Can lack of vitamin D can contribute to Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Less sun light during winter months can dampen your mood and affect the vitamin D levels in your body. So one may think there is a link between the “sunshine” vitamin and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Scientfic studies have addressed the issue, but the results have all been inconclusive. In 1993 study performed in Boston found no benefit for vitamin D supplements over a placebo. Yet a small study performed in 1999 on patients with seasonal affective disorder, found that large doses of vitamin D were more effective than the standard light therapy. Other multiple studies have also linked low vitamin D levels to mood disorders in the elderly.

Scientists have found that specialized cells in the retina respond to long-term light exposure and communicate directly with the brain, this may be the reason light affects our mood. Vitamin D is produced in the skin in response to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Light boxes used in studies related to treatment of seasonal affective disorder do not produce the same UV rays as the sun. Patients must sit under a light for 45 minutes a day in order to consume the daily amunt of vitamin d needed. It is much more convenient to take a pill, but scientist also recommend getting outside during the winter as often as possible.

People should not underestimate the potential of vitamin D supplements. Studies have linked the vitamin to prevention of colon and breast cancers, osteoporosis, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis, taking 1000 or 2000 IU per day as a supplement could benefit your health on many levels.

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Using Vanadium – Vanadyl Sulfate to Control Blood Sugar

Vanadium, commonly taken as vanadyl sulfate, is another contested substance. There have been claims made about its effects of lowering insulin requirements and even preserving beta cell function, but skeptics say
side effects are harmful. Vanadium has been studied throughout the 1990s. In 1996 the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, published in May 1996 Diabetes, reported that vanadyl sulfate improved type 2 Diabetes’ insulin sensitivity.

As time went on, studies either verified or disputed this conclusion. One said it has no effect in type diabetes (December 1998 Diabetes Care). Another demonstrated that it “restored elevated blood glucose to normal” in diabetic rats.

John Walsh, PA, CDE, coauthor of “Stop the Rollercoaster,” wants more long-term, human studies done, because vanadyl sulfate in high doses has also shown toxic side effects in animals, including kidney damage and oxidation
of fats, leading to cardiovascular disease.

Walsh concludes, “Vanadium or one of its derivatives may someday help improve blood sugar…” but “too many unknowns surround this mineral today.”

Scientists are working on different formulations of vanadium besides vanadyl sulfate for dietary supplementation. Natural Health magazine says 5 to 25 milligrams per day is a safe amount.

Herbs for Diabetes: Evening Primrose Oil

Gamma-linolenic acid (Evening Primrose Oil) has been shown to improve nerves that have been damaged from diabetes. Its natural sources are evening primrose oil and borage oil. Testing of both alpha-lipoic acid and gamma-linolenic acid in combination for diabetes treatment has been coduced in recent years.

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen found promise for future studies of gamma-linolenic acid and alpha-lipoic acid in humans. The April 1998 Diabetologia, revealed the effects of alpha-lipoic acid, gamma-linolenic acid and other essential fatty acid ingestion on the nerve
function of diabetic rats. The conclusion was that the combination improved
the rats’ nerve function and is “worthy of consideration for clinical
trials.”

A few months later, another study confirmed this evidence. The July
Diabetologia told of a British study, also of alpha-lipoic acid and gamma-
linolenic acid on diabetic rats. The final word was the combination “is
effective in improving both electrophysiological and neurochemical” aspects
of experimental neuropathy.

Natural Health recommends 200 to 500 milligrams per day of gamma-linolenic
acid
for people with diabetes.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: Antioxidant Supplement for Diabetes

Alpha Lipoic Acid is prescribed in Germany for adult onset of diabetes. There it has been shown to help for the following reasons:

  • Alpha Lipoic Acid increases the sugar burning ability of insulin
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid decreases insulin resistance
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid increases ATP production
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid decreases the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy

Alpha-lipoic acid has produced convincing evidence of it’s abilty to aid in glucose control. It has also proven to be a strong antioxidant in the fight against diabetes. In a recent human studies, alpha-lipoic acid alone, significantly reduced glucose levels in type 2 Diabetes. A study published in Diabetes Care in February 2009, shows German doctors gave lean and obese type 2 Diabetes Patients 600 milligrams of alpha-lipoic acid twice per day. Although more drastic changes were noted in lean people, both groups had lower fasting glucose concentrations.

Researchers believe that alpha-lipoic acid works by lowering the levels of lactate and pyruvate that are increased after people ingest carbohydrates. Lactate and pyruvate are products of the digestive process that can lead to damage like lactic acidosis. Other studies have led to similar conclusions of alpha-lipoic acid’s beneficial effects on blood glucose levels. ABC news did a television story on its power as an antioxidant, and an entire book has been written about it.

“Lipoic Acid in Health and Disease” is edited by Jurgen Fuchs, MD, PhD, and Guido Zimmer, MD, PhD, of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and Lester Packer, PhD, of the University of California, Berkeley.
The book contains numerous studies with evidence that alpha-lipoic acid fights insulin resistance and neuropathy.

Natural Health magazine says in its “Consumer Guide to Vitamins & Minerals,” July-August 1998 issue, “100 to 600 milligrams per day is a helpful amount of alpha-lipoic acid for people with diabetes.”

Herbs for Diabetes – Gymnema Sylvestre

Gymnema Sylvestre contains Gurmenic acid which has structure similar to saccharose, (used in the making of certain sweetners). Extracts of Gymnema can curb sweet tooths and diabetic sweet cravings. Some people use the herb to fight sugar cravings, as it can reduce or dilute the taste of sugar when it is placed in the mouth. Extract from the leaves contains Gymnemic acids, which exhibit anti-sweet activity, the effect of this activity lasts for about 15 minutes.

Gymnema Sylvestre is currently being used in some countries as a natural medication for diabetes. Combined with other ingredients such as cinnamon, chromium, zinc, biotin, banaba, huckleberry and bitter melon, it has shown positive effects.

*In 2005, a study made by King’s College, London, United Kingdom, showed that a water-soluble extract of Gymnema Sylvestre, caused reversible increases in intracellular calcium and insulin secretion in mouse and human β-cells when used at a concentration (0.125 mg/ml) without compromising cell viability. Hence forth these data suggest that extracts derived from Gymnema Sylvestre may be useful as therapeutic agents for the stimulation of insulin secretion in individuals.

Your Health: Natural Colon Cleanse

Most illnesses stem from immune system problems. Our immune system needs to remain free of toxins and build up in order to function properly and ward off illness and infections. The waste our bodies produce is eliminated through our digestive track, intestines and colon.

Detoxify your body and build up your body’s natural resistance in just 5 days with this all natural colon cleanse recipe.

DAY 1

Put 6 Prunes & a Handful of Raw Aloe Vera or 2oz of Organic Aloe Vera Concentrate in the blender to make a PASTE. Divide the PASTE into 3 portions.

Morning – Drink Green Tea or Water

Breakfast – Add the 1st portion of PASTE to water or juice that is low in Acid (orange (no pulp) apple juice, peach, or carrot etc.) Eat only fruits or vegetables

AM Snack – plain yogurt with fruit

Lunch – Add the 2nd portion of PASTE to water or juice that is low in Acid (orange (no pulp) apple juice, peach, or carrot etc.) Eat steamed vegetables and an orange (sliced or whole)

Afternoon Snack – plain yogurt with fruit, carrots, other veggies, or plain popcorn no salt or butter added

Dinner – Add the 3rd portion of PASTE to water or juice that is low in Acid (orange (no pulp) apple juice, peach, or carrot etc.) Eat salad with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, carrots etc. top with fruit or have fruit on the side, use lemon or lime juice, olive oil (NO Prepared Salad dressing)

PM Snack – Green Tea or Chamomile Tea and or plain popcorn no salt or butter added

*Drink 8 glasses of water per day.
*Refrain from caffeine, sugar, processed flour and meats for the first 4 days.

DAY 2 – REPEAT DAY 1

DAY 3 – REPEAT DAY 1

DAY 4 – Add 8 Prunes to paste instead of 6 and REPEAT DAY 1 steps. You will want to start adding in other foods slowly today.

Breakfast – ADD in granola, cereal, or wheat toast

Lunch – ADD in fish, tuna, beans

Dinner – ADD in fish, tuna, beans, grilled chicken etc.

DAY 5 – Eat as normal. You will be cleansed, energized and feeling refreshed.

It is recommended that you start a cycle of Probiotics for added support and cleansing.

Keep your Lungs Strong with Daily Breathing Exercises

After the age of 20 our lung capacity decreases .5% -1% per year. Our bodies need a significant amount of oxygen to function normally.

Breathing in oxygen helps us to release carbon dioxide which is a toxin produced by our lungs. Oxygen gives us energy, reduces stress effects, promotes healthy blood circulation and helps our bodies maintain a healthy weight. Lack of oxygen can cause severe health issues including sleeping disorders, memory loss, obesity, Hypoxia and much more.

With age, Just like our muscles and our skin elasticity, the elasticity in our lungs is reduced. This causes our lungs to become weaker and unable to receive the amount of oxygen our bodies require.

Physical exercise, meditation and breathing exercises can help increase your lung capacity and keep your lungs strong. Allowing your lungs to receive their maximum oxygen capacity can help build up the elasticity they require to function normally.

Follow these simple breathing exercises daily to help increase oxygen flow to your body.

Clear your mind and try to relax
Take a long deep breath and fill your lungs with air
Release very slowly and fill your lungs with air again

Do this 10-15 times in a row

Repeat 2 – 5 times a day