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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Fish Oil Pills

Fish oil is known to be the best source of omega 3; however, finding the best fish oil pills can be tricky because there are several brands on the market with each claiming to be the best.

Some ways choosing the best fish oil pills

* Company – Always buy from a company you trust; sincere and transparent companies are always ready to answer your questions and clear your doubts on time. They also have good return policies because they know that their products are of high standard.

* DHA – The best fish oil pills are those that have high amounts of DHA; this important component of omega 3 is the main powerhouse from which most of the health benefits are derived. DHA can be turned into EPA if needed by your body but the opposite is impossible; it is also turned into Resolvin D2, which is a powerful antioxidant. The minimum recommended quantity of DHA in a 1000mg capsule is 250mg.

* Fresh and Pure – The best fish oil pills are also fresh and pure; they neither contain impurities nor have rancid smell. Fish contains toxins like mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals because of the pollutions in the oceans; you can avoid being contaminated with these toxins by taking supplements that are purified by molecular distillation.

Some dubious companies may claim that their brands are molecularly distilled; that is why it is important to buy from a trusted company. Check on the company’s website for their Certificate of Analysis (COA); make sure that there is no traceable impurity in the oil. The COA should be issued by a reputable third party laboratory for authenticity.

Some Vitamins Can Be Harmful

Did you know that when you purchase an ordinary multivitamin from your favorite store, it most likely contains some synthetic forms of vitamins? That is unless the label states specifically that it is whole-foods based. That is why it’s important to read the labels.

It makes sense that vitamins derived from whole-food sources are more readily assimilated into the body than vitamins from synthetic sources.

The 3 vitamins that are most recommended for you to purchase natural sources and NOT synthetic are:

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

VITAMIN A:

Most multivitamins contain Vitamin A in the form of vitamin A palmitate. This is a synthetic version that has it’s potential negatives. You will find this synthetic Vitamin A added to low fat or skim milks. That is because they need to replace the natural Vitamin A lost when they remove the milk fat. You will also find Vitamin A palmitate in many processed foods such as cereals “fortified” with synthetic vitamin A palmitate.

It is very important to note that Synthetic vitamin A palmitate is toxic in large doses. If you read labels and look out for specific foods it is not hard to stay away from anything containing synthetic Vitamin A as much as possible.

For instance, if you eat a lot of cereal combined with low-fat or fat-free milk and other “fortified” foods, or synthetic vitamin pills, you can possibly be overdosing on this potentially harmful synthetic vitamin A. It is also important to be aware that despite being marketed as “health” foods there’s not really much healthy about some cereals!

Retinol is the natural Vitamin A it comes only from animal sources such as; organ meats, cod liver oil, animal liver, some other animal sources, and in lesser amounts in; butter, eggs, and milk fat. It is important to note that you can overdose Vitamin A when you overeat large quantities of liver or large doses of cod liver oil. Although overdosing on this natural form is safer than the synthetic vitamin A.

Another form of Vitamin A is beta-carotene. However, beta-carotene is NOT vitamin A, it’s actually a precursor to Vitamin A. What this means is that your body needs to convert it to vitamin A.

Beta-carotene is one of the safest forms of Vitamin A, since your body will only convert the amount that it actually needs. You get healthy quantities of beta-carotene in; carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, butternut squash, red peppers, and other colorful fruits and veggies. These are the foods you should overdose on.

VITAMIN D:

Like Vitamins A, E, and K, Vitamin D is another fat-soluble vitamin. Vitamin D is one of the most important substances in our body and also one of the most misunderstood.

To say everything we know about Vitamin D would be too long and complicated. I could fill an entire book, instead, I will simplify it for you.

The absolutely BEST source of vitamin D is the most natural source and it costs you NOTHING. That’s right, it’s FREE. In fact your body produces it naturally from adequate sun exposure. Those of you who work nights (I had to for 2 years), MUST make sure you get the sun exposure your body needs.

Vitamin D is actually produced into a hormone in our bodies and regulates hundreds of processes in the body. I believe it is simply one of the most important substances in our bodies.

Vitamin D is extremely helpful to our immune systems. With less sun exposure in the winter, you can see why there are more sicknesses. The cold weather is NOT the cause of colds, flu’s or any sicknesses. Lack of Vitamin D causes your immune system to weaken. That is why I am stressing that EVERYONE needs adequate sun exposure to keep your immune system healthy especially in the winter!

Our bodies get a relatively small amount of Vitamin D from food sources like egg yolks, some mushrooms, organ meats, and fatty fish. In small amounts, cod liver oil is one of the best known dietary sources of natural Vitamin D. If you choose to take the suplement of cod liver oil in the winter, you should know it is recommended to be taken in small amounts because it is possible to overdose on cod liver oil. As I stated previously, the best source of Vitamin D for our bodies is what we produce from moderate regular sun exposure, without sun burning.

As stated previously, vitamin D deficiency usually happens in the winter months. If you think you are deficient, you can have a blood test for Vitamin D deficiency. Your Doctor will say you generally want to be between the range of 50 ng/ml to 80 ng/ml, from what I’ve read. Any lower than that and you risk being deficient. Check with your Doctor to be sure.

There are differences of opinions surrounding benefits and detriments of vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) vs. vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Since Vitamin D3 is naturally produced in your body from the sun, and is the natural source we obtain from animal based foods so I would suggest that this is the preferred Vitamin D.

As I impressed earlier, try to get moderate amounts of sunshine, if you can for most of the year, and focus on the healthy dietary sources of natural vitamin D that I listed above… and also look for supplements in the winter to be based on fish oil sources of vitamin D if you can.

VITAMIN E:

I think you get it that the “natural” source of vitamins are the BEST sources to look for. Here are the facts about Vitamin E:

The best sources of vitamin E are from whole foods such as nuts and seeds You will find smaller amounts of Vitamin E in some greens. Vitamin E from natural foods comes in the form of various different tocopherols and tocotrienols

Remember to take a multi-vitamin that you have checked the label that it is the natural version of Vitamin E and not the synthetic. In supplements, the natural version specifies “d-alpha” and the synthetic versions start with “l-alpha.

Due to the potential health dangers of synthetic Vitamin E, the bio-availability of synthetic vitamin E is much lower than natural vitamin E. The facts have shown over and over that natural is always better than something that has been chemically modified.

 

Advantages Of Herbs

History Of Herbal Medicine: Pharmaceuticals are not necessarily the answer. For thousands of years, people have relied on herbal remedies for everything. Just in the last couple hundred years, have drugs been the treatment of choice. Even now, with all the medicines available, most of the world prefers the traditional herbal cures and personal attention of herbalists. Herbs like garlic, aloe and echinacea are so commonly known for their benefits, they’re included in thousands of products. Some countries have successfully blended medicine and herbs, but most of the West has abandoned herbal medicine as being quaint and amateur.

Herbs In Medicine Today: The arrogance of this position is revealed by the fact that most of the medicines today are mere chemical compounds extracted or duplicated from the active ingredients of the herbs. Thanks to the marvels of modern science, what was effective and relatively harmless when self-administered by the average person, has now been synthesized into something so concentrated it can have extremely harmful side-effects, requires years of double-blind testing, and a doctor with an advance degree and board certification to administer it.

I remember my doctor scorned me for taking Niacin in high doses to help control my blood triglycerides. He stopped that practice and put me on a medicine…my triglycerides doubled in 3 months. Then he changed my medicine to something new, which turned out to be extremely effective. It was a cholesterol medicine combined with Niacin, to control triglycerides. Now that we know cinnamon is effective to control diabetes by lowering blood glucose and cholesterol, they’re trying to make an expensive medicine out of that. Now, there’s nothing wrong with taking the active ingredients of herbs and making concentrated medicines…what’s wrong is preventing people from marketing the herbs based on their known health benefits.

The Law And Herbal Remedies: That’s what happens in the USA and in many other countries, where a company selling Niacin, for instance, is prohibited from putting on the label the fact that it controls triglycerides. You can buy cinnamon capsules, but the manufacturer isn’t allowed to tell you it’s effective in controlling diabetes. This is true of hundreds of herbs. Even when the herb in it’s natural form is as effective and much less harmful than the synthetic alternative, the company can’t tell you their product is useful for managing, preventing, treating or curing any medical condition. Needless to say, a whole world of inexpensive treatment options is being outlawed and forgotten because of our love affair with the pill.

Brain Supplements

Get familiar with the ingredients

One of the best ways of telling what your smart pills will do for you is to check on the ingredients. There are so many ingredients used in different brain pills and they come with different benefits to the brain. Whereas some will increase circulation within your grain to promote cell membrane fluidity, others may increase neural communication through increased nerve ending growth rate. Find out what the ingredients in your supplement do to improve your mental wellbeing so that you are able to select the best pills for the kind of results you expect.

Source your pills from reputable brands and suppliers

You will find popular brain pill brands in the market and you can settle for those to enjoy maximum benefits. You also want to ensure that you buy them from suppliers you trust so you do not end up with counterfeit pills that will do little to your brain. If possible, buy the supplements directly from manufacturers or authorized dealers so you enjoy genuine top quality products in the end.

Follow the directions of use

Your manufacturer knows the product better and you should therefore ensure that you follow the directions for use to the letter. High dosages do not translate into faster results so make sure you stick with the directions offered.

Get a go ahead from your doctor

This is very important, especially for those not in good health or physical condition. Your physician can offer helpful guidelines on what smart pills are best for you and how to actually use so you do not end up making your condition worse.

Drink plenty of water

The truth is brain supplements increase blood flow to your brain. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day makes it possible for the supplements to work effectively and also minimizes possible side effects. Dehydration is a leading cause of reduced brain performance so be sure to stay hydrated all through.