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Fitness Model: Jennifer Nicole Lee Fun Fit Foodie Berry Delicious Dessert Recipe

2 Aug

Jennifer Nicole Lee is breaking the rules of healthy cooking with her Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook! She shows you that eating more not less will help you shed those stubborn pounds and that eating healthy goes way beyond the boring grilled chicken and broccoli dish! She shows you how you can create exotic, gourmet, delicious antioxidant meals in a flash, that your entire family will love-and which will help you shed pounds while still satisfying your taste buds! View vids now to see JNL in action in her Fun Fit Foodie kitchen!

Jennifer Nicole Lee is an Author, Fitness Expert, Lifestyle Consultant, FITNESS MODEL™ and most importantly a devoted wife and mother.

Her motivational weight loss success story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The CBS Early Morning Show, Fox & Friends, Inside Edition, & The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, thus inspiring millions.

She continues to share and shine her light to help others realize and achieve their lifestyle goals, believing that everyone deserves to increase the quality of their life. Jennifer Nicole Lee’s mission is “to help increase the quality of everyone’s life.”


Fitness Model Jennifer Nicole Lee Celebrates New JNL Clothing Line Additions

20 Jul



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Jennifer Nicole Lee, Ms. Bikini America, Ms. Bikini Universe, and Author of the Finess Model Program

You see “her” as you pass by the magazine rack. When you’re in the grocery store checkout line, “she’s” looking right at you from the fitness magazine cover…

Her abs are tight, her waistline whittled, her shoulders are perfectly rounded off with muscular mushroom caps, her teeth are bright white with a smile exuding unbreakable confidence, her hair is shiny, and she stands tall upon solid strong legs with sexy sweeping quads.

She is poised, polished and statuesque with an athletic yet feminine build, as she stands tall atop solid strong legs with sweeping quads. Wearing maybe a workout outfit or a bikini, she is the epitome of health, wellness, and fitness. Her image is respected- She is a Fitness Model ™- the picture of strength and beauty that so many women strive to attain.

You ask yourself “Could I ever look that good? How can I achieve that Fitness Model ™ look?

Click to her a special message from Jennifer about the Finess Model Program

Well, I’m here to tell you based on my personal experience that you can! The “Fitness Model™” physique or look, contrary to popular belief, is something that that ALL can achieve! Even if you don’t want to grace the cover of a health magazine or compete, you still can achieve the LOOK of a Fitness Model™ or Competitor.

With my concentration in fitness, I am qualified to be your mentor and coach- being Ms. Bikini America, Ms. Bikini Universe and the first ever Ms. Muscle and Fitness- I can and will give you quality content and top trade secrets that you MUST know to achieve this coveted cover girl body! I know what it is like first hand to spend thousands of dollars and not get the results that I needed.

Dear Fitness Friend,

Are you interested in looking like a Fitness Model™
as quickly as possibly you can?

Using my simple and easy to follow My Fitness Model™ workout routine is simple and easy to follow!

There is NO endless cardio, fancy equipment and you don’t need to be on steroids to achieve that strong yet feminine sexy muscle tone!

Here is why:

My name is Jennifer Nicole Lee. My weight loss success story has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, Inside Edition, The Big Idea with Donny Deutch and “E” Entertainment among many others.

I hold titles such as Ms. Bikini America and have been named the first ever Ms. Muscle and Fitness. I am a world renowned fitness expert, author and lifestyle consultant and have all the credentials to coach and train you to the cover worthy body that you deserve. I am an Ace Certified Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. I am also a specialist in sports supplementation and certified through ISSA (International Sports Science Association).

I am also a contributing author of too many health and exercise articles to count including online websites and magazines such as Oxygen, Fitness Rx and Bodybuilding.com. I run an International consultation firm, thus having coached thousands of women from around the world. I have hosted weekend fitness retreats drawing women from all over the country to hear me speak!

I have designed a revolutionary new fat loss and muscle building system called the “Fitness Model Book™”. It was specifically created to help busy women LIKE YOU (students, business women, mothers and even fellow female fitness experts) to achieve that worshipped Fitness Model™ physique leading them to jaw dropping, magazine cover worthy results in the least amount of time, money and energy spent.

Check Out This Short Preview For A Peek Inside
The Fitness Model Book!


JNL’s inspirational weight loss success story has motivated millions worldwide. She is the world’s top fitness model, and now she will show you the way Now it’s your turn to become the new “fitness model” you – sexy, strong, and sleek In JNL’s Fitness Model Diet, she reveals and shares her top trade secrets of the Super Fitness Model life: discover super fitness model beauty secrets, explore JNL’s all-time favorite and fail proof workouts, and get two week’s worth of JNL’s fitness model recipes and food plans to help you blast fat off fast, revealing feminine muscle tone.


  • Genre: Health + Wellness
  • Subgenre: Diet, Exercise, Girls + Women, Health + Health Care
  • Date Published: October 15, 2010
  • Release Date: October 15, 2010
  • Publisher: Advantage Media Group
  • Author: Jennifer Nicole Lee
  • Pages: 204
  • Format: Hardcover

Declare Independence From Food Cravings With Strategies And Expert Tips

27 Jun


You’re entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of cheesecake—as long as you’re the one in charge of the food, and not the other way around. If you find yourself constantly surrendering to every delicious morsel that comes your way, it’s time to stage a revolution.

Unfortunately, cravings are hard to crack. Research has shown that everything from hormones, fluctuations in blood sugar levels, nutritional deficiencies, and emotional and psychological reasons can make you yearn for food, whether you’re hungry or not. But whatever the cause of your cravings, there are ways you can fight back. Make these strategies your first line of defense in every battle against chocolate, buttered popcorn, and any other tasty temptation.


Banish Blah Meals

A humdrum diet of unseasoned chicken breast and brown rice is a breeding ground for cravings—not because healthy foods are unsatisfying, but because your meal planning lacks variety (and your taste buds are snoring). A study published in the journal Physiological Behavior found that a nutritionally adequate but otherwise boring and restrictive diet leads to a large increase in the frequency of food cravings. Following a week of normal eating, the study participants were fed a monotonous diet consisting only of a nutritionally complete, vanilla-flavored liquid that was calorically equivalent to each participant’s normal diet. During the four days of the bland eating plan, participants experienced greater food cravings—especially for sweets and entrees, with 76 percent of cravings falling into those two categories.

No matter how delicious, the same three meals in rotation will get old really quickly. Plus, when you feel like a food is a punishment or unpleasant, you may be more susceptible to cravings because you’ll want to reward yourself for enduring it, says Bethany Thayer, RD, a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and manager of wellness programs and strategies for the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Make your healthy meals pop by sprinkling chicken with tasty herbs like rosemary and tarragon, trying exotic fruits and veggies like lychee and bok choy, and experimenting with new recipes. A little creativity in the kitchen will make your foods tastier and your diet seem less loathsome.


Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.


Take Food Off the Pedestal

Are daydreams of doughnuts your guilty pleasure? Unfortunately, our tendency to think about certain foods as off-limits only increases their appeal. This is especially true for dieters with long “do not eat” lists; studies consistently show that dieters report higher levels of food cravings than people on unrestricted diets. What’s more, even unappetizing foods can prompt cravings if they’re highly constrained. That was another surprising outcome of the Physiological Behavior study: Participants reported craving the bland vanilla drink even after they were allowed to return to normal eating—and despite disliking it.

The study’s lead author concluded in an article published in the Journal of Nutrition that the fact that even unpalatable foods could be desired and overeaten revealed that it may be the way in which foods are consumed, and not the taste, appearance, and smell, that gets us addicted. “Sometimes it doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Thayer. “As soon as you find out you can’t have it—you want it.” Placing fewer foods on the high-calorie restricted list and allowing yourself small tastes of your favorites could help keep cravings at bay.


Confront Your Cravings

The next time you feel a hankering for something chocolate, don’t ignore the impulse altogether. Paying attention to the sensation could help you fight off cravings in the future, according to the findings of a recent study published in the journal Appetite. The research showed that participants who were taught to accept their cravings by acknowledging thoughts of food without judgment and without acting on those impulses reported significantly lower cravings overall. Among other exercises, study participants were instructed to perform a “body scan,” a technique where attention is brought to each area of the body, starting with the toes and moving up to the top of the head. The body scan was meant to increase awareness and acceptance of bodily sensations including hunger, satiety, and craving. Researchers concluded that by taking a step back and observing a food craving, participants were able to recognize cravings’ fleeting nature and learn that they eventually fade.

One of the best ways to become of aware of cravings is to keep a food journal, suggests Thayer. “I encourage people to be very conscious of what they’re craving, as well as what’s driving that behavior. Do you feel physical hunger? Was there an experience that triggered the craving? If you keep track of all these things, you can identify patterns in your eating,” she says. Once you realize that your impulse is due to low energy or hunger, you can satisfy your body with a cup of coffee or a bowl of high-fiber cereal rather than reaching for a doughnut. You can also use a journal to monitor timing of meals and snacks—it’s best to eat every 4 hours to keep hunger (and snack attacks) at bay.


Say So Long to Stress

When the going gets tough, even the tough get snacking. A study published in the journal Nutrition Bulletin found a strong correlation between the secretion of cortisol, a hormone released during stress, and changes in food choice and increased caloric intake. Study participants ate 350 calories more on average and consumed greater amounts of saturated fatty acids and carbohydrates during stressful situations than they did during the baseline period.

Why do we carbo-load in times of distress? Foods with high energy density can temporarily boost levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates mood. So after a bad day at the office or a big fight with a loved one, we reach for something sugary and carb-heavy to cope, according to a paper published in the journal Physiology and Behavior. “There could have been a time when you were feeling low or stressed—you ate something sweet, experienced that boost of serotonin, and then it became a conditioned response: Feel sad, eat sweets,” says Thayer.

Unfortunately, it’s a calorically expensive pattern to get into. While a simple carbohydrate such as sugar does boost serotonin, the feeling is fleeting, and you’ll have to reach into the candy bowl more times than you’d like to maintain it, says Thayer. One sweet snack turns into another to keep your energy up. A better way to fight sugar cravings long-term is to consume complex carbohydrates like whole grains rather than blood-sugar spiking white varieties, she says. And to stave off cravings in the moment, take a brisk walk or head to the gym for a full-blown workout if time permits. Studies show that people report a higher tendency to eat in order to distract themselves from stress; sidetrack yourself with a sweat session to curb cravings and get fit in the process.


Take a Lap

Studies show that chocolate is the most commonly (and intensely) craved food item. (It’s so prevalent that one Journal of Proteome Research study even links the type of bacteria living in the human digestive system to a desire for the sweet stuff.) While antioxidant-rich dark chocolate is a perfectly good snack in moderation, a relentless cocoa craving makes sticking to a single serving nearly impossible. But you can fight back. A study published in the journal Appetite found that a brisk 15-minute walk significantly reduces chocolates urges in regular chocolate eaters during and for at least 10 minutes following the completion of exercise. “Taking a walk provides distraction from your craving and reminds you of your long-term fitness goals,” says Thayer. “There’s also the mental component. If you’ve done something good for yourself—like taking a walk for exercise—it precipitates doing even more good for yourself. You’re less likely to eat the chocolate after the walk because it would undo the healthy practice you just performed.”

Can’t take a lap? Clench a muscle. A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Research found that firming muscles—whether in your hand, finger, calf, or biceps—can improve self-control, including overcoming the call of tempting foods when a craving hits.



Why Is Vitamin K Important Nutrient For Heart And Bone Health?!

7 Jun


Vitamin K is one of those vitamins that you do not seem to hear a lot about in the media or in the doctor’s office. So what is vitamin K and why should you care about it?

Vitamin K is an important nutrient for heart and bone health. There are two natural forms utilized by the body, including Vitamin K1 and K2. Vitamin K1 is used for blood coagulation, while K2, which is mostly found in meat, liver, cheese, and egg yolks, is used for calcium regulation. With prevailing low-fat and vegetarian diets, many of us eat reduced amounts of meat and opt for egg white omelets, basically eliminating the richest source of this essential vitamin. As a result, many people may be deficient in K2.

Natto, a fermented form of soy, native to Japan, is an excellent source of K2, but is not common in the United States. K1 is found in leafy greens such as kale, spinach, chard, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, parsley, and romaine lettuce. To get enough K1, however, you would need to eat an abundance of these foods daily, which unfortunately, most of us do not do. While K1 is also not very well absorbed by the body (usually about 10%, but absorption is improved when consumed in conjunction with fatty oils, so pour on that olive oil!), K2 is more bioavailable for the human body. Both vitamins work together to prevent cardiovascular disease in that K2 controls calcification in your arteries and K1 helps to thin the blood. Find out more by visiting http://www.DrEliaz.org.

Calcification of the arteries is a form of cardiovascular degeneration that can begin at an early age but usually goes unnoticed until more serious problems arise. K2 helps prevent this process by deciding where calcium gets delivered in the body. K2 ensures that the calcium you consume is deposited in your bones, not in your blood vessels and other soft tissues. Heart Disease Specialist, Dr. William Davis explains, “Normal deposition of calcium occurs only in bone and in teeth. Abnormal deposition of calcium in the body occurs in three places: the inner lining of the arteries of the body (the intima) that causes atherosclerotic plaque; the muscle layer of arteries (“medial calcification”); and heart valves. K2 appears to be the form of vitamin K responsible for controlling these phenomena (not K1, the form that plays a crucial role in blood clotting).” It is easy to see why Vitamin K2 is important in preventing heart disease and osteoporosis.

Without enough vitamin K (both K1 and K2), the vast majority of the population are at risk for age-related disease. Your arteries receive calcium they do not need or want, and your bones become more porous since the calcium is not delivered to them.

K2 also helps promote blood vessel elasticity by safeguarding elastin, the core protein in the muscle fibers primarily responsible for the elasticity of the arterial wall. Existing elastin is damaged and new production is inhibited by calcium deposition. If you are at risk for cardiovascular disease and/or osteoporosis, consider adding full spectrum Vitamin K supplementation to your diet. And if you are vegan or on a strict diet, it may be wise to consider K2 supplements. Adding some hard cheese to your diet or a hardboiled egg for a fast breakfast may greatly improve your heart health and decrease your risk for osteoporosis.

Life And Living/Newsroom

Gonorrhea Resistantance To Drugs Used To Treat The Disease

27 Apr

Researchers warn that the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea is winning the battle against medicine’s arsenal of antibiotic treatments.

Researchers in both US and UK recently expressed concern about the increasing number of cases of gonorrhea found in each country that are resistant to certain drugs used to treat it, noting its “catastrophic” implications for the future of controlling the disease.

In 2009, nearly a quarter of strains of gonorrhea tested in the US were resistant to drugs commonly used to treat the disease, including penicillin, tetracycline, fluoroquinolones, or a combination of these, stated health and science news website MyHealthNewsDaily on April 19. Early data from 2010 provides even scarier news: gonorrhea is showing resistance to the only drugs physicians have left to treat it, a class of antibiotics called cephalosporins.

The US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who issued the 2009 data last month, notes that if left untreated, gonorrhea could spread to the blood or joints, and could even be life-threatening. People with gonorrhea typically show no symptoms, although it can lead to complications, such as infertility and in women, chronic pelvic pain, and in men, a painful testicular condition known as epididymitis.

International experts, such as the CDC and the World Health Organization, are working on strategies to prevent the emergence of antibiotic resistance, and strongly advocate practicing safe sex and getting screened for sexually transmitted diseases, including gonorrhea, if you are sexually active.

Life and Living/ Newsroom

Top Remedies: 6 Signs To Being Over Stressed

28 Jan

Long and odd working hours, poor eating habits, lack of exercise and disturbed routine can severely affect your health.

Every time you are over-stressed, your body fights for re-balance, but excessive stress can cause various problems like heart disease, sleeping disorders, migraines and other chronic illnesses.

Most of the time our body signals the symptoms of stress, but most of us are not tuned or educated enough to understand them.

It is important to listen to what our body says and take steps early on to avoid serious problems later. Here are some signs that your body shows when you are overstressed. Read More…...


Written By: Bhuvanes Changrani
Source: Open Talk Magazine  12/12/2010

The Importance Of Healthy Food And Good Nutrition

22 Jan

Many people do not consider eating healthy food because the cheesy and fried stuff is tastier. This is the primary reason for the formation of diseases all around the world. In 1950, the average age of a human being was 76, while today it is 63. If this continues, humans will become extinct one day. So, if you want to serve the humanity, please consider eating healthy food once in a while.

We spend a lot of money on our luxurious like Playstations and furniture, but we hardly consider buying quality food products. If you take in food with proper nutrition then you can easily avoid diseases. You should remember that the amount of sleep you get also plays a major role in determining your health. So, if you sleep for the appropriate amount you have very little to worry about. Read More….

Written By: Kadeine Washington
Source: Open Talk Magazine  12/12/2010 00:04:00

Top Cancer Fighting Superfoods

28 Dec

Did you know that Mother Nature has a wonderful bounty of nutrient rich products that provide wholesome goodness for you? Are you eating right and giving your body the precise nutrition it needs? If not, then it’s time to meet nature’s superheroes or superfoods as we know them.

Food as we know it is being studied more closely than ever. There is substantial amount of research being conducted to better understand how foods nourish our bodies, how they can heal various disorders, how some foods provide multiple benefits and so on. There is no one set definition for the term ‘superfoods’, but they are in an exclusive class of their own.

Superfoods in general are low in calories; contain good amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, are high in fiber, contain disease fighting antioxidants, and are rich in vitamins and minerals. They have also been found to lower blood cholesterol, regulate blood pressure, protect from heart disease, increase body metabolism; which in turn helps burn away fat, cleanse the body of toxins, and even help protect against cancer. The good news is that these superfoods are easily available and are most likely already in your kitchen. Its’ time to make these superfoods a part of your everyday nutrition-

Berries – Load up on blueberries, cranberries, acai berries and black berries whenever you need a snack as they are incredible little packages of health benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, and have high water and fiber density. They are also low in calories and packed with vitamins. They are most potent in their raw form, so mix them up into a delicious smoothie or add a handful to a cup of yoghurt. Enjoy an immunity boosting treat!

Nuts – You may have heard that nuts aren’t good for people trying to lose weight but the key is to enjoy them in moderation. Nuts are chockfull of protein, essential fats, vitamins and even antioxidants. When eaten in proper proportions, they actually help to lower cholesterol, boost heart health and are ideal snacks to enjoy. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts and pistachios are the best varieties of nuts to stock in your kitchen.

Yoghurt with live cultures – Yoghurt provides your body a high dose of calcium as well as protein and potassium. Nutritionists recommend eating yoghurt that contains strains of live cultures, because it helps to increase the amount of good bacteria in the body; thus reducing the multiplying of bad bacteria, aiding in improving the digestive tract, and has been proven to strengthen the immune system. In fact, various clinical studies are being conducted into understanding the wide variety of other benefits that yoghurt provides. The best way to eat yoghurt is as a daily snack between meals. If you prefer a sweeter version, simply add some sugar or throw in some diced fruits. You could even blend some fruits together with yoghurt and create a highly nutritious smoothie in the morning.

Eggs – If you have cholesterol problems, you may be advised to limit your intake of eggs to not more than 2 per week. Eggs are superfoods because they are highly nutritious, contain loads of protein and are easily available. Studies show that people who ate two eggs at breakfast time were more content up ‘til lunch time and ate lesser throughout the day than those who did not. The egg yolk is full of essential vitamins and aides in brain development; which includes mental sharpness, clarity and improved memory. Go for boiled eggs over other cooked varieties!

Salmon – Salmon has an abundance of heart health boosting omega rich fatty acids, and is low in calories and saturated fat. Salmon is also an excellent protein source. Because of this, nutritionists recommend at least two servings of salmon per week. The best way to prepare salmon is through grilling or baking. Enjoy it in a salad with some tobasco sauce or salsa, or simply team up one portion with a handful of vegetables for a fulfilling meal.

Beans – Vegetarians will be glad to know that beans have plenty of insoluble fiber (which helps rid the body of toxins), have been proven to lower blood cholesterol, are a great protein source, contain potassium and magnesium and also help you stay full for longer. Steam a handful of beans with other vegetables like carrots, enjoy them as a salad or include them in a soup. Before cooking them, wash them well but don’t remove the runners on the sides.

Cruciferous Vegetables – Mom wasn’t wrong when she made you eat your vegetables. Broccoli is one of the best known cruciferous vegetables, which is a great source of vitamins, contains fiber, and even possess cancer protecting properties. In fact, they are a favorite with people who battle weight gain. The best way to cook them is by lightly stir frying, steaming, and grilling, but make sure not to over-cook; thus ridding them of all the great nutrients. Add them to soups, salads, side dishes or enjoy them as a snack by themselves.

Oatmeal – A bowl of oatmeal with a handful of fruits is a great way to begin your day. Oatmeal takes time to digest in the body leaving you full for a longer period, is high in fiber, and has been proven to be great for your heart. Because oatmeal is a slow release carbohydrate, it does not have an impact on blood sugar levels. Oatmeal will provide you a wonderful boost that lasts throughout the day.

Olives – One reason why people who follow the Mediterranean diet have such healthy hearts is largely thanks to the olives that are present in their diet. Olives are full of healthy fats and also have anti-inflammatory properties. They are not only great for your heart but also keep you fuller for long.

Green Tea – Whenever you are in the mood for a beverage, make a cup of green tea. Green tea has been proven to increase metabolism, promote better heart health, speed up digestion, help in regulating blood sugar and provide your body a cocktail of antioxidants. It’s a great aid in weight loss and even has natural de-stressing properties.

Adding just a few of these super-foods listed will have great benefits for your life to come. You will find yourself with more energy, less stress, and a greater sense of well-being. So stop by your favorite supermarket today!

Written By: Sanjana George

Source: Open Talk Magazine

The Health Benefit’s Of Evening Prim Rose Oil: How It’s Changed My Life

3 Dec

Evening primrose oil


Evening primrose is a wildflower that grows throughout the U.S., and has served as food and medicine throughout history, often for upset stomach and respiratory infections. The oil is found in the plant’s seeds and is high in the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Native Americans ate the boiled, nutty-flavored root, and used leaf poultices from the plant for bruises and hemorrhoids. European settlers took the root back to England and Germany, where it was introduced as food and became known as German rampion because it grew as a crawling vine. The plant was also a Shaker medicine, sold commercially.

Plant Description:

A circle of leaves grows close to the ground around evening primrose stems after the first year it is planted. Flowers bloom after sunset, June through September, or on overcast days during the second year. The leaves grow on both sides of the stem at alternating levels. This monograph focuses on the seed from which the oil is extracted.

What’s It Made Of?:

Oil is extracted from the seeds and prepared as medicine using a chemical called hexane. The seeds contain up to 25% essential fatty acids including linoleic acid (LA) and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Both LA and GLA belong to the omega-6 family of fatty acids. The vast majority of North Americans get too much omega-6 fatty acid in their diet. However, there are different types of omega-6 fatty acids. Some are health promoting, such as those found in evening primrose oil (EPO), while others can be more harmful, such as those typically found in the standard American diet. The body needs a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to function normally. Omega-3 oils can be found in cold water fish such as salmon, as well as some plant sources, or in dietary supplements.

Other sources of GLA include spirulina (a blue-green algae), borage, hemp, and black currant oils.

Medicinal Uses and Indications:

EPO is used primarily to relieve the itchiness associated with certain skin conditions (such as eczema and dermatitis) and to ease breast tenderness from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or other causes. Some of the uses for EPO include:


EPO has been reported effective for rashes, particularly skin rash or hives (itching).


Eczema symptoms include redness and scaling in addition to itching. More than 30 human studies report the benefits of EPO for eczema and dermatitis. A study of 1,207 patients reported that EPO was beneficial for skin conditions, including itching, crusting, edema (fluid, swelling), and redness. EPO can be used in children and adults with skin conditions.


EPO can help with symptoms of PMS, including mood swings, bloating, and breast tenderness.


Clinical trials of EPO for arthritis began in the early 1980s. Available research has not demonstrated consistent support for arthritis, and currently there is not adequate evidence to recommend for or against this use of EPO.

Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve condition caused by diabetes. Patients experience numbness, tingling, pain, burning, or lack of sensation in the feet and legs. EPO may be beneficial in reducing these symptoms.

Breast Pain

EPO is officially licensed for the treatment of breast pain (mastalgia) in the United Kingdom and considered first-line therapy in several European countries. EPO was found effective at decreasing breast pain in several clinical studies, however, other studies show no benefit.

Menopausal symptoms

Although EPO has gained some popularity for treating hot flashes, the research to date has not confirmed that GLA or EPO is beneficial for these symptoms.

Other uses

  • Breast cancer and breast cysts
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Raynaud’s disease
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia)
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Asthma

It is the balance of omega-6 (such as GLA) and omega-3 (such as fish oil) that promotes health. Taking an omega-3 fatty acid supplement along with EPO may be more beneficial for health than EPO alone in these and other conditions.

The main active ingredient in EPO is an omega-6 fatty acid known as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). See What’s It Made Of section.

Available Forms:

EPO is available as an oil or in capsules. EPO products should be kept in the refrigerator and out of direct sunlight to prevent the oil from becoming rancid. Generally, high-quality oil will be certified as organic by a reputable third party, packaged in light-resistant containers, refrigerated, and marked with a freshness date.

EPO should be standardized to contain 8% gamma-linolenic acid.

How to Take It:

The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, contain components that can trigger side effects and that can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a health care provider qualified in the field of botanical medicine.


For skin rash, the recommended total daily dosage for children is 2 – 4 grams (in capsule form), standardized to contain 8% GLA. Talk to your health care provider before putting your child on an EPO regimen.


Take 2 – 8 grams of EPO daily, standardized to contain 8% GLA. Higher dosages are used for more severe health needs. Ask your health care provider for the appropriate dosage to help your condition.


EPO is generally safe when used in recommended dosages. Reported side effects are rare and mild, and include nausea, stomach pain, and headache. Stomach pain and loose stools may be indications that the dosage is too high.

Omega-6 supplements, including GLA and EPO, should not be used if you have a seizure disorder because there have been reports of these supplements inducing seizures.

EPO should not be taken if you have bleeding problems or a blood disorder.

Taking EPO while breastfeeding is considered safe as breast milk actually contains both LA and GLA.

Possible Interactions:

EPO may alter the effects of some prescription and nonprescription medications. If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use EPO without first talking to your health care provider.

Phenothizines — Individuals taking a class of medications called phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, promazine, and thioridazine) to treat schizophrenia should not take EPO because it may interact with these medications and increase the risk of seizures.

Other Possible Interactions — Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anticoagulant and antiplatelet medicines and herbs with blood-thinning effects.

Alternative Names:

Oenothera biennis; Sun drop

  • Reviewed last on: 10/27/2008
  • Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

Supporting Research

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Summary: I was first introduced to this by my girlfriend Jennifer Cash in Cleveland Ohio back in 2001. I was having problem’s with extreme shedding of the hair. I went to the doctor’s and had myself tested to see what was possibly wrong with me.

They tested my blood, my thyroid and could not find anything wrong with me whatsoever. Yet my hair continued to shed.

So I picked up the bottle and I began to use it but because I am not a person who likes taking any type of pill. I only used it for a week and then stopped.

7 year’s later I began to have extreme menstrual problems to the point where it would leave me in a fetal position. Once again I went to the gynecologist but they to couldn’t find anything wrong. With my hair still shedding but not as much as 5 year’s earlier.

My husband began to do extensive research. A person who lives a fitness lifestyle and a firm believer in taking vitamins.

He to came to me with the same bottle that my friend did a few years earlier. So this time being that I was truly into health and wellness and taking vitamins without gagging like years before.

I noticed a tremendous difference since using Prim rose. My menstraul cramps are more tolerable and sometimes none existant. My hair shedding slowed down and now it just does the regular shedding that hair does over time.

With the many things that this vitamin is used for you can’t help but share this with other women who maybe out there and going through the same situation I been through years before.

Now my life is cramp free and hair shedding free.

Life doesn’t get any better when you are doing the thing’s to better your health. We are getting older and we need to  focus on the long term outcome of aging as well as health and wellness!

Love my life! I love feeling and looking good!

I hope this read helps at least one person out there.

Health and Wellness: Health Benefits of Juicing

23 Nov

Jennifer Nicole Lee

Juicing fresh, organic fruits and vegetables is one of the most health promoting practices in the world. A regular juicing habit has been shown to increase antioxidants, energy, vitality, clarity, detoxification, digestive health and immune strength.

Fresh fruit and vegetable juices contain high levels of antioxidants which promote longevity. Antioxidants are a type of nutrient that slow down the process of cellular death and improve the process of cellular renewal.

In simple terms, that means it helps you live longer and feel better while you’re here. Antioxidants are highly concentrated in foods that are bright red, orange, green, blue, and purple. This promotes wrinkle free skin, strong joints, better vision, heart health, and a wide variety of other benefits.

A regular juice nutrition habit is known to increase energy, vitality, and brain activity. Freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juices are loaded with enzymes. Enzymes break foods down into components your body uses to build bone, flesh, and cartilage.

Everything your body does, it does because enzymes are there to make it happen. Your cells produce ATP, adenosine tri-phosphate, which is pure metabolic energy. This ATP is the fuel your body uses to do everything you do. Enzymes turn foods into nutrients, nutrients build cells, and these cells produce energy.

The increased nutritional content of fresh juices also enriches the blood flowing into your lungs. The blood then has improved oxygen content which is carried to all the cells of the body, including the brain. The better the quality of blood that reaches the brain, the better the brain can do its job. The end result is increased clarity, concentration abilities and energy levels.

Detoxification is another one of the health benefits of juicing. Your body is detoxifiying all the time.

Even as you read this, your liver is cleansing your blood. Your digestive system is clearing waste material left after all the good stuff has been utilized, being swept along by insoluble fiber. Old skin cells are being shed while new ones take their place.

Fresh fruit and vegetables can help this process by providing an abundant source of nutrients your body uses to cleanse, particularly chlorophyll. Chlorophyll from wheat grass juice, barley grass juice, lettuces, broccoli, kale, collards, and other green veggies assists the body in the detoxification process.

In order to get the full health benefits of juicing, include lots of fresh green vegetables. In addition to drinking the juices, be sure to eat plenty of whole fruits and vegetables. The fiber in the whole fruits and vegetables will help with the detoxification process by cleansing the intestines.

Better elimination and digestive health can also be accomplished through drinking fresh juices from a good juicer. Elimination is vitally important to get rid of all the nasty toxins from industrial waste and other man made chemicals. Juicing can be used with fasting to give your digestive tract a break from constantly digesting. This allows the natural cleansing mechanisms in your body to do deeper cleaning.

Extra chlorophyll from juicing leafy green vegetables is helpful as is the extra vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids like beta carotene). The carotenoids nourish the lining of the intestines and promote a better environment for beneficial flora to thrive.

This provides the additional benefit of stopping the accumulation of bad bacteria. Once again, in order to get the full health benefits of juicing, it is best to partner the drinking of fresh juices with eating whole fruits and vegetables. As good as juicing is, you still need lots of fiber.

The final benefit of juicing I want to cover is faster healing. Healing is a general word used to describe the process of cellular repair. Your body is the only thing on the planet which will heal you. Other things, like herbs and fresh juices, help your body accomplish this.

All the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables are the raw materials your body uses for this process. Using a juicer to extract these nutrients increases the amount normally available and provides them in a form your body can use with little or no energy expenditure. In simple terms, that means they are easily digested and utilized by the body.

The result is faster healing of all the tissues in the body, including skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, organs, cells, and even DNA. There is literally not a single cell in your body that cannot be healed. Juices from fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs can help with all of it.

In conclusion, there are many wonderful health benefits of juicing. A good quality juice extractor can literally change your life for the better. Reading juicer reviews is a great way to get an idea of which juicer will be right for your juicing needs. If you would like to see for yourself, do some research, read some juicer reviews, and get yourself a good juicer. Then enjoy playing around with the endless combinations of healthy juices you can make in your own home. You’ll feel health and vitality surging into your life.

Summary: You can pretty much buy a juicer at any store in your local neighborhood. It will allow you the convience of making your own juices.

Once you get used to your juicer it will become more of a healthier lifestyle for you, and your family member’s and will provide a nice source of well being and health to your life.

Nothing more lovely then waking up in the morning to a nice fresh glass of juice made from your juicer. By passing all that sugar and processing that a lot of our grocery store juices are made from. Allowing your body the health benefit’s that natural juice provides.

You can make any flavor from vegetables right down to your very own fruits.

Your getting that direct source of vitamins and nutrients that our bodies truly need to provide overall health and wellness.

I can’t say how much I absolutely love drinking homemade juice and how much more energy it provides me throughout my day!

Dare to stay healthy with a nice glass of cold home squeezed juice from out of your very own kitchen.

If your like me and health places great importance to working out daily. Start weeding out the bad drinks and wheeling in the drink’s that will provides you health and wellness and a lifetime of good health!

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