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Theraneem® Naturals by Organix® South

THeraneemSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorProfessional Supplement Center is proud to announce the addition of Theraneem® Naturals, a comprehensive line of neem-based body care products. Medicinal benefits of the neem tree have been well known in India for over 4,000 years, where all parts of the tree are used for their valuable antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antihistamine and antiseptic properties. Since 1998, Organix® South has had to mission to provide earth-friendly, wholesome, and natural neem-based products for families and their pets.

These paraben-free and phthalate-free products contain botanically pure, therapeutic grade herbal ingredients, rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids that help to protect and nourish the skin, hair and scalp. Organix® South is committed to promoting organic, fairly-traded, ethically and sustainably sourced, high quality herbal products that contain no artificial ingredients or colorings. All herbs are tested to ensure botanical purity, strength and efficacy. Theraneem® products are cruelty free, earth friendly, and appropriate for the entire family.

Professional Supplement Center carries these and other fine quality Theraneem® brand products:

Facial Complexion...Facial Complexion Cleansing Bar – Hand-crafted with only the finest quality organic oils, this facial and whole body soap moisturizes, nourishes, soothes and protects all skin types, including sensitive and chronically dry or itchy skin. Gluten, paraben and sulfate free formulation. Also available: Kids and Babies Cleansing Bar for sensitive children and infants.


Kids Neem Toothpaste...Kids Neem Toothpaste Tropical Blast – This extra gentle formula for teeth and gum tissues contains supercritical extracts of neem, sweetened with xylitol and natural pineapple flavoring. Twigs from the neem tree are traditionally used to clean teeth in India. Gluten, paraben and fluoride free formulation. No artificial colors or flavors.


Pet ShampooPet Shampoo – This extra gentle, soap-free pet shampoo is appropriate for both dogs and cats. Formulated to cleanse and revitalize the skin and coat, this shampoo cleans without harsh chemical or synthetic ingredients. pH balanced, paraben and phthalate free.


Moisture Therape...Moisture Therape Shampoo – This hydrating and repairing shampoo contains organic neem oil, neem leaf extract, nourishing calendula and refreshing lavender to help seal in essential nutrients lost due to stress, sun exposure, chemical treatments and aging. Safe for color treated hair. Gluten, paraben and phthalate free formulation. Also available: Extra gentle Kids Therape Shampoo/Bodywash for sensitive eyes, skin, hair and scalp.


Moisture Therape...Moisture Therape Conditioner – This moisturizing, hydrating and repairing formula restores moisture to the hair and scalp, helping to reduce split ends and leaving hair soft and sleek. Ingredients include organic neem oil, neem leaf extract, jojoba oil, panthenol and rice proteins to soothe dry or damaged hair and sensitive scalps. Gluten, sulfate and paraben free. Also available: Kids Therape Conditioner extra gentle formula for sensitive eyes, skin, hair and scalp.

Aging is Inevitable, Disease is Not

HealthyAgingMenJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

How many of us, given a choice, would choose to grow older, especially when aging is associated with chronic illness and multiple prescription medications? As time marches on regardless, a better question might be—how many of us would choose to enjoy our golden years blessed with good health and vitality? Over the past century numerous infectious diseases have been conquered, only to be replaced by noncommunicable diet-related chronic diseases. As 76 million baby boomers approach or reach retirement age, medical care is focused on the prevalence of chronic health problems. A personal history of inadequate nutrition, poor daily choices and physical inactivity can culminate in preventable lifestyle-related diseases, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers.

Though we can’t turn back the clock, we can support our current and long-term health by understanding the influences of nutrition at the molecular level. Current recommended dietary guidelines for all age groups focus on nutrition for the maintenance of overall health and disease prevention. How important is a varied nutritious diet? The fact that many grocery stores have a section specifically dedicated to “health foods,” might give us a clue. Perhaps, if we begin to think of “natural food” as information that influences our genetic activity and cellular processes, we might choose to linger a bit longer in the healthy food aisles. Research has shown that diet is the key to controlling genetic susceptibility to disease, and our genes can only respond to what we give them.

Scientific research shows that although we may inherit genes from our parents and ancestors that increase our susceptibility to certain diseases, disease is not necessarily our destiny. We can replace foods that trigger our genes to induce inflammation with foods that quell inflammation, and thereby circumvent chronic disease. We can eat low-glycemic foods that minimize insulin secretion, as opposed to high-glycemic foods that stimulate insulin release and result in high blood sugar and diabetes. We can eat a high fiber diet that supports colon health, instead of a low-fiber diet that may encourage colorectal cancer progression. We can take charge of our health by changing the expression of the epigenome at any stage of life simply by making wholesome nutritional choices and incorporating a healthy lifestyle.

Perhaps it’s time to challenge the belief that disability, dysfunction, dementia and disease are normal and inevitable as we grow older. Many chronic illnesses are disorders of metabolic processes that result from our toxic environment and our nutrient depleted lifestyles. Nutritional science has shown us the complex relationship between health, the genome and life-long dietary interactions. We now know that many diseases that were once thought to be gene-related, result from nutritional deficiencies. Vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants are considered key players in genetic expression modulation. Researchers have identified active plant derived nutrients that can help to prevent cancer and protect against diseases.

We now know that the root of many diet-related chronic conditions take hold early in life. Dietary changes, such as reducing sugar, salt and unhealthy fat consumption, could have a substantial effect on reducing the burden of disease. Even more so, a meta-analysis recently published in the International Journal of Epidemiology looked at 95 studies on fruit and vegetable intake. They concluded that eating 10 daily servings of fruits and vegetables, or about 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables, would result in a 24% reduction in heart disease risk, a 33% lowered stroke risk, a 28% lowered cardiovascular disease risk, a 13% lowered cancer risk and a 31% lowered risk of premature death.

Changes that occur naturally with aging do affect nutritional needs. Along with reduced energy requirements, lean body mass and basal metabolic rate steadily decline. While the caloric need for protein, carbohydrates and fats may be reduced, the requirements for vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients may rise. Filling our bellies with health sustaining fruits and vegetables has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, and support vascular and immune health. It sure seems like a no-brainer! Aging may be inevitable, but poor health is not. If you want to maintain vitality and enjoy a longer, healthier life span, start by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and be sure you are getting sufficient amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality supplements to support overall health:

Ultra Anti-Oxidant ...Ultra Anti-Oxidant by Douglas Laboratories: This potent formula provides a wide spectrum of nutritional antioxidants, as well as synergistic nutrients that effectively participate in antioxidant defense systems. Gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and yeast free formulation.


RevitalAge Ultra ...RevitalAge™ Ultra by Pure Encapsulations: This scientifically researched, sustained-release formula provides antioxidant protection and mitochondrial support cofactors in support of healthy aging through the maintenance of youthful gene expression, mitochondrial function, and cellular energy production. Gluten and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.


Phytoganix™Phytoganix™ by Metagenics: This highly nutritious organic red berry formula provides a convenient and delicious way to support overall good health with a diverse daily supply of phytonutrients. Gluten free, vegetarian formulation.


Super Greens BerrySuper Greens Berry by Neurobiologix: This great tasting, high ORAC value, energizing powdered phytonutrient formula provides certified organic whole food plant extracts, plus natural vitamins, ionic trace minerals, digestive enzymes, antioxidants and symbiotic microorganisms. These ingredients support maximal energy production, healthy digestive function, and immune optimization, as well as repair, revitalization, recovery, and longevity. Gluten, wheat, soy, and dairy free formulation.


Power Greens Premium...Power Greens Premium Berry by NuMedica: This state-of-the-art, great tasting greens and superfoods drink mix, provides high quality energizing phytonutrients, certified organic whole foods, digestive enzymes, adaptogenic herbs, plant extracts and pre- and probiotics, along with a full complement of vitamins and minerals, in support of optimal health and longevity. Gluten, wheat, soy and milk free, vegetarian formulation.

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Let Plant Foods Be Thy Medicine

Plants_MedicineJacquie Eubanks RN BSN



For thousands of years, before the invention of pharmaceuticals, plants and plant foods were utilized to prevent and treat many common illnesses and symptoms. Civilization, as a whole, appears to have forgotten that these foods are a source of phytonutrients, many of which have therapeutic healing and medicinal properties that can enhance health and support wellbeing. While we eat for pleasure and sustenance, we should also consider that eating the right foods may improve both our genetic and metabolic bodily functions. When you begin to look at individual foods as being either helpful or harmful to your long term and overall health, you may be surprised to see how quickly you lose your taste for high calorie, high sugar, non-nutritious foods.

Because plants and humans evolved together over millions of years, our bodies recognize the substances found in plants and are able to metabolize and utilize the nutrients. And while plants evolved to have natural properties to protect them from drought, pests, blight and oxidation, these properties often perform similar functions in the human body. Since we have consumed plants in natural, fermented or juiced forms since the beginning of time, their nutrients are part of our own composition and chemistry. Archeological discoveries of ancient human burials dating back 60,000 years have found medical kits containing herbal remedies, some of which are still in use today. Plant medicines are derived from flowers, berries, seeds, leaves, stems, stalks and roots. Today, we know that specific plants contain anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-viral, anti-tussive and anti-hypertensive properties to name just a few. In addition, many have cardio-protective, sedative and analgesic effects.

Plants and their derivatives are the original source materials for approximately 40% of the pharmaceuticals in use in the U.S. today. These pharmaceuticals contain either plant derived materials or chemically copied or synthesized materials derived from plant agents. For example, quinine, which is used to treat malaria, originated from the bark of the cinchona tree. Silymarin, found in milk thistle, is used to treat liver problems, and leaves and flowers of the herb senna are used as a laxative to treat constipation. A plant compound called Taxol, found in the bark of the Pacific Yew and now chemically synthesized, is a very effective and widely utilized drug in breast and ovarian cancer treatment. References to the poisonous properties of the Pacific Yew are found in ancient Roman literature and in the writings of Shakespeare.

While pharmaceuticals certainly have value, let’s remember the well documented, non-toxic and inexpensive healing properties of whole foods. To get the benefit of healing plant foods, choose minimally processed foods known to contribute to good health. Everything you eat sends a message to your genes. By choosing to eat the healthiest of foods, you can choose health over disease. It’s important to eat a variety of colorful foods, as plants use colors as their protective mechanisms and those mechanisms help our bodies to function better. To get your plant-based medicine every day, try to get as many of the thousands of beneficial plant chemicals as possible by eating a diverse painter’s palette of colors.

Herbs, spices, hot peppers and alliums, otherwise known as onions, garlic, chives, scallions, shallots and leeks – Used for both culinary and medicinal properties these foods may be helpful in many medical conditions including nausea, infections, high blood pressure, and inflammatory conditions.

Fruits and vegetables – Abundant in antioxidants and phytochemicals, high vegetable and fruit consumption helps to reduce the risk of developing many chronic diseases including cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, macular degeneration and obesity. Fruits and veggies have a low glycemic load and are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Plus they’re low calorie when consumed in their natural form without added sugars or sauces.

Medicinal Mushrooms – Long used in traditional Chinese medicine for their therapeutic properties, mushrooms such as Turkey Tail, Reishi and Cordyceps offer many important health benefits including antioxidant and immune support and cholesterol-lowering properties. In addition, medicinal mushrooms have anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, anti-viral and anti-microbial effects as well.

Unprocessed whole grains, nuts and seeds – A higher consumption of unrefined whole grains is associated with a reduced risk of early aging and diseases, including cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and cancer. Whole grains provide a high level of minerals, energy supporting B vitamins, plus fiber and essential fats. Nuts are high in antioxidants and healthy fats and are linked to lower risks of cardiovascular disease and help regulate insulin and blood sugar. Seeds are actually embryonic plants that have high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes. Seeds are living foods that should be eaten in raw form to get the most nutritional benefits.

Formulas to aid you in getting an array of plant foods every day include:

Power Greens Premium BerryPower Greens® Premium Berry by NuMedica – It’s easy to get your daily dose of energizing phytonutrients with this great tasting all inclusive blend of plant extracts and certified organic whole foods. This great tasting premium formula provides a full complement of vitamins and minerals, along with high quality fruits, vegetables, high ORAC value antioxidants, fiber, digestive enzymes and adaptogenic herbs. Gluten, dairy and soy free, vegetarian formula.


Mycoceutics MycoPhyto Complex®Mycoceutics MycoPhyto Complex® by EcoNugenics – Physician formulated and cultivated on immune-enhancing herbs, this medicinal mushroom formula provides powerful immune support with a proprietary blend of 6 medicinal mushrooms plus beta-glucans, natural immune promoting phytochemicals. Gluten and allergen free, vegan formula.


Power Fruits and Veggies for KidsPower Fruits and Veggies for Kids by NuMedica – Perfect for children who refuse to eat their veggies, this tasty and nutritious formula provides natural vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Gluten, soy and dairy free, vegetarian formula.


Super Garlic 6000Super Garlic 6000 by Metagenics® – This popular product delivers high concentrations of potency-preserved allicin and other naturally occurring, health supporting constituents found in garlic. Special enteric coating is designed to dissolve in the intestine, avoiding stomach upset and preventing garlic breath. Guaranteed to supply 6000 mcg of allicin per tablet in support of cardiovascular and immune system health. Gluten, soy and dairy free, Non-GMO vegetarian formula.

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What Do Specific Foods Do? http://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/food-medicine/what-do-specific-foods-do
Healing Foods Pyramid™ 2010. http://www.med.umich.edu/umim/food-pyramid/
The Healing Power of Medicinal Mushrooms. http://fantasticfungi.com/healing-power-medicinal-mushrooms/