Category Archives: Health Topics

A Problem with Our Multi Vitamins and Minerals?

In recent conversations with colleagues we became aware that even these very dedicated doctors did not know what the many considerable and major qualities of our “multivites” were, or for that matter what the exact name of the product was.Multi Action Vitamin Mental Clarity II Without Iron

We thought that that really was a problem!

It meant to us that we did a poor job of explaining why this really is a special formula. So in case anybody else has that problem with our “multi”…. here goes.

The name is “Multi Action Vitamins-Mental Clarity II without Iron”. It is specifically called multi action because it is meant to help on several levels. It has no iron because many people are concerned that additional iron intake in the supplements may increase the risk of cardio-vascular disease-not true, by the way, but we will address that some other time.

What are the different levels we were referring to above?

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First Ever True Botanica Foundation Webinar

This week the non-profit True Botanica Foundation hosted its first ever webinar, titled Pelargonium Root Extracts — Novel Immune Respiratory Protection. The webinar featured Pelargonium sidoides, a plant found in South Africa. The plant itself is very interesting. Its branches stay underground, giving it an ability to resist the stresses of nature, making it an ideal ingredient to support the body against the stresses of winter.

The roots of this plant grow even thicker as the plant matures.

Extracts of the Pelargonium root have been used in traditional South African folk heaing against upper respiratory infections, coughs, tuberculosis and gastrointestinal complaints. More recently, however, controlled, clinical studies in Europe have shown that these extracts help relieve the unpleasant symptoms associated with colds and flus, speed up recovery time, have an excellent safety profile and assist in decreasing the duration and severity of bronchitis.

But how exactly, you ask, does it do that? Research has shown that Pelargonium accelerates ciliary beat frequency. Ciliary play an important role in moving mucous out of the body. In this way, Pelargonium extracts assist in the body’s defense of the mucociliary system.

Want to learn more about how and why Pelargonium provides exceptional immune support? Check out this article on Pelargonium sidoides root extracts. You can also visit the True Botanica Foundation website for more extensive research articles on Pelargonium and other unique ingredients. We hope to have the webinar available for those who missed it, so stay tuned for updates.

Tips to Avoid Dry Skin this Winter

The winter season is upon us and with all of the fun holiday traditions, first snow falls and winter activities comes the dry, harsh, cold weather. Here are a few tips from the True Botanica team on ways to avoid dry skin and stay smooth all winter long:

  • Avoid dry skin by taking shorter, cooler showers. As tempting as it may be to soak up hot water on a cold winter morning, doing so can dry out your skin by washing away your body’s natural oils. It is also important to be conscious of the soaps and body scrubs you use, as some may play a role in drying out your skin. Try our Cleansing Cream for a natural face cleanser with mild exfoliation that is not drying or abrasive. 
  • Has your skin ever been so dry that you experience the static-electricity “cling” of your clothes on your body? Our salt scrubs (Rosemary and Orange) are especially good for replenishing the skin oils, leaving you feeling refreshed and “cling” free all day.
  • The next tips might sound more like summer tips, but they are still important for winter. Be sure to stay hydrated, even when the temperature drops. Also, don’t forget the sun block when spending time outdoors. I’m sure you skiers out there know just how harsh the sun can still be even when the temperatures are low. Being conscious of skin exposure can help avoid painful sun or wind burn.
  • Looking for natural moisturizing products that won’t leave you feeling oily? Try our Face Moisturizing Cream and Hand & Body Moisturizer for all  natural creams that do not leave greasy residues. Both are employee favorites because they leave your skin feeling fresh and renewed.  
  • Don’t forget your lips! Want to avoid waking up with dry, cracked lips in the morning? Try applying a thick layer of our Boswellia Lip Balm on your lips before bed. One employee does this every night and swears by it.
  • Even when you’re sleeping, dry air can draw moisture from the body. Consider investing in a humidifier. Sleeping with a humidifier during the driest winter nights will help to combat itchy/dry/flaky skin.  

 Do you have any tips or skin care secrets to avoid dry skin? Share them with us by commenting below.

All of our cosmetics (including creams, body oils, salt scrubs and lip balm) are now on sale for 10% off!

Should I take all my supplements in the morning and “get it over with”?

Of course not-but why not?

Many of us look at a recommendation to take a health supplement several times a day as a burden and swallow multiple dosages in one fell swoop. But think about this.

We have all experienced how we are more likely to do complicated tasks in the morning and want to listen to a concert or do artistic activities in the evening. We know that there is a circadian rhythm to the body functions such that the adrenal gland puts out more cortisone in the early hours of the morning and another hormone melatonin is secreted to help us go to sleep.

Rudolf Steiner confirms these physically observable phenomena by adding that our life body (etheric body) is undergoing three distinct phases during a 24 hour cycle, starting with awakening, transitioning over the lunch time and going into evening.

The same drops taken from an herbal tincture will thus have a completely different pathway depending what time it is consumed.

Here is another example. Inflammatory processes tend to be more intense over night. Substances given in the form of a supplement will in general at best have a reasonable blood level for 6-8 hours. An anti inflammatory herbal supplement like curcumin or boswellia for ex. taken only once daily in the AM will thus have most of its effectiveness dissipated by the time the most help is needed.

By Ross Rentea

Berberine – the miracle herbal extract…if taken properly

A variety of herbs yield the nearly miraculous extract berberine.

It is an alkaloid that has generated well over 3,000 peer reviewed studies in the world wide literature. Just about every organ in the body is affected positively.

To give one example here is an abbreviated abstract from a recent article;

Berberine has been shown to regulate glucose and lipid metabolism. This pilot study was to determine the efficacy and safety of berberine in the treatment of type 2 diabetic patients. In study A, 36 adults with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to treatment with berberine or metformin (0.5 g t.i.d.) in a 3-month trial. The hypoglycemic effect of berberine was similar to that of metformin. Significant decreases in hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c; from 9.5% ± 0.5% to 7.5% ± 0.4%, P<0.01), fasting blood glucose (FBG; from 10.6 ± 0.9 mmol/L to 6.9 ± 0.5 mmol/L, P<0.01), postprandial blood glucose (PBG; from 19.8 ± 1.7 to 11.1 ± 0.9 mmol/L, P<0.01) and plasma triglycerides (from 1.13 ± 0.13 mmol/L to 0.89 ± 0.03 mmol/L, P<0.05) were observed in the berberine group. In study B, 48 adults with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes were treated supplemented with berberine in a 3-month trial. Berberine acted by lowering FBG and PBG from one week to the end of the trial. HbA1c decreased from 8.1% ± 0.2% to 7.3% ± 0.3% (P<0.001). Fasting plasma insulin and HOMA-IR were reduced by 28.1% and 44.7% (P<0.001), respectively. Total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were decreased significantly as well. During the trial, 20 (34.5%) patients suffered from transient gastrointestinal adverse effects. Functional liver or kidney damages were not observed for all patients. In conclusion, this pilot study indicates that berberine is a potent oral hypoglycemic agent with beneficial effects on lipid metabolism.

(Metabolism.2008 May; 57 (5):712-717)

Of course the devil, so to speak, is in the details. At the very least it is important to note that the patients were given 500 mg of the pure extract three times daily. One needs to find consequently a supplement that safely delivers this amount- 500 mg- per serving.

We haven’t quite explained yet why berberine is to be considered a “miracle extract” but we will get there in next postings and also why berberine in some circumstances might be better than metformin…

Ross Rentea MD