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April 10, 2012

Isotonic form of Resveratrol

Isotonix® Resveratrol

As I said before alcohol, especially red wine is not bad for you. Taken in moderation it is actually beneficial. One of the components of red wine that is beneficial is Resveratrol. Unfortunately to get a real benefit from Resveratrol you would have to drink a lot of wine. And a lot is not good! So here comes Red Wine Extract Resveratrol in Isotonic form.

Below is the results of a new research:


Researchers from Purdue University in Indiana are testing a compound found in red wine that has the ability to block the processes of fat cell development. The research into the compound known as piceatannol may lead towards finding a simple method to combat obesity.

Piceatannol results from the conversion of resveratrol – a compound found in red wine, grapes and peanuts that is also thought to combat cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases. When resveratrol is converted into the piceatannol compound, which naturally occurs after consumption, the compound has the ability to delay fat cell growth.

Isotonic Resveratrol

Do not overdo it!

Not that much!

Poor cellular and cardiovascular health is becoming a worldwide epidemic. An unhealthy diet of processed, high-calorie, high-fat foods, pollution, smoking and sedentary lifestyles all contribute to poor cell and heart health. Scientists revealed The French Paradox, which states that even though the French drink, smoke and eat high-fat foods they have some of the lowest incidences of poor cardiovascular and cellular health. Scientists attribute this to the large amounts of red wine that the French consume or, more importantly, an extract found in red wine: Resveratrol. Resveratrol is an ingredient with incredible clinical research, revealing that it supports cardiovascular and normal cell health. Because wine is so highly processed, the actual amount of Resveratrol is quite low. One would have to drink at least three bottles of red wine a day to experience the effects of Resveratrol extract. Additionally, the content of Resveratrol in red wine is inconsistent and varies by type of wine, region and processing techniques. Resveratrol extract or more specifically, Resveravine®, which is a more concentrated form of Resveratrol, ensures that the body reaps all of the benefits of Resveratrol, without the ill effects from three bottles of wine.*

But a couple of glasses of good red wine is fine! If you are healthy. Enjoy!


Herbal remedies


healing bark

Herbal remedies have been used for thousands of years to treat lung disorders and are still considered a primary asthma treatment in many countries. Some have shown promise in research, but more studies are still needed to find out for certain what works and what’s safe.

French maritime pine bark extract (pycnogenol)

Vitamins and supplements
Supplements that seem promising include:

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August 9, 2011

Omega 3 with vitamin E

Highest quality

Recent research has shown that fish oil may be beneficial in supporting cognitive function by helping the body manage stress and enhance mood. It may also promote a healthy complexion. In an article published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the effects of omega-3 fish oil supplementation was shown to be beneficial for healthy cognitive and cardiac functioning. The study shows that supplementing with fish oil daily can rapidly raise the levels of EPA and DHA in cardiac tissue. This is important because both EPA and DHA have been proven to help maintain normal plasma triglycerides. In addition, DHA has been shown to help maintain blood pressure and blood viscosity. This study also showed an inverse relationship between EPA/DHA and arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid. As EPA and DHA increased in atrial (heart tissue) phospholipids, AA decreased.1

Omega 3 fish oil supplement for expecting mothers.

Omega 3 fish oil


For good or ill, everything mothers do during pregnancy affects the health of their babies. That includes taking daily supplements, according to a new study that found that children born to mothers who take fish-oil pills while pregnant may benefit from an early boost in immunity.

Researchers randomly assigned about 1,000 pregnant women to take daily supplements of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a major omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil, or a placebo. The babies’ health was evaluated when they were 1 month, 3 months and 6 months old. At every stage, babies whose mothers took fish-oil pills were healthier than those whose mothers didn’t. At 1 month, they were 24% less likely to have cold symptoms such as coughing, nasal congestion and runny noses. At 3 months, they were 14% less likely to be sick. By 6 months, infants whose mothers had taken DHA developed cold symptoms as often as babies whose moms took the placebo, but their colds didn’t last as long.

In the study, expectant mothers got 400 mg of DHA daily, starting at 18 to 22 weeks, which is significantly more than the 200 mg that the average American woman consumes in a day.

Sources: Pediatrics; Journal of Family Practice; Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine; U.N.

May 23, 2011

The United States ranks 47th in the world, behind Bosnia but ahead of Cyprus, in life expectancy at birth: 77.85 years, according to Central Intelligence Agency data. Japan is first at 81.25 years. Switzerland, Sweden, Australia and Canada also have life expectancies at birth of more than 80 years
In US life expectance dropped from 11 th to 42nd place in the last 20 years. Most effected are Afr. Am and women.
Here is an interesting fact:
The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. “ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.”
What is amaizing is their research is funded by Kellogg, Coca Cola, Pepsi, General Mills, Mars Bars, etc.
This post is not an AD or a promotion. I feel that I WANT to tell why I work with Market America and why our family uses MA products.

Market America is one of the largest online retailers for consumers worldwide, featuring our exclusive products along with more than 2,500 Partner Stores. Together, marketamerica.com offers over 50 million products available through one Universal Checkout. Our proprietary business model combines the power and scope of the Internet with the personalization of One-to-One Marketing to sell products and services through independent Customer consultants, utilizing comparison shopping, customer reviews, live chat assistance and a state-of-the-art custom shopping search engine.
All products of Market America are complied with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) regulations published by FDA under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
MA is a product broker, not a manufacturer. “As such, we act as the independent quality inspector between the manufacturer and the customer. We aren’t compelled to ship anything that’s less than perfect. If something isn’t right, it’s returned to the manufacturer for replacement. Every product is scientifically engineered and must be manufactured consistently with regard to purity, quality, potency and composition.” Dr. Lange says.
Isotonix® line of nutritional supplements is pure, great-tasting Isotonix products. They are designed to be mixed with water and taken on an empty stomach so they can do what they’re designed to do – be absorbed quickly and go to work in your body to support your health.
“As a means of delivering nutrients to the body, an isotonic-capable nutritional supplement is the most natural of all supplements. When you mix capful of an Isotonix supplement with 2 ounces of water that creates a solution with isotonicity – the same osmotic pressure that exists in the body’s cells. The stomach takes any substance, whether it is food or a pill, and turns it into an isotonic solution. That process can take one hour or more. But when an Isotonix solution hits the stomach, the stomach senses it is already isotonic and treats it as though it were digested food. It immediately delivers the nutrients directly to the small intestine where absorption can begin quickly and efficiently. Isotonix quickly moves a highly concentrated nutrient solution through the stomach so it gets absorbed with minimal changes.” Jim Wilmer, Ph.D., chief Science Officer, MA.
The journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice reveals that French maritime pine tree extract known as Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all) delays the uptake of glucose from a meal 190 times more than prescription medications, preventing the typical high-glucose peak in the blood stream after a meal. The study revealed the pine bark is more potent for suppressing carbohydrate absorption in diabetes than synthetic prescription alpha-glucosidase inhibitors such as Precose®.
Resveratrol is a natural antioxidant found in red wine. Resveravine® patented by MA is a natural extract from Vitis vinifera (species of grapes) standardized to contain 20% oligostilbenes. Resveravine is 100 to 300 times more concentrated in trans-resveratrol than other products made from grape skin.
Studies show that Resveratrol helps cancer cells to die (Apoptosis).
Superior antioxidant and high ORAC value.
What supplements are best for me?
A sophisticated Nutri-Physical can give you that answer from the comfort of your home.

March 29, 2011

A good quality vitamin and mineral supplement creates a sound micronutrient foundation to accompany a balanced diet. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Nutrition is the foundation for health and development. Better nutrition means stronger immune systems, less illness and better health. Healthy children learn better. Healthy people are stronger, more productive, and more able to create opportunities to gradually break the cycles of both poverty and hunger in a sustainable way. Better nutrition is a prime entry point to ending poverty and a milestone to achieving better quality of life.

February 24, 2011

THURSDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) — About 340,000 cancer cases in the

Healthy life style

This is life!

United States could be prevented each year if more Americans ate a healthy diet, got regular exercise and limited their alcohol intake, according to the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).

These types of lifestyle changes could lead to significant reductions in particularly common cancers such as breast (38 percent fewer cases per year), stomach (47 percent fewer) and colon (45 percent fewer).
The research about how a healthy lifestyle can reduce cancer risk was released Feb. 3 to mark World Cancer Day. The WCRF said its findings are supported by the World Health Organization’s new Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health, a report that says that regular physical activity can prevent many diseases, including breast and colon cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
exercise to prevent cancer

Virtual living, real cancer

“Physical activity is recommended for people of all ages as a means to reduce risks for certain types of cancers and other non-communicable diseases,” Dr. Tim Armstrong, of WHO’s Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, said in a WCRF news release.

“In order to improve their health and prevent several diseases, adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity throughout the week. This can be achieved by simply walking 30 minutes five times per week or by cycling to work daily,” he advised.
Other healthy lifestyle habits that reduce the risk of cancer include quitting smoking, avoiding secondhand smoke, avoiding excessive sun exposure, and preventing cancer-causing infections, the WCRF said.
Cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. Each year, 12.7 million people are diagnosed with cancer and 7.6 million die from the disease. But 30 percent to 40 percent of cancers can be prevented and one-third can be cured through early diagnosis and treatment, according to the WCRF.
The Underlying Causes of Cancer
Cancerous cells are always being created in the body. It’s an ongoing process that has gone on for eons. Consequently, there are parts of your immune system are designed to seek out and destroy cancer cells.

Just wash it!

Cancer has been around as long as mankind, but only in the second half of the 20th century did the number of cancer cases explode. Contributing to this explosion are the excessive amounts of toxins and pollutants we are exposed to, high stress lifestyles that zap the immune system, poor quality junk food that’s full of pesticides, irradiated and now genetically modified, pathogens, electromagnetic stress, lights, and just about everything that wasn’t here 200 years ago.

All these weaken the immune system, and alter the internal environment in the body to an environment that promotes the growth of cancer.
Cancer tumors begin when more cancerous cells are being created than an overworked, depleted immune system can destroy.
Constant exposure to tens of thousands of manmade chemicals from birth onward, chlorinated and fluoridated water, electromagnetic radiation, pesticides and other toxins, leads to the creation of too many free radicals and excessive numbers of cancerous cells.
Alone this would be enough to raise cancer levels, but combined with an immune system weakened by a diet of refined and over processed food, mineral depleted soils, and too much exposure to artificial light at night, the immune system at some point no longer is able to keep cancer in check, and it starts to grow in your body.
So again let’s start with basics. Please learn about food, chemicals around you and please exercize.

January 18, 2011

Safety of common driveway sealant

Toxins in the driveway

January 15, 2011|By Michael Hawthorne, Tribune reporter

In a study released by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on Dec. 1 and published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, researchers have identified a new source of pollution. This time, the pollution is being caused by something closer to home — the runoff from a sealant commonly painted on asphalt to extend its useful life, researchers say.
Playgrounds, parking lots and driveways in many communities are coated every spring and summer with coal tar, a toxic byproduct of steelmaking that contains high levels of chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems.
Nearly two decades after industry pressured the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to exempt coal tar-based pavement sealants from anti-pollution laws, a growing number of government and academic studies are questioning the safety of the widely used products. Research shows that the tar steadily wears off and crumbles into contaminated dust that is tracked into houses and washed into lakes.
Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey found that driveway dust was contaminated with extremely high levels of benzo(a)pyrene, one of the most toxic chemicals in coal tar. The amount was 5,300 times higher than the level that triggers an EPA Superfund cleanup at polluted industrial sites.
About 85 million gallons of coal tar-based sealants are sold in the United States each year, according to industry estimates. There are no comprehensive figures on where it is applied, but in Lake in the Hills,IL researchers determined that 89 percent of the driveways are covered in coal tar.
In the 1990s, scientists noticed that levels of PAHs were rising in urban lakes

PAHs are rising in urban lakes

Coal tar-based sealant contains a high level of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Property owners now must use asphalt emulsion-based sealant, which have much smaller concentrations of PAHs.

In the 1990s, scientists noticed that levels of PAHs were rising in urban lakes, but spent years trying to discover where they were coming from.
In 2005, scientists working in Austin, Texas found stunningly high levels of PAHs in sediment from drainage ditches. That discovery led them to scrutinize parking lots nearby.
That Texas-based survey found that small particles of the seal coat are worn off of the asphalt surface relatively rapidly, especially in areas of high traffic, and are transported from parking lots and driveways to streams and lakes by storm runoff.
“The coating is brittle,” Van Metre said. “As cars drive on it, it breaks up into little pieces.”
A new study from the University of California, San Francisco reveals that 100 percent of expectant mothers (sample size = 268) are contaminated with highly toxic synthetic chemicals. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, concluded, “Certain PCBs, organochlorine pesticides, PFCs, phenols, PBDEs, phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate were detected in 99 to 100% of pregnant women.”
These chemicals are known to exhibit various harmful effects on human biology, covering everything from neurological and infertility problems to cancer and hormonal disorders. Many of the chemicals found in these women have been banned for not just years, but decades.
Ten powerful ways to protect yourself from toxic chemicals
If you want to protect yourself from these toxic chemicals, here’s how to do it:
From Natural News site
#1) Don’t put anything on your skin you wouldn’t eat! Avoid all mainstream consumer skin care, cosmetics and personal care products, period! Need soap? Try natural, organic brands.
#2) Don’t eat foods made with chemicals you can’t pronounce. Read the ingredients labels. If the list of ingredients is too long and complex to figure out, it’s probably made more with chemicals than actual food.
#3) Don’t poison your body with over-the-counter drugs or prescription pharmaceuticals. If you do need to use medication for short-term emergency use, be sure to detoxify your liver afterwards.
#4) Detox your liver, kidneys and colon at least once a year. You can do this with a juice fast combined with detox supplements.
#5) Drink more water. Most people simply don’t consume enough water to effectively remove toxins from their bodies.
#6) Don’t fill your home or apartment with products that off-gas toxic chemicals: Air fresheners, perfumed candles, particle board furniture, carpets(install hardwood floors), glues, etc.
#7) Don’t cook on non-stick cookware. These are the worst! Invest in quality copper-clad stainless steel pans and use those. They’ll last a lifetime and they don’t contaminate your body with chemicals.
#8) Buy certified organic products if you can. In the USA, the USDA Organic Seal is a trusted seal that genuinely indicates organic quality (both in foods and personal care products). Don’t be fooled by brand names that use the word “organics” in their name but aren’t really organic. For example, “Bob’s Organics” may or may not actually be organic. The Organic Consumers Association (www.OrganicConsumers.org) can keep you posted on what’s what.
#9) Get the cancer out of your laundry! Stop washing your clothes in toxic brand-name laundry detergents, and stop using brand-name fabric softeners or dryer sheets. Do you have any idea what chemicals are used in those products?

Better than drugs

Author: Yoselin
December 9, 2010


prevention of diabetes

Run from Diabetes!

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) was a major multicenter clinical research study aimed at discovering whether modest weight loss through dietary changes and increased physical activity or treatment with the oral diabetes drug metformin (Glucophage) could prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in study participants. At the beginning of the DPP, participants were all overweight and had blood glucose, also called blood sugar, levels higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes—a condition called pre-diabetes.
The DPP found that participants who lost a modest amount of weight through dietary changes and increased physical activity sharply reduced their chances of developing diabetes.
Taking metformin also reduced risk, although less dramatically. The DPP resolved its research questions earlier than projected and, following the recommendation of an external monitoring board, the study was halted a year early. The researchers published their findings in the February 7, 2002, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
The study of two groups.
The first group, called the lifestyle intervention group, received intensive training in diet, physical activity, and behavior modification. By eating less fat and fewer calories and exercising for a total of 150 minutes a week, they aimed to lose 7 percent of their body weight and maintain that loss.
The second group took 850 mg of metformin twice a day.
The third group received placebo pills instead of metformin. The metformin and placebo groups also received information about diet and exercise but no intensive motivational counseling. A fourth group was treated with the drug troglitazone (Rezulin), but this part of the study was discontinued after researchers discovered that troglitazone can cause serious liver damage. The participants in this group were followed but not included as one of the intervention groups.
The first group—those receiving intensive individual counseling and motivational support on effective diet, exercise, and behavior modification—reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. This finding was true across all participating ethnic groups and for both men and women. Lifestyle changes worked particularly well for participants aged 60 and older, reducing their risk by 71 percent. About 5 percent of the lifestyle intervention group developed diabetes each year during the study period, compared with 11 percent of those in the placebo group.
The second group taking metformin reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 31 percent. Metformin was effective for both men and women, but it was least effective in people aged 45 and older. Metformin was most effective in people 25 to 44 years old and in those with a body mass index of 35 or higher, meaning they were at least 60 pounds overweight. About 7.8 percent of the metformin group developed diabetes each year during the study, compared with 11 percent of the group receiving the placebo.
Metformin possible side effects (drugs.com)

Prevention works better than pills

Would rather go for a walk

Possible side effects using Metformin:

Diarrhea; gas; headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach upset; temporary metallic taste; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Metformin:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain or discomfort; dizziness or lightheadedness; fast or difficult breathing; feeling of being unusually cold; fever, chills, or persistent sore throat; general feeling of being unwell; muscle pain or weakness; slow or irregular heartbeat; unusual drowsiness; unusual or persistent stomach pain or discomfort; unusual tiredness or weakness.
So again eat right and exercise! And don’t use pills if you don’t have to! But you can try natural supplements.

November 23, 2010

My conclusion after studying all this: Use your common sense!

Overeating is bad for you


Eat and drink what you like.

Moderation is the key! Everything in moderation. And you will be fine.

Now read on.

A new study.

The results of the study revealed how moderate alcohol consumption can help to prevent heart disease by blocking the signals of molecules linked to plaque build-up in arteries.

Drinking “small amounts, regularly, is how to get the best effect,” “It’s the people who drink one to two drinks a day who have the best protection” from heart disease.

However, large amounts of alcohol and binge drinking can be harmful to the heart and can lead to stroke, according to the American Heart Association.

The study was published Nov. 18 in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

The finding demonstrates how alcohol works to benefit the heart – and paves the way for future research for a drug that can mimic alcohol.

“If we can understand the mechanisms mediating the beneficial effects of moderate alcohol consumption, we can develop therapy that can mimic good effects without the intoxicating and deleterious effects of alcohol,” researcher said.

Real-life applications

But what counts as a “healthy” dose of alcohol? The Mayo Clinic recommends healthy women drink no more than three drinks on one occasion, or seven drinks a week, and healthy men ages 65 and younger drink no more than four drinks per occasion, or 14 drinks a week. Healthy men ages 65 and older should drink no more than three drinks per occasion, or seven drinks a week.

A 12-ounce beer, 5-ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits counts as one drink, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Try other versions of alcohol: instead of beer, cider, Bailey’s and Kahlua, try dry wine, red wine or spirits. Don’t drink chip stuff. Remember: Calories from alcohol tend to be stored in the abdomen. People who are overweight actually gain weight more easily when they consume alcohol.

Now about the food.

Don’t go to a party hungry: we often eat faster and more when we are hungry – therefore eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch on the day to avoid overeating at the party.

My only advice: enjoy the food, enjoy the holidays. Positive emotions are good for you.

But here are some suggestions:

Watch your portion: treat yourself a nice drink, dessert, chocolate or sweets without guilt, but always watch your portion. Go for small portions.

I also suggest to consider supplements to help digestion.

Food and alcohol

Enjoy holidays!

Drink plenty of water: alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body. But don’t drink iced water and don’t drink water right after meal-water dilutes digestive enzymes in your stomach and slows digestion.

Physical activity: take nice brisk walks with your loved ones and enjoy their company in the holiday season.

I propose a toast: enjoy your holidays!

November 16, 2010

sleep improves memory

Sleep on it

Hoping to improve your tennis serve? It’s probably better to catch a few winks than load up on java after a lesson, results of a NIMH-supported study suggest. Caffeine impaired such motor learning and verbal memory, while an afternoon nap benefited all three types of learning tested by Sara Mednick, Ph.D., and colleagues at the University of California, San Diego. The researchers report on their findings in the November issue of Behavioural Brain Research.

Ninety percent of Americans use caffeine daily, some substituting it for sleep. While the stimulant enhances alertness and concentration, it’s been unclear whether it also helps learning and memory. By contrast, daytime naps, like nighttime sleep, benefit both alertness and memory, Mednick and colleagues have shown in a series of studies.
Here is some more info:
Researchers taught volunteers new words in the evening and then immediately tested their recall of the words. The volunteers slept in the laboratory while their brain activity was recorded. Tests conducted the next morning showed that the participants could remember and recognize more words than they did immediately after learning them.
This improvement was not seen in another group of participants who learned new words and were tested in the morning and re-tested in the evening, with no sleep in between tests.
The brain activity data collected from the volunteers in the sleep group showed that deep sleep (slow-wave sleep) helped strengthen their memories of new words.
Sleeping improves learning

Healthy sleeping

The researchers also found that a type of brain activity called sleep spindles played a role in the ability to remember new words. Sleep spindles are brief but intense bursts of activity that indicate information transfer between two different memory storage areas, the hippocampus and the neocortex.

The more sleep spindles a person experienced during sleep, the more successful they were in using new words in their vocabulary.
“We suspected from previous work that sleep had a role to play in the reorganization of new memories, but this is the first time we’ve really been able to observe it in action, and understand the importance of spindle activity in the process,” study co-author Gareth Gaskell, a professor in the psychology department at the University of York in England, said in a university news release.
The study was published Nov. 2 in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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