Coq10 & Selenium Cuts Heart Disease Death Toll in Half

New Study Supports Supplement Duo

 

According to the International Journal of Cardiology, there is a new breakthrough in the research for the supplement duo, CoQ10 and Selenium, and its role in heart health. The study took place over the course of 5 years with 443 healthy adults between the ages of 70 and 80.

The results of the study showed a significant improvement on heart health (for both men and women). These nutrients combined are said to have the ability to protect damaged tissue from oxidative stress and work to promote heart health. As we age, our bodies are more prone to cell damage, which is an important reason to increase our daily value of CoQ10 and Selenium.

To increase your daily value of CoQ10, you may want to try to incorporate more foods like tuna, salmon, whole wheat, rolled oats. For more Selenium, eating more sunflower seeds, brazil nuts and wheat germ will boost your daily value as well.

If you are not confident with your dietary consumption, a supplement may be an option. Vitamin Health provides quality supplements at an affordable price, including CoQ10. Before supplementing with any product, be sure to check first with your doctor.

Reference:

https://nutritionreview.org/2017/09/selenium-and-coq10-combo-cuts-heart-disease-deaths-in-half/

8 Flowers for Holistic Health

Consuming Edible Flowers for Your Health

April shower bring May flowers. And some of these flowers may actually benefit our health. Not only do they smell as pretty as they look, certain flowers may offer holistic healing when consumed.

It’s important to know which floral herbs are safe, as many of them could be toxic when consumed.

Below are 8 edible flowers commonly used for holistic health:

1. Marigold –Marigold flowers are popular for wading off pests from gardens, but they’re also popular for a much larger reason.  Marigolds contain powerful antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, major carotenoids that play a large role in supporting and maintaining eye health.  Marigolds have been said to be one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin.

2. Hibiscus- Not only a Hawaiian icon, hibiscus flowers are also said to be used in tea to help boost heart health and may lower high blood pressure.

3. Chamomile- This isn’t a new trend, as chamomile flowers have been used for years to help with digestion, mood support and to promote healthier sleep.

4. Lavender- Lavender lemonade, anyone? Lavender is one of the most popular and commonly used edible floral herbs. This aromatic herb has been said to help with bloating, anxiety, and depression, and may help an ailing stomach.

5. Rose- Rose water has been used by Arabic cultures for years, but it’s now growing mainstream and added to lattes, chocolates and more. Rose is said to boost hydration, digestion and help with immune support.

6. Dandelion- Dandelion is rich in calcium, which is essential for the growth and strength of bones. It is also rich in antioxidants like vitamin C and lutein, which protect bones from age-related damage. Dandelion also helps with liver support and urinary health.

7. Chicory- Chicory may aid in digestive problems, prevent heartburn, reduce join pain, detoxify the liver and gallbladder, prevent bacterial infections, and boost the immune system. It is also a natural sedative that can fight against kidney stones and promote weight loss.

8. Calendula– Rich in flavonoids and carotenoids, calendula is great for boosting eye health. It is said the leaves also contain a spicy flavor that is used in many ethic dishes as a saffron alternative.

Many of these consumable floral herbs are available dried and ready to use, and work wonderfully in herbal teas. You may also find them available in essential oil form, however, make sure it is a food-grade essential oil before consuming.

Healing Properties of Pineapple

The Magical Healing Fruit

Eating pineapple to heal faster? That’s right. Due to the natural levels of Bromelain, a healing enzyme found within the pineapple fruit, pineapple may be one the best things to eat to promote faster healing. In fact, pineapple is the only dietary source of this super enzyme.

What’s Bromelain? Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme and its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce swelling and bruising. Due to these properties, it has become a popular choice to take bromelain supplements or increase pineapple consumption in the days before and following surgery or any medical procedure that involves healing.

These special enzymes in pineapple may also help prevent abnormal blood clotting, boost circulation, and help improve digestion. To increase your pineapple consumption, you may add it to your daily smoothie, blend as a juice, or toss it on top of yogurt. Ask your doctor before supplementing with any herbal remedy, including Bromelain.

5 Natural Sleep Remedies

The Best Foods for Z’s

Sleep is essential for good health, but it is not always easy to get in your Z’s. Having a hard time catching a good snooze?

These natural remedies below might help you have a more restful nights sleep:

1. Tart Cherry Juice- Not just a tasty nightcap, cherry juice also helps boost your nighly snooze with its naturally ability to boost melatonin levels in the body.

2. Kava Kava Root- Found in some teas and often used as a supplement, Kava Kava root is an ancient sleep remedy.

3. Magnesium- Many people are magnesium deficient, but little know that a deficiency can cause an array of problems, including poor sleep quality. Try eating more foods higher in magnesium, such as pumpkin seeds, almonds, spinach and avocado to naturally improve magnesium levels.

4. Oats- Next to the Thanksgiving Day turkey, oats are also high in tryptophans, causing a natural state of drowsiness.

5. Bananas and Almond Butter- Believe it or not, sometimes a reason for troubles falling sleeping may be due to a stomach that’s not full enough. Bananas and almond butter make the perfect snack to increase your magnesium and boost your melatonin, all while filling you up for a long nights rest.

On the contrary, these top five food and beverages are best to avoid before bedtime:

1. Chocolate

2. Alcohol

3. Spicy Foods

4. Fried Foods

5. Caffeine (soda, coffee and tea)

Ask your doctor before taking any supplements. If you’re having chronic sleep problems, a doctor’s visit should be in order. Sleep is vital for health. Make sure you’re getting at least 6-8 hr of sleep per night. For a better night’s rest, make sure the room is quiet, dark and there are no distractions (cell phones, tv, etc). Good sleep may just be what’s missing from your health regimen.

The Difference Between Omegas 3-6-and 9

Why You Need Them & How to Get More

Everyone should know by now that omegas are great for our health. There are three types of Omegas, which can be confusing. Which type is the best for you? Is one omega better than the other? How can I get more omegas into my diet?

The definition of an omega is an essential fatty acid necessary for the health for all systems in the body, including the health of your heart and eyes. The three types of omega fatty acids are Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9.

Out of these three, two of them cannot be made by the human body (omega 3 and omega 6), which is why many of us supplement with omegas or aim to focus on a diet rich in natural omegas. The three omegas (3- 6- 9) provide unique health benefits that support different functions within the body.

Omega 3- Omega-3 fatty acids cannot be made by the human body and can be found in fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel, as well as nuts, like almonds and walnuts. Omega-3’s are essential for total body health, but especially great for eye, heart and brain health.

Omega 6- Supports the same functions and works hand in hand with omega-3. You can find omega-6 naturally in seeds, nuts, grains and green leafy vegetables, like lettuce, broccoli, and kale. As well as certain raw vegetable oils, like olive oil.

Omega 9- Produced naturally by the body, omega-9 can also be found natural in foods like chia seeds, avocado, pistachios, almonds and cashews. These omegas help support immune health and promote balanced cholesterol.

If you’re not confident with your omega intake, a supplement may be a good option.

Viteyes® Omega-3 provides wild-caught, sustainable omega-3 in a convenient 1 softgel per day. Each pill contains 1,000mg of omega-3 fatty acids, 300mg eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 200mg docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Viteyes® Omega-3 is enteric coated to control the location in the digestive system where the capsule opens and is absorbed. The coating helps to reduce the fishy aftertaste that you may experience with omega-3. Ask your doctor if an Omega-3 supplement is right for you.

10 Essential Vitamins for Promoting Eye Health

Add in more of these for healthier vision for life

Our eyes have a big job, which is why taking care of them is extremely important. Without proper care, we risk the overall health of our eyes.

To make sure your eyes are on the road to good health, make sure you aim to increase you daily value of the following vitamins:

1. Beta-Carotene- Is a red/orange pigment that provides necessary support for eye health. You can find beta-carotene naturally in carrots, beets, red and yellow bell peppers.

2 & 3. Lutein & Zeaxanthin- Lutein and zeaxanthin, both carotenoids, are found to be highly concentrated in the macula. These carotenoids are found in foods such as egg yolks and dark, leafy green vegetables (e.g. spinach and broccoli). Lutein and zeaxanthin cannot be made by the body; therefore, they must be obtained from food or dietary supplements.

4. Lycopene– Another important carotenoid for good vision, lycopene is the pigment that gives tomatoes their red color. Tomatoes are full of lycopene and are great for supporting healthy eyes.

5. Omega-3 fatty acids- Fatty acids, a component of fat molecules, are important in keeping our eyes healthy. Omega-3’a are used by oil glands in the eye lid to make a healthy tear-film oil layer.

6. Grapeseed- Is a potent flavonoid and antioxidant that protects against oxidative damage and aids in proper circulation of blood flow to the eye.

7. Vitamin B6- Vitamin B6 aids in the proper absorption of magnesium. Magnesium helps the body produce the hormone prostaglandin E-7, which is necessary for tear production.

8. Vitamin C- A powerful antioxidant that helps to shield from free radicals in the normal aging process.

9. Vitamin E- Vitamin E plays an important role in protecting certain parts of the eye, which are particularly susceptible to oxidation.

10. Zinc- Zinc is an essential trace mineral.Zinc helps bring vitamin A from the liver to the retina in order to produce melanin, a protective pigment in the eyes.

If you are not confident that your daily diet is providing enough nutrition for your eyes, a supplement may be necessary.

Viteyes® is proud to provide quality supplements to support eye health. Before adding any supplement to your regimen, speak to your doctor to see which is right for you.

 

NEW! Viteyes® AREDS 2 Supplement Provides Support for Vegan & Food Allergy Patients

NEW!  Viteyes® AREDS 2 Supplement Provides Support for Vegan & Food Allergy Patients

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Viteyes® is introducing an allergen-friendly, 100% vegan AREDS 2 formula. Viteyes® AREDS 2 Advanced is now free-from the top 8 common allergens:  Soy, Egg, Dairy, Peanuts, Wheat, Shellfish, Fish, and Tree Nuts.

This formulation utilizes natural Vitamin E for higher absorption and also boasts enhanced nutritional support from bilberry, alpha-lipoic acid, and grapeseed extract in just twoveggie capsules per day. The following ingredients provide these additional benefits in addition to a classic AREDS 2 supplement:

· GRAPESEED EXTRACT- Aids in proper circulation of blood flow to the eye.

· BILBERRY- Flavonoids from bilberries have antioxidant properties to help protect cells by fighting free radicals.

· ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID-  A powerful antioxidant that also regenerates glutathione, giving cells a double dose of antioxidant protection. This ingredient can be vital for promoting healthy eyes.

· SELENIUM – Helps protect against free-radicals from normal exposure to UV light.

According to FARE (Food Allergy Research And Education), food allergies are on the rise. Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies.” Along with food allergies becoming more prevalent, people across the world are also adopting specialty diets to support their “Free-From” lifestyles, such as the gluten-free and vegan diets.

These recent trends are one of the many propelling forces that continue to drive the innovation at Viteyes®. Foresight and innovation keep Viteyes® updated with clinically studied ingredients and unique formulations to support the diverse needs of your patients. Viteyes® is the only leading AREDS 2 based brand with an AREDS 2 Advanced supplement that 100% Allergen-Free and Vegan.

Vitamin Health, Inc. is the parent company and maker of Viteyes®, Vital Nutrients for Healthy Eyes™. Viteyes® is a leading brand of AREDS 2 based and other premium eye health supplements.

Super Herb Spotlight: Ginko Biloba

The Ancient Herb That Does it All

 

Ginkgo Biloba – Have you heard of it? If you think you haven’t heard it, you may very have already consumed it without even knowing it.

What is Ginko Biloba? Ginko Biloba is an ancient plant extract that comes from the Ginko tree and is included in many of today’s most popular nutritional supplements, including Viteyes® Complete.  

Why it is considered so powerful is due to its natural terpenoids and flavonoids, which protect our eyes from harmful free radicals. Ginko Biloba has been shown to maintain eye health and help fight against major eye disease, as it is said to help maintain healthy blood circulation and promote healthy vein tissue.

This plant extract is also popular for boosting brain performance, memory and energy. Though Ginko Biloba is used by all ages, it appears to be the most heavily by adults ages 55 and up for the above stated health benefits.

Where can you find Ginko Biloba? Ginko Biloba is most commonly found in nutritional and herbal supplements. If you’d like to see if Ginko Biloba is right for you, check with your doctor.

The Science of Fiber and Our Health

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Why Eating More Fiber is More Important than Ever
Fiber has always held importance when it comes to nutrition.  Recently, new studies are showing fiber to play an even larger role in our health that we knew before, with a major focus on our digestion.

It is said that the majority of our immune system is harbored in our digestive tract, meaning that that health of our gut determines the outcomes of overall health. Fiber has always been a good way to speed up our digestion to get things moving, but now this new shift in research and focus shows fiber to significantly impact our gut flora, or healthy bacteria.

The more fiber we consume, the more it feeds the healthy bacteria, causing a healthy and balanced digestive system. Healthy fiber intake also helps fight inflammation and bad bacteria entering the body, by serving a digestive enzymes and antioxidants.

The recommended daily amount of fiber is said to be around 20-35 grams per day.  How can you increase your daily value? Just one pear has 5 grams! Other fiber rich foods include apples, oats, kale, broccoli, brussels, strawberries, avocado and beans.

Refrence: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/science/food-fiber-microbiome-inflammation.html

“Beet” Unhealthy Eyes

Eat More Beets For Better Eye Health?

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Beets are enjoyed in many parts of the world, like the Mediterranean for example, and have made their way onto the list of one of the healthiest foods to eat. Greek salad, anyone?

Beets are a root vegetable that boasts rich nutrients such as iron,B vitamins, manganese, potassium, and copper.  This super food may also have a few super benefits for your eye health. The rich dark red color of beets contains powerful antioxidants such as flavonoids and beta-carotene. Beets are also known to help stabilize blood pressure, which can help prevent major eye problems, such as glaucoma.

This root is also exceptionally high in vitamins A & C, which is said to help protect the eyes against developing or progressing AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration). Consuming beets may increase and improve our ability to take in more oxygen, which increases stamina and energy.

To reap these healthy benefits, try adding beets into your daily diet. Beets make a great addition to a salad, soup or roasted vegetable platter. You may also find beet juice at stores already prepared.