Saturday, April 30, 2011

Tocotrienol Complex

Tocotrienol Complex

A balanced, whole-food-based complex containing Tocopherols, Tocotrienols, O2 Factor®, L. Salivarius, L. Plantarum, and 22 naturally occuring essential amino acids and phytonutrients from garlic, tomato, barley, broccoli, alfalfa, cherry, pineapple, orange, beet, spinach, parsley, and carrot in a rice protein base.

Amino Acids: the building blocks of protein in the body - absolutely necessary to life, growth, and healing. Protein is composed of, and depends upon, the right supply of amino acids. There are 29 of them known, from which 1600 basic proteins are formed, comprising more than 75% of your body's solid weight of structural, muscle, and blood protein cells. Amino Acids are an important part of the body fluids, antibodies to fight infection, and hormone-enzyme systems responsible for the growth, maintenance, and repair of our bodies. Amino Acids are sources of energy with a vital role in brain function, acting as neurotransmitters for the central nervous system. They are critical to rapid healing, and to good acid-alkaline balance.
The Four Essential Amino Acids

Methionine: an essential amino acid; an antioxidant and free-radical deactivator. A major source of organic sulphur for healthy liver activity, lymph, and immune health. Protective against chemical allergic reactions. An effective "lipotropic" that keeps fats from accumulating in the liver and arteries, thus keeping high blood pressure and serum cholesterol under control. Effective against toxemia during pregnancy. An important part of treatment for rheumatic fever. Supports healthy skin and nails, and helps prevent hair loss.

Phenylalanine: an essential amino acid; a tyrosine precursor that works with vitamin B6 on the central nervous system as an antidepressant and mood elevator. Successful in treating manic, post-amphetamine, and schizophrentic-type depressions. Aids in learning and memory retention. Relieves menstrual, arthritic and migraine pain. A thyroid-stimulant that helps curb the appetite by increasing the body's production of CCK.

Tryptophan: an essential amino acid, a precursor of the neurotransmitter serotonin, involved in mood and metabolism regulation. It is a natural, non-addictive tranquilizer for restful sleep. Used successfully, through blood vessel dilation, to decrease hyperkinetic, aggressive behavior, migraine headaches, and schizophrenia. Helps counteract compulsive overeating, smoking and alcoholism. An effective anti-depressant, it raises abnormally low blood sugar, and aids in reducing seizures in petit mal epilepsy. Produces nicotinic acid (natural niacin).

Tyrosine: an essential amino acid and growth hormone stimulant formed from phenylalanine, tyrosine helps to build the body's natural store of adrenaline and thyroid hormones. It rapidly metabolizes as an antioxidant throughout the body, and is effective as a source of quick energy, especially for the brain. It converts to the amino acid L-dopa, making it safely helpful for depression, hypertension, and Parkinson's disease, helps control drug abuse, and aids in drug withdrawal. It appears to increase libido and low sex drive. It helps reduce appetite and body fat in a weight-loss diet. It produces melanin for skin and hair pigment.

You must have potein to heal. Next to water, protein is your body's most plentiful substance, it's a primary source of building material for muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails, and organs like the heart and brain. All body tissues depend on protein. Blood cannot clot without protein. Protein and its precursors, amino acids, work at hormonal levels to control basic functions like growth, sexual development, and metabolism. The enzymes for immune and antibody response are formed from protein.
The human body does not make protein, it must be obtained through diet.

In children, protein deficiency leads to growth abnormalities. In adults, protein deficiency means low stamina, mental depression, low immune resistance, and slow wound healing. Surgery, wounds, or prolonged illness are stresses that use up protein fast. At times of high stress, you will want to take in extra protein to rebuild worn-out tissues.

Avena's Tocotrienol Complex is a complete whole food, vitamin & mineral complex, with all 22 essential and non-essential amino acids, the building blocks for protein that is requiured for almost every function in your body.

Clearly, your diet is the basis for good health and optimum healing.

Recent research on nutraceuticals and phytonutrients in our foods shows a wealth of evidence to support the fact that our diets can heal as well as nourish us.

Diet improvement is a major weapon against disease, from the common cold to cancer. Whole food nutrition allows the body to use its built-in restorative andrepairing abilities. A healthy diet can intervene in the disease process at many stages, from its inception and also in its growth and spread.
Fresh Fruits are Nature's Smiles!

The more fruits and vegetables you eat, the more nutrition you obtain and the less your risk of disease. Fruits and vegetables are full of nutraceuticals, the natural chemicals in plants with pharmacologic action. Scientists are enthusiastically embracing the healing possibilities of plant nutrients in fresh foods. Green leafy vegetables, for example, have almost 20 times more essential nutrients, ounce for ounce, than any other food. What's more, the nutrients in greens make the nutrients in other foods work better for our health. The preventive medicine possibilities are astounding.
Toco™ - Important Dietary Supplement Drink

Toco™ is a great tasting, superior whole food supplement formulated to assure balanced nutrition. Mild and highly utilizable, this balanced formula provides a stable variety of essential nutrients necessary to properly fuel a healthy body. Toco√§ provides highly concentrated antioxidant vitamins and pro-oxidant nutrients including Tocotrienols.

Tocotrienols are an exceptional natural source of Vitamin E found to be up to 6000 times more powerful than Alpha Tocopherols. The term "Vitamin E" refers to a class of fat-soluble antioxidants consisting of Tocotrienols and Tocopherols. It functions to protect DNA, low-density lipoproteins and polyunsaturated fatty acids from free-induced oxidation. Recent studies in clinical nutrition have confirmed that vitamin E, long considered

" a vitamin looking for disease", plays an essential role in maintaining the structure and function of the human nervous systems, as well as being a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radical damage and enhances the immune system. An antioxidant becomes incorporated in the cell membrane to scavenge free radicals that would weaken the most basic cellular defensive line, and in immune cells it strengthens and provides the membranes surrounding the lycosomes.

Many disease conditions can be directly related to protein deficiency. Although protein is the most difficult dietary constituent to digest, it is the most important nutritional factor to consider. Proteins are vital to processes such as the transport of vitamin and minerals. They are also necessary for the production of metabolic enzymes and hormones. Proteins are critical to the immune system, and the key to maintaining proper blood glucose levels. Toco™ provides all 22 essential and non-essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. The importance of receiving a sufficient level of all the amino acids cannot be stressed enough. We must have a constant supply of amino acids to build the proteins that create our body tissues and influence our bodies' weight, shape, and tone. The liver, the largest organ, is the main site of, and the regulator of, amino acid metabolism. As the liver detoxifies our blood, it becomes the most abused organ in our body because of our exposure to toxins in our modern lifestyle. Among its vital functions are: metabolizing essential fats (and thus, preventing their accumulation in the bloodstream), synthesizing necessary blood proteins, breaking down and eliminating toxic substances, and secreting bile. The liver converts nutrients into a usable form for the cells in other parts of the body. Our cells depend on a healthy liver for their nutrients. Toco™ is very good in detoxifying the liver. When used on a regular basis, it helps to provide an increased level of protection against cellular damage. Coupled with its amino acids, it provides a dense, nutrient-rich source of vitamins and minerals that help to support body organ functions.

Essential fatty acids are vital for dietary integrity. Lipids are stored in the body as energy reserves and, in fact, 60 percent of the brain is made up of lipids. The modern diet offers processed and altered fats that cannot be utilized by the body. Toco™ supplies a full complex of all the essential fatty acids necessary to maintain proper organ function, as well as revitalizing the skin, hair, and restoring cellular efficiency.
The Most Powerful Vitamin E Available

Although Vitamin E was discovered more than 75 years ago, scientists and health experts continue to study its mysterious benefits. Vitamin E's reputation is legendary for reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer, making it one of the most highly purchased single vitamin supplement on the market. Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant and plays a role in the prevention of heart disease. As an antioxidant, it helps prevent low-density lipoproteins (LDL, or the "bad Cholesterol") from "oxidizing" and from contributing to fat deposits in the arteries. It also plays a role in preventing blood clots, a serious condition that can lead to strokes and heart attacks.
Vitamin E and Cancer

Antioxidants such as Vitamin E protect against the damaging effects of the free radicals that may contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer. Vitamin E also blocks the formation of nitrosamimes, which are carcinogens formed in the stomach from nitrates consumed in the diet. It also protects against the development of cancers by enhancing immune function.
Vitamin E and Cataracts

Cataracts are growths on the lens of the eyes that cloud vision. They increase the risk of disability and blindness in aging adults. Antioxidants are being studied to determine if they can help prevent or delay cataract growth. Studies have found that lens clarity, which is used to diagnose cataracts, was better in regular users of Vitamin E supplements and in persons with higher blood levels of Vitamin E.

Tocotrienol Complex provides you with a Natural source of Vitamin E. An excellent way to ensure a diet that is rich in antioxidants and plant nutrients

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Terrors of Table Salt

The Terrors of Table Salt

Unrefined sea salt or natural rock salt, also known as "real salt", supplies important minerals to our diet. In fact, the liver cannot function without salt. It helps speed up recoveries from serious illness, and acts as a scavenger–purging the body of toxins. Refined and processed table salt, however, should be eliminated from every health-conscious kitchen for the following reasons:

* It retains fluids. One ounce (28.35 grams) of table salt retains up to one pound (0.45 kilograms) of water. Fluid retention is not only uncomfortable, it tires the heart.
* It acidifies the blood, which offers an open invitation to heart problems, hypertension, liver illness, neuralgia, rheumatism, and gastric ulcers.
* It damages and depletes enzymes, upsets the sodium/potassium balance, creates an acidic stomach, and inhibits digestion.
* It over stimulates the nervous system by activating the adrenal gland.
* It increases perspiration and decreases muscle contractility-including the muscles of the heart.
* It creates arrhythmia from its abnormal impact on nerves, and helps harden arteries and other tissues. It also fosters calcium and fatty deposits on the artery walls.

North Americans consume two to three times more salt than they should. Refined salt is consumed in heavily salted foods like potato chips, popcorn, salted peanuts, canned foods, candies and salted cereals. Refined salt puts a huge burden on the kidneys, weakening them until they can no longer function.

Still the body needs minerals that are found in Celtic Sea Salt©. Mineral deficiencies can lead to kidney infections, respiratory aliments, and healing retardation. In its natural state, as in Avena’s Celtic Sea Salt©, salt has at least 100 other minerals and trace elements that lead to a healthy diet. It stabilizes blood pressure. A deficiency of total salt minerals makes the body fight harder to survive and makes blood pressure go up. Whole-unrefined salt causes dandelions and leeks to turn into diuretics. By bathing and rubbing skin with its granules, Celtic Sea Salt© helps the skin to function as an elimination organ.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

SOY - Cinderella or Ugly Duckling?

SOY - Cinderella or Ugly Duckling?

In the January 2000, issue of The Furrow published by John Deere, an article written by Dean Houghton refers to soy as a 'miracle food', even though it was listed in the 1913 US Department of Agriculture (USDA) handbook as an industrial product. Defatted soy protein is an isolate of the soy chips from the processing of soy for margarine, shortenings, salad dressings, etc. Flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, emulsifiers and synthetic nutrients have turned soy protein isolate into a 'Cinderella'. It is not required by law to list soy in product content listings as a soy protein isolate (SPI). "Far from being the perfect food, modern soy products contain anti-nutrients (natural toxins) and toxins that block most of the action of the trypsin enzyme, and interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals" (Mark Messina, PhD, Third International Soy Symposium).

The early recommended strategy of using soy protein isolate as an extender or meat substitute failed to produce sufficient consumer demand. The industry thus changed its approach to appeal to the upscale consumer-instead of it being a cheap meal extender, it was now a miracle substance to lower heart disease, cancer, hot flashes, and build strong bones. The competition-milk, meat, cheese, butter, and eggs were duly demonized, as the soy isolate became meat and milk for many vegetarians.

Public relations firms helped convert research projects into newspaper articles and advertising copy, law firms lobbied to have regulations changed. The Soy Symposium in Washington, D.C. held in the fall of 1999 was sponsored by, among others, the United Soybean Board, Monsanto, the American Soybean Association, Cargill Foods, SoyLife, and the soybean councils of eight American states. This was the 'high point' of a decade-long marketing campaign to gain consumer acceptance of tofu, soymilk, soy ice cream, soy cheese, soy sausage, and soy derivatives (such as the soy isoflavones of genistein and diadzen, which are the oestrogen-like compounds found in soybeans). It was at this time, in spite of cautions, the US FDA announced that breakfast cereals, baked goods, convenience foods, smoothie mixes, and meat substitutes could now be sold with labels touting benefits to health as long as the products contained one heaping teaspoon of soy protein per 100-gram serving!

Although the soy plant was initially considered unfit to eat and used for nitrogen-fixing in farming, the Chou Dynasty started fermenting it (tempeh, miso, soy sauce) to make it edible, but then began precipitating it with a sulfate (e.g. Epsom salts, plaster of paris) to make a smooth curd. The compounds are deactivated during fermentation and mostly concentrate in the soaking liquid rather than in the curd. The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans because the potent enzyme inhibitors (that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion) are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas. The haemaglutinin in soybeans, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together, is a growth inhibitor.

Soy also contains goitrogens that depress thyroid function and they are high in phytic acid that can block the uptake of essential minerals present in other plant foods being eaten. The phytates in soy are highly resistant to long, slow cooking, and thus are traditionally eaten by the Japanese only as a small part of a mineral-rich fish broth, followed by a serving of meat or fish.

Vegetarians who consume tofu and soybean curd as a substitute for meat and dairy products risk severe mineral deficiencies of calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc-the results of which are well known. Zinc is called the intelligence mineral, as it helps develop the brain and nervous system. It plays a role in protein synthesis, collagen formation, blood-sugar control (helping to protect against diabetes), healthy reproductive system (the prostate depends on zinc), helps the immune system, and is a key component in numerous vital enzymes. A zinc deficiency may even cause a 'spacey' feeling.

The production of SPI involves a slurry of soybeans mixed with an alkaline solution to remove fibre, then precipitated and separated using an acid wash in aluminum tanks (leaching high levels of aluminum into the final product,) neutralized in an alkaline solution, and then spray-dried at high temperatures. The trypsin inhibitor content may vary as much as fivefold. The high temperature of processing has the side effect of denaturing the other proteins in soy to render them largely ineffective, and makes the addition of lysine important to soy feed for normal growth in animals.

The spray drying causes nitrites (potent carcinogens) to form, and a toxin called lysinoalanine is also formed during the alkaline processing. Numerous artificial flavourings, particularly MSG, are added to SPI to give it a strong 'beany' taste. The use of SPI increases needs for vitamins E, K, D, and B12, and creates deficiency symptoms of calcium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, copper, iron, and zinc and may result in an enlarged pancreas and thyroid gland.

In spite of these facts, soy protein isolates and textured vegetable proteins are used in school lunch programs, commercial baked goods, diet beverages, and fast-food products. Ralston Purina Company sponsored a two-week study in children of preschool age feeding them a drink made of SPI and sugar as a basis for the lunch programs. In suffering occasional vomiting, periods of moderate diarrhea, the odd rash and fever, whether the children would remain actually healthy on such a diet over a long period of time is another question.

Dr James Anderson's study (sponsored by Protein Technologies International and published in the New England Journal of Medicine) suggests that those with cholesterol levels over 250 mg/dl may experience a reduction of 7 to 20% in serum cholesterol levels if using soy protein instead of animal protein-insignificant only for individuals whose cholesterol is lower than 25 mg/dl. So for most of us, giving up steak and eating veggie burgers instead will not bring down blood cholesterol levels, even with the supposed 'cholesterol-lowering' properties.

Although the marketing for soy protein claims anticancer benefits for breast, uterus, and prostate cancer, using the example of the Japanese people who eat 30 times as much soy as North Americans, the Japanese and Asians in general have higher rates of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and liver (as little as two tablespoons per day appeared to be enough to negatively influence the body). Asians throughout the world also have a higher rate of thyroid cancer. In 1996, researchers found that women consuming SPI had an increased incidence of epithelial hyperplasia, a condition that presages malignancies. A year later, dietary genistein (a phyto-estrogen) was found to stimulate breast cells to enter the cell cycle-a discovery that led the study authors to conclude that women should not consume soy products to prevent breast cancer.

The literature review done by Mike Fitzpatrick, PhD, uncovered evidence that soy consumption has been linked to numerous disorders including infertility, increased cancer, and infantile leukemia, goiter (the soy isoflavones are goitrogenic), immune system disorders, and to digestive organs being in a state of disintegration. Included in this review were studies dating back to the 1950s revealing that the genistein in soy causes endocrine disruption. Isoflavones inhibit the synthesis of estradiol and other steroid hormones. The claim that soy prevents osteoporosis is extraordinary, given that soy foods block calcium and cause vitamin D deficiencies. It is understood one reason that Westerners have such high rates of osteoporosis is because they have substituted soy oil for butter, which is a traditional source of vitamin D, and other fat-soluble activators needed for calcium absorption.

Dr Fitzpatrick estimates from the review that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives daily, from the isoflavones, the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least five birth control pills per day. By contrast, almost no phyto-estrogens have been detected in dairy-based formula or in human milk, even when the mother consumes soy products. Plus learning disabilities have reached epidemic proportions. Scientists have known for years that soy-based formula can cause thyroid problems in babies. Soy infant feeding-which began in earnest in the early 1970s-cannot be ignored as a probable cause for these tragic developments.

An alarming number of girls are entering puberty much earlier than normal, according to a recent study reported in the journal 'Pediatrics'. New data indicates that environmental estrogens, such as PCBs and DDE (a breakdown product of DDT) may cause early sexual development in girls. Results of the 1986 Premature Thelarch study, written up in the American Journal of Diseases in Children, show the most significant dietary association with premature sexual development was not consumption of chicken-as reported in the press-but consumption soy infant formula. The consequences of a truncated childhood are tragic. Young girls with mature bodies must cope with feelings and urges that most children are not well equipped to handle. Other problems, reported by parents and associated with children who were fed soy-based formula, include extreme emotional behavior, asthma, immune system problems, pituitary insufficiency, thyroid disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Lurking in the background of the industry hype for soy is the nagging question of whether it is even legal to add soy protein isolate to food. All food additives not in common use prior to 1958, including casein protein from milk, must have 'Generally Recognized As Safe' status (GRAS). Casein protein became codified as GRAS in 1978. So far, soy protein has GRAS status only as a binder in cardboard boxes, as it is considered that migration of nitrites from the box into the food contents would be too small to constitute a cancer risk. Thus soy protein isolate must be subject to premarket approval procedures each time manufacturers intend to use it as a food or add SPI to a food. Soy protein was introduced into infant formula in the early 1960s without GRAS status, which still has not been given- the key ingredient of soy infant formula is not recognized as safe!

The industry has known for years that soy contains many toxins and has exposed itself to analysis that might read: At first they told the public that the toxins were removed by processing. When it became apparent that processing could not completely get rid of them, they claimed that these substances were beneficial. The government granted a health claim to a substance that can be toxic, and the industry has lied to the public to sell more soybean by-product. Farmers have been duped like the rest of us, but they need to find something else to grow before the soy bubble bursts and the market collapses.

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

"Salt of Life"

"Salt of Life"

"Turn On Your Potassium Pump" Prevent - "De-Hydration!" - dissolve a little of Celtic Sea Salt© on the tip of your tongue during the intake of Pure Clean Water – you will be amazed on how your body is now able to utilize this water – You have "turned on" your Potassium Pump!
What is Celtic Sea Salt?

What real, true salt is supposed to be. 100% Unrefined – 100% Good For You! If table salt had never been invented this is all you ever would have seen and loved – with none of the harmful side effects associated with common white table salt. Celtic Sea Salt© is Summer Harvest – Sun Dried – Hand Harvested. From salty tears to healthy cells, salt is a vital requirement for proper health & well being – naturally. Technically, Celtic Salt is the complex, balanced mixture of essential minerals our body needs and craves in almost the exact proportions required. Chemical analysis of Celtic Sea Salt© is almost identical to that of the salty "mini-ocean’ for the fetus – amniotic fluid – in which we were created.
But– I’ve Been Told Not to Use Salt!

No, they used the word "salt" - but meant the harmful chemical sodium chloride. All side effects, warnings, and bad press based on medical research have been done with refined, white table ‘salt’ which is approximately 99.8% sodium chloride. Your very blood requires actual salt to function. Your cells must be bathed in a sodium-based, extra cellular fluid. When the cells of a mammal are deprived of sodium they literally explode attempting to equalize inside and out.
Why Then Celtic Sea Salt©?

Because the body runs on salt. Without properly balanced salt we run out of electrolytes and our ‘batteries die out’. Refined table salt, even so-called ‘sea-salts’ from health stores which are mostly sodium chloride, promote pathological calcification and a breakdown of cellular tissue. When people talk about ‘salt’ they overlook the fact that there are approximately 82 other elements in Natural Celtic Sea Salt√§ which serve as a buffer to protect you from the harshness of pure sodium chloride. Nature put those buffers there to make sure our bodies could use the sodium properly, and to ensure that once it has been utilized, it will be eliminated completely and quickly through the kidneys. Celtic Sea Salt© is completely unrefined to ensure proper bodily utilization.
What Does Salt Actually Do?

We are Salt creatures – just taste a tear – and you can appreciate just how Celtic Sea Salt© has an infinite number of roles in our health. It recharges & maintains the cells and energizes the body. Proper salt actually helps our cells produce other necessary minerals, and recharges the cells in much the same way as a battery. It makes food taste better and more digestible; enhances hydrochloric acid production; stabilizes bodily functions and fluids. Salt effects digestion – Take Potassium for example – You can eat Potassium-rich foods, but it will do you little good unless you are taking proper salt as well. Your body cannot properly digest raw vegetables without salt. Salt enhances your saliva so your body can manufacture the proper digestive juices to break down the complex carbohydrates, Celluloid’s and chlorophyll from the vegetables which contain potassium – Salt is essential in creating hydrochloric acid.


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