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All About Resveratrol

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All About Resveratrol

We have received many questions about Resveratrol lately and thought we would address them in this manner.

Resveratrol Health Benefits

Why do the French eat more fat, sugar, rich foods, wine and have less heart health issues? It’s called the French Paradox and it is believed to be due to a phytonutrient called Resveratrol, found naturally in wine, cocoa and other berries. It is a powerful antioxidant that regenerates the body at the cellular level.

Medical Research out of the Journal of Circulation 2005 found that resveratrol found in red wine decreases the risk of heart disease.  Along with helping build a healthy heart, resveratrol has many other health benefits.

What is Resveratrol?

Resveratrol is an important ingredient found in cocoa, red grapes and dark berries such as lingonberries, blueberries, mulberries and bilberries. It is a polyphonic bioflavonoid antioxidant that is produced by these plants as a response to stress, injury and fungal infection.

Early research discovered that resveratrol increased the lifespan of yeast cells. Later studies confirmed its amazing benefits as fruit flies, fish, mice and nematode worms also had a longer lifespan when given this amazing bioactive compound.NutraIngredients reported that further studies showed resveratrol had “anti-cancer effects, anti-inflammatory effects, cardiovascular benefits, anti-diabetes potential, energy endurance enhancement and protection against Alzheimer’s.” Who would not want to benefit from this all-natural elixir?Recent studies by researchers at the Nutrition Research Center at Northunbria University in the UK showed that resveratrol noticeably increased blood flow to the brain, suggesting a considerable benefit to healthy brain function.

What is Resveratrol used for?

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals produced during everyday bodily functions such as eating and exercise. If left unchecked, these can damage cells and are thought to be a cause of life-threatening disease and sickness.

As a source of antioxidants, resveratrol is particularly unique as its antioxidants can cross the blood-brain barrier to protect the brain and the nervous system, unlike other antioxidants.

Resveratrol is more than just a powerful brain-booster, it has also been found to:

Provide powerful antioxidant support

Helps the body fight oxidative stress

Supports cell and tissue health

Promotes circulation and a healthy heart

Helps prevent premature aging

Supports a healthy digestive system and elimination

Regular travelers will also be very interested to know that resveratrol helps protect against the effects of radiation, which we are all exposed to, especially if you do not “Opt Out” of the scanners at the airport.

How Does Resveratrol Work?

Resveratrol works by modifying inflammation in the body. It limits the body’s ability to produce sphingosine kinase and phospholipase D, two molecules known to trigger inflammation. Although the body naturally produces inflammation to counter bacteria and viruses as part of the immune system, a state of chronic or constant inflammation is not a healthy state to live with.

Resveratrol has been found to lower insulin levels, which is key to staying young and fighting disease. In trials, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals found that those with diabetes who took resveratrol had lower glucose and insulin levels, making it a powerful aid to a healthy lifestyle.

Resveratrol deeply penetrates the nucleus of each cell, helping to repair any free radical damage to DNA. It keeps the circulation flowing smoothly, prevents arterial damage and is thought to protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. It may also prevent other disorders such as stroke, ischemia and Huntington’s disease.

Finally, as a potent antioxidant resveratrol is constantly fighting damage from free radicals and the effects of aging.

How do I take Resveratrol?

Now you know the benefits of resveratrol in your diet, you may be wondering what the best source of this compound is. Although we have mentioned that red wine, cocoa and berries are a good source of resveratrol, unfortunately a diet of dark chocolate and red wine may be decadent but ultimately very unhealthy if you overdo it! The best way to obtain the benefits of resveratrol in balance with a healthy diet and lifestyle is by taking it as a natural supplement.

If you have any questions as to whether you should add this to your health care plan, please call us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Castor Oil: The Best for You

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What Is Castor Oil?
Throughout history, castor oil’s most popular use has been for treating skin infections, lowering constipation and boosting the appearance of hair health, but research has shown that castor oil has even more important applications for supporting the immune system. Castor oil is capable of increasing white blood cells and the count of T-11 cells (a type of special white blood cells that act like antibodies) produced within the body’s lymphocytes that help kill viruses, fungi, bacteria and cancer cells.
Many of castor oil’s benefits come down to its chemical composition. It’s classified as a type of triglyceride fatty acid, and almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content is a specific and rare compound called ricinoleic acid. Castor oil is considered to be pretty unique because ricinoleic acid is not found in many other substances, and it’s such a dense, concentrated source. It is produced by cold-pressing the seeds and subsequent clarification of the oil by heat.
Aside from its primary constituent, ricinoleic acid, castor oil also contains certain beneficial salts and esters that function primarily as skin-conditioning agents. At the same time, they help stabilize the texture and consistency of products, which is why castor oil is used in so many cosmetics, hair and skin-care treatments.
According to the International Journal of Toxicology, castor oil and hydrogenated castor oil reportedly were used in 769 and 202 cosmetic products, respectively, during the time of an analysis in 2002! Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil is the name given to the type of castor oil used in cosmetics, which you might find listed on the ingredient label, especially in lipsticks.
Castor Oil Benefits
As an unsaturated fatty acid, ricinoleic acid found in castor oil has many healing abilities, including:
supporting the lymphatic system
increasing circulation
preventing the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds
fighting skin disorders and infections
helping to kill ringworm, keratoses, skin inflammation, abrasions and fungal infections
healing acne
helping hair grow
reducing itching and swelling on the skin
fighting toenail fungus
easing constipation
hydrating chapped lips
reducing painful sunburns
helping with pregnancy and inducing labor
and many more
If you need help determining whether this is best for you, or the amount, please contact us and we will help.
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Pumpkin Cinnamon Mousse

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Mousse

If you need something sweet to end your day, look no further

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Garnish with berries and nuts

Directions

Combine ingredients and enjoy!

Notes:  Remember to use real cinnamon, it must say Vietnamese or Saigon cinnamon on the label.  Cinnamon made in the United States and elsewhere is only saw dust with cinnamon oil.

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Statins Should Be Used for a Limited Time

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Statins have become an overwhelmingly popular medication for treating high cholesterol, and for good reason. They do a great job of lowering LDL cholesterol in your blood, which is the bad form that can contribute to heart disease.  But statins, like any medication, should only be used after other measures have been taken to try and fix the problem. Here are three rules to think about before starting a statin.

Rule 1: Don’t Use Statins as a Band-Aid for Heart Disease

There are a number of reasons a person’s cholesterol can be high, but lifestyle factors play an important role in determining your cholesterol balance and levels. Exercise is one of the best ways to lower cholesterol, especially if your numbers are only borderline high. Cutting out processed foods and added sugar while adding in fruits and vegetables is also a great way to lower your numbers. Statins can lower your cholesterol, but they can’t change the factors that made it high in the first place. If you’re at risk for heart disease, work with your doctor to figure out how you got there and what you could do to lower that risk before going on a statin.

Rule 2: Try Lifestyle Changes for Three Months Before Taking a Statin

If you’ve found you have high cholesterol, you want to give yourself the best possible to chance to get it into the safe range and keep it there. Statins might be part of the strategy, but lifestyle factors have to be a key player for you to have the best shot at lowering your numbers and keeping them there. If your doctor mentions you may need a statin, say you’d like to try lifestyle changes for three months. Ask for your doctor’s help in figuring out how you can add exercise into your life and change your diet for the better. This gives you an opportunity to get to normal levels without needing to take a medication. The best part? Diet and exercise can drop your weight, lower your risk of diabetes, lower your blood pressure, improve your mood and pass on a variety of other benefits that can drop your heart disease risk while also improving your overall well-being. Statins only help with your cholesterol, and sometimes they don’t help at all, and cause a lot of other problems.

Rule 3: Weigh the Risks Against the Benefits

As with all medications, statins come with their own host of side effects. Fortunately, the negative side effects from statins are generally mild, and the more serious side effects like liver damage and muscle pain are rare. But there are risks and they should be weighed against the benefits. It’s important to remember that you’re the one who needs to do this weighing. After discussing the pros and cons of taking statins with your doctor, decide whether they seem worth it to you. And remember, you can change your mind at any time if you decide those costs or benefits have changed.

Statins were designed to only be used for one year, because of the permanent damage to your liver and kidneys.  If your cholesterol level has not been reduced in that amount of time, then other areas need to be explored as to what is causing your cholesterol level to be elevated.

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