Monday, August 30, 2010

Doctor Warns Against Mis-leading Labels on Over The Counter Supplements

This weekend I was watching a Cable News program where the anchors bring a Doctor on to answer question relating to health issues in the forefront. What was interesting was that this Doctor, an older gentleman, was talking about nutrition and vitamins. Now I know that Medical Doctors normally received very little education or training in Nutritional Medicine, so I perked up and was happy to hear this Doctor talk about required nutrients and explain that in over the counter supplements what you read on the label is no exactly what you are getting. The example he used was “you may be getting 25% or even less what the label says as there is minimal government oversight on supplement manufacturing.” The exception is Pharmaceutical grade supplements where the manufacturing process from receipt of raw material to testing, production and more testing results in a United States Pharmacopeia (USP) certification on the label. knows that baseline nutritional supplementation with advanced doses of nutrients are vital to the body’s ability to fight oxidative damage and inflammation. Only then can you add optimizers such as Glucosamine (for joint health and to help against chronic joint pain) and specific anti-oxidants and other optimizers such as Omega 3 Fatty Acids. You can be assured that you get what you pay for and obtain the nutrients that will help you achieve optimal cellular health by taking pharmaceutical grade supplements.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Sleep Aids for Chronic Joint Pain ?? received a request to look into the use of sleeping aides, such as Rx prescription sleeping pills, as a treatment for chronic knee pain. Apparently there are some blogs and forums that have people talking about the use of sleeping pills to get to sleep when their chronic knee pain is such that it keeps them awake. Again, this is treating the symptoms not the cause and furthermore the use of Rx Sleeping pills can be addictive and dangerous.

However there is one sleeping aid, Melatonin, that is naturally produced hormone specifically made in the pineal gland of the brain. Melatonin helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables. You can also buy it as a supplement, although you should ensure that the supplement is a quality product. Pharmaceutical grade is best as there is a guarantee for the potency, purity (lack of toxins), bio-availability and dissolution.

I have tried a pharmaceutical grade Melatonin product (called Pure Rest), not to alleviate chronic joint pain since I don’t have any knee pain anymore, but to test the Melatonin out so I can either recommend it or not to my customers. Produced in 1 mg tablets which you put under your tongue to dissolve about 20 minutes prior to when you want to nod off to sleep, these Melatonin tablets worked pretty good for me to gradually let me fall into a sleep. I woke refreshed and wide awake the next morning. However, when I tried a larger dose of 2 mg (2 tablets), I woke up pretty groggy, probably as I only sleep about 5.5 hours and the Melatonin level was still fairly high in my body.

More information on Melatonin:

Your body, through an internal clock, controls your natural cycle of sleeping and waking hours. In effect, your body clock controls how much melatonin your body makes. The level of melatonin in the body usually begin to increase in the mid- to late evening, remain high for most of the night, and then drop in the early morning hours when you wake.

Time of the year with the changing available light will affects how much melatonin your body produces. During the shorter daylight hours of the winter months, your body production of melatonin will change somewhat. Melatonin levels slowly drop with age. Some older adults make very small amounts of it or none at all.

There are some organizations that are looking at melatonin as a supplement stop or slow the spread of cancer, make the immune system stronger, reduce chronic headaches, and slow down the aging process. But these areas need more research.

Therefore subscribes to the belief that Melatonin, granted that is a quality product, is useful to help regulate sleep and may be a partial answer to people have trouble sleeping due to knee pain, but the primary answer has got to be to treat the cause of the chronic joint pain, and often that pain is either in whole or partially due to poor nutrition and lack of optimizers that are know to help achieve healthy joints and reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Treating Joint Pain Causes Rather Than Symptoms received a comment from Anonymous who said..."I keep seeing commercials for ACTIV On Roll pain reliever (like a deodorant stick). Have you used it? What do you think of it? I am 43 years old female, in good shape, not overweight. I really like too run, actually I am addicted to running, but my knee pain is been hurting more and more."

We have written posts concerning topical and tablet pain relievers, but the focus on our treating joint pain, particularly chronic joint pain, is a view on treating the causes and not the symptoms.

Not all the time, but often, joint pain is a degenerative condition that can be largely treated through advanced doses of high quality (pharmaceutical grade) nutritional supplements to combat the free radicals created by oxidative stress which causes the degeneration in the first place.

The required advanced doses of nutritional supplements (minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants) give your body's immune system the nutrients it's need to function correctly and provide the protection at the cellular level that is sorely needed.

And we're saying "advanced doses" because the required level of nutrients you need compared to the archaic, 70 year old Required Daily Allowance (RDA) are drastically different.

We say "pharmaceutical grade supplements" because over the counter supplements that you buy in Vitamin Shops, GNC, Wal-Mart, etc., just don't have the guaranteed quality measured by potency, purity, efficacy or dissolution to provide you with what you need.

In today's world, one cannot eat enough quality foods to provide all the nutrients that are necessary for optimal health and protection against degenerative disease.

So while I think that topical pain relievers for joint pain, such as ACTIV ON may have a small role in pain management and maintaining comfort levels, particularly as a before and after exercise tool, the base treatment of chronic joint pain has to be based on a nutritional supplementation plan. I know better than to rely on Rx Pain or even OTC pain pills because of the damage they do to your bodies. I also know advanced doses of pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements and additional use of pharmaceutical grade optimizers such as Glucosamine and Omega 3 Fatty Acids can achieve remarkable results. They have for me.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sleeping Positions can Affect Your Health and Joint Pain

Can Your Sleep Position Affect Your Health? Can it affect your joint pain, especially in the knees?

Did you know that the position you sleep in at night can have an effect on your body's internal organs? In this article, from Yahoo News, you'll find out how your sleep position affects your heart, lungs, liver and stomach...and possibly your joints.

Sleeping on the stomach

Not very many people choose to sleep on their stomach, but there are a few who find this position to be the most comfortable. According to some studies sleeping on your stomach can put added pressure on all of your internal organs, including the liver and lungs. Sleeping on your stomach can also limit air intake. People who suffer from asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or other lung disorders and chronic heart failure are especially warned to avoid sleeping on their stomach. Sleeping on the stomach can also exasperate the symptoms of acid reflux. Sleeping on the stomach is considered the worst sleep position by many health care professionals.

Some people however, find this more comfortable on their knees, if they place a pillow under their ankles so the legs are slightly bent.

Sleeping on the left side

Many people prefer to sleep on one side or another. Health care professionals often advise those who prefer sleeping on their side to sleep on the right side rather than the left. Sleeping on the left side can put added pressure and stress on the liver, stomach and lungs. Sleeping on the left side is also potentially harmful to the heart. People who suffer from chronic heart failure or have had a heart attack are often told to avoid sleeping on the left side. The theory is that sleeping on the left side can decrease the sympathetic nervous activity in the body. This activity is what typically controls blood pressure. Therefore sleeping on the left side can possibly raise blood pressure levels. Sleeping on the right side may actually lower your blood pressure and heart rate according to some studies.

Sleeping with a pillow between knees often helps not only with knee pain but with back pain as well. If you sleep with the upper leg over the lower leg this can place a lot of stress on your lower back.

Best Sleep Position during Pregnancy

Pregnant women are often told by health care professionals to sleep on their left side rather than the right side (opposite of above). This is because the growing uterus often puts added pressure on the liver. The liver is located on the right side of the body. Pregnant women may also see the benefit of increased heart function if they sleep on the left side, due to the heart being better able to pump blood, which enables better blood flow to internal organs.

The Best Sleep Position

Health care professionals typically consider sleeping prone on the back to be the healthiest sleep position. Sleeping on the back puts little to no additional pressure on internal organs. As a devout back sleeper, I was happy to read this information, but many find sleeping on their backs to be uncomfortable on the hips. If that is the case, putting a pillow under the knees can often relieve hip pain and enable you to sleep more comfortably your back. This can be a very comfortable position for those suffering with knee pain as well.

If you are concerned about how your sleep position may affect your vital organs I encourage you to speak with a trusted health care professional.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Calcium and Vitamin D taken Early in Life Prevents Osteoporosis

Definitive research showing the necessity of Calcium, Vitamin D (and lets not forget Magnesium) supplementation for girls and young women to prevent Osteoporosis and the bone - joint pain that comes with that.

Clinical study at Australian Catholic University indicates the benefits of USANA Active Calcium chewables on bone development in females ages nine to thirteen years of age (9-13).

SALT LAKE CITY—July 19, 2010—“Eat your veggies,” “Don’t run with scissors” and now “Take your calcium and Vitamin D.” A clinical study conducted at the School of Exercise Science at Australian Catholic University, has shown that taking high quality calcium supplements like USANA’s Active Calcium could help pre-adolescent girls set the stage for a lifetime of strong, mineral-rich bones. Study results indicated that a supplement containing high quality calcium plus Vitamin D significantly improved bone density, mass and strength in girls ages nine to 13, exactly what experts want to achieve in that time of life to prevent future skeletal issues.

This study is unique because it’s the first randomized, controlled trial to assess bone responses to calcium in twins. Using twins factors out genetic complications that have plagued studies; in working with the Australian Twin Registry, 20 pairs of female twins between the ages of nine and 13 were selected to participate. Scientists administered one twin in each pair a placebo and one twin USANA’s Active Calcium.

After six months the study showed significant improvements in bone development in the twin who received the supplement. "Experts regard osteoporosis as a pediatric disease because the best time to prevent is during childhood and early adolescence,” says Dr. Tim Wood, Executive Vice President of Research and Development at USANA Health Sciences, Inc. “Women put on 50% of their adult bone mineral mass during their teenage years. As such, this is the best time to grow strong, mineral rich bones and the most effective way to prevent osteoporosis later in life.” Dr. Wood adds, “We are particularly excited about these findings because they confirm results previously shown in another study conducted in the U.S. at the University of Utah.”

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. While women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, men also suffer from osteoporosis. It’s important for the body’s bone structure and integrity that bones absorb the right levels of calcium and magnesium, and vitamin D helps this process. USANA’s Active Calcium is a balanced and complete formula of these important ingredients. For a calcium supplement to be effective, it must be absorbent, and USANA’s Active Calcium formula is the outstanding choice among competitors.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Low Vitamin D Linked to Knee Pain

I received a Health Nugget from Doctor Ray Strand, one of this Nation's leading experts in Nutritional Medicine. In this version, Dr Strand relates that low levels of Vitamin D are linked patients who experienced worse knee pain.

Dr Strand would be the first to tell people that if you are one who is experiencing knee pain, it is not as simple as buying a bottle of Vitamin D to supplement with. We all need to be taking advanced doses of quality nutrients (Vitamins, Minerals and Anti-Oxidants) so they can work in a synergistic fashion to combat free radicals and reduce the devastation of oxidative stress with our bodies. I also include alike high quality (pharmaceutical grade) Glucosamine and Omega 3 Fatty Acids which I attribute to my greatly reduced, in fact almost eliminated, knee pain. Besides having the benefits of no sickness for the past 5+ years which I attribute to pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements.

Dr Strand's Health Nugget:

A recent study showed that patients with osteoarthritis of the knee who also had low levels of vitamin D experienced worse knee pain and decreased mobility when compared with those who had higher levels of vitamin D. This research was based on studies that show that vitamin D influences both musculoskeletal health and neuromuscular function.

The researchers looked at over 100 men and women with osteoarthritis of the knee. Nearly half of the participants had vitamin D deficiencies. This deficiency correlated to the severity of knee pain and mobility.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Virgina Wants to Ban Energy Drinks

Yahoo News Article on a Virgina movement to Ban Energy drinks.

Burke ( Va. ) Lake Braddock football coach Jim Poythress said he could see it in his players' eyes as they approached him. They would be worn out, looking for help.

"They would say, 'I've got cotton mouth, I've got cotton mouth,'" Poythress said. "I'd look at them and say, 'Did you have one of those drinks.' And they'd say, 'Yeah, I had two.'"

Those drinks are energy drinks - products such as Red Bull, Amp, Full Throttle, Rockstar and Monster - all of which promise more energy, alertness and focus. Attributes that should help an athlete. But Poythress saw the opposite impact.

"They think if they drink it, they're going to be alert and play hard," he said. "It gives you an initial spike and then you're fatigued." For those reasons, Poythress banned his kids from using energy drinks a year ago. In the coming weeks, his state association - the Virginia High School League - will give out the same recommendation to its members for the upcoming school season.

Tom Dolan, an associate director with the VHSL who oversees the association's sports medicine group, said his group found energy drinks were doing more harm than good - giving athletes a false sense that they were getting the fluid they needed.

"With all the issues regarding the energy drinks, the caffeine level, (it's worrisome that) they are being used for fluid replacement and they are not that at all," Dolan said.

Sports drinks - fluids that help replace the electrolytes and carbohydrates a body needs during strenuous exercise - have been around since Gatorade was created by the University of Florida in 1965. Gatorade dominated what was a niche market for the next three decades. But around the turn of the century, it began facing an increase in competition from two sides: A growth in the number of sports drinks on the market and the emergence of energy drinks - products often based on caffeine that are intended to give you extra energy and alertness.

Red Bull, the market leader, began selling in the United States in 1997, according to the American Beverage Association. Last year, Red Bull sold nearly four billion cans of its product worldwide, the company said. The company did not make anyone available for an interview, but it did release statements about its product - one of which acknowledges the drink should not be used for hydration purposes.

"As Red Bull Energy Drink has not been formulated to deliver re-hydration, we encourage people who engage in sports also to drink lots of water during intense exercise." But the statements did say Red Bull - which has a lower caffeine level than many of its competitors - has been proven to be safe and to help athletic performance.

"Numerous scientific studies in the fields of sports medicine, internal medicine and psychology confirm the claims made for Red Bull. All scientific studies are peer-reviewed, published and can be found in public databases. These studies indicate that Red Bull produces a significant increase in both physical performance and cognitive functions."

MyAchingKnees comment: Signifcant increase,..maybe, but then comes the crash.

It went on to note: "Due to its ingredients - carbohydrates, taurine, Glucuronolactone, caffeine and vitamins - the consumption of Red Bull Energy Drink can make a significant contribution to the enhancement of performance in sports."

And, it must be noted, athletes have been seen drinking Red Bull at international events such as soccer and track and field.

Barbara Lewin is a noted sports nutritionist and the founder of in South Florida and a consultant for Olympic and professional athletes. She agrees with the VHSL recommendation. "I'm glad to hear there are more bans on this stuff," she said. "It is dangerous." Lewin isn't buying the arguments that energy drinks improve athletic performance. She said young athletes may think these drinks will rev them up and help them make the big play, but argues they will have the opposite impact.

"It's going to make you nervous, irrational, raise our heart rate, raise your blood pressure," she said. "You're not going to make good choices if you're taking in that much sugar, that much caffeine. And along with the highs that come are the lows. And the insomnia. And if there are any underlying health risks, these drinks can pose a greater risk from them, too."

It is uncertain if any other states have issued such a recommendation. Dolan said there wasn't one moment or incident that led the VHSL to take this stance, but that the group was concerned enough about the potential for heat-related issues to do so.

His committee will make a formal recommendation to the VHSL executive committee at its next meeting on Sept. 1. The executive committee is all but certain to approve by the end of that month. Dolan feels it's the right thing to do. "Athletes are looking to get a benefit and they are not," he said. "Any time they put a fluid in into their body, they think it's a fluid replacement and it's not. We felt this is one of those situations where we needed to step in and educate people that this is not a good thing to be doing."

There is a healthy energy drink on the market. It's called Rev 3, which is a healthy, cleaner, smarter and stronger energy drink. The below video was from the public opening of the the Rev 3 drink.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Weight Loss and Chronic Joint Pain

Earlier today I heard a radio advertisement spot on Weight Loss. It started out, words to the effect, "Are you suffering from obesity, mild or not?; are you worried about diabetes creeping up on you?; do you have pain in your joints especially your knees?; if so The Weight Loss Clinic has a solution for you." Then the radio spot went on to advertise about weight loss surgery.

I know there are some morbidly obese people walking around. I feel exceptionally sorry for them. I know that at some point they hit an apex on their condition and now have felt like they have lost any control they may have had on their weight.

Even so, I cannot believe that surgery should be considered a first option. Their first problem is bad eating and lack of nutrients. To compound that problem by reducing your stomach's ability to hold food only decreases the ability to get nutrients into their body. Their second problem is the reduced mobility, often caused by joint and knee pain that reduces their ability to get physical exercise so necessary to a healthy lifestyle.

Excess weight causes much of the joint and knee pain that everyday people feel. Weight loss, especially if the person is way overweight, is certainly worth the effort not only to reduce knee pain but to increase that person's health. But weight loss has to come in a healthy manner.

I take pharmaceutical grade nutritional products for my day to health as well as pharmaceutical grade optimizers for my knees. Previous to that I went on a five day program to "Re-Set" my system, push toxins out and lose some weight. The program I was on consisted of a Low Glycemic Meal Replacement drink 3 times a day, with Low Glycemic nutrition bars in between, a piece of fruit or vegetable of my choosing and of course high doses of nutrients through supplementation. In five days I lost 9 pounds and did it in a healthy manner.

Body weight has a tendency of magnifying the pressure on you knee and ankle joint, rendering one pound into what is felt as several lbs. Lose wight If you have chronic joint knee, especially in your knees, lose weight and take high grade nutritional supplements and high grade optimizers to minimize your chronic knee pain in a healthy manner.

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

The Truth About Vita-Water

Article that was on the news and can be found on the Huffington Post.

Now here's something you wouldn't expect. Coca-Cola is being sued by a non-profit public interest group, on the grounds that the company's vitaminwater products make unwarranted health claims. No surprise there. But how do you think the company is defending itself?

In a staggering feat of twisted logic, lawyers for Coca-Cola are defending the lawsuit by asserting that "no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitaminwater was a healthy beverage."

Does this mean that you'd have to be an unreasonable person to think that a product named "vitaminwater," a product that has been heavily and aggressively marketed as a healthy beverage, actually had health benefits?

Or does it mean that it's okay for a corporation to lie about its products, as long as they can then turn around and claim that no one actually believes their lies?

In fact, the product is basically sugar-water, to which about a penny's worth of synthetic vitamins have been added. And the amount of sugar is not trivial. A bottle of vitaminwater contains 33 grams of sugar, making it more akin to a soft drink than to a healthy beverage.

Is any harm being done by this marketing ploy? After all, some might say consumers are at least getting some vitamins, and there isn't as much sugar in vitaminwater as there is in regular Coke.

True. But about 35 percent of Americans are now considered medically obese. Two-thirds of Americans are overweight. Health experts tend to disagree about almost everything, but they all concur that added sugars play a key role in the obesity epidemic, a problem that now leads to more medical costs than smoking.

How many people with weight problems have consumed products like vitaminwater in the mistaken belief that the product was nutritionally positive and carried no caloric consequences? How many have thought that consuming vitaminwater was a smart choice from a weight-loss perspective? The very name "vitaminwater" suggests that the product is simply water with added nutrients, disguising the fact that it's actually full of added sugar.

The truth is that when it comes to weight loss, what you drink may be even more important than what you eat. Americans now get nearly 25 percent of their calories from liquids. In 2009, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health published a report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, finding that the quickest and most reliable way to lose weight is to cut down on liquid calorie consumption. And the best way to do that is to reduce or eliminate beverages that contain added sugar.

Meanwhile, Coca-Cola has invested billions of dollars in its vitaminwater line, paying basketball stars, including Kobe Bryant and Lebron James, to appear in ads that emphatically state that these products are a healthy way for consumers to hydrate. When Lebron James held his much ballyhooed TV special to announce his decision to join the Miami Heat, many corporations paid millions in an attempt to capitalize on the event. But it was vitaminwater that had the most prominent role throughout the show.

The lawsuit, brought by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, alleges that vitaminwater labels and advertising are filled with "deceptive and unsubstantiated claims." In his recent 55-page ruling, Federal Judge John Gleeson (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York), wrote, "At oral arguments, defendants (Coca-Cola) suggested that no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking vitamin water was a healthy beverage." Noting that the soft drink giant wasn't claiming the lawsuit was wrong on factual grounds, the judge wrote that, "Accordingly, I must accept the factual allegations in the complaint as true."

I still can't get over the bizarre audacity of Coke's legal case. Forced to defend themselves in court, they are acknowledging that vitaminwater isn't a healthy product. But they are arguing that advertising it as such isn't false advertising, because no could possibly believe such a ridiculous claim.

I guess that's why they spend hundreds of millions of dollars advertising the product, saying it will keep you "healthy as a horse," and will bring about a "healthy state of physical and mental well-being."

Why do we allow companies like Coca-Cola to tell us that drinking a bottle of sugar water with a few added water-soluble vitamins is a legitimate way to meet our nutritional needs?

Here's what I suggest: If you're looking for a healthy and far less expensive way to hydrate, try drinking water. If you want to flavor the water you drink, try adding the juice of a lemon and a small amount of honey or maple syrup to a quart of water. Another alternative is to mix one part lemonade or fruit juice to three or four parts water. Or drink green tea, hot or chilled, adding lemon and a small amount of sweetener if you like. If you want to jazz it up, try one-half fruit juice, one-half carbonated water.

If your tap water tastes bad or you suspect it might contain lead or other contaminants, get a water filter that fits under the sink or attaches to the tap.

And it's probably not the best idea to rely on a soft drink company for your vitamins and other essential nutrients. A plant-strong diet with lots of vegetables and fruits will provide you with what you need far more reliably, far more consistently -- and far more honestly. comment: What is lost in this is that there is a lack of standards in food grade products that extends to food grade, off the shelf nutritional supplements. I shudder to think of all the people buying off the shelf, food grade joint products for chronic knee pain and other joints not knowing that what they read on the label cannot be ascertained or proven. You can only be assured that what you are taking is correctly identified on the label is through pharmaceutical grade nutritionals. Then you can believe what you are taking is checked and tested for purity, potency, bio-availibility and dissolution.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Lycopenes linked to Decrease Risked of Cardiovascular Disease

Another Health Nugget of Wisdom from Dr Ray Strand. I would encourage everyone who can to go to and sign up for his newsletter which includes the weekly Health Nuggets. Dr Strand also have nutritional recommendations for a wide range of degenerative diseases.

Lycopenes are found in tomatoes, hence a reason for eating Italian food!,....that's what I tell my wife anyway.

As you have been learning, oxidized LDL cholesterol and not native LDL is our enemy because it causes such inflammation of our arteries. Fat soluble vitamins are important because they can actually incorporate themselves into the LDL particle. They have been shown to have the ability to then make this LDL cholesterol less likely to be oxidized by excessive free radicals.

Lycopene and other fat soluble vitamins have been shown to protect our LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized in epidemiological studies and human trials. Therefore, these studies show a decreased risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Riccioni G, Mancini B, et al. Protective effect of lycopene in cardiovascular disease. Eur Rev Med pharmacol Sci. 2008 May-June;12(3):183-90.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

People's Wants and Needs are Different

Recently had a couple of conversations with people regarding health and supplementation.

The first person, an amateur athlete who routinely exercised through cycling, swimming, weight training and such understood the value of nutrition and the role nutrition and supplementation played in his overall health. He was highly interested in pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements and the concept of optimal health through providing for your body’s nutrition at the cellular level. High level physical exercise, through competitive running, swimming, cycling or triathlons or just even some of the extreme workouts some people will put themselves through, takes a toll on the body, not just only joints and muscles, but through oxidative stress on the total body. Anyway, this guy “got it”. Completely understood the differences between food grade, off the shelf supplementation and the need for advanced doses of quality, and in our case pharmaceutical grade, supplements to ensure nutrients for optimal cellular health are attained.

Yet another guy I had a conversation with did not break through the fog of understanding. In his early 40’s and working out five times a week through running, weight lifting and cycling, produced a lot of oxidative stress in this individual not to mention muscle soreness and chronic joint pain. Yet he thinks his supplementation needs can be achieved through protein drinks, rather than first ensuring that his base nutrients (multi-minerals, anti-oxidants and vitamins) are obtained.

Just goes to show you that everyone’s wants and perceived needs are different. I have people who take OTC joint products, achieving little to no pain relief, but are skeptical about trying a pharmaceutical grade product for optimal joint health even though the costs are the same.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Excessive Exercise Poses a Danger to Athletes

Athletes who workout very hard face more damage to their bodies than those of us who exercise in moderation. Kind of a Catch 22,..... the harder the workout, the more strength and endurance you'll have but also the more damage you'll do to your bodies by the increased reactive oxygen species indicative of oxidative stress.

This simply means that serious athletes, working harder, have a substantially greater need for basic nutrients in the form of anti-oxidants and multi-minerals in order to provide their body the best protection against oxidative stress and the free radicals that are released to damage our bodies.

Antioxidant supplementation has been shown to reduce levels of reactive oxygen species markers, and as such, holds promise for limiting exercise-induced oxidative damage, reducing the rate of muscle fatigue, and hastening recovery from bouts of intense exercise.

This information is from a clinical study on Anti-Oxidant Supplementation
to trained cyclists.

Click here for the full study: Effects of Anti-oxidant Supplementation on Oxidative Stress in Trained Cyclists