How to Tell If You Have a Zinc Deficiency

March 14, 2017 by  
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ZINC: THE MUST-HAVE MINERAL

By: Markham Heid from Health.com 2/14/2017

Zinc is so essential to your health that experts struggle to neatly summarize what it does. A better question might be, what doesn’t it do? “Zinc is required by every cell, system, and organ in your body,” says Michael Hambidge, PhD, professor emeritus of pediatrics and nutrition at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “It’s just of outstanding importance,” he adds. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), zinc plays an indispensable role in cell metabolism, immune function, digestion, DNA expression, and wound healing. “It’s involved in nearly every biological process,” Hambidge says. “And because its functions are so diverse, symptoms of a deficiency are also diverse.”

The good news is that zinc is one of the most abundant minerals on Earth, and is found in many foods. But some people—especially those with gut disorders, or those who adhere to restrictive diets—may have cause for concern. Read on to find out how to identify a zinc deficiency, and how to prevent low zinc in the first place.

DIAGNOSING A ZINC DEFICIENCY IS NOT STRAIGHTFORWARD

Blood levels of zinc are not always a reliable gauge of how much zinc your body has or lacks, Hambidge says. And because the symptoms of a zinc deficiency are widespread and “non-specific”—meaning they’re associated with many other health conditions—diagnosing a zinc deficiency isn’t easy, he says. If you’re worried about a zinc shortage, your doctor will assess your symptoms and, if she deems it necessary, test your blood. Taken together, these indicators can give her a good idea of whether you have low zinc.

THE SYMPTOMS CHANGE WITH AGE

Young children who aren’t getting enough zinc may experience slow or stunted growth, loss of appetite, a rotten mood, and “failure to thrive,” Hambidge says. Among older adults—a group that may be at increased risk because of poor diet or inadequate food intake—zinc deficiency is more likely to show up as problems thinking, a weakened immune system, or macular degeneration, he says.

HOW MUCH ZINC SHOULD YOU CONSUME?

The National Academy of Medicine’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) for zinc is 11 mg for adult men need 8 mg for adult women. For pregnant women, the NAM recommends intakes in the range of 11 to 12 mg. While it’s fine to pay attention to the amount of zinc in the foods you eat, Hambidge reiterates that it’s tough to estimate exactly how much zinc an individual will get from diet. Your gut is not like anyone else’s gut, and the amount of zinc your body absorbs depends on some of the other health and dietary factors mentioned above.

THE BEST FOOD SOURCES OF ZINC

Almost everything you eat contains a little zinc. But its bioavailability—the amount of the mineral your body can easily extract and use—varies from food group to food group, Hambidge says. Along with mollusks like oysters, “animal meats are the best sources of zinc,” he says. “If you eat a carnivorous or omnivorous diet, you’re at low risk for a deficiency.” Whole grains, too, contain some zinc. “But the amount depends on what’s been done to the grain,” he says. “Polished rice or processed grains may not have much zinc left, but whole grains will have a fair amount.” Many breakfast cereals are also fortified with zinc.

VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS MAY BE AT RISK OF ZINC INADEQUACY

Zinc is a mineral “of great concern” for vegetarians and vegans, per a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN). (The other mineral of concern is iron.) Meat is high in bioavailable zinc and may actually enhance absorption, so vegetarians and vegans—who don’t eat meat—may need up to 50% more of the RDA for zinc than people who do eat meat. What’s more, many plant foods—especially legumes and whole grains—contain a compound called phytic acid that blocks the absorption of zinc. But vegetarians don’t necessarily need to pop a supplement or go back to their carnivorous ways. Soaking beans, grains, and seeds in water for several hours until sprouts form can increase zinc bioavailability in those foods.

PREGNANT WOMEN ARE AT INCREASED RISK FOR BECOMING ZINC INSUFFICIENT

Zinc plays a crucial role in human development, Hambidge says. So children, teens, and pregnant or nursing moms may need more zinc in order to meet their own (or their newborn’s) nutrient demands. Kids who are following a parent’s strict vegetarian or vegan diet could be particularly at risk for inadequacy, Hambidge says. “But one thing we’re not sure about yet is how much the human digestive system can adapt based on need,” he says. “There’s some evidence that pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers have increased zinc absorption as a result of increased need.” He and other experts are still sorting all this out.

YOUR GI CONDITIONS MAY PLAY A ROLE

Certain gastrointestinal disorders may up your risk of developing a zinc deficiency. “The gastrointestinal conditions most often associated with zinc deficiency are Crohn’s disease and short bowel syndrome,” says Angela Ginn-Meadow, RD, senior education coordinator at the University of Maryland’s Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. These conditions both decrease zinc absorption, she explains. Chronic diarrhea can also lead to zinc loss.

SICKLE CELL DISEASE CAN INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF A DEFICIENCY

Zinc deficiency affects 60 to 70% of adults with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is an inherited condition in which abnormal blood cells carry less oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body, and where abnormal blood cells clump and get stuck in blood vessels. It can be a painful condition, and lead to infections and organ damage.

ALCOHOL DEPENDENCY CAN UP YOUR RISK

Roughly 30% to 50% of people who abuse alcohol suffer from “low zinc status,” according to the NIH. Alcohol appears to block your intestines’ absorption of zinc while simultaneously upping the amount of zinc you lose when you pee, the NIH reports.

IF YOU HAVE A ZINC DEFICIENCY, YOUR IRON LEVELS MAY ALSO BE LOW

Many of the same foods that are full of zinc—namely, animal sources of meat—are also the best dietary sources of iron. So if you’re worried your body’s zinc stores are running low, you may also want to pay attention to your iron intakes. Just don’t go nuts with zinc and iron supplements. Yet another AJCN study finds taking zinc and iron together can limit your body’s iron absorption.

THINK TWICE BEFORE TAKING A SUPPLEMENT

If you have zinc inadequacy or deficiency, you may want to consider supplements—but consult your doctor first. Hambridge says adding a supplement with 5 to 10 mg of zinc to your diet could be particularly beneficial for vegans and vegetarians, as well as for those who have gut disease like Crohn’s. However, too much zinc can be harmful and may cause symptoms like vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches. Zinc can also interfere with medications, such as certain types of antibiotics and diuretics. The National Institutes recommends that adults get no more than 40 milligrams of zinc per day.

83 cool and uses for Vinegar

May 9, 2016 by  
Filed under In The News

  1. “No ‘poo” hair care Some people swear by using a mixture of cider vinegar and baking soda instead of shampoo. Others swear at it, because apparently it doesn’t work for everyone. Do a web search for the basics and try it for yourself.
  2. Hair rinse Condition with a 50/50 mix of cider vinegar and water. Wait a few minutes, then rinse well.
  3. Dandruff killer Do a weekly scalp treatment with straight cider vinegar. Leave it on up to 15 minutes, then rinse well. “My mom did this to me when I was young and we did it to our son as well – it worked”
  4. Skin toner Mix one part cider vinegar to two parts water (more water if your skin is sensitive) and dab onto your face after washing.Deodorant Sounds counterintuitive, but users swear that the smell goes away quickly — and that the vinegar keeps odor-producing bacteria from growing. Either white or cider vinegar can be used, but try it on a small area first to see if irritation develops.
  5. Clean the loofah Soak the bath sponge in a 50/50 vinegar mix, then rinse well.
  6. Brighten your smile Brush with a paste of two parts cider vinegar to one part baking soda a few times each week. Or mix one teaspoon cider vinegar into a glass of water and rinse for up to 60 seconds.
  7. Prepare for a mani-pedi Soak a cotton ball in vinegar and treat your nails before polishing them. The clean surface will hold the color longer.
  8. Combat sore throat Mix a tablespoon of cider vinegar and a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water then gargle with it. Yep, it’ll taste weird, but the acid should help kill germs in your throat.
  9. Soothe itching Dab vinegar onto bug bites to kill the irritation. The smell goes away (and so does the itch!).
  10. Sting relief Attacked by a bee or wasp? Dab on vinegar.
  11. Foot care, part 1 Kill the fungus that causes athlete’s foot by soaking your feet in a half-vinegar and half-water solution.
  12. Foot care, part 2 Make that vinegar-and-water mixture with warm water and soak your feet for at least 20 minutes. It’s soothing and also helps remove dead skin.
  13. Foot care, part 3 Nail fungus can turn your toes into horror shows. Apply vinegar with a cotton swab, and you may see some relief. If this isn’t sufficient, however, consider seeing your doctor.
  14. Floor cleaning Mop with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. Although the smell will dissipate, you can add a drop or two of essential oil to the water.
  15. All-purpose cleaner A 50/50 mix of vinegar and water works on counters, stovetops, bathroom fixtures and tile, even the range hood. If the grease is really stubborn, use vinegar straight from the bottle.
  16. Keep drains open Tap half a cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour in half a cup of vinegar. Enjoy the fizzing and bubbling for a few minutes. Follow with a teakettle’s worth of boiling water, then let hot water run from the tap for a while. Do this once a month or so.
  17. De-gunk shower heads Mineral buildup impeding the shower spray? Fill a small, sturdy plastic bag with vinegar and rubber-band it to the shower head for a couple of hours.
  18. Soap scum buster Spray a 50/50 mix of vinegar and Dawn dish detergent on the tub, wait a couple of minutes and wipe. Rinse thoroughly.
  19. Streak-free shine Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle to clean mirrors and windows. Save money on paper towels by wiping with sheets of newspaper.
  20. Clean the toilet Add two cups of vinegar to the toilet bowl and let it soak overnight. That should keep away water rings.
  21. Clean sinks and bathtubs Scrub with full-strength vinegar, then rinse well. If hard-water stains have developed in the tub, pour in three cups of vinegar and fill the rest of the way with hot water. In four hours, drain the tub and scrub off the rings; rinse well.
  22. Clean shower-door tracks Carefully fill the tracks with vinegar and let stand for a few hours, then scrub with an old toothbrush.
  23. Clean the shower curtain Mildew developing along the hem of your plastic curtain? Launder it along with a few towels using half a cup of your usual detergent and half a cup of baking soda, then add one cup of vinegar to the first rinse. Take out the curtain before the spin cycle starts (it’ll be drippy) and hang to dry.
  24. Shine fixtures Use vinegar on a soft cloth (a piece of worn-out sheet or an old T-shirt works well) to remove soap scum.
  25. Banish crayon Have the kids’ coloring projects gone off the pages and onto the floor? Vinegar should take care of it. This also works on ink.
  26. A cleaner brew Run a cup of vinegar and a cup of water through your coffeemaker every couple of weeks, then run a full pot of water through to rinse well. (My partner does this. It stinks briefly, but it works.)
  27. Lime away If your teakettle has lime or mineral deposits, boil three cups of vinegar and let stand overnight. Rinse well.
  28. Dishwasher cleanse Once a month, run a cup of vinegar through your (empty) dishwasher. 30. Cleaning the cleaner Run two cups of vinegar through your washing machine once a month — full cycle, no clothing and no soap.
  29. Microwave miracle Is the appliance’s inside dotted with bits of food and smelling like really old Hot Pockets? Put some vinegar and water into a mug or bowl and boil it for a while. Carefully remove the container (it’s hot, remember?) and use a wet cloth to remove the now-softened food bits.
  30. Refresh the can opener Is the electric can opener’s wheel blade dark and disgusting?
  31. Put a vinegar-saturated toothbrush up against it, turn on the appliance and let the wheel clean itself.
  32. Scrub the fridge Use a 50/50 vinegar and water mix to wipe down the inside of your refrigerator. Don’t forget the interiors of the bins.
  33. Fabric softener hack Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to soften clothing, kill bacteria and reduce static.
  34. Replace color bleach Adding half a cup of vinegar to the wash cycle will brighten your clothing’s.
  35. Gum-b-gone Kid get bubble gum on his shirt? Saturate the mistake with warm vinegar.
  36. De-salt your shoes Has de-icer gotten onto shoes or boots? Rub with a 50/50 water and vinegar solution; use an old toothbrush for suede footwear.
  37. De-stain shirts Sweat tracks on your shirts? Rub vinegar on them, then launder as usual.
  38. De-stain other stuff Spot-treat stains on cotton items with vinegar just before laundering. Among other things, this will work on beer, juice, tea, coffee, soft drinks, ketchup, blood — parents and frat boys take note — vomit. Treat and launder as quickly as possible. If it’s a really gruesome stain, soak overnight in a three-to-one mix of vinegar and water.
  39. Socks appeal If your sports socks have turned dingy, soak them overnight in a solution of one cup vinegar boiled with six cups of water and then launder as usual.
  40. Remove yellowing If white garments or other items have yellowed, mix one part vinegar to 12 parts water and soak the cloth overnight, then wash.
  41. Get rid of “thrift shop smell” Sometimes stuff from the secondhand store or rummage sale has an odd smell. Launder with a cup of vinegar in the wash (not rinse) cycle.
  42. Stop the bleed Soak brightly colored clothing in undiluted vinegar for about 15 minutes, then launder as usual. This should keep them from dyeing everything else.
  43. Spot-treat suede Got a grease spot on a suede garment? Use a 50/50 water and vinegar solution and an old toothbrush. If that doesn’t work, try undiluted vinegar.
  44. Coffee scrub If your favorite coffee or tea mug has dark stains, scour with a one-to-one mix of vinegar and salt. Rinse well in warm water.
  45. Stop mold Spray undiluted vinegar onto areas that develop mold or mildew. You can add a bit of essential oil to the spray bottle, but remember that the vinegar smell will go away.
  46. Clean filters Soak humidifier or air conditioner filters in a 50/50 solution, then rinse and squeeze dry.
  47. Sanitize cutting boards After washing, spray with undiluted white vinegar to further disinfect the surface. Bonus: It’ll neutralize the odor of that fish you just cut up.
  48. Go grill crazy Are charcoal and food juice gumming up your grill? Spray thoroughly with undiluted vinegar, wait a couple of minutes and scrub with a wire brush or some crumpled-up aluminum foil.
  49. Clean the iron Spray starch can build up on the faceplate of your iron, so wipe it with vinegar every so often. If you’ve got hard water, clean the iron’s innards every now and then: Fill the water reservoir with vinegar, stand it upright and turn on the “steam” setting. After 10 minutes, empty and rinse well.
  50. Cleanse copper If your copper-bottomed cookware is discolored, apply a paste of equal parts salt, flour and vinegar. Let stand for no more than 30 minutes, then rinse very, very well.
  51. Bug killer Cider vinegar stinks to us but attracts insects. Create a funnel trap by rolling a sheet of notebook paper into a funnel and placing it into a jar with cider vinegar at the bottom. This works in the kitchen for fruit flies and on the deck when entertaining outdoors.
  52. Ant killer That vinegar-and-dish-soap cleaner also vanquishes uninvited guests that march into your home. This mixture is a lot less worrisome than spraying a pesticide ant killer around the area where your kids and pets play, and around the areas where you prepare food. Some folks swear by vinegar sprayed or poured on anthills.
  53. Feeder cleaner A good wash with a gentle dish soap, followed by a spray with a 50/50 vinegar solution, means clean dishes (and less chance of bacterial issues) for hummingbirds and other feathered friends.
  54. Flowerpot freshener White stains on terra-cotta pots won’t come off with soap and water? Wipe down with undiluted vinegar and let dry. After that, rub with baby oil (another product with loads of uses).
  55. Mower helper Once you’ve finished the lawn, wipe the blades down with vinegar — not just to clean off grass bits, but also any insects that might have hitched a ride while you rolled the mower back to the garage.
  56. Critter repellent Some say that deer, raccoons, rabbits, dogs and cats don’t like the smell of vinegar. Try hanging up vinegar-soaked rags near your garden (re-wetting them once a week) and spraying your garbage cans with the stuff. It may not work in every case, but it’s worth a try.
  57. Make paint stick If you’re painting concrete or galvanized metal, pretreat the area by sponging on vinegar and allowing to dry. The paint will last longer.
  58. Clean paintbrushes Is your synthetic-bristle brush completely paint-stiffened? Soak in undiluted vinegar until things are moving again, then wash with soap and hot water.
  59. Soil tester Pour half a cup of white vinegar over a handful of garden soil in a container. Fizzy/bubbly means alkaline.
  60. Wiper magic Rub windshield wiper blades a couple of times with undiluted vinegar.
  61. Clearer windows Wipe windows and the windshield with a three-to-one mixture of vinegar and water. This makes it harder for frost to form. Reapply when it stops working.
  62. Revive the rug After vacuuming your vehicle, sponge carpeting with a 50/50 vinegar-water mixture. Blot after a couple of minutes. De-stinking stuff.
  63. Rescue your lunchbox Wipe out the inside with vinegar to kill weird smells. Pour vinegar and water in the Thermos and let sit overnight to remove any odors.
  64. Eliminate kitchen odors Having a fish fry or a cabbage boil? Leave a small dish of vinegar nearby to neutralize olfactory havoc. If it’s too late to prevent the smell, put half a cup of vinegar and one cup of water into a small pot and boil until it’s almost gone.
  65. Wipe out sponge smells Kitchen and bathroom sponges can develop some pretty gnarly smells. Soak them overnight in a 50/50 vinegar and water bath.
  66. Deodorize the remodel Since vinegar neutralizes strong scents, keep shallow dishes of the stuff in rooms that you’re painting.
  67. Remove urine stains Wash the carpet with mild soap and water, rinse and blot as dry as possible. Saturate the area with a one-to-three mix of vinegar and water and allow to stand for 10 minutes, then blot.
  68. Think inside the box After emptying and washing the cat box, add half an inch or so of vinegar. After 20 minutes, rinse well and dry before adding fresh litter.
  69. Shine the aquarium Vinegar and a nylon scrubber can remove mineral deposits from the glass.
  70. Kill pet pests Spray pets with a 50/50 vinegar and water solution (cover their eyes!) to discourage fleas and ticks. This may be easier said than done, especially with cats.
  71. Save the upholstery Deter cats from attacking couches and chairs by spraying on a little full-strength white vinegar.
  72. De-skunk the dog Should Fido have a run-in with Pepe Le Pew, spray him with a two-to-one mix of water and vinegar, rubbing the liquid in well. Wait five minutes, then rinse well. And no, he won’t like it much.
  73. Keep eggs intact Add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to the cooking water so the shells won’t crack.
  74. Coax out condiments Add a small amount of vinegar to the last of the salad dressing, then shake. If the mustard bottle is mostly empty, add some vinegar and shake well; this makes a zesty addition to cooked greens, soups and stews.
  75. Wash vegetables Want to remove residue from fruits and veggies? Mix two tablespoons of vinegar in one pint of water.
  76. See more clearly Dampen a lint-free cloth (not a paper towel, which can scratch plastic lenses) with vinegar and wipe off smudges and oil.
  77. Clean DVDs Skipping or freezing issues? Dampen a microfiber or flannel cloth with vinegar and wipe the disc from the center straight to the edge. Once all the surface has been cleaned, use a second soft cloth to wipe dry.
  78. Clean scissors Wipe gummy blades with undiluted vinegar.
  79. Adhesive remover Kids put stickers on the windows again? Remove them and their residue by wiping with vinegar. This works on bumper stickers and other decals as well.
  80. Strip wallpaper Soak the paper you want to remove with a 50/50 vinegar and water mix. Wait a few minutes, then attack with a scraper.
  81. Bust rust Drizzle vinegar over rusted/corroded nuts, screws or hinges to make them easier to remove. Soak rusted hand tools in vinegar for a couple of days, or until the rust goes away.
  82. Build a volcano Because science fair. Vinegar + baking soda = delighted children. This stuff never gets old. How do you use vinegar?

Easter Weekend Sale!

March 25, 2016 by  
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Now through Monday March 28th.

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Sea buckthorn in the news

organic sea buckthorn oil

organic sea buckthorn oil

In a study published in the August 2011 issue of Food Research International, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada and the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi found that sea buckthorn berries to be nutrient-rich, packed with vitamins A, K, E, C, B1 and B2, fatty acids, lipids, organic acids, amino acids, carbohydrates, folic acid, and flavonoids.

Sea buckhorn oil is currently used by health care professionals and lay people alike to alleviate such conditions as: eczema, sunburns, mouth dryness and ulcers, gastric ulcers, urinary tract inflammations, genital ulcers, sinus inflammation and eye dryness.

From CAOH: Our Sea Buckthorn oil is certified organic?  First of all, it guarantees that you are getting a product that is free of additives, chemicals and preservatives.  Secondly, because buying certified organic Sea Buckthorn ensures that you are actually getting Sea Buckthorn oil.  We have been selling Sea Buckthorn for about 7 years, and since Dr. Oz’s recent recommendation Sea Buckthorn has increased in popularity.  It has also increased the number of Sea Buckthorn products on the market and many of them are not pure Sea Buckthorn or may not even contain Sea Buckthorn.  Buying certified organic Sea Buckthorn ensures that you are buying the real thing at its best!

Goji Berry Supplementation May Prevent Macular Degeneration

June 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Goji (Lycium barbarum), In The News

Source: Optometry and Vision Science – Edited for accuracy by CAOH

Macular degeneration is a major cause of gradual, painless, central vision loss in the elderly. The average age at onset of visual loss is about 75 years. After the age of 50 years, the incidence steadily increases; over one-third of people in their ninth decade of life are affected. Researchers have implied that certain conditions may contribute to the disorder. Some of these are arteriosclerosis, oxidative damage, photic damage, inflammation, diet, vitamin and rare element deficiencies, and genetics.

Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, grow on an evergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China and Mongolia. Goji berries marketed as from Tibet such as "Tibetan Goji berries" or "Himalayan Goji berries" are a misnomer.  The Himalayas nor Tibet are in subtropical regions (See Map).  They are in the nightshade (Solonaceae) family. Goji berries are usually found dried. They are shriveled red berries that look like red raisins. Goji berries have been used for 6,000 years by herbalists in China, Tibet and India to (1).  Goji is also used in Juice, Powder and Oils.

• protect the liver
• help eyesight
• improve sexual function and fertility
• strengthen the legs
• boost immune function
• improve circulation
• promote longevity

Goji berries are rich in antioxidants, particularly carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. One of zeaxanthin’s key roles is to protect the retina of the eye by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant. In fact, increased intake of foods containing zeathanthin may decrease the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 65.

Although it is purported that goji berry is beneficial to vision due to its high concentration of the antioxidant, zeaxanthin, no previous, high quality studies have found this result. Researchers decided to conduct a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial in healthy elderly subjects to determine the effects of goji berry on macular characteristics and plasma zeaxanthin and antioxidant capacity levels. The study included a total of 150 elderly adults between the ages of 65 and 70 years who were randomized to receive either 13.7 grams per day of a milk-based goji berry formulation or placebo for 90 days. The participants underwent ophthalmic examinations to assess pigmentation and soft drusen count in the macula (accumulations in the eye that are associated with macular degeneration) and a blood draw to measure plasma zeaxanthin level and total antioxidant capacity. The results revealed that those in the placebo group were found to have hypopigmentation and soft drusen accumulation in the macula, whereas those in the goji berry group remained stable. It was also found that both plasma zeaxanthin level and antioxidant capacity increased significantly in the goji berry group by 26% and 57%, respectively, but did not change in the placebo group. No participants reported any adverse reactions to the goji berry formulation. These findings suggest that goji berry supplementation increases plasma zeaxanthin and antioxidant levels as well as protects from hypopigmentation and soft drusen accumulation in the macula of elderly subjects. (2)

  1.  Goji berries are mentioned in Tibet Medicine texted, but they are not cultivated in any marketable quantity in those regions.  The climate is not conducive to grow Goji Lycium barbarum L. the climate of Tibet and the Himalayas is simply to dry!

  2.  Bucheli P, Vidal K, Shen L, et al. Goji berry effects on macular characteristics and plasma antioxidant levels. Optom Vis Sci. 2011;88(2):257-62.

 

Seabuckthorn reviewed on Dr. Oz show

Seabuckthorn fights gum disease – who knew!

Seabuckthorn berriesOn March 11, 2011 Dr Oz reviewed the health benefits of the seabuckthorn oil with guest Dr. Gerald P. Curatola, an expert in rejuvenation dentistry.  They discussed its role as the best secret weapon against gum and dental disease for its rich nutritional content, anti-inflammatory, high antioxidant properties, and high omega content.  This is a wonderful new application for this product, and another example of the multiple uses of natural supplements.

Seabuckthorn oil is an effective health and beauty powerhouse, which California Academy of Health (CAOH) started selling approximately 7 years ago, even before it was widely available and at that time not certified organic, but simply wild harvested.  Seabuckthorn provides nourishing properties to the skin, hair and nails. The tiny Seabuckthorn berry, about one-third the size of a blueberry, offers a powerful combination of nutrients, vitamins and health benefits that are unmatched.  The seabuckthorn berry (Hippophae rhamnoides) has been one the least publicized of all super fruits/berries, but this tiny yellow/orange jewel delivers more than 190 bioactive nutrients, is packed with antioxidants, and offers more vitamin C than just one orange.

Our 100% organic, cold pressed, Seabuckthorn oil is loaded with essential omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9.  In addition, it contains omega 7 fatty acids, a rare and vital component for healthy hair, skin and nails.  Seabuckthorn Oil naturally relieves dry patches of skin, acne, dermatitis, rosacea, and scars. Skin rapidly absorbs the moisture and the oil is suitable for all ages and skin types. Our therapeutic grade, certified organic oil is 100% pure with no additives or preservatives.

CAOH's Seabuckthorn is 100% pure and is organic, contains no preservatives, dairy, wheat, gluten, sodium or yeast. It can be used internally and externally.  Note that many Seabuckthorn oils being offered are only to to be used externally!  It is important to note the difference when buying!

Click here to read some Seabuckthorn Lore and Facts!

There are many different types of products using seabuckthorn now, but note that juice products using seabuckthorn have had much of the oils removed and even use powders to fortify their juices.  This in and of itself is not bad, but the Seabuckthorn berry does not really lend itself to yummy juice.  It is a hard berry that is in fact pretty bitter tasting.  Seabuckthorn is not a berry you'd pluck from the vine and pop in your mouth!  However, the resulting oil from the berry and seeds is really the best way to deliver the product – in fact the berry yields are between 25% and 50% oil.  The resulting oil highly concentrates all of its best properties.   CAOH's Seabuckthorn Oil is just two wonderful ounces of this pure oil!

Many of our customers love to combine our organic Tamanu oil with the seabuckthorn oil for use topically.  It is a 1 – 2 punch on dry patches of skin, acne, dermatitis, rosacea, and scars.  Additionally, our seabuckthorn oil is a great oil to mix with our organic oregano oil – it helps to tone down the taste and strength of the oregano oil.

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It ‘s important to know what you are putting into your body. Don’t be misled!

Recently I was in a small market and I wanted some strawberry jam or preserves, real strawberry jam – I love it!  I found one that looked good.  It stated all natural strawberry preserves on the front label – it had a nice looking natural look to it and seemed a fair cost.  I put it into the cart and started to walk away when I noticed another brand that was organic.  I stopped and thought – read the label, dummy!

The brand that stated “all natural” was not really.  It did have some strawberries in it, but it was also high in fructose corn syrup and three different preservatives. Not very natural!  I then read the organic strawberry bottle and lo and behold it was 100% nothing added certified organic strawberry jam!

The contents look pretty much the same, but clearly they were not.  The organic jam may have cost more – but it was what I really wanted – real strawberry jam.

The other day we ran across a video that emphasizes the point even further.  “Blueberries found in blueberry bagels, cereals, breads and muffins are REAL blueberries right? Wrong! Award-winning investigative journalist Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, exposes the deceptive chemical ingredients and dishonest marketing of “blueberry” products from big-name food and cereal companies. The blueberries, it turns out, are made from artificial colors, hydrogenated oils and liquid sugars.”

This video really illustrates the point:

As you all know from our newsletters and website we try to push this message.  It really is important to know what you are buying.  Buying organic is very important.  This is why!

There are many companies marketing products that don’t contain what they appear to, based on the front label.  Much of the Goji, Mangosteen, Acai, Noni, Pomegranate, Maqui, Sea Buckthorn Oil,, Tamanu Oil, and Oregano Oil for sale are so much less than the pure product you should expect.  Many are significantly diluted versions of their former selves, containing only trace amounts of the ingredients listed on the label. Plus, a whole lot of other ingredients you don’t want.

It’s not just off-brands marketed on the web – it’s big name brands and retailers that are providing misleading information regularly.  We are not big fans of the Walmart’s, Monsanto’s and GNC’s of the world.  We like and do support small business that are the backbone of this nation.

This is why buying organic products is really worth the effort and the cost.  In order to be organic they have to be independently inspected, and additive free!  Its a way of really ensuring you are getting what you intend to get!

So read the label, buy organic when you can, buy natural when you can and live healthy!

Thanks,

CAOH

Organic certification is the hallmark of quality!

An organic update from CAOH

One of the earmarks of a high quality supplement company is demonstrated by their Organic Certification.  In order to receive this certification, you go through a rigorous inspection process to ensure that the products you are offering meet all the guidelines. 

CAOH goes through this inspection process every year!  (We just did again!)  We want to make sure you know that we are making every effort to keep our quality and value ahead of the curve.

Whenever possible, buy organic!


Organic products form CAOH®

Important: Why is it important that products be certified organic?  First of all, it guarantees that you are getting a product that is free of additives, chemicals and preservatives.  Secondly, because buying certified organic ensures that you are actually getting the real item.  Buying certified organic ensures that you are buying the real thing at its best!

Here is a list of our organic products:

Goji Fusion® – Goji Juice w/ Camu Camu
From Our Perfect oji Garden™
32 oz – Lycium barbarum L.
Amazonian Camu Camu
USDA Certified Organic!
Absolute Goji™ 100% Pure Goji Juice
100% Pure Goji Juice
Certified Organic
17 oz – Lycium barbarum L.
Organic Goji Berries
Hand Picked and Sun Dried
16 oz Bags 500mg
No Sales Tax!
Absolute Goji™ 100% Pure Goji Juice
100% Pure Goji Juice
Certified Organic
17 oz – Lycium barbarum L.
Mangosteen Elixir®
Certified Organic Mangosteen
32 oz – 100% Pure
Mangosteen and Fruit Juices
Absolute Mangosteen™
100% Pure Mangosteen Juice
Certified Organic and Kosher
17 oz – Garcinia mangostana L.
Acai-Max®
Certified Organic Acai
32 oz Superfruit Therapy Drink
The absolute finest available!
Absolute Acai Powder™
Fresh New Batch
Absolute Acai Powder™
Freeze Dried Acai Powder
100% Pure – 120 Grams – 4 oz
100% USDA Organic and Kosher
Absolute Acai Capsules™
100 – 500mg Vegetable Capsules
Made from organic freeze dried Acai.
Maqui Max™
Certified Organic Maqui Juice Blend
32 oz – 100% Pure Juice
Maqui + Fruit and Berry Juices
Almost Nude Noni Juice™
Certified Organic Noni and Kosher
Certified Tahitian Noni
32 oz Bottles
98% Pure Noni Juice
Totally Nude Noni Juice™
Organic Tahitian Noni Juice
Certified 100% Pure Organic Noni
32 oz Bottles
TheraAloe™
High Molecular Weight Polysaccharide
Organic Aloe Vera Juice
with Red Grape Seed Extract
Sea Buckthorn Oil
Certified Organic – 100% Pure
2 oz Bottle (60 ml)
100% Tahitian Organic Tamanu Oil
USDA Certified Organic
Natural Skin and Wound Care
2oz Bottle
Oregano Oil (2 oz)
Pure and Organic
Natural Carvacrol equals 69
No Additives!
Flax Seed Oil – High Lignan Flax
High Lignan Flax Oil
1000 mg – 120 Softgels
Certified Organic & Non-GMO
 

Some fighting words for the cold and flu season!

Steps to help combat the Cold and Flu season!

With the cold and flu season upon us it’s important to take some preventative, proactive steps.  We get reports from our customers coping with all stages of cold and flu symptoms — some from the first aches and pains to those with full-blown fever and congestion. Here are a few tips to help during the cold and flu season to hold off and combat colds and flu naturally.

First, it is important to make sure you’re doing everything you can to boost your immune system to prevent illness. Stay hydrated, and eat a healthy balanced diet that incorporates a variety of foods, get between 7-8 hours of sleep and perform some type of exercise, for at least 30 minutes, every other day.  Dr. Marcus Ettinger, with 21 years of treating cold and flu patients recommends taking a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement. By giving your body that needed nutritional support, you’re much better equipped to fight off seasonal sickness.

Want to nip symptoms in the bu**? Have some favorite products on hand at home, so when the first signs of a cold or flu appear you have them readily available. Researching what works best for you and your family in advance will also create a sense of empowerment.

Here are a few natural products that have worked time and again for many people:

1.    Vitamin C has been studied for many years as a possible treatment for colds, or as a way to prevent colds.

2.    Keeping up on your Multi-Vitamin and Mineral supplements:

A.   Liquids Power Multi V™ (for ages 12 through senior adults).

B.    Kidamins™ (for ages 1 through 12) (See below).

3.   Immune-Plus Elixir™ which includes the immune stimulating power of Black Elderberry, Red Raspberry, Pomegranate, Red Beet and Honey.  Great for helping with a cough!

4.   Liquid Immune Barrier Advanced Formula™ with the immune supporting power of Norwegian Beta Glucan and Echinacea.  This is great to take the minute you sense any kind of cold symptom to prevent worsening.

Some people also find oregano oil and Colloidal silver be helpful, whether they are experiencing a bacterial or viral infection.

A.   Oregano Oil: Note: Internally 1-4 drops 2-3 times daily. Use caution Very Strong – suggest mixing with another carrier oil, juice, shake/smoothie or water. When used externally – dilute and apply liberally.

B.   Colloidal Silver: Has a long history of use – that works great for many people.

The key to natural immune support is dosing every two hours. That’s why tincture formulas (liquid dropper formulas) are great — they can be added to juice or water, making it much easier to take more frequently.

Finally, rest, sleep, rest, sleep — staying hydrated and nourished. FYI: It’s OK and probably a good idea to take a day off work.  In most cases the flu is self-resolving with practiced wellness and resting.  Of course, if symptoms have progressed into the chest or symptoms don’t seem to improve, a physician should always be consulted.

Of course if you have specific questions please drop Dr. Ettinger a message at askthedoctor@caoh.com. Or give us a call at 800-643-7188.

Stay Healthy!

CAOH

Certain Micronutrients Lowers Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

November 16, 2010 by  
Filed under In The News, Recent Posts, Vitamins and Minerals

Source: Annals of Oncology

Pancreatic cancer is a disease in which malignant cells are found in the tissue of the pancreas. In 2009 in the United States there were 42,470 new cases and 35,240 die from the disease. The prognosis is relatively poor but has improved; the three-year survival rate is now about thirty percent (according to the Washington University School of Medicine), but less than 5 percent of those diagnosed are still alive five years after diagnosis. Complete remission is still rare. Pancreatic cancer is sometimes called a "silent killer" because early pancreatic cancer often does not cause symptoms, and the later symptoms are usually non-specific and varied. Therefore, pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until it is advanced.

Folic acid (also known as folate) is a member of the water-soluble B vitamin group. Isolated in 1946 from spinach leaves, its name comes from folium, the Latin word for leaf. In the body, folic acid is converted to a more biologically active form. Folate has many clinical applications such as: Alzheimer’s disease, alcoholism, atherosclerosis, birth defects, cervical dysplasia, cognitive enhancement, depression, gingivitis, pregnancy and lactation. Folic acid is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin E is actually a group of eight compounds including four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, and delta) and four additional tocotrienol derivatives. Alpha tocopherol is the most common and the most potent form. It is what is usually meant by the term vitamin E. Pure vitamin E compounds are easily oxidized, so they are manufactured as acetate or succinate esters. Earlier research has shown an association between vegetable and fruit consumption and pancreatic cancer, but there has been no consistency in the identification of certain components in these foods. Scientists from the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy investigated the role of 15 vitamins and carotenoids and 6 minerals play in preventing pancreatic cancer. They surveyed 326 patients with pancreatic cancer and 652 controls by having the participants fill out a food-frequency questionnaire. The results were the highest quintile of intake of vitamin E, vitamin C, folate and potassium were less likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer compared to those with the lowest quintile intake of the nutrients. These findings suggest vitamins E and C, selected carotenoids, and folate play a role in the prevention of pancreatic cancer.(1)

1.    Bravi F, Polesel J, Bosetti C, et al. Dietary intake of selected micronutrients and the risk of pancreatic cancer: an Italian case-control study. Ann Oncol. 2010

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