Sunday, February 26, 2012

Herb Highlight: Alfalfa

Alfalfa has been cultivated for over 2,000 years as a nutritive food for people and livestock.  Historically it has been used as a remedy for all types of inflammation including arthritis, gout and rheumatism.    Modern herbalists consider it very rich in nutrients and use it to help build the blood. Alfalfa's roots grow deep, providing the plant with a rich source of nutrients not always found at the ground's surface.

Alfalfa is also a great source of betaine, a digestive enzyme, that makes it a great digestive tonic, helping to improve digestion, assimilate nutrients and stimulate appetite.  For this reason alfalfa has been shown to be helpful for treating anorexia, convalescence, debility, emaciation and weak digestion.

Alfalfa is not recommended  for individuals with autoimmune disorders.

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Road to Health Accepts Baby Steps

Until changes become habits, they do your body very little good.  A sustainable program, something you will continue for more than a week, is what brings abundant living.  Too often, especially at the beginning of a new year, we vow to lose weight, exercise more, eat better, etc., but by March everything is forgotten.   This year, why not choose a better road to personal success. No goal of better health can be achieved over night or with drastic changes that your body resists. Baby steps are steps just the same. 

Instead of changing everything this month, commit to just one.  As you find small successes, continuing isn’t so hard.
- Drink only water.
- Eat raw fruits or veggies with meals.
- Exercise somehow every day.
- Eat meals from home.
- Maintain a supplement regimen  

Focus on one thing you CAN do and don’t get bogged down by the things you can’t.  Doing any one of these consistently can bring drastic improvements!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Science Update: Krill Oil with Vitamin K2 and Astaxanthin

Krill oil is a source of highly bioavailable omega-3 fatty acids extracted from Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) that contains phospholipids, which bind to the omega-3s allowing for better absorption. These phospholipids are an essential component of all cell membranes, keeping toxins out and letting more nutrients and oxygen in. Krill oil also contains natural astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant, and NSP Krill Oil adds the cardiovascular benefits of vitamin K2.

  • Contains omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Helps maintains a healthy heart.
  • Supports healthy brain function.
  • Provides joint and skin support.
  • Is extracted from Antarctic krill.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Heart Healthy Products

By Larisa Wright
NSP Health Sciences Department

A healthy cardiovascular system is essential for maintaining well-being and vitality.
However, the health of the cardiovascular system is often undermined by risk factors
such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, physical inactivity and
diabetes. All of these contribute to coronary heart disease (CHD). According to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death
in the United States and is a major cause of disability. Almost 700,000 people die of
heart disease in the U.S. each year. That is about 29% of all U.S. deaths.1

Fortunately, the threat of heart disease can be reduced or prevented by making healthy
lifestyle choices that include daily exercise, not smoking, prudent eating, maintaining a
healthy weight and reducing alcohol consumption. Additionally, certain nutritional
products can aid in supporting optimal cardiovascular system health. Coenzyme Q10,
Cardio Assurance, Blood Pressurex and Super Omega-3 EPA provide healthful benefits.
Coenzyme Q-10 (Co-Q10) is a vitamin-like compound considered by some to be a
“miracle nutrient.” It is present in virtually all cells, and is found in especially high
concentrations in the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.2 Many studies suggest that Co-
Q10 supports already-normal-range blood pressure levels. It also promotes a healthy
heart muscle and plays a key role in energy production within cells. As an antioxidant,
Co-Q10 scavenges free radicals, protects cardiac cells and promotes the regeneration of
vitamin E, another heart-healthy antioxidant. Levels of Co-Q10 decrease with age,
which is why it is important to supplement the diet. NSP offers several nutritional
supplements to help meet your daily Co-Q10 needs: Co-Q10 (30 mg), Co-Q10 Plus, and
Co-Q10 75 mg softgels.

NSP Cardio Assurance is formulated to support optimal heart function and
cardiovascular system health. Hawthorn berries, resveratrol and vitamin K2 are the key
ingredients. Hawthorn berries contain flavonoids with potent antioxidant and heart-protecting effects. Hawthorn flavonoids help keep blood vessels clear, relax and dilate
blood vessels, and increase blood flow in the heart arteries.4-6 Studies indicate that
resveratrol has promising heart-health benefits and may be the answer to the French
Paradox. (Despite their high intake of fat, the French have a low incidence of heart
issues.) Resveratrol may help inhibit platelet aggregation and promotes vasorelaxation.7-8   Vitamin K2 supports circulation already within a normal range by helping to keep the arteries clear. This important nutrient has emerged as a key factor in regulating calcium in the body. Adequate vitamin K2 consumption helps keep calcium out of the arteries and in the bones where it belongs.

Many supplements for hypertension on the market target only one or two underlying
causes. Blood Pressurex targets many underlying causes to provide maximum support.
The ingredients in Blood Pressurex help the body maintain blood pressure levels within
a normal range by reducing oxidative stress, relaxing and strengthening blood vessels,
and promoting blood flow.10-13

Super Omega-3 EPA softgels contain a blend of fish oils high in omega-3 fatty acids,
EPA and DHA. Supportive but not conclusive research shows that daily consumption
of 1 gram of fish oils from fish or fish oil supplements seems to decrease the risk of
heart attack, stroke and the progression of atherosclerosis.14-15 According to one analysis,
consuming dietary fish oil or taking fish oil supplements is associated with a 23%
reduction in overall mortality and a 32% reduction in death from cardiovascular causes
in people with or without cardiovascular disease.16 However, most American diets lack
omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, the typical American consumes a disproportionate amount
of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. The ratio typically ranges from 10:1 to 25:1 (omega-6
to omega-3); a preferable ratio is closer to 1:1. Super Omega-3 EPA softgels offer a
convenient way to meet your daily omega-3 fish oil needs.

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