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3 Important Benefits of Flax Seeds

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One of the impressive health benefits of flax seeds is the ability to decrease blood pressure (Rodriguez-Leyva D, et.al., 2013).

In a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, 30 g of flax seeds daily for 6 months reduced the systolic blood pressure of 10 mm Hg and the diastolic blood pressure with 7 mm Hg.

 This is as good as some blood pressure medications, and instead of side-effects, you get even additional benefits.

13 g of flax seeds daily has shown to decrease blood glucose and insulin and improve insulin sensitivity in obese individuals with pre-diabetes (Hutchins AM, et.al., 2013).

Flax seeds can also lower cholesterol. 

In just 7 days a drink made of flax seeds lowered total cholesterol by 12% and LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) 15% (Kristensen M, et.al., 2012).

Even if many people are not aware of these health benefits, it’s been known for a long time that flax seeds can reduce total cholesterol, LDL and decrease the blood glucose after a meal (Cunnane SC, et.al., 1993).

 

It is very important to keep the blood glucose in a good range even after a meal, it is not enough to only have good fasting blood glucose.

I recommend grinding 2 tablespoons of flax seeds in a coffee grinder and put them in a glass with water, stir it and drink it thick. You can of course also sprinkle it on food, like a salad if you prefer.

 

References

Cunnane, S. C., Ganguli, S., Menard, C., Liede, A. C., Hamadeh, M. J., Chen, Z. Y., … & Jenkins, D. J. (1993). High α-linolenic acid flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum): some nutritional properties in humansBritish Journal of Nutrition69(2), 443-453.

Hutchins, A. M., Brown, B. D., Cunnane, S. C., Domitrovich, S. G., Adams, E. R., & Bobowiec, C. E. (2013). Daily flaxseed consumption improves glycemic control in obese men and women with pre-diabetes: a randomized study. Nutrition research33(5), 367-375.

Kristensen, M., Jensen, M. G., Aarestrup, J., Petersen, K. E., Søndergaard, L., Mikkelsen, M. S., & Astrup, A. (2012). Flaxseed dietary fibers lower cholesterol and increase fecal fat excretion, but the magnitude of the effect depends on food typeNutrition & Metabolism9(1), 8.

Rodriguez-Leyva, D., Weighell, W., Edel, A. L., LaVallee, R., Dibrov, E., Pinneker, R., … & Pierce, G. N. (2013). Potent Antihypertensive Action of Dietary Flaxseed in Hypertensive PatientsNovelty and Significance. Hypertension62(6), 1081-1089.

How To Improve Your Memory By Drinking These 2 Things

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Coffee and tea are 2 very common beverages that people drink daily. Most people, however, drink either coffee or tea, but rarely both.

Interesting research shows that you may get more benefits if you drink both coffee and tea on a regular basis.

Coffee and tea, and especially green tea provide antioxidants.

The most common ones are polyphenols in coffee and catechins in tea.

Coffee and tea also contain caffeine, but tea also contains L-theanine which is an amino acid.

Theanine provides additional benefits.

When 50 mg of caffeine was studied with or without 100 mg of L-theanine, it showed that caffeine improved subjective alertness and accuracy (Owen GN, et.al., 2008). The caffeine and L-theanine combination improved both speed and accuracy of performance.

People drinking 3-5 cups of coffee daily at midlife provided good observations to have a decreased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by about 65% at late-life (Eskelinen MH, Kivipelto M., 2010).

 

Caffeine is beneficial.

Research has also shown that the moderate amount of caffeine found in coffee protected against both cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease (You DC, et.al., 2011).

Both coffee and tea have a protective effect on the nervous system. They also have been associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease (Hu G, et.al., 2007).

How To Improve Memory By Drinking Tea and Coffee

How to improve your memory can be as simple as drinking coffee and tea daily. If you are already doing that, you may even want to increase the amount you are drinking, unless you are very sensitive to caffeine.

You should not drink either coffee or tea too late in the day, since the caffeine may affect your sleep. Moreover, you will spend more than 6 hours to eliminate caffeine from your body.


References:

Eskelinen, M. H., & Kivipelto, M. (2010). Caffeine as a protective factor in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 20(s1), S167-S174.

You, D. C., Kim, Y. S., Ha, A. W., Lee, Y. N., Kim, S. M., Kim, C. H., … & Lee, J. M. (2011). Possible health effects of caffeinated coffee consumption on Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. Toxicological research, 27(1), 7.

Hu, G., Bidel, S., Jousilahti, P., Antikainen, R., & Tuomilehto, J. (2007). Coffee and tea consumption and the risk of Parkinson’s disease. Movement Disorders, 22(15), 2242-2248.

Owen, G. N., Parnell, H., De Bruin, E. A., & Rycroft, J. A. (2008). The combined effects of L-theanine and caffeine on cognitive performance and mood. Nutritional neuroscience, 11(4), 193-198.


If you like to drink green tea, you should drink it rather than taking it in capsule form. But, if you don’t like drinking tea, capsules are a good alternative.

 

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How healthy is green tea?

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Grüner TeeGreen tea seems to be one of the best things you can drink for your health. One of the reasons is that it contains a lot of antioxidants.

One of the most important things we can do to stay healthy is to be sure we stay insulin sensitive. When we are insulin sensitive the glucose is transferred from the blood into the cells very easily without the pancreas having to release a lot of insulin. This will keep the blood glucose at a low and normal level, and also help to keep inflammation low, both are very important if we want to be healthy.

The reviewed research investigated if green tea could improve glucose control and increase insulin sensitivity(Liu K, et.al.,2013). 17 studies were included in the analysis. It showed that green tea consumption significantly reduced the fasting glucose and Hemoglobin A1c. Hemoglobin A1c is a test for long-term glucose control.

If you don’t like green tea and if you want to be sure your green tea does not contain a lot of pesticides, you can take it in capsule form like our Better Green Tea formula which meets the German standards for pesticide content, which is very strict.

 

 

 

Liu K1, Zhou R, Wang B, Chen K, Shi LY, Zhu JD, Mi MT. Effect of green tea on glucose control and insulin sensitivity: a meta-analysis of 17 randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Aug;98(2):340-8. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.052746. Epub 2013 Jun 26.

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Biological Aging

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Whatever your chronological age, your biological age may be more or less than that. If your chronological age is 60 years, you may biologically be only 50 if you are in good shape or it could be 70 if you are in bad shape. While there is no specific test available at this time which will exactly determine your biological age, there are several factors and tests which can give us some input to what your biological age is.
Aging at the molecular level is characterized by the progressive accumulation of molecular damage. This damage is caused by environmental and metabolically generated free radicals and is affected by nutrition and life style.

Turn on your good genes

You can’t change your genes, but you can do a lot to help turn on your good genes and quiet down our less good genes. This is quite interesting because you can improve what is called your epigenetic potential, and also the potential of your future children.

Amazing Story

This is what Dr. Bygren from Sweden and Dr. Pembrey from England discovered in their research. Dr. Bygren went back through old medical records and compared data from years when people were starving, due to poor harvest, to data from years when they were overeating. He found that the children and the grandchildren of the people who had been overeating died an average of 6 years earlier than the children and grandchildren whose parents and grandparents had been starving.  (Bygren LO, et al. 2001, Pembrey ME, et al. 2006)
Dr. Pembrey, in his research, found that the sons of fathers who were early smokers had a significantly higher body mass index than other boys by age 9.
These data are very interesting and the good news is that you have control over several factors affecting how you will age and your biological age.

Recommendations

People who eat closer to the Mediterranean style diet tend to have a longer life-span. Eating this way also reduces inflammation and the risk for many chronic diseases. High intake of olive oil, vegetables, legumes, soups, fruits and fish has been documented to be associated with lower values of blood glucose, lipids (fat) CRP (an inflammatory marker), blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk score. Research, which included 493,308 individuals, showed that the Mediterranean dietary pattern was associated with lower abdominal fat, measuring waist circumference. (Romaguera D, et al. 2009)

All of these factors are related to biological aging.

Learn to Eat: Feel Great and Reach Your Goals

Learn to Eat is taking the Mediterranean-style diet a step further improving the effectiveness considerably.

Effective S-Acetyl Glutathione

Glutathione is your primary defense against aging. It’s a very effective antioxidant the body makes to protect itself from free radical damage (oxidative stress). It can help repair cells that are damaged by stress, radiation, pollution, infection, and other illnesses. Don’t make the mistake of buying regular glutathione buy because it is destroyed in the stomach and does not produce any results.

As we get older, our cells begin to lose their ability to repair themselves. We make less glutathione, and we actually need more. In certain conditions, younger people may need more glutathione as well.

Glutathione is a very effective antioxidant. It helps your cells function, and supports a healthy immune system. Research shows that glutathione deficiency can lead to increased susceptibility to diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The formula Effective S-Acetyl Glutathione contains glutathione in a form the body can utilize and is for that reason very effective.

Better Fish Oil

One of the markers of biological aging is telomere length. A shortened telomere is associated with increased aging. A telomere is a region of repetitive DNA at the end of a chromosome, protecting the chromosome from damage.

Research has shown that individuals with cardiovascular disease who had the lowest quartile level of EPA, DHA (omega 3 fatty acids) experienced the fastest rate of telomere shortening when compared to those in the highest quartile level of EPA, DHA (Farzaneh-Far R, et al. 2010).

Omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil provide many health benefits and one of these benefits is lowering of the biological age according to the research referred to above. The formula Better Fish Oil is a pharmaceutical grade fish oil in triglyceride form for better bioavailability and it contains high amounts of EPA, DHA the active ingredients of omega 3 fatty acids.

Better Green tea

Green tea has been shown to provide many health benefits. A study including 12,251 individuals documented that those who consumed seven or more cups of green tea daily had reduce mortality from all causes when compared to those who consumed less than one cup per day.

For those who don’t like to drink that much green tea, 1 capsule of the formula Better Green Tea is equivalent to 5 or more cups of green tea. This can be taken once daily.

Coenzyme Q10 Extra Absorb

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a coenzyme involved in the energy metabolism in the mitochondria of the cell producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP). As we get older we produce less of CoQ10. CoQ10 Extra Absorb is also a powerful antioxidant and provides protection from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
CoQ10 is also important for cardiovascular health.

Multivitamin Mineral Plus Without Iron

It is also recommended to take a high quality multivitamin mineral formula to ensure you are not missing any of the important nutrients.

Green tea may help prevent influenza infection.

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Research has shown that green tea provides many health benefits.

The research reviewed here was interesting because it investigated if capsules containing green tea catechins and theanine could prevent influenza infection (Matsumoto K, et al. 2011).

The results documented that the incidence of clinically defined influenza infection was significantly lower in the group who took the capsules containing green tea catechins when compared with the participants taking placebo capsules. The incidence of laboratory confirmed influenza infection was also lower in the participants taking the green tea catechins.

Also, the time for which the participants were free from clinically defined influenza infection was significantly different between the two groups.

One capsule of the “Better Green Tea” formula provides equivalent of 4 to 6 cups of green tea.

 

 

Matsumoto K, Yamada H, Takuma N, Niino H, Sagesaka YM. Effects of Green Tea Catechins and Theanine on Preventing Influenza Infection among Healthcare Workers: A Randomized Controlled Trial. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 Feb 21;11(1):15.

Do you like hot beverages?

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If you do, try green tea!
It is probably the healthiest hot beverage you can drink.

Green tea and especially a constituent of green tea, called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) has shown to inhibit cancer growth (Zhang XD, et al. 2008, Ahn WS. et al. 2003). You may have heard that the human papilloma virus has been associated with cervical cancer. Data suggests a possible gene regulatory role of EGCG and the research supports the inhibitory effect of EGCG on cervical cancer cell growth. It has also shown an anti-tumor effect(which slows the growth of tumors).

Not only cervical cancer inhibition has been documented, but a higher consumption of green tea has been associated with a reduced risk of adult leukemia.

So if you enjoy hot beverages, green tea is a great choice. Not only is green tea good hot, but if preferred, it can also be served cold.

Reference:

Zhang XD, et al. A case-control study on green tea consumption and the risk of adult leukemia. Zhonhua Liu Xing Bing Xue Za Zhi. 2008 Mar;29(3):290-3.


Ahn WS, et al. A major constituent of green tea, EGCG, inhibits the growth of a human cervical cancer cell line, CaSki cells, through apoptosis, G(1) arrest, and regulation of gene expression. DNA Cell Biol. 2003 Mar;22(3):217-24.