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AllergyResearchGroupSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

 

 

Since 1979, Allergy Research Group® has formulated high quality cutting-edge hypoallergenic nutritional supplements. Their line of unique proprietary science-based products are formulated to support optimal wellness. With decades of experience behind them, their in-house research and development team works with certified manufacturers to develop technologies that maximize product delivery, absorption and efficacy. Products are manufactured under FDA regulated cGMP strict quality standards. These include third party testing of all raw materials and finished products, as well as shelf life expiration testing to ensure freshness, consistency and potency.

Allergy Research Group® utilizes pure raw materials, and whenever possible, the lowest allergy potential natural ingredients. Their clinically researched and branded ingredients are free of all common allergens, specifically wheat, corn, soy, gluten, yeast, dairy, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, and peanuts. Many very sensitive individuals who react to supplements in general are able to tolerate Allergy Research Group® hypoallergenic formulas. All ingredients, both active and inactive, are fully disclosed on every product label. Allergy Research Group’s formulas are available solely through healthcare practitioners.

To see more products from Allergy Research Group®, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

200 mg of Zen200 mg of Zen: This best selling product provides a blend of L-theanine and GABA, ingredients that promote calmness and relaxation without sedative effects. L-theanine, a plant based amino acid found in green tea, helps improve sleep quality, calms the central nervous system and helps counteract the effects of daily stress. GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, functions as a calming agent, supporting optimal brain function while relieving anxiousness. Hypoallergenic formulation.

 

Biotin 5000Biotin 5000: Water soluble vitamin B7 aids the metabolism of fats, sugars and amino acids. It is crucial for the utilization of glucose and fatty acids for energy production as well as the synthesis of protein from amino acids. Additionally, Biotin 5000 supports the health of skin, hair and nails. Gluten free, hypoallergenic formulation.

 

Buffered Vitamin C...Buffered Vitamin C: This top seller provides highly pure ascorbic acid buffered with calcium and magnesium carbonates. Each serving delivers 1000 mg of vitamin C as ascorbic acid. With cold and flu season on the horizon, it’s a good time to ramp up antioxidant defenses.

 

L-LysineL-Lysine: This hypoallergenic free form essential amino acid aids calcium absorption, bone remodeling, and the formation of collagen found in cartilage and connective tissue, as well as skin and hair. Highly pure, well tolerated hypoallergenic formulation.

 

DIM® Enhanced...DIM Enhanced Delivery System: This unique formulation provides pure diindolylmethane as BioResponse DIM®, a highly stable bioavailable indole found in broccoli, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables. BioResponse DIM® requires no conversion, is easily absorbed and may help to promote the regulation of healthy estrogen metabolism.

Say Yes to Mushrooms

YesToMushroomsJacquie Eubanks RN BSNAnthropologists, who studied the dental tartar found on the ancient teeth of a prehistoric woman who lived and died 18,700 years ago, discovered microscopic traces of pine pollen, seeds and meat, as well as several species of mushroom spores. These findings shed new light on the stone age diet, revealing that mushrooms have been a food source for many thousands of years. Valued by ancient Greeks, Romans and Chinese for their culinary uses and health promoting properties, mushrooms remain a highly regarded delicacy savored for their unique flavor and nutritional content. Mushrooms provide selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, fatty acids, proteins, amino acids, fiber and vitamins C, D and E. Found in many international cuisines, fungi are also utilized to make cheese, alcohol, beer and bread.

In addition, many species are recognized for their nutraceutical properties, including immune system enhancement, cholesterol lowering agents, and bioactive, antibacterial and anti-tumor compounds. As a result, certain mushroom species in whole and dried form are used to promote wellness. Perhaps more importantly, fungi are widely utilized in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Amoxicillin, a semi-synthetic penicillin, three prescription anti-cholesterol statins, and the immunosuppressant drug cyclosporin are all derived from fungi. The discovery of fungi’s antibacterial properties, and hence the development of penicillin, cemented the value of mushroom’s germ-killing lifesaving power.

Today, not less than five top antibiotics are produced from fungi. The wide spread use of statin medications to control heart disease by removing cholesterol complexes from blood vessels, effectively reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. Cyclosporin, a fungal anti-rejection metabolite, is widely used after bone marrow or organ transplants. By binding to certain proteins, cyclosporin suppresses the proliferation of T-cells, thereby preventing rejection of transplant tissue. As a result of their evidence-based synergistic biological properties, medicinal mushroom extracts or powders are widely utilized for health maintenance, the prevention and treatment of diseases, and the alleviation of oxidative stress.

In addition to their nutritional components, numerous bioactive polysaccharides appear to enhance innate and cell-mediated immune responses. Identified bioactive compounds have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, anticholesterolemic, antidiabetic and immunomodulating properties, as well as cardio- and hepatoprotective effects. Medicinal mushroom species include chaga, reishi, turkey tail, shiitake, lion’s mane and cordyceps. Combining multiple medicinal mushrooms when supplementing can increase their potent and synergistic effects.

Antioxidant activity – Cellular free radical damage contributes to increased risk of illness and chronic disease. Dietary antioxidants help to counter adverse health effects. Reishi, cordyceps and chaga medicinal mushrooms are known to possess strong antioxidant properties and may significantly increase total antioxidant capacity.

Immune system function – Chaga, reishi and shiitake mushrooms contain immunomodulating properties that support the production of two important immune system components, natural killer cells and macrophages.

Glycemic control – Polysaccharides, or beta-glucans, found in maitake mushrooms, have been shown to help regulate blood glucose and insulin levels. Maitake glycoproteins may also improve insulin sensitivity in insulin resistant individuals.

Cognitive function – Lion’s mane’s long history of use in Traditional Chinese medicine is due to its neuroprotective compounds that stimulate healthy cell-signaling and support neuronal growth, maintenance and survival. Lion’s mane may also support concentration and cognition, as well as healthy mood.

Exercise performance – Cordyceps increases metabolic efficiency, increasing blood flow and enhancing endurance. Cordyceps may improve stamina in athletic performance by stimulating the production of ATP, the main source of cellular energy.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality medicinal mushroom supplements:

Lion's Mane ...Lion’s Mane by Organic Mushroom Nutrition: This 100% organic single ingredient formula supports cognition, focus, creativity and mood, as well as the growth and normal function of nerve cells. Gluten, sugar and soy free, Non-GMO fermented vegan formulation.

M/R/S Mushroom...M/R/S Mushroom Formula by Pure Encapsulations®: TM/R/S Mushroom Formula by Pure Encapsulationshis dynamic blend of Maitake, Reishi, and Shiitake is formulated with whole plant bodies for optimal immune health and broad spectrum physiological support. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic, vegetarian formulation.

ChagaChaga by Organic Mushroom Nutrition: Highly revered for its anti-aging properties, this 100% organic legendary mushroom is a natural adaptogen that provides high levels of antioxidants in support of metabolic balance. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO, hypoallergenic, vegetarian formulation.

Cordyceps 750 mgCordyceps 750 mg by Now Foods: Traditionally used for its energizing, adaptogenic, and free radical scavenging properties, Cordyceps mushrooms have numerous bioactive constituents. Cordyceps 750 is formulated to support a healthy immune response and promote normal vascular function. Gluten, soy, and dairy free, Non-GMO, organic, kosher, vegan formulation.

Super ShiitakeSuper Shiitake by Mushroom Wisdom: This synergistic formulation combines shiitake and maitake mushrooms with vitamin C in support of healthy immune and liver function, healthy cholesterol levels and overall wellness. Free of gluten, soy, wheat, dairy, preservatives and artificial ingredients.

Lion's Mane Memory...Lion’s Mane Memory & Nerve Support by Host Defense®: USA grown 100% organic Lion’s Mane provides cerebral and nervous system support, promoting mental clarity, focus and memory. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

References:
Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320875/
Medicinal Uses of Fungi | Pseudomonas species. https://www.emlab.com/resources/education/environmental-reporter/medicinal-uses-of-fungi-pseudomonas-species/
Medicinal Mushrooms. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4095656/
Elaborate ‘Red Lady’ Grave Yields Secrets of Ice Age Culture. https://www.livescience.com/50274-red-lady-burial-site.html

On the Lookout for Vision Changes

VisionChangesJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

 

 

While many seniors support a healthy lifestyle to maintain physical strength, mental wellness and overall wellbeing, vision health should not be overlooked. As vision and eye structure both undergo common age-related changes, it’s helpful to know what’s normal and what isn’t. Presbyopia, which is a typical loss of focusing ability, can be corrected with glasses, contacts, or as the condition advances, corrective surgery. Dry eyes, reduced pupil size, loss of peripheral vision, decreased color vision and vitreous detachment, or floaters, may commonly occur.  Serious age-related disease processes, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, have the potential to affect quality of life.

Though considered an age related eye disease, cataract formation is quite common. Cataracts may begin to form during one’s 40s and 50s. However, most do not affect vision before the age of 60. Initially, early symptoms of cataracts may be improved with glasses or magnifying lenses. When cataract vision loss begins to interfere with daily life, surgery to replace the affected lens with an artificial one is the only effective treatment. In most cases, cataracts will continue to worsen over time resulting in continual vision reduction. Left untreated for long periods of time, cataracts may cause complete vision loss. Fortunately, modern cataract surgery is considered extremely safe and highly effective.

To support long term eye health begin with a well-balanced largely plant-based diet. Include green leafy vegetables, oily fish, citrus fruits and non-meat protein sources. The Mediterranean style diet provides nutrients for eye health and reduced risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, such as omega-3 essential fatty acids, lutein, zinc and vitamins E and C. Exercise, along with a healthy diet, supports proper weight maintenance, thereby reducing the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Poorly controlled blood sugar is a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy, which can damage retinal blood vessels, resulting in symptoms of blurred vision, increased floaters, poor night vision and vision loss.

It is highly recommended that adults have their vision checked and eye health evaluated annually, and more frequently if a problem has been identified. Additionally, be on the lookout for symptoms such as loss of peripheral vision, a key sign of glaucoma; difficultly adjusting to the dark when entering dimly lit areas, often the first sign of macular degeneration; distorted vision, as with macular degeneration, straight lines may look wavy; and poor night vision often accompanied by sensitivity to glare, which may indicate the beginning of cataract formation.

Dry eyes can occur when the tear production decreases resulting in a lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eyes. This can arise from a medical condition, as in diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or a thyroid disorder; aging and hormonal changes; vitamin A deficiency; or any of the following: contact lens use, smoking and certain prescription medications. Dry eye syndrome associated with aging is relatively common. Symptoms can include burning sensation, inflammation, irritation, eye fatigue, pain and excessive tearing. Symptom relief for those with chronic dry eye can include OTC artificial tear drops, prescription anti-inflammatory eye drops or the use of nutritional supplements, such as BioTears®.

To protect and support eye health:

  • Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB radiation. Reduced UV exposure may help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Participate in regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, at least 5 days each week. A long-term study involving 15,000 people found that physically active people experienced less vision loss over 20 years than non-exercisers.
  • Don’t smoke, as smoking damages the optic nerve, and increases risk of cataracts and macular degeneration.
  • Take a break from the computer screen. Follow the 20-20-20 rule by resting your eyes every 20 minutes and focusing 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in antioxidant fruits and vegetables that contain eye health supportive carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. Include healthy fats and oils for an omega-3 boost.
  • Maintain healthy blood sugar, as well as healthy blood pressure.
  • Clinically supported nutritional supplements for eye health include fish oil, vitamins A, C and E, antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin, as well as a high quality multivitamin and mineral formula.

Professional Supplement Center offers many high quality products in support of eye, vision and overall wellness:

BioTearsBioTears® by BioSyntrx: This highly rated very popular dry eye nutritional supplement systemically addresses the structure/function causes and effects of ocular surface moisture production. Biochemically balanced nutrient co-factors support normal production of eye lubricants, as well as mucous membranes, joints and synovial membranes. Ingredients include specific vitamins, minerals and omega-3 essential fatty acids.

 

Lutein/ZeaxanthinLutein/Zeaxanthin by Pure Encapsulations®: These unique carotenoids specifically support the macula and overall visual function, as well as retinal and optical lens health. Gluten free, hypoallergenic, Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.

 

Macular Support...Macular Support by Pure Encapsulations®: This comprehensive formula provides a powerful blend of antioxidants and botanicals designed to defend and support the macula, which is highly susceptible to free radical damage. Selected ingredients include lutein, zeaxanthin, amino acids and proanthocyanidins that provide exceptional free radical protection in retinal tissues. Gluten and soy free, hypoallergenic, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Vital Eyes CompleteVital Eyes™ Complete by Metabolic Maintenance: This broad spectrum research-based ocular- protective multivitamin/mineral/antioxidant formula provides powerful antioxidants and nutrients important for eye and overall metabolic health. Gluten, dairy, nut, egg and preservative free.

 

Vision ProtectVision Protect™ by LuxVite™ Naturals: This physician formulated nutritional supplement provides ingredients clinically shown in the AREDS2 study to support the macula and promote eye health. Ingredients include antioxidant vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.

 

Cineraria Eye Drops...Cineraria Eye Drops for Cataract by Natural Ophthalmics: This homeopathic formula provides ingredients successfully utilized for over a century for cataract care. Broad spectrum professional strength drops may improve symptoms of dry eyes, reduced visual acuity, dim colors and bothersome glare. Preservative free.

References:
Facts About Cataracts. https://nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts
What Is Diabetic Retinopathy?  https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/what-is-diabetic-retinopathy
Aging and Your Eyes. https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/aging-and-your-eyes
Best Way to Age-Proof Your Vision. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/best-way-to-age-proof-your-vision