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Health Benefits of Grapeseed Extract

Posted by Daniel Sanelli on Apr 24, 2015 8:03:04 AM

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Free radicals are extremely unstable substances which, in the presence of oxygen, will turn a shiny metal wrench into an ugly rusted wrench very quickly. Our bodies don't, of course, rust. In humans, however, free radicals cause irreparable oxidative damage to cells and the protective membrane linings that surround cells. This, in turn, can cause accelerated wear and tear that may lead to premature aging, lowered immune resistance, and even cancer and heart disease. Some common sources of free radicals are smoking, consumption of fats, inhalation of carbon monoxide and other environmental pollutants, chemical additives in foods such as nitrites and nitrates, overexposure to the sun and other sources of radiation.

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Topics: antioxidants, botanicals, free radicals, smart supplementation

Tonifying the Colon with Triphala

Posted by Daniel Sanelli on Apr 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Constipation and improper elimination seem to be at an all-time high in many societies today. As a result, people looking for natural solutions may turn to ongoing magnesium supplementation; foods known to move the bowels, such as prunes; and herbs, such as cascara and senna. There are some potential harmful effects of using cascara and senna on an ongoing basis, as they do not address the cause of constipation. Considered "natural laxatives," they can create dependence and disrupt peristalsis (the natural contractions of the bowel).

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Topics: botanicals, medicinal herbs, smart supplementation, digestive health

Health Benefits of Colonic Irrigation

Posted by Daniel Sanelli on Apr 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Colonic irrigation, also known as "colon hydrotherapy," is the use of clean, temperature- and pressure-regulated water to flush out the lower intestines. This gentle flushing can aid in the elimination of toxin-containing waste in the colon, and relieve constipation by reestablishing regular bowel movements.

While the use of enemas is ancient, this particular therapy dates back to the early 1900s and has a long history of clinical evidence from physicians who routinely saw the difference it made in their patients' symptoms. It is also surrounded in controversy, as many alternative healers make wild and fantastical claims of its benefits.

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Topics: lifestyle, digestive health

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health XanthOmega Krill Oil

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Apr 22, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Quick Overview

XanthOmega™ Krill Oil provides a generous 12 mg per serving of the powerful antioxidant astaxanthin to help achieve optimum benefits from this potent carotenoid. It would take eight conventional krill softgels to equal the astaxanthin levels in just one XanthOmega™ softgel!

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Topics: cardiovascular health, supplements, anti-inflammatory, skin health, eye health

Natural Treatment of Osteoporosis

Posted by Daniel Sanelli on Apr 22, 2015 8:00:00 AM

In the last 20 years Americans have been consuming more milk and taking more calcium supplements than ever before, yet the rates of the bone crippling disease osteoporosis is rising. More than 10 millions women are diagnosed with osteoporosis. And another 34 million is believed to have “pre-osteoporosis” (osteopenia). Osteoporosis is disease progressive in nature where the bones become weaker and weaker, which makes the individual afflicted with the disease extremely susceptible to bone, fractures and changes in their posture. As derived from Latin, osteoporosis literally means “porous bones” (Balch, 2006, p. 605).

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Topics: Vitamin D, minerals, botanicals, medicinal herbs, bone health

Health Benefits of Probiotics

Posted by Daniel Sanelli on Apr 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

With 80% of your immune system located in your gut, having balanced intestinal flora is a major factor in defending your body against disease. Balanced gastrointestinal (GI) flora is critical to the functioning of the immune system, synthesis of nutrients, and detoxification. Balanced GI flora is also necessary for regular and normal bowel movements.

Flora imbalances can be caused by poor diet, illness, use of antibiotics, and stress. Symptoms can include persistent gas, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. To maintain or rebalance GI flora, consider adding probiotics to your diet.

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Topics: gut repair, probiotics, leaky gut, detox, digestive health

Health Benefits of Fatty Acids

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Apr 20, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Essential & Non-Essential Fatty Acids

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Chemically, a fatty acid is an organic acid that has an acid group at one end of its molecule, and a methyl group at the other end.1 Fatty acids are typically categorized in the omega groups 3, 6 and 9 according to the location of their first double bond (there’s also an omega 7 group, but these are less important to human health).2 Now don’t panic if you’re not up on your chemistry; this isn’t going to be a chemistry lesson. I just wanted you to understand why a fatty acid might be called an omega 3 or omega 6 fatty acid.

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Topics: nutrition, omega-3s, fish oils, smart supplementation

Health Benefits of Echinacea & Goldenseal

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Apr 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Echinacea & Goldenseal

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences 

Echinacea and Goldenseal are a very popular combination of herbs which can be found in dozens of brands of dietary supplements. What these two herbs have in common is that they are effective at supporting and promoting short-term immune functions.

Echinacea

Centuries ago, Native Americans collected the root of the Purple Coneflower, Echinacea. Several species of Echinacea were collected and cherished by at least 14 tribes. This herb was a favorite folk medicine wherever it grew. Currently, Echinacea has been the subject of more than 350 scientific studies. In laboratory testing, Echinacea increases the immune system’s function in a few ways. Consequently, Echinacea may have applications for certain types of infections.

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Topics: colds & flu, botanicals, immune system, medicinal herbs

Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

Posted by Daniel Sanelli on Apr 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Power Up Your Gut with Fermented Foods

Fermented foods may be setting trends on The Huffington Post, but these nutrient-potent foods have been around for thousands of years in Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and German cultures. For people living without modern medicine and refrigeration, fermentation was a simple means of food preservation and a way to imbue foods with the health-enhancing properties of the live bacteria the gut needs to stay in balance. Fermented foods are a potent source of probiotics, which research has shown are essential to powering up the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract and producing antibodies to pathogens. Both are key to helping you maintain vibrant health.

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Topics: probiotics, immune system, medicinal herbs, cooking healthy

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DHEA

Posted by Francisco Rivas on Apr 15, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Quick Overview

DHEA 5 mg capsules supply 5 mg of DHEA for the synthesis of important hormones and for a variety of potential physiological responses such as healthy aging, ongoing energy and vitality, a balanced stress response as well as muscle integrity and fat reduction.* This low dose DHEA can be slowly titrated upwards as needed.

Product Description

Brought to you by popular demand…this lower dose DHEA can be slowly titrated upwards if needed.

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Topics: anti-aging, hormones