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Shed Weight and Increase Antioxidant Protection with Grape Seed Extract

Well leave it to the hamsters to show us how to save us from becoming fatter. A study from the University of Montpellier tried to fatten up their little furry friends, and at the same time they also gave one test group the powerful antioxidant grape seed extract, to see what would happen.

They naturally expected that from feeding the little hamsters, a high fat diet, they would produce fatter hamsters.

What they discovered, is that the grape seed extract actually increased by an astounding 61% something called ‘adiponectin’. This is a “dynamo protein” that has the peculiar effect of when it increases… body fat levels drop. So, in this case, more is definitely better. The researchers were amazed, and as you can see from their remarkable quote, history has been made and it confirms what I have seen for years in my clinical practice, that grape seed extract is not only an amazing and very powerful anti-oxidant, it can help us stay thinner as well.

“This is the first time that chronic consumption of grape phenolics is shown to reduce obesity development and related metabolic pathways including adipokine secretion and oxidative stress.”

Let me share a little bit more about the method and findings of the study… So the hamsters were put into one of 3 groups. Group 1, ate a normal diet. Group 2 were given a high fat diet alone, and they gained abdominal fat, what we humans called “love handles” and “beer bellies.” Group 3 chowed down on the same high fat diet as group 2, yet they also ate grape seed extract. Unlike Group 2, the Group 3 did not gain weight…even though they had exactly the same unhealthy diet.

Even more amazing, the Group 3 (the Grape seed extract group), did not experience the same increases in blood sugar, triglycerides, insulin and insulin resistance were observed in the high-fat diet only group.

Bottomline, this breaking news just published in a prestigious medical journal confirms what I have found to be very true in my family practice: Use of a high quality Grape Seed Extract (as found in the Vital Chi Anti-aging Formula) is a must for anyone serious about protecting their body from the ravages of free radical damage while also seeking to maintain a thinner, healthier body.

Coffee – A New Health Drink…

Coffee lovers can rejoice because the news just keeps on getting better about the benefits of drinking coffee in moderate amounts. There is clear and mounting evidence that coffee can help with antioxidant protection, lessen risk of diabetes, support neurological health, as well as helping us wake-up in the morning… But, now there is additional BIG NEWS. Coffee can not only fuel your energy, it can support one of your most protective friendly bacteria, called a probiotics.

Scientists working in the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland have just reported that our morning, mid-day and afternoon coffee habit can be helping us more than we realize. Drink up, 3 cups a day was shown to actually boost the growth of the friendly and powerful “good neighborhood watch” bacteria called Bifidobacteria in your stomach, which is associated with numerous health benefits.

Many of my patients will see my cup of java on my desk as we visit about their health issues. It is prominently placed right next to many of my daily supplements that I take throughout the day, such as CoQ10, Medicinal Mushrooms, Adrenal Support, and B vitamins. It is important for all of us to remember that food can be some of our best forms of medicine, and the coffee bean has once again shown itself to be a friendly daily companion, delivering warmth, antioxidants and now fuel for our own little friendly gut bugs. Cheers.

Your Heart Needs Smarter Protection

If you are serious about your heart health and your diet is not a little fishy, then you need to re-evaluate your priorities.

Even if you have awesome cholesterol, there are other serious time bombs ready to go off in your body that are all to able to destroy your circulatory health. Inflammatory risk factors can not only make quality of life more miserable, but may actually shorten your life prematurely. The good news is fish oil can help as recently re-confirmed March 2009, in the Journal of Nutrition.

The fact is that the oceans of the world are becoming more and more polluted, making the prospect of eating more fish really like playing Russian roulette. However, thanks to a few select high quality fish oils on the market there are options, and like the study mentioned above shows, DHA oil, a natural portion of fish oil can help lessen inflammation in the body, as measured by two very important markers called C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and also IL-10.

I have encouraged my patients to consume a combination of a EPA/DHA on a daily basis. This has over the years helped to control their cholesterol levels, support healthy skin and complexion, support brain health and concentration, plus helped with aches and pains and inflammation. Indeed food is our best medicine, and when our food supply becomes polluted, supplementing your diet and the diet of your family is absolutely essential. Regrettably our world is becoming less friendly and living smarter is a must.

Study says most Children are Omega-3 Deficient

We have all heard the stories from a past generation where the “dreaded Cod Liver Oil” was given to children who grimaced through the experience. Strange enough those years gone by were a sneak peak at what is now being re-discovered… kids actually need the EPA and DHA found in fish oil. It helps their brains, concentrations and development. And it is very good for adults too!

A study from Canada, has now confirmed that North American children do not receive enough omega-3 in their diets. Indeed according to new research only 22 percent of young children, that is 1 in 5 kids are getting the “essential amount” of DHA and EPA.

Sadly it took cutting edge research reported in the Journal of Nutrition March 2009, reporting the “new old news”, to once again prove mom and dad where right again. We need more fish oil, just like we needed more veggies when we were kids. Wow, hard pill to swallow. Well not really, thanks to designer fish oil supplements that are now flavored and put into soft gels for those with highly cultured palates, we can all get our fish oil without the fishy taste. Unfortunately however, our oceans are polluted, so we can’t just eat any fish like years gone past, but thanks to a few high quality fish oil supplements that have been tested for heavy metals, PCBs, etc. you can get the benefits of helping control inflammation, support healthy cholesterol levels and overall pursuit of wellness, plus it is great for our brain.

Bottomline:

With our changing world, we can’t always trust the purity of what comes from the seas and oceans that our ancestors were able to so freely harvest.  Luckily we can now “supplement” our diets with natural products that have been tested for heavy metals, toxins and other life risking substances.

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