Posts 01/31/2011

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  • Yorkshire Pudding

    1 cup flour
    1/2 tsp. salt
    2 eggs
    1/2 – 3/4 cup water
    1/2 cup milk
    Combine all ingredients to make a thick grave like batter. (At this point let the batter rest for 1 hour if you have the time, but it isn’t necessary.  Resting makes the pudding lighter.)
    Put 1/2 tsp vegetable or canola oil in the bottom of each muffin cup in a 12 count muffin tin.  (I use my Demarle muffin pan so I can skip this step)
    Divide batter among muffin tins and bake at 425 for 20 minutes or 350 for 30-40 minutes until puffy and golden brown.  Makes 12.  Serve topped with gravy.

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  • According to Henry Lardy, PhD, of the National Academy of Sciences, 7-KETO DHEA offers the potential benefits of DHEA without the risks. 7-KETO DHEA is a natural metabolite, also called conversion product, of DHEA. Once DHEA is converted to the 7-KETO form it can no longer be used to make the sex hormones that present cancer risks.

    In preliminary studies on animals, 7-Keto DHEA stimulates the immune system, prevents muscle loss (anti-catabolic), reduces stress, increases the calorie-burning rate by activating thermogenic liver enzymes and improves memory more than DHEA or a placebo. Monkeys infected with the simian version of HIV displayed weight gain, a five-fold increase in T-cell counts and improvement in overall behavior and clinical condition.

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  • DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an endogenous hormone (made in the human body), and secreted by the adrenal gland. DHEA serves as precursor to male and female sex hormones (androgens and estrogens). DHEA levels in the body begin to decrease after age 30, and are reported to be low in some people with anorexia, end-stage kidney disease, type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes), AIDS, adrenal insufficiency, and in the critically ill. DHEA levels may also be depleted by a number of drugs, including insulin, corticosteroids, opiates, and danazol.

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  • Grape seeds contain several antioxidants, including oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes, which show some health benefits.[1] However, cold-pressed grape seed oil itself does not contain significant amounts of these antioxidants[2] since proanthocyanidins are insoluble in lipids. They are present in much higher concentrations in other parts of the grape, such as grape seed extract, grape skins, and in particular red wine. A University of Maryland Medical Center review summarises the health benefits of grape seed extract, and its potential use in the treatment of chronic venous insufficiency, edema, high cholesterol, hypertension and cancer.[3] Red wine has received research attention since resveratrol was first touted in the 1990s as an explanation for the French Paradox.[4] Sufficiently high amounts of resveratrol occur in grape seed for it to be extracted commercially.[5]
    There may however be health benefits from the oil itself. A 1993 study supports the claim that grape seed oil increases high-density lipoprotein (HDL-C or “good cholesterol”) levels and reduces LDL levels.[6]

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  • ALCAR has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and get to the brain blood circulation, where it acts as a powerful antioxidant,[14] which helps in prevention of the brain cells’ deterioration. Its supplementation has been shown to be neuroprotective in instances of cerebral ischemia in rats[15] and may be useful in treating peripheral nerve injury.[16] It may have some neuroprotective benefit in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, but further research is required.[17] ALCAR is also known to increase sperm motility,[18] which pertains to the ability of sperm to move vigorously. Since motility is among the most important factors that help in the determination of sperm’s fertilization capability, acetyl-L-carnitine can help sperm cells move more actively, which consequently leads to the improved male fertility. Research into the compound’s safety and efficacy in humans is required. ALCAR has been shown to be more effective than tamoxifen in improving the curvature and reducing the pain and plaque sizes for men who sought treatment for their Peyronie’s disease early and having low curvature deformities.[19] ALCAR has also been shown to improve insulin response[20][21] and is proved to have a positive effect on various muscle diseases as well as heart conditions. [22] [23

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  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is produced by the human body and is necessary for the basic functioning of cells. CoQ10 levels are reported to decrease with age and to be low in patients with some chronic diseases such as heart conditions, muscular dystrophies, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS. Some prescription drugs may also lower CoQ10 levels.

    Levels of CoQ10 in the body can be increased by taking CoQ10 supplements, although it is not clear that replacing “low CoQ10” is beneficial.

    CoQ10 has been used, recommended, or studied for numerous conditions, but remains controversial as a treatment in many areas.

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  • In the United States and Canada, SAM is sold as a nutritional supplement under the marketing name SAM-e (also spelled SAME or SAMe; pronounced “sam ee” or “Sammy”). SAM is also marketed under the Gumbaral, Samyr, Adomet, Heptral and Admethionine brand names as a prescription drug approved in Russia, Italy, and Germany. Some research, including multiple clinical trials, has indicated that taking SAM on a regular basis may help fight depression,[7][8][9] liver disease, and the pain of osteoarthritis.[10] All other indications are not yet proven.
    Therapeutic use of SAM has increased as dietary supplements have gained in popularity, especially after the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act was passed in 1994. This law allowed the distribution of SAM as a dietary supplement, and therefore allowed it to bypass the regulatory requirements for drugs of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    At first, a line of evidence suggested that abnormally low levels of endogenous SAM may play an important role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and that SAM may therefore have therapeutic potential in the treatment of AD. However, further research has indicated this effect is likely due to vitamin B12 deficiencies, which cause neurologic defects through one carbon transfers with folate. Severely low levels of SAM have been found in the cerebrospinal fluid[11] and in all brain regions of AD patients examined.[12] Preliminary research suggests SAM may have therapeutic potential in treating AD patients [13] and a recent study using a mouse model of AD found that supplementary SAM prevented oxidative damage and cognitive impairment.[14]

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  • L-Alpha Glycerylphosphorylcholine (Alpha GPC, choline alfoscerate) is a natural choline compound found in the brain and in milk. It is also a parasympathomimetic acetylcholine precursor[1] which may have potential for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and is used as a nootropic dietary supplement to enhance memory and cognition.
    Alpha GPC rapidly delivers choline to the brain across the blood-brain barrier and is a biosynthetic precursor of the acetylcholine neurotransmitter.[2] Alpha GPC is derived from highly purified soy lecithin.
    Studies have investigated its efficacy for cognitive disorders including stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease. An Italian multicentre clinical trial on 2,044 patients suffering from recent stroke were supplied alpha-GPC in doses of 1,000 mg/day for 28 days and 400 mg three times per day for the five ensuing months. The trial confirmed the therapeutic role of alpha-GPC on the cognitive recovery of patients based on four measurement scales, three of which reached statistical significance.[3]

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  • Mucuna Pruriens commonly known as velvet bean, contains a significant amount of naturally occurring L-dopa, an amino acid that converts into dopamine. Mucuna Pruriens has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine for Parkinson Disease. In a randomized, controlled, double blind clinical trials, researchers has found that the natural source of L-dopa from Mucuna Pruriens possess advantages over conventional L-dopa preparations in the long term management of Parkinson Disease. Dopamine is an essential component of our body and it’s required for proper functioning of the brain.  Research has discovered that the body converts the amino acid tyrosine into L-dopa; L-dopa is then converted into dopamine. Without the neurotransmitter dopamine to serve a damping effect on neural transmissions, muscles become tense and tremble.

    L-dopa may be useful for improving attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by improving sleep disorder. ADHD is a chronic, neurologically based syndrome characterized by restlessness, distractibility and impulsivity. Many patients with ADHD experience sleep disorder that may cause them to be inattentive and hyperactive due to sleep deprivation. According to a study released during the American Academy of Neurology, patients taking Levadopa showed marked improvement in their sleep disorder, behavior, and mental acuity. Researchers argue that there may be a common link — a dopaminergic deficiency in the brain that causes both the sleep disorders and the ADHD. Early pharmacological studies, published in 1927 and 1930 respectively, proved (in the rabbit) that L-dopa exerted significant effects on glucose metabolism (causing marked hyperglycemia) and on arterial blood pressure. Powdered Mucuna Pruriens seeds (contains 3-4% L Dopa) were given to normal and diabetic rabbits. In normal group 0.5, 1 and 2 g/kg of M. Pruriens significantly decreased the blood glucose levels while in diabetic rabbits only 1 and 2 g/kg body weight caused a significant fall. High levels of trace elements l

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  • Thiamine HCI is Vitamin B1 with hydrochloric acid. Vitamin B1 is an antioxidant and protects from the effects of aging, smoking and alcohol consumption. It has many other benefits when taken internally. Hydrochloric acid occurs naturally in gastric juices which aid in digestion. It is added to Vitamin B1 to make it water-soluble

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  • Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, bones, soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin.

    Vitamin B6 is also called pyridoxine. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 is needed to help the body use protein. Vitamin B6 helps form red blood cells and maintain brain function, among other things.

    Vitamin B12, like the other B vitamins, is important for metabolism. It also helps form red blood cells and maintain the central nervous system.

    Vitamin C, also called ascorbic acid, is an antioxidant that promotes healthy teeth and gums. It helps the body absorb iron and maintain healthy tissue. It also promotes wound healing.

    Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” since it is made by the body after being in the sun. Ten to 15 minutes of sunshine 3 times a week is enough to produce the body’s requirement of vitamin D. However, many people living in sunny climates still do not make enough vitamin D and need more from their diet or supplements. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which you need for the normal development and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones. It also helps maintain proper blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.

    Vitamin E is an antioxidant also known as tocopherol. It plays a role in the formation of red blood cells and helps the body use vitamin K.

    Vitamin K is not listed among the essential vitamins, but without it blood would not stick together (coagulate). Some studies suggest that it helps promote strong bones in the elderly.

    Biotin is essential for the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates, and in the production of hormones and cholesterol.

    Niacin is a B vitamin that helps maintain healthy skin and nerves. It is also has cholesterol-lowering effects.

    Folate works with vitamin B12 to help form red blood cells. It is necessary for the production of DNA, which controls tissue growth and cell function. Any woman who is pregnant should be sure to get enough folate. Low levels of folate are linked to birth defects such as spina bifida. Many foods are now fortifie

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  • L-Ornithine HCL
    L-Ornithine is a nonessential amino acid. The body uses ornithine to produce l-arginine as well as l-proline and polyamines. During this process, ornithine stimulates the release of growth hormones by the pituitary gland. Ornithine demonstrates putative anabolic and imunomodulatory activities. The functions of ornithine are closely tied to those of l-arginine.

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  • OKG may play a role in the treatment of individuals recovering from severe physical trauma.

    When the body experiences severe trauma—such as injury, major surgery, or burns—it goes into what is called a catabolic state. In this temporary condition, the body tends to tear itself down rather than build itself up. The catabolic hormone cortisone plays a major role in inducing catabolism. In the catabolic state, the body fails to utilize protein found in the diet, and high levels of protein breakdown products appear in the urine. Calcium levels in urine also rise, as bones begin to weaken.

    The opposite of a catabolic state is an anabolic state, in which the body tends to build itself up. Studies of hospitalized patients recovering from severe illnesses or injuries suggest that OKG blocks the catabolic effects of cortisone and also directly stimulates anabolic activity.4-10  It is not clear how OKG accomplishes this. It may directly affect the enzymes involved in hormone metabolism. Another possibility is that OKG may increase levels of growth hormone (an anabolic hormone), at least when it is taken in high enough doses (12 mg a day or more).11-13  It has also been suggested that OKG increases insulin release, which would have anabolic effects; however, this has been disputed.14 

    Based on these findings, OKG has become popular as a bodybuilding supplement. However, there are no reported double-blind studies of OKG alone as a sports supplement. One study evaluated a combined arginine and ornithine supplement and found some evidence of benefit.15 

    OKG and a related substance ornithine-l-aspartate have shown some promise for hepatic encephalopathy, a life-threatening complication of liver cirrhosis.16,17 


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  • L-Arginine (base) is an essential amino acid (essential = can not be made by the human body and needs to be acquired from food/diet) especially when the body is under stress or duress. It is a major component of proteins. It can pass the blood/brain barrier (in supplement, free-form) and stimulates growth hormone release by the anterior pituitary gland.

    Why is L-Arginine important to the body?

    Arginine supports heart health: L-Arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide, a free radical, that positively affects blood pressure and can behave as an anti-coagulant. (there exists concern regarding L-Arginine supplementation post-heart attack. It is suggested not to use L-Arginine after heart attack)

    Supports reproductive health:  Nitric Oxide impairment has been associated with erectile dysfunction

    Supports wound healing: Arginine supports collagen production (skin repair), blood circulation and the immune system which support wound repair

    Removes excess ammonia

    Stimulates the immune system: Arginine supports the Thymus gland and the increase of T lymphocytes

    Aids hormone production: glucagon, insulin and growth hormone

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  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is required for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine and for myelin formation.

    Pyridoxine deficiency in adults principally affects the peripheral nerves, skin, mucous membranes, and the blood cell system. In children, the central nervous system (CNS) is also affected. Deficiency can occur in people with uremia, alcoholism, cirrhosis, hyperthyroidism, malabsorption syndromes, congestive heart failure (CHF), and in those taking certain medications.

    Mild deficiency of vitamin B6 is common. Major sources of vitamin B6 include: cereal grains, legumes, vegetables (carrots, spinach, peas), potatoes, milk, cheese, eggs, fish, liver, meat, and flour.

    Pyridoxine is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins in vitamin B complex formulations.

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  • Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, experts say. It may not be the cure for the common cold (though it’s thought to help prevent more serious complications). But the benefits of vitamin C may include protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.

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  • Velvet antler is a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine, probably second only to ginseng in importance. Velvet antler does not refer to the velvety “skin” on growing antlers, but rather the whole cartilaginous antler in a pre-calcified stage. Typically the antler is cut off near the base after it is about two-thirds of its potential full size, and before any significant calcification occurs.
    The antler is dried and is used powdered or in tea form for a wide variety of health remedy and health maintenance purposes. Velvet antler is said to be effective as an anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, immune stimulant, and pro-growth agent[citation needed]. Scientific studies have supported some of the claims, particularly the anti-inflammatory effects and athletic performance enhancement[citation needed].
    Moose, as all members of the deer family, will produce new antlers yearly (primarily males, except in caribou/reindeer). The bulls are not harmed by antler removal, which is generally done around June in the northern hemisphere. After the antlers are cut off the bull may grow a small antler pair to replace them or perhaps no regrowth, but the antler base is left, and that “button” will be shed early the following year, at the same time the whole antler would have been shed, when the new antlers start to grow.
    Exceptionally large elk antlers can weigh 50 lb (22.6 kg) for a pair. These grow rapidly from about March or April until July (again, Northern hemisphere). Antlers are said to be the fastest growing membrane known, and it is this rapidly growing tissue that contains the micronutrients needed to improve some human health deficiencies.
    Most of the world’s supply of velvet antler comes from red deer and elk or wapiti, including a large deer farming industry in New Zealand. A smaller percent is produced in America, mostly from elk. Due to the size and quality of Canadian and American elk antlers, they have been a preferred source of velvet. It is most often available in capsule form, containing 250 mg or 500 mg of drie

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  • Panax ginseng Asian ginseng (root)

    Ginseng and reishi mushrooms in bottles being sold in Seoul, Korea.
    According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Panax ginseng promotes yang energy, improves circulation, increases blood supply, revitalizes and aids recovery from weakness after illness, and stimulates the body. It is available in four forms:
    The form called fresh ginseng is the raw product.
    The form called white ginseng (WG) is fresh ginseng which has been dried. It is grown for four to six years, and then peeled and dried to reduce the water content to 12% or less. White ginseng is air dried in the sun and may contain less of the therapeutic constituents. It is thought by some that enzymes contained in the root break down these constituents in the process of drying. Drying in the sun bleaches the root to a yellowish-white color.
    The form called red ginseng (RG) is harvested after six years, is not peeled and is steam-cured at standard boiling temperatures of 100 degrees Celsius, thereby giving it a glossy reddish-brown color. Steaming the root is thought to change its biochemical composition and also to prevent the breakdown of the active ingredients. The roots are then dried. RG is more common as herbal medicine than WG, and there is increasing research on the pharmacological activities of RG specific ginsenosides.
    The form called sun ginseng (SG) is created from a heat processing method which increases ginsenoside components such as ginsenoside-[Rg.sub.3], -[Rk.sub.1] and -[Rg.sub.5] by steaming white ginseng at a higher temperature than red ginseng. The herb is steamed for three hours at 120 [degrees]C. Research has shown that SG has increased nitric oxide, superoxide, hydroxyl radical and peroxynitrite scavenging activities compared with conventionally processed RG or WG. The increased steaming temperature produces an optimal amount of biological activity due to its ability to amplify specific ginsenosides. Japanese researchers set out to investigate the antioxidant effect of SG on oxidative stress.

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