As a certified National Product Specialist and nutritionist with clients, there are many alternative healthcare products I have opportunity to use. One supplement I recommend is SAM-e by Jarrow. SAM-e is in every living cell and protects against high homocystine levels which cause heart attack, stroke and birth defects.
To understand the importance of SAM-e, an understanding about methylation is necessary. Methylation occurs a billion times a second throughout the body. It is transformation of cell nutrients and affects brain function, liver function, fetal development plus regulates hormones and neurotransmitters.
Craig Cooney says in his book, there is no life without methylation. Methylation has to stay at healthy levels or homocystine develops. SAM-e is the most active component of methylation.
How to Take SAM-e
SAM-e supplements are needed in a stable form. This is why Jarrow SAM-e is recommended. It is a tosylate form that is enteric-coated which means the tablet passes through the stomach to the intestines for absorption. Jarrow SAM-e was tested by an independent third party who gave a high recommendation. Jarrow is highly regarded among alternative healthcare practitioners.
Correct dosage is important when taking SAM-e supplements. For arthritis, take 400 mg. daily but for depression, clients often need 1,600 mg. per day. If you decide to try SAM-e supplements for depression, start at 400 mg and increase until desirable results are reached.
SAM-e: Depression Remedies
SAM-e is found as effective as prescription antidepressants but less toxic according to psychiatrist, Richard Brown. “It’s the best antidepressant I’ve ever prescribed,” he says. “I’ve seen only benefits.”
SAM-e: Arthritis Alternative
In several clinical trials with over 22,000 patients, SAM-e was found as effective as pharmaceutical treatments for pain and inflammation. Additionally, no signs of digestive tract damage is found which is true with NSAID’s.
SAM-e: Cartilage Repair
It is emerging that SAM-e restores cartilage. German researchers found improvement using MRI scans on the hands of 21 patients. SAM-e supports production of connective tissue by aiding glucosamine and chondroitin transmutation.
Methylation of DNA seems to suppress errors in DNA replication. Demethylation of DNA is a contributor to aging processes. Proper methylation through substances such as SAM-e positively influences longevity.
SAM-e normalizes liver function in patients with cirrhosis, hepatitis and cholestasis (blockage of the bile ducts). SAMe has also been found to prevent or reverse liver damage caused by certain drugs.
People with Parkinson’s or taking prescribed antidepressants should avoid SAM-e. Consult an alternative healthcare professional before use.
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Article for information purposes. Contact alternative healthcare professionals or doctor before taking any alternative healthcare supplement.
SAM-e Product Review: Alternative Healthcare for Arthritis, Depression, Liver & Longevity copyright 2009