Lessons Learned About Metals

The Benefits Of Metal Scrapping Business

It is not a surprise that there are people who earn a reasonable income through selling or buying scrap.

Scrap metal is widely bought anywhere and is in demand, therefore, using this in business is not that hard to sell and generate income. But if you plan to venture out in this kind of business, you have to know first the basics to be able to get started, simply know learn about the kinds of metals first. There are two different types of metal that you need to be familiar with, ferrous and non-ferrous, and you will also need to learn about its individual characteristics and uses.

Between the ferrous and non-ferrous, non-ferrous metals have more value and is more useful in business to maximize your profit. You can read more about metals and its specifications so that you will have a better understanding of it before venturing into the business.

You will learn that metals have different market value and it will help you best if you can identify the ones that have the most valuable form for better profit. One of the best sources of metal comes from appliances of all sort, and almost every day some people give away unused appliances as junk.

You can either put up an advertisement that you will purchase old appliances or you can decide to purchase appliances from thrift store or those on sale. If you go for on sale, make sure that when you calculate the possible metal that can be sold off here it will be more than the amount you purchased it for.

When you have all your metal ready, you can start scouting for a trusted scrap yard that gives you a best buying price of scrap metal and there are plenty you can select from. Nonetheless, almost all scrap yards will use the market valuations for their own pricing, still, there will be the difference in each scrap yard as to the value they purchase your scrap metal.

Starting a business, especially metal scrapping, is not as easy as pie and it takes patience, diligence, and effort to be able to pull it off with the use of this product. Nonetheless, when you get the hang of it, and will begin to know more about the flow of the business, then you will find that metal scrapping is a great way to make money.

Now you have all the information that you need, all you need is to secure the most valuable metal there is and also find the most reliable scrap yard that can provide you the best value of your scrap metal.

A Case For Whole Food Supplements

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is lacking in many vital nutritional components. Being largely composed of prepackaged, convenience foods with few naturally grown food products; this diet has contributed to an epidemic of not only obesity but also extreme nutritional deficiency. While many commercially available vitamin and mineral supplements exist, they are manufactured in an artificial way that reduces bioavailability and promotes chemical contamination. As Americans are not likely to return to eating home grown food directly from their garden, the solution to the nutritional deficiency of America can be found in Whole Food Supplements which are vitamin, mineral and phytonutrient rich products made from actual food concentrates.

The Problem with the Standard American Diet

In the first part of the 1900’s most Americans ate a healthy, whole food diet because they had no choice. All food was grown either by the family or obtained from immediately local sources. America in the 1900’s was a largely agrarian society with most people living in rural areas and able to grow their own food. During the last century, a massive migration to urban areas has occurred. This has meant that even if one has the desire, most people no longer have the ability to produce self grown food. Either because there is no land or because many do not know how, very few people have a garden and even fewer produce protein in the form of dairy products and animal husbandry.

In spite of this developing migration, during World War II, families were encouraged to have a “victory garden”. This was not to ensure that Americans had a great diet but actually to ensure that American families could feed themselves at all, while allowing most of commercial food production to be sent to the troops overseas. That was the last period in history that America got most of their nutrition from locally grown food.

Beginning around the 1950’s, Americans did begin to recognize the value of vitamins and minerals within their diet. This was discovered because more and more pre-prepared, highly processed food products became available and nutritional deficiencies began to emerge.

After the end of World War II, many families became two-income families. In addition, many more single parents are now raising children by themselves. This means that in most homes, all of the adults present in any one household are likely employed outside of the home full-time leaving little time for food preparation alone much less any time for food production. America has become a convenience food nation consuming much of the diet from unnatural food sources.

Prepackaged and easy to prepare food products are just that, food “products”. Though they may contain carbohydrates, proteins, fats and some “essential” nutrients, they are not real food. The entire food supply chain is rife with contamination and chemical processing and many Americans are unaware of how little nutritional value the food that they consume every day contains. So much publicity and education has focused on the so called food pyramid. The governmental and educational agencies that have devised the perfect American diet have never truly addressed the lack of nutrients, other than the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of basic vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Calcium.

While these RDA levels of vitamin and mineral consumption may be an absolute bottom line essential to avoid obvious diseases of deficiency such as scurvy or rickets, they are hardly adequate and do not reflect but a small portion of the nutrients contained in whole food, necessary for promotion of health and prevention of disease.

A Crisis in America: Obesity and Other Diseases in the Face of Malnutrition

The main focus of the American diet in recent years has become reducing fat and increasing carbohydrates in the diet. This stream of thought was intended to reduce the growing epidemic of obesity but over the past 20 years, obesity has risen into numbers that appear to be a crisis for Americans. In fact, over the past 20 years the number of adult Americans who are obese has risen by 60% to an unprecedented level of almost 35% of American adults being considered obese. A much worse situation is that a similar number of approximately 32% of American children qualify as overweight or obese. For the first time in American history, the life expectancy of these children may be lower than that of their parents or grandparents.

This has led to an epidemic of heart disease, diabetes and other weight related problems occurring in record numbers not only in adults but seen in children as young as 18 months of age. Additional diseases that may be related to a lack of appropriate nutrients other than simple vitamins in American diets may include a wide variety of conditions ranging from immune disorders implicated in conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Cancer to psychiatric and neurological conditions such as ADHD, Autism and Depression.

Most people believe that obesity occurs simply because people eat too much. While that is true in part, obesity also results from continuously consuming the wrong types of food. In the 1900s when Americans were consuming a largely natural, whole food diet directly from farm to table, obesity was an extremely rare occurrence.

As our diet has changed from an agrarian society’s nutrient rich food supply to the urbanized highly processed, artificial foods, our total food consumption has risen. This is in part because, though the body gets more calories from more food, it is still starved of nutrition causing one to eat even more. In addition, in our sedentary lifestyle our bodies actually need less food than when we lived and worked each day on the farm, yet we still eat more because of lack of proper nutrients, abundance of easily obtained processed food and other psychological conditions such as stress eating. In the end, America has become a nation of people who are obese but still malnourished and disease ridden.

An Attempt to Fix the Problem

The ideal diet truly would be that of returning to whole food “farm to table” eating where families either grow their own food and prepare it within minutes of harvesting or at a minimum obtain locally grown food from the market and prepare it within a day or so of harvesting. In today’s society this is no longer possible. Even when fresh vegetables and fruits are consumed as a large portion of the diet, our nation’s food supply is contaminated by the use of pesticides, herbicides and hormones and much of the nutrient value is lost by transportation of the food crop from thousands of miles away. Food is harvested before it is truly ripe, irradiated, stored cold and transported across states, nations and even oceans before it arrives in our grocery stores as tasteless, substandard, nutrient poor produce.

Many people are attempting to eat only organic, locally grown produce for this reason. While this may be an improvement over the nutritional value of the standard American diet, it is nearly always much more expensive and therefore unaffordable for many and unavailable for others as most markets do not focus on obtaining such products. So this effort, while valiant is still not enough.

The good news about the American nutritional situation is that it is quite easy to fix. Given appropriate nutrition, the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. Many diseases and conditions caused by overconsumption and malnourishment can be easily corrected by supplementation with whole food nutritional products.

As Americans cannot rely on the food supply to provide adequate nutrition and also cannot count on the source, quality and purity of most commercially available nutritional supplements, the only answer appears to lie in whole food supplementation.

What is a Whole Food Supplement?

Whole food supplements are defined as nutritional supplements derived entirely from food. This is a much more natural and beneficial method of obtaining nutrition from food and herbal supplements alike.

Unfortunately, most commercially available nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals and herbal products are made completely of single ingredient extracts or worse, artificially synthesized in a lab using chemical processes. While synthesized supplements may in fact provide basic vitamins and minerals known to be vital, artificially prepared products are missing many of the alkaloids, antioxidants and phytochemicals that are thought to play a major role in complete nutrition and disease prevention.

The same is true for herbal supplements and treatments as most commercially available herbal products do provide an extract or synthesized form of the primarily active chemical within the herb, they are still missing many of the synergistic ingredients thought to provide additional benefits of herbal and nutraceutical treatment.

Simply Taking Vitamins isn’t Enough

Vitamins and Minerals are absolutely necessary for life but the RDA is generally both inadequate in its estimate and unattainable through the average American diet.

While many commercially available nutritional supplements are available at every corner, through necessity, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does little to regulate the manufacturing of food supplements such as vitamins, minerals and herbal products. The FDA cannot apparently manage even its’ main tasks of regulation of the pharmaceutical industry and assurance of the safety of the American food supply.

In the last several years, many counterfeit pharmaceutical products have been discovered such as flu medication being sold online, manufactured outside of the United States was found to be gelatin capsules filled with sheetrock particles. In addition Americans have seen case after case of E. Coli and Salmonella contamination of both American and foreign farm crops such as lettuce, tomatoes, onions and peppers enter our grocery stores. Some of these products were even the so called “organic” products, purported to be safer than traditional crops.

Why a Whole Food Supplement

As there is inadequate supervision of the pharmaceutical and food production industries, there is even less of the nutritional supplement market. The average vitamin or nutritional supplement is manufactured using chemical synthesis and heat processing which destroys the nutritional value of the product within. In addition, many commercially available products are manufactured with fillers, additives, preservatives and other dubious chemicals. Whole food supplements are not.

Within the last several years, significant shortcomings have come to light in terms of foreign made food and health products. Many products have proven to be contaminated with not only the known chemicals that are present in the American food supply but also with much more dangerous unknown chemicals that should never enter the manufacturing process. The only way to ensure that this does not happen is to purchase high quality products from a company with a well established reputation for maintaining high standards of manufacturing and purity. As whole food supplements are natural products, it would be optimal if the manufacturer employed practices of sustainability and green policy.

The ideal food supplement manufacturer recognizes that vitamins do not exist in isolation. The nutritional value of whole food is due to the interweaving of the entire spectrum of nutrients with vitamins and minerals acting in a synergistic fashion with hundreds of other plant alkaloids, phytochemicals and enzymes. The cofactors and bioflavonoids such as terpenes and isoflavones present in whole foods and whole food supplements are integral in the process to restore biochemical balance to the body.

This is quite easy to identify when examining the label of a nutritional supplement, vitamin or herbal product. Though the FDA doesn’t do an adequate job of monitoring the food supply or pharmaceutical industry, they have established standards of labeling which include appropriate identification of all ingredients contained in a supplement. Close examination of most regular supplements when compared to whole food supplements will show that most products contain synthetic vitamins, chemicals and filler products while whole food supplements contain natural vitamins and minerals obtained from concentrated food sources such as fruits and vegetables.

Supplements manufactured from whole food sources will contain not only the natural form of vitamins and minerals but also all of the important phytochemicals and phytonutrients important to restoration of nutritional health and prevention of disease derived from whole food concentrates.

Choosing a Quality Supplement

Whole food supplements are nutritional products which have been manufactured directly from food. Food grown in natural conditions is concentrated using carefully designed and conducted cold processing techniques. These methods allow the concentration of the entire spectrum of nutritional value without removing the phytochemicals, alkaloids and other valuable natural substances that ensure adequate nutritional support and help to prevent disease.

When choosing a whole food supplement one should ensure that the product is from a manufacturing company known to have a long standing reputation for quality and experience in whole food processing. The products should be constituted entirely of whole food products which have been refined using cold processing without the nutrient reducing effects of extreme heat, pasteurization and irradiation. They should also be free of artificial filler products and preservative chemicals. The manufacturer should have a process of testing for purity and guarantee of quality and ideally should offer a money back guarantee if one is not satisfied with the product. For the American consumer, optimally an American product will be purchased an in an effort to aid the environment, a company with “green” policies should be chosen to promote sustainability of the food supply.

Specific Nutrient Needs

Vitamin A

Vitamin A and the carotenoids are highly present in many vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables along with fish and animal livers and are essential for:

o proper functioning of the eye and skin including the gastrointestinal tract
o acts as an antioxidant, protecting against cancer and diseases of aging
o important in support of the immune system for protection against viruses and infections of the organ linings of bladder, kidneys, lungs and mucous membranes
o essential for protein utilization

Vitamin A deficiency causes dry hair, skin, eye disorders, fatigue, reproductive difficulties, frequent colds and infections, and skin disorders.

Traditional vitamin supplements will typically contain synthetic Vitamin A Palmitate and/or beta carotene isolate. Whole Food Supplements will contain Vitamin A1, Vitamin A2, retinal, retinoic acid and a number of more the 500 carotenes all of which are precursors to Vitamin A along with essential fatty acid, natural sugars, minerals and other phytonutrients found only in whole food.

Vitamin B Complex

Vitamin B is actually a number of similarly related compounds found in yellow and green fruits and vegetables particularly leafy green and cruciferous vegetables along with nuts, grains, eggs, dairy products and meats and are known to be essential for:

o maintenance of skin, eyes, hair, liver and mouth
o healthy gastrointestinal tract and brain functioning
o coenzymes involved in energy production
o proper functioning of nervous system particularly in the elderly

Specific Vitamin B Deficiencies:

B-1 Thiamine deficiency – Beriberi, canker sores, mental disorders such as dementia, depression and dizziness, fatigue, indigestion, diarrhea, numbness and muscle atropy

B-2 Riboflavin deficiency -mouth sores, cataracts, dermatitis, hair loss, neurological symptoms on skin, light sensitivity, seizures

B-3 Niacin deficiency – pellagra, bad breath, skin and mouth disorders, memory impairment, confusion, depression, muscle weakness

B-5 Pantothenic Acid deficiency – abdominal pains, skin disorders, hair loss, muscle spasms and poor coordination, immune impairment, low blood pressure

B-6 Pyridoxine deficiency – eye, skin and mouth inflammation, mucous membrane disorders, lack of wound healing

B-12 Cyanocobalamin deficiency – pernicious anemia, unsteady gate, dizziness, drowsiness, depression, hallucination headaches, memory loss, tinnitus, spinal cord degeneration

Folic Acid deficiency – certain types of anemia, fatigue, mental disorders, insomnia, diarrhea, spina bifida in developing infant

Traditional Vitamin B supplements will generally contain only the synthetic form of one or more of the B vitamin group, while whole food supplements will contain all of the Vitamin B family along with the added benefits of phytonutrients such as inositols, PABA, biotin and choline derived from concentration of whole foods.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) is found in citrus fruits, berries and green vegetables and is essential for:

o tissue growth and repair
o adrenal gland function
o healthy gums
o production of anti stress hormones and interferon
o absorption of iron in the gastrointestinal system
o metabolism of amino acids and vitamins
o activity as an antioxidant and support of the immune system

Vitamin C deficiency causes Scurvy, poor wound healing, gum disease, edema, weakness, frequent infections, fatigue, and joint pains.

Traditional Vitamin C supplements will have only Ascorbic Acid or Ascorbate, while Whole Food Supplement vitamin C will contain phytonutrients such as rutin, bioflavonoids, tyrosinase, ascorbinogen, vitamin C factors such as J, K and P along with mineral co-factors necessary for vitamin C activity all derived appropriately from whole food.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is present largely in dairy food products but also in fish and fish oils, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils, egg yolks and sweet potatoes and is necessary for:

o bone and teeth growth and development in children
o muscle performance including skeletal and cardiac muscle
o prevention of bone and tooth loss in elderly
o thyroid and immune system functioning
o normal blood clotting

Vitamin D deficiency includes rickets, osteomalacea, loss of appetite, burning of mouth and throat, diarrhea, insomnia, and visual difficulties.

Most commercial Vitamin D products including prescription formulas will contain only Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) which is less absorbable and more difficult to use but has a longer shelf life than it’s cousin Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) while whole food supplements will contain significant amounts of Vitamin D3 along with many other beneficial phytonutrients in the form of whole food concentrates.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in cold pressed vegetable oils, dark green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts and grains and is essential for:

o antioxidant activity important for the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease
o circulation and tissue repair
o blood clotting and healing
o skin and hair health

Vitamin E deficiency may result in damage to red blood cells, nerve destruction, infertility, menstrual problems, and neuromuscular disorders.

Traditional vitamin E supplements will generally include only one of the 8 active components of the vitamin E family, alpha-tocopherol. Whole food supplements will contain not only alpha-tocopherol but also the 7 other alpha, beta, gamma and delta forms of both tocopherol and tocotrienol derived from concentrated food.

Calcium

Calcium is vital for the formation of bones and teeth and the maintenance of gums. It is essential for the functioning of all muscular tissue, particularly the heart and participates in cellular functioning in virtually every area of the body. Calcium is highly present in dairy products, meaty and oily fish and green leafy vegetables.

Calcium deficiency can lead to brittle bones, teeth and nails, skin disorders, cardiac disorders such as high blood pressure and heart palpitations, cognitive impairment, hyperactivity and seizure disorders.

Calcium contained in most traditional supplements will contain only calcium carbonate or calcium citrate with the possible addition of Vitamin D or may contain D1-calcium-phosphate which is completely insoluble and cannot be absorbed. Whole Food Supplement calcium products will contain additional nutrients such as amino acids and vitamin C which are necessary for calcium absorption and utilization.

Iron

Iron is essential for the production of hemoglobin which is vital to the supply of oxygen throughout the body. Iron is also important for production of many important enzymes within the body. It can be found in meats, fish, eggs, green leafy vegetables, nuts and grains in large amounts as well as a number of herbs such as alfalfa and milk thistle.

Deficiency of Iron includes symptoms of anemia, weakness and fatigue, hair loss, mouth inflammation, fingernail malformation and mental impairment.

Most commercially available iron supplements will contain iron sulfate or iron gluconate as a singular product or in combination with other vitamins and minerals. Iron is best absorbed in the presence of vitamin C and when consumed as a constituent of a food source. Whole food supplement iron will result in better absorption and less stomach upset as it is derived from whole food.

Magnesium

Magnesium is vital as an enzyme catalyst especially with regard to energy production. It also aids in cellular calcium and potassium uptake which makes it essential for the transmission of muscle and nerve impulses. It can be readily found in many foods especially animal products such as dairy, meat and seafood but also in many fruits and vegetables such as apples, apricots, bananas, whole grains and soy products.

Deficiency of magnesium will cause muscular irritability, mental disorders, chronic fatigue, chronic pain syndromes, depression and pulmonary disorders along with being a factor in hypertension and sudden cardiac death.

Traditionally prepared magnesium supplements will contain only magnesium usually in the form of magnesium chloride or magnesium sulfate while whole food supplements will contain other minerals such as calcium and potassium along with vitamin c and other nutrients from whole food concentrates necessary for the proper absorption and utilization of magnesium.

Zinc

Zinc is important in the growth and function of reproductive organs and may help regulate oil gland activity and prevent acne. It is essential for protein and collagen synthesis and vital to the functioning of a healthy immune system and has been shown to have potent antiviral activity. It plays a major role in wound healing and the sensation of taste and smell. It is also a constituent of many physiological chemicals such as insulin and various enzymes. Zinc is highly present in eggs, fish, beans, meats, mushrooms and many seed such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Deficiency of zinc may result in a loss of taste and smell and may cause the fingernails to become weak and thin. Other signs may include delayed sexual maturation, growth impairment, disorders of sexual organs of both males and females, fatigue, hair loss, slow wound healing and recurrent infections.

Many commercially available supplements will contain either zinc gluconate as a singular product or in combination with other minerals without regard as to the appropriate ratios for optimal absorption and utilization within the body. As whole food supplements are derived from actual food, the appropriate ratios necessary for maximum benefit are already present established by nature.

Unique Benefits of Whole Food Supplements

According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), over 70% of Americans do not consume enough whole food products to provide even the RDA of vitamins. While vitamins are necessary for life, ordinary vitamin supplements will not entirely fill the gap. Unlike most commercial dietary supplements which are stand alone chemicals, whole food supplements contain any number of several thousand known and unknown phytonutrients such as:

o Carotenoids
o Polyphenols (Flavonoids)
o Phenols
o Indoles
o Lignans (Phytoestrogens)
o Phytates (Inositols)
o Saponins
o Sulfides and Thiols
o Terpenes

Research has proven these nutrients to be protective against many diseases. Some types of phytonutrients are known to provide such benefits as enhanced immunity, cancer prevention, detoxification and DNA repair.

Carotenoids

The phytonutrient category of carotenoids has been shown to protect against certain types of cancer, optical failure from diseases such as macular degeneration and assist in the prevention of cardiac disease. Carotenoids are partially responsible for the vibrant colors of many fruits and vegetables.

Carotenoids can help prevent vitamin A deficiency by acting as precursors to Vitamin A which assists the body in manufacturing Vitamin A. In addition several carotenoids are known to be anti-oxidants and may protect against diseases of aging and exposure to environmental toxins. Carotenoids may also be a factor in the prevention and treatment of other diseases such as:

o Cancer – including cervical, throat, lung, prostate and skin cancers
o Heart disease – including angina pectoris and congestive heart failure
o Infections – including AIDS, Chlamydia, Candidiasis and pneumonia
o Immune system mediated disorders – including rheumatoid arthritis, and photosensitivity
o Other conditions – such as asthma and osteoarthritis

A balanced formula of carotenoids such as found in whole foods and whole food supplements will be better absorbed than individual supplements as too much of any one carotenoids may inhibit the absorption of others. This is one of the many reasons why whole food supplements are more beneficial than simple vitamin supplementation.

Carotenoids known to be present and beneficial can be found in the following fruits or vegetables:

o alpha carotene – carrots
o beta carotene – green cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, yellow/orange vegetables such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin and carrots
o beta cryptoxanthin – orange fruits such as mangos, peaches and apricots
o lutein – leafy green vegetables such as turnip greens, collard greens and spinach
o lycopene – red fruits such as watermelon, guava, tomatoes and red grapefruit
o zeaxanthin – green vegetables such as green beans and broccoli, yellow food such as eggs mangos and citrus fruits

Polyphenols

Polyphenols (Flavonoids) are known to be active antioxidants and are thought to be important in preventing diseases caused by oxidative stress such as some cancers and some forms of cardiac disease and some inflammatory processes which cause diseases such as arthritis and other diseases of aging. Some examples of polyphenols found in food products include:

o anthocyanins – red foods such as berries, red cabbage, red grapes
o flavones – celery and parsley
o ellagic acid – berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries
o catechins – tea, wine and chocolate along with other tart foods such as berries and apples
o flavanones – found in citrus fruits
o coumarins – found in grains and grasses such as wheat grass

Phenols

Phenols encompass a number of anti oxidant nutrients such as Resveratrol and are known to be powerful antioxidants. Phenols have proven to be effective in the prevention of age related disorders and many diseases caused in part by oxidative stress such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Phenols are present in purple fruits such as grapes and blueberries along with wine and tea.

Indoles

Indoles are known to aid in hormone production and maintenance of balance. Indoles are also thought to provide cellular protection against cancers such as colon cancer and endometrial cancer along with others. They are largely present in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbages.

Lignans

Lignans (Phytoestrogens) have weak estrogen like activity which is important in the prevention and possible treatment of hormone mediated cancers such as breast, testicular and prostate cancer. They also may block inflammatory processes which may aid in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis and platelet aggregation leading to stroke. Lignans highly present in flax seed and soy products but are also found in other grains such as wheat, barley and oats along with beans and vegetables such as garlic and broccoli.

Inositols

Phytates (Inositols) may help lower blood cholesterol and aid in prevention of mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. Inositols and Phytates are present in large amounts in grains, nuts and melon family members such as cantaloupe, squash and cucumbers.

Saponins

Saponins are known to lower cholesterol and may act as an immune booster protecting the body against infections from viruses, bacteria and fungi. They may also provide some protection against heart disease and have proven to be effective in the treatment of cancer. Several anti cancer drugs are based on the saponin molecular structure. Saponins can be found in foods such as asparagus, red onions, alfalfa sprouts, and soybeans.

Thiols

Sulfides and Thiols are vital to the functioning of the cardiovascular system including the smooth muscles of the arteries and arterioles and the linings of both veins and arteries. Thiols have proven instrumental in the development of plaques contributing to atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, myocardial infarction and stroke. Sulfides and thiols are highly present in members of the odiferous Lilly family such as garlic, onion, chives and leeks

Terpenes

Terpenes are thought to protect against cancer and free radical damage which may contribute to diseases of aging such as stroke and alzheimers disease. Terpenes are highly present in foods such as green foods, grain and soy products and also in many herbs such as Gingko biloba.

These phytonutrients are just a few examples of natural molecules known to aid in promotion of health and make the case for the use of Whole Food Supplements. There are thousands more, yet to be identified that are present and beneficial and cannot be synthesized in a lab. Supplementation with isolated vitamins and minerals alone will not solve a nutritional deficiency.

As Americans are unlikely to return to the farm, consumption of a whole food supplement appears to be the only way to actually bridge the nutritional canyon that the American diet has created due to a lifestyle of convenient packaged food that is easy to prepare but sorely deficient in nutritional quality.

Anthony Antolics RN, BSN [http://www.thenutritionnurse.com]

* Bachelor of Science Nursing…Excelsior College, Magna Cum Laude

* Bachelor of Arts Psychology Mental Health…Southern Connecticut State University, Summa Cum Laude

* Sigma Theta Tau, The National Honor Society of Nursing

* Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology

* Zeta Delta Epsilon, Honors Service Society by invitation, Southern Connecticut State University

* Tau Kappa, Excelsior College Nursing Honors Society

At 62 years, with a lifelong interest in nutrition and a consistent practitioner of nutritional supplementation, I suffered a heart attack. After extensive research I realized that my program of supplementation had actually caused further nutritional deficiencies. Many of the supplements I had been taking were synthetic compounds and bio-identical hormones. This lead to comprehensive research in whole food supplementation, where the vitamins, minerals and herbals came from and the methods used to process them.

It became quite evident that the best supplements must be derived from whole foods, organically grown herbals and botanicals and all must be processed using little or no heat to preserve the efficacy of all the various enzymes, flavenoids and phytonutrients only present in raw whole foods. Processed this way, whole food supplements are recognized by the body as nutrition and readily metabolized and utilized to improve health and function, strengthen the immune system and increase one’s sense of well-being.

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A Guide to Finding Vitamins and Mineral Supplements That Will Make a Difference in Your Life

If you are like me, you have tried many different nutritional supplements that had no noticeable effect on your health. This guide will help you understand why this is the case and show you how to recognize supplements that will work for you. Quality vitamins and mineral supplements are very important to one’s overall health, energy levels both physical and mental, and longevity. But this brings up the question of “what is quality?”

Well, some basics are the following. Quality vitamins and mineral supplements will contain a large array of 60 or more different ingredients–in addition to vitamins and minerals, there will be herbal extract supplements, amino acids, enzymes, and any other special, all-natural compounds. These will be carefully selected and combined for the right function and included in the right amount.

But, how does a product get made that has these critical traits? To begin with, the manufacturer will only use active ingredients that have much solid clinical study behind them. They will have been researched and proven both potent and safe. In fact, when researching companies that you buy your vitamins and mineral supplements from, you should see if they actually examine their product ingredients at the molecular level in determining their compatibility and synergistic with other ingredients in the formula.

Different ingredients, mixed together, can interact to form a different compound. That compound might not be the best for you. On the other hand, if you put together the right ingredients in the right amount, you’ll increase the effect of each individual ingredient manifolds.

Now, why is this investigation so important? Because there are precious few all-natural health supplement manufacturers who conduct clinical studies on their final products; the costs can be enormous they don’t get any patent protection like synthetic drug makers do. In fact, if you see an all-natural supplement that says “patent pending” you shouldn’t buy it, because you’re being had.

However, nutritional knowledge is now growing at an enormous rate. Manufacturers who use all-natural ingredients have new discovery after new discovery pouring into their labs. They know better with every passing day how to formulate the most optimal supplements that are the most precisely targeted. But again, this does render patent applications useless–so, once again, clinical studies by these manufacturers done on their own products are very difficult to come by.

The quality companies will constantly be producing and marketing new, revised renditions of their older products as they make new breakthroughs. These companies will also list their product ingredients on their websites and packaging. So, the way to recognize the very best vitamins and minerals supplements is to do some research of your own and find those companies who set themselves apart from the crowd. My website covers many ingredients that have been shown through clinical and laboratory studies to be effective.

Prostate Health Supplements Protect You Against Any Form Prostate Disease

Cancer of prostate can easily affect virtually any man no matter their history, ethnic background or financial position. On the other hand, African-American men have always been at a heightened probability of growing prostate cancer malignancy. There are many prostate related health supplements on the market which will help decrease the chance of a male getting cancer of prostate. Cancer of the prostate is the secondly greatest type of cancer loss of life that men face these days. Studies demonstrate that 1 from 6 adult men is going to be clinically determined to have cancer of the prostate.

Medical professionals could perhaps have the ability to determine those men who will be at a higher chance of developing prostate kind of cancer. Frequent tests are advisable for adult men who sadly are at a raised associated risk. Earlier diagnosis often means the main difference in between life and death. Medical professionals frequently advise prostate health supplements for promoting a normal functioning prostate gland and with any luck, fight away the cancer of prostate. Health supplements guarantee the consumer is receiving the vitamins and minerals required to continue to be healthy and balanced.

Prostate dietary supplements could be a particular mineral or vitamin, or perhaps a mixture of numerous chemical compounds which are confirmed to reduce an individual’s chance of generating cancer malignancy. One particular highly recommended component is lycopene. This kind of highly effective chemical can be found in tomato vegetables, melon and grapefruit. A men’s prostate health supplement which contains lycopene guarantees a guy is receiving the mandatory quantity to stimulate a healthy and balanced prostate gland. Pomegranate extract juice is one more highly effective prostate health supplement that adult men need to consume.

Some other natural supplements such as Omega-3 essential fatty acids are a different important device in the combat with most cancers. Fatty seafood is a fantastic resource of essential fatty acids however, not at all times an alternative for many. Health professionals highly recommend Omega-3 essential fatty acid health supplements to try and keep the whole body operating at its very best parameters. Numerous studies have confirmed that adult men who maintain a diet plan abundant in seafood are not as likely to acquire prostate cancer.

Vitamin D is recommended for the human body and the majority of people can get the advised every day quantity through just a quarter of an hour spent in the sunshine every single day. On the other hand, this is not at all times achievable; therefore a person will probably have to depend on a health supplement in order to get hold of enough vitamin D within their diet program. Prostate gland supplements which contain the daily encouraged quantity of vitamin D will help drive back cancer whilst supporting healthier muscles and bone tissues.

Selenium and vitamin E are presently getting analyzed to find out their own function in supplying security towards a few types of cancer. Even though all these vitamins and minerals are ideal for the entire body, it’s important they will not be consumed in excess.

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Autism and Nutritional Supplements

Unfortunately, it has been proved beyond doubt that a large percentage of the United States population suffers from nutritional deficiency. Studies show, 30% of the general population has a marginal level of Vitamin C and 15% are Vitamin C deficient. Low level of vitamins and minerals like, calcium, iron, folic acid, magnesium, and chromium continue to be a significant but common problem in the United States. It is also being noticed that children suffering from Autism are the most common patients for vitamin and mineral deficiency. Generally children suffering from Autism have much lower level of vitamins A, C, D, and E, and all B vitamins (except choline) and some minerals (zinc, magnesium, selenium).

The most common problems that are detected in children suffering from nutritional deficiency can be listed as follows:

* High Copper: Zinc ratio

* B12 deficiency

* Calcium deficiency

* Sulfate deficiency

* Vitamin A

Why children with Autism suffer the most?

Chronic diarrhea/constipation: Malabsorption is a common problem related to Autism. A recent study by the Southwest Autism Research Center of over 400 people with autism has found that 48% reported chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation

Gastrointestinal inflammation: Many patients suffering from Autism experience chronic gastrointestinal inflammation and structural compromise in the digestive tract. This intestinal inflammation likely reduces nutrient absorption.

Dietary restrictions: One of the classic symptoms of autism is restricted interests and behaviors and this often extends to choices of food. Restricted, self-limited diets are highly likely to be deficient in one or more essential nutrients.

The Brighter Side

When we are all concerned with the increasing rate of autistic children and problems due to lack of necessary vitamins and minerals it has also been proved that multivitamin/mineral nutrient supplement goes a long way in helping these children. These nutritional supplements significantly contribute towards their improvement of IQ, scholastic test scores, and early neurological development. Children with learning disabilities experience substantial behavioral, cognitive, and academic gains by use of these multivitamin nutritional supplements.

Studies and feedback from parents of children with Autism has shown that calcium, vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin B6 with magnesium, zinc, niacin, niacinamide, and dimethylglycine resulted in improvement in 41-58% of cases.

Natural Cure for Yeast Infection – 2 Important Vitamins

There are 2 vitamins that you can use as a natural cure for yeast infection.

Here they are:

1. Vitamin B6 is probably best known for its role in the female reproductive system. Therapeutically, it can be used successfully in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome, the nausea of pregnancy, fluid retention, dysmenorrhea, and yeast infections.

Neurological/psychological problems like carpal tunnel syndrome, seizure disorders, rheumatism, tardive dyskinesia, depression, dementia, hyperactivity, and schizophrenia are helped by B6 supplementation.

Several metabolic and immune system conditions are helped by B6 supplementation, including seborrheic dermatitis, acne, anemia, atherosclerosis, asthma, monosodium glutamate sensitivity, kidney stones, and diabetes.

Many common drugs, including the birth control pill, corticosteroids, and estrogens, destroy vitamin Bft. Vitamin B6 is required to convert tryptophan into niaci-namide. Depletion may result in depression, neuropathies, and other nervous system disorders. When taken as a supplement, it must be balanced by an intake of the other B-complex vitamins to avoid the side effect of peripheral neuropathy.

2. Vitamin C in high doses is antifungal and a natural cure yeast infection. Some people have bad reactions to vitamin C, including headaches, gas, nausea, and lightheadedness. Often these symptoms can be overcome by using buffered forms of vitamin C: sodium ascorbate, calcium ascorbate, Ester C, and other mineral ascorbates.

Vitamin C is important/or the/allowing reasons:

o helps with the formation of collagen and the health of bones, teeth, gums, nails, muscles, ligaments, yeast infections, and all other connective tissue
o strengthens blood vessels and prevents bleeding and plaque formation in the
arteries
o promotes healing of all body cells
o increases resistance to infection
o aids iron absorption and utilization
o is an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer and heart disease
o is a natural antihistamine in high doses

These 2 vitamins should be part of an overall natural cure for yeast infection program.

Vitamins Are Organic Compounds That Are Necessary In Small Amounts To Sustain Life And Health

Vitamins are nutrients essential for health. Vitamins are organic compounds that are necessary in small amounts in animal and human diets to sustain life and health. Vitamins are organic compounds which are needed in small quantities to sustain life. Vitamins are organic substances, essential for maintaining life functions and preventing disease among humans and animals and even some plants. Vitamins are complex organic compounds that occur naturally in plants and animals.

Vitamins are named by letters – vitamin A, vitamin C, D, E, K, and the group of B vitamins. Vitamins are organic components in food that are needed in very small amounts for growth and for maintaining good health. Vitamins are compounds that are essential in small amounts for proper body function and growth. Vitamins are organic substances that are required in small amounts for normal functioning of the body. Vitamins are substances that the human body requires but is unable to synthesize and therefore, must obtain externally.

Vitamins are not individual molecular compounds. Vitamins were not discovered until early in the twentieth century. Vitamins are of two type’s water soluble and fat soluble. Vitamins are required in the diet in only tiny amounts, in contrast to the energy components of the diet. Supplements can be beneficial, but the key to vitamin and mineral success is eating a balanced diet.

Vitamins cannot be synthesized by the cells of an animal but are vital for normal cell function. Vitamins cannot be isolated from their complexes and still perform their specific life functions within the cells.

Persons already experiencing coronary health issues should consider having their vitamin D levels checked and take action if a lack of vitamin D detected. I’ve cited the review, “Is US Health Really the Best in the world?”, by Dr. Barbara Starfield (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 26, 2000), in which Starfield reveals the American medical system kills 225,000 people per year–106,000 as a direct result of pharmacological drugs. Berries come in many shapes and sizes, but they are all healthy sources of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are low in fat and calories, and contain compounds that might protect you from certain health conditions. B 12 deficiencies cause a host of health problems, including potentially irreversible nerve damage that can occur before symptoms are noticed. The easiest way for most people to avoid a deficiency is to take a B 12 supplement containing at least 1000 micro grams of B 12 two or three times a week. The Health Organization Founded by Dr. Rath is Unique in the world: All the Profits it Makes Go to a Non-profit Foundation. Vitamins and minerals are essential to life-and we mean essential. The early human diet was largely vegetarian, humans have adapted to utilize nutrients and vitamins from plant sou.

Fabulous Vitamins That Make Your Boobs Bigger

When it comes to naturally enhancing your breasts food can play a pivotal role. Not just any foodstuff you like it has to contain the right vitamins and minerals. To help you through this particular minefield I have listed the top 7 vitamins and minerals to help make your boobs bigger and the benefits each one actually possesses.

1. Vitamin A Helps to keep the cells in your body healthy and boosts the immune system. This vitamin will help to keep your skin soft and smooth and prevent the effects of aging. With regards to your breasts vitamin A will help prevent wrinkles and sagging of the breast (essential when wanting bigger boobs). Vitamin A can be readily found in foods such as milk and eggs. Don’t worry if your vegan though as it can also be found in various fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe melons.

2. Vitamin B6 is a useful vitamin that ensures our circulatory system is in tip top condition. It also promotes healthy red blood cells. Having a good circulation of red blood cells will help your boobs get bigger when you use a massage technique on your breasts. This added stimulation will cause the bountiful blood cells to populate the breasts and help them get bigger. Vitamin B6 is found in nuts, seeds, potatoes and bananas.

3. Vitamin C is important for growth of the muscle tissues, which in turn will help your breasts grow when using any of the exercise techniques. You will want to help your pectoral muscles as much as possible so they will give your boobs a good lift and make them more firm and rounded. Vitamin C is commonly found in oranges and other citrus fruits but is also present in spinach and broccoli.

4. Vitamin E helps in the health of red blood cells and is also said to be able to help prevent cancer, as we mentioned above healthy blood cells are a must for anyone looking to get bigger boobs. Another benefit of vitamin E is that it can help reduce your cholesterol levels too. Vitamin E can be found in Nuts and green vegetables. Avocados are a rich source of vitamin E too.

5. Zinc is needed by the body for a healthy immune system it also helps to promote the growth of healthy new tissues. This is a must when we are looking to get bigger breasts. Zinc is commonly found oysters, lamb and even dark chocolate. You did read that right chocolate can have health benefits.

6. Selenium is a helpful mineral to have in the body as it helps to repair damaged cells and promote growth of new ones. This is essential when looking to make your boobs bigger naturally. You will find selenium in foods such as Brazil nuts, tuna, beef and cod.

7. Folic acid also known as vitamin B9 is another mineral that promotes the growth of healthy cells and tissues within the body and can be found in asparagus, dried beans and liver.

Please bear in mind when you are looking to get bigger breasts naturally that these vitamins are essential, but be aware that too much can have negative effects. If you are going to take vitamin supplements to compliment your diet then make yourself familiar with daily recommended amounts.

Basics You Need to Know About Vitamins and Minerals

It doesn’t matter what age you are. It also doesn’t matter what your gender or size is. The fact is all humans need the right levels of vitamins and minerals to lead healthy productive lives. This article will help educate you about the best use of supplements for better health.

If you are working out regularly you will want to make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals to allow your body to recover properly. Your body needs appropriate nutrition to both recover from workouts but also fire up the metabolism you need to burn fat and maximise muscle.

Any supplements with fat in them, such as your fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K will need to be taken with food. These need to be taken with food because food will make it easier to absorb the supplement.

After strenuous exercise your body may start to ache. To ease this process try adding fish oil capsules and vitamin E to your diet. They should help you to relax plus speed up the recovery on your muscles.

Getting the right amount of nutrients for your body will help you feel better and look better, while at the same time keeping you healthy.

In today’s world, it is very important to add a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement to your daily routine. When you purchase food that has been overly processed, you are not going to get the essential vitamins that you need.

There are many fruits, vegetables and meats which are full of nutrients. Unfortunately though due to crops being overly sprayed with pesticides, the nutritional value of the soil has gone down. Leading to a decease in nutrition in plants.

These supplements are for those that cannot get the daily recommended amounts with just food.

The starting point in any supplement journey is having your doctor test you for specific nutrient deficiencies. You need to figure out what you are deficient in, and what you need.

However though, there are a few things most people can do safely. Such as boosting your manganese intake. Manganese heals wounds quicker and helps bones form. It also aids the metabolic process. Manganese can be found in almonds and beans plus whole grains and black or green teas.

Another one would be calcium carbonates. This aids dental and bone health, and should always be taken with a meal. If you take it on an empty stomach, your body won’t absorb it, and your effort will be wasted.

Be aware that many prescription and over the counter medications can interact negatively with many supplements. Some interactions can even be life-threatening. Tell your doctor about supplements you are taking. Also it is worth speaking with your pharmacist to determine if there are any adverse effects.

Whether to Give Your Baby Vitamins

Parents know that the growing years of a baby has its own challenges. Everyone wants the child to grow healthy, strong and fit. And when it comes to the food and vitamins intake of your baby, you’ll probably get to hear varying views from everyone you encounter. Whether it’s your new mom buddies in the neighbourhood, your relatives, the lactation expert or even an online health news report – the versions concerning babies and vitamins will differ. When you are trying to figure out what vitamins to add to your baby’s diet, all these views can be overwhelming to decipher. However, a good place to start is by asking a crucial question – “Does your baby need any vitamin or supplement”? And that would depend to a great extent if you are breastfeeding.

The truth about breastfeeding

Mothers’ breastfeeding their babies assume that it’s the apt food for their babies and is replete with all the vitamins needed. Whilst it’s true that breastmilk itself carries the necessary vitamin component, it doesn’t have two core nutrients in sufficient proportion – Iron and Vitamin D. The latter is a must have for a kid for stronger bones. And iron is crucial for the development of a healthy brain and blood cells. Babies also require this mineral to avert any kind of iron deficiency and anaemia.

Babies who consume a wide mix of foods as they grow, doesn’t need any vitamins other than breastmilk. However, there can be exception to this rule. For instance, if a baby was prematurely born, small for the gestational age, low birth weight and consumes less breast milk as compared to other babies then they would need vitamins and supplements. Also, if the baby has chronic health issues that result in poor eating habits, then it is necessary to chalk out a proper vitamin intake chart for the little one.

The health of the mother

In fact, when deciding on the list of vitamins that a baby needs, moms need to look into their health scenario as well! For instance, women having medical conditions like gastric bypass surgery or has been on medication on a regular basis, will absorb less nutrients from their food intake. This results in nutrient quality of the breastmilk to be low as well. Also, if you happen to following a vegan diet, inform the healthcare provider. Iron, calcium, vitamin B12, zinc and the omega-3 fatty acids are few of the nutrients that vegan moms and their babies should be working on. Alternatively, a multi-vitamin mineral supplement could be the fix.

Vitamin B12 and Fluoride

Vitamin B12 is essential for the proper development of the nervous system and reduces the occurrence of anaemia. Moms can find this vitamin in milk, milk products, eggs, poultry, meat and fish. If you don’t eat adequate animal proteins and you are breastfeeding, then it’s essential for your healthcare provider to suggest you an ongoing and proper source of Vitamin B12. This way you can ensure that your baby too is getting this supplement through you.

In the recent times there has been very less medical proof whether fluoride supplements at the time of infancy enhance baby’s dental health. The American Academy of Paediatrics suggests that all kinds of fluoride supplements should be given to the baby after 6 months. Also, it should be given to only those children who integral water source is weak in fluoride.

Summing it up

Majority of babies get their minerals and vitamin intake from the breastmilk and post that the other supplementary edibles that go along with it, with just an exception of Vitamin D. If a baby isn’t taken to sunlight on a daily basis then the chances of Vitamin D absorption are low. Also, iron supplements are essential for preterm babies. And Vitamin B12 is a must for babies born out of vegan mothers or who experienced bariatric surgery. With this knowledge at hand you and your healthcare provider can work out the rest.