Build your body defens - NSP offers powerful immune support

11. November 2012 04:26 by IKE in Body Health, Body System, Health  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Silver Shield® with Aqua Sol Technology
Punch out invaders with the power of silver! NSP Silver Shield with Aqua Sol Technology is a colloidal silver dietary supplement that supports immune system function. Silver Shield is non-toxic and poses
no risk of heavy metal contamination. It is manufactured using a patented process with strict quality control to verify potency and purity, delivering 90 mcg of fine-particle-sized silver colloids per serving. Silver Shield is also available as a topical gel.

Immune System Pack
 Kick germs in the face! The Immune System Pack offers comprehensive support for this system with three powerful formulas. It includes:
• VS-C ®TCM Concentrate, a blend of Chinese herbs that creates an environment inhospitable to invaders and supports respiratory function.
• Elderberry D3fense boosts immune function.
• Immune Stimulator stimulates immune response in specific ways. Vitamin D3 Vitamin D is responsible for maintaining normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, building strong bones, contributing to the overall health of the cardiovascular system and supporting immunity. Immune systems are often compromised during the fall/winter months when the sun is less intense and less able to help with vitamin D synthesis. Supplementing with vitamin D3—the most bioactive form of vitamin D—can help protect the body. NSP Vitamin D3 provides 2,000 IU vitamin D per tablet.


Immune Stimulator
Immune Stimulator provides powerful support to the immune system with beta glucans and arabinogalactan to stimulate the production of the body’s natural immune defense cells. It also contains colostrum, reishi and maitake mushrooms, and cordyceps. Guard against illness with these six powerful nutrients.

Solstic Immune
For those on the go, Solstic Immune provides comprehensive immune support in a convenient drink stick packet, offering delicious, drinkable protection that can be tucked into your pocket or purse. Key ingredients include elderberry fruit extract, Echinacea purpurea, vitamin D3, arabinogalactan, beta glucans, Panax ginseng, vitamin C and zinc. Elderberry D3fense Block attackers with excellent defense. This unique blend is specifically formulated for immune support. It contains vitamin D3, which mounting research indicates strengthens the immune system, and which is in short supply as the summer wanes and winter moves in. Elderberry D3fense also contains key immune system boosters elderberry fruit extract and Echinacea purpurea.

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How to Increase your Metabolism & Energy

20. May 2012 17:23 by IKE in Body Health, Fitness  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

What are the factor that influence metabolism?

- Age is one the very important factor. After the age opf 40 because of muscle mass decrease metabolism rate is going also down with an average of 5%.

- Gender is another factor. Men are burning more alories then wemen because they have more muscle tissue.

- Heredity is also being taken in consideration. Some people are lucky, someone says: Eating 3 times more and being still skiny.

- Weight and muscle weight is another important facor.

Many of us are looking to loose weight. For some that is becoming an obsession and even more. Instead of crash diets and crazy workouts, get ready for summer with a different approach to achieving the most healthful you. One way is to focus on building lean muscle and revving up your metabolism. When your metabolism is working hard for you, you are more likely to achieve and maintain your diet and fitness goals. We answered questions about Metabolism and ways to increase it!

Produce Positive Energy

Maintaining your energy level can help you feel your best. Nature's Sunshine B-Complex Balanced is a combination of essential B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B-6, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid) that work together to help produce energy.

Please see more details at Sunshine B Complex


7. March 2012 17:07 by IKE in Ailments, Body Health, Body System, Vitamins  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (10)

If you have done some reading on the immune system lately, you know that immunity involves a complex network of specialized cells and organs that evolved to defend the body against attacks by foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and other parasites. The two basic kinds or types of immunity are termed innate and acquired. Innate immunity, also known as genetic or species immunity,represents a wide range of immune protective factors that a person is born with. In contrast, acquired immunity becomes part of the host defenses by means other than heredity. Within this category, immune protection can be acquired naturally or artificially.

Natural acquired immunity is developed through the recovery from a specific infectious disease while artificial acquired immunity occurs when the host receives a vaccine or antitoxin. This category can be further subdivided by using the terms active (the host actively produces antibodies in response to a solution of antigens such as those in a vaccine) and passive (the host passively accepts preformed antibodies present in products such as an antitoxin). When our immune system malfunctions, the consequences can range from microbial infections to cancer. Many nutritional supplement ingredients are effective in supporting immune system health. Some of the more popular and scientifically substantiated ingredients include:

1. Echinacea has been shown to stimulate the immune system by increasing the activity of certain immune cells and by promoting the release of cytokines (cellular communication and regulatory molecules) from these immune cells (1).

2. Elderberry contains flavonoid derivatives called anthocyanidins that appear to have immuno-modulatory effects. These compounds in elderberry extract have been found to bind to viruses and block their ability to invade host cells (2). In this way, elderberry is thought to reduce the severity of viral flu symptoms.

3. Vitamin D3 has been known for quite some time as being important in supporting bone health. However, recently Vitamin D3 has also been shown to be a key component in enhancing the immune system.

Sophisticated experiments have demonstrated that Vitamin D3 is essential for the activation of immune cells needed to seek out and destroy infectious invading microbes (3). Without this activation, infections such as influenza and the common cold appear to be more severe and longer lasting.

4. Scientific studies on ingredients such as zinc, Korean ginseng, Vitamin C, beta-glucans and arabinogalactans show that all of these enhance and improve the effectiveness of the immune system by increasing the protective activity of certain immune cells. Macrophages, neutrophils, NK (natural killer) cells and T-cells (T-lymphocytes) are responsible for attacking and neutralizing foreign, disease-causing microbes. Without the proper function of these immune cells, infectious diseases such as colds and the flu usually occur more frequently, are more severe, and have a longer duration. As a pharmacy student and during my graduate school days, I was always interested in the concepts of immunology. However, back in those days, the association of immune function and the gut was either not mentioned or was discussed very superficially. Now that we understand how important a properly functioning gut is to the immune system, I’m fascinated by reading the many excellent scientific papers on this topic. A particularly intriguing aspect focuses on how gut bacteria may influence various disease processes while being involved with their beneficial role in digestion and metabolism. In a previous Hot Topic paper, I described how the “Western diet”—high in fats and simple sugars—can reshape the gut microbial community (microbiome) and predispose humans to obesity and all of the health problems that accompany the obese state. Dietary fibers escape host digestion, but resident microbes in the distal gut (large intestine) metabolize these indigestible leftovers to yield short-chain fatty acids such as acetic, propionic and butyric acids. Not only do these acids contribute about 10% to our daily energy supply but they also impact the immune system. Gut microbe-generated acetate interacts with immune cells to quiet an overactive immune system while propionic acid appears to promote the acquired immune response by acting on T-lymphocytes (4). Butyric acid is known to serve as an important energy source for gut endothelial cells thereby enhancing innate immunity.

We’re all familiar with the benefits of the polyphenolic antioxidants. Recently, it has been found that the well-known ellagic acid, present primarily in berries and nuts, is metabolized by gut microbes to a class of compounds known as the urolithins. Specific urolithins are thought to reduce inflammation and thus protect against cancer (5). We have focused on a few important aspects of gut health as they relate to a properly functioning immune system. However, keep in mind that our gut microbes have long been known to be part of other processes such as food digestion and the production of essential micronutrients. On the downside, our gut bacteria can be directly linked to medical conditions such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and cancer. Therefore, I believe that it’s imperative that we continue toward a better understanding of this huge population of microbes that live in our gastrointestinal tract and other parts of our body. Another way of looking at this situation is that we are outnumbered. Believe it or not, the vast majority of cells that make up the human body are microbial cells.


1. Echinacea. Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. 8th ed. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty; 2010. p. 605.

2. Elderberry. Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. 8th ed. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research Faculty; 2010. p. 615.

3. Von Essen MR, et al. Vitamin D controls T cell antigen receptor signaling and activation of human T cells. Nature Immunology. 2010; 11(4):344-349.

4. Fukuda S, et al. Bifidobacteria can protect from enteropathogenic infection through production of acetate. Nature. 2011 Jan 27;469(7331):543-547.

5. González-Sarrías A, et al. NF-kappaB-dependent anti-inflammatory activity of urolithins, gut microbiota ellagic acid-derived metabolites, in human colonic fibroblasts. British Journal of Nutrition. 2010 Aug;104(4):503-12.

PCOS - Herbal Healing

6. March 2012 06:19 by IKE in Body Health, Health  //  Tags:   //   Comments (14)

PCOS – Herbal Healing

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, or PCOS for short, is an incredibly common yet little-discussed hormonal disorder, which effects just under 10% of women of childbearing age.

Many women are unaware of having the condition, due to the insidious yet ultimately life-altering symptoms. If you’ve ever found that your menstrual cycle lasts a little longer than the expected 28 days, you’ve had trouble conceiving, suffer hair loss, adult acne or even find that your weight (especially around your middle / abdomen) is harder to shift than you would hope – these are all signs that may point to you being diagnosed with PCOS.

PCOS is a distinct lack of balance between the two key hormones of your reproductive system, those being estrogen and testosterone. A woman with PCOS shows significantly more testosterone in her bloodstream than a healthy woman of a similar age. This excess of testosterone inhibits a woman’s reproductive system from functioning normally, and can cause symptoms ranging from adult acne, weight-gain, hair loss or even infertility.


The actual diagnosis of PCOS includes several blood tests to check for excess testosterone, and eventually an ultrasound scan of the ovaries. This ultrasound will often reveal “dark spots” on the scan where eggs that would normally have been released during ovulation, have remained unreleased and instead become “cysts” upon the ovaries. The cysts appear to look like “a string of pearls” against the ovary.

There is at this present time, no comprehensive “cure” for PCOS, and instead health professionals suggest a number of life-style changes to help manage the symptoms of the disorder instead.

As PCOS is a hormonal disorder, it can also influence the effectiveness of your insulin, the hormone which controls the amount of sugar in the blood. Women with PCOS often develop Insulin Resistance, which results in the Insulin in the bloodstream becoming less-effective in converting blood-sugars into energy, and instead leaving the sugar to be instantly stored as body fat (as mentioned previously, especially around the central part of the body).

Therefore a diet that is low in carbohydrates, or Low GI, is insisted upon as the main life-style change for a women suffering from PCOS. A simple way to start lowering your carbohydrate intake is to substitute your use of refined sugar with a sweetner, such as Nature’s Sweet Life Xylitol, instead. It is heat stable, therefore can be used in many different recipes to keep the Glycemic Index of your food down.

Taking Control – A Herbal Helping Hand

Generally taking care of your health is of the utmost importance for PCOS suffers, and ensuring you exercise adequately, eat well, take part in smoking relapse prevention and try not to drink too much alcohol will all benefit you greatly, especially if you are trying to conceive.

Herbal products are also cited as a much-needed complimentary therapy in replacement of the lack of prescribed drugs available for dealing with PCOS.

Dong Quai is known to be a traditional ingredient in many herbal remedies aimed at women, especially dealing with their reproductive system. It is a fantastic addition to your everyday herbs, when helping to regulate your menstrual cycle. When teamed with other well-known “feminine” herbs such as Black Cohosh and Red Raspberry Root, as can be found in our “Female Comfort” supplement, these herbs can help balance your hormones to allow for a more comfortable and reliable menstrual cycle.

If you’re trying to conceive, studies have shown that taking Folic Acid before conception and in the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy will greatly aid the development of your baby and help ensure healthy growth. Giving your body and baby the right amount of folic acid can most importantly help reduce the risk of miscarriage, and also reduces the risks of your baby developing a cleft lip and palate.

As for your skin, acne can be a difficult problem to deal with even as a teenager, so having to suffer as an adult can feel even more unjustified. Keeping your skin calm and supple during stages of adult acne is very important, and products such as “Black Ointment” can help sooth angry skin. It contains a mix of herbs, and includes Vitamin E, which is renowned for it’s skin-healing properties.

Although herbal and traditional treatment cannot completely cure PCOS, taking close-care of your symptoms is an important part of your health routine. Studies have found that once a PCOS sufferer can curtail the effects of their symptoms, the disorder itself actually decreases its hold over the body. This is why a combination of herbal supplements and a healthy lifestyle is crucial in learning to live with PCOS in the long-term.

Celiac Disease Awareness and Digestive Health

10. December 2011 07:03 by IKE in Ailments, Body Health, Natural products - General  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that occurs in nearly one in 100 Americans, but only about 150,000 people have been diagnosed formally. It is triggered by an autoimmune response to a protein in wheat, barley and rye called gluten, and affects the body’s ability to absorb nutrients in the small intestine.

Research into the causes of celiac disease indicates that this disorder develops when a person exposed to gluten also has a genetic susceptibility to celiac disease, and an unusually permeable intestinal wall. The symptoms of celiac disease were documented as early as the first century A.D. by a Greek physician Aretaeus of Cappadocia. British physician Samuel Gee is credited as the modern father of celiac disease. Although he surmised that errors in the diet may be a cause, identification of gluten as the trigger didn’t occur until after World War II. Dutch pediatrician Willem-Karel Dicke noticed that a war-related shortage of bread in the Netherlands led to a significant drop in the death rate among children affected by celiac disease. Following this observation, other scientists discovered that gluten was the culprit in celiac disease.

Celiac disease is associated with higher rates of numerous nutritional deficiencies.B vitamin supplements were shown in a study by a team of Dutch researchers to be effective in increasing the levels of vitamin B6, folate and vitamin B12 in individuals with celiac disease.1 Regular supplementation with B vitamins also resulted in lower levels of plasma (blood) homocysteine.1 Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood. Epidemiological studies have shown that too much homocysteine in the blood is related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.2

Currently, gluten avoidance is recommended to eliminate symptoms of celiac disease. However, supplements to support good general digestive health are suggested.

Digestive enzymes such as protease, amylase and lipase support optimal digestion in the small intestine. Betaine HCl helps to support digestion that occurs in the stomach as well as in the small intestine by supplying diluted hydrochloric acid. The stomach manufactures hydrochloric acid required for digestion. However, hydrochloric acid levels often decline with age. Supplementing with HCl helps maintain optimal digestion.

By the time food reaches the large intestine, it is mostly composed of indigestible material and water. Here excess water and any residual minerals are absorbed.Fiber aids this process by promoting the movement of the remaining debris through the intestine and easing the passage of waste also known as stool. In addition to promoting elimination, fiber also helps to support friendly bacteria.

About 100 trillion bacteria reside in the digestive system. Friendly bacteria, or probiotics, perform several essential functions. They promote good digestion, support the immune system, inhibit the growth of pathogenic microorganisms, and produce vitamins such as vitamin K and biotin. Research by Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Mucosal Biology Research Center and the Center for Celiac Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, indicates that the microbiome, or the community of bacteria living in the digestive tract may have an effect on gluten sensitivity and intolerance.3 Future research may determine which probiotics are involved in delaying the onset of celiac disease. Until then, supplementing with probiotic products is a wise choice for supporting digestive health.


  1. Hadithi M, Mulder CJJ, Stam F, Azizi J, Crusius JBA, Peña AS, Stehouwer CDA, Smulders YM. Effect of B vitamin supplementation on plasma homocysteine levels in celiac disease. World J Gastroenterol 2009; 15(8): 955-960.
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