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  • L. plantarum, a very good friend!

    Dear Friends,

    We have chosen Lactobacillus plantarum in our Original and Beta Glucan formulas for research continues to show its many beneficial effects in both animal models and human studies.

    Recent studies have further supported the potential of L. plantarum in treating intestinal disorders (Guzman, 2013).

    IBS and Regularity:  A small, 40 patient randomized, double-blind clinical trial showed that L. plantarum resolved abdominal pain in all IBS patients compared to the control group and provided significant bowel movement regularity to constipated patients (Niedzielin, 2001).

    A recent, large scale follow-up clinical trial was performed using similar parameters and metrics and demonstrated beneficial effects relative to IBS (Ducrotte, 2012).

    Infection of E. Coli:  Notably Lactobacillus plantarum has been suggested to release factors that significantly inhibit pathogenic bacterial adhesion to the mucosa, inhibiting such organisms as E. coli which can cause E. coli-induced increase in barrier permeability (Mageli, 2002).

    Guzman et al. (2013). Diet, Microbiome, and the Intestinal Epithelium: An Essential Triuvirate? BioMed Research International, 425146 (Published online).

    Niedzielin et al. (2001). A controlled, double-blind, randomized study on the efficacy of Lactobacillus plantarum 299v in patients with irritable bowel syndrome. European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 13(10), 1143-1147.

    Ducrotte et al. (2012). Clinical trail:  Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (DSM, 9843) improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 18(30), 4012-4018.

    Mangell et al. (2002). Lactobacillus plantarum 299 v inhibits Escherichia coli-induced intestinal permeability. Digestive Diseases and Sciences. 47(3), 511-516.

    Lactobacillus plantarum is a good friend.  It is not only will function as a trusted warrior in your digestive tract, but it is also an important commercial fermenter of some of our favorite foods—foods such sausage, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables, adding to their safety, nutritional value and digestibility.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell
    BioImmersion.com

    Clinical Note:

    BioImmersion's Original Synbiotic Formula is the gold standard of probiotic formulas.  It contains good bugs (probiotic) and good fiber (prebiotic).  Its five pedigreed lactic acid bacteria are:  L. plantarum, L. acidophilus, L. rhamnosus, S. thermophilus and B. longum. 
    The fiber is:  the soluble fiber from organic chicory root called inulin.  Take 1/4 -1 tsp daily.

    BioImmersion's Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic is also a powdered supplement containing probiotic and prebiotic. The probiotics are the same five pedigreed species/strains as are found in the Original. The difference is in its collection of fibers. To the organic inulin we've added organic red beet root fiber and oat bran in which  we've concentrated its soluble beta glucans fibers. Take 1 tsp. to 1tbl, daily.

    For more detail on their feature and benefits click on the valuable links above, which will take you to their individual monographs.

     

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

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    It is an amazing fact about the Komodo dragon, but they were only discovered around 100 years ago.  Today, there is about 4000 dragons on the islands of Komodo, Gila Motang, Rinea and Flores in Indonesia's Lesser Sunda Islands.  Weighting 300 pounds, 10 feet in length these guys don't mess around.  It is always time for dinner and they are omnivorous—deer, pigs, water buffalo and humans are all for dinner.  If their teeth don't kill you their bite will.  Once bitten one dies of septic shock in 24 hours. (National Geographic) 

     

    Green Facts

    It was several years ago when I linked for you —Christian The Lion—the heart wrenching video of a bond between two men and a lion.  It has been viewed and I am sure teared-over by millions.

    Well, here is another amazing video between cross-species friends as they reunite after 5 years of being apart—Damian Aspinali and the wild gorilla Kwibi.

  • Blueberry, CHD, Diabetes, Obesity

    Dear Friends,

    Our most expensive supplement—pure North American Blueberry Extract—is a powerhouse.

    What can the blueberry do? Especially blueberry extract?

    Blueberry extract can reduce the risk of Parkinson's Disease (Lila, 2014); it also reduces inflammation, which reduces the risk of cancer among other diseases (Anand, 2008).

    Research by Vendrome et al. (2013) investigate the power of a wild blueberry enriched diet to improve the proinflammatory status associated with Metabolic Syndrome.

    Metabolic Syndrome has become a major public health problem in the United States.  And, chronic inflammation is a critical component of it, leading to dramatically increased risk of type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

    Circulating levels of key inflammatory markers and their expression in the liver and abdominal adipose tissue were examined in obese Zucker rats—tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, interleukin (IL)-6, C-reactive Protein (CRP), nuclear factor (NF)-kB and adiponectin concentration.  These rats had the classic manifestation of Metabolic Syndrome.

    For 8 weeks they added 8% wild blueberry to the diet—from week 8 to week 16, and this is what they found:  a decrease in plasma concentrations of TNF-alpha by 25.6%; decrease in IL-6 by14.9%; decrease in CRP by 13.1% and an increase in adiponectin concentration by 21.8%.

    Further, expression of IL-6, TNF-alpha and NF-kB was down both the liver (-65%,-59% and -25%, respectively) and the abdominal adipose tissue (-64%, -52% and -65%), while CRP expression was down-regulated only in the liver ( -25%).

    Vendrame et al. 2013. Wild Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) consumption improves inflammatory status in the obese Zucker rat model of the metabolic syndrome. Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, 24(8), 1508-1512.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell
    BioImmersion.com

    Clinical Note:

    BioImmersion's Blueberry Extract supplement contains 60 capsules with 500mg per capsule of pure blueberry extract and nothing else.  There are no excipients of any kind.  The capsule is a vegetarian capsule made from cellulose and water.  Take one capsule per day.

    Our Phyto Power contains wildcrafted blueberries, rosehips (with their seeds) and dandelions (roots, leaves and flowers) rich in a broad spectrum of anti-inflammatory compounds—flavonoids and polyphenols.  Take one to two a day.

     

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

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    The eland is the world's largest antelope.  It's native to more than 15 African countries.  Can live up to 25 years in captivity. Of the population 50% live on protected land. Elands have experienced population decline due to hunting. Their rich milk, tasty meat, and useful hides make elands a useful ranch animal and hunting target. Human populations are growing and expanding into elands' living space and are using up their food sources. (African Wildlife Foundation)

     

    Green Facts

    "We want  to be a part of building a world in which life, human and non-human alike, not only survives but thrives."  See Biomimicry.org.

  • A Common Cause for Disease Today

    Dear Friends,

    Many scientists posit that the common cause behind modern society's major chronic degenerative diseases is inflammation. That's the bad new.

    The good news is:  Research consistently shows that certain foods help to down regulate inflammation—foods such as blueberry extract, and phytonutrients such as those contained in our Phyto Power. (Vendrame, 2013)

    Let's look at cancer as an example.  In the 2008 paper, Cancer is a preventable disease that requires major lifestyle changes, the researchers state that:

    "Inflammation is the link between the agents/factors that cause cancer and the agents that prevent it."

    For starters they make the point that only 5-10% of all cancer cases can be attributed to genetic defects, whereas the remaining 90-95% have their roots in the environment and lifestyle.

    Evidence indicates that 25-30% are due to tobacco, 30-35% are linked to diet, 15-20% are due to infections, and the remainging percentage are due to other factors like radiation, physical activity and environmental pollution.

    When we talk about inflammatory markers we are looking at cytokines such as TNF alpha, IL-6 and chemokines, enzymes such as COX-2, LOX-5 and MMP-9, etc.  And the authors make the strong point that all of these inflammatory gene products have been shown to be regulated by Nuclear Factor Kappa B (NF-kB).  And, NF-kB activation is a component found in most types of cancers.

    Anand et al. 2008. Cancer is a Preventable Disease that Requires Major Lifestyle Changes. Pharm Res., 25(9), 2097-2116.

    How might Therapeutic Foods be agents that downregulate these various inflammatory messagers and help to prevent cancer?

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell
    BioImmersion.com

    Clinical Note:

    BioImmersion's Blueberry Extract supplement contains 60 capsules with 500mg per capsule of pure blueberry extract and nothing else.  There are no excipients of any kind.  The capsule is a vegetarian capsule made from cellulose and water.  Take one capsule per day.

    Our Phyto Power contains wildcrafted blueberries, rosehips (with their seeds) and dandelions (roots, leaves and flowers) rich in a broad spectrum of anti-inflammatory compounds—flavonoids and polyphenols.  Take one to two a day.

     

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

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    Leopards are one powerful big cat.  So strong that it often hauls its kills into the branches of trees.  They are also strong swimmers, comfortable in the water.  They weigh up to 176 lbs and from head to body over 6 ft with a 4 ft tail extending beyond that.  Black leopards, which appear to be almost solid in color because their spots are hard to distinguish, are commonly called black panthers.  They are really black leopards.  They are such a magnificent creature.  (National Geographic)

     

     

    Green Facts

    How Whales Change The Climate

    Last week we looked at how Elephants are eco-farmers of the Africa jungles. This week you will see in the amazing video above how whales are definately the eco warrior of the deep.

    They are actually responsible for reducing COs levels from the atmophere.  As they increase the plankton levels throughout the seas—the base of the whole ocean food chain.

  • The Most Expensive Supplement

    Dear Friends,

    Blueberry extract is found to be one of the most effective fruits that protect human brain performance and reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson's!

    BioImmersion's Blueberry extracts, is not only rich in anthocynanins and proanthocyanidins, but has the full spectrum of these important nutrients! Our new technology of extraction successfully captures all of these flavonoids that is in the whole blueberry. The extract is powerful and expensive. See how to benefit from the extract in the clinical notes.

    Anthocynanis and Proanthocynidines were shown to alleviate neurodegeneration by stimulating cells mitochondria and thereby helping the cells to survive.  The study suggests that blueberries can contribute to prevention of the onset of neurodegeration, a hallmark of Parkinson’s.

    Dr. Mary Ann Lia, blueberry researcher and director of North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute, is part of the team of scientists, stated that “Blueberries have both of these natural chemicals, anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins, in high concentrations, so they pack a more powerful, one-two punch.  And, they can have synergistic benefits that surpass many other fruits when it comes to protection against brain cell death, which in turn may reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson’s.”

    Strathearn et al. 2014. Neuroprotective effects of anthocyanin-and proanthocyanidin-rich extracts in cellular models of Parkinson’s disease. Brain Research, 1555(25), 60-77.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell
    BioImmersion.com

    Clinical Note:

    Our new pure Blueberry Extract from the cultivar Vaccinium corymbosum offers an especially high yield of a broad spectrum of anthocyanins, and proanthocyanadins.  With our advanced extraction technology we are able to capture 100% of these important flavonoids from each berry.

    Our suggested dose is to start with one capsule a day. Increase as needed and then go back to the smallest dosage for maintenance.

     

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

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    Are elephants the bees of the Ndok Forest?  These are.  These three amazing, rangy elephants are part of a family of jungle elephants emerging into a clearing deep in the heart of the Congo's jungle wilderness.

    The Congo, like the Amazon and the Great Boreal Forest of the Northern Woods are the lungs of the earth's biosphere.  And, these elephants, like the bees, spread the seeds of plants, through their eating and pooping, to diversify plant species over wide areas of the jungle—planting trees, and greening our planet.

    "Forest elephants at natural densities probably disperse more seeds than any other species or genus of vertebrates in African forests."

    Blake et al. 2009. Forest Elephants:  Tree Planters of the Congo, Biotropica, 10.1111/j.1744-7429.

    Green Facts

    CO 2 levels in atmosphere rising at dramatically faster rate, U.N. report warns!The very thing that is saving us from our demise— green plants and animals that help the plants and forests to grow are being systematically killed off.

  • L. casei rhamnosus & gut integrity

    Dear Friends,

    Another example for taking probiotics each morning. Many of our probiotic formulas carry L. casei rhamnosus.

    In a 2010 study Fang et al. demonstrated the probiotic L. casei rhamnosus's possible therapeutic effects:

    • its ability to inhibit the secretion of IL-8, a major pathogen-elicited epithelial chemoattractant of the inflammatory responses in salmonellosis. This means that the probiotic L. casei rhamnousus inhibits the reaction in our bodies caused by Salmonella's endotoxin LPS (a specific toxic material from Salmonella's cell wall).
    • its beneficial effect upon the re-establishment of the intestinal epithelial barrier function after inflammation. L. casei rhamnosus protects the tight junctions of the intestinal wall to maintain cell-wall integrity.

    Salmonella caused GI tract infection is an increasingly serious issue.  "It causes more hospitalizations and more death than any other foodborn illness.  It causes a million cases of food poisoning every year in the US, and over the last decade or so the number of cases has increased by 44% particularly among children and the elderly.  The number one cause of Salmonella poisoning—chicken!"  (See Nutrition facts.org March 13, 2015)

    Fang et al. 2010. Inhibitory effects of lactobacillus casei subsp. rhamnosus on Salmonella lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation and epithelial barrier dysfunction in a co-culture model using Caco-2/peripheral blood mononuclear cells., J.Med Microbiol, 59(5), 573-579.

    Again, we are seeing the pathogenic power of the endotoxin LPS (lipopolysaccharide) as we have in the two previous emails, this time caused by Salmonella.  And, we are seeing the protective power of good bugs (probiotics) and fiber—the very fibers and well established probiotic bacteria we employ in our Therapeutic Food Synbiotic Formulas.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell
    BioImmersion.com

    Clinical Note:

    The Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic, the Original Synbiotic Formula, the Supernatant Synbiotic Formula, the Cranberry Pomegranate Synbiotic Formula and the No. 7 Systemic Booster all carry the Lactobacillus casie spp. rhamnosus in their arsenal.  Try them.  They are all very powerful probiotic (synbiotic) products.

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

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    There are more that 900 species of bats on earth.  This makes bats the second most diverse species of mammals.

    This creature belongs to a species of bats known as the megabats, with wingspans of five feet.

    Like bees in other places, these creatures are the pollinators and seed dispersers of the islands in the tropic Pacific.

     

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  • Why more fiber!

    Dear Friends,

    Research is teaching us that simple changes in our diet can lead to profound changes in our health—add more fiber, probiotics and berries to your meals.

    Anderson et al. (2007) and Ghanim et al. (2009) found a high fat, high carbohydrate meal induced postprandial plasma LPS elevation which is causative for endotoxemia.

    Endotoxemia is characterized by a nasty elevation of inflammatory cytokines, transcription molecules and  other inflammatory markers—i.e. increases in TNF-alpha, IL-6, Nuclear Factor kappa B, CRP, TLP-4—all part of the pathogenesis of obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes.

    These same increases were totally absent after a meal rich in fiber and fruit was initiated.

    Anderson et al. (2007). Innate immunity modulates adipokines in humans. J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab., 92, 2272-2279.

    Ghanim et al. (2009). Increase in plasma endotoxin concentrations and the expression of toll-like receptors and suppressor of cytokine signaling-3 in mononuclear cells after a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal: implications for insulin resistance.  Diabetes Care, 32, 2281-2287.

    Sincerely yours,

    Seann Bardell
    BioImmersion.com

    Clinical Note:

    For breakfast add one generous tablespoon of each: the Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic and Energy Sustain, add fresh or frozen organic berries, and other healthy items you cherish blend and enjoy. You may add more fiber from both products, but start with one tablespoon!

    The Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic is such a wonderful source of soluble and insoluble fibers and of course its high levels of pedigreed probiotic organisms to support the healing of the GI tract membrane.

    The Energy Sustain provides powerful seeds and one grain (all gluten free and organic) adding to our diet more soluble and insoluble fibers along with vitamins, mineral, proteins, essential fat and complex carbs.  All providing the base for a healthy meal with a low glycemic load.

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

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    The Fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) is Madagascar's largest carnivorous mammal.  They are six feet in length, with half of it being their three foot tail.

    Which family do they belong to: cat, dog or mongoose?  They are of the mongoose family.  Lemurs are their preferred food, but they also eat small mammals, fish, lizards, birds, frogs and insects.

     

    Green Facts

    Have you tuned into Slow Food?  It's an important association and movement to get to know and become a part of.

    "Growing the next generation of food lovers and advocates for good, clean and fair food for all."

  • Protecting the GI Tract Membrane

    Dear Friends,

    Good fiber and good probiotic organisms, found in such products as in the Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic and Energy Sustain are an important part of a daily diet.

    In the peer-reviewed 2008 issue of Diabetes, researchers found that feeding mice a high fat diet strongly increased intestinal permeability and reduced the expression of genes coding for proteins of the tight junctions.

    They also found that feeding mice a high fat diet modulates the gut microbiota and the plasma concentration of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), an endotoxin causative to endotoxemia, characterized by chronic inflammation which can lead to obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

    Their conclusion was that it would be useful to develop strategies for changing the gut microbiota to control intestinal permeability, metabolic endotoxemia, and associated disorders.

    Cani, P. et al. (2008). Changes in Gut Microbiota Control Metabolic Endotoxemia-Induced inflammation in High-Fat Diet-Induced Obesity and Diabetes in Mice. Diabetes, 57(6), 1470-1481.

    Both the Beta Glucan High Potency Synbiotic and the Energy Sustain provide important strategic additions to our American Diets.

    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 healing of the GI tract membrane.  Take one tablespoon twice daily 20 minutes before your two largest meals.

    The Energy Sustain provides powerful seeds and one grain (all gluten free and of course organic) adding to our diet more soluble and insoluble fibers along with vitamins, mineral, proteins, essential fat and complex carbs.  All providing the base for a healthy meal with a low glycemic load.  Just add water or blend into a smoothy.  Take two to three heaping tablespoons a day. 

    The Last Quiz Answer:

    The fishing cat (Prionailurus viverrinus) is a medium-sized cat of South and Southeast Asia about twice the size of a domestic cat.  They have a stocky, muscular build with medium to short legs.  Like its closest relative, the leopard cat, the fishing cat lives along rivers, streams and mangrove swamps.  It is well adapted to this habitat, being a eager and skilled swimmer. They are an endangered species as their wetland habitats are increasingly being settled, degraded and converted.  (Wikipedia)

     

     

    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.

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

     

    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.

     

     

     

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  • 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.

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