Rice Fiber Plus – Stabilized Rice Bran Capsules

Posted on September 5, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bran is the hard outer layer of grain and can be milled from any cereal grain, including rice. Bran is particularly rich in dietary fiber and omegas, and contains significant quanitities of starch, protein, vitamins and dietary minerals.

Rice bran is a by-product of rice milling and it’s known to contain antioxidants. It’s known that a major rice bran fraction contains tocotrienol, gamma-oryzanol, and beta-sitosterol – all of which may contribute to lowering the plasma levels of various paramenters of the lipid profile. Rice bran also contains a high level of dietary fibers.

Most dietary fiber products on the market are psyllium-based, and most produce carbon dioxide and methane in the intestinal tract which can cause bloating, gas and discomfort. The stabilized rice bran found in Rice Fiber Plus is a “friendly fiber” promoting “regularity, alleviating occasional constipation while helping one’s body digest food more quickly and easily.” Rice Fiber Plus may help to promote normal elimination and regularity, healthy weight management, and normal blood sugar levels.

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Smoothies, Antioxidants and Healthy Eating

Posted on August 16, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Smoothies can be a convenient way to take your nutrients on the run. The versatility of ingredients means smoothies can be infinitely tailored to your taste and preferences.  Retail available smoothies, and smoothie products, usually contain pasteurized ingredients which means the fruits and/or superfoods predictably have a loss in some vital nutrients.  The best choice is to make your own smoothie with fresh, organic ingredients.

                                           

An early-in-the-day smoothie takes little time to prepare, and can keep you feeling satisfied and energized through lunch. You can customize your own super foods and add-ins as there are no rules, just endless combinations.  Here’s a healthy smoothie idea that’s full of nutrients and is delicious.

* 2 Tbsps.each of linseeds and hempseeds that have been soaked overnight. This releases their goodness and makes them easier to absorb. (They’re packed with essential fats for physical and mental health.)

* One scoop of our Greens First morning antioxidant blend, or one scoop of our Red Alert afternoon antioxidant blend.

* Frozen Acai berries (high in antioxidants and other powerful nutrients… the current darling in the antioxidant world), or frozen raspberries

* 25 Fresh Blueberries (the age-defying fruit)

* 4 Frozen strawberries (loaded with zinc and other nutrients to help you feel great)

* 1 banana (packed with potassium and one of the best ingredients to thicken and bulk out a great smoothie recipe)

* 1 small packet of Stevia (the sweetener that’s good for you and is highly alkalizing. It’s better to sweeten a smoothie naturally with fruit or sweeteners)

* A pinch of bee pollen (a great longevity foods and also helpful in keeping you from getting colds and flu)

* Enough water to make it a nice consistency (essential to our lives)

There are many other smoothies you can make but the best smoothie is one that offers you healthful benefits and tastes great!

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Dr. Robert Young, “Greens” & the Alkalizing Diet

Posted on July 23, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

GREENS FIRST contains only 30 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving; mixes easily without a blender; contains 49 super foods, extracts and concentrates including super greens, vegetables, fruits, probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids, enzymes and lecithin; each 9.4 gram scoop mixed with 6 to 8 oz. of water is proven to have the antioxidant power of 10 plus servings of fruit and vegetables;* contains Certified Organic Fruits and Vegetables.

                   

ALKA-FIZZ is not a medicine to cure any disease. There is no approved therapeutic claim, but it will add bicarbonates [HCO3] to the blood stream. Bicarbonates in the blood stream are one of the primary substances for life and basic elements of nutrition that keep your blood alkaline and available to neutralize acids.*   The decline of bicarbonates in the blood with a corresponding increase of acids and a lowering of the arterial pH may promote aging and chronic conditions.  Some may say that the reduction of bicarbonates is an unavoidable result of aging. However others suggest that the reduction of bicarbonates is the primary cause of physiological aging and by adding bicarbonates we may delay the aging process and prevent age related adult degenerative conditions.  For more information, read the following:  http://www.greensfirst.com/5039/gf_content2.asp?node=83

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S.A.D., or the Standard American Diet

Posted on July 12, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

S.A.D., or the Standard American Diet*, rarely includes the minimum 5-to-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables recommended by the National Cancer Institute and the United States Department of Agriculture.  Their concern is primarily about the epidemic rise of cardio-vascular disease, obesity, cancer and premature aging in the populace.  People will only eat what they like and, quite often, what is convenient.  Our goal is to provide good-tasting, instant and healthy super foods that can help bridge the gap between a S.A.D. and an optimal diet.

 

Greens First is our morning antioxidant blend containing 49 super foods, extracts and concentrates, including super greens, vegetables, fruits, probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids, enzymes and lecithin.  Each 9.4 gram scoop is easily mixed in 6-8 oz. of water, contains only 30 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving, and is proven to have the antioxidant power of 10 plus servings of fruits and vegetables (see our Greens First Scientific White Paper link below).  Greens First contains Certified Organic fruits and vegetables.  Adding Greens First to your diet may help to boost energy, promote a healthy heart, improve digestion, fight aging, promote normal cholesterol, assist weight management, and more.

Greens First Scientific White Paper:  http://www.greensfirst.com/gestion/GreensFirstWhitePaper.pdf

(* The Standard American Diet, aka S.A.D., tends to be high in animal fats, unhealthy saturated and hydrogenated fats, and processed foods, while being low in fiber, complex carbohydrates and plant-based foods.)

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Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC)

Posted on July 7, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The method for measuring the antioxidant capacity of various foods is called ORAC which is the acronym for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity.  ORAC was developed by scientists in the NIH, specifically in the National Institute on Aging division (but the method is not approved by the NIH).

A wide variety of foods had been test for their ORAC values in the past, but the following chart is more current and reflects the 2007 results.  The importance of a food’s high ORAC value is that it indicates a food’s antioxidant value, and a high value is believed to be correlated in the Free-radical theory of aging. 

This more current list from 2007 was compiled by scientists within the United States Dept. of Agriculture and includes ORAC values for 277 foods commonly consumed in the USA (grains, seeds, nuts, spices, vegetables, fruits, etc.).  It’s also considered to be more accurate than the previously published ORAC numbers because it shows that all plants have variable amounts of both hydrophilic (water-loving) phytochemicals and lipophilic (fat-loving) phytochemicals that contribute to total ORAC. 

USDA data on foods with high levels of antioxidant phytochemicals

Food

Serving size

Antioxidant capacity per serving size[6]

Cinnamon, ground

100 grams

267,536

Aronia black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

100 grams

16062

Small Red Bean

½ cup dried beans

13727

Wild blueberry

1 cup

13427

Red kidney bean

½ cup dried beans

13259

Pinto bean

½ cup

11864

Blueberry

1 cup (cultivated berries)

9019

Cranberry

1 cup (whole berries)

8983

Artichoke hearts

1 cup, cooked

7904

Blackberry

1 cup (cultivated berries)

7701

Prune

½ cup

7291

Raspberry

1 cup

6058

Strawberry

1 cup

5938

Red Delicious apple

1 apple

5900

Granny Smith apple

1 apple

5381

Pecan

oz

5095

Sweet cherry

1 cup

4873

Black plum

1 plum

4844

Russet potato

1, cooked

4649

Black bean

½ cup dried beans

4181

Plum

1 plum

4118

Gala apple

1 apple

3903

 

 

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Green Tea and Fat Oxidation

Posted on July 2, 2008. Filed under: Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I’m reproducing this article from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and note, especially, the “Conclusions” at the bottom.  Green Tea is not only a treat but a benefit, too.  Enjoy! 

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American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 70, No. 6, 1040-1045, December 1999
© 1999
American Society for Clinical Nutrition


Original Research Communications

Efficacy of a green tea extract rich in catechin polyphenols and caffeine in increasing 24-h energy expenditure and fat oxidation in humans1,2,3

Abdul G Dulloo, Claudette Duret, Dorothée Rohrer, Lucien Girardier, Nouri Mensi, Marc Fathi, Philippe Chantre and Jacques Vandermander

1 From the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva; Geneva University Hospital; and Laboratoires Arkopharma, Nice, France.

 

Background: Current interest in the role of functional foods in weight control has focused on plant ingredients capable of interfering with the sympathoadrenal system.

Objective: We investigated whether a green tea extract, by virtue of its high content of caffeine and catechin polyphenols, could increase 24-h energy expenditure (EE) and fat oxidation in humans.

Design: Twenty-four–hour EE, the respiratory quotient (RQ), and the urinary excretion of nitrogen and catecholamines were measured in a respiratory chamber in 10 healthy men. On 3 separate occasions, subjects were randomly assigned among 3 treatments: green tea extract (50 mg caffeine and 90 mg epigallocatechin gallate), caffeine (50 mg), and placebo, which they ingested at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Results: Relative to placebo, treatment with the green tea extract resulted in a significant increase in 24-h EE (4%; P < 0.01) and a significant decrease in 24-h RQ (from 0.88 to 0.85; P < 0.001) without any change in urinary nitrogen. Twenty-four–hour urinary norepinephrine excretion was higher during treatment with the green tea extract than with the placebo (40%, P < 0.05). Treatment with caffeine in amounts equivalent to those found in the green tea extract had no effect on EE and RQ nor on urinary nitrogen or catecholamines.

Conclusions: Green tea has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation beyond that explained by its caffeine content per se. The green tea extract may play a role in the control of body composition via sympathetic activation of thermogenesis, fat oxidation, or both.

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Herbal Cleanse First

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  THE TOXIC WORLD WE LIVE IN
More than ever before, we live in a toxic world.  We ingest toxins into our bodies from the water we drink, the air we breathe and even the food we eat on a daily basis.  Our health depends on our body’s ability to eliminate toxins.  Our bodies are designed with 7 channels of elimination.  Our blood, colon, kidneys, lymph, liver and lungs all work together to cleanse toxins out of our system.  But, our internal natural cleansing system is being challenged by a toxic burden larger than any other time in history.  When we become overloaded with toxins, our bodies are forced to store those toxins within our bodies, causing problems for the cells.  Cells become clogged and stressed from toxicity and they do not work as well, resulting in our bodies feeling run down, loss of energy and even feeling sick.

Herbal Cleanse FIRST  is a 7-Day, 24 Hour Internal Cleansing Formula that is naturally and nutritionally designed to support your body.

DAYTIME DETOX & CLEANSE:  The DAYTIME Formula is a special mixture of detoxifying herbs such as alfalfa, dandelion root, uva ursi and milk thistle among others to assist detoxify and cleanse your body of impurities.

NIGHTTIME FIBER:  The NIGHTTIME Formula is a blend of unique fibers with stabilized rice bran, cascara sagrada, bentonite trace minerals and other herbs to attract and help move impurities out of your body.

DAYTIME Formula
ALFALFA LEAF
contains vitamins A, D, E, and K and trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and protein.  This leaf has been traditionally used to help promote healthy digestion and bowel function.
DANDELION is a rich source of potassium and lecithin.  Plus it contains more vitamin A than carrots!  This plant has been used in the treatment of liver disorders & detoxification, appetite loss, indigestion, and fluid retention.
MILK THISTLE contains silybin, which functions as an antioxidant and is one of the most potent liver protective agents known.  It helps to increase intracellular concentration of glutathione, a substance required for detoxifying reactions inside the liver cells and assisting in stimulating production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones.
PAPAYA contains papain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that helps to ease many stomach ailments and is an exceptional aid to digestion.  A rich source of minerals and vitamins A, C and E, papain also stimulates the bowels in times of constipation, helps to stimulate digestive acids and the production of bile, which may also lead to a healthier liver and pancreas.NIGHTTIME Formula
CASCARA SAGRADA
is a mild but extremely effective colon cleanser and laxative that acts principally on the large intestine.  The bark is rich in hormone-like oils and is considered excellent for cleansing and detoxifying programs.
STABILIZED RICE BRAN is one of the best natural sources for fat-soluble phytosterols, which provide health benefits associated with blood-sugar control, prostate health and cholesterol metabolism.  This nutrient rich product offers more than 120 known antioxidants.
LACTOBACILLUS is a “good” bacteria that your body needs to maintain proper health.  They are common, even necessary, inhabitants of humans and other animals.  In humans, they are present in the gastrointestinal tract and are an important genus of the gut flora.  The production of lactic acid makes its environment acidic which inhibits the growth of some harmful bacteria.
BENTONITE TRACE MINERALS contain water-absorbing properties.  Bentonite has been used as a bulk laxative and as a suspending and stabilizing agent, as well as, an adsorbent or clarifying agent.

 
 
 

 

 


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Aging, Antioxidants and Free Radicals

Posted on June 28, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  * (See photo comments below)

The free radical theory of aging is generally accepted with more and more health science researchers concluding that free radicals cause oxidation.  It is commonly understood that oxidation is a process akin to the rusting of metal, and causes age-related deteriortation of the heart as well as being a central process of aging.  Human metabolism and energy productions create free radicals.  They are also at times the key feature of pollutants, poisons and drugs.

Our natural antioxidant processes compensate for one another, covering up momentary deficiencies by their overlap. Perhaps our very best result comes from maintaining all of our antioxidation resources to work towards our good health.

Dr. Passwater goes on to say the following about antioxidants in his book The Antioxidants :

“Combinations of antioxidants are like a balanced symphony working together. A symphony orchestra produces sounds so much more harmonious than merely having 20 drums playing. It is not the quantity, but the blend. The same is true with antioxidant nutrients: you get better results with moderate amounts of a full complement than you get with using very large amounts of just one nutrient… In general, the different reducing agents in the body “talk to one another” freely, and thus, it is probably important that all of our pools of reducing agents be maintained. For this reason, most of us in the field recommend that a person take a variety of antioxidants (a “cocktail”), not just a single substance.”

Dr. Passwater concludes:

“The importance of synergism is that the antioxidant nutrients each contribute to the total protection. They work together in the antioxidant cycle and reach all body compartments–fat and water-based, blood and internal cell. They protect against all types of free radicals and reactive oxygen species. No one antioxidant can do all of this.”

 (* Photo comments – 88 year old Grandfather to 11, John Lowe, of Witchford, Cambs, UK, took up dancing having watched his daughter Alison become a professional dancer.  The retired teacher said: “It’s a wonderful thing to do and I can’t understand why more men don’t do it.”  

Mr Lowe appeared with the Lantern Dance Theatre Company, in Ely, UK, on Sunday evening, January 13, 2008.  Mr. Lowe perfected his pirouettes at home in daily practice in preparation for his premier performance in Prokofiev’s “The Stone Flower at The Maltings.”

Mr. Lowe states, “I went to a dance school in the high street in Ely and asked if I could do tap and ballet and they said ‘well of course you can’ and I’ve been doing it ever since.  I’ve got a rope at home that I use to pull my leg up higher. I’m lucky that I don’t have any problem with the routines but that’s because I exercise. There’s nothing effeminate about it – you have to be incredibly fit to dance.”

Now that’s enjoying your golden years, and we applaud John Lowe and aging gracefully!!)

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Long Term Coffee Drinking May Not Be Harmful

Posted on June 25, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , |

  Long-term coffee drinking did not appear to increase a person’s risk of early death and seemed to indicate a reduction in risk of dying from heart disease from a recently published study.  

The study was lead by Esther Lopez-Garcia of Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain.  It follow 84,214 U.S. women from 1980 to 2004, and 41,736 U.S. men from 1986 to 2004.  The women were nurses, and the men were doctors, dentists and other health professionals.

The study found that coffee drinkers – up to six cups a day – experienced a small decline in death rates from heart disease.   In particular the study found that women who drank 2-3 cups of caffeinated coffee a day had a 25% lower risk of death from heart disease than women who don’t drink coffee.  The researchers saw a smaller decreased risk for men but it wasn’t statistically significant.  Drinking decaffeinated coffee  was associated with a small reduction in overall mortality risk.   The study found no association between coffee consumption and cancer deaths.

Some studies have indicated coffee is a great source of antioxidants, substances that may protect against the effects of molecules called free radicals that can damage cells and may play a role in heart diesase, cancer and other ailments.  This study was released June 16, 2008.

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Age-Related Macular Degeneration & Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Posted on June 22, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Australian researchers reviewed 9 published studies and concluded that eating fish twice a week reduced the risk of early and late AMD – Age-related Macular Degeneration.  The studies included over 3,000 people with AMD and found that a diet high in intake of omega-3 fatty acids was correlated with a 38% reduced risk of AMD.

Outer cells of the retina are continually shed and regenerated.  With a sufficient dietary intake, the [long-chain] omega-3 fatty acids were found to be integral in the formation of the layer of nerve cells in the retina.  The researchers tempered their results by stating the consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may be associated with a lower risk of AMD, but there is currently insufficient literature, prospective studies and randomized trials to support an unqualified conclusion and recommendations.

                

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