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Are your calcium supplements help or a hindrance?

2013 January 18
by camillaellis

Osteopenia and osteoporosis are conditions of low bone density that are measured by an x-ray devise known as dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA), a lot of people believe that they have a drug-treatable, though symptom less disease.  It is based by the WHO as a standard deviation of 1-2.5 away from the average, this average was based on healthy 30-year-old women, which an 80 year olds bones should not be classed as abnormal when compared to a 30 year old women.

Diagnosing a natural aging condition as disease in healthy middle aged women can have its consequences.  The use of expensive and extremely dangerous bone drugs and dangerous mega doses of elemental calcium in the pursuit of increasing bone density are actually causing other diseases.  The bisphosphonates that are used to try and prevent bone loss are actually associated with gastrointestinal problems, heart problems and stress fractures the very thing it was trying to prevent.  These healthy women who had no symptoms were put into a disease, treatment group, creating billions of dollars for DXA device manufacturers, doctor visits, and drug prescriptions around the world.

 

Osteopenia is, in fact, a medical and diagnostic non-entity.  Michael McClung, director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center, criticized the newly adopted disease category osteopenia by saying ’’we have medicalised a nonproblem.”  Anyone having a lower bone density that is older than a 30 year old is consistent with a normal healthy aging process.  The WHO is making people believe that the natural thinning of bones is not normal and is actually a disease.  The DXA machine only measures mineral density of bone and is not the equivalent to quality and strength of bone.  Density is a good indicator of compressive strength (resisting breaking when being crushed by a static weight); it is not an accurate indicator of tensile strength (resisting breaking when being pulled or stretched).  Sometimes when there is higher bone density it can indicate that the bone is actually weaker.  Glass has high density and compressive strength, but is brittle and lacks the tensile strength. Where as wood, which is a similar material to bone, is extremely strong and is capable of bending and stretching.  Nutritional factors play a part in bone strength as vitamin K2 and soy isoflavones reduce bone fractures without increasing bone density.

 

High bone mineral density when compared to the normal increases the older women’s risk of breast cancer by 200-300% particularly malignant breast cancer according to a research.

 

Its important to ask yourself is the prevention of osteoporosis by taking drugs really worth the risk of cancer?  The number 1 cause of death in women is heart conditions and the number 2 is cancer, particularly breast cancer and not due to fractures.  The elemental calcium supplements taken to increase bone density are also increasing the risk of heart attack by 24-27% according to research papers.  This can be inducing coronary artery spasms, heart attacks and calcified arterial plaque in millions of women. The results of this newest review, involving 24,000 people between the ages of 35 and 64, were even more alarming. Those participants who took a regular calcium supplement increased their risk of having a heart attack by 86% versus those who took no calcium supplements at all.

 

Calcium supplementation can be toxic to cardiovascular health; the wrong type of calcium can result in serious adverse health effects.  Within the health field there have been warnings against supplementing with elemental calcium, which is calcium from limestone, oyster shell, eggshell and bone meal (hydroxylapatite).  Organizations like the National Osteoporosis Foundation (whose corporate sponsors include the calcium manufacturers Oscal and Citrical).  Consuming inorganic calcium, elemental calcium, also known as calcium carbonate, when not bound to natural co-factors, such as amino acids, lipids and glyconutrients (which is in living food like animals and plants) your body does not utilize it properly, therefore lacking a normal delivery system, the calcium is deposited in areas you don’t want it to go. Instead of being deposited into the bone you get calcification in other organs.  When in excessive amounts it stimulates cell-division (osteoblasts) which results in higher bone turnover, exactly what you were intending for it not to do.

 

With this high amount of inappropriate calcium the body eliminates it through the bowel, causing constipation or through the kidneys, which causes kidney stones.  High levels in the blood cause hypercalcemia, which can destabilize the atherosclerotic plague by forming brittle calcium, cap on the atheroma, causing a thrombosis (clot) and hypertension (that’s why calcium channel blockers are used to lower blood pressure).

 

Breast can have ectopic calcification, within malignant breast tissue there are hydroxylapatitate crystals which are thought to cause the tumerous lesions (breast cancer), this can be why women with the highest bone density from lifetime calcium supplementation (elemental) have up to 300% higher incidence of malignant breast cancer.

 

Autopsied patients have been found to have pebble sized calcium deposits in their brain and the pineal gland, known as “brain gravel”.  Therefore stay away from elemental calcium and inorganic calcium supplements.

 

You can get a good organic calcium supplement that is safe for you here.

 

Lancula are specialists in providing food nutrition for more information go to our website www.lancula.com.

 

References:

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  6. Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2001): Elderly women with high bone mineral density (BMD) have up to 2.7 times greater risk of breast cancer, especially advanced cancer, compared with women with low BMD.
  7. European Journal of Epidemiology (2004): Women with highest tertile bone mineral density (BMD) measured at the Ward’s triangle and at the femoral neck are respectively at 2.2 and 3.3-fold increased risk of breast cancer compared with women at the lowest tertile of BMD.

Magnesium has a vital importance in human health and disease

2012 December 12
by camillaellis

Magnesium has a vital importance in human health and disease, but not many know and understand the effects it has on your health!

A new research published in the journal BMC Bioinformatics shows that magnesium’s role is far vaster than previous thought.  Magnesium is found in over 300 enzymes in the human body utilising or synthesising ATP, this study found that there was 3751 magnesium binding sites detected on human proteins, having a wider effect than we previous thought. This “magneseome” can epigenetically alter the expression or behaviour of our proteins in our body, altering your health.

Research on the effects of magnesium has been expanding over the last few years with approximately 2000 new studies each year; here are key areas of the therapeutic value of magnesium.

Fibromyalgia – magnesium is a common deficiency, combined with malaic acid to form magnesium malate, has been clinically shown to improve pain and tenderness.

Atrial fibrillation – studies show that magnesium reduces atrial fibrillation.Diabetes type 2 – the incidence of magnesium deficiency in type 2 diabetes is 13.5-47.7% in a 2007 study. Magnesium supplementation reduces plasma fasting glucose and raising HDL cholesterol in patients with type 2 diabetes, it improves insulin sensitivity and metabolic control.

Premenstrual syndrome – magnesium alleviates PMS and fluid retention reducing symptoms by 34% in women, when combines with B6 it improves anxiety-related premenstrual symptoms,

Cardiovascular disease and mortality – low magnesium can effect cardiovascular disease and mortality by acting as a calcium channel blocker, it is hypotensive, antispasmodic and anti-thrombotic, the heart muscles needs magnesium to produce ATP via the citric acid cycle.

 Migraine disorders – magnesium levels lower with migraine sufferers. Oral magnesium supplementation has been found to reduce the number of headache days in children experiencing frequent migranous headaches, and when combined with l-carnitine, is effective at reducing migraine frequency in adults, as well.

Aging: accelerated aging has been noted to be a feature of magnesium deficiency, Magnesium supplementation has been shown to reverse age-related neuroendocrine and sleep EEG changes in humans.  One of the possible mechanisms behind magnesium deficiency associated aging is that magnesium is needed to stabilize DNA and promotes DNA replication. It is also involved in healing up of the ends of the chromosomes after they are divided in mitosis.

The best sources of magnesium are foods, which are green, i.e. chlorophyll rich.

The following list of foods contains high amounts of magnesium within 100 grams.  

Rice bran, crude (781 mg)

Seaweed, agar, dried (770 mg)

Chives, freeze-dried (640 mg)

Spice, coriander leaf, dried (694 mg)

Seeds, pumpkin, dried (535 mg)

Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened (499 mg)

Spices, basil, dried (422 mg)

Seeds, flaxseed (392 mg)

Spices, cumin seed (366 mg)

Nuts, Brazil nuts, dried (376 mg)

Parsley, freeze-dried (372 mg)

Seeds, sesame meal (346 mg)

Nut, almond butter (303 mg)

Nuts, cashew nuts, roasted (273 mg)

Soy flour, defatted (290 mg)

Whey, sweet, dried (176 mg)

Bananas dehydrated (108 mg)

Millet, puffed (106 mg)

Shallots, freeze-dried (104 mg)

Leeks, freeze-dried (156 mg)

Fish, salmon, raw (95 mg)

Onions, dehydrated flakes (92 mg)

Kale scotch, raw (88 mg)

Fortunately, for those who need higher doses, or are not inclined to consume magnesium rich foods, there are supplemental forms commonly available on the market. Keep in mind, for those who wish to take advantage of the side benefit of magnesium therapy, namely, its stool softening and laxative properties, magnesium citrate or oxide will provide this additional feature.

Resources

Damiano Piovesan, Giuseppe Profiti, Pier Luigi Martelli, Rita Casadio. 3751 magnesium binding sites have been detected on human proteins. BMC Bioinformatics. 2012 ;13 Suppl 14:S10. Epub 2012 Sep 7.

G Moorkens, B Manuel y Keenoy, J Vertommen, S Meludu, M Noe, I De Leeuw. Magnesium deficit in a sample of the belgian population presenting with chronic fatigue. Magnes Res. 1997 Dec;10(4):329-37.

J Eisinger, A Plantamura, P A Marie, T Ayavou. Selenium and magnesium status in fibromyalgia. Magnes Res. 1994 Dec;7(3-4):285-8.

I J Russell, J E Michalek, J D Flechas, G E Abraham. Treatment of fibromyalgia syndrome with Super Malic: a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled, crossover pilot study. J Rheumatol. 1995 May;22(5):953-8.

Phuong-Chi T Pham, Phuong-Mai T Pham, Son V Pham, Jeffrey M Miller, Phuong-Thu T Pham. Hypomagnesemia in patients with type 2 diabetes. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2007 Mar;2(2):366-73. Epub 2007 Jan 3.

M de Lordes Lima, T Cruz, J C Pousada, L E Rodrigues, K Barbosa, V Canguçu. The effect of magnesium supplementation in increasing doses on the control of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 1998 May;21(5):682-6.

Martha Rodríguez-Morán, Fernando Guerrero-Romero. Oral magnesium supplementation improves insulin sensitivity and metabolic control in type 2 diabetic subjects: a randomised double-blind controlled trial. Diabetes Care. 2003 Apr;26(4):1147-52.

F Facchinetti, P Borella, G Sances, L Fioroni, R E Nappi, A R Genazzani. Oral magnesium successfully relieves premenstrual mood changes. Obstet Gynecol. 1991 Aug;78(2):177-81.

A F Walker, M C De Souza, M F Vickers, S Abeyasekera, M L Collins, L A Trinca. Magnesium supplementation alleviates prementsrual symptoms of fluid retention. J Womens Health. 1998 Nov;7(9):1157-65.

Thorsten Reffelmann, Till Ittermann, Marcus Dörr, Henry Völzke, Markus Reinthaler, Astrid Petersmann, Stephan B Felix. Low serum magnesium concentraitons predict cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. Atherosclerosis. 2011 Jun 12. Epub 2011 Jun 12.

Andrea Rosanoff, Mildred S Seelig. Cpmparison of mechanism and functional effects of magnesium and statin pharmaceuticals. J Am Coll Nutr. 2004 Oct;23(5):501S-505S.

Afshin Samaie, Nabiollah Asghari, Raheb Ghorbani, Jafar Arda. Blood magnesium levels in migrainers within and between the headache attacks: a case control study. Pan Afr Med J. 2012 ;11:46. Epub 2012 Mar 15.

David W Killilea, Jeanette A M Maier.  A connection between magnesium deficiency and aging: new insightes from cellular studies. Magnes Res. 2008 Jun;21(2):77-82.

William J Rowe. Correcting magnesium deficiencies may prolong life. Clin Interv Aging. 2012 ;7:51-4. Epub 2012 Feb 16.

 

How you can help arthritis!

2012 October 24
by camillaellis

Arthritis is a topic the pops up quite frequently in my chiropractic clinic, the best way to deal with arthritis it is prevent, so even if you don’t have arthritis it is still important to understand this disorder and start acting now to prevent it in the future.  This is where I feel that natural medicine is definitely at the forefront.

This is inflammation of the joints surrounding ligaments, tendons or cartilage that can affect any part of the body. Two of the most common types of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is the most common and is associated with joint pain and restriction in movement.  The disease process is slow, progressive cartilage deterioration is followed by “hardening of the joints” due to calcification and bone spur formation. The “joint cushion” deteriorates, which is what leads to pain and limited movement in the joint. 

It most commonly presents in the knees, hips, and small hand joints but it can develop in any synovial joint.

Osteoarthritis has certain groups that it more commonly is seen in.  There is thought that genetic factors influence the likelihood of you getting the disorder. Other factors include your age (with higher age having higher risk), gender (female’s are at higher risk), obesity, poor diet, hormonal imbalances, ‘leaky gut syndrome’ (caused by NSAID) and increased bone density.  Mechanical factors can include joint injury or misalignment.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that primarily affects the synovial tissue (the membranes around the joints that secretes lubricating fluid to allow bones to move easily against each other).  Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease in which the body attacks its own tissue and causes the joints to become swollen, tender and possibly deformed. Women are most often affected (3:1 ratio) and the disease begins between 20 and 50 years of age. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect any part of the body, including the heart, lungs and eyes and is very debilitating. It is a chronic disease, but does have flare-ups where symptoms are more intense, and then is followed with periods of remission.Causes of rheumatoid arthritis include, genetic susceptibility, food allergies/sensitivities due to leaky gut, poor diet, nutritional imbalance, poor bowel function or dysbiosis, stress that triggers hormonal imbalances, and infectious agents.

However the good news is there are certain things, which have a history of traditional use for preventing or treating various arthritic conditions.

Turmeric

A research conducted at the University of Arizona college of Medicine, in the effects of turmeric with arthritis.  
The researchers knew that Turmeric had a history of use in Ayurvedic medicine as well as a history of use in the western world for treatment and prevention of arthritis however, they couldn’t find any data conducted around tests designed to evaluate the efficacy of turmeric extracts similar to those used in dietary supplements.

This study set out to actually determine the anti-arthritic efficacy of dietary supplements being promoted for arthritis treatment, as well as to establish the mechanism of action of turmeric on rheumatoid arthritis. The study found that a Turmeric extract with a high percentage concentration of curcuminoids inhibited a transcription factor; NF-KB from being activated in the joint.

The transcription factor is a protein that controls when genes are “switched on or off”.  Therefore if this transcription factor is activated it cause inflammatory proteins to be produced which then is destructive to the joint. The curcuminoids in turmeric prevent the destruction of the joint therefore acting as anti-arthritic treatments.  The researchers concluded that turmeric could help with rheumatoid arthritis.

In another study the efficiency of Turmeric was evaluated.  In this study they concluded that a sample of turmeric containing 94% curcuminoids was “more potent in preventing arthritis” than another essential oil-depleted turmeric faction, and that other compounds found in crude turmeric extract may actually inhibit the protective effect of the curcuminoids. This suggests that supplements made with turmeric extracts are likely to be most effective when they have high curcuminoid content and significantly less effective with lower curcuminoid content.

Ginger

Ginger 
is believed to hold anti-inflammatory properties. In the 70’s ginger was shown to share properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs of the time.  Since then work at RMG Biosciences has discovered that ginger can inhibit the inflammatory response by inhibiting the induction of genes.  Ginger modulates biochemical pathways activated in chronic inflammation 

Another study also conducted back at the University of Arizona measured the comparative effects of two ginger extracts, both of which contained gingerols. The study concluded that “Both extracts were efficacious in preventing joint inflammation” and that the results showed “a very significant joint-protective effect of these ginger samples”

To get your turmeric go here.  To get your ginger go here.

Lancula are specialists in providing vitamins minerals for more information go to our website www.lancula.com.

References:

  1. Funk JL, Frye JB, Oyarzo JN, Kuscuoglu N, Wilson J, McCaffrey G, Stafford G, Chen G, Lantz RC, Jolad SD, Solyom AM, Kiela PR, Timmermann BN. Efficacy and mechanism of action of turmeric supplements in the treatment of experimental arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2006 Nov;54(11):3452-64.
  2. Funk JL, Frye JB, Oyarzo JN, Chen G, Lantz RC, Jolad SD, Solyom AM, Timmermann BN.  Turmeric extracts containing curcuminoids prevent experimental rheumatoid arthritis. J Nat Prod. 2006 Mar;69(3):351-5.
  3. Grzanna R, Lindmark L, Frondoza CG. Ginger–an herbal medicinal product with broad anti-inflammatory actions. J Med Food. 2005 Summer;8(2):125-32.
  4. Funk JL, Frye JB, Oyarzo JN, Timmermann BN.  Comparative effects of two gingerol-containing Zingiber officinale extracts on experimental rheumatoid arthritis. J Nat Prod. 2009 Mar 27;72(3):403-7.

 

Get healthy with these digestive system cleansers

2012 October 17
by camillaellis

As winter is drawing close this could be your last opportunity to give your body a bit of a quick cleanse and get it ready for the winter months.  This digestive system cleanse is useful for first-timers, as a pre-cleanse before a fast, or just as a general cleanse without fasting to clear out the digestive system, and its also useful for people with mild digestive symptoms, or as a general preventative measure.  This cleanse is usually for two to three weeks.  And I advise you to stay off processed foods, alcohol, diary and wheat for the duration of this.

Instructions

1. Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal binds intestinal toxins and unfriendly microbial growth and excretes them in the stools. 500-600 mg three times per day 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals and medication.

2. Bentonite clay

Bentonite clay can be used in conjunction with activated charcoal or as a substitute. Bentonite is a type of edible clay that acts as a bulk laxative by absorbing water to form a gel, which then scraps along the intestinal wall, taking out any of the unwanted substances that are sitting in the wall. It binds toxins such as pesticides and helps to carry them out of the colon.  Take 28g mixed in hot water and let to cool a little every day, before meals.

3. Psyllium

Psyllium is a dietary fiber that supports normal bowel function. It cleanses the mucus lining of the intestines and increases the bulk of the stools. 1-teaspoon psyllium powder three times per day. Stir psyllium into 8 oz water and drink immediately.

4. Slippery Elm

The active constituents in Slippery Elm and Marshmallow are large carbohydrate molecules, which make up the mucilage. They may provide a direct soothing effect and provide a protective barrier against gastric acid on the digestive mucosa. Mucilaginous herbs may also encourage the growth of beneficial gut flora.  Marshmallow may soothe irritation of mucus membranes and has primarily been used for the support of the respiratory and digestive tracts; its high mucilage content may also support the urinary system as well.  The Gamma-Oryzanol may support the regulation of gastric and ileal movements. These effects may be produced by reaction to the central nervous system of the gastric and ileal movements.  Take 3 capsules a day.

5. Probiotics

Within the digestive tract there needs to be a balance maintained between healthy and potentially harmful microorganisms.  Probiotics, are a supplement form of healthy microorganisms, to keep the healthy balance, these have been used for many years to increase the proportion of protective bacteria.  They are also used to prevent problems from occurring within the digestive system. 1 scoop per day.

Continue taking probiotics for several weeks after the cleansing period is over. It should also be noted that probiotics should always be refrigerated before and after opening.

To get your digestive system cleaners go here and to get your digestive system aids go here.

Lancula are specialists in providing vitamin supplements for more information go to our website www.lancula.com.

Which sugar substitute is best?

2012 September 19
by camillaellis

With so much information out there now on the effects of sugar on your health, I have often been asked ‘what can I use as a substitute?’ this is an interesting question to me because usually my answer is that you shouldn’t be eating anything that requires sugar to be added to it, biscuits and cakes can be sugared up by using dried fruit or apple juice, but I also realised I needed to inform my readers of what other choices they have.  I have 2 choices for you, my first choice is stevia and my second choice is xylitol.

Stevia is a plant known as Stevia rebaudiana derived from South America, it is a sweet plant and is used as a substitute for sugar, honey and artificial sweeteners in home cooking and in manufacturing, it is widely used for diabetics to reduce their dependence on medication.  As Dr Mercola says, “There is some concern about Stevia. “Just because it’s natural doesn’t mean that it’s safe,” says Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Centre for Science in the Public Interest. “That’s why tests should be done.” Stevia may be linked to genetic mutations in lab animals”.  However the World Health Organisation says that Stevia sweeteners are safe.  Stevia is sometimes found in the nutritional supplement section, as it isn’t classed as a sweetener.  It is important to note that the sweet extract from stevia is available on the market however extracting this compound may put into question the health benefits of this plant because when a plant is whole that’s when the benefits are there with no side effects, this extraction from stevia may not have any of the health benefits, this sweet active ingredient is known as rebaudioside A.  Some feel that the whole plant has a bitter after taste but depending on the manufacturing process this can alter.  In some countries it is approved as a food additive in Japan, Brazil and China.  Truvia is a natural sweetener made from two sweetest portions of the Stevia compound.  Extracts from the leaves of the stevia plant are one of the safest sweeteners on the market unlike aspartame and other artificial sweeteners that have dangerous toxicities, stevia is also ideal if you are watching your weight as it has virtually no calories.  Although if you have insulin issues you should avoid sweeteners all together as they can decrease your sensitivity to insulin.  This includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or extra weight.

Xylitol is another sugar substitute that can be used for humans, however it is important to note that xylitol is toxic to your dog.  Xylitol has been increased in its use in nutritional supplements so beware of that for your pet.  Xylitol is a sugar alcohol extracted from corn and corn fibre, birch, raspberries and plums and is used to sweeten many products.  It can be purchase din a granulated form as a sugar replacement, it is as sweet as sucrose but only has two-thirds of the calories of sugar, and it also causes little if any insulin release in humans.  It is fine for rhesus monkeys, rats and horses, intravenous (IV) xylitol, as it causes little to no insulin release. However, in baboons, cows, goats, rabbits, dogs, and ferrets its affect is opposite causing fast insulin release. Its effect on cats is unknown.  It is also good in reducing dental plaque along with manuka honey.

 Xylitol has the same amount of calories as sucrose but it metabolises differently and may be used safely for diabetics and hypoglycaemic. Bacterial salivary organisms do not grow on xylitol unlike other sugars.  In 1986, the FASEB report concluded that the use of xylitol in humans is safe and was approved as a food additive for use in foods for special dietary uses.  The World Health Organization and the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, felt that adverse findings in animal studies conducted in the 1970s are “not relevant to the toxicological evaluation of these substances (e.g., xylitol) in humans.”

The source of the xylitol is important; most xylitol is derived from genetically modified corn and produced in China. It is important to get the much better, no-GM, xylitol that is made in the US from birch and other hardwood.

To get more information on how to have a healthy diet, get “The body objective” here.

Lancula are specialists in providing health and nutritionfor more information go to our website www.lancula.com.

References:

  1. Nayak PA, Nayak UA, Mythili R, 2010.  Effect of Manuka honey, chlorhexidine gluconate and xylitol on the clinical levels of dental plaque. Contemp Clin Dent. 2010 Oct;1(4):214-7.

 

The amazing benefits of coconut oil!

2012 September 5
by camillaellis

In recent times there has been an appreciation of coconut as a source of ‘good’ saturated fat, it has been getting the recognition it deserves because of its amazing healthy properties.  Here are a few healing benefits:

  • It burns fat – this is a saturated fat that helps burn the midsection fat which is known as the dangerous fat.  In a study they state that using 2 tablespoons a day (30ml) will reduce body fat within 1-3 months.
  • Brain development – in a study of 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment when administrating medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil there was an increase in ketone bodies within 90 minutes of treatment which improved cognition in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction.
  • Head lice – coconut oil combines with anise spray was more superior to the insecticide permethrin (.43%).
  • Wound healing – coconut oil can heal wounds because it has the ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired.  It also has the ability to speed up burn wound recovery when used with silver sulphadizine.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties – it can work as an analgesic and reduce fever as well as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Anti-ulcer activity – coconut milk is just as effective as the drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent.
  • Anti-fungal – in a study in 2004 researchers found that coconut oil could be used in fungal infections such as Candida.
  • Testosterone booster – it can reduce oxidative stress in the testes of rats, increasing the levels of testosterone.
  • Reducing swollen prostate – in a study on rat’s coconut oil was found to reduce testosterone- induced benign prostate growth in rats.
  • Improves blood lipids – improves LDL: HDL ratio in the blood therefore is not a bad saturated fat that clogs the arteries.
  • Fat-soluble nutrient absorption – it enhances tomato carotenoid absorption, being superior to safflower oil.
  • Improves bone health – reduces oxidative stress within the bone helping to prevent damage in osteoporotic bone.
  • Sunscreen – it can block out UV rays by 30%. 

To get your coconut oil go here.

 

Lancula are specialists in providing health shops for more information go to our website www.lancula.com.

 

References:

  1. Mark A Reger, Samuel T Henderson, Cathy Hale, Brenna Cholerton, Laura D Baker, G S Watson, Karen Hyde, Darla Chapman, Suzanne Craft . Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adults. Neurobiol Aging. 2004 Mar;25(3):311-4.
  2. Ian F Burgess, Elizabeth R Brunton, Nazma A Burgess . Clinical trial showing superiority of a coconut and anise spray over permethrin 0.43% lotion for head louse infestation, ISRCTN96469780. Eur J Pediatr. 2010 Jan ;169(1):55-62. Epub 2009 Apr 3.
  3. K G Nevin, T Rajamohan . Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skin components and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2010 ;23(6):290-7. Epub 2010 Jun 3.
  4. Pallavi Srivastava, S Durgaprasad. Burn wound healing property of Cocos nucifera: An appraisal. Indian J Pharmacol. 2008 Aug;40(4):144-6.
  5. S Intahphuak, P Khonsung, A Panthong. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities of virgin cocnut oil. Pharm Biol. 2010 Feb;48(2):151-7.
  6. R O Nneli, O A Woyike. Antiulcerogenic effects of coconut (Cocos nucifera) extract in rats. Phytother Res. 2008 Jul;22(7):970-2.
  7. D O Ogbolu, A A Oni, O A Daini, A P Oloko. In vitro antimicrobial properties of coconut oil on Candida species in Ibadan, Nigeria. J Med Food. 2007 Jun;10(2):384-7.
  8. Graciela E Hurtado de Catalfo, María J T de Alaniz, Carlos A Marra. Dietary lipids modify redox homeostasis and steroidogenic status in rat testis. Phytother Res. 2010 Feb;24(2):163-8.
  9. María de Lourdes Arruzazabala, Vivian Molina, Rosa Más, Daisy Carbajal, David Marrero, Víctor González, Eduardo Rodríguez. Effects of coconut oil on testosterone-induced prostatic hyperplasia in Sprague-Dawley rats. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2007 Jul;59(7):995-9.
  10. Lauren E Conlon, Ryan D King, Nancy E Moran, John W Erdman. Coconut Oil Enhances Tomato Carotenoid Tissue Accumulation Compared to Safflower Oil in the Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). J Agric Food Chem. 2012 Aug 7. Epub 2012 Aug 7.
  11. Mouna Abdelrahman Abujazia, Norliza Muhammad, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid, Ima Nirwana Soelaiman. The Effects of Virigin Coconut Oil on Bone Oxidative Status in Ovariectomised Rat. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012 ;2012:525079. Epub 2012 Aug 15.

Pasteurized products can be harmful to your health rather than good.

2012 August 23
by camillaellis

Pasteurization is a process that heats liquids and foods in order to kill any viruses and harmful organisms, it does not kill all of the microbes but enough that it will not cause disease, therefore it still has a shelf life.  Many believe that this is good for your health, however this is not true and pasteurized products can actually be harmful to your health rather than good.  The premise of pasteurization is that it kills harmful bacteria with damaging or destroying the food, however this is also not true.

 Louis Pasteur, in France in the 1860’s when the production of food and the storage of food was not very sanitised, invented pasteurization.  Not like today where we have learned about sanitisation and it is no longer such an issue.  The cause of disease is when food is stored in unsatised conditions regardless of whether or not it is pasteurized.  Pasteurisation was first invented for the use of wine and beer and then moved on to products like milk.  Franz von Soxhlet first suggested pasteurization of milk in 1886, and it extends the shelf life of milk, when high-temperature, short-time (HTST) pasteurized milk will have a shelf life of 2-3 weeks whereas ultra-pasteurised milk has the shelf life of 2-3 months.  If sterile handling is combined with ultra-heat treatment (UHT) along with aseptic packaging it can even increase the shelf life to 6-9 months.

 The issues with this high temperature in milk towards your health are:

  • Not all microbials are destroyed
  • The active enzymes in food are destroyed
  • The vitamin content is diminished
  • The milk proteins are denatured
  • The beneficial bacteria are also killed

 

The act of pasteurization makes the food less nutritious and the Weston A. Price Foundation has linked pasteurization to:

  • Allergies
  • Increased tooth decay
  • Colic in infants
  • Growth problems in children
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer

 

Live foods are food that has not been heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit and they have health benefits such as:

  • Give you energy
  • Have beneficial bacteria
  • Retain their vitamins
  • Have been used to treat diseases

 

Foods to avoid that have been pastuerised:

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Cream
  • Vinegar
  • Almonds
  • Commercial sauerkraut
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs and eggbeaters

 

Raw diary products that have not been pasteurised and are from cows eating fresh grass contain plenty of essential fatty acids that stimulate your immune system and help build muscle mass the lose body fat.  Taken from a farmer that has clean cows and clean equipment is important and has health benefits.  Raw apple cider vinegar that is organic is a naturally fermented liquid that balances your blood’s pH levels and acts as a prebiotic to cleanse your system.  Add 2 ounces to water in the morning for a purifying drink.

 

To get your cleansing apple cider vinegar tables go here.

 

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References:

  1. What is Real Milk? WestonAPrice.org. 
http://www.realmilk.com/what.html
  2. Price, Dr. Weston A., “Vitamins in Immunity and Growth,” WestonAPrice.org.
http://www.westonaprice.org/archive/wap2.html
  3. Bragg, Patricia, “An Apple Cider Vinegar a Day,” Bragg.com.
http://www.bragg.com/bragglifestyle/acv_daily.html
  4. Adams, Mike, “Food Scam: Almond Board of California to falsely label pasteurized almonds as ‘raw,’” NewsTarget.com, 5 Apr 2007.

 

This natural product has 580 health benefits!

2012 July 19
by camillaellis

Quite often your best health choices are from your own back garden, what nature intended.  One of these fabulous spices is now getting its rightful recognition and has an array of health benefits, this spice is turmeric.  This natural healer has no side effects, unlike the drug-based medical ones, and has several hundred-side benefits.  Some herbs are not right for everyone and can have individual side effects however turmeric seems to be one of those herbs/spices that has an exceptionally high margin of safety when compared to other drugs, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents.  Ayurvedic medicine has been using turmeric safely for 6,000 years.

There are over 580 potential health benefits of turmeric on the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database known as “Medline”, curcumin is the primary polyphenol in turmeric and is responsible for its health benefits.

Some of these health benefits include:

  • Destroying Multi-drug resistant cancer
  • Destroying cancer stem cells (the root of all cancer)
  • Protect against radiation-induced damage
  • Reducing unhealthy levels of inflammation
  • Protecting against heavy metal toxicity
  • Preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s disease associated pathologies
  • Helps colitis
  • Reduces symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Helps control allergic responses
  • Helps modulate stress expression
  • Has antifungal activity against Candida

Turmeric not only has value in many conditions that are resistant to conventional medicine but that there are 580 health conditions it benefits and that it grows freely on earth without side effects that conventional drugs give you.

To get your turmeric supplement, go here.

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Reference:

  1. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2003 Jul;285(1):G235-43. Epub 2003 Mar 13.
  2. Altern Med Rev. 2010 Dec;15(4):337-44.
  3. Am J Epidemiol. 2006 Nov 1;164(9):898-906. Epub 2006 Jul 26
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Butter is better than you think!

2012 July 11
by camillaellis

Butter over the years has had a bad reputation, many people have been dubbed into using margarine instead, now with the knowledge that margarine is full of trans fats and is causing the very thing that your eating it for, so is it safe to go back to using butter?

 In the 1960’s heart disease was massively on the increase however the consumption of butter had decreased and was replaced by margarine, yet butter was to blame for this heart condition increase. Statistics show that as the decline in use of butter from the 1920’s to the 1960’s from 18 pounds per person per year to 4 pounds per person per year, however the rise in cardiovascular disease occurred during the time of butter decline, therefore can butter be a cause of cardiovascular disease, and is this saturated fat really have adverse health effects?

It was proposed by a researcher called Ancel Keys that saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet were the blame for this heart disease.  However numerous of other studies failed to come to the same conclusion.  Whereas the idea that a healthy diet is one with limited saturated fat has stuck.  While there was a reduction in the consumption of fats there was an increase in processed foods of the low fat type.  While the food industry convinced the population that margarine was a healthier choice in the 1970’s the saturated fat intake decreased while the rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease have surged.  Reducing saturated fat has impacted these results.

In a study from Lund University they showed that butter leads to less elevation of fats in the blood after a meal when compared to olive oil, flaxseed oil or a new type of canola oil.  The elevation of fats in the blood after meals raises cholesterol levels.

Butter doesn’t raise blood lipid levels because 20% of fat in butter consists of short and medium length fatty acids, which are used as energy and do not stay around long enough in the blood to effect the fat levels.  Researchers say that butter can raise cholesterol levels in the long term but the short-term benefits may be advantageous, there is some disagreement that butter or cholesterol is a factor in the increase in cardiovascular disease.

The argument stands which is healthier margarine or butter?

Firstly, butter is a natural food essential to your health – when eating raw and organic – whereas margarine is a processed food created chemically from refined polyunsaturated oils, turning this naturally liquid product into a spreadable form with hydrogenation.  Having massive health implications as hydrogenated oils damage cells.

Its important to have healthy oils in your diet as they all work together to supply your body with essential fatty acids for longevity, hormone balance, heart health, sharp vision, glowing moist skin and energy.

Here are the benefits of eating real butter:

  • Butter contains vitamin A which supports the thyroid and cardiovascular system.
  • Butter helps control weight as its fats are burned easily and gives the feeling of satiety which decreases the amount you eat and also the urge to fill up on sugars.
  • Butter is full of antioxidants which protect against heart disease and cancer.
  • Butter is a good source of healthy cholesterol that your body needs for brain development and reproduction.
  • The saturated fat in butter consists of short and medium chain fats which have anti-tumour properties and strengthen the immune system.
  • Butter contains CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster.
  • When not pasteurised it contains Wulzen factor that is an anti-stiffness property good for arthritis and hardening of the arteries.
  • High in iodine for thyroid function
  • Decreases diarrhoea in children and promotes good gut health
  • High in vitamin K2 to prevent tooth decay and helps build strong bones and teeth.
  • Contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida.
  • Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
  • Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
  • Protects against tooth decay.
  • Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
  • May promote fertility in women.
  • Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our bodies adipose tissue.
  • Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
  • Contains Arachidonic Acid (AA) which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
  • Protects against gastrointestinal infections in the very young or the elderly.

The best butter you can get is raw organic butter that isn’t pasteurised because pasteurisation destroys nutrients.

To get more information on your health, get ‘The Body Objective”, you can get that here.

Lancula are specialists in providing health shops for more information go to our website www.lancula.com.

 Sources:

  1. Why Butter is Better
http://www.westonaprice.org/foodfeatures/butter.html
  2. http://www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=67847&CultureCode=en
  3. The Soft Science of Dietary Fat, Science Magazine, March 2001
http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/taubes.html#linktop
  4. Polyunsaturated Oils Increase Cancer Risk
http://www.second    opinions.co.uk/fats_and_cancer.html
  5. From The Skinny on Fats
 http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/skinny.html
and Why Butter is Better
  6. http://www.westonaprice.org/foodfeatures/butter.html
  7. Fertility Awareness, Food, and Night-lighting
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High Fat Dairy May Boost Fertility http://www.nutraingredients.com/news/printnewsbis.asp?id=74590

These colourful fruits could do wonders for your health!

2012 July 4
by camillaellis

Vitamin A is an important fat-soluble vitamin and accumulates in the liver.  Vitamin A is a generic term used to include retinol and its related structures.  Retinoic acid supports the functions of vitamin A which include cellular differentiation, embryogenesis, synthesis of glycoprotein’s, immunity and growth, however this cannot be converted back to retinol within the body, therefore if only consuming retinoic acid you will be blind and will fail to reproduce successfully, retinol is the only product that can fully support vision and reproduction.  Night blindness occurs with vitamin A deficiency, when you fail to see dim light at night, retinol is in control of this function, and however retinoic acid is also important for a healthy eye, if deficient there will be impairment of the surface of the eye in the form of xerosis or Bitot’s spots.  With vitamin A deficiency tear production is impaired, debris accumulates, and the eye is more vulnerable to bacterial attachment and disease.

Other functions of vitamin A:

  • Cellular differentiation – for producing keratin.
  • Embryogenesis – retinoic acid control genes linked to development and growth – digit duplication depends on the concentration of all retinoic acid, therefore it is important to not be over exposed and avoid excess vitamin A during pregnancy.
  • Active sulphate – vitamin A deficiency here can lead to; reduced wet surface of the eye, reduced tear production of eye surface, reduced mucous production, reduced ability to taste, changes in skin causing follicular keratitis, changes in ground substance of bone causing defective formation.
  • Synthesis of glycoprotein’s and glycosaminoglycans – important for mucous, and cell migration and lubrication between joints.
  • Immunity and host defense – vitamin A is resistant to infection, vitamin A deficiency causes higher mortality.
  • Growth – influences bone growth, important for the maturation and degeneration of cells in the epiphyseal cartridge.
  • Haemopoiesis – vitamin A deficiency associated with anaemia, it is thought to help with the absorption of iron.

Food sources of vitamin A:

  • Animal origin – liver, milk, butter, cheese, egg yolk and some fatty fish
  • Plant foods – dark-green leafy vegetables, and yellow or orange coloured fruits
  • Red palm oil
  • Papayas
  • Mangoes
  • Carrott.

Toxic effects:

  • Teratogenic during 1st trimester of pregnancy, causing spontaneous abortions and fetal abnormalities.
  • Bulging fontanelle in infants
  • Headache in older children and adults
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Visual impairment
  • Skin disorders.

 The best way to get your vitamin A is from food, if you are deficient and have been tested you can get your vitamin A here.

 

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