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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5249 Feb 25, 2013
v Several lines of evidence suggest that obesity per se constitutes a low-grade inflammatory state. Elevated CRP levels have consistently been demonstrated in overweight and obese adults, even among young adults aged 17-39 years. The relationship between CRP and insulin might be due to insulin resistance itself. Insulin attenuates IL-6 type cytokine stimulation of most acute phase protein genes in human hepatoma cells. Thus, the relative lack of insulin action, as found in insulin resistance, would not be able to block IL-6 actions, leading to a prolonged acute phase reaction.
v Endoplasmic reticulum stress is a central feature of peripheral insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes at the molecular, cellular and organismal levels.(Ozcan et al 2004)
o Rheumatoid Arthritis
v Monocytes and macrophages are indicated to have an important and versatile role in joint inflammation and destruction in rheumatoid arthritis.(van Roon et al 2004)
v The proinflammatory cytokines IL-1 and TNF-α are reported to play important roles in cartilage and bone degradation, with TNF- α occupying a primary position in the cytokine cascade through its ability to upregulate production of other cytokines, including IL-1, granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, IL-6, IL-8 and IL-10.(Woolley & Tetlow 2000)
v Increased numbers of mast cells are found in the synovial tissues and fluids of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and at sites of cartilage erosion. Because the mast cell contains potent mediators, including histamine, heparin, proteinases, leukotrienes and multifunctional cytokines, its potential contributions to the processes of inflammation and matrix degradation have recently become evident.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5250 Feb 25, 2013
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY HERBS, FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Although it is not possible to successfully treat all forms of inflammation with herbs, diet and supplements, progress is being made and there are several important strategies which are being developed which offer promising alternatives to NSAIDs, corticosteroids and COX-2 inhibitors. We summarize some of these strategies below:

o Omega 3 Fatty Acids

::: Animal experiments and clinical intervention studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and, therefore, might be useful in the management of inflammatory conditions. Many of the placebo-controlled trials of fish oil in chronic inflammatory disease reveal significant benefit, including decreased disease activity and a lowered use of anti-inflammatory drugs.(Simopoulus 2002)

::: Subhuti Dharmananda, in an excellent article on the role of diet in inflammation, quotes from data provided by the NIH showing the omega 6 and omega 3 contents of herbal oils, fish oils and miscellaneous oils. At the top of the list are perilla seed oil with an omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 1 to 5.33 and flaxseed oil with a 1 to 3.56 ratio. These are followed by fish oils; which are almost the only foods which contain long chain fatty acids (EPA and DHA), with ratios of 1 to 2.5 in the case of salmon. Of the miscellaneous oils ghee (clarified butter) has an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of 1 to .64 and canola oil has a 1 to .46 ratio. Peanut oil, coconut oil and sunflower oil are at the bottom of the list and have no detectable omega-3 fatty acids.

::: Fish oil provides an additional benefit, in that it reduces T-cell stimulation in the intestinal tract that may be involved in triggering inflammation and auto-immune responses. Over a period of years eating a diet high in omega-3 rich oils and low in omega-6 oils may reduce the vasoconstriction, platelet aggregation, and chronic arterial inflammation that lead to heart attacks and stroke. Similarly, it is believed that such a diet can reduce the incidence of certain cancers, such as prostate cancer and colon cancer, by a similar mechanism of reducing adverse eicosanoid effects.

::: One should be aware that attempting to strongly control inflammation in acute manifestations such as asthma and arthritis by diet alone is much more difficult. Excessive use of omega-3 fatty acids, via supplementation, may actually have undesirable effects such as undesired level of immune suppression and serve as pro-oxidants (which can be partly countered by consuming antioxidants in the diet such as those found in tea, fruits and vegetables or taking additional supplements such as vitamins C and E).

::: Lipid-lowering treatments such as tocotrienols and supplemental DHA/EPA and omega-3 rich diets can decrease the risk of atherosclerotic plaque rupture and subsequent thrombogenicity, as well as normalize the impaired endothelial function in hypercholesterolemic patients.

::: A study done in 2002 by Maillard et al found a protective effect of n-3 fatty acids on breast cancer risk and their data supports the hypothesis that the balance between n-3 and n-6 fatty acids plays a role in breast cancer.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5251 Feb 25, 2013
::: Supplementing the diet of tumor-bearing mice or rats with oils containing (n-3)(omega-3) or with purified (n-3) fatty acids has slowed the growth of various types of cancers, including lung, colon, mammary and prostate. Used alone, an (n-3) supplement may be a useful alternative therapy for patients who are not candidates for standard toxic cancer therapies.(Hardman 2004)

o Olive oil

::: Olive oil, considered amongst the most healthful oil, contains a relatively large amount of oleanolic acid, which may help block eicosanoid production; olive oil can have a favorable effect, but not by providing large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, of which it contains less than 10%.

::: Research on the monounsaturated fatty acid olive oil and its components suggest it plays an important role in the prevention of heart disease. There are multiple mechanisms by which olive oil might impact the development of atherosclerosis: reduction of hypertension and LDL oxidation, beneficial changes in lipid ratios and reduction of macrophage uptake of LDL cholesterol. Several studies have shown phenolic compounds extracted from extra-virgin olive oil significantly inhibited the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Other polyphenolic compounds from green tea, red wine Glycyrrhiza glabra and Zingiber have also been found to inhibit the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.

o Curcumin

::: Curcumin has been used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases and exhibits a variety of pharmacological effects such as anti-inflammatory activity. Results of a study by Abe et al show that curcumin exhibits an inhibitory effect on the production of IL-8, monocyte inflammatory proetin-1alpha, monocyte chemotactic protein-1, and TNF-alpha by PMA- or LPS-stimulated monocytes and alveolar macrophages.(Abe et al 1999)(Curcumin is an extract of the spice known as turmeric (Curcuma longa).

::: Curcumin, boswellic acid, oleanolic acid, allicin, berberine, quercetin and the tea catechins inhibit COX and/or LOX enzymes. Boswellic acid, asiatic acid and betulinic acid are all being investigated for anti-inflammatory and potential anticancer effects. Medicinal herbs that contain oleanolic acid are ligustrum, forsythia and swertia.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5252 Feb 25, 2013
o Ursolic acid

::: Ursolic acid, a component of several herbs used in Chinese medicine, is a moderately strong inhibitor of both COX-2 and 5-LOX. Ursolic acid is known for its ability to inhibit skin inflammation. In general plants that contain ursolic acid also contain oleanolic acid and vice versa. Ursolic acid is one of the main waxy components on apples that contributes to the smooth shiny appearance. Plants rich in ursolic acid include Greek sage (Salvia triloba), oleander, rosemary, lavender and thyme. In vitro studies have shown ursolic acid to be about twice as effect as an anti-inflammatory compared to indomethacin – a potent NSAID.

::: Ursolic acid and oleanolic acid (pentacyclic triterpenoids) possibly exert an anti-inflammatory action in the prostate by inhibiting glucosyl transferase, which is involved in proteoglycan metabolism in connective tissue.(Kozai 1987)

o Alpha-linolenic acid

::: Alpha-linolenic acid appears to decrease cardiovascular disease risk by inhibiting vascular inflammation and endothelial activation beyond its lipid-lowering effects.(Zhao et al 2004)

::: In a study by Rallidis et al in 2003 it was concluded that dietary supplementation with alpha-linolenic acid for 3 months decreases significantly C-reactive protein, serum amyloid A and IL-6 levels in dyslipidaemic patients.

::: A study by Bemelmans et al in 2004 found that a six-fold increased alpha-linolenic acid intake lowers C-reactive protein, when compared to a control diet high in linoleic acid.

o Arginine

::: Many studies suggest nitric oxide (NO) is a potent endogenous anti-atherogenic molecule that suppresses key processes in atherosclerosis. Nitric oxide is produced through the action of the enzyme nitric oxide synthase on the amino acid arginine to produce nitric oxide and citrulline. A study done by Tong and Barbul in 2004 concludes that arginine modulates the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, improves immune function in healthy and ill patients, stimulates wound healing in healthy and ill patients and modulates carcinogenesis and tumor growth.

::: Arginine is an amino acid found in most protein foods and which is converted by the enzyme endothelial nitric oxide synthase into nitric oxide. Foods high in arginine include carob, chocolate, coconut, dairy products, gelatin, meat, oats, peanuts, soybeans, walnuts, white flour, wheat and wheat germ.

::: The administration of L-arginine and vitamin E has been shown to improve endothelium-dependent vascular function in subjects with high asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) levels.(ADMA is a potent inhibitor of nitric oxide synthase (NOS)).

::: Supplementing with arginine (as it has been shown to compete with ADMA) prevents the inhibition of eNOS by this endogenous inhibitor. Arginine normalizes endothelial vasodilation in hypercholesterolemic/hypertens ive and hyperhomocysteinemic patients.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5253 Feb 25, 2013
Other Useful Herbs, Foods and Supplements

""""" Supplementing with antioxidants can reduce the oxidative stress strongly implicated in endothelial dysfunction. Vitamins C and E, lipoic acid, glutathione, and superoxide dismutase can increase the bioavailability of NO, reduce oxidative stress and increase DDAH activity.



""""" Lipoic acid plays a crucial role in preventing atherosclerosis. It induces the production of NO and inhibits the activation of monocyte chemo-attractant protein-1. It also improves NO-mediated vasodilation in diabetic patients.



"""" Reduction of homocysteine by vitamins B6, B12 and folate is crucial in reducing cardiovascular risk and oxidant stress associated with elevated plasma levels.



""""" Vitamin E resides in the lipid domain of biological membranes and plasma lipoprotein, where it prevents lipid peroxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Because vitamin E is the most important antioxidant for preventing lipid peroxidation, vitamin E adequacy may significantly impact the rate of cancer cell proliferation and the response to cancer chemotherapy. Vitamin E has been shown to effectively reverse the inhibitory effect of lipid peroxidation on cell proliferation.



""""" Vitamin C is a versatile water-soluble antioxidant. It protects against lipid peroxidation by scavenging reactive oxygen species in the aqueous phase before they can initiate lipid peroxidation.



""""" Boswellia decreases leukotriene synthesis that is responsible for maintaining inflammation and edema.(Bruneton, 1995; Gupta et al, 1997) Boswellic acid inhibits 5-LOX and is used as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis, Crohn’s disease and asthma.



""""" Two studies have shown that doses of 1.1 to 1.4 g GLA in borage seed oil reduces joint inflammation significantly.(Pullman-Mooar, 1990; Leventhal, 1993)



"""" Dandelion root may have potential use as an anti-inflammatory agent in inflammatory conditions.(Tito et al, 1993 & Mascolo et al, 1987)



"""" Substituting walnuts for monosaturated fat in a Mediterranean diet improves endothelium-dependent vasodilation in hypercholesterolemic subjects. This finding might explain the cardioprotective effect of nut intake beyond cholesterol lowering.



""""" Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with lots of berries, cherries and dark leafy greens as sources of antioxidants, which neutralize the free radicals that may cause inflammation. High fruit and vegetable consumption has been associated with decreased plasma CRP and homocysteine levels suggesting they may play a role in the reduction of heart disease.(Nick 2004)



"""" When consuming meats, preference should be given to those from grass-fed animals rather than corn-fed animals, as the meat of the former will have some omega-3 fatty acids, while the latter will not (corn provides almost no omega-3 fatty acids.).



"""" Research has shown that the following herbs and nutrients also exhibit anti-inflammatory properties: juniper, feverfew, garlic, ginkgo, nettle, probiotics, proteolytic enzymes, scutellaria and tylophora.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5255 Feb 25, 2013
EMOTIONS, STRESS AND INFLAMMATION

o Aggression, hostility and anger significantly predict morbidity and mortality from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.(Suarez 2002)



o Production of proinflammatory cytokines can be stimulated directly by negative emotions and indirectly by prolonged infection. The ability to unwind after stressful encounters down-regulates the total stress burden.(Kiecolt-Glaser 2002)



o Stimuli such as cold, heat, fear, hunger and physical injury at low levels (low stress) increase cellular immune responses more than humoral immune responses. This increases susceptibility to cell-mediated autoimmunity including arthritis, and increases resistance to pathogenic organisms.(Mason 1991)



o Repeated episodes of acute or chronic psychogenic stress may produce chronic inflammatory changes which may result in atherosclerosis in the arteries or chronic inflammatory changes in other organs as well.(Black 2002)



o Getting moderate amounts of regular aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking and cycling, seems to reduce levels of inflammatory protein in the body, especially C-reactive protein.



FOODS AND SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

o Avoid NSAIDs if you possibly can as they promote inflammation at the same time they are relieving your pain. The ulceration, perforation and bleeding in the GI tract is an example of how NSAIDs promote inflammation.



o Prostaglandin inhibitors, such as aspirin, can induce asthma attacks, perhaps by leaving more arachidonic acid available for the LOX enzymes.



o Avoid omega-6 fatty acids which promote inflammation. These are found in polyunsaturated fats such as safflower, sunflower or corn oils and foods made with them. Also avoid pro-inflammatory trans fats which are in partially hydrogenated oils, margarines, vegetable shortening and all foods made from them. According to Subhuti Dharmananda the concept of dietary control over diseases involving eicosanoids is based, in part, on starving the eicosanoid system by reducing the fatty acids (specifically, the polyunsaturated fatty acids) that can eventually make arachidonic acid, thereby slowing down the production of eicosanoids when a stimulus occurs.



o Smoking, high blood pressure, lack of sleep and exposure to toxic chemicals and air pollution can also increase chronic inflammation.

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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5256 Feb 25, 2013
USEFUL FOODS, HERBS AND NUTRIENTS

· Angelica and cramp bark – are good for pain related to cramps and muscle spasms.

· Borage oil – is the most potent source (25% of it is GLA) of the omega-6 fatty acid derivative, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which has been found to be globally effective in reducing pain and swelling in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Other good sources are: evening primrose oil (10% is GLA) and black currant oil (16% is GLA). Evening primrose (the most widely studied) has also proven to be effective in the management of diabetes, eczema, PMS, mastalgia, multiple sclerosis, and Sjogren’s syndrome.

· Bromelain – has anti-inflammatory properties that my help to reduce the discomfort caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is also used by athletes to prevent the soreness that accompanies a strenuous workout. It is also believed to facilitate the healing of sports injuries. A good food source is fresh, raw pineapple.

· Calcium – supplementation for menstrual cramps has been used by women for many years. Muscles need calcium to maintain their normal muscle tone; if they are deficient in calcium, cramping can more easily occur.

· Capsaicin – is thought to relieve pain by limiting the production of a neural pain transmitter called substance P. Application of capsaicin to an affected area may cause a burning sensation at first; however, repeated use keeps nerves from replenishing their supply of substance P so that pain is not transmitted to the brain. In studies, capsaicin has been used to control the pain of shingles (post herpetic neuralgia), diabetic neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and cluster headaches. Dosage: Capsaicin cream applied topically to the affected area four to five times a day provides significant pain relief.

· Corydalis – is the prominent pain-relieving herb of the Chinese Materia Medica. It is one of the best herbs to use for pain associated with cancer, particularly abdominal pain.

· Curcumin – is a powerful anti-inflammatory that works as well as cortisone for some people during acute arthritis flare-ups.

· DL-Phenylalanine – is a natural painkiller for conditions such as whiplash, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, migraines, leg and muscle cramps and neuralgia. It is a combination of L-phenylalanine, an essential amino acid, and D-phenylalanine, a non-nutrient amino acid. It works by inhibiting the enzymes that continually destroy endorphins—natural painkillers made in the brain. Its effect often equals or exceeds that or morphine. Dosage: 500 mg 1-3 times/day. Pain usually diminishes within the first week, then dosage can be gradually reduced. Caution: Do not take if you have high blood pressure or if you are pregnant, and do not use in combination with antidepressant drugs or if you have phenylketonuria.

· Flaxseed oil – is rich in essential fatty acids, particularly ALA (alpha-linolenic acid from the omega-3 group). Omega-3 fatty acids contain compounds that can inhibit the inflammatory response in the body. Several studies have confirmed that many people with rheumatoid arthritis have shown improvement after taking supplements of omega-3 fatty acids. Caution: According to Earl Mindell, if you are already taking a blood-thinning drug or using aspirin daily, do not take omega-3 fatty acids in doses over 10 grams per day as doing so can decrease the need for blood-thinning drugs. Please check with your physician to be sure.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5258 Feb 25, 2013
· Selenium – is an essential mineral that is necessary for the production of prostaglandins, and it appears to have some anti-inflammatory properties. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are helped by a combination of selenium and vitamin E. Food sources of selenium include: brewer’s yeast, organ and muscle meats, fish, shellfish, grains, cereals, Brazil nuts, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, radishes, garlic, onions, molasses and dairy products.
· Vitamin B1 or Thiamine – supplementation may be beneficial for pain relief. Food sources include: brown rice, fish, legumes, peanuts, peas, poultry, rice bran, wheat germ and whole grains.
· Vitamin B3 or Niacin – has been shown in clinical research to be effective in relieving cramps in 87.5% of women. One side effect is flushing. Dosage: 100 mg twice daily throughout the month; 100 mg every 2-3 hours during cramps. Food sources include: avocados, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, carrots, dates, eggs, figs, fish, peanuts, potatoes, prunes, tomatoes, wheat germ and whole wheat products.
· Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine – may be beneficial especially for patients being taken off all pain medications and for chromic pain associated with TMJ dysfunction. A dose of 100-150 mg/day appears to improve tolerance to drug withdrawal if started 4 weeks earlier. Food sources include: brewer’s yeast, carrots, chicken, eggs, fish, peas, spinach, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and wheat germ.
· Vitamin B12 or Cyanocobalamin – may relieve pain in patients with vertebral pain, bursitis, degenerative neuropathy and pain due to cancer. Food sources include: brewer’s yeast, clams, eggs, herring, mackerel, dairy products, and seafood; also dulse, kelp, kombu, nori, soybeans and soy products.
· Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid – may be beneficial. One study showed a significant reduction in pain in severely ill cancer patients who were taking 10 grams of vitamin C per day. Food sources include: berries, citrus fruits, green vegetables, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, collards, kale, mangos, onions, papayas, green peas, persimmons, pineapple, spinach, strawberries and tomatoes.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5260 Feb 25, 2013
MEMORY, BRAIN AND NERVES

· Biotin – Promotes healthy nerve tissue and bone marrow. One hundred mg daily may prevent hair loss in some men. Food sources include brewer’s yeast, cooked egg yolks, meat, milk, poultry, saltwater fish, soybeans and whole grains.

· Blueberries, strawberries and spinach – A recent Tufts University study on rats that were fed the equivalent of half a cup a day of blueberries shoed an improvement in balance, coordination and short-term memory. Rats fed strawberry and spinach showed some improvement in memory.

· Choline – Is needed for the proper transmission of nerve impulses from the brain through the central nervous system. Without choline, brain function and memory are impaired. It is beneficial for disorders of the nervous system such as Parkinson’s disease and tardive dyskinesia. Food sources include egg yolks, lecithin, legumes, meat, milk, soybeans and whole grain cereals.

· Club moss (Huperzia serrata)– Chinese studies have shown that huperzine can help to improve memory function in stroke victims. Dosage: 1 or 2 cups of brewed club moss tea daily.

· Coenzyme Q10 – Is a vitamin-like substance that may be an even more powerful antioxidant that vitamin E. It is used to treat anomalies of mental function such as those associated with schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. It has been shown to lower high blood pressure. Several studies have shown that it can increase stamina and reduce angina in heart patients. Food sources include mackerel, salmon, sardines, beef, peanuts and spinach.
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DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)– Appears to be especially beneficial in many areas related to memory loss, recall, long-term memory and Alzheimer’s, and it may enhance the youth-preserving effects of growth hormone. DHEA is manufactured in the adrenal glands and is the most abundant steroid hormone in the body. However, DHEA levels in the blood decline as we age. If you wish to supplement with DHEA and you are a man over 40 years old, take 25 mg daily. If you are a woman, take only 10 mg a day or every other day. It is recommended to have your blood or saliva levels tested at least every six months to make sure you are not overdoing it. Caution: You should avoid DHEA altogether if you have or have had a hormone-sensitive cancer such as breast, ovarian, testicular or prostate cancer.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5261 Feb 25, 2013
· Garlic – Researchers have noted that garlic extract appears to slow down brain deterioration. In addition garlic normalizes the brain’s serotonin system. If the serotonin system malfunctions, it can cause depression.

· Ginkgo – Research has shown ginkgo’s potential to relieve difficulties with short-term memory, attention span, and mood by improving oxygen metabolism in the brain. It may also help to alleviate memory problems that are characteristic of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Other studies demonstrate its benefits in treating chronic bronchitis, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia. Caution: Avoid taking ginkgo if you are taking aspirin or other drugs that thin the blood.

· Ginsing – Panax quinquefolium, better known as American ginseng, enhances cerebral circulation, improves mental clarity, improves spleen and stomach function and strengthens the nervous system. Caution: Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat.

· Gotu Kola (Centella asciatica)– A number of pharmacological studies show that gotu kola may be beneficial in improving memory and overcoming stress and fatigue.

· Magnesium – A deficiency of magnesium interferes with the transmission of nerve and muscle impulses causing irritability and nervousness. Food sources include dairy products, fish, meat, seafood, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, brown rice, dulse, figs, garlic, grapefruit, green leafy vegetables, kelp, lemons, peaches, soybeans, tofu, what and whole grains.

· Manganese – Minute quantities of manganese are needed for healthy nerves. Food sources include avocados, nuts, seeds, seaweed, whole grains, blueberries, egg yolks, legumes, dried peas, pineapples and green leafy vegetables.

· Vitamin B3 or Niacin – Aids in the functioning of the nervous system and is a memory enhancer. Food sources include avocados, brewer’s yeast, broccoli, carrots, dates, eggs, figs, fish, peanuts, potatoes, prunes, tomatoes, wheat germ and whole wheat products.

· Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid – Plays a role in the production of the adrenal hormones and is involved in the production of neurotransmitters. A deficiency of vitamin B5 may cause tingling in the hands. Food sources include beef, brewer’s yeast, eggs, fresh vegetables, kidney, legumes, liver, mushrooms, nuts, pork, royal jelly, saltwater fish, torula yeast, whole rye flour and whole wheat.

· Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine – Is required by the nervous system and is needed for normal brain function. It is involved in more bodily functions than almost any other single nutrient. Food sources include brewer’s yeast, carrots, chicken, eggs, fish, peas, spinach, sunflower seeds, walnuts and wheat germ.

· Vitamin B12 or Cyanocobalamin – Is required for proper digestion and absorption of foods. It also prevents nerve damage and is linked to the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that assists memory and learning. A lack o this vitamin can severely hamper mental agility in people of all ages. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause severe neurologic and psychological symptoms in older people ranging from numbness or tingling in the arms or legs to balance problems to confusion and even dementia. If caught in time, many, but not all, of these problems can be reversed with B12 supplements. Because of problems with absorption of B12 in the elderly, it is recommended to take a nasal gel or sublingual form that bypasses the stomach and is directly absorbed into the bloodstream. Food sources include brewer’s yeast, clams, eggs, herring, mackerel, dairy products, meat, fish, dulse, kelp, kombu, nori, soybeans and soy products.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5262 Feb 25, 2013
Benefits and Uses of Dandelion Root

All parts of the dandelion are used for food and medicine, the roots are roasted and used inherbal coffees, the leaves and crowns for salads and cooked greens, the flowers for making dandelion wine, and the juice to cure warts and blisters. A complex array of nutrients and phytochemicals are the source of dandelion's many valuable medicinal properties:

• Dandelion leaves provide vitamins A and C,(the vitamin A content is higher than that of carrots)

• Dandelion flowers are one of the best sources of lecithin, a nutrient that elevates the brains acetylcholine and may play a role in boostingmemory and mental focus. Lecithin is also good for liver problems.

• Dandelion root taraxacin, a hepatic stimulant, insulin, as sugar, lacvulin, choline (a basic constituent of lecithin), phytosterols,(which prevent the body from accumulatingcholesterol), and potash,(a diuretic).

The dandelion plant is also great source of bone-building nutrients, boron, calcium and silicon

Acne and skin care Like burdock, dandelion root helps the body dispose of unwanted skin bacteria. It also stimulates digestion and supports the liver - the major organ that helps rid the body of toxins and excess hormones, including the androgens that trigger acne breakouts.

Dandelion root contains bitter principles that have a tonic effect on the liver and digestive system. It is also a natural diuretic that doesn't rob the body of potassium. This detoxifying, diuretic action also earns dandelion a place in many herbal weight loss formulations. In recent studies, Taraxacum officinalis was shown to have a positive effect on weight management. Dandelion root also contains sugars and starches easily assimilated by diabetics, and can be incorporated into a diet meant to help control blood sugar levels.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5263 Feb 25, 2013
Dandelion root may have potential use as an anti-inflammatory agent in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.

o One study in mice showed restoration of suppressed immune function with dandelion (

o The bitter principles in the leaves and roots of dandelion increase bile production in the gallbladder and bile flow from the liver.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5264 Feb 25, 2013
Hyperthyroidism A 6 month double-bind study showed that L-carnitine reduced standard symptoms of hyperthyroidism.

Immune Enhancement A review done at UNC and published in 2000 found that overall it appears that antioxidant nutrients (vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium and carotenoids) especially those from food sources may enhance immune function.

One study in mice showed restoration of suppressed immune function with dandelion.

In a human trial, Eleutherococcus increased the absolute number of immunocompetent cells, especially T-lymphocytes of the helper/inducer type

Inflammation

Animal experiments and clinical intervention studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and, therefore, might be useful in the management of inflammatory and autoimmune disease. Many of the placebo-controlled trials of fish oil in chronic inflammatory disease reveal significant benefit, including decreased disease activity and a lowered use of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Boswellia decreases leukotriene synthesis that is responsible for maintaining inflammation and edema.
Dandelion root may have potential use as an anti-inflammatory agent in inflammatory conditions.

○ Feverfew inhibits arachidonate metabolism in leukocytes that may increase inflammation.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5265 Feb 25, 2013
DANGEROUS HERBS

The following herbs are highly toxic and we do not recommend their use:

Akebia
Aristolochia
Asarum
Belladonna
Bloodroot (internally)
Calamus
Chien-li-kuang
Clematis
Dictamnus
Digitalis

Echinacea if taken during pregnancy may promote spontaneous abortions. Therefore Echinacea is contra-indicated for pregnant women.(Chow et al 2006)(Barcz et al 2007)

Eupatorium
Henbane
Lithospermum
Lobelia
Mandrake
Mo dou lin
Pei-lan
Pennyroyal essential oil (internally)
Pomegranate peel
Stephania
Tansy
Virginia snakeroot



Selected references for the above:(Dharmananda, Bag of Pearls, 2002 & 2004; Dharmananda, Aug. 2000; Dharmananda, Apr. 2003; Dharmananda, May 2001; Lenz & Baugh-Meyer, 2000)
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5267 Feb 25, 2013
Vegetables Aren't as Good for You as They Used to Be

According to new research, produce in the U.S. not only tastes worse than it did in your grandparents' days, but also contains fewer nutrients. In fact, the average vegetable found in today's supermarket is anywhere from 5 percent to 40 percent lower in minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium and zinc than those harvested just 50 years ago.

Today's vegetables are larger, but do not contain more nutrients. Jumbo-sized produce actually contains more "dry matter" than anything else, which dilutes mineral concentrations.

An additional problem is the "genetic dilution effect," in which selective breeding to increase crop yield has led to declines in protein, amino acids, and minerals. Breeders select for high yield, effectively selecting mostly for high carbohydrate content.

And finally, as a result of the growing rise of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, modern crops are being harvested faster than ever before, meaning that produce has less time to absorb nutrients either from synthesis or the soil.
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Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5268 Feb 25, 2013
Probiotics and Colostrum

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9 Comments by Dr. Albert Snow

Many people take probiotics without realizing that it is essential to also take colostrum along with it. Probiotics and colostrum truly go hand it hand. This article will explain why it is so essential to take the two together. If you are looking to relieve issues like colitis or chronic diarrhea, don’t skimp on taking the two together. The key to taking these is in knowing which ones to take for the individual & their unique needs. Taking the wrong ones can at best do nothing & at worst- make you sick. Just one example is if the person taking either one of these is lactose intolerant. Also there is often times the need to take different ones at different stages of the treatment. It can get complicated.

So what is colostrum? This is a substance that comes directly from a mother’s breast when she is nursing her child. This milk is also a rich source of probiotics. The combination of the colostrum and probiotics together build a strong immune system in the baby.

The fact is that probiotics are useless without colostrum. They will just go “in one door and out the other.” Why spend your money on probiotics if they will just be immediately leaving your system? The reason why colostrum is so essential is that it allows the probiotics to stick to the inner surface of the GI tissue. This process enables the probiotics to remain permanently in your gut, instead of quickly just leaving your body.

Of course, if you take antibiotics at any point during your life, this will kill off the friendly bacteria regardless of whether you have taken it with colostrum or not. In this case, you will need to repeat the cycle over again from the start and begin a new course of probiotics with colostrum. Different antibiotics require different probiotics to replace the specific strains that were killed off.

When you were first breastfed, this developed the mucosal lining in your body. This lining is so powerful that it can last a person’s whole life if he or she doesn’t take antibiotics. Of course, if you were never breastfed, you will need to take colostrum and probiotics to get this necessary ingredient into your system. When people are fed soy formulas, they are put at a major disadvantage as far as their health is concerned.

The fact is that colostrum helps to repair a wide variety of gastrointestinal issues. Oftentimes people take probiotics for issues like chronic diarrhea treatment or colitis cures and then are disappointed that this supplementation doesn’t work. When that is the case, the sufferer needs to remember how essential it is to take the correct colostrum-with the correct probiotic.
missing link

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5269 Feb 25, 2013
Colostrum- the missing link in GI health

Colostrum is a critical part of my protocol for every GI problem that I treat. In fact it is part of Mother Nature’s protocol for preventing GI problems among other things. This is the most important and most interesting story within Holistic Gastro-enterology. It is an incredible example of nature’s wisdom and only when we mimic it are we able to re-establish the “conditions” of a healthy GI tract- made up of your esophagus -stomach- colon/intestines.

Colostrum comes from the mother’s breast when she is nursing her baby. What is also present in the milk is probiotics- the good bacteria that many of you have taken to try to fix your GI problem -that did not work. The probiotics & Colostrum stick / adhere to the GI wall protecting it. Then one day you got sick - took an antibiotic that killed the bad bacteria as well as the good that you got from mom. This does not grow back – on it’s own. It needs to be replaced to prevent future problems. How do we do this? We mimic what mother nature & your mom did (maybe) at the beginning. We take a good probiotic AND COLOSTRUM. If we do not take the Colostrum with the probiotic it will not work. It will not stick to the GI tract wall and it will pass right through you and end up in the toilet leaving you saying-“I took probiotics & they didn’t work & my GI still “hurts”. Now you know why.

Here is the most important tip I can give you to “fix” this problem & is your ticket out of the misery of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. ALWAYS TAKE COLOSTRUM WITH PROBIOTICS OTHERWISE IT WILL NOT WORK AND YOU WILL CONTINUE TO SUFFER WITH IBD. Colostrum is available in capsule or powder form at good health food stores and online.
stop diarrhea for good

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5270 Feb 25, 2013
How to Stop Diarrhea – for good.

Diarrhea is by far the most common problem for people who suffer from any Inflammatory Bowel Disease. For many people this will happen at the most difficult times such as shopping – socializing or eating a meal. In those incidences it is referred to as “urgency”. This can be embarrassing as well as a source of stress. The best solution that the Doctor or pharmacist has to offer is typically Imodium or something similar. We all know that this is at best a temporary solution and does not address the root of the problem. If you do not receive the proper treatment it will not just go away.

All of this is easily corrected and if done properly it can be a permanent fix. Diarrhea occurs when the inner lining of the bowel becomes irritated by your own digestive acids.This explains why many people experience “urgency” just after eating. While the acid is causing the inflammation it is actually doing damage to the colon wall and the body does not like that. So as a defense mechanism it will flood the bowel with a lot of water to dilute the acid & to move it out – asap.

The solution is to take the proper probiotics that contain the specific strains of good bacterias that are “in charge” of this problem. Of course whenever you take a probiotic it is essential to take Colostrum with it or else it will not work. These will prevent the acid from reaching & inflaming the intestinal tissue & triggering the diarrhea. You will also need to take a friendly yeast in capsule form. This yeast has 2 jobs in the colon. One is to manage the proper amount of water in the stool. The other is to combat C- difficile a strain of bacteria that also causes diarrhea. The C-diff bacterial infection is caused by the use of antibiotics- and guess what your Doctor will write you a prescription for— antibiotics!– Enough said.
most powerful antiaging

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5271 Feb 25, 2013
The Only Natural Source of IGF-l and TGF Nature's Most Powerful Anti-Aging Substances

Bovine Colostrum

The Only Natural Source of IGF-l and TGF Nature's Most Powerful Anti-Aging Substances

A Finish study shows elevated levels of IGF-1 in blood serum after oral administration of colostrum

By Donald R. Henderson, MD, MPH

The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the most effective means to stop or slow the aging process would be to replace the hormonal factors that cause the human body to grow normal cellular structures. After maturity (between the ages of 16-20), the level of growth hormone that the body naturally produces dwindles. As a result, the body loses muscle tone and skin elasticity, causing sagging and wrinkling. The body also shrinks and loses bone mass, while the hands, feet, nose and ears get larger.

Colostrum's perfectly balanced combination of immune and growth factors, administered in human clinical trials with aged subjects, safely increases IGF-1 to pre­-puberty levels, producing increased muscle weight and strength. Also, in a double-blind study with members of the Finnish Olympic ski team, subjects displayed elevated levels of IGF-l in blood serum, and significant­ly increased stamina, performance and recovery time. This agrees with the results of a recent study at the University of South Australia, in which athletes displayed improved stamina and recovery time. The growth factors in colostrum have been shown to tone muscles "melt" body fat, return elasticity to the skin and increase bone density, giving aging adults real hope that there may be a Fountain of Youth after all.

Colostrum supports the human organism in two main ways. First, its multiple immune factors and natural antibiotics provide strong support for the immune system. Second, its many growth factors offer a broad-spectrum boost to encourage optimum health and healing.

Colostrum’s Growth Factors

Colostrum contains many important growth factors, which promote healing and actually create an anti-aging response.

The major factors are "Somatomedin C" (now popularly called IGF-l) IGF-2, and Transforming Growth Factor alpha and beta (TGF A & B). The many regenerative effects of IGF-1, coupled with those of TGF, extend to nearly all structural cells of the body. Without exception, each new published study documents the enhance­ments of DNA (see below) and protein synthesis as well as nutrient uptake mediated by these colostral growth factors, particularly in muscle and cartilage. These twin healing properties have muscle and cartilage repair characteristics that are biochemically unsurpassed.

Risk Factors of Hormone Replacement Therapy

Isolated hormone replacement therapy has become a popular anti-aging remedy. But most hormonal replace­ments are synthesized from plant sources and are not identical to the hormones made by the body. These synthesized and isolated hormones can produce life ­threatening body imbalances and side effects. The main side effects, which include edema, carpal tunnel syndrome and joint aches and pains, are most often caused by overdosing. Some scientists also are concerned that isolated hormone replacement therapy might increase cancer risk by promoting the growth of tumor cells.

Colostrum has no side effects and causes no damage to soft tissues or organs. Yet its effectiveness is documented in many credible studies.

An Australian study shows that stamina and strength in athletes increases up to 20% after consistent use of colostrum.
mood enhancer

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#5272 Feb 25, 2013
Colostrum Repairs the Body's Vital DNA and RNA

Everything in life springs forth from DNA - flesh, bones, hormones, nervous system, a baby's first word, the euphoria that comes with first love, and ability to learn to speak a foreign language. This silent intelligence of life, DNA, attracts the chemicals it needs to form new DNA, which is an essential part of cell division DNA is also able to manufacture RNA, which is nearly identical to DNA and participates as its active counterpart. RNA (the active intelligence) is the traveler sent to produce the proteins needed to build and repair the body. Dr. Benjamin Frank's research on youth and aging indicated that RNA is one of the most critical anti-aging factors.

His research showed that IGF-(found naturally in colostrum) is one of the only substances known to stimulate the growth and repair of these key nucleic acids, DNA and RNA.

Immune System Boost

As the immune system is depleted, the aging process is accelerated. Colostrum can help reverse this by strengthening the immune system and replacing actual immune factors that the immune system needs to keep us disease free.

Studies show colostrum contains powerful immune and growth factors that work together to restore potent immune function, help regulate an under or over­active immune system, and act as a potent, broad ­spectrum natural antibiotic and anti-viral agent. Pharmaceutical antibiotics have no effect on viruses.

Mood Enhancer

Colostrum has been shown to help maintain blood glucose levels to serve the brain. Also, IGF- has been shown to cross the blood brain barrier to help with nerve synapses in the brain, enhancing mental acuity and increasing serotonin levels to brighten our moods.

Colostrum is a natural and healthy means of stimulating the brain to release serotonin and dopamine and prolong their re-uptake. Colostrum also activates the release of other chemicals in the brain that affect alertness and concentration.

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