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January 8, 2013

Is Your Calcium Supplement Extracted From Rocks? How Would You Know?

You know you need calcium to build strong bones and teeth but there are so many to choose from it’s hard to know which is the best.  You may have heard that taking chewable antacids is a great way to get your daily calcium.  That would be false.  You may have heard that oyster shell calcium is a great form of calcium.  That would also be false.  Or one of my favorites is that calcium carbonate has the most elemental weight of all calcium.  This one is true, but rocks tend to be heavy.  Calcium carbonate is extracted from rock.  It is the least expensive and most readily available supplemental wise, but carbonate is the least effective from of calcium and should be avoided.

Let’s explore the many ways your body uses calcium.  (it’s not all about bone health).

Calcium’s Role in The Body:

  • Builds and maintains bone and teeth
  • Regulates heart rhythm
  • Eases insomnia
  • Helps regulate the passage of nutrients in and out of cell walls
  • Assists in normal blood clotting
  • Helps maintain proper nerve and muscle function
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces the risk of colon cancer
  • Helps with normal kidney function
  • Synthesizes hormones and enzymes

Did you know that bone continues to grow in density until we are around 30-35 years old?  Within a couple of years, we begin to lose calcium from the bones.  This is universal among humans regardless of sex, race, occupation or economic status.  Because of this, people over 30 can require up to 67 percent more calcium than 16 year olds do.  To maintain good health, we need a calcium rich diet throughout our lives.

Our bones are our calcium reserves.  When there is not enough calcium in our blood streams to perform all of the other functions that calcium is responsible for, our parathyroid glands signal the release of calcium from the bones to keep serum levels stable.  Between 250 and 400 mgs of calcium are lost daily doing normal body functions.

If we take in more calcium than we lose then we have a positive calcium balance.  If we lose more than we take in, then the balance is negative.  A negative balance causes our bodies to go into stress mode triggering calcium being taken straight from the bones.  Since we are not usually aware that our bones are being stripped of calcium, this process can go unrecognized for years and osteoporosis is the dangerous result.

Keeping a positive calcium balance will also help keep you from getting kidney stones and calcium deposits.  Your kidneys actually need calcium to function properly.  If it is not supplied through diet, it is taken from the bones. When calcium is supplied to the body from the bones, it can actually cause kidney stones and calcium deposits.  The intake of adequate amounts of calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin B6 is crucial to the prevention of kidney stones.

Which Form of Calcium is Best?

Here’s what to look for in a supplement:

Calcium Carbonate:  (inc. oyster shell) Least effective form. Should be avoided.  Encourages acidemia (too alkaline), bone loss, kidney stones, calcium deposits & bone spurs. Interferes with digestion. Molecules are too large to be utilized effectively.  High lead levels.

Calcium Asparatate:  Combination of calcium and aspartic acid which transports calcium to proper body sites for specific functions.  Readily absorbed by the body and has the dual advantage of releasing calcium and aspartic acid into the blood stream.  Easily absorbed, assimilated, and utilized.

Calcium Chelate:  Calcium bound with vegetable protein for better absorption in the small intestine and easy release into the blood.  Highly absorbable and is retained longer in the body.

Calcium Citrate:  Highly soluble, calcium bound to vitamin C.  Won’t cause kidney or gall stones or reduce acidity.
Great pick!

Calcium Lactate: Highly soluble calcium bound with lactic acid.  Aids absorption in the small intestines.

Hydroxyapetite: (micro-crystalline):  Whole bone matrix extract.  Does not get heated or treated with chemical solvents.  Extremely bioavailable form.  Exceptional absorption and utilization.  Prevents bone loss and restores mineral content to bone.  A wise choice for those at risk for Osteoporosis.

Calcium isn’t the only thing keeping your bones strong.  Calcium needs help if it’s going to get into your bones.  You need to make sure that what you buy is going to work!  It needs to have adequate amounts of magnesium & vitamin D for absorption.

Bone Strength Take Care has consistently been one of Baum’s Best Selling Calcium Supplements!  The tablets are small, easy to swallow and easy to break if you need to. The dosage is just 3 per day, one with lunch, two with dinner, and you’re done!
We are excited to be able to offer the 120 size at 25% off this month!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

August 23, 2012

The Cholesterol Myth?

By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS

Why lowering cholesterol isn’t nearly as important as you think

lowerLast year, cardiologist Stephen Sinatra and I wrote a book—The Great Cholesterol Myth—which will be out later this year. We believe that a weird combination of misinformation, questionable studies, corporate greed, and deceptive marketing has conspired to create one of the most damaging myths in medical history: that cholesterol causes heart disease.

The tragedy is that by putting all our attention on cholesterol, we’ve ignored the real causes of heart disease: inflammation, oxidation, stress, and sugar. Things we can actually control with foods, supplements, and lifestyle changes—none of which have the costs or side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.

What evidence do we have that the cholesterol hypothesis is flawed? Let’s start with some surprising facts.

  • Cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart attacks
  • Half of heart attacks happen to people with normal cholesterol
  • Half the people with elevated cholesterol have healthy hearts
  • Lowering cholesterol has an extremely limited benefit

I haven’t come to these conclusions lightly, and I wouldn’t expect you to take them at face value. The case against cholesterol as a cause of heart disease has been crumbling for decades, but getting the information out there hasn’t been easy. After all, the top cholesterol-lowering medications, Lipitor and Zocor, bring in roughly $34 billion a year for their makers, who have a strong interest in keeping the cholesterol theory alive.

Mounting Evidence

To really see the case against conventional wisdom, you need to consider the following three studies:

The Lyon Heart Study: In the 1990s, French researchers decided to run an experiment—known as the Lyon Diet-Heart Study—to test the effect of different diets on heart disease. They took two groups of men who had every risk factor imaginable. All of them had survived a heart attack. They all had high cholesterol. They all smoked. None of them exercised. And they all had high levels of stress.

Half of the men were advised to eat the American Heart Association’s “prudent diet” (low in saturated fat and cholesterol), while the other half were advised to eat a Mediterranean diet high in fish, omega-3s, vegetables, and monounsaturated fats such as olive oil.

The study was halted early because the reduction in fatal heart attacks in the Mediterranean group was so great—70 percent—that researchers decided it was unethical to continue.

Guess what happened to the cholesterol levels in the subjects on the Mediterranean diet. They didn’t budge. Their cholesterol levels were just as high when the study was stopped as they were when it began. They just stopped dying. Cholesterol had nothing to do with it.

The ENHANCE trial: This 2008 study tested a combination cholesterol-lowering medication called Vytorin. The new wonder drug lowered cholesterol just fine. In fact, it lowered it better than standard statin medications. The problem was that the people taking Vytorin had almost twice the arterial plaque growth as the people taking the standard medication.

To put it simply, the study participants who took the cholesterol-lowering wonder drug saw their cholesterol levels go down significantly while their risk for heart disease went up.

The Nurses Health Study: The Nurses Health Study is one of the longest-running studies of diet and disease ever undertaken. In an analysis of 84,129 of the participants, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, five factors were identified that significantly lowered the risk for heart disease. In fact, wrote the authors, “Eighty-two percent of coronary events in the study. . . could be attributed to lack of adherence to (these five factors).”

  1. Don’t smoke.
  2. Drink alcohol in moderation.
  3. Engage in moderate-to-vigorous exercise for at least half an hour every day.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight (BMI under 25).
  5. Eat a wholesome, low-glycemic (low sugar) diet with plenty of omega-3 fats and fiber.

But not a word about cholesterol.

Heart Smarts

These studies are just a sample of the evidence against the cholesterol theory. The Framingham Heart Study, which began in 1948 and is still going on, actually shows clearly that high cholesterol is protective in older adults—those in the study who lived the longest tended to be those in the “highest cholesterol” category. And let’s not forget that cholesterol is also the parent molecule for the sex hormones and vitamin D. Plus, it’s vitally important in the brain where it helps make communication between cells easier.

Check back next week for The Cholesterol Myth, Part 2.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

July 19, 2012

Health Benefits of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

Many people are taking CLA as an expensive supplement for the benefits described below. But wouldn’t it make much more sense to get it for free in your food? There is a new reason why it may be beneficial to allow cows to graze on pasture. That reason involves a compound called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).

CLA is a fatty acid found in beef and dairy fats. Scientific interest in CLA was stimulated in 1988 when a University of Wisconsin researcher discovered its cancer-fighting properties in a study of rats fed fried hamburger. CLA cannot be produced by the human body, but it can be obtained through foods such as whole milk, butter, beef, and lamb.

“The interesting thing is that dairy cattle that graze produce higher amounts of CLA in their milk than those which receive conserved feed, such as grain, hay, and silage,” says Agricultural Research dairy scientist Larry Satter. This is true even when the nongrazers eat pasture grass conserved as hay. Satter, who is based at the Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin, conducted a study comparing the amount of CLA in milk from cows grazing on pasture to the amount from cows fed hay or silage. His findings: Pasture-grazed cows had 500% more CLA in their milk than those fed silage. Larry Satter is at the USDA-ARS U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, 1950 Linden Lane, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706

CLA may be one of the most potent cancer-fighting substances in our diet. In animal studies, as little as one half of one percent CLA in the diet has reduced tumor burden by more than 50 percent.

CLA has also been shown to reduce body fat in people who are overweight

by Mary Shomon
A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, published in the December 2000 issue of the Journal of Nutrition found that CLA reduces fat and preserves muscle tissue. According to the research project manager, an average reduction of six pounds of body fat was found in the group that took CLA, compared to a placebo group. The study found that approximately 3.4 grams of CLA per day is the level needed to obtain the beneficial effects of CLA on body fat.

Dr. Michael Pariza, who conducted research on CLA with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reported in August 2000 to the American Chemical Society that “It doesn’t make a big fat cell get little. What it rather does is keep a little fat cell from getting big.”

Pariza’s research did not find weight loss in his group of 71 overweight people, but what he did find was that when the dieters stopped dieting, and gained back weight, those taking CLA “were more likely to gain muscle and not fat.”

In a separate study conducted at Purdue University in Indiana, CLA was found to improve insulin levels in about two-thirds of diabetic patients, and moderately reduced the blood glucose level and triglyceride levels.

CLA has been the subject of a variety of research in the past several years, and findings also suggest that some of the other benefits of CLA include the following:

Increases metabolic rate — This would obviously be a positive benefit for thyroid patients, as hypothyroidism — even when treated — can reduce the metabolic rate in some people.
Decreases abdominal fat — Adrenal imbalances and hormonal shifts that are common in thyroid patients frequently cause rapid accumulation of abdominal fat, so this benefit could be quite helpful.
Enhances muscle growth — Muscle burns fat, which also contributes to increased metabolism, which is useful in weight loss and management.
Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides — Since many thyroid patients have elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, even with treatment, this benefit can have an impact on a thyroid patient’s health.
Lowers insulin resistance — Insulin resistance is a risk for some hypothyroid patients, and lowering it can also help prevent adult-onset diabetes and make it easier to control weight.
Reduces food-induced allergic reactions — Since food allergies can be at play when weight loss becomes difficult, this can be of help to thyroid patients.
Enhances immune system — Since most cases of thyroid disease are autoimmune in nature, enhancing the immune system’s ability to function properly is a positive benefit.

If you’re interested in taking CLA to help with weight loss, keep in mind that it’s not a magic, and you will need to start a program of diet and exercise in order to successfully lose weight and keep it off.

One to try! Iron Tek CLA 1,000 mg softgels. 3 a day help melt fat away! Baum’s Natural Foods has it on sale for $5 off this month only!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

July 16, 2012

CoQ10: Everything You Need to Know

Reblogged from Live in the Now

Topics Covered in this Special Report:

  • CoQ10 Background and Overview
  • How CoQ10 Helps Your Heart
  • Why Statin Drugs Deplete CoQ10
  • How CoQ10 Energizes Your Brain
  • CoQ10’s Potential Against Alzheimer’s
  • How CoQ10 Reduces Migraine Symptoms
  • CoQ10′s Potential as a Cancer Fighter?
  • Side Effects and Precautions
  • Conclusions and Dosages

CoEnzyme Q10 Supports Your Body’s Energy Supply

Every day, researchers learn more about how the cells in our bodies produce the energy that keeps us alive.  As part of this research, they are discovering conditions that interfere with cellular energy production, and the illnesses that can result.  They are also putting new focus on natural substances that can help restore normal energy production and prevent the oxidative damage that comes from incomplete energy metabolism. One of the natural substances researchers are studying is Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).

CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant and energy booster, first identified in 1957 and widely used in Japan for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. It is a powerful, fat-soluble vitamin-like substance synthesized in the membranes of cells. It is found mostly in mitochondria, the cell’s “power plant.” CoQ10 is an essential part of the energy-producing process known as the electron transport chain. It acts as kind of a spark plug, assisting in the generation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) the body’s basic energy currency. Without adequate CoQ10, cells cannot make the energy they need to sustain life. Eventually, your whole body suffers the malaise of low-energy production.

Because it is in every cell, supplemental CoQ10 has a wide potential of uses–from helping a failing heart work better to slowing the decline of Parkinson’s disease. Research indicates it can reduce the severity of migraine headaches, improve blood sugar control in diabetics, even help stop the spread of cancer and improve immune function in AIDS.

After the age of 30, natural levels of CoQ10 begin to diminish. By the age of 80, your CoQ10 levels may be lower than they were at birth. Further loss may come from stress, illness and some medications such as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, oral hypoglycemic drugs such as glyburide, phenformin and tolazamide, and beta-blockers.

Main-line medical practitioners may say it is premature to recommend CoQ10 to their patients. (One has even advised against it saying if too many people are taking it, he won’t be able to find people to enroll as a control group in his next study on Parkinson’s disease!) Many alternative practitioners, however, believe that, given CoQ10’s potential for protection and its good safety record, most older people would be wise to take CoQ10 supplements. Here’s what you need to know.

CoQ10 Helps Your Heart

CoQ10 is most highly concentrated in heart muscles because of high energy needs there. Most heart patients are deficient in CoQ10 and supplementing with CoQ10 has dramatically revitalized heart function and relieved heart disease symptoms in some studies. Research suggests CoQ10 may be beneficial for almost any condition related to the heart, including angina, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiotoxicity associated with some cancer chemotherapy drugs.

CoQ10 works two ways in the heart. It protects cells from oxidative damage that can occur when blood supply is cut off, and then restarted, as might happen with injury such as a stroke or heart attack, or with surgery.  It also can correct or preserve a cell’s ability to generate energy.

In one study, patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery were given either CoQ10 (300 mg/day) or blank look-alike pills for 2 weeks prior to surgery. Those receiving CoQ10 recovered more quickly from the stress of surgery. Their hearts regained pumping strength faster than those not getting the supplement.

In another study, people who required CPR because their hearts had stopped were more likely to be alive 3 months later if they received CoQ10 (by injection, 250 mg initially and then, 150 mg three times a day for 5 days) along with hypothermia treatment than if they received hypothermia treatment alone. (Damian, MS, et al. Coenzyme Q10 combined with mild hypothermia after cardiac arrest. Circulation 2004; 110:3011-3016.)

CoQ10 can be extremely helpful in the case of congestive heart failure, research shows.  In one study, people with congestive heart failure who took CoQ10 (100 mg three times a day) had significant improvement in shortness of breath, and were less likely to have fluid retention,  enlarged liver, insomnia or fatigue. The most significant improvement was in exercise tolerance. During a 6-minute walk test, people treated with CoQ10 improved their walking performance by over 40%, while walking performance decreased by about 40% in a placebo group. The CoQ10 group walked an average of 1,253 feet, while the placebo group averaged only 580 feet. (Mortensen, SA Symptomatic effects of Coenzyme Q10 in heart failure: Q-SYMBIO study status. Presented at the 4th conference of the International CoQ10 Association; 2005. pp. 57-58. http://www.coenzymeq10.org)

CoQ10 works best when it is used along with other heart drugs. If your doctor contends it is premature to recommend its use, ask him or her to read up on some of the new research proving its usefulness. CoQ10 has been government-approved in Japan as a heart treatment since 1974, where research shows that 70% of heart patients improve after taking CoQ10. The supplement is also used extensively in Italy and other parts of Europe.

Statin Drugs Deplete CoQ10

Given CoQ10’s essential role in heart health, it’s alarming to realize that the most widely-prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) can create a deficiency of CoQ10. It’s a well-known fact that these drugs hinder your body’s ability to make its own CoQ10. One study, at New York City’s Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, found that blood levels of coenzyme Q10 plunged more than 50% in patients who took 80 milligrams of Lipitor daily for a month. Researchers warned that such a marked drop in blood CoQ10 caused by “even a brief exposure to Lipitor… could explain the most commonly reported adverse effects of statins, especially exercise intolerance, myalgia (muscle pain) and myoglobinuria (changes leading to muscle damage).” (Rundek T, Arch Neurol 2004 Jun; 61(6): 889-92)

In another study, 18 of 21 patients with muscle pain and weakness who were taking statin therapy had a significant decrease in pain after 30 days of supplementation with 100 mg a day of CoQ10 compared to people taking vitamin E. (Kelley, P. J Am Coll Cardiol 2005: 45:3A)

CoQ10 Helps Your Brain

CoQ10 can energize brain cells, research shows. The brain is especially compromised by a deficit of CoQ10. Reduced levels of CoQ10 (and ATP) can cause aging brains to become more sluggish. Memory and abilities decline and the brain may become more vulnerable to age-related neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease. Feeding old animals CoQ10 restores brain cell levels to those of much younger animals, rejuvenating brain functions and even reversing brain degeneration, studies show.

Take Parkinson’s disease. It’s a progressive neurological condition characterized by tremors, muscle rigidity and slowdown in motor ability.  Although several drugs are used to treat and control its symptoms, none has been shown to slow the progression of the underlying disease. It appears that CoQ10 can do just that. Previous studies have found low levels of CoQ10 and a high degree of dysfunction in the mitochondria of Parkinson’s patients’ brain cells. Correcting the low CoQ10 apparently energizes brain cells, slowing down the disease. Other research shows that boosting levels of CoQ10 also preserves brain tissue, lessening brain cell death.

In one study, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, gave high doses of CoQ10 to 80 patients recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. The investigators, headed by Clifford W. Shults, M.D., tested three different doses of CoQ10 daily: 300 mg, 600mg or 1200 mg for four months. The amazing result: all of the patients getting any dose of CoQ10 showed less severe symptoms than those taking a placebo.  In short, the CoQ10 slowed the progression of early Parkinson’s symptoms.

However, the greatest slow-down came for those taking 1,200 mg of CoQ10 daily. They experienced a 44%  slower rate of deterioration. Most noticeable, the CoQ10 takers had better mental acuity, motor abilities and were better able to handle daily living activities–eating, dressing, bathing and walking– than those not getting CoQ10.  Even those taking only 300 mg CoQ10 daily had a reduced progression in symptoms of 27% compared with placebo.  (Schultz, CW et al. Pilot trial of high dosages of coenzyme Q10 in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Exp Neurol 2004; 1288: 491-494.)

CoQ10’s Potential Against Alzheimer’s

CoQ10 is recommended by alternative practitioners to improve brain functioning in people with Alzheimer’s disease, and with good reason. The condition is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative damage. So far, though, the only studies done in humans to prove CoQ10’s worth in treating Alzheimer’s disease have included a number of neuroprotective substances, so it is impossible to single out CoQ10’s role.

However, an animal study done by researchers at Johns Hopkins University suggests that CoQ10 alone can block brain damage.  The study included animals with induced Alzheimer’s-like brain damage. Animals fed daily CoQ10 showed normal brain structure and no loss of memory or intellectual functioning. In contrast, animals not fed CoQ10 suffered severe neurological dysfunction with a drop in memory and learning capacity. The CoQ10 worked by stimulating energy production in brain cells and inhibiting free radical attacks on neurons, researchers explained. (Ishrat T., Behav Brain Res 2006 Apr 16,Epub)

CoQ10 Reduces Migraine Symptoms

New research from Switzerland showed that daily CoQ10 supplements reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. This was a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. It tested CoQ10 versus placebo in 42 migraine sufferers ages 18-65. The people received a placebo for one-month, then were randomly assigned to receive either CoQ10 (100 mg a day) or placebo 3 times a day. They were also asked to keep a migraine diary that showed the number of headaches, severity, and other symptoms.

At the end of four months, symptoms in both groups were compared. Only the people taking CoQ10 had a continuous decrease in attack frequency between month 1 and month 4. They also had a decrease in nausea and vomiting. CoQ10 had no side effects, which could make it especially useful for children and women of child-bearing age, since current migraine drugs have potentially harmful side effects.  (Sandor, PS et al. Neurology 2005: 64; 713-715.)

CoQ10 as a Potential Cancer Fighter

Not much research has been done on CoQ10’s anti-cancer potential, but one study has intriguing implications. In it, 84 breast cancer patients were randomized to receive a daily supplement of 100 mg of CoQ10, 10 mg of riboflavin and 50 mg of niacin per day along with 10 mg of tamoxifen twice a day. Another group got just the tamoxifen.  After 90 days, the group taking the CoQ10-vitamin combo had significantly lower levels of two important tumor markers (which are elevated with impending relapse and metastases) compared to the group taking only tamoxifen.  Researchers say the supplement increases the expression of a cancer-suppressing gene, MnSOD, restores lipid peroxidation levels and enzyme activity to near normal, and helps to reduce cancer cachexia, the wasting of body tissues that often comes with advanced cancer.  Certainly more research is warranted for this simple supplement. (Premkumar, VG et al. Biol Pharm Bull 2007; 30(2):367-370.)

Side Effects?

CoQ10 is considered extraordinarily safe, with reports of only mild gastrointestinal upset in less than one percent of users. Taking smaller doses two or three times a day may lessen the discomfort. CoQ10 may decrease blood pressure and blood sugar levels, so people taking medications for those conditions may need dosages adjusted. Some research suggests CoQ10 might lower the anticoagulant effects of the blood thinner coumadin in some people. Monitoring the blood to determine if the coumadin dose needs adjustment is advisable. Pregnant and lactating women are advised to not to take CoQ10 due to insufficient evidence of safety for the fetus.

How Much Do You Need?

While there is no established ideal dose for CoQ10, studies have used doses of CoQ10 ranging from 30 mg to 1,200 mg. We recommend doses ranging from 30 mg to 600 mg daily for adults. The general guideline is 1 mg per pound of body weight. So if you weigh 150 lbs., you should take 150 mg. But this is a general guideline. Most people take 100 to 200 mg daily.

  • Daily dosages of 30 to 200 mg of CoQ10 are commonly recommended for healthy adults.
  • Those with heart failure or angina are often advised to take 100 to 200 mg of CoQ10 daily, and even 600 mg per day in severe cases of heart failure.
  • People taking statins (such as Lipitor and Zocor) to lower cholesterol are advised to take 200-600 mg a day to help prevent muscle-weakening side effects of the drugs.
  • Some cancer patients have been given 400 mg of CoQ10 along with chemotherapy agents to reduce toxic side effects of these drugs.
  • Taking 100 mg of CoQ10 three times a day has reduced migraine attacks by one-third.
  • Taking 60 mg twice a day has lowered systolic high blood pressure by one-fourth. Using 100 mg of CoQ10 twice a day has also increased effective of blood pressure medications.

Note: Since CoQ10 is a fat-soluble nutrient, for best absorption take just before or after a meal that contains some form of healthy fat content. Alternatively, you can take it with a bit of healthy fat such as peanut butter or olive oil.

You Should Definitely Consider Taking CoQ10

CoQ10 is definitely worth trying to sharpen your brain, strengthen your heart, or simply give you more overall energy. It is extremely safe, thoroughly researched and widely-prescribed by doctors and health experts worldwide. It definitely deserves a place in any anti-aging supplement regime.

Baum’s Natural Foods has CoQ10 Ubiquinol on sale this month only for $5 off!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

April 26, 2012

Benefits of Saffron

Saffron is basically a flowering plant which is widely used as a culinary spice. It is also used in herbal supplements due to its varied health benefits. Right from treating depression, asthma, atherosclerosis and stressful menstrual cycles, saffron’s benefits extend to even treating cancer and helping to lower bad cholesterol levels.

Saffron is in fact, an expensive spice made from the saffron crocus flower. Research indicates that a few compounds in saffron do promote anti-cancer activity. It also helps in stimulating the secretion of stomach acids which supposedly assists in the contraction of muscles, for instance, as in the uterus.

Health benefits and uses of saffron- Reddish golden in color, saffron is used basically as a seasoning agent in cooking and also as a coloring agent. In fact, saffron is one of nature’s highly powerful herbs. From time immemorial, saffron is known to have helped relieve stomach aches and kidney stones. It also improves circulation of blood.

A vital herb with multiple benefits, it is believed that in ancient days, grand moms used to mix a few sprigs of saffron in hot milk as a night cap for their grand children, to induce sound sleep and good health. It’s been scientifically proven that saffron contains carotenoids which play a vital role in inhibiting skin tumors, improving vision and relieving aches and pains of arthritic conditions. It’s been proven after a recent trial that this aromatic golden herb may prove instrumental in preventing loss of vision in the elderly. This is a proven fact in scientific circles that saffron helps to regain vision in the instances of cataract.

Saffron contains a compound by the name “crocin” which is helpful in promoting learning, memory retention and recall capacity to a great extent. Several studies have shown encouraging results that saffron might be great in the treatment and management of age related mental impairment.

Saffron contains certain active constituents which are known to produce positive effects in patients suffering from neuro-degenerative disorders. In case of soreness or inflammation of the mouth and tongue, try massaging gums with saffron. Discomfort is relieved almost immediately.

Medical studies over the years have proven beyond doubt that this golden herb enhances oxygen diffusivity in plasma and other liquids. It also improves pulmonary oxygenation. High levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides can be lowered by including saffron as a dietary intake, or as an herbal supplement.

For those suffering from conditions of acute dryness of skin, application of saffron cream typically on affected areas will help relieve the symptoms. In combination with other herbs, saffron is also reputed to be a good remedy for insomnia, coughing, indigestion and even baldness.
How to find out genuineness of saffron ?

How to find out genuineness of saffron ?

While buying saffron, to ascertain its genuineness, and to find out whether it is fake or adulterated, immerse a tiny piece of it in warm water or milk. If the milk or water colors immediately, then it is adulterated. Genuine saffron takes about ten to fifteen minutes of soaking in warm water or milk before it can turn a deep red color or emanate a wonderful aroma.

As mentioned previously, this highly valued spice helps to protect your eyes from being damaged by harmful UV rays. It is known to slow down considerably the progression of eye diseases like macular degeneration, which can in turn cause blindness.

Saffron has unique compounds like crocin and safranel which belong to a family of carotenoids. This includes beta carotene and this is which gives saffron it’s color. Not only do these compounds play a major role in preserving eye sight, they possess anti cancer properties too. Besides, they help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Studies reveal encouraging reports regarding macular degeneration patients, who were fed on a diet containing saffron, and they began showing signs of cell recovery and improved vision. Saffron affects the genes, regulating the fatty acid control of the cell membranes, which in turn makes vision cells tougher and resistant.

The compounds of crocin and safranel have anti tumor effects as well. Saffron greatly boosts immunity by aiding in the maturation of white blood cells, as well as accelerating the levels of enzymes that help the body to track down toxins.

For those suffering from acute premenstrual syndrome, saffron is like an answer to fervent prayers. It eases irritability, depression, and mood swings, symptoms typical to this syndrome.

Apart from numerous health benefits, saffron when added to a dish turns it into a truly exotic one, with appetite enhancing aromas wafting out of it. Even as it boosts the appetite, it improves digestion too. It’s a well known fact that this spicy aromatic herb is used in the treatment of kidney, bladder and liver disorders and also assists in improving circulation to the digestive system. While coating the membranes of the stomach and colon, saffron gently aids in soothing symptoms of gastro intestinal acidity and colic. For those afflicted with gastro intestinal disorders, acidity and related problems, saffron is like the boon from high heavens.

Over ninety disorders can be treated using this wonderful golden spice. Saffron is a great blood purifier and displays anti-inflammatory properties too. For those afflicted with severe inflammatory arthritis, intake of saffron provides relief from joint pains.

Saffron is just great for athletes as it eases fatigue and muscle inflammation by aiding tissues to get rid of lactic acid, which gets stored in joints after strenuous exercise regimen. It has mild sedative properties and can be safely used to provide ample rest during influenza and fever, and also to cure insomnia. Saffron helps in stepping up of oxygen content in blood, promoting over all health and well being in a person. This golden spice is a highly plausible remedy for a variety of illnesses, ranging from fatigue, sore gums, to heart disease and cancer. Research studies on saffron continue to reveal yet more eye opening results to benefit the human race.

Saffron does more than just add flavor and color to food. It can proudly boast of a three thousand year history of medicinal uses. This aromatic spice can even speed up the healing of burns and cuts. It is the anti inflammatory properties of saffron that is responsible for speeding up the healing process.

This amazing spice is always full of delightful surprises and can, over the years greatly benefit man kind in an amazingly astounding manner.

Reposted from NaturalHealthCure.com

Be sure to stop into Baum’s to pick up your bottle today!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

October 6, 2011

Could Olive Leaf Extract be the answer you were looking for?

Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract

Mediterranean’s for years claimed to have healthier hearts, as well as lower cases of heart disease and cholesterol problems due to their consumption of olive oil. Well, animal studies have backed up their claim, meaning similar to olive oil, olive leaf extract is good for the heart. Put simply, animal studies show that olive leaf extract can lower high blood pressure and reduce high levels of blood cholesterol.

Research also suggests that olive leaf extract is a potent fighter against disease. In fact, the herb is highly prized by many natural medicine experts for its ability to boost a weakened immune system. More specifically, olive leaf extract has the ability to act as a natural pathogens killer, which include bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and others the like.

So, how does olive leaf extract work as a natural pathogens killer?

It can destroy many pathogens (viruses, fungi, bacteria, etc.) by interfering with their ability to replicate, which prevents them from spreading. In addition, some experts claim that olive leaf extract also helps to destroy viruses by stimulating the body’s immune system to produce more disease-fighting cells.  As such, olive leave extract is thought to be effective in helping the body to routinely combat numerous pathogens as well as help restore a flagging immune system.

The benefits of olive leaf extract is commonly used to fight colds and flu as well as to help fight yeast infections, and viral infections such as the hard-to-treat Epstein-Barr disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, shingles and herpes.

In fact, physicians have reported that chronic fatigue and fibromylagia sufferers are often helped by olive leaf extract. People with these conditions have reported that olive leaf extract boosted their energy, lifted their sprits, and provided them with a stronger sense of well-being within one month of taking olive leaf extract supplements.

But wait, there are more benefits of olive leaf extract … This herbal wander also harbors antioxidant properties that help protect the body from the continuous onslaught of free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are highly reactive chemical substances that can cause cellular damage within the body if left unchecked.

Olive Leaf Extract Side Effects and Precautions

Sometimes good things do come with a small price. Although the benefits of olive leaf extract are substantial, in some chronic cases, there may be a quick and somewhat adverse reaction often called a detox reaction. This is due to the liver, kidneys, intestines, and skin may become overburdened as the body begins to deal with dead microbes.

If you experience common reactions such as fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle and joint aches, pimples, rashes, and flu-like symptoms the benefits of olive leaf extract is actually working and these reactions are a good sign.

To help reduce reaction symptoms you may want to try drinking at least four cups of water between doses. If the side effects of olive leaf extract persist, reduce dosage or stop taking it all together for a short period of time allowing the body to eliminate the toxins and dead microbes.

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It is important that you consult a qualified health care provider before taking any dietary and/or herbal supplements, especially if you have a health condition and/or are on medications.

As with all herbal supplements, refrain from use if you are pregnant or nursing.

From nutritional-supplement-educational-centre.com
*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.