Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A Hill Not to Die On

A Hill Not to Die On by Greg Webster
(This article originally appeared in Beeyoutiful's Fall 2008 Catalog.  Click here to read the entire article.)
"When a man reaches middle age, his hormones change, causing the prostate gland to grow. And its proximity to the urethra can cause problems... The expanding gland can constrict the urethra and make bad things happen like:
  • Frequent urge to urinate or the opposite-difficulty in doing so
  • Blood in urine or semen
  • Painful or burning urination
  • Dribbling of urine
  • Frequent pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips, or upper thighs.
 "These problems can be caused by prostate inflammation or infection (prostatitis), enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), and/or cancer. Health-gloom-wise, prostate cancer is to men what breast cancer is to women. The second leading cause of cancer death in men, 90% of cases go undetected until it is untreatable and has spread to the lymph system.

"This disaster is just waiting to happen in most grown males. By age 50, 35% have developed some cancer cells in the prostate. The result is that 97% of all men will be affected with some manner of prostate problem at some point in life. The typical solution is surgery. Yet even in successful cases the outcome can be, shall we say, unhappy.

"While the prescription for good health is familiar-maintain an active lifestyle, eat a nutrient-rich diet, and take high quality supplements- there are a number of elements in this typical health recommendation that especially benefit prostate functioning.

"Exercise--Sedentary men are 30% more likely to get prostate cancer and 40% more likely to have the non-cancerous condition, BPH. The same stats apply to highly stressed men. Both experience low levels of glutathione (an antioxidant produced inside the body and induced by exercise) in their cells, a situation that lessens resistance to cell and DNA damage.  Sitting for long periods also pinches nerves in the vertebrae that transmit messages from the brain to the prostate. This reduces the flow of fresh blood to the gland, allowing toxins to build up. Prostate- specific exercise can free up nerves and blood flow. And routine outdoor exercise adds a winning touch. Vitamin D, essential to prostate well-being, is manufactured naturally by the body when exposed to sunlight.

"Diet--Foods rich in antioxidants-the cancer-fighting wonders found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables-are crucial. In addition, oysters and other shellfish, lamb, pumpkin seeds, and nutritional yeast contain zinc, an important mineral for prostate health and replacement of seminal fluid.  The Weston A. Price Foundation (an organization committed to education about natural, healthful eating) encourages the use of raw milk from grass-fed cows. It’s high in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) for powerful protection against cancer of all types. If raw milk is not available, whole (not low-fat) organic milk is a good second choice.  Excessive caffeine or alcohol should be avoided since these are immune suppressors...

 "Supplements--A few supplements directly improve and maintain prostate functioning, but none better than Beeyoutiful’s Prostate Health. As men age, the body’s ratio of estrogen to testosterone increases, but Prostate Health contains stinging nettle root extract to counter the effects of excess estrogen production. Many cheaper health products use only the stems and leaves, not the root of this herb, which renders it significantly less effective.

 "Saw palmetto supports normal urinary flow and calms inflammation. Berries from the saw palmetto plant, which grows in the southeastern U.S., are used to inhibit production of an unwanted form of testosterone suspected of contributing to enlargement of the prostate. “Bargain brands” use a powdered form of the plant which does not perform as well as berry-based formulations like Beeyoutiful’s. Prostate Health, in fact, contains an especially high percentage of healthful fatty acids in the form of serenoa repens. And while there is a downside effect of any saw palmetto-blocking the enzyme responsible for prostate enlargement causes another enzyme to kick into high gear and make estrogen-the stinging nettle root in Prostate Health counter-balances this tendency.

 "Pumpkin seed oil is high in four free fatty acids and is now considered as vital to prostate health as lycopene.

"Lycopene-the natural pigment that makes tomatoes red-has been shown to slow or even halt the growth of BPH.

"Zinc offers an anti-bacterial effect to help stave off genito-urinary infections. 

"Vitamin B6 supplements the zinc and stinging nettle in regulating the enzyme which makes 'bad testosterone.' B6 helps control inflammation of the bladder and counteracts the development of prostate tumors.

"Prostate Health offers all-in-one prostate protection. If someone you know isn’t taking it by the time he turns 50, add a bottle to the gag gift pile. The name will fit with one of the “kind” cards he’s certain to get, and the pills are just the color you’d want-basic black. This is one over-the-hill gift to keep on giving- and taking-so men can enjoy celebrating not only 50, but 60, 70, and beyond."

Greg Webster is a freelance writer, homeschool father of eight, and owner of The Gregory Group advertising, marketing, and design firm. He and his family enjoy “natural, country living” just south of Columbia, Tennessee.

Prostate Health has been replaced by Beeyoutiful's Clinical Strength Prostate Health.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Vitamin D3

Why is Vitamin D so important?

Vitamin D does wonders in the body. Most know that it plays a key role in regulating calcium in the body, promoting absorption which helps bone mineralization to occur. This is key in caring for osteoporosis, rickets, osteomalacia, and osteopenia.

Vitamin D doesn't stop there, however. When the body is getting enough D to go around, it is used liberally by many cells that are able to make calcitriol and use its cancer-fighting properties! Some of the most exciting research today is finding that D3 deficiency is common in cancer patients, and that D3 may help work against cancer.

Interestingly, cancer is not the only thing that has turned up the common link of a vitamin D deficiency. Blood sugar problems, low back pain, high blood pressure, type I and type II diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, kidney stones, psoriasis, depression, seasonal affective disorder, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome and auto-immune diseases have all been linked with low levels of vitamin D, suggesting that this pro-hormone is a quiet, unsung worker of vast-reaching good in the body!

Last, but certainly not least, vitamin D3 is an immense contributor to controlling the immune system and helping to stave off "bugs" of all sorts. Flus, colds, other viral and bacterial upsets -- these seemingly little attacks on your health can be some of the most draining, often going through the entire family and leaving everyone worn out.
Beeyoutiful D3 softgels supply this key vitamin in a highly-absorbable liquid softgel form. Liquid D3 supplies it in a highly-absorbable liquid form.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Softgel
Servings Per Container: 120

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) (from Lanolin) 2,000 IU 500%

(Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.)

Suggested Use:  As a dietary supplement, take one softgel daily with a meal.

Other Ingredients: Rice Bran Oil and Softgel Capsule (gelatin, glycerin, water)

Contains NO sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, shellfish, or preservatives.

Notice:  Store in a cool, dry place.

Liquid D3
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 4 Drops (approx. 0.112 mL)
Servings Per Container: about 535
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) (from Lanolin) 400 IU 100%

(Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.)

Suggested Use: Shake well. As a dietary supplement, Adults: Take 4 drops 1 to 5 times daily; Children: Take 4 drops once daily. Take directly or add to your favorite beverage. Best when taken with a fat-containing meal. Consider taking this product in combination with Omega 369, Cod Liver Oil and Calcium supplements.

Other Ingredients: MCT Oil (medium chain triglycerides)

Contains NO sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

Notice: Keep out of reach of children. Consult your healthcare practitioner if you have any medical conditions, are taking any medications, or are pregnant/lactating.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Cod Liver Oil

Cod Liver Oil contains large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and the sunlight vitamin D, plus essential nutrients that are hard to obtain in sufficient amounts from the modern diet.

Anecdotally, there is hardly a disease in the books that does not respond well to a regimen that includes cod liver oil. From learning disabilities and ADD, to osteoporosis and heart disease, cod liver oil is a must for every household .

Beeyoutiful cod liver oil is screened for mercury and other impurities and is free of additives and preservatives. This double-strength CLO contains increased levels of vitamins A and D.

Cod Liver Oil
Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Softgel

Servings Per Container: 100

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Calories 5

Calories from Fat 5

Total Fat 0.5 g <1%*

Trans Fat 0 g †

Cholesterol 0 mg 0%

Vitamin A (from Cod Liver Oil and Retinyl Palmitate) 2500 IU 50%

Vitamin D3 (from Cod Liver Oil and Cholecalciferol) 270 IU 68%

Cod Liver Oil 650 mg †

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 1 softgel 1 to 3 times daily, preferably with meals.

Other Ingredients: Gelatin, glycerin, water.

Contains NO Sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg or preservatives.

Notice: Contains retinyl palmitate.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bone Ami

Osteoporosis can happen, but it doesn't have to. While it can happen to any of us, pregnancy and nursing can take a toll on a woman's bones. And modern diets often lack natural sources of calcium and magnesium that can help prevent bone deterioration. That's why a good supplement, like Bone Ami, can sustain a strong, healthy frame. Even though nobody gets to see them, you'll be glad you have Beeyoutiful bones.

Bone Ami Tablets
Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 2 Tablets

Servings Per Container: 125

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Vitamin D (from Ergocaliciferol - a vegetarian source) 100 IU 25%

Calcium (from Calcium Citrate) 600 mg 60%

Magnesium (from Magnesium Oxide, Magnesium Aspartate) 300 mg 75%

Zinc (from Amino Acid Chelate) 15 mg 100%

Copper (from Amino Acid Chelate) 1 mg 50%

Manganese (from Amino Acid Chelate) 5 mg 250%

(Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.)

Suggested Use As a dietary supplement, take two tablets 1 to 2 times daily, preferably with meals.

Other Ingredients Cellulose, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Croscarmellose Sodium, Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Silica and Vegetable Coating.

Contains NO Sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, shellfish or preservatives.

Notice: Store in a cool, dry place.

Bone Ami Liquid
Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon (15 mL)

Servings per Container: 31

Amount Per Serving % Daily Value

Calories 40

Total Carbohydrate 9.5 g 3%*

Sugar Alcohol (as Xylitol) 3 g †

Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol) 400 IU 100%

Calcium (from Calcium Citrate) 500 mg 50%

Magnesium (from Magnesium Citrate) 250 mg 60%

Boron (from Boron Amino Acid Chelate) 1 mg †

* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.

† Daily Value not established.

Suggested Use As a dietary supplement: Take 1 tablespoon 1 or 2 times daily. Can be taken diluted or mixed with water or juice. Bone Ami can be used by adults and children.

Other Ingredients: De-ionized Water, Xylitol, Glycerin, Malic Acid, Natural Lemon Flavor, Soy Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate (as preservative), Xanthan Gum, Cellulose and Mixed Tocopherols (soy). Vegetarian/Vegan Product.

Contains NO salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, milk, egg, shellfish, or artificial colors or flavors.

Notice:  Shake well before use. Refrigerate after opening to preserve flavor.