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LivOn Labs – Featured Brand

LivOnSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center now offers LivOn Labs, a line of vital nutrients delivered with patented liposomal encapsulation technology for enhanced absorption and maximum utilization. Similar to the double-layer structure of cellular membranes, liposomes are composed of essential phospholipids that protect nutrients from the harsh digestive environment, aiding safe and effective delivery of nutrients to the cells and tissues. Liposomal nutrients achieve maximum absorption in the bloodstream and cells by bypassing absorption barriers without relying on transport systems. Research has shown that encapsulation is one of the most effective ways to increase the therapeutic value and bioavailability of nutrients.

In additional to the principal nutrient, each formula contains essential phospholipids and phosphatidylcholine. Phospholipids are the primary building blocks of cellular membranes that provide cellular protection from free radicals, pathogens and toxins. Phosphatidylcholine is the prominent phospholipid that is necessary for neurotransmitter synthesis and proper heart, brain, immune and nervous system function. LivOn Labs Lypo-Spheric™ nutraceuticals are free of gluten, sugar, dairy, hexane, fillers, and artificial colors and flavors. All formulations are Non-GMO and vegan.

Professional Supplement Center now offers the following liposomal products from LivOn Labs:

Lypo-Spheric™...Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C: To maximize bioavailability, Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C is delivered via smart liposomal nano-spheres. Each packet provides 1,000 mg vitamin C, as sodium ascorbate, and 1,000 mg of essential phospholipids in support of healthy immune, cardiovascular, reproductive and nervous system function, collagen production, cellular health and healthy aging. Gluten, dairy, sugar, filler and artificial flavor and color free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Lypo-Spheric...Lypo-Speric™ Glutathione: Lypo-Spheric™ Glutathione provides 450 mg of reduced form glutathione and 1,000 mg of essential phospholipids delivered via smart liposomal nano-spheres for maximized bioavailability. Considered the “mother” of all antioxidants, glutathione supports tissue building and repair, healthy liver function, and immune system health, as well as promotes optimal cellular health by providing protection from free radial damage. Gluten, dairy, sugar, filler and artificial flavor and color free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Lypo-Spheric™...Lypo-Spheric™ Magnesium L-Threonate: This product supplies 1,000 mg of highly absorbable liposomal magnesium l-threonate, a form clinically shown to support cognitive and neuronal function, calcium absorption and bone health. The formula includes 1,000 mg of phospholipids which allow for assimilation of intact magnesium into cells, and 500 mg of phosphatidylcholine, necessary for healthy cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous system function, neurotransmitter synthesis and cell membrane fortification. Gluten, dairy, sugar, filler and artificial flavor and color free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Lypo-Spheric™ Acetyl...Lypo-Spheric™ Acetyl L-Carnitine: For maximum absorption, Lypo-Spheric™ Acetyl-L-Carnitine utilizes liposomal encapsulation technology to deliver 1,000 mg of bioactive acetyl-l-carnitine, 1,000 mg of essential phospholipids and 500 mg of phosphatidylcholine. Together these nutrients support cellular energy production, mitochondrial fat metabolism, healthy cognitive function, neurological health, increased endurance and muscle recovery after exercise and overall wellness. Gluten, dairy, sugar, filler and artificial flavor and color free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Lypo-Spheric™ R...Lypo-Spheric™ R-Alpha Lipoic Acid: Liposomal encapsulation of the most bioavailable and biologically active R form of alpha lipoic acid enables maximum absorption of this powerful intracellular and extracellular water and fat soluble antioxidant. In addition to whole body free radical protection, alpha lipoic acid supports mitochondrial energy production, glucose utilization and the maintenance of healthy glucose levels already within the normal range.  Gluten, dairy, sugar, filler and artificial flavor and color free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

From Dreary to Cheery

DrearyToCheeryJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The busy holiday season has officially begun with many of us looking forward to a time of good cheer and celebrations with family and friends. While we may have become accustomed to the hustle and bustle of the holidays as we plan, arrange and organize, surveys show that more than 60 percent of Americans report feeling challenged by the stress-inducing holiday preparations. Most might agree that the holidays would be much more enjoyable without all the pressure we put on ourselves to make everything perfect. Sometimes, less really is more. Eliminating some tasks and embracing the spirit might just be the path to celebrating the true magic of the season.

Taking steps to minimize undue stress by lowering exceedingly high expectations can help make the holidays more delightful and perhaps, even more meaningful. How we respond to the pressures the holidays bring influences the level of enjoyment or anxiousness. When we set unrealistic expectations, overwhelming stress-inducing demands on our time, energy and finances can negatively impact personal wellbeing. Setting holiday boundaries by making deliberate choices and prioritizing what’s most important can help ease holiday stress and allow for time better spent with family and friends to really enjoy what you love most about the holidays.

Focus and reassess. When the holidays are more dreary than cheery, it’s time to reassess. If holiday traditions are more work than fun, give yourself permission to lighten the expectations. To bring more enjoyment and meaning to the season, mindfully choose your priorities and concentrate your time and energy on meeting just those goals.

Create a budget. Racking up holiday debt is a major stressor. The average American overspent by $1,000 last year. Prioritize your resources by determining an amount you can comfortably spend on each person on your list. Though it may sometimes be tempting to exceed your budgeted amount, not overspending eliminates the negative impact of carrying debt into the new year, effectively resulting in reduced stress and peace of mind. Ultimately, it is truly the thought that counts.

Give and receive. In lieu of a gift, take a good friend or relative to lunch at their favorite restaurant or to an outing they would enjoy. Offer assistance to a person on your list that could use and appreciate your help. The holidays are really about creating memories of time spent with those near and dear to us. A gift may soon be forgotten, an act of kindness or shared experience will be remembered.

Establish priorities. When time, energy and resources are limited, concentrate on the tasks you really enjoy, and delegate or eliminate others. Pare down responsibilities as much as possible so tasks can be completed in a reasonable amount of time.

It’s okay to say no. You are not obligated to accept every invitation or request to volunteer. Attend when it works for you, help when you can, politely decline when overcommitting adds more  stress to an already stressful time. Fewer commitments means more energy to spend enjoying the events you really want to attend.

Set boundaries. While others’ expectations may increase pressure, awareness of your own priorities allows for better management of time and energy. Check in with yourself often to focus on what matters to you. Setting boundaries is a great strategy for preventing  overcommitment to allow for a less hectic, more joyful holiday season.

Breathe. Deep breathing is one of the most convenient, simple and best ways to quickly re-energize and de-stress. Find a quiet space and concentrate on deep breathing. Nothing else. Tuning out the world for five to ten minutes calms and relaxes the body, reduces tension and relieves stress.

Go for a walk. Even when time crunched, you can still prioritize some amount of stress-relieving exercise. A brisk walk anytime is mood elevating and energizing. Taking a walk after dinner with family or friends is an enjoyable way to view holiday lights and decorations, lower stress levels, support health and burn off some extra calories.

One more thing. Fortunately, while the holiday season may be chaotic, the whirlwind is short lived. While you may not think it possible to manage even one more obligation, focusing on personal wellbeing has positive effects on mental and physical stress. No matter what stage of life, perhaps it is possible to really enjoy the holidays by carving out time to spread tidings and good cheer to those all around you.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality formulations for stress relief:

Stress SuppressStress Suppress by Diamond Formulations: Fast becoming a customer favorite, Stress Suppress is formulated for relief of symptoms of daily physical and mental stress. Specific ingredients encourage normal adrenal function, help to balance stress hormones and support relaxation without drowsiness. Free of wheat, yeast, soy, gluten, animal and dairy products, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and artificial colors, sweeteners and preservatives. Non-GMO, kosher  formulation.

UnStressUn-Stress® by MegaFood®: This easy-to-digest vitamin, mineral and botanical nutritional supplement is formulated with FoodState Nutrients™ derived from 100% fresh and local foods in support of a healthy stress response, immune health and tension relief. Free of gluten, soy, dairy, herbicides and pesticides. NSF Certified, Non-GMO, kosher, vegan formulation.

Stress B-ComplexStress B-Complex by Thorne® Research: This complete B complex provides an optimal balance of essential B Vitamins along with extra vitamin B5 to support healthy adrenal and immune function. Gluten free formulation.

 

References:
Holiday Stress and the Brain. https://neuro.hms.harvard.edu/harvard-mahoney-neuroscience-institute/brain-newsletter/and-brain-series/holiday-stress-and-brain
The Impact of Holiday Stress on the Mind and Body. https://chopra.com/articles/the-impact-of-holiday-stress-on-the-mind-and-body
Stress Management: Breathing Exercises for Relaxation. https://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/uz2255
Holiday Stress: How to Cope. https://www.psycom.net/holiday-stress-how-to-cope

Healthy Hair Basics

Healthy Hair BasicsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The condition of one’s hair is often viewed as an outward sign of excellent overall health. Those seeking healthy, more lustrous hair might begin with simple dietary improvements, as sufficient daily intake of macro and micronutrients is necessary to maintain cellular structure and promote hair growth. Unfavorable changes of the hair and scalp can indicate underlying nutrient deficiencies, which can result in dry, dull or thinning hair over time. In addition to nutrient deficiencies, genetics, chronic illnesses, medications, hormonal fluctuations, prolonged stress, advancing age, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can all affect the health, strength, texture and thickness of hair, as well as the speed of hair growth and the rate of hair loss.

The average human head contains approximately 100,000 hairs and an equal number of hair follicles. Hair follicles cycle through stages that include growth, transition, resting and shedding phases. The growth cycle of a human hair typically lasts two to seven years, which determines the length of one’s hair. Normally, hair grows at the rate of one half inch each month or about six inches yearly. During the shedding phase, it’s common to lose 50 – 100 hairs daily with no visible effects on hair thickness.

Significant increased hair loss, known as excessive hair shedding, is a common often temporary condition. Non-permanent hair shedding can be a result of childbirth, rapid weight loss, extreme dieting, illness accompanied by high fever, a period of high stress or traumatic life event. With the exception of prolonged stress, which can lead to long-term excessive shedding, as the body readjusts, hair will often regain its natural fullness within six to nine months. Women who inherit a genetic predisposition for hair loss will generally experience gradual loss, while men will develop a receding hair line or baldness.

Healthy hair starts at the root, where hair follicles receive oxygen and nutrients. A diet that includes a proper balance of protein, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidant nutrients can help meet the metabolic requirements of hair follicle cells to nourish and support optimal hair growth and maintain the health of hair and scalp. A nutrient-poor diet is frequently to blame for lack luster, thinning, easily damaged hair. Often undernourished, fast dividing hair cells are non-essential for life making them low priority on nutrient receiving list.

A well-balanced diet can potentially provide essential vitamins, including A, C, D, E, K and B-complex, that support healthy hair growth, as well as hair strength and thickness. A daily high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement can help ensure foundational nutrient needs are met. Supplements specifically formulated to provide the nutrients for healthy hair follicle function can make a noticeable difference in the look, strength and health of hair. Although improvements may not be evident for several months as hair takes time to grow, hair supplements support hair production and thickness, as well as improved hair quality.

Keratin, an insoluble structural protein comprising chains of amino acids, is the main component of hair. Dietary protein provides the essential amino acids required to produce keratin. Insufficient intake of amino acids can cause a reduction in keratin levels and lead to weakness and reduced hair growth. For lustrous, shiny, thriving hair, sufficient daily intake of animal or plant-based proteins is key.

As well, it pays to be prudent about daily hair care. Along with harsh chemical-based hair treatments, dyes and hair products, over-washing, over-styling, blow-drying and flat-ironing can damage and weaken hair, and result in dryness, brittleness, frizziness and breakage. Switching to more natural, nurturing hair care products, washing less frequently and allowing hair to dry naturally when possible can help to restore moisture and prevent breakage. As split ends travel the length of the hair when not regularly trimmed, removing dry split ends every few months helps keep hair healthy and strong as it grows.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality nutritional supplements in support of optimal health:

Hair ReViveHair ReVive™ by Ridgecrest Herbals®: This popular product provides a unique combination of synergistic vitamins, minerals, botanicals and phytonutrients that aid hair growth and fullness and help reduce daily hair loss. With continued use, these nutrients enhance circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, aid development and renewal of healthy active follicles and provide building blocks for strong, healthy hair. Free of gluten, wheat, dairy, nuts, corn, soy and yeast. Non-GMO formulation.

Hair/Skin/Nails...Hair/Skin/Nails Ultra by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formulation provides optimal levels of nutrients and cofactors that promote and support healthy hair, skin and nails. Specific ingredients support skin hydration and elasticity, supply building blocks for keratin and collagen synthesis and counter oxidative stress with antioxidant nutrients. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

Hair, Skin and Nails...Hair, Skin and Nails Plus by Douglas Laboratories®: This science-based formula offers nutritional support for hair, skin, nails and connective tissue health with a synergistic blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, botanicals and gelatin. Free of wheat gluten, dairy, corn, sodium, starch, yeast and artificial coloring, flavoring and preservatives. Non-GMO formulation.

Hair, Skin and NailsHair, Skin & Nails by Now® Foods: This clinically advanced formula is designed to nutritionally support full lustrous hair, strong nails, skin elasticity and a healthy youthful appearance. Bioavailable ingredients include solubilized keratin, hydrolyzed collagen and hyaluronic acid, as well as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and biotin. Free of wheat, gluten, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and tree nuts. Non-GMO formulation.

Skin, Nails HairSkin, Nails & Hair™ by MegaFood®: This farm-to-table supplement provides FoodState™ Nutrients sourced from wholesome food grown in healthy soil by farmers committed to organic and regenerative agriculture. These guaranteed potency, health-promoting compounds support the health of hair, skin and nails with nourishment the body recognizes as whole food. Free of gluten, dairy, soy, glyphosate-residue, herbicides and pesticides. USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Certified Kosher, vegan formulation.

References:
Nutrition and hair. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20620758.
The Role of Vitamins and Minerals in Hair Loss: A Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6380979/
Do You Have Hair Loss or Hair Shedding? https://www.aad.org/hair-shedding