The Best of Debbie’s Tips Re: Health Supplements

By Debbie Yamaguchi
Wednesday - October 17, 2007
Debbie Yamaguchi
Debbie Yamaguchi

By Debbie Yamaguchi
‘Umeke Market


A co-worker at ‘Umeke Market has been taking the softgels for about a month and also applies the cream at night when the stiffness is at it’s worse. She finds almost instant relief from the stiffness and is able to sleep better. She’s in awe of it’s quick acting relief.

Celadrin is an all-natural anti-inflammatory compound that helps to restore fluids that cushion joints to help with flexibility and mobility.

Studies also find that pairing Celadrin with glucosamine helps to boost the building of joint cartilage.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil being a saturated fat has had a bad reputation for many years but it’s tolerance to heat makes it very safe for cooking unlike other cooking oils that may turn rancid.

‘Umeke Market offers chemical free, organic, zero trans fat coconut oil which is shown to aid in increasing metabolism and weight loss.

Coconut oil also contains properties that ward off bacteria and fungus.

Be sure to look for reputable brands like Garden of Life that manufactures “clean” oils and supplements for your health.



It’s a well known fact that a diet rich in fiber is a great start to managing sugar levels which is very important for those that are hypoglycemic, diabetic, or pre-diabetic.

PGX, a new, highly viscous, soluble fiber is 15 times thicker than any fiber blend. Developed by the University of Toronto, PGX, in a short time has become a household word for a healthy approach to blood sugar control and weight loss.

PGX has the following impressive benefits: regulates after meal blood sugar levels; increases insulin sensitivity for less fat storage; slows down digestion and carbohydrate absorption; helps to reduce hunger and increase weight loss and elimination.


The spice that is in your favorite pumpkin pie recipe, cinnamon, comes from the bark of a small evergreen like tree native to Sri Lanka and India.

Recent research in animal studies, maintain that cinnamon could be a good way to maintain or control blood glucose levels. Cinnamon is not a cure but adding it to your oatmeal or hot beverage may be worth a try.

The most undeniable fact is that avoiding grains and sugar is crucial and also daily exercise is critical to improve your sugar sensitivity.

For those that want a more convenient way to increase your cinnamon, ‘Umeke Market has it in pill form to make it a little easier to consume.



A handful of goji berries a day is packed full of nutrient rich antioxidants, minerals, and protein. Legendary in Tibetan and Chinese medicine, goji berries is acclaimed to have strength building, sexual enhancing and longevity properties.

The goji berry has 500 times the amount of vita-min C, by weight, than oranges and is one of the richest source of beta carotene. High in trace minerals and essential amino acids goji berries is an easy addition of anyone’s diet.

Add these plump, red berries to any yogurt, smoothie, or salad or just eat them by the handfuls.


You may wonder as I did who was the crazy one to take the first bite of natto? Stinky, stringy, fermented soybean? According to legend, it was the famous warrior, Yoshiie Minamoto. He took the first bite after witnessing his horse eating the preferred stinky bean over the dried soybean he was normally fed. Yoshiie then introduced it to northwestern Japan where it is a folk remedy for fatigue, beriberi, and heart disease.

Now in 2007, this fermented soybean in supplement form is called Nattokinase. Nattokinase is an enzyme known for its “blood-clot busting” ability. Research also shows that components in natto as well as in nattokinase has blood pressure lowering ability.

If you’re not brave enough to add natto to your diet, do what others do and take the enzyme that has been research for it’s ability to help with blood clots and blood pressure.



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