Thursday, May 28, 2015

How Do Your Supplement's Amino Acid Stack Up?

The human body requires a certain amount of an amino acid mix in order to sustain life and to perform all its metabolic functions. Without these amino acids, nutrients such as water, fat, carbs, proteins, minerals and vitamins are not able to be stored or delivered around the body to its various cells, cells are not able to communicate or get the energy they need, enzymatic chemical reactions can't occur, mood, concentration and sleep can be affected, skin and hair health is affected, and the amount of oxygen and circulation in the body are negatively impacted, as well as many other functions being impaired. There are over 500 identified amino acids that exist, but there are only 22 that are needed to build proteins that are essential for life to exist. These are categorized as either an "essential" or "non-essential" amino acid. An essential amino acid is not one that is more necessary or important than a non-essential amino acid, but is one that the body cannot produce on its own and therefore has to come from foods we eat. The essential amino acids that humans need are:
  • phenylalanine
  • valine
  • threonine
  • tryptophan
  • isoleucine
  • methionine
  • leucine
  • lysine
  • histidine
A lack of one or more amino acid can come from not eating the right foods which can be a problem for vegetarians or vegans in particular or people who can't eat solid foods, or can be the result of digestive issues, certain chronic illnesses, or just from the way foods are processed or cooked that destroy the amino acids in it. The right balance of amino acids our bodies need is also important and can be affected by infections, having a deficiency of vitamins C or B, overtraining or engaging in vigorous exercise or by using certain medications or drugs.

Getting Your Amino Acids
The best way of course to get these vital amino acids and especially the essential amino acids in the diet is by eating the right whole foods. Since amino acids build protein, any foods with protein have amino acids. This includes meat, poultry, fish, dairy, grains, nuts and legumes. Foods with the highest amounts of certain amino acids include grass fed beef, dairy, wild caught seafood, sea vegetables, spirulina, AFA bluegreen algae, brewers yeast and some vegetables such as cabbage, beets, beans, and spinach. But if getting amino acids is not possible from foods alone, a supplement for amino acids is another solution. There have been numerous research studies done showing that amino acid supplements can be beneficial. A 2007 study in Menopause reported post-menopausal women using an amino acid supplement for three months showed a loss in abdominal fat. Another study from June 2010 in Muscle & Nerve reported using a supplement with the amino acid leucine kept muscles that were not being used from breaking down in rats. And a study from February 2009 in the Journal of Nutrition Science and Vitaminology reported the use of an amino acid supplement with isoleucine, valine, and leucine increased the ability for more strenuous exercise and a higher efficiency of oxygen supply to the body. You should check with your healthcare provider before taking an amino acid supplement however as getting too much protein can put a strain on the kidneys and your provider can help you decide if this is a safe route for you. Some of the benefits that have been found from taking an amino acid supplement include:
  • People who have a lot of physical demands such as athletes show increased stamina and performance. 
  • The amino acids arginine and methionine combine to create creatine which is important for skin health, needed to produce energy for cells, and regenerate tissues and cells. After the age of 40 our cells do not renew as fast as when we were younger taking up to 40 days to regenerate instead of the 28 days they once did. Creatine helps boost the cells that produce collagen and elastin keeping skin healthy and youthful looking. Arginine also is important for circulation, immune system health, reducing cholesterol levels, supplying oxygen to the body, promoting growth of hair and can help burn off fat.
  • Recovery time from surgery or physical trauma is reduced. 
  • The amino acid carnitine helps move fatty acids to be used as fuel for the body which exercise can then burn off thus reducing weight gain and the amount of fat our bodies tend to store as we get older. 
  • The amino acid glutamine is important in balancing acid, making protein, preventing breakdown of muscle tissue, providing energy for mitochondria, supports brain functions such as focus and memory, helping the small intestines in absorbing nutrients, speeding recovery time from stress and disease, and supporting kidneys and even though the body can make it, this slows down as we get older. If the body doesn't have enough glutamine it takes protein from muscles to create it thus damaging the muscles. 
  • Support for those with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, adrenal fatigue, liver disease, HIV or Aids, and other similar conditions. 
  • The amino acid taurine helps balance electrolytes, supports the immune system, and aids with the health of the cardiovascular system, reduces cholesterol levels, regulates blood pressure levels, reduces thickening of arteries, and insulin sensitivity. People with high levels of taurine have been found to have reduced risks of heart disease. 
  • The amino acid methionine helps in detoxifying lead and copper in blood, reduces risk of heart attack, reduces risk of oxidation from polyunsaturated fatty acids, and protects the liver.
  • The amino acid phenylalanine, has been shown to elevate mood and decrease appetite.
  • The amino acid tyrosine is a precursor to thyroxin, which is a hormone associated with reducing symptoms of depression and can help in treating eating disorders by elevating mood and decreasing cravings.

Bluegreen Algae for Superior Amino Acid Supplementation
Instead of an isolated amino acid supplement, another option is to eat whole food AFA bluegreen algae supplements. Microalgae is high in these usable proteins, providing 50 to 70 percent usable protein. This is a higher percent than any plant or animal source can provide. It has all the amino acids our bodies need, including being a rich source of phenylalanine, an amino acid that crosses the blood-brain barrier faster than any other amino acid. AFA bluegreen algae has the amino acids that are the building blocks of healthy nerve cells and neurotransmitters needed for proper brain function. It also provides a perfect ratio of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, helps maintain normal, healthy blood chemistry that feeds the brain, and provides an ideal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, complex sugars, and fiber. Whether you take the form of AFA bluegreen algae with the cell wall removed that allows its nutrients to easily pass through the blood brain barrier or the basic form of AFA bluegreen algae loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, trace minerals, antioxidants and all the essential amino acids similar to the proportions found in human breast milk, AFA bluegreen algae stacks up as a superior way to get the amino acids all life needs to function.

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Jeffrey Bruno,PhD., Edible Microalgae
Jeffrey Bruno,PhD., Eat Light & Feel Bright

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Doing a Cleanse? Don't Do it Without This Supplement

Whether you are doing a cleanse for the colon, liver, kidney, candida or some other type there is one important step that many people neglect that a simple supplement can provide. A cleanse usually is used to improve one's health by getting rid of toxins, waste, and organisms that can be harmful in the body. For example, when toxic elements build up in the colon, the result can be digestive and gastrointestinal issues, weight gain, allergies and even infertility. Doing a cleanse can boost energy levels, help the digestive system operate more efficiently, reduce unhealthy food cravings, and boost the immune system. Cleanses can be a very useful tool to keep the body running at tip top condition, but the problem for many people comes after the cleanse. There are millions of bacteria and microorganisms that live in the intestinal tract that are considered "good" or "friendly" organisms and are vital to the immune system and digestive system. When a cleanse is done, it is not able to differentiate between the good and the bad and wipes them all out. This creates an imbalance in our good organisms or probiotics and can leave us feeling fatigued, craving sugary foods, constipated, having diarrhea, create skin conditions, leave us susceptible to yeast infections, cause acid reflux and other digestive conditions, as well as leave us unprotected from cold and flu germs. Without the proper balance of probiotics we also do not get the nutrition from foods that we need to feed our bodies.

The Simple Solution
The solution to all this is simple. During and after doing a cleanse, resupply your body with probiotics and the prebiotics needed to feed them and help them flourish. This is sometimes referred to as a probiotic cleanse and differs from the usual cleanse that helps the body get rid of unwanted things. This type of cleanse is replacing instead of ridding. So how do you build your supply of probiotics back up? Simply by eating foods with probiotics such as good quality yogurt and kefir with live active cultures, eating prebiotic foods such as fruits and veggies, oats and whole grain rice, and by taking a high quality full spectrum probiotic supplement that has live active cultures. This full spectrum probiotic supplement gives you 12 key good bacteria including acidophilus, bifidus, and casei, the prebiotic inulin and some AFA bluegreen algae for extra nutrition. As you are rebuilding your probiotic supply to get the benefits of probiotics, be sure that you aren't killing them off at the same time. This means you need to avoid foods that are processed, contain sugar or wheat, have hydrogenated fats or high fructose corn syrup and alcohol. These types of foods create toxicity and allow unfriendly organisms to grow that will be in competition with the friendly organisms you are trying to promote.

A simple solution is very refreshing to find in our complicated, fast moving world. This one is about as simple as you can get. If you use a cleanse to clear out toxins and waste from your body, just remember to rebuild those necessary and vital probiotic colonies. Eat your yogurt, take your probiotic supplement and avoid foods that kill of probiotics and you're on your way to increasing not only your supply of probiotics and receiving the health benefits of probiotics that are strong and healthy, but your overall health will benefit as well.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Recovering? Speed Your Healing Time

Exercise and staying active is definitely part of living a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes we overdo it and need time for recovering from sore or damaged muscles. Overdoing can also lead to oxidative stress when the body's balance of oxidants and antioxidants gets out of whack. By eating the right foods though you can speed up your recovery time and get back to your active lifestyle.

Protein for Faster Healing
To stay healthy, muscles and tissues need lean protein and eating protein at every meal can help with injury repair. Our bodies need protein to build muscle, maintain muscle integrity and strength, balance fluids, support enzyme functions, aid with nerve and muscle contraction, and for healthy hair and skin. An added bonus of eating protein is you burn more calories digesting protein than other foods like carbs. Proteins fall into the categories of either complete proteins or incomplete proteins. The complete proteins have all the amino acids needed to build more proteins. Incomplete proteins only have some of these amino acids. Complete proteins usually are found in animal food sources, whereas plant sources usually fall into the incomplete category. Good lean sources of protein include chicken, turkey, salmon, tuna, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, eggs, tofu, nuts, beans and AFA bluegreen algae which has 75% usable high quality protein.

Antioxidant Power for Recovery

Stress on the body is one of the causes of an overproduction of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are molecules in cells that are weakened to the point that they lose an electron. They then go around taking electrons from other molecules and creating more free radicals. Free radical damage can cause oxidative stress in the body much like oxidation of iron causes rust. The result is damage to cells, enzymes, and DNA, which can cause pain, inflammation, chronic diseases and can slow down recovery time in healing. Antioxidants move through the body reducing free radicals and helping the body fight off damage they cause and the cellular oxidation that can occur. They also support the growth and health of your natural adult stem cells that give the body a way to repair damage since stem cells can become other types of cells and go where they are needed. Fruits and vegetables are good food sources for antioxidants and in general the brighter the color, the more antioxidants it contains. Eating a variety of fruits and veggies gives your body the vitamins and minerals needed to repair muscle damage from overdoing it without adding a lot of calories to your diet. Foods that score the highest in antioxidants according to the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) system the National Institute on Aging in the National Institutes of Health have developed include cocoa powder, acai, turmeric, black raspberries, pecans, chokeberry, ginger root, elderberries, blueberries, and cranberries. Other berries, green tea, tomatoes, leafy green veggies, papaya, and Bell pepper are some other foods high in antioxidants. After exercise, eating a protein and antioxidant snack can help speed up recovery time for any damage done to muscles and muscle cells. If your active lifestyle makes it hard for you to get all the antioxidants you need from foods, this wholefoods antioxidant and algae supplement  might help you out. It has carnosine which is an antioxidant amino acid naturally present in the human body that may delay the natural aging of cells and extend the lifespan of adult stem cells and wild blueberry, green tea and AFA bluegreen alage.

Boost Immunity to Speed Healing Time
When injury occurs to tissues they are cut off from the oxygen and blood they need which results in killing off cells. The first step in the healing process is inflammation. The body sends its macrophages, leukocytes, phagocytes and other chemicals to the area that is injured to clean up the damaged or dead cells and replace them with new cells. Inflammation presents itself as pain, swelling and redness which although are uncomfortable, are necessary in the healing process. Damage from free radicals and stress of cellular oxidation can also lead to inflammation. Having a healthy immune system can help reduce the time you have to deal with the pain of inflammation. Eating foods rich in enzymes, such as bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase can help boost immune system function, reduce inflammation, support healthy joints and fight off cellular oxidation. You can find all these plus AFA bluegreen algae in this enzyme algae supplement. Other foods that can help keep your immune system working well for you include yogurt with the probiotics that fight off bad bacteria that can cause aches and pains, antioxidant foods to reduce free radicals, alliums which are foods such as leeks, onions and garlic, and many varieties of mushrooms such as shiitake and reishi. Since you also need healthy joints to keep up an active lifestyle that includes exercise, this glucosamine and algae supplement  may be one that you'll find useful to keep going. Healthy joints naturally have glucosamine and chondroitin in the cartilage that exists between the joint bones. Eating vegetables rich in sulfur such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onion, radishes, garlic and Brussels sprouts can help the body make glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin which can cut down on joint pain.

You can keep your active lifestyle going and keep up with your sports and exercise routines. Just give your body the nutrition it needs to repair the damage exercise and overdoing it can cause. If you do overdo or overtrain, give your body some time off to heal, but eating the right types of foods can help your recovery time and get you back up and moving faster.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Enhancing Eye Health

Looking for natural ways to help boost your eye health? There are plenty of foods that can help you eat your way to healthy eyes and improved vision. Adding these foods to your diet now can help you maintain healthy eyes into your senior years.

Antioxidants
If you are going to make just one change in your diet, adding more foods with antioxidants would be a great choice. Why? Because our cells are under constant attack by damaging, unstable molecules called free radicals. Free radicals are molecules in cells that become so weak from conditions such as toxins in the body, exposure to UV rays, chlorinated water, pollution, and overcooked, fried and processed foods, that they lose an electron. They then start taking electrons from other molecules and creating more free radicals. This damages body cells, enzymes, and DNA, and ends up creating pain, inflammation, and chronic diseases including damage to eyes and vision. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals before they start doing damage by replacing the electron they are missing. For healthy eyes in particular, some of the best antioxidants are vitamin C, vitamin E, letein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin A which the body converts from foods with beta-carotene. These can help reduce the risk of getting cataracts, help prevent loss of vision, prevent night-blindness and age-related macular degeneration. According to Elizabeth J. Johnson, PhD, research scientist and associate professor at Tufts University in Boston, lutein and zeaxanthin are able to absorb light that can damage eyes by getting into your eyes' lens and retina. So how do you get these antioxidants into your diet? Easy. For lutein and zeaxanthin, add leafy greens such as spinach and kale, egg yolks, oranges, collard or turnip greens, corn, green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, and green beans. To get more vitamin C, good food sources include oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green and red peppers, and leafy green vegetables. Nuts and seeds can give you the added vitamin E for healthy eyes. Just add foods like almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, and wheat germ to your diet. Good sources for vitamin A include pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots.

If you need some help getting enough antioxidants into your diet, a whole foods supplement may be just what you need. This antioxidant and algae supplement is rich in chlorophyll, glutathione, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients from its combination of kale sprouts, red clover sprouts, wheat sprouts, concentrated wheat sprouts, and Dunaliella salina algae. As an added bonus, it is also organic, Kosher, Halal, vegan, dairy free, and GMO free and gives you SOD (Superoxide Dismutase) a type of enzymes that work in the body as antioxidants and research has shown is particularly good for the cornea of the eyes. Another whole foods antioxidant supplement is this stem cell support supplement made with natural antioxidants including wild blueberry, green tea, carnosine, and organic AFA bluegreen algae. Green tea is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids, and antioxidant catechins and studies have shown these can help fight off cellular oxidation from free radical damage even better than vitamins C and E. This supplement is also certified Halal, gluten free, dairy free, and GMO free.

Zinc
According to Paul Dougherty, MD, medical director of Dougherty Laser Vision in Los Angeles, and other experts, besides lutein and zeaxanthin, zinc is a key nutrient for eye health, especially important to the retina of the eye and reducing the risk of macular degeneration, night blindness, and cataracts. Two oysters a day can give you the zinc you need to support healthy eyes. Other zinc sources include turkey, beef, pork, liver, shellfish, eggs, peanuts, whole grains, fortified cereals, sesame seeds, milk, yogurt, and miso.

Essential Fatty Acids
You probably know about the benefits of essential fatty acids such as omega-3 for keeping your heart and brain healthy, but your eyes can benefit from these too. Omega-3 fatty acids help the eyes in your cells and fight off inflammation. One of the best sources of omega-3 is coldwater fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, tuna, mackerel, trout, flounder, and halibut, but if you just can't stand fish you can get your omega-3's the way the fish do... from algae. AFA bluegreen algae not only has lots of the nutrients and vitamins the body and your eyes can use, it also has DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a type of omega-3 fatty acid that is found in your eye retina and according to Jimmy Lee, MD, director of refractive surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City can lead to dry eye syndrome if you don't have enough. In making sure to get enough omega-3 fatty acids we also like this whole foods algae supplement that can help give you the benefits of nine different algae including dulse, kelp, fucoidan, Ecklonia cava, bladderwrack, Dunaliella salina, spirulina, chlorella and AFA bluegreen algae. The bladderwrack included in this supplement has been found in research to be particularly good for eyes and vision and it is certified organic, Halal, paleo, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, and GMO free.

Just a few changes and additions to your diet can make all the difference to your eyes and your vision. And if you need a little help getting the nutrition to feed your eyes what they need, you know some whole food supplements to add. Nothing takes the place though of eating fresh fruits and vegetables not just for your eyes but for overall health. So start designating a big portion of your plate at mealtime to be reserved for veggies and fruits and you'll see the payoff in health benefits.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Build Maximum Muscle with No Fillers

The best way of course to build muscle is with exercise and eating protein foods like lean poultry, wild fish, eggs, beans, and legumes. There are times however when you may need help supplementing your diet to get extra protein for building muscle, balancing fluids, supporting enzyme functions, aid with nerve and muscle contraction, and for healthy hair and skin. As we age, muscle tissue breaks down faster than we can synthesize protein to build it back up. To keep muscle strong and keep us moving as we get older means making sure we get the extra protein we need. One way to add extra high quality protein into the diet is with a protein powder. There are various kinds of protein powders available including whey, soy, pea and brown rice. Recent studies however indicate that whey protein benefits far surpass soy protein.

Whey Protein Benefits
All of these types of protein powders have the amino acids we have to get from foods that qualify them as quality protein, but according to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, whey protein also has even better components for building muscle. Whey protein has leucine which helps muscles recover quicker from stress, has antioxidant power for combating damage from free radicals, can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and allergies of the inherited type, and balance metabolism. Soy protein on the other hand, while having the amino acids to be a quality protein, is being found to have health risks especially to the thyroid and from the phytoestrogens it contains. Additionally, most of the soy crop produced today is GMO with toxins introduced into its DNA. Soy protein studies have shown that it can interfere with thyroid functions and according to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, soy can lower testosterone levels while whey blocks cortisol which can damage muscle. One newer study of soy and whey proteins used to promote muscle building with elderly people using weight lifting as exercise concluded that there was no benefit from the soy protein, while the whey protein combined with exercise significantly increased muscle fiber. This study also found an increase in muscle fiber without exercise with the whey protein. Whey protein is also absorbed by the body easier than soy which means more amino acids get to the muscles faster. Our favorite whey protein powder not only gives you 22 grams of pure organic whey protein from rBGH-free cattle, but also is GMO free, is sweetened with natural stevia, has the antioxidant power of sprouts, protein-digesting enzymes, and has some AFA bluegreen algae thrown in for extra nutrition. Just stir into your favorite juice or mix into a tasty smoothie and you've got a lot of nutrition as a snack or a meal replacement for when you are busy or on the go.

Use it or lose it definitely applies to keeping muscles strong. Protein alone won't do it. You have to exercise and keep muscles active. As we get older the body looks for ways to save energy and when it finds muscles that are not being used, the body quits maintaining them. So to keep active and moving into your golden years, take care of your muscles by giving them the protein and exercise they need to stay strong.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Stressed? Eat to Avoid Bad Hair Days

Did you know that one of the leading causes of hair loss is stress? And since over 20 million Americans are reported to have chronic stress that causes health problems, that's a lot of people at risk for losing hair. Stress covers a wide area and besides the toll that stress in general takes on the body there are many stressors that can contribute to hair loss and unhealthy hair also. This would include losing a lot of weight at once, having a high fever or severe infection, undergoing major surgery, a drastic change in diet, or a thyroid disorder. Even just normal everyday stress that we all have causes our cortisol levels to rise and use up our body's supply of B vitamins and both these conditions can contribute to hair loss and bad hair days. Even if you aren't noticing abnormal hair loss from these conditions, you could notice other changes in your hair as healthy hair needs B vitamins, especially biotin, to nourish it. If you use up all your B vitamins stressing out, your hair isn't getting the nourishment it needs to promote growth, prevent breakage and get protection from drying.

Getting B Vitamins
We can replenish the body's supply of B vitamins naturally by replacing the probiotics or "friendly bacteria" in our intestines. These friendly bacteria produce the B vitamins in our bodies and taking probiotic supplements like acidophilus and bifidus can give your body a boost to keep producing these vitamins. You can also get the B vitamin biotin in foods like beans, breads, egg yolks, fish, liver, meat, dairy products, nuts, peanut butter, whole grains, and poultry. Lentils are another good source of biotin and give you the protein, iron, and zinc needed for healthy hair. Greek yogurt is a good source for another B vitamin, B5 or pantothenic acid as well as vitamin D, both good for hair and follicle health. Besides nourishing hair, B vitamins, especially B-12, helps the body relax. So making sure you are producing enough B vitamins is a win-win where your hair is concerned. They help your body by reducing stress reactions which helps out your hair and by giving it the B vitamins it needs to stay healthy.

Food For Healthy Hair
An increase in cortisol levels often leads to an increase in food cravings. These cravings most often are for sweets and carb filled foods that aren't part of a healthy diet. So not only do we end up with a bad hair days, but we also end up with extra weight gain. Then just to make matters worse, that increase in cortisol also signals an enzyme in fat cells to make more cortisol and to store belly fat. Instead of turning to those typical unhealthy forms of comfort food when stressed, try exercising and adding some of these stress reducing foods to your diet.

Protein Foods
Hair is made up of mostly protein so getting enough protein in your diet to build muscle and to have enough left over to nourish your hair is a must. Healthy proteins include lean types of meat such as white meat poultry, beans, lentils, tofu, kale, broccoli, squash, dairy and eggs. Eggs not only are a good source of protein, but also give you vitamin D, zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron for hair health. AFA bluegreen algae is another good source of protein as it has 75% usable high quality protein as well as vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, amino acids and trace minerals. Poultry like turkey is not only a good source of lean protein, but also has the amino acid tryptophan which tells the brain to release serotonin. Serotonin is one of the brain chemicals that can help you be calm, relaxed, fight off stress reactions, and even make you sleepy. Nuts such as pistachios, almonds and cashews are also high in tryptophan.

Complex Carbs
You can also get tryptophan by eating "good" carbohydrates thus raising serotonin levels. This would include legumes, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Oatmeal is a great whole grain food that is easy to fix, high in fiber so you stay full longer to resist snacking, and that boosts your serotonin level.

Healthy Fats
Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce cortisol and adrenaline when you are stressed. In addition, omega-3's are good for hair, follicles and your scalp. We can't produce this essential fatty acid on our own so we have to get if from foods such as salmon, sardines, tuna and other fatty fish, walnuts, avocado, Brussels sprouts, flaxseeds, olive oil and AFA bluegreen algae. Walnuts not only give you omega 3 fatty acids, but also biotin and vitamin E which contribute to healthy hair. Avocados in addition to giving you omega-3, are a good source of glutathione that helps keep the body from absorbing fats that cause oxidative damage, vitamin E, beta-carotene, folate, lutein, and B vitamins.

Magnesium
Magnesium is an essential ingredient for muscle relaxation, overall body calm, and has a soothing influence on mood. Leafy green vegetables like Swiss chard and spinach full of magnesium help keep cortisol levels in balance. Other food sources for magnesium include cereals and grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal and bran, peas, beans, peanuts, lentils, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, cashews, almonds, halibut, and fruits such as bananas and figs. Don't go overboard with magnesium though since once your body has absorbed enough magnesium it will get rid of the rest usually in the form of diarrhea.

Antioxidants
Berries are not only a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C that helps fight off stress, but blueberries in particular are a rich source of anthocyanin, an antioxidant that is especially beneficial. One German study reported people taking vitamin C showed lower levels of blood pressure and cortisol after being asked to perform stressful tasks. Antioxidants also help repair damage to cells from oxidation and free radicals that can be caused by stress. Vegetables and fruits with bright colors are also good sources for a variety of antioxidants.

Wholefood Supplements from the Wild
If you need help getting all the nutrition to combat stress and that your hair needs to be healthy, this supplement program can help. It includes two packets to take each day. One that gives you the omega-3's, protein, vitamins and minerals from AFA bluegreen algae, digestive enzymes to help you get the most nutrition from the foods you eat and probiotics to help in production of B vitamins and another packet that has the antioxidant nutrition of sprouts, minerals and phytonutrients of various algaes and the immune support of medicinal mushrooms.

Getting the right nutrition to help get your stress under control will have the added benefit of giving you shiny, healthy hair. It's a great two-for-one deal. Two benefits all from just making a few dietary changes.

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