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Saturday, December 1, 2007

cayenne lowers high cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance (lipid) that is essential for many bodily functions, including good brain and nerve function. Cholesterol is produced by the liver and is transported through the blood stream to the parts of the body that needs it. Cholesterol is also introduced into the body by the foods a person consumes. There are two types of cholesterol: low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) and high-density lipoproteins (HDLs). LDLs, also known as “bad cholesterol”, are responsible for moving cholesterol into the bloodstream, but they also tend to leave fatty deposits behind in the arteries. The job of HDLs, or “good cholesterol”, is to carry unneeded cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it is removed from the body. Cayenne herb is derived from grinding the dried pepper fruit, Capsicum frutescens, to a fine powder form and then taken in capsule. Cayenne has many uses that have benefited people for thousands of years. It is a diuretic, antiseptic, analgesic and expectorant. It also considerably lowers the cholesterol levels by helping the body to process fat and quickly excretes it from the body. Cayenne is an herb that once digested by the body, helps to clean the bloodstream of unwanted elements. Cayenne processes fat without absorbing it and it helps the body excrete the fats through normal bowel movements. Cayenne is one of the ingredients of Cholesterol Combo from Nepatica. The other ingredients are Red Yeast Rice, Garlic, Guggul and Apple Pectin. Read more!

bilberry for improved night vision

The ability to see in poor light depends on the presence of a substance in the eye called rhodopsin, or visual purple. It is destroyed by bright light but rapidly regenerates in the dark. However, for some people, the adaptation to darkness or the recovery from glare takes an unusually long time. The herb bilberry, a close relative of the American blueberry, is the most commonly mentioned natural treatment for impaired night vision. The active components of bilberry, called anthocyanosides, are powerful antioxidants, which help repair tissue and strengthen blood vessels. Studies have shown that bilberry may prevent cataracts and help treat age-related macular degeneration and the eye damage that occurs in some people with diabetes (diabetic retinopathy). Anthocyanosides also enhance the function of a compound in the eye that is responsible for night vision. British World War II pilots reported improved night vision after eating bilberries. Bilberry (400 mg) is one of the ingredients of Eye Combo from Nepatica. The other ingredients are Ginkgo biloba (100 mg), Grape seed (100 mg), Tomato (100 mg) and Lutein (5 mg). Read more!

extra holiday savings

Nepatica offers 20% off the product value on your order during December. Use the promotional code take20 in the check out to use this offer. Go to store!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

horsetail, useful for osteoporosis

Horsetail ( Equisetum arvense ), was traditionally used to stop bleeding, heal ulcers and wounds, and treat tuberculosis and kidney problems. The name Equisetum is derived from the Latin roots equus , meaning "horse," and seta , meaning "bristle." Nowadays, horsetail continues to have medicinal value. The plant's stems are rich in silica and silicic acids, which help mend broken bones and form collagen, an important protein found in connective tissue, skin, bone, cartilage, and ligaments. Therefore, horsetail is used as a supplement to treat and prevent osteoporosis. The silicon content of the horsetail is the highest of all plants, and no other herb comes even near to the silica levels found in horsetail. Silica is an important trace element for the body; it helps in binding protein molecules together in tissues such as the blood vessels and other connective tissues in the human body. Collagen, an important constituent of the tissues is largely made from silicon. The role of the collagen in the body is to act as the "body glue", enabling the skin and muscular tissues to stick together as an integrated whole. The growth and stability of the skeletal system in the body is also promoted by the mineral silicon - the mineral is required in trace amounts in the diet. The properties of the horsetail have been measured in a few European clinical studies - where it was determined that broken and fractured bones tend to heal quicker if horsetail supplements were taken by the patients. Horsetail (100 mg) together with Glucosamine (300 mg), Yucca root (300 mg), Chondroitin Sulfate (200 mg), Rose hip (150 mg), Boswellia (100 mg), and Flaxseed (80 mg) forms Joint and Bone Combo from Nepatica. Read more!

facts about diabetes and the useful herbs Huereque and Bitter Melon

Diabetes is a condition that affects the way the body uses food for energy. For healthy people, the sugar you take in is digested and broken down to a simple sugar, known as glucose. The glucose then circulates in the blood where it waits to enter cells to be used as fuel. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps move the glucose into cells. A healthy pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin based on the level of glucose. But, for people with diabetes, this process breaks down, and blood sugar levels become too high. There are two main types of diabetes. Sufferers from Type 1 diabetes are completely unable to produce insulin. People with Type 2 diabetes can produce insulin, but their cells don't respond to it. In either case, the glucose can't move into the cells and blood glucose levels can become high. Huereque (Ibervillea sonorae) is derived from the root of the Huereque cactus from the Mexican desert. Huereque has a strong effect on lowering blood sugar levels and is widely used in traditional medicine for the control of high blood sugar. Huereque also purifies the blood and the lymphatic system Huereque belongs to the gourd or pumpkin family, which includes plants that have biochemical compounds that can reduce the levels of sugar in the blood. Huereque is also known as “wereke”, “Guareque”, “Wareki” and “Choyalhuan”. Another useful herb in order to lower the blood sugar is Bitter Melon. Bitter Melon grows in tropical areas like Asia, the Caribbean, and South America, where it is used as food as well as medicine. At least three different components in Bitter Melon have been reported to have blood sugar lowering or other actions of benefit in diabetes mellitus. These include a mixture of steroidal saponins known as charantin, insulin-like peptides, and alkaloids. The use of Bitter Melon has been shown to improve glucose tolerance without increasing blood insulin levels, and to improve fasting blood glucose levels. Our unique natural combination of Huereque (500 mg) and Bitter Melon (250 mg) will let you take control of your diabetes. This is an excellent opportunity to try Huereque if you have not heard about it before. Read more!

Monday, November 26, 2007

rose hips (rosa canina) and arthritis

Rose hips (rosa canina) are one of the most natural and abundant sources of vitamin C. Once the petals have fallen off a rose all that remains attached to the stem is the rose hip, also known as the dried fruit of the rose. Besides being a major supplier of vitamin C, rose hips also contain vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin, and folate. Rose hips help the body defend itself against infections, especially cold and flu, by stimulating the immune system. Rose hip's anti-inflammatory properties are also useful in relieving inflammation caused by sore throats and skin irritations. Two studies from Norway have shown that rose hip powder has been considerable beneficial to the everyday activities (walking, shopping, sleep quality) of arthritis sufferers. Rose hips have the ability to suppress the activity of a group of white blood cells called granulocytes. Granulocytes are attracted to a site of inflammation to clean the area of bacteria. When they proliferate they wear away cartilage and also produce free radicals and this cause more tissue damage and inflammation. Rose Hips (rosa canina) is one of the ingredients of Joint and Bone Combo from Nepatica. The other ingredients are Glucosamine (300 mg), Yucca root (300 mg), Chondroitin Sulfate (200 mg), Boswellia (100 mg), Horsetail (100 mg) and Flaxseed (80 mg). Read more!

nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) describes a range of conditions that affect people who drink little or no alcohol. The mildest type is simple fatty liver (steatosis), an accumulation of fat within the liver that usually causes no liver damage. A potentially more serious type, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is associated with liver-damaging inflammation and, sometimes, the formation of fibrous tissue. In some cases, this can progress to either cirrhosis, which causes progressive, irreversible liver scarring, or to liver cancer. Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis can develop as a consequence of obesity and the metabolic syndrome. It is considered a "silent" disease, with most sufferers feeling well, in spite of inflammation and damage to the liver. But NASH can progress to cirrhosis in up to 20 percent of cases. With obesity becoming more prevalent in the U.S., the health care burden related to cirrhosis due to NASH is expected to rise. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects more women than men and is found in all age groups, including children. Most often, it's diagnosed in middle-aged people who are overweight or obese, and who may also have diabetes and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels (hyperlipidemia).With the increasing incidence of obesity and diabetes in Western countries, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has become a growing problem. Although its true prevalence is unknown, some estimates suggest it may already affect as many as one-third of American adults.One of the liver's jobs is clearing germs from the blood. Occasionally, however, the germs get the upper hand. A chronic infection by the hepatitis C virus is the most common cause of nonalcoholic cirrhosis in the United States. In most cases, it takes many years for the infection to lead to scarring. In rare cases, chronic infections of hepatitis B can also lead to cirrhosis. The virus that causes hepatitis A never sticks around long enough to cause cirrhosis.Some people can trace cirrhosis to an overactive immune system. For unknown reasons, they produce antibodies that attack liver cells as if they were intruders. The liver becomes damaged and inflamed, a condition known as autoimmune hepatitis. A good way to protect and help your liver is to use Liver Combo from Nepatica. Read more!

cayenne and high cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance (lipid) that is essential for many bodily functions, including proper brain and nerve function. Cholesterol is produced by the liver and is transported through the blood stream to the parts of the body that needs it. Cholesterol is also introduced into the body by the foods a person eats. There are two types of cholesterol: low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) and high-density lipoproteins (HDLs). LDLs, also known as “bad cholesterol”, are responsible for moving cholesterol into the bloodstream, but they also tend to leave fatty deposits behind in the arteries. The job of HDLs, or “good cholesterol”, is to carry unneeded cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it is removed from the body. The liver produces about 80% of the cholesterol needed by the body for proper functioning. If a person eats food high in cholesterol, his cholesterol count can exceed the amount needed to keep the body in balance, resulting in high cholesterol. When too much cholesterol is in the bloodstream plaque builds up in the arteries, blocking blood flow to the brain, heart, kidneys, genitals and extremities.

Cayenne is native to tropical America and is also called chile pepper or red pepper, it comes from the dried fruit of several species and hybrids of plants in the Solanaceae family. The main active ingredient in cayenne is capsaicin, the substance that makes hot peppers hot. Other active ingredients in cayenne include carotenoids, vitamins A and C, and volatile oils. The carotene molecules are powerful antioxidants. Back in the nineteenth century, doctors and herbalists prescribed cayenne as a general stimulant, believing that it "made the blood go round" and restored "internal heat." In the early twentieth century, it was used as part of the cure for alcohol and opium withdrawal. Doctors believed that the quickened action of the circulation increased the rate of blood cleansing and purification. Research has shown that people in cultures that consume large amounts of cayenne appear to have lower rates of cardiovascular disease. There’s evidence that frequent consumption of cayenne reduces levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (another type of blood fat) in the bloodstream. High levels of either can lead to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and blockages in the blood vessels. Cayenne also appears to decrease the tendency to form blood clots and reduces the bunching up of blood platelets around plaque buildups in the vessels. The antioxidant properties and circulation-enhancing effects of cayenne benefit the heart muscle. Cayenne is part of Cholesterol Combo together with Red Yeast Rice, Garlic, Guggul and Apple Pectin.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

flax seeds and arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic joint condition. It can be either inflammatory or sometimes more degenerative. Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by malfunctions of the immune system which cause normal tissue to be attacked as though it was pathogenic. This causes chronic inflammation which attacks joint lining. It can also lead to inflammation of the blood vessels, heart and lungs. The joints in the hands and feet are most commonly affected and if the disease is not treated the joints may become deformed. Flax seeds have natural anti-inflammatory benefits. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in flax seeds are used by the body to produce Series 1 and 3 prostaglandins, which essentially act as anti-inflammatory hormone-like molecules. Series 2 prostaglandins are pro-inflammatory molecules that are found in abundant amounts in animal fats, margarine, and various vegetable oils including corn, sunflower, and peanut oils. Serious illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis are considered autoimmune diseases, as the body attacks itself. The result is that the joints become swollen and inflamed, and the blood vessels become severely compromised. Research has proven that a natural approach to treating rheumatoid arthritis through diet can be exceptionally helpful and well-tolerated by individuals who have not responded well to conventional medications and/or treatments. The Omega-3 fatty acids in flax seeds are the key to cleaning out the blood vessels in the body and supporting optimal joint health. Flax Seed together with Glucosamine, Yucca root, Chondroitin Sulfate, Rose hip and Boswellia forms Joint and Bone Combo from Nepatica. Read more!