Spotlight: Glucosamine-V

If you suffer from stiff or achy joints you probably know one of the best things to take is glucosamine. What options do you have if you have joint problems and are allergic to shellfish? What about if you’re a vegetarian with bad knees? In either case, Liquid Health’s Glucosamine-V is just the thing for you!

You shouldn’t have to suffer from joint problems just because of an allergy or dietary limitations. Liquid Health’s Glucosamine-V provides 1500 mg of GreenGrown® Glucosamine HCl to help alleviate joint pain and discomfort. GreenGrown® Glucosamine HCl is a vegetarian form of glucosamine that is derived from a fermentation process with corn and is, according to Ethical Naturals, “the only source of Non-GMO vegetable glucosamine, which is also USP grade.”

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In addition to GreenGrown® glucosamine, this product contains 1000 mg of MSM. MSM has been proven to reduce pain associated with osteoarthritis. A 2006 study found that MSM “improved symptoms of pain and physical function” compared to those taking a placebo in the study. Another study published in 2011 found that “patients with OA (osteoarthritis) of the knee taking MSM for 12 weeks showed an improvement in pain and physical function.”

Most joint formulas contain Chondroitin because of its ability to help reduce joint problems in those taking it. However, there is no vegetarian form of Chondroitin, so Liquid Health’s Glucosamine-V includes 5 mgs of Hyaluronic Acid instead. According to Mayo Clinic’s website, Hyaluronic Acid “works by acting like a lubricant and shock absorber in the joints and helps the joints to work properly.” Using Hyaluronic Acid allows us to keep this product vegetarian while still providing as much pain reduction as possible for the user.

In addition to these important ingredients, Liquid Health Glucosamine-V contains antioxidants and enzymes derived from pineapple and grapefruit. These added ingredients help protect the joints from harmful free radicals that can damage cartilage. If you’re dealing with painful joints and can’t have shellfish or other animal products, consider Liquid Health’s Glucosamine-V as an answer to your problems.

Liquid Health, Inc. Now Offering a Liquid Vitamin Loaded With B5 for Private Labeling

Liquid Health Inc. has added a new liquid vitamin to its catalog of stock products for its private label program. This new product offers a large dose of vitamin B5 to help clear up troublesome acne.

Murrieta, CA (PRWEB) August 24, 2012

Liquid Health, Inc. is adding a new product to its stock line of nearly 30 products for its private label program. This new product contains a large dose of vitamin B5 to help people who are dealing with persistent acne.

Acne can affect people of all ages, no matter their gender or race. Because of that, Liquid Health Inc. announces the addition of a concentrated vitamin B5 supplement to its stock line of products available for private labeling. A high dose of vitamin B5 has been shown to help reduce acne.

Liquid Vitamin B5 for Private Labeling

Acne is caused by excessive oil clogging up a person’s pores. Taking a high dose of vitamin B5 can help to reduce the production of oil, essentially stopping acne before it has a chance to start. A study performed by Dr. Lit-Hung Leung in 1995 showed that participants taking Vitamin B5 saw a reduction in acne as quickly as one week to one month after starting to take the vitamin.

“People can suffer from acne well into their 20’s and even 30’s. Customers were coming to us, asking for a natural alternative that would deal with their acne from the inside out, and that’s what we came up with,” according to Patrick Sattley, Private Label Manager for Liquid Health Inc.

Liquid Health’s new liquid acne formula also contains zinc which has been shown to “help clear up acne” according to MedlinePlus (a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.)

In addition to Vitamin B5 and Zinc, this product contains:
Vitamin C 60 mg
Vitamin B1 3 mg
Riboflavin 3.4 mg
Niacin 10 mg
Vitamin B6 5 mg
Folate 400 mcg
Vitamin B12 40 mcg
Biotin 1000 mcg
Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid 3400 mg
Zinc 3 mg
Selenium 14 mcg
Chromium 20 mcg
Molybdenum 35 mcg

This acne product also includes a proprietary blend of Aloe Vera Juice, L-Carnitine, Bromelain, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Stevia.

Liquid Health Inc. has been offering private labeling and custom formulation since the late 90’s and has continued to add products to its stock line over the years. Liquid Health Inc. and all its facilities are cGMP (certified Good Manufacturing Practices) certified. All Liquid Health products are manufactured in Murrieta, California.

Read the official press release here

Spotlight: Immune Balance 365

As summer winds down and the school year starts, we head into the time of year lots of us have come to dread: Cold and Flu Season. It’s the time of year when people start looking for natural cold remedies or ways to decrease the length of a cold once it hits. What if there was a way to maintain a healthy immune system so it could quickly fight off a cold when it attacks? This week’s product spotlight can do just that, it is Liquid Health’s Immune Balance 365.

This liquid vitamin supplement works is by keeping a steady stream of vitamins, minerals and nutrients flowing through your body. This keeps your immune system balanced, rather than trying to give it a boost when you need it to work. Maintaining a healthy immune system is one of the best things we can do to avoid getting sick when everyone around us is coming down with colds. The combination of ingredients in Liquid Health’s Immune Balance 365 can do just this.

Spotlight: Immune Balance 365

One of the main ingredients in this product is Ashwagandha. Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb that is considered an Adaptogen. Adaptogens are known to help our bodies deal better with stress. According to Edward C. Wallace, N.D., D.C. “An adaptogenic substance is one that demonstrates a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor.” Stress is one of the leading precursors to getting sick. When our body is stressed our normally healthy immune system is not able to function at its highest level, leaving us susceptible to catching a cold.

This liquid immune support supplement also includes Vitamins C, D and E, as well as a proprietary blend of NutraFlora® ScFOS prebiotic blend, Elderberry juice, Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) leaf extract, Stevia leaf extract, Rhodiola rosea root extract. Because of the natural nature of this product, it is safe to take every day, not just during the times you think you might get sick. Sustaining a healthy immune system is something to consider every day, not just when you feel the first symptoms of that cold that’s been going around. Catching a cold is something we can avoid by keeping our bodies healthy and strong so they can fight off germs, infections and viruses when they hit.

Liquid Health, Inc. Launches New Clear Skin B5 Acne Formula for Those Dealing with Unwanted Acne

Liquid Health, Inc., the manufacturer of the Liquid Health brand of liquid supplements, introduces a new all natural supplement to combat acne.

Murrieta, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2012 – Liquid Health, Inc. announces the release of a new liquid acne formula. This product is aimed at help those suffering from unwanted acne. Liquid Health Inc.’s Clear Skin B5 combines vitamin B5 with L-carnitine, alpha lipoic acid, biotin, vitamin C, and zinc to reduce oil production and stop acne before it has a chance to develop.

Acne is the result of too much oil, particularly a fatty oil called sebum, clogging up the skin’s pores. Excess sebum can be produced for a variety of reasons including stress and changes in hormone levels, such as during puberty or menopause. Acne plagues men and women alike.

Clear Skin B5 Acne Formula

For these reasons, many people find themselves dealing with persistent acne, well past the teenage years. People generally deal with acne by using topical creams, washes and lotions. These treatments can further aggravate the skin, causing even more irritation. “Acne can be a problem for people of all ages, races and genders, so we at Liquid Health wanted to develop a product that addresses some of the key precursors to acne,” according to Brett Peterson, Director of Business Development for Liquid Health, Inc.

In 1995 Dr. Lit-Hung Leung performed a study to test the relationship between vitamin B5 (also known as pantothenic acid) and acne. The participants were given high levels of pantothenic acid and many saw improvement within one week to one month of treatment. In addition to Vitamin B5, Clear Skin B5 includes zinc, which may “reduce the effects of acne”, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Liquid Health Inc.’s Clear Skin B5 liquid acne supplement includes:
Vitamin C 60 mg
Vitamin B1 3 mg
Riboflavin 3.4 mg
Niacin 10 mg
Vitamin B6 5 mg
Folate 400 mcg
Vitamin B12 40 mcg
Biotin 1000 mcg
Vitamin B5 or Pantothenic Acid 3400 mg
Zinc 3 mg
Selenium 14 mcg
Chromium 20 mcg
Molybdenum 35 mcg

It also includes a proprietary blend of Aloe Vera Juice, L-Carnitine, Bromelain, Alpha Lipoic Acid, and Stevia.

Liquid Health, Inc. has been manufacturing liquid vitamin supplements since 1991. Clear Skin B5 by Liquid Health, Inc. is manufactured in a certified-cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility, using only premium/qualified ingredients, and it has been analyzed and tested. All Liquid Health, Inc. products are made in the U.S.A.

See the official press release here.

Liquid Health Inc.’s Private Label Program Grows 200% in a Down Economy

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Liquid Health Inc. is helping people start a vitamin store with private label vitamins. Liquid Health has seen this program grow by nearly 200% due to high unemployment rates and an uncertain economy. With low minimum orders, Liquid Health’s program offers people the opportunity the start a business overnight.

Murrieta, CA (PRWEB) August 15, 2012 – Liquid Health, Inc. has seen huge growth in its private label program over the last year. This program allows people to start a vitamin store with little start-up capital and without any knowledge of the vitamin industry. Liquid Health is a liquid vitamin manufacturer with over 20 years of industry experience that it uses to help new start-ups enter the vitamin market.

A veteran in the supplement industry, Liquid Health, Inc. is helping to provide individuals with the chance to start a vitamin line. At a time when people are having a hard time finding a job, Liquid Health, Inc.’s private label program continues to grow. With more than half of Americans using vitamins or supplements, according to CNN, the demand for more and new vitamin products is clearly there.

“Supplement use among Americans has been increasing for years. It’s more than doubled since the eighties,” according to Brett Peterson, Director of Business Development for Liquid Health, Inc., “Because of this, we’ve seen interest in starting a private label line of vitamins grow because people are looking for new and different employment opportunities in this economy.”

Liquid Health Inc.’s Private Label Program Grows 200% in a Down Economy

One hurdle to starting a new business can be the investment money needed up front. Liquid Health, Inc. eliminates this hurdle by offering low minimum orders. With an initial order as small as 12 bottles, someone could start a vitamin store quickly and easily, without having to store hundreds of bottles in inventory. Liquid Health does offer discounts on larger orders starting at 24 bottles with even deeper discounts on volume orders of 400-800+ bottles.

Included in the private label program is access to Liquid Health’s in house design time. The design team will work with the customer to help create a custom product label. Liquid Health will also print these labels on site for smaller runs, cutting down on costs for the customer.

For those with little knowledge of the supplement industry, Liquid Health has more than 40 stock products to choose from, taking the guesswork out of knowing where to start. If you need a custom nutraceutical formulation, try Matsun Nutrition’s private label nutraceuticals program. This private label program also includes the option to create custom formulations or variations on the stock products that are already available. Liquid Health offers bottles sizes ranging from 32 oz. to 2 oz. shot size bottle, similar to 5 hour energy bottles, to meet all the needs of those participating in the private label program.

Private Label Supplement Program

Liquid Health, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing natural liquid supplements since 1991. Liquid Health, Inc. first started offering private labeling in 1997. All Liquid Health products, including those through the private label program, are manufactured in a certified-cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) facility, using only premium/qualified ingredients, and are analyzed and tested. All Liquid Health products are made in the U.S.A.

Find the press release here on PR Web

Spotlight: Vitamin B-12

As a follow up to my folic acid deficiency article from last week, I decided to spotlight Liquid Health’s Vitamin B-12 drops. Besides both being B vitamins, these two important vitamins show similar symptoms if you are suffering from a deficiency of either. Aside from wanting to prevent a B12 deficiency, there are many benefits to taking a sublingual B12 vitamin. Additionally vitamin B12 is necessary for many bodily functions. I’ll address the basics about Vitamin B12 in today’s spotlight.

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin, which generally means that the body doesn’t store it. However, our body does store a few years’ worth of B12 in our liver. Because of this, it is rare for someone to be deficient in vitamin B12. People who are most likely to have a B12 deficiency are older individuals, vegetarians, heavy drinkers and those who have undergone gastrointestinal surgery. Someone with a B12 deficiency may exhibit some of the following symptoms: increased or unexplained confusion, a harder than normal time remembering or recalling information, decreased appetite, fatigue and weakness and possibly tingling in your hands or feet. Taking a liquid form of B12 can help someone who is suffering from B12 deficiency.

Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

The reason we need vitamin B12 is because it is necessary for “proper red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis” (from the Office of Dietary Supplements.) In addition to its basic functions, vitamin B12 has other beneficial uses. Vitamin B12 helps your body convert the carbs you eat into glucose which directly affects your energy production. For this reason, many people take liquid form B12 as an energy booster. Vitamin B12 is also taken to maintain healthy hair, skin and nails as well as protect against heart disease and high blood pressure.

There are many different forms of Vitamin B12 available on the market today; however taking a liquid form B12 has many additional benefits. Taking any vitamin, mineral or nutrient in liquid form increases the amount of vitamins your body is able to absorb, thus increasing the chances you’ll see the results you are hoping for. Liquid nutritional supplements absorb better and easier because your body doesn’t have to break down the pill or tablet. When your body has to digest a pill you lose a percentage of the vitamin you’re taking in the digestion process, making them less effective then desired. Liquid Health’s Vitamin B-12 drops offer the benefits of a B12 supplement in an easy to administer dropper bottle, making it a great option for someone looking to add Vitamin B12 to their health routine.

What You Should Know About Folic Acid Deficiency

Folic acid (sometimes called folate) is one of the popular B vitamins, specifically Vitamin B9. Its main function is in the production of red blood cells in the body. Red blood cells are necessary in the transport of oxygen in your body. While we all need folic acid, ladies who are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, especially need it. Despite the fact that it is rare, there are signs you can watch for and things you can do to try and prevent developing a folic acid deficiency.

One of the ways to try and prevent having a folic acid deficiency is trying to eat foods that provide a lot of folate. Foods that offer the highest levels of folate include: beans and legumes, citrus fruits and juices, dark green leafy vegetables, liver, poultry, pork, and shellfish and wheat bran and other whole grains. In addition, many cereals have added folic acid, some even offering 100% of your daily recommended intake in each serving. You can also consider taking a folic acid supplement if you feel your diet alone will not provide you with enough of this necessary nutrient. The recommended daily amount of folic acid for adults over 13 years is 400 mcg. Pregnant women should get 600 mcg and breast-feeding women should get 500 mcg each day.

What You Should Know About Folic Acid Deficiency

Some medications can interfere with your body’s ability to absorb folic acid. Additionally, your body may require a higher than normal amount of folic acid if you suffer from certain medical conditions, such as sickle cell disease. Another reason you may be open to having a folic acid deficiency is if your body has a harder time absorbing folic acid. Things that may affect your ability to absorb folic acid include having severe kidney problems or ingesting large quantities of alcohol.

Signs indicating you may have low levels of folic acid that you should watch out for include feeling weak, tired or lightheaded, becoming forgetful, sudden loss of appetite accompanied by weight loss, having trouble concentrating and feeling overly grouchy. Low levels of folic acid can also cause: gray hair, mouth sores (ulcers), poor growth and a swollen tongue. Determining whether or not you have a folic acid deficiency can be done with a simple blood test. Your doctor may also test your levels of Vitamin B12 at the same time. Having low levels of either of these vitamins can exhibit the same symptoms. If you are concerned about your folic acid levels, you should consult your doctor.

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Spotlight: Sleep Well

This week’s spotlight is on Liquid Health’s Sleep Well drops. According to WebMD.com, “[m]ost adults need 7 to 8 hours a night for the best amount of sleep, although some people may need as few as 5 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each day.” Whether you need 5 or 10 hours of sleep each night, your body will certainly let you know when you’re not getting enough sleep. People with sleep problems regularly turn to sublingual supplements with liquid melatonin for relief.

Being sleep deprived can cause problems with your memory, reaction time and your immune system, making it easier for you to get sick. Sleep deprivation can also increase feelings of depression. It has been said that driving while being sleep deprived can be almost as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol. Signs you may be too tired to drive include having trouble focusing your eyes, not being able to stop yawning and not being able to remember that last few miles you just drove. Things like stress, sickness and travel can affect your quality of sleep.

Melatonin, a hormone produced in the pineal gland, regulates a person’s sleep cycle. People with lower levels of melatonin generally have a harder time sleeping. Melatonin has shown in numerous studies to have a positive effect on a person’s quality of sleep. Most people taking liquid melatonin reported falling asleep faster and staying asleep longer. An article on Vanderbilt University’s website references a study in which “subjects fell asleep around 40 minutes faster than they usually did” when they took melatonin.

Sleep Well Sleep Aid Supplement

In addition to liquid melatonin, this liquid vitamin supplement includes Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine Hcl), Inositol and L-theanine to help promote a relaxed state, making sleep come easier. L-theanine has long been thought to help reduce feelings of stress in those who take it. Since stress can majorly affect one’s ability to sleep, L-theanine can play an important role in helping to improve someone’s sleep quality.

Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine Hcl) has proven effective against nighttime leg cramps which can hinder one’s ability to get a restful night’s sleep. Additionally, inositol was studied in 1995 for its effect on depression. The results were “significantly greater for inositol than for placebo at week 4.” Liquid Health has combined these ingredients with liquid melatonin to help you have the greatest chance of improving your sleep quality. If you think your sleep problems are more serious you should definitely consult your doctor to see if there is a larger underlying health issue.

If you are looking for more information, or you are interested in carrying or purchasing our products, please do not hesitate to call us at 800.995.6607 or send us an e-mail at customerservice@liquidhealthinc.com.

Reasons to Consider Liquid or Sublingual Multivitamins

Interest in liquid or sublingual vitamins is on the rise and it’s no wonder. While pills, capsules and tablets may make up the majority of vitamins available, people are doing their research to find out if there are other options available to them. Some people have a hard time taking pills, while others want to make sure they are going to experience the most benefit as possible for their money. In either case, liquid vitamins are an excellent alternative.

There are many things to consider when choosing a multivitamin. An important factor to think about is the vitamins’ absorption rate. According to the 1995 Physicians’ Desk Reference, intra-oral sprays and sublingual liquids provide a considerably higher absorption rate (95% and 50%, respectively) than their gel capsule or pill (30-10%) peers. Based on this fact alone, liquid or sublingual multi-vitamins provide the best chance to receive optimal results from the product you’re taking.

Reasons to Consider Liquid or Sublingual Multivitamins

One of the reasons taking liquid or sublingual supplements can produce better results, is because absorbing them is so much easier on your body. Some people have a hard time breaking down pills and may even experience an upset stomach shortly after taking their vitamins. When you take a vitamin in pill or capsule form it has to go through your digestive system before it’s absorbed, this is called first pass metabolism. During this process the concentration of the vitamin you’re taking can be greatly reduced. By taking liquid nutritional supplements, you are “cutting out the middle man” so to speak by not requiring your body to break down the pill or capsule in order to extract the nutrients, vitamins, etc.

Another reason to consider liquid or sublingual vitamins has to do with what’s included in the vitamin. If you’re seeking a multivitamin that includes a lot of ingredients, you may find yourself taking as many as 4-6 large pills a day, just to get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you’re looking for. If you have a hard time swallowing pills and decide to cut your pills in half that’s 8-12 pills you’ll be swallowing each day! When you’re taking an equivalent vitamin in liquid form, chances are you’ll be taking 1-2 ounces a day. Liquids can be simply added to juice or a smoothie (or taken straight) to quickly and easily add vitamins to your everyday routine.

Spotlight: African Mango XD

Recently featured on NewHope360’s 13 top safe weight-management supplements, Liquid Health’s African Mango drops is this week’s product spotlight! Good things can come in small packages and the same is true about this product. These drops are in a highly absorbable liquid form, therefore they act fast to diminish cravings and in so doing reduce the amount you eat, helping you to lose weight. Today I’ll talk about the 3 main ingredients in this amazing product.

African Mango
A study done in 2005 wanted to see the effect of African Mango (Irvingia gabonensis) on 40 obese participants. This double blind study lasted for one month, with some participants receiving a placebo and others receiving African Mango. At the end of the study the researchers found that the participants taking the African Mango experienced a weight loss of 5.6 ± 2.7%, while the participants taking the placebo only experienced a weight loss of 2.23 ± 1.05%. The participants taking the African Mango also saw a considerable decrease in their waist and hip measurements compared to those taking the placebo.

African Mango XD

Another study that was published in the Lipids in Health and Disease journal reported “subjects who took 150mg of this African Mango seed extract twice a day showed “significant improvements” in their body weight, body fat, and waist circumference, as well as a slew of numbers that indicate better heart health, including plasma total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood glucose, C-reactive protein, adiponectin, and leptin levels.”

Super CitriMax® Clinical Strength Garcinia cambogia extract
Liquid Health’s African Mango drops contains other remarkable ingredients shown to help increase your chances of weight loss success. One of these is Super CitriMax® Clinical Strength Garcinia cambogia Extract. Although more studies are needed, a review of available studies on Garcinia cambogia stated that “several studies have found that the administration of G. cambogia extracts is associated with body weight and fat loss in both experimental animals and humans.”

Chromium (as chromium polynicotinate)In addition to the Super CitriMax®, Liquid Health African Mango drops also contains chromium (as chromium polynicotinate). A study was done testing the relationship between chromium and carbohydrate cravings in 2005. At the end of the 8 week study the researchers found that “the CrPic group showed significant improvements from baseline” in the areas of “appetite increase, increased eating, carbohydrate craving” when compared to the placebo group. Another study of chromium polynicotinate and its effect on food intake “demonstrated that CrPic, as compared to placebo, reduced food intake, hunger levels, and fat cravings and tended to decrease body weight.”

Menopause Relief

It’s something all women will have to deal with at some point in their life. Commonly referred to as “the change”, menopause is the point in a woman’s life when her body starts to produce less estrogen and her menstrual cycle stops. Some of the most common symptoms associated with menopause include hot flashes, a decreased sex drive and bone loss.

While there are medical options available for bringing some menopause relief, Molly Maier, Senior Health & Wellness analyst for Mintel, a Chicago-based market research firm, says, “When women do treat these symptoms, some 55 percent turn to products that don’t require a prescription. The risks associated with menopausal hormone therapy have likely encouraged women to look to other sources for treatment.”

The Center for Disease Control reported that as of the 2000 census, there are 37.5 million women between the ages of 40 and 59, which is the age most woman experience menopause. That’s a lot of women suffering from hot flashes, night sweats, and bone loss, among other things. In this article I’m going to talk about some natural ways to find menopause relief, specifically for hot flashes, low sex drive and bone loss.

Menopause Relief

Hot flashes
St. John’s Wort – A 2010 double-blind study done in Iran wanted to test the use of St. John’s Wort in treating hot flashes resulting from menopause. The 100 participating women were given either St. John’s Wort or a placebo for 8 weeks. By the end of the study “the differences between groups were statistically significant.” The women receiving the St. John’s Wort reported a marked decrease in the severity, length and frequency of their hot flashes.

Omega 3 EFAs – Another double-blind study was done in Canada in 2009, this time testing the effect of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically E-EFA, on hot flashes due to menopause. This study also lasted 8 weeks with some participants receiving a placebo and others receiving ethyl-eicosapentaenoic acid. When the study concluded it was found that the number of hot flashes experienced per day “decreased significantly in the E-EPA group compared with the placebo group”

Soy Isoflavones – Another source of hot flash and menopause relief is Soy Isoflavones. In 2012 there was a review done of available studies of soy isofalvones and its affect on hot flashes. The reviewed studies tested the affect of isoflavones on the frequency, severity, or composite score (frequency × severity) of hot flashes in the participants when compared to participants given a placebo. The review concluded that the “ingestion of soy isoflavones for 6 weeks to 12 months significantly reduced the frequency of hot flashes compared with placebo.” Additionally they found that “isoflavones significantly reduced hot flash severity compared with placebo.”

Low sex drive Maca – There was a study done in Australia in 2008 testing the effect of Maca on menopausal symptoms. This study was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial where the participants were given Maca for 6 weeks and a placebo for 6 weeks. At the end of the 12 week study they found that there was no change in actual hormone levels when taking the Maca or the placebo. However, using the Greene Climacteric Scale, they found that there was a “significant reduction in scores in the areas of psychological symptoms, including the subscales for stress and depression and sexual dysfunction after Maca consumption compared with both baseline and placebo.”

Bone loss Calcium and Vitamin D, Manganese – I think we all associate calcium, vitamin d and even manganese with healthy bones, but what about menopause relief? Bone loss increases as we age and becomes even more of a problem when women enter menopause due to a decrease in estrogen levels. A 30 month study looked at the effect of calcium supplementation (with vitamin d) on bone mineral density (BMD). Dietary amounts of calcium and vitamin d were taken into account when conducting this study. When the study ended they found that “the change in total BMD in the calcium group was significantly different from that in the placebo group.”

While there are other symptoms you may experience during menopause, these are a few of the major ones most ladies find themselves suffering from. Studies seem to point to the availability of natural remedies in finding menopause relief for those looking for help managing their symptoms. As always make sure to tell your doctor of any and all supplements, vitamins and herbs you may be taking to avoid possible interactions with any prescription medications.

Problems with ORAC Testing

We get asked a lot why we don’t have ORAC testing done on our products. While ORAC scores do provide some measurable means to compare foods and antioxidant products, there are some problems with ORAC testing. I’ll do my best to address these problems in this article and explain why ORAC isn’t the definitive answer on a products antioxidant capability.

Here is a little background on ORAC testing, which was developed at the National Institute on Aging. According to Natural Products Insider “the test pits an antioxidant sample—an extract, for example—against free radicals in a test tube. The amount of oxidative stress/damage and inhibition of this oxidation is measured relative to a fluorescent tube, yielding a score that represents the antioxidant capacity of the sample.” So ORAC testing scores foods, extracts, or finished products based on the samples ability to reduce oxidation of free radicals.

One of the problems with ORAC testing is that the results are based on tests done in a test tube and lab, not in real life. It’s hard to translate the results from lab testing to the human experience, especially since each body is different and will possibly react to different antioxidants in different ways. You can’t take a standardized result, like an ORAC score, and predict the results you’ll see from a food or supplement product.

Problems with ORAC Testing

Another of the problems with ORAC testing, which has only recently been addressed, is that the original ORAC test was done in water. This means that antioxidants that are water-soluble had an advantage over their fat soluble counterparts. Even now that ORAC testing works for both types of antioxidants, it’s hard to know if those results can be accurately compared.

Yet another of the problems with ORAC testing is that it only tests for 2 of the at least 6 harmful reactive oxygen species. Sadly, because of this there are some antioxidants that have a low ORAC score, but still are extremely effective in fighting off free radicals. An example of this is carotenoids, which may not rank highly on the ORAC scale, but has proven to be effective against singlet oxygen (an ROS not tested in ORAC testing). In addition to this, there are a number of phytochemicals (like lycopene) that serve many beneficial functions, but due to the nature of the ORAC test, they generally score low.

One of the other problems with ORAC testing is the ability to enhance your samples’ ORAC score. This can be done by removing water from whatever is being tested. Wayne G. Geilman, Ph.D., a senior research scientist for Pure Fruit Technologies, has said “Dried fruits will always score higher than the same fresh fruit—the more water removed the higher ORAC score.” He also shares that changing the size of the product being tested can also affect the final ORAC score. Other things that can affect something’s ORAC score are growing conditions, soil quality and when the sample was harvested.

ORAC scores are a simplified way for consumers to compare products and try to choose which is best for them and their needs. The problem lies in the fact that some people choose to look at nothing but something’s ORAC score. There are many ways to determine how beneficial a product or food would be to you. Make sure you do your homework when trying to choose the best ways to be healthy!