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Bitcoin Scams and How to Avoid Them

Bitcoin Scams and How to Avoid Them


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Bitcoin has taken the world by storm, and since its introduction in 2008, it has inevitably faced several controversies. Scammers found a gold mine in the digital currency for many reasons. One of them is the fact that only a few people understand it, which makes it easier to make them believe false promises. Another reason is anonymity – cryptocurrency gives scammers relative ease to cover their tracks. Lastly, a major reason is that it is largely unregulated. Bitcoin chiefly operates outside of the conventions of a financial system; and this worries regulators as it has the potential to be linked to money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, and terrorist funding.

What are the most common bitcoin scams and how do you spot them?

Fake Bitcoin Exchanges. One popular example for these would be South Korea's BitKRX, which posed to be a branch of the country's Korean Exchange (KRX) and claimed to be a platform to exchange and trade bitcoin. Ultimately, it turned out to be fraudulent. There are also those that pretend to be connected with well-known exchanges using apps or fake websites; users are scammed when they log in and their account details are given away. When you are directed to a website, make sure that the URL has “HTTPS” rather than just “HTTP.” Without the letter S, it means that the web traffic has no security and encryption.

Ponzi Scams. Someone promises an incredible return of investment using bitcoin and a lot of people buy in it. Before you know it, someone runs off with all of your money. That's basically how Ponzi schemes work. At first, victims will be made to believe that it actually works – say, the digits in their bank account are increasing. This will also make them talk about its “success” and convince others to join in. Eventually, calls to the customer service are unanswered, there are technical problems with the website, or the money will be remitted late – among several excuses while your money disappears for good. If you see ads that sound like, “double your bitcoin overnight,” they're probably scams. How it usually works is you have to send them your money first before they can double it.

Pyramid Schemes. Scammers use bitcoin as a product in pyramid scams. In these schemes, your low initial investment will be multiplied if you invite more people to sign up. After a lot of people have invested their money, the original scammer walks away with all the money.

Malware. Hackers have long been using malware in order to get a hold of other people's login credentials and account details. Now, it's being used to drain Bitcoin wallets that are connected to the Internet.

How do you avoid falling into these scams?

 

  • If the offer is too good to be true, stay away from it.
  • Be vigilant on social media – legitimate bitcoin traders and brokers can be victims of poser accounts or impersonators.
  • Never conduct financial transactions via direct messages on social media platforms.
  • Do your homework and research on services and platforms you encounter; verify their claims and check their legitimacy or whether they are a registered corporation or not.

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Joseph Lubin: Blockchain Will Permeate Society More Than The Internet

Joseph Lubin: “Blockchain Will Permeate Society More Than The Internet”

He also said Ethereum is "Much Better" than Bitcoin

ConsenSys founder Joseph Lubin once again made clear his optimistic but cautious vision of the future of crypto. In an interview for the German news portal T3N, the also co-founder of Etherum expressed that blockchain technologies can redefine the future of technologies towards a more user-friendly orientation.

Web 2.0 vs Blockchain or Web 3.0

According to Lubin’s vision, nowadays the famous Web 2.0 focuses on protecting the interests of content and technology providers. For Lubin, the current business model looks at consumers as mere products. The blockchain technologies represent a revolution as they imply a necessary philosophical change in the business world:

“These Web2 business models are effectively in control, and as you know, they treat us like a product. They try to get a lot of information out about us so they can charge more for the product. And they have found ways to use man’s evolutionary drives so that they can make us dependent on their system, so that they can sell us more often as a product. Blockchain, on the other hand, enables a self-determined, sovereign identity. We can write our identity on blockchain systems and control it from our side of the browser. Identity will become very important in Web 3.”

For Lubin, it is still too early to talk about the possibility of implementing truly influential applications. Blockchain technologies do not yet have the necessary maturity for this type of development; however, he stressed that it is very possible that these advances will occur in a “not so distant future”:

“There are some projects moving in that direction, but it is extremely early in the development of technology. We build thousands of different components, building blocks, tokens, protocols, exchanges, and tools for identity and reputation. At a point in the not so distant future, when these systems are sufficiently scalable, we will be able to build a decentralized social network.”

 

Jose Lubin: The Future Looks Promising, But It Will Take Some Time

Several experts have considered blockchain technologies as the most important technological breakthrough in history since the appearance of the Internet, however for Lubin it is important to note that although it took more than two decades for the Internet to have the level of social influence it has today, blockchain technologies could take longer because of its high level of complexity:

“Blockchain is growing exponentially: There are hundreds of projects that are already practical for people. And they will enable people to build even more things that will be practical again. That’s how the web was developed. It will probably take a little longer because it’s much more complicated. Also because we work with issues like digital money, Blockchain will penetrate society more than the Internet. Everything will be networked in a Web3.0.”

 

ETH is “Much Better” Than BTC

The interview ended with a small comparison between Ethereum and Bitcoin. As expected, the co-founder of Ethereum considers ETH to be a better choice than the “Crypto King.” He also hopes that in the future the value of the token will be similar to that of Bitcoin:

“(ETH) is also cheaper and faster to transport values with it. It’s much better money than Bitcoin. I assume that it will be used much more than money … We expected it to level off at about the same amount as Bitcoin.”

Original article written by Jose Antonio Lanz and posted on Ethereum World News

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Paying with Bitcoin: What You Need to Know

Paying with Bitcoin: What You Need to Know


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Cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, continues to rise in popularity despite its value’s volatility recently; and if you are looking to use bitcoin to pay for things, you have to take due diligence in knowing how to do it, where you can spend bitcoins, and what the risks and advantages are.

How do you pay with bitcoin?

First, you need a bitcoin wallet. There are free bitcoin wallets available for smartphones and all major operating systems. Just like with a physical wallet, you must always secure it – this means being careful with online services, putting backup and encryption, and putting just small amounts in it for everyday use.

What are the advantages?

  • Anonymity. Your purchases are discrete with bitcoin, which means they are never associated with your personal identity. In fact, the bitcoin address generated is different for every purchase you make.
  • Low Transaction Fees. Since there is still no government involvement in bitcoin transactions at this point, the costs of transacting are very low.
  • Mobile. Since paying with bitcoin can be done using an app on your mobile phone, you can pay for our purchases anywhere you are as long as you have internet access.
  • No interruptions. Since the bitcoin system is purely peer-to-peer, it is void of involvement of banks, financial institutions, and the government.
  • No Sales Taxes. One major advantage of paying with bitcoin is that no sales taxes are added in your purchases since there are no third parties identify or track them.

What are the risks?

One thing that you need to understand is that bitcoin, no matter how popular it has become at this point, is still experimental. Getting into bitcoin now can mean that you have to deal with the growing pains as it still at the stage in which it is still improving and such improvements may bring about new challenges.

Bitcoin price very volatile. You should look at bitcoin as a high risk asset and you must not keep your savings with bitcoin at this point.

You must adopt good practices in protecting your privacy as bitcoin is not entirely anonymous. Your identity behind the bitcoin address you’re using may be anonymous, but transactions and balances in your address can be seen by anyone.

Bitcoin payments cannot be reversed, so only transact with people you trust and business that have already established their reputation. Beware of scams, fake ICOS, and fraudulent activities.

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Omega-3s from Fish Linked to Healthier Aging

Omega-3s from Fish Linked to Healthier Aging

22-year study tied higher omega-3 blood levels to better health outcomes

11/01/2018     By Craig Weatherby

Harvard researchers once estimated that the average American’s lack of omega-3 fatty acids from seafood could cause up to 96,000 premature deaths annually in this country.

Out of a dozen dietary, lifestyle and metabolic risk factors, the Harvard team ranked low omega-3 intakes as the sixth most dangerous risk factor for premature death (Danaei G et al. 2009).

In fact, they ranked low omega-3 intake as a bigger risk factor than high intake of trans fatty acids, also known as trans fats. To learn more, see Omega-3 Deficiency May Cause 90,000-Plus Deaths Annually.

Now, the results of an extraordinarily long, reliable study link higher omega-3 blood levels to healthier aging, by reducing the risks for diseases known to cripple or kill people as they grow older.

New study links higher omega-3 blood levels to healthier aging

For the study, Tufts University researchers lead colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh, the universities of Texas, Washington, New Mexico, and Oregon, and more.

The team, led by Heidi Lai of Tufts, looked for any links between blood levels of specific omega-3 fatty acids — three from seafood plus one found only in plants — and healthy aging (Lai HT et al. 2018).

Their analysis was based on blood test and health data gathered from 2,622 adults who’d taken part in the U.S. Cardiovascular Health study from 1992 to 2015.

Among the volunteers — whose average age was 74 years — 63% were women and 11% were from non-white ethnic groups.

At the outset of the original Cardiovascular Health study, the researchers conducting that investigation measured the participants’ blood levels of various omega-3 fats, whose levels were measured again six and 13 years later.

The blood tests measured four different omega-3 fats — EPA, DHA, and DPA from seafood, and ALA from plant foods — whose differences we describe under “Important distinctions among omega-3s”, below.

Based on those measurements, the participants were divided into five groups (quintiles), based on omega-3 levels that ranged from lowest to highest.

After reviewing the participants’ medical records, the researchers found that 89% experienced unhealthy aging over the study period, while 11% experienced healthy aging — which was defined as being free of major chronic diseases and mental or physical dysfunctions.

Comparison of each participants’ omega-3 blood levels to their health status revealed that those with the highest levels of seafood-derived omega-3 EPA were 24% less likely to experience unhealthy aging, compared to those the lowest EPA levels.

In addition, the participants who fell into the top three quintiles of seafood-derived DPA blood levels were 18-21% less likely to experience unhealthy aging.

Surprisingly, neither seafood-derived DHA nor plant-derived ALA were associated with healthier aging.

The authors said that the link between high EPA levels and low risk for unhealthy aging might relate to EPA’s role in regulating blood pressure, heart rate, and inflammation.

However, DHA also plays a key role in regulating inflammation, which is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, dementia, and other conditions associated with aging — which makes the lack of a link between DHA and healthy aging very surprising.

It’s important to note that this was an observational study, and as such doesn't allow any firm conclusions about a cause-effect relationship between omega-3 levels and health outcomes.

And although the results of the analysis were adjusted to account for the known health effects of various social, economic, and lifestyle factors, some of the observed links between omega-3 levels and health risks might be related to other, unmeasured factors.

That said, the study was unusually long (up to 22 years of monitoring), and relied on blood tests, rather than mere estimates of omega-3 intakes based on diet questionnaires.

When all was said and done, the researchers’ analysis linked higher blood levels of omega-3s from seafood — EPA and DPA — to a lower risk of unhealthy aging.

As they wrote, “These findings … support guidelines [that call] for increased dietary consumption of fish among older adults.”

We’d add that the findings also support higher consumption of fish amongst people of all ages, because it takes decades for diseases to develop, and it makes no sense to wait.

New findings fit with those of prior studies

In addition to the 2009 Harvard study described at the beginning of this article, two similar ones verify the anti-aging benefits of omega-3s from seafood.

Five years ago, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health linked higher omega-3 blood levels to reduced risk of death from any cause — especially deaths from coronary heart disease — in older adults (Mozaffarian D et al. 2013).

That same year, a separate study from the Harvard School of Public Health linked higher blood levels of omega-3 DHA and EPA — but not higher levels of omega-3 ALA or omega-6 fatty acids — to reduced risk for cardiovascular disease (de Oliveira Otto MC et al. 2013).

The findings of that second study undermine persistent advice to replace animal fats like butter and lard with vegetable oils, without making important distinctions among various vegetable oils.

Unfortunately, most of the cheap vegetable oils consumed in the US are very high in omega-6 fatty acids — a fact that explains America’s extremely excessive, hence pro-inflammatory, intake of omega-6 fats.

Rather than corn, soy, safflower, and sunflower oils, which are very high in omega-6 fats, it’s better to choose oils that are high in monounsaturated oleic acid and/or omega-3 ALA.

The best choices are extra-virgin olive oil, high-oleic sunflower oil, macadamia nut oil, and canola oil (look for non-GMO canola).

Important distinctions among omega-3s

Seafood is the only good source of EPA, DHA and DPA, while considerably smaller amounts of ALA are found in certain plant foods — especially leafy green vegetables, walnuts, and flax seeds or flaxseed oil.

Omega-3 DHA and EPA are both essential to immune function — especially inflammation control — while DHA is essential to brain and eye function and child development.

Our bodies can only convert very small proportions — one to 10% — of dietary ALA into EPA and can only turn small proportions of that EPA into DHA.

That limitation explains why it’s a very good idea to either eat ample amounts of seafood — especially fatty species like salmon and sardines — or take supplemental fish or krill oil.

While ALA is modestly healthful, studies don’t find it nearly as beneficial as DHA or EPA, which are the only omega-3s the human body requires to survive and thrive.

In fact, virtually all dietary ALA that isn’t used to make EPA and DHA gets “burned” as fuel.

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5 Scary Side Effects of a B-12 Deficiency

5 Scary Side Effects of a B-12 Deficiency

B vitamins support normal functions performed by the brain and nervous system, support adrenal function. Vitamin B-12 is also required for critical metabolic processes like DNA synthesis, production of neurotransmitters, energy production and is required for the development of red blood cells.

Vitamin B-12 is found in animal-derived foods such as dairy, eggs, meat, poultry and fish. Diets that limit these foods and/or poor absorption may lead to a Vitamin B-12 deficiency. Prolonged Vitamin B-12 deficiency can lead to serious mental[2] and physical symptoms[1], such as:

  • Fatigue and muscle weakness
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Personality and mood changes
  • Memory Loss
  • Dementia

Although deficiency can present differently for everyone, there are four basic stages:

Stage 1:

This is the earliest stage, so there are no noticeable signs or symptoms of deficiency. However, low levels can be detected through a blood test.

Stage 2:

Low blood levels of B-12 are detectable, and cellular dysfunction begins to set in. Some symptoms may start to be present.

Stage 3:

Neurological, psychological and gastrointestinal symptoms, such as indigestion and discomfort, may be present in this phase. Also, without sufficient levels of Vitamin B-12, methylmalonic acid (MMA) and homocysteine (HCY) build up in the body. An elevated level of HCY in blood is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease[3] and should be monitored by a physician.

Stage 4:

The final and most severe stage of B-12 deficiency can lead to lasting damage[2] to the nervous system.

Getting Enough Vitamin B-12

You can prevent these devastating side effects by including B-rich foods in your diet, supplementing when necessary with high-quality Vitamin B-12 and having your Vitamin B-12 levels checked as part of your annual physical exam.

References:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vitamin-deficiency-anemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20355025
  2. https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-B12
  3. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0301/p979.html

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Bone Value of Vitamin D Called into Question

Bone Value of Vitamin D Called into Question

Review found no effect, but didn’t address the vitamin’s other benefits

Supplemental vitamin D may not help prevent bone fractures, judging by the results of a new evidence review.

But none of the clinical trials included in the review lasted more than one year and the maximum doses provided weren’t much higher than the rather conservative U.S. RDA.

In addition, some — though not all — studies show that combining vitamin D with calcium does bolster bone strength.

Yet, in sadly predictable fashion, some headlines jumped to the ridiculous conclusion that “it’s time to toss your vitamin D pills”.

Those headlines are misleading because there’s good evidence linking supplemental vitamin D to enhanced heart and metabolic health and reduced risks of death from cancer and other causes.

And next month we expect to see results from “VITAL” clinical trial, which is testing the effects of vitamin D3 and omega-3 fish oil on the risks for cancer and cardiovascular disease.

That trial is exceptionally large (25,000+ participants) and lengthy (eight-year), and the doses being used are reasonably high, so it should provide a better sense of the heart and cancer value of both supplements.

In today’s article, we’ll do three things:

  • Scrutinize the negative conclusions of a recent evidence review.
  • Look at a recent study that boosts the cardiovascular value of vitamin D.
  • Review the evidence that vitamin D can reduce cancer and overall death rates.

Review sees little or no bone-health value from vitamin D pills
Recent, large-scale evidence reviews haven’t seen much effect of vitamin D on bone-mineral density or the risks for falls or fractures.

Likewise, earlier this month, researchers from New Zealand and Scotland reported results from an evidence review that also question the bone-protection value of supplemental vitamin D (Bolland MJ et al. 2018).

Most of the 81 clinical trials studied the effects of relatively modest doses of supplemental vitamin D (not combined with calcium) and lasted one year or less.

More than three quarters of the trials (77%) involved women over the age of 65, and more than two-thirds (68%) of the trials involved vitamin D doses of at least 800 IU.

The new evidence review was led by Mark Bolland, Ph.D., an associate professor of endocrinology at New Zealand’s University of Auckland.

As Bolland said, “Since the last major review of evidence in 2014, more than 30 randomized controlled trials on vitamin D and bone health have been published, nearly doubling the evidence base available. Our meta-analysis finds that vitamin D does not prevent fractures, falls or improve bone mineral density, whether at high or low dose.”

After analyzing the 81 trials, they found little evidence that vitamin D supplements prevent fractures or falls to significant extents, or significantly improve bone mineral density — even when the daily doses provided to participants reached 800 IU or more.

However, 800 IU is not a particularly high daily dose. The conservative U.S. RDA for children and adults is 600 IU, while leading vitamin D researchers recommend taking between 1,000 and 4,000 IU daily.

Specifically, the Kiwi-Scottish team found no clinically significant effect — defined as a 15% reduction in risk or greater — of vitamin D on total fractures, hip fractures, or falls.

Nor did the evidence reviewers found any effect of vitamin D at lower benefit-thresholds: a 7.5% reduction in the risk of falls and a 5% reduction in the risk of any fractures.

The evidence did show small bone-density gains in the lumbar spine, femoral (upper leg bone) "neck", and elsewhere in the body — but again, none of these gains were deemed clinically relevant.

Most of the trials (91%) covered by the review reported that supplementation achieved vitamin D blood levels of 50 nmol/L (20 ng/mL) — which the U.S. IOM considers barely adequate — while only about half reported achieving levels of 75 nmol/L (30 ng/mL) or more, which are generally considered adequate, but not optimal.

Official review saw bone benefit from vitamin D + calcium
A Tufts University team working on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force found significant evidence that — in combination with calcium — supplemental vitamin D can reduce the risk of fractures in people who don’t get enough sun exposure, such as older adults in institutional settings.

As they reported, “Combined vitamin D and calcium supplementation can reduce fracture risk, but the effects may be smaller among community-dwelling older adults than among institutionalized elderly persons.” (Chung M et al. 2011)

Recent study found vitamin D can repair damaged cardiovascular tissue
Earlier this year, Ohio University scientists discovered that vitamin D can help restore damage to the cardiovascular system.

Their study shows that vitamin D3 can significantly restore damage to the cardiovascular system caused by hypertension, diabetes, or atherosclerosis, while also reducing the risk of heart attack.

That conclusion is supported by the findings from several studies. For example, see Vitamin D Heart-Health Link Affirmed, Vitamin D Lack Raises Heart-Death Risk, and Vitamin D Clinical Trial Detects Anti-Diabetes Benefits, which provide links to related reports.

Vitamin D3 is the optimally beneficial form, which the body makes in response to sun exposure, and for which wild salmon are the best food sources, by far (see Wild Salmon Beats Farmed for Vitamin D, Again.) Some supplements and a few plant foods, especially mushrooms, contain a form called vitamin D2, which isn’t as beneficial.

As lead author Dr. Tadeusz Malinski, M.D., said, “Generally, vitamin D3 is associated with the bones. However … many patients who have a heart attack will have a deficiency of D3. It doesn't mean that the deficiency caused the heart attack, but it increased the risk of heart attack. We used nano-sensors to see why vitamin D3 can be beneficial, especially for the function and restoration of the cardiovascular system.”

He and his team discovered that vitamin D3 powerfully stimulates production of nitric oxide (NO), which is a major signaling molecule in the regulation of blood flow and the prevention of dangerous arterial clots. They also found that vitamin D3 significantly reduces the level of oxidative stress (from an excess of free radicals) in the cardiovascular system.

Dr. Malinski made an important point: “There are not many, if any, known systems which can be used to restore cardiovascular endothelial cells which are already damaged, and vitamin D3 can do it. This is a very inexpensive solution to repair the cardiovascular system. We don't have to develop a new drug. We already have it.”

Because damage to cardiovascular tissues can go unnoticed for long periods of time, it seems wise to maintain abundant blood levels of vitamin D3.

Other reviews tie vitamin D to reduced death and fracture risk
Focusing on the bone-health effects of vitamin D can easily distract attention from the hormone-like nutrient’s broad effects in the body.

Four evidence reviews published from 2007 to 2014 found evidence that supplemental vitamin D may reduce the risk of death from cancer and other causes:

  • “The data suggest that supplementation of vitamin D is effective in preventing overall mortality in a long-term treatment, whereas it is not significantly effective in a treatment duration shorter than 3 years.” (Zheng Y et al. 2013)
  • “Over 2-7 years of duration, vitamin D supplementation (400-1100 IU per day) had little effect on total cancer incidence … but significantly reduced total cancer mortality.” (Keum N et al. 2014)
  • “Intake of ordinary doses of vitamin D supplements seems to be associated with decreases in total mortality rates.” (Autier P et al. 2007)
  • “Evidence from observational studies indicates inverse associations of circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D with risks of death due to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other causes. Supplementation with vitamin D3 significantly reduces overall mortality among older adults.” (Chowdhury R et al. 2014)

Given the substantial evidence that vitamin D enhances heart and metabolic health and may reduce the risk of death from cancer and other causes, it doesn’t make sense for media reports — or physicians who should know better — to suggest tossing your vitamin D supplements.

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Vitamin C Health and Wellness Products’ Comparison

Comparing Five Vitamin C Health and Wellness Products Listed on Amazon

Ever since I can remember, when the colder weather would arrive we would start taking vitamin C supplements. The main reason was to prevent a cold. I'm not sure how effective it was, but it was the norm when we were younger. So, as the colder weather arrives, I've decided to do a vitamin C comparison, from products sold on Amazon. Enjoy!  

 


Nature Made Vitamin C 1000mg, 300 Tablets

Nature Made Vitamin C imageVitamin C is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system and helps neutralize free radicals in the body. Additionally, vitamin C is necessary for the body to manufacture collagen, which is important for healthy skin.[1] Nature Made Vitamin C 1000 mg is ideal for those looking to supplement their diet, if it is low in fruit and vegetables, to meet daily vitamin C nutrient needs.  

 

 

 

 


NOW Vitamin C-1000 Sustained Release, 250 Tablets

NOW Vitamin C-1000 imageVitamin C is a water soluble nutrient well known for its vital role in the immune system.[1] Vitamin C is also necessary for the production of collagen (a structural protein in connective tissue) and is therefore important for skin, bone, and joint health.[1] This product was specially formulated to provide a sustained release of Vitamin C and includes Rose Hips as an added source of Vitamin C. 

 

 

 

 


Nature's Way Vitamin C 1000 mg with Bioflavonoids

Nature's Way Vitamin C 1000 imageNature's Way Vitamin C 1000 mg with Bioflavonoids is produced to superior quality standards to provide powerful antioxidant protection.[1] Our Vitamin C is always gluten free and vegetarian.    

 

 

 

 

 

 


Viva Naturals Premium Non-GMO Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids & Rose Hips, 1000 mg, 250 Veg Caps

Viva Naturals Premium Non-GMO Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids imageViva Naturals Vitamin C delivers a high-quality dose of Quali-C, one of the world’s leading brands of this essential nutrient. Formulated with citrus bioflavonoids and rose hips that provide additional antioxidant support, Viva Naturals Vitamin C not only supports immune health, but it can help fight wrinkle-causing free radicals and aid with your body’s ability to produce skin-firming collagen as well.[1]

 

 

 

 


MegaFood – Complex C, Supports Immunity and Well-being with Rosehips and Orange, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, 90 Tablets

MegaFood - Complex C imageComplex C is a natural blend designed to support the immune system against everyday threats. We bring together two blends of botanicals and fruits with organic amla fruit, green pepper, rosehips, orange, and more. Each ingredient contributes antioxidants like vitamin C to help boost your natural immune defenses. Complex C supports your immune system with an edge to promote a happy, healthy life.[1]

 

 

 

 


Vitamin C Customer Reviews on Amazon

Nature Made Vitamin C 1000mg, 300 Tablets

"After taking this for few weeks, I could feel a difference within my body. Vitamin C something that everybody should be taken. Along with taking other vitamins such as vitamin B12 in omega-3's highly recommended." – Ivana

"take vitamin c for my health. helps me stay healthy and keeps me from getting sick during flu and cold season. I take 2 a day and it still last me a long a time." – arnold

"A nice big bottle of Vitamin C. Probably should be eating oranges instead, but this is a boost of sunshine without peeling." – April G.

   

 

 


NOW Vitamin C-1000 Sustained Release, 250 Tablets

"Vitamin C needs to be taken in large doses of several thousand mg per day for the average human. Recent studies even recommend inravenous mega dosing in cases where the body has been severely compromised by stress. I take 2,000 per day, every day and have not had a cold or flu for many years. I'm 59 years old so that's saying a lot." – MamaFiner "

Great brand a great dosages. I am a flight attendant and had read that Vitamin C can help fight off cancer causing particles caused by the radiation emitted why flying long distances throughout North pole. So i started taking these daily, usually one with every meal, however sometimes more. I've read the key with vitamin c is to take a much as your body can take before getting a runny stool, then just take slightly less. Seems to work great for me. I'll continue with this brand." – A. Santos

"Can't deny the fact that this is one of my best supplements. Does wonders to my skin as well. Remember taking C1000 while pregnant with my second son and I never had any issue with flu even though my first son caught it and was with me all through. Will be buying this again and again. Had to share some of mine with my mom and friend. Great price and quality product." – Debbie O.

   

 

 


Nature's Way Vitamin C 1000 mg with Bioflavonoids

"This is a good brand of supplement. They are third party tested by a lab in Canada for purity. I have trouble swallowing some of the Vitamin C pills because they are large. I like these a lot because they are capsules and much easier to swallow. They also do not upset my stomach. I have taken many courses on vitamins and supplements and many brands are not worth your money. This is one of the low end price brands that is quality." – Kim

"These are vey easy to take capsules. I especially appreciate the high milligrams because I require quite. admittedly, the liposomal ones are better, but that formula is too expensive for me. Good price too. I take two a day. There is a threshold with this product. Linus Pauling, who had great results with treating cancer took 18,000 mg each day. I ended up with diarrhea so I had to cease. Many people I know take them with Vitamin e, vitamin A and Beta Carotene and none have progressed to Barrett's Syndrome doing so." – Amazon Customer

"My system really appreciates the vitamin C! I've been taking two a day with no issues. Vitamin C is important for so many things. My only complaint is I wish the capsules could be a tiny bit smaller. They've not much longer than my "size 0" capsules, but they're thicker." – Stacy H.

 

   


Viva Naturals Premium Non-GMO Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids & Rose Hips, 1000 mg, 250 Veg Caps

"Perfect! The Victory Labs Vitamin C ended up being the perfect choice for me! I had surgery yesterday, and while trying to prep for it, I had to stop taking my muscle relaxers 2 weeks prior. Within 3 days, I could barely move. I purchased a bottle of Collagen and it recommended taking it with vitamin C for absorption. I think I read every label, hoping to get the best product for the money. The reviews For Viva Labs were great! I also based my decision for the Non-GMO product. I am very impressed with my results, and will continue to buy this product!!" – Ruthie

"I have gone thru 2 bottles of this vitamin C and no sickness, even with the flu in the house and at work. People are dropping like flies to the flu not me. Oh by the way no flu vaccine either." – walker

"I was so pleased to find a quality Vitamin C supplement in capsule form (I really don't care for those tart chewables), and I think the dosage size is great. I've been taking one 1000 mg capsule a day for a couple months. I got a little busy recently, and was taking them sporadically. After a long Labor Day weekend I somehow ended up with a cold. I woke up with a sore throat and sniffles…oh no. I took 4 capsules (4000 mg) a day, and knocked out the cold in three days. I would definitely recommend these, and I think a great value for this huge bottle." – comfortlover

   

 

 


MegaFood – Complex C, Supports Immunity and Well-being with Rosehips and Orange, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Non-GMO, 90 Tablets

"Taking this to lower my LDL-P as part of the double Nobel winner – Dr. Linus Pauling – therapy, along with L-proline & L-lysine. I'm off statins and rid of the nasty cramps statins gave me. Not to mention the likely dementia issues down the road. I tend to agree with the argument that whole vitamin C is better than ascorbic acid alone – which is like the shell of the molecule, missing the co-factors etc." – Elector

"I was taking the synthetic version of vitamin C, but after doing some research, I determined that natural Vitamin C with all the supporting nutrients like bioflavinoids, anthocyanins, etc., is the only way to go. The supporting nutrients along with the vitamin C work in synergy for a more profound effect on the body. Food based supplements is the way to go." – Health & Happiness

"Expensive, but simply the best way to take in your vitamin C beside drastically changing your diet. I take 2-4 on days when I am getting over a cold or trying to clear up sinus infection naturally along with Zink and Garlic pills. Take 1 to boost your immune system in winter. Goes a long way." – Krista

   

 

 


Additional Vitamin C Information

From its antioxidant value to the support of the immune system, Vitamin C has always been one of the most popular and well known vitamins. Vitamin C helps neutralize free radicals and helps iron get absorbed in the body. According to nutritionists and health experts, "Vitamin C not only provides much needed immune support, but it also contains antioxidant support to help combat and neutralize free radicals, the cell-damaging molecules associated with signs of aging."

Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, cannot be produced by the human body. It has to come from diet, as in the fruits and vegetables you eat, or through supplementation. Vitamin C is needed for the proper health and repair of multiple tissues in your body.

On the other hand, a life-threatening condition, called Scurvy, has been related to dietary vitamin C deficiency. The symptoms of scurvy include the ease of bruising and bleeding, and joint and muscle pains.

For maximum results, we need the best Vitamin C, a superior supplement that gives us… maximum absorption for quicker results… greater potency for stronger health support… and a body-friendly gentleness that will not upset the body's stomach or its pH balance. That's why I choose Dr. Alfred Libby's "Vital C". Vital C is NOT sold in stores or on Amazon. However, it will give your body a powerful flood of Vitamin C to help it get started right each day. If you'd like to learn more about Dr. Libby's Vital C, contact me, and I'll email you a link.

Jeffrey Sloe


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[1] These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please consult your doctor before starting any exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using these or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.

[2] Based on US News & World Report – Pharmacy Times Survey.

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http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002404.htm

https://patient.info/health/vitamin-c-deficiency-leaflet

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How Best to Fuel Your Body After a Workout

How Best to Fuel Your Body After a Workout

Posted 8/6/2018 by UHBlog

Learn how to recover from a hard workout by fueling your body correctly. We can help.

All athletes know two things to be true: There’s nothing better than a post-workout high, and, after you sweat, you’re ready for a good meal.

If you want to make the most of your time off the field, your game plan should include high-performance foods, says registered dietitian nutritionist and board-certified sports dietitian Amy Jamieson-Petonic.
 

“Post-game nutrition promotes recovery and your ability to get back in the game faster,” she says.

Fuel Up First

First, you want to make sure your body is fueled for the workout.

“The goals of a pre-event meal are to top off your glycogen stores and to build and repair muscle tissue, Ms. Jamieson-Petonic says. “Make sure these meals are low in fat and fiber so you don’t have gastrointestinal distress.”

The meal should be eaten three to four hours prior to your activity. Then, 30 to 60 minutes before the event, have a lighter snack, such as a piece of fruit or sports bar and a sports drink or water.

Eat to Replenish

After the workout, your nutritional recovery should happen within 15 to 60 minutes post-exercise. Keep in mind the following steps:

  1. Restore fluids and electrolytes.
  2. Replace muscle fuel (meaning carbohydrates).
  3. Provide protein to repair/stimulate new tissue development.

“During exercise, you lose nutrients and fluid, so it’s important to replace them,” Ms. Jamieson-Petonic says. “Make sure to take in fluid and eat approximately 200 to 300 calories within the first two hours following exercise, and then continue to refuel from there.”

Some ideas of appropriate recovery meals include:

  • Graham crackers with peanut butter, a banana, and low-fat chocolate milk
  • Rice bowl with beans, cheese, salsa, avocado and whole-wheat tortilla chips
  • Whole-wheat pita with turkey, veggies, pretzels and low-fat milk
  • Stir fry with lean steak, broccoli, peppers, carrots and brown rice

Amy Jamieson-Petonic, M.Ed., RDN, CSSD, LD is a registered dietitian nutritionist and board-certified sports dietitian at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. You can request an appointment with Jamieson-Petonic or any other healthcare professional online.

The article was posted on the University Hospitals Blog

Markethive Blog Blog post by Jeffrey Sloe 

NOTE: My personal comments: I don't always have the time and/or the proper groceries in the house, so it's not always easy to prepare and eat a recovery meal. However, I always have a supply of Essential Ammino Acids supplements, which helps me to maintain my strength, alnog with the repairing and building of muscle tissue.

 

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Why You’re Always Saying: I’ll Get to It Tomorrow

Why You’re Always Saying: I’ll Get to It Tomorrow

Posted 8/29/2018 by UHBlog

Chronic procrastination may be behind your muscle fatigue. Don't put off asking us how to get your tasks and health back on track.

The legal brief must be filed at week's end, but you decide to hit the links today. A few days later, you pledge to work from home while tending to a sick child, but watch a Seinfeld TV marathon instead. Upon returning to the office, you spend hours scrolling through emails when the realization strikes: The brief is due tomorrow.

Everybody procrastinates to some extent, says clinical psychologist Jennifer Levin, PhD, but some people have more of a chronic problem with it.

Consider these facts: A DePaul University researcher found that 20 percent of people are chronic procrastinators, while a study at Bishop's University in Quebec discovered a correlation between chronic procrastination and high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Other evidence shows that delaying duties can also lead to ; 

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Poor sleep
  • Muscle tension
  • Headaches
  • Emotional issues
  • Absenteeism from work

Why it happens

Dr. Levin says reasons for procrastinating are unique to each individual, but may include:

  • Boredom with a task
  • Anxiety about the ability to complete a task
  • Desire to do other things that bring instant gratification, such as checking social media
  • More serious emotional concerns, such as depression

“It's essentially avoidance,” she says. “Although it feels good in the very short term, your anxiety goes up and gets much bigger as the deadline gets closer. The task hasn't changed, but you have less time to do it and it causes stress.”

Procrastination has impact

There are consequences to putting off thing, Dr. Levin says. This can include coworkers having to do the work for you or getting upset with you because you're not meeting deadlines, Dr. Levin says.

This, in turn, can lead to employees developing physical issues, missing work and worrying about the security of their job. Their employers may see increasing insurance claims and premiums and lower productivity.

Some people who procrastinate at work may also put off taking care of their health. They may not eat a balanced diet, exercise or get necessary medical screenings.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to combat procrastination, but some that Dr. Levin recommends are:

  • Divide projects into small tasks and set a deadline for each phase.
  • Follow the Premack Principle: No prize before completing a hard task. If you enjoy checking emails, but detest assembling the PowerPoint presentation for tomorrow's meeting, don't allow yourself to look at your inbox until you complete a set number of sections of the presentation. If you're a manager, consider granting your team a half-day vacation if they finish a project early and proficiently.
  • Dig in immediately. If you procrastinate because you fear not being up to the task, getting started might boost your confidence. If you run into problems, you'll still have time to seek help.
  • Download a smartphone app to help you stay on track such as the Pacifica app, which can help with goal-setting and stress reduction.

If these strategies don't work, talk to your doctor because an anxiety disorder or depression may be the culprit, she says.

Jennifer Levin, PhD is a clinical psychologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and UH Psychiatry in Beachwood and associate professor of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. You can request an appointment with Dr. Levin or any other doctor online; use link below.

Article courtesy of the University Hospital's Blog

Link to Jennifer Levin, PhD

Posted by: Jeffrey Sloe

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Bitclub the Amazing Bitcoin mining company that’s 100% legit!

Bitclub the Amazing Bitcoin mining company that's 100% legit!

It took 4 years for BitClub Network to reach over $100,000,000 per month in sales and 300,000 customers. BITCOIN was at a low of $330 in October 2014 and, in December 2017, reached a peak of $19,500. According to many Wall Street analysts and high-level banking, will soon reach $100,000. How many will you have in the next 3 to 5 years? There are two ways to earn BITCOIN with Bitclub Network:

1) Acquire mining pools with the largest leverage in the sector. Turn $3,500 into $150,000.

2) Build a global marketing team of entrepreneurs with mining equipment and be paid daily in BITCOINS.

More than 300 people are already earning $1 million a year and referring others can earn thousands more in the coming years.


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