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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10 Easy and Great Health Foods From Your Pantry

Posted on July 18, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

These 10 great health foods meet at least three of the following criteria: (1) Are a good or excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; (2) Are high in phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds, such as vitamins A and E and beta carotene; (3) May help reduce the risk of heart disease and other health conditions;  (4) Are low in calorie density, meaning you get a larger portion size with a fewer number of calories; and/or (5) Are readily available.

     Almonds – Packed with fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, calcium (more calcium than any other nut w/ 75 milligrams (mg) in one serving or about 23 almonds), and vitamin E.  Also a great plant source of protein and most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat – a healthier type of fat that may help lower blood cholesterol levels.

Apples – An excellent source of pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels, and fresh apples are a good source of vitamin C – an antioxidant that protects your body’s cells from damage, helps form the connective tissue collagen, keeps your capillaries and blood vessels healthy, and aids in the absorption of iron.

Blueberries – They’re are a rich source of phytonutrients (plant compounds) which may help prevent urinary tract infections, improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging.  One cup of blueberries is also a low-calorie source of approximately 3.6 grams of fiber and 14mg of vitamin C in only 84 calories.    

Broccoli – Broccoli is a good source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber, and broccoli contains phytonutrients – a group of compounds that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamins A and C – antioxidants that protect your body’s cells from damage.

Red Beans – Small red beans and dark red kidney beans are good sources of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin. They’re  low-fat and low-calorie sources of protein and dietary fiber, and contain phytonutrients that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Salmon – Salmon is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and is a good source of protein.  It’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which is a type of fat that makes your blood less likely to form clots that may cause heart attacks. Omega-3s may also protect against irregular heartbeats that may cause sudden cardiac death, decrease triglyceride levels, decrease the growth of artery-clogging plaques, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.

Spinach – Popeye had it right.  Eat your spinach!   The plant compounds in spinach may boost your immune system, and may help keep your skin and hair healthy.  Spinach is a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, iron and magnesium, and is high in vitamins A and C and folate.

     Sweet Potatoes – You can tell sweet potatoes are high in the antioxidant beta carotene by their deep orange-yellow color. Foods rich in beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in your body, may help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of some cancers. Sweet potatoes are also fat-free, low in calories, and are a good source of fiber, vitamins B-6, C and E, folate and potassium.

 

Vegetable Juice – Vegetable juice is an easy way to include veggies in your diet and includes most of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals found in the original vegetables.  Vegetable juices that include tomato juice, and tomato juice, are good sources of lycopene, an antioxidant that may reduce the risk of heart attack, prostate cancer and possibly other types of cancer.  (Be sure to choose low-sodium vegetable juices.)

     Wheat Germ – The wheat germ – the part of the seed that’s responsible for the growth and development of the new plant sprout – is a highly concentrated source of niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc.  It also contains protein, fiber and some fat.    

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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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Antioxidant [super] Blend…Not A One-Note Samba

Posted on July 1, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Eating or drinking one or two ingredient antioxidant supplements is like having an orchestra with one or two instruments.  It’s not a full complement. 

 Dr. Passwater says 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.”

Our morning blend of antioxidants – GREENS FIRST – is a full complement of start-the-day-right vegetables and fruits in a pleasant tasting blend.  Our afternoon blend of antioxidants – RED ALERT – is a fruit and vegetable mix to give you that bit of a boost in the afternoon you need.  Both blends are a synergistic, phytonutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich complement of certified and organic vegetables and fruit.

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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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Exercise and Better Diet Linked to Dramatic Changes at Genetic Level

Posted on June 20, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Initial results from a small study where 30 men with low-risk prostate cancer were tracked showed interesting results.  The men adjusted lifestyle choices to include diets rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, soy products, whole grains and moderate exersice such as walking an hour a day.  They also practiced an hour of daily stress management such as meditation each day. 

Besides the expected changes of weight loss and lower blood pressure, the researchers found the activity of disease promoting genes shut down while the activity of disease preventing genes increased.  These findings were confirmed with compared prostate biopsies prior to, and after, the lifestyle changes.   Viva relaxation, meditation, and a great diet rich in antioxidants!

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Free Radicals Are Unpaired Electrons

Posted on June 11, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    

 

Free radicals are unpaired electrons which, in your body, attack healthy cells so they can acquire the healthy cell’s electrons.  The healthy cells then become free radicals as well.  This multiplication of free radicals can lead to aging, cancer, heart disease, and other degenerative problems.  Ingestion of antioxidants, or foods rich in antioxidants, allows them to donate their electrons to damaged cells.  This slows down or can prevent  degenerative changes in the body.  Eating especially intensely colored fruits and vegetables is a great way to get adequate antioxidants into your body.  Organic phytonutrient-rich antioxidant supplements is also a good choice.  Berries are particularly rich in antioxidants with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries being some of your great choices.  So is the Acai berry, and brightly colored vegetables. 

 

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How Do Birds and Berries Depend On Each Other?

Posted on June 4, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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For their cycle of life.  Birds eat the yummy berry fruits – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and more – then fly hither and yon spreading the berry seeds.  The berry seeds have more places to grow and spread, and the cycle repeats.  Phytonutrients are the phytochemicals that give berries their attractive and lively colors.  These highly visible colors attract the seed-distributing birds that feast on the fruit and spread the wealth.

 

Berries, in general, contain vitamins (Vitamins C & E are common), minerals (Manganese and Niacin, too), and fiber (4-9 grams per cup) plus a burst of succulent flavor in every bite.  These fun-to-eat foods may help prevent heart disease and cancer, boost the immune system, have antiviral and antibacterial properties, and slow the aging process.  These healthful benefits are due to the concentration of phytonutrients which have an antioxidant effect (kind of like anti-rust).  Besides the deeply colored berries, strongly colored vegetables, nuts, flax seeds, tea and dark chocolate also tend to be high in the healthful phytochemicals. 

 

Would you rather get your daily dose of phytonutrients and antioxidants from your cup of tea, carrots and broccoli, dark chocolate, or brightly colored berries?

 

“Mac”

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Lifestyle IS Living

Posted on May 30, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 So here’s to health.

There are 4 predominant factors that contribute to chronic and degenerative disease, esp. as we age: (1) Free Radical Damage; (2) Chronic Inflammation; (3) Hyperinsulemia; and, (4) Stress (excess or diminished cortisol).  Optimal health is proactively working to prevent all four. 

To maintain health and improve with age we focus on five areas: (1) The power of positive mental thinking and focus (there really is a power of attraction so be positive and attract the positive); (2) Regular exercise for all its’ known benefits; (3) A diet rich in whole foods (not processed) and especially dark-colored fruits and vegetables known to be rich in antioxidants; (4) Taking time to get your restorative sleep each day/night; and, (5) Supplements.

What supplements do you take?  And how often?

“Mac”

                                               

1) Greens First – Refreshing Taste Vegetable & Fruit Antioxidant Morning Blend     2) Omega Essential Fatty Acids     3) Dream Protein – Hormone Free Whey Protein     4) Red Alert – Afternoon Phytonutrient Fruit Antioxidant Blend    5) Rice Bran Fiber        

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