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5 Natural Health Supplements for Blood Sugar & Weight Management

Your best allies when it comes to losing weight and controlling blood sugar are a healthy lifestyle, plenty of exercise and natural supplements. Natural health supplements support your blood sugar and weight management goals. Here are five of the best to try. 1. Active Green Tea  Green tea has countless health benefits. It revs up the metabolism, keeping people slim and energetic. The Active Green Tea supplement, with green tea extract as its primary ingredient, provides a concentrated punch of antioxidants. It allows one to experience all of the benefits of green tea without actually having to drink tea all

How Astaxanthin Supports Your Health

Astaxanthin is a natural compound and antioxidant that belongs to the carotenoid family. Found naturally in seafood, algae, and plants, this keto-carotenoid is said to be one of the most beneficial compounds to consume on a regular basis. From skincare to eye health, and from neurological benefits to anti-inflammatory properties, astaxanthin brings an array of advantages to the table for its users. Here are a few benefits of astaxanthin to help you understand how exactly this natural compound supports your health, and how could it contribute to your and your loved ones’ well-being. It is Exceptional for Skincare Since it

Zinc Could Help as Non-Antibiotic treatment for UTIs

If you are someone who has had the experience of fighting off a urinary tract infection or a UTI, then there probably aren’t many things you wouldn’t do to keep from having another one. For anyone who has not experienced a UTI, it is an infection that develops when bacteria enter the urethra and make their way up to your bladder. The bacteria multiply in the bladder and result in a full-blown infection. Not only are the symptoms of a UTI extremely uncomfortable, but they can also be quite painful. What’s even worse, is that neglecting to treat your UTI

What is Natural Health : A Quick Guide

Have you been thinking about learning more about natural health? Natural health is a way to use self-care to restore the health and well-being of your body. Natural health uses a holistic approach when it comes to various issues. This approach includes a variety of factors, such as the way you take care of yourself when you are sick, the types of foods that you eat, what you think when it comes to your general health, and the ways that you deal with pressure. Is natural health the right path for you? Understanding Natural Health  Natural health is gained when

Should You Take Dietary Supplements?

Every day, you hear about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Often, medical experts advise that dietary health supplements can help solve a wide variety of health issues. But are dietary supplements worth it? You might wonder if a supplement is vital for you get and stay healthy. Read on to learn more about why you should definitely consider making dietary supplements a part of your daily regimen.  While experts state that most of your nutritional needs should be met with whole foods, some people may have trouble getting certain nutrients from their diet. This can be true even if you

How to get the B’s you need

VITAMIN NAME DIETARY SOURCES B1 THIAMIN Sunflower Seeds, Beans Peas, Eggs, Potatoes, Oats. B2 RIBOFLAVIN Dairy products, Soy Beans, Bananas, Mushrooms, Almonds. B3 NIACIN Meat, Fish, Eggs, Tree Nuts, Brown Rice. B5 PANTOTHEIC ACID Shiitake, Broccoli, Avocados, Yogurt, Lentils, Poultry. B6 PYRIDOXINE Tuna, Poultry, Vegetables, Tree Nuts, Bananas. B7 BIOTIN Egg Folks, Peanuts, Leafy greens, Onions, Fish, Walnuts, Carrots. B9 FOLID ACID Lentils, Leafy Greens, Broccoli, Beans, Whole Grains. B12 COBALAMIN Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Cow’s Milk, Yogurt. ADVANCED B COMPLEX DESCRIPTION | This family of eight essential B-vitamins is responsible for creating and sustaining your body’s energy supply by helping

Management of Cardiovascular Disease

WITH ANKASCIN – CLINICAL RESEARCH The key findings relevant to the use of Ankascin red yeast rice to manage blood cholesterol came from an experimental study in hamsters. Unlike other animals commonly used in research, hamsters develop many of the key characteristics of human cardiovascular disease when fed a diet that is high in fats and sugar15. The positive effects of monascin and ankaflavin in animal models led to human clinical trials to evaluate the ability of these molecules to manage blood cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar. STUDY MONASCIN AND ANKAFLAVIN ACT AS NOVEL HYPOLIPIDEMIC AND HIGH-DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN CHOLESTEROL-RAISING

What is Magnesium?

Magnesium is an essential mineral involved in over 300 metabolic/enzymatic reactions in the body. Its name comes from the district of Magnesia in Greece, an area that contains a vast amount of magnesium ore. Magnesium plays a key role in cardiovascular health (normal blood pressure and steady heart rhythm), bone health, the transmission of nerve impulses, immune function, and the production of cellular energy. For health applications, magnesium compounds are commonly used as laxatives and antacids (e.g. milk of magnesia) to support blood flow, reduce muscle cramping, and for other specific health conditions discussed in detail in this magazine. Most

Broccoli Sprouts as Powerful Anti-Oxidants

It may well be true that if we had listened better to what our grandparents and parents taught us about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables, we would be living healthier and perhaps longer lives. Research is beginning to show us that aging, and the diseases that accompany that process, may well be the result of the decreasing ability of our bodies to deal with oxidative stress. There is also substantial evidence showing that eating adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables de-creases our chances of developing can-cer, high blood pres-sure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Oxidative stress is the

VeinHealth Pro™

The case for a cost effective and safer alternative for Deep Vein Thrombosis Approximately 60,000-100,000 Americans die each year of deep vein thrombosis (DVT, also called venous thromboembolism). Blood clots form in the deep veins of the legs, then travel through the bloodstream to the lungs, where they can cause sudden death by pulmonary embolism (PE, i.e. a blockage of the pulmonary artery). About 10-30% of patients with DVT die within one month of diagnosis and sudden death is the first symptom in about 25% of people who have PE. In people who have had DVT, approximately 50% will have

Tips for Scheduling Supplements

A natural health product is only effective if its ingredients are well absorbed. It may be the best formulated product on the market, and a perfect personal fit, but if you are taking it at the wrong time or with the wrong foods, your body may not be able to properly use the nutrients! There are many possible interactions that may occur with your supplements, thereby decreasing their absorption and effectiveness, or the safety of other medications. Here are some basic guidelines to improve your supplement scheduling. Minerals Should be Taken Without Food Generally speaking, minerals such as magnesium are

Healing ‘Leaky Gut’

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is essentially a system of muscular tubes that propel materials along its length, to enable the absorption of nutrients and the excretion of waste products in and out of the body. The wall of the GI tract is sealed by a layer of intestinal epithelial cells. As well as selectively absorbing nutrients and excreting waste products, the GI wall acts as a first line of defense by preventing potentially harmful toxins or bacteria in the gut from entering the blood. Certain conditions and treatments may damage the GI tract, resulting in loss of integrity of the

A Guide to a Better Night’s Sleep

I think we all could agree that a little more sleep in our lives would be a dream come true—pun intended! Sleep is grossly underrated. In the world of health, we have an affinity to talk about the importance of exercise, work environment, and maintaining a balanced diet at length. However, the importance of a good night’s sleep for a healthy life is often overlooked, despite that fact that we spend (or should be spending) seven or more hours every day sleeping. This is strange, considering that anything else in our lives that consumed seven hours a day would be

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The number of individuals suffering from disturbed sleep is on the rise, with a recent report by the University of Laval suggesting that approximately 40% of adult Canadians suffer from some form of sleep disorder1. Studies have shown that individuals who chronically get less than six hours of sleep are at a higher risk for developing certain diseases, are less able to deal with the effects of daily stress, and are more prone to weight gain2. The severity of sleep disturbance can vary depending on the root cause, but common symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep for periods

Curcumin Ultra: A Revolution in Curcumin Delivery

Curcumin is a natural phenol in the turmeric plant (Curcuma longa), a perennial herb belonging to the gin-ger family. Turmeric is commonly used in East Asian curry dishes, and curcumin is responsible for giving these dishes their distinct yellow colour. Curcumin has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat joint pain and various types of chron-ic inflammatory conditions. A substantial amount of pre-clinical and human studies have highlighted the health-promoting ef-fects of curcumin, namely its role as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Over the last decade, there has been an influx of curcumin based natural products on the market.

Epicatechin: Potential Benefits for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health

Epicatechin is a flavanol with anti-oxidant properties that is found in co-coa (Theobroma cacao), green tea (Camellia sinensis), and grapes. This naturally occurring flavanol is the most abundant bio-active compound in cocoa, constituting ap-proximately 35% of the total polyphenol con-tent (120–180 g/kg) (1). Epidemiological (2) and clinical studies (3–8) have investigated the effects of cocoa and epicatechin supple-mentation on cardiovascular and metabolic health. Table 1 summarizes the potential health benefits of epicatechin supplemen-tation. Cardiovascular Health An epidemiological human study has investigated the effect of high consumption of cocoa on the cardiovascular heath of a population of Kuna Indians (2). These

Dandelions: Potential Anti-Cancer Properties

The dandelion (also known as Taraxa-cum officinale) is a well-known peren-nial herb native to North America and Eurasia. Despite its reputation as a stubborn weed, the dandelion possesses redeeming properties that make it an important ingre-dient for natural health products. Dandelion root extract has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine for the treat-ment of a plethora of conditions of the liver and gastrointestinal tract. However, new evidence from the University of Wind-sor, at the forefront of cancer research, has found that dandelion root extract also pos-sesses potential an-ti-cancer properties. The potential anti-cancer effects of dandelion root extract first

B-Vitamins and Blood Pressure: The Case for Personalized Nutrition

What’s Already Known On This Topic? High blood pressure (or hypertension) is the leading risk factor contributing to death worldwide, primarily from heart disease and stroke. Effective lowering of blood pressure, even by small amounts, is however proven to reduce these events, and can thus save lives in middle and older age. Along with the well-recognized nutrition and lifestyle factors that contribute to higher blood pressure, there is much interest in the role of genetic factors. This aspect is receiving greater attention in recent years with the emergence of ‘genome-wide association studies’ or GWAS, an approach that involves rapidly scanning

Control PCOS: Control Your Life

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is considered one of the leading endocrine disorders affecting up to 10% of all women of reproductive age.1 It is a complex disorder stemming from inappropriate hypothalamic-pituitary- ovarian interaction (see the article titled “An introduction to the HPG Axis”), thought to be one of the leading causes of infertility. Why and how PCOS develops is not yet understood, although accumulating evidence suggests that it may be mostly genetic.2,3 Diagnosis, Symptoms and Risks A PCOS diagnosis is based on menstrual irregularity, excessive production       of          androgens (masculinizing hormones) or excessive masculinizing traits (such as balding, excessive body and facial

Tocotrienol: High Performance ‘Super Vitamin E’

Vitamin E is an essential nutrient, that protects cells from oxidative stress, and which cannot be made by the body. Oxidative stress results from the overproduction of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells, and con-tributes to the development of chronic dis-ease. The term vitamin E refers to a family of eight closely related compounds: four tocotrienols (alpha-, beta-, delta-, and gamma-tocotrienol) and four tocopherols (alpha-, beta-, delta-, and gamma-tocoph-erol). Figure 1 shows the molecular struc-tures for tocotrienol and tocopherol, which are quite similar in that they both consist of a chromanol ring and a phytyl side chain. The

Xenoestrogens: Hidden Dangers in our Modern World

Xenoestrogens or “foreign estrogens” are chemical compounds that mimic the effects of estrogen in our bodies. Sources come from almost all walks  of our modern lives, from industry, water sources, agriculture, clothing/ textiles, furniture, home cleaning products, make-up, skin care products, contraceptives, sunscreens, insecticides, food dyes, electrical oils, emulsifiers, paints; the list is almost endless. An additional list of common sources of xenoestrogens can be seen in Table 1. While these chemicals have systemic effects in our bodies, there are certain areas that will concentrate xenoestrogens and demonstrate more significant issues due to exposure. These areas include the brain (pituitary,

Balanced Hormones for Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast cancer is the most common cancer  in  North  American  women.  It makes up almost 30% of all female cancers and is the leading cause of death among women 40-55 years old.1 There are numerous risk factors that are associated with breast cancer. However, one of the most well established is increased exposure to estrogen.2 Women that experience early menarche and a later onset menopause have a higher risk of breast cancer due to the lengthened exposure to estrogen during their lifetime.3 External sources of estrogen such as hormone replacement therapy and the birth control pill have also been linked