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Natren® – Featured Brand

NatrenSusan Brown Health and Wellness EditorProfessional Supplement Center now carries Natren®, a line of pharmaceutical grade probiotic supplements specifically formulated to address the needs of family members of all ages, including infants, toddlers, expectant mothers, seniors, sensitive individuals, and beloved pets. Since 1982 Natren® has researched, formulated and manufactured microbiologically pure, contaminant-free, guaranteed potency probiotics. Adhering to the highest quality standards for safety, quality and manufacturing protocols in their own state-of-the-art cGMP facility located in Westlake Village, California, Natren’s probiotic products are backed by thirty years of focused, rigorous, scientific research and technology from leading scientists and researchers in the field of probiotics.

Three decades of independent laboratory culturing and testing have resulted in probiotic super-strains that pass bile tolerance and stomach acid survival tests. This ensures maximum intestinal delivery to assist digestive functions throughout the entire intestinal tract. Natren® utilizes core beneficial bacteria from the most studied species noted for safety and efficacy. Proprietary full-culture and freeze-drying manufacturing processes preserve and nourish the beneficial probiotics in their own natural supernatant to uphold the viability and health of the organisms. Natren’s truth in labeling standards, as well as independent verification, assure guaranteed potency of each species and strain through the printed expiration date to provide viable colony forming units (CFU). Their naturally formulated probiotic products are gluten free and Non-GMO.

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Bifido Factor PowderBifido Factor: This product supplies a minimum of two billion cfu of well researched, viable   Bifidobacterium bifidum to support colon health and function, as well as optimal digestion, nutrient absorption and regularity. Gluten, soy, preservative and artificial ingredient free, Non-GMO formulation. Dairy free formulation also available.

Healthy Trinity ...Healthy Trinity: This potent formulation provides 30 billion cfu of three super stains of non-competitive, bile-resistant probiotics proven to be beneficial for specific regions and functions of the entire gastrointestinal tract. Recommended for adults and children over eight years old. Gluten, dairy, and soy free, Non-GMO formulation.

Life StartLife Start: Specifically designed to help optimize the digestive health of developing newborns, infants, toddlers, and nursing or expectant mothers, each powdered serving provides a minimum of one billion Bifidobacterium infantis, the most predominant beneficial bacteria found in the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract of healthy infants. Contains dairy. Goat milk formula also available.

Caninedolphilus: This probiotic gel for dogs is specifically designed to support canine intestinal heath and maintain a healthy balance of intestinal microflora. Each dose provides six billion cfu of two probiotic strains that may be administered directly into the mouth (via syringe provided) or may be added to food.

NeuroScience – Featured Brand

neuroscienceSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

 

 

For nearly two decades, NeuroScience™ has offered proprietary holistic formulations designed to address neurological, hormonal and chemical imbalances. Today, NeuroScience™ is recognized as a highly-respected pioneer in the development of innovative premium nutraceuticals. These professional-grade formulas provide balanced support for healthy nervous, immune and endocrine system function.

NeuroScience™ researches clinical studies and peer-reviewed scientific journals to develop safe, efficacious products that provide impactful amounts of synergistic ingredients in a practical daily serving. Their formulations provide proprietary blends of amino acids, botanicals, vitamins, and minerals to address the root causes of health challenges to help individuals achieve more optimal heath.

Available solely through healthcare professionals, NeuroScience™ products are manufactured in a rigorously regulated FDA-inspected facility following strict cGMP practices. Impartial third-party testing assures verified label ingredients, as well as the absence of heavy metals and microcontaminants.

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SereneSerene: This amino acid formulation provides ingredients to support optimal serotonin synthesis important for healthy sleep and positive mood. Serotonin is the precursor to naturally produced melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep/wake cycles. Serene is designed to help decrease occasional anxiousness, support healthy mood, and promote relaxation.  Ingredients include calcium, folate, vitamins C and B6 and the amino acid, 5-HTP.

ExcitaPlus®ExcitaPlus: This non-glandular product is formulated with specific amino acids, vitamins, minerals and rhodiola in support of healthy cortisol, dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine synthesis. ExcitaPlus is designed to help reduce stress-induced fatigue and provide support for adrenal health and energy production, as well as cognition and focus.

TravaCorTravaCor: This unique combination of amino acids along with vitamin and mineral cofactors provides support for the calming neurotransmitter system. These widely studied nutrients have been shown to have the ability to reduce stress, support a healthy mood, produce a calming effect, reduce irritability and restlessness, and aid healthy restful sleep.

KavinaceKavinace®: This top selling, well-respected formula naturally calms, and promotes healthy levels of GABA, thereby reducing symptoms of insomnia and anxiety. Useful for stress relief and restful sleep, Kavinace® supports GABA’s natural ability to control overactive neurons that can cause restlessness and negatively impact healthy sleep. The formula includes a proprietary amino acid blend, and vitamin B6, an important cofactor in GABA synthesis.

Atherosclerosis

AtherosclerosisJacquie Eubanks RN BSNCardiovascular disease and stroke prevention by early intervention is of great importance, as heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. Atherosclerosis, often referred to as hardening of the arteries, is a progressive chronic inflammatory disease that damages arterial walls, and results in dysfunctional, stiff, clogged arteries, and improperly regulated blood flow and pressure. Soft, flexible healthy arteries consist of multilayered walls capable of constricting or dilating as needed by the tissues they supply. The loss of artery suppleness and elasticity occurs slowly over time, as plaque formations consisting of fat, cholesterol, calcium, cellular waste and clotting factors, eventually occlude and restrict the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to all parts of the body.

Arterial stiffness, or the loss of vascular elasticity, structure, and function, has been identified as a contributing factor in hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and type II diabetes, as well as liver, kidney and neurodegenerative disorders. Perhaps most importantly, arterial stiffness results in a steady rise in blood pressure, contributing to a vicious cycle of further destruction and loss of flexibility. While aging is certainly a factor, early stages of atherosclerosis may actually begin in childhood, making preventive measures desirable for all ages. A seven-year investigation of cardiovascular risk factors performed by scientists from 15 medical centers found that young persons, males in particular, had evidence of coronary artery disease as early as their mid-teens.

The study showed that those who were overweight, smoked, and had the highest blood pressure, blood sugar and LDL cholesterol levels were most at risk for atherosclerosis and heart disease. The now famous and oft quoted Framingham Heart Study evaluated the impact of high total cholesterol, low HDL (good) cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and smoking on cardiac health. Those who were free of all risk factors had only a 5% risk of developing cardiovascular disease by age 95. Contrarily, those with two or more risk factors had a 69% risk, leading one to conclude that healthful behaviors beginning at a young age can go a long way in preventing future heart disease and stroke.

One of the main contributors to loss of arterial stiffness is calcification, which occurs when serum calcium is deposited into the arterial walls. Scientific evidence suggests that vitamins D3 and K2 play important roles in calcium metabolism and management. Working individually and synergistically, vitamins D3 and K2 help to keep calcium out of arteries and promote proper deposit of calcium into bones, where it aids continuous bone remodeling. Several studies have shown that vitamin D3 supplementation is an important approach to preventing or alleviating cardiovascular disease, particularly in high risk groups such as seniors, diabetics, and those with insufficient sunlight exposure and deficiencies in dietary intake. Vitamin K2 helps to activate osteocalcin, a bone protein, and helps to produce proteins that are needed to move calcium from the bloodstream into bone tissue.

Preventing arterial stiffness is essential in the prevention of age-related chronic disorders. While aging and family history of early heart disease are risk factors, the exact cause of atherosclerosis remains unknown. However controllable risk factors can help prevent or delay arterial stiffening. Smoking, chronic inflammation, high serum triglycerides and cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar, as well as an unhealthy diet, obesity and lack of exercise are known largely controllable risk factors. By working to reduce modifiable risk factors, one can help prevent atherosclerosis, improve general health or arrest the progression of the disease.

-Follow a heart and brain healthy, low inflammatory plant-based diet that is low in sodium, added sugars, processed fats, refined grains, processed foods, and allergens. Maintain a healthy body weight to reduce excess pressure on the legs, as well as the risk of developing diabetes.

-Arterial stiffness with aging has been shown to be less pronounced in physically active persons. Regular aerobic exercise can help to fight atherosclerosis by lowering blood pressure and controlling weight. Strengthening the thigh and calf muscles by walking, cycling, swimming or stair climbing promotes good circulation and encourages blood flow.

-Maintain healthy blood sugar levels to prevent or control diabetes. Diabetes can accelerate the progression of atherosclerosis.

-Take short frequent breaks from prolonged sitting or standing which can worsen symptoms. A short walk can help to stimulate circulation. While sitting, perform ankle exercises such as pointing, flexing, and circling the feet to activate the calf muscles.

-Elevate your legs above your heart for 10-15 minutes daily to help reduce blood pooling and pressure on the legs.

-Graduated compression stockings can help with swelling of the lower extremities that often accompanies venous insufficiency. Compression stockings reduce pooling and pressure and may also reduce the risk of forming a deep vein blood clot.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality products to help support circulatory and overall heath:

Arterial TherapyArterial Therapy™ by Integrative Therapeutics®: This triple action blend provides three clinically studied synergistic ingredients, garlic extract, pomegranate fruit extract, and vitamin K2, in bioavailable forms to promote optimal arterial function. Gluten, wheat, dairy and sugar free, vegan formulation.

Vitamin D Supreme...Vitamin D Supreme with Vitamin K1 and K2 by Designs for Health®: This synergistic product supplies a clinically useful dose of vitamin D3 and highly bioavailable forms of vitamins K1 and K2 in support of optimal bone, arterial and immune health. Non-GMO formulation.

Nutrient 950 with...Nutrient 950® with Vitamin K by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic, nutrient rich, highly bioavailable multivitamin/mineral/trace element formula includes superior mineral cofactors, and antioxidants, as well as the active forms of vitamins K1 and K2 to maintain healthy arterial calcium metabolism and vascular activity. Vitamins D and K provide synergistic support for bone heath and blood vessel function. Gluten free, Non-GMO, vegetarian formulation.

PGX DailyPGX® Daily by Bioclinic Naturals: This proprietary highly viscous fiber blend is formulated to support healthy glucose metabolism by lowering the glycemic index of meals. Fiber viscosity is associated with increased satiety, reduced appetite, improved regularity and healthy weight maintenance. Gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast, and artificial sweetener free.

Compression Leg...Compression Leg Sleeve White by Zensah: Made of durable, comfortable, machine washable fabric, these compression sleeves provide calf support, shin splint relief and decreased fatigue. Three sizes available.

 

Circulation Support,...Quantum Circulation Support by Quantum Nutrition Labs: This unique, proprietary nutraceutical formula promotes healthy microcirculation of blood to peripheral tissues and provides comprehensive support for circulation and associated nerve, heart and arterial health. Vegan formulation.

References:
Arterial stiffness and stroke: de-stiffening strategy, a therapeutic target for stroke. http://svn.bmj.com/content/early/2017/03/17/svn-2016-000045
Arteriosclerosis/atherosclerosis.  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arteriosclerosis-atherosclerosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350569
What is Arterial Plaque? http://www.secondscount.org/heart-condition-centers/info-detail-2/what-is-arterial-plaque
Atherosclerosis. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/atherosclerosis
What You Can Do to Prevent Atherosclerosis. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=1&contentid=1583
Premature heart disease. https://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/premature-heart-disease
Atherosclerosis. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Cholesterol/AboutCholesterol/Atherosclerosis_UCM_305564_Article.jsp