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Vitamins to help Hair Loss

by Victor S on 01/31/15

There is some evidence from a few small studies that the western diet has changed significantly in the last 20 years and there are certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies likely to be found in a typical American diet.

There are nutrients and herbs that have the potential to affect hair growth in a positive or negative way. 
Some minerals and vitamins can influence the activity levels of another vitamin and minerals. For example, intake of lysine, vitamin B12 and vitamin C help in absorption of other factors like iron. It is worth bearing in mind that the complexity of the body means there are many potential interactions for even the simplest nutrient. 

There are many factors that influence healthy hair growth.  A whole range of medical, emotional, and lifestyle conditions can prevent the body from effectively absorbing the essential nutrients it needs to support healthy hair. In most cases when hair loss is caused by one of the below reasons it is temporary but no less traumatic:

  • Illness
  • Stress
  • Medication
  • Poor Diet
  • Hormonal Change
  • Post Pregnancy
  • Birth Control
  • Over-Styling
  • Smoking

One unique supplement which seems to be working is Viviscal. Viviscal supplements are scientifically formulated with the important nutrients Biotin, Zinc, and the exclusive and clinically proven AminoMar to help maintain normal healthy hair growth from within.

Viviscal Extra Strength works over a six month period. The recommended dosage is two tablets a day; one in the morning, and one in the evening. It is very important to stick with your Viviscal Hair Growth Program. It can take on average six months to achieve stronger, fuller, healthier hair, although most users notice a difference after just three to four months.

Lower blood pressure - Reduce blood Pressure

by Victor S on 01/22/15

A popular alternative to taking prescribed drugs to lower blood pressure are Home remedies; this is due to many factors. Ingredients for home remedies to lower blood pressure can be found in the local supermarket or even tucked away in the cupboard at home. You only need to know what you’re looking for.

One of the most common home remedies for lowering blood pressure is garlic; it has amazing properties. A huge plus in taking garlic- it lowers not only blood pressure but helps reduce levels of clotting. Some researchers also think garlic can reduce triglyceride levels in addition to lowering blood pressure. 

If you eat a high fat diet, eating garlic will not be effective in reducing blood pressure. This is because the high fat content in the diet overpowers the properties of the garlic. Drinking alcohol to excess will also have a negative affect on garlic’s healing properties.

Potassium and magnesium are vital to the control of elevated blood pressure so home remedies include adding bananas, kidney beans, molasses and soy to the diet. Fruits such as watermelon and grapes may be considered excellent resources of potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Please remember to always consult your doctor before starting any alternative remedies for high blood pressure, and never ever under any circumstances cease taking your prescribed blood pressure medication without first asking your doctors advice. If you suddenly stop taking your medication, it may have serious adverse effects on your health, resulting in you becoming very ill and even being hospitalized.


Steriod Side Effects

by Victor S on 01/14/15

Are you looking for some reliable information on steroids side effects? If you really are, you have clicked on an absolutely right article. This is a comprehensive article on steroids side effects. You may find tons of articles on steroids side effects, but no one provides complete info on steroids side effects as provided in this article. 

There are heaps of steroids- anabolic steroids available on the market. These drugs are generally available in form of pills, liquids, injections, gels, and creams. There are a number of steroids side effects associated with steroid abuse and steroid overdose. The steroids side effects depend on steroids dose intake, and they are mainly caused by the chemical reactions of the hormones such as androgens metabolizing into other hormones that can interact with steroid receptors including the estrogen, progesterone, and glucocorticoid receptors; this results in producing additional and unwanted effects.

The most common steroids side effects include elevated blood pressure especially in hypertensives, increase in cholesterol levels, risk of cardiovascular disease or coronary artery disease, acne, premature baldness, etc. Some steroids can induce LDL and reduce HDL levels, which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or coronary artery disease in men with high risk of bad cholesterol. Acne is one of the most common steroids side effects among anabolic steroid users; it is mainly caused due to the increases in testosterone that can cause stimulation of the sebaceous gland. Premature baldness is mainly caused due to Testosterones conversion to DHT (Dihydrotestosterone).  

Some of the other steroids side effects may include altered left ventricle Morphology; steroids can cause an unfavorable enlargement and thickening of the left ventricle, which loses its diastolic properties with the mass increase. However the negative relation of left ventricle morphology to decreased cardiac function is debatable. The high doses of oral anabolic steroid compounds cause hepatotoxicity. 

The steroids side effects may also affect the reproductive systems of males and females. Steroids may cause gynecomastia i.e. development of breast tissue in males; this is usually caused by high levels of circulating estrogen; the result of the increased conversion of testosterone to estrogen via an aromatase enzyme.  

Steroids may also cause reduced sexual function and temporary infertility in males. Testicular atrophy i.e. decreased size of testicles is one of the temporary steroids side effects in males; it is caused due to decreases in natural testosterone levels inhibiting spermatogenesis, however the testicles regain normal size within a few weeks of discontinuing anabolic steroid use, when spermatogenesis resumes. The steroids side effects in females may include increase in body hair, deepening of the voice, enlarged clitoris (clitoral hypertrophy), and temporary decreases in menstrual cycles. 

Severe steroids side effects may occur in adolescents, who use anabolic steroids. The steroids side effects in adolescents may include stunted growth, accelerated bone maturation, increased frequency and duration of erections, precocious sexual development and development of extreme secondary sexual characteristics (hypervirilization), Phallic enlargement (hypergonadism or megalophallus), and increase in body hair. Stunted growth in adolescents is caused by steroid abuse, which may prematurely stop the lengthening of bones (premature epiphyseal fusion through increased levels of estrogen metabolites).    

You guys are always looking for ideal anabolic steroids with purely anabolic effects and no virilizing or no steroids side effects. You can find several sites claiming to be offering synthetic anabolic steroids that produced a higher degree of anabolic rather than virilizing effects, but you should not get befooled by them. Unfortunately, all steroids have serious side effects or serious consequences whenever they abused or overused.


This is the time of year when colds and flu abound. This article offers various choices to build immunity and avoid viral and bacterial illness.

by Victor S on 01/09/15

This year it is of utmost importance that we pay attention to strengthening our immune systems naturally.  Using certain herbs, foods, supplements and homeopathic remedies can help you avoid catching a cold or flu and build your immune system.  If you do catch a virus, they can help 
relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration and severity of the illness.  

What most people don’t realize is how much your daily diet has an impact on the strength of your immune system.  If you or your child are eating sweets daily, processed foods, junk food, drinking soda or other sweetened beverages regularly, you are weakening your immunity and will be more likely to catch virus’s. One teaspoon of sugar (soda has about 9-
11 tbsp.) can weaken your immune system for 4 hours.  I believe that this is why so many people are now having an extreme difficulty fighting illnesses.  (Besides repeated antibiotic use)

Try eating more vegetables, at least 4-5 servings a day!  Along with eggs for breakfast, how about a few pieces of steamed asparagus, some spinach, squash or a few tomato slices.  Have a salad with lunch, and at least two vegetables with dinner.  Fresh fruit can also bolster vitamin C and help build resistance.  
Eat berries daily!  Especially frozen - freezing berries breaks the cell wall and releases more color pigments containing the beneficial bioflavanoids.   Avoid all white flour (eat only WHOLE grains), baked goods, sugary cereals, cookies, cakes, candy, and sweets.  You’ll feel so much stronger than you realize!  

Good Natural Vitamins a MUST!
It is very important to take a good quality, plant-based not synthetic, multi-vitamin/ mineral supplement daily which supplies you with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, proanthocyanadines, bioflavanoids, green foods, enzymes and more.  
Taking 2000-4000 mg. of  Vitamin C every day will help you fight infections.  Eating garlic regularly or taking odorless garlic capsules helps fight viral, bacterial, and yeast infections.  Bee propolis is known as Russian penicillin and is often found in natural vitamin 
supplements.  It is collected by bees to protect the hives from infection.

Super Antioxidants
I HIGHLY recommend using Super Antioxidants daily!  Not only because they help reduce the signs of aging, along with aches and pains, but they can greatly increase your immune system, being 20 - 50 times more potent than Vitamin C and E!   

Using Echinacea (purple coneflower) herbal extract regularly can help you avoid or reduce the severity and duration of viral illnesses.  40 drops for an adult taken 4-6 times a day at the first sign of a cold can help you avoid it completely.  Olive Leaf extract is  proven more powerful than penicillin in fighting upper respiratory infections, sinus, strep and throat infections!  Those with autoimmune diseases should consider using Astragalus instead of Echinacea to strengthen the spleen and immune system.  It is a safe, long term immune system tonic.

Oil of Oregano
My favorite is a high-quality, full-strength Oil of Oregano.  It is a very powerful agent against bacterial, viral,parasitic, and fungal infections.  I recommend keeping some on hand!  It’s an excellent general tonic and immune stimulant.  You can take one or two capsules a day, or 
place one or two drops of the oil under the tongue to go immediately into the blood and lymph system.  4-5 drops can also be placed in juice andtaken several times a day.  This can be your best defense against the flu!  

Therapeutic value of Colloidal Silver
Also consider using Colloidal Silver for excellent anti-viral protection!  It works great to help avoid or reduce symptoms of colds and flu.  The body has an innate ability to rejuvenate and restore itself to optimum health. When taken daily, Colloidal Silver acts as an optimal immune system supporter by helping the body fight invaders. Medical tests indicate no known adverse effects from the use of properly prepared Colloidal Silver, and there has 
never been a recorded case of drug interaction with any other medication.
The body does not develop a tolerance to Colloidal Silver and no allergic reaction has ever been recorded.

How Colloidal Silver Works
The presence of Colloidal Silver near an invader disables its oxygen-metabolism enzyme, its chemical lung, so to say. Within a few minutes, the invader suffocates and dies, and is cleared out of our bodies by the immune, lymphatic and elimination systems. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, which destroy beneficial enzymes, Colloidal Silver leaves these tissue-cell enzymes intact, as they are radically different than those enzymes of primitive 
single-celled life. Thus, Colloidal Silver is absolutely safe for humans,reptiles, plants and all multi-celled living matter.

Not to be underestimated is the value of maintaining good colon health.  The Chinese have long equated respiratory problems with poor bowel function.  If waste product is not being removed in a timely fashion then toxins build up in the body, and particularly the respiratory system.  Be sure to take herbs which perform a good bowel detox, as well as keep the intestines in fighting shape with friendly bacteria, such as acidophilus or bifidophilus.  Enzymes are a must. Take a broad spectrum pro-biotic combination,  both with meals and 
between meals.

Regular daily exercise and fresh air will also keep your lymph moving and your immune system strong.  Try rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline) everyday, even if it's just 2-5 minutes, several times a day.  
Be sure to wear a hat when out in the cold.  Getting plenty of sleep and daily relaxation to reduce stress will also help.  Keeping your self strong and healthy not only protects you from the flu, but many other ills as well.


Lowering blood pressure naturally by eating dark chocolate.

by Victor S on 01/08/15

Of course this is not a joke, a study was made in the US by specialists and published in the Journal of the American Heart Association about eating dark chocolate to lower the blood pressure. One bar of chocolate is enough to lower the blood pressure in a natural and so enjoyable way. It is also helping to improve the insulin resistance.

It was already known that food rich in flavinoids are lowering the blood pressure. Flavinods are also called in a medical scientific language as natural antioxidants, and the aliments that are containing these antioxidants are like tea and red wine, but from now on we will put on this list the dark chocolate, too.

The study was pretty simple. It took place at University of L’Aguila in Italy particular for lowering the blood pressure, so it wasn't an accidental discover. At the study participate 20 persons, half men, half women, all suffering from high blood pressure. None of these persons took any medications or followed any treatment for lowering the blood pressure. But also they hadn't been suffering from another disease and the won't smoking. For the experiment to be perfect and for the results to be visible regarding lowering their blood pressure, the participants avoid chocolate for 2 weeks.

The experiments begin with dividing the group in two, one of them ate dark chocolate and the other white one. The amount was the same, a bar of 3.5oz daily for 15 days. Another week passed with no flavionoid foods and the groups swapped the type of chocolate. The white chocolate was the perfect control food for this lower blood pressure study as it containing all ingredients in the dark one but no flavinoids at all.

A very significant lowering of the blood pressure was found on the group that consumed the dark chocolate for 15 days, and not any blood pressure lowering in the group eating white chocolate. Another successful treatment, beside lowering blood pressure was the reduction in insulin resistance at the group eating dark chocolate. Also the bad cholesterol level decreased by 10 percent. At the group eating only white chocolate there was no changing regarding lowering blood pressure or cholesterol level; they were the same as the beginning of the experiment.

But the best natural ways to lower blood pressure still remains exercise and diet. All these can't be replaced with the eating of chocolate. Also it's very recommendable and occasional eating of small bar of dark chocolate rich in flavinoids to lower your blood pressure. It is also good for your taste buds and also it is helping your heart.

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