Barrington is excited to announce our new partnership with Eevia to supply 100% wild Arctic Organics. We feel the organic market is ever expanding and the Eevia line is a great addition to our offerings. Products will include Organic Pine Bark Extract, Chaga Mushroom Extract and Bilberry Extract and should be available in Q2 2017.
Eevia & Barrington Nutritionals Announce
Exclusive Distribution Partnership in North America
Seinäjoki, Finland / New York, USA: Today Finnish organic ingredient supplier Eevia and leading ingredient distributor Barrington Nutritionals announce their new distribution partnership for the territory of North America.
Stuart Gelbard, President of Barrington Nutritionals states: “Barrington is honored to partner with Eevia to bring their line of natural, organic-certified ingredients to the North American market. These ingredients from the Arctic flora, in addition to our current product line, supports our growth in specialty, high-value and sustainable ingredients that support consumer health as well as the environment.”
Eevia’s organic-certified ingredient portfolio is spearheaded by the newly-released organic 36% bilberry anthocyanin and is complemented by the trending organic chaga extract and the attention-grabbing organic pine bark extract to rival existing non-organic offerings.
Eevia’s competitive advantage lies within its organic status and unique global positioning right at the heart of the raw material collection area, thus offering a short and fully transparent value chain. Sustainability is also a key focus for Eevia with all parts of the raw materials being utilized and a strong emphasis on achieving minimal impact and disruption to Finland’s pristine natural environment.
Eevia CEO, Stein Ulve, says: “We are truly excited that Barrington has joined us in our mission to provide the highest quality arctic ingredients to facilitate global well-being. Barrington has an excellent track record in the industry and shares our values of transparency, trust and team play. We look forward to working with them to ensure their clients achieve great results through superior ingredients”.
About Eevia: Eevia is your Arctic Ingredients Boutique. Eevia makes authentic, bio-active ingredients based on fresh and pure Arctic raw materials; berries, plants and herbs. We supply a selection of natural bio-actives, extracts and powders for Nutraceuticals, Foods & Beverage products and Cosmetics. Our main focus is related to anti-inflammation and anti-oxidation in the human body with the goal of expanding human health and well-being.
Heart disease is something that affects millions of Americans. In addition to those already diagnosed with heart disease, many will get a new diagnoses this year. The CDC points out that heart disease is the number one killer in America and significantly impacts both men and women, “About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.” If you have heart disease, or are concerned you may be at risk of developing heart disease, it is important to speak to your physician to determine what testing may help you determine you best course of treatment for optimal health. Preventing and treating heart disease may involve prescription medication, a change in diet, a change in exercise and activity level or other things. Additionally, it is important to speak to your physician to determine if you could benefit from the addition of any vitamins, minerals or other supplements to help support a healthy lifestyle and prevent or treat your heart disease.
One of the most beneficial supplements in the effort to prevent or treat heart disease is antioxidants. Antioxidants offer a wide array of health benefits, preventing a variety of diseases, health conditions, common illnesses, improvement of skin, and much more. Antioxidants help prevent free radicals from damaging cells and DNA in your body. American Family Physician describes how antioxidants can help prevent and treat heart disease, “Antioxidants keep cholesterol from going through a process called “oxidation.” Oxidation happens when oxygen reacts with cholesterol in your blood. Oxidation causes the “bad” cholesterol (called “LDL” cholesterol) to stick to the lining of your arteries. The oxidized cholesterol can even block your arteries, so blood can’t get through. This blocking is called “atherosclerosis.” Some foods, especially fruits and vegetables, work in your body so this oxygenation process doesn’t happen. Vitamin E and vitamin C are probably the best vitamin antioxidants. If you already have heart disease, vitamin E might reduce your risk of a future heart attack. Vitamin C helps vitamin E work better in your body. It also improves the way your arteries work. Together, these two vitamins help protect your arteries from oxidized cholesterol. They also help your arteries relax and open up more.”
In addition to antioxidants, coenzyme Q10, also known as CoQ10, may help prevent or treat heart disease. CoQ10 is a substance similar to a vitamin and provides antioxidant properties as well as other health benefits. WebMD explains how CoQ10 helps prevent and treat heart disease, ” Your body naturally makes small amounts of this enzyme, also known as ubiquinone and ubiquinol. As a supplement, CoQ10 may help lower blood pressure, either on its own or along with medications. Other studies have found that adding it to heart failure drugs may help people feel better day to day. CoQ10 pills are also popular as a treatment for the side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins. Why? These meds can sometimes lower the amount of CoQ10 the body makes on its own. Some doctors suggest adding a CoQ10 supplement to make up for the loss, hoping it will relieve problems like muscle pain and weakness. But study results have been mixed.”
Finally, Vitamin D has been shown to be an important tool in the fight against heart disease. Vitamin D can be boosted with sun exposure but many Americans are actually Vitamin D deficient because we avoid prolonged sun exposure due to skin cancer and aging risks. LifeExtension explains the important role Vitamin D plays in heart health, “Abundant evidence now points to the numerous cardioprotective functions of vitamin D. Restoring vitamin D to normal levels has been found to help reduce inflammation, normalize blood pressure, and improve insulin sensitivity—all factors that reduce heart disease risk. Vitamin D deficiency has been shown to diminish contractile function of heart muscle cells, contribute to endothelial dysfunction, distort heart muscle structure (triggering hypertrophy, or abnormal heart muscle growth), and increase smooth muscle growth in the coronary artery wall—a process that leads to atherosclerotic plaque formation. Low levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D have been linked with congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart is unable to keep up with the body’s demands for blood and oxygen. A recent analysis showed that individuals with low serum levels of vitamin D had higher rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, and elevated triglycerides than those with higher vitamin D levels.” If you think you may benefit from any of these supplements, speak to your physician about what is best for your health and the possibility of adding supplements that may help prevent or treat heart disease.
As we age, our cognitive function can decline and our memory’s acuity can diminish. For some this starts younger and others later but it is often just accepted as a natural part of aging and life. If you are starting to notice a decline in cognitive function, or that you just cannot seem to remember things as well as you used to be able to, it is time to speak to a physician about what options you have to improve cognitive function and memory. There are a lot of ways to improve cognition and memory, including changes in activity level and frequent playing of “brain games” that give a workout to your mind, such as Sudoku. In addition to “exercising” your brain, it is important to eat a healthy diet, full of important vitamins and minerals that supply your brain everything it needs and consider the addition of a vitamin or supplement that may help improve cognition and memory. While nothing will be the “magic bullet” or “cure all” against diminished cognitive function, a combination of therapies that support your physical and mental health may improve cognition and memory.
The first supplement that has shown a great deal of promise in the battle against a decline in cognitive function and memory loss is ginkgo biloba. Gingko biloba is an ancient tree species and has been used in Chinese herbal medicine for centuries. The University of Maryland Medical Center describes how ginkgo biloba can be used to treat a decline in cognition or memory loss, “Ginkgo is widely touted as a “brain herb.” Some studies show that it does help improve memory in people with dementia. It is not as clear whether ginkgo helps memory in healthy people who have normal, age-related memory loss. Some studies have found slight benefits, while other studies have found no effect. Some studies have found that ginkgo helps improve memory and thinking in young and middle-aged people who are healthy. And preliminary studies suggest it may be useful in the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The dose that works best seems to be 240 mg per day. Ginkgo is often added to nutrition bars, soft drinks, and fruit smoothies to boost memory and enhance mental performance, although such small amounts probably do not help.”
In addition to ginkgo biloba, Vitamin B12 has been shown to help in the fight against memory and cognition loss. Vitamin B12 plays a critical role in the formation of red blood cells and provides a variety of health benefits. SFGate explains how B12 can help improve mental function, “BBC Health notes that vitamin B12 and other B vitamins are particularly important for short-term memory and fast memory recall. Vitamin B12 is critical for healthy production of red blood cells, which are needed to carry oxygen to every cell in the brain and body. It is also important for energy production, nerve function and maintaining healthy DNA.”
Finally, Vitamin E is a promising vitamin for treating cognitive decline and memory loss. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble compound that provides the body with strong antioxidant properties. Harvard Health Publications explains the role Vitamin E plays in memory and brain function, “A large study suggested that vitamin E, but not the other antioxidants, may help slow the rate of age-related mental decline. This study, which was published in Archives of Neurology in 2002, looked at 2,889 people ages 65 and older who did not have dementia or other cognitive illness. Researchers asked the study participants what they ate and which vitamin and mineral supplements they took, then tracked their mental function over about three years. Mental function was assessed with the Modified Mini-Mental State Examination and other standard tests. Participants who consumed the most vitamin E had 36% less mental decline than did people who consumed the least.” Speak to your physician to discuss whether or not adding one or all of these supplements to your dietary routine may help improve your cognitive function and memory.
Panic. Dread. That tight feeling in your chest. The inability to catch your breath. These symptoms, and more, are what those who suffer from anxiety deal with on a regular basis. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America points out just how common anxiety is, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population… Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment… Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.” If you suffer from symptoms of anxiety, or have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, it is important to discuss potential treatment options with your physician. While there are a variety of prescription medications available, if you are looking for a more natural approach, there are an assortment of natural supplements that can be used in the treatment of anxiety.
Magnesium is a mineral that is commonly found in foods such as pumpkin seeds, spinach, chard, sesame seeds, quinoa, black beans, cashews, navy beans and more. While magnesium is fairly common and easy to get from food sources, many are actually magnesium deficient. CNN points out just how common the deficiency is, ” Feeling exhausted? Or noticing weird muscle cramps that are throwing off your workouts? You might be suffering from a magnesium deficiency. Dubbed the “invisible deficiency” by some experts because it’s so hard to spot and diagnose, magnesium deficiencies are more dangerous than you might think. “Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. It affects everything from your heartbeat to your muscles to your hormones,” says Dr. Danine Fruge, Associate Medical Director at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Florida. Between making sure to get enough fiber in your diet and trying not skimp on iron, monitoring your magnesium intake can easily fall through the cracks. “Studies have shown that only about 25% of U.S. adults are at or above the recommended daily amount of 310 to 320 milligrams for women and 400 to 420 for men,” says Fruge. In fact, the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) revealed that at least half of the U.S. population had inadequate intakes of magnesium.”
If you are like millions of Americans, you may also be deficient in magnesium and that may be negatively impacting your ability to manage anxiety and stress. Fortunately, by adding a magnesium supplement to your daily routine, you may be able to treat and manage your anxiety more effectively so that you can get back to enjoying your life. Before beginning any new supplement, it is important to consult your physician to ensure adding a supplement is safe for you based on your personal health history. Calm Clinic, an online resource for anxiety and panic disorders, explains how magnesium works to reduce anxiety, “The use of magnesium for anxiety has caught on recently, as studies have shown that millions of people are deficient as a result of magnesium getting stripped from diets. Since magnesium affects nerve health, blood health, and more, there is reason to believe that low magnesium levels may be responsible for some anxiety symptoms – especially with panic disorder.”
Millions of Americans suffer from frequent headaches or migraines every year. Whether you have frequent headaches that are an annoying and painful inconvenience or you have debilitating migraines, avoiding them is probably top priority. Sadly, for many, avoiding headaches or migraines is not possible and all you can do is hope to mitigate the pain and discomfort. The Migraine Research Foundation reports on the staggering number of people who suffer from migraines, “Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. households includes someone with migraine. Amazingly, over 12% of the population – including children – suffers from migraine. That’s more than diabetes and asthma combined!” There are a variety of prescriptions available to treat the symptoms of migraines, but not many to help prevent migraines from occurring in the first place. What may help prevent migraines is, in fact, not a prescription drug but a natural substance – magnesium.
Magnesium is an important mineral that plays a critical role in over 300 different chemical reactions in the human body. Magnesium rich foods include spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocado, figs, dark chocolate, bananas, soybeans, sesame seeds, quinoa, cashews, summer squash and navy beans. In addition to food sources, magnesium can be consumed by taking nutritional supplements. The University of Maryland Medical Center describes how magnesium can be used to prevent and treat migraines, as well as the research that supports it, ” People with migraines often have lower levels of magnesium than people who do not have migraines, and several studies suggest that magnesium may reduce the frequency of migraine attacks in people with low levels of magnesium. In one study, people who took magnesium reduce the frequency of attacks by 41.6%, compared to 15.8% in those who took placebo. Some studies also suggest that magnesium may help women whose migraines are triggered by their periods. Side effects from magnesium can include lower blood pressure and diarrhea. Magnesium can interact with medications, including heart medications, diuretics or water pills, some antibiotics, and muscle relaxers.” Many doctors are recommending magnesium as an alternative or supplement to prescription medications, particularly for patients who have other health conditions that may interact with prescription medications. Unfortunately, as WebMD notes, while often effective, it may take some time to see results so you have to be patient, ” She recommends magnesium “more than other supplements, and have found it to have the most robust effect in preventing migraines,” she says. You have to take magnesium for three months to get a benefit, says DeRossett. “People sometimes give up on it too soon.” Taking the correct dosage is important as well: 500 mg magnesium.” Before beginning any new medications or supplements, it is important to consult your physician who can offer advice based on your personal health history.