Posted by iHerb Customer on Nov 12, 2013 | Verified Purchase
Taking calcium supplements without K2 can improve bone strength, but it will also INCREASE THE RISK OF HEART DISEASE because only some of the calcium is deposited in the bones, where it is needed. Some of it is expelled via urine (which is why mainstream doctors recommend such high daily amounts of it) but the rest--dangerously--is packed around organs, where it does not belong and where it will do you harm. If deposited around the heart, it will increase your risk of heart disease; if deposited around the kidneys, it will increase the risk of kidney stones; if around the gallbladder, the risk of gallstones, etc. So you need to (1) take K2, which will deposit the calcium in your bones, where it belongs; (2) make sure you get enough D3 (from the sun whenever possible, then from supplements at other times), because it works synergistically and it will help your body absorb the calcium you ingest, whether from the diet or from a pill; and (3) reduce any calcium supplements you take, because once you have enough K2 and D3 your body will be able to use any calcium you ingest (instead of peeing it out and/or packing it around vital organs). You should also make sure you get enough magnesium if taking calcium, just don't take the two together because one blocks the absorption of the other. Happy bone health!
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jan 30, 2015 | Verified Purchase
Coconut oil is probably the healthiest oil you can cook with. (Extra virgin olive oil is healthy but ideally should be eaten cold, eg in salads, and the other vegetable/polyunsaturated oils should be avoided like the plague, contrary to what the so-called experts tell you! Saturated fats from pastured animals are the only other source of fat that should be used for cooking as they, like coconut oil, can be heated to high temperatures without degrading.) Anyway, if you're interested in coconut oil then I am probably already preaching to the converted :-) Normally you'd avoid a refined oil, but this one has the advantage of retaining all the health benefits while removing the odour/taste of coconut. (There are some dishes, such as meat and scrambled eggs, where I just don't like the taste of coconut.) Plus, if you're a follower of Ray Peat's iconoclastic thinking, you'll already be aware that refined coconut oil removes (naturally occurring) impurities that cause allergies in some people. So if the virgin coconut oil doesn't appeal to you, because you don't like the taste/smell of coconut or it doesn't agree with you, then this is the one to use. BTW Nutiva makes the best coconut oil, whether refined or virgin.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Jan 30, 2015 | Verified Purchase
I can't praise this product highly enough. My elderly mother says that she can walk all day without getting sore knees, and I've found that it has also banished the pain of my own sore knee as if by magic. I think we'll both be taking this daily for the rest of our lives. PS I think the drops have a definite advantage over the tablets even though they have an unpleasant taste. Just make sure you mix them with a drink as instructed when you start. Over time, though, you'll become inured to the smell/taste and won't notice it at all. It's amazing what 6 little drops a day can accomplish.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Nov 02, 2012 | Verified Purchase
Using Julia Ross's The Mood Cure, I decided to try this together with a 500-mg tablet of DL-Phenylalanine to (1) lift my mood, which tends to be depressive and (2) lift my energy, which is similarly low. I take it once a day with a vit C tablet and a B-complex capsule, within 5 minutes of waking up in the morning. The effect is amazing: energises both my mind and body. For me it's better than any anti-depressant or cups of black coffee, and no side effects. I wouldn't be caught without it! Note: you can take it more often but preferably not after early afternoon because the energising effect is likely to give you insomnia. Once a day seems the perfect amount for me because ironically, when I tried it twice a day, it actually made me feel tired. So more is not necessarily better, although every person needs to find the right dose for themselves.
I bought this for my elderly mother in the hope that it might help the osteoarthritis in her hand. Alas, it hasn't done that but it has cured something else: the burning searing pain she used to get along the back of her neck and shoulder-blades, e.g. when looking down at the sink while washing the dishes or at the counter while preparing a meal. It was so bad she would have to stop and lie down. I don't know what the medical term for this condition is but, if you suffer from it, I'm sure you'll recognise those symptoms! That pain is now completely gone. (We're still working on the osteoarthritis...)
Posted by iHerb Customer on Apr 09, 2013 | Verified Purchase
My elderly mother uses this when she feels tired. She just sprays it a few times (not necessarily 6, maybe only 3 times) under the tongue then lies down for about 15 min. After that time she feels revitalised and gets up, actively looking for things to do. So it's really effective for her. Compare this with the Pure Advantage brand of the B-12 spray (http://www.iherb.com/Pure-Advantage-B-12-500-mcg-Spray-1-fl-oz/18154): that one sends her to sleep! Which actually is also useful, because it works as a sleep aid, esp. when she's in pain. So same supplement, different brands, totally different effects, equally useful.
Bought this for my elderly mother in the hopes of easing her osteoarthritis. She takes only one tablet first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, with a vit B complex. No effect yet on the arthritis (she's now starting the SAM-e joint formulation) but it gives her a tremendous energy boost. She says she feels so energetic that she just looks around for things to do. And, when she spends the day working (e.g. in the garden, or out all day socialising, shopping and travelling by public transport), she doesn't have the normal aches and pains that would reduce her physical activity for the following couple of days or so. Instead, she's raring to go again the next day. Plus, she's noticeably sunnier, less anxious and just more positive, whenever I talk to her. It has definitely improved her general outlook on life! The only reason I haven't given this full marks is because it doesn't seem to have helped her arthritis.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Mar 11, 2013 | Verified Purchase
I've been postponing putting a crown over the root canal because, although the nerve has been removed by the root canal procedure and so can't actually feel pain, every so often the gum in that area seems to become infected (red and sore). I actually ordered this product by mistake (thought it was grapeseed extract!) but when the root canal infection began, thought I'd give it a try. 15 drops in water the first night, then 5 drops thoughout the day the next day. Noticed an alleviation of soreness within 12 hours and the infection cleared up in 48 hours. So I recommend it. Of course, it's not a long-term solution to this particular problem, but I'm waiting until dentistry invents a better alternative for root canals other than crowns :-) Meanwhile, I have to stay away from the starches and sugars because they invariably cause these flare-ups.
Posted by iHerb Customer on Aug 14, 2013 | Verified Purchase
The drawback: yes, it smells a bit at first, but the smell doesn't linger. And I wouldn't use it as a moisturiser because it seems to make my hands drier. The benefit: pain relief! After a hard day's work gardening, putting this on my shoulders, arms and legs--areas where I know I'll be sore the next day--at bedtime significantly eliminates muscle soreness the next day. I'm sure it has other benefits but it's worth it for this alone.
I bought this for my elderly mother as a general relaxant and sleeping aid to complement her melatonin spray. It's been so effective that she no longer uses the melatonin! She says the melatonin helped get her to sleep but, when she had to get up at night to go to the toilet, it still took her a while to fall back asleep. With this 5-HTP spray though, she says that it both sends her to sleep and, if she has to get up at night to go to the toilet, sends her back to sleep afterwards. This is from the initial dose before bedtime as she doesn't have to take another dose after a midnight toilet break. And there are no side-effects either, other than a general enhancement of mood :-) The only reason I haven't given this a 5-star rating is because of the faulty mechanism in the spray mechanism itself, which my mother says wastes a great deal of the contents. Which is a problem given that the product is so expensive. My mother doesn't mind paying more for what is an extremely effective product, but she is unhappy about having so much of it go to waste.
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