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SPRING, IT IS TIME TO PURIFY !

Spring is like a new beginning after winter. It is the perfect time to shed old energies and embrace the freshness and vitality that this season brings.

With the arrival of spring, many of us feel the desire to rid ourselves of toxins and impurities (caused by alcohol consumption, fatty, sugary, fried and processed foods) accumulated in the body in order to feel lighter and more vital.

Although our bodies already have natural purification mechanisms through their organs, such as the liver, intestines and kidneys, at this time of year we can give them an extra hand to improve their efficiency. 
The liver is the organ that needs purification the most in our body due to the accumulation of toxins. The main roles of the liver are:

  • produce bile, 
  • promote the processing of absorbed food, 
  • store sugar in the form of glycogen. 
    It also plays a key role on cholesterol and triglyceride synthesis, and lipid metabolism. 

How to purify the liver in spring with herbal medicine?

Milk thistle, known scientifically as Silybum Marianum, contains a potent active ingredient called silymarin, which is widely recognized for its benefits on liver health.

Silymarin is particularly effective in improving liver function in several ways. First, it aids in the elimination of toxins from the body, playing a key role in detoxification. It also promotes the regeneration of liver cells, thus helping to keep the liver healthy and functioning.

                                         

In addition to this, silymarin can help protect the liver from the damaging effects of drugs, smoking and other toxic substances, acting as a protective shield for this important organ.

Artichoke, known scientifically as Cynara Scolymus, is rich in micronutrients and active ingredients that make it extremely useful for liver health. The cynarin, chlorogenic acid and flavonoids found in artichoke leaves promote fat mobilization, bile excretion and cholesterol reduction, thus contributing to liver health.

                                         

Artichoke leaves are particularly renowned for their ability to stimulate diuresis and eliminate toxins from the body. Although they taste bitter, the benefits they offer are remarkable: they help reduce abdominal bloating, promote the elimination of excess fluids, and invigorate circulation.

Dandelion root, known scientifically as Taraxacum Officinale, is famous for its depurative and anti-inflammatory properties.  Its depurative and draining properties can promote proper liver function by stimulating bile production and facilitating the process of elimination from toxins accumulated in the body.

Extracts obtained from the aerial parts of the dandelion have been shown to possess several properties that promote skin beauty and health. These extracts are known for their anti-staining properties, which can help reduce the appearance of skin spots and discolorations, thus promoting a more even skin tone.

                                             

Dandelion may help stimulate kidney activity by promoting urine production and the removal of waste and toxins through the kidneys. This can be especially helpful in reducing water retention and promoting detoxification of the body.

Choline, is an essential substance for the human body that performs several important functions, including facilitating the flow of bile and promoting gallbladder emptying. Its action is to solubilize fats, thus helping to prevent their accumulation in the liver.

When it comes to protecting and supporting liver health, it is useful to consider taking hepatoprotective plants, which can be used in combination for synergistic benefits. We can incorporate these plants into our diet to protect the liver from damage and stress, improving its function and promoting detoxification of the body. Because of their properties, these plants can offer valuable support to keep our liver healthy and promote the overall well-being of our body.

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IMMUNITY
IMMUNITY

PUREWAY-CFOR YOUR DEFENCES

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin found naturally in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. It is a nutrient the body needs to form blood vessels, cartilage, muscles and bone collagen. It is critical to the body's healing process and is an antioxidant that helps protect cells from the effects of free radicals.

Vitamin C has a high solubility in water. Because of this, absorption from the intestinal lumen and entry into cells is limited, and most of it is eliminated through the urine.

PureWay-Cis an advanced form of vitamin C with greater capacity for absorption and uptake than all other forms. Due to the lipid metabolite technology of vitamin C, it becomes more fat-soluble. Thus its capacity and absorption rate at the intestinal level is increased.

It has a higher absorption and assimilation rate than all forms of vitamin C. Lipid metabolites of vitamin C are found to be 36% more bioavailable than Ester-C, 133% higher than standard vitamin C, and 91% higher than ascorbate.

                       

PureWay-Calso contains bioflavonoids from citrus in its formulation that protect vitamin C from oxidation, further support the immune system, and play a role in wound healing.

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OMEGA-3
OMEGA-3

EXTRA ENERGY, EXTRA PERFORMANCE

Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) are deeply researched for their effects on our bodies, and they are very important for cardiovascular health, brain health, visual capacity, and also for their anti-inflammatory action.

There is an increasing interest in finding nutrients and supplements that can improve athletic performance and recovery. Because an increased muscle oxidative stress and inflammatory responses among sportives have been reported consistently. In addition, it is well known that exhaustive or unaccustomed exercise can lead to muscle fatigue, delayed-onset muscle soreness, and a decrement in performance.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA and DHA) have been shown to reduce the production of molecules that trigger inflammatory reactions (inflammatory eicosanoids, cytokines ), have immunomodulatory effects, and attenuate inflammatory diseases.

Omega-3s contribute to sports performance with several effects:

  • Effects on muscles: EPA and DHA can potentially improve muscle mass or function through a beneficial effect on protein synthesis
  • Enhanced recovery: the acute exercise recovery period is defined as the first 96 hours after exercise. It has been described that EPA and DHA increase the structural integrity of muscle cell membranes, which could explain the protective effect of EPA/DHA.
  • Stronger heart: Several studies have shown that Omega-3s increase the level of oxygen uptake by the heart muscle.
  • Effect on joints: Joint pain is extremely common in the athletic population due to local biomechanical factors, such as the degree of joint loading and abnormal loading, as well as the frequent occurrence of joint injuries. Omega-3s, through their anti-inflammatory effect can support the reduction of joint stiffness and pain.

 

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MEDICINAL PLANTS
MEDICINAL PLANTS

WHAT ARE THE THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF MILK THISTLE ?

Silybum marianum or milk thistle is the most studied plant in the treatment of liver disease. Its seeds contain active ingredients that are used against liver disease.

The active complex of milk thistle is a lipophilic extract of the seeds and is composed of three flavonolignan isomers (silybin, silyodianin, and silycristin) known collectively as silymarin.

Silybin is a component with the highest degree of biological activity and constitutes 50%-70% of silymarin. It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifibrotic, immunomodulatory, and hepatoprotective effects. 

Due to its antioxidant properties, it blocks or prevents lipid peroxidation, which is responsible for the destruction of cell membranes and plays a role in the removal of free radicals (reactive oxygen species that damage cellular structures). It also improves the outcomes of liver disease caused by oxidative damage.

The use of milk thistle seeds as a liver protector dates back to the first century. Antioxidant activity is one of the important factors for hepatoprotection. Antihepatotoxic potential: Silymarin protects liver cells from many hepatotoxins (chemicals capable of causing liver damage) in humans and animals.  

Do you want to know more?

The anti-inflammatory effects of silibin go beyond inhibition of reactive oxygen species-dependent mechanisms that act as pro-inflammatory agents. It hinders the inflammatory processio through inhibition of neutrophil migration and inhibition of Kuppfer cells.  

It also inhibits the formation of prostaglandin- and leukotriene-type inflammatory mediators and inhibits histamine release from basophils. Thus, milk thistle seeds may possess anti-allergic and anti-asthmatic activities. 

Long-term administration of silymarin improves immunity by increasing T lymphocytes, interleukins, and reducing all types of immunoglobulins. Silymarin may be useful in the development of therapeutic adjuvants where immunosuppression is required, including autoimmune and infectious diseases.

In addition, silymarin reduces phospholipid synthesis in the liver, neutralizing ethanol-induced inhibition of phospholipid synthesis. Finally, silymarin significantly inhibits hepatic lipid peroxidation and can reduce triglyceride synthesis in the liver.

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COENZYME Q10
COENZYME Q10

DISCOVER THE UBIQUINOL

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential compound found naturally in virtually every cell in the human body, which is also known as ubiquinone.

CoQ10 is a lipid-soluble substance whose primary role is as an essential intermediate of the electron transport system in the mitochondria. Adequate amounts of CoQ10 are necessary for cellular respiration and ATP production. CoQ10 also functions as an intercellular antioxidant, and its presence was then demonstrated in all cell membranes and in blood, both in high- and in low-density lipoproteins, where it is endued with antioxidant properties

Numerous disease processes associated with CoQ10 deficiency can benefit from CoQ10 supplementation, including primary and secondary CoQ10 deficiencies, mitochondrial diseases, fibromyalgia (a syndrome characterized by pain and muscle stiffness), cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, atherosclerosis, migraine, male infertility, and periodontal disease.

It was reported patients who take cholesterol lowering drugs, which block the synthesis of CoQ10 inducing CoQ10 deficiency in the heart muscle, should make strong their heart with supplemental CoQ10.

Ubiquinol is the reduced, active form of ubiquinone and is found in almost every cell in our body. The human body uses CoQ10 by converting it into its active form (CoQH).

Being the active form, it is used directly by the body. Therefore, it acts faster than the standard form (CoQ10).

Ubiquinol plays an important role in preventing oxidative damage to membrane lipids and preventing the initiation and/or propagation of serum LDL (it is also called as bad cholesterol). Thus, it is a potent antioxidant.

                     

From the age of 40, our body's ability to convert CoQ10 to CoQH decreases. Therefore, it becomes essential to take ubiquinol as a supplement.

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VITAMIN B12
VITAMIN B12

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF HOMOCYSTEINE ?

Homocysteine is an amino acid produced in the body and is produced from another amino acid called "methionine." A continuous cycle (methylation cycle) occurs in the body in which homocysteine and methionine are converted into each other.  High homocysteine levels are determined to be a risk factor for chronic diseases. It is desirable for the level of homocysteine in the body to be less than 10 mcmol/L. 

Studies have shown that there is a correlation between hyperhomocysteinemia (the finding an elevated concentration of homocysteine in the blood) and mental retardation, accelerated growth, osteoporosis (a disease characterized by deterioration of bone quantity and quality), venous and arterial thrombosis (characterized by obstruction of a vein or artery). In addition, an elevated plasma concentration of homocysteine could also cause atherosclerosis.

Among the main causes of hyperhomocysteinemia are:
1) Genetic predisposition to high homocysteine levels (MTHFR gene mutation);
2) Diet lacking or deficient in B vitamins, especially B12, folic acid, and B6; and
3) Smoking
4) Stress
5) Sedentary lifestyle

Diagnosis is verified by performing a simple blood test to measure how much is present in the blood. This can also detect if you have a vitamin deficiency or identify the cause of unexplained blood clots.

Once diagnosed, you may need to change your diet to lower homocysteine levels. If you have a vitamin deficiency, you can increase your simultaneous intake of vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid and/or by eating folate-rich foods such as vegetables, orange juice and beans.

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LIVER HEALTH
LIVER HEALTH

DID YOU KNOW THE MAIN CAUSES OF FATTY LIVER ?

There are three main types of hepatic steatosis
- Alcoholic hepatic steatosis.
- The nonalcoholic hepatic steatosis.
- The acute hepatic steatosis of pregnancy. 

Nonalcoholic hepatic steatosis is an emerging disease that encompasses a broad spectrum of liver conditions, from simple steatosis to advanced pictures with fibrosis and necroinflammation, to the development of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. 

The onset of hepatic steatosis includes the accumulation of triglycerides in liver tissue cells.The main factors for this event are excessive consumption of fatty foods (obesity, insulin resistance and malnutrition), increased triglyceride synthesis (hyperinsulinemia, excessive consumption of carbohydrates) and some changes on lipid metabolism (medication intake, an increase in VLDL synthesis, insulin resistance). 

Nonalcoholic hepatic steatosis is frequently encountered (50%) among patients with type 2 diabetes. Insulin plays a key role in the uptake of fatty acids from cells, as well as glucose. As resistance to insulin function develops, levels of circulating fatty acids increase because they cannot be absorbed by cells.

The other cause of hepatic steatosis is obesity. Obesity is assessed according to body mass index (BMI), which is calculated by dividing body weight (kg) by height (meters) squared. Increasing the BMI value also increases the risk of incidence to hepatic steatosis. 

Metabolic syndrome being characterized by the occurrence of conditions such as obesity, hyperlipidemia, hypertension and reduced insulin sensitivity, there is at least a threefold increased risk of diabetes and especially of fat accumulation in the visceral and arterial compartments, hence atherosclerosis and liver, hence NAFLD (non alcoholic fatty liver disease) or simple hepatic steatosis NASH (non alcoholic steatohepetatitis.)

Virus infections: Chronic Hepatitis C causes a more or less substantial increase in fat in liver cells. During HIV infection, fat accumulation in the liver is common, either spontaneously or following antiretroviral therapy.

Alcoholic liver steatosis is caused by the accumulation of triglycerides at the level of liver cells, caused by excessive alcohol consumption. Additional factors, such as, obesity and a high-calorie, hyperlipidic diet, may be added to promote triglyceride accumulation in the liver. 

Acute hepatic steatosis of pregnancy is a rare, little-known condition that occurs near term. Patients may have an inherited defect in mitochondrial beta oxidation of fatty acids (which provides energy for skeletal and cardiac muscle).

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