To Your Health! – Page 6

Most doctors now recommend a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement in addition to good dietary nutrition. But there are also certain individual supplements recommended by this source that should be added as well –

Fish oil is the only supplement consistently shown in trials to work against cardiac death. Found in fish oil are Omega 3 fatty acids, DHA, and EPA. These stabilize the heart’s electrical system, lower blood pressure and triglycerides, slowing arterial plaque build-up, and easing systemic inflammation. Fish oil was found to be more effective than statins in preventing death in heart patients (and fish oils work without the negative side effects of statins).

Fish oil may also lessen vulnerability to strokes and to non-lethal heart attacks. In addition, fish oil appears to relieve depression and anxiety (again with the negative side effects of pharmaceuticals often used for this) as well as reducing cognitive decline. Fish oils are found in salmon, tuna and other fish (especially the fattier ones). But even those who eat fish are advised to include fish oil supplement containing DHA and EPA daily.

Vitamin D aids the absorption of calcium (helping to stop osteoporosis), fights heart disease, and fights certain cancers (breast, colorectal, ovarian, etc.). It is also believed that it may fight autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (and osteo arthritis), type 1 diabetes, fibromyalgia, etc. We get Vitamin D naturally from the sun and from fish, fortified dairy products, etc. About 5 to 10 minutes, a few times a week, of unblocked sun is also recommended.

Plant sterol and stanol compounds in addition to a healthy diet can lower LDL (bad cholesterol) by 20%. This is comparable to the effects of statin drugs, but without statin’s negative side effects. Higher doses may be needed for those already having cholesterol issues. Sterols and stanols appear to fight certain cancers (breast, colon, stomach). Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds contain them, but we do not usually get the full amounts needed from diet so a supplement is recommended (such as REDUCOL).

Probiotics (specifically the active cultures of lactobacillus, GG or LGG) strengthens the immune system to ward off viruses, replaces good bacteria in the intestine that is lost during antibiotic treatment, destroys harmful bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other infectious microorganisms are also kept in check. It is also believed to help heal irritable bowel syndrome. Yogurts contain some lactobacillus, but not as much as CULTURELLE (10 times as much LLG as most yogurts). CULTURELLE  (comes in capsule form, to be taken once daily) also survives stomach acids and is longer lasting in its effects than most yogurts.

Pycnogenol (a French maritime pine bark extract) reduces the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis by 35% to 55% so that fewer dosses of Cox 2 inhibitors and NASAIDS (with their sometimes negative side effects) were needed. Pycnogenol has no negative side effects. It wards off heart disease by lowering bad cholesteral (LDL) and raising good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering blood pressure and risk of clotting. It helps control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes and relieves menstrual . Pycnogenol probably works due to its natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

As always, I urge you to consult your doctor or other health specialist as to whether to use these substances and in what amount. I am only an interested layman. As always I also hope you will consult The Great Physician in health of mind, body, and spirit as in all things pertaining to life and how to live it more abundantly.

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