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Brad Chase

"All of the products on progressivehealth.com are formulated with quality in mind. Our team of naturopathic physicians closely analyzed each formula to find the best balance of effective ingredients. I personally take Advecia for hair maintenance & Exomine for joint pain."

Brad Chase, President    

 

The Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Low levels of vitamin C have been associated with a variety of conditions including hypertension, gallbladder disease, stroke, some cancers, and atherosclerosis.

Eating adequate amounts of vitamin C in the diet may help reduce the risk of developing some of these conditions.

 

Heart Disease

While not all of the studies agree, some information suggests that vitamin C may help protect blood vessels from the damaging effects that lead to or result from the presence of atherosclerosis.

 

High Cholesterol

Information from several studies, involving only small numbers of people, suggest that vitamin C may help decrease total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as increase HDL levels.

 

High Blood Pressure

Free radicals are associated with higher blood pressure in studies of animals and people. Population based studies suggest that people who eat foods rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, are less prone to high blood pressure than people without these nutritious foods in their diet.

 

Osteoarthritis

Vitamin C is essential for normal cartilage. Plus, free radicals can be produced in the joints and have been implicated in many degenerative changes in the aging body, including destruction of cartilage and connective tissue that lead to arthritis.

Antioxidants appear to offset the damage caused by free radicals.

 

Obesity and Weight Loss

Studies suggest that obese individuals may have lower vitamin C levels than nonobese individuals. Researchers speculate that insufficient amounts of vitamin C may contribute to weight gain by decreasing metabolic rates and energy expenditures.

Many sensible weight loss programs will be sure to include foods rich in vitamin C, such as plenty of fruits and vegetables.

 

Cataracts

Studies have shown that vitamin C may slow or even stop the progression of cataracts in the elderly.

 

Age-related Macular Degeneration

Vitamin C works together with other antioxidants like selenium, beta-carotene, and vitamin E to protect the eyes against developing macular degeneration.

This is a painless, degenerative eye disease that affects more than 10 million Americans. While not all research agrees, antioxidants, including vitamin C, primarily from dietary sources may help prevent macular degeneration.

Many qualified clinicians will recommend a combination of these nutrients for treating or preventing this serious and frustrating eye disorder.

 

Diabetes

Vitamin C may be helpful for people with diabetes in a number of ways.

First, some studies suggest that people with diabetes have high levels of free radicals and low levels of antioxidants, including vitamin C. This imbalance may contribute to the fact that those with diabetes are at greater risk for developing conditions such as high cholesterol and atherosclerosis.

Secondly, insulin helps cells in the body take up the vitamin C that they need to function properly.

At the same time, lots of circulating blood sugar, as is often present in diabetics, prevents the cells from getting the vitamin C that they need, even if eating lots of fruits of vegetables. For this reason, taking extra vitamin C in the form of supplements may be helpful in those with diabetes.

 

Alzheimer's Disease and other types of Dementia

While the evidence is somewhat stronger for another important antioxidant, namely vitamin E, vitamin C may help prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease. It may also improve cognitive function in dementia from causes other than Alzheimer's.

The use of these antioxidants for improving cognitive ability in those who already have dementia of the Alzheimer's type has not been well tested to date.

 

How to Get More Vitamin C in Your Diet

This antioxidant super-nutrient is found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. The foods richest in vitamin C are citrus fruits, green peppers, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, white potatoes, and sweet potatoes.

Other good sources include dark leafy greens, cantaloupe, papaya, mango, watermelon, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, red peppers, raspberries, blueberries, winter squash, and pineapples.

Here are a few easy ways to work more fruits and veggies into your diet each day:

  • Add pureed or grated fruits and veggies to recipes for muffins, meatloaf, and soups.
  • Keep cut-up fruits and veggies on hand so they are ready for a quick snack.
  • Frozen fruit slices make a cool summer treat.
  • Include dark lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded broccoli slaw on all your sandwiches and wraps.
  • Eat raw veggies with hummus, low-fat dips, and salsas.
  • Add fresh or frozen berries to muffins, pancakes, cereal, and salads.
  • Throw a handful of dried fruit on top of your cereal or in a baggie with nuts for an easy snack.
  • Enjoy a glass of vegetable juice as a filling and low-calorie mid-afternoon snack.
  • Take a daily multivitamin, because most people don't get enough of several nutrients including Vitamin C.

 

Multivitamin for Women - Balance Point For Women

Our team of nutritional researchers has painstakingly developed a unique and comprehensive woman's formula. Gender-specific nutrition is what you deserve, and what your body requires to function at its most efficient levels.

This formula delivers on that premise. From anti-aging to hair health; skin and nail protection; nutrition for maintaining and increasing bone mineral density; Balance Point sets a new precedent for fulfilling a woman's nutritional needs.

A few ingredients in Balance Point for Women are:

  • Vitamin A - Vitamin A is important for promoting skin integrity and healing. It is also essential for immune function, epithelial cell health, and for night vision.
  • Vitamin C- One of the most well known nutrients for immunity, vitamin C also acts as a potent antioxidant, aids in tissue integrity and healing, as well as helping to reduce the occurrence of atherosclerosis and diabetes
  • Vitamin D- Vitamin D is an integral component in the development and maintenance of bone strength, and may help to prevent osteoporosis
  • Vitamin E- A potent antioxidant, vitamin E has been proven to be a safe vitamin when employed over long durations and may help to prevent atherosclerosis.
  • Vitamin K- Vitamin K plays a central role in blood clotting and can help prevent and treat osteoporosis.
  • B vitamins- B vitamins are vital for energy production, mood, proper function of the nervous system, macronutrient utilization, and immune function. Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid participate in homocysteine metabolism, thus reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
  • Calcium- Calcium is essential for bone health. This mineral may also reduce leg cramps, high serum lipid levels, certain kidney stones, and salt-sensitive hypertension.
  • Iodine- Iodine is essential for the normal function of the thyroid gland, and helps metabolize excess fat.

For a complete list of ingredients Click Here.

 

Multivitamin for Men - Balance Point for Men

Today, men of all ages are being pushed to the limit. Stressors such as work, kids, inadequate diet, family responsibilities, finances, etc., can all reek havoc on your body. The end result of such stress is often a lack of energy, premature aging, a decrease in libido, and a host of other physiological problems.

Balance Point is a new, state of the art multivitamin formula made for exclusively for men. It can help men of all ages by supplying vital nutrients and other important functional nutrients not obtained from diet. We consider this formula a natural rejuvenator.

A few ingredients in Balance Point for Men are:

  • Vitamin A- Vitamin A is important for promoting skin integrity and healing. It is also essential for immune function, epithelial cell health, and night vision. If deficient in vitamin A, kidney stones and nutrient malabsorption are more likely to develop.
  • Vitamin C- One of the most well known nutrients for immunity, vitamin C also acts as a potent antioxidant, aids in tissue integrity and healing, as well as helping to reduce the occurrence of atherosclerosis and diabetes. Male infertility may also benefit from optimal amounts of vitamin C.
  • Vitamin D- Vitamin D is an integral component in the development and maintenance of bone strength, and may help to prevent osteoporosis. Vitamin D has also been shown to improve mood during the winter and helps improve symptoms of skin disorders like psoriasis and scleroderma.

    Supplementation with vitamin D can help improve symptoms in patients with bone metastases from prostate cancer and has even been shown to reduce the incidence of hip fractures in older adults.
  • Vitamin E- A potent antioxidant, vitamin E has been proven to be a safe vitamin when employed over long durations and may help to prevent atherosclerosis. It is also safeguards against platelet aggregation, stabilizes cell membranes, and can improve fertility in some men.
  • Vitamin K- Vitamin K plays a central role in blood clotting and can help prevent and treat osteoporosis.
  • B vitamins- B vitamins are vital for energy production, mood, proper function of the nervous system, macronutrient utilization, and immune function. Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid participate in homocysteine metabolism, thus reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.
  • Calcium- Calcium is essential for bone health.

For a complete list of ingredients Click Here.