Monday, October 22, 2012

“Faster, Stronger” Omega-3 Source

Studies have shown krill oil has more omega-3s, making the crustacean sourced oil a better choice than fish oil for fighting diseases.

In a 2010 study, a reduction of plasma triglycerides was observed in those subjects in the krill oil group having the highest baseline value. Researchers also found a significant improvement in the HDL cholesterol/triglyceride ratio after krill oil treatment, which was not seen after fish oil treatment. Researchers also note that krill oil contains astaxanthin, which helps krill oil from becoming oxidized.

Total amount of EPA and DHA provided in the krill oil supplementation was 62.8 percent of that provided in the fish oil with comparable results. The bioefficiency of the krill oil EPA and DHA is likely due to the fact that the fatty acids are in the phospholipid form which has previously been shown to be more bioefficient than the triglyceride form. Krill oil provides the majority of its omega-3 fatty acids in the form of phospholipids, whereas other common marine oils contain omega-3 fatty acids in the form of triglycerides or ethyl esters.

A significant increase in plasma EPA, DHA, and docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) was observed in the subjects supplemented with both krill and fish oil polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) as compared with the controls, but there were no significant differences in the changes in any of the omega-3 PUFAs between the fish oil and the krill oil groups.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Power Up Meals with Super Foods

For busy consumers of all ages, five foods boast high scores in essential nutrients — iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, folate, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids, in particular. To get the most out of your next meal try mixing in one of these five super foods!

Broccoli is practically unrivaled among all foods when it comes to protecting against cancer. Its powerful phytonutrients not only help neutralize carcinogens, but they also stimulate detoxifying enzymes that help the body rid itself of cancer-causing and other harmful toxins. What’s more, broccoli is a superior source of folate, a B vitamin that’s needed for making and protecting DNA, producing new blood, forming new cells, and synthesizing protein. Folate has also been tied to a decreased risk of some cancers in adults. Broccoli is an excellent source of dietary fiber and of vitamins C, K, and A, and it’s a good source of manganese, tryptophan, potassium, B vitamins, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein. It’s also high in calcium, iron, zinc, and vitamin E. Many of these nutrients work in partnership: Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron; vitamin K anchors calcium to the bone; dietary fiber promotes better absorption of all nutrients.
Quick and healthy tip: For optimal taste and nutrition, steam broccoli florets for no more than five minutes, or until they turn bright green.

Onions have many healing and health-promoting properties: They’re anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and a natural blood thinner. Rich in chromium, vitamin C, and dietary fiber, onions are also a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, tryptophan, folate, and potassium. This bulbous vegetable is used to combat cancer, arthritis, and osteoporosis, and it helps fight infections, colds, fevers, and asthma. Onions also help prevent constipation, increase blood circulation, improve gastrointestinal health, promote heart health, and are thought to help lower blood pressure and triglycerides.
Quick and healthy tip: Keep a container of diced raw onion in the fridge to add to meals all week — it’ll spice up a sandwich or salad, and it’s an easy addition to quick stir-fries.

Leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, watercress, cabbage, turnip greens, collard greens, and arugula, share similar nutrient profiles, featuring impressive scores of vitamins K, A, and C; calcium; potassium; beta-carotene; manganese; folate; magnesium; iron; and dietary fiber. Along with broccoli, kale is one of the best sources of kaempferol — which has been associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Kaemperfol is also found in tea as well as in Brussels sprouts and other greens.
Spinach is extremely high in iron, which protects the immune system and helps the body produce energy. Other dark leafy greens like Swiss chard, kelp, and turnip greens are also excellent sources of magnesium, which plays a significant role in many key biological processes. This miracle mineral has been credited with a slew of health benefits, including lowering high blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, strengthening bones, aiding in sleep, relaxing muscles, and relieving stress and anxiety.
Quick and healthy tip: To get the most nutrition out of your leafy greens, add them to a dish with a little healthy fat (like nuts) to help your body absorb the nutrients.

Beans are an incredibly rich source of folate, fiber, tryptophan, protein, iron, magnesium, and potassium, and they’ve been linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and breast cancer. Hands-down one of the best food sources of fiber you can find, one cup of cooked pinto beans contains nearly 15 grams of fiber (along with a score of other essential nutrients) — but you’ll find plentiful fiber in all bean varieties. Fiber is a wonder nutrient that fills you up, regulates digestion, lowers LDL (”bad”) cholesterol, helps control weight, and has a preventive effect on diabetes and heart disease. Women’s risk of heart disease increases significantly with menopause.
Quick and healthy tip: Although dried beans are the healthiest option since they don’t have added sodium, the canned variety will do just fine as long as you rinse the beans in a colander before using them.

Wild salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and iron, and it’s a high-quality source of protein. A word of caution: Independent studies comparing the nutritional content of wild and farmed salmon showed the farmed variety had drastically reduced levels of protein and healthy omega-3 fats. Salmon is one of the few food sources naturally rich in vitamin D, which is needed to absorb calcium, maintain proper levels of calcium in the blood, and promote normal bone growth. Our bodies don’t produce essential fatty acids, so we must get them from our diet. Wild salmon is exceptionally rich in heart-healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids, which guard against inflammation, reduce the risk of strokes, lower blood lipids, boost HDL (”good”) cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, and help prevent heart disease.
Quick and healthy tip: Salmon’s Omega-3s might be fats, but — in moderation — they’re actually pretty figure-friendly: Not only do they slow digestion, but they may also help get rid of belly fat.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Organic is Affordable

Higher prices of organic products are still a deterrent for many shoppers. Rework your food shopping strategies and mindset to fit organic into your budget. These expert tips will help guide you:

Consider hidden costs of conventional.
Buying organic may be more expensive for the individual at the grocery store checkout line, but it can save money in the long run. Nonorganic and processed foods can carry environmental costs like pollution and runoff from pesticides and herbicides, as well as potential health effects.

Prioritize certain foods.
The Organic Consumers Association and the Environmental Working Group offer lists of the more important foods to buy organic. Start with organic produce like apples, green beans, peaches, and other items that you don’t peel or that have soft skin. Eating fewer animal products, especially steak, also can be cost-effective; vegetables, beans, and greens are much cheaper nutrient sources.

Buy in bulk.
Local food co-ops often have bulk bins or bulk-food packages. This can save a lot of money because you’re reducing packaging costs and buying in large quantities.

Set goals and plan ahead.
Start by deciding what your goals are, and then look through your pantry, fridge, and freezer for foods you could replace. Next, investigate which organic brands your local stores carry. If a reasonable organic option isn’t available, read labels carefully to find an acceptable conventional solution.

Choose fresh over processed.
You can quickly make a flavorful, fresh, delicious, and wallet-friendly meal if you budget your time. One trick is to portion food like meat and fish into small freezer bags so that you can thaw the right amount, minimizing waste. Also look for organic frozen-meal options.

Break down the misconceptions.
Fuel prices have driven up food prices, evening out the cost difference between grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Organic options—and even bargains—are more plentiful as more people are picking organic over conventional. Both supply and demand are driving down organic’s costs.

Grow your own food.
Contact your community garden or local master gardener for advice on getting started. Don’t worry about planting a big garden; if you want, just create a small one on your windowsill.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Raspberry Ketone1234 Awarded BOSA 2012

We entered Creative Bioscience products for a Better Nutrition Best of Supplements Award for 2012, and we are proud to announce Raspberry Ketone 1234 won the Weight Loss category.

Raspberry Ketone 1234 will be featured in the November 2012 issue of Better Nutrition. I have attached is the BOSA list of winning products.

For this year’s BOSA, Better Nutrition asked readers to vote for their favorite supplements (with a contest in the magazine and an online/social media push), and they also consulted an advisory board of supplement experts to help pick the very best of the best in the world of nutritional supplements.

And in time for Expo East, Better Nutrition is preparing poster boards for the winners to display at their booths. Creative Bioscience will also be able to use the BOSA Logo on any Raspberry Ketone packaging, marketing materials and education collateral, and the Creative Bioscience website.

Congratulations again to Creative Bioscience! We are thrilled Creative Bioscience has been honored with this award. Winning a BOSA is a great acknowledgement within the industry for Creative Biosciences’ high-quality products and dedication to health and wellness.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Herbal supplement retail sales up 4.5 percent

Sales of herbal dietary supplements in the United States increased by 4.5 percent in 2011, reaching a total estimated figure of nearly $5.3 billion (USD). The statistics are conclusions of a new report published in the current issue of HerbalGram, the nonprofit American Botanical Council’s (ABC) peer-reviewed quarterly journal. Sales in the mainstream market channel continued to grow, increasing almost 3 percent over 2010 sales while sales in natural food stores rose by a strong 5.5 percent.

“These sales data indicate continued strong consumer demand for herbs and other natural plant-derived ingredients as an essential part of their self-care,” said HerbalGram Editor and ABC Founder and Executive Director Mark Blumenthal. “What is even more remarkable,” he added, “is that herbal supplement sales grew while the economy is still considered in recession, a sign of how highly American consumers value these safe, low-cost materials.”

The five top-selling herbal supplements of 2011 in the health and natural foods channel, according to SPINS:
• Flaxseed oil (Linum usitatissimum)
• Wheat Grass (Triticum aestivum)
• Barley Grass (Hordeum vulgare)
• Turmeric (Curcuma longa), aloe (Aloe vera)
• Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)

The top-selling herbal singles of 2011 in the food, drug, and mass-market channel, according to SymphonyIRI:
• Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
• Soy (Glycine max)
• Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)
• Garlic (Allium sativum)
• Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) leaf extract

The HerbalGram report is based on herb supplement sales statistics from the Nutrition Business Journal (NBJ) and market research firms SymphonyIRI, and SPINSscan Natural.

NBJ, a publication of New Hope Natural Media in Boulder, Colo., estimated the total herb supplement sales figures for 2011, discussed above, based on data derived from market research firms, company surveys, interviews with major retailers and industry experts, and various published and unpublished secondary material.

SymphonyIRI, a Chicago-based market research firm, determined herb supplement sales in the mainstream market channel (e.g., food stores, drug stores, and mass-market retail outlets) as being $379,286,600 for 2011, an increase of 6.9 percent over the previous year. SymphonyIRI’s figure includes grocery stores, drugstores, and mass-market retailers, but it does not include Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, other large warehouse buying clubs, or convenience stores.

SPINS, a Schaumburg, Ill.-based market research firm, found sales of botanical dietary supplements in the natural and health foods channel to be $251,212,449, an increase of 9 percent over 2011 sales in this channel. SPINS’ figure does not include sales from the natural foods store Whole Foods Market.

*Article Source: NewHope360