My biggest priority in life is the well being of my children. It is my responsibility to make sure they are healthy and happy. This is in my case achieved by exposing them to different activities ie. sports, having them socially active, good education and making sure they have the correct nutrition. Now the last part is not always easy. The diet of a child is extremely important so we need to look after that. In the fast paced world and all the products on the market it becomes very likely that we are not getting enough (yes us adults also!!) nutrients in, so supplementation becomes a must. Now what I have found is that all the products on the shelf have no guarantees that they will actually do your child any good, so it becomes guess work. The reason why I got involved with Nuskin is because they are the only company that can measure your health and guarantee improvement after taking the product for 2 months. Now this unique in the industry. Wouldn’t you like to take charge of your child’s health and take the guess work out of it?
NU SKIN CONCLUDES BANNER YEAR FOR ITS
PROVO, Utah—Feb. 21, 2012—Nu Skin Enterprises Inc., (NYSE:NUS) today announced the conclusion of another banner year for its ageLOC® research. Nu Skin accelerated its anti-aging research in 2011 with more than 30 scientific presentations, posters and articles at various prestigious conferences and symposia around the world. Additionally, the company made further strides with the acquisition of LifeGen Technologies and its genetic database that is based on more than 30 years of anti-aging genetic research.
“2011 was a breakthrough year for us as we continued our ground-breaking ageLOC anti-aging genetic research that is opening new doors of understanding to the genetic source of aging and helping more people to live younger, longer,” said Joe Chang, Ph.D., Nu Skin chief scientific officer. “As we have presented our research around the world, we have been pleased with the favorable response we have received from the scientific community. Looking to 2012, we believe that the best is yet to come for ageLOC science.”
The company’s 2011 scientific presentations focused on its ageLOC science that enables Nu Skin to identify unique groups of genes specific to aging (referred to as Youth Gene Clusters or YGC) that influence aging and then target and reset them to more youthful patterns of activity. This latest scientific research has been incorporated into Nu Skin’s latest product releases including ageLOC® R2 and ageLOC® Galvanic Body Spa™.
2011 Scientific Highlights Include:
Acquisition of LifeGen Technologies, LLC
With the acquisition of LifeGen Technologies, Nu Skin now owns what it believes is one of the largest anti-aging databases in the world and has unrestricted access to LifeGen’s scientific data and findings developed over 30 years. Nu Skin is accelerating its anti-aging genetic research that continues to open doors of new understanding and is providing additional insights for product development. Already the company has felt the positive impact of this database as it incorporates these new insights into products under development for 2013, including solutions for weight management and overall youthspan.
ageLOC Research on Internal Aging
Mark Barlett, Ph.D., vice president of global research and development for Pharmanex nutrition products at Nu Skin, led his team to present several key findings at internationally recognized conferences. Highlights included being an invited speaker at the Second International Conference on Environmental Stressors in Biology and Medicine. Nu Skin presented findings on several topics at the conference including “A Unique Nutritional Formulation to Promote Cellular Protection and Purification Via Induction Of the Nrf2-mediated ARE/Phase II Detoxification Pathways” and “A Unique Blend of Natural Compounds With the Ability to Oppose Age-Related Changes in Gene Expression Related to Dysregulation of Removal of Cellular Debris, Cellular Detoxification, Antioxidant Protection and Inflammatory Balance.”
In addition, Pharmanex nutrition scientists also presented at the Linus Pauling Institute Diet and Optimum Health Conference on “A Systematic Approach to Evaluate and Rank Natural Ingredients Based on Their Ability to Oppose Age-Related Changes in Gene Expression.”
ageLOC Research on the Skin
Led by Helen Knaggs, Ph.D., vice president of global research and development for Nu Skin personal care products, the Nu Skin research and development team had several notable finding presented and published in 2011. An oral presentation shared at the 4th International Conference and Exhibition for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (Nov 2011) showed the effects of equol on human skin gene expression and protein synthesis. In addition, several scientific articles were published including one in the Dermatological Surgery (Dec. 2011), regarding an exploratory study to determine the association between assessed facial skin aging and plasma isoprostane levels in middle-aged Japanese women, and in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science (Feb. 2011) showing how functional YGCs can be regulated to reflect a more youthful gene expression profile.
New Patents for ageLOC® Galvanic Body Spa™
Throughout the development of ageLOC science, a number of patents have been licensed or filed to further protect the proprietary information and technology Nu Skin utilizes to develop ageLOC branded products. Nu Skin’s recently launched ageLOC® Galvanic Body Spa™ system uses patented self-adjusting galvanic currents with patent-pending pulsating technology to diminish the appearance of fat and cellulite to provide a slimmer, smoother, firmer appearance on the arms, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
Additional information on ageLOC Science can be found at http://www.ageloc.com.
About Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. demonstrates its tradition of innovation through its comprehensive anti-aging product portfolio, independent business opportunity and corporate social responsibility initiatives. The company’s scientific leadership in both skin care and nutrition has established Nu Skin as a premier anti-aging company, evidenced in its unique ageLOC® science that addresses aging at its source. The company’s anti-aging products feature the new ageLOC ® suite of products including the ageLOC® R2 nutritional supplement, ageLOC® Galvanic Spa System and ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa™, as well as the ageLOC® Transformation daily skin care system. A global direct selling company, Nu Skin operates in 52 markets worldwide and has more than 850,000 independent distributors. Nu Skin is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NUS.” More information is available at http://www.nuskin.com.
I was made to investigate this subject of Cholesterol when a friend of mine ended up in hospital that was on cholesterol ‘medication’ still very young and I am sure there are more that are in his situation. He had been complaining about not feeling well for a long time. The below is what I found:
In the USA approximately 12 million people are prescribed statin (Cholesterol) drugs. Today the word ‘cholesterol’ has become a household name, many people live in fear of heart disease if their count rises above 5. Yet it is interesting to note that we have an epidemic of heart disease, despite the fact that so many people are taking the drugs.
WHAT IS CHOLESTEROL.
The liver manufactures about 75% of the body’s cholesterol, which is a soft waxy substance. It is also found in the bloodstream where it helps produce cell membrames, hormones, bile acid that help digest fat, and make Vitamin D. It is also vital for neurological function.
According to conventional medicine there are two types of cholesterol:
High -density Lipoprotein or HDL. This is known as the ‘healthy’ cholesterol and prevents arterial plaque.
Low – density Lipoprotein or LDL. According to medical thinking this has been classed as the ‘leathal’ cholesterol and may build up in your arteries forming plaque which is plaque atherosclerosis. If a clot is formed in these narrowed arteries and gets to the heart or brain, a stroke or heart attack results.
Triglycerides. High levels of this have have also been shown to cause heart disease. Diet play a very important role in your triglyceride levels.
The above is the conventional method of testing your levels and then deciding weather it is necessary to medicate statin. The fact that HDL levels need to be measured against LDL levels etc. is not taken into account. However we are told how important cholesterol is, and that in fact it is not your enemy. How can it be when it is needed by every cell in your body? In fact it can be more dangerous to have very low cholesterol levels. This is confirmed by many experts in the medical field. Consider these findings of a very long lasting study carried out in Honolulu and published in ‘The Lancet’ August 2001: Our data accord with previous findings of increased mortality in elderly people with low serum cholesterol, and show that long term persistence of low cholesterol concentrations actually increase the risk of death. Thus, the earlier that patients start to have lower cholesterol concentrations, the greater the risk of death, Cholesterol is also a precursor to all steroid hormones. In other words necessary in the making of estrogen, testosterone, cortisol etc etc.
So in summary, in the eyes of conventional medicine, they conclude that elevated cholesterol levels is the cause of heart attack. However the question is never asked, may there be another underlying cause/causes to damage arteries? Just by lowering your levels, you are not addressing the root of all problem at all, in fact there are a host of side effects which occur when medicated.
SIDE EFFECTS OF STATIN DRUGS
Consider some of the following: the most common complaint is muscle pains and cramps. Tiredness, digestive disturbances, skin reactions and liver problems, including an increase in liver enzymes, and lung problems to just name a few. Then a study conducted by Dutch researchers showed that men on cholesterol medication, showed an increase in depressive symptoms. This could be explained by the fact that ss mentioned cholesterol is needed to manufacture brain chemicals too, including serotonin. Another meta-analysis study of over 41000 patients records found that those who took statin drugs were more likely to have a higher risk of cancer. (Journal of the American College of Cardiology. July 31, 2007;50:409-418.)
HOW DO STATIN DRUGS WORK?
They inhibit an enzyme (HMG-CoA reductase) in your liver that is necessary to manufacture cholesterol. In other words it is interfering with the natural function of the liver! Most people are unaware of the fact that statin drugs deplete the cells of Co-enzyme Q10, which is important for muscle function and hearth health! This is the main reason why people experience fatique and muscle weakness and pain.
Co-enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) is found in the cell membrames. It is necessary for the mitochondria to function and is essential for human life. It is found most abundantly in the heart, kidneys and spleen. Without it the body cannot produce adequate levels of ATP which is a major source of stored energy in the body and is responsible for many of the body’s metabolic processes. Co-enzymes Q10 is highly beneficial for heart disease.
Inflamation is linked to many diseases. It is how your body responds to a problem that needs healing. So in essence the inflammation comes first, and then the liver manufactures more cholesterol (because it is needed by every cell) to help combat the inflamation. Statin drugs also are thought to have a beneficial effect on inflammation in the body. But here again, you can lower inflammation in your body naturally, without having to take a drug with so many side effects. The test used to determine if there is chronic inflammation in the body is a C-reactive protein blood test. (CRP) CRP is also used as a marker for inflammation in your arteries. Homocysteine levels are also good markers for inflammation.
Plaques are small areas of damage to the endothelium, which is the body normally repairs, but they grow through repeated episodes of endothelial damage and blood-clot formation in the same spot. Plaques can kill you when they rupture, creating a major blood clot that can block important artery in your body. So it then makes sense that we should try and eliminate damage to the endohelium by avoiding factors which can accelerate the growth of plaque. This is your first defense towards good, vibrant health, NOT being dependent on a drug which artificially reduces your cholesterol levels and interferes with the normal functioning of the body. Some factors which contribute to endothelial dysfunction are: smoking, severe mental stress, which in turn leads to high levels of cortisol production (this can again contribute to insulin resistance) and high levels of adrenaline (causing high blood pressure).
Many of the following foods can cause chronic inflammation:Oxidised cholesterol. In other words fats (vegetable or animal) that have gone rancid. Therefore it goes without saying that organic or free range eggs are not dangerous like they have been made out to be. Consuming any foods that contain transfatty acids (this can include margarice). A medical research council survey showed that men consuming butter as opposed to margarine ran half the risk of developing heart disease. (Nutrition week. March 22, 1991, 21:12:2-3). All foods containing refined grains and sugars. Foods cooked at high temperatures and here I may add that food cooked in a microwave is no longer nutritional at all. Lastly lifestyle also plays an important role, smoking, excess alcohol, lack of exercise and emotional stress.
The following lifestyle changes are beneficial to healthy cholesterol levels: Consume a diet containing a lot of raw foods. Raw fruit, salads and veggies. Eat a lot of the ‘green’ foods. They are high in potassium and alkalinity and help regulate inflammation and blood pressure. Drink enough pure, filtered water with minerals added. Eat animal products that are hormone and antibiotic free. Consume enough essential fatty acids. (Omega 3 being the most important.) Omega 3 is found in oily fish, namely, tuna, sardines, mackerel, trout and salmon, and flax and chia seeds. Consume only raw cold pressed oils. Coconut oil and palm fruit oil also fall into the healthy category.
The following supplements support heart health and in turn will naturally support normal cholesterol functioning:
Supplements which contain Co-enzyme Q10 (Statins deplete it) Life pack. Life pack Nano
Supplements which contain Omega 3. (Heart protective) Krill oil in marine Omega
Supplements which help reduce stress levels. Cortitrol
Supplements which lower cortisol levels. Cortitrol
Supplements which help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Tegreen
INTRODUCING A BRAND NEW SUPPLEMENT TO SOUTH AFRICA! – CHOLESTIN
Red yeast has been documented as far back as 800AD in China. Some of the benefits are: it aids digestion and revitalizes the blood. The FDA position is that products that contain red yeast rice extract in the form of monacolin K are as effective as a drug and therefore subject to regulation in the USA. Dr. Weil, 22/01/09. Of all the natural supplements available to help control cholesterol red yeast rice proved to be the most effective. This is a perfect alternative for people who have statin related muscle pain. The following abstract concluded that red yeast rice modestly decreased total and LDL cholesterol, was well tolerated and was an acceptable alternative in patients intolerant of other lipid lowering medication. Lipid lowering efficacy of red yeast rice in a population intolerant of statins. Am J. Cardiol 2010 March 1; 105(5): 664-666.
Cholestin contains the prescribed level of constituents of 600mg of high quality red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus Went). It contains natural HMG-CoA inhibitors and polyunsaturated fats. Constituent in Cholestin are standardized through scientific and analytical tests in a sterile environment to ensure that the final product is safe and free from heavy metal content, microorganisms and residuals. It helps lower the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as total cholesterol and LDL.
Introduction to Antioxidants and Free Radicals
We come into this world with healthy cells, but every day the negative effects of free radicals add to the damage of the previous day. In fact, many of the processes we call “aging” are simply evidence of the minute, cumulative effects of free radical damage on cells and tissues in the skin, heart, blood vessels, brain, and so forth. What are free radicals and, more importantly, how can free radical damage be prevented? The answer lies with antioxidants, the molecules that fight free radicals.
What Are Free Radicals?
Free radicals are highly reactive, unstable molecules that cause damage to healthy cells, leading to internal aging as well as visible signs of external aging. Each day, our young, healthy skin is exposed to trillions of free radicals; they are created inside our bodies through normal, necessary chemical reactions and all around us through pollution, UV radiation, x-rays, stress, strenuous exercise, and smoking. Smoking in particular can be harmful: each cigarette releases ten quadrillion free radicals into the lungs. This is why smokers age so much faster than nonsmokers.
Overexposure to free radicals damages not only our cells’ ability to function, but also the integrity of our cells’ overall composition, resulting in a next generation of cells that is less healthy and less productive than the cells they came from. In the case of our skin, cells exposure to free radicals can mean that over time our fibroblasts—the cells responsible for collagen and elastin production—work less efficiently to produce the skin protein necessary for skin smoothness, firmness, and elasticity. Although this decrease in collagen and elastin production happens gradually beneath the outermost surface of our skin, it becomes visible sometime in our late 20s or early 30s when we look in the mirror and discover our first wrinkle.
Free radicals damage lipids, proteins, and DNA (DNA is present in the nucleus of almost every cell, stores all genetic information, and dictates cellular functions). This damage is the root cause of aging. Every day, the DNA in a single cell receives thousands of free radical assaults. While our cells have repair enzymes that fix most of this damage, unfortunately, as we get older, the delicate balance between damage and repair becomes uneven. When cells with damaged DNA replicate, they create cells with imperfect structure and a compromised ability to function.
In addition to the molecular DNA damage that free radicals create, they also cause damage to other basic cellular structures such as mitochondria, the structures inside the cell responsible for cellular energy production. Think of the cell as a small factory. In this factory, thousands of mitochondria act like tiny power generators that enable the cell to function properly.
When scientists talk about the effect of free radicals on cellular components, such as DNA or mitochondria, they say the structure has been “oxidized.” When free radicals oxidatively damage cell structures, the health of the entire cell is weakened. For more information on how free radicals work, see Technical Appendix A at the end of this article.
Antioxidants Are Anti-Aging
Despite the seemingly overwhelming assault of free radicals on our healthy cells, there is a line of defense. Antioxidants are a category of nutrients that have the ability to defend our cells by fighting cell-damaging free radicals. Since free radicals are created both in the environment and in our bodies, a continuous supply of antioxidants is critical for internal and external health and longevity. By defending our cells against free radicals, antioxidants can help slow the internal and external aging processes.
Just as health and nutrition experts recommend a high intake of antioxidants from a variety of fruits and vegetables and nutritional supplements, skin care experts are now recognizing the anti-aging benefits of topically applied antioxidants. Some skin care products offer antioxidant benefits directly to the skin by including antioxidant-rich vitamins and extracts in their formulations.
There are hundreds of known antioxidants, many of which are plant derived. In order to protect their constantly exposed tissues from free radicals, plants have developed free radical fighting phytochemicals as a natural defense system. Every plant contains hundreds of phytochemicals, many of which provide antioxidant protection and fulfill many other essential functions.
Antioxidants work together to fight free radicals directly or to regenerate and support other antioxidants; in other words, antioxidants rely on a network for protection and support. In the antioxidant network, carotenoids are the first line of defense. By destroying free radicals, carotenoids protect and enable other antioxidants to perform their more specific and critical functions.
Carotenoids are a major class of phytonutrients responsible for many of the red, orange, and yellow hues of plant leaves, fruits, and flowers. Examples of carotenoids include beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. These are natural fat-soluble pigments found principally in plants and algae, where they play a critical role in protecting and aiding the photosynthetic process.
Carotenoids are sometimes referred to as the “first line of defense” because they provide critical antioxidant protection to cells and other antioxidants by absorbing or “blotting up” large amounts of attacking free radicals. This absorption allows other antioxidants to function in more specialized ways. While carotenoids have typically not been included in skin care products due to their intense color, a unique form of colorless carotenoids with enhanced UV protective properties has been discovered.
Just as plants produce lipid soluble carotenoids to protect cellular structures composed mostly of lipids, plants also produce phenolic compounds to guard their tissues against free radical damage. These compounds can be fat- or water-soluble. Examples of phenolic compounds include hydroxytyrosol in olive oil and polyphenols found in strawberries.
Flavonoids are a class of polyphenolic compounds. It is estimated that there are over 600 different flavonoids present in foods and beverages. Some common flavonoids are catechins (green tea), quercetin, proanthocyanidins (grape seed extract), and soy isoflavones. Flavonoids provide increased cell protection for the DNA as well as promote the repair of DNA damaged by free radical oxidation.
Vitamins and Other Key Antioxidants
The core of the antioxidant network includes powerful antioxidants such as CoQ10 and vitamins C and E. In addition to their free radical fighting properties, these antioxidants have other functions that allow them to make critical contributions to our health and longevity.
Vitamin E is one of the body’s most important fat soluble antioxidant nutrients. Vitamin E protects healthy cell membranes (largely composed of fatty acids) from oxidative free radical damage. There are eight natural forms of vitamin E (four tocopherols and four tocotrienols).
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is water soluble, enabling it to scavenge free radicals in aqueous (watery) environments, such as the inside of our cells and extracellular body fluids. Vitamin C works synergistically with vitamin E to quench free radicals and also works to regenerate vitamin E, keeping it active.
Other key antioxidants include coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid. Alpha lipoic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in plants and animals that has the ability to neutralize free radicals. Another important function of alpha lipoic acid is its ability, when applied topically, to improve skin tone and texture. Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is found naturally in our cells; however, CoQ10 levels in the body have been shown to decline after age 20. Highly concentrated within the cell’s mitochondria, CoQ10, like vitamins C and E, quenches free radicals and helps regenerate other antioxidants. For more information on how antioxidants work, consult Technical Appendix B at the end of this article.
In summary, free radicals are highly unstable, reactive molecules that damage the DNA within cells. This damage is passed on to newly replicated cells. Over time, genetic damage builds up and interferes with healthy cell function. Fortunately, antioxidants, the natural compounds found in fruits and vegetables, neutralize the negative effects of free radicals. Some key antioxidants include vitamins E and C, carotenoids, flavonoids, alpha lipoic acid, and CoQ10. Antioxidants are a true defense in fighting the assault of free radical damage on healthy cells.
Technical Appendix A: How Free Radicals Function
Free radicals are unstable, highly reactive molecules because they have one or more unpaired electrons. In order to stabilize themselves, free radicals seek ways to pair their unpaired electrons. To do this, they may steal electrons from other stable molecules. This can cause the secondary molecule to become a reactive, unstable free radical. Having lost its electron, these secondary molecules become free radicals that in turn steal electrons from other molecules. This cascading effect sets off a free radical chain reaction of molecular destabilization. Free radical chain reactions can continue indefinitely, ultimately damaging millions of cells. Much of what is damaged by free radicals are DNA, lipids, and proteins that makeup the cellular structures in our bodies. Among other serious consequences, this damage leads to side effects associated with skin aging, such as poor cell renewal, and slowed collagen and elastin production.
Technical Appendix B: How Antioxidants Work
Antioxidants are stable molecules with electrons to spare; they also have the ability to receive extra electrons. Antioxidants are nature’s defense against the damaging effects of free radicals. They guard cellular structures and DNA against electron-scavenging free radicals. Antioxidants can donate or receive electrons to neutralize free radicals, stopping the cascading effect of oxidation.
Who doesn’t want to Feel and Look Younger?
The Galvanic Spa is yet another AgeLoc product that has been doing wonders. There are so many before and after pictures around so I will only add some.
Even the celebs are using it like Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Simon Cowell, Terri Seymour, Toni Braxton and the list goes on………
How does the Galvanic Spa System II work?
The Galvanic Spa facial treatment works in two steps: 1- Pre-Treat Facial Gel and 2- Treatment Facial Gel with ageLOC. During the first step, both the Pre-Treat Gel and the Galvanic Instrument are negatively charged. Since like charges repel each other, the negative charge of the Galvanic Instrument repels or pushes the Pre-Treat Gel onto the skin. The Pre-Treat Gel contains ingredients that soothe, calm, and purify the skin. The purifying ingredients bind with impurities in the skin causing them to have a negative charge.
During the second step, both the Treatment Gel and the Galvanic Instrument are positively charged. These positive charges repel each other, helping deliver the Treatment Gel onto the skin. The Treatment Gel contains ingredients, including the proprietary ageLOC blend, that help to slow free radical production in the epidermis, help skin recover from stress, and promote cellular energy. The positively charged Galvanic Instrument also attracts the remaining negatively charged impurities from the Pre-Treat cycle, drawing them out of the skin to give you a fresher, more vibrant look.
The charges interact in a similar way with the active ingredients in all Galvanic Spa compatible products.
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Some quotable quotes of the day from this video.
“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” -Steve Jobs, Apple Inc.
“Our founding was INNOVATION. We’ve always wanted to be 10 steps ahead of everyone else.” – Blake M. Roney, NU Skin Founder