Eating the right amount of all kinds of vitamins and minerals is vital for healthy living, but it can be difficult to get a hang of which foods to eat, especially for people who prefer a plant-based diet. Surrey residents can find food-based sources of vitamins with their local Organic Grocer and start living healthier today.
Vitamin A is important for several reasons; it plays a role in maintaining a healthy immune system, and most famously it benefits our vision. A healthy amount of vitamin A in your diet can help keep your eyes sharp by strengthening the retina and the cornea. Sweet potatoes are the most ideal source of vitamin A, but carrots are well known for vitamin A as well. Other sources include spinach, cantaloupe, mangoes, and black-eyed peas. In fact, most dark colored vegetables contain vitamin A
Vitamin B6 is beneficial to your metabolism, blood health, and your immune system. It is actually a combined name for 6 different compounds that work together. The best sources for vitamin B6 are fish and organ meats such as liver, but vegetarians don’t have to worry – chickpeas, bananas, and potatoes also contain a good amount. B6 is also found in many multi-vitamin supplements and B complexes.
Many people with a plant-based diet consider vitamin B12 their arch nemesis because it isn’t found in any non-fortified plant-based foods. B12 keeps the nervous system functioning properly as well as helping in the creation of red blood cells and DNA. Some of the foods with the most B12 are clams, liver, trout, and other fish, eggs, and beef. Vegans and vegetarians should eat fortified cereals, drink fortified plant milk (such as almond or soy), or invest in some vitamin supplements. B12 is vital and can be difficult to get in large quantities, so vitamin supplements aren’t a bad idea even for omnivores.
Vitamin C is well known due to its association with the common cold and the flu. It also plays a role in the creation of collagen, which is vital for healthy, plump, young-looking skin and strong joints. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. The best source of vitamin C isn’t the orange, believe it or not, but red peppers. Oranges come in second place, followed by other foods such as kiwis, grapefruit, broccoli, strawberries, and brussel sprouts. If you struggle to reach the daily recommended dose, there are a dizzying array of Vitamin C supplements – ask the staff at your local health food store to explain your options.
Vitamin D (and calcium)
Vitamin D and calcium are a vitamin-mineral pair that work together. Calcium makes up a good part of your bones and teeth, as well as aiding in hormone secretion. Vitamin D helps our bodies absorb calcium properly and helps our immune systems, and also participates in the growth and maintenance of bones.
Calcium is found in dairy, but the best sources are actually kale, cabbage, and broccoli. When trying to rebuild bones in situations such as osteoporosis or a break, it’s hard to get sufficient amounts of calcium from our diet. In cases like these, a good quality supplement is really important. Vitamin D is mostly found in fish oil, fish, and eggs. We also produce some vitamin D simply by standing in the sun with exposed skin. Multivitamins often have low doses of calcium and vitamin D in them.
With a varied and healthy diet full of vegetables, you may not need supplements, but it never hurts to be safe when dealing with your health and well being.
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Berberine comes from several different plants, most commonly in shrubs from the berberis family, thus the name. It has been used for thousands of years for general health, especially in Chinese medicine. It is good for helping with many ailments because it can affect change at the molecular level. It is one of the few supplements that has been proven in studies to be as effective as drugs. And it has so many benefits!
A placebo-controlled study provided the first evidence that berberine is a valuable supplement for diabetes and cardiovascular health. Berberine was shown to lower blood glucose, HbA1c (the best measure of long-term blood sugar and diabetes control), triglycerides, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol significantly better than a placebo in people with type 2 diabetes.
When type 2 diabetics were given either berberine or the diabetes drug metformin, the berberine was equally effective for blood glucose, HbA1c and insulin. Berberine had an advantage over the drug, though, because it also lowered cholesterol and triglycerides. The study also found that adding the same dose of berberine to the treatment of people whose type 2 diabetes was not being adequately managed by drugs significantly lowered blood glucose, HbA1c, triglycerides, total cholesterol and the harmful LDL cholesterol. This means that overall, berberine was effective enough to help lower blood sugar levels all on its own.
There have been many studies done where Berberine’s effectiveness was similar to conventional drugs. It has been shown to significantly lower fasting blood glucose levels, insulin, triglycerides and HbA1c in type 2 diabetics. It can also help to reverse high blood sugar in people who are considered pre-diabetic. This means it can help adults who are found in blood tests to have high triglycerides or blood sugar at the warning stage. There is nothing more alarming than the doctor telling you the blood sugar levels are creeping up and warning that you need to take steps now or risk medical interventions. A pill or more a day, or worse, needles. And either way, blood sugar monitoring. Taking Preferred Nutrition Berberine may be able to help at this crucial ‘warning stage’.
Studies have not only shown that Berberine was as effective as drugs for diabetes, but also that it may be equal to drugs for lowering total and LDL cholesterol and superior to drugs for lowering triglycerides and raising the heart-healthy HDL cholesterol. It also found that berberine is superior to placebos for high blood pressure. Furthermore, Berberine has also been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of arrhythmias and heart failure. Adding Berberine to conventional treatment of congestive heart failure has been shown to significantly improve the results and help to turn things around, in conjunction with other lifestyle changes.
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You buy a probiotic thinking that it will have an impact on how you feel. But when you start taking it, you feel nothing. Or worse, you feel more bloated and your digestion feels funnier than when you started. Here’s how to troubleshoot why your probiotic may not be working, and how to find a probiotic that will.
Probiotics can improve your health1. But if your probiotic isn’t working for you, it could be because of one (or more) of these reasons:
1. It contains allergens
If you have digestive issues, you may have food sensitivities, too. Look for a probiotic that’s free of the top eight allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.
2. It’s not the right probiotic for you
Your gut contains thousands of different species of probiotic bacteria, so you’ll likely benefit from a variety of strains. In 75% of the cases that evaluated multi vs. individual species formulas, the multi-strain formula worked better!
3. The bacteria aren’t alive
To feel a benefit, your probiotics must be living! Look for a probiotic with a guaranteed CFU at expiry, which indicates the bacteria guaranteed to be living by the time the probiotic expires.
4. The bacteria aren’t getting to your gut
Your probiotics must make it through your stomach acid and reach your gut alive.Look for a probiotic encapsulated in a delayed-release capsule that will get them there.
5. It doesn’t contain balanced strains
If your multi-strain doesn’t feel like it’s doing a good job, it could be because the strains aren’t balanced. Look for a probiotic that lists all strains and their amounts on the label.
Genuine Health spent a lot of time creating advanced gut health probiotics so they would make a difference in how you feel:
Crafted with 15 balanced strains of probiotic bacteria with an ample CFU
Strains are triple cleaned to ensure that only the heartiest remain
Encapsulated in a delayed-release, plastic-free capsule that’s been shown to deliver up to 10x the bacteria to the gut
Shelf stable and packed in a humidity-resistant blister pack
Vegan and free of allergens like gluten, wheat,dairy, nuts, fish, eggs and sulphites
1Taibi, et al. Practical approaches to probiotics use. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2014 Aug;39(8):980-6
Probiotics can help seed your gut with healthy and hearty bacteria that benefit you in so many ways – from helping your digestion to bolstering your immune system. Let these 6 factors be your guide in selecting a quality probiotic:
Curcumin is quickly becoming a household name and noted to be one of the more potent anti-inflammatory agents among the natural therapies. We hear about its application in the treatment of Alzheimer’s,depression, colitis, Crohn’s, arthritis, injuries, hypertension,hypercholesterolemia and so much more. Despite its effectiveness for some people and some conditions, lack of reliability or consistent results is an ongoing problem even for long term users. So is this hit and miss miracle from nature supported by research?
One main reason curcumin can be applied with reasonable effect to treat many of these conditions is inflammation is a fundamental process or chemistry that is common to most if not every disease we face. This includes diseases like depression that appear to be far removed from our mainstream notion of inflammation. Most drugs we use to treat disease today are effective at neutralising this inflammatory activity in target tissues or cells. The different drugs target different proteins involved in this long pathway to immune system and inflammatory activity.
Typically, a unique disease is characterized by a mutation or regulatory anomaly of a unique protein involved in these inflammatory pathways. They work much like dominoes that keep the flow going in an intended direction. If one domino in the line is damaged or warped it could alter the pathway. In a very simple model like this each domino represents a regulatory protein in the long pathway; each ever-so-slightly- guiding the flow. A unique drug targeting this damaged protein, for instance, may inhibit the inflammatory process with precision for this disorder if it corrects completely or to a degree it counters the activity of this specific malfunctioning protein. Nevertheless, by targeting other proteins in the same pathway to slow down the flow, we can slow down inflammation sometimes additively.
Research shows curcumin to be a mildly effective inhibitor of a key protein called a transcription factor (namely NF-kB) involved in the escalation of inflammation. Other proteins are affected as well but we will keep this simple. Poorly regulated NF-kB escalates inflammation by literally transcribing, at the genetic level, cytokines such as TNFα and many others. If pushed out of control by a genetic mutation or damage of a naturally built-in regulatory loop the transcription (or production) stays ON too long without controls. Curcumin can be used to take the edge off many disorders because it slows down NF-kB but it can only do so if it is properly extracted to yield the right proportions of the subfraction curcuminoids.
Regular old curcumin (even curcumin 95%) is not reliable and is usually not potent enough to deal with deep rooted inflammation that is caused by damage to regulatory systems beyond NF-kB. (inflammation can be escalated by mutations leading to poor regulation of other key proteins in the same LONG pathway. These key proteins are often referred to as ‘drug targets’by pharma researchers because they represent stop points in the expansive pathway where a drug could make a difference if it were able to modulate the protein.
The latest research discovery at Biologic Pharmamedical Research shows us that these underlying curcuminoid components in the curcumin extract have different drug target activity. They can target different regulatory proteins; some of which are in that inflammatory pathway. Treatment success with regular curcumin that is not standardised with regards to the curcuminoid proportions within the curcumin extract is therefore different from one curcumin 95% extract to another curcumin 95% extract. ANY OLD CURCUMIN IS SIMPLY NOT ANY OLD CURCUMIN!
It’s important to highlight that within the typical curcumin 95% extract three curcuminoids make up the 95% concentration. The problem is that from curcumin extract to extract these underlying curcuminoid proportions fluctuate and do so even for the same brand from batch to batch or lot to lot.
Our recent research, at Biologic Pharmamedical Research has been focused on separating, isolating and mapping the pharmacology of these curcuminoid components in the context of multiple key proteins in this inflammatory pathway. Then to study each contribute in isolation to see how they modulate anti-inflammatory activity and other subcellular activities that help neutralise disease symptoms. The findings have led to game changing insight that puts a completely new perspective on curcumin and a new standard of drug design.
These curcuminoids can each have distinct pharmacological activity inside our cells targeting different proteins. One new one was discovered by Biologic Pharmamedical’s Franco Cavaleri PhDc. Even if you are certain you are buying a 95% extract every time, you do not have insight into how the underlying curcuminoid proportions have changed from your previous batch to alter the activity of your curcumin and your inflammation on the next purchase. Remember, the inflammatory pathway is comprised of a plethora of proteins that effect and regulate it from a 3 dimensional perspective. In addition keep in mind that NF-kB modulates as many as 150 genes!! This is complex and any minute shift produces monumental changes. In addition each protein is influenced, itself by a multitude of regulatory proteins any one of which could be defective in your specific disease state/pathology.
Our research at Biologic shows some of the newly discovered curcumioid activity to be synergistic to an intended therapeutic outcome. However, in other situations where the curcuminoid proportions shift the shifting can oppose an intended effect. Sometimes you get a potent 95 extract that works in your favour and other times you get a less effective one even though you think you have the same product.
The amazing knowledge to come out of this pharmaceutical research with these curcuminoids is a clearer understanding of the mechanism by which curcumin delivers its activity. In addition, we have found that nature has provided us with more intelligence within the curcumin extract that we are still working to extract. This latest ‘intelligence’ shows us an exponentially higher ORAC value that is measurably reliable: 125 x greater than regular curcumin. The key active curcuminoid fraction of this discovery is increased to 30% (ie BDM30) while regular curcumin only has 1% (ie BDM1) of this key active. Each curcuminoid portion is locked in for consistency and standardised to be reliable from lot to lot.
Moreover, it has allowed us to stabilise and create proportions of these underlying curcuminoids that serve our inflammatory targets with greater precision and make certain this activity is consistent from lot to lot.
The result of this novel standard of curcumin pharmacology is BDM30™ -reliable curcuminoid composition standardisation; more effective measurement of activity; and consistent activity for curcumin that also exceeds 95% concentration! The patented Curcumin BDM30™ is the new household name used in the higher quality curcumin-based products. Look for products ‘made with BDM30’.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT:
The author/researcher is the owner of a biomedical research group – Biologic Nutrigenomics Health Research Corp and Biologic Pharmamedical Research, that funds and executes research on the pharmacology of nutritional and nutraceutical agents that are studied in the context of disease pathology including characteristics that have been associated with inflammation and dementias. The research on these findings continues at clinical levels to further investigate the full indication-specific potential of this discovery. The author/researcher is also the owner of related Intellectual Properties.