Black Licorice

March 27, 2012

If you’re 40 or older, eating 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could land you in the hospital with an irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia.

FDA experts say black licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause potassium levels in the body to fall. When that happens, some people experience abnormal heart rhythms, as well as high blood pressure, edema (swelling), lethargy, and congestive heart failure.

FDA’s Linda Katz, M.D., says last year the agency received a report of a black licorice aficionado who had a problem after eating the candy. And several medical journals have linked black licorice to health problems in people over 40, some of whom had a history of heart disease and/or high blood pressure.

Katz says potassium levels are usually restored with no permanent health problems when consumption of black licorice stops.

Licorice, or liquorice, is a low-growing shrub mostly grown for commercial use in Greece, Turkey, and Asia. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says the plant’s root has a long history of use as a folk or traditional remedy in both Eastern and Western medicine. It has been used as a treatment for heartburn, stomach ulcers, bronchitis, sore throat, cough and some infections caused by viruses, such as hepatitis; however, NIH says there are insufficient data available to determine if licorice is effective in treating any medical condition.

Licorice is also used as a flavoring in food. Many “licorice” or “licorice flavor” products manufactured in the United States do not contain any licorice. Instead, they contain anise oil, which has the same smell and taste. Licorice root that is sold as a dietary supplement can be found with the glycyrrhizin removed, resulting in a product known as deglycyrrhizinated licorice, or DGL, NIH says.

If you have a fondness for black licorice, FDA is offering this advice:

  • No matter what your age, don’t eat large amounts of black licorice at one time.
  • If you have been eating a lot of black licorice and have an irregular heart rhythm or muscle weakness, stop eating it immediately and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Black licorice can interact with some medications, herbs and dietary supplements. Consult a health care professional if you have questions about possible interactions with a drug or supplement you take.

If you’ve experienced any problems after eating licorice, contact the FDA consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

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According to the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists (AASECT), a lot of doctors who specialize in sexual problems say, that the major part of their patients suffer from disorders connected with libido and sexual desire. And their male potency treatments are considered to be the most serious and difficult to deal with.

They call the loss of desire “global” if it is somehow connected with physical change. It is the case when a person never feels the desire. There is also one more case of decreasing or losing the desire which is called “partner-specific”. It is the case connected with changing in the relationship or that something should be done with the partner. In the latter case the physical capability to feel desire is not lost, yet the partner arouses none. And while avoiding sex with their partners such persons may successfully and regularly masturbate.

If you don’t like such state of things and such absence of sexual interest disturbs you, you may try some tricks and tips to boost male potency. First of all pay attention to your diet, physical activities and fresh air. It will increase your sexual interest.

Explore unknown sensations or fantasy that can raise your interest to sex. Sometimes simple talk can help. You can discuss the problem with some person you can rely on. Alternatively, it can be a doctor or web support group. This way you will be able to get rid of psychological burden and will feel better emotionally. Pleasure is one of the main aspects in a life of any person, no matter what has caused it. Sexual pleasure is one of the most important. Our bodies depend on the sexual pleasure on physical level; it has a firing, stimulating, prominent and curative effect.

Shared sexual pleasure is able to enhance or create intimacy with partners. Speaking of creativity in sex, we mean trying sex toys, different sexual positions etc. It can help to keep sexual relationships diverse and exciting.

Many men decide to try various male potency products that are present in the market nowadays. These products are available in different specialty shops and on the Internet. They can buy them easily but should choose them carefully. Numerous individuals, nevertheless, hesitate to use them. The truth to be told, their worries have some actual ground since a few medications claiming to assist improve men’s libido may contain substances that have harmful effects to men’s overall health. It is vital for you to select the best product which will really improve your libido, sex drive, desire, erection and fertility. The most popular and well known products that can boost male potency are pills and vitamins, exercises, extenders, pumps, weights and lotions.

Before buying any male potency product, make sure it has a money-back guarantee. If it has a guarantee period, you can trust the company. The next thing you should remember is that a high quality product is accompanied by the customer support.

In case you are not able to determine the finest product with male potency enhancement effect look for the information on the forum, where these issued are discussed. After it you can weigh all benefits of the products and choose the best alternative. The product should have a reasonable price and be effective at that. The ideal male enhancement forum should supply you with the facts that every sexually active man should be aware of – from the selling price to the performance of the male potency products. Male enhancement forum is the better way for obtaining the helpful tips straight from individuals who have tried out various solutions themselves.

We are likely to enjoy so much the things that we get for free that we keep looking for free options or at for those that offer a good deal. The same is with erection enhancement exercises: we are very much interested in free or at least cheap exercises. We all wish to have a good purchase. When the product can affect your health then it is very important to look closer at what you are going to acquire. Why not risk your health? This is one of the most essential things we have.

The market is full with different male enhancement products; more and more companies are involved into this business although FDA does not support all of them. It seems no difficulty in improving man’s libido, health, erection or sexual desire. And all of these companies insist that their products can solve all these problems. In many cases producers know how unconfident men feel about their condition, and sell an empty thing, not something that really helps. Consequently, in most cases these products are thrown away unused. If you are really interested in the result when looking for a means to improve your sex life, then you’d better forget the offers with free trials and consider erection enhancement programs that offer a number of advantages.

Apart from being proven, safer, and more natural, erection enhancement exercises also cost less than pills or surgery. The only difficulty is to pick a program that really works. And in order to make the right choice we recommend keeping in mind the following. There are some erection enhancement programs, which cost money, but are no good. On the contrary, there are some free erection enhancement programs, but their effect is doubtful too.

Firstly, you have to pay attention to what kind of training is offered in this or that program. Always choose the program that has video tutorials. It is necessary for you to see the way the exercises should be performed. Free erection enhancement exercises are rarely provided with video, they contain text descriptions only.

Try to find out what results will the exercise bring. There is no need to spend your time on practicing if no proven results can be achieved. Only a few erection enhancement programs can guarantee success. Give preference to the product that does not have positive reviews only but the ones that are recommended by health care practitioners. This is something that you will never get with free trials. Therefore free trials will never provide safe product for you.

Of course, you should find out the cost of the program. The costs can be completely different. But if the program doesn’t have the points discussed above it doesn’t matter how cheap it is, keep away from it.

You must be sure that if you don’t make it with this programme you’ll be able to get your money back. There should be a clear system of returning payments if the programme didn’t help. And remember that if you don’t pay for exercises nobody is responsible for their effectiveness.

A good program should include some customer support service in case of doubts or problems. The necessary information should be available quickly and easily. Obviously, free erection enhancement exercises cannot have any professional customer support. As a rule, people who drive their FAQs and forums are not MDs and subsequently are not responsible for the answers and advices they give.

In order to be really effective, a good program should include all main ingredients helping to improve male power. And this is the point in which many free programs do not succeed. If a program you are using is safe and proven by experts, you will have no side effects, but real results only. So try and get all information about the program you are able to find.

One of the best ways to select a good erection enhancement program is to find a penis exercises forum with real men discussing and reviewing erection enhancement exercises from their own experience. Such a forum can give you answers on all the mentioned above questions and help to find the best erection enhancement exercises.

Arsenic in Apple Juice

March 15, 2012

Some consumers are understandably surprised to learn that arsenic is present in water, air, and soil, and as a result, it can be found in certain foods and beverages, including apple juice and juice concentrates.

Arsenic is present in the environment as a naturally occurring substance and as a result of contamination from human activity, such as past use of fertilizers and arsenic-based pesticides, which may still be in the soil, explains Donald Zink, Ph.D, senior science advisor at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

“While environmental contaminants like arsenic are unavoidable in food,” says Zink, “the goal is to keep the levels of arsenic that people consume over the course of their lives as low as possible.”

That’s where the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) come in. Their job is to monitor food and the environment and take action when needed to protect the American public.

Testing for Arsenic

FDA has been testing and monitoring fruit juices, including apple juice, for arsenic content for more than 20 years, says Michael R. Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods. “We are confident in the overall safety of apple juice consumed in this country because we continue to find that apple juice, on average, contains low amounts of arsenic.”

In fact, FDA’s most recent tests done in 2010 and 2011 show on average about 3 parts of arsenic in every one billion parts of apple juice. That is lower than the 10 parts per billion set by EPA as the maximum level allowed in public drinking water.

Sperm Characteristics

March 5, 2012

Some men have to undergo a sperm characteristics analysis, the purpose of which is to obtain the information about the volume and the quality of sperm a man is able to generate.

This analysis is usually done in order to see if a man is fertile and can become a father. According to the statistics, more than 30% of reproductively challenged couples’ problems are connected to the quality of a man’s semen or sperm accounts. In some cases the sperm characteristics analysis is carried out to check the results of vasectomy or of reversal vasectomy, a surgical operation carried out to make a man infertile or, respectively, to make him fertile again.

Here is the list of the tests conducted during a sperm characteristics analysis:

  1. Sperm count test is used to measure the concentration of sperm in every milliliter (ml) of a man’s ejaculate.
  2. Liquefaction time test shows the time necessary for sperm to liquidize is called liquefaction time. Usually it takes about 20 minutes for sperm to turn into liquid.
  3. Sperm motility test allows to reveal the motile density of sperm, i.e. the amount as well as the number of sperm capable to move forward in due way.
  4. Sperm morphology test shows the percentage of sperm having the normal shape.
  5. PH levels test can identify semen acid-base balance, if the sperm is acidic or alkaline.
  6. White blood cells test shows if here are white blood cells in a sperm sample.
  7. Fructose levels test is supposed to measure sperm fructose level. Fructose is necessary as it fills the sperm with energy.

Sperm Characteristics Analysis Preparations

Before undergoing a sperm characteristics analysis you have to make some preparations. It means you should avoid any sexual activity that ends in ejaculation 2-5 days before the analysis. If you do not follow this requirement, the sperm count won’t be as high as possible, so the test cannot be considered reliable.

Besides, you should be sexually active 1-2 weeks before doing the sperm characteristics analysis because long abstinence can cause inactivity of sperm. And it is also desirable to avoid drinking alcohol for several days before the test and to tell your doctor if you are taking any medication.

Sperm Characteristics Analysis

When a sperm characteristics analysis is done, semen is collected into a small cup. A man can do it either at home or at a hospital where the test is taken. The most common way of the sample collecting is through masturbation into the little sample cup. But you can also do it after sex by either collecting your sperm from a condom (you can put it in a special container to avoid its leaking or breaking) or ejaculating into the sample cup during sex.

Improve Sperm Characteristics

You can improve your sperm characteristics, your ejaculation power, your sperm quality and increase sperm production by introducing the following two natural and simple tips into your daily life. Keep hydrated! You will keep your body and you organ healthy and well functioning. In case your organism is dehydrated, the amount of semen will decrease gradually.  You will produce more sperm if you receive enough water. According to the recent data, you should consume 8 glasses of fresh water to keep your body well hydrated and to have the proper sperm count.

Another thing you should remember is to take sperm pills, which improve the sperm characteristics. These pills contain minerals, vitamins and herbal extracts plus valuable amino acids including L-arginine, L-glysine and L-carnitine, helping you to keep the sperm count at a proper level. In addition to this, they influence the blood circulation and make the erections stronger every time.