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CoQ10 is Great, but Which Kind?

 

 


CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10) has held its stature in the health world for years and for good reason.  CoQ10 is a naturally occurring, water soluble compound found in the mitochondria (the cell’s powerhouse) of nearly every single cell in our body.  This enzyme is most concentrated in the vital organs and is the main contributor to giving cells life.  The heart is the organ with the most concentration of CoQ10.  In fact, a study shows that there is a direct correlation between chronic heart failure have low CoQ10 counts.  The study also shows that supplementing CoQ10 and Vitamin D can considerably lower the health risk with those who have chronic heart failure.1  Another study performed in Sweden shows a significant reduction in cardiovascular mortality in elderly people when consistently supplementing with CoQ10 and Selenium.2


Ubiquinone and Ubiquinol 


Ubiquinol is the reduced form of CoQ10 which means when it is oxidized, it turns into ubiquinone.  It has been available in supplement form since 2006.  Ubiquinol is essentially an antioxidant.  It also recycles ubiquinone, vitamin C and vitamin E through it’s synthesis of energy.3


Science stuff:  Ubiquinol is involved in all body processes requiring energy: energy synthesis, active transport, membrane and nucleotide stability, synthesis of enzymes, coenzymes, hormones, neuro-transmitter synthesis and reuptake, cillary activity in the upper respiratory systems, all muscle contractile functions, sperm production and motility, deactivation of muscle contraction, pumping action of sweat and other cutaneous glands, etc.3


Ubiquinone is the oxidized form of CoQ10 and was discovered in 1957 by bio-chemist, Frederick Crane.  Ubiquinone is the less expensive and more stable form of CoQ10.  It is also the form of CoQ10 that has the majority of studies including the studies sited above. 


Science stuff: Ubiquinone is a cofactor in the inner membrane of the mitochondria for the synthesis of energy (ATP). Since the body does not store energy (ATP), it must be rapidly produced through an oxidative phosphorlation process. CoQ10 is positioned between NADH and Cyto-Chrome C in the inner membrane and acts as cofactor stimulation to all three mediators to give up electrons to run the electron transport through complexes I-IV in this system. This function is specific to Ubiquinone in that no other molecule can replace Ubiquinone in this process.3


Great, but which type do you take?


This has been a discussion for years.  Ubiquinol suppliers have been touting that ubiquinol is superior to ubiquinone because it’s more bio-available and ensures optimal absorption.  Studies show otherwise or are at least conflicting.  The fact is, both are equally distributed in the body and more importantly, both are interchangeable by the body.  Our body simply converts ubiquinol to ubiquinone and vice versa when needed.  Ubiquinol is also difficult to keep in its reduced form, which is why it’s so expensive.  Here are Supplement Spot, we have concluded that it makes no difference as long as you are supplementing with a CoQ10, so why not save money and supplement with ubiquinone.


Shameless Plug:  Supplement Spot provides CoQ10 (Ubiquinone) in 100mg, 200mg, 100mg with bioperine(for better absorption), face cream and even an eye cream.  Use coupon code CoQ10 for 10% off your purchase.  Happy shopping!


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References:

1) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25282031
2) www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4666408/
3) www.zmc-usa.com/docs/CoQ10_Facts_or_Fabrications.pdf

 

 

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Fasting! The “F” Word for Dieters

 

Eating foods that are not fun is one thing but subjecting yourself to fasting is another. We have been told that fasting will put your body into survival mode, thus slowing down your metabolism in order to conserve energy. Once your metabolism is slowed below its normal rate, it’s hard for the body to bring the metabolic rate back up. But is this necessarily true? Not Really. In fact, the opposite may be true.

Fasting can help you be healthier, bolster your immunity, detoxify your body, resist disease, lose weight, save money, feel better and live longer. So let’s look at the some of the bonuses of sensible fasting.

Weight Loss – This is the most obvious benefit in people’s mind although it shouldn’t be. Although fasting is a temporary loss of weight (mostly water weight), actual fat will be lost. Fat is energy storage after all and when there is no calorie intake, your body will use its reserves to maintain thus fat is burned. Another thing happens. Your sense of taste can change for the better. The tastes buds can become keener as your body yearns for clean, whole foods and not processed junk loaded with chemicals. In other words, fasting is not only a great way to lose initial weight, but it can help you want to eat the right foods making dieting easier.

Detoxify your body – It’s called Ketosis. That sounds scary but Ketosis is when your body runs out of carbohydrates to burn for energy and begins burning fat instead. As mentioned above, fat is basically stored energy but fat is also where toxins and chemicals are stored. This is why burning fat is not only a weight loss thing but a detoxifying benefit as well. On a side note, organic meats have little to no toxins in their fat, which is why they’re better for you.

Bolster your Immunity – Simply put, when your body is not busy working on digesting food, it can focus on other things like its vital immune function. It does this by a process called autophagy – the synthesis and recycling of cellular components by degradation of dead, diseased or worn-out cells, thus making your body a more efficient and a toxin fighting machine.

Improves Metabolism – Yes, intermittent fasting may improve your metabolism. Giving your digestive system a rest will allow it to gain its strength for stronger more efficient digesting in the future. A faster digestion and bowel function means a faster metabolism. You may even consider taking a probiotic supplement during your fast for some icing on top.

Living Longer – I saved the best for last. Many studies show that fasting and/or restrictive calorie intake results in a longer, healthier life for all walks of life. One study shows that intermittent fasting actually allowed rats to live 20% longer than rats that lived on restrictive calorie diets. There’s also evidence that people who intermittently fast on a regular basis live longer and healthier lives than those who eat three regular meals a day. If you think about it, it’s the summation of the above features is what can cause a longer and healthier life.

CAUTIONS: There are some cautions to be aware of.

  • Dehydration is common. Fasting does NOT mean going without water. Keeping hydrated with water intake is always a good thing.
  • Headaches may occur due to dehydration or increased stress levels from the halt of ongoing food intake, especially if your diet is abundant and poor.
  • It is recommended by healthcare professionals that you should not fast if you are pregnant, under the age of 18, type 1 diabetic, suffer from malnutrition, recovering from surgery, have a history of cardiac arrhythmias, hepatic insufficiency or renal insufficiency.

 

There are many good books on all this. Some are only health oriented, and some are also faith based. Paul Bragg is the most famous author with Miracle of Fasting. Joel Fuhrman is well known for Fasting. Scot McKnight also wrote a book Fasting. Herbert Shelton wrote Fasting Can Save Your Life.

 

ONE LAST THING: I wrote this piece without actually ever fasting. The research convinced me to do so. In my own experience, I lost 3.5 pounds. After my day of fasting, I had only the urge to eat healthy foods in the coming days, which is saying something considering my diet or lack thereof. I kept well hydrated but still managed to get a slight headache. Hunger was bothersome until after lunchtime and then again when my wife fixed a wonderful smelling meal for my kids. I never lost energy and my energy level was higher the next day. I will fast again next week to see if my experience is for the better or worse and will then add to this blog.

 

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Key Nutrients That Help You Prepare for Fall

In case you had not noticed, fall is just around the corner.  The change of season also brings a change in the weather, which may cause a strain on your system.  Your children will be exposed to other children at school and often bring home all kinds of bacteria.  It is important to continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and that includes understanding which nutrients help support your “fall” health.


Potassium – Potassium is a nutrient that everyone needs. This mineral provides support for healthy muscle function. Potassium also helps your heart beat regularly.   Potassium helps to offset some of sodium's harmful effects on blood pressure. Potassium can be found in leafy greens, grapes, root vegetables, and citrus fruits.  Flaxseed Oil is nature's richest source of vital, vegetable-based Omega-3s, which is an essential fatty acid that can be a support to potassium health.  Flaxseed Oil contains Omega-6 and Omega-9 essential fatty acids, B Vitamins, Potassium, Lecithin, Magnesium, Fiber, Protein, and Zinc.

Vitamin D – Vitamin D was highlighted in our last article targeted to vegans, which shows the value of this nutrient and its many benefits to our health.  Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it is directly exposed to sunlight.  As we move into the fall, you may not be exposed to as much sunlight, depending on where you live.  Recent research indicates that you need more vitamin D than was once thought.  Normal blood serum levels range from 50 to 100 micrograms per deciliter. Depending on your blood level, you may need more vitamin D. Vitamin D3 can support bone health and healthy immune function.  Vitamin D is at its lowest levels during the fall and winter months according to Harvard School of Public Health.

Fiber - Fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate that moves throughout our bodies helping promote digestion and prevent constipation, as well as potentially reducing cholesterol levels.  We generally get soluble fiber in oats, beans, and some fruits.  Insoluble fiber can be found in whole wheat, brown rice, and vegetables. There are two types of dietary fiber: Soluble fiber can help lower glucose and cholesterol levels in the blood, while insoluble fiber helps food move through the digestive system properly.1The recommended daily dose of fiber is 25G for women and 38G for men. Typically, most Americans get less than 40% of the daily recommended amount.

Flaxseed Oil is a Rich Source of Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals.

Zinc – Zinc is a necessary mineral to promote proper immune function, cell growth, and carbohydrate breakdown.  A study by the National Library of Medicine identified Zinc as a good way to reduce the possibility of getting a cold.  Starting to take zinc supplements within 24 hours after cold symptoms begin may reduce how long the symptoms last and make the symptoms less severe. However, supplementation beyond the recommended daily allowance is not recommended at this time.2

Zinc can be found in foods like; Shrimp, beans, almonds, seeds and beef.  To help support your zinc intake, a Zinc, 120 vegicaps, 15 mg supplement might be something to consider.  Zinc can also be found in Supplement Spot's Healthy Vita/Min, Women's, and Men's supplements.

1 Maya Dangerfield article; 10.15.16. Greatlsit.com
2 National Library of Medicine; medlineplus.gov

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Five Nutrients to Help Keep Your Brain Sharp

As I try to help my son with his algebra, I was shocked at how much I have forgotten. Math was my best subject! That’s when I realized I needed to care for my brain.  It is as much a part of my health as everything else. As we age, our mental sharpness tends to decline. Like the rest of your body, the brain needs nutrition to stay healthy. Here is a list of nutrients you should be considering in your diet to help you look 4 moves ahead on the chess board or to just remember where you set your keys.

  1. Acetyl L-Carnitine - This amino acid is becoming more and more popular for its assistance in brain function. It is a micronutrient of L-Carnitine and readily crosses the blood-brain barrier, thus energizing and feeding the brain more efficiently. Acetyl L-Carnitine also increases blood flow to the brain. Studies show that Acetyl L-Carnitine can reduce mental fatigue and enhance cognitive function1 and even be a protectant from neuroinflammation2.  A side effect is it helps burn fat.
  2. Omega 3 Fatty AcidsOmega 3 is a great all-around supplement. It’s good for your skin, hair, blood, heart and yes, even your brain. If fish is not a regular part of your diet, consider supplementing this nutrient. Unlike omega 6 and omega 9 fatty acids, Omega 3 is not produced by the body and your brain is 8% Omega 3 fatty acids. It is the building block for roughly 100 billion neurons. The DHA and EPA in Omega 3 assists the brain in many ways including, function and protection from neuroinflammation and oxidative damage. If you don’t eat fish and/or you’re a vegetarian, flax seed oil is a great alternative source.
  3. Phosphatidylserine (PS) PS comes from an unusual array of foods. Bovine brain, Atlantic mackerel, chicken heart and chicken liver to name a few. Most PS supplements are derived from soy or cabbage. PS provides nutrition for the maintenance of cellular functions, primarily in the brain. Studies have shown that PS can improve memory function in the elderly. Although it’s not as common of a supplement as omega 3 fatty acids, it’s definitely worth considering.
  4. Dimethylethanolamine (DMAE) – DMAE is a classic brain supplement and inexpensive. The best food sources are sardines and anchovies. DMAE supports healthy levels of acetylcholine in the brain, which plays a crucial role in higher cognitive functions such as memory and learning. Therefore, DMAE may be helpful in maintaining healthy memory and cognitive capacity. It has also been shown to support healthy energy levels.
  5. Ginkgo Biloba - This herb is extracted from the fan-shaped leaves of the ancient ginkgo biloba tree, a species that has survived in China for more than 200 million years. It assists blood flow to the brain and to the arms and legs by regulating the tone and elasticity of blood vessels, from the largest arteries to the tiniest capillaries. Studies show that Ginkgo Biloba is effective for treating BPSD, behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.5

 

There are a handful of others like bacopa monnieri, s-adenosyl methionine and rhodiola rosea, but they tend to be harder to find and the list above is plenty thorough. Please keep in mind (pardon the pun) that brain nutrition is not everything. Just like the rest of your body, brain exercise is also a key component. Play chess and soduko. Learn a new language. Learn new math or in my case, relearn math you have forgotten. Read! Just like cross training, keep that brain working in ways that are new.

 

One last shameless plug. The nutrients mentioned in this article , other than Omega 3, can all be found in Healthy Brain, a supplement sold by Supplement Spot.

 

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References:

  1. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/6/1738.abstract
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28822835
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3262608/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2966935/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28931444

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6 Key Nutrients for Vegetarians and Vegans

 

There are obvious benefits to having a vegetarian or vegan diet other than one’s moral standard of eating animals. Weight maintenance is easier, cholesterol control is much more manageable and you’re less apt to suffer from diabetes and heart disease. But a vegetarian or vegan diet can mean you’re missing some key nutrients that keeps your body balanced and well-tuned for optimum health. Here are some common nutritional shortcomings and how to overcome them.

  1. Vitamin B12 – B12 is primarily an animal sourced nutrient and is the number one supplement for vegans. Vitamin B12 is good for a whole host of body functions such as; immune function, brain health, cardiovascular health, metabolism and calcium absorption to name a few. Foods that carry a certain amount of Vitamin B12 is dairy (milk, cheese and yogurt), eggs, nondairy milk and cereals. If these foods aren’t part of your regular diet, supplementation should be considered. We carry a sublingual Vitamin B12 that absorbs quickly.
  2. Omega 3 Fatty AcidsOmega 3s primary source comes from fish and unlike Omega 6 and 9, it is not naturally produced by the body. Omega 3 is considered by many to be as important as a well-rounded multivitamin. It’s great for your joints, blood, brain, skin, hair and even insulin. Chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts are decent vegetarian sources and despite what you might’ve heard, tofu and soybeans are not. They just lack the potency. Flax Seed Oil is an excellent supplement for a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
  3. Calcium – This pertains more to vegans, who do not consume dairy products, more than vegetarians. Healthy calcium levels become more and more important as we age. Calcium is not just for healthy bones. It’s the most abundant mineral in our body and it assists in the transmission of nerve impulses, promotes healthy blood clotting and assists in the production of hormones. Nondairy foods to consider are collards, kale and broccoli. Strangely enough, spinach is not a source of absorbable calcium. The recommended daily consumption is 1000 mg. Calcium is definitely a supplement vegans, vegetarians and even meat eaters should consider.
  4. Iron – There are two forms of iron: heme and non-heme. Heme Iron is the better absorbed iron and it’s mostly found in meats. The iron in vegetables are almost entirely non-heme. That doesn’t mean non-heme iron can’t be absorbed. It’s just less likely. Foods rich in vitamin C will help the absorption of veggies rich in non-heme iron if you insist in not supplementing.
  5. Protein – The first question most carnivores ask their veggie friends is where they get their protein. This is a laughable question to most veteran vegetarians but to the newbie, it’s good to know your alternative sources of protein. There are many but the top sources are chia seeds, soy beans, spinach, quinoa and beans. Eggs are the obvious source for the vegetarian. Not so much for the vegan.
  6. Vitamin D – And why not? It’s truly the best vitamin in the cosmos. If you get plenty of sun, then you need not worry. If you live in a cubicle like so many do, supplementing Vitamin D should be considered. But this poses a new problem for vegans. Most vitamin D supplements are Vitamin D3 which is derived from an animal source. Vitamin D2 is a source preferred by diehard vegans since it’s non-animal sourced but it’s derived by radiating fungus. It gets worse. Vitamin D2 is half the potency yet has more toxicity. Unlike Vitamin D3, it is foreign to the human body. In Fact, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that vitamin D2 should no longer be regarded as a nutrient appropriate for supplementation or fortification of foods. So all you vegans out there, go enjoy the outdoors sunblock free. But don’t get sunburned. That is not fun!

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Supplement Spot’s Biggest Health Trends

Supplement Spot’s Biggest Health Trends


We have been watching health trends for some time. One reason we do is that it helps us provide the latest products that help you improve your life.  Health and wellness are important to many Americans who spend considerable time and energy toward a healthy lifestyle.  We are pleased that vitamins and supplements are part of that healthy lifestyle.

Millennials are leading the way in consumer health trends against sugar, fatty foods, and better food labeling.

Here is our list of the top health trends in 2017

  1. “The trendiest diet since paleo, Keto is one of the most-searched wellness trends and dozens of keto Instagram accounts, cookbooks, and podcasts are now starting to emerge. While plant-based diets are still beloved and going strong, people are intrigued by the potential neurological benefits of this high-fat, low-sugar diet that has been used as an effective treatment for epilepsy since the 1920s and is now being studied as a therapy option for conditions like Alzheimer's and autism.” Mindbody.com.
  2. People are seeing the need for greater recovery after a hard workout. Here are a few methods to help you recover; get plenty of sleep, schedule 24 hours between workouts, hydrate, and get nutrients back in your body.  Nutrition and supplements can be a part of your recovery process. HMB from Supplement spot as well as Amino Complex comprised of 18 free-form amino acids, vitamin B6 and certain digestive enzymes. Amino Complex supports healthy appetite, brain function and healthy mood, helps in antibody formation, assists in cell and tissue building, and builds the nucleoproteins RNA and DNA
  3. Probiotics continue to be a hot topic with those seeking a healthy life. Yogurt does not give you the therapeutic dose needed.  Probiotics contain live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system.  Supplement Spot’s Nondairy Probiotic 50+ contains 9 species of microorganisms from non-dairy sources.  Because each strain has an affinity for a different part of the digestive tract and a unique mechanism of action, a product that delivers multiple strains is preferable to single strain products. Research breakthrough offers hope for probiotics.
  4. Vision health is getting much more attention these days as well. Recent and emerging research is making a clear connection between eye health and nutritional choices.  Whether it be through diet alone or by nutritional supplements, the following nutrients can play a vital role in maintaining and retaining your vision. Bilbery Extract, Vitamin E, as well as Lutein are all good for helping support eye health.Your eyes play an important role in mobility, function, and enjoyment in life. For this reason, it is important to maintain good ocular health. Ocular nutrition is an important part of helping maintain our vision and eye health as we age. One can safely say that every part of the human eye needs ocular nutrition to support eye health. Ocular Essentials does just.
  5. The term “wellness” is continuing to grow.  More and more employers are offering wellness programs and most healthcare providers are providing wellness services. Wellness at its core involves the individual making life choices oriented toward healthy living. Some examples of that are smarter food choices, walking, drinking more water, meditation, going to church, volunteering, and anything that changes your life for the better.

Sources:
Webmd.com
Todd Runestad
Mensfitness.com, Jon-Erik Kawamot


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Although Supplement Spot will refund all unsatisfied customers, results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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Heat Stress Is a Leading Cause of Summer Illness

 

Heat stress is a signal that says the body is having difficulty maintaining its narrow temperature range.  The heart pumps faster, blood is diverted from internal organs to the skin, breathing rate increases, and sweating increases, all in an attempt to transfer more heat to the outside air and cool the skin by the evaporation of sweat.  If the body cannot keep up, then the person suffers effects ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion, and finally to heat stroke.  The next stage is most often fainting and even death if the person is not cooled down.  The major heat stress injuries and illnesses range from heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and then heat stroke.

The most serious heat-related problem is heat stroke, which is life threatening.  Heat stroke occurs when the core temperature rises so high that the body’s normal cooling mechanism ceases to function.  In effect, the brain gives up and stops doing the things it normally does to maintain body temperature at a constant level.
Heat exhaustion occurs most often when you are exposed to high temperatures and become dehydrated, usually from not drinking enough fluids. It can also happen when you replace large volumes of sweat with fluids that do not contain enough salt.

University of Maryland Study on Heat Exhaustion


Symptoms of Heat Stroke:

  • Very high body temperature
  • Red, hot, dry skin (no sweating)
  • Dry swollen tongue
  • Rapid pulse
  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness, confusion and nausea
  • Collapse
  • Eventual unconsciousness

Are There Supplements That Can Help?

Supplements are not a cure for heat stroke, but there are many medical professionals who have identified supplements that can help.  Always drink plenty of water.

  • Vitamin C helps boost the immune system.  Our Vitamin C is derived from corn.  This high potency Sustained Release Vitamin C 1,000mg is designed to provide all the benefits of Vitamin C in a form that extends the release in the body.  “Vitamin C has been shown to help patients better acclimate to hot and humid temperatures when taken over time.” source: Ringsdorff.  “ Joe Miller
  • Dr. Rhonda Patrick also suggests a regiment of Vitamin D.
  • These vitamins are recommended for summer. Vitamin A; there is some evidence to suggest that vitamin A may prevent skin cancer when taken as a daily supplement.  Vitamin E helps protects your skin from damage during the hot months of summer.  It can also be used for helping to increase physical endurance and muscle strength.

Additional study on The Effect of Exercise and Heat on Vitamin Requirements

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Why Is Skin Health So Important?

Everyone wants to have attractive skin.  However, many people in today’s society think tanning gives their skin a “healthy glow.”  These same people may undergo surgeries and spend a lot of time in the sun to achieve that look, none of which is good for your skin.  There are many effective and safe ways to have a healthy look, which do not include damaging your skin.  Our skin is the largest organ, and it plays an important part in defending our bodies against infections, so keeping our skin healthy is vital to our overall body health. 

“Vitamins, carotenoids, tocopherols, flavonoids and a variety of plant extracts have been reported to possess potent anti-oxidant properties and have been widely used in the skin care industry either as topically applied agents or oral supplements in an attempt to prolong youthful skin appearance.”  According to a report from Dermato-endocrinology- Source

Mary Sullivan, RN, co-founder of Olympian Labs states that; “When combined with a good diet, the right dietary supplements can help keep your skin looking not only healthy, but also years younger."

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)Recommends

Vitamins C, D, E, A, K, and B complex can all help improve skin health. Vitamins C and E. Among the most important new dermatologic discoveries is the power of vitamins to counter the effects of sun exposure.

Among the most important new dermatologic discoveries is the power of vitamin C to counter the effects of sun exposure. It works by reducing the damage caused by free radicals, a harmful byproduct of sunlight, smoke, and pollution. Free radicals gobble up collagen and elastin, the fibers that support skin structure, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging; according to MedicienNet.com


Supplements That Support Skin Health

Omega-3 has long been one of the best supplements to take for healthy skin. This fatty acid is able to revitalize dry skin from the inside.

Taking vitamin D3 will boost skin cell growth, which will help regenerate dead skin cells.

Oxidative stress is one of the primary causes of skin damage. One of the best ways to fight back against it is with milk thistle. It is able to inhibit both oxidative stress and free radical damage.

Advanced Retinol A Cream is a richly textured and quickly absorbed elegant face and body cream that works continuously to give you firmer, smoother and healthier skin.

Oregon State University study on Vitamin A and Skin Health


Actions That Hurt Your Skin

• Smoking and Drinking
• The sun is the biggest cause of skin damage, says FaramarzSamie, MD, PhD, director of Mohs Surgery and vice chair of the department of dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
• Leaving your makeup on when you go to bed
• Dehydration
• Lack of sleep - Getting 8 hours of sleep is good.  During sleep, your skin refreshes itself, clears out pores and replaces the upper layer with fresh skin-cells.
• What you eat effects your skin.
“The World Health Organization now places people who use ultraviolet tanning beds in its highest cancer risk category. If it’s vitamin D you’re after, tanning beds are not a good choice. “ (Harvard Medical School Study)


Other Interesting articles

Twins and skin study
The Suns Effects on Skin
Discovering the link between nutrition and skin aging

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Spring Is Here And So Are Allergies

 

What Are Some Of The Causes Of Allergies?

Now that the weather is turning toward spring, many of us must prepare to manage our allergies.  The spring weather will entice people outdoors to face one of the season’s biggest problems—pollen.  A study by NIH MedlikenPlus provides very good information about some of the causes of seasonal allergies.  “The key to surviving spring allergies is knowing what triggers your symptoms," Dr. James Sublett, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, said in a college news release.  "Because there can be millions of pollen particles in the air, finding allergy relief can seem nearly impossible for some.  But by knowing what triggers your allergy symptoms and how to avoid these allergens, you can be on your way to a sneeze-free season," he said.

Many think that allergies are caused, or triggered, only by pollen.

According to WebMD.com, there are dozens of triggers.  “Many people call it ‘hay fever,’ but pollen from many different plants can trigger an allergy.  Symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, and itchy and watery eyes. Dust Mites; these critters are so tiny you can’t see them without a microscope. Symptoms are like those caused by a pollen allergy, but they often happen year-round instead of just during certain seasons.Molds are tiny fungi with spores that float in the air like pollen. They thrive in damp areas such as basements or bathrooms and in piles of leaves or grass.You might react to the proteins from oil glands in an animal's skin or proteins from an animal's saliva.”

What Are Some Common Seasonal Allergy Symptoms?

  • Hives
  • Itchy eyes and skin
  • Flushing
  • Belly pain, nausea, vomiting
  • Swelling in the mouth, throat, hands, and feet
  • Feeling light headed or passing out
  • One of the best ways to reduce the chance of allergies is to maintain a strong immune system.

Source WebMs.com

Can Supplements Help Offer Support During Allergy Season?


One way to help reduce the possibility of allergies is to maintain a strong immune system. Beta Glucan is a powerful immune stimulator, activating the macrophages in the immune system. Studies have found that this product not only has a positive effect on the macrophages, but also on B lymphocytes, natural killer cells, and suppressor T cells. In addition to these important functions, Beta Glucan is an effective antioxidant and free radical scavenger.*

One product you might try is our Maximum Beta Glucan


Magnesium may ease breathing. This mineral helps relieve constricted airways in the lungs. Magnesium is essential for hundreds of chemical reactions in the body. It functions as a coenzyme (participating in over 300 enzymatic reactions!) for proper function of nerves and muscles, formation of bones, and energy metabolism.  It also may help support healthy blood pressure levels and healthy cholesterol levels.

Try one of our Chelated Magnesium or Magnesium Life Extension Brand


Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids. “Allergens cause certain cells in the body to produce histamine, which is responsible for common seasonal complaints like tearing, excess mucus and a runny nose.” according to NatahaTuirner, ND in an article on chateline.com.  Bioflavonoids are water-soluble plant pigments.  They are naturally occurring chemical compounds that are important to maintaining optimal health. A scientist named Albert Szent-Gyorgi who called them "vitamin P,” discovered them in 1936.  Since then, over 4000 bioflavonoids have been identified and scientists believe that many more will be discovered in the future.

Try our Vitamin C, Buffered product

For additional research on this topic, here is a link to a good article.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Although results may vary and are not guaranteed, Supplement Spot will refund all unsatisfied customers.

 

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Vitamin Angels - A Worthy Cause

 

 

Looking for a good cause to donate to this tax season?  Consider the wonderful works of Vitamin Angels.

 

Vitamin Angels helps at-risk populations in need - specifically pregnant women, new mothers, and children under five - gain access to life changing vitamins and minerals.

The mission of Vitamin Angels is to mobilize and deploy private sector resources to advance availability, access and use of micronutrients by newborns, infants and children in need. Vitamin Angels reduces child mortality worldwide by connecting essential micronutrients with infants and children under five.

Over two billion people worldwide are deficient in essential nutrients. Essential multiple micronutrients, or multivitamins, reduce the effects of undernutrition and malnutrition in children under five. Vitamin Angels' program offers infants and children the nutrients they need to grow up healthy, increasing their potential for educational and economic achievement.

Every year, around 51 million additional children are affected by malnutrition or undernutrition. Vitamin Angels gives children under five the vital first step to excel physically and cognitively, rather than simply survive their key developmental years. In addition, they provide essential nutrients to new and expecting mothers, increasing the health of both mother and child.

A panel of world-class economists assembled by the Copenhagen Consensus recently analyzed cost-effective solutions to the world’s ten biggest challenges. The result? Micronutrient supplementation ranked as the #1 global priority.

To donate click here

Vitamin Angels is a tax-exempt charity under the Tax ID Number 77-0485881.

 

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