant the volume of blood in your body also increases by about 50%, requiring more hemoglobin to meet these requirements.

Many women have low iron levels even before they become pregnant.  The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have estimated that young minority women are at the highest risk of being iron deficient.  As pregnancy continues, normal hematocrit and hemoglobin values will also decrease during the second and third trimester because of hemodilution increasing the risk of becoming anemic. Exercising during pregnancy is very important to maintain good health but women must ensure that iron intake can support the higher required levels as well as the amount needed for physical activity.

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Flora – Floradix Iron Tablets – 80 Tablets
NOW Foods – Iron Complex Vegetarian – 100 Tablets
Vitanica – Iron Extra – 60 Capsules

 
12
JUL

Eat Your Greens

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Nutrition,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Greens are the talk of the town right now. Adding one of the healthiest foods to your diet can improve overall health and well-being. Let’s face it though, not all greens are the same.  Today we are going to look at some of the nutrients and health benefits we can receive by adding greens into our diets.

First off, we’ll talk about one of the trendiest greens right now, kale. Kale is the nutrition All-Star: the “LeBron James” of greens.  Kale is low in calories, high in fiber and contains zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It contains vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins A, C, and K. Kale is also a great anti-inflammatory food because it contains 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids.

The next green everyone is aware of is mostly because of the gigantic muscles and amplified strength it gave to Popeye. But there are a lot more health benefits to consider when it comes to spinach.  Spinach is full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.  Spinach is packed with vitamins A, C, K, folate, iron, magnesium and much more. Spinach is a good source of dietary fiber and proteins. The folate in spinach is good for a healthy cardiovascular system, while the magnesium helps lower high blood pressure.

One green that not many people are aware of, but is a nutrition powerhouse is collard greens.  This cruciferous vegetable, used commonly in southern cooking, has one of the greatest abilities to lower cholesterol by binding bile acids.  Collard greens are a good vegetable to add to your diet if you want to improve detoxification, increase antioxidants, fight against cancer and lower inflammation. Besides the previous health benefits mentioned, collard greens are also high in vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6 as well as manganese, fiber and calcium.

Fresh vegetables are the best source of nutrients; however, a great way to make sure that you are getting all your daily servings of greens is by adding in greens formulas to you daily routine. Green Formulas are a good option to keep on hand when fresh isn’t available or when traveling. They are also great for people on the go with work and active lifestyles. Lucky Vitamin is proud to carry a wide variety of certified organic green formulas.

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11
JUL

Get Efficient Immune Support with Sufficient-C

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Vitamins and Minerals at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

Sufficient-C is designed to give your immune system the support it needs in a drink mix that will keep you coming back for more! Their products are formulated using non-GMO, vitamin C from Scotland.

Sufficient-C ‘s refreshing lemon peach ice tea recipe combines up to 4 grams of vitamin C, plus generous doses of TEAVIGO, a patented green tea extract. This delicious drink also contains L-Lysine, Bromelain and all-natural stevia (not sugar) for a great-tasting, immune boosting enhancer.

Many health benefits have been associated with Green Tea Extract. It is rich in polyphenols such as bioflavonoid and antioxidants such as EGCG. These fight free radicals present in the body.

An essential amino acid, L-Lysine can be used to treat cold sores, support immune function, reduce anxiety and build new muscle. Since it’s used by the body as a building block, L-Lysine is essential for maintaining good health.

Because it is considered a proteolytic enzyme, Bromelain has the capability to fight off inflammation. It helps the body be cleansed from harmful toxins. Bromelain can also be effective in fighting off viral and bacterial infections.

Sufficient-C is incredibly easy to use. Just add cool spring water, stir and enjoy bursting flavor with high dose, vitamin function.

What are you waiting for? Raise a drink to your health with Sufficient-C! This month, save an extra 10% Suuficient-C with promo code ‘JULY14NEW15′ at checkout.

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20
JUN

Wholesome Gummy Goodness for the Whole Family

Filed Under: Announcements & News,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 1:06 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

In 2000, while lunching with son at his school, Rich McPeak got a major dose of reality when he saw how poorly the other children around him were eating. Almost instantly, he knew he wanted to create products that tasted great and taught children and their parents the importance of a whole-food, nutrient dense diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Nature’s Dynamic had just been born.

Nature’s Dynamics™ is a family-owned and operated company that safely and effectively develops 100% natural whole food gummy supplements for consumers. One-hundred percent of their products are manufactured in a GMP-certified facility and produced in the US. Nature’s Dynamics™ products are the tasty and nutritious result of botanical and medical studies from around the world.

Nature’s Dynamics™ believes vitamins, minerals and nutrients should be delivered to our bodies through spices, botanicals, fruits and vegetables grown in the earth’s soil — not from manufactured synthetic chemicals. Their extensive line of products are non-GMO and include original Nature’s Dynamics™ Gummy formulas, Berry Garden Kids Multi Gummy, Body Boost Men Multi Gummy, BodyBoost Women Multi Gummy, Joint Relief Gummy and more.

Their philanthropic efforts go beyond their gummies. Nature’s Dynamics not only does good for you but good for the planet too! They support global initiatives, such as organic farming, rainforest preservation and third world food programs.

For a limited time you can get an extra 10% off all Nature’s Dynamics™ products with promo code ‘JUN14NEW10’ at checkout!

 

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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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Healthy Origins – Vitamin E 1000 IU – 240 Softgels
Source Naturals – Gamma-E 400 Complex- Vitamin E Complex with Tocotrienols 400 mg. – 120 Softgels

 
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

What’s New? Redd Remedies

Filed Under: Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce to our customers Redd Remedies, a top brand of natural supplements.

Redd Remedies offers safe, pure and effective products developed with a passion to create holistic, natural health and wellness solutions. Redd Remedies is committed to providing you and your family with an effective selection of high quality, natural supplements which work quickly to deliver results and provide meaningful support for the entire body.

Redd Remedies is the culmination of years of work, research, and an uncompromising desire to offer the best products. The Chapman family started in the health food industry in 1961 with a small retail store in Roseland, IL. Today, quality, purity and safety drive the company’s manufacturing process from beginning to end. All raw materials are tested for identity, purity, and potency, with tests combining the leading technologies of microbiology, shelf-life stability testing, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), atomic absorption, and infrared spectrophotometry. It is only after careful and thorough examination that any raw material is allowed to enter the manufacturing process. After production, each final product is analyzed to verify label claims and compliance with weight, size, disintegration, dissolution and friability.

Redd Remedies adheres to strict operation procedures in order to maintain compliance with the stringent cGMPs (current Good Manufacturing Practices) set forth by the FDA. These operating procedures ensure that each batch is consistent and reliable. Whether this is the first supplement you have ever taken or whether you have been taking supplements for a long time, Redd Remedies wants to be your supporter, helper and partner in your journey to true health and wellness.

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Redd Remedies – Throat & Bronchial Syrup Honey – 4 oz.
Redd Remedies – Gouch! Joint Health Support – 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Redd Remedies – Thyroid Strong – 60 Vegetarian Capsules

 
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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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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12
MAY

Hair, Skin and Nail Supplements

Filed Under: Personal Care,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Isn’t it great when you find a supplement that can provide more than one benefit? We often shop for a product that can help with one health issue and, as a plus, this same product may provide benefits for something else. So, how about if you can take a supplement that can provide not one, not two, but three benefits? That’s the case for Hair, Skin and Nails supplements.

Hair, Skin and Nails supplements have been around for quite some time and some people have always obtained good results from them. These popular supplements have the ability to help in three different areas because their formulas contain ingredients capable of providing benefits for many health issues. The majority of products contain a combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs. They are very much like multivitamin products but with specific dosages and extra ingredients to support healthy hair, and promote beautiful skin and nails. People can certainly take the most of these supplements, proven to be extremely effective in addressing certain skin, nail, or hair issues.

When shopping Hair, Skin and Nail Supplements check for a few ingredients, including biotin, omega-3, and vitamin B. Biotin is definitely the most important ingredient as it encourages the production of protein for nail growth, it stimulates new hair growth and promotes healthier texture by protecting against dryness, scalp flaking and increasing elasticity of the hair’s cortex to prevent breakage. A Vitamin B complex can also be helpful as vitamin B deficiency is a major cause of acne, so making sure your body receives enough will help prevent and treat the condition. Omega-3s are an excellent ingredient to maintain healthy hair and skin as the fatty acids helps protect and repair skin cells, moisturizing the skin from the inside out.

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Irwin Naturals – Healthy Skin & Hair Plus Nails – 120 Softgels
Rainbow Light – Nail, Hair & Skin Connection – 60 Tablets

 
2
MAY

Vitamins During Pregnancy

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Vitamins and Minerals,Women's Health at 4:02 pm | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

Pregnancy is one of the most talked about terms in medicine. Making sure that both the mother and fetus stay healthy throughout the pregnancy is very important.  A balanced diet is the best way for your baby to receive nutrients during the pregnancy. Vitamins should only be used to ensure you are receiving the proper amount of nutrients and should not in any way replace a healthy diet.   A healthy diet is one that consists of a variety of vegetables, fruits, proteins, and fats. Calories are very important for pregnant women during pregnancy. They provide energy, aid in the expansion of red blood cells, as well as aid in the growth of the uterus and breasts. I’m going to discuss some of the supplements and why they are important for you and your growing baby.

  1. The majority of the vitamins and the dosage needed can be found in a good prenatal multivitamin.
    1. Vitamin A – Important for reproduction, healthy skin, and promoting normal vision.  Recommended dose 2,500-5,000 IU/day.
    2. Vitamin C – Aids in the absorption of iron.
    3. Vitamin D – Vital in the development of fetal teeth and bone as well as necessary for metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Recommended dose 400 IU/day.
    4. Vitamin E – A very potent antioxidant that helps in maintaining cell integrity. Recommended dose 200-800 IU/day.
    5. Vitamin K – Aids in the prevention of neonatal hemorrhage. Recommended dose not established.
    6. B6–Prevents morning sickness, preeclampsia, and diabetes.
    7. B12 – Functions in protein metabolism and DNA synthesis.
  2. Minerals are also important throughout your pregnancy.
    1. Iron- Statuses decline during pregnancy because the fetus consumes what maternal iron is stored.  It is important that mom consults with her healthcare practitioner for the amount of iron she should be taking to help prevent anemia and other iron deficiency conditions.
    2. Folic acid-Helps prevent neural tube defects and low birth weight infants. It also prevents megaloblastic anemia and increases protein effectiveness in the body. Recommended dose 400-800 micrograms/day.
    3. Calcium- Another mineral important to supplement during pregnancy as it has been found to increase bone mineral density in offspring. Recommended dose between 900-1200mg/day.
    4. Zinc-Necessary for DNA and protein synthesis as well as for the prevention of congenital malformations. Recommended dose 15mg/day.

 

  1. Besides vitamins and minerals, Omega 3 acids such as DHA, play a vital role in the development of the brain, central nervous system, and visual system.  Fetuses rely on DHA from their mother so it is imperative that the mother has adequate intake in her diet and supplements. Recommended dosage 200-300mg/day.
  2. Choline is an essential nutrient needed for proper brain development. Studies have shown that high choline diets during pregnancy resulted in improved cognitive function in offspring. Recommended dose around 450mg/day.
  3. Probiotics have shown to reduce the risk of allergies and eczema in offspring during pregnancy. These are also important because infants are born with a sterile intestinal tract. The mother’s flora is needed to build the intestinal flora of the baby.

 

 

All supplements should be prescribed by your healthcare provider or under direct supervision of a healthcare provider. These dosages are only recommendations and are not in any way meant to replace any dosage prescribed by your doctor. Please consult your healthcare provider before changing or including supplements in your daily routine.

 

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