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Risk of Fungal Infection from Probiotics in People with Weakened Immune System

Dec 10, 2014 - 1 comments

On December 9, 2014, the FDA warned that supplements containing live bacteria or yeast have the potential to be contaminated with mold, and may pose a risk of potentially deadly fungal infection in immunocompromised persons.

The warning follows November 2014 recall of Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, which was found to be contaminated with Rhizopus oryzae, a fungus which may cause mucormycosis infection.

This infection predominantly occurs in people with a compromised immune system, including prematurely born infants. The FDA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health are currently investigating the death of a premature infant who developed gastrointestinal mucormycosis after being given Solgar ABC Dophilus Powder, and then died.

Drinks for Instant Energy

Dec 10, 2014 - 2 comments

1, Runa Clean Energy Drink,  guayusa, is a plant that is native to the Amazon rainforest with double the antioxidant capacity as green tea, according to a report in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. guayusa is also a rich source of theanine, an amino acid that researchers say can work in synergy with caffeine to calm and focus the brain. Energy without the jitters.
2, ITO En Oi Ocha Green Tea,  In a recent study, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute sweat session lost two more pounds than the non tea-drinking exercisers. What makes green tea so waist friendly are compounds called catechins, belly-fat crusaders that blast adipose tissue by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then speeding up the liver’s fat burning capacity.
3, Petey’s Bing Beverage, Get an extra boost of energy from taurine (1000mg), an amino acid you’ll find in many of the sporty energy drinks due to its ability to improve athletic performance. A recent study in the Journal of Cardiology found participants who supplemented with 500 mg of taurine three times daily for two weeks, were able to significantly increase exercise distance. In addition to the 1000mg taurine, you’ll get a healthy dose of polyphenols from the bing cherries, which research suggests can reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular health. A month-long clinical trial published in the Journal of Nutrition saw a 21 percent reduction in inflammation markers among men and women who supplemented their diets with bing cherries. ( taurine is probably fine in small doses.)
4, FRS One Peach Mango, Quercetin, an antioxidant that mimics the effects of exercise by enhancing the production of mitochondria, the energy-producing units in our cells. An animal study in the American Journal of Physiology that looked at the effect of quercetin supplementation on mitochondrial production and athletic performance, found that a daily dose of 25 mg/kg could double mitochondrial DNA and increase run-til-exhaustion time by 36 percent! The daily recommendation for humans is 500-1000 mg, and a bottle of FRS One has up 325 mg.
5, Alo Awaken,  The boost you comes from a one-ounce shot of wheatgrass a plant rich in chlorophyll that oxygenates your body by amping up red blood-cell production. A study in The Journal of Surgery found supplementing with chlorophyll may also serve as a powerful immunity boost, able to increase wound healing time by up to 25 percent.
6, Bai 5, Has 35 mg caffeine plus 200 g of antioxidant-rich white tea. A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea may be especially powerful at targeting fat cells, with the ability to simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells) due to high levels of fat-fighting compounds called catechins, belly-fat crusaders that blast adipose tissue by revving the metabolism, increasing the release of fat from fat cells.
7, Sambazon Amazon Energy, The caffeine content in Sambazon’s drink line comes from green tea and guaraná, a native plant from Brazil with roughly half the caffeine content of coffee beans (50 mg per serving), and—bonus!—the ability to fight fat and lower cholesterol. A recent study found daily supplementation with guaraná could reduce LDL cholesterol levels in healthy adults by as much as 27 percent! And a second animal study published in Clinical Nutrition found guaraná extract supplementation could increase fat metabolism.

Dark Chocolate

Dec 08, 2014 - 5 comments

Researchers have now discovered that certain bacteria in your gut actually break down and ferment the components in dark chocolate, turning them into absorbable anti-inflammatory compounds that benefit your health.
Beneficial microbes including Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria like to "feast" on cocoa, according to the researchers. The microbes also break down the fiber found in cocoa powder, turning it into highly absorbable short fatty acid chains.
The study, which involved three cocoa powders tested in a model digestive tract, may help explain why chocolate has been found to be so good for your heart, as the anti-inflammatory compounds may reduce inflammation of cardiovascular tissue. According to the study's lead author.
The fiber is fermented and the large polyphenolic polymers are metabolized to smaller molecules, which are more easily absorbed.
These smaller polymers exhibit anti-inflammatory activity. When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, reducing the long-term risk of stroke.
Previous research has also shown that eating dark chocolate may help promote gut health by selectively feeding beneficial bacteria, as opposed to harmful ones. It acts as a probiotic, promoting a healthier gut microbiome.
Studies show raw cacao helps reduce your risk of Coronary heart disease, Stroke, Diabetes, Metabolic syndrome,
Hypertension, Elevated fasting glucose and triglycerides, High cholesterol and Abdominal obesity.
A report published in 2011 found that those who ate the highest amounts of dark chocolate had a 37 percent reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and a 29 percent lower risk for stroke, compared to those who consumed the least. like aspirin, dark chocolate may also reduce your risk of heart attack it has a biochemical effect that reduces the clumping of platelets that causes blood to clot.

Prebiotic intake reduces the waking cortisol response and alters emotional bias in healthy volunteers.

Dec 07, 2014 - 0 comments