Probiotics. How do they benefit your health?

Probiotics. How do they benefit your health?

The Mayo Clinic states that Probiotics are good for digestion and aiding in some gastrointestinal conditions. Research show that Probiotics also lower levels of total and ‘bad’ cholesterol in people.  Studies, published in The Cochrane Library in 2011 further show that probiotics seem to have an effect against upper respiratory tract infections

Probiotics – can enhance bone density and do the bones some good, according to a new study by Dr. Laura McCabe, a professor at  Michigan State University.  Dr. McCabe found that probiotics improve bone density and could benefit patients suffering from osteoporosis medications –especially since some current drugs come with less-than-desired side effects.

Probiotics also support the immune system. Children in day-care centers who take probiotics, for instance, get fewer colds and ear infections. Children who have been treated with antibiotics especially need a good Probiotic on a daily basis.  Kids can get probiotics from eating yogurt, but the high sugar content in flavored yogurts diminishes the benefits.  It is best to take a good Probiotic from a reputable company daily (10 billion CFU or more daily, as needed).
Talk to your Physician, Nutritionist, Naturopath or health care provider before starting a new supplement.

Dr. Mark E. Stearns, Ph.D. at Herbalishous, 226 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA, 19087. ph. 484-580-8883.  mstearns@Herbalishous.comwww.herbalishous.com. Note:  Dr. Stearns is a former cancer researcher and is not an M.D., Nutritionist, Homeopath or Naturopath.

Flu’s & Colds: ‘Pressing Down On Me’. Herbal Supplements to the Rescue

Flu’s & Colds: ‘Pressing Down On Me’.  Herbal Supplements to the Rescue

Getting a cold or the flu (i.e. Influenza) can put you in bed for several days. Colds and flu’s are caused by virus infections and spread by coughing and sneezing.  Unfortunately, the young & elderly often suffer more than most and the flu can be lethal. 

Herbal Supplements help build Natural Immunity.  Read Randall Neustaeter, OMD, in “Flu, Alternative Treatments and Prevention”, suggests reishi, maitake, shitake mushrooms, elderberry, colostrum, vitamin A, Zinc, and vitamin C help build and maintain immunity.  The benefits from taking such supplements are reduced incidence’s of flu, colds and infections. 

Flu’s & Colds: ‘Pressing Down On Me’.  Herbal Supplements to the Rescue

Getting a cold or the flu (i.e. Influenza) can put you in bed for several days. Colds and flu’s are caused by virus infections and spread by coughing and sneezing.  Unfortunately, the young & elderly often suffer more than most and the flu can be lethal. 

Herbal Supplements help build Natural Immunity.  Read Randall Neustaeter, OMD, in “Flu, Alternative Treatments and Prevention”, suggests reishi, maitake, shitake mushrooms, elderberry, colostrum, vitamin A, Zinc, and vitamin C help build and maintain immunity.  The benefits from taking such supplements are reduced incidence’s of flu, colds and infections. 

Homeopathic Remedies. 

Pulsatilla Negricans is a common homeopathic remedy for sinusitis and nasal congestion and colds that feature stuffy noses, especially if thick, yellowish or greenish mucus is produced.

Kalium Muriaticum is used to treat colds, especially where there is sinus, nasal, or ear congestion, especially indicated when there is white nasal discharge, a white coating on the tongue, and sinus problems. Kalium muriaticum is called for when ear congestion or pain is accompanied by a crackling noise, and when symptoms are worsened by cold air and damp weather and improved by relaxation and warmth.

Phosphorus is used to treat respiratory illnesses and congestion. It is especially recommended for individuals whose symptoms are worse in the mornings and evenings and improved by fresh air, massage, and sleep and eating.

Arsenicum Album–a minute amount of the substance is successively diluted until only an infinitesimal amount remains.  Arsenicum album is helpful for nasal congestion in a patient who gets frequent colds, chest problems and sore throats. If the patient sneezes repeatedly, produces white, thick, burning mucus and experiences worsening of symptoms before midnight, it’s even more likely that a homeopath will prescribe Arsenicum album.

Rhus Toxicodendron is recommended for nasal congestion, especially when the condition occurs during cool, damp weather or changing weather. Especially for patients who are restless, fidgety and pacing, with both motion and warmth bringing some relief.  

Talk to a Herbalist or Homeopath.  Contact your Physician for advice prior to taking homeopathic remedies. 

Dr. Mark E. Stearns, Ph.D. at Herbalishous, 226 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA, 19087. ph. 484-580-8883.  mstearns@Herbalishous.comwww.herbalishous.com. Note:  Dr. Stearns is a former cancer researcher and is not an M.D., Homeopath or Naturopath.

Feedback on Herbal Products & Their Benefits.

Mark, have to give you an update on my friend with the painful pancreas.
(She has been having pain for over 30 years, her pancreas pushes out of her stomach, like a foot sticking out!   Very painful!)
After you recommended the Bitters, she was on the pills about a week when she noticed she had no more pain!  (Even with the very bad diet that she and the whole large extended family eat.) It is about a month so far and she is sooo happy!
Greeted me yesterday with a huge smile, hug, kiss and a grateful thank you for the Bitters health tip!  Thank you Mark!
This is the importance of the work that you and natural herbs do, one person and situation at a time!  It is huge, wow, thank you!

On Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:21:53 -0500 (EST) Mark Stearns <stearnsm1@aol.com> writes:

Autoimmune diseases-Lupus Rising. Herbal supplements to the Rescue.

Autoimmune diseases-Lupus Rising.  Herbal supplements to the Rescue.
Autoimmune disease disorders (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis; lupus, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, immunoglobulin (Ig)A nephropathy, leaky gut syndrome) result in destruction of one or more types of body tissues, abnormal growth of an organ, or changes in organ function.

Lupus is an autoimmune condition that results in inflammation which can affect many parts of your body, including your joints, skin, kidneys, lungs and brain. The most common type of lupus is called systemic lupus erythematosus.

Herbal supplements to the rescue.  Herbs for lupus may help reduce  inflammation, treat mouth sores, reduce arthritis-related symptoms and suppress or enhance various parts of your immune system for beneficial effects.  According to Dr. Phyllis A. Balch, author of “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” helpful herbal medicines for lupus include yucca, goldenseal extract,  burdock root, feverfew, pau d’arco, red clover, licorice root, milk thistle, cordyceps, reishi, nettle, thunder god vine and lei gong teng.

Yucca:  Yucca is a commonly used herbal medicine for lupus. The roots of the yucca plant contain many important phytochemicals, including beta-carotene, sarsapogenin and tannin.  Yucca helps purify your blood and is beneficial in treating arthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory disorders.

Cordyceps and Reishi:  Cordyceps and Reishi mushroom extracts are immune amphoteric which can help dampen immune responses associated with autoimmune diseases (i.e. Chron’s, Lupus, Myastemia Gravis, Multiple Schlerosis, Rhematoid Arthritis).

Andrographis:  Andrographis can relieve rheumatoid arthritis.

Alpha-lipoic acid:  Alpha-lipoic acid is an anti-oxidant which may alleviate multiple sclerosis.

Vitamin D:  Vitamin D inhibits proinflammatory processes by suppressing the enhanced activity of immune cells that take part in the autoimmune reaction.

Omega-3:  Omega-3 may reduce inflammation to alleviate the symptoms delay the progress of certain autoimmune diseases.

Quercetin:  Quercetin has anti-inflammatory activity and may ameliorate autoimmune diseases. Rose hip:  Rose hip may reduce inflammation associated rheumatoid arthritis.

Slippery elm bark, Marshmallow Root, Turmeric, Angelique and  sarsaparilla are helpful to relieve inflammation of the digestive tract associated with leaky gut syndrome.

Contact your Physician and see an Herbalist for advice on herbal supplements prior to taking them.

Dr. Mark E. Stearns, Ph.D. at Herbalishous, 226 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA, 19087. ph. 484-580-8883. mstearns@Herbalishous.com. Dr. Stearns is not an M.D., Nutritionist, Naturopath or Homeopathic Doctor.

Essential Elements of a Healthy Lifestyle. Five Vital Nutritional Tips for You.

Essential Elements of a Healthy Lifestyle.  Five Vital Nutritional Tips for You. 

Most people are usually half right in the lifestyles and paths they choose to optimize their health.  Some eat right but don’t exercise enough.  Some exercise, but don’t eat right.  Here are five great tips which are essentials for a healthy lifestyle. Try incorporating these into your busy schedule and you will feel the benefits many fold over.  In general, always make sure you are getting sufficient Selenium, Magnesium and Zinc in your diet for a starter.  Likewise, taking CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, iodine and a B vitamin complex and Vitamin D-3 is a good start to improving your health.

 

Tip #1: Include Coenzyme Q10 (120 mg daily) as an essential daily supplement.  “It’s the supplement that helps your heart and your brain,” says Dr. Weil. “CoQ10 is literally a no-brainer for good health.” Basically, Coenzyme Q10 is an essential for the body, a key regulator for metabolism and protective of muscle cells of the heart.  Furthermore, Coenzyme Q10 is essential for the brain cells especially as we age.  Dr. Weil points out that people on statin drugs in particular need supplemental CoQ10 because statins and some other medications suppress the body’s ability to synthesize this essential nutrient.

Tip #2: Include Omega 3 Fish Oil (1000 mg daily) as an essential daily supplement.  A daily supplement of omega 3 is a necessity and affordable.  Omega 3 helps boost immunity, strengthen your heart and improve memory.  In addition, Omega-3 oils found in fish oil and flaxseed enhance visual perception, plus night and distance vision.

Tip #3: Incorporate a Raw Green Protein Multinutrient Shake in your daily routine.  Most of us do not eat sufficient vegetables on a daily basis.  Including a raw green protein shake in your diet will ensure you get all the nutrients, minerals, vitamins and fiber you require for a healthy digestive tract.  Not only will raw green proteins help your digestion, they will help growth of healthy bacteria flora of your gut and intestine.

Tip #4 Take Iodine Daily (150 micrograms).  Iodized salt does not provide sufficient amounts for your body.  Dr. Weil states that “It’s an essential that millions of women are deficient in” and that iodine is “my multi-purpose mineral”.  He points out that iodine keeps—your brain, your heart, your stomach—functioning. Basically, iodine is essential for metabolism, the maintenance of muscles, for blood cell formation and the maintenance of proper hormone levels.  Deficiencies in iodine can and do manifest in weight gain, in feeling cold all of the time and chronic fatigue syndrome. Goiters and puffiness around the eyes may be one sign of an iodine deficiency and possible thyroid problems.

Eating foods such as milk and dairy products, seafood such as tuna, sardines, mackerel and shell fish is a great source of iodine.  Best of all, eating seaweed—dried kelp made into a broth for soup, or by taking commercial kelp capsules found in herbal stores is a tremendous source of iodine.

Tip #5:  Eat Pistachios and almonds & take De-Glycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL) as an herbal supplement daily.  The most common complaints people suffer from are usually digestive disorders such as excess gas, bloating, stomach cramps and pain and irritable bowel syndrome. These problems are often caused by the type of diet they eat that is rich in fatty meats.  Simply eating a diet that includes raw pistachio (47 pistachio nuts) and almond nuts (7 raw almonds daily) and taking DGL (an herbal extract of licorice root) can significantly help alleviate most digestive problems.  Why?  Because pistachio nuts and raw almonds are ‘chockfull’ of fiber and minerals and they feed your and the good bacteria in your gut,”

DGL is great for treating patients with acid reflux disease and heartburn)(take 1-2 tablets 15 minutes before a meal and at bedtime or take an alcohol extract containing DGL).  DGL works to increase mucous production in the stomach to provide a protective coat along the stomach’s inner lining while at the same time decreasing the acidity of stomach acid.

These 5 tips should be considered a ‘starter kit’ to set you on the path to better health and an improved lifestyle that will last you through your aging years.

Talk to a Nutritionist, Naturopath or health care provider for guidance in a more comprehensive healthy eating program.

Dr. Mark E. Stearns, Ph.D. at Herbalishous, 226 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA, 19087. ph. 484-580-8883.  mstearns@Herbalishous.comwww.herbalishous.com. Note:  Dr. Stearns is a former cancer researcher and is not an M.D., Nutritionist, Homeopath or Naturopath.

Natural Remedies to Treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Herbal Supplements to the Rescue.

Natural Remedies to Treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Herbal Supplements to the Rescue.                       

Pelvic organ prolapse is a common women’s health issue that affects about a third of women in general and approximately half of women who have had children. Fortunately, only about 20 percent of those women will be troubled by symptoms, which can range from mild discomfort to serious problems capable of impairing health and quality of life. While severe prolapse may require surgical correction, in the majority of women who suffer the effects of POP, natural remedies can effectively manage or improve their symptoms.

Symptoms and Natural Treatments

Pelvic organ prolapse is the term used to describe the dropping of organs, such as the bladder, uterus, small intestine and rectum, from their proper position in the pelvic cavity. It occurs when the pelvic floor had been weakened or stretched, rendering it unable to provide adequate support to those organs, and may affect just one organ or several. Common symptoms caused by prolapse include pressure of pain in the pelvis, urinary or fecal incontinence, inability to empty the bladder or bowels efficiently, vaginal bleeding and pain during sex. Natural remedies that have proven effective in the treatment of those symptoms include:

  • Physical therapy

Using pelvic strengthening techniques, physical therapy helps patients rebuild strength and tone in the pelvic floor muscles and tissues to increase pelvic support and relieve symptoms. Physical therapy has been shown to decrease the degree of prolapse in mild to moderate cases of POP, although this treatment requires patience, since results may take weeks or even months to become noticeable.

  • Lifestyle and dietary changes

In women that are overweight or obese, weight-loss can lessen pelvic floor strain and improve symptoms. Avoiding food and beverages that irritate the bladder, such as caffeinated drinks and spicy or fatty foods, can help control incontinence, and adding plenty of fiber-rich foods to the diet can ease chronic constipation.

  • Pessary

A pessary is a small, removable medical device that is inserted into the vagina to aid in the support of prolapsed organs and weakened vaginal walls. Pessaries must be properly fitted by a doctor to be effective, and women may have to try several styles and sizes before finding one that provides optimal support.

  • Herbal Supplements to the Rescue

 

Raspberry leaf, comfrey and especially horsetail (equisetum) are all good choices for rebuilding connective tissue. These can be taken in tea or tablet form.  Gotu kola helps to increase blood flow to ligaments to maintain their integrity. If you experience incontinence because of ligament weakness, try couch grass to strengthen your bladder sphincter.

Ask your doctor about taking estrogenic herbs–herbal supplements that act like the hormone estrogen–if you have already reached menopause. According to MayoClinic.com, estrogen contributes to strong pelvic muscles, which in turn can keep your bladder from falling. The March-April 2002 issue of the journal Menopause reports that black cohosh and ginseng are among the herbs that reduce menopause symptoms due to their estrogen-like properties. These herbs may be helpful in overcoming problems associated with pelvic prolapse.

Along with Kegel exercises and taking herbal supplements, certain vitamin and mineral supplements may help prevent and/or alleviate pelvic prolapse.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D plays an important role in promoting bone health by helping the body absorb calcium and phosphorus more efficiently. A study published in the April 2010 edition of the “Obstetrics and Gynecology” states that one in four women in the United States have some form of pelvic floor disorder, and higher levels of vitamin D may reduce the risk of conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the synthesis of collagen which is an essential component of the ligaments that hold the pelvic floor and pelvic organs.

Calcium: Calcium helps strengthen teeth and bone, including pelvic bones.

Symptoms that cannot be relieved with non-invasive natural remedies may require surgical intervention. However, women considering surgery
for the repair of pelvic organ prolapse should study their options carefully. Procedures that use transvaginal mesh products  to reinforce damaged pelvic tissues have caused serious complications in thousands of women, often leading to painful and debilitating symptoms. Mesh erosion is the most common problem seen with these devices, which can lead to mesh protrusion through pelvic tissues, organ perforation and chronic infection.

Many of these women must have revision surgeries to remove the mesh and correct damage caused by these devices. These problems have led to several transvaginal mesh products being pulled from the market in a transvaginal mesh product recall, including mesh products made by C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson. Non-mesh surgeries are effective in treating most cases of POP and involve a lower risk of complications.

If you have had children or are overweight or aging, you should begin a regimen of exercise to strengthen your pelvic floor and connective tissues, including Kegel exercises. Kegels consist of contracting the vaginal and anal muscles (as if you are stopping urine in mid-flow), up to 100 times per day.  In conjunction with exercise, you may want to add herbs to your daily diet that are believed to strengthen ligaments and aid female reproductive health.

Cautions:  DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN, Coumadin, Heparin, Motrin®; Advil®, ibuprofen, Aleve®; glucosamine; vitamins A, C, D, and E; garlic; Echinacea; and omega-3 fatty acids for 1 week prior to surgery. If necessary you can safely take Tylenol® for headaches or pain. Any other medication such as antibiotics, high blood pressure pills, and heart medications should be continued unless otherwise specified.  Discuss any concerns about stopping these medications with your family doctor.

Elizabeth Carrollton writes to inform the general public about defective medical devices and dangerous drugs for Drugwatch.com.

FDA: Medical Devices: Implants and Prosthetics: Pelvic Organ Prolapse: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/UroGynSurgicalMesh/ucm262299.htm

University of Maryland Medical Center: Uterine Prolapse: p://www.umm.edu/ency/article/001508trt.htm

National Association for Continence: Pelvic Organ Prolapse: http://www.nafc.org/prolapse/

Harvard Medical School: What to do About Pelvic Organ Prolapse: http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0805c.shtml

Nicotinic acid (Vit. B3) Reduces Bad Cholesterol Levels. And Increases Good Cholesterol.

Nicotinic acid (Vit. B3) Reduces Bad Cholesterol Levels. And Increases Good Cholesterol.

Dr. Sheldon S. Hendler, co-editor of The Physicians’ Desk Reference for Nutritional Supplements, states that nicotinic acid, one of the two forms of niacin or vitamin B3 (the other is nicotinamide), not only reduces ”bad” lipids (LDL and VLDL cholesterol) when taken in pharmacologic doses, but it also increases ”good” kinds (HDL cholesterol).  Nicotinic acid also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Dr. Sheldon S. Hendler points out that ”A protein receptor for nicotinic acid, called GPR109A, has recently been discovered and is thought to play some role.” However, it is unclear exactly how it works and ”It does not inhibit cholesterol synthesis as the statins do,” he said.

Nicotinic acid also has a role in reverse cholesterol transport, said Dr. Hendler.  In that process, HDL-cholesterol particles remove cholesterol from plaque in arterial linings and are transported to the liver for excretion, helping reverse coronary artery disease.

The bottom line is that Nicotinic acid or Vitamin B3 is good for the heart and your health. 

Talk to your Physician, Nutritionist, Naturopath or health care provider before starting a new supplement.

Dr. Mark E. Stearns, Ph.D. at Herbalishous, 226 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA, 19087. ph. 484-580-8883. mstearns@Herbalishous.comwww.herbalishous.com. Note:  Dr. Stearns is a former cancer researcher and is not an M.D., Nutritionist, Homeopath or Naturopath.

Aluminum, antiperspirants and breast cancer. Cause and Effect Relationships? Herbal Supplements to the Rescue.

Aluminum, antiperspirants and breast cancer.  Cause and Effect Relationships?  Herbal Supplements to the Rescue.

Aluminum salts are widely used as the active antiperspirant agent in underarm cosmetics, but the effects of widespread, long term and increasing use remain unknown, especially in relation to the breast. Clinical studies showing a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast together with reports of genomic instability in outer quadrants of the breast provide supporting evidence for a role for locally applied cosmetic chemicals in the development of breast cancer1-2.  Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effect3.  Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer3.

Does accumulation of aluminum in breast tissue increase the potential for breast cancer?  We honestly don’t know for sure and the NIH reports that there is no conclusive evidence to support such claims.  Does long exposure to aluminum cause aberrations to other signaling pathways in breast cells?  This also is not known-but preliminary studies suggest there may be a connection1-2.

Given the wide exposure of the human population to antiperspirants (and Aluminum), it will be important to establish dermal absorption in the local area of the breast and determine whether long term low level absorption over long-term could play a role in the increasing incidence of breast cancer or increasing the frequency of breast cancer in younger women.  Clearly, more studies are essential to help protect women and men from potentially harmful cosmetic substances such as aluminum.  In the meanwhile, there are positive alternatives for reducing sweating using herbal supplements.

Herbal Supplements to the Rescue. 

Natural herbal supplements can and do help reduce sweating-so why continue taking risks with your health?   Several useful herbal supplements are reviewed here.

Schisandra.  Schisandra is made from the fruit of the plant Schisandra chinensis.  Schisandra has a history of use in traditional Chinese medicine to treat spontaneous sweating.

Astragalus.  Astragalus may help relieve excess sweating. This herb has adaptogenic properties according to traditional Chinese medicine, meaning it helps the body adapt to stress.

Herbal Teas:  Teas, including a mixture made from horsetail, sage and valerian can reduce sweating. Likewise, teas made from nettle leaves, strawberry leaves, sage and walnut leaves help reduce sweating.

Talk to your Physician, Nutritionist, Naturopath or health care provider before starting a new supplement.

Dr. Mark E. Stearns, Ph.D. at Herbalishous, 226 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA, 19087. ph. 484-580-8883.  mstearns@Herbalishous.comwww.herbalishous.com. Note:  Dr. Stearns is a former cancer researcher and is not an M.D., Nutritionist, Homeopath or Naturopath.

  1. Darbre PD. Underarm cosmetics and breast cancer. Journal      of Applied Toxicology 2003; 23(2):89–95. [PubMed Abstract]
  2. Darbre PD. Aluminium, antiperspirants and breast cancer. Journal      of Inorganic Biochemistry 2005; 99(9):1912–1919. [PubMed Abstract]
  3. Harvey PW, Everett DJ. Significance of the detection of      esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid (parabens) in human breast tumours. Journal      of Applied Toxicology 2004; 24(1):1–4. [PubMed Abstract]

Six Essential Nutrient Supplements For Your Growing Child.

Six Essential Nutrient Supplements For Your Growing Child.

Everyone recognizes that growing children need a quality daily multivitamin. Since children often do not eat a balanced diet, there are other key nutrients your child may need to develop normally.  What are they?
Calcium-an essential mineral for growing children:  Unfortunately, most multivitamins for children provide less than 100 mg calcium, far short of the recommended daily intake (1,000 mg for ages 4 to 8; 1,300 mg for age 9 and older).  If your children eat dairy or fortified foods (soy milk, orange juice, tofu), they may be getting plenty of calcium and nothing more needs to be done. If not, consider giving them supplements with calcium plus magnesium and vitamin D (magnesium and vitamin D help growing bones absorb calcium).  (200 mg calcium and 200 mg magnesium plus 400–600 IU vitamin D3 is sufficient).
Magnesium- Low magnesium levels have been linked to ADHD and hyperactivity. Unfortunately, it is hard for most kids to get enough magnesium from foods (dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains), so it’s important to take a magnesium supplement, says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, medical director of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.  In addition to supporting bone growth, magnesium supports muscle and nerve function. It also can improve kids’ sleep, mood, and regularity, says Dr. Dean.  (100 mg magnesium in the morning and evening daily). Vitamin D- most kids (and adults) aren’t getting enough vitamin D on a daily basis says Dr. Dean.  Vitamin D3 is critical for immunity and bone health.  Although milk is often fortified, it is fortified with a less effective synthetic vitamin D2, Dr. Dean says.  You can also get vitamin D from fish, eggs, and cod-liver oil.  Otherwise, it is advisable to take a high quality vitamin D supplement (400–2,000 IU daily).  Zinc- Zinc is essential for sexual development at puberty. It is also a building block for a healthy immune system and supports the senses of taste and smell.  Picky eaters who crave sugar may be deficient in zinc.  Red meat, chicken and beans are all good sources of zinc.  Otherwise, take a zinc supplement (2–4 mg of a chelated form, such as zinc gluconate).  You could take a multimineral liquid that includes calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
Omega-3s-  omega-3 essential fatty acids in fish oil are critical for development and healthy function of the eyes and brain.  Interestingly, omega 3’s also help reduce the risk of aggression, depression, and ADHD in kids.  And Omega-3s may help prevent and treat allergies and asthma, says Dr. Dean.  If your child is eating three or more servings a week of fatty fish (salmon, sardines, tuna), they do not need to take an omega 3 supplement.  Otherwise, it is wise for children over age 4 to take Omega-3 (about 250 mg DHA and 180 mg EPA daily);  eenagers need about 500 mg DHA and 365 mg EPA. Probiotics- what are they good for?  The answer is simple according to Dr. Dean.  Probiotics improve digestion, ease constipation, and support the immune system. Children in day-care centers who take probiotics, for instance, get fewer colds and ear infections. Children who have been treated with antibiotics especially need a good Probiotic on a daily basis.  Kids can get probiotics from eating yogurt, but the high sugar content in flavored yogurts diminishes the benefits.  It is best to take a good Probiotic from a reputable company daily (10 billion CFU or more daily, as needed).

Talk to your Physician, Nutritionist, Naturopath or health care provider before starting a new supplement.
Dr. Mark E. Stearns, Ph.D. at Herbalishous, 226 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA, 19087. ph. 484-580-8883.  mstearns@Herbalishous.com.   ww.herbalishous.com. Note:  Dr. Stearns is a former cancer researcher and is not an M.D., Nutritionist, Homeopath or Naturopath.

Yoga Fitness and Nutrition. Herbal Supplements of Benefit

Yoga Fitness and Nutrition.  Herbal Supplements of Benefit

BALANCE and VITALITY play a key role in any Yoga Fitness Program. Taking the correct nutritional supplements will ensure this balance and vitality while maximizing the benefits of your yoga fitness program.

Overall, you need to ensure you get sufficient Magnesium, Selenium, Calcium and Zinc in your diet or in the form of vitamin supplements. A vegetarian diet supplemented by the appropriate vitamins, minerals and nutrients will significantly improve your health.

Taking a well balanced Raw Green Protein Supplement rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber is not only smart, it is extremely good for you.

Taking an age and gender specific multi-vitamin will ensure you get sufficient vitamins critical to your health and well being.  A high quality Probiotic is essential for intestinal health, digestion and absorption of vitamins and nutrients.

Herbal Supplements Which Energize. Herb supplements are also of benefit as they mainly work at the level of pranamaya kosha, the vital energy or pranic body.  Herb supplements facilitate movement of energy to catalyze pranic processes of growth and elimination. They aid prana in its job of keeping us healthy, strong, and aware.

Herbs to increase flexibility, promote circulation and stimulate the movement of energy. Such herbs aid in the proper performance of asanas by improving musculoskeletal function and coordination. They are usually classified as anti-rheumatic or anti-arthritic agents. They are mainly herbs for hatha yoga. Typical herbs: guggul, myrrh, turmeric, saffron, Siberian ginseng, angelica, and kava kava.

Herbs to increase physical energy and vitality. They strengthen ojas and through it promote soma, which is the higher form of ojas or our vital essence. They are usually tonic and rejuvenative agents, with strong nutritive properties, strengthening the reproductive system. They build stamina and endurance, affording steadiness in yoga postures and in pranayama. Typical herbs: ashwagandha, amalaki C, shatavari, ginseng, licorice, saw palmetto, and fo ti (Shou Wu Pian).

Herbs for cooling and cleansing the body. These herbs remove toxins from the blood, the tissues and internal organs. They are usually bitter or astringent in taste and may contain large amounts of chlorophyll. Typical herbs: aloe gel, guduchi, gentian, barberry, gotu kola, brahmi, plantain, dandelion, comfrey leaf, nettles, yarrow, yellow dock.

See an Herbalist for advice on the benefits of herbal supplements. Contact your Physician prior to taking herbal supplements.

Dr. Mark E. Stearns, Ph.D., Herbalishous, 226 E. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA, 19087. mstearns@herbalishous.com. Note:  Dr. Stearns is not an M.D. or Homeopath or Naturopath.  The information contained in this blog should not be miscontrued as health care advice.