The best omega-3 products are bound to phospholipids, which help them absorb better than the triglycerides that are present in fish oil. Keep reading to find out what else you need to look for in an omega-3 product for you and your family members.
Q. Dear Terry, “I don’t think I get enough vitamin D. I am not outside a lot and it’s not sunny for a good portion of the year where I live. How much vitamin D should I be taking?” — Shilo Y., Seattle, WA
Q. Dear Terry, “I am a thirty year old woman who has been struggling with anemia for several years. I have very heavy menses each month, which makes me very tired. What kind of iron should I try?” — Aly K., Valdosta, GA
Q. Dear Terry, “My husband has been experiencing a tingling sensation, sometimes he describes it as more painful like pins and needles. It started in his feet, but has now spread to his fingers as well. His doctor said it was neuropathy and recommended a prescription medication. My husband would like to try something natural to help with this condition. What should he do?” — Marcia M., Chicago, IL
Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Most women suffer the symptoms of menopause over a period of 5 to 10 years. The symptoms can range from hot flashes, night sweats, weight gain, mood swings and irritability. The change of life can even have a greater effect on women due to bone loss which significantly increases the risk of osteoporosis. Women have probably suffered these effects for hundreds of years if not thousands. No drugs have been effective and many natural herbal products are no more effective than the drugs.
I think black cohosh can be a very useful tool for many women going through menopause. Black cohosh is a safe and effective natural solution that does not contain any form of estrogens. The effectiveness of black cohosh comes down to many things, and foremost among them are concentration, standardization, and dosage levels. I’ve heard from many women that they tried black cohosh in the past – either unsuccessfully or experienced relief, but only for a short period of time. I believe this is because people have been misinformed about the correct amount and standardization of black cohosh to use.
Many black cohosh products on the market today are using hundreds of milligrams, but it appears that black cohosh may actually provide less benefits as you increase the dosage. That’s because this botanical, like many others, works on a bell curve. Once you pass the peak of that curve, it’s just not effective anymore. In fact, clinical studies have found that the best dose of black cohosh is much less than you may expect – 13 mg daily. Be sure to use it consistently each day for best results and please be patient, as it may take up to three months to fully regulate your hormones.
For additional support during menopause, the herb Rhodiola rosea is a great choice. Rhodiola is known to help with improving focus, mood, energy levels, and the ability to cope with stress. Look for a rhodiola that is clinically studied and standardized for rosavins and salidrosides, the key compounds.
I have found that women, during this period of time, also have a great need for iodine. Along with botanicals like black cohosh and rhodiola, adding 12.5 to 25 mg of iodine is extremely effective for women during menopause. Not only does iodine support proper thyroid function but it is required for proper female hormone function. Just a side note, iodine is one of the most underappreciated minerals without a natural food source so it should be supplemented on a daily basis.
TODAY'S WORD From Joel and Victoria
Change is one of the most difficult things for people to face; however, change is inevitable. In fact, Mark Twain once said, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” One reason people don’t like change is because they get comfortable with where they are in life. They get used to their friends, job or the place they live. And even if it’s not perfect, they accept it simply because it’s familiar. However, when we are not willing to change, we get stuck in life holding on to what God did in the past instead of growing and moving forward into what God wants to do in the future.
Today, I encourage you to be open to the new things God has in store for you. Always remember that just because God has blessed you where you are doesn’t mean you can just sit back and settle there. God wants to do something new in you and through you. He wants to see you grow, prosper and flourish. Get ready and keep your heart focused on Him. Embrace change and see the blessing God has in store for you!
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"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young." —Henry Ford: American industrialist
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
"Father God, I humbly come before You and thank You for all You’ve done in my life and all You will do in my future. I submit myself to You and choose to embrace change knowing that You always have good things in store in Jesus’ name. Amen."