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How Phytolife may benefit you!

As a contributor to this blog and someone constantly reading and researching in the areas of health, fitness and wellness, I believe in a holistic approach to health. Therefore, I have been delighted over the last three years to see my blood pressure tumble since taking the Synergy / Nature’s Sunshine product Pro-Argi 9.

And on top of that as soon as I had the confidence that my risks of cardiovascular disease had been reduced, I realised that the Pro-Argi was also having other positive impacts on my health, such as my cholesterol levels and relief from headaches.

However, the most surprising benefit was for my athletic performance. Now, firstly let me say, I’m no elite athlete!
I’m an average runner, not particularly fast, but I’ve discovered that I have a certain ability to simply ‘keep going’!
Which has led me towards ultra-running.

I started running in 2009 at the age of 37 and since then have moved from 10ks to half-marathons to full marathons
and now ultra marathons. However, my main love is mountain running, so therefore my favourite running of all is ultra-mountain running.
I have done 3 of these in the last 16 months, the Art O’Neill Challenge twice (55km) and the Wicklow Way Ultra (51km).
Both of these are over several/many mountain peaks, and the Art O’Neill is particularly gruelling as it is run across some fairly difficult openmountain, oh, and takes place at night time. In January!

So, how has the Pro-Argi helped?

Well, most runners use the likes of energy gels, isotonic drinks, electrolyte drinks, carbs, proteins, bananas, sugary energy sweets, bananas etc. All of these items have their merits, but for me pro-argi 9 has been the most significant element of my pre-race planning.

I make sure I take on board plenty of the product in the weeks leading up to an Ultra, increasing from 1 scoop a day to 2 scoops a day.

The main benefit has been increased energy, and improved performance, particularly in the latter half of these long races. As regular readers will know, Pro Argi works by introducing nitric oxide to the body, dramatically improving circulation and allowing the body to heal itself.

My theory with regard to ultra marathons is that this nitric oxide allows the body to keep fuelling itself when the electrolytes become diminished and gives the runner extra energy throughout the race, but particularly in the closing stages.

I have also found that Pro Argi has helped me with recovery, rest and repair in the days after these long races, and also (crucially) throughout the training period, which allows me to be more productive in my training plans.

Finally, it is not just Pro Argi which has helped my running so much (as well as my general health) but the whole V3 system.
The V3 system is comprised of Pro-Argi 9, Mistify and Phytolife. Mistify and Phytolife work in different ways, introducing antioxidants and much more to the body as well as eliminating free radicals, all of which works best when Pro Argi is used to help the body circulate the other items.

All of these items are available from Synergy Worldwide, a subsidiary of Nature’s Sunshine, one of the most innovative companies in the world in the nutraceutical sector.
Please see the relevant pages on for more information on how to order.

Last point – next plans? Continue taking the V3 system, and work towards my next ultra-running event!

Margaret Chan

Health chief warns: age of safe medicine is ending

Margaret ChanThe world is entering an era where injuries as common as a child’s scratched knee could kill, where patients entering hospital gamble with their lives and where routine operations such as a hip replacement become too dangerous to carry out, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

There is a global crisis in antibiotics caused by rapidly evolving resistance among microbes responsible for common infections that threaten to turn them into untreatable diseases, said Margaret Chan, director general of the WHO.

Addressing a meeting of infectious disease experts in Copenhagen, she said that every antibiotic ever developed was at risk of becoming useless.

“A post-antibiotic era means, in effect, an end to modern medicine as we know it. Things as common as strep throat or a child’s scratched knee could once again kill.”

She continued: “Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise in Europe, and elsewhere in the world. We are losing our first-line antimicrobials.

“Replacement treatments are more costly, more toxic, need much longer durations of treatment, and may require treatment in intensive care units.

“For patients infected with some drug-resistant pathogens, mortality has been shown to increase by around 50 per cent.

“Some sophisticated interventions, like hip replacements, organ transplants, cancer chemotherapy, and care of preterm infants, would become far more difficult or even too dangerous to undertake.”

Britain has seen a 30 per cent rise in cases of blood poisoning caused by E. coli bacteria between 2005 and 2009, from 18,000 to more than 25,000 cases. Those resistant to antibiotics have risen from 1 per cent at the beginning of the century to 10 per cent.

The most powerful antibiotics are carbapenems, which are used as a last line of defence for the treatment of resistant infections.

In 2009, carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae, a bug present in the gut, were first detected in Greece but by the following year had spread to Italy, Austria, Cyprus and Hungary.

The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the percentage of carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae had doubled from 7 per cent to 15 per cent. An estimated 25,000 people die each year in the European Union from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections.

In the UK, the Government pledged £500,000 for research into the threat last month.

Dr Chan was speaking as the World Health Organisation launched The Evolving Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance: Options for Action, a book which warns that breakthrough treatments discovered in the last century for flu, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV may become ineffective in the coming years.

She called for action to restrict the use of antibiotics in food production and a crackdown on counterfeit medicines. “Worldwide, the fact that greater quantities of antibiotics are used in healthy animals than in unhealthy humans is a cause for great concern,” she said.

Discovering new medicines to treat resistant superbugs has proved increasingly difficult and costly, as they are taken only for a short period and the commercial returns are low.

Dr Chan continued: “In terms of new replacement antibiotics, the pipeline is virtually dry. The cupboard is nearly bare.

“From an industry perspective, why invest considerable sums of money to develop a new antimicrobial when irrational use will accelerate its ineffectiveness before the investment can be recouped?”

She called for measures to tackle the threat by doctors prescribing antibiotics appropriately, patients following their treatment and restrictions on the use of antibiotics in animals.

But she said attention was “still sporadic” and actions “inadequate”.

“At a time of multiple calamities in the world, we cannot allow the loss of essential antimicrobials, essential cures for many millions of people, to become the next global crisis,” she said.


This article first appeared in the Independent

22 Good Reasons why you should Try ProArgi-9 Plus

The nitric oxide derived from arginine is directly or indirectly implicated in practically every cellular response and health condition imaginable.

From the cardiovascular system to the immune system, and hormone function to nerve function. Although an exhaustive list of possible applications for the amino acid is not included, the following are the primary scientifically backed reasons that anyone – even healthy people – should consider adding the arginine to their health and wellness regimen.

1. It is one thousand times more powerful than any naturally occurring antioxidant in the body. Arginine’s antioxidant properties support various body system and may protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, as well as slowing premature aging.

2. It offers wide-ranging cardiovascular support, including controlling blood pressure and plaque formation. Nitric oxide keeps arteries relaxed and pliable for normal blood pressure, preventing hypertension and angina.

3. It enhances memory, particularly long-term memory, and may help to reverse the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

4. It boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which has anti-aging properties.

5. It enhances communication of messenger cells between nerves and the brain.

6. It may help improve immune function and fight bacterial infections.

7. It may help in the treatment and prevention of diabetes since many disease complications, including poor circulation and blindness, are vascular in nature. Arginine is also found to regulate insulin secretion in the pancreas.

8. It may inhibit the division and proliferation of cancer cells.

9. It helps with cholesterol control by lowering serum and LDL cholesterol levels.

10. It enhances male sexual performance by treating vascular erectile dysfunction (ED).

11. It anticoagulant abilities reduce clotting to lower heart attack and stroke risk.

12. It reduces pregnancy-related hypertension, a risk factor for both the expecting mother and the unborn child.

13. It is useful in the treatment of asthma by opening pulmonary pathways for easier breathing and the treatment of lung disorders.

14. It relaxes hypertonic sphincter muscles, preventing and healing hemorrhoids.

15. It boosts lean muscle mass and preserves bone density by encouraging HGH production, which also leads to a reduction in fatty tissue. Because af these properties, it may be useful in weight management and strength training.

16. It can help offset cardiovascular and lung damage caused by tobacco use, since nitric oxide levels in smokers are less than half of those found in non-smokers.

17. It helps to accelerate wound healing and postsurgery recovery. Research has shown it is useful in treating burn wounds and stimulates wound healing in the elderly.

18. It may be useful in enhancing athletic performance due to its ability to boost exercise tolerance, its beneficial effect on the lungs, and its effect on HGH levels. Which helps with building lean muscle tissue.

19. It may be used to improve the function of the prostate.

20. It may prevent and possible reverse the effects of osteoporosis by positively affecting bone mass.

21. It has been used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and to reduce the occurrence of ulcers – especially stress- related – without affecting gastric acid production.

22. It may improve renal function and slow the progression of renal disease and age-related chronic renal failure. Arginine`s protective effect on the kidneys may also benefit those with diabetes.

ProArgi-9 Plus is a revolutionary product with far-reaching health benefits and powerful support ProArgi-9 Plus is Synergy’s top selling product and the cornerstone of any nutritional regimen. One serving contains 5,000 mg (5 grams) of elemental pharmaceutical grade l-arginine. Often referred to as the “miracle molecule,” l-arginine has potent health-enhancing properties.


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Take the 90 Day Challenge to reduce your Blood Pressure!

I took the 90 day challenge to reduce my blood pressure.

Before taking ProArgi-9 Plus my blood pressure averaged 170 over 110 mm Hg.

Ken Cowley took the 90 day challenge to reduce his Blood Pressure
Ken Cowley in Action

My name is Ken Cowley and I have a family history of High Blood Pressure. Before taking ProArgi-9 Plus it averaged 170 over 110 mm Hg. I tried all types of medicines and natural treatments to bring it under control. Nothing worked. After 9 months of ProArgi-9 Plus my blood pressure now averages 138 / 87 mm Hg!

A Life Changing Reduction!

I’m on a mission to help others make a positive change in their blood pressure and health. Maybe your story is similar to mine.

In my early 20s my blood pressure started to climb and I was put on medication and told would probably be on it for the rest of my life. I realized there was a possibility that I would utimately be vulnerable to some type of heart disease. I became proactive with my health by eating right and exercising. Unfortunately, these positive lifestyle habits didn’t keep me from my hypertension remaining high.

I did a Google search of “Natural Blood Pressure Cure”. I came across ProArgi-9 Plus.

So, on in to my 30s and my blood pressure was only managed by the drugs. Now I believe in natural healing wherever possible. I also believe in researching my own problem to completely understand what is going on in my body. I tried every type of natural cure, from devices to supplements, to no benefit. I continued the medical route which only maintained my position and with unwanted side effects. In March of 2010 I did a Google search of “Natural Blood Pressure Cure”. I came across ProArgi-9 Plus. I decided I had nothing to lose since ProArgi-9 Plus comes with a 90 day money back guarantee.

After 2 weeks on ProArgi-9 Plus, I was convinced. Although my blood pressure did not come down immediately, my overall feeling of well being and energy amazed me. I have now been on ProArgi-9 Plus for 9 months. As I shared at the beginning, my blood pressure has come way down. ProArgi-9 Plus achieved for me what thousands of dollars in medicine and natural cures could not. I feel like I’m in my 20′s again, and I will be 40 in June.

Dr. Prendergast, the product formulator is a doctor who has truly committed his life to helping people get well and stay well. Take the 90 day test drive like I did. If you don’t feel as strongly as I do about this amazing product, then send the empty containers back for a full refund. You won’t be sorry!

Ken Cowley
085 712 9060

Let’s talk if you want to take the “High” out of High Blood Pressure!