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Annatto: Is This Natural Food Dye Safe? VitaNet, LLC Staff 10/6/17
Health benefits of sea salt VitaNet, LLC Staff 8/25/17
Almonds may help boost cholesterol clean-up crew VitaNet, LLC Staff 8/15/17
Here's what dandelion roots can do for you: Digestion, blood flow, eyesight and more VitaNet, LLC Staff 6/30/17
New Study to Explore Benefits of CBD for Veterans with PTSD VitaNet, LLC Staff 6/28/17
Probiotics found to protect honey bees from toxic effects of pesticides VitaNet, LLC Staff 6/25/17
Compound in turmeric found to suppress viruses, including hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya, influenza-A, HIV and HPV VitaNet, LLC Staff 5/17/17
Could Germs in the Gut Give Rise to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? VitaNet, LLC Staff 5/1/17
Millions of people with metabolic syndrome may need more vitamin E VitaNet, LLC Staff 4/25/17
10 ways to lower your risk of heart disease VitaNet, LLC Staff 4/16/17
Virginia Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Use and Distribution of CBD and THC-A Oil VitaNet, LLC Staff 3/26/17
Does Your Pot Contain Pesticides? VitaNet, LLC Staff 3/18/17
Here's the beef on gluten, coconut oil and other burning nutrition questions VitaNet, LLC Staff 3/15/17
9 natural health benefits of Bee Propolis VitaNet, LLC Staff 1/24/17
10 Reasons to Start Drinking Bone Broth VitaNet, LLC Staff 1/23/17
Exercise Can Improve the Quality of Life in People with Depression VitaNet, LLC Staff 1/18/17
Forget the “New Year, New Me” Goal Hype – Consider Focusing on Life Habits Instead VitaNet, LLC Staff 1/17/17
Heart health: why low cholesterol is no longer the focus VitaNet, LLC Staff 12/18/16
Is Fermented Tea Making People Feel Enlightened Because of ... Alcohol? VitaNet, LLC Staff 12/14/16
A New Test of Pot's Potential to Replace Painkillers VitaNet, LLC Staff 12/14/16
How nutritious are plant-based milks? VitaNet, LLC Staff 12/3/16
How Much Should You Push Yourself with Depression? VitaNet, LLC Staff 11/23/16
5 Vitamins for Hair: How to Reduce Hair Fall – NDTV VitaNet, LLC Staff 11/7/16
Improve Your Immune System. Darrell Miller 11/3/16
Why Do Drugs? VitaNet, LLC Staff 11/1/16
Some Benefits of Licorice Root Darrell Miller 9/28/16
It's True: Cinnamon Bark Can Help With Blood Sugar Darrell Miller 9/20/16
Benefits of Chanca Piedra (phyllanthus niruri) Darrell Miller 9/15/16
Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Darrell Miller 9/3/16
The Holiday Sugar Trap; All There is to Know Darrell Miller 10/4/15
Is Sitting The New Smoking? Darrell Miller 8/4/15
Three Immune Boosting Mushrooms You Can't Ignore Darrell Miller 7/20/15
Vitamins that Help Balance Uric Acid in the Body Darrell Miller 2/10/15
What are the Health Benefits of Beta-Glucans Darrell Miller 12/22/14
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA Darrell Miller 9/5/14
What Are The Benefits Of Ubiquinol Vs Regular CoQ10? Darrell Miller 5/31/14
Xylitol, a Healthy and Safe Sweetener. Darrell Miller 3/12/14
CLA in Weight Loss Darrell Miller 1/21/14
BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN SEED Darrell Miller 1/1/14
What Is The Difference Between flaxseed oil and fish oil Darrell Miller 1/1/14
What Is GABA And Why Is It Important For The Brain Darrell Miller 12/21/13
What Is Beta Glucan 1.3/1.6 And How Does It Improve Your Health? Darrell Miller 12/16/13
What are the Health Benefits of Spirulina? Darrell Miller 11/28/13
Boost Engery Naturally with Bee Pollen Darrell Miller 11/21/13
What Makes Beta Carotene The Safer Vitamin A. Darrell Miller 11/15/13
Astaxanthin Protects The Eye And More! Darrell Miller 11/13/13
Stomach acid problems, causes and solution Darrell Miller 11/4/13
Does your Health Depend On Colloidal Trace Minerals We Consume? Darrell Miller 10/28/13
What Are The Health Benefits Of Quercetin? Darrell Miller 4/18/13
What Is Monolaurin And What Are Its Health Benefits? Darrell Miller 12/29/12



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Annatto: Is This Natural Food Dye Safe?
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Date: October 06, 2017 10:14 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Annatto: Is This Natural Food Dye Safe?





Annato is something that has been used for a very long time. It has a very distinct peppery taste. It gives dishes the extra kick they need to be something very worthwhile. Food coloring has gotten a very bad reputation over the years because of the effects it can create, but Annato does not have any added chemicals in it. It is safe to add to food and just gives it a better look and taste.

Key Takeaways:

  • Annatto is a natural product that adds color to your food without the harmful ingredients that may come from artificial products.
  • There are several health benefits which include bacteria fighting agents and high levels of Vitamin E.
  • The pros outweigh the cons. It is important to note the allergy precaution, however, the natural benefits of this product are tremendous alternative to artificial ingredients.

"A case study published in the Annals of Allergy reported on a patient who suffered from symptoms like HIVes, swelling and low blood pressure just 20 minutes after eating a type of cereal that contained annatto dye."

Read more: https://draxe.com/annatto/

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Health benefits of sea salt
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Date: August 25, 2017 12:14 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Health benefits of sea salt





Many people think that sea salt can be a horrible thing for the body but little do we know it can actually help us with a lot of health issues. For instance sea salt can help with losing weight. Many people have tried to use other health methods when they could have just run to the grocery store and picked up a thing of sea salt. Sea salt can also help with inflammation in the respiratory system. However sea salt may also have it's bad's sides but the important thing is that it CAN help us live a healthy lifestyle.

Key Takeaways:

  • Natural, unrefined sea salt can benefit all of us. Sea salt will help you achieve a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.
  • Sea salt is obtained directly through the evaporation of seawater. The darker the sea salt the higher the minerals.
  • Aras River on the southern slope of Mount Duzdag holds the oldest of sea salt.

"In 2006-2011, French archaeologists conducted research in NakhcHIVan and concluded that the Duzdag mines are, most likely, the oldest in the world."

Read more: https://www.azernews.az/lifestyle/116460.html

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Almonds may help boost cholesterol clean-up crew
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Date: August 15, 2017 12:14 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Almonds may help boost cholesterol clean-up crew





Many people in today's modern climate are looking for a new way to destroy and reverse the effects of their unhealthy eating habits. One major thing to look into is how to reverse cholesterol problems. HDL cholesterol is considered the "good" cholesterol, and therefore should be emphasized. One way of doing this that scientists have found, is to eat almonds. In a study, 48 adults had controlled for eating a small amount of almonds, and those that had them were found to return to healthy levels of HDL.

Key Takeaways:

  • A study compared high density lipoprotein values in two different groups of participants, one of which consumed almonds, while the others had a muffin.
  • Members on the almond regime experienced improved high density lipoprotein values and functionality.
  • While low density lipoproteins are detriment in the body, increasing the risk of heart attack, high density lipoproteins are the exact opposite.

"Eating almonds on a regular basis may help boost levels of HDL cholesterol while simultaneously improving the way it removes cholesterol from the body, according to researchers."

Read more: http://news.psu.edu/story/476734/2017/08/10/research/almonds-may-help-boost-cholesterol-clean-crew

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Here's what dandelion roots can do for you: Digestion, blood flow, eyesight and more
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Date: June 30, 2017 12:14 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Here's what dandelion roots can do for you: Digestion, blood flow, eyesight and more





With its basis in traditional Chinese and Arabic medicine, the dandelion root can provide more health benefits than one might imagine. From liver detoxification and gallbladder health to getting rid of eczema and decreasing inflammation, this powerful root can really do a body good. The best way to ingest to root is through tea, which you can find at your local grocery store or even in your own back yard. If you prefer the home grown approach, you can pick the dandelions from your yard, boil them, and have tea ready to drink within 40 minutes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Potassium in dandelion roots helps the kidney process of filtering blood and the roots also stimulate blood circulation.
  • Dandelion roots have a high level of antioxidants which aid in preventing inflammation.
  • Dandelion roots can aid in protecting the lungs, helping the gallbladder, maintaining eyesight, and soothing the digestive system.

"Taraxacerin, a bitter compound found in dandelion roots, is known to increase bile production."

Read more: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-06-26-dandelion-root-is-a-great-natural-remedy-to-treat-these-8-symptoms.html

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New Study to Explore Benefits of CBD for Veterans with PTSD
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Date: June 28, 2017 12:14 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: New Study to Explore Benefits of CBD for Veterans with PTSD





There is a Cannabidiol (CBD) study that involves veterans suffering from PTSD, and the effects that the CBD has on them and their trauma. The study is taking place in Florida, under the guidance of Wes Clark jr., a veteran who is passionate about assuring veterans that they can have safe access to cannabis. It is being funded by Alternative Health. Together they hope to bring easier access to CBD as well as sharing their findings with the medical community.

Key Takeaways:

  • There is a study being done to explore the use of CBD on veterans with PTSD.
  • The study will explore alternate delivery systems such as tablets that dissolve under the tongue and transdermal patches.
  • Clinical trials are necessary to change the thinking around using CBD in medicine.

"It is unquestionable that veterans receive comfort and relief from cannabis and CBD"

Read more: http://terpenesandtesting.com/new-study-explore-benefits-cbd-veterans-ptsd/

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Probiotics found to protect honey bees from toxic effects of pesticides
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Date: June 25, 2017 09:14 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Probiotics found to protect honey bees from toxic effects of pesticides





Honeybees are necessary for our agriculture they provide an air replaceable service when they cross pollinate crops. Unfortunately, the population of bees has been decreasing and human made a pesticide are a major reason. Studies conducted in fruit flies and early studies and honeybees show that a probiotic can be used to negate the effects of pesticides. Just stopping pesticide use seems a simple solution but crops could also be devastated, that's why the study into probiotics is so important.

Key Takeaways:

  • Bees pollinate about 35% of the world's food crop, therefore, they are essential to our survival.
  • Honeybee mortality has been rising every year, due to direct (pesticide directly killing the bee), or indirect contact (bee carries pesticide back to HIVe, affecting the whole colony)
  • The probiotic, lactobacilli, can improve immunity, and may help honeybees live longer after pesticide exposure.

"According to a recent study from Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University, probiotics can protect honey bees from the fatal side effects of pesticides that people use to protect their crops."

Read more: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-06-22-probiotics-found-to-protect-honey-bees-from-toxic-effects-of-pesticides.html

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Compound in turmeric found to suppress viruses, including hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya, influenza-A, HIV and HPV
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Date: May 17, 2017 03:44 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Compound in turmeric found to suppress viruses, including hepatitis, herpes, chikungunya, influenza-A, HIV and HPV





Recent studies on curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, in addition to treating cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's can also be effective against several concerning viruses. Cur cumin affects the ability of many viruses to infect healthy cells in the body, causing damage. Positive results have come from several viral studies including hepatitis, HPV, Zika , and even HIV among other viruses. Further research is necessary but turmeric has so far shown that it useful and should be taken medicinally.

Key Takeaways:

  • Curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, has recently been shown to decrease the ability of Hepatitis C to infect cells.
  • A turmeric-derived compound called curcumin may be a potent tool in the fight against Zika.
  • Curcumin may help combat sexually transmitted diseases such as HPV and herpes, because it impairs the ability of the viruses to spread to new cells.

"According to a team of researchers from the Pasteur Institute in France, the turmeric compound not only inhibited the growth of zika and chikungunya viruses, but also halted the ability of these harmful viruses to infect otherwise healthy cells."

Read more: http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-05-11-compound-in-turmeric-found-to-suppress-a-number-of-significant-viruses-including-hepatitis-herpes-chikungunya-virus-influenza-a-HIV-and-hpv.html

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Could Germs in the Gut Give Rise to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
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Date: May 01, 2017 10:59 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Could Germs in the Gut Give Rise to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?





New research has uncovered a possible link between chronic fatigue syndrome and an out-of-balance gut microbiome. Chronic fatigue syndrome, which affects about 1 million Americans, leads to joint and muscle aches, clouded thinking, and sleep problems. However, most people suffering from it are never diagnosed. The new research attempts to link the types and quantity of bacteria present in the gut to symptoms of chronic fatigue. More research is needed to draw a more conclusive link, but physicians have made an important first step.

Read more: Could Germs in the Gut Give Rise to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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Millions of people with metabolic syndrome may need more vitamin E
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Date: April 25, 2017 06:59 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Millions of people with metabolic syndrome may need more vitamin E





There are all types of syndromes that affect all types of people in the world.metabolic syndrome is a very specifi one that can lead to various problems. These problems can cause all types of blocks in everyday life that can hold you or someone you know back from fully attaining their life and beyond catering to their needs, fully enjoying life can be a lock or cusp that is reached and mostly a barrier that affect the quality of life, studies show that people with metabolic syndrome may need more vitiman E.

Read more: Millions of people with metabolic syndrome may need more vitamin E

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10 ways to lower your risk of heart disease
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Date: April 16, 2017 06:44 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: 10 ways to lower your risk of heart disease





Everyone wants to try to be healthier, and heart health is probably the most important part of anyone's health. I mean without a heart, the rest of your health really does not matter much does it? So, we put forth a simple list of ten quick fix solutions to keep your hearth healthier, which will lead to a happier and healthier life. Almost anyone can make these simple changes and get a healthier heart, it is not hard to do.

Read more: 10 ways to lower your risk of heart disease

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Virginia Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Use and Distribution of CBD and THC-A Oil
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Date: March 26, 2017 08:44 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Virginia Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Use and Distribution of CBD and THC-A Oil





Current Virginia legislation under consideration would expand the use of cannabis oils containing CBD and THCA to more patients than just those with certain kinds of seizure disorders. The new bill would include patients who suffer from AIDS/ HIV, Krohn's and other disorders where treatment is deemed appropriate by a doctor. The bill would also allow two important aspects:it would allow pharmacies to manufacture products and also end the current policy of suspending drivers license for those in possession.

Key Takeaways:

  • Under current Virginia law, oil made from CBD or THCA (both compounds found in cannabis) is legal to possess and use for medical purposes, but only for those with intractable epilepsy.
  • The proposal also allows pharmacies to manufacture and distribute the medicines to qualified patients.
  • Virginia’s full legislature also recently passed a measure to end driver’s license suspensions for marijuana possession charges.

"The newly-approved measure would greatly expand the list of conditions that makes someone eligible to use these medicines to include HIV/AIDS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, multiple sclerosis and several others."

Read more: https://thejointblog.com/virginia-cbd-thca-oil/

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Does Your Pot Contain Pesticides?
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Date: March 18, 2017 06:44 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Does Your Pot Contain Pesticides?





Medical marijuana is becoming increasingly popular. With legalization measures allowing more and more people to use marijuana, a new unfortunate problem is presenting itself: many of the marijuana plants are contaminated. What are they contaminated with? Pesticides. These are not small quantities of the pesticides either. A recent study suggested that over 80% of marijuana currently in dispensaries is contaminated with high or potentially dangerous levels of pesticides. This presents a real problem, and probably needs to be regulated.

Read more: Does Your Pot Contain Pesticides?

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Here's the beef on gluten, coconut oil and other burning nutrition questions
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Date: March 15, 2017 01:59 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Here's the beef on gluten, coconut oil and other burning nutrition questions





It has been 10 years of the free nutrition Expo at Dallas's Cooper Fitness Center, which starts Monday, March 6 from 8 AM to 3 PM. The Expo Brims wide ranges of interesting events including the opportunity to learn all sorts of things about nutrition. Here the author wrote some nutrition related topics with the advice of Meridan Zerner, the registered dietitian who got the Expo started. Regard to gluten, for most of us some food with gluten have valuable nutrients. Coconut oil contains high saturated fat although it has HDL-boosting effect. Ms. Zerner recommends other oils with higher qualities. We need minimum amount of protein each day and should choose it wisely. Regarding weighing daily, better do body fat measurement. Ms. Zerner said the best eating plans are tailored to your life style and try some tasty new foods, such as sorghum, seaweed or various greens.

Key Takeaways:

  • About 1 percent of the population has to avoid gluten because they have celiac disease, which is a serious auto-immune disorder
  • By completely eliminating gluten, you can cut out foods that have valuable nutrients and might end up adding more calories and more fat to your diet
  • Coconut oil is 90 percent saturated fat, which is higher than butter (64 percent), beef fat (40 percent) and even lard (40 percent). Too much saturated fat raises the LDL (a.k.a. "bad") cholesterol le

"About 1 percent of the population has to avoid gluten because they have celiac disease, which is a serious auto-immune disorder."

Read more: https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dallasnews.com%2Flife%2Fhealthy-living%2F2017%2F03%2F02%2Fbeef-gluten-coconut-oil-burning-nutrition-questions&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY3NzEzYzg1MjE0ZjUwYzU6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHIV6oNJ2diyfQaIDK4tYrnI7SFJg

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9 natural health benefits of Bee Propolis
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Date: January 24, 2017 07:59 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: 9 natural health benefits of Bee Propolis





Everyone knows the benefit bees offer for pollination, but many do not know that they also offer some substances that are pretty healthy for humans. Honey, of course, is known to have therapeutic properties. Bee propolis, or bee glue, is a resin produced when bees digest tree sap. They mainly use it to patch up holes in the HIVe, but consumption by humans has been known to help fight inflammation, cancer, food poisoning, and high blood pressure. This chemical has many different forms that can be used, including lozenges and capsules.

Key Takeaways:

  • Been provide humans with several health-boosting substances; honey, bee pollen and bee propolis.
  • Bee propolis has many health benefits, which are Cancer-fighting properties, Bone health, Food poisoning treatment, Inflammation relief , Blood pressure management, Wart removal, Allergy reliefProtection against heat stress, and Illness prevention and treatment for infections.
  • Bee propolis is available in many forms, including lozenges that are effective in treating sore throats, capsules that can be taken internally, and tinctures, gels or ointments for topical use.

"Due to its antimicrobial properties, the three most common microorganisms associated with food poisoning – Enterobacter faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus and C. jejuni – can be fought using bee propolis."



Reference:

http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-01-15-9-natural-health-benefits-of-bee-propolis.html

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10 Reasons to Start Drinking Bone Broth
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Date: January 23, 2017 02:59 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: 10 Reasons to Start Drinking Bone Broth





If you would like an inexpensive way to make yourself healthier, look no further than bone broth. The bones used to make these broths are full of nutrients that can help with multiple issues. Just a few of the benefits include boosting the immune system, reducing inflammation, assisting in bone repair, and boosting hair and nail growth.

Key Takeaways:

  • A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.
  • Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails. The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.
  • Helps with bone formations, growth and repair. The calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.

"Bone broth, the old-timey staple that's making a dramatic comeback is the latest superfood sweeping the country, and for good reason. It's said to contain several health benefits as well as ingredients to make us look younger, and it's a cheap, easy to prepare comfort food."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www1.cbn.com/healthyliving/arcHIVe/2017/01/10/10-reasons-to-start-drinking-bone-broth&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGmZmMDFkMTU2YWMzMmQ5OTU6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGPviGuF0EgRYuGPKJsrxqlOFE9Ag

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Exercise Can Improve the Quality of Life in People with Depression
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Date: January 18, 2017 07:59 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Exercise Can Improve the Quality of Life in People with Depression





Exercise is very important for any person, but for a person with depression can greatly improve their quality of life. New research shows that it can release feel good hormones that help battle the symptoms of depression. Exercise can be a very important part of life for someone who battles with depression.

Key Takeaways:

  • Depression is a chronic condition that has a huge impact on an individual’s physical and mental health which inevitably impacts their QoL.
  • Pharmacological treatments aim to reduce the symptoms of depression, however there are still reports of impairment with regards to an individual’s QoL and the domains listed above.
  • exercise is considered to be a good anti-depressant for depression, little research has been conducted into its effect on the different domains of Quality of Life .

"Whilst exercise is considered to be a good anti-depressant for depression, little research has been conducted into its effect on the different domains of Quality of Life (QoL)."



Reference:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/arcHIVes/2017/01/03/exercise-can-improve-the-quality-of-life-in-people-with-depression/

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Forget the “New Year, New Me” Goal Hype – Consider Focusing on Life Habits Instead
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Date: January 17, 2017 02:59 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Forget the “New Year, New Me” Goal Hype – Consider Focusing on Life Habits Instead





Many fail when it comes to following through on their resolutions each New Year. If you want to be more successful, try making a resolution to change small life habits that will make your life better in the long run. Set a goal to make a habit of something that will get you to your real goal in the future. For instance, strive to go to the gym at least once a week. Once that is met, increase it until you are more comfortable. This can help you lose weight. Prioritize and be proactive and it will happen.

Key Takeaways:

  • Adults and teens alike often achieve results by setting goals and taking actionable steps to reach those goals.
  • Most adults and teens understand what it means to set a goal. Whether you want to learn a new language, lose 20 pounds, write a book or train for a 5K, you set a goal and then take action to reach your dream.
  • You evaluate what you need to do to reach that goal, such as buying books on the language, listening to podcasts or CDs, watching YouTube videos, visiting a foreign country or taking college classes.

"Adults and teens alike often achieve results by setting goals and taking actionable steps to reach those goals."



Reference:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/arcHIVes/2016/12/30/forget-the-new-year-new-me-goal-hype-consider-focusing-on-life-habits-instead/

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Heart health: why low cholesterol is no longer the focus
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Date: December 18, 2016 02:59 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Heart health: why low cholesterol is no longer the focus





One of the main focuses in healthcare today is lowering cholesterol. While it is one of the few things about improving heart health that you can change fairly easily, it is not the only factor involved. Most doctors look to the total cholesterol to give an idea of a person’s health, but the HDL is actually the most important value to know. By consuming more foods like fish, vegetables, and nuts, we can help increase our HDL levels. This will, in turn, lower our LDL and total cholesterol values. We should be focusing on our good cholesterol, not total cholesterol.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hugely complex, cardiovascular health is influenced by multiple factors – from family history, age and gender, to weight, blood pressure and physical inactivity.
  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and inflammation are far more important dietary markers than LDL or total cholesterol.
  • Zabetakis’ work has identified polar lipid fractions in foods such as red wine, fish and olive oil as potential modulators of atherogenesis – the formation of abnormal fatty or lipid masses in arterial walls.

"Foods that feature in the Mediterranean diet pyramid, such as fish, olive oil, vegetables and nuts, can increase ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and reduce inflammation, a biochemical trigger in the development of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, cancer, HIV, type-2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.foodmanufacture.co.uk/Ingredients/Heart-health-good-versus-bad&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjM5ZjM5OTY2MWYzZGRiYzA6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNERbF-gfAxsYerF4M_vLOA7xqXZdQ

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Is Fermented Tea Making People Feel Enlightened Because of ... Alcohol?
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Date: December 14, 2016 04:59 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Is Fermented Tea Making People Feel Enlightened Because of ... Alcohol?





One of the biggest campaigns of the 21st century has been to show people that not all bacteria are bad. There is a delicate balance of bacteria that must be maintained in our bodies in order to function properly. Many medical conditions, especially in the gut, start because we do not have the right balance of microbes. With this push for healthy microbes has come a resurgence of a drink that was popular over 200 years ago. It is called kombucha, which is a sugar-sweetened tea that ferments with yeast and microbes. Many claim it to be a wonder-drink.

Key Takeaways:

  • The cover could be you and Gwyneth surrounded by honey and dirt, applying probiotic ointments, eating kimchi and smile-laughing over a cauldron of home-brewed kombucha.
  • Last month, PepsiCo acquired the small kombucha company Kevita for around $200 million. At least in that way, the drink is functional.
  • All of this I know, and yet I buy kombucha occasionally, because I started to like the flavor, which is sometimes worth the financial regret.

"That idea has brought the centuries-old drink roaring into upper-middle class consciousness at $5 per bottle in New York bodegas."



Reference:

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/arcHIVe/2016/12/the-promises-of-kombucha/509786/?utm_source=feed

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A New Test of Pot's Potential to Replace Painkillers
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Date: December 14, 2016 07:59 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: A New Test of Pot's Potential to Replace Painkillers





Hear a lot about marijuana in the news? Not sure of its purpose? Well a new study aims to anwser that. A new study is about to begin that would compare weeds affect as a painkiller, in the place of something stronger like opiods. More will be known as study moves ahead.

Key Takeaways:

  • Physicians have commented for more than a century on the potential for cannabis to substitute for opioid drugs, and several recent studies seem to bolster this hypothesis.
  • Researchers examining public-health records have found evidence that painkiller prescriptions, opioid abuse, and overdose deaths has declined in medical marijuana states.
  • Because a plant that exists and reproduces in nature can’t be patented, cannabis offers few opportunities for patents (and thus profits), which makes it look like a loser to most companies.

"The current status of medical marijuana research is rife with irony."



Reference:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arcHIVe/2016/11/a-new-test-of-pots-potential-to-replace-painkillers/507200/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AtlanticFood+%28The+Atlantic+-+Health%29

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How nutritious are plant-based milks?
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Date: December 03, 2016 10:59 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How nutritious are plant-based milks?





When deciding what type of milk to consume, it is best to read labels. While cow’s milk is fairly standard in the amount of nutrients it contains, plant-based milks can vary greatly depending on which company manufactures it. Unless there is a medical reason to do otherwise, it is recommended that all people consume cow’s milk. Soy, almond, coconut, and other nut milks can be lacking in their nutrients. Soy and nut milks contain a fair amount of protein, but none of the alternatives naturally contain calcium. It can be added, but these usually are not digested as well.

Key Takeaways:

  • Vegans and others may prefer to drink plant-based milks over milk that comes from animals, but a recent study in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition confirmed that young children should drink cow’s milk.
  • An eight-ounce glass of cow’s milk naturally contains about eight grams of protein and almost a third of the recommended percent daily value of calcium.
  • Nutritionally, plant-based milks noted pale in comparison to cow's milk; none contain more than a gram of protein unless fortified.

"An eight-ounce glass of cow’s milk naturally contains about eight grams of protein and almost a third of the recommended percent daily value of calcium. Cow’s milk also naturally contains nutrients like potassium and vitamin B12, and is usually fortified with vitamins A and D."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.myajc.com/news/lifestyles/food-cooking/how-nutritious-are-plant-based-milks/ns83K/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY3NzEzYzg1MjE0ZjUwYzU6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFCC1HIVy4Tvv37PC3ave07tBwlUw

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How Much Should You Push Yourself with Depression?
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Date: November 23, 2016 12:59 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How Much Should You Push Yourself with Depression?





Depression is a reality that affects all too many. One of the toughest decisions is knowing when to push and when to cut yourself some slack. The key to making this decision above all is to know yourself. Find out what it is about yourself that can help you identify your triggers for stress and learn to combat them with the perspective and experience of Therese J. Borchard.

Key Takeaways:

  • How do you know what your limits should be?” The woman in my depression community wanted to know whether she should scale back to part-time work or continue to slog through her full-time job.
  • Positive psychologists claim that using your signature strengths and contributing to society are antidotes to depression: The sense of accomplishment you get from going to work or volunteering or doing anything productive will ultimately propel you to better mental health.
  • But a few months ago, I realized that the only way I am going to heal from all of my chronic illnesses is if I allow myself to err on the other side — to push myself less and saying no to everything I didn’t absolutely HAVE to do: radio shows, interviews, speeches, business lunches and phone calls.

"Do you typically push yourself too much or do you need to be pushed? That will help you know what to do when you get depressed. If you constantly beat yourself up for not doing everything perfectly in recovery, or in life, maybe you should throttle back to part-time (if you can afford it) and try to allow yourself to heal. If you typically need other people to inspire you to change, then maybe pushing yourself is the right thing to do."



Reference:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/arcHIVes/2016/11/05/how-much-should-you-push-yourself-with-depression/

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5 Vitamins for Hair: How to Reduce Hair Fall – NDTV
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Date: November 07, 2016 04:59 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: 5 Vitamins for Hair: How to Reduce Hair Fall – NDTV






Your hair must be treated properly to look its best. You can purchase an assortment of shampoos, conditioners, and treatments, but at the end of the day, what you put in your body is far more important. using vitamins, such as the 5 here, will provide you with beautiful locks and strands.

Key Takeaways:

  • most women in our country now fail to understand is that our food and lifestyle habits are hugely responsible for our hair related problems.
  • If you want longer, healthier hair then don’t forget biotin.
  • Don't forget your vitamins. Vitamins A,E, C, and D to be specific.

"In my family, starting from my grandmother to my sister, all of them have hair fall problems and they experiment with the most unusual hair products on this planet to see some growth on their scalp."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=http://www.globallnews.com/arcHIVes/18551&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjVkYjY3ZDViNDdiNGM3ZTc6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEWnslA8vv3IC_TS3KMhNQ5CYfzzA


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Improve Your Immune System.
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Date: November 03, 2016 10:02 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Improve Your Immune System.

Our bodies have a defense mechanism called immune system designed to protect us against unknown invaders that attack our body. Immune system is a system of biological structures and processes guarding us against illness. It identifies a wide array of foreign agents such as viruses, parasitic worms, bacteria, microbes, toxins that invade our body and differentiates them from healthy tissues.

The immune system is complex, intricate and interesting. Things like fevers, HIVes, and inflammation can all be understood with the working of immune system. Generally, immune system does an amazing job defending us against disease. The problem starts when it fails. This happens when a germ invades our body successfully and makes us sick or causes a fever. To decrease the rate of such incidents it is important for us to make our immune system stronger.

Our immune system also brings to exhaust from years of defending so improving the immune system is extremely essential to stay away from diseases. This can be done by adapting lifestyle that supports the immune system. One person gets sick more or less often than the another person living the same life, or we see that when two people cross the same sick person one sometimes catch the flu while the other doesn't. This happens because all immune systems are not the same. One person can have a better immune system than the other. Working our body in a way to have an improved immune system can really help. The good news is there are many ways one can improve immune system.

Many factors participate in improving an immune system. Since immune system is a system and not a single unit, it is not very simple to improve immune system. Proper function of this system requires balance and harmony. First step to a stronger immune system is selecting a healthy lifestyle. Improving your diet, consuming certain vitamins and supplements, and making other lifestyle changes such as saying no to smoking, or getting enough sleep, etc can play a large role in this factor.

A number of steps that can be taken to improve an immune system are adjusting to a high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat diet. Maintaining a healthy weight, controlling your blood pressure, exercise and increased activity levels can also help in this matter. Other life style changes that can help you improve your system are quitting smoking, avoiding polluted areas, consuming moderate levels of alcohol, and getting sufficient sleep.

Take simple steps like washing your hands more frequently, or cooking meat thoroughly, avoiding encounter with sick people to avoid infection such as. Getting a regular medical screening also helps in staying away from diseases.

Some products available over the counter are known to improve immune system. Even though, few of these products are not trustworthy several of these supplements have known to improve immune systems drastically. They enhance immune cells in the body resulting in a better performing immune system.


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Why Do Drugs?
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Date: November 01, 2016 01:59 PM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Why Do Drugs?

It seems that drugs are no longer considered bad or harmful. Instead, many people view drug use as cool, fun and done by those who want to be a part of the cool crowd. But this is far from the only reason that people do drugs. Read this article and learn what's really going on with drug use in the world today.

Key Takeaways:

  • One of the reasons people do drugs is because they desperately want that feeling.
  • Closely related to feelings of euphoria is the express intention to get “high” on drugs. This is a deliberate choice to do drugs in order to achieve a state of altered awareness.
  • First exposure to drugs for many young people is through their peers. This occurs mostly at unsupervised gatherings such as parties, and during the summer, holidays and on weekends.

"In addition to wanting to achieve euphoria and get high, another common reason to do drugs is to experience an increase in energy. This burst of energy, however, is only short-term, often leading to increased usage to recapture or maintain that energetic feeling."



Reference:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/arcHIVes/2016/10/26/why-do-drugs/

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Some Benefits of Licorice Root
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Date: September 28, 2016 12:13 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Some Benefits of Licorice Root

Licorice root also known as sweet root is one of the most used medicinal herbs worldwide which grows wild in many parts of Europe and Asia.

A lot of studies have shown that the specific herb is very useful to treat various disturbances of our gastrointestinal tract, specifically it helps fight ulcer's and provides relief. Licorice root helps the body create a protective lining in order to protect our stomach from hydrochloric acid (Hcl).

Licorice is also good for:

  • respiratory system
  • sore throat
  • bronchitis
  • cough
  • infections caused by bacteria or viruses.

Of course its benefits don’t stop here. It is useful for people suffering from low blood pressure and according to many studies it has estrogen-like properties, making it a natural regulator of female hormone.

It may be effective against skin diseases, while in the form of decoction is useful against insomnia because of its relaxing action.


Although licorice is considered beneficial to human health, you should avoid taking in excessive amounts, large amounts can cause high blood pressure.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquorice#Medicine

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arcHIVe/2016/03/21/licorice-root-uses.aspx

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It's True: Cinnamon Bark Can Help With Blood Sugar
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Date: September 20, 2016 10:03 AM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: It's True: Cinnamon Bark Can Help With Blood Sugar

Cinnamon and blood sugar


Obtained from the cinnmon tree, cinnamon bark has been put into a broad variety of uses, most commonly as the spice with a powerful aroma and flavoring added foods across numerous cultures in the world. Tucked beneath its appeal as a food flavoring, however, is an important health benefit: it has been shown to reduce blood sugar in the human body, making it an invaluable tool for regulating sugar levels among type II diabetes patients.

Cinnamon also contains magnesium

A strong connection exists between the magnesium contained in cinnamon and reduced blood sugar levels among diabetes patients. Magnesium is an essential element that is needed for over 300 different enzyme processes in the body.  Enzymes are involved in the processing of sugar in the human bloodstream. Increasing the availability of this mineral in the bloodstream, therefore, results in reduced blood sugar levels. Should you choose to try this natural remedy, the best variety according to researchers is Ceylon cinnamon, which despite its higher cost has been shown to be more effective in human body, therefore offering the best alternative to those looking for remedies with no side effects unlike medications your doctor might prescribe. 

If you want to take control of your blood sugar,  give cinnamon bark powder, capsules, and tablets a try!




REFERENCES

  1. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/12/30/255778250/cinnamon-can-help-lower-blood-sugar-but-one-variety-may-be-best
  2. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-330-cinnamon%20bark.aspx?activeingredientid=330&activeingredientname=cinnamon%20bark
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinnamon

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Benefits of Chanca Piedra (phyllanthus niruri)
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Date: September 15, 2016 02:07 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Benefits of Chanca Piedra (phyllanthus niruri)

Chanca piedra also known as phyllanthus niruri and whose common names are stonebreaker, seed-under-leaf or gale of the wind is a tropical plant, indigenous to Amazon Rainforest in South America and India. It is a highly regarded plant, familiar to naturopaths. Read on to find why?

For centuries, the indigenous people of Amazon have used Chanca piedra to treat and remove kidney gallstones. In fact, the name Chanca piedra is a Peru word for “stone breaker”. In addition to curing gallstones, the plant has diuretic qualities which, is why over 300 studies have been done since the 1960s to ascertain its healing abilities.

From this research, the plant has been found to cure a number of diseases. These include;

Gallstones, and Kidney Stones – Chanca is believed to hold the most promising treatment for kidney stones, not only among the indigenous people but also, in the Ayurvedic medicine.

Preliminary studies indicate that the plant has the potential to protect the kidney from kidney stones by simply increasing the secretion of bile and reducing the formation of any obstructions in the kidneys and the gall bladders. The extra bile secreted enhances digestion and increase absorption fats, like fat soluble vitamins. 

Chanca piedra and the Liver – the herb contains a protein which research has shown that it protects the tissues of the liver against oxidative stress by simply increasing antioxidative defense.

Antioxidant Activities – Chanca piedra has also been found to contain phenolic content which reflects antioxidant activities when tested. The antioxidants support optimal blood pressure levels in addition to supporting balanced blood sugar levels.

Defense against harmful organisms – water extracts from this herb have indicated toxic activities against several organisms that are harmful to human body. Additionally, Chanca piedra has been found to defend the body against;

  • · viral infections
  • · colds and flu
  • · bacterial infections
  • · herpes
  • · asthma,
  • · diabetes
  • · malaria,
  • · hypertension
  • · HIV, and
  • · bronchitis & colic


References:

  1. http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/benefits-of-chanca-piedra/
  2. https://jonbarron.org/herbal-library/herbs/chanca-piedra


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Health Benefits of Aloe Vera
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Date: September 03, 2016 10:45 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Health Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has many different healing benefits, but is primarily known for the effects it has on the skin.
I It has:

  1. - anti bacterial
  2. -anti viral
  3. -anti inflammatory
  4. - anti parasitic properties.

These all help to cleanse a wound, relieve pain and inflammation and ultimately heal the wound. It has been used on the skin for sunburns, cuts, eczema, poison ivy, insect bites, acne, chicken pox, HIVes, radiation and other burns. An aloe vera plant can actual heal itself.

It has a growth stimulator, which helps to regenerate new tissue. If you cut part of the leaf from the plant, it doesn't take long before you will see a thin barrier forming, thus healing itself.

The anti inflammatory properties of A.V. have been used to help with arthritis and joint related problems, inflamed muscles, inflamed intestinal and bowel disorders such as IBS, ulcers, Crohn's disease, hemorrhoids, colitis and more.

Aloe vera has a soothing and alkalizing effect on the inside of the body helping people with over acidity, heartburn, ulcers, intestinal and digestive disorders as previously mentioned.

It has also been know to increase protein absorption, regulate blood sugar levels, support the immune system and even help with low energy and chronic fatigue.

What is stopping you from taking aloe daily?

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The Holiday Sugar Trap; All There is to Know
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Date: October 04, 2015 10:02 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: The Holiday Sugar Trap; All There is to Know

The festive season can be a tempting affair to any healthy eater. Hopping from one party and family gathering to another might easily see you indulging in unhealthy dishes and drinks. It is quite difficult to hold back on the wide varieties of delicious treats unless your will is exceptional. Counting the calories in the food you eat when in the middle of a conversation with a long lost friend or family members isn't easy. What you regard as 'just a once off affair' might ruin the rest of the year for you. There is a lot of hidden sugar in holiday treats such as; syrup, cakes, flavored pop corn, cookies, soda, juices, lemonades and ice cream.

Holiday Feast


Reasons to Avoid Sugar During the Festive Season
Added sugar has been proven to have harmful effects on your health. There are some known risks that you might be exposing yourself to just by having an extra cupcake.

  • Tooth decay

Sugar plays a harmful role in tooth decay. Plaque, a harmful bacteria responsible for tooth decay, uses sugar as a form of energy. This way, the plaque multiplies and becomes thick hence making it difficult for it to be washed away by saliva. Sugar is also used as a form of glue for the bacteria to firmly stick to the teeth.

  • Weight gain

Added sugar for instance fructose corn syrup contains a lot of empty calories with zero nutrients.These calories do not contain any protein, minerals, vitamins nor any essential fats. It is purely energy which is converted into fats in the body hence weight gain.

  • Sweet tooth/ Addiction

Did you know that indulging in all that sweetness at the Christmas table might be the beginning of your sugar addiction? Sugar shuttles tryptophan in the brain which further converts to serotonin hence having a physiological addictive effect.

  • Increased Blood Pressure

When the refined sugar intake is high, the body might be forced to produce more leptin and insulin. This is due to the high carbohydrate and processed food diet. When these two rise, blood pressure might go up leading to leptin and insulin resistance. Insulin is responsible for the storage of magnesium meant for the relaxation of muscles in the body. When the insulin is interfered with, the lack of magnesium in the cells may lead to the inability of your your hearts' vessels to fully relax hence narrowing them. This overworks your heart hence increased blood pressure.

  • Cholesterol

Refined sugar has been proven to cause diabetes, obesity as well as other conditions that put your heart at risk. New studies have linked sugar with unhealthy cholesterol and increased triglyceride levels. When you consume a lot of refined sugar, the excess is stored in the liver as tryglecirides (a form of fat that sticks to your arteries). This fat travels through the blood stream and may clog it up.

That extra can of soda might leave you struggling with life altering health conditions. It is important to consider healthy alternatives to refined sugars. A perfect example in this case would be unsweetened or stevia calorie free sweetners. Sweet leaf and Truvia are made of stevia which is a natural herbs that are commonly found in South and Central America. Stevia is 40 times sweeter than sugar yet contains no empty calories which makes it a suitable alternative. These sweeteners are easily available in local stores and can be used in almost anything; tea, coffee, cereal, yogurt and even fruit.

References

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/best-sugar-substitutes
http://healthyteeth.org/what-about-sugar/
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arcHIVe/2015/02/25/sugar-blood-pressure.aspx
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/sugar-intake-raise-cholesterol-levels-4101.html

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Is Sitting The New Smoking?
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Date: August 04, 2015 07:36 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Is Sitting The New Smoking?

So much focus has been put on the bad effects of smoking.  Sitting, which is just as bad as smoking is never talked about.  The body has been designed for movement on a regular basis.  However, most people spend their time sitting. This leads to body inactivity that a 1 hour daily workout cannot counteract.  To worsen the situation, most people do not even have a workout plan. This puts their bodies in a sedentary state most of the time.  It is not sitting that is dangerous, it's the amount of time that you spend sitting.

Sitting here and there from time to time is perfectly natural.  However, sitting for extended periods of time day in day out can have a serious impact on your health.  It can really shorten your life.  Standing up activates cellular and muscular systems that process triglycerides, cholesterol and blood sugar. This helps to push up fuel to the cells, and if it’s done regularly, it will tremendously reduce the risk of you suffering from obesity and diabetes.

No Sitting

The body was designed to move throughout the day. When you don’t move for extended periods of time, you are basically telling your body that it’s time to shut down in preparation for death.  Blood usually flows slower in the heart and muscles when you are in the sitting position.  This makes it easier for the fatty acids to cause clogging. Sitting also increases the production of insulin by the pancreases. Increased production of insulin can eventually lead to diabetes. People who sit for long periods of time are two times likely to suffer from heart disease and diabetes compared to those who rarely sit down.  Sitting also increases the risk of suffering from colon, endocrine and breast cancers.

Poor digestion, posture problems, muscle degeneration and leg disorders are other problems that have been associated with sitting for long periods of time. Reducing you sitting time can significantly increase your life expectancy.


References

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/sitting/faq-20058005

http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/arcHIVe/2015/05/08/sitting-too-long.aspx

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Three Immune Boosting Mushrooms You Can't Ignore
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Date: July 20, 2015 01:32 AM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Three Immune Boosting Mushrooms You Can't Ignore

Mushrooms are plants that belong to the fungi kingdom.  These plants are not classified as vegetables, they provide essential and vital nutrients to our bodies. It is a common knowledge that the key to building strong immune systems and getting enough minerals and vitamins in the diet is by supplementing a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, the more the color the better.  This knowledge has however left mushrooms, which offer a wide variety of nutrients and antioxidants to our bodies, in the dark.  In many cases, foods are only considered to be nutritious if they are colored. However, this is not true for mushrooms.

Let's take a look at three most common mushrooms that positively impact the overall immune system and how they make it happen.

Maitake Mushroom

Maitake

Maitake mushrooms are common in Asian countries.  This mushroom subspecies has shown effectiveness in the treatment of cancer. They can also be used to treat some side effects that are commonly associated with various chemical treatments such as chemotherapy for cancer. It is also used in the other conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, high cholesterol, hay fever, weight loss, diabetes, hypertension and infertility due to poly cystic ovary syndrome.

How it works

This species of mushroom contains chemicals that might stimulate the immune system and help fight tumors. There is also evidence that it can also be used as an effective regimen in efforts to lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar levels, improve cholesterol levels. Studies have also shown that it is effective in weight loss management.

Reishi Mushrooms

Reishi mushrooms are a type of fungi that some people describe as "woody" and "tough". The fruiting body of this plant and the filaments connecting a group of mushrooms has been used greatly as medicine. The plant is also used to boost the immune system, lung conditions including bronchitis and asthma, viral infections such as swine flu, influenza and avian flu, heart disease.

It is also effective in maintaining other contributing conditions such hypertension, high cholesterol, liver disease and cancer. Other conditions where Reishi mushrooms are used are insomnia, stomach ulcers, chronic fatigue, herpes pain and poisoning.  In combination with other forms of herbs, they are also used in the treatment of prostate cancer.

How it Works

Reishi mushrooms contain a wide variety of antioxidants and chemicals that have potential benefits and effects on the immune system and activity against tumors.

Shiitake Mushroom

Shiitake

An extract made from this mushroom is used as medicine. Although it is used widely as medicine, it is also consumed as food. Shiitake mushrooms are used to lower blood cholesterol levels, boost t-cells and as an anti-aging agent.

How it Works

This type of mushroom contains chemicals that help in lowering cholesterol levels. It contains chemicals that keep cancerous tumors from getting bigger.

References:

1. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/278858.php

2. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-560-maitake%20mushroom.aspx?activeingredientid=560&activeingredientname=maitake%20mushroom

3. http://www.healthline.com/health/reishi-mushroom-key-to-immortality#2

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Vitamins that Help Balance Uric Acid in the Body
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Date: February 10, 2015 05:58 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Vitamins that Help Balance Uric Acid in the Body

Fruits and Vegetables

What is a uric acid?

Uric acid is a waste product that can found in the body. It is a by-product of fructose metabolism. Therefore, a person with a diet rich in fructose will have a higher level of uric acid unless they can take certain measures to ensure that the levels are checked.

Effect of high uric acid

Very high levels of this waste product are associated with certain painful conditions. One of these conditions is gout. Gout is a type of very painful arthritis that will commonly affect the big toe. It is characterized by extreme pain and most people who have this condition are often on medication to regulate it for most of their lives. It is the most common disease associated with high uric levels, but not the only one.

People with High Blood pressure and obesity also exhibit higher levels of the acid in their systems. It is important to note however, that uric acid functions as both an anti-oxidant as well as a pro-oxidant. For this reason, you do not want to lower its levels too much, so as not to miss its anti-oxidation properties. You want to have optimal levels of the acid in your body and the following vitamins and natural spices can help you achieve this easily.

Vitamins to Regulate Uric Acid

Vitamin C:  Vitamin C has been recommended in many health advice articles as being especially useful to lowering the levels of uric acid in your body. However, it is important to be very careful when taking Vitamin C for this purpose since taking too much could have the opposite effect; that of increasing the levels of this acid in your body. Vitamin C can be found in many natural supplements but you are likely to get good results with the natural sources, which are fruits such as oranges and lemons as well as in vegetables.

 Vitamin B5:  This vitamin is very important in breaking down excess uric acid in the body. Also known as pantothenic acid, it is actually the necessary ingredient in the body for the excretion of this acid. Most people who have excess uric acid have a Vitamin B5 deficiency. Stress is a major cause of low levels of this vitamin.

Vitamin B9: Also known as folic acid, this vitamin has been used by many people suffering from gout to help lower the levels of uric acid in the cells. Although there are no real studies that show its efficiency, many people who take folic acid supplements have claimed a reduction in the intensity of gout symptoms.

Natural Herbs and Spices that can help, there are also a number of natural herbs and spices that can greatly help to reduce the levels of uric acid in the body. This is because certain herbs have been known to have higher anti-oxidation properties than even fresh fruit and vegetables. Some of the herbs and spices associated with uric acid control include; cloves, ginger, rosemary and turmeric. These four spices also have anti-inflammatory properties that can be very useful to those suffering from gout.

References:

  1. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arcHIVe/2014/01/27/gout-uric-acid.aspx
  2. http://www.livestrong.com/article/334604-vitamins-that-lower-uric-acid/

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What are the Health Benefits of Beta-Glucans
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Date: December 22, 2014 04:54 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What are the Health Benefits of Beta-Glucans

mushroom beta-glucan

What are Beta-glucans?

Beta glucan is a biological response modifier that nutritionally activates the immune response through the Dendritic, Macrophage and other immune cells to produce various therapeutic effects.

Beta-glucans are sugars found in the cell walls of algae, fungi, lichens, bacteria, yeasts, and plants, such as oats and barley. They can be use as medicine.

Benefits of beta-glucan

Beta-glucans are use for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and high cholesterol. Beta-glucans are also use for boosting the immune system in people whose body defenses have been weakens by emotional or physical stress, chronic fatigue syndrome or by treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. Beta-glucans are also used for ulcerative colitis, hepatitis, multiple sclerosis, aging, H1N1 flu, Lyme disease, allergies, fibromyalgia, ear infections, rheumatoid, asthma and crohn's disease.

Beta-glucans is applied to the skin for wrinkles, dermatitis, burns, eczema, bedsores, radiation burns, wounds and diabetic ulcers.

Beta-glucans can be given by injection into the muscle or intravenously to boost the immune system in people with HIV/AIDS and related conditions and to treat cancer. Beta glucans are also given intravenously to prevent infection in people who have undergone surgery.

Beta-glucans can be given by subcutaneously for reducing the size of skin tumors or for treating them.

In the food industry, beta-glucans are used as an additive in products such as cheese spreads, frozen desserts, salad dressings and sour cream.

Adding beta-glucans to your diet either in form of foods that contain the compound or in form of food supplements plays a significant role in boosting your immune system to help your body fight diseases.

How does beta-glucans work?

When taken by mouth, Beta-glucans lower blood cholesterol by inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol from food in the intestines and stomach. Beta-glucans stimulate the immune system by increasing chemicals that prevent infections when given by injection.

Studies by leading scientists and medical experts have shown that Beta-glucans act as immunomodulator agents by triggering events that regulate and increase the efficiency of the immune system. Beta-glucans stimulate the activity of immune cells that attack and ingest invading pathogens.

Immune cells such as Macrophages release cytokines that are chemicals that enable immune cells to communicate with each other. In addition, Beta-glucans increase the activity of white blood cells that bind to viruses or tumors, and release chemicals to destroy it. Beta-glucan is a biological response modifier that nutritionally activates the immune response through the Dendritic, Macrophage and other immune cells to produce various therapeutic effects.

The potential side effects of Beta-glucan when taken by mouth are unknown. When used by injection, Beta-glucans can cause fever, pain at the injection site, chills, vomiting, headache, nausea, dizziness, rashes, diarrhea, back pain, joint pain and low blood pressure.

Where does Beta-glucan come from?

The body does not produce Beta-glucan naturally; you can only get it from outside sources such as shiitake mushrooms, baker’s yeast and cereal grains such as wheat, oats, barley and rye.

The most potent form of beta glucan is extracted as a purified isolate from the yeast cell wall of Baker's yeast with harmful yeast proteins removed by a process that prevent clumping or reaggregation after exposure to water during digestion. Research has shown that Beta- glucan is a safe and potent immune potentiation isolate.


URL references

  1. http://www.rxlist.com/beta_glucans/supplements.htm
  2. http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=104429
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17895634
  4. http://www.healthline.com/health/beta-glucan-heart-healthy

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA
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Date: September 05, 2014 09:30 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA

moringa plant

What is Moringa

Moringa is a plant that is grown mostly in the tropics, and it is known for it's many health benefits. Different parts of the plant; bark, leaves and flowers have all been studied and found to be rich in medicinal and health value. Even though it traditionally originated from the Himalayan parts of India, Moringa is now used all over the world.

Health benefits of Moringa:

1.    Prevents cancer and other diseases: It is rich in antioxidants that prevent formation and development of cancer cells. Taking a serving of Moringa daily can provide you with about 46 different types of antioxidants and vitamins that your body needs. The antioxidants are also beneficial in keeping your general body health and boost your immunity so that you are not vulnerable to be attacked by other diseases. People with compromised immunity, like HIV patients can effectively use Moringa to control opportunistic diseases.

2.    Improves the skin and hair: The many minerals and nutrients in the Moringa plant makes it a good ingredient for skin care products. People with skin conditions like acne, inflammation, and ring worms can benefit by topically applying Moringa oil from the pods to the skin. It also helps to increase hair growth, eliminate dandruff, and give hair a natural shine. Some cosmetic companies are now relying on Moringa as their main ingredient in making beauty products because consumers say it works well.

3.    Detoxifies the body: Moringa can be successfully used to detoxify the body without the risk of losing important nutrients. It also helps in speeding up metabolism and digestion. People who are struggling with weight loss can use it as a way to quick start their weight loss journey instead of using diet pills and other harmful products.

4.    Balances blood sugar: For people suffering from diabetes, consuming Moringa can help you control your insulin levels so that you do not have to entirely depend on injections every time.

5.    Boosts energy: Due to the many nutrients Moringa has, it provides the energy needed for daily activities. If you are constantly feeling fatigued and stressed, taking Moringa will put you right back to your feet. People suffering from erectile dysfunction can also benefit from it as it helps in improving circulation of blood, even to the penile region

6.    Increases the amount of breast milk: This is good news for new mothers who want to exclusively breastfeed their babies without worrying about starving their babies due to insufficient milk production. Due to the fact that Moringa is a natural plant, you do not have to worry about the potential harm it could have on your new born baby.

7.   Natural antibiotic: Moringa has antibacterial properties that help with controlling bacterial diseases. If you do not want to use conventional antibiotics, which come with a lot of health risks, then you can opt for Moringa.

It is available in many forms, including: Moringa powder, oil, tea, and drinks. You should always ensure that you use it in one of its most natural forms so that you get maximum benefits.


References

  1. http://www.moringapowder.com/
  2. http://www.naturalnews.com/042435_moringa_oleifera_health_benefits_herbal_medicine.html
  3. http://www.africamoringa.co.za/moringa_health_benefits_nutrition.html

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What Are The Benefits Of Ubiquinol Vs Regular CoQ10?
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Date: May 31, 2014 06:33 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Are The Benefits Of Ubiquinol Vs Regular CoQ10?

fruits and vegetables Nutritional Supplement

In modern society, nutritional supplements have become a common method to improve health. A wide range of specific needs determines the use of different supplements, but there are a few that will work in just about everyone and improve their health.

What is a CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10, commonly abbreviated to CoQ10, is one of those universally effective supplements. This vitamin-like substance offers far-reaching benefits for the human body. It has a crucial role in the body's energy maintenance and it's an extremely powerful antioxidant. This substance is naturally produced by the body, but as we get older, the organism's ability to synthesize CoQ10 weakens progressively. It is, therefore, recommended that people initiate a regular intake of CoQ10 somewhere at the adult or even young adult life stage. This is a commonly prescribed supplement for old people owing to its longevity and energy inducing benefits, but it's especially critical for those who are medicated with statin drugs because these are known to reduce CoQ10 levels in the organism. Elite athletes can also benefit from this substance to achieve higher peak power levels.

CoQ10 supplement is available in two forms: fully oxidized (Ubiquinone) and fully reduced (Ubiquinol).

What is an Ubiquinol

Ubiquinol is the most efficient way to take advantage of this supplement because it's the fully reduced form of CoQ10 that our body actually absorbs and uses. The consumption of Ubiquinone requires our body to firstly metabolize and convert it into Ubiquinol. This process limits the speed and efficiency of CoQ10 absorption, requiring larger quantities to be consumed for similar health effects, not to mention that the metabolism has a tendency to worsen with age. Ubiquinone is more widely available and is cheaper, though.

It is usually recommended for people around the age of 35 - 40, to start taking Ubiquinol instead of Ubiquinone. This is when the efficiency of Ubiquinol eventually compensates its higher price tag over Ubiquinone. Turning the ingestion of CoQ10 supplement into a habit is one of the best ways to potentiate a long and healthy life.

Sources:

  1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubiquinol
  2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coenzyme_Q10#Biosynthesis
  3. articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arcHIVe/2013/11/03/coq10-vs-ubiquinol.aspx
  4. www.bodybuilding.com/fun/coq10-ubiquinone-ubiquinol-whats-the-difference.htm
  5. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3661336/

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Xylitol, a Healthy and Safe Sweetener.
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Date: March 12, 2014 09:05 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Xylitol, a Healthy and Safe Sweetener.

What is xylitol

Xylitol is a comprehensively utilized regular sweetening operator that was initially uncovered by a German Chemist in the nineteenth century. The primary crude materials utilized for its assembling are birch trees and corn, however can moreover be processed from plums and berries. It is worth specifying that it is in addition commonly handled in little amounts by the human form. Xylitol is without a doubt not the most well known sugar substitute or nourishment added substance yet that doesn't imply that it isn't an essential one since it pushes various health profits. Researchers began investigating these profits once again a large portion of a century prior and more conceivable solid profits are continuously investigated today. Artificially it is a sugar liquor that has five carbon iotas in its compound structure and this structure is answerable for a large portion of its properties that make it gainful.

Benefits of xylitol

As we specified, xylitol has various profits, yet the particular case that is best thought about is the way that it can avoid dental caries. Research discoveries are strong to the point, that this profit is undeniable. There are numerous instruments that are answerable for this valuable impact. One of them is that dissimilar to sugar and starchy sustenances it doesn't result in an abatement of the ph in the mouth, despite what might be expected it can help kill it. Acidic conditions in the oral pit are valuable for microorganisms like S. Mutans that are the primary driver of dental caries. Moreover, the acids processed can bring about harms to the tooth veneer that ensures our teeth. Other than securing tooth veneer, there are proof that propose it can additionally help restore it. Notwithstanding that, these microorganisms can't age xylitol to handle vitality so as to duplicate, then again sugar is their favored vitality source. At long last, xylitol can extraordinarily diminish the adherence of the organisms on the tooth surface and as a result their capacity to manufacture plaque. All the reasons above help xylitol's tooth day battling profits.

An audit of the experimental writing shows that xylitol conceivably pushes various other health profits. Most importantly it is a low calorie sweetener, having very nearly 40% fewer calories contrasted and table sugar. Notwithstanding that it has a low glycemic record and in this way it could be utilized by diabetics as a sweetening operator without having the alarm of a sudden blood glucose increment. One more profit that has been as of late found from creature studies is that it can build bone mass and the mineral substance of bones. An alternate potential profit is that it can help control candida as has been indicated for the most part by in vitro studies. At long last, there are confirmation that recommend that it can avoid contaminations, for example, Acute Otitis Media in youngsters. In the event that to this you include the way that it has a comparative taste with sugar with no metallic or other trailing sensation it would appear to be one of the best options to sugar.

Other benefits of xylitol

It has been made clear that xylitol has various vital profits. On the other hand, it is paramount to note that it has several minor reactions also. The two fundamental symptoms that could be created by the utilization of xylitol are bloating and looseness of the bowels. These symptoms are created on the grounds that xylitol is ingested by inactive dispersion and happen assuming that somebody expends it above his laxation limit. It is likewise worth noting that the laxation limit can expand over the long run as the physique adjusts to the routine ingestion of xylitol. A couple of extra symptoms like unfavorable susceptibilities have been accounted for however they are not decently arcHIVed or affirmed via research information. At long last, most official associations, including the FDA have sanction it as a safe nourishment added substance for people.

Dissimilar to people, xylitol is not alright for pooches and it can bring about serious hypoglycemia and harms to your canines liver that can even prompt passing if untreated. So determine you keep all xylitol holding items far from your canine.

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CLA in Weight Loss
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Date: January 21, 2014 10:05 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: CLA in Weight Loss

What is CLA

claCLA, or conjugated linoleic harsh corrosive, has been the subject of an assortment of exploration in the previous numerous years. Over 200 studies have indicated that it may assume an exceptionally vital part in weight reduction, as well as in serving to battle disease, diabetes, and atherosclerosis (solidifying of the corridors). It is not made in the human figure, and is discovered commonly in meat and dairy fats, or as an over-the-counter supplement. Artificially, it is a marginally changed type of the fundamental greasy harsh corrosive, linoleic harsh corrosive, and an omega-6 fattening harsh corrosive. The CLA discovered regularly in the sustenance sources is most astounding in dairy cattle and bovines that expend an eating methodology rich in grasses, and the individuals who are nibbling in pastures; instead of the aforementioned bolstered monitored food, for example, grain, feed or silage. To quote Larry Satter, an Agricultural Research Dairy Scientist, "Pasture-nibbled cows had 500% more CLA in their milk than those nourished silage." Since the fat is the particular bearer of the CLA, the substance of the fat in the milk is extremely paramount. The higher the fat substance, the more stupendous the CLA sum is in the milk. This is as opposed to what is proposed when drinking milk. Skim or 1% is constantly proposed over the entire or 2%, to maintain a strategic distance from the overabundance calories and fat, since normally drain was tanked for the calcium content (or the protein). This adds an entire new profit to drain and dairy items, clearing a path for science to control the CLA substance of milkfat, and may open the entryway the CLA-improved sustenances.

Study on CLA

Scientists accept CLA helps square fat cells that are in the figure from topping off with fat by meddling with a fat-arcHIVing compound regarded as lipoprotein lipase, and additionally, by expanding the affectability of units to the hormone insulin. Creature studies have likewise demonstrated an expansion in lean bulk and fat lessening, or fat blazing; furnishing positive progressions to form sythesis, a decline in general muscle to fat ratio ratios. It is known as a "fat eliminator" on the grounds that it revs up muscle metabolism, in this way, helping increment lean tissue, bringing about the figure to need more calories to capacity (since fat units smolder next to zero calories), accordingly accelerating the fat smoldering procedure to make vigor.

Much stays to be looked into the underlying instruments by which CLA pushes its assorted physiological impacts. The profits are genuine, in spite of the fact that more research with people requirements to be carried out. You ought not feel that taking CLA alone would phenomenally make you shed pounds, in the event that you are not joining a brilliant, solid, overall adjusted eating methodology and activity program on top of it.

Reference:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conjugated_linoleic_acid

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BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN SEED
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Date: January 01, 2014 07:22 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: BENEFITS OF PUMPKIN SEED

pumpkinWhat is Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a vegetable whose pie is mostly preferred by people to have in their meal but the seeds of the pumpkin are also edible. Some individuals do not know this fact and so they throw it away but the pumpkin seeds are very nutritious and so they are consumed by many in the form of oil. The pumpkin seed oil is rich in important fatty acids, zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin E which are essentially required in our daily supplements. The pumpkin seeds are nutritious for the heart, our immune system and also for the liver.

Pumpkin seed oil is highly essential

As it is rich in many nutrients which are needed by our system on a daily basis and also it has a list of good factors which imposes people to prefer the pumpkin seed oil. Some of the categories where the oil has its impact are skin care, kidney function, cholesterol lowering and even more. The proteins which reside in the seeds of the pumpkin provide almost most of the daily nutrient need of our body and so in Australia people take it on a regular basis.

Benefits of Pumpkin Oil

Focusing on the benefits of the oil it is very helpful in the reducing the formation of stone in the kidney, improves the production of mother's milk, many arthritis sufferers get a relief by using this oil because of the fatty acids as they have the lubricating nature. The fatty acids are important to every cell in our body for the normal growth, but very essential for the blood vessels which help to keep the skin youthful. Some of the individual use this for the recovery of the infections which are intestinal. Two of the different sorts of benefits by the pumpkin seed oil are that it helps in controlling the diabetes and also the cholesterol which is highly essential to be maintained.

References:

  1. http://www.pumpkinseed.net.au/oilhealthbenefits
  2. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arcHIVe/2013/09/30/pumpkin-seed-benefits.aspx
  3. http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-pumpkin-seeds.html

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What Is The Difference Between flaxseed oil and fish oil
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Date: January 01, 2014 07:03 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Is The Difference Between flaxseed oil and fish oil

fish oilBefore you can compare flaxseed oil and fish oil

It is first important to understand the differences between the two oils. Extracted from the dried seeds of the plant rips linen, flax seed oil is clean and almost yellow. The oil is obtained by a cold method or by solvent extraction. Flaxseed oil contains acid lineolic, a particular form of omega-3 fatty acids. Fish Oil is extracted from the tissues of fatty fish containing EPA, Docohsahexanoic acid (DHA) and eicosanoids.

Benefits of compare flaxseed oil and fish oil

Some of the health benefits are reducing inflammation. For comparison, it is essential to analyze the benefits of both oils. Two omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA in this oil and are a great help in creating hormone-like substance that reduces inflammation and blood pressure. They have also been shown to reduce triglycerides and the accumulation of plaque in the arteries.Omega-3 oils promote the secretion of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical anti-depressant produced by the body and thus reduces or mitigates the effects of depression. Fish oil is often used in the treatment of patients with HIV / AIDS, and has proven to be helpful in lowering triglyceride levels in the body that build up after prolonged use of antiretroviral drugs. This is extremely useful because it can reduce the risk of a patient for coronary artery disease. In addition to providing relief from chronic inflammation, they is also useful for those suffering from joint pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis. The EPA has also found that fish oil helps protect the skin from photo damage. Photo damage is known to cause permanent skin wrinkles and skin damage. In addition, some studies have shown that they may prevent schizophrenia, with minimal side effects. Mothers who take fish oil during pregnancy often bear children with enhanced brain function as well as children with higher IQs. They are also less prone to cognitive problems. And the effects of postpartum depression seem to lessen with the regular intake of fish oil.The fish oil supplements have even more benefits, including lower risk of macular degeneration in the aging process. And studies have shown that with weight training significant reduced pain is present in the bodybuilders who regularly consumed fish oil. Other benefits are providing relief for digestive diseases..

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What Is GABA And Why Is It Important For The Brain
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Date: December 21, 2013 01:22 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Is GABA And Why Is It Important For The Brain

brainWhat is GABA

The human brains need various supplements to make it work better. One such supplement is the gamma aminobutyric acid, abbreviated as GABA. It is the second most important neurotransmitter for the brain. The neurotransmitters allow synapses that transfer information to gray matter in human. This amino acid gives human an inhibiting experience thus making one calm. This makes it possible for one to have a feeling of well being and tranquility.

GABA on Human Body

GABA is useful in the human body because it acts as neurotransmitters. This means you are protected from nerve impulses. This neurotransmitter cools the brain. Research has shown that it helps to increase alpha wave production. This is related to the feeling of relaxation we have in brains.

For the brain to work, it must receive impulses smoothly. Human who lack GABA get affected by receiving impulses in spurts. Spurt makes the brain get arrhythmia. This contributes your emotional well being.

For the brain to work well, it has to be free from various conditions. Some of these conditions come because GABA is not present. Insufficiency leads to one showing symptoms of anxiety, irritability, and constant headaches, getting hypertension, palpitations, epilepsy, low sex drives and heart disorders.

GABA on Insomnia

With enough GABA, it is known to prevent the feeling of insomnia. This comes when neurons firing decreases to make one have a restful sleep. The calming effect helps an individual’s brain to have elevated moods which is an important part for reducing blood pressure. To enable an individual have more concentrations when working, they need to have increased levels of GABA.

Ideally, the brain changes as we become old. With enough concentration of GABA in bodies, we actually slow the aging effects. This helps to trigger and stimulate pituitary glands that give human beings their growing hormone, the HGH. Aging causes HGH to slow down thus leading to degenerative diseases and wrinkles.

References:

  1. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-gaba.htm
  2. http://bethanycarder.com/arcHIVes/238

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What Is Beta Glucan 1.3/1.6 And How Does It Improve Your Health?
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Date: December 16, 2013 11:58 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Is Beta Glucan 1.3/1.6 And How Does It Improve Your Health?

mushroomWhat is Beta Glucan

Beta glucan, precisely 1-3, 1-6-beta-glucan or Beta 1, 3/1, 6 Glucan is defined as sugar (glucose) or a naturally occurring polysaccharide that is extracted from bacteria, fungi, yeast and mushroom cell walls, the fiber of oats, rye, wheat as well as barley and cellulose from plants. It can well be described as an immunostimulant or immunomodulator agent which stimulates the body microphages to produce cytokines and fight disease causing pathogens in order to boost the immune system of the body.

Beta Gluan Source

Since beta glucan is got from natural food sources such as shiitake mushrooms, it is a natural way to enhance the performance of the white blood cells in fighting diseases. It helps in the reduction of the cholesterol level from the body and it is the key to a Low Density Lipoprotein, which is essential in boosting the immune system of the body. For individuals whose immune systems have been greatly lowered by HIV/AIDS, stress or other conditions, this supplement is the way to go in restoration of their immune systems

In addition, beta glucan acts as an anti-carcinogenic substance which reduces the risk of suffering from the much dreaded cancer disease. It is also essential in keeping diabetes, hepatitis and cardiovascular diseases at bay. Beta glucan also inhibits tumor growth and proliferation and Lyme disease

What are some Benefits of Beta Glucan

Broadly speaking, beta glucan improves the overall ability of the body to resist various infections such as burns, common cold, asthma, allergies, ear infections and multiple sclerosis, to mention but a few. It is also an effective weight loss dietary supplement, and given that weight loss is the current health and fitness mantra, the use for beta glucan has is rampant in the contemporary world. To add color to the already good package, it is has mild or no side effects depending on the user.

References:

  1. www.niaid.nih.gov/publications/immune/the_immune_system.pdf.
  2. www.cancer.org/docroot/MED/content/MED_2_1x_Cancer_Deaths_Drop_for_Second_Consecutive_Year.asp.
  3. www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3X_Shiitake_Mushroom.asp?sitearea=ETO.
  4. http://www2.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=109&STORY=/www/story/05-29-2008/0004822407&EDATE=.


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What are the Health Benefits of Spirulina?
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Date: November 28, 2013 04:17 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What are the Health Benefits of Spirulina?

Whaty is Spirulina

SpirulinaSpirulina is one of the most nutritious food on the planet. It tastes and smells like seaweed. It's packed with nutritious vitamins and minerals which make it considered as one of the super foods available to humans.

Here are some of the health benefits of Spirulina

1. High in antioxidants - Some of the antioxidants found in Spirulina are carotenoids, selenium, vitamin E and phenolic acid.

2. Boosts immune system - Sprirulina helps our body to produce more monocytes and macrophages that kills bad cells and pathogens.

3. Rich in beta carotene - It has ten times richer beta carotene than carrots.

4. Remove toxins in our body - It is rich in phytonutrients like polysaccharides, phycocianin and chlorophyll that cleanse our bodies from the toxic chemicals found in drugs, food, water and air.

5. Allergy treatment - Studies show that it can treat allergic rhinitis and some of its' symptoms like sneezing, nasal discharge, itching and congestion.

6. Cardiovascular Disease - It can reduce the level of bad cholesterol in our body. It prevents hypertension and stroke.

7. Cancer - It removes free radicals and fights cellular degeneration.

8. Diabetes - In a recent study, it was found out that after 12 weeks of taking spirulina, there was a significant drop in blood-fat levels.

9. Aids in digestion - It restrains bad bacteria like candida yeast and e-coli and boosts the healthy level of bifidobacteria and lactobacillus.

10. Prevents nutritional disease - Such as anemia or iron deficiency. It is rich in iron which is easier to absorb by our body than other iron supplements.

Did you know that Japan is the largest consumer as well as the largest producer of Spirulina? Maybe this is also one of the reasons why Japanese looks 10 years younger than their current age and their life expectancy is 82 which makes them the second country to have the longest life expectancy in the world.

References:
  1. http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-spirulina.html
  2. http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food_news/spirulina.html
  3. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arcHIVe/2011/07/17/spirulina-one-of-natures-nearperfect-foods.aspx
  4. http://altmedicine.about.com/od/completeazindex/a/spirulina.htm http://www.naturalnews.com/041615_spirulina_nutritional_supplements_health_benefits.html

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Boost Engery Naturally with Bee Pollen
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Date: November 21, 2013 09:02 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Boost Engery Naturally with Bee Pollen

What is Bee Pollen?

bee HIVeSometimes individuals can get a natural energy boost with bee pollen it is an option hat individuals can use to find and maintain a proper energy level. Bee pollen is an all natural product which has been used for a millenium. Energy boosts from pollen the can give individuals the energy boost they need. Pollen is a natural ways that individuals can get an energy lift. 

Bee pollen is something that you need, as it will not give you a quick energy burst and crash as do many energy products that contain caffeine and ephinphedrine. Pollen is a natural supplement that you need to make sure you get sustained energy you need. Bee Pollen is widely used as a energy boost because it is an all natural supplement that can allow individuals to get natural nutrition and energy from its use. This is a super thing about bee pollen. 

What are the Benefits of Bee Pollen

It can give you sustained energy and lots of vigor. It may even aid weight loss. that will help you to get the nutrition you need. Take advantage of this supplement and make sure to get the energy you need when you seek it. Bee pollen is absolutely natural and not synthetic.It is really very beneficial to find a supplement that is all natural and can give you the natural lift you seek. It is a all natural and a supplement that is not expensive to purchase.

Bee pollen is often studied since the 1970's and athletes have used the energy from bee pollen. Bee pollen can help with the distribution and use of carbohydrates in the body. Athletes use bee pollen to boost their energy naturally and you can as well. Try this supplement as you can for sustained energy. This is an affordable and well used supplement that can even supply vitamins to the body.

References:

  1. alternative.holplus.com/Alternative/Energy-Healing/oost-Energy-Naturally-With-Bee-Pollen.html

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What Makes Beta Carotene The Safer Vitamin A.
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Date: November 15, 2013 11:24 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Makes Beta Carotene The Safer Vitamin A.

What is the Main Source of Beta Carotene

carrotsVitamins are essential ingredients for a healthy living. A good example of a very essential vitamin is Vitamin A, which consists of a group of fat-soluble retinoids, including retinol, retinal, retinyl esters [1-3] and retinoic acid. The main sources of vitamin A, retinoids, that comes from animal products and Beta carotene, which comes from plants are essential for not only treating deficiency syndromes but also boosting the immune system.

What are the Importance of Vitamin A

The most important type of vitamin A, is in no doubt beta carotene, a type of carotenoid. The main source of beta carotene is carrots. Carotenoids act as anti-oxidants and anti-inflamatory nutrients. Beta carotene is considered a safe vitamin A source because its sources are vegetables, for instance carrots, meaning that it is low in fat content.

1. Most animal products are rich in cholesterol. Once inside your body, cholesterol molecules bind together forming plaques which then attach themselves on the walls of blood vessels. This restricts the flow of blood resulting to high blood pressure. Plant products, unlike animal products, have less cholesterol and, vitamin A (such as beta carotene), keeps the cholesterol molecules in your body from binding together. It also prevents it from attaching itself on the walls of the arteries.

2. It facilitates normal growth of healthy cells and cell division. A normal replication of DNA requires presence of vitamin A. This vitamin, therefore, inhibits multiplication of cancerous cells and slows tumor growth down. Abnormal cell devision, as found in cancer victims, is a sign that there is deficiency of vitamin A.

3. Studies show that levels of vitamin A are very low for people suffering from viral diseases. When these people receive additional levels os the vitamin, they are said to recover faster since the defences are now restored. This shows that vitamin A is very important in causing retreats of viruses for instance those that cause measles, respiratory viruses, and even HIV.

4. Stroke victims, on the other hand, are encouraged to take vegetables and fruits (they are very good sources of beta carotene). The reason for this is because vitamin A in stroke patients helps reduce chances of the victim suffering from disabilities or in some extreme cases, death.

4. Apart from being very helpful in improving eyesight in dim light, beta carotene helps relieve the dry-eye disorder. When the lubrications of the eyes reduces, mainly due to reduction in tear production, the eyes can be very uncomfortable. Vitamin A eyedrops improve the cell fuctions in your eyes and restores their moistness.

References.
  1. www.livinghealthy360.com/index.php/beta-carotene-carotenoids-and-vitamin-a-59004/
  2. www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/252758.php
  3. health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/vitamin-supplements/benefits-of-vitamin-a.htm

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Astaxanthin Protects The Eye And More!
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Date: November 13, 2013 02:52 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Astaxanthin Protects The Eye And More!

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that is commonly found in the marine environment. It is naturally found in salmon, krill, trout, crayfish, shrimp, crustaceans and yeast. It is the chemical that is responsible for the red color in cooked shellfish and salmon meat. The algae Haematoccus has the richest natural source of astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin can also be produced synthetically, but due to the synthetic product consisting of different steriosmers it is not preferred to be used in some cases.

Unlike beta-carotene it has two more oxygenated groups on each of its ring structure, these additional functional groups make it a highly potent antioxidant and give it a configuration that is more polar than that of other carotenoids. Vitamin E has been known as the strongest antioxidant both in topical use in cosmetics and in internal use, but research has shown that astaxanthin has a greater antioxidant strength than Vitamin E. For example in the quenching of singlet oxygen it has an antioxidant strength five hundred times stronger than Vitamin E.

Unlike many other antioxidants it has the ability of crossing the blood-brain barrier and enter into the eyes, brain and central nervous system (CNS). Most diseases of the CNS and eye are caused by increased generation of free radicals or by a decrease in the ability to remove free radicals from the body. Some of the diseases that are caused by problems with inflammation and oxidation include Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Huntington’s disease. These can be prevented by taking astaxanthin.

It has anti-inflammatory properties that are related to its strong antioxidants properties. It suppresses some of the inflammatory mediators such as, prostaglandin E-2 (PGE-2), tumor necrosis factor –alpha (TNF-a), and nitric oxide. Unlike other anti-inflammatory drugs like acetaminophen that can damage the liver and aspirin that may cause stomach bleeding, astaxanthin doesn’t have any side effects.

In people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome it has the ability of reducing pain. Studies have shown that it is able to reduce pain in rheumatoid arthritis by 40% after 8 weeks of continuous use.

It prevents Ultra Violet induces oxidative stress of the skin and prevents the photo aging of the skin. It prevents UV induced formation of wrinkles and collagen degradation in the skin. It may be applied on the skin or taken orally.

In people participating in sports it eliminates the soreness of joints after exercise, and reduces the pain caused by inflammation. This enables athletes to train harder and as a result increase their endurance, skill, and strength. This is through its ant-inflammatory and ant-oxidant effects in the mitochondria (energy producing organelle).

It strengthens the immune system, research by scientists has shown that it causes increase in production of T cells, stimulates the proliferation of lymphocytes, amplify the cytotoxicity of natural killer cells, decrease damage of DNA, and increases significantly delayed type hypersensitivity syndrome.

It prevents heart disease and reduces the risk of people already suffering from heart disease form getting a stroke or heart attack. It improves the blood lipid profiles by increasing HDL (high density lipoprotein) and decreasing LDL (low density lipoprotein).

The liver main function of the liver and kidney is the detoxification and removal of harmful substances in the body. These activities lead to the formation of free radicals. Astaxanthin being a strong antioxidant helps by destroying these free radicals hence it eliminates their oxidative effects.

As a result of its immune benefits Astaxanthin also has anti-tumor properties and as a result it prevents the development of cancer. Its prevention of cancer is also caused by its antioxidant properties and by it regulating gene expression.

References

1. http://www.peakhealthadvocate.com/2826/astaxanthin-benefits-include-eye-heart-health/

2. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arcHIVe/2013/02/10/cysewki-discloses-astaxanthin-benefits.aspx

3. http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2013/apr2013_Astaxanthin-Provides-Broad-Spectrum-Protection_01.htm

4. http://www.vitguide.com/astaxanthin-benefits/

5. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/astaxanthin-supercharged-health-benefits

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Stomach acid problems, causes and solution
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Date: November 04, 2013 05:16 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Stomach acid problems, causes and solution

 heartburnWhat is Heart Burn

Heart burn or is one of the most common health problems that create burning sensation in chest and pain may also start in chest area that can go up to neck, throat and jaw as well. This sensation may increase if patient bend over or lies down and this is very common after eating and this issue basically occur due to Stomach acid problems.

How to Stop Heart Burn

Because of Stomach acid problems this issue is commonly known as acidity as well and if this problem occurs due to change in lifestyle of affected person or some over eating then patient need not to worry about the same and they can try HCL with pepsin to get the instant relief from Stomach acid problems. However, if you get this issue frequently or on daily basis, then you need to take it seriously else it can lead you to serious health problems including stomach ulcer as well as internal scaring and bleeding and if you can do some changes in your diet you can easily control this problem in best possible manner.

Foods and Drinks to Avoid Heart Burn

If we talk about the cause of heart burn or Stomach acid problems, there are a number of foods or drinks that can increase the stomach acid and can cause Stomach acid problems. Some of these food and drinks include alcohol, caffeine, carbonate drinks, acidic juices and fruits, and a variety of anti inflammatory or analgesic medicines. Other than this smoking, pregnancy, obesity, and some other diseases can also cause the heart burn situation.

How to Use HCL

If we talk about the use of HCL in heart burn, HCL dilute the stomach acid and as a result of that you get quick relive from heart burn after taking HCL, that’s why all the expert and doctors suggest you to take the HCL to get relief from Stomach acid problems.

References:

  1. http://www.medicinenet.com/heartburn_reflux/page2.htm
  2. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/arcHIVe/2010/06/05/natural-ways-to-relieve-heartburn-symptoms.aspx
  3. http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=87811&page=2

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Does your Health Depend On Colloidal Trace Minerals We Consume?
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Date: October 28, 2013 11:32 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Does your Health Depend On Colloidal Trace Minerals We Consume?

 mineralsColloidal Trace of Minerals

Trace minerals refer to a type of mineral that the body requires for good health but not in large quantities. This type of minerals supports energy, metabolism, antioxidant protection and immune system function. Colloidal trace mineral supplements offer better absorption by the body due to their small size; they are 7,000 times smaller than one’s red blood cells. Colloidal minerals are specially-prepared so that the body can fully meet its nutritional needs. They are 98% absorbable by the body, unlike a number of mineral supplements, which are 8-12 percent absorbable. Since they carry a negative electrical charge, these minerals can pass through intestinal wall pores right into the bloodstream. Therefore, our health heavily depends on these minerals. Here are the major health benefits of colloidal trace minerals.

Supports Hair Re-growth

If you have hair loss due to mineral or vitamin deficiency, then it can be attributed to lack of colloidal minerals. Therefore daily intake of the supplement will help your hair to regrow within a couple of weeks. Remember that colloidal trace minerals are usually hard to absorb and so must be prepared well before the body can utilize them.

Antibacterial

Colloidal trace minerals, such as silver, are effective in protecting the body against various bacterial infections. According to a study, even a 5 ppm solution can kill the bacteria that cause typhoid. It can also help to fight gonorrhea. Researchers put the number of pathogens that colloidal minerals can fight effectively at over 600.

Antiviral

The activity of colloidal silver against virus makes it the ideal option for fighting flu and colds for people who don’t like the conventional medications. Moreover, a 2005 study discovered that colloid silver can inhibit HIV from binding to host cells.

Anti-fungal

Colloidal minerals help to treat ringworms due to their antifungal properties. It can either be applied topically or taken internally for this purpose. It can also prove useful in treating candida.

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Quercetin?
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Date: April 18, 2013 07:37 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Are The Health Benefits Of Quercetin?

Quercetin is a bioflavonoid found in grains, leafy greens, vegetables and fruits, and has proven beneficial in the recent years. Plants often generate this flavonol to preserve vitamins and guard themselves against cell injury, bacteria and parasites. Onions, red wine, tea and apple skins are particularly rich in quercetin, which can render several health benefits. Most of these benefits can be attributed to the antioxidant properties of quercetin.

Here are the health benefits of quercetin.

Heart Disease: The antioxidant properties of quercetin can reduce the risks of plaque development in the arteries, which is also referred to as atherosclerosis. Moreover, its anti-inflammatory properties can also prevent damage associated with LDL cholesterol; one of the major causes of heart disease. Since this antioxidant is naturally found in fruits and vegetables, regular intake of quercetin will help in enhancing heart strength. Hypertension or blood pressure can also be controlled with adequate consumption of quercetin.

Protection against Allergies: The anti-inflammatory properties of quercetin have proven quite effective against many allergic reactions like allergic cough, hay fever, HIVes and asthma among others. It achieves this by inhibiting the production of histamine and other related inflammatory mediators. Therefore, it can reduce the risks of getting infected with various allergic conditions and help in speeding up recovery from these allergies.

Possible Cancer Protection: Just like most antioxidants, quercetin has cancer inhibiting properties. The antioxidant properties of quercetin shield the cells against free radicals by reducing their growth and neutralizing their negative effects in the body. Some in-vitro studies have proven that it can control cancer cells development and may reduce the chances of contracting prostate, colon, ovarian and breast cancer. It can also help people suffering from chronic interstitial and prostatitis cystitis because it acts as an effective mast cell inhibitor.

Cataracts: Quercetin can block the type of sugar which triggers the development of cataracts on your eye. Smokers or those who expose their eyes to excessive UV rays without wearing protective glasses may consider quercetin intake to reduce the risks of cataract formation. Improve Arthritis: Just like most anti-inflammatory drugs, quercetin can help people suffering from arthritis. It is believed that quercetin can reduce the pain and swelling that affects joints due to arthritis. According to some studies, change of diet from the normal western diet to a diet that focuses on vegetables and fruits with high quercetin can alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.

Athletic Ability: Some studies show that consumption of quercetin twice every day enhances oxygen capacity and endurance in active women and men. The athletic ability improvement is attributed to the positive effect of quercetin on the cell energy processors, mitochondria. This effect coupled with the antioxidant properties of quercetin can boost the immune system and might lead to general health improvement.

Other Heath Benefits: Some studies show that quercetin acts as a neutrotoxin hence can help in getting rid of neurological diseases. Since quercetin can help in free radicals control, it can also offer skin care benefits. It can also boost your immune system.

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What Is Monolaurin And What Are Its Health Benefits?
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Date: December 29, 2012 10:38 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Is Monolaurin And What Are Its Health Benefits?

Get An Immune Boost:

Man has made a big leap as far as science and pharmacology are concerned, but there are still a lot of substances useful to human health that are waiting to be discovered. There are also those substances naturally occurring but whose pharmacological properties have not yet been explored. Monolaurin, for instance, is a naturally occurring substance whose use in human health has only been lately discovered.

Monolaurin, also called glycerol monolaurate and glyceryl laurate, is a 12-carbon fatty acid as well as a monoglyceride. Although it is a derivative of coconut oil, it is most commonly prepared as a lauric acid mono-ester. Aside from coconut milk, it is also present in human breast milk, which is known to function as an immune protection passed on from mother to child after childbirth. The potency of breast milk as an immune barrier is evidenced by the stunted growth and frequency of infections seen in infants deprived of breast milk. But, all this is old information.

What's new about monolaurin?

Known Uses of Monolaurin:

Before we get to new information, it's important to look into the discovery of monolaurin. Way back in the 1960's, then University of Detroit professor Jon Kabara made an important discovery - that the combination of lauric acid and glycerol can be used in fighting germs. First marketed as a dietary supplement called Lauricidin, it was soon marketed by other pharmaceutical companies, but Lauricidin remains its most potent and purest form.

Since its discovery, it has been used as symptomatic treatment (and prevention) for the common colds, flu, herpes, and many other infections.

Working similarly to breast milk, it helps protect the immune system from infections and other ailments. Some Lauricidin users also claim that the substance is useful against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and even autism. As for viruses, it has proven to be a useful supplement against HIV, Measles, Herpes Simplex, Epstein-Barr Virus, and Cytomegalovirus, to name a few.

Studies:

Recent studies have shown its in vitro antibacterial and antimicrobial activity, at least as far as superficial skin infections are concerned. Carpo, Verallo-Rowell and Kabara (2007) demonstrated the effectiveness of monolaurin versus common antibiotics in battling both gram positive and gram negative infections such as Staphylococcus and Enterococcus. Older studies have explained Monolaurin's mechanism of action - it inserts itself into the cell membrane, disturbs the cell membrane integrity of Gram positive bacteria, and therefore blocks cell replication.

Aside from medicinal uses, it is also used for other purposes as well. It is a common ingredient in many deodorants, thanks to its antimicrobial activity; body odor, as you may know, is caused by the presence of certain bacteria. It is also present in other products such as shampoo, detergents, soap, and even in certain foods such as ice cream and margarine.

Side Effects and Drug Interactions

As far as side effects are concerned, there is still a lot to be known. Some users may experience the Herxheimer Reaction, a complicated term that indicates the presence of fatigue, body ache, irritability and fever that may worsen before the medication takes effect. Use during pregnancy and breast feeding is contraindicated, given that not enough is known about its potential effects during this period. Dosage ranges from 0.75 to 3 grams, 2 or 3 times a day, and is taken after meals.

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