HealthForce SuperFoods™ – Featured Brand

HealthForceSuperFoodsSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorProfessional Supplement Center now carries HealthForce SuperFoods™, a line of food-based, 100% gluten free, vegan products formulated to help people heal and realize their full health potential. Developed by naturopath and herbal medicine researcher Dr. Jameth Sheridan, these cutting edge, energetically enhanced products are designed to provide optimal nutritive support with superfoods, herbs and natural ingredients. Proprietary TruGanic™ standards ensure identity, purity, strength and composition, and verify products are 100% free of heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, irradiation, GMO’s, fillers, synthetics, flow agents and excipients.

Products are manufactured according to Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) in a Certified Organic, Certified Kosher, NSF audited, registered FDA compliant facility. All raw materials and finished products are tested for identity, micro-contamination, and heavy metals. Suppliers undergo extensive vetting and must be qualified by third party Certificate of Analysis testing. The production facility utilizes 100% non-toxic, organic, ecofriendly and biodegradable cleaning products. All labels and marketing materials are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Their fully reusable and recyclable amber glass packaging helps to maintain potency and purity.

To see more products from HealthForce SuperFoods™, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

Liver Rescue™Liver Rescue™: This product provides beneficial levels of powerful liver supportive herbs known to work synergistically to support liver function and detoxification. Liver Rescue™ contains only milk thistle, dandelion root, chanca piedra, and turmeric. No fillers, binders, flow agents. Vegan, kosher, gluten-free, and TruGanic™.

Nopal Blood Sugar™Nopal Blood Sugar™: Traditionally used for thousands of years as a wellness tonic, nopal cactus, is high in fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Also known as prickly pear cactus, this pure, whole leaf, highly nutritious formula provides support for blood sugar balance, as well as healthy bowel and immune function. Gluten free, kosher Non-GMO, vegan formulation.

SCRAM™Scram™: This proprietary herbal blend features time honored cleansing extracts of clove, black walnut, and wormwood in support of healthy intestinal microbial balance. Milk thistle seed extract and chanca piedra whole herb extract are added for liver support. Gluten free, kosher, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Digestion...Digestion Enhancement Enzymes™: This comprehensive and potent blend of plant-based vegan  enzymes is formulated to optimize digestion, assimilation and utilization of all foods and nutrients. Gluten free, kosher, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

 

Magnesium and Other Heart Healthy Choices

MagnesiumHeartHealthJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

When it comes to heart disease, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women. The good news is that cardiovascular disease is largely preventable with healthy lifestyle choices. While some risk factors like age and family history remain, even modest changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve heart health and lower disease development risk by as much as 80 percent.  Modifiable risk factors such as improved diet, regular exercise and not smoking are ways to help control the risk of heart disease and improve cardiovascular and overall long-term health.

Did you know that the heart does more physical work than any other muscle in the body? Or that the average heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood each day? Or that in a 70-year lifetime, the average human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times? With a workload like that, it’s little wonder our hard-working hearts could use a little support.

Adequate daily magnesium intake has been shown to have therapeutic value in treating conditions such as headaches, chronic pain, sleep disorders, and asthma. Sufficient magnesium levels are linked to reduced incidences of hypertension, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and very importantly, heart disease. The body needs magnesium for steady heart rhythm, normal nerve and muscle function, healthy immune response, hormone synthesis, gene maintenance, and bone health. Magnesium is a required cofactor for hundreds of enzymes that regulate diverse cellular and biochemical reactions, including blood sugar, blood pressure, energy metabolism, and protein synthesis. Sufficient magnesium is critical for cardiovascular health and calcium balance.

Contrary to the belief that cholesterol and saturated fat play the biggest roles in heart disease, a review of studies dating back to 1937 revealed that low magnesium levels are linked with all known cardiovascular risk factors and symptoms of heart disease. These include high blood pressure, arterial plaque buildup, soft tissue calcification, atherosclerosis, heart arrhythmia, and angina, as well as heart attack. While it would seem that sufficient magnesium could be obtained through diet, crops are grown in magnesium depleted soil, and the ability to absorb and utilize this key mineral is affected by age and each individual’s state of heath. Studies suggest that for up to 75 percent of Americans, magnesium deficiency is the norm, rather than the exception.

The typical American diet, high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, is not only deficient in nutrients, but may actually elevate the need for magnesium. An excessive intake of unhealthy fats reduces magnesium absorption in the intestines, high sugar intake increases excretion of magnesium by the kidneys, and phosphates found in carbonated beverages bind magnesium, rendering it unusable by the body. In addition to improper diet or malnutrition, common causes of low magnesium include malabsorption issues associated with illness, chronic conditions and aging, alcohol use, and high blood calcium levels, as well as many pharmaceuticals and OTC medications, including antibiotics, antacids, corticosteroids, oral contraceptives, blood pressure drugs, heart medications, and hormone replacement therapy.

The list of common symptoms of magnesium insufficiency is long and varied and includes muscle cramps, twitches and weakness, osteoporosis, fatigue, abnormal eye movements, chronic inflammation, and increased risk of depression and anxiety. When untreated, low magnesium levels can be a life-threatening emergency that can lead to cardiac and respiratory arrest. Long recognized as a sleep aid and muscle relaxant, you can enhance your body’s absorption and utilization of magnesium by reducing alcohol and processed food intake, and increasing magnesium-rich foods such as nuts, avocados, legumes, whole grains, leafy greens, fatty fish and tofu.

Getting sufficient magnesium is essential for maintaining long-term overall and cardiac health. As even those with a balanced diet rich in magnesium sources can suffer from deficiencies, high quality supplementation of this commonly deficient essential mineral can help ensure optimal bodily function, as well as improve mood and support relaxed, peaceful sleep.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high-quality supplements to support overall and cardiac health:

Magnesium CitrateMagnesium Citrate by Professional Supplement Center: This Non-GMO formulation provides magnesium in a highly absorbable chelated form in support of proper nerve, muscle, and healthy metabolic function.

 

Chelated MagnesiumChelated Magnesium by Douglas Laboratories®: This product supplies elemental magnesium in the form of magnesium amino acid chelate in support of a wide range of fundamental cellular reactions. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch, and artificial ingredient free, vegan formulation.

 

Magnesium ChelateMagnesium Chelate by Designs for Health: This product supplies TRAACS® magnesium bisglycinate chelate, a highly absorbable and bioavailable form of elemental magnesium that is less likely to cause unfavorable gastrointestinal symptoms that other forms. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Magnesium (citrate...Magnesium (Citrate/Malate) by Pure Encapsulations®: This naturally derived highly bioavailable magnesium chelate provides broad spectrum cardiac support and promotes healthy glucose and bone metabolism. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Magnesium Glycinate...Magnesium Glycinate Plus by Integrative Therapeutics®: This popular product provides well-tolerated highly absorbable, triple-form magnesium for maximum utilization, in support of cardiovascular, muscular and neurological function. Gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar, yeast and artificial ingredient free, vegetarian formulation.

References:
February is American Heart Month. http://newsroom.heart.org/events/february-is-american-heart-month-6669831
7 Signs and Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms
Low magnesium level. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000315.htm
Low Magnesium Linked to Heart Disease. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/255783.php
Magnesium. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-healthProfessional/

 

For the Love of Pets

petsJacquie Eubanks RN BSNAnyone who has loved and lost a pet knows firsthand that one of the hardest things about pet ownership is that pets have shorter lifespans than their humans. We all would like our furry family members to live a full, happy, healthy and long life. The general belief that the way to determine a dog’s age in human years is to multiply by seven. This 7:1 ratio was based on the determination that humans lived to about seventy years and dogs to about ten. This has been determined to be inaccurate, yet there is disagreement among professionals as to a more accurate method. What we all know in our hearts however, is that it is never long enough. We can help extend the lives of our pets by giving them a certain level of care, and we can improve the quality of their lives by supporting their physical and mental wellbeing.

Some professionals believe that dogs reach the equivalent of twenty-one years in only two human years and that aging then slows to an average of four years to every human year. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) estimates the first year of a dog’s life as equal to fifteen human years, the second year equal to nine human years and after that, each human year would be approximately five years. One thing they all agree on is that smaller pets have longer lifespans than larger ones. While the cause remains unknown, large dogs age at an accelerated pace after age four and succumb to age-related illnesses sooner than smaller dogs. For some pets, unfortunately, bigger isn’t always better.

Dogs have a special ability to bond with their owners, providing unconditional love and companionship, combating feelings of loneliness, and lowering stress levels. Studies have shown pet ownership provides a number of proven health benefits, including physical, emotional, and mental health improvements. Opening your home to a pet or pets can increase fitness, improve immunity and decrease depression and anxiety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) heart-related studies’ findings suggest decreases in stroke and heart attack risk associated with pet owners, who also typically exhibit lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Additionally, according to these studies, heart attack survivors who live with a dog or cat have consistently better recovery rates. Children exposed early on to animals tend to develop stronger immune systems and have a lowered risk of developing related allergies.

Dedicated pet parents can ensure their pet’s health and happiness and support healthy aging.

Weight maintenance – Be careful that you don’t allow your pet to become obese. Maintaining a healthy weight reduces a pet’s risk of disease and injury, contributes to a better quality of life, and supports a longer life expectancy. Dog owners who walk or run with their pets several times each day are more likely to lose or maintain their own weight, as compared to those who don’t have pets.

Exercise – Walking not only supports a pet’s physical needs, it provides mental stimulation as well. Daily walks support muscle maintenance, joint health and a healthy weight. If your pet is recovering from an injury or surgery, speak to your vet about low-impact exercise options. Aside from the obvious reasons to walk your pet, allowing some time for sniffing makes the walk more enjoyable for them. While pets need to go out in all kinds of weather, during summer avoid walking on hot asphalt, and be sure your pet is adequately covered during winter walks. It’s best to time walks to avoid the hottest or coldest time of day.

Nutrition – In addition to good quality, highly nutritious and age appropriate food, pets can benefit from supplements that support joint, digestion, immune and skin health. Provide access to water at all times and watch that your dog doesn’t get dehydrated during warm weather or long walks.

Playtime – This is good advice for both dogs and cats. Indoor cats need opportunities to climb, chase, stalk and pounce. Playing with your cat regularly and providing entertaining toys can help to satisfy the stalking instinct and provide the exercise they need to maintain health. Provide mental stimulation by taking your dog out to play catch or to teach them new tricks. Heading to dog park allows dogs to have fun, get additional exercise and socialize with other dogs when appropriate.

Routine care – Flea and tick control, as well as heartworm and parasite prevention, are a must for pets’ health and quality of life. Annual wellness visits for routine care and dental exams can detect problems in their early stages, making them more easily addressed and treated. Regular grooming is imperative for certain breeds, and others can be bathed when needed. Watch for common health problems such as ear and urinary tract infections. If you pet is showing signs of illness, see your vet as soon as possible.

Enjoy the moment – Time with pets is precious. Maintaining a balanced healthy diet, keeping your pet active in mind and body, regular preventive care, and lots of love and attention can ensure that our best friends live out their natural lifespan in the healthiest possible way.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other high quality nutritional supplements to support your pets’ health and wellness needs:

Healthy AgingHealthy Aging by Animal Necessity: Healthy Aging Vet™ provides natural nutritional support for aging pets. Specific ingredients support overall wellbeing, stress resistance, mental concentration, healthy vision and reduced oxidative stress. Designed to support the health of large breed dogs beginning at age 3, and smaller breed dogs beginning at age 4.

 

Inflammation Support...Inflammation Support Curcumin 97%™ by Ayush Herbs: Used traditionally for centuries, this 97% pure curcuminoid product helps maintain a healthy inflammatory response, supports hepatic function and natural detoxification, and provides important antioxidant benefits. Free of milk, soy, eggs, and wheat.

 

Frontier Cat MultiFrontier Cat Multi by Nutritional Frontiers: These comprehensive multivitamin and mineral bite-sized chews provide key nutrients for overall health, omega-3 essential fatty acids, and taurine, an essential nutrient necessary to maintain eye health in cats.

 

Daily Multi For DogsDaily Multi for Dogs by Pet Naturals® of Vermont: This once daily multivitamin and mineral supplement provides over 21 healthful nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids in support of healthy skin and coat, normal brain function, cellular metabolism, and immune, bone, and nerve health.

 

Arthro Pet WafersArthroPet® Wafers by NeoCell: This innovative formula provides a natural source of collagen, glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, MSM and manganese in support of strong and healthy joints. Gluten, soy, wheat, lactose, yeast, starch and artificial flavor free.

 

Pets Joint Support ...Pets Joint Support for Dogs and Cats by Now® Foods: This veterinarian formulated supplement supports normal joint function and healthy joint aging in both dogs and cats. Specific ingredients help to alleviate occasional joint discomfort associated with routine daily activity. The formula includes glucosamine, MSM, curcumin, hyaluronic acid, yucca and cayenne.

References:
How to Calculate Dog Years to Human Years. http://www.akc.org/content/entertainment/articles/how-to-calculate-dog-years-to-human-years/
10 Tips to Keep Your Cat Happy Indoors. http://m.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/cat_happy_indoors.html
5 ways to keep your dog happy and healthy. https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/routine-care/5-ways-to-keep-your-dog-healthy-and-happy
7 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Pet Healthy. https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/pet-health.aspx
Healthy Pets, Healthy People. https://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/health-benefits/index.html