Health MATTERS:  a better way to get your C

  “Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life” – Dr. Linus Pauling

20140612_162844Funny the way life works sometimes.  I was reading W. Gifford-Jones MD “a collection of columns” from his book “What I Learned as a Medical Journalist which I find fascinating by the way….when I realized I was out of Vitamin C.  I was also feeling under the weather and it was suggested to me that I try out a brand new product – a powder with a high concentration of Vitamin C and L-Lysine called Medi-C Plus.  It sounded pretty good so I’m trying it out when I then realize that the Harvard Medical graduate’s name is on the bottle.  So now I’m even more curious to know more about this product.In a revolutionary finding, based on scientific fact that should have hit the headlines of every newspaper in the world, he says this powder can both prevent and reverse atherosclerosis in coronary and other arteries to prevent heart attack – a number one killer.

I just needed Vitamin C but while we’re at it…..

“If I had the power to improve the nation’s health I’d prohibit daily TV commercials that tell us that something is wrong with us.  I’d do this because Madison Avenue advertising is triggering false hopes and injuring health.  We’ve reached a point where a well person is someone who hasn’t been seen by enough doctors, or had a battery of tests done.  Then we could dump half of the pills in the trash.” – W. Gifford-Jones, MD (with a twist).

20140612_163547A condensed EXCERPT from the book: How Vitamin C and Lysine Powder can help prevent Heart Attack.

Many years ago, Dr. Linus Pauling, two-time Noble Prize winner, is ignored for reporting that large amounts of Vitamin C and Lysine are needed to prevent coronary attacks.  Twenty-five years ago, Pauling reported that animals make Vitamin C while humans do not.  That’s why sailors died of scurvy during long sea voyages, but the ship’s cat survived.

Vitamin C is required to manufacture healthy collagen, the glue that holds coronary cells together, just like mortar is needed for bricks.  Lysine, like steel rods in concrete, makes collagen stronger.  Pauling claimed that it takes a mere 10 milligrams to prevent scurvy, but several thousand to prevent heart attack.

But to take large doses of Vitamin C and Lysine requires swallowing many pills daily.  It’s a tall order for those who dislike swallowing even one pill.  So for several years, Gifford-Jones had been trying to find a company that would manufacture a combination of Vitamin C and Lysine powder.  Now Medi-C Plus is available at health food stores.

It’s easy because the dosage for the Medi-C Plus combination is easy – one flat scoop with breakfast and the evening meal, with either water or orange juice. The only thing you can’t take it with is *Grapefruit juice.

The berry flavour doesn’t taste bad at all.  I read labels – it is naturally sweetened with berry and stevia.  The scoop inside is not so large that you feel you won’t go through it so quickly which is another plus factor. Helps in collagen formation, developing & maintaining bones and for teeth and gums.  Nothing not to like – I’M IN!  This may be my new “for life” product.

 

*Grapefruit juice and fresh grapefruit can interfere with the action of some prescription drugs, as well as a few non-prescription drugs.  Grapefruit most commonly interacts with drugs taken for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, allergies, HIV, impotence, and seizures. If you’re taking medication for any of these conditions, avoid grapefruit as a snack or juice. To be on the safe side, also stay away from tangelos, which are a hybrid of tangerine and grapefruit.

**Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Healthwith host Brad Kingfor the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.  Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Health MATTERS – Navigating The Vitamin Aisle

On a recent trip to California I paid a visit to an amazing vitamin store but was bewildered trying to decide which of the supplements in question would be right for me. vitamin2 I’m familiar with the basic ABC’s of vitamins but wanted to experiment with two new products that we’ve been hearing a lot about (namely Garcinia HCA and Green Coffee Bean Extract).  It was difficult to decide amongst all the countless choices and confusing even when consulting the store health expert.   Which is the safest and most effective to help shed a few pounds? Then I saw this timely post taken from Goop.com – Gwyneth Paltrow’s weekly online publication which offers first looks at exclusive collaborations, delicious recipes, personal travel notes, shopping ideas, wellness tips and much more.

Here’s the vitamin aisle—crowded, confusing, and overwhelming in its promises. Some of these are empty, and some are too powerful to be tested without guidance. After all, what is L-Theanine? Do I need it? And, at what dose? For answers, we decided to turn to frequent goop contributor, Dr. Frank Lipman, who distilled the offerings down to a handful of vitamins and supplements he frequently prescribes. He counts some as no-brainers—and others as little-known trade secrets—but all pack a veritable punch.

Q: We often hear that if you eat well, you shouldn’t need supplements. What’s your take?

A: “Supplements are essential health-boosters that can help fill in nutritional gaps and protect your body against the occasional diet slip-up. While I recommend everyone eat whole, preferably organic foods, I also believe that high-quality supplements are important as well. While they won’t make up for a bad diet, think of them as your nutritional pit crew, standing at the ready to make those quick adjustments, tweaks and fixes to your internal engines to get you back out on the road.”

Q: Is it possible to take too many vitamins?

A: “While it is possible to take too many vitamins, it’s extremely rare. One should be careful with fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E and K. Almost all of the vitamins I recommend taking regularly are safe and hard to take too much of. However, because most people are deficient in Vitamin D, and since it’s easily measurable, I do often recommend taking that with the supervision of a doctor.”

THE VITAMIN & SUPPLEMENT KEY

FAB FOUR

1.  Multivitamin
2.  Vitamin D3
3.  Fish Oils
4.  Probiotics

*Dr. Lipman’s top recommendation for everyday use, covering our most basic health bases.

Stressed Out

1.  B Complex
2.  Magnesium
3.  Acetyl Glutathione
4.  L-Theanine

Sleep Deprived

1.  Acetyl Glutathione
2.  CoQ10
3.  Magnesium

Feeling Low

1.  B Complex
2.  Powdered Greens
3.  Acetyl Glutathione

Living in a Cold Climate*

1.  Magnesium
2.  Powdered Greens
3.  B Complex*It’s also essential to have your Vitamin D levels checked in case you are deficient.

Missing The Sun*

1.  Powdered Greens
2.  Acetyl Glutathione
3.  CoQ10

Trying to Lose Weight

1.  Acetyl Glutathione
2.  MCT Oil
3.  Alpha-Lipoic Acid

AGING

1.  Acetyl Glutathione
2.  CoQ10
3.  Alpha-Lipoic Acid
4.  B complex

VEGETARIAN

1.  B Complex
2.  Acetyl Glutathione
3.  CoQ10

BACKED UP

1.  Powdered Greens
2.  Magnesium

IMMUNITY BOOSTING

1.  Acetyl Glutathione
2.  Probiotics
3.  MCT OilINFLAMMATION
1.  Turmeric
2.  Fish Oil
3.  Vitamin D3

While on the subject of health:

Don’t miss listening to “TRANSFORMING HEALTH” with host BRAD KING for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – LIVE every WEDNESDAY @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.

Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health

Link for incredible vitamins:  http://transforminghealthinc.com/

The best vegan protein & wild greens at: http://www.ultimatevegan.com/

B well – B active: little healthful tidbits that go a long way.

You will find that both your mood and your energy improve when you work out.

This advice feels as repetitive as the fifteenth bicep curl, but the fact remains: Exercise is, hands down, the best anti-ager.steps

Everyone has a different strength capacity & choice of what works for them.  Ideally the best strategy for me is a combo of running, yoga & weight training.  When done properly (which is not always the case) it’s a winning combination.  A lot of times I don’t really get around to using actual weights as I should so sometimes I’ll run with little wrist weights and hope that the running and some yoga moves are enough weight bearing exercise.  Do what you can – no excuses.  Also try not to beat yourself up when you can’t bust a move like the yoga instructor – pigeon anyone? It’s best not to stress.  Read on…

 John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (Little, Brown), explains how a little sweat can rewire your brain.

sparkA fascinating and entertaining journey through the mind-body connection, presenting startling research to prove that exercise is truly our best defense against everything from depression to ADD to addiction to aggression to menopause to Alzheimer’s.  Some questions:

How does aerobic exercise help the brain:  “It improves your brain’s ability to form new neural connections.  It promotes blood flow to the brain, creating a rich environment for brain cells to grow and withstand stress.  It also appears to trigger the growth of new brain cells.”

Which exercise is best:  “Look for activities that get your heart rate up to the point where you’re sweating but also provide coordination challenges.  Activities like tennis, Zumba, kickboxing, or spinning all force you to plan your next move, which makes your brain work harder than if you were just doing a rote movement.

How can I tell if it’s working?  “You should notice an improvement in your overall feeling of well being.  If you don’t, then you’re probably doing too much – more than 90 minutes a day – or too little.  When people start an exercise program, they often overdo it, which not only increases risk of injury and burnout but also can impact brain function.  Once you work out, you should find that your  mood and energy improve for the rest of the day.

Fill in the blank – I work out because……………………….

“I work out because I feel stronger and healthier and it makes me look better”

Also, **Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.

Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health

B Well – The Good, the Bad and the Bacteria.

What can be aggressive, multiply rapidly but the naked eye cannot see? Bacteria!

Only viruses are smaller than bacteria.  A tiny drop of water can contain billions of these usually single-celled organisms that have only one chain of DNA and no nucleus (control center of a cell).  In favorable environments they multiple rapidly and are either aerobic (must have oxygen to live) or anaerobic which means they can flourish without oxygen.

How to get less bacteria in your diet:  The Cook’s Illustrated kitchen ran a test on the best way to wash fruits and vegetables using apples and pears an an example.  They tried four ways:

Washing with tap water, scrubbing with a brush, washing with antibacterial soap or spraying with a vinegar solution.  They took surface samples, grew the bacteria in Petri dishes and compared results to a non-washed control group.  Here’s what they found after four days:

A cold water rinse eliminated 25 percent of the bacteria and scrubbing with a brush removed 85 percent.  The best way was with something we all have at home: a 1:3 distilled vinegar-water mix (sprayed) which removed 98 percent.  Don’t forget to wash off the vinegar mix before eating.  There was no comment on using the anti-bacterial soap.

Bad Bacteria – better known are the harmful bacteria in our world like Clostridium tetani (which causes tetanus) or Clostridium botulinum (which causes botulism). These bacteria are responsible for causing illness and death since the beginning.  But with the bad there is always some good so…

Good Bacteria – are either harmless or helpful to humans.  Our digestive system is full of billions of bacteria, including Escherichia coli (commonly known as E. coli), which helps us digest our food. Bacteria are also useful in producing some of our favorite foods, like yogurt, cheese and sauerkraut. Some bacteria are decomposers, cleaning our environment of dead and decaying plant and animal material. Some beneficial bacteria are known as probiotics, live and active cultures that promote the body’s digestive system.

It’s like a really bad relationship that you just can’t get rid of. Try to make the most of a bad situation by eating more probiotic yogurt, buying organic as much as possible and properly washing your fruits and veggies.

Also: Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health experts – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America. Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health

B Well – Wine Not? Health Benefits of Resveratrol

Isn’t it nice to find out that a certain vice which is somewhat indulgent is actually good for you?…in moderation.

What Makes Resveratrol a Unique Antioxidant?

Resveratrol is unique among antioxidants because it can cross the blood-brain barrier to help protect your brain and nervous system, and studies show that its benefits are wide reaching, including:

Protecting your cells from free radical damage

• Inhibiting the spread of cancer, especially prostate cancer

• Lowering your blood pressure

Keeping your heart healthy and improving elasticity in your blood vessels

• Normalizing your anti-inflammatory response

• Helping to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Because resveratrol appears to be so effective at warding off many diseases associated with aging, it is often referred to a “fountain of youth” that can extend lifespan.

Already, animal studies have shown that resveratrol helped overweight mice run farther and live about 20 percent longer. It has even been found to increase the lifespan of human cells.  No wonder I was able to run the half marathon after consuming several glasses the night before!

Resveratrol also seems to produce many similar benefits as exercise, and I suspect it would be a powerful addition to exercise. Maybe I’ll fill my water bottle with vino next time I hit the gym.

New research explains resveratrol’s effect on inflammation, and also shows how it can be used to treat potentially deadly inflammatory disease, such as appendicitis, peritonitis, and systemic sepsis.

The Best Sources of Resveratrol

Resveratrol is found in grapes, which produce it as a defense against fungi. Muscadine grapes actually have the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature because of their extra thick skins and numerous seeds where it is concentrated.

Resveratrol is found in abundance in red wine, and it’s highly soluble in alcohol, meaning your body may absorb more of it from red wine than from other sources. But there ARE other sources out there, including cocoa, dark chocolate and peanuts.

If you opt to take a resveratrol supplement (I always prefer the natural solution), there are numerous products on the market. Be sure to look for one made from muscadine grapes that uses WHOLE grape skins and seeds, as this is where many of the benefits are concentrated. That’s grape news!

Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health experts – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America. Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health