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Alpha Lipoic Acid & Acetyl L-Carnitine for Nerves

R-Alpha lipoic acid and acetyl L-carnitine are key to supporting healthy nerves.

Below is an explanation of each of these substances and how they may affect the nerves of the body.

What is R-Alpha Lipoic Acid?

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is made by the body and is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy. Antioxidants attack “free-radicals,” waste products created when the body turns food into energy.

Free-radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells in the body. Antioxidants can get rid of free-radicals and may reduce or help prevent some of the damage they cause.

Other antioxidants work only in water (such as vitamin C) or fatty tissues (such as vitamin E), but alpha-lipoic acid is both fat- and water-soluble. That means it can work throughout the body.

Antioxidants in the body are used up as they attack free-radicals, but evidence suggests alpha-lipoic acid may help regenerate these other antioxidants and make them active again.

Alpha lipioc acid comes in two forms. R and S. Alpha lipoic acid is a combination of these two forms.

The R form of alpha lipoic acid is the form normally found in the body. Studies indicate the R-alpha lipoic acid form appears to be better absorbed than the combination of R and S alpha lipoic acid.

Studies show that alpha lipoic acid has an ability to kill free-radicals which may help people who have pain, burning, itching, tingling, and numbness in the arms and legs.

What is Acetyl L-Carnitine?

Acetyl L-Carnitine is a type of carnitine which is a substance that helps the body turn fat into energy. Your body makes carnitine in the liver and kidneys and stores it in the skeletal muscles, heart, and brain. Acetyl L-carnitine acts as an antioxidant.

High blood sugar levels damage nerves in the body, especially the arms, legs, and feet, causing pain and numbness.

Some small preliminary studies suggest acetyl L-carnitine may help reduce pain and improve feeling in affected nerves. It is also possible that acetyl L-carnitine can help nerves regenerate.

Where can you find this?

Real Health Products provides you with a nutritional supplement called the RHP Nerve & Energy Booster which contains Acetyl L-carnitine and R-alpha lipoic Acid.

Studies showed that taking Acetyl L-carnitine and R-alpha Lipoic Acid together resulted in even greater improvements than either ingredient alone.

You can follow this link to order the Nerve & Energy Booster



Diabetic Ulcers

An effective natural solution

About 10 percent of diabetics have open sores that are very hard to heal, often lasting for years in that unhealed state, causing great discomfort and high risk of infection. Now a very simple and completely natural remedy can rapidly heal these wounds.

Studies conducted in 1991 by a medical research team compared a conventional method of burn treatment commonly used to treat burns, pressure ulcers and leg ulcers, with a topical application of honey* applied to the surface of the wound. Burn patients were divided into two groups.

The burns of patients in one group were cleaned with saline solution and pure, undiluted, unprocessed honey was applied daily. Burns of the other group were cleaned and covered with gauze that was soaked in a medicated dressing (5% silver sulfadiazine) that was changed daily.

Results showed that within seven days 91 percent of the infected wounds treated with honey were free of infection, compared to less than 7 percent of the burns treated with the medicated dressing. Within 15 days, 87 percent of the honey treated wounds were healed; whereas only 10 percent of the other group wounds were healed. Patients treated with honey experienced less irritation, more relief of pain, and no allergic reactions or side effects.

Studies done by an earlier medical research team in 1988 showed that various types of wounds and skin ulcers which had not previously responded to conventional methods of treatment such as antibiotics and medicated dressings responded favorably to a topical honey treatment.

Wounds and ulcer types treated with honey included: gangrene of the skin, burn wounds, topical ulcers, bedsores, and diabetic ulcers. After the wounds were cleaned with saline, honey and clean bandages were applied daily. Infected wounds that had not responded to conventional treatments were free of infection within 7 days of the first honey application.

Following treatment with honey, dead tissue was quickly replaced with healthy tissue. In some cases, diabetic ulcers were successfully treated with honey and skin grafts, thus preventing amputation. Apparently, the antibacterial properties of honey allow it to work on wounds and skin ulcers in the same manner it works on burns.

* The honey used must be raw unprocessed honey and it must state somewhere on the label that it is “unheated”.



Heartburn* – A Simple Fix!


*Heartburn (sometimes called acid indigestion or acid reflux) is a burning sensation, usually centered in the middle of the chest near or above the breastbone (the bone in the center of the chest). If you find you are experiencing heartburn, there may be a remedy that is as simple as changing what foods you eat together at the same meal.

Many people experience the discomfort of heartburn after eating a meal where animal protein and carbs are eaten together.

Protein is digested by stomach acid, carbohydrates begin digestion with the saliva in the mouth, which is alkaline [Definition: the opposite of acid.], and continues the digestive process in the intestines, which are also alkaline.

When you combine alkaline and acid in your stomach, they neutralize each other. This slows the digestion, the food sits in your stomach decomposing and giving off gas that pushes back up your esophagus [Definition: the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach.] and creates a burning sensation.

So, if you are experiencing this type of pain, try not mixing protein and carbs. Avoid eating bread, potatoes, rice, etc., with meat. Eat salad and non-starchy vegetables with meat, or salad and non-starchy vegetables with carbs.

Try this type of food combining for a while and see if it helps reduce or eliminate these painful symptoms.


Diabetic Remedy for Sugar Spikes Due to High Carbohydrate Intake

A Simple Yet Effective Way To Normalize Blood Sugar & Insulin Spikes After Eating a High Carbohydrate Meal

This information is offered as a solution for those times when a diabetic, because of social reasons, a party, or special occasion, will be eating more carbohydrates than would normally be eaten.

A study done in Sweden in 2001 showed that blood sugar spikes were held in check when pickles preserved in vinegar were consumed immediately after a high-carbohydrate breakfast. Earlier Swedish research indicated that vinegar might help control blood sugar spikes.

In his book The Diabetes Improvement Program, Patrick Quillin, Ph.D., states the following:

“Real vinegar has not been filtered or pasteurized, and is rich in organic acids, pectin (soluble fiber), and acetic acid, all of which help to slow down the emptying of the stomach. This simple ‘detour’ for the digestion of food creates a slowdown in dumping glucose into the bloodstream. A meal with 2 tablespoons of vinegar can slow gastric emptying rate by 30% and drop blood glucose peaks by 30%.”

“Recipes for salad dressing with flax oil and vinegar not only taste great but can dramatically improve overall health by lowering rises in blood glucose. Red wine vinegar works best at this.”

As a result of the earlier research, Carol S. Johnston, Ph.D., from the Department of Nutrition at Arizona State University, created a study to put vinegar to the test on three groups of subjects: ten type 2 diabetics, 11 subjects who showed symptoms of pre-diabetic insulin resistance, and eight subjects with normal insulin sensitivity. None of the subjects were taking any diabetes medications.

Subjects were randomly assigned to consume the apple cider vinegar or a placebo drink. Two minutes later, each subject ate a meal consisting of a white bagel with butter and a glass of orange juice, containing approximately 90 grams of total carbohydrates. Blood samples were collected before the meal, and 30 minutes and 60 minutes after the meal.

Dr. Johnston and her team reported several significant results:

  • Each of the three groups had improved glucose and insulin profiles following meals that started with the vinegar drink
  • In subjects with type 2 diabetes who drank vinegar, blood glucose levels were cut by about 25 percent compared to diabetics who drank placebo
  • In subjects with pre-diabetic conditions (insulin resistant) who drank vinegar, blood glucose levels were cut by nearly HALF compared to pre-diabetics who drank placebo

And here’s the most surprising result: Pre-diabetic subjects (insulin resistant) who drank vinegar actually had lower blood glucose levels than subjects with normal insulin sensitivity who also drank vinegar.

Dr. Johnston notes that vinegar dietary supplements may not be useful for managing glucose and insulin spikes associated with meals as they don’t contain acetic acid [ acetic acid: a colorless acid with a pungent odor that is the main component of vinegar ] — the key ingredient she feels is responsible for vinegar’s effectiveness.

Apple cider vinegar is another vinegar that works well. It is recommended that the typical apple cider vinegar product carried by large grocery chains carry be avoided. Instead, look for raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, usually available at many health food stores.

To make a quantity of your own salad dressing just mix one part oil (or water) to two parts vinegar. Condiments such as garlic and/or onion powder, salt and pepper, should be added to taste.

Three tablespoons of this type of salad dressing will supply you with the two tablespoons of vinegar needed for the above results.


Fish Oil – Omega 3 for Neuropathy

Nerve damage from high blood sugars can cause deterioration of the myelin sheath that surrounds and insulates pain nerves.

Just like an electrical circuit with exposed wiring that causes a short circuit, nerves that shouldn’t be communicating directly with each other cross paths and create a feedback loop that perpetuates pain.

Dr. Gorgon Ko describes several case studies of chronic pain in the February 2010 “Clinical Journal of Pain.” Five patients with neuropathic pain experienced lasting relief by taking high dosages of EPA and DHA. Dosages of 2,400 to 7,200 mg a day contributed to improvements that were maintained for as long as 19 months.

Not all fish oils are the same. The highest quality fish oil comes from cold water fish, and the best cold water fish oil comes from the deep cold waters off the Norwegian coast. Cold Water Fish are not contaminated with toxins that are present in the shallow warm waters.

If the label does not state “cold water,” it is low quality warm water fish oil.

To learn more about Cold Water Fish Oil go to:

WSN Cold Water Fish Oil



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