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March, 2010:

Diabetes and Resveratrol

In a recent article in Diabetes Forecast, Resveratrol has been found helpful in several ways for those with Diabetes.  In a summary of the article from Endocrinology: “Resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine, has received a lot of attention because of studies that suggest it (or related drugs) could someday help treat diabetes and other diseases. Yet scientists aren’t sure how resveratrol imparts its benefits. Now, a study has found that resveratrol’s anti-diabetic activity may come straight from the top: the brain. Lab mice on an all-you-can-eat diet tend to develop diabetes. But when researchers delivered resveratrol directly into the brains of mice with diet-induced diabetes, their blood glucose levels dropped regardless of diet or weight. The findings suggest that resveratrol may work by interacting with receptors in the brain that control insulin and glucose levels.”  This is from Endocrinology, December 2009

In another article from an Australian researcher from Queensland, Dr.Lindsay Brown of the University of Queensland School of Biomedical Sciences, and colleagues conclude that resveratrol may help protect against a wide array of diseases and conditions.  “The breadth of benefits is remarkable – cancer prevention, protection of the heart and brain from damage, reducing age-related diseases such as inflammation, reversing diabetes and obesity, and many more” said Brown.
This is good news for those with Diabetes since resveratrol is available in natural supplements like Shaklee’s Vivix Cellular Anti-Aging Tonic.  Shaklee Scientists sourced the purest and most potent natural resveratrol. In fact, this extract’s resveratrol content is no less than 98%, and the amount of resveratrol found in Vivix is guided by the latest scientific studies and emerging research.  Also, Shaklee processes the resveratrol in such a way as to not have the bad side affect of diarrhea often associated with some resveratrol products.

In Laboratory Studies, Vivix Ingredients*:   * Help protect and repair cellular DNA, * Positively impact genetic regulators,  * Promote mitochondrial biogenesis,  * Slow AGE protein formation.
ALSO*:  Supports heart health and cardiovascular function, Supports brain health , Supports immune function, Supports joint health, Promotes cellular longevity, Promotes good health and well-being, Supplies antioxidants; fights free radicals, Increases cellular energy.
Stay Well, Elise
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Helping your Thyroid with Supplements

The Thyroid is a small, butterfly shaped gland located just below the Adam’s Apple and is responsible for your metabolism. Normally the thyroid gland produces a steady flow of the hormone thyroxine, commonly called T4, which the body then converts to triiodothyronine, or T3, the active hormone that regulates metabolism.

If too much hormone is released, then your metabolism speeds up, your heart races while you feel hot and anxious. This condition is Hyperthyroidism and occurs when the Thyroid releases too much of the hormone T4.  Hyperthyroidism only occurs in about 1% of the population of the USA.

When the thyroid does not release enough T4, your metabolism slows.  You might possibly feel overly tired, have cold feet and hands, experience weight gain along with constipation and even depression, menstrual irregularities, infertility and elevated serum cholesterol, mental confusion, dry skin, muscle aches and cramps. More women than men have the occurrence of Hypothyroidism.

Mineral deficiencies and stress brought on by lifestyle often impact the increase in Hypothyroidism in the population according to naturopathic physician Dean Neary practicing in Everett, WA.  Minerals suggested to aid in overall cellular function are Selenium, Zinc and Cooper to name a few. These minerals are essential to the biochemical pathways converting T4 to T3. “Zinc aids the process that signals the thyroid gland to product thyroid hormones” according to Dr. Richard Shames and Dr Karilee Shames.

Antioxidants are important too, since they also help in the processes needed to produce the T4 hormone and then the conversion of the T4 into T3.  Free Radicals can block the conversion of T4 into the active hormone T3.  Along with antioxidants and minerals, the trace element Iodine is important in maintaining a healthy thyroid. Iodine deficiency causes an enlargement of the thyroid called goiter says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD.  Iodine is now added to table salt to help reduce the occurrence of goiter.

Teitelbaum goes on to say that the amino acid L-tyrosine, a precursor to T4, is the backbone of the thyroid system. L-tyrosine assists in all the body’s hormone processes. The thyroid hormone is basically tyrosine plus iodine, according to Dr. Shames.

Lifestyle changes can be effective for many people with hypothyroidism. Adding exercise as well as diet changes can made differences in the need for hormone replacement. See your physician for testing and know that even with a “normal” result on the test, some thyroid therapy may be needed while you are working on your diet, exercise and adding natural supplements with zinc, selenium, cooper and magnesium, B vitamins, and antioxidants.  Stay Well, Elise.

Not All Omega-3’s are Created Equally!

From Cindy Latham, Shaklee’s Vice President of  Marketing, in a facebook post  on March 5, 2010, said “I can’t end the week, without commenting about Omega3 in the news. There was a lawsuit filed against a number of brands (not Shaklee) that raised some concerns, brands that used cod liver oil. There are NO safety issues Shaklee’s OmegaGuard. We use pharmaceutical grade fish oil, we use a molecular distillation process to remove contaminants like dioxings, mercury and PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls).
Shaklee’s fish oil comes from highly purified whole fish –not from the liver of cod or shark (which the brands in the lawsuit used) which tend to accumulate these harmful compounds. Shaklee helped create a monograph to establish the standard for quality and purity, including defining the …limits for contaminants including dioxin, PCB’s, lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium. Yeah !!”

Shaklee OmegaGuard is made with a state-of-the-art, proprietary, Triple Molecular Distillation Process, that concentrates the natural beneficial omega-3 fatty acids while helping remove the harmful compounds.  Triple Distilled Means Superior Formulation:  1. Helps remove impurities and contaminants such as lead,mercury,arsenic,cadmium, dioxins,and PCBs that are often found in fish and fish oils 2. Prevents the formation of dangerous trans fats for a healthier fish oil   3. Minimizes odor and fishy aftertaste.

Shaklee OmegaGuard contains a full spectrum of seven naturally occurring omega-3 fatty acids EPA, DHA, ALA, and more. It also contains higher levels of EPA and DHA than leading brands. DHA is critical for brain development and function.  Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Research shows that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids promote cardiovascular health and help retain normal blood pressure and triglyceride levels.*

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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