Nutritional Immunology

Should People with Arthritis Exercise?

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement. The last thing that people with arthritis may want to do is to exercise, but it may actually be good for them. May, which is the Arthritis Awareness Month, is a good time to learn how physical activity can be beneficial for Arthritis conditions.

According to the Centers for Disease Control in the United States, exercise is one of the best ways to combat the onset of arthritis as well as to control pain and improve function, reported Medical News Today. Exercise helps strengthen the joints, while reducing pain and stiffness.It also helps with weight management, which is very important because obesity and inactivity can add extra pressure on the joints.

“People who have arthritis are often scared to exercise because they think they will hurt themselves, but the condition will only get worse if people don’t get moving,” said Ms Valerie Walkowiak, Medical Integration Coordinator at the Loyola Center for Fitness.

The best exercise routine will depend on what type of arthritis you have, Ms Walkowiak added. However, all of these workouts should include stretching, muscle-strengthening and low-impact aerobic exercise.

“For all arthritis sufferers, the most beneficial exercise will be stretching to increase range of motion around an infected joint,” said Ms Walkowiak.

Muscle strength training also is important for improving daily function. This includes lifting weights two to three times a week with days of rest in between to allow for muscle recovery. One should not experience pain when performing exercises. Low-impact aerobic exercises include walking, stationary bikes, yoga, tai chi and gardening.

Whatever exercise you choose, Ms Walkowiak has this advice: Listen to your body and don’t push yourself too far. And get professional advice before starting a programme.

Nature’s Nutrition – Bee Pollen

Bee PollenBee pollen is said to contain every substance needed to maintain life and is therefore called a complete food. Bee pollen contains large amounts of aspartic acid – an amino acid that has been known to stimulate the glands and create a feeling of physical rejuvenation; it has also been shown to strengthen the immune system. Most bee pollen contains 35% protein, about half in the form of free amino acids. These amino acids are essential to life and can be assimilated easily. They halt the hardening of arteries and strengthen the circulatory system. Other analyses of bee pollen reveal that it contains lecithin and large amounts of vitamins A, C, D, E and B-Complex.

Bee pollen consists of two basic sections – the water-soluble interior and the hard exterior, or the shell. Most bee pollen is sold with the shell; with the shell intact, the nutrients in the bee pollen cannot be used efficiently. The shell can also be harmful to the digestive system, even in the form of a powder. The only edible part of bee pollen is the water-soluble section.

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Nature’s Nutrition – Barley and Rice

BarleyBarley and Rice (Hordeum vulgare and Orzya sativa)

Since ancient times, rice and barley have been cultivated and even worshiped by man. Grown throughout the world, these well-established grains and even the leaves from both these plants are rich in vitamins B and E and high in protein, carbohydrates and minerals. Also, because of their anti-inflammatory effects, rice and barely are often recommended for individuals suffering from illness and disease.

The enzymes and vitamin B in barley and rice are the components responsible for their favorable effects on the digestive system. These plants have also been used to treat individuals with loss of appetite and women who suffer from nursing discomforts.

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Nature’s Nutrition – Asparagus

AsparagusAsparagus (Asparagus cochinchinensis)

Asparagus is a perennial plant that requires special cultivation. Early in the spring, its sprouts can be harvested and eaten, while later in the season, the developing flowers may be consumed in a manner similar to corn on the cob.

Asparagus is rich in protein, fiber and vitamins – especially vitamins B1, B2 and C. Some of the health benefits of asparagus include maintenance of the kidneys and urinary tract and cleansing of the digestive system. Pharmacological and clinical research also indicates that asparagus has an antibiotic effect. Recently, asparagus has been employed by herbalists in the treatment of rheumatism and edema arising from heart failure.

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Nature’s Nutrition – Alfalfa

Alfalfa

Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa)

Many people eat alfalfa in a salad, a sandwich, over an omelet or as a crunchy snack. Alfalfa offers superior nutrition and therapeutic benefits which make it an important part of herbal health.

The history of alfalfa’s use began more than 2,500 years ago when it was employed for a variety of physical ailments, namely cancer and high cholesterol. Because alfalfa was so easily grown and manufactured for consumption, it came to be known as “the father of all foods”. A famous modern herbalist, John B. Christopher, commented that if eaten regularly, alfalfa would make one radiant with improved health.

Alfalfa is very nutritional, rich in protein, fat, vitamins A,C, E, B1, B2, K and fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and ascorbic acid.  It also contains isoflavonoid phytoalexins, such as pterocarpans, isoflavone phytoestrogens formometin and coumestrol.

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The Power of Plants

Plants — Nature’s Wholesome Source Of Nutrition
Nature is a powerhouse of health-enhancing treasures. Natural, wholesome plants such as vegetables, fruits and herbs contribute to our good health and nutrition. They contain essential vitamins and minerals, and enhance the human immune system’s ability to fend off diseases.

Healthy Plants

Nutritional Immunology studies the link between plants and the immune system. This science advocates the use of phytochemicals, antioxidants and polysaccharides to nourish our immune system, thereby protecting our health.

Phytochemicals help plants withstand heat from the sun and ensure their survival. They are also of great benefit to the human body, bolstering the immune system and halting the development of cancer cells. The larger the amounts and varieties of phytochemicals included in our diets, the better their effect on our health.

Antioxidants are compounds that neutralize free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive and unstable molecules that cause destruction in the human body, resulting in chronic illnesses and even cancer. It has been proven that plant-derived antioxidants can eliminate free radicals and help prevent possible free radical damage in our bodies.

Polysaccharides are long chains of sugars commonly found in some mushrooms. Research has shown that mushroom polysaccharides can inhibit tumor growth by activating immune cells. Polysaccharides help to balance the immune system and enable it to destroy existing cancer cells and viruses.

For years, E. Excel has dedicated itself to research in Nutritional Immunology to understand the powerful benefits that each type of plant can bring to the human body. Plants are our most complete and varied source of nutrition to date. However, we are not taking enough varieties of plants to get sufficient phytochemicals, antioxidants and polysaccharides. We must change our dietary habits to obtain sufficient amounts of plant foods, so that we can have healthy immune systems to defend against diseases and maintain our wellbeing.

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E. Excel Nutritional Wholesome Food ~ Celebration

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Celebration Powder beverage contains Cordyceps Sinensis, American Ginseng, Cactus, Royal Jelly and Honey. Celebration is high in phytochemicals and antioxidants. Its natural ingredients can be easily absorbed by the body. Celebration is suitable for everyone, especially those who need nourishment, such as the aged and those suffering from debility.

Cordyceps Sinensis is an excellent adaptogen. It can improve the body’s ability to handle stress and balance body functions. Research shows that Cordyceps sinensis has strong antioxidation effects and protects cells from free radical damage. Cordyceps sinensis is rich in polysaccharides and can effectively regulate immune functions, thereby preventing the spread of cancer cells and lowering blood cholesterol levels.

American Ginseng is a precious herb that can help the body adapt to stress, affect body temperature and reduce fatigue. American ginseng extract has more than 30 ginsenosides. Unique to ginseng, ginsenosides are a group of nutrients that helps bolster the immune system. What’s more, American ginseng contains polysaccharides that can help destroy existing cancer cells and viruses, thereby balancing the immune system.

The Cactus is one of nature’s finest foods for bolstering the immune system. Its high nutritional value has been proven by research. Studies indicate that the cactus offers many health benefits such as strengthening the immune system, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and speeding up wound healing. Cactus is rich in phytochemicals—naturally occurring plant compounds that strengthen the immune system. Phytochemicals can even retard the growth of tumors at different stages.

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Cordyceps Sinensis

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Cordyceps came under international spotlight when Chinese long-distance runners broke many world records in 1993. They attributed their wins to taking Cordyceps, an herb believed to increase physical endurance, decrease fatigue and improve general health.

Cordyceps Sinensis, also known as dong cong xia cao (winter worm, summer grass) contains many active ingredients. These include cordycepin, cordycepic acids, polysaccharides, adenosine, amino acids and ergosterol. The synergistic effects of these components make Cordyceps Sinensis a potent mushroom.

Cordyceps has positive effects on the heart, lungs and kidneys. It also greatly increases the amount of powerful antioxidant enzymes in the body. In addition, it can significantly inhibit tumor growth and elevate immunocytes’ (cell contributing to immune system function) activity, protecting the body against cancer.

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Ginseng RootGinseng has long been revered as the “king of herbs” throughout the world. It is often used to alleviate ailments such as stress and fatigue.

The therapeutic effects of ginseng are attributed to rare phytochemicals named ginsenosides. Though present throughout the plant, levels of ginsenosides are highest in the root. American ginseng has more Rb1 than Asian ginseng. An antioxidant, Rb1 also has nerve-regeneration inducing activity.

Research results suggest that american ginseng root (Panacis quinquefolii radix) may inhibit cancer cell proliferation, stimulate the immune system, help in preventing upper respiratory infection, and protect against cardiovascular disorders.

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