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Reduce Abdominal Fat with Ultra Coconut Oil

Not All Coconut Oil Products
Are Created Equal…

Extra-virgin oil is considered best because the coconut oil  has not been refined, bleached, or deodorized.  In addition, extra-virgin coconut oil provides richer nutritional content than other refined coconut oil products on the market.

Experts recommend…

Don’t select coconut oil products from hydrogenated oil or oil that has been treated with heat, solvents, or bleach.

 Coconut On Green Leaves.

Coconut Oil Is Recognized For

These Key Health Benefits:

Helps support thyroid function
Helps boost metabolism
Has antiviral and antibacterial properties
Helps lower blood pressure levels
Helps improve healthy cholesterol levels
Assists weight loss
Promotes improved diabetes control
Helps increase bone strength
Contributes to better digestion
Nourishment for healthy skin & hair

Contributes to improved immune function

Summary Of Recent Research On The Benefits of Coconut Oil…

According to a 2009 study from the journal “Lipids.” consuming coconut oil may help fight excess abdominal obesity. For 12 weeks, 40 women with excess belly fat were placed on a diet, and instructed to exercise each day; They were given daily supplements containing either soybean oil or coconut oil.  Although participants of both groups lost weight, women taking the coconut oil capsules demonstrated a greater decrease in their waistline measurements.

Healthier Cholesterol Levels

New research suggests that coconut oil may help keep cholesterol under control. A recent study published in “Clinical Biochemistry” found that laboratory subjects administered virgin coconut oil for 45 days experienced a reduction in their total cholesterol and LDL “bad”cholesterol.

Tests on laboratory subjects indicate that intake of  coconut oil with conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may assist in promoting loss of body fat.

 

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Study: Foods Fried in Olive or Sunflower Oil Is Not Linked to Heart Disease

Sunflower oil

Sunflower oil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Eating food that’s been fried in olive or sunflower oil is not linked to heart disease according to research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The authors explain that their study took place in Spain, a Mediterranean country where olive or sunflower oil is used for frying and their results would probably not be the same in another culture or country where other cooking oilsand re-used oils were used for frying.

Olive oil from Imperia in Liguria, Italy.

Olive oil from Imperia in Liguria, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Western countries, frying is one of the most common methods of cooking. When food is fried, it increases calorie content because the food absorbs the fat of the oils.

It’s established that eating large amounts of fried food can increase certain heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity; The link between fried food and heart disease is continually investigated.

Research scientists from Autonomous University of Madrid, surveyed the cooking methods of 40,757 adults aged 29 to 69 over an 11-year period. None of the participants had heart disease when the study began.

Professional interviewers asked participants about their diet and cooking methods. Fried food was defined as food for which frying was the only cooking method used. Additional relevant questions were asked about whether food was fried, battered, crumbed or sauteed.

The participants’ diet was divided into ranges of fried food consumption, the first quartile related to the lowest amount of fried food consumed and the fourth indicated the highest amount.

During the follow-up there were 606 events linked to heart disease and 1,134 deaths.

The authors conclude: “In a Mediterranean country where olive oil and sunflower oil are the most commonly used fats for frying, and where large amounts of fried foods are consumed both at and away from home, no association was observed between fried food consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease or death.”

The study diminishes the myth that “frying food is generally bad for the heart” but also explains that this “does not mean that frequent meals of fish and chips will have no health consequences.” emphasized the research reports, also explaining specific aspects of frying food are relevant, such as the type of oil used.

Story Source:

BMJ-British Medical Journal.     Journal References: Consumption of fried foods and risk of coronary heart disease: Spanish cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study. BMJ, 2012; \ Fried foods and the risk of coronary heart disease. BMJ, 2012

BMJ-British Medical Journal (2012, January 24). Food fried in olive or sunflower oil is not linked to heart disease, Spanish study finds.

This article is for informational and educational purposes only;  It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

Boosting Male Fertlity With Vitamins, Minerals and Micro-Nutr​ients

Nutrient Rich

Nutrient Rich (Photo credit: DerekSteen)

New Research Demonstrates Beneficial Results of Increasing Intake of 8 Specific Nutrients For Helping Boost Sperm Quality;  Also Enhancing The Probability Of Conception

An important new study from Austria using sub-fertile males showed that 3 months of daily supplementation with a combination of specific vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients resulted in significant improvements of sperm quality (up to 215%).

In addition, the combination of nutrients was associated with higher rates of conception, with 34 pregnancies reported during the 6 months that followed the study, compared with 11 in the control group, according to findings published in theEuropean e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism.

The Austria-based researchers used a daily combination of L-Carnitine, L-Arginine, Zinc, Vitamin E, Glutathione, Selenium, Coenzyme Q10 and Folic Acid.

The nutrients are each recognized to be required for optimal sperm cell metabolism, DNA synthesis during spermatogenesis, proliferation and protective anti-oxidative function.

The  researchers stated “In consideration of their biochemical function, these ingredients are of great significance for male reproduction”

The Important Relationship Between Nutrient Intake and Fertility
Sub-fertility in men is reported to account for between 25 and 30% of all infertility causes. It is considered as one of the key reasons that birth rates are falling in Western countries.

Nutrition has been identified as a potential way of increasing the quality of sperm.

 

The new study carefully assessed the potential of a non-prescription combination of the 8 nutrients on sperm quality in 132 sub-fertile males (mean age: 34) while 73 sub-fertile men (mean age: 38) participated as controls.

The results showed that men receiving the eight nutrients demonstrated a 33% improvement in ejaculatory volume;  a 215% improvement  in sperm cell density and a 23% improvement in total sperm motility.  “These increments were significantly higher than those observed among controls. ” the researchers explained.

 

Source:

The European e-Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism

 

(Published online 3 December 2011)

 

“Improvement of Sperm Quality After Micro-Nutrient Supplementation”

This article is for informational and educational purposes only;  It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

A Simple, Safe & Effective Fat-Burnin​g Program!

You  Can Achieve A Leaner, Healthier Body This Summer  

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s Easier Than You Think!

Follow These Basic Nutritional Guidelines To Support Efficient,

Safe and Effective Fat Metabolism

 

 1. Eat Fatty Fish As Often As Possible… 

Omega-3 fatty acids present in fish oil are known to promote fat loss. Examples of oily fish rich in Omega 3 fatty acids include: salmon, halibut, trout, mackerel, as well as sardines, herring and anchovies. Fish-oil supplements containing Omega-3 fatty acids are also highly beneficial. For the impressive fat-burning results, take 1000 mg to 2000 mg of Omega-3 fish oil supplements at each meal… breakfast, lunch and dinner.

2. Eat Whole Grains For  Your Carb Intake… 

When you want to consume carbohydrates, be sure to choose slow-digesting whole grains including: brown rice, oatmeal, and whole-wheat bread to keep insulin levels low and at steady levels;  The objective is to prevent insulin spikes from stopping fat burning (metabolism) and preventing increased fat storage.

A study conducted by researcher scientists at Pennsylvania State University found that men or women following a low-calorie diet with carbohydrates coming only from whole grains lost significantly more abdominal fat than those following a low-calorie diet with carbohydrates from typical refined sources.

3. Eat Beneficial Fruits,   Especially Grapefruit… 

A study from the Scripps Clinic (San Diego) reported that men who ate fresh grapefruit or drank at least 8 ounces of grapefruit juice three times a day lost an average of 4 pounds in only three months, even without changing their diet.

Grapefruit’s ability to lower insulin levels, thus limiting fat storage is highly beneficial in the battle of the bulge. Experts suggest regularly including fresh grapefruit or pure-squeezed grapefruit juice to your dietary regimen.

4. Eggs Are Highly Beneficial Too…

Eggs are packed with high-quality protein and have been shown to promote muscle strength and mass. Research shows that people consuming eggs for breakfast  actually eat fewer calories throughout the day, while also losing significantly more body fat.

Eat eggs for breakfast daily, either scrambling three whole eggs or three or more egg whites, using olive oil instead of butter.

5. Eat Specific Fats…

Certain fats (especially Omega-3s, Omega 6’s) do not lead to fat gain and can  actually help promote efficient fat loss.

Keep fat intake at 30% of total daily calories by choosing healthy fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, cod or trout, as well as other healthy fat sources such as olive oil, peanut butter, almonds and walnuts.

Although it appears contradictory, eating specific fat to lose fat is one of the keys to long-term success. You can actually improve fat loss when compared with people following a low-fat diet.

 

6. Dairy and Milk Are Beneficial

In The Right Amounts Too…  Dairy products are rich sources of calcium, which can help stimulate fat loss, especially around the crucial abdominal areas.

This natural fat-reducing effect is believed to be due to the fact that calcium regulates the hormone calcitriol. Since calcitrol causes the body to produce fat and inhibit fat burning, it’s essential to minimize its actions.   When calcium levels are adequate, calcitriol and fat production are suppressed while fat metabolism is enhanced. Including low-fat cottage cheese, low-fat milk and plain yogurt to your diet are deliciously satisfying ways to increase healthy protein intake and assist fat loss.

7. High Protein Intake Also Improves Fat Loss…

A high-protein diet not only promotes muscle growth (hypertrophy) but also enhances your desired fat loss. Research scientists at Skidmore College found that men who regularly followed a sensible high-protein diet of legumes, fish and poultry (40% of total daily calories from protein) for eight weeks lost more body fat than those following a low-fat, high-carb diet.

One reason nutrition researchers believe consuming more protein works so well is because it boosts the body’s own peptide YY levels, a naturally-occurring hormone that has the ability to decrease hunger pangs.

8. Increase Whey Protein For Achieving Lean Muscle…

Consuming whey protein as a between meal snack is a great way to enhance lean muscle growth and also boost fat loss. U.K. researchers found that when subjects consumed whey protein (as a supplement or shake) 90 minutes before eating a buffet-style meal, they ate significantly less food than when they consumed a casein protein shake before approaching the buffet.

Researchers reported that this beneficial effect was due to whey protein’s unique ability to boost levels of the hunger diminishing hormones known as cholecystokinin and glucagonlike peptide-1.

9.  Soy Protein Is Also Beneficial To Fighting Fat…

Soy protein is a proven fat burner.  In fact, a University of Alabama study found that men drinking 20 grams of soy protein daily for three months lost a significant amount of abdominal fat.

The beneficial effect of soy is believed to be due to it’s ability to decrease hunger levels and help keep those “tempting” hunger pangs in check..

10. Choose Organic Foods     Whenever You Can…

Many nutritional healthcare and dietary experts believe organic vegetables, fruit, beef, poultry and dairy are worth the extra cost.  U.K. research shows that organic milk contains nearly 70% more omega-3 fatty acids than regular milk;  A study published in the Journal of Dairy Science found that grass-fed cows produced milk containing 500% more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than cows who ate grain.

It’s well-established that omega-3s and CLA can both assist fat loss as well as helping to gain muscle. It makes good health sense to choose organic cheese, cottage cheese, milk, and yogurt as well as organic poultry and grass-fed beef whenever possible.

11. Include An Apple (or more) Every Day… Apples are a satisfying, slow-digesting carbohydrate source with naturally-occurring, protective antioxidants.  Apple-derived compounds (known as apple polyphenols)  have been found to promote muscle strength, endurance and critical fat loss around the abs.

Apple polyphenols improve the body’s own ability to burn fat while limiting fat production and storage. The boost in endurance and strength is very beneficial as well, enabling longer and more effective physical training with improved performance.

An apple typically provides about 200 mg of apple polyphenols along with about 30 grams of energy-boosting carbohydrates.

12. Certain Nuts Are Beneficial Too…

A study from Loma Linda University, California reported that people following a low-calorie, higher-fat diet (40% of total calories from fat) with the majority of fat coming from almonds, lost significantly more body fat and abdominal fat in a 24 week period than those consuming the same amount of calories, but with more carbohydrates and less fat.

Go Nuts!  Be sure to include healthy nuts  as almonds, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, and walnuts in your regular diet.

13. Green Tea Is Especially Valuable…

Epigal-locatechin gallate (EGCG) a natural ingredient in green tea inhibits the enzyme that normally breaks down the neuro-hormone known as norepinephrine.  Norepinephrine  helps keep the metabolic rate elevated; That’s why preventing its breakdown helps  burn more calories throughout the day.

Drinking green tea is a healthy way to keep properly hydrated during workouts. According to a new study in the Journal of Nutrition, people drinking green tea while exercising lost significantly more abdominal fat than those drinking other beverages.

14. Boost Green Tea’s EGCG Levels with Green Tea Extract Supplements…    

The majority of studies demonstrating the effectiveness of green tea for fat loss have used green tea extract. One study confirmed that the EGCG from the extract was absorbed better than the EGCG from the tea.

Consider taking green tea extract supplements in the morning and afternoon before meals.

15. Get Energized With Caffeine And Green Tea Beverages…

Some energy-type drinks have been shown to boost fat loss. Recently, University of Oklahoma researchers reported that when 60 male and female subjects consumed a diet energy drink containing 200mg of caffeine and 250mg of EGCG from green tea extract for 28 days, they lost more than a pound of body fat, even without changing their diets or exercise habits.

Combined with proper daily exercise and these fat-metabolizing dietary recommendations, the results will be even better!

16. Black Tea Is Beneficial Too…

Green, oolong, and black teas all come from the same plant, but different processing causes black and oolong teas to lose their green color and turn either brown or black.

Oolong tea has been shown to enhance metabolic rate due to its high level of polyphenols as well as EGCG. Black tea is also a beneficial aid to fat loss; Researchers from University College London found that drinking black tea regularly can reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that encourages fat storage particularly around the midsection.

17. You Can Also Boost Metabolic Rate

By Drinking Cold Water…  Researchers in Germany have shown that drinking about 2 glasses of cold water can temporarily boost metabolic rate by about 30%.

This beneficial effect appears to be primarily due to an increase in norepinephrine in the body, stimulated by regular intake of cold water.  Healthcare experts often advise people to drink a large glass of cold water upon waking in the morning, because it gets your metabolism shifting out of the restful “slumber” state it’s been locked into overnight.

18. Stay Away From Artificial Sweeteners…

Although artificially sweetened drinks are calorie free, drinking too many can actually hinder fat loss. Popular beverages such as diet soda contain chemicals and artificial sweeteners which interfere with the brain’s ability to regulate calorie intake. The result causes a person to feel hungrier than normal, and ultimately eating more total calories.

Continued research suggests that the sweet taste of these drinks can increase the release of insulin, which can hinder fat burning and increase fat storage. Do your body and mind a big favor… Drink unsweetened beverages.

19. Add Some Avocados To Your Regular Diet Too…

Avocados are naturally-rich with healthier monounsaturated fat, which isn’t usually stored as body fat. They also contain a key compound called mannoheptulose, a sugar that curbs insulin release and enhances calcium absorption. Keeping insulin low and getting plenty of calcium is critical for encouraging fat loss.

By simply adding a quarter or a half of an avocado to salads and sandwiches, the body’s fat metabolism efficiency is greatly improved.

20. Crank Up Calorie Burning   With Healthy Chili Peppers…  

Hot peppers contain the active ingredient capsaicin;  This naturally-occurring chemical from peppers has been shown to promote calorie burning at rest, as well as helping to reduce hunger and food intake.

Its effects are even more effective when combined with caffeine. Research shows that the capsicasin and caffeine can significantly boost fat burning during exercise.

Try adding crushed red pepper, tasty chili peppers or hot pepper sauce to meals to burn off extra calories and fat.

Botanically, most cultivated peppers today are Capsicum annuum (most common), also “C. frutescens” (tabasco), “C. chinense” (habanero) or a combination of different species.

If you have difficulty eating the heat-generating peppers, consider taking a Cayenne supplement that contains capsaicin instead.

Start This Fat-Burning Dietary Regimen Today and You’ll Be Pleased With The Results In Just A Few Months!  

 

This article is for informational and educational purposes only;  It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your doctor or healthcare professional.

 

 

Improve Blood Vessel Function By Losing Belly Fat

Overweight people who shed pounds, particularly abdominal belly fat, can improve the function of their blood vessels.

According to a new study conducted by Johns Hopkins researchers, it doesn’t matter whether people are on a low-carbohydrate or a low-fat diet, losing belly fattranslates into improving blood vessel function and overall heart health. The new study was presented at the American Heart Association scientific meeting in San Diego on March 13 that is focused on cardiovascular disease prevention.

In the six-month weight-loss study, the Hopkins researchers determined that the more belly fat the individual study participants lost, the better their arteries were able to expand when needed, allowing more blood to flow more freely.  Also… The researchers  found that participants in the study who were on a low-carb diet lost about ten pounds more, on average, than those who were on a low-fat diet.

Above the waist… Being overweight increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, especially if the fat is accumulated in the belly

“After six months, those who were on the low-carb diet lost an average of 28.9 pounds versus 18.7 pounds among those on the low-fat diet,” said chief researcher Kerry J. Stewart, Ed.D., a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of clinical and research exercise physiology at the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute.

 

The research team studied 60 men and women who weighed an average of 215 pounds at the start of the program. Half of the participants went on a low-carb diet while the others followed a low-fat diet. All engaged in moderate exercise and their diets provided a similar amount of calories each day.

In order to evaluate the health of the participants’ blood vessels before and after the weight lossprogram, the researchers conducted a blood flow test by constricting circulation in the upper arm for five minutes with a blood pressure cuff.  With this type of test, when the cuff is released, a healthier artery will expand more, allowing more blood to flow through the artery. The researchers measured how much blood reached the fingertips before, during, and after the constriction of the artery. The test can give an indication of the overall health of the vascular system throughout the body.

 

The researchers found that the more belly fat a person had lost, the greater the blood flow to the finger, signaling better the function of the artery.

“Our study demonstrated that the amount of improvement in the vessels was directly linked to how much central, or belly fat, the individuals lost, regardless of which diet they were on,” they explained. “This is important since there have been concerns that a low-carb diet, which means eating more fat, may have a harmful effect on cardiovascular health. These results showed no harmful effects from the low-carb diet.”

 

In the low-carb diet used in the study, up to 30 percent of calories came from carbs such as bread, pasta and certain fruits, while 40 percent was from fat consumed from meat, dairy products and nuts. In contrast, the low-fat diet consisted of no more than 30 percent of calories from fat and 55 percent from carbs.

Interestingly,  participants on the low-carb diet lost more weight and at a faster pace, on average, which has also been observed in several other studies. The researchers observed eating greater amounts of carbohydrates can slow down the rate of body fat losswhile on a weight reduction diet.

 

The findings were consistent with early results presented in June 2011 at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver. That initial report was based on results after participants in the study had lost their first 10 pounds.

 

These longer-term results show that weight loss, along with exercise, is important for improving vascular health. Also, following a low-carb diet rather than the conventionally recommended low-fat diet for weight loss is not a concern in terms of vascular health.

 

Story Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine

American Heart Association meeting in San Diego, CA March 2012

 

Johns Hopkins Medicine (2012, March 13). “Losing belly fat, whether from a low-carb or a low-fat diet, helps improve blood vessel function.”

This article is for informational and educational purposes only;  It is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your doctor, physician or healthcare professional.

What are Enzymes?

Enzymesare naturally occurring chemicals that accelerate or facilitate chemical

Major digestive enzymes

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reactions in the body. Enzymes, sometimes called catalysts, are a fundamental component of the chemistry of life.

There are two broad groups of enzymes that need to be defined. The first group is known collectively as digestive enzymes, substances that are secreted by the gastrointestinal tract and responsible for the digestion of food. The second group is referred to as systemic, or metabolic, enzymes. The words systemic and metabolic imply that these enzymes support body chemistry and that they drive body functions and support body structures.

Functions of Enzymes Enzymes act in a manner that causes many different changes in body structures and functions. Examples of the vital role of enzymes include growth and repair of tissues, chemical alteration of drugs or chemicals in the body, regulation of hormone secretion and the balanced transmission of nervous impulses in the brain.

Enzymes must be present to break down nutrients into simple forms that support the structure of the body. The function of enzymes themselves is often dependent upon the presence of vitamins and minerals or other nutritional co-factors.

Enzyme Harmony There are several thousand metabolic enzymes in your body that work in harmony to run chemical reactions in all body tissues. One group of metabolic enzymes exerts an antioxidant action, helping to remove free radicals or potentially damaging substances such as hydrogen peroxide. Free radicals are a common by-product of oxidative reactions, which can damage tissues in many ways.

These enzyme antioxidants are manufactured by the body and examples include superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase and peroxidase. These three enzymes are very important in the body’s ability to detoxify and defend itself against oxidative damage. A simple example of oxidative damage to the body is muscle pain that occurs after heavy exercise. Muscular activity generates free radicals, and that is why antioxidants are used increasingly by aerobic fitness enthusiasts and “weekend warriors” in the gym.

Metabolic Enzymes Metabolic or systemic enzyme support has been reported in medical literature as useful for many areas of health, including supporting cellular health, healthy inflammatory response in the body and more. Conventional medicine, however, has tended to reject the value of metabolic supplementation.

A major problem in acceptance of supplemental enzymes by modern science is the question of whether or not metabolic enzymes are adequately absorbed by the gastrointestinal tract. Some well-conducted studies show that many types of enzymes are absorbed, including combination enzyme preparations containing bromelain, chymotrypsin, pancreatin, papain and trypsin, even though their absorption is incomplete. Dietary supplements have been produced containing very important enzymes that are found in the human body, such as SOD, catalase and peroxidase, but these enzymes may not be efficiently absorbed, or they are unstable in their regular chemical forms.

Enzyme support is not simple because many factors alter the activity of enzymes, especially when taken as dietary supplements. These factors include the amount of material present that an enzyme can act on, acidity or alkalinity of the body, body temperature and the presence of other nutritional factors (co-factors) that are required to make enzymes function effectively, such as essential vitamins and minerals.

It seems obvious that many enzymes are destroyed by stomach acid when taken as dietary supplements (e.g. lipase). This can be overcome to some extent by increasing the amount of enzymes administered in oral supplements; and in some cases by applying special coatings (enteric coating) to enzyme capsules.

There is a wealth of literature on the use of metabolic enzymes, but enzymes from different sources, manufactured using different methods, have variable biological activity. Quality enzyme supplements are tested to ensure activity levels of the enzymes used.

Potential Use of Nutritional Support with Metabolic Enzymes The most common and effective use of several metabolic enzymes is to support healthy inflammatory response in the body. Reports of the successful use of metabolic enzymes in the nutritional support of cardiovascular health are also of major interest. It has been suggested that several metabolic enzymes may contribute to healthy blood consistency. However, any attempts to address blood health must be performed with the informed judgment and supervision of a medical practitioner.

Be Healthy! Dr. Stephen Holt, M.D.

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