4 Essential Supplements for Men’s Health-Greg Pryor

Greg Pryor-the use of quality supplements in the right dosages at the right times can help you live a healthier life and slow up the aging process.

I have been an advocate for vitamins and supplements since I started my professional baseball career in 1971, with the Washington Senators.

Please take a seat on the bench and consider the 4 simple tips below.

Tip #1  Use LIFEGUARD™ a High-Quality Multi-Vitamin, Multi-Mineral with Each Meal  Your body needs nutrients 24 hours a day so using supplements after each meal is very logical. Most of the food we eat is devoid of virtually all the trace minerals we need for survival so  consider using a high-potency multi-vitamin with each meal to help provide free radical protection and to build up the immune system. Food that is sold in markets today is less nutritious than it was 50 years ago

Tip #2-OMEGA3 PRIORITY™ Use the “Essential” Nutrient, Omega-3. One of the major building blocks of the brain, the omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is critical for optimal brain health and function at all ages of life.  Getting enough DHA from the diet is impractical (some people don’t like or eat fish) and the easiest way to consume it is from fish oil. Omega 3 is one of the most researched and added value supplements due to the value it provides for brain and cardiac health. Make getting a high quality Omega-3 a top priority.

Tip #3  JOINT-DECISION™ OR TOTAL JOINT COMPLEX ™ Nutrients for Joint Health.I have been using glucosamine HCl since 1996 to keep my joints and cartilage healthy.  Since ’96, my company, Life Priority has enjoyed helping thousands of people understand how using a high-quality form of glucosamine can help support and maintain healthy joints. Using glucosamine has allowed me to play golf with less joint pain and also participate in the KC Royals Fantasy Camp each year.

Tip #4-PROSTATE PRIORITY™ Specific Nutrients for Maintaining a Healthy Prostate Prostate health becomes more important with age, particularly for men over the age of 40. There are certain nutrients that can help support the health of the prostate including, lycopene, saw palmetto, pygeum, vitamin C, vitamin D-3 and zinc.

I feel that the use of quality supplements in the right dosages at the right times can help you live a healthier life and slow up the aging process.

To Your Health, Greg Pryor, Life Priority co-owner; health advocate

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

Information provided for educational purposes only. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

Lifeguarding Women’s Health

Staying on top of all the latest healthy foods and diets is exhausting, and knowing all the latest news about vitamins is no different. Almost everyone can benefit from taking a supplement with calcium because most people don’t get as much as they need through their diets — 1,000 mg a day for adults, increasing to 1,200 mg after age 50.

What Consumers Need to Know About Vitamins

From “Everything You Need to Know About Vitamins” in Everyday Health:

Paul Thomas, EdD, RD, scientific consultant with the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements, notes that some vitamins become especially important at certain times in a person’s life. For example, pregnant women or women who may become pregnant should be certain to get enough folate, or folic acid, a B-complex vitamin — 600 units a day, rather than 400. And as you age, you should probably take a daily supplement to get additional B12, he suggests.
“You don’t have to become an expert or learn all the intricacies of all the vitamins — because you can’t,” adds Dr. Thomas. There’s simply too much information to try to remember. What you need to do is eat a healthy diet, selecting recommended foods based on the USDA guidelines. Because few of us consistently eat a well-balanced diet, Thomas says taking an over-the-counter multivitamin, even a store brand, is a good idea. “It’s sort of like an insurance policy that covers all your bases,” he explains.

Insuring the Right Balance in Your Diet

Insuring your nutrition with a multivitamin could possibly be your summer’s lifeguard. We cannot possibly intake the proper amount of nutrients and vitamins from our daily diets so we need multivitamins to help protect our body, like a lifeguard protects and watches over you when you’re swimming.

Multivitamin One-Per-Meal LifeGuard might help when you’re drowningLifeGuard Daily Antioxidant Supplement in a bad diet. It was formulated by two of the top nutritional scientists in the world who wrote a bestselling book in 1978 about life extension. LifeGuard is packed full of 27 essential vitamins and nutrients that may strengthen the immune system and protect your body from free radical damage.

 

 

 

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

LifeGuard Against a Bad Diet

If you watch the news at all these days, you are bound to create a negative world view at some point. The featured stories almost always include significant acts of violence, unethical decisions, and other malicious happenings. What people may not realize, is that bad behavior could be related to a bad diet.

Essential Mineral ZincIn a recent study/report back in 2013, Sylvia Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN, asserts that video games, media content, and poor home conditions can contribute to violent behavior, but many people are malnourished and thus, their brains are not functioning properly. In her article, “Violent Behavior: A Solution in Plain Sight,” she argues that deficiencies in zinc and Vitamins A, D, K, B6, B3, B12, and B1 can cause violent tendencies and mental issues in many Americans. Onusic points out that a lack of zinc has been attributed to angry and aggressive acts of violence. If a lack of these ingredients in a person’s diet can cause them to have aggressive tendencies, then educating people about these risks is important.

Not only do deficiencies in these vitamins lead to potentially hostile actions, they can also lead to brain injuries. Foods are packed with chemicals for them to last longer or taste certain ways, but these can be harmful. Loading your brain with so many foreign chemicals can alter your mind, and not for the better. Onusic suggests Americans get back to eating more nutrient-rich food if we hope to curb the rise in violence. Yes there are other factors involved with violent behavior, but if someone’s diet plays a role in these situations, then getting back to the basics of eating more nutritious food should be strongly encouraged. One way to ensure you’re getting the right amount of nutrients and vitamins is use supplements in addition to a healthy diet.

Here at Life Priority, we offer many products that can help with a healthier diet, but no product is more valuable than LifeGuard. One-Per-Meal LifeGuard is a multivitamin supplement that contains 25 essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. You can take one capsule after every meal to potentially help strengthen your diet so your body might get the support it needs to function at its very best. For this product and other supplements that might be beneficial for you, visit our website at lifepriority.com and start your journey to a healthier you today.

Information sourced from: http://newhope360.com/nutrition/bad-diet-bad-behavior

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Promote a Healthier You the Safe Way

I’ve heard several “horror” stories from customers regarding manipulative marketing.

So don’t get scammed. You should research the company and product before agreeing to any financial commitments.

Here’s an example of one such “scam”: Your order today includes a 60 day introductory supply (2 bottles) of XYZ that you can try for up to 30 days (as well as your FREE XYZ Word Recall Test) with today’s charge being only $9.95 Shipping and Handling.

If you are not completely satisfied, call or email us within 30 days of placing your order and you will not be charged another cent. If you decide to use XYZ Brain Power , after 30 days you will be billed $79.90. For your convenience, every 60 days you will receive a fresh 2 month supply of XYZ Brain Power for the guaranteed locked in price of $39.95 per bottle. That’s a 40% savings from the retail value! There are no obligations, you can cancel any time by contacting customer service.

You may have read about companies that offer products, but the phone number doesn’t work or no one responds to an email, or the product doesn’t match the expectations. This can be frustrating if you’re trying to live healthier, and here at Life Priority we value each and every customer.

The key to becoming healthier is having a strong support system and at Life Priority, we are always willing to answer any questions you may have along your health journey. You can email or call and when you do, you will receive feedback from an actual person and not an automated response. In addition, our products are scientifically formulated and have been personally used for the last 20 years. Your health and well-being is our top priority, and we place an emphasis on providing quality customer care.

Make your health a top priority with Life Priority!

Call or email us at 800-787-5438 or hello@lifepriority.com

Testimonial: Dave Wickersham- Former MLB Pitcher

A great friend, and former MLB pitcher, Dave Wickersham is a valued Life Priority customer.

In a 10-season career, Wickersham posted a 68–57 record with 638 strikeouts and a 3.66 ERA in 1123 innings, including 29 complete games, five shutouts and 19 saves. Notably, Wickersham has been one of four players (fellow pitchers Aurelio Monteagudo, Moe Drabowsky and Ken Sanders being the other three) to play for both Kansas City-based major league teams, the Athletics and Royals. (sourced from Baseball Reference)

Wickersham also pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals.

Dave Wickersham signed his autograph with a Bible verse, Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Recently, I asked Dave a few baseball questions and his use of dietary supplements.

The following is a Q & A with Dave:

Greg:  What is a good memory about playing in MLB?

Dave: Being able to play with and against the best players in the world for 10 years.

Greg:  What was your biggest personal thrill in your Royals career?

Dave:  Coming in relief against the Yanks with the bases loaded and none out and getting out of it with no runs scored.

Greg:  Would you have done anything differently during your career?

Dave:  I can’t think of anything that I would have done differently accept trying for a bigger contract after winning 19 games!

Greg:  Why do you use dietary supplements?

Dave:  Because they have helped me live a better quality of life.

Greg:  Why do you use products from Life Priority (www.lifepriority.com)?

Dave: Because of the Pryor’s’ enthusiasm for the products. They have never led me astray.

Thanks for the memories Dave!  Let’s play two!

Dave Wickersham Uses JD, Lifeguard COQ10, Lift Caps

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.

*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.

*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

The Value of Lifeguard

Do you need a Lifeguard

The recent study, “Multivitamin-Mineral Use Is Associated with Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Mortality Among Women in the United States,” published in The LifeGuard Daily Antioxidant SupplementJournal of Nutrition and conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), found that women who took a multivitamin versus non-users for three or more years had reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD).

In addition, another study from Sweden concluded with similar results showed an association with reduced risk of myocardial infarction in women taking multivitamins for more than five years. According to Duffy MacKay, ND, senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), “We find these results encouraging and they provide another potential reason for women to take their multivitamins. But people should not expect that taking a multivitamin in and of itself would prevent heart disease; we advise people to take their vitamins as just one of the smart choices they make for good health.” An interesting finding was that there were positive results in women only as opposed to men. Yet, despite the facts, MacKay’s advice for both sexes remains the same when it comes to multivitamins. Not only are supplements affordable but they also give consumers the appropriate amount of nutrients. Also, research suggests that multivitamins can help men prevent cancer, “which I would consider the icing on top of the cake.”

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Well Fed but not nourished?-Sourced from Newhope

breakfast-plate-iStock_000015084476SmallWidespread nutrient shortfalls: public health crisis?

“Government data has confirmed that our population is not getting all the key nutrients we need from food alone,” said Steve Mister, president and CEO of CRN. “We seem to be generally well-fed, but not necessarily well-nourished. Dietary supplements play the important role of filling nutrient gaps, and our industry is armed to support efforts to get our population’s nutrition to where it should be.”

An educational briefing, “Widespread Nutrient Shortfalls: A Public Health Crisis?” was held for Capitol Hill staffers last week by the Congressional Dietary Supplement Caucus (DSC), in cooperation with the leading trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry—the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Natural Products Association (NPA) and United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA). The briefing posed the question, “What do nearly 300 million Americans have in common?” The answer, “nutrient shortfalls,” was presented by the briefing’s speaker, Victor Fulgoni, Ph.D., senior vice president, Nutrition Impact LLC.

Dr. Fulgoni, who was instrumental in the approval of three nutrition health claims authorized by FDA, walked the audience through key data from the U.S. Government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) that demonstrates how nutrient shortfalls exist for several vitamins and minerals, and why this could have a negative impact on our population’s health. He also discussed ways in which nutritional gaps could be filled.

“Dr. Fulgoni’s presentation underscores the need for better understanding nutritional gaps and the potential health benefits of dietary supplements,” said John Shaw, CEO of NPA. “Millions of Americans find that taking supplements in accordance with their doctor’s guidance can minimize vitamin and mineral deficiencies for supporting long-term health.”

This was the fourth DSC educational briefing for the 113th Congress and the 19th briefing since the DSC was formed in 2006.  Source URL: http://newhope360.com/nutrition/widespread-nutrient-shortfalls-public-health-crisis

 

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Self-Defense Against Infection

Avoid infections, and enhancing immune surveillance to prevent them in the first place is what we consider the best strategy.

Self-Defense Against Infection  By Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw

First appeared in the July 2008 issue of Life Extension News

Helping Your Immune System Help You

Largely because of FDA regulatory hurdles, life-extension-bookthere are only two new antibiotics in the pipeline and no end in sight for the drought in new antibiotic developments. As a result, antibiotic-resistant infections are becoming a very serious problem, especially so if you have to go to a hospital, where these resistant “bugs” are prevalent. A very close friend of ours died recently from an infection (sepsis) that he got as a result of a catheter implanted in a hospital while being treated for cancer. He never got the chance to benefit (or not) from the cancer treatments. In our opinion, the hospital’s oversight for potential catheter-related infections, a very common occurrence, was very poor, but that is another story. The point we are making here is that you need to avoid infections, and enhancing immune surveillance to prevent them in the first place is what we consider the best strategy.

Rather than just taking supplements that are alleged to “enhance immune activity,” we strive to identify particular types of immune activity that deliver the sort of protection we’re interested in, and we then search the literature for natural substances that can safely provide that type of protection. In the case of infections, we are particularly excited by the protection provided by theanine, isoleucine, and vitamin D. We explain below.

Theanine in Tea Enhances Adaptive Immune Function in Response to Bacteria, Viruses, and Tumors

A new paper in Nutrition Reviews1 reports on the impressive, adaptive immune-enhancing activity of theanine, a unique amino acid found only (as far as is known) in tea (Camellia sinensis). Brewed tea contains millimolar concentrations of theanine.1

Theanine has been found to prime gammadelta T cells, which comprise about 2–5% of total peripheral blood T cells and which mobilize (expanding by up to 50-fold) in response to alkylamines produced by bacteria. Theanine is catabolized in the kidney, resulting in the production of ethylamine, an alkylamine* that primes the gammadelta T cells known as Vgamma2Vdelta2 T cells. Priming does not cause these cells to expand in the absence of antigen but does cause them to more efficiently expand and to produce the potent antimicrobial IFNgamma (interferon gamma) in response to microbial antigens. It is like cocking a gun: the cocking itself doesn’t result in discharge but is a necessary prerequisite for discharge. Consumption of 5–6 cups a day of tea (containing 190 mg of theanine) by human volunteers increased the capacity of Vgamma2Vdelta2 T cells to secrete IFNgamma by up to 15-fold in response to ethylamine or dead bacteria.1 As noted above, the theanine or tea containing it does not increase IFNgamma secretion (which is associated with fever and other flu like symptoms) but primes the T cells to enable them to more efficiently secrete IFNgamma in response to infection.1

*Interestingly, alkylamines are also found in apples and wine and are found in up to millimolar concentrations in urine, breast milk, and amniotic fluid. See Reference 1.

The article reported that severe combined immunodeficient mice reconstituted with human peripheral blood mononuclear cells containing Vgamma2Vdelta2 T cells were protected against death from gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. Moreover, in the same type of mice, “adoptive transfer of Vgamma2Vdelta2 T cells enhances survival against challenge with a variety of myelomas, carcinomas, and lymphomas. Such enhancement was improved when Vgamma2Vdelta2 cells were first primed.” There are clinical trials in progress testing whether the priming of these cells (by risedronate, a bisphosphonate used to treat osteoporosis, or adoptive transfer of Vgamma2Vdelta2 cells) can effectively treat lymphomas, kidney carcinoma, and solid tumors.

Moreover, a recently published, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of a proprietary blend of theanine and catechins reported that in healthy human subjects aged 19–70 taking the formulation for three months, the incidence of cold and flu symptoms was decreased by 30%. The authors of Reference 1 found that the protective effect was due to a 30% increase, compared to placebo, in the ability of Vgamma2Vdelta2 T cells to secrete IFNgamma ex vivo (tested outside of the body). (A disclosure, under “conflict of interest” given at the end of this review article, reports that one of the authors owns stock in the company selling the proprietary blend.)

Adaptive Immunity Prevents Growth of Occult Cancer

Another paper2 reports on explicit examinations of the adaptive immune process whereby occult cancers (small, undetectable masses of cancerous cells) are maintained in a small size. In this paper, the authors show that cancer can be prevented from growing beyond a tiny, undetectable size by T cells of the adaptive immune system. Under such conditions of “equilibrium,” loss of immune competence or of the antigenicity (ability of the immune system to recognize the tumor cells) disrupts the process and results in tumor expansion. This is thought to be the reason that some occult cancers emerge when patients have received an organ transplant and immunosuppressive therapy. The authors also propose that suppression by the adaptive immune system may account for why most older men have occult prostate cancers but only in a fraction of them does development of symptomatic prostate cancer occur.

Briefly, the experiments involved exposing mice to a cancer-causing chemical, 3’-methylcholanthrene (MCA), that resulted in the development of sarcomas in some of the mice. They found that “of 187 mice treated with low-dose MCA, 86 (46%) developed progressively growing sarcomas following depletion of CD4/CD8 cells, IFNgamma, and/or IL-12—components that participate in adaptive immunity. . . . We therefore considered the possibility that at least some of the MCA-treated wild-type mice that remained free of progressively growing tumors harboured fully transformed sarcoma cells, the outgrowth of which was immunologically restrained.” In the MCA model, transformed cells emerge exclusively at the site of injection. “Examination of the injection site in 129/SvEv mice treated with 25 µg MCA revealed the presence of small 2–8-mm masses that became palpable within 150 days of MCA injection but did not change in size during an additional 150 days.”

The authors concluded that net tumor cell expansion was being immunologically restrained. They concluded that “maintaining cancer in an equilibrium state may represent a relevant goal of cancer immunotherapy in which augmentation of adaptive tumour immunity could result in improved tumour control” of some kinds of cancers.

The Essential Amino Acid Isoleucine Induces Antimicrobial Peptides in Epithelial Tissues

An exciting paper3 from 2000 that has seemingly been forgotten reported that the essential amino acid isoleucine induces beta-defensins (antimicrobial peptides) in skin, airway, gut, and urogenital tract epithelial tissues, thus providing important protection against microbes by drilling holes in their membranes. “In addition to their direct antimicrobial activities, beta-defensins are chemotactic [attractive] for memory T cells, suggesting that they play an important role in the integration of the innate and acquired [adaptive] immune responses. . . . Isoleucine induced the expression of the beta-defensin 10- to 12-fold with peak activity between 3.12 µg/ml and 12.5 µg/ml.”1

Moreover, the authors found that isoleucine was highly specific in its induction of beta-defensin, as other amino acids did not do so. Isoleucine acts as a signal for the presence of potentially harmful microbes.1 It is an alkylamine1 (as is theanine, see above) and, though they didn’t test for it here, isoleucine probably primes the gammadelta T cells in the same way as theanine. The researchers note that “alkylamines are produced in vitro by a number of pathogenic bacteria includingSalmonella typhimurium, Listeria monocytogenes, and Yersinia enterocolitica.

Vitamin D Against Infections

A recent paper4 reports that bacterial invasion is recognized in injury and stimulates the production of antimicrobial peptides through a vitamin D-dependent mechanism. The authors discovered this via an investigation of the expression of genes influenced by vitamin D3 (1,25D3, the active form) in the setting of wound repair.

They found that “injury triggers a local increase in 1,25D3 signaling in skin.” Then they found that 1,25D3 stimulated an increase in the expression of TLR2 [toll-like receptor 2] and CD14, microbial pattern recognition receptors, and cathelicidin, an antimicrobial peptide.

A somewhat earlier paper5 found that toll-like receptor activation in human macrophages caused an upregulation of the expression of the vitamin D receptor and the vitamin D1-hydroxylase genes that resulted in the induction of the antimicrobial peptide cathelicidin. The cathelicidin killed intracellular Mycobacterium tuberculosis.(The action of the vitamin D receptor in the killing of the tuberculosis microbe links the long-standing knowledge that tuberculosis patients do better when exposed to sunlight.) The authors suggest that innate differences in the ability of human populations to produce vitamin D “may contribute to susceptibility of microbial infections.”

We strive to identify particular types of immune activity that deliver the sort of protection we want, and we then search for natural substances that can safely provide that type of protection.

As part of their study,5 the authors found that “Addition of 1,25D3 to primary human macrophages infected with virulent M. tuberculosis reduced the number of viablebacilli . . . By demonstrating that TLR stimulation of human macrophages induces: (i) the enzyme that catalyzes conversion of 25D3 to active 1,25D3; (ii) the expression of the vitamin D receptor (VDR); and (iii) relevant downstream targets of VDR (including cathelicidin), the present results provide an explanation for the action of vitamin D as a key link between TLR activation and [certain] antibacterial responses in innate immunity.”

Finally, in another report,6 the vitamin D receptor was found to be required for the development of natural killer T cells, which are important cells in immune regulation, tumor surveillance, and host defense against pathogens.

Why Vitamin K Should Be Taken with Vitamin D

We add this section because, while vitamin D and calcium supplements increase the absorption of calcium, adequate vitamin K is essential to ensure that the calcium ends up in bone rather than as calcium deposits in blood vessels. The proper regulation of calcium is carried out by osteocalcin, a hormone like peptide produced by osteoblasts (bone cells that manufacture bone).7 Vitamin K is required for the conversion of the preosteocalcin molecule to osteocalcin, its active form. (In fact, mice with the osteocalcin gene knocked out have abnormally high amounts of visceral fat, and early clinical observations revealed “significantly lower serum OC [osteocalcin] values in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes compared to healthy persons, and restoration of glycemic control resulted in increased OC levels.”7

While the recommended daily allowance of vitamin K is 1 µg/kg of body weight per day, that is based only upon adequate levels for proper blood clotting and not on the amount required for optimal bone formation or to prevent calcium deposition in blood vessels by carboxylating osteocalcin. “There is some evidence that the current RDA may not be sufficient to maximally carboxylate [activate] this protein [osteocalcin].”7 Most dietary vitamin K comes from a few leafy green vegetables and four vegetable oils (soybean, cottonseed, canola, and olive); however, the bioavailability from vegetables is relatively poor. “The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 3 cups/week of dark green vegetables, which contain about 100 to 570 µg/serving of vitamin K.”8 However, what is actually absorbed is unclear and likely to be much less.

Studies such as that of Sokoll et al.9 found that increasing vitamin K intake from 100 to 420 µg/day resulted in a significant decline in the percentage of uncarboxylated osteocalcin within five days, suggesting that the “normal” intake of vitamin K in the North American population is not sufficient to maximally carboxylate osteocalcin.

References

  1. Bukowski and Percival. L-Theanine intervention enhances human gammadelta T lymphocyte function. Nutr Rev 66(2):96-102 (2007).
  2. Koebel et al. Adaptive immunity maintains occult cancer in an equilibrium state.Nature 450:903-6 (2007); also see commentary on this paper in same issue.
  3. Fehibaum et al. An essential amino acid induces epithelial beta-defensin expression. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 97(23):12723-8 (2000).
  4. Schauber et al. Injury enhances TLR2 function and antimicrobial peptide expression through a vitamin D-dependent mechanism. J Clin Invest 117(3):803-11 (2007).
  5. Liu et al. Toll-like receptor triggering of a vitamin D-mediated human antimicrobial response. Science 311(5768):1770-3 (2006).
  6. Yu and Cantorna. The vitamin D receptor is required for iNKT cell development.Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 105(13):5207-12 (2008).
  7. Booth and Suttle. Dietary intake and adequacy of vitamin K. J Nutr 128: 785-8 (1998).
  8. Johnson. Influence of vitamin K on anticoagulant therapy depends on vitamin K status and the source and chemical forms of vitamin K. Nutr Rev 63(3):91-7 (2005).
  9. Sokoll et al. Changes in serum osteocalcin, plasma phylloquinone, and urinary gamma-carboxyglutamic acid in response to altered intakes of dietary phylloquinone in human subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 65:779-84 (1997).

©2008 by Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw

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Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Greg Pryor: Fighting the Stress of Post Season Baseball

Greg Pryor- Life Priority offers the following products that allow you to touch all of your nutritional bases so put them into your daily nutritional “lineup”

KC Royals 1985 World Series Win
KC Royals 1985 World Series Win

After I attended my first MLB game in Cleveland, Ohio as a 7-year-old, I became “addicted” to baseball.  Fortunately I was able to spend 16 seasons as a professional player (5 seasons for the Kansas City Royals).  I have experienced the depths of stressful feelings that baseball can create, on and off the field.  Last season, all KC Royals fans were treated to one of the best postseason runs in baseball history.  I noticed a resurgence of incredible love for Royals baseball from thousands of “veteran” fans and new ones.

We were constantly on the edge of our seats during the month of September and October as we lost work time and sleep!  Some of us forgot what day of the week it was! From the glorious night of last season’s Wild Card game versus the Oakland A’s to the last out of the World Series….WE FELT STRESSED!

The ’15 Royals team has been so much fun to watch from spring training to the inevitable day we clinched our first American League Central Division title since 1985! We are thinking ahead of who our opponents might be in the Division playoffs, and, hopefully, the American League championship and World Series game. Again, it is STRESS time for many Royals fans!

As a co-owner of a health and nutrition company for the past 20 years (lifepriority.com), this is a great time to inform you about how stress affects us and offer some information that might help increase your natural defense systems to deal with the stress in our lives, especially all Royals fans!

Stress is the body’s natural response to threatening situations, and it affects everyone. Stress can be good, like buying a

brainnew car, or bad, like running up credit cards. Either way, your body and mind react to such situations with a heightened state of readiness, which is called the “fight or flight” response. This reaction causes your brain to make hormones including adrenaline and cortisol.

Adrenaline gives you more energy by increasing your heart rate and blood pressure.  Cortisol increases the amount of glucose in your blood and impairs bodily functions that might be harmful in a fight or flight situation, such as digestion and reproduction. This can help you perform well on a test or at a sporting event, but it can also distract you, keep you up at night, and make you lose your appetite.

Stress becomes chronic when your body does not shut off its stress response, so you are always in a heightened state of readiness.  This affects your immune system and can lead to mental and physical health problems.

One of the ways that you can defend yourself is to make sure that you provide your body with stress-reducing nutrients through your diet. To ensure that your diet provides you with enough of those nutrients, you should consider supplementing your diet with a potent, high-quality multi-vitamin with adequate amounts of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D3, and omega-3 fatty acid. Life Priority offers the following products that allow you to touch all of your nutritional bases so put them into your daily nutritional “lineup”: One Per Meal Lifeguard, Sunlife, Omega-3 Priority, Vita C2, Lift and Mind.  Read about these great products and other Life Priority products at www.lifepriority.com today!

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.

Get “Physically Prepared” For Another MLB Baseball Season!

Get “Physically Prepared” For Another MLB Baseball Season!- Greg Pryor

I played pro baseball for 16 yrs, and over 9 seasons in MLB.  At the end of each one of my minor league and major league seasons, I would immediately begin a physical fitness program to get ready for spring training and the next season.  An exception to that schedule took place after my first MLB season withGreg Royals 1985 the Chicago White Sox in 1979.

I married my wife, Michelle, on January 31, 1979 which was right before spring training.  Since we didn’t take a honeymoon after our wedding, right after the ’79 season, Michelle suggested that we take a 3 week trip to Europe for our honeymoon!  I was shocked that she would even consider taking me out of my postseason “routine” to travel to Ireland, England, Germany, Holland and France.  We did take our honeymoon to Europe but I went on to have my best season in MLB in ’79, so go figure.

The only player that I ever played with that did not need an off-season workout program was Bo Jackson.  In my opinion, he was the best athlete in history.  He was blessed with every physical tool that you would ever want.  Athletes in other sports were on a lower plane compared to Bo.  I was on deck when he hit the longest HR in Royals history in ’86.  His swing sucked the air out of my lungs and I about fainted! Just kidding, but Bo could simply do it all better than anyone else.

The current Royals players have their own conditioning program they follow during the off season.  They had a shorter off season than any of the other MLB players because of  their World Series victory!  I have been told that Royal left fielder, Alex Gordon, is very diligent regarding his workout regimen which, I hear, is done 12 months a year.  If that is true, that is the extreme and I commend Alex for his dedication and preparation.  Normally, after the season is over, MLB players take a few weeks off and begin a fitness program to follow by the trainer and/or strength coach, and most players do their conditioning without someone cracking a whip over their heads during workouts. When I played, I had my best workouts when I had someone with me urging me (screaming at me) to put in more effort in my exercises.

We all have a free choice as to what personal exercise program to follow whether our goal is to simply feel better, lose fat, or to compete in a sport.  Whatever exercise program we choose can increase the level of free radicals that form in our blood during the activity.  Excess free radical production can overwhelm your cells and oxidative stress rises far beyond healthy levels. Over time, this damage increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, and exercise associated muscle damage.

Our bodies naturally protect themselves against free radicals with a class of substances LifeGuard Daily Antioxidant Supplementcalled antioxidants.  Wiser people than me suggest that in order to maximize exercise, to minimize oxidant damage, and to get more blood in the muscles during exercise, a person
should use certain nutrients in adequate amounts, via supplements, PRIOR to a workouts.

Since 1994, Life Priority has been advising athletes on the importance of and proper use of certain antioxidants and other nutrients prior to workouts.  Prior to workouts, there are certain antioxidants and other nutrients to ingest that will lower potential free radical damage and will also help create better blood flow inside of the muscle.  Exercise can help you live a healthier life but using the right nutrients prior to exercise can maximize the benefit of the time that you spend doing those exercises.  Contact Life Priority at customerservice@ lifepriority.com for more information on how to maximize your workout potential!  Hey, the harder you work, the luckier you can get!

Life Priority, established in 1994, offers supplements that are scientifically-formulated, results-oriented, and GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and are manufactured at USDA and FDA inspected facilities.
*The products and statements made about specific products on this web site have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All information provided on this web site or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new vitamins, supplements, diet, or exercise program, before taking any medication, or if you have or suspect you might have a health problem.
*Any testimonials on this web site are based on individual results and do not constitute a guarantee that you will achieve the same results.