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Our Founder Steve’s 5 Health Facts Dec. 1, 2017:

Our Founder Steve’s Health Facts Dec. 1, 2017:

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Steve’s Health Fact 1, Dec. 1, 2017:

 What kind of car does a citrus fruit drive?

A lime-ousine.

Consuming high levels of flavonoids from citrus fruits can have significant effects on reducing specific markers of inflammation, according to a recent study. In previous studies this class of phytochemicals has been shown to have benefits in various aspects of human health including cardiovascular, brain and eye health, and has also been shown to possess anti-cancer properties.

Source: Selected Dietary Flavonoids Are Associated with Markers of Inflammation and Endothelial Dysfunction in U.S. Women.

Learn more about specific foods, herbs, and supplements that work as antioxidants for different specific parts of the body in five NHI Programs NHI — including Certified Nutritionist Consultant (CNC)™,  Certified Clinical Master Herbalist (CCMH)™, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), Naturopathic Practitioner (NP), and Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (CCMA)™. All five Programs are available either Distance Learning or Residentially. You can join programs at anytime. See our NHI Schedule for more information. NHI’s in-depth discussion of antioxidants in these programs is one of many reasons that make our programs renowned for their quality and comprehensiveness. Steve

Steve’s Health Fact 2, Dec. 1, 2017:

I have a patient who believes in preventative healthcare.

He prevents me from caring for his health.

Consuming higher dietary levels of potassium could result in substantially lower risks of experiencing a stroke as well as improving overall cardiovascular health and reducing the chances of developing heart disease.

Potassium is integral to supporting proper muscle contraction and heart muscle rhythm. Deficiency of potassium can result in abnormal blood pressure and heart arrhythmia.

Source: Potassium Intake, Stroke, and Cardiovascular Disease.

Fruits and vegetables tend to be very high in potassium while low in sodium. Sea vegetables have an excellent ratio of potassium to sodium — both minerals are the two most prevalent electrolytes throughout your body and, for many reasons, both are absolutely necessary to health, but in the proper ratio for that person!

Steve’s Health Fact 3, Dec. 1, 2017:

An old couple was watching TV one evening, and the husband got up to go to the kitchen. His wife told him to get her some iced tea, and knowing that the years had taken their toll on his memory, she told him to write it down.

“I can remember iced tea,” he protested.

“But I want sugar in my tea, too” she told him, “so write it down.”

He told her he could remember iced tea with sugar.

“I want a slice of lemon, too.” she said, “Just write it down.”

He left the room grumbling to himself. A few minutes later he came back with a plate full of mashed potatoes for her.

“Now look what you’ve done!” she yelled at him, “You forgot my gravy!”

The United States is the second leading country in the world for deaths per capita caused by iron-deficient anemia.

Iron is especially important to a developing fetus as the element plays a major role in the formation of various parameters of memory and learning. Iron deficiency in utero appears to adversely affect gene expression and specific intercellular signaling pathways, subsequently impairing hippocampal development. The hippocampus is the area of the brain primarily responsible for memory and learning.

Source: The Role of Iron in Learning and Memory.

Learn about more than 50 specific foods, herbs, supplements, and essential oils that boost memory in five NHI Programs NHI — including Certified Nutritionist Consultant (CNC)™,  Certified Clinical Master Herbalist (CCMH)™, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), Naturopathic Practitioner (NP), and Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (CCMA)™. All five Programs are available either Distance Learning or Residentially. You can join programs at anytime. See our NHI Schedule for more information. NHI’s in-depth discussion of antioxidants in these programs is one of many reasons that make our programs renowned for their quality and comprehensiveness. Steve

Steve’s Health Fact 4, Dec. 1, 2017:

SPF-75.

EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), the polyphenol extract from green tea, is known for its many health benefits including anti-inflammatory, cancer protective and antioxidative properties. Now, according to a recent study, this powerful extract has also been shown to help protect the skin from the sun’s harsh UV radiation and improve various aspects of skin health, structure and appearance.

Source: Green Tea Polyphenols Provide Photoprotection, Increase Microcirculation, and Modulate Skin Properties of Women.

Steve’s Health Fact 5, Dec. 1, 2017:

In NYC, they hail taxis. In Napa, they hail cabs.

In a small part of the brain stem or medulla oblongata, called the Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla (RVLM), is located the region responsible for controlling the heart and blood pressure.

In animal models, a recent study showed that excess estrogen, which can lead to excessive oxidative stress, can adversely affect this area of the brain causing an increase in blood pressureResveratrol, the polyphenol found in red grapes, wine, and certain medicinal plants, was shown to counteract the oxidative damage caused by the estrogen and, in turn, lower blood pressure in the affected animals.

Source: Chronic estradiol-17β exposure increases superoxide production in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) and causes hypertension: reversal by resveratrol.

 

Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, High Blood Sugar, and Insulin Resistance

In past blogs, I have discussed several vitally important herbs, foods, and supplements traditionally used and now well researched to increase insulin sensitivity and blood sugar management thus generating great benefits for diabetes – especially non-insulin dependent or type 2 diabetes. Note, diabetes is a rapidly escalating disorder and more than 92% is non-insulin dependent or type 2 diabetes. Also, all the ingredients or substances I discuss are good for metabolic syndrome, diabetes, high blood sugar, and most benefit insulin resistance. Some of the vitally important previous discussed therapeutic remedies include:

  • Stress level of whole B-Complex vitamins taken with or after meals that contain some healthy protein
  • Nutritional Yeast/Good Tasting Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevesia) — yeast made for humans and other animals consumption;
  • Chromium — an important trace mineral;
  • Cinnamon bark (Cinnamoni cassiae, cortex ) Chinese name is Rou Gui;
  • Eleuthero root (also known as Siberian Ginseng) or Eleutherococcus senticosus root from Siberia which is described by Dr. I.I. Breckman, M.D., Ph.D., the “father” of adaptogenic herbs, as a premier adaptogen;
  • An herb root Rhodiola rosea native to mountainous areas in Asia, Russia and Europe, long used as an adaptogen. Make sure the species is rosea and it is the root;
  • Schizandra berries or fruit (Schizandra chinensis). A traditional herb of Chinese medicine (TCM or TOM), known as Wu Wei-Tzi or Five Flavors Berry;
  • Devil’s Club Root Bark (Oplopanax horridum), 3- 9 grams in decoction total/day or 1 dropperful 3/day before meals;
  • Gynema root (Gynema sylvestre), 3- 9 grams in decoction total/day or 1 dropperful 3/day before meals.

Note: any and all of the above herbs are best taken in tea-decoction, or tincture, or standardized extract form!

More therapeutic substances that have been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and blood sugar management:

1. Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum burmannii or Cinnamoni cassiae, cortex, Chinese name is Rou Gui) is a potent extract harvested from Indonesian cinnamon bark that has been shown to effectively assist in managing blood sugar after a carbohydrate-rich meal while increasing glucose metabolism by up to 10 fold. (1-3)

2. The second ingredient is a rare plant alkaloid called Berberine
that has been used for centuries by healers in India. Berberine works slightly differently, by improving the signaling between insulin and its associated receptors while also increasing glucose uptake by skeletal muscle, not fat.(4-7) The alkaloid berberine is also found in the strong, therapeutic U.S. herbs goldenseal root, barberry root, and Oregon grape root.

3. Pterocarpus marsupium is so effective that it was shown in a recent research study to reduce blood sugar levels 2 hours after a meal by a whopping 21%. (8-12)

4. Another exotic ingredients is 4-hydroxyisoleucine, a natural phytochemical extracted from the Fenugreek herb that has been shown to increase glycogen storage while decreasing fat storage through the sensitizing of insulin receptors in muscle tissue. (13)

4-hydroxyisoleucine can also inhibit some of the absorption of sugars and starchy carbohydrates through the intestine into the blood stream.14 This helps decrease the glycemic response to carbohydrate meals, helping keep blood sugar balanced.

5. R-Alpha-Lipoic-Acid or simply R-ALA. Alpha Lipoic Acid is made up of two isomers, S-ALA and R-ALA, of which the R isomer has been shown to be significantly more effective and bioavailable.15 The R isomer is a compound that has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity by an impressive 25%
in just 4 weeks while increasing the presence of glucose transporters in cell membranes to aid in the rapid clearance of glucose from the blood stream. (16)

Learn much more in both our NHI Certified Clinical Master Herbalist (CCMH) Program which is on Wednesday nights and equally important in our Certified Nutritionist Consultant (CNC) Program which is on Tuesday nights. You can join either or both programs at anytime. and/or take individual modules or nights. See our NHI Schedule for more information.

Steve’s References
1.Anderson RA, Broadhurst CL, Polansky MM, Schmidt WF, Khan A, Flanagan VP, Schoene NW, Graves DJ. Isolation and characterization of polyphenol type-A polymers from cinnamon with insulin-like biological activity. J Agric Food Chem. 2004 Jan 14;52(1):65-70.
2.Jarvill-Taylor KJ, Anderson RA, Graves DJ. A hydroxychalcone derived from cinnamon functions as a mimetic for insulin in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. J Am Coll Nutr. 2001 Aug;20(4):327-36.
3.Hlebowicz J, Darwiche G, Bjorgell O and Almer LO. Effect of cinnamon on postprandial blood glucose, gastric emptying, and satiety in healthy subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 2007; 85: 1552-1556.
4.Rayasam GV, et al. Identification of berberine as a novel agonist of fatty acid receptor GPR40. Phytother Res. 2010 Aug;24(8):1260-3.
5.Zhang H, Wei J, Xue R, Wu JD, Zhao W, Wang ZZ, Wang SK, Zhou ZX, Song DQ, Wang YM, Pan HN, Kong WJ, Jiang JD. Berberine lowers blood glucose in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients through increasing insulin receptor expression. Metabolism. 2010 Feb;59(2):285-92.
6.Kong WJ, Zhang H, Song DQ, Xue R, Zhao W, Wei J, Wang YM, Shan N, Zhou ZX, Yang P, You XF, Li ZR, Si SY, Zhao LX, Pan HN, Jiang JD. Berberine reduces insulin resistance through protein kinase C-dependent up-regulation of insulin receptor expression. Metabolism. 2009 Jan;58(1):109-19.
7.Jun Yina,b,*, Huili Xinga, and Jianping Yeb. Efficacy of Berberine in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Metabolism. 2008 May ; 57(5): 712-717.
8.Sawhney, P.L. and Seshadri, T.R. 1956. Special chemical components of commercial woods and related plant materials: Part IV – Phenolic components of some Pterocarpus species. Journal of Science in India, Res. 15C, 154.
9.Dravya Gund Vigyan (Baidyanath Prakashan); Gaon Ki Aushadhi Ratna (Kalida) Part I and II, Bhavprakash Nighantu.
10.Dharmadhikari, S.D., Patki, V.P. and Dashputra, P.O. 1984. Study of mechanism of hypoglycaemia due to Pterocarpus marsupium. Abstr of paper presenled of XVIth Ann Conf.. Indian Pharmacol Soc., Ajmer, Dec. 28-30, 1983. Indian J Pharmacol 16, 61.
11.Ahmad F, Khan MM, Rastogi AK, Chaubey M, Kidwai JR. Effect of (-)epicatechin on cAMP content, insulin release and conversion of proinsulin to insulin in immature and mature rat islets in vitro. Indian J Exp Biol. 1991 Jun;29(6):516-20.
12.Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Collaborating Centres, New Delhi. Flexible dose open trial of Vijayasar (Pterocarpus marsupium) in cases of newly-diagnosed non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Indian J Med Res 1998 Nov;108:253
13.Ruby BC, Gaskill SE, Slivka D, Harger SG. The addition of fenugreek extract (Trigonella foenum-graecum) to glucose feeding increases muscle glycogen resynthesis after exercise. Amino Acids. 2005 Feb;28(1):71-6. Epub 2004 Dec 2.
14.Hannan JM, Ali L, Rokeya B, Khaleque J, Akhter M, Flatt PR, Abdel-Wahab YH. Soluble dietary fibre fraction of Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek) seed improves glucose homeostasis in animal models of type 1 and type 2 diabetes by delaying carbohydrate digestion and absorption, and enhancing insulin action. Br J Nutr. 2007 Mar;97(3):514-21.
15.Hermann R, Niebch G, Borbe HO, et al. Enantioselective pharmacokinetics and bioavailability of different racemic alpha-lipoic acid formulations in healthy volunteers. Eur J Pharm Sci. 1996;4:167-174.
16.Jacob S, Rett K, Henriksen EJ, Haring HU. Thioctic acid–effects on insulin sensitivity and glucose-metabolism. Biofactors. 1999;10(2-3):169-174.

Benefits of Potassium in Diet

Consuming higher dietary levels of potassium could result in substantially lower risks of experiencing a stroke as well as improving overall cardiovascular health and reducing the chances of developing heart disease.

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Potassium is integral to supporting proper muscle contraction and heart muscle rhythm. Deficiency of potassium can result in abnormal blood pressure, heart arrhythmia, general muscle dysfunction which includes the heart.

Most fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium. The crucial consideration is a proper potassium to sodium ratio as these two minerals are your most prevalent electrolytes.

Learn much more about the importance of electrolytes in all aspects of your life in both our NHI Nutrition classes for Certification on Tuesday nights and in our NHI Herbology classes for Certification on Wednesday nights.

Source: Potassium Intake, Stroke, and Cardiovascular Disease.