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Cocoa for Younger Looking Skin

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found women who consumed 320 milligrams of cocoa flavanols daily saw decreases in skin roughness, as well as improvements in skin elasticity and facial wrinkles.

The researchers believe the antioxidants found in cocoa were responsible for these benefits.

"In moderately photo-aged women, regular cocoa flavanol consumption had positive effects on facial wrinkles and elasticity. Cocoa flavanol supplementation may contribute to the prevention of the progression of photo-aging." - Journal of Nutrition

Have you had your cocoa today?

Is Published Research Unreliable?

Dr. Richard Horton, editor of one of the most respected medical journals in the world, The Lancet, published a statement saying:

"Much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness."

That's why the first thing you should do when you look at a study is to see who funded it.

Potassium and Magnesium Linked to Fewer Strokes

Two separate papers (The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Stroke) that reviewed the relationship between magnesium, potassium, calcium and the likelihood of strokes.

The study on women, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at the two Nurses' Health Studies, the biggest and longest-running investigations into what factors influence female health.

The information in this study comes from over 200,000 nurses-participants.

During the thirty years of the study, over three thousand strokes were reported. The research indicated women with the highest intake of magnesium reduced their risk of stroke by nineteen percent, when compared to those who had the lowest levels of magnesium.

Those with the highest potassium levels saw an eleven percent reduction in stroke risk, when compared to those in the lowest potassium strata.

Finally, those women who had the highest levels of potassium and magnesium reduced their risk of stroke by twenty-e…

First, Do No Harm

"Modern medicine has taken a total turn toward a drug-based system, with no wiggle room for natural medicine. When you go to a doctor, 99% of the time you'll leave with a prescription in your hand, even though all you might have needed was some reassurance and support to improve your diet, get more sleep, do more exercise, and take magnesium." - Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.
When I was in college, my grandfather died of cancer. After eight months of chemotherapy and Hospice, he passed away in his home.

I was there the morning they took away his lifeless body.

A few years later, a friend of mine died of leukemia when he was only thirty-two years old. A high school math teacher and baseball coach, he left behind a wife who was eight months pregnant.

Then after being hooked up to an oxygen machine for eight years, my father died of cancer.

He needed help for the simplest of things, such as getting out of his chair or going to the bathroom. Unable to work or play with his grandchildren, my dad was miserable in what should have been his golden years.

I decided I didn't want to end up like that.


How I Found Out Nutrition Matters

I have a good friend named Janice Gravely. By all rights, she should be pushing up daises.

By the time she was seventy-five years old, Mrs. Gravely had several diseases that often go along with advanced years. In fact her health was…

How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off Forever - Without Pills, Shakes or Gimmicks, Using Real Food

If Giraffes Ate The Food We Eat,
Would They Look Like This?


What We're Taught:

Eat Less + Exercise More = Weight Loss
In theory, there is nothing wrong with trying to lose weight this way. However, most people find it difficult to achieve long-term.

The main reason?

The deep-seated desire of your body for self-preservation and survival.

In other words, you get hungry.

Cutting calories sends the wrong signal to your brain.

It throws the fat-storage switch to the "on" position. (The key is the type of calories you consume, not the number.)

The same is true of low-fat, high-carb diets.

And exercise makes the problem worse, because it stimulates appetite. (Ever heard the term "working up an appetite"?)

Your body compensates for increased exercise with increased food intake - and it takes very little food to replace whatever calories were burned from exercising.

To lose weight, a few folks manage to overcome their hunger and exercise more.

But not many. And not for …

Quick and Easy Fruits and Veggies for Kids and Teenagers

What Happened To My Dad

When I was in college, my grandfather died of cancer. After eight months of chemotherapy and Hospice, he passed away in his home.

I was there the morning they took away his lifeless body.

A few years later, a friend of mine died of leukemia when he was only thirty-two years old. A high school math teacher and baseball coach, he left behind a wife who was eight months pregnant.

Then after being hooked up to an oxygen machine for eight years, my father died of cancer.

He needed help for the simplest of things, such as getting out of his chair or going to the bathroom. Unable to work or play with his grandchildren, my dad was miserable in what should have been his golden years.

I decided I didn't want to end up like that.


How I Found Out Nutrition Matters

I have a good friend named Janice Gravely. By all rights, she should be pushing up daises.

By the time she was seventy-five years old, Mrs. Gravely had several diseases that often come with advanced years. In fact he…

Powerful Support for Your Frame

A busy body requires a solid frame. From active exercises to the workday grind and everything in between, your body is stressed on a regular basis.

That's why a daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids from AIMega® and glucosamine from Frame Essentials® is essential for supporting your frame.

On their own, glucosamine and omega-3 have gained notoriety for their natural benefits for joint health and heart health. Glucosamine sulfate helps strengthen cartilage and relieve inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids lower blood pressure and improve blood flow.

Combined, these two elements have shown a remarkable, synergistic effect on joint health.

A group of German researchers found combining omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) with glucosamine achieves improved results compared to glucosamine on its own.

The combination of EFAs and glucosamine produced significant pain reduction, which the researchers believe to be a result of the synergistic effect of the two ingredients - omega-3 fatty acids reduce i…

Bear Paw Garlic® to Smell More Attractive

Researchers at the University of Stirling in Prague did a study, where they fed one group of men garlic bulbs, another group garlic Bear Paw Garliccapsules and a third group received zero garlic.

Then they had women smell body odor samples from the men, rating those odors based on their pleasantness, attractiveness, masculinity, and intensity.

According to the smell test, men who ate 12 g (bulb or capsule) of garlic per day were deemed significantly more desirable than the men who did not eat garlic.

The researchers believe this is due to the health benefits (antioxidant, immune-system booster, cardiovascular, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer) bestowed by garlic.

From MedicalXpress:

"Our results indicate that garlic consumption may have positive effects on the pleasure derived from perceived body odour perhaps due to its health effects." - Craig Roberts, Professor of Psychology at the University of Stirling

It should be noted, however, this research only looked at body-odor smell and …

Peak Endurance® Before, During or After Exercise

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Peak Endurance® also has 125 mg of Peak ATP in every serving, 72% RDI of vitamin C and less sugar than other leading brands.

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CoCoa LeafGreens™ for Academic Success

CoCoa LeafGreens™ provides three types of calming, brain-boosting cocoa. A calm, focused mind is what every student needs in order to succeed in school.

Kids and teenagers also get nourishing greens, so they can enjoy a cocoa-licious drink that's good for them.

To learn more about great tasting greens for kids and adults, Click Here.

P.S. There are three different types of cocoa powders in CoCoa LeafGreens™, as well as a blend of broccoli sprouts, barley, spinach, Swiss chard, kale, and arugula.

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High-Sugar Diet Depletes Magnesium from The Body

Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of The Magnesium Miracle, writes a sugar overload can cause magnesium deficiency in several ways.

Mainly, a high-sugar diet produces an acidic pH within the body.

To counteract this, the body uses its stores of alkaline minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium.

If too much sugar is consumed, the body will even remove these minerals from the teeth and bones.

This can lead to tooth decay and even osteoporosis, among other problems.

Note: For every molecule of sugar you consume, it takes fifty-four molecules of magnesium for your body to process it.

P.S. The Recommended Dietary Allowance for magnesium is 350 mg. The majority of people in the U.S. do not get that much of this critical mineral. (Dr. Dean believes we should double this amount).

Some doctors and researchers suggest 1000 mg per day may be beneficial for diabetics. (Do not take this as medical advice. See your doctor to find out what is right for you).

Grains Cause Your Body To Store Fat

"In addition to ravaging your gut, grains elevate your blood sugar and cause your body to store fat, not burn it. How do you fatten a cow? Feed it grains. How do you fatten a human? Feed it grains."

"Despite what conventional wisdom tells you, grains are far less nutritious than vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and animal foods.

Do whole grains contain nutrients? Technically, yes, grains contain some nutrients. But due to the presence of anti-nutrients and enzyme inhibitors, your body cannot adequately absorb them, rendering them essentially useless. So no, grains do not contain bioavailable nutrition like vegetables and fruits do." - Abel James, author of 'The Wild Diet'

Magnesium May Protect Against Hip Fractures

According to a 2013 Norwegian study, drinking water with a high amount of magnesium protects against hip fractures.

Researchers followed over 700,000 men and women for a period of seven years and recorded 19,000 hip fractures.

If the water in an area contained a lot of magnesium, the people drinking it were less likely to suffer from a hip fracture.

There is not much magnesium in drinking water. However, magnesium deficiency is widespread, which may have also been a factor.

"An inverse association was found between concentration of magnesium and risk of hip fracture in both genders (IRR men highest vs. lowest tertile = 0.80, 95% CI: 0.74, 0.87; IRR women highest vs. lowest tertile = 0.90, 95% CI: 0.85, 0.95), but no consistent association between calcium and hip fracture risk was observed. The highest tertile of urbanization degree (city), compared to the lowest (rural), was related to a 23 and 24% increase in hip fracture risk in men and women, respectively. The association bet…

Do You Have Trouble Sleeping at Night?

If you’re an older adult, then there’s a fifty percent chance you have insomnia.

Fortunately, there is evidence magnesium can help you get better sleep.

A 2012 study found magnesium supplementation was able to lower cortisol concentrations. Cortisol is a stress hormone. Insomnia sufferers who supplemented with magnesium were able to improve the quality of their sleep.

"Supplementation of magnesium appears to improve subjective measures of insomnia such as ISI score, sleep efficiency, sleep time and sleep onset latency, early morning awakening, and likewise, insomnia objective measures such as concentration of serum renin, melatonin, and serum cortisol, in elderly people." - Journal of Research in Medical Science

So if you have trouble sleeping at night, then consider adding a magnesium supplement to your evening routine.

P.S. A 2009 report called "Effects of trace element nutrition on sleep patterns in adult women” found both calcium and magnesium taken together were eff…

The Necessity of Magnesium

"All the metabolic processes in the body, all of them, depend on vitamins and minerals, which act as necessary co-factors. Magnesium itself is a co-factor and responsible for the function of 325 enzymes. It is an absolute requirement for calcium to be incorporated into bone; keeps toxic chemicals out of the brain; dances with calcium to create nerve impulses and muscle impulses; keeps muscles relaxed, including the heart and blood vessels, and triggers dozens of health conditions if it is deficient." - Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.

Soft Drinks Linked To Increased Risk of Heart Failure

According to a study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, soft drink consumption could increase heart failure risk.

Published in the British Medical Journal, Heart, the study found men who drank two or more servings a day had a 23 percent higher risk of developing heart failure.

The research looked at more than 42 thousand men, aged 45 to 79, over a period of 12 years.

"Our study findings suggest sweetened beverage consumption could contribute to heart failure development." "These findings could have implications for heart failure prevention strategies." - Dr. Susanna Larsson, Ph.D.

Note: No distinction was made between soft drinks sweetened with sugar or artificial sweetener.

P.S. Previous studies have linked daily consumption soft drinks to increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver disease and stroke.

Soft and diet drinks significantly lower your magnesium levels.

What Do You Want to Weigh?

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With only sixty calories per serving, this vegetable protein powder makes a great meal replacement or snack and can help you shed pounds.

Pea protein is well known for its ability to help people stay fuller longer. So whether you're looking to bulk up or trim down, make ProPeas® your go-to protein.

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BarleyLife® and Herbal Fiberblend® - The Gift of Health

There is no greater gift than the gift of life. It's why we wear helmets when cycling and seat belts during car trips and coats in the winter.

Yet, we tend to overlook the impact on our lives of bad nutritional habits.

A poor diet, high blood pressure, high body-mass index, high cholesterol and low physical activity comprise fifty percent of the leading causes of death in the United States. These are deaths that  potentially could have been avoided, especially if given the gift of good nutrition.

On the other hand, a 2014 study found people who ate seven or more servings of fruits and veggies daily reduced their risk of death by 42 percent.

In a separate study (published in Clinical Nutrition), people who ate more than five servings of fruits and vegetables tended to live at least two years longer than those who did not. Nutrition is the gift that extends and improves the greatest gift we have - life.

This holiday season, you can give the gift of good health and proper nutrition …

Vitamin C from Fruits and Veggies for a Healthy Heart

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that plays a role in wound healing, rebuilding tissue, your immune system, and more.

A study out of Denmark, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has linked vitamin C to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and early death.

Researchers looked at the eating habits and DNA of over 100,000 Danish people. They determined those who ate the most fruits and vegetables reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by fifteen percent and their risk of an early death by twenty percent.

The researchers believe these health benefits come from the vitamin C found in fruits and vegetables, which they saw in the blood of the subjects.

Medical Xpress:

"We know fruit and vegetables are healthy, but now our research is pinpointing more precisely why this is so. Eating a lot of fruit and vegetables is a natural way of increasing vitamin C blood levels, which in the long term may contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and early d…