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Common Health Conditions and Natural Remedies

Problem: Cognitive Fog
Solution: ACETYL L-CARNITINE
This amino acid converts fats to energy and boosts antioxidant activity in the body. In supplement form, it may protect gray matter from stress caused by alcohol and aging. In a 2006 study, people who received 1,000 milligrams (mg) of acetyl L-carnitine a day saw relief from mild chronic depression.
Dose: 1,000 mg/day (brand Vitamin World Acetyl L-Carnitine)
Natural sources: Red meat, dairy products

Problem: High blood pressure
Solution: COENZYME Q-10
CoQ-10 can lower your blood pressure while boosting your levels of ecSOD, an enzyme thought to protect blood vessels from damage. An Italian study showed CoQ- 10 may also improve sperm quality.. Japanese researchers found it can increase fat burning during exercise.
Dose: 10 to 200 mg/day (brand Carlson CoQ-10)
Natural sources: Meat and fish, eggs, broccoli

Problem: Osteopenia, Osteoporosis (weak bones)
Solution: VITAMIN D
Vitamin D is a hormone that helps your bones absorb calcium and it has also been linked to reduced levels of depression, reduced risk of colorectal cancer, and less chance of a heart attack.
Dose: 1,000 IU Vitamin D3/day
Natural sources: Sunshine, fortified milk

Problem: Heart disease
Solution: FISH OIL
Loaded with the essential omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, fish oil can reduce triglycerides, boost HDL cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. The healthy fats may also reduce inflammation and improve cognitive performance, and may lower your risk of colon and prostate cancers.
Dose: At least 500 mg DHA and 500 mg EPA daily (brand Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega)
Natural sources: Salmon, tuna, or other cold water fatty fish

Problem: Migraines
Solution: MAGNESIUM
A drop in magnesium can be a major headache. When magnesium drops, blood vessels in your brain constrict and receptors in the chemical serotonin (the feel-good neurotransmitter) malfunction, leading to a classic migraine.The mineral magnesium might also help regulate blood pressure and could ward off stroke and diabetes.
Dose: 250 mg/day, plus the magnesium in your diet (Magnesium Citrate)
Natural sources: Leafy greens, whole grains, pumpkin seeds, coffee, nuts

Problem: Diabetes
Solution: PSYLLIUM HUSK
This fiber is more than a colon clearer. In a recent Finnish study, the addition of psyllium to meals reduced participants' blood sugar and insulin response. Paired with protein, it was also shown to suppress ghrelin, a hormone that makes you hungry. Psyllium is one of five soluble fibers approved by the FDA for lowering LDL cholesterol.
Dose: 20 to 35 g/day, divided and taken with at least 8 oz liquid
Natural sources: Some fortified cereal grains

Problem: Digestive upset
Solution: PROBIOTICS
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that crowd out the disease-causing bad bacteria in your gut and help boost immune function. Some can reduce diarrhea caused by certain infections, antibiotics, chemotherapy, and irritable bowel syndrome, You have more bacterial DNA in your body than human DNA, so you want to have the healthy bacteria.
Dose: 1 capsule (with at least 1 billion bacteria) a day
Natural sources: Yogurt, kefir, and other dairy products

Problem: Low endurance
Solution: QUERCETIN
This may help reduce the oxidation of LDL particles and reduce blood-vessel constriction, which effectively increased cardiovascular endurance. A study at the University of South Carolina showed that people who didn't exercise regularly but took 500 mg of this antioxidant twice a day for a week were able to bicycle 13 percent longer than the placebo group.
Dose: Up to 500 mg, twice a day*
Natural sources: Red wine, parsley, grapefruit, onions, apples

Problem: Joint pain
Solution: GLUCOSAMINE
Glucosamine, a building block of cartilage, can relieve pain and inflammation in joints. In fact, a recent study found glucosamine is more effective than acetaminophen ( Tylenol) at relieving symptoms of knee osteoarthritis, a condition which can be the result of joint injury or aging wear and tear. Studies show that the most effective form is glucosamine sulfate.
Dose: 1,500 mg/day*
Natural sources: Crustacean shells

Problem: Injury
Solution: VITAMIN C
This vitamin helps protect your cells from the tissue-damaging free radicals produced by exercise and helps heal wounds. It is a key to production of the collagen found in ligaments and tendons, which are commonly strained in active people. Sixty percent of adult men don't get enough vitamin C in their diets, according to an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study.
Dose: Up to 1,000 mg/day in spaced doses
Natural sources: sunshine, citrus

Problem: Extra body fat
Solution: EGCG
Men who took green-tea extract burned 17 percent more fat after moderate exercise than those taking placebos, according to one study. EGCG, the most active antioxidant in green tea, is thought to prolong exercise-induced boosts in metabolism. It has also been shown to help prevent cancer and can improve heart health.
Dose: 890 mg/day green tea extract (containing 340 mg of EGCG)
Natural sources: Green tea

Problem: Prostate-cancer risk
Solution: LYCOPENE
Found in tomatoes, this potent antioxidant may reduce your risk of prostate cancer, according to a recent University of Illinois study review. The researchers say it may work by altering hormone metabolism and by causing cancer cells to self-destruct.
Dose: 15 to 20 mg/day
Natural sources: Fresh or cooked tomatoes, and fruits with red/pink flesh

Problem: Cholesterol
Solution: RED YEAST RICE
It contains lovastatin similar to a prescription statin, as well as other compounds that may help manage cholesterol. In a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, patients who took red yeast rice during a 12-week diet and exercise program cut their LDL by 27 percent, compared with 6 percent for those who only dieted and exercised.
Dose: 600 mg, 3 times a day* (Consult your M.D. if you're on heart meds.)
Natural sources: Red yeast rice, some sake, red rice vinegar

Problem: Cancer risk
Solution: RESVERATROL
This chemical, found in the skin of grapes, seems to interact directly with genes that regulate aging, . Resveratrol has been shown to promote DNA repair in animals, enhance bloodflow to people's brains, and halt the growth of prostate-cancer and colon-cancer cells.
Dose: No dosage recommendation, available in 500 mg
Natural sources: Red wine, red grape juice

Problem: Depression
Solution: SAMe
A synthetic form of a dietary amino acid, SAMe has been found to treat depression as effectively as prescription antidepressants, according to Canadian researchers. It has also been shown to reduce joint pain and inflammation, and it may aid cartilage repair.
Dose: 600 to 1,600 mg/day, depending on the condition.
Natural sources: Made in your body, possibly after eating meats, greens, and oranges

Problem: Enlarged prostate
Solution: SAW PALMETTO
As you age, your risk rises for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition that makes you trickle at the toilet. Saw palmetto may help restore the flow. In a recent Korean study, men taking 320 mg of saw palmetto daily saw their BPH symptoms decrease by 50 percent after 1 year.
Dose: 320 mg/day
Natural source: Saw palmetto berries