May 2017 - Vitanova

Coffee with America – Dr. V.

Click to below to watch! Famous TV Host Dr. Yael Varnado-Rhodes, RD, Shares Her Amazing Strategy for Improving Your Health & Wellness

ASK DR ‘V’ HOW TO KICK START YOUR HEALTH & WELLNESS THIS SUMMER

As a trusted health and lifestyle expert, Dr. Yael Varnado, affectionately called Dr. V, has garnered the respect of her peers, patients, and the public with her blend of passion-driven clinical knowledge and compassion. She has a passion for PREVENTION especially for young adults and a focus on women’s health and is known for her ability to deliver relatable, usable and relevant information. She is committed to educating the masses about how important it is to live healthy early on in life, so you can enjoy great health in the golden years.
In this interview, Dr. V will explain why Women’s Health Week (May 14-20) and other celebrations during the month of May can be a spring board for inspire women to make health changes. The US Department of Health and Human Services points out that heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression and autoimmune diseases are the top five health issues facing women.

SOME OF THE HEALTH CHECKS DR. V DISCUSSES INCLUDE:
The importance of antioxidants and a healthy diet
Understanding problems and sexual issues facing women as they age
How effective are vitamins and supplements and for young and older women
Important information about a serious problem that affects one in three women

SPOKESPERSON BACKGROUND: Dr. Varnado has made frequent guest appearances as a medical contributor on The Today Show, CNN, Dr. Oz, The Bethenny Show, Fox News, CBS, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Refinery 29, Hot 97, Perez Hilton, and The Steve Harvey Show to name a few, weighing in on breaking news issues and hot health topics. For almost three years she co-hosted the medical health segment on Reverend Al Sharpton’s syndicated radio show “Keeping it Real.” She is the founder of Get Checked 4 Life, Inc., getchecked4life.org a 501(c)(3) non-profit grassroots organization that provides at-risk and underserved communities across the nation with access to health services.

L-Theanine: Catch Some Zs

By Sara Lovelady

Have you ever wondered why drinking a cup of hot tea seems to have a calming effect, even though tea contains caffeine? The answer is L-theanine, an amino acid and a component of black and green tea that helps calm the brain.* If the wheels of your mind can’t stop spinning at night—and that keeps you from falling asleep—L-theanine can be part of the solution.*

More time sleeping, less time tossing and turning

In 2011, a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial studied the effect of L-theanine on boys aged 8 to 12 who were taking stimulating medications. It found that 400 mg of L-theanine daily for six weeks significantly improved their sleep efficiency (the time spent awake versus asleep while in bed).* There was also a small decrease in the boys’ movements while asleep.* However, it did not improve their sleep latency (the time it takes to fall asleep.)

L-theanine promotes a calm mood—which is exactly what you want when you hit the hay.* A 2007 double-blind, placebo-controlled study tested volunteers’ ability to perform math problems in their heads. It found that the people who took L-theanine were less stressed by the task than those who took the placebo pills.* Their heart rates and the level of immunoglobin (a marker of stress) in their saliva were lower than in the folks who took a placebo.*

How does L-theanine work?

L-theanine works by increasing the production of relaxing alpha brain waves, which help ease the transition to sleep.* It also increases levels of GABA, a calming neurotransmitter.* Lastly, L-theanine blocks L-glutamic acid from binding to receptors that cause brain cells to become overexcited.*

The effect of L-theanine on alpha brain waves has been demonstrated in several studies. In one small 1998 trial, female university students took a single dose of 200 mg of L-theanine, and researchers then measured their brain waves. The results showed L-theanine generated alpha waves in the occipital and parietal lobes of the volunteers’ brains.* One interesting thing about this study is that L-theanine worked best for the people who needed it the most—the effect was more pronounced in the students who were experiencing more stress at the time of the test.* A 2003 study found this same effect: an increase in alpha brain waves in stressed but not in non-stressed young men.*

A 2008 study found a relatively low single dose of L-theanine (50 mg) also increased alpha waves. Researchers gave 35 healthy young people L-theanine or a placebo. They then measured their brain waves while the participants relaxed with their eyes closed or engaged in a passive activity. The result was a significant increase in alpha waves in those taking the L-theanine.*

Your cup of tea?

If you want to take advantage of L-theanine’s ability to promote restful sleep, tea before bedtime is probably not the best idea because of the caffeine. It makes more sense to take it as a supplement. L-theanine is available in capsules, tablets, gummies and powders. It may also be combined in formulas with other sleep-promoting ingredients such as GABA, nutrients, and sedative herbs that address other aspects of the sleep cycle, such as sleep latency.

* This statement has not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22214254

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16930802

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/273220751_Effects_of_L-Theanine_on_the_Release_of_ALPHA-Brain_Waves_in_Human_Volunteers

https://koreamed.org/SearchBasic.php?RID=0124KJN/2003.36.9.918&DT=1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18296328

7 Kids and Us – Vitanova Adds 4 New Supplements including Keep Calm and Sleep Well

May 2017 – 7 Kids and Us – Vitanova Adds 4 New Supplements including Keep Calm and Sleep Well

I find it really amazing that so many different things we put in our body can do so many things. I mean, if we drink a lavender tea, we feel relaxed, and if we eat sunflowers, it can boost our brain power. I love that Vitanova has packaged each of these things for me, in one convenient tablet.

Vitanova has recently added to this line of distinctive supplements four new products designed to support daily living and wellness.
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Vitanova Makes Music with Health and Wellness Vitamins

May 2017 – Vitanova Makes Music with Health and Wellness Vitamins

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vitanova introduces Stella Heath, one of the nine Vitanova Brand Ambassadors featured on their Women’s Multivitamin box. Vitanova has developed a unique multivitamin product line made with probiotic-cultured nutrients, certified organic botanicals, and non-GMO ingredients sustainably sourced from around the globe.
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