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Benefits of Borage Oil
Posted By on March 17th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 78
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Borage oil is derived from an herb native to Syria. Containing the highest amounts of omega-6 essential fatty acids of any natural compound available, borage oil offers many health benefits and may be especially helpful for women. Omega-6 Also known as gamma linolenic acid or GLA, Omega-6 is a fat that helps to maintain a variety of body processes to support your overall health. Needed to maintain cellular fluidity, the structure of healthy joints along with proper brain function, GLA is an essential nutrient throughout the body. Many people get more than enough of this fat from food sources including red meat, poultry and eggs, but borage oil offers a plant-based source of this unique omega-6 fatty acids, which is metabolised differently than other sources to provide powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Benefits of Borage Oil Studies have shown that borage oil supplements may increase the production of prostaglandins called PG1 in the skin, supressing chronic inflammation. Borage oil has similar benefits when applied topically, and is known to reduce skin conditions including eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and neurodermatitis. Women’s Health During menstruation, women produce an inflammatory substance called prostaglandins. Omega-6 works to reduce the production of this substance, easing aches and pains associated with PMS. Due to this ability, borage oil is widely used for the reduction of common premenstrual symptoms including cramps, backaches, breast tenderness and headaches. See other products and conditions: Oils, Women’s Vitamins, Omegas & Fatty Acids.        

4 Natural Painkillers
Posted By on March 17th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 78
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Painkillers don’t have to come from your doctor’s office or over the counter. There are many natural painkillers out there that have been clinically shown to reduce common aches and pains, as well as chronic pain, inflammation and joint pain. Here are a few of the top painkillers from mother nature. 1. Ginger Root: Ginger root has been used for centuries to reduce the pains associated with menstrual cramping. One study showed that taking a ginger extract 250 mg four times daily for 3 days at the beginning of the menstrual period reduced pain symptoms in as many as 62% of women with primary dysmenorrhea. This study showed that ginger root extracts were as effective as the medications ibuprofen or mefenamic acid.(1) 2. Mint: The leaves of peppermint contain volatile oils that offer a natural source of menthol. Providing a cooling effect topically, mint is often added to rubs and creams to reduce muscular aches and pains. Peppermint leaves also have the unique ability to relax muscles allowing painful cramping and digestive gas to pass. 3. Turmeric: Containing a powerful antioxidant compound that also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent called curcumin, turmeric is a well known remedy for reducing pain associated with inflammation, sprains, strains, bruises and joint pain, along with skin and digestive issues. 4. Corydalis: Used in traditional Chinese medicine to reduce pains associated with headaches, menstrual pain and back pain, resent research revealed that this herb has analgesic abilities that are effective against acute, inflammatory and neuropathic Read More »

Antioxidants to Fight Pre-Mature Aging
Posted By on March 17th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 78
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Antioxidants can help preserve your youthful appearance. While there are plenty of expensive treatments, procedures and products out there, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look young. By consuming foods that contain antioxidants, you can reduce the premature signs of aging. What are Antioxidants? Antioxidants are substances that help to counteract the damage caused by the process of oxidation in the body. These nutrients are found in the form of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, and are known to help reduce the development of chronic illnesses, boost immune function and decrease pre-mature aging. When oxidation occurs due to environmental pollutants, toxins or exercise, harmful molecules called free radicals are produced. These compounds are chemically active atoms, that have a charge due to an excess or deficiency of electrons. When atoms have one or more unpaired electron, they scavenge the body looking for electrons they can use in cells, proteins and DNA (genetic material) causing damage throughout the body. Antioxidants donate this missing electron to stabilise the atom and reduce damage caused by the oxidative process. How do They Slow Pre-Mature Aging? The oxidative process is the same within the body as it is for foods. This process is what causes peeled apples to turn brown and iron to rust. As free radicals are created in the body during this process, they can damage healthy cells and even cause cellular death damaging otherwise youthful, healthy skin causing the visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles. Antioxidants Read More »

3-Day Detox Menu for Overall Health
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Detox can be a great way to give your digestive system a rest. Working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to digest foods and beverages that you consume the gastrointestinal system is directly linked to your immune system and is responsible for a good part of your overall health and a feeling of well-being. Maintaining regular digestive and a healthy gut should include a detox period in which you allow this system to rest. But many people don’t know how to properly to a detox diet. Here is a 3-day detox menu to help you give your digestive system a rest: Recipes: Morning Detox Tea 1 green tea bag, 1 slice lemon, 1 tsp, Stevia Breakfast Detox Drink 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. flax seed , 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, 12 tsp. lemon Lunch Detox Drink 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. flax seed , 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, 12 tsp. lemon Dinner Detox Drink 1/2 cup mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 cup kale, 1 Tbsp. lemon, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp. flax seeds Detox Bath 2 1/2 cups Epsom salt and 10 drops lavender oil 3-Day Detox Menu: Day 1 Morning Detox Tea 1/2 Multi-Vitamin Lunch Drink 1/2 Multi-Vitamin and Omega-3 Supplement Snack: Favorite Drink Dinner Drink Detox Bath Day 2 Morning Detox Tea Lunch Drink 1/2 Multi-Vitamin and Probiotic Supplement Lunch Drink 1/2 Read More »

5 Women’s Herbal Remedies
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Women have unique needs when it comes to overall health. And there are many herbs out there that can help reduce specific symptoms associated with women’s health conditions. Here are just a few herbal alternatives for common health problems, specifically for women. 1. Vitex: Also known as casteberry, this herb has traditionally been used to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome as it helps to balance hormone levels. Many women use this herb as a tonic for reducing cramps, headaches, mood changes, water retention, constipation and breast tenderness. Containing a variety of active compounds, vitex works to improve production of a hormone in the body called luteinizing hormone, that helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. It’s this action that makes chasteberry a favorite women’s herb. 2. Black Cohosh: This women’s herb has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes by native American Indian, and became a popular treatment for women’s health in the mid 1950’s. Containing a wide range of active constituents, black cohosh seems to have beneficial effects on estrogen levels in the body. Often called an herbal estrogen, this root herb may help to reduces common symptoms of pre-menopause including hot flashes, irritability and other discomforts. 3. Licorice Root: This herb contains a unique compound called glycyrrhizin that makes it useful for reducing digestive complaints along with discomforts of PMS including cramping. Also able to help maintain hormone levels in the body, licorice may help to balance estrogen levels in the body to promote the overall health Read More »

SIBU Beauty Offers Omega-7 For Healthy Skin
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Omega-7 is a rare essential fatty acid that has recently become recommended by doctors. The other essential fatty acids like omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 have been well known to support a variety of body processes including brain functions, flexible joints and healthy skin, hair and nails. Derived from sea buckthorn berry omega-7 is a compound used in high-quality skin care and beauty products for its ability to promote skin cell function, and fluidity for a dewy complexion. Because Sibu Beauty Products contain this omega fatty acid they are this week’s Fix Pick for beauty. Sibu Balancing Facial Cleanser is a natural skin cleanser made with Himalayan sea buckthorn berry also known as the beauty berry and offers over 190 bioactive compounds that work to restore skin elasticity, tone and texture for a luxurious skin cleanser that also moisturizes skin. Sibu Beauty Cellular Support works from the inside out to support your beauty. Protects skin cells and nourished the body to promote healthy skin, hair and nails with a super dose of omega 7 fatty acids. Offers powerful antioxidant protection from sea buckthorn oil to repair and rejuvenate skin damage while increasing a feeling of vitality. Soothes the digestive lining to promote optimal gastrointestinal function with easy-to-swallow soft gels. Sibu Beauty Hydrating Serum is the ultimate for skin hydration. A non-drying lightweight serum floods the skin with moisture to eliminate a tight feeling. Infused with vitamins and sea buckthorn extracts to promote a youthful skin tone and texture. Fight the premature Read More »

Melt Fat Fast with These Metabolic Fat Burners
Posted By on December 16th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 66
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Fat can be stubborn, and sometimes it just won’t budge. Beat the battle of the bulge at any point in your health and fitness regimen with these top fat burner formulas. Hardcore X: From a leader in the industry, Muscle Tech delivers a fat burner for extreme fat loss. Take these anywhere you go as they fit easily into your workout bag to boost energy and ignite your body’s thermogenic fire to burn fat. Scientifically engineered to support your body’s ability to loose weight, this pre-workout formula maximizes workouts. Irwin Naturals Triple-Tea Fat Burner: Infused with a blend of tea extracts derived from white, green and black tea, this fat burning formula boosts your bodys ability to burn fat by stimulating thermogenic activity. With a combination of powerful antioxidants, Triple Tea Fat Burner also helps reduce cellular damage after exercise, and boosts immunity for a healthy body. Includes natural caffeine and B vitamins to boost energy and melt fat. Garden of Life Fuco Thin: Make the most of your healthy diet and exercise regimen with a blend of clinically studied ingredients formulated for potency. Made with green coffee bean extracts, FucoThin works to boost metabolism, and help balance blood sugar levels while also minimizing fat storage. This unique blend of ingredients also supports the development of lean muscle to improve your body mass index. Dymatize Guggul Complex: Also known as commiphora mukul and guggulipid, guggul offers an herbal option to maintaining your ideal weight. Shown in clinical studies to help Read More »

Superpowered Smoothies: Best Mixable Supps
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Smoothies are meant to supercharge your health. And while many of the blends that you make at home offer tons of healthy nutrients, you can always add a few supplements to really get things going. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes a diet rich in whole natural foods, and smoothies are a great way to get those foods into your diet. But specific goals like weight loss, antioxidant health or muscle development can be met faster when you add a boost. Here are the best mixable supplements you can add to superpower your smoothies: Spirulina: Derived from a blue-green algae, this Superfood powder offers protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including carotenoids that help protect cells from damage. This nutrient dense powder is 62% protein and offers a range essentials that includes everything you need to take regular smoothies to the next level. Just a serving of spirulina in mixable powder form works with all types of foods, but is easy to use in smoothies so optimal health is right at your finger tips. Whey Protein Powder: There are a lot of protein powders out there. But whey protein is used by professional athletes and bodybuilders because it gets results. It offers your muscles a fast-acting source of amino acids, including BCAA’s (Branched Chain Amino Acids) any time of the day. Turn a regular smoothie into a muscle-building drink, pre- or post-workout meal by adding a serving of whey protein powder. Enzymes: Many people drink fresh smoothies made from whole natural fruits and Read More »

Fix Picks: Top Digestive Support Formulas
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Your digestive system may take a beating this season as you deviate from your clean eating habits and celebrate meals with family and friends. Just because the people around you don’t have a strict diet like you do doesn’t mean you can’t sit down and eat all of the things they made. Hey, that’s half the fun of the holidays anyway right? Cheating is oh-so-fun but may wreak havoc on your digestive system. If you need a little extra support to keep from shoveling in those tasty treats this year, here are our top Fix Pics for digestive support: Nature’s Bounty Papaya Enzyme Chewable Tablets offer your body a specific enzyme that helps break down proteins in the digestive tract. This makes things a little easier on non-meat eaters turned people pleasers during the holidays. If you aren’t usually a heavy meat eater, holiday meals can be difficult to handle. Go easy on yourself and add this formula developed by one of the leaders in the industry to reduce gastrointestinal upset like cramping, irregularity and gas. Great tasting chewable tabs go to work fast when taken before or even during a meal. Nature’s  Bounty Acidophilus Capsules make your digestive system a more favorable environment. By providing acidophilus bacteria, these easy-to-swallow caps help balance flora in the gut to improve digestion, reduce common upset and relieve discomforts like bloating. Offers millions of live active acidophilus microorganisms for digestive support. Sundown Naturals Whole Ginger Root Capsules offer this root herb in a Read More »

Vitaminfix Celebrates National Diabetes Month!
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Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people in the United States, while 79 million Americans suffer from prediabetes (a condition that increases type 2 diabetes risk).  November is National Diabetes Month and if you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from this condition or are concerned about your risk, here are a few things you can do. Understanding Diabetes This disease is caused by an underproduction or improper use of insulin in the body. This important hormone is used to convert food into energy needed for overall health and proper function of all body systems. The cause of this disease is still being researched but it has been shown that a combination of genetics and environment are factors. There are two types of diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2) but Type 2 affects 95% of all people diagnosed cases. Symptoms often go undiagnosed, but early detection can significantly reduce your risk of experiencing complications including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, nervous system disease, and other health conditions. Assess Your Diabetes Risk If someone in your family as had diabetes, you may have a higher of developing type 2 diabetes. Take this simple Type 2 Diabetes risk test to find out if you are at an increased risk. Only your doctor can tell you if you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, but this can help you find out if you need to speak with your doctor for additional testing. How old are you? Less Read More »