Top Rated Professional Supplements (Part 1)

Sometimes, keeping up with a healthy diet is not enough. There comes a time when your body requires more nourishment, which can only be achieved through supplements. There are thousands of supplements available online but choosing the right one is crucial to your health.

In the past years, the required intake of vegetables and fruits recommended by professionals has changed. According to CDC, one in only ten adults meets the required federal vegetable or fruit recommendations. This makes supplements a natural and cost effective way to boost the immune system and keep yourself healthy.

To help you get the best out of your supplements, we have found the top rated professional supplements that will help you live longer and healthier:

XYMOGEN

Founded in 2003, XYMOGEN has been transforming the lives of people. The company uses exclusive professional formulas to distinguish its supplements from other supplement brands. Provided to healthcare professionals, XYMOGEN is mostly prescribed, as they are a new generation of supplements and care must be exercised when choosing one for any illness. One of the reasons XYMOGEN is highly praised in the healthcare industry is because it not just provides supplements for the body but for the brain too through its line of supplements created specifically for neurological disorders. Following are a few of the supplements that offer support for:

  • Detoxification
  • Cell-Life Regulation
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Immune System
  • Relaxation and Sleep
  • Bone
  • Health
  • Blood Sugar

MARCO PHARMA

MARCO PHARMA was established in 1983 by a German Naturopath, Dr. Marx. He conducted seminars and lectures to teach healthcare practitioners how to administer German therapies. By 1991, MARCO PHARMA was well known in the US and thus began distribution of its supplements internationally. The supplements provided by MARCO PHARMA are advised by trained professionals who are leading authorities in acupuncture, homeopathy, Electro-acupuncture, herbal medicine, natural modalities, clinical ecology and a few other naturopathic disciplines. The company has 4 lines of different supplements, which include:

  • Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies: Supplementing and healing
  • Pacific Island Herbals: Allows you to produce vegetation in nutrient-rich soil, which gives you potent medicinal benefits
  • Ionized Trace Minerals: Development and normal growth, repairs and heals wounds and regulates the body’s absorption mechanism
  • Additional Homeopathic and Herbal Remedies: Proteolytic enzymes and other products that support the body’s functionality

Metagenics

Established in 1983, Metagenics has a unique approach to healthcare supplements. They came up with the revolutionary idea that genes are not the only driving force behind our health. This led them to create nutritional supplements that increase people’s quality of life. The company uses pure ingredients, which are gluten-free, non-GMO and vegetarian products. The six areas/functions of the body that their supplements help improve are:

  • Immune health and function
  • Gastrointestinal health
  • Cardio metabolic health
  • Healthy blood glucose
  • Muscle, bone and joint health
  • Neurological

Along with health supplements, Metagenics also offers nutritional supplements, some of which are for:

  • Detox
  • Enzymes
  • Omega 3s
  • Probiotics
  • Ketogenic

Healthcare supplements provided by these companies are quite potent and therefore, are only offered to healthcare professionals. So, if you are playing to get on a healthy track to keep yourself fit, then visit the nearest healthcare professional and take advantage of these supplements.

How Dangerous Are CBD’s?

Suddenly, everywhere you go, you will find CBD oil is being used in everything from coffee to morning breakfast and smoothies. It’s being used in night time tea for relaxation, people are swallowing capsules to relieve stress and some are even using it in vape pens to make their depression go away.

So, before you say that this “drug” is harmful, World Health Organization (WHO) would like to disagree with you. In November, 2017 WHO finally declared that cannabinoid is in no way harmful and does not have any potential for abuse.

However, let me ask you a couple of questions:

Do you drink coffee in the morning?

During work hours?

At night when you are pulling a long shift or working on a project at home?

We all know that caffeine can be harmful for the body and yet, we are consuming it day and night… almost as a drug, wouldn’t you say?

Back to the question: how can a drop of oil that has various medical benefits such as providing relief from pain and epilepsy, stress reduction, fighting cancer, etc, can be harmful to the body?

Well, even though WHO has declared it has no harmful effects, it does have a few side effects that are not dangerous. These include vomiting, diarrhea, bloating and nausea. As you know that CBD doesn’t get you stoned like THC but it still affects people negatively, depending on their health. According to the NEJM and Lancet studies, CBD can have a negative effect on people, who are dealing with liver problems. While controlled and high doses of CBD are well tolerated by people, in some instances, let’s say an overdose, people might experience the following side effects:

·        Inhibition of Drug Metabolism in the Liver

While CBD on its own will not cause any side effects, it will slow down the activity of cytochrome P450 (liver enzyme), when it comes in contact with other pharmaceutical drugs. This will slow down the drug’s metabolism and prevent it from fully affecting the liver.

·        Dry Mouth

CBD often inhibits saliva secretion, which can make the mouth go dry. Since cannabinoid receptors are in the body’s submandibular glands that are responsible for saliva production, you might get a cotton-mouth sensation after ingesting CBD oil.

·        Low Blood Pressure

If you are taking tablets for high blood pressure, then taking CBD oil without consulting your doctor can be dangerous. As CBD enters your system, the blood pressure drops slightly, which can lead to lightheadedness. This can be easily fixed by drinking coffee or a cup of tea.

·        Drowsiness

While CBD is different from THC and doesn’t get you high, it can make you feel a little drowsy. This is why it is recommended that you don’t operate any heavy machinery after having it.

WHO’s claim has given people the green light to use CBD oil in whatever way they want. Since it is legal in more than half of the states in the US, CBD oil is available in every drug store and pharmacy.

If you are planning to use CBD oil and are taking any medication for liver or heart problems, then consult with your doctor first.

Does CBD Require a Prescription?

Now that you know about the states where medical and recreational marijuana and CBD is legal, let’s talk about how one can get a prescription for it. This is one question that has left many residents in a state of confusion about how they should go about possessing cannabis in a state where it is legal.

One thing that you should know is that the states where CBD and medical marijuana is legal, you need to have an approved prescription for it. Moreover, if found on your person, depending on what state you are in, it needs to be in a specific amount. However, there are things that you need to consider too. While certain states have approved the use of cannabis, under Federal Law, it is still considered illegal.

Here’s what you need to understand about a CBD prescription:

Prescription vs. Recommendation

Since Federal Law is above State Law, when it comes to marijuana, a medical prescription is non-existent. The State government refuses to recognize it therefore; licensed cannabis doctors, as well as dispensaries and pharmacies don’t offer it. Since the term has become so synonymous with medicine, most people think that all they need to do is get a prescription from their doctor.

As for a recommendation, doctors provide them freely to patients but in states where cannabis is legal. A recommendation is a professional view written on a piece of paper that is provided by your doctor, which says using cannabis will benefit you.

CBD Use

So, it’s established that you require a recommendation for cannabis use that has THC in it. When talking about CBD, the rules are completely different. In fact, you don’t need a prescription or a recommendation when it comes to purchasing CBD products.

Since CBD is legal in 46 states, it is widely available everywhere and is easy to obtain. CBD businesses require a permit from the state law in order to operate legally. Failure to obtain a permit will result in the business’s product being labeled as schedule 1 controlled substance.

However, when talking about medical use, CBD does not require a prescription or a recommendation. Here’s why:

According to the Controlled Substance Act in the US, only certain marijuana plant parts are prohibited from use such as the cannabis seeds and the mature stalk. CBD products can only have oil from the plant’s shoot. This product can be sold openly and legally. According to the Agricultural Act of 2014, industrial hemp can be cultivated only and if only it has less than 0.3% of THC concentration.

So, now that you know there’s no need for a prescription when it comes to buying CBD products, there are a few things that you should know before making a purchase. Since this product can be expensive depending on the brand you are choosing, you need to make sure that it is authentic. The 5 things you should look into before purchasing CBD oil are:

  1. Extraction
  2. Purity
  3. Origin
  4. Potency
  5. Additives

Avoid buying over the counter medicines with CBD, as you have no idea how they will react to your current condition. Always buy CBD in its pure form and from a reputable source.

Is CBD Legal?

The popularity of Cannabidiol (CBD) has skyrocketed in the United States. However, people are still confused about which states approve of CBD, which of recreational marijuana and which of medical marijuana.

Let’s make it clear for you: cannabis that contains more than 0.3% THC is considered marijuana, whereas one that contains less than 0.3% THC is considered hemp. CBD is in fact legal in most states but not all 50. The one place where, medical and recreational marijuana, and CBD is legal is the capital of the United States, Washington, DC.

Here’s a list of all the 46 states where CBD is legal:

 

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Colorado
  4. Alabama
  5. Connecticut
  6. Arkansas
  7. Georgia
  8. California
  9. Delaware
  10. Florida
  11. Maine
  12. Maryland
  13. Hawaii
  14. Illinois
  15. Indiana
  16. Rhode Island
  17. Iowa
  18. Wisconsin
  19. Wyoming
  20. Kentucky
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Massachusetts
  23. Michigan
  24. Mississippi
  25. Nevada
  26. Missouri
  27. Texas
  28. New Hampshire
  29. Louisiana
  30. Minnesota
  31. Montana
  32. New Jersey
  33. North Dakota
  34. New York
  35. Ohio
  36. New Mexico
  37. Oklahoma
  38. Vermont
  39. South Carolina
  40. Tennessee
  41. North Carolina
  42. Washington
  43. Oregon
  44. Pennsylvania
  45. Utah
  46. West Virginia

 

 

Every state has a legal policy regarding the possession of CBD. While CBD is legal in most of the states, the above mentioned states have rather an open view of it. You can read about each state’s policy here: https://www.whatiscbd.com/category/policy/.

Now, let’s come to the areas where marijuana can be used for medical and recreational purposes:

Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is legal in the following 30 states:

 

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. Arkansas
  6. California
  7. Delaware
  8. Florida
  9. Maine
  10. Maryland
  11. Hawaii
  12. Illinois
  13. Massachusetts
  14. Michigan
  15. Nevada
  16. New Hampshire
  17. Minnesota
  18. Montana
  19. New Jersey
  20. North Dakota
  21. New Mexico
  22. Ohio
  23. New York
  24. Oklahoma
  25. Rhode Island
  26. Vermont
  27. Oregon
  28. Pennsylvania
  29. West Virginia
  30. Washington


Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana can be consumed in any form, by people 21 years and older, without a doctor’s prescription. It is legal in the following 9 states:

 

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Maine
  5. Nevada
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Oregon
  8. Washington
  9. Vermont

As mentioned earlier, each state changes its stance on the basis of where the CBD is derived from. The keyword here that makes CBD legal is “hemp-derived”.

Now we know that a total of 46 states have legalized the use of CBD in hemp form and marijuana. This leaves us with the four states where marijuana is completely illegal. These states include: South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Idaho. Here, even the use of CBD requires a medical prescription or you will be punishable by law.

So, whether you’re buying CBD or marijuana, no matter in which state you are, to be on the safe side, make sure that you have a medical prescription for its use. Here, even the medical prescription differs, as some states allow CBD for just epileptic seizures, some for cancer treatment and so on.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) has slowly taken over the world and surprisingly, the wellness sector seems to be the one who has warmed up to it the most!

In fact, CBD has been popping up in many things from lotions to lattes. Yes, even coffee! Most of you might recognize this term in connection with marijuana. However, unlike marijuana, this compound is legally available in many states, 46 to be exact, including the US’s capital Washington, DC.

CBD 101 – Understanding the Fundamentals

The one thing that complicates the understanding of cannabis is the plant’s pharmacology. So, to help you understand the basics, here’s the explanation in layman terms:

“The reason why CBD lacks any kind of psycho-activity is because the compound is inert. It’s the THC cannabinoid that has the legendary power and strength to produce euphoric sensations.”

Weed that does not have any traces of THC is called hemp, which is used for medical and therapeutic purposes. So, when talking about the sources of CBD, there are two options: marijuana and hemp plant.

The Difference

CBD and weed is not the same thing. The THC content in the weed will give you a euphoric high but CBD does not affect the body in such a way. When weed is consumed, the THC in it interacts with the CB1 receptor which is located in the peripheral and central nervous system. This changes the way your brain functions and gets you in a high state. However, both THC and CBD offer the same medical benefits. CBD does not interact with the CB1 receptor, which is why it will not get you high.

CBD Produces a Smoother and More Balanced High

When it comes to recreational use, the only problem CBD users have is that it doesn’t get them high enough. On the other hand, THC induces feelings of anxiety and paranoia once the high wears off. People go through negative mood alterations, which is the most common symptom of any drug.

The good thing about CBD is that is can be used to inhibit THC toxicity, which allows you to balance yourself. Those erratic thoughts and behaviors can be eliminated with a little change in what you are smoking.

CBD has been approved as the best therapeutic candidate through various studies. Diseases that were once thought incurable or hard to manage can now be maintained well with CBD. It can stop epileptic seizures and even slow down its frequency, it can treat neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it can relieve pain and reduce inflammation, it can treat mood disorders and most important of all, it can fight cancer. Today, more and more people are opting for CBD therapy as opposed to chemotherapy.

CBD Products

You can now find CBD in almost any type of product. As mentioned earlier, apart from beauty and health products, there are also CBD oils and vaporizers. In order for the public to consume it easily, various food items have been infused with CBD, so that they can use them discreetly for medical purposes.

Since, CBD has a calming effect on the THC compound; several companies have developed a new strain of Cannabidiol, which has a higher ratio of CBD than THC. These strains include Katelyn Faith, Remedy, Harlequin, ACDC, Cannatonic and Charlotte’s Web.

If you think about it, CBD is the cannabis compound that promises more room for innovation. After all, it has a gentle reaction and still enough power to treat serious medical grade problems.

Benefits of Pea Protein in Age-related Muscle Tissue

The words “pea protein” can start a heated debate amongst nutritionists, doctors and athletes. It is a form of protein powder that is a popular choice of vegetarians. Let’s call it the magic bullet, which if taken under the right instructions, can give you the following appearance:

If you are a man…

rsz_pea_protien_man

Or, if you are a woman…

rsz_pea_protien_woman

What is Protein Powder?

Protein powder is raw protein in edible form. It contains amino acids in the form of organic molecules that help build and maintain muscle tissues in your body. The immune system, organs and muscles are mostly made of protein.

Pea Protein

Pea protein is plant-based protein powder, which is quickly becoming quite popular due to the benefits it offers. It is considered the top hypoallergenic protein amongst soy-based and whey protein powders. It does not cause bloating, which is one of the common protein powder side effects.

It contains a high BCAA profile (amino acids chain), is dairy and gluten-free and a healthier option than protein powders that come from animal sources. Since it contains a low amount of heavy metals when compared to rice protein, it has a high potential of helping people lose weight.

Benefits of Pea Protein for Age-related Muscle Tissue Problems

According to a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, pea protein is a great oral supplement for people in their mid-30s. As people age, they lose muscle mass and strength. This often creates weak spots in their body and makes it difficult for them to go about their daily life. With time, the muscle growth stops and the person becomes vulnerable to other health problems.

One of the biggest misunderstandings about pea protein powders is that it does not give the same results as dairy-based protein powders. What people don’t know is that pea protein is the most natural protein powders that not only help with muscle growth but with muscle recovery too!

An important source of muscle growth, known as l-Arginine, is found in the highest quantity in pea protein. This amino acid helps build muscle and gives your body certain co0nditional amino acids that are only produced in the time of stress.

The study involved 160 participants, all males aged from 18 to 35. The study was conducted for 12 weeks and involved upper limb muscles training along with a dose of whey protein and pea protein. At end of each day, the thickness of the bicep muscles was evaluated and recorded.

While there wasn’t much big of a difference between the participants who took whey protein and the others who took pea protein, it was concluded that the latter is a better choice due to the other benefits it offers. These include:

  • Aids in weight loss
  • Reduces risks associated with kidney disease
  • Regulates blood sugar
  • It is low-carb friendly
  • Contains mega magnesium
  • It is free of saturated fat and cholesterol

So, there you go… the next time you hear a heated conversation going on about protein powders, jump right in and expound on the benefits of pea protein for muscle tissue. You won’t know this magic bullet’s benefits until you try it!