The 5 Criteria of the Purity Health Profile

Submitted by Purity CoffeePurity CoffeePurity Coffee is completely focused on health from bean to bag. They roast for the highest levels of antioxidants and the lowest levels of acrylamide. One of the easiest changes anyone can make to their diet is to switch to healthier coffee!

1) Purity is Always Organic

Organic coffees have been produced by following approved methods of agriculture and handling. These methods integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices, which includes cycling of resources, promoting ecological balance, and conserving biodiversity.

2) Purity Standards Require “Near Zero Defects”

The highest standard of coffee with the least number of defects is classified as “specialty grade” and that is the Purity starting point. Green coffee defects are substandard coffee beans that can occur for a multitude of reasons, such as: adverse climate conditions, poor agricultural, harvesting and processing practices, and problematic transportation or storage of the coffee. Some of these defects are difficult to avoid, but others can be avoided. Regardless, to get defect-free coffee, most coffee must be sorted so that whatever defects remain can be removed.

3) Purity Contains NO Mold…Ever

Mold and mycotoxins are a serious health concern, with accepted levels for consumption differing from country to country. If mold is present, it can only be eliminated at high roast temperatures. Unfortunately, these high temperatures may increase the formation of acrylamide or create the carcinogen Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon and eliminate the healthy polyphenols and chlorogenic acids in coffee. Therefore, we cannot tolerate mold at any stage. Purity uses a routine which confirms that as coffee passes through each step of the supply chain it is free from contamination. They also lab test their green beans regularly to ensure that this remains the case.

4) Purity Sources Sustainable Coffee

Purity not only cares about the health of their coffee, they also care about the health of the people who produce it and the environment in which it is grown.

5) Purity has Exceptional Taste

Purity Coffee’s industry-recognized cuppers taste a selection of coffees that fit their Purity Health Profile and select the best tasting ones.

The Purity Difference

Less than 1% of coffees worldwide fit all five of these criteria and Purity Coffee searches diligently for coffees that do. All Purity Coffee is specialty grade coffee, but not all specialty grade coffee is Purity Coffee!

To order your Purity Coffee, please visit puritycoffee.com, call (844) 787-4892 Ext. 102, or email support@puritycoffee.com. Plus, enter the promo code NEEDS to receive a special 30% discount off your first order!

 

 

September 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

It’s NOT Easy to get this Super Nutrient from Your Diet!

Submitted By LifeExtensionVitamin KObtaining enough vitamin K through your diet can be difficult. The most common form of vitamin K, known as K1, is present in leafy green vegetables. Not only do many people avoid these types of vegetables, but the K1 is also tightly bound to the plant fibers so it’s not easily absorbable.

In contrast, vitamin K2, which is found in meat, egg yolks, and dairy, is up to 10 times more bioavailable than K1 and remains active in the body for far longer. If you have to avoid these foods for health reasons, it’s essential to take a K2 supplement!

Super K with Advanced K2 Complex provides the three forms of vitamin K that can be utilized by the body: vitamin K1 and dual forms of vitamin K2, known as MK-4 and MK-7. This comprehensive vitamin K formula promotes both bone and arterial health.

 Super K with Advanced K2 Complex Benefits at a Glance:

  • Maintains bone density by facilitating calcium transport into bones
  • Promotes a healthy heart and vascular system
  • Includes the most bioavailable forms of vitamin K1 and K2
  • Bioavailable over a sustained 24-hour period

The method by which vitamin K supports bones and arteries is related to its relationship with calcium. Research has shown that low vitamin K status interferes with the function of a protein called matrix Gla-protein (MGP). This protein is vitamin K dependent and must be carboxylated to function properly.

Without adequate vitamin K, MGP remains uncarboxylated. Studies have found that uncarboxylated MGP accumulates at the site of arterial calcification. Without normal levels of carboxylated MGP, calcium in the blood can bind to the arterial wall resulting in calcification.

 Health Benefits of Vitamin K

The Rotterdam Heart Study, a largescale, well-controlled clinical trial that tracked 4,800 subjects for seven years, revealed that people who consume the most dietary K2 have healthier hearts when compared to people who consume the least. Additional studies have shown that higher vitamin K levels also correspond to less calcium deposits in the aorta and can even cause a 37% regression of preformed arterial calcification.

Different Forms of Vitamin K

Super K with Advanced K2 Complex makes it easier to get enough vitamin K by including the two forms of vitamin K2, MK-4 and MK-7. The MK-4 form is the most rapidly absorbed type of vitamin K. However, it only lasts in the bloodstream for a few hours. In contrast, the MK-7 form is available to the body for a full 24-hour period at much higher levels. Combining two forms of vitamin K2 provides both rapid and sustained absorption of this critical nutrient, so your healthy blood levels are maintained throughout the day. Just one daily softgel of Super K with Advanced K2 Complex provides 100 mcg of vitamin K2 (MK-7); 1,000 mcg of vitamin K2 (MK-4); and 1,500 mcg of vitamin K1. This unique super K complex is the most comprehensive vitamin K formula and an excellent way to get your daily dose of vitamin K!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

August 21, 2018 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

Turmeric Adulteration

By Dr. Jen Palmer, Naturopathic Doctor (ND) & NEEDS Education Director

tumeric-powder-root-1296x728One of the most popular dietary supplements on the market today is curcumin, the active compound from the Indian herb turmeric. Some authorities report that it’s been the number one selling supplement for the past five years, and that’s a well-deserved status. Curcumin has been extensively researched and proven to be effective for a multitude of health conditions. It reduces inflammation and has been shown to significantly improve symptoms of osteoarthritis (joint pain).

In one study, a group of patients with arthritis took curcumin supplements with their medication and felt significantly greater relief from pain as compared to patients that just took the medication alone. It is also a potent antioxidant and can support the liver in detoxification. Curcumin has the advantage of being able to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it has the ability to protect the brain from free radical damage and potentially reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, as shown in several studies. In fact, in India where turmeric is used abundantly as a spice in foods, Alzheimer’s rates are significantly lower than in the United States.

The downside of an herb becoming this popular and in such high demand, is that unscrupulous raw material suppliers may adulterate the herb in order to make it more profitable for themselves. Historically, there have been examples of this occurring in the industry, such as with goldenseal. Goldenseal is expensive, so dishonest raw material suppliers would try to pass off less expensive herbs of the same golden color as the more expensive goldenseal.

Turmeric sales have doubled between 2013 and 2016, and as a result, it has fallen prey to unscrupulous practices as well. The American Botanical Council recently published a bulletin on this topic as part of the Botanical Adulterants Prevention Program in cooperation with the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the National Center for Natural Products Research. What they found is that some raw suppliers are adding cheap, synthetic curcuminoids to natural supplements to increase their profits. One of the authors of the bulletin stated, “The adulteration of this plant species is an extensive, complex, and multifactorial enterprise driven by economic incentive within the food ingredient category.”

Sadly, basic testing cannot differentiate between synthetic and natural curcuminoids. It requires expensive carbon isotope testing to distinguish the fake from the natural. Visually, the fake and real products may appear to be identical through the use of colorants. These colorants may pose a health risk considering that some are derived from lead chromate or metanil yellow. The typical curcumin user may take a gram or more of the supplement per day, meaning it could add up to ingesting a large quantity of toxic colorants.

The take home message here is that it is wise to purchase curcumin from brands that can be trusted. It is very important that a manufacturer takes the steps necessary to ensure that proper testing of the curcumin raw material is completed and to only source from reputable raw material suppliers. We’ve done the research for you and feel confident in recommending the curcumin products found on our website: https://www.needs.com/prod_detail_list/htc_Curcumin.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

August 10, 2018 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Stop Headaches WITHOUT the Risk!

HeadachesBy Terry Lemerond, Author & Co-Owner of Terry Naturally

Whether it’s a migraine, tension, sinus, or a cluster headache, a lot of people think that ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin are their only choices for relief. With very little research, you can see all the side effects and problems these analgesics cause while trying to take away headache pain. Thankfully, there are ways to stop headaches without the risk by using natural ingredients.

Almost everyone gets headaches and when it happens to you, pain relief is foremost on your mind! The problem is the drugs used to treat headaches, can be more dangerous than the headaches themselves. Yet there is widespread belief that they are safe for frequent use, but that’s not the case.

Common analgesics, whether it’s aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, have terrible effects on the liver, heart, mood, and immune system. For example, acetaminophen was recently found to affect serotonin levels and suppress emotion. It destroys glutathione production in the liver and is the number one cause of acute liver failure. In addition to its blood thinning effects, constant aspirin use can cause bleeding in the intestinal tract and the brain and make you more vulnerable to the shingles virus. Ibuprofen slows kidney function, doubles and triples your risk of heart attack and stroke, and causes excruciating “rebound” headaches. You may be shocked to learn that 16,500 people die every year from the adverse effects of ibuprofen! Death is definitely an unacceptable side effect for a headache.

 The Nutrients That Stop Headaches

Curcumin: To me, curcumin is the king of botanical medicines. Curcumin is a compound found in turmeric that has been used in India for thousands of years and is well-known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Because of its ability to reduce inflammation, I think it is a must for anyone who deals with any type of headache.

This is why I recommend curcumin that uses turmeric oil for better absorption—up to 500 times that of turmeric—and has better blood retention time. The curcumin gets to where it is needed most and sticks around to help stop headache pain. What are the side effects of curcumin? Stronger DNA, fewer overall aches and pains, and it’s very likely you’ll have a better state of mind.

 Boswellia: If you suffer from cluster headaches, boswellia is an herb you want in your corner. Not only does it fight inflammation differently than many other botanicals—inhibiting 5-LOX where others typically fight COX-2—but it also has been shown to reduce the frequency and intensity of headache pain in individuals with chronic cluster headaches.

Not every boswellia is the same. Unstandardized boswellia, for example, provides very little of one of the most important pain-fighting compounds. I believe boswellia is most effective when it is standardized to its primary anti-inflammatory compound AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid) and beta-boswellic acid, which is a pro-inflammatory compound (the last thing you need when fighting headaches!) that is screened out.

 DLPA: Also known as DL-phenylalanine, this amino acid contains two forms of phenylalanine. The “D” form of phenylalanine appears to block a nervous system enzyme (enzyme carboxypeptidase A) that intensifies pain signals and inhibits another enzyme (enkephalinase) that breaks down enkephalins—one of the brain’s natural pain-killing and “feel good” chemicals, which is in the same family as endorphins. The “L” form improves mood-elevating chemicals in the brain, such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.

DLPA ultimately converts to tyrosine, which is a precursor to helpful neurotransmitters like dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine; melanin, a healthy pigment in the skin; and thyroid hormone. Many studies have looked at using DLPA for headaches with great results.

 Magnesium: This premier mineral helps promote a sound mind and body and has a long history in migraine research. That’s because it has been estimated that about half of all migraine sufferers are magnesium deficient. With this in mind, studies have shown that pretreatment with magnesium reduced migraines in children and stopped migraines in adults. Other work shows that magnesium deficiencies are potentially at the root of a number of neurological and mood disorders, including depression and anxiety, which have been treated conventionally with some of the same drugs used for migraines.

 Vitamin B6: Vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce the severity and duration of headaches in people who are genetically susceptible to migraines. That’s because it helps lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is associated with damage to blood vessel walls and greater risk of stroke. Homocysteine is commonly found in individuals who suffer from migraines with auras. I recommend vitamin B6 in its pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P-5-P) form. Unlike commonly used pyridoxine hydrochloride, this form of B6 is already in its active form and does not require conversion by the liver before it can be used by the body. Many people are not efficient converters of B vitamins, which is why I recommend they be taken in their active forms whenever possible.

 Stop Your Headaches Safely

You can stop headaches without resorting to OTC drugs that destroy your stomach lining, stress your liver, deaden your emotions, and cause terrible “rebound” effects. The ingredients I’ve recommended here can help stop—and prevent—headaches regardless of their cause or type. You can take them every day without worry because they are effective and safe. If you’ve been looking for a natural headache solution, this is it!

Reference:
https://www.terrytalksnutrition.com/health-articles/stop-headacheswithout-risk/

 

 These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

August 2, 2018 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Iodoral is Back!

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By Allergy Research Group

Iodine is an essential element that is crucial for thyroid and adrenal health and proper function. It also helps to boost your immunity and create a healthy metabolism balance. Although its main function is to aid in the production of thyroid hormones by the thyroid gland, other organs in the body have a need for iodine in order to function normally too.

Several studies have demonstrated the body’s need for iodine intake. The original study on adolescent girls was completed 80-years-ago and used 9 mg of iodine daily. The minimum amount of iodine determined in these studies is equivalent to 0.1 mg per 1 kg of body weight per day. For example for a 50 kg woman, the daily amount of iodine would be 5 mg.

During the early 1900’s, the iodine/iodide solution called Lugol solution was used extensively, effectively, and safely in medical practice—for both low activity and above normal activity of the thyroid gland. The recommended daily intake for iodine supplementation was 2 to 6 drops of Lugol solution, which provided 12.5 mg to 37.5 mg total iodide. That amount was mentioned as recently as 1995 in a book on Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Several investigators have shown convincing evidence for the need for adequate iodine intake. Japanese women living in Japan consumed a daily average of 13.8 mg total elemental iodine and some research suggests this is an important factor for their relative health. In the 1960s, one slice of bread in the USA contained the full Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of 0.15 mg iodine. Over the last 2 decades, iodine was replaced by bromine in the bread making process. Bromine may block thyroid function and can also interfere with iodine in the body.

The RDA limits for vitamins and minerals were established after World War II. One of the last essential elements included in the RDA system was iodine, established in 1980 and confirmed in 1989. The RDA for iodine was based on the amount of iodine/iodide needed to prevent goiter and hypothyroidism. The optimal requirement of the whole human body for iodine has never been studied. Therefore, the optimal amount of this element for physical and mental well-being is unknown. Based on demographic studies, the mainland

Japanese people consumed an average of 13.8 mg daily and they are one of the healthiest people on planet earth. Lugol solution is a time-tested preparation with a proven track record for over 150 years. Two drops contain 12.5 mg iodine/iodide, an amount very close to the 13.8 mg average intake of the mainland Japanese people.

Iodoral® is a tablet form of Lugol solution. A one 12.5 mg tablet of Iodoral® supplies an amount of total elemental iodine comparable to the average daily intake of this essential element by the mainland Japanese people.

Administration of iodine/iodide in a liquid solution is not very accurate, may stain clothing, has an unpleasant taste, and can cause gastric irritation. Iodoral® is a precisely quantified tablet form containing 5 mg iodine and 7.5 mg iodide as the potassium salt. To prevent gastric irritation, the iodine/iodide preparation is absorbed into a colloidal silica excipient and to eliminate the unpleasant taste of iodine, the tablets are coated with a thin film of pharmaceutical glaze. Iodoral® can help promote healthy thyroid function, support your weight management efforts, balance your metabolism, increase energy and reduce fatigue, boost your immunity, and increase your overall health.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

July 16, 2018 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Could a Daily Dose of Sunshine Prevent Neurological Diseases?

Young friends enjoying a day at beach.By Jennifer Palmer, Naturopathic Doctor (ND) & NEEDS Education Director

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine producing “dopaminergic” neurons in a specific area of the brain. It causes symptoms that progress slowly over years, including rigid limbs, gait and balance problems, and a type of tremor in the hands. Like most of the neurological diseases, it continually progresses and there is no solid cure.

A recent study has found a link between regular sun exposure and having a lower risk of developing PD as an older adult. Sun exposure increases the body’s vitamin D production and this may play a significant role in PD.

This study was conducted in France in order to examine the association of ultraviolet B (UV-B) light exposure from the sun, to the risk of developing PD later in life. The researchers found that in adults under 70-years-old, higher exposure to UV-B light is associated with a lower risk of developing PD. People under 50-years-old with consistently high UV-B exposure had the most significant reduction in their risk of developing PD as they grew older. In older age groups, the risk reduction was less significant, but still existed.

On the flip side, people who had the lowest exposure to UV-B light under 70-years-old had the greatest risk of developing PD. However, for people older than 70, low UV-B light exposure was a less significant risk factor for developing PD and for those over 80, there was very little correlation between sunshine and PD.

There’s a good reason why sunlight is related to neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and many others. The key reason is that sunshine enhances the body’s natural ability to create vitamin D. When skin is exposed to UV-B light from the sun, it converts a type of cholesterol

(7-dehydrocholesterol) present in the skin into a vitamin D precursor. Then, this precursor is transferred to the liver and kidneys and is ultimately converted to active vitamin D. The body can produce adequate amounts of vitamin D through this process as long as there is sufficient sun exposure, but as we age, the process becomes less effective for many people. This might explain why UV-B exposure is less protective against PD in older adults.

The good news is that we can take vitamin D3 in supplement form to make up for the body’s compromised production and help prevent neurological disorders. Vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining neurological function and protecting the nervous system. When you have a deficiency, it increases a person’s risk of developing neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Vitamin D Council website (www.vitamindcouncil.org) lists more than 60 studies that explore the relationship between vitamin D levels and neurodegeneration. Vitamin D works on specific cells in the immune system to reduce inflammation—a condition that can be damaging to nerves and negatively influences brain function. It may also help reduce autoimmune reactions by balancing the immune system. Vitamin D helps deliver calcium into bones and reduces the risk of excess calcium being deposited into brain tissue. The nervous system also has vitamin D receptors, so the nutrient can influence neurotransmitter synthesis and nerve growth.

If you live in a location where it is difficult to get adequate sun exposure, such as northern latitudes, or if you are concerned about developing skin cancer, you can take vitamin D3 as a supplement. Your physician can test your vitamin D levels and if you find they are very low, you can take up to 10,000 IU vitamin D daily until your levels are restored.

For general supplementation, take 1,000-2,000 IU daily. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient, which is best absorbed when taken with food that has a little fat in it. And don’t forget that Vitamin D has cofactors that enhance absorption, including magnesium, zinc, and boron. Vitamin K2 supports vitamin D by shuttling calcium into the bones instead of blood vessels. This helps prevent calcium deposits in vessels and reduces the risk of developing atherosclerosis. Vitamin A and vitamin D share receptors, so it is important to get adequate amounts of both to prevent deficiency. Balance is always key when it comes to health, so be sure to take all the cofactors when taking high doses of vitamin D!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

References:
Kravietz, A. et al. Association of UV radiation with Parkinson disease incidence: A nationwide French ecologic study. Environmental Research, 2017.
Przybelski RJ1, Binkley NC. Arch Biochem Biophys. (2007) Apr 15; 460 (2):202-5. Is vitamin D important for preserving cognition? A positive correlation of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration with cognitive function.

July 5, 2018 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

Biofilm Busters You Need to Know About

BiofilmsSubmitted by Klaire Labs

Chronic infections have become increasingly challenging, and not just due to the antibiotic resistance problem. Bacteria have developed a sneaky way of protecting themselves and becoming impervious to treatment. The trick is a sticky coating that they can surround themselves with called biofilm.

Bacteria clump together and the biofilm forms, surrounding the bacteria with a matrix of proteins and sugars designed to serve as a protective armor. Biofilms shield the bacteria from any substance that can destroy it, including antibiotics. Up to 80% of infections involve biofilms, which make for very persistent and difficult to treat infections that spread easily. Bacteria with biofilms have a 10 to 1,000 times greater resistance to antibiotic therapy. The protective coating allows bacteria to “hide” and multiply, which makes a person sicker with chronic, but unexplainable symptoms. But, not all biofilms are bad. They can also be present in healthy conditions, as they can serve as protection for good bacteria in our digestive tract and mucous membranes.

Despite our scientific understanding of the biofilm phenomenon, there has yet to be a pharmaceutical drug created to successfully combat it. This is why integrative physicians have turned to natural agents to help break down the protective biofilm and expose bacteria to treatments. There are various botanicals that can help bust up biofilms and if they cause a strong die off reaction, such as achy joints, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms, it indicates that the biofilms were extremely progressed. In that case, take it slower and consider adding additional antimicrobial ingredients.

If you’re fighting a stubborn infection that just won’t go away, suspect a biofilm problem. Try using herbs, such as rosemary, curcumin, goldenseal, oregano, and olive leaf, which are effective on lower grade biofilms. Black cumin, EDTA, and bismuth help get rid of moderate biofilms. You can take these supplements for a few weeks and up to a few months maximum.

 InterFase® and InterFase® Plus also fight against biofilms. These gastrointestinal anti-biofilm enzyme formulations should be used under the direction of an appropriately-trained healthcare professional. InterFase® is a potent enzyme formulation specifically-designed to disrupt gastrointestinal biofilm communities. Although a normal survival mechanism for commensal bacteria, undesirable organisms may become entrenched in biofilm; and therefore, unresponsive to conventional and natural remedies, including probiotics.

InterFase® enzymes have been selected for their ability to lyse foundational extracellular polymers as well as degrade bacterial and yeast cell walls. The addition of disodium ethylenendiaminetetraactic acid (EDTA) in InterFase® Plus delivers more aggressive anti-biofilm action by binding metals needed for biofilm formation.

InterFase® and InterFase® Plus are formulated to be employed as part of a comprehensive program to support GI health by modifying undesirable gut biofilm. The products are designed to be used in conjunction with botanicals, supplements, and/or conventional treatments. Also, changes in diet are usually necessary and the use of probiotics is strongly advised. As part of a comprehensive program, they should always be used under the direction of an appropriately trained healthcare professional. InterFase® Plus is not intended for long-term daily use. It is also contraindicated in individuals under the age of 18-years-old, pregnant or nursing mothers, individuals with liver or kidney conditions, or other conditions as indicated by the dispensing healthcare professional.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

June 15, 2018 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

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