Friday, March 29, 2013

New Hope For MS Sufferers?

A study presented in Amsterdam on Multiple Sclerosis found that nerve tissue is especially susceptible to "oxidative stress", which can result in a worsening of the symptoms of MS.  Oxidative stress is caused by the formation of free radicals.

Free radicals are formed when a molecule splits, leaving an unpaired electron which is very unstable and reacts quickly with other compounds, trying to capture needed electrons to gain stability. When the "attacked" molecule loses its electron, it becomes a free radical itself, beginning a chain reaction.  In an adult, 300 sextillion (that's 300 followed by 21 zeroes) free radicals are produced every day.  Once the process is started, it can act like an avalanche, damaging more and more cells, causing complete cellular disruption.

The study found that the nutritional supplement, Protandim, not only protects the nerve tissue from the toxic effects of oxidative stress, enhancing the cells “survival during an oxidative attack“, it did so better than the prescription medications in the study.  Interestingly, the study was sponsored by a pharmaceutical company, Biogen Idec, that went on to submit their medication to FDA to treat MS, even though it failed to be as effective as the wholly natural alternative.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

      When it comes to making heart healthy choices about which fats you eat, there is a lot more to the story than avoiding saturated fat and trans fat. There are certain fats that seem to make your heart healthier and reduce your risk of heart disease. Monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids are the fats to make room for in your daily diet.

      Here is why they are heart healthy and how to get them. Unsaturated Fats - Unlike saturated fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are made up of fatty acids that have a chemical structure slightly different than saturated fats.

      Saturated fats are fully saturated with hydrogen, while the unsaturated fats have at least one double bond between carbon molecules. Trans fat are a unique type of fat. Trans fats are unsaturated fats but the shape of the fat is similar to a saturated fat. All foods with fat have both saturated and unsaturated fats.

       The proportions of the two types of fats vary considerably, though. Foods high in saturated fats will be solid at room temperature. Think of beef fat and other meat fats, butter and coconut oil. Also high in saturated fat are cheese and full fat milk.

       Foods high in the unsaturated fatty acids, on the other hand, will be more liquid at room temperature. Think of vegetables oils and nut oils. For a heart healthy diet, choose more foods rich in unsaturated fats and fewer foods rich in saturated fat.

      Omega-3 Fatty Acids- Omega-3 fatty acids are a special type of polyunsaturated fatty acid. The presence of a specific chemical bond identifies them as omega-3 fatty acids. Eating higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids may lower rates of heart disease. Omega-3 fats may improve cardiovascular health by several means including improving blood circulation and improving levels of blood lipids.

     Other health benefits may also be linked to omega-3s such as improved immune function. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish and fish oil with the best fish sources being oily fish like salmon, herring, and mackerel.

      Other sources of omega-3 fats are flaxseed and flaxseed oil, meat from grass-fed animals (as opposed to grain-fed animals) and certain nuts including walnuts. Plant Oils - Most oils from vegetables, nuts and seeds contain heart healthy fats like monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, they are generally low in saturated fat and contain no trans fat.

      Some oils are healthier than others, though. One thing to look at is what proportion of the vegetable oil is unsaturated fats. Oils with low levels of saturated fat are canola, corn, olive, safflower, sesame, soybean and sunflower oils. Although not commonly used as cooking oils, palm oil and coconut oil are plant oils with high levels of saturated fat.

Of course, in addition to eating right, it’s important to have your spine checked regularly for subluxations. If you haven’t been in for an adjustment recently, make an appointment today!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A Nutritional Supplement That Helps Diabetes?


Comprised of natural plant ingredients, Protandim is a new, patented, science-based formula that has been researched, tested and validated by renowned universities and institutions. It is the only supplement clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress in humans by an average of 40 percent in 30 days.

Oxidative stress, generated through the process of living life (eating, sleeping, breathing, exercising), is inevitable for everyone, but LifeVantage has the solution: Protandim, the Nrf2 Synergizer, the most important dietary supplement of our time.

Protandim activates Nrf2, which communicates with cells, instructing them to do what they're already designed to do: up-regulate "survival genes," genes that enable cells to survive in the face of stress from free radicals and other oxidants, and down-regulate other genes that promote inflammation and fibrosis to help the body function at an optimal level.

What Does That Mean?

Nrf2 is a powerful protein that is latent within each cell in the body, unable to move or operate until it is released by an Nrf2 activator. Once released it migrates into the cell nucleus and bonds to the DNA at the location of the Antioxidant Response Element (ARE) or also called hARE (Human Antioxidant Response Element) which is the master regulator of the total antioxidant system that is available in ALL human cells.

High levels of free radicals turn on a specific protein in the cell’s nucleus called Nrf2. Activation of Nrf2 essentially opens the door for the production a vast array our body’s most important antioxidants. It is clear that excessive free radicals induce better antioxidant production through this pathway, but the obvious question is, what else activates Nrf2?

It turns out that a variety of foods are powerful activators of the Nrf2 pathway. While not necessarily rich in antioxidants, they directly and dramatically amplify our innate ability to produce vast antioxidant protection by signaling our DNA. In this way, specific molecules from Nrf2 activating foods can trigger the production of thousands of antioxidant molecules, providing far better protection against the brain-damaging effects of free radicals compared to standard antioxidant supplements.

How Can it Help My Diabetes?

Protandim acts on the molecular and cellular level to trigger the body to produce superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, glutathione and other enzymes that regulate anti-oxidants also known as free radicals. These enzymes naturally decrease as we age. These free radicals, while necessary in small amounts, cause tremendous damage when they are not kept in check.

In people suffering from Diabetes, this oxidative stress can affect the kidneys (nephropathy), heart (cardiomyopathy), and nerves (neuropathy).   Controlling oxidative stress in people with Diabetes can help reduce many of these negative effects.  While the evidence is still building regarding Protandim’s effects on diabetes, it is undisputed that Protandim helps keep many of the negative effects of oxidative stress in check.

In A Nutshell...

• Protandim is a daily dietary supplement that combats oxidative stress through Nrf2 activation.
• Oxidative stress is inevitable for everyone.
• Protandim significantly reduces oxidative stress through Nrf2 activation.
• Nrf2 regulates survival genes.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

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