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Preventive and Acute Migraine Treatments

June 17th, 2018

Migraine HelpDebilitating migraines should not be a way of life but for many men, women and children suffering chronic migraines (many migraine days each month)… they, unfortunately, are.

Migraine treatments can be PREVENTIVE with the goal of stopping migraines before they start or ACUTE, treating the pain once it starts.

Often migraine sufferers find themselves running the gambit of preventive and acute treatments in search of migraine relief which can include, side-effect prone prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. This can be gruelling, especially if the migraine medications you turn to, turn on you which can be the case with the chronic use of prescription and over-the-counter pain-killers including acetaminophen and NSAIDS such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen. Not only can chronic overuse lead to “rebound” or medication overuse headaches, but it can also lead to kidney or liver damage, bleeding and an increase in cardiovascular risk.

NUTRITIONAL OPTIONS – A GREAT PLACE TO START

There are many nutritional options that are known to have benefits for migraine sufferers. Three of the most effective are: RiboflavinMagnesium, and Feverfew.  This vitamin, mineral and herb are listed in the American Academy of Neurology’s Guidelines for Migraine Prevention.

Magnesium, Riboflavin (B-2) and Feverfew are combined into one dietary supplement:  MIGRELIEF® – TRIPLE THERAPY WITH PURACOL™.  (Online coupon Code:  MIGFREE4 for $4 off any migraine formula at MigreLief.com during Migraine Awareness month June 2018)

Providing THREE MECHANISMS OF ACTION TO HELP MAINTAIN NORMAL NEUROLOGICAL FUNCTION… MigreLief Original Formula, Children’s MigreLief (age 2-11) and MigreLief+M/menstrual were formulated to help migraineurs maintain normal cerebrovascular (blood vessels that supply the brain) tone and function by addressing the underlying nutritional deficiencies and imbalances that are common to many migraine sufferers. These deficiencies may lead to many dysfunctional processes in the brain.

Dysfunctional brain processes that can affect normal cerebrovascular tone and function include:  

  • Decreases in the Brains Cellular Energy Reserves.  Cells lose their energy production ability when the powerhouses of the cells (the mitochondria) become dysfunctional due to nutritional deficiency.
  • Excessive Platelet Aggregation – The clumping together of blood cells in the brain result in blood vessel changes (vasoconstriction and vasodilation)
  • Vasospasms (the contraction and dilation of blood vessels in the brain which occurs during migraines).

The combination of ingredients in MigreLief’s daily formulas; Original MigreLief, Children’s MigreLief and MigreLief+M (menstrual migraines)  help to maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function.

MigreLief and MigreLief-NOWTHE MIGRELIEF NUTRITIONAL MIGRAINE REGIMEN
“DAILY MAINTENANCE” & “AS-NEEDED” MIGRELIEF OPTIONS

Action Step 1:  Chronic Migraine Sufferers – Choose a Daily Maintenance Formula and Take Daily

MigreLief Original – Age 12-Adult use daily
Children’s MigreLief – Age 2-Adult use daily
MigreLief+M – Women with Menstrual Hormonal Migraines use daily

Action Step 2:  Take MigreLief’s “As-Needed” Migraine Formula On-The-Spot

MigreLief-NOW – Age 12-Adult, use as needed (dose for children is 1/2 adult dose stated on the label)

Important Reminder:   MigreLief daily formulas for chronic migraine sufferers may take 3 weeks to 3 months to build blood levels for maximum benefits so don’t stop taking it for at least 90 days. It will grow in effectiveness.  In the meantime, take your MigreLief-NOW as needed.

Money Back Guarantee – If purchased online at MigreLief.com or by calling 1-800-758-8746, Akeso Health Sciences (creator of MigreLief) offers a Risk-FREE money back guarantee if you try MigreLief for 3 months, sufficient time for maximum benefits.

WHERE TO BUY MIGRELIEF:  Store locator:  Visit MigreLief.US and type in your zip code for a store near you.  Independent pharmacies, Meijer, Vitmain Shoppe (Sept 2018), Medicine Shoppe, many Walgreens and hundreds of other stores sell MigreLief.  Visit MigreLief.com or call 1-800-758-8746

AMAZING FEEDBACK:  Visit MigreLief’s Facebook page for amazing unsolicited feedback by “MigreLief Fans” or ask questions.

Remember… It’s never too late to get your life back and to start living the life you love!

 

Butterbur (Petasites) for Migraine Headaches – Risks & Benefit Update

April 2nd, 2018

Butterbur for Migraines Risks vs. BenefitsIf you’re a Healthcare Professional recommending Butterbur (Petasites) to your patients, it’s important that you stay up-to-date on the latest information (see links at the end of this post).

As a chemist, medical researcher, and drug developer, four of the multitudinous questions you ask yourself when trying to decide if you should invest time and money into developing, using or recommending a particular compound are:

1.) How likely is it to be effective for the specific condition it’s being considered to treat?
2.) Are there any known or potential side effects or adverse events that could hypothetically occur?
3.) How do the answers to question #2 impact the risk/reward profile of the compound.
4.) Are there any other competing compounds that seem to have similar benefits with lower risk?

Over 15 years ago when we received multiple patents describing the use of a combination of two magnesium sources, high dose riboflavin, and special extracts of feverfew for prophylaxis of migraines, butterbur had not yet been shown in a randomized clinical trial to be effective for migraine prophylaxis.  Of course back in 2002, when the study by Lipton et al was published showing efficacy, I paid a lot of attention to butterbur and strongly considered creating an additional formula or adding it to our existing patented combination (now known as Akeso’s MigreLief with Puracol™).  Since the release of our Original MigreLief with Puracol™ we have formulated new products with additional ingredients, for example MigreLief+M for menstrual/hormonal migraines and MigreLief-NOW a fast-acting “as needed” formula, yet none of our products contain butterbur.

It was clear that the response to butterbur was favorable and by not offering it in one of our products we would be losing out on the additional revenue it was sure to generate. Nevertheless we decided never to use butterbur in any of our products. We could never get comfortable with the fact that we had to rely on a manufacturing process to consistently remove the Hepato-toxic and carcinogenic pyrolizidine alkaloids that are found in unprocessed butterbur.   Of course this was just our company’s decision and many companies and healthcare professionals used or recommended butterbur.  In fact, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society supported butterbur.

As healthcare professionals we all try to stay current on as much of the medical literature and reporting as possible.
In the last few years, much new information has surfaced regarding butterbur and we are providing you with links to that third party information to enable you to make the best decisions for your patients (see below).

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix
Chief Scientific Officer,  Akeso Health Sciences

 

RESOURCE LINKS FOR BUTTERBUR:

Michigan University of Medicine – Warning

Decemer 2017 – “Caution: Due to reports of liver toxicity, butterbur products are being voluntarily withdrawn from markets in the United Kingdom. Based on these reports, butterbur should not be used unless a doctor determines that the potential benefits outweigh the risks. People taking butterbur should be monitored by the doctor for adverse effects.”

Update on the efficacy and safety of Petadolex®, a butterbur extract for migraine prophylaxis – Dr. Joseph M. Prietto.
DovePress March 10, 2014

Migrane Preventative Butterbur Has Safety Concerns
NEUROLOGY TIMES – JANUARY 28, 2015

“…Despite butterbur’s potential efficacy, doubts are increasing about the long-term safety of this supplement given the risk of liver damage and the lack of an actively regulated preparation. Due to the mounting concerns, the American Headache Society is currently evaluating a position statement cautioning against its use.” Migraine Preventative Butterbur Has Safety Concerns

Addressing the Long-Term Safety Aspects of Butterbur Therapy- A Call for Immediate Action
Andreas Schapowal, MD, PhD, DSc, Hon

 

MigreLief’s Super Blue Blood Moon Special – $4 OFF

January 30th, 2018

Visable before sunrise,  Wednesday, January 31st – Witness a Rare Lunar Phenomenon
If you live in the western part of North America, Alaska or the Hawaiian islands, set your alarm for early Wednesday morning on Jan 31st to witness 3 lunar phenomenons that have not happened simultaneously for 150 years:  A Supermoon, a Blue Moon and a Blood Moon.

A Blue Moon is the second full moon in a month with two full moons. The first full moon this month was on January 1st.

A Blood Moon is a totally eclipsed moon and usually looks red because the earth passes between the moon and the sun, and while the moon crosses through the shadow of the Earth it reflects all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets.

If that isn’t enough… it is also a Supermoon which is when the moon is at its closest point to earth and appears to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal.

This rare phenomenon is called a “Super Blue Blood Moon” and the last time all of these events happened at once was in 1866. That is the year Andrew Johnson was president, the second dome on the U.S. Capitol building was completed, the U.S. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act and approved the minting of a nickel 5-cent coin to replace the half-dime, and the year that the first bank robbery in U.S. history took place in daylight, which is also considered to be the first robbery by Jesse James and his gang.

So take advantage of this rare predawn vision.  Depending upon where you live, your viewing time and experiences will be different.  It will be easier to see in the west and more of a challenge to see in the east.  The eclipse begins 5:51 a.m. eastern time.  NASA will show a live link beginning at 5:30 a.m. eastern time.

And for MigreLief fans, we are offering a lunar special…

$4 OFF and any MigreLief formula or Calm & Clever memory/stress supplement.
Coupon Code;  LUNAR  Redeem at MigreLief.com or call 1-800-758-8746.

(Expires 2-4-18 (One per customer – may not combine specials)

 

NEW BLOOD PRESSURE GUIDELINES – WHO ARE THEY HELPING?

December 25th, 2017

Blood Pressure Guidelines In November 2017, the American Heart Association redefined high blood pressure. Originally high blood pressure was defined as 140/90 or higher and if people could not get below those numbers through lifestyle changes, blood pressure medication was recommended.  The new definition of high blood pressure/hypertension has been lowered to 130/80 or above, thus by the stroke of a pen, the American Heart Association has declared that almost 50% of adults living in the United States are hypertensive.  This means that millions of people, who are not taking drugs for hypertension, may very likely be told by their doctors to start taking blood pressure medications.  The question is who are these new guidelines helping?

The drug companies will be laughing all the way to the bank with this new high blood pressure definition.  This is similar to what the drug companies convinced the doctors to do by reducing cholesterol guidelines so more people would be prescribed cholesterol drugs.  In my opinion, healthy people who don’t have any cardiovascular risk should totally stay away from these cholesterol drugs and should equally cautious about taking blood pressure medications, indicated by these new guidelines.

For sure the drug companies will benefit financially but what do these new tightened blood pressure goals mean to you the patient.  The study led to the change in guidelines was called the Sprint study and it looked at over 9,000 people who had blood pressure of 130/80 or higher.  Half of the 9,000 participants were given medication to lower their blood pressure to 120/80 or below.  The other half were given medication but less intensively to lower their blood pressure to 140/90 or below.  To determine the benefit of the more intensive treatment vs. the less intensive treatment, the outcomes of heart attack, or other acute coronary syndromes, stroke, heart failure or cardiovascular death were measured.  The study concluded that, 6.8% of the people whose blood pressure was lowered to 140/90 with the less intensive treatment suffered one of these cardiovascular events and 5.2% of the people whose blood pressure was lowered to 120/80 with higher doses of drugs or a combination of drugs suffered one of these cardiovascular events.

This amounts to an absolute difference of 1.6% between the 2 test groups.  What does this 1.6% difference mean in real life?   In effect it says…  If 62 new people are put on the more intensive medication to get to 120/80 or below as opposed to 140/90 or below, only 1 person out of 62 would be spared a cardiovascular event.  The other 61 people would get absolutely no benefit.  Even worse, while receiving no benefit, they would running the risk of side-effects and adverse events associated with these drugs such as dizziness, cough, erectile dysfunction, skin rash, loss of taste,  skin rash, fatigue, depression, insomnia etc.

The bottom line… If you are at high risk for a cardiovascular event, or have already had one or have angina, or atrial fibrillation or have a high familial risk, follow your doctor’s guidelines after you try lifestyle changes to get your blood pressure to wherever he or she suggests it be.  BUT if you are healthy and have not had a heart attack and do not have cardiovascular or familial risk factors and your blood pressure is above 120/80 but below 140/90, think twice about  taking any blood pressure medications if your physician suggests them  because of these new guidelines.   Instead, try losing some weight, reducing sugar intake, adding some additional moderate exercise and perhaps take an extra 400 mg/day of magnesium and these changes will more than likely get you where you want to be with no drugs required.

To the Best of Health,

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

Try this Healthy “Life Extension” Smoothie

December 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

Thanksgiving Message from the MigreLief Team at Akeso Health Sciences

November 22nd, 2017

 

 

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

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

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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

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