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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Yeast Free Products from Nature's Sunshine

Many of us don't even think about a supplement being safe or having the potency that is mentioned on the label. Sadly labeling laws are not in place for what ends up in the supplements you buy. They only have to begin with the amount shown on the label. With some nutrients, there may be up to a 50% loss by the end of the manufacturing line.

Nature's Sunshine's integrity doesn't allow them to be okay with that. They begin with enough of the raw materials that when it comes off the manufacturing line, it has what it says it has on the label and also enough for it to be that amount until the expiration date. That's true commitment to quality and honesty.

Our customers are concerned about their health. Many have compromised immune systems. Offering safe products is essential, and we have built our reputation on that. Nature's Sunshine tests for foreign materials and for micro-contamination, such as salmonella and E. Coli. When harvested, botanicals need to dry properly; if they are milled while wet they are susceptible to yeast and mold. They run ingredient and supplement tests for these too. Nature's Sunshine also tests for heavy metal contamination, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and PCB.

Read the article or watch the video on the amazing dedication that Nature's Sunshine has to quality.

For those who have to avoid yeast, rest assured that Nature's Sunshine tests for yeast and does not approve the raw materials if there is any in them.

There are four (4) products that contain yeast, the type of yeast they use for these products is actually a beneficial type of yeast, and even in these four (4) products they test for the undesirable yeast. These products are: Solstic Immune, Super ORAC, Immune Stimulator and Red Yeast Rice.

We want you to be totally comfortable shopping for Nature's Sunshine supplements at The Herbs Place. We appreciate your business and we appreciate Nature's Sunshine for making it so easy to know that we're selling true quality products with guaranteed potency!

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Prenatal Surgery For Tumor in Unborn Child

A Miami girl, Lyna Gonzalez, underwent a never-before-done surgery that saved her life – while she was just seventeen weeks in the womb. Today, the only sign of the operation is a slight scar on her lip.

The May 2010 procedure removed an oral teratoma, a tennis ball-sized benign tumor that had formed on Lyna’s mouth. When Lyna’s condition was first diagnosed doctors were sure the baby would be stillborn or would need life support and numerous surgeries after birth. The mother’s gynecologist suggested aborting the little girl.

But the parents’ research led them to Dr. Ruben Quintero, a University of Miami/Jackson Memorial fetal surgeon. With a record number of breakthroughs in prenatal procedures, Quintero – along with Dr. Eftichia Kontopoulos – led an ultrasound-guided surgery, using an endoscope to remove the tumor. Read the entire story.

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Medications That Can Cause Depression

From AARP

Researchers have long known that many drugs can make us feel down or even depressed and that, as we age, our changing body chemistries put us at a greater risk for this side effect.

Few doctors think to review the medications list when their patients have the telltale symptoms of depression: lack of energy, listlessness, feeling rundown, excessive fatigue, changes in appetite and sleeping patterns, sadness, despair.

As a result, they often layer on top of the drugs causing those symptoms a new drug, such as an antidepressant, for treating them, which may in turn trigger additional side effects.

Are you feeling depressed? One of the drugs you're on could be the cause. Read the entire article for the major classes of drugs that can cause depression.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

One Day Nutri-Calm Sale on Tuesday!



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Tuesday, August 28 
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Back to school can sometimes bring frantic, hectic, stressful days for families. 

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Nutri-Calm is one of our best-known and most-beloved products. Its terrific blend of soothing herbs and B vitamins feed the nervous system and help you handle stress. This unique formula:
promotes relaxation
encourages restful sleep
soothes frayed nerves
boosts the immune system

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“When I was 15 years old, I was a nervous wreck. It never took much for me to start shaking in nervousness whether in stress or excitement. My mother's friend recommended I take Nutri-Calm, and within less than a month, I noticed an incredible difference! It helped calm me down so I don'’ shake anymore, and I feel better too! I’m 20 years old and I’m attending college. I still take Nutri-Calm and I have never had those nervous problems again. I praise God for that friend and for Nature’s Sunshine!” -- Linda

“I love Nutri-Calm! I used to have real bad panic attacks. Then a certified naturalist got me to try Nutri-Calm and I felt so much better! It didn't make me feel groggy or drugged up, it just gave me a sense of calm. I have also been healthier. Thank you so much for this product—it  has changed my life!” -- Kim

“I am a wife, a Registered Nurse, and a mother of two boys who I home school. We have had some major illnesses and losses in our lives, and the stress and anxiety have been building up to the point where I thought I was losing my mind. I did a lifestyle analysis on the website, and I found that Nutri-Calm was a product recommended for me. I have been taking it for two weeks now and I feel so much calmer. My husband has even noticed it. He said, ‘Honey, I don't know what you are taking that is making you feel better, but don't stop taking it.’ My relationship with my 5 year-old son is even improving. We always seem to butt heads about lots of things. But I have NOT been so STRESSED that I can deal with his 5 year-old ways now. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR NUTRI-CALM. God bless you.”--Zelda

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nutrition That's Easy to Swallow - Liquid Herbs

We know the nutritive power of herbs, and the benefits of putting certain herb powders inside capsules for palatability. But some people have a difficult time swallowing anything in pill form.

With these individuals in mind, Nature’s Sunshine offers a terrific line of liquid herb extracts to support numerous body systems and help make getting herbal support as easy as one or two swallows. Most NSP liquid herbs come in a glycerin base for a naturally sweet taste. Unlike tablets or capsules that require greater digestion, liquid herbs are readily absorbed into the body and can offer rapid support.

ALJ® for Respiratory Support

ALJ is NSP’s top herbal combination for respiratory support. This system relies on proper nutrition to function well. ALJ Liquid is a blend of boneset aerial parts, fenugreek seeds, horseradish root, mullein leaves and fennel seeds in vegetable glycerin. These herbs are used traditionally to nourish the respiratory tract. Fenugreek and mullein support respiratory tissues. Horseradish has a stimulating effect on the system. Fennel offers cleansing properties. Boneset provides nutritional support. Together, these herbs assist the body in maintaining health by nutritional means and encourage the entire respiratory tract to gently cleanse itself. For kids too!

Lymphatic Drainage Boosts the Immune System

The lymph system helps remove waste products from the body, and it transports vital nutrients throughout the body. The herbs in this formula synergize to help disperse lymphatic fluid and improve nutrient absorption. These two steps lead to enhanced immune function. Lymphatic Drainage also supports the circulatory and immune systems. This formula contains cleavers aerial parts, red clover tops, stillingia root and prickly ash bark in vegetable glycerin.

VS-C®—Chinese Wisdom Takes Liquid Form

VS-C is one of NSP’s most popular immune system products. Chinese herbalists call this formula “metalenhancing.” VS-C contains dandelion root, purslane tops, indigo leaves and root, thlaspi whole plant, bupleurum root, scute root, typhonium rhizome, ginseng root, cinnamon twig and licorice root in vegetable glycerin. These herbs create a favorable environment for microbial balance and overall health, support detoxification and promote a healthy respiratory tract. For kids too!

Black Walnut Provides Intestinal Support

Black walnut has been used for thousands of years to support the intestinal system and the skin. Known as an astringent herb, black walnut is rich in tannins, which have beneficial toning properties. Black Walnut hulls (in liquid extract) are cleansing to the body.

Maintain Proper Flow with Kidney Drainage

The kidneys work incredibly hard to filter the blood night and day. Kidney Drainage provides added nutritional support to keep these organs working in top form. Kidney Drainage is comprised of asparagus tops, plantain leaves, juniper berries and goldenrod aerial parts in vegetable glycerin. These herbs help to increase urine production, promote elimination of fluid and maintain proper fluid balance.

Echinacea/Golden Seal Helps Strengthen the Immune System

This liquid herb formula combines the powerful, immune-supporting Echinacea purpurea and E. angustifolia root with golden seal root. Echinacea species are hugely popular for their immune-system benefits and golden seal root has gained popularity in the past decade or two for its ability to help the body maintain immunity. It also offers digestive and circulatory benefits. This combination Echinacea/Golden Seal Liquid has a banana–orange flavor in a glycerin base. (Not for pregnant or lactating women.)

Stress-J—Natural Help for Frazzled Nerves

Many customers find needed nervous system support in one of our Stress-J formulas. This particular combination helps provide relief for occasional stress. It contains passion flower aerial parts, fennel seeds, feverfew aerial parts, hops flowers, chamomile flowers and marshmallow root. For kids too!

Choose from 23 liquid herb formulas available. View all of them now!

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Poor Sleep Affects Immune System

Severe sleep deprivation has the same effect on the immune system as physical stress, according to a new study.  Researchers ... found sleep loss triggers the production of white blood cells, known as granulocytes, particularly at night.

"The granulocytes reacted immediately to the physical stress of sleep loss and directly mirrored the body's stress response," explained the study's lead author, Katrin Ackermann, a postdoctoral researcher at the Eramus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands, in a news release from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

In conducting the study, the researchers tracked the white blood cell count of 15 healthy young men who followed a strict schedule of eight hours of sleep every day for a week, then compared that with their white blood cell counts during 29 hours of sleep deprivation. Read the entire article.

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Blood Pressure: Keeping That Magic Number

Whether it’s excess salt intake or a bad traffic jam, there’s always something that threatens to raise one’s blood pressure.

No matter how those with high blood pressure (HBP) are driven to this state (and there are 50 million or so examples in the United States [1]), it doesn’t bode well for their long-term health.

High blood pressure is at once a tell-tale sign of heart or other issues in the present moment, and a harbinger of cardiovascular and other serious complications down the line.

Let’s find out from those who know exactly why blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, matters for our health, and how the pressure gets ramped up in the first place. Then, we’ll see about bringing things down a notch, naturally, and learn just how achievable that might be in a majority of cases. Read the entire article.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

On SALE: Distress Remedy & Children's Supplements



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• Helps one stay calm in a crisis
• General remedy for restoring presence and awareness during shock or trauma in people or pets
• Use when a person or pet has been physically injured to overcome shock and promote tissue healing



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Each serving of Sunshine Heroes™ Calcium Plus D3 provides calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin D, which work closely together to build strong bones and teeth.



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Sunshine Heroes Omega 3 with DHA contains the Protector Shield™ Blend, a whole food blend of 17 fruits and vegetables plus choline, inositol and 10 amino acids. These fruits and vegetables provide powerful phytochemical nutrients and antioxidants-potent plant compounds noted for their health-protective benefits.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Intestinal System Health

Key Nutrients for Optimal Intestinal System Health
Created by Darlyn Britt

The large intestine (also known as the bowel or colon) stores waste and prepares it to be expelled from the body. While potentially an unpopular discussion topic, the health of this organ is absolutely vital to the health and well-being of the whole body.

Many nutrients and herbs support intestinal health. Today we’ll focus on three: aloe vera, fiber and probiotics (friendly microflora).

The succulent aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) plant is widely known as a hardy plant that can thrive in arid climates. The leavesof the aloe vera contain a gel-like liquid that runs out freely after you slice open the leaf. This juice naturally contains many biologically active compounds, including tannins, anthraquinones and resins.

Aloe vera juice supports the digestion and absorption of food and nourishes the intestinal system. It may also provide soothing and toning properties to the sensitive tissues lining the gastrointestinal tract. The bowel houses waste and toxins and can easily become irritated, especially in the presence of acidic material. Aloe Vera juice can provide soothing support for these sensitive tissues.

Nature’s Sunshine Aloe Vera Juice is certified by the International Aloe Science Council. This non-profit trade organization represents the best of the aloe vera industry worldwide. The IASC sealon our bottles signifies the content and purity of our aloe product.

Fiber is essential for colon health. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel, which slows digestion and provides a feeling offullness. Psyllium hulls, the outer shell of the Plantago ovata plant, contain more soluble fiber than any natural grain … as much as eight times that of popular oat bran.

When mixed with fluids, these hulls swell and exert a gentle pressure on intestinal walls, stimulating them to contract normally and help remove waste from the colon. This added bulk may also absorb bowel toxins, helps keep intestinal walls clear of debris, and helps maintain already cholesterol levels.

When taken with a meal, psyllium hulls slow digestion and absorption, so sugars from food enter the bloodstream more gradually. This may help to maintain normal balance in blood-sugar levels.

The American Dietetic Association recommends that adults get 20–35 grams of fiber per day for optimal intestinal health and elimination. Most Americans only get 5–14 grams per day—far less than the recommendation.

Nature's Sunshine Psyllium Hulls are available in easy-to-swallow capsules or in a bulk powder, combined with hibiscus flower and licorice root.

Probiotics, or friendly flora, are microscopic creatures that live mainly in the human gastrointestinal tract. The human body is host to literally billions of these “bugs” and to their not-so-friendly counterparts. Their influence on intestinal health is often substantial. Probiotics help the human host in a variety of ways.

1) They help support digestion and can improve nutrient absorption so you get more benefit from the food you eat.

2) Friendly flora promote immunity, battling unfriendly flora for living space and nutrients in the gut.

3) They also greatly support intestinal function. Theyaid in the elimination of toxins, break down fecal matter and produce certain vitamins as metabolic by-products.

In short, they can’t live without us, and we really need them too! This is called a symbiotic relationship. A natural, delicate balance of microflorain the gut creates harmony. Supplementing with quality probiotics helps replenish these friendly fighters and is especially recommended after colon cleansing and use of certain medications.

Nature's Sunshine Probiotic Eleven contains 11 strains of friendly flora and helps replenish faltering colonies in the gut. Bifidophilus®Flora Force supplies 4 billion friendly bacteria per capsule of four beneficial strains of probiotics.

Taking good care of your intestinal system includes a healthful diet of fresh foods and whole grains plus adequate water intake. Key supplements also lend a helping hand.

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25 Healthy Changes You Can Make

Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest impact on our lives. Whether you want to lose weight or feel more energetic, you don't have to go on a drastic diet or guzzle vitamin drinks. Just make some small adjustments to your daily regimen and see how your life is transformed.  Read the entire article.

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New Surgery Reverses Hand Paralysis

A California doctor develops a new procedure to restore hand mobility in paralysis patients by mending tiny nerve endings.

Justin M. Brown, MD, reconstructive neurosurgeon at UC San Diego Health System, is one of only a few specialists in the world who have pioneered a novel technique to restore hand function in patients with spinal cord injury.

In a delicate four-hour procedure, Brown splices together tiny nerve endings, only one millimeter in width, to help restore hand mobility. Most patients return home 24 hours after surgery. Read the entire article.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Whooping Cough Study On Vitamin C

By Suzanne Humphries, MD

Last year I wrote a document entitled "The Vitamin C treatment of Whooping Cough" in order to meet the needs of parents who seek treatment that is safe and effective.

I have first hand experience of its effectiveness and there is old literature to suggest that even low doses of Vitamin C help reduce the severity and duration of the cough.

Currently, the conventional approach to whooping cough (pertussis) is to vaccinate infants, and to give older children booster injections. Adults have recently been encouraged to get vaccinated to curb the spread as well.

It is my opinion, based on conventional information that this approach is unlikely to make much difference in the presence of pertussis. Because both vaccinated and unvaccinated people get pertussis, we need a safe and effective treatment when the cough occurs. The Pertussis vaccine has failed us miserably ... Read the entire article.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Children's Supplements



Children need good food and excellent supplemental nutrition to achieve their full potential. Nature’s Sunshine Products provides high potency supplements that are safe and effective for children. Sunshine Heroes Children's Supplements ensure maximum nutrition in a chewable product line formulated specifically for children.

Omega-3 with DHA
Since 2004, the FDA has allowed qualified health claims for omega-3 fatty acids in food supplements. These health claims are based on the ability of omega-3 fatty acids to promote cardiovascular health. Prior to the FDA approval of these claims, the omega-3 fatty acids DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) had already been added to infant formulas.

Since DHA is poorly synthesized in the body, it must be obtained from the diet or from mother’s milk. Even then it is only found in breast milk when a nursing mother consumes a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. There is no current recommended daily intake (RDI) for these fats, so the savvy consumer must find them in the diet or in supplements.

So why are EPA and DHA being discussed in children’s health? These essential fatty acids are highly valued for their support of nervous tissues. DHA is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in the brain and is required for normal growth and development of the nervous system.(1) DHA is also found in the eye and in nerve synapses, which suggests that it may play a role in nerve transmission.(1) In summary, EPA and DHA are beneficial to children as well as adults who want to promote proper nervous system development and function.

Nature’s Sunshine Products has valued these essential fatty acids for years knowing that they support both the nervous system and cardiovascular health. Sunshine Heroes Omega-3 with DHA makes ingesting omega-3 fatty acids easy and fun. Each serving of Omega-3 with DHA provides 140 mg of omega-3 fatty acids (100 mg DHA and 20 mg EPA). This product gives children the benefit of these healthy fats in addition to the amounts found naturally in their diet.

Probiotic Power
Probiotic supplements are commonly known as “friendly flora.” These microbes live naturally in our intestinal tract and perform three main functions. They metabolize foods, aid in the absorption of nutrients and help maintain intestinal flora. This translates to better digestive performance and improved immune and intestinal health. Probiotics have been researched extensively with regard to addressing gastro-intestinal issues.

Bifidobacterium infantis (found in Probiotic Power) is the most common bacteria found in breast-fed infants. It is believed that this specific strain of bacteria helps provide immune support to infants as they enter a world surrounded by microbes. Much like DHA (mentioned above), it is another gift from mother to child that can be added to the diet in supplement form.

Probiotics should be supplemented regularly, because over time healthy bacteria populations can dwindle. Nature’s Sunshine Probiotic Power provides 11 different strains of bacteria (1 billion organisms per tablet) in an appealing chewable tablet for children.

Astute users may note that the tablet is chewable and not enteric coated. While enteric coating helps protect the probiotic bacteria as they pass through the acidic environment of the stomach, it is not required. These bacteria are extremely hearty and will survive the acidity of the stomach and continue on to thrive in the intestines. Probiotics should be stored in a freezer or refrigerator to ensure potency. Shipping probiotics in heat and humidity does not destroy the bacteria. But to maintain a long shelf life they should be refrigerated.

Calcium Plus D3
Growing children need calcium to form healthy teeth and bones. Calcium is also required for nerve transmissions, muscle contractions, and hormone secretion. Calcium is readily available in the diet from dairy foods and to a lesser extent, green leafy vegetables.

The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for calcium in children has slowly increased over the years. This helps demonstrate the importance of calcium in the diet of children. The current RDA for calcium is as follows: Age 1-3 years, 700 mg; 4-8 years, 1,000 mg; 9-18 years, 1,300 mg.(2) The body is limited in the amount of calcium it can absorb during a meal. To insure maximum absorption of calcium, it is best to take supplements periodically throughout the day with meals and with vitamin D.

Chewable calcium supplements are not new, they have been on the market for years to address stomach discomfort and bone mineral density. But now calcium supplements have added vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is the active form of vitamin D. The body makes vitamin D from cholesterol and requires exposure to sunlight. Sunlight is important in this conversion, which is why children need extra vitamin D3 supplements throughout the winter months when daylight is short and skin exposure is brief.(3) Vitamin D3 promotes the absorption of it from the diet and deposits calcium into the bones. It makes good sense to add vitamin D3 to all calcium supplements.

Vitamin D3 supplements have been hot in the supplement market for several years now due to a large body of evidence that suggests higher levels of vitamin D3 offers immune system support not observed with other forms of vitamin D. While larger doses of vitamin D3 may be beneficial, we recommend following the RDA for the specific age group. Sunshine Heroes Calcium Plus D3 contains 300 mg of calcium and 300 IU of vitamin D3 per serving. This is a safe and effective dose of both vitamin D and calcium for children.

References:
• Urashima M, Segawa T, Okazaki M, et al. Randomized trial of vitamin D supplementation to prevent seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. Am J Clin Nutr 2010;91:1255-60.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Focus on Men's Health

A PRIMARY FOCUS ON MEN’S HEALTH
Created by Dr. William J. Keller

The general topic of men’s health is quite broad and can include issues that are part of women’s health too. Good examples here are cardiovascular health and weight loss, as well as sexual wellbeing. Prostate health and conditions such as erectile dysfunction (ED) are peculiar to men while in the older female, sexual dysfunction nearly always centers on menopause. In younger women, specific physiological disorders affecting sexual health seem to predominate.

In men, vascular health and sexual function are very closely related. Erectile dysfunction not only adversely affects intimate relationships, but it can also indicate potential cardiovascular health problems. In many cases, erectile difficulties may be a sign of an underlying cardiovascular disorder. Because vascular health reflects erectile function, it’s not surprising that nutritional supplement ingredients that support healthy erectile performance also contribute to cardiovascular health.

Supplements that are intended to combat ED usually contain ingredients that will support optimal nitric oxide (NO) levels in the body. Nitric oxiderelaxes blood vessels to facilitate improved blood flow. The amino acid arginine is well-known for its cardiovascular benefits primarily because of its conversion to NO in the endothelial cells that line the internal surfaces of arteries. Increased vascular smooth muscle relaxation and the resulting improved blood flow to erectile tissue are due to enhanced NO production. It has been shown that oral arginine supplementation significantly supports erectile function when compared with placebo (1).

Horny goatweed (Epimedium sagittatum) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries becauseof its aphrodisiac effects and support of erectile health. Scientists have isolated and characterized icariin and have shown this flavonoid derivative to be the major Viagra-like active component (2).

Recent research has demonstrated that icariin selectively inhibits phosphodiesterase type 5 (PPE-5), an enzyme that causes a rapid termination of male sexual activity. By blocking this enzyme, sexual activity in men is sustained. Additionally, icariin enhances the production of NO from arginine. As we now know, increased production of NO by cells in the arterial wall results in dilatation of the penile blood vessels, which increases blood flow and maintains erectile function.

This mechanism of action for natural icariin is amazingly similar to that of synthetic Viagra (3). The enhanced NO production from arginine also underlines potential cardiovascular benefits.

Other natural ingredients have a long history of safe and effective use in ED and complement the actions of arginine and horny goatweed.

These include Maca root or Peruvian Ginseng (Lepidium meyenii), Yohimbe root bark (Pausinystalia yohimbe) and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). All three of these ingredients act as aphrodisiacs and are noted for their erectile and sexual health benefits in men. Interestingly, maca has recently been suggested to benefit female sexual health and to support female sexual dysfunction(4).

[ Editor's Note:  These five (5) ingredients can be found in a product called X-Action Reloaded. ]

Another health issue that is fairly widespread in men is enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Keep in mind that BPH is not prostatic cancer, but it can be bothersome. Men usually know when they encounter BPH because of difficult urination and frequent nocturnal urination.

The currently accepted and most plausible theory supporting the etiology of BPH centers on prostatic testosterone and its excessive conversion to the more potent dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The enzyme 5-alpha reductase catalyzes this conversion, and once formed, DHT stimulates the proliferation of prostatic cells.  It appears logical that high levels of DHT lead to excessive numbers of prostatic cells, which can result in an enlarged prostate.


Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is the most popular and best understood ingredient that provides benefit in cases of BPH. The lipophilic (fat soluble) fraction from Saw Palmetto berries is most active and it appears that fatty acids from this fraction inhibit 5-alpha reductase to lower prostate levels of DHT.

The bark of the African Plum Tree (Pygeum africana) and the root of Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) have shown significant benefit in cases of BPH(5,6). Also, anecdotal reports exist of the carotenoid lycopene and the mineral zinc producing prostate health benefits.

[ Editor's Note:  All five (5) of these ingredients are in a product called Men's Formula. ]

Maintenance of men’s health is an important priority and should not be ignored. Several nutritional approaches offer meaningful benefits. My belief is that men should optimize the proper functioning of all body systems so as to preserve the highest achievable health status.

References:
1. Melman A.This month in investigative urology. L-arginine and penileerection. Journal of Urology. 1997 Sep;158(3 Pt 1):686.
2. Dell’Agli M, et al. Potent inhibition of human phosphodiesterase-5 by icariin derivatives. Journal of Natural Products. 2008 Sep;71(9):1513-7. Abstract available at: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18778098
3. Xu, HB, Huang ZQ. Icariin enhances endothelial nitric-oxide synthase expression on human endothelial cells in vitro. Vascular Pharmacology. 2007 Jul;47(1):18-24. Abstract available at: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17499557
4. Brooks NA, Wilcox G, Walker KZ, Ashton JF, Cox MB, Stojanovska L. Beneficial effects of Lepidium meyenii (Maca) on psychological symptoms and measuresof sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women are not related toestrogen or androgen content. Menopause. 2008 Nov-Dec;15(6):1157-62. Abstract available at: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18784609
5. Levin, RM, Levin SS, Zhao Y, Buttyan R. Cellular and molecular aspects of bladder hypertrophy. European Urology. 1997;32 Suppl 1:15-21. Abstract available at: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9218938
6. Jellin, J. 2010Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, 12 ed. pp 1592-1595.

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Healthy Digestion

Americans have a love affair with eating, but the digestion part? That’s another story.

More than 15 million Americans are plagued by heartburn daily (1). At least 55 million U.S. men, women and children live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) (2). As many as 7% of the population say they have excessive or bothersome belching, and 11% report frequent bloating (3). 

The stats aren’t pretty, but they emphasize one thing: we need to take better care of our digestive health Find out how ... .

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Medications That Can Cause Chronic Fatigue

From AARP

Do you feel weak or tired — sometimes to the point of exhaustion — much of the time? If so, you're not alone. Chronic fatigue accounts for more than 10 million visits to family doctors every year.

Chronic fatigue has many causes, including illnesses such as anemia and multiple sclerosis as well as depression and other psychiatric disorders. But it's also often a side effect of drugs previously prescribed for other conditions. (I'm not talking here of the complicated disorder known as chronic fatigue syndrome, whose cause is unknown. This condition is characterized by extreme fatigue that can't be explained by any underlying medical condition.)

Could one or more of the medications you're taking be making you feel listless or lethargic? Read the entire article to learn about the major classes of drugs that can cause chronic fatigue.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sugar: The Bitter Truth Video

From CBS News

Worried about trans fat or salt? That's a little old-school. If you want to stay current on dietary villains, you'll want to start thinking about sugar.

Lots and lots of sugar — as in 77 grams, or nearly 20 teaspoons. That's how much added sugar the average American consumes every day, according to a 2011 scientific report. We're talking typical people on typical days, not just 10-year-olds gorging on cotton candy and funnel cake at the carnival.

At a time when obesity and Type 2 diabetes have become nationwide epidemics, those piles of added sugar — nearly two times the limit the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends for a 2,000 calorie diet — were bound to get attention.

The anti-sugar brigade features some of the biggest names in nutrition, including Harvard's Dr. Walter Willett and Yale's Kelly Brownell. But the de facto leader is Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of clinical pediatrics at UC San Francisco. His 2009 lecture "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" has snagged more than 2 million views on YouTube so far.

He upped the ante in February with an article that called for new taxes on added sugar and age limits for certain sweet treats. To top it off, he declared on an April 1 episode of "60 Minutes" that added sugar was a "toxic" substance that has "created a public health crisis." Read the entire article.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis: Best and Worst Supplements

At 35, Chicago flight attendant Michele Mason says her bones felt like “pins and needles” were in them, and her hands were so swollen that she found it difficult to put on her infant son’s socks.

When her doctor suspected rheumatoid arthritis, Mason worried that traditional medicines might not be good for her breastfeeding baby. So with her doctor’s blessing, she took a very low-dose steroid and turned to herbs and supplements, including boswellia (Indian frankincense) and fish oil, to help relieve the pain and inflammation.

A year later, her diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis was confirmed. “I was happier to go with what I felt was a safer route with herbs,” she says. “While they didn’t make it go away, they did give me some relief."

Like Mason, about 30% of patients surveyed from North Carolina with rheumatoid arthritis have tried supplements, according to a study in Preventing Chronic Disease . “And use is increasing,” says study co-author Leigh Callahan, PhD, associate professor of medicine, orthopaedics and social medicine at the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

So what are the best herbs and supplements for RA? And, are they safe? Here's what you need to know.

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EPA Proposes Cuts on Levels of Soot in Air

From MedicineNet.com

The new standards will call for a reduction in fine particle pollution from the current 15 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 12 to 13 micrograms. The agency is calling the new standards a victory for public health.

"As a result of these rules, we will be saving hundreds of thousands of lives and prevent significant amounts of health consequences including premature death," Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator in EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, said during a press conference Friday.

"The good news about today's action is that we are already on the path for 99 percent of U.S. counties to meet the standards without the need for additional state or local action," she added.

Fine particle pollution can reach deep into the lungs and has been tied to premature death, heart attacks and strokes. Read the entire article.

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