Should you be using Epsom salt for plantar fasciitis? Or is this just a bunch of crap that is going to be a waste of your money?
If you are like I was, then you will try pretty much anything to get rid of that ridiculous pain that is often excruciating in the mornings and can sometimes be crippling. I had been to the doctors, I had gotten prescriptions for steroids, I had been using a spiky rollerball on the bottom of my foot, I had been wearing a medical boot for months, but nothing seemed to be able to get rid of this crap.
Plantar fasciitis is one heck of a strange problem and it seems that there are no doctors out there who have mastered cures to it… Largely due to the fact that there can be dozens of causes for this condition.
But could the cure really be something so simple? Is it really as easy as going and picking up some Epsom salt at the local supermarket and soaking your foot in it every day?
Well… It is said that Epsom salt promotes relaxation, reduces pain and swelling, and helps speed up healing… So based on some of the information quickly available online it seems that it could do the trick. However, in this short post I’m going to be explaining why it did NOT work for me. But first let me go over the theory of why it supposedly works…
Epsom salt is very different from table salt. Yes, they both have the word “salt” in their names, but they are extremely different. Epsom salt is just magnesium sulfate and the magnesium part of it is why there are so many claimed health benefits.
Magnesium is very important, in fact so important that, according to the National Institutes of Health, it is involved in over 300 reactions in the body… That is a heck of a lot.
Upon doing research I also found that having a deficiency in magnesium is likely to make you more susceptible to certain tendon problems. And since the plantar fascia is a connective tissue as are the tendons, it seems reasonable to assume that it could apply to this as well.
It is no wonder why licensed doctors often suggest supplementing magnesium, along with other important minerals right before bed if you have plantar fasciitis.
The idea behind Epsom salt foot baths is that the magnesium and sulfate dissociate in water and are absorbed into your body through the skin… Right where you need it most.
Sounds good and all, but things are a bit more complicated than they sound at first.
I will say that soaking my foot in an Epsom salt bath was always something that felt good. It would help my foot relax and just feel all around better for a period of time after soaking it. However, it wasn’t a solution and here’s why…
It seems that there are 101 causes for plantar fasciitis, and the location of the pain isn’t one of them.
The problem with most treatments for PF is that they only treat the pain… Right where the plantar fascia is hurting. But that is not where the problem is originating and even if you do get the pain to go away it will just come back over and over again if you don’t get to the root of the cause.
Some of the many common causes of this condition include tight muscles in the lower leg (such as the calf) that place an unnecessary amount of tension on the plantar fascia, poor posture, damage to the posterior tibial tendon, and so on.
So while soaking your foot in a nice hot bath of Epsom salt may feel relieving, it sure as heck isn’t going to fix your posture or stretch out your calves, which could be the cause of your pain.
Another reason the Epsom salt baths did not work for me is because they would make my foot feel better and I would then proceed to use it more… Which would likely just lead to additional damage and might have been causing more harm than good.
Now I know that this is completely my fault and has nothing to do with the Epsom salt bath itself, but I think it is still worth mentioning.
Your foot might be experiencing a sudden reduction in pain and you might think that can walk on it normally, but you have to remain disciplined and be careful with it. Healing takes time.
And the third reason that it didn’t work for me is that it MIGHT NOT WORK AT ALL.
As I was doing my research I found a publishing in the science journal called Nutrients titled Myth or Reality – Transdermal Magnersium?.
This report explained that, while magnesium does have many proven benefits that could aid in recovery, there is no good proof that exists out there showing that magnesium can be absorbed effectively through your skin.
In the case of Epsom salt foot baths, it is all about absorption. You can have all the magnesium you want in that water but if it isn’t being absorbed through your skin then there are no benefits coming from it.
There are a lot of different magnesium supplements out there that you are supposed to apply to your skin and unfortunately there just isn’t any good proof that this is effective.
Epsom salt foot baths may help to some extent, but it might just be the hot water that is helping and not the actual Epsom salt. It makes perfect sense that this could be the case. After all, applying heat to a condition like plantar fasciitis will help loosen up the connective tissue, promote circulation, ease pain and so on.
Getting enough magnesium is very important, but you might be better off just going the proven route of taking magnesium supplements orally, or just getting more natural magnesium through your diet. If you are going to go the route of supplements, it is suggested that you take 200 mg of magnesium in combination with 1000 mg of calcium right before bed. This is said to help relieve the morning pain and stiffness that PF is so notorious for.
Now I’m not saying that Epsom salt foot baths do not work for sure, I’m just saying that there isn’t enough evidence out there to really say that it does work… And even if it does help reduce pain and aid in the recovery of the plantar fascia, the problem is just going to keep coming back if the cause is due to something else, such as tight calves, posture, etc.
As I said earlier… things are more complicated than they seem.
But anyways, I hope you enjoyed the short post and found it informative. I just wanted to share with you my short story and some research I have gathered while trying to find a cure to this ridiculous problem that can seem impossible to get rid of.
Please leave any questions or comments down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Can dogs have pistachios? Or will they kill them? The last thing you want to do is hurt your little pooch and, although he/she might like them as a tasty treat, it might not be worth the risk.
But why would you be able to feed your dog pistachios? I mean… They taste good to us and they are very nutritious for us, so it can’t be that much different for dog, can it?
And besides that, it seems like a common courtesy to feed your dog a little bit of what you are having. After all He/she probably stares at you as you munch on those tasty pistachios with that hungry look, just waiting to be fed.
While this may be true, the truth is that humans and dogs are not the same, and they do not react the same to certain foods. Who would’ve guessed… I mean there isn’t much difference between the two. Besides of course the walking around on all fours, being covered in hair, slobbering all over the place, barking at every noise, and all that stuff (joke).
Seriously though… Back to the point of this post, which is that pistachios can potentially be harmful to your dog.
Now this is nothing to go crazy ever. If you just fed your dog a handful of pistachios, you shouldn’t go racing them to the vet. There is a lot of mixed information out there, some articles saying that no one should be feeding their dogs pistachios while others claim they are pretty much harmless, but none are that concerning.
What I’m going to do here is first go over three reasons you should avoid giving your dog pistachios, followed by why you might actually want to feed your dog pistachios. I know, this sounds confusing… But you will see what I mean.
Number one (in no particular order) is that feeding your dog a diet of pistachios can possibly cause them an upset stomach. And this is obviously something you do not want.
Besides causing your dog discomfort and pain, which no happy dog owner should be okay with, you might also have to get out the cleaning supplies and scrub up vomit off that new rug you just bought, or if you are lucky you will be able to wipe it up off the hardwood floor.
Foods with high fat content, as pistachios have, are known to be culprits of upset stomachs for dogs.
If you did just recently add pistachios to your dogs diet and they have been acting a bit strange, or you notice the telltale sign of vomiting, then I would recommend backing off for a bit and seeing if the symptoms disappear with the discontinued consumption of these nuts.
Pistachios our absolutely packed with nutrients. Besides your dog staring at you like he/she wants a bite, you probably figured that this would be nice nutritious treat that could aid in improving your dog’s health.
Some of the many nutrients that pistachios contain a good deal of include the following…
However, the proteins that pistachios contain will not be able to be digested by your dog. In addition to the problems that these strange proteins pose, the high fat content that pistachios contain can pose a problem and will not be able to be utilized to be, which brings me to my next point…
If you were reading other articles about pistachios in dogs before come across mine, you probably came across how they are high in fat and can cause serious problems for your dog.
Yes, high-fat diets fed to dogs have been linked to severe problems such as pancreatitis, which can be fatal, but they’re not as much to worry about as you may think.
Pistachios contain a good amount of fat… Much more than they do carbs and protein. According to Self Nutrition Data about 67% of the calories from pistachios comes from the fat it contains… Which is about 56 g of fat per every 1 cup (123 g).
That is some pretty high amounts of fat… But this isn’t necessarily a problem. Yes, high-fat diets can really tax your dog’s pancreas. But usually this is only a problem if your dog is also getting a lot of carbs. It is usually a combination of the two that poses the problem. If most of your dogs fuel is coming from fat, then this might be nothing to worry about.
As I mentioned earlier, there are many mixed opinions on whether or not feeding your pooch these nuts is something you should be doing. Some articles will tell you yes while others will tell you no.
In my opinion… Why not? Just think about it… Think about all those peanut flavored treats, peanut flavored dog foods, and just the peanut butter in general that we feed our dogs. Peanuts are actually higher in fat and their protein is also going to pose problems to your dog, but that doesn’t seem to stop people.
While pistachios do have the potential to cause your dog problems, so do peanuts.
That said, if you are going to give these to your dog, keep in mind that moderation is key. Do not overfeed him/her and it is best to start out with small amounts, making sure that they do not have adverse reactions. And, if they do, they will hopefully be nothing to worry about since the amount given was small.
There is no Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) or anything like that that I can provide you with. Small dogs are obviously going to be much more susceptible to problems associated with overconsumption or overdosing, see just have to be careful.
I would also recommend giving them of the unshelled pistachios, although you probably already knew this. With the shelled pistachios it is possible that splinters could break off from the shelves and get lodged inside the stomach or digestive tract.
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It is often recommended to avoid the diarrhea-causing lactose from dairy milk, but can almond milk because diarrhea as well?
There are so many alternative choices of milk out there nowadays. We have soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk and more. But almond milk is definitely one of the more popular ones. Not only did do people enjoy the taste of a nice glass of almond milk, but is also packed with nutrients, being high in unsaturated fats, protein, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, calcium and others.
Maybe you are looking to start drinking almond milk, or already have, because you are lactose intolerant; maybe you are vegan; maybe you have irritable bowel syndrome and dairy milk triggers this; or maybe you are just looking for a more environmentally friendly alternative than the common cow milk you find at the grocery store.
And it probably sounded like an amazing alternative until you either experienced diarrhea for yourself and wondered if the almond milk was to blame, or maybe you just heard about this unwanted side effect from somebody else.
I have personally been drinking almond milk, pretty much exclusively, for a couple years now and have never had any negative side effects from it, or at least none that I know of. However, just the other day I was reading a story on Today.com about how some women it was lactose intolerant switched over to almond milk and was still experiencing that sick and bloated feeling. She was worried that the problem was much worse than lactose intolerance and, at the recommendation of a doctor, did an elimination diet to find that almond milk was the culprit.
After reading this I was quite surprised. I had never heard of anything like this before. But anyways… I decided to look into it further and found that other people have experienced the same thing in that it really isn’t all that uncommon, although it isn’t that common either.
Below are three reasons that I found almond milk could be the cause of your diarrhea, or the potential future cause if you haven’t actually started drinking it yet.
One of the more common causes would be that you are actually allergic to almonds. Although almond allergies are not as widespread as peanut allergies, they are on the list of top nut allergies. And according to LiveScience, allergies from these little guys can lead to a number of things, including stomach pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even anaphylaxis in the worst of cases.
The good thing is that if you are just experiencing diarrhea, then your allergies are not all that bad. It could be worse.
One of the reasons that you could potentially be allergic to almonds, and almond milk, is because of the proteins that almonds contain. What happens in many cases is the human body mistakes these proteins as invaders and the immune system orchestrates unnecessary attacks.
Of course not all men milk is created equally. Some almond milks are definitely more healthy than others, but many of the almond milks I see in the store contain a lot of additives and all of them are indeed highly processed. You cannot just go out there and crack open an almond to drink milk from it.
A lot of the almond milks on the market have nutrients added to them, such as minerals that are not actually from almonds. And anyway this is not much different from supplementing with vitamins taken out of a bottle, which there been a lot of studies on showing that absorption is not nearly as effective compared to when getting vitamins from a natural source.
You also have to consider the sugar content of almond milk. Unsweetened almond milk is the best choice, because it has zero sugar and this could potentially be the problem. But I know a lot of people are going to want to buy the unsweetened kind due to the… Well… Unsweetened taste.
And don’t confuse “unsweetened” with “original”. The original almond milks are indeed sweetened.
It it is also possible that you could experience diarrhea due to overdosing on vitamin E after drinking almond milk.
Almonds are very high in vitamin E. For every 1 ounce serving you’re getting about 35% of the RDA… For regular old almonds. Now of course the milk contains a much more diluted amount. Your common Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk will provide you with about 20% of the RDA for vitamin E in a 1 cup serving.
Now I will say that it would be rare for an overdose on vitamin E to be caused by your consumption of almond milk, but it might be worth about. If you are already getting high doses of vitamin E, maybe already going over the RDA by a bit, the addition of all involved to your diet may tip the scales a little bit too much.
Vitamin E is incredibly important for a long list of reasons dealing with human health, but you don’t want to much of anything. There are number of side effects that come from overdosing on this vitamin, diarrhea being one of them.
If almond milk is a current part of your diet and you are experiencing diarrhea, you might be thinking that there is very little chance that this could be the cause because this unwanted side effect is not something you get relatively soon after drinking it, which you might expect. However, determining if almond milk is the cause is a little more complicated.
Almond milk could cause diarrhea later down the road. It could take a while… Even over a day after you drink it. This all depends on the reason for your intolerance and this makes it much more difficult to find out what to place the blame on.
A really good way for determining the cause is the symbol of elimination diet, which was mentioned in the beginning when I was talking about a story I read from a woman that was trying to get to the bottom of this.
With the elimination diet you simply want to slowly start eliminating foods and seeing if the diarrhea goes away. But of course this is easier said than done… Since I just mentioned that you could drink almond milk one day and potentially not get diarrhea from it until the next. Ian there is also the possibility that a combination of nutrients or the cause of your diarrhea, which just makes things all the more complicated.
When incorporating almond milk safely into your diet, I think the best approach to take is to start off slowly. Start off by just drinking the smallest amount for a couple of days and see if you have any side effects to it. If not, start drinking more until you get to the desired amount.
If you do have digestive problems or other side effects, then stop and see if they go away. If they do go away, and the side effects weren’t too bad, you may want to run the test again just to make sure. And if you are still experiencing problems then you may want to try the unsweetened almond milk if you are up for the bad taste.
All in all, almond milk is a good alternative, I would say one of the better alternatives, to dairy milk. Sure, it may not be quite as healthy as people think and some people may get diarrhea from it, but overall it is a good choice and I personally am very happy I switched over to almond milk when I did several years ago.
Anyways… I hope you enjoyed the short post and found it informative. If you like to, please share to help spread the word.
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Everyone wants to perform better in bed, but is it really as easy as just eating some pistachios? There is some mixed information out there on whether eating pistachios for sex is effective or not and in this short article I’ll be going over three reasons why they help, and one reason why you might want to avoid them.
I first came across this topic after looking into the various benefits of eating pistachios. I came across an article on Mirror.co.uk that mentioned some Turkish study that was performed on impotent men in which they supposedly started eating pistachios and within three weeks saw a “significant” improvement in their erectile function.
But I thought to myself… Can it really be? Is this really all there is to it? There has to be something they aren’t telling us. Becoming an animal in bed can’t be as simple as eating delicious green nuts I would want to eat regardless of their benefits.
So anyways… After doing a good bit of research I found that, yes… Pistachios can be beneficial for sex in there are 3 different ways that they can help which I will go over. HOWEVER, there is also a downside that I came across which often does not get discussed when it comes to this topic.
So the study that was mentioned in the article on the mirror.co.uk website is a study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.
In this study they took 17 and potent man who had had ED for at least 12 months and started feeding them 100 g of pistachios per day every three week period. That is about 3.5 ounces of pistachios per day, which is more than the serving size recommended on most bags of pistachios you can buy at the store, but not much more.
Anyways… The International Index of Erectile Function was measured before and after the three weeks. The results… Well this index takes into account five different areas dealing with sexual desire, pleasure, and satisfaction… And all five saw improvements.
Having high levels of cholesterol is a known culprit of erectile dysfunction. Cholesterol can but up in your arteries and cause high blood pressure. And according to Healthline, atherosclerosis, or the narrowing of blood vessels, is the most common reason for erectile dysfunction. So as you can imagine, having cholesterol club up your arteries, thus decreasing the efficiency of your blood vessels is not a good thing.
Luckily, eating some of those tasty green nuts every day can help you solve your cholesterol problems, at least to some extent.
A study mentioned on WebMD showed that eating pistachios on a daily basis can decrease LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) over quite a long time span.
In this study there were 28 people with high LDL-cholesterol readings put under the microscope (not literally of course). The subjects started out the study eating a low-fat diet for a month, then followed by one month of eating one serving of pistachios daily, and lastly another month of eating two daily servings of pistachios.
The results… LDL cholesterol levels decreased by 9% in the first month of eating pistachios for one serving a day, followed by a 12% drop the second month when they were eating to servings a day.
This study however didn’t show any improvement in HDL levels, which is the good cholesterol. That said, I was able to find other studies, such as this one this one performed on rats, which did show in increase in good cholesterol levels.
There are many different things that can affect sexual performance. While you may not think of cholesterol as being one of them, it can have an effect, although indirectly.
Another reason why pistachios are good for sex is because they are rich in antioxidants, which do wonders for sperm health.
In fact, 30 to 80% of infertility is thought to be the cause of oxidative stress. Most studies out there show that antioxidant supplementation improves sperm count, motility, and lessens DNA damage to sperm.
And of course most of the time you want to get your nutrients through a natural source, rather than taking pills and tablets. So in this ways pistachios are a great choice.
Like most knots, pistachios are rich in a variety of different antioxidants. Just to name a few, they contain good amounts of beta-carotene, lutein, flavonoids, magnesium and others.
Those are three reasons why pistachios are good for sex, but maybe you have heard that they decrease testosterone levels. If you Google test, you will find a good bit of information claiming that pistachios do indeed decrease testosterone levels and with this information it makes it all the harder to say whether or not you should be eating pistachios for sex.
The reason pistachios, along with some other nuts, decreased testosterone levels is because of a type of chemical contained called phytosterols. Studies show that high amounts of phytosterols do in fact lower test levels.
So then what the heck should you be doing?
Should you be avoiding pistachios so that your testosterone levels stay high or should you be eating pistachios to treat ED, lower cholesterol to increase blood flow and to increase sperm health?
With this contradicting information in mind, the debate on whether or not pistachios are good or bad for sex is still very much alive. And unfortunately, there just aren’t enough really good studies out there to come to a conclusive answer for this.
Does the good outweigh the bad or is it the other way around?
Well… There haven’t been that many direct studies around pistachios and sex, but those at 17 impotent men that were studied (mentioned in the beginning) saw improvements in every part of the International Index of Erectile Function… So it worked for them.
What it all comes down to is the particular situation that you are in. There are many different reasons for having erectile dysfunction or being bad and bad in general, and while pistachios may be able to help treat some people, they are going to help everyone.
But anyways… I hope you enjoyed this short post and found it helpful. If you like to, please share to help spread the word.
Also, leave any comments or questions down below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Royal jelly benefits men in many ways. It may not seem like a very manly substance, but this strange natural edible is incredibly healthy and has some benefits that any man should see the value in.
In the short post I'll be going over 10 of the manly ways in which it can be of benefit to you. And by the way, I'll be referring to it occasionally as RJ throughout this post… So just know that I'm talking about Royal jelly here.
But anyways, before I get into the incredible benefits that RJ beholds for even the manliest of men, we first need to discuss what the heck this stuff is in the first place.
It is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world as a "superfood", but a lot of people don't really know what it is and where it comes from.
Royal jelly is actually a secretion that comes from honey bees… Specifically from the worker bees that are out there busting their humps all day and night to keep the hive together and things rolling smoothly.
You may have never seen it before because supplements of RJ are often sold in capsule form, but it is a very viscous white liquid.
It's composition will vary depending on the bees and many other factors, such as the particular environment that the bees are living in, but generally speaking according to WebMD you can expect royal jelly to be about…
This incredibly nutritious secretion is more than just a food that humans eat. I mean just think about it… Why would these bees be making food for humans?
The truth of the matter is that this substance is a very important source of nutrition for the queen bees and is actually the reason the queen bees become so large, healthy, and live so long.
Fun Fact: The larvas of Queen bees and other worker bees are actually no different. It is the consumption of this royal jelly that separates the queen bee from the rest.
RJ it's fed to baby larvae for the first several days and is comparable to colostrum that human babies get from their mothers after birth, which is also jammed packed with nutrients.
Now you may still be thinking that this doesn't sound very manly… After all, it is a queen bee that this food is intended for. What can it do for you... A man?
The truth is a lot. There are plenty of scientific studies on this stuff and it is really increasing in popularity in the Western world, although it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.
But anyways, enough about what it is… Here are the 10 very manly benefits that royal jelly has for you…
When you think of the most manly thing possible, you probably think of testosterone. Both men and women have this hormone, but men have significantly higher levels... About 20 times more production than women.
You may have also heard of it when it comes to steroids… Because testosterone is a anabolic steroid. However, we are talking about injecting steroids here… We are talking about increasing testosterone naturally.
It isn't much of a wonder that it helps increase testosterone. After all, it has been found to aid in the development of the Queen bee's gonads.
As far as actually increasing testosterone goes, it has been shown to increase serum levels in male rabbits as well as in hamster testis.
The reason is thought to increase testosterone is because research suggests that it gives sex hormones, such as DHEA-S, a boost… And thus your testosterone levels get a boost.
Helping heal fractured bones is also a big deal.
After a long day of splitting wood, swinging sledgehammers, dodging battle axes and doing whatever it is that you do… There might be times where you have had hairline fractures or even full-blown broken bones. And I don't think anyone wants these.
Well… The good news is that the short and long term effects that RJ has on bone formation (healing) our positive, according to this test done on rats.
In this particular study it was shown that new bone formation was higher for those who ingested RJ compared to the control group which did not.
And in addition to aiding in the bone healing process, it is also good for healing wounds in general. Researchers have decided that much of the wound healing ability that RJ possesses comes from a protein it contains called defensin-1. This protein has been found to be extremely effective at speeding up the healing process.
It might be nothing more than a minor flesh wound, but having no wound at all is always better.
Everyone needs sleep, including men. Sleep is necessary for every single aspect of overall health. Whether you are looking to gain muscle, run faster, grew thicker hair, have more energy, etc.… Sleep is a key ingredient and without enough of it you will only be running on 4 cylinders when you could be running on 8.
Supplementing RJ can actually help to improve your sleep, or lack of.
In its contents you will find a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is found in your body's nervous system. Having a lack of this compound can result in memory problems, lack of sleep, and other problems dealing with the brain.
It it is also said to help relieve mental stress and anxiety, which are very common causes of not getting enough sleep.
Your liver is very important… Especially if you fancy alcoholic beverages. Having an unhealthy liver is no condition you want to be in when going to a tailgating party before Sunday's big game.
The liver filters all the bad stuff that you eat or drink, and with all of the newfound pollutants increasing on a global scale, liver health is something you need to look out for.
Signed tests that tested the liver helping abilities of RJ on mice found that after just seven days of feeding RJ to them, they showed improvement in liver protection. In the study the mice had their livers damaged by administration of a toxin before being fed the RJ.
Sperm health is something that every man is going to think about one day. If you are still young, then you probably have not thought about it yet… But you will get there.
Unhealthy sperm is something that no man wants and royal jelly can actually help with this, as well as helping with fertility in women.
It it is no surprise because it is filled with many good nutrients that support a healthy hormonal balance, which can greatly impact your sperm health.
I was able to find multiple studies showing that royal jelly is effective for such health, both performed on animals and on humans.
The first study worth mentioning involved mice getting a oral dose of RJ for 30 days, which proved to increase sperm count, sperm motility, as well as mature and undamaged sperm. This is likely due to the antioxidant nature of this substance since it is well known that oxidative stress can have a big impact on sperm.
In a human study mentioned on examine.com, royal jelly was shown to produce no significant benefits when it comes to sperm count… HOWEVER, it did prove to increase sperm motility.
So while there may be some conflict thing results as far as what exactly RJ can do for your sperm health, both studies agree that it can help in one way or another.
Royal jelly can also help boost your metabolism, which is all around good for everything. A better and more efficient metabolism helps to get more things done. So that maybe, just maybe you will have the newfound energy to build that new tool shed or lay that new patio that you have been putting off for months or maybe even years.
RJ has all eight essential amino acids. This is important because the "essential" amino acids are amino acids that your body cannot synthesize on its own, meaning that they need to be obtained through diet. Having enough of these amino acids can help you build more muscle, lose more weight, and just keep your body running more smoothly.
Protein supplements are being marketed more commonly than ever towards people with the goal of losing excess pounds. This is because of the amino acids that they contain and how they are proven to assist in the weight loss process.
A boost in the metabolism helps to increase your body's natural fat burning capabilities. And hopefully this can give you a better and more sustained flow of energy and in turn will help you lose excess fat, if you have any.
Royal jelly has actually been a traditional Chinese medicine taken for various things, including weight loss, for years (as mentioned in the beginning) but it is just now starting to really catch on more in the Western world.
Inflammation can be a good thing but it can also be a bad thing. Information is your body's natural response to stress, but too much of it is when it gets bad.
There are in increasing number of studies suggesting that inflammation plays a bigger role than most people once thought when it comes to all sorts of diseases, ailments, and conditions.
It is present everywhere… In everything from cancer, to arthritis, to asthma, to your common flu and its unwanted presence can help prolong negative health and works. It has been shown that getting rid of excessive inflammation can slow cancer cell development, help wounds heal faster, and more.
Royal jelly happens to have many enzymes, vitamins and flavonoids that can help with the problem of inflammation.
According to this scientific study, it is thought that the anti-inflammatory effects of royal jelly come from its anti-radical and antioxidant effects, although there could be many reasons for these inflammation fighting properties.
Flavonoids are something that are well known for fighting off inflammation. What are they? They are natural pigments that are part of what make fruits and veggies so good for you and they suppress certain pro-inflammatory mediators by blocking their synthesis.
One source I came across suggested that you should apply royal jelly topically because too much heat will destroy some of the vitamins and active enzymes that are potent anti-inflammatories, but I don't know how big of a difference it would actually make. I'm guessing that ingesting RJ, as you would with most supplements, will do the trick to some extent.
Weight loss is another benefit to be had. I already mentioned that it can speed up the metabolism which can in turn help you lose weight, but what I didn't talk about is how it contains relatively high amounts of lecithin, as does other bee products like Manuka honey.
Why is this important? Well… Because lecithin helps your body break down into get rid of fat, or at least that is the theory. It is known to help break down fat and water but there is a lack of evidence that actually breaks down fat in your body. That said, a lot of people swear that it does help having taken supplements with it for themselves.
Lecithin is something you may or may not have heard of before, and maybe have even heard of it being used for completely different reasons, such as for treating arthritis, memory problems and so on. It is an essential nutrient that our bodies don't make enough of in that you need to get by the foods you eat.
And the side effects are pretty much all good. It is also shown to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL). What it does is keeps cholesterol from building up along the artery walls.
Something else that I found quite interesting is that it has been shown in studies to reduce white adipose tissue in mice while not reducing the amount of brown adipose tissue. In other words, it reduces the amount of what is commonly called "bad fat" while leaving the amount of what is commonly called "good fat" alone.
As a man or any living being for that matter, the last thing you want is a viral infection, which can seriously weaken your immune system and overall health and occasionally lead to unwanted breakouts depending on what type of infection you have.
One interesting study I came across that tested royal jelly's antiviral ability against herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV-1) compared to the popular drug acyclovir, showed that RJ is a good and healthy alternative to the antiviral medication acyclovir.
The findings of the study showed that RJ decreased the viral load from 70,795 to 30 and acyclovir went the whole way to 0. So while acyclovir was found to be more effective, RJ definitely showed some promising results in the fact that it is natural makes it a potential good alternative, especially for people who react badly to the acyclovir medication.
The potent antioxidant profile that royal jelly has is likely responsible for much of the antiviral component that it brings to the table. Antioxidants obtained from food help to strengthen the immune system. One of the reasons that malnourished individuals are more susceptible to viruses and other infections is because of a lack of antioxidant intake.
And last but definitely not least, coming in at number 10, is that royal jelly can potentially make you smarter, as can a personal favorite of mine.. Turmeric Curcumin.
You don't have to be smart to swing an axe or through hamburgers on the grill, but you do have to be smart to crunch numbers and run a successful business… Which is equally as manly.
I mentioned that RJ contains the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is known to promote brain health and other things, which is one of the reasons why supplementing this stuff can help improve focus, memory, and more.
In one double-blind placebo study, a large group of healthy people took royal jelly for a total of six months. The result at the end… Tons of benefits… One of which being improved mental health.
In another study it was shown that taking RJ orally can significantly increase the number of a certain type of cell that functions in the cognitive processes. These cells can be damaged or die for a number of reasons in the result is an impaired mind. Increased regeneration of the cells = a smarter you.
Royal jelly without a doubt has tons of health benefits that are good for everyone, including man. These health benefits are becoming more and more widely known thanks to the increasing research being done by scientists… Which is slowly proving that many of the benefits said to be had by this secretion in Chinese medicine are actually true.
But should this be a part of your daily diet? Well… That is all up to you. Do you want to…
Well if you answered yes then maybe it is worth buying.
But it's far from being a "cure all". Sure, it will help with all of these things, but don't expect this to be some magical substance that is all of a sudden going to make you a superhero.
Anyways… I hope you enjoyed this short post and found it informative. Please leave any questions or comments down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Does oatmeal lower blood pressure? Could this normal and everyday food that can be bought at any grocery store be the key to getting your blood pressure down to how the levels? Is this the secret weapon you have been waiting for?
You have probably heard plenty of times that consuming a low sodium diet is the way to go… It is all about sodium. Sodium is the enemy, but is oatmeal the ally?
I completely understand why consuming oatmeal to lower blood pressure is something that you hope works. After all, oatmeal is cheap, delicious, and can be consumed in a variety of different ways… Oh yeah, and it is natural. I think just about anyone would rather lower their blood pressure naturally compared to taking medications that could potentially have harmful side effects.
But anyways… YES, oatmeal does help lower BP and this is not just some folk medicine with no hard proof backing up these claims. A study published in the Journal of Family Practice showed that adding oats to your diet can reduce both systolic and diastolic BP by as much as 7.5 and 5.5 points respectively. In the study there were two groups compared, one which consumed a low fiber diet and another which consumed a high fiber diet of oats over a six-week period… The group that consumed the high fiber diet consisting of oats having a profound effect on the lowering of blood pressure.
But what’s the problem with high blood pressure anyhow… Is it really that big of a deal?
Of course it is and since you are reading this article I am guessing you are already well aware of this.
High blood pressure is pretty straightforward… It is high pressure inside your blood vessels that places in unnecessary strain on your cardiovascular system. It makes your heart work harder than it should as well as your blood vessels in addition to making everything less efficient at doing their job. Thus the heart, which is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood and nutrients throughout the body, works harder and has less output.
But besides that there are a number of other problems like income from high blood pressure. High blood pressure can be the gateway to all sorts of things that you don’t want, the worst being heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes. It is commonly associated with higher levels of cholesterol buildup because of how the insides of the arteries become damaged with micro tears, leading to cholesterol not flowing smoothly throughout and instead getting stuck to the walls, which can build up.
But besides having an effect on your cardiovascular system and increasing the risk for related diseases such as heart disease, high BP also leads to a lot of problems that you might not think are directly related, such as increased weight gain… Which can in turn lead to just about every problem under the sun.
But what is it about oatmeal that can help your body out to lower blood pressure? Well… A few of the reasons it helps our because it…
It’s High In Fiber
According to WebMD,oatmeal ranks in the top 10 for sources of fiber, containing about 4 g per cup of cooked oats. And it doesn’t matter how you consume it… Cooked or not, it’s going to be a good source of fiber.
Diets high in fiber are associated with significantly lower rates of hypertension. A large meta-analysis of clinical trials that I came across suggests that fiber intake may reduce BP.
It Helps Lower Cholesterol
Cholesterol and blood pressure have a complicated relationship. High levels of cholesterol can put you at a higher risk of getting high blood pressure, and vice versa as I mentioned in the previous section.
The reason high levels of cholesterol can increase your blood pressure is because of how your arterial walls will become blocked and blood flow will become restricted as cholesterol builds up. Blocked blood flow means that your heart has to be artery and that your blood really has to squeeze and push itself more than it should in order to get where needs to go.
MayoClinic suggests that the reason oatmeal helps to lower cholesterol is because of its soluble fiber content, which can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your blood. Basically the soluble fiber soaks up the cholesterol itself so that your body can get rid of it.
Provides Good Minerals
Oatmeal it is also a decent source of minerals such as potassium and calcium, which are proven to help lower blood pressure.
In 1 cup of cooked oatmeal you are getting about 143 mg of potassium. Now there is no real RDA (recommended daily allowance) set for how much of this mineral you should be getting, because deficiency in potassium is rare, but 143 mg is a nice little dose nonetheless.
Potassium and sodium are things that you want to keep in a nice healthy balance. You do need some sodium, but of course you don’t want too much. Potassium helps keep the negative pro-hypertensive effects of salt (high in sodium) at bay.
When it comes to calcium you’re getting about 187 mg in 1 cup of cooked oatmeal. In addition to that, many people will eat their oatmeal with milk which is also a good source of calcium. The RDA for this mineral is around 1000 mg a day for adults.
187mg might not sound like much per serving, but it is better than nothing.
Low calcium intake has been shown to be related to high BP and other cardiovascular diseases. Koreans actually have a high rate of hypertension and, as expected, the consumed diets very low in calcium.
Fatty Acids Can Help
Fatty acids can also be good for your BP and oatmeal has several. Per 100 g you get about 0.11 g of omega-3 and 2.42 g of omega-6 fats.
Now there is a lot of talk about omega-6 fats promoting inflammation and blood vessel constriction, which would lead to higher BP. However, there is now a lot of new information coming out and research being done showing that this fatty acid also does the opposite… Helping improve blood circulation and lower BP.
Omega-3 fats can also help and are commonly promoted in healthy heart supplements. For example, fish oil is high in omega-3 fats and I’m sure you have heard of people taking this in supplement form before. Just about every bottle of fish oil that you will find at the store will mention how it is healthy for your heart, or maybe have a picture of a heart on it.
While oatmeal is a good food to add to the lineup of natural BP lowering health foods, this is definitely not something that is going to work all on its own. It is just one piece of the puzzle… It is just one food that you should add to your arsenal to get rid of your high blood pressure problem and keep it that way for good.
If you really want to get rid of high BP, and get rid of it fast… Naturally, then you should take a holistic approach. You can do all sorts of things to help lower blood pressure, some of which include…
Of course there is the eating part of the equation and how you should eat a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains in white meats, all the while reducing your salt intake, but there’s a lot more you can do. Exercise and staying active has been shown to also have a big effect on blood pressure, partly because it can help you lose excess weight (if you have any) which is often linked to high BP. And if you are a smoker or a heavy consumer of alcohol, you are going to want to cut back on that for sure. And of course RELAX… You need to try to relax more and reduce those stress levels. Something as simple as relaxing more throughout the day, taking a few minutes here and there to ease your mind, maybe through meditation or something like that, can have an effect.
So in closing, yes oatmeal can help lower blood pressure and if you are not already consuming this delicious natural grain then you might want to think about adding it into your diet. However, it is not going to be a one-stop solution by any means. It is just a heart healthy food that can help reduce BP in a number of different ways in that has many other health benefits to it.
But anyways… I hope you found this post helpful, and if so, please give it a share to help spread the word. If you have any comments or questions just leave them them below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Tinnitus 911 is said to be a "cure all" to tinnitus, but is it really? Will this supplement really perform miracles and get rid of that annoying ringing sound in your ears... or is true what some people are saying... that Tinnitus 911 is a scam?
They say that 90% of tinnitus treatments out there do not work, but will this one finally do the trick? Is this the treatment you have been waiting for like they tell you?
Well… In this review I'm going to be going over everything you need to know about this particular supplement. Will it work? It might, it might not. There is no doubt that this is a very overhyped product that isn't the miracle is claimed to be, however there are some upsides to it and some users will likely see positive effects after taking it.
In this short review I'll cover what exactly it is, some of the claims made and red flag is raised, I'll go over each of the ingredients, what real users are saying about it, complaints and more.
Tinnitus 911 Review
Name: Tinnitus 911
Website: Click Here
Type: Tinnitus treatment supplement
Manufacturer: Phytage Labs
Recommended?: Not really. You will see why
So as you are probably already well aware, Tinnitus 911 is a supplement that is intended to treat tinnitus.
What is tinnitus? It's is something else you are probably well aware of, or at least I would assume so, but it is a condition that involves ringing in the ears when there is not any auditory sound present. Basically it is your ears playing tricks on you and in some cases can be incredibly hard to deal with.
The reason I am reviewing Tinnitus 911 in the first place is because there are very bold claims made about this supplement. It is promoted as a sort of "cure all" and this is very hard to believe since tinnitus can have many different causes.
Overall, based on my research I think that this supplement does have the potential to work for some people, but it is not something that I am recommending and you will see why throughout this review.
There are probably several different video presentations out there promoting Tinnitus 911. Maybe you came across one or maybe you didn't.
The promotional video I came across was presented by some guy named "Charlie Gaines" who supposedly suffered some tragic story about how he lost everything and then stumbled upon some 100% natural cure to tinnitus. He tells you that everything in the story is true, but this is a lie in of itself.
I'm not going to discuss the entire sales pitch and everything that was said in the ridiculously long video presentation, but basically he claims that this 100% natural cure you came across works flawlessly and can even work with in a few days.
Also, in addition to fixing your tinnitus problem, it also reduces or even eliminates degenerative brain problems such as dementia.
But as I said, when he tells you that the story is true he is lying.
There are a heck of a lot of red flags throughout the promotional video and if you watch to yourself I am sure you agree with me on this. It just seems a little bit too good to be true and is definitely a bit unbelievable.
Also, I did some thinking around and found out that "Charlie Gaines" himself is actually not who he says he is. I've reviewed similar overhyped products with ridiculous sales pitch is in the past, so I knew what to look for. I ended up doing a reverse Google image search for the man showed in the video presentation and found that is actually nothing more than a stock photo that anyone can purchase online…
In other words, this is NOT "Charlie Gaines".
After figuring this out for myself, I found that they actually tell you this in the disclaimer at the bottom of the sales page. As you can see below, they actually tell you that Charlie Gaines is just a pen name…
So what can you believe and what can you believe? Or the ingredients in this supplement even going to do anything for you?
Well… Let's take a look…
You can see a screenshot I took off the ingredient label below…
Will these ingredients fixture tinnitus once and for all? I'll go over each of them individually… One thing you will notice is that pretty much all of these ingredients are packed with antioxidants. This is good because tinnitus is sometimes caused by damaged structural and functional cellular components due to free radicals, which antioxidants fight against.
While most of the ingredients included in this supplement are either proven to work to some extent, or at least have potential, this is not the "cure all" miracle supplement that is promoted as.
One thing that you have to realize is that many people, who are suffering from tinnitus, are already benefiting from many of these ingredients. Vitamin C, vitamin B6, niacin, folic acid, vitamin B12, garlic, and green tea are all things that many people probably already get enough of… Yet you still might have tinnitus. So what's the deal?
I'm not saying that this supplement is not going to work, but I am saying that it is overhyped and isn't going to be a sure way to cure tinnitus.
Luckily there aren't really any side effects that are going to have to worry about. This is a 100% natural supplement and there are no "crazy" ingredients included that are going to make your body wonder what the heck is going on.
All in all, this is a very mild supplement.
Of course I do have to say that you should always talk to your doctor first before taking something like this however.
What are people who have actually taken the supplement saying about it? Are they all saying that it has cured there tonight is in that is the greatest thing ever?
Unfortunately… The answer is no.
This supplement is actually sold in a number of places, including on Amazon. On Amazon I skimmed through the reviews and found that many people are saying to avoid it, calling it things like a scam and an "expensive hoax"…
There are some people that claim that has worked for them, but all in all… The reviews are not that great on this product.
Which brings me to my next point… Beware of the fake reviews!
I came across quite a few different fake reviews out there claiming that this is the greatest tonight's cure to ever exist. However, the people making these reviews are just promoting it so that they can make a quick buck.
Take for example the YouTube video I found below. The woman in this video claims that Tinnitus 911 is the greatest and that it cured her tinnitus, yet she is actually a paid actress that is available for hire on the website Fiverr (a digital freelance marketplace)…
And this is just one example… There are plenty more out there.
Is it a scam like some of the other tinnitus products I've reviewed?... like for example Tonaki Tinnitus Protocol?
I would not call Tinnitus 911 an outright scam, because I do believe it has the potential to work for some people. It is packed with a lot of good ingredients that are very high in antioxidants among other things that could possibly have a positive effect on tinnitus.
The "scammy" part about it all is how it is being promoted. It is promoted in a very misleading way and giving people false hope. That is why I am warning people about it. It depends on how you look at things but in some ways this is a scam in my opinion.
Not only do I not really recommended because of the deceptive promotion going on for this product, but it is also rather expensive and without a doubt overpriced.
For example, on the official website it costs $69.95 for one bottle, but when you order four bottles the price per bottle drops down to $49.95.
How is it even possible that they have this much room to move the price around… Dropping it down from $69.95 to $49.95? The answer is that it was massively overpriced in the first place.
That said, if you are desperate and want to give Tinnitus 911 a chance and see if it works for you, you can purchase Tinnitus 911 on the official website here.
I hope you enjoyed my honest review and found it helpful. Please leave any questions or comments down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Super Memory Formula is supposedly some incredible memory enhancing formula created by Dr Michael J Duckett that is 100% natural and works in a matter of weeks. Or at least that is what they tell you… But can you really trust everything you hear? Is this the real deal or is Super Memory Formula a scam that is just going to be a waste of your money and leave you discouraged at the end of the day?
With all different supplement scams out there you can never be too careful with what you buy… Especially when they seem a little bit too good to be true, as this one does.
But anyways… I did some investigating into this supplement and in this review I'll be exposing it for what it really is, which is not as good as you are led to believe. Sure, this supplement could have some positive effects on your memory and overall brain health, but it is not the "cure all" miracle worker that it is promoted as.
If you are possibly thinking about buying into this supplement, you are definitely going to want to read this over before-hand.
Super Memory Formula Review
Name: Super Memory Formula
Type: Memory enhancement
Creator: "Dr Michael J Duckett"
Recommended?: No and you will see why
I'm guessing that you probably came across the "controversial video" with the spokesperson Dr Michael J Duckett, who supposedly created this supplement. The video presentation probably sounded a bit far-fetched and you then became suspicious that this might be one big scam.
Maybe this is what happened, maybe it isn't, but anyways… The first thing I want to talk about is the ridiculous promotional sales pitch video for Super Memory Formula.
The video starts out with Dr. Michael J Duckett talking about how his 23-year-old son killed himself. Apparently he was suffering from depression and ended up using a gun to end his life.
But this is just the beginning of the story. The real story is how Dr. Michael J Duckett got depressed after this and slowly became more and more forgetful, his memory fading. He claims that he would forget where he put his car keys, forget dates, and all sorts of stuff.
This situation then sent them on a journey to find the "truth" about memory problems, which he found is some brain destroying chemical that is links to all degenerative memory diseases, which later in the promotional video you find out he is talking about an enzyme called STEP.
The story goes that he spent countless hours doing research in academic journals, forms, etc., and then came across some amazing study by Yale researchers that was all about some compound called TC-2153 that was shown to inhibit the STEP enzyme in mice.
So anyways… He took a mortgage out on his house and offered $300,000 to anyone who could help them re-create this TC-2153 compound which was shown to be so amazing. Yes… He actually claims that he took out $300,000 and was offering it to anyone who could do this. Sounds a little far-fetched, doesn't it?
However, he was then informed by a medical researcher that all of the same elements that are included in this magical compound can be found in nature. It was at this point that he developed some pill formulated from natural ingredients.
He was supposedly the first want to test out this new pill and saw big differences after 10 days, and by 21 days he was feeling very sharp and his wife was impressed.
Sounds amazing and all… But is this just a bunch of crap? A bunch of BS? Or is there any truth to this promotional video?
Well, there is some truth to it as I will discuss shortly. But first, I want to discuss some of the red flags that caught my attention and made me more suspicious than ever that this could be a scam.
I think we can all agree that the whole story sounds a little bit ridiculous. In fact, it sounds completely fake.
When he talks about his son's death and walking in on him, only to find him laying in a pool of blood, it sounds fake as can be. He talks about this in a very calm and collected manner as if he is a real spokesperson, not a father who loved his son.
Another red flag is how he places a lot of emphasis on the evil pharmaceutical industry, constantly making them out to be the devil in every way. Things like this remind me of other scammy products I've exposed like Diabetes Destroyer and Vedda Blood Sugar Remedy.
Sure, the pharmaceutical industry is a bit "shady", I think we can all agree on this, but this guy goes a bit too far and the purpose of this is to instill fear in you.
He claims that big Pharma is teaming up in trying to take the presentation down, because they don't want you to know the truth, but this is just a marketing tactic called false scarcity and is intended to give you a push to buy this product as fast as possible.
And a very big red flag is the fact that there are fake reports presented throughout the video. In the video he mentions a couple different people, such as "Brian S" of Grand Rapids Michigan…
He tells you that these people supposedly saw miraculous recoveries in their memory after using this supplement, but unfortunately they are more than likely completely fabricated stories.
Why do I say this?
Well… Because I found out that the images of these people are actually fake. Take "Lisa R" of Spokane WA for example (pictured below). I ran a reverse Google image search for the picture shown and found that is used on multiple other websites online, meaning that is probably a stock photo that is available for anyone to use and also meaning that it is not really "Lisa R"…
And the last red flag I will go over is the fact that this guy really uses the fear mongering approach to try to sell you Super Memory Formula. He talks about some common memory drugs that are often prescribed by doctors and acts like they are going to kill you.
At one point he mentions the chemical formula of some popular drug and says that you should avoid taking it because they name is hard to pronounce, which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. If you take any sort of chemical formula, whether it be to a natural compound or synthetic, it is almost always difficult to pronounce.
Okay... So you probably already know the answer to this, but what exactly is Super Memory Formula?
Well, in a nutshell it is a supplement that is made up of "100% natural" ingredients that is formulated to the boost memory retention capabilities of your brain, as well as improved focus, mental sharpness, etc.
But is it really worth buying? Probably not and you will see why.
Okay... So let's talk about the ingredients included in this supplement and whether or not they really work. Below you can see the label from the back of one of these supplement bottles…
First on the list is pantothenic acid, which is just a fancy name for vitamin B-5. This vitamin is important for healthy brain function and has been shown to enhance alertness, mental cognitive abilities, mood, and even reduce brain fog.
It has a role in the synthesis of proteins, carbs, and fats and helps keep your brain energized, which leads to many of the benefits.
In addition to this, it is also involved in neurotransmitter synthesis.
All in all, this is an ingredient that is well backed by science for improving mental capabilities.
L-carnitine is called a "mitochondrial boosting supplement" because it helps to produce energy, which is made by the mitochondria of our cells.
Supplements with this ingredient are often taken for a variety of degenerative mental conditions, such as Alzheimer's.
Dimethylaminoethanol is another promising ingredient and can potentially boost your ability to learn and retain memory.
I found several good scientific sources discussing the importance of this compound, such as that published in Drug Metlab Letters. Apparently it is needed for the optimization of acetylcholine production, which is a neurotransmitter that is very important when it comes to learning and memory.
This ingredient is a synthetic phenylalanine that produces epinephrine, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which are all neurotransmitters that are very important for cognitive function.
According to Neurohacker, it also binds to glutamate AMPA receptors in enhances the communication in your brain, which means better learning and memory.
The good thing about this DL-phenylalanine compound is that it provides benefits of both D-phenylalanine and L-phenylalanine. However… It is synthetic and what this means is that it is not natural… Which means that the "100% natural ingredients" statement is false.
Now this isn't better anything, it is a well tested compound that is backed by science. That said, it makes you question whether or not there are other lies told in the video presentation about the ingredients and whether or not you can actually trust the company manufacturing this supplement.
Choline it is important for cell membrane production. But this is in all that important for what we are talking about here. What is important is that it is a precursor to acetylcholine, which as mentioned above is a neurotransmitter that is important for learning and memory.
And last on the list is phosphatidylserine.
This little guy carries messages between cells, helping with cell to cell communication. The problem is that the amount of this you have in your body decreases as you age and since it is important for a sharp mind, your sharpness decreases along with it.
On WebMD it states that when supplemented it can improve short-term memory, mood, and concentration.
I don't know about you, but I think some of these ingredients are pretty darn hard to pronounce and according to what Dr. Michael J duckett tells us… We shouldn't be taking ingredients that are hard to pronounce.
So does this mean we shouldn't take it supplement?
As far as I see there really aren't any side effects that you have to worry much about… Just the general side effects that come with pretty much anything, such as a headache, upset stomach, nausea, and vomiting. However, these are just "potential" side effects and most people probably won't have any problem taking this.
That said, I do have to say that it is always recommended to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements.
So is Super Memory Formula really all that great? The answer is know… Not by a long shot. This is a great example of a very overhyped supplement that is not going to perform the miracles that you are led to believe it will.
And I'll explain why…
Take pantothenic acid for example, which is one of the ingredients included in this product. With each serving you get 10 mg of this ingredient, which might sound good and all, but the problem is that many people out there are probably already getting enough of this ingredient in their normal diet.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it can be found in sunflower seeds, chicken, tuna, avocados, mushrooms, and in high amounts within fortified breakfast cereals…
And Choline is even a better example for the point I'm trying to make. In Super Memory Formula you get 300 mg of this stuff per serving, but most people out there are probably getting more than they already need just from their normal diet alone.
Check out this chart from NIH...
You can see that there are many common foods that are very high in choline and that an extra 300 mg isn't really going to make much of a difference.
There are a few ingredients that it has which most people probably don't get enough of their normal diets, which is good, but the point is that most of this "special formula" is really not special at all and is going to do much for you.
So is Super Memory Formula a scam? Well… I will leave this question up to you to decide. Do you consider extremely misleading promotions and supplements that are not nearly as good as their claim to be to be scams? If the answer is yes, then yes this would be considered a scam in your opinion.
All this said, this supplement does have the potential to provide some positive mental health benefits and I wouldn't doubt that some people will see improvements. However, it is rather expensive and there are definitely better alternatives out there on the market, such as Memory Hack for example.. For this reason I'm not going to be recommending it.
But anyways… I hope you enjoyed my honest review and found it helpful. Please share this post to help spread the truth so that others don't buy into this without really knowing what they are buying.
Also, if you have any comments or questions, please leave them down below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Is Instaflex Advanced really some advanced new formula that is going to finally put an end to your joint pain? Is this stuff the real deal that you have been waiting for? Or is it all a bunch of hype… Is it possible that Instaflex Advanced is a scam that is just going to be a waste of your money?
The last thing you want to do is to waste money on another supplement that does not work, especially when it is a bit on the pricey side such as this one. We have all been there… Trying supplement after supplement for one reason or another and not finding anything that works.
But is this different? Well… Let's find out. In this review I'll be going over everything you need to know about Instaflex Advanced, including what exactly it is, how it compares to the original Instaflex, the ingredients in whether or not they actually work, side effects, when you should be taking it, what real users are saying about it, complaints and more.
Since you took the time to do some research and are currently reading my review, I'm guessing you already have a pretty good idea of what exactly it is, but anyways… Here's the briefing:
Instaflex Advanced is a new and "advanced" joint support formula brought to us by Instaflex. It is said to be "doctor formulated" and will relieve discomfort, improve flexibility, and provide joint relief in as little as seven days.
Overall I like the ingredients included into this is a promising supplement brought to us by a company that can be trusted… The downside being that it is a bit on the pricey side. However, it is all about what price you are willing to pay for relief.
This supplement isn't going to work for everyone, as I will talk about later in this review, but it definitely is not a scam and many people do see positive results after taking.
You may or may not be familiar with the original Instaflex, which is just called Instaflex Joint Support. I actually wrote a review on this supplement in the past and found the overall it is also a decent joint support supplement. However, I would say this new advanced formula is better, as you would expect.
The new "advanced" supplement is quite a bit different. It has some of the same ingredients, such as the legendary turmeric and boswellia, but offers additional new ingredients and does away with some old ones, like glucosamine and chondroitin.
Some another plus sides besides added benefits include that you only have to take 1 pill a day (versus taking 3 pills a day with the original version) and there is no ingredient that comes from shellfish so you don't have to worry about shellfish allergies.
Whether or not this supplement works all boils down to what ingredients it has.
Below you can see a picture of the label, which includes turmeric extract, resveratrol, Apresflex, UC-II, hyaluronic acid, and Bioperine…
So let's talk a bit about these ingredients starting off with turmeric…
You have probably heard of turmeric before. It was originally used in traditional Chinese medicine and is an ingredient in spicy dishes, such as curry but it has become increasingly popular throughout the Western world, mainly due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric is nothing new when it comes to joint support supplements, or any sort of supplements that deal with inflammatory conditions for that matter. And while many of these supplements may be a bit overhyped, turmeric is a fairly well studied ingredient that does actually work.
The reason turmeric is effective against inflammatory conditions has to do with a chemical it contains called curcumin, which is a natural polyphenolic compound that lowers histamine levels and fights off inflammation.
In addition to having a good amount of anti-inflammatory properties there are added benefits, such as strong antioxidant power that can also be of benefit when it comes to aiding your body in the reduction of joint pain.
In this supplement you get 200 mg of the turmeric extract with every serving. This is a big improvement over the original version which only had 50 mg, which I complained about in my past review. That said, the turmeric here is only standardized to 82% curcuminoids while the original was standardized to 95%. Either way though, you are getting more curcuminoids with the advanced formula due to the much higher dosage.
Another big improvement is that it contains it Bioperine. This ingredient has a big impact on turmeric that I will get into shortly.
Resveratrol is next on the list and you get 100 mg of this. You may have heard of it before and, if so, there's a good chance you heard of it in wine. This high antioxidant ingredient is found in grapes, nuts, berries and more. Because of its high antioxidant content it is thought that it may help prevent cancer, diabetes, early aging and more.
In addition to being a good source of antioxidants it is also used for anti-inflammatory purposes. There is a good bit of information on the anti-inflammatory responses of resveratrol that I came across in a medical journal. Apparently the way it works is by inhibiting pro-inflammatory mediators, some activated immune cells, as well as the COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes that are active in the inflammation process.
The strange thing is, however, that some people actually report an oncoming of joint pain with resveratrol use. But this seems to be in rare cases.
Next up is Apresflex, which is just a name for a patented form of boswellia serrata extract. It is said to be a superior form compared to other boswellia serrata extract products out there. This included at 100 mg doses per serving.
You may have heard of this ingredient before because it is fairly popular when it comes to joint pain creams. There are quite a bit on the market that have boswellia in them and based on what I have seen they seem to get some pretty good reviews from users.
Boswellia serrata comes from a tree that grows throughout India and nearby areas. Again, this is another ingredient that has been used in folk medicine for ages and that has been proven by science to actually work.
Studies of this particular patented form of extract show that it has the potential to relieve joint pain in as little as seven days, helping with arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and other conditions with high levels of inflammation.
There have been studies performed showing that people who take 100 mg on a daily basis have showed "significant" effects when it comes to pain reduction in joints. This is good because there is 100 mg per dose in this supplement.
UC-II, which is in undenatured type II collagen, is said to be twice as effective as glucosamine and chondroitin which are ingredients that were used in the original formula. In addition to this you don't have to deal with shellfish allergies as you do with glucosamine, so this is a nice change of ingredients for the advanced formula.
This type of collagen is commonly found in joint health supplements, but probably not as commonly as it should be. The undenatured form of this collagen, which is the kind that is included in this supplement, has been shown to be more effective than denatured collagen.
UC-II has been shown to reduce enzyme secretion that breaks down the collagen and to slow inflammation. And besides slowing inflammation it is also a protein that plays a key role in the structural support of cartlidge tissue, which degrades in the aging process. In fact, it makes up 60% of cartlidge tissue and is absolutely essential for good and strong joints with healthy movement.
Hyaluronic acid is less commonly known but if you have been doing a fair amount of research on joint health you may have come across this. Although there is some controversy around the practice, some people get hyaluronic acid injections for osteoarthritis, but it is somewhat unclear whether or not this is actually an effective treatment. Additionally you may have heard of people getting this stuff injected into their face to reduce wrinkles, which is kind of like an alternative to Botox.
Why is this stuff important? Well… It actually makes up part of the synovial fluid and vitreous humor, which lubricate the joints in the eyes respectively.
This substance tends to decrease as part of the natural aging process and it has been found that patients with arthritis tend to have lower levels.
All this said, there isn't all too much evidence that ingesting this orally will have positive effects, although it makes sense that it would.
Oh.. And by the way… The old formula contained only 4 mg of hyaluronic acid while the new advanced formula contains 5 mg.
Last but not least is Bioperine, which I was very excited to see on the list of ingredients.
What is this stuff? Well the name "Bioperine" is just a trademark the name for piperine, which is the extract from black pepper that is so darn effective at increasing bioavailability of nutrients.
In simple terms, Bioperine helps your body absorb more of the nutrients in this supplement and has been shown to be very effective when it comes to increasing turmeric curcumin absorption, which I actually wrote an article on
But this is no one trick pony. Bioperine has lots of benefits besides increasing absorption, such as improving cognitive function and mood.
According to studies it has been found that, in general, it can increase absorption by at least 30% and I have even came across studies that claim it can increase absorption by a heck of a lot more than that, but either way, a 30% increase is pretty darn good.
All of the ingredients on this list have at least some scientific backing behind them. There is nothing here that is based purely on myth or theory… They have all had scientific studies testing their ability to reduce joint pain either directly or indirectly by reducing inflammation.
Now will it work? Well… There is some controversy surrounding the effectiveness of some of these ingredients within the scientific community, as there always be, but overall it definitely seems that this supplement should have a positive effect on joint pain, lack of joint mobility, etc.
As with any supplement out there to be some potential side effects and it is always the safest bet to consult with your doctor before taking something like this. That said, there aren't any crazy ingredients in here and most people should have no problem taking this.
And there is no glucosamine so you don't have to worry about shellfish allergies like you do with the original Instaflex.
Some potential side effects that you could get from the ingredients included in this supplement could be upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, etc.
As stated, you should always consult a doctor. On their website Instaflex says that they are unaware of any specific interactions with medications. What this means is that if you are taking a mainstream medication then you are probably okay, but of course, like I said, ask your doctor first.
On the Instaflex website it states under their FAQ section that you should take 1 pill a day with water, but I slightly disagree with this. While I do agree you can take it with water, because of course need some sort of liquid to take it with, I think it would be better if you also take it having some food in your stomach so either right before or after you eat.
The reason for this is because some of the ingredients are better absorbed with food. Take the Boswellia serrata extract for example. This extract contains an important compound called AKBA that is fat soluble and absorbs much better if you take it with fatty food, instead of just with water alone.
How much of a difference will this actually make? Who knows… But if I were going to take this and wanted to give it the best chance of working possible, I would take it with a meal.
The big question… What are people who have actually taken this supplement saying? Are they seeing positive effects or are they seeing nothing at all?
Finding real user reviews is something I always like to look for when reviewing a potential scam supplement.
What I found here is a combination of good and bad reviews, as I would expect. However, the good outweighed the bad.
There are a fair number of people praising the supplement for fixing their knee pain. Knee pain seems to be one of the common problems that people are taking this before and have found relief while taking it. In fact, I was reading one review where a person was to the point where they were on crutches their pain was so bad and Instaflex Advanced help to relieve it significantly.
Is this going to be a 100% fix? Probably not. Based on what I have found most people have found it to give them some level of relief, not entirely getting rid of the painful condition.
The overall rating it has on Amazon isn't all that great, but it isn't bad either. It has a 3.8 out of 5 star rating with over 700 customer reviews…
So why the low star reviews? Well… Some of the more common complaints I came across are listed below:
The main complaint is simply that it does not work. Some people have tried this for an extended period of time and took it just as they were supposed to, yet experienced no positive results. This is just the way things are. You will never find a supplement that works for everyone and there are many reasons for this, some of which I will go over in a bit.
Free Trail Scam
I also saw several complaints about this being a scam. I am not completely aware of the situation, but apparently there is, or was, a free trial in which you could order a sample pack and pay $4.99 for shipping. However, the people complaining say that they all of a sudden got a full bottle in the mail later on and were charged nearly $75, in which they were billed automatically.
Like I said, I don't know exactly what is going on here, but I think it is worth mentioning. But although it is a complaint, negativity like this is not associated with whether or not the supplement actually works.
And of course there is the complaint that this supplement is simply too darn expensive. It is expensive and I completely agree with this complaint… Not much to say here.
Poor Customer Service
There were multiple complaints I came across about there being poor customer service. Most of these complaints seem to be coming from people who were trying to get refunds and had a very unpleasant encounters with customer service representatives.
And the last complaint worth mentioning is that some people have even experienced negative reactions while taking this. Yes, it is possible for this to happen, although it seems highly unlikely.
There our two different bottle sizes from what I have seen. You can either buy a 14 day supply for around $30 or a 30 day supply for around $60.
It is a lot of money, but they do have a moneyback guarantee in which they state that they cover you for 30 days after the product is shipped to you and if you are not 100% satisfied you can send back the unused portion and get a full refund.
I'm guessing you will have to pay return shipping however.
The reason I am including this section is because I think it is always important to know who manufactures the supplements you are putting into your body. In this case it is Instaflex, which is owned by Digital Direct LLC. The same company also owns other brands such as Nugenix, which is fairly well known.
It it is nice to see that they have an A+ rating with the BBB (not that this really means much) and that their products are being sold in trusted stores such as Amazon, GNC, Walgreens, etc.
So can they be trusted? It appears so.
One thing that everyone has to understand is that this supplement, although it may work amazingly for some people, will not work for everyone. The reason is because there are 100 different causes of joint pain and there will never be a "cure-all" supplement.
Just think about it… Your joint pain could be from arthritis, tendinitis, maybe some sort of sprain or strain, etc. And even arthritis alone has hundreds of different causes.
The treatment for different causes can be very different and while this supplement does have a nice lineup of ingredients that will attack joint pain from multiple angles, it still isn't going to cure everything.
In my opinion Instaflex Advanced is not a scam. It is a supplement that has good ingredients that are proven to work and has plenty of good reviews.
It seems that many of the people calling it a scam are those who have took the free trial offer and have been charged additionally without knowing. And in these cases I totally understand why they are calling it a scam. But like I said earlier, these complaints have nothing to do with whether or not the supplement works.
The decision is ultimately yours, but I do think that this is a very well formulated joint pain supplement and there's a good possibility that you could see positive effects from it. Now of course I have no idea what is causing your joint pain, but I am just talking in generality.
It is somewhat pricey but it might be worth giving a shot. You never really know and you try something like this. And if you are looking for the best deal, I would check it out on Amazon.
But anyways, I hope you enjoyed my review and found at least somewhat helpful. If you have any questions, any at all, please leave them them below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂
Instaflex Joint Support is promoted as a one-stop solution to joint stiffness and joint pain, but is it really all that great? Will this stuff really improve your painful joint condition in a short period of time? Or is Instaflex Joint Support a scam that is just going to be a waste of your money?
The last thing you want to do is to waste money on another supplement that does not work. Sometimes it seems that more supplements out there simply don't work, rather than do. But is this different?
In this review I'll be going over all you need to know about Instaflex Joint Support, including what exactly it is, I'll be going over each and every ingredient, the potential side effects that you could face, what real users are saying about it and more.
If you are interested in this product but are a little bit hesitant to go through with purchasing it, you are definitely going to want to read this over.
* This is a review of Instaflex Joint Support not Instaflex Advanced.
Instaflex Joint Support Review
Name: Instaflex Joint Support
Type: Joint Health Supplement
Price: ~ $50 for a 30 day supply (varies)
Recommended?: Overall, yes
As I am sure you are well aware, Instaflex Joint Support is… Well… A joint supplement just as the name implies.
On the bottle it says that it can relieve discomfort, improve flexibility and improve mobility, which it does appear to be effective app for many people who try it.
One thing that I like is that it includes a lot of natural ingredients. And I'm not talking about the next big thing on the market, like ingredients that are over-hyped and sold at ridiculous prices… It contains ingredients that are actually proven to work, at least to some extent.
The downsides are that it does not work for everyone and it does not work for all types of joint pain, and of course it is rather expensive. Oh yeah, and you have to take three pills a day which can be a pain.
Below is a picture of the ingredient profile straight from the bottle. You can see that it contains glucosamine sulfate, MSM, white willow bark extract, ginger root extract, Boswellia Serrata extract, turmeric root extract, cayenne fruit, and Hyaluronic acid...
Glucosamine helps keep your joint cartilage healthy and strong to keep your bones nice and cushioned. That said, there is not much proof that taking glucosamine sulfate supplements helps.
According to arthritis.org, most studies show little to no improvement with the supplementation of glucosamine. And WebMD says that "some" studies show it relieves mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis and that it "may work for other joints, too".
Overall there is definitely a lack of evidence that this works, but I will say that many people who take such as supplements will tell you that it does help.
MSM is often consumed for its anti-inflammatory properties. According to this publication in the scientific journal Nutrients, it has been shown in human and animal trials to help with inflammation and joint pain, among other things.
White Willow Bark extract is an ancient remedy for inflammation that has been used for thousands of years. It works similar to aspirin because of a chemical that contains called salicin.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties it is commonly used for joint pain and many people swear by it.
I'm sure everyone has probably heard of ginger root and its effectiveness at reducing inflammation. Well, ginger root extract is another ingredient on the list and, according to arthritis.org, it has similar anti-inflammatory properties to that of ibuprofen.
Boswellia Serrata it's probably something that most people have never heard of before. This is actually a gum resin that is extracted from a tree. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and to reduce joint pain in patients with osteoarthritis.
And then we have good old turmeric root extract. Turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries but has been growing a lot in popularity recently, in particular in the Western world. It is becoming one of the most popular natural joint supplements on the market and for good reason.
The benefits of taking the concentrated turmeric root extract are fairly well studied, showing that it is high in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
On the bottle it states that this extract is standardized to 95% curcuminoids, in which the main ingredient is curcumin. This is what you want to see on a bottle. Curcumin is the magical chemical that makes turmeric such a good choice for joint pain.
However, this supplement only contains 50 mg per serving and does not contain any piperine, which often goes by the trademark name Bioperine. Piperine is a black pepper extract that has been shown to significantly increase the absorption of turmeric, some studies showing as much as 2000% increase absorption.
Based on the fact that it only contains 50 mg of the extract to begin with and then doesn't contain piperine, I can imagine getting all that much benefit out of this particular ingredient.
I have a post about the effectiveness of taking Turmeric Curcumin with Bioperine if interested.
This ingredient is more commonly applied topically to the skin in order to reduce pain. Ingesting it, as you will be doing if you take this supplement, might not be as effective but it may still have some benefit for pain reduction.
This stuff is produced by the body and is part of lubrication fluids such as synovial fluid, which keeps your joints lubricated, as well as the location fluid that is in your eye.
That said, ingesting this ingredient doesn't appear to be all that effective and considering the low dose of just 4 mg, I'm not too sure you will get much benefit out of this either.
While I am definitely a bit disappointed in some of the doses, which are rather low in my opinion, this does have a lot of really good ingredients and when used in combination I imagine the potential for being much more effective.
It it's also worth noting that there was an 8 week clinical study performed by a "Major University" that showed significantly reduced joint discomfort as well as improved movement over a placebo group.
The only concern I have with this is that Instaflex, which is the source that mentions the study, does not provide the University's name. I find this a bit strange.
There really isn't all that much to worry about when it comes to the side effects. Most of the side effects you might come across from the majority of ingredients included in the supplement are things like nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, hair loss, bloating, etc.
The more abnormal side effects that you could potentially get come from the willow bark extract, which contains salicylates. Potential side effects from this include vomiting, upset stomach, ulcers and stomach bleeding.
But as I said, there really isn't much to worry about here. There is nothing that I see that is dosed to high and for the overwhelming majority of people who take this supplement there will likely be no problem.
Also, be sure to follow the precautions that are mentioned on the label…
One thing that I always like to do when I'm reviewing supplements like this is to find real user reviews… But of course this is easier said than done because it is hard to tell what is real and what's fake on the Internet.
One source where usually find some good independent reviews is good old Amazon. As I'm writing this Instaflex Joint Support has an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5 stars with around 1500 customer reviews, which is in all that great but it isn't bad either…
This supplement is also sold on other websites, such as Walgreens where has an overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars… Much better.
When reading through reviews you will find a lot of people claiming that this supplement does indeed work unit that it can produce noticeable results in a week or less.
However there are always complaints as well. Some of the more common complaints that I have come across include the following.
Of course the main complaint is going to be from people who simply did not see any positive results from taking it, which brings up a good point.
Results will vary and, just like any supplement, it is simply not going to work for everyone due to a variety of variables in play, such as the cause of joint pain you may be experiencing.
Another complaint is that you to take three pills per day. Now for me this is no big deal, but I know a lot of people really have trouble taking pills and it can be quite a task. Taking three pills per day for a single supplement is quite a bit.
And then you even have some people complaining that this supplement has made their condition worse than it was originally. While this is worth mentioning, it is also worth mentioning that the number of reviews that I found like this are very few… Very few.
Why does this supplement possibly make some people's conditions worse? This question is something that is left to be answered.
Something else that I think is very important to discuss is the manufacturer behind the product. When it comes to supplements like this that you have to ingest, it is a big deal knowing whether or not you can trust the company who creates it. There are plenty of stories about supplement companies lying to customers about what is in the bottle and you don't want this.
Fortunately, Instaflex seems to be a reputable company. Right off the bat I say that the product has a good ingredient formula, is not too over-hyped or promoted in a misleading way (well maybe to some extent), and the company even goes out of their way to do some good such as by sponsoring the Arthritis Foundation.
You also may have seen some of their supplements sold at GNC, Of the Vitamin Shop, etc.… Which aren't going to waste their time with unreliable brands and scam products.
All in all, what I see with the company is good and I think they can be trusted.
Like I went over in the complaint section, this supplement is not going to work for everyone. It is unfortunate but it is true.
Why not? Well… Because joint pain is just a symptom of some other underlying condition. There can be a thousand different reasons why you may be experiencing joint pain… Arthritis, cartilage tears, tendon strains, the aging process and damage from free radicals, and so on. So it makes sense that there is not any "cure all" supplement out there that is magically going to fix all joint pain.
That said, inflammation is a symptom of all joint pain. It is your body's natural response to injury and isn't necessarily a bad thing, however relieving inflammation can relieve pain and if you think of it like this, then Instaflex Joint Support should be effective (to some extent) for just about everyone, although some people will experience unnoticeable results.
Instaflex Joint Support is definitely not a scam. This supplement is produced by a company that has a good reputation and is formulated with a list of scientifically proven ingredients, many of which are natural and good for you in a variety of ways besides just alleviating joint pain.
Sure, it has its downsides, like how the doses of certain ingredients could be higher, but overall it seems like a pretty solid supplement that can potentially produce some pretty solid results.
This is ultimately a decision that you have to make. If you have never tried anything like Instaflex Joint Support then it very well may be worth the money.
Are you guarantee results? No. But there is a good chance you will get results and it is just one of those things that you never really know until you try.
If interested you can find it at the lowest price on Amazon here.
I hope you enjoyed my review here and found it helpful. If you have any comments or questions you can leave them below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂