Product of the Month Resveragen™

Klaire Labs®

Resveratrol is found in plants where it is designed to help increase the life span of the plant by making them resistant to disease, injury, and stressors. In the human body, resveratrol is known for a host of anti-aging protective benefits including[1]:

  • Combating damaging free radicals in the body
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Has antioxidant and antimicrobial properties
  • Has an especially potent neuroprotective effect
  • Improves mitochondrial health by promoting autophagy (self-cleaning), see Main Article
  • Protecting against depression
  • Improving brain blood flow and suppressing brain inflammation
  • May be able to make cancerous tumors more vulnerable to conventional cancer treatments (i.e. chemotherapy and radiation) and reduce side effects of treatment

Resveratrol is a polyphenolic compound with antioxidant activity found in grapes, wine, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, pomegranate, ginger, and organic dark chocolate or raw cacao. The typical 5-oz glass of red wines contains about 0.5 mg trans-resveratrol.  It would take approximately 500 glasses to obtain what is found in one capsule of Resveragen.  Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) root extract has been concentrated and standardized to 50% trans-resveratrol.  Each capsule provides 250 mg elemental trans-resveratrol[2].

To clarify, drinking wine is not the way to ensure optimal levels! Unfortunately,  the alcohol counteracts the resveratrol benefit by elevating insulin levels and having neurotoxic effects.  While muscadine grapes are known for high levels of resveratrol, most of which resides in the skin and seeds, this is also a high sugar source, detrimental to your glucose levels, especially if you are insulin resistant.  In addition to the foods listed at the beginning of the article, you may want to look into itadori tea, also made from the Japanese knotweed.  Optimal levels may best be accomplished through supplementation and should be discussed with your functional medicine provider.

[1] https://articles.mercola.com/vitamins-supplements/resveratrol.aspx

[2] Klaire Labs, 2019 Practitioner Product Catalog, Resveragen, pg. 82.

 

 

By |2020-11-10T08:43:25-06:00November 10th, 2020|General|

Supplement of the Month: Glutathione

Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant and is found in virtually every cell of the human body.  It is an extremely important cell protectant.  This heavy lifter bolsters antioxidant action, promotes detoxification and fortifies the immune system. As the formation of free radicals exceeds the body’s ability to neutralize and eliminate them, oxidative stress occurs.  A primary function of glutathione is to alleviate this oxidative stress. Food sources of glutathione are few and oxidative stress and depletion can outpace the body’s need for it.

Glutathione is most prevalent in the main detox organs of the human body which are the liver, lungs and kidneys.  Glutathione can become depleted as the body neutralizes the oxidizing effects of battling viruses, bacteria, heavy metal toxicity, radiation, certain medications, and even the normal process of aging. A correlation has been made between increased vulnerability to infection (chronically ill)  and glutathione depletion. Glutathione can bind to toxins, heavy metals, solvents and pesticides and help the body to excrete these substances through urine or bile.  It also protects the lungs against airborne pollutants and the intestinal lining from absorption of industrial chemicals.

Especially for glutathione, liposomal preparations are important. Liposomes are delivery vehicles for transporting substances into the body effectively by facilitating absorption both in the mouth, skin and digestive tract.

At TWIHW, we offer three glutathione products. One is Essential Pro Liposomal Glutathione Softgels, which are taken orally.  We also offer Researched Nutritionals Tri-Fortify Liposomal Glutathione sublingual gel which comes in two flavors and is placed under the tongue.  Finally, we also can dose glutathione through IV preparations. 

By |2020-04-12T09:40:00-05:00April 14th, 2020|Articles, General|

Foods that Defend You

Foods that Defend You

We usually think of our food as a source of nourishment in the form of protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Are you aware that there are many foods that have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties which help to attack and destroy unwanted visitors such as the common cold, disease-causing bacteria, and yeast? Here are some of the best food antimicrobials that can work in your defense on a daily basis:

Coconut Oil

The best source for caprylic and lauric acids, coconut oil provides antifungal and antibacterial protection whether ingested or applied externally. Butter from grass fed cattle is another excellent source of these acids while olive oil contains Oleuropein, also known to be an effective anti fungal.

Garlic and Onions

Known for their antibacterial properties, these two foods have been used all over the world to treat major and minor diseases. The active ingredient is sulfur which serves to reduce inflammation, protect against pathogens and cancer, and is also a strong anti-oxidant, attacking free radicals in the body.

Cabbage (and other relatives)

While all vegetables and fruits offer good sources of Vitamin C, which serves as a natural antibiotic and antioxidant, cabbage takes first place in this category. A one-cup serving of cabbage offers 75% of the daily-recommended amount of Vitamin C and is also rich in sulfur. Broccoli, kale, cauliflower, horseradish, and Brussels sprouts are also top notch choices included in this family of protective foods.

Fermented (Living) Foods

This old-world tradition of preserving foods is not very common today though it is making a come back as health practitioners and nutritionists gain renewed respect for probiotics and the importance of the protective role they play in the health of the human body. Fermented foods provide extremely high doses of probiotics compared to what can be found in most probiotic supplements. To learn more about fermented foods, click here.

Herbs

Be sure to include as many herbs as possible every day as you prepare and season your food. Here are some of the most powerful and also easy to incorporate options: Allspice, Basil, Caraway seed, Chili pepper, Cinnamon, Coriander, Cumin, Curry, Dill, Fennel, Ginger, Marjoram, Mint, Mustard, Nutmeg, Oregano, Parsley, Pepper, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Thyme, and Turmeric.

 

 

By |2014-08-02T09:42:07-05:00August 2nd, 2014|Articles, General, NANCY’S NUTRITIONAL NUGGET|
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