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Antioxidant, Anti Cancer

The free-radicals can participate in unwanted side reactions resulting in cell damage. Many forms of cancer are thought to be the result of reactions between free radicals and DNA, resulting in mutations that can adversely affect the cell cycle and potentially lead to malignancy. Some of the symptoms of aging such as atherosclerosis are also attributed to free-radical induced oxidation of many of the chemicals making up the body. In addition free radicals contribute to alcohol-induced liver damage, perhaps more than alcohol itself. Radicals in cigarette smoke have been implicated in inactivation of alpha 1-antitrypsin in the lung. This process promotes the development of emphysema.

The green tea can decrease the damages done to cells by reducing oxidants and helps to excrete. As food produces free radicals (oxidants) when metabolized, it can readily react with and damage other molecules, including DNA in cell nuclei or mitochondria. The fact that aging and disease are clauses by oxidation phenomena thus by taking green tea can reduce the oxidation process.
 

 

Antioxidants are special compounds that bind to free oxygen radicals, preventing them from damaging healthy cells. Free radicals are unstable molecules that the body naturally produces as it metabolizes amino acids and fats. They freely react with and destroy healthy cells, and can alter the structure of DNA. Free radicals are commonly associated with oxidative stress that may adversely affect cardiovascular, neurological, skin and visual health. The body forms antioxidants, such as glutathione, lipoic acid and coQ10, to neutralize free radicals. However, the production of antioxidants declines with age. Vitamin C and vitamin E are necessary antioxidants that must be obtained from the diet. Additional antioxidants include vitamin A, selenium, lutein, lycopene, polyphenols and flavonoids (such as anthocyanidins, catechins and quercitin) found in fruits, vegetables and herbals. Some of the most potent botanical sources of antioxidants include:
açaí fruit
bilberry
grape seed
olive fruit
mangosteen fruit
pine bark
pomegranate fruit

Detoxification

Like a filter, the liver removes toxins and impurities from the bloodstream. Then through a series of complex metabolic steps, it either neutralizes toxins directly or converts them into: a) water-soluble forms to be excreted in the urine, or b) fat-soluble forms to be eliminated by the bowels. Each day a healthy liver produces about a quart of bile, which carries the toxic load to the intestines where it is captured by dietary fiber and transported to the colon. Toxins that the body cannot eliminate build up in tissues and fat stores. Headache, fatigue, poor complexion and sluggish immunity are just a few possible signs of a body overwhelmed by toxins. Ways to support the liver and help detoxify the body include:
1) Eating a healthy diet with added emphasis on high sulfur-content foods (garlic, legumes and onions), cabbage family vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage), artichokes, beets, carrots, dandelion and spices such as turmeric, cinnamon and licorice.
2) Avoiding saturated fat, refined sugar and alcohol, which can impair normal liver function.
3) Taking standardized milk thistle extract to support liver function, promote bile production and exert a protective effect against substances harmful to the liver.* Standardized artichoke extract also promotes bile production.*
4) Adding more fiber to your diet, or taking a fiber supplement such as psyllium or oat bran, to maximize the capture and transit of toxins in the intestines. If there is not enough fiber in the diet, most toxins get reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
5) Maintaining regular bowel movements to sweep toxins from the bowels. Many people find taking cascara sagrada bark, standardized triphala extract or magnesium hydroxide supplements is helpful.
6) Periodically implement a thorough internal cleanse program that may involve fasting and taking a comprehensive set of detoxification, fiber and bowel cleanse formulas.

Immune System

The immune system is a complex, integrated network of tissues, organs and cells that protect the body against illness and infection. White blood cells, in all their various types and forms, are the key components of the immune system. Their primary role is to destroy bacteria, viruses and allergens, as well as infected body cells. Some work by engulfing infectious agents, while others produce antibodies. Maintaining a healthy balance of white blood cells, and supporting the organs that produce them, is essential to good health. Ways to support the immune system include:
1) Maintaining a positive emotional state — When we are happy our immune system functions better. Conversely, when we are depressed our immunity tends to be suppressed.
2) Reducing stress — When we are stressed our adrenal glands produce hormones that inhibit the production and function of white blood cells.
3) Living a healthy lifestyle — Proper body weight, regular exercise, sufficient rest and a balanced diet (especially eating more protein, fruits and vegetables, and less sugar and alcohol) are critical to healthy immunity.
4) Taking immune-support supplements — Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are essential to practically every function of the immune system. To ensure you are getting enough, take a potent multivitamin along with extra vitamin C, which supports white blood cell function.* Herbs such as andrographis, astragalus and echinacea can also support the immune system.*

Physical energy and endurance 

The desire for more physical energy and endurance is one of the leading health issues among the general population, and is a major reason why many people take dietary supplements. There are at least four fundamental keys to physical energy:
1) Eating healthy, balanced meals throughout the day.
Beginning with breakfast, many nutritionists advise eating 5-6 small and healthy meals appropriately spaced throughout the day, as opposed to just the traditional three. This approach provides the body with a continual supply of nutrients and energy sources.
2) Releasing the optimum amount of energy from the foods.
The body needs certain vitamins, minerals and enzymes to fully breakdown proteins, carbohydrates and fats within foods; and to convert them into the type of fuel it requires at the individual cellular level.
3) Performing regular exercise and/or anaerobic activity.
Under proper medical advice and supervision, getting your muscles moving and blood pumping has benefits for cardiovascular health, maintaining healthy body weight, and creating a sustained sense of vitality.
4) Getting proper rest.
The body needs proper down time to recharge itself. As a rule of thumb, getting eight hours a night of quality sleep is sufficient to rejuvenate most individuals.
Some of the safe and essential supplements to consider for supporting physical energy and endurance include:
B-vitamins
— These essential nutrients are necessary for the conversion of cellular energy;* They are needed to process proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and convert them into ATP, which is the fuel our cells run on.
Co-enzyme Q10 (coQ10)
— A powerful antioxidant, it is also necessary for cellular energy production.*
Iron
— It is an essential part of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying molecule in red blood cells (which is needed for cellular energy), and is part of the Krebs cytochrome energy cycle.*
L-Carnitine
— This amino acid is required to transport fatty acids into cells for energy production. It is also a key nutrient for energy production in the heart and skeletal muscles.
Magnesium
— One of the essential minerals to the body, it mediates proper muscle function and is necessary for cellular production of ATP.*
Adaptogenic herbs
— Eleuthero, Korean Ginseng (Panax) and Rhodiola roots have been used for centuries to promote physical endurance and vitality,* and their value has been validated by modern scientific studies.

Weight loss occurs when the body consistently takes in fewer calories than it expends

Despite all the fad diet plans and weight loss products that come and go, the fundamental principal of weight loss remains true: Weight loss occurs when the body consistently takes in fewer calories than it expends. This can be accomplished by:
-reducing the total amount of food you eat 
-adjusting your diet to include more nutritious and lower calorie food choices 
-increasing your daily exercise and physical activity level 
-boosting your body’s conversion of calories into heat, and stored fat into energy
Safe and effective ways to help you eat less and burn more calories include:
1. Controlling appetite with dietary fiber
Eating more soluble fiber, or taking a soluble fiber supplement creates a satisfying feeling of fullness* and lessens your desire to eat. This works because these types of soluble fiber greatly expand in the digestive tract, giving your body the sensation of being comfortably full. As a result, you eat less and consume fewer calories. 
2. Avoiding high glycemic index foods
Foods that are high in carbohydrates (especially sugars and starches) cause blood sugar levels to quickly rise then fall. This rapid fluctuation makes the body crave additional carbohydrates, and the result is a feeling of uncontrollable hunger. Conversely, eating low glycemic index foods helps the body maintain a more consistent blood sugar level and a less frequent desire to eat. 
3. Lowering glycemic response 
Certain dietary fibers such as oat beta-glucan can help slow the body’s absorption of carbohydrates,* and as a result reduce the rapid rise and fall in blood sugar levels that cause hunger pangs and cravings. 
4. Increasing thermogenic activity
Thermogenesis is a natural process within the body by which excess calories are converted into heat energy rather than stored as fat. Taking standardized green tea and bitter orange extracts have been shown to promote thermogenic activity within the body. 
5. Reducing body fat 
Taking conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplements has been shown to help reduce body fat and increase muscle tone.* They are thought to work by helping the body more efficiently convert stored fat into energy. 
6. Getting 30 minutes a day of physical activity
Whether it be a formal exercise routine, or finding a creative ways such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking in the farthest stall, moving your muscles helps expend more calories and burn stored fat.

Probiotics

Probiotics are dietary supplements containing beneficial bacteria cultures. The rationale for taking probiotics is as follows. The human body contains trillions of living bacterial microorganisms within the digestive tract, which assist with digestion and immune functions. This internal community of bacteria is collectively known as the microflora. A wide range of factors threatens the composition and strength of the microflora, including the use of antibiotic drugs, illness and stress. As a result, the bacteria that work well in the body may decrease in number, which allows potentially harmful types to thrive and adversely affect good health. Taking a probiotic supplement helps replenish and restore balance to the digestive tract with beneficial bacteria. Most probiotics contain bacteria from two groups: 1) Lactobacillus such as acidophilus, bulgaricus, casei, helveticus, plantarum, reuteri, rhamnosus and salivarius, and 2) Bifidobacteria such as bifidum, breve, infantis and longum. In general, Lactobacillus bacteria tend to concentrate in the lower regions of the small intestine, while Bifidobacterium locate in the large intestine (or colon). Other types of probiotic bacteria include Lactococcus lactis and the yogurt starter culture Streptococcus thermophilus.

 

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