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Discover the amazing benefits of AkuC today!

 

 

Why use AkuC?

AkuC is a high quality antioxidant and a good source of vitamin C.

When used regularly, it contributes to the maintenance of good health and helps prevent vitamin C deficiency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • AkuC helps the body to metabolize fats and proteins.
  • AkuC promotes the healing of wounds.
  • AkuC helps in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums.
  • AkuC helps in the formation of connective tissue.
  • AkuC is an antioxidant and a factor in the maintenance of good health.
  • AkuC helps to prevent vitamin C deficiency.

AkuC contains:

Water, sucralose, potassium sorbate, pomegranate juice, natural pomegranate flavor and cranberry juice. ½ fl. oz or 15 ml. of AkuC = 500 mg of vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Daily Use:

The recommended daily use for adults is ½ fl. oz or 15 ml. with food.

Please consult your health care practitioner for the use in children.

Cost:

1 case of AkuC  at retail = $152.00

1 case of AkuC with 30% discount = $106.40

 

Until next time…stay healthy

 

Katarzyna

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Spring and summer bring a lot of energy and optimism.  However, for some people, it is the time they dread the most.  Why?  Because they suffer from allergies that can make each day an ordeal.

Signs and symptoms

  • Runny, itchy, and stuffy nose with generally thin and clear discharge
  • Sneezing
  • Red, itchy, and watery eyes; eyelids may swell up
  • Itchy mouth, throat, ears, and face
  • Sore throat and dry cough
  • Buzzing in the ears (called tinnitus)
  • Headaches
  • Partial loss of senses of hearing, smell, and taste
  • Fatigue
  • Dark circles under eyes

Seasonal allergic rhinitis (commonly called hay fever) is an allergic reaction that can affect nose, roof of the mouth, back of the throat and conjunctiva (whites of the eyes).  The name “hay fever” is misleading because hay is rarely the trigger and a fever is never present.

In the early 1800s, British doctors noticed that some rural residents started sneezing, coughing and got itchy eyes after being exposed to cut hay or grass.  Today we know that seasonal pollens and molds can set off these symptoms.  They called the condition a “fever” because it caused nervousness, one of the old English definitions of fever.

Perennial allergic rhinitis is a reaction that involves mostly the nasal tissue and it can occur at anytime throughout the year.

Causes

Normally, our immune system fights off foreign substances (commonly called antigens).  The immune system of some people is hypersensitive and can overreact to certain antigens that are harmless to most people.  This over-reaction triggers an allergic reaction.

The first exposure to the antigen (in an allergic reaction it is called allergen) usually does not cause any symptoms but the person gets sensitized, so that every subsequent encounter with the allergen triggers a release of the body’s own chemical substances (such as histamine) that initiate and inflammatory response in a particular part of the body.

Allergies have become increasingly common in the development countries and as research suggests, this is paradoxically due to the wide use of mainly antibiotics and household disinfectants.  Development of a healthy immune system requires some exposure to bacteria, viruses and parasites and since we get less and less exposed to them, our immune system may instead react to harmless substances such as pollen and mold and thus activate an allergic reaction.

In seasonal rhinitis, allergens causing inflammation of the nose, throat and eyes are outdoor pollens (from tree, grass, ragweed), spores and molds that are carried on the wind during certain times of the year, hence seasonal rhinitis.  People may react to one or more allergens.

Indoor allergens, such as animal dander, dust mites, and molds/spores (found in carpeting, wallpaper, house plants) trigger allergic reaction all year around, hence perennial rhinitis.

 

To be continued…

 

Until next time…stay healthy

Katarzyna

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And what about chicken soup, you ask? 

The suspected benefits of chicken soup have been reported for centuries.  The Egyptian physician Maimonides recommended it for respiratory symptoms in his 12th century writings that were, in turn, based on earlier Greek writings.  And, of course, mothers all over the world have said it time and time again.

University of Nebraska researcher, Dr. Stephen Rennard, became interested in the subject, and in 1993, he conducted a well-controlled research study on chicken soup that he prepared in the laboratory following his family’s recipe.  He was not able to identify the exact ingredients or ingredients in the soup that he prepared in the laboratory following his family’s recipe.  He was not able to identify the exact ingredient or ingredients in the soup that made it effective but concluded that it was the combination of all the vegetables and the chicken soup that made it so beneficial. 

The study also presented evidence that chicken soup can stop or reduce inflammation.  Since inflammation, particularly of the respiratory tract, contributes to cold/flu symptoms, the soup clearly has its benefits.  For comparison purposes, commercially available chicken soups were tested for anti-inflammatory effects, and most of the soups were just as effective as the homemade chicken soup.

There are also many herbs, which are recommended for both conditions.  Some boost the immune system, some suppress cough, and yet other reduce fever.  Since all herbs contain active substances that may interact with other herbs, supplements or medications, or trigger side effects, it is advisable to consult a knowledgeable practitioner in this field.  Here some of the herbs used to treat cold/flu that are also found in Alveo: Licorice, Peppermint, and Yarrow.

Similarly, dietary supplements (such as vitamins, minerals and others) may interact with medications or have various side effects; therefore, a consultation with a knowledgeable health provider is advised.  Despite a popular belief that vitamin C can cure a cold/flu, the scientific evidence in support of this, is limited.  Some experts suggest that vitamin C may only be beneficial for individuals with already low levels of this supplement.  Others suggest that the effect of vitamin C may be very individual – some people may improve, while others may not. 

Several studies, but not all, have revealed that zinc lozenges and nasal zinc gels may reduce some symptoms of cold and flu, cough in particular.  However, nasal zinc spray does not appear to have the same benefits.

Prevention

Even though everybody gets cold/flu from time to time, there are preventive measures one can take.  The best defense is frequent hand washing.  Scrubbing your hands for at least 15 seconds with the ordinary soap and water is the most efficient way to prevent viruses from entering the body.  Remember: telephones, doorknobs, shopping cart handles and computer keyboards, are well known carriers of germs!  And of course, a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate rest and reduction of stress are all essential I building a strong immune system.

Alveo Can Help!

One of the reasons our body needs food supplements is the quality of food in our stores and markets.  Most of our food, if not all, is mass-produced, meaning it is produced with the use of pesticides, colorants and additives.  It often has decreased nutritional value.  Since food is essential in keeping our organs and body systems working properly, we need to add supplements to our diets to meet nutritional requirements and to keep our bodies strong and resilient.

In order to get all nutrients to our organs, our digestive system must absorb them well.  Alveo is an excellent digestive tonic and as such, helps in the gastrointestinal absorption by stimulating digestive enzyme production.  The herbs found in Alveo also have anti-inflammatory properties in the gastrointestinal tract.  When our organs are well-nourished and function properly, we are much more prepared to face the fall and winter seasons.

Until next time…Stay healthy

Katarzyna

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Akuna is pleased to inform you that Onyx Plus has been launched in Canada.

Onyx Plus t is an advanced-formula multi-mineral supplement that delivers essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc in a liquid form that is easy for the body to absorb, process and utilize. The minerals in Onyx Plus will strengthen your bones and immune system and reduce the risks of illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and kidney disease.

To celebrate the launch of Onyx Plus on the Canadian market, Akuna has created three special offers, valid in both Canada and the USA.

For more information click  Onyx Plus now available in Canada

Until next time…Stay healthy

Katarzyna

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Fall and winter are upon us once again, and with them the most common illnesses of the season: the cold and the flu.  People often use the terms cold and flu interchangeably; however, these are two separate conditions.

The common cold is an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus.  It is usually not accompanied by a fever but it does affect the nose, sinuses, throat, larynx, and often also the trachea and bronchi.

Influenza, or flu (grippe, grip), is also a viral infection affecting the respiratory tract but in addition is accompanied by fever, general malaise, headache, muscle pain, stomach pain and such.  In severe cases, it may even result in death.

 

Causes

There are over 200 different types of viruses which can cause a cold.  Most commonly, you can get a cold by touching your nose, eyes or mouth after handling a contaminated object.  However, cold-causing viruses can also be transmitted through the air.  Exposure to chilly outdoor air will not make you more susceptible to get a cold as is often believed, on the other hand, emotional distress and excessive fatigue actually may.  On average, an adult may experience between 3-6 colds in a year, while a child may have as many as 8-10.

Many different types of influenza viruses belonging to either Influenza A or B groups may cause the flu.  The flu is very contagious and spreads easily from person-to-person (e.g. through handshakes or the sharing of utensils) or via air droplets (containing a virus) that contaminate objects.  Flu epidemics often occur about every x number of years and usually affect the entire country; occasionally (about once per decade), the flu spreads across all continents.

 

Signs and Symptoms

Cold:

  • Sneezing and runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Possible fever ( 39C or lower)
  • Headache

Flu:

  • Sudden fever (up to 40C)
  • Fatigue, chills, headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Sneezing, runny and stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Nonproductive cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

 

Treatments

Conventional medicines, herbs, supplements and other forms of treatment can only help in alleviating the symptoms of both, the cold and the flu, but cannot treat or cure either condition.

The following is recommended for both the flu and cold:

  • Drink a lot of water and other fluids – water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey will help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration
  • Salt water – a salt-water gargle (1/2 teaspoon salt in 250 ml of warm water) can relieve a sore throat
  • Saline nasal sprays – will help you combat stuffiness and congestion.  Unlike decongestants, saline sprays don’t lead to a rebound effect – a worsening of symptoms when the medication is discontinued.  They are safe and nonirritating, even for children.  

 

To be continued…

Until next time…Stay healthy

 

Katarzyna

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Zinc

Zinc formulations have been used since the time of Ancient Egyptians to enhance wound healing.  The clinical significance in human nutrition and public health was recognized relatively recently.  It’s deficiency in humans was first describes in 1961, when the consumption of diets with low zinc was associated with “adolescent nutritional dwarfism” in the Middle East.  Since then, the deficiency of zinc has been recognized by a number of experts as an important public health issue, especially in developing countries.

Zinc is also an essential trace element for all forms of life.  As it is necessary for the functioning of over 300 different enzymes and plays a vital role in an enormous number of biological processes.

Numerous aspects of cellular metabolism are zinc-dependant.  Zinc plays important roles in growth and development, the immune response, neurological function, and reproduction, in the structure of proteins and cell membranes.

The immune system is adversely affected by even moderate degrees of zinc deficiency.  It was found that severe zinc deficient depresses the immune function.  Zinc is required for the development and activation of T-lymphocytes, a kind of white blood cell that helps fight infection.  When zinc supplements are given to individuals with low zinc levels, the numbers of T-cells lymphocytes circulating in the blood increase and the ability of lymphocytes to fight infection improves.  Zinc supplements are often given to help heal skin ulcers or sores, but they do not increase rates of wound healing when zinc levels are normal.

There is no single laboratory test that adequately measures zinc’s nutritional status.  Medical doctors who suspect a zinc deficiency will consider risk factors such as inadequate caloric intake, alcoholism, digestive diseases, and symptoms such as impaired growth in infants and children when determining a need for zinc supplementation.  Vegetarians may need as much as 50% (1.8 mg/daily) more zinc than non-vegetarians because of the lower absorption of zinc from plant foods, so it is very important for vegetarians to include good sources of zinc in their diet.

Zinc is found in oysters, and to a far lesser degree, in most animal proteins, beans, nuts, almonds, whole grains, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.  A turkey’s neck and beef’s chunk or shank also contains significant amount of zinc.  Phytates, which are found in whole grain breads, cereals, legumes and other products, have been known to decrease zinc absorption.  Fortunately, a healthy diet can provide you with as much zinc as you need.  However, the truth of the matter is that only about 30% of the zinc that you intake can get absorbed by your body.

Chromium

Chromium is a mineral that humans also require in trace amounts, although its mechanisms of action in the body and the amounts needed for optimal health are not well defined.

Although trivalent chromium is recognized as a nutritionally essential mineral, scientists are not yet certain exactly how it functions in the body.

Chromium has long been of interest for its possible connection to various health conditions.  Among the most active areas of chromium research is its use in supplement form to treat diabetes, lower blood lipid levels, promote weight loss, and improve body compositions.

It is believed that chromium affects glucose metabolism by enhancing the effects of insulin.  Insulin is secreted be specialized cells in the pancreas in response to increased blood glucose levels, such as after a meal.  A decreased response to insulin or decreased insulin sensitivity may result in impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes.  However, the value of chromium supplements for diabetics is inconclusive and controversial.  Randomized controlled clinical trails in well-defined, at-risk populations where dietary intakes are known, are needed to determine the effects of chromium on markers of diabetes.

The effects of chromium supplementation on blood lipid levels in humans are also inconclusive.  The mixed research findings may be due to difficulties in determining the chromium status of subjects at the start of the trails and the researchers’ failure to control for dietary factors that influence blood lipid levels.

Some claim that chromium supplements reduce body fat and increase lean (muscle) mass.  Yet a recent review of numerous studies that examined the effects of 200 to1,000g/day of chromium on body mass or composition found no significant benefits.  Another recent review of randomized, controlled clinical trails did find supplement of chromium picolinate to help with weight loss when compares to placebos, but the differences where small and of debatable clinical relevance.

Chromium I widely distributed in the food supply, but most foods provide only small amounts.  Processed meats, whole grain products, ready-to-eat bran cereals, green beans, broccoli, and species are relatively rich in chromium; however the content of the mineral is substantially affected by agricultural and manufacturing process.

Absorption of chromium from the intestinal tract is low, ranging from less than 0.4% to 2.5% of the amount consumed, and the reminder is excreted through bodily waste.  Vitamin C and niacin might enhance the mineral’s absorption.  Absorbed chromium is then stored in the liver, spleen, soft tissue, and bone.

 

Until next time…Stay Healthy

  

Katarzyna

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How much do you know? By Milan Frohlich, MSc., A.Sc.T., R&D Scientist Akuna Regulatory Affairs Coordinator

We have all heard at some point or another that minerals are important to our health.  However, not all of us are sure of why this is the case.  This lack of information may be a factor why an estimated 90% of North Americans suffer from a mineral deficiency or imbalance. 

Thanks to the extensive research conducted regarding the relationship between minerals and our health, it has become evident that sustaining a balanced level of minerals in every organ, tissue and cell of the human body may be prominent key to maintaining a healthy existence.  Unfortunately in today’s world, naturally occurring, nutrient-rich foods are becoming a thing of the past.  Fortunately, thanks to all this research and development, we can turn to nutritional supplements to support our health.

We tend to hear a lot about minerals such as calcium and magnesium but are often not familiar with the importance of some of these minerals which our bodies also require.  Trace minerals or trace elements are generally, uncommon minerals that practically all organisms need in minute quantities in order to trigger the production of enzymes and hormones for growth, reproduction and health maintenance of the animal or plant body. 

Nutritionally speaking, trace minerals by definition are those which are required by the human body in micro amount, i.e. in 100 milligrams (mg) dosages per day, or less.

Below is a closer look at three trace minerals, their function and their importance to the human body.

Manganese

The natural importance of manganese was discovered in 1936-37, when researches reported the development of bony malformation in poultry fed on a manganese-free diet.  Later studies also demonstrated the relationship of manganese to growth, bone development, reproduction, and the functioning of the central nervous system.

Manganese is an essential trace nutrient in all forms of life.  The human body contains about 10 to 20 mg of manganese, which is widely distributed throughout the tissues, stored mainly in liver and kidneys.  It plays an important role in a number of physiological processes as a constituent of some enzymes and an activator of their enzymes which are involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.  In combination with choline, it helps in the digestion and utilization of fat.

Manganese helps to nourish the nerves and brain and assist in the proper coordinative action between the brain, nerves and muscles in every part of the body.  It is also involved in normal reproduction and function of mammary glands.

On the other hand, manganese deficiency has been observed in a number of animal species.  Signs of manganese deficiency include impaired growth, impaired reproductive function, skeletal abnormalities, impaired glucose tolerance, and altered carbohydrate and lipid metabolism.  In humans, demonstration of a manganese deficiency syndrome has been less clear. 

A child on long-term total parenteral nutrition (fed intravenously) lacking manganese developed bone demineralization and impaired growth that were corrected by manganese supplementation.  However, the human body obtains sufficient manganese through normal dietary intake, so a deficiency syndrome is rare. 

It has been documented that women with osteoporosis have increased plasma levels of manganese and also an enhanced plasma response to an oral dose of manganese. Estimated average dietary manganese intakes range from 2.1 – 2.3 mg/day for men and 1.6 – 1.8 mg/day for women. 

People eating vegetarian diets and western diets emphasizing whole grains may have manganese include whole grains, nuts, leafy vegetables, and teas.  Foods high in phytic acid, such as beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and soy products, or foods high in oxalic acid, such as cabbage, spinach, and sweet potatoes, may slightly inhibit manganese absorption.

 

To be continued…

 

Until next time…Stay healthy

Katarzyna

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