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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

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    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
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    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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    Heart Disease Patients With Higher Omega-3 Fatty Acids Age Slower

    January 21, 2010

    Heart disease patients with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood appear to age more slowly than those with the lowest blood levels, according to a new study.

    A new study may help explain why. ”We’ve shown an entirely new effect of omega-3 fatty acids, which may be able to slow down the biological aging process in patients with coronary heart disease,” says lead author Ramin Farzaneh-Far, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

    In a previous study, Farzaneh-Far and his colleagues looked at a marker of biological age (the rate of shortening of telomeres) structures at the end of a chromosome involved in its replication and stability. As the telomeres shorten over time, the eventual result is cell death, the scientists believe.

    Farzaneh-Far says and his team looked at the same group of heart disease patients and found that telomere length was ”a powerful predictor of death and bad outcomes from heart disease. In that study, we found the shorter your telomeres, the greater your risk of death.”

    In the new study, the higher that the blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the patients evaluated, the slower the rate of telomere shortening.

    “We looked at the biological effects of higher blood levels,” Farzaneh-Far tells WebMD, “not supplement intake.”

    The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    Omega-3s and Aging Study Details

    For the study, the researchers evaluated 608 patients with stable heart disease, recruited from the Heart and Soul Study from September 2000 and December 2002, following them up for a median of six years (half were followed more, half less).

    Participants gave blood samples at the beginning of the study, which were evaluated for omega-3 fatty acid levels. The researchers also isolated DNA from the blood and evaluated the length of the telomere of the leukocyte, a type of blood cell.

    Over the follow-up period, “patients with the lowest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids exhibited a rate of telomere shortening 2.6 times faster than patients with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids,” Farzaneh-Far tells WebMD.

    How does that relate to aging? “We don’t have enough data to be able to convert the changes of telomere shortening into years of aging,” he says. “This may be one of the first studies to look at the change in telomere length over time.”

    There was no association found between omega-3 fatty acid levels and telomere length at the study start. The researchers aren’t sure why, but state that omega-3 fatty acid levels is one of many influences on the length of the telomeres, with other factors including inflammation in the body, obesity, oxidative stress, and lack of physical activity. 

    Would high omega-3 blood levels help those without heart disease? Farzaneh-Far can’t say. ”Whether this effect of omega-3 fatty acids on telomere length is present in those without coronary heart disease, I just can’t say,” Farzaneh-Far says, noting it was beyond the scope of the study. However, he adds, ”it could be.” Telomere shortening occurs in everyone, he says 

    Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Aging: Other Opinions

    ”This is very exciting news, to show how fish oil works on a cellular level,” says Ravi Dave, MD, a cardiologist at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at the University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.

    The new finding, he says, builds on previous research. “There has been a strong association found that if you take marine omega-3 fatty acids, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

    Researchers have been trying to pin down why. Several proposed mechanisms have been found, including reduction of inflammation in the body or reducing the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, Dave says.

    With the new finding, he says, “it’s no longer a hypothesized mechanism. It has some basis behind how it works.”

    But, he adds, “fish oils are only one of the things that affect telomere length.” Many other factors, he says, such as oxidative stress on the cells, play a role.

    Eventually, Dave says, if the telomere research bears out, a test to check a person’s telomere length may be one way to predict the risk of heart disease.

    The new research demonstrates a protective effect of fish oil on the aging clock, adds Robert Zee, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of molecular epidemiology at the division of preventive medicine of Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has reported a link between shorter telomere length and heart attacks. But the new findings need replication, he says.

    Omega-3s and Health: Advice

    What should healthy people and those with heart disease do in terms of omega-3s?

    Farzaneh-Far points to the existing American Heart Association guidelines. “The American Heart Association already recommends at least a gram a day” of omega-3 fatty acid intake for those with documented heart disease, he says. Preferably it should come from oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, or albacore tuna, according to the AHA, but supplements could be considered if a patient’s doctor agrees.

    For those who don’t have heart disease, the AHA recommends eating a variety of fish, preferably oily types such as salmon, at least twice a week, and including in the diet healthy oils such as flaxseed, canola, and soybean.

    One of the researchers, William S. Harris of the University of South Dakota, reports receiving research grants from companies with interests in omega-3 fatty acids. Another co-author, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

     By Kathleen Doheny – WebMD Health News

     

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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.

    Keep Your Heart Healthy with Fish Oil & Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    October 14, 2009

    The American Heart Association Recommends Omega-3 fatty acids an fish oil supplements. Omega 3 contains Fish oil which can benefit the heart of healthy people, and those at high risk of  or already have  cardiovascular disease.

    You should be eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two times a week
    Fish is a great source of protein and doesn’t have the high saturated fat that meat products do.  Fatty fish like mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon are high in two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

    Dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids include fish oil and certain plant and nut oils. Fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), while some nuts (English walnuts) and vegetable oils (canola, soybean, flaxseed/linseed, olive) contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

    There is evidence from multiple studies supporting intake of recommended amounts of DHA and EPA in the form of dietary fish or fish oil supplements lowers triglycerides, reduces the risk of death, heart attack, dangerous abnormal heart rhythms, and strokes in people with known cardiovascular disease. It also slows the buildup of atherosclerotic plaques (“hardening of the arteries”), and lowers blood pressure slightly.

    *Some species of fish carry a higher risk of environmental contamination, such as with methyl mercury. So make sure the source of your supplementation is a trusted one like American Nutrition.

    American Nutrition Fish Oil is guaranteed to comply with strict European standards for heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins, pesticides and other unwanted compounds.

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