HOMOCYSTEINE GENETICS – COENZYME B VITAMINS

Dr. Hank Liers, PhD homocysteine coenzyme B vitaminsWe previously published an article titled FOLATE INGREDIENTS – FOLINIC ACID & 5-MTHF in which we discuss how coenzyme folate vitamins are far superior to the synthetic folic acid form. In today’s article, I take a more in-depth look at how homocysteine is formed from methionine, how genetics affects the metabolic pathways, and how B vitamins are used in metabolic pathways.

One way to look at the metabolic pathways of methionine (an essential amino acid) is that it provides a way for the body to convert this sulfur containing amino acid either to cysteine and its key by-products glutathione, taurine, and sulfates or allows remethylation back to methionine to occur using either the Folate Cycle or the Trimethyl glycine (betaine) pathways.

Figure 1 shows these metabolic pathways including the vitamins required at each step including vitamin B6 (as P-5-P), methylcobalamin, and 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF). In addition, it shows the key enzymes produced by the body at each step. These enzymes include CBS (cystathione beta synthase), BHMT (betaine homocysteine methyltransferase), MS (methionine synthase), and MTHFR (methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase).

homocysteine metabolism diagram

Figure 1. Metabolic Pathways in Methionine and Homocysteine Metabolism

HEALTH ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH HIGH HOMOCYSTEINE LEVELS

It is highly important that the various metabolic pathways function correctly to keep homocysteine at healthy levels (6–8 µmol/L). Unfortunately, high levels of homocysteine in the body (10–20 µmol/L) are a factor in a wide range of health issues, including:

  • Greater risk for heart problems, including coronary artery disease, heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and abnormal cholesterol levels. This is due to increased inflammation, sometimes due to blood clotting spontaneously, and because of blockages of the major arteries.
  • Mental abnormalities such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental problems are more common among people with high homocysteine
  • Migraines and headaches in a significant percentage of the population
  • In those who suffer from high homocysteine due to having nutritional deficiencies anemia, aches and pains, hearing loss, age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), slowed development, and birth defects might also be possible
  • Greater risk for dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, brain atrophy, and other cognitive problems
  • In children, skeletal and developmental abnormalities including having a curved spine or protruding chest and rib cage. Some patients appear very tall and thin, and some might also have very long, thin “spider-like” toes and fingers.
  • Behavioral problems, including ADHD, autism and other learning disabilities

ROLE OF GENETICS IN HOMOCYSTEINE METABOLISM

Ten or more years ago, questions of how genetics enters into homocysteine metabolism were unlikely to be asked. However, in recent years DNA testing has advanced and is now available to everyone (for example, see my article about Bodysync’s genetic test, DISCOVERING NUTRITIONAL NEEDS THROUGH ADVANCED GENETIC TESTING.

You may have heard a great deal about MTHFR (methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase). This gene is involved in folate metabolism and has a central role in methylation processes like repair of and building new DNA in dividing cells.

In the remethylation pathway for conversion of homocysteine to methionine, MTHFR plays a key role in converting folate into 5-MTHF which is needed along with B12 as methylcobalamin in order for the conversion to take place. Genetic variations in MTHFR have been studied in depth. Of the many variations studies the most significant ones appear to be variations of C677C such as C677T (referred to as heterozygous) or T677T (referred to as homozygous). The heterozygous variant appears in about 30–50% of the population and causes somewhat less efficiency in the conversion of folic acid to 5-MTHF. However, the homozygous variation occurs in about 10% of the population and can have serious effects due to converting little homocysteine back to methionine.

Another variation in MTHFR is called A1298A. These variations are A1298C and C1298C and will have similar effects to the C677C variations. It was interesting to me when I recently analyzed my Bodysync genetic test results showing I carry the variation A1298C (heterozygous), which indicates I may not be effectively converting homocysteine back to methionine.

Additionally, my Bodysync genetic test results also indicate that I have heterozygous variations in the CBS enzyme shown in Figure 1, as well as heterozygous variations in MTR and MTRR enzymes, which are involved with B12 levels in the remethylation pathway. These results indicate that I need to take higher levels of methylcobalamin and 5-MTHF.

IMPORTANCE OF COENZYME FORMS AND PROPER AMOUNTS OF B VITAMINS

Many of the B vitamins on the market today unfortunately are in synthetic form. The body can only use the natural coenzyme forms effectively. For example, the body needs vitamin B6 in the form of P-5-P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate), folate in the form of L-5-MTHF, and B12 in the form of methylcobalamin for proper metabolism of methionine. In some cases the body can use the synthetic forms of pyridoxine HCl, folic acid, and cyanocobalamin but pays a cost (e.g., in time and energy) by having to convert synthetic forms to coenzyme forms.

Add to the prevalence of synthetic B vitamins, the fact that genetic deficiencies are more common than previously assumed, and it becomes clear that the coenzyme forms of B vitamins in the proper amounts are extremely important.

Fortunately, I have always believed it best to include as many coenzyme forms as possible in the nutritional supplements I formulate (over the past 27 years). For example, all HPDI multivitamins include coenzymes of B1, B2, B6, B12, and folate (as 5-MTHF and folinic acid). This is uncommon in most multivitamin formulas on the market. For this reason our supplements are ideally suited to the prevention or resolution of most genetic problems regarding homocysteine.

In addition, I have always chosen to include higher amounts than most multivitamins on the market. We also make available 5-MTHF one milligram (1 mg) capsules and methylcobalamin five milligram (5 mg) sublingual tablets. When genetic variations are in play as discussed above, then providing relatively higher amounts of coenzyme B vitamins that support important requirements in the body seems necessary.

Interestingly, several other nutrients are involved in the pathways involving methionine and homocysteine. These include zinc, magnesium, and Vitamin B2. Our multivitamin formulas and magnesium formulas, especially Myo-Mag with its coenzyme B1, B2, and B6, are recommended to support these nutrient needs. Finally, it has been found that N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) can significantly lower homocysteine (by up to 50%), most likely because its gives the body an excellent source of cysteine without have to use methionine.

SUMMARY

In this article, I have shown the value of the use of genetic testing and high-quality coenzyme B vitamins in resolving health issues associated with high values of homocysteine in the body.

 

SOURCES & RESOURCES

DISCOVERING NUTRITIONAL NEEDS THROUGH ADVANCED GENETIC TESTING.

FOLATE INGREDIENTS – FOLINIC ACID & 5-MTHF

The Homocysteine Revolution by Kilmer S. McCully, MD

Role of hyperhomocysteinemia in endothelial dysfunction and atherothrombotic disease
(Cell Death and Differentiation 11, S56–S64)

PRODUCTS

5-MTHF
(coenzyme folate)

Methylcobalamin
(vitamin B12)

B-Complex-50

HPDI Multivitamins

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KIDS VITAMINS – NO KIDDING!

Fred Liers PhD kids mighty multi multivitamin chewableLooking for a high-quality, natural KIDS MULTIVITAMIN? Me, too. Do you look in vitamin stores, natural foods stores, and online marketplaces—in vain? I have.

A couple years ago, HPDI’s formulator, my father Hank Liers, PhD decided to reformulate our already excellent kids multivitamin—the Kids Mighty-Multi!—to make it better. His intentions were good: the world’s best designer of adult multivitamins would improve the best children’s vitamin.

My quandary? While Dr. Hank was busy at work reformulating our kids multi, the existing—and uber-excellent—original Kids Mighty-Multi! went out-of-stock, and never came back. Suddenly, my seven-year-old son’s “go-to” multivitamin was gone…indefinitely!

I took action—kids vitamins became my obsession—because I wanted the best multivitamin for my child. I searched everywhere for high-quality kids vitamins. Leaving no stone unturned, we tried them all—including organic, whole food, gluten-free, vegan-friendly brands with glossy labels. Did we find good ones? Not really.

What DID we find? Well, not much—and a lot. That is, not much in the way of high potency, high-purity, or advanced forms, like coenzyme vitamins. And a lot of false promises and junk ingredients. Like sugar and corn syrup and GMO ingredients—even from “reputable” brands.

Not to mention artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings, as well as toxic preservatives and fillers, which are the de facto standard in conventional products. Natural products are better—not always by as much as you’d expect.

chewable kids mighty-Multi! multivitamin

Looking for a good children’s multivitamin? Look no further than chewable Kids Mighty-Multi!

MY MULTIVITAMIN WISHLIST

Now in label-induced miasmic SHOCK…I proposed a reversal of terms. I simply wanted a lot of good things—like complete, balanced nutrients—and not much in the way of toxic additives.

Reeling, I scrawled a brief manifesto or “wishlist” for my ideal kids multivitamin:

“Great taste, high-purity, balanced nutrients at optimal levels, chewable; sugar free, non-GMO. No artificial ingredients, especially toxic sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose. No harmful additives or preservatives like sodium benzoate, BHT, or propylene glycol (no antifreeze please!); a few good-for-you functional ingredients.”

Was I asking *too* much? No way. Yet, I was giving up on finding a suitable kids multivitamin. My son instead began taking an HPDI adult multivitamin (Multi Two Caps) we scaled to his sixty five-pound weight. The taste wasn’t great—so we opened capsules directly into his juices and smoothies—because he’s not ready to swallow capsules or tablets whole. At best…a partial solution.

KIDS MIGHTY-MULTI! BACK — BETTER THAN EVER!

Then. It. Happened. Lighting struck—HPDI’s Kids Mighty-Multi! is BACK! Turns out my dad finished reformulating the world’s best kids multivitamin. He broke the news with a smile. Stunned and unbelieving…I took a breath. My heart skipped a beat. Then I grabbed a bottle!

Who knew it would take two years?—and now, who cares!? This month, HPDI proudly introduces a *new* Kids Mighty Multi!. Worth the wait? Yes. Because the new version is better than ever.

I’ve thrown away my wishlist. My search is over. Yours may be, too. Because no kids multivitamin comes *close* to Kids Mighty-Multi!. See the comparison chart and nutrient table (below).

A SERIOUS VITAMIN FOR KIDS – FINALLY!

What makes the new Kids Mighty-Multi! so good, and so much better? Let me count the ways. Here is a summary of benefits before I dive into discussing them in greater detail.

• Kids and adults love the taste!

• Full-spectrum of balanced, essential nutrients needed for creating, supporting, and maintaining excellent health for your child. Includes natural coenzyme form vitamins and Krebs’ cycle bionutrients that work with young bodies to provide energy for metabolic processes, healing, and optimal health.

• Bioavailable vitamin and mineral carriers the body recognizes and can assimilate rapidly. Plus, multiple carriers of individual nutrients ensure assimilation. Chewable form speeds uptake in the body.

Variety of well-known herbal ingredients, including quercetin, grape extract, turmeric, broccoli powder, and octacosanol

Complete, balanced supply of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein

Functional ingredients built into every aspect of the formula, including the taste-enhancing package, herbal ingredients, and cofactors. Functional ingredients serve multiple purposes in supporting health.

• Flavored using only healthy, natural sweeteners and taste enhancers, including mannitol, fructooligosaccharides (FOS) (from chicory root), organic beet root powder, natural fruit flavor, xylitol, and stevia leaf extract. Taste enhancers exhibiting additional positive benefits (i.e., prebiotic effects, cavity prevention, and antioxidant action).

• NO refined sugars, no corn syrup, and…NO GMOs!

• NO artificial colorings or flavorings, artificial sweeteners (like aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose), or hydrogenated vegetable oils

• Excludes common food source allergens like wheat, corn, soy, and dairy

• Excludes unnecessary excipients, including fillers, binders, and additives

• Foundational formula ideal for providing basic nutrients for health. A high-quality multivitamin is the first step toward a complete nutritional supplement regimen. Formulated to work well with other HPDI foundational formulas, such as vitamin C / antioxidant formulas (like PRO-C™) and essential fatty acids (like Essential Fats plus E).

Kids Multivitamin comparison chart

TASTE-ENHANCING COMPLEX: FUNCTIONAL INGREDIENTS

Kids Mighty-Multi! tastes GREAT! Kids and adults LOVE the taste. From the perspective of your child’s taste buds, that’s *all* that matters.

But I want to talk a bit about the importance of healthy sweeteners…and how the best sweeteners perform double duty as health promoters.

WHY does Kids Mighty-Multi! taste so good? (Did I mention it contains NO refined sugars—or any artificial sweeteners or flavorings?)

Because Dr. Liers created a natural taste-enhancing complex. This taste-enhancing package includes xylitol, mannitol, FOS (fructooligosaccharides), beet root juice powder, natural fruit flavors, and stevia leaf extract.

Dr. Hank selected healthy, functional ingredients—as much as possible—in order to enhance the taste. That means these taste enhancers are not only NOT unhealthy like the refined sugars, corn syrups, and artificial sweeteners I found in so many other kids vitamins. But they are GOOD for you!

Functional sweeteners and taste-enhancing ingredients in Kids Mighty-Multi! include:

Xylitol – Proven sweetener that is a polyol (sugar alcohol) known to fight cavities, improve bone health, and more! (see: http://xylitol.org/about-xylitol/)

Mannitol – Natural polyol sweetener with added benefits as an antioxidant. Mannitol surprisingly has a very powerful effect on the hydroxyl free-radical. (see: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9090754). Mannitol serves double duty as a healthy sweetener and important hydroxyl radical free-radical trapper.

• Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) (from chicory root) – Naturally sweet with no or low glycemic index. It is also a prebiotic that supports the growth of beneficial bacteria.

• Beet Root Powder (organic) – Naturally sweetens and colors Kids Mighty-Multi!. Beet is a functional ingredient providing methyl donors and easily assimilable iron. Moreover, Dr. Benjamin S. Frank found beets contain an amino acid the body uses to create its own dietary nucleic acids and a nutrient important to brain function (No-Aging Diet, 81).

• Berry & Fruit Extracts / Flavors – Mixed berry, strawberry, raspberry, and pomegranate. These berry extracts provide extremely good, fruity taste—bursting with berry flavors!

• Stevia Extract – Natural sweetens with little or no glycemic value. Kids Mighty-Multi! contains a newer, improved stevia extract which is de-bittered

• Malic Acid – Provides a naturally tart taste, supports the utilization of magnesium, and feeds into the Krebs’ cycle that makes cellular energy (ATP)

Why is choosing “good-for-you” functional sweeteners and taste enhancers important?

Because despite what adults might wish, sweeteners still comprise the largest percentage of kids multivitamins by weight. That means your child will be ingesting significant amounts (of whatever these sweeteners are) relative to the size of their multivitamin.

Who wants the bulk of their child’s multivitamin intake comprised of sugars, corn syrup, sucralose, or worse (think aspartame)? This is the reason natural sweeteners providing functional benefits make all the difference for health.

COMPLETENESS MATTERS – A LOT!

Kids Mighty-Multi! is nothing if not complete. As formulated by Dr. Hank Liers, it provides therapeutic levels of all essential vitamins, minerals, cofactors, and much more.

If you read labels (like I do), you’ll see most kids vitamins are “hit-or-miss.” They provide certain nutrients, but often completely miss others—usually with no rhyme or reason. (What was its formulator thinking?)

Missing important nutrients is bad for consumers—like you and your child—because all nutrients require other nutrients to “do a body good.” It’s called synergy, and it’s the way our cells are designed to work.

That means if you obtain sufficient amounts of a specific nutrient, but not enough of another, you may be unable to effectively utilize the nutrient you have—because utilization requires the nutrient you *don’t* have. Catch-22, huh? I’ll talk more about this later.

Do your child—and yourself—a favor: choose a complete multivitamin like Kids Mighty-Multi!.

kids mighty multi multivitamin

Kids Mighty-Multi! is nothing if not COMPLETE. (Tablets in photo appear larger than actual size.)

ADVANCED FORMS OF NUTRIENTS…LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN

Then, there are advanced forms of nutrients, like coenzyme B vitamins. Most kids vitamins (and adult multivitamins) offer you the B complex vitamins as synthetic forms. How can you tell? Well, coenzyme vitamin B1 in Kids Mighty-Multi! is from Thiamin Diphosphate and is very different from synthetic “thiamine HCl.” Vitamin B2 is from Riboflavin-5′-Phosphate is not synthetic “riboflavin.” The vitamin B6 is from Pyridoxal-5′-Phosphate is not “pyridoxine HCl.” And so on.

What about vitamin B12 as toxic “cyanocobalamin”? Never. Kids Mighty-Multi! provides coenzyme B12 as methylcobalamin. Other brands sometimes use this form, but then provide synthetic forms for other B vitamins. That makes sense—NOT.

Sure, coenzyme B vitamins cost more to source. But the truth is, your body requires far less coenzyme form vitamins because they are the natural forms found in foods—you easily assimilate and utilize them. Kids Mighty-Multi! doesn’t need large amounts of coenzyme vitamins to give you big benefits.

Meanwhile, synthetic forms are not as easily assimilated—most go through a complex enzymatic breakdown before the body can use them. In some cases (for example if your child lacks certain enzymes due to genetics), syntethic forms cannot be broken down—or used—at all!

Case in point: Folate. Most kids vitamins give you “folic acid,” which is synthetic vitamin B1. A large percentage of the population (including me) lacks the gene providing the enzyme required to process folic acid. If folic acid builds up in cells (because it can’t be broken down), then it can be toxic. Solution: we use coenzyme folate—or 5-MTHF (5-methyl tetrahydrofolate) in Kids Mighty-Multi!. Problem solved.

Recall I said Kids Mighty-Multi! is complete?—and the importance of completeness in a multivitamin? Well, for example, if your kids’ multivitamin only provides synthetic vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), it won’t be convertable into its biologically active (coenzyme) form without coenzyme vitamin B1 (Riboflavin-5′-Phosphate).

Did you catch that? To convert Pyridoxine HCl (synthetic vitamin B6) to its usable coenzyme form Pyridoxal-5′-Phosphate, you need coenzyme Riboflavin (Riboflavin-5′-Phosphate). You need a coenzyme form of one B vitamin in order to convert another B vitamin to its coenzyme form!

If you have only synthetic forms of these B vitamins, your body must go through multiple conversion processes in order to first convert synthetic Riboflavin into coenzyme Riboflavin so that you can convert synthetic vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCl) into its coenzyme B6 form (Pyridoxal-5′-Phosphate).

Yes, you can *survive* on synthetic forms of B vitamins. But why make your body work so hard? Why survive when you can *thrive* (with coenzyme vitamins)?

Why other kids vitamins don’t include coenzyme forms is BEYOND ME. If other brands go with conventional (and sometimes toxic) synthetic forms, so be it. Run, and go with Kids Mighty-Multi!.

Other advanced forms include vitamin D as D3 (cholecalciferol), vitamin K as K1 and K2 (Menaquinone-7), and minerals using Krebs’ cycle carriers (like citrates, malates, fumarates, succinates, and aspartates) that are best recognized and utilized in the body because they plug into the body’s energy (ATP) production system.

KIDS MIGHTY-MULTI!™ NUTRIENT TABLE

NUTRIENT

AMOUNT

% Daily Value

Vitamin A
(as beta-carotene from Dunaliella salinas)
470 IU 10
Vitamin C
(from potassium, magnesium, and calcium ascorbates)
16 mg 27
Vitamin D3 (as cholecalciferol) 50 IU 13
Vitamin E (from d-alpha tocopheryl succinate and 5 mg natural mixed tocopherols) 13 IU 42
Vitamin K (10 mcg as phylloquinone (K1) and 5 mcg as MK-7 (K2)) 15 mcg 18
Vitamin B1 (from thiamin diphosphate) 1.6 mg 107
Vitamin B2 (from riboflavin-5′-phosphate) 1.6 mg 94
Vitamin B3 (80% from niacinamide and 20% from niacin) 12 mg 60
Pantothenic Acid (from calcium pantothenate) 5 mg 50
Vitamin B6 (from pyridoxal-5′-phosphate) 2.5 mg 125
Vitamin B12 (as methylcobalamin) 15 mcg 250
Folate (from 5-MTHF – Quatrefolic®†) 50 mcg 13
Biotin (pure crystalline) 30 mcg 10
Magnesium (from malate) 6 mg 1.5
Calcium (from Krebs cycle bionutrients) 6 mg 0.6
Potassium (from citrate) 4.7 mg <1
Zinc (from citrate) 1.25 mg 8.3
Iron (from fumarate) 0.3 mg 1.7
Manganese (from citrate) 0.3 mg 15
Copper (from aspartate) 0.125 mg 6.3
Chromium (from polynicotinate) 13 mcg 11
Molybdenum (from citrate) 6 mcg 8
Selenium (from l-selenomethionine) 5 mcg 7
Choline (from bitartrate) 6 mg *
Inositol (pure crystalline) 15 mg *
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) 5 mg *
L-Taurine 5 mg *
Betaine HCl 3 mg *
Quercetin (as dihydrate) 3 mg *
Turmeric (from Curcuma longa) (root) 3 mg *
Broccoli Sprouts Powder 2 mg *
Grape Extract (Vitis vinifera) (from seed, skin, and stem) 1 mg *
Lycopene (tomato extract) (fruit) 200 mcg *
Boron (from glycinate and aspartate) 125 mcg *
Lutein (from Calendula officinalis) (flower) 70 mcg *
Octacosanol (from policosanol) 15 mcg *
Vanadium (from BGOV – bis glycinato oxo vanadium) 6 mcg *

* No established Daily Value
† Quatrefolic® is a registered trademark of Gnosis SPD

SCALABLE DOSING – CALLING ALL KIDS – AND ADULTS!

Maybe the best feature of Kids Mighty-Multi! is scalable dosing. Scalability makes it suitable for children and youth of all sizes—and adults, too!

Glancing at Kids Mighty-Multi!‘s label, you might assume it’s as low potency as the most kids’ vitamins available in stores. Not so fast.

Because Dr. Hank designed this multivitamin for everyone, including adults. How do I know? Because he told me: he takes these chewables himself!

How does it work? You simply take two (2) tablets per 20 pounds of body weight—up to six tablets—for kids. But since most older kids and adults weigh more than 60 pounds, you can take 8–10+ tablets and approximate the nutrition you would get from your regular adult vitamin. How cool is that!

Scalable dosing works well for people who don’t like swallowing capsules or tablets, or who prefer a good-tasting chewable. And who doesn’t, sometimes? It is especially useful for traveling because the entire family can use it.

In my case, I usually take four capsules per day of Hank & Brian’s Mighty Multi-Vite! , which my favorite adult multivitamin, and the inspiration for creating the Kids Mighty-Multi!. Yet, there are many days when I thrill to the taste of the new chewable kids multivitamin—knowing I get a significant amount of nutritional value. That means a lot. A lot of goodness. And not much to worry about.

Chewable Kids Mighty-Multi! multivitamin

Dr. Hank Liers pulled out the stops in formulating Kids Mighty-Multi!

CHOOSE KIDS MIGHTY-MULTI!

You’ve got choices. You can go online or to your local natural market, pharmacy, or big box store and fill up on whatever kids vitamins you find. Take your chances. Or you can try Kids Mighty-Multi! to discover how good a children’s multivitamin can (and should) be—a truly superior formula.

Choose our awesome kids multivitamin. Dr. Hank did his job. We’re 110% confident it meets—or exceeds—the needs and expectations of your child, and likely you, too. And definitely those of your clients, if you’re a health professional.

Of course, you’ve got a brain. But this choice is a “no-brainer.” Go for Kids Mighty Multi!. Your kids will never go back to their old multivitamin. And they’ll be healthier for it.

 

SOURCES & RESOURCES

Products

Kids Mighty-Multi! Multivitamin

HPDI Multivitamins

References

Coenzyme Vitamins (HPDI)

Fructooligosaccharides Abstracts (HPDI)

Statement on Additives (Excipients) (HPDI)

The HPDI Difference: Four Pillars of Excellence

Percent Daily Values (DV) Calculation Table (FDA)

Xylitol.org

Dr. Frank’s No-Aging Diet
by Benjamin S. Frank, MD, PhD

Studies

Oxygen free radical scavenging abilities of vitamins C and E, and a grape seed proanthocyanidin extract in vitro.” Res Commun Mol Pathol Pharmacol. 95(2):179-89.
(Study includes mannitol benefits)

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PRO-C AND ULTIMATE PROTECTOR – COMPARISON OF ANTIOXIDANT FORMULAS

Dr. Hank Liers, PhD antioxidant formulasI have written extensively regarding the benefits HPDI’s PRO-C™ and Ultimate Protector™ antioxidant formulas. Based upon my experience with these formulas they are among the most effective antioxidant formulas available.

Both antioxidant formulas are included in HPDI’s system of foundational supplements and work most effectively when used with multivitamins, essential fats, and superfoods.

Yet, both formulas also are excellent standalone products that can rapidly provide the body with extremely high protection against free radicals.
Ultimate Protector antioxidant formulas

We are often asked “which of these two antioxidant formulas should I take?” My answer usually is to take both formulas. I personally take both of them on a daily basis.

Below I will briefly show the reason my answer is to take both formulas. I include information showing the relationship, in terms of ingredients of the two formulas (per serving of three (3) capsules daily of PRO-C and six (6) capsules daily of Ultimate Protector).

Ultimate Protector

INGREDIENTS OF ANTIOXIDANT FORMULAS

PRO-C™ (per serving of three “00” veggie caps)

• Buffered non-GMO Vitamin C (1,500 mg)  buffered with Ca/Mg/Zn
• Grape Extract (seed, skin, and pulp) (90 mg)
• Green Tea Extract 95% polyphenols 40% min. EGCG (90 mg)
• Glutathione – reduced (60 mg)
• N-Acetyl-l-Cysteine (NAC) (45 mg)
• R-Lipoic Acid (15 mg)
• Coenzyme B2/R5P (3 mg)
• Coenzyme B6/P5P (3 mg)
• Selenium from l-selenomethionine (30 mcg)
• Calcium (70 mg)
• Magnesium (70 mg)
• Zinc (6 mg)

ULTIMATE PROTECTOR™ (per serving of six “0” veggie caps)

• Vitamin C as non-GMO Ascorbic acid (1500 mg)
• Anthocomplete™ (135 mg)  Wild Blueberry, Wild Bilberry, Acai, Black Currant Extract, Sweet Cherry, Raspberry, Elderberry, Blackberry, Aronia, Black Soybean Hull Extract, and Blue Corn
• CoffeeBerry®Forte (135 mg)
• Vitaberry® Plus (90 mg) freeze-dried Grape Seed, Wild Blueberry, Wild Bilberry, Cranberry, Tart Cherry, Prune, Raspberry Seed, Strawberry, Trans-Resveratrol, and Quercetin
• VitaVeggie® (90 mg)  Broccoli, Broccoli Sprouts, Tomato, Kale, Carrot, Brussels Sprouts, Onion, and Spinach
• Curcumin 95%  (90 mg)
• Trans-Resveratrol 98% (90 mg)
• Malic Acid (500 mg)
• Calcium (60 mg)
• Magnesium (60 mg)
• BioPerine® (7.5 mg)

The products together contain nine (9) unique PRO-C™ ingredients, eight (8) unique Ultimate Protector™ ingredients, and three (3) overlapping ingredients.

DISCUSSION OF ANTIOXIDANT FORMULAS

PRO-C™

When PRO-C™ was first released in 1997 there were few publications available regarding Nrf2 ingredients and their benefits. The product design was based on the work of Dr. Lester Packer and his work done on the “Antioxidant Network” showing how nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Glutathione, and Lipoic acid work in a redox network to regenerate key nutrients in the body (see Figure 1. below)

doctor lester packer antioxidant formulas

                                                Figure 1. – Dr. Packer’s Antioxidant Network

At that time the powerful antioxidant formulas of Grape Seed Extract and Green Tea Extract were well known, but their powerful Nrf2 effects were not discovered until later. These ingredients are able to trap free radicals and conserve the body’s store of network antioxidants.

Also, the Nrf2 effects of NAC and Lipoic acid were not known at the time, but their powerful effects on the body were known to support the production of glutathione. Additionally, the super powerful glutathione (reduced) was included with supporting coenzymes B2 (from riboflavin 5′-phosphate) and B6 (from pyridoxal 5′-phosphate) that allow the enzymes glutathione reductase and transferase to function at a higher level.

ULTIMATE PROTECTOR™

From the beginning of the design process, Ultimate Protector™ (UP) was focused on creating a highly effective Nrf2 activator formula with outstanding antioxidant effects. Our understanding was that a very broad spectrum of plant polyphenols including flavonoids, anthocyandins, oligoproanthocyanidins (OPCs), etc. would deliver the best results.

We selected Futureceuticals Anthocomplete™, CoffeeBerry® Forte, Vitaberry® Plus, and VitaVeggie® in order to accomplish this and added Curcumin 95%, and Trans-Resveratrol 98% because of the powerful scientific findings regarding Nrf2 activation for these two ingredients. We found out later in testing that this combination of ingredients produces very high ORAC5.0 values (486,000 units/serving of six capsules) and works effectively against all of the primary types of free radicals in the body.

WHY TAKE BOTH PRO-C™ AND
ULTIMATE PROTECTOR™ ANTIOXIDANT FORMULAS?

Ultimate Protector versus PRO-C antioxidant formulas

Venn diagram showing unique and overlapping ingredients in PRO-C and Ultimate Protector.

There are 29 unique Nrf2 activator ingredients in Ultimate Protector (UP) and four (4) non-overlapping Nrf2 activator ingredients in PRO-C. Thus by taking both formulas you are able to receive 33 identifiable Nrf2 activator ingredients (870 mg). The amount of unique Nrf2 ingredients is probably significantly more than this because most of the identifiable ingredients contain a range of plant polyphenols.

Other unique ingredients of each formula include glutathione – reduced (60 mg), malic acid (500 mcg), zinc (6 mg), selenium (30 mcg), B2 (3 mg) and B6 (3 mg) from coenzyme forms, and Bioperine (7.5 mg) (for enhanced absorption of nutrients). These are important ingredients to have the formulas work more effectively together.

The overlapping ingredients in the formula include Vitamin C (3 gm – 1.5 gm from each formula), calcium (130 mg – 70 mg from PRO-C & 60 mg from UP), magnesium (130 mg – 70 mg from PRO-C & 60 mg from UP), and a little grape seed extract (~10 mg). We view this to be very positive especially because we believe that most people should take in at least 3 grams daily of Vitamin C. Equal amounts of calcium and magnesium balance each other in the body and have many important functions such as being part of critical enzymes.

SOURCES & RESOURCES

The Antioxidant Miracle. Lester Packer, PhD, and Carol Coleman. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1999.

“Antioxidant Cocktail Update: Part 1: The Take Home Message is to Use Antioxidant Supplements”
(Interview of Dr. Lester Packer by Richard A. Passwater, PhD, Whole Foods Magazine, 1999)

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NO DEATHS FROM ANY DIETARY SUPPLEMENT: US POISON DATA SYSTEM

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The recently published annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers indicates no deaths from dietary supplements in 2013. The annual report was published in the journal Clinical Toxicology and was based on information collected by the US National Poison Data System (NPDS).

The report also indicated no deaths from any amino acid product or herbal product.

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No deaths were caused by any dietary supplement in 2013 according to US NPDS data.

The full text of the January 16, 2015 press release obtained from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service (OMNS) follows. ~

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 16, 2015

No Deaths from ANY Dietary Supplement

Zero Fatalities from Minerals, Vitamins, Amino Acids, Herbs, Homeopathic Remedies

by Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS Jan 16, 2015) There was not even one death caused by any dietary supplement in 2013, according to the most recent information collected by the US National Poison Data System. The new 251-page annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal Clinical Toxicology (1), shows no deaths whatsoever from any dietary supplement.

Additionally, there were zero deaths from any amino acid or herbal product. This means no deaths at all from blue cohosh, echinacea, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, St. John’s wort, valerian, yohimbe, Asian medicines, ayurvedic medicines, or any other botanical. There were zero deaths from creatine, blue-green algae, glucosamine, chondroitin, melatonin, or any homeopathic remedy.

Furthermore, there were zero deaths from any dietary mineral supplement. This means there were no fatalities from calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc, colloidal silver, selenium, iron, or multimineral supplements. Reported in the “Electrolyte and Mineral” category were two fatalities from the medical use of “Sodium and sodium salts.” These are not dietary supplements.

The US National Poison Data System is “the only comprehensive, near real-time, poisoning surveillance database in the United States. In 2013, poison professionals at the nation’s 55 poison centers managed about 2.2 million human poison exposures, with children younger than 6 accounting for about half of all poison exposure cases.”

No man, woman or child died from any nutritional supplement. Period.

If nutritional supplements are allegedly so “dangerous,” as the FDA, the news media, and even some physicians still claim, then where are the bodies?

 

References:

1. Mowry JB, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, McMillan N, Ford M. 2013 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 31st Annual Report. Clinical Toxicology (2014), 52, p 1032-1283. ISSN: 1556-3650 print / 1556-9519 online. DOI: 10.3109/15563650.2014.987397.

The full text article is available for free download at http://www.aapcc.org/annual-reports/ . Minerals, herbs, amino acids and other supplements are in table 22B, pages 1247-1249.

2. http://www.aapcc.org/press/38/

 

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Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control: Supplement & Activity Program

Fred Liers PhD blood sugar support diabetes supplement activity programThe emergence of diabetes in epidemic proportions has become one of the most weightiest (pun intended) health issues today. The need for effective, natural measures supporting blood sugar stabilization has never been greater.

As millions of people around the globe adopt western-type diets and sedentary lifestyles, obesity rates skyrocket—as do health care costs associated with diabetes. Indeed, it often appears as though the rise of diabetes, pre-diabetes, and blood sugar related conditions are destined to continue their relentless rise.

But it doesn’t need to be this way. In fact, public awareness about the risks of diabetes has been rising fast. People realize processed foods, sodas, and foods hyper sweetened with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and other anti-nutrients (including artificial sweeteners) are never healthy choices. That exercise is not a luxury, but a necessity.

Also, there is increased awareness among health care professionals and the general public regarding the role played by other factors, such as chemical toxins (e.g., plastics, pthalates, bisphenol-A, heavy metals, etc.) (some of which are hormone/endocrine disruptors) in the etiology and progression of diabetes and health conditions related to blood sugar control.

SOLUTIONS FOR DIABETES AND BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL

The problem may be complex, but many of the solutions are surprisingly simple (even if not ‘easy’ given all the variables from an entrenched corporate food system that encourages consumption to lack of education about healthy living).

These solutions include changes made to diet and lifestyle. They include consuming little or no sugar and refined foods (e.g., processed flour and simple carbohydrates), and fewer empty calories (e.g, sodas sweetened with high fructose corn syrup) of all kinds. Making healthier choices like complex carbohydrates (e.g., vegetables), more raw foods, lean proteins, healthy fats, and only use no (or low) glycemic sweeteners (like stevia or erythritol). Aim to consume an organic, whole foods diet as much as possible.

Daily or near daily exercise that can include walking, hiking, biking, swimming. And meditation and other stress-reducing and bliss-inducing activities like yoga, tai chi, qi-gong, deep breathing exercises, and time spent in nature.

These few practices (above) by themselves effectively support positive blood sugar changes, help reduce body weight, and lower adverse stress chemicals in the bloodstream. Not only can they help head off progression to full blown diabetes, but also put your health on a trajectory toward optimal wellness and deep-rooted well being.

Moreover, these practices can increase the body’s resistance to adverse blood sugar changes and buffer it in times of stress, so that reasonable health can be assured even in a less than perfect world where ideal dietary choices sometimes are not readily available, and/or when environmental exposures cannot easily be avoided.

We specialize in offering nutritional products that support optimal health, including a highly effective Blood Sugar Support formula (formerly Diabetes Support Formula). I will go a bit more into depth about nutritional supplementation for diabetes blood sugar stabilization, then go into further detail regarding diet and other helpful elements.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR BLOOD SUGAR STABILIZATION

HPDI advises all individuals (diabetic or not) to take four basic foundational supplements for health: 1) High-potency multivitamin (like Hank & Brian’s Mighty Multi-Vite!™), 2) Antioxidant / Vitamin C formula (like Ultimate Protector™ or PRO-C™), 3) Essential Fats (like Essential Fats Plus E), and 4) Rejuvenate!™ high-RNA superfoods, such as Rejuvenate!™ Berries & Herbs.

The four foundational formulas help establish a base of nutrients that support a state of good health. General good health is important both to help the body deal with existing blood sugar control problems (including diabetes), and  to help avert further deterioration of the body’s capacity to control blood sugar.

The most important condition specific formulas are Blood Sugar Support (formerly Diabetes Support Formula), pH ADJUST, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula. The Blood Sugar Support formula provides support for blood sugar control by very effectively providing nutrients the body can use to stabilize its blood sugar. In fact, many users report their symptoms disappear or are greatly reduced. Read more about Blood Sugar Support formula here.

The Diabetes & Blood Sugar Control Supplement Schedule (below) provides an excellent starting point. The information that follows the Supplement Schedule provides additional, important suggestions that may be helpful. These suggestions do not necessarily represent a comprehensive program for regaining your health. Taken together, however, the Schedule and recommendations are intended to offer measures for supporting blood sugar control, naturally and effectively.

DIABETES & BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL SUPPLEMENT SCHEDULE

Description AM Noon PM Bed Notes
PRO-C™ or Ultimate Protector 3 caps 3 caps 3 caps Take with food.
Mighty Multi-Vite! capsules or
Multi Two tablets
2 caps
1 tab
2 caps
1 tab
Take with food. This multi formula is designed to provide most of the nutritional supplementation needed by the body.
Essential Fats plus E 2 softgels 2 softgels Take with food. These formulas provide essential omega-3 & omega-6 fatty acids.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) 2 softgels 2 softgels 2 softgels Take with food.
Rejuvenate! PLUS or
Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs
1 scoop
1 scoop
1 scoop
1 scoop
Take as a meal replacement. These are complete, low carbohydrate, and extremely nutritious superfoods.
Blood Sugar Support 2 caps 1 cap 2 caps Take with food.
Myo-Mag 1 cap 1 cap 1 cap Take with food. Contains magnesium and malic acid for improved energy and muscle function.
Nascent Iodine 2% 10–20 drops Take in a little water on an empty stomach.

Important enhancement formulas include Myo-Mag (magnesium), pH ADJUSTNascent IodineVitamin D3 (5,000 IU), Acetyl-L-Carnitine (500–1500 mg daily between meals), Double Zinc Plus (1–2 tablets daily), Selenium (200 mcg daily as l-selenomethionine), RESTORE (for gut health), Adreno Plus™ glandular (1–3 caps daily with food), Inositol hexanicotinate (600–1800 mg daily), progesterone cream for women (1/4–1/2 tsp twice a day), and Magnesium Oil (sprayed onto skin) or use the oil (or magnesium flakes) in a bath with baking soda (one cup or more).

Note: Zinc and chromium are both known to help reduce blood sugar. However, when taken together their combined effects exceed their effects when taken separately. Blood Sugar Support formula provides therapeutic levels of chromium and some zinc. Taking additional supplemental zinc daily (e.g., 1–2 capsules of Double Zinc Plus) will boost zinc intake into the therapeutic range, and thereby more effectively support blood sugar control efforts via improved nutrition.

DIETARY APPROACHES FOR DIABETES

The most important dietary recommendation for diabetics or anyone attempting to stabilize their blood sugar is to stop (or dramatically reduce) consuming sugars and all refined or simple carbohydrates. That is, the less you consume of foods containing sugar (or that break down quickly into sugars), the better. Refined or simple carbohydrates include white breads, pasta, white rice, and white potatoes.

We also suggest consuming smaller, more frequent meals and snacks. This strategy can keep blood sugar on a more even keel, and avoids precipitous drops in blood sugar levels. Keeping a good balance of complex carbohydrates (vegetables, nuts, and seeds) and high quality proteins can be important (see more below).

LIMIT GRAINS

Beyond foods containing sugar, many nutritionists advise diabetics not to consume any grains for at least three to six months. Not only will this help reduce blood sugar, but it may also contribute to less inflammation in the body, as well as weight loss, which in the case of many diabetics is a necessity for improved health.

After three to six months, depending on the blood sugar control status of the individual, whole grains may be reintroduced in small quantities. Whole grains may include organic brown rice, organic buckwheat, organic millet, and possibly organic sprouted breads (e.g., Ezekiel or Essene breads). Whole grains are complex carbohydrates, and they require metabolic activity for digestion. Unlike simple carbohydrates, they do not rapidly break down into sugars and overwhelm the bloodstream with them.

We also encourage you to know their blood type and to familiarize yourself with the foods that are beneficial, detrimental, or neutral for your blood type (see Eat Right for Your Type and other books by Peter D’Adamo). For example, it is well known that blood type O exhibits greater incidence of problems related to digesting grains. However, no blood type is immune from blood sugar problems related to consuming refined, overly processed grains.

INCREASE VEGETABLES

We recommend an alkaline-forming diet that maintains a urine pH between 6.5 and 7.0 (for recommendations see chart “Effect of Foods on Body Chemistry” or the table below). An acidic body is far more susceptible to degenerative diseases. Also, when the body remains acidic over a prolonged period, it must rob minerals from bones in order maintain its pH balance. An alkaline body can therefore more easily maintain stronger bones and structural integrity.

The best way to ensure your diet remains alkaline forming (and hence your body stays alkaline) is to consume lots of vegetables and fruits. Emphasize leafy green vegetables, which promote alkalinity most effectively. However, most vegetables (with a few exceptions) help keep you alkaline. Ultimately, a balanced whole-foods diet that includes high intake of vegetables, vegetable juices, and nuts will very effectively keep you alkaline.

Vegetables provide complex carbohydrates, which contain more fiber and take longer for the body to digest. They also provide far more nutrients (including vitamins, minerals) than simple carbohydrates. Thus, complex carbohydrates do not subject the body to such extreme blood sugar swings compared to simple carbohydrates. Plus the greater nutritional value offers nutrients that support the body’s blood sugar response.

Consuming soups is a tasty, healthy way to increase your vegetable intake and to dramatically alkalinize your body. Try eating “Hank’s Vegetable Soup” several times a week. Modify this recipe, as you wish.

Try to consume at least some vegetables raw. In fact, aim for 50–60% raw, if possible. Raw foods provide enzymes that help break down foods. Try consuming a nearly total raw foods diet for a week or two, and see how you feel. Many people find that the benefits are so great that they increase their raw foods to 80% or more.

DRINK FRESH VEGETABLE JUICES WITH SUPERFOODS

Another great way to stay alkaline is to drink vegetable juices daily. Preferably, you can make juices yourself with a juicer (or visit a juice bar). Start making juice with carrots, apples, beets (including greens), celery, cucumber, and leafy greens (spinach, parsley, cilantro).

Then, consider adding spicier ingredients like ginger, lemon, garlic, and even hot peppers. The main point is to make juicing a regular part of your life and to make juices you enjoy. (My favorite juice recipe is ‘The Doctor.’)

Drink at least 12–16 ounces of juice daily (or as often as possible). Then ideally work your way up to one to two quarts (32–64 ounces) per day. This is the level at which the greatest benefits of juicing will be realized. In fact, I will go so far as to say that drinking two quarts of organic juice per day is one of the very best things you can do to speed progress in supporting the effectiveness of the body’s blood sugar control mechanisms.

Adding chlorella, spirulina, and/or Rejuvenate!™ superfoods directly into your fresh juices boosts their nutritional value, and brings the unique healing power of dietary nucleic acids into your body.

Dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleotides, and nucleosides) are known to help with blood sugar control, diabetes, and stimulate healing in the body. Over time, nucleic acids help the body to rebuild itself, provide greater energy (as ATP) for biological processes, improve cellular communications, boost oxygenation, support tissue repair, and normalize overall body function.

Juicers come in many styles and sizes. There are good juicers of all types. Check out centrifugal juicers (e.g., Breville), masticator juicers (e.g., Champion), twin gear (e.g., Green Star), and single augur juicers (e.g., Hurom). You often get what you pay for with juicers. I favor certain juicers like the Green Star, which costs more, but offers far greater durability and includes a 12-year warranty.

Supplementing with pH ADJUST can be extremely effective. We suggest you use pH paper to measure your morning urine pH (before eating any foods). If your urine pH is less than 7.2-7.6, start with ~1/4 tsp in 6-8 oz of purified water. Gradually increase your dosage until your morning urine pH is in the 7.2-7.6 range and maintain that amount or continue to measure your pH and adjust your dosage accordingly.

A NOTE ON FRUIT

Fruits also are alkaline forming and offer dietary fiber and other nutrients. However, diabetics (and others concerned about blood sugar) must watch total sugar intake. So, emphasize intake of low glycemic fruits (e.g., berries) (see Carbohydrates in Fruits and Vegetables chart), and keep intake of sugary fruits (and fruit juices) low, especially at the beginning of any program to control blood sugar. As the body’s blood sugar responses normalize, it may be appropriate to include more fruits in the diet.

Be sure not only to emphasize fruits low on the glycemic index, but also fresh fruits and fresh fruit juices. That is, fresh organic fruits, fruit juices, and fruit smoothies that you make yourself are much healthier than processed fruit or fruit juice products you find in a grocery store. Frozen organic berries are one exception. In addition to to a juicer, a blender is a must-have tool for creating fresh, healthy concoctions (such as smoothies) in your kitchen.

FIBER FOR DIABETES AND BLOOD SUGAR CONTROL

The importance of dietary fiber to blood sugar stabliization cannot be overestimated. As previously stated, vegetables provide good amounts fiber. Whole grains and fruits also provide fiber, but depending on your status on a blood sugar stabilization program, you may not yet be consuming too many grains or fruits.

Nuts and seeds (e.g., sunflower, almond, chia, walnuts, and sesame) in small amounts (1–2 ounces) are good options for more fiber, as well as providing high quality proteins, minerals, vitamins, and other important nutrients. If you are already consuming smaller, but more frequent meals, you will find that nuts and seeds fit well into this strategy. They are portable, mixable, and store well.

Beans are an excellent source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Notably, beans naturally contain high amounts of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA) that are known to help the body deal with blood sugar issues. if you have trouble digesting beans, then consume only in moderation, then gradually increase as the body adjusts to them.

We also recommend a dietary fiber supplement. Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula not only provides significant amounts of dietary fiber, but also nutrients that support intestinal health. This formula is designed to cleanse the entire intestinal tract;  to sweep it free of blockages, impactions, and pockets, as well as to support natural bowel movement.

When taken before or around meal times, Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula helps slow the release of sugars into the bloodstream. In addition, using the formula regularly prepares the intestinal tract to support healthy populations of gut bacteria (probiotics).

After periodic intestinal cleansing using a natural fiber supplement like Intestinal Rejuvenation Formula, it is a good idea to take a high-quality probiotic supplement (that includes prebiotics), such as Prescript-Assist™.

Prescript-Assist™ is a unique probiotic / prebiotic formula providing 29 viable soil-based organisms (SBOs) that offers far greater benefits for total health than typical lactic acid-based probiotic formulas. This is because soil-based organisms can easily survive in the entire gastrointestinal tract, whereas lactic-acid bacteria have greater difficulty surviving, especially in the lower GI tract.

RESTORE is unlike any supplement on the market. Made in the USA, RESTORE is a soil-derived, scientifically backed mineral supplement that creates a firewall against toxins entering the gut wall. RESTORE helps create a biological environment for “good” gut bacteria to grow and flourish in order to support improvement of overall health.

A ROLE FOR PROTEIN

We recommend for blood sugar issues consuming a diet relatively high in protein. Lean proteins can help stabilize blood sugar. For non-vegetarians, proteins can include lean meats, including organic beef, organic turkey and other poultry, or wild-caught fish (e.g., salmon). Portion sizes do not have to be especially large, and it may be more effective to serve smaller portions more frequently. For vegetarians or vegans, there are many options for protein, including leafy greens, nuts and seeds, and organic soy (in small quantities).

ITEMS TO AVOID

Beyond sugars and refined (or processed) foods, some other items to avoid (or reduce) while on a program to stabilize blood sugar include alcohol, tobacco, coffee, fried foods, and foods containing artificial preservatives, flavors, colors, and sweeteners (e.g., aspartame and sucralose). Acceptable sweeteners include stevia and polyols (e.g., xylitol or erythritol).

Avoid or reduce consumption of dairy products (although some raw dairy products may be okay for some people). Drink purified or spring water, thereby avoiding toxic chlorine and fluoride, which both adversely affect metabolism and the thyroid gland (among their many adverse effects).

Avoid whenever possible consuming foods or drinks from plastic containers, or from metal cans sealed using bisphenol-A. Instead, store and serve foods using glass, metal (e.g., stainless steel), or ceramic containers. Intake of plastics into the body has been implicated in blood sugar control problems, including the development of diabetes. In addition, avoidance of plastics helps reduce intake of xenoestrogens, which are endocrine disruptors, and harmful to health.

As noted above, we recommend Nascent Iodine to support metabolism and the thyroid gland. Proper thyroid function is critical to the body’s metabolism, energy (ATP) production, digestion, and many other functions.

Nascent iodine supports optimal metabolism, as well as processes of energy production and detoxification in the body. The vast majority of American are deficient in iodine. Thyroid issues often accompany problems with blood sugar control and diabetes. Iodine is an important mineral the sufficiency of which is important for everyone in order to maintain proper metabolic health.

EXERCISE AND DIABETES

Exercise is important for all aspects of health, including metabolism. While exercise is important for all individuals, it may be especially important for individuals with diabetes blood sugar control problems. This partly relates to the fact that obesity is considered a primary risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes. While not all diabetics are overweight or obese, many of them certainly exhibit these characteristics.

Because being overweight or obese is associated with blood sugar problems, anyone who is overweight or obese should exercise regularly. This does not mean to exercise beyond one’s limits. Start slowly and then increase duration and intensity according to increased capacities for exercise.

Ideally, you should exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes three times per week. Walking, hiking, jogging, or swimming are ideal because they emphasize cardiovascular health. However, even yoga or tai chi can be practiced at a level that burns fats, increases muscle, and elevates heart and breathing rates.

RELAXATION, MEDITATION, AND MINDFULNESS

Practicing meditation and/or utilizing relaxation techniques (e.g., biofeedback) supports the body to balance emotional states, reduce stress (and the ‘fight or flight’ systems that taxes the adrenal glands). Meditation, or time taken in nature, deep breathing, mindfulness, and quiet peaceful time (alone or with others) can rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. It also gives the body a chance to slow down, rest, and heal.

Regular meditative or relaxation practices protect the body and mind from excessive external pressures, and create an internal milieu more conducive to normal biological function. Thus, such practices keep us more youthful, more attuned, and better able to respond appropriately to whatever life requires of us. From the perspective of blood sugar control, deeper states of relaxation in the body can translate into less blood sugar instability, partly due to improved stress response.

We also recommend regular massage and bodywork in our Master Rejuvenation Program. The benefits are many and include muscle relaxation, improved blood (and lymph fluid) circulation, structural alignment, and detoxification. For diabetics or individuals with blood sugar control, relaxation and improved circulation are especially important.

OTHER RECOMMENDED PRACTICES

There are several other practices we highly recommend to support optimal health for individuals dealing with blood sugar control problems and/or diabetes. One of these is doing a periodic (e.g., once per season) juice cleanse that includes a kidney cleanse.

I will discuss how to do a complete kidney cleanse in a forthcoming article. A kidney cleanse involves 3–5 days (minimum) of drinking fresh vegetable juices with superfoods.

In the morning, before juicing, you make a drink using the juice of two lemons or limes, preferably fresh. Mix the lemon (or lime) juice into 16–32 ounces of water, add some maple syrup to taste (optional), and a pinch of cayenne (optional). Fifteen to twenty minutes later, drink two cups of hot (or warm) kidney tea (see resources list below).

Within an hour of drinking the lemonade (or limeade) and hot tea, prepare a drink that includes fresh vegetable juice (8–16 ounces) plus chlorella or Rejuvenate! superfood(s) (1–4 tablespoons). The original Rejuvenate!™ (greens) is the best one for this purpose, but you can use any of them.

The remainder of the day you consume additional amounts of fresh vegetable juices optionally mixed with supefoods. Here is a recipe for my favorite vegetable juice recipe (‘The Doctor’) that may inspire you to make your own vegetable juices customized to your taste and palate.

Ideally for at least three days, you’ll just drink lemonade and vegetable juices plus super foods. However, if you decide to eat, then just make sure that everything you eat is raw, organic, and fresh (e.g., not cooked or pasteurized). For example, consume salads, vegetables, or other raw foods away from the times you consume your lemon drink or vegetable juices.

Continue drinking lemonade (or limeade) for at least three to five days. Seven days is better. After completing the kidney cleanse, you can continue eating raw for a day or two to ease the transition back to regular foods. Another option is moving onto a liver cleanse, which I will discuss in depth in a forthcoming article.

A further option is moving from a kidney cleanse onto the lemonade diet (in any season), in which you consume lemonade (or limeade) as your primary source of nourishment for up to two weeks. You can optionally include vegetable juices while on the lemonade diet.

If you add vegetable juices and/or superfoods to your lemonade diet, then you can go longer, up to perhaps four weeks or longer depending on the quantity of additional nutrients you consume, and how you feel while consuming lemonade, vegetable juice, and superfoods. You can expect some lulls in energy, but overall you may feel more energized and you will certainly be highly alkaline.

CONCLUSION: PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

Attaining blood sugar control may seem a daunting task, especially at times when progress seems slow. However, remember that it is primarily unhealthy eating and lifestyle patterns that create problems with blood sugar. There is no time like the present to start making positive changes that can support your body’s natural capacity to control its blood sugar.

Changing habits and choosing a healthy diet that excludes simple sugars and reduces carbohydrates takes time. Yet, making such changes offers virtually foolproof means at least to improve blood sugar control, if not firmly establish a program that leads to dealing with the problem effectively over the long run, and perhaps solving it once and for all.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Summer Lemonade Diet: Refreshes, Hydrates & Cleanses Kidneys – by Dr. Fred Liers

“Fred’s Favorite Juice: ‘The Doctor'” – by Dr. Fred Liers

REJUVENATION PROGRAM PART 3
(Health building nutrition and the role of dietary nucleic acids)

Carbohydrates in Fruits and Vegetables Chart
(% of carbohydrates in foods; reliable indicator of sugars released in digestion)

American Botanical Pharmacy
(source for kidney and liver cleansing herbs & kits)

“Zinc / Chromium Supplements Help Type 2 Diabetes” – by David Liu, PhD

ACID AND ALKALINE FORMING FOODS TABLES

ALKALINE FORMING FOODS

VEGETABLES FRUITS BEVERAGES
Alfalfa Sprouts Apple Cocoa
Asparagus Apricot Coffee
Avocado Banana Cola
Bean Sprouts Blackberry Fruit Juices
Beet Cantaloupe Milk
Broccoli Cherry Mineral Water
Brussel Sprouts Currant Natural Sake
Cabbage Date Natural Wine
Carrot Fig Soda Water
Cauliflower Gooseberry Well Water
Celery Grape/Raisin
Chard Grapefruit TEAS
Collard Greens Honeydew Dandelion Tea
Cucumber Lemon Ginseng
Eggplant Lime Kuzu Tea
Kale Loganberry Mu Tea
Kohlrabi Nectarine Tea (dyed)
Lettuce Orange
Mushroom Peach SWEETENERS
Mustard Green Pear Honey, raw
Okra Persimmon Molasses
Olive Pineapple
Onion Raspberry SPICES & SEASONINGS
Parsnip Rhubarb Cinnamon
Pea Strawberry Curry
Pepper Tangerine Ginger
Potato Tropical Fruits Mustard
Pumpkin Watermelon Pepper
Rutabaga Salt
Salsify NUTS & SEEDS Miso
Spinach Almond Soy Sauce
Squash Chestnut
Sweet Potato Chia ASIAN VEGETABLES
Taro Coconut Burdock
Tomato Flax Daikon
Turnip Pumpkin Dandelion Root
Watercress Sesame Hijiki
Squash Seed Kombu
GRAIN Sunflower Lotus Root
Millet Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame

 

ACID FORMING FOODS

FATS & OILS NUTS & BUTTER DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Avocado Oil Cashew Chemicals (Most)
Canola Oil Filbert Drugs, Medicinal
Corn Oil Brazil Nut Drugs, Psychedelicc
Cottonseed Oil Peanuts
Grape Seed Oil Peanut Butter SWEETS & SWEETENERS
Lard Pecan Candy
Olive Oil Tahini Honey
Safflower Oil Walnut Maple Syrup
Sesame Oil Saccharin
Sunflower Oil ANIMAL PROTEIN Soft Drinks
Beef Sugar
FRUITS Carp
Cranberry Chicken ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Plum Clam Beer
Prune Duck Sake
Eel Vodka
GRAINS Egg Whiskey
Amaranth Fish Wine (some)
Barley White Meat
Buckwheat Lamb BEANS & LEGUMES
Corn Lobster Black Bean
Oats Mussel Chickpea
Quinoa Oyster Green Pea
Rice Pork Kidney Bean
Rye Rabbit Lentil
Teff Salmon Pinto Bean
Triticale Shrimp Red Bean
Wheat Tuna Soybean
Turkey Soy Milk
DAIRY PRODUCTS Venison Tofu
Casein White Bean
Cheese, Cow PASTA
Cheese, Goat Macaroni
Cheese Spaghetti OTHER
Processed Cheese Vinegar
Sheep Yogurt