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Plant Based Supplements – Everything You Should Know.

You have a choice among plant based supplements, chemical based supplements and animal based supplements. Plant based supplements are considered the top choice among physicians and researchers. Here’s why. What Are Plant Based Supplements? Plant based supplements are derived from natural sources as opposed to chemical sources. Natural sources for plant based supplements include herbs, flowers, leaves, stems. bark, seeds, nuts, spices, vegetables, fruits, and other naturally-occurring botanical ingredients. Nutrients are extracted from the botanicals through a variety of means, depending on the botanical and depending upon the desired results. These nutrients are then formulated in accordance with regulatory guidelines

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

Vitamin B12: There is More Than One

Vitamin B is actually a group, or complex, of several vitamins, each of which is known by their specific number or name. Vitamin B12, aka cobalamin, is one of this group that can itself be broken into four different types: Methylcobalamin, Hydroxocobalamin, Adenosylcobalamin, and Cyanocobalamin. Except for Cyanocobalamin, which is synthetic, they are naturally found in animal products, including fish, meat, poultry, eggs and milk products. They are essential for overall health and vitality, and they contribute in different ways. Although each cobalamin performs unique functions, they are often interrelated. A deficiency in any one of them can lead to

Personalized Nutrition: Achieving Optimal Health through Genetic Testing

Over the decades, authorities have published public dietary and nutritional guidelines in an attempt to inform individuals about the healthiest choices to optimize health and prevent disease. However, conflicting and sometimes contradictory messaging has often led to more confusion than clarity. With so many different types of diets and supplements available it is difficult to know if they are really right for you. We have all heard some people say that certain diets work wonders for them but unfortunately not all see the same success.  Part of the reason there are wide variations in individual responses to different diets and

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