Friday, April 28, 2017

Are Yogurt Probiotics Enough?

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Are Yogurt Probiotics Enough?  


New research from the University of Toronto has recently revealed that the amount of probiotics present in probiotic yogurts is too low to experience the claimed benefits.

Certain clinical trials have found probiotics to be effective for a host of things, from stomach issues to cavity-causing bacteria. However, the probiotic content in yogurt can be up to 25 times below the minimum of effectiveness. This means that consumers would have to eat more yogurt to have even a chance of achieving the advertised benefits; more could mean 2 servings or 25 servings, depending on the yogurt. Kefir contained the highest dosage of probiotics and the greatest variety of probiotic strains compared to yogurt, but because the specific strain combinations have not been studied, determining the benefits is difficult. It should also be noted that the products used in the study were typical grocery store brands, not health food store brands.

The researchers concluded that probiotics are important for health, and probiotic products still have some value; however, they emphasized that a good probiotic product should have at least 10 billion bacteria per serving.

Our Laktokhan probiotic contains 10 billion CFU (colony-forming units) of four human strains of “friendly” intestinal microflora: Lactobacillus rhamnosusLactobacillus acidophilusLactobacillus casei, and Bifidobacterium longum. These friendly bacteria help keep harmful bacteria from multiplying in our intestines. Antibiotics can kill off healthy bacteria and lead to weakened immunity and intestinal disorders. Laktokhan restores the balance of good bacteria, thus helping to normalize digestive function and boost immunity.

Another feature of Laktokhan is our packaging. Oxidization kills live bacterial cultures. Oxidization begins to occur the moment the probiotic is exposed to oxygen; when the product is first opened, all capsules begin to lose their potency. To prevent this from happening, each Laktokhan capsule is blister packed individually and hermetically sealed to keep out oxygen: when one capsule is taken, the others remain fully active, no matter the time difference between dosing. It is shelf stable with full potency for 3 years, and if kept out of direct tropical sunlight, Laktokhan is fully active up to 30+ Celsius, which makes it the perfect travel companion.

While human strains are the best strains, not all human strains are equal. The microflora in our GI tract is a very complex community. Human sourced probiotics are adapted to the gut environment. They are genetically mutated to adapt in the human gut environment due to the changes in lifestyle, nutrition, and environmental toxins.
We have learned from science that the adaptation process evolves continuously during one's lifetime due to many environmental factors, such as climate changes, lifestyle, and nutrition.

Most of the strains in Laktokhan can survive intestinal acid and bile, and they implant themselves on specific intestinal receptors, thus contributing to a longer-lasting, consistently beneficial effect. Laktokhan also contains the prebiotic inulin, feeding only the beneficial bacteria, not the harmful organisms. Probiotics are live bacteria and in order for them to continue living they need to feed, and they do on prebiotics mixed with the probiotics. There are mainly two prebiotics on the market, FOS and Inulin. We use Inulin.

In one study, hamsters were fed semipurified diets containing 20 g/100 g fat, 0.12 g/100 g cholesterol and 0 (control), 8, 12 or 16% inulin for 5 weeks. At the end of that time, researchers found that plasma total cholesterol concentrations were significantly lowered by 18, 15 and 29% in hamsters fed 8, 12 and 16% inulin, respectively.

Laktokhan is completely vegan, the prebiotic is sourced from chicory root; depending on how chicory root is processed (naturally or chemically), it can be either FOS or Inulin directed. An “all-natural” means of extraction is what Laktokhan uses. It produces by fermentation long-chain fatty acids in the form of inulin.  If a chemical extraction is used, a short-chain fatty acid is produced in the form of FOS. FOS can contribute to undesirable bacterial and yeast overgrowth.

By maintaining a balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria, Laktokhan helps to manage acute infectious diarrhea and reduces the frequency of gastrointestinal disorders, such as diarrhea and nausea, during antibiotic use.
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Natural News: Melatonin Variables

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Melatonin Variables  




Melatonin supplements are pretty common. However, as with any supplement, sourcing matters. Animal-sourced melatonin can be problematic. Even the Mayo Clinic warns that animal-sourced Melatonin is more likely to be contaminated. Yet, despite the risk, it is sold in stores.

Although humans are mammals, we do not share everything in common with animals, and such should not be assumed in our medical treatments. For instance, Premarin is commonly prescribed as an estrogen replacement therapy, but it is not ideal for people. Sourced from the urine of pregnant mares, the horses are often treated inhumanely, and the final product is not even bioidentical for people. In fact, it can increase cancer risk.

The pineal gland is a good example of an instance where a different approach is needed. Though melatonin can be sourced from animals, the available pathways for serotonin to convert to melatonin are much fewer; also, these pathways cannot convert into other pathways. In plant-based sources, there are more melatonin-friendly pathways, and they can convert as needed.

Since melatonin is a hormone, hormone balance must also be considered. Otherwise, adding additional hormones could disrupt the other organs of the endocrine glands.

Melatonin is the second most popular supplement in the USA for children, and this possess a lot of concern for children. Their pineal glands may still be developing, and when giving melatonin from questionable animal or synthetic sources, there is a risk of potential environmental toxins within the melatonin being transferred into child’s pineal gland. This could disrupt the sensitive chemical balance of the individual.

Common side effects related to questionable quality melatonin supplements may include dizziness, nausea, muscle spasms, and nightmares. Uncontrolled melatonin can also undermine the effectiveness of blood pressure drugs and diabetes medication. If you have tried melatonin and have had side effects, it may not be from melatonin at all, but rather from the questionable sourcing of the melatonin used.

Serotonin and Melatonin are both neurotransmitters derived from the essential amino acid L-Tryptophan, found in protein. Because melatonin is a hormone, please make sure that you look for the "USP" verification on the label when purchasing a melatonin product. If it does not say USP on the label, the stated product is likely not in the bottle. This seal indicates that the product has been subject to voluntary testing and meets US Pharmacopeia Convention standards (meaning the product is accurately labeled and free of harmful substances).

Our Melapure Melatonin is sourced from fermented L-Tryptophan, which is sourced from organic, non-GMO sugar cane. It has the benefits of both the Tryptophan sourcing and the plant sourcing. Melapure Melatonin is manufactured with quality assurance and backed by clinical studies. This melatonin will not shut down your own production or add unknown toxins, as animal or unknown synthetic melatonin may.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Mental and Physical Benefits of DMAE

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The Mental and Physical Benefits of DMAE  


DMAE is an amino acid found in food. Like all amino acids, it is quite powerful, but many don't realize just how powerful. DMAE is commonly found in fishy "brain foods" like sardines and anchovies. While some might relish the chance to feast on fish, others prefer the supplement route. The DMAE we use is very unique in the marketplace: it is classified as semi-synthetic, produced by fermentation process. Due to the delivery mechanism to the cells, the DMAE or the active deanol part comes from fish, mainly wild sardines. Then, it is fully reacted or bound with tartaric acid to produce DMAE bitartrate. Due to the tartaric acid binding, the product does not have a fishy odor. Instead, it is 100% bioactive to the cells for absorption.

The specific benefits of DMAE are both mental and physical. First, let's look at the mental benefits. In the late 1950's, Dr. Leon Oettinger, Jr. found that DMAE improved several factors crucial to learning, such as attentiveness, mental concentration and processing, and mood. Later studies seemed to confirm these findings. In one study, conducted by Dr. Carl Pfeiffer of the Brain-Bio Center, 25 girls and 83 boys were observed. DMAE was found to result in enhanced behavior in 2/3 of the boys and 3/4 of the girls. Hyperactivity was greatly lessened as attention span was lengthened, irritability was decreased, scholastic ability improved, and, in some cases, IQ was elevated. Another double-blind study supplemented 74 children who had learning disorders (many hyperactive) with 500 mg DMAE for 3 months. They were then tested for behaviour, reaction time, and put through a series of standard psychometric parameters. There was not only general improvement, but also performance improvement in the children with learning and behaviour disorders. A similar double-blind study of 50 moderately hyperkinetic children found that 300–500 mg of DMAE given daily for 12 weeks produced overall behavioral improvement.

The Brain-Bio Center also found that DMAE can help mood. In 100 subjects, the study concluded that DMAE can help alleviate chronic fatigue and mild depression through its effects on physical energy and motivation. Insomnia improvements were also noted--with no dependency on DMAE, as is often seen with drugs for similar conditions.

If you are considering using DMAE for mental enhancement, we recommend using it from age 12 and above. If the prescription drug approach to ADHD and autism has left side effects, we recommend talking to your health care provider about the benefits of DMAE.

If internal DMAE is brain fuel, external DMAE is skin fuel. DMAE applied externally can help with lines and wrinkles. A 2005 study found that topical DMAE applied daily for 16 weeks was "safe and efficacious in the mitigation of forehead lines and periorbital fine wrinkles, and in improving lip shape and fullness and the overall appearance of aging skin. These effects did not regress during a 2-week cessation of application. Beneficial trends were noted in the appearance of coarse wrinkles, under-eye dark circles, nasolabial folds, sagging neck skin, and neck firmness."

A major factor in the appearance of aging is tissue loss, and DMAE has been shown instudies to increase epidermal thickness; it also has improved skin firmness. One reviewsummarized the topical benefits of DMAE as "a potential anti-inflammatory effect and a documented increase in skin firmness with possible improvement in underlying facial muscle tone."

Our DMAE Restorative Cream is packed with nutrients for the best skin possible: in addition to DMAE, it has Vitamin C ester, glycolic acid, and alpha lipoic acid. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals on the skin. It also stabilizes collagen synthesis and de-pigments melanin formation (such as age spots). Glycolic acid mediates the severity of photo damage, as a Boston study found. Seventy four participants using a 5% glycolic acid treatment for 22 weeks had significantly less severity of photo damage and sallowness. Just 5% alpha lipoic acid has also been reported to help with lines from photoaging.

DMAE: good for you, no matter how you use it!
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Natural News: A Canadian Solution to a Widespread Problem

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A Canadian Solution to a Widespread Problem 


As we have covered before, antibiotic overuse is reaching critical mass in North America--both in the food supply and in prescriptions. In the US alone, 80 percent of the antibiotics produced are used in meat and poultry production to promote faster growth and prevent disease in crowded or unsanitary conditions.

Antibiotics are also over prescribed to people, especially during cold and flu season. Young children who are given courses of antibiotics have been found to have a higher risk for obesity.

Even if concerns such as these are put aside, the underlying, persistent concern over antibiotics is that due to overuse, they are losing effectiveness. A gene called MCR-1 is resistant to the "last resort antibiotic," colistin, and this gene has been cropping up more and more in the US and Canada. The fear of reaching the end of the line for antibiotics has prompted WHO to declare antibiotic resistance a global crisis.

However, some uniquely Canadian research coming out of Laval, QC may be a good first step towards a solution. Scientists from McGill University found that when removing the sugar and water from maple syrup, the leftover phenolic compounds boosted the power of common antibiotics. The improvement in potency was so great that the antibiotic dosage administered could be reduced by up to 90 per cent. Researchers theorize that the maple syrup compound is effective because it makes bacterial cell walls more permeable, enabling antibiotics to access the interior of the cells. Another theory is that the compound disables the bacterial "pump" that would normally remove antibiotics from the cells. More research is planned, but this intriguing proposition is certainly a good start. And, it shows once again that natural compounds have enormous "untapped potential" just waiting to be explored. It seems fitting that such a Canadian solution to such an intimidating problem would be unearthed during the country's 150th anniversary year. While other Canadian staples, such as poutine, may not have such promising health benefits, we are excited to see Canada offering unique solutions to global problems such as antibiotic ineffectiveness.

Still, this does not address the problem beneath the problem, which is that the general public still turns to antibiotics more quickly than they should. Until people stop seeing antibiotics as their first line of defense, the ineffectiveness problem will continue to crop up. We can continue to play Whac-A-Mole with the problem, or we can unplug the game.

Instead of relying on antibiotics for immunity, try natural solutions like Thymus Gland, Zinc Picolinate, and Colloidal Silver. And, if you must use an antibiotic, be sure to follow it up with a high quality probiotic, like our Laktokhan® probiotic complex. Probiotics can be useful for boosting the immune system and restoring it after a course of antibiotics. 
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