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Thymus Vulgaris Supplement Drops by Wise Woman Herbals

Thymus Vulgaris Supplement Drops by Wise Woman Herbals

You may have this in your kitchen, but did you know that it can also help with seasonal sinus infections? It’s true.

Thyme (usually seen as Thymus vulgaris) has been used for centuries as an antiseptic and is widely found in our homes as a spice, as well as in many personal care products. In fact, many mouthwashes use thyme (thymol, the essential oil) and combine it with menthol and eucalyptol (essential oils of eucalyptus) to kill bacteria.

In use for your sinuses, thyme can aid in killing harmful bacteria that can further cause negative effects to your immune system. Many choose to add thyme to their diets through cooking, but for an additional boost, you can try using essential thyme oil or supplements that contain thyme to support fungal infections, coughs, bronchitis, and yes, even those pesky sinus infections that seem to crop up all winter long.

As for uses, most people tend to use a thyme supplement in drop form, to be mixed with water. Some also use this essential oil (with proper care and instruction) in nasal washes, or for aromatherapy.

At OVitaminPro, we do carry several thyme supplements, including Wise Woman Herbals Thymus vulgaris which contains the dry, organic, flowering herb of thyme in a base of organic alcohol and spring water for easy use.

 

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Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome

Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome

The problem with leaky gut syndrome is that it isn’t one of those conditions that is self-limiting. Self-limiting means that over time it will correct itself. An example of a self-limiting problem is a cut on your lip. Even if you need a stitch or two it tends to heal up very quickly without any special measures. Once the zonulin production pathway is activated and fragments of food or other particles find their way to the blood stream, they start an antibody cascade that further increases zonulin production and activation. Some of these products will also find their way to your brain and attach to opiate receptors and increase your cravings for the very foods that are causing you problems.

 

How are you going to fix leaky gut syndrome? The first steps are discovering and eliminating the foods that are causing the problem. Several labs have antibody panels for this, including Alcat and Cyrex. We also like the Cyrex Labs Array 2 that checks for zonulin and related gut permeability molecules. Common offender foods are gluten-containing grains, dairy, soy and sugar.

Supplements can speed the healing process. The key with your supplement program is to be very patient. We recommend starting with the NeuroScience NEI Barrier Repair Kit. We recommend this because it is gentle as well as effective. The NEI Barrier Repair Kit consists of a bottle of Barrier Repair herbal formula and probiotics. We recommend using this starter kit for a few months. Many people find that this approach is so effective that they just stay on it. NeuroScience: NEI GI Repair Kit has been excellent.

Other complementary factors such as turmeric, glutathione, vitamin D and fish oil will help provide an environment favorable for healthy changes. Health Resources: Probiotic Basics.

Once the barrier begins to repair, other factors that have been known to help barrier repair might be appropriate. This would include things like L-glutamine, Proper fish hydrolyzed proteins, NAG (N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine, gamma-linolenic acid, gamma-oryzanol and maybe some phosphatidylcholine. I don’t recommend starting here, however. Use the prickly pear, guar gum seed and marshmallow root formula from the NEI product first.

How do you deal with leaky gut syndrome? Share your story with us in the comments!

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What is Quercetin?

Sinuplex

Sinuplex

At OVitaminPro.com, we’re always looking to keep our customers informed of natural remedies that can aid in achieving a higher level of wellness. Antioxidants have been getting a lot of mainstream attention lately and there’s one antioxidant that we want you to know about: quercetin.

Quercetin is a type of flavonoid that is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. Research tells us that flavonoids, like quercetin, have been shown to aid in the treatment of allergies, respiratory illnesses, inflammation, microbial imbalances, and even cancer. The research is still developing, but so far, it looks promising.

Looking to add more of this antioxidant to your diet? Want to boost your levels naturally? Consider taking a quercetin supplement or add more quercetin-rich foods to your diet. Tomatoes, red grapes, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, apples, berries, buckwheat, citrus fruits, onions, and black and green tea contain quercetin levels to help you boost your immunity as well as your antioxidant intake.

At OVitaminPro.com, we offer quercetin in the form of a supplement called Sinuplex by Metagenics. This powerful supplement can support your immune and respiratory systems with a powerful combination of Vitamin C, nettle root extract, N-acetylcysteine, and of course, quercetin.

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