Turmeric potency varies among products

 What do apple slices have to do with turmeric?

You are a kid who loves apple slices. Each day you go to the local fruit stand and give him your dollar.  He gives you an apple slice and you are so happy. You are “Keeping the doctor away.(?)”

You go to visit your cousin who also loves apple slices. When you accompany him to his local vendor he gives the man a dollar and a half and the man gives him 19 apple slices.

How do you feel about your vendor and the apple slice you get? You are getting only 5% while your cousin is getting 95%.

From Apples to Turmeric


You see, this is like turmeric.  If one is taking turmeric from the grocery store spice aisle, he or she is only getting about 5% curcumins, the active ingredient in turmeric root.  If he or she is taking Shaklee’s Turmeric Boost, they are getting 95% curcumins.  Shaklee is using a Standardized Extract of turmeric.  Standardized!  Understand how much more value and benefit is there in a standardized extract.  Standardized Turmeric extract is heads above Turmeric root.

Turmeric has been used for ages as a seasoning for food.  Many began to see the health benefits of this spicy root as well.  As with any food item, the nutritional value varies from product to product.  This orange may have many  times the vitamin C as that orange.  Growth and processing methods also affects the nutritional value of foods.

I only began using turmeric when Shaklee introduced Turmeric Boost.  After a short time, I noticed a big difference in a cranky hip.  It is so much better now that I am being consistent with my “curcumin” intake.

Links for more information

For more information, watch this interview on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/6HxmWtIOvRI

You can buy this standardized product at Dallas Health Helpers

Fish oil for your health


Great source for clean fish oilIf you find that fish are too expensive or you don’t like to eat fish, you might consider supplementing your food intake with fish oil.   That can be a tricky proposition, what with all the the sketchy products out there. Make sure your choice is one that is free of heavy metals and other contaminates. Sometimes fish oil supplements will cause a smelly, distasteful digestion.  Shaklee omega 3’s contain a very beneficial odor control component.

Maintain a healthy heart and cardiovascular system* with the concentrated, ultra-pure omega 3 fatty acids in OmegaGuard®.

Why fish oil?

Besides heart health, Omega 3’s are so beneficial for inflammation, joint health and even brain functioning. Do whatever you can to get omega 3’s into your diet.  While eating fish is great, as mentioned above, it can be expensive and there is much controversy over the “cleanliness” of fish.  Which is better, farm-raised or wild-caught fish?  Using a quality supplement like OmegaGuard takes the guessing out of farm vs. wild and clean vs. toxic.

Why Shaklee fish oil?

OmegaGuard is cold processed to preserve the integrity of the omega 3 fatty acids. Because fish oil can contain a lot of contaminates, Shaklee takes extra care to use small species of fish that have a shorter life span and do not build up toxins.  The processing operations include a triple distillation that maintains the viability of the fish oil and its benefits to the body.  Buy it now!

Joint disease, joint movement improved with exercise for muscle strength and the healthiest foods to help anti-inflammatory

Achy and swollen knees.  Stiff fingers.  Reduced, difficult flexibility.  These could all be signs and symptoms of arthritis, a joint disease. In fact, arthritis affects one out of every five adults living in the U.S.  One in three adults report that arthritis limits their ability to work. If current trends continue, an estimated 67 million people will have arthritis within the next 20 years.

Of the more than 100 types of arthritis, the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, usually comes with age. Cartilage (the cushioning material between joints) breaks down, leading to joint pain and stiffness. Most affected joints are those in our fingers, knees, spine, and hips. It also can occur after an injury to a joint as in a young soccer player who injures a knee could develop arthritis down the road, some 10 to 15 years later.

 Rheumatoid arthritis is believed to be a systemic inflammatory disease and can develop at any age. It can

►       show up in many different joints of the body

►       leads to the deterioration of cartilage and bone

►       can cause joint deformity, pain, swelling, and redness.

Although the exact cause is unknown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests a faulty immune response may be involved.

There’s plenty you can do now to prevent arthritis, protect your joints, or improve your symptoms if you already have arthritis. Talk to your doctor to determine the best course of action.

If you’re overweight, weight loss should be your next step!  Losing as few as 11 pounds can reduce the risk of getting osteoarthritis by 50%.

Being more active sounds counterintuitive, but moving more can actually keep your joint movement better, help with weight control, and maintain muscle strength. Also, do exercise for muscle strength.

What you eat or don’t eat can make a difference, too. Some of the healthiest foods that help to lower inflammation include:

►       Fish and walnuts.

►       Olive oil.

►       Red wine and dark chocolate.

►       Turmeric.

►       Tart cherries.

Joint movement

Lastly, try natural alternatives. Studies show that long-term use of glucosamine helps maintain healthy cartilage and may even reduce the need for knee-replacement surgery in people with osteoarthritis. Results from a clinical study suggest the anti-inflammatory activity of Boswellia serrata extract reduces joint pain and stiffness, while fish oil supplements also have been shown to help fight inflammation.


What is normal blood pressure, high blood pressure hypertension?

What is blood pressure?  What is normal blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the measurement of the pressure inside your blood vessels. It is expressed as two measurements, the lowest (diastolic) is the background pressure and the highest number (systolic) is the increased pressure that results from the beating of the heart.

Why control high blood pressure?
High blood pressure, hypertension,  is sometimes called the “silent killer” because there are no symptoms associated with it. People can have hypertension high blood pressure and not know that they are damaging their heart, other organs, and blood vessels.



Untreated high blood pressure hypertension can lead to:

•  Congestive heart failure
•  Heart attack Heart disease
•  Stroke (what is a stroke?)
•  Kidney damage
•  Erectile dysfunction
•  Vision loss

Blood pressure statistics:

  • About 30 percent of adult Americans have high blood pressure.
  • Another one third of Americans have prehypertension, which increases the risk of developing high blood pressure in the future.
  • Over 70 percent of people who have their first heart attack or stroke have high blood pressure.
  • High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for stroke, the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States.

What can I do to control blood pressure?
Studies show that people who get their high blood pressure under control reduce their risk of stroke by at least 50 percent and significantly lower their risk of heart disease and cardiovascular mortality. Here is what you can do:

Lifestyle: It is now easy to check your own blood pressure with a home blood pressure cuff. You should know and track your numbers. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet, losing weight if you are not at your ideal weight, exercising, avoiding smoking, and consuming alcohol in moderation.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): 100 mg of CoQ10 has been shown to help lower blood pressure in clinical studies.

Fish Oil: 3,000 milligrams or more of omega-3, ( mega 3) fish oil has been shown to help lower blood pressure.

 Garlic: 1,000 milligrams of garlic extract has been shown to help lower blood pressure.Garlic, garlic recipe

Here at Dallas Health Helpers, we work to help people get their lifestyle in check and make wise supplement choices to hedge their chances of illness and even death due to risks associated with  heredity and personal life choices.





Learn about body mass index and a healthy lifestyle through the gateway to health

Learn about body mass index and a healthy lifestyle through the gateway to health.

What is being overweight?

Being overweight or obese are both defined by Body Mass Index or BMI (which is a ratio of weight to height). A BMI between 25 and 30 places someone in an overweight category and 30 or higher is considered obese.

Why control your weight? Being overweight and obese cause a dramatic increase in the likelihood of disease as people increase their BMI, such as:

  1. -Coronary artery disease (CAD)
  2. -Certain cancersHigh blood pressure
  3. -High cholesterol and triglycerides
  4. -Osteoarthritis
  5. -Sleep apnea
  6. -Stroke
  7. -Type 2 diabetes


The cost of being overweight Two of the personal costs of being overweight are:

  • -Obese people are expected to live 2-4 years less than someone with a healthy weight; the extremely obese (BMI over 40) have 8-10 years taken off their life expectancy. i
  • -Obese people cost an average of $1,429 more in medical services per year than someone who is normal weight.


What can I do to control my weight? There is much you can do to control your weight, but there are no easy answers.

  • Lifestyle: Get support, exercise, track your progress, and eat a low-fat and low-calorie diet.
  • Boost Your Metabolism: Maintaining or increasing your lean body mass (muscles) is your best bet for keeping your metabolism going strong. There are a variety of supplements that can help with your metabolism as well.
  • Leucine: The amino acid leucine is great at helping maintain muscle mass, especially in people who are cutting calories and exercising.
  • Protein: Not only does protein help you feel full longer, it also helps you keep your lean body mass. Starting the morning with a good protein or protein shake helps you feel full longer.
  • Fiber: The benefits of fiber on weight loss are many. Studies have shown that fiber can help you feel full, support blood sugar, and it helps remove cholesterol from the body as part of a healthy diet

In order to have a healthy life control your weight.  After all, weight is the gateway to health.  You choose good or bad health by your weight.