Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cancer & Nutrients, Do They Really Make a Difference?


These are amazing and sensational headlines and in many ways kind of true.  I prefer a more measured approach but the recent studies on Vitamin B-3 known as Nicotinamide are compelling.  In this study performed in Australia on patients that have had or currently have skin cancer, each was given 500mg of B-3 twice daily.  After 12 months there was a reduction of incidence of new skin cancers by 23%, no small amount.
Here is something worth noting.  These patients had sever sun damage and had a history of skin cancers so the physiological damage to these individuals was already profound and  most had other health issues such as heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, and chronic lung disease.  Besides cancers, Vitamin B-3 (nicotinamide) reduced precancerous actinic keratosis; heavy sun damaged pigmentation spots.  The point is that this nutritional intervention using a simple and cost effective vitamin had therapeutic benefits demonstrating that additions to traditional therapies with a supplement regimen can be a good preventative measure.  That is what I took from the study.
So how does that translate to the products of Your Holistic Life?  We strive to “vertically” integrate nutrients into all our product lines for maximum nutritional value.  Our Active Essentials™ Whole Food Multi Vitamin has 50mg of the bioactive form of B-3 (nicotinamide) plus a mix of associated B vitamin companions such as Folic Acid, B-12, B-6, B-1 and B-2 for broad range support in the form of highly bioavailable whole food extracts. 

Where traditional western medicine and research falls down is they focus on one promising compound, see if it performs with a therapeutic result then everyone gets excited.  It’s kind of like thinking about a vitamin as a prescription drug and I have been clear on this issue and have said many times:
 “Prescription drugs are targeted, specific and powerful assaults on some symptom or cause in the body. They are like a sledgehammer, not subtle but very specific and usually devastating. We get relatively instant results which we like, but the side effects are a disaster. Supplementation on the other hand supports the normal body process of self-healing and takes time.”
My “Holistic” take on things is more complex.  The fact that an isolated vitamin showed therapeutic results is amazing.  With regard to conditions like cancer, our holistic philosophy at Your Holistic Life is that preventative treatments must be multiple interventions.  In other words, there must be several actions taken to give the body a shot to support healing.  The one pill approach of western medicine and pharmaceuticals simply does not work and is at best temporary.
Studies have shown that using powerful antioxidants have shown anti-tumor action.  In our Active Essentials™ Whole Food Multi we use an antioxidant blend that is stunning!  Citrus bioflavonoids, Methionine, Quercetin, Grape Seed Extract, Pine Bark OPC’s, Bilberry and L-Glutathione.
Our OPC-AX™ super antioxidant is another example of vertical nutrient formulation we so passionately believe in by incorporating Grape Seed, Grape Skin, Bilberry, White Pine, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Resveratrol, Fisetin, Vitamin C and Pomegranate.  This product is a powerful nutritional assault on free radicals and toxic load; the very things that sap our ability to either fight disease of prevent disease.
Several years ago we partnered with one of the nation’s top naturally-based skin care manufacturers so we could offer anti-aging from the outside-in as well as from the inside-out.  That is how the DermaLux line was born.  How does this relate to recent findings on vitamin B-3?  New studies have shown that topically applying B-3 nicotinamide also has value with regard to skin cancer!
According to a study published in the NCBI ( US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Arizona Cancer Center, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson 85724, USA:
“The current study was designed to determine whether topical nicotinamide, the active form of vitamin B-3, or niacin, prevents immunosuppression and skin cancer in UV-irradiated mice.  Application of nicotinamide to UV-irradiated mice reduced skin tumor incidence from 75% to 42.5% (p = 0.016, Cox proportional hazards analysis). Thus topical nicotinamide prevented the immunosuppression and skin tumor induction by UVB irradiation.”

Our amazing DermaLux Multi Nutrient Moisturizer was designed with this in mind.  A primary ingredient is Vitamin B-3 nicotinamide plus the following antioxidants and support nutrients; Vitamin E, DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Copper Peptide Complex, Grape Seed Oil, Retinol and Coenzyme Q-10.  Keep in mind this is our version of a simple moisturizer which had to be nutrient rich.
Recently we introduced the class leading 20 % DermaLux Vitamin C Serum that includes vitamins B-3 nicotinamide, Vitamin B-5, Vitamin E and the powerful antioxidant Ferulic Acid.  Again we vertically integrate our skin care with our nutritional products for maximum support.

So where does that leave us with regard to studies and recent findings?  Although these studies make great headlines there are several truths you need to adopt if you decide to participate in your long term health and wellness.  The one ingredient (prescription drug) approach is limited at best.  We have always said at Your Holistic Life that there are 3 cornerstones to wellness and long term health, Quality Diet, Quality Exercise and Quality Supplementation.  Short cuts need not apply; you have to commit to all of these.
We hope this makes sense to you and that you dedicate yourself to actions that will provide a long and healthy life.  Yuu become a living example to those you love showing by example that the ultimate choice in life is choosing a healthy life of action and responsibility.  You have the tools, you have the power.  Be well.

By: Philip Stoetzner, Director of Product Development, Your Holistic Life

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