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Grapes And Bone Health

Apr 30, 2015 - 0 comments

The latest study shows that grapes may improve the way our bodies utilize calcium and suppress bone turnover in the long term. Since the vast majority of calcium in the body is found in bones and teeth for strength, the potential for grapes to be an important tool to combat low bone mass or osteoporosis is very exciting since nearly 57 million Americans suffer from this debilitating health problem.

Researchers used female rats whose ovaries had been removed, to mirror the human disease osteoporosis (which affects post-menopausal women more than any other population). The subjects were fed a 25% freeze-dried grape powder or a control diet for an eight-week period while monitoring calcium balance. Subjects who were fed the grape-enriched diet had a whopping 44% more net bone calcium retention than subjects being fed the control diet. Significant increases in net calcium absorption and retention occurred as well resulting in subjects with thicker and stronger femur bones.

The mechanism or compound within grapes that is the key to better bone health was not detailed, a diet with more grapes means more phytonutrients, fiber and hydration.

Spirulina and Cholesterol

Apr 30, 2015 - 0 comments

The University Hospital at Heraklion in Crete, Greece, scientists worked with 42 patients who were diagnosed with high cholesterol. The patients took one gram of spirulina per day for three months, and their lipid profile was assessed at the beginning and end of the study period.



While the high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, or good cholesterol, was not significantly improved, all the other measurements showed beneficial reductions. These included triglycerides, total cholesterol, ratio of total cholesterol to good cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, which is bad cholesterol. The authors concluded that spirulina had a “powerful” effect on lowering blood lipids, especially on triglycerides.




The Soy Problem It can Trigger Obesity

Apr 28, 2015 - 3 comments

The Facts: Soy is low in fat, but it's also a phytoestrogen, meaning it has plant-based estrogenic properties. Doses comparable to those eaten in the Western diet have been shown to promote fat-cell growth. Newbold says parents should be especially wary of feeding soy to babies or children. "Studies have shown that kids on soy formula have a tendency to gain weight," explains Newbold, who notes that soy affects developing children differently than adults. Babies born small for their gestational age who are put on high-calorie "catch-up diets" also face an increased risk of obesity later in life. Source: developmental biologist Retha Newbold, MS, CT, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. ( LETS HEAR THE REBUTTAL FROM PAX)

Flat-Belly Foods

Apr 28, 2015 - 5 comments

Kimchi, Researchers feed lab rats a high-fat diet to induce obesity. Then fed one group probiotics containing Lactobacillus brevis, a healthy bacteria found in fermented foods like kimchi. The probiotic suppressed the diet-induced increase in weight gain by 28 percent. You can get the same  benefit from other fermented foods.
  
Resistance training causes your muscles to get stronger, by eating resistant starches your gut biome gets stronger, healthy bacteria get working digesting the healthy starch, that leads to a healthy gut. Plantains, bananas have the highest of resistant starch of any fruit. Other  include beans, grains and seeds.

Olive oil, contain antibacterial phenolic compounds that fight eight strains of bad bacteria.

Yogurt, you don't want yogurts that are high in added sugars, they’ll do more for the bad bacteria in your belly than  for the good. (look for live active cultures on the label)

Spirulina, A study in the Journal of Diabetes Investigation found that patients who ingested higher amounts of vegetable protein were far less susceptible to metabolic syndrome.
Another study in the Nutrition Journal found that plant protein intakes may play a role in preventing obesity. Spirulina is mostly protein by weight; other good plant sources include quinoa, hemp or chia seeds, and nuts and beans.

Another study found that gut microbes in our stomach ferment chocolate and boost our body’s production of heart-healthy polyphenolic compounds. look for a cacao content of 70 percent or higher.
Don't use Dutch chocolate, as the process destroys up to 77 percent of the healthy compounds in the chocolate.