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Category Archives: Health and Medical

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.

All about Green Tea Pills

First, green tea pills contain an extract of the green plant leaf, and are sold in the pill form as capsules (most popular) and as tablets. The extract is derived from the un-oxidized green leaf and has a high concentration of polyphenols, especially EGCG, tea’s most powerful antioxidant and anti-microbial ingredient. No matter which way you choose to consume the polyphenols, you will always be treating your body to the health benefits of green tea.

The pills are typically marketed to boost energy or as a weight loss product.

The extract can be an added ingredient in weight loss products that also contain ephedrine or synephrine, which have long lists of risks and adverse effects. The leaf extract is also marketed by itself as a weight loss product, as a pure extract in capsule form. Capsules usually contain 250-500 mg of extract, which usually consists of 50-90 percent EGCG. Look for closer to 90 percent purity to get a higher quality product with more polyphenols per mg of extract.

To induce weight loss, the polyphenols increase the body’s metabolism, without increasing heart rate. The EGCG helps the body to burn fat and the caffeine present aids by releasing fatty acids to the blood stream. EGCG also has diuretic properties, so make sure you drink plenty of water when taking these pills. Of course, consult your doctor before starting a diet or weight loss program. I find that the weight loss is not fast, and needs to be combined with regular exercise and a healthful diet. Weight loss does occur, but the process is sort of like eating a whale, one bite at a time.

Green tea pills are marketed for energy boost, increased metabolism, and a multitude of other health benefits. People taking them seem to only talk about having more energy. The other benefits may be masked, especially at first due to the detoxification of the body. The important disease fighting properties may not be noticed for decades, and then sometimes only by the absence of diseases.

Be sure to take green tea pills with meals and not on an empty stomach. Plan on extra water consumption and more frequent trips to the bathroom. Insomnia is probably the one side effect, so don’t take the pills in the evening before going to bed.

Many people indicate that the patches don’t work, and the powder is messy to dissolve. And do you really want to count out 50 drops of liquid supplement? Brewing the tea takes specific steeping time, specific water temperature, and good quality green tea or it could taste grassy.

One cup of green tea has 25 mg of caffeine, where a popular capsule contains 4 mg of caffeine. So, if you are sensitive to the effects of caffeine, consider taking green tea pills.

Now for my suggestion. You can find a lot of supplements that are fantastic for better health and disease prevention, but how many different capsules do you want to take a day? Have you ever had a cupboard full of supplement bottles with varying expiration dates, varying “best times” to take them, or have you lost interest in one’s results with half a bottle left? I think the easiest and best way to maintain good health is to take one quality complete nutritional supplement containing most of the beneficial ingredients recommended, in the appropriate quantities. And, any road to good health should travel the route of regular exercise and eating a healthful diet.

Now it’s time to start putting this knowledge about green tea pills and the health benefits of green tea to work for you. Consider your lifestyle, health goals, and diet, and decide how you would prefer to consume this extract.

Organic Vitamins

Organic vitamins are useful in more than one way. Some of these ways are listed below.

Free from harmful chemicals

Organic vitamins can be used by the body, as they do not contain any chemical compounds. Often, many vitamin supplements sold in the markets contains chemical compounds, which aren’t really good for the human body. Such chemicals can even be toxic to the body and can also cause diseases. Thus, organic vitamins are the best supplements to go for.

Better eyesight

Organic vitamins are required for enhancing and maintaining good eyesight. These help in avoiding eyesight-related maladies like cataract, night blindness, and glaucoma. Eating vegetables, like spinach, carrots, and collard greens can help in improving the eyesight since these food items are enriched with organic vitamins. Also, these veggies are really helpful in building the immune system in children. They even protect people by fighting malignant cells that cause cancer!

Ensures the proper working of the heart and manages blood pressure

Organic vitamins are very helpful for cardiac patients, as it can help them by regulating their blood pressure. This will ensure the proper working of the heart and reduces the chances of a heart attack. Also, these vitamins help in making the skin free of wrinkles and making them look younger. Thus, eggs and tuna are an important part of a diet.

Faster hair growth and protection from different types of cancer

Cancer is a really horrifying disease, which results in the body slowly withering away. No one wants to contract such disease, obviously. Thus, intake of organic vitamins is the best way to prevent this horrible disease. Vitamin E is found in olives, sunflower seeds, and almonds, and can be of immense help in this regard. Also, this vitamin makes both the hair and the skin look younger and beautiful.

Better nutrient absorption

Some nutrients, such as phosphorus and calcium, are absorbed by the intestines. Vitamins present in foods like cheese, mushroom and salmon can assist in the easy absorption of nutrients. These nutrients, besides reducing stress, can also help in reducing muscle cramps.

Faster cell production

Vitamin B6 helps the body in the production of cells. Another thing that this vitamin does is that it helps in maintaining the immune system of the body, which enhances the body’s chances to prevent diseases. Also, vitamin B6 hones the nervous system.

Vitamin B6 promotes the growth and maintenance of Leucocytes, which are commonly known as white blood cells. These cells produce antibodies which protect the body from diseases. Also, B6 helps in reducing stress and hormonal balance. This vitamin can be obtained from fishes, carrots, bananas, cabbages, melons, yeast, and avocados.

Improves blood clotting

The vitamin K can help in faster blood clotting, preventing major loss of blood from the body. Thus, it speeds up the rate of healing of wounds. This organic vitamin can be found in whole grains, green veggies, and cod-liver oil.

Energy booster

Every type of vitamin can boost the energy of a person. Thus, good organic vitamins are very important in the growing years. During these years, people must drink milk and eat vitamin-rich food items, like livers, kidneys, green leafy veggies and more.

Lose Weight Without Pills

Take time in chewing your food very well until it is dissolved. You can also try putting down your utensils in between mouthfuls. Eating slowly will help you become full quickly while taking in a smaller quantity of food. Refrain from starving yourself and then eating one large meal the next. Your body will feel overwhelmed by the large amount of food that you’re stuffing it with. It won’t be able to properly burn the food into energy and the excess is then stored as fat.

Don’t eat empty calories! Resort to healthy snacking and dismiss processed foods as much as you can. It is better to eat raw fruits and vegetables and avoid frying more than any other type of cooking method. This how to lose weight without pills tip is easier said than done. Make it uncomplicated by not having any junk food within reach in the first place.

A sedentary lifestyle contributes no benefits for anyone. There were less overweight people in the olden times since they only rely on the power of their bodies to get through their daily lives. At the present, we not only have machines to help us but some of these mechanical tools can also take over the entire job on their own. So get moving and shaking! An increased heart rate and sweating a few times in a week won’t hurt.

It would help if you let your family and friends know about your weight loss plan. They’ll serve as your encouragement and support until you’ve transformed to having that whistle bait body you’ve always aspired for!

Resveratrol Pill

The concentration in knotweed is higher than that of other sources. Supplements are sold in liquid, powder and tablet form.

Trans-resveratrol is the most stable form of the nutrient. It is the only one that is useful to the human body.

Liquid and powder supplements are rapidly metabolized into its component parts. They do not increase the levels of trans-resveratrol circulating in the bloodstream.

The same is true of uncoated tablets. So, in order for a resveratrol pill to actually increase the levels of the nutrient in the bloodstream, it must have an enteric coating.

Experimental data has confirmed that wine does not have a higher trans-resveratrol bio-availability than a supplement with an enteric coating. In other words, dietary sources cannot provide cancer prevention or any of the other suspected health benefits.

Most of the testing has been conducted using laboratory models and cell cultures in the laboratory. But in most cases, the benefits seen in animals are translated to humans.

There have been tests to insure that the supplements are non-toxic to humans, and that has been proven. There are those who will debate that the health benefits to humans have yet to be proven, but it is actually impossible to prove that something prevents cancer.

The best that we can do is to avoid cancer-causing substances and take a properly formulated resveratrol pill, along with other beneficial supplements. My choice has always been to find a supplement that provides the highest nutritional value that I can get for an equivalent or lower price.

I know that the multi-vitamins in the drugstore are incomplete. I can read the labels.

But, I know that some companies provide a totally balanced product that supplements my nutritional intake, as much as possible. You just have to do a little research to find them.

The better companies have websites that fully outline the manufacturing processes and fully disclose the compounds present in the resveratrol pill that they sell. One of the more reputable companies admits that their supplement provides only 20% trans-resveratrol, which requires a higher daily dosage to achieve the same results that one would get with a 50% trans-resveratrol extract.

Trans-resveratrol is not the only antioxidant that may help prevent cancer. The catechins found in green tea have been shown to prevent tumor growth in scientific studies.

In fact, any antioxidant, of which there are many, has the potential to help prevent cancer, because antioxidants fight free radical damage, one of the underlying causes.

Tanning Pills

Help is at hand with safe, all-natural tanning pills. They can give you the glowing, healthy look you want, without the high costs and patchy results associated with tanning sprays, creams and dyes. Tanning pills are made from all-natural vitamins to provide even the fairest-skinned person with a perfect deep tan, quickly and easily. Of course, once a tan has been established, your skin has a natural protection against sunburn which can be maintained all summer long.

No appointments, no time-consuming applications and no mess. Nothing could be easier than taking safe, natural tanning pills. Look for products which are made from all natural products and that carry the confidence of a full money-back guarantee. The best, most advanced formulas will have a high dose of L-Tyrosine (around 2000mg), along with Vitamins D and E to keep skin supple and PABA which minimizes any possible risk of sunburn as you enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

No dyes, no canthaxanthin and no hassle. Tanning pills can provide even the fairest skin with a deep healthy all-over tan in just 10-14 days and require minimum exposure to natural sunlight. Results are noticeable within 24 hours of starting your sun-tanning program and once a deep tan has been achieved it can be easily maintained.

Whatever your reasons for wanting a natural-looking suntan, you are sure to look and feel your best and be the envy of your friends. Tanning pills are the safe, modern answer, offering a deep suntan for all skin types within a matter of days.

Information of Vitamin Supplements

There are two kinds of vitamins classified according to their solubility. The fat soluble vitamins are A, E, D and K, and can be stored in the body. They contain carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. The water soluble vitamins contain nitrogen, and sometimes sulfur, in addition to these three. Water soluble vitamins include vitamin C or ascorbic acid and vitamins of the B group: thiamine or vitamin B1, riboflavin or vitamin B2, niacin or vitamin B3, pantothenic acid or vitamin B5, pyridoxine or vitamin B6, biotin or vitamin B7, folate/folic acid or vitamin B9 and vitamin B12. They cannot be stored in the body.

It is important to be aware of the multiple functions of vitamins and effects of deficiencies to understand the role of vitamin supplements. Vitamins allow nutrients to be digested and absorbed and convert carbohydrates and fats into energy. They help to metabolize nutrients, produce antibodies to strengthen immunity and develop resistance to diseases. Vitamins strengthen cells, bind tissues, form bones, blood cells and genetic material, hormones and chemicals of the nervous system and combine with proteins to produce enzymes. Each group of vitamins performs more specific roles.

Vitamin A is essential for immunity, vision, bones, cells, reproductive health, skin and body linings. Vitamins of the B complex group are required for several body functions. Folate/folic acid is essential at every stage of life, as it is responsible for DNA, RNA and protein production. Vitamin C helps to build and maintain tissues, healthy bones, blood vessels and skin and strengthen immunity. Vitamin D controls the calcium levels in the blood and prevents bone loss, osteoporosis and auto immune diseases. It is essential for proper absorption of calcium and regulation of the rate at which it is excreted. Vitamin E performs protective functions; it stops tissue damage by free radicals and protects intracellular membranes. Moreover, it reduces the risk of jaundice and other liver related diseases and neutralizes the ill effects of the long term use of antibiotics. Vitamin K is responsible for metabolism of the bones and clotting of blood.

Deficiency of vitamins has serious consequences. Lack of vitamin A leads to night blindness, retarded growth of the skeleton and problems of the skin and gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin B1 deficiency causes leg cramps, muscular weakness, irritability and digestive problems. Mouth ulcers, inflammation of the tongue, weakness, low blood counts and dandruff are among the symptoms of lack of vitamin B2. Insufficient vitamin B3 causes pellagra, while a deficiency of vitamin B6 leads to skin problems, mental confusion and lowered immunity. Vitamin B5 is an antioxidant required for growth, reproduction and bodily processes, so a lack of it produces heart problems and depression. Inadequate vitamin B12 causes pernicious anemia, while scurvy and rickets are the main symptoms of a lack of vitamins C and D respectively. Vitamin E deficiency affects the nervous system and leads to weakness, vision related problems and loss of muscle mass. Finally, easy bruising and gastrointestinal bleeding are symptoms of vitamin K deficiency.

In view of the above, it is important to identify the circumstances when there can be a deficiency of one or more essential vitamins. Studies have shown that most adults are deficient in vitamins B6, B12, folic acid, vitamins D and E. The diet may not be balanced, and lacking in the required amounts of these vitamins. Those on a macrobiotic diet or weight loss program often lack a balanced diet. Even multivitamins may fail to supply the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamins D and E, so these have to be taken separately. Moreover, nutrient levels are depleted by physically strenuous activities.

Some people are more vulnerable to dietary deficiencies due to a number of factors. This group includes people living alone, pre and post menopausal women and the elderly. The latter usually consume less milk and may also have limited exposure to the sun, both of which are sources of vitamin D. Vegetarians and particularly vegans could be missing vitamins like B12, which are largely found in dairy products and non-vegetarian food. Elderly people, specially vegetarians, often suffer from gastrointestinal disorders due to a restricted diet, and this hinders absorption of vitamin B12. Moreover, some kinds of medication also hinder vitamin B12 absorption from food. Vitamin B6 deficiency occurs among older adults, specially if the diet is of poor quality or restricted over a long period. Alcoholics are at greater risk, as alcohol leads to decreased absorption of the vitamin. Even a normal diet may lack the required amount of 2 mg, so supplements have to be taken. People averse to fruits and vegetables are prone to suffer from vitamin C deficiency, while calcium deficiency is likely if milk products are missing from the diet, due to conditions like lactose intolerance.

Since deficiencies can lead to multiple health problems, it is essential to include all the vitamins in the diet. The RDA or Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamins has been set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council. It is the average daily nutrient intake level sufficient for nutrient requirements of most (97%-98%) healthy individuals in particular gender and stage of life. However, since nutrients may be missing from the diet, supplements are prescribed to fill the gap.