Conjugated linoleic acid, also called CLA, is a type of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid primarily found in the products of ruminant animals, such as cows and sheep, and it’s found in higher concentrations in the fat of grass fed animals, generally.
This is a review of PureNaturalFit 2 CLA complex, which I tried for a month. Unfortunately, as with other weight loss products or diets, 4 weeks is not going to be long enough to give a satisfactory answer as to whether the product truly is helping with weight loss, and in this case, I lost a total of 3 pounds during the month. While this might seem to be a success with close to a pound a week weight loss, it’s such a small amount that it could be due to water weight or merely the natural variation of a scale or natural variation of body weight from day to day, so it’s hard to give a clear cut answer as to whether this product was effective or not, and I may continue taking it in order to get a better answer as to whether it helps me with more weight loss or not.
In the meantime, we can at least discuss the science and whether there is any basis for using CLA as a weight loss aid, and in this case there is decent evidence, despite the fact that the studies are a bit of a mixed bag. A few studies showed benefits of weight loss or fat loss, […] Continue Reading…
This is a review of Valentia Even Glow Skin Care Serum, of which the company generously provided me with a bottle to try. Unfortunately, the trial was only for one month, and I think that it’s difficult to see in one month if a skin product shows much benefit. However, I can at least tell you what I noted about this Vitamin C Skin Product in the month long trial.
Ingredients in the Topical Vitamin C Skin Product
First of all are the ingredients, which show that a lot of good research has gone into this product. Topical Vitamin C skin products have been shown to reduce wrinkles, reduce aging, and even act as a mild sunscreen, preventing damage from UV light. Some studies used concentrations of topical Vitamin C as low as 5% with positive effects, as outlined in this research study entitled Topical ascorbic acid on photoaged skin. Clinical, topographical and ultrastructural evaluation: double-blind study vs. placebo. This product’s 20% Vitamin C is 4 times that amount, I like that commitment to adding higher amounts than the lowest amounts studies showed was beneficial. It would have been easy to just use the 5% solution and make the same claims, but adding the 20% to get the most benefits from the topical vitamin C is a great move on their part.
The other active ingredients: green tea, hyaluronic acid, and plant stem cell extracts are all equally as well studied to show beneficial effects on the skin from sunlight damage and […] Continue Reading…
This is a review of Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder. I am a big fan of Matcha Tea, not only for its taste, but for its health benefits as well. Matcha is not your ‘regular’ green tea that is in bags that you put in boiling water and make a glass of light green water. Matcha tea is to regular green tea like pro level mixed martial arts is to high school wrestling. Matcha tea IS green tea, only it’s a special type of green tea in which the tea leaves are powdered, whisked with water to a froth, and drank without discarding the leaves. It is often beautiful jade or emerald in color and has a unique flavor. Even though green tea is a regular drink in Japan, Matcha was elevated to a ceremonial drink thousands of years ago because of its unique properties. The Japanese Zen ‘Tea Ceremony’ has always traditionally been done using Matcha Tea, it fact, the tea ceremony was invented BECAUSE of the Japanese reverence for Matcha Tea. Fortunately, like many things that were once luxury items, Matcha tea can be an affordable daily drink. It’s so mainstream that it is even available at Starbucks as a hot or cold latte. While purists would likely disagree, a quick blend in a blender is an excellent and quick substitute for the traditional bamboo whisk used to froth the beverage with hot water.
The Health Benefits of Matcha
Not only that, but Matcha is […] Continue Reading…
This is a review of SimpleHealth Magnesium Citrate powdered supplement. I tried this supplement out over the period of a couple of weeks and definitely give it my endorsement as a great magnesium citrate supplement. I also compared it to the magnesium citrate powder that I normally use, Natural Calm, and it definitely compares favorably to Natural Calm in almost every way and I can give my endorsement for it as a great way to get your magnesium.
I ordered a bottle of SimpleHealth’s Magnesium Citrate Powder through Amazon, and since it is fulfilled by Amazon, I got it in just 2 days, which is nice. The first thing that I noticed is that the only ingredient is magnesium citrate. I do recommend the use of magnesium in the form of ‘anything but oxide’ and to try different formulations to see what works the best for you. I personally use magnesium citrate and recommend it, particularly, for those who tend to ‘lean’ towards being constipated. Those who need to take high doses of magnesium, as outlined on the Magnesium Dosage page, and who tend towards having loose stools might find that they will not be able to take as large a dose of magnesium citrate as they can of other formulations of magnesium without getting loose stools. However, since loose stools is one of the main Side Effects of Magnesium, this ‘downside’ turns into a benefit for those who tend to be constipated.
I loved that there […] Continue Reading…
When it comes to Arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases, there are many different diets that may be effective to correct the disintegrating tissues of your joints. It is imperative to make sure your body is strong and healthy, and diet can be one of the best methods to ensure this. In any diet, fats are always a contentious issue, but while there are many different fats you should cut back on, Omega 3 fatty acids are one of the few that you should not. The Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids are many; it is one of the nutrients that our brains require constantly in order to function, they encourage normal growth and development in children, they can also reduce the risk of developing heart disease, as well as decrease inflammation.
What are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?
There are three Omega 3 fatty acids that are critical to the body: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). The first two are found in fish, while the latter is found in nuts and certain plants. These have been found to play a critical role in warding off arthritis, though most studies pertaining to arthritis have used rheumatoid arthritis, as it causes severe inflammation to the joints and tissues. EPA and DHA have been found to lessen joint pain and stiffness, as well as provide a boost to the efficacy of anti-inflammatory medications. They can also lessen depression, and boost your emotional state.
EPA and DHA are found in fatty fish, […] Continue Reading…
If you ask your dentist about the Cause of Impacted Wisdom Teeth, he’ll probably give you some vague uprovable answer about evolution making human’s jaws smaller over time, but is that really true? Is there any evidence that ‘evolution’ is the cause of impacted wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth, also called the Third Molars, are the furthest back teeth, erupt between the ages of about 16 and 25 years old and are the last teeth to come in. In a large percentage of the population, these third molars either come in improperly or get ‘stuck’ behind other teeth, leading to infection, pain and other dental problems.
According to most dental sources, these ‘impacted’ wisdom teeth are considered ‘Normal’ due to the human evolution towards a smaller jaw. In the research of isolated cultures by a curious dentist, however, his findings prove that impacted wisdom teeth are a problem caused by nutrition and NOT evolution.
In the mid 1930’s, an adventurous dentist set out to study some of the most isolated cultures on earth. His travels sent him from beautiful Swiss mountain villages, to vast African plains, to the tundra of northern Canada. In each village, Dr. Weston Price took measurements and pictures of the faces and teeth of people who still ate exclusively as their ancestors had for generations. Most had never, or almost never, eaten processed foods such as sugar or white flour. Shockingly he found that, almost without exception, people who had never eaten processed foods had […] Continue Reading…
If you have tendon, cartilage, joint, ligament or other connective tissue problems, it’s a distinct possibility that these were caused from a chronic lack of magnesium.
I know that you probably think that you couldn’t possibly have magnesium deficiency, but if you problems with any of these body structures it’s actually most likely that you absolutely DO have moderate and maybe even SEVERE magnesium deficiency- and that you’ve had it for many years.
The reason that you probably think that you don’t have magnesium deficiency is that you simply aren’t aware that the Signs of Magnesium Deficiency include common problems like:
Low back pain
And a whole host of other problems that people consider a ‘normal’ part of living in a stressful society. But these are NOT ‘normal everyday’ problems, they are distinct symptoms of magnesium deficiency that neither you nor your doctor recognizes. The fact that everyone has these symptoms doesn’t mean that they aren’t problems with a real and fixable cause- and there ARE doctors who DO recognize these problems as being from magnesium deficiency. The doctors who DO understand this, such as Dr. Caroline Dean author of The Magnesium Miracle and Dr. Marc Sircus author of Magnesium Medicine, know that magnesium deficiency is epidemic and actively promote magnesium supplementation in the vast majority of their patients.
Connective Tissue Synthesis
While most of the problems mentioned above can be corrected within several weeks to several months of aggressive magnesium replacement, connective tissue problems are both less recognized as being due to […] Continue Reading…
The mitral valve is one of the valves of the heart that keeps blood flowing in the proper direction when the heart beats and pushes the blood into the next chamber. Mitral Valve Prolapse is a common problem where the ‘leaflets’ of this valve don’t fit perfectly together and can lead to an abnormal backflowing of blood that causes problems in some people that experience this condition.
There have been a large number of studies showing that people with mitral valve prolapse have magnesium deficiency, but it’s extremely interesting to note that some studies have shown that chronic magnesium deficiency may have actually been the cause of the mitral valve prolapse in the first place!
“Magnesium deficiency may also lead to alteration
of collagen synthesis and subsequent degeneration
of mitral valve leaflets.”
Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome
and Magnesium Supplementation:
A Review of the Literature
Symptoms of Mitral Valve Prolapse
When mitral valve prolapse causes symptoms that affect people’s lives, then it is often termed Mitral Valve Prolapse Syndrome (MVPS) and it can lead to problems such as:
Shortness of breath
These symptoms can really affect people’s lives in a negative way on a day to day basis. Those with MVPS go to the emergency room frequently and can sometimes feel that they are dying due to their severe symptoms.
The Magnesium Connection
There have been MANY studies showing that those with mitral valve prolapse often have low Magnesium Levels in their blood. This is especially interesting since blood magnesium […] Continue Reading…
Pharmaceutical drugs designed to control abnormal heart rhythms have been used for decades and have been ‘presumed’ to work without exacting clinical trials to prove this. While it has been taken for granted that these drugs work the way the drug makers claim, recent studies have shown that many of these drugs actually do exactly the opposite. Not only can these drugs cause an INCREASE in some heart rhythm disturbances, but they are also actually increasing the overall rate of death from dangerous heart rhythms.
Most problematic heart rhythms, known in the medical world as ‘arrhythmias’, are electrical disturbances that can be worsened by electrolyte disturbances, exercise or excessive stress and can be painful and frightening for those who experience them. Some rhythms are dangerous and some are not, but most people who experience these heart problems end up having some form of medical intervention to correct or reduce the frequency of these occurrences. Different forms of ‘Anti Arrhythmic’ drugs have been around for decades and have been used by cardiologists and even heart surgeons as a ‘first line’ treatment for heart rhythm disturbances, but new research is showing that taking these drugs may be more dangerous than doing nothing at all.
“In the last decade or so, numerous experimental
and clinical studies have revealed that drugs that act by delaying
conduction, while markedly suppressing ventricular arrhythmias, have
the proclivity to increase mortality
in subsets of patients with significant cardiac disease.”
‘The coming of age […] Continue Reading…
Most people would identify sun exposure as the primary risk factor for getting skin cancer, but few would think of antibiotics as a contributing factor to this deadly disease. Yet there is an entire class of antibiotics that are known to cause a condition known as photocarcinogenesis that can multiply the damage normally done by the sun and lead to an increase in the risk of skin cancer.
The Quinolone class of antibiotics, which includes such common antibiotics as Levaquin (Levofloxacin) and Cipro (Ciprofloxacin), has a LONG history of causing dangerous toxic conditions. In fact, no less than nine different Quinolone Antibiotics have actually been approved by the FDA and released onto the market only to be found to be so dangerous that they had to be removed and recalled.
While each one was removed for various different toxic reactions, at least four were removed due to a problem called ‘Phototoxicity’. Phototoxicity is a common occurrence with many prescription medications requiring people using them to stay out of the sun because of the excess sun damage and sunburn that can result. But the phototoxicity that is caused by the Quinolone antibiotics may be so bad that it is causing genetic damage to the cells and contributing to a more damaging form of phototoxicity called ‘Photocarcinogenesis’.
A carcinogen is a substance that is known to cause cancer; therefore, photocarcinogenesis refers to a substance that can actually cause skin cancer in the presence of sunlight. Yet this fact was only discovered […] Continue Reading…