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Vitamin C Boosts the Action of Soluble Fiber and Protects Against Inflammatory Disease

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Are you getting the benefits you expect from your fiber intake?

In our article “Fiber with Vitamin C for Inflammatory and Immune Disorders”, we learned how inflammatory and autoimmune diseases begin in the gut. We also learned why soluble fiber is considered one of the best ways to prevent diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, allergies, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and even depression. However, soluble fiber can’t work alone. It needs to be synergistically paired with vitamin C in order to fully perform its duties.
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Fiber for Inflammatory and Immune Disorders

Friday, August 15th, 2014
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Get a handle on inflammatory and autoimmune disease with soluble fiber.

It may be hard to believe, especially when you have no digestive issues, but most inflammatory diseases begin in the gut. “Inflammatory” diseases include obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, allergies, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and even depression.
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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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Is Sugar Toxic?

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we highly value valid research related to vitamins and supplements. We are continually impressed with the reports from Orthomolecular Medicine News Service 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!

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, April 24, 2012

Toxic Sugar

Editorial by Robert G. Smith, PhD

(OMNS April 24, 2012) A recent article in the prestigious journal Nature
explains that sugar, especially fructose, widely available in soft
drinks
and other processed foods, is responsible for many serious
non-communicable
diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and liver
failure [1,2]. One of the contributing reasons is that fructose and
other
high-calorie substances such as alcohol cannot be directly utilized by
the
body’s tissues so they must be metabolized by the liver, where they
generate
toxicity and set the body on a path to diabetes [3]. Further, fructose
interferes with the body’s sense of satiety, so that an excess of
calories
tend to be ingested. This overwhelms the liver, which then must convert
the
overdose of sugar into fat, which harms the liver and can lead to
diabetes.
Thus sugar such as fructose, when added to processed foods, has been
compared to alcohol in its toxic effect. Even non-obese people are
susceptible to “metabolic syndrome,” in which fructose induces
hypertension,
cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, and damage to biological
molecules such as proteins and lipids [1-3].

Soft drinks that contain mainly sugar, such as sodas and filtered fruit
juices, don’t have enough nutrients to keep the body healthy and free
from
disease. They provide calories without essential nutrients that you
would
find in the whole fruit. These “empty” calories then replace other foods
such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables that are the main source of
essential nutrients. But added sugar is not limited to soft drinks.
Added
fructose, as in high-fructose corn syrup or just plain sugar (sucrose,
which
is 50% glucose and 50% fructose), is found in a wide variety of
processed
foods such as breakfast cereal, juices, jellies and jams, candy, baked
goods, sauces, desserts, and even ready-made dinners and processed meat.
Fructose tastes sweet but does not satisfy hunger as well as more
nutritious
foods.

The high added fructose content of processed foods is addictive in a
similar
way to alcohol, especially for young children. This has caused an
epidemic
of obesity in both children and adults. Further, the metabolism of
fructose
in the liver is similar to alcohol because it tends to perturb glucose
metabolism, generating fat and causing insulin resistance, which leads
to
inflammation and degeneration of the liver and many other problems [4].
Overall, this dietary pattern caused by overloading our bodies with
fructose
is a vicious cycle that leads to widespread deficiencies of nutrients
such
as vitamins and essential minerals, along with damage and inflammation
throughout the body. This vicious cycle of sugar addiction, consistent
with
the “metabolic syndrome,” is in large part responsible for the high
death
rate from the modern diet.

If the modern diet could be adjusted to satisfy hunger without excess
calories and to contain a larger proportion of essential nutrients, the
epidemic of disease from added sugar might be averted. When ingested in
the
form of fruit, fructose is less harmful because it is absorbed slowly by
the
gut and importantly is accompanied by essential nutrients. Supplements
of
essential nutrients can help, but only if knowledge about the adequate
doses
and their benefits is made widely available. Examples are supplements of
vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, omega -3 and -6
essential fats, which in the proper forms and doses can help prevent
dietary
deficiencies that cause heart disease, cancer, and diabetes [5]. Other
lifestyle choices can help, for example, reducing total calories,
increasing
ingested fiber, and more exercise [3]. But the benefits of these healthy
choices have not been convincing to the modern consumer. Ubiquitous high
pressure marketing of soft drinks contributes to the problem.

To correct the problem of sugar overconsumption, it has been suggested
that
sugar be regulated like alcohol and tobacco [1]. The goal would be to
change
habits to reduce consumption. Many schools have already banned the sale
of
sodas, but have replaced them with juices or artificial drinks that
contain
added sugar. According to this suggestion, the sale of sweetened drinks
and
processed foods containing added sugar could be limited in school
vending
machines or elsewhere during school hours. Age limits on the sale of
sugary
foods in stores might also help. A limit or ban on television
commercials
advertising products containing added sugar might also be helpful. A tax
on
sugar, especially high-fructose corn syrup, could be used to fund
research
into essential nutrients and advertise their benefits. The idea behind
such
regulation would be to persuade the public, especially children, to
consume
less sugar and more nutritious foods [1,2]. This could greatly benefit
public health.

It has been argued that similar regulation of alcohol is widely accepted
because it has kept alcohol consumption under control [1]. For example,
in
other areas of our lives, changes in what is perceived as acceptable
behavior have been successful, like bans on smoking in public places,
designated drivers who don’t drink alcohol, and the inclusion of air bags
in
cars. To some, a similar type of governmental regulation of sugar would
seem
justified because at the cost of some loss of personal freedom it could
improve health and cut short the epidemic of non-infectious disease.

On the other hand, many people see regulation of sugar by taxing foods
containing added sugar as abhorrent and draconian. After all, although it
is
addictive [4], sugar doesn’t cause the danger of being drunk on the
highway, and it doesn’t present an imminent danger to health comparable to
smoking.
It’s more insidious than that. And sugar has long been part of dietary
habits of many cultures. Thus, any governmental regulation of food will
have
many critics who explain that regulation would be ineffective, and
further,
we should be able to purchase and eat any food according to our
preference.

The underlying issue in this debate is public access to knowledge about
nutrition. If the harm that added fructose causes to our health could be
widely publicized, along with information about inexpensive and readily
available healthy alternatives, this could lead to better health for
millions of people. It would cause shoppers to consider other choices,
such
as vegetable juice or a glass of water, along with unprocessed
nutritious
foods and vitamin supplements in adequate doses. What is needed is a
campaign that provides practical information about diet: what nutrients
we
need, how to determine the proper doses, and the dangers of a
processed-food
diet. This could include televised advertisements and health programming,
as
well as curricula taught at levels from grade school to medical school.
It might also include more informative labeling about the nutrient content of
food, as well as more healthy and tasty food served at restaurants and
dining rooms. Marketplace pressure might then convince food companies to
sell more healthy food with a minimum of added sugar and an adequate
content of essential nutrients. Orthomolecular medicine, the practice of
treating illness by providing sufficient doses of essential nutrients to prevent
deficiencies, can help to provide this information [5-8]. We can all
become more healthy by forgoing added sugar and other processed foods that lack
essential nutrients. And when this is impossible, we can supplement with
these essential nutrients to prevent the epidemic of obesity, cardiovascular
disease, diabetes, and cancer.

(Dr. Robert G. Smith is Research Associate Professor in the Department
of
Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of many
scientific papers, and an upcoming book, The Vitamin Cure for Eye
Diseases.)

References:

1. Lustig RH, Schmidt LA, Brindis CD (2012) The toxic truth about sugar.
Nature 482:27-29.

2. Jacobson MF (2005) Liquid candy: how soft drinks are harming
Americans’
health. Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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3. Bremer AA, Mietus-Snyder M, Lustig RH. (2012) Toward a Unifying
Hypothesis of Metabolic Syndrome. Pediatrics. 129:557-570

4. Lustig RH. (2010) Fructose: metabolic, hedonic, and societal
parallels
with ethanol. J Am Diet Assoc. 110:1307-1321.

5. Brighthope IE (2012) The Vitamin Cure for Diabetes: Prevent and Treat
Diabetes Using Nutrition and Vitamin Supplementation. Basic Health
Publications. ISBN-13: 978-1591202905.

6. Roberts H, Hickey S (2011) The Vitamin Cure for Heart Disease: How to
Prevent and Treat Heart Disease Using Nutrition and Vitamin
Supplementation.

Basic Health Publications. ISBN-13: 978-1591202646.

7. Hoffer A, Saul AW (2008) Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone:
Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians. Basic Health
Publications. ISBN13: 9781591202264.

8. Hoffer A, Saul AW, Foster HD (2012) Niacin: The Real Story: Learn
about
the Wonderful Healing Properties of Niacin. Basic Health Publications
ISBN-13: 978-1591202752

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Fiber for your Immune System?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

You are probably aware that fiber intake is important for proper digestion, but did you know that it also offers other health benefits, such as a lowered risk of diabetes and heart disease? Did you know that fiber can actually help to boost your immune system as well? It’s this time of year that we all start to worry about staving off colds and the flu for the winter. You’re probably aware of the benefits of taking vitamin C, but combining it with fiber could be your secret to a strong, healthy immune system this winter.

There are two basic types of fiber; soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel in your digestive tract that helps lower glucose levels and your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Soluble fiber is found in peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and essentially travels through your digestive tract intact. Insoluble fiber is good for relieving constipation, adding bulk to the digestive system, and generally helping things to move along. Whole grains and some vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Increased amounts of fiber in the diet have been associated with improved blood pressure, reduced inflammation and heart health protection. Soluble fiber has an effect on the immune system that helps to boost immunity and help our bodies to recover faster from infection. Basically, our immune cells are “attack” cells that migrate around attacking whatever they can find that isn’t supposed to be there. This is why immune cells are often referred to as “pro-inflammatory cells”.

In a study done by Gregory Freund at the University of Illinois, soluble fiber was found to increase the production of interleukin-4, an anti-inflammatory protein. He found that this protein production actually “changes the personality of immune cells” from “pro-inflammatory, angry cells to anti-inflammatory, healing cells that help us to recover faster from infection.”

Discovering that soluble fiber has such a profound effect on the immune system brings to light some interesting questions. Freund believes that these findings show us that obesity and inflammatory related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, could be avoided with increased soluble fiber intake. When the body becomes obese, it compensates in an effort to protect itself. Fat cells produce hormones to try and combat the inflammation that is caused by the fat cells themselves. Soluble fiber helps to protect obese animals and people from “further inflammatory insults, such as heart attack or stroke”.

Combining anti-inflammatory vitamins and minerals with an increased fiber intake has been shown to significantly improve the strength of the immune system, even calming an over-reactive immune system associated with autoimmune disorders. The good news is that in all of these studies it was found that it didn’t take an exurbanite amount of fiber to reap the benefits. Normal supplemental amounts were found to be very effective. Products such as Wholesale Nutrition’s “Eurofiber” contain vitamin C and a synergistic combination of the best soluble fibers that there are. Add soluble fiber and vitamin C to your diet and see how your health can change.

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Cholesterol and You: The Good (HDL), the Bad (LDL) and the Ugly (Plaque) Part 3

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Part 3: Lowering Cholesterol Naturally

Vitamin C can help regulate cholesterol synthesis in the liver. This means that by keeping your vitamin C levels up, your body can more efficiently carry LDL (bad cholesterol) from the arteries to the liver for processing. This can greatly reduce your blood cholesterol levels without changing the chemistry of your body.

We talked about how statins lowered cholesterol by replacing the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase in part 2 of this series. This replacement, which causes the production of the protein that causes LDL to increase, is also what contributes to the depletion of CoQ10. Vitamin C reduces the action of the enzyme HMG-CoA, but does not replace it. It does not cause the chemical chain reaction that depletes the body of necessary enzymes, such as CoQ10. In fact, adequate vitamin C levels promote the natural production of CoQ10 and other enzymes in the body.

Our veins and arteries need vitamin C and CoQ10 to produce the collagen and elastin that they need to keep from breaking down. Inadequate production can lead to chronic instability of the vessel walls. As a result of this instability, deposits can develop over time and lead to cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, if we are deficient, then the body produces more and more cholesterol and plaque to strengthen the arterial walls.

But wait, there’s more! Vitamin C is also an antioxidant. As an added benefit, it helps prevent oxidation of cholesterol particles in the arteries. If we are vitamin C deficient, this cholesterol will harden (oxidize) and form plaque. If we take adequate amounts of vitamin C these cholesterol particles are carried out of the arteries rather than forming deposits via oxidation.

It is interesting to note that unlike most animals, we do not make our own vitamin C. In fact, most other animals (besides higher order primates) make hundreds of times more vitamin C daily than we get through our diet. There is evidence that suggests that this may be why heart disease in animals is virtually non-existent.

Many new studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin C, vitamin E and lysine can prevent plaque from building up in the heart and even remove plaque that has already built up. Vitamin C inhibits the LDL proteins from oxidizing, which causes platelets and fatty plaques to adhere to arterial walls.

Niacin helps to raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. Niacin also helps vitamin C navigate through glucose, increasing its effectiveness. This makes niacin and vitamin C a powerful combination for lowering cholesterol in diabetics.

Additionally, fish oil supplementation has been shown to greatly reduce triglycerides. Triglycerides come from the fats that we eat, or they are produced by the body when we eat more carbohydrates than are necessary. Your body should store triglycerides for energy between meals. But, too many carbohydrates and too much fat can cause triglyceride levels to remain high and contribute to plaque build-up and heart disease.

Essential fatty acids, like Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and EPA, help to reduce triglyceride levels. You may see a slight increase in LDL levels if you are supplementing with fish oils, but don’t worry. The calculated value of LDL is more accurate once triglyceride levels are under control. Also, triglycerides are converted into LDL, and are less harmful in this form.

Soluble fiber also helps to lower LDL levels. Taken or obtained through diet daily, it can lower your LDL levels by as much as 20%. Soluble fiber slows down the digestive process (helping glucose levels also) and binds to LDL particles in the intestines, carrying them out of the body before they enter the bloodstream. And less LDL equates to less plaque and as a consequence, a healthier heart. The product “Eurofiber”, available exclusively at Wholesale Nutrition, contains the best forms of soluble fiber, combined with a high dose of vitamin C for lowering cholesterol.

Talk with your doctor before you start supplementing to lower your cholesterol, especially if you are taking statins or other medications. To get an adequate dosage of vitamin C, you may want to take vitamin C powder. If you have high cholesterol, it is important to continue treating it once you start and work closely with your physician.

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