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Adrenal Fatigue, Depression, Belly Fat, and Sleep Disorders. The Vitamin C Connection

October 28th, 2015
Adrenal Fatigue, Depression, Belly Fat, and Sleep Disorders. The Vitamin C Connection.

Do you recover slowly from stress or not at all? Do you struggle with fatigue and belly fat? Check out this article about how much your adrenal glands depend on vitamin C and how vitamin C regulates your stress response.

Vitamin C has a vast number of benefits for the body, but most of its benefits can lead back to one thing, the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands, along with hormone signaling and producing parts of the brain, secrete vitamin C in response to stress. Vitamin C helps to regulate the stress response by lowering stress hormones when they’re not needed. It is also used in production of many stress hormones. Without enough vitamin C, your body can’t lower its stress levels. Adrenal fatigue, belly fat, fatigue, anxiety, and depression follows. The minimum amount of vitamin C that is recommended each day is 500 mg, about the same as in 5 cups of fruits or vegetables. However, if you have adrenal fatigue or are in a stressful situation, your body’s requirements can increase by 1,000 times as much. So, unless you plan on eating 5,000 cups of fruits and vegetables each day, then you should probably look into supplementation. Talk with your doctor about therapies for your adrenal glands that include a buffered vitamin C supplement, like Wholesale Nutrition’s buffered vitamin C. Vitamin C is very acidic, so the buffered form is recommended for protection of the stomach lining. C-Salts is a pure form of buffered vitamin C with electrolytes for added absorption. There are no other ingredients.

Check out this article about the importance of proper adrenal gland function from Dr. Mercola. If you’re not recovering from stress or feel run down, it is time to talk to your doctor.

The Kalish Method—An Effective Way to Address and Heal Adrenal Fatigue

Your adrenal glands are each no bigger than a walnut and weigh less than a grape, yet are responsible for one of the most important functions in your body: managing your stress.

When your adrenal glands are overtaxed, a condition known as adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion sets in, which in turn can set a cascade of disease processes into motion. One tell-tale sign of adrenal burnout is feeling chronically fatigued.

It’s estimated that up to 80 percent of adults experience adrenal fatigue during their lifetimes, yet it remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in the United States.

The Kalish Method1, designed and taught by Dr. Daniel Kalish, integrates scientific testing with natural health solutions to heal your adrenals and restore their normal function.

I first met Dr. Kalish about 17 years ago when he first started using and perfecting this process, which originated with Dr. Timmins, who has since passed away.

Unfortunately, while many conventional health practitioners have started testing adrenal function, many are still unaware of the protocols for solving adrenal dysfunction. Dr. Kalish is passionate about getting the message out that such protocols do exist, and are profoundly effective—capable of restoring health in most individuals in as little as six to 12 months.

The basis of adrenal fatigue or burnout is stress, which over time can tax your adrenal glands to the point of causing other health problems, such as:

Sleep disorders
Weight gain
Fatigue
Depression

The precipitating event for most people is a period of intense emotional stress. According to Dr. Kalish, approximately 95 percent of his patients report having experienced major emotional stress around the time their health began to falter.

How to Test Your Adrenal Function

Conventionally, you’d see an endocrinologist who would evaluate your adrenal glands, or perhaps a doctor of internal medicine. Unfortunately, they tend to primarily test for specific diseases like Addison’s disease or Cushing’s disease, both of which are relatively rare.

As stated by Dr. Kalish:

“In the conventional medical context, when they think about the adrenal glands, they really only think about these extreme medical conditions that are not going to be what most suffer from. They do a conventional medical test [to] determine whether you have one of these rare endocrine disorders or not.

In the conventional medical world, they’re really not aware of the kinds of lab tests called a functional adrenal stress profile. It means that we’re not worried about the disease processes as an endocrinologist would be, but we’re really looking at functional problems.

Those are problems that are not going to send people to the hospital, but are more of disrupting your day-to-day life. These would be fatigue, depression, problems with weight gain, and problems with sleep.

Those types of issues – the functional adrenal problems – that aren’t severe disease processes, are determined better by either salivary testing, or some doctors also use urine samples.”

The Kalish Method calls for testing your adrenal function by taking four saliva (or urine) samples over the course of a day. This maps out your circadian rhythm, showing how your cortisol levels rise and fall throughout your day. Saliva is collected at approximately four-hour intervals: first thing in the morning upon waking, then at noon, late afternoon, and again at night before going to bed. The first video in this playlist explains why testing your hormones might be a good idea. The second video reviews the differences between urine and saliva testing.

How the Kalish Method Helps Normalize Dysfunctional Adrenals

The Kalish Method is aimed at normalizing dysfunctional adrenals and restoring normal adrenal function. It’s a clinically validated method that’s been used for a long time, yet most physicians are still not aware of it.

“What we find is that if we just restore what’s missing in the person for a period of six months or maybe at the most 12 months, the adrenal glands and the internal production of these hormones comes back,” Dr. Kalish explains. “So, we’re actually restoring the normal production of these hormones in the body. The treatments, therefore, are relatively short-term; six months to a year. The only way we’ve found to do this real repair process is to use these really low dosages of DHEA and pregnenolone over a period of time.”

Another helpful test that can be used is hair analysis. A nutritionist friend of mine has been using this for many years through a company called Trace Elements. According to the theory on hair analysis, the ratio of certain minerals can also be strongly suggestive of adrenal function, specifically the sodium to magnesium ratio. It’s similar to a glycohemoglobin test and it’s measured over three months.

According to Dr. Kalish, this makes sense as your adrenal glands control so many different body functions, some of which involve minerals. Calcium and magnesium can have an impact on your adrenal function as stress tends to make your body use these minerals up at a higher rate, for example. This is also true for sodium and potassium.

“These are like general indicators of how much stress a person is under, which is a great screening tool,” Dr. Kalish says. “And then you can get more specific with the four-times-a-day testing, so you can see exactly what’s happening on a given day.”

The Three Stages of Adrenal Fatigue

In the Kalish Method, adrenal issues are divided into three general categories: stage one, stage two, and stage three. In a stage one pattern, your cortisol levels are very high, and you’re under a lot of stress. But it’s usually an enjoyable type of stress. Perhaps you’re a student or a new parent, which is stressful, yet you’re enjoying yourself and you feel more charged and alive than anything else. You need that excitement. Your body requires it. It’s somewhat like exercise. But the key is to have the adaptability and the resiliency to absorb that stress, enjoy it, benefit from it, and then dissipate it.

If you don’t sufficiently rest and recharge, your adrenals will get overtaxed, causing your cortisol levels to drop, and this is where most people notice there’s a problem. Dr. Kalish explains:

“If you stay in this high-cortisol state for long enough – at stage one – you eventually go to stage two. Stage two means that the cortisol levels are now starting to fail. This is when people start to gain weight. This is when people start to not be able to sleep. This is when your sex drive starts to go away. This is when people just know that there’s some health problem.”

If you stay at stage two long enough, and you fail to change your lifestyle to address your failing adrenals such as not eating right, not resting, and not exercising, you eventually enter stage three. Here, your adrenals are actually burned out and your cortisol levels are low all the time, causing you to feel chronically fatigued and unable to recover your energy despite resting.

Dr. Kalish suggests thinking about cortisol like units of energy. In the morning, you’re supposed to wake up with around 20 units of energy. When you go to bed, it should be down around two. That normal fall of cortisol is what creates that feeling of a “normal” day that ends restfully. But many are waking up with reduced cortisol levels, which translates to feeling exhausted despite having just slept. And many are going to bed with dramatically elevated cortisol levels, making it virtually impossible to shut down your brain and fall asleep.

“This natural rhythm you’re hardwired for is based on your exposure to light and day. When the sun comes up, cortisol goes up. When the sun is down, cortisol is low… You pretty much have to fall in line with this rhythm in order to be healthy… Now, when we do the labs, we’re analyzing where you’re at and then restoring you back to this normal rhythm. That’s the point of the testing,” Dr. Kalish says.

Four Causes of Adrenal Dysfunction

There are three main reasons for adrenal fatigue and dysfunction:

Emotional stress, typically related to grief or loss
Poor diet: Eating too many carbs can disrupt cortisol and a certain group of corticosteroids (a blood pressure-stabilizing hormone), and the Standard American Diet is “a perfect recipe for destroying your adrenal glands,” Dr. Kalish warns.

One of the most important things that cortisol does is regulating secretory IgA in your gut. What this means is that the immune response in your gut is controlled by cortisol. Hence, if you’re stressed, the immune response in your gut suffers, the gut tissue becomes damaged, and good bacteria give way to bad bacteria, causing immune dysregulation that is centered in and around your gut.

Two important components to address this problem are to 1) regularly eat fermented foods, which will dramatically increase the beneficial bacteria in your body (which automatically will help decrease pathogenic bacteria), and 2) to eat a diet low in sugars and carbs, as that will also promote a healthy gut flora.
Chronic inflammation in your body: Inflammation is the hallmark of virtually every disease you can think of, from diabetes to cancer, and when chronic, it stresses your system, including your adrenals.

One little-known strategy to counter inflammation is grounding or earthing, which requires nothing more than taking off your shoes and walking barefoot outside, ideally on dewy grass or on the beach. Connecting your soles to the earth will massively increase the influx of free electrons into your body, which helps dissipate inflammation due to their potent anti-inflammatory action.

Another common hormonal cause of adrenal fatigue is hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. Thyroid function is diagnosed by a blood test, but there’s some controversy over what is normal and what’s not. Many alternative doctors feel the conventional reference ranges are far too broad, and opt to treat people exhibiting sub-clinical thyroid symptoms.

“What’s interesting about the thyroid and the adrenals is that as the cortisol levels go up, one of the normal body mechanisms is to downregulate thyroid,” Dr. Kalish says. “So, most everybody with high cortisol is going to have lower than ideal thyroid hormone levels. At that point, it becomes a decision as to if you want to work on the adrenals, work on thyroid, or work on both together…

More than 90 percent of the time, the adrenal program is enough to restore thyroid function. The biggest reason [for doing] the adrenals first is that when you start taking thyroid hormones your internal production of thyroid hormones drop. With the adrenal glands, it’s the opposite. When you start to take these adrenal-support products, your internal production of adrenal hormones comes back. If you can restore adrenal function, you can save the person from having to be on thyroid medications potentially for the rest of their life.”

To read more of this informative article, please visit http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/07/14/adrenal-testing.aspx.

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About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Getting to the Root of Heart Disease Prevention

September 30th, 2015
Vessel Endothelium Health

Learn how to keep your blood vessels smooth and free of damaging plaques and clots. Diabetic damage, high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks could soon become a thing of the past.

The American Heart Association estimates that 81 million American adults are at risk for cardiovascular disease. This is a staggering number. You may immediately think about heart health, but did you know that there is another part of your cardiovascular system that is possibly even more important when it comes to cardiovascular health? We are talking about the inner lining of all of your arteries, veins, and capillaries. This microscopically thin layer, only one layer of cells thick, is called the endothelium.

The endothelium used to be viewed as a simple membrane, but has recently been discovered to have complex roles in immunity, cardiovascular health, and metabolism. It is responsible for limiting the damage that is done from a heart attack or stroke. It is the smooth surface that your blood needs to flow efficiently, without clotting. It is not only responsible for keeping clots from forming, but it also is responsible for forming clots when needed. The endothelial cells are the controlling factor for blood pressure. The endothelium determines the health of your entire cardiovascular system by producing nitric oxide, the master signaling molecule of your cardiovascular system.

Heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and high blood pressure are all directly caused by the endothelium of your blood vessels failing to make enough nitric oxide. Nitric oxide repairs damage done to the endothelium, keeping it free from plaques and calcification. It is needed to control blood pressure and reduces the effects that LDL (bad) cholesterol can have on your vascular walls. Nitric oxide regulates the formation of clots and maintains the health and strength of the endothelium. Nitric oxide repairs endothelial cells damaged by high blood sugar and other damaging effects of diabetes. If there was a way to keep your endothelium healthy and properly functioning, wouldn’t you be interested?

Vitamins D3 and K2 are critical for producing the right amounts of nitric oxide. Vitamin D3 helps your body to absorb calcium while vitamin K2 tells it where to go. These two vitamins have to be available in proper amounts for the endothelium to create nitric oxide. L-arginine, L-citrulline, B vitamins, vitamin C, and d-ribose also play important roles in endothelial health and nitric oxide production. Deficiencies in any of these areas can lead to cardiovascular malfunction.

Working with your doctor to monitor vitamin levels may be a crucial part of maintaining your cardiovascular health. The vitamins and supplements listed above work together synergistically. Therefore, any one could break the chain of reactions necessary for repairing endothelium or its ability to make nitric oxide. If the endothelium functions properly, it can eliminate high blood pressure, cholesterol concerns, and diabetes vessel damage.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Migraine Treatment with Vitamins and Supplements

September 19th, 2015
Vitamins for Migraines

Looking for a natural way to prevent migraines? Check out these vitamins and supplements, scientifically proven to help with migraine management.

Migraines can put you out of commission for days. Sometimes, your prescription medication just doesn’t do the job or you really don’t like the idea of putting so many chemicals into your body. Preventing and treating migraines may take a little research and legwork, but I think we can all agree that taking the time to get your migraines under control is time well spent.

Migraine Headache Triggers

First, you should know your triggers. Keep a diary of what you eat, how much you sleep, your menstrual cycle (if you’re a woman), your sleep schedule, and your stress level. Do this for a couple of months to try and pinpoint what your triggers are. Some are very specific, like a sudden loud sound. The estrogen drop that happens just before a woman’s period is a very common trigger. Withdrawal from caffeine or chocolate can cause migraines. Acetaminophen gives some people migraines after the pain-killing effects wear off. You may have heard people say that Chinese food causes migraines because of the high monosodium glutamate (MSG) content. However, many Chinese food chains discontinued use of MSG decades ago. Check your food labels. MSG is a powerful neurotoxin that puts your brain into fight or flight response so that food seems to taste stronger and it also makes food addictive.

Do Vitamins and Supplements Really Work?

Once you know your triggers you can try to avoid them or at least schedule life around the possible migraine. Prevention is the next step. Take your vitamins. Certain vitamins are known to eradicate migraines when taken properly. Each of the ones we will discuss here have had placebo-controlled trials that have shown that they actually do work for many people and have a reason behind why they specifically work for migraines.

Magnesium for Prevention

Magnesium plays many crucial roles in the body. Today, many people do not get adequate magnesium from foods because our soils have been depleted. In trials, almost all migraine suffers tested were low or deficient in magnesium. Magnesium seems to drop dramatically with estrogen, either causing menstrual migraines or making them worse. Supplementation for 2-5 months has been proven effective at preventing menstrual migraines. Supplementing daily is the only way to get a benefit, so keep track of your magnesium levels with your doctor if you want to go this route.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

CoQ10 is an antioxidant supplement, but is also plays a part in your body’s generation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the source of energy for all of your cells and is a necessary component of muscle contraction. Because cholesterol reducing statin drugs block the synthesis of CoQ10, many people have problems with coordination, balance, energy, and muscle strength while taking them. If you take statin drugs, talk with your doctor. You can still supplement with CoQ10, but you will need much less because your body won’t process very much at a time.

In trials, CoQ10 has shown to be around 55% effective in preventing migraines. It starts working after about a month and has the most benefit after about 3 months of supplementation. Because of its very low incidence of side effects, this is one of the supplements being studied as a safe form of migraine prevention in children.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Vitamin B2 is much like CoQ10. It aids in the synthesis of ATP for cellular energy and is an antioxidant, so it rids the body of inflammatory and toxic chemicals that could be contributing to your migraines. Vitamin B2 may also aid in the absorption of iron, which is needed to carry oxygen to cells. Low iron levels generally reveal low B vitamin levels as well. Trials show a 50% reduction in migraine occurrence and duration for those taking 400mg/day for 3 months. Side effects are very low, less than 1%, and are limited to diarrhea and increased urine production. Because B vitamins all work together, for example, B2 is synthesized into B6 in the body, it is important to keep vitamin B levels balanced. This is why vitamin B supplements are often sold as a “complex” or balanced dosage of each B vitamin. Have your doctor check your vitamin B levels and monitor which ones need to come up and note how this affects your migraines.

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/07/06/migraines-headaches.aspx

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/957.html

https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/condition/migraine-headache

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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Should RDA of Vitamin C Be Increased?

August 31st, 2015

vitamin c inflammation

Are you treating your disease, or symptoms of your disease?

Should recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin C be increased? “An excellent diet with the recommended five to nine daily servings of fruits and raw or steam-cooked vegetables, together with a six-ounce glass of orange juice, could provide 200 milligrams of vitamin C a day. But most Americans and people around the world do not have an excellent diet.” Is 200 mg enough? What if you have an inflammatory condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease? Does this increase your need for anti-inflammatory vitamin C?

Educate yourself. Are you treating symptoms or underlying causes of disease? Could your medication be contributing to the imbalance in your body that is causing inflammation? Supplementing with vitamin C powder may be just what you need to improve your condition and increase the duration and quality of your life. Check out this article published by News Medical Life Sciences & Medicine.

Healthier Levels of Vitamin C Can Reduce Inflammatory Conditions

The recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of vitamin C is less than half what it should be, scientists argue in a recent report, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical nutrient in the same way they do pharmaceutical drugs and reach faulty conclusions as a result.

The researchers, in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, say there’s compelling evidence that the RDA of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams per day for adults, up from its current levels in the United States of 75 milligrams for women and 90 for men.

Rather than just prevent the vitamin C deficiency disease of scurvy, they say, it’s appropriate to seek optimum levels that will saturate cells and tissues, pose no risk, and may have significant effects on public health at almost no expense – about a penny a day if taken as a dietary supplement.

“It’s time to bring some common sense to this issue, look at the totality of the scientific evidence, and go beyond some clinical trials that are inherently flawed,” said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, and one of the world’s leading experts on the role of vitamin C in optimum health.

“Significant numbers of people in the U.S. and around the world are deficient in vitamin C, and there’s growing evidence that more of this vitamin could help prevent chronic disease,” Frei said. “The way clinical researchers study micronutrients right now, with the same type of so-called ‘phase three randomized placebo-controlled trials’ used to test pharmaceutical drugs, almost ensures they will find no beneficial effect. We need to get past that.”

Unlike testing the safety or function of a prescription drug, the researchers said, such trials are ill suited to demonstrate the disease prevention capabilities of substances that are already present in the human body and required for normal metabolism. Some benefits of micronutrients in lowering chronic disease risk also show up only after many years or even decades of optimal consumption of vitamin C – a factor often not captured in shorter-term clinical studies.

A wider body of metabolic, pharmacokinetic, laboratory and demographic studies suggests just the opposite, that higher levels of vitamin C could help reduce the chronic diseases that today kill most people in the developed world – heart disease, stroke, cancer, and the underlying issues that lead to them, such as high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, poor immune response and atherosclerosis.

“We believe solid research shows the RDA should be increased,” Frei said. “And the benefit-to-risk ratio is very high. A 200 milligram intake of vitamin C on a daily basis poses absolutely no risk, but there is strong evidence it would provide multiple, substantial health benefits.”

An excellent diet with the recommended five to nine daily servings of fruits and raw or steam-cooked vegetables, together with a six-ounce glass of orange juice, could provide 200 milligrams of vitamin C a day. But most Americans and people around the world do not have an excellent diet.

Even at the current low RDAs, various studies in the U.S. and Canada have found that about a quarter to a third of people are marginally deficient in vitamin C, and up to 20 percent in some populations are severely deficient – including college students, who often have less-than-perfect diets. Smokers and older adults are also at significant risk.

Even marginal deficiency can lead to malaise, fatigue, and lethargy, researchers note. Healthier levels of vitamin C can enhance immune function, reduce inflammatory conditions such as atherosclerosis, and significantly lower blood pressure.

•A recent analysis of 29 human studies concluded that daily supplements of 500 milligrams of vitamin C significantly reduced blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke, and directly attributes to an estimated 400,000 deaths annually in the U.S.

•A study in Europe of almost 20,000 men and women found that mortality from cardiovascular disease was 60 percent lower when comparing the blood plasma concentration of vitamin C in the highest 20 percent of people to the lowest 20 percent.

•Another research effort found that men with the lowest serum vitamin C levels had a 62 percent higher risk of cancer-related death after a 12-16 year period, compared to those with the highest vitamin C levels.

Laboratory studies with animals – which may be more accurate than human studies because they can be done in controlled conditions and with animals of identical genetic makeup – can document reasons that could explain all of these findings, Frei said.

Critics have suggested that some of these differences are simply due to better overall diet, not vitamin C levels, but the scientists noted in this report that some health benefits correlate even more strongly to vitamin C plasma levels than fruit and vegetable consumption.

Sources:

News Medical Life Sciences & Medicine

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

Strengthen Arteries with Vitamin C

July 6th, 2015
Strengthen Arteries with Vitamin C

Are your arteries becoming diseased because of a simple vitamin C deficiency?

Vitamin C is a nutrient necessary for strengthening arteries. As we age, arteries weaken. To combat the effects of weakened arteries, our bodies “patch things up” with plaques and hardened cholesterol. This can lead to stroke, artery disease (atherosclerosis), arterial embolism, aortic aneurysm, peripheral vascular disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and the list goes on. Keeping your arteries in good working order can help you to avoid a wide variety of deadly diseases and events.

Most people don’t find out that their arteries are weakened until there is a big event, such as a heart attack or stroke. However, there are symptoms that may be present before such an event, depending on which arteries are affected. You should become familiar with these symptoms. It could save your life or the life of someone else.

Coronary Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease happens when plaques attempting to strengthen the arteries of the heart are no longer able to supply enough oxygen to the heart. Symptoms are generally triggered by exercise or stress. You may experience angina, or pain in your chest, if your coronary arteries are affected. You may also have pain in the shoulder, arm, jaw, or neck.

Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral artery disease happens when plaque builds up in the arteries of the arms or legs. The narrowed arteries lead to numbness and pain. Heart attacks and strokes are common in people with peripheral artery disease, as are serious, life-threatening infections.

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery disease happens when the arteries of the brain are affected. If you have weakened or narrowed arteries leading to the brain, you may experience all of the symptoms of a stroke. This includes sudden weakness in the face, arms, or legs, generally occurring only on one side of the body. Trouble speaking or understanding what people are trying to say to you is another red flag. Visual disturbances, severe headache that comes on suddenly, dizziness, and balance problems are also signs of stroke or carotid artery disease.

How Do I Avoid Diseases of the Arteries?

Think about how arterial disease progresses. The artery wall is weak, so the body patches it with cholesterol plaques. The body sees these plaques as foreign and creates an inflammation response. Inflammation can cause arterial walls to swell, breaking loose chunks of hardened plaque. This causes a blood clot effect inside the arteries, causing a stroke or heart attack.

What you may not know is that your body doesn’t prefer to use rigid, hard, inflexible cholesterol as a bandage for artery damage. It only does so if there isn’t enough vitamin C present in the body to produce collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are only formed if there is enough vitamin C present. Because vitamin C is water soluble, it isn’t stored well by the body. This is why a continuous diet of fruits and vegetables or supplementation is necessary to avoid arterial diseases.

If you supplement with vitamin C, then you can be sure that you’re getting enough. This also wipes out inflammation, clears inflammation-causing free radicals, and strengthens arteries so that they don’t need so much patch-work in the first place.

About the Author: Stacy A. Pessoney is Wholesale Nutrition’s Chief Editor and Communications Research Director. She has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with the help of vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on vitamin C powder in the form of buffered vitamin C. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with the best vitamin C and wholesale vitamins since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality discount vitamins today!

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COPD Prevention and Care

February 20th, 2015
COPD vitamins and supplements

Prevent lung damage and slow down the progression of COPD with vitamins and supplements.

COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a preventable spectrum of lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Difficulty breathing, wheezing, respiratory infections, excessive mucus, low oxygen levels, and chronic coughing are the hallmarks of the disease. COPD is almost always caused by cigarette smoking, which currently accounts for 80-90% of all cases. Patients with COPD experience a decline in lung function over time, often have other conditions that go along with COPD (such as cardiovascular disease and depression), and are at an increased risk for disability and premature death. COPD is incurable, progressive, and debilitating. It is now the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting over 30 million Americans last year.
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How Vitamin C and Iron Can Help Reduce Your Risk of Stroke

January 21st, 2015

Vitamin C and Iron for Stroke

Are your vitamin C and iron levels increasing your risk for stroke?

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we highly value valid research related to vitamins and supplements. We are continually impressed with the reports from Dr. Mercola at www.mercola.com and would like to share some of their content with you from time to time. We hope you find it as fascinating as we do!

By Dr. Mercola

Stroke, which is akin to a heart attack in your brain, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.1 Obstructed blood flow to your brain is known as an ischemic stroke, which represent about 75 percent of all strokes. When an artery that feeds your brain with blood actually ruptures, it’s called a hemorrhagic stroke, and this is a far more lethal situation.

Fortunately, up to 80 percent of all strokes are preventable through lifestyle factors2 such as diet, exercise,3, 4 maintaining a healthy weight, normalizing your blood sugar levels and blood pressure, and quitting smoking.

For example, research published last year5 found that if you’re inactive, you have a 20 percent higher risk for having a stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack) than people who exercise enough to break a sweat at least four times a week.

Recent studies also highlight the importance of getting sufficient amounts of vitamin C and iron in your diet. Interestingly, certain weather conditions have also been linked to increased rates of stroke, and getting appropriate amounts of sun exposure can help protect against it, in more ways than one.

Getting Enough Vitamin C May Help Reduce Risk of Hemorrhagic Stroke

The first featured article6 reports the preliminary findings of a French study, which found that those with vitamin C deficiency are at an increased risk for a lethal hemorrhagic stroke. According to the article:

“‘Our results show that vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke, as were high blood pressure, drinking alcohol and being overweight in our study,'” study researcher Dr. Stéphane Vannier, M.D., of Pontchaillou University Hospital in France, said in a statement.

‘More research is needed to explore specifically how vitamin C may help to reduce stroke risk. For example, the vitamin may regulate blood pressure.’ …[P]ast studies have also linked vitamin C with reduced stroke risk.

A 2008 University of Cambridge study found people with high blood levels of vitamin C reduced their stroke risk by 42 percent, and a similar 1995 study in the British Medical Journal indicated elderly people with low levels of the vitamin had a greater risk of stroke.”

What’s the Best Way to Optimize Your Vitamin C?

The ideal way to optimize your vitamin C stores is by eating a wide variety of fresh whole foods. A number of people, primarily with the naturopathic perspective, believe that in order to be truly effective, ascorbic acid alone is not enough.

They believe the combination of the ascorbic acid with its associated micronutrients, such as bioflavonoids and other components. Eating a colorful diet (i.e. plenty of vegetables) helps ensure you’re naturally getting the phytonutrient synergism needed.

One of the easiest ways to ensure you’re getting enough vegetables in your diet is by juicing them. For more information, please see my juicing page. You can also squeeze some fresh lemon or lime juice into some water for a vitamin C rich beverage.

When taking an oral vitamin C, you also want to be mindful of your dosing frequency. Dr. Steve Hickey, who wrote the book Ascorbate, has shown that if you take vitamin C frequently throughout the day, you can achieve much higher plasma levels.

So even though your kidneys will tend to rapidly excrete the vitamin C, by taking it every hour or two, you can maintain a much higher plasma level than if you just dose it once a day (unless you’re taking an extended release form of vitamin C).

Iron Deficiency Can Raise Stroke Risk in Certain Individuals

Recent research also suggests that iron deficiency can increase your risk of ischemic stroke if you have hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, a hereditary disease that causes enlarged blood vessels in your lungs. Iron deficiency increases the stickiness of your blood, which increases your risk of blood clots, and in those with this genetic abnormality, such clots can travel through your lungs and into your brain.

According to the study in question, published in the journal PLOS One,7 even having moderately low iron levels can double your stroke risk if you have this condition. According to the researchers, other health conditions may also permit blood clots to bypass the filtration system of your lungs. Study author Dr. Claire Shovlin stated that:

“The next step is to test whether we can reduce high-risk patients’ chances of having a stroke by treating their iron deficiency. We will be able to look at whether their platelets become less sticky. There are many additional steps from a clot blocking a blood vessel to the final stroke developing, so it is still unclear just how important sticky platelets are to the overall process. We would certainly encourage more studies to investigate this link.”

Continue reading about stroke prevention at http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/03/vitamin-c-stroke-risk.aspx .

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Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet

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Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we value the research and opinions of Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. As we kick off the new year, we would like for you to push aside fad diets and focus on your health. Inflammation is the cornerstone to almost every disease. Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet is a great way to take back control of your body and your life. Please read the following article from Dr. Weil’s website and get yourself on track to a happier, healthier life.

Courtesy of Dr. Weil on Healthy Aging, Your Online Guide to the Anti-Inflammatory Diet.

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Part 2

Do your research before you supplement for arthritis.

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Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 1

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Part 1

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There are many supplements out there marketed towards arthritis supplements, so how do you know which ones will actually help the pain? You have to do your research. Learn how something might help you to determine if it is actually going to give you the benefit that you desire. Doctors say that there are some vitamins and supplements that really are helpful in relieving arthritis pain and improving the condition of joints, but many of them could interact with prescription medication or each other and therefore should be left alone.
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