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Restorative Formulations – Featured Brand

Restorative FormulationsSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Restorative Formulations is a hands-on physician-owned company located in Montpelier, Vermont. Since 2000, Restorative Formulations has offered a wide range of highly effective therapeutic protocols specifically designed for clinical use. These unique products are formulated  with pure, highly concentrated potent botanicals and botanical extracts to optimize hormone, cardiac and immune function. Products are manufactured in FDA audited facilities in compliance with GMP standards, assuring quality, efficacy and safety.

Quality raw materials are grown, harvested and dried at their peak on North American farms, ensuring their 95% USDA Organic and wild crafted ingredients provide optimal levels of efficacious constituents. Botanical components are tested using high performance liquid chromatography to accurately analyze potency. To maintain the plant’s beneficial volatile oils no solvents are ever utilized. Restorative Formulations extraction ratios range up to 100:1, assuring therapeutic dosages for rapid results.

Restorative Formulations practices sustainable resourcing and pledges 100 % carbon offset for manufacturing and shipping. As an environmentally and socially conscious company, Restorative Formulations donates up to 10% of profits to environmental, conservation and social justice organizations. Products are gluten, wheat, sugar, dairy, yeast, corn and GMO free and are packaged in amber glass bottles.

Here are some top selling products from Restorative Restorations. To see the full line of products, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

AdaptogenAdaptogen: To help maintain energy, vitality and physical stamina, Adaptogen provides organic ashwagandha, eleuthero root, holy basil, astragalus root and fo-ti root. No additional ingredients. Free of GMOs, wheat, gluten, nuts, eggs, soy, dairy, fillers, binders, preservatives, animal derived ingredients and heavy metals.

Metabolic Nutrition...Metabolic Nutrition: Available in powder or capsule form, Metabolic Nutrition provides high levels of bioavailable vitamins and minerals, as well as CoQ10, L-carnitine and D-alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols in support of optimal cellular function and overall wellness.

Glucose Balance PxGlucose Balance Px: This formula provides specific herbs and trace minerals in support of healthy balanced blood sugar levels already within a normal range. The addition of milk thistle provides support for healthy liver function. Free of wheat, gluten, nuts, eggs, soy, dairy, fillers, binders, preservatives, animal derived ingredients, and heavy metals.

Adrenal Px BalanceAdrenal Px Balance: This top selling adrenal product provides highly concentrated organic adaptogenic herbs to normalize the stress response, increase stress resistance and help maintain healthy cortisol levels, as well as provide an enhanced calming effect on the central nervous system.

Proper Nutrients for Healthy Brain Aging

BrainDiet1Jacquie Eubanks RN BSN

Along with a growing aged population comes the desire to preserve healthy cognitive function throughout one’s lifespan. An interdisciplinary field of research known as nutritional cognitive neuroscience investigates the impact of nutrition on cognition and brain health with aging. This research demonstrates that many aspects of nutrition, from entire diets to specific nutrients, can affect brain structure and function. Emerging evidence indicates that optimal nutrition may potentially preserve cognitive function, slow aging progression and reduce the incidence of debilitating diseases in healthy aging populations. Recent advances in the study of the beneficial effects of plasma levels of nutrient biomarkers on the aging brain aim to establish effective nutritional interventions to promote healthy brain aging.

Biomarkers provide measures of nutritional status of bioactive chemicals in foods, which can indicate a healthy level of nutrients, as well as nutrient deficiencies. Epidemiological studies have identified approximately 100 biomarkers that correlate with dietary intake, such as vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, polyphenols, fatty acids, amino acids, metabolites and enzymes. These biomarkers can be used to estimate the intake of a wide range of dietary components, including overall fruit and vegetable intake, whole grains, salmon, red meat, tea and wine, as well as food additives and contaminants.

In one study, reported in the March 2019 edition of Neurolmage, scientists at the University of Illinois examined 32 key nutrients present in significant amounts in the Mediterranean diet. Shown in previous studies to provide nutrients that confer protective effects on brain health, the Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole grains, olive oil and seafood and limits red meat and sweets. The study linked higher blood levels of several key nutrients with more efficient brain connectivity and enhanced performance on cognitive tests, supporting previous research that linked better brain function in older adults who most closely followed a Mediterranean style diet.

Multiple studies have shown that adherence to the Mediterranean diet lowers the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), as well as reduces the likelihood of progression from MCI to dementia. The University of Illinois study applied a rigorous approach to the study of diet and brain health. As opposed to relying on food intake surveys, researchers used MRI high resolution brain imaging to evaluate brain network efficiency in addition to measured blood levels of nutrients and cognitive function tests. Per leading researcher Aron Barbey, U. of I. psychology professor in the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, “Functional MRI’s can indicate the efficiency of individual brain networks, which has to do with how information is communicated within the network.”

Researchers looked at local efficiency, or how well information is shared within spatially  confined brain regions, as well as global efficiency, the number of steps required to transfer information from one region to any other region in the network. Different nutrient patterns appeared to moderate the efficiency in different brain networks. The study suggests that diet and nutrition moderate the association between network efficiency and cognitive performance. The researchers found what they termed “robust” links between five nutrient biomarker patterns and better results on memory, general intelligence, and executive function tests. Nutrients in the biomarker patterns include antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, lycopene, carotenoids, riboflavin (vitamin B2), folate (vitamin B9), vitamin B12 and vitamin D, which all appeared to work synergistically.

The U. of I. study has highlighted the potential impact of nutritional factors and individual micronutrients on brain and cognitive performance, particularly in the older population. Of particular interest are the B vitamins, folate, B12 and B6, as mild deficiencies in these vitamins are relatively common in older adults. Studies have provided evidence of an association between these B vitamins and many aspects of cognitive performance, especially in seniors. Evidence continues to mount that higher intakes and serum concentrations of folate, B6 and B12 may influence cognitive performance, as well as neurological and physiological function.

The growing and promising field of nutritional cognitive neuroscience will continue to advance our understanding of the beneficial effects of nutrition on aging brain health. Ultimately, nutritional therapies will be developed to support targeted treatment of cognitive and neurological impairments in the aging brain. In the meantime, preliminary evidence indicates the effectiveness of supplementation in enhancing cognitive performance in older adults. Along with the Mediterranean diet, regular exercise and healthy sleep, therapeutic nutritional supplements may play a protective role in brain health and have a positive impact on cognitive performance, mood and wellbeing as we enter our golden years.

Professional Supplement Center offers unique and effective quality formulations in support of brain and whole body heath and function:

Synergistic Brain...Synergistic Brain Health by Diamond Formulations: This product is specifically formulated with well-researched therapeutic nutrients that work collectively to support long-term brain health and function. Key ingredients with potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties optimize cellular energy production, reduce oxidative stress, enhance neurotoxin detoxification and promote the production and communication of brain neurotransmitters in support of the maintenance of healthy cognitive function. Free of wheat, yeast, soy, gluten, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Comprehensive...Comprehensive Nutritional Panel by Spectracell Laboratories: This micronutrient test kit offers an accurate, scientifically proven method of assessing nutritional deficiencies. This test  measures 35 nutritional components, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites. Test kit, shipping labels and a complimentary post-test in-person or telephone consultation with our Registered Nurse to discuss test results is included.

Cognizin Citicoline...Cognizin® Citicoline 250 mg by Healthy Origins®: This formula provides clinically studied nutrients that provide antioxidant defense, stimulate neuronal communication and support healthy cognition. Free of starch, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, barley, fish, shellfish, nuts, tree nuts, eggs and dairy. Non-GMO formulation.

Vital Brain Natural...Vital Brain Powder™ by Vital Nutrients: This lemon flavored powdered formula provides powerful nutrients that support mental performance, healthy cognitive function, healthy mood and brain wellness. Free of wheat, barley and rye gluten, casein, whey, eggs and sugar. Contains soy.

CogniAidCogniAid™ by Designs for Health®: This herbal extract formula is designed to help support heathy mood and cognition by supporting the maintenance of neurotransmitters, neuronal health and healthy nerve impulse transmission. Featured ingredients include a wild blueberry complex, green tea extract and bacopa monnieri. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

References:
Nutritional Cognitive Neuroscience: Innovations for Healthy Brain Aging. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4893495/
Nutrients in Blood Linked to Better Cognition and Brain Connectivity in Older Adults. https://neurosciencenews.com/aging-blood-cognition-nutrients-10385/
Study links nutrient patterns in blood to better brain connectivity, cognition in older adults. https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/730014
B Vitamins, Cognition, and Aging: A Review. https://academic.oup.com/psychsocgerontology/article/56/6/P327/610645
Does the Mediterranean Diet Impact Brain Health and Memory? https://www.verywellhealth.com/mediterranean-diet-brain-health-98428

The History of Probiotics From Antiquity to Modern Day

HistoryProbioticsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

How interesting that the documented therapeutic use of probiotics can be traced all the way back to Pliny the Elder, military commander of the early Roman Empire, naturalist and author of Naturalis Historia (Natural History). Based on fact, opinion, speculation and observation, this work is celebrated as the first scientific encyclopedia, a massive treatise on the natural world that included art, astronomy, anthropology, agriculture, botany, chemistry, geography, horticulture, magic, medicine, mineralogy and zoology. One of the largest single works to have survived from antiquity to the modern day, Naturalis Historia served as the western world’s primary source of scientific information and theory from 77 CE until the middle ages. Somewhere within this 37-volume work, Pliny the Elder endorsed fermented milk beverages as a natural treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.

Per the Journal of Infectious Diseases & Preventive Medicine, fermentation is a metabolic process by which an organism converts a carbohydrate, typically starch or sugar, into an alcohol or acid. These metabolic byproducts lower pH and effectively prevent spoilage of fermented foodstuffs. While no one knows precisely when humans began using the fermentation process, it is generally agreed that this method of food preservation began in antiquity. Artifacts suggest that fermented milk products were consumed as early as 7000 BC. The fermentation process for food preservation also led to the brewing of beer and ale, the fermentation of grapes and other fruits to make wine and the use of yeast to make lighter, more airy bread.

Although ancient civilizations did not attribute the fermentation process to microorganisms, history supports the use of fermented milk products for their taste and health benefits. During the middle ages a wide variety of fermented foods and drinks were consumed to promote digestive health and wellbeing. It took centuries before the scientific connection was made between health and the ingestion of living microorganisms.

  • In 1680, microbiologist van Leeuwenhoek observed yeast cells fermenting beer through his newly built microscope.
  • In 1860, the great French chemist, Louis Pasteur definitively concluded that lactic acid fermentation was initiated by microorganisms and the simultaneous organization, development and multiplication of cells.
  • In 1899, after isolating Bifidobacteria from the stools of breast-fed infants and their discovery as a predominant component of intestinal flora in healthy humans, Henry Tissier recommended Bifidobacteria for the treatment of infant diarrhea.
  • Although a fermented milk product was marketed in France in 1906, it is not clear whether the product contained live organisms.
  • In 1907, German chemist Eduard Buchner received the Nobel Prize for proving that enzymes in yeast cells cause fermentation.
  • In 1908, Russian scientist, Ilya Ilyich Metchnikoff received the Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery that certain foods had the potential to improve human health by favorably altering the gastrointestinal microflora.
  • In 1919, commercial production of yogurt began in Spain, but it remains unclear whether it contained organisms able to survive transit through the upper gastrointestinal tract.
  • In 1930, Japanese microbiologist Minoru Shirota discovered, isolated and cultivated Lactobacillus casei, bacterial flora that survived passage through the gut after ingestion.
  • In 1935, Yakult, a fermented milk drink that contained live microflora able to survive passage through the gut, became the first commercially available probiotic.

Initially, the focus of fermented milk products with probiotics was the treatment of intestinal infections. Interest in probiotics gradually waned in the late 1930’s, largely a result of the Great Depression, World War II and the discovery of antibiotics. Since the 1980’s, increasing antimicrobial resistance, limited pharmaceutical research and the development of infectious diseases has led to increased interest in probiotics, viewed as an advantageous non-pharmaceutical strategy to prevent and potentially treat a variety of infections. The 1994 passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) allowed for the use of probiotics in food substances and dietary supplements. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines prohibit any therapeutic claims of probiotic strains without undergoing pharmaceutical regulatory processes.

From probiotic origins as home-brewed fermented milk to our present day commercially available foods and supplements, historical perspectives and contemporary research appear to support the gut microbiota’s positive effect on health and disease prevention. We know that beneficial bacteria have wide-reaching effects and are a necessary part of health regulation. We also know that consumers want and are entitled to accurately labeled, safe and efficacious probiotic products. Although the ideal ratio of probiotics and composition has yet to be determined, the basic premise of probiotic use is to restore a relative population of healthy beneficial bacteria to effectively support digestive, immune and optimal health.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other scientifically-based professional probiotic formulations in support of overall health:

Bifido ComplexBifido Complex by Progressive Laboratories™: Each capsule of this science-based, pre- and probiotic nutraceutical provides a proprietary blend of one billion live organisms from specially selected strains proven to be acid and bile resistant to allow delivery to the intestinal tract for maximum benefit. Free of wheat, corn, soy, milk, whey and preservatives. Refrigeration required.

GI FloraGI Flora by Allergy Research Group®: This hypoallergenic, nondairy formula provides a blend of four beneficial probiotic strains plus a prebiotic in support of optimal gastrointestinal function and overall wellness. GI flora provides a total of 12 billion live microflora per serving. Free of milk, grains, yeast, soy and other common allergens. Heat sensitive.

Mega SporeBiotic™Mega SporeBiotic™ by Microbiome Labs: This 100% spore-based, broad-spectrum formula provides a blend of five probiotic strains, including two patented strains clinically shown to colonize the gut and maintain healthy gut barrier function. Mega SporeBiotic™ promotes microbial diversity, supports overall immunity, aids vitamin production and maintains efficacy during antibiotic therapy. Free of gluten, dairy, wheat, corn, rice, sugar, salt, soy and artificial flavors and colors. Non-GMO formulation. Shelf stable. No refrigeration required.

Probiotic...Probiotic Professional 30 by Professional Supplement Center®: This proprietary formula provides a blend of four well-researched beneficial probiotic strains totaling 30 billion CFU per capsule. Specially designed gastro-resistant capsules help ensure targeted release to colonize within the intestines. Free of wheat, gluten, soy, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO vegetarian formulation. Shelf stable. No refrigeration required.

Probiotic 50B (soy...Probiotic 50B by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formula provides a blend of five beneficial probiotic strains totaling 50 billion CFU per capsule. Acid-resistant capsules with pH-targeted release are designed to deliver maximal viable organisms to the gastrointestinal tract to promote healthy intestinal ecology and maintain healthy GI barrier function. Gluten, dairy and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation. Heat sensitive. Refrigeration required.

References:
Natural History Encyclopedic Scientific Work By Pliny The Elder. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Natural-History-encyclopedic-scientific-by-Pliny-the-Elder
Probiotics: History and Evolution. file:///C:/Users/SusanB/Downloads/probiotics-history-and-evolution-2329-8731.1000107(4).pdf
Probiotics History. https://journals.lww.com/jcge/FullText/2016/11001/Probiotics_History.3.aspx
Science community defends effectiveness of probiotics. https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/en/science-community-defends-effectiveness-of-probiotics/