Category Archives: Bio-Tech Pharmacal

Bio-Tech Press Release

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Bio-Tech Pharmacal announced that its D3-50™ (Vitamin D3-50,000 IU) was evaluated and approved by ConsumerLab.com, LLC. ConsumerLab.com is a leading provider of independent product test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals identify the best quality health and nutrition products. It publishes results of its tests in comprehensive reports at www.consumerlab.com.

Bio-Tech™ D3-50™ was rigorously tested by ConsumerLab.com for assurance of containing a minimum of 100% (and not more than 165%) of its labeled amount of vitamin D as well as meet any specific claims for vitamin D3. The review can be found on the company website at www.consumerlab.com.

“We are thrilled to see the results from ConsumerLab.com and receive their distinguished seal of approval; however, we are not surprised”, said Dale Benedict, President/CEO/Owner of Bio-Tech Pharmacal. These results confirm our extensive in-house, as well as third party, testing. Bio-Tech Pharmacal is committed to only the highest quality manufacturing and analytical testing systems and practices. We are happy to receive independent confirmation of the quality and purity of Bio-Tech™ D3-50™ from ConsumerLab.com.

More about Bio-Tech Pharmacal: Bio-Tech Pharmacal, Inc., established in 1984, is a cGMP registered / FDA registered nutraceutical (dietary supplements) manufacturer specializing in innovative high quality hypo-allergenic preventative healthcare products, shipped to physicians, clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, etc. worldwide.

Bio-Tech Pharmacal has over 100 research affiliations including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Emory, Rutgers, Harvard, and many more.

Bio-Tech Pharmacal has introduced many innovative products, including D3-50™ (D3-50,000 IU), available in a water soluble delivery form. Some products are Kosher/Halal certified.

Company contact info: Bio-Tech Pharmacal, Inc. Phone: 800-345-1199 (local: 479-443-9148) Email: customerservice@bio-tech-pharm.com Website: www.biotechpharmacal.com

New & Improved DIM

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DIMHere at Bio-Tech we are committed to providing our customers with products of the utmost quality. From that, we have made some new formulation changes to improve our DIM product.

  1. We have increased the amount of Vitamin E from 20 IU/capsule to 100 IU/capsule.
  2. We have increased the folic acid content overall and additionally added a methylated form of folic acid in as well. There is now a total of 5000 mcg of folate/capsule, up from 4000 mcg/capsule previously.
  3. Due to the above changes, we needed to increase the capsule size one step up. This product is now in a slightly larger capsule.
  4. Due to the capsule size change, DIM will now come in a slightly larger bottle size as well.

We feel like these changes enhance the product and provide a greater benefit to our consumers. We hope you enjoy them as well.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

VITAMIN D3 or D2

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D3-50,000 IU (cholecalciferol) prescribed by many doctors and dispensed by many pharmacies.D3-50-Prescriptions

D3-50,000 Often prescribed as if prescription product.  Also available in lower doses.

D2 50,000 Available as a prescription product.   

Vitamin D3 – What is it?

D3-vitamin-or-d2-vitaminVitamin D3 is also known as “cholecalciferol.” Vitamin D3, other than that made in the skin, is mainly derived from sheep’s lanolin. Lanolin is the fatty-wax-substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of the sheep’s wool. Processors advance the lanolin through a five-step process to make 7-Dehydocholesterol (“pre-Vitamin D3”).  Next, the pre-Vitamin D3 is irradiated to produce Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).  This is the same reaction that is used by human skin to manufacture vitamin D3 from sunlight.

Vitamin D2 – What is it?

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Vitamin D2 is also known as “ergocalciferol.”  Ergocalciferol is a fungus or yeast-derived product. It is typically produced synthetically from radiating a compound (ergosterol) from the mold ergot. Vitamin D2 was first produced in the early 1900 by exposing foods to ultraviolet light. This process was patented and licensed to pharmaceutical companies.

D2 vs. D3 – which is better?

In a recent study, the potency of D2 50,000 IU and D3 50,000 IU were assessed using healthy volunteers over a twenty-eight-day investigative study.

“The end results of the study showed that Vitamin D2 potency is less than one-third that of Vitamin D3. Physicians resorting to use of vitamin D2 should be aware of its markedly lower potency and shorter duration of action relative to vitaminD3.”[i]

In another study: “D3 is approximately 87% more potent in raising and maintaining serum 25(OH)D [25-hydroxy Vitamin D] concentrations and produces a 2- to 3-fold greater storage of vitamin D than does equimolar D2. For neither was there evidence of sequestration in fat, as had been postulated for doses in this range.

vitamin-d3-cholecalciferol-50,000-iu-vegetable-capsulesGiven its greater potency and lower cost, D3 should be the preferred treatment option when correcting vitamin D deficiency.”[ii] For the research referenced please see links i and ii.

After reading the research, why would you choose D2 over D3?

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[i] Vitamin D2 Is Much Less Effective than Vitamin D3 in Humans

[ii] Vitamin D3 Is More Potent Than Vitamin D2–heaney v D3 more potent than D2 JECM 2010

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B Vitamins May Prevent Dementia

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New research from the University of Oxford indicates that a combination of B vitamins can slow cognitive decline in individuals at risk for dementia. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, attributes the effect to lowering blood homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is a byproduct of protein metabolism that can damage connective tissues and contribute to oxidative stress. High-protein diets, poor nutrition, age, and genetics factors can result in elevated homocysteine levels. According to the study, daily supplementation with vitamin B6 (20 mg), vitamin B12 (500 mcg), and folic acid (800 mcg) lowered homocysteine levels and thereby slowed gray matter atrophy as much as seven fold in areas of the brain that are normally affected by Alzheimer’s disease. In a placebo group, higher homocysteine levels were associated with faster atrophy. However, B-vitamin supplementation largely eliminated this effect in the treatment group.

Vitamin B and Dementia

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Bio-Tech B6-Folic Acid is specifically formulated to balance homocysteine metabolism by supplying active forms vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin B12, the same nutrients use in this study.

Reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23690582

Major Study Positive on Chelation Therapy for Heart Disease

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Los Angeles, CA: Chelation therapy for heart and vascular disease is an exciting but controversial alternative therapy that has been shown to be safe and statistically effective by TACT (the Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy).

TACT is a 7-year, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial funded by the NIH and carried out by university cardiologists and experienced chelation physicians from around the United States and Canada.  This randomized, double-blind study compared patients who were treated with medications with intravenous chelation therapy to those with medications but without chelation. The study showed potentially important improvement in patients who had previous heart attacks and were already under cardiology treatment, especially those patients with diabetes.  There were 18% fewer cardiac events in the treated group and 39% fewer cardiac events in diabetics. The group treated with chelation had fewer subsequent surgeries than those who received a placebo.  These findings were statistically significant, and unexpected by most cardiologists.  Additional research is needed to confirm the findings and explain mechanisms.

The results of this 1708-patient study were presented at the American Heart Association meeting November 4, 2012 in Los Angeles.

The patients in the trial were 82 percent male, 94 percent Caucasian and about half were obese. All had experienced a previous heart attack, 83 percent had already had bypass surgery, stent implantation or balloon angioplasty. Thirty-two percent had diabetes, 68 percent had high blood pressure and 73 percent had been prescribed cholesterol-lowering statins. Patients were followed for an average of 55 months. The trial was conducted in 134 sites in the United States and Canada from 2002-2011.

Each patient received 40 infusions, each lasting at least three hours. The first 30 infusions were one week apart. The last 10 were two weeks to two months apart depending on the patient’s schedule. All told, researchers delivered 55,222 infusions. A stringent safety infrastructure made sure patients experienced no undue risk. In addition, the research team worked with a central pharmacy to ensure the safety and purity of the infused products and had in place a computerized system that calculated doses based on the patient’s kidney function and the system sent an alert if an infusion was completed faster than usual.

At an AHA press conference, Paul Armstrong said that TACT was a response to an unusual situation. On the one hand, most physicians and scientists have dismissed chelation therapy as lacking any evidence or rationale. On the other hand, chelation therapy is strongly supported by the alternative medicine community and an estimated 100,000 people receive chelation therapy each year.

This is a positive development for all doctors who practice chelation therapy. For one thing, the study shows that chelation is safe if properly administered. Also, our members and friends who practice chelation can now show that there is support scientific for using the treatment. These two things may seem like small victories, but to some it might be sufficient scientific rationale to offer the treatment to their patients with informed consent.

For more information on the development of EDTA Chelation Therapy go to http://chelation.me.

International College of Integrative Medicine Contact: Wendy Chappell, Executive Director wendy@icimed.com

 

Food For Thought: Good Nutrition for the Brain

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Are you getting proper nutrition for your brain?

The human brain is only 2 % of the total body weight, yet it needs roughly 20% of the total calorie intake in order to function correctly. It needs a constant supply of glucose for optimum efficiency. So, the obvious answer to a well oiled brain is to fuel it up with a proper intake of the right amounts of nutritious, well balanced meals.

A tired brain or a brain that does not get the right nutrition does not do well in academics or the work environment.

It is common to see mothers coaxing their children to have their breakfast or finish their milk before they set out to school. It is also common to see that lunch boxes sent to school sometimes come back home still full. It is up to the parent to try finding new ways of getting their kids to eat up the right food in the right quantities. Proper nutrition is the key to good growth and overall development of your kids. Newer recipes combining different varieties, colors and textures often do the trick.

The brain absorbs nutrition from the food we eat in order to function correctly. Certain “brain foods” boost a person’s brain overall growth. In addition, brain function, memory and concentration also improve. Therefore it is imperative that you get the best nutrients into their bloodstream plus the so-called brain foods as well. Avoiding junk food at all cost is necessary.

10 Super Brain Foods

Brain Food No.1: Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids DHA and EPA which are essential for brain growth and function. It is commonly seen that those who eat salmon at least twice a week have sharper minds. Tuna and mackerel also are rich in fatty acids, but the best is salmon.

Brain Food No.2: Eggs

Eggs are always readily available and a great source of protein. The yolks also contain choline which is absolutely necessary for the brain. Versatile and interesting ways of cooking and serving eggs for breakfast or dinner help the entire family look forward to mealtimes.

Brain Food No.3: Peanut Butter/Nut butter (almond, walnut, cashew/ Nuts)

Peanuts and peanut butter are an excellent source of Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects nervous membranes.Thiamine is also present which helps the brain and nervous system convert glucose to energy.

The crunchy nuts can be topped onto salads or ice-cream or fruits. And nut butter can be used in sandwiches along with bananas.

Brain Food No.4: Whole Grains

The brain needs an optimal level of glucose for energy throughout the day which is provided by consuming whole grains. The fiber present helps regulate the release of glucose. And the vitamin B that it contains makes sure your nervous system stays healthy.

Brain Food No.5: Oats/Oatmeal

Oats is “grain for the brain”. As a breakfast cereal, we get the first energy for the brain from oats. Fiber rich oats also keep the family energized throughout the morning. Oats are also rich in vitamins B, E potassium and zinc which helps the brain and body to function to optimum levels.

Brain Food No.6: Berries

Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries all contain powerful antioxidants. The richer the color intensity, the more nutritive value the berries possess. Vitamin C is also present which is thought to prevent cancer. Improved memory is noticed in those that consume berries regularly. The seeds also contain omega 3 fatty acids.

Brain Food No.7: Beans

Beans provide additional energy from protein and complex carbohydrates in addition to fiber and loads of vitamins and minerals. Beans are an excellent brain food. They keep the energy levels up.

Brain Food No.8: Colorful Veggies

Brightly colored and fresh vegetables are tremendously beneficial due to the antioxidants present in addition to the essential vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants develop the immunity in addition to keeping the brain cells strong, while vitamins and minerals help the body to function optimally. Fiber present makes sure we do not suffer from constipation.

Using a variety of textures and color combinations vegetables can be cooked, baked, grilled or simply eaten raw or boiled to add variety at the table for the family. Soups and stews can be more flavorful when veggies or spinach is added.

Brain Food No.9: Milk and Yoghurt

Protein and B vitamins present in dairy foods are essential for the growth of brain tissue, enzymes and neurotransmitters. Milk and yogurt are packed with protein and carbohydrate which is a source of energy or the brain. If your family refuses to drink their milk, try substituting with yogurt at mealtimes. Nuts and berries could be added.

Brain Food No.10: Lean Beef

Lean beef is one of the best absorbed sources of iron. Iron is a mineral which is especially important for the growth and helps better concentration. Beef also contains zinc which aids memory.

Vegetarians can have an alternative to lean beef with soy and black beans.

Breakfast

People who start their day with a healthy breakfast have fewer mental problems during the day, better memory, better attention and more mental energy.

If a person doesn’t eat breakfast, he or she may become tired, irritable, restless, and fail to focus or behave appropriately.

A study done at Tufts University reinforced the belief that breakfast improves children’s academic performance. The researchers divided the children into two groups. One group was fed instant oatmeal (a complex carbohydrate containing fiber and protein), and the other dry, readymade cereal (lower in fiber, higher in sugar). The results showed kids fed the oatmeal did better on special and short-term memory tests, as well as auditory attention tests.

Whole grains and protein are digested more slowly, providing a sustained source of energy. Blood sugar remains stable. Foods made of refined sugars (such as fruit-flavored characters, packaged cookies, white bread, etc.) set kids up for a sugar high (rush), followed by a crash.

Breakfast foods for the brain:

  • Oatmeal made with skim milk and topped with raspberries, which are a great source of antioxidants, specifically Vitamin C, improve cognitive function and protect the brain.
  • Scrambled fortified eggs with one ounce of cheese rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla: Choline in eggs boosts memory and concentration, and eggs are a great source of protein. Omega 3s provide an added brain boost!
  • French toast (soak one slice of whole grain bread in one scrambled, fortified egg, add chopped walnuts and cinnamon. Walnuts contain those Omega 3’s, and cinnamon helps stabilize blood sugar levels.

Lunch

  • A well-balanced lunch is the key to keeping a person’s energy up and blood sugar stable. A high fat, high sugar lunch will lead to an afternoon crash.Lunch Foods for the brain:
  • Turkey/hummus wrap: Smear hummus on a whole grain tortilla, layer with two-to-four slices of turkey, wrap and serve with sliced red peppers. Have a side of yogurt. Turkey has the amino acid tyrosine, which is related to the production of specific neuro-transmitters, which aid alertness and energy. Red peppers are a great source of antioxidants, specifically Vitamin C, have been shown to improve cognitive function, and are brain-protective.
  • Peanut butter/banana sandwich: Spread peanut butter over a slice of whole grain bread. Add one cup of strawberries and a cup skim milk.
  • Salmon salad on a whole grain English muffin: Prep salmon as you would tuna, OR use plain yogurt for a calcium and protein boost!

Dinner

  • This offers another great chance to incorporate brain foods! Aim for half the plate to be green/colorful veggies, a-quarter whole grains, and a quarter lean protein.
  • Turkey burger platter: Turkey burger with tomato slices, sautéed spinach in olive oil, and wild rice. Iron is important for energy and concentration, zinc for memory. Vitamin C helps iron absorption.
  • Meatballs and spaghetti: lean meat meatballs, whole grain pasta, marinara sauce, steamed broccoli.
  • Pork Tenderloin: roasted pork tenderloin, roasted asparagus, quinoa

Snacks

  • Apple slices dipped in peanut butter or almond butter
  • Yogurt Sundae: DHA-fortified yogurt layered with Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax, berries, and walnuts
  • DHA/Omega-3s: important for brain development and function. DHA is found in gray brain matter, brain cell membranes, and is important for brain cell communication

Foods that drain the brain  

Foods with artificial sweeteners or coloring

High-fructose corn syrup

Sugary fruit drinks, colas and juices

Refined white sugars and breads

Trans fats and partially-hydrogenated oils

Processed snack foods and luncheon meats

In conclusion, solid science has shown that food affects the memory, attention, and cognitive skills.  Let’s eat better and improve our mental health.


Dr. Karen Dee’s has her Doctorate in Nutrition. She is an author, previous Doctor of Nutrition for the Women’s Center at Stanford University. She has an active practice in Farmington, Massachusetts, and has become a frequent speaker at conferences.