Featured Brand – Pure Essence Labs

PureEssenceLabsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor



Professional Supplement Center now carries Pure Essence Labs, a line of whole food nutritional supplements. Pure Essence Labs formulates balanced, holistic formulas that work in synergistic harmony to address both the symptoms and the root cause of health challenges. Their products are designed with natural USP vitamins and minerals and are fortified with superfoods, botanicals, digestive enzymes and phytochemicals. Raw materials, which are hand selected and triple tested for purity and identity, must be both scientifically and holistically effective. In-house testing of all finished products assures that every lot is tested and are not randomly checked as allowed by FDA standards. All products are manufactured in accordance with cGMP regulations to ensure consistency and peak performance. Pure Essence Labs‘ superior quality formulas are unconditionally guaranteed for purity, safety and effectiveness.  

Please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com to see the full line of products from Pure Essence Labs.

EnergyPlusEnergyPlus™ – This holistic formula provides phytonutrients, superfoods, adaptogens and medicinal mushrooms that work synergistically to support clean lasting energy for cellular efficiency, organ system support and vibrant health. Gluten, soy, dairy and yeast free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.


Longevity™ Men's FormulaLongevity™ Men’s Formula – This multiple vitamin and mineral formula provides enzymes, co-nutrients, bioflavonoids, immune factors, digestive enzymes and more. Designed specifically for men, this formula also contains an advanced blend of cell-protective antioxidant factors, superfoods and glutathione precursors to provide the broadest possible health, energy and anti-aging support. Gluten, dairy and yeast free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula. Longevity™ Women’s Formula also available.

LifeEssence The Master MultipleLife Essence™ – This well designed multiple vitamin and mineral formula is formulated to provide maximum energy for those who fail to meet the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. This nutritious formula supports cellular function with a variety of high potency phytonutrients, bioflavonoids, antioxidants, superfoods and more! Gluten, dairy and yeast free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.



Candex™ – This popular product contains a potent blend of plant-based, fiber-digesting enzymes, which support and help to maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microflora. Gluten, soy, dairy and yeast free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

The Skinny on Belly Fat

Skinny_BellyFatJacquie Eubanks RN BSN



Don’t be surprised if, at your next check up, your doctor checks not only your weight but also measures the circumference of your waist. Abdominal obesity, often termed a “beer belly” or “middle aged spread,” is now considered far more dangerous to your health than being overweight or having a BMI in the obese range. Even more telling, if your weight is in the normal, healthy range but you have extra weight around your middle, you may have twice the mortality risk of those who are overweight or obese. According to a recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, people with “normal-weight central obesity have the worst long-term survival rates.” While a pot belly or muffin top may be obvious, even normal weight people who look skinny on the outside, may still be fat on the inside and may have a higher percentage of body fat relative to muscle.

Visceral fat that accumulates underneath the abdominal muscles and surrounds your organs may be invisible, but it is more dangerous to your long term health than the highly visible subcutaneous belly fat that lies above the abdominal muscles. Studies show that metabolically active, hormone producing visceral fat is linked to increased low-level inflammation, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cardiovascular disease and a higher risk of early death. Simply put, neglecting the consequences of being out of shape and carrying fat around your waist even though you are normal weight is more than a little hazardous to your health.

Studies show that about one-fourth of adults with normal weight have risk factors for an unhealthy heart, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. With normal-weight obesity, genetics is a factor, but medical issues may largely be the consequence of a high sugar, junk food diet which results in visceral fat storage. Unfortunately, although a person may not be visibly overweight or have a lot of fat stored overall, their organs can be coated with visceral fat, the most dangerous kind. So, while many are dieting to lose weight, we need to remember the importance of fitness. It’s not enough to simply be of normal weight if you are not also physically fit. It appears it may be better to be overweight but fit, than to be thin but out of shape.

How do you know if you are a skinny fat person? Besides the obvious pinch test, high blood glucose levels, high triglycerides, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are all indicators that your health is less than ideal. But here’s the good news, unlike subcutaneous fat, visceral fat is relatively easy to lose. A combination of proper diet, reduced portion sizes, 30 minutes of daily exercise and good sleep habits can help to reverse a high waist-to-hip ratio. Add in resistance or weight training several times per week and muscle mass will improve. Increased lean muscle mass may have a positive, protective effect on heart health and diabetes prevention. Stress reduction can also help, as studies show that those with chronic stress have a disproportionate amount of belly fat.

Mark Hyman, MD., author of the book The Blood Sugar Solution, suggests that the answer for someone with central obesity who wishes to regain their health is relatively the same as it is for those with obesity and diabetes:

  • Stick to low-glycemic load foods
  • Eat protein at every meal
  • Avoid liquid calories including sodas and juices
  • Make your diet largely plant based
  • Be sure to include omega-3 rich foods
  • Avoid all wheat products
  • Participate in both cardio and strength training
  • Get regular sufficient sleep
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Reduce caffeine
  • Supplement with multivitamins, good quality fish oil and vitamin D

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements and nutraceuticals to support a healthy lifestyle:

PGX DailyPGX® Daily by Bioclinic Naturals – This proprietary blend provides a combination of 3 highly viscous, water soluble fibers that support healthy glucose and cholesterol levels already within the normal range. PGX® helps to normalize blood sugar levelsand improve regularity and supports reduced appetite and healthy weight loss. Gluten, dairy and yeast free formulation.


Cinnamon with Chromium PicolinateCinnamon with Chromium Picolinate by PhysioLogics – This high quality formula contains a synergistic blend of cinnamon and chromium picolinate to help support sugar, fat and nutrient metabolism. Gluten, dairy and yeast free formulation.


D3 LiquidD3 Liquid by Metagenics – This easily dosed liquid formula provides 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 as cholecalciferol per drop in support of cardiovascular, immune and neurological health. Ideal for children and those who prefer a liquid formula. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO formula.


Peak EPA

Peak EPA by Wiley’s Finest Alaskan Fish Oil – One softgel provides 1000 mg of pure, concentrated EPA and DHA essential fatty acids in support of a healthy inflammatory response and overall wellness.   Sustainably sourced by American fishermen. Gluten, dairy and soy free formulation.


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Abdominal fat and what to do about it. http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/abdominal-fat-and-what-to-do-about-it
Your beer belly may kill you. www.cnn.com/2015/11/11/health/beer-belly-fat-may-kill-you/index.html
The Hidden Dangers of ‘Skinny Fat.’ http://time.com/14407/the-hidden-dangers-of-skinny-fat/
Are You a Skinny Fat Person? 10 Steps to Cure the Skinny Fat Syndrome. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/skinny-fat_b_1799797.html

Reducing Inflammation with Traditional Herbs

Trad_HerbsJacquie Eubanks RN BSNChronic inflammation is now recognized as an underlying contributor to life altering and life threatening chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurological, periodontal and autoimmune diseases. Unlike short term, rapid onset acute inflammation, which occurs when there is a an injury, infection or illness, chronic low-grade, invisible inflammation can slowly simmer for months or years, draining energy, weakening the immune system and triggering a variety of conditions and diseases. Research now shows that successful aging appears to be related to an optimal functioning of the immune system, which regulates the immune-inflammatory responses.

While there is evidence that our genetic makeup plays a role in our predisposition to acquire health problems, including the development of systemic inflammation, your health may not be genetically fixed. Lifestyle factors have a significant impact on wellness. Those who wish to cool the fires of chronic inflammation and maintain their health well into their senior years should take a hard look at their diet and other lifestyle choices. Lifestyle factors that play a part in cellular inflammation include the usual suspects — the standard American diet, smoking, obesity, chronic stress, poor sleep habits, excess alcohol consumption and a sedentary lifestyle.

Jack Chellum, author of the book The Inflammation Syndrome, proposes that diet is largely to blame for the increase in inflammatory diseases. He suggests that “the typical western diet now contains 30 times more pro-inflammatory nutrients than it did a century ago,” and concludes “people have become more nutritionally and biochemically primed for powerful, out-of-control inflammatory reactions.” Once the body is primed for inflammation, environmental stressors or a smoking habit can trigger an onset before the body has time to cool down on its own. Mr. Chellum suggests that strong inflammation producing components include obesity, lack of regular exercise, over-exercising to the point of injury, and dietary imbalances including an inadequate intake of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which are used by the body to manufacture anti-inflammatory compounds.

While conventional medical treatments to reduce inflammation typically address pain and suppress the immune response with OTC and pharmaceutical medications, they often come with the risk of serious side effects and don’t address the underlying disease processes.   Moderate exercise, losing weight, reducing stress, and eating better can help to squelch the body’s inflammatory response. As dietary changes and nutritional supplements can help to normalize the immune response, some are looking past the medicine cabinet and to the kitchen for natural pain relief, which can be found in anti-inflammatory foods and spices. One reason the Mediterranean eating style has become so popular is that the diet avoids inflammation-producing sugary, packaged and fried foods and includes of lots of anti-inflammatory components, including omega-3’s, colorful antioxidant fruits and veggies and moderate amounts of red wine.

Zest up your meals with these anti-inflammatory and analgesic spices and herbs:

Ginger – In Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, ginger has been used for thousands of years to restore balance or homeostasis, as it is believed that inflammation is the result of an imbalance of bodily functions. Scientific research has shown that gingerol, the active bioactive compound of ginger, has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties that can aid digestion and help reduce nausea, muscle pain and soreness. Studies have shown that ginger can help reduce the pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid and osteoarthritis and may help prevent joint inflammation and damage.  

Turmeric – Utilized as both a flavoring and a traditional medicinal herb, turmeric contains powerful bioactive compounds known as curcuminoids. Curcumin, the main active ingredient found in turmeric, is a potent antioxidant and is strongly anti-inflammatory. Studies show that the anti-inflammatory compounds found in turmeric effectively block enzymes that cause pain, swelling and inflammation and positively affect arthritic symptoms by decreasing overall pain and stiffness.

Cinnamon – In addition to being a delicious ingredient of many foods and drinks, cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and antimicrobial properties. Cinnamon helps to prevent inflammation by blocking the formation of compounds that activate the immune response and trigger inflammation. Cinnamon has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and to help prevent blood sugar spikes following a meal.

Garlic – Garlic contains allicin, which has many proven therapeutic benefits. Used as a medicinal since the time of the Pharaohs, garlic is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-cancer and antiviral. A long term study showed garlic’s anti-arthritic properties may help reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. In addition, garlic has been shown to boost the immune system and have positive effects on blood pressure and blood lipids.

Pepper- Peppers, especially chili peppers, contain capsaicinoids, which have extraordinary anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-cancer benefits. Research has shown that capsaicin taken orally in whole form or as a supplement or applied topically can relieve arthritis pain, while it’s potent anti-inflammatory effects help fight chronic inflammation.

Rosemary – Rich in active compounds, rosemary is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic in nature. As an analgesic, rosemary may be taken orally to act as a natural pain reliever or applied topically, to reduce muscle and arthritis pain. In addition to its ability to reduce inflammation of the muscles, blood vessels and joints, rosemary helps protect the cardiovascular and immune systems, boosts memory and improves circulation.

Professional Supplement Center offers many safe and effective, high quality anti-inflammatory herbal formulas:

Ginger extract

Ginger Extract by Pure Encapsulations – Each capsule contains 500 mg of ginger extract standardized to contain 5% gingerols. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.



Cinnamon ForceCinnamon Force™ by New Chapter – This proprietary cinnamon blend contains both cinnamon bark and supercritical cinnamon extract in a whole food, naturally gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.



C3 Curcumin Complex

C3 Curcumin Complex by Designs for Health – One capsule contains 400 mg of Curcumin C3 Complex® standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.  




Rosemary by Herb Pharm – This certified organic rosemary oil is hand-harvested and freshly extracted from rosemary leaf tips. Plant based 100% organic formula.



Super Garlic 6000

Super Garlic 6000® by Metagenics – This super concentrated raw garlic supplement yields 6000 mcg of allicin per tablet. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.



Curcumin 500 with Bioperine®Curcumin 500 with Bioperine® by Pure Encapsulations – Each capsule delivers 500 mg of turmeric, standardized to contain 95% curcuminoids plus Bioperine® black pepper extract standardized to contain 95% piperine. Research shows that black pepper has the potential to enhance bioavailability and promote absorption of curcuminoids. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

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What To Eat When Cutting Back on Meat

CutBackMeatJacquie Eubanks RN BSNRecently the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that human consumption of processed meats should be seen as a global public health risk. The determination that processed meats are carcinogenic was based on sufficient evidence that eating as little as 2 ounces of processed meat daily increased the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%, as compared to those who ate none. Additionally, red meat was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” and had strong associated risks of pancreatic, stomach and prostate cancers. As one might expect, the announcement caused a backlash from the meat industry and created confusion among consumers who wondered how much meat is too much and what amount, if any, is reasonable or safe to consume.

When we look at statistics, we can see that we are consuming much more meat than we did 50 years ago — 80 pounds per person in 1940 as compared to 195 pounds per person in 2000. According to the Earth Policy Institute, U.S. meat consumption has been slowly and steadily declining since 2012, signaling a change in attitude possibly based on the high cost of meat, health and environmental concerns, and ethical concerns about industrial meat production. A United Nations goal to eliminate world hunger by 2030, set to be announced shortly, will recommend moving towards a mostly plant-based diet, healthier for both humans and the planet.

Other health agencies, such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer AskTheNurseSociety, have already touted limited red meat consumption, largely aimed at reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer and other diseases. And while we already knew that grilling meat at high temperatures generates compounds that may contribute to carcinogenic risks, many now wonder if we need to give up our favorite bacon cheeseburgers, pastrami sandwiches and the hot dogs consumed during backyard barbecues. The answer, of course, is highly subjective and personal and no recommendations were made nor was any conclusion reached about a safe level to consume.

Based on the WHO report, eating processed and red meats has approximately the same risk factors for developing colon cancer as obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and a diet deficient in fruits and veggies. That said, it’s likely not necessary to give up meat entirely, especially when you follow a fiber-filled nutritious diet and lead a generally healthy lifestyle. However, many tout the long term health benefits of a largely plant-based diet. Substituting meat protein with plant proteins several days each week may reduce the risk of cancer and chronic, highly preventable conditions, including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and consequently, lead to a longer, healthier lifespan.

Numerous cancer studies conclude that eating lots of fiber-filled plant proteins, vegetables and fruits offers a measure of protection against cancer risk. Whole plant foods are naturally low in fat and high in antioxidants and other health promoting anti-cancer compounds. Unsurprisingly, vegetarians have a significantly reduced risk of cancer as compared to meat eaters. Perhaps, what we should recognize from this announcement is that diet is directly related to health. Poor diets equate to poor health and vice versa. Once more it comes down to different opinions as to what constitutes a healthy diet.

To err on the side of caution, make sure your meals are heavy on the vegetable and bean side. Add in fruits, nuts and whole grains and eggs. Consume fish and chicken several times a week and enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. In other words, eat more like a Greek — eat limited amounts of red meat and consume more salads, olives and yogurt in addition to the foods already mentioned. Save bacon for an occasional treat or that hot dog for an afternoon at the ball park. For those concerned about the impact of their own food choices on the health of our planet, the Mediterranean or any plant-based diet is more climate friendly.

Raising livestock for meat consumption results in very high water usage and contributes substantially to global warming. As the climate shifts, our diets will need to shift as well. The majority of the world’s agricultural land is now dedicated to livestock farming. More efficient use of the land and resources support producing grains, fruits and vegetables for direct human consumption. Many of us have the privilege of choosing what we want to eat every day and it’s important to note that when switching to a more plant-based diet, we need to concentrate on whole foods and avoid the pitfalls of overly processed vegetarian junk foods.

To gradually shift your mindset from a meat-based diet to a plant-based diet, choose nutritious, satisfying foods and consider the following:

  • Include nutrient dense greens, mineral rich nuts and seeds, healthy fats to fight inflammation, hearty and filling root veggies and plant-based proteins such as tofu, quinoa and legumes.
  • Avoid processed meats most of the time. If you do want to have processed meats occasionally, choose those processed without nitrates, which are known to be carcinogenic.
  • When you do opt for red meat, choose grass fed whenever possible. Pasture raised animals who are allowed sunshine, exercise and their natural diet produce healthier meat than animals who are confined and fed an unnatural diet of corn or grain.
  • Cook meat in a healthy way, such as baking or stewing. Grilling can trigger the formation of cancer-promoting chemicals such as hydrocarbons.
  • Eat small (3 – 4 ounce) portions of meat, along with abundant portions of vegetables and salads.
  • Those new to vegetarianism often choose already prepared, processed foods or just eat cheese or french fries. While it is commendable to go vegan or vegetarian, you still need to eat a variety of nutritious whole foods, as close to their natural state as possible. Whole foods are satisfying and filling, reduce cravings and help maintain a healthy weight.
  • Those who are concerned about getting enough protein can choose from an array of plant-based protein powders that ensure all essential amino acid needs are met.

To be sure you get that extra protein boost, try these high quality, plant-based protein powdered formulas:

Absolute Protein VanillaAbsolute Protein™ Vanilla by NuMedica – This lean, concentrated whey protein blend provides an array of vitamins and minerals, along with branched-chain amino acids, l-carnitine, l-glutamine and niacin-bound chromium. This quick dissolving formula provides 17 g of whey protein and hydrolyzed protein peptides per serving. Wheat free. Contains soy and dairy. Absolute Protein® Chocolate also available.

MediPro Vegan All in One Shake - Chai (SP678)MediPro Vegan All in One Shake – Chai by Thorne Research – Ideal for vegans, vegetarians and dairy-sensitive individuals, this non-whey, vegetable-based, multi-nutrient powder provides 22 g of proprietary blend pea, potato and chlorella protein per serving. Contains vitamins, minerals, fibers, fruits, veggies, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Gluten and dairy free, Non-GMO formulation. Also available in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors.

Super Shake - Banana StrawberrySuper Shake – Banana Strawberry by Nutritional Frontiers – This hypoallergenic, vegetarian, low carb protein powder is suitable for those with food allergies or food sensitivities. Super Shake easily blends with a liquid of choice and features 24 g of pea, rice and pumpkin protein per serving. This formula provides a full complement of amino acids, along with fiber and minerals and is available in Chocolate, Chocolate Coconut, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla and Natural flavors. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegan formula.

PaleoMeal DF - ChocolatePaleoMeal™ DF – Chocolate by Designs for Health – This dairy-free powdered nutritional formula is designed to promote wellness by optimizing protein, fat, carbohydrate and micronutrient intake. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians, this plant-derived pea protein powder provides 17 g of protein per serving, along with vitamins, minerals, CLA and mixed tocopherols. Gluten and lactose free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula. Also available in Vanilla and Mixed Berry favors.

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New Health Warning Explained: How Processed Meat Is Linked to Cancer. http://www.livescience.com/52651-red-meat-cancer-warning-explained.html
Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat. http://www.who.int/features/qa/cancer-red-meat/en/
American Cancer Society – Nutritional Guidelines for Reducing Your Risk of Cancer. https://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@highplains/documents/document/04februarypresentationpdf.pdf
Meat Consumption and Cancer Risk. http://www.pcrm.org/health/cancer-resources/diet-cancer/facts/meat-consumption-and-cancer-risk
Kale or steak? Change in diet key to U.N. plan to end hunger by 2030. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/11/us-development-goals-hunger-idUSKCN0RB00220150911

Got Gout?

Got_GoutJacquie Eubanks RN BSN



As we age, the potential for a flare up of gout, a painful and potentially disabling condition, increases for both men and women. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by an abnormal metabolism of uric acid, that results in a buildup of uric acid in the blood and tissues. Uric acid is a waste product that is formed when the body breaks down purines, byproducts of protein and fructose metabolism. Purines are also found in dietary foods and drinks, such as organ meats, some seafoods, certain vegetables, legumes, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and alcoholic beverages, particularly beer. Most of the time, uric acid dissolves in the blood and is filtered through the kidneys and excreted in urine. When the body makes too much uric acid, or we eat too many foods high in purines, or the kidneys fail to remove enough uric acid, needle-like uric acid crystals can form in the body, often settling in and around the joints, resulting in intense pain, stiffness and inflammation, or in the kidneys, where they can develop into stones.

Gout attacks are generally acute, appearing without warning and lasting from a few hours to several weeks. A majority of the time symptoms subside within 5-10 days, after which people may remain pain free for a period of time. Some people may experience another attack within a few months, while others may go several years between episodes. Flare-ups most often occur in the big toe, but the condition can affect any joint including knees, elbows, wrists and fingers. While a high blood level of uric acid is considered the first stage of gout, not everyone with high levels will develop gout symptoms. The development of gout is strongly linked to genetics and lifestyle factors, including diet and excess alcohol consumption, and with symptoms of metabolic syndrome, including obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol and triglycerides. Stressful events, dehydration, injury, chemotherapy, diuretics and other medications may also trigger this painful condition.

As there is no known cure for gout, medications, such as corticosteroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), are often prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation. Other medications, such as those designed to block uric acid production or those that help the kidneys remove uric acid, may also be prescribed. Left untreated, gout can develop into a painful and disabling chronic disorder that can destroy bone and cartilage and result in loss of mobility. While many people may prefer to manage their condition without side effect inducing medications, a combination of medications and lifestyle changes may be necessary to prevent future attacks. Keeping uric acid levels low is extremely important for a lifelong management of gout flare-ups.

While gout is a lifelong disease, lifestyle choices can make a difference in keeping future attacks at bay. Avoid triggers, monitor uric acid levels, maintain a healthy weight and follow a well balanced anti-inflammatory, high antioxidant, low-fructose diet. When flare-ups occur, elevate the painful joint as often as possible and, if tolerable, apply ice packs or cold compresses several times per day to help relieve pain and reduce swelling and inflammation. Lifestyle recommendations that focus on the underlying cause of gout and other painful inflammatory conditions include:

  • Be aware that treatment starts with your diet. A heart healthy, anti-inflammatory eating strategy includes foods low in uric acid, such as low-fat dairy, whole grains and vegetables. Enjoy small amounts of fruits and limited amounts of red and organ meats and shellfish. Totally avoid or severely limit processed foods and, most importantly, sugary drinks and HFCS.
  • Reach and maintain a proper weight. Gradual weight loss helps to reduce blood levels of uric acid and can lessen the risks of heart disease and stroke, commonly seen in those who have gout. Rapid weight loss can actually trigger a gout attack.
  • Hydration is key to minimizing the frequency and intensity of flare-up. Water is a necessary agent for detoxification and helps the blood, liver and kidneys to eliminate toxins and waste products, including uric acid.
  • Derived from hot peppers, cayenne or capsaicin cream applied to the inflamed area helps to alleviate pain. At first use, capsaicin may stimulate pain. However, with continued use, capsaicin decreases the intensity of pain signals in the body.
  • Fresh tart cherries, tart cherry juice and tart cherry supplements and extracts have been shown to support healthy uric acid levels. Tart cherries contain high levels of bioflavonoids and anthocyanins, which inhibit the same inflammation contributing enzymes targeted by anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Limit alcohol consumption as much as possible. Alcohol promotes dehydration and can raise blood levels of uric acid enough to initiate a flare-up. Studies show that men who drink alcohol daily have double the risk of developing gout as compared to non-drinkers.
  • Bromelain, found naturally in pineapple, has been shown to cause uric acid crystals to decompose, helping to relieve pain associated with gout. Taken regularly as a supplement, bromelain can help reduce swelling, pain and tenderness and may also help prevent future attacks.
  • Chronic stress can increase uric acid levels and contribute to a gout attack. Stress management helps to keep cortisol levels down and chronic inflammation at bay.
  • Along with obesity, sleep apnea has been linked to an increased risk of developing gout. Studies suggest that sleep apnea triggers an overproduction of uric acid, creating a more ideal environment for a flare-up. Treating sleep apnea and losing weight may help to reduce gout risks.


Products that may help relieve gout symptoms include:

Uric Acid FormulaUric Acid Formula by Pure Encapsulations – This vitamin and herbal extract formula is designed to support healthy uric acid metabolism. The formula includes antioxidant vitamin C, plus black cherry and bromelain for support of healthy liver enzyme activity, immune activity and alkalization. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.


Uric-gen by Genestra – This liquid herbal remedy is specifically formulated to aid the elimination of uric acids from the body and to aid in the management of crystallized toxins associated with gout and rheumatism. Soy and dairy free, vegan formulation.


M.F. Bromelain® (SB315)

M.F. Bromelain® by Thorne Research – This formula contains a mixture of potent proteolytic enzymes derived from pineapple. Each serving provides 1 g of bromelain. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.


Tart Cherry Ultra

Tart Cherry Ultra by Enzymatic Therapy – One serving contains 1.2 g of tart cherry concentrate, which provides anthocyanins, beneficial antioxidants that support healthy uric acid levels. Gluten, soy and dairy free vegetarian formula.


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Alcohol Increases the Risk of Gout. http://www.health.harvard.edu/family_health_guide/alcohol-increases-the-risk-of-gout

Featured Brand – Progena

ProgenaSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorMeditrend Inc. was founded in 1980 in order to provide innovative solutions designed to improve the quality of health. Progena Professional Formulations, their line of scientifically based nutritional products, provides over 150 unique formulas that incorporate 20 years of collaboration and expertise in nutritional medicine.

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Allergena, a safe and effective line of homeopathic allergy remedies, is formulated for 9 different geographical zones to provide allergy symptom relief specific to local trees, weeds and grasses in that particular region of the U.S. All ingredients undergo strict quality control for consistent purity and safety. Products are manufactured in an NSF GMP Certified facility.

Popular formulas from Progena and Allergena include:

Osteo PlusOsteo Plus – Rated 5 stars by our customers, this advanced bone formula provides Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite (MCHC) plus magnesium, vitamins D3, K, B6 and essential trace minerals in support of healthy bone structure and bone and joint function. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.


Allergena GTW HawaiiAllergena GTW – This homeopathic dilution is formulated to support the body’s immunity and provide temporary relief for symptoms of allergies including sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus pressure and congestion. Available for zones 1 – 9, Allergena GTW helps to enhance the drainage process and remove antigen residue. All remedies are prepared under the standards of the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States (HPUS).


B-12 Folic Acid SublingualB12 Folic Acid Sublingual – This highly rated product provides 1000 mcg of vitamin B12 as methylcobalamin, plus 800 mcg of folic acid and 10 mg of vitamin B6 in support of healthy cardiovascular function and a healthy pregnancy. Natural strawberry/raspberry flavor. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.


Allergena Mold MixAllergena Mold Mix – This homeopathic dilution is formulated to support the body’s immunity and help build a strong immune defense to help fight allergies specific to indoor and outdoor molds. Use of this product facilitates the reduction of the body’s negative reaction to allergens and assists the body to become safely conditioned to tolerate the allergens and reduce symptoms of allergies. Non-drowsy, gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.


Prodophilus (HEAT SENSITIVE PRODUCT)Prodophilus – This product supplies 10 billion CFU of viable probiotic microflora in support of enhanced gastrointestinal and urinary tract health and immune system function. Contains Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum. Gluten, soy and dairy free formula.

So You Think You Can Multitask?

MultitaskingSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor



The truth is, the majority of us think that we are more than capable of multitasking. Surprise! Think again. Neuroscientific studies have shown that only a miniscule 2% percent of people are actually genetically predisposed to be capable of truly multitasking. “No, way,” you might think, “I multitask all the time.” Yet, when people who took part in a clinical multitasking study were asked to rate their performance, those who rated themselves highly capable actually performed the poorest, showing that we overestimate our ability to multitask efficiently.  According to Earl Miller, professor of neuroscience at MIT, we simply can’t focus on more than one thing at a time. The brain, apparently, “is exceptionally good at deluding itself.”

Human beings have a limited capacity for information processing. Multitasking involves actively thinking about more than one thing at a time, which can overload the brain’s working memory. Therefore, while we may think we are masters of multitasking, we are actually switch-tasking — a brain process that allows us to very rapidly switch focus from one task to another. When we are performing tasks simultaneously our brains run interference between them, as the tasks compete to use similar resources in the brain. The brain’s executive processes, which allow us to voluntarily control our behaviors and ignore distractions, rapidly shift our focus and cause something like this to occur:

  • First task – Answer the phone
  • Put task aside
  • Switch
  • Second task – Type the email
  • Put task aside
  • Switch

While the brain can have only one “conscious” experience at a time, it can run multiple simultaneous “automatic tasks” that use unrelated mental and physical resources. Natural activities, such as eating or walking, place less demand on the prefrontal cortex when compared to activities such as reading or driving, which is why we can eat while we check emails or have a conversation while out walking. The brain’s networks that host repetitive or mechanical actions don’t need conscious engagement for their operation. But when our brain has to shift focus from one task to another, it causes us to lose efficiency. This is why talking on the phone while driving can lead to poor communication in addition to traffic infractions and slowed reaction times. In other words, the brain can’t multitask on “conscious” experiences but it can on “automatic” activities that don’t require conscious engagement.

Research has found that when we single-task, the brain uses both the left and the right sides of our prefrontal cortex. This area of the brain is part of our motivational system that springs into action when we need to pay attention and communicates with other brain systems to carry out the task. When the brain has to switch between two similar tasks, such as writing an email while talking on the phone, the brain toggles between the two tasks and the two sides work independently. So, yes, the brain can divide resources fairly easily for two similar tasks, but add in a third task and things start to get tricky. When a third task interrupts the second task, the brain starts crashing, performance suffers, the error rate goes way up and response times plummet, possibly because of the physical limitations of having only two frontal lobes. So while we are often required to perform many tasks simultaneously, this juggling can lead to greater inefficiency.

Each time we switch tasks in rapid succession, we are required to reorient ourselves to each task, which takes time and attention. A recent study by David E. Meyer, University of Michigan Department of Psychology and Jeffrey E. Evans, University of Michigan Medical Center, Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology concluded that switching what you are doing mid-task increases the time it takes to complete both tasks by 25%. Multitasking not only slows us down, it increases the chances of making mistakes and negatively affects our ability to pay attention and recall information. While we are processing information, disruption and interruptions distract us from effectively focusing on the task at hand. Studies show that multitasking compromises the working memory and the ability to store information for short periods of time. So when we are demanding that our brains toggle quickly between tasks, we are depleting our energy, causing brain fatigue and accomplishing less than we think we are.

Negative side effects of multitasking are believed to include short-term memory loss, long-term stress and a reduced ability to ignore external distractions. Habitual multitasking impairs our ability to do any task well. And although single-taskers actually perform better and report higher satisfaction with their completed work, expectations that require multitasking seem to be the norm. What can you do to avoid the perils of multitasking? Multitask only when necessary, and not for convenience or out of habit. Giving total attention to a task or when connecting with a person allows you to fully experience the event. To be fully present is now a rare thing. When we never truly focus, we lose our ability to do so.

Many of us likely can’t remember the last time we did something without trying to do something else at the same time. Remember, attempting to juggle too many things at once makes it hard to get anything done at all. Society has placed such an erroneously high value on multitasking that we have come to believe that we are not productive unless we are engaged in multiple activities. Yet, science shows that chronic multitasking is toxic and damaging to our health. When we concentrate on one task, we can complete the task to the best of our abilities. Our work becomes more focused. We become more effective. Our concentration, energy levels, creativity and decision making skills improve. Our lives becomes more meaningful. Old habits, such as constantly checking email, connecting to smart phones or opening multiple tabs on the computer, are hard to break. Adopting healthier operational habits can train your brain to think more strategically and efficiently, improve your cognitive strategies, rejuvenate your mind and increase accuracy, innovation and speed. Better brain health may just begin with single-tasking baby steps. Start by giving your full attention to a single task for at least 30 minutes each day and consider putting that smart phone away while driving.

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Featured Brand – MegaFood®

MegaFoodSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor



Professional Supplement Center is pleased to announce the addition of MegaFood®, a line of real, whole food supplements manufactured in Londonderry, New Hampshire. MegaFood® was founded in 1973 with one specific goal – delivering the most authentic nutrition possible by providing superior quality whole food supplements for those committed to supporting their own health and wellbeing.  MegaFood® was one of the first companies to formulate whole food supplements utilizing innovative FoodState Nutrients™ that deliver essential vitamins and minerals obtained from a variety of nourishing foods, just as found in nature.

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For Beautiful Skin, Try SophytoPRO

sophytoproSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor



Acne, the bane of teenagers and a growing number of adults, is the most common skin condition in the U.S. Unlike an occasional outbreak of pimples, acne is a chronic condition that can result in permanent scarring and low self esteem. As our largest organ, our skin’s primary role is to serve as a formidable physical barrier, preventing nutrient and water loss and protecting against would be pathogenic invaders. Similar to our intestinal microflora, the skin has its own ecosystem, a diverse milieu of microorganisms, some of which serve as an advanced warning system to alert our immune systems into action. A disruption in the balance of this ecosystem can result in skin disorders or infections.

Normal, healthy sebum production is essential for the protective function of the skin. Sebum, a naturally occurring oily substance produced by the tiny sebaceous glands connected to hair follicles beneath the surface of the skin, is part of the body’s natural barrier, as it moisturizes, lubricates and protects skin and hair and provides an antibacterial shield. Acne is often associated with an overproduction of sebum, which can clog pores and lead to inflammation and an overgrowth of skin based bacteria. The buildup of sebum within clogged pores provides an ideal growth environment and functions as a nutritional source for P. acnes, acne-causing bacteria that lives in the follicles. The most common treatment for acne involves the use of oral or topical retinoids, which are designed to reduce sebum production.

Professional Supplement Center now offers SophytoPRO®, a line of functional, organic skincare products from Ortho Molecular. These all natural, scientifically designed products are formulated to actively transform the health of the skin for optimal skin function. SophytoPRO® targets the root cause of skin imbalances by changing the environment to encourage the skin’s innate mechanisms for renewal, resulting in longer lasting, effective skin restoration. Seven years of research and development based on Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western medicine has resulted in the formulation of skin care products that are free of the detrimental toxic chemicals and suspiciously carcinogenic substances found in many skin care lines.

Manufactured in the U.S.A with an average of 90% certified organic whole foods and botanical extracts, these acne-fighting, anti-aging formulas take a groundbreaking preventative approach to enhance and maintain clear, vibrant skin. The clinically proven, science-based formulas take a holistic approach to acne treatment and overall skin revitalization and contain powerful antioxidants and prebiotics designed to inhibit acne-causing pathogens, minimize pore size and protect against environmental stressors. All products are biodegradable and are gluten and paraben free. The botanical extracts are sustainably cultivated on a 200 acre farm located in Herefordshire, England, which has twice won the U.K.’s leading environmental and farming award.

SophytoPRO® Skin Restore System – Recommended for acne and blemish prone skin, this breakthrough 3-step system utilizes age-defying botanicals with clinically proven, research- based acne fighting power to help control breakouts and improve the appearance of skin for a healthier, more radiant complexion.

SophytoPRO Skin Purifying CleanserSkin Purifying Cleanser – This lightweight cleanser is designed to maintain skin’s delicate pH balance, while effectively providing a thorough cleansing without stripping surface oils. Skin friendly, bioactive quillaja extract provides deep pore cleansing along with botanical based alpha hydroxy acid benefits. Ingredients include quillaja wood extract, fruit extracts and pine leaf extract.


SophytoPRO Skin Restoring Acne SerumSkin Restoring Acne Serum – This oil-free serum provides antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory action that rapidly transforms unhealthy skin and helps to mitigate P. acnes bacterial growth to help prevent future breakouts. Plant based ingredients take a holistic approach in supporting healthy skin flora, while suppressing unhealthy bacteria. Ingredients include fruit extracts, willow bark extract, and wintergreen leaf extract. This acne serum contains 1% natural salicylic acid.


SophytoPRO Skin Reviving MoisturizerSkin Reviving Moisturizer – This instantly absorbed lightweight, luxurious moisturizer effectively hydrates, while minimizing dryness, controlling excess oil and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Ingredients include green tea oil, fruit extracts, cherry seed oil and willow bark extract.


SophytoPRO® Pure Daily System – Recommended for all skin types, these three high performance essential products contain organic bioactives derived from vitamin-enriched plant oils that work synergistically to cleanse, balance and nourish the skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin’s texture and overall appearance.

SophytoPRO Pure CleanserPure Cleanser – This creamy cleanser removes makeup and impurities to gently purify and cleanse, and delivers conditioning agents to restore and maintain skin’s natural moisture. Ingredients include hazelnut oil, sweet almond oil, shea butter, honey propolis extract and rosemary leaf extract. Detergent free.


SophytoPRO Pure Antioxidant SerumPure Antioxidant Serum – This ultra mild and oil free formula provides highly concentrated, water soluble antioxidant tea extracts that nourish and deeply penetrate the skin to protect against oxidative stress, DNA damage and UVA free radical exposure. Ingredients include green and white tea extracts, aloe leaf juice powder, and whole apple fruit extract.


SophytoPRO Pure MoisturizerPure Moisturizer – This lightweight formula is noncomedogenic and instantly absorbed to hydrate and balance stressed or congested skin. Ayurvedic adaptogens and sea buckhorn seed oil help to rejuvenate, harmonize and invigorate the skin. Ingredients include astragalus and panax ginseng root extracts, sunflower, jojoba and sea buckthorn seed oil, containing omegas 3,6,9 and 7.


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What is Sebum? http://thescienceofacne.com/in-depth-sebum/
Acne. https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a—d/acne
About Acne. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0025360/

Adult ADHD – Boon or Bust?

AdultADHDJacquie Eubanks RN BSNDefined as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD is generally marked by hyperactivity, inattentiveness, distractibility and impulsiveness. The majority of those diagnosed with ADHD are children and, more often than not, boys are diagnosed at a higher rate than girls. Statistics show that a youngster diagnosed with ADHD will often carry that diagnosis into adulthood and many will continue to be treated throughout their adult lives. Those who are not diagnosed in childhood are likely to remain undiagnosed in adulthood. Even when behaviors such as restlessness, distractibility, procrastination and the inability to focus persist, many adults do not recognize the symptoms of ADHD. Although hyperactivity often diminishes in adulthood, inattentiveness and impulsivity generally endure. Adults with ADHD are more likely to have an anxiety disorder or suffer from depression.

According to Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Yale University and author of the book Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD is a syndrome that affects the brain’s so called “executive functions,” which can include:

  • Getting started
  • Getting organized
  • Ability to focus and to shift focus
  • Persistence
  • Managing frustration
  • Memory retrieval

While procrastination, inability to concentrate, forgetfulness, disorganization, difficulty completing tasks and distractibility are commonly seen as negative symptoms of ADHD, some highly successful business entrepreneurs who have been diagnosed with ADHD feel that certain symptoms of ADHD have actually contributed to their success. According to psychiatrist Dr. Dale Archer, “characteristics such as creativity, multi-tasking, risk-taking, high energy and resilience are, in fact, strengths when leveraged in the right way and in the right career.” Adults and children with ADHD often have a low boredom threshold and become easily frustrated with routine. Entrepreneurs leverage this to their advantage, leading to an ability to function well in crisis mode, an ability to multi-task, the ability to hyper-focus on something they find innately interesting and the tendency to think outside-the-box to find simple solutions to complex tasks.

These highly successful people say they recognize their shortcomings and so surround themselves with people who can focus on completing the daily details, enabling them to concentrate on the big picture. Many undiagnosed adults know they have trouble focusing, prioritizing and controlling impulses but are unaware that ADHD may be behind their impatience, forgetfulness and the inability to get their everyday lives together.

Inattentiveness, or what some describe as an “underpowered state of consciousness,” affects the brain’s ability to effectively store a memory and can result in a constant state of frustration and seemingly endless searches for lost or misplaced items, forgotten appointments and missed deadlines. Impulsiveness can have unexpected consequences and disorganization creates regular challenges. However, it appears it’s the inability to focus, the core feature of the disorder, that has the most potential to wreak havoc on long term success and happiness.

Not all of us are destined to become entrepreneurs or have a staff that can complete our tasks for us, but we can use some of their techniques to our advantage. The use of technology, which has become a distraction for far too many of us, can make life easier for those with ADHD.

  • As people with ADHD tend to be creative, they can easily become distracted by their constant flow of ideas and creative energy. Taking note of these ideas as they happen and storing them in an online file or a notebook for later review can help to keep people focused on the task at hand.
  • For those who tend to hyper-focus and become so involved in a task that they ignore everything else around them, setting an alarm as a reminder to limit the time spent on certain tasks allows them to move on to the next critical item.
  • As many of us are aware, a lot of things get done at the last minute when the pressure is on. Setting a false deadline creates high pressure situations that produce dopamine, which enhances focus and feeds the reward centers in the brain, helping to get the work done on time.
  • People with ADHD who seek jobs that allow for curiosity, creativity and brainstorming can put their flexibility and quick thinking skills to good use. In the right circumstances or environment, ADHD traits can become an asset and may give people an edge over other less creative thinkers.

For adults with symptoms of ADHD, recognizing the cause of their challenges is the first step towards managing the condition. Many can learn to compensate for their areas of weakness and begin to capitalize on their strengths. It’s not about willpower, as ADHD is essentially the result of chemical imbalances in the brain. While life can at times be challenging for all us, when those with ADHD begin to identity problem areas, such as constant tardiness, forgetfulness, impulsiveness or disorganization, they can work to overcome these obstacles and use their creativity to their own advantage to lead interesting, creative and productive lives. If the inability to manage daily life cannot be overcome by self-help efforts, it may be time to seek outside, professional support.

The following products are formulated to promote focus and attention and support cognitive function:

AttenciaAttencia™ by MetagenicsAttencia™ is scientifically formulated to promote attention and focus with a unique proprietary blend of cognition enhancing targeted ingredients. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.


AD-FocusAD-Focus by Biospec Nutritionals – This broad spectrum, highly specialized nutraceutical complex contains vitamins, minerals, botanicals and adaptogens in support of cognitive function, memory retention and retrieval and neurological function. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.


Advanced NeurotransmitterAdvanced Neurotransmitter by Neurobiologix – This exclusive formula is specifically designed for ADD/ADHD neurological support. This product assists dopamine function and may help to improve focus, memory and mood. Gluten, dairy and soy free.


Full Focus+Full Focus+ by Neurobiologix – Full Focus+ is carefully formulated with synergistic ingredients in support of improved attention and concentration, stabilized behavior and for support of methylation processes.


If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a medical condition, please consult with your healthcare provider before starting on any new supplement regime.

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ADHD: The Entrepreneur’s Superpower. http://www.forbes.com/sites/dalearcher/2014/05/14/adhd-the-entrepreneurs-superpower/
15 Signs You May Have Adult ADHD. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20490145_last,00.html
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Here’s Why ADHD May Have Been An Evolutionary Advantage. http://www.businessinsider.com/adhd-may-have-been-an-advantage-2014-11