Tinnitus symptoms can improve with Pycnogenol antioxidant therapy

Tinnitus is the medical term for an aggravating condition where sound is heard that’s produced from within the ear canal rather than from outside of it. Over 44 million Americans suffer with this disorder.

This internal sound is often described as ringing, buzzing, humming, swishing or whistling. The sound may be continuous or intermittent.

While tinnitus is not completely understood, it is frequently correlated to some type of injury to the ear. Common culprits are loud or prolonged noise exposure or ear infections. Meniere’s disease is a more serious condition which has tinnitus symptoms accompanied with extreme vertigo.

Antihistamines or antibiotics often relieve tinnitus or Meniere’s symptoms. However, millions of people have not experienced relief from those treatments.

Several studies using antioxidants have shown promise for tinnitus symptoms:

  • A 2007 study found idiopathic tinnitus significantly improved after 18 weeks of using a mix of oral antioxidants (including Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and beta-carotene).
  • A pilot study observed that tinnitus suffers with low levels of CoQ10 had reduced symptoms after supplementing with CoQ10 for 16 weeks.
  • In 2003 a study of 25 volunteers with Meniere’s found 91% had fewer vertigo episodes & 44% experienced improved hearing after 2 months of antioxidant use.
  • A 2010 study of 92 people with mild to moderate tinnitus noted significant improvement after 4 weeks of consuming 150 mg. of Pycnogenol® daily. Pycnogenol was observed to enhance blood flow to the cochlear. Higher amounts of Pycnogenol produced greater results.

Inadequate amounts of antioxidants can prevent or impede healing. Use of oral antioxidants can improve cellular function and enhance overall health. Antioxidants and nutrients are much easier to absorb if they are in an isotonic state because they don’t require lengthy digestion. Isotonic supplements provide up to 95% of their value in minutes versus the average 10-20% nutritive value which makes it to the bloodstream by the time tablets or capsules are digested.

Isotonix® has the only form of isotonic capable trademarked Pycnogenol® on the market. As an antioxidant Pycnogenol® is 50 times more potent than Vitamin E and 20 times more potent than Vitamin C. Isotonix OPC-3® is a synergistic blend of Pycnogenol®, Grape Seed, Bilberry, and Citrus Bioflavonoids.

All of the Isotonix® products are powders that, when mixed with the appropriate amount of water, become delicious drinkable isotonic solutions.

Some excellent products for improving auditory health and reducing the stress of tinnitus would include:

Regenerate joint cartilage and reduce or eliminate arthritis pain

The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis.  Osteoarthritis (OA) affects over 21 million Americans and is kneeusually seen in the hips, knees, feet, low-back and hands.

In the early stages OA may start as stiffness or slight limit in range of motion.  As it progresses, pain and swelling set in.

Overuse of the joint is typically what causes osteoarthritis. Repetitive use of the joint contributes to the deterioration of the joint cartilage. As the cartilage dwindles, the ends of the joint bones thicken and move closer together. Bone spurs (called osteophytes) and nodes often form as the condition worsens further reducing mobility and increasing pain and stiffness.

Retaining and regenerating bone cartilage is paramount to addressing osteoarthritis. A published study done in 2007 suggested that use of antioxidants and vitamins that included vitamin C and vitamin E may reduce the risk of bone marrow lesions, benefit cartilage health, and reduce the chances of OA. Additionally, supplementing with omega 3 fish oils, glucosamine, vitamin D3, calcium, magnesium and Pycnogenol® has also been shown to improve or ward-off OA.

Glucosatrin® Bone and Joint Health is a unique glucosamine joint product. It contains glucosamine HCI, vitamin C, vitamin D3, oleanolic acid, Chinese skullcap, plus other synergistic nutrients and herbs. It does not contain chondroitin due to the potential negative side effects that product possesses (which includes hair loss, nausea, diarrhea and heart palpitations). Chondroitin has also been associated with compromised prostate health in men. Glucosatrin® promotes the retention and normal regeneration of bone cartilage with known safe and effective ingredients.

double blind clinical study published in 2007 showed that after two months of use Pycnogenol® improved joint function by 52%, reduce pain by 43% and lessen stiffness by 35%. Isotonix OPC-3®® is the only form of isotonic Pycnogenol® in the world. Drinking this amazing product allows up to 95% of the benefits of Pycnogenol® plus the other ingredients (grape seed, red wine, bilberry and citrus extracts) to be quickly absorbed and put to work in the blood stream. Using Isotonix OPC-3® is an effective way of improving cellular function while reducing inflammation and pain.

Other drinkable Isotonix® products which could help OA are:
Prime™ Joint Support Formula by Isotonix®
Isotonix® Vitamin C
Isotonix® Calcium Plus
Isotonix® Vitamin D with K2

Other capsule products which would be excellent for quelling arthritis difficulties would be:
Curcumin Extreme™
Heart Health Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E

Antioxidants Highly Effective in Fighting Oral Diseases

man-with-dentistTwo common periodontal diseases were found to respond favorably to the potent antioxidants found in grape seed. Periodontitis is a serious condition that destroys the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth.  Thirty to fifty percent of Americans suffer from this disease making it the second most common in the world.

Gingivitas and fusobacterium are types of unhealthy bacteria which can grow in the mouth.  Gingivitis left unchecked can develop in to a very serious disease called Trench Mouth.  Fusobacterium is a pathogen that sometimes presents after contracting strep.  Fusobacterium can develop into a very dangerous condition called Lemierre’s disease.

Gingivitas and fusobacterium thrive in plaque, which is a complex bacteria-laden environment called biofilm.  Biofilm serves as a protective agent for the unhealthy bacteria allowing it to thrive and reproduce.  The biofilm accelerates the inflammatory response, which causes a massive release of free radicals on a cellular level.

A 2008 study conducted by Food Chemistry demonstrated that the powerful antioxidants in grape seed were very beneficial because of their anti-bacterial properties and suppression of the free radical cascade.

Isotonix OPC-3® is a synergistic blend of antioxidants (including grape seed extract) that has been clinically proven to positive improve red and white blood cells mobility and suppress free radicals for a full 72 hours after ingesting.

Food Chemistry study

News article on grape seed study

Deciphering Labeled Amounts of Resveratrol

reading-labelsMedia coverage on resveratrol has been popular lately, consequently there are a number of companies promoting their own version of this antioxidant.  One may wonder – what’s the big deal?

Resveratrol, OPC’s and Pycnogenol® are bioflavanoids which are complex organic plant compounds found in various amounts in fruits (and wine), vegetables and certain tree barks.  These bioflavanoids range widely in the amount of active compounds they provide, depending upon how they are processed and delivered (powder, liquid, tablet, etc).  Bioflavanoids counteract oxidative cellular damage and have been shown to reduce  inflammation, suppress free radicals and restore cellular function.  These highly potent antioxidants hold tremendous promise for extending both quantity and quality of life.

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Grapeseed Extract Kills 76% of Leukemia Cancer Cells in 24 Hours

A new study by researchers at the University of Kentucky has found that when Leukemia cancer cells are exposed to grape seed extract in the lab, 76% of the cells die through apoptosis in just 24 hours. Normal cells were not harmed. Apoptosis is the natural process of programmed cell death. All cells are supposed to undergo apoptosis when they become damaged or simply reach the end of their useful lives. One of the reasons that cancer cells grow and multiply is that apoptosis is not triggered when it is supposed to be.

The study was published in the January 1st issue of Clinical Cancer Research.

Read full article at NaturalNews.com

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A couple of months ago, Chinese scientists performed a similar study with Pycnogenol® and leukemia with virtually identical results. The evidence is mounting that OPCs and other strong antioxidants have potent anti-cancer properties. Isotonix OPC-3® contains both Pycnogenol® and grape seed extract, plus other OPCs.

Top 10 Health Breakthroughs of 2008

byron_richardsNutrition expert and author, Byron J. Richards nominates his top 10 health breakthroughs of 2008 in an article on NewsWithViews.com.

Here is his list along with a brief summary (click keyword links for related blog posts):

#10 – The Mayo Clinic Places One Foot in the Door of the Real World

The breakthrough here is that the Mayo Clinic actually began acknowledging the value of certain nutritional supplements such as fish oil containing omega-3 fatty acids.

#9 – Bone Health Is One Key to Longevity

Good bone health is not just about avoiding osteoporosis, scientists have found that healthy bones contribute to better health in other ways as well.

#8 – Grape Seed Extracts Stop Alzheimer’s Plaque

Brain plaque is the cause of many brain aging symptoms and grape seed extract has been found to prevent its growth.

#7 – Vitamin D for Anything and Everything

New evidence was found regarding vitamin D’s power as a gene-regulating super nutrient.  It turns out that vitamin D can help with a huge array of health issues.  More interesting are Byron’s comments regarding the American Cancer Society and FDA’s reluctance to disseminate the news.

#6 – Resveratrol Turns Back the Clock

Readers of this blog know all about the remarkable research on resveratrol, the compound in red wine that activates the SIRT1 green and in turn, slows the aging process and prevents certain diseases.

#5 – The Digestive Genome Marks the New Frontier of Health

Scientists are learning more about how the contaminants and flora in our intestinal tract influence the health of our entire body in ways we didn’t previously understand.

#4 – The Changing World of Fat, Cholesterol, and Heart Disease

It is not just about reducing “bad” cholesterol and increasing “good” cholesterol anymore.  There is a whole new concept of Cholesterol health that contributes to true cardiovascular health.

#3 – How Much BDNF is In Your Bank Account?

Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF) has been found to be a key to nerve and brain development.  It turns out that fish oil, blueberries, curcumin, and pantethine all help boost the production of BDNF.

#2 – Run for Your Life

New research this year proves that running is not only great exercise, but is particularly helpful for people over 50.

#1 – Thyroid Health is for Everyone

The latest research on thyroid function shows that even a slightly malfunctioning thyroid is directly related to increased mortality, fatal heart disease, elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, risk of breast cancer, Alzheimer’s risk, and many other issues.  How do you keep your thyroid healthy?  A cleaner diet, exercise, and antioxidants.

Pycnogenol selectively targets malignant ovarian cancer cells

Researchers at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine tested Pycnogenol on ovarian cancer cells and found that Pycnogenol induced apoptosis in the cancer cells, causing them to die, while not affecting normal ovarian cells at all.  This selectivity is very significant since it means that Pycnogenol may be useful as a chemopreventive agent against cancer.

I think that Pycnogenol, grape seed extract, resveratrol, curcumin and other natural substances are part of a new wave of preventative medicine that will significantly improve our health and extend our lives in the future.  Unfortunately, many medical professionals are not well informed about these alternatives and thus don’t recommend them to patients (or worse, suggest that they are not worth trying).  Instead, often the standard approach is only prescribing pharmaceutical substances that treat the disease after it is diagnosed.

Staying aware, and up-to-date, with ongoing research in holistic approaches can often work in concert with traditional treatments. Choosing the best from these two worlds is (in my opinion) the most intelligent approach.

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New research reaffirms cardiovascular benefits of grapes

New articles and research add to the growing body of evidence that the polyphenols and antioxidants in grapes can reduce blood pressure, improve heart function, and reduce “bad” cholesterol.

In an article in the November issue of Nutrition Research, authors Wayne R. Leifert, Ph.D., and Mahinda Y. Abeywardena, Ph.D. found that through their antioxidant effects, grape polyphenols help to slow or prevent cell damage caused by oxidation. Polyphenols decrease oxidation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol)—a key step in the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Grape polyphenols also have other protective effects on the heart and blood vessels, including actions to reduce blood clotting, abnormal heart rhythms, and blood vessel narrowing.

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Another study at the University of Michigan examined rats who were fed a high-salt diet and suffered from hypertension and higher risk of heart failure.  They supplemented the diets of some of the rats with grape powder containing grape skin and seed extracts.  The mice fed the grape powder had lower blood pressure, better heart function, reduced inflammation throughout their bodies, and fewer signs of heart muscle damage.

The researches stated, “Although there are many natural compounds in the grape powder itself that may have an effect, the things that we think are having an effect against the hypertension may be the flavonoids – either by direct antioxidant effects, by indirect effects on cell function, or both.”

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Isotonix OPC-3® contains grape seed extract and red wine extract (plus Pycnogenol® and other bioflavonoids) in a powder form that mixes with water to create an isotonic solution that is readily absorbed.

Grape seed extract may help Alzheimer’s

Grape seed extract is showing potential as a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related memory loss. A study by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City, found that the extract prevented the build-up of amyloid plaques, large protein molecules that interfere with brain function. Amyloid plaques are considered a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, but the truth is, they’re found in most older brains. People with Alzheimer’s just have more of them.

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Ironically, the Mt. Sinai study explored the possibility of of developing “wine mimetic pills” that could replace a glass of wine for therapeutic purposes, but SHOP.COM (powered by Market America) already has two products in its Isotonix line that contain the most potent red wine compounds: