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Do You Suffer from Chronic Pain Daily - January 2013
Get back to doing what you LOVE with a Food-Based approach to Pain Management
1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain daily
- Children are not spared, with 2% of boys and almost 6% of girls between 12 and 17 years of age reporting chronic pain
- Pain is a major concern for older adults because of its high prevalence – estimated to be as high as 65%, and up to 80% of older adults living in long-term care facilities
- Chronic pain costs more than cancer, heart disease and HIV combined with direct health care costs of $6 billion
- Productivity costs related to job loss and sick days are estimated to be $37 billion per year
- Chronic pain is associated with the worst quality of life as compared with other chronic diseases such as chronic lung or heart disease
- There is double the risk of suicide as compared with people without chronic pain
Chances are, you’ve experienced pain at one time or another. 4 out of 5 of adults complain of back ache, and 20% suffer chronic pain daily. Pain relief products line the drug store shelves, but what if the best prevention and relief comes from the grocery store or the local health food store? Sam Graci discusses nutrition and supplements in regards to top pain conditions: back pain, arthritis and sore joints.
For approximately 85% to 90% of individuals with back pain, no specific cause can be identified. Contributing factors include: poor muscle tone, especially in the back and abdominal muscles; sedentary lifestyle; obesity; smoking; poor posture and in particular, improper or heavy lifting. There is also evidence suggesting that psychosocial factors (e.g., chronic stress and depression) are determinants of back pain.
The good news is there are natural ingredients that are effective, and fast.
Natural Eggshell membrane: This unique ingredient is composed of naturally occurring nutrients including glucosamine, a natural sugar called fucose, and a variety of glycosaminoglycans including chondroitin sulfate, hyaluronic acid as well collagen and other proteins. In short, Natural Eggshell Membrane is JOINT FOOD with nutrients essential for proper joint health and flexibility. Two single center, open-label human clinical studies and one double blind study were conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of eggshell membrane as a treatment for pain and inflexibility associated with joint and connective tissue disorders. The results showed that taken once daily, 500mg of eggshell membrane significantly reduced pain, both rapidly (seven days) and continuously (30 days).
Devil’s Claw: Research-proven to assist with back pain – specifically lower back pain (the most common site). Published studies have resulted in widespread publicity for use of standardized devil’s claw as a mild analgesic for joint pain in Europe. And both in vitro and in vivo experiments suggest that devil’s claw exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, possibly via COX-2 inhibition.
White Willow bark: This natural pain killer provides immediate relief from pain. More than 80% of the salicin in willow is absorbed after oral intake into the intestines...peaking in less than 2 hours after oral administration. Willow extract works in 4 different anti-inflammatory pathways to reduce pain – more effective than aspirin in reduction of inflammatory leukotrienes and COX-2. Even though white willow bark contains salicin, distantly related to aspirin, willow bark extract does not damage the gastrointestinal mucosa.
Arthritis symptoms include pain, stiffness and reduced mobility. Many of the current treatments have a low success rate and have risky side effects.
There are however, natural, research proven ingredients that are both anti-inflammatory and increase joint space.
Building on the known benefits of Natural Eggshell Membrane in joint pain, the addition of an avocado and soy derivative, known as AvoVida® targets hip pain and helps increase joint space. Research shows it also increases cartilage production and reduces inflammation.
In one study the AvoVida® reduced the need to take NSAIDS by 50% in study participants and improved day-to-day functioning by 43%.
Bromelain from pineapple is a known anti-inflammatory that provides more support than the natural eggshell alone.
For more information on pain management visit www.genuinehealth.com
Authors: Kevin J Ruff, Dale P DeVore, Michael D Leu, Mark A Robinson, May 2009 , Volume 2009:4, Clinical Interventions in Aging
Monograph Altern Med Rev. 2008 Sep;13(3):248-52
Phytother Res. 2011 Jan 12. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3386. Willow Species and Aspirin: Different Mechanism of Actions. Vlachojannis J, Magora F, Chrubasik
Genuine 's Bio: Our Mission - At Genuine Health, we believe the path to optimum health is holistic, incorporating a sound body, mind and spirit. There are no magic pill or over-night solutions. With the right information, motivation and inspiration, we can all take steps towards living a healthier life. Since introducing greens+ over ten years ago, our mission to help Canadians achieve a healthier life remains as constant as ever. We do this by providing supplements containing the highest quality ingredients based on scientific research. Nothing makes us more proud than to positively influence people’s lives with products they can trust. - Genuine Health Website
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Description: Welcome those crisp winter days with a pot of hearty Tuscan bean soup. Leeks are a unique combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients, the allium vegetables belong in your diet on a regular basis. Like their allium cousins, onions and garlic, let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes after cutting and before cooking to enhance their health-promoting qualities.
A good source of dietary fiber, leeks also contain goodly amounts of folic acid, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. Easier to digest than standard onions, leeks have laxative, antiseptic, diuretic, and anti-arthritic properties.
Leeks contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins that have proven health benefits.
Leeks are low in calories. 100 g fresh stalks contain 61 calories. Further, their elongated stalks provide good amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber.
Laboratory studies show that allicin reduces cholesterol production by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase enzyme in the liver cells. Further, it also found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal activities.
Allicin also decreases blood vessel stiffness by release of nitric oxide (NO); thereby bring reduction in the total blood pressure. It also blocks platelet clot formation and has fibrinolytic action in the blood vessels, which helps decrease overall risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), peripheral vascular diseases (PVD), and stroke.
Leeks are great source of minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Their leafy stems indeed contain several vital vitamins such as pyridoxine, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin in healthy proportions. 100 g fresh stalks provide 64 µg of folates. Folic acid is essential for DNA synthesis and cell division. Their adequate levels in the diet during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies.
In addition, leeks are one of the good source of vitamin A (1667 IU or 55% of RDA per 100 g) and other flavonoid phenolic anti-oxidants such as carotenes, xanthin, and lutein. They also have some other essential vitamins such as vitamin C, K, and vitamin E. Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. Further, its stalks have small amounts of minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and selenium.
Often overlooked in leeks is their important concentration of the B vitamin folate. Folate is present in leeks in one of its bioactive forms (5-methyltetrahydrofolate, or 5MTHF) and it is present throughout the plant (including the full leaf portion, not only the lower leaf and bulb).
Fresh leeks should be stored unwashed and untrimmed in the refrigerator, where they will keep fresh for between one and two weeks. Wrapping them loosely in a plastic bag will help them to retain moisture.
Tips for Preparing Leeks - Cut off green tops of leeks and remove outer tough leaves. Cut off root and cut leeks in half lengthwise. Fan out the leeks and rinse well under running water, leaving them intact. Cut leeks into 2-inch lengths. Holding the leek sections cut side up, cut lengthwise so that you end up with thin strips, known as the chiffonade cut, slicing until you reach the green portion. Make sure slices are cut very thin to shorten cooking time. Let leeks sit for at least 5 minutes before cooking.
With a more delicate and sweeter flavor than onions, leeks add a subtle touch to recipes without overpowering the other flavors that are present. Although leeks are available throughout the year they are in season from the fall through the early part of spring when they are at their best.