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Experience the Health Benefits of Cinnamon

June 24, 2010


Cinnamon is becoming a popular supplement among diabetics for it’s components and their effect on blood glucose and cholesterol. Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, and an anti-clotting effect on the blood. Based on recent studies, cinnamon may lower blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with Type 2 diabetes.

The results of a study from 2003 in Pakistan showed lower levels of fasting glucose, triglycerides, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol after 40 days with levels continuing to drop for 20 days after that. The study was made up of 60 people with Type 2 diabetes divided into 6 groups of 10. Three groups received cinnamon in the form of capsules totaling 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon a day. The other three groups received placebo capsules. The capsules were taken three times a day, after meals. All of the levels of cinnamon intake showed results, leading researchers to believe that as little as 1 gram a day of cinnamon may be especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon has many other health benefits in addition to supporting normal blood glucose and cholesterol. In Midevil times cinnamon was used to treat coughing, hoarseness and sore throats. This spice has also shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections. In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month. When added to food, cinnamon inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative. One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory. Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices. It is also a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.

New research is currently being developed on the amazing effects of cinnamon. All of this information proves that cinnamon is an extremely beneficial herb for promoting overall wellness.

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Sources:

Khan, MS, PHD, Alam, Safdar, MS, Mahpara, Ali Khan, MS, PHD, Mohammad Muzaffar, Khattak, MS, Khan Nawaz, and Anderson, PHD, Richard A.. “Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes.” Diabetes Care 26(2003): 3215-3218.

CoQ10 for Heart Health & More…

April 23, 2010

CoQ10

  • Supports Cardiovascular Health
  • Supports Healthy Heart Muscles
  • Promotes Cellular Energy
  • Aids in Healthy Dopamine Production
  • Supports Oral Health
  • People with heart failure have been found to have lower levels of CoQ10 in heart muscle cells. Double-blind research suggests that CoQ10 may reduce symptoms related to heart failure, such as shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping, and swelling. CoQ10 is thought to increase energy production in the heart muscle, increasing the strength of the pumping action. Several small trials have also found that CoQ10 may be helpful for certain types of cardiomyopathy.

    Lower levels of CoQ10 have also been observed in people with Parkinson’s disease. Preliminary research has found that increasing CoQ10 may increase levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is thought to be lowered in people with Parkinson’s disease. It has also been suggested that CoQ10 might protect brain cells from damage by free radicals.

    CoQ10 may also help in the treatment and prevention of certain types of gum disease. A small study looked at the topical application of CoQ10 to the periodontal pocket. Ten male periodontitis patients with 30 periodontal pockets were selected. During the first 3 weeks, the patients applied topical CoQ10. There was significant improvement in symptoms.

    Consult your doctor before trying CoQ10. CoQ10 is used in combination with standard treatment, not to replace it. CoQ10 may lower blood sugar levels, so people with diabetes should not use CoQ10 unless under a doctor’s supervision. CoQ10 may also lower blood pressure. The safety of Co q10 in pregnant or nursing women or children has not been established.

    This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. Our dietary supplements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition, they are not intended to replace professional medical advice or treatment, Individual results may vary.

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    New! from TerraCeutics: TerraVin Natural Anti-aging Supplement with Resveratrol

    March 30, 2010

    Maximum Antioxidant Protection

    Improves & Restores Cardiovascular Function

    Triggers the Longevity Gene

    Made with High Quality Ingredients for Optimized Potency

    TerraCeutics™ TerraVin contains High Potency ingredients including the latest breakthrough in anti-aging supplements, Resveratrol!

    TerraVin Natural Anti-aging formula contains powerful antioxidants, giving benefits to the cardiovascular system and the the immune system. Researchers believe that antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called Resveratrol, found in red wine grapes, have promising heart-healthy benefits. Most bottles of wine on the market contain less than 1mg of Resveratrol in each bottle. The sure way to get the higher dosages of Resveratrol is through high quality nutritional supplements.

    Resveratrol
    The secret to anti-aging lies with Trans-Resveratrol, active form of resveratrol polyphenols found in the skins, seeds, and stems of red wine grapes. Trans-Resveratrol remains active only when sheltered from the sun, light, and oxygen. In this pure, ultra beneficial form, Trans-Resveratrol has been proven in studies to activate the SIRT1 longevity gene and enhance cellular productivity. Trans-Resveratrol is found here and available to you at its peak of potency.

    Activin® Grape Seed Extract
    The ActiPureTM is a patented (patent #5,912,363) natural extraction process. This process involves a hot water extraction of polyphenolic compounds (OPCs) from dry grape seeds. Extracted OPCs are selectively purified using food grade membrane filters and adsorption resins. Active compounds adsorbed on the resin are reversibly removed using an ethanol/water solution. Food grade membrane filters are employed to concentrate the OPCs before drying. The finished product consists of a red powder containing over 85 percent polyphenolics (measured as Gallic acid equivalents) and a potency of greater than 250 Porter units. For more information on Activin® visit www.Activin.com

    Pine Bark Extract
    Pine bark Extract (Pycnogenol®) has proven to be one of the most potent antioxidants, a property that may explain why pine bark has been used in folk medicine around the world. Pine bark contains complex polyphenols that are among the most potent of any plant. Pine polyphenols are powerful antioxidants, giving benefits to the cardiovascular system and the immune system. They are well known for supporting capillary health. Polyphenols are vigorous free radical scavengers that help the body reduce oxidative stress.

    Pycnogenol® is a combination of some 40 chemicals extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine, Pinus pinaster, which grows in many areas along the Atlantic coast of France and into North Africa. Extracts and teas of pine were commonly used by early Europeans and native Americans, and reportedly are used in Asian medicine as well.

    Scientific studies have also found that Pycnogenol® extends the lifetime of vitamin C in the body, prolonging its beneficial effects as an antioxidant.

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    • Maximum Antioxidant Protection
    • Improves & Restores Cardiovascular Function
    • Triggers the Longevity Gene
    • Made with High Quality Ingredients for Optimized Potency

    NEW! from ReserveAge Organics… Certified Organic Resveratrol 250mg 60 Veggie Capsules

    March 2, 2010

    ReserveAge Organics, producers of the only Certified Organic Resveratrol supplement, has taken extreme measures to ensure that our supplements provide you with the purest, freshest and most potent source of Resveratrol.

    ReserveAge Organics red-wine grapes, the source of our superior Resveratrol, are produced on a seventh-generation family-held organic biodynamic vineyard in the heart of southern France. The vintner’s traditions, knowledge and commitment to the land have been passed down from father to son, inspiring the present generation to apply the highest organic standards to preserve his inheritance, the vineyards. In this delicate and vibrant growing environment, his heirloom vines, like his father’s, thrive.

    ReserveAge guarantees that our supplements contain the most potent, nutrient-rich source of Resveratrol available. Our extraction facility is but a few minutes drive from the organic vineyard, thereby safeguarding the vitality of our premium organic red-wine grapes. We maintain the highest standards—from the moment the very best grapes are hand-picked and placed into the selection chamber to the short drive to our manufacturing facility. The exclusive relationship we have with the vintner and his family means we will receive a phone call when they anticipate the grape pomace will be ready. Resveratrol, a highly sensitive grape by-product, begins a rapid deterioration when exposed to light and oxygen. Armed with this knowledge, we have our transportation ready and waiting. The organic grape pomace is carefully placed into our refrigerated trucks and taken into a dark, oxygen-free environment. As a result, the harmful and destructive effects of oxidation and light are radically reduced.

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    Experience the Health Benefits of Acai Berry

    January 26, 2010

    Acai BerryAcai is a super fruit from the Amazon Rainforest where it has been consumed as a food and juice for many years. Acai is the only super berry on the market that has everything that you need, naturally from only the berry itself. It packs B, C, and E vitamins, Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Fiber, Proteins, omegas, and essential fatty acids to help you fight cholesterol problems and more.

    Acai’s Anti-Oxidant factors play a large role in maintenance of cardiovascular system, which is important for better blood circulation.

    Antocianine, one of the main substances in the acai berry, is high in antioxidants like Vitamins C and E and helps the body fight of free radicals in the environment. Harmful substances in the air like smog, cigarette smoke, and even the damaging effects of the sun can be significantly reduced by taking acai.

    While there are a number of other fruits that fight off antioxidants, none of them come close to the acai. Acai berries are up to six times more potent than noni or mangosteen, so a daily intake of acai could protect you from contracting colds or the flu, as well as give your skin a healthy glow.

    Acai has a significant amount of calcium, which can help prevent osteoporosis, especially in women. Calcium helps to strengthen the bones and prevent fractures, especially in the hip, spine, and wrist, and in addition with the right diet filled with other calcium-rich foods and Vitamin D, osteoporosis can also be effectively treated.

    In addition to osteoporosis prevention, women with extreme menstrual pain can also benefit from acai . Calcium-rich foods tend to coat the lining of the stomach and uterus, and reduce the pain that comes from cramps and bloating.

    Acai berries can help to lower cholesterol levels due to their high fiber content. The high fiber in content can also help to prevent colon cancer, since the fiber in the acai berry helps to move substances through the digestive track and arteries. The berries contain Omega-3 fatty acids as well, another substance that lowers cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids can also improve the health of your skin because it improves circulation and increase the level of protein in the body.

    A recent report using a standardized oxygen radical absorbance capacity or ORAC analysis on a freeze-dried Acai powder found that this powder showed a high antioxidant effect against peroxyl radical (1027 micromol TE/g). This is approximately 10% more than lowbush, blueberry, or cranberry on a dry weight basis. The ORAC value for this freeze-dried powder was significantly higher than when other methods of drying the fruit were tested.

    Acai was recently featured on the Oprah Winfrey daytime television show as being the top super food for age-defying beauty.

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    Pomegranate – Natural Remedy for High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

    December 28, 2009

    Pomegranate has quickly become one of the most talked about health foods in the past year. Preliminary evidence suggests that drinking concentrated pomegranate juice can reduce platelet aggregation, slow the buildup of cholesterol in your arteries and naturally lower blood pressure; factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.

    Pomegranate juice is a rich source of phytochemical compounds, which have  proven to be beneficial to the heart and blood vessels. It not only lowers cholesterol, but can lower blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages (atherosclerosis) melt away.

    Pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries. Antioxidants can provide several heart-protecting benefits, including reducing low-density lipoprotein LDL, or bad cholesterol.

    Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. Pomegranate juice is safe to drink, just make sure it’s pure pomegranate juice and not a mixture of juices that contains added sugar. The added sugar amounts to extra calories in the juice, which reduces its heart-health benefits.

    Not only are pomegranates good for your heart and blood vessels but they have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals.

    The pomegranate tree, Punica granatum, especially its fruit, possesses a vast medical history due to its phytochemical reservoir. The tree and its fruit can be divided into several parts: seeds, juice, peel, leaves, flowers, bark, and roots, each of which has interesting pharmacologic activity. Juice and peels, for example, possess potent antioxidant properties, while juice, peel and oil are all weakly estrogenic, of interest for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. The use of juice, peel and oil has also been shown to possess anticancer activities associated with the plant anti-inflammatory effects.

    Pomegranate is the most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits
    It contains Potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects
    Pomegranate Discourages platelet aggregation that could cause heart attacks, strokes and embolic disease
    Lowers cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors
    Lowers blood pressure

    Additional medicinal benefits of pomegranates:

    Atherosclerosis – Due to its richness of flavonoids and antioxidant vitamins C and E, pomegranates prevent atherosclerosis. In a recent study, patients who took a glass of pomegranate juice every day felt better after 10 days of start taking it.

    Degenerative illnesses – Due to its content of antocianines (pigments of red and blue color known as flavonoids) and vitamins C and E, pomegranates stop the aging process and appearance of degenerative illnesses.

    Blood purifier – A long treatment with pomegranate juice detoxifies and regenerates the blood. Pomegranates are known as “the queen” of naturopath geriatrics; they are excellent nutrition for old people as well as children.

    Diabetes – Pomegranates are an excellent fruit for diabetics because they do not raise blood sugar. They protect them against atherosclerosis and hypertension, two major risks for diabetics.

    Menopause – Due to their content of estrogens, pomegranates are recommended to prevent discomforts caused by menopause. Japanese women eat this fruit to prevent such discomforts.

    Anti-anemia – Because of its richness in minerals, vitamin C and copper, pomegranate juice is well known for is anti-anemia effects. Pomegranates improve anemia cause by iron deficiency.

    Chronic inflammations – Pomegranate juice, taken before breakfast and half hour before meals is quite effective to fight laryngitis, sinusitis, and ear inflammation with suppuration.

    Pomegranates are fast becoming known as one of the healthiest foods we can eat, largely because of their beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. The benefit of supplementing with pomegranate extract (rather than drinking the juice or eating the fruit) is that the extract, unlike the juice, contains virtually no sugar or calories, and requires no refrigeration to maintain optimal quality.

    **Pomegranate is considered a dietary supplement, so make sure you talk to your doctor before you start drinking it regularly. Pomegranate juice may interact with some prescription medications, such as certain high blood pressure medications and statins.

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    Natural Vitamin E for Heart Health

    November 17, 2009

    Are you taking the right vitamin E for your heart?

    Most people don’t know this, but there are eight forms of vitamin E:
    four tocopherols and four tocotrienols.

    While they’re all antioxidants, the differences between them could easily fill a book. But the most important is that tocotrienols – not tocopherols – have powerful heart benefits.

    Tocotrienols help:
    Reduce cholesterol oxidation
    Maintain healthy triglyceride levels
    Support normal blood pressure levels

    Tocotrienols have a shorter “tail” that can penetrate the fatty outer layer of a cell membrane and “attack” a cholesterol-creating enzyme called HMG-CoA helping to reduce cholesterol oxidation and helping to promote normal cholesterol levels.

    The problem with synthetic versions of vitamin E – the kind you find often in supplements – is that they contain none of the heart healthy tocotrienols and only ONE type of tocopherol.

    So, how do you get more of the heart healthy vitamin E that contains tocotrienols?

    You can find high concentrations of tocotrienols in certain oils. Annatto, palm, and rice bran oil are good sources. You should be able to find them at your local health food store, specialty grocery store, or online at www.AmericanNutrition.com.