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Zinc Fighting Liver Disease

 By: Cindy Mitchell New research from the Westmead Institute’s Storr Liver Centre  (Australia) in collaboration with the Centre for Vitur Research and  Kirby Institute has shown that serum zinc may benefit liver disease in a  way we never expected.  Zinc may hold the key to fighting liver  disease. In the chart here on the page there are ways to get zinc into  your body with food. The study, led by Dr. Scott Read and Associate Professor Golo  Ahlenstiel, demonstrated that zinc naturally inhibits the inflammatory  and antiviral effects of interferon lambda 3 (IFN-A3), a protein  stronger associated with tissue damage in chronic liver disease. Lead author of the study, Read, said the sturdy provides the first  evidence that zinc can act as a potent and specific inhibitor of IFN-A3  in the context of viral infections such as hepatitis C and influenza. “We have demonstrated that zinc inhibits numerous facets of the  liver’s immune response to viruses that may be mediated by IFN-A3.  Zinc  interferes with IFN-A3 binding to the interferon lambda receptor, which  results in decreased antiviral activity and increased viral replication  both in vitro and in vivo.  Interestingly, zinc also blocks the  inflammatory activity of IFN-A3, which has been strongly linked to  accelerated progression to liver cirrhosis in vital and not-viral liver  disease,” explained Read.  “Our data suggests that serum zinc levels in  patients with chronic hepatitis C are genetically predetermined by the  IFN-A3 polymorphism, confirming the inhibitory role of zinc in vivo.   The data highlights the potential for zinc to be sued as a simple and  effective treatment against acute and chronic inflammation in the  liver.” A product carried here in Vitamin Lady store, is called Liver Care by Himalayan USA, A great product to use in your daily care routine. Ahlenstiel and his team are now working towards, a therapeutic intervention for IFN-A3- mediated chronic disease. For more information on this subject, visit www.westmeadinstitute.org.au 

What The Heck Are Triglycerides?

 By: Cindy Mitchell My current health articles in this health blog are on what most people know that blood fat or triglycerides are the chemical  form of fat derived from the fats eaten foods (saturated, unsaturated,  it does not matter).  What most people don’t know is that this blood fat  is also mostly converted from carbohydrates.  Calories ingested from a  meal and not used immediately by tissues are turned into triglycerides  and transported to fat (adipose) cells to be stored.  Hormones regulate  the release of triglycerides from fat cells.  Your body uses them for  energy, so you need some triglycerides for good health.  Fat is a  parking lot for unused calories.  It is in constant flux, being added  when excess calories are consumed and being used between meals or when  food isn’t around.  Too much food going into your mouth will create fat  if not used….when moving. When your doctor orders the simple blood test mentioned above, the  results also include your blood triglyceride level.  According to the  American Heart Association, a triglyceride level of less than 150 mg/dL  is considered okay, 150 to 199 mg/dL is “borderline high,” 200 to 499  mg/dL is high, and 500 mg/dL is very high.  A level of 100 mg/dL is  optimal, and I think this is the number we should all try to obtain,  since a healthy HDL is generally considered to be 50 mg/dL and above. Let’s do some math.  If your HDL is 55 mg/dL, then in order to obtain  a triglyceride-to-HDL ration of 2, your triglyceride level can be no  higher then 110 mg/dL. Having super-excessive amounts of triglycerides is called  hyper-triglceridemia.  People with this condition typically have  triglyceride blood levels of 500 mg/dL and higher.  Their ratio of  triglyceride to HDL is obviously out of whack. 


Hyper-triglyceridemia

 Hypertriglyceridemia a is a prevalent risk factor for cardiovascular  disease and pancreatitis.   It is a an increasingly important factor in  obesity and insulin resistance.  And guess what?  The higher your  triglyceride levels, the higher your levels of the small, dangerous type  of cholesterol.  High triglyceride levels have been found to be a  independent risk factor for heart disease. In fact, triglyceride levels are the most important factor, even  though they are often overlooked, downplayed, or misunderstood.  Guide  lines to live by RESEARCH, RESEARCH and hey RESEARCH more.  WE are each  unique and it takes a life time to find what is good for each of our  bodies. Happy Health to each of you. Written By:  Cindy Mitchell 

So What Is Cholesterol?

 There seems to be a lot of confusion concerning cholesterol and the  “good” and “bad” aspects of it. Let’s explore what this is all about.  Cholesterol is a vital substance because it is a fundamental building  block of the body. Every cell of our bodies is made of cholesterol,  fatty acids (in the form of triglycerides), and proteins, among other  things.  Cholesterol is found in the walls of our cells and is essential  to them.  It is also found in our bile.  Our bodies produce bile as a  sort of glue that helps digest fats.  Without bile (and its component  cholesterol) we would simply not digest fat and the nutrients contained  in fat.  Cholesterol is the starting material that produces sex hormones  and all our oil-soluble vitamins (A,D,K, and E), and we simply would die without it. 

How Does It Work

Cholesterol is transported throughout the body in particles called  chylomicrons, VLDL, LDL, and HDL.  The first two of these particles  transport triglycerides and the latter two transport cholesterol.  The  difference between LDL and HDL is significant.  LDL carries cholesterol  to the cells of the body and HDL carries cholesterol away.  If you think  of LDL as a delivery truck and HDL as a “pick-up” service, you’re  looking at it correctly. None of these particles are bad or good.  They each have a job to do.   However, I believe any of these particles, if small enough, will lodge  in the walls of our arteries and create inflammation.  Inflammation in  the arterial wall attracts constituents of our immune system called  macrophages, which try to destroy the inflammation caused by the  embedded particle.  Once this occurs, the residual particle and  macrophage become forever lodged in the wall and plazue begins to form.   Enough plaque and you eventually have heart disease. 

What You Can Do

If you are worried about heart health and cardiovascular disease,  focus on lowering the number of particles is probably the best idea, and  to do that, you should eat a balanced diet that is low in simple  carbohydrates (which convert to these particles).  If you eat healthy  and avoid simple carbs, you will ultimately affect the number of  particles in your blood, and that is good for you in the long run. 

10 Best Uses for Brewers Yeast

 By: Cindy Mitchell Brewer’s yeast is named as such for one very simple reason — it’s used to make beer. However, this yeast, produced from a single-celled fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiae,  has been found to have some awesome nutritional and health benefits. Does this mean beer’s now good for you? Sorry to disappoint, but you should still consider adding brewer’s yeast to your daily routine. Here are the 10 best benefits of and uses for brewer’s yeast: 

1. General Nutrition — Brewer’s yeast is an easy way to add a nutritive boost to your meals or snacks. This yeast is
rich in protein, amino acids, fiber, B-complex vitamins and trace minerals. These essential nutrients have lots of
amazing health benefits that we’ll get to in a minute.

 2. Digestive Aid — The nutrients found within brewer’s yeast strengthen and support proper breakdown and digestion of food. This yeast also contains some “good bacteria,” or probiotics, which also support healthy digestion. Lastly,
brewer’s yeast is known to activate certain enzymes to prevent or relieve digestive issues like diarrhea.

 3. Menstrual Relief — Women who add brewer’s yeast to their healthy diet can help reduce the severity or occurrence of their symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which often include cramping, bloating and food cravings/changes in appetite.

 4. Skin Conditions — The B vitamins and trace minerals found in brewer’s yeast can help correct any nutritional
imbalances that could lead to acne breakouts, helping to reduce the inflammation and clear the skin. These same nutrients may also improve the symptoms of other skin conditions, such as eczema.

 5. Immune System Support — Brewer’s yeast contains a very important trace mineral, selenium, that acts as a powerful antioxidant within the body, fighting off the potential damage of free radicals. This yeast is also said to strengthen the gut’s mucus membrane to keep out infection.

 6. Energy Booster — This is one of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s favorite reasons to try brewer’s yeast. He’s discussed this
supplement on “The Dr. Oz Show” multiple times, but his most popular recommendation is to sprinkle some brewer’s yeast onto freshly popped popcorn. It will add a cheesy, nutty flavor and the B-complex vitamins and  protein will give you a pick-me-up.

 7. Blood Sugar Regulation — The chromium found within brewer’s yeast is known to maintain the ideal amount of blood glucose. Chromium can help lower glucose levels in the blood while boosting glucose tolerance and therefore lowering the amount of insulin a diabetic needs.

8. Respiratory Wellness — By strengthening the immune system, brewer’s yeast can help you fight off the common cold
or flu and maintain healthy respiration, especially during the cold and allergy season.

9. Heart Health — Adding brewer’s yeast to your diet may help you lower your LDL, or “bad” cholesterol into the
desired range, as part of a healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise. Brewer’s yeast is rich in a type of fiber
known as beta glucans, which inhibit cholesterol absorption, lowering LDL and raising HDL, or “good” cholesterol.
Cholesterol management helps reduce the risk for heart attack, stroke and heart disease.

10. Weight Management — The protein and fiber in brewer’s yeast can be a great source of healthy fuel for a workout and help you feel satiated. The chromium also keeps blood sugar levels stable, preventing the spikes and crashes that can lead to overeating. Brewer’s yeast is most commonly available as a powder or in flake form and is usually yellow in color. Top prepared foods with the yeast as desired and enjoy! As always, speak with your physician before adding brewer’s yeast to your routine for the purpose of managing any of the health issues mentioned  above.  Although, I do not have the brewer’s yeast posted on my website, I do carry it in the store if you are looking to purchase it for your daily use. 

Magnesium Body Butter

 INGREDIENTS

 

 ½ cup
Coconut Oil
¼ cup
Shea Butter
¼ cup
Cocoa Butter, Pure
(don’t like the smell of chocolate? double up on the shea butter and leave this ingredient out)
¼ cup
Magnesium Topical Spray
(optional) 10 to 20 drops
Lavender Oil This magnesium body butter is wonderfully moisturizing and is great for helping your body relax.

  1. DIRECTIONS
    In a microwave or double boiler over low heat, melt the coconut oil with the butter of your choice
    Pour into medium-sized bowl and let cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or until it begins to get opaque.
  2. Using a mixer or blender, whip ingredients together, while slowly adding in the magnesium liquid.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes or until oils are solid but still soft to the touch.
  4. Add in your desired drops of essential oil and re-blend to create a nice whip and fluffy texture.
  5. Place completed body butter into a glass jar or jars of your choosing with a tight seal.

 To Use: 

Spread onto skin to moisturize before bed. A little bit goes a long way. Relax and enjoy!

Resource: Now Food 

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