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Reviva Labs – Featured Brand

RevivaLabsSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorProfessional Supplement Center now carries Reviva Labs®, a line of unique all natural skin care products offered in professional skin care salons and health food stores for over 40 years. Established in 1973 to serve the newly emerging skin-salon market, the Reviva line of skin treatments was created to meet the demand for specialized individualized formulas designed for specific needs. Reviva Labs’ mission remains to produce safe and effective skin treatments that produce visible results at a reasonable price. As effectiveness is a matter of both dermatological research and the right ingredients, Reviva utilizes only the finest natural ingredients, which are blended in proper proportion for the best synergistic interaction.

Through the years, Reviva Labs® has kept abreast with the latest advances in skin science and technology, and continues to be on the forefront of innovation and problem-solving for individual skin care needs. As a pioneer and innovator in natural skin care, Reviva is driven to research, develop and test new skin care treatments for various skin conditions. All products are made in the USA, and are formulated with science-based ingredients such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, CoQ10, elastin, alpha lipoic acid, and vitamin C ester. Since their inception, their cruelty free products have never been animal tested.

To see the complete line of products from Reviva Labs®, please visit professionalsupplementcenter.com

Alpha Lipoic Acid,...Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin C Ester and DMAE Cream: This proven effective, super antioxidant, anti-aging night cream tones and firms throat and facial skin, dramatically diminishes visible signs of aging, smooths fine lines, battles skin damage, and protects against future damage.

 

Firming Eye SerumFirming Eye Serum: This popular product helps to reduce the appearance of eye area wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles, and protects against future signs of aging. Synergistic ingredients include DMAE, hyaluronic acid, a multi-peptide/bioflavonoid complex, alpha lipoic acid, and vitamin C ester, which work to smooth and enhance overall eye area appearance. Use morning or night, alone or under makeup.

 

Spider Vein &...Spider Vein & Redness Day Cream with Vitamin P: This product provides rutin and citrus bioflavonoids, ingredients proven to reduce the appearance of dilated and inflamed capillaries, and aid in the prevention of future damage. Suitable for all skin types.

 

Makeup PrimerMakeup Primer: Used alone or under makeup, this product helps complexion look instantly smoother and flawless. Makeup Primer fills lines, conceals pores, controls excess oil, perfects skin texture, and leaves skin smooth and silky. Recommended for all skin types, fragrance free and non-comedogenic.

 

Ultra-Rich Ultra...Ultra-Rich Ultra-Light Daytime Moisturizer with Vitamin C: This lightly textured, yet emollient- rich moisturizer provides unique biological plant extracts and refined vegetable oils to help increase the skin’s ability to hold moisture, thereby improving the appearance of dry skin for a radiantly smooth complexion.

 

Pomegranate/Lactic...Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant: Suitable for all skin types, this unique, non-abrasive, all natural exfoliant provides plant and herbal extracts that leave skin clearer, brighter and smoother. Its ingredients work to simultaneously address existing damage, while also forestalling future skin degradation. This mild exfoliant may be used as often as three times weekly.

 

To Lower Blood Sugar – Reduce Refined Carbohydrates

bloodsugarlowercarbsJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

If you want to lower your blood sugar and at the same time, lose weight without feeling hungry, counting calories, or buying specially prepared calorie restricted processed meals, consider your overall carbohydrate intake. Scientific studies show that a diet low in simple carbs, with the proper ratio of proteins, complex carbohydrates and dietary fats, is key to optimal health, sustainable energy, and relatively effortless weight loss. Diets that restrict added sugars, sugary drinks, refined grains, and white flour products result not only in weight loss, but more stabilized blood sugar, as well as improved blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Along with regular moderate exercise, a low-carb diet can help to reverse prediabetes and metabolic syndrome and reduce risk factors for other chronic illnesses.

All digestible carbohydrates contain single, double or multiple sugar units that are converted by the body into glucose, the main fuel source for our brain and cells. Typically, simple carbs, such as found in soda, table sugar or juice, are sweet tasting, while vegetables, fresh or frozen fruits, whole grains and fiber are starchy complex carbohydrates. After eating, our blood glucose levels rise, signaling the pancreas to secrete insulin, a hormone that facilitates the transfer of glucose from the blood stream to cells for energy usage, and prompts muscle and liver cells to absorb excess glucose for storage as glycogen. As cells absorb glucose, blood levels of glucose fall, prompting the pancreas to release glucagon, a hormone that signals the liver to release stored sugar and keep the body supplied with a steady energy source.

In a healthy person, blood sugar is maintained in a very narrow range. Complex carbs, which contain fiber and nutrients, take longer to digest, resulting in a slower, sustained rise of blood sugar, curbing hunger and maintaining energy. Because of their simple chemical structure, simple carbohydrates are rapidly digested and quickly utilized for energy, leading to a faster rise in blood sugar and insulin secretion. Essentially, to maintain proper blood sugar levels, insulin is secreted when blood sugar is high and glucagon is secreted when blood sugar is low. When we eat a diet high in simple or refined carbs, insulin levels may become chronically elevated and much of the energy-supplying glucose in the blood stream gets deposited and stored in fat cells.

Blood sugar spikes followed by steep drops in blood sugar can result in hunger cravings, low energy reserves and moodiness. Overeating simple and refined carbohydrates leads insulin to aggressively increase fat storage, while at the same time preventing the release of energy producing stored fats. When the body is unable to access stored fat, it’s very difficult, if not impossible to lose weight. By eliminating simple carbs and focusing on nutrient dense carbohydrates, you can moderate the insulin response and eat enough to dispel hunger, increase energy, and lose body fat without feeling deprived or counting calories.

Over time high insulin levels can lead to insulin resistance, a state in which cells do not respond properly to insulin and don’t easily absorb glucose from the blood stream. The body responds by releasing ever increasing amounts of insulin to aid cellular absorption of the blood glucose, and increasing the risk for developing symptoms such as fatigue, obesity, increased blood pressure, and depression. Because insulin has a role in the process that regulates inflammation, insulin resistance is a risk factor in the development of prediabetes, diabetes type 2, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Losing weight, increasing physical activity and concentrating on a diet low in simple carbs and higher in complex carbs can help to stabilize blood sugar levels and restore the body’s normal response to insulin. To consume healthier carbohydrates, opt for unprocessed whole grains, starchy vegetables, fresh fruits, beans and pulses. Supplements that help stabilize blood sugar include:

Alpha-lipoic acid–  ALA is an antioxidant that improves the cells’ response to insulin. Studies have shown that ALA appears to enhance insulin sensitivity, especially in those with diabetes type 2 or metabolic syndrome.

Chromium – This essential mineral helps to stabilize blood sugar and plays a role in how insulin helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Studies have found that chromium supplements may reduce blood sugar levels, as well as the amount of insulin required by diabetics.

CoQ10 – As a powerful antioxidant, CoQ10 helps to re-energize the mitochondria in the heart cells, where energy metabolism occurs. Some studies have found that CoQ10 may improve both heart health and blood sugar control.

Magnesium – Low magnesium levels are often observed in those with high insulin and blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that low magnesium levels may play a role in preventing insulin dysregulation and may be highly protective for those at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon has been shown to reduce serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association suggests that the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other fine products to support proper blood sugar levels and overall wellness:

Alpha Lipoic Acid...Alpha Lipoic Acid 400 mg by Pure Encapsulations – This free radical fighter supports various metabolic processes, healthy glucose metabolism, and healthy vascular and blood vessel function. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.

 

Chromium Picolinate...Chromium Picolinate by Douglas Laboratories – This biologically active form of chromium, known as GTF (glucose tolerance factor), increases the effectiveness of insulin, influencing blood sugar, carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. Gluten, soy and dairy free formulation.

 

CoQ10 ST-100™CoQ10 ST-100™ by Metagenics – This high quality, stable formulation provides highly bioavailable CoQ10 for support of energy production, cardiovascular health, overall wellness and healthy aging. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

 

Vanadium Complex...Vanadium Complex with Cinnulin PF by Progressive Labs – This blend of natural ingredients supports glucose metabolism, insulin production and sensitivity, normalized blood sugar and reduced sugar and carbohydrate cravings.

 

Cinnamon Force by New ChapterCinnamon Force by New Chapter Save 15% This proprietary blend of supercritical cinnamon assists in the conversion of glucose into energy, and promotes healthy weight management by helping glucose create immediate cellular energy, discouraging stored potential energy in the form of fat deposits. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

References:
Carbohydrates and Blood Sugar. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/carbohydrates/carbohydrates-and-blood-sugar/
Prediabetes and Insulin Resistance. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/types/prediabetes-insulin-resistance
Normal Regulation of Blood Glucose. http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/diabetes/normal-regulation-blood-glucose
8 Reasons Why Carbs Help You Lose Weight. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20359383,00.html
Insulin Resistance. http://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/heart/insulin-resistance/
Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26/12/3215