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Vitamins for Ligaments and Tendons

Friday, November 30th, 2012
Vitamins for Ligaments and Tendons

Keep your Joints Healthy

Ligaments and tendons are important for your everyday movements and activities. They can take a lot of wear and tear with just normal activities, but take a tremendous amount of strain when we exercise. This increases the need for certain vitamins and minerals in our bodies. If the correct nutrients are present, then repairs can be quickly made, helping you to avoid injury, pain, and inflammation.

Ligaments are the flexible structures that connect bones to bones. Tendons connect muscles to bones. Although they have different functions, ligaments and tendons are both made up primarily of collagen, a strong, flexible, connective tissue. Repetitive motions and regular use case a breakdown in the collagen and it must be healed to remain strong.

To fully understand how vitamins and supplements can help to protect and repair ligaments and tendons, you must first learn what these tissues need and how each vitamin or supplement contributes to the needs of the tissue. Connective tissues primarily need water for lubrication, proteoglycans to attract and hold water, and collagen to hold the proteoglycans in place.
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Fiber’s Link to Immunity

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

You probably know that fiber aids in digestion, and you might even know that regular consumption offers other health benefits, such as a lowered risk of diabetes and heart disease. But, did you know that fiber, when combined with vitamin C, also gives your immune system a boost? Boosting your immune system can help you avoid things like colds and the flu, which is important this time of year.
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Vitamins Depleted by Inflammation

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Inflammation flushes certain vitamins from your body, lowering your immunity and leaving you feeling fatigued. Certain vitamin deficiencies can also cause inflammation. Replenishing your vitamin stores can make you feel a lot better and also reduce your risk of developing inflammatory diseases.

Vitamin C and vitamin D are the most affected by inflammation. Low vitamin D levels have been shown to actually cause inflammation. It can take months to replenish vitamin D levels once they are depleted. The inflammation that the deficiency causes actually hinders the body from producing and using vitamin D, even when the right supplements are taken or when exposed to sufficient sunlight.

Foods that trigger inflammatory responses can make it even harder to bring up vitamin D levels. Carbohydrates, many grains, food additives, hydrolyzed proteins, and vegetable oil are only a few of the American staples that cause inflammation. When inflammation is constantly present, our bodies react by packing fat stores around our organs to protect them. Fat traps vitamin D, making it even more difficult to get the right amounts.

When we eat unnatural or low tolerance items, like hydrogenated oils and food additives, our bodies do not know exactly what to do with them. Most are treated as hormones by the body and are sent to the brain for processing. From here they are usually converted into oxidized lipids and free radicals. This is what causes body-wide inflammation. Free radicals and oxidized lipid accelerate inflammation and inflammatory diseases.

Oxidized lipids travel around the body binding with healthy cell structures and DNA strands, disabling them. They also cause white blood cells to adhere to artery walls, and are thought to be a major contributor to heart disease and stroke. Free radicals and oxidized lipids deform cells and can lead to cancerous growths.

Fortunately, when we are healthy, our bodies can take care of many oxidized lipids and free radicals on their own. However, when inflammation is present or when vitamin D and vitamin C are low, we can’t clear out these dangerous compounds. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the immune system and helps to reduce inflammation. It gives cells a layer of protection against oxidized lipids and free radicals. It also strengthens the entire circulatory system, regulating blood pressure and clotting.

Having your vitamin D levels checked by your doctor and increasing vitamin C through vitamins and supplements can help you live a longer, healthier life. Vitamin C powder can be purchased in buffered form, making it easier to supplement for those with gastrointestinal or stomach problems. Speak with your doctor before starting any type of vitamins and supplements routine.

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, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. 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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What Causes Chronic Inflammation?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Inflammation can be the underlying cause of many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune disease, and more. Learning how inflammation happens and which vitamins help to fight it can give us the power to prevent many chronic and disabling diseases.

A lot of times, our diets are to blame for chronic inflammatory conditions. Flavor enhancing chemicals, anti-caking ingredients, thickening agents, hydrogenated oils, and many other food additives are structurally identical to the compounds that are supposed to activate our immune systems into stimulating an inflammatory response.

A lot of food additives are actually neurotoxins, like monosodium glutamate, and are added to inflame the brain, putting it into “fight or flight” mode. This produces a heightened sense of smell and taste, but can also unwanted side effects, like migraines, anxiety, sensory processing problems, seizures, scarring in the brain, and more.

Hormones are given to animals that are put into our food supply so that they grow bigger and faster than naturally raised animals. They produce more milk, lay more eggs, and mature at a faster rate than we’ve ever seen in history. There is no regulation on how much hormone the animals receive, so over time they’ve been given more and more to keep up with the demand of the fast food industry. These hormones are passed to us and react with our own hormonal systems, affecting our reproductive organs, thyroid function, adrenal glands, and more. All of our body systems are affected by hormonal changes.

Having these chemicals and hormones in our diets causes our immune systems to constantly overreact to invaders; allergens, toxins, bacteria and infection, whatever it comes into contact with. This produces a constant state of inflammation that we may not even be aware of until we experience serious health problems. An overactive immune system can lead to behavioral and psychological problems, inflammatory diseases, chronic fatigue, obesity, organ damage, nerve damage, chronic pain and more.

All of this chronic inflammation and artificial input can cause your immune system to attack healthy tissues of your body while “missing” viruses and other health threats. Inflammation flushes your system of its vitamin and mineral stores at an alarming rate, leaving you susceptible to vitamin deficiencies that cause even more problems for your body. Eating natural, certified organic meat, fruits and vegetables can give your body a fighting chance.

Supplementing with vitamins that are depleted by inflammation can help you get on your way to a healthy body and mind. Vitamins A, B6, C, and D are great for fighting inflammation and replenishing vitamin stores. Antioxidants help to flush unwanted toxins from the body, strengthen and calm the immune and hormonal systems, and regulate the inflammatory response.

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, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. 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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Vitamin C Fights Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that causes great amounts of inflammation in the joints and the tissues around the joints. It can also eventually lead to organs being affected by the disease. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissues. It generally starts with stiffness in joints on both sides of the body. As it progresses, it can cause joints to lose their range of motion and become deformed.

Studies show that getting plenty of vitamin C in your diet or through supplementation can greatly reduce your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Subjects tested with low vitamin C had twice the inflammation in their joints as compared to the people who had normal amounts of vitamin C in their blood. The research showed that the antioxidant properties of the vitamin C had a protective effect on the connective tissues in the joints.

The researchers said that the difference in inflammation between the subjects receiving the least amount of vitamin C and the subjects receiving the most was so great, that the people with the least vitamin C in their diets were three times more likely to develop inflammatory arthritis. This is important information for people that have been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases, like sarcoidosis, that commonly lead to rheumatoid arthritis.

You should work with your doctor when supplementing with vitamins for arthritis because high levels of C have been linked to aggravation of symptoms with other forms of arthritis, like osteoarthritis.

Antioxidants help to prevent arthritis by fighting and clearing out free radicals. Free radicals are produced by the inflammation and then the immune system attacks the free radicals by producing more inflammation. So, it’s a vicious cycle. Clearing out the free radicals with antioxidant vitamin C helps to break the inflammatory response cycle.

It is also important to get rid of free radicals because they have a “free” electron that is looking for something to attach to. These damaging molecules attach to tissues and cells in the body and corrupt the sequences of the cells that keep them functioning. This is the damage that is associated with the development of the disease.

Cells damaged by free radicals and inflammation invite more free radicals to be produced. Vitamin C attaches to free radicals and sweeps them out of the body. It also strengthens cell walls, giving them a defense against free radicals looking to attack. As an additional benefit, vitamin C facilitates collagen and elastin production, so that damaged areas can be effectively repaired.

Talk with your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C to slow down progression or prevent rheumatoid arthritis from developing. Using a non-acidic form, like buffered vitamin C, can help a lot with the stomach upset normally associated with vitamin C supplementation.

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, focusing on sodium ascorbate in the form of vitamin C powder. 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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Can standing in a deep freeze ease arthritis?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Can standing in a deep freeze ease arthritis? Very interesting article and definitely worth the read.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2177927/Can-standing-deep-freeze-ease-arthritis-Just-minutes-ice-chamber-feel-years-younger-says-sufferer.html#ixzz21e04faH4

Rachel Aldington, 42, emerges from the frozen fog, feeling for just a few minutes like she’s 19 again.
Back then she was loose-limbed and pain-free, poised on the brink of a professional waterskiing career — and then she developed ankylosing spondylitis.
This is a form of inflammatory arthritis, mainly affecting the spine and hips, although it can also cause inflammation of other areas of the body including the heart, bowel, feet and eyes.
In the spine, as the inflammation subsides, healing starts and scar tissue turns into new bone, restricting movement as it replaces tissue.
Repeated flare-ups mean more bone growth and eventually vertebrae can fuse together.
An estimated 200,000 Britons suffer from the condition — twice the number of people with multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. It’s thought to be hereditary and there is no cure.
But now some experts believe intense cold could be used to treat ankylosing spondylitis and other chronic inflammatory conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Rachel was diagnosed after developing pain in her pelvis.
‘I was training very hard and I think it was probably the ski-jumping which created the most pain, but I was used to hurting — you are when you are a sportsperson,’ she recalls.
‘But this pain wasn’t getting any better.’

Read the rest of this intriguing article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2177927/Can-standing-deep-freeze-ease-arthritis-Just-minutes-ice-chamber-feel-years-younger-says-sufferer.html#ixzz21e18Spu4