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Heal the Cause

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Why Supplements Often Work BETTER Than Drugs

Many chronic health problems are actually caused by nutrient deficiencies. Instead of taking drugs to cover up the symptoms, why not correct the deficiency and solve the real cause of your symptoms.

Your body is designed and adapted to work with the natural healers found in foods. These natural molecules help your body repair, restore, and revitalize itself the way nature intended.

Supplements are concentrated forms of the natural molecules found in foods. Your body knows exactly how to use them. They work in a much more balanced way to help solve the real cause of disease, instead of just relieving the symptoms. That’s why vitamins and supplements are…

Nature’s Targeted Healers

For example, you’ve probably heard about resveratrol. It’s the remarkable phytonutrient found in grapes and red wine. Studies show that it can extend the lifespan of lab animals by an incredible 60%. And many experts believe it’s the “secret weapon” that keeps French peoples’ hearts healthy despite their rich diet. Now you can take a supplement and get the equivalent resveratrol of 26 bottles of red wine in a single pill!

Or maybe you’ve heard about the cancer-fighting power of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. They’re rich in a nutrient called diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM is shown to stop cancer cell growth by 90% in lab tests. But now you can get the DIM content of up to…

Nine Pounds of Broccoli IN A SINGLE PILL!

Do you see the power of these targeted healers? You would never want to drink that much wine or eat that much broccoli in one day—even if you could afford the cost! Supplements make it convenient, practical and cost effective to get concentrated forms of nature’s most powerful healing nutrients.

Every single year there are more than 14 million preventable cases of heart disease, 1.3 million preventable cases of cancer, and more than 500,000 preventable strokes, and many thousands of other preventable diseases in the U.S. alone. With the right nutrition, many of these deadly diseases could have been completely avoided. For example, consider…

 

The Natural “Smart Bomb” That SELECTIVELY KILLS CANCER CELLS

The problem with conventional cancer treatments is that they often kill healthy cells too. That’s why this next vitamin cure is a great weapon in the fight against cancer. It’s selenium, a potent antioxidant mineral.

Your body uses selenium to create a crucial cancer-fighting enzyme called glutathione peroxidase. This enzyme can selectively seek out and kill cancer cells, but leaving healthy cells alone!

Clinical studies show that taking selenium leads to 66% fewer prostate cancers, 50% fewer colorectal cancers and a 50% decrease in lung cancer deaths.

But beware! You read a supplement label and see that it contains selenium. That’s good, right? Not so fast! There are different types of selenium. Some forms of selenium are shown to be potent cancer fighters. But not all kinds of selenium work.

 

What REALLY Works for Lowering Cholesterol Naturally?

Many of my patients would love to lower their cholesterol without drugs. After all, the drugs give them a wide range of troubling side effects.

You hear of all sorts of “natural cures” touted for cutting cholesterol, but now a new clinical study shows what works and what doesn’t:

What DOES NOT WORK: There’s little evidence supporting the use of “guggulipids”, “policosanol”, and cinnamon.

What DOES Work: Red yeast rice was shown to effectively lower people’s deadly LDL cholesterol. But a vital fact that virtually no one else will tell you is this: The Wrong Type Could Be

TOXIC TO YOUR KIDNEYS!

So although red yeast rice is indeed a powerful natural way to lower your cholesterol, you need to choose your brand carefully.

Some brands contain vastly different amounts of the key active ingredient lovastatin. Perhaps even more important is that some incorrectly fermented types may contain a chemical called “citrinin” that is very toxic to the kidneys.

 

Reverse Heart Disease and Clean Out DEADLY ARTERY PLAQUE!

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. For too many victims, their first symptom is a fatal heart attack. A key cause of heart attacks is the build-up of deadly plaque in the arteries. For example, research has shown that phytomenadione can prevent the “vascular calcification” that leads to heart attacks and strokes.

 

Save Your Vision from MACULAR DEGENERATION

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness for people in their senior years. The macula is the tiny yellow spot near the center of the retina in the back of your eyes. It controls the central field of your vision.

 

Thankfully, clinical studies have proven that a few natural supplements can help halt the effects of macular degeneration. One of the most effective is Zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is a “carotenoid” found in highest concentrations in the central maculae in the retinas of your eyes.

 

The New Arthritis Cure That’s Spelled “ASU”

“Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables” (ASU) is the collective name of a new breed of natural pain-relieving supplements. People take them to reduce pain and inflammation in the knees and hips, and to reduce deterioration of these joints. ASU is the newest effective arthritis treatment. Studies show that it can relieve arthritis pain, repair damaged cartilage, and reduce the need for painkillers.

In France, it’s available only by prescription; but over here, you don’t need a prescription.

 

Did you know that some 100 million North Americans suffer from some type of chronic joint pain? Plus, many suffer deadly side effects from painkilling drugs. The prescription painkiller Vioxx® was taken off the market after it caused some 60,000 fatal heart attacks. And over-the-counter drugs, such as aspirin kill over 16,000 Americans every year from stomach bleeding.

But when you treat your joint pain with natural supplements, instead of just covering up the symptoms, you…

Heal the CAUSE OF YOUR PAIN!

Don’t Cover Up the Symptoms!

 

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Foods

Vanilla Bean

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Vanilla beans are a highly prized medicinal fruit of the vanilla planifolia orchid and have several health promoting properties. Vanilla has a calming effect on the nervous system and is an effective treatment for anxiety and stress. The aroma of vanilla beans alone has been shown to increase feelings of relaxation and happiness. One of the major medicinal compounds in vanilla beans is called vanillin which in small doses is known to greatly aid digestion, decrease headaches, and provide relief for an upset stomach. Vanilla beans contain trace minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, and iron. They also contain anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties and are particularly beneficial for fatigue, gas, muscle and joint pain, neck and back pain, nausea, swelling, and gas. Vanilla bean works exceptionally well in smoothies, tea, and baked goods. It can also create a healing and soothing bath that can help relieve respiratory conditions, alleviate the symptoms of the cold or flu, and help to calm and ease the body, mind, and spirit. Each vanilla bean contains over 25,000 flavor-packed seeds. To open, simply slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and run the knife along the bean to scrape out the seeds, only a very small amount is needed for delicious flavor and therapeutic benefits. Vanilla extract can be used topically as a natural astringent to help cleanse the skin and diminish any blemishes. Vanilla beans, pure vanilla extract, and pure vanilla powder can be found online or at your local grocery and health food store.

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Health and Disease

Your Blood Pressure

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Blood Pressure

Controlling your blood pressure cuts your risk of heart disease and stroke 50%,

Plus it slashes your risk of dementia 33% or more. To help keep your blood pressure in check try,

Relaxing your arteries with homemade trail mix

Combining equal parts of roasted soy nuts and your favorite dried fruits, such as raisins, dates and apricots, then eating ½ cup daily can cut your blood pressure as much as 10% in eight weeks. Soy nuts are packed with artery relaxing compounds called isoflavones and dried fruit is rich in potassium as essential minerals that calms your nervous system

Preventing stress trigger surges in blood pressure.

Mineral remedy

Any number of supplements can help lower your blood pressure but none do it as effectively and economically as magnesium. Simply taking 400 to 450mg daily can trim eight points off your blood pressure in eight weeks. Magnesium acts like a natural calcium blocker, plus it helps keeps your blood pressure elastic and healthy.

If you need help controlling your blood pressure contact us at

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Diets and Weight Loss

Nuts and Seeds for a Healthy Weight

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Nuts and Seeds for a Healthy Weight and a Long Life

 

Nuts and seeds are healthful, natural foods that are full of beneficial nutrients and phytochemicals. Although the myth that nuts and seeds are fattening has persisted, the research suggests that nuts are actually beneficial for weight loss. In any case, it’s not the fat content of a diet that makes it healthy, it’s the nutrient content. And based on their nutrient content, nuts are a health-promoting source of calories.

Nuts and seeds are nutritionally important. Nuts and seeds contain a spectrum of micronutrients including LDL cholesterol-lowering phytosterols; circulation-promoting arginine; minerals, including potassium, calcium, magnesium, and selenium; and antioxidants, including flavonoids, resveratrol, tocopherols (vitamin E), and carotenoids.

Eating nuts and seeds reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease Epidemiological studies have consistently shown that nut consumption is beneficial for heart health. Eating five or more servings of nuts per week is estimated to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by 35%.1 Eating nuts and seeds protects against sudden cardiac death and reduces cholesterol and inflammation.1-3

Nuts and seeds aid weight loss. Someone who is trying to lose weight should not be trying to avoid nuts; in fact, in obese individuals, adding nuts to the diet aided in weight loss and also improved insulin sensitivity, which could help to prevent or reverse diabetes.4 Nonetheless, nuts should not be eaten to excess. Nuts and seeds are high in nutrients but also high in calories, so they should be eaten with consideration for one’s caloric needs. One ounce daily is usually appropriate for women trying to lose weight and 1.5 – 2 ounces for overweight men. Nuts and seeds of course should be eaten in larger amounts for the slim, highly physically active people who could use the extra calories.

Nut consumption may enhance lifespan. In the Adventist Health Study, a number of lifestyle factors were found to be associated with longevity. Those who had a high level of physical activity, followed a vegetarian diet, and ate nuts frequently lived on average 8 years longer than those who did not share those habits.5 Similarly in the Nurses’ Health Study, nut consumption was identified as a dietary factor associated with reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancers.6 New research continues to confirm these observations.7

Each nut and seed has a unique nutritional profile that lends unique health benefits:

  • Almonds are rich in antioxidants. In one study, people ate either almonds or a snack with a similar fat profile each day for 4 weeks, and the subjects who ate almonds showed reduced oxidative stress markers.8
  • Walnuts. Diabetics who ate walnuts daily for 8 weeks experienced an enhanced ability of the blood vessels to dilate, indicating better blood pressure regulation.9 There is also evidence that walnuts may protect against breast cancer.10
  • Pistachios and Mediterranean pine nuts have the highest plant sterol content of all the nuts; plant sterols are structurally similar to cholesterol, and help to lower cholesterol levels.11 Pistachios reduce inflammation and oxidative stress as well as cholesterol.12-14
  • Mediterranean pine nuts contain a specific type of fatty acid that has been shown to curb appetite by increasing hormones that produce satiety signals.15
  • Flax, hemp, and chia seeds are extremely rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and hemp seeds are especially high in protein, making them a helpful food for athletes.
  • Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, calcium, and phytochemicals, and may help to prevent prostate cancer.16
  • Sesame seeds have the greatest amount of calcium of any food in the world, and provide abundant amounts of vitamin E and contain a lignan called sesamin; lignan-rich foods may protect against breast cancer.17-19

Nuts and seeds are best eaten raw. Nuts and seeds should be eaten raw or only lightly toasted. Roasting nuts and seeds forms a potentially harmful compound called acrylamide, and reduces the amounts of minerals and amino acids.

Also remember that eating nuts and seeds with leafy greens can enhance the body’s absorption of fat-soluble nutrients from the greens, so a nut-based salad dressing is an excellent way to absorb more nutrients from your salads.20

References:

  1. Kris-Etherton PM, Hu FB, Ros E, et al: The role of tree nuts and peanuts in the prevention of coronary heart disease: multiple potential mechanisms. J Nutr 2008;138:1746S-1751S. 2. Salas-Salvado J, Casas-Agustench P, Murphy MM, et al: The effect of nuts on inflammation. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr 2008;17 Suppl 1:333-336. 3. Ros E: Nuts and novel biomarkers of cardiovascular disease. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;89:1649S-1656S. 4. Rajaram S, Sabate J: Nuts, body weight and insulin resistance. Br J Nutr 2006;96 Suppl 2:S79-86. 5. Fraser GE, Shavlik DJ: Ten years of life: Is it a matter of choice? Arch Intern Med 2001;161:1645-1652. 6. Baer HJ, Glynn RJ, Hu FB, et al: Risk factors for mortality in the nurses’ health study: a competing risks analysis. Am J Epidemiol 2011;173:319-329. 7. Guasch-Ferre M, Bullo M, Martinez-Gonzalez MA, et al: Frequency of nut consumption and mortality risk in the PREDIMED nutrition intervention trial. BMC Med 2013;11:164. 8. Jenkins DJ, Kendall CW, Marchie A, et al: Almonds reduce biomarkers of lipid peroxidation in older hyperlipidemic subjects. J Nutr 2008;138:908-913. 9. Ma Y, Njike VY, Millet J, et al: Effects of walnut consumption on endothelial function in type 2 diabetic subjects: a randomized controlled crossover trial. Diabetes Care 2010;33:227-232. 10.  Eurekalert! Walnuts slow prostate tumors in mice: UC Davis research shows walnuts affect genes related to tumor growth March 22, 2010 edition; 2010. 11. Ellegard LH, Andersson SW, Normen AL, et al: Dietary plant sterols and cholesterol metabolism. Nutr Rev 2007;65:39-45. 12. Kay CD, Gebauer SK, West SG, et al: Pistachios increase serum antioxidants and lower serum oxidized-LDL in hypercholesterolemic adults. J Nutr 2010;140:1093-1098. 13. Kocyigit A, Koylu AA, Keles H: Effects of pistachio nuts consumption on plasma lipid profile and oxidative status in healthy volunteers. Nutrition, metabolism, and cardiovascular diseases : NMCD 2006;16:202-209. 14. Sari I, Baltaci Y, Bagci C, et al: Effect of pistachio diet on lipid parameters, endothelial function, inflammation, and oxidative status: a prospective study. Nutrition 2010;26:399-404. 15. Pasman WJ, Heimerikx J, Rubingh CM, et al: The effect of Korean pine nut oil on in vitro CCK release, on appetite sensations and on gut hormones in post-menopausal overweight women. Lipids in Health and Disease 2008;7:10. 16. Hong H, Kim CS, Maeng S: Effects of pumpkin seed oil and saw palmetto oil in Korean men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia. Nutr Res Pract 2009;3:323-327. 17. Thompson LU, Chen JM, Li T, et al: Dietary flaxseed alters tumor biological markers in postmenopausal breast cancer. Clin Cancer Res 2005;11:3828-3835. 18. Buck K, Vrieling A, Zaineddin AK, et al: Serum enterolactone and prognosis of postmenopausal breast cancer. J Clin Oncol 2011;29:3730-3738. 19. Higdon J: Lignans. In An Evidence-Based Approach to Dietary Phytochemicals. New York: Thieme; 2006: 155-161 20. Brown MJ, Ferruzzi MG, Nguyen ML, et al: Carotenoid bioavailability is higher from salads ingested with full-fat than with fat-reduced salad dressings as measured with electrochemical detection. Am J Clin Nutr 2004;80:396-403.