Saturday, February 03, 2007

Healthy Homes e-News from January 2006

Happy 2006! It's hard to believe yet another year has passed. We had a busy and happy holiday season – celebrating Anna's 6th birthday and Christmas three time each (both sides of the family, then our own personal celebration). None of us want the season to end… the Christmas decorations are still up, and the children still want to eat by candlelight every night (which we do during the month of December).

Personally, all the holiday goodies (sugar) and excitement (read "lack of sleep") has put my body under stress. When my body is under stress, I become vulnerable to sinus infections – which I'm fighting right now. I'm ever more thankful for the company I represent right now! Garlic, extra multivitamin, B complex, sustained-release vitamin-C and echinacea have given me the ability to press on this week instead of collapsing. Are you vulnerable to attack right now? Make sure your cupboard is stocked with good ammunition!

In this issue:

1. Fight Colds and Flu Naturally

2. A New Year… A New You!

3. Selenium and Osteoarthritis

4. Supplements Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs

5. 10% off on the 10th

1. Fight Colds and Flu Naturally

I've been striving to do this for me and my family, so I was encouraged to find an article with this title in USA Weekend (Dec 9-11). The author, Jean Carper, recommends several different supplements:

Vitamin C: Scientists say regularly taking 1,000mg each day can cut colds short by a day… and new research shows that taking 500mg daily cut the odds of getting three or more colds in a five-year period by 66%. Try this brand - the sustained-release vitamin C has a natural sustained release system that is like eating 1½ oranges every hour for five hours.

Vitamin E: Naturally boosts your immunity - a recent study with older people shows taking 200 IU daily had 20% fewer colds than those taking a placebo. Try this brand - it's vitamin E provides 400 IU of naturally sourced vitamin E, plus 65 mcg of selenium, which boosts the effectiveness of vitamin E.

Zinc: Taking zinc within 24 hours of a cold's onset appears to cut its length and severity. Try this brand - it contains 15mg of zinc gluconate, which is easy for your body to use and absorb. This company's echinacea product also includes 15 mg of zinc.

Elderberry: In an Israeli study, taking about a tablespoon of black elderberry syrup reduced flu symptoms by three to four days. In test tubes, it fights 10 different strains of flu virus. Pretty potent! Try this brand of echinacea contains 480mg of elderberry extract & juice concentrate – plus a healthy dose of Echinacea (see below).

Echinacea: Canadian research shows Echinacea boosted immune response and ended colds sooner. This brand's echinacea product not only includes Echinacea, but also elderberry and larch tree extracts and zinc. The emergency ammunition your immune system needs in just one product. This is definitely one of my favorites.

2. A New Year, A New You!

The new year is a time for making new resolutions… if losing weight or taking better care of your skin is on your list, this company has solutions for you.

Weight Management: The starter kit has everything you need to start slimming down –

shakes - a delicious meal replacement shake which has been clinically proven to help avoid wide swings of blood sugar that can lead to food cravings;

multi-vitamin, plus more – to make sure you're getting the nutrients you need, even when slimming down, plus metabolic boosters to help burn those extra calories and glucose regulators to prevent blood sugar declines that lead to food cravings;

energy bars – with extra Leucine to help you drop the weight, yet keep up your energy level.

energy tea – a delightful mixture of green, white and other teas, plus taurine to help keep your energy level high and rev up your metabolism

skin care: $1 million in research and clinical trials went into developing this brand's natural skin care system. Scientists focused on what causes aging and developed a nutritional therapy system to repair and defend your skin against damage that causes aging.

naturally-based cosmetics is the next step in caring for your skin. The makeup also includes the nutritional therapy system, and allows your skin to breath -– in fact it's better for your skin than wearing no makeup at all. I had a hard time believing it myself until I tried it. I love wearing this brand! My face feels so natural – from the time I put it on to the time I take it off. I don't have that "cakey" feeling at the end of the day.

3. Selenium and Osteoarthritis

According to the November 28th issue of US News & World Report, scientists suspected that osteoarthritis occurs more often in people who don't get all the nutrients they need. Researchers at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill found that each increase of 0.1 parts per million of selenium in the toenail clippings of people studied correlated with a 15 to 20% lower risk of knee osteoarthritis. Their theory is that the nutrient aids in the formation of proteins that keep cartilage healthy.

This vitamin E product contains 65mcg of selenium -– 93% of the recommended daily allowance. If you or a loved one suffers from osteoarthritis, please also consider this brand's glucosamine to help build cartilage.

4. Supplements Could Save Billions in Health Care Costs

I found this article very interesting!

DSEA study finds health care savings

By Vicky Uhland 12/01/2005

A study finding that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids and lutein with zeaxanthin could save American senior citizens $5.6 billion in health care costs during the next five years has resulted in the formation of a bipartisan Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus.

The study, commissioned by the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance and released 11/2/05, was conducted by The Lewin Group, a Falls Church, Va.-based health care consulting firm. A similar study, which found that regular intake of calcium and folic acid could save more than $15 billion in health care costs over five years, was released in 2004.

The Lewin Group analyzed hundreds of studies conducted over the last 30 years on omega-3s and lutein with zeaxanthin. The group concluded that an 1,800 milligram daily dose of omega-3s
could reduce coronary heart disease in people over age 65, resulting in 384,303 fewer hospitalizations over the next five years and a consequent $3.1 billion savings in health care expenditures.

Seniors who take 6 milligrams to 10 milligrams a day of lutein with zeaxanthin could reduce their susceptibility to age-related macular degeneration, The Lewin Group found. During the next five years, that would result in 98,219 fewer people losing their independence because of advanced AMD, saving $2.5 billion in caregiving costs.

Although this year's Lewin Group study wasn't as widely reported as last year's, . . . the findings resulted in the creation of the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus.

"This is the first-ever assembly of congressional representatives that will collectively be supporting our interests," he said. "It puts their views in a public forum and sends a message to their colleagues that there is bipartisan support for continued availability and access to these vital products."

The caucus, headed by Reps. Chris Cannon, R-Utah, Frank Pallone, D-N.J., and Dan Burton, R-Ind., is still in the formation stage, said Cannon's spokesman, Charles Isom. "We have three co-chairs, and we're looking for a fourth to make it bipartisan."

Isom said the caucus' goal is to "educate members of Congress—in a bipartisan manner—regarding dietary supplement use, and to promote health and well-being."

Balbert said DSEA plans to commission further studies on supplements' role in reducing health care costs. "The industry lobbyists used [the 2004 study] extensively in all lobbying efforts," and reports had been highly favorable, he said.

SOURCE: Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVI/number 12/p. 7

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