Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia
Pain all over, exhaustion, bloating and constantly forgetting things are but a few of the many symptoms often associated with fibromyalgia.

Yoga, Meditation and exercise may help.

According to a 2010 study by Oregon Health & Science University researchers, yoga can help combat fibromyalgia symptoms like pain, stiffness, fatigue, poor sleep, poor memory, anxiety, depression and poor balance.

It is suggested to begin with mild exercise and go slow to keep symptoms from flaring up.

Massage therapy helps relax your muscles and improves the range of motion in your joints. It also relieves stress and stimulates production of chemicals that act as the body’s natural painkillers.

Supplements including Magnesium, 5-htp, vitamin d3, fish oil and more.

Magnesium may help the pain associated with fibromyalgia

5-htp may help to increase deep sleep, while relieving pain. It works by supporting healthy serotonin levels in the brain. It’s made in the body from tryptophan, but is not found in foods high in tryptophan. Supplementation is necessary.

Vitamin D3 according to a study published in the Journal of Pain can help fight the pain and fatigue Fibromyalgia causes.

For the study, 30 women with fibromyalgia – who were also deficient in vitamin D – were divided into two groups. The treatment group received oral vitamin D supplements for 20 weeks. The control group received a placebo.

Starting after just one week, the treatment group showed improved physical functioning, had less morning fatigue than the placebo group and reported a marked reduction in pain.

Fish Oil containing Omega 3 Fatty Acids have natural anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce fibromyalgia pain.

Epsom salts is magnesium sulfate. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath helps your body absorb magnesium. This soothing bath can also help reduce pain and induce relaxation.

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News – MCT Oil: Reviewing the Evidence
Posted on 20/12/2017
MCT Oil: Reviewing the Evidence
With the popularity of ketogenic diets and the ‘bullet-proof’ coffee regime, one food which appears to be gaining popularity in the weight loss arena is MCT Oil. In this post I aim to review the research behind MCT and how helpful it may actually be.

WHAT IS MCT OIL?

MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides – a type of fat which is low in our diets, and which has had a lot of interest in recent years. Generally, MCT oil is sourced from coconut oil.

MCT OIL vs. COCONUT OIL

Generally, coconut oil contains MCT’s combined with other long chain fatty acids, making coconut oil an extremely healthy and stable cooking oil. MCT oil has had these other longer chain fats removed, increasing the provision of MCT’s. There are 4 different MCT’s – Caproic, Caprylic, Capric and Lauric. Caprylic and Capric are considered to be excellent sources of energy. (1) MCT oil is better than coconut oil as a source of MCT’s, since it contains higher amounts of caprylic and capric acid.

WHAT ARE THE CLAIMS

MCT oils are easily digested and sent to the liver, where they are used as an energy source – boosting metabolism and helping the body burn fat more effectively. (1) This in turn is supposed to help support weight loss and fat burning.

The brain is also said to be able to make use of the energy provided by MCT’s, with many people claiming that MCT oil could be helpful for brain function and memory.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?

FOR BRAIN FUNCTION: Published clinical trials have indicated that supplementing MCT oils will provide the brain with the fuel it requires, and could be a useful addition to regimes aimed at memory problems and those worried about Alzheimer’s. (2)

FOR WEIGHT LOSS: Studies have suggested that MCT oils could help to reduce tummy fat by promoting ketogenesis (fat burning). Other investigations have shown that these oils help to reduce body mass and increase metabolism as well as potentially reducing appetite. (3,4,5)

HOW TO USE MCT OIL

Many advocates of MCT oil suggest adding it to black coffee, smoothies or shakes. It may cause a feeling of nausea initially, so starting with a small amount and working up to the suggested dose (1 tablespoon) is probably best for those who do want to give it a go.

References:

(1) Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), Nutrition Review, April 22, 2013

(2) Can ketones compensate for deteriorating brain glucose uptake during aging? Implications for the risk and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease; Cunnane SC et al; Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 Mar

(3) Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity. Assunção ML et al; Lipids. 2009 Jul

(4) Medium-chain triglycerides increase energy expenditure and decrease adiposity in overweight men. St-Onge MP et al; Obes Res. 2003 Mar

(5) Impact of medium and long chain triglycerides consumption on appetite and food intake in overweight men. Marie-Pierre St-Onge; Eur J Clin Nutr. 2014

Written By Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in Health Foods Stores and Private Clinics for over 20 years.)

Vitamin K: -What is it?

The two most important forms found in food are vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and Vitamin K2 (menaquinone).

K vitamins are a group of fat-soluble vitamins. The two most important forms found in food are vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) and Vitamin K2 (menaquinone). Vitamin K1 is known for its role in blood coagulation (clotting). Vitamin K2 also contributes to coagulation, but more importantly, it is a form newly recognized for its essential role in building and maintaining strong bones, as well as inhibiting calcium deposits in the arteries and blood vessels.

Supplemental Vitamin K2 exists in several forms, but the most common ones are the synthetic menaquinone-4 (MK-4) and the natural and nature-identical synthetic menaquinone-7 (MK-7).

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MK-7 is the superior form of vitamin K

All K vitamins are similar in structure, but differ in the length of the “side chain” – the longer the side chain, the better effect and efficiency. Consequently, the long-chain menaquinones (especially MK-7) are the most desirable as they are nearly completely absorbed (body requires smaller doses) and stay in the blood for the longest time. This makes Vitamin K2 also available for tissues outside the liver, namely bones, arteries, and soft tissues.

In fact, studies consistently show that Vitamin K2 as MK-7 is much more effective compared to MK-4. This is mainly due to MK-7’s significantly greater:

  • Absorption & Half-Life Time
  • Accumulation in the Serum
  • Efficacy

Absorption & Half-Life Time

Both Vitamin K2 as MK-4 and MK-7 are nearly completely absorbed, with peak serum concentration at 2 hours for MK-4 and 4 hours for MK-7 after intake. However, MK-4 quickly disappears from the circulation, whereas MK-7 is capable of accumulating in the bloodstream (remaining in the body for approximately 72 hours). Therefore, supplementation with MK-7 only needs to be taken once a day and is a more convenient option.1

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Accumulation in the Serum

The long half-life of MK-7 results in significantly better accumulation compared to MK-4. Research shows that  MK-7 has  better absorption. Hence, smaller quantities and less frequent intakes of MK-7 are sufficient to supply all of the tissues.2

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Efficacy

45mcg/daily of MK-7 is proven to be sufficient in order to increase the carboxylation process and the activation of vitamin K-dependent proteins such as Osteocalcin for bone health and Matrix Gla Protein (MGP) for heart health.3

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An eight-week double-blind trial was conducted to test purified glucomannan fiber as a food supplement in 20 obese subjects. Glucomannan fiber (from konjac root) or placebo was given in 1-g doses (two 500 mg capsules) with 8 oz water, 1 h prior to each of three meals per d. Subjects were instructed not to change their eating or exercise patterns. Results showed a significant mean weight loss (5.5 lbs) using glucomannan over an eight-week period. Serum cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol were significantly reduced (21.7 and 15.0 mg/dl respectively) in the glucomannan treated group. No adverse reactions to glucomannan were reported. Source http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6096282

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7 Health Benefits of Bee Propolis

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Sunday, April 26th 2015 at 11:00 am

Find Propolis

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Bees make more than honey.
They also make gunk called propolis. And this “bee glue” is a powerful
health balm.  In fact, studies show it has anti-cancer properties.

Dr.
Seema Patel of the Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics Research
Center, San Diego State University conducted a comprehensive review of
the literature on propolis and cancer.  Dr. Patel found laboratory and animal studies supporting propolis efficacy against cancers of the:

  • Brain
  • Pancreas
  • Head and neck
  • Kidney and bladder
  • Skin
  • Prostate
  • Breast
  • Colon
  • Liver
  • Blood

Propolis contains as many as 300 active compounds.  These components were found to fight cancer in a variety of ways including:

  • Preventing the growth of new blood vessels to feed cancer cells (anti-angiogenesis)
  • Preventing the spread or metastasis of cancer from one organ to another
  • Halting cancer cell division
  • Inducing apoptosis or programmed cell death

In addition, propolis was found to mitigate the side effects or toxicity of chemotherapy drugs used in the treatment of cancer.

Bees make propolis by gathering resin from pine and other cone-producing
evergreen trees.  They blend the resin with wax flakes and pollen,
and take it back to the hive. There they use the sticky mess to patch
holes, seal cracks and build panels in the hive.

But propolis does more than architectural duty.  It also acts as an
antiseptic barrier protecting the hive from contamination and from
external invaders like mice, snakes, and lizards. In fact, the name
propolis comes from the Greek meaning “defense of the city.”

The antimicrobial properties of propolis protect the hive from viruses and
bacteria. Researchers found that bees living in hives coated with
propolis have lower bacteria in their body and also ‘quieter’ immune
systems.[i]

And propolis doesn’t just benefit bees. For thousands of years folk
medicine practitioners have used bee glue to treat abscesses, heal
wounds, and fight infection.  In fact, propolis was listed as an
official drug in the London pharmacopoeias of the 17th century.

Modern studies confirm a long list of health benefits offered by
propolis.  A search of PubMed shows over 2,000 studies on bee
propolis.  Here are just a few of its health benefits.

1. Anti-Microbial Action

Propolis has a wide range of antibacterial properties.[ii]
It is also has anti-fungal and anti-viral powers.  In one animal
study, applying a propolis solution to wounds helped speed healing in
diabetic rats.[iii]

In children, propolis has been found to:

2. Heals Burns

A 2002 study from the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that propolis may promote the healing of minor burns.[iv]
The researchers compared a propolis skin cream with silver
sulfadiazine, a drug used to treat burns.  Study results showed
propolis was just as effective as the drug in treating second-degree
burns.

3. Prevents Dental Cavities

Greek and Roman physicians used propolis as mouth disinfectant. Modern studies show it may be effective in the treatment of periodontitis and gingivitis.

Many studies have also found that extracts from bee glue limit bacterial plaque and reduce tooth caries.[v]

Other studies show that propolis may even help regenerate dental pulp,[vi] as well as bone tissue,[vii] and cartilage.[viii]

4. Treats Parasites

Preliminary trials show propolis may eliminate parasites.  In one study people
who took propolis had a 52 to 60% success rate in eliminating the
parasite giardiasis.[ix]

5. Wart Removal

In a single-blind, randomized, 3-month trial, 135 patients with different
types of warts received oral propolis, echinacea, or a placebo.
The results were reported in the International Journal of Dermatology.
Patients with plane and common warts achieved a cure rate of 75% and
73%, respectively. The results were significantly better than those
associated with echinacea or placebo.[x]

6. Beats Drug for Genital Herpes

Propolis is more effective than a common drug for treating genital herpes according to a study published in Phytomedicine.[xi]

For 10 days, 90 men and women with genital herpes applied either an
ointment containing propolis flavonoids, or acyclovir (a drug used to
treat herpes sores), or a placebo ointment.  The patients applied
the ointment four times a day.

By the study’s end, 24 out of the 30 patients in the propolis group had healed.  Only 14 of 30 in the drug group, and 12 of 30 in the placebo group were cured.

Like honey, the composition and health benefits of propolis will vary
depending on the trees and flowers and the location where it is
produced. You can find propolis in its raw form directly from a local
beekeeper.  It’s also in the “cappings” of honey – a crunchy
mixture of pollen, propolis, and bees wax.

Propolis is also available without the honey. But extracts or tinctures of propolis are more convenient to use.  They are popular for boosting the immune
system, and for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-microbial
properties.

You can also find propolis formulations for colds and flu-like symptoms, wound healing, acne, cold sores, genital herpes, and dermatitis.  They are available as creams, ointments, lotions, toothpastes, and mouth washes.

Oral propolis formulations can be found as pastes, lozenges, liquid extracts, tablets, and capsules.

However, if you have an allergy to honey or bees, you may also have a reaction to products containing propolis.

For more information visit Green Med Info’s page on bee propolis


[i]http://www.beelab.umn.edu/prod/groups/cfans/@pub/@cfans/@bees/documents/article/cfans_article_435997.pdf

[ii] Grange, J. M. and Davey, R. W. “Antibacterial properties of propolis (bee glue).” J R.Soc Med 1990;83:159-160.

[iii] McLennan SV et al, “The anti-inflammatory agent Propolis improves wound healing in a rodent model of experimental diabetes.” Wound Repair Regen. 2008 Sep-Oct;16(5):706-13. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-475X.2008.00421.x.

[iv]
Gregory SR, Piccolo N, Piccolo MT, Piccolo MS, Heggers JP. “Comparison
of propolis skin cream to silver sulfadiazine: a naturopathic
alternative to antibiotics in treatment of minor burns.” J Altern Complement Med. 2002 Feb;8(1):77-83.

[v]
Włodzimierz Więckiewicz, Marta Miernik, Mieszko Więckiewicz, and
Tadeusz Morawiec, “Does Propolis Help to Maintain Oral Health?” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2013, Article ID 351062, 8 pages, 2013. doi:10.1155/2013/351062

[vi]
Scheller S, et al. “Biological properties and clinical application of
propolis. 9. Investigation of the influence of ethanol extract of
propolis (EEP) on dental pulp regeneration.” Arzneimittelforschung 1978;28:289-91

[vii]
Stojko A, Scheller S, Szwarnowiecka I, Tustanowski J, Ostach H, Obuszko
Z. “Biological properties and clinical application of propolis. 8.
Experimental observation on the influence of ethanol extract of propolis
(EEP) on the regeneration of bone tissue.” Arzneimittelforschung 1979;28:35-7

[viii]
Scheller S et al. “Biological properties and clinical application of
propolis. 7. investigation of the influence of ethanol extract of
propolis (EEP)on cartilaginous tissue regeneration.” Arzneimittelforschung 1977;27:2138-40

[ix]
Miyares C, Hollands I, Castañeda C, et al. “Clinical trial with a
preparation based on propolis ‘propolisina’ in human giardiasis.” Acta Gastroenterologica Latinoamericana. 1988;18(3):195-201.

[x] Zedan H, Hofny ER. “Propolis as an alternative treatment for cutaneous warts.” Int J Dermatol. 2009. Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Andrology, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt.

[xi]
Vynograd N, Vynograd I, Sosnowski Z. “A comparative multi-centre study
of the efficacy of propolis, acyclovir and placebo in the treatment of
genital herpes (HSV).” Phytomedicine. 2000 Mar;7(1):1-6.

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Serrasyn 250,000iu Review

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