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Article by: Dominique Paradis, ND PhyD, Instructor, Speaker, Author

Collagen is a protein found in all structures of the body: skin, cartilages, tendons, ligaments, and conjunctive tissues. It represents 30% to 35% of the total amount of protein found in the organism, and helps ensure cohesion, elasticity, and regeneration of tissues. It is present in the extracellular matrix of animal organisms. This protein is in charge of reinforcing tissues and creating a resistance mechanism when these are stretched. It is the most abundant protein found in the human body.

 

Today, the low nutritional value found in our food favors premature aging and does not nourish our bodies enough in order to maintain a healthy production of naturally-functional collagen. Because of this, the production of collagen drastically diminishes and no longer fulfills the body’s needs. At the age of 25, collagen levels in our bodies naturally start to drop at a pace of about 1.5% per year. These days, due to the chemicals that are added to the food we consume and the denaturing of fruits and vegetables, it has become more frequent to observe this drop in natural collagen levels starting as soon as 15 years of age, depending on the diet and hygiene of individuals. The entirety of the collagen protein is not assimilated by the organism but rather eliminated naturally. The collagen must be hydrolyzed in order to allow its assimilation and usage. This hydrolization splits the bigger collagen molecules into available amino acids.

 

Hydrolyzed collagen (pre-digested) is made up of 20 different amino acids, including 3 specific amino acids; 1/3 glycine, 1/3 proline, and hydroxyproline or hydroxylysine. The percentage of these is three times higher than in animal protein or in the collagen tissues of animals. This particular amino acid sequence targets the production of new collagen in the body. Keep in mind that:

 

  • Three of these amino acids make up the glutathione; a strong antioxidant, detoxifier, and stimulant of the immune system.
  • Glycine and proline are abundant in collagen fibers of tendons and ligaments.
  • They bring a continuous increase of certain amino acids present in the plasma (proline and hydroxyproline).

 

Therefore, it is not the type of collagen itself that is important, but rather the amino acids it is made up of which makes it effective once ingested. This is what makes a collagen hydrolyzate of bovine source so beneficial.

 

Even in the absence of a disease requiring it’s intake, it is favorable to consume collagen as a preventive measure in order to support and maintain the tissue matrix of our organs. In order to prevent the degradation of bones, cartilages, and of the skin due to aging, it is recommended to have a good diet and take supplements such as antioxidants (Polynature) to counteract free radicals and favor cell regeneration. The degeneration can lead to diseases such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Articular and cartilage inflammation
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatisms
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Muscular pain
  • Tendinitis and bursitis
  • Fibromyalgia

 

Hydrolysed collagen is a collagen transformed by manner of natural enzymatic hydrolization which is highly absorbable in the bloodstream, making it superior to any collagen found in capsule form. Capsulated collagen is about 50% less effective and harder to absorb than liquid collagen.

Hydrolysed collagen has proven its nutritional and therapeutic virtues, may it be by clinical studies or in preventive treatments. You can optimize its results by pairing this product with the proper dosage of vitamin C and vitamin E.

 

Hydrolyzed Collagen (strawberry flavoured)

Hydrolyzed Collagen (raspberry flavoured)

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We are all aware that this time of year brings along a propensity towards flu and colds due to the fact that we are confined inside, often overheated homes, lack of sunlight, and less occasions to exercise outdoors. These inconvenient realities which bring about instances of colds surely cause discomfort, but when individuals already suffer from health issues which effect the respiratory system (such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, persistent and mucus-producing cough, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, etc.), colds only accentuate these discomforts and may even lead to hospitalisation.

 

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Asthma is brought about by foreign substances which enter the bronchi and provoke inflammation and constriction due to the localized action of histamine (an immune messenger). Dr. Batmanghelidj, author of the book «Votre corps réclame de l’eau», agrees that histamine is in fact the cause of vasoconstriction. In fact, we regularly find this substance in the respiratory tissues of individuals affected by different respiratory problems. According to him, histamine acts as a regulator of the body’s hydration in order to reduce the amount of water due to breathing; it is produced locally when there is diminishing tension in the vessels in the lungs. Drinking water allows for a reduction in the creation of histamine since it reinforces this tension. Ref: Santé Nature Innovation, March 15 2014.

 

If this is true for asthma, surely it can have an influence on all respiratory problems. Natural medicine is first and foremost a preventive practice which adheres to specific rules: adopt healthy eating habits, bio if possible, that are rich in fruits and vegetables, consume adequate amounts of proteins (depending on individual needs), drink at least 8 glasses of quality water per day, get some fresh air daily, and get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.

 

Nonetheless, when it comes time to face a cold, certain products can help support our disposition and diminish the discomforts that come with it.

 

Aliacin Super

Traditionally used in herbal therapy to alleviate symptoms related to infections in the upper respiratory tract and catarrhal conditions.

 

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Bronchilyn

A selection of plants which, among other things, are recognized as having beneficial qualities on the respiratory system. The mix of these plants creates a product with bronchodilator properties, helps to fluidize secretions, and has expectorant qualities. Furthermore, it helps calm the involuntary spasms caused by cough and have a disinfecting effect on the bronchi.

 

Tussilyn 2 (cough syrup)

The main active components in Tussilyn 2 favor expectoration and help relieve cough caused by colds and bronchitis.

 

Echinacea III

Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the symptoms affecting upper respiratory tracts, such as the ones caused by flue or colds.

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Formerly known as Syndrome X, the Metabolic Syndrome is not a single or specific disease, but rather a cluster of problems related to bad metabolism, which includes: high insulin and cholesterol levels, hypertension, and abdominal obesity.

 

Other health problems were identified as part of the Metabolic Syndrome, such as: high levels of uric acid, chronic inflammation, hypothyroidism, and polycystic ovary syndrome.

The definition of the Metabolic Syndrome somewhat varies according to different countries or health organizations, but the one formulated by the National Cholesterol Education Program is widely accepted. According to this group of experts, the term Metabolic Syndrome applies when three (3) of the five (5) following risks factors are present:

 

  • Abdominal obesity
  • Hypertension
  • High triglycerides
  • High blood sugar
  • Low levels of HDL

 

The Metabolic Syndrome constitutes the early stage of many serious diseases such as pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular problems, and cerebrovascular accidents (CVA). To this list, we can add gout, thyroid gland troubles, certain infertility troubles, as well as many other health problems generated or amplified by chronic inflammation.

 

It has been noted that most individuals diagnosed with the Metabolic Syndrome have developed a resistance to insulin, they are said to be insulin-resistant. Insulin is one of the hormones produced by the pancreas. The insulin acts as a key that allows the cells to open up to allow the blood sugar (glucose) to penetrate, where it will be stored as an energy source to be used when needed. This means that, when individuals develop a resistance to insulin, the body no longer recognizes the insulin being produced, therefore the key cannot penetrate into the lock and open the door, and this in turn provokes an accumulation of sugar in the blood instead of its absorption into the cells. Since the sugar level in the blood stays high, the pancreas continues to produce more and more insulin in an attempt to lower this level, creating in turn high levels of insulin since it is not being used optimally. However, even though the blood sugar is not sufficiently high to be considered diabetes, it increases gradually the risk of severe health troubles.

 

Statistics have shown that about one quarter of the Canadian population will be affected by this syndrome.

 

As mentioned above, it is the sum of non-pathological disturbances that will constitute the highest risk factor. This means that, rather than considering isolated factors (obesity, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia), the Metabolic Syndrome allows to intervene upstream by favouring a cross-disciplinary and multidisciplinary approach.

 

Individuals with this Syndrome are exposed to a higher risk of having heart attack or a cerebrovascular accidents than those who are not. As a matter of fact, when all the Metabolic Syndrome factors are combined, the risk of having a heart attack is 20 times higher than the average person’s.

 

An overly sedentary lifestyle and an inadequate diet are the main culprits in the evolution of the obesity and diabetes epidemic in occidental societies.

 

It is on us to take control of our health!

 

Nature to the rescue, with the help of Supercritical Garlic

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Supercritical Garlic is a nutrition supplement formulated to act on the cholesterol’s different parameters.

– Increase good cholesterol (HDL)
– Reduce bad cholesterol (LDL)
– Reduce triglycerides

 

Moreover, it has hypoglycemic virtues and helps maintain the cardiovascular system in good health.

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The immune system is a functional one rather than an anatomic structure.

It is made up of billions of cells which constantly travel through the organism, notably looking for, identifying, targeting, and eliminating all invasive intruders. These cells are monitored by a fairly complex system.

 

When the workforce of this defensive system:

 

  • Is insufficient in number
  • Cannot reproduce rapidly or efficiently enough to do their job
  • Are constantly bombarded by infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, yeast, mold, newly formed cancerous cells, etc.)
  • Have been denatured by invasive or foreign bodies (such as medicine, heavy metals, etc.)
  • Have been transformed by modified food
  • Have been weakened by an unhealthy lifestyle (not much exercise, cigarettes, alcohol, living or working in a polluted environment, etc.)

 

… these little soldiers, unable to effectively serve their purpose, leave the door open to the development of many undesired pathologies.

During this time of year, we can group together troubles such as colds, bronchitis, throat aches, and pharyngitis under the ‘diseases of winter’ category. These all have to do with the condition of the organisms in the immune system and the virulence of microorganisms.

 

In light of these facts, the necessity of a preventive natural therapy becomes clear. Nourishing the system, providing the nutriments necessary for the synthesis of these little soldiers that must constantly be renewed, good hydration, going out and getting some fresh air, and taking time to rest and build up our strength are all important basic criteria in order to maintain a healthy immune system.

 

In order to help you get through the tougher season of the year, Les Laboratoires Vachon offers you the following products:

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Aliacin Super (garlic)

This product is traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve symptoms associated with upper respiratory tract infections and catarrhal conditions.

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Echinacee III

Traditionally used in Herbal Medicine to help relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections such as colds and flu.


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