Monday, 28 November 2011

Glutathione: A Very Powerful Antioxidant

Glutathione, being the mother of all antioxidants, is a tripeptide that contains an unusual peptide linkage between the amine group of cysteine and the carboxyl group of glutamate side chain. It is an antioxidant preventing damage to important cellular components caused by reactive oxygen species such as free radicals and peroxides. Glutathione not only acts as antioxidant, but also as detoxifier and immune booster. What this powerful antioxidant does to your body is repair damage caused by stress, pollution, aging, radiation, infection, injury, and poor diet.

Antioxidants like the popularly known Vitamin C and E are important to achieve a healthy life as they neutralize free radicals that can build up in cells and cause damage. Since glutathione exists within the cells of our body, it is the body's primary defense against harmful free radicals. It has widespread health benefits because it can be found in all types of cells, most importantly, the cells of the immune system, that fight diseases.

Glutathione occurs naturally in many foods and those who have healthy habits and healthy diet have enough supply of it. Those diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables are most like considered fine while those poor diets may get insufficient amount of glutathione. The powerful effect of glutathione makes cell functions run smoothly. It also helps the liver remove chemicals foreign to the body such as drugs and pollutants.

Glutathione is said to be not well absorbed if taken orally. It is advised to take glutathione intravenously, which can be done by injecting it to your vein. Though some people have fears or phobia, and in some cases have very low tolerance of pain, glutathione capsules are the best option.

Studies demonstrated that glutathione can fight any type of disease, particularly those diseases associated with aging since most of them occur at old age. The best studies have been conducted in cancer. One study was conducted involving women with ovarian cancer. Some women took glutathione while being treated by chemotherapy. Those women who were given glutathione not only had fewer side effects from chemotherapy but also had better overall survival rates.

Nevertheless, people have tried glutathione for the treatment of a whole host of conditions including high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, cataracts,and male infertility.

Overall, taking glutathione or its precursors in reasonable amounts appears to be quite safe, although it should be avoided in people with milk protein allergies and in those who have received an organ transplant. There is also some concern, however, about the safety of taking glutathione for the one condition for which there is the greatest evidence of its usefulness: cancer.

Have a healthy lifestyle. Practice healthy habits. Choose healthy options. All can be achieved with Classique Herbs L-Glutathione.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

What is Cancer?

    Cancer, a class of diseases characterized by out-of- control cell growth. There are over 100 different types of cancer, and each is classified by the type of cell that is initially affected. Cancer occurs when gene mutations make the cell unable to correct DNA damage and unable to commit suicide. Similarly, cancer is a result of mutations that inhibit oncogene and tumor suppressor gene function, leading to uncontrollable cell growth. Cancer harms the body when damaged cells divide uncontrollably to form lumps or masses of tissue called tumors; except in the case of leukemia where cancer prohibits normal blood function by abnormal cell division in the blood stream. Tumors can grow and interfere with the digestive nervous and circulatory systems and they can release hormones that alter the body functions. Tumors that stay in one spot demonstrate limited growth is generally considered to be benign. When a tumor successfully spreads to other parts of the body and grows, invading and destroying other healthy tissues, it is said to have metastasized. This process itself is called metastasis, and the result is a serious condition that is very difficult to treat. In 2007, cancer claimed the lives of about 7.6 million people in the world.

    How is cancer diagnosed and staged?


    Early detection of cancer can greatly improve the odds of successful treatment and survival. Physicians use information from symptoms and several other procedures to diagnose cancer. Imaging techniques such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, PET scans, and Ultrasound scans are used regularly in order to detect where a tumor is located and what organs may be affected by it. Doctors may also conduct an endoscopy, which is a procedure that uses a thin tube with a camera and light at one end, to look for abnormalities inside the body.

    Extracting cancer cells and looking at them under a microscope is the only absolute way to diagnose cancer. This procedure is called a biopsy. Other types of molecular diagnostic tests are frequently employed as well. Physicians will analyze your body's sugars, fats, proteins, and DNA at the molecular level. For example, cancerous prostate cells release a higher level of a chemical called PSA (prostate-specific antigen) into the bloodstream that can be detected by a blood test. Molecular diagnostics, biopsies, and imaging techniques are all used together to diagnose cancer.


    The bottom line is, if you are in the low class or middle class in terms on aspect of life, can you afford the test to diagnose the diseases in our bod?. The problem is, eventhough you have sufficient money but the time do not permit and if it is too late, then the money would be of no use. It is still best to prevent all these things rather than  being sorry. Nowadays, severe diseases can occur to anyone regardless of age. But there are ways to prevent it. We can prevent to acquire certain diseases if we start to practice healthy lifestyle, healthy habits, healthy living, health and wealthness and to take into consideration the healthy options like taking food supplements made up of  herbal ingredients which is available in market today. 

    Healthy options like diet supplements, more commonly known as food supplements, are preparations intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibers, fatty acids, or amino acids that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person’s diet. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates dietary supplements as a category of foods, and not as drugs. While pharmaceutical companies are required to obtain FDA approval which involves assessing the risks and benefits prior to their entry in the market, dietary supplements do not need to be pre-approved by FDA before they can enter the market. These food supplements usually have a label “No Approved Therapeutic Claims” in their packaging which indicates that dietary supplements are not to be taken to cure  diseases immediately, but to boost the mechanism of your immune system first and slow by slow help the body to recover and response againts killer diseases.













    Philippine General Hospital reports that 13 Filipinos die of cancer every hour.



            



    Saturday, 19 November 2011

    What Causes Cancer?

    Carcinogens

    Carcinogens are a class of substances that are directly responsible for damaging DNA, promoting or aiding cancer. Tobacco, asbestos, arsenic, radiation such as Gamma and X-rays, the sun, and compounds in car exhaust fumes are all examples of carcinogens. When our bodies are exposed to carcinogens, free radicals are formed that try to steal electrons from other molecules in the body. Theses free radicals damage cells and affect their ability to function normally.

     

    Genes 

    Cancer can be the result of a genetic predisposition that is inherited from family members. It is possible to be born with certain genetic mutations or a fault in a gene that makes one statistically more likely to develop cancer later in life.


    Viruses

                      
    All organisms have cancer cells in the body; but are dormant, or inactive. These cancer cells can be activated by viruses, and other external factors like unhealthy lifestyle. Viruses invade our system by forcing their way into a cell and using the cell’s system to replicate themselves. In doing so, they may disrupt or alter the host cell’s own DNA. Several viruses have also been linked to cancer such as: human papillomavirus (a cause of cervical cancer), hepatitis B and C (causes of liver cancer), and Epstein-Barr virus (a cause of some childhood cancers). Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and anything else that suppresses or weakens the immune system inhibits the body's ability to fight infections and increases the chance of developing cancer.

    What are the symptoms of cancer?

    Cancer symptoms are quite varied and depend on where the cancer is located, where it has spread, and how big the tumor is. Some cancers can be felt or seen through the skin; a lump on the breast or testicle can be an indicator of cancer in those locations. Skin cancer, also known as melanoma is often noted by a change in a wart or mole on the skin. Some oral cancers present white patches inside the mouth or white spots on the tongue.

    Other cancers have symptoms that are less physically apparent. Some brain tumors tend to present symptoms early in the disease as they affect important cognitive functions. Pancreas cancers are usually too small to cause symptoms until they cause pain by pushing against nearby nerves or interfere with liver function to cause a yellowing of the skin and eyes called jaundice. Symptoms also can be created as a tumor grows and pushes against organs and blood vessels. For example, colon cancers lead to symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, and changes in stool size. Bladder or prostate cancers cause changes in bladder function such as more frequent or infrequent urination.

    As cancer cells use the body's energy and interfere with normal hormone function, it is possible to present symptoms such as fever, fatigue, excessive sweating, anemia, and unexplained weight loss. However, these symptoms are common in several other maladies as well. For example, coughing and hoarseness can point to lung or throat cancer as well as several other conditions.

    When cancer spreads, or metastasizes, additional symptoms can present themselves in the newly affected area. Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes are common and likely to be present early. If cancer spreads to the brain, patients may experience vertigo, headaches, or seizures. Spreading to the lungs may cause coughing and shortness of breath. In addition, the liver may become enlarged and cause jaundice and bones can become painful, brittle, and break easily. Symptoms of metastasis ultimately depend on the location to which the cancer has spread.




    Prevention is better than cure.

    Progressive tumor growth occurs in many patients, suggesting that some mechanisms must exist by which tumor cells can escape immunosurveillance. Certainly, some tumors escape detection because they are effectively sequestered, whereas other tumors evade destruction because they secrete immunosuppressive molecules.

    Though some types of cancer can be detected early by manifesting symptoms, others show no symptoms at all and can only be perceived once it has metastasized and affected other areas of the body which make it hard to cure. Cancer can be diagnosed by performing different tests and applying imaging techniques like CT scans and MRI scans that are very expensive. As bad as it may sound, people with inadequate resources can’t undergo these procedures to detect cancer and have it cured as early as possible. This is where the motto, “prevention is better than cure” comes in. As aforementioned, diseases like cancer, hypertension, and heart attack are caused by mutations in the DNA causing cellular damage. This cellular damage can somehow be eradicated by fighting free radicals in our body. Antioxidants present in dietary supplements play a crucial role in combating free radicals that damage our cells and cause diseases.

    Epidemiologic observations show lower cancer rates in people with healthy diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables. This has led to the theory that these diets contain substances, possibly antioxidants, which protect against the development of cancer. It has also been proven that dietary supplementation reduces the risk of developing life threatening diseases like hypertension and cancer. Antioxidants are also thought to have a role in slowing the aging process and preventing heart diseases and strokes. 

    Healthy options like diet supplements, more commonly known as food supplements, are preparations intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibers, fatty acids, or amino acids that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person’s diet. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates dietary supplements as a category of foods, and not as drugs. While pharmaceutical companies are required to obtain FDA approval which involves assessing the risks and benefits prior to their entry in the market, dietary supplements do not need to be pre-approved by FDA before they can enter the market. These food supplements usually have a label “No Approved Therapeutic Claims” in their packaging which indicates that dietary supplements are not to be taken to cure certain diseases, but only to boost the immune response of the body against diseases.

    Recommendations

    Healthy Options

    Consider taking dietary supplements for a healthier body. These food supplements can be taken to provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibers, fatty acids, or amino acids that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person’s diet.

    Healthy Lifestyle

    Develop healthy lifestyle through daily exercise, quit smoking, and drinking moderately. Smoking and drinking can contribute in the development of free radicals. The more free radicals present in your body, the higher chance you’ll acquire a disease. 

    Healthy Diet

    Follow a balanced diet by taking 5 servings of fruit or vegetables per day. This will ensure that you are developing your inherent antioxidant systems and that your diet is providing the necessary components.
    To help us prevent diseases associated with cellular damage, Classique Herbs utilize the best and most effective natural ingredients culled from the highest quality sources and perfected through years of research. Products are formulated by practicing herbalists and scientists. They are also manufactured under strict quality control.




    Friday, 18 November 2011

    Cellular Damage - A Threat To Human Life

    As we age, there is an increase in the number of possible disease-causing mutations in our DNA. This makes age an important risk factor to acquire certain diseases that are life threatening. Aging is associated with a decrease in the ability to resist certain types of infections and cellular damage. This cellular damage is often caused by free radicals. To prevent free radical damage, the body has a defense system of antioxidants. Antioxidants are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage; which is the common pathway for cancer, and a variety of diseases like hypertension and myocardial infarction or heart attack.

    Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction before vital molecules are damaged. Althoug there are severa; enzyme systems within the body that scavenge free radicals, the principal micronutrient antioxidants are Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, and Vitamin C. The body cannot manufacture these micronutrients so they must be supplied in the diet:
    • Vitamin E, also known as D-Alpha Tocopherol is a fat soluble vitamin present in nuts, seeds, vegetable and fish oils, whole grains especially wheat germ, fortified cereals, and apricots. Current recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 15 IU per day for men and 12 IU per day for women.
    • Vitamin C, also known as Ascorbic Acid is a water soluble vitamin present in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, cantaloupe, kiwi, and strawberries. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 60 mg per day. Intake above 2000 mg may be associated with adverse side effects in some individuals.
    • Beta-Carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A (Retinol) and is present in liver, egg yolk, milk, butter, spinach, carrots, squash, broccoli, yams, tomato, cantaloupe, peaches, and grains. Because Beta-Carotene is converted to vitamin A by the body there is no set requirement. Instead the RDA is expressed as retinol equivalents (RE), to clarify the relationship. (Note: Vitamin A has no antioxidant properties and can be quite toxic when taken in excess.)

    Some Common Diseases Associated With Cellular Damage
              
    Cells can experience uncontrolled growth if there are damages or mutations to DNA, and therefore, damage to the genes involved in cell division. Four key types of gene are responsible for the cell division process: oncogenes tell cells when to divide, tumor suppressor genes tell cells when not to divide, suicide genes control apoptosis and tell the cell to kill itself if something goes wrong, and DNA-repair genes instruct a cell to repair damaged DNA. Some of the common diseases associated with cellular damage are listed below:


    1. Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, is a physiological condition involving increased pressure on the arterial walls. Generally, both systolic and diastolic pressures are elevated, although diastolic pressure may be increased. Many people have a condition known as liable hypertension, in which blood pressure is elevated on initial examination but registers normal on subsequent measurements. The average age of onset of essential hypertension is about 35. Most people with hypertension have no symptoms. For this reason, large-scale screening programs have been instituted to detect people with elevated blood pressure, for if left untreated, hypertension increases the risk of death from heart attack and produces damage to the kidneys, nervous system, and especially the eyes. 
    2. Heart Diseases or disorders of the heart kill people than any other disease. They can arise from congenital defects, infection, narrowing of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure, or disturbances of the heart rhythm. Congenital heart defects include persistence of fetal connections, such as the ductus arteriosus, a vessel normally connecting the pulmonary artery and the aorta only until birth. Rheumatic heart disease was formerly one of the most serious forms of heart disease of childhood and adolescence, involving damage to the entire heart and its membranes. It usually followed attacks of rheumatic fever. Widespread of antibiotics effective against the streptococcal bacterium that causes rheumatic fever has greatly reduced the incidence of this condition. Myocarditis is inflammation or degeneration of heart muscle. Although it is often caused by various diseases in adults or as a degenerative disease such as syphilis, goiter, endocarditis, or hypertension, myocarditis may appear as a primary disease of old age. It may be associated with dilation (enlargement due to weakness of the heart muscle) or with hypertrophy (overgrowth of the muscle tissue). In a condition called atherosclerosis, fatty deposits called plaque, composed of cholesterol and fats, build up on the inner wall of the coronary arteries. Gradual narrowing of the arteries throughout life restricts the blood flow to the heart muscles. Symptoms of restricted blood flow can include shortness of breath, especially during exercise, and a tightening pain in the chest called angina pectoris. The plaque may become large enough to completely obstruct the coronary artery, causing a sudden decrease in oxygen supply to the heart. Obstruction, also called occlusion, can occur when part of the plaque breaks away and lodges farther along in the artery, a process called thrombosis. These events are the major causes of heart attack, or myocardial infarction, which is often fatal.
    3. Cancer, a class of diseases characterized by out-of- control cell growth.

    Sunday, 6 November 2011

    The Most Notable Causes of Immune System Weakness

    These are the most notable causes of our immune system weakness:


    1. Stress - Stress is normally formed if we don't have enough rest and if we're thinking too much to achieve one goal. It is common in young and old professionals and to people who deals with pressing problems may it be on money matters, family matters, etc.












    2. Pollution - As the world progresses, we see a lot of improvements around us which may pose dangers to our environment as some activities that goes with it may contribute to pollution. These includes pollution coming from factories, emissions from cars, burning of forests, water contamination and other forms of pollution which are dangerous to human beings.



    3. Smoking - Majority of the smokers are men but nowadays, more and more women are joining the ranks of smokers which increases the number of people who are dangerously at high health risks.
    4. Age - One of life's inevitable hazards is aging. No matter what we do, we will surely be undergoing this as this is part of our life as human beings. There is no way we can escape aging. What we can just do is to prepare for our old age. We all know that as time progresses many kinds of sickness may plague us. With this, we need to do something to keep our mind and body healthy and functional. One of the ways to keep our mind and body healthy is to keep a healthy lifestyle which includes exercise, eating right, enough sleep and rest, maintaining a positive outlook and taking up supplements.We need to properly maintain our body to be able to function well and live longer without so much difficulty. Prevention is always better than cure. Gradual care may reduce the risk of acquiring dangerous diseases that may cost more money and time for recovery if we don't take care of our body in a regular basis. Sometimes, if these diseases are cured, our body will never be the same again and will leave us wishing we should have taken the extra care our body needs to be able to function well. 















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    Saturday, 5 November 2011

    How to Prevent Cancer?


    To help us prevent diseases associated with cellular damage, Classique Herbs utilize the best and most effective natural ingredients culled from the highest quality sources and perfected through years of research. Products are formulated by practicing herbalists and scientists. They are also manufactured under strict quality control.

    At present Agaricus Blazei Murill (ABM) is considered the most potent mushroom in supporting the immune system and in controlling various diseases such as Cancer and AIDS (US Patent 6120772).

    AGARICUS BLAZEI MURILL








    AGARICUS BLAZEI MURILL (ABM)
     
    Origin:   PIEDADE, SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL

    Names: ROYAL SUN MUSHROOM, GOD’S

    MUSHROOM, HIMEMATSUTAKE

    Uses:     IMMUNE HEALTH, CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH, DIGESTION, FATIGUE AND LIVER HEALTH

    Active Component: BETA GLUCAN (Has one of the highest yields in any plant)

    FACTS:

    • 90% of ABM from Brazil is bought by Japan
    • Has 30 years of solid medical research and development worldwide
    • 1 Kilo of ABM is priced at US $ 250.00 - $ 350.00
    • The highest anti-cancer effectivity rate of
    “ALL KNOWN MUSHROOM’’

    IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT
    AGARICUS BLAZEI MURILL (ABM)

    1. When humans are given ABM in their diet, a 300% increase of NK Cells
    is seen in 2-4 days

    2. ABM is 80% more effective that the leading anti-cancer drug PSK (from
    Coriolus Versicolor).

    3. Anti-cancer studies in Japan show a 99.47% cancer prevention rate and
    a 90% cancer cure rate in its research and tests.

    4. ABM’s polysaccharides are the only known mushroom polysaccharides that is effective in Elhrich’s Ascites Carcinoma, Sigmoid Colonic Cancer, Ovarian, Breast, Prostate and Liver Cancer as well as Solid Cancers.

    5. At present ABM is considered the most potent mushroom in supporting the immune system and in controlling various diseases such as Cancer and AIDS.

    TABLE OF ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES OF VARIOUS MUSHROOOMS 
    (Tokyo University, National Cancer Laboratory and Tokyo College  of Pharmacy in Japan)
     

    BREAST CANCER FOR WOMEN AND MEN


    Breast Cancer on Women




     
    - Affects 1 in 8 women

    - Some 50,000 women died from breast cancer in 2007







    Breast Cancer on Men 






    - Some 2,000 men were diagnosed of breast cancer in 2007










    AGARICUS BLAZEI MURILL (ABM)


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