Posts tagged ‘health’

December 13, 2012

All Vitamins Are NOT Created Equal!

In a perfect world all of us would get all of the nutrients we need for optimal health from fresh, healthful foods. In reality however, this is often difficult, if not impossible. In our highly chemically polluted and stress-filled world, our nutritional requirements have been steadily increasing, but the number of calories we require has been decreasing as our levels of physical activity has declined. This means that we need to somehow get more nutrients into our body with less food. At the same time many of our foods are depleted of certain nutrients. Modern farming methods have resulted in soils that are lacking in selenium and other nutrients. Add to this extensive processing, improper storage, and other factors, and its little wonder that many of the foods that reach our tables cannot meet our nutritional needs. Getting even the recommended daily intake of vitamins from today’s diet has become quite hard to do. This means for optimum health, it is necessary to take nutrients in the form of supplements.

Vitamin supplements can be divided into two groups: Synthetic and natural. Synthetic vitamins are vitamins produced in laboratories from chemicals that are the mirror image of their counterparts found in nature. Natural vitamins are derived from food sources. The body recognizes them as food and utilizes them more efficiently. Supplements that are not labeled natural also may also include coal tars, artificial coloring, preservatives, sugars, and starch, as well as other additives. You should beware of these harmful elements when you purchase any supplements. Even vitamins that state that they are natural, may not be extracted from whole food sources. It is important to read labels carefully and to remember that you get what you pay for. Don’t expect to feel more vitality when taking a simple, mass produced, low-potency “one a day” that you picked up in the vitamin aisle at the local grocery or drug store. You may as well take the money you spent and flush it right down the toilet because with the coatings and binders used during manufacturing these synthetic multis, they aren’t going to break down and absorb anyway. The health food industry is in the business of health and wellness. Please purchase your supplements from a health food store where the employees are knowledgeable about what they sell. Make sure to buy only whole food based, certified vitamins. Better health starts with a high potency all natural multivitamin/mineral supplement with high levels of antioxidants to protect and nourish your body. Most of the drug store variety vitamins have such low levels of nutrients that it amazes me that they can market them the way they do.

What About The RDA?

Recommended Dietary Allowances for vitamins and minerals have been prepared by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council since 1941. These guidelines were originally developed to reduce the rates of severe nutritional deficiency diseases such as scurvy (deficiency of vitamin C), pellagra (deficiency of niacin), and beriberi (deficiency of vitamin B1). Another critical point is that the RDA’s were designed to serve as the basis for evaluating the adequacy of diets of groups of people, not individuals. Individuals simply vary too widely in their nutritional requirements. As stated by the Food and Nutrition Board, “Individuals with special nutritional needs are not covered by the RDA’s.” A tremendous amount of scientific research indicates that the “optimal” level for many nutrients may be much higher than their current RDA. The RDAs focus only on the prevention of nutritional deficiencies in population groups, and do not define “optimal” intake for an individual.

Other factors the RDAs do not adequately take into consideration are environmental and lifestyle factors which can destroy vitamins and bind minerals. For example, even the Food and Nutrition Board acknowledges that smokers require at least twice the amount of vitamin C compared to nonsmokers. But what about other nutrients and smoking? And what about the effects of alcohol consumption, food additives, heavy metals (lead, mercury, etc.), carbon monoxide, and other chemicals associated with our modern society that are known to interfere with nutrient function? Dealing with the hazards of modern living may be another reason many people take supplements. Just this May there was a big story on the front page of The Times titled “The Government Says You Can’t Breathe Our Air” reporting about the horrible air quality in the region. Air that we breathe everyday. Now more than ever it’s vitally important to saturate your diet with fresh produce (organic whenever possible) and whole grains. Meat and dairy are great sources of vitamins, minerals and protein, but they also contain pesticides, fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics unless the animals are organically raised. Unfortunately most of us don’t eat that way.?

What Should Everyone Take Daily?

If you walked into Baum’s  for the first time and you’ve never taken a supplement before in your life and need to know where to start, this is not only what we suggest, but what industry leaders suggest everyone take whether you’re 12 years old or 80 years old.

  • A high potency all natural multivitamin/mineral complex. They help make up for nutrient deficiencies lost in today’s diets.
  • Essential fatty acids for proper heart, brain & vision function.
  • Digestive enzymes to help break down the foods you eat so they can be absorbed by the body more efficiently. This is the foundation for a vibrant healthy body.
  • Probiotics help maintain your immune system by keeping bad bacteria at bay.

If there are other health concerns you may have, be sure to consult with our staff to find a more natural approach to treatment.

*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.

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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

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*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.

March 29, 2012

Mary’s Ion Cleanse

This is Mary getting an Ion Cleanse and telling us how it has changed her life. She is a long time Baum’s Natural Foods customer.

 

*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.