Monthly Archives: April 2015

HEALTH Helps: Healthy Food is Useless Without A Healthy Tummy

COMPARATIVE STUDY: I count the type of enzymes in the formulations I take, and this has 18! That’s 4 more than the formulation I used to take. I’m not aware of the specific enzymes that break down their respective substances, but at my age and lifestyle, every little help for my tummy to function properly is a good investment for total health maintenance and disease prevention. A good tummy means better processing of all the health benefits from the food we eat for the rest of the body to benefit. An unhealthy tummy means that even if we eat healthy food, it cannot be processed correctly into useable form for the body to use.

BACKGROUND: “All disease begins in the gut,” so says 400 B.C. Greek physician Hippocrates. Since then till now, people take gut health lightly. But truth of the matter is what we take in and how our body processes it, dictates our health situation. My busy lifestyle often pushes me to the extreme— not eating on time, skipping meals, indulging on fast and junk food, etc. I have a tendency to set it aside and start paying attention only when pain and ill conditions start to creep in.

MY CURRENT SITUATION: I don’t take my gut health lightly. It is but logical to consider that whatever we take in is the makeup of our body. If diet cannot sufficiently feed all internal requirements for our system to run smoothly, like oil to an engine, then something will give in sooner or later. Much as I like to eat home-made natural food and rotate beneficial macro and micronutrient groups, I indulge on fast-food to keep up with my schedule. A little loving for my gut are supplement enzymes that I don’t get adequately with the type of food I eat, as well as its slower production as I age, the reason behind more frequent occurrences of tummy discomfort and problems. This formulation has 18 digestive enzymes to process fat, carbohydrates, protein, dairy and other hard-to-digest substances into useable forms. This is the 2nd formulation I have tried, and it has 4 more important enzymes.

DOSAGE: 1 capsule twice a day before meals keeps my gut healthy for the proper nutrients to be absorbed and the bad substances to be passed out. In this way, I don’t experience the symptoms of gas pains, flatulence and other tummy troubles resulting to better moods to meet the day’s demands. In short, it keeps the gut-brain sensory mechanism up and running in tip-top shape at all times, keeping me at my best.

MY FINAL WORD: Since these are supplements and not therapeutic, I know that I am taking care of myself now and of my future overall health. And so I end this review with the old adage that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound, or even ton of cure.”

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HEALTH Tips: A Slimming Fruit to Aid my Weight and Figure Management

I don’t need an extremely hardworking slimming system/regimen/supplement because all I need is to keep within my weight range, and this is the right gacinia cambogia formulation for me (at the minimum recommended serving), with the bonus of calcium to strengthen my bones.

BACKGROUND: I am quite comfortable with my weight of 120 pounds in a 157 centimeter frame. I occasionally tip the scale, when I binge on fast-food meals just to make sure my tummy isn’t empty during high-intensity high-pressure periods. I can’t control the havoc in my work and home life, but I will surely try controlling new fat cells from forming and fattening me up at the wrong places to keep the way I am now.

Genetics dictate that I have an apple figure, which mean that my hip area can grow awfully wide ahead of the rest of my body. My rule of thumb is not to change pant size. So once it starts getting tighter, I have to start monitoring the amount and quality of food I eat.

The garcinia cambogia craze just spread like wild fire, and thought why don’t I try prevention of new fat cells from forming while controlling what is already present. I tried taking the minimum dosage recommendation of 1 tablet once a day an hour before meals in the last 2 chaotic weeks while conveniently indulging on unhealthy food. I was pleasantly surprised that my weekend jeans still fit the same way. I seem to have not loaded on fat despite my binge on Big Macs and endless creamy coffees like the way I do during stressful times.

COMPARISON WITH OTHER FORMULAS: This has a higher strength so I only use half of the serving recommendation to maintain my weight. Comparatively, each capsule of this brand gives 50% HCA per 800 milligrams, while the other brand gives 75% HCA per 1500 milligrams in 2 capsules (or 37.5% per 750 milligrams per capsule). The great thing about this nitty-gritty computation is that it comes out more economical for me because I only have to take 1 capsule per day instead of 2. This immediately cuts the cost for getting roughly the same benefit.

TIP WHEN COMPARING BRANDS: As a tip, read and compare labels carefully, especially on the serving size, milligram content and % concentration of the active ingredient HCA. Once you know the milligram and % concentration that works for you in the number of capsules, then you can start comparing capsule prices.

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garcinia gummi-gutta fruit from Indonesia

Each time I take a capsule, I feel like I’m just plucking the Southeast Asian cambogia gummi-gatta fruit right off the tree because this formulation has no synthetic binders or fillers. I feel confident that I am controlling my hip expansion (and weight) in an all-natural way. In case I would feel any discomfort, I can merely discontinue use without fear of long-term side-effects.

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HEALTH Helps: Natural Way to Maintain Weight when Binging Episodes Gets Tough

This is my take on natural supplements— it’s like plucking the herb, flower or fruit and consuming its all-natural benefits without the side-effects of synthetic compounds. As with all intakes, the placebo effect plays an important role, so if you think it works for you, ride on!

DEFINITION & HISTORY:  Saffron is harvested from its flower, and commonly used as a cooking herb in Persian, Indian, European, Arab and Turkish cuisine. Its taste classification is comparable to its substitute herbs safflower, annatto and turmeric.  It was regarded as a medicinal herb in Ancient Egypt, and it was rumored that Cleopatra mixes it in her bath for more pleasurable lovemaking.amz.IMG.15.4.13.ArganOil.Foxbrim.can-stock-photo_csp5909182

BACKGROUND:  I am quite comfortable with my weight of 120 pounds in a 157 centimeter frame. I occasionally tip the scale, when I indulge on fast-food meals just to make sure my tummy isn’t empty during high-intensity periods like meeting work deadlines. I can’t control the havoc in my work and home life, but I surely try to curb my stress-relieving binges from fattening me up at the wrong places to keep the way I am now.

Genetics dictate that I have an apple figure, which mean that my hip area can grow awfully wide ahead of the rest of my body. My rule of thumb is not to change pants size. So once it starts getting tighter, I have to start monitoring the amount and quality of the food I eat.

During my most recent stressful streak, I took 1 capsule twice daily for 2 chaotic weeks and was pleasantly surprised that my skinny jeans still fit perfectly.

CLINICAL STUDIES:  Though inconclusive, there is evidence that suggests that saffron helps in major depressive disorders, cancer and premenstrual syndrome.

The active component is from dried saffron flower, and because this formulation has no synthetic binders or fillers (only non-GMO (genetically modified organism) rice flour), I am controlling my hip expansion (and weight) in an all-natural way, much like having a taste of an exotic dish from the temperate faraway lands of the Middle East and Europe.

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HOME Helps: Hygienic, Spill-Proof & Easy to Clean ZIP-SIP Food Pouches in Chemical-Safe Material

BACKGROUND: Since I started preparing my own smoothies, I’d like to bring some with me and take it while driving on the way to work. I used to funnel it in PET bottles & freeze it overnight. My concern is that despite taking a long time to clean it, I still end up worrying that it had not been thoroughly sanitized. PET bottles leave an odor, too.

UPSIDE:  I call these food pouches my flexi-bottle that hold semi-liquid/semi-solid food. They are my flexible, handy and reusable containers for mashed food & smoothies while on the go. It has a wide opening at the bottom for filling in and a sturdy duel-zipper system (similar to zip-lock) for sealing, while the narrow opening for dispensing on the opposite end can be resealed with a twistable leak-proof cap. It is made of safe, non-reactive and non-contaminating materials, has a see-through window for checking the contents & rewriteable area for labeling and putting the date/time the food was prepared. After use, it can be rolled up & bound in rubber band to save space in my purse. To wash, open both ends and allow water and soap to run-through so particle don’t get caught, and you have access to cleaning the inside of the container without using a bottle brush. I also love the idea of recycling to help save the environment, and I’ve used it almost everyday for a month now & it still serves me in the same way it did the first day I got it.

DOWNSIDE:  The container comes in the brown color only. I hope it can be available in all see-through (I like seeing what I eat), or other scientifically-proven attractive colors and designs for picky toddlers and children.

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HEALTH Tips: Double Detox & Liver Cleanser After a Fatty Food Binge and Drinking Spree with the Girls

SUMMARY: This is the second milk thistle brand that I have tried, and this is my comparative finding: compared to another brand in the market, each tablet contains 43% more of the active ingredient, yet is 50% less expensive! This is good as a double detoxifier after eating a lot of greasy foods and drinking some hard alcohol.

BACKGROUND: The liver is the second largest organ, and repairs itself easily. It is subject to the second pass effect for all substances after being absorbed through the stomach and out to the kidneys for water-soluble nutrients. In layman’s terms, it acts as the strainer for more potent substances such as antibiotics and alcohol, which makes them stay longer in the system, and therefore can cause harm, prior to normal excretion.

I have a regular girls’ night out with friends, and cocktails is an inevitable companion. A little of everything is not bad and too much of anything is bad, so they say. But I know that these Friday nights, if it is a stress reliever for me, is actually a stress causer for my 2-kg liver. So, to help in the recovery, I make it a point to detox regularly with milk thistle. Silymarin is the active ingredient that acts as a detoxifier and cleanser. It helps in cell recovery and regeneration. I take it sparingly though, at 1 tablet 3 times a day after meals for the next 3 days.

Though I don’t really feel a direct effect after taking it being a supplement, I know that I am doing my liver some good after subjecting it a good workout. And so I end this product review with the old adage that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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HEALTH Helps: Mid-Size & Mid-Priced Heart & Brain Food with the Same Soft Gel Delivery System for Maximum Bioavailability (Absorption & Use by the Body)

This review of Omega-3 fish oil by Gloryfeel is my sole opinion and view of my personal use of the product, and should not be deemed as medical advice.

Omega-3 fish softgel is one of the supplements I take regularly & this is the 3rd brand I’ve tried. Here is my review and comparison.

BACKGROUND:  I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical industry for quite some time, and though I used to market synthetic therapeutic drugs, I believe in the benefits and convenience of natural food supplementation.  From what I know, they are called food supplements mainly because they do not register a consistent therapeutic effect and, as the term implies, act in support of insufficiently nutritious meals, something we take for granted in this current fast-paced fast food society.

One of the non-therapeutic oral supplements that I take seriously is eicosanoids, the main active component of omega-3, believed to have anti-inflammatory actions on the heart, brain and joints. Fish oil with a high level of omega-3 supports our dietary need for these essential fatty acids which are ideally derived from the fish we eat.  I am prone to eating just red or white meat from beef, pork & poultry during the work week, and taking fish oil capsules additionally compensates for what I lack from not including deep-sea fish in my regular menu.

SOURCE & DOSAGE:  I compensate my unhealthy lifestyle with two (2) softgels a day. To replace the equivalent health benefits of two (2) softgels of this fish oil, I will have to include approximately 110 grams (about the size of 2 small adult female fists) of herring or sardines, the richest source of omega-3, in my daily diet, something that is close to impossible considering the sheer amount & monotony of eating the same food! Let this be a silent warning that omega-3 is not for those allergic to its ingredients.

COMPARISON WITH OTHER OMEGA-3 BRANDS IN TERMS OF CONTENT:

The first thing I look for is the milligram content of the supplement. This fish oil contains approximately 43% more of the active eisosanoid ingredients versus Brand Y: (1) 24% more of EPA and 79% more of DHA. So you can guess that the softgel size is slightly larger by 43%, too. Compliance is not an issue for me, but it could be for you.

SAME DELIVERY SYSTEM:  The second thing that I look for in omega-3 source is the quality of the softgel that encapsulates the fish oil. Some people think that the higher the milligram content the better, this is not true. The covering should dissolve in the right place of action in our digestive tract, in this case, the small intestines. If for example, the vitamins or minerals that you take breaks down fast and while still in the stomach, the nutritional content is broken down and destroyed as well by the stomach acid, defeating the purpose of being absorbed by the body for its nutritional use. This quality is called enteric coating. Since no brand presented a scientific dissolution study of the softgel capsules, I would consider this standard across all brands.

Similar to other fish oil in softgel, it does not melt or go gooey on my fingers. The slippery texture and shape contribute to it being swallowed easily. Don’t forget the big gulp of water.

PRICE:  This will come out 9% less expensive per serving and yet you get 43% more of the vital nutrients!. I think that we as consumers who purchase in a rush often overlook this and just look at the purchase price per bottle. Simply divide the price with the number of units. In this case, 2 softgel costs 42 cents… hmmm, a lot cheaper than 110 grams of sardines, isn’t it?

PER SERVING SUGGESTION  (1 serving = 2 softgels) This Brand Brand Y Brand Z
Total Fish Oil Content

(based on weight)

2,000 mg 1,400 mg 2,600 mg
Fish Oil Content Difference 43% 0% 86%
EPA 800 mg 644 mg 860 mg
DHA 600 mg 336 mg 650 mg
Other fatty acids not mentioned 70 mg 130 mg
Purchase Price per Bottle $24.99 $20.97 $26.95
No. of Softgels per Bottle 120 90 180
Daily Cost of

OMEGA-3 Protection

$0.42 $0.46 $0.30
Cost per mg of fish oil $0.00021 $0.00033 $0.00012

Brand Z can come out with 30% higher content and 40% less expensive than this brand, but it’s a third larger, so it could pose some problems during intake.

IN SUMMARY:  This fish oil has 43% more of the active ingredients, yet 9% less expensive compared to an available brand. So you get a lot more of the supplement at a significantly lower price. The softgel may be 43% larger, but I think of all the additional good stuff I get for such a small inconvenience, without going to the extreme of swallowing double-dose extra-large softgel of a third brand. So, this is the just-right omega-3 softgel— mid-sized and mid-priced.

CONTINUOUS PROTECTION:  On a final note, I have also read some studies that show omega-3’s protection against cancer, cardiovascular disease and age-related cognitive protection with little or no health risks, and know that taking omega-3 regularly is doing wonders for my body (and brain!) in terms of protecting it towards the old age. I may not see it now, but I know it is doing me good. It’s helping my body age gracefully in the inside. And so I end by sharing the age-old adage “An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.”

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HEALTH Helps: Higher Active Ingredient Content while Maintaining the Same Soft Gel Delivery System for Maximum Bioavailability (Absorption & Use by the Body)

This review of Omega-3 fish oil by Island’s Miracle is my sole opinion and view of my personal use of the product, and should not be deemed as medical advice.

Omega-3 fish softgel is one of the supplements I take regularly & this is the 2nd brand I’ve tried. Here is my review and comparison.

BACKGROUND:  I’ve worked in the pharmaceutical industry for quite some time, and though I used to market synthetic therapeutic drugs, I believe in the benefits and convenience of natural food supplementation.  From what I know, they are called food supplements mainly because they do not register a consistent therapeutic effect and, as the term implies, act in support of insufficiently nutritious meals, something we take for granted in this current fast-paced fast food society.

One of the non-therapeutic oral supplements that I take seriously is eicosanoids, the main active component of omega-3, believed to have anti-inflammatory actions on the heart, brain and joints. Fish oil with a high level of omega-3 supports our dietary need for these essential fatty acids which are ideally derived from the fish we eat.  I am prone to eating just red or white meat from beef, pork & poultry during the work week, and taking fish oil capsules additionally compensates for what I lack from not including deep-sea fish in my regular menu.

SOURCE & DOSAGE:  I compensate my unhealthy lifestyle with one (1) softgel a day. To replace the equivalent health benefits of one (1) softgel of this fish oil, I will have to include approximately 130 grams (about the size of 2 average adult female fists) of herring or sardines, the richest source of omega-3, in my daily diet, something that is close to impossible considering the sheer amount & monotony of eating the same food!

COMPARISON WITH OTHER OMEGA-3 BRANDS IN TERMS OF CONTENT:

The first thing I look for is the milligram content of the supplement. This fish oil contains approximately 56% more of the active eisosanoid ingredients versus the 1st brand: (1) 33% more for EPA, (2) 93% more for DHA, and (3) 80% more of other fatty acids. So you can guess that the softgel size is 60% larger, too. Compliance is not an issue for me, but this could be for you.

SAME DELIVERY SYSTEM:  The second thing that I look for in omega-3 source is the quality of the softgel that encapsulates the fish oil. Some people think that the higher the milligram content the better, this is not true. The covering should dissolve in the right place of action in our digestive tract, in this case, the small intestines. If for example, the vitamins or minerals that you take breaks down fast and while still in the stomach, the nutritional content is broken down and destroyed as well by the stomach acid, defeating the purpose of being absorbed by the body for its nutritional use. This quality is called enteric coating. Since no brand presented a scientific dissolution study of the softgel capsules, I would consider this standard across all brands.

Similar to other fish oil in softgel, it does not melt or go gooey on your fingers. The slippery texture and shape contribute to it being swallowed easily. Don’t forget the big gulp of water.

PRICE:  This will come out 56% less expensive per softgel. I think that we as consumers who purchase in a rush often overlook this and just look at the purchase price per bottle. Simply divide the price with the number of units. In this case, 1 softgel costs 15 cents… hmmm, a lot cheaper than 130 grams of sardines, isn’t it?

IN SUMMARY:  This fish oil has 56% of the active ingredient, yet 56% less expensive compared to an available brand. So you get a lot more of the supplement at a significantly lower price.

CONTINUOUS PROTECTION:  On a final note, I have also read some studies that show omega-3’s protection against cancer, cardiovascular disease and age-related cognitive protection with little or no health risks, and know that taking omega-3 regularly is doing good stuff for my body (and brain!) in terms of protecting it towards the old age. I may not see it now, but I know it is doing me good. It’s helping your body age gracefully in the inside. And so I end by sharing the age-old adage “An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure.”

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HEALTH Helps: Soothing Cream to Lull me to Good Restful Sleep, When I Prefer Not to take Sleep Tablets

BACKGROUND:  I’ve been looking around for a natural way to bring back the rejuvenating wonders of natural sleep because it is the all-around revitalizer to cope with our hectic lifestyle. I prefer not to start on pharmaceutical drugs such as the family of short-acting sleep-inducer benzodiazepines due to the quality of sleep it produces and the drug accumulation side-effects— totally unnatural, dreamless & literally sleeping like a log. So, I resort to test several natural sleep enhancers, & find melatonin-containing supplements the most effective in achieving the closest quality to natural sleep. I already take a variety of oral supplements daily (for other vitamins & minerals), so if I don’t feel like ingesting any more especially at bedtime, I resort to topical creams such as this one.

I work at varying hours dealing with different time zones & often travel across the International Dateline (IDL) that my internal daytime/nighttime clock, or circadian rhythm, can go awry. To perform at my best the following day, a good “night’s” rest (whether taken at night or during the day) is still the best antidote for all the stress, excitement & work caused by the previous 24 hours. Unfortunately, my body does not cooperate all the time and adrenaline continues to pump that the age-old remedy of counting sheep, reading books & drinking hot cocoa had lost its appeal to lull me to my precious sleep.

DEFINITION:  Here are the reasons why I center on melatonin as the best natural sleep inducer. Melatonin is a human hormone produced by the pineal gland of the brain. It helps control sleep & wake cycles depending on the individual’s natural cycle of sleeping & waking hours. Melatonin in the body normally rises from mid to late evening, & remains high most of the night. When it is time to wake up in the morning, melatonin drops. Light affects melatonin production that during winter when days are shorter, melatonin is produced earlier resulting to winter depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Melatonin production also decreases with age which explains why older people have shorter sleeping hours than growing children.

DIFFERENCE OF TOPICAL FROM ORAL MELATONIN:  Obviously, the convenience of skin application versus oral intake offers an advantage.  The cream format is 33% more (3 mg with the topical cream versus 2 mg with oral intake) than capsules/tablets maybe due to the delivery system where effective bioavailability of the active ingredient must be achieved to get better sleep results. It should be noted that higher milligram content is not necessarily better because the safety profile and delivery system will have to be factored in to achieve the desired results.

DOSAGE & RESULTS:  I’ve been in tip-top shape since I started using this melatonin cream. I don’t feel exhausted or haggard when I wake up and so unlike other sleep remedies that fool you by giving you longer sleep time. And since I feel completely rested (the simplest beauty secret), I feel more radiant to keep up from where I left off the previous day. To get the best results, I apply 1 pumpful before bedtime on a regular basis alternately with the oral format, & use it not only during the times when I need it, because I believe that our naturally-produced melatonin has to sync with the supplementation. The cream vehicle spreads evenly, absorbs easily and non-irritating.

Nothing beats a good “night’s” sleep (or whenever you want to take it), & it will show in how you perform in your next waking hours!

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HEALTH Helps: Continuous Knee & Joint Vitamins to Prevent Cartilage Erosion in Old-Age

This is my take on the generic oral combination of glucosamine-chondroitin-MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) for joint protection because there are several brands available in the market. I take it continuously, so I shift from brand to brand depending on availability and price (changes regularly). Compliance is not an issue for me and some brands come in exactly the same formulation and capsule format, so price would be the decisive factor for me.

My experience in the pharmaceutical industry gives me a grasp of pharmaceutical (requires prescription) and over the counter (OTC) products, and this view is solely my opinion from a layman’s point.

I come from a family of arthritis sufferers from as far back as my grandmother, and now my mother. Though at my age & active lifestyle (shopping mostly), I can still attribute the sporadic pain to overexertion (age denial), I have to admit though that I have to manage this eventual knee debilitating condition. So, I have decided that the earlier I protect the health of my knees, the better it would be for my glorious years.

Osteoarthritis is a condition when the normal composition of the cartilage of the knees is eroded resulting to pain and inflammation that cause immobility. This is a result of the daily beating our knees have received since the day we learned to stand, and worsens from the weight it bears as we continue to tip the scale. So, watching one’s weight is one way to help delay or eliminate the symptoms.

Since we have no option but to be on our feet most of the day, the next best thing to do is to watch what we eat in the hope that it will contribute to the constant repair and good health of our weight-bearing joints. Since it is also impossible to feed all the needs our system through diet, oral supplements come into play to augment wherever our food left off inadequately. And knee health for me is one that I consider important granting my genetic propensity.

Chondroitin sulfate is a natural major component of cartilage cells and works to maintain the structural integrity of the tissues. It is responsible for resisting compression impact taken by the knees through electrostatic repulsion. Osteoarthritic sufferers have diminished chondroitin, so building it up would be a good idea. Taking oral chondroitin sulfate shows a 15% to 24% bioavailability in the synovial fluid and cartilages, right where it’s needed to do its job.

Glucosamine is a supplement sourced from sea crustaceans. It is a precursor of or the component that triggers an essential structural cartilage component. Though taking it orally can make the component up to 20% bioavailable for use in the plasma and synovial fluid, clinical studies show that it is not enough to build new tissues. Yet, looking at the brighter side, helping out our knees rehabilitate itself in whatever way we can, moreso the natural way, is better than doing nothing at all.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), available from plants and in marine areas, has a variety of benefits such as action against mucus-membrane inflammation, stress and allergies.

The effect of the ingredient combination is formally noted in the multi-center Glucosamine and Chondroitin Arthritis Intervention Trial (GAIT) study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published on the New England Journal of Medicine by Dr. Clegg and colleagues in 2006, where 67% from the patient group given the combination of chondroitin and glucosamine produced improvement in pain scores by 20% after 24 weeks of use. This is not far from the pain improvement achieved from taking celecoxib, a pharmaceutical pain reliever, but without the side-effects associated with taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). The combination supplement has the additional benefit of having a direct action on the joints as well, and not limited to pain management.

Allow me to explain the high milligram (mg) content of supplement components. As we take the supplements, the components are tapered down to their bioavailabilities (% in the bloodstream and in the site of action) which are the amounts that are actually used, while the rest are eliminated from our system. The amount of the active ingredient is determined as a balance between benefits and risks to guarantee a long-term safety profile.

Unfortunately, this is not for everyone. Because some components are sourced from shellfish, it is not to be taken by those allergic to it. It is also not recommended for use when symptoms of pain and inflammation are present, as it does not present a benefit during this period.

As for now, I’d rather take a maximum of 5 odorless, tasteless and easy-to swallow capsules daily after meals, than see myself with a walking stick in the future. As the saying goes “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

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FOOD Fest & HEALTH Tips: Refreshing Drink that Detoxifies the Liver, Kidneys and Digestive Tract

This review of Dandelion Organic Dandelion Root Tea by Kiss Me Organics is my sole opinion and view of my personal use of the product, and should not be deemed as medical advice.

BACKGROUND:  I like trying out healthy beverages to augment my imbalanced diet and unhealthy lifestyle. I frequently turn on to fast-food and preserved drinks due to a busy work-home schedule, and fall back on nutritious all-natural alternatives from time to time.

DEFINITION:  The dandelion flower flourishes in spring, and its root is believed to be a source of medicinal and health actions such as a diuretic (like all teas) and anti-oxidant (eliminates free radicals or waste materials that accumulate through time in the cells of the body). Believed to have advantageous action on blood pressure, sugar and blood cholesterol, its earthy flavour helps detoxify the liver, kidneys and digestive system.

SOURCE:  The root can be sourced organically (grown without use of chemical fertilizer) and can come raw or roasted (for flavour and aroma). This tea is made from raw roots.

SERVING:  1 tea bag per serving is suggested, and I guess you can take in as much as you want. An eBook is provided where you can try 25 recipes for dishes and drinks. I prefer to take it brewed in its unadulterated state.

OTHER INGREDIENTS:  Each tea bag also contains cinnamon and hibiscus for synergistic beneficial actions on blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol.

SUPPORTING CLINICAL STUDIES:  An eBook is provided with every purchase to impart information on clinical studies conducted on dandelion roots.

On a final note, I know that drinking dandelion root tea provides some benefits and does no harm for my body in terms of protecting it towards the old age. I may not see it now, but I know it is doing something beneficial for me. It’s helping my body age gracefully in the inside. And so I end by sharing the age-old adage “A little of everything is good, and anything in excess is bad,” and “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”

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