Heart Disease: How Citrus Bergamot Can Help

Heart disease is one of the deadliest diseases of our time: in the United States it causes 1 in every 4 deaths. In this blog post we’ll discuss what are the risk factors in developing heart disease and how Citrus Bergamot can support your heart health.

Scary Statistics

  • Around 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year (1 in every 4 deaths!)
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women
  • Coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease, kills over 370,000 people in the US every year
  • Every year around 790,000 Americans have a heart attack
  • A third of our population (33.5%) is suffering from high cholesterol levels

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Source)

What Is Heart Disease?

Heart disease is a broad term referring to various types of heart conditions. It is not something that only concerns older people. Some people are born with it, and even children can develop heart disease. The most common type of heart disease is coronary artery disease, which is caused by plaque buildup inside the walls of your arteries.

Plaque is made up of LDL cholesterol aka the bad cholesterol, inflammatory cells and other compounds that move around in your bloodstream. Because plaque starts to take up space in your arteries, it causes blood vessel walls to stiffen and become more narrow. This means that your heart is not getting enough blood and oxygen pumped into it.

Furthermore, if coronary heart disease has been untreated for too long, the plaque may rupture and clot your arteries, which may result in a heart attack. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon that heart disease has progressed without any notice. In some cases, the first symptom of coronary artery disease is a heart attack.

Heart disease risk factors include high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol aka bad cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, being overweight, poor diet, not exercising, drinking too much alcohol or using drugs.

It is extremely important to keep an eye on your heart health. Your lifestyle choices play a big part in it – eat a healthy diet, eliminate processed, sugary and fatty foods, exercise and get your heart regularly checked by a doctor. If you’re struggling with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, you need to pay close attention to it to minimize the risks and possible complications.

What is Citrus Bergamot & How Can It Help?

Citrus BergamotCitrus Bergamot is an extract derived from the bergamot orange fruit. It’s been clinically shown to support heart health by promoting healthy cholesterol, blood sugar and triglyceride levels and supporting blood vessel function.

So what makes Citrus Bergamot so special? It contains a high amount of polyphenols that have antioxidant properties. Polyphenols help prevent premature aging and cell damage. Citrus Bergamot helps lower bad cholesterol levels and increase good cholesterol levels. It supports blood glucose metabolism and helps naturally balance blood sugar levels.

Furthermore, Citrus Bergamot supports your blood vessel function and promotes healthy blood pressure levels. It helps reduce inflammation and prevent plaque formation in your arteries. As an added bonus, it supports weight management (remember, obesity is a risk factor in developing heart disease!) by balancing blood sugar levels, and helps activate the AMPK enzyme that’s a key player in regulating your metabolism.

Several studies have shown the benefit of Citrus Bergamot on reducing total and bad cholesterol levels. One study conducted in 2011 showed that 30 days of taking bergamot extract orally reduced total and bad cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, increased good cholesterol and decreased blood glucose levels. (Source)

Another study published in 2013 suggests that bergamot extract containing polyphenols has not only benefits on lowering cholesterol, but also helps lower other biomarkers that represent oxidative vascular damage in cells. (Source)

Likewise, a study published in 2015 shows that supplementing with bergamot extract for 6 months helps lower bad cholesterol in patients who already have high cholesterol levels. (Source) And another study suggests that patients with metabolic syndrome may benefit from citrus bergamot, because of its ability to significantly reduce bad cholesterol, triglyceride and blood glucose levels. (Source)  

Bonus: a research conducted in 2015 suggests that a polyphenolic citrus bergamot extract helps naturally combat erectile dysfunction in diabetic patients by supporting good blood flow. Erectile dysfunction mostly occurs in patients who suffer from diabetes, metabolic syndrome or cardiovascular disorders. (Source)

To Conclude

Having high levels of bad cholesterol, high blood pressure or low blood flow and leaving it untreated can cause plaque buildup in your arteries. This is a major risk in developing heart disease, so tackling it should be your priority.

Our ultra potent Citrus Bergamot extract is the ideal way to naturally help support your heart health. We don’t use any artificial ingredients, it’s a completely pure and natural product. Plus, it’s vegan! Click HERE to get yours today.

5 Supplements To Boost Your Energy Levels

5 Supplements To Boost Your Energy LevelsWe already know all the basics to maintain high energy levels while living our busy lives. In theory: eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. However, the reality is that it might not be enough.

There’s always so much to do, but never enough time or energy. Instead of reaching for that cup of coffee every time you’re feeling tired, we have a few supplements up our sleeve that will do the job (and maybe even better!).

Here are 5 food supplements to naturally combat fatigue and boost your energy levels:

MCT Oil

MCT OilMCT stands for medium chain triglycerides aka medium chain fatty acids. Your body can digest MCT’s a lot quicker than any other type of fat. They’ll go directly to your liver where they will immediately be used for energy. Here’s a blog post about the differences between MCT oil and coconut oil.

To get that bulletproof coffee effect, take your MCT softgels with a cup of coffee. Instant energy is guaranteed and you’ll power through the day with no effort.

CoQ10

CoQ10Coenzyme Q10 aka CoQ10 is used in your cells to produce energy that’s necessary for cell growth and maintenance. If your body is not producing CoQ10 properly, not only does it speed up the aging process, you may start feeling tired and fatigued all the time.

With age, certain diseases or taking some prescription drugs may lower your natural CoQ10 levels. Adding a high quality CoQ10 supplement to your diet can help increase your energy and stamina. Plus, it can boost your cognitive awareness too!

PS! Your body absorbs CoQ10 best with a fat containing meal. Take it with MCT Oil for best results.

Magnesium Glycinate & Electrolytes

magnesium glycinateMagnesium supports the energy production in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) that helps fight fatigue. Magnesium Glycinate is hands down the best form of magnesium that you can take.

The essential mineral magnesium and the amino acid glycine create a strong bond, and glycine will help magnesium be absorbed better by your body. Furthermore, the added glycine has also benefits on sleep efficiency, cognitive awareness, attention and memory.

Another great supplement to boost your energy levels is Electrolytes. It has lots of different minerals and nutrients, including magnesium, that help fight fatigue. Fluid and electrolyte loss in your body can leave you feeling tired, especially after exercise or during menstruation.

Green Coffee Bean Extract

green coffeeWe all know someone who says how they can’t function before they have their first cup of coffee in the morning. But what if you don’t drink coffee? Green Coffee Bean Extract is the perfect solution for that. 

Green coffee beans are regular coffee beans that haven’t been roasted yet. This means that you’ll get all the energy, and a high amount of a chemical called chlorogenic acid that has all sorts of amazing health benefits. Also, no need to worry about the coffee breath! Read our blog post about green coffee HERE

Take Green Coffee Bean Extract 30 minutes before a meal for the best results. This way it will also help manage your blood sugar levels, so no more feeling tired and sluggish after eating a hearty meal.

Holy Basil Leaf Extract

Tulsi Leaf ExtractHoly Basil is an all-round supplement you can use to fight stress and fatigue. It’s especially great if you’re going through a mentally and/or physically challenging period, because it helps your body to adapt to stress. It supports brain function and mental alertness, and helps you feel relaxed and refreshed in no time.

Holy Basil contains a fat soluble vitamin K, which is a key player in promoting brain function. Take it with a fat containing meal or with a healthy fat supplement like our MCT Oil for maximum absorption.  

Bonus: Biotin

Biotin converts the food you eat into usable energy and supports your metabolism. Your skin, hair and nails need energy for growth as well. If you’ve noticed that your skin has been looking dull and your hair and nails breaking all the time, your body probably isn’t getting enough energy that it needs.

Some medications can affect your body’s biotin levels, so adding it to your diet may be exactly what your body needs. But first make sure to consult with your doctor!

What are your favorite tips and tricks to combat fatigue and boost energy?

Stress Can Kill You

stress managementAll of us have experienced stress at some point in our lives, some of us more, some of us less. But there’s a reason why stress is called The Silent Killer. Excessive and chronic stress may lead to serious health problems and drastically reduce the quality of your life.

In this blog post we’ll talk about what is stress, why and when is it important to manage stress and how can you do it. Keep reading.

What Is Stress?

Stress is a normal reaction that we all experience. Some of us are stressed at work or because of a tragic incident, whereas others barely ever feel stressed out. Even noise and big crowds can make some people feel stressed. All of us are differently affected by stress, but it happens to everyone.

stress Feeling moderate stress from time to time is a completely normal thing. It can even be positive and motivate us to work harder or keep us more alert. However, when it becomes a chronic occurrence then it’s time to change something.

We talked a little bit about stress in our hormonal balance blog post. Your adrenal gland produces a hormone called cortisol. It is also known as the stress hormone because it regulates your body’s reaction to mental and physical stress.

When you’re in a highly stressful situation, your body will start producing more cortisol to deal with the ‘threat’. After this your cortisol levels should go back to normal. If that doesn’t happen and your cortisol levels are constantly high, you’re being exposed to a number of health risks like inflammation and premature aging.

Chronic stress puts a lot of strain on your body and mind and can affect all sorts of physical and psychological processes. Most common symptoms of stress are headaches and chest pain, problems with memory and concentration, fatigue, allergies, high blood pressure, but also anxiety and moodiness. Furthermore, constant stress may lead to heart disease and mental illness.

How To Reduce Stress?

There’s no way to ignore occasional stress. Rather, pay attention to your body and mind. How you react to different situations and how are you really feeling. Here are our top tips on how to manage and reduce stress in your life:

1. Give yourself some quiet time

If you’re constantly feeling stressed by everything and everyone around you, start (or end) your day away from all the distractions. Find yourself at least 15 minutes a day to relax – meditate, pray or just be alone in silence to gather your thoughts.

If you start your day in a relaxed state, it will carry you throughout the day. Don’t underestimate the value of starting and ending your day right and what it can do to your health.

2. Get Moving

stressDid you know that exercise has been proved to reduce stress? Even if you don’t have hours to spend at the gym, go for a brisk walk or find some free workout videos on YouTube – there are a lot of those available by the way! Better yet, find a sport that you really enjoy doing. It can be hiking, swimming, snowboarding, basketball, a Pilates class or whatever you like.

Physical activity helps you clear your mind and has so many amazing benefits for your health. It reduces the risk of heart diseases, regulates hormones, elevates your mood and helps reduce anxiety.

3. Get Enough Sleep

You’ve probably heard this one a lot. Getting enough sleep can be quite a bit of an effort. All of us have so many responsibilities that need to be taken care of, and often we disregard the need for good quality sleep.

On the contrary, you’ll be ready to roll when you’re well rested. When you’re tired, you’ll lack of energy and will most possibly feel sluggish, even irritated and not at your best. Make sure to sleep at least 7 to 9 hours each night.

If possible, go to bed and wake up at the same time every single day to really get into a good routine. Our bodies like to work in a stable rhythm, and messing your whole routine up is a lot easier than it seems.

4. Organize

how to reduce stressMake a schedule and prioritize what you need to be doing. This helps you to stay on top of your responsibilities and feel less stressed out when you have a lot going on. And do not procrastinate! Instead of feeling bad that you’re procrastinating, start doing!

This also goes for the previous point about getting enough sleep. Be organized about your sleeping schedule and make it one of your top priorities.

5. Take A Break

Get away from your computer, look out of the window, have a brisk walk or just a nice cup of coffee – whatever floats your boat. If you find yourself feeling stressed, take a quick break to relax and unwind. Even 5 minutes away from your work desk can do wonders.

6. Nutrition

Eating healthy and nutritious food provides your body a lot of nutrients that play an important role in managing stress. Good quality carbs and proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables are a great source of stress relieving nutrients.

Moreover, healthy diet removes waste and toxins from your body, makes your immune system stronger, improves mood and brain functioning and of course helps manage weight and reduce the risk of heart diseases.

Tulsi Leaf ExtractAvoid processed and fast foods, excess alcohol and drugs to stay healthy and stress free. All of these will deplete your body of beneficial and essential nutrients.

Adding natural remedies like food supplements to your diet is a great idea if you’ve been feeling stressed for a longer period of time or when there’s a stressful situation ahead. Our Holy Basil Leaf Extract is your new go-to supplement to reduce mental and physical stress. It’s been used in the Ayurvedic medicine for centuries because of its protective properties against health problems stemming from stress.

In addition, supplementing with Magnesium and Selenium can be helpful in combating excessive stress as well. These essential nutrients are key players in regulating your hormones and reducing stress, irritability and fatigue.

7. Control Your Emotions

Try to stay positive. It’s so important that you try to see the sunshine even during the ugliest day. Laugh a little, have some fun and enjoy the small things in life. Don’t sweat the small stuff like sitting in traffic or dealing with an annoying neighbor. Take control of your own emotions and reactions and you’ll soon notice how things don’t seem so bad at all.

To Conclude

We can’t avoid stress, but we can learn how to manage it to live a happier and healthier life. We hope that these small but powerful tips will help you deal with stress better as well. What are your top tips to reduce stress in your life? Let us know in the comments!

Click HERE to learn more about our new Holy Basil Leaf Extract.

What Are Electrolytes & Why Do We Need Them?

electrolyte imbalanceMost of us have probably heard of electrolytes and how your body needs them. In this blog post we talk about what electrolytes are, why do we need them, what causes electrolyte imbalance and how can you replenish electrolytes. Without further delay, let’s find out!

What Are Electrolytes?

As their name hints, electrolytes are electrically charged nutrients present in your tissues and body fluids. These nutrients are essential for a wide range of important functions. The electrical charge electrolytes provide sends signals throughout your body. Essentially, electrolytes act as messengers in your body.

So what is the point of electrolytes and what do those signals do? Electrolytes help balance the amount of water and PH-level in your body, support the nervous system, regulate muscle function, promote good cardiovascular health and proper digestion.

When electrolyte levels become too low or too high, it creates an electrolyte imbalance and your body may start to send out false signals. This can result in various symptoms like twitching and cramping muscles, aching bones, headaches, digestive issues, weakness, irritability, anxiety and in worst cases irregular heartbeat, changes in blood pressure and seizures.

 

The major electrolytes in your body include:

Calcium – supports your nervous system, helps regulate muscle function, promotes healthy bones and teeth, helps with blood clotting and has a role in cell division;

Phosphorus / Phosphate – promotes healthy bones, teeth and tissue growth;

Magnesium – supports the nervous system, helps regulate muscle function, digestion and heart rhythm, helps improve mood and sleep quality;

Chloride – supports fluid and electrolyte balance in your body, balances your body’s PH level

Sodium – supports your nervous system, helps regulate muscle function, and helps maintain fluid balance;

Potassium – promotes healthy blood pressure, supports the nervous system, helps regulate muscle function and supports healthy bones.

 

What Causes Electrolyte Loss And Imbalance?

electrolyte imbalanceYou know when sometimes after exercise or illness you feel sluggish, your muscles start twitching and cramping, or your digestion has changed? Well that’s because your body has got rid of the necessary electrolytes by fluid loss and can’t properly send out signals anymore.

Most commonly electrolyte loss occurs after your body has lost a lot of fluids. This happens when you exercise, sweat (important when you live in a hot climate!), vomit, suffer from diarrhea, while traveling or when you’ve had one too many drinks. Electrolyte loss or imbalance can also happen due to various illnesses or when you’ve been eating unhealthy for a longer period of time.

By the way! Menstruation is also another factor that can cause an electrolyte imbalance. To maintain healthy electrolyte levels, relieve dehydration and support recovery, you should load up on your electrolyte intake.

 

How To Replenish Electrolytes?

electrolyte imbalanceYou’ll get a lot of electrolytes from the foods you eat. It’s so important to eat a healthy and balanced diet, because this will help you prevent electrolyte imbalance. As we talked earlier, eating an unhealthy diet full of processed foods can lead to electrolyte loss, so it’s important to give your body the nutrients it needs for normal functioning. Not to mention, processed foods are often high in sodium, putting you more at risk of electrolyte imbalance.

For example, leafy greens like spinach and kale are packed with magnesium. Dairy products, eggs, meat and fish, but also lots of vegetables and beans contain a lot of calcium. Bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes and tomatoes are a great source of potassium. If you’re craving something super hydrating then cucumbers, watermelon, celery and bell peppers are perfect for that!

Also, because electrolytes balance the amount of water in your body, it is important to stay properly hydrated. Drinking enough water helps flush you body from excess salts to prevent electrolyte imbalance and keep the water balance in check in your cells. However, if you drink too much water, your body may start to get rid of too many of those essential nutrients.

Drinking plenty of water is especially important when you exercise and sweat. The longer and harder your workouts are, the more you probably need to restore your body’s electrolyte levels. If a healthy diet just isn’t enough then adding an Electrolyte supplement to your routine may be the ideal solution.

electrolyte replenishment

You can read more about our Electrolyte supplement by clicking HERE

Our Electrolytes are in capsule form, making it such an easy way to replenish your electrolyte levels. No need to mix in a drink, just swallow one capsule and you’re good to go! It’s keto-friendly and no sugar or sweeteners have been added. Plus, in contains vitamin D, boron and BioPerine for better absorption.

Have you tried them out yet? Get yours today from HERE!

How To Support Your Kidney Health

kidney healthKidneys have an important role to play in your body. Even though you can live with just one, making sure your kidneys are healthy is essential for your body to function properly.

However, kidney problems may not be so noticeable at first. Having issues with kidney health may lead to different chronic diseases that can be dangerous for you. So as we always say, it’s better to prevent it rather than deal with the aftermath.

 

What Are Kidneys and What Do They Do?

Kidneys are two fist-sized bean-shaped organs that are located below your rib cage on each side of your spine. They have quite a few important roles to play in your body that affect your overall health and well being. (Source)

Kidneys produce urine, this process filters blood by removing toxins and excess water. And then of course you’ll pee the waste water out. If your body doesn’t eliminate waste properly, toxins can start to build up in your kidneys and this may lead to several health issues.

They also remove excess acid that your body produces and maintain fluid and blood mineral balance. That balance is important for the normal functioning of tissues, nerves and muscles.

As well as removing waste and toxins from your body, kidneys also take part in making hormones that regulate blood pressure, produce red blood cells and support bone health. PS! In our last blog post we talked about hormonal balance and why it is important, so make sure to read it by clicking HERE.

 

What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Problems?

Kidney problems can cause a wide range of symptoms. Or often no symptoms at all. Some of the noticeable symptoms include problems with urination, blood in urine or foamy urine, kidney pain and back pain, fatigue or feeling weak and dizzy, nausea and digestive issues, itchy and dry skin, swollen hands, feet or face, food tasting like metal or breath that smells like ammonia.

If you suspect that there might be an issue with your kidneys, make sure to see a doctor who can make all the necessary tests. Having untreated kidney problems like urinary tract infection, kidney stones or kidney infection for a long time may lead to chronic kidney disease or even kidney failure. Also, if you have diabetes, it is especially important to keep an eye on your kidney health, because of the higher risk of developing kidney damage.

 

How Can You Support Your Kidney Health?

kidney healthProper Hydration

Because your kidneys filter waste out of your body by producing urine, you have to stay properly hydrated to flush out all the toxins. This helps to avoid waste buildup in your kidneys that in turn lowers the risk of developing kidney diseases.

Usually it is recommended to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but as we all are different and have different lifestyles, you might need to drink a bit more. Especially if you’re taking your workouts seriously or live in a warm climate.

 

Healthy Diet

Your diet should consist of vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, high quality protein and healthy fats. Ditch the processed, sugary and high-salt foods that put extra strain on your kidneys. They’ll have a much better time eliminating waste from your body when you don’t put a lot of toxins in your body in the first place.

kidney health

Furthermore, eating foods high in antioxidants helps reduce inflammation in your body. Reducing inflammation is crucial for preventing kidney infections, because chronic inflammation can cause permanent damage on your organs. Our Bromelain supplement is a great way to assist your body in fighting inflammation. You can read more about inflammation and what it does to your body by clicking HERE.

Not only is healthy food a necessary fuel for your body, it also helps manage weight and balance blood sugar levels, which is crucial to prevent diabetes. Moreover, carrying extra weight on your body is also extra work for your kidneys. To remove waste, kidneys need to filter more blood, and because they are constantly overworking, you’re putting your kidney health at risk.

 

Regular Exercise

As we mentioned, being overweight is a big risk factor in developing kidney diseases. So, to get fit and stay fit, it is important that you move your body regularly. Exercise is also a great way to naturally manage blood pressure levels. This in turn helps reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

 

Supplements

kidney cleanseHerbal supplements can be a useful way to support your kidney health. For example our all natural Kidney Cleanse supplement. It consists of a blend of herbs that have been used for kidney and urinary tract health for hundreds of years.

Kidney Cleanse helps kidneys in their normal functioning of eliminating waste and toxins from your body. And because of the Organic Cranberry Extract in our product, it’s such a great way to help with urinary tract infections as well.

However, always consult with your doctor before starting to take any supplements. If you already have problems with your kidneys, the first thing to do is let your doctor make all the necessary tests. This is such an important step, because some herbs or extracts might actually do more harm than good, depending on the condition of your kidney health.

To conclude, kidneys have an important job to do in your body. This is why it’s extremely important to start with prevention early or to avoid any further damage. Luckily, preventing kidney diseases and supporting your kidney health is fairly easy by leading a healthy lifestyle.

You can read more about our Kidney Cleanse supplement by clicking HERE.

 

Hormonal Balance: What, Why and How?

hormonal balanceMost of us have heard about hormones and the importance to keep them balanced. But what are hormones exactly? Why is hormonal balance important? And how can you do it? Let’s find out!

What Are Hormones?

Your body consists of many different types of hormones that all have their purpose. To put it simply, hormones act as messengers in your body that control major important bodily functions. Hormones help communicate signals between organs and tissues that makes your body act a certain way – this includes physical and mental processes.

Hormones are part of the endocrine system and the endocrine glands produce hormones. Some of those glands are: adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, parathyroid, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, thymus and gonads (ovaries and testes).

The most commonly known hormones are:

  • Testosterone, estrogen and progesterone – testosterone is the male sex hormone and estrogen and progesterone the female sex hormones;
  • Cortisol – a k a the stress hormone that regulates how your body responds to physical and mental stress;
  • Adrenaline – another stress hormone that helps your body respond to stress;
  • Ghrelin – this is the hunger hormone that sends signals to your brain when your body needs more food for energy;
  • Insulin – helps move sugar into cells where it can be used as a fuel for energy;
  • Melatonin – helps you sleep better because of its increased levels when it’s dark.

 

Why Is Hormonal Balance Important?

We partly answered this question in the last paragraph, but let’s clear it up a little. Hormones regulate your body’s functions. When your hormones are properly balanced, your body should work like a charm. The cooperation between different hormones in your body is crucial for hormonal balance.

However, when your hormones are imbalanced, there’s too much or too little of some hormones in your body, it can cause serious health problems that might actually need medical intervention. This happens because your body can’t or will falsely send out signals to your organs and tissues that ultimately has negative effects on your health and well being.

Some of the symptoms of hormonal issues include:

  • Fatigue or difficulty sleeping;
  • Muscle weakness and pain;
  • Different skin problems like rashes, acne or dry skin;
  • Hair loss;
  • Changes in heart rate and blood pressure;
  • Weight gain or sudden weight loss;
  • Digestive issues, bloating, chronic constipation or diarrhea;
  • Changes in appetite or thirst;
  • Decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction and infertility;
  • Stress, depression, irritability and anxiety;
  • Bad PMS and menopause symptoms, breast tenderness.

Usually the symptoms from hormonal issues are revealed over time. If you’ve noticed that for a prolonged period of time you’ve been struggling with some of the symptoms we covered above, or there’s some other chronic issue that you can’t find an answer to, make sure to see a doctor who can take further tests from your saliva, blood or urine.

 

How To Balance Your Hormones?

The first thing to start with is a proper review of your habits and lifestyle. You should eat a healthy and balanced diet consisting of greens, protein and healthy fats.

hormonal balance

It is normal that when you age, some hormones start to act differently as well. For example women during menopause, puberty, being pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding or during menstruation all go through natural periods of hormonal imbalance. So ladies, if you’re reading this, make your life easier and provide your body the nutrients and exercise it needs.

For example, some fats like Black Currant Oil and Borage Oil contain a high amount of gamma linoleic acid (GLA) that is an essential fatty acid and such a helpful way to balance hormones naturally. Also, GLA may help support your adrenal gland activity (Source), and another study showed that MCT Oil can be a great way to promote insulin sensitivity (Source).  

Holy Basil Leaf Extract also helps regulate your hormones, including the stress hormone called cortisol. Thus it promotes hormonal and mental balance.

Furthermore, studies have shown that consuming a proper amount of protein helps inhibit the hormone ghrelin that we mentioned above. If you eat enough protein, you’ll feel satisfied longer and your body won’t start sending signals about being hungry too early. (Source)

And of course you know that a healthy lifestyle includes regular physical activity as well. I know, I know! It’s boring and tiring and who has the time anyway?! But even walking every day will help! Or go for a swim, hike, run, or pump some iron at the gym. Switch it up if you feel that you need some variety, so you wouldn’t get bored of it. Exercising regularly helps reduce high insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity (Source).

Another common cause of hormonal imbalance is being overweight. Therefore, it is so important that you move regularly and avoid processed and sugary foods. Not to mention, they deplete your body of Magnesium, which has an important role in regulating hormones. For instance, magnesium has shown to help with melatonin production, so you could sleep better, and lower cortisol a k a the stress hormone in your body as well (Source)! Another good source of magnesium is our Pumpkin Seed Oil.

hormonal balanceEven more, stress can be a symptom of hormonal imbalance, but also the cause of it. If you’ve noticed a big pimple on your face right before an important meeting or event, or feel so irritated after working 60 hour weeks for two months then it’s time to take some time for yourself to just relax and destress.

Selenium has also been shown to play an important role in supporting thyroid health. Selenium helps reduce inflammation in your thyroid and reduce the risk of hypothyroidism (Source). It protects your thyroid gland from abnormal enlargement (Source) and is said to be an essential mineral to support thyroid health, prevent thyroid diseases and promote overall well being (Source). You can read more about Selenium from this blog post.

 

The Takeaway

I think we can all agree that hormonal balance isn’t just another health fad, but a serious issue that should be dealt with. Start with prevention by exercising regularly, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and don’t forget to destress and relax.

I also mentioned some of our natural food supplements that all have a way to promote hormonal balance. Those were Holy Basil Leaf ExtractBlack Currant Oil, Magnesium, Borage Oil, Selenium, MCT Oil and Pumpkin Seed Oil. Click on the links to read more about them and see what would work best for you!

However, if you already suspect there might be a serious hormonal imbalance in your body, please make sure to see your doctor and get all the necessary tests done. This is the only way to determine what might be the issue and how it could be solved.

Click HERE to shop all of our hormonal balance natural food supplements!

What Is The Difference Between Green Coffee And Regular Coffee?

green coffee bean extractCoffee is one of the most known and common drinks in the world. You either love it or hate it, but coffee is here to stay.

So we all know what coffee is, most of us have tasted it or drink it on a daily basis. But what is green coffee? And what’s the difference between green coffee beans and regular coffee? Let’s find out.

 

First, Let’s Talk About Coffee

Coffee is one of the world’s most valuable and widely traded crops. The coffee drink is brewed from roasted coffee beans and most commonly we drink it because of its stimulating effect. It’s that black and a bit bitter tasting drink that you can have either hot or cold, with milk or sugar, or even make a bulletproof coffee by adding some MCT oil to it.

green coffee

We all know how coffee beans look like, but do you know where it comes from? Coffee beans are actually seeds of flowering plants in the Coffea genus. Those plants are usually shrubs or small trees that produce edible fruits, often called cherries or berries. Coffee beans are actually the seeds of those berries.

The most popular species are Coffea arabica a k a Arabica and Coffea canephora a k a Robusta. Coffee is being mostly cultivated in the equatorial regions.

Fun Fact: Around 70% of the world’s coffee production is Arabica!

So What’s The Difference Between Green Coffee And Regular Coffee?

It’s very simple actually. Green coffee beans are regular coffee beans that haven’t been roasted yet. Roasting coffee beans is what gives them that well known and distinct coffee flavor and aroma. So why is green coffee even good if we always consume roasted coffee?

Green coffee beans have a high amount of the chemical called chlorogenic acid. The roasting process actually reduces the amount of chlorogenic acid found in coffee beans (Source). This is the compound that gives coffee, and especially green coffee beans those amazing health benefits.

Chlorogenic acid has been proven to be effective for supporting weight loss. Furthermore, it’s commonly used to promote heart health by helping stabilize blood pressure (Source) and blood sugar levels, and to improve mood and energy levels.

How Does It Work?

Chlorogenic acid that is especially high in green coffee beans slows the absorption of fat from food intake and also activates metabolism of extra fat in your body (Source). Thus, helping your body burn stored fat for energy.

As a proven bonus chlorogenic acid inhibits an enzyme, glucose-6-phosphatase, that slows the release of glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream (Source). This means that your body won’t synthesize it into fat and you’ll be less likely to store additional fat on your body. Healthy blood sugar levels are essential for weight loss and it helps to keep away those nasty cravings.

In addition, chlorogenic acid has hypoglycemic properties that promote healthy cholesterol levels and triglyceride concentrations as well (Source). This again is such an important part of good heart health.

green coffeeFurthermore, green coffee has antioxidant properties that can help fight excess amount of free radicals in your body (Source). If there are too many free radicals in your body, you’re susceptible to premature aging both internally and externally. Therefore, green coffee may protect cells from oxidative damage, protect skin, prevent premature aging and improve brain function.

In conclusion, green coffee beans and regular coffee beans come from the same place. The coffee we regularly see in the stores and coffee shops is just the roasted version of those beans. However, green coffee has a much higher content of chlorogenic acid that’s been shown to have some amazing health benefits.

So if you want to get all that chlorogenic acid goodness or if you’re not a coffee drinker at all, but still would like to enjoy the benefits of it, our Green Coffee Bean Extract capsules are perfect for you!

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Prostate Health: Prevention With Lycopene

lycopene prostateProstate health is something that every man should think about. Changes in the prostate are most commonly beginning to be noticeable in middle-aged men. Issues with prostate can affect your health and well being drastically.

However, there are ways to help support your prostate health naturally. One of the most popular supplements for it is Lycopene. Let’s find out what it is and how it can help!

PS! There is a bonus tip at the end of this blog post. Continue reading to find out!

 

What Is The Prostate?

Prostate is a golf-ball sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It’s located close to the bladder, urethra and rectum. This gland is responsible for secreting a fluid that makes up around 30% of the volume of semen and helping to expel semen during ejaculation. Because of its location and purpose, problems with your prostate can have a negative effect on urination and sexual function.

Prostate issues are a common thing in middle aged and older men, because the prostate gland tends to grow when you age. The first phase of growth occurs in puberty, the second phase starts around the age of 25 (Source). This is why it’s important to start paying attention to your prostate health even as a young man. We’re firm believers in early prevention and you should be too.

The most common issue that men struggle with is difficulty urinating due to the prostate pressing against urethra. This can be caused by age-related enlargement of the prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), inflammation or infection of the prostate that is called prostatitis or even prostate cancer.

 

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men. Here’s what the statistics based on the U.S population says:

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of prostate cancer was 112.6 per 100,000 men per year. The number of deaths was 19.5 per 100,000 men per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2011-2015 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 11.2 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2013-2015 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2015, there were an estimated 3,120,176 men living with prostate cancer in the United States.” (Source)

 

What Is Lycopene And How Can It Help?

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Lycopene is a carotenoid that’s found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables. It is a powerful antioxidant that your body can’t produce on its own and needs to be ingested. As you might already know, antioxidants are extremely beneficial for your body. They help protect your cells from oxidative stress that produces free radicals.

Excess amount of free radicals has harmful impact on your cells, skin, immune-system and overall health. This results in DNA damage and age-related problems. Essentially, free radicals make your body age quicker. Furthermore, because issues with prostate health are more common in older men, it is important to start with prevention early on.

Lycopene has shown to support prostate health in different ways. The first controlled clinical study conducted in 2008 concluded that supplementing with lycopene may inhibit the progression and reduce the symptoms of BPH a k a prostate gland enlargement (Source).

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2015 showed the trend that there was reduced incidence of prostate cancer with higher lycopene intake (Source). Another systematic review and meta-analysis conducted in 2017 suggests that higher dietary and circulating lycopene concentrations in your body are associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer and may help protect from the aggressiveness of it (Source).

 

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Bonus Tip: Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil can be another great way to promote good prostate health. It has a high zinc and phytosterol content that are known to be beneficial for the prostate. Research conducted in 2014 showed that supplementing with pumpkin seed oil can be an effective way to reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (Source).

Moreover, Lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient that’s best absorbed with fat containing meals. For maximum absorption and extra support for your prostate, try it out with our Pumpkin Seed Oil softgels.

 

In conclusion, research suggests that Lycopene might be a beneficial way to support prostate health, reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and prevent the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Our Lycopene supplement is extracted from real tomatoes. It doesn’t contain preservatives, gluten, sugar, wheat, fish, starch, lactose, artificial colours, sweetener or flavours.

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Inflammation: What It Is and Why You Should Fight It

inflammation Most of us now have heard about inflammation and how it can affect your health. As a result, one of the biggest health trends at the moment are anti-inflammatory foods and supplements: our very own Bromelain is a great example of a natural aid. But do we even know what inflammation is exactly? Is inflammation always such a bad thing? And how can Bromelain help us? Let’s find out.

What Is Inflammation?

To put it simply, inflammation means swelling. But it isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. Why so? For example when your immune system detects an issue or danger in your body, inflammation is your body’s way to fight it.

And how does it work? Your immune system sends out white blood cells to essentially protect the injured area. When you cut your finger or hit yourself hard on something, chances are that area might swell up, become red and painful, it might be harder to move and the area might feel warmer because of the increased blood flow.

immune system response

Wounds and other damages to your body’s tissues cannot heal without an inflammatory response. Thus making inflammation a completely normal and very necessary defense mechanism in our bodies.

However, when inflammation becomes a chronic occurrence, you might need to start thinking about ways to fight it. But if inflammation is what protects your body from harm and helps you heal, why is chronic inflammation so bad? This is because it can actually lead to many different health issues and chronic health conditions.

Chronic inflammation is usually caused by pathogens that your body isn’t able to break down. These can include infections and viruses, foreign objects that have remained in your body or even when your immune system is overactive. When your body is reacting to a trauma, the inflammation usually lasts a few days up to a few weeks. Chronic inflammation on the other hand has a slow progress and it can last from months to years.

If your body is suffering from chronic inflammation, you might notice that your health has become weaker or there’s some pain and discomfort that’s constantly bothering you. Some of these conditions that are caused by chronic inflammation are joint pain, stiffness and arthritis, issues inside your digestive tract like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and problems with nutrient absorption, chronic sinus infections, allergies, asthma and coughs, and even mental health issues like depression and changed behavior. Furthermore, chronic inflammation is a huge risk factor for developing heart diseases.

 

How Can I Fight Chronic Inflammation?

anti inflammatory foodsFighting inflammation isn’t always needed, but it can be a helpful way to combat swelling and pain after a trauma like surgery or when you’ve caught a cold. However, when you’re experiencing inflammation for a prolonged period of time, for example you suffer with chronic pain in joints, constant digestive issues or allergies and sinus infections, it might be a useful way to make yourself feel better and avoid discomfort.

A lot of healthy, unprocessed foods are such a great way to help decrease the amount of inflammation in your body. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is crucial for your health and well being. Some of these foods include healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, Black Currant Oil, Borage Oil and consuming fatty fish, fresh vegetables, leafy greens and fruits. It is also important to avoid fried foods, unhealthy and processed fats like margarine, and white bread and sugar (this also includes sugary drinks!).

Nevertheless, eating a healthy diet might not be enough. Our pineapple enzyme extract called Bromelain is a natural way to combat inflammation. Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme extracted from real pineapples. Have you ever noticed how your mouth gets sore after eating a pineapple? This means that bromelain is literally digesting the protein inside your mouth.

As bad as it does sound, it is actually a very beneficial compound that reduces overall inflammation in your body. It’s great for supporting digestive health and promote healthy body weight. It can also help with faster recovery after working out or even after a surgery! Pretty awesome, huh?

pineapple enzyme

So how does it work exactly, you ask? Bromelain is made up of different enzymes that help your body produce the compounds that help reduce inflammation. Bromelain can help break down those swollen bits in your body and therefore help prevent and treat different issues that stem from inflammation.

For centuries pineapples have been used in Central and South America to help treat different health issues. And if you’re not feeling like eating a whole pineapple every day, taking Bromelain in capsule form is such a convenient and natural way to get all the anti-inflammatory benefits from pineapples.

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6 Health Benefits of Borage Oil: A Well Kept Secret of GLA

borage oil health benefitsBorage oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant called borage a k a starflower (Borago officinalis). It’s been used in traditional medicine as a remedy for various health concerns for centuries. Although it’s native to the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, it can actually grow almost anywhere. Today, several studies have been conducted that confirm the health benefits of borage oil.

 

What Makes Borage Oil So Special?

The main compound that makes borage oil such a valuable supplement, is gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Borage oil has one of the highest amounts of this Omega-6 fatty acid. A common GLA supplement people reach for is evening primrose oil. It contains around 9% of GLA. However, the GLA content in borage oil is usually around 19-26%.

GLA has antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation in your body (Source). This is why borage oil is such a versatile supplement. It can aid in hormonal balance, support good heart health, keep your joints and bones healthy, help with skin orders and promote proper nerve function.

 

6 Health Benefits of Borage Oil

1. Joint Comfort and Bone Health

borage oil gla health benefits

As we mentioned above, GLA in borage oil has antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation in your body. Decrease in overall inflammation in your body means that it can also reduce inflammation in your joints. This results in lessened swelling and chronic pain (Source).  

Furthermore, research suggests that borage oil can help prevent bone loss by reducing the inflammation markings in bones (Source).

 

2. Promotes Hormonal Balance

GLA in borage oil can help support your body’s adrenal gland activity (Source). Adrenal gland produces different types of hormones, for example adrenaline and cortisol. Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone. When your adrenal gland produces too much of it, you’ll probably feel constantly stressed and anxious. Because borage oil can help support proper adrenal gland activity, it may also help manage chronic stress and anxiety.

 

3. Healthy Skin and Hair

borage oil gla health benefitsFatty acids are essential for good skin and hair. Because GLA is a type of Omega-6 fatty acid, it can play a role in improving the condition of your skin and hair. Fatty acids provide your skin and hair protection they need (Source). In addition, GLA also helps reduce inflammation in your body that may be the cause of different skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.

You can use borage oil both internally and externally to combat your skin disorders. Our Borage Oil softgels are convenient to use internally, but also externally! Just pop one softgel and use it as an on-the-go moisturizer.

 

borage oil health benefits

4. Hangover Cure

We certainly do not promote excessive drinking, but a few of us have to admit they’ve suffered a hangover at some point in their lives. Good news is that borage oil can actually help combat those nasty hangover symptoms.

One study showed that 88% of participants reported a borage oil containing supplement effective in reducing a hangover (Source). The study was conducted using a supplement containing mostly borage oil, magnesium and a few other vitamins.

Luckily we also have a vegan Magnesium Glycinate supplement, which is one of the best absorbed forms of magnesium! Take our Borage Oil and Magnesium supplements right before and after a night out, and see for yourself!

 

5. Cardiovascular Health Support

Borage oil can be a helpful supplement to help prevent and relieve different heart issues. It helps lower total and LDL cholesterol levels (this is the ‘bad’ cholesterol) (Source). Borage oil can also help lower blood pressure and heart rate response to stress (Source). Furthermore, research suggests that borage oil can be an effective treatment to congestive heart failure signs prevention (Source).

 

6. PMS Relief

Because borage oil has anti-inflammatory properties and thus it can help promote hormonal balance, it’s been widely used to relieve the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and menopause. Some of these symptoms include mood swings, stomach cramps, hot flashes and breast tenderness. Although today there isn’t enough scientific evidence to back this up, it sure is worth a try if you struggle with the symptoms we mentioned above.

borage oil supplement

 

As we learned, borage oil has many health benefits because of its ability to decrease inflammation in your body and therefore help relieve and prevent different health issues.

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