Oxylent – Featured Brand

oxylentSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center now carries Oxylent®, an award-winning effervescent multivitamin drink. Initially created with travelers in mind, Oxylent® offers a unique blend of high quality essential nutrients in a single portable packet. These great tasting unique formulas offer highly absorbable science-backed ingredients that quickly dissolve in water to provide an optimal blend of vital nutrients that assist in cellular oxygenation, hydration, circulation and rejuvenation. Oxylent® is manufactured in a cGMP certified, FDA inspected and USDA registered facility using only high quality essential nutrients and Albion chelated minerals that work synergistically to enable peak bodily function. Perfect for travelers, students, athletes, seniors and anyone looking for a full-spectrum multivitamin and mineral formula that provides a natural energy boost and optimal hydration in an easy to take along packet.

Oxylent® is committed to the development and production of innovative nutritional supplements. All products are third party independently, comprehensively and analytically tested for heavy metal toxicity, potency, safety, efficacy and purity. Oxylent® daily multi’s are consistently recognized and chosen for top-tier supplement industry awards. Oxylent® is a proud supporter of Vitamin Angels, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting maternal health and fighting poverty and hunger worldwide by providing high quality nutritional supplements to at-risk pregnant women, new mothers and young children.

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Oxylent Multivitamin...Oxylent® Multivitamin Sparkling Berries12% OFF This 5-in-1 formula features vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and electrolytes. Superior science-backed ingredients provide a full spectrum of essential bioavailable nutrients. Also, available in Sparkling Blackberry Pomegranate, Sparkling Mandarin, and a variety pack containing all three flavors. Gluten, soy, dairy and caffeine free, Non-GMO, NSF certified formulation. All natural fruit flavors. Stevia sweetened. Individually packaged, 30 servings per box.

Sport Oxylent...Sport Oxylent® Blueberry Burst –  12% OFF This 3-in-1 formula provides energy, stamina and recovery support with a full spectrum of science-backed essential nutrients for athletes, sports enthusiasts or the physically active who want a natural boost for sustained energy, reduced recovery time and enhanced muscle support. Provides an all-in-one solution for pre-, during and post-workout support. Gluten, soy, dairy and caffeine free, Non-GMO, NSF certified formulation. All natural fruit and vegetable flavors and colors. Stevia sweetened. Container provides 30 servings.

Prenatal Oxylent...Prenatal Oxylent® Sparkling Cranberry Raspberry – 12% OFF This premium quality, easy-to-digest prenatal drink blend promotes the health of mother and baby. Contains Ferrochel® form of iron for reduced nausea and constipation experienced with other prenatal formulas. Science-backed, superior quality for those who are planning to conceive, or are pregnant or nursing. No gluten, dairy, soy, herbs, caffeine, or anything artificial. Stevia sweetened. All natural fruit and vegetable flavors and colors. Non-GMO. Individually packaged, 30 servings per box.

Live A Heart Healthy Life

hearthealthylifeJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Most of the research on the benefits of exercise focuses on cardiovascular protection, as studies show that exercise clearly strengthens the heart and reduces cardiac risk factors.  Numerous scientific reports link regular physical activity to enhanced cardiovascular health. Conversely, low levels of physical fitness are associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular events. Even so, the majority of us remain sedentary, despite evidence that even in midlife, increased physical activity is associated with decreased mortality. Should coronary heart disease develop, it tends to be less severe and occur at a later age in those who are physically fit. Although science tells us that exercise, along with a healthy diet and maintenance of a healthy weight are the key components of a long and healthy life, less than one-third of adults meet even the minimum recommendations for long term health.

While we know that exercise makes us feel and look better, improves our mood, reduces stress and aids more restful sleep, how specifically does it benefit heart health? Genetics, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood lipids are the major risk factors for heart disease. Exercise combined with a healthy diet has a favorable effect on obesity, and blood pressure, triglyceride, and insulin levels. Those who think that going out for a brisk daily walk just isn’t all that important for their long-term health, should know that the effects of continued, moderate exercise on overall cardiac health can be lifesaving. Studies show the greatest gains in mortality rates are realized when a sedentary individual becomes moderately active. The recommendations for participation in moderate activities for a minimum of 30 minutes daily is surprisingly reasonable.

A new analysis of data recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a healthy lifestyle, punctuated by not smoking, moderate exercise, and a nutritious diet can reduce cardiac risk even for those with the worst genetic factors. According to Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, the director of the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, “DNA is not destiny; it is not deterministic for this disease. You do have control over the problem, even if you have been dealt a bad genetic hand.” The researchers found that even though genes can double the risk of heart disease, a healthy lifestyle cuts the risks in half. Just as importantly, an unhealthy lifestyle erases about half the benefits of good genetics.

The researchers analyzed data from four large studies that had both genetic and lifestyle data on 55,000 participants who developed heart disease. Researchers created a genetic score based on 50 genes associated with heart disease, and a lifestyle score based on whether people smoked, exercised at least once per week, followed a healthy diet and whether they were overweight or obese. The optimum lifestyle score was based on having three or all four of these elements. Dr. Kathiresan concluded that even with obesity, when people exercised, followed a healthy diet, and didn’t smoke, the genetic risk was reduced.

Dr. Lawrence J. Appel, director of the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, concurred, “You do not have to have an exemplary lifestyle to reap a big benefit. It looks as if the biggest protective effect by far came from going from a terrible lifestyle to one that was at least moderately good.” It’s important to know that even those with a worrisome genetic risk, have the power to change that risk. It appears that making even a moderate effort to live a healthier lifestyle can lead to a longer healthier lifespan, even for those who have a higher genetic risk of heart disease.

Everyone has to start somewhere. If you’ve been eating poorly or have been sedentary for years, this study showed that every step you take and every small dietary change you make, makes you just a bit healthier each day. It’s not all or nothing at all. It’s a small commitment towards a higher goal to reduce cardiac risk and improve your health, so you can look forward to a long and vibrant health span.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other top quality products to support cardiac health and overall wellness:

CardioCardio by NovaHue – This bioactive, synergistic, patented whole food formula provides optimal levels of standardized tomato extract along with a proprietary blend of phytosterols. Safe and effective, clinically tested Cardio helps to maintain blood pressure already within the normal range, and provides support for overall cardiovascular health and the circulatory system. Egg, milk and wheat free. Contains soy.

D-Ribose PowderD-Ribose Powder by Healthy Origins – D-ribose is a naturally occurring pentose sugar that supports energy production, muscle recovery and cardiovascular health. D-ribose does not elevate blood sugar nor cause insulin spikes. Gluten, diary, yeast and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

B12 InfusionB12 Infusion by Enzymatic Therapy – These fast absorbing, chewables provide methylcobalamin, the active form of vitamin B12 in support energy production, homocysteine metabolism and nervous system function. Gluten, dairy, soy and yeast free vegetarian formulation.

L-Carnitine 500L-Carnitine 500 by Progressive Labs – L-Carnitine transports fatty acids, triglycerides and cholesterol into the mitochondria where they are oxidized, supporting energy production, weight management, and liver and cardiovascular health.

 

References:
Genetic Heart Disease Risk Eased by Healthy Habits, Study Finds. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/health/genetic-heart-disease-risk-eased-by-healthy-habits-study-finds.html
American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/FitnessBasics/American-Heart-Association-Recommendations-for-Physical-Activity-in-Adults_UCM_307976_Article.jsp
Coronary artery disease. http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/coronary-artery-disease
Exercise and Cardiovascular Health. http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/107/1/e2
Healthy Heart. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_heart/move_more/six-heart-benefits-of-exercise

 

The Leaky Gut Connection to Autoimmune Diseases

leakygutautoimmunediseasesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Many might remember the well-known spiritual song, Dem Bones, we learned as children to understand how the skeleton is connected. Just to refresh the memory, the song lyrics, “toe bone connected to the foot bone, foot bone connected to the heel bone, heel bone connected to the ankle bone,” and so on, make the skeletal connection throughout the entire body. Similarly, while we might think that body parts operate independently, all cells communicate with other cells using chemical signals that are transported through the blood stream and nervous system via fluids, neurotransmitters and hormones.

Complex cell signaling elicits an action or a response that very often begins with the immune system, appropriately located in the gut. Would it surprise you to learn that an unhealthy gut is directly connected to many autoimmune diseases that can occur throughout the body and affect muscles, joints, eyes, nerves, skin, glands, blood vessels and all bodily organs? Functional medicine physicians who seek to find the root causes of disease, as opposed to simply suppressing symptoms with medications, point to Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS) as the major cause of disease and dysfunction, accounting for at least half of chronic complaints.

We hear a lot about heart disease, cancer and diabetes, but not all that much about the 80 plus disorders that can result when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. Per the National Institutes of Health (NIH), autoimmune diseases have increased dramatically worldwide since the 1940’s, with as many as 23.5 million Americans affected. In contrast, cancer affects approximately 13 million Americans. The NIH draws a relationship between the alarming increase in autoimmune diseases and the increased production and use of chemicals in agriculture and environmental pollutants, including chemical toxins, bacteria, viruses and molds. Further, genetic predisposition, infections, and gut dysbiosis all play major roles in the development of autoimmune diseases, which progress slowly over time.

The NIH also notes that the alarming rise of autoimmune diseases parallels the dramatic changes in our food supply over the last 50 years. We no longer consume food shortly after hunting or harvesting; we use more genetically modified crops than all other countries combined; we spray our vegetables and fruits with pesticides, fungicides and insecticides; we inject animals with antibiotics and hormones and feed them an unnatural diet; we use chemicals and artificial preservatives, flavorings and colorings; we use artificial sweeteners and consume alarming amounts of sugar and sodium. Add in industrial pollutants, exposure to toxins in plastics, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, and personal care products, along with the widespread use of antibiotics, pharmaceuticals and OTC medications, and you begin to get some idea of what our immune systems, elimination organs and digestive systems are up against.

The gut has a surface area of about 200 square meters, which comes in contact not only with foods but with everything else we ingest. And though we carry beneficial intestinal microorganisms, that outnumber our cells 10 – 1, the microbiome is substantially affected by diet, toxic substances and medications. Microbial changes in the GI tract have a profound effect on inflammatory and metabolic responses. Dysbiosis and digestive issues resulting from an imbalance in the digestive tract are often early signs of autoimmunity. As all foods are either inflammatory or anti-inflammatory, certain dietary choices can modify the ecology of the microbiome, often resulting in a susceptibility to inflammation-driven autoimmune diseases.

The intestinal lining, the first line of defense for the immune system, is only one cell thick with tight junctions between cells. With LGS, intestinal hyperpermeability allows undigested food particles, bacteria, and toxins, that would normally be eliminated, to enter the bloodstream. When this happens, the immune system activates and begins to make antibodies against its own tissues, laying the groundwork for diseases that include alopecia, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s, multiple sclerosis and many others.

Likely contributors to leaky gut include diet, chronic stress, inflammation, toxic overload, bacterial imbalance, medications, yeast overgrowth and zinc deficiency. To help eliminate LGS, adopt eating habits that facilitate optimal digestion:

  • Make dietary changes to eliminate added sugars, starches, grains and common allergens like dairy, peanuts and gluten to curb inflammation and reduce yeast overgrowth. This allows this intestinal tract to slowly heal and return to its normal permeability.
  • Leaky gut leads to malabsorption of nutrients, which in turn leads to deficiencies, particularly in vitamins D and B12, iron and zinc. Supplementing with these nutrients, a high-quality multivitamin and omega-3 fish oil helps improve the condition of the mucosal lining and reduce inflammation. Anti-inflammatory L-glutamine, an essential amino acid, is critical to the growth and repair of the intestinal lining.
  • Support your microbiome with probiotics to keep harmful organisms in check and aid nutrient absorption. Quality probiotics nourish and support a healthy gut and reduce symptoms of dysbiosis.
  • Digestive enzymes help to break down food particles before they reach the intestines, preventing larger undigested molecules from irritating the intestinal lining. Digestive enzymes may also help to reduce inflammation in the gut to give added support to the immune system.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality supplements to support a healthy intestinal system:

Dysbi-EaseDysbi-Ease by Biospec Nutritionals – This highly effective supplement provides all natural antibacterial and antifungal ingredients that help dispose of harmful microbes and yeasts that can lead to dysbiosis. Use this product in conjunction with a probiotic taken 3 hours apart.

 

Immune SupportImmune Support by Theramedix – This professional strength proprietary enzyme blend breaks down undigested proteins to boost and support immune health. Delayed release vegetarian capsule.

 

Rehmannia Complex

Rehmannia Complex by Professional Complementary Health Formulas – This liquid botanical formulation assists the body in inflammatory conditions associated with autoimmune disorders.

 

Neuro-Immune...Neuro-Immune Infection Control™ by Neurobiologix – This broad spectrum professional formula combines natural ingredients shown to effectively inhibit yeast and bacterial overgrowth to help control inflammation to allow the body to heal. Wheat, soy and milk free formulation.

 

Zinc Drink™Zinc Drink™ by Metagenics® — This convenient liquid zinc formula supports healthy immune function and assists enzyme activity associated with numerous biochemical reactions. Gluten, soy, and dairy free, vegetarian formulation.

 

D3 PlusD3 Plus® by Bio-Tech – This excellent source of natural highly absorbable vitamin D3 is combined with vitamins K1 and K2, magnesium and zinc in support of optimal immune, cardiovascular, and neuromuscular health. Gluten, yeast, and dairy free.

 

L-Glutamine 1,000 mg...L-Glutamine 1,000 mg by Pure Encapsulations – L-glutamine nutritionally supports the integrity of the mucosal lining and healthy functioning on the gastrointestinal tract, aiding nutrient utilization and absorption, and limiting passage of toxins through the intestinal barrier. Gluten and soy fee, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
Leaky Gut: Can This Be Destroying Your Health? http://www.functionalmedicineuniversity.com/public/Leaky-Gut.cfm
Autoimmunity and the Gut. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4036413/
Diet-Induced Dysbiosis of the Intestinal Microbiota and the Effects on Immunity and Disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3448089/