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Welcome to our October 2010 Report. 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.

We hope you enjoy our October Report. It combines two earlier reports from 2009 as a useful resource for enhancing your immune function. We have added some news links on Vitamin C, antibiotics and the controversial Germanium.

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A dose of humor from the past:

  • 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!'
  • A car hit an elderly man. The paramedic says, 'Are you comfortable? 'The man says, 'I make a good living.'

Best of Health to you!

The Vitamin Express Newsletter Team
Michael LeVesque
President, Vitamin Express

How to Remain Healthy During Times of Influenza and Illness

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 and immune system! Some recent news regarding the future of bacterial infections and antibiotics.

  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. See this controversial news report about Vitamin C and its use in New Zealand as a cure for influenza.
  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. 
  13. Probiotics are an enormous and growing area of importance for general health and immunity. The natural protection of the gut by the implantation of friendly bacteria, by friendly transitory bacteria, and the creation of natural anti-biotic like substances such as lactic acid- aid digestion and detoxification. This provides rest and recuperation to the immune system, building stronger immunity and providing nutrients into the blood stream that dramatically aid and benefit health.
  14. DMG – Dimethylglycine is one of those amazing nutrients that have an interesting history. It all began in San Francisco with Dr. Krebs discovering what he considered a new vitamin- Vitamin B-15. In time it was banned in the US and ended up in Canada where Russia acquired it and extensively studied it naming it Aangamic. At that point the Russian Olympic team acquired it. Aangamic along with “Siberian Ginseng” were considered the magic nutrient/herb combination that helped the Russian team sweep the 1956 Olympics. Later it returned to the US and the active ingredient of the once upon time of calcium pangamate or pangamic acid was DMG. -- Simply stated DMG supports the defense mechanism of body, circulatory, cardiovascular, and neurological functions aiding muscle recovery and endurance. 
  15. Betaine hydrochloride (references) is an effective way to increase stomach acid. Taken with meals it aids in protein digestion and possibly reduces food sensitivities and helps destroy pathogens and aids in reducing gas. Often it is prescribed as an aide in a wide variety of chronic disorders, such as allergies, asthma, and gallstones.
  16. B6 (references) has an endless list of attributes. However, as we grow older our ability to utilize the most common commercial form (pyridoxine HCL) is less effective because our body must convert it to pyrodoxyl-5-phosphate (P5P) the reduced form that the body utilizes. When people take supplements- especially amino acids without much benefit, frequently once they add P5P the results are dramatically improved. Therefore we highly recommend adding it to any amino acid regimen to gain full benefits.
  17. B12 (references) is another familiar nutrient with an array of accolades from researchers finding ever growing benefits from its supplemental uses. Again, the kind of B12 can make a big difference as to its effectiveness for many people. It appears that one of the best forms of B12 is methylcobalamin and dibencozide. These two active forms have become the preferred form of many nutritionists.
  18. Antioxidant enzymes are one of the most powerful tools the body has to fight inflammation and disease. The initial work of science regarding SOD (super oxide dismutase) glutathione peroxidase, methionine reductase, and catalase to name the major antioxidant enzymes has universities throughout the world doing studies and finding significant health benefits. Further down you’ll see some articles on broccoli spouts. These and other sprouts, from wheat for example, help the body to manufacture high amounts of antioxidant enzymes.
  19. CoQ10- especially ubiquinol is a remarkable enzyme nutrient that raises oxygen blood levels and promotes healing and protection of cells. Please see our newsletter dedicated to this nutrient in February 2008- CoQ10-- Ubiquinol vs. Ubiquinone.
  20. L-Carnosine (newsletter info) is one of our newer little known amino acids with huge potential and impressive research made popular mainly because it helps increase muscle strength, mass and endurance. However, it is an excellent anti-oxidant, helps protect against radiation damage, acts as a neurotransmitter, and chelates heavy metals out of the body, and reminds cells that it is time to pass on when they should (apoptosis).
  21. L-Lysine (reference) is a very familiar amino acid since its use in aiding the reduction of cold sore (herpes simplex) made it popular. However, along with Vitamin C, L-lysine was one of Dr. Linus Pauling’s (two time Nobel Laureate) favorite nutrients and with good reason. Lysine is essential for the production of the collagen protein that provides structural integrity to blood vessels.  Inadequate collagen in the blood vessels contributes to aneurysm. Researchers have proposed that optimal lysine (when used in conjunction with vitamin C) intake helps to prevent aneurysm and may aid curing even large aneurysms.
  22. N-acetyl-cysteine is one of our favorite immune aids. In our August - NAC newsletter towards the end of the newsletter is an article we presented. Basically NAC has use as an aid in most everything for the body- just look at this list- alcoholism, Alzheimer’s Disease, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, detoxification, emphysema, hepatitis, hair health, immunity, influenza, intelligence, kidney stones, noise induced hearing loss, pancreatitis, Parkinson’s Disease, and respiratory system issues. These are all uses based on studies throughout the world. Nutrients are the most studied and tested for benefits than any other form of medicine- plus the studies are often on-going and repeated in other institutions.
  23. Cat’s claw [Una de Gato, (Uncaria tomentosa)] (reference)  is studied extensively for digestive problems from gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, and Chron’s Disease to chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and the common cold. It has great benefits for the immune system and some reports of aiding hypertension, heart attack, and depression. It is a unique herb with a history of treatment for cancer, parasites, viral infections, diabetes, and inflammation.
  24. Fish Oils (reference) do not need to be introduced anymore. They have become one of the most popular products sold. Fish oils high in EPA (eicosapentaenoic) and DHA. (docosahexaenoic) acids are the major Omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, and are often referred to as "very long chain" polyunsaturated fats. These are “good” fats and important for immunity, brain function, and heart health- lowering triglycerides, reducing inflammation, and blood clot reduction.
  25. Anti-viral enzymes are enzymes able to dissolve almost all proteins as long as they are not components of living cells. Viruses are cell parasites consisting of nucleic acids covered by a protein film. Parasites, fungal forms and bacteria are made up of protein. Proteases can break down undigested protein, cellular debris, and toxins in the blood, sparing the immune system this task. The immune system can then concentrate its full action on defense.
  26. Germanium Ge-Oxy 132- Please read our review of this nutrient.


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

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