What Do You Need To Know About Nutritional Supplements?

By the time you finish reading this page, you’ll know much more about nutritional supplements than the average supplement user, why you should be taking nutritional supplements, and how to choose the best supplements for optimal health.

AND you’ll learn the sad truth about most nutritional supplements currently on the market.

Let’s face it, almost everybody wants to live a long, healthy life. But, maintaining the strict dietary and exercise regimen needed to do this isn’t so easy.

One of the best ways to “cheat,” however, is to include a powerful nutritional supplement as part of your daily routine. It’s a lot easier to take a high quality supplement everyday than to avoid all fast food, eat spinach around the clock, and devote 2 hours a day to exercise

If you’re health conscious at all then you probably already take a daily multi-vitamin. That might be a good start – if it contains the right type of nutrients, and if the manufacturer uses the right delivery system, so that the nutrients are released in the right place at the right time.Nutritional Supplements

A top quality daily nutritional supplement is important because the foods that we eat (even if we try to eat healthy) are not nearly as nutritious as they once were. This is simply a result of modern farming practices. Many studies show that even healthy foods like spinach, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, and other crops, have a great deal less vitamin and mineral content than they did 30, 40, and 50 years ago, because of the way foods are farmed, which affects the soil they are raised in.

To make matters worse, many respected doctors, scientists and researchers believe that most chronic and life-threatening diseases are caused by nutritional deficiencies or imbalances.

Everything about good health is about balance. Too much of one substance, and not enough of another, throws that balance off. This causes damage to the cells of the body and leads to aging.

For example, free radical molecules perform some necessary functions within the cells of the body, but without the balancing presence of antioxidants, they go “hay-wire” and start damaging DNA strands. This DNA damage is one of the causes of aging, but it is not the only cause.

Chronic inflammation, another example, had been linked to a variety of health problems. Arthritis is an obvious one, but heart disease and cancer are also caused by chronic inflammation. Researchers have found that synthetic anti-inflammatory drugs are not effective against chronic inflammation, although they may provide some temporary relief from joint pain and other “symptoms” of inflammation.

Natural anti-inflammatory agents present in fruits, vegetables, fish and other foods can effectively fight chronic inflammation. Other foods, such as high amounts of saturated and trans fats, cause inflammation. The nutrients needed to reduce and prevent inflammation include flavonoids, alpha lipoic acid, carnosine, turmeric, glutathione and resveratrol.

You may have heard of inflammation and the damaging effects of free radicals. But, have you heard of glycation or methylation? Glycation is even more dangerous to your health than free radicals. The process of glycation is complex, but basically, it interferes with the cells’ ability to get the amino acids that they need from the protein-rich foods that you eat.

The digestive system breaks down large protein molecules into smaller amino acids, which are then re-combined to form the different proteins that are needed to create cells, fibers, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, joints and bones. When Glycating agents, which are primarily simple carbohydrates and sugars, interfere with this process, cellular reproduction slows down.

The result is pain, muscular weakness, fatigue and eventually chronic disease. As antioxidants prevent free radical damage, carnosine, an amino acid complex, prevents glycation and is an effective anti-aging therapy.

Methylation is something like the opposite of glycation. Methylation is essential to life and if it is not working at optimum levels, you’ll start to have health problems, which may include heart disease, liver disease, depression and high cholesterol.

The body’s methylation processes naturally slow down due to age, disease and malnourishment. To restore the balance, the necessary nutrients include the B vitamins, folic acid, Tri-methyl-glycine (TMG) and SAM-e. The importance of SAM-e to improve methylation is significant. But, most supplements that contain it are ineffective, because stomach acid renders it inactive.

A supplement must have what is called an enteric coating that allows it to pass through the stomach and into the small intestine, where it can be broken down and enter the bloodstream where it goes to work. Not all do have an enteric coating. In fact only the good ones do.

Your daily multi-vitamin probably contains some antioxidants and B-vitamins, but very few supplements on the market contain antioxidants like flavonoids, alpha lipoic acid, turmeric, glutathione, resveratrol, B-vitamins, carnosine, TMG and SAM-e. An enteric coating is rarely included, because it costs more.Nutritional Supplements

The importance of carnosine, resveratrol, TMG and SAM-e are not heavily advertised, because, again, they are expensive ingredients. A pharmaceutical company is about to release their own line of resveratrol supplements, although they are calling them prescription drugs.

Those of us that pay attention to research concerning unique nutritional supplements have been taking resveratrol for years and will continue to do so, without paying the price that the pharmaceutical company will charge.

But there is a problem with most vitamin supplements on the market. The antioxidants that they contain are synthetic, not natural. The synthetic versions of vitamins are “similar” to those found in nature, but they are not “identical” and they do not provide the same health benefits.

For example, numerous studies have shown the health benefits of vitamin E in the prevention of free radical damage, the improvement of circulation, for tissue repair, to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of cancer. But, when researchers try to duplicate these results, using the synthetic form of vitamin E, it cannot be done. In fact, synthetic vitamin E may actually be bad for your health, because it is derived from toxic petroleum byproducts.

The bottom line is that most supplement companies do not use the correct form of a nutrient (natural) and they do not use the correct delivery system, which, in most cases, is a tablet with an enteric coating.

But here’s the good news. There is a nutritional supplement that meets all the requirements we have listed here.

That provides all of the nutrients mentioned above, as well as all of the nutrients listed below, such as:

Vitamin D

Minerals, including calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc

Trace elements, including iodine and molybdenum

Enzymes, including amylase and lipase

Other amino acids, including ATP, arginine, lysine, proline and taurine

Carotenoids (vegetable forms of the A-vitamins)

Herbal extracts like green tea and ginkgo biloba

You could take a handful of different pills and spend hundreds of dollars or more per month. Or, you can do what we do now and take Xtend-Life’s Total Balance Supplement. If you take the recommended dosage, the cost is $48.25 per month and you get 76 different bio-active ingredients, every day. There is no better value for the money that we have found and we’ve been taking and researching supplements for 20 years religiously.

Over the years, we have thrown away bottle after bottle or simply pushed them to the back of the shelf. Not only were they ineffective, some of them, like B-vitamins without an enteric coating, actually made us feel sick until we stopped.

Stop wasting money…get healthier…and possibly extend your life span. The benefits of each of the 76 different supplements are explained in great detail at the Xtendlife website. Visit their site and learn more. With no exaggeration, it could be the best thing that you ever do for your health.

Written by - Natural Health

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