Source Naturals - Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - 16 oz.
Long a dietary staple of the people of Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Islands, coconut oil has been used for both food and health care. Coconut Oil has been used in Ayurvedic herbalism for 4,000 years and it is a natural oil, lower in calories than most oils. Source Naturals Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is composed of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are less likely to be stored in the body as fat than are long-chain triglycerides (LCTs). Combined with essential fatty acids, Source Naturals Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a perfect addition to an overall healthy lipid program.
Source Naturals Extra Virgin Coconut Oil addresses the following body systems:
Every second of our lives, billions of biochemical reactions are taking place in our bodies. New molecules are produced and spent as old ones are broken down and disposed of. Our metabolism is a massive, complex, yet perfectly orchestrated system of energy that enables us to survive and thrive. In almost every chemical reaction in the body, a spark is needed to energize the reaction. This spark is provided by adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP), the energy molecule. It is fundamental to our physiology. Amazingly, the body must produce half its own weight in ATP every day. It is a wise life strategy to give ATP production all the help we can. If this system is not working well we may feel tired and fatigued and our health may be affected. Within each cell there are typically 1,000-2,000 mitochondria. This organelle is the site of three connected, complex, multi-stage biochemical processes - the Glycolytic cycle, the Krebs cycle, and the Electron Transport chain - these produce ATP. Carbohydrates, fats and proteins are digested and enter the energy cycle to manufacture ATP. This requires a huge reserve of nutrients including B-vitamins, alpha-lipoic acid, CoQ10, and Acetyl L-Carnitine.
It is well known that our genes, consisting of DNA, hold the information codes for all of our unique traits, and they regulate all of the structure and function of our tissues and organs. Encoded in the DNA, and "turned on" by hormones or other messengers, are the mechanisms that produce the proteins, enzymes, and other compounds that the cell uses to carry out its differentiated functions. Even though each cell contains every gene for all bodily and mental functions, each cell has the ability to activate only those specific genes needed for that cell’s specific function; the other genes remain silent or inactive. Various nutrients, plant extracts, and biochemical compounds can be seen as messengers. We can literally send instructions to our genes to perform healthy activities such as increase memory, burn fat, strengthen an immune response, or turn off gene expression that is detrimental to our health.
- Inflammation Response
Inflammation is for many an underlying biochemical imbalance that can lead to concerns about our health. Inflammation begins as a helpful part of the immune system’s defense, but the problem for our health is when this natural defense process doesn’t turn off. Because of various environmental triggers and lifestyle factors, such as pollution, stress, or nutrient-deficient junk food diets, the defense system stays on the attack, generating metabolic inflammation and damaging healthy cells and tissues. Our body goes to war with itself. The fire of inflammation, however, can be quenched with dietary, lifestyle and nutritional changes.
- Antioxidant Defense
Free radicals are unstable, destructive molecules with one missing, unpaired electron. In a process called oxidation, the same process that turns iron to rust, free radicals can impact cells as they steal electrons from healthy molecules, starting a cascade that ages the body and affects the body cell by cell, tissue by tissue. This process is halted with antioxidants. Antioxidants selflessly donate their electrons to stabilize free radicals and prevent their effects. Free radicals are natural by-products of mitochondrial energy generation and they are also the result of constant bombardment by pollutants, toxins, excess sunlight, unnatural foods, and electromagnetic radiation. In 1954, Dr. Denham Haimen first espoused the Free Radical Theory of Aging. As we age, our body’s ability to produce innate antioxidants decreases, giving free radicals and the aging they cause the upper hand in our bodies.
- Sugar Regulation
Our modern, “on the go” diet of processed, unnatural junk foods is overwhelming our bodies. Drastic increases in refined carbohydrates and sugars have led to health concerns unheard of even a generation ago. Increased blood glucose can lead to excess body weight and inefficient use of insulin... all are part of a spiraling, self-perpetuating cycle that is highly challenging to health. Through this cycle, increased blood sugar can lead to reactions like inflammation and glycation. Excess inflammation is an underlying imbalance that can affect cells and tissues and lead to concerns about our health. Glycation occurs when excess blood sugar binds with protein to produce Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs), compounds that impact healthy cells. Many nutritional supplements can increase insulin efficiency and help maintain blood sugar in a normal range.
During the Plague of the 14th century, one-third of the population of Europe died. The question is: why did the others live, even though they were also exposed to the Yersinia pestis bacteria? The answer may be the strength and responsiveness of their immune systems. The immune system is like an intelligent second brain with the unique ability to identify foreign compounds and to quickly produce the specific defenses needed to combat harmful invaders and protect us. The immune system uses a wide variety of cells and biochemicals located primarily in the blood stream and the gastrointestinal tract, such as T-cells, B-cells, macrophages, and Natural Killer cells. We can significantly strengthen and improve the functionality of the immune system through nutrition, supplements and lifestyle modifications.
About Source Naturals
Source Naturals was created in 1982 by C.E.O Ira Goldberg to support each individual’s potential to enjoy optimal health. At that time, the kind of nutritional formulations he envisioned – for the maintenance of well-being and the enhancement of life – simply didn’t exist. The idea of combining many nutrients, herbs and nutraceuticals in one formulation, though common today, was then a rarity. Source Naturals pioneered the concept with Wellness Formula, now the industry’s #1 immune support product.
Source Naturals subsequently introduced numerous award-winning formulas, recognized for their excellence in independent surveys and nutritional analyses. In addition to Wellness, these award-winners include Life Force Multiple, Mega-Kid Multiple, Inflama-Rest, the Skin Eternal line, Higher Mind, Essential Enzymes, Male Response, and more.
Source Naturals’ comprehensive Bio-Aligned Formulas help bring the power of alignment to your body. When formulating, they evaluate the underlying causes of system imbalances, and then provide targeted nutrition to interdependent body systems. Their line of more than 600 products also includes well-researched, single entity nutrients in their highest quality and most bioavailable forms.
Their nutritional supplements are at the leading edge of today’s Wellness Revolution. This transformation in health consciousness also includes new perspectives in diet, lifestyle, emotional and spiritual development, and complementary health care. Source Naturals Strategy for Wellness is to provide education that empowers individuals to take responsibility for their health, rather than relying solely on outside medical authority. The result is people who are more productive and fulfilled, and a world that is stronger and healthier.