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Look after your prostate health guys.

June 5, 2014 | Comments Off on Look after your prostate health guys.

Four out of five guys 40 or older have a condition doctors
call benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. By the age of 60, 50% of us have one or more of the distressing symptoms of BPH, a collection of urinary problems that include:
• Frequent urination, including waking up several times a night to urinate.
• Urgency—the feeling you have to go right now—or else.
• Difficulty starting your stream.
• A weaker stream.
• Straining during urination.
• Difficulty stopping the stream.
• Dribbling at the end.
• Incomplete emptying, so you feel like you still have to go—but can’t.
How does an enlarged prostate plug up your plumbing? A brief anatomy lesson tells the story:
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that produces semen, the fluid that transports sperm. The problem is location, location,
location: the gland wraps around the urethra, the tube that transports ejaculate and drains urine from the bladder. And when you turn 40, prostate cells begin to expand, right along with your waistline. The enlarged organ squeezes and narrows the urethra, triggering the urinary symptoms of BPH. The good news: You can reverse BPH without developing sexual problems by using natural treatments.

Treatments such as saw palmetto,nettle root extract (an herb widely used for BPH, with a lot of scientific support behind it), pumpkin seed oil, lycopene, zinc, iodine, selenium and vitamin D3.

Betasitosterol is another natural product that is useful for BHP. Researchers analyzed four studies on betasitosterol for BPH, involving more than 500 men—and found the supplement improved urinary symptoms and increased urinary flow. The researchers of one German study summed it all up in the British Journal of Urology: “Beta-sitosterol is an effective option in the treatment of BPH.”

More good news is that studies show a nutrient called DIM (short for di-indolyl methane) may be one of the most effective nutrients for countering the cancer-causing effects of xenoestrogens and thereby avoiding breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers. DIM stops cancer from spreading in three ways: firstly, DIM inhibits angiogenesis (this is the process in which a tumor creates the blood supply it needs to grow); secondly, DIM increases the oxygen level of tumor cells, and we’ve known for years that oxygen kills cancer cells; and thirdly, DIM triggers apoptosis (cell suicide). According to the American National Cancer Institute, this nutrient is abundant in a variety of vegetables including:
• Broccoli
• Cauliflower
• Brussels sprouts
• Cabbage
• Collard, mustard, and kale greens
• Watercress
DIM can also be found in supplement form if you have a hard time digesting cruciferous vegetables.

Finally one very well regarded natural prostate supplement contains the following,
• saw palmetto extract (320 mg)
• pygeum (100 mg)
• beta-sitosterol (65 mg)
• flower pollen extract (500 mg)
• stinging nettle (240 mg)
• zinc (15 mg)
• vitamin E, to reduce inflammation and
oxidation (200 mg gamma-tocopherol, 18 IU
• green tea extract, which several studies show
helps restore prostate health (45 mg)
• vitamin D3, a nutrient linked to lower rates
of prostate cancer (1,000 IU)
• quercetin, a phytochemical found in onions,
apples, with several studies showing it’s good
for the prostate (500 mg)
• cranberry, which several studies link to
better urinary function in men (500 mg)
• DIM, an anti-cancer compound in
cruciferous vegetables like broccoli (100 mg)

So look after your rpostste guys and you may avoid unpleasant symptoms and surgery.

Omega 3s to 6s ratio important to your cardiovascular health.

June 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Omega 3s to 6s ratio important to your cardiovascular health.

According to a new study published in January 2013 in the USA,the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids correlates to atherosclerotic plaque deposition in subjects currently being treated with lipid-lowering medication.

One hundred and one (101) subjects underwent intravascular ultrasound to assess coronary atherosclerosis at the beginning of the study and again after eight months of statin therapy. Additionally, researchers evaluated levels of serum omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and the omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid (AA).

The investigators found after eight months of statin therapy, 46 percent of subjects showed atheroma progression (swelling of artery wall, with accumulation of calcium, cholesterol and various cells and tissues) and 54 percent of subjects showed atheroma regression.

The researchers found that as the ratios of EPA:AA, DHA:AA and EPA+DHA:AA increased, the percentage change in plaque volume decreased. Also, as the EPA:AA and EPA+DHA:AA ratios increased, the percentage change in the fibrous component of the plaque decreased. Additional analysis showed that EPA+DHA:AA ratio is a significant predictor of percentage change in atheroma volume and the amount of fibrous material in the atheroma.

The researchers stated, “In conclusion, decreases in serum omega 3 to omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acid ratios are associated with progression in coronary atherosclerosis evaluated using virtual histology intravascular ultrasound in statin-treated patients with coronary artery disease.”

What all this means is that supplementation with fish oil containing high levels of DHA and EPA is the best thing for most people to do as modern diets already have a lot of Omega-6 in them from vegetable oils.

Omega 7 is also becoming of more interest to researchers as it helps regulate fat and blood sugar metabolism (in adipose tissue and in the pancreas)

Astaxanthin just keeps getting better.

April 12, 2013 | Leave a comment

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The health benefits of supplementing with Astaxanthin just keep on coming. Numerous studies on astaxanthin have shown just how many diseases this antioxidant can help prevent or help — including various cancers, diabetes, chronic inflammatory diseases, gastrointestinal conditions, male infertility, and diseases of the liver, skin, nervous system, eyes and heart. It also helps prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

This anti-oxidant derived from certain microalgae, particularly Haematococcus pluvialis, which are the primary diet of flamingos, salmon, shrimp, lobster, krill, crabs, and other aquatic animals, is becoming the one must have supplement in every adults medicine cabinet.

Among it’s many properties it exhibits a strong photoprotective effect, it is able to cross the bood-brain barrier to protect neurons, it helps to protect against cataracts, it helps to protect against and heal stomach ulcers, seeks out inflammation every where in the body and also has an immunoprotective effect.

Our Astaxanthin is grown in New Zealand and is one of the highest quality products of it type in the world. In fact it has been targeted by big companies in the USA who would like to buy up the total New Zealand production.

A valid dose is between 4-12 mg per day depending on the reason for taking it.

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Welcome to NZ Natural Health

March 14, 2013 | Leave a comment

Welcome to the new updated version of www.nznaturalhealth.com . The new site gives us the ability to make posts on new products and items of interest in the world of natural dietary supplements. We are sure you will enjoy the features of the new site including language and currency conversion built in. We thank Mark at Paragon Design for his efforts in making this such a user friendly area.