“Cholesterol is a vital molecule, without which all of us would die. It has been demonized by the makers of statin drugs and as a result, most people have become conditioned to avoid foods containing cholesterol. This is a big mistake that can place a bigger burden on the body since cholesterol supports the body’s needs. It helps us to make Vitamin D, sex hormones, and steroid hormones. It is also essential to all of our cell membranes and important to the brain for nerve signal function. It also plays a role in the metabolism of fats and our immune defenses. Therefore suppressing or avoiding cholesterol can deprive us of several important nutrients and impair many body functions.”
Register now for this free webinar. Dr. Ladd McNamara will be sharing with you the importance of USANA during pregnancy, as well as for other women’s issues: Pap smears, Peri-and Post-Menopause, PMS.
Wednesday, April 24th at 6 PM Pacific (9 PM Eastern)
Is it possible to get all the nutrients we need from the fruits and vegetables we eat?
The answer depends on how much food one can eat. The amount of nutrients found in fruits and vegetables has diminished greatly over the years. Let’s elaborate.
Many well documented studies have shown a drastic decline of vitamins and minerals in crops grown today. One study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to get the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.
Why has this happened?
A sharp decline in minerals, vitamins and other nutrients in many foods can be attributed to; aggressive farming practices and environmental toxins, compounded by genetic manipulation and the corporate quest for profit.
Today’s crops are being bred for larger yields, better appearance, uniformity, larger size, disease resistance, and longer shipping and storage time, but their ability to uptake nutrients has not kept pace with their rapid growth.
Modern aggressive farming techniques have increased the amounts of nutrients stripped from the soil. Every time a crop is grown and sold, nutrients are takes away from the land leaving the roots of the next batch of plants struggling to get enough nutrients. Our ancestors rotated fields to allow soil to rest after each harvest to prevent nutrient depletion. Sadly, this is no longer the normal practice. To compounding the problem; many crops are pulled prior to being enriched with vitamins (when ripe) in order accommodate travel time required to get to the grocery store.
A sharp decline in minerals, vitamins and other nutrients in many foods can also be attributed to a steady deterioration in soil, air, and water quality. Environmental toxins such as acid rain and pesticides leach minerals out of the soil.
If used, fertilizers can replace nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium but plants require around twenty essential minerals that are not being replaced. The human body requires even more. According to Jeremy Grantham (co-chair of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment), phosphorus, and potassium “cannot be made, cannot be substituted, are necessary to grow all life forms, and are mined and depleted”.
What are the ramifications?
Dr. William A. Albrecht, Chairman of the Department of Soils at the University of Missouri, stated: “A declining soil fertility, due to a lack of organic material, major elements, and trace minerals, is responsible for poor crops and in turn for pathological conditions in animals fed deficient foods from such soils, and that mankind is no exception.”
- In 2004, a University of Texas research team headed by biochemist Donald Davis, Ph.D., studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century.
- The Kushi Institute analyzed data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent.
- In a 1997 study Anne-Marie Mayer compared British data over a fifty year period and noted “significant reductions” in the levels of minerals in fruit and vegetables. and questioned if modern agriculture could be responsible for the reduction.
- The following are the soil depletion statistics from the 1992 Earth Summit Report showing the percentage of mineral depletion, by continent, during the past 100 years;
What can we do?
Just because fruits and vegetables aren’t as healthy as they used to be doesn’t mean we should avoid them, but we would need to eat HUGE quantities to get all the nutrients our body need(s). None of us can eat that much, which is why we strongly recommend a high quality, well balanced nutritional supplement. Those who want to get the most nutritious fruits and vegetables should grow their own and/or buy from local organic farmers.
Here is a great follow-up article presented by USANA: Is your food as nutritious as you think?
We’ve all heard the expression; “You are what you eat”… that is not entirely correct. It should say: “YOU ARE WHAT YOU ABSORB”
In our current toxic environment it is almost impossible to get all the nutrients your body requires from food alone. It is a well known fact that the fruits, vegetables, and grains produced today contain only a small percentage of the nutrients they once did (partially due to being grown in depleted soils). The sad fact is; most people do not even consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables required for minimal protection against disease and sickness.
This is just one of the many reasons… supplementation makes sense.
But, not all supplements are created equal. There are too many supplements on the market today, that do not contain effective nutrient levels, and some contain ingredients that are potentially harmful. A popular trick is for companies to list the nutrient levels of a certain raw ingredient without ever testing the actual source ingredients they are using. Rarely do companies re-test nutrient levels after the refinement process. Other companies claim effectiveness based on testing done by intravenous injection instead of providing the real data that should be based on oral consumption.
So how do you know what supplements to take? It should go without saying that you need be concerned with the quality and purity, but you also need to know about bioavailability. You need to know if the nutrients are being absorbed into your body.
Bioavailability for dietary supplements can be defined as the proportion and rate of the administered substance capable of being absorbed into, and made available to, a living system. There is a synergy that exists with many nutrients, meaning that they need to be consumed with another ingredient to be properly absorbed in the body. For example: Vitamin D requires Magnesium to convert into its active form in the blood.
There are many factors that influence the total level of bioavailability, such as:
• disintegration time
• dissolution percentage
• types of inactive substances used
• nutrient forms
• presence of co-factors or inhibitors in the formula
• interactions with drugs
• time of the day taken
• area in the body that disintegration occurs (supplement delivery system)
• level of absorption at the intestine and cellular level
• your body’s nutritional needs
High quality multi-nutrient supplements have been formulated by highly qualified scientists to offer much higher levels of bioavailability than cheaper, mass produced vitamin and mineral products. This is one reason why they cost more, (but work better!).
If you’re taking supplements with low amounts of nutrients or poor bioavailability, you’re throwing away your hard earned money. So buy from a reputable company who knows the science.
For those interested in optimizing their health the NutriSearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplement is a MUST! This guide compares and rates over 1500 supplements for things like; potency, antioxidant support, inflammation control and bioavailability.
Related: Bioavailability of USANA Essentials versus 4 competitor products
Consumers speak out on social media about the recently passed “Monsanto Protection Act”. How did this Act get passed? Is it reversible? Watch to learn more…
A chronic lack of quality sleep and chronic stress increases the risk of chronic degenerative diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and others, as well as increases body fat. In fact, a chronic lack of quality sleep has the same effect as too much stress, and too much stress will lead to a lack of quality sleep. It is a viscous cycle and most of us experience this cycle to some degree.
Dr. Ladd McNamara will present this timely webinar. In addition to understanding how to get out of the chronic lack of sleep and excessive stress cycle, you will also learn how NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS play a role in helping to balance this cycle and maintain optimal health. You may be surprised by what you learn.
When: Monday, April 8th,2013
Time: 9:00pm- 10:30pm EDT
Location: Online, in the comfort of your own home
Lyle MacWilliam, author of the Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplements is the feature speaker at this years U-Wellness Tour.
Lyle MacWilliam served at the behest of Canada’s federal Minister of Health to help develop a new regulatory framework for natural health products. Lyle will give you the information you need to take your health—and your life—to the next level. Join him and other health and wellness experts to find out more about how the newest nutritional scientific developments will improve your life from the inside out.
When: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Westin Bristol Sutton B room, 950 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON.
Message me and I’ll get you registered.
Hormone disruptors mimic hormones in the body allowing them to attach to healthy cells. When hormone disruptors attach to cells they can disrupt regular hormone activity such as; growth, fertility and brain development.
Researchers have found a relationship between some hormone disruptors and a range of health problems such as: childhood obesity, autism, and infertility.
Hormone disruptors are very difficult to avoid, but here are some tips:
- BPA packaging
- Products with recycling number 7
- Anti-bacterial products
- Any product containing Triclosan
- Manufacturers are not required to list Phthalates, but check the ingredients for the words: Fragrance or Parfum.
- Canned food (all contain BPA)
- Look for BPA free plastics
- Eat fresh food
- Change skin care products. Sensé personal care products are Hormone Disruptor and Paraben free.
Please Watch this video on NBC News for more information
Milk Thistle has been used for more than 2000 years for liver and kidney support, but studies are showing even more benefits. Silymarin and other active substances in milk thistle may have the ability to fight and prevent cancer, as well as protect liver and kidney cells from the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
The University of Maryland Medical Center states: “These substances appear to stop cancer cells from dividing and reproducing, shorten their lifespan, and reduce blood supply to tumors.”
In 2007, research published in Integrative Cancer Therapies reviewed numerous clinical studies on Milk Thistle and found that: “There is strong preclinical evidence for silymarin’s hepatoprotective and anticarcinogenic effects, including inhibition of cancer cell growth in human prostate, skin, breast, and cervical cells.” “Silymarin, a mixture of flavanoid complexes, is the active component that protects liver and kidney cells from toxic effects of drugs, including chemotherapy.”
Milk Thistle is just one of the ingredients in USANA’s Hepa Plus, well-known for it’s abilities to strengthen liver cell membranes and help flush out toxins.