Category Archives: Vitamins & Minerals

Benefits of Vitamins and Minerals.

14Dec/17

Zinc is Not Just for Immunity

 

If you are in a store that sells nutritional supplements, odds are you will find zinc lozenges.  These are used when you are fighting a cold to help boost the immune system but zinc is so much more.  There are many critical body functions that depend on adequate levels.

Immunity – Zinc increases T Cell growth and enhances differentiation into white blood cells.  It is important in creating proper gene transcription.  It has been shown to be needed in the process of apoptosis (programmed cell death) for viruses, bacteria and even cancer cells.

Thyroid – Zinc is critical for the conversion of Free T4 to Free T3 (active metabolic hormone).  When there are inadequate amounts of zinc in the body, it will be more apt to convert FT4 into RT3 (Reverse T3) which actually “negates” FT3.   This creates lower levels of energy and oxygen being delivered to the cells of the body.  These two hormones compete for the same receptor.  Despite this negative issue, RT3 has a beneficial function.  It is a defense mechanism to protect the body in the event of an over production of FT3.  But if you are already struggling to have enough FT3 you would not want this hormone to be increased unnecessarily.

Allergies – When zinc levels are low in the body it will release an increased amount of histamine.  High histamine will result in sneezing, runny eyes and itching.  Histamine is part of all allergic reactions.

Hair Loss – One of the first things that is looked at by physicians is thyroid levels.  If low, the patient will be given thyroid hormones.  However, this often does not correct the problem.  Low levels of zinc, as stated above, are needed for hormone conversion and are also important in proper adrenal function where sex hormones are released.  Stress can deplete zinc levels in the body.

Leaky Gut / Skin – Zinc is critical in wound healing by supporting the formation of collagen.  Collagen is also important in restoring the lining of the gut wall when leaky gut is an issue.  Leaky gut is a condition where the cell wall becomes permeable in the gut wall allowing proteins to leak directly into the blood stream.   Collagen is also required for skin integrity.  Proper levels will restore “plumpness” thus lessening the appearance of lines and wrinkles.   Since we know that stress lessens zinc, perhaps this is the reason why we see aging in the face when an individual experiences a stressful life.

Fertility – Fertilization of the female egg requires rapid movement of the sperm to the egg along with the ability to permeate the cell wall.  Zinc plays a role in overall quality and quantity of the sperm count.

Diabetes / Blood Sugar – Zinc is highly concentrated in the islet cells of the pancreas where insulin is produced.   It has the potential of promoting healthy insulin production which helps to maintain natural blood sugar control.   Zinc can bind to insulin receptors and activates insulin signaling pathways.  This will result in more glucose uptake into the cells and a lowering of glucose in the blood.   A deficiency in zinc can result in poor ?-cell function and a higher incidence of insulin resistance.

As you can see, zinc is important for overall health.  It is seldom discussed as a needed nutrient, but could be instrumental in combating many common health maladies of the day.  Zinc can be found in grass fed beef, pastured chicken, cashews, garbanzo beans and pumpkin seeds (to name a few) but you may also require supplementing  as well.

Dr Flechas on Zinc & Prostate Cancer

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27Nov/17

Benefits of Boron

I am often asked about the benefits of supplementing with boron.  I decided that it was time for a blog on this topic.    Boron is often associated with a laundry booster – Borax.

Believe it or not there are many who ingest Borax as a way to obtain boron.  But is it safe?  The box states that the contents are “99.5% Borax, also known as “sodium tetraborate” or “sodium tetraborate decahydrate”, and 0.5% “naturally occurring trace minerals”.   I’ll share a link to a toxicology site where there is some scientific research for you to review.  I’m not going to tell you what to do but I will tell you that I would not consume this product.  The main reason?  It’s not a nutritional supplement.  Nutritional supplements are maintained in tightly controlled environments free of pests, toxins and and other contaminants.  They are tested to be fit for human consumption.  Borax will not be.  It’s not controlled by any GMP or NSF standards, as good quality supplements are.  You just don’t know what you are are ingesting.  So what do you do?

Well, there is an option.  The same maker of LugoTabs which contains Lugol’s formula iodine in a tablet also makes BoroTabs which is boron.  Available in 30 mg / 90 tablet bottles or 75 mg / 60  or  75 mg / 120 tablet (**NEW**) bottles.  You can read the pdf document from Hakala Labs with their brief description and research resources.

So what other potential benefits does supplementing with boron have?

  1.  Bones – Boron is needed by the bones to assist in calcium absorption which will help them to avoid becoming porous and weak.  Boron can also help the body to use Vitamin D more efficiently which will also strengthen the bones.
  2. Muscles – Boron will assist in building proper muscle mass by promoting healthy testosterone levels.
  3. Hormone Balance – Boron can assist in helping the body to balance both estrogen and testosterone.  It may even increase fertility.  For some it may reduce PMS and menopausal symptoms.
  4. Magnesium Absorption – Boron has been shown to increase magnesium absorption in the body which would also be beneficial to the bones.  Magnesium is important for the iodine protocol as well as for moods, muscles and over 300 enzyme reactions in the body.
  5. Reduces Inflammation – Boron has been scientifically shown to reduce inflammation markers such as CRP.
  6. Brain Activation – Boron increases brain electrical activity.
  7. Prostate Health –  A boron deficiency has been shown to be correlated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.
  8. Fluoride – Boron may be effective in the elimination of fluoride form the bones and tissues of the body.
  9. Blood Sugar – Boron has shown promise in assisting the pancreas in regulating blood sugar and triglyceride levels.
  10. Arthritis – Since Boron can assist in getting calcium into the body it will help to maintain healthy cartilage levels which will be protective of the joints.

Boron is a seldom discussed, but important, nutrient in our body.  If you are struggling with any of the above issues a trial of this mineral may be in order.

Dr Flechas:  Boron & Osteoporosis Part 1 & Part 2

For further reading:  Nothing Boring About Boron         

 

27Jan/17

Adrenal Fatigue May Be Your Issue


Thank you to all who sent encouraging words after my burned out blog post.  I have been taking some time away to give my own body some rest.  It’s hard when you feel like you are going it alone.  Your contacts and comments showed me that there are still people who are interested in learning and striving for better health.  So with that I’m taking a different direction and I’m going to talk about the adrenals since that is what I struggled through in my “burn out” phase.  When supplementing with iodine, adrenals can rear their ugly heads and reveal an underlying issue.  Ensuring their health is a key element in your success.  Taxed adrenals can cause you to think that there are other issues that really are not issues at all.

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So let’s start with what the adrenals are.  They are two glands that are the size of a walnut, at approximately 4 grams,  that sit on the top of each kidney.  If you reach your hands backwards behind your back so that your elbows are bend your knuckles will reside over the top of these glands.  You can press into your skin with your knuckles and moves them horizontally back and forth when feeling stressed or tired.  This will help to stimulate them.

What do these magical glands do?  A lot!  There are two major parts to the gland.  The adrenal medulla is the inner layer and the adrenal cortex is the outer layer.  The adrenal medulla is the central 20% of the gland.  It excretes the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine in response to the reaction of the sympathetic nervous system.  The adrenal cortex secretes completely different hormones called corticosteriods.  In addition to these hormones, sex hormones are also secreted.

There are two types of corticosteroids.  The first is the mineralocorticoids which gained its name because they affect the electrolytes (minerals) within the extracellular fluids – specifically sodium and potassium.   The glucocorticoids are the second type of corticosteroid.  It also gained its name due to the important effects that it has in increasing blood glucose concentration.  They have additional effects on protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.   More than 30 steroids have been isolated within the adrenal cortex.   Two of these 30 are of exceptional importance:  aldosterone – the principal mineralcorticoid and cortisol – the principal glucocorticoid.

When the adrenals are stressed we see several symptoms.  Other than fatigue we often experience an imbalance of the sex hormones.  If you look at the chart below you can see the process of hormone creation.  Is there something that jumps out at you when you look at this chart?  What hits me first is where Cholesterol is positioned.  Right at the top!  What is one of the top drugs being prescribed today ……..

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Statins!  Statins block the creation of cholesterol.  Do you see the tragic results not having cholesterol can have.  Perhaps the individual needs more hormones that would be created further down the “chain”.  But doctors don’t check those values.  Cholesterol is viewed as the bad guy.

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The body depends on cortisol to allow for thyroid hormones to work.  Adequate levels of both thyroid and cortisol create the proper combination to allow for gene expression.  When cortisol levels are low due to adrenal exhaustion, thyroid hormones are less than effective in increasing metabolic rate and energy.  This can be a reason why adding thyroid hormones alone through medications can be less than effective in solving the many symptoms of hypothyroidism.

So what can we do to help heal and support our adrenal glands?  Diets low in simple carbohydrates and sugars can help to decrease stress.  Unrefined salt that is high in minerals supports the adrenals.  Vitamin C is also very good for the adrenal glands.  They are the largest storage site of Vitamin C in the body.  In areas such as Alaska where fruits and vegetables are in short supply during certain times of the year, the Eskimos ate the adrenal glands of the animals to obtain their much needed vitamin C.

I am writing this blog for a reason.  I am excited to announce that I have partnered with a long time friend and supplement manufacturer to bring to you high quality solutions for your health needs.  I have worked together with her formulators to create products to my specification to match products that I used when fighting thyroid cancer.  One of these products is the Buffered C  which contains Vitamin C, Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium.  It has a very pleasant lemon flavor added.  The perfect balance to support your adrenals, detoxing from iodine supplementing and overall health.

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The other product that I am really excited about is a product called Adaptogen Complex.  This is a proprietary complex of herbs.  I have personally been using this product since June and have found it to be the most effective adrenal support product I have ever tried.  I have experienced almost immediate relief of symptoms after taking it.  How many products can you say that you feel a change?

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You will not find these products on Amazon or other discount sites.  This is because we are committed to ensuring that each person gets the support they deserve when using these products.  You can be assured that what you are getting are the highest quality ingredients.  Supplements found on Amazon are often cheap knock offs of the name brands.  This is why you find them at a deeply discounted price compared to what a practitioner offers.  Please be careful!  Remember what grandma said “If it seems too good to be true it probably is.”  Sadly Amazon will not police these counterfeits so it is up to you to ensure you know your seller.   Quality matters when you are looking to heal safely and effectively.  I hope you try these products and report back with your experience.  I know you will be as thrilled as I am.

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In the next blog I will discuss the benefits of the ingredients in the adaptogen product and how it can benefit not only your adrenals but your overall health balance.