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Energy: How to Get It & Keep It; DISCOUNT Coupon!

March 2009 - Print | Index

Dear Customers,

Our March 2009 newsletter has a different format this time. It is a listing of some of the nutrients that aid energy- this includes energy nutrients that build energy and often immunity. These nutrients can offer life altering aspects- which today is becoming accepted scientific thought with the growing science of genetics and epigenetic research.

Read on and enjoy!

Let us know what you think of our newsletter or suggest ideas for articles, or ask nutritional questions.

Best of Health to you!

The Vitamin Express Newsletter Team
Michael LeVesque
President, Vitamin Express

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Many factors can decrease our energy, including emotional stress, hard physical labor, inadequate rest or sleep, poor posture, poor breathing habits, poor diet, dehydration, bad environment, and inadequate exercise.

Anyone can increase their energy with nutritional help. Amino acids, green, yellow and red foods, vitamins and minerals, herbs, and other nutrients profoundly affect energy. Here are some excellent choices to consider.

Amino Acids

L-Carnitine is known for its ability to increase the utilization of stored body-fat, helping people to slim down and increase lean muscle mass. Usually they report a significant increase in energy. Carnitine also aids heart function, because the heart uses lipids as the source of most of its energy, meanwhile it helps to reduce blood levels of fat and triglycerides.

L-glutamine is an aid to help heal leaky-gut syndrome and chronic immune problems because it acts as a fuel in the mitochondria of both the gut lining and other cells, such as in the brain. Body-builders use it because it is a primary nutrient for muscle growth. Recovering alcoholics have used L-glutamine for many years as part of a program to help control sugar cravings and for mental clarity.

L-phenylalanine and a related amino acid, L-tyrosine , are precursors on the dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine pathway. They aid the reduction of depression and acts as mood elevators and energizers.

Inosine, an amino acid metabolite, has a unique ability to increase ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate) production within the cell. It converts to ATP without the aid of oxygen and is the quickest pathway for the cell to get its ATP. It works best when taken on an empty stomach with an electrolyte mixture, such as Alacer's Emergen-C and with Coenzyme-Q10 before exercise. This enhances oxygen transport throughout the system, improving workload efficiency, and prevents any increase in uric acid synthesis.

Vitamins

B complex vitamins are important for the production of energy in many ways. Vitamin B-1 aids detoxification of toxic metabolic by-products such as acetaldehyde and aids enzymes that produce energy.  A vitamin B-12 deficiency, when corrected, can yield a sudden and dramatic influence on energy. The co-enzyme form of B-12,dibencozide , sometimes works even better. Vitamin B-6 is very important in enzyme transactions that metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Here again, pyrodoxal -5-phosphate , or P-5-P, the co-enzyme form, often gives better results. Pantothenic acid is important for helping the adrenals respond to stress, and is probably the main reason B-vitamins are considered "stress" nutrients. It is very energizing and should not be taken at bedtime. It is recommended to take a B complex to balance out B vitamins.

Vitamin C is a good aid to energy, especially in an ascorbate form with magnesium and potassium. It is often overlooked as one of the most potent vitamins for increasing energy.

Green, Red and other Foods

The green algae foods Spirulina and Chlorella contain balanced nutrients that together produce an almost immediately noticeable increase in energy. The protein levels in spirulina and chlorella are high. In spirulina in particular it is recommended to add calcium to balance the high phosphorous content

Spirulina contains vital unsaturated fatty acids, including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), many important minerals including potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, selenium, iron, and phosphorus, vitamins including B-12 and other B-complex, vitamin E, beta carotene, digestive enzymes, chlorophyll, and pigments that help liver function. Ounce for ounce, it provides more complete protein than meat. This 65% easily-digested protein can in itself give a boost, especially given the prevalence of high-carbohydrate diets. Since the protein in spirulina is high in phenylalanine, it has also been used as an aid to appetite suppression, mood elevation, and weight-loss.

Chlorella has an impressive nutritional profile. Vitamins A (beta-carotene), B-l, B-2, B-3, B-6, C, E, pantothenic acid, folic acid, biotin, PABA and inositol are found in chlorella. Minerals include calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine and phosphorus. Chlorella is the highest known source of chlorophyll, about 2 percent by weight, ten times the amount found in alfalfa. It aids detoxification of the liver and bloodstream, cleansing the bowel and feeding friendly intestinal flora. Chlorella runs about 50% protein, far higher than even beef, which contains about 22-25% protein.

Barley Green is made from week-old barley sprouted leaves. Its luminous green color testifies to its high chlorophyll content, and it is loaded with other nutrients including trace minerals, enzymes, and beta-carotene. It produces a very alkalinizing effect in the body. Many people add it to their morning protein drink for an extra lift; to help regulate bowel function, and to aid the reduction of infections. Taking a packet of Barley Green with a packet of Alacer Emergen-C every 2 hours, when flying is reported to significantly decrease the symptoms of jet-lag.

Red and red and green mixture sources is also excellent for energy.

Bee Pollen is a mixture of bee saliva, plant nectar and pollen. Bee Pollen differs from wind-borne pollens in that its pollen component is purely entomophile pollens from plants - i.e. those pollens that are essential for the fertilization of plants and which are dispersed by insects.  Wind-borne pollens are the heavier, anemophile variety which are implicated in allergies. Nevertheless, one should use caution to make sure there is not an allergic reaction to the type of pollen consumed. As a food it contains more than 5000 types of enzymes. Clinically, bee pollen was found to prevent the increase in serum cholesterol and triglycerides that normally accompany toxic liver reactions. One proponent of the "apiary life-style", Royden Brown, claims in his book, Bee Hive Product Bible, to have rejuvenated his body by consuming large amounts of bee pollen and other bee products, such as royal jelly and propolis . Bee pollen is also high in simple sugar and according to Swedish research excellent for toning the skin and energy.

Royal Jelly -the food of the Queen bee- has been reputed for centuries to have rejuvenating properties. Scientists have identified high levels of pantothenic acid and other B-vitamins, as well as a substance called biopterin, an aid to brain function. Our customers report a general anti-stress effect from royal jelly, when used over time. One person, a rock musician on the road for extended periods, ate a small dab of pure royal jelly every morning. He claimed that it kept him looking and feeling refreshed and vitalized, in comparison to his fellow musicians, who began to look old and wasted. So it goes.

Liver has been used by athletes for strength and endurance for a long time. Bodybuilder Vince Cironda became famous for his advocacy of liver supplements for bodybuilding, citing a study where rats whose diet was supplemented with liver for two weeks survived a swimming test in ice-cold water far longer than the control group.

Herbs

There are multiple combination formulas that have multiple benefits.

Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus in the past referred to as Siberian ginseng), became famous in the late 1970's because it was reportedly used by Russian Olympic team members and Soviet cosmonauts as part of their daily training regimen. A Soviet scientist, Dr. I.I. Brekhman, did the early research on Siberian ginseng, and it is his work that popularized the term "adaptogen", indicating a substance that tends to restore normal physiological function, whether it is deficient or excessive, and that allows the body as a whole to respond to a non-specific stress (such as over-exercise). Siberian ginseng belongs to the same Araliaceae family as the other ginsengs, but genus Eleutherococcus instead of Panax. It is the premier substance for enhancing physical stamina and endurance without creating stimulation of the nervous system.

Ginseng , Asian , or Panax ginseng, is the herb of ancient Chinese lore and folk medicine. The Latin name Panax derives from the Greek word panakos meaning "cure-all" or panacea, a testimony to the wondrous reputation this herb had in the mid-1700's when the famous Swedish botanist Linnaeus named the plant. The wild root is virtually extinct in Asia today, with a few kilos of the roots still being found in the wild. These roots command prices of up to $10,000 each on the Hong Kong market. Most Panax ginseng is commercially cultivated in China and Korea, in both red and white forms. White (actually beige or cream colored) is the natural, dried root material, while the "red" is basically the white roots which have been steam-treated. This process engages a preservation process, besides the natural color change. In South Korea, the red is considered higher quality by the Korean government's Office of Monopoly, which controls all processing and export of Red Korean Ginseng.

Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consider the Asian ginseng to be an energy tonic, stimulating and heat producing, increasing yang energies. It is employed in a number of degenerative and "wasting" diseases where chi or vital energy is deficient. It is contraindicated in conditions such as colds and flu. The red variety is considered by traditional herbalists to be more potent and stimulating than white. Some scientific tests appear to confirm this notion.

In recent years, many companies have come out with ginsengs that have standardized the amount of ginsenosides, the known active ingredients. Because of this development, an impressive array of research on Asian ginseng has been conducted in Europe, and have validated some of the traditional "tonic" reputation of Asian ginseng root. These studies confirm the stress-reducing properties, heightened endurance levels, cardiovascular and other activities of Asian ginseng.

Ginseng, American , is considered a threatened species. In 1989, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimated ginseng exports from the US had a total worth over $73 million! From a traditional herbalist's point of view, American ginseng is "cooling" compared to the "hotter" energies of its Asian cousin Panax ginseng, probably due to its slightly different range of ginsenosides. Some American herbalists use American ginseng as a stress reducing tonic , whereas the more stimulating Asian variety is employed as an energy tonic. Over 90% of the harvest is exported to the Far East, where it is preferred by Chinese in summer months and is often used for women..

Guarana owes much of it's energizing effect to the presence of caffeine. Probably best used for an occasional boost of energy, when used in this way it can be a useful additional to the arsenal of herbs which help keep us going.

Maca (Peruvian ginseng) is rich in sugars, protein, starches, and essential minerals, including iodine and iron.. It was traditionally used by the Aztecs to enhance fertility. Today, it is primarily taken to aid and promote energy, stamina, endurance, mental clarity, and to help balance female hormones.

Muira-Puama is a prime example of a wonderful and uniquely energizing herb. Found in South America, it has been used there to treat both frigidity and impotence. Known also as a nervine, many people recognize this property when they report that the energy from Muira-Puama usually comes along with a calm, centered, and almost steely quality.

Suma , also known as "Brazilian ginseng", is a powerful energizing and immune-stimulating herb. In Brazil and other parts of South American, it is considered a near panacea, and scientists have discovered that one class of its active ingredients, called pfaffosides, can act as strong inhibitors of certain tumors. Another active constituent of Suma is the trace mineral germanium. The energizing effects of Suma are somewhat similar to Siberian ginseng; in terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been called a "chi tonic".

Yohimbe stimulates and energizes; it is also considered an aphrodisiac. Body-builders have reported a definite strengthening effect from taking it, in the short-term, which allowed them it increase the intensity of their work-outs. The major active ingredient is the isomeric alkaloid, yohimbine. This herb should be used carefully and in moderation.

Minerals

Chromium helps the cell to handle sugar in the system. It does this by binding the hormone insulin to the cell wall to perform its functions. Insulin is also necessary for normal brain function, wound healing and immune response. Anecdotal reports include increased alertness, energy and concentration, as well as mood elevation.

The Western Journal of Medicine (Jan.'9O ) reported "Supplemental chromium is associated with improvements of risk factors associated with maturity-onset diabetes and cardiovascular diseases." Some symptoms of chromium deficiency are impaired glucose tolerance, impaired growth, decreased fertility and sperm count, and nerve damage.

Germanium was discovered by Japanese scientist Dr. Kazuhiko Asai, who stated that Germanium was "a health-giving substance - it restores health to those afflicted with disease and sustains health in those who are healthy.... Where body cells lack oxygen, indispensable to life, a gradual decline in function is inevitable and the fire of life will reduce until it is extinguished". Although Germanium has been studied and noted for it's remarkable immune-boosting, analgesic, anti-tumor, and liver-restoring powers, many people report an energizing effect as well. This is because it acts at a fundamental level of life function. Dr. Asai suggested that it can, at least partially, substitute for or supplement oxygenation in tissue, because its unique chemical structure strongly attracts and absorbs ("delocalizes") electrons. This facilitates energy generation from high-energy electrons, analogous to the well-understood role of oxygen as an "electron sink" essential for energy-yielding electron transfer processes.

Magnesium is involved with so many functions in the body that it is essential to call it an "energizing" nutrient. It activates enzymes necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates and protein, it helps muscles to release contraction (or relax), it helps regulate the acid-alkaline balance in the body and gut, and it provides protection by preventing formation of clots in the brain and heart and calcium deposits in the urinary tract. Magnesium also helps control electrical charges that induce the passage of nutrients in and out of cells. The increase in energy (and sometimes the decrease in depression) that often follows the intake of additional magnesium can be accounted for in so many ways that it behooves all of us to make sure we are getting adequate supplies of this vital nutrient. 

Other specialized nutrients

Co-enzyme-Q10 , or Co-Q10, helps the body to utilize oxygen. Produced in every cell of the body, it is especially important for the heart. Much research has gone into this nutrient, especially in Japan, which of course also manufactures it for the world-wide market. Researchers estimate that more than 30% of the adult population of Japan take Co-Q10 on a regular basis. Especially as we age, this nutrient can make a big difference in our energy levels. The energy from Co-Q10 is not at all stimulatory. As oxygen utilization is increased, people simply find they can climb those four flights of stairs without getting winded, or they can keep going after a long day. Co-Q10 is also being researched for its possible role in helping to heal cancer, chronic fatigue, and other illnesses, and has been shown to prevent recurrence of heart attack, because of its oxygenating  and antioxidant effects on the heart.

Creatine is a naturally occurring compound produced mainly in the liver and involving the pancreas and kidneys. In human clinical studies it has proven to increase force production and muscle mass. Dr. Julian Whitaker recommends its use for "reversing the symptoms of age-related deterioration of muscle" (Health and Healing, March, 1994).

Creatine supplement converts into phosphocreatine within the muscle. Phosphocreatine is critical to the maintenance and continued production of energy by donating a phosphate group to ADP to make ATP, the substrata utilized for powering all body movements and biochemical reactions in the body. So creatine supplements can create more ATP without needing carbohydrates, fats, or oxygen to recharge the ATP. This makes it a source of super fast energy because it does not need to undergo a complicated process to produce energy. It can also lead to the absorption of hydrogen ions released into muscles from lactic acid, which cuts-back the "burn" and reduces exercise fatigue.

Creatine is unique in that it increases the production of proteins and builds muscle (anabolic) and it also acts to decrease the breakdown of muscle protein (anticatabolic). These benefits could be used to retain muscle mass as a person ages. Absorption is best after some exercise.

DMG (n,n-Dimethylglycine) is the active nutrient behind what was called B-15, calcium pangamate, or pangamic acid. It is an intermediary metabolite that is useful in the production of neurotransmitters, hormones, DNA, choline, and methionine. It enhances the immune response system, normalizes blood glucose levels and reduces high blood pressure levels. It enhances oxygen utilization, reduces lactic acid formation, and aids detoxification- improving liver, pancreas, and adrenal function. In 1960 Russia reported DMG benefited people suffering from diabetes, alcoholism, mental disorders, and cardiovascular ailments. Aangamic or B15 as it was called in the 1950's, was one of the nutrients reported to enhance Russian athletic performance in the Olympics.

Octacosanol was identified by Professor Thomas Cureton at the University of Illinois as the component of wheat-germ oil that improved strength, reaction time, and endurance. His studies were conducted over a 20-year period and involved weightlifters, swimmers, wrestlers, and track and field athletes. Octacosanol is a solid white alcohol, whose exact mechanism of action is still unknown, although some evidence suggests it works to improve the efficiency of transmission of nerve impulses. Many customers who run, bike, or engage in other endurance sports have reported a strengthening and steadying effect from octacosanol as well as a boost in attitude.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products listed in this newsletter are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Consult with your physician before taking any of these products.