Five Foods That Act as Natural Sunscreen Some Content Originally

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Last week, we published a blog about great sunscreens that are safe and effective as well as supplements that can further help protect you from the sun from the inside and out. This week, we highlight foods that can help bolster your resistance to damaging UV-light. These foods contain antioxidants that help stabilize skin cells, preventing and repairing damage.

  1. Chocolate: Women who drank a hot cocoa high in “flavanol” antioxidants daily for three months had 25% less reddening after UV irradiation and more moist, less scaly skin than women drinking low-flavanol cocoa, says new German research. Another source of flavanol is dark chocolate.
  2. Watermelon andTomatoesGerman research also finds that lycopene (the antioxidant in watermelon and tomatoes) reduces sensitivity to sunburn. Take note that tomato sauce has more lycopene than raw tomatoes.
  3. Pomegranate: At the University of Wisconsin, antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract inhibited changes in human cells exposed to UV light.
  4. Fatty Fish: EPA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid in fish, reduced signs of UV damage in skin cells, says a recent Korean study. In a British test, taking 4,000 mg of omega-3 a day (the amount in about 12 ounces of salmon) for three months cut sunburn damage 30%. If you can not stomach fish every day, fish oil is a great option and most of the high-quality varieties carried at Natur-Tyme disguise the fish taste with flavors like lemon, orange, or strawberry.
  5. Green Tea: Several studies show drinking green tea helps prevent sunburn and pre-cancerous changes. In a small study, drinking about two cups of green tea reduced UV skin damage.

Multiple Benefits of Vitamin C

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Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is the antioxidant that most people think about when they are asked if they take vitamins. Because it is awater soluble vitamin, your body doesn’t store it so it needs to be replenished daily. Scurvy, caused by a vitamin C deficiency, is the disease known to soldiers and sailors for centuries before the reasons for the disease were discovered during the 20th century.

Vitamin C has many beneficial properties – perhaps some you didn’t even realize. Did you know, for instance, that vitamin C is a natural antihistamine? Many people with allergies find that taking 2,000-3,000 mg per day in divided doses reduces their allergy symptoms. Vitamin C also has some natural anti-viral properties which is why some people find these larger doses helpful when they have a cold.

Did you also know that Vitamin C is required for collagen formation? Consequently, it can be helpful for the skin, as well as cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and even bones. It also aids in the reduction of inflammation, improves gingivitis, enhances iron absorption, and expedites wound healing. Vitamin C is depleted by cigarette smoking, and it is recommended that for every pack of cigarettes smoked, at least 500 mg of vitamin C be consumed to reduce oxidative stress.

Vitamin C is concentrated in the adrenals and is part of the adrenalin molecule which is why, when combined with the B-complex vitamins, it is so helpful for stress.

Much of the Vitamin C content of food is destroyed by heat so the best sources are uncooked fruits such as citrus (oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, limes, and lemons). Other delicious fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, watermelon, pineapple, and papaya are also good sources. Small amounts of C will also be found in red and green peppers as well as lightly steamed green vegetables such as spinach and broccoli. Brussel sprouts are a surprisingly good source containing about 50 mg in a cooked, half-cup serving.

To avoid stomach upset, I often recommend Vitamin C be taken in buffered form. It must also have some bioflavonoids to make it work fully. Lipoic acid, another antioxidant, helps to recirculate the C so it lasts longer in the body. One of the few supplements that fit this criteria is Natur-Tyme Vitamin C – always ahead of the game! A food-based Vitamin C is also excellent but the doses are typically lower.

With its multiple benefits, I must ask, have you taken your Vitamin C today?

 

Beta-alanine and Whey Protein as Part of a Mens’ Supplement Regimen

By Kevin Duerr136147555_Small

As a supplement educator at Natur-Tyme, I often have male fitness enthusiasts ask me what they can do to increase power, strength, energy, endurance, and focus through their supplement reigmen. I will be devoting three blogs to this subject. In the first blog I discuss Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha GPC. In the second blog, I discuss Creatine, and in the third blog, I discuss Beta-alanine and Whey Protein.

Beta-alanine is a unique version of the amino acid alanine. Beta-alanine supplements are taken to help increase intracellular levels of carnosine. Carnosine is a dipeptide that consists of the amino acids histidine and alanine. Increasing intracellular levels of carnosine helps protect your body against uncontrolled oxidation and glycation. Carnosine is also a powerful intracellular buffer that reduces acidity. This fact is of interest to athletes. During exercise, your muscles produce a pH-lowering byproduct known as lactic acid. Lactic acid interferes with muscular contraction due to its high concentration of hydrogen ions. The hydrogen ions that are released from lactic acid cause a painful chemical burn within your muscle tissue. Carnosine reduces the acidity and keeps your muscle pH up by absorbing these hydrogen ions. The net result of increased carnosine levels is an increase in your ability to extend a set of given exercises beyond normal limits. You can train harder, run longer, and obtain better results. Preformed carnosine is available in supplement form, but it can be pricey and difficult to absorb intact. A better strategy is supplement with beta-alanine. Beta-alanine increases intracellular carnosine levels better than taking oral carnosine supplements. If you desire to push yourself to your absolute limit; beta-alanine supplements are crucial.

Whey protein is a superior form of protein due to its ideal aminoacid content and its high bioavailability. The body better utilizes and retains the amino acids from whey protein when compared and contrasted to other protein sources. Whey protein is rich in the amino acids valine, leucine, and Isoleucine. These amino acids comprise roughly one third of your skeletal muscle structure. Supplementing your diet with whey protein provides your body with the building blocks to recover from intense workouts. Whey protein is also high in the amino acid cysteine. This amino acid helps boost immunity by boosting glutathione levels. Whey protein is also very low in fat so you can use it while dieting as well. If your mission is to build a better body, you better be training hard and supplementing with whey protein.

Creatine as Part of a Mens’ Supplement Regimen

By Kevin Duerr136147555_Small

As a supplement educator at Natur-Tyme, I often have male fitness enthusiasts ask me what they can do to increase power, strength, energy, endurance, and focus through their supplement reigmen. I will be devoting three blogs to this subject. In the first blog I discuss Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha GPC. In the second blog, I discuss Creatine, and in the third blog, I discuss Beta-alanine and Whey Protein.

Creatine is a tripeptide that can be biosynthesized from the amino acids methionine, glycine, and arginine. In other words, your body can make creatine as long as the appropriate building blocks are available. If you are deficient in any of the three aforementioned amino acids, your body’s ability to synthesize creatine will suffer. Fortunately, you don’t have to rely solely on those amino acid building blocks to form creatine. Preformed, supplemental creatine is available. Once in the body, creatine is phosphorylated (forming creatine phosphate) and is ready to be used by skeletal muscles, cardiac tissue, and the brain. Creatine phosphate increases strength by regenerating ADP into ATP (It does this simply by donating it’s phoshate to ADP). ATP is the universal energy molecule that allows for muscular contraction. The heart, brain, and skeletal muscles demand a constant supply of ATP. Numerous studies have clearly indicated that supplemental creatine boosts strength and athletic performance. Creatine keeps your muscle cells in a hydrated state, creating an anabolic environment. It has also been shown to act as an antioxidant and to decrease mental fatigue. Creatine monohydrate is the most studied form of creatine. Creapure is a trademarked form of micronized creatine monohydrate. The particle size of this micronized version of creatine is substantially smaller than the traditional monohydrate form. Creapure is also devoid of contaminants and is the purest form of creatine available. Creatine is clearly conducive to muscular gains, greater energy levels, and increased strength.

Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha GPC as Part of a Mens’ Supplement Regimen

By Kevin Duerr136147555_Small

As a supplement educator at Natur-Tyme, I often have male fitness enthusiasts ask me what they can do to increase power, strength, energy, endurance, and focus through their supplement reigmen. I will be devoting three blogs to this subject. In the first blog I discuss Acetyl L-Carnitine and Alpha GPC. In the second blog, I discuss Creatine, and in the third blog, I discuss Beta-alanine and Whey Protein.

Acetyl L-Carnitine is an amino acid that is readily absorbed and has been shown to cross the highly selective blood-brain barrier. Once in the brain tissue, it has demonstrated the ability to increase acetlycholine levels. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is paramount for cognition, mental acuity, memory, and muscular contraction. Acetyl L-Carnitine also boosts the neurotransmitter dopamine and the hormone testosterone. This indicates that you should feel more energetic and stronger while taking this supplement. Acetyl L-Carnitine also enhances fatty acid oxidation. So not only does this supplement boost brain health, energy, and male hormonal output, it also can result in a marked reduction of body fat. Acetyl L-Carnitine is a potent antioxidant, protecting the brain from free-radical attack. In addition, it guards the mitochondria (the powerhouse of the cell) from the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species. Protecting the mitochondria is vital because it is the site of ATP (energy) synthesis. Taking Acetyl L-Carnitine should help you: think clearer, have greater energy, and get leaner.

Alpha-GPC is a naturally-occurring, water-soluble phospholipid. It absorbs extremely well and readily crosses the blood-brain barrier. Alpha-GPC supplies a highly-bioavailable form of choline to the brain. Alpha-GPC is a potent precursor to the neurotranmitter acetylcholine. It has been shown to increase cognitive function, alertness, memory, attention, and even faster reflexes. Alpha-GPC increases human growth hormone levels (HGH) as well. It does so by potentiating the effects of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH). HGH is the hormone of youth that helps maintain a youthful appearance and a strong, lean body. Through a hormonal cascade, maintaining optimal growth hormone levels will help maintain healthy testosterone levels as well. Lastly, Alpha-GPC increases strength and muscular power through its effect on cholinergic transmission. Bottom line—You should think faster and feel stronger when taking Alpha-GPC.

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