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May 2009 - Print | Index

Dear Customers,

Welcome to our May 2009 newsletter. We greatly appreciate you shopping at Vitamin Express. Our goal is to give you excellent personal service, the best products to consider, nutritional information, and discounted prices.

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  • Doctor: 'You'll live to be 60!'
    Patient: 'I AM 60!'
    Doctor: 'See! What did I tell you?'
  • A doctor held a stethoscope up to a man's chest. The man asks, 'Doc, how do I stand?'
    The doctor says, 'That's what puzzles me!'
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Best of Health to you!

The Vitamin Express Newsletter Team
Michael LeVesque
President, Vitamin Express

How to Remain Healthy During Times of Influenza

If you experience flu symptoms, it is important to get a doctor’s diagnosis and care. What follows is additional nutritional information not appropriate for treating epidemic and infectious diseases. However, it is appropriate for your health!

  1. Vitamin C. The best way to get Vitamin C is through an IV, but that requires a doctor’s visit. So we settle for oral supplementation, and the best form is the ascorbate form because of the mineral attachment keeping the Vitamin C in the system longer and allowing it to be utilized in more areas of the body. In conjunction with this one should add ascorbyl palmitate- the oil soluble form of Vitamin C, which gets stored in organs easily and is more readily accessible under stress. When you take 1000mgs, the body has sufficient amount to convert it into dihydroascorbate (DHA), and the excess goes into diffusion to aid the immune system. The DHA portion aids brain function, a necessary part of immunity. It also aids hundreds of other biological exchanges in the body. It is Vitamin C, ascorbate that needs to be replenished when flu viruses deplete our system of it.
  2. Zinc is required by the thymus gland in order to produce highly differentiated and educated cells that can fight off the onslaught of new bacteria and viruses. It should also be balanced with copper, another necessary micro-mineral that also has a special relation to Vitamin C.
  3. Propolis -- a substance that bees use to build and sterilize their hives -- is their greatest resource for fighting bacteria, viruses and fungus. Propolis has the unique characteristic that it remains effective even with prolonged use and is a natural pain reliever.
  4. Olive leaf extract -- whose main constituent oleuropein -- is broken down to elenolic acid. It has the ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses. Research suggests that olive leaf may be a true anti-viral compound because it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host.
  5. The thymus is an important gland where lymphocytes become T-cells (thymocytes). It is like a post graduate degree in immune function, with the development of T-receptors offering great benefit to immune function. A nutritional biochemist friend suggested thumping the breastbone on occasion to help activate the gland.
  6. Vitamin D made national news in 2005 for its possible role of protecting prisoners from influenza. It appears that Vitamin D is the missing link required by our immune system to fight flu viruses without the harm that flu shots may cause and without the uncertainty that the shots may be inadequate, but I’m not prescribing here- talk to your health care professional.
  7. Vitamin A helps protect the body from chronic diarrhea and respiratory infections. It requires zinc, fat and other minerals for absorption. Vitamin E protects Vitamin A and doubles its effects.
  8. Alpha lipoic acid / r-lipoic acid helps the body recycle both water and oil soluble anti-oxidants, such as Vitamin C, E and A. One of the most important nutrients of this age!
  9. Beta-1,3-glucan is one of the most potent macrophage activators of non-specific immunity. These are generally derived from brewer’s yeast, shitake or maitake mushrooms and greatly enhance resistance to infection.
  10. Colostrum stimulates the balance of the immune system. Sometimes T-killer cells become fanatic and over-active. Colostrum creates a correct ratio between T-helper cells and T-killer cells, so immunity remains strong but not destructive. It also contains the full spectrum of all immunoglobulins or antibodies and with the compliment system, surrounds antigens in a process called optizination, making the antigens attractive to the white blood cells. Colostrum also contains lactoferrin (an iron-binding protein) with the proven ability to suppress the cytomegalovirus that is speculated to be responsible for many cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).
  11. Black elderberry inhibits neuraminidase, the enzyme used by the virus to spread infection to host cells.
  12. Colloidal silver provides virucidal action via silver ions, which act as a potent antiviral inactivating viral envelopes and a large host of other viral constituents.

This list could go on and on, especially with the addition of B6, B12, N-acetyl-cysteine, L-lysine, L-carnosine, ubiquinol, antioxidant enzymes, anti-viral enzymes, fish oils, betaine hydrochloride, DMG, cat’s claw, and our favorite probiotics, but that’s all another issue to be covered next month. So stay tuned!

For an excellent scientific paper on most of the nutrients presented here, please check out this link:

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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.