Month: July 2015

The XFactor Ingredient “Folate”

Another important B vitamin that is found in XFactor is Folate. Folate has been shown to be important for cell growth and metabolism. WebMD says that it has been shown that there are plenty of Americans that are deficient in Folate. 

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Folate and Folic Acid supplements are common for pregnant women and for women who are trying to conceive. Folate “reduces the risk for birth defects of a baby’s brain and spine -- spina bifida and anencephaly -- by 50% to 70%” says WebMD. The same article also relates that Folate can also lower the risk of preeclampsia and early labor. It is commonly recommended that any woman at childbearing age should take a multivitamin or a Folate supplement, because they can help protect against birth defects that may form before a woman knows she’s pregnant.

 

Folate can be used as a measure to treat and prevent deficiencies that can cause types of anemia and other problems as well. When trying to treat these deficiencies it is recommended to use Folate along with Vitamin B12, another vitamin in XFactor.

The XFactor Ingredients “Thiamin”

Thiamin, a B vitamin found in XFactor, is almost commonly known as Thiamine and vitamin B1. Thiamin is known to be involved in “several enzyme functions associated with the metabolism of carbohydrates, branched-chain amino acids, and fatty acids,” says MIC; a Micronutrient Information Center based out of Oregon State University.

Thiamin

Severe lack of Thiamin can lead to many organ system problems, mostly in a disease called beriberi, explains MIC. Being deficient in Thiamin has been shown to go hand and hand with Alzheimer's disease. Other problems of insufficient levels of Thiamin include psychosis, fatigue, nerve damage, and weakness. Severe lack of Thiamin can even cause brain damage, says NLM

NLM (National Library of Medicine) says that the many foods that Thiamin is found in include “enriched, fortified, and whole grain products such as bread, cereals, rice, pasta, and flour, beef liver and pork, dried milk, egg, legumes and peas, nuts and seeds.”

The XFactor Ingredient “Inositol”

Inositol, a vitamin-like substance found in many plants and animals, is also found in the Plexus multivitamin XFactor.

The many uses of inositol include “diabetic nerve pain, panic disorder, high cholesterol, insomnia, cancer, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, promoting hair growth, a skin disorder called psoriasis, and treating side effects of medical treatment with lithium,” says WebMD.

inositol

WebMD explains that when used by the mouth inositol can be helpful for treating conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, high levels of testosterone, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure.There’s also evidence that when a patient uses inositol by mouth for six weeks see drastic improvement in their Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

The XFactor Ingredient “Niacin”

Niacin, also referred to as Vitamin B3, is an important vitamin for overall good health, states WebMD. Niacin is commonly known as a cholesterol treatment. The vitamin has been proven to boost levels of good HDL cholesterol and lower the bad LDL cholesterol. Studies have also shown that Niacin can lower triglycerides just as well or better than most prescription drugs.

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When prescribed, it can sometimes be prescribed with combinations of other supplements for cholesterol control such as Crestor, Lescol, or Lipitor, says WebMD. There’s also strong evidence Niacin can help to reduce atherosclerosis, or stiffening of the bones in some people. Also, for people who have already had a heart attack, Niacin has shown to reduce the risk of a second one, refers the same article.

 

More evidence shows that “it might help lower the risk of Alzheimer's disease, cataracts, osteoarthritis, and type 1 diabetes,” states WebMD. One serving of XFactor, or two capsules, has 20 mg of Niacin. This is right in line with the recommended servings per day.

The XFactor Ingredient “Riboflavin”

Riboflavin, a vitamin B found in XFactor, can be found in milk, meat, eggs, nuts, enriched flour, and green vegetables. Riboflavin can often be found with other vitamin B vitamins in vitamin B complexes, says WebMD.

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Riboflavin is used to prevent low levels of itself, cervical cancer, and migraines. Other common things that Riboflavin is a common treatment for include blood disorders, burning feet syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, acne, and muscle cramps. Riboflavin can sometimes be suggested for eye disorders like cataracts or eye fatigue, refers WebMD.

 

WebMD also directly states that Riboflavin can be helpful in “boosting immune system function; maintaining healthy hair, skin, mucous membranes, and nails; slowing aging; boosting athletic performance; promoting healthy reproductive function; canker sores;memory loss, including Alzheimer's disease; ulcers; burns; alcoholism; liver disease;sickle cellanemia; and treating lactic acidosis brought on by treatment with a class of AIDS medications called NRTI drugs”