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Have Creaky Joints? Try MSM

MSMJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

Methylsulfonylmethane, commonly known as MSM, is a naturally occurring organic sulfur compound that is becoming increasingly recognized as necessary for good health. MSM occurs naturally in the human body, largely as a result of the food we eat. Originating in seawater, MSM collects in the stratosphere where it is oxidized by ultraviolet light into dimethylsufloxide (DMSO) and further converted into MSM. Returning to earth along with rain, MSM is rapidly absorbed by plant roots and concentrated within the plant, which then converts MSM to sulfur-containing essential amino acids. MSM is abundantly found in raw, green plant foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and in seafood and animal products, especially when allowed to have their natural diet.

Along with calcium and phosphorus, sulfur is abundant in human body cells. Most is held in muscle tissue, skin and the skeletal system. High sulfur content is also found in hair and nails and in cartilage, collagen and connective tissues. Sulfur is vital to many biochemical processes and has remarkable biological, preventative and therapeutic properties, which help us to stay youthful and energetic. The many key functions of MSM include cellular energy production, collagen synthesis, detoxification and relief of pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, due to its volatile nature, most of the MSM found in food is lost during processing. Heat, pasteurization, irradiation and freezing for long periods of time results in poor food content of this very helpful and necessary chemical element.

Research shows that our bodies need a constant supply of MSM for optimal good health, as sulfur has beneficial effects on the normal function and structure of the human body. Studies show that most of us could benefit from supplementing with MSM, which is believed to quickly deliver elemental sulfur to the body in a usable way, especially when combined with vitamin C. Although outright deficiency is uncommon, science shows that joint degeneration, often seen in the aging population, parallels decreased sulfur content of cartilage. Critical to good joint health, sulfur strengthens joint tissues and is one of the fundamental building blocks of joint cartilage. MSM supplementation as an adjunct to a healthy diet has been studied extensively, and published peer-reviewed clinical research has shown that MSM is a safe and effective anti-inflammatory agent, resulting in increased joint comfort, reduced swelling, support for a normal range of motion and reduced muscle soreness.  

MSM is believed to support the body’s own repair and maintenance systems. In addition to its detoxifying potential, health benefits may include alleviation of allergy symptoms, as MSM helps to stabilize and increase the permeability of cell walls, allowing for removal of toxins and allergens. MSM may be useful in treating asthma due to its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to regulate the exchange of gases. MSM plays an important role in the production of glutathione, a very important antioxidant. Sulfur aids in the production of collagen and keratin, which are vital for healthy hair, skin and nails. MSM, or biologically active sulfur, has been widely tested as a food ingredient without any reports of allergic reactions or toxicity. As deficiencies can result in less than optimal functioning of cells, tissues and organs, there’s good reason to supplement with this “forgotten nutrient.” Dietary supplements are rich sources of beneficial biologically active sulfur, an oft overlooked nutrient considered extremely important to overall health and wellbeing.  

Now that you know about the importance of MSM, here are some suggestions for high quality supplementation:

MSM powder
MSM Powder by Pure Encapsulations – This popular joint health formula contains patented MSM, which provides 34% elemental sulfur that is crucial to maintaining connective tissue health. Also available in capsule form. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.
MSM 1000 mg
 MSM 1000 mg by Designs for Health – This supplement provides 1000 mg of pure, premium MSM in support of overall health. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Kosher and Halal-certified vegetarian formulation. Also available as MSM Ultra Lemon and MSM Powder formulas.
MSM + Vitamin C (Fundamental Sulfur Tablets) (MSM)
MSM + Vitamin C by Douglas Laboratories – Each tablet provides 500 mg of MSM along with 100 mg of vitamin C and 25 mcg of cofactor molybdenum to assist in proper metabolism of sulfur. This well absorbed formula supports connective tissue health and aids in detoxification. Soy free vegetarian formula.
 MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
MSM by Biotics Research – This supplemental source of pure MSM provides 830 mg per capsule. Gluten free formulation. Also available as MSM Powder.
MSM Guide. Online. http://www.msmguide.com/facts/safety/
Efficacy of MSM. Online. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16309928

Nutrients for Healthy Skin

Healthy_SkinJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

The combination of a nutritious diet and the right dietary supplements can help to give your skin a radiant, healthy and more youthful glow. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals obtained from good food and high quality supplements play an integral role in skin health and make an important difference in the overall look and feel of your skin. Many of us may slather our skin with expensive lotions and potions in pursuit of healthy looking skin without thinking about nutrition. While there are many very good personal skin care products for external application, it’s important to nourish your skin from the inside out if you really want to have the healthiest skin possible. To put your best face forward, fill your shopping cart with powerhouse foods that provide the nutrients your skin needs to fight age-related damage and look its best at every age.

For the healthiest skin, a combination of strategies, including diet, supplements, moisturizers, sunscreens, and healthy lifestyle habits, is necessary. Excessive sunlight exposure, smoking and environmental pollutants all contribute to photodamage, wrinkles and poor skin texture. Concentration on a healthy diet that includes a variety of antioxidant rich foods can provide valuable skin protection, as research shows antioxidant vitamins help support collagen and elastin and protect against DNA and sun damage. Conversely, limiting unhealthy processed foods and oils helps to reduce the negative effects of aging that contribute to unhealthy looking skin. A well rounded diet of healthy fats, sufficient protein and lots of nutrient rich fruit and vegetables is a recipe for a beautiful complexion.

Truth holds that we are what we eat, as studies have shown that people with poor diets, high in sugar and refined ingredients, are likely to have more wrinkles, less elasticity and more collagen loss. Diets rich in the nutrients that hinder inflammation help keep skin supple, provide natural sun protection and increase skin elasticity. Chronic skin conditions, such as acne or premature aging, are linked to chronic inflammation. Reducing inflammation by boosting immune function through good nutrition, detoxification and hormonal balance can significantly soothe and improve the skin.

Some might say that skin is a great communicator, as skin is often the first area where visible signs of aging are noticed. It pays to look inward to understand what’s going on with your health, as eventually health problems will show up on the skin. Apparently, beauty is not just skin deep, as skin health is linked to major functions of the immune, respiratory, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Paying attention to the health of your skin is one of the easiest ways to see how well your body is functioning. To ensure optimal skin and support overall health, make sure to feed your body the nutrition it requires and deserves including vitamins C, E, A, K and B complex, minerals such as zinc and selenium and omega-3 essential fatty acids.  

Moisturizers, such as those that contain antioxidant vitamins C and E, are great for overly dry or itchy skin. Topical applications of micronutrients in addition to dietary consumption can help feed the skin and maintain and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. Be sure to hydrate your body and your skin daily by drinking enough water to satisfy your thirst. Drinking a glass of water with each meal, one between meals and one before and after exercise is a good rule of thumb for sufficient hydration. While gravity and genetics may play a role, to maintain healthy skin as you age pay close attention to what you feed it. A balanced diet augmented with nutritional supplements and a healthy lifestyle may just be the best approach for overall health and lovely skin.

Supplement recommendations for vibrant and healthy skin include:

Skin Assist™Skin Assist™ by Vitanica – This product promotes healthy skin with supportive antioxidant nutrients along with B vitamins, minerals and herbs. These ingredients support physiological functions of the skin and balanced hormonal effect on the sebaceous glands in support of blemish-free skin. Wheat, dairy and sugar free vegetarian formula.
MSM powderMSM powder by Pure Encapsulations – This highly recommended product provides 34% bioavailable elemental sulfur necessary for maintaining connective tissue health, particularly collagen and keratin. MSM has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties that help to benefit and strengthen the skin’s support matrix.
BioSil® Skin, Hair, Nails
BioSil® Skin, Hair, Nails by Natural Factors – BioSil® helps to increase skin elasticity by providing natural and safe ingredients that support the body’s own natural collagen production. Gluten, soy and dairy free formula.
Ultra HNS (201345)
Ultra HNS (201345) by Douglas Laboratories – This product is designed to support healthy skin aging as well as improve the strength and appearance of the skin, hair and nails. Ultra HNS provides high dose biotin, zinc and vitamin C along with patented, solubilized keratin for skin structural support.
MSM Liposome Lotion
MSM® Liposome Lotion by Now Foods – Manufactured to contain the purest level of MSM, this lotion uses liposome technology for superior topical penetration and absorption to promote healthy skin and maintain skin elasticity. ON SALE!  30% OFF  Shop Now
Micronutrients and Skin Health. 
Nutrients for Healthy Skin: Inside and Out. 
Wrinkles In-Depth Report. 

Time to Get Ready for Spring Allergy Season

Spring_allergiesJacquieIconBy Jacquie Eubanks

Spring is definitely in the air! Those of us who were bogged down by snow and bitter cold this winter are happily looking forward to sighting the first brave little flowers popping up through the still icy ground. Seasonal allergy sufferers, however, are not looking forward to the release of billions of tiny spring pollens that can bring on sneezing, coughing, congestion, sniffles, itchiness, breathing problems and other disagreeable symptoms. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, pollen season can begin as early as February and last through October depending on what’s blooming where you reside. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, which affects 40 to 60 million Americans, occurs when the immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment, such as airborne mold spores and pollens from trees (spring), grasses (summer) and weeds (fall).  

Allergic reactions are annoying, but otherwise normal, immune responses to substances that are usually not harmful, including pollen, mold, pet dander and dust mites. In sensitive individuals, the immune system views allergens as invaders and responds by unleashing antibodies, histamines and other compounds, which leads to localized inflammation, irritation and discomfort. Although generally a temporary condition, allergy symptoms can be very unpleasant and can disrupt sleep and daily activities.

Allergic triggers differ for each person and once you know that you have spring allergies, it pays to be proactive. OTC therapies such as antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, or nasal sprays should be initiated at least 2 weeks before the likely onset of symptoms. These medications will treat allergy symptoms but will not address the root cause. Inflammation, once developed, reduces the chances that these treatments will do much to alleviate the discomfort. Swollen tissues can block nasal passages and limit drainage from the sinuses, which can often result in a sinus infection.

Unfortunately, spring 2015 is expected to be a particularly severe pollen season due to the extreme amount of snow and precipitation this past winter. All the more reason to be prepared even if you have not experienced allergies in the past, as allergies tend to be hereditary and can unexpectedly develop at any time or any age. While it is likely improbable that you can eliminate all seasonal allergy triggers, the following tips may help to reduce or partly eliminate them:

  • Try natural herbal remedies to relieve allergy induced symptoms. Quercetin, a bioflavonoid, acts as an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory and aids in preventing histamine release. Capsaicin, found in chili peppers and cayenne, helps to reduce nasal congestion and stuffiness. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine. Swiss clinical trials found the plant extract butterbur was as effective as OTC antihistamines in easing airway inflammation. Bromelain, a plant enzyme, is sometimes used to curb inflammation after sinus surgery to reduce swelling and improve breathing. NAC aids in thinning mucus, allowing for improved clearing of respiratory airways. A few drops of eucalyptus oil, which has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, can be added to a bowl of steaming water to supercharge inhalation, aiding in opening sinus and nasal passages. Hot peppermint tea has both decongestant and expectorant properties.
  • Replenishing your intestinal system with healthy microbiota through probiotic-rich foods or a probiotic supplement will aid in strengthening the immune system, especially when antibiotics are prescribed for a sinus or respiratory infection. Avoiding sugar laden foods and refined carbohydrates, which feed harmful microbiota, will help to support the immune system and protect against inflammation.  
  • An overall healthy and well balanced diet may be helpful in controlling or eliminating symptoms. Research suggests that certain foods may help fight allergies by controlling underlying inflammation or dilating air passages. Following an anti-inflammatory diet reduces overall swelling and fluid accumulation in tissues, which can assist in healing, detoxification and reduction of allergic symptoms.
  • Irrigating daily with a saline nasal rinse to clean and clear nasal passages decreases sinus inflammation and rinses away pollen. This can be done at any time of year and is especially helpful before and during allergy season, as it aids in eliminating symptoms and helps to protect sinus membranes.
  • Addressing stress, hormone imbalance and food sensitivities can also help to alleviate allergic reactions. High levels of stress can lead to imbalanced cortisol levels, which may negatively affect immune system function.  
  • Consider acupuncture as a proactive measure to correct underlying imbalances that allow symptoms to develop. Acupuncture may also help to reduce symptoms that have already flared. Ongoing treatment throughout the season may be necessary to keep symptoms under control.
  • Yoga is a natural stress reducer. Stress promotes inflammation, which intensifies allergic responses. Yoga breathing techniques may also help to open stuffy or clogged nasal passages.

As much as possible, limit your pollen exposure. Keep windows and doors closed and, if feasible, stay indoors between 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. when pollen counts are highest. Tracking pollen counts listed online or in your local newspaper can help you plan outdoor activities accordingly.   Dry, sunny days will have higher pollen counts than colder, rainy days. Pollen can settle on your hair or clothing so wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat can help. Be sure to change clothes and shower before bed after spending time outdoors. Pets can also bring pollens indoors, so bathe them frequently and try to keep them out of your bed to reduce further exposure. As much as we might not want to take the time to do it, spring cleaning your home can help remove pollen that can come in through open doors or windows or can be brought indoors on your shoes and clothes. Installing a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your vacuum or air conditioning unit also helps to remove microscopic irritants.

Popular supplements for season allergy support include:

Natural D-HistNatural D-Hist by Ortho Molecular – This popular formula provides optimal seasonal allergy support with a targeted blend of anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, enzymes and botanicals, which actively promote healthy nasal and sinus passages for those with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation. Contains quercetin, stinging nettles, vitamin C, bromelain and NAC. Non-drowsy, gluten and soy free formula.   D-Hist Jr children’s formula also available.
 HistaEze™ by Designs for Health – This synergistic blend of nutrients provides natural support to help balance the immune response during allergy season. With vitamin C, quercetin and nettles, this formula also supplies a patented and clinically researched Ayurvedic herb known for its immunomodulating ability. Gluten, soy and dairy free, non-GMO vegetarian formula.
MucoStop™ by Enzymedica – This blend of proteolytic enzymes assists with seasonal allergies by reducing the effects of histamine-induced inflammation, supporting normal mucus function and promoting natural antihistamine qualities. Gluten, soy and dairy free, non-GMO vegan formula.
MSM powderMSM Powder by Pure Encapsulations – This highly pure and effective anti-inflammatory acts as an immunomodulator, supporting respiratory function by eliminating free radicals, detoxifying cells and flushing out allergens. Gluten and soy free, non-GMO vegetarian formula.
Seasonal Allergies. http://www.pdrhealth.com/diseases/seasonal-allergies
Allergic Rhinitis. http://acaai.org/allergies/types/hay-fever-rhinitis
Beat Spring Allergies – Naturally. http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/natural-remedies-spring-allergies