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

Wednesday, 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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http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/07/14/adrenal-testing.aspx

http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/the-top-3-supplements-for-improved-adrenal-health

http://adrenalfatiguesolution.com/adrenal-fatigue-supplements/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/368075-how-does-vitamin-c-affect-the-hormone-cortisol/

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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Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 2

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Part 2

Do your research before you supplement for arthritis.

In “Vitamins and Supplements for Arthritis: Part 1” we discussed how glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin sulfate, and SAM-e supplements can help to relieve arthritis pain and improve joint condition. Now we will continue delving into which vitamins and supplements are actually proven to improve osteoarthritis conditions. Don’t waste your money on supplements that offer no real benefit or relief to you. Use the actual research to decide which vitamins and supplements may actually offer the benefits that you’re looking for.
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Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C: What's the Real Story?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Oranges and Vitamins

Vitamin C Myths Dispelled by Science

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!
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Are Prenatal Vitamins Enough?

Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Vitamins for Pregnant Women

Your prenatal vitamin may not be giving you and your baby everything that you need.

Maintaining your health while you are pregnant is vital to the health and development of your growing baby. Stress can affect how much you need of certain vitamins, so it is important to keep track of which vitamins you need and when. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin is important, but your diet and lifestyle may make it necessary to supplement with certain vitamins during your pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about regularly checking your vitamin levels to optimize your health and the health of your baby.
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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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Vitamin C Prevents and Cures Heat Exhaustion

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Do you feel like the heat just drains you of energy? Do other people seem fine at a heat level that is intolerable to you? It could be your vitamin and mineral levels. Vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, calcium, sodium, potassium, and of course water need to be replaced after being exposed to the heat.

People with diabetes, people over 40, people who urinate frequently, and people with hyperhidrosis (a condition where a person has more sweat glands than are necessary and sweating is excessive) need to replenish B vitamins, vitamin C, and minerals lost through sweating at almost double the rate of other people. We start losing our sense of thirst after about age 40 and it’s common for elderly people to barely be able to sense thirst at all. This puts them at a much higher risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Every time you sweat, you lose the vitamins and electrolytes that give your muscles the energy that they need to work. If you are low in any of these nutrients, you will automatically feel sleepy and fatigued when you are exposed to the heat. Replacing these vitamins and minerals is essential to recovery from the heat.

Studies have shown that people suffering from heat exhaustion and heat stroke are almost always deficient in vitamin C as well as other water soluble vitamins, like B vitamins. The body requires double the amount of water in hot weather than it does in cooler weather. It flushes out water soluble vitamins with sweat. This has a lot of ramifications on your health, energy, mental state, and immune system.

There are a lot of side effects that you’ll notice if you’re running low on water soluble vitamins or minerals that are lost when you sweat. Hot flashes, anemia (insufficient iron), fatigue, loss of appetite, depression, abdominal discomfort, respiratory infections, hair loss, muscle cramps, gum disease, dry skin and dry hair are most common. Because the nervous system requires so much fluid, B vitamins, electrolytes, and vitamin C to function, many people will experience headaches, migraines, nerve pain, and neurological disturbances, including hallucinations, confusion, and even seizures.

Drinking sports drinks can help you to replace electrolytes, but many people are sensitive to the artificial sweeteners or sugar in them. A good alternative is to supplement with the best vitamin C, a non-acidic buffered vitmain C powder that contains calcium, magnesium, zinc and potassium. Supplementing with a B vitamin complex is also advisable under a doctor’s supervision. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, whether you feel thirsty or not to guard against dehydration.

Supplementing and being diligent about hydration can help you to tolerate higher temperatures for longer periods of time. Not only will you be more comfortable, you’ll feel better and avoid the dangers of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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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http://www.livestrong.com/article/458415-vitamin-deficiency-caused-by-excessive-sweating/
http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/heat_exhaustion.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/268689-vitamins-for-heat-exhaustion/
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002350.htm

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http://www.medicinenet.com/heat_stroke/article.htm

Stroke Morbidity Tripled for Anemic Patients

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Iron is necessary for oxygen to be transported in the blood. Iron binds to oxygen in the bloodstream and carries it to all of the cells in the body that need the oxygen molecules to perform. Without iron, oxygen cannot be delivered to cells and the cells die.

Iron is also needed to diffuse oxygen through muscle cells, providing us with energy when we need it. Iron is used in DNA synthesis and cell division; helping your body to age more slowly and renew itself when necessary. Iron is also necessary for producing connective tissues, neurotransmitters, and maintaining the immune system.

Iron deficiency can cause anemia, the condition of having a low red blood cell count or low quantity of hemoglobin. Symptoms include fatigue, paleness, fast or irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, cognitive or learning problems, cold hands and feet, and headaches.

Studies on anemia have shown that people who have a heart attack, heart failure, or kidney disease are more likely to die within a year if they are anemic. Stroke patients are now being added to that list and anemia is considered a “potent predictor of dying throughout the first year after a stroke” according to Jason Sico, M.D., lead researcher and assistant professor of neurology at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

The study was conducted on 3,750 men treated for their first ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. The study reported the following:

1) Patients with severe anemia were 3.5 times more likely to die while still in the hospital and 2.5 times more likely to die within a year.

2) Stroke survivors with moderate anemia were twice as likely to die within six to 12 months after a stroke.

3) People with mild anemia were about 1.5 times more likely to die within six to 12 months after a stroke.

An important thing to remember when trying to keep up your iron levels is that lots of minerals compete for iron uptake in the digestive tract. Many people believe they are taking enough iron, but then their other supplements are preventing the iron from being absorbed. Calcium is the main culprit in iron not being properly absorbed.

On the other hand, there are vitamins that can help iron to be absorbed. Ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, is a potent enhancer of iron absorption. Studies have shown that vitamin C added to a meal can increase iron absorption by up to five times.

To avoid the interaction between calcium and iron, the National Institutes of Health recommends taking calcium supplements at bedtime. This brings to question the best vitamin C supplements to take with your meals for maximum iron absorption.

Most vitamin C supplements on the market are calcium ascorbate, which gives you a healthy dose of calcium with your vitamin C. There are buffered vitamin C products that are much easier on the stomach and more beneficial to take with meals, two of which are sodium ascorbate and C-Salts. Or, if you can tolerate the acidity of vitamin C without a buffering agent then pure vitamin C powder may the best vitamin C supplement option for you.

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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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120202094558.htm
http://www.anemia.org/patients/feature-articles/content.php?contentid=000441&sectionid=00015
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Vitamins for Aging

Monday, July 18th, 2011

Many people turn to vitamins when searching for the “fountain of youth”. With only a little research you will start to see the value of vitamins for the brain, immunity, skin, cardiovascular health, and more. However, it can be difficult to formulate your own cocktail of vitamins and supplements that will help you to live a healthier and happier, longer life. Here we wanted to dive into why certain vitamins work in certain combinations and how they can slow down or stop the deterioration that happens when we age.

Most problems that come with aging are not due to the natural decline in the ability of the body to do its job, but can be contributed directly to free radical damage and oxidative stress inhibiting these processes. Our genes are programmed to handle almost anything that is thrown at them. However, free radicals interfere with the activation of our genes’ protective abilities and result in chronic inflammation and disease.

Our bodies need oxygen to survive, but too much oxygen or broken molecules of oxygen, can damage cells. We are designed to handle this sort of assault and we actually need it to activate protective actions in our cells, among other biochemical processes in the body. However, an imbalance in the rate in which our bodies break down and repair themselves can lead to oxidative stress. This is where the level of free radicals becomes too high and begins to interfere with and kill healthy cells.

Antioxidants attract free radicals and keep them from attaching to healthy cell components. As we age, our natural antioxidant levels are diminished. Therefore, supplementing with antioxidant vitamins becomes increasingly important as time progresses. Certain antioxidants work well together, so there are a few things to consider when you start talking with your doctor about which vitamins and supplements routines will work best for you.

As antioxidants take over free radicals, they essentially become a weaker form of a free radical themselves. However, these free radicals can be turned back into an antioxidant by other antioxidants. That is why it is so important to carefully choose and combine your antioxidant vitamins. Vitamin E can be revived by vitamin C or coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Glutathione and vitamin C can be revived by vitamin E. Antioxidant vitamins work together synergistically to avoid cellular death and the diminished protective function of cells that commonly causes depressed health in advanced age.

Speak with your doctor about which antioxidant vitamins are best for you. According to Dr. Lester Packer, a leading expert in the field of biochemistry and biophysics, the right combination of antioxidants includes vitamin C, vitamin E, glutathione, coenzyme Q10, and lipoic acid. His research has shown that each one revives and spares one another from destruction, making them a potent combination for combating the problems that occur with aging.

Choose highly absorbable, potent forms of vitamins to ensure that they will not go to waste. The best vitamin C is a buffered, non-acidic, vitamin c powder. Make sure that you take water soluble vitamins with water and fat soluble ones with fats. Correctly taking the right combination of antioxidant vitamins in your later years can help you to avoid illness and diseases that can diminish your quality of life.

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!

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http://www.thaiwave.com/networkantioxidants/about.htm
http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/micro.html

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Will Vitamin C Make Psoriasis Worse?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Psoriasis is a genetic condition that is triggered by inflammation in the body, stress, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, sensitivities to foods, and other environmental triggers. Psoriasis is not contagious, but there is no cure and is a lifelong condition. Treating psoriasis can be a process of trial and error, pairing lifestyle and diet changes with prescription and over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements.

There have been mixed reviews about whether or not vitamin C can trigger a psoriasis outbreak, or actually make it better. If you’re researching psoriasis treatment, you’ve probably come across sites that say vitamin C can worsen symptoms, and others that say to make sure you get plenty of vitamin C in your diet. Hopefully we can clear up some of the misinformation out there and help you to understand how vitamin C can or hurt when you’re treating your psoriasis.

First, we’ll discuss how vitamin C got this bad reputation for making symptoms worse. Psoriasis is essentially a malfunction of the immune system. T cells are triggered by different substances, foods, or vitamin deficiencies and cause inflammation paired with an overproduction of cells on the skin. They can also trigger arthritis in some people. Foods containing vitamin C, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, are also high in acids that can worsen symptoms in some people. Additionally, most vitamin C supplements are not buffered and very acidic, which can also cause flare ups. Other foods that have a high acid content and can also cause inflammation are coffee, red meat, and dairy products. You can cut out acidic foods and add them back into your diet, one at a time, to see which ones you may be sensitive to.

It is the acid in vitamin C rich foods and supplements that have led many people to believe that vitamin C can worsen psoriasis. However, vitamin C itself has many benefits for treating not only the symptoms and severity of psoriasis, but the underlying causes of it as well.

Start treatment at the root cause of psoriasis; immune system malfunction. Vitamin C helps to calm the immune system by helping it respond appropriately to disease. When a disease, like psoriasis, is present, cells are essentially “misinformed” about their function and role in the body. They produce a cascade of free radicals that heighten the awareness of the immune system, basically aggravating it.

In the presence of chemicals or foods that you may be sensitive to, the immune system attacks with more vigor than is necessary, causing an autoimmune response. The immune system attacks the skin and joints causing inflammation, a quick production of extra cells, pain, arthritis, and severe itching. Vitamin C flushes free radicals from the body and in turn, keeps the immune system from overreacting or attacking the wrong parts of your body.

Vitamin C also treats inflammation, controls the production of histamines that cause itching, and blocks histamine receptors, improving much of the discomfort that is experienced when psoriasis flares up. Talk with your doctor when you use vitamins and supplements to treat psoriasis. You can purchase discount vitamins online to decrease the cost of long-term supplementation. To avoid the acid that is present in most vitamin C products, choose a buffered form of the best vitamin C, like a high quality best vitamin C, so that you don’t inadvertently cause symptoms to worsen.

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. Wholesale Nutrition has provided the world with discount vitamins and the best vitamin C since 1970. Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy high-quality, low-cost wholesale vitamins today!

Treatment and Prevention: Mouth Sores and Ulcers

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Mouth sores and ulcers inside of the mouth can be terribly painful. They can affect your speech, eating habits, and what you can drink. Some people even experience extreme muscle tension and migraines after trying to hold their mouths in a comfortable position for too long.

Mouth sores can be caused by cuts or lacerations in the mouth. People sometimes get them from chewing or biting the inside of their cheek or lip, they may get cut by a retainer, braces, dentures, or a sharp tooth. Mouth sores can also be an infection caused by a bacteria, virus, or fungus. Mouth sores and ulcers should disappear within a week. If they don’t, they could be a sign of a more serious problem, and should be checked by a physician.

If a bacteria or virus contributes to a mouth sore or ulcer, it will look white and be surrounded by red, inflamed tissue. This type of mouth sore is called a canker sore. People with a weakened immune system or autoimmune disorder are more likely to suffer from recurrent canker sores. They seem to be aggravated by stress, hormonal changes, and a lack of sufficient nutrition.

Vitamin deficiency is generally viewed as the root cause of most canker sore outbreaks. Insufficient intake of vitamins weakens the immune system and leaves cells vulnerable to damage by invading bacteria and viruses. Vitamin C is responsible for healing burns and lacerations, which includes canker sores. However, it can be difficult to maintain a healthy level of vitamin C in the body.

Our vitamin C levels can drop within seconds of experiencing stress, drinking alcohol, smoking, or being exposed to chemicals. With processed foods containing so many chemicals, household cleaners, today’s stress levels, and pollution, it’s a wonder that we are not all deficient in this essential vitamin. Vitamin C forms a protective barrier for each cell, which helps it to fight off invasion by bacteria, free radicals, and viruses. Without it, we have a weakened immune system and are susceptible to canker sore outbreaks.

Now, you might think that you could simply go drink some orange juice and get better. However, canker sores are aggravated by acid and will actually get worse if you consume it. Your next guess is probably that you should take a vitamin C supplement. But, not all supplements are made in the same way. The best vitamin C for canker sores is actually a buffered vitamin C. Buffered vitamin C comes in the form of vitamin C powder. The acidity is neutralized in this form, so look for it before you buy vitamins.

Vitamin C supplementation is recommended to help prevent and treat canker sores and other forms of mouth sores. It strengthens cell membranes, encourages faster healing, boosts the immune system, and helps the body rid itself of dangerous chemicals, viruses, and bacteria. Remember to talk with your doctor about your canker sores if they last longer than a week, as they could be a symptom of something more serious.

About the Author: Phil Le Breton, the owner at Wholesale Nutrition, has a strong interest in helping people achieve greater brain and body health with vitamins and supplements. Wholesale Nutrition has the best vitamin C powder on the market (C-Salts). Visit http://www.nutri.com to buy vitamins or buy supplements of the highest quality.