I hope you will find something of interest amongst the topics I chose this month. It is always difficult to judge whether readers are interested in the same things I am so I can only hope you are! Otherwise if there are any particular health issues you would like me to address then please do let me know.
Coconut Oil - the smart choice
Last month I touched on coconut oil as a face cleanser however it is sooooo much more than that. Unfairly demonised in the past, coconut oil is now touted as the only cooking oil that is healthy to use at high temperatures. It is a wonderful substitute for butter, margarine and shortening in baking and cooking, does not go rancid, and although one would expect to taste the coconut in it, you don’t, not even when used to fry eggs.
Coconut oil is rich in saturated fatty acids, especially lauric acid (about 50%) and myristic acid (about 20%). These fatty acids are called 'medium-chain triglycerides' (MCTs) because they are shorter molecules than the saturated fats in animal fats and mono- or poly-unsaturated fats common in vegetable oils such as olive, sunflower, canola or safflower oils. This also explains why coconut oil is associated with some impressive health benefits.
Cholesterol –Coconut oil is cholesterol- and trans-fat free and as such has a beneficial impact on cholesterol levels. A 2009 study of fatty acids in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that "lauric acid had a more favourable effect on the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol than any other fatty acid, either saturated or unsaturated." (This ratio should be <4). Weight loss - Given that coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, it makes sense that it can also help weight loss. It appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs. The theory is that MCTs (like lauric acid) are more easily digested and burned quickly for energy than long-chain fatty acids, thus raising metabolism and aiding weight loss. Coconut oil is also used by many athletes as a high-energy source in their training programs. On the other hand the molecules that make up unsaturated vegetable oils are made up of a long chain of fatty acids that are either deposited in blood vessels as cholesterol or stored around the waist, thighs and buttocks as energy stores of fat for when needed. Diabetes - Cultures that have consumed high amounts of coconut oil generally have not suffered with diabetes because coconut oil has been shown to protect people from this ailment. The smaller and more easily absorbed molecules supply the cells with essential fatty acids without inhibiting insulin, giving an energy boost without causing a spike in blood sugar levels. On the other hand the link between refined vegetable oils and diabetes has been well researched. A 1998 study showed that diabetes could be reversed by cutting out polyunsaturated fat. This is because these long chain fats decrease the cell's ability to bind with insulin and reduces their ability to absorb glucose, especially when these oils are heated during cooking. In other words, vegetable oils, commonly thought to be "healthy", can actually make diabetes worse and should be avoided! (Use your extra virgin cold-pressed olive oil for salad dressing rather than cooking).
In rather a damning article, Dr Joseph Mercola, heavily criticized the use of magnesium stearate, a common “inactive” ingredient used as a flow agent in many nutritional supplements, claiming it compared to chalk, impairs absorption of nutrients, forms a harmful “biofilm” in the intestines, and even suppresses immune function. According to Dr Dana Myatt these claims are completely without scientific verification or substantiation and she takes Mercola to task in this very interesting and extremely informative You Tube video clip.
As Dr Myatt explains magnesium stearate is a simple salt made of two common nutritional substances, the mineral magnesium and the saturated fat stearic acid, both abundant in many foods in our diet, and are not only safe but are beneficial to our health. Flow agents help ensure a consistent dose of product in each capsule. Magnesium stearate does this by preventing individual ingredients from sticking to each other and from sticking to the encapsulating machines. Companies that don’t use flow agents are more likely to have inconsistent doses of ingredients in each capsule or tablet.
We know magnesium is safe but to confirm the safety of stearic acid let's take a look at some some numbers: The daily adult intake of stearic acid from food averages about 7,000 mg/day. A person taking 20 vitamin capsules weighing 500 mg each and containing 1% magnesium stearate would take in less than 96 mg of stearic acid per day – this amounts to just 1.3% of the total daily adult intake. To put this into perspective: Four ounces of human breast milk contains more than 5,000 mg of stearic acid. A 2-ounce chocolate bar will also provide well over 5,000 mg of stearic acid. Magnesium stearate is considered safe for human consumption at levels below 2,500 mg/kg body weight per day. This equates to 150,000 mg per day as a safe dose for a 60kg adult. The evidence says that magnesium stearate is a safe and effective flow agent and there really isn’t any evidence to the contrary. I hope this puts any concerns about magnesium stearate to bed. I'm certainly glad to hear that all these damning claims are baseless because all my favourite supplement suppliers use it.
C-Reactive Protein and Curcuminoids
Firstly what is C-Reactive Protein? It’s a protein found in the blood, the levels of which rise in response to inflammation in the blood vessels, and knowing your reading would be far more valuable to you than knowing your cholesterol readings.
Recent research suggests that patients with elevated basal levels of CRP are at an increased risk of diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. The results of a very recent meta-analysis reveal a reduction in C-reactive protein in clinical trials that compared the effects of curcuminoids to those of a placebo.
Curcuminoids are polyphenolic compounds that include curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin, which occur in the spice turmeric. The compounds are known to have an anti-inflammatory effect as well as other benefits. This we know already as I discussed the anti-inflammatory properties of Natural Vibrance's Maximised Curcuminoids in my April newsletter.
Now we have confirmation in this meta-analysis that included a total of 172 subjects who received curcuminoids and 170 who received placebos for periods ranging from six days to three months. The analysis concluded that C-reactive protein values were lower by 6.44 mg/L among participants who received curcuminoids in comparison with those who received a placebo. Less than 10 mg/L is considered a normal CRP level; however, an optimal range is less than 1.0 mg/L in women and below 0.55 mg/L in men.
C-Reactive Protein is is a blood test I would strongly recommend every one to go for and to ignore the guideline of 10mg/L which is really way too high. Use Maximised Curcuminoids and See Yourself Well Omega-3 fish oil, also known to reduce inflammation in arteries, to take your reading below 2. Significant effects may be seen within 4 weeks but rather wait 8 weeks to go for a retest. Remember C-Reactive Protein is a much stronger predictor of future cardiovascular events than cholesterol.
Silver Sol products
I mentioned last month that I have added some amazing new silver products to my range. The technology used to make these solutions is called Silver Sol, developed in the US, and these products have only been available in SA for the past 6 months, although I was able to trial them last year and the results I saw got me looking for more.
The method used is very different to that used to make colloidal silver and produces a far superior result. Although colloids and ionic silvers are very effective in destroying bacterial infections Silver Sol has catalytic capabilities which enables it to first destroy then to instantaneously recharge and kill again and again like a rapid-fire machine gun. The result is that Silver Sol can destroy thousands of times more pathogens than colloidal or ionic silver preparations. Silver Sol comes in liquid form for internal use or gel form for topical use.
There are too many uses to mention here but simply put it is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial capable of destroying over 500 different disease-causing pathogens without encouraging drug resistance and without side-effects. Best of all is that it does not kill the beneficial bacteria or probiotics, unlike conventional antibiotics.
Experiments done in vitro have shown how it destroys MRSA, SARS, malaria, anthrax poisoning, gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, Hepatitis C and influenza, usually within 5 minutes. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory and immune system enhancer so can be taken daily even as a prophylactic. It makes an excellent mouthwash before bedtime as well. Swish in the mouth for 5 minutes to kill all pathogens and then swallow to derive all the other benefits of ingesting Silver Sol. There is simply nothing else with such broad spectrum benefits. Anyone going in for surgery would do well to start a daily dose of Silver Sol solution before, during and after to guard against the dreaded MRSA bug so prevalent in all our hospitals.
The gel comes in two different strengths, 24ppm for general skin care and wound healing and 32ppm for more serious ulcers and burns. I have loads of information on Silver Sol so if you are interested in studies done or some images of results achieved with burns and ulcers, ask and ye shall receive.
Vibrant Cleanse Organic Lemonade Diet
Today is Day 3 for Ken and me on our Vibrant Cleanse detox. We've managed 6 and 3 days previously but never in Winter! Today we feel revitalised and I have just enjoyed a few long-overdue hours in the vegetable garden preparing for Spring. But I have to say I am so looking forward to the veg and fruit juices tomorrow and some hot vegetable broth! Although one never feels hungry on this detox one does long for some nice hot soup in this cold weather! I have to say I have untold admiration for my daughter-in-law, Liesl, who recently completed 10 days on this cleanse - in mid-Winter! She was so good about not cheating and the rewards were great as she lost a fair amount of weight and her skin is glowing and her eyes sparkling. She was particularly amazed at her energy levels and mental focus during and afterwards.
Now Spring is round the corner and that is really the right time to do this cleanse so if you would like to know more about how to prepare yourself and do the cleanse properly to achieve maximum benefits I'm just an email away. The purpose of a cleanse is to mobilize and eliminate toxins stored in fatty tissue, liver, kidney and other organs and using the Vibrant Cleanse powder just has to be the easiest and most effective and convenient way to do this.
Next time I write I hope we'll all be enjoying warmer weather wherever we are. In the meantime keep warm and happy and, as always, I look forward to hearing from you.
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The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or in any way replace qualified medical supervision. For any medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider before using any products. Abundant health to you all.