afternoon I throw off my outside coat. A mild spring day. I must
hie to the Great Meadows. The air is full of bluebirds. The ground
almost entirely bare. The villagers are out in the sun, and every
man is happy whose work takes him outdoors. I go by Sleep Hollow
toward the Great Fields. I lean over a rail to hear what is in the
air, Liquid with the bluebirds’ warble. My life partakes of
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The Omega 3 Power Formula
contains 100% of the daily recommended allowance of Omega 3
essential fatty acids in only 2 tablespoons. It is a great way to
get your Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3 and 6) (1). See our
article on Chia
Seed and Omega 3’s in our January Newsletter.
The Antioxidant Power Formula,
with 2.8 grams of ground organic milk thistle seed in each
serving, along with other immune boosting ingredients, provides
nutritional support to the liver, an overworked
organ that detoxifies blood and performs numerous vital functions.
See our article on Milk
Thistle in this newsletter.
Finally, who among us would not be
interested in a little extra brain power. Our Memory Booster
and Cholesterol Killer products provide 61% of the RDA for
choline which is found in every cell of the body. Lecithin is a
precursor of choline which is also needed to make acetylcholine, a
neurotransmitter that is essential for normal brain function.
Additionally, lecithin acts as an emulsifier, helping to dissolve
fats and cholesterol. In the bloodstream, lecithin helps prevent
cholesterol and other fats from accumulating on the walls of your
arteries and may actually help dissolve away accumulated deposits.
It also helps regulate the processing of fats in the digestive
November 19 issue of Circulation, the journal of the American
Heart Association, summarizes the evidence relating to omega-3 and
the risk of heart disease. It concluded that people with
established heart disease should try to get at least 1g of omega-3
daily. They admit that this amount may not be feasible from diet
alone and accept that supplements may be needed. The Statement
further points out that management of high triglyceride levels
might be achieved by omega-3 therapy and suggest that intakes of
2-4g per day will be needed for this. See the full paper on
Sakai M, Yamatoya H, Kudo S. Pharmacological effects of
phosphatidylserine enzymatically synthesized from soybean lecithin
on brain functions in rodents. J NutrSci Viaminol, 42;1:47-54
(3). Polichetti E, et al. Cholesterol-lowering effect of
soyabean lecithin in normolipidaemic rats by stimulation of
biliary lipid secretion. British J Nutrition, 75;3:471-478 1996.
Ingredient of the Month:
Milk Thistle Seed (Silybum
Thistle seed, one of the major ingredients in our cereals,
toppings, oatmeals, and power formulas, is native to Europe and
has been used as an herbal medicine since before 100 A.D.. Early
Christian tradition dedicated milk thistle to Mary calling it
liver plays an important role in digestion, detoxification, blood
sugar regulation and fat metabolism. Milk thistle
nutritionally supports the liver's ability to maintain normal
function. The active ingredients in milk thistle are contained in
silymarin, a group of three plant compounds called flavolignans,
that have both protective and restorative effects on the liver.
The detrimental effects of environmental toxins, alcohol, drugs
and chemotherapy may be countered with this valuable herb (1).
Silymarin binds directly to the liver cell membrane and blocks
toxins from entering the cell (2). Also, exposure to chemicals
that can damage the liver substantially reduces the levels of
glutathione, an antioxidant more potent than Vitamins C and E.
Silymarin helps prevent the depletion of glutathione which is
directly linked to the liver’s ability to detoxify (3)(5).
Evidence also exists that milk thistle stimulates protein
synthesis resulting in the production of new liver cells (4).
the 19th century the Eclectics used the herb for varicose veins,
menstrual difficulty, and congestion in the liver, spleen and
kidneys (4). It is currently used to increase breast-milk
production, stimulate the secretion of bile, and as a treatment
for depression. It’s stimulating, decongestive action is also
useful in the treatment of problems of the kidney, lungs, heart,
bladder and uterus (6)(7). It has been used as a proven antidote
for poisoning with the death cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides)
hepatoprotective effects of milk thistle exist with little to no
side effects. In conclusion, modern medical research is confirming
the many benefits of milk thistle centering on the liver with
other systems being positively affected as well.
information provided by Thoreau Foods.com is for educational
purposes only and is not intended for self-diagnosis nor
self-treatment of conditions that should be managed by a qualified
health care provider. Unless otherwise indicated, research,
ailment and product information have not been evaluated by the US
Food and Drug Administration ("FDA").
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(thioctic acid), silymarin, and selenium: three case histories."
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