Rose Hip Seed Oil is Worth the Hype

The rising popularity of rosehip seed oil is due to its many uses as one of the best beauty serums for facial care. Aura Cacia’s purchasing team recently visited the source of our rosehip oil in the Patagonia region of Chile during harvest season — a trip that highlighted six reasons why Aura Cacia rosehip oil is worth all the hype:

1. It’s wild harvested and organic.

While in the Patagonia region, our purchasers confirmed that Aura Cacia’s cold-pressed, organic rosehip seed oil is harvested from abundant wild populations of roses that need no fertilizers or pesticides.

2. It’s as fresh as possible.

The high levels of essential fatty acids in rosehip seed oil are susceptible to rancidity, making it vital to have a direct-sourced, fresh oil. Once picked, rosehip fruits are separated from the leaves, washed and dried in a heated room. Next, the fruit is mechanically separated to reveal about 20 small seeds. The seeds must be used relatively quickly as they will oxidize if stored for too long. The seeds are ground into a powder, then cold pressed into oil. Then, the rosehip oil is packaged in a special clean room inside a refrigerated building to ensure the freshest oil possible — in fact, most oil is pressed only after Aura Cacia orders it.

3. It’s cold-pressed, not solvent-extracted.

Rosehip seeds only yield a scant 3% oil, making it a rare and expensive commodity. The yield of oil can be increased if the seeds are extracted with chemical solvents, but it’s important to always use the cold-pressed version.

4. It’s packaged with care.

Once rosehip oil (in large drums) arrives at the Aura Cacia facility in the United States, vitamin E is added and it is packaged in bottles with clean, pump-dispenser lids. This packaging helps keep it free from contaminants once you begin to use it. To make sure your rosehip is fresh as possible, store your bottle in a dark, cool environment, and use within six months of purchase.

5. It provides supplemental income to the Chilean people who harvest it.

During harvest, a special bucket with a type of metal comb on the front is swept through the bushes, dislodging the rosehips into the bucket. During the harvest in Chile there are about 10,000 harvesters that pick the wild rosehips as supplemental income for their families.

6. It’s a natural skincare powerhouse.

Rosehip seed oil is called a “dry oil” because it quickly and easily absorbs into skin, leaving no greasy residue due to the high level of skin-benefiting unsaturated fatty acids. One of the constituents in rosehip seed oil is natural vitamin A (retinol), rather than synthetic vitamin A (retin A) used in many skin care products.

References

Aura Cacia (n.d.). 6 Reasons Why Rose Hip Seed Oil is Worth the Hype Retrieved from http://www.auracacia.com/rosehip-seed-oil/

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CoQ10 May Soothe Fibromyalgia Symptoms

 

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CoQ10 may relieve symptoms like pain, fatigue, and anxiety in people with fibromyalgia, reports a study in Nutrition.

 Tired, sore, and depressed
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by unexplained, chronic, widespread muscle pain and multiple associated tender points, profound fatigue, sleep disturbances, and depression. Headaches, sensitivity to light or odors, anxiety, jaw tenderness, difficulty concentrating, abdominal pain and bloating, and muscle pain after exercise may also occur.

Most pharmacological treatments for fibromyalgia come with undesirable side effects. For example, the drug duloxetine (Cymbalta) is an antidepressant that’s prescribed to help relieve pain and improve mood in people with fibromyalgia. Possible side effects include blurred vision, weakness, sexual problems, seizures, and liver failure.

CoQ10 = cell food
CoQ10 is intricately involved with energy production in every cell of the body. When levels are low, cells don’t have the energy they need to function optimally. CoQ10 also acts as a powerful antioxidant, offsetting damage caused by free radicals.

Some drugs used to lower cholesterol levels, like HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins), interfere with CQ10 production in the body and can lead to muscle pain and worsen heart disease. Supplementing with CoQ10 may help reverse these symptoms.

Since CoQ10 deficiency mimics some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, researchers from the University of Seville, Spain, supplemented the diets of four women with fibromyalgia (ages 43 to 66) with 300 mg per day of CoQ10 for nine months to see what effect it had on their symptoms.

The women reported on their levels of fatigue, pain, sleep problems, anxiety, and the degree to which the condition impacted their daily lives. Investigators also assessed the number of classic tender points that the women had.

By the end of the study, all of the symptoms—including fatigue, pain, sleep problems, anxiety, tender points, and the degree to which fibromyalgia affected the women’s lives—improved significantly in all four women.

“According to our data, oral CoQ10 treatment could be a new therapeutic approach in fibromyalgia,” said lead study author, Mario Cordero. “More controlled clinical trials and investigations are required to clarify the precise mechanism(s) by which CoQ10 may contribute in pathological and therapeutic processes of fibromyalgia.” In other words, although they don’t know exactly how CoQ10 works, it appears to be a promising new fibromyalgia treatment.

Other natural fibro help
If you’re living with fibromyalgia, give these tips a try:

  • Exercise, but not too hard. Studies show that low intensity exercise might be just the thing to help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms. Try a gentle walk, swimming, tai chi, or yoga.
  • Go vegan. A diet that excludes all animal products may be helpful for some people with fibromyalgia.
  • Give magnesium a try. Many people are deficient in this important nutrient that can help ease muscle pain and cramps.
  • Get to the spa. A type of bath therapy (balneotherapy) seems to be particularly effective in treating fibromyalgia symptoms.

(Nutrition 2013; doi.org/10.1016/j.nut.2013.05.005)

Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, received her doctoral degree from Bastyr University, the nation’s premier academic institution for science-based natural medicine. She co-founded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI, where she practiced whole family care with an emphasis on nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, detoxification, and food allergy identification and treatment. Her blog, Eat Happy, helps take the drama out of healthy eating with real food recipes and nutrition news that you can use. Dr. Beauchamp is a regular contributor toHealthnotes Newswire.
References
Maureen Williams, ND. (2013). CoQ10 May Soothe Fibromyalgia Symptoms. Retrieved from http://www.now-university.com/Library/HealthConcerns/PainInflammation/099612.htm

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Bach Flower Essences for Stress Relief

Rescue Remedy, Rescue Remedy Spray is the most famous of the Bach remedies, but in fact is not ‘a remedy’ at all. Instead it’s a blend of five different Bach Flower Remedies.

This mix was created by Dr Bach to deal with emergencies and crises – the moments when there is no time to make a proper individual selection of remedies. It can be used to help us get through any stressful situations, from last-minute exam or interview nerves, to the aftermath of an accident or bad news. Rescue Remedy helps us relax, get focused and get the needed calmness.

Impatiens: For those who act and think quickly, and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone. Teaches empathy and understanding of and patience with others. We’ve found it very fast-acting in alleviating an impatient attitude and lowering stress.

Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. Teaches the ability to recover from traumas and to integrate them into the present life.

Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one’s spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one’s path.

Rock Rose: For situations in which one experiences panic or terror.

Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas; may foster great creativity. Is also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.

The Rescue Remedy is designed to help deal with immediate problems. If you are working through an underlying problem – or if you need rescuing every day – you will find a longer-term solution by selecting a personal blend of remedies.

Many people chose to carry Rescue Remedy in their purse, at the office, in the car or in the diaper bag. You never know when you need it.

References
Bach Flower (n.d.). Rescue Remedy, Rescue Remedy Spray. Retrieved from http://www.bachflower.com/rescue-remedy-information/

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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.

 

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

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