Enzymes: Vital for Human Health

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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

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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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What's New? Lily Of The Desert

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Lily of the Desert is one of the largest U.S. growers, processors and manufacturers of chemical-free, certified organic aloe vera in the natural products industry. Being vertically integrated allows us to maintain the highest standards of quality control and eliminate third-party pricing. This is unique among aloe vera product companies in the natural products industry. Controlling quality every step of the way allows Lily of the Desert to dictate the industry-leading standards of quality and maintain product integrity from the farm to the bottle.

All Lily of the Desert products originate from mature, organically-grown aloe vera plants, which are grown free of chemicals in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the desert of Mexico. Once harvested, the aloe leaves are placed in refrigerated trailers to ensure no beneficial components are lost, and are then shipped to our state-of-the-art processing facility for precise inspection. Each outgoing batch is scientifically tested to validate quality and product efficacy. Quality is maintained and monitored every step of the way to ensure customers receive the best benefits naturally derived from aloe vera.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/lily-of-the-desert.html

References
 Lily Of The Desert (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/5769/

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Seasonal Recipes of NOW Foods Essential Oils

 

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Choose a recipe below, and add the NOW essential oils to a diffuser and enjoy!

Autumn Air

8 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

6 drops Lime Essential Oil

6 drops Sage Essential Oil

Buttery Pumpkin Spice

1 drop of Cardamom

1 drop of NOW Cinnamon

1 drop of NOW Nutmeg

3 drops of NOW Vanilla

Holiday Cheer

4 drops of NOW Cedarwood Virginian

4 drops of NOW Cypress

6 drops of NOW Rosewood

1 drops of NOW Pine

2 drops of NOW Balsam

1 drops of NOW Orange

Holiday Eggnog

10 drops of NOW Vanilla

1 drops of NOW Cinnamon

2 drops of NOW Nutmeg

Holiday Wreath & Flowers

4 drops of NOW Cedarwood Virginian

4 drops of NOW Cypress

1 drops of NOW Rosewood

6 drops of NOW Pine Needle

2 drops of NOW Balsam

1 drops of NOW Lavender

Holly Jolly Holidays

2 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

2 drops of NOW Ginger

1 drops of NOW Clove Bud

2 drops of NOW 2 drops of NOW Nutmeg

4 drops of NOW Lemon

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

2 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

5 drops of NOW Balsam Fir Needle

1 drops of NOW Juniperberry

Santa’s Sugar Cookies

2 drops of NOW Tangerine

24 drops of NOW Vanilla

2 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

1 drops of NOW Ginger

Stroll thru the Orchard

10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

4 drops Ginger Essential Oil

6 drops Patchouli Essential Oil

Wintermint Icicles

3 drops of NOW Peppermint

3 drops of NOW Pennyroyal

1 drops of NOW Eucalyptus

1 drops of NOW Tea Tree

2 drops of NOW Rosemary

Gingerbread Aroma

3 drops of NOW Cinnamon

1 drops of NOW Clove

2 drops of NOW Ginger

1 drops of NOW Nutmeg

2 drops of NOW Vanilla

Cinnamon and Spice

1 drops of NOW Orange

1 drops of NOW Cinnamon Bark

1 drops of NOW Clove

5 drops of NOW Vanilla

1 drops of NOW Nutmeg

It’s the Holly-Days Again

8 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

3 drops of NOW Cypress

30 drops of NOW Pine

1 drop of NOW Orange

Cinnamon & Spice & Everything Nice

5 drops of NOW Orange

24 drops of NOW Cinnamon

4 drops of NOW Nutmeg

10 drops of NOW Ginger

Melt My Heart Mistletoe

2 drops of NOW Atlas Cedar

3 drops of NOW Pine

1 drop of NOW Juniperberry

2 drops of NOW Rosemary

1 drop of NOW Eucalyptus

1 drops of NOW Ylang Ylang

Fresh Fallen Snow

1 drop of NOW Wintergreen

20 drops of NOW Pine

60 drops of NOW Grapefruit

Warm Fall Bouquet

12 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil

3 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

3 drops Clove Bud Essential Oil

2 drops Nutmeg Essential Oil

References
NOW Foods. (n.d.). Seasonal Recipes. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Personal-Care/Ingredients-Guide/Recipes/Seasonal-Recipes.htm

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Healthy Breakfast Tips: Apple Zucchini Flax Pancakes

Featured Items

Organic Flax Seeds, 2 lb, NOW Foods

Beet Sugar 3 lb, NOW Foods

Olive Oil Liquid Extra Virgin, 16 oz, NOW Foods

These are light, airy and delicious!   1/3 cup measure, yields 12 pancakes

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups unbleached flour or 1 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup milled NOW Real Food® Flax Seed
3 Tbsp. NOW Real Food® Beet Sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg 2 eggs, separated, whites stiffly beaten
1 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup shredded apple
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
3 Tbsp. NOW Real Food® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl, lightly beat together egg yokes, milk and oil.
  3. Add liquid to dry and stir only until combined.
  4. Shred apple and zucchini add to batter until combined.
  5. Fold in egg whites. Preheat pan to medium heat and lightly grease.

 

References
Sylvia Finlay. (n.d.). Apple Zucchini Flax Pancakes. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Foods/Real-Food/Recipes/Breakfast/M082149.htm

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Cellucor C4 Extreme Powder Best for Pre-Workout!

Harnessing unmatched NO3 technology and premium ingredients such as Creatine Nitrate, C4 Extreme is our advanced pre-workout supplement, possessing the power to ignite your mind, muscles, and workout regimen, workout after workout after workout.

What is NO3? NO3 is Nitrate, an advanced compound that promotes unbelievable muscle pumps and amplifies the power of C4 Extreme. Cellucor is utilizing a unique compound where NO3 is bonded to Creatine to form Creatine Nitrate.

Cellucor C4 Extreme is formulated with key ingredients that will provide more energy to help you get that extra rep, and complete that last set. More reps and more sets are tied to improved strength and endurance.

C4 Extreme has received the highest honors in the supplement industry, including Pre-Workout Supplement of the Year and Best Product Innovation from the top retailers in the world, including VitaSprings.com.

Cellucor THE GREATEST TASTING SUPPLEMENT EVER

C4 Extreme features the best and largest flavor assortment in pre-workout history. Fan favorites such as Icy Blue Razz, Watermelon and Green Apple highlight the ever growing family of C4 Flavors. Because it’s almost impossible to pick just one, try all of our unique flavors!

Cellucor C4 EXTREME ® (A FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE)

I need energy. My workouts are good, sure, but sometimes I’m tired. Sometimes the fear of a mediocre workout keeps me on the couch. Do they make something for this? I hit the supplement store in search. One shiny chrome bottle stands out–it reads, Cellucor C4 Extreme. This pre-workout is unlike anything I’ve seen–no proprietary blends and it’s a reasonable price. I’m sold.

I’m still tired but now I’m excited to see what this supplement can do. I hustle home, change, and pop open my C4. I scoop it in and I’m shocked at how easily it mixes—I hardly had to stir! The flavor? It’s unbelievable! Like a pro, I pound the rest in under 10 seconds and head to the gym. A warming sensation radiates through my body–C4 Extreme is no joke. I am ready to crush.

Today is chest day. I’m giggling as I warm up—the bar feels like a toy and I’m scared I’ll throw it through the ceiling. I’ve never felt so confident, so strong. I’ve never been so focused. Did I say I was tired today? I don’t even remember. I explode through the first set and I’m shocked as I just set a personal record with ease. I want more.

Before I know it, two hours have passed. My training partner gives me an “I’m tired” look, but I talk him into a brutal burn out set. When I’m done, I stand up and look in the mirror. I’m more vascular than a magazine ad, more pumped than I’ve ever seen. My workout partner now begs for an end to this brutal session and this time I oblige. As we head out, I suddenly hear my training partner clear his throat. “I’m trying C4 Extreme tomorrow,” he says, quietly. I grin, thinking of all I just accomplished, and decide to simply state the obvious; “I know.”

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/cellucor.html

References Cellucor (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cellucor.com/products/9-c4-extreme

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