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Traditional Pacific Island medicine, kava kava, found to alleviateanxiety Darrell Miller 5/7/19
Irritable bowel syndrome RELIEF: 6 ways glutamine can help, according to a new study Darrell Miller 5/7/19
Cancer patients found to benefit from cannabis; scientific studyanalyzed outcomes of 2,970 cancer patients to confirm results Darrell Miller 4/24/19
Rosemary displays a powerful anti-anxiety effect, similar todiazepam but without the side effects Darrell Miller 1/30/19
Here's Why You Should Start Taking Vitamins Darrell Miller 1/17/19
Herbal additives such as cumin oil found to increase shelf life offresh fish fillets Darrell Miller 11/26/18
The Cannabis Remedy: Simple Solution For Over 40 Million PeopleSuffering With Anxiety Darrell Miller 11/24/18
CV Sciences, Inc. Announces Landmark Publication on the Toxicology and Safety Assessment of ... VitaNet, LLC Staff 8/9/18
Help, and hope: Could cannabis possibly help fight cancer? Darrell Miller 7/21/17
Largest, most rigorous study to date confirms CBD oil helps some kids with epilepsy Darrell Miller 6/2/17
THC testing could soon come to a roadside stop near you Darrell Miller 5/10/17
Wisconsin's war on butter is an attack on fundamental personal freedom Darrell Miller 3/29/17
Drug testing and CBD: Can a cannabidiol user test positive for marijuana? Darrell Miller 3/23/17
Fish Oil Supplements: Are They Good for Cardiovascular Health? Darrell Miller 3/23/17
Ear infection treatment: Do alternative therapies work? Darrell Miller 3/18/17
Marijuana Research Supports Its Safety and Benefits Darrell Miller 3/17/17
Testosterone Therapy May Have Benefits, But Risks Too Darrell Miller 2/26/17
Is Hemp the New Superfood? Darrell Miller 1/25/17
Low levels of manganese in welding fumes cause neurological problems Darrell Miller 1/10/17
Getting a Good Night's Sleep w/o Rx Drugs Darrell Miller 12/15/16
Food with avocado extract could prevent bacterial illness Darrell Miller 12/9/16
Say NO to GMO in America Darrell Miller 12/5/16
Essential Vitamins for Flawless Skin Darrell Miller 12/5/16
Listeria and its prevention Darrell Miller 9/21/16
NSAID stands for Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs Darrell Miller 8/9/16
Should I Be Taking DHEA? Darrell Miller 8/31/15
STEVIA – BETTER THAN SUGAR Darrell Miller 7/29/15
Silica Supplements for Healthy Bones Darrell Miller 4/19/14
Bayberry Bark & Sinus Infections Darrell Miller 4/15/14
Does Black Currant Have Healing Properties? Darrell Miller 3/28/14
What Health Benefits Juniper Berry Oil Posses Darrell Miller 2/19/14
The role played by iodine in weight management Darrell Miller 12/23/13
Maitake Mushrooms - Eating your Way to Health Darrell Miller 10/25/13
What Exactly Does Diindolylmethane (DIM) Do For The Body? Darrell Miller 5/20/13
All-Natural Red Marine Algae An Effective Cold Sore Treatment Darrell Miller 1/24/13
Melatonin spray: The Perfect Remedy for Insomnia Darrell Miller 5/10/12
What Is Silymarin And What Are Its Health Benefits? Darrell Miller 4/11/12
What is the History and Health Benefits of Pycnogenol? Darrell Miller 3/24/12
The Benefits of Stevia for Diabetics Darrell Miller 2/5/12
What Is Vanadyl Sulfate And How Does It Relate to Diabetes? Darrell Miller 12/22/11
Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help With Cholesterol And Triglycerides? Darrell Miller 12/5/11
How Does Now foods Test For Quality In Raw Materials? Darrell Miller 10/26/11
How Much Turmeric Should Be Taken For Alzheimer's? Darrell Miller 10/5/11
Can Alpha GPC Really Help With Memory And Growth ? Darrell Miller 9/29/11
How Does N-Acetyl L-Carnitine Help Energy Levels? Darrell Miller 8/3/11
Does Boron Really Help Improve Bone Health? Darrell Miller 7/1/11
Potassium Iodide (KI) Fact Sheet: What You Should Know Darrell Miller 3/28/11
Is AHCC Good for the Immune System? How So? Darrell Miller 3/2/11
OralBiotic for Ear, Nose, and Throat Health Darrell Miller 5/28/10
Vitamin A Vs Beta-Carotene and its Safety Darrell Miller 5/9/10




Traditional Pacific Island medicine, kava kava, found to alleviateanxiety
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Date: May 07, 2019 04:27 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Traditional Pacific Island medicine, kava kava, found to alleviateanxiety





Kava kava was found to alleviate anxiety symptoms by a study done at Gran Valley State University in Michigan. The study reported that it was safe if used for less than eight weeks. This medicine can be found in the Pacific and helps the many people suffering phobias and major depressive disorders. Approximately one in fourteen people suffer from some anxiety. The medicine was found to be harmful to the liver, and even toxic if taken longer than eight weeks. It was also found to be more effective for females and younger people. Longer term studies will be done to determine overall safety. In the meantime, other treatments include using skullcap, Valerian root, passion flower and Ashwagandha.

Key Takeaways:

  • Kava kava is used widely in the pacific to alleviate anxiety and a new study from Grand Valley state University in Michigan has confirmed its effectiveness.
  • In the US about 40 million adults are said to suffer from anxiety disorder and the specific issues range from major depressive disorders to phobias.
  • 11 articles that met the inclusion criteria for kava kava to be effective against anxiety were used in the study by the Michigan researchers.

"A lot of people suffer from anxiety. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in 14 people around the world has an anxiety disorder, making it one of the most common mental disorders."

Read more: https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-03-13-kava-kava-can-alleviate-anxiety.html

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Irritable bowel syndrome RELIEF: 6 ways glutamine can help, according to a new study
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Date: May 07, 2019 01:58 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Irritable bowel syndrome RELIEF: 6 ways glutamine can help, according to a new study





Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) doesn't just cause uncomfortable digestive symptoms, but it also can result in intestinal hyper-permeability, which decreases the rate in which your body can absorb vitamins and nutrients that are required to thrive. An amino acid called glutamine can help by reducing the rate in which intestinal hyper-permeability occurs, allowing your system to absorb primary nutrients in a much more effective manner. It also showed to reduce the symptoms of IBS all-around.

Key Takeaways:

  • About 45 million Americans have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and they know this can be really upsetting because sometimes they have constipation and diarrhea with it.
  • The journal Gut contained a 2018 study that could be of help to people with IBS because it assessed the effectiveness and safety of an oral glutamine supplement.
  • Glutamine is an amino acid, among millions of amino acids produced by the body and that can also be found in food which are building blocks for protein.

"In the quest to find natural solutions for IBS or digestive upset, adding a glutamine supplement to a well-balanced diet could be the next key step."

Read more: https://www.naturalhealth365.com/glutamine-gut-health-2785.html

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Cancer patients found to benefit from cannabis; scientific studyanalyzed outcomes of 2,970 cancer patients to confirm results
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Date: April 24, 2019 01:35 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Cancer patients found to benefit from cannabis; scientific studyanalyzed outcomes of 2,970 cancer patients to confirm results





Cannabis is routinely used for palliative care in Israel, and Israeli researchers did a study of over 2900 late-stage cancer patients treated with medical cannabis between 2015 and 2017 to evaluate how effective it was as a treatment. Most of the patients complained of sleep disturbances, very severe pain, nausea and weakness. The researchers found that 96 percent of the patients treated with the medical cannabis reported improvements in their symptoms, leading the scientists to conclude that medical cannabis is effective and safe for palliative care.

Key Takeaways:

  • Now counting and increasing, there are now about 34 countries, with an equal number of states in the US who have approved the use of cannabis for treating diseases.
  • Although at the federal level the US has not approved the use of cannabis, but as more and more studies come out, hopefully, that will be the situation.
  • Cancer is a leading cause of death in Israel and palliative care is recommended for cancer patients. The Israeli ministry of health has approved cannabis for palliative care.

"They sorted out which types of cancer the patients had, what main symptoms that required therapy were and how severe the pain was for the patients. Then they evaluated the safety and efficacy of this therapy."

Read more: https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-03-10-cancer-patients-found-to-benefit-from-cannabis.html

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Rosemary displays a powerful anti-anxiety effect, similar todiazepam but without the side effects
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Date: January 30, 2019 03:10 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Rosemary displays a powerful anti-anxiety effect, similar todiazepam but without the side effects





Many people suffer from anxiety and are in search of natural treatments instead of anti-anxiety drugs. According to researchers from Iran, rosemary could be a possibility. Many anti-anxiety drugs prescribed have a list of side effects making it even more difficult for people who suffer already. Rosemary is a shrub like plant found mostly in southern Europe. It is already known for killing bacteria, promoting blood flow, lowering blood sugar levels and more. The study concluded that the mice injected with rosemary appeared to have reduced anxiety similar to the mice injected with anti-anxiety medications.

Key Takeaways:

  • Research shows that more than 500 million people are afflicted with the psychological disorder of anxiety.
  • Pharmaceutical options for anxiety often incorporate side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, low blood pressure and sexual dysfunction.
  • One study, administered on mice, suggested that the herb, rosemary, showed an anti-anxiety affect on subjects on par with the drug diazepam.

"Natural products are good alternatives to anti-anxiety drugs because of their potency and safety."

Read more: https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-12-11-rosemary-displays-powerful-anti-anxiety-effect-no-side-effects.html

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Here's Why You Should Start Taking Vitamins
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Date: January 17, 2019 08:07 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Here's Why You Should Start Taking Vitamins





Visit the nearest supplements store and purchase a few bottles of vitamins as quickly as you can if they're not already a part of your daily agenda. Taking vitamins is one way to keep your good health in check. They supply the body with the nutrients that it doesn't produce itself and supplements when you don't consume the right foods for adequate nutrition. It is time to get your good health in check and use vitamins each day!

Key Takeaways:

  • American diets are typically high in calories inconsiderable lower in nutrients.
  • Taking a multivitamin could help you lose weight as one study showed men losing more weight when using a multivitamin.
  • Women who used a multivitamin were found to have fewer food cravings.

"Multivitamins contain a variety of vitamins and nutrients, and are designed to boost your daily intake."

Read more: https://kaboutjie.com/health-safety/heres-why-you-should-start-taking-vitamins/

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Herbal additives such as cumin oil found to increase shelf life offresh fish fillets
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Date: November 26, 2018 02:52 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Herbal additives such as cumin oil found to increase shelf life offresh fish fillets





Fish is a popular edible. In fact the Food and Agricultural Organization estimates that fish eaters consume up to 163 million tons of the aquatic protein every year. That's a lot of fish to freeze. And, unfortunately, more so than is the case with other popular proteins, fish spoils easily, even when kept on ice. Adding a natural antimicrobial agent, such as the common kitchen spice, black cumin, could be an inexpensive and economy-boosting way to extend the shelf life of vulnerable fish. This premise has actually been tested and proven by researchers at the Firat University in Turkey, where a study that utilized black cumin oil to extend the life of fish fillets proved entirely successful. The study showed that no negative side effects endured from the process. In addition to improving the safety of fish, the researchers noted that the process was environmentally sound as well, as it required less energy.

Key Takeaways:

  • Researchers from the Turkish University, Firat University, have uncovered a use for the common kitchen spice, black cumin, that does not involve direct human consumption.
  • The Food and Agricultural Organization has noted that up to 163 tons of fish are consumed per year, even though the protein is very prone to spoilage, even when refrigerated.
  • The use of a natural antimicrobial agent, such as black cumin, promotes food safety, lowers energy cost and ups the value of the fish.

"The use of natural antimicrobials such as organic acids, essential oils, plant extracts, and bacteriocins could be good alternatives to ensure food safety."

Read more: https://www.naturalnews.com/2018-11-06-cumin-oil-increases-shelf-life-of-fresh-fish-fillets.html

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The Cannabis Remedy: Simple Solution For Over 40 Million PeopleSuffering With Anxiety
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Date: November 24, 2018 11:13 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: The Cannabis Remedy: Simple Solution For Over 40 Million PeopleSuffering With Anxiety





Anxiety is a very prevalent condition, both in the U.S. and worldwide. In fact the National Institutes of Health concur that as much as 33% of the world's population has suffered, or well suffer from some type of anxiety. Besides mentally specific symptoms, such as worry, fretting, inability to focus, nervousness and fearfulness, the condition can create physical symptoms as well, such as clenching, sweating, dizziness, accelerated breathing, pulse and raised blood pressure. At it's worst, anxiety can induce a full-blown panic attack, depersonalization and even a certainty that one is dying. Obviously anxiety is a potentially critical condition, with the ability to disrupt life, even in small ways. As it worsens, anxiety can make it difficult to impossible for sufferers to work or socialize effectively. Though triggers vary, most people are visited by anxiety due to one of three big concerns, namely fears that center around finances, safety, or health. One poll conducted by the American Psychiatric Association concluded that keeping the family safe and bill-paying were huge anxiety triggers that resonated with more than 60% of respondents. The positive news is that many people can experience mitigation, if not complete surcease of these symptoms by using cannabis, which is expected to keep growing as an industry. THC which is the psychoactive component in cannabis, that which makes it illegal if it gets past .3%, is minimal to almost nil in hemp, which is related to, but not the same as marijuana. The THC amount will vary in cannabis products. There is hemp oil, hemp seed oil and CBD oil, which is made from the entire plant, flowers and all, so it may have a bit more THC. Oil products can be taken topically, or sublingually, even smoked. By acting on receptors in the central nervous symptom, the constituents of the oil act to mitigate the symptoms of anxiety. Even beyond pain relief these products have been shown to have efficacy for symptoms of epilepsy, pain and impaired cognition.

Key Takeaways:

  • The National Institute of Health estimates as much as a third of the world suffers from anxiety.
  • Anxiety has the ability to disrupt life, even making it impossible for people to function at work, home or in social capacities.
  • Although anxiety takes many forms, the big three trigger issues for most people revolve around, health, finances and safety.

"The good news is, there are ways to cope, even ways to alleviate anxiety and its symptoms using natural and drug-free solutions."

Read more: https://www.thealternativedaily.com/cannabis-remedy-solution-people-suffering-with-anxiety/

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CV Sciences, Inc. Announces Landmark Publication on the Toxicology and Safety Assessment of ...
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Date: August 09, 2018 09:53 AM
Author: VitaNet, LLC Staff (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: CV Sciences, Inc. Announces Landmark Publication on the Toxicology and Safety Assessment of ...





CV Sciences, Inc. Announces Landmark Publication on the Toxicology and Safety Assessment of ...

The scientific study of the analysis of CBD oil got a major push recently. It's been almost 40 years since the last thorough toxicological safety assessment was run on a CBD oil. However, recently CV sciences had AIBMR Life Sciences Inc. perform a complete array of toxicological studies on Plus CBD oil, the company's consumer-lauded hemp cannabidiol oil. The study attested to the safety of oral consumption of the product.

The study conclusions, which have been shared in a peer-reviewed journal, attest to the fact that the oil was discovered to be non-clastogenic, non-mutagenic and non-genotoxic. A spokesperson for CV Sciences noted that the company was "thrilled" and would encourage all CBD companies to allow such studies to be conducted for their own base materials.

Key Takeaways:

  • CV Sciences Inc hired AIBMR Lifesciences Inc. to perform a full toxicological screening of CV's consumer-lauded CBD oil, specifically an extract from the base raw materials comprising it.
  • A peer-reviewed journal has published the findings, which indicate that the extract tested is non-mutagenic, non-clastogenic and non-genotoxic.
  • A spokesperson for CV Sciences indicated that the company was "thrilled" and also urged other CBD companies to have their base materials tested too.

"The toxicological assessment is the first known published data of its kind since the 1980 Rosenkrantz et al.’s publication with respect to toxicology data on CBD, Cannabichromene and hashish oil."

Read more: http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/cv-sciences-inc-announces-landmark-publication-on-the-toxicology-and-safety-assessment-of-base-material-of-its-pluscbd-oil-products-1027104828

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Help, and hope: Could cannabis possibly help fight cancer?
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Date: July 21, 2017 04:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Help, and hope: Could cannabis possibly help fight cancer?





Cancer is a deadly condition claiming the lives of far too many people. There are treatments for cancer, but currently there is no cure. But, scientists, researchers, and medical professionals are all looking at cannabis as a potential cure for cancer. Could the time for a cure for cancer be now, all with thanks to an herb that's been illegal for so long now? Find out all the details about the new cannabis research that suggest the cure may be near.

Key Takeaways:

  • The cannabis oils he uses contain concentrated amounts of two plant compounds: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of marijuana that gets you high, and cannabidiol (CBD)
  • The truth is, as much as is known about cannabis and its effects on the human body, little is known regarding its safety and effectiveness in fighting cancer.
  • Confusion about cannabis and cancer is deepened by a lack of scientific evidence, despite wild, anecdotal claims of its curative powers found on the internet.

"The combination of both (CBD and THC) causes apoptosis; cannabis tends to go to cancer cells weakened due to chemotherapy and causes them to kill themselves,"

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/13/cancer-journal-cannabis/

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Largest, most rigorous study to date confirms CBD oil helps some kids with epilepsy
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Date: June 02, 2017 04:14 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Largest, most rigorous study to date confirms CBD oil helps some kids with epilepsy





Prescription drugs kill over 30,000 people a year and children are more susceptible. New data has been found that states that CBD (cannibidol) oil, which is marijuana without the effects of being "high" helps children with epilepsy. The oil is called Epidiolex, which was created in London, is currently seeking approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is the first large study that has been performed using marijuana where one group got a vairable substance and the other got the oil, and the parents didn't know the results until the end.

Key Takeaways:

  • As scientists try to find more information about marijuana and it's safety factors, their work has been hindered with recent regulations that require them to have special licenses.
  • The newest legitimate study regarding mariguana includes a test using CBD or cannibidol that was fused into a liquid and given to children with epilepsy.The oil is different than traditional marijuana
  • The hallucinations that occur when some people use marijuana are counteracted with this oil. It is specifically for reducing seizures, anxiety and other symptoms of having epilepsy.

"A medicine made from marijuana, without the stuff that gives a high, cut seizures in kids with a severe form of epilepsy in a study that strengthens the case for more research into pot’s possible health benefits."

Read more: http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/05/25/cannabidiol-cbd-oil-epilepsy-medical-study/80258/

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THC testing could soon come to a roadside stop near you
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Date: May 10, 2017 06:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: THC testing could soon come to a roadside stop near you





Canada is working to put into effect the road-side testing for THC when they encounter a driver that appears to be impaired. THC is one of the chemicals that can be found in cannabis. It affects the user by giving them a high. In testing this roadside, the hope is to reduce the number of accidents caused by impaired drivers. With all the legalization of marijuana, it is important to protect all that are on the road. By testing roadside, and handing out punishment, hopefully safety will increase

Read more: THC testing could soon come to a roadside stop near you

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Wisconsin's war on butter is an attack on fundamental personal freedom
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Date: March 29, 2017 09:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Wisconsin's war on butter is an attack on fundamental personal freedom





Kerrygold butter got pull from all stores in Wisconsin not because of any safety issues, but simply because the state wants domestic products to have an advantage over foreign products. Kerrygold has grown in popularity since people have been shifting over to healthy fat diets such as paleo and keto. A popular drink that has emerged from this is known as Bulletproof, which requires grass-fed butter. People of Wisconsin are outraged that the state has banned this brand of butter and feel that it attacks their freedom as consumers.

Read more: Wisconsin's war on butter is an attack on fundamental personal freedom

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Drug testing and CBD: Can a cannabidiol user test positive for marijuana?
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Date: March 23, 2017 01:44 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Drug testing and CBD: Can a cannabidiol user test positive for marijuana?





Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is known to have a myriad of health benefits and is becoming increasingly used to treat a variety of health conditions. It's even being used to treat pets for a growing number of conditions. It's also not intoxicating like many products with marijuana. For the many people who are wondering if CBD products will show up on a drug test, this article consults with a drug expert to find answers to this common question.

Key Takeaways:

  • its possible there are trace amounts of THC in cannabidiol to increase the effectiveness
  • the fda notified companies in 2015 & 2016 CBD labels were incorrect however they have still neglected the issue
  • The most responsible thing to do to insure the pass of a drug screen is to research the label of the mfg of the CBD to verify the potency/safety

"Both experts agree: As long as there is no THC in the CBD products, then a urine test would not yield a positive result for THC metabolites."

Read more: http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/03/10/marijuana-drug-test-cbd-cannabidiol-positive/74014/

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Fish Oil Supplements: Are They Good for Cardiovascular Health?
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Date: March 23, 2017 08:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Fish Oil Supplements: Are They Good for Cardiovascular Health?





Conventional wisdom has long been that fish oil supplements are very beneficial for heart health. In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends fish oil for heart patients. However, there is some disagreement about the effectiveness and safety of fish oil. Read this article and discover 3 reasons why some data may be flawed regarding this supplement along with concerns regarding safety of some fish oil. In the end, eating fish may be more heart-healthy.

Key Takeaways:

  • While the American Heart Association recommends heart patients consume fish oil tablets, one MD is not so sure.
  • While some studies seem to show that Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil are good for heart patients, some doctors see flaws in the structure of the studies.
  • Since the FDA does not regulate fish oil pills, one doctor suggests it could be more beneficial to just eat more fish.

"Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which, when consumed by eating fatty fish, can cause blood vessel relaxation, reduced blood clotting, reduced inflammation and possibly stabilization of heart rhythm."

Read more: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2017/03/fish-oil-supplements-good-cardiovascular-health/

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Ear infection treatment: Do alternative therapies work?
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Date: March 18, 2017 08:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Ear infection treatment: Do alternative therapies work?





Watchful waiting is a common course of treatment for an ear infection. The discomfort of an ear infection however, takes a toll on both the patient and their families, frequently leaving people searching for alternative treatments. Mayo clinic published a summary of the current understanding of several popular alternatives promoted to relieve the pain of ear infection. Homeopathy, chiropractic, natural sweeteners, and herbal ear drops are few popular therapies with unclear research results. The practicality, cost, and safety of any alternatives should be considered.

Key Takeaways:

  • Parents are often concerned about how to treat an ear infection, they do not always wish to use traditional medical treatments and seek homeopathic alternatives.
  • Homeopathic treatments are not widely studied and often have no regulatory aspects by the FDA. Further monitoring will give better overall data for decision making when choosing homeopathic treatment
  • Before making your choice to try non traditional treatments, find out about the treatments, costs and which doctors advocate for certain treatments as safe for children.

"Alternative ear infection treatments abound on the internet and in books and magazines. They include chiropractic adjustments, homeopathy, herbal eardrops and others."

Read more: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ear-infections/in-depth/ear-infection-treatment/art-20047613

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Marijuana Research Supports Its Safety and Benefits
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Date: March 17, 2017 11:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Marijuana Research Supports Its Safety and Benefits





The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in 23 states and, as of this writing, 9 states have pending legislation or ballot measures to legalize medical marijuana. Estimates are that between 85 and 95 percent of Americans are in favor of medical cannabis, and nearly 60 percent support complete legalization of marijuana.

Key Takeaways:

  • The use of marijuana for medical purposes is now legal in 23 states.
  • Estimates are that between 85 and 95 percent of Americans are in favor of medical cannabis, and nearly 60 percent support complete legalization of marijuana.
  • And doctors agree. In 2014, a survey found that the majority of physicians—56 percent—favor nationwide legalization of medical cannabis.

"Estimates are that between 85 and 95 percent of Americans are in favor of medical cannabis, and nearly 60 percent support complete legalization of marijuana."



Reference:

//www.healthnutnews.com/marijuana-research-supports-its-safety-and-benefits/

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Testosterone Therapy May Have Benefits, But Risks Too
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Date: February 26, 2017 07:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Testosterone Therapy May Have Benefits, But Risks Too





Low testosterone can dim a man's sex drive, performance in bed, energy, and motivation. It can also have some harmful effects. When needed, testosterone replacement therapy can boost T levels back to normal and return him to the man he used to be. Still, there are also risks to TRT, and the long-term safety isn't clear. Here's what men need to know.

Key Takeaways:

  • Testosterone treatment can boost bone density and reduce anemia in older men.
  • It might also open the door to future heart risks, a new set of trials suggests.
  • the trials also found that men receiving testosterone treatment experienced a significantly greater increase in arterial plaque.

"All told, the Testosterone Trials seem to indicate that the best use of testosterone therapy is for treatment of decreased sexual function in men with so-called “low T” (low testosterone levels), said Dr. Thomas Gill."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.antiagingacu.com/health-news/testosterone-therapy-may-have-benefits-but-risks-too/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjFlMTFjYzBlYzAwOTU4NjY6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFhqQHdnJ2c2QRQzlkzVhjkcYInIw

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Is Hemp the New Superfood?
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Date: January 25, 2017 02:59 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Is Hemp the New Superfood?





With marijuana taking a center stage, hemp is also under greater scrutiny. Australia in particular is interested in doing more with the plant. It is legal to grow the plant in Australia, but not to consume it. However, some studies are showing that hemp seeds may be the next superfood. It has been shown to have almost as much protein as soya beans, while being more digestible. This plant is also easily grown and sustainable. There is currently a proposal to change the law forbidding the consumption of the product.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hemp is currently used in the production of many different types of products.
  • Industrial hemp - specifically hemp seeds - is being heralded as one of the next superfoods.
  • hemp is also extremely eco friendly and sustainable to farm.

"If approved, the proposal will mean that hemp seeds can be used in the production of food products such as flour, oil and protein powder as well as sold as and consumed as a raw product"



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.foodsafety.com.au/news/is-hemp-the-new-superfood&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGmMzNTEwZjgyOWIxNGI2ODg6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGRPlWQkhXu425LBYuXCKiMTPGDGQ

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Low levels of manganese in welding fumes cause neurological problems
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Date: January 10, 2017 10:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Low levels of manganese in welding fumes cause neurological problems





Recently a new study has found that welders that are exposed to airborne manganese at some estimated levels that are under safety standards set by federal law have developed neurological problems. In general the current standards that are set for safety might not be adequate enough to protect welders from the dangers that come with it.

Key Takeaways:

  • This is the first study that shows clinically relevant health effects that are occurring at estimated exposures that are an order of magnitude lower than the OSHA limit.
  • Each participant also underwent at least two standardized clinical evaluations of motor function spaced a year or more apart and using the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale.
  • The evaluations were performed by trained neurologists looking for signs of neurological damage such as muscle stiffness, gait instability, reduced facial expressions and slow movement.good

""We found that chronic exposure to manganese-containing welding fumes is associated with progressive neurological symptoms such as slow movement and difficulty speaking," said Brad A. Racette, MD, a professor of neurology and the study's senior author."



Reference:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161228171126.htm

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Getting a Good Night's Sleep w/o Rx Drugs
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Date: December 15, 2016 06:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Getting a Good Night's Sleep w/o Rx Drugs





Want to get an amazing night’s sleep without aby sort of sleep drug? Well the key may be kicking your sugar addiction. This is important to really sleep well and end your dependency on drugs and start sleeping like you are supposed to. It is possible to beat your addiction; it will just take some work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sleep deprivation significantly affects our daily routine, and can significantly hinder your quality of life.
  • Insufficient sleep is associated with an array of serious health risks, including pain, fatigue, weight gain, and fibromyalgia.
  • So if you find yourself losing out on a good night’s sleep, keep reading for great tips for a better rest.

"Sleep deprivation significantly affects our daily routine, and can signaficantly impair performance, health, even safety."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//www.livetradingnews.com/getting-good-nights-sleep-wo-rx-drugs-22885.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjVkYjY3ZDViNDdiNGM3ZTc6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEKYW_Z5KaD1M7mm7yywJCIryY4Sw

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Food with avocado extract could prevent bacterial illness
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Date: December 09, 2016 10:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Food with avocado extract could prevent bacterial illness





A recent study has found that extracts from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control microbes that cause Listeria. Listeria is a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impaired immune systems. Researchers from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico compared enriched acetogenin extract from avocado seeds with two name-brand synthetic antimicrobials. While humans already consume acetogenins from avocado pulp that are above antilisterial levels, bioavailability and safety of the extracts from avocado seeds need further assessment.

Key Takeaways:

  • A study found that extracts from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control.
  • A recent study has found that extracts from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control microbes that cause Listeria.
  • Food products formulated without synthetic additives can be harmful for health therefore, food scientists are looking for ways to replace synthetic additives with natural ones.

"A recent study has found that extracts from avocado seeds can potentially be used as a natural additive incorporated into ready-to-eat foods to control microbes that cause Listeria."



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//www.thehealthsite.com/news/food-with-avocado-extract-could-prevent-bacterial-illness-ag1116/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjVkYjY3ZDViNDdiNGM3ZTc6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGvnH1MNCWZtNuh3XwZCaLt6Fa57Q

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Say NO to GMO in America
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Date: December 05, 2016 10:18 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Say NO to GMO in America

Coming from over 50 countries, countless millions of people have expressed their disapproval over attempted corporate ownership of plant seeds through GMO (genetically modified organisms). Having said that, the corporations involved have assured the public that GMO is safe and want us to believe that it's more efficient at feeding the world by giving higher yields and have greater resistance to extreme weather conditions.

Safety of GMO

According to a growing number of scientists such as world leading expert Dr Don Huber GMO expert, professor of plant pathology at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, USA, there has been NO peer reviewed evidence to support the idea that GMO crops are safe. On the contrary, a vast catalogue of scientific evidence has built up over the years showing that GMO is unsafe. 

Public consumption of genetically modified crops have been accused of causing ill health in the form of allergies, cancer, birth defects and infertility. It also includes toxicity, reduced nutritional value, environmental damage and political unrest such as that with farmer's and consumer's disputes.

The Revolving Door Effect

Approval bodies like the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) decide whether or not a food or drug is fit to go out on the market for consumption.  GMO is not safe. Nor has it shown to produce higher yield, greater nutritional value or resist drought conditions better than non-GMO according to many experts such as Professor John Fagan, award-winning Geneticist, Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA.

Yes, of course we should say NO to GMO. It is spurred on by corporate greed and political self interest with more than its fair share of hidden ulterior motives. The technology is unimaginably potentially dangerous and could be perceived as one of the biggest threats to humanity if allowed to get out of control.

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Essential Vitamins for Flawless Skin
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Date: December 05, 2016 08:59 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (support@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Essential Vitamins for Flawless Skin





The secret to the fountain of youth has sent many men to their deaths. Also, women have strived to keep their skin looking youthful and exuberant. Living in an age where our overall health has been scientifically broken down, we realize that eating healthy and taking in the proper vitamins and minerals can make us live longer and look healthy. The fountain of youth can now easily be consumed with water, fruits and vegetables. Bon Appetit!!

Key Takeaways:

  • Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and like all organs, it needs optimum nutrition – the right vitamins and minerals – for good health.
  • Vitamin A is also known as retinol, which promotes cell turnover in the skin and helps control acne outbreaks and has been found effective for treating hyperkeratosis pillars, a condition that affects about 40 percent of adults and is characterized by rough, dry skin and raised bumps, typically on the backs of the arms.
  • Vitamin C is also critical for the synthesis of collagen, which helps maintain the skin’s plump, healthy appearance.

"Vitamin A is also known as retinol, which promotes cell turnover in the skin and helps control acne outbreaks and has been found effective for treating hyperkeratosis pillars"



Reference:

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=//worldsafetyline.com/essential-vitamins-for-flawless-skin/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjVkYjY3ZDViNDdiNGM3ZTc6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNGKFw3EPAN9M279wYdyenw8QWyNVg

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Listeria and its prevention
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Date: September 21, 2016 03:17 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Listeria and its prevention


Listeria is a kind of bacteria that causes 'Listeriosis'. This pathogen is present in the soil, water and sometimes even in animals used for meat and cattle. It can enter the body by the consumption of poultry food, milk and its products, raw vegetables and sometimes even through the meat of herbivores. While many pathogens die when refrigerated, Listeria continues to thrive in cold temperature.

Eliminating Listeria

The only way to get rid of Listeria is by cooking and pasteurisation. To avoid coming in contact with Listeria, you need to wash the fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them. For the vegetables which grow under the soil, like beetroot and potato, it is advisable to cook them at a high temperature or boil them before consuming.

Disinfect cookware

It is also critical to keep everything used in the process of preparing food spotless and disinfected. Washing hands before eating and cooking is necessary too.

These precautions can help you avoid listeria from entering your body.



References:

https://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/listeria/
//www.eatingwell.com/blogs/food_news_blog/what_is_listeria_8_ways_to_avoid_listeria_and_more_foodborne_bacteria
//www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/listeria-infection/basics/prevention/con-20031039
//www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm274114.htm

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NSAID stands for Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
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Date: August 09, 2016 03:00 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: NSAID stands for Non-Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

NSAID drugs are used by millions of people daily around the world.  Most people do not even think twice about their safety, whether these kind of drugs are safe to use?

These include aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen. 

They work by inhibiting or blocking COX 1 and 2 Enzyme pathways that cause inflammation in the body.  These drugs do work but have sever health issues, this is why COX 1 and 2 enzyme pathways should never be blocked. 

If you take any of these drugs and other cyclooxygenase blocking drugs, consider the consequences:

  • Double risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Double risk of death from heart attack and stroke
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding, sometimes fatal
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver failure
  • Blood thinning leading to prolonged bleeding after surgery and injury

There are 16,500 deaths per year from NSAID drugs and the number keeps climbing each year.  Fortunately, curcumin can help lower inflammation safely with out side effects.  Consider taking curcumin instead of reaching for the NSAID drugs.


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Should I Be Taking DHEA?
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Date: August 31, 2015 10:23 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: Should I Be Taking DHEA?

Formally known as the 5-Dehydroepiandrosterone, DHEA is actually a steroid hormone secreted by the human brain, gonads as well as the adrenal glands, the glands that sit just on top of any person's kidneys.  Besides, being secreted by the gonads and also the human brain, DHEA is also beneficial in the formation of crucial reproductive hormones, like testosterone along with estrogen.


Should I Be Taking DHEA?

DHEA was found in the mid 1930's yet really grew up in the 1950's when it had been found that maturing patients experienced decreased levels in their circulatory system. It had been thought before that DHEA supplement projects may help battle the maturing process.  There's a reasonable bit of level headed discussion on the point in the matter of regardless of whether DHEA is helpful. One point is sure on the other hand, DHEA is a denied substance in for all intents and purposes of all games associations. Associations from baseball to the Olympics have established that DHEA is unworthy for the members.

Fundamentally, DHEA supplements are thought to effectively lessen weight. They typically measure in putting away fats in the body and keep those extra calories away.  As a general rule, majority of "work out" supplements comprise of DHEA in their components. Apart from this, DHEA also advances the glucose to parts where it is required, thus bringing about a fitter and healthier body.

DHEA supplement is truly a sort of steroidal hormone, it's got a huge part in the body's safety.  Boosting the invulnerable framework is another prize that you can get from DHEA dietary supplements as these are known not the human body's capacity to shape significantly more antibodies that may battle off disease and tumor bringing about cells

The huge expansion of optional medications cannot be compared to the extraordinary properties of DHEA.  While it is genuinely made in the whole body.  The maturing process is inevitable to the human body, however, DHEA slows down the aging process.  This also helps in conditions in the heart, kidneys, and pancreas.

Given that DHEA is a steroidal hormone, it plays an important role in the body's susceptibility to antibodies.  This improves the body's energy to fight contamination and malignancy in cells.  Likewise, it has been watched how nutritional supplements containing a DHEA fixing could incredibly help people who may have high dangers of getting osteoporosis.  This truly is as a consequence of straightforward reality that DHEA supplement could support the calcium levels inside of the bones.

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STEVIA – BETTER THAN SUGAR
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Date: July 29, 2015 05:11 PM
Author: Darrell Miller
Subject: STEVIA – BETTER THAN SUGAR

Stevia is a natural sweetener that originates in South America – Paraguay and Brazil, mostly – with no calories and is remarkably much sweeter than sugar.  The stevia plant Stevia Rebaudiana derives its sweetness from steviol glycocides.  The extract is then processed for sale in the form of Truvia and PureVia around North America.  It is not yet approved as an additive due to possible side effects of male infertility and genetic mutations.

Stevia

Benefits of Stevia over Sugar

  • Efficient. Stevia is very potent as a sweetener and contains multiple times the sweetness of sugar.  This means less of it is required to have a similar effect on intake. The leaf itself can stay up to five years, so it is a worthy investment as a plant. It saves money and allows for multiple use of a very small quantity.
  • Low Calorie Count. Stevia has been a revelation for health freaks around the country. It has no calories, affects neither insulin nor blood sugar levels and does not contribute to dental cavities. It is thus a healthier and cleaner way to indulge your sweet tooth. This is a great tool to combat the rising obese statistics and keep folks in better nick.
  • Suppresses Craving. Stevia does not spike your thirst for a sugar spree as much as aspartame and sucralose products. The common helplessness to sugar products once tasted leading to wanting more can be combated with stevia. As opposed to other sweeteners bringing about dizziness, headaches and rashes, stevia is a serene product that will not enslave you to sugar and enable you to keep it natural.
  • Teeth Saver. Stevia acts as a polyol would in that dental bacteria from sugar consumption cannot ferment it thus preventing tooth decay and plaque. Erythritol, Maltitol and Solbitol are in most gums and toothpastes as sugar alcohols, but have a lot of calories and can affect diabetics due to their high glycemic index. Stevia does the same job but with no calories and poses no threat to diabetics.
  • Safe for Diabetics. The glycemic index is a measure of how much sugar, carbohydrates contain and the energy used to break them down. The higher the glycemic index, the more unsafe, it is for diabetics. Apples, French fries and table salt all have indices above 30 so to keep your food palatable and your diabetes in check, use the zero rated stevia.
  • Combats Hypertension and Candidiadis. The South Americans have used stevia for long periods to combat rising blood sugar levels, obesity and fatty liver, but it is only proven to lower the blood pressure of hypertension patients.

The yeast we hear about being in our bodies is called Candida albicans and it can ferment sugar in the body, causing the candidiasis infection with treatment involving cutting sugar out of your diet.  Stevia does not react with the yeast and can also keep your food sweet.

Stevia is a safer and healthier option to sugar.  It is natural and sweeter than sugar making it a great option to combat obesity and sugar level problems the world is constantly facing.


Resources:

//www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/ask-a-health-expert/are-stevia-and-agave-syrup-healthier-sweeteners-than-sugar/article13204159/

//www.livescience.com/39601-stevia-facts-safety

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Silica Supplements for Healthy Bones
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Date: April 19, 2014 05:36 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Silica Supplements for Healthy Bones

Silica

bonesFor a long lasting, the part of silica in the body was not known. Right away, it is around the paramount minerals. It can luckily be found in the vast majority of the vegetables and apples and oranges. Analysts have named silica as of late into the class of the most essential minerals for the body. Nutritionists assess that a grown-up might require 20 to 30 mg for every day.

Health benefits of silica

This mineral helps the body to develop the bones, the teeth, the cartilages, the tendons and the hair, giving further safety. Silica additionally gives the skin suppleness and the vascular dividers versatility. An eating regimen rich in silica can avoid osteoporosis, atherosclerosis (thickening of blood vessel dividers), skin wrinkling, diminishing and balding, broken nails and tooth rot. It makes the teeth, the nails and the hair to sparkle. Silica exists in lung tissue, so it is prescribed for the re-mineralization handle in tuberculosis patients. Since it serves to develop bone and cartilage, this mineral must not be absent from the eating methodologies of pregnant women and kids experiencing rickets. Additionally it helps acclimatize phosphorus, which is exceptionally imperative for the cerebrum wellbeing.

Silica sources

Luckily, silica is found in numerous nourishments we consume regularly, and particularly in leafy foods. A percentage of the wealthiest sources are the entire grains, the pieces of fruit and oranges, lemons, grapes, raisins, almonds, peanuts, nuts, grains by and large, cabbage, carrots, squash, green beans, cucumbers, mushrooms, onions, leeks, parsnips, weeds and radishes. From these, the entire grains hold a type of silica, which is not difficult to absorb. Corn shelled and results of it (white bread, for instance) do not hold silica. Besides, all refined or prepared items lose their supplements, including silica. Lager and nectar have additionally a substantial amount of this mineral in their creation. It exists even in water in diverse amounts, depending from on the land zone. Around the creature sustenance sources, fish is the particular case that holds silica. Since the nourishments holding this mineral are such a large number of, we can give our body, for the most part without issues, the everyday necessity. Silica lack is uncommon. It happens in individuals who consistently consume foods grown from the ground and the elderly, because the mineral is more troublesome to absorb with age.

The vicinity of silica in the body is exceptionally imperative. The mineral is fundamental for calcium ingestion especially in the early phases of bone development, additionally for supporting skeletal wellbeing all around life. It is included in framing collagen and that is the reason it is vital for the strength of nails, skin and hair. Silica is additionally important to keep the adaptability of corridors, and assumes a real part in averting cardiovascular illnesses. It animates the insusceptible framework and deferrals the maturing procedure of tissues. The level of this mineral in the body diminishes with age. In this way, more seasoned individuals require a higher admission of silica, contrasted with ones that are more youthful.

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Bayberry Bark & Sinus Infections
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Date: April 15, 2014 10:22 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Bayberry Bark & Sinus Infections

bayberry barkSinus depression

The sinus depression is spotted behind the eyes and nose and is a substantial void space that channels the air for the lungs. At the point when the sinus hole gets aggravated or excited, it can without much of a stretch transform into a sinus contamination. A sinus contamination causes the sinuses to swell and produce abundance bodily fluid, making serious clogging, torment all around the head and neck and sinus weight. A sinus disease can commonly be dealt with effortlessly with either pills or regular cures.

Benefits of bayberry bark

Bayberry bark is a compelling approach to help treat the signs and manifestations of a sinus disease. The herb empowers the circulatory framework, supporting the body in dislodging abundance bodily fluid from the sinus depression. Bayberry bark additionally generates a warming sensation, which will help relax thick bodily fluid development.

Properties of  bayberry

Bayberry bark hold a certain synthetic called myricitrin, which is a regular anti-microbial. Not all like pill anti-toxins, has myricitrin just executed off destructive micro organisms. Drug anti-infection agents murder all microbes in the body, which can prompt different complexities, for example, a safety to anti-microbials, the runs and even the spread of the contamination. Myricitrin likewise regularly decreases fever and clears nasal blockage while executing the contamination creating the sinusitis.

Dosing of bayberry

Bayberry bark might be utilized to treat a sinus disease as either an oral or topical result. Oral utilization ought to be a half teaspoon, twice every day. In the event that the manifestations stay following 24 hours, a singular can expand the measurements to one teaspoon, twice every day. As a topical result, the bayberry bark could be blended with back rub oil and connected to the paranasal territory of the face. A light rub will help release bodily fluid and calm sinus weight.

Caution in using bayberry

There are potential symptoms when utilizing bayberry bark. For some individuals it has brought about unsteadiness, queasiness and spewing. It has likewise brought on gastrointestinal issues in individuals with previous gastrointestinal conditions. On the off chance that a sinus contamination continues for a week, a singular ought to see a specialist to focus the best technique for treating the diseases.

 

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Does Black Currant Have Healing Properties?
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Date: March 28, 2014 10:26 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Does Black Currant Have Healing Properties?

Black currant

Truly, the leaves of black currant and borage plants have been used for different rheumatic and provocative conditions, and as natural diuretics. Black currant has likewise been utilized to loose bowels, while borage has additionally been utilized as an antipyretic, expectorant, and general tonic. Right now, both plant oils are utilized as rich wellsprings of gamma-linolenic corrosive (GLA). Alongside, night primrose oil, these GLA-holding oils are utilized for interminable provocative and other conditions, for example, dermatitis, rheumatic issue, nostalgia, premenstrual syndrome, and diabetic neuropathy.1-4 Patients with these issues are thought to be unable to sufficiently change over their dietary vital greasy acids to GLA, an antecedent of mitigating eicosanoids 5; in this manner, supplementation with GLA-rich plant oils is viewed as advantageous.

Benefits of black currant

The Health Benefits and therapeutic employments of black currants incorporate it being utilized for the medicine of different cardiovascular ailments because of vitamin C. Likewise, black currants are additionally used to anticipate heart inadequacy as they have a tendency to enhance the safety of the energetic vessels that are known to be delicate and likewise minimize blood vessel hypertension.

Black currants are additionally valuable for those miseries of menopause as they have a tendency to escalate the feeble fringe flow and likewise dispose of the cholesterol, waste and poisons from the blood. Black currants likewise help women experiencing menopause.

Some of the other medicinal employments of black currants might be it being exceptionally beneficial in the common medication of gout, stiffness and joint pain.

The homegrown cure arranged using the buds of the black currant plant is utilized within the medication of urticaris and the products of the soil of the black currant are utilized as a common solution for treating skin conditions, for example, bug stings, dermatosis, and abscess and skin inflammations.

Black currants are a brilliant soil grown foods for ladies particularly, by virtue of their various benefits, for example, treating the indications of premenstrual syndrome, menopause, bosom delicacy and excruciating periods. Black currants are additionally useful in upgrading one's general unsusceptibility.

Health benefits and therapeutic employments of the black currant likewise make it an amazing common cure for kidney related issues in a distinctive as the dried leaves of the black currant plant are known to advertise stream of urine, work against the shaping of bladder stones and additionally sterilize the urine particularly when expended on a customary groundwork as a cleansing tea.


 

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What Health Benefits Juniper Berry Oil Posses
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Date: February 19, 2014 03:18 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Health Benefits Juniper Berry Oil Posses

What is juniper berry

juniper berryWith regards to Super foods, berries are right on top of the agenda on the grounds that they are packed with gainful cell reinforcements. One such berry that can help you a great arrangement is the juniper berry oil and through the years, experimental exploration has indicated what a wonder it is.

Organically talking, the juniper berry isn't a real tree grown foods yet the juniper's seed cone. It's viewed as a berry as a result of its scales. The juniper is an evergreen tree and there are obviously 6 types of this tree whose berries are palatable and utilized for a ton of useful purposes.

Juniper berries oil are widely utilized within European cooking, particularly meat based arrangements as it gives one of a kind quality. Gin significant others likewise may be amazed to discover that juniper berries are the essential element in gin. However the juniper berry is eminent for its notoriety as a home grown answer for an unimaginably long rundown of conditions and afflictions.

How it makes a difference

The juniper is truth be told a helpful tree as a large portion of its parts are utilized for a medicinal readiness or the other. In this way, the berries, leaves, bark and even oil determined from the berries and wood are utilized within different ways.

Benefits of juniper berry

Basically a severe berry, the juniper berry holds various unpredictable oils or key oils, strand, vitamin C, flavoring and entire parcel of dynamic fixings that makes it the achievement healer that it is. Note that juniper berries might be taken as teas and the squashed berries could be connected on the skin also for an assortment of sicknesses.

Here is a glance at a portion of the employments of the juniper berry and how it can help us lead healthier lives:

Juniper is recognized to be a herb with the most astounding consequences for kidneys. It is additionally used to cure different urinary tract contaminations and it can uproot uric harsh corrosive from the figure. Juniper makes the kidneys work rapidly and the form transforms more pee, making it a great diuretic additionally.

People confronting water maintenance issues can feel a great deal of alleviation with the juniper berry and its oil due to its diuretic lands.

Oil from the juniper berry has a disinfectant impact and it comes as an extraordinary easing to individuals experiencing urethritis and cystitis.

Suffering from digestive issues? The Berry may very well be your reply as it can help diminish tooting and colic and help processing. It additionally moves issues, for example, bloating, belching and acid reflux. As a digestive help, it is remarkable as it expands the longing, soothes gas and expansions the generation of gastric harsh corrosive.

Juniper berry oil additionally has calming qualities and it is of superb assistance to those experiencing joint inflammation, gout and different conditions, for example, ailment. These joint related ailments happen due to the liquid maintenance around these joints and the juniper berry with its diuretic activity assuages this weight extensively.

Skin afflictions, for example, dandruff, skin inflammation and contender's foot can additionally be treated with topical provision of the juniper berry.

Juniper helps in invigorating the muscle tone and discernibly decreasing the impacts of ageing for generally individuals.

Menstrual spasms are frequently a significant number of the most troublesome parts of a lady's life; however these can additionally be lessened fundamentally with the assistance of the juniper berry. Numerous cultivators even utilize the juniper to enhance the uterus tone and to help the individuals who have moderate or late beginning periods.

Concentrated oils of the juniper are utilized topically for lung clogging and hack while it is additionally pivotal in helping those experiencing respiratory contaminations. The unpredictable oils help in clearing up bronchial entries and disposing of bodily fluid.

It has a high convergence of insulin and aides in mending the pancreas.

Essential oils extricated from juniper berries can help in soothing toothache and making gums stronger. It can additionally be utilized to oversee hair fall.

Finally, the juniper berry is utilized by numerous to thin down and since it even scrubs the poisons from the form, it is an extraordinary general purifier also.

Safety measures

Juniper does have some noteworthy symptoms and its vital that you're attentive to them before you begin utilizing them as any type of medicine.

Avoid the juniper berry oil in the event that you have extreme kidney issues as it can disturb the issue and cause further harm.

If you utilize more than the endorsed sum, chances are that you could experience the ill effects of loose bowels, kidney torment, high circulatory strain, quick pulse and purplish pee.

When taken inside, it can affect the assimilation of iron and different minerals.

Open wounds are best not treated with juniper on the grounds that it can cause inconvenience and swelling.

Juniper causes uterine fits and could prompt brought down ripeness, so ladies who are endeavoring to get pregnant must escape juniper.

Pregnant ladies ought not to utilize juniper as it can cause uterine compressions and reason a premature birth.

Diabetics must be cautious while utilizing juniper as it can raise the levels of glucose in the form.

Juniper when taken in prudent sums and with individuals, who don't have the shown issues as said above, could be a blessing as it furnishes them with a considerable measure of help.

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The role played by iodine in weight management
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Date: December 23, 2013 02:56 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: The role played by iodine in weight management

saltWhat is Iodine

Iodine is a mineral that is found in trace amounts in the body. Its effects in weight loss are, however, significant because it supports the thyroid gland’s function in accelerating metabolism. The following is a look at how iodine is important for weight management.

Studies on Iodine

Studies have conclusively proven that insufficient intake of iodine in the body has resulted to the enlargement of the thyroid gland or a drop in its functional capabilities. These result to weight gain even where there is a reduction in the consumption of calories.

A properly functioning thyroid gland is essential because it eliminates chances of body fat accumulation and water retention, which contribute to weight gain. An underactive thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism can, however, be corrected by daily intake of iodine by eating foods rich in the mineral or supplementation.

Natural sources of iodine

Include tea, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, onions, iodized salt, peanuts, mustard, pine nuts, bladderwrack, kelp and various sea vegetables. Adults are required to consume at least 150 micrograms of iodine on a daily basis to ensure that their thyroid glands functioning optimally.

How Iodine Works

Iodine works by increasing the production of T4, which is a hormone that adjusts the body’s rate of burning fat and metabolism. It also increases mental and physical activities, which play an important role in weight loss.

Precaution

It is important to exercise care when increasing the intake of iodine because too much of it is also detrimental. Consulting a physician is advisable to ensure that the mineral is increased in moderation to ensure safety.

In conclusion

The amount of iodine in ones diet has a significant effect on weight loss. It is, therefore, necessary to ensure that the recommended daily amount of the mineral is consumed to ensure that the body is functioning optimally. Signs of iodine deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, impotence, low sex drive, irritability and problems in ones complexion, hair, teeth, and nails.

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Maitake Mushrooms - Eating your Way to Health
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Date: October 25, 2013 07:36 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Maitake Mushrooms - Eating your Way to Health

maitake

In a world full of processed drugs and foods, the possibilities of getting a viable natural remedy for an ailment have decreased exponentially. As the society as a whole becomes more concerned with the safety and nutritional value of the foods they eat, the need for a food that kills more than two birds with a single stone is one that cannot be outdueled. Currently, one of the best foods of choice out there is the Maitake mushroom.

Where is maitake mushroom came from

The Maitake is an edible mushroom native to the northeastern Japan Mountains. This mushroom contains the maitake D-fraction, a compound that exists in our bodies in a form referred to as beta-glucan. Since this component plays a vital role in maintaining the body’s homeostatic levels and hindering the development of some detrimental medical conditions, increasing its concentrations in our bodies increases our chances of living a longer and healthier life.

Components of maitake

Research has proven that the active component in the Maitake mushroom inhibits the growth of cancerous cells. It also boosts our immune system by stimulating the production of neutrophils, T-cells and white blood cells. This is achieved by the catalytic effect of the polysaccharide fibers it contains hence increasing the rate at which your immunity system regenerates and how strong it can stand in time of an infection.

Benefits of maitake mushroom

Other uses of the maitake extract include treating high blood sugar levels, combating hypertension, accelerating weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels in the body and supplying us with the trace elements our bodies need to function optimally.

Even though most of these research results are from tests that have not yet been rigorously verified on human beings to prove their effectiveness, there is nothing to be afraid of since eating this mushroom will leave you with no negative side effects.

Currently, we can reap of this mushroom’s healing and health boost powers by either directly eating it or by taking the maitake D-fraction as a dietary supplement. The last option is more viable to people who do not have access to the mushroom in its original form.

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What Exactly Does Diindolylmethane (DIM) Do For The Body?
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Date: May 20, 2013 01:52 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Exactly Does Diindolylmethane (DIM) Do For The Body?

broccoliDiindolylmethane otherwise known as DIM is a natural compound that is essentially synthesised when the body breaks down indole-3-carbinol a compound that is primarily present in cruciferous vegetables, like cauliflower and broccoli. The curative properties of the said vegetables have been documented, dating to many centuries ago. Today we have the advantage of scientific and technological advancement, as such medicine has been able to research and identify some specific benefits of diindolylmethane.

Today DIM is sold as a supplement or rather in supplement form and is known to offer an array of health benefits. Although not all benefits have been confirmed most of them have been researched, confirmed and documented. It is thus agreeable by most experts that DIM has enormous health benefits for both women and men. Some of these benefits include

Estrogen Metabolism

DIM supplements are known to enhance the effectiveness as well as the efficiency of the metabolic processing of this hormone. This enhancement has closely been linked to elevated levels of antioxidant protection of both the brain and the heart. The process is as well responsible for other documented benefits, including increase libido in women and men as well as dwindle the moodiness in ladies.

Hormonal balance

The enhanced levels of estrogen metabolism are known to stimulate other hormones including the testosterone. As such this aids the body to return the optimal levels and a state of hormonal balance. In essences the body becomes more responsive particularly to exercise and increases fat-burning metabolism, this not only help build the lean muscle much faster but also promote an overall healthier body.

Preventive medicine

DIM is in different aspects to play the role of preventive medicine. It is believed that it plays a key role in preventing certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, uterine cancer and breast cancer just to mention but a few. It has also been associated in helping prevent enlargement of prostates. Treatment Diindolylmethane especially the supplements have been used and are used to treat various ailments, such ailments include premenstrual syndrome, breast pain and endometriosis.

Risk reduction

DIM has been known to mitigate risks associated with hormone replacement therapy. Its desired effect on metabolism of estrogen makes it a common choice for mitigating the effects of environment estrogen exposure.

Diindolylmethane side effects

Very little is known of the safety or there lack of, of this compound supplements more specifically in the long term. Due to its ability to an effect on estrogen metabolism, it is postulated that taking DIM supplements could trigger hormone sensitive conditions such as endometriosis, hormone dependent cancers and uterine fibroids. As such it is advice that one seeks medical advice before using these supplements.

What are the sources of DIM?

As earlier mentioned this chemical compound is produced by digestion of indole -3-carbinol by the body. This compound is present in these vegetables; brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, collard greens, mustard greens, kales and watercress. Where do you find these supplements? These supplements are available in most online vitamin stores as well as many food stores that specialize in dietary supplement.

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All-Natural Red Marine Algae An Effective Cold Sore Treatment
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Date: January 24, 2013 03:15 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: All-Natural Red Marine Algae An Effective Cold Sore Treatment

Can Red Marine Algae Help With Cold Sores? Lets Find out!

While a permanent solution for cold sores is not currently known, it has been realized for some time now that red marine algae topical ointments and oral supplements can both help prevent and reduce the number of and severity of your outbreaks. This treatment ensures safety as a priority considering it is an all-natural proper food that is used in a variety of different items. It directly aids the body's first line of defense, or neutrophils, against those pesky cold sores.

The active components in red marine algae are sulfated polysaccharides, which help with immune system response and the increased production of lymphocytes within the thymus. T-cells and antibodies are stimulated, causing the launch of an attack against the virus.

There are two primary sulfated polysaccharides, fucoidan and carrageenan, that help stop the outbreak and replication of cold sores. Carrageenan is often used as a topical application, and fucoidan has a specific focus geared towards limiting replication of the virus.

The two strains of the algae that are effective in fighting against cold sores are Gigartina and Dumontacea, meaning not all red algae are the same when battling this virus. It is common knowledge that there are many triggers that contribute to herpes outbreaks.

Cold Sore Triggers:

While you still should avoid as many triggers as possible, red marine algae is a significant factor in reducing the effectiveness of particular triggers. Some of these triggers include chocolate, nuts, coffee, alcohol and more.

When learning about taking a new supplement, one of the main concerns you might have is the side effects. However, this all-natural algae supplement has absolutely no known side effects.

This helps put your mind at ease.

Did you know that this specific algae has also been used traditionally for dealing with urinary infections, asthma, boils, ulcers and more? With this supplement containing so many immune-supporting qualities, it is definitely a safe bet for formulating a much stronger plan against cold sores.

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Melatonin spray: The Perfect Remedy for Insomnia
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Date: May 10, 2012 11:02 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Melatonin spray: The Perfect Remedy for Insomnia

Melatonin Spray

Are you experiencing difficulty in sleeping or feel tired in the morning every day? Probably you are suffering from insomnia. Getting enough sleep is an aspect that you cannot just choose to overlook. Receiving the desired amount of sleep helps your body in a plethora of ways. Most people even get overstressed due to lack of sleep, an aspect that can even adversely affect their quality of life in the long term and short term both. Sleep helps to boost the immune system, repair damaged cells, boost your thinking capacity and also generally helps the body to deal with the daily stresses in life.

If at all you are experiencing difficulty in breathing, you most definitely have visited your local healthcare provider recently. If they prescribed some medication for you, do they really seem to work?

You might have gotten prescription of NyQuil and Tylenol. If these options do not work, there is only one way out that case, and that is the use of melatonin spray. Melatonin is produced by the pineal gland that is located at the center of the brain. As experts state, this gland is normally inactive during the day but later during the night, it secretes melatonin into the blood stream. Melatonin is normally produced between nine at night till sunrise. The amount of melatonin produced by the body tends to reduce with age. Children produce more melatonin than adults. This explains why most cases of sleeping disorders are reported in the elderly rather than kids.

Melatonin is sold as a sleeping aid in many different forms. You most likely know about the capsules. Most of these pills do not work for many people unless they are taken for some time so that the system can get used to. Due to the limitations and lack of effectiveness witnessed in the use of capsules, companies manufacturing synthetic melatonin have now started producing melatonin spray. The melatonin spray has a higher absorption rate as compared to pills and thus more effective.

So how does melatonin spray work?

Well, this sleeping support spray helps melatonin to distribute and get absorbed evenly into the system without necessarily having to interfere with other minerals, supplements and food vitamins. If at all you are part of the population that is experiencing difficulty in sleeping, do not waste much of your time investing in less effective over the counter pills such as Tylenol PM. You can do your body a very big favor by adopting the use of melatonin spray.

This kind of spray works effectively to ensure that you regain back your sleep. It is also safer to use as compared to other sleeping aids. At least with this option, you do not have to keep worrying about side effects meaning that this is a much safer alternative. Even though the benefits you would gain from the use of melatonin spray are numerous, the safety of this alternative is still in question in various parts of the globe. It is therefore important for you to consult your doctor before you can start using this sleep aid. Working with your doctor is much recommended if at all you suffer from certain health conditions.

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What Is Silymarin And What Are Its Health Benefits?
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Date: April 11, 2012 07:29 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Is Silymarin And What Are Its Health Benefits?

Silymarin a Component of Milk thistle

Silymarin refers to a dietary supplement that is derived from the seeds of the milk thistle plant, whose scientific name is Silybum marianum. Milk thistle is native to Southern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, but it has also been naturalized in North America. The name of the plant is derived from the white, milky sap from its leaves and stems once they have been broken. Silymarin is made up of three types of plant flavonoids, namely silibinin, silicristin and silidianin. These work together as Silymarin, providing several health benefits to people. The medicinal benefits of Silymarin are not a recent discovery, since extracts of the milk thistle have been used for centuries in the treatment of liver diseases. Currently however, the benefits of Silymarin are not restricted to the treatment of liver conditions. With time, it has emerged that Silymarin has other health benefits, which will be discussed in this article.

Benefits

One of the best known health benefits of Silymarin is its protection of the liver against toxins. The liver is one of the most important organs in a person's body, aiding in food digestion in addition to cleaning toxic substances from the blood. This means that the diseases that affect a person's liver will also affect his or her overall health. One of the most serious diseases that affect the liver is hepatitis, a viral infection that causes liver inflammation. Research has shown that Silymarin inhibits the development of the hepatitis virus, since it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also stimulates the body's immune system, providing overall liver protection.

Antioxidant

Silymarin also has anticancer benefits, owing to its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants normally prevent the damage of healthy body cells by free radicals. According to the American Cancer Society, the antioxidant properties in Silymarin offer protection against skin cancer. Further, Silymarin also helps to reduce the growth of prostrate, breast and cervical cancer cells. This means that when used together with other cancer treatments, it can actually help to prevent or reduce a patient's need for chemotherapy. It is also useful in the treatment of cancer, due to the fact that it protects the liver from the toxins in the chemotherapy drugs.

Liver

Other than chemotherapy drugs, Silymarin also protects the liver against any other drugs that may affect the liver, as well as harmful substances such as alcohol. In some parts of Europe, milk thistle is normally given to patients whose medications are known to cause liver complications. The other benefit of Silymarin is that is helpful on controlling the blood sugar levels. In a study involving patients with type II diabetes, it was found that taking Silymarin at least thrice a day significantly reduced their blood sugar levels. In addition, the patients also experienced a drop in the levels of bad cholesterol.

Safety

Silymarin has no toxic compounds, so it is safe to use without any serious side effects. The only side effects that have been reported are indigestion, diarrhea and allergic reactions. However, the prevalence of such occurrences is negligible, as they only apply to few people. Nevertheless, people with existing medical conditions should consult their doctors prior to taking Silymarin.

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What is the History and Health Benefits of Pycnogenol?
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Date: March 24, 2012 07:51 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What is the History and Health Benefits of Pycnogenol?

What Are The Health Benefits Of Pycnogenol?

Pycnogenol is a name of a product which is prepared from a tree French Pine also known as French Maritime Pine. Pycnogenol is a trademark name sold as a nutritional supplement. This supplement is mainly used for asthma and a condition known as chronic venus insufficiency. It is a water extract of the bark of the French Pine found in the coastal south west of France. Pycnogenol contains unique flavonoid compounds in high concentration. These compounds at such high levels of concentration have proven to be useful and beneficial on inflammation, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, aging and healing of wounds.

History and Discovery of Pycnogenol:

Pycnogenol is a very powerful antioxidant made from a combination of natural antioxidants and phytonutrients. Since it is biologically made it is technically a bioflavonoid. A French scientist by the name Professor Masquelier gave the name Pycnogenol which is a scientific name for the oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) as well as other bioflavonoids. Pycnogenol is an extract from the French Maritime Pine and grape seed extract. Professor Masquelier along with a Swiss broker Horphag made attempts to commercialize Pycnogenol. Horphag without the consent of Masquelier registered the name Pycnogenol as a patent in the year 1990 which came under the ownership of Horphag in the United States. This caused severe legal disputes in the US. Horphag made huge profits from the intellectual property of Masquelier. This wonderful antioxidant was discovered by Jacques Cartier in 1953. In his books Cartier mentioned about the benefits of pine and how it cured and healed chronic diseases. Professor Masquelier discovered Cartier's book and recognized the benefits of these medicines which were rich in bioflavonoids.

Health Benefits of Pycnogenol:

Pycnogenol is a very powerful antioxidant which helps in regulating certain types of acids that gets absorbed in the human body through chemicals and free radicals. Antioxidants help in improving heart health and prevent cancer. Brain diseases like Alzheimer's can also be prevented with the use of Pycnogenol. It prevents the body from absorbing the toxic elements which are responsible for the development of brain diseases. It works as a good preventive tool. Pycnogenol also helps people who suffer from heart disease, which is a very common disease worldwide. It reduces swelling due to heart disease and helps in regulating the blood pressure. Pycnogenol also assists in reducing blood sugar levels in type ll diabetes, administered along with the anti-diabetes drugs.

Fight Inflammation

The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of Pycnogenol are beneficial in treating asthma. It also improved the tolerance to chemotherapy in cancer patients. Pycnogenol works well as an anti aging product along with Vitamin E, and reduces wrinkles.

Pycnogenol is available in the market in different supplement formulas containing about 20mg to 100mg of Pycnogenol. It is the most extensively researched product and has also passed a number of safety tests. Tests have proved that consuming Pycnogenol at higher dosage for longer periods is safe though there are a few minor side effects. These side effects are gastro intestinal discomfort, nausea, dizziness and headaches. If consumed with certain drugs it can cause major side effects due to drug interactions. Pycnogenol is a great antioxidant supplement which helps in protecting and healing the body from harmful chemicals. Before taking Pycnogenol daily as a supplement it is recommended to consult physicians who can advice on the ideal dosages.

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The Benefits of Stevia for Diabetics
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Date: February 05, 2012 08:38 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: The Benefits of Stevia for Diabetics

No herbal sweetener in the world packs the punch that stevia does. Derived from the plant Stevia rebaudiania, ground stevia leaves have ten to fifteen times the sweetness of sugar, and purified stevia extract has 200-300 times the sweetness of sugar.

Stevia is very popular in many countries, especially among diabetics. Diabetics love stevia for a variety of reasons: its safety, its lack of any effect on blood sugar, the fact that stevia has almost zero calories, the wide variety of products it is included in, and its unique ability to enhance citrus flavors and ice cream.

Unlike artificial sweeteners, stevia is perfectly safe. Stevia has been used in Japan for decades, and the Japanese have very strict standards governing the use of dietary supplements. They have conducted numerous studies on stevia, and no study to date has ever uncovered any harmful effects. Research conducted in the United States and other countries has also failed to find anything hazardous about stevia. In addition, stevia has been consumed for thousands of years in Brazil and Paraguay with no reported negative effects.

Stevia has zero effect on blood sugar. It does not effect insulin secretion in any way, and no diabetic has ever experienced difficulties with stevia. Contrast this with the effects of table sugar and it is clear that stevia is a clear winner.

Unlike table sugar--which is notorious for being calorie laden--stevia contains virtually no calories, which means that no one on a diet has to worry about consuming too much stevia.

There are a wide variety of products available for dieters interested in consuming stevia. Liquid stevia extract is quite popular and can be found in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, peppermint, and more. It is relatively inexpensive, because a little stevia goes a very, very long way.

If you are a diabetic worried about artificial sweeteners but not yet willing to give up diet soda, stevia is the solution to your problem. While usually only available at health food stores and a few supermarket chains, stevia soft drinks exist. If you can find them, you should give them a try, and if you like them, then you can easily subsitute them for the less healthy aspartame diet drinks.

For those interested in ice cream, stevia makes wonderful ice cream. Unlike granulated sugar, which adds a grainy texture to ice cream, stevia adds no irritating textures and leaves ice cream perfectly smooth. If you make your own stevia ice cream you are going to be in for quite a treat, and even more so if you decide to make citrus flavored stevia ice cream.

No one yet understands why stevia enhances citrus flavors, but it undoubtedly does. It is difficult to describe, but stevia has a way of intensifying flavors like lime and lemon in a way that makes those flavors more delicious. Of course, individual tastes vary, but it is generally agreed that stevia lemon sorbet is a treat par excellence.

Don't hesitate to give stevia a try. This ancient herb is the perfect modern solution for diabetics with a sweet tooth.  

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What Is Vanadyl Sulfate And How Does It Relate to Diabetes?
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Date: December 22, 2011 09:24 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: What Is Vanadyl Sulfate And How Does It Relate to Diabetes?

What is Vanadyl Sulfate

Vanadyl Sulfate

This is a well known inorganic compound of vanadium and in some circles it has been commonly referred to as another name for vanadium. This water soluble sulphate is known to be the most stable diatomic ion in the scientific world and has been known in the medical industry as something that has the same effect as insulin. It basically is a metallic element and is a soft and ductile element which is physically described as silvery white in colour and when it is in powder form it looks as if it is light gray.

History and Discovery

It is commonly known that this metallic element was discovered by a Spanish professor named Andres Del Rio who in 1801 was able to find the element erythronium in Mexico however at the time Professor Del Rio felt it was nothing new so he did not pursue to prove it any further and this is when a Swedish Chemist named Nils Gabriel Sefstrom got the credit for its discovery and it remained as the more known fact until a German Chemist by the name of Friedrich Wohler was able to prove otherwise in 1831. He was able to prove that both discoveries were the same.

Uses and Functions

The main belief in the medical world and as proven is that it is able to function like insulin and it is able to mimic insulin’s effects to the body. As such you might have guessed what follows. It is able to help with diabetes because various studies suggest that it is able to lower the blood sugar levels in the body which is exactly what the purpose of insulin is especially when it is in high doses. Other studies also has confirmed that it also can possibly help with conditions like heart disease and high cholesterol which are diseases that diabetes usually affect as well although further studies needs to be done to this respect.

Safety and possible side effects

Vanadium has been shown to be safe for use by adults although it needs to be a fairly low dose unlike the one that is needed for diabetes. Possible side effect ranges from diarrhea to nausea and some abdominal discomfort. Furthermore, it is safe to say that this should not be taken by breast feeding women as it may have undesired side effects.

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Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help With Cholesterol And Triglycerides?
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Date: December 05, 2011 09:40 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help With Cholesterol And Triglycerides?

Apple Cider Vinegar And Cholesterol

Apple cider vinegar is a classification of vinegar which is derived from apple or cider. As you can observe, apple has an acidic taste which makes it possible to be processed into a type of vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is pale yellow to amber in color. This kind of vinegar may be pasteurized or unpasteurized. Non - processed or unpasteurized form of apple cider vinegar has a semi - solid or firm appearance because of its thickness and cobweb - like make - up. This form of apple cider vinegar is considered to be the “mother of vinegar”.

Apple cider vinegar is yielded by mashing the fruit and squeezing out the juice it contains. Friendly microorganisms such as bacteria and yeasts are usually combined into the extracted juice to allow alcoholic fermentation. These microorganisms are the ones responsible for converting the sugar contained in the apple extracted juice into its alcohol form. Apple cider vinegar undergoes a second fermentation process. The alcohol produced from the first fermentation process is converted into its vinegar form by adding an ample amount of acetic acid – forming bacteria specifically known as Acetobacter. As a result, the juice extract will have a sour taste because of the acetic acid and malic acid it contains after several fermentations.

In the food industry, apple cider vinegar is commonly used as an ingredient of salads, marinades, food preservatives and the like. Aside from its acetic acid content, apple cider vinegar also contains amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Clinical studies on whether apple cider vinegar can help control the amount of bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood have shown significant results. Yes, apple cider vinegar can have promising effects on the regulation of serum cholesterol and triglycerides. However, the studies also revealed that this fruit extract must not serve as a substitute for the medications prescribed by your doctor to regulate blood cholesterol and maintain or improve cardiovascular health. In animal studies, apple cider vinegar has shown positive effects on lowering triglycerides by almost 50 %. However, effects on Low Density Lipoprotein or the so – called “bad cholesterol” are not that efficient.

Needless to say, the American Heart Association stated that a good lifestyle and balanced diet can effectively reduce the amount of bad cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Apple cider vinegar will also greatly help in lowering these substances in the blood.

Other studies have also revealed that the acetic acid content in apple cider vinegar stimulates the expression of the genetic material which activates fatty acid oxidation enzymes. As a result of this biological process, there will be a significant lowering or control of body fat accumulation by the liver. This is the reason why apple cider vinegar can also be employed as a weight loss agent.

Apple cider vinegar is all – natural. Therefore, safety is relatively established. However, health experts still suggest that before you start using this product, you have to consult your doctor and discuss your current and past health condition as well as the other medications you are taking. This will reduce the incidence of adverse health reactions and drug to drug interactions.

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How Does Now foods Test For Quality In Raw Materials?
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Date: October 26, 2011 10:44 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How Does Now foods Test For Quality In Raw Materials?

  • In the past, Now Foods has always focused very heavily on incoming testing of raw materials and process controls to ensure the safety of our products. Most other companies in the past have relied exclusively on vendor provided Certificates of Analysis, doing little or NO testing of the incoming ingredients themselves.
  • The FDA GMPs were published June 25, 2007 and placed great emphasis on both incoming raw material testing, process controls and finished product testing. The compliance date for companies was as follows: June 25, 2008 for companies with <500 FTEs (Full Time Employees); June 25, 2009 for companies between <20 - <500 FTEs; June 25, 2010 for companies with <20 FTEs. Based on the number of FTEs, NOW Foods was required to be in full compliance with the GMPs on June 25, 2009.

    Few if any companies were doing finished product testing before the GMPs were published. NOW Foods was testing many of finished products prior to the new Rule. Finished product testing presents some very unique challenges. The complex mixture of ingredients makes finished product testing for many multi-component products extremely difficult. NOW Foods has been working on developing these methods since 2007. Now Foods is way ahead of the game on the number of individual ingredients that can be analyzed in multi-component products. We have 6 method development scientists (including 2 Ph. D scientists) working on these issues and we are adding new methods weekly.

  • NOW Foods is in full compliance with the FDA GMPs and in many areas exceed the requirements of the set forth by the FDA.
  • FDA has inspected approximately 300 manufacturers and is finding that up to 70% of companies in the dietary supplement industry are not in compliance with major provisions of the GMPs. FDA has taken official action in approximately 30% of cases. NOW Foods was inspected by the FDA in 2009 and found to be in compliance.
  • Now Foods does more raw material and finished product testing than most, if not all of the industry. We consistently reject materials and products that do not meet label claim. This is rare in much of the industry.

Now Foods Quality Brand

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How Much Turmeric Should Be Taken For Alzheimer's?
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Date: October 05, 2011 02:08 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How Much Turmeric Should Be Taken For Alzheimer's?

Turmeric is an herb which is a perennial plant included in the family of gingers. This plant is considered to be rhizomatous and has been found to be abundant in tropical countries such as South Asia. For its cultivation, this plant must grow in a climate with a temperature of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius and ample amount of yearly rain. In these kind of climates, this herb can grow healthy and abundantly. In some countries, an annual collection of rhizomes is done and then reproduced and grown the next season.

Turmeric is commonly used as a culinary spice or ingredient. It is dried in extreme temperatures of ovens and ground into a yellow to orange powder. This spice is common in many Asian dishes. Aside from its culinary use, it can also be helpful in maintaining the health of the human body. The known active ingredient of turmeric is Curcumin. This chemical substance has a unique slightly metallic taste and peppery in flavor. It also has a mustard–like aroma. Hence, it is considered to be an important condiment in many Middle Eastern recipes. In addition to Curcumin, turmeric consists of about 5 % of essential oils.

With its many health benefits, one of the most interesting is its effect on the brain in helping prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Clinical studies and surveys reveal that people who consume large quantities of curry have a lesser risk and incidence of having Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, intensive studies are being conducted to test and prove its safety and effectiveness as a chemical substance which can greatly help in the prevention of the increasing number of Alzheimer’s disease cases. Other factors are also considered such as the individual’s diet, familial history, social and economic status as well as lifestyle.

Alzheimer’s disease has been closely related to the increasing damage of brain cells due to oxidation. This brain damage will significantly cause an effect to the person’s memory thus Alzheimer’s disease occur. Curcumin in the turmeric has the potent capacity to prevent this cellular damage thus slowing the development of such disease. Studies have also shown that Curcumin can significantly impede certain mechanisms that are involved in the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. Aside from its benefit in decreasing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, turmeric also has a potential anti – inflammatory property and can effectively regulate blood cholesterol levels.

The recommended dosage of turmeric has not yet been officially established. Therefore, if you are planning to supplement with turmeric, it would be best that you should consult your doctor. The dosage of this supplement varies from person to person in terms of age, weight, other health conditions and status of his/her Alzheimer’s disease.

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Can Alpha GPC Really Help With Memory And Growth ?
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Date: September 29, 2011 11:52 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Can Alpha GPC Really Help With Memory And Growth ?

What Are The Benefits Of Alpha GPC?

L-Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine, or abbreviated as Alpha GPC, is a natural compound which is choline in nature. It is considered to be an acetylcholine precursor which is now being studied as a treatment for the degenerative disease called Alzheimer’s disease. This chemical compound also has a parasympathomimetic property and is widely used as a nutritional supplement for enhancing memory and concentration. The other name of Alpha GPC is Choline Alfoscerate. Alpha GPC has the capacity to rapidly transport choline to the central nervous system by passing through the blood - brain barrier. Alpha GPC can be extracted from highly distilled soy phospholipids such as lecithin. Inside the body, this chemical compound can be found in high quantity in neuronal membranes. Some of its benefits are:

1. IMPROVES ACETYLCHOLINE LEVEL. As mentioned earlier, Alpha GPC can cross the blood – brain barrier. Once inside the brain, it positively influences brain activity by enhancing the production of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which is responsible for improving the individual’s learning process. Acetylcholine acts on both the peripheral and central nervous system. In the former, this neurotransmitter functions as the main neurotransmitter in the autonomic nervous system. It is also involved in the contraction of body muscles. In the latter, acetylcholine acts as an anti – excitatory chemical in the cholinergic system.

2. MEMBRANE COMPONENT. Another health benefit of Alpha GPC is that it can effectively protect nerve cells thus improving the transmission of impulse. Aside from maintaining the integrity of the nerves and nerve cells, Alpha GPC also serves as a precursor of the phospholipids found on membranes.

3. INCREASE HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE. Studies on Alpha GPC have revealed that it can relatively influence the action of the body’s Growth Hormone – Releasing Hormone (GHrH), thus improving the release of growth hormones. In addition, it can also enhance the effects of human growth hormone especially among young individuals.

4. A MODALITY FOR DEMENTIA. Alpha GPC has been long studied for the treatment of senile dementia. Initial result of such studies revealed that patients supplemented with Alpha GPC showed improvement but on a smaller extent. Further studies are still being conducted so that efficacy and safety as well as the appropriate dosage will be determined.

5. INFLUENCES GABA. Studies reveal that Alpha GPC significantly increase the synthesis and release of Gamma Amino – Butyric Acid or GABA. Increased synthesis of GABA is also potentiated by atropine. GABA is considered as the principal inhibitory brain chemical among mammals. It has a significant role in controlling neuronal excitation all over the nervous system. Like acetylcholine, GABA is also one of the primary responsible chemicals for the control of muscle tone.

Alpha GPC is formulated as supplement. It is available in 300 to 1,200 milligram oral supplements. Though it is generally safe, it is important that you should consult your doctor first before using this supplement. This would significantly avoid the occurrence of adverse effects and drug interactions. Appropriate dosage will also be determined by your doctor. Remember, any medication or supplement varies from person to person on its therapeutic and adverse effects.

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How Does N-Acetyl L-Carnitine Help Energy Levels?
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Date: August 03, 2011 11:47 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: How Does N-Acetyl L-Carnitine Help Energy Levels?

N-Acetyl L-Carnitine And Cellular Health

N-Acetyl L-Carnitine refers to the ester form of the organic compound carnitine. It has been linked to many different health benefits largely owing to the fact that it is quite ubiquitous at the cellular level. It plays an important role in keeping cells in prime working condition as derivatives of this compound protect cells from oxidative stress as well as contribute to reactions responsible for energy production.

Increases Cellular Energy

The biochemical energy that powers cellular activities comes in the form of adenosine triphosphate. All types of tissues in the human body are capable of manufacturing this chemical compound, the reason why it is often called the molecular unit of currency. The human diet provides the biological precursors of cellular energy, but adenosine triphosphate is obtained from the sugar glucose more often than not.

Cells make use of N-acetyl L-carnitine in the synthesis of adenosine triphosphate. Research has shown that the presence of acetylated carnitine appears to modulate the metabolic processes leading to the manufacture of cellular energy. In recent years, endurance athletes and body builders have relied on supplements that contain this compound to boost their energy levels. Human trials support its safety.

Aids Healthy Metabolism

Glucose is the principal precursor of chemical energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate. Complex carbohydrates are digested to simple sugars such as glucose, which enters the circulation. Insulin is a hormone that induces the uptake of glucose by cells, which convert glucose to usable energy. Studies have observed that N-acetyl L-carnitine improves the activity of insulin and consumption of glucose.

It is a well established fact that carnitine is involved in the breakdown of fats, waxes, and sterols, and their consequent utilization in the production of cellular energy. For this reason, N-acetyl L-carnitine is marketed as a nutritional supplement that promotes fat loss and aids weight loss. Human trials have noted that regular intake upregulates the conversion of fats and other lipids to adenosine triphosphate.

Prevents Oxidative Stress

Lysine and methionine are amino acids that act as immediate precursors of carnitine, which the body synthesizes on a regular basis to support a number of physiological functions. In particular, carnitine plays a major role in supplying cells with a steady supply of chemical energy during intense physical exertion. At the same time, they protect the cells from the harmful effects of reactive oxygen species.

N-acetyl L-carnitine is a very good source of carnitine as it is widely believed to be more bioavailable than L-carnitine. It adds to the number of carnitine in cells, boosts energy levels, and combats free radicals and other reactive oxygen species. Free radicals are natural by-products of energy production, and thus carnitine produces a twofold effect. It promotes cellular longevity and raises chemical energy.

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Does Boron Really Help Improve Bone Health?
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Date: July 01, 2011 11:06 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Does Boron Really Help Improve Bone Health?

Boron and Bone Health

Boron is now widely considered an essential mineral, though its daily value is still a matter of debate. The physiological roles of this chemical element in the human body were unknown in the first half of the 20th century, but in recent years scientific research has proven that it is necessary for the calcium metabolism and vitamin D utilization, both of which significantly contribute to overall bone health.

There has not been any figure set in the dietary reference intake for boron largely owing to the fact that its nutritional importance has not been discovered until recently. As a result, important data on the safety of boron intake as a dietary mineral remains under investigation. Nonetheless, the scientific community is convinced that the presence of boron is required for many different metabolic processes.

Plants need relatively higher amounts of boron to survive. It follows that plant-based foods are very good sources of dietary boron whereas animal products have negligible amounts of this element. This chemical element was first noted to have a positive effect on joint health. The studies that followed have been observed that boron supplements alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis in human trials.

Promotes Bone Health

Concentrations of boron in the synovial fluid and joint cartilage help determine the health of joints and bones. It has been reported that people who have higher amounts of elemental boron rarely develops degenerative joints diseases like osteoarthritis and symptoms of joint pain. Also, epidemiologic studies have shown that populations noted for healthy consumptions of boron have lower incidence of arthritis.

More recent studies have shown that boron intake is directly proportional to bone density. For one, it has been documented that supplementation of boron has an impact on bone strength in patients with osteoporosis. Clinical trials have produced very promising results as far as the treatment of bone loss is concerned. There is very good scientific evidence that boron supplements are superior to placebo.

Inhibits Bone Resorption

The skeletal system is the primary depot for minerals in the human body. Chemical elements obtained from the diet are stored in the bones or otherwise utilized by tissues and organs. In particular, more than half of the overall body concentrations of calcium, potassium, and magnesium are found in the bones, which are constantly remodeled to draw minerals out in response to the needs of body tissues.

The process of bone resorption is responsible for releasing the minerals from the bones into the blood. On the other hand, the process of bone resorption takes care of building bone tissue. If consumptions of dietary minerals are insufficient, resorption exceeds formation, as is the case with osteoporosis. The presence of boron promotes mineral retention in the bones, thereby increasing bone mass and density.

If you are experiencing osteoporosis, give boron a try!

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Potassium Iodide (KI) Fact Sheet: What You Should Know
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Date: March 28, 2011 04:53 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Potassium Iodide (KI) Fact Sheet: What You Should Know

Facts About Potassium Iodide (KI)

1. Potassium iodide, or KI is an over-the-counter drug and an additive to food, including dietary supplements.

2. Potassium iodide can be found naturally in many types of seaweed - particularly those grown in iodine rich environments, such as brown algae, kelp and bladderwrack - as well as in some salt water fish.

3. Commercial table salt, specifically iodized salt, and dairy products such as low fat yogurt, milk, and some cheeses also can be significant sources of the recommended allowance (RDA) of iodine.

4. Additionally, dietary supplements can contain seaweed or other potassium iodide sources, and should be calculated in ones daily intake.

5. The amount of potassium iodide in dietary supplements for nutritional and thyroid support is more likely to be measured in micrograms (a microgram is 1/1000 of a milligram).

Radiation and Potassium Iodide (KL)

1. The recommended adult dosage of KI in cases of radiation exposure is 130 milligrams, far higher than the normal nutritional need of 0.15 milligrams, or 150 micrograms, per day for an adult (RDA recommendation).

2. The consequences of iodine poisoning from overdosing can be extremely serious, and include nausea, seizures, vomiting, and shock.

3. KI protects only the thyroid gland against radiation exposure for approximately 24 hours per dose. KI should be taken within three hours of exposure.

For More Information:

1. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Radiation Safety: www.fda.gov

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Radiation: www.cdc.gov

**Please note: you should only take KI on the advice of emergency management officials, public health officials, or your doctor – but never as a preventative measure in the doses recommended for radiation treatment.

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Is AHCC Good for the Immune System? How So?
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Date: March 02, 2011 02:44 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Is AHCC Good for the Immune System? How So?

AHCC And Immune Health

Active Hexose Correlated Compound, or AHCC, is one of the most commonly used food supplements in Japan largely owing to its effective immune-boosting properties when successfully absorbed by the human body. The earliest important study concerning its activities in the immune system was published in the early 1990’s at Tokyo University, triggering a sudden rise in popularity among consumers in Japan, where it is sold over the counter.

Activates White Blood Cells

It has been observed in the past few years that AHCC boosts the immune system in many different ways in that it participates not only in the innate immune system but also in the adaptive immune system. Of special note is the significant increase in certain types of white blood cells, including natural killer cells, or NK, and macrophages. NK cells are in the employ of the innate immune system and responsible for the disposal of cells infected by viruses. They are often the first line of defense against common viruses such as herpes, containing the damage that viral infection spreads while waiting for specified mechanisms of the adaptive immune system. This is when macrophages come into play along with a cohort of lymphocytes. Their relatively bigger size allows them to effectively engulf pathogenic cells and the enzymes they contain break these pathogens down.

Removes Antigens and Toxins

AHCC also influences the production of antigen presenting cells, or APC. In a double-blind, placebo controlled study involving healthy individuals there was a significant increase in the quantities of APC, notably dendritic cells, in comparison with the baseline, and proteins released by lymphocytes called interferon. Both APC and interferon facilitate the detection of antigens and toxins created by invasive foreign bodies and alert the rest of the immune system of their presence. Dendritic cells are considered the most important group of all APCs in that they present a wide range of antigen presentation by way of phagocytosis or endocytosis, two different ways of catching antigens. By so doing, they make it easier for white blood cells to eliminate antigens and other toxic substances.

Defends against Cancer Cells

Cancer patients are the group of individuals that have benefited the most from AHCC. Early studies yielded data that are now being used to enhance the quality of life of those diagnosed with cancer. Indeed boosting the immune system has proven to play a part in the battle against cancer, and AHCC stimulates the immune system to manufacture a class of white blood cells that actively defend the body against cancer cells by causing tumor cells to die and on the same principle delay the proliferation of malignant cells.

There have been extensive clinical trials well underway in many countries, including China, South Korea, Thailand, Spain, and the US. These studies aim to that rigorously test its efficacy. In fact, AHCC belongs to the group of nutritional products tied to alternative medicine that has been supported by an abundance of data in connection with its safety and recommended dosages.

If you are battling disease, give AHCC a try.

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OralBiotic for Ear, Nose, and Throat Health
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Date: May 28, 2010 01:29 PM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: OralBiotic for Ear, Nose, and Throat Health

OralBiotic™ For Ear, Nose & Throat Health

NEW IN JUNE 2010

OralBiotic 60 Lozenges from NOWMany people, even some of the most nutritionally well-versed health enthusiasts, are unaware that the body’s immune system activity actually begins in the mouth. In addition to Amylase, saliva contains an important enzyme, called lysozyme, which functions as a first line of defense against potentially harmful constituents. This simple aspect of human health speaks volumes about what’s happening inside our mouths. The short version is that the mouth offers a near perfect environment for the growth and fortitude of various bacteria; some good, and some clearly not so good. No one is immune to this, including those who are meticulous in their oral care practices.

The food we eat, the environmental particles we inadvertently inhale, and a wide range of additional factors can all contribute to the residual presence of undesirable oral bacteria. For the most part, these particles are harmless and can be washed away by saliva or enzyme activity. Some bacterium, however, can lead to acute halitosis (bad breath) when left behind, as well as a potentially-increased affinity towards various infections resulting from bacterial imbalance. For individuals striving to support on a head-to-toe good health, it is important to take this into consideration when developing or augmenting one’s nutritional program. NOW® Foods new OralBiotic™ is a completely innovative natural supplement developed specifically to help promote healthy oral bacteria, and therefore, a desirable state of overall health and wellness.

OralBiotic™ contains the naturally-occurring probiotic organism Streptococcus salivarius BLIS K12®, which has been shown in clinical studies to support both oral and throat health. OralBiotic™ BLIS K12® is not an antibiotic, but it can successfully colonize the oral cavity at the expense of other bacteria, thereby encouraging oral health.1 For greater support, we’ve included Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a prebiotic that provides nutritional support for the growth and preservation of S. salivarius. OralBiotic™ can also promote fresh breath when used in conjunction with proper oral hygiene, such as NOW® XyliWhite™ products. To help your customers get the most out of this exciting new formula, we recommend taking it in conjunction with one of

NOW® Foods’ various high-potency natural Probiotic supplements.*

BLIS K12® Advantages:

• The strength of the scientific and clinical data behind BLIS K12®

• A unique probiotic clinically-demonstrated to benefit the mouth and throat*

• Strong IP position (13 patents granted worldwide and 15 patent applications pending)

• Stability/shelf life (Two years shelf life at ambient temperatures)

• Demonstrated efficacy of various delivery formats

• An extensive safety record and comprehensive safety data

† Used with permission from the BLIS K12® website

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Vitamin A Vs Beta-Carotene and its Safety
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Date: May 09, 2010 08:20 AM
Author: Darrell Miller (dm@vitanetonline.com)
Subject: Vitamin A Vs Beta-Carotene and its Safety

Although Vitamin A deficiency is prevalent throughout the world, retinol toxicity is a common occurrence as well. About five percent of those who supplement with vitamin A unknowingly suffer from toxicity symptoms. It should be noted that supplementation at 5,000 to 10,000 IU per day of preformed vitamin A, which is dose that is well within the range that is offered in many popular vitamin supplements is a safe effective doses, additional supplementation of vitamin A may actually lead to a cumulative toxic overdose. Additionally, accidental ingestion of one single, large dose of vitamin A, can produce acute toxicity in children, always keep vitamin A out of reach of small ones.

A large study on over 22,000 pregnant women who supplemented with vitamin A during early pregnancy found that those women taking more than 60,000 IU of preformed vitamin A per day in the form of supplements had about one in fifty-seven of a chance of a malformation attributable to the supplement. In consuming more than 60,000 IU of vitamin A, a five-fold greater risk for birth defects arises as compared to consumption of less than 25,000 IU per day. The prevalence of birth defects seems to be greatest in those women who consume high levels of pre-formed vitamin within the first seven weeks of their pregnancy. Authors of the study concluded that women who may possibly become pregnant should limit their retinol intake to below 15,000 IU, or supplement with beta-carotene instead.

Beta-carotene is the orange/yellow-colored pigment that is often found in many garden vegetables. It is a retinal precursor. The body is able to easily convert beta-carotene into vitamin A by turning the carotene molecule into two molecules of retinol as they are needed. This allows for the avoidance of toxic accumulation of pre-formed vitamin A. Once beta-carotene is transformed into active retinol, it offers the same beneficial affects. The only symptoms associated with beta-carotene supplementation are loose stools or slight discoloration of the skin. This makes beta-carotene, even at high doses, safe for the body because it does not exhibit toxicity. An added benefit of beta-carotene is that it is a much more potent antioxidant than retinol, as it provides even greater protection against oxidative challenges. The worst thing that can happen to you if you take too much beta-carotene is that you may turn orange like a carrot. However, this should not be a worry because you will be just fine.

The majority of nutrients that are used in supplementation have a large measure of safety. Unfortunately, the use of vitamin A warrants prudence and caution. This is especially crucial when it is consumed by children or those women who are pregnant. Because of this, the level of vitamin A in excess of the upper limit of intake that is prescribed by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, is a crucial criterion in determining how good a product is. The criterion for potential toxicities asks whether the nutritional supplement contains vitamin A. If so, it asks whether the potency of vitamin A exceeds 100% of the upper limit of intake that is prescribed by the US Food and Nutrition Board.

To be on the safe side, take beta-carotene which has no side effects even at very high doses but exhibits the same health benefits of consuming preformed vitamin A. Look to your local or internet vitamin store for name brands like Solaray and Source Naturals for all your Vitamin A and beta-carotene needs.

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