How Your Gut-Microbiome Works With Your Brain Health

Domonique D. Hargrove B.A., M.S., NCEP Certified, President & Founder of “Slight Edge Performance Program” LLC

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What is The Human Gut-Microbiome?

The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health. An imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders.

Human gastrointestinal microbiota, also known as gut flora or gut microbiota, are the microorganisms, that live in the digestive tracts of humans. Many non-human animals, including insects, are hosts to numerous microorganisms that reside in the gastrointestinal tract as well.

Your ‘gut microbiome‘ is made up of the trillions of microorganisms and their genetic material that live in your intestinal tract. These bacteria live in your digestive system and they play a key role in digesting food you eat, and they help with absorbing and synthesizing nutrients too.

Your gut microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes. The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health.

Relationship Between The Gut Microbiome and Brain Function?

Strong evidence suggests that gut microbiota has an important role in bidirectional interactions between the gut and the nervous system. It interacts with Central Nervous System (CNS) by regulating brain chemistry and influencing neuro-endocrine systems associated with stress response, anxiety and memory function.

The gutbrain axis (GBA) consists of bidirectional communication between the central and the enteric nervous system, linking emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions. Recent advances in research have described the importance of gut microbiota in influencing these interactions.

Insights into the gut-brain research have revealed a complex communication system that not only ensures the proper maintenance of gastrointestinal homeostasis, but is likely to have multiple effects on affect, motivation, and higher cognitive functions. The complexity of these interactions is enclosed in the branch of research called “gut-brain axis” (GBA).

Situated in your head is the seat of the Central Nervous system (CNS) made up of the brain and spinal cord. It is rightly called the “first brain” due to its primary role in controlling body functions.  Also, situated in the bowel is the Enteric Nervous System (ENS), a nine meter network from your esophagus to the anus. The ENS and CNS are formed from the same embryonic tissue, share similar neuronal networks, and hormones. The gut brain produces the same amount of dopamine (‘high’ hormone) and 90% of serotonin (‘happy’ hormone) compared to the first brain. The gut brain can work independently, and is responsible for 70% of the body’s immune system which earns it the right to be called the “second brain”.

Not only do we have two ‘brains’, but there is also a bidirectional communication line between them  through the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is the main nerve in our body linking the brain with organs like the digestive tract, heart, and lungs.

The role of our “gut-brain axis” (GBA) is to monitor and integrate gut functions as well as to link emotional and cognitive centers of the brain with peripheral intestinal functions and mechanisms such as immune activation, intestinal permeability, enteric reflex, and entero-endocrine signaling. The mechanisms underlying GBA communications involve neuro-immune-endocrine mediators.

The neuroimmuneendocrine interface is mediated by cytokines acting as auto/paracrine or endocrine factors regulating pituitary development, cell proliferation, hormone secretion, and feedback control of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. The hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis is our central stress response system. The HPA axis is an eloquent and every-dynamic intertwining of the central nervous system and endocrine system.

The human gut harbors a dynamic and complex microbial ecosystem, consisting of approximately 1 kg of bacteria in the average adult, approximately the weight of the human brain. The evolutionary formation of a complex gut microbiota in mammals and humans has played an important role in enabling brain development and perhaps sophisticated social interaction.

Genes within the human gut microbiota, termed the microbiome, significantly outnumber human genes in the body, and are capable of producing a myriad of neuroactive compounds.

Gut microbes are part of the unconscious system regulating behavior. Recent investigations indicate that these microbes majorly impact on cognitive function and fundamental behavior patterns, such as social interaction and stress management. In the absence of microbes, underlying neurochemistry is profoundly altered. Studies of gut microbes may play an important role in advancing understanding of disorders of cognitive functioning and social interaction, such as autism.

How To Improve Your Gut-Microbiome Health?

In conclusion, both your diet and your lifestyle can affect gut microbiota health and balance. A healthy diet that is high in fiber and a regular eating schedule during the day are tools we can easily access for improved gut microbiota rhythmicity, meanwhile behaviors that include eating late at night, alcohol consumption and sleep disruption need to be avoided.

Polyphenols act on the gut microbiota by increasing the growth of beneficial bacteria which produce compounds scientifically proven to promote our health and wellbeing. These phytochemicals have the potential to improve depression because of their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

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Improve Sleep Health by Understanding Gut, Brain, Melatonin Connection

Domonique D. Hargrove B.A., M.S., NCEP Certified Fitness Trainer, Founder& President of “Slight Edge Performance Program” LLC

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Role of Melatonin in The Gut

Melatonin is a hormone with endocrine, paracrine and autocrine actions. It is involved in the regulation of multiple functions, including the control of the gastrointestinal (GI) system under physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

Since the gut contains at least 400 times more melatonin than the pineal gland reviewing the functional importance of melatonin in the gut is very useful.

Melatonin exerts its physiological effects through specific membrane receptors, named melatonin-1 receptor (MT1), MT2 and MT3. These receptors can be found in the gut and their involvement in the regulation of gastrointestinal (GI) motility, inflammation and pain has been reported in numerous basis clinical studies.

Melatonin discovered in 1917, is found in humans, animals, plants and microbes. It is a lipophilic compound diffusing rapidly though biological membranes and is involved in many regulatory processes, such as biological rhythms, intestinal reflexes, protection against inflammation, metabolism and reproduction.

Melatonin is produced in the gut as well as the brain. Every individual microbiome is different, and develops as a result of genetics as well as exposure to microbial life, in our environment and in our diet. The microbiome is a highly dynamic internal ecosystem, with a constantly shifting make-up of micro-organisms.

What is a Microbiome and Why Is It Important?

A Microbiome is the microorganisms in a particular environment (including the body or a part of the body) and the combined genetic material of the microorganisms in a particular environment.

The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health. An imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders.

The human microbiome is the collection of trillions of microbes living in and on the human body. It consists of about a thousand different bacterial species that reside in the mouth, gut and vagina, and on the skin.

Melatonin, the “darkness hormone” essential to sleep and a healthy sleep-wake cycle, also contributes to maintaining gut health. Deficiencies in melatonin have been linked to increased permeability of the gut—the so-called “leaky gut” increasingly associated with a range of diseases.

Gut health refers to the balance of microorganisms that live in the digestive tract. Looking after the health of the gut and maintaining the right balance of these microorganisms is vital for physical and mental health, immunity, and more.

These bacteria, yeasts, and viruses — of which there are around 100 Trillion— are also called the “gut microbiome” or “gut flora.”

Many microbes are beneficial for human health, and some are even essential. Others can be harmful, especially when they multiply.

The Microbiome is a cohesive group of resident micro-organisms that have a wide ranging affect on many areas of the body, including the gastrointestinal tract as well as the blood–brain barrier.

The pineal gland is the seat of the production of melatonin, Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and other substances that are involved in circadian rhythms which effect sleep patterns as well as both gut and brain wellness.

The term microbiome can mean a couple of different things. It is sometimes used to describe the collection of all microbes in a particular community. In scientific terms, the microbiome can also refer to the genes belonging to all the microbes living in a community. The microbiome is often seen as a genetic counterpart to the human genome.

The genes that make up a person’s microbiome are far more numerous than human genes themselves—there are roughly 100 times more genes in the human microbiome than in the human genome. This makes sense when you consider that there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 trillion microbes living in (and on) each of us—a combination of many different types, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and other tiny organisms.

This vast array of microbial life lives on our skin and throughout the body. The largest single collection of microbes resides in the intestine—hence the attention to “gut” health. Here, trillions of microscopic organisms live and die—and appear to exert a profound effect on human health.

The Microbiome and Sleep Health

The human microbiota/ microbiome is a complicated, dynamic ecosystem within the body. It appears to interact in some important ways with another fundamental aspect of living—sleep.

Scientists investigating the relationship between sleep and the microbiome are finding that this ecosystem may affect sleep and sleep-related physiological functions in a number of ways—shifting circadian rhythms, altering the body’s sleep-wake cycle, and affecting hormones that regulate sleep and wakefulness. Our sleep, in turn, may affect the health and diversity of the human microbiome.

This “gut-brain axis” appears likely to have a profound influence over nearly every aspect of human health and physiological function, including sleep.

A significant, fast-growing body of research illustrates the far-reaching effects of the microbiome over brain function and brain health—as well as the influence of the brain over gut health and the microbiome.

The constant communication and interplay between the gut and the brain has the potential to influence and intersect with sleep directly and indirectly.

How do I keep my microbiome healthy?

Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of nutrients for a healthy microbiota. They are high in fiber, which can’t be digested by your body. However, fiber can be digested by certain bacteria in your gut, which stimulates their growth.

Beans and legumes also contain very high amounts of fiber. Some high-fiber foods that are good for your gut bacteria include: raspberries, artichokes, green peas, broccoli, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans, pinto beans, white beans and whole grains.

Bifidobacteria are considered beneficial bacteria, as they can help prevent intestinal inflammation and enhance gut health. Apples, artichokes, blueberries, almonds and pistachios have all been shown to increase Bifidobacteria in humans.

Many fruits and vegetables are high in fiber. Fiber promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, including Bifidobacteria.

Fermented foods, particularly plain, natural yogurt, can benefit the microbiota by enhancing its function and reducing the abundance of disease-causing bacteria in the intestines.

Polyphenols are plant compounds that have many health benefits, including reductions in blood pressure, inflammation, cholesterol levels and oxidative stress.

Polyphenols can’t always be digested by human cells. Given that they aren’t absorbed efficiently, most make their way to the colon, where they can be digested by gut bacteria.

Good sources of polyphenols include: cocoa, dark chocolate, red wine, grape skins, green tea, almonds, onions, blueberries and broccoli.

Polyphenols act on the gut microbiota by increasing the growth of beneficial bacteria which produce compounds scientifically proven to promote our health and wellbeing. These phytochemicals have the potential to improve depression because of their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

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The Pineal Gland and Melatonin Knowledge for Better Sleep Health

Domonique D. Hargrove B.A, M.S., NCEP Certified, Founder& President of “Slight Edge Performance Program”LLC

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The Pineal Gland and Melatonin

The pineal gland was described as the “Seat of the Soul” by Renee Descartes and it is located in the center of the brain.

The main function of the pineal gland is to receive information about the state of the light-dark cycle from the environment and convey this information to produce and secrete the hormone melatonin. The rhythmic production of melatonin, secreted only during the dark period of the day, is extensively used as a marker of the phase of the internal circadian clock.

Melatonin itself is used as a therapy for certain sleep disorders related to circadian rhythm abnormalities and for the alleviation of jet lag.

Melatonin was first isolated from the bovine pineal gland in 1958. In humans, it is the main hormone synthesized and secreted by the pineal gland. It is produced from a pathway that includes both tryptophan and serotonin. Melatonin displays high lipid and water solubility, which allows it to diffuse easily through most cell membranes, including the blood-brain barrier.

Melatonin is best known for the role it plays in regulating sleep patterns. Sleep patterns are also called circadian rhythms. The pineal gland also plays a role in the regulation of female hormone levels, and it may affect fertility and the menstrual cycle.

In addition to its role in regulating the circadian system and sleep patterns, melatonin is involved in cell protection, neuroprotection, and the reproductive system, among other functions.

Pineal gland function and melatonin secretion can be impaired due to accidental and developmental conditions, such as pineal tumors, craniopharyngiomas, injuries affecting the sympathetic innervation of the pineal gland, and rare congenital disorders that alter melatonin secretion.

What is the Pineal Gland?

The pineal gland is a small, pea-shaped gland in the brain. Its function isn’t fully understood. Researchers do know that it produces and regulates some hormones, including melatonin. Melatonin is best known for the role it plays in regulating sleep patterns. Sleep patterns are also called circadian rhythms.

The pineal gland in humans is a small (100-150mg), highly vascularized, and a secretory neuroendocrine organ. It is located in the mid-line of the brain, outside the blood-brain barrier and attached to the roof of the third ventricle by a short stalk.

The main function of the pineal gland is to receive and convey information about the current light-dark cycle from the environment and, consequently produce and secrete melatonin cyclically at night (dark period).

The pineal gland or epiphysis synthesizes and secretes melatonin, a structurally simple hormone that communicates information about environmental lighting to various parts of the body. Ultimately, melatonin has the ability to entrain biological rhythms and has important effects on reproductive function of many animals. The light-transducing ability of the pineal gland has led some to call the pineal the “third eye“.

What is Melatonin?

The pineal gland is a tiny endocrine gland found in the brain. It produces and secretes the hormone melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate biological rhythms such as sleep and wake cycles. The secretion of melatonin is inhibited by light and triggered by darkness.

The pinealocyte cells that make up the pineal gland are known to produce and secrete the amine hormone melatonin, which is derived from serotonin. The secretion of melatonin varies according to the level of light received from the environment.

While the full function of the pineal gland is still somewhat mysterious, we do know that it secretes the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone from the pineal gland that helps regulate biological rhythms such as sleep and wake cycles. In other words, it’s melatonin that directs your internal clock – the one that allows you to wake up about the same time every morning without an alarm clock.

Melatonin is secreted in different amounts during the night and day. Melatonin secretions peak during the nighttime, and this makes you feel drowsy. While it does not necessarily induce sleep, it can promote sleep and allow a good night’s rest. In fact, we see melatonin marked as a supplement to help people who deal with insomnia. Because melatonin secretions peak during puberty and then continue to drop throughout life, it is thought that a lack of melatonin production is why so many elderly people report trouble sleeping.

What is a Circadian Rhythm?

Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle. They respond primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment. Sleeping at night and being awake during the day is an example of a light-related circadian rhythm.

In humans and most diurnal mammals, melatonin is secreted at night with a robust circadian rhythm and maximum plasma levels that occur around 3 to 4 AM. The daily rise of melatonin secretion correlates with a subsequent increase in sleep propensity about 2 hours before the person’s regular bedtime. The rhythmic release of melatonin is regulated by the central circadian rhythm generator—the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the anterior hypothalamus.

Melatonin appears to have a number of effects on human biology that have not been fully explained, including regulating the sleep-wake cycle and acting as a neurogenic/neuroprotective agent.

It appears that the function of melatonin is to mediate dark signals and provide night information, a “hormone of darkness,” rather than be the hormone of sleep. It has also been thought to be an “endogenous synchronizer” that stabilizes and reinforces various circadian rhythms in the body.

A circadian rhythm is a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours. It can refer to any biological process that displays an endogenous, entrainable oscillation of about 24 hours.

Your gut produces sleep hormones. Your gut microbiome regulates the production and distribution of many different hormones, including the sleep-inducing ones: dopamine, serotonin, GABA, and melatonin. An unbalanced microbiome can produce unbalanced levels of these hormones, which can negatively affect sleep.

The gut microbiome plays a very important role in your health by helping control digestion and benefiting your immune system and many other aspects of health. An imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders.

“Given the strong gut-brain bidirectional communication they likely influence each other,” said Jaime Tartar, Ph.D., a professor and research director in NSU’s College of Psychology who was part of the research team. “Based on previous reports, we think that poor sleep probably exerts a strong negative effect on gut health/microbiome diversity.”

A microbiome is all the microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, protozoa and fungi) and their genetic material found in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract. We all have these in our GI tract, but not all at the same levels (diversity.) As it turns out, it’s this diversity that could be the key.

Gut microbiome diversity, or lack thereof, is associated with other health issues, such as Parkinson’s disease and autoimmune diseases, as well as psychological health (anxiety and depression.) The more diverse someone’s gut microbiome is, the likelihood is they will have better overall health.

Over 80% of your immune system resides in the lining of your gut, and your microbiome is in constant contact with it. A healthy, resilient gut microbiome relies on high richness and biodiversity. When there is high richness and diversity of the microbes in your gut, your immune system is stronger and more stable.

Microbiome Richness is the total number of bacterial species in your gut microbiome. Microbiome Diversity is the amount of individual bacteria from each of the bacterial species present in your gut microbiome.

Phytochemicals contribute to the maintenance of human gastro-intestinal health, largely via modulation of the gut microbial balance with simultaneous inhibition of pathogens and stimulation of beneficial bacteria.

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  • Nutrilite™ Concentrated Fruits and Vegetables: Provides phytonutrients equal to 5+ servings of fruits and vegetables.
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  • Nutrilite™ Vitamin D: Helps calcium absorption for strong bones.

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5 Ways to Reduce Risk of Heart and Cardiovascular Disease

Domonique D. Hargrove B.A., M.S, NCEP Certified Personal Trainer, Founder& President of “Slight Edge Performance Program” LLC

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What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is the leading cause of the death in the United States. It is also a major cause of disability. There are many things that can raise your risk for heart disease. They are called risk factors. Some of them you cannot control, but there are many that you can control. Learning about them can lower your risk of heart disease.

Cardiovascular disease generally refers to conditions that involve narrowed or blocked blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack, chest pain (angina) or stroke. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect your heart’s muscle, valves or rhythm, also are considered forms of heart disease.

Most forms of heart disease are very treatable today. There is some evidence that normalizing high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol to very low levels will partially reverse plaques in the coronary arteries.

Your risk of heart disease increases as you get older. Men age 45 and older and women age 55 and older have a greater risk.

What can I do to lower my risk of heart disease?

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to reduce your chances of getting heart disease.

1. Control your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. It is important to get your blood pressure checked regularly – at least once a year for most adults, and more often if you have high blood pressure. Take steps, including lifestyle changes, to prevent or control high blood pressure.

2. Keep your cholesterol and triglyceride levels under control.

High levels of cholesterol can clog your arteries and raise your risk of coronary artery disease and heart attack. Lifestyle changes and medicines (if needed) can lower your cholesterol. Triglycerides are another type of fat in the blood. High levels of triglycerides may also raise the risk of coronary artery disease, especially in women.

3. Stay at a healthy weight. Being overweight or having obesity can increase your risk for heart disease. This is mostly because they are linked to other heart disease risk factors, including high blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Controlling your weight can lower these risks.

4. Eat a healthy diet. Try to limit saturated fats, foods high in sodium, and added sugars. Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. An eating plan that can help you to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol may lower your risk of heart disease.

5. Get regular exercise. Exercise has many benefits, including strengthening your heart and improving your circulation. It can also help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. All of these can lower your risk of heart disease.

1 Very Important Nutrient That May Help Prevent Heart Disease

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules. CoQ10 is naturally present in small amounts in a wide variety of foods, but levels are particularly high in organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidney, as well as beef, soy oil, sardines, mackerel, and peanuts.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant that your body produces naturally. Your cells use CoQ10 for growth and maintenance.

CoQ10 has been shown to improve symptoms of congestive heart failure. CoQ10 might help reduce blood pressure. Some research also suggests that when combined with other nutrients, CoQ10 might aid recovery in people who’ve had bypass and heart valve surgeries.

Researchers report that CoQ10 may have significant benefits for people with cardiovascular disease (CVD), from reducing risk for repeat heart attacks and improving outcomes in patients with heart failure to lowering blood pressure and helping combat side effects of cholesterol-lowering statins.

CoQ10 is also said to help heart failure, as well as boost energy, and speed recovery from exercise. Some people take it to help reduce the effects certain medicines can have on the heart, muscles and other organs.

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  • Supports the heart, liver, and all cells with daily use.
  • One softgel provides 30 mg of CoQ10, the equivalent CoQ10 found in two pounds of beef.
  • Antioxidant protection against free radicals.
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1 Nutrient That Helps Cells Produce Energy for Heart Health

Domonique D. Hargrove B,A., M.S., NCEP Certified, Founder and President of “Slight Edge Performance Program”LLC

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Coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, is a compound that helps generate energy in your cells.

Your body produces CoQ10 naturally, but its production tends to decrease with age. Fortunately, you can also get CoQ10 through supplements or foods.

What is CoQ10?

CoQ10 is a compound made by your body and stored in the mitochondria of your cells. The mitochondria are in charge of producing energy. They also protect cells from oxidative damage and disease-causing bacteria or viruses.

CoQ10 production decreases as you age. Thus, older people seem to be deficient in this compound.

Research has shown that CoQ10 plays several key roles in your body. One of its primary functions is to help generate energy in your cells. It’s involved in making adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is involved in energy transfer within cells.

Its other crucial role is to serve as an antioxidant and protect cells from oxidative damage. Excessive amounts of free radicals lead to oxidative damage, which can interfere with regular cell functioning. This is known to cause many health conditions.

CoQ10 is the primary antioxidant the human cell provides to protect and support mitochondria. Without this vital molecule, the level of ATP that the mitochondria produce drops, the energy that is available to that tissue decreases, and dysfunction and health conditions can potentially develop.

Mitochondria are essentially independent organisms (primitive bacteria) that merged with our cells eons ago. Some have called this merger “the grand bargain of life.”  That is, the mitochondriaagree” to produce the energy the human organism needs (in the form of ATP), and in return, the human cell provides the mitochondria with the antioxidants it needs to protect itself from the damage that would otherwise occur from all this energy production.

Foods High in CoQ10

The highest concentrations of CoQ10 in our own bodies are found in the liver, kidneys and heart, so it makes sense that the highest concentrations of CoQ10 from food sources would exist within organ meats. There are other options, including some vegetarian and vegan sources of CoQ10 as well.

Foods high in CoQ10 include beef sirloin, beef liver, beef heart, chicken, chicken liver, pork, pork liver, red mackerel (fish), rainbow trout, salmon, boiled soybeans, oranges, broccoli and avocado.

Why Our Bodies Need CoQ10?

Coenzyme Q10 helps keep your cells energized. It’s a key component in converting the nutrients you eat into energy your body can use, and it isn’t just humans that need it. Plants, animals and bacteria need it too. It is truly ubiquitous and one of the most basic nutrients required for life.

CoQ10 contributes to our energy levels and supports cardiovascular health, as well as the health of our muscles, nerves, kidneys, brain and skin.

CoQ10 also works as an antioxidant that helps protect our cells from free radicals and oxidative stress. It is even used in some anti-aging and skin care products for its antioxidant effects. Since free radicals and oxidative stress are major contributors to some signs of aging, CoQ10 may be considered as a longevity-enhancing nutrient.

CoQ10 seems to help treat heart failure by improving heart function, increasing ATP production and limiting oxidative damage.

Exercise performance can be affected by oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction. CoQ10 can help lower oxidative damage, promote exercise capacity and decrease fatigue.

Oxidative stress can affect muscle function, and thus, exercise performance. Similarly, abnormal mitochondrial function can reduce muscle energy, making it hard for muscles to contract efficiently and sustain exercise.

Supplementing with CoQ10 can help increase power during exercise and reduce fatigue, both of which can improve exercise performance.

Nutrilite™ Heart Health CoQ10

We can continue to be conscious and proactive about making sure we are getting this essential nutrient in our diet and eating lifestyle with Nutrilite™ Heart Health CoQ10.

Nutrilite™ Heart Health CoQ10

  • A supplement that delivers coenzyme Q10, a nutrient that helps cells produce energy for heart health.
  • This formula helps maintain necessary CoQ10 levels.
  • Supports the heart, liver, and all cells with daily use.
  • One softgel provides 30 mg of CoQ10, the equivalent CoQ10 found in two pounds of beef.
  • Antioxidant protection against free radicals.
  • Citrus Bioflavonoid Concentrate provides phytonutrient benefits.

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1 Very Important Nutrient That Supports Healthy Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels

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Allicin is a compound produced when garlic is crushed or chopped. Available in dietary supplement form, allicin has been found to reduce inflammation and offer antioxidant benefits. Fresh garlic contains an amino acid called alliin. When the clove is crushed or chopped, an enzyme, alliinase, is released.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”- Hippocrates

What are the benefits of allicin?

Allicin, one of the sulfur compounds of garlic, possesses antioxidant activity and is shown to cause a variety of actions potentially useful for human health. Allicin exhibits hypolipidemic, antiplatelet, and procirculatory effects. It demonstrates antibacterial, anticancer and chemopreventive activities.

Modern science has recently confirmed many of the beneficial health effects of garlic prescribed to treat a variety of medical conditions.

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Garlic is a plant in the onion family that’s grown for its distinctive taste and health benefits. It contains sulfur compounds, which are believed to bring some of the health benefits. Perhaps the most famous of those is known as allicin. However, allicin is an unstable compound that is only briefly present in fresh garlic after it’s been cut or crushed.

Garlic grows in many parts of the world and is a popular ingredient in cooking due to its strong smell and delicious taste.

Throughout ancient history, the main use of garlic was for its health and medicinal properties. Its use was well documented by many major civilizations, including the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans and Chinese.

Scientists now know that most of its health benefits are caused by sulfur compounds formed when a garlic clove is chopped, crushed or chewed. Other compounds that may play a role in garlic’s health benefits include diallyl disulfide and s-allyl cysteine. The sulfur compounds from garlic enter the body from the digestive tract and travel all over the body, where it exerts its potent biological effects.

Garlic is low in calories and rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese. It also contains trace amounts of various other nutrients.

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Garlic supplements may help prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold. Garlic supplements are known to boost the function of the immune system.

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Cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes are the world’s biggest killers.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most important drivers of these diseases.

Human studies have found garlic supplements to have a significant impact on reducing blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

Supplement doses must be fairly high to have the desired effects. The amount needed is equivalent to about four cloves of garlic per day.

High doses of garlic appear to possibly improve blood pressure for those with known high blood pressure (hypertension). In some instances, supplements may be as effective as regular medications.

Fresh garlic contains an amino acid called alliin. When the clove is crushed or chopped, an enzyme, alliinase, is released. Alliin and alliinase interact to form allicin, which is considered the major biologically active component of garlic.

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Nutrilite™ Garlic Heart Care

  • Supports your cardiovascular system.
  • A dietary supplement that helps maintain already normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, when used as part of a diet low in fat and cholesterol.
  • Includes clinically significant levels of key compound allicin.
  • “Garlic breath” minimized with a special coating and soothing peppermint extract.

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Why choose Nutrilite™ Garlic Heart Care over another supplement?

Our concentrate comes from the highest-quality, mountain-grown garlic. It’s dehydrated without additives or excessive heat in a special process to ensure that its natural qualities are retained.

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2 Key Nutrients That Support Healthy Liver Function

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Human Body Organs Anatomy (Liver)

The liver works together with other important organs to digest, absorb, and process food. The liver’s main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. The liver also detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs.

Your liver functions as a filter, removing toxins from the blood and helping to process nutrients. Milk thistle and dandelion provide support for healthy liver function. Milk thistle contains silymarin, a powerful antioxidant that some studies have shown may help protect the liver from free radicals.

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How does dandelion help the liver?

The dandelion may improve the functioning of our liver. It removes toxins, boosts the flow of bile, and replenishes lost electrolytes.

Dandelion root has long been held as a “liver tonic” in folk medicine. Preliminary studies suggest this is due, in part, to its ability to increase the flow of bile.
Naturopaths believe that dandelion root tea could help detoxify the liver, help with skin and eye problems, and relieve symptoms of liver disease. A 2017 study suggests that polysaccharides in dandelion may indeed be beneficial to liver function.

Compounds in the dandelion root may cause an increase in bile production. The increase in bile helps to improve digestion. The increased bile production also helps the liver to digest foods and remove toxins quickly and efficiently cleaning the liver. Dandelion is also full of vitamins and nutrients, which promote hepatic healing.

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How Does Milk Thistle Help The Liver?

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Milk thistle is sometimes used as a natural treatment for liver problems. These liver problems include cirrhosis, jaundice, hepatitis, and gallbladder disorders. Some studies claim milk thistle may also provide heart benefits by lowering cholesterol levels.

Milk thistle is an herbal remedy derived from the milk thistle plant, also known as Silybum marianum.

The active ingredients in milk thistle are a group of plant compounds collectively known as silymarin. Silymarin is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the liver from free radicals.

Silymarin is considered to be the main component of milk thistle seeds, but the terms “milk thistle” and “silymarin” often are used interchangeably. Historically, people have used milk thistle for liver disorders, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, and gallbladder problems.

Silymarin’s herbal remedy is known as milk thistle extract. Milk thistle extract has a high amount of silymarin that has been concentrated from the milk thistle plant.
The silymarin extracted from milk thistle is known to have antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Milk thistle has traditionally been used to treat liver and gallbladder disorders, promote breast milk production, prevent and treat cancer and even protect the liver from snake bites, alcohol and other environmental poisons.

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The liver does many important things including making bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion, making certain proteins for blood plasma, making cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body.

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Support the body’s natural detox system with Nutrilite™ Liver Support.

Nutrilite™ Liver Support is a supplement designed to support normal liver metabolic activity and function.

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1 Herbal Solution for Better Sleep Health

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Valerian is an herb. It is native to Europe and parts of Asia but also grows in North America. Medicine is made from the root.

Valerian is most commonly used for sleep disorders, especially the inability to sleep (insomnia). Valerian is also used orally for anxiety and psychological stress.

Valerian seems to act like a sedative on the brain and nervous system.

Valerian root has been used to treat a variety of health conditions, including insomnia, anxiety, headaches, digestive problems, menopause symptoms, and post-exercise muscle pain and fatigue. The evidence supporting these claims is generally mixed.

Valerian root is an herb that has been used since ancient times to promote tranquility and improve sleep.

Flowers from the valerian plant were used to make perfume centuries ago, and the root portion has been used in traditional medicine for at least 2,000 years.

Unlike its delicately scented flowers, valerian root has a very strong, earthy odor due to the volatile oils and other compounds responsible for its sedative effects.

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Valerian is an herb native to Asia and Europe. Its root has been used to promote relaxation and sleep since ancient times.

Valerian root contains a number of compounds that may promote sleep and reduce anxiety. These include valerenic acid, isovaleric acid and a variety of antioxidants.
Valerian has received attention for its interaction with gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical messenger that helps regulate nerve impulses in your brain and nervous system.

Valerenic acid has been found to inhibit the breakdown of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, resulting in feelings of calmness and tranquility. This is the same way anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Xanax work.

Valerian root also contains the antioxidants hesperidin and linarin, which appear to have sedative and sleep-enhancing properties.

Valerian contains a number of compounds that may help promote calmness by reducing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) breakdown, improving stress response and maintaining adequate levels of mood-stabilizing brain chemicals.

Research suggests that valerian root may help ease anxious feelings that occur in response to stressful situations.

A study in healthy adults given challenging mental tests found that a combination of valerian and lemon balm reduced anxiety ratings.

Valerian root may help reduce anxiety related to acute stress and improve symptoms of OCD. It may also increase focus and reduce hyperactive behavior in children.

Several studies suggest that valerian root may improve the ability to fall asleep, stay asleep and achieve high-quality sleep in adults and children with insomnia.

Valerian root extract is available as a supplement in tablet, capsule or liquid form.

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  • Includes 150 mg of Valerian Whole Root Extract

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Nutrilite™ Sleep Health is a NSF certified proprietary blend of valerian, hops, and lemon balm to help you relax so you can fall asleep.

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6 Reasons to Study Phytonutrient Health Benefits

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Plants contain thousands of natural chemicals. These are called phytonutrients or phytochemicals. “Phyto” refers to the Greek word for plant. These chemicals help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats.

Phytonutrients are non-nutrient compounds present in plants which function as anti-oxidants, enhance immune system, mimic hormones, detoxify carcinogens and suppress development of diseases, thus rendering a host of health benefits. People consuming generous servings of fruits and vegetables and eating whole grains on a regular basis are less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, cancer, type 2 diabetes or premature ageing.

3 of 4 adults worldwide do not meet the World Health Organization’s recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

The gap between the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and what adults are actually eating also indicates that most adults worldwide are not receiving the quantity or variety of phytonutrients – organic compounds found in fruits and vegetables – potentially needed to support their health and wellness.

While specific recommendations for phytonutrient consumption levels have not yet been established uniformly worldwide, a growing body of research suggests that eating foods rich in phytonutrients may provide a range of health benefits, from promoting eye, bone and heart health, to supporting immune and brain function. Many phytonutrients are powerful antioxidants that can help fight the damage caused to our bodies’ cells over time.

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Phytonutrients, the organic components found in plants, can help promote eye, bone, joint and heart health, as well as support immune and brain function.

The human body is an ecosystem that is constantly seeking to maintain inner balance to function optimally. Proper nutrition is a vital factor to reach your body’s inner balance, and a balanced and varied diet is important to get a mental and physical well-being, as well as an overall health for the years to come.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is recommended to consume a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. It is important to add in your daily diet fruits and vegetables from all 5 color groups – green, white, yellow, red and purple. Each one delivering specific and valuable nutrients. In fact, plants not only contain different vitamins and minerals  but also secondary compounds known as phytonutrients (phyto from the Greek = plant and nutrients = life-enabling substances), which give plants their typical color and are thought to be beneficial for human health.

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10 essential minerals
22 plant concentrates

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5 Interesting Health Benefits of Phytonutrients

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What are Phytonutrients?

Phytonutrients also known as Phytochemicals are chemical compounds produced by plants, generally to help them thrive or thwart competitors, predators, or pathogens. The name comes from Greek φυτόν, meaning ‘plant‘. Some phytochemicals have been used as poisons and others as traditional medicine.

Phytonutrients are organic components found in plants that are thought to promote human health. The term “phyto” originates from a Greek word meaning plant. Fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts and teas are all rich sources of phytonutrients. Many plant-based foods including fruits and vegetables contain a number of different phytonutrients, even if they have been studied primarily for just one or two. That is why there is not only a need to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables in general, but also to increase variety to ensure the best possible benefits.

What are the health benefits of phytonutrients?

Among the benefits of phytonutrients are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Phytonutrients may also enhance immunity and intercellular communication, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism.

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Phytonutrients and associated great health benefits:

There are 5 color categories describing phytonutrients and specific associated health benefits for the phytonutrients in each of those 5 color categories.

  1. Green category phytonutrients Lutein/ Zeaxanthin are associated with vision health and found in foods like spinach, lettuce, kale, broccoli. Glucosinolates associated with cellular health is another green category phytonutrient found in broccoli, bok-choy, cabbage, mustard greens.
  2. Red category phytonutrients like lycopene associated with prostate health, lung health, stomach health, heart health and found in foods like tomatoes, watermelon and red grapefruit. Ellagic Acid associated cellular health is another red category phytonutrient found in raspberries and strawberries.
  3. White category phytonutrients like quercetin associated with blood vessel, heart health, bone and joint health are found in onions, apples and radicchio.
  4. Blue/ Purple category phytonutrients like anthocyanidins associated with heart health, cell health, skin health, digestive health, brain health are found in grapes, blueberries and eggplants.
  5. Yellow/ Orange category phytonutrients like Alpha-carotene associated with vision health, healthy growth and development, heart health are found in carrots, plantains and pumpkin. Beta-carotene associated with vision health, healthy immune function, healthy growth and development, heart health, bone health is another phytonutrient found in carrots, Chinese cabbages, plantains and cantaloupe. Hesperidin associated with heart health is found in oranges, lemons and limes.  Beta-cryptoxanthin associated with heart health, bone health, joint health is another beneficial phytonutrient found in oranges, tangerines and papayas.

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12 essential vitamins
10 essential minerals
22 plant concentrates

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