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Stress “B” Gone: The Effect of Kava Kava, B Vitamins, and Vitamin C on Stress Relief

Buried Treasure Stress B Gone with Kava Kava, B Vitamins and Vitamin C for natural stress relief

Stress “B” Gone: The effect of Kava Kava, B vitamins, and vitamin C on stress relief

 

Buried Treasure™ Stress “B” Gone is a natural, comprehensive liquid formula to help protect the body against stressors while promoting relaxation during times of stress. Stress “B” Gone works fast and is assimilated quickly to help you ease out of stress and into relaxation (1).

 

The 3 key ingredients of Stress “B” Gone

 

Stress “B” Gone contains 3 key ingredients that protect the body against stressors while simultaneously promoting relaxation – kava kava root, B complex vitamins, and vitamin C.

 

  1. Kava Kava Root

 

Kava kava (Piper methysticum), also called simply ‘kava,’ is a tropical evergreen shrub native to the South Pacific Islands and member of the nightshade plant family (2). In its native lands, kava kava has been used hundreds of years as a ceremonial drink during rituals and social gatherings and to promote relaxation.

 

To be processed into a consumable product, the roots of kava kava are first ground into a paste. Afterward, the paste is mixed with water and strained before consumption. Currently, kava kava is available in the form of tea, capsule, power, liquid, and as an ingredient in select supplements.

 

The primary active component of this plant (making up 3-20% of the root’s dry weight) is kavalactones. Kavalactones have be specifically studied for their stress-reducing and anti-anxiety properties. Breaking down the action of kavalactones scientifically, they are  thought to inhibit the breakdown of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a neurotransmitter that decreases the activity of your nervous system, producing a calming effect and reducing stress (3).

 

Kava kava has also proven to be an effective sleep aid, making it a common alternative to addictive sleep medications.

 

  1. B Vitamins

 

B vitamins, or the B-complex, are a group of eight vitamins that play important roles in several body processes. These include – thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, biotin, folate, and cobalamin (4). All B vitamins are water-soluble and not stored or produced by the body, meaning they must be consumed daily. They are found in several different foods, including meat, grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.

 

Some functions these vitamins provide to the body include antioxidant power, converting food to energy in the digestive process, cell growth and DNA repair, hormone production, and neurological production (4).

 

Of the complex of B vitamins, one in particular, vitamin B5 – also known as Pantothenic Acid – along with many other functions, plays and important role in the production of stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands (5). The adrenal glands are small organs above the kidneys and are a key support system during times of stress, releasing hormones (like cortisol and/or adrenaline) in response. A deficiency in pantothenic acid and adrenal fatigue may lead to tiredness, apathy, depression, irritability, or insomnia.

 

  1. Vitamin C

 

Vitamin C—also known as ascorbic acid—is a water-soluble vitamin found in an abundant number of vegetables and fruits, primarily citrus fruits, but also can be found in strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale and spinach (6). This vitamin is also ‘essential,’ which means it cannot be produced by the body and must be consumed.

 

Vitamin C plays an important role in several vital body processes and is well-known for is support of a healthy immune system, antioxidant power, and assistance in improving anxiety, stress, depression, fatigue and mood.

 

As an antioxidant, clinical studies have shown that vitamin C plays an important therapeutic role in combating the damage caused by oxidative stress in individuals that suffer from anxiety (7). Also, these studies provided evidence that vitamin C not only assists with reducing anxiety, but showed antioxidants as a possible prevention/reduction of anxiety. Suggesting that supplementing with vitamin C may be an effective addition to medical and psychological treatment of anxiety, depression, fatigue and mood.

 

Along with its antianxiety and stress-relieving capabilities, vitamin C also plays a role in keeping bones strong, helps with iron absorption, aids in healing, and promotes healthy aging.

 

Daily requirements and upper limits of B vitamins, vitamin C, and kavalactones

 

Like more supplements or medicinal substances excessive and improper use can lead to mild to serious side effects. With vitamins and minerals, it is possible to receive a megadose (taking over the daily limits) of vitamins and minerals, which is also potentially harmful.

 

Each B vitamin has a specific recommended daily amount that varies depending on gender and age. Also, needs are higher in pregnant and lactating women, while infants and children need less (4).

 

The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is 90mg for adult men and for adult women is 75mg (6).

 

Current recommendations for kavalactones is 120–280mg a day with a maximum usage of 4–8 weeks (3).

 

Important usage information for kavalactones – Kava kava has been proven to be safe and effective with short-term use only (4-8 weeks at a time). Also, if you choose to supplement with kava, choose a reputable brand. Serious side effects, like liver damage, occurs with supplement adulteration or the use of less expensive parts of the kava plant, such as the leaves or stems, instead of the roots (3).

 

Seek advice from a medical professional

 

It is always important to seek the advice of a trusted medical professional if you are taking a new supplement. Especially if you are already taking medications that may have adverse interactions with any ingredients in this supplement.

 

Can Stress “B” Gone help with your daily stress?

 

As shown above, the main ingredients in Stress “B” Gone have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing stress and promoting relaxation.

 

If you are having difficulties reducing stress in your daily life, this supplement may provide you a natural aid to add to your routine. From fatigue to depression to anxiety to general mood support, Stress “B” Gone may be the perfect boost you need for a productive day.

 

Author: Allison Lansman, RDN, LD

 

References

 

  1. https://www.buriedtreasureln.com/product/stress-b-gone-with-kava-kava-root-b-vitamins-and-vitamin-c-tropical-flavor/
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/kava-kava
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamins-for-stress
  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-b-complex
  5. https://www.healthline.com/health/vitamin-watch-what-does-b5-do
  6. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits#section5
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26353411

 

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD),

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD), freelance nutrition and health writer, and wellness blogger. She is the owner/operator of The Freelance RD writing service and blog. Her business provides mainly writing services, but also product development, educational services and brand partnerships.

As an RD, Allison embraces a modern approach to nutrition and wellness. She believes we benefit most from building positive, balanced connections between mind, body, food, and environment. And she is passionate about sharing that philosophy through wellness communication and writing.

Her educational background is through Iowa State University, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and dietetics internship. She is currently studying towards an Masters in Public Health.

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Vitamins and Minerals for Kids: Knowing Daily Nutrient Needs

Vitamins and Minerals for Kids: Knowing daily nutrient needs & determining a reliable multivitamin for your child

Vitamins and Minerals for Kids: Knowing Daily Nutrient Needs & Determining a Reliable Multivitamin for Your Child

Childhood is an important time for growth. It’s a vital time for mental development, motor skills, and physical growth. And as children grow, its necessary that they are receiving all the proper nutrition from a balanced diet to ensure optimal health.

This includes essential nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, but also fundamental minerals and vitamins for development.

 Daily nutrient needs for children

 Though everyone needs the same type of nutrients — such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein and fat. However, the daily needs of these nutrients for children is vastly different than those for adults, which is reflective of the smaller body size coupled with rapid physical growth and mental development.

 Nutrient needs for children are dependent on age, sex, size, growth, and activity level. According to the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for young children, energy requirements between the ages of 2 and 8 are 1,000–1,400 calories each day. Those ages 9–13 need 1,400–2,600 calories daily with some variation (1). Other micronutrients (calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C, D, B12), important for development also have DRIs for children.

 

Resources like the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate provides simple yet detailed healthy eating recommendations for children. Components of a child’s balanced diet should include all of the follows at every meal (2) —

 

  • Vegetables – Are low in calories and high in fiber. Vitamins and minerals abundant in vegetables are vitamins A, C, and E, magnesium, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, and folic acid.
  • Fruits – Much like vegetables, fruits are low in calories, high in fiber, and contain many of the same vitamins and minerals.
  • Grains – Whole grains are the type of grains to focus on for a child’s diet. Micronutrients high in grains include B vitamins, iron, and magnesium.
  • Proteins – Lean proteins are most known for their high availability of Vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid.
  • Dairy – Liquids like milk are beneficial when it comes to growth, containing vitamins A, D, and B12, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous.

 

4 essential vitamins and minerals for children’s development

 

There are several micronutrients that are essential for proper growth. However, there are five that are essential for development.

 

  • Calcium – Calcium is an important building block for bone tissue. This mineral is most commonly found in dairy products, but can also be found in certain fruits and vegetables. Too little calcium in the early years can cause bone density issues and prevent children from reaching their full potential height as adults.

 

  • Iron –Iron is involved in brain development in early life and is found in several vegetables and animal products or by-products. Lack of iron causes a condition called iron deficiency anemia (IDA) that results in growth and cognitive retardation (3).

 

  • Vitamin D – Much like calcium, vitamin D is involved in bone formation and growth via growth hormone (GH). Vitamin D is normally fortified in many calcium-rich food sources, like daily products. A deficiency in vitamin D can lead to lack of bone mineralization, hence weak bones.

 

  • B Vitamins –Vitamin B is crucial for brain development in early life; primarily B6 (folate) and B12. These vitamins are most abundant in animal products or by-products. Children who lack the recommended intake of B6 and B12 are at risk for developmental delays, anorexia, or neurological

 

Multivitamins for children

Even when children are consuming the recommended DRIs, they may need to add a multivitamin. Supplementing multivitamins into the diet ensures meeting the body’s need to carry out developmental functions.

There are also certain categories of children who should be using multivitamins on a regular basis to ensure their daily intake of essential vitamins and minerals are being met. These are children who are at risk for nutrient deficiencies, including those who are (1):

 

  • Extremely picky eaters (or struggle to eat a variety of fortified foods)
  • On a vegetarian or vegan diet
  • Suffering from a condition that affects the absorption of or increases the need for nutrients, (i.e., food allergies, celiac disease, cancer, cystic fibrosis, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD))
  • Have had surgery that impacts their digestive system (stomach and/or intestines)

Dietary preferences, like vegetarianism, or veganism, that lack a variety of food types and/or animal products are at risk of calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamins B12 and D deficiencies (1).  Also, children with gastrointestinal diseases are at risk for deficiencies of several different vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, vitamin D, and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) (1).

Nutrient deficiencies and malnutrition during childhood can lead to serious consequences over time, like abnormal or stunted growth or developmental delays. But this can be avoided by supplementing a child’s diet with reliable multivitamin. 

 

Purchasing a reliable multivitamin for your child

If you believe your child is failing to grow both physically and developmentally and are suspecting a nutrient deficiency, you may want to look into a reliable multivitamin for your child.

When selecting a reliable multivitamin, ensure your ultimate choice is high-quality, designed for your child’s age group, and doesn’t provide more than 100% of the Daily Value of vitamins and minerals (4).

 

In addition, ensure you keep multivitamins out of your child’s reach and invest time in educating your child on multivitamin use. Education is especially important if you purchase the gummy-style multivitamin, which can be mistaken for candy (leading to potential toxicity).

Seek advice from a medical professional

It’s important to note that while several are picky eaters, many common foods — like breakfast cereal, milk, and orange juice — are fortified with key nutrients, such as B vitamins, vitamin D, calcium and iron (4). Due to this your child may be getting more vitamins and minerals than you assume, which is why you want to be cautious of vitamin and mineral megadoses. These can be toxic, especially for fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K that are stored in body fat (1).

Consult with a healthcare professional to discuss if you are consuming an adequate amount of the recommended vitamins and minerals through your daily diet.

And as always, if you are experiencing any of negative reactions and/or if a(n) multivitamin may interact with medications your child takes, seek out the advice of a medical professional immediately. 

Author: Allison Lansman, RDN, LD

 

References

 

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamins-for-kids
  2. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/myplate.html
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12708125
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/multivitamins/faq-20058310

 

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD),

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD), freelance nutrition and health writer, and wellness blogger. She is the owner/operator of The Freelance RD writing service and blog. Her business provides mainly writing services, but also product development, educational services and brand partnerships.

As an RD, Allison embraces a modern approach to nutrition and wellness. She believes we benefit most from building positive, balanced connections between mind, body, food, and environment. And she is passionate about sharing that philosophy through wellness communication and writing.

Her educational background is through Iowa State University, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and dietetics internship. She is currently studying towards an Masters in Public Health.

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Life Line Foods Response to COVID-19

Life Line Foods response to Covid-19

Life Line Foods Response to Covid-19

 

Dear Valued Customers;

Your immune system is your body’s first line of defense against germs, viruses and infection. For over 25 years, Life Line Foods has been supplying nutrients to help build your body’s microscopic army. Now, more than ever, we remain committed to providing you with the best supplements created with the highest quality ingredients. Especially since experts tell us that those with robust immune systems weather the storm of COVID-19 better.[1]

In fact, we’re active on the forefront of health as we increase our production to meet growing demand. We’re also doing our part by taking extra precautions through vigilant sanitation practices such as sanitizing every package that comes into our plant in a separate area before it enters the main facility. This is in addition to our already rigorous cleaning and sanitation protocols outlined as part of our cGMP status. In addition, all staff are being careful to follow CDC and WHO guidelines.

We want to thank you for your loyal support over the years and especially now— in the face of developments related to COVID-19. As you know, we care about you and your wellness. That’s why we hope you’ll also take the CDC and WHO recommendations seriously in order to protect your health as we have done.

For example, recommendations include cancelling gatherings or moving them online, remaining a distance of 6 feet apart, avoiding unnecessary travel, refraining from hospital and nursing home visits and suspending social gatherings and staying home.[2] You can monitor updates to these guidelines on the CDC website at cdc.gov. Please check out this article about social distancing and how it can help prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19. It includes a helpful interactive simulator that really illustrates the concept.[3] https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

In addition, please remember to think of others and practice coughing and sneezing etiquette by coughing into your elbow, and thoroughly wash your hands with soap for longer than 20 seconds. These practices and other general hygienic precautions, like frequently cleaning and disinfecting common areas, can truly help limit exposure to the virus.

Even if you haven’t been able to get in on the rush for hand sanitizer or hand soap, a grease fighting dish soap can be a good substitute. This article explains why soap and handwashing help protect the body from coronavirus:https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/health/soap-coronavirus-handwashing-germs.html  Notice, “When you wash your hands with soap and water, you surround any microorganisms on your skin with soap molecules. The hydrophobic tails of the free-floating soap molecules attempt to evade water; in the process, they wedge themselves into the lipid envelopes of certain microbes and viruses, prying them apart.”[4]

Most of all, we hope that you’ll take courage and not let the overwhelming surprise of this pandemic weigh you down. Please take care of yourself and those you love. We’re very hopeful that if we all do our part to protect ourselves and others, this intense time will be over soon. In the meantime, please use it as a chance for reflection on your own health and wellbeing. One old saying is that a happy heart works like good medicine. What makes you happy? Take time to laugh and enjoy your loved ones or explore new hobbies. In the meantime, we’ll be working hard—as we’ve always done—to provide you with products that enhance your wellness!

 

[1] White House Briefings. “Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Conference.”Mar.2020 https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-vice-president-pence-members-coronavirus-task-force-press-conference-3/

[2]Godoy, Maria, and Allison Aubrey. “It’s Time to Get Serious About Social Distancing. Here’s How.” NPR, NPR, 17 Mar. 2020, www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/17/817251610/its-time-to-get-serious-about-social-distancing-here-s-how

[3] Stevens, Harry. “Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially and how to “flatten the curve.”’ The Washington Post. Online. Mar. 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

[4] Jabr, Ferris. “Why Soap Works.” The New York Times. Online. Mar.2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/health/soap-coronavirus-handwashing-germs.html

 

[1]  https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-vice-president-pence-members-coronavirus-task-force-press-conference-3/

[2]Godoy, Maria, and Allison Aubrey. “It’s Time to Get Serious About Social Distancing. Here’s How.” NPR, NPR, 17 Mar. 2020, www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/03/17/817251610/its-time-to-get-serious-about-social-distancing-here-s-how.

[3] Stevens, Harry. “Why Outbreaks Like Coronavirus Spread Exponentially and how to “flatten the curve.”’ The Washington Post. Online. Mar. 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

[4] Jabr, Ferris. “Why Soap Works.” The New York Times. Online. Mar.2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/health/soap-coronavirus-handwashing-germs.html

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Simple Steps for Staying Healthy All Year Long

Simple Steps for Staying Healthy All Year Long

Regardless of season, harmful bacteria and viruses are all around and capable of being spread all year long. In order to keep fend away potential illnesses and infections that can prevent you from living your day-to-day life, it is important to be diligent about keeping your body healthy.

Thankfully, keeping yourself healthy is much simpler than it may appear, especially with the following eight simple steps to follow throughout the year.

8 simple steps to keep yourself healthy

1. Wash your hands (correctly!)

As always, the number one way to keep yourself healthy all year long is to wash your hands. Times when you should ensure you’re washing your hands when you may come into contact with germs, such as (1):

Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After using the restroom
After touching discarded waste or garbage

And also, make sure you follow the recommended hand washing regimen (that actually kills germs and bacteria) (1):

1. Wet your hands
2. Lather your hands with soap (including the backs of hands, between fingers, and under nails)
3. Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds
4. Rinse your hands with warm water
5. Dry hands
 
 
2. Keep your surroundings clean

Similarly to the washing hands, regularly cleaning surfaces you come in contact with on a regular basis is important to keep yourself healthy. Frequently touched surfaces and itemsharbor harmful germs and bacteria with the potential to make you, or others, sick. 

Places like bathrooms and offices should be cleaned and sanitized regularly. Items that should be regularly cleaned include cell phones, laptops or tablets, and television remotes. Other items can include bed sheets, blankets, and towels. 

3. Avoid touching your face

Touching your face is an absent-minded habit most people have, but it may also be a habit causing the spread of illness. The most vulnerable access points for harmful bacteria to enter the body is the face’s mucous-lined orifices the eyes, nose, and mouth.

Mucous membrane-lined orifices like the eyes, nose, and mouth are the perfect access point for bacteria where they can enter the body and travel to the respiratory system. To avoid this, be mindful about not touching your face; and even more so, washing your hands properly after any activities where germs may be spread before touching your face.

4. Get enough sleep

Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus (2). They also show that sleep quality can affect how quickly you can recover from an illness, as well. 

During sleep, the immune system releases a protein called cytokines and during an illness, the amount of cytokinesreleased is increased. These extra proteins help to fight inflammation and/or infection. A lack of sleep reduces the immune system’s ability to complete this function (2).

5. Reduce stress

Being stuck in a state of stress can wear down the body and mind. Stress overworks and weakens the immune system, reducing its ability to protect the body against illnesses and infections the way it properly should (3).

Although stress is not completely avoidable, it is important to embrace stress-reduction when necessary. Examples include:

Listening to music
Taking walking breaks
Practicing mindfulness strategies (i.e., yoga, mediation)
 
6. Get regular exercise
 
Getting regular exercise is a key component of preventing disease, both passing and chronic. Aerobic exercise, in particular, is especially helpful in keeping you healthy throughout the year.

Aerobic exercise, like walking or jogging, positively affects the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems. It boosts the immune system by increasing the circulation of immune cells from the bone marrow, lungs, and spleen. In turn, this enhances the body’s defenses against viruses and bacteria that cause illnesses like the flu and common cold.

7. Stay hydrated

Keeping the body strong is an important part of fending off illness. A key component of keeping your body resilient, especially during the cold and flu season, is to drink plenty of water. Recent studies have found that staying hydrated may boost immune response to enable the body to better fight viruses (4).

Current recommendations are eight glasses of water for male and female adults daily. However, the body’s requirements for liquids increase under stress, such as illness or hot weather.

8. Maintain a healthy diet

Maximizing your diet is an important component of keeping the body healthy. Besides maintaining a well-balanced diet, there several micronutrients with immune-boosting qualities you needed to elevate when attempting to prevent illness.

Vitamins A, C, and E – Provide immune system support, form antibodies, and act as an antioxidant (5). These vitamins participate in functions all the way from protecting against free radicals, aiding in white blood cell production, to healing tissue. Several supplements are available to boost the intake of these vitamins, but foods high in them as well include acidic fruits, leafy vegetables, and nuts.

ProteinPlays a role in the body’s immune system, especially for healing and recovery (5). Foods high in protein include seafood, meat, eggs, legumes, nuts, and/or protein supplements and shakes.

Probiotics – Are ‘good’ bacteria that are beneficial to the gut and can also help the body fend off harmful bacteria. Studies have found that regular use of probiotics kept people healthier and reduced the incidence of upper respiratory infections (4).Foods high in probiotics are yogurt and those that are fermented, like kombucha and kimchi.

Wrapping it all up –

Harmful bacteria and viruses are lurking all time the year, especially during cold and flu season. To keep from contracting an illness that can stall your day-to-day life, ensure you are following a balanced, healthy lifestyle, including maintaining a healthy diet, reducing stress levels, and above all else, washing your hands.

Author: Allison Lansman, RDN, LD

 

References

 

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD),

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD), freelance nutrition and health writer, and wellness blogger. She is the owner/operator of The Freelance RD writing service and blog. Her business provides mainly writing services, but also product development, educational services and brand partnerships.

As an RD, Allison embraces a modern approach to nutrition and wellness. She believes we benefit most from building positive, balanced connections between mind, body, food, and environment. And she is passionate about sharing that philosophy through wellness communication and writing.

Her educational background is through Iowa State University, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and dietetics internship. She is currently studying towards an Masters in Public Health.

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Vitamin C: 6 Benefits of Vitamin C, Sources, and Daily Requirements

Vitamin C: 6 Benefits of Vitamin C, Sources, and Daily Requirements

Vitamin C: 6 Benefits of Vitamin C, Sources, and Daily Requirements

 

Vitamin C is another micronutrient that’s vital for keeping our bodies healthy. Because it is not a nutrient the human body can produce, we must consume Vitamin C every day in our diet or from dietary supplements.

What is Vitamin C

Vitamin C—also known as ascorbic acid—is a water-soluble vitamin found in an abundant number of vegetables and fruits, primarily citrus fruits, but can also be consumed via dietary supplements.

This micronutrient plays an important role in several vital body functions, which is why it needs to be consumed daily. These include supporting a healthy immune system, keeping bones strong, aiding in healing, helps in iron absorption, functioning as an antioxidant, and promoting healthy aging.

 

6 Benefits of Vitamin C

 1. Healthy immune system support

Vitamin C is involved in many parts of the immune system.

First, vitamin C helps encourage the production of white blood cells (i.e., lymphocytes and phagocytes) and essential antibodies. These cells help protect the body against infections and illnesses (1).

Even further, vitamin C is a key component of the body’s first line of defense to disease and infection—the skin (and mucus membranes), which is discussed further below.

2. Aids in healing and tissue repair

Vitamin C is essential for the growth, skin strengthening and defense, and repair of tissue all over the body due to its contribution to collagen production. Collagen is a key protein for of skin tissue construction.

This way, vitamin C keeps our skin strong, but also helps to heal tissue wounds (2). Research has shown a higher intake of Vitamin C is associated with faster wound healing.

 

3. Keeps bones strong

Like in healing and tissue repair, vitamin C’s role in collagen production is also vital of bone mineralization, maintenance, and repair. However, collagen is also found in not only bone, but also teeth and cartilage (2).

Studies have shown an increased intake of vitamin C is linked to higher bone density (3). Older individuals, who naturally have lower bone density and are at higher risk for breakage and fracture, will want to increase their supplementation of vitamin C to increase density.

 

4. Helps to absorb and store Iron

 

Iron is an important nutrient for several functions in the body, including making red blood cells and transporting oxygen throughout the body. However, some food sources of iron, like those found in plants, is poorly absorbed by the digestive system. Vitamin C helps convert these certain forms of iron into one that is easily absorbed by the body (1).

5.Functions as an antioxidant

As an antioxidant, vitamin C can help protect your cells against the effects of molecules called free radicals.

Free radicals are produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to harmful tobacco smoke or radiation. (4) This occurs by Vitamin C aids the protection of white blood cells (i.e., lymphocytes and phagocytes) from the damage free radicals can cause (1).

 

It’s antioxidant properties also assist in maintaining skin health. Vitamin C is actively transported to the skin where it help strengthen the skin’s barriers and promote its natural regeneration process (1).

6. Promotes healthy aging

To keep bodily systems running at top shape as we age, it’s important to maintain an adequate intake of vital nutrients that contribute to these systems is essential. Vitamin C being one of those nutrients.

As discussed above, vitamin C is a key component of many body functions including maintaining a healthy immune system, keeping bones strong, aiding in healing and iron absorption, and functioning as an antioxidant, which all promote healthy aging over the lifetime.

Additionally, high vitamin C intake has been linked to a lowered risk of cataracts, blood sugar stabilization for those with diabetes, increase heart health and function, reduced cholesterol levels, and help in preventing gout—all of which are common complications of aging. (5)

 

What is the daily requirement of Vitamin C

The recommended daily amount of vitamin C is 90mg for adult men and for adult women is 75mg (1).

 

What are the best sources of Vitamin C?

Because Vitamin C is a vital nutrient, it’s important to meet the suggested intake recommendations every day via diet or dietary supplement.

As mentioned, vitamin C found primarily in citrus fruits, but is also in an abundant number of other fruits and vegetables. These include strawberries, kiwi fruit, bell peppers, broccoli, kale and spinach (1).

However, fruits and vegetables lose vitamin C when heated or stored for long periods of time. To get the most nutrients, you must eat them as soon as possible after shopping and consider steaming or microwaving vegetables for short periods of time to limit nutrient loss. (2)

Consult with a healthcare professional to discuss if you are consuming an adequate amount of vitamin C through your daily diet.

If you are having difficulties meeting your vitamin C daily intake requirements through your diet, supplements are also recommended. Vitamin C can be found in most multivitamins, but is also available alone as a dietary supplement or in combination with other nutrients. The vitamin C in dietary supplements is usually in the form of ascorbic acid, but some supplements have other forms, such as sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, other mineral ascorbates, and ascorbic acid with bioflavonoids. However, no one form has been proven to be more effective than the other (6)

Always insure you are using reputable companies to source your vitamin C supplements.

 

Author: Allison Lansman, RDN, LD

 

References

 

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits#section5
  2. https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/how-vitamin-c-supports-a-healthy-immune-system
  3. https://americanbonehealth.org/nutrition/vitamins-for-bone-health/
  4. https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-vitamin-c/art-20363932
  5. https://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/blog/april-2019/vitamin-c-and-the-role-it-plays-in-healthy-aging.aspx
  6. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD),

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD), freelance nutrition and health writer, and wellness blogger. She is the owner/operator of The Freelance RD writing service and blog. Her business provides mainly writing services, but also product development, educational services and brand partnerships.

As an RD, Allison embraces a modern approach to nutrition and wellness. She believes we benefit most from building positive, balanced connections between mind, body, food, and environment. And she is passionate about sharing that philosophy through wellness communication and writing.

Her educational background is through Iowa State University, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and dietetics internship. She is currently studying towards an Masters in Public Health.

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Echinacea: 5 Benefits, Forms, and Dosage

Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs used worldwide as a natural remedy.

It has also been linked to its ability to enhance immune health, ability as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and benefit to reducing anxiety.

What is Echinacea?

Echinacea –  also known as purple coneflower – is, in fact, a flower. A group of flowers, to be exact.

Echinacea includes three different daisy species (Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea angustifolia and Echinacea pallida) that are used in herbal supplements (1). These flowers can be found in North American prairies as well as Europe and are an age old remedy for various ailments and are still being used today.

The roots of the flower are dried and used to make tablets, extracts, and teas you can purchase from the store or online (1).  Additionally, the  leaves, flowers and seeds are also used to produce several over-the-counter supplements. These roots, leave, etcetera, contain phytochemicals including caffeic acid, alkamides, phenolic acids, rosmarinic acid, polyacetylenes and many more that have the potential to provide several health benefits (1).

 

5 Benefits of Echinacea 

  1. High in antioxidants

Echinacea is high in a phytochemical called alkamides, which has antioxidant properties. In this way, consuming Echinacea as a supplement may enhance your cells (i.e., lymphocytes and phagocytes) ability to protect against the effects and damage from free radicals.

  1. Boosts immune system health

Echinacea is best known for its effect on the immune system.

Numerous research studies have found this plant may help your immune system fight attacks. Further, they’ve been shown to assist in combatting infections and viruses, which may also help in a quicker recovery (1).

  1. May reduce feelings of anxiety

The is potential for Echinacea to aid in reducing anxiety, which is an mental/emotional disorder diagnosed in every 1 in 5 adults in the United States. Phytochemicals in Echinacea  have shown to lessen the stress on certain areas of the brain in order to reduce chemical causes of anxiety (3).

  1. Inflammation prevention and reduction

Though inflammation is a natural body function for healing, there are times inflammation can become uncontrollable. When inflammation increases to an out of control extent, this is when the risk for chronic disease and other health problems increases (1).

Echinacea has been shown to reduce this excessive inflammation linked to increased risk for chronic disease and other ailments. This will help, in particular, those with diseases associated with high rates of chronic pain and swelling caused by inflammation. Including those with osteoarthritis.

  1. May reduce skin concerns

Echinacea has been added to several skin care products and has shown that it has the potential to reduce a scope of skin problems.

As listed above, the herb has anti-inflammatory properties, which reduce inflammation and redness of the skin. Additionally, it is also anti-bacterial. In test-tube studies Echinacea suppressed the growth of a bacteria (i.e., Propionibacterium), which is a common cause of acne (1). Some users of Echinacea ointments have also seen reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.

3 Forms of Echinacea supplements

  1. Capsules

The most familiar form to consume supplements is as a capsule or tablet.

These tablets all include phytochemicals from the Echinacea flower (2). Phytochemicals are natural, active compounds produced by plants that provide the benefits of the herb. In this case – the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and anxiety reduction Echinacea offers.

Phytochemicals in Echinacea include caffeic acid, alkamides, phenolic acids, rosmarinic acid, polyacetylenes and many more (1).

  1. Extracts 

You can also find Echinacea in the form of extracts. Extracts are made primarily from the dried root of the flower. They also come in several different varieties (i.e., tinctures).

Extracts are a beneficial way to consume and herb, due to its processing of the phytochemicals into a from that is readily absorbable without the need for digestion.

  1. Teas

Another common way to consume Echinacea is as a tea.

The amount of Echinacea tea you need to drink to see benefits varies depending on the brand of tea itself and how strongly you brew it (4). 

  1. Bonus – Ointments or other skin care products

Although not a consumable supplement, ointments and other skin care products containing Echinacea are available to help treat skin concerns. These creams provide anti-inflammatory aid, for skin redness, and anti-bacterial assistance to stave off acne. Also, don’t forget about their ability to reduce fine lines and of wrinkles.

Dosage recommendations

There is currently no recommendations for Echinacea due to research variability and a few unreliable products labeled to be containing Echinacea, but in fact do not. This shows the importance of finding trusted brands for your preferred Echinacea supplement (1).

That being said, researchers have seen enhanced immunity with the following doses of Echinacea for short-term use:

  • Dry powdered extract: 300–500 mg, three times daily. 
  • Liquid extract: 2.5 ml, three times daily; or up to 10 ml daily.

However, best practices are to follow the instructions for your specific supplement (1).

Potential side effects of Echinacea 

Echinacea has been proven to be safe and effective with short-term use. However, in cases where Echinacea supplements are used against recommendations — such as long-term or excessive use — patients experienced a range of less than optimal side-effects, including (1):

  • Rashes
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath

As always, if you are experiencing any of these negative reactions seek out the advice of a medical professional immediately.

Is an Echinacea supplement right for you?

First and foremost, you will need to determine what your need and use of Echinacea is and will be. Afterward, you will need to choose the form of Echinacea supplement you are looking for – whether that be a tea, extract, or tablet.

Whichever you happen to select, ensure you purchase a trustworthy brand and through review usage instructions.

Remember, though there is data on Echinacea, there is still ample research to be done on topics like dosage. So if you are ever in doubt, seek the advice of a medical professional.

 

Author: Allison Lansman, RDN, LD

 

References

 

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/echinacea
  2. https://www.herb-pharm.com/pharm-journal/ask-an-herbalist-what-is-an-herbal-extract/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4068831/
  4. https://www.healthline.com/health/echinacea-tea-benefits

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD),

Allison Lansman is a Registered Dietitian (RD), freelance nutrition and health writer, and wellness blogger. She is the owner/operator of The Freelance RD writing service and blog. Her business provides mainly writing services, but also product development, educational services and brand partnerships.

As an RD, Allison embraces a modern approach to nutrition and wellness. She believes we benefit most from building positive, balanced connections between mind, body, food, and environment. And she is passionate about sharing that philosophy through wellness communication and writing.

Her educational background is through Iowa State University, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and dietetics internship. She is currently studying towards an Masters in Public Health.

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Vitamin K: 5 Benefits, classification, and daily requirements

Vitamin K in food concept. Plate in the shape of the letter K with different fresh leafy green vegetables, lettuce, herbs on wooden background. Flat lay or top view.

Vitamin K in food concept. Plate in the shape of the letter K with different fresh leafy green vegetables, lettuce, herbs on wooden background. Flat lay or top view.

Vitamin K: 5 Benefits, classification, and daily requirements

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin necessary for the proper functioning of the body, and although it does not provide energy, this vitamin is important because it is involved in numerous metabolic processes.

Classification of Vitamin K

  • Filoquinone or Vitamin K1: It is the most common form of vitamin K, this presents in green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, and carrots.
  • Menaquinone or Vitamin K2: This type of vitamin K is synthesized by bacterial microorganisms at the intestinal level. The human microbiota is able to synthesize small amounts of vitamin K2; it can also be found in fermented products such as yogurt, and other foods such as meat and eggs.
  • Menadione or Vitamin K3: It is considered a provitamin because it is of synthetic origin; however, once ingested, it acts as a substrate for the synthesis of vitamin K1. (1)

 

5 Benefits of Vitamin K

  1. Control the coagulation system

Vitamin K is an important cofactor for the coagulation system, because it promotes the synthesis of coagulation factors, especially after any tissue injury, helping to avoid bleeding.  The presence of this vitamin is important in the first hours of life, and that is why doses of vitamin K are given in newborn babies because they do not produce it immediately.

  1. A must have for Bone Health

The process of bone synthesis is dependent on vitamin D, and K. Vitamin K is the precursor of osteocalcin, a protein responsible for bone formation.  After menopause, women should pay attention to their vitamin D and K levels to preserve bone health.

  1. Control blood glucose levels

Adequate consumption of vitamin K helps stimulate insulin secretion, controlling blood glucose levels. Low levels of vitamin K have been associated with imbalances in glucose levels, especially during fasting, so if you plan to follow diets such as intermittent fasting or ketogenic diet, you will need to get adequate amounts of vitamin K from food or supplements. (2)

  1. Protects cardiovascular health

Vitamin K favors the elasticity of the coronary arteries and the aorta, preventing its calcification; this allows better blood flow to the entire body organ. Vitamin K is essential to optimal cardiovascular health.

  1. Stimulates the growth of nervous system cells

Vitamin K provides the necessary conditions for the growth of cells of the nervous system. Vitamin K is necessary for the synthesis of sphingolipids, an essential component for the formation of neuronal structures and for the conduction of nerve impulses. Consuming the required daily amounts of vitamin K could help improve neurological performance. (4)

 

What is the daily requirement of vitamin K?

In adults, it is necessary to ingest 75mcg / day of vitamin K from the foods you consume daily. In newborns, the requirements are 2mcg / day.

Are vitamin K supplements necessary?

Requirements in adults may vary depending on the condition, Consult with your health care professional and find out if you should be taking vitamin K today.

References

  1. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002407.htm
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0899900716000411
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585988/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3648721/
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Press Release: Local Company Receives National Honors and Recognition

It may not be very well known in Bledsoe County, but Life Line Foods, LLC sitting on top of Big Spring Gap Road, has quietly become a highly recognized nationwide nutritional supplements company.   Life Line Foods, manufacturer of Buried Treasure Liquid Nutrients has been manufacturing liquid supplements since the mid 1990’s and has made a big impact across the country with nationwide retail chains and local family owned health markets.   The Life Line Foods company has been in business for 50 years this January which many local remember as the bakery.

Buried Treasure products are sold in large health and natural products retailers like Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market, Fresh Thyme among other regional chains in the southeast.   But what makes Buried Treasure products standout among small independent natural products retailers is their support for the locally owned and family owned stores.   “The independent natural products retailers is what has made Buried Treasure products what we are today.   They have supported us by believing in our products and we support them 100%”, says Lester Burks CEO of Life Line Foods, LLC.

Buried Treasure has been a sponsor and supporter of a national organization called SENPA.   The SENPA organization is an advocate for product training, natural products legislation and a support system for independent retail stores.    On their web site, www.senpa.org, SENPA describes themselves as a non-profit trade association protecting and advancing the natural products industry.  

Life Line Foods commitment to independent natural products retailers and SENPA organization has made waves in the natural products industry.   In early 2018 Life Line Foods initiated a strict minimum advertised price policy (MAP) which is virtually unheard of.   “With online retailers taking sales away from the independent stores, we have seen many stores closed their doors after 25-30 years in the business.   We had to do something”, says Burks.  “It’s the local natural products retailer that educates the consumer on the benefits of our products.   But the consumer will get on their phone and order the same product on Amazon for less.   We took a stand where most manufacturers won’t and did something about it.”

According to a natural products industry publication, Life Line Foods and the Buried Treasure brand, was mentioned as a leader in MAP enforcement and pioneer in supporting the independent natural products retailer.  

“Anything with 30% or more off MSRP, in our opinion is simply not honoring the partnerships with independent retailers”, says a statement from NutritionProductsInsider.com.   This is a statement Burks and his marketing manager, Matthew Dell, take seriously. 

“We do a lot of work to educate the consumer on the benefits of our products online, but it is the personal relationship found in the store aisles that can really benefit the consumer”, says Dell.   “We spent countless hours on Amazon and other web sites finding those sellers who are below our MAP policy and have them removed from further purchasing and selling our products.   Within 6 months we saw a significant decline in unauthorized sellers and a virtual no one selling our products below our MAP”.

With this commitment to the independent natural products retailer Burks and Dell spoke at several SENPA tradeshows across the southeast this summer.   They teamed up with Ed Jones and Chase Ballard of Nutrition World Chattanooga.   Jones and Ballard also run a web site who call out manufacturers who do not have a MAP policy or allow online retailers to sell below 30% off MSRP.

Because of his commitment this past December Lester Burks was named president of the SENPA organization.   His belief in the natural products industry, commitment to the independent natural products retailers and longevity of business makes Burks a prime candidate to help lead SENPA over the next two years as president.  

At the annual expo this December Matthew Dell, on behalf of Life Line Foods and Buried Treasure, received several honors for sponsorships for the SOHO Expo at the Gaylord Palms.   “It’s not just about marketing, it’s a commitment to support the SENPA organization anyway we can.   Our desire is to see other manufacturers follow suite to support the independent stores.”  

“When we work with our online retailers and retail stores it makes for better relationships with both parties and a better consumer experience.   We can’t cheapen our brand by allowing people to sell our products below MAP.   We value our products and it must show in our pricing and consistent marketing strategies.”, says Dell.

You can learn more about Buried Treasure products and where to purchase on their web site, www.buriedtreasureln.com.  

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The 2018 Farm Bill and What it Means for the Selling and Marketing of Hemp products

The 2018 Farm Bill and what it means for the selling and marketing of Hemp products particularly hemp supplements and foods.

The legalization of hemp and hemp products has been a controversial subject in the past. However, with the recent passing of the bill by both the House and Senate and subsequent accentuation into law on December 20th 2018 by President Trump; the production of hemp and sale of hemp products is now legal.  This implies that hemp is now classified as a regular agricultural cash crop. With the enactment of the bill, federal drug restrictions that have over the years hampered its production and sale will now be lifted promoting its expansion.  Indeed, the move is perceived to boost the sales of hemp and its products due to creation of a new legal market, that will enable sellers reach the untapped markets.

Formerly classified as a federally controlled substance, CBD is now the new trendy superfood ingredient that most companies are interested in. With a wide range of uses from medicinal to therapeutic hemp derived CBD is seen as the future of medicine and therapeutics. For example, CBD can be used in drinks and beauty products. As such, companies seeking to use CBD as an ingredient in their products will now be free to do so. For instance, a company such as Coca-Cola has considered using CBD as a potential ingredient for its drinks as it promotes functional wellness. Additionally, unrestricted marketing and advertisement of the products will further boost sales due to removal of government red tape.

Therefore, the creation of a legal market for hemp and its products will further promote its industrial production and marketing thus booming sales. Besides, there will be entry of more farmers as a new cash crop and similarly new consumers with the legalization as they are now free to purchase the product without restriction. According to Brightfield research group, come next year there is an expected escalation of sales of hemp derived CBD to $5.7 billion. This translates to about 10-fold increase from what it is currently. In addition, the legalization is projected to create a market worth over $20 billion come the year 2022(Bloomberg News,2018).

It is evident that the lifting of government red tape is deemed to boost the production, marketing and sale of hemp derived products.  We should therefore brace ourselves for new beginnings, whereby hemp derived products will now be available on the shelves of large known retailers such as Walmart and Target Inc.

 

References

Bloomberg News. (2018, December 19). Trendy hemp compound CBD set for big boost from U.S. farm bill – BNN Bloomberg. Retrieved from https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/trendy-hemp-compound-cbd-set-for-big-boost-from-u-s-farm-bill-1.1185746

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Healthy House Call Radio Show with Dr. Chris Terrell

Healthy House Call call-in radio show with nutritionist Dan Koontz is sponsored by Healthy Habit Health Foods in Phoenix Arizona.   This show was recorded August 9, 2018 with Dr. Chris Terrell

Dr. Chris discusses Buried Treasure Added Attention which is a brain product specifically formulated for children for focus and learning.   Dr. Chris also talks about the effectiveness of Aller Ease and ACF products.  Listeners call in with specific dosage questions.