Posts tagged ‘lycopene’

January 24, 2013

Are You Breathing Lake County Air Right Now?

Hold Your Breath While You Read This… (not really)

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage.

Free radicals are also introduced through external sources such as exposure to pollution. Other free radical producers that damage cells include things that people put into their bodies, such as- alcoholic beverages, unhealthy, processed, chemical-laden foods, cigarette smoke & stress. In much the same way as oxidation creates rust, causing a breakdown on the surface of metal objects, oxidation inside the body causes a breakdown of cells. Free radicals produced by this breakdown attack healthy cells, usually DNA as well as proteins and fats. This chain of events weakens immune system function as well as speeding up the aging process. It is also linked to several diseases such as cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes, various forms of cancer, and heart disease. Some studies indicate possible links to arthritis and several other chronic conditions.

Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” that prevent and repair damage done by these free radicals. The healthier your diet is, the more antioxidants you will consume however, nutrient-rich soil is uncommon these days unless you’re eating strictly organic. so…. If you are still breathing right now, you need some antioxidant support! Baums can help with that!

Most Commonly Known Antioxidants

  • Vitamin A and Carotenoids– bright-colored fruits & veggies
  • Vitamin C– Citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, strawberries and tomatoes
  • Vitamin E– Nuts & seeds, whole grains, green leafy vegetables
  • Selenium– Fish & shellfish, red meat, grains, eggs, chicken, garlic

(ACES formula from Carlson Labs contains all four of the above nutrients)

Other less-common but very powerful antioxidants include-

  • Flavonoids / polyphenols– Darkly colored berries, grapes, tea, pomegranates, Noni, Gogi, and Acai.
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)– produces energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance
  • Glutathione-the mother of all antioxidants, the master detoxifier and maestro of the immune system
  • SOD (super-oxide dismutase)-promotes the rejuvenation and repair of cells
  • Lutein– protects the eyes from macular degeneration
  • Lycopene– protects the prostate
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid-antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties

Give your cells a fighting chance!  Flood your body with great, fresh fruits and vegetables daily (or grab a fresh juice at our Munster or St. John stores!) .  Fill in any gaps in your diet  with potent antioxidant support from Baums.

*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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January 10, 2013

What Can You Do About an Enlarged Prostate?

What Causes an Enlarged Prostate?

The male prostate becomes inflamed and irritated because of elevated levels of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT is normally present throughout the body in small amounts, but as men age, their bodies tend to produce more DHT, which binds to androgen (male hormone) receptors on the prostate and stimulates cellular responses that lead to an enlarged prostate, also called benign prostate hyperplasia, or BPH.

An enlarged prostate causes urinary problems, such as:

  • urinating often
  • slow urination, needing to wait for urination to start
  • urinating during sleep
  • interrupted urination that starts and stops
  • straining or pushing hard in order to urinate
  • leakage or dribbling at the end of urination

One of the problems with BPH is that it is not usually painful. That means many people will leave it untreated thinking that there will not be any negative side effects. This is a very bad assumption. Left untreated BPH can lead to urinary tract infections as well as bladder stones. Also,  BPH is a progressive disease, so the longer it is left untreated, the worse it will get.

What Can You Do About an Enlarged Prostate?

Saw Palmetto – is the most popular and researched prostate herb. Saw Palmetto contains Beta Sitosterol, a powerful compound that interferes with the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Studies show that Saw Palmetto shrinks enlarged prostates & relieves urinary problems.
Other important nutrients for prostate problems

Zinc – an important mineral for many bodily processes, a zinc deficiency predisposes the prostate gland to infection, which could eventually lead to enlargement.

Vitamin B6 – along with zinc, Vitamin B6 regulates the hormone that converts testosterone to DHT, and helps prevent swelling of the prostate.

Lycopene – this extract from tomatoes contains powerful antioxidants that may be able to reduce BPH inflammation and prevent prostate cancer.

Baums carries a variety of prostate formulas, such as Saw Palmetto Pygeum Plus! Get started on one 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.