Magnolia is Nature’s Stress Fighter!

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If you need help in reducing your stress and anxiety levels—and most of us probably do—you should be aware of Magnolia Extract, an ancient Chinese medicine that has been proven as a powerful antioxidant, anticancer weapon, and an amazingly effective tool to combat the stress and anxiety of modern life.

To learn more about the stress-busting power of Magnolia, please read the article, Relieve Stress with Honokiol and Magnolol from Magnolia Extract!

To your health,

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Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3

A balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids is essential to promoting and maintaining health. According to Artemis Simpoulos, M.D., President of the Center for Genetics, Nutrition and Health in Washington D.C. and co-author of The Omega Plan (Harper Collins, 1998), “The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in the typical Western diet is betweeen 10-to-1 and 21-to-1, whereas the diet humans evolved on had a ratio of 1-to-1. One of the most important medical findings of recent years is that eating a balanced ratio of EFAs brings your diet back in sync with your genes and helps you experience optimal health.”

Current thinking is that omega-6 and omega-3 fats need to be balanced in the diet at a ratio of 1-to-1 or 2-to-1. And the best way to do that is to supplement your diet with an excellent fish oil nutritional supplement, and/or eat fish several times a week.

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids should be distinguished because they are metabolically and functionally distinct, as well as having opposing physiological functions, says Simpoulos. “Omega-3s and omega-6s work differently in the body. When they’re in balance, they’re both very good. When the omega-6s are in excess, they become bad.”

Here’s what happens: omega-3s produce hormone-like eicosanoids that are anti-inflammatory. These eicosanoids help support normal blood pressure by relaxing the arteries and blood vessels and decreasing blood lipids. They also decrease blood clotting factors and support immune function.

Omega-6s, however, can produce both anti-inflammatory and/or inflammatory and vasoconstricting eicosanoids. To oversimplify just a bit: omega-6s are good for you if you take them in the right amount with omega-3s. However, in the absence of omega-3s they can be very bad indeed.

Too many omega-6s in your diet in the absence of sufficient omega-3s can produce potent inflammatory agents that set the stage for autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, and a host of other health problems.

But the eicosanoids produced by omega-3s help inhibit the production of these inflammatory agents. To clarify further: LA gets made into GLA, then into DGLA and then into either AA (arachidonic acid), which then gets made into inflammatory eicosanoids, or the DGLA gets made into a series of VERY BENEFICIAL eicosanoids that have, among other effects, antiviral and anti-vaso-constrictive effects.

What determines whether DGLA goes to AA or to the beneficial eicosanoids?

Well, low EPA and high insulin will cause DGLA to go to AA (that’s why Americans have such high levels of AA; we make it in our own bodies). If you have good levels of EPA and low insulin (by doing an insulin-smart diet) then your body will NOT make AA from DGLA … instead the DGLA will get made into the beneficial eicosanoids.

So, in a word, to turn omega-6 fats into a positive biological reaction, you take omega-3s! Confusing enough yet?

Even though omega-6 is an essential fatty acid, too much of it can do more harm than good. Insulin encourages the conversion of (omega-6) Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) into arachidonic acid. So does consumption of sugar, alcohol, saturated fats and trans-fatty acids, diabetes, aging, stress, and some prescription medications. Low levels of EPA also strongly encourage the conversion of omega-6 into AA. In essence, everything about the modern Western World diet encourages the conversion of dietary LA into heart disease causing AA! The solution? Reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates and take fish oil!

Read more about Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids here:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids From Fish Oil Protect Your Heart, Brain and Overall Health

PS & DHA for a Healthy Brain

Brain Neurons Firing

Brain Neurons FiringPS (phosphatidylserine) has been the subject of numerous human clinical trials of memory loss, mood, and cognitive performance such as learning ability, concentration, and processing. Many of the studies show that PS can be helpful for those with age-related memory impairment. It can even enhance cognition and mental function in those with no cognitive impairment.

PS plays a crucial role in many membrane-associated nerve cell processes and by increasing the number of neurotransmitter receptor sites. The increased number of receptor sites may explain why the memory-enhancing effects last for up to a month even after the supplement is discontinued.

DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) found in marine organisms and omega 3 fatty acid supplements is also required for maintenance of normal brain functions. The enrichment of diets with omega 3 fatty acids has been shown to improve learning abilities, whereas deficiency has been associated with learning deficits. DHA is taken up by the brain in preference to other fatty acids. And, as it turns out, PS is the natural delivery system for getting DHA into the brain.

PS & DHA supplementation just might be the natural solution for preventing cognitive dysfunction. If you are concerned about your long-term brain health and protecting yourself from Alzheimer’s or age-related dementia, you should consider combining PS & DHA for enhanced benefits.

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New Research In Brain Health! PS-DHA Combats Alzheimer’s!

Brain health seems to be on the top of everyone’s mind lately… literally!  Brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and other dementias are reeking havoc on the lives of millions of Americans.

But what if we told you there are two brain health breakthroughs that promise to improve cognitive function immediately and prevent and protect the brain from age-related dementia? Interested?  I thought you might be.

Scientists have long known that the neurotransmitter choline is critical to conscious thought.  What they are now finding is that supplementation with the combination of choline and the nucleic acid uridine helps repair damaged neurons and build new neurons. I’ll say that again… repairs damaged neurons and builds new neurons.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough, wait until you read about the other exciting breakthrough in this special brain health issue.  Researchers have now found a way to deliver the Omega-3 fatty acid DHA directly to brain cell membranes by combining it with the brain’s natural delivery system of phosphatidylserine.  It is well known that both phosphatidylserine and DHA are critical to healthy brain function, and that supplemental DHA (typically found in fish oil supplements) has a difficult time crossing the blood- brain barrier.   By combining these two compounds and creating a supercharged phosphatidylserine, we can now assist the brain in rebuilding, repairing, and protecting neurological function.

This is exciting stuff and what it means to you is that you can improve brain function, memory, and mental agility immediately while protecting your brain from the ravages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Please do take the time to read the article… Prevent Age Related Dementia With PS-DHA! You will be glad you did.

To your health,

 

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