The Perfect Curves Scam

Human female breasts
Human female breasts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

When it comes to breast enhancement there are many options a woman can choose from, such as Perfect Curves. This company has gotten a lot of attention from people but a lot of people wonder if the company is true or if it is a Perfect Curves scam.

Perfect Curves make some very big claims about their breast enhancement supplements and creams. However, before anybody buys their products they should understand a few things about some of the ingredients that are in natural breast enhancement products.

Some Ingredients That Could be in Perfect Curves Products

The FDA sometimes do not regulate companies that have natural herbal supplements. This is why people get scammed so easily.

With that said, one of the ingredients that are possibly found in breast enhancement pills is Blessed Thistle. Some countries do approve of this ingredient and is usually used for the treatment of indigestion and appetite loss. This ingredient has no known effects on enhancing breasts but it can increase milk flow in a nursing woman.

Another ingredient used in many breast enhancement supplements is Dong Quai. Dong Quai is usually used to treat menstrual symptoms. This is another ingredient that has not been proven to have any effects on enhancing breasts. Actually, test tube studies should that this ingredient stimulates breast cancer cell growth, and this is a very serious side effect. This is why women who take this ingredient should visit their local OBYGN and ask them about Dong Quai.

Fennel is also found in many products, such as the ones in Perfect Curves. This ingredient has been found in food and medicine for many years now. According to some, there may be some evidence that Fennel does increase breast tissue in rats. However, there really is no evidence on the effects in human women.

Fenugreek can be found in a lot of different breast enhancement products. There are some stories that say that Fenugreek was fed to women in order to enhance their breasts. However, there really are no solid stories that confirm that Fenugreek increases the size of women’s breasts.

Knowing Who To Trust

There really is no evidence that companies like Perfect Curves produces breast enhancement products that actually work in the long run. Women can easily get the truth about Perfect Curves by simply talking to an OBGYN that has years of experience. There are way to many companies that try to trick women into thinking that their products will increase breast size. Many products simple do not have any clinical science that backs up their claims. This is why it is important for a woman to seek out professional advice from a licensed ONYGN.

A OBYGN can aid women if they are in need of help with health problems. OBYGNs also are able to give advice on treatment options for many conditions. A good example of this is if a woman comes down with UTI, they can go and get proper treatment from a loacal doctor who is experience.

 

This is Guest blog post:

Greg works with Walnut Hill OBGYN in Dallas. For more helpful tips and information, visit their website.

 

(Sereda) The words expressed here are not Bliss Returned’s opinions or views. Always do your research as always peace!

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Tyrosine : It aids in the production of melanin (the pigment responsible for skin and hair color) and in the functions of the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands.

Tyrosine is the amino acid with aromatic side chain. It has hydroxyl group for H bonds and shows polarity. It is non-essential amino acid which means,  which means that it is manufactured from other amino acids in the liver; it does not have to be obtained directly through the diet.  It is glucogenic and ketogenic both. It was first isolated from casein in 1849 and is abundant in insulin as well as the enzyme papain and can be synthesized from the amino acid phenylalanine in the body. Tyrosine is important to overall metabolism. It is a precursor of adrenaline and the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, which regulate mood and stimulate metabolism and the nervous system.

Tyrosine, a parent amino acid for skin, hair, and eye pigments, is involved in syndromes, known generally as oculocutaneous albinism, that are characterized by the failure to form melanin pigments, resulting in partial or complete albinism. It is also the precursor amino acid for the thyroid gland hormone thyroxin, and a defect in this may result in hypothyroidism – an enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter), severe growth failure, and retardation of central nervous system development. A deficiency may also have symptoms of low blood pressure, low body temperature (including cold hands and feet) and “restless leg syndrome.”

 

 

 

 

 

Functions of Tyrosine

  • Tyrosine acts as a mood elevator; a lack of adequate amounts of tyrosine leads to a deficiency of norepinephrine in the brain, which in turn can result in depression.
  • Helps in suppressing the appetite and reducing body fat, production of skin and hair pigment, the proper functioning of the thyroid as well as the pituitary and adrenal gland.
  • It aids in the production of melanin (the pigment responsible for skin and hair color) and in the functions of the adrenal, thyroid, and pituitary glands. It is also involved in the metabolism of the amino acid phenylalanine.
  • Supplemental L-tyrosine has been used for stress reduction, and research suggests it may be helpful against chronic fatigue and narcolepsy. It has been used to help individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, low sex drive, allergies, and headaches, as well as persons under­going withdrawal from drugs. It may also help people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Tyrosine and tryptophan have with been used with some success in the treatment of cocaine abuse and in another study it was combined with the antidepressant Imipramine to treat chronic cocaine abuse where it was reported that the combination blocked the cocaine high and prevented the severe depression that accompanies withdrawal.
  • Tyrosine is known for giving lots of important products to our body. It gives rise to catecholamine e.g. adrenaline and noradrenalin and dopamine. They then function as neurotransmitters in our brain. These are important in maintaining the good balance of moods in person. If there deficiency occurs then this result in depression in a person. Dopamine further has another important physiological role in our body i.e. it stimulates the myocardial activity in the heart means it performs an isotropic action. Since it is a neurotransmitter in the brain, in case of its deficiency in the basal ganglia, an extra pyramidal disease called Parkinsonism occurs. It also acts as a prolactin release inhibiting factor in the anterior pituitary gland.

Deficiency Symptoms of Tyrosine

  • Symptoms of tyrosine deficiency can also include low blood pressure, low body temperature (such as cold hands and feet), and restless leg syndrome.

Rich Food Sources of Tyrosine

  • Natural Food sources of tyrosine include almonds, avocados, bananas, dairy products, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds.
  • Animal sources include chicken, turkey, dairy products like yogurt, milk, cheese, and in fish.

Phenylalanine: The essential amino acid that can elevate mood, decrease pain, aid in memory and learning, and suppress the appetite.

Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that is also one of the aromatic amino acids that exhibit ultraviolet radiation absorption properties with a large extinction coefficient.  This characteristic is often used as an analytical tool to quantify the amount of protein in a sample. It is one of the essential amino acid which means it should be provided to the body from diet.  Once in the body, phenylalanine can be converted into another amino acid, tyrosine, which in turn is used to synthesize two key neurotransmitters that promote alertness: dopamine and norepinephrine. Because of its relationship to the action of the central nervous system, this amino acid can elevate mood, decrease pain, aid in memory and learning, and suppress the appetite. It can be used to treat arthritis, depression, menstrual cramps, migraines, obesity, Parkinson’s disease, and schizophrenia.

 

 

 

 

 

This amino acid also absorbs ultraviolet light and strong absorbance of light by protein is at 280 nm. This property is used to detect and measure proteins. Its codons are UUU and UUC and are coded for by DNA as well. The codons are discovered byHeinrich Matthaei and Marshall Nirenberg in 1961. It has three forms: D-phenylalanine, L-phenylalanine, DL-phenylalanine.

The L- form is the most common type and is the form in which phenylalanine is incorporated into the body’s proteins. The D- type acts as a painkiller. The DL- form is a combination of the D- and the L-. Like the D­form, it is effective for controlling pain, especially the pain of arthritis; like the L- form, it functions as a building block for proteins, increases mental alertness, suppresses the ap­petite, and helps people with Parkinson’s disease. It has been used to alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and various types of chronic pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Functions of the Phenylalanine

  • Phenylalanine amino acid can elevate mood, decrease pain, aid in memory and learning, and suppress the appetite. It can be used to treat arthritis, depression, menstrual cramps, migraines, obesity, and schizophrenia.
  •  Helpful for some people with Parkinson’s disease and has been used to treat chronic pain.
  • It helps with memory and learning. It has been used as an appetite suppressant.
  • It has also found useful in persons with vitiligo as it helps to strengthen the ultraviolet rays’ effect in them.
  • Phenylalanine gives rise to tyrosine which is one of the most important amino acid. This reaction is characterized by phenylalanine hydroxylase.
  • Tyrosine also gives rise to many different and essential products for example melanin, thyroid gland, and neurotransmitters like aldosterone, noraldosterone and dopamine. So it is also involved in central nervous system.
  • L-phenylalanine (LPA) serves as a building block for the various proteins that are produced in the body.
  •  LPA can be converted to L-tyrosine (another amino acid) and subsequently to L-dopa, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. LPA can also be converted (through a separate pathway) to phenylethylamine, a substance that occurs naturally in the brain and appears to elevate mood.
  • D-phenylalanine (DPA) is not normally found in the body and cannot be converted to L-tyrosine, L-dopa, or norepinephrine. As a result, DPA is converted primarily to phenylethylamine (the potential mood elevator). DPA also appears to influence certain chemicals in the brain that relate to pain sensation
  • DLPA is a mixture of LPA and its mirror image DPA. DLPA (or the D- or L-form alone) has been used to treat depression. DPA may be helpful for some people with Parkinson’s disease and has been used to treat chronic pain—including pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis—with both positive and negative results. No research has evaluated the effectiveness of DLPA on rheumatoid arthritis.
Deficiency symptoms of phenylalanine are :-

  • Bloodshot eyes.
  • Cataract.
  • Schizophrenic behavior.

 

Rich Food Sources of Phenylalanine

Almonds, avocado, bananas, beans, brewer’s yeast, brown rice bran, caseinate, cheese, corn, cottage cheese, dairy products, eggs, fish, lactalbumin, legumes, lima beans, meat, nuts, ovalbumin, peanuts, pickled herring, pumpkin seeds, seafood, seeds, sesame seeds, pistachio nuts and leafy vegetables.

 

Strontium : The trace element which concentrates in the skeletal system and supports the function of osteoblasts, the cells that form new bone.

Strontium, which was discovered in 1808 and was named after the Scottish town of Strontian, is element number 38 of the periodic table of elements.It is in the same group of elements as calcium and magnesium. When most people hear about strontium they likely think about strontium-90, a highly dangerous, radioactive component of nuclear fallout. However, stable non-radioactive strontium is non toxic even when administered in large doses. As numerous studies for over half a century have demonstrated, this often overlooked mineral also appears to be one of the most effective substances yet found for treatment of osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.Strontium is a non-essential trace mineral that is found in minute amounts in the body.  Clinically, it performs functions like calcium because of in vivo relevancy with calcium. It causes calcium to be retained in the body. Because strontium can increase the retention of calcium by the body, it is sometimes used to help prevent bone loss due to osteoporosis. It is known to contribute to the health of bones and teeth.

Health Benefits and Functions of Strontium

  • Strontium is helpful in reducing loss of bone minerals in osteoporosis.
  • It has been found important in reducing fractures and it is possible if it is used in the normal range.
  • These days strontium supplements are available in the market which is quite beneficial to our body if taken within normal range.
  • In a Mayo Clinic study, 85% of the patients suffering from osteoporosis who were treated with strontium supplements reported significant reductions of pain.
  • In another study, 353 women who had at least one fractured vertebra due to osteoporosis took either a placebo or a supplement containing strontium. The group taking strontium showed an increase of bone density of over 3% per year, and at the end of two years had significantly fewer recurring vertebral fractures.

Symptoms of Strontium Deficiency:

Its extreme of deficiency can lead to poor bone mineralization. Because strontium is not an essential mineral, there is no defined level of deficiency.

Foods Containing Strontium

Strontium is present in many foods especially grown in strontium rich soil along with some drinking water. The level of strontium in the plants is quite related to the strontium level in the soil in where it is grown. It is available in a various different forms such as strontium chloride, strontium carbonate, strontium gluconate strontium sulfate, and strontium citrate. It is easily absorbed from the body. It is found in various root vegetables including  spices, whole grains, brazil nuts, leafy green vegetables such as celery, lettuce, spinach and kale.  and root vegetables like radishes, turnips,carrots and parsnips, potatoes and legumes like beans, lentils and peas.


Source : http://www.drhoffman.com/447http://www.naturalnews.com/022238_strontium_bone_health.html

Vitamin Q (coenzyme Q10 ) : This vitamin Q is essential for the normal functioning of cell and can be utilized in treating the diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity.

Tipos de aceite en la cocinaCoenzyme Q10 is naturally fat soluble, but there are forms labeled Q-Gel or hydrosoluble, which are water soluble and more easily absorbed. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance that’ s found naturally in the body and helps convert food into energy. CoQ10 is found in almost every cell in the body, and it is a powerful antioxidant.  It can be accumulated in the heart, liver, pancreas and kidneys. Some of its amount is also present in the lungs.  Coenzyme Q10 levels decrease with age or as the individual gets older. This vitamin Q is essential for the normal functioning of cell and can be utilized in treating the diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and obesity.

CoQ10 is well-established as a powerful antioxidant that protects against free radical damage to cells and DNA.  Damage to DNA is linked to cancer, so in protecting against DNA damage, antioxidants help protect the body against cancer.  Studies have shown up to 95% drop in cell membrane damage after CoQ10 supplementation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Functions of Vitamin Q coenzyme Q10

  • vital to make energy needed for cells to grow normally and stay healthy, and for the basic functioning of every cell
  • It boosts the level of energy in our body and makes us active and strong.
  • widely used for heart-related conditions such as clogged heart arteries, mitral valve prolapse, heart attack, angina, arrhythmia, and congestive heart failure, to protect against oxidative damage and so prevent cardiovascular disease
  • It has one of its most important functions i.e. it acts as an antioxidant and this property enables the body to be protected from the harmful effects of the various free radicals and dangerous substance produce as results of metabolism of substances in our body.
  • has shown promising results in enhancing the well-being and life span of AIDS patients by boosting their immunity (CoQ10 levels appear to be low in those with HIV)
  • It improves the heart function as well as the circulation in patient having congestive heart failure, poor heart muscle tone, hypertension, chest pain and arrhythmias of the heart.
  • Vitamin Q provides improvement in  the muscles of heart and their metabolism
 DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS
  • gum or periodontal disease
  •  low coQ10 levels have been found in people with high blood pressure
  •  arteriosclerosis / atherosclerosis (hardening / narrowing of the arteries)
  • heart problems like angina, arrhythmia, congestive heart failure
  • stomach (gastric) or duodenal ulcers
  •  high blood sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Foods Sources of Vitamin Q coenzyme Q10

Since this vitamin is a component of family of ubiquinone compounds so it is present in variety of foods sources which include  whole grains, eg. wheat germ , broccoli , spinach  and vegetable oils like soybean, sesame, rapeseed oils , sweet potato, sweet pepper, garlic, peas, cauliflower, avocado, strawberries,  carrots,  peanut, sesame seeds, pistachios, walnuts, azuki beans and hazelnuts contain moderate to high amounts of coenzyme Q10. Almonds and chestnuts have a small to moderate amount of coenzyme Q10.

 

 

Source: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/coenzyme-q10-000295.htmhttp://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=118,  http://www.livestrong.com/article/537827-do-foods-contain-cq10/

Germanium : The trace mineral that enhances the body’s natural healing power.

Germanium is a trace mineral with no Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) established.  It is abundant on the surface of the earth and is in most plants. Germanium is believe to be highly beneficial to good human health. In fact, germanium has many important medicinal properties. In the body, germanium attaches itself to oxygen molecules. This has the unexpected effect of making our bodies more effective at getting oxygen to the tissues in our body. The increased supply of oxygen in our bodies helps to improve our immune system. It also helps the body excrete harmful toxins.  Germanium is one of the most important reasons why natural foods, such as garlic are recommended by nutritional practitioners. Many disease states, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, immune system dysfunction and cancer have all been shown to respond to germanium therapy.  It is also a powerful analgaesic, which enhances the effects of the body’s own endorphins.

The increased supply of oxygen in our bodies caused by germanium has many other exciting effects as well. Taking germanium supplements is effective in treating arthritis, food allergies, elevated cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Germanium can also be used to control pain in the human body.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about germanium is that it can stimulate the human immune system to fight cancer cells. This is exciting for two reasons. First, and most obvious, it helps fight cancer – one of the most deadly diseases in the world. But more importantly, it is not toxic to human cells. In fact, germanium is completely harmless to human cells, even cancer cells. Since it works by stimulating our immune system, which fights the cancer, it doesn’t damage the rest of the body like many other cancer treatments. Testing of new cancer treatments with germanium are underway, and perhaps we will soon see new, less damaging, cancer treatments using the element germanium.

In plants, this process helps protect them from infections by viruses, bacteria and fungi as well as increasing growth and protecting them from the cold. In humans, it seems the effects are both related to oxygen regulation and strong antioxidant activity

 Germanium Function 

  • Antioxidant
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helps chronic Epstein Barr virus syndrome
  • Helps correct distortions in the electrical aggregate of the human body
  • Helps rid the body of toxins and poisons
  • Improves cellular oxygenation
  • Intracellular electrical impulse initiator
  • Maintains the homeostasis in the body
  • May be analgesic
  • May have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor activity
  • May reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduces high cholesterol levels
  • Useful as part of a cancer treatment program
  • Useful in the treatment of hiv/aids

Germanium deficiency

Although germanium deficiency per se is not recognised, a lack of germanium is associated with infection and immune disorders, heart disease and high cholesterol, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and many other conditions.

Normal amounts of Germanium in the diet

Germanium is present in many natural foods, comprising around 1mg/day in an average western diet. High intakes of synthetic germanium (50-250mg/day) have been shown to be detrimental to health, although this seems to depend on the form taken.

Best natural food sources of Germanium include:

Aloe vera, Broccoli, Celery, Comfrey, Ginseng, Goji berry, Garlic, Mushrooms (especially shitake), Rhubarb, Sauerkraut, Suma, Seeds  Tomato juice and Vegetables

Vanadium : The trace mineral that have a role in the regulation of sodium and in the metabolism of glucose and lipids.

Vanadium was named after the Scandinavian goddess of beauty, youth, and luster. It is commonly found in vegetables and seafood.   It is a controversy as to whether vanadium is an essential trace mineral in human nutrition. Although it has been suggested to have a role in the regulation of sodium and in the metabolism of glucose and lipids.  Studies show that vanadium in the body works similar to insulin, i.e. it helps maintaining blood sugar levels. Basically when there is a high concentration of sugar or glucose in the blood stream, the body releases insulin hormone in order to tell the muscles, liver and fat tissues to utilize this glucose in the blood as a source of energy in place of stored fat as the main source of energy. As a result, the elevated glucose levels drop, subsequently the insulin levels also go down. Hence, such a person who has high blood sugar levels or uncontrolled insulin levels is considered to be suffering diabetes. Vanadyl sulfate is the most common and known form of vanadium.

The total amount of vanadium in the human body is estimated to be less than 1 milligram (0.000035 ounce). It is found most commonly in the kidneys, spleen, lungs, testes, and bones.

Function of Vanadium in Our Body

Deficiency Symptoms of Vanadium

  • Hypoglycemia, diabetes, increased dental cavities, elevated triglycerides, elevated cholesterol, chest pain, coughing, wheezing, runny nose and sore throat.
  • Obesity.

Natural Food Sources of Vanadium

Corn, buckwheat, garlic, blackpepper, wheat whole, radish, olive oil, apples, green beans, cabbage, carrot, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, olives, beet root, peanut, parsley, dill, Snap beans, sunflower oil, lettuce and plum

Since vanadium can be a relatively toxic mineral, its use as a dietary supplement should be limited to dosages reflective of dietary intake (e.g., 500 – 1,000 mcg daily). The major concern is that excessive levels of vanadium have been suggested to be a factor in manic depression, as increased levels of vanadium are found in hair samples from manic patients, and these values fall towards normal levels with recovery.

Molybdenum: The important mineral for regulating the pH balance in the body.

There are very small amounts of molybdenum in the body, but it is a very important mineral. Molybdenum is very important to the enzyme systems and is necessary for many enzyme systems to work. Molybdenum plays an important role in 2 enzymatic reactions. They include aldehyde oxidase which is necessary for the oxidation of fats, and xanthine oxidase necessary for the movement of iron from liver reserves and converting nucleic acid to uric acid (waste product eliminated in the urine). Molybdenum assists the body by fighting nitrosamines, which are associated with cancer, may prevent cavities and may help to prevent anaemia. It is needed for normal cell function and nitrogen metabolism. With these qualities, there might be evidence of antioxidant properties in this nutrient.

Molybdenum is absorbed through the intestines and stored in the liver, bones, and kidneys. It is required for proper growth and development, the metabolism of fats and nucleic acids, metabolism of nitrogen, copper, and sulfur, and normal cellular functions. Cofactor in enzymatic systems involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, sulfur-containing amino acids, nucleic acids (DNA, RNA) and iron. Helps prevent cavities. Cancer-preventative (esophagus, stomach), helps detoxify or eliminate harmful sulfites from the body.


Molybdenum is a very important mineral for regulating the pH balance in the body. For each one tenth of a pH point difference,  the oxygen level in the blood may increase or decrease by ten times. Although molybdenum helps to induce sleep, it also helps promote a general sense of well being.  With molybdenum’s ability to change the body’s pH, it is very beneficial in the treatment of many severe illnesses. in helping to control viruses and parasites. A high amount of molybdenum in the body could interfere with the absorption of copper


Molybdenum deficiency may include acne, allergies, anemia, anthrax, asthma, athletes foot, bells palsy, bladder infection, cancer, candida, canker sore, cavities, colds, flu, depression, diabetes, e-coli, eczema, Epstein Barr virus, liver damage, sclerosis, lupus, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, obesity, parasites, prostate infection, and ringworm.

Humans require very small amounts of molybdenum, and deficiency appears to happen only under the rarest of circumstances.

Food Sources :  legumes, such as beans, peas, lima beans and lentils; grains, such as barley and buckwheat,  leafy vegetables; sunflower seeds,  whole grains and nuts. However, the amount of molybdenum in plants varies according to the amount in the soil.

How Important Is Sleep?

 

What is sleep?

Some people apparently do not know what it is! They never get any sleep. Some choose to burn the day and night oil, mostly because they are unaware of the effects of sleep deprivation. After taking a look at this list of health risks that come as a result of not getting enough rest, someone may make a change and once and for all and choose to get some sleep for a change.

Sleep timing is controlled by thecircadian clock, sleep-wakehomeostasis, and in humans, within certain bounds, willed behavior. The circadian clock—an inner timekeeping, temperature-fluctuating, enzyme-controlling device—works in tandem withadenosine, a neurotransmitter that inhibits many of the bodily processes associated with wakefulness. Adenosine is created over the course of the day; high levels of adenosine lead to sleepiness. In diurnal animals, sleepiness occurs as the circadian element causes the release of the hormone melatonin and a gradual decrease in core body temperature. The timing is affected by one’s chronotype. It is the circadian rhythm that determines the ideal timing of a correctly structured and restorative sleep episode.

– Hallucination

Irritability

Cognitive impairment

– Memory lapses or loss

– Severe yawning

– Symptoms similar to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Impaired moral judgement

– Decreased reaction time and accuracy

– Tremors

Aching muscles

– Risk of Diabetes Type 2

Growth suppression

– Risk of obesity

– Decreased temperature

Increased heart rate variability

– Risk of heart disease

– Impaired immune system

Sleep is a natural recurring state characterized by reduced or absent waking consciousness, relatively suspended sensory activity, and inactivity of nearly all voluntary muscles. It is distinguished from quietwakefulness by a decreased ability to react to stimuli, and is more easily reversible than being in hibernation or a coma. Sleep is a heightened anabolic state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems.

Sleeping is the absolute thing that everything else depends on in our lives to carry out the rest of the day. Studies show that most people only get an average of 4-5  hours of sleep.. 7- 8 is healthy, there is work to do in this area.

It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
Aristotle

Herbs to get you to sleep safely~

Kava Kava

Chamomile

Lavender

Valerian Root

Melatonin

Choline : Essential for proper liver function, metabolism of fats and proteins and nerve functions

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Choline is a chemical similar to the B-vitamins, and is often lumped in with them, is necessary for proper liver function, metabolism of fats and proteins and nerve functions.  It was only relatively recently that choline was officially classified as a vitamin and an essential nutrient. Its RDA was established for the first time in 1998.  However, its key benefits have been known since the 1930s, when it was found to prevent fatty build up in the liver.

Choline is also good for the brain.  It has been established that choline is necessary for optimal cognitive function.  It is a basic nutrient needed for the production of acetylcholine, the signaling molecule or neurotransmitter that is essential for many brain and nerve functions.  Choline is extremely important in brain and memory function, and is helpful in treating Alzheimer’s. Choline prevents gallstone formation, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, kidney damage, nephritis, glaucoma, and myasthenia gravis. It is also used in the treatment of bipolar depression (manic depression).

CHOLINE BENEFITS & FUNCTIONS

  • constituent of lecithin (phosphatidylcholine), a key building block of cell membranes, important for cell formation and tissue growth and repair
  • needed for proper functioning of cell membranes, to allow passage of nutrients and waste products in and out of cells
  • needed for production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, a chemical that is vital for many brain and nerve functions; is being experimented with for improving neuromuscular function in Alzheimer’s disease
  • essential for optimal brain functioning, learning and memory
  • needed for nerves to interact with muscles
  •  may help nervous system disorders like epilepsy or Parkinson’s disease
  • regulates the gallbladder and helps prevent gallstones
  •  regulates liver function, helps eliminate toxins, and is beneficial for liver damage related to hepatitis and cirrhosis
  • for fat and cholesterol transport and metabolism as an energy source
  •  natural lipotropic agent that minimizes excess fat in the liver
  • converts homocysteine in the blood to other substances, which lowers its level and helps prevent cardiovascular problems
  •  preliminary research shows that, in combination with betaine, may help reduce chronic inflammation linked to disorders such as osteoporosis, heart disease, brain decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and type II diabetes

Deficiency Symptoms

  • impaired fat metabolism and transport, which hinders fat from being an energy source, and is symptomized by decrease in blood levels of VLDL (Very Low Density Lipoprotein) which the liver uses to transport fats
  •  fatty build-up in the liver, which may lead to fatty degeneration of the liver, cirrhosis, and liver damage
  • raised levels of cholesterol or triglyceride (a type of fats)
  •  high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • high levels of homocysteine in blood, leading to risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular and circulatory problems
  •  respiratory distress in newborns or nerve degeneration or nerve-muscle imbalances due to insufficient acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that cannot be made without choline
  • anemia arising from lack of red blood cell formation, as a cell membrane component, phosphatidylcholine, needs choline for its production
  •  kidney hemorrhage or kidneys unable to concentrate urine, due to insufficient phosphatidylcholine
  •  abnormal bone formation
  •  impaired growth in newborns
  •  fatigue
  •  insomnia
  • infertility
  •  as choline is critical for brain function and intake decreases with age, deficiency might lead to impaired memory or brain function or senile dementia (shortage of acetylcholine in the brain has been associated with Alzheimer’s disease)
Choline Foods sources
banana, cauliflower, flax seed, leafy green vegetable, legumes, nuts,  oranges, peanuts,   potatoes , seeds, tomatoes, vegetable oils and whole grains
Choline is  found abundantly in lecithin , egg yolks are equally rich. Blackstrap molasses is also a rich source of choline.  Lecithin (usually derived from soybeans) ·soybeans and soybean products.  Sunflower lecithin contain 25% more lecithin than soy lecithin.
 Lecithin helps the body digest absorb, and carry fat and fat-soluble vitamins in the bloodstream. It helps less fat and cholesterol to be deposited in the arteries and liver. Without it, the arteries become clogged, leading to hypertension and cardiac problems. Lecithin is not only essential for fat metabolism, but is needed for the synthesis of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA).
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