Monthly Archives: September 2015

The #1 supplement I use

deerYou may not have heard of velvet antler (the humanely harvest rack on a deer) but it has so many good uses I thought I’d mention it. I’ve used it for my knee problems and it has eliminated that bone on bone grinding and supported my knee during meniscus tears so I can still ski. It also is great for supporting skin which we need as we wrinkle.  Just thought I’d include it in a post in case you need to fix something it can help.

Used for:

  • Anemia – increases blood cell production (due to method of antlers to grow quickly)
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammatory response
  • Fracture recovery speeded up – velvet polypeptides promote osteoblast precursors
  • Immune support – builds white blood cells and increases T-cells (studies show   lymphoma cells are not promoted)
  • Joint support – as an anti-inflammatory reduces pain, assists in tissue regeneration by  assisting in renewal of replacement stem cells and providing growth factors
  • Muscle/Connective tissue supported – due to neurotropin growth factors (nerve repair)
  • Osteoarthritis relief – green lipid mussel included in formula. Velvet slows down the  loss of cartilage, anti-inflammatory, stimulates cartilage repair  (glycosaminoglycans) and inhibits enzymes that deplete cartilage nutrition.
  • Skin support – antigen control from allergic conditions, anecdotal evidence for relief from psoriasis in humans and alopecia in dogs
  • Stress mitigation – supports the adrenals as reactive to stress
  • Wound healing – tissue regeneration due to the growth factors and NACGlucosamine present in the antler. Clinical trial have confirmed quicker heal times with velvet antler
  • Contains:
    • Hyaluronic acid (cement of connective tissue)
    • Glycosaminoglycans (A family of carbohydrates that help with the maintenance and support of collagen and elastin)
    • Condroitin sulfate (cartilage protector)
    • Glucosamine sulfate (important for joint elasticity and cartilage)
    • Glycosphingolipids (essential proteins for cell metabolism)
    • Collagen (structural protein for skin, cartilage, bones)
    • Essential Fatty Acids (anti-inflammatory and energy source)
    • Minerals
    • Monoamine-oxidase inhibitors (mood enhancers)
    • Prostaglandins (anti-inflammatories)
    • Phosphorus (essential for bones and teeth)
    • Polysaccharides (blood clotting regulator)
    • Amino acids (building blocks of protein)
    • Growth factors (aid in cartilage cell development)

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Drug alternative for stress.

Widely prescribed by doctors for anxiety and stress is a class of drugs know as benzodiazepines with common brand names like Xanax, Librium, Valium and Ativan. This drug binds to the GABA receptors in the body which treats these conditions but with a list of side effects like drowsiness, lethargy and fatigue. Taking too much can result in impaired motor coordination, dizziness, vertigo, slurred speech, blurry vision and erratic behavior.

So what is the alternative? L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea and some mushrooms, according to studies significantly increases brain activity in the alpha frequency band which is associated with relaxing the mind without inducing drowsiness. Its results in studies, show a reduction in stress indicators within 15 minutes, heart rate reduction, significantly reducing anxiety and reducing blood pressure increases in high-stress response situations. The studies used between 100-200 mg of L-theanine daily. No adverse side-effects were found.

Supplementation with L-theanine also helped mental focus and reduced error rates by improving the processes of filtering out redundant or unnecessary stimuli in the brain from all possible environmental stimuli. Although this is a great alternative to drugs, and if you are currently taking them don’t just stop, but talk to a physician who is tuned in to both drugs and natural supplements.

-excerpted from Supplement Science by Gene Bruno, MS, MHS. Vitamin Retailer August 2015