Archive for the ‘Antioxidants’ Category

Do Skin Disorders Give Us A Message?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Beautiful skin is really a reflection of inner health. Healthy habits are the begining of good health. This is a natural law.

Friends and enemies
Free radicals are your skin’s enemies. These naturally occurring inflammatory substances  can overwhelm and harm your skin.  The result can be looser, weaker, less elastic and drier skin. Remember this important point. When collagen and fat loss is making your skin look bad, it is also aging your entire body.

Your skin is like a battlefield between free radical damage and nutrients supporting healthy skin. Trauma, toxins, deficiency and stress all create free radicals. Antioxidants from your diet and dietary supplements can neutralize free radicals.  Skin disorders can begin when nutrient reserves fail. The most common skin disorders include eczema, psoriasis and seborrhea dermatitis.

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What’s Special About The Cranberry?

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

 For as long as I can remember, cranberries have always been part of the Thanksgiving and Christmas festive celebrations.  I have fond memories of making cranberry “chains” to decorate our Christmas tree and of course there was always a bowl of cranberry sauce on the table for both the Thankgiving and Christmas feast. I especially liked the whole berry kind.  In more recent times, I’ve learned there is more to the cranberry story.

The Cranberry’s Healing Power

This wholesome fruit has a delicious taste and many important health benefits as well. The cranberry is very high in several important nutrients, in particular, a variety of important antioxidant vitamins. Nutritionists and other experts often talk about the many benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and cranberries are an excellent way to fit five or more servings a day of fruits and vegetables into even the busiest lifestyle.

Is The Cranberry Really Nutritious?

The cranberry has a role in optimizing overall health and fitness, but it is thought to play a role in reducing the occurrence of urinary tract infection. This effect is thought to be the result of the proanthocyanidins (PACs) contained in cranberries. These PACs have been shown to prevent certain types of bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract.

The PACs contained in the cranberry may also help prevent gum disease and stomach ulcers, using the same anti-adhesion mechanism.

The evidence continues to increase showing that the phytonutrients and antioxidants contained in the cranberry and other fruits help to protect against a variety of diseases, including such potentially life-threatening conditions like cancer and heart disease.

Antioxidants contribute their healing power through their ability to fight the harmful effects of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are part of the normal cellular processes of the body. They can also be the result of environmental pollution of our air, food and water, and they can be quite damaging to our health. Antioxidants work to mitigate the damage caused by free radicals. Therefore, they are believed to play an important role in the prevention of degenerative diseases and perhaps even retarding the aging process.

If you want to include more cranberry products in your diet, these products are plentiful, inexpensive and available all year long. Fresh cranberries are available in grocery stores and supermarkets for the majority of the year, and when they are not available, there are plenty of canned and frozen cranberry products to take their place.

In addition to fresh, canned and frozen cranberries, there are a number of excellent cranberry based products on the market. You’ll find the cranberry sauce that is part of every traditional Thanksgiving celebration, cranberry juice and even cranberry pudding. With all these choices, it’s not hard to fit more cranberries into just about any diet. And with all the health benefits cranberries contain, there is good reason to enjoy more of this tasty treat.

To further support your immune system, try TriVita’s Adaptogen 10 PusTM. It contains 10 plant and herbal extracts with adaptogenic qualities, each one chosen for its ability to help the body “adapt” to stress and stressful situations quickly and efficiently.

The Easy Way To Get Your Daily Servings of Fruits & Vegetables!

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

TriVita has launched on their corporate web-site several new product offers and packaging. These new products can be reviewed and purchased at Trivita.com.

Fruits ‘n VegEZ
Fruits ‘n VegEZ is the quick and easy way to help you get the right amount of fruits and vegetables each day.

  • Fast and convenient – simply mix with water or your favorite beverage
  • Contains rare, antioxidant-rich superfruits including mangosteen and acai
  • Includes vegetable powerhouses such as broccoli, spinach, artichoke and carrots
  • Only 20 calories and less than 1 gram of sugar per serving
  • No artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors

The recommendation of the health community is that we should get 8 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. This seems like an interesting alternative to eating a basket full of produce every day; think of all the time and work involved.

I’d rather mix a tall glass of Fruits ‘n VegEZ in mere seconds. It costs a lot less, too!

Tips For Summer Happiness!

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Are you searching for ways to keep your stress at a minimum while squeezing as much fun and quality time as possible into your children’s summer break? These simple tips can help keep your kids happy and occupied while they’re at home this summer.

  1. Create a routine – Your children can easily become bored without a daily routine. Have your kids get out of bed the same time each morning, and give them a list of things to accomplish each day. Your children can participate in making ing the list. This list of goals will help your kids stay both academically and physically fit. Simple projects will help your child develop the healthy habit of setting and accomplishing goals.
  2. Use a practical reward system for accomplishing goals and finishing chores. Provide healthy, enriching rewards, like trips to the local pool or zoo, or a sleepover with friends.
  3. Read! Does your school offers a summer reading list for your child’s skill level? Studies show that reading enriches children’s imagination, and it boosts their language comprehension and writing skills, as well.
  4. Schedule a trip to the library. Trips to the library provide something to look forward to each week, and they can provide free entertainment. Go there to load up on books, videos and music CDs – all for free! Many libraries also offer free or low-cost children’s programming.
  5. Simplicity is the key. Consider skipping the big family vacation if saving up for it puts too much stress on your budget and your family. Most children love time alone with Mom or Dad. Try scheduling an afternoon off from all work. Turn off your cell phone and don’t check your emails. Just spend some time with the kids doing what they want to do. Kick a ball around the back yard. Go for a family bike ride. Visit the local museum, most importantly, make some memories.
  6. Take care of yourself. Find ways to unwind. When you are relaxed and happy, your kids are more likely to be relaxed and happy. In the same way, if you’re edgy and irritable, your kids may be too. If you struggle with keeping your stress out of your home, try TriVita’s Adaptogens 10 Plus, a healthy way to achieve stress relief and stress reduction without any negative side affects. Taking Adaptogens 10 Plus can help you feel happier and calmer within minutes, keeping the anxiety and irritability at bay while you spend quality time with your family.

Thank goodness for nature’s tiny jewels!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

All Free radicals are a dangerous form of pollution inside your body. This pollution is is the result of the on-going metabolism necessary for life. Metabolism is the process by which your body converts food into energy. So, the more energy you produce, the more pollution in the form of free radicals you generate.

Energy is converted from the food you eat (carbohydrates, protein and fats). Some foods (especially whole foods) also contain tiny anti-aging “jewels” called Antioxidants. These “jewels” are molecules that are used by your body to balance, neutralize or quench free radicals. They will keep helping in that way until they are completely used up. Read more…