Pregnancy -Guided Therapy for a Healthy Delivery

Afraid of giving birth? Guided therapy is the ticket to fear-free delivery. A trained therapist can lead you through relaxing, thought-provoking sessions. During these meetings you discover the source of your anxiety and learn how to cope with these issues before the baby arrives. The number of sessions different women need varies-so do not wait until the week before your due date.

Midwives Aid in Natural, Intimate Delivery

Cold hospitals, distant doctors and an increasing desire for a closer relationship with the person delivering the baby are fueling a boom in nurse-midwifery. Qualified nurse-midwives have nearly doubled in number since 1990, to about 7,000, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Studies have not indicated that the services of a midwife lead to easier pregnancies and deliveries, but in deliveries using midwives cesarean and epidural rates are nearly half the national average. And a national study in 1991 found that infant mortality rates for births attended by a nurse-midwife were half the national average (4.1 to 8.6 per 1,000, respectively). Meanwhile, 90% of all midwife-attended births are performed at hospitals.

Costs for a nurse-midwife can vary widely. Expect a bill amounting to about the same costs as a physician’s. Rationale: Certified nurse-midwives, in particular, provide all the basic services provided by the typical OB/GYN office.

More and more, health insurance-and managed-care plans-cover the services of a midwife, so be sure to check with your carrier. Thirty-one states mandate private-insurance reimbursement of midwives. All states mandate Medicaid reimbursement.

Herbs Help Expel the Placenta

There aren’t numerous scientific studies to prove the connection, but midwives who have seen it in action are believers already: Basil tea taken during delivery somehow helps expel the placenta after birthing.

One clue to its effectiveness might be that essential oil of basil, when used in massage on the belly, helps ease muscle spasms of the intestines. The antispasmodic effects may be strong, so it’s wise to use basil moderately.

Note: Some herbalists suggest blue and black cohosh tea as alternatives.

Gestational diabetes

Control Through Diet and Exercise

Gestational diabetes is usually a temporary condition in which the body does not produce enough insulin to handle the increased blood sugar of pregnancy. If controlled, it’s usually not serious, but it must be monitored by a doctor. Signs of the ailment include sugar in the urine, unusual thirst, frequent and copious urination and fatigue.

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes tend to be large, but serious problems can occur when excessive sugar is allowed to circulate in the mother’s blood and enter the fetal circulation. Blood sugar abnormalities disappear after delivery in about 97% of women. While some women need to take insulin, others are able to control blood sugar levels through diet and exercise.

Your diet should be planned by your doctor or a nutritionist Women with gestational diabetes might benefit from a chromium supplement of 500 micrograms per day. Chromium helps regulate insulin and prevent high blood pressure.

Tincture Aid

While noting the potential severity of gestational diabetes, some naturopaths and nutritionists recommend supplementing your obstetrician’s plan with regular, small sips of gentian (root) tincture before meals. Suggested dosage: One-half teaspoonful.

Note: Gentian is considered to be one of the best-known bitter tonics in herbalism today. Interestingly, bitter vegetables, such as endive and radicchio, are also recommended to gestational diabetes patients.

Hemorrhoids- Pregnancy-Safe Remedies

Tea to the Rescue

Raspberry leaf tea is a favorite herbal tonic for strengthening the uterus. But herbalists also recommend the brew for gentle hemorrhoid relief during pregnancy. Unfortunately, the treatment doesn’t call for drinking the tea. Instead? A raspberry leaf tea enema will help tone the walls of the rectum and reduce the swelling. An herbalist can help you administer this treatment. Or if you decide to go it alone, repeat the procedure daily as necessary.

Sit in a Sitz

A comforting sitz bath containing soothing herbs is a risk-free hemorrhoidal treatment during pregnancy. Add three ounces of dried witch hazel leaves, comfrey leaves and oak bark to enough warm water to cover your lower body. Sit in the bath for 15 minutes with your legs resting on the side of the tub. For a severe condition, take two sitz baths a day until symptoms improve

Comforting Comfrey

For relieving the itch and pain associated with hemorrhoids, apply comfrey ointment externally. Comfrey is high in allantoin, which is known for its cell-renewing and healing properties. Premixed, comfrey ointment or salve is available at your health food store. Follow package instructions, and, to be on the safe side, check with your doctor before using this herbal salve.

Labor Pains

Mineral Oil for Smooth Delivery

Many obstetricians perform episiotomies as a routine matter to make delivery easier. But midwives have long relied on mineral oil to lubricate and soften the vaginal opening, allowing for a smooth and more natural delivery. Using mineral oil instead of scissors not only makes the delivery less painful, but will also speed healing time

Arnica Oil Softens Tissues

Because arnica oil can reduce bruising and swelling, midwives (and some doctors) often use arnica as the oil of choice for softening vaginal tissues prior to childbirth. There are no known negative effects from using this natural lubricant during childbirth, and most doctors will use it on request (although you might have to supply it yourself if you wait until the last minute to ask).

Evening Primrose Oil-Start Early

To prepare the cervix for labor and child-birth, many midwives recommend evening primrose oil to mothers-to-be. By modifying chemicals known as prostaglandins, evening primrose oil ripens the cervix, making it softer and thinner. The body easily processes evening primrose oil, but for it to work, women need to start taking it in the final three or four weeks of pregnancy. A capsule a day of evening primrose oil can also decrease breast tenderness. Be sure to consult your doctor or midwife before using this treatment.

Hot Tub Cure-All

When you’re having labor pains, a hot bath can go a long way. In the late stages of labor, when the walking and position changes cease to provide relief from the pain, midwives often tell women to descend into the Jacuzzi. The warm water relaxes muscles and also facilitates flow of blood. The latter also means that soaking in a hot tub can be a great way to promote healing, in addition to easing aches and pains.

Leg and Back Pain

Back Hurts? Check Your Kidneys

Oh, your aching back. If you’re pregnant, that pain could be from the fetus pressing up against your kidneys, causing stress and strain. Check with your doctor to ensure that you don’t have a full-blown kidney infection. But as long as it’s simply stress on your system, drink the juice of half a lemon in a cup of warm water several times a day to cleanse toxins from the kidneys. Or instead of lemon water, try a nettle tea tonic. Infuse one teaspoon of dried nettles in one cup of hot water for 10 minutes, and strain.

Miscarriage Prevention

A Five-Herb Combination Approach

This may sound like a lot of “medicine” for someone with concerns about a possible miscarriage, but Chinese medicine practitioners say that An Tai Wan, a five-herb combination, can calm a fetus, relax tightened muscles, reduce premature contractions and counter pain. In brief, all these herbs are said to nourish the blood. In particular, the uterus is said to be “warmed” by increased circulation. Check with your doctor or midwife before trying any herbal remedies; but typically the suggested dosage is seven pills, three times a day.

Astragalus for Lower-Body Strength

To help maintain strength in the abdominal and pelvic region, especially when fears of miscarriage are present, pregnant women may want to explore astragalus capsules. This herb is often prescribed in Chinese medicine circles to boost energy following illness and exhaustion, and is said to prevent weakness in the lower body, including the legs.

Astragalus is available in herb shops (fresh and in capsule form) and Chinese markets, and can be made into a tea. Toss a handful of the herb into a quart of water; simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Typical dosage is three cups a day.

Natural Miscarriage Prevention

If you have suffered repeated miscarriages, there are a few herbal remedies that might help future pregnancies. According to herbalists, extracts of both false unicorn root and black haw root tone and strengthen the uterus. However, these tonics must be taken under the guidance of a professional- and are difficult to find on one’s own. Ask an herbalist or holistic gynecologist for more information.

European Approach Gains Favor

To some mothers-to-be, taking any kind of medication while pregnant seems risky. But to those women who have had one or more miscarriages, and who are at risk for another, a recent study in England offers real hope for a healthy pregnancy.

In the study, 90 pregnant women at risk for miscarriage took low-dose aspirin alone or along with an anticoagulant drug, heparin, through 34 weeks of pregnancy. As a result, those who used both drugs had a markedly higher chance of giving birth, compared with those who took aspirin alone or no drugs. The belief is that the drugs help reduce blood clotting (as with heart patients), which might otherwise lead to miscarriage.

Immune-System Treatments

In order not to reject a growing fetus during a normal pregnancy, the mother’s immune system essentially turns off the rejection reaction in the uterus, letting the fetus develop. Studies have also shown that this natural shutdown sometimes just fails to kick in, allowing the immune system to attack the developing fetus. When this happens, the pregnancy does not “take,” resulting in miscarriage.

As a result of this research, several doctors are now looking to immunology to solve infertility problems. Many couples have been successful in conceiving after receiving immune­system treatments such as IVIg, a gammaglobulin preparation typically given to pregnant women who are Rh negative. Using Mg in this way to help prevent miscarriage is a nontraditional use of the drug.

Other immune treatments may be used instead of IVIg. If you have had two miscarriages, multiple failures using in vitro fertilization (IVF) or previous immune problems such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, you may be a candidate for this immune-system treatment.

Morning Sickness

A Chinese Medicine Tea

As an alternative to pregnancy pillows or your mother’s soda-cracker remedies, you might take a tip from Chinese mothers-to-be, who brew fresh ginger tea to treat waves of morning sickness naturally.

Simply place a few slices of raw ginger in a cup, and steep in hot water. This is among the safest of effective herbal remedies, so you need not worry about side effects as you might with stronger herbs.

Raspberry Leaf Tea

Raspberry leaf tea is not the same as raspberry tea. Often, commercial preparations of the tea are fruit-flavored, sweetened beverages that don’t contain the healing powers of the plant.

For years, pregnant women have observed the easing of morning-sickness symptoms when they drink raspberry leaf tea regularly. (Some even claim it helps to ease childbirth.) The purported benefits of the leaf, as well as peppermint tea, are that they help to relax muscles of the uterus, and thus ease waves of nausea.

Fennel Seed’s Calming Influence

Known to be a strong, yet gentle natural medicine, fennel seeds can help calm the waves of morning sickness that appear on their own particular schedule. Among the most handy of remedies, fresh fennel seeds can be kept in a small plastic bag for periodic munching-no need to steep into a tea. As a bonus, you can use the extra seeds when morning sickness fades, as the herb also helps promote the milk flow of nursing mothers.

Acupressure Relief

This acupressure treatment for morning sickness really hits the spot. Place your right index and middle finger in the hollow between your collarbones. Press fingers against the ball of the right clavicle, using firm pressure. Continue to apply pressure for a minute or so and repeat as needed when nausea hits.

Sepia Settles the Stomach

Sepia, otherwise known as cuttlefish ink, is a popular homeopathic remedy for morning sickness-particularly the type where the thought, smell or sight of food makes you nauseated. Dissolve a 30C or 60C tablet in your mouth when you feel sick to your stomach. Make sure that your stomach is empty or that you have not eaten within the last 30 minutes before taking the tablet. You may repeat the dose every hour as needed. After four doses, if no improvement is noticed, you need to look for another treatment or homeopathic solution.

Meadow Saffron Tempers Morning Sickness

Are you in the early months of your pregnancy? Do you wake up in the morning and can’t bear to be near food? Take a 30C tablet of colchicum, derived from meadow saffron, every two to three hours until the stomach settles. If three doses of colchicum doesn’t put a stop to nausea or vomiting, try another morning sickness remedy instead.

Nux Vomica Knocks Out Nausea

No more nausea, thanks to nux vomica. Derived from the poison nut, nux vomica is a homeopathic remedy for all types of stomach ailments, and it is gentle enough for morning sickness. Take a 30C tablet every two to three hours. As with other homeopathic remedies, if there’s no marked improvement in your condition after three doses, seek an alternative treatment.

Tiny Dose of Ipecac Calms Queasiness

For ages, ipecac syrup has been swallowed to induce vomiting. But according to homeopathic principles, a minute dose of something that causes your symptoms may relieve them. That’s why ipecacuanha, a tiny dose of the toxic ipecac root, will soothe an unsettled stomach and morning sickness.

According to homeopaths, ipecacuanha is very effective for women who suffer from severe nausea and vomiting. Take a 30C or 60C tablet every hour as symptoms persist. You may take up to four doses. Be sure your stomach is empty before dissolving the pill in your mouth.

A Sour Morning Remedy

Try this natural remedy for morning sickness. As soon as you wake up in the morning, drink one cup of warm water mixed with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. You’ll be able to tell pretty quickly whether this trick works for you.

Control Morning Sickness with Biofeedback

Biofeedback is an unusual treatment to combat morning sickness, but it has proven successful for some women. Electrodes attached to your body will measure breathing rates, blood pressure and perspiration levels. These sensors feed into the computer monitor which allows you to watch your stress levels rise and fall. After 5 to 10 treatments, you can learn to relax and control breathing rates, among other body functions, So that nausea subsides.

Postpartum Depression

Homeopathic Treatments Can Help

An abrupt drop in two hormones, estrogen and progesterone, has a lot to do with the postpartum depression experienced by many mothers after giving birth – not to mention the added stress of suddenly having a new baby in the house and life never being the same again.

To treat postpartum depression, eat foods high in vitamin B6, such as blackstrap molasses, brewer’s yeast, wheat bran, soybeans, brown rice, veal, lamb, salmon, tomatoes and bananas. For additional protection, take supplemental magnesium and up to 50 mg daily of vitamin B6.

Various homeopathic remedies may also help:

  • For mild depression, unpredictable moods and weepiness, use pulsatilla.

. If you’re irritable, tired and weak, try Kali carbonicum.

. Use ignatia if you’re weepy and sighing.

. Try natrum mur if you want to be alone and feel like crying all the time.

. Start off with sepia if you’re feeling weak, tired, sad, hungry, indifferent and have brown­ish facial discoloration.

With any of these homeopathic remedies, take two doses of a 6C or 30C potency every 10 minutes to one hour, depending on your symp­toms. Follow the instructions on the label.

. Other Mild Antidepressants

Nerve tonics evena and oat straw act as mild

antidepressants, will help ease anxiety and soothe body and mind, and are safe for breast­feeding mothers. Take two or three teaspoons of tincture per day, or three to six capsules. You might also try licorice or Siberian ginseng, both of which target the adrenal glands-often stressed during pregnancy and childbirth. Both herbs help energize. Either drink several cups of one of these herbal teas daily, or take two or three teaspoons of a tincture of one daily. Remember to eat nutritionally sound foods and continue with your prenatal vitamins.

Arnica Eases Aches and Pains After Childbirth

Whether you’ve chosen natural childbirth or had a C-section, you’re probably experiencing a fair amount of pain after the delivery of your baby. A homeopathic dose of arnica can help alleviate soreness resulting from the birth. But check with your doctor before taking a homeopathic pellet-particularly if you are breast­feeding-for dosage instructions and to make sure it’s safe.

Premature Labor

Herb Slows Contractions

Among its many uses, valerian in capsule form can be used as a sedative to slow premature contractions during pregnancy, or if you simply need more time to get to the hospital or wait for the midwife and birthing coach to arrive in your home.

Herbalists, naturopaths and others attest to the fact that valerian can soothe the nerves of the uterus, while reducing the pace of uterine contractions. Typical suggested dosage is two capsules, but check with your health professional well ahead of the due date to make sure valerian would be appropriate for you in this instance.

Skin Splotches

A Two-Step Hint: Medicine and Mushrooms

The common but nagging skin splotches (called melasma) that occur during pregnancy don’t always disappear after childbirth. In recent years, dermatologists have recommended a prescription of Retin-A, along with a skin­bleaching cream that contains hydro quinone. Together, these medications have worked rather well, although using bleaching creams at home can be tricky, and can sometimes make dark spots worse.

But kojic acid, a new, perhaps gentler and safer bleaching agent made from mushrooms, has begun to gain favor among dermatologists and patients who have used it so far. It won’t replace the Retin-A part of the treatment; but it appears to be safer to use than hydroquinone, as it won’t bleach normal skin tone by mistake. As a bonus, it is antibacterial. Have your doctor check into it if it hasn’t been recommended for your condition.

Stretch Marks

Citrus Solution of Sorts

A good way to prevent or minimize stretch marks during and after pregnancy is to use orange blossom essential oil as a soothing massage. When you add a few drops of orange blossom oil to a pint of sunflower oil, you’ve made a handy massage oil that can be spread, gently, directly onto the belly. It should help keep your skin supple and firm.

Fighting Back Against Stretch Marks

Until recently, the only advice dermatologists could give about stretch marks was to prevent them by moisturizing well, especially during pregnancy. However, if you had stretch marks already, there wasn’t much you could do-until now. Anecdotal evidence suggests that vitamin A derivative Retin-A (an antiwrinkle and anti-acne prescription product) may be able to remove stretch marks.

Important: Do not use if you are pregnant.

Swollen Ankles

Salt? For Swelling?

A minute dose of the homeopathic remedy natrum muriaticum (sodium chloride or salt) will relieve swelling and water retention in puffy ankles. Take 30C every few hours as needed. Pregnant women can rely on this treatment for shrinking swollen ankles and lower legs. Begin the therapy during the third month, but don’t take the tablets after your eighth month. And double-check with your doctor before taking any alternative remedy.

Where Can I Get Finasteride Prescription?

Hair loss is a major concern for men, women, and children. The most popular, pattern hair loss in male affecting 80 percent of Caucasian men. Finasteride is one of the most popular drugs used to treat this drug.

In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States approved Finasteride for the treatment of male pattern hair loss. The only other approved drug for treating pattern hair loss in males is Minoxidil.

Where Can I Get Finasteride Prescription?

Generic Finasteride (1 mg) and other branded versions (Proscar and Propecia) are approved by FDA and other international agencies. This makes getting Finasteride over the counter easy. In some countries, you would need a prescription from a doctor to buy Finasteride.

For example, to comply with Canadian International Pharmacy Association regulations, you are permitted to order a 3-month supply or the closest package size available based on your personal prescription.


Can I Buy Finasteride Online?

Yes, you can buy Finasteride from different pharmaceutical stores online. For example, you can buy the drug from Pharmica, LloydsPharmacy’s Online Doctor, Doctor Fox, Super Drug Online Doctor, Finasteride Online Europe among others.

Before you can order Finasteride online, you must take an online consultation to check your suitability for the medication. These suitability checks vary with countries. In some countries, you would need to have a prescription from a doctor or a pharmacist to buy Finasteride.

How Does Finasteride Work?

Finasteride is a drug that slows down the process of hair loss. The drug works by lowering the level of scalp and serum DHT. By doing this, finasteride can maintain or increase the number of terminal hairs in the anagen phase by inhibiting and sometimes reversing miniaturization of the hair follicle.

Finasteride has shown to be most effective on the vertex but can reduce hair loss in all areas of the scalp. Records show that the drug can provide up to 30 percent improvement in hair loss after six months of treatment. One thing to note is that the effectiveness of finasteride persists as long as the drug is taken.

What is the Effectiveness of Finasteride?

Finasteride is one of the few solutions to pattern hair loss that actually do work. After clinical tests in 1997, doctors guaranteed that Finasteride could stop male pattern baldness for the majority men who take it – and it did.

The drug has undergone several clinical tests in the last two decades. The results of some clinical results show that more than 80 percent of the men treating hair loss with finasteride did not experience further hair loss while on the product, and 66% of them actually regrew hair over an extended time period.

Hair loss doesn’t happen in one day so also finasteride doesn’t work overnight, it takes time and requires consistent usage for best results. Most men who take finasteride do not see any major results until at least a year or more. These results are quite lower in females.

A Briefing On Penis Stretching Exercises

Penis stretching exercises are used by a man to help him address a variety of sexual dysfunctions. You can learn more about the benefits, and you can learn the basic process of this kind of male enhancement workout.

Once you have gotten the hang of learning how to use certain exercise techniques as well as stretching techniques it can enhance your sex life. A variety of advantages are attributed to using certain methods of increasing pleasure and satisfaction between two people.


As per, the main benefit of using various penis stretching exercises is to help improve penile blood circulation. This in turn can help the body respond in a better way to certain stimuli.

It also helps grow and strengthen the size of the ligaments that are located within the penis. It also helps expand the erectile tissues so that more blood can flow to the tip of a man’s organ.

It also helps a man product an erection that is longer-lasting and stiffer. It can even lead to permanent penis size gains in both the length and the width.

All this is main possible because doing the right male enhancement workout can increase blood flow to the place where a man needs it-his sexual organ. This is what helps him remain rock hard during sexual intercourse and it also is what helps him increase his endowment.

Basic Guide

You can use either your hand or a stretching device to grip your penis and pull it. You can use your hand to perform short and frequent sessions or you can attach the right device that does it for you.

The work you do with a stretching device would be more continuous, as you would perform it for an hour or more. This method is for that reason sometimes preferred by a man, just because he can do it more continuously for longer sessions.

If you as a man want to reach your goals as far as male enhancement or penis enlargement faster both methods can be used. You can use hand methods as well as exercise methods at different times in your life.

Some Precautions

You should be careful when you are doing your penis exercises. For starters, you should take your time on them when first starting out. You should do them only at an intensity that you can handle.

Otherwise, you could cause injury. Just start doing the recommended/favorite routines you prefer to use using increased force gradually, but never using so much you could injure yourself.

Cookie Diet

How it started?

The cookie diet was invented by Dr. Sanford Siegel in the mid 70’s. Dr. Sanford started practicing medicine in 1957. Unlike many of his colleagues Sanford acknowledged the fact that overweight was related to many of the problems of his patients. He was actively participating in many missions to find methods or diets to lose weight and many of his techniques were effective in their purpose. by the late 70’s he was getting frustrated because of the fact that many of the techniques were based on not eating which lead to a negative impact of hunger which made him think differently. Dr. actually invented a particular amino acid formula which controlled hunger. He chose cookies as the medium to deliver the amino acid formula to people. Later after many years a Canadian doctor proposed for the expansion of the cookie business by opening many franchise.

Young woman biting cookie

A few facts about cookie diet

The cookie diet is still works very well on people. Cookie diet is another diet prescribed by many to lose weight. Unlike the south beach diet this diet is crafted to suppress hunger and is paired with a specific dinner. This diet usually just includes just one meal that could be lunch or dinner. The content of this diet which suppresses the hunger are cookies. These cookies are specially crafted and prescribed. These diets usually are of very low calories and many people consider it to be very lacking in nutrition and energy. The lack in nutrition is dealt with by supplementing it with nutrition add on or supplements. The cookies that act as hunger suppressants usually contain amino acids in the form of oats, rice or wheat flour. The cookie diet is equivalent to a brand name for Dr. Sanford Siegel’s cookies which happen to be diet cookies, shakes, nutritional add on, soups etc.

Toenail Fungus

Many people will develop a toenail fungus infection sooner or later. Fortunately there are a lot of things people can do to prevent and get rid of toenail fungus.

The best way to deal with toenail fungus is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Fortunately there are things that people can do to prevent toenail fungus. Prevention will definitely be the best strategy when dealing toenail fungus.

Things You Can Do to Prevent Toenail Fungus

Wearing shoes even sandals at damp places can help prevent toenail fungus. In particular wear shoes at the beach and the swimming pool when you aren’t actually swimming.

Wash your feet with soap as you soon as you leave a public place where you might get toenail fungus. Also always wash your hands after touching your feet because toenail fungus can spread to your fingernails.

Never wear socks twice without washing them and if possible wash your socks with bleach. Wearing opened toes or sandals without socks can also help prevent toenail fungus because fungus doesn’t like the sunlight. Disinfect your shoes with powder or spray.

Another thing to do is to wash your bathroom and any tiled floor in your home down with bleach or another disinfectant cleaner regularly this can prevent toenail fungus from spreading. Washing your feet everyday with soap can also prevent it from spreading.

Finally, if you think you’re getting toenail fungus or have been to place where it is common you can disinfect your feet. You can do this by soaking your feet in a mixture of water and vinegar or Listerine mouth wish. Both of these methods can kill toenail fungus.

If You Get Toenail Fungus

A person can usually tell if they are developing toenail fungus if their toenails are turning yellow, green or brown. Even streaks of yellow, green or brown can be a sign of toenail fungus. So can brittle or thick toenails or the presence of crud underneath the toenails.

If you think you are developing toenail fungus your best course of action will be to go to the doctor. In most cases over the counter medicine won’t work on toenail fungus so you will need a prescription. You should try to get to the doctor quickly because if the toenail fungus infection gets really bad the doctor may need to remove your toenail.

Soaking your feet in Listerine or water and vinegar can keep a toenail fungus from spreading to your other toes. Treating it with natural disinfectants such as oregano or tea tree oil can also help control a toenail fungus.

Beta-Carotene and the Carotenoids: Vitamin A’s First Cousins

With all the press this compound continues to receive, it’s hard to imagine that beta-carotene didn’t arrive on the scene until 1932. That’s when researchers figured out that vegetable foods could stand in for animal sources of vitamin A. Initially, betacarotene was overshadowed by vitamin A because the benefits of this colorful compound were thought to be related to its conversion to vitamin A. While vitamin A may confer a protective effect against epithelial cancers, current research suggests that carotene may protect against other types of cancer and heart disease, as well as boost the immune system.

The Carotenoids

The carotenoids are an eclectic array of compounds, and they seem to be intriguing to everyone. Scientists can’t seem to get their research results into print fast enough for a public fascinated by the disease-fighting properties of the carotenoids. Research interest dates back to the first mystery posed by these compounds. Although scientists had been aware that plant foods possessed vitamin A activity, they were stymied by the color of the vegetable tissues when compared to the colorless compound they extracted from liver and animal tissues. Shortly after, they determined that the compound in plant foods was actually a unique substance, quite different from active vitamin A, but one which the body could convert to a colorless form of vitamin A.

Closer analysis of plant tissues uncovered the class of compounds known collectively as carotenoids, a generic term for over 600 compounds (of which the liver can convert about 50 to active vitamin A). Only those carotenoids possessing biologic activity of vitamin A are called provitamin A. They all vary in their ability to convert to active vitamin A, ranging from 20 to 60 percent. Five main carotenoids show up in human blood: alpha-carotene, betacarotene, lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lycopene. Food sources of the various carotenoids with some fruits and vegetables higher in specific carotenoids than others. They exist in two different chemical forms, like mirror images of each other, changing to the other forms when exposed to light, heat, or chemical reaction. One current area of study is whether the two different chemical forms work differently in the body.

The body isn’t too efficient in absorbing carotenoids, using only 10 to 30 percent, with most being excreted. As with vitamin A, carotenoids are absorbed along with and the same way as dietary fat. The amount of fat in the diet has a major impact on how much you absorb, as it does for other fat soluble nutrients. One recent study compared carotenoid absorption rate in a diet consisting of 40 percent fat to one with 20 percent fat. The lower-fat diet, a level not uncommon for health-conscious people, showed a significant reduction in absorption. Other factors that can lower carotenoid absorption include fiber intake, smoking, high body weight, and alcohol.

Once inside the intestinal cell, carotenoids can either be converted to vitamin A or be taken up by chylomicrons, the same carriers of the fat you eat, and transported in the bloodstream to the liver. From the liver, carotenoids get back into circulation via other lipoproteins, the same ones that carry cholesterol in the blood.

Lycopene, the main red pigment in some fruits and vegetables, is a form of carotene but, unlike its sister compounds, possesses no vitamin A activity. Scientists are excited, however, about its potential protection against cancer. Tomatoes and tomato products are the best sources of this potent antioxidant, although other fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and pink grapefruit, can be good sources as well.

Ironically, not long after researchers first began studying the compound, they realized that people who frequently eat fast foods get more than their fair share oflycopene. The reason is that when tomatoes are processed for ketchup, tomato paste, pizza sauce, and taco sauce, the compound becomes more concentrated. Interestingly, a recent study suggests that not only does tomato paste contain more lycopene than fresh tomatoes, the compound is more available for human absorption from the paste.

But what do these colorful compounds, the cartenoids, do besides subsidize our vitamin A intake that has everyone so excited? Originally known only for serving as vitamin A precursors, current research of carotenoids focuses on other effects in the body. The most important effect is their potent antioxidant activity. Take a few minutes to complete the quiz on cutting your risk for a heart attack. The next sections highlight important new research that may offer clues as to how carotenoids may protect against diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

Beta-Carotene and Immune Function

When most people think about their immune function, they usually think about a body system that protects them against catching the latest flu or cold bug. While this is certainly true, in a similar way the immune system also takes center stage in the body’s fight against cancer. This defense plan involves a myriad of antitumor activities, and researchers had theorized that betacarotene might act as an immunity enhancer by stimulating some of these processes. Immunology experts and nutrition researchers have long known that the body’s ability to mount an effective immune response in warding off disease depends on nutritional status and, in some cases, specific nutrients such as zinc. So it wasn’t a big leap to consider that individual nutrients might be able to boost immunity.

The immune system is a complex of cells and compounds including lymphocytes, T cells and B cells, specialized liver cells, white blood cells, antibodies, and cells that act like garbage collectors in the blood, phagocytes. One important type of immune response, cell-mediated immunity (CMI), is involved in resistance to viral and bacterial infections, certain autoimmune diseases, tissue and organ transplant rejection, and some aspects of defense against cancer. The major players of CMI are T cell lymphocytes because they help make antibodies.

The presence of antigens, or foreign particles such as bacteria and viruses, stimulates T cells which initiate CM!. In order for this to occur, a group of compounds called MHC II proteins must be available. The MHC II proteins sit on the surface of some cells and help destroy any type of invader, even cancer cells. We see their importance from studies showing that the degree of immune response is proportional to the level of these MHC II proteins.

Recently, British researchers studied how beta-carotene supplementation affected the immune system. The study included twenty-five men who received either 15 mg of beta-carotene or a placebo for twenty-six days. The researchers measured blood levels of compounds that reflect immune function related to tumor development. Beta-carotene supplements caused increases in blood levels of the MHC II proteins. The beta-carotene supplements also increased the level of tumor necrosis factor, which seeks out cancer cells and helps kill them. And the beneficial effects lasted for several weeks after the subjects stopped taking the beta-carotene.

The researchers suggested that one way beta-carotene boosts immunity is its antioxidant activity, lowering the level of free radicals and protecting lipids in cell membranes from oxidation; they found higher levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) after beta-carotene supplementation, which supports this theory. And earlier studies showed that free radicals reduce the MHC II protein. Another reason for beta-carotene’s immunity-boosting power might be related to its effect on prostaglandins, powerful compounds made by the body that regulate many processes including immune responses. Whichever is correct, it appears that moderate increases in dietary intake of beta-carotene can enhance Immune responses.

The only problem with the immune effect is that two studies of beta-carotene in the past few years have linked this carotenoid to an increased risk for lung cancer in smokers. In the first study, from Finland, researchers expected supplements to lower the risk of lung cancer, and their results shocked scientists and consumers alike. The current thinking is that other carotenoids may be responsible for the protective effect, with beta-carotene having the opposite effect in people who smoke. Watever the reason, the smart consumer will continue eating fruits and vegetables high in all the carotenoids and skip the beta-carotene supplements.

Everything You Need To know About Idol lash

Idol Lash professes to utilize regular fixings to invigorate the development of solid eyelashes. These incorporate concentrates from nectar, chamomile and kelp. The equation additionally has polypeptides, and protein that guessed supports the development and appearance of your hair. Idol lash is one of the best eyelash growth enhancer serums available in the market.

Here are the things which you must know about Idol lash.


  1. Chamomile extract: It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and strengthens the hair follicles of your eyes. This results in optimum growth and density of your eyelashes.
  2. Jojoba seed oil: It has moisturizing properties and keeps your eyelashes fresh, hydrated, and darkened.
  3. Honey extract: It is an antioxidant and helps to enhance the growth of your eyelashes. It also makes your eyelashes soft and silky.
  4. Cocoyl: It is derived from coconut oil and washes away remains of dead skin from your eyelashes.
  5. Kelp extract: This is one of the most nutrient-rich ingredients of Idol lash serum. It has iodine, calcium, vitamin A, Vitamin B1, and calcium. These nutrients thicken your eyelashes and make them look natural and fresh.

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Benefits of Idol lash

  • Easy to utilize: Idol lash serums are extremely advantageous to utilize. They can be basically utilized as eyeliners. You should apply the icon lash serum over the eyelashes in little amount once in a multi day. Before applying it, you should altogether clean your face and eyes. Once done, you are good to go to apply the serum.
  • Rich and valuable fixings: The icon lash serum has a plenty of logically demonstrated fixings that are to a great degree helpful. The supplements and vitamins present in the serum give the able measure of sustenance to the hair follicles of your eyelids. This improves the development procedure of eyelashes.
  • No dangerous substances: Idol lash serum is totally comprised of characteristic and natural fixings and doesn’t have any symptom. The serum gives essential supplements to your eyelashes for the correct and characteristic development of your eyelashes. You should buy the icon lash serum from Idol lash official site to dodge copy items and fraudsters.
  • Thickens eyelashes: Many eyelash serums expect to protract the eyelashes. Be that as it may, simply protracting the eyelashes isn’t sufficient. Icon lash serum makes your eyelashes darker and thick notwithstanding extending them.
  • Multirole: Most of the eyelash serums simply centres around improving the length of eyelashes. In a large portion of the cases, this makes your eyelashes look unnatural and monstrous. Not at all like those eyelashes, Idol lash eyelashes serum additionally fills in as lotions and conditioners. This makes your eyelashes more lovely and appealing.

No side effects

Idol lash serum doesn’t have any side effect. It is made up of natural ingredients which don’t harm your body.

Age Force: HGH Oral Spray

Age Force is an increasingly popular brand that provides people with the highest quality Human growth Hormone products on the market today.This company brings years of experience in developing different sprays into their newest series of products.The most recent, the Continuous Sequence HGH Oral Spray , is an orally absorbed homeopathic remedy.The oral sprays are not to be confused with the nasal sprays that Age Force has developed over the years.

HGH sprays are considered as dietary supplements under FDA qualifications and are therefore available at participating in-store retail locations and online marketplaces. You do not need a physician-ordered prescription in order to purchase the spray. These products are all prepared in the States, ensuring that Age Force products are all subject to rigorous inspection and quality control checks. While the supplements are exempt from FDA screenings, they are developed alongside FDA-certified laboratories, ensuring that the Aging Force products are a cut above non-industry-controlled laboratories around the world.

Age Force Continuous Sequence HGH Oral Spray:Ingredients

Active ingredients include: Zinc Met, Human Growth Hormone, Growth Hormone Releasing Agent, Spirulina, Cervi Cormu, L-Arginine (In varying strengths,) GABA, Chlorella (in varying strengths,) Albumin, L-Lysine (in varying strengths,) and B complex vitamins.

Effectiveness and Safety

Age Force Continuous Sequence HGH oral Spray is meant for both long term and short terms use and, as a homeopathic formula, is guaranteed to be totally safe for most who would like to try it. It is not, however, recommended for pregnant or lactating mothers, or by anyone under the age of 18 without prior physician consultation and parental supervision

Detailed studies have been conducted to prove the efficacy of the Age Force supplements. Among these findings were improved sleep depth and effectiveness and an increase in a general sense of well-being. It is highly recommended that a person couples the use of the supplement with a well-balanced diet and regular exercise.

A General Note: Age Force and the Responsible Use of the Human Growth Hormone

The use of Human Growth Hormone has sometimes come under great scrutiny in the media. Namely, the use of HGH as a “performance enhancing drug” has been given such scrutiny insofar as it has sometimes been abused in professional sports. We at Aging Force are committed to the proper and safe usage of any and all health and wellness supplements and would like to stress: these supplements are never to be abused in any way, shape, or form.

How to Properly Use Age Force HGH Oral Spray

  • Four sprays, thrice daily, is the recommended dose. One can increase the dose frequency after one has acclimated oneself to its use.While frequency of the dose is permitted, it is not advised to increased the specific dosage.
  • Do not swallow the spray right away. Instead, allow the spray’s contents to rest in your mouth for about two minutues. This will increase both the efficacy and the speed of the supplement’s absorption into one’s body.

HGH And Carbs

Our bodies are so amazing that it is thought that they can be considered as chemical processing plants. The chemicals in the body are captured, and processed by different types of reactions, and then distributed throughout the body to be used immediately or stored for later use. One of these chemicals is called carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for the human body. We obtain carbohydrates by eating foods that contain them, such as potatoes, rice, breads, pasta, etc.

Carbohydrates are the fuel in the short term for organisms, because they are easier to metabolize fat and the protein parts of amino acids that are used as fuel. Carbohydrates are the most important in glucose, so glucose levels are used as the main control central of the metabolic hormone, insulin which is very important.

This is why carbohydrates are so important in our diet. However, when you take in excess carbohydrates they are stored as fat on our organs which isn’t healthy. Our problem is how to take in carbohydrates and burn all the energy so the fat doesn’t store. It is a hard task but it needs to be done so we are more in control of the amount of fat that is in our bodies and therefore on our organs.

This is a key that promises to accelerate the metabolism of carbohydrates into a human growth hormone. The Growth hormone is a protein hormone of about 190 amino acids that is synthesized and secreted by the cells called somatotrophs in the anterior pituitary gland. This plays an important role in control of several complex physiological processes such as growth and metabolism.

Growth hormone is also of great interest as a drug to be used in both humans and animals. But how does the growth hormone effect on the metabolism of carbohydrates?

HGH and Carbohydrate Metabolism

The Growth hormone is one of a number of hormones that is used to keep blood sugar within a normal range. The Growth hormone is said to have anti-insulin activity, by eliminating the ability for insulin to stimulate glucose uptake in the peripherals tissues and enhance glucose synthesis in the liver.

Paradoxically, administration of growth hormone stimulates insulin secretion. The effect on the metabolism of carbohydrates is secondary to the indirect effects of HGH in the body. Indirect effects are mainly mediated by a like growth factor (IGF-I), a hormone that is secreted by the liver and other tissues in response to the growth hormone. Most of the growth promoting effects of growth hormone is actually due to IGF-I acting on its target cells.

HGH not only regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, including protein and fat metabolism. The Growth hormone has important effects on protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism. In some cases, a direct effect on growth hormone has been clearly demonstrated, in others, IGF-I is thought to be a critical mediator, and in some cases, it seems that both direct and indirect effects are at stake.


Scientific Name(S): Hordeum vulgare L. Family: Gramineae

Common Name(S): Barley, Hordeum

Barley ( Hordeum vulgare ) is a major food and animal feed crop, a member of the grass family Poaceae. Barley has served as a food staple in most cultures. The use of Barley for food and medicinal purposes dates to antiquity. Agronomists place this ancient cereal grass as being cultivated as early as 7000 BC. Roman gladiators ate barley for strength and stamina. In the West, it was first known for the Barley grain it produces.


Botany: Barley is a well-known cereal grain that is cultivated throughout the world.

History: The use of barley for food and medicinal purposes dates to antiquity. The Roman physician Pliny noted that if a person affected with a boil took nine grains of barley, traced a circle around the boil three times with each grain, and then threw the barley into a fire with his left hand, the boil would be immediately cured. The mucilage derived from the cereal (known as ptisane by the ancient Greeks) was used to treat gastrointestinal inflammation. Barley has served as a food staple in most cultures. Gladiators ate barley for strength and stamina and were called hordearii from the Latin word for barley, hordeum. Although supplanted by wheat and rye in the baking process, barley is now used extensively in soups, cereals, animal feeds, and beer making. Roasted seeds are used in coffees and seeds are fermented into miso. “Covered” barley is used for animal feed and malting. For human consumption, the barley hull is removed by abrasions producing “pear'” barley.

Uses of Barley

Barley is a food staple also brewed to make beer, fermented to make miso, and processed to yield malt sugar. Studies indicate it may protect against colon cancer, reduce cholesterol and control hyperglycemia.

Malting barley is a key ingredient in beer and whiskey production

Side Effects of Barley

None of significant known, except that those with celiac disease should be cautioned about its low levels of gluten.

Toxicology: Because barley contains low levels of gluten, it should be ingested with caution by persons with celiac disease. No other significant side effects have been associated with dietary ingestion of barley.

Summary: Barley is a widely cultivated grain used as a food and in the brewing process. Interest has focused on the ability of components in the bran to reduce cholesterol levels and more extensive investigations into this effect are warranted.