I'm a 47 year old male from Vancouver, Canada. I've studied natural health for over 20 years as a hobby. I'm always learning and enjoying the ride! I'm taking an assortment of proven supplements to combat aging and to complement my attempt at a healthy lifestyle. iherb is my favorite source for these wonderful supplements. FOR CANADIANS: The most cost-effective iherb order should be $60-$80. This way you get the extra 5% discount, $4 USPS delivery to Canada (under 4 pounds), and NO duty or taxes...Yay. Don't forget to check out the weekly/daily deals and add one freebie and one trial to each order. If you enjoyed my info or reviews, please use my code UPA805 to save an extra $5 on your 1st order. Thank you and stay happy & healthy :)
Posted by mikeinbc on Jul 02, 2012 | Verified Purchase
This is by far my favorite supplement. It has an immense amount of positive research behind it and it is less expensive per gram than resveratrol, pycnogenol, red wine extract, astaxanthin, and L theanine. Grape seed extract also contains substantial amounts of natural flavonoids, vitamin E and linoleic acid. It gives me more energy and vibrant skin. I would suggest this antioxidant above all others. As shown in several studies, all antioxidants including grape seed extract should be taken on an empty stomach with vitamin C. One study concluded that the antioxidants in green tea are absorbed 30-98% more effectively by including 30mg of vitamin C. The vitamin C can be in the form of either ascorbic acid and/or citrus juices. The Now Foods brand takes care of this by including 30 mg of natural vitamin C in each capsule.
Posted by mikeinbc on Jul 02, 2012 | Verified Purchase
I purchased Now Foods Quercetin as an additional antioxidant to add to my arsenal. But it came with surprising benefits. During the last month of allergy season, I noticed a huge decrease in my symptoms. No more sneezing, rashes, leaky nose, and breathing issues. The only symptom I noticed was slightly itchy eyes. I discovered recently that quercetin also increases the absorption of resveratrol. The key to most antioxidants is to take on an empty stomach and combine with some form of vitamin C. It has been shown that vitamin C increases the absorption of various green tea antioxidants by 30-98%. This can be extended to many antioxidants. I take a combo of ascorbic acid and lemon juice with all my antioxidants.
Posted by mikeinbc on Jun 24, 2012 | Verified Purchase
Source Naturals melatonin is a safe, inexpensive, and effective antioxidant that helps me get a good nights sleep. I had suffered from insomnia for over a year. I had difficulty falling asleep and I woke up several times during the night. With melatonin, I fall asleep quicker and seldom wake up in the night. Conservative professionals recommend 1mg or less per evening. I use 1/4 mg with great success. These pills are easy to break into smaller doses. Simply break the pill in half with your fingers and then into quarters. For greater success, I take melatonin with 150-300 mg of magnesium citrate. Happy dreams :)
Posted by mikeinbc on Jun 26, 2012 | Verified Purchase
I work in a very stressful environment. Yesterday, I had a particularly stressful day. At one point, I was ready to explode. I had a few of these theanine capsules at work, so I took one. WOW. Within 10 minutes, I was complely calm, relaxed, and focused. I was, and still am, completely blown away by the results. As you know, stress is very harmful to your body. The less stress our body takes the healthier we will be. Like all antioxidants, if possible, theanine should be taken with vitamin C for maximum absorption. This could either be absorbic acid vitamin C and/or citrus juices. It just gives you more bang for the buck. Now, take theanine and stay calm.
Posted by mikeinbc on Jul 13, 2012 | Verified Purchase
I've been taking Doctor's Best L Carnitine Fumarate for over a month now. It's giving me a much needed boost in energy and I've lost 8 pounds. I take this supplement with the other components of Dr Sinatra's metabolic cardiology formula. This formula involves D-ribose, COQ10, magnesium, and L-carnitine. I have added R Alpha Lipoic Acid as a important co-factor for L-carnitine. I do not have a heart condition but I'm 47 and my family has a history of heart issues. The four items taken together not only protect my heart but also produce extra energy that I'm really enjoying.
Peppermint Bee-Yond lip balm smells good but I prefer the strawberry flavor. It does feel great on my lips, protects with beeswax, and is effective against chapped lips. To top it off, it has all natural and organic ingredients. This is my new favorite brand of lip balm. For real problem chapped or cracked lips, apply vitamin E oil followed by Bee-Yond lip balm. You will have soft beautiful lips before you know it.
Natural Bee-Yond lip balm feels great on my lips, protects with beeswax, and is effective against chapped lips. To top it off, it has all natural and organic ingredients. This is my new favorite brand of lip balm. For real problem chapped or cracked lips, apply vitamin E oil followed by Bee-Yond lip balm. You will have soft beautiful lips before you know it.
Posted by mikeinbc on Jun 23, 2012 | Verified Purchase
My right eye used to twitch in the evening so I decided to try magnesium. A diet lacking in fruits/vegetables and nuts/seeds combined with a stressful environment usually results in a magnesium deficiency. I worked my way up to 1/2 teaspoon twice a day. Go slowly and work your way up since mag is a laxative. Within a week, the eye twitching was completely eliminated. As a bonus, my excessively chapped lips were healed. Take a dose at night to relax you for a restful sleep.
Strawberry Bee-Yond lip balm smells delicious, feels great on my lips, protects with beeswax, and is effective against chapped lips. To top it off, it has all natural and organic ingredients. This is my new favorite brand of lip balm. For real problem chapped or cracked lips, apply vitamin E oil followed by Bee-Yond lip balm. You will have soft beautiful lips before you know it.
L carnitine is an amino acid involved in the generation of energy in our bodies. It is a component of Dr Sinatra's metabolic cardiology formula (good for the heart). You could add the supplement R alpha lipoic acid as an important co-factor for L-carnitine but it is not essential. Now Food's L carnitine liquid is a delicious and potent way to get this amino acid. One teaspoon is a good initial dose of 1000mg. This would give you 24 servings. I've noticed an increase in energy with absolutely no side effects. A great alternative to pill popping.
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