Breakthroughs in Vitamin C
Oct22

Breakthroughs in Vitamin C

by Valerie Brooks America’s favorite vitamin just can’t seem to stay out of the limelight. The medical community and health experts just keep on boasting of its benefits. Most people’s first reaction to Vitamin C is that it’s a supplement to be taken to prevent or treat a cold. But its history actually has its roots in the treatment of scurvy, a serious disease that plagued sailors in the 1590s who didn’t have access to fruits and vegetables at sea because they were perishable. They started to notice that when they ate citrus fruits, their condition improved. It was then discovered that ascorbic acid (literally meaning “no scurvy”) was the specific nutrient that turned the disease around. That’s when its healing properties were first noticed. Since then, it has been in Linus Pauling’s microscopes as a possible cure for cancer and many other things. We may still only be scratching the surface of this vitamin’s true potential. Is There Anything Vitamin C Can’t Cure? Nutritionists and scientists are continuing to credit this miracle vitamin with being a great support in collagen production, which assists in the healing of wounds, burns, and minor injuries. Collagen is also vital to the health of your teeth, skin, and bones. But most popularly, it is known to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and that is why it’s a popular choice for colds, infections, rashes, and sores. The latest studies indicate that the vitamin may be an aid in heart disease, cancer prevention, colitis, allergies, respiratory illness, and other serious conditions. If a person were to research the uses of Vitamin C, he or she just might find claims that it can cure any existing condition. Studies are now being done to test the efficacy of Vitamin C for reducing hypertension, complications due to diabetes, and its ability to heal arthritis. The Best Ways to Consume Vitamin C Vitamin C is water soluble, which means that the body does not store it and use it later. The body uses what is consumed and then passes the rest out through urine. That is why there is controversy over whether extremely high doses of the vitamin actually yield any more benefit. But many experts believe that taking vitamin C injections, higher doses can be absorbed by the body. The best way to consume Vitamin C is through food. If you do not eat foods rich in the vitamin on a daily basis, you should take a supplement, especially since the nutrient is not saved by the body. The foods richest in Vitamin C are citrus fruits, and vegetables—particularly oranges, grapefruits, tomatoes, red bell peppers, broccoli, asparagus,...

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Top Three Essential Health Supplements

With all the vitamins, minerals and other super health products out there, it can be difficult to decide which ones are the most important to include in your regimen…especially since most of us have limited budgets and have to choose the top health supplements from the rest. While it’s difficult to choose the best health products that apply to everyone equally, we can point out a few of the supplements that you should seriously consider keeping in your regular health program. So here are the top three health supplements for general purposes: Co-Q10: One of the most important health supplements, this enzyme helps your cells function properly and resist disease. Most Americans are low in CoQ10. Omega-3s: Whether you choose krill, salmon or other fish oils, getting your Omega-3s is essential to healthy circulation, heart functions, and breakdown of other fats in the body. Green Drink: A good green drink powder will give you a range of nutritional elements in a bio-available form that will keep your system healthy and strong. Nothing beats a quality green drink for easy, complete nutritional supplementation (except juicing your own veggies every...

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Shopping List for a Clutter-Free Medicine Cabinet

UPDATED May 11, 2008 There are so many products on the market claiming health benefits, immune system boosting and antioxidant prowess that it’s difficult to know how to make sense of it all. Here’s a no-nonsense summary of Best Practices for building an arsenal of healthy herbal and supplemental products. It’s not a complete list, by any means, and it does not cover food, but it’s a good foundation for any health-oriented kitchen. Berry Juice: Find yourself a quality antioxidant-rich berry juice that contains juices from dark purple and red berries, as well as carotenoids from orange veggies. One good product is “Berry Young Juice” from the Young Living group. These types of juices are excellent for restoring antioxidant power to your immune system to fight free radicals, slow aging signs, and increase immunity to viruses and other pathogens. Green Drink: To compliment the antioxidant juice, add a healthy green drink that combines a number of green substances and superfoods. Some of the best include spirulina, chlorella, seaweed (kelp), spinach powder, olive leaf, and kale. Many of these beverages also contain bee pollen and probiotic cultures and should be kept in the refrigerator after opening. The green drink will add protein, balanced carbohydrates, and mineral nutrients to your diet even if you don’t get them from your food — and you will require fewer vitamins and minerals as a result. Vitamins & Supplements: The basics that work for just about everybody include plenty of vitamins C and E. A good liquid B-complex is also a staple, as many Americans are B deficient. Get about 10-15 minutes of unblocked sunshine every day for the best source of D vitamins. These will help you stave off colds and fight cancer. One of the most important supplements to add to your health cabinet is a high-quality CoQ-10. Don’t bother getting the crummy stuff ad Walmart or the local drugstore…you’ll be wasting your money. Do your health a favor and invest in a high-quality brand. I use Q-Gel from Tishcon Corporation of Japan. They are on the top of the CoQ-10 game with their products. Water: A good source of clean, filtered water is essential. If possible, add liquid oxygen or activated carbon to your water for better molecular absorption in the body. Enhanced water can help hydrate your body, clear your intestines and rid your organs of toxins. Another thing to consider in the wate department is a good alkaline water, which keeps your pH more alkaline, which helps to prevent disease. You can find alkalizing water filters or water with alkaline added, such as with calcium, potassium, and cesium. Fatty Acids...

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Green Super Foods, Drink to Your Health

If you’ve read a few of the posts in this blog, you’ll see that I’m a fan of certain super foods and health formulas. There are certain health supplements (or non-supplement enhancement products) that I think benefit just about anyone who might adopt them. One of these is a good green superfood drink. A good green drink is made from freeze-dried plants and vegetables (and often fruit or fruit juices) and is actually a food product — not a supplement, like a vitamin or mineral supplement. Green drinks are basically food in concentrated, powdered form. The best ones use organic ingredients and combine a variety of food sources, which may include the following super ingredients: Spirulina Chlorella Spinach, kale or other green leafy vegetables Maca Root Nettles & Milk Thistle Gooseberry Green tea or extract Bee pollen Olive leaf Wheatgrass, barleygrass or other grasses Alfalfa This is not a complete list, but is a good list of some of the best ingredients to look for in a good green drink. Many green drinks also include probiotic ingredients that help to balance your intestinal flora, reduce yeast infection, and help with digestion and elimination. These are excellent to add to your diet and getting some extra culture can never hurt. If you don’t take a probiotic supplement or eat plenty of live cultures, then getting this in your green drink is a good strategy. Many of these drinks must be refrigerated for the live cultures to remain live. However, some plant-based cultures can be stored outside of the refrigerator without a problem (although the best require refrigeration and come from animal sources, such as yogurt). Depending on the green drink you choose, you may be adding more than just vitamins and minerals to your diet. Many green drinks have blood cleansing, blood pressure balancing, diuretic and energy enhancing properties. Here’s the key: By taking a green drink every day, you’ll be giving your body more nutrition and, therefore, you will require less food to nourish your body. Most likely, you will lose weight as a result because you will eat less. Many people report that certain cravings go away when they take green superfoods regularly. Find a drink that works for you. Experiment with different brands and read the labels to compare ingredients. Some drinks have fillers. Some have more variety of ingredients. Others have organic ingredients. Most have certain key ingredients that come first on the list — and each of these offers something different. Experiment with recipes and methods of taking the powder. Most people combine these with juice and drink in the morning. I find that being...

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Inflammation, Fishing for a Cure

Did you know that inflammation is a major factor in numerous medical conditions and could very well be the primary cause of coronary disease? This natural body process is designed to protect tissues (especially skin and ligaments) from certain kinds of injury. But when inflammation is excessive, it can lead to a variety of problems, including: Alzheimer’s disease Cardiovascular disease Prostate disorders Many types of cancer, including colon cancer Certain respertory problems Arthritis Back pain Some types of tumors Traditionally, inflammation is treated with anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin and Ibuprofin, but have some unfortunate side-effects, including erectile disfunction (caused by the inhibition of nitric oxide, an inflammatory substance essential for erection) and decreased immune response. As usual, you’re better off using natural treatments to reduce inflammation. Thankfully, nature has provided quite a few plants and herbs for us to try: Omega-3 fatty acids are among the best anti-inflammatory substances, especially those found in oily fish. The omega-3 fatty acids produce resolvins (a type of fat) that have powerful anti-inflammatory properties. White Willow bark extract is what aspirin originally came from. Taking the pure, herbal form has the same effects effects as taking aspirin, but without the chemical processing agents and additives. Aspirin is an effective anti-inflammatory and helps prolong the effects of other herbal remedies. It also has antisceptic and antispasmotic properties and helps reduce fever. Lobelia extract is used for all types of inflammation, especially those associated with the broncules, such as coughs and asthma. It has mild sedative qualities (relaxes broncules). Black walnut hull or extract is also an anti-inflammatory agent and helps purify the blood. It is commonly used in natural colon cleanse products due to its laxative and anti-parasitic qualities. Tumeric is one of nature’s best anti-inflammatory herbs. It works both topically and internally and has been found to fight cancer cells. It also has antidepressant qualities and helps the liver and gallbladder produce bile, which aids digestions. If you are suffering from gallstones, you should first cleanse the gallbladder of stones before using tumeric. There are many other anti-inflammatory herbs besides these. You can look into wild yam oil, milk thistle, ginger oil and vitamin C to name a few of the more noteworthy possibilities. With all these choices for anti-inflammatory herbs and remedies, nature has made it pretty easy for us to keep inflammation under control. Fish photo by...

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