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Try this Healthy “Life Extension” Smoothie

July 3rd, 2017

I created the “Life Extension Smoothie” to provide some of nature’s most protective, healing and perfect nutrients to protect against those factors that cause aging and disease.

There are numerous health benefits to combining ground organic flax-seed, omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids and blueberries in a delicious protein smoothie. These benefits are described below following the recipe.

Life Extension Smoothie

LIFE EXTENSION SMOOTHIE RECIPE

8 oz. (227g) fresh or frozen blueberries
2 Tbsp. (30g) ground flax seed powder
1 Tbsp. (15ml) Barlean’s Omega Twin* (organic flax & borage oils)
*May substitute another brand or just flax oil.
1 scoop MRM Natural Whey Protein Powder* (low carb and no sugar or artificial sweeteners)
*May substitute with any nutritious low/no sugar whey protein powder. A vanilla protein powder will add to it’s delicious taste.
16 oz. (474ml) water
1 tsp. (5g) cinnamon powder
4 ice cubes (adjust to preferred thickness)

Blending Instructions:

Add the ice, blueberries and flax seed powder first, then add the oil and cool water. Blend on low for about 10 seconds, then on high for a minute or more. Drink the first glass, then re-blend the remaining mixture for 20-30 seconds, and consume while still mixed and cold.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Flax Seed Powder – Flax is a blue flowering plant that has attracted the attention of medical researchers around the world. Not only is it a source of two different kinds of dietary fiber (soluble & insoluble, each with different health benefits), it is also a source of powerful, health-promoting Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Flax seed is the single highest source of “LIGNANS” which protect our body against cellular damage and unhealthy cellular changes. Flax seed has been studied for the following conditions: heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, oral cancer, menopause, PMS, kidney disease, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids, weight loss and mineral absorption.

Flax Seed Oil – Flax oil contains Omega 3 essential fatty acids, or EFA’s. These are the “anti-fat” fats that make foods like flax seed, and certain cold water fish like salmon, herring and mackerel so healthy. The EFAs are the good fats that fight the bad fats we get in our diet from junk food and processed foods which are almost impossible to avoid. The highest quantities of Omega-3 fatty acid, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is present in flax-seed. ALA is the parent from which EFA and DHA (the healthy fish oils) are derived. ALA converts to compounds called prostaglandins. These compounds can be either inflammatory and anti-inflammatory. ALA converts to anti-inflammatory types of prostaglandins and since most degenerative disease all have inflammatory components, ALA is a welcome ally. In fact, studies have shown that ALA prevented platelets (red blood cells) from clumping together which can be a factor in heart attack. It has been known to increase the elasticity of heart arteries, and lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. A study also showed that women who have breast cancer had very low levels of ALA in their breast tissue compared to women with healthy tissue.

Borage Oil – Borage is a plant whose flowers and leaves, as well as the oil from its seeds, are used as medicine. Borage seed oil contains a high content of the essential fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is part of the inflammatory mediation process and therefore the oil might be expected to have an impact on a variety of diseases and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and atopic eczema. Combined with fish oil, borage seed oil has shown improvement in bone density in a study of elderly osteoporotic women. A study also concluded that GLA may hold promise for treatment of diabetic neuropathy.

Every cell in our body is enclosed by a cell membrane which plays a role in determining many cell functions, including what healthy or unhealthy things get in or out of our cells. Almost 25% of the cell membrane is composed of what should be healthy “phospholipids” (good fats). Unfortunately, because you get so very little of the good fats from sources like flax oil and borage oil, and so many of the bad fasts from the typical western diet, the body uses what it has (the bad fats, disease-causing trans and saturated fats) and incorporates the bad fats into these very critical cell membranes. The very nature, integrity and function of the cell membrane worsens, and a critical mechanism that we rely on to stay healthy and stay alive is seriously changed and compromised.

THE GOOD NEWS IS… by switching to a combination of flax-seed oil and borage oil (such as Barlean’s Omega Twin, or various brands of the individual oils combined), the body will begin to incorporate the “good fats” back into your cell membranes and re-establish cell membrane integrity and give you back the powerful protection that healthy cell membranes provide to our bodies. Matter of fact, the very process of AGING is associated with organic and biological changes in things like cell membranes. These EFA’s, by protecting cell membrane integrity, are combating some of the cumulative negative effects of aging and poor dietary habits.

Blueberries – All fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of some powerfully protective and health promoting compounds called phytochemicals. One class of phytochemicals called “flavonoids” have an impressive range of heath benefits. Blueberries seem to have the most impressive combination of phytochemicals, especially flavonoids, compared to other fruits and vegetables. A 2017 double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has shown that blueberries can improve some aspects of cognition in older adults. Studies also suggest that blueberries can inhibit the growth of liver cancer, and can help preserve cognitive function in post-menopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Blueberries also have amazing anti-oxidant powers that can protect you and your loved ones from most of the illnesses and diseases we all worry about.

We all know that we need oxygen to stay alive. But one of the byproducts resulting from the burning of oxygen is the production of potentially dangerous and unstable molecules called “FREE RADICALS.”  These free radicals are missing an electron and want to get that missing electron from somewhere in our bodies. They do this by attacking a healthy cell. This attack can cause the cell to die or to mutate… and neither option is a good choice!  Fortunately, both our bodies and certain foods can provide us with antioxidants that can neutralize these dangerous free radicals before they attack our cells. Because there are many different types of free radicals the real trick is to know which of the many antioxidants can neutralize as many of the different types of free radicals as possible. This is where the simple blueberry shines. The United States National Institutes of Health found that blueberries, which contain antioxidants, may act to protect the body against damage from oxidative stress, one of several biological processes implicated in aging and in the development of a number of neuro-degenerative diseases. Compared to 40 other fruits and vegetables measured for their anti-oxidant activity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has ranked blueberries, by far and away the best.

Cinnamon – Proven health benefits of cinnamon are: high source of antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties, protects heart heath, fights diabetes, helps defend against cognitive decline and protects brain function, may help lower cancer risk, fights infections and viruses, while protecting dental health and freshening breath naturally.

Whey Protein – Whey protein is considered a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content. People commonly use it as supplementation, alongside resistance exercise, to help improve muscle protein synthesis and promote the growth of lean tissue mass. Whey protein enhances immune function, may lower blood pressure, treat type-2 diabetes, reduce inflammation, may be beneficial for inflammatory bowel disease, and enhance the body’s antioxidant defenses as well.

The “Life Extension Smoothie” makes it easy for people to incorporate these incredibly healthy ingredients and nutritional treasures into their diet effortlessly. Enjoy!

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences
HealthAdvisor@MigreLief.com

These Nutritional Ingredients May Improve Memory and Reduce Stress at the Same Time

July 3rd, 2017

Stress is something that affects everyone, whether you are a parent, grandparent, busy professionals or college student… we all experience stress in one form or another. Different types of stress range from being protective to concern about our physical, financial, psychological and emotional wellbeing. It is difficult to live a stress free life.

Our stressors may all be different, but the results of stress are the same, our brain signals our adrenal glands to release the hormone cortisol as well as adrenaline. This reaction has a purpose and is necessary at times to energize us so that we can for example protect ourselves, (fight or flight) or stay up late to meet an important deadline.

Stress however, becomes a problem when it is ongoing, and the level of our stress hormone cortisol remains high with no clear signal to return to normal. Elevated levels of cortisol can have dangerous and unhealthy consequences.

Chronically elevated cortisol levels can lead to:

• Increased healing times
• Increased susceptibility to infection
• Increased risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease
• Increased risk of certain types of cancers
• Decreased thyroid function
• Accumulation of visceral/abdominal fat
• Depression
• Digestive problems
• Sleep issues
• Compromised immune function
• Increased belly fat, obesity with increased risk of diabetes
• Impair Brain Function
• Impair brain functions like memory and possibly increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease

Regarding brain function and memory, our memory declines significantly as we get older but by reducing stress we can slow or even reverse memory decline. There are many things we can do to reduce the symptoms of stress.

1 – Breathe deeply. When we get stressed we tend to shorten our breaths and deprive our body of oxygen which can lead to a lot of problems. Breathe in through your nose and fill up your belly with air, not so much your chest, then slowly exhale through your mouth. Doing this 10 or 15 times, can really help you feel calm.

2 – Get moving. It’s been shown that as little as 10 minutes of aerobic exercise coupled with deep breathing may produce quick benefits when you are stressed.

3 – Sleep well. Sleep is very restorative and healing. It helps the body to reset and regenerate its systems. I suggest for those who are having trouble sleeping, to take these three dietary supplements – 1 hour before bedtime:
1,000 mg. of L-tryptophan (an amino acid)
1 mg. melatonin, (you don’t need more than 1 mg.)
400 mg. valerian extract.

4 – Take dietary supplements known to reduce stress, maintain healthy cortisol levels and enhance memory at the same time.Ingredients to help with stress and memory
These ingredients or supplements, have human studies done at very reputable research locations that support their safe and effective benefits. These are not based on animal studies and they’re certainly not based on hyperbolized advertising, so they can get some comfort out of knowing that these were really looked at by independent scientists who are not involved with the ingredients other than to find out if they worked and were safe.

Ashwagandha extract (600 mg) – Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb, and is a main stay of a lot of Ayurvedic pharmaceutical research. It exists as a natural extract here in the United States as a dietary supplement, and taking 600 mg a day really helps people to reduce cortisol levels and just feel calm and focused.

Vinpocentine (15 mg) – From a brain function level, as we can all imagine, the arteries in our brain have to stay supple and dilated appropriately so that we can get enough blood, which thereby allows enough oxygen, which is critical to its function. The ingredient, Vinpocetine has been shown in clinical studies, not only to help maintain excellent cerebral perfusion, which is blood flow, and oxygen usage, but it also has been shown to be of significant benefit in day-to-day memory performance.

Huperzine –A (200 mcg) – Huperzine-A is an herb which in small doses helps the nerves in our brains to work efficiently because it protects the neurotransmitters that allow one nerve to communicate with another nerve. This is very important, because if they are destroyed it is like cutting down the bridge that allows the end of one nerve to communicate with the beginning of another nerve.  The human studies on Huperzine-A are very impressive and they show that it helps people to recall facts, figures and names, and now there’s significant human research showing that it helps Alzheimer’s patients improve their results on mental testing. A secondary benefit is that it seems in some preliminary human research to possibly reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) (250 mg)

• Helps protect mental clarity and memory
• Helps make neurotransmitters (chemicals that affect our mind and mood)
• Helps fight against age related memory loss and some forms of dementia

Well known for its immune protecting abilities, recent studies link high vitamin C intake with improved mental function and reduced memory loss. A deficiency of vitamin C reduces production of neurotransmitters associated with anxiety.

Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (25 mg) (the metabolically active form of vitamin B-6) also known as PLP
• Supports healthy homocysteine levels (HCY). Elevated HCY levels are associated with brain shrinkage, cognitive decline and performance
• Important for nervous system functions
• Is needed in the synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine
• Helps offset the effects of sugar (glycation) which is harmful and aging to all cells and organs in the body including the brain and nerves
• According to some studies, supplementation with B-6 might lessen age-related cognitive decline (e.g., perception, attention, reaction time, and memory)
Symptoms of B-6 deficiency include: Difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, nervousness, irritability, and depression.
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) (30 mg)

• Regulates stress-related hormones to ensure a healthy state of mind
• Builds immune system
• Stamina builder helping to fight fatigue

Vitamin B-5 produces numerous enzymes and helps maintain precise communication between the central nervous system and the brain. Pantothenic Acid helps to manage stress and psychological strain. A low-level of B5 can lead to difficulty coping with stress, inability to relax and problems sleeping.
There’s something called CDP choline, and then there’s something called GPC choline which also have shown to be of benefit in helping people’s memory just be sharper. It makes sense because acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that allows an impulse, or one of the neurotransmitters, that allows an impulse from the ending of one nerve to jump to space, which is called a synapse, to the next one. So if that acetylcholine is not there in sufficient amounts or being degraded, which was the benefit of the huperzine, it could affect memory. So those are other things that listeners can check into as well.

Bacopa Monnieri (Brahmi) (320 mg)
• Maintains health brain chemistry
• Stimulates vital neurotransmitters that process information
• Reduces symptoms of anxiety
• Improves concentration

Brahmi is a well-known herb in India and is frequently used in Ayurvedic herbal preparations to improve memory and intelligence. Clinical studies suggest that bacopa may improve learning rate, ability to process data/information, retention of learned facts and memory.

Click Here for a dietary supplement that contains all of these ingredients in one caplet.

To sum up, you do not want stress to rob your memory, your health, your quality of life and your future and elevated levels of cortisol can do just that. Studies show that the ingredients I just mentioned can reduce cortisol by as much as 30% in as little as 1 to 2 weeks and increase your ability to recall facts, names and numbers in 4 to 12 weeks. Not only does this combination reduce stress while super charging your brain, they are very protective against the ravaging effects of stress on both our brain and body. I highly recommend them for adults and teens who live with daily ongoing stress, which is pretty much all of us.

About Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Curt Hendrix is a chemist with a master’s degree in clinical nutrition. He is also certified both as a clinical nutritionist, and a clinical nutrition specialist. For the past 25 years Curt Hendrix has been studying the chemistry of why diseases and health conditions occur, progress, reverse or never occur at all. He has coupled this research with a vast knowledge of naturally occurring compounds that demonstrate therapeutic benefits for preventing or treating many diseases and conditions, as well as some that may protect health well into old age.

Help for Children with Headaches & Other Symptoms of Migraine

June 30th, 2017

Migaine AwarenessAs June and Migraine Awareness Month winds down, let us not forget that children and babies get migraines too!  This disabling disorder significantly impacts the quality of life of both children and parents.  Migraines interfere with all aspects of a child’s life and can lead to increased risk of depression.  Researchers believe there is an increased sensitivity after each successive migraine attack, eventually leading to chronic daily migraine in some individuals.  For this and many other reasons, children’s migraines should not be dismissed and parents should not simply wait for their child to “grow out of them.”

Many migraine treatments and medications are not well tolerated by adults, much less something to which a parent would want to subject their child.  (Press Release)

A GREAT PLACE FOR PARENTS TO START – Drug Free Dietary Supplements Providing Comprehensive Nutritional Support

A great place to start, if your child suffers migraines is with the dietary supplements, Children’s MigreLief (taken daily) and MigreLief-NOW (taken “as-needed”).  These two migraine supplements work well together and can be taken by children age 2 and above to maintain normal brain cerebrovascular tone and function.

Children’s MigreLief is to be taken twice daily.
MigreLief-NOW is to be taken as-needed at the first sign of discomfort.

Note:  The dose of MigreLief-NOW for children age 2-11 is 1/2 the adult stated on the back of the bottle.

MigreLief migraine supplements DO NOT contain aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, Naproxen, caffeine or butterbur.

PRESS RELEASE  – June 2017

LEARN MORE

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.,
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences

 

 

 

Life Extension Smoothie – Powerful & Important Health Benefits

May 29th, 2017

I created the Life Extension Smoothie to provide some of nature’s most protective, healing and perfect nutrients to protect against those factors that cause aging and disease.  There are numerous benefits to combining ground organic flax-seed, omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids and blueberries in a delicious protein smoothie.  These benefits are described below following the recipe.

LIFE EXTENSION SMOOTHIE

  • 8 oz. (227 gm) Frozen Blueberries
  • 2 Tbs (30 gm) Ground Flax Seed Powder
  • 1 Tbs (15 ml) Barlean’s Omega Twin (Organic Flax & Borage oils)
    • May substitute another brand or just flax oil)
  • 1 scoop  MRM Natural Whey Protein Powder (low carb and no sugar or artificial sweeteners)
    • May substitute with any nutritious  low/no sugar whey protein powder.  A vanilla protein powder will add to it’s delicious taste.
  • 16 oz. Water (474 ml)
  • 1 tsp (5 gm) Cinnamon Powder
  • 4 Ice cubes (adjust to preferred thickness)

Blending Instructions

Add the ice, blue berries, flax-seed powder first, then add the oil and cool water.  Blend on low for about 10 seconds, then on high for a minute or more.  Drink first glass.  Re-blend for 20-30 seconds, drink balance.

Health Benefits:

Flax Seed Powder – Flax is a blue flowering plant that has attracted the attention of medical researchers around the world.  Not only is it a source of two different kinds of dietary fiber (soluble & insoluble, each with different health benefits), it is also a source of powerful, health promoting Omega-3 essential fatty acids.  Flax seed is the single highest source of”LIGNANS” which protect our body against cellular damage and unhealthy cellular changes.  Flax seed has been studied for the following conditions: heart disease, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, esophageal cancer, oral cancer, menopause, PMS, kidney disease, constipation, Irritable Bowel syndrome, diabetes, peptic ulcer, hemorrhoids, weight loss and mineral absorption.

Flax Seed Oil – Flax oil contains Omega 3 essential fatty acids or EFA’s.  These are the “anti-fat” fats that make foods like flaxseed and certain cold water fishes like salmon, herring and mackerel so healthy. The EFAs are the good fats that fight the bad fats we get in our diet from junk food and processed foods that are almost impossible to avoid.  The highest quantities of Omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is present in flax-seed.  ALA is the parent from which EFA and DHA (the healthy fish oils) are derived.  ALA converts to compounds called prostaglandins. These compounds can be either inflammatory and anti-inflammatory. ALA converts to anti-inflammatory types of prostaglandins and since most degenerative disease all have inflammatory components, ALA is a welcome ally.  In fact studies have shown that ALA prevented platelets (red blood cells) from clumping together which can be a factor in heart attack. It has been known to increase the elasticity of heart arteries, and lowers risk of heart attack and stroke. A study also showed that women who have breast cancer had very low levels of ALA in their breast tissue compared to women with healthy tissue.

Borage Oil – Borage is a plant whose flowers and leaves as well as the oil from its seeds are used as medicine.  Borage seed oil contains a high content of the essential fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is part of the inflammatory mediation process and therefore the oil might be expected to have an impact on a variety of diseases and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and atopic eczema.  Combined with fish oil, borage seed oil has shown improvement in bone density in a study of elderly osteoporotic women.  A study also concluded that GLA may hold promise for treatment of diabetic neuropathy.

Every cell in our body is enclosed by a cell membrane which plays a role in determining many cell functions, including what healthy or unhealthy things get in or out of our cells. Almost 25% of the cell membrane is conmposed of what should be healthy “phospholipids” (good fats).  Unfortunately because you get so very little of the good fats from sources like flax oil and borage oil, and so many of the bad fasts from the typical western diet, that the body uses what it has (the bad fats, disease-causing trans and saturated fats) and incorporates the bad fats into these very critical cell membranes.  The very nature, integrity and function of the cell membrane worsens, and a critical mechanism that we rely on to stay healthy and stay alive is seriously changed and compromised.

THE GOOD NEW IS... By switching to a combination of flax-seed oil and borage oil (such as Barlean’s Omega Twin or various brands of the individual oils combined), the body will begin to incorporate the “good fats” back into your cell membranes and re-establish cell membrane integrity and give you back the powerful protection that healthy cell membranes provide to our bodies. Matter of fact, the very process of AGING is associated with organic and biological changes in things like cell membranes.  These EFA’s by protecting cell membrane integrity are combatting some of the cumulative negative effects of aging and poor dietary habits.

Blueberries – All fruits and vegetables contain varying amounts of some powerfully protective and health promoting compounds called phytochemicals.  One class of phytochemicals, “flavonoids” has an impressive range of heath benefits.  Blueberries seem to have the most impressive combination of phytochemicals, especially flavonoids compared to other fruits and vegetables.  A 2017 double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has shown that blueberries can improve some aspects of cognition in older adults. Studies also suggest blueberries can inhibit the growth of liver cancer growth, and can help preserve cognitive function in post-menopausal women and decrease their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.   Blueberries also have amazing anti-oxidant powers that can protect you and your loved ones from most of the illnesses and diseases we all worry about.

We all know that we need oxygen to stay alive.  But one of the byproducts resulting from the burning of oxygen is the production of potentially dangerous and unstable molecules called “FREE RADICALS”  These free radicals are missing an electron and want to get that missing electron from somewhere in our bodies.  They do this by attacking a healthy cell. This attack can cause the cell to die or to mutate… Neither option is a good choice!  Fortunately both our bodies and certain foods can provide us with antioxidants that can neutralize these dangerous free radicals before they attack our cells.  Because there are many different types of free radicals the real trick is to know which of the many antioxidants can neutralize as many of the different types of free radicals as possible.  This is where the simple blueberry shines. The United States, National Institutes of Health found that blueberries containing antioxidants may act to protect the body against damage from oxidative stress, one of several biological processes implicated in aging and in the development of a number of neurodegenerative diseases.  Compared to 40 other fruits and vegetables measured for their anti-oxidant activity, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has ranked blueberries, by far and away the best.

Cinnamon – Proven health benefits of cinnamon are:  high source of antioxidants, contains anti-inflammtory properties, protects heart heath, fights diabetes, helps defend against cognitive decline and protects brain function, may help lower cancer risk, fights infections and viruses, while protecting dental health and freshening breath naturally.

Whey Protein – Whey protein is considered a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content. People commonly use it as supplementation, alongside resistance exercise, to help improve muscle protein synthesis and promote the growth of lean tissue mass. Whey protein enhances immune function, may lower blood pressure, treat type-2 diabetes, reduce inflammation, may be beneficial for inflammatory bowel disease, and enhance the body’s antioxidant defenses as well.

The “Life Extension Smoothie” makes it easy for people to incorporate these incredibly healthy ingredients and nutritional treasures into their diet effortlessly. Enjoy.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

Children’s Headaches Rarely Linked to Vision Problems – Ophthalmologists Agree

May 10th, 2017

A common assumption is that headaches in children might be related to poor vision. Often times, children who complain of headaches (as well as visual issues) are referred to pediatric ophthalmologists.  It is estimated that 25% of pediatric patients who see an ophthalmologist for headaches meet the diagnostic criteria for migraine. The percentages were the same for male and female patients.

In addition to head pain, during a migraine attack, some children may experience blurred vision, perception of jagged lines, or partial loss of vision. Ophthalmologists should remain cognizant of the prevalence of pediatric migraine and consider it in pediatric patients complaining of migraine symptoms.

Opthalmic migraines much more commonly (but incorrectly) called “ocular migraines” by laypeople are painless, temporary visual disturbances that can affect one or both eyes and may last only 20 – 30 minutes. If the visual disturbance is followed by a throbbing one-sided headache, it is referred to as “migraine with aura” (classic migraine) and the visual disturbance is called an aura rather than an ocular migraine. A migraine without a visual disturbance is called a migraine without aura (common migraine). ocular/opthalmic migraines are believed to have the same causes as migraine headaches.  Unfortunately a visit to the eye doctor may not help much in terms of how to treat or prevent ocular migraines as the vision symptoms that accompany ocular migraines are not related directly to the eyes but rather to the migraine activity in the brain.

Children’s Headaches Rarely Linked to Vision Problems
Regarding headaches… In a study conducted by pediatric ophthalmologists at Albany Medical Center in New York State, researchers reviewed medical records of children under age 18 who were seen at the clinic between 2002 – 2011 and all had received complete eye examinations. The findings showed there was no significant correlation between children’s frequent headaches and a need for vision correction.  “We hope our study will reassure parents that in most cases, their children’s headaches are not related to vision or eye problems…” said Zachary Roth, MD, an ophthalmologist who led the research team.

What to Do if a Migraine Diagnosis is Made
If a diagnosis of migraine is made, before referring out to a pediatric neurologist, ophthalmologists may want to place pediatric patients on a combination of nutritional supplements that many pediatric neurologists recommend to maintain normal cerebrovascular function. These ingredients are:

  1.  High dose Riboflavin (Vit-B2)
  2.  Magnesium
  3.  Feverfew

    All 3 ingredients are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prophylaxis.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences
(800) 758-8746

2 Options for Children Age 2+ with Migraines or Headaches

December 19th, 2016

 

Help for Kids with HeadachesKeep it Simple – A Common Sense Approach to Migraines, Chronic OR Episodic.
Giving your child a great start in life is not easy with migraines disrupting their progress at every turn.  It’s time to empower your kids with the best nutritional support you can and that’s where we come in.  MigreLief Original Formula (ages 12-adult) and Children’s MigreLief (age 2 to 11) are patented non-prescription formulas that have been addressing migraines nutritionally for almost 20 years and making a big difference in the lives of kids and adults worldwide.

Kids do not have a lot of options when it comes to migraines.  Chronic use of many over-the-counter drugs and the associated negative health risks are not safe for adults much less children… so what can a parent do?  It’s easy as 1-2-3.

Recommended by leading headache specialists, neurologists and other healthcare professionals, MigreLief has created two types of drug-free formulas – one for daily maintenance, and one for on-the-spot help when kids need it most (MigreLief-NOW). MigreLief has given many young migraineurs, and their parents, back their lives.

  1. Select Children’s MigreLief daily maintenance formula, and take daily:  Our daily maintenance formulas have been known to show positive benefits in under 3 weeks but they must be taken for 90 days as they continue to build in effectiveness. By the 90th day you will know how well it will work for your child (or yourself if you have migraines too).   Select one of the 3 maintenance formulas and take 2 tablets daily: MigreLief Original, Children’s MigreLief  (age 2+) or MigreLief+M (menstrual migraines).
  2. Take MigreLief-NOW (acute supplement for age 2 – adult) when needed, for extra help during difficult times.
    Our fast-acting MigreLief-NOW should be kept on hand and taken at the first sign of discomfort for fast-acting help.  The dose for kids is HALF of the adult dose that’s stated on the bottle.  Can’t Swallow Pills? – That’s Okay!   MigreLief can be crushed and mixed with food such as applesauce, yogurt, etc. for children who have trouble swallowing caplets.  MigreLief-NOW is a capsule and can be opened and sprinkled on food for children as well.
  3. Be sure to let us know how well you’re doing at HealthAdvisor@MigreLief.com or feel free to ask any questions. Purchasing tips… if you’re a first time MigreLief purchaser, MigreLief-Starter Kits are our best deal and includes 3 bottles (3 month supply) of any daily formula at a discounted price + a free travel size of MigreLief-NOW our fast-acting acute formula.  Sign up for our newsletter to receive migraine news and updates, plus MigreLief coupons when available.
  4. Money Back Guarantee – We are confident MigreLief will work for you and offer a money-back guarantee.  Try MigreLief for 3 months and whether you buy all 3 bottles at once or one at a time, we will return your purchase price if you are not satisfied with MigreLief for any reason.  90 days is a sufficient time for MigreLief to address the nutritional deficiencies and imbalances many migraine experience.

We are thrilled you are taking this first step… you and your child will be too!
Learn More – or BUY NOW

       Click Here to Purchase a Starter Kit

Holiday Stress – Tis the Season… for Migraines

December 18th, 2016

Help for Migraines and StressWinter holidays are the most festive season of the year and it’s a chance for you to celebrate with your friends and family. They can also lead to an onslaught of responsibilities and chores; shopping, gift wrapping, baking, cooking and cleaning are just a few things that might overwhelm you this time of year. With holiday joy comes holiday stress and for migraine sufferers, stress can easily trigger bad headaches or migraines that can interfere with finishing holiday errands, let alone enjoying the season.

So, let’s look at what makes the holidays so stressful and how you can combat it.

 

Why Are Holidays So Stressful?

  • Winter Blues: The cold weather does not make it any easier. Sometimes, the dull and gloomy weather outside starts to project on your mood as well. The lack of sunshine can get you a little depressed and the festive season doesn’t seem so jolly anymore.
  • Financial Strains: Holidays can also get expensive. If you have a big family, you are probably buying a lot of gifts and your savings are taking a huge hit, which can lead to stress.
  • Unhappy Memories: Most of the time, reminiscing with your family is great. It feels good to relive childhood memories. However, not all memories are happy. You might be missing the presence of a loved one who has passed away or maybe your children were not able to join you for Christmas this year.
  • Nosy Relatives: You have to spend your holidays socializing with people that you were dodging all year round. Questions regarding your career and love life may come up and if you are not in a good place, it will most likely stress you out.
  • Workplace: So, your boss has decided to make you work right up until Christmas Eve. This means you have not had much time to finish all errands and you are probably just loaded on caffeine to keep yourself going.

You may be experiencing some of the above stresses, maybe all or maybe more, but despair not!
You can effectively cope with the holiday madness with the tips below.

Tips for Combating Holiday Stress & Migraines

  • Embrace Winter: Don’t let winter ruin your holiday celebration. Instead, enjoy what winter has to offer. Take your kids out to the front yard and built a Santa snowman. Go ice skating, enjoy the festive music in the mall while you shop and grab a cup of peppermint mocha from Starbucks.
  • Plan Ahead and Ask for Help: Make a to-do list and keep things simple.  Plan out all you need to do so you don’t fall behind on your errands and then get stressed about it.  Avoid putting off your shopping until the last minute. Don’t take everything on yourself, don’t be afraid to ask for help and delegate when you can.
  • Take Time Out to Relax and Remember to Breath: When we are stressed, our breathing pattern changes. The primary role of breathing is to absorb oxygen and to expel carbon dioxide through the movement of the lungs. Typically, an anxious person takes small, shallow breaths, using their shoulders rather than their diaphragm to move air in and out of their lungs. This style of breathing disrupts the balance of gases in the body and can prolong feelings of stress and anxiety by making the physical symptoms of stress worse. So remember to control your breathing and take a few deep breaths to stay relaxed.
  •  Exercise:  Even it it’s only taking a short walk get a little exercise daily..
  • Avoid Migraine Triggers: Some triggers can’t be avoided, changes in barometric pressure, holiday noise, bright lights and scents. However, some triggers you can avoid…
    • Nitrate rich foods (cheese, processed meats, ham etc.)
    • Chocolate
    • Caffeinated beverages
    • Alcohol (red wine & beer)
    • Lack of Sleep

As you run around shopping, attending to last minute details and staying out a little too late at that office party, you may find yourself getting less sleep than usual. This is can be a huge trigger for migraines.  Though sometimes it is unavoidable, do your best to get 6-8 hours of sleep nightly.  If you have an occasion where that isn’t possible, at least try to squeeze in an afternoon nap the next day.

Seasonal parties and alcohol seem to go hand in hand. Unfortunately, alcohol and migraines also go hand in hand.  Hydration is your best line of defense.  Make sure, before, during and after consuming alcohol, you make sure to consume water.  Healthy snacks every hour or so can prevent drops in blood sugar which can also trigger migraines and headaches.

Despite all the stress, many consider the holidays their favorite time of year, and you can too! Don’t let fear of stress or migraines ruin your seasonal festivities.  As long as you are aware and prepared, you will decrease your risk of holiday migraines.

MigreLief-NOW – If do you feel a migraine coming on take fast acting “MigreLief-NOW” as early as possible to provide nutritional support that can be very helpful.

Calm & Clever – If stress is something that is part of your daily life consider using Akeso’s all new “Calm and Clever” unique formulation for reducing stress and anxiety while enhancing focus, memory and recall.

Have the happiest and safest of holidays.

 

Best wishes from all of us at Akeso Health Sciences,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Message from the MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

November 24th, 2016

 

 

Happy Thanks Giving from MigreLief

All of us at Akeso Health Sciences would like to wish our MigreLief fans, both patients and health care professionals a wonderful and migraine free Thanksgiving.  We are thankful that MigreLief is making a difference in your life and we appreciate the stories you have shared and the gratitude you have expressed.

Many of you have told us you “pay it forward” by telling other migraine sufferers about MigreLief and we are truly grateful.  Your wonderful feedback fuels our efforts to empower as many migraine sufferers as possible with our nutritional option for battling this debilitating disorder.

We especially appreciate those who have helped us spread the word about Children’s MigreLief for kids age 2 through 11 who suffer chronic migraines.  Children do not have many options when it comes to migraine control.  We recently attended the Child Neurology Conference in Vancouver, BC and the American Academy of Pediatrics conference in San Francisco and were pleased to discover so many healthcare professionals recommending both Children’s MigreLief (daily maintenance) and MigreLief-NOW (acute) for their young patients.

Thank you for placing your trust in MigreLief.  We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S. and the MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

Migraine Prevention Drugs, Topiramate and Amitriptyline Prove No Better than Placebo in Children

November 12th, 2016

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Scientist and patent holder, Curt Hendrix explain the science behind the success of MigreLief migraine formulas.

Last month, Akeso Health Sciences attended annual conferences of the AAP (American Association of Pediatricians) and the CNS (Child Neurology Society) to exhibit its migraine supplements as effective nutritional support for children aged 2+ suffering either chronic or episodic migraine.

It was great to meet face to face with some of the neurologists, headache specialists and other healthcare professionals who have been recommending MigreLief supplements for years.  Both MigreLief formulas, “daily maintenance” and “fast-acting help” were well received.
It was at the recent CNS convention that we were first informed of the study regarding the use of topiramate and amitriptyline for migraine prevention in children.  The study was published simultaneously with its presentation at the annual meeting of the Child Neurology Society in Vancouver.

A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of 328 children and adolescents aged 8-17 who were diagnosed with migraines (with our without aura) concluded that amitriptyline and topiramate proved no better than placebo at preventing migraine in children and were associated with adverse side-effects.

In the study, the participants recorded the number of headaches they experienced during a 28 day baseline period and then were given either a placebo, topiramate, or amitriptyline during a 24 week trial period.  The drug doses were increased every 2 weeks over an 8 week period with doses modified according to side-effects.  In the end, no differences in effectiveness were seen between the two drug groups and the placebo group, however, the authors observed higher rates of adverse side-effects overall in the active treatment groups than the placebo.

Amitriptyline users more often reported fatigue (30%) and dry mouth (25%), whereas topiramate users more often reported parathesia (31%) (burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body), and weight loss (8%).  Other side-effects reported with topirimate included, fatigue (25%), dry mouth (18%), memory impairment (17%), aphasia (16%), cognitive disorder (16%), and upper respiratory tract infection (12%).  Serious adverse events included altered mood in three patients in the amitriptyine group and one suicide attempt in the topiramate group.

Before the trial was concluded, the Food and Drug Administration approved topiramate for the treatment of episodic migraine in adolescents aged 12-17 years.

“Given the null outcome in this trial and the adverse events and serious adverse events reported in the amitriptyline and topiramate groups, the data do not show a favorable risk-benefit profile for the use of these therapies in pediatric migraine prevention, at least over the 24-week duration of the trial,” the study authors concluded.

If you are a parent of a young migraine sufferer, consider MigreLief nutritional migraine supplements.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer
Akeso Health Sciences

 

Click to view original article published online Oct 27, 2016 – The New England Journal of Medicine.

Click to view Children’s MigreLief product information pdf – Children’s MigreLief and Fast-Acting MigreLief NOW (Age 2+)

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The Single Most Important Fact You Will Ever Learn to Protect Your Health, Prevent Disease and Maximize Your Life Expectancy

November 6th, 2016

Not everyone is overweight, has high blood pressure, high blood sugar, or high cholesterol but… everyone is exposed to stress. No matter your age, who you are or what you do, when stress is chronic (constant and persists over an extended period of time) such as work problems, family conflicts, relationship issues, daily traffic, major life changes, or any response to daily stressors that are ignored or poorly managed– stress becomes a primary threat to your health and your life expectancy.

telomeres-protect-your-telomeresHOW DOES STRESS WREAK HAVOC ON YOUR BODY?
Ongoing stress and elevated levels of the stress hormone cortisol can seriously harm your brain, rob your memory, your health, your quality of life and your future.  Stress does its damage at the cellular level.

Each and every day, our body creates over two trillion new cells to replace older, less efficient cells, so that our body can continue to work efficiently and protect our health. That’s one million new cells every second.

The DNA in our genes gives our body the genetic blue print dictating how and when to create these trillions of new replacement cells and these genes are located on organelles called chromosomes.  The process of creating new cells that are identical to the older ones they are replacing is one that get’s less efficient as we age and is in fact one of the reasons we look different as we age.

These chromosomes have protective tips on their ends, called telomeres that protect the strands of genetic material they contain from fraying (similar to how the plastic cap at the end of a shoelace protects the shoe lace from fraying).  Telomeres are an essential part of human cells that affect how our cells age. Research has shown that the shorter your telomeres, the shorter your expected life span. Furthermore, the shorter your telomeres are, the greater your risk for most diseases.  Most importantly… STRESS AND THE STRESS HORMONE CORTISOL SHORTEN YOUR TELOMERES!  It does this by decreasing the activity of  “telomerase” an enzyme that protects the telomeres, the protective tips of each of the form arms of a chromosome.

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4 POWERFUL INGREDIENTS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE RAVAGING EFFECTS OF STRESS ON YOUR HEALTH AND ON YOUR BRAIN.

To avoid serious diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancer and premature death, you must protect the length of your telomeres by controlling stress and the stress hormone cortisol.   In previous articles, I discussed how stress can also negatively affect the structure of your brain, your cognitive function and your memory.  This can happen in college students as well as middle aged and older adults.  I would like to share 4 powerful ingredients that can protect you from the effects of stress and cortisol on your telomere lengths, and protect your brain, memory and your life expectancy.

One or two of these ingredients can reduce high cortisol levels by close to 30%.  Another of the ingredients is a powerful antioxidant that can specifically prevent free radical which via oxidative stress can damage your telomeres.  Another of the ingredients can significantly increase brain blood flow which decreases as we age, thereby bringing healthy levels of oxygen and nutrients to the brain.  Several of these ingredients have been shown to flat out increase memory, learning speed and fact recall in both healthy people and people suffering from dementia and even Alzheimer’s disease.
INGREDIENT#1 – Ashwagandha standardized extract. – This is a revered medicine amongst ayurvedic physicians and has been shown in multiple human studies to reduce high cortisol levels by close to 30%. These studies also show that ashwagandha reduces the perception of being stressed by 44% and anxiety and insomnia by 68%. Patients also reported significant improvement in their self-assed quality of life!

INGREDIENT#2 – Bacopa Monnieri standardize extract – This another very important herbal extract used by ayurvedic physicians. Once again multiple human studies have shown that bacopa monnieri improves memory/fact recall. and loss of focus. It’s powerful antioxidant benefits reduce the brain inflammation that is associated with cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

INGREDIENT#3 – Vinpocetine – Derived from the periwinkle plant, vinpocetine has been shown to increase the flow of blood to the brain which decreases as we age and contributes to cognitive decline and dementia. Patients taking vinpocetine who had experienced mild cognitive decline and decrease memory function significantly improved on the gold-standard tests used by neurologists to measure these things. IN addition, there mood and activities of daily living testing improved.

INGREDIENT #4 – Huperzine-A – Derived from Chinese clubmoss, Huperzine-A has been shown to prevent the breakdown of acetycholine which is a crucial brain neurotransmitter that allows brain cells called neurons to communicate with one and other. Huperzine is so effective that it actually improved the test results of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and though it’s a dietary supplement in the U.S. it’s listed as an anti-Alzheimer’s drug in China.  Huperzine-A protect brain cells against injury from stress, inflammation and free radicals.

These 4 powerful and proven ingredients, can collectively protect against stress caused telomere shortening which can decrease your life-expectancy as well as protect your brain, cognitive function and enhance your memory, now and as you age. These ingredients are safe and have little or no side-effects.

To learn how to access these ingredients in the correct forms and dosages, visit BrainIngredients.com.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
Chief Scientific Officer, Akeso Health Sciences
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RELATED LINKS:
Study:  Accelerated Telomere Erosion Is Associated with a Declining Immune Function of Caregivers of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients

Study:  Telomere Length and Cortisol Reactivity in Children of Depressed Mothers

 

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