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Medolife Rx Receives Significant Purchase Order of Immunapen, Its Easy-to-Use Nutraceutical Product Designed to Increase Quality of Life and Support a Healthy Immune System

  • April 6, 2021

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BURBANK, Calif., April 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire – Medolife Rx, Inc. (“Medolife”), a global integrated bioceutical company with R&D, manufacturing, and consumer product distribution, which is a majority owned subsidiary of Quanta, Inc. (OTC PINK: QNTA), announced today that the Company has received a significant purchase order for its nutraceutical product Immunapen™, a consumer-facing product designed to increase the quality of life of users through enhancing their immune system. The order looks to propel the revenue generation side of the business, where the company sells nutraceutical and wellness products in high-impact areas such as pain management, sleep aid and immune system support.

The Immunapen™ is a natural homeopathic drug that is sold over the counter to general patient populations around the world. It is derived from the Company’s proprietary formulation found in its lead drug candidate Escozine®, which includes a small molecular peptide found in scorpions that is then polarized through a patented process. The formulation is designed to enhance the user’s immune system while providing an energy booster that increases the overall quality of life. Its new and improved pen design is easy-to-use and can be carried on the go.

The purchase order for 1,400 Immunapen™ Originals came from a pharmaceutical wholesaler based in the Republic of Armenia who will distribute the products throughout the region. This is the first purchase order from the wholesaler and the Company hopes that it will be the beginning of a strong relationship. The Company also has developed Immunapen™ Anti-Anxiety, Immunapen™ Sleep, and Immunapen™ Energy & Focus.

“Immunapen is a homeopathic solution that we are extremely proud of and prepared to produce on a mass scale as the world turns its attention to boosting the human immune system,” said Medolife CEO Dr. Arthur Mikaelian. “While we continue our clinical research efforts on Escozine as a drug therapeutic, we are also able to sell Immunapen as a nutraceutical, creating two paths for revenue generation and consumer adoption. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a major increase in interest for immune system support in both the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical categories. After conducting significant pre-clinical research on Escozine, we verified its immune system support properties, which led us to producing this one-of-a-kind, easy-to-use product designed to support and increase quality of life in general patient populations. Although it contains some of the most expensive liquid material in the world, through our own facilities and manufacturing, we are able to produce the pens in an affordable way that makes them attractive to large distributors. We hope this is just the first of many purchase orders of the Immunapen product.”

The market for products that boost the immune system was already one of the strongest segments in functional foods and supplements. Consumers are turning to products that promise to improve their immune systems more than ever during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with companies and brands around the world reporting significant sales spikes. Immune health is one of the top five reasons people take dietary supplements and global market sales of immune health supplements were valued at $14 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $25 billion by 2025, according to a forecast by Persistence Market Research.

The Company recently announced the expansion of its first-of-its-kind scorpion reservation located in the Dominican Republic (“DR”). The facility allows the Company to safely and humanely cultivate scorpions of various types for the extraction of the peptides necessary to produce Escozine®, which is currently awaiting product registration for the treatment of the COVID-19 virus in the region, as well as its nutraceutical Immunapen™ product line.

About Medolife Rx

Medolife Rx, Inc. is a global biotechnology company with operations in clinical research, manufacturing, and consumer products. Medolife Rx was created through the merger of Medolife, a private company founded by Dr. Arthur Mikaelian who pioneered the unlaying polarization technology that makes the Company’s portfolio of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products so effective, and Quanta, Inc., a direct-to-consumer wellness product portfolio company. The Company’s lead clinical development programs include Escozine®, a proprietary formulation consisting of small molecule peptides derived from Rhopalurus princeps scorpions, which is amplified by the Company’s polarization technology and is being researched as a treatment of various indications, including COVID-19 and cancer. The Company has completed preclinical safety and efficacy research on Escozine® and is pursuing product registration and drug approval in various countries, including the United States and throughout Latin America. 

Through its subsidiary QuantRx, Medolife manufactures and distributes consumer wellness products in high-impact consumer areas such as pain relief, beauty, and general wellness. QuantRx products are designed using Dr. Mikaelian’s polarization technology, which applies advances in quantum biology to increase the potency of active ingredients. Ultimately, Quanta’s mission is to deliver better, more effective ingredients to elevate product efficacy, reduce waste, and facilitate healthier, more sustainable consumption.

Beyond its own clinical and consumer applications, the polarization technology used by Medolife and its subsidiaries has many potential applications. From potentiating bio-ingredients, to producing more-effective carbon-trapping plants, to transformative anti-aging solutions, Medolife has the opportunity to upend how commercial and pharmaceutical products are made and increase their benefits, while decreasing their chemical concentration.

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains statements that are forward-looking in nature which express the beliefs and expectations of management including statements regarding the Company’s expected results of operations or liquidity; statements concerning projections, predictions, expectations, estimates or forecasts as to our business, financial and operational results and future economic performance; and statements of management’s goals and objectives and other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “continuing,” “ongoing,” “expect,” “we believe,” “we intend,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” and similar expressions. Such statements are based on current plans, estimates and expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the Company’s future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors and additional information are discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and statements in this release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Although we believe that these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we cannot guarantee future results. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Contacts:

Phil Sandshttps://ir.quantrx.com/818-659-8052

Kyle Portermedolife@cmwmedia.com858-264-6600

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Medolife Rx Receives Significant Purchase Order of Immunapen, Its Easy-to-Use Nutraceutical Product Designed to Increase Quality of Life and Support a Healthy Immune System Other OTC:QNTA

Medolife Rx Receives Significant Purchase Order of Immunapen, Its Easy-to-Use Nutraceutical Product Designed to Increase Quality of Life and Support a Healthy Immune System Other OTC:QNTA

  • April 6, 2021

BURBANK, Calif., April 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NewMediaWire – Medolife Rx, Inc. (“Medolife”), a global integrated bioceutical company with R&D, manufacturing, and consumer product distribution, which is a majority owned subsidiary of Quanta, Inc. (OTC PINK: QNTA), announced today that the Company has received a significant purchase order for its nutraceutical product Immunapen™, a consumer-facing product designed to increase the quality of life of users through enhancing their immune system. The order looks to propel the revenue generation side of the business, where the company sells nutraceutical and wellness products in high-impact areas such as pain management, sleep aid and immune system support.

The Immunapen™ is a natural homeopathic drug that is sold over the counter to general patient populations around the world. It is derived from the Company’s proprietary formulation found in its lead drug candidate Escozine®, which includes a small molecular peptide found in scorpions that is then polarized through a patented process. The formulation is designed to enhance the user’s immune system while providing an energy booster that increases the overall quality of life. Its new and improved pen design is easy-to-use and can be carried on the go.

The purchase order for 1,400 Immunapen™ Originals came from a pharmaceutical wholesaler based in the Republic of Armenia who will distribute the products throughout the region. This is the first purchase order from the wholesaler and the Company hopes that it will be the beginning of a strong relationship. The Company also has developed Immunapen™ Anti-Anxiety, Immunapen™ Sleep, and Immunapen™ Energy & Focus.

“Immunapen is a homeopathic solution that we are extremely proud of and prepared to produce on a mass scale as the world turns its attention to boosting the human immune system,” said Medolife CEO Dr. Arthur Mikaelian. “While we continue our clinical research efforts on Escozine as a drug therapeutic, we are also able to sell Immunapen as a nutraceutical, creating two paths for revenue generation and consumer adoption. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a major increase in interest for immune system support in both the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical categories. After conducting significant pre-clinical research on Escozine, we verified its immune system support properties, which led us to producing this one-of-a-kind, easy-to-use product designed to support and increase quality of life in general patient populations. Although it contains some of the most expensive liquid material in the world, through our own facilities and manufacturing, we are able to produce the pens in an affordable way that makes them attractive to large distributors. We hope this is just the first of many purchase orders of the Immunapen product.”

The market for products that boost the immune system was already one of the strongest segments in functional foods and supplements. Consumers are turning to products that promise to improve their immune systems more than ever during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with companies and brands around the world reporting significant sales spikes. Immune health is one of the top five reasons people take dietary supplements and global market sales of immune health supplements were valued at $14 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach $25 billion by 2025, according to a forecast by Persistence Market Research.

The Company recently announced the expansion of its first-of-its-kind scorpion reservation located in the Dominican Republic (“DR”). The facility allows the Company to safely and humanely cultivate scorpions of various types for the extraction of the peptides necessary to produce Escozine®, which is currently awaiting product registration for the treatment of the COVID-19 virus in the region, as well as its nutraceutical Immunapen™ product line.

About Medolife Rx

Medolife Rx, Inc. is a global biotechnology company with operations in clinical research, manufacturing, and consumer products. Medolife Rx was created through the merger of Medolife, a private company founded by Dr. Arthur Mikaelian who pioneered the unlaying polarization technology that makes the Company’s portfolio of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products so effective, and Quanta, Inc., a direct-to-consumer wellness product portfolio company. The Company’s lead clinical development programs include Escozine®, a proprietary formulation consisting of small molecule peptides derived from Rhopalurus princeps scorpions, which is amplified by the Company’s polarization technology and is being researched as a treatment of various indications, including COVID-19 and cancer. The Company has completed preclinical safety and efficacy research on Escozine® and is pursuing product registration and drug approval in various countries, including the United States and throughout Latin America. 

Through its subsidiary QuantRx, Medolife manufactures and distributes consumer wellness products in high-impact consumer areas such as pain relief, beauty, and general wellness. QuantRx products are designed using Dr. Mikaelian’s polarization technology, which applies advances in quantum biology to increase the potency of active ingredients. Ultimately, Quanta’s mission is to deliver better, more effective ingredients to elevate product efficacy, reduce waste, and facilitate healthier, more sustainable consumption.

Beyond its own clinical and consumer applications, the polarization technology used by Medolife and its subsidiaries has many potential applications. From potentiating bio-ingredients, to producing more-effective carbon-trapping plants, to transformative anti-aging solutions, Medolife has the opportunity to upend how commercial and pharmaceutical products are made and increase their benefits, while decreasing their chemical concentration.

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains statements that are forward-looking in nature which express the beliefs and expectations of management including statements regarding the Company’s expected results of operations or liquidity; statements concerning projections, predictions, expectations, estimates or forecasts as to our business, financial and operational results and future economic performance; and statements of management’s goals and objectives and other similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “plan,” “project,” “continuing,” “ongoing,” “expect,” “we believe,” “we intend,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” and similar expressions. Such statements are based on current plans, estimates and expectations and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the Company’s future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors and additional information are discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and statements in this release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Although we believe that these statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we cannot guarantee future results. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Contacts:

Phil Sands
https://ir.quantrx.com/
818-659-8052

Kyle Porter
medolife@cmwmedia.com
858-264-6600

5 Superfoods To Boost Immune System And Help You Stay Healthy Amid COVID-19

5 Superfoods To Boost Immune System And Help You Stay Healthy Amid COVID-19

  • April 6, 2021

New Delhi: Amid the rising cases of Coronavirus in the country, it’s time to pull up your socks again and be cautious. Who likes to fall sick anyway? One must ensure that their immune system stays strong. Few good habits including regular physical activity, not smoking, and reducing alcohol can help you stay healthy in the long. Having a properly functioning immune system is essential for a healthy life. Mostly, our immune systems manage to fight the disease-causing microbes but external forces like superfoods can help boost them. Also Read – IMA Urges PM Narendra Modi To Open COVID Vaccination For All Above 18 Years

Mohamad Yusuf N Shaikh, Founder Kudrati Ayurved Health Center suggests five superfoods that may boost your immunity and possibly make you guard against diseases. Also Read – Centre Urges Govt Employees Above 45 to Get Vaccine Jabs as Coronavirus Cases Peak

  • Ginger: Ginger is widely known to reduce inflammation and relieve nausea, which is why it is an excellent remedy for cold and sore throat. It also improves digestion and cardiovascular health. According to some research, it can also lower the risk of cancer. It can be consumed easily by adding it to tea and soups.
  • Garlic: Garlic is one of the best-known natural immunity boosters. Besides giving an extra flavour to your food, garlic helps in maintaining blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Moreover, garlic is rife with antioxidants, which work towards strengthening your body’s natural defense mechanism.
  • Goji berries: Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, are a treasure trove of nutrients. They contain vitamin B and C, essential fatty acids, amino acids along with many minerals and trace elements. Goji berries promote healthy skin, maintain blood sugar levels, prevent liver damage and reduce depression and anxiety. They are also known to prevent the onset of cancer. To make your breakfast healthy, sprinkle some Goji berries over your muesli or add them to a smoothie.
  • Chia seeds: Despite their small size, Chia seeds are packed with plenty of essential nutrients. They provide fibre, iron and calcium and are a rich source of antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are required for the production of HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol), which prevents heart attacks. Chia seeds can be consumed directly or by mixing in salad or yogurt.
  • Cinnamon: Besides adding a delectable smell to the food, cinnamon also serves as a great immunity booster. It is known to reduce the multiplication of bacteria inside the body and therefore, serves as a great remedy to a sore throat. Cinnamon also reduces the risk of heart disease and it can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin and therefore has an anti-diabetic effect. So, next time you go for tea or coffee, try adding a little cinnamon.

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Ten Healthy Reasons To Add Feta To Your Diet

  • April 4, 2021

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Feta is Greece’s most famous cheese and according to dieticians and doctors around the globe, it’s also the healthiest cheese option in the world.

Mainly made from sheep or goat milk (often combined), feta cheese is a nutrient-rich option and a deliciously flavoured dairy. Feta is easier to digest and much less allergenic and inflammatory than cheeses made from cow’s milk, which makes it a better option for those who may be sensitive to dairy products.

Originating thousands of years ago, this salty cheese goes through a pickling process that develops its distinct flavour. Authentic Greek Feta only comes from certain regions in Greece and here are 10 massive health benefits by adding this delicious dairy product to your diet (in moderation of course)!

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Protects against cancer: As a rich source of calcium, feta cheese allows you to take advantage of research suggesting that calcium (combined with vitamin D) helps protect the body against various types of cancer.

Easier to digest: Nutritionists say that Feta is much easier to digest and is much less allergenic and anti-inflammatory, hence good for people who are slightly allergic to dairy.

Lower fat content: Feta cheese is lower in fat and calories compared to many other types of cheeses.

Good source of Protein: In addition to good fats and calcium, Feta can also prove to be a good source of protein, which is immensely beneficial for muscles.”

Good source of Vitamins: Feta could also be a valuable addition to your diet if you are looking to load up on vitamins from other sources than fruits, as Feta is rich in Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and Phosphorous.”

Excellent Probiotic: Feta could do wonders for your gut health. Feta contains numerous probiotics such asa Lactobacillus casei, L. paracasei, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, L. coryneformis, Lactobacillus curvatus, L. brevis, and the likes which are good for overall health too.

Good for bone health: Feta is one of the most healthy sources of calcium, calcium and potassium, Feta like every dairy product can improve the bone health significantly.

Boosts immune system: A protein found in feta cheese nutrition is called histidine that boosts your overall immune system.

Prevents headaches and migraines: A good source of B2, it serves as a natural remedy for headaches, migraines included

Treats anaemia: Associated with low levels of iron and folic acid, anaemia can be helped with certain foods like Feta

 

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Eat right to stay healthy

  • March 16, 2021
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While the Covid vaccine is finally providing hope during the pandemic, it remains crucial that the immune system is strengthened. The good news is that a nutritious diet is one of the simplest steps you can take to ensure that you stay fighting fit.

The Covid vaccine provides a good protection level, but this protection still comes through alerting the body’s immune system. So, even with the Covid vaccination, we still need good immunity to defend the body against infections.

– Dr Ahmed Abdelhameed, Specialist Internal Medicine, Medcare Women & Children Hospital

Dr Ahmed Abdelhameed, Specialist Internal Medicine, Medcare Women & Children Hospital, says, “Since the pandemic started, people have become more aware of the importance of healthy eating for immunity and they have also given up many bad habits. This would surely reflect positively on them. The Covid vaccine provides a good protection level, but this protection still comes through alerting the body’s immune system. So, even with the Covid vaccination, we still need good immunity to defend the body against infections.”

Good nutrition can reduce the likelihood of developing many health problems, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

– Dr Uzma Mehraj, General Practitioner, Aster Speciality Clinic, Dubai International City

The adage of ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is worth remembering. Fresh fruits, such as apples, strawberries and blueberries, are full of healthy antioxidants that can boost your well-being.

“Good nutrition can reduce the likelihood of developing many health problems, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes,” says Dr Uzma Mehraj, General Practitioner, Aster Speciality Clinic, International City in Dubai.

“Eat fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains, and food from animal sources to stay healthy.”

Add variety to your diet

“Opting for a balanced, adequate and varied diet is an important step towards a happy and healthy lifestyle,” says Sreela Nair, Clinical Dietician at Mediclinic City Hospital.

“Vitamins and minerals in the diet are vital to boost immunity and healthy development. It can protect the body against certain types of diseases, particularly non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, some types of cancer and skeletal conditions. It can also help attain or maintain optimum body weight.”

Vitamins and minerals in the diet are vital to boost immunity and healthy development.

– Sreela Nair, Clinical Dietician at Mediclinic City Hospital

We often hear about the term superfood, which includes leafy greens and berries, but how exactly do these affect the body?

“Superfoods are considered nutrient powerhouses that provide large quantities of antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. Most superfoods are plant-based, but some fish and dairy are also included in this group,” Nair says, adding, “Many people have unrealistic expectations from superfoods, thinking that they will be protected from chronic diseases and health problems if they eat one or two of these foods on top of a poor diet. Superfoods alone won’t make you healthier – but adding these nutritious foods to a balanced diet can have health benefits.”

Nutrition basics

Along with superfoods, also consider the benefits of macronutrients and micronutrients.

“These nutrients promote growth and development and regulate body processes,” says Nair.

“Macronutrients — namely carbohydrates, protein, and fat — are needed in larger amounts. They provide energy and contain calories. Micronutrients, commonly referred to as vitamins and minerals, are needed in smaller amounts for our overall health and to digest macronutrients,” she explains.

A combination of a healthy balanced diet, adequate sleep, exercise and lower stress levels primes the body to fight infections.

– Dr Shabari Patkar, Consultant Family Medicine, Mediclinic City Hospital

Although healthy eating provides many benefits, including a trimmer waistline, it might be time to consider a complete lifestyle overhaul to ensure good health and a robust immune system.

Dr Shabari Patkar, Consultant Family Medicine, Mediclinic City Hospital, says, “The immune system is influenced by more than diet. A combination of a healthy balanced diet, adequate sleep, exercise and lower stress levels primes the body to fight infections. A lot of these are within our power to modify. A strong immune system is not something that needs to be targeted at particular germs but can carry you through many tough times. Maintaining a balanced diet is a perfect place to start.” n

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Sreela Nair, Clinical Dietician, Mediclinic City Hospital, shares some examples of nutrients that can help strengthen the immune system.

Vitamin C helps prevent infections or shortens their stay.
Sources: Citrus fruits, spinach, kale, guava

Vitamin D is needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.
Sources: Salmon, fortified milk, orange juice, cereals

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant.
Sources: Almonds, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, oils like sunflower, soybean etc.

Vitamin A helps fight infections.
Sources: Tuna, red meat, carrots, pumpkin, squash, dark leafy vegetables

Zinc helps produce new immune system cells.
Sources: Lean meat, poultry, beans, yoghurt

Selenium helps fight infections.
Sources: Tuna, sardines, cheese, poultry

Iron helps carry oxygen to cells.
Sources: Beans, leafy vegetables, dates, iron-fortified cereals.

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Take to Healthy Eating. Nutrition May Improve Covid-19 Vaccination Efficacy

  • March 13, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought uncertainties and challenges to keep ourselves and our families protected and healthy, both physically and mentally. As the vaccine drive is being rolled out, policy makers should focus on initiatives that can improve the efficacy of the vaccine for the common man. Multiple studies indicate that nutrition provides a cost-effective yet significant impact on vaccination outcomes, and can, therefore, improve vaccine efficacy.

It has been seen that immunocompromised individuals with underlying conditions of non-communicable diseases have been more prone to and are at risk from COVID-19. A study conducted on the efficacy of vaccines on obese people indicates poor response to vaccines in obese individuals, putting them at risk of vaccine-preventable diseases. On the other hand, malnutrition-induced immunodeficiency is known to reduce effective response to vaccines. Both undernutrition and obesity threaten to drive increased mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic and, in the long-term, they both potentially undermine the efficacy of new vaccines. The Novel Coronavirus, while being genetically similar to SAR-CoV, is a new strain and has no underlying natural immunity against it.

Lifestyle changes and increased consumption of ultra-processed food have led to an obesity epidemic leading to a rise in conditions like diabetes and hypertension. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for about 70 per cent of all deaths worldwide. The pandemic has impacted the ability to address NCDs with the disruption it brought to health services in countries across the world. A rapid survey of 163 countries by the World Health Organisation reported a considerable degree of disruption to NCD services due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 75 per cent of the countries surveyed. Cancellation of elective care, lack of transportation due to lockdown, insufficient manpower to tackle the overwhelming number of cases and closure of hospital services were some of the cited reasons. Along with other risk factors—unhealthy diet, alcohol use, lack of physical activity and stress—it further puts people with NCDs at risk.

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A recent review on vaccine studies by Ohio State University indicates stress, depression and unhealthy behaviour to impact immune response to vaccines and this effect may be greatest in vulnerable groups like the elderly. The research suggests psychological and behavioural interventions in improving vaccine efficacy and reducing side effects.

The figure above clearly indicates the various factors that influence immune response to vaccination. Among others, it is evident that nutritional factors have an intrinsic role to play on the individual’s response to vaccines. According to Prof. Srinath Reddy, “A vaccine only provides the antigenic stimulus and how the body reacts is influenced by the nutritional status and will vary among individuals”.

Healthy eating helps build the immune system, and conversely, lack of a healthy diet can lead to weakening of both the innate and acquired immunity, making one susceptible to infections. However, it is possible to reverse and strengthen the immune system by correcting nutrition deficiency. The guidance on the requirements for health related to the immune system has recognised certain vitamins and trace elements such as zinc, iron, selenium and copper for their role in the functioning of the immune system. A review of micronutrients and their impact on the immune system suggests the role of vitamins C and D and zinc in strengthening immune support and reducing risk of infections. Thus, consuming a nutrient-rich diet is prudent to support the immune system and deal with pathogens.

Quoting Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

It is known that nutrient intake and incidence of the disease impact the nutritional status of individuals and a lack of it can lead to severe malnutrition. Malnutrition can affect the quality of immune response to vaccination, especially in vulnerable populations affected by the hunger pandemic. A balanced and healthy diet can ensure a robust immune system and lower incidence of chronic diseases and infections.

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As the world regroups and regrows after a devastating year, it has become increasingly important to have a nutrition rich intake of food to reduce the long-term complications from COVID-19. Studies indicate better response to vaccines and antibody stores in the elderly who consumed five or more servings of fruits and vegetables and/or Vitamin E supplements. Polyphenols are micronutrients naturally occurring in plants and act as dietary antioxidants. A review suggests long-term consumption of polyphenols offer protection against cardiovascular diseases and diabetes due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Another study elicits the role of zinc and selenium in immunomodulatory effects in the management of COVID-19. A review done on the impact of vitamin D on responses to the influenza vaccine indicates a low response to vaccinations for respiratory infection in individuals deficient in Vitamin D. A rapid review on vitamin D and COVID-19 suggests a possible role in the body’s immune response to respiratory viruses.

Experts suggest improving lifestyle and consuming diets rich in nutrients to improve immune responses. What is of utmost importance is providing information on COVID-19 vaccines along with counselling on good nutrition for improved vaccine response and efficacy.

This article was first published on ORF.

Disclaimer:The author is a senior fellow with ORF’s Health Initiative. Views expressed are personal.

Medicine, Not Healthy Food, Is Still the Best Medicine

Medicine, Not Healthy Food, Is Still the Best Medicine

  • March 12, 2021

Late last year, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey went live on the Freakonomics podcast and claimed that Americans don’t need better access to health care. Instead, he said, “The best solution is not to need health care. The best solution is to change the way people eat, the way they live, the lifestyle and diet.” People weren’t happy. You can probably imagine why: Mackey’s chain is expensive as hell. Eating only whole, nutrient-dense foods is financially (and physically) out of reach for many. In 2020, 15 percent of Americans experienced food insecurity, meaning they were unable to afford enough food to live an active, healthy life.

But Mackey is far from the first to claim that certain lifestyle choices, particularly eating the “right” foods, can ward off or cure health problems. Dr. Oz, a controversial but popular medical doctor whose talk show reached over 20 million people last year, repeatedly touts things like “cancer-fighting superfoods.” He even wrote a bestselling book dedicated to the idea that “simple, healing, wholesome food” is a “remedy for everything from fatigue to stress to chronic pain,” according to the publisher’s summary. And the internet is rife with articles like “10 Amazing Disease Fighting Foods,” from WebMD, and “16 Foods to Cure Common Illnesses,” from the site Active.

At best, these claims blow small bits of evidence way out of proportion—sure, raisins contain nutrients that can contribute to healthy blood pressure, but eating them won’t magically cure hypertension. And at worst, the claims are pseudoscience. Yes, food contributes to health and plays a role in the prevention and management of certain diseases, but food isn’t medicine, and no diet can replace good health care. 

We Can’t Always Control Our Health

Mackey’s statement about diet and lifestyle substituting for health care is based on the wildly inaccurate assumption that our behaviors alone cause our health outcomes. Actually, health behaviors—eating, physical activity, smoking, alcohol and drug use, and sexual activity—are just one of many determinants and account for around 30 percent of a person’s overall health outcomes, according to a 1999 policy paper published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences that’s often cited by health experts and policymakers. Genetics, the environment, and clinical care (which includes medicine) also contribute, but social and economic factors—income, education, social support, and the experience of racism and other stigma—are far and away the most significant factors, accounting for about 40 percent of a person’s health outcomes, according to the same research. 

“Food cannot disrupt the deep impacts of living in chronic poverty or disrupt the physical responses to microaggressions that many minorities face in their daily lives,” says Christyna Johnson, a Dallas-based dietitian. A 2007 paper published in American Psychology describes microaggressions as brief and commonplace indignities directed at people of color that the perpetrators are typically unaware of; examples include a white woman clutching her purse as a Black man approaches, or a store employee monitoring a customer of color more closely. Several studies, including a 2017 analysis in Social Science and Medicine and a 2019 study in Psychoneuroendocrinology, have found that experiencing racial discrimination raises a person’s risk of chronic disease. This likely has something to do with stress. “Racial differences in stress exposure (e.g., experiences of racial discrimination) … stimulate pro-inflammatory processes that may contribute to differential health outcomes,” wrote the authors of the 2019 study.

Johnson also used to believe that food could act as a person’s best medicine. “But through personal and professional experience, I’ve found this to be at best shortsighted and truly rooted in elitism,” she says. A millionaire CEO of a “healthy” chain telling people that they wouldn’t be so fixated on affordable health care if they would just eat nutritious food (that may or may not be accessible to them) perfectly illustrates Johnson’s point.

Maybe You’re Born with It

Social and economic factors aren’t the only health determinants that are somewhat out of an individual’s control. We all have unique genetic predispositions—some people are simply born more at risk for certain conditions, like heart disease, than others. Environmental factors also play a role. Sunlight, dust, chemicals, metal, plants, animals, and other things we’re exposed to daily can contribute to the onset of pretty much every illness, from kidney disease to infertility to skin cancer. And of course, disease can be random. A 2017 report in Science found that about two-thirds of cell mutations that lead to cancer are caused by random DNA replication errors, while only a third are caused by inherited genes, environmental factors, or behavior. (Although yes, some cancers are more directly linked to behavior; for example, smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer.) Even diseases that are more strongly linked to lifestyle, like type 2 diabetes and heart disease, can occur in people with no known lifestyle risk factors.

All of this disproves the notion that eating a certain way, or a certain food, can eliminate the need for health care and medicine. The fact that disease can (and almost certainly will) occur no matter what you do might be a tough pill to swallow. But Johnson explains that it can also bring relief in that you can stop blaming yourself for your health problems or micromanaging your eating habits in the name of disease prevention.

Nutrition Is Just One Tool

The point here isn’t to totally discredit nutrition. Of course a nutritious diet can positively impact your health! The Dietary Guidelines for Americans state that a healthy dietary pattern is associated with a lower risk of certain chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, bone disease, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer. But they never claim that any dietary pattern alone, like Whole 30 or paleo, can prevent or cure disease. And they never mention superfoods, because these don’t exist—no one food has the power to make or break your health. “Food can be used to prevent onset of a disease up to a certain point,” Johnson says. But again, there are no guarantees because of all the factors at play.

As is the case with disease prevention, food plays a supporting role in the management of certain diseases. Medical nutrition therapy (MNT) is “the evidenced-based approach to treating medical conditions with food,” says Clara Nosek, a dietitian based in Modesto, California. Dietitians are trained in MNT, and there are myriad applications for the approach. In some cases, short-term dietary changes can treat an acute (short-lasting and sudden) condition; Nosek gives the example of reducing sodium intake to help reverse edema, which is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues. In other cases, long-term dietary changes can help someone manage a chronic (long-term and often lifelong) condition. Johnson points out that those with celiac disease must completely avoid gluten to prevent long-term intestinal damage and other negative side effects. Similarly, someone with diabetes might use diet as part of their strategy to manage blood sugar. Some uses of MNT are even more clinical, like feeding someone through a tube or an IV if they’re unable to consume enough by mouth.

Both MNT and a nutritious diet can help improve health outcomes, but neither is a replacement for health care. (In fact, MNT is typically provided by a dietitian, which means that it’s a form of health care.) The best way to catch and treat potential problems early on is by scheduling regular visits with your primary-care provider.

Literally speaking, food is not medicine. No matter what Dr. Oz might imply in this article, arugula doesn’t “fight” lung cancer and tahini won’t “boost” your immune system. In contrast, medicine does have the power to treat or cure health conditions. Insulin injections are vital in the management of type 1 diabetes, whereas dietary choices can only do so much. Chemotherapy and radiation can treat colon cancer by killing cancerous cells, but a high-fiber diet won’t do anything of the sort and may not even help with prevention. Fruits and vegetables won’t lower your risk of contracting an infectious disease like COVID-19, whereas vaccination will. Diet impacts health, but it isn’t nearly as powerful as medicine when it comes to treating disease.

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A Healthy Outside Starts from the Inside at Rejuvenate IV Hydration & Wellness Center in Olympia

  • March 11, 2021

After the year we’ve had, a little rejuvenation is exactly what we need. By definition, to rejuvenate is, “the act of making something new and fresh, or restoring it to a former better state.” As we face a new year with hope, remember to stay healthy so you’ll be ready and able to fully enjoy the warmer, drier, and—hopefully—safer days of 2021. And let Rejuvenate IV Hydration & Wellness Center in Olympia help.

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Owner Stacy McIntyre has infusions and injections which improve your immune system, for performance and recovery, and to combat aging and headaches. Photo courtesy: Rejuvenate IV Hydration & Wellness Center

Rejuvenate offers IV drips, carefully crafted injections, ketamine and oxygen therapies to boost overall wellness. There are drips for performance and recovery, immunity support, and to combat aging, headaches and weight loss. Specialty treatments are also available.

These specialty products are unique. “Infusions like NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) and Glutathione are infusions that are compounded by a certified pharmacy and provided to Rejuvenate for safe administration to our clients,” explains Stacy McIntyre, ARNP, owner. “These specialty infusions are specifically supportive of anti-aging, cognitive support and detoxification. Both are produced naturally by our bodies, but as we age, our production levels decrease quickly.”

NAD+ and Glutathione can be taken in conjunction with another drip or as a standalone. Staff are trained to carefully to work with a client to ensure safety. “We take everyone’s health history before providing infusions,” explains Stacy. “Most individuals are able to have infusions with no issues, but there are a couple medical conditions that will affect what you might be able to get.” And all infusions are performed by highly trained nurses with many years of experience.

Adding supplemental vitamins and minerals keeps the body strong by making up for deficiencies in our diet. When we get busy, are stressed or are unable to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, a little nutrition boost may help keep us healthy.

“We have several options that support your immune system,” says Stacy. “We have our immunity drip, tri-immune boost injection, vitamin C infusion, zinc, vitamin D3 injections and glutathione to just name a few.” Immunity boosters often include B vitamins and C, zinc, and antioxidants. They are available any time and are easily scheduled.

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At Rejuvenate IV Hydration & Wellness Center, infusions like Glutathione and NAD+ are pharmacy compounded to provide a safe, healthy rejuvenation. Photo courtesy: Rejuvenate IV Hydration & Wellness Center

Early Coronavirus research seemed to indicate that increased vitamin D intake reduced the severity of illness. But did you know that this vitamin—which we get primarily from sunlight, salmon and supplements—also helps your body fight disease, reduces depression, and boosts weight loss? Stacy explains via Instagram that some symptoms of vitamin D deficiency include tiredness, aches and pains, severe bone or muscle pain and frequent bone injury. She will gladly test your levels and discuss adding the injection to your visit. This month she is running a special on Vitamin D3 testing $60 as well as 10G of Vitamin C for $99!

While it may not seem like it now, from the soggy side of winter, but spring allergens are just around the corner. And with that in mind, the Rejuvenate team is always ready to conquer seasonal woes. “We do our best to keep our menu supportive of all issues year round,” explains Stacy. “We are always doing research on the latest ways to support our clients and we will add new products we feel will be most beneficial to them. We are consistently advancing our education to provide the best care and products to our clients.”

During COVID-19 restrictions, visits are by appointment only and can be scheduled through the Center’s website. From that portal you can select services, add-ons, or a consultation. Repeat customers can join the Wellness Drip Club for discounted monthly appointments and additional services.

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Make your appointment today so you’ll be healthy and ready to face the world again soon…masked and socially distanced, of course! Photo courtesy: Rejuvenate IV Hydration & Wellness Center

The last year has been stressful. At the Mayo Clinic, doctors explain that: “The COVID-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming due to new information, long work hours, and caring for your family and yourself…It is normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed during uncertain times. Emotions in response to uncertainty may include anxiety, fear, anger and sadness. You also could feel helpless, discouraged and, occasionally, out of control. Physical responses may include headache, muscle tension, fatigue and sleeplessness.”

Have questions about their services, offerings or what would work best with your medical background? Read through Stacy’s blog for insight and information or testimonials and reviews from clients. With specific questions call 360.489.1558 or email them directly at stacy@rejuvenateolympia.com. Follow the clinic on Facebook and Instagram for updates, reviews, specials and newly added products.

Taking time for self-care is a great way to feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. Treat yourself to an afternoon away from the home office or dining-room-table classroom and schedule a little rejuvenation today. Like its very definition, a visit to Rejuvenate IV Hydration & Wellness Center can leave you feeling new, fresh and restored to a better state.

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Proper Nutrition Key to Maintaining Healthy Immune System

Proper Nutrition Key to Maintaining Healthy Immune System

  • March 8, 2021

March is National Nutrition Month, and many are interested in learning how to properly nourish themselves amidst the COVID 19 pandemic. The truth is, there is no magic pill or single nutrient that can boost your immune system. Research continues to encourage the consumption of micronutrients through foods to maintain a healthy immune system and help fight off any pathogens, such as viruses and bacteria.

What a Healthy Diet Can’t Do
While a healthy diet can do a lot, it cannot prevent a pathogen such as the coronavirus from entering your body. You can help prevent infection by following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) recommendations, including wearing a mask whenever out of the home, social distancing, and washing your hands properly and frequently.

What a Healthy Diet Can Do
A healthy diet provides essential nutrients to help strengthen your immune response to fight off pathogens. Foods rich in vitamin A (or beta-carotene), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D, antioxidants and other nutrients keep your immune system functioning optimally.

Eat the Rainbow – Add Some Color to Your Plate
Did you know that the various colors in foods represent different nutrients, antioxidants, and phytochemicals? These are all essential for keeping the immune system strong.

Although specific foods or diets won’t be able to shield you from contracting COVID-19, we do know that a healthy immune system can give your body extra protection to fight it, if you are exposed.

The following colorful nutrients play an important role in supporting the development and functionality of your immune system:

  • Orange = Beta-carotene
    Pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, carrots and mangos are rich in beta-carotene, which has been shown to offer protection for lungs and help with immunity. Orange, spinach, tomatoes and broccoli are also good sources of beta-carotene.
  • Sunshine and Vitamin D
    Important elements to support immune system functions and fight infection. Foods found high in vitamin D are mushrooms, eggs and fatty fish like salmon. It is also found in fortified milk and milk alternatives.
  • Vitamin C
    Vitalize your diet by reaching for food high in vitamin C. These include citrus fruits, berries, melons, broccoli, tomatoes and bell peppers.
  • Probiotics
    Probiotics are “good” bacteria that promote gut health, which helps regulate the immune system to protect against infectious diseases. They can be found in fermented foods such as yogurt and kimchi.
  • Prebiotics

Prebiotics are the ‘food’ for the probiotics. Prebiotics are found in plant foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains. Limit sugary foods and alcohol since that can disrupt your gut bacteria.

  • Zinc
    Zinc not only helps the immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses, it also helps wounds heal and is important for maintaining a proper sense of taste and smell. Zinc is found in wheat germ, beans, nuts and tofu, as well as in meats and seafood.
  • Other healthy lifestyle recommendations are also crucial to maintaining a healthy immune system, including regular exercise and adequate sleep. In some cases, micronutrient supplementation may be considered in addition to following a healthy eating pattern. 
Natalie Castro

About the Authors:
Natalie Castro is a registered dietitian and the nutrition and wellness manager at Baptist Health South Florida, where she oversees the food and nutrition policy for the organization. Ms. Castro earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics from Florida International University and a master’s degree in nutrition and exercise science from State University of New York at Buffalo. She believes a food environment supported by healthy choices fosters healthier lifestyle habits. She is certified in adult weight management by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and her research is published in several peer-reviewed medical journals.

Lucette Talamas

Lucette Talamas is a registered dietitian with community health at Baptist Health South Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in food science and human nutrition from University of Florida and a master of science in nutrition and wellness from Benedictine University. With additional experience as a clinical dietitian, Ms. Talamas enjoys providing practical nutrition information to promote healthy lifestyles that can help prevent and manage chronic diseases. Her expert tips and advice have appeared in print and broadcast media, including The Miami Herald, South Florida PBS, CBS Miami, Telemundo and Univision. Active in professional nutrition organizations, Ms. Talamas received the 2018 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award from the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Source: https://nutrition.bmj.com/content/3/1/74

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Gut Check: How to Achieve the Right Balance of Bacteria in Your Gut For a Healthy Digestive System

Gut Check: How to Achieve the Right Balance of Bacteria in Your Gut For a Healthy Digestive System

  • March 4, 2021

CINCINNATI–()–People everywhere experience stress, changes in diet and sleep habits, and other life disruptions that can have an impact on their digestive health. That’s why Align Probiotic, the #1 Doctor and Gastroenterologist recommended probiotic brand, is partnering with Vanessa Rissetto, MS, RD, CDN and Co-Founder of Culina Health, to help them naturally promote gut health, boost immunity support, create and stick to a daily routine, and shed light on the frequent misconceptions about probiotics by joining the Align Healthy Gut Team Up.

“Choosing a daily probiotic supplement can be an impactful lifestyle choice, but often leads people feeling confused and frustrated. I’m excited to partner with Align to set the record straight about probiotics and gut health,” said Rissetto.

Vanessa Rissetto, MS, RD, CDN Helps Make Sense of Gut Health

Probiotics are widely recognized for their digestive health benefits, but there are still misconceptions swirling around these daily supplements. Rissetto breaks down some of the most common myths, including the following:

  • Results within a week! Not so fast…Some consumers believe if you don’t notice results in a week or two, the probiotic is not working. Everyone’s gut is different, and it takes time for your gut to adjust to probiotics, so give it at least a month for your gut to adjust before you assess your healthy gut benefits.
  • I can totally get enough good bacteria from the foods I eat! Sorry, but it’s not that easy. While some foods like yogurts and sauerkraut are made with or contain bacteria, most have little if any data suggesting they give you the specific health benefits you expect from probiotics. One of the best and easiest ways to guarantee you’re getting the right good bacteria to help keep the microbiome in your gut balanced is by taking a daily probiotic supplement.
  • Some claim good probiotics need to be stored in the refrigerator because many probiotic bacteria are sensitive to heat and moisture, but this just isn’t true. Quality probiotic supplements can be stable at room temperature. Align’s unique strain is freeze-dried to keep it dormant until it reaches your gut without the need for refrigeration.

Align 24/7 Digestive Support

Align 24/7 Digestive Support*§ is backed by more than 20 years of probiotic research and has been the #1 probiotic recommended by Gastroenterologists for the past 13 years straight‡. It contains a unique probiotic strain, Bifidobacterium 35624™, which helps support digestive health and helps soothe occasional abdominal discomfort, gas, and bloating*.

Align Gut Health and Immunity Support*

Did you know 70% of your immune system is located within your gut? Knowing that the body’s microbiota influences your immune system, it’s important to maintain a healthy digestive system. Align Gut Health and Immunity Support, which contains the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium lactis BB-12®, helps fortify your immune system while naturally promoting digestive health*.

“People looking to prioritize their immune function while also maintaining their digestive balance can feel confident taking Align Gut Health and Immunity Support knowing all Align products contain expertly developed probiotics,” said Kyle Sloan, P&G Senior Scientist, Digestive Wellness. “Doing something as simple as taking Align every day can be a small step toward supporting your health.”

Join the Align Healthy Gut Team Up

Join the Align Healthy Gut Team Up and learn what millions of Americans already know – how great a healthy gut can feel*! To join and learn more, visit www.AlignProbiotics.com or follow #MyAlignGutJourney.

ABOUT ALIGN PROBIOTICS

Align Probiotics are a daily probiotic supplement that fortify your digestive system with healthy bacteria.

The digestive benefits in our Align 24/7*§ Digestive Support capsules and chewables come from a unique strain of bacteria only found in Align. In the 1990s, a group of gastroenterologists and microbiologists began researching probiotic strains, and they discovered Bifidobacterium 35624™. Developed with over 20 years of research, our probiotic naturally helps fortify your digestive system, and helps soothe occasional bloating, gas, and abdominal discomfort*.

Taking Align Probiotics can benefit you year-round. Some products have different strains that are designed to survive antibiotic use**. Others, like the gummies, have prebiotics to help nourish your good bacteria and probiotics to add more good bacteria to your gut,* or probiotics specifically designed to fortify the 70% of your immune system located in the gut,* like our Align Gut Health and Immunity Support.

Even medical experts prefer Align, as it is recommended over 2 times more often than any other probiotic brand by gastroenterologists.‡

ABOUT PROCTER & GAMBLE

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§Fortifies your digestive system 24/7 with continued daily use.*

*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.

‡Among Gastroenterologists who recommended a brand of probiotic in a ProVoice 2008-2020 survey.

‡Among Doctors who recommended a brand of probiotic in ProVoice 2013-2020 surveys.

**This product is not intended to treat side effects of antibiotic use

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