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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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Take a Plaster – Bamboo’s strength and vitality.

Wood vinegar plasters were developed to help revitalize the body and promote better health and longevity.  Wood vinegar plasters are totally natural, safe and easy to use.

 Wood vinegar plasters:

– soothe pain and reduces swelling 

– strengthen the immune system 

– relieve fatigue 

– improve the quality of sleep 

– improve metabolism

 

Your body is bombarded constantly by environmental pollutants and attacked by toxins present in food and drinks.  Such substances build up in your body continuously.  If not removed, the substances can become toxic waste accumulating in your body and contributing to the occurrence of various diseases and brain dysfunctions. 

Accumulated toxic waste tends to affect and disturb all systems in your body and so to predispose your body organs, joints and tissues to inflammations.  Once the microorganisms that induce inflammation start to proliferate, the disease begins to develop.  And when the waste substances present in your body reach a certain level, you can experience fatigue, restlessness, brain and nervous disturbances and other health problems.

Benefiting from the experience and well-proven procedures of traditional Chinese medicine, Take a Plaster detox patches help cleanse your body of toxic waste.

There are over 360 reflection points on the surface of the human body.  More than 60 of them are located on the soles, which traditional Chinese medicine regards as the “second heart” of the body.  Toxins travel through your body during the day and accumulate in the reflection zones of your feet.  Wood vinegar essence extracted from some tree species has the capability to absorb toxins through the reflection points on the soles.

And it is this principle fostered by traditional Chinese medicine that is used by the new Akuna product – the Take a Plaster patch.  As the blood circulating through your body passes through your feet, the patches applied to the soles absorb toxins accumulated in the body.  The harmful substances are thus removed in a natural manner and it is easier for blood to flow through the legs and feet.  In this way your body will attain the optimum health.

 

Main ingredients:

 
Wood vinegar improves blood circulation and exerts an osmotic effect facilitating the transfer of toxins through cell membranes, whereby it helps significantly in removing harmful substances via pores on the soles.  Wood vinegar also has the capacity to remove toxins from swollen body parts and relieves other problems that cause swelling.

Bamboo vinegar is a very rare and valuable by-product of bamboo carbonization. It features exceedingly good absorption and sterilization properties.  In fact, bamboo vinegar is believed to be three times as efficient as wood vinegar. Its favorable herbal properties can be used to remove unwanted harmful waste substances and toxins from human body.

Tourmaline transfers the cleansing and liberating energy with its stabilizing and purging effect to the whole nervous system.  In the product, tourmaline removes blocks and improves blood circulation and metabolism.  As a consequence, tourmaline is also efficient in relieving stress, improving vigor and strengthening the immune system.

 

Additional ingredients:

Dextrin, carapace powder, vitamin C, vegetable fibers

 

FAQs

How long should I use the plasters for?

The duration of use depends on how often you have used similar products or procedures in the past, and how unwell you feel.  If you have not used any detox methods before or for a long time, it is advisable to use them for at least one month.  However any detoxifying is good for your body so even using them for two weeks may provide benefits.

How do the plasters work with other Akuna products?

Take a Plaster detox plasters complement nicely the existing comprehensive series of Akuna natural health products, i.e. Alveo and Onyx Plus.  The plasters do not supersede any of the existing products.  On the contrary, their interaction makes for a better quality of human body care.  This extended product range provides a unique method of prevention, health care and attainment of a higher level of health status optimization.  Now the detoxification plasters constitute an integral part of the series of Akuna’s self-care products.  In other words, Take a Plaster help you take care of your own health.

Can I use the plasters anywhere else on body?

Plasters can be used on any part of the body where you experience discomfort, such as knees, shoulders, back, etc.  The color of the sheet will change according to the condition of your health.  Initially the plaster sheets may appear darker but with regular use, the sheets will progressively get lighter and lighter, indicating a steady improvement in your health.

Who can use Take a Plaster wood vinegar plasters?

It can be used by everyone for easy and effective detoxifying.  Please note that due to a lack of scientific evidence they are not recommended for children or pregnant women.

What side effects do Take a Plaster plasters have?

Unless you are allergic to the ingredients, until now, no side effects have been noted.  There are no known adverse reactions during the use of these plasters.

 
Manufacturing process
Take a Plaster plasters are manufactured in a GMP and ISO certified facility.  Akuna’s Scientific Board inspects the Take a Plaster manufacturing process on an ongoing basis and sees to it that all criteria are strictly complied with.

The effects, efficacy and safety of detoxification products made of purely natural materials have been proved in practice by millions of people during centuries of use of traditional Chinese medicine.

 

Until next time…Stay healthy

Katarzyna

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