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Amino Acids

amino acidAmino acids are the structural units that make up proteins.

9 of the 20 standard amino acids are called “essential” for humans because they cannot be created from other compounds by the human body, and so must be taken in as food. Others may be conditionally essential for certain ages or medical conditions.

Amino Acids and Blood Sugar Regulation As indicated above, amino acids play a functional role in blood sugar stabilization. Of the twenty amino acids the glycogenic amino acids play a significant role in this function. A glycogenic amino acid (also referred to as glucogenic amino acid) is defined as one that can be converted into glucose via gluconeogenesis.7, 8 The glycogenic amino acids in humans include glycine, serine, threonine, valine, histidine, arginine, cysteine, proline, alanine, glutamate, glutamine, aspartate, asparagine and methionine.

Amino Acids and Muscle Integrity
Amino acids serve as both building blocks for muscle protein, as well as a source of energy for skeletal muscle. Dietary amino acid supplementation is known to have beneficial effects on muscle function, fatigue, and recovery in exercising athletes. The combination of carbohydrates and essential amino acids has demonstrated a beneficial effect on muscle protein synthesis, which was shown to be greater than the summation of their individual effects.  Amino acids have also shown to benefit muscular fatigue as a result of exercise, resulting in favorable changes, including an increased oxygen-carrying capacity of blood.

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MSM

MSMMethylsulfonylmethane

What is MSM? It is a stable metabolite of DMSO. It is a special biological sulfur found in all plants, soils, fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, eggs, meats and milk.

It’s found in nearly every cell in the body, and is structurally and functionally important to 150 compounds, including hormones, enzymes, antibodies and antioxidants. Sulfur itself is held mainly in the muscles, skin, bones, nails and hair. MSM provides the essential sulfur necessary for a number of body compounds.

MSM is used for a range of health problems including: arthritis, allergies, gastrointestinal problems, PMS, acne, lung problems, muscle pain, parasites, cancer & heartburn.

As a side note:

DMSO is a solvent uses to introduce nutrients into the body by use of the skin.

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Eye Repair

eye brightWe have a Product: Eye Repair

Did a little homework on the herbs in it and here is what we found:

Brazilian Pepper Tree: Brazilian pepper is a sprawling shrub or small tree. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant in frost-free regions. Used for: kills bacteria, relieves pain, kills fungi, kills Candida yeast, & reduces inflammation.

Bilberry is any of several species of low-growing shrubs, bearing edible berries. Bilberries are distinct from blueberries but closely related to them. Bilberries are recognized as a good source of flavonoids, some of which have antioxidant activity. Often associated with improvement of night vision.

White Pine Bark: known commonly as Whitebark Pine, Pitch Pine, Scrub Pine, and Creeping Pine[2] occurs in the mountains of the Western United States and Canada. Old and trusted remedy for colds and flu. It helps loosen and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract. It is said to increase circulation & provide a high degree of antioxidant capacity.

Eyebright:  The common name refers to the plant’s use in treating eye infections. Also claiming that it strengthened the brain. It was also used to treat bad memory and vertigo in times past. Herbalists use eyebright for the redness, swelling, and visual disturbances caused by blepharitis and conjunctivitis. The herb is also used for eyestrain and to relieve inflammation caused by colds, coughs, sinus infections, sore throats and hay fever.

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Rhus Tox

I thought interesting to find a product from poison ivy is used to treat poison ivy

Notes Found on Rhus Toxicodendron: is often the remedy in Backache, Body aches during flu, Lumbago, Rheumatism, Sprains. Whether the pain is from an old injury or not, consider Rhus tox. Lifting heavy loads that cause bruised and sprained pains. Overlifting, with the sudden “crick” in the back, with pain worse with raising arms above the head.

Rhus Tox is from Poison Ivy. Rhus Tox is a remedy for skin ailments such as, shingles hives, fever blisters, chicken pox, poison ivy , and rashes with poison ivy appearance.
Keynote is: red spots, very itchy, with burning and swollen vesicles.

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Grass Fed Meats

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Omega Fatty Acids: Getting down to the Grass Roots

by Mary Howard, RN

We will look at why some meat is better than others for you and why some fats are better than others for you. What are these Omega fats, anyway? We will also look at why the fat ratio of meat and eggs can be affected by the animal’s feed and living conditions. We’ll also touch on the fact that, just because an animal was raised on organic feed it still may not have the nutrients needed to make their meat healthy.

Mind, Body, Spirit

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Living Better Longer: The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection

by Mary Howard, RN

Can you control your destiny? Well, maybe or maybe not but there are a few things you can do to help it along. Let’s look at physical drains and how they affect the mind and spirit and emotional drains and how they affect the physical body.

Berries: Very Nutritious and Very Berry Good

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by Mary Howard, RN

Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, and Strawberries are all very healthy. Besides containing Vitamin C they also contain Antioxidants. Antioxidants break down harmful molecules in the body that lead to age related illnesses. Among 40 other fruits and vegetables, blueberries are the highest in these Antioxidant properties.

Wt Loss

MaryIs Your Weight Loss Program What it Should be?

by Mary Howard, RN

There are a few things you should consider to be sure the weight loss program you have chosen is as safe and effective as it can be. Also, there are effects that you may see, besides weight loss, while you are on a weight loss program.

Heart Smart

MaryLets Get Heart Smart: Risk Factors of Heart Related Illness

 by Mary Howard, RN

There is new evidence that shows dietary intake of fat and cholesterol, such as fat meat and eggs, may not be the culprit to heart related illness. Carbohydrates and Homocysteine levels may be some of the important culprits. We’ll also look at some other factor to lower your risk of heart attack, stroke and high blood pressure.

Berries

bilberryBilberry is any of several species of low-growing shrubs, bearing edible berries. Bilberries are distinct from blueberries but closely related to them. Bilberries are found in very acidic, nutrient-poor soils throughout the temperate and subarctic regions of the world. The fruit is smaller than that of the blueberry but with a fuller taste. Bilberries are darker in colour, and usually appear near black with a slight shade of purple. Bilberries are extremely difficult to grow and are thus seldom cultivated.
Bilberries are recognized as a good source of flavonoids, some of which have antioxidant activity. Often associated with improvement of night vision.

 

Juniper-CedarCedar berry is obtained from the species of evergreen coniferous tree known Juniperus monosperma. It seems to be help with pancreas and improved insulin use.
The cedar boughs can be steeped into a tea that is somewhat cleansing to the system and contains vitamin C. The same tea concentrated can be used for poultices for rheumatic pains. It is also used for foot-baths and hand-baths.

juniperJuniper berries are a diuretic and were also thought to be an appetite stimulant and a remedy for rheumatism and arthritis.
Currently, the juniper berry is being researched as a possible treatment for diet-controlled diabetes, as it releases insulin from the pancreas.
An essential oil extracted from juniper berries is used in aromatherapy and perfumery

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Goldenseal

goldensealGoldenseal is often used as a multi-purpose remedy, and is thought to possess many different medicinal properties. In addition to being used as a topical antimicrobial, it is also taken internally as a digestion aid, and may remove canker sores when gargled. Goldenseal may be purchased in salve, tablet, tincture form, or as a bulk powder. Goldenseal is often used to boost the medicinal effects of other herbs it is blended or formulated with.

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), also called orangeroot or yellow puccoon, is a perennial herb in the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to southeastern Canada and the northeastern United States. It may be distinguished by its thick, yellow knotted rootstock. The stem is purplish and hairy above ground and yellow below ground where it connects to the yellow rhizome. The plant bears two palmate, hairy leaves with 5–7 double-toothed lobes and single, small, inconspicuous flowers with greenish white stamens in the late spring. It bears a single berry like a large raspberry with 10–30 seeds in the summer.

Burdock

burdockIt contains a fair amount of dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, amino acids. It contains a polyphenol oxidase, which causes its darkened surface and muddy harshness by formingtannin-iron complexes.

Burdock is believed to be agalactagogue, a substance that increases lactation, but it is sometimes recommended to be avoided during pregnancy based on animal studies that show components of burdock to cause uterus stimulation

Folk herbalists considered dried burdock to be a diuretic, diaphoretic, and a blood purifying agent.

Burdock is a traditional medicinal herb that is used for many ailments. Burdock root oil extract, also called Bur oil, is currently used in Europe under the belief that it is a useful scalp treatment. Modern studies indicate that burdock root oil extract is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids.

From Wikipedia.

Kava Kava

kavakavaThe roots of the plant are used to produce a drink with sedative and anesthetic properties. Kava is consumed throughout the Pacific Ocean cultures of Polynesia, including Hawaii, Vanuatu, Melanesia and some parts of Micronesia. Kava is sedating and is primarily consumed to relax without disrupting mental clarity.

Kava is chewed by some to relieve symptoms of throat pain, as it produces a “numbing” effect on the tongue and throat. Kava has been reported to improve cognitive performance and promote a cheerful mood.

Info found on Wikipedia.

Ginkgo Biloba

GinkgobilobajpgGinkgo is one of the oldest living tree species. The extract of ginkgo leaves is used medicinally in North America, where it’s one of the most popular medicinal herbs, and many other countries around the world. In traditional Chinese medicine, the seeds of the ginkgo tree are used.

Ginkgo leaves are believed to contain compounds that thin blood and help to improve muscle tone in the walls of blood vessels. This may enhance blood flow.

Ginkgo leaf products may affect blood sugar levels, so people with diabetes should only be used under the supervision of a health care provider.

Why Do People Use Ginkgo?

  • To improve memory
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • To enhance blood circulation