Month: May 2015

The XFactor Ingredient “Vitamin E”

Vitamin E is found in XFactor as d-alpha-tocopheryl acetate. A vitamin that dissolves in fat, Vitamin E is found in many vegetable oils, cereals, meat, poultry, eggs, fruits, vegetables, wheat germ oil, along with many other foods. It can even be used as a  supplement according to WebMD.


Vitamin E can be used to stop and control diseases of the heart, such as hardening of the arteries, heart attack, chest pain, leg pain due to blocked arteries, and high blood pressure says WebMD. Vitamin E is sometimes recommended for treating Diabetes and its complications and also preventing certain types of cancer such as lung, oral, colorectal, polyps, gastric, prostate, and pancreatic cancer, refers the same article.

Alzheimer’s and other dementias, Parkinson’s, night cramps, Restless Leg Syndrome, epilepsy and other diseases of the brain and nervous system can be treated with Vitamin E. WebMD also says that Vitamin E can also help with Huntington’s Chorea, and other disorders involving nerves and muscles.

“Women use vitamin E for preventing complications in late pregnancy due to high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), painful periods, menopausal syndrome, hot flashes associated with breast cancer, and breast cysts,” says WebMD. The same article relates that Vitamin E can be used to help treat “cataracts, asthma, respiratory infections, skin disorders, aging skin, sunburns, cystic fibrosis, infertility, impotence, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), peptic ulcers, for certain inherited diseases and to prevent allergies.”

The XFactor Ingredient “Vitamin D”

Vitamin D is a vitamin, obviously, found in X Factor. It’s found in small amounts of more ‘rare’ foods, mostly fish. To make Vitamin D more common though it’s added to dairy products, cereals, and juices and these are said to be “fortified with Vitamin D,” according to WebMD.  The most common form of Vitamin D, though, is just through pure exposure to the sun. This is how the body gets 80-90% of its Vitamin D, but the rest comes from your dairy, juices, cereal, and Plexus products like X Factor.

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Vitamin D is used to “treat” rickets. The treat is quoted because the way you actually get rickets, a disease commonly found in children characterized by the weakening, and distortion of the bones usually causing bow legs, is by not getting enough Vitamin D, says WebMD.  The same article relates that “ Vitamin D is also used for treating weak bones (osteoporosis), bone pain (osteomalacia), bone loss in people with a condition called hyperparathyroidism, and an inherited disease (osteogenesis imperfecta) in which the bones are especially brittle and easily broken.”

High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other conditions of the hurt are commonly treated with Vitamin D. Other common things that are treated by Vitamin D include diabetes, obesity, muscle weakness, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, premenstrual system, and tooth and gum disease, says WebMD.

The ProBio 5 Ingredient “Vitamin B6”

Vitamin B6, or otherwise known as pyridoxine, is a vitamin, which is inferred from the title. It is found in a lot of commonly referred to as ‘healthy’ foods such as beans, vegetables, liver, meat, and eggs according to WebMD.

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Vitamin B6 is mainly used for treating or preventing low levels of pyridoxine. WebMD  also states that Vitamin B6 “is also used for heart disease; high cholesterol; reducing blood levels of homocysteine, a chemical that might be linked to heart disease; and helping clogged arteries stay open after a balloon procedure to unblock them (angioplasty).”

The vitamin is also used for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in women. It’s also used for many child birth related problems such as morning sickness, stopping milk flow after child birth, depression related to pregnancy, and it is even used for some symptoms of menopause according to WebMd.

WebMD The list goes on and on for things that Vitamin B is helpful for such as “Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Down syndrome, autism, diabetes and related nerve pain, sickle cell anemia, migraine headaches, asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome, night leg cramps, muscle cramps, arthritis, allergies, acne and various other skin conditions, and infertility. It is also used for dizziness, motion sickness, preventing the eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD), seizures, convulsions due to fever, and movement disorders (tardive dyskinesia, hyperkinesis, chorea), as well as for increasing appetite and helping people remember dreams.” You read that right it can help people remember dreams!

The ProBio 5 Ingredient “Vitamin C”

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is NECESSARY for growth and development. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIT), “Water-soluble vitamins dissolve in water. Leftover amounts of the vitamin leave the body through the urine. That means you need a continuous supply of such vitamins in your diet.”

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NIT also states that Vitamin C is necessary for the growth, development, and repairing of tissues in all parts of your body. The same article goes on to say that Vitamin C helps to form an important protein that makes skin, ligaments, tendons, and blood vessels. It also heals wounds and forms scar tissues along with repairing cartilage, bones, and teeth.
Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals. According to NIT, “Free radicals are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation. The buildup of free radicals over time is largely responsible for the aging process. Free radicals may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis.”

The body is not able to produce Vitamin C on its own, it’s therefore important to have a healthy amount of Vitamin C in your everyday diet.

The ProBio5 Ingredient “Grape Seed Extract”

Grape seed extract, which is literally what it says, has been a traditional treatment in the Eastern world for thousands of years. It’s known as the ancient “Tylenol”. The extract is taken from smashed up seeds of red wine grapes. It’s sort of new to the U.S. but is used for treatment on numerous diseases, says WebMD.

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Grape seed extract has been used for many cardiovascular conditions, according to WebMD. WebMD also states that “grape seed extract may help with a type of poor circulation (chronic venous insufficiency) and high cholesterol. “Grape seed extract also reduces swelling caused by injury and helps with eye disease related to diabetes.”

You couldn’t guess what grape seed extract has in it, antioxidants! Nothing like your good ole’ trusty friends, antioxidants. All antioxidants are are substances that defend from cell damage and are linked to helping stop many diseases. Everyday foods that also have antioxidants include avocados, apples, cabbage, pomegranates, and two weirder ones; red wine and chocolate (even though they sound unhealthy, small doses are in fact healthy.) All of which are on EveryDayHealth’s 13 super foods.