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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

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

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

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

Bioactive Proteins and Peptides

Proteins provide nutritional benefit as essential components of a healthy diet. The body metabolizes proteins to make hormones, antibodies, enzymes and various tissue/organ components includ-ing muscle. Proteins consist of long chains of amino acids – building blocks linked to-gether with peptide bonds. In their natural form, proteins are not easily absorbed from the digestive tract into the blood stream. Digestive enzymes in the stomach and in-testine must first break apart the peptide bonds. The process of digestion breaks proteins into shorter chains of amino acids called peptides, which the body can easily absorb. Nutritional efficiency (the percent-age of protein in

Phytoestrogens Explained

Menopausal    women    searching for  safe  and   effective   alternatives to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) will inevitably come across “phytoestrogens”, either in their whole food form or as a concentrated extract in a supplement. But what exactly are phytoestrogens and how do they work in the human body? Are they even safe? Many answers remain unknown to the general public and the literature can offer mixed results as well. Let’s clear up some of the confusion. The term “phytoestrogen” can literally be translated into “plant estrogen”. In the 1950’s, this estrogenic activity was discovered in plants when researchers  investigated  the  cause   of

An Introduction to the Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Gonadal Axis

The hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis (HPG axis) plays an important role in  the  development  and  regulation of a number of the body’s systems, such as the immune and reproductive systems. Fluctuating hormone levels cause changes in the hormones that are produced by each gland and as a result have a variety of widespread and local effects in the body. The HPG axis can be influenced by lifestyle and dietary factors such as stress, inadequate  sleep, illness, the use of certain medications including hormones, as well as poor dietary habits. This axis can also be subject to disorders such  as hypothalamic–pituitary failure or