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Friday, July 31, 2009


Education Update

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If you are not yet and NSP member, email me and I will send you a personalized link so you can take the health assessment as well.

ALSO NON-Nature's Sunshine Member's: If you find you would like to order NSP Vitamins, Minerals and Herbs which have been indicated on your free assessment please make your first NSP order at my web site www.mynsp.com/herbsplus

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Thursday, July 23, 2009


Cheers to Beer: Amazing Benefits

What if your doctor prescribed you a medicine that could reduce strokes, heart and vascular disease, and the incidence of cataracts and breast cancer cells? You would take it every day, right? Well, you won't have to see your doctor for this remedy, but you may want to visit your favorite bartender.

It's fairly common knowledge that beer has a relaxing effect on the body and can reduce stress, but there are a myriad of other health benefits of this potent potable that are not as apparent at your local happy hour. There has never been better reasons to enjoy a cold one. So test your beer health IQ.

The Healthy, Happy Hour Beer Quiz:

True or false?

Beer is good for your heart.
True: A Dutch study conducted by TNO Nutrition and Food Research found that a known reference for predicting future cardiovascular disease, blood C-reactive protein (CRP), declined by 35 percent after three weeks of regular beer consumption compared with levels after three weeks of drinking non-alcoholic beer. The same study found that levels of HDL or "good" cholesterol rose by 11 percent during the same period. Beer also contains vitamin B6, which prevents the build-up of an amino acid called homocysteine that has been linked to heart disease.

Also, the Archives of Internal Medicine published an article confirming the benefits for women drinking alcohol. Data was collected from more than 70,000 nurses aged 25 to 42 whose health histories were tracked from 1989. Younger women who drink two or three alcoholic beverages a week have a lower risk of developing high blood pressure than women who do not drink alcohol. The women in the group who drank two or three alcoholic drinks a week had a 14 percent lower risk of developing high blood pressure than those who abstained.

Beer will reduce the chance of stroke.
True: One drink a day for women or up to two drinks a day for men will reduce your chances of strokes, heart and vascular disease. Strokes are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious, long-term disabilities. It is said that light to moderate drinkers will decrease their chances of suffering a stroke by 20 percent.

You should give your grandma a beer.
True: Don't load her up a beer bong yet or take her to "kill a keg" night at you local pub, but in moderation, beer has been proven to have positive effects on elderly people. It helps promote blood vessel dilation, sleep and urination.

Beer makes you funnier and more attractive to the opposite sex.

False: I'm sorry; beer won't make you funnier, although it will lower inhibitions and may make your bad jokes seem funnier to your inebriated amigos. In this state of lowered inhibitions, "beer-goggles" can take over and make that 4.5 at the end of the bar seem like an eleven. You'll see clearly in the morning. (Again, sorry.)

Beer is both fat-free and cholesterol-free.
True: Check the label. Nutritionally, a beer is similar to a can of soda in its calories and carbs, but can your cola curb cancer?

Beer is good for breasts.
True: Research by scientists at the Universidade do Porto in Portugal found that polyphenols in wine and beer appeared to decrease breast cancer cells significantly. Numerous other experiments have shown that certain polyphenols, mainly flavonoids, can protect against heart disease and have anticancer, antiviral and antiallergic properties. The Portuguese study concluded that xanthohumol, which is found in beer, was the most potent polyphenol over breast cancer cell growth; it showed its effect more rapidly and at a lower concentration than the others.

Beer could save the Three Blind Mice.
True: John Trevithick, Ph.D., and Maurice Hirst, Ph.D., of the University of Western Ontario, conducted a study that suggests beer reduced the incidence of cataracts in mice (but increased their propensity to "go wild" and get tattoos they'll regret later in life -- my own inference). If the same cataract protection occurs in humans, it would be especially beneficial to people with diabetes.

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
Benjamin Franklin said it; it must be true.

Beer has many healthy benefits when enjoyed in moderation. One or two beers a day can keep you healthy, but don't overindulge or you'll watch your beer belly blossom. Drink responsibly. Cheers!

Shawn McKee graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Journalism and has written for The Broward and Miami New Times.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Coenzyme Q10

Re-energize yourself

Are you feeling tired, stressed and exhausted more often than not? Maybe you need an energy boost to reinvigorate you as you face the challenges of 2009!

Numerous surveys on health issues frequently rank lack of energy and exhaustion among the top five concerns of Australian adults, and even teenagers report being regularly tired and stressed.

There is no doubt that resolving to eat better, exercising regularly and adopting a positive outlook on life all improve energy levels and your perception of wellbeing. However there are a number of nutrients and herbs that can create a noticeable difference in your energy levels, without the need to rely on stimulants such as coffee or cola!

Start with the basics

It's important to start with the basics and a good quality vitamin B complex with vitamin C is a must as it will support the nervous system and adrenal glands, you will also need the much under-rated mineral, magnesium, which is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses. A high percentage of people are deficient in magnesium and prolonged stress causes further depletion. So make sure these vitamins and minerals are addressed first and then there are a number of energy nutrients and herbs that should be considered.

Coenzyme Q10 - your natural spark plug

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a powerful anti-oxidant and is vital in powering the body's cellular energy production cycle (ATP). The most commonly used analogy of CoQ10 compares it to the spark plugs in your car and just as a car can't start without that initial spark, your body can't function without CoQ10. If the body's level of CoQ10 starts dropping, so does your general health. Scientists investigating the role of CoQ10 in human biochemistry have estimated that once the body's levels of CoQ10 becomes more than 25 per cent deficient we become more susceptible to disease. It has been shown that your ability to produce CoQ10 decreases with age, production peaking at around age 20 and then declining by age 77 at which stage you already have 57 per cent less CoQ10 in your heart muscle than a 20 year old.1

This Nobel Prize winning nutrient was discovered 40 years ago and since this time numerous research studies have shown that CoQ10 is intrinsic to health CoQ10 not only improves energy production levels, research has shown there are a number of other conditions that it can benefit.

• Ageing:
CoQ10 interacts directly with free radicals, inactivating them so cellular damage is reduced.

• Heart health:
CoQ10 has received particular attention for its benefits for heart health. It assists to reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol that is involved in atherosclerosis. CoQ10 is required for healthy heart beat and rhythm and normal blood pressure. Many studies support its beneficial effects for cardiovascular health.

• Oral health:
CoQ10 slows the progression of periodontal disease and can help maintain healthy gums.

• Brain health:
Research carried out at the Institute of Neurosciences in Argentina has shown that brain activity and alertness is enhanced in hypertensive patients within one hour of oral administration of 100 mg of CoQ10. 2 Studies have also suggested that supplemental CoQ10 slows functional decline in Parkinson's disease by helping to reduce the amount of free radical damage in nerve cells.3

• Energy:
CoQ10 increases stamina and reduces the shortness of breath that is associated with fatigue – particularly after exercising.

• Fertility:
CoQ10 increases sperm motility leading to enhanced fertility.

• Interactions:
Statin drugs, used to lower cholesterol levels, also lower your body's own natural production of CoQ10. In a double blind study there was a 50-54 per cent decrease of CoQ10 levels in statin treatment groups.4

In order to gain a therapeutic effect, the suggested dose of CoQ10 is 75 mg twice daily.

1 & 2 Marincola et. al.; JOM; 1997; 87-95
3 Shults et. al.; Archives of Neurology; 2002; 1541-1550
4 Langsjoen PH, Langsjoen AM; Biofactors; 2003;18(1-4):101-11

The above information was taken from our NSP Australian website naturessunshine.com.au/health-tips/energise-yourself.shtml

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Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
O: 704-966-6645
H: 704-588-7638
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Liquid Chlorophyll - Megan Gale's beauty secret

Liquid chlorophyll has increased in popularity since well-known Australian model Megan Gale announced she finds it great for her skin.

'I drink two to three litres of water a day and, whenever possible, I add chlorophyll to it.' Gale says she has been drinking chlorophyll with her water for over two years now, adding 30 ml of the dark green supplement to her water bottle each day.

'I enjoy it more than just drinking plain water, so it actually helps me drink more water,' she adds. 'It's nothing I can show or prove, but it makes me feel clean from the inside and I do feel like my complexion is a bit better and my eyes are a bit clearer.'

Liquid chlorophyll is a great 'clean-green' tonic helping to deodorize the bowel and keep the colon healthy. It is soothing to the digestive tract and is considered very safe for people of all ages. Always choose an ethanol or alcohol-free brand 

The above information was taken from our NSP Australian website:  naturessunshine.com.au/health-tips/chlorophyll.shtml  

Visit my web site for additional information on High Quality Nature's Sunshine Pure Chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll , Liquid (16 fl. oz.)

Chlorophyll , Liquid (32 fl. oz.)

Chlorophyll (60 caps)

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Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager 
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist 
Natural Health Educator
O: 704-966-6645
H: 704-588-7638
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Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!



Herbs and Bedwetting

Bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis (en-you-ree-sis) is one of the most common childhood complaints. It can affect a child’s relationships with peers and parents, and his or her performance at school. Children will commonly experience anxiety and embarrassment, particularly, when invited to sleepovers or school camps. This can impact on their self-esteem at an important stage in their development.

The impact of bedwetting on the family may be significant where Parents and the child frequently experience broken sleep; The added time and cost of laundering bed linen and nightwear; The cost to families using disposable nappy products to help manage the child's bedwetting is substantial. · All these factors create additional stress on already busy families.

These herbs may help:
Using half or 1 capsule only, open capsule and make into a tea, or when cool-mix with juice or milk as required.

  • Chamomile - A calming herb, for sleeplessness in infants and older children – relieving anxiety and nervous tension – It acts as a mild sedative to help assist sleep.
  • Horsetail - Ideal for bedwetting due to its astringent and diuretic properties.
  • Damiana - An ideal nerve tonic for bedwetting with an emotional factor when combined with Horsetail.

The above information was taken from our NSP Australian website: naturessunshine.com.au/health-tips/herbs-and-bedwetting.shtml

I believe this article would be incomplete without giving Steven Horne's recommendations from The Comprehensive Guide to NSP Products, by treelite.com

I have had two children who have had problems with nighttime bedwetting and with Steven Horne's help I was able to understand the problem. In addition to his ideas, I found NSP Homeopathic bedwetting formula helped both of my children to overcome this problem.

The following is from Steven Horne's, Comprehensive Guide to Nature's Sunshine Products:


When a child loses bladder control while sleeping and wets the bed, it is often related to the same reasons why some adults have to wake up two or three times a night to go to the bathroom - adrenal fatigue, because the adrenals have to regulate fluid balance in the body. It can also be due to fear, hypoglycemia, mineral imbalances or a weakness of the kidneys and bladder.

Licorice root or HY-A can help build the adrenas and regulate blood sugar. A protein snack before bedtime (such as a couple of ounces of peanut butter, cottage cheese or beef jerky) may also help. Collatrim taken before bed will have the same effect.

Mineral imblances may also contribute to this problem. Magnesium deficiency in particular may be a root cause.

Kidney herbs (JP-X, juniper berries, Kidney Activator, marshmallow, parsley, uva ursi) are often used to encourage urination during the day. If the problem is a lack of tone in the sphincter of the bladder than uva ursi taken as a tea may be helpful.

For a complete list of Nature's Sunshine products that have been used successfully for bedwetting/incontinence, please email or call me, or find the information in the Comprehensive Guide to NSP, available at www.treelite.com.


Taking care of your joints

Arthritis is a condition that can affect people of any age, although it is more common in people over 55 years of age. The most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that seems to become more prevalent as people age. It is a chronic, degenerative joint disease, which can range in severity from mild to very severe. It is the most common form of arthritis, and is more prevalent in people over 55 years of age.

OA is characterized by the breakdown of the cartilage in the joints. It generally affects larger weight bearing joints, and is a result of wear and tear. Over time, with continual use, the cartilage eventually wears down, decreasing its protective role on the bones. As the cartilage wears down the bones can begin to rub together causing pain and swelling, and can also cause loss of movement in the joint. In some instances bits of the bone or cartilage can break away and float in the joint space, leading to more pain and damage.

Risk Factors

There are many factors that can contribute to the onset of OA, however there are some things that can increase a person's susceptibility to OA. These risk factors can include:

  • Age, although OA is not an inevitable part of aging
  • Obesity
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Sports
  • Excessive use
  • Previous trauma
  • Hormonal and sex factors
  • Hypermobility and joint instability
  • Inflammation


There is a range of symptoms that are experienced by people with OA. The onset is generally quite slow, and may initially be experienced only as aching muscles and joints after physical work or exercise. Over time the joints may become stiff and swollen, and small bony knobs may appear on the middle or end of the finger joints. There may be limited range of movement of the joint/s affected, with steady or intermittent pain. This pain may increase with prolonged activity and relieved with rest.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease in which the white blood cells of the body attack healthy tissue, especially the lining of the joints. However this condition is not contained only in the joints, but can be systemic, affecting the whole body.

Risk Factors

The risk factors associated with this condition are different to those that influence the onset of OA. RA typically affects two to three times more women than men. There is some speculation that a person has a genetic susceptibility to this condition, and that the onset is triggered by some kind of infection. However there is no firm scientific proof of this.

Other Forms of Arthritis

In addition to OA and RA there are a number of other types of arthritis that have been identified, although they do not occur with the same frequency as either OA or RA. These include:

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis – a chronic inflammation of the joints, especially between the vertebrae of the spine
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE) – a chronic inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks various tissues and structures in the body, including joint inflammation
  • Gout – an excess of uric acid that accumulates in the joints, causing sudden attacks of pain and tenderness


Some herbs and nutrients which can assist in the relief of joint pain, largely due to their anti-inflammatory properties.

Celery Seed (Apium graveolens) has a long history of use. It has been found to exhibit a number of properties, including its action as diuretic and urinary antiseptic. Ayurvedic Practitioners have used celery seed since ancient times as a diuretic to assist in the relief of water retention. It has also traditionally been used for the relief of the pain of arthritic and rheumatic conditions, as well as gout.

Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. It has a long history of use, particularly in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been found to display good results in relieving the inflammation associated with arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) is so named as the fruit has a claw-like appearance, hence the name Devil's Claw. It has been found to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, and has often been used in cases of arthritic and rheumatic conditions due to its ability to relieve inflammation of the joints.

Curcumin is derived from the herb Turmeric and has been used in Indian cooking for thousands of years, giving curries their yellow colour. In India it was used for poor digestion, skin conditions, and liver disorders. More recently the anti-inflammatory properties of the herb have been identified. It has been found to be effective, when combined with other herbs, to assist in relieving the inflammation that contributes to the pain of arthritis and rheumatism. It has also been shown to exhibit anti-oxidant properties.

Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme derived from the pineapple plant, while Hesperidin is one of a family of compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids are water-soluble, brightly coloured substances that appear in fruit and vegetables, and usually accompany vitamin C. One of the many actions of both bromelain and hesperidin is their action as anti-inflammatories, assisting to relieve the inflammation associated with arthritis and rheumatism.

The combination of these herbs, enzyme and flavonoid are useful in conditions in which inflammation is present, such as arthritis and rheumatism.

The above information was taken from our NSP Australian website naturessunshine.com.au/health-tips/taking-care-of-your-joints.shtml


Joint Health, Ayurvedic (100 caps)

Joint Support (100 caps)

Devil's Claw (100 caps)

EverFlex® w/Hyaluronic Acid (60 tabs)

Nerve Eight® (100 caps)

MSM (90 tabs)

Collatrim Plus® Powder (326.5 g)

....read below for more ideas.....

The topic of arthritis can not be complete without some insight from Steven Horne. The following was taken from The Comprehensive Guide to NSP, by Treelite.com

Arthritis, which involves inflammation of the joints (accompanied by pain, swelling and deterioration of the joints) is a common problem in modern society. It is now the number one cause of disability in America with one in every seven people suffering from this ailment. It was once a problem largely confined to the elderly, but is now affecting people at younger and younger ages.

There are two basic types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a non-inflammatory degenerative joint disease that affects the tissue and fluid between the bones. This results in pain, stiffness or restricted movement and weakness. It can develop over time from everyday wear and tear on the joints or even a lack of enzymes in the diet.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. Theoretically, the body gets confused and attacks its own joints. Viral infection or toxins in the tissue may be the real cause of rheumatoid arthritis.

Most arthritis sufferers are using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). Initially, these drugs may knock out the pain and seem like a solution, but they are not removing the cause and because they are toxins themselves will eventually contribute to further breakdown of the body. Other arthritis sufferers opt to use corticosteroids or undergo surgical repair or replacement. Killing pain does not get rid of the causes of arthritis. In natural therapy we are seeking to eliminate root causes.

Arthritis is caused by irritation to the joints. The irritation must come from somewhere. Remove the irritants causing the problem and irritation to the joints ceases. Joint irritation comes from three major sources. The first is structural stress (mechanical wear or damage). The second is chemical stress, environmental toxins and nutritional deficiencies that weaken the joints. Emotional stress (being "frozen" in our lives) can be a third source of arthritis.

In working with arthritis naturally, start by drawing better circulation into the affected areas to help them to heal. Massage and gentle stretching exercises combined with topical application of Tei Fu Essential oils or Deep Relief oils will also help ease pain.

Alkalizing the diet is very helpful for reducing irritation to the joints. This means balancing highly acid forming foods like meat, dairy, grain, nuts and beans with more alkaline-forming foods like fruits and vegetables.

There are a number increasingly popular supplements to help with arthritis and joint pain. They are:

MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane), a sulfur compound. Sulfur, the eighth most abundant element in the human body, has a long history as a healing agent. For centuries mankind has soaked in sulfur-rich mineral hot springs to help heal a variety of ailments. MSM supplies biologically active sulfur. It helps with liver detoxification and studies show it helps ease arthritis pain in many individuals.

Glucosamine is an amino sugar normally found in the human body and is the base material for making up mucous membranes, ligaments, tendons and synovial fluid in the joints. It helps joints to heal.

Chondroitin is a long chain of repeating sugars found naturally in the joints and connective tissues. It helps to produce new cartilage and protects existing cartilage. Chondroitin interferes with enzymes that destroy cartilage molecules and enzymes that prevent nutrients from reaching the cartilage. Collagen is another major supportive tissue in the human body. Cartilage, ligaments and tendons are primarily made of collagen.

All of the above compounds are found in Everflex.

Where cartilage is damaged, Collatrim capsules or Collatrim Plus powder helps to prevent hardening of this tissue and helps cartilage to heal. A few grams a day can help restore mobility to the joints.

There are a number of excellent herbal products that also help arthritis. Herbs can supply nutrients to help damaged joints to rebuild. Silica adds resiliency to joints so they care less susceptible to damage. It is found in horsetail, Dulse Liquid and HSN-W.

Calcium is important for joints, by taking calcium supplements doesn't help unless other elements are present for assimilation and utilization, including Vitamin D, silica, boron and magnesium. Skeletal Strength contains all of these nutrients and is the best calcium supplement for helping with joint repair. Still, many people actually do better with the herbal calcium found in Herbal CA, which also promotes bone and joint healing.

Anti-inflammatory herbs can reduce joint inflammation, aid in detoxification and ease arthritis symptoms. Joint Support and Joint Health are two excellent formulas that help with this problem. Combination Eight or APS II will also help reduce inflammation and pain. As an alternative to NSAIDs, Triple Relief can be used to ease pain. However underlying causes still need to be addressed.

If the kidneys are weak and not filtering acids properly from the blood, KB-C will help.

For a complete list of Nature's Sunshine products that have been used successfully for arthritis and joint discomfort, please email or call me, or find the information in the Comprehensive Guide to NSP, available at www.treelite.com.

Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
O: 704-966-6645
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!


Breaking the Headache Cycle

Nearly all of us will suffer from a headache during our lifetime, and those less fortunate will experience migraines. In fact, after back pain, headaches and common colds are the two main causes of sick leave for working Australians.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), a herb with a long-held tradition for use in the prevention and relief of migraine headaches, helps to reduce the dilation of blood vessels and dampens pain.

Take daily as a tea or as a nutritional supplement for a few months to help manage migraines. It's recommended that you have an occasional break from use, gradually declining the dosage for about a month before the break.

Feverfew is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women and should not be given to children under the age of two.

The above information was taken from our NSP Australian website naturessunshine.com.au/health-tips/headache.shtml

Visit my Nature's Sunshine website for high quality pure feverfew:


Please let me know if you need more information about this or other NSP products. I would be happy to talk with you and help you learn if this is a product which may help you.
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Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
O: 704-966-6645
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!


Health tips to alkalize your body

1. Eat Celery…. This is one of the most alkaline foods you can eat. It helps neutralize dietary acids. Eat it before, after or during a meal to aid digestion.

2. Reduce stress daily by adding yoga, tai chi, meditation, and proper breathing. When the body moves into stress mode the digestive system slows down and toxins are eliminated at a reduced rate.

3. Alkaline food in its physical form can often have an acidifying effect on the body when consumed and vice versa.

Read more about foods that help alkalize the body at the links below:



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Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
O: 704-966-6645
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!


Fixing the waterworks with Pygeum

Attention fellas over 40! Are you tired of frequent night trips to the toilet? Is your partner complaining about being woken several times a night? Men tend to accept these plumbing problems as an inevitable part of ageing, but this needn't be the case.

An increasing need to urinate is typically a sign that the prostate, a doughnut-shaped gland that sits around the urethra (the tube that drains urine from the bladder) has enlarged, making urination difficult. According to Andrology Australia, prostate enlargement is a widespread problem that increases with age and affects nearly all men.

It's important to remember that an enlarged prostate should not be confused with prostate cancer – a much more serious condition. The common term for an enlarged prostate is BPH, which stands for benign (non-cancerous) prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement). The causes of BPH are not known for certain, but age-related changes in hormone levels circulating in the blood may be a factor. Because of the gland's position around the urethra, the layer of surrounding tissue stops the prostate from expanding, causing it to press against the urethra like a clamp on a garden hose.

The bladder wall becomes thick and irritated, and starts to contract even when it contains only small amounts of urine. This is what causes the frequent need to urinate and symptoms such as straining to urinate, dribbling after urination and the uncomfortable feeling that the bladder is not quite empty If you experience any of these you should always consult your doctor for a diagnosis. Don't attempt to self-diagnose.

From jungle to medicine cabinet

The rough brown bark from the ancient African Pygeum africanum tree has been used as a tribal remedy for centuries to treat bladder and urination problems. Traditional South African healers used the bark in tea form to alleviate the bladder and urinary discomfort that is associated with an enlarged prostate in the mature male.

In France, more than 80 per cent of general practitioners prescribe medicine that includes Pygeum extract to treat BPH. Numerous clinical trials suggest that Pygeum can safely and effectively help to reduce the symptoms of BPH. In a multi-centre trial in Europe, 85 men with mild to moderate BPH were given 50 mg of a standardised Pygeum extract twice daily for two months. The study participants demonstrated a 40 per cent decrease in the severity of symptoms of BPH. Furthermore, the Pygeum-supplemented men reported a 32 per cent decrease in frequency of night-time urination and a 31 per cent improvement in quality of life.

In a larger placebo-controlled, double-blind study, 263 men received either 100 mg of Pygeum extract or placebo daily for 60 days. The Pygeum group demonstrated a 17.2 per cent improvement in urinary flow, a 24.5 per cent decrease in residual bladder volume, a 31 per cent decrease in night-time urination and a 19.4 per cent decrease in frequency of daytime urination. Overall, 66 per cent of the Pygeum group reported improvements, compared to only 31 per cent of the placebo group.2

Protecting the medicinal tree

Due to its legitimate popularity, in 1995 the Pygeum africanum tree was classified as an endangered species because of growing international demand for its bark. When buying Pygeum, always look for a brand that is produced by a Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) approved manufacturer. This means you are getting the best of both worlds – Pygeum with a guaranteed therapeutic effect and a product that has been specifically grown for commercial use and not illegally harvested.

1. Breza J, et al; Curr Med Res Opin. 1998; 14(3): 127-39. 2. Barlet A, et al; Wien Klin Wochenschr. 1990 Nov 23; 102(22): 667-73.

The above information was taken from our NSP Australian website: naturessunshine.com.au/health-tips/waterworks-pygeum.shtml

An Excellent Pure Source of Pygeum is in Nature's Sunshine Men's Formula product.

Men's Formula w/Lycopene (60 caps)

(Visit above link to purchase and read more about this wonderful product)

•Provides nutritional support for the prostate gland and the entire male glandular system.
•Contains the antioxidant, lycopene, which studies suggest may have a beneficial effect on prostate health.

Men's Formula [Glandular] is specifically formulated for men 40 and older who seek a nutritional boost for a healthy prostate gland.

Each capsule contains saw palmetto extract (Serenoa repens) standardized to 20 percent essential fatty acids; pumpkin seeds (Cucurbita pepo); pygeum bark extract (Prunus africana) standardized to 2.5 total sterols, calculated as beta-sitosterol; gotu kola aerial parts; standardized lycopene concentrate, a powerful antioxidant; stinging nettle extract (Urtica dioica) standardized to 2 percent plant silica; and zinc.

Saw palmetto supports the prostate gland and the urinary system. It protects the prostate gland from active forms of testosterone. Lycopene has been shown to have a protective effect on the prostate gland. Gotu kola herb supports the nervous system and promotes endurance.

For intensive use: Take 3 capsules twice daily with morning and evening meals.
For maintenance: Take 2 capsules daily with a meal.

Please call or email me if you need additional information or you need help with your order.
Share the Health,
Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
O: 704-966-6645
H: 704-588-7638
Visit my Nature's Sunshine Online Store:
Learn about the Body Systems
Check out my Health & Nutrition Blog!

Monday, July 13, 2009


Education Update
Come to Convention a day early to
see what NSP managers are raving about!

2009 Business Symposium Featuring the Road to National:

Be a part of our amazing new manager development and retention program created in cooperation with VitalSmarts and NSP's National Managers. Learn how to incorporate the vital behaviors that will propel you to National Manager!


Date: Monday, August 24th
Time: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Cost: $100
You get: Training and instruction from VitalSmarts and NSP plus the new Road to National workbook

PLUS, Business Symposium attendees can participate in our new Road to National coaching program for HALF PRICE!

Call NSP customer service now to reserve your spot!

Space is limited!


P.S. Read more about NSP National Convention, August 24-28, in Las Vegas here.

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Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist
Natural Health Educator
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