Natural Products Expo West 2013 Part ThreeApril 5, 2013 Written by JP [Font too small?]
In my final column about Natural Products Expo West 2013, I’m going to focus on three unconventional items that may improve the quality of many lives. But, you might be surprised to learn that the products in question consist of a butter substitute, coffee for those with digestive issues and lavender oil that’s taken orally. On the surface, health conscious consumers understand that many buttery spreads contain unhealthy ingredients such as hydrogenated oils. Coffee is frequently regarded as a “no no” for anyone living with GERD or irritable bowel syndrome. And, while lavender oil is perhaps the most popular aromatherapy ingredient, it’s typically not intended for internal use.
According to the scientific literature, increasing your intake of omega-3 fats and lowering consumption of omega-6 fats can benefit everything from bone density to cognitive functioning throughout life. A delicious and simple way to improve your omega-6/omega-3 ratio is to substitute regular butter or market brand butter substitutes with a product called Melt. This organic, 100% natural spread boasts an impressive ingredient list that features organic coconut oil, flaxseed oil and a small amount of grass-fed butter. Melt has twice the amount of omega-3’s as omega-6 fatty acids and is free of gluten, hydrogenated fats, lactose and soy.
While I am admittedly a big coffee proponent, I’m well aware that some people simply cannot tolerate it. In particular, those that experience frequent heartburn may need of avoid or limit coffee altogether. However, Puroast, a specially roasted coffee, may offer a viable option for those who have issues with the natural acidity present in conventional coffee. Testing conducted at the University of California, Davis determined that Puroast contains between 3 to 5 times less acid than competing brands of coffee such as Folgers, Nescafe and Starbucks. What’s more, Puroast is much lower in specific “gut irritating” compounds known as dichlorogenic acids. This is welcome news because the latest research on coffee continues to report very positive and, sometimes, unexpected outcomes such as improved cardiovascular function and reduced stroke risk.
If you’re living with chronic anxiety, but want to avoid powerful anxiolytic medications, Silexan may be right for you. This lavender oil soft gel has been shown to safely improve anxiousness, depressed mood and sleeplessness in patients with generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress and somatization disorder. A recent study, appearing in the journal Phytomedicine, reveals that Silexan is as effective as a prescription anti-anxiety medication (lorazepam). The authors of the trial concluded that this natural alternative “showed no sedative effects … has no potential for drug abuse” and “appears to be an effective and well tolerated alternative to benzodiazepines for amelioration of generalized anxiety”. Another positive attribute of this affordable supplement is that there is ongoing research being conducted on it. This is welcome news for open-minded patients and skeptical physicians who are interested in a more holistic, integrative means of attaining psychological health.
To learn more about the studies referenced in today’s column, please click on the following links:
Study 1 – Product Information: Rich & Creamy Melt Organic (link)
Study 2 – Association of Red Blood Cell N-3 & N-6 Fatty Acids w/ Bone … (link)
Study 3 – Fatty Acids in ADHD: Plasma Profiles in a Placebo-Controlled … (link)
Study 4 – The Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio and Dementia or Cognitive Decline … (link)
Study 5 – Product Information: Puroast Low Acid Coffee (link)
Study 6 – Consumption of a Boiled Greek Type of Coffee is Associated with … (link)
Study 7 – The Impact of Green Tea and Coffee Consumption on the Reduced Risk … (link)
Study 8 – Product Information: Nature’s Way CalmAid (link)
Study 9 – Phase II Trial on the Effects of Silexan in Patients w/ Neurasthenia … (link)
Study 10 – A Multi-Center, Double-Blind, Randomised Study of the Lavender Oil … (link)
Most Studies Suggest Coffee Reduces Stroke Risk
Source: Korean J Fam Med. 2012 November; 33(6): 356–365. (link)
Tags: Anxiety, Coffee, GERD
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