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Immunity for the Athlete: Supplements to Reduce Effects of Overtraining

It has long been known that exercise is a key component in a prescription for a healthy lifestyle. With respect to the athlete, the issue is not whether you are getting enough exercise, but rather how exercise can be potentially harmful when it relates to your immune health. As an athlete, understanding the relationship between exercise and infection is very important for long term success. The “J” Curve Many individuals who begin an exercise routine often note that their immune health is much stronger since becoming athletic. As the athlete progresses in their training, however, there often comes a time

Inflammation and Disease

More and more studies are showing the potentially damaging effects of chronic inflammation and its link to the development of various serious chronic diseases. Research has now identified chronic inflammation as a factor in the progression of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease, along with many others! The link between inflammation and these diseases is discussed in the following sections. Inflammation and Cancer In his 1971 State of the Union address President Richard Nixon pledged “I will ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an extensive campaign to find a cure to cancer. Let us

Tips for Scheduling Supplements

A natural health product is only effective if its ingredients are well absorbed. It may be the best formulated product on the market, and a perfect personal fit, but if you are taking it at the wrong time or with the wrong foods, your body may not be able to properly use the nutrients! There are many possible interactions that may occur with your supplements, thereby decreasing their absorption and effectiveness, or the safety of other medications. Here are some basic guidelines to improve your supplement scheduling. Minerals Should be Taken Without Food Generally speaking, minerals such as magnesium are

How Magnesium is Absorbed

After being absorbed from foods and supplements, magnesium passes through the gastrointestinal tract (GI) via the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and the small and large intestines. When the magnesium compound reaches the stomach, the acidic environment starts to dissociate magnesium ions which bind with water molecules. Magnesium is absorbed primarily in the lower part of the small intestines and passes from the villi, tiny finger-like surfaces inside the small intestine, and into capillaries, blood vessels surrounding the small intestine. Magnesium Absorption Categories: Magnesium that is not absorbed in the small intestine travels to the large intestine, where a small amount is

Mechanisms of Action

Ankascin works by normalizing cellular mechanisms that are disrupted in the previous clinical studies. High cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar are part of a group of related conditions called metabolic syndrome. This develops when the body loses the ability to properly manage its sources of energy, which are mostly fats and carbohydrates. Patients with this syndrome are at much higher risk for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Many of the effects of metabolic syndrome are due to long-term inflammation and oxidative stress. However, both of which are reduced by monascin and ankaflavin. For instance, monascin reduces the

Inflammation: A Double Edged Sword

Understanding Inflammation Inflammation is a double-edged sword; it plays an important and beneficial role in the body, but it can also be very dangerous, causing damage to the body and ultimately leading to disease and even death! Whether inflammation will be beneficial or harmful depends on its type and duration. In general, there are two distinct categories of inflammation: acute or short term inflammation and chronic or long term inflammation. While short term inflammation plays a beneficial role in the body, long term or chronic inflammation can be very harmful. These harmful effects will be examined in more detail in

Everything You Should Know About Soluble Fiber and Weight Management

In the battle for weight loss, you have new ammunition. Fiber is an often overlooked ingredient in effective weight loss. While everyone else is looking at calories and carbs, you should be concentrating on getting more fiber if you want to lose weight. What is Fiber? Fiber is the portion of plant foods that your body can’t digest. Many kinds of food contain fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. There are two kinds of fiber; soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber aids your digestive system in passing food through. Soluble fiber helps your body rid itself of

Health Benefits of Selenium That You May Not Know About

If you are new to selenium, or have never heard of it, you are sure to be amazed at these health benefits. Selenium is a trace mineral that occurs naturally in soil, certain foods and, in very small amounts, in water. Because selenium is so hard to come by, many health professionals recommend taking a selenium supplement. Following are some of the health benefits you get with selenium. 1. Antioxidant When your body is exposed to harmful toxins that cause inflammation, an abundance of free radicals is let loose in your system. While some free radicals are essential to good health,

Health Benefits of Oxaloacetate Supplement

If you are seeking to enjoy a better quality of life, and more of it, then you owe it to yourself to consider the best kind of supplement, which is oxaloacetate. The powerful key ingredient oxaloacetate just may be your key to a longer, healthier life. What Is Oxaloacetate? Oxaloacetate, sometimes called oxaloacetate acid, is a naturally occurring compound in the body. While it is not considered a vitamin or a nutrient, it does contribute to many key functions in the human body. In recent years, oxaloacetate acid has attracted the attention of scientific researchers who are looking at the

Magnesium Supplementation

We have established that to some extent, most people are deficient in magnesium, and that food sources usually do not have a high enough magnesium content to exert a rapid change of levels in the body. This means there is a pivotal need for high quality and effective magnesium supplementation. Unlike other natural substances, magnesium supplements come in many different forms, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Let’s explore the differences in forms so that you can identify which one is best for you. Both in nature and in supplements, minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and calcium must be

Natural Therapies for the Relief of Pain in Patients with Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathies comprise a group of heterogeneous disorders caused by poorly managed or untreated T2D. Prolonged hyperglycemia (high blood sugar levels) induces increased production of free radicals, which can damage nerve fibres and cause nerve cell death. As such, patients with diabetic neuropathy often experience pain, numbness, hypersensitivity, and reduced function in the legs and arms. There is no known cure for this painful disease. Doctors generally suggest lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation, weight loss, and blood pressure management. However, lifestyle changes may not always be enough to alleviate symptoms. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to treat neuropathic pain

Red Yeast Rice with Ankascin-568RTM

Cholesterol Lowering Without the Side-Effects Simply put… Yeast Rice with Ankascin-568R for the effective lowing of cholesterol levels without the side effects of stattins. The mechanism of Ankascin-568R: Effectively reduces total cholesterol levels Reduces ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels Increases ‘good’ HDL cholesterol levels, and Does not reduce CoQ10 levels or cause the toxic side-effects associated with statins (e.g. monacolin K). High Blood Cholesterol Cholesterol is a sterol obtained from animal fat and synthesized in the liver. It is a key component of cell membranes, accounting for 10%-50% of membrane lipids (fats). There are two types of cholesterol  that  are typically

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