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Green Tea and Green Tea Supplements

Dec 07, 2016 - 10 comments

Green tea and green tea supplements have become very popular in the last few years and have been touted as a panacea for many illnesses. While drinking green tea may be beneficial, there is less evidence to support the use of green tea extract, which is often marketed and used for weight loss. While there is some evidence to support this, there may be some risk. In a Clinical Observation published in The Annals of Internal Medicine (2006; 144: 68-69), Dr. Herbert Bonkovsky reports on a case of liver toxicity related to green tea extract.

The patient, a 37 year old woman, had arrived at the hospital complaining of abdominal pain, nausea and jaundice. Testing for infection was negative, but a liver biopsy showed liver damage. She had been taking "The Right Approach Complex", a weight loss supplement containing green tea extract. When she stopped taking the supplement, her liver tests returned to normal.

One year later the same patient was admitted to the hospital again with the same symptoms. A month earlier she had started taking the same supplement. Testing of her liver showed similar results to the previous year and again returned to normal after stopping the supplement for the second time. This is what doctors call a "positive rechallenge," meaning that the supplement caused problems with a second use or "challenge." This is generally taken as evidence of a medication or supplement as the cause of a side effect.

While one popular website still reports, "To date, the only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine," this is clearly not the case with supplements. Dr. Bonkovsky reports eight other cases where use of green tea extract caused liver problems.

Pecan Crusted Trout

Dec 05, 2016 - 0 comments

                                                  Pecan Crusted Trout
Place the pecans, sage, rosemary, salt, pepper, and paprika in a mini-chopper or blender and pulse until the mixture is the consistency of coarse sand. (The pecans should be about the size of dried quinoa - smaller than dried lentils.)

Place the pecan mixture in a small bowl and add the maple syrup. Fold together until well blended.

Place a large skillet in the oven and preheat the oven to 375F.

Place the trout skin side down on a small plate or cutting board. Pat the pecan mixture evenly onto the flesh side of the trout.

When the oven is hot, add the olive oil to the pan and return to the oven (to heat the oil). After 1 minute, place the trout filets in the pan, skin side down, and return the pan to the oven. Cook the fish for 5 minutes.

Set the oven to broil.

Broil the fish for 3-5 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned.

Remove the pan from the oven and place the trout filets on separate dinner plates.

Place the pan on the stove over medium-high heat.

Add the white wine to the pan, swirl for 30-45 seconds, and add the butter. Stir until melted, and top the trout filets with the sauce. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = 4 ounces fish with sauce

Servings = 2


Amount Per Serving

Calories 445 Calories from Fat 283
% Daily Value
Total Fat 31g 49%
Saturated Fat 4g 17%
Monounsaturated Fat 18g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 71mg 22%
Sodium 206mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A 5% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 8% Iron 13%
Vitamin K 11 mcg Potassium 552 mg
Magnesium 57 mg

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Presciption Drugs Found In Some Supplements

Nov 17, 2016 - 4 comments