Foligain Minoxidil Foam For Women Hair Regrowth

There are hair regrowth products and then there’s FOLIGAIN.P2® 2% MINOXIDIL Topical Solution, the latest breakthrough in hair regrowth technology! FOLIGAIN.P2® 2% MINOXIDIL Topical Solution utilizes the highest-purity research-grade materials, which translates into the most effective hair loss and regrowth treatment on the market today.

With a total of three bottles (approximately three month supply), FOLIGAIN.P2® 2% MINOXIDIL Topical Solution contains active ingredients shown to help prevent hair loss and promote hair regrowth on the scalp area in men.

What is Minoxidil?
Minoxidil was first created as a blood pressure medication but patients began to notice they were growing more hair! With a change of direction, doctors started prescribing minoxidil as a hair-loss supplement that promotes a full, healthy head of hair. Minoxidil hair treatments are available in 5% or 2% propylene glycol topical solutions. The propylene glycol ensures that the applied minoxidil is spread evenly across the scalp area and effectively absorbed through the skin.

Hair Regrowth:

FOLIGAIN.P2® 2% MINOXIDIL Topical Solution stimulates the scalp area—specifically the deadened hair follicles—which exerts maximum hair growth on the crown of the head.

Stop Hair Loss and Thinning:
Utilizing 2% minoxidil, FOLIGAIN.P2® improves blood flow to the scalp area, effectively stimulating deadened hair follicles to help slow/stop hair thinning.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/newton-everett.html

References
FOLIGAIN.P2® 2% MINOXIDIL Topical Solution for Hair Regrowth (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.anagenresearch.com/

 

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Minor Pain Relief

Herbal, Safe, Effective

Planetary Herbals is pleased to introduce Minor Pain Relief – a safe, effective herbal formula that soothes minor pain due to everyday activity, inhibits the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme, and strengthens tissues with antioxidants.

Willow Bark: Traditional Minor Pain Reliever

Minor Pain Relief features an age-old herbal remedy, willow bark, that has been used for centuries for natural minor pain relief. Modern clinical studies confirm that willow bark, which is neither habit-forming nor irritating to the stomach, remains as effective as ever for the relief of minor pain.

Hops and Ginger: COX-2 Inhibition

Minor Pain Relief also contains powerful COX-2 inhibitors from hops, the perennial flowering vine used worldwide in beer-making, as well as from ginger root. Humulex™ is a hops extract that is standardized for the alpha acids humulone, cohumulone and isohumulone, all of which have proved effective at inhibiting COX-2. COX-2 is associated with minor pain and inflammation from daily activities or overexertion. Ginger root lessens everyday minor pain and the cellular irritation that accompanies it by decreasing the production of prostaglandins generated by COX-2.

Corydalis: Beneficial Alkaloids

Another featured herb in the formula is corydalis, a member of the poppy family, which has been used successfully for over 2,000 years within the system of traditional Chinese herbalism to inhibit minor, everyday pain. Scientific tests have identified and named 20 active minor pain-killing alkaloids in corydalis.

Minor Pain Relief is the newest member of the Planetary Herbals line of herbs and botanical formulas. These products integrate the best of worldwide herbal traditions with modern clinical and pharmacological research.

References
 Planetary Herbals (n.d.). Minor Pain Relief. Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/6798/

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Natural Vitality Natural Calm: Anti-Stress Magnesium Drink

Magnesium and calcium are fundamental nutrients that need to be in balance with each other in order for you to fully experience good health. Their importance on a cellular level is critical. Calcium and magnesium are like opposite sides of a coin. Calcium excites nerves, while magnesium calms them down. Calcium makes muscles contract. Magnesium is necessary for muscles to relax. Calcium is needed for blood clotting, but magnesium keeps the blood flowing freely.

Calcium & Magnesium: A Matter of Balance

You experience the tensing (calcium) and relaxing (magnesium) interaction of these two elements each time your heart beats, when you feel your pulse, and every time you breathe.

When we are under stress, our cells—which in their resting state contain magnesium—go through a change. Calcium, normally outside the cells, enters the cells and the calcium level becomes high. This is the action state in which a muscle cell, for example, will contract and tense the muscle. The magnesium then pushes the calcium out of the cell and the cell is again in its resting, relaxed state. Think of it as an on-off switch. The “off” is magnesium and the “on” is calcium.

But what happens to a cell that is not in balance—where the magnesium level in the body is deficient?

In simple terms, the “off” switch doesn’t fully turn off. That means calcium can continuously leak into the cells and stimulate cell activity (the “on” switch). The result is stress accompanied by one or more of the magnesium deficiency symptoms.

Magnesium helps your muscles and nerves function properly; it keeps your heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and also assists in keeping your bones strong. This essential mineral helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure and is required for producing and storing energy. It’s easy to see why many researchers say that no single dietary factor is as critical as magnesium.

Calcium—Too Much of a Good Thing?

Calcium deficiency can be a serious issue. It is an important nutrient your body needs every day, but too much calcium can also be a problem.

The recommended adequate intake of calcium according to the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, is 1,000 mg for adults aged 19–50 and 1,200 mg for 51 plus. There are many adults who are taking 1,200–1,500 mg of supplemental calcium in addition to their dietary intake of calcium (an 8 oz cup of low-fat fruit yogurt contains 345 mg of calcium and one cup of nonfat milk contains 306 mg). Unassimilated calcium can end up in the soft tissues of the body where it deposits and hardens (calcifies) or in the urine where it may result in kidney stones.

Unless calcium and magnesium are properly balanced, magnesium becomes depleted (too much calcium can itself deplete magnesium levels). This can result in an inability to quickly recover from stress and can itself be a source of stress.

Do You Have a Healthy Magnesium Level?

Most people don’t get enough magnesium, including many who already take magnesium. There are two reasons for this: the amount of magnesium required by the body is greater than people think and many magnesium capsules and tablets are not completely absorbed by the body.

Magnesium deficiency can be caused by a number of stresses on the body, including—but not limited to—lack of adequate dietary magnesium, emotional stress, some drugs (diuretics, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, insulin, cortisone), heavy exercise, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders and too much calcium in the diet.

The Anti-Stress Drink

Natural Calm is the best-selling magnesium supplement on the market for over seven years in a row according to health food supermarket scanner reports. It features a proprietary formula that provides a highly absorbable, water-soluble magnesium in ionic form (having molecular charge that allows the element to easily bond with water), so it is ready to go to work right away.

Natural Calm can gradually reduce accumulated calcium, giving fast relief to many symptoms of magnesium depletion.

Stress Relief and Health

Millions have experienced the stress relief and health benefits Natural Calm provides. Drink stress away naturally with The Anti-Stress Drink. You deserve the best. We want you to experience a new level of health.

 

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/peter-gillham-natural-vitality.html

References
Natural Vitality (n.d.). Retrieved from http://naturalvitality.com/

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Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Barlean’s has extended our family to the Philippine Island of Quezon to bring you the absolute best-tasting and most nutritious coconut oil cold pressed fresh for your vibrant health and energy. Our 100% organic, island fresh Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil is hand selected, picked fresh and harvested at the peak of flavor and nutritional value.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/barlean-s-organic-oils.html

References
Barlean’s Organic Oils (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.barleans.com/coconut_oil.asp

 

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Enzymes: Vital for Human Health

Featured Items

Super Enzymes Caps, 180 Capsules, NOW Foods

Dairy Digest Complete, Maximum Dairy Digestion, 90 Vcaps, NOW Foods

Serrazimes 20,000 Units, 90 Vcaps, NOW Foods

Gluten Digest Enzymes, 60 Vcaps, NOW Foods

Optimal Digestive System, Clinically Tested Enzymes, 90 Vcaps, NOW Foods

Enzymes are specialized proteins that carry out billions of reactions each second throughout the body. As the body’s biochemical workforce, they function as messengers, supply the raw materials needed for growth and recovery, deliver vital nutrients, remove waste, communicate messages, and facilitate energy transfer. Without enzymes, chemical reactions that take split seconds would cease instantly, reducing the human body to an inoperable arrangement of cellular clutter.

Enzymes come from two sources: those made by the body, and those obtained from food. This ability to manufacture our own enzymes might lead some to believe that our supply is unlimited, however, that is not the case. Human beings have what is known as enzyme potential, and each person’s DNA is programmed to produce a specific amount of enzymes throughout their lifetime. Fortunately, they can also be obtained from food sources. Increasing the amount of enzymes obtained from food sources and dietary supplementation is a smart way to prevent the body’s self-manufactured reserve from becoming exhausted. The body produces specific enzymes to carry out specific actions, and each one is important in its own, unique way. Metabolic enzymes support the day-to-day biochemical reactions that allow the body to function properly. Food enzymes stimulate the digestive process, while digestive enzymes break down solid foods used to nourish the body. Proteolytic enzymes break down proteins into smaller units, including those that form during or after an injury. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most fundamental enzymatic functions.

Enzymes and Digestion

One of the most important functions of enzymes is digestion, where they assist in the breakdown of food and nutrient absorption. Raw foods are especially rich in digestive enzymes, and regular consumption can help support the digestive process. Some of the most enzyme-rich foods include avocados, bananas, carrots, dates, extra virgin olive oil kiwi, mangos, papaya, pineapple, raw honey, and sprouts. Individuals who regularly consume fast food and processed food should strongly consider taking an enzyme supplement to ensure that they are getting the amount they need every day.

Dairy Intolerance

It has been estimated that approximately 30 to 50 million Americans suffer from dairy intolerance. Until now, the vast majority of these individuals have been limited to enzyme formulas that address only one part of the problem—lactose. Lactose intolerance stems from a person’s inability to digest milk sugar, or lactose. This alone does not cause “dairy” intolerance. The high protein and fat content associated with many dairy products can also make digestion difficult. In order to properly digest these foods, the body must have an ample supply of the enzymes needed to break down lactose, protein, and fat. NOW® Foods Dairy Digest (opposite page) is an innovative enzyme formula that was designed to address this concern.

Proteolytic Enzymes

Proteolytic (protein digesting) enzymes are actively involved in many cardiovascular, immune system, and inflammatory processes. Once utilized, they scour the body in search of large, abandoned protein molecules. Along the way, they eliminate fibrin—insoluble proteins that collect near damaged tissues. Excess fibrin can interfere with normal clotting processes, cause inflammation, and compromise the normal function of other major systems throughout the body. Proteolytic enzymes play an important role in the process of recovery and healing, and are equally important for all around good health.

Gluten Sensitivity

As many as 20 million Americans reportedly have difficulty digesting gluten, a proline-containing peptide found in wheat, rye, barley, oats, and dairy. Even more concerning, an estimated 3 million gluten-sensitive individuals have been clinically diagnosed with chronic glutenrelated conditions. NOW Foods recently introduced Gluten Digest, an innovative enzyme supplement that helps break down certain grains and gluten. On your road to good health, it is important to make sure that you are getting the enzymes you need. This is especially true if your diet is less-than-perfect. NOW Foods offers a broad selection of enzyme supplements.

 

References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Enzymes. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/idc/groups/public/documents/digital_asset/078572.pdf

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NOW Foods Oregano Oil FAQs

Where is your Oregano Oil derived from?

It is derived from Origanum vulgare, which is grown in the eastern Mediterranean region, predominantly in Turkey. It contains a minimum of 55% carvacrol, one of the active components naturally occurring in Oregano, and is derived from a variety known commonly as “wild oregano”.

Our product is all natural and not genetically modified in any way. NOW Oregano Oil products (also known as Oil of Oregano) are 100% steam distilled without the use of chemicals and GC/IR Verified by qualified analytical chemists.

How do I dilute Oregano Oil?

Because the Oregano Oil is highly concentrated, it should not be used undiluted unless it is being used solely for Aromatherapy (smelling it). Even then, please exercise caution. Although this is a natural product, it is very concentrated.

We recommend the use of a professional aromatherapist or a recipe from a reputable aromatherapy book when using pure essential oils for any other purpose. As a general rule, it is best to dilute essential oils in Olive Oil, Almond Oil or any other food grade carrier oil before using, first mixing thoroughly to match the proportions given by the expert source. NOW Foods does not recommend using essential oils for other than aromatherapy uses.

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/oregano-oil.html
References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/

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Pure MCT Oil for Weight Management

Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s) are fats that are naturally found in coconut and palm kernel oil. MCT’s are more easily and rapidly digested than other types of fats, as they require lower amounts of enzymes and bile acids for intestinal absorption. MCT’s are metabolized very quickly in the liver and are reported to encourage an increase in energy expenditure, while decreasing fat storage. Numerous studies suggest that substituting MCT Oil for other fats in a healthy diet may therefore help to support healthy weight and body composition.

NOW® MCT Oil is Pharmaceutical Grade (USP).

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/mct-oil-32-oz-now-foods.html

References
NOW Foods MCT Oil (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/MCT-Oil-32-oz.htm

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Natural Sweetener: NOW Foods Better Stevia

Featured Items

BetterStevia Organic, Better Stevia Zero Calorie Sweetener, 75 Packets, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Original, BetterStevia Sugar-Free Sweetener, 45 Packets, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Liquid – Coconut, 2 oz, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Liquid – Cinnamon Vanilla, 2 oz, NOW Foods

Better Stevia Extract Powder, Organic, 4 oz, NOW Foods

Stevia’s recent history

NOW’s founder, Elwood Richard, has believed in the herb Stevia and  its health benefits since the ’70s, when he incorporated Stevia into the  company’s growing line of affordable natural products. Back then he  knew what we all know now – refined sugar isn’t good for the human  body. He added Stevia as a natural alternative to sugar, hoped more  people would use it, and watched sales slowly grow over the years as the  negative aspects of refined sugar continued to come to light. NOW’s  Stevia sales grew steadily until the early ’90s, when an isolated study  (later proven to be severely flawed) showed that Stevia might not be safe  as a food additive. This led to an FDA ban of Stevia in the United States  that was overturned a few years later with the passage of DSHEA, or the  Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act. However, even with the  ban lifted, provisions were kept in place that prohibited the herb from  being sold as a natural sweetener, food or food additive in the U.S.

From 1994 to 2008, Stevia could only be labeled and sold as a dietary  supplement. During this time advances in science and technology  allowed researchers to present more clinically-valid evidence of the  health benefits and safety of Stevia, as well as more thoroughly isolate the  various components responsible for its unique and dynamic sweetening  capabilities. One of these components, Rebaudioside A (or Reb A) from  the Stevia rebaudiana plant, has been standardized and purified over  the years to a point that it was deemed worthy of GRAS (Generally  Regarded As Safe) status as a food additive from the FDA. Researchers  received GRAS status for Reb A in 2008, and since then the race has  been on to develop products utilizing Stevia as a natural sweetener, and  to educate the public about this amazing healthy alternative to refined  sugar and synthetic sweeteners.

Origins of Stevia

While Stevia’s recent history is interesting, the origins of its discovery  and its rise to commercial use are worthy of mention as well. Comprised  of around 240 species of herbs in the sunflower family (Asteraceae),  Stevia can be found growing wild in South America and southwestern  regions of North America. It was first discovered by Spanish scientist  Petrus Jacobus Stevus (Pedro Jaime Esteve), whose surname was used as  the basis for the Latin Stevia. In the late 1800s, Swiss botanist Moisés  Santiago Bertoni, who had immigrated to Paraguay, first documented  Stevia’s use by indigenous tribes of the country, who called it kaa-he-he.  They used it as a flavor enhancer in  their drinks and foods, and would  also chew the dried leaves for their  refreshing taste and sweetness. Bertoni  continued to study the herb until  finally publishing his findings in  1899 and naming the plant Stevia  rebaudiana bertoni. In 1921, American  Trade Commissioner George Brady  presented information on Stevia to  the USDA, calling it “a new plant  with great possibility” for commercial  cultivation, but the idea never gained  enough interest to merit further  experimentation.

Not much was heard of Stevia until  ten years later, when two French  scientists successfully isolated the active  components that give Stevia its sweet  taste: two glycosides named stevioside  and rebaudioside. These isolated  glycosides were not only 300 times  as sweet as sugar, but they were heat-  and pH-stable, and non-fermentable  as well. Just a few years later, during  World War II, Great Britain was  faced with an imminent blockade  of the British Isles by Germany and  began exploring alternative natural  foods they could cultivate to sustain  the population. Stevia was one of the  plants they experimented with, but  the region wasn’t warm or humid  enough to allow for its successful  mass cultivation, and so the British  ultimately abandoned their efforts.

Modern Rediscovery in Janpan

In the early ’70s Stevia saw its first  commercial success in Japan, when  a government ban on carcinogenic  chemical food additives forced  manufacturers to explore natural  alternatives. Southern Japan is warm  and humid enough for Stevia to be  successfully cultivated on an enormous  commercial level, and use of Stevia  as a natural sweetener in food and  beverages exploded. NOW’s founder,  Elwood Richard, heard about Stevia  around this time and was encouraged by its safety and success. By the  1990s, Japan accounted for over 40% of the world’s Stevia consumption.

Today, the advances in our understanding of Stevia have finally  culminated in its approval for use as a commercial natural sweetener in  the U.S. These same advances have helped our in-house research team  in the development of a new proprietary, full-spectrum, enzymaticallytreated Stevia we call Better Stevia™.

 

References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Better Stevia. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/idc/groups/public/documents/digital_asset/better_stevia_health_prof.pdf

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Healty Recipe: Fruit and Nut Balls

This easy candy recipe is adaptable enough to accommodate other add-ins of your choice, such as cornflakes, rice cereal, or other chopped, dried fruit (e.g. dates) or nuts (e.g. pecans) of your choice.

Makes 18 balls

Ingredients
1/2 cup NOW Real Food® Organic Dried Apricots
1/2 cup NOW Real Food® Almonds
1/3 cup raisins
5 ounces white chocolate
1/3 cup NOW Real Food® Organic Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

  1. Chop apricots, almonds and raisins very fine or use a food processor.
  2. Put white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat 15 seconds on medium power; stir. Repeat until almost melted. Remove and stir until last morsels melt. Cool slightly.
  3. Stir in chopped fruit, almonds and coconut into white chocolate.
  4. Form into small balls.
  5. Put the balls on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet; let set 1 to 2 hours. If mixture seems runny at first, chocolate may have been overheated. Wait for mixture to cool and it will hold together more easily to be rolled into balls.
  6. Drizzle balls with additional melted white chocolate.

Nutrition Information per piece:
68 calories
3g fat (2g sat. fat)
2mg cholesterol
10g carbohydrates
1g protein
14mg sodium
1g fiber

References

NOW Foods (n.d.). Fruit and Nut Balls. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Foods/Real-Food/Recipes/Fruits-and-Vegetables/079680.htm

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What’s New? NutraLuxe

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Nutra Luxe MD Anti Aging Skin Care was co-founded by Dr. A Hawrych, a famous certified facial plastic surgeon in Naples, Florida. Dr. A Hawrych is dedicated to providing his clients/consumers the latest in state of the art skin care products at affordable prices.

All Nutra-Luxe products contain a combination of the latest scientifically advanced ingredients from Europe, like BIO-Peptides, Liposomes, Antioxidants, specific Anti- Aging Vitamins, Minerals as well as Essential Natural Oils.

 

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