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Reversing Insulin Resistance

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
Vitamins for Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance can be reversed by treating the underlying causes. Don't ignore the hard truth about insulin resistance.

When Your Doctor Says “You’re Insulin Resistant”

Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use food for energy. Sugars and starches are broken down in the intestines and are converted into glucose. Insulin carries glucose into cells so that it can be used for energy. If your body is producing more insulin to keep up with the glucose demands of the body, your blood sugar levels may appear fine, but your insulin levels will be high. This indicates that you are insulin resistant.
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How to Avoid Diabetes

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Type 2 Diabetes

Kick Type 2 Diabetes to the Curb with these Helpful Prevention Tips

Here at Wholesale Nutrition, we highly value valid research related to vitamins, supplements, health and wellness. We are continually impressed with the reports from The Mayo Clinic and would like to share some of their content with you from time to time. We hope you find it as fascinating and informative as we do!
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New Year’s Resolution: Avoid Vitamins Immediately Before and After Exercise

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Avoid Vitamins Immediately Before and After Exercise

Could Your Supplements Be Robbing You of the Benefits of Your Workout?

Many people have made the New Year’s resolution to start exercising more. Exercise has many benefits beyond losing weight or gaining muscle. Exercise also activates the immune system to increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin and defend itself against oxidative stress. This is why even light exercise helps people to better control diabetes and ward off many diseases. Antioxidant vitamins, such as vitamin E and vitamin C, also help to increase insulin sensitivity and reduce oxidative stress, but they are not a replacement for exercise. In fact, supplementing immediately before or after exercise can decrease the natural benefits of exercise. However, the benefits of properly timed antioxidant supplements can still be seen when combined with exercise.
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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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What Do B Vitamins Do?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

B vitamins were once thought to be one vitamin, vitamin B, because they generally coexist in similar or the same foods. Research later showed that there are actually eight chemically unique B vitamins, each responsible for different types of cell metabolism. If a multivitamin contains all eight forms of vitamin B, it is referred to as “vitamin B complex”.

Because all B vitamins are water soluble, they are generally not stored for very long in the body. B vitamins must be replenished, daily in some cases, by eating vitamin B rich foods or supplementing. Unless you have a specific deficiency or disease that depletes specific B vitamins, your doctor will probably recommend a vitamin B complex supplement. Here we will discuss the role of each B vitamin so that you can better understand what each one does for your body.

Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is responsible for digesting carbohydrates. It also supports the nervous system, regulating signals used by the muscles and heart. Thiamine also helps to control the appetite, promotes proper growth and development, and helps you to maintain muscle tone.

Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) is also responsible for digesting carbohydrates, but also aids in metabolizing them, along with fats and proteins. Riboflavin is responsible for producing antibodies and red blood cells. It is necessary for cell respiration and good eye health. It is also responsible for maintaining the skin, nails and hair.

Vitamin B3 (niacin) metabolizes sugar, protein and fat. It maintains the nervous system, the skin, tongue, and digestive system. It increases energy levels by properly using food calories. It improves blood circulation, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) aids in releasing energy found in carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It helps with growth and development, specifically the development of the central nervous system. It builds antibodies and increases the body’s resistance to stressors.

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) helps with metabolizing fats and proteins. It is solely responsible for breaking down amino acids, which are the components of proteins. Pyridoxine helps to remove excess fluid from the body by balancing sodium and phosphorus. This helps reduce numbness in the extremities. It also aids in maintaining healthy skin, and reduces nausea. It is especially helpful with controlling muscle spasms and cramping.

Vitamin B7 (biotin) helps to maintain balanced blood sugar levels and aids in the production of fatty acids. It is produced by intestinal bacteria, so deficiency is rare, except in the case of certain metabolic disorders. It is thought that since antibiotics interfere with the survival of most intestinal bacteria that biotin deficiency could be a problem in people that are on long-term antibiotic therapies.

Vitamin B9 (folic acid) is necessary for the production and reproduction of all of the body’s cells. It is also necessary for the production of red blood cells in the bone marrow. Folic acid also aids in the metabolism of amino acids.

Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) also helps to form red blood cells and also aids in their regeneration. B12 is necessary for preventing anemia. It is used in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism and is very important for maintaining a healthy nervous system. It is necessary for calcium absorption and aids in the growth of children.

In general, B vitamins are necessary nutrients that support metabolism, cell growth, cell division, the immune system, and the nervous system. They help your body to make energy from the food that you eat and prevent many diseases. Talk to your doctor about any vitamins and supplements that you plan to take so that your vitamin levels can be properly monitored.

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 You Don’t Know About Vitamin D

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Vitamin D is one of the most powerful nutrients in the world and you’re probably not getting as much as you think. Your skin produces vitamin D when UVB sun rays hit it. We spend less and less time in the sun and suffer from higher rates of cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity than our ancestors did.

1. You may think that you get plenty of sun on your skin driving to work in the morning, or letting the sun bathe you as you work near a window, but the rays that cause vitamin D to be produced cannot penetrate glass.

2. You would have to drink 15 cups of vitamin D fortified milk every day to get as much vitamin D as you get from 30 minutes of direct sun per week.

3. Sunlight is necessary to produce cholesterol sulfate, which is what your body needs to use the vitamin D that you consume through food and supplements. Without it, your body will increase levels of LDL cholesterol to accommodate and use the vitamin D. Sunlight can greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, arterial plaque, cancer, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, dementia, seizures, asthma, migraines, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and both types of diabetes.

4. The further from the equator that you are, the more time in the sun you need. Most of the United States is considered far from the equator, increasing the time needed in the sun to produce adequate amounts of vitamin D.

5. The darker your skin, the longer sun exposure you need. A very light skinned person may only require 30 minutes per week of arms and face sun exposure when the UV index is at least at 3. A very dark skinned person may require 15 hours per week.

6. Exposing your skin to the sun for long enough to produce adequate levels of vitamin D and cholesterol sulfate will actually give you protection from skin cancer. Even sunscreen with an SPF of 2 can block your body’s vitamin D production by 95%.

7. It takes months of adequate sun exposure and/or supplementation to reverse damage done by low vitamin D levels. When levels are adequate, bones are nourished with calcium, the nervous system is restored to a healthier state, cholesterol levels can return to normal, and widespread inflammation is controlled.

8. A blood test can only confirm that vitamin D is circulating in your blood, not how well your body is using it. If you have kidney or liver problems, you may not be using the vitamin D supplements that you take. Cholesterol sulfate from the sun is necessary to heal these organs so that vitamin D supplements can be used.

9. You can quickly see if your body has adequate amounts of vitamin D and if it’s being used properly by pressing firmly on your sternum, the hard plate in the center of your chest. If it’s painful, you’re vitamin D levels or the utilization of the vitamin D in your blood is low. This test is 93% accurate because vitamin D utilization causes bone to harden. If the soft center of the bone is too close to the outside, due to long-term low vitamin D levels, then bones will be tender and painful when stressed.

10. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, obesity, high blood pressure, psoriasis and depression accompanied by pain are usually only seen in the presence of vitamin D deficiency. This is especially true if the sternum test is painful in individuals with these disorders.

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!

Sources:

http://lpvitamins.com/articles/?page_id=19
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120529133745.htm
http://www.naturalnews.com/003069.html
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/FY/FY20700.pdf

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Type 2 Diabetes is a Disease of the Immune System

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Diabetes puts people at a high risk for heart attack and stroke. This is because diabetes causes a chronic, low level of wide spread inflammation. Even people that are considered pre-diabetic have around 33% more inflammation than a healthy person. People with more advanced diabetes have about twice that.

A recent study done by Ishwarlal Jialal and Sridevi Devaraj at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center showed these levels of inflammation, measured by the amount of C-reactive protein (CRP) in the blood. The volunteers in the study included 47 men and women with type 2 diabetes and 25 healthy men and women. Everyone’s blood was tested for inflammation markers before and after the study. Everyone was given 1,200 international units of vitamin E every day for three months.

The CRP levels (indicating inflammation) were lowered in all of the subjects participating. The volunteers with mild diabetes or pre-diabetes showed inflammation levels that dropped to that of the healthy group. The patients with severe diabetes symptoms, such as kidney failure, had their CRP levels drop to that of the patients with mild diabetes.

Jialal reported that the vitamin E supplements greatly reduced the production of the cytokine interleukin-6, an immune-system signaling molecule. Production was cut by about two-thirds. Interleukin-6 is responsible for signaling the liver to produce CRP, which causes body wide inflammation. Because complications of diabetes, such as increased heart attack and stroke risk, are caused by this inflammation, adult onset type 2 diabetes is now considered a disease of the immune system.

Sushil Jain, a biochemist of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, says that supplementing with vitamin E dampens interleukin-6 production in the blood, so it should reduce inflammation and atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries.

British diabetes specialist John C. Pickup of Guy’s Hospital in London says that this new information is “further evidence that type 2 diabetes is a disease of the immune system”. He points out that five years ago, “people would have said that was a ridiculous idea.”

CRP levels increase as diabetes progresses, causing weight gain and often times, obesity. Obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and chronic inflammation are strongly related, putting patients at risk for any one of these at risk for the others.

Elevated CRP levels have a very damaging effect on myelin sheaths in the brain, which insulate and protect nerves and signaling pathways. Studies done on the correlation between weight and cognitive performance showed a definite impairment in the performance of obese individuals. As their conditions worsened, so did cognitive ability.

Vitamin E supplementation reduces inflammation by inhibiting production of CRPs and may even help in weight loss for these individuals by controlling inflammation and disease progression. Studies show that cognitive ability rapidly improves as weight is lost and CRP levels decrease, suggesting that vitamin E supplementation may help to protect the brain from a multitude of neurological diseases as well.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on 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!

Sources:
http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/1502/title/Food_for_Thought__Vitamin_E_targets_dangerous_inflammation

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Vitamin News: Vitamin D Does Not Take the Place of UVB Exposure

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

There are five different forms of vitamin D, two of which are important to humans. There are major differences in the two, vitamin D2 and vitamin D3, which you may or may not be aware of. Taking the wrong one can be more detrimental than beneficial to your health. If your milk, calcium supplement, or standard vitamin D supplement simply says “vitamin D”, then you may want to take a look at the label.

A staggering number of Americans are considered clinically vitamin D deficient while an astounding number are considered to be in the insufficient range. This includes children who are exposed to sunlight and drink milk and/or orange juice with added vitamin D almost every day. Even a lot of adults that regularly take a daily vitamin D supplement are deficient.

How can this be? Without a blood test from your doctor, you may be putting your health at a major risk, all while thinking that you are being diligent about your vitamin D intake. Supplemental vitamin D comes in two different forms; ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) and cholecalciferol (vitamin D3).

The synthetic form of vitamin D2, comes from passing plant matter and fungus through a radiation treatment. This is the vitamin D typically added to orange juice, milk, and vitamin D supplements. Vitamin D2 can be obtained from plant sources.

Vitamin D3 can be obtained (in small amounts) from animal sources, such as egg yolks and non-pasteurized full-fat milk. While both vitamin D2 and D3 must be converted by the body into active forms, vitamin D3 is converted 500% faster than D2 according to a report by the Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism. They also report that vitamin D3 is 87% more potent in raising and maintaining vitamin D concentrations and produces 2-3 fold greater storage of vitamin D.

Once your sources of vitamin D are converted into their active forms, sunlight is necessary to transform them into cholesterol sulfate. This means that, contrary to prior medical beliefs, supplementing with vitamin D does not completely replace the need for sun exposure. In fact, recent studies on the importance of cholesterol sulfate show that without sufficient UVB sun exposure, about 30 minutes per week, the body compensates by producing LDL, or “bad” cholesterol.

Doctors and researchers are now linking heart disease, high cholesterol, arterial plaque, cancer, autism, hypertension, obesity, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, dementia, seizures, asthma, migraines, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, and both types of diabetes to a lack of vitamin D3 in the diet and inadequate UVB exposure.

This may sound overwhelming, but when you consider that the proposed 30 minutes of UVB sunlight exposure per week requirement must happen when the UV index is above 3, then you may start to realize why diseases such as these, increase in prevalence as you move away from the equator. Most of the United States only experiences this level of sunlight intensity for about 1-2 months of the year.

These diseases and more are being linked to inadequate vitamin D levels because vitamin D is responsible for an astounding number or processes in the body. It is a neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences almost 3,000 different genes and has receptors in nearly every cell of your body. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, including broad-spectrum antibiotics, regulates the immune system and controls chronic inflammation.

Many doctors now recommend “safe” tanning bed use for obtaining adequate vitamin D3 levels. UVA rays are harmful, but beds that only produce UVB rays can be very effective forms of treatment.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on 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!

Sources:

http://www.jlr.org/content/44/7/1268.abstract
http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/96/3/E447.abstract
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspx
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/161618.php

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Why Do I Need Vitamin C?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Vitamin C does a lot more than help you to get over or avoid the common cold and flu. It is a potent antioxidant that is critical in helping your body to carry out many of its normal processes. Since vitamin C can only be consumed through diet or vitamins and supplements, it is necessary to consider what you could be doing to your body by failing to get enough.

Vitamin C is responsible for the function and repair of your bones, lungs, circulatory system, joints, immune system, and more. The recommended daily allowance by the government is just enough to keep a perfectly healthy person from developing a deficiency disease, such as scurvy. If you are exposed to any type of pollutant, allergen, chemical, or food additive then your daily requirement to stay healthy increases. Even stress and exercise produce free radicals that lead to oxidative stress, greatly increasing the need for vitamin C.

Free radicals are responsible for creating infection. Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, protects cells, proteins and lipids from free radical damage. It also improves the function and life span of immune cells. This helps the body to defend itself from almost every infectious disease. It also has a dramatic effect on existing infections. An article in Life Extension Magazine reported that “studies of vitamin C supplementation in military personnel and other subjects living in close quarters have shown that pneumonia occurred a remarkable 80-100% less often in subjects taking vitamin C than in those who did not supplement with the vitamin”.

Vitamin C is also responsible for the production of collagen and elastin, which are the major components of connective tissues all over your body. All of your bones, joints, blood vessels and organs are constantly experiencing cell death and renewal. They are in constant need of collagen and elastin to repair themselves. Without enough, we experience unhealthy aging, cancers, high cholesterol, degraded neurotransmitters, improper hormone production, and a long list of inflammatory, degenerative, and infectious diseases.

Vitamin C is needed to properly produce cells, absorb calcium and iron, and prevent diseases such as cataracts, cancer, and heart disease. It also is necessary to regulate blood clotting, which prevents clotting and bleeding disorders.

Ascorbic acid is needed for dental health as well. Your gums are generally the first place that you will notice a difference if you’re not getting enough vitamin C. They are made up almost entirely of connective tissue that is stressed every time you bite down or clench your teeth. You may notice your gums most dramatically turning red, swelling, receding, or bleeding around the teeth that touch first when you gently close your jaw. This is because the gums experience the most stress in these areas. Gums that are inflamed or weak due to a lack of vitamin C are susceptible to gum disease. Gum disease starts as plaque, which recent studies have shown cannot form if proper levels of vitamin C are maintained. Even sailors in the 18th century knew that if their gums started bleeding that they were in danger of scurvy. This is still why many doctors use the health of your gums to determine if you’re on your way to cardiovascular disease, arthritis, lung dysfunction, high blood pressure, stroke, and many other health problems.

Ask your doctor about supplementing with vitamin C. If you have stomach or digestive issues, you can take a buffered form of vitamin C that is non-acidic, like sodium ascorbate vitamin C powder.

Sources:
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/oct2006_report_vitaminc_01.htm
http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/gum_disease.htm

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About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on 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!

How Fat Creates More Fat

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Body fat is more than just “fat cells” that build up and accumulate around your body. It is actually an adipose tissue, a loose connective tissue made up of primarily adipocytes, or cells that store fat for energy. Adipose tissue is made of around 80% fat. The rest of the tissue is made up of fibroblasts, macrophages, and endothelial cells. Together, these cells provide protective insulation for the body while being a source of lipids that can be burned when the body needs energy.

Adipose tissue is actually considered an organ of the endocrine system because it produces hormones that regulate immune cells, energy consumption and expenditure, and insulin resistance. It also provides the brain with feedback for hunger and dietary needs. Adipose tissue has different roles in the body, depending on where it is located.

Fat lipids are constantly being taken in and released for energy needs by the adipose tissue. Fat only accumulates when insulin is released in the presence of high blood sugar. Fat storage stimulates the production of the hormone resistin, which provides the body with some insulin resistance. Insulin resistance in adipose tissue is used to reduce the uptake of new lipids once the cells are full. Fat in the abdominal area is mostly responsible for producing resistin, which is why belly fat alone can be used as a marker of impaired glucose tolerance, even in the absence of diabetes.

If everything is kept in perfect homeostasis, adipose tissue will do its job and regulate how fat is used by the body and the immune system’s response to it. However, it is a complex structure that is still not completely understood. Stress hormones cause vast changes in the tissues, disrupting their function. Adipose tissue tries to protect itself by creating inflammation to activate immune cells. This process interrupts insulin signaling and interferes with the adipose tissue being able to effectively communicate dietary needs to the body.

Once inflammation has begun, free fatty acids in the blood are no longer controlled. The adipose tissue desperately tries to control them by pumping out more inflammatory cytokines to get the immune system to take care of them. This causes the immune system to flood the adipose tissue with macrophages in an attempt to rid it of its attackers. Macrophages are meant to “eat” foreign substances in the body. However, their presence only causes more inflammation in the adipose tissue. This continuous cycle of inflammation causing inflammation is what makes fat build on fat while insulin resistance increases and fatty acid regulation decreases.

Obesity and inflammatory diseases are the result. Getting rid of excess adipose tissue is difficult because of the complexity of its function. However, controlling inflammation can help. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that cleans free fatty acids out of the blood and impairs the adipose tissue’s ability to create more inflammatory cytokines. Omega-3’s also help to decrease fats in the blood and are powerful anti-inflammatories. Omega-3’s stabilize the signaling pathways within adipose tissues so that the body reacts more appropriately to the adipose tissue. They also stabilize the immune response, controlling inflammation. Both vitamin E and Omega-3’s give the cells an extra layer of protection against the damaging effects of inflammation, protecting the body from further damage and disease.

Supplementing with vitamin E and Omega-3’s could put you on the path to reversing the effects of excess fat and adipose tissue. As always, speak with your doctor before starting any vitamins and supplements routine.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton is owner at Wholesale Nutrition. He has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements, with an emphasis on 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!

Sources:
http://esciencenews.com/articles/2008/12/04/vitamin.e.shows.possible.promise.easing.chronic.inflammation
http://www.discoverymedicine.com/Satoshi-Nishimura/2009/09/22/adipose-tissue-inflammation-in-obesity-and-metabolic-syndrome/

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