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Fight Premature Aging with Tocotrienols

While you may never have considered the importance of tocotrienols to your health, researchers are confirming that they can have a significant positive impact on many aspects of healthy aging.  In fact, the latest study with tocotrienols (a lesser-known form of Vitamin E) reveals how they may add to the health and longevity of every cell in your body.

Tocotrienols are a powerful subgroup within the Vitamin E family, unique from the more familiar tocopherols (of which the best known is alpha-tocopherol). Even though studies relating to tocotrienols account for only about 1% of the published research regarding Vitamin E [1], recent developments indicate that tocotrienols possess vast health-promoting properties that may far exceed those exhibited by the better-known tocopherols subgroup.

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Protect Blood Flow to the Brain and Keep Your Memory Sharp

Are you always misplacing things (like your keys), or forgetting what originally prompted you to walk from one room into another?  Forgetfulness and lack of focus can occur for any of a number of reasons, including:  stress, diet, lack of sleep, medications, and hormone imbalances.  But they can also be a symptom of something more serious called vascular dementia, the term for impaired blood flow to the brain.[1]

“Vascular dementia” is a general term used to describe problems with reasoning, planning, judgment, memory and other thought processes, when they are caused by decreased cerebral blood flow.  In addition, medical researchers have observed that

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Help for Declining Brain Function: Nutrient Reverses Mental Aging by 12 Years

When we get older, even as healthy adults, we can lose up to half our ability to perform memory and thinking tasks. Momentary memory lapses may frustrate and embarrass us, and reduce our self-esteem, productivity and general well-being.

“People begin to feel a difference in brain function in their mid 40s,” said biomedical nutritionist Parris Kidd, Ph.D., an expert in brain function, aging and nutrition. These cognitive losses are associated with reduced levels of phosphatidylserine (PS), so middle age is a good time to start supplementing with this nutrient.[1]


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8 Nutrients Proven to Offer BIG Heart Health Benefits

Maintaining a healthy heart and cardiovascular system is an important concern for many adults.  According to the most recent figures from the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.[1]  In fact, it is estimated that over 80 million Americans are suffering from heart disease at any given time.[2]

Many negative factors in our diet, lifestyle and environment may increase the risk of heart disease,  but a large body of research indicates there is a safe, simple and inexpensive strategy that can help keep your heart healthy.  By supplementing with the right combination of key heart nutrients and herbs, it is possible to offset many heart disease risk factors, and protect your cardiovascular health.

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Daily Multivitamin Found to Reduce Cancer Risk

Supplementation Could Save 46,000 Lives Annually

A 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that daily use of a multivitamin supplement resulted in a significant reduction in cancer deaths.[1]  This study looked at 14,641 male physicians with an average age of 64 who were randomly assigned to take a multivitamin or placebo.

Although this study examined male physicians, the results are applicable to the general population. According to these findings, daily multivitamin supplementation could possibly save 46,000 American lives annually.

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New Study Confirms: Elderberry Extract Helps Fight Colds and Flu

Since ancient times, elderberry has been used for treating influenza and colds.[1]  Sambucus nigra, or elderberry, is a tall tree-like shrub, native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and naturalized in the United States.[2] Due to its long history of successful use against influenza and other immune system challenges, elderberry has been the subject of several modern day research studies.

Most recently, a 2012 study evaluated the effectiveness of elderberry in mice infected with the human influenza virus. Oral administration of elderberry suppressed viral replication and

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Supplementing with Lutein and Zeaxanthin May Prevent Vision Loss

The eye is an amazingly complex and sensitive structure. The advantages of preserving healthy eyesight are particularly apparent, and recent research has confirmed that the intake of specific nutrients can play a major role in helping to maintain good vision.

The function of the eye is much the same as that of a very sophisticated camera, in which the retina serves as the “film.”  More specifically, the retina is a light-sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye, which captures an image of the visual world. In the human eye, the macula is an oval-shaped, highly pigmented yellow spot near the center of the retina.  The macula absorbs excess blue and ultraviolet light that enters the eye, and acts as a natural “sunblock” for this area of the retina.

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Promoting Healthy Heart & Brain Function with Omega-3 Fish Oil

Many people, when asked what foods they should avoid, will answer “fats.”  Skipping unnatural trans fats is, in fact, a survival strategy, but a diet that avoids essential fats is actually hazardous to human health.[1,2]  The brain, for example, is composed of 60% fat,[3] and needs essential fats in order to function properly.[4]

While it’s true that, in large amounts, some types of fat are bad for your health (not to mention your waistline), there are some we simply can’t live without. In reality, some fats cause disease while other fats heal.[5]  Fortunately, more Americans are moving away from the trend of following a “low-fat” diet toward one that is based on understanding the differences among fats.

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Super Nutrients for Heart Health: Grape Seed Extract & Tocotrienols

Part 4 of a 4-Part Series

Most heart disease is caused by a buildup of plaque in the artery walls, known as “atherosclerosis.”  In this condition, the waxy plaque deposits cause the arteries to become progressively narrower, and less oxygen-rich blood is allowed to flow to the heart.  One symptom of atherosclerosis and restricted blood flow is angina (chest pain), which can also signal a heart attack.

But why does this unhealthy buildup of plaque form in artery walls?  Is there some way to prevent it?  Research supports a number of natural, nutrient-based ways that can help prevent or even reverse atherosclerosis.

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Super Nutrients for Heart Health: L-Carnitine & Taurine

Part 3 of a 4-Part Series   

As we reach our 50s and beyond, maintaining a healthy heart and cardiovascular system may become more difficult.  This is due, in part, to the inevitable loss of lean muscle mass (including heart muscle) which comes with age.  Fortunately, supplementing with two important amino acids—L-carnitine and taurine—has been shown to help protect against damage to the heart muscle and the circulatory system.

 

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Super Nutrients for Heart Health: Hawthorn & Garlic

Part 2 of a 4-Part Series

Maintaining healthy cardiovascular function is important to your overall health and longevity, since heart disease is the #1 cause of natural death in the U.S.[1] With so many negative influences on heart health found in our diet, lifestyle and environment, it might seem overwhelming to try to implement a heart-health plan consistently.  A large volume of research, however, indicates there is a simple, inexpensive strategy that can help you protect against heart disease: 

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Super Nutrients for Heart Health: Coenzyme Q10

Part 1 of a 4-Part Series

Should you be concerned about heart health?  Probably.  According to the most recent figures from the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States.[1]  In fact, it is estimated that over 80 million Americans are suffering from heart disease at any given time.[2]

“Statin” drugs that lower cholesterol levels have been widely touted as the best way to prevent heart disease, but these drugs can have serious adverse effects.

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