Percy The Pig

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piglet-520883__180 pig-483242_960_720A friend sent me this article. Normally I do not want to engage in any kind of dialogue that is one-sided, racially motivated, or expresses bigotry. I have Muslin friends. I respect their faith as they respect mine. The following post is for informational purposes only. There is so much mis-information on the Internet – let’s keep things in perspective. This insight affects not just Muslims. I wonder if vegetarians or those of the Jewish faith are aware that pork products are hidden in so many products, especially the foods we eat.

An extremely interesting read.. I never knew pigs were in most products!

 

“Every Muslim who has ever handled TNT, Nitro, Bullets, High Explosive Bombs, Rocket Launchers, or been treated for cuts injury requiring stitches, or taken antibiotics, or Vitamin Capsules, has been contaminated with Pig Products.

The ironical part is that when a Suicide Bomber blows himself up his body parts are impregnated with Gelatine and Glycerine from the explosive. Both Gelatine and Glycerine are manufactured from Pigs worldwide.. Ergo, they will never be accepted by Allah.

Some makers of cigarettes use haemoglobin from pig’s blood in their filters. Apparently this element works as a sort of ‘artificial lung’ in the cigarette so, they claim, ‘harmful reactions take place before the chemicals reach the user’, (enter the Pig.)

Pig bone gelatine is used to help transport gunpowder or cordite into the bullet. Insulin, the blood-thinning drug heparin, and pig heart valves are all vital. The complex workings of the global food and processing industry have ensured that it is impossible to avoid pig altogether.

Pig product goes into liquorice and many other products. In this process, collagen is taken from the pig and is then converted into gelatine. This finds its way into numerous foodstuffs, where it acts as a gelling agent.

A number of medicines also contain pig gelatine – everything from painkillers to multivitamins. Fatty acids extracted from the bone fat of pigs are used in shampoos and conditioners to give them their shiny, pearl-like appearance. These acids can also be found in a number of body lotions, foundations, and anti-wrinkle creams. Glycerine made from pork fat is an ingredient in many types of toothpaste.

There is no legal obligation for manufacturers to specify whether the gelatine they use is from a pig or another animal. When it is specified, it is often confusingly referred to as Suilline gelatine.

So to all prospective Suicide Bombers, ISIS and innocent, good Muslims, I say, “Have a Nice Day” from “Percy” the wonderful Pig.”

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Serotonin and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder #TheHappyHormone

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By: Marlene Affeld ~

Can the mood enhancing “happy hormone” serotonin help manage obsessive-compulsive disorder? This question is one that is recently receiving focused attention as researchers seek to further clarify the link between serotonin and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, commonly known as OCD, is a condition in which a person is plagued by constant, intrusive, frightening and irrational thoughts, unwanted impulses or disturbing compulsions such as feeling that their hands covered in germs and must be washed constantly less they remain contaminated and contagious. Compulsive acts and repetitive rituals include hoarding, arranging and rearranging, counting, hair twisting or pulling, wringing of hands, or constant praying.

Other people constantly exist with a sad sense of loss or impending danger, feeling they must constantly remain vigilant lest something very bad happens to themselves or those they love. They may tend to fixate on horrific new events as validation of their gloomy expectations.

On one level, a person experiencing compulsive and unwanted thoughts are well aware that they are building concerns out of proportion and know that their thoughts and obsessions are irrational and not acceptable or normal behavior. They also emphatically believe that what they dread is inevitable and can only have a disastrous outcome.

masks-827730__180The National Alliance For Mental Health describes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, reporting, “OCD is often described as “a disease of doubt.” Individuals living with OCD experience “pathological doubt” because they are unable to distinguish between what is possible, what is probable and what is unlikely to happen.”

Persons suffering from OCD feel compelled to carry out compulsive rituals to guard against bad things happening even though they may be aware that such behavior makes other people question their sanity. In spite of society’s rules and disproval, they can’t control their compulsive actions. While completing these rituals offers a temporary respite, ever-mounting anxiety compels them to repeat the ritual again and again.

Although such behavior might seem bizarre, it is not as uncommon as one might think. The National Institute of Mental Health advises that more than 2 percent of the U.S. population or nearly one out of every 40 people will be diagnosed with OCD at some point in their lives. Think about that relatively small number. In all likelihood, someone in your school, office, church, social circle or family is suffering from OCD.

anxiety-961416__180The debilitating disorder is two to three times more common than schizophrenia and bipolar disorder although it is often mistakenly diagnosed as one of these two similar, though distinctively different disorders.

OCD is a biological condition caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. It is not a physiological or “personality problem.” Persons, who experience a head trauma, may develop OCD. Some people may be genetically predisposed. Statistics reflect that persons with a parent diagnosed with OCD are more than 25 percent more likely to develop the condition than those who do not have a family history of the disorder.

Serotonin Improves Mood and Behavior

Certain prescription medications help regulate the complex chemicals in the brain by helping regulate the amount of serotonin in the bloodstream thereby reducing anxiety, obsessive thoughts, and compulsive behaviors. These drugs, commonly known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs have proven effective in treating OCD symptoms. The most heavily prescribed drugs for OCD are fluoxetine (Prozac). Fluvoxamine (Luvox), citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), and sertraline (Zoloft). Venlafaxine (Effexor) and clomipramine (Anafranil) are other antidepressants drawn from a different class of medications that are often used in OCD symptom management.

Although the above-listed drugs can have a dramatic impact on the reduction of symptoms of OCD, they come with a host of unpleasant side-effects including nausea, erectile dysfunction, dizziness, shortness of breath, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, insomnia or excessive sleepiness as well as suicidal thoughts and actions. These drugs do not relieve symptoms immediately and must be taken for 10 to 12 weeks to evaluate the effectiveness and establish the ideal dosage.

5-HTP

As recently as a decade ago, OCD was considered untreatable. It is only since prescription medications to balance serotonin production and uptake have been used that progress has been made. In addition to prescription medication, healthcare providers advise patients to get plenty of exposure to sunlight (serotonin production in the body is light dependent), increase their physical activity and eat wisely by choosing foods that contribute to serotonin production.

Research studies into the benefits of serotonin for the treatment of OCD provides more good news. Recent research studies have found that the dietary supplement 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), a precursor to serotonin, is just as effective In moderating serotonin levels and calming symptoms as prescription medications, all without the cost, risk, side-effects or time constraints of prescription medications.

5-HTP is derived from naturally occurring substances extracted from the tiny seed pods of Griffonia simplicifolia, a perennial West African woody medicinally beneficial shrub. In humans, 5-HTP is a powerful nutrient-rich precursor to the “feel-good” hormone serotonin. 5-HTP changes directly into serotonin in the brain. Serotonin has many very important functions in the body, including a role in visual memory retention, sleep patterns, appetite, learning, recall, body temperature regulation, depression, anxiety, mood, sexual behavior, muscle coordination, cardiovascular function, and endocrine regulation.

As with any diet supplement, consult your healthcare provider to determine 5-HTP dosages. Always tell your doctor of any other prescription, supplements or over-the-counter medications you may be taking to avoid adverse drug interactions.

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Shed Belly Fat With L-arginine – New Studies Show Promise #BlastBellyFat

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By: Marlene Affeld ~

L-arginine, the latest “weight-loss miracle” touted by TV celebrity doctors, fitness gurus, bodybuilders and personal trainers is said to help dieters shed unwanted and unhealthy belly fat. Like millions of people across America desiring to shed a few stubborn pounds, I am intrigued, and wonder does it work?

Although some medical research studies suggest that L-arginine may benefit a diverse array of health conditions including weight loss, other research projects show that L-arginine may have harmful effects on some individuals. It may or may not be the diet answer for you.

Healthcare providers recommend that if you are considering L-arginine benefits for any specific health condition including weight loss, that you do so under the guidance of a doctor or other medical professional who can monitor you and your medications and who understands the side effects and possible complications that can happen if L-arginine is used combination with certain other prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements.

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What is L-arginine?

One of 22 chemical building blocks known as amino acids found in the human diet, L-arginine is required for the production of protein, helps rid the body of ammonia and stimulates the release of insulin and growth hormone.

However, the main function of L-arginine in the human body has been shown to be its role in increasing nitric oxide (NO), a compound that relaxes the blood vessels and allows them to open wider for improved blood flow.

Because of this characteristic, L-arginine shows benefit in reducing recurrent foot and leg pain due to poor circulation from blocked arteries. The powerful amino acid is also included in a cream formulation for sexual problems in both men and women.

An amino acid normally produced by the body. Additionally, L-arginine is found in dairy products, red meat, poultry, fish, nuts (especially pumpkin seeds and peanuts) and other foods that contain protein. L-arginine is also produced in medical laboratories for use as medication.

Under medical supervision, L-arginine is used for the treatment of blood vessel and heart conditions including congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, chest pain and coronary artery disease.

doctor-784329_640Your physician may also prescribe L-arginine supplementation to treat recurrent pain in the legs due to block arteries, erectile dysfunction (ED), male infertility, senior dementia or decreased mental capacity in the elderly, peripheral vascular disease, and headaches caused by blood vessel swelling.

L-arginine is frequently used to help improve kidney function after a kidney transplant, boost the immune system, prevent inflammation of the digestive system in premature infants and to treat high blood pressure in women during pregnancy.

Because L-arginine prompts the body to make protein, ongoing research studies show promise in Arginine’s usefulness in building muscle mass in weight lifters, enhancing sperm production and increasing libido.

Test studies also indicate that in combination with conventional chemotherapy drugs, L-arginine has proven beneficial for treating breast cancer and in combination with other amino acids is a effective treatment for weight loss and wasting in persons with AIDS. When paired with fish oil, L-arginine fights infection, speeds healing and reduces recovery time after surgery. Used together with ibuprofen it provides relief of migraine pain.

L-arginine and Weight Loss

fitness-818722_640Although amino acids have been used for years by body builders to build muscles and mass, a recent pilot study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements focuses on the benefits of L-arginine for helping the body shed visceral adipose tissue or belly fat. Belly fat is particularly worrisome to doctors as people who carry a large amount of visceral fat in the abdomen have a higher metabolic and cardiovascular risk than those with excess weight from other types of obesity.

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Scientific Study L-arginine Weight Loss Claims

The research study, implemented by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, recruited 20 non-diabetic, obese women between the ages of 18-40 with BMI scores ranging from 30 to 40. Participants consumed 3 grams of L-arginine 3 times daily for 12 weeks.

Labdoor.com reports study results noting:

“L-arginine supplementation led to:

 •    Reduced waist circumference (WC). WC is a good indicator of central obesity, a result of the accumulation of visceral adipose tissue. Waist circumference was recorded at 109 cm after 12 weeks, significantly below the 116cm baseline measurement taken at the study’s start.

•    Weight Loss. Participants recorded a 6.5-pound loss, on average, as well as lower BMI scores.

In this study, supplementation seemed to be well tolerated, with no side effects observed. However, some studies have noted side-effects after L-arginine supplementation, including:

1.    A risk of reactivating otherwise dormant viruses. Lysine and arginine compete for intracellular transport, with the general idea being that when one is transported inside the cell, the other is not. Some studies suggest that lysine inhibits viral replication while arginine is necessary for some viruses, such as the herpes simplex virus, to thrive

2.    A six-month, clinical study evaluating the effect of l-arginine on blood vessel stiffness and improving overall heart function after a myocardial infarction (heart attack) suggested no beneficial effect.

Final Words

Awareness of potential sides effect should be an essential in supplementing decisions. It should be noted that this study does not irreversibly prove L-arginine’s safety or efficacy; larger scale studies will be needed to more accurately assess these effects. With the current evidence, however, it seems like short-term L-arginine supplementation (up to 12 weeks) is a promising way to increase fat metabolism, lower levels of visceral belly fat, and improve overall cardio-metabolic function.”

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Can’t Sleep? Does Valerian Root Work? #Insomnia

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By: Marlene Affeld ~

Many people, plagued by insomnia, have heard of valerian root as a remedy for sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, restlessness, migraines and menstrual problems. They ask, what is Valerian and does valerian root work as a natural remedy for sleep? The answer is yes, that for many people, valerian root works very well. However it is not without cautions and contradictions.

cat-859011_640Clinical test results from several short-term sleep studies indicate that valerian may help reduce the amount of time it take most people to fall asleep, may encourage a sounder sleep, and be a natural alternative to prescription medications for those suffering from chronic insomnia or wakefulness.

Research studies indicate that the various active compounds in valerian root are capable of promoting the production of GABA in the brain. GABA, or gamma aminobutryic acid, is a powerful neurotransmitter that promotes muscle relaxation, sedation and sleep. Some athletes take valerian to not only promote sleep but to trigger the production of growth hormone. Studies indicated that valerian root appears to increase the amount of GABA released from nerve ending. In the studies, it was also noted that valerian help prevent GABA from being reabsorbed by nerve cells thus increasing the amount of GABA available in the brain through these two supportive mechanisms.

For more than 4,000 years, valerian has been a staple in Greek, Roman, and Chinese traditional medicine. In traditional herbal remedies, the valerian plant’s root and rhizomes (underground stems) were finely chopped and dried for tea or used as an extract to be used primarily as a sleeping sedative. Valerian’s roots contain several; different compounds, including valerenic acid, a sesquiterpenoid that is used as the active marker compound for valerian root powder tinctures and extracts.

In both herbal medicine and pharmacology, Valerian is the name of an herbaceous plant or natural dietary supplement made from the root of a wild-growing plant found flourishing all across North America. Valerian is available as a pure supplement in powdered or form or markets as valerian tea, tinctures, valerian root, liquid valerian extracts or the root can be brewed as a tea.

Valerian’s History As An Herbal Supplement

bed-945881_640Valerian (Valeriana officinalis, Caprifoliaceae), also known as garden valerian, all-heal, or heliotrope, is a tall, herbaceous perennial flowering plant prized for its sweet scent and as well as its culinary and medicinal properties. In late spring or early summer valerian, a grassland plant exhibits a profusion of white or pink flowers.

During the 16th century, extracts from the highly fragrant blooms were used as an ingredient in flavoring perfume, bath salts, lotions, and soaps. When extracts of the medicinal flower were added to bath water, they were said to promote relaxation, reduce restlessness, relieve muscle pain and encourage a good night’ sleep. As a culinary ingredient, extract of valerian root was used to flavor foods and beverages such as teas and root beer.

Native to Europe and many parts of Asia, valerian was introduced to North America by early European settlers who used an extract from the root of the plant to calm anxiety, combat depression and hypochondria, provide pain relief from migraine headaches and stomach cramps and to relieve hot flashes and other menstrual symptoms in women. During the early 1800’s Shaker settlers formed a cooperative to commercially cultivate valerian for sale to pharmacists and doctors.

Although the fresh chopped root has very little odor, the dried root projects a pungent offensive odor often described as being similar to dirty socks or stale garbage, the likely origin of the word “pew”. The first-century Roman physician Dioscorides first used the word “phu” in reference to valerian. Valerian is attractive to cats, containing “cat-attracting” properties similar to those found in catnip.
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Dosage

Valerian root supplements are indexed in the Commission E (Germany’s regulatory agency for herbs) list of approved herbs. Valerian supplements are available in tablets, liquid extracts or tinctures, and dried roots can also be brewed as a tea.

When taken as a sleep aid, valerian many be taken in any form or in combination formulation of other sleep inducing natural supplements such as serotonin, melatonin or 5-HTP. The usual dosage of valerian extract in tablet or capsule form is 300 to 900 milligrams to be taken a 1-to-2 hours before bedtime. For restlessness, depression, stress and anxiety, the usual dose is 50 to 100 milligrams taken 2 to 3 times a day. Dependent on the patient’s body weight and presenting symptoms, some practitioners recommend doses of 200 milligrams or even 400 milligrams take 3 times a day.

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Clinical trials indicate that only a single dose of valerian tends to show no significant benefit or improvement in symptoms. The studies suggest that improvement increases over a period of 2 to 4 weeks and may work best when taken over an extended period of time.

American Family Physician has evaluated the merits valerian and notes, commenting, “Valerian is a traditional herbal sleep remedy that has been studied with a variety of methodologic designs using multiple dosages and preparations. Research has focused on subjective evaluations of sleep patterns, particularly sleep latency, and study populations have primarily consisted of self-described poor sleepers. Valerian improves subjective experiences of sleep when taken nightly over one- to two-week periods, and it appears to be a safe sedative/hypnotic choice in patients with mild to moderate insomnia. The evidence for single-dose effect is contradictory. Valerian is also used in patients with mild anxiety, but the data supporting this indication are limited. Although the adverse effect profile and tolerability of this herb are excellent, long-term safety studies are lacking.”

Cautions And Concerns

Using valerian, when combined with other herbal supplements or prescription medications may increase side effects such as stomach distress, dizziness, drowsiness, lack of coordination, balance and difficulty concentrating. Some persons may also experience some impairment in thinking and judgment.

The National Institute of Health notes that valerian might have additive therapeutic and adverse effects when taken with sedatives, other medications or certain herbs and dietary supplements containing sedative properties. These include the following:

  • Benzodiazepines such as Xanax®, Valium®, Ativan®, and Halcion®.
  • Barbiturates or central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as phenobarbital (Luminal®), morphine, and propofol (Diprivan®).

Dietary supplements such as St. John’s wort, kava, and melatonin.

Avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with valerian or these medications to avoid a possible drug interaction. Avoid driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medications are likely to affect you. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take valerian or any other herbal supplements unless prescribed by your physician.

Remember to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including vitamins, supplements, and herbs. Do not stop your medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Indole 3 Carbinol and Testosterone #SixPackAbs

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By: Marlene Affeld ~ Body builders, athletics, as well as men suffering from obesity are asking their doctors about the interaction of indole 3 carbinol and testosterone. Indole 3 carbinol, also known as I3C, has gained immense popularity around the gym and health food stores for it’s amazing ability to help the body avoid water retention, prevent bloating and shed unwanted pounds.

What is Indole 3 Carbinol?

Indole 3 carbinol, a micronutrient also commonly called I3C. We obtain I3C from the food we ingest. I3C is also synthesized in the body. It is the precursor to another important indole and phytonutrient, diindolylmethane (DIM). I3C triggers a series of complex reactions in the body that culminates in the maintenance and management of estrogen levels. I3C and DIM are often recommended by physicians to promote metabolism of estrogen and to prevent, manage and treat estrogen-associated health conditions, such as prostate cancer, BPH (enlarged prostate), breast and cervical cancer. Research data reveals that estrogen plays an integral contributor role in 50 percent of all cases of prostate cancer.

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Where Does The Estrogen In Our Bodies Come From?

smoke-258786_640Some estrogens come from the environment and hormone-laden poultry and livestock. Toxic estrogens, called xenoestrogens, encourage estrogen dominance in both men and women. Toxic estrogens come from things that we come into contact with everyday: plastic water bottles, pesticides, household cleaning supplies, herbicides, and noxious industrial chemicals which contain DDT, PCB or sulfates. Over time exposure to these toxins can accumulate and add up to toxic estrogen levels in our bodies.

Men also produce estrogen. In fact, as they grow older, they not only produce less testosterone than they did in their youth, but a larger portion of the testosterone they do produce now is synthesized to estrogen. This effect is known as andropause or male menopause. During male menopause, men experience their own set of symptoms, while they may not get hot flashes and night sweats, they do experience depression, mood swings, weight gain, breast enlargement, more belly fat, erectile dysfunction and loss of libido: all in all, not a pretty picture.

Both men and women with excess levels of estrogen frequently complain of fatigue, restlessness, a lack of purpose, and anxiety for the future.

Testosterone

Testosterone is integral to healthy hormonal balance in both women and men. Testosterone, know as an androgen for it dominate effect on male characteristics such as a deeper voice, distribution of body hair and male genital development.

Testosterone Changes To Estrogen

Estrogen is crucial to life, however; too much of a good thing is often harmful; so it is in the case of estrogen. For good health it is imperative that estrogen levels are in balance. In women, elevated estrogen levels can cause severe and complex health issues including hormonal headaches, hot flashes, night sweats, irregular menstrual cycles, endometriosis, cervical and breast cancer and infertility.

When researching the correlation between Indole 3 Carbinol and testosterone, scientists report that the metabolism of estrogen occurs via one of two separate pathways: The initial metabolic pathway, 16 alpha-hydroxylation, or the secondary ‘healthy promoting ’ metabolic pathway, 2-hydroxylation. Indole 3 carbinol prompts estrogen to take the beneficial path, a process that changes estrogen into an anti-estrogen. Because testosterone converts to estrogen, even in the male body, I3C may support balance in persons who take testosterone precursors. I3C has been studied as a potential cancer preventive, and 300-400 mg converts approximately 50 percent of some stronger estrogens to weaker estrogens in healthy men and women.

Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and 3,3′-diindolylmethane (DIM) are both naturally occurring plant alkaloids formed by the hydrolysis of indole glucosinolate (glucobrassicin). The majority of the scientific community agrees that the biggest share of what Indole 3 carbinol accomplishes in the human body is the direct result of its metabolite, DIM.

Researches determined this after noting that the beneficial effects observed from I3C are only derived from taking the micronutrient orally. When injected, there is no reaction. Scientists, therefore conclude that action in the gastrointestinal tract “signals” the I3C to react so that it can modulate the estrogen metabolites. Fact is the acidic stomach is where the two Indole 3 carbinol molecules combine to form DIM.

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Persons wishing to reap the benefits of I3C, can convert I3C in their stomach or take dietary supplement formulation that provides DIM directly.

No matter if you prefer to obtain I3C from a diet rich in sulfur-rich cruciferous vegetables or take a supplement, the potential health benefits should be explored with your doctor to determine your current estrogen levels and what dosage is best for you.

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Berberine

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By: Marlene Affeld ~

Berberine, a natural, herbal, botanical dietary supplement commonly available in tablet or capsule form can be a great way to “jump-start” a diet. Berberine helps improve insulin sensitivity, lowers cholesterol, improves glucose metabolism, provides cardiac support, and assists in weight management.

Research studies recently conducted to study berberine effect on weight loss showed promising results. Participants lost on average more than doctors expected. However, the biggest surprise was results that showed participants had an average 12 percent decline in total cholesterol and as much as a 23 percent drop in triglyceride levels. To confirm results, the study was replicated in a lab animal study, which yielded similar test results.

What Is Berberine?

flower-garden-883506_640Berberine, a quaternary ammonium crystalline salt from the protoberberine group of isoquinolline alkaloids, is an extract isolated from the stem bark, roots, and rhizomes of several dissimilar medicinal plants such as California poppy, Oregon grape, European barberry, goldthread, goldenseal, philodendron, Chinese Goldthread, and tree turmeric.

Berberine and Diabetes

During the past decade, exciting new research studies have discovered the many other properties of berberine. While these studies indicate that berberine has a wide range of applications including treating heart disease, weight loss, eye infections, digestive problems and immune disorders, one of its most intriguing uses is as a substitute for insulin.

Berberine reduces glucose production in the liver. Animal and human research studies demonstrate 1500mg of berberine, taken over three time-spaced doses of 500mg each, proved to be equally effective as taking 4mg of glibenclamide or 1500 of metformin, two pharmaceuticals widely prescribed for treating Type II diabetes. The studies measured how effectively the drugs reduced biomarkers of Type II diabetes.

A diverse array of research studies offer strong evidence supporting the argument, that for diabetic patients with low insulin levels, supplements of berberine may be the best medication, natural or otherwise.

This opinion was strengthened by the findings of a study of 36 patients, all of who were recently diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Half of the study group took 500 mg. of metformin (Glucophage) while the other half of the group took 500-mg. berberine (berberine hydrochloride), three times a day. Participant’s blood sugar levels were monitored over a three-month period. Both treatments worked equally well with fasting blood sugars down 30 percent and sugar levels after eating (known as post prandial levels) decreased by as much as 45 percent.

Scientists believe berberine works by activating a primal metabolic regulating enzyme in the body, Adenosine Monophosphate-Activated Protein Kinase, commonly known as AMPK. When ATP (energy) production in our cells is reduced, AMPK kicks in to ensure survival during times of crisis. This same enzyme is triggered by severe calorie reduction, which studies have shown to have life-extending benefits in animals.

AMPK stimulates the body’s cells to absorb more blood sugar, thus improving insulin sensitivity. At the same time, AMPK slows the liver’s production of extra blood sugar, a key issue for Type II diabetics. Berberine supports the liver by slowing the release of fatty acids into the bloodstream (triglycerides) and improves natural fat burning in the mitochondria, turning fuel into energy.

Berberine Fights Infections

virus-163471__180Berberine-containing plant extracts have been used for more than 3,000 years in traditional herbal medicine as a natural defense against health problems like parasites, worms and yeast infections as well as viral and bacterial infections.

Berberine has also proven effective against a variety of organisms including fungi, helminthes, protozoans, and chlamydia. In India and China, berberine is useful as an herbal remedy for problems related to the intestines and lungs. Throughout Asia it is also applied topically to heal skin irritations and infections.

WebMD.com reports, “Some people apply berberine directly to the skin to treat burns and to the eye to treat trachoma, a bacterial infection that frequently causes blindness.” In “third-word” countries, trachoma is a major infectious eye disease that leads to severe visual impairment and vision loss. A large number of eye drop brands contain berberine in their formulations.

Berberine Acts as a Powerful Antibacterial Agent Against Multi-Drug Resistant E. coli

When scientists selected ten multi-drug resistant isolates for a recent research study they drew samples from yaks with hemorrhagic diarrhea. In both categories of entero-virulent (Escherichia coli E.) isolates, berberine showed positive antibacterial effects against drug resistant E. Coli. This latest study enforced berberine’s effectiveness as shown in other studies against multi-drug resistant isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA.)

A scourge worldwide in prisons, hospitals and nursing homes, MRSA, also known as oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in persons with open wounds or invasive devices and where persons with weakened immune systems live in close proximity to each other.

Berberine Possesses Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Clinical tests show that berberine reduces cigarette smoke induced inflammation in the lungs and improves smoke induced acute lung injury via its anti-inflammatory properties. When mice were exposed to amounts of cigarette smoke sufficient to cause acute lung injury and were then given berberine (50 mg/kg. intragastrically), researcher found that cigarette smoke caused infiltration of inflammatory cells into alveolar spaces together with interstitial edema. When mice were given pretreatment with berberine, lung inflammation was significantly less. In the study, the total number of cells, neutrophils and macrophages in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid decreased by as much as 53 percent. There was also a noted decrease in myeloperoxidase activity, a marker of a neutrophil accumulation.

The result from the mouse study validated a previous study that showed berberine reduces smoke-induced acute lung injury in humans. In this study, berberine was added to cigarette filters. Resulting tests showed that the amount of hydrogen cyanide in the cigarette smoke was decreased and amount of oral peroxidase, a major antioxidant in the oral cavity, increased in amounts dependent on dosage. The greater the amount of berberine in the filter, the greater amount of protection it provides.

Berberine and Heart Health

Research studies also show Berberine offers cardiovascular benefits that include lowering blood press. The properties of berberine make the plant alkaloid a useful treatment for arrhythmia and heart failure.

Berberine Cautions and Concerns

Berberine may decrease triglycerides, as well as total and LDL cholesterol and should be used with caution under a doctor’s supervision in patients taking supplements, herbs or prescription medications with cholesterol-lowering effects.

Wellness.com advises caution when taking berberine supplements, noting, “Berberine bisulfate may stimulate platelet formation, and berberine may have an anti-heparin action. Thus, berberine may interact with certain drugs that increase the risk of bleeding, and reduce their effectiveness. Some examples include aspirin, anticoagulants (“blood thinners”) such as warfarin (Coumadin®) or heparin, anti-platelet drugs such as clopidogrel (Plavix®), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®) or naproxen (Naprosyn®, Aleve®). However, berberine may be hepato-protective (liver protective) when administered before toxic doses of acetaminophen.”

Because berberine may lower blood sugar levels, caution is warranted when taking medications that may also lower blood sugar. Their healthcare provider should monitor patients taking drugs for diabetes by mouth or insulin closely as medication adjustments may become necessary.

Women who plan to become pregnant, or are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take berberine due to lack of available medical evidence. Some studies suggest that berberine may have anti-fertility and uterine stimulating properties and may be an abortifacient (abortion inducing).

By; Marlene Affeld

The Amazing Anti-Aging Benefits Of Serrapeptase

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By: Marlene Affeld ~

Did you know that as a result of medical research into the healing properties of serrapeptase, your skin could have a “whole new lease on life?” It’s no secret, when skin is radiant, moist and glowing with health, we look younger.

Acne, premature aging, chronic dry skin, and rosacea redness improve and symptoms disappear when serrapeptase is added to the daily diet. Serrapeptase is effective in healing and preventing acne and rosacea by digesting dead and inflamed tissue that inhibits healing; old scars fade and wrinkles appear less evident. Serrapeptase literally devours dead tissue. The enzyme accelerates the healing time of burns, scrapes and skin irritations such as eczema and psoriasis.

silkworm-109059_640Serrapeptase, also known as serratiopeptidase or Serrato Peptidase, is a proteolytic enzyme, or protease, produced by friendly serratia bacteria living in the intestines of silkworms. For the silkworm, the enzyme is essential to survival. The silkworm, having spun its cocoon and completed its maturation into a moth, would be forever trapped within the strong silken thread and would die, if not for serrapeptase. The powerful protein-dissolving properties of the proteolytic enzyme act to dissolve the protein molecules binding the silken threads; allowing the moth within the cocoon to escape.

Serrapeptase isn’t just for skin conditions. Serrapeptase has a 25-year history of use in Europe and Asia. Serrapeptase digests all non-living tissue, cysts, blood clots, inflammation, and arterial blockages. Serrapeptase dissolves blood clots and prompts varicose veins to shrink or diminish. Serrapeptase has proven to be more effective than the common medical use of EDTA Chelation for removing arterial plaque with no side effects.

When taken as a dietary supplement, serrapeptase breaks up, digests and assists the body in removing unnecessary proteins circulating in the bloodstream (necrotic debris and fibrin) that accumulate at the site of inflammation or injury within the body. Clinically proven to promote a normal inflammatory response and healthy blood flow, Serrapeptase is available online or from your local health food store in dosages ranging from 60,000 SU to 250,000 SU.

Serrapeptase, a potent and powerful therapy for pain, swelling and inflammation, helps reduce inflammation by removing “garbage” from the blood. This powerful toxin eliminator substantially reduces stress on the immune system causing inflated inflammation levels to drop.

A compendium of the clinical trials of a host of research studies conducted on the amazing health benefits of Serrapeptase indicate that the dietary supplement helps reduce pain by blocking the release of pain-producing chemicals known as amines.

microscope-275984_640Widely used for decades throughout Europe, Asia and China, Serrapeptase has found its greatest use by doctors in Germany and Japan who prescribe the dietary supplement to treat a diverse array of inflammatory conditions including acne, burns, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), scleroderma, torn ligaments and sprains, fibrocystic breast cancer (FBD), carpal tunnel, arthritis, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), sinusitis, inflammation and swelling after injury or surgery, nose and throat infections, atherosclerosis, and to relieve pain after dental surgery. Serrapeptase has proven effective when used to dissolve blood clots and debride wounds. Research studies validate claims that serrapeptase can prevent and even reverse atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in arteries), thus preventing deadly strokes and heart attacks,

Serrapeptase is also used in the treatment of infection as it enhances antibiotic effectiveness. In addition to enhance antibiotic effectiveness, Serrapeptase offers patients a safer pain-relieving alternative to long-term negative side effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs.

Serrapeptase contains powerful mucolytic (mucus dissolving) properties capable of encouraging healthy sinus activity. Steve Ramsey, PhD – Public Health, “Serrapeptase One Natural Enzyme for wide range of treatments” notes, “Serrapeptase loosens sputum and reduces the frequency of coughs and expectoration. The bronchi and lungs get a better chance of healing and dependence on drugs is markedly reduced. Studies indicate that, when antibiotics are used in conjunction with Serrapeptase, more antibiotics are delivered to the site of the bronchial infection. This enables the antibiotic to be more effective. Reducing the sticky and obstructing mucous with Serrapeptase can make a big difference for healing.

Serrapeptase only dissolves non-living tissue, leaving living tissue alone. Blood clots, cysts and arterial plaque are all gradually dissolved. Over 50 clinical trials from Europe and Asia attest to the ability of Serrapeptase to successfully treat conditions ranging from sprains, torn ligaments, post-operative swelling (edema), fibrocystic breast disease, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), carpal tunnel syndrome, ear, nose and throat infections and atherosclerosis. Serrapeptase literally digests inflammatory tissue.

Serrapeptase has been shown to improve the penetration of antibiotics into lung tissue. In a similar fashion, it can help anti-cancer drugs and natural substances penetrate deeper into cancer tissues.”

References:

Serrapeptase One Natural Enzyme for wide range of treatments

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/serrapeptase-one-natural-enzyme-wide-range-treatments-steve

Cysteine Supplements

By: Marlene Affeld ~

L-Cysteine, also commonly known as Acetylcysteine or cysteine or abbreviated as C or Cys, is a sulfur-containing semi-essential, proteinogenic amino acid; an integral building block of protein and a necessary part of a well-balanced diet. Cysteine is naturally found in a wide range of foods including broccoli, beans, Brussels sprouts, fish, meat, poultry, garlic, red peppers, nuts, seeds, soy, whey, dairy products and eggs. For most people, adequate amounts (1,400 mg once daily is recommended by many nutritionists) of cysteine are obtained from a healthy, well-balanced diet and cysteine supplements are not required.

Cysteine is considered semi-essential in that it can be biosynthesized in the liver and helps the body make the powerful antioxidant enzyme glutathione (GHS). In the body, cysteine is manufactured from homocysteine. Homocysteine is formed from the essential amino acid methionine.

Cysteine Deficiency

While many people aspire to a healthy lifestyle and attempt to stick to a well-balanced diet; fast foods, fat-laden sugary snacks, empty carb and lack of resolve can throw us “off track” and our diets end up lacking in essential nutrients. Persons with a cysteine deficiency may manifest symptoms such as fat loss, weakness, liver damage, jaundice, pigmentation loss in hair, muscle loss or a lethargic feeling of lack of motivation and a sense of unbalance in the body. Within the body the process of manufacturing cysteine from methionine can be disrupted by a number of things including liver disease or an impaired metabolism.

Cysteine Supplements Help Boost Immunity

Job challenges, family obligations, financial burdens, and romantic entanglements are all contributors to chronic stress. Stress suppresses immunity. An aggressive regimen of physical training, excessive exercise, binge eating or fad dieting can also increase oxidative stress, which in turn can contribute to immune system suppression. Oxidative stress is also a big factor in aging. Cysteine supplements may be helpful in offsetting this effect and provide a boost in immunity levels.

Cysteine is required for T-cell production as well as activation of the immune system and is an integral component of the hormone insulin. Because cysteine is converted into glucose for energy production, persons with low blood glucose levels may find that cysteine supplements enhance athletic stamina and increase libido. If you feel you need a boost of energy and renewal to offset the stress in your life, talk to your doctor to determine if cysteine supplements are right for you.

For many people with low levels of the important amino acid, cysteine supplements, taken under the supervision of a physician, offer a wide range of health benefits and have proved useful in the treatment of many medical conditions including:

  • Diabetes
  • Liver damage
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cystic fibrous
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Smokers cough
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • COPD
  • Mental Illness
  • Exposure to noxious chemicals
  • Acute Tylenol poisoning

Available for purchase from drugstores, natural food stores, stores that specialize in herbs and natural supplements or online, L- cysteine supplements, typically in the form of N-acetyl Cysteine (NAC) can be found as powders, liquids, tablets, tinctures, and capsules.

The latest released research studies indicate that cysteine is useful in neutralizing aldehydes produced in the liver that are by-products of the metabolism of alcohol, pollutants such as cigarette smoke, industrial pollutants, chemical food additives, fats and some drugs, both legal and otherwise. When administered by a physician, cysteine in high levels binds with metals, such as copper, lead, mercury and cadmium and helps the body rid of body toxins through elimination of body waste. The liver has an amazing capacity to heal its self. Cysteine supplements support and further that healing process.

HIV/AIDS

For HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) patients, medically supervised dosages of cysteine supplements may offer a broad range of beneficial effects. However, high dosages of the amino acid have been linked to oxidative stress and DNA damage.

Persons taking cysteine supplements should be very sure to ingest 8 or more glasses of water per day to prevent cysteine renal stones from developing. Renal stones, a common and painful side effect of the supplement, can be prevented by drinking plenty of water and making sure that your take 3 to 5 grams of vitamin C daily.

Cysteine Supplements and Hair Health

Nutritional deficiencies are often reflected in the condition of our skin, nails and hair. Thinning hair can be the result of nutritional deficiencies, genetics or a side effect of medications. Several research studies support the premise that N-acetyl cysteine may help promote regrowth of thinning hair by supporting overall nutritional balance. To promote healthy hair, 500 mg taken three times a day on an empty stomach, is suggested. The studies are preliminary and more research is required to prove the correlation between L-cysteine and hair health.

Cysteine Supplements and Diabetes

Animal-based research studies reflect that L-cysteine may prove beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. In 2009, a study published by Free Radical Biology and Medicine, noted that diabetic rats, when treated with cysteine, experienced a significant lowering of blood sugar levels and an increase in insulin resistance. Also, cysteine was shown to inhibit blood vessel inflammation, a key factor in treating heart disease amongst diabetic patients.

If you are diabetic, cysteine supplements may help manage your symptoms and control your blood sugar levels. However, because L-cysteine has profound effects on blood glucose levels, it should only be taken under the strict supervision of your healthcare provider. At high dosages, cysteine supplements, when used either alone or in combination with supplemental vitamin B and C, disrupt insulin production and may lead to deactivation of insulin in the body.

Talk To Your Doctor

Your healthcare can advise how you can best use cysteine supplements in your pursuit of optimum health.

EMedicineHealth.com describes the benefits of cysteine supplements, noting, “Cysteine is an important protein in the body that has many roles. It is involved in the way proteins within cells are folded, maintain their shape, and link to each other. Cysteine is a source of sulfide and is part of the metabolism of different metals in the body including iron, zinc and copper. Cysteine also acts as an anti-oxidant.”