Three Ways Neutraceuticals Help You Enjoy Summer

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Baby, it’s hot outside. And we know you’re looking for a few sanity savers and ways to keep up your health habits thenjoy your summer more with nutaceuticalsis summer. Here are three recommendations for keeping your backbone in check over popsicle wars, a way to escape to a tropical island (for at least a few minutes) and a way to alleviate those summer colds.

 

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Can We Trust Health Supplements?

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TrustHealth supplements have been around since the beginning of time. Originally sold by gypsies, peddlers and snake oil salesmen as cures for your ailments, today’s supplements are different. They actually have science to back them up. However, there are some questions that still come up around health supplements. In this article, we’ll discuss some of these questions and ultimately, the decision is yours. We’ve seen first-hand the difference health supplements can make in our own lives.

I’ll start this post off with a quick story about my brother, John. At age 39, John was diagnosed with occlusive cardiovascular disease and had to have stents put in the arteries of his heart in 2000. Just three years later, his arteries began to clog again. Open heart surgery (a double bypass) was the only option for him at this point. Soon after the surgery, John discovered the Linus Pauling Therapy for reversing cardiovascular disease with vitamin C and decided to follow it. He is doing great eight years later. Lypo Spheric Vitamin C changed his life.

After I saw my brother’s results with the Lypo Spheric vitamin C, I began supplementing with it as well. It’s improved my overall health and I’m a true believer. Here are some of the more common questions we asked before we opened our store and began using supplements to improve our health.

Aren’t prescription drugs safer than supplements?

It depends on who you ask. Dr. Linus Pauling, who developed the famous Pauling Therapy for Heart Disease, was not a physician, but a world-renowned chemist and researcher. He won four Nobel prizes for his research. He developed the Vitamin C therapy for heart disease because he based it on science. His therapy is more involved than taking large doses of vitamin C, but this super antioxidant is the foundation of his approach. His approach is not a prescription drug, but a supplemental therapy, which you can learn more about in the book How to Live Longer and Feel Better.

So, to answer the question, prescription drugs have their place, as do supplements. We encourage you to do your research and look at the science.

How do you know what’s in a supplement?

While the Federal Drug Administration is not required to “approve” a supplement’s ingredients, the manufacturers are responsible for providing information on what’s in the supplement, how to use it, its side effects, etc.

The FDA requires manufacturers to report adverse effects and gets involved when a product is considered unsafe. There’s a great guide from the FDA on how to make informed decisions about supplements available here.

The best source of information on what’s in a supplement is from the manufacturer. We work with manufacturers on the products we sell in our store and believe this is the best source for information. They are required to ensure safety.

Will supplements cure my health problems?

The answer to this question is that the question is broad. Health problems affect everyone, whether it’s a cold or a lifelong disease like my brother John. Your best move is to become an active member of your health care team. You need to understand what’s happening in your health and what treatment options you have available. Supplements can be part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Reading, questioning and participating in your healthcare  are the steps to take toward improving or curing your health problems.

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Is Vitamin C Therapy Dangerous?

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As you’ve seen on our blog, the doses of Vitamin C required for maximum benefit are well beyond the daily recommended values. A healthy male nonsmoker’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 90 milligrams; a healthy female nonsmoker’s RDA is 75. This number increases for smokers and pregnant/nursing females. See all RDAs here.

So, is it safe to take as much as 1,000 milligrams every six hours? Let’s look to some science for the answer. According to Dr. Thomas Levy’s book, Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins, ascorbic acid is “one of the safest and least toxic therapies that can be administered to a patient on a regular basis.

Dr. Robert F. Cathcart, III, who is known for his work with treating over 20,000 patients with Vitamin C therapies, says that doses ranging from 4,000 mg to over 200,000 mg in a 24-hour period resulted in a “remarkable lack of systemic difficulties.” Some of the mild side effects Cathcart noted include:

  • Gas, diarrhea or acid stomach (mostly in well patients)
  • Patients who “swished the Vitamin C in their mouths before swallowing” reported some tooth enamel loss
  • In a few cases out of thousands, patients developed a slight rash that cleared on its own.

Common Vitamin C Myths Debunked

Myth: Vitamin C causes kidney stones.

Fact: A study that followed more than 85,000 women for 14 years reported no statistical association with Vitamin C and increased kidney stone development.  In another study, men were found to have a 28% reduction in kidney stones for every 1 milligram of Vitamin C in their blood stream.

Myth: Vitamin C causes cancer.

Fact: On the contrary, Vitamin C helps cancer patient regain strength and well-being. The paper that led to this myth called Vitamin C “ineffective in preventing cancer.” More recent research argues that increased doses of ascorbic acid supplements help improve lifespan.

Myth: Vitamin C should not be taken by transplant patients due to fears of organ rejection

Fact: Vitamin C can help transplant patients avoid a serious complication that can lead to eventual rejection caused by transplant coronary arteriosclerosis. One study found that a daily regimen of just 500 mg and 400 mg Vitamins C and E, respectively reduces this common side effect for transplant patients (Levy 405).

To learn more about the safety of Vitamin C, check out Dr. Levy’s book in our store.

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How Optimum 100% Whey Protein Can Really Help You

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How Optimum 100% Whey Protein can really help you. For anyone that wants to be healthier and feel better, then you need to start using Optimum 100% Whey protein. This protein has many benefits that you need to know. Plus, you need to understand how it can help you lead a healthier lifestyle.

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