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  • Metabolic Syndrome and Beta Glucan Synbiotic

    Can you name this Beautiful Creature?Dear Friends,One quarter of the Amercian population today has Metabolic Syndrome.  And, Metabolic Syndrome is a known precursor to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

    What are the hallmarks of Metabolic Syndrome and how can they be prevented and even reversed?

    The characteristics of Metabolic Syndrome are:

    • Obesity- particularly upper body obesity
    • Glucose intolerance
    • Hyperlipidemia- high triglycerides and high cholesterol
    • Hypertension

    Our new Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic effectively confronts all of the above categories. It supports the prevention and repair of this serious condition.  How?

    Obesity:  two points to consider

    Beta Glucan Synbiotic is a combination of good probiotic bacteria and mostly soluble fiber. The good bacteria are fermenting bacteria, and one of the byproducts of their consuming soluble fibers is the production of short chain fatty acids—namely butaric acid, propionic acid and acetic acid.

    (1) Propionate has a hypophagic effect (delays gastric emptying rate) thereby making us feel fuller longer.  Propionate also reduces adipogenesis (the generation of new fat cells)- the result is an overall anti-obesity effect.  Check out the article and of course Denis Burkitt’s seminal work that alerted everyone in both conventional and integrative medicine to the importance of fiber in our diet.

    • Arora et al. (2011). Propionate.  Anti-obesity and satiety enhancing factor? Appetite, 56(2):511-515.
    • Burkitt. D.P. (1980). Don’t forget fibre in your Diet.  New York, NY: Harper Collins.

    (2) Butyrate provides 50% of the fuel for the colonocytes (the lining cells of the colon) in a healthy diet with a healthy gut microbiome- characterized by having a prodominance of good fermenting bacteria and plenty of good fibers provided by the diet.  The butaric acid produced is taken into the colonocytes' mitochondria, acting within the Krebs Cycle like glucose, to product ATP—the body's cellular fuel.  A health cell turnover requires sufficient fuel, without it leaky gut syndrome can develop.

    In our next Forward Thinking we will further our discussion regarding the Leaky Gut Syndrome, Obesity, and the Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic's beneficial effects.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell
    BioImmersion.com

    Clinical Note: The Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic is such a wonderful source of soluble fiber and of course its high levels of pedigreed probiotic organisms to support the fermentation of these fibers.

    Take one tablespoon twice daily 20 minutes before your two largest meals.

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    The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing little creature is a Fennec Fox who lives, as a nocturnal animal, in “of all places” the Sahara Desert.

    Green Facts:
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  • High Fiber Intake and Anti-Obesity

    We know that many of the major and commonest diseases in modern Western culture are the result in large part by the reduced intake of dietary fiber.   Obesity is one of those health problems that is obvious growing by leaps and bounds.  What is the link between high fiber intake and anti-obesity?

    Arora et al in their 2011 article— Propionate. Anti-obesity and satiety enhancing factor?— shine light on the role of the short chain fatty acid propionate.

    Undigested soluble fibers are fermented by our good bacteria in the colon and give rise to various microbial metabolites.  One very important category of byproducts are the short-chain fatty acids (SCFA): namely acetic, propionic and butyric acid.

    We’ve talked a lot in the past newsletters about the importance of butyric acid as a critical health giving nutrient.  But what about propionic acid?

    According to Arora propionate has a hypophagic effect (delay gastric empty rate) thereby making us feel fuller longer.  Propionate also reduces adipogenesis (the generation of new fat cells)- the result is an overall anti-obesity effect.  Check out his article and of course the ground breaking, paradigm shifting books by Denis Burkitt .

    • Arora et al.  (2011) Propionate.  Anti-obesity and satiety enhancing factor? Appetite;56(2):511-515.
    • Burkitt. (1980) Don’t Forget Fibre in your Diet.  Harper Collins (Publisher)

    Clinical Note: The Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic is such a wonderful source of soluble fiber and of course its high levels of pedigreed probiotic organisms to support the fermentation of these fibers.

    Take one tablespoon twice daily 20 minutes before your two largest meals.

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    The Last Quiz Answer: This amazing little creature is a Fennec Fox who lives, as a nocturnal animal, in “of all places” the Sahara Desert.

     

     

     

    Green Facts

     2014 was the hottest year on record.  Climate change is happening and human kind is the culprit.  What can we do?  Pass Laws that protect nature.  Ecuador has such laws.    Now two political activists in Oregon are suing the St
  • Good Fibers and Good Bugs

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    In our last post we looked at our new, even more powerful Beta Glucan Synbiotic formula. Good fibers and good bugs are two of the most important nutritional factors to regularly bring into our bodies. Let's continue the discussion this week.

    A high level of fiber intake has health-protective effects and disease-reversal benefits (Whitehead, 2014). Dietary fibers are known to protect against certain gastrointestinal diseases, constipation, hemorrhoids, colon cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, duodenal ulcer, diverticulitis, obesity, diabetes, stroke, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases (Otles, 2014).

    The Beta Glucan Formula is straightforward and powerfully demonstrates what good fibres and good bugs can do.

    Our Beta Glucan Synbiotic is a beautiful formula. When we consider its fiber we have oat bran concentrated to high levels with soluble beta glucan fibers; we have organic whole red beet root and all its rich nutrients; and, we have organic inulin, the soluble fiber from chicory root.

    Let's take heart disease, the number one disease killer in the US, and see how the regular consumption of these fibers can reduce our risk. Whitehead et al. (2014) in their paper, Cholesterol-lowering effects of oat Beta-glucan: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, concluded that there is robust evidence that consuming oats or oat-containing food products with at least 3 g of oat bran beta glucans reduces serum cholesterol in lean, overweight, or obese male and female adults without diabetes and those with type 2 diabetes. Importantly, the serum cholesterol reduced was the "bad" LDL cholesterol and not the "good" health producing HDL cholesterol.

    Red beetroot is an excellent source of nitrate, and consuming high nitrate containing foods will lower blood pressure. Webb et al. (2008) in their study, Acute blood pressure lowering, vasoprotective, and antiplatelet properties of dietary nitrate via bioconversion to nitrite , used beetroot juice, measuring trial participants after 3 hours of drinking 500ml, and found that blood pressure was substantially reduced (-10.4/8 mm Hg). The dietary nitrate load also prevented endothelial dysfunction and significantly attenuated ex vivo platelet aggregation.

    Red beetroot is also one of the very top vegetables for binding bile acid so it can be removed from the body, beating out collard greens, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, green bell pepper and cabbage. Bile acid binding capacity has been related to the cholesterol-lowering potential of foods. Lowered recirculation of bile acids results in utilization of cholesterol to synthesize bile acid and reduce fat absorption. (Kahlon et al. 2008)

    • Webb et al. (2008). Acute blood pressure lowering, vasoprotective, and antiplatelet properties of dietary nitrate via bioconversion to nitrite. Hypertension; 51(3):784-90.
    • Whitehead et al. (2014). Cholesterol-lowering effects of oat Beta glucan: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr; 100(6):1413-1421.
    • Otles S and Ozgoz S. (2014). Health Effects of Dietary Fiber. Acta Sci Pol Technol Aliment ; 13(2):191-202.
    • Kahlon et al. (2008) Steam cooking significantly improves in vitro bile acid binding of collard greens, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, green bell pepper and cabbage. Nutrition Research; 28:351-357.

    Clinical Notes:

    Two tablespoons of the Beta Glucan Synbiotic supplies the amount of soluble beta glucan fibers daily that are recommended by the American Heart Association for heart health.

    Green Facts:

    From the Environmental Working Group to us all:

    “Did you know that food production around the world occupies more land than any other human activity? So it should be a no-brainer that sustainability be part of a nation’s dietary guidelines. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture doesn’t see it that way.”

    “Later this year, the USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plan to update dietary recommendations issued by the federal government every five years. And just last week a USDA spokesperson said that environmental impacts would play no part in shaping the new federal guidelines.”

    Stand with EWG:  Click here to tell the USDA and the HHS that the environmental consequences of food production must be included in the dietary guidelines to ensure a healthy and sustainable future for all Americans!

  • The Benefits of a High Fiber Diet

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    The benefits of a high fiber diet are legendary and  include weight loss, lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of diabetes, a 40% risk reduction in the incidence of Crohn's disease, as well as reducing inflammatory bowel disease in general. (1)

    Heart disease still remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in this country. The percent of seniors (age 65 and order) with diabetes is now at 25.9%. Crohn's Disease affects nearly 1.4 million Americans. Gastrointestinal issues is the second leading cause of emergency room visits.  It's well established Americans in general don't get enough fiber in their diet. (2)

    Roberts et al. (2010) state that maintaining a healthy gastrointestinal barrier is key to reducing the risk of chronic inflammatory bowel disease. (1) And, that a good fiber intake is part and parcel to ensuring a strong gut barrier function.

    Specifically, how does our Beta Glucan Synbiotic help to stop the breaching of the intestinal barrier by bad bacteria such as pathogenic E.coli and the ensuing chronic inflammatory condition?

    Betaglucan fibers come in both short and long lengths. The shorter fibers function as a primer to the immune system. That is they support the up-regulation of the innate immune system and help to balance both the adaptive and the innate immune systems, reducing the risk of autoimmune disease.

    The longer fibers form a matrix within the mucus layer.  This mesh provides a productive home for the lactic acid probiotic organisms, allowing them to reproduce rapidly.  The beta glucan fibers by nature are slightly acidic and the lactic acid bacteria add to this acidification of the mucus layer by producing lactic acid as a metabolite.  The net result of this is the creation of an inhospitable environment for E. coli.

    This close proximity to the epithelium enables these good probiotic bacteria to colonize the GI membrane cells taking up receptor sites, a furthering of the protection against colonization by pathogens.

    Fourth, these good pedigreed probiotics produce bacterocins (antibiotic like substances) that inhibit the growth and even kill E. coli and other bacterial and yeast pathogens.

    And finally, these good bugs stimulate our GI tract immune system to increase its protective mucus covering while add secretory IgA molecules to bind, identify and kill pathogens. Good bacteria and fiber are crucial in winning the battle to keep our intestinal barrier healthy.

    How does fiber also protect us against heart disease and diabetes?

    Briefly, the case of CVD, the betaglucan fibers lower the bloods levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol, and the red beet root fiber contains betalains which facilitate an increase in production good (HDL) cholesterol so that overall blood lipid level improve relative to heart disease risk.

    In the case of diabetes, the Betaglucan product, if taken before a meal, will cause the slowing down of  absorption of sugar, thereby reducing the risk of both high blood sugar spikes and resulatant insulin spikes.

    Good bugs and good fiber properly conceived, as in the Beta Glucan Synbiotic, make for a very effective product.

    (1) Roberts et al. (2010). Translocation of Crohn's disease Escherichia coli across M-cells: contracting effects of soluble plant fibres and emulsifiers. Gut; 59:1331-1339.

    (2) U.S.Department of Health and Human Services (2014). The Nutrients:  How Much? FDA Website:  Part 3 and 4.

    Clinical Notes:

    A very exciting feature regarding the Therapeutic Food line of products is that they are specific in their applications and multidimensional in their benefits. Let's look at the Beta Glucan Synbiotic as an example.

    p_betaglucanIt contains five pedigreed, highly researched and historic, strains of lactic acid bacteria. We've even added more bacterial count so that the CFU (Colony Forming Units) per 2 tablespoons is now at 176 billion. The other ingredient to carry the good bugs is fiber—oat bran (concentrated for the soluble betaglucan fiber), inulin (a soluble fiber derived from organic chicory root) and organic red beet root fiber (which contains both soluble and insoluble fibers plus the very powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant betalain molecules.

    To support the prevention and even the reversal of the above discusssed medical conditions take one tablespoon twice a day before your two largest meals.

    Green Fact:

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  • Brain Food for 2015

    Happy New Year Everyone!

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    Brain food!

    Remember there’s 15% off all our products until January 7th, 2015.  Just use the coupon code HOLIDAY15 at checkout to apply our seasonal savings gift.

    Why berries to protect our brains? Here is a great reason:

    Berries are excellent foods for the brain.  Substances present in blueberries can both reduce oxidative stress and improve communication between brain cells.  

    Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries have all been shown to slow or reverse age-related cognitive decline in animal studies, and blueberries have now been tested for their effects on human memory (1). Older adults with mildly impaired memory were given wild blueberry juice as a supplement, and after as little as 12 weeks, measures of learning and memory had improved (2).  The antioxidants in cherries have also been shown to protect brain cells against oxidative stress, implying that eating cherries may help to prevent neurodegenerative diseases like dementia (3, 4).  In people with mild memory complaints, those who drank pomegranate juice daily performed better on memory task compared to placebo and displayed an increase in brain activation measured by functional MRI (5). (Fuhrman, 2014)

    Reference:

    1. Shukitt-Hale B:  Blueberries and neuronal aging. Gerontology 2012;58:518-523.

    2. Krikorian R, Shidler MD, Nash TA, et al:  Blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults. J. Agric Food Chem 2010;58:3996-4000.

    3.Kim DO, Heo HJ, Kim YJ, et al:  Sweet and sour cherry phenolics and their protective effects on neuronal cells. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2005;53:9921-9927.

    4. Raustadottir T, Davies SS, Stock AA, et al:  Tart cherry juice decreases oxidative stress in healthy older men and women. J Nutr 2009;139:1896-1900.

    5. Bokkheimer SY, Renner BA, Ekstrom A, et al:  Pomegranate juice augments memory and FMRI acitivity in middle-aged and older adults with mild memory complaints.  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2013;2013:946-298.

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    The key to supporting good health: eat a variety of berries throughout the day to bring in the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of these potent berries. Therapeutic Food supplements make this eloquently and powerfully possible. 

    Clinical Notes:

    Take the following daily for powerful brain protection and cognitive enhancement:

    Blueberry Extract:  100% North American Blueberry flavonoid extract. Concentrated to supply the anti-inflammatory power of the blueberry’s broad spectrum of anthocyanins. Take one capsule daily in the morning around breakfast.

    Phyto Power:  Wild-crafted Alaskan Blueberry (four species, whole fruit), wild-crafted Alaskan Rosehip (three species, whole fruit) and wild-crafted Alaskan Dandelion (four species, whole plant).  Take two capsules daily around lunch.

    No. 7 Systemic Booster:  Contains organic pomegranate (whole fruit and extract), organic tart cherry (whole), organic cranberry (whole fruit and extract), organic pineapple (whole), organic soluble chicory fibers (inulin), 5 Bulgarian probiotic organisms, our famous supernatant, and a variety of supportive nutriceuticals.

    Take one teaspoon daily around dinner time.

    Blueberry Extract - Phyto Power - No 7 bottles

    Part of the reason we suggest these around meal time is that the normal process of digestion creates free radicals itself, and when we have powerful fruit aboard, their damaging effects are minimized.

       

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    Environmental Working Group (EWG)

    Many organizations are making their final push to raise funds before the year is out and EWG is one we believe is worthy of your attention to contribute to a healthier planet.

    A persuasive e-mail written by the world-renowned activist Erin Brokovich says it the best:

    EWG isn’t afraid to take on industry and their millions of lobbying dollars. EWG doesn’t shy away from the fight for clean water and toxics reform and giving powerful information directly to consumers.

    What EWG does is hard, and it sure isn’t cheap. But we need EWG to be an independent advocate for us, and EWG depends on people just like you for nearly half of its funding.

    You can make a year-end donation to EWG here.

     

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  • How We Can Eat to Prevent Free Radicals

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    Do you realize that every time we eat we create free radicals in our body?

    We have known for a long time that free radicals or ROS (reactive oxygen species) are associated with a host of diseases, from diabetes (Mohanty et al., 2000), to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and more (Paiifici & Davies 1991).

    If every one of our meals creates these free radicals, what should we eat?

    What foods create more free radicals and in turn these diseases, and what foods balance the generation of these ROS and help protect us from these diseases?

    The rest of the story: What should we eat to reduce ROS?

    We have known for a long time that free radicals (ROS) damage cell membranes, lipids, proteins, DNA, which is in turn associated with a host of other diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, IBD (Paiifici & Davies 1991).

    The Metabolic process of turning food into energy creates free radicals. Mohanty et al. (2000) demonstrated the relationship between nutrition and ROS generation. They investigated the effect of glucose challenge on ROS generation by leucoyctes, and concluded that glucose intake stimulates ROS generation.

    Our bodies, in the process of metabolizing our most basic molecule for energy— glucose—create an overload of free radicals. It is simply the process of digesting our foods that generates so many free radicals.

    Dr. Greger (see Green Facts) argues that during our evolution there was no such thing as sugar water associated with the foods we ate. In nature, as he says, “all sugars and starches come prepackages with antioxidants.” This means that sweet foods such as fruit are balanced with important phytonutrients.

    He further states that, “this process of oxidizing carbs for energy is messy and that it generates free radicals. If we chug down straight sugar water the level of oxidation in our blood stream goes up over the next few hours. But if we drink a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice you don’t get that spike in oxidation. Why?”

    Because the fresh squeezed OJ has antioxidants in the form of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Which is it, the C or the flavonoids or both that account for the free radical neutralizing power here?

    Dr. Greger’s answer is that there is still a spike in oxidation with the combination of sugar and vitamin C.   It is not the vitamin C in orange juice but the citrus phytonutrients like hesperetin and naringenin that beat back the oxidation.

    And here is the central point. We must eat phytonutrient-rich plant foods with every meal to create a balance and bring our bodies out of a pro-oxidative state. We need more fruits and colorful vegetables with each meal.

    And, this is where the Therapeutic Food Supplements can come and make a world of different in our health today. Since the Therapeutic Foods Supplements are concentrated phytonutrient-rich plants, it is easy to bring our bodies back into oxidative balance.

    Clinic Note:

    We need to seek out plant sources with high active phytonutrients in them. And, that is exactly what we have done for you in the creation of our Therapeutic Foods Supplement line.

    Here are some of our products that offer rich array of antioxidant phytochemicals:

    Blueberry Extract: our new blueberry extract is truly remarkable. It is the market’s only 100% North American blueberry extract. This North American cultivar contains a phenolic profile and content that is amongst the richest of all fruit. It provides high concentrations of a broad spectrum of anthocynins.

    Suggested Dosage: one capsule a day.

    High ORAC Synbiotic Formula: this diverse synbiotic formula brings together the various qualities of blueberry extract, grape and grape seed extract, raspberry and raspberry seed extract, bilberry extract, cranberry, tart cherry and prune plus the soluble fiber inulin from chicory root and a 25 billion count of the pedigreed probiotic organisms L. acidophilus and B. longum.

    Suggested Dosage: one capsule a day

    Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic Formula: our new synbiotic formula contains 50% more viable CFU at the two year label claim- 66 billion per 2 tbl and 3 times the overage at the date of manufacture at 176 billion per 2 tbl. It also contains 10.5 grams from oat bran (high in beta glucan fibers), red beetroot and inulin. The red beet root contains betalain a very strong antioxidant.

    Suggested Dosage: from one tsp to two tbl daily.

    No. 7 Systemic Booster: this rich synbiotic formula contains also a wide selection of fruit rich in polyphenolic for high antioxidant potency. Amongst its probiotics and over nutriceuticals is contain organic cranberry extract and whole fruit, organic pomegranate extract and whole fruit, organic tart cherry and organic pineapple.

    Suggested Dosage: one tsp daily.

    Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula: our unique formula brings out the best of both cranberry and pomegranate. The former helps to provide powerful support for healthy urinary tract function, the latter aids a healthy inflammatory response and resistance to infection. They both provide strong support in neutralizing free radicals.

    Suggested Dosage: one to two capsules daily.

    Cruciferous Sprout Complex: A pure mixture of seven nutrient-rich varieties of cruciferous spouts, intelligently crafted to stimulate the liver’s production of Phase 2 Enzymes that make up the pathway for Phase 2 liver detoxification, critical for keeping our blood clean and free from free radicals.

    Suggested Dosage: two capsules daily.

    Chlorella Organic: the world’s richest source of chlorophyll, derived from its green pigment. Also is a rich source of carotenoids. Chlorophyl facilitates the cleans of the blood and neutralize free radicals. Chlorella is also the world’s richest source for a complete collection of amino acids. It is truly a super food.

    Suggested Dosage: two to four capsules daily.

    Phyto Power: a wildcrafted wonder, Phyto Power brings together the whole fruit and seeds of three species of Alaska rosehip, four species of dandelions (roots, leaves and flowers) and four species of blueberry. An extremely powerful and pure broad spectrum flavonoid profile offering our a strong antioxidant profile.

    Suggested Dosage: one to two capsules daily.

    The key strategy to balance out the oxidative stress of digestion is to add a dose the Therapeutic Foods Supplements with every meal. For example:

    Before your breakfast take a tablespoon of the Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic in a tall glass of water with one Blueberry Extract.

    For lunch with your meal take two capsule of the Phyto Power and 2 tablet of the Chlorella.

    And, for with dinner add 2 Cruciferous Sprouts and 1 High ORAC.

    Be creative. It is simple, easy, and yet powerful. Help your body to balance free radicals generated during the digestive process of your meals.

    Green Facts:

    Michael Greger M.D. is an amazing resource for bringing healthy eating back into a center place in medicine. Check out his website and this video: NutritionFacts.org and The Minimum Recommended Daily Allowance of Antioxidants.

     

  • What's Missing in Your Practice?

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    What is one of the most profound actions you can do for the health of your own body, the health of your patients, your community, and ultimately the health of our world? What is the most basic, fundamental aspect of life, beyond breathing, that if we medically get it right, will set off a chain reaction resulting in health throughout the planet? This one element is the missing ingredient in the practice of medicine today.

    Let us face it. Life is one big food chain. The elements of the earth, the sun and water feed plants, plants feed animals, animals feed animals (and humans), and when plants and animals die they become foods for the decomposer s- worms, insects, bacteria, fungus, who create our rich soil for plant seeds to sprout in and once again become food for the earth. Round and round we go.

    We are intimately involved in the food chain, and as omnivores we can consume both plants and animals. It is manifestly obvious to all of us involved in integrative health that healthy foods are central and fundamental to achieving a healthy body. We know that the foods we eat can be the deal breaker as to whether we achieve the health we want for our bodies. Food as medicine is really a non-negotiable concept.

    Creating a worldwide food system—eco-farmed in rich soils without herbicide and pesticides, properly harvested and transported—enhances the nutrient density in foods. We must have nutrients dense foods to bring about the health we desire.

    In 2004, Dohrea and I set about to create BioImmersion Inc. and the Therapeutic Food Supplement line. Several things were very clear to us. In our world today the level of assault on our bodies from pollution, pathogens, stress, and bad dietary practices is so high that we need powerful medicinal foods. Our bodies after all know exactly what and how to utilize food for therapeutic purposes.

    Our Therapeutic Foods is a supplement line that is build with eco-farmed foods that are whole and potent. We also utilized ecologically smart technology to extract complete concentrations of classes of phyto-nutrients from foods. The results are foods that behave medicinally in the body. And as we have known for 2500 years, food is able to repair, heal, protect, and prevent dis-ease (Hippocrates, 400 BC).

    What is missing in your practice? We would say that it is a therapeutic food line that is potent, whole, and concentrated. Create a powerful base for your health routines and protocols with Therapeutic Foods.
    Clinical Notes

    Have you read our medical director’s essay on the Fructo Borate Complex?  Dr. George Kessler is an osteopath in New York City and not only one of the best integrative doctors in the city, but in the country as well. See his bio here. George was one of the first practitioners to immediately recognize our Fructo Borates uniqueness and potential as a therapeutic food supplement. And, he has written textbooks on the subject. This product has certain proven its value for Dr. Kessler with his patients, for almost a decade now. Fructo Borate is a very special product and is multifaceted in its uses. In case you missed it before I am linking you here to Dr. Kessler’s essay on Fructo Borate. Enjoy.

    Green Facts

    Ecosystems collapsing, habitats vanishing, species going into extinction at a rate we have not seen for millions of year. In fact, according to geological records not since 65 million years ago before the 5th Mass Extinction occurred and the time of the dinosaurs dramatically came to an end. Many biologists believe we are rapidly moving toward the 6th Mass Extinction, possibly in as soon as 100 years. We believe we still can reverse this process and turn the world into a direction of light, life and abundance. But it will take us all literally to “get into the streets?"

    There are so many wonderful organizations moving us in that direction and one of the great ones is the Bioneers. Check out this inspiring 6 minute keynote speech by 14 year old Xiuhtezcatl Martinez presented at the Bioneer’s Youth Leadership Conference.

  • Blueberry Extract is Back!!

    Blueberry Extract Food SupplementOur blueberry extract is back and it is better than ever.

    Our brain is central to who we are, the core of our very being, and with the frightening specter of the ever rising rate of Alzheimer’s Disease and age-related cognitive dysfunction in America, we at BioImmersion are focusing on creating products supported by research that tackles this issue head on.

    The health promotion properties of Blueberry Extract’s phytochemicals are many. Research has demonstrated for years that Blueberry Extract is a powerful supportive super food when it comes to the protection from neuro-degenerative diseases, cancers, and diabetes, to even functioning as a prebiotic—supporting the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut.

    The phenolic content/profile of the North American blueberries used in the production of our new blueberry extract is truly remarkable and the fact that our extract perfectly corresponds to the profile of the fresh blueberries is a testament to the richness and purity of the extract. This is the market’s only 100% North American blueberry extract.

    We utilize leading technology[1] to assess polyphenolic levels of our North American blueberry cultivar. Our analyses demonstrate a phenolic profile and content that is among the richest of all fruit.

    Two major researchers into the world of plant’s phytonutrients and into Blueberry and Blueberry Extract in particular are Dr. James Joseph and Dr. Mary Ann Lila.

    The research of Dr. James Joseph was highly influential on blueberry extract as a protective and corrective food in regards to cognitive decline. As the past Director of Research at Tufts University's USDA Anti-Aging Center, he was prolific in his research using blueberry extract to prevent and reversing senility in old age, and even in reversing Alzheimer's syndrome specifically. (Joseph 2008; 2010).

    Shukitt-Hale B, Joseph JA et al, Blueberry polyphenols attenuate kainic acid-induced decrements in cognition and alter inflammatory gene expression in rat hippocampus. Nutr Neurosci. 2008 Aug;11(4):172-82.

    Krikorian R, Kalt W, Joseph J, et al, Blueberry Supplementation Improves Memory in Older Adults. J. Agric. Food Chem., 2010, 58(7), pp3996-3000.

    Click on the Blueberry Extract Monograph within the BioImmersion website library for a description of Joseph’s exciting research, taken in part from his wonderful book, The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan for Optimum Health.   His book is very helpful for educating and motivating yourself and your patients into healthier and colorful eating patterns.

    Dr. Mary Ann Lila is the director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at North Carolina State University. She has been a major researcher on blueberries for decades. Dr. Lila and her team have been focusing not only on blueberries ability to alleviate cognitive decline, in particular of late its ability to alleviate the neuro-degeneration of Parkinson’s disease, but also its anti-cancer and anti-diabetic properties. She states, “Now we have the sophisticated instrumentation where we are starting to zero in what these chemicals [polyphenols] are and we can start to pin point and utilize them for human health.”  Dr. Lila is an important food researcher to get to know.

    Clinical Notes:

    Robert Anderson MD, the eminent author and past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine , began purchasing our Blueberry Extract around 5 years ago. Noticing his consistent ordering pattern, I called Dr. Anderson, curious as to his experience of the blueberry. He graciously informed me that both his grandmother on his mother’s side and his mother died of Alzheimer’s and he wanted to do everything in his power to keep his mind sharp. He takes one capsule a day.

    Dosage: Take one capsule daily.

    Green Facts:

    Here's a list of our our blueberry extract’s 28 phenolic compounds:

    BI-Blueberry

    [1] HPLC-PDA-HR-MS: Thermo Accella UPLC along with leading edge analytical technology for measuring the total ORAC which quantifies Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity in terms of five ROS categories- superoxide (O2*), hydroxyl radical (OH*), peroxyl radical (RO2*), nitric oxide (*NO) and peroxynitrate (OHOO-).

     

  • Is Organic Food Really Better?

    Is Organic Food Really Better?

    In a most recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (2014), titled “Higher Antioxidant and Lower Cadmium Concentrations and Lower Incidence of Pesticide Residues in Organically Grown Crops: a Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analyses,” authors Baranski, Srednicka-Tober, Volakakis et al. carried out meta-analyses based on 343 peer-reviewed publications that indicate statistically significant and meaningful differences in composition between organic and non-organic crops.

    Baranski et al. found that concentrations of a range of antioxidants, such as polyphenolics, were substantially higher in organic crops as quantified in their phenolic acids, flavanones, stilbenes, flavones, flavonols and anthocyanins being an estimated 19%, 69%, 28%, 26%, 50% and 51% higher respectively.

    Baranski, Srednicka-Tober, Volakakis et al. (2014) Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. British Journal of Nutrition: 112. 794-811 (read the whole article)

    Clinical Notes:

    Our Therapeutic Food Supplements are wild crafted or organic.  In our analysis of Phyto Power which contains three species of wild-crafted rosehips, 4 species of wild-crafted blueberries, and 4 species of wild-crafted dandelions, the polyphenolic phyto chemicals were dramatically more densely packed into the plants than in conventionally farmed rosehip, blueberry and dandelion.

    The following charts - an excerpt from our 2012 article that you can read in full here - show the difference in phytonutrient between of the Phyto Power wild-crafted rosehip and conventionally grown dog rosehip from Europe:

     

    Rosehip Nutrient ComparisonWhen it comes to rosehip, the European Dog Rose (Rosa canina L.) has been considered to be the most potent and is used as the standard by which others are measured. 

    As you can see to the right here in the bar graph nutrient comparison of the wild crafted Alaska Rosehip to the Dog Rose, the Alaskan produce is much more potent (with the darker red being the Alaskan and the lighter red the Dog Rose).

    When we look at the catechins specifically the difference is 2 to 1 in favor of the Alaskan Rosehip, with the Alaskan Rosehip containing in mg/g:

    • Rosehip 1 572.05 catechin
    • 67.50 epicatechin
    • 0.93 gallocatechin
    • 0.45 epicatechin gallate
    • 0.25 catechin gallate

    While the Dog Rose contains in mg/g:

    • 35.70 catechin
    • 33.70 epicatechin
    • 0.86 gallocatechin
    • 0.15 epicatechin gallate
    • 0.02 catechin gallate.

    The total in mg/g is 141.20 for the Alaska Rose and 70.20 for the Dog Rose.  The rosehip has everyone of the catechins except EGCG which you find in tea.

    Regarding the Organic Acids comparison in mg/g:

    Alaska Rosehip

    • rosehip 2 248.30 Ellagic acid
    • 7.85 Gallic acid
    • 1.54 p-Coumaric acid
    • 0.97 Protocatachuic acid
    • 0.38 Caffeic acid
    • 0.30 Chlorogenic acid
    • 0.22 Salicylic acid
    • 0.06 Ferulic acid

    Dog Rosehip

    • 5.25 Ellagic acid
    • 0.14 Gallic acid
    • 0.16 p-Coumaric acid
    • 0.18 Protocatachuic acid
    • 0.00 Caffeic acid
    • 0.05 Chlorogenic acid
    • 0.14 Salicylic acid
    • 0.09 Ferulic acid

    The total difference in mg/g between the Alaskan and the Dog is 59.62 to 6.01.

    Let's compare the difference in Flavonoids, again in mg/g:

    Alaska Rosehip

    • Rosehip 3 210.50 Quercetin
    • 3.03 Hyperoside
    • 1.62 Kaempferol
    • 0.78 Isoquercitin
    • 0.56 Phloridzin
    • 0.42 Isohamnetin
    • 0.26 Naringenin
    • 0.16 Rutin
    • 0.06 Nothofagin
    • 0.02 Luteolin
    • 0.02 Biochanin A

    Dog Rosehip

    • 1.05 Quercitin
    • 4.30 Hyperoside
    • 0.00 Kaempferol
    • 3.51 Isoquercitin
    • 1.49 Phloridzin
    • 0.00 Isorhamnetin
    • 0.15 Naringenin
    • 0.67 Rutin
    • 0.07 Nothofagin
    • 0.01 Luteolin
    • 0.00 Biochanin A

    In summary there is 17.40 mg/g of the Alaska to 11.27 mg/g of the Dog.

    Now let's compare their quantitative differences in mg/g of the Vitamin content:

    Alaska

    • rosehip 4 225.00 Vitamin C
    • 1.09 Vitamin B3
    • 0.08 Vitamin B2
    • 0.03 Vitamin B1
    • 0.01 Vitamin B6

    Dog RoseHip

    • 10.00 Vitamin C
    • 0.19 Vitamin B3
    • 0.11 Vitamin B2
    • 0.01 Vitamins B1
    • 0.00 Vitaminl B6

    The total are 26.21 mg/g of the Alaskan Rosehip to 10.31 mg/g of the Dog Rose.

    Regarding the Carotenoids (Lycopene, b-Carotene, Lutein and Zeaxanthin) in mg/g:

    Alaska Rosehip

    • rosehip 5 34.89 Lycopene
    • 1.15 b-Carotene
    • 0.21 Lutein
    • 0.17 Zeaxanthin

    Dog Rose

    • 2.98 Lycopene
    • 1.53 b-Carotene
    • 0.00 lutein
    • 0.19 Zeaxanthin

    The total 6.42 Alaskan to 4.70 Dog.

    You can see in the above picture the refractance dried rosehip flakes that we mill into a powder for encapsulation.  In the coming weeks we will look at the important active ingredients within the Alaskan blueberry and the dandelion.  But, as you can see with our rosehip, this produce is quite simply loaded with actives.

    Now in regards to the second question, is there enough quantity in a capsule to make a therapeutic difference, the answer is absolutely.  Just consuming two capsule a day would be the equivalent of eating 6 whole rosehips (pericarp and all), a small handful of blueberries and a salad made up entirely of dandelion.

    Keeping our focus on the rosehip, the pericarp (the petal base) and the seeds are very bitter and astringent, but they are literally packed with catechins, and consuming a small amount can go a long ways therapeutically. According to Norman Hollenberg, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, epicatechin can reduce the risk of four of the major health problems:  stroke, heart failure, cancer and diabetes.  He believes that epicatechin should be considered essential to the diet and thus classified as a vitamin (Science Daily March 12, 2007; Int. J. Med. Sci. 2007, 4:53-58).

    So as you can see there is so much to consider therapeutically here.  In regards to the rosehip, not are there catachins, but there's the caratenoids, there's ellagic acid, there's Vitamin C , and so much more.  We love our Phyto Power, consider taking one to two capsules daily.

     

    Why the differences?

    When plants are grown organically or grown in the wilds of nature they don’t have the protection of herbicides and pesticides.  Therefore they create lots of polyphenolic phytochemicals which function as antioxidants, transcription molecules, antimicrobials to protect themselves from harmful pests and pathogens.  When we eat these nutrient rich plants we can utilize and receive the benefits of these powerful molecules to protect our own body’s cells and functioning, and support our own immune systems.

    When dosing with PhytoPower take two capsules daily.  That is like eating six wild rosehips with seeds and all, a small handful of anthocyanin rich blueberries and a small cup of dandelion salad with their roots, leave and seeds.

     Farmscape

    Farmscape is the largest urban farming venture in California.  Our mission is to connect city dwellers with fresh, organic produce through a network of urban farms, while creating living wage jobs for the new generation of farmers.

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  • Garlics effect on Probiotics

    In a recent study by Booyens and Thantsha (2013), Garlic was acknowledged as a powerful broad spectrum anti-microbial, able to kill many types of pathogens (see the many studies in references below).

    But what is the effect of garlic on probiotic organisms such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium?

    Booyens and Thantsha (2013) investigated the antimicrobial effects of different garlic preparations on five strains of Bifidobacteria and one strain of Lactobacillus.

    What Booyens and Thantsha discovered was that certain strains of Bifido where more susceptible to garlic’s antimicrobial effects than others, with B. lactis being the least effected, following by some B. longum strains (but not others) and then bifidum being the most sensitive, whilst the L. acidophilus was not effected at all.

    Some issues arise in the design of this study: the first issue is that Bifido is an anaerobe and therefore hard to study outside the body. It is exceedingly difficult to get it to grow. Some of the difficulties may be due simply to Bifido’s general sensitivity outside the body.

    The second issue is that Booyens and Thantasha (2013) used very specific strains so we cannot generalize the results to all strains of Bifido.  Third, different growing methods result in different hardiness of the microorganism. Therefore some are more susceptible than others to heat, acid, and antimicrobials.

    Forth, within the Bifido family, some species were less susceptible to garlic, but no further human studies were done to ascertain the amounts of garlic a person can take with certain species of Bifido.  This demonstrates the difficulties of studying microbiome.

    The one Lactobacillus species that was analyzed was acidophilus and it appeared to not be effected by the garlic.  This result add to the body of evidence that confirms the genus Lactobacillus a resistant to garlic.

    Overall, the conclusions we take from this research is that Lactobacillus maintains its status as resistant to garlic and therefore is a probiotic that can be taken with garlic at the same time, whereas, regarding the Bifido species selection as the authors of the research state, “Caution is therefore advised when using probiotic Bifidobacteria and garlic simultaneously.”

    Reference:

    Booyens and Thantsha, 2013, Antibacterial effect of hydrosoluble extracts of garlic (Allium sativum) against Bifidobacterium spp. and Lactobacillus acidophilus, African Journal of Microbiology Research, 7(8), pp. 669-677.  (See the full research)

    Clinical Notes:

    We love garlic as an antimicrobial for the GI tract.  It covers so many possible pathogens.  These include Escherichia, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Klebsiella, Proteus, Bacillus, Clostridium, Neisseria, Proteus, Pseudomonas, Shigella, Mycobacterium and Helicobacter— all potential poster bacteria for life threatening diseases.  (Ankri and Mirelman, 1999; Belguith et al., 2010; Deresse, 2010; Gupta and Ravishanka, 2005; Uchida et al., 1975; Cellinin et al., 1996; Sivam, 2001 respectively).

    The antimicrobial power of garlic doesn’t stop here, for it has also proven to be a very effective antifungal (i.e. inhibiting and killing Candida albicans), antiprotozoal (think of Giardia and Cryptosporidium, both dangerous infections prevented and stopped by garlic) and antiviral properties —garlic kills viruses upon direct contact, including those responsible for viral meningitis, viral pneumonia, as well as herpes infections.  (Ankri and Mirelman, 1999; Harris et al., 2001)

    Though there is substantial evidence to support the claim for pathogens, there is limited literature on its effects on beneficial bacteria, specifically probiotic bifidobacteria.  This study reveals for the first time, susceptibility of Bifidobacteria to antibacterial activity of garlic.

    References:

    Ankri S, Mirelman D (1999). Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic. Microbes Infect. 2:125-129.

    Belguith HF, Kthiri A, Chati A, Abu Sofah J, Ben H, Ladoulsi A (2010). Inhibitory effect of aqueous garlic extract (Allium sativum).  Food Sci. Technol. 37:263-268.

    Deresse D (2010). Antibacterial effect of garlic (allium sativum) on Staphylococcu aureus:  An in vitro study.  Asian J. Med. Sci. 2:62-65.

    Gupta S, Ravishankar S (2005).  A comparison of the antimicrobial activity of garlic, ginger, carrot, and turmeric pastes against Escherichia coli 0157:H7 in laboratory buffer and ground beef. Foodborne Pathog. Dis. 2:330-340.

    Uchida Y, Takahashi T, Sato N (1975).  The characteristics of the antibacterial activity of garlic.  Jpn. J. Antibiot. 28:638-646.

    Cellini L, Campli D, Masulli E, Bartolomeo DS, Allocati N (1996). Inhibition of Helicobacter pylori by garlic extract (Allium sativum). FEMS Immuno. Med. Microbiol. 13:273-277.

    Sivam GP (2001). Protection against Helicobacter pylori and other bacterial infections by garlic. J. Nutr. 131:1106S-1108S.

    Harris JC, Cottreli SL, Plummer S, Lloyd D (2001).  Antimicrobial properties of Allium sativum (garlic).  Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 57:282-286.

    Virunga on Netflix:  Leonardo DiCaprio hopes to save one of the last pristine places on Earth with moving gorilla documentary.  It centers on a motley crew of park rangers made up of an ex-child soldier, a caretaker of orphan gorillas and a Belgian conservationist who are trying to protect the UNESCO heritage site from not only poachers and armed militia but oil corporations interested in the park’s resources.

    “I really think we’re at a pivotal point in human history, there’s destruction going on not only in Africa but in Asia, Brazil and more, where corporate interests are now infiltrating these last pristine places on Earth."

    “A lot of people think that multi-trillion dollar industries cannot be fought, but with enough backlash from the media and the public these places can be saved."

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