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Posted on May 25, 2009 | Filed Under Articles

woman_shoppingFact or Fiction? – A Well Balanced Diet Eliminates The need To Supplement

In a perfect world, each of us has the time, money and motivation to eat a well balanced, healthful diet. But the demands of a fast-paced lifestyle can make getting adequate daily nutrition seem almost impossible. And even if you’re trying to eat well, you may not be getting as many nutrients as you think. The nutritional content of many foods is less than it was 50 years ago; in part because we eat foods that are highly processed, and in part because nutrients have been depleted from our soil over time.

The chart below measures the nutritional content change in six commonly grown crops over the past 50 years.

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Since we don’t live in a perfect world, what nutritional advice is best? Eat right when you can, and use quality supplements from Nature’s Sunshine to help when your diet falls short.

Super Trio (includes Super Vitamins and Minerals, Super ORAC and Super Omega-3 EPA)
Super Trio provides excellent all-around nutritional support, choose other key products that can help meet specific dietary needs. Each individual packet provides Super Vitamins and Minerals providing key amounts of 12 essential vitamins and 11 imporrtant minerals-plus lutein and lycopene for antioxidant protection, and extra levels of B vitamins for energy; Super ORAC containing powerful antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals; and, Super Omega-3 EPA providing essential fatty acids which are not produced by the body but are important for overall health

GreenZone
When you don’t always eat the recommended amount of vegetables and end up cheating ourselves of important plant-based nutrients. GreenZone is a superior whole food supplement combining 36 antioxidant- and chlorophyll-rich plant ingredients to ensure you get the whole food nutrition you need.

Bifidophilus Flora Force
Your body is home to microorganisms that aid in digesting foods, absorbing nutrients and maintaining immunity. Bifidophilus Flora Force helps replenish these friendly flora.

Fact or Fiction? – If You Really Want To Eat Right, Become A Vegetarian.

The term vegetarian means different things to different people. Some vegetarians adopt the lifestyle for health considerations; others do it for ethical reasons. Several different groups of vegetarians exist, from vegans with the most restrictive diet, eating only plantbased foods, to the “flexitarian” diet, which consists of primarily plant-based food, with occasional meat, fish and poultry.

We all know that fruits, vegetables and grains are part of a healthful diet. But does that mean that a diet consisting entirely of these healthful plant-based foods is the best diet? A plant-based diet has many health benefits. Vegetarians of all degrees can enjoy the health benefits of a high-fiber, high-antioxidant, low-fat diet.

However, to reap the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle, vegetarians need to plan their diets carefully to ensure they receive daily nutritional needs. It is not enough to forego the meat and eat what’s left on the plate. Specifically, a vegetarian diet may be deficient in protein, calcium, vitamin B12, iron and zinc. These nutrients are readily available in animal products; but for vegetarians, especially those who don’t eat eggs or dairy products, they may be in short supply, making careful meal planning and supplementation essential.

Nature’s Sunshine offers several products that can help ensure propper nutritional balance. While vegetarians enjoy many health benefits, vigilant meal planning and supplementation are necessary to ensure the vegetarian gets adeequate nutrients primarily available through animal prodducts.

SynerProTein®
A single serving of SynerProTein supplies 20 grams of soy protein, all nine essential amino acids and beneficial amounts of vital nutrients, including vitamins B6, B 12, iron and calcium in a base of concentrated cruciferous vegetables. Great-tasting SynerProTein is naturally flavored with vanilla and is low-fat, low-carbohydrate, yeast-free and gluten-free.

Calcium-Magnesium, SynerPro®
Calcium and magnesium depend on each other for proper assimilation in the body. Calcium-Magnesium provides gennerous amounts of calcium and magnesium plus vitamin D, phosphorus, zinc, copper and boron in the SynerPro base of cruciferous vegetables.

Liquid B12 Plus
Dietary sources of vitamin B12 are almost exclusively foods of animal origin.
Supplementing with Liquid B12 Plus helps replenish the body’s supply of vitamin B12 as well as B6, B2, Bland niacin, which help promote energy, maintain the nervous system, improve immune functions and buffer the effects of stress.

Fact or Fiction? – High Cholesterol Requires The Use Of Statin Drugs

It seems like we’ve been taught for years that high cholesterol is one of the surest signs of heart disease and must be combated with drastic dietary changes and powerful medication.

Statins have made the news for their ability to help lower cholesterol. These drugs block a substance that your body needs to manufacture cholesterol. The Mayo clinic holds that high cholesterol alone is not a sufficient reason to put a person on statin drugs. They recommend lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, eating a healthful diet, daily exercise and managing stress. Their site states, “Lifestyle changes may have a greater impact on reducing risk of heart disease and stroke than does medication alone.” *

Recent research seems to indicate that while cholesterol can be an indicator of heart disease, it is not a sure thing. Does this mean that it’s at all prudent to ignore high cholesterol? Of course not. But there may be alternatives to drugs that sometimes pose other threats to the body and mind.

Help Manage Your Cholesterol
In addition to the above-mentioned lifestyle changes, consider increasing your dietary fiber intake to help keep fats and cholesterol out of the bloodstream and available for elimination by the digestive tract. You may have even seen ads for cereal companies advertising the cholesterol-lowering effects of their wares. Increase fiber by eating more raw fruits and vegetables and whole grains/cereals. Be sure to drink plenty of water.

Plant phytosterols may help lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind). These include betasitosterol found in pumpkin seeds, and campesterol and stigmasterol found in beans and buckwheat.

Recently, the spice turmeric has gained the attention of scientists and naturopaths for its ability to help modulate LDL cholesterol. One component of turmeric, curcumin, was fed to rats, and it significantly decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides. Curcumin given to healthy human volunteers was associated with a significant increase in HDL (good) cholesterol and a significant decrease in total cholesterol. **

Additionally, unsaturated fats like essential fatty acids may help the body as it regulates cholesterol levels. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to help support a positive blood lipid profile. You may be able to reduce cholesterol in many ways without relying on statin drugs. See also Cholestor Reg II and LOCLO

*www.mayoclinic.comlhealth/statins/CLOOOIO
**Soni, K. B. and Kuttan, R. Effect of oral curcumin administration on serum peroxides and cholesterol levels in human volunteers. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 1992;36(4):273-275.

Do not change your medication regimen without consulting your health care provider.

From Sunshine Today May/June 2009

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