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Astaxanthin is a top natural anti-inflammatory

Posted on 2011/06/23. Filed under: Health issue |

Astaxanthin, a substance known to be the most potent known antioxidant, has a natural and scientifically proven anti-inflammatory ability. The fact that astaxanthin is natural and has no side effects makes it very attractive to people as a health supplement. The scandals and deaths associated with leading pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories make it all the more appealing.

Astaxanthin is a red pigment found in different strains of algae, phytoplankton and plants. Because these organisms constitute the base of many food chains, the pigments can also be found in some animals as well. For example, it is astaxanthin that gives salmon and trout their reddish colour; in fact, the redder the fish are the healthier we can assume they are.

When certain types of algae are under stress, usually caused by a lack of nutrition or too much sun, the cells of the algae accumulate high concentrations of astaxanthin for protection. Due to the protective abilities of the pigment, these algae cells can lay dormant for up to 40 years without food or water and still return to normal under proper conditions.

Inflammation

Inflammation is a first-response defence and healing function that becomes active before our immune system does. If our bodies cannot solve the problem with inflammation, then our immune system takes over. Inflammation can occur within seconds in response to some kind of injury or attack on the body. It is non-specific, which means that is does not matter what the problem is: your body always responds in a similar way.

Specifically, the inflammation process is an extremely complex and highly evolved system. In general, inflammation causes redness, swelling, heat and pain. These effects occur due to the effects of a wide spectrum of inflammation mediators that are released after a detected injury or attack. Some of the known mediators include prostaglandins, tumor necrosis factors, interleukins and nitric oxide. All of these different substances play a role in a complex, coordinated and balanced defence of the body.

One type of mediator, prostaglandins, are chemical messengers that can, for example, regulate the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle to increase or decrease blood flow. Prostaglandins are generally made from arachidonic acid and two enzymes called COX-1 and COX-2. The biggest-selling pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are extremely strong COX-2 inhibitors, which means they limit the production of prostaglandins and therefore ease swelling and pain. Part of the reason that these synthetic drugs cause undesirable, and sometimes dangerous, side effects is because it is very unnatural and unbalanced for the body to deal with the extreme suppression of a single mediator (in this case just one of the two COX enzymes) without affecting the balance of all the other mediators. Naturally occurring anti-inflammatories in foods we eat ease inflammation by gently inhibiting several inflammation-causing mediators, including prostaglandins, thereby calming the process as a whole.

Although astaxanthin is no where near as strong as leading pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, it has been found to be one of the strongest anti-inflammatories found in nature. Several double-blind, placebo-controlled animal and human clinical trials have shown that astaxanthin naturally inhibits many of the known inflammation-mediators and therefore can ease inflammation and pain without any negative side-effects.

The red pigment does, however, have many side-benefits such as being the strongest acting antioxidant known as well as being extremely beneficial for your eyes, central nervous system, brain, skin and immune system and for increasing sports performance & recovery.

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Take care your liver !!!

Posted on 2011/06/17. Filed under: FEBICO Nutraceuticals |

The liver is also known as a silent organ, because the majority of infections are asymptomatic until the hepatitis outbreak. Global Overview: 80% of primary liver cancer is caused by chronic hepatitis B. Each year, about 1.2 million people die from hepatitis B-related chronic liver diseases.

Asia: This region carries the highest incidence of Hepatitis B, carriers of Hepatitis B accounts to about 10 percent of the total population, or more than 100 million people. In South East Asia, each year about 25 million deaths are caused from liver diseases, and there are many more patients who suffer from long-term liver infection and diseases.

China: The country has the highest ranking with people infected with HBV, about 120 million people (about 1 out of 12 people is infected), and around 30 million people suffer from chronic type Hepatitis B. 

Taiwan: Liver cancer is ranked number 2 in the top 10 cancer caused deaths. Every year, 7 to 8 thousand people die due to lung cancer, and Hepatitis B carriers is calculated at 3 million people (average of 1 out of every 7 people is a carrier).

Significant difference of micronutrients found in Hepatitis B carriers and healthy people

Clinical studies show that the micronutrients status changes in carriers or patients of viral hepatitis, such as the rise in oxidative stress, the rise in percentage of heavy metals and microelements. These symptoms reduce the body’s immune, anti-oxidize and anti-virus abilities, which therefore, affect the cure rate.

Related studies show that, carotenoids, folate, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, vitamin C, iron, zinc, copper, selenium and other micronutrients have immune ability, and also affect the patient’s susceptibility for infectious diseases and cure rate.

Therefore, Hepatitis B patients can take supplement externally to replenish the micronutrients status, which may decrease side affects of Hepatitis B therapy, also improving the cure rate.

FEBICO Bpogen Capsules

Bpogen is the latest product developed from bio-technically developed spirulina. It not only contains high purity of phycocyanin (CPC), zinc, selenium, chromium, it is also capable of replenishing carotenoids, folate, and other micronutrients. It can effectively regulate the immune function, enhance anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-virus abilities, thus reducing side effects of Hepatitis B drug treatment and enhancing the cure rate of Hepatitis B treatment.

Bpogen has proven from experiments that, the special anti-oxidant ingredient known as phycocyanin is capable of reducing carbon tetrachloride (CCI4) and other chemical reagents ability to bio-transform, and prevent damage to the internals from the toxic elements created during its process, it can also effectively reduce GOT and GPT. In addition, Bpogen also focused research and clinical studies on chronic Hepatitis B patients. During the process of medical treatment for chronic Hepatitis B patients, Bpogen was applied, and the study shows that the anti-oxidant enzymes (Zn/CU-SOD, Se-dependent GPx, GR) found in patients have improved significantly, suggesting that viral clearance and live function improvement are significant. Bpogen can further help reduce liver total lipids and triglycerides, and increase good cholesterol (high density cholesterol, LDL) levels, reduce liver and cardiovascular burden. Therefore, an adequate usage of FEBICO Bpogen capsules, is the solution to building up strength, reducing fatigue, and good circulation.

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Tips of how to stay young!!

Posted on 2011/06/15. Filed under: Health issue |

Research has found that people who generally live longer do so partly because of good habits. Here are some of the following goods habits for longevity.
1. Laugh & have fun, don’t be gloomy
2. Let bygones be bygones. Dwelling on the past inflicts unnecessary stress.
3. Early to bed, early to rise, is healthy & wise.
4. Stay lean, being just 30% overweight is bad.
5. Keep learning, reading & socializing – an alert & active mind keeps brain cells healthy.
6. Keep working, doing something you like. Don’t be retire, it slows down your body.
7. Be the boss of your own life. Letting others push you around produces stress.
8. Exercise, quit smoking and eat less fatty foods.
9. Do not worry about health & death, just get on with your life and enjoy it.

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Blue-green algae tested for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Posted on 2011/06/06. Filed under: Scientific Research | Tags: , , |

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Spirulina protects Neurons from oxidative stress and inflammation

Nutritional supplementation with Spirulina, a nutrient-rich, blue-green algae, appeared to provide neuroprotective support for dying motor neurons in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, University of South Florida neuroscientists have found. Although more research is needed, they suggest that a spirulina-supplemented diet may provide clinical benefits for ALS patients.

Their study is published in the current issue of The Open Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Journal.A spirulina dietary supplement was shown to delay the onset of motor symptoms and disease progression, reducing inflammatory markers and motor neuron death in a G93A mouse model of ALS. Spirulina, an ancient food source used by the Aztecs, may have a dual antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect on motor neurons, the researchers said.

“ALS is a degenerative motor neuron disease,” said the study’s lead author, Svitlana Garbuzova-Davis, PhD, DSc, assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair at USF. “Most available treatments relieve symptoms without altering the underlying disease. However, evidence for oxidative stress has been associated with ALS and, in our past studies, we demonstrated potent decreases in markers of oxidative damage and inflammation in aged rats fed diets supplemented with spirulina or spinach. In this initial study, the diet supplement was fed only to pre-symptomatic mice. Further studies showing the diet supplement’s effect on the lifespan of symptomatic ALS mice are needed to prove the treatment’s effectiveness.”

Specifically, when the USF researchers tested compounds found in blueberries and spirulina for effectiveness in animal models of stroke and aging in past experiments, they noted neuroprotective effects of the nutritional supplements.

The current study compared ALS mice receiving a spirulina-supplemented diet over a 10-week period with mice that did not receive the diet supplementation. The spirulina-fed ALS mice showed reduced inflammatory markers and motor neuron degeneration over that period.

“The focus of our future ALS experiments will include motor neuron counts and an examination of lifespan following dietary spirulina supplementation in symptomatic ALS mice,” said study co-author Paula C. Bickford, PhD, a professor in the USF Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair and a senior research biologist at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital inTampa,Florida.

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