4 Tests That Indicate Your True Health

 

4 tests that indicate your true health.  These tests are also called biomarkers and can help determine your health today and the direction your health is going.  What is a Biomarker?  It is a distinct characteristic or substance that is an indicator of a particular biological condition or process.

Here are some examples of KEY biomarkers that indicate the status of an individual’s current and future health?

  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP) levels, which is a screen for infectious and inflammatory diseases.

Rapid, marked increases in CRP occur with inflammation, infection, trauma and tissue necrosis, malignancies, and autoimmune disorders.

Patients with high CRP concentrations are more likely to develop stroke, myocardial infarction, severe peripheral vascular disease, diabetes and hypertension.

Some organs of the body show greater risk of cancer when they are chronically inflamed.  For example, blood samples of persons with colon cancer have an average CRP concentration of 2.69 milligrams per liter. Persons without colon cancer average 1.97 milligrams per liter. The difference is statistically significant.

  • Homocysteine levelsDeficiencies of the B vitamins folic acid (B9), pyridoxine (B6), or B12 (cobalamin) can lead to high homocysteine levels.   Supplementation with pyridoxine, folic acid, B12  reduces the concentration of homocysteine in the bloodstream.

Several research studies have shown that the development of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is triggered by elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood.  The science is strongly supporting the biochemistry that homocysteine degrades and inhibits the formation of the three main structural components of the artery – collagen, elastin and the proteoglycans.

Simply put, homocysteine is a ‘corrosive’ of long-living proteins, i.e., collagen or elastin, or life-long proteins.

Elevated levels of homocysteine have also been linked to increased fractures in elderly persons.   It appears that homocysteine affects collagen by interfering with the cross-linking between the collagen fibers and the tissues they reinforce.

Vitamin supplements counter the deleterious effects of homocysteine on collagen.  Elderly persons inefficiently absorb B12 from food, so they may benefit from taking higher doses orally.

  • Triglyceride levels.  In humans, triglycerides are a mechanism for storing unused calories, and their high concentrations in blood correlates with the consumption of starchy and fatty foods.  Diets high in carbohydrates, with carbohydrates accounting for more than 60% of the total energy intake, can increase triglyceride levels.

There is evidence that carbohydrate consumption causing a high glycemic index can cause insulin overproduction and increase triglyceride levels in women. In addition adverse changes associated with carbohydrate intake, including triglyceride levels, are stronger risk factors for heart disease in women than in men.

In the human body, high levels of triglycerides in the bloodstream have been linked to atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and, by extension, the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Triglyceride levels are also reduced by exercise, and consuming omega 3 fatty acids from fish, flax seed oil, and other sources. Recommendation in the U.S. is that one ingest up to 3 grams a day of such oils.

  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) enables fats like cholesterol and triglycerides to be transported within the water-based bloodstream. In healthy individuals, about thirty percent of blood cholesterol is carried by HDL.

Blood tests typically report HDL-C level, i.e. the amount of cholesterol contained in HDL particles. It is often contrasted with low density or LDL cholesterol.  HDL particles are able to remove cholesterol from within artery plaque and transport it back to the liver for excretion or re-utilization, which is the main reason why the cholesterol carried within HDL particles is sometimes called “good cholesterol”. Studies have shown that high concentrations of HDL (over 60 mg/dL) have protective value against cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and myocardial infarction.

HDL transports cholesterol mostly to the liver or steroidogenic organs such as adrenals, ovary, and testes.  Delivery of HDL cholesterol to adrenals, ovaries, and testes is important for the synthesis of steroid hormonesSteroid hormones help control metabolism, inflammation, immune functions, salt and water balance, development of sexual characteristics, and the ability to withstand illness and injury.

In a large sample of middle aged adults, low HDL cholesterol was associated with poor memory and decreasing levels over a five year follow-up period were associated with decline in memory.

Certain changes in diet and lifestyle will have a positive impact on raising HDL levels.  Aerobic exercise, weight loss, consuming a multivitamin with appropriate amounts of the B-vitamins, the addition of soluble fiber to the diet and consumption of omega 3 fatty acids such as fish oil.

In contrast, while the use of statins can be effective against high levels of LDL cholesterol, it has little or no effect in raising HDL cholesterol, plus the negative side effects of statin use are many.

All of these important biomarkers are influenced positively by the addition of optimum nutrients to the diet.  Vitamins are essential to life—but most are not produced naturally in the body. A recent study showed that 90% of Americans are lacking key nutrients in their bodies. Even if you’re conscientious about your diet, with hectic work and family schedules, it’s almost impossible to ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs day in and day out. And many common factors such as stress and aging can also increase your body’s need for essential vitamins and minerals. That’s why supplementing with a broad spectrum of quality vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is so important for every member of the family.

Vitalizer™, by Shaklee, is the most advanced multi-nutrient supplement pack in the marketplace today, a powerful approach to complete supplementation. Vitalizer provides a comprehensive spectrum of clinically supported vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics and more in one convenient daily serving. Vitalizer is designed to meet your specific nutrient needs, based on your gender and age. There are three custom formulations created specifically for today’s active women, men and adults over 50.

Shaklee scientists have based the formulation of Vitalizer on 12 published Shaklee clinical studies, including a first-of-its kind Landmark Study. In this groundbreaking study, Shaklee collaborated with researchers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health to evaluate long term Shaklee supplement users. Results of that study were published in Nutrition Journal and showed that the people who took Shaklee supplements had markedly better health than either single multi-vitamin or non-supplement users.

Specifically, the study showed that Shaklee users had 33% lower triglyceride levels, 11% lower ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol, nearly 60% lower levels of C-reactive protein and 36% lower levels of homocysteine─all of which are key biomarkers of current and future health.

What’s in Vitalizer?

  • Vita-Lea Advanced Multivitamin

– Highly potent, comprehensive, and balanced daily supplement providing 23 essential vitamins and minerals and 100% or more of the Daily Value of all vitamins.

– Microcoated for immediate release in the stomach to enhance absorption of folic acid

  • Vitamin B+C Complex

– Optimal levels of vitamin C, as well as essential B vitamins: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and biotin.

– Sustained-release delivery to the small intestine; clinically shown to provide up to 198% greater absorption of B vitamins over 12 hours than conventional delivery systems.

  • Caroto-E-Omega

– Ultra-pure, pharmaceutical-grade fish oil that contains seven omega-3 fatty acids—with optimal levels of high potency EPA and DHA

– Triple berry blend—featuring black raspberry, red raspberry, and blackberry seed extracts—provides 77X more polyphenols, ounce for ounce, than juice

– Full spectrum of naturally sourced vitamin E, the most effective form

– Robust blend of antioxidants, including lutein, lycopene, beta carotene, and alpha carotene.

– Carotenoids, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids are enteric coated for release in the upper intestine to reduce fishy aftertaste

  • OptiFlora Probiotic

– Extensively studied active cultures of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum.

– Triple-layer encapsulation protects the live cultures against harmful stomach acid for release in the lower intestine.

Those of us at The Universal Key encourage you to start today and take control of your key biomarkers.  Take the simple, easy step of adding Vitalizer to your daily routine and reap the all the benefits of building optimum health from the inside out!  Do it TODAY!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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