Summertime energy for fun and play. With so much to do during the summer warmth. Here are some ways to keep it going:
Start by making sure that you drink lots of water. Hydration and electrolytes are a must for energy and wellbeing. Have quality drinking water and Multi-Mineral tabs to keeps electrolytes at their peak.
It can be hard to get to sleep sometimes, but you must slow down, relax and get to bed early enough to be ready for the next day.
Do not just load up on sweets, because this will zap your energy in the long run. This temptation is strong while on vacation’ but try to not over do it.
A Pro Vitality pack can really help to keep your energy and stamina in peak performance. Full of fruits & vegetables, Essential Fatty Acids, vitamins & minerals and a full spectrum Omega-3 Salmon Oil.
Summertime Packs are easy to store and carry for anytime you feel a need for a boost. There are 30 packs in each box.
I’ve heard you should take Vitamin C and Vitamin A for colds and have always done that. Then one day someone asked, “What kind of colds do you get?”. With a blank stare, I answered, “What are you talking about”?
This person said that you are either a Vitamin A person or a Vitamin C person. My first thought was, “Really, or are you nuts? I don’t remember which”.
We could not resisting trying it out at our next illness. Wow! We did indeed learn which kids and which of us needed which Vitamin to shorten the cold.
If in doubt, we take both vitamin A and C, but we know now know which one is most likely needed.
Those of us with lingering and repeated illness may have just been born needing more of one type. I never tire of the stories of people getting lung cancer but never smoked. The same for those living in Radon or second hand smoke. Some get cancer, while many never do. Perhaps, it might be the lack of Vitamin A.
We are now hearing so much about Measles, yet the World Health Organization states how effective Vitamin A is. Previous generations effectively used Cod Liver Oil daily to receive their Vitamin A.
NeoLife “Water Miscible” Vitamin A is easier digested than water soluble or plain oil forms. This great absorption also helps you get rid of any extra that you may not need.
Measles are easy to get rid of. Vitamin A deficiency is a recognized risk factor for severe measles. Deficiencies are wide spread in the US and around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends administration of an oral dose of 200,000 IU (or 100,000 IU in infants) of vitamin A per day for two days to children with measles in areas where vitamin A deficiency may be present.
Cat allergies have always been a problem when someone comes to visit us. Most sufferers take an OTC drug before arriving, then complain of how overly dry their mouth, eyes and nose are.
Then, I read about Vitamin C acting as an antihistamine. Woohoo! The next week I met one of our allergy guests at the door and offered her some Vitamin C. She said she had tried that before, but it didn’t work. However, the trick is to take enough to have the antihistamine action start working. It could take about 2,000 mg or 4 Super C tablets. All we had in the house was ALL-C chewable so I said, “Here, take 4 or 5 of these”.
After several hours I asked how she was doing and, to her surprise she had forgotten about being in an allergy house. Not one sneeze, sniffle, itch or watery eye. Yahoo for Vitamin C.
Taking C daily has been even minimized attacks for many and stops all attacks in some. Others have said they received greater results by taking Super B along with the Vitamin C.
Vitamin C and Cataracts. Numerous studies have linked vitamin C intake and decreased risk of cataracts. In one study, women taking vitamin C for 10 years or more experienced a 64 percent reduction in the risk of developing nuclear cataracts.
Hiking and After School Energy is a must have so do it the healthy way. Non-GMO energy bars and protein shakes work great. Whether just getting out of school, after school sports or hitting the trails for some hiking. Don’t let dehydration or low blood sugar ruin your day. Our shaker bottles are great for carrying water too!
NATURAL, WHOLESOME SNACKABLE NUTRITION DRINKS & BARS
Provides natural whole grains, nuts and seeds, plus antioxidant nutrients from mixed berries for long-lasting energy and optimal health. Glycemic response controlled to keep blood sugar levels normal and steady. Makes the perfect AM or PM snack for sustained energy or as part of the NeoLife Weight Management Program.
Each Bar contains:
• All 22 amino acids involved in human nutrition
• 10g protein, 5g fiber and 320mg omega-3s from flaxseed
• 170 calories
• 17 vitamins and minerals
• All natural – no artificial anything!
CHOOSE FROM NEOLIFESHAKE AND SPORT PERFORMANCE
Berries n’ Cream, Vanilla and Rich Chocolate. A very delicious and convenient non-GMO shake to help satisfy hunger while giving you lasting energy. Mixes easily water, juice, milk and milk substitutes. NeoLifeShake contains 18 grams high quality protein 5 grams of satisfying fiber. Biologically complete with 22 amino acids and 25 vitamins and minerals.
All natural – no artificial anything, sweeteners, or preservatives added.
Only 140 calories
SPORT PERFORMANCE VANILLA WHEY SHAKE
Each serving (in 8 oz. nonfat milk) provides 5.7g BCAAs including 2.7g Leucine for optimal muscle building and retention and 5g Glutamine and Glutamic Acid to support immunity and the integrity of the digestive tract.*
Biologically complete protein with all 22 amino acids, including the 9 essential ones and 3 BCAAs – from whey & milk, does not contain soy protein.
Exclusive ProtogardTM process uses low temperature blending to maximize nutritional value. Excellent PDCAAS value.
No added fructose. Proprietary Honey-Fruit natural sweetener system based on honey and fruit juice powders plus stevia. Provides protein-sparing carbohydrates to provide energy while sparing protein for muscle development.
Full spectrum of 25 balanced essential vitamins and minerals with higher amounts of chromium and magnesium to support healthy blood sugar levels and optimal nerve and muscle function.*
Includes Multi Enzyme Blend – plant derived enzymes to improve digestibility.*
No artificial anything! No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added.
Get the most out of your walking, hiking and sports activities or just feel good all the time. Always be active and be fit, your life depends on it.
Dietary intake of fruits and vegetables can literally change your life. Carotenoids first took center-stage as protector nutrients in the mid 1970’s when researchers at the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified their role in reducing the risk of disease. National Cancer Institute researcher Regina Ziegler went on to reveal its connection to lung cancer prevention in 1986, and then showed a lower risk of cancer in those with the highest dietary intake of fruit and vegetable-derived carotenoids. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and other studies at the time found carotenoids also functioned in heart health and reduced the risk of heart disease. Proof of benefit soon expanded to include eye health and visual acuity and immune function.
Research conducted on NeoLife’s Carotenoid Complex has spanned more than 40 years. It started with the first ever proof of bioavailability of whole food-derived carotenoids. USDA researchers went on to reaffirm its bioavailability and then demonstrated its cardio-protective (see chart 6) and cellular protective powers. This was followed by two more studies conducted by the USDA researchers showing Carotenoid Complex’s beneficial effects on immune capacity. In 2001, GNLD researchers reaffirmed bioavailability across an even broader spectrum of dietary carotenoids.
Evidence supporting the importance of carotenoid intake Dietary intake of fruits and vegetables for health benefits continues to mount. Concern by leading health authorities over insufficient carotenoid consumption has resulted in campaigns to increase awareness for higher levels of carotenoid intake.
HEART AND CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH: A 2004 study conducted by a team at the Harvard Medical School found that men in the top quintile with higher levels of serum carotenoids (including alphacarotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and beta-cryptoxanthin) had a 40% decreased risk of ischemic stroke than those with the lowest serum levels. Similarly, a 2008 study of 559 men showed that increased intake of alpha and beta carotene from carrots equated to a 17% reduction in risk of cardiovascular (CVD) death. Swedish researchers in 2006 correlated consistently lower levels of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta cryptoxanthin with coronary artery disease occurrence. The healthy controls had significantly higher levels of these carotenoids in their blood.
PROSTATE HEALTH: Since the early nineties, scientific research has reported a connection between the carotenoid Lycopene and prostate cancer risk reduction. One study showed that Lycopene (from tomatoes) present in the diet 4 to 5 times per week, attributed to a 25% reduction in prostate cancer risk. The 2-year study found that an 82% increase in blood Lycopene levels corresponded with a 42% decrease in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.
IMMUNE HEALTH: Swedish researchers in 2001 observed higher levels of natural killer cells (NK cells) in people with higher levels of these carotenoids, confirming the relationship between dietary carotenoid intake, immune capacity and health.
VISION HEALTH: In a 48-week intervention trial, researchers tested Lutein supplementation for vision protective-function in patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). They concluded: “Comparing the development of vision measures against the natural loss expected to occur over the course of the 48 weeks, most measures showed reduced decline, and these reductions were significant for normal illumination”.
MENTAL PERFORMANCE: A 2007 French study showed a connection between carotenoids and cognitive performance in a healthy elderly population. Study author Tasnime Akbaraly states “In this study, low levels of specific plasma carotenoids (lycopene and zeaxanthin) were associated to poor cognitive functioning in a highly educated, community-dwelling elderly population”.
INFLAMMATORY HEALTH: A 2005 UK study by Cambridge University researchers showed that study subjects with the highest (top one third) daily intake of beta-cryptoxanthin had only about one-half the risk of developing polyarthritis than those in the bottom one-third. Researchers commented that even modest increases in beta-cryptoxanthin intake were associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.
CAROTENOID COMPLEX by NeoLife was the first to offer more than just Beta Carotenoid. Carotenoid Complex offers 15 major carotenes from human foods in the same ratios as nature offers. It’s still made from those foods and Clinically Proven to digest effectively. Clinically Proven to boost human immunity 37% in just 20 days.
Many companies are synthetically making carotenes from petroleum and other non food sources.
PRO VITALITY BOX includes Salmon Oil and whole food multi vitamins in a convenient daily packs.
Yes, Virginia, you are what you eat. Plant DNA and animal DNA has always affected our health and DNA in a positive way. So why even bring this up and why is NeoLife so interested in this?
NeoLife Vitamins is a whole food supplement company that wishes to offer the optimal original foods diet found in healthy cultures. Anything more or less could be like adding water to your car’s gasoline. Yes, water is liquid but adding it will affect the the running of the car’s engine because it’s not the same as gas.
The creation of health has not changed but the knowledge of how it takes place is better known than ever before, but often ignored. Adequate sleep and rest, proper water intake, protein, antioxidants and enzymes etc. are so important.
Silent unseen threats are just common place now with the addition of many chemicals and the removal of nutritional components. For many decades this has been studied by NeoLife’s SAB Scientific Adversary Board with renowned pathologist Dr. Authur Furst of Stanford University. Others include the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, USDA, Texas A&M and many others.
We have been told not to be concerned with modification of plants with human genes, animal genes and even insect genes. But recently, a combined analysis of four independent studies involving more than 1,000 human samples and a team of researchers from universities in Hungary, Denmark and the U.S. looked at the assimilation process for GMOs as they are currently consumed throughout the world. They found that we do uptake these foreign genes into our own DNA. Also, they found that eating meats raised on these modified foods passed those genes on to consumers.
Based on this latest analysis of how food genes are transferred from the digestive tract into the bloodstream, it is now apparent that the genes of GMOs pass into the bloodstream whole. Their presence is also associated with major inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, adenoma and colorectal cancer. These GMOs can also alter your friendly gut bacteria proving you are what you eat.
We are so happy that NeoLife has provided us with the best GMO-free nutritional supplements since 1958.
Visibly Younger Looking Eyes in 30 minutes Organically. NeoLife Nutriance introduces Organic Insta-Lift Eye Gel. Its triple acting formula brightens tired eyes, reduces dark circles, reduces puffiness, and improves elasticity and tone to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The unique combination of marine botanicals and phytonutrients and polyphenols work in synergy to provide maximum benefits – you won’t believe your eyes.
INSTA-LIFT EYE GEL Reduce Wrinkles up to 40% in just 30 Minutes! Brightens, De-Puffs & Reduces Crow’s Feet for Visibly Younger Looking Eyes. Insta-Lift Eye Gel brightens tired eyes while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Use morning and if needed at night, apply a small amount to the contour of the eyes.
Key Active Ingredients:
• Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) water is the base of the formulation, used to soothe and decongest the skin.
• Chlorella vulgaris extract works together with Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) seed and Jania rubens (red seaweed) extracts to boost microcirculation and energize the eye area, helping to reduce dark circles and ease away puffiness and eye bags. – Chlorella vulgaris extract, a microscopic green seaweed rich in amino acids and peptides – Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) seed extract rich in polyphenols and minerals – Jania rubens extract, a red seaweed rich in minerals and trace elements with skin protective, moisturizing and brightening properties
• Wrinkle-fighting and hydrating ingredients: – Beech bud extract from the Beech tree (Fagus sylvatica), is packed with polyphenols and amino acids. Beech buds stimulate active cell renewal in the delicate skin area of the eyes. – Alteromonas extract, a marine polysaccharides extract from the plankton of the Iroise Sea, enhances hyaluronic acid production to help fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. – Fucus vesiculosus, a brown seaweed with beta-glucans for skin hydration.
Macular Degeneration can Carotenoids Help? Studies of Carotenoid Complex™ proved that the product is highly bioavailable, reduces oxidation damage to cells by 44% and protects LDL cholesterol in the blood from oxidizing. These findings are important because oxidation contributes to aging, the decline of the immune system, and chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and degenerative diseases of the eyes and nervous system. (References)
NeoLife Carotenoid Complex™ offers an ideal profile of all the carotenoids important for human health. They pioneered supplementation in this area by first developing the testing which made it possible to identify which carotenoids were found in different foods and in the human body. One must be able to identify a compound’s presence in foods if one wishes to make an extract of the substance from the food. This testing revealed vast differences in the quantity of carotenoids in different foods depending upon how they were grown and the variety of plant involved. For example, some spinach had 100 times more lutein than other spinach. GNLD NeoLife chose the richest and purest sources of different carotenoid families to produce a supplement with an ideal profile of carotenoids.
Encapsulation of carotenoids proved to be a particularly complex task. Carotenoids function as protectors against free radical oxygen which is abundantly present in the air we breathe. The GNLD NeoLife scientists developed a technology called the NutriMax process to protect the purity and potency of the carotenoids in foods. The technology involves preparing raw ingredients at low temperatures to prevent nutrient loss and encapsulation in an oxygen-free environment to prevent destruction of the carotenoids. The product was protected by British patent number 2,274,235 in 1996.
The next stage in the development of the carotenoid product was testing to see if the supplement was capable of being absorbed and elevating blood levels of carotenoids. The successful conclusion of this study was presented in a poster or highlighted study before the New York Academy of Sciences. United States Depart of Agriculture researchers were present at this meeting and requested samples of the Carotenoid Complex™ to study. Independent research by the USDA revealed the potent beneficial effects of GNLD Neolife Carotenoid Complex™. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1997 reported that Carotenoid Complex™ could boost overall immune function 37% in 20 days. In addition natural killer cells increased in number by 20% in 20 days. Natural killer cells are one of the arms of the body’s immune system which protects us from cancer. USDA researchers also found that Carotenoid Complex™ prevented oxidation of cholesterol in the body and reduced oxidative damage to cells.
The real power of Carotenoid Complex™ was revealed when compared to supplements of Vitamin E and Vitamin C. One Carotenoid Complex™ capsule had the Total Antioxidant Potential (TAP) of 800 IUs of vitamin E or 400 mg of vitamin C. One bottle of Carotenoid Complex™ will deliver the carotenoid power of consuming 250 or more pounds of raw fruits and vegetables since the body only absorbs 5-10% of the carotenoids in raw foods. Another advantage is that the carotenoids are provided in a form which is separated from the sugars which are abundant in many of the fruit sources of carotenoids.
Many years ago Professor Richard W. Young, Ph.D., professor emeritus at UCLA and a member of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, wrote me the following in a personal communication, “lutein and zeaxanthin are found in relatively large amounts (in the human retina), concentrated in the yellow spot (macula lutea) directly in the center of the retina, where visual acuity is greatest. This is precisely the region of degeneration and visual loss in AMD (age-related macular degeneration). The xanthophylls appear to have the triple function of (1) absorbing violet/blue light before it can damage the visual cells and retinal pigment epithelium (the cells which deteriorate in AMD), (2) acting as retinal antioxidants, and (3) being situated in just the right place for protection against AMD—front and center in the retina.”
Xanthophylls are the only carotenoids found in the eye lens and macula. Zeaxanthin is found in maize and lutein in corn. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach are also very good sources of these carotenoids. Unfortunately, some of the best sources of the xanthophylls are foods like kale and collards which are rarely consumed by most individuals.
Supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin has been shown to increase blood levels of the nutrients and also to increase macular pigment optical density where it is not optimal.
One study of healthy women under 75 years of age found that stable intake of lutein plus zeaxanthin was associated with substantially lower odds (about a 40% reduced risk) of developing age-related macular degeneration.
A separate study of 398 women 52-74 years of age found that dietary intake of foods rich in carotenoids reduced the risk of “pigmentary abnormalities” of the eye in a dose related manner– the higher the intake of carotenoid rich and vitamin E rich foods the lower the risk to the eyes. For some reason, in this study intake of foods high in alpha and beta-carotene was more closely associated with reduced risk than was the intake of lutein and zeaxanthin.
References: Jacques PF, The Potential Preventive Effects of Vitamins for Cataract and Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Int J Vitam Nutr Res, 1999;69(3):198- 205. Schalch, Wolfgang, Carotenoids in the Retina – A Review of Their Possible Role in Preventing or Limiting Damage Caused by Light and Oxygen, Free Radicals and Ageing, Birkhauser Verlag Basel, Switzerland, 1992;280-298. Connolly EE, Nolan JM, et al, Augmentation of macular pigment following supplementation with all three macular carotenoids: an exploratory study, Curr Eye Res, 2010; 35(4): 335-51. Moeller SM, Parekh N, et al, Associations between intermediate age-related macular degeneration and lutein and zeaxanthin in the Carotenoids in Age-related Eye Disease Study (CAREDS): ancillary study of the Women’s Health Initiative, Arch Opthalmol, 2006; 124(8): 1151-1162. Morris MS, Jacques PF, et al, Intake of zinc and antioxidant micronutrients and early age-related maculopathy lesions, Ophthalmic Epidemiol, 2007; 14(5): 288-98.
Sinus Decongestion and Free Comfortable Breathing. Breathing can be challenging at times but that can be eased with the right herbs. Though some are not knowledgeable about these, NeoLife has pulled from historic and modern scientific research. To be safe, effective and simple we have formulated a fantastic GMO-free tablet to bring you comfort .
Ten herbs of standardized potency are here to provide you sinus decongestion and free comfortable breathing. Helps clear your sinuses and soothe distressed tissue for free, comfortable breathing. Comprehensive formula contains a proprietary blend of ingredients which provide the broad, synergistic effects of the herbal constituents to support a healthy respiratory tract.
NeoLife’s Resp-X natural herbal blend is a unique formulation containing the finest ingredients for the purpose of maximizing co-related benefits for upper respiratory tract wellness. Includes horseradish root to support normal airflow in the sinuses and lungs. Hyssop and thyme promote clear, open airways.
Why Choose Herbs To Support Respiration?
Because herbs have been proven effective from centuries of use. Because herbs have a long history of safe use, without the side effects associated with chemical drugs. Because herbs are nature’s solutions to wellness challenges. Because herbs are non-habit-forming. Because herbs work naturally and gently to support normal respiratory function. Because herbs have been shown to restore the body’s balance and help the body perform at its vital best. Because herbs have been shown to help relieve mild respiratory complaints and help fight mild respiratory infections.
Vitamin A How Much is Too Much. Way back in 1955 an extensive survey by the USDA revealed that only 60 percent of Americans were eating a good diet, and that vitamin A was chief among the nutrients which were lacking. In 1965 they conducted another survey, and this time the percentage of people who were found to have good diets actually decreased to 50 per cent. Vitamin A deficiency was discovered to be rampant in every age group. And so it has gone in study after study down through the years.
Vitamins A deficiency symptoms
What do the following health problems have in common? Ear infections, teenage acne, poor night vision, colitis, asthma, hearing loss, bladder infections, diarrhea, bronchitis, stomach ulcers, colds, flu, and strep throat.
The common thread that runs through them all is a deficiency of vitamin A. That is not to say that everyone who is deficient in A will develop all these symptoms. But a lifetime of vitamin A neglect sets the stage for these disorders, and our own individual body chemistry determines which ones will threaten us.
Vitamin A and hearing
Vitamin A’s role in hearing has been investigated by Richard A. Chole, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of California at Davis. Dr. Chole wanted to see what would happen to the inner ear of animals deprived of vitamin A. The inner ear, or cochlea, is a spiral cavity shaped like a small snail shell. It is filled with fluid and sensory nerves that transmit sound to the brain.
In the first part of his study, Dr. Chole found that after four weeks without vitamin A, baby rats developed bony overgrowths of the cochlea. After 12 weeks this bony growth had caused a generalized narrowing of nerve and blood passageways in the inner ear—changes that could impair hearing (Otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat, neck, head), July-August, 1978).
These findings help explain the beneficial effects of vitamin A supplementation on hearing. For example, M. Joseph Lobel, M.D., a New York City physician, reported dramatic improvement in hearing among patients given vitamin A alone or in conjunction with vitamin B complex. Results in 300 patients on whom this therapy was used indicated an average gain of hearing in the left ear of 18.9% and in the right ear of 17.3%. Two hundred and forty nine patients showed very definite gains in hearing of conversational tones (Archives of Otolarynogoly, vol. 53, 1951).
Vitamin A and ear infections
Dr. Chole also found evidence that vitamin A is necessary for the normal function of the middle ear. Without it, middle ear infections (otitis media) may develop. Dr Chole says, “Under normal conditions mucus in the ear automatically traps dirt and bacteria and flushes it down the eustachian tube into the throat, where it is swallowed. This is how the ear cleans itself. In an A deficiency, not enough mucus is produced, and it doesn’t get to the right places.”
In experiments with rats, Dr. Chole found that depriving them of vitamin A resulted in the breakdown of the epithelium—the moist protective layer of cells which lines the middle ear. It became scaly, stopped producing mucus, and lost its ability to flush the ear clean. The result was an ear infection (Western Journal of Medicine, vol. 133, 4, 1980).
In many cases of middle ear infection the physician inserts tubes into the ears to assist drainage. Middle ear infections are the body’s way of telling us that we need more vitamin A not tubes. Supplemental A helps restore the normal health and function of the middle ear the natural way. As long as sufficient amounts of vitamin A are obtained, the middle ear will keep itself clear and eliminate the pain and expense of infections.
“If the lights go out for a child when dusk approaches, it’s quite possible he’s suffering from severe vitamin A deficiency,” says Myron Winick, M.D. “The primary effect of an A deficiency is damage to the patient’s eyes, with problems ranging from night blindness in some cases to irreversible corneal scarring in others” (Modern Medicine, July 15, 1978).
Vitamin A and cancer
Have you ever wondered why cancer has reached epidemic proportions as a cause of death among older persons? Why so many people today suffer from chronic illnesses which grow progressively worse with the passing years? When you take these questions and compare them with the facts that nearly half of us are deficient in even the minimum recommended amount of vitamin A, and that generous amounts are required to protect us against cancer and other long-term degenerative diseases, the true picture begins to emerge.
Typical of many studies on the role of A and cancer is the work done by Dr. Umberto Saffiotti, of the National Cancer Institute. He found that hamsters subjected to a known carcinogen found in smoke were protected against malignant tumor developments. In November of 1968, Dr. Saffiotti told a symposium on the Metabolic Functions of Vitamin A held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that of 60 vitamin treated animals, only 5 developed tumors, and 4 of these were non-cancerous. Pre-cancerous cell changes were reduced by 20-fold. Of 53 non-vitamin protected animals, 16 developed lung cancer. Further experiments found that vitamin A also inhibited cancer development in the upper stomach, the gastrointestinal tract and the uterine cervix.
Vitamin A and the lungs
Dr. Max Odens, of London, did a long-term clinical trial in which patients suffering from chronic bronchitis were given daily doses of vitamin A, along with their usual therapy. Fifteen years later, Dr. Odens reported in the German medical publication Vitalstoffe (December 1967) that all 17 patients which he treated showed considerable improvement, in spite of the unfavorable English climate, and all of them were still alive, including the oldest, age 79 tears. “Even in the severe winter of 1953 when there was continuous dense fog and thousands of elderly people suffering from chronic bronchitis died, my patients continued to respond to treatment and were not unduly affected.”
Dr. Odens explanation for this dramatic therapeutic effect of vitamin A explains not only why vitamin A is effective in alleviating chronic bronchitis but also why it is effective in increasing resistance against a host of other ailments. Possibly the single most important effect of vitamin A on these epithelial cells is to aid them in producing mucus, which keeps them moist and repels bacteria and other invaders. When vitamin A is low, cells tend to become dry, weak, and inflamed or keratinized, as it is called. In view of what is now known about the action of vitamin A to protect epithelial tissue, taking extra vitamin A makes a lot of sense.
Vitamin A and the immune system
Our ability to resist invading germs and viruses is to a large extent influenced by our nutrition. The role of vitamin A has clearly been established as a primary factor in bolstering resistance in many experiments through the years. One such study was conducted by the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Two researchers in the Allergy and Infectious Diseases branch set out to test vitamin A’s protective value against three very nasty microorganisms.
In the first phase of their study, Drs. Benjamin Cohen and Ronald Elin injected several groups of mice with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the causative agent in a wide variety of disabling human diseases, including pneumonia and meningitis. Before challenging the mice with these deadly bacteria, however, they gave some of the animals 3,000 international units of vitamin A each day for four days prior to infection. The rest of the animals served as controls, receiving a placebo.
The results, reported in the May, 1974 issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, were dramatic. Four different strengths of infectious bacteria had been injected into the various mice, but at every level more than twice as many vitamin A-treated animals were still alive three days later when the raging infection had run its course.
Apparently vitamin A does its heroic resistance work by stimulating the body’s own immune defenses to do their thing. Drs. Cohen and Elin speculate that the nutrient may enhance the natural action of macrophages, large scavenger-like cells produced by the body. Macrophages speed to sites of infection and inflammation and literally gobble up invading organisms.
Vitamin A and teenage acne
Acne is so common among teenagers that adolescents usually resign themselves to it as one of the unpleasant but necessary facts of life. What is acne? The sebaceous glands of the skin secrete an oil called sebum which lubricates the skin. In teenage acne the follicle which empties onto the surface becomes plugged. The sebum secretion continues, causing swelling and irritation. A papule, or small pimple results. If the pimple contains pus it is called a pustule. Sometimes even a cyst forms. In a typical acne case, this process is repeated hundreds of times on the face and neck.
In desperation, teenagers have resorted to a myriad of over-the-counter lotions. Doctors have tried X-ray, cortisone, and antibiotics such as tetracycline, without much success. But in spite of all the fads, the tried and true old-time remedies are still effective.
The best old-time acne therapy employs vitamin A. Fifty years ago Jon Straumfjord, M.D., of Astoria, Oregon, reported a study in which oral doses were used to treat 100 acne patients. He gave each of his patients 100,000 IU of A from halibut liver oil daily. He wrote in the August, 1943 issue of Northwest Medicine that 36 of 100 patients became entirely free from acne while under treatment and 43 more became free except for an occasional acne papule or pustule. In most cases, the responses occurred in less than 9 months.
When A is not enough, dermatologists are finding that vitamin E and zinc can lend a helping hand. Dr. Samuel Ayres Jr. M.D. who maintains a dermatology practice in Los Angeles warns people against taking unnecessarily high doses of A, but he believes that some individuals with chronic skin disease may need large doses. “Some individuals may need 10 times more of a certain vitamin than other people. Or a person’s requirement may be 100 times greater.” Dr. Ayres has his acne patients taking an average daily dose of 100,000 IU of A and 800 IU of vitamin E daily. “We’ve had very good results with this treatment,” says Dr. Ayres (Archives of Dermatology, December, 1972).
Measles is a major cause of childhood morbidity and mortality. An A deficiency is a recognized risk factor for severe measles infections. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends administration of an oral dose of A (200,000 (IU), or 100,000 IU in infants) each day for two days to children with measles when they live in areas where A deficiency may be present.
How much is too much?
For many years the American public has been bombarded with scare tactics about taking too much vitamin A. Consequently, much of our nation is deficient, as indicated by the national surveys, and by the prodigious amount of cancer, skin problems, ear infections, etc. For the few isolated problems that have occurred with sensitive people, a campaign of hysteria against this all-important nutrient has been promoted, making those who are desperately in need of larger amounts shy away from the very thought of it. There are actually very few cases of A poisoning on record, and such cases are easily remedied, just by stopping intake.
The RDA for A is 4,000 or 5,000 IU per day, depending on sex and age. Is this enough? RDA’s are based on nutritional studies establishing the absolute minimums necessary to keep one alive. They have nothing to do with optimum levels needed for vibrant good health. Cancer researchers such as the late Dr. Harold Manner of Loyola University have giver more than one million units of vitamin a per day to cancer patients, with beneficial results and no side effects. They found it necessary, however, to use the water miscible (water soluble) form of vitamin A in order to prevent toxicity.