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Super Foods that Provide Superior Health Benefits

June 1, 2010

Nature has provided super foods that outperform even the most powerful fruits and vegetables.

They’re stronger than popular health foods like broccoli, spinach, blueberries, and pomegranate.

They change the way you feel… the way you heal… and they may even increase your longevity.

Super foods
provide these 3 essential benefits for superior strength and survival:

• Detoxify

• Energize

• Modulate

Super foods are a must for modern living. For one, you’ve been building up and storing toxins every day since you were in the womb. Two, these toxins put a severe burden on your immune system and your cell’s ability to create energy. Three, the systemic stress you’re coping with around the clock throws off the production of hormones throughout your body.

Super foods heal and restore balance. They detoxify your internal systems by binding to toxins and dragging them out of your body. They energize by providing specific nutrients that support cellular energy production. They modulate by influencing and “resetting” the flow of hormones.

Super foods may be the best, and easiest, way to cleanse and heal your body. They’re simple to use, and go to work fast.

There are 5 super foods that are believed to be the most effective. Spirulina and chlorella may be the oldest foods on earth, arriving on this planet over 3.5 billion years ago. They are microscopic plants and the world’s richest source of vitamins, minerals, iron, protein, and dozens of energizing and detoxifying nutrients. Spirulina is so powerful; scientists at NASA consider it the perfect food for astronauts when they travel into space. In fact, one pound of Spirulina has the nutritional power of 1,000 pounds of assorted vegetables.

Barley grass is well balanced; it has the exact blend of amino acids, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that you need for strength and vigor. Its track record goes back so far, its health-promoting powers are mentioned in the Bible. Barley grass is also one of the best natural sources of your body’s “master guardian,” SOD (superoxide dismutase). This powerful antioxidant is 3,000 times stronger than vitamin E and protects your cells from free radical attacks.

Another super food from Brazil is sold on the side of the road at small fruit stands. “Acerola fruit drink” is more popular in Brazil than orange juice is here in the U.S. Acerola is a type of cherry, and it’s a powerful antioxidant. The acerola cherry is a pure, natural source of vitamin C. And it’s far more potent than the synthetic kind you find at your local vitamin store. In fact, acerola cherry has 30 times more vitamin C than oranges. Real vitamin C from a natural source is a complex of different factors. This  means your standard, synthetic dime-store vitamin C probably isn’t supporting your immune system, fighting free radicals, or helping to eliminate toxins like the real thing.

Bee pollen is mostly overlooked today, but it has a long history of extending life and fighting the effects of aging. Almost 5,000 years ago, the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung compiled a medical encyclopedia highlighting the power of bee pollen. Pollen is the “seed” of flowering plants that allows them to reproduce. But it’s also full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, unsaturated fats, enzymes, and more.  Taken in combination, these super foods are more than just the sum of their parts. They have a cumulative effect over time.

These super foods invigorate every cell, every tissue, and every organ in your body. Over time, their rejuvenating power can help balance and reset all your major systems – creating a brand-new body, and a whole new outlook on life.

It’s like pushing a button and releasing the buildup of sludge, toxins, and heavy metals that have been collecting for decades. At the same time, your body starts to re-energize and rejuvenate. The feeling you get is both uplifting and inspiring. 

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March 30, 2010

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TerraVin Natural Anti-aging formula contains powerful antioxidants, giving benefits to the cardiovascular system and the the immune system. Researchers believe that antioxidants, such as flavonoids or a substance called Resveratrol, found in red wine grapes, have promising heart-healthy benefits. Most bottles of wine on the market contain less than 1mg of Resveratrol in each bottle. The sure way to get the higher dosages of Resveratrol is through high quality nutritional supplements.

Resveratrol
The secret to anti-aging lies with Trans-Resveratrol, active form of resveratrol polyphenols found in the skins, seeds, and stems of red wine grapes. Trans-Resveratrol remains active only when sheltered from the sun, light, and oxygen. In this pure, ultra beneficial form, Trans-Resveratrol has been proven in studies to activate the SIRT1 longevity gene and enhance cellular productivity. Trans-Resveratrol is found here and available to you at its peak of potency.

Activin® Grape Seed Extract
The ActiPureTM is a patented (patent #5,912,363) natural extraction process. This process involves a hot water extraction of polyphenolic compounds (OPCs) from dry grape seeds. Extracted OPCs are selectively purified using food grade membrane filters and adsorption resins. Active compounds adsorbed on the resin are reversibly removed using an ethanol/water solution. Food grade membrane filters are employed to concentrate the OPCs before drying. The finished product consists of a red powder containing over 85 percent polyphenolics (measured as Gallic acid equivalents) and a potency of greater than 250 Porter units. For more information on Activin® visit www.Activin.com

Pine Bark Extract
Pine bark Extract (Pycnogenol®) has proven to be one of the most potent antioxidants, a property that may explain why pine bark has been used in folk medicine around the world. Pine bark contains complex polyphenols that are among the most potent of any plant. Pine polyphenols are powerful antioxidants, giving benefits to the cardiovascular system and the immune system. They are well known for supporting capillary health. Polyphenols are vigorous free radical scavengers that help the body reduce oxidative stress.

Pycnogenol® is a combination of some 40 chemicals extracted from the bark of the French maritime pine, Pinus pinaster, which grows in many areas along the Atlantic coast of France and into North Africa. Extracts and teas of pine were commonly used by early Europeans and native Americans, and reportedly are used in Asian medicine as well.

Scientific studies have also found that Pycnogenol® extends the lifetime of vitamin C in the body, prolonging its beneficial effects as an antioxidant.

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Fish oil may flow in the fountain of youth

January 27, 2010

The Spanish Explorer Ponce De Leon spent countless years looking for the fountain of youth. The answer wasn’t the water but what was swimming in it. Yet another study shows that fish oil may be a key to longer life.

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil may slow the ageing process by slowing the rate that telomeres shorten. Telomeres are the structures at the end of a chromosome that affect cell stability and replication. A growing body of research shows that the longer the telomeres, the longer the life of cells, which ultimately means slower ageing.

“Telomere length is an emerging marker for determining biological age, and many scientists are interested in understanding the impact of influences such as age, exercise, oxidative stress, diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and how interventions like dietary supplements, statins and omega-3 fatty acids impact length,” said the study, which was lead by Dr. Ramin Farzaneh-Far, assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. “We are excited to identify omega-3 fatty acids as a potentially protective factor that may slow down telomere shortening,” he said.

Previous research indicates heart patients with a higher intake of Omega-3s as have higher survival rates. Now researchers may know why. The new telomere Omega-3 research validates this and other studies on the importance of Omega-3 with regards to life expectancy. A study published in the April 2009 edition of PLoS Medicine, an online journal, showed that Omega-3 deficiencies may contribute to as many as 97,000 deaths annually.

“We know that daily doses of Omega-3 EPA/DHA can help with many conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, and we’re committed to increasing consumer awareness about the drastic Omega-3 EPA/DHA deficiency in the Western diet. However, these recent studies validate that Omega-3 EPA/DHA is more than just part of a healthy diet … it’s a matter of life and death,” said Lori Colvert, Ocean Nutrition Canada’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications.

For the telomere study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers evaluated 608 patients with stable heart disease (from the Heart and Soul Study from September 2000 and December 2002) and followed up on their status for a median period of six years.

Researchers evaluated participants for Omega-3 fatty acid levels at the start and throughout the study. They also isolated DNA from the blood and evaluated the length of the telomere of the leukocyte, a type of blood cell. Telomeres in patients with the lowest Omega-3 levels shortened 2.6 times faster than patients with the highest levels of Omega-3s. The study only looked at blood levels of Omega-3s, not dosage.

Cardiologists note that this study was the first to look at telomere length over time. The question remains whether the study results apply to healthy people because the researchers only looked at patients with heart disease. Though according to Farzaneh-Far, telomeres shorten in everyone, so Omega-3s could indeed benefit most people.

By Kimberly Lord Stewart @ functionalingredientsmag.com
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Heart Disease Patients With Higher Omega-3 Fatty Acids Age Slower

January 21, 2010

Heart disease patients with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood appear to age more slowly than those with the lowest blood levels, according to a new study.

A new study may help explain why. ”We’ve shown an entirely new effect of omega-3 fatty acids, which may be able to slow down the biological aging process in patients with coronary heart disease,” says lead author Ramin Farzaneh-Far, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

In a previous study, Farzaneh-Far and his colleagues looked at a marker of biological age (the rate of shortening of telomeres) structures at the end of a chromosome involved in its replication and stability. As the telomeres shorten over time, the eventual result is cell death, the scientists believe.

Farzaneh-Far says and his team looked at the same group of heart disease patients and found that telomere length was ”a powerful predictor of death and bad outcomes from heart disease. In that study, we found the shorter your telomeres, the greater your risk of death.”

In the new study, the higher that the blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the patients evaluated, the slower the rate of telomere shortening.

“We looked at the biological effects of higher blood levels,” Farzaneh-Far tells WebMD, “not supplement intake.”

The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Omega-3s and Aging Study Details

For the study, the researchers evaluated 608 patients with stable heart disease, recruited from the Heart and Soul Study from September 2000 and December 2002, following them up for a median of six years (half were followed more, half less).

Participants gave blood samples at the beginning of the study, which were evaluated for omega-3 fatty acid levels. The researchers also isolated DNA from the blood and evaluated the length of the telomere of the leukocyte, a type of blood cell.

Over the follow-up period, “patients with the lowest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids exhibited a rate of telomere shortening 2.6 times faster than patients with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids,” Farzaneh-Far tells WebMD.

How does that relate to aging? “We don’t have enough data to be able to convert the changes of telomere shortening into years of aging,” he says. “This may be one of the first studies to look at the change in telomere length over time.”

There was no association found between omega-3 fatty acid levels and telomere length at the study start. The researchers aren’t sure why, but state that omega-3 fatty acid levels is one of many influences on the length of the telomeres, with other factors including inflammation in the body, obesity, oxidative stress, and lack of physical activity. 

Would high omega-3 blood levels help those without heart disease? Farzaneh-Far can’t say. ”Whether this effect of omega-3 fatty acids on telomere length is present in those without coronary heart disease, I just can’t say,” Farzaneh-Far says, noting it was beyond the scope of the study. However, he adds, ”it could be.” Telomere shortening occurs in everyone, he says 

Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Aging: Other Opinions

”This is very exciting news, to show how fish oil works on a cellular level,” says Ravi Dave, MD, a cardiologist at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital and an associate professor of medicine at the University of California Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine.

The new finding, he says, builds on previous research. “There has been a strong association found that if you take marine omega-3 fatty acids, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.”

Researchers have been trying to pin down why. Several proposed mechanisms have been found, including reduction of inflammation in the body or reducing the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, Dave says.

With the new finding, he says, “it’s no longer a hypothesized mechanism. It has some basis behind how it works.”

But, he adds, “fish oils are only one of the things that affect telomere length.” Many other factors, he says, such as oxidative stress on the cells, play a role.

Eventually, Dave says, if the telomere research bears out, a test to check a person’s telomere length may be one way to predict the risk of heart disease.

The new research demonstrates a protective effect of fish oil on the aging clock, adds Robert Zee, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of molecular epidemiology at the division of preventive medicine of Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston. He has reported a link between shorter telomere length and heart attacks. But the new findings need replication, he says.

Omega-3s and Health: Advice

What should healthy people and those with heart disease do in terms of omega-3s?

Farzaneh-Far points to the existing American Heart Association guidelines. “The American Heart Association already recommends at least a gram a day” of omega-3 fatty acid intake for those with documented heart disease, he says. Preferably it should come from oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, or albacore tuna, according to the AHA, but supplements could be considered if a patient’s doctor agrees.

For those who don’t have heart disease, the AHA recommends eating a variety of fish, preferably oily types such as salmon, at least twice a week, and including in the diet healthy oils such as flaxseed, canola, and soybean.

One of the researchers, William S. Harris of the University of South Dakota, reports receiving research grants from companies with interests in omega-3 fatty acids. Another co-author, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase.

 By Kathleen Doheny – WebMD Health News

 

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New Year’s Resolutions to a Healthier Body & Mind

December 30, 2009

Instead of just making a resolution and not keeping it. This year make your resolutions specifically about getting more life to live. You can increase your life span live a life that is less stressful and more enjoyable by making a few simple changes in your everyday activities. Keep your mind focused on the positive aspects of change and stay committed.

Lose Weight
Obesity can lead to a reduced life expectancy and several health problems including diabetes, liver disease, breathing problems, heart disease and certain cancers. The human body is an incredible machine, it processes the food you eat and turns it in to energy which you use to do everything in your life. Without the vitamins and nutrients your body creates from food, you would not be able to sustain life at all.

The intake of food you consume should not be greater than the amount of energy you are expelling. If you have a sit down office job you should consume less carbohydrates and fatty foods as not to overload your body and make it work harder. Your metabolism speed determines how fast your body can digest the food you eat and turn it into vital nutrients. If you have a slow metabolism or are not exercising regularly, then your body will need to consume less food than someone who is exercising daily or someone who’s job is mostly physical labor. Try to only consume what you are using during the day and choose foods that are not high in fats and sugars.

Exercise More
Your body needs physical exercise to produce energy. Muscles need to be used or they have a tendency to stop working properly. Lack of exercise can lead to heart problems, arthritis, blood clots and several other illnesses. You need to keep your muscles motivated by using them regularly.

Walking, riding a bike, jogging, sports and weight training are all great ways to keep your muscles in shape. Some people say they don’t like exercise, those are usually the ones who DON’T EXERCISE! Exercise is addictive, once you start doing it, you can’t stop. It is extremely motivating and helps your body create extra energy. You can use this extra energy to do more things in life for yourself and those around you. Not to mention you will look better doing them.

Exercise your Brain
Your brain needs a workout in order to grow and continue development. Scientific studies have shown that continued learning can improve cognition skills including, mental focus and concentration, and help prevent memory loss. Taking a poetry class or going back to school can help reduce your risk for memory loss in the future. Keeping your brain busy now can lead to better brain health later in life.

Eat Healthier
You should eat less sugar and more brain food. You’ve heard the saying, “Sugar rots your brain”, it’s true. Health experts have been warning of the risks from eating too much sugar for years, but eating too much sugar, can actually cause brain cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses.

Eat 4 – 6 small meals a day rather than 2 – 3 large meals. Eating smaller portions will help you eat less during each meal and will cause less stress on your organs. Using your organs more frequently will help boost your metabolism rate and eating less will mean your liver is not working overtime. Just keep your organs running don’t overload them and they will stay strong longer throughout your life. Give a little and get a lot back when it comes to your digestive system.

Get More Sleep
Everyone needs their sleep. Sleep is the magical reset button for your body and mind. When you sleep, you allow your brain to rest and refuel. Sleep helps you build up physical strength and energy for the next day. Without a healthy amount of sleep your brain will be less alert and your mood will sour as well. Adequate sleep will relieve stress, boost your immune defense, help you maintain a healthy weight, and much more. The benefits of Sleep go on and on.

Make more “ME” Time
We all have busy lives and schedules to keep, our to-do lists never end. There’s always 1 more thing to do, and if you don’t do it, it may not get done. Don’t let life’s responsibilities get in the way of you being able to enjoy a little time for yourself. Today is a great day to do something for yourself, even something small. Life was not meant to be all work and no play, you must create a good balance between the two.

Nature is beautiful and you should get out and enjoy it a much as possible. Vitamin D from the sun gives you energy and helps ward off illness. So even taking a nice walk, joining in a ball game, or going for a jog can help you have less sick days in the long run.

This year, think of what’s important in life and what you would like to do more of. What makes you happy? What do you go to work for? Life is short and you need to be able to enjoy it, as well as do your part to keep the world turning.

Detox your Body & Mind
Talking to a friend, soaking in the tub and meditation are all highly enjoyable and relaxing. These activities can also help you maintain a healthy sense of wellbeing both physically and emotionally. Friends make you happy and you laugh and feel good when you are in their company. This causes you to have a light heart and it wards off negativity which is one of the biggest life stressors.

Taking long baths allows your mind to be calm and the water helps quench your inner yearning for escape. Water is provided naturally by Mother Nature in order to cleanse and renew, it has an effect on both your body and mind when submerged.

Meditation gives you a time to reflect on what is on your mind. It also gives your body a release while your mind is experiencing calmness. Meditating can help you regenerate and renew your thoughts, giving you a fresh look on life and the situations you encounter. Your body needs your mind to relax in order to alleviate stress and ward off illness caused by life’s stressors.

Indigestion could Lead to Cancer & Other Illnesses

October 13, 2009

Nearly every health concern from cancer to ulcers can be traced back to your digestive system. Whether it’s the obvious problems that come with indigestion such as bloating, heartburn, gas, irregularity or more serious immune issues, it all comes down to what’s going on inside your gut. Not only is your digestive system responsible for breaking down foods and sending critical nutrients into your bloodstream, it’s also where most of your immune system resides.

Everything entering your mouth or nose can reach the GI tract. So everything we breathe, eat, or drink creates a potential invasion into our internal environment. If pathogens survive the trip through the acids and enzymes of the upper part of the GI tract, they find the perfect permanent home in the colon. As a result, the colon is often the seat of many chronic problems. When you take into account many of our society’s current habits, it’s easy to understand how pathogenic bacteria can easily gain a strong foothold right there in your gut.

For instance, we now consume less fiber and more refined carbohydrates than at any other time in history. Both of these habits slow bowel transit time (allowing toxins to sit in your body for far too long) and help provide fuel for harmful bacteria strains. On top of that, excessive use of antibiotics and NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anit-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen) has become widespread, which throw off the delicate balance of good, necessary bacteria in your gut.

It’s no wonder that most people in this country complain about no energy and are constantly sick. Their imbalanced colons support colonies of pathogenic bacteria, which are constantly spewing toxins into their system. Their immune system is in a constant fight just trying to keep things under control.

Now for the good news, It’s not that hard to turn all this around enjoy comfortable digestion, and get your immune system armed and ready for any invasion. It all comes down to balancing the bacterial flora in your gut. There is no doubt that proper digestion, absorption, elimination, and immune response; all dependent on bacterial flora; must be maintained if you want to remain healthy. Every day, groups of individuals are exposed to the same pathogens; but not everyone gets sick. A strong immune system response determines your ability to fend off premature aging, sickness, and disease. And a strong immune system requires the proper flora in the bowels.

That’s surprisingly simple to achieveQ By eating certain types of foods, you can feed your body the healthy, good bacteria it needs to keep your immune system strong and your digestive system running well. You can also do a Natural Colon Cleanse to clear out the bad bacteria in your digestive tract, intestines and colon.

It’s baffling why conventional medicine hasn’t been able to grasp or accept this concept. Obviously, the pharmaceutical companies stand to make a lot more money selling antibiotics and other medications than recommending a daily dose of fruit or vegetables.

With impending digestive threats all around you, you should take every precautionary measure to boost your immune system and keep your GI tract clear in order to ensure optimal health. 

People with the Highest Levels of GLUTATHIONE are Living Past the Age of 100

October 9, 2009

Cutting-edge research is revealing the power of a “master antioxidant” – a tripeptide molecule called glutathione (GLUTATHIONE (GSH)).

People with the highest levels of GLUTATHIONE (GSH) are the ones who routinely live past 100. Plus, it may prevent a host of chronic diseases like arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and diabetes – just to name a few.
Best of all, boosting your levels of GLUTATHIONE (GSH) is easy. Below is an effective strategy that may add decades to your life. These include the best ways to get the most powerful forms of GLUTATHIONE (GSH) and how much to take.

When scientists at the University of Louisville gave mosquitoes a GLUTATHIONE (GSH) booster, their levels went up by 50 to 100 percent. And, their life spans increased by a remarkable 30 to 38 percent. Doctors at the Montreal General Hospital Research Institute in Canada then repeated the experiment with mice. They were able to duplicate the results – boosting levels of GLUTATHIONE (GSH) and increasing life spans.

Their success prompted others to investigate the effects of GLUTATHIONE (GSH) in humans. Odense University in Denmark compared levels of GLUTATHIONE (GSH) in centenarians (age 100 to 105) and people age 60 to 79 and found that GLUTATHIONE (GSH) was higher in the centenarians. Among the centenarian group, those who were the most active had the very highest levels.

In the same way that high levels of GLUTATHIONE (GSH) increase life spans, low levels of GLUTATHIONE (GSH) show a direct link to chronic degenerative diseases.

Here’s just a partial list:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cataracts
  • Arthritis
  • Renal Failure
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Leukemia
  • Diabetes
  • Hearing Loss
  • Cancer
  • Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)
  • Macular Degeneration

High levels of GLUTATHIONE (GSH) are associated with fewer illnesses. A University of Michigan study found that those with higher GLUTATHIONE (GSH) levels reported a greater sense of well being along with lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and reduced body fat.

The most natural way to get more GLUTATHIONE (GSH) is eating foods high in glutathione. These include horseradish, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts.

These nutritional supplements will also boost your GLUTATHIONE (GSH):

There are also two reliable GLUTATHIONE (GSH) precursors – substances that stimulate the production of GLUTATHIONE (GSH). These are whey protein, commonly found in protein powders and N-acetyl cysteine (in a dose of 1,800 mg to 2,400 mg a day) – both are available at American Nutrition and/or local health food stores.

Finally, you can take GLUTATHIONE (GSH) supplements (1 to 2 grams per day). The latest reports show that up to 80 percent of most GLUTATHIONE (GSH) supplements are absorbed and used by your body.

contributed by Dr. Al Sears M.D.