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Aloe Life

Aloe Life

We all know Aloe Vera’s benefits as it brings moisture to the skin and helps heal sunburns, but many of us are not aware of the many other applications. Drinking a good quality Aloe Vera Juice supports the most important body functions, such as digestion and liver function, elimination and healing, immune function, blood sugar, cholesterol, and detoxification. Scientific research for drinking Aloe Vera juice has shown to increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach, balancing the PH, and decreasing fungal growth in the intestines. There are 13 minerals found in Aloe Vera, the most prevalent is sulfur. Sulfur has been called nature’s beauty mineral, because it is paramount in collagen synthesis. Collagen keeps the hair lustrous, the skin smooth, and the complexion clear and youthful. Sulfur is also an important constituent of insulin, the hormone that regulates sugar metabolism. Lastly sulfur stimulates the release of bile from the liver for fat digestion.  Aloe Vera works wonderfully with other supplements you are taking because it wakes up the intestinal villi, increasing the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Aloe Vera juice soothes heartburn, and it gently moves the bowels without causing discomfort and cramping.

If you’re someone who suffers with allergies from pollen, chemicals, animal dander, dust or food, you may want to look at improving your digestive health.  Poor digestion, elimination, and colon health are factors that can influence allergies. Aloe Vera juice without any water added can stimulate a weak digestive system, which is usually present in allergies. Aloe Vera Juice helps to strengthen the cell wall integrity through collagen support of the cell membrane, which may prevent allergens from entering the blood stream and causing reactions.

Aloe Life Organically Grown products have earned the title as the Highest Quality Therapeutic Aloe Vera since 1991. The never over-heat, over-filter, or dilute the valuable active ingredients. Aloe Vera is 99% water when it’s raw from the plant, so Aloe Life concentrates it for maximum benefits.  Everything is juiced and processed within three to six hours, so there is very little oxidation. Every Aloe Life product comes in a BPA free bottle, and is 3rd Party Laboratory Tested.

Aloe Life has many products to choose from to fit individual needs. Their Aloe Gold is the most concentrated product with a natural herbal bitter taste, and it is the best choice for people with irregular metabolism and Candida. The delicious 100% fruit juice flavors (Cherry and Papaya) do not contain any artificial flavors; they contain only fructose or apple juice that is low glycemic. Aloe Life has a StomachPlus Formula Juice which helps calm occasional digestive upset due to overeating, medications, motion sickness, pregnancy, or emotional upset. The StomachPlus Formula has healing herbs like Catnip, Chamomile, Ginger, Gentian, Goldenseal, Wild Yam, Clove, Cinnamon, Peppermint, and Fennel which are optimally digested with the Aloe Gold. There are other amazing Aloe Life products like the FiberMate, DetoxPlus Formual Juice, and the Superfruits. They also have several personal care products like, gels, mists, and lotions. Check out www.vitaminlife.com to see Aloe Life’s balancing and cleansing products. You can order your Aloe Life products at www.vitaminlife.com or come in to our Redmond Retail Store. Call us at 866-998-8855.

References:

Koch, K., & Lewis, S. (1999). Gift of nature: Whole leaf aloe vera, clinical observations & applications (First ed., Vol. 1, p. 64). San Diego, Calif.: Westerfield Enterprises ;.

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Heal Your Gut with Dr. Probiotics

Heal Your Gut with Dr. Ohira’s Probiotics

There are so many probiotics supplements on the market today, how do we know what to choose? Ideally you want something with multiple strains and a high CFU(colony forming units). But quantity isn’t always everything, the quality of the strains and the survivability in the gut are important factors when deciding on a probiotic.

Dr. Ohira’s Original Formula Probiotics are fermented for three to five years using 12 strains of lactic acid bacteria (LAB), including the proprietary TH10 strain which reportedly is six time stronger than any other LAB strain. The probiotic supplement is encapsulated along with its prebiotic culture medium of vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, and seaweed. Prebiotics provide food for the good bacteria already present in the gut, so they can multiply and thrive. In addition to prebiotics and organic acids, the culture medium provides nutritious vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. The enzyme activity aids in digestion, reduces inflammation, alleviates toxins, and helps balance the PH in the colon. The probiotic doesn’t just propagate the gut; it helps heal the environment first.

The Professional formula is fermented for two years longer than the original formula, which increases the amount of enzymes and organic acids. The increase in organic acids goes to work faster at healing the environment of the gut by removing the bad bacteria. The Professional formula is great for anyone dealing with chronic conditions like leaky gut, and crohn’s.

The fermentation process used to craft Dr. Ohira’s probiotics is conducted at various temperatures, which results in a very stable product that does not require refrigeration. The individual blister-pack capsules preserve potency and are convenient for travel.

Dr. Ohira’s Probiotics has won numerous International Supplement Awards including Best Supplement award, by Better Nutrition Magazine for five years running. Try this probiotic and feel the amazing benefits for yourself!

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References:

http://drohhiraprobiotics.com/

Dr. Ohhira Probiotics | On Sale | Probiotics Supplements | Probiotic Soap | Probiotics Oils | Buy Probiotics From Dr. Ohhira Probiotics. (n.d.). Retrieved July 10, 2015.

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Immune Extra

Stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, and even some medications take their toll on our immune systems, making us more susceptible to harmful germs and viruses. Immune Extra can increase immune cells and balance your system to give you the added protection you need. Immune Extra is a totally exclusive and unique product with 30+ scientific peer review studies proving safety and effectiveness. Immune Extra has a very specific effect on the dendritic immune cells. Dendritic immune cells are perhaps the most important of all immune cells. For the immune system to perform at its best it must first be able to accurately and efficiently recognize pathogens. Dendritic immune cells are the only immune cell able to identify a pathogen. T-cells for example, cannot tell the difference between a pathogenic organism and a healthy cell, they must first be given that information from dendritic cells. Thus without adequate dendritic cells the immune system is literally ‘flying blind’.

Immune Extra is the only product that contains Proligna, which is a safe, patented, and it’s naturally extracted from Scotch pinecones. Proligna is made from young, clean pinecones harvested from Wisconsin forests. Immune Extra is packaged according to FDA Good Manufacturing Practices. The pinecones are renewable resources that are replenished by nature each year. ImmuneExtra is meant to be taken daily and year round. Not only can Immune Extra help you with cold and flu during the winter months, but it can be beneficial for spring and summer allergies. Since Immune Extra helps accurately and efficiently identify pathogens, it can be helpful for auto-immune disorder and cancer. Taken daily Immune Extra has a unique ability to strengthen, balance, and optimize immune function. Prolingna pinecone extract has been awarded 11 patents internationally and is described in over 30 peer reviewed scientific studies.

A healthy immune system is the body’s best defense against harmful germs and viruses, so give your immune system the protection it needs with Immune Extra.

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References:

http://www.immunextra.com/

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OHA Skincare

“In the lush isles of Hawaii, OHA means joyous life energy.”
OHA skincare line is made in the Pacific Northwest with locally sourced ingredients. Free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, and gluten. Everything about this skincare line is made responsibly, from the glass packaging to the unrefined ingredients. Using very minimally processed plants keeps all the vital nutrients and energy in tacked. Unrefined ingredients like, aloe vera, green tea, coconut oil, berry seed oil, and tocotrienol E, provide the skin with trace minerals and anti-inflammatory benefits. Reishi mushroom extract is added to provide natural UVB protection and anti-oxidants, which can prevent cells from developing cancer. OHA formulas can help even the skins tone, texture, and you can customize it for any skin type. Whether you have sensitive, dry/mature, oily, combination, or you have troubled skin such as acne, rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis. This skin care line is as close to nature as it gets, while seeing results. If you’re looking for an incredibly clean and gentle skin care products that can also help reduce fine lines, these formulas are for you.
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Super Smooth Grain Free Plant Protein

Garden of Life’s new plant based protein is uniquely formulated to have a superior taste and texture, ideal for anyone looking for a clean protein free of common allergens like wheat, corn, soy, and dairy. Garden of Life is working closely with organic farmers in North America and Canada to produce the highest quality ingredients, so there are no chemicals or artificial ingredients. Organic pea, organic flax seed, organic cranberry seed, organic chia seed, and organic pumpkin seed provide 15g of a complete protein and 4g of fiber per serving. This protein is non GMO certified and USDA organic. It’s great for athlete’s pre or post work-out with more sustaining energy. Includes essential fatty acids, 13 enzymes, 1 billion probiotics, and it’s available in four delicious flavors. The Smooth Energy naturally energizes you with yerba mate and non GMO B12, providing 20mg of caffeine. For those who want a little extra boost, try the Smooth Coffee with 40mg of caffeine and organic Marley coffee. The Smooth Chocolate and Vanilla are creamy and delicious mixed with unsweetened almond milk or water. If you believe in the benefits of pure, whole food nutrition, you’ll love this new Organic Plant Protein.

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Metagenics Ultra Calm Bars

Millions of Americans are looking for ways to stay focused during the day, and at the same time reduce stress. Metagenics new Ultra Calm Bars are the perfect snack to help you stay calm and focused. With 200mg of L-Theanine per bar, they are designed to support relaxation and a healthy stress response. L-Theanine is an amino acid usually found green and black tea, and a small amount in mushrooms. In about thirty minutes it passes through the blood-brain barrier increasing levels of dopamine and GABA in the brain. Increasing levels of GABA and dopamine has shown to help with anxiety and improved concentration. Other benefits of L-Theanine include the production of nitric oxide, (a compound that causes the blood vessels in the arteries to dilate) which can improve cardiovascular health. Metagenics Ultra Calm Bars are also low glycemic with only 6 grams of sugar and 8 grams of fiber. It comes in dark chocolate and coconut flavor, without any spike in blood sugar! Enjoy this snack any time of day to relieve stress and curb cravings. Order your Metagenics Ultra Calm Bars at www.vitaminlife.com or come in to our Redmond Retail Store. Call us at 866-998-8855.
References:
http://www.clevelandclinicwellness.com/…/l-theanine-pro-con…#
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-using-l-theanine-4…

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New From Genuine Health

Genuine Health’s new fermented Vegan Protein is the first fully fermented vegan protein on the market today. It has an extensive amino acid profile while promoting digestive health and healthy gut bacteria. Fermented foods have numerous health benefits such as, supporting the immune system, enhanced absorption of vitamins and minerals, and it’s easily digested.
This unique blend of ingredients (fermented pea protein isolate, fermented brown rice protein, organic hemp seed protein concentrate, organic quinoa sprouts , alfalfa protein, organic spirulina, mung bean sprouts) are fermented is small batches using nondairy probiotics by professional microbiologists who monitor the entire process to ensure a pristine quality product. Genuine Health’s fermented protein gives you 15 grams of protein and only 70 calories; gluten free, soy free, and made with non-GMO ingredients. This protein is offered in vanilla flavor and unflavored, and if you haven’t tried this fermented protein, you will be surprised by its delicious taste and creamy texture. Order your Genuine Health fermented vegan protein atwww.vitaminlife.com or come in to our Redmond Retail Store. Call us at 866-998-8855.
References:
http://www.genuinehealth.com/store/us/fermented-vegan-proteins

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Mental Clarity, Focus and Memory Support With Lion’s Mane

“Lions mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is a medicinal mushroom and powerful superfood adaptogen for the brain, nerves and immune system.

The mushroom looks quite different than other mushroom varieties. Instead of caps and stems they grow in globular masses and have long flowing spines. Known for its powerful effects as a brain tonic, Hericium erinaceus is rumored to have been used as a tea for centuries by Buddhist monks to enhance brain power and heighten their ability to concentrate during meditation.

Mycologist Paul Stamets says,

Unlike any other food substance known, the mushroom has been studied to be extremely effective at encouraging and inducing Nerve Growth Factor in the brain.

We consider lion’s mane the perfect superfood for those who have experienced seizures because of this ability to elicit nerve regeneration. It can be extremely helpful for those with epilepsy or who have experienced Gran-mal seizures, both of which are thought to cause nerve cell injury in the brain and affect cognitive function.

Lions mane, like other medicinal mushrooms, contains high amounts of antioxidants, beta-glucan and polysaccharides that are made available when the mushroom is heated or prepared as a hot water extract. These health components are powerful immuno-modulators that support “deep immune health.”

The specific active ingredients in the mushroom, including beta-glucoxylan as well as four other polysaccharides and polypeptides, are responsible for significantly enhancing the immune system and currently being research for their effects at decreasing tumor growth.

Brain and Neurological Support

Lion’s mane is a potent catalyst for brain tissue regeneration and helps to improve memory and cognitive functions.

In studies conducted in Japan, by Dr. Hirokazu Kawagishi, it was discovered that the mushroom stimulates the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). This is the primary protein nutrient responsible for enhancing and repairing neurological disorders.

What is Nerve Growth Factor?
Nerve Growth Factor (or NGF) is a protein that plays a major role in the maintenance, survival and regeneration of neurons. A lack of NGF is considered one of the major causes of Alzheimer’s disease. It is required by the brain and important sensory neurons to keep the entire nervous system strong and healthy. Nerve growth factor is also known to stimulate and develop “new neuron growth” in the central and peripheral systems.

When various neurological disorders occur, the brain is unable to manufacture its own internal source of NGF. To make matters worse, the semi-permeable membrane, called the myelin sheath or blood-brain barrier, inhibits the body from delivering external sources of NGF and deterioration of brain neurons begins to slowly occur over time.
Lions mane mushroom has been shown to be exceptionally active in stimulating the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor, containing the two unique compounds: hericenones and erinacines. Hericenones has the ability to activate the brain to produce more NGF.

The erinacines compound found in the mushroom mycelium is one of the most powerful NGF inducers of all natural compounds. It can actually pass through the blood-brain barrier to encourage the production of new neurons within the brain itself.

In a 2013 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms it states, ” In conclusion, the aqueous extract of H. erinaceus contained neuroactive compounds which induced NGF-synthesis and promoted neurite outgrowth in NG108-15 cells.”

The mushroom was proven effective for its ability to efficiently stimulate neuron growth, improving muscle-motor response pathways in Parkinson’s and repairing neurological trauma in stroke victims.

In addition, lions mane mycelium has been studied to reduce amyloid plaques that interfere with brain neurotransmission. Amyloid plaques are clumps of beta-amyloid proteins, which originate in the fatty membrane surrounding nerve cells. When these smaller proteins break off they can block the signals between cells, which is thought to play a role in Alzheimer’s and various neurodegenerative disorders, like Parkinson’s.”

References:

(n.d.). Retrieved February 10, 2015, from http://www.superfoods-for-superhealth.com/lions-mane.html
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Health Benefits of Milk Thistle

“Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has been used for 2,000 years as an herbal remedy for a variety of ailments, particularly liver, kidney, and gall bladder problems. Several scientific studies suggest that substances in milk thistle (especially a flavonoid called silymarin) protect the liver from toxins, including certain drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), which can cause liver damage in high doses. Silymarin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it may help the liver repair itself by growing new cells.
Although a number of animal studies demonstrate that milk thistle can be helpful in protecting the liver, results in human studies are mixed.

Liver disease from alcohol
Milk thistle is often suggested as a treatment for alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. But scientific studies show mixed results. Most studies show milk thistle improves liver function and increases survival in people with cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis. But problems in the design of the studies (such as small numbers of participants and differences in dosing and duration of milk thistle therapy) make it hard to draw any real conclusions.

Viral hepatitis
Milk thistle is widely used in the treatment of viral hepatitis (particularly hepatitis C). However, studies show mixed results. Some found improvements in liver function, while others did not. In one study of 16 patients who didn’t respond to interferon and ribavirin therapy, milk thistle significantly reduced the viral load of hepatitis C. In 7 of the subjects the virus decreased to undetectable levels after 14 days of therapy.

Mushroom poisoning
Based on traditional use, milk thistle has been used as an emergency antidote to poisoning by deathcap mushroom (Amanita phalloides). Animal studies have found that milk thistle extract completely counteracts the toxic effects of the mushroom when given within 10 minutes of ingestion. If given within 24 hours, it significantly reduces the risk of liver damage and death.

Cancer
Early laboratory studies also suggest that silymarin and other active substances in milk thistle may have anticancer effects. These substances appear to stop cancer cells from dividing and reproducing, shorten their lifespan, and reduce blood supply to tumors. Some studies suggest silymarin may favorably supplement sunscreen protection and may help reduce the risk of skin cancer. More studies are needed, however, to show whether milk thistle has any effects in the body (not just in test tubes).

Plant Description
Milk thistle is native to the Mediterranean region. It is now found throughout the world. This stout thistle usually grows in dry, sunny areas. The spiny stems branch at the top, and reach a height of 5 – 10 feet. The leaves are wide, with white blotches or veins. Milk thistle gets its name from the milky white sap that comes from the leaves when they are crushed. The flowers are red purple. The small, hard skinned fruit is brown, spotted, and shiny. Milk thistle spreads quickly (it is considered a weed in some parts of the world), and it matures quickly, in less than a year.

What’s It Made Of?
The active ingredient — the one that protects the liver — in milk thistle is known as silymarin, a chemical extracted from the seeds. Silymarin is actually a group of flavonoids (silibinin, silidianin, and silicristin), which are thought to help repair liver cells damaged by alcohol and other toxic substances. Silymarin also keeps new liver cells from being destroyed by these same toxins. It reduces inflammation (which is why it is often suggested for people with liver inflammation or hepatitis) and is a strong antioxidant.
Most milk thistle products are standardized preparations made from the seeds of the plant. Most preparations are standardized to contain 70 – 80% of silymarin.

Available Forms
Capsules of standardized dried herb (each capsule contains about 120 – 140 mg silymarin)
Liquid extract
Tincture

Silymarin phosphatidylcholine complex
A few studies show that a silymarin-phosphatidylcholine complex may be absorbed more easily than regular standardized milk thistle. Phosphatidylcholine is a key element in cell membranes. It helps silymarin attach easily to cell membranes, which may keep toxins from getting inside liver cells. People who have alcohol-related liver disease should avoid alcohol extracts.

How to Take It
Pediatric
There are no studies showing whether it is safe to give milk thistle to a child. Liver problems can be serious and should be diagnosed by a physician. Talk to your child’s health care provider before giving milk thistle to a child.
Adult
If you think you have a liver problem, you should see a health care provider. Liver disease can be life threatening.”

Source: Milk thistle | University of Maryland Medical Centerhttp://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/milk-thistle#ixzz3QJmsQ3qv
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Amazing Health Benefits of Cacao

“Cacao beans are seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree, a small evergreen tree grown in Mexico and South America. Cacao beans are roasted and ground to produce cocoa and, after further processing, are the basis of chocolate. When the beans are dried at low temperature, however, they are called raw cacao beans, which can be consumed whole, broken into pieces called nibs or ground to produce raw cocoa powder. Cacao beans are rich in natural antioxidant compounds with many health benefits.

Cacao Antioxidants
Cacao beans contain natural chemicals called flavonoids, a type of antioxidant compound that promotes general health and might lower your risk of several diseases. One type of flavonoid, called anthocyanidin, is especially high in cacao beans, along with other compounds called epicatechins. These compounds are powerful antioxidants and, according to a study in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” published in 2003, are especially concentrated in cocoa, a product of cacao beans. In that study, researchers compared the antioxidant capacity of black tea, green tea, red wine and cocoa, concluding that cocoa has the highest antioxidant activity among the four products and the greatest potential for health benefits.

Antioxidant Benefits
Antioxidants stabilize and ultimately destroy free radicals in your cells and tissues. These potentially damaging chemicals are natural by-products of metabolism. They also form when your body breaks down environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke and organic solvents. Free radicals can injure your cells by interfering with cell membranes, damaging DNA and altering other cell components. Over time, a buildup of free radicals can accelerate aging, contribute to vascular changes that lead to heart disease and raise your risk of developing cancer. In addition to removing free radicals, antioxidants also help decrease inflammation that can contribute to arthritis and other diseases, and they can prevent changes in platelets that might produce blood clots
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Cardiovascular Benefits
Flavonoid antioxidants in cacao have significant benefits for your cardiovascular system, according to Silvina Lotito, Ph.D., of the Linus Pauling Institute. She indicates that proanthocyanidin compounds in cocoa powder can help decrease oxidation of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL. Often called bad cholesterol, LDL is oxidized and then deposited in plaque. Plaque produces fat accumulations in arteries that can lead to atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Because cacao antioxidants block LDL oxidation, they can prevent plaque formation, improving circulation and lowering your risk of heart disease.

Cancer
The Linus Pauling Institute indicates that flavonoid antioxidants such as those found in cacao might interfere with the development of cancer. In one laboratory study published in 2002 in “Cancer Letters,” anthocyanidins from cacao reduced the incidence of chemically induced pancreatic and breast cancer in laboratory animals. In a review of evidence from human subjects, published in 2009 in “Nutrition and Cancer,” researchers concluded that compounds in cacao might prevent cancer or improve the outcome when the disease is already present. However, they state that more extensive studies with larger populations are needed to confirm this.”

References:

Antioxidant Benefits of Raw Cacao. (n.d.). Retrieved February 10, 2015, from http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/antioxidant-benefits-raw-cacao-3990.html

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