Posts Tagged ‘Supplements’

Restrictions on Food Supplements are Based on Misinformation

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 16, 2012

Restrictions on Food Supplements are Based on Misinformation

An alert from Europe to the rest of the world

by Gert Schuitemaker, PhD

Introduction: “It can’t happen here” qualifies for top placement on the all-time list of famous last words. The United States still has, for now, over-the-counter access to nutritional supplements. But no one who reads newspapers, watches televised news, or leafs through a magazine can miss the preponderance of negative reporting on vitamins. As OMNS continues to counter such misinformation (this issue is the 145th), we take a look at the real “risks” of dietary supplements. Readers may wish to keep in mind what Dr. Abram Hoffer famously said: “All attacks on supplement safety are really attacks on supplement efficacy.” If supplements are vilified, they can be made prescription. If they are prescription, costs will go up and access will vanish. – Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS Oct 16, 2012) A recent study explains that the risk of mortality from taking food supplements is far lower than other risks like smoking, pharmaceutical adverse drug reactions, cancer, and even dying from a lightning strike. [1] This important new information is relevant to recent food regulations in the European Union (EU) that are supposed to make commercially sold food supplements safer. The study shows the belief that food supplements are dangerous is mistaken.

The Codex Alimentarius was established In 1963 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and later the World Trade Organization (WTO) as an international standard, with guidelines and codes of practice for the sale of food products, including food supplements.[2] In the natural health community, the Codex is considered a threat to freedom of choice and purchase of food supplements because it stipulates what doses of supplements can be sold and what wording may be used in advertising and packaging.

The Codex has not been adopted by the United States, but within the EU, it was signed into law in 2002 with the adoption of the European Food Supplements Directive. This set of regulations restricts the free choice of consumers when purchasing food supplements. To more fully appreciate this issue, it should be understood that compared to the United States, the EU is highly socialized and regulated. Acceptance of such rigid legislation by policy makers and politicians is easier in Europe than on the other side of the Atlantic. But giant food corporations are lobbying for similar limitations in the USA. Thus, the Codex Alimentarius and the EU legislation are considered a likely template for exporting this type of food regulation to the rest in the world.

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About Vitamin C

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) Supports hair and nail growth by improving circulation.
It might be useful in treating dandruff and thus may aid in preventing hair loss.

The benefits of vitamin C are vast, many help you be optimally healthy and thus preventing hair loss.

Vitamin C is one of the most well-known vitamins. It plays an important role as an anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger, it also is an effective antiviral agent.

The primary function of vitamin C is to assist in the production of collagen, although it is rapidly becoming identified as a key player in detoxifying the body from foreign substances. Although there is somewhat limited documentation, other reported uses of vitamin C are healing wounds and burns, accelerate healing after surgery, decreasing blood cholesterol, reduce blood clotting, offer protection against cancer agents, and extend life.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, i.e. it is not stored in the body fat, it must be regularly replenished and is commonly found in fresh fruits, especially in the citrus family that is dominated by oranges, lemons, limes, and tangerines also in green leafy vegetables.

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Collectively, vitamins assist in the formation of a wide spectrum of biochemicals including hormones, enzymes, proteins, neurotransmitters, and the genetic materials RNA and DNA. Soluble ascorbic acid is contained in the watery parts of fruits and vegetables and represents one of the least chemically stable molecules in the vitamin family.

Ascorbic acid is a weak acid, easily destroyed by mild alkali solutions such as baking soda. Once ingested, vitamin C is readily absorbed by the intestines and continues its journey through the watery components tissues that make up the human body, helping to build collagen protein while doubling as an antioxidant along the way.

In its natural state, ascorbic acid appears in the form of a white to yellowish crystal or powder. The chemical name ascorbic acid refers to L-ascorbic acid, the levorotatory isomer, and has been widely synthesized as a supplement or food additive.

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About Lithium

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Lithium

About 10-20mg of lithium per day may help support signal-carrying pathways in the brain, and protect and revitalize brain cells which can promote improvement in mood.

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Lithium is an alkali metal in the same family as sodium and potassium. In low doses (much less than those used to treat depression), lithium has anti-aging effects. It protects brain cells from damage from excitotoxins like glutamate, inhibits beta-amlyloid secretion (a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease), and increases human brain grey matter, among other things. Lithium makes uric acid more soluble so it doesn’t crystallize into painful “needles” and cause gout. And it inhibits reproduction of viruses—herpes simplex, adenovirus (cold), and measles viruses.

Dr. Donald Miller

 

You could get it via Lithium Aspartate or Lithium Orotate:
Lithate (lithium aspartate) – 20 mg/day of elemental lithium
Lithium Orotate, pill or powder (topical use)

 

Sources:

http://www.easycart.net/cgi-bin/BeyondACenturyInc./search.cgi

http://www.iherb.com/Search?kw=Lithium

 

About Iodine

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Iodine is essential,

I have hundreds of documents on iodine by about 10 different doctors that I will share here… so make sure you come back, I’m always adding content!  If you can’t wait email me a specific request or question.

I currently take 30-40 mg of iodine a day, with no side effects (i.e. detox symptoms)

You gotta research iodine well before you start taking it.

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Iodine taken in doses 100 times the RDA (100-150 micrograms/day) has important extrathyroidal benefits. These include its role as an antioxidant, in preventing and treating fibrocystic disease of the breast, and in preventing and treating cancer. In the right dose, iodine helps keep the immune system healthy, and it provides antiseptic mucosal defense in the mouth, stomach, and vagina. People who take iodine in milligram doses say that they feel healthier, have a sense of well being and increased energy.

Dr. Donald Miller

chelation, thyroid, detox, cancer, diet, midwest, brownstien, blaylock, toxicity, goiters, hashimotos, t3, t4

Iodine – 12.5 mg/day — two drops of 5% Lugol’s solution (5 cents/day) or one Iodoral tablet (26 cents/day)

 

This linke: http://curezone.com/forums/f.asp?f=815 will take you to the Iodine Supplementation Support Forum

About Vitamin D

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Vitamin D3 – 25-hydroxyvitamin D

Called the “master key to optimum health,” vitamin D controls the expression of more than 1,000 genes throughout the body, notably in the immune system, in endothelial cells lining blood vessels, pancreatic beta cells, and brain neurons. Genes that vitamin D express prevent influenza and treat tuberculosis, strengthen muscles, prevent common cancers (and possibly suppress metastasizes), and prevent autoimmune diseases.

Vitamin D also expresses genes that blunt the immune system-mediated inflammatory response that propagates atherosclerosis and congestive heart failure.

For most people the dose needed to reach an optimal vitamin D blood level (25-hydroxyvitamin D) of 50 ng/ml is 5,000 IU/day, ten times the government’s recommended dietary allowance (RDA). People with cancer, chronic illness, and neurodegenerative diseases should take sufficient vitamin D to attain a level of 80 ng/ml (which requires 8,000-10,000 IU/day).

Dr. Donald Miller

– 5,000 IU/day, 1 tablet (6 cents/day)

To add: cofactors, K2 and A

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On Vitamin D – Dr. Plotnikoff

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Below is a collection of youtube videos by Dr. Plotnikoff on vitamin D

1- Vitamin D Supports Cancer Patients and Overall Health
Dr. Plotnikoff provides key insights into significant benefits of Vitamin D for cancer patients and anyone else supporting their health

2- Vitamin D: What future research is needed?
Vitamin D: New Dietary Intake Recommendations and Emerging Health Effects | Round Table Discussion
Patsy M. Brannon, Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, USA.
Gregory A. Plotnikoff, Allina Center for Health Care Innovation, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, USA.
A discussion from the Hot Topic Symposia presented at the 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

http://annualmeeting.aocs.org

http://www.aocs.org

3- Vitamin D levels in patients seen in clinics: Effects of normalizing vitamin D levels
Vitamin D: New Dietary Intake Recommendations and Emerging Health Effects | Round Table Discussion
Gregory A. Plotnikoff, Allina Center for Health Care Innovation, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, USA.
A discussion from the Hot Topic Symposia presented at the 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

http://annualmeeting.aocs.org

http://www.aocs.org

4- Is vitamin D under-prescribed clinically?
Vitamin D: New Dietary Intake Recommendations and Emerging Health Effects | Round Table Discussion
Gregory A. Plotnikoff, Allina Center for Health Care Innovation, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, USA.
A discussion from the Hot Topic Symposia presented at the 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo.

http://annualmeeting.aocs.org

http://www.aocs.org

Green / White Tea Extracts Supplements

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Green or White tea extracts are powerful antioxidants and anti inflammation

These are some ideas, let’s start with my favorite:
New Chapter, Green and White Tea Force

New Chapter, Organics, Green & White Tea Force from iHerb or from vitacost:
http://www.vitacost.com/New-Chapter-Green-White-Tea or from Swansons: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/NWC034/ItemDetail?n=0

White/green tea extract 2x500mg/d [some is in EIF; subtract it from above amount and take whatever additional is needed]

Another option is, Green tea phytosomes such as this: Thorne Research, Green Tea Phytosome, 60 Veggie Caps

Other green tea or EGCg supplements (non-organic):

Now Foods, EGCg, Green Tea Extract, 400 mg, 180 Vcaps

Jarrow Formulas, Green Tea, 500 mg, 100 Capsules (more…)

Cilantro Supplements

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

These are some Cilantro supplements

Cilantro http://www.swansonvitamins.com/SW1112/ItemDetail?n=0
http://www.iherb.com/Herb-Pharm-Cilantro-1-fl-oz-29-6-ml/9795?at=0&rcode=ZAG620
http://www.iherb.com/Planetary-Herbals-Cilantro-Heavy-Metal-Detox-with-Chlorella-4-fl-oz-118-28-ml/20830?at=0&rcode=ZAG620
http://www.iherb.com/North-American-Herb-Spice-Co-Pure-Essence-of-Cilantro-12-fl-oz-355-ml/11041?at=0&rcode=ZAG620

Broccoli Supplements

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Broccoli supplements I like:

1- Broccoli extract, SWR035

Swanson GreenFoods Formulas – Extra-Strength Broccoli w/Glucosinolates.
“Give your body the protective benefits of the natural phytonutrients in broccoli with our ExtraStrength Broccoli Extract. Broccoli contains natural antioxidant phytonutrients known as glucosinolates, which provide powerful free- radical protection for the cardiovascular system and for cells and tissues throughout the body. Our Extra-Strength Broccoli Extract gives you a highly concentrated source of antioxidant glucosinolates. It features a state-of-the-art mature broccoli extract called BroccoSinolate which is standardized to deliver a minimum of 4% total glucosinates for guaranteed antioxidant potency in every capsule. No other broccoli supplement on the market can match the glucosinolate content of this high-powered extract.”

2 – Broccoli Seeds, 4 oz (113 g) Now Foods
Description

* Potent Phytonutrient Source
* For Sprouting

Researchers have recently discovered a number of exciting phytonutrients with amazing health protecting properties. One phytonutrient derived from broccoli is Sulforaphane. Researchers have determined that broccoli sprouts contain a much greater Sulforaphane potential than broccoli florets. Enjoy these sprouts regularly.

These seeds are specially selected, tested and stored for high germination sprouting use. For best results, store the seeds in a dry (but not refrigerated) place.
Suggested Use

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About Selenium

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Selenium and Methylselenocysteine

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that is essential for life. It is also a toxic metal when consumed in excess. Selenium is required to activate various key enzymes, including the antioxidant glutathione peroxidase, the metabolic enzyme thioredoxin reductase, and the thyroid-hormone-activating enzyme iodothyronine deiodinase. Food sources of selenium include brazil nuts, yeast, whole grains and seafood. Selenium content of food is dependent on selenium content in the soil and both are highly variable.
Selenium: The Anticancer Mineral

Epidemological studies recognized a connection between cancer incidence and low levels of selenium in the blood as early as 1969. Researchers noted that breast cancer rates were low in areas where selenium levels in the soil and food were high and high in areas where selenium levels were low. The same correlation was found between death rates and selenium levels. Similar correlations were subsequently found in animal studies.
Helps in treatment and prevention of dandruff. Necessary for healthy hair and nails. May also increase the elastic youthfulness of the skin and be helpful in removing age spots. When ingested in the natural algae form of selenomethionine, skin cancer incidence from ultraviolet light may also be reduced.
Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element that functions as a component of enzymes involved in antioxidant protection and thyroid hormone metabolism. In several intra- and extra-cellular glutathione peroxidases, iodothyronine 5н-deiodinases, and in thioredoxin reductase, selenium is located at the active centers as the selenoamino acid, selenocysteine (SeCYS). At least two other proteins of unknown function also contain SeCYS. Although SeCYS is an important dietary form, it is not directly incorporated into these specific selenium-proteins; instead, a co-translational process yields tRNA-bound SeCYS. In contrast, selenium as seleno-methionine is incorporated non-specifically into many proteins, as it competes with methionine in general protein synthesis. Therefore, tissues often contain both specific, as well as the nonspecific, selenium-containing proteins when both SeCYS and selenomethionine are consumed, as found in many foods.

IMPORTANCE: A major antioxidant nutrient, protects cell membranes and prevents free radical generation thereby decreasing the risk of cancer and disease of the heart and blood vessels. Medical surveys show that increased selenium intake decreases the risk of breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer. Selenium also preserves tissue elasticity; slows down the aging and hardening of tissues through oxidation; helps in the treatment and prevention of dandruff.

Deficiencies: Selenium deprivation reduces activities of the selenium-dependent enzymes. The signs in animals depend upon vitamin E status and appear only when both nutrients are limiting. They vary according to species. For example, selenium- and vitamin E-deficient animals show myopathies of skeletal (e.g., sheep, cow, horse), cardiac (pig) or smooth (dog, cow) muscle; hepatic necrosis (rat, pig); increased capillary permeability (chicken); or pancreatic acinar degeneration (chicken). Characteristic signs of selenium deficiency have not been described in humans, but very low selenium status is a factor in the etiologies of a juvenile cardiomyopathy (Keshan Disease) and a chondrodystrophy (Kashin-Beck Disease) that occur in selenium-deficient regions of China. May result in premature aging, heart disease, dandruff, loose skin.

Diet recommendations: The Recommended Dietary Allowances are in µg/day: 0-0.5 yrs, 10; 0.5-1.0 yrs, 15; 1-6 yrs, 20; 7-10 yrs, 30; males 11-14 yrs, 40; females 11-14 yrs, 45; males and females 15-18 yrs, 50; adult males, 70; adult females, 55; pregnancy, 65; and lactation, 75.

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